Jason Kenney to seek seat in Calgary byelection after winning United Conservative

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s newly annointed conservative leader is wasting little time in pursuing his desire to go head-to-head with NDP Premier Rachel Notley.Less than 24 hours after winning 61 per cent of the vote in the fledgling United Conservative Party leadership – former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney already has a Calgary riding in which he can try to get a seat in the legislature.Dave Rodney, the longtime member for Calgary Lougheed, announced he would be stepping down this week to make room for the Kenney. Rodney was the last member who served in former Premier Ralph Klein’s government.Kenney told a news conference on Sunday that it’s his responsibility to try to contest a byelection.“There is a constitutional responsibility for the opposition to be prepared to be an alternative government and the leader needs to be there,” Kenney said at a Sunday afternoon news conference.“I look forward to my first conversation with Premier Notley. I’m confident she will respect the long standing Westminster Parliamentary Convention of calling a byelection without delay when there is a party leader seeking entry to the legislature.”Kenney said he doesn’t intend to micromanage the UCP agenda during the legislative session that begins this week.But he also doesn’t intend to waste an opportunity to get fully involved in the political process. Kenney said if a seat hadn’t become available he would have been content doing the “heavy lifting” required to grow the party and recruit what he calls an “A team” of strong, diverse candidates.Kenney said the UCP’s founding convention is scheduled for May 4, 5 and 6 of next year in Red Deer, Alta.He isn’t worried that the party will get caught off guard by an early election call by the NDP government.“This NDP government knows that they are living on borrowed time. They’re ideological true believers and they value every single day they have to try to change the province and try to recreate it in their political image,” he said.“I cannot see them voluntarily giving up a single day of power because of their ideological drive to remake Alberta in their own image.”Kenney isn’t worried that a lack of a party platform will hurt the UCP in his byelection or with Albertans. He said he has already indicated he will kill the provincial carbon tax, reduce spending and restart the Alberta economy.There will be no nomination meetings, other than his in Calgary Lougheed, before the founding convention next year.Kenney said he has made it clear that the UCP will not fall into the trap of taking anything for granted despite polls showing the party with a massive advantage over the NDP. He said it will also remain humble after the former PC government that was defeated by the NDP in 2015 was accused of being arrogant.“If we work hard, stay humble and earn every vote we will ensure this NDP government is one and done. There is no guaranteed election outcome,” Kenney said.“I’m confident but we’re not going to take anything for granted.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Federal budget expected to have more wiggle room even with weaker outlook

first_imgOTTAWA — The improved economy is expected to give the Trudeau government more fiscal room than anticipated in next week’s pre-election budget — but a wobbly economic finish to 2018 means conditions could look much different as the October vote approaches.An abrupt deceleration in economic growth over the final three months of 2018 has dimmed the outlook for this year. Last week, the Bank of Canada predicted a weaker economic performance through the first half of 2019, compared to its previous forecast of just a short slump.Still, the economy posted solid numbers for much of last year and employment has remained particularly strong. Some experts predict it’s been enough of a boost to give the Liberal government billions more in fiscal wiggle room. With extra money, hints of tougher times ahead and an election just months away, the government is expected to use up all that space based on the argument the economy will need stimulative investments.Scotiabank chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault said larger-than-expected government revenues last year mean Ottawa could have as much as $5 billion more than it had predicted in its November update to dedicate to new pre-election spending, or even tax cuts.“It’s this really fascinating mix of political challenges with some uncertainty on the economic side,” said Perrault, a former assistant deputy minister under Finance Minister Bill Morneau.“The Trudeau government is clearly in more difficulty now (politically) than it was six months ago. They’re probably going to be looking for something on the budgetary side that will increase their chances of being elected.”CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld also sees the Liberals in a stronger fiscal starting position, but with economic headwinds in the forecast.“There’s good news and bad news, in a sense, for the fiscal path,” said Shenfeld, who also noted the effects of an approaching election on budget decisions.“I’m expecting cheques to go out somewhere. Remember that in the last election the party that won was the one party not promising to balance the budget… The recent sluggishness of the economy is just one more reason to expect a budget that sends out some goodies.”Morneau has said his fourth budget will focus on helping workers get the skills they need and on ensuring seniors feel optimistic about their futures. The government, he added, is looking for ways to make homes more affordable for millennials, while keeping the housing market stable.The Liberals also intend to use the budget to lay out how they will achieve their two main goals on pharmacare: keeping costs down and ensuring better coverage for everyone.The budget will also update the country on the state of the federal books, which could prove to be an important ballot-box concern for many voters.The Liberals’ fiscal record has faced regular criticism from the Opposition and some economists. In particular, the Conservatives have targeted the Liberals over their decisions to ditch their 2015 election vow to run only modest annual shortfalls and to eliminate the deficit by 2019.Instead, the Liberals have posted deficits of more than $18 billion in each of the last two years, with no timeline to achieving balance.In November’s update, the government projected annual deficits of $18.1 billion in 2018-19, $19.6 billion in 2019-20 and $18.1 billion in 2020-21.Morneau has shifted his focus to reducing the net-debt-to-GDP ratio — a way of describing how burdensome debt is, relative to the national economy— each year.TD senior economist Brian DePratto recalls how in past budgets the Liberals have enjoyed “growth dividends” because the economy had outperformed expectations. The extra fiscal room enabled them to use up the space without affecting the debt-to-GDP anchor.This time, however, things are different because the overall economic picture has “clearly degraded,” he said.“It’s a little bit of a funny one because there’s a lot of these different currents playing out at once that differ a bit from what we’ve seen in different years,” DePratto said.“There’s also the challenge of, well, if we’re going into a slower-growth period where the risks are mounting, perhaps there’s more impetus for spending regardless of anything else.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNs agricultural development agency packages new loan to help Senegal

