EU Policy Makers Urged to Cut Pollution from Shipping

first_imgzoom Environmental experts are ringing the alarm bell and calling upon European policy makers to urgently adopt policies that effectively target the environmental performance of shipping.From emissions in ports to scrapping on South Asian beaches, European shipping companies pollute and put people’s health and lives at risk, NGO Shipbreaking Platform said in light of the ongoing European Shipping Week.“Every year approximately 50,000 people in the EU die prematurely because of air pollution from ships. While all land-based sources have been gradually regulated in recent years we still face a lack of effective emissions control measures for ships,” Daniel Rieger, from NABU, said.Burning heavy fuel without any exhaust gas aftertreatment systems is still standard practice on open sea, despite both regulatory and technical means at hand to limit the threat to human health, environment and global climate caused by such shipping emissions.“The EU must take a lead by designating all its waters as emission control areas for ship born sulphur, nitrogen and particle emissions,” the Platform said, adding that the EU must also back the growing calls for an international ban on the use of heavy fuel oil by Arctic shipping by 2020.Environmental NGOs welcomed the recent decision made by the European Parliament to include shipping in the EU Maritime Climate Fund/ETS from 2023 if the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) fails to deliver on a global deal.Furthermore, a new EU law aims to ensure that EU-flagged ships are recycled in EU-approved facilities. However, in a system where owners can swap the flag of their ship and where all vessels sold to South Asia pass through the hands of cash-buyers legislation based on flag state jurisdiction will be easy to circumvent, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.last_img read more

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Winners of bypolls take oath of secrecy

first_imgKolkata: Eight MLAs who have won in the by-elections, took the oath of secrecy on Wednesday.Biman Bandyopadhyay, Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly, administered the oath of secrecy. Partha Chatterjee, minister of Parliamentary Affairs, was also present. Of the eight MLAs, four belong to BJP with three from Trinamool Congress and one from Congress. The BJP MLAs are Neeraj Tamang Zimba from Darjeeling, Joyel Murmu from Habibpur (ST), Ashis Kumar Biswas from Krishnagunj (SC) and Pawan Kumar Singh from Bhatpara. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe Trinamool MLAs are Abdul karim Chowdhury from Islampur, Idris Ali from Uluberia east and Sahina Mumtaz Begum from Nawada in Murshidabad. Saiful Alam Khan from Congress, who was elected from Kandi in Murshidabad, also took the oath of secrecy. The ministers and MLAs became visibly embarrassed after Idris Ali shouted Joy Bangla slogan after the oath of secrecy was administered, while Joyel Murmu of BJP shouted the Jai Sri Ram slogan. The Speaker ordered both the slogans to be deleted from the record. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBefore administering the oath, Bandyopadhyay had asked all the new MLAs to read out only the oath given to them and say nothing extra. There was apprehension that like the Lok Sabha, where the MPs had shouted Jai Sri Ram and Jai Bangla after taking the oath, the MLAs will follow along the same lines. Bandyopadhyay reprimanded Ali for flouting his instruction and ordered that both the slogans by Trinamool Congress and BJP MLAs will be deleted from the records of the Assembly.last_img read more

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Boozing before game leads to teams ejection from World Curling Tour event