The loan, which includes $20 million in co-financing from the World Bank – and roughly the same amount from the Senegalese government and producers organizations – will be for extending critical agricultural advisory services to all 320 rural councils in the country.Agriculture is the livelihood for 60 per cent of Senegalese households but three-quarters of the rural people live in poverty, according to a statement from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is providing $6 million in a loan.Another $300,000 from IFAD is a grant to provide services and to strengthen producer organizations, to help small farmers network around the country on local development issues to better defend small holders’ interests.The loan will also support agricultural research and government ministries responsible for agriculture, to assist police development and coordination, IFAD said.Since it started operations in 1978, IFAD has provided more than $133 million in loans to Senegal to support 13 projects and programmes.IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. Through low-interest loans and grants, it develops and finances projects that enable rural poor people to overcome poverty themselves. There are 188 ongoing IFAD-supported rural poverty eradication programmes and projects, totalling $6.3billion. IFAD has invested more than US$2.9 billion in these initiatives, with the rest coming in as co-financing from governments, beneficiaries, multilateral and bilateral donors and other partners. read more

Greece pushes on with bailout talks as government takes heat over topsecret

ATHENS, Greece – Greece pushed ahead with talks on a new rescue loan Tuesday, but its government came under increasing pressure over claims it had a top-secret plan to prepare for a euro exit that involved accessing citizens’ personal tax data.Emissaries from Greece’s international creditors held a second day of preparatory talks with Greek officials, ahead of higher-level negotiations later this week on the country’s new multi-billion euro lifeline.The talks in Athens aim to thrash out the terms of the deal — worth about 85 billion euros ($94 billion) over three years — before Aug. 20, when Greece must make a debt payment that it cannot afford without new loans.It will be the country’s third bailout in more than five years. So far, Greece has received about 240 billion euros from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.In return, it was forced to implement painful spending cuts, tax increases, and wide-ranging market reforms. The austerity deepened a sharp recession, and caused unemployment to swell to a peacetime record.This week’s talks will include an array of issues such as pensions and labour market reforms, where the government is being asked to cut early retirement, raise retirement ages, streamline the pension system and ease restrictions protecting workers from mass layoffs.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reluctantly accepted the reforms in principle — even though he has repeatedly said he doesn’t agree with them — abandoning the staunchly anti-austerity policies that brought his Syriza party to power six months ago. The U-turn was necessary after talks with bailout creditors came very close to collapse and Greece was threatened with exit from the euro currency union unless it agreed.Parliament has already approved two batches of reforms, drastically increasing sales tax on key consumer goods, and reforming the banking and judiciary systems. But that caused a rift within Tsipras’ party, and about a quarter of his lawmakers refused to back the reforms, which were passed with the help of pro-European opposition parties. Early elections now seem likely after the bailout deal is signed.Adding to Tsipras’ troubles, his former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has claimed that he tried to surreptitiously clone his own ministry’s tax records with the help of a childhood friend, as part of a contingency plan requested by Tsipras before the January elections. The idea, according to Varoufakis, was to set up a parallel banking system that would allow transactions to continue — in euros, but with a provision for immediate conversion to a new currency — were Greek banks to be closed down.The alleged scheme never received Tsipras’ go-ahead, and Greek banks did close down for three weeks with severe limitations on withdrawals that remain in force, although domestic transfers were still allowed.The head of the finance ministry’s IT services denied that the ministry systems had been tampered with, adding that adequate protection measures are in place.The main opposition New Democracy party on Tuesday formally asked a parliamentary committee investigating Greece’s bailouts to examine Varoufakis, with a view to determining whether Tsipras was aware of his alleged acts.Also, a prosecutor forwarded to parliament two separate lawsuits against Varoufakis by Greek citizens claiming he severely harmed the national interests by failing to adequately negotiate with bailout creditors. Under Greek law, all lawsuits against lawmakers, irrespective of their merits, must be examined by parliament as members of the house enjoy immunity from prosecution.Lawmakers would then vote on whether to lift Varoufakis’ immunity. Greece pushes on with bailout talks as government takes heat over top-secret euro exit plan by The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN Egypt help avert another IsraelPalestine war in Gaza that was minutes

“After intense efforts by the United Nations and Egypt, I can report that the situation is calming down, although tensions remain,” Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the Security Council via video link from Jerusalem.  He said that “last Saturday we were minutes away from another devastating confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza”.The enclave bordered by Israel and the Mediterranean has been controlled by a Palestinian militant faction, Hamas, since 2007. Israel has blocked the movements of Palestinians from Gaza.    After intense efforts by the United Nations and Egypt, I can report that the situation is calming down, although tensions remain – UN Special CoordinatorThe UN has said the root causes of the intractable conflict there include a more than 50-year occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territory; its years-long blockade of Gaza; Hamas’s continuing control of the enclave, and the division between Palestine’s two political factions, Fatah and Hamas.Briefing the Council on recent developments around Gaza, Mr. Mladenov said that “over the last two weeks, the situation quickly spiralled out of control, nearly to a point of no-return”.The past month, he said, has witnessed one of the largest escalations since the most recent 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.Nineteen Palestinians, including seven children, were killed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza, during protests, clashes, and airstrikes, and over 1,000 were injured.One IDF soldier was killed by gunfire from Gaza last week, while four Israeli civilians and an IDF soldier were moderately injured, respectively, by rocket fire and a hand grenade attack.Hamas and other militants fired 283 rockets and mortars from Gaza towards Israel, while The Israeli Air Force (IAF) fired some 189 missiles and artillery shells against targets in Gaza.Mr. Mladenov said he travelled to Gaza on 15 July and earlier on Tuesday, in an urgent effort to de-escalate tensions, appealing to Palestinian factions not to provoke incidents at the fence, to immediately stop the firing of rockets and mortars and to stop the incendiary kites and balloons. He appealed to Israel to fully reopen border crossings, stop shelling, particularly in populated areas, and to exercise restraint towards Gaza.“I returned to Jerusalem from Gaza just an hour ago and am hopeful that with collective efforts by all sides we can avoid another war, allow Palestinians in Gaza and Israelis in communities across the border to sleep in peace and begin addressing all humanitarian issues,” he said.On Sunday, the UN warned that supplies of emergency fuel provided by the world body for critical facilities in Gaza are running out. UNSCOThe bulk of imports and exports to and from Gaza pass through the Kerem Shalom crossing point. (17 July)Mr. Mladenov said that on Tuesday, the first 100,000 litres of much-needed fuel were allowed through the Kerem Shalom crossing, to be distributed by the UN to hospitals and emergency services.Turning to the Syrian Golan Heights, he said that recent developments on the Golan have heightened tensions.He said that a few hours ago, the Israeli Defence Forces reported that it fired two missiles, which shot down a Syrian fighter jet that they claim had infiltrated nearly two kilometres into Israeli airspace.“We are closely monitoring the situation,” he said. read more

Tips to stay healthy this flu season

With the arrival of flu season, Brock’s Office of Health, Safety and Wellness is offering tips on how to stay healthy, build the immune system and prevent infection.Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” can spread from infected persons through coughing, sneezing and touching contaminated surfaces. Best practices to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases include regularly washing hands, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve, staying home when ill, avoiding shaking hands with people and getting the flu shot. Meditation, regular exercise, healthy sleep habits and a diet high in fruits and vegetables can strengthen the immune system.An education video created two years ago by Brock Nursing students stresses the importance of the flu shot. It emphasizes that even healthy people can carry the flu virus and infect others, especially vulnerable groups, such as small children; the elderly; or those who are ill, stressed or undernourished.Flu shots are available at the Campus Pharmacy for students, faculty and staff with valid OHIP cards. Students with a UHIP card can make an appointment with Student Health Services.Vaccinations are also available at walk-in clinics, family doctors’ offices and participating pharmacies. More information on the flu shot, including vaccine safety and precautionary measures, can be found on the Niagara Region’s website.The decision to get the flu shot is an individual choice. The Office of Health, Safety and Wellness recommends that faculty, staff and students consult with a health professional, such as a doctor, pharmacist or public health nurse. read more