first_imgA curling team skipped by Jamie Koe that featured 2014 Olympic champion Ryan Fry was ejected from an Alberta bonspiel over the weekend for what organizers called unsportsmanlike behaviour resulting from excessive drinking. The team was tossed from the Red Deer Curling Classic on Saturday night. The move was announced via Twitter on Sunday by the World Curling Tour, which oversees the $35,000 event.“They were upstairs in our lounge beforehand and everything kind of seemed normal I guess,” Red Deer Curling Centre manager Wade Thurber said Monday. “Our bar staff eventually cut them off and then it was time for them to go curl.“That was probably the unfortunate thing was they had to go curl.”Fry, who won Olympic gold at the 2014 Winter Games, normally plays third for Team Brad Jacobs. He was filling in as a substitute on a Koe team that included Chris Schille and DJ Kidby.Koe, who has represented the Northwest Territories at several national championships, tried a practice slide before Saturday’s game but it did not go well and he decided to sit out.  “He was too drunk to play,” Thurber said from Red Deer. “They played three-handed.”Thurber said Kidby and Schille did their best to get Fry to focus on the game, but were unsuccessful.“On the ice, he broke three brooms, Thurber said. “There was of course foul language, and a little bit of disruption with the sheets beside them.”“The other guys were trying to control Ryan and they couldn’t,” he added. “He just got past that point of being able to tell him anything. There was some damage in the locker room and some broombags kicked around. It was just conduct that was unacceptable.”The opposing team, skipped by Kody Hartung, went on to post a 10-5 victory. The teams shook hands after seven ends.“I would like to sincerely apologize to the fans, participants and organizers of the Red Deer Curling Classic,” Fry said in a statement issued by Curling Canada on Monday. “I came to the event to play and enjoy the sport, but a bad lapse in judgement affected the experience for others. My actions were truly disrespectful and embarrassing — the committee was right to disqualify us from play.“I allowed myself to lose control — I offended people with my actions and I wish nothing more than to apologize to everyone individually. I will be taking proper steps to ensure this problem can never happen again. I will continue to strive to become a better version of myself while contributing positively to the sport and curling community that I love so much.”Team Koe’s last game on Sunday was declared a forfeit.“Due to lapse in judgment on Saturday, we contributed to (an) unpleasant experience for others,” Koe said Monday in a statement. “Although I removed myself from the last game before it started, the actions from the team led to our disqualification. We were disrespectful and the committee was right to disqualify us from further play, which we did not argue.“I would like to sincerely apologize to the athletes, fans and organizers at the event. I will be taking steps to ensure this never happens again.”The competition was set to wrap later Monday. The event committee had yet to decide on the team’s future participation in the event and the WCT has asked for a full report.“I’ve seen brooms broken before, we’ve seen smash marks in the ice, guys get a little heated out there at times,” Thurber said. “But it’s usually a quick one-minute incident and it’s done. This was kind of the whole game.”Fry normally plays on a team with Jacobs, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden. In addition to their Olympic title, they won the Tim Hortons Brier in 2013 and won silver at the world championship that year.“We’re all very disappointed,” Jacobs said from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. “We in no way support that type of behaviour, whether it’s displayed on or off the ice. It’s absolutely unacceptable. We’ve shared that with Ryan. Really at this point, we’re just taking the necessary steps to handle it internally and that’s really where we’re at. So nothing more to add.”The team won a Grand Slam title earlier this month in Thunder Bay, Ont. “We are handling it as a team,” Jacobs said. “We do need to have further discussions about this. Our plan is to move forward with Ryan and hopefully resolve this as quickly as possible and not have it affect our play on the ice.”Thurber said Fry and other members of the Koe team have since reached out to the Red Deer club and were very apologetic.“He’s offered to pay for damages,” he said of Fry. “He’s been very courteous, I guess we’ll say. Hasn’t been a problem at all, was just regretting his actions on Saturday.”Fry did not immediately return a text message. Curling Canada said his statement would be his only comment on the matter.“We’ve had this spiel for maybe 20 years,” Thurber said. “This is the first time we’ve had to kick someone out. It’s hopefully just one isolated incident and hopefully everybody learns going forward from it.”———With files from Canadian Press reporter Ken Trimble.Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Barenaked Ladies musician awarded 60000 in legal battle over painting

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — A Toronto gallery must now pay tens of thousands of dollars to a Canadian musician who alleged he was sold a fake painting purported to be by the renowned Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau.Ontario’s top court says the trial judge made several errors in dismissing the legal action by Kevin Hearn, a member of the Barenaked Ladies, against the Maslak-McLeod Gallery.Hearn purchased the painting, titled “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth,” in 2005 after receiving assurances that it was authentic and being promised a valid provenance statement attesting to that fact.Court documents say Hearn launched his legal battle after an official at the Art Gallery of Ontario told him the painting was likely a fake, and the gallery’s now-deceased owner refused to investigate the allegation or issue a refund.At trial, an expert testified that while the painting drew on Morrisseau’s “visual vocabulary” it did not fit in with his other works from that time and she believed it to be a forgery.In a ruling released today, the court of appeal says the trial judge erred in rejecting the expert’s testimony based on his own research, which was not entered as evidence.It says the judge also misapprehending the evidence regarding the agreement between Hearn and the gallery, particularly in relation to the issuance of a valid provenance statement for the painting.The appeal court says the gallery must pay Hearn $50,000 plus interest for breach of contract and breach of the Sale of Goods Act, as well as $10,000 in punitive damages. If Hearn receives the money, he must return the painting to the gallery, the ruling says.last_img read more

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Security Council notes some progress on fate of persons missing since 199091