Advanced Svendborg Brakes systems for overland conveyors at Escondida mine

first_imgLocated at 3,200 m above sea level in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the Escondida mine currently produces more than 1.1 Mt/y of copper. In 2015, the massive open pit mine also saw byproduct output of some 88,000 oz of gold and 4.8 Moz of silver.In 2012, the mine started construction of two major expansions: the Organic Growth Project 1 (OGP1) and the Oxide Leach Area Project (OLAP).Commissioned in 2015, the OGP1 allows the mine to access higher grade ore and includes a new 152,000 t/d processing plant. The project also uses four overland conveyors driven by 5 x 5 MW direct drives. The entire four-flight direct drive conveyor system spans 10,632 m in length with the largest flight being 3,942 m long. At the time, this was the largest gearless drive conveyor in the world. The 1,800 mm wide belt conveyors, travelling at 6.4 m/s, move copper ore at a rate of 12,550 t/h. The high altitude conveyors operate in a wide range of extreme temperatures from -10˚C to +40˚C.Svendborg Brakes worked closely with the conveyor OEM to design a complete intelligent braking solution to meet the challenging requirements for the four-flight gearless conveyor system. Tillman Speer, International Sales Manager at Svendborg Brakes, explained, “Due to the direct drive set up of these OGP1 conveyors, the required braking torque was extremely high.”Groupings of two or six Model BSFB 650 spring-applied, hydraulically-released, dual-spring caliper brakes, acting on large 2.7 m diameter steel brake discs, serve as on/off holding brakes at the head and tail of the various conveyor flights. “Two popular Svendborg Brakes SOBO controllers, paired with custom SOBO hydraulic power units, were installed in one of the center conveyor sections to meet additional safety requirements,” said Speer. “The redundant systems are identical and each is capable of stopping the conveyor by itself in case of an emergency.”  The OLAP, commissioned in 2014, features a robust leaching pad combined with three downhill overland conveyors with a total elevation drop of 207 m. The entire three-flight conveyor system spans 4,778 m in length with the largest flight being 2,740 m long. These 1,524 mm wide belt conveyors, travelling at 4 m/s, move copper ore at a rate of 4,125 t/h. Svendborg Brakes supplied braking systems provide emergency stopping and parking for 4 x 450 kW drives. Each system included a pair of model BSFK 535 spring-applied, hydraulically-released, dual-spring caliper brakes, a SOBO controller and a custom SOBO hydraulic power unit (HPU).According to Speer, “The most important Svendborg Brakes criteria for the OLAP conveyor system was to provide safe and reliable braking and parking in emergency situations, while not affecting normal operation.”Svendborg Brake’s unique soft braking control (SOBO) provides a range of safety and durability benefits in heavy industrial applications including mining. Deceleration and the stopping of heavy conveyor loads is critical, and controlled braking is essential for a significant reduction of torque peaks, preventing damage to the belt and mechanical components.Specialized hydraulic power units, manufactured in-house by Svendborg Brakes, are engineered to meet any mining requirement. In order to minimize downtime, the units are equipped to monitor oil level and temperature, motor and pump function, and operational pressure.Svendborg Brakes provided complete single-source braking solutions and support from concept and design through packaging and commissioning.“We were very responsive during the conveyor system concept phase as the designs went through various changes and modifications,” Speer said. “Svendborg Brakes’ experienced project managers provide superior oversight and control of every project from order placement through installation.”Svendborg Brakes has a global network of qualified local technicians who can commission and service its brake systems. “Our service technician team, based in Chile, speaks Spanish and is available on short notice. They have all the required South American certifications to work at mine sites throughout the continent,” said Speer. “These were very important Svendborg Brakes advantages for this particular project.” The picture shows groupings of six Model BSFB 650 spring-applied, hydraulically-released, dual-spring caliper brakes, acting on 2.7 m diameter steel brake discs, serve as on/off holding brakes at the head of the various OGP1 conveyor sectionslast_img read more

NEW GOALKEEPER Rhein Neckar Lowen sign Borko Ristovski

German Rhein Neckar Lowen have a new goalkeeper! Macedonian No.1 goalie Borko Ristovski signed six-months deal with the leader of DKB Bundesliga. He stated about his new challenge for domestic Sportmedia.mk:-It is a great honour to be a Rhein Neckar Lowen player after a month of negotiations. I am happy to play in the team with Championship’s ambitions – said Ristovski who will play his last match for French US Creteil tonight. ← Previous Story Vote for MIZUNO WORLD HANDBAL COACH 2015 Next Story → RK GORENJE FLASHMOB: Who takes the ball? read more

Handson with the Makerbot Replicator 3D printer

first_imgOne of the greatest pieces of developing tech on the market today is the 3D printer. Every day we get closer and closer to the replicators from Star Trek, and that’s pretty much as cool as it gets. While the 3D printers of today are pretty far from spitting out a Raktajino on command, there’s no denying how increasingly important it is to pay attention to them. Makerbot Industries is, by far, the most talked about of the current 3D printer companies with their amusingly named line of printers. While the classic Thing-O-Matic is the pride of the fleet, the Makerbot team took to CES 2012 with the goal of unveiling The Replicator. A re-imagined MakerbotThe previous iterations of the Makerbot design worked in a basic manner. The base plate would move back and forth as the extruder on top spit out the heated fiber. As the plate moved around and around, the structure would take form, and eventually you would have your item. The Replicator does things a little differently. The extruder on the replicator moves around as the plate remains stationary, and this model is actually capable of supporting two extruders. With two, you can have a different color in each extruder, so you don’t have to switch back and forth manually when you want your project to have multiple colors. Having the extruder move around instead of the baseplate has increased accuracy significantly, according to Makerbot founder Bre Pettis. Pettis explained that in the previous model it was difficult to account for the increase in mass as what you printed took shape on the baseplate. This lead to certain limitations when it came to how accurately the machine would work. The Replicator is using many of the same servos as the previous model, but is much more accurate because of this re-design. The end result is the ability to print increasingly complex structures without the rough edges or accidentally loose fibers. Another significant change to the Makerbot line is the baseplate itself. Since you are essentially heating up a form of plastic and sticking it to a surface, the baseplate needs to be coated in something that the plastic adheres to while you are in the middle of a print job, but it can’t be stuck to it permanently, or cause any damage when you are trying to remove the project once it is finished. The baseplate for the Replicator is covered in Kapton tape. Kapton allows the project to stay in one place, but when the plastic cools the project will usually pop right off of the tape on its own. When talking with Pettis, he explained that the discovery of Kapton for this use was one of intense trial and error. After many many attempts to solve this problem, they stumbled across Kapton. Who is it for?Just about every geek out there wants a 3D printer. You’ve seen the custom made dice and the random little projects that pop up, but what kind of person truly needs a Makerbot? When I asked Bre Pettis, he responded without hesitation. Parents and Children are the most active market. Sitting a child down and allowing them to absorb this complicated tool is no different then when we were sat down in front of a computer when we were young. Showing a child that they can take their imagination and actually fabricate the objects in their minds, teaching them the beginnings of things like 3D architecture and the fundamentals of engineering. The next wave of thinkers will have tools like a Makerbot at their disposal. Of course, its also for the big kids. A full Makerbot Replicator kit with dual extruders will cost you $1750. In our hands-on demo, we found that the average project took about an hour to complete, while larger projects like the companion cube Pettis wouldn’t set down (because he knew better) would take a bit longer. The Replicator doesn’t use both colors simultaneously, but having dual extruders means it can switch back and forth between those colors much faster. Either way, multi-color projects will still take longer. Final ThoughtsThe Replicator is, in every respect, a solid step forward for Makerbot. There are improvements all across the board that are more optimizations on the current design rather than a reinvention of their project. At the current price point, the Replicator is still out of reach for anyone who isn’t either a serious enthusiast or an organization, but with advancements like the Replicator it is not hard to see a very short time before seeing a 3D printer in a house is not such a strange thing. Personally, I already have a spot all picked out in my office for a Replicator, and look forward to seeing more of these devices used for educational purposes.last_img read more