But while some positive developments have occurred since October last year, “no confirmed remains of Kuwaiti or third-country nationals have been found” during that period, according to a press statement read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.Some 369 people are still listed as missing since the end of the Gulf War that erupted when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990.Today’s press statement followed a briefing to the Council’s by Ambassador Gennady Tarasov, the Secretary-General’s High-Level Coordinator for the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals and the repatriation of Kuwaiti property.Mr. Tarasov briefed the 15-member panel on the latest Secretary-General’s report on the issue, which noted that a confidence- and cooperation-building period between Iraq and Kuwait – which was launched in April last year – had proven useful.“It has helped to strengthen the practical cooperation between the parties concerned and to streamline the activities of various Iraqi Government bodies and institutions… thus demonstrating that a genuine effort can bring results,” the report stated.The Council statement noted several recent positive developments, including the discovery of missing Iraqis in Kuwait and the implementation of a plan to investigate the possibility that missing Kuwaitis may be found at new burial sites in Iraq.Council members also welcomed a series of measures taken by the Iraqi Government, such as the publication of the names and pictures of missing persons on the website of the Iraqi human rights ministry, coupled with a request for anyone with information to come forward.In addition, Kuwait is spending almost $1 million to fund a project backed by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to help build the capacity of the Iraqi human rights ministry in mass grave excavations and the identification of missing persons.However, the press statement said only “limited progress” has been made recently on clarifying the fate of the Kuwaiti national archives.The Council also agreed today to finance the activities of the High-Level Coordinator for another six months. 15 June 2010Iraq and Kuwait have made some progress on the ground over the past year in their joint efforts to search for persons and property missing since the 1990-91 Gulf War, the Security Council said today, calling on the neighbouring countries to maintain the spirit of cooperation to enhance relations and regional stability. read more

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Alberta Premier Notley wants to see at least one dramafree pipeline project

CALGARY – Alberta’s premier says she wants at least one new “drama-free” pipeline built that will carry the province’s oil to new markets.Rachel Notley told delegates to an Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention on Thursday that she plans to achieve that through ongoing discussions with British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.It is essential for Alberta, with its reliance on resource revenue, to get access to overseas customers, she said.Canada’s premiers signed a Canadian Energy Strategy in July to get energy products to global buyers.“This … strategy will also help … as we address a key challenge facing the energy industry in this province, which is the need to improve our access to new world markets, which means essentially getting at least one new pipeline built to tidewater,” Notley told the association.She later told reporters she has never suggested she is opposed to pipelines as a general rule, but has never advocated for the Keystone XL line through the United States, because there was little chance of influencing American decision-makers.It also goes against the NDP’s goal to keep domestic jobs.“Keystone is about providing massive capacity to get bitumen to a competing refinery hub … a refining hub that competes with any potential development that we could hope for here in Alberta or in Canada.”During a campaign stop in Iowa this week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she opposed the controversial pipeline project.The former secretary of state said she wanted to outline her position now after deciding the debate over the pipeline had become a distraction to larger efforts to fight climate change.Notley said Alberta needs to prepare for renewed growth in the energy industry as prices improve, but only in tandem with greater efforts on the environment.“It’s long past due for the government of Alberta to clean up its environmental act.“If we don’t get it right on this issue, quite frankly, a solution is going to be imposed upon us sooner or later by others — by a federal government and/or our markets, which will increasingly insist that energy products that they buy be mined and processed responsibly.”With oil prices currently under US$50 a barrel, the Alberta government has faced criticism for moving forward with a royalty review even though rates wouldn’t be affected until the end of next year.Notley defended the move in her speech as necessary for the government to collect and save an “appropriate share” of Alberta’s resource wealth.“The royalty review is about modernizing and updating our system, so it fits our future energy industry instead of its past,” she said.“This review is about ensuring that as prices recover, we collect and begin to save an appropriate share of our own resource wealth in the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund for the future of our children and our grandchildren.”Notley expects to have the review completed by the end of the year.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Alberta Premier Notley wants to see at least one ‘drama-free’ pipeline project Alberta Premier Rachel Notley fields questions at the summer meeting of Canada’s premiers in St. John’s on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Notley says she wants at least one new pipeline built that will carry the province’s oil to new markets.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2015 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Hundreds mark 70th anniversary of Warsaw ghetto uprising