Disgraceful ExFAI boss calls for investigation into associations ticketing deals

first_img‘Disgraceful’ – Ex-FAI boss calls for investigation into association’s ticketing deals Brendan Menton also believes Fifa should step in to take temporary control of the FAI through a normalisation committee. 28 Comments Apr 26th 2019, 12:55 PM Menton alongside Mick McCarthy during the 2002 World Cup. Image: INPHO Menton alongside Mick McCarthy during the 2002 World Cup. Subscribe Image: INPHO By Ben Blake Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 42,175 Views center_img Friday 26 Apr 2019, 12:55 PM FORMER FAI TREASURER and general secretary Brendan Menton has called for Fifa to step in following the recent financial scandal involving former chief executive John Delaney.Menton, who resigned from the FAI after the Genesis Report in 2002, also believes a thorough investigation into the association’s ticket deals with English businessman Marcus Evans is needed. In a lengthy, hard-hitting article published on Medium.com earlier this week, the economist claimed that the current FAI board “imbibed power and fiddled while Irish football crashed and burned”. The ex-Fifa development consultant suggested reform with the assistance of the world football governing body, who can impose a normalisation committee on the association. This allows Fifa to intervene and take control temporarily in exceptional circumstances when member associations aren’t complying with the Fifa Statutes. Yesterday, The Irish Sun reported that Fifa has written to the FAI to clarify possible state interference in the running of the association after Sport Ireland froze funding in light of John Delaney’s 2017 bridging loan being exposed and the recent Oireachtas committee hearings.  Speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Menton said:  I think the best solution is that Fifa come in and appoint this normalisation committee of independent people to restructure the association over a period of 15 months. “In my piece, I asked the FAI president Donal Conway to lead this process instead of Fifa coming to chase the FAI. You go to Fifa, explain and ask for their help. But my fear is that is going to be ignored.”Menton also feels strongly that deals between the FAI and a company owned by Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans should be looked into in great detail, after The Sunday Times reported earlier this month that Fifa are investigating both parties in relation to how tickets were distributed for the 2010 World Cup. “I think this investigation of the FAI has to go a lot further,” he said. “It has to include the ticket deal between the FAI and Marcus Evans Limited, which Mark Tighe exposed two weeks ago. “12.5% of tickets for Irish away matches going to a corporate hospitality company? 25% of tickets for [European Championships and World Cups in] Poland, possibly for France? That’s disgraceful.”The entire FAI board has signalled their intent to resign at the AGM in July. Asked if that would be sufficient, Menton replied: My suspicion is that they will all seek re-election. For those who are old enough to remember, this reminds me of the Merriongate ticket scandal of 1996, when the officers resigned and stood for re-election.  “I think all the board members and all the council members are complicit. What about the role of the company secretaries in all of this? They are supposed to have a check and balance role. What have they been doing over the last number of years? And they are still involved in sport in this country. “I think they should have no role in the future of football. The council are appointed by members as their watchdog, but they fell asleep.”Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share Tweet Email Short URL https://the42.ie/4607864 last_img read more

The average cost of renting a property in Dublin is now over

first_img 47,914 Views By Sean Murray Monday 13 May 2019, 6:00 AM The average cost of renting a property in Dublin is now over €2,000 There are 2,700 homes available to rent nationwide – the lowest recorded number – according to the latest report from Daft.ie. Short URL Much of the commentary around new supply for the market is unhelpful, particularly talk of so-called ‘cuckoo funds’ – what in other countries are termed landlords.Lyons added it must be a focus of policymakers to boost rental supply.Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has said that the report made “for grim reading” and that there was a need for “urgent action”.“[This] demonstrates the need for an immediate rent freeze for existing and new tenancies combined with a refundable renters tax credit worth a month’s rent.” https://jrnl.ie/4630834 Source: Daft.ieTHE AVERAGE COST of renting a home in Ireland in the first three months of this year was at an all time high of €1,366 – a rise of 8% on the same time last year.In Dublin, the average cost has risen above €2,000 – with rent increasing in the capital for the 31st consecutive quarter in a row.The latest quarterly report from Daft.ie has also highlighted that there were just 2,700 homes available to rent nationwide on 1 May which is the lowest recorded since the first time these figures were compiled in 2006. Source: seanmIn the report, Trinity College economist Ronan Lyons said that analysis of the figures shows that the “basic laws of economics” are applying to Dublin’s rental market. “They also suggest that the level of supply needed for rents to not change is about 13,000 per quarter, or 1,000 per week. Currently, the Dublin market is getting half that – about 500 per week,” he said. Share129 Tweet Email8 In particular, addressing loopholes in the existing bill around tenants’ security of tenure, such as the removal of no reason evictions at the end of every six-year cycle, could potentially make a huge difference to those who are affected by the lack of affordable housing in the private rental market, and help take pressure off over-burdened emergency accommodation.“Ultimately, this crisis will be solved by the provision of social and affordable social housing,” Sheehan added.Note: Journal Media Ltd has shareholders in common with Daft.ie publisher Distilled Media Group. While the Minister lauds vulture fund investment in buying up blocks of apartments  or applying to build so-called shared accommodation, none of this will assist in addressing the rental crisis if the accommodation is not genuinely affordable. The time for half measures is over. Paul Sheehan, spokesperson for the Simon Communities, said that “people’s lives are being immensely affected by this housing crisis every day”.“We believe further strengthening of tenants’ rights is necessary. May 12th 2019, 10:41 AM 102 Comments To close that gap, Dublin needs to build tens of thousands more rental homes.Across the board, rents are climbing with the cost in other cities rising at a higher rate than in Dublin. Source: Daft.ieWhile rent in Dublin rose by 6.8% compared to the same time last year, there were double-digit increases in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.Average rents, and year-on-year change, Q1 2019Dublin: €2,002, up 6.8%Cork: €1,331, up 10.0%Galway: €1,260, up 11.4%Limerick: €1,195, up 14.4%Waterford: €986, up 13.6%Rest of the country: €968, up 9.7%The average rent across the country is now €337 higher per month than the previous peak in 2008. Compared to when rents reached their lowest level in late 2011, the average rent is now almost €625 higher.ReactionCommenting on the report, Lyons added: “The rental market remains plagued by weak supply at a time of strong demand. While the total number of rental homes on the market did improve slightly earlier in 2019, the figures for May have undone all that progress. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

PlanetSolar le plus grand bateau solaire du monde en images

first_imgPlanetSolar : le plus grand bateau solaire du monde en imagesKiel, Allemagne – La version définitive du PlanetSolar a été dévoilée hier à Kiel, ville portuaire d’Allemagne. Il s’agit du plus grand bateau fonctionnant à l’énergie solaire jamais conçu au monde.PlanetSolar est destiné à faire le tour du monde en 120 jours. Ses concepteurs veulent prouver au monde que l’énergie renouvelable est fiable, et qu’il est urgent et nécessaire de lui faire confiance pour la préservation de la planète. D’ailleurs, pour le navigateur Gérard d’Aboville, “l’avenir appartient à l’énergie solaire, même si certaines personnes ont besoin de beaucoup de temps pour le comprendre”.À lire aussiQuand d’impressionnantes vagues géantes s’abattent sur un navireD’origine suisse, le multicoque est doté de lignes futuristes qui représentent bien la volonté d’innovation de ses designers. Il mesure 31 mètres de long pour 15 de large, 7,5 mètres de hauteur et est équipé de 500 m² de panneaux photovoltaïques, soit une puissance énergétique d’environ 30 kW.Mis à l’eau d’ici quelques semaines, PlanetSolar commencera par visiter l’Europe dès l’été 2010 avant d’entamer son tour du monde dès le printemps 2011.Découvrez-le en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/planetsolar/planetsolar-le-plus-grand-bateau-solaire-du-monde_art6054.htmlLe 26 février 2010 à 12:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Off Beat Bob Knight scores big assist at Larch basketball game

first_imgBob Knight’s biggest assist on a basketball court had nothing to do with passing the ball.It did, however, illustrate why he is this year’s First Citizen. Wednesday’s ceremony was an opportunity to detail some of Knight’s civic involvement since 1997, when he arrived as commander of Vancouver Barracks.Knight now is president of Clark College, a high-profile position where he manages to make below-the-radar contributions to the community. One of them was at that basketball game.In his nomination letter, Rick Takach wrote how Knight organized a basketball team to play at Larch Corrections Center, where Clark College offers classes.In 2008, one of the Larch players approached Knight.“He came up to me after the basketball game and asked me about getting into Clark College,” Knight said Wednesday at WareHouse ’23.Knight gave him a business card.“To be honest, I didn’t think I’d hear from him,” Knight said.The Larch inmate started writing to Knight, who learned that the young man had been arrested as an accomplice to an assault when he was 18. A public defender talked him into a plea bargain for a three-year sentence. He was sent to the state penitentiary at Walla Walla, then to the minimum-security facility in north Clark County.When the young man was released on Jan. 1, 2009, Knight drove to Larch to pick him up. He had $40 and a cardboard box containing everything he owned, Takach wrote.last_img read more

Klopp doubts there will be any January signings at Liverpool

Klopp doubts there will be any January signings at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t see any new players coming in during the January transfer marketDespite losing defenders Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to injuries, Klopp is remaining calm over at Anfield and will not make any hasty decisions after spending €182.20m in the summer.Another option for Klopp is to recall Harry Wilson from his season-long loan deal with Derby County in the English Championship.The Welsh winger has impressed over at Derby with eight goals in 19 appearances.But it appears Klopp will not be recalling him or exploring the possibility of making a signing in the winter unless Liverpool injury problems get worse.“I really think Harry left in the right moment,” said Klopp on the club website.“Since I was in everybody told me Harry Wilson needed to go on loan. He scored a lot of goals for the U23s already.“He went last year to Hull, he was already good. He came back, pre-season was pre-season, and he went to Derby and now he is with Frank [Lampard].Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It’s really nice the job Frank is doing there, it is outstanding. England has a lot of good young managers, that’s cool.“Our situation is like this; if you would have asked me two weeks before if we’ll do anything in the transfer market, I would have said, ‘Probably not.’“Now we have two centre-halves left. Will we do something? It’s not really likely because they [Gomez and Matip] are not out for a long time. But we have to judge it anew.“And that’s exactly the same with Harry. If something happens in an offensive wing position, why should I say today, ‘100 per cent we will not do it’?“That’s the only thing Derby had to accept in the moment they signed the contract. They have to wait until the last second and we can decide.“But we don’t want to take him away. Only if we really need him would we trigger that option. Otherwise, he’s there in a fantastic team.“I like watching them. How they played against United [in the Carabao Cup] was a role model game and it was not because United were weak – it was because Derby were outstanding. So, all good.”last_img read more

Crash causes power outage in Lincoln Neighborhood

first_imgA vehicle that crashed into a power pole reportedly caused a brief electrical outage in the Lincoln neighborhood Monday.Initially, 1,899 customers were affected by the outage, which was first reported about 7:15 a.m., after a truck hit a pole at West 39th Street and Kauffman Avenue.Traffic in the area was affected while crews with Clark Public Utilities replaced the pole. Power was restored to all of the affected customers within two hours.The crash reportedly sheared off the power pole but did not result in injuries, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.last_img read more

Supreme Court issues notice to central government on plea over

Supreme Court issues notice to central government on plea over

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the central government on a plea challenging validity of certain provisions amended in the Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Act which deprives a person from ownership of cattle during the pendency of trial. The earlier provision prescribed that the custody of an animal can be taken only after the owner has been convicted. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A Division Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and B.R. Gavai asked the central government to file reply on the plea within four weeks. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by NGO Buffalo Traders Welfare Association through its President, Mohd. Aqil Qureshi. Representing the association, advocate Sanobar Ali Qureshi requested the court to set aside certain provisions of the Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (Care And Maintenance Of Case Property Animals), Rules 2017 which was amended via centre’s notification dated May 23 2017. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Calling it as unconstitutional, the petitioner said that the amended rules are contrary to the section 29 and 35 of the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals, 1960 and against the Constitution. The petitioner’s society challenged notification, particularly Rule 3, 5, 8 and 9 of the animal act which permits the forfeitures of the animals and sends the animals to Gaushala, Pinjrapole, infirmary, if the owner pleads guilty and as such not release the animals even during the pending litigation. Advertise With Us Rule 3 empowers the magistrate to direct the animal to be housed at an infirmary, pinjrapole, animal welfare organisation or Gaushala during the pendency of the litigation. Rule 5 empowers a magistrate to direct the accused and the owner to execute a bond at the time of handing over the animal to the infirmary. Rule 8 says that in case an accused is found guilty, the magistrate shall deprive him of the ownership of animal and forfeit the seized animal to the infirmary, pinjrapole, animal welfare organisation or Gaushala already having custody for proper adoption or other disposition. According to Section 29, an animal maybe forfeited on the second conviction of the accused under the provisions of the act. “However, the impugned rules allow forfeiture during the pendency of litigation and on the first conviction and are thus ultra-vires the parent Act,” the petitioner said. The advocate said that after the notification of the impugned rules, transporters, cattle traders and farmers are facing threats due to anti-social elements taking law in their own hands. “This results in frequent looting of the animals. It is pertinent to mention that these frequent lootings are also threatening the rule of law and generally emboldening groups of persons to take the law into their own hands,” the advocate said. He said that these incidents are acting as trigger for communal polarization of the society, and if not halted effectively and immediately, will have disastrous consequences on the social fabric of the country.last_img read more

Schneider Report On Houstons Ballot Four Capital Improvement Bonds To Raise 500M

Schneider Report On Houstons Ballot Four Capital Improvement Bonds To Raise 500M

first_img 00:00 /00:53 Houston’s pension bond is the single biggest expense Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking voters to approve. But it’s not the only one. There are also four other bond measures on the ballot.The other bonds, known as “general obligation bonds,” would let the city borrow close to half a billion dollars. The money would pay for a range of basic city services, many of which are chronically short of funds:Proposition B ($159,000,000) would pay for public safety improvements, including new rescue equipment and training for the police and fire departments for dealing with future hurricanes.Proposition C ($104,000,000) would pay to improve parks, as well as to conserve green spaces and improve water quality along the city’s bayous.Proposition D ($109,000,000) would pay to improve the city’s public health and sanitation systems.Proposition E ($123,000,000) would pay to improve the city’s public library system.“I think people are going to find all of the services that are in these bonds attractive, right?” said Steven Craig, who teaches public sector economics at the University of Houston. “But at some point, the city will have to worry about its overall debt level, and that will affect our tax rate.” Craig  said the city’s revenue cap applies to current expenses – the money the city can spend this year – but not to how much money it can spend to service its debt.Alan Bernstein, a spokesman for Mayor Turner’s office, disputed that. “The tax rate does not have to go up to increase city revenue as long as property values – and sales tax revenues – continue to increase,” he said. “With the revenue cap in place, however, annual city property tax revenue cannot increase unless inflation and population growth exceed 4.5 percent annually.” Borrowing money, Bernstein said, is not the same as increasing revenue, any more than a homeowner taking out a mortgage is increasing his income. Listen Florian MartinHouston City Hallcenter_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

John Boyega Teases Shocking Photo From Star Wars Episode IX Set

first_img“Great working day on set! The whole team pushed themselves today to achieve something visually crazy,” Boyega wrote on Instagram. “I’ve had many moments of shock on the set, but not like today and I can’t wait until you know why.”Boyega ended his post with the hashtag #FN2187, which refers to the name of his Star Wars character, Finn. Of course, Boyega didn’t disclose any additional details on Finn’s fate. Fans will have to wait a couple of months to learn more about the Star Wars: Episode IX plot.More on Geek.com:Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Trailer Teases High-Tech AmusementStar Wars Lightsaber Removed From Auction Over Authenticity ConcernsMassive Cave Discovered in Canada, Named After ‘Star Wars’ Beast Stay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… center_img Star Wars: Episode IX isn’t premiering until Dec. 20, but John Boyega just gave a tiny preview of the movie’s set and fans can’t get enough of it.On Tuesday, Boyega posted a picture from the Star Wars: Episode IX set on his Instagram account. The photo, which was posted after a day of shooting, showed Boyega’s hands. One of Boyega’s thumbs was bleeding as well, but that wasn’t all: Boyega’s teasing caption was the icing on top of the cake.last_img read more

Tropical plant rediscovered after 150 years

Tropical plant rediscovered after 150 years

first_img © 2018 Phys.org A small team of researchers with the Crop Research Institute and Palacký University, both in the Czech Republic, has rediscovered a plant first (and last) recorded over a century and a half ago. In their paper published in the journal Phytotaxa describing their find, Michal Sochor, Zuzana Egertova, Michal Hrones and Martin Dancak describe the plant, a mycoheterotroph called Thismia neptunis. An orchid that never blooms More information: MICHAL SOCHOR et al. Rediscovery of Thismia neptunis (Thismiaceae) after 151 years, Phytotaxa (2018). DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.340.1.5 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. T. neptunis was first discovered back in 1866 by botanist Odoardo Beccari. He drew pictures of it in his notebook. The plant was not seen by other researchers until the team from the Czech Republic came across it last year, and took what are believed to be the only pictures of it ever captured.The plant, the team reports, is small, with a flower just 9 centimeters across. It grows in wet dirt along a river in a rainforest in Matang Massif, Borneo. It is also a member of the mycoheterotrophic family, which means it is not capable of photosynthesis, but instead survives as a parasite. It has no leaves, but its flower is unique, shaped like a bulb with three antennae-looking appendages that stick straight up into the air. The bulb itself is described as pale-colored with red stripes and an opening on top. The bulb is suspended on a whitish smooth stem. The plant’s features are similar to others in the genus Thismia, which collectively have been given the unofficial name of fairy lanterns. The team reports that they found dead flies inside one of the plants, suggesting a means for pollination. They noted also that Beccari did a remarkably good job of capturing what the plant looks like in his drawings.Prior research on other mycoheterotrophs has shown that they are tropical plants with more structure underground than above—the flower is, of course, used as a means of reproduction. They survive by absorbing fluids from underground fungi and typically only bloom for a few weeks at a time over the course of a year. They do not always bloom, though, which suggests the find by the Czech team was quite lucky.Beccarri, the researchers note, also discovered two other plant species in the area—they are hoping to rediscover those as well. Explore further Thismia neptunis: flowering plants (A, B), bud (C), detail of flower (D), section of floral tube and outer view of connective tube (E), detail of inner perianth lobe. Credit: Phytotaxa (2018). DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.340.1.5 Citation: Tropical plant rediscovered after 150 years (2018, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tropical-rediscovered-years.htmllast_img read more