first_imgSIRENS RANG OUT and church bells tolled today as Poland marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising that saw young Jews take up arms against Nazi German forces.Hundreds of people including Holocaust survivors gathered at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, where Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski called the revolt a “fight for dignity”.“But it was also an accusation of passivity and ineffectiveness of the whole free world, the world that could not bring itself to help,” he said.In attendance were the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron, plus one of the last three living survivors of the uprising.Simcha “Kazik” Rotem, 89, recalled that by April 1943 most of the ghetto’s Jews had died and the 50,000 who remained expected the same fate.But rather than die in the gas chambers at the Treblinka death camp, Rotem and hundreds of his comrades launched the April 19 uprising to “choose the kind of death” they wanted.“But to this very day I keep thinking whether we had the right to make the decision to start the uprising and by the same token to shorten the lives of many people by a week, a day or two,” Rotem said.Nobody gave us authorisation to do that and that’s the doubt I have to live with.Around 7,000 Jews died in Europe’s first urban anti-Nazi revolt, most of them burned alive, and nearly all the rest were then sent to Treblinka.Rotem survived by masterminding an escape through the drain system with dozens of comrades. Polish sewer workers guided them to the surface.“We have an obligation to remember them”Prayers are said in front of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial today (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)Poland’s chief rabbi Michael Schudrich told AFP that the 70th anniversary is special precisely because “we still have among us those who actually fought”.“There’s a sense that we have an obligation to make sure we really remember to pay tribute now while we still can hear from (them) and so we can thank them for what they did.”It was also the first anniversary to begin with a few minutes of bell tolls – an important “gesture on the part of the Church”, according to Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Jewish Community of Warsaw.Three clergymen joined Schudrich in reciting a prayer at the ceremony, where participants wore daffodil pins.That was a hat tip to Marek Edelman, an uprising commander who every year until his death in 2009 laid a bouquet of the flowers – yellow like the star marking Jews in World War II – at the ghetto hero monument.People lay flowers at the memorial during ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)That memorial lies on the former site of the Jewish ghetto that was razed by the Germans and where the communist regime built housing directly on the rubble.“Below the buildings, below the asphalt of the new streets, you’ll find (the ghetto’s) roots, with thousands of buried victims,” tour guide Jacek Leociak told AFP.The German parliament observed a minute of silence Friday in memory of the fighters.“We recall with great humility the suffering, the self-sacrifice and the fight for freedom of the people of the Warsaw ghetto,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Berlin.Once Europe’s Jewish heartland, Poland saw 90 per cent of its 3.3 million pre-war Jews wiped out by 1945. Jewish people face Nazi forces during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto after the uprising (AP Photos)- © AFP, 2013Read: Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on >last_img read more

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Ball in Greek court says Rehn as progress on deal is confirmed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is likely to reach a deal with foreign lenders on its latest bailout review before a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday to decide on further aid, EU and Greek officials said on Sunday.Athens has been in talks with inspectors from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund «troika» for nearly a week to show it can deliver on its pledges after failing to meet public sector reform targets.Greece hopes eurozone finance ministers will free up its next 8.1 billion-euro ($10.4 billion) tranche of aid when they meet on Monday because it needs part of the money to redeem about 2.2 billion euros of bonds in August.Bailed out twice by its foreign lenders, Greece relies on foreign aid to keep afloat. Failure to successfully conclude its bailout review could push it close to bankruptcy once again, triggering a new upsurge in the euro zone crisis.“We made very good progress,” Poul Thomsen, head of the International Monetary fund’s mission to Greece told reporters on Sunday, adding that he hoped talks would be concluded early on Monday before the Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers.Greece’s Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras also said he was optimistic of a deal on Monday morning. The two sides were due to leave Athens on Sunday, but could remain in touch to nail down final details.The latest loan installment is one of the last big cash injections that Greece stands to get as part of a 240 billion-euro rescue package that expires at the end of 2014.EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn told Reuters in France that the negotiations were almost complete, but Athens needed to intensify efforts to deliver on reform commitments.“The ball is in the Greek court and it depends on whether Greece is able to deliver the remaining elements of the milestones that have been agreed,” he said.He reiterated that aid for Greece could be split into installments. Lenders have become increasingly frustrated with Greece’s slow pace of shrinking the civil service and making it more efficient and less corrupt.Talks with the troika stumbled last week over a missed June deadline to put 12,500 state workers into a mobility scheme, under which they are transferred or laid off within a year, but an agreement was finally reached on Saturday.“The troika gave Greece an extension of a few months,” an official at the administrative reform ministry said on Sunday. “A second wave of another 12,500 staff will be placed in the scheme until the end of the year.”Other issues discussed with the troika included ways to cover a fiscal gap, including a shortfall of more than 1 billion euros at state-run health insurer EOPYY, and a possible reduction in a sales tax for restaurants that Athens had sought as a concession from lenders.Stournaras said the tax reduction issue remained on the table, adding that Athens managed to avoid further pay and pension cuts for military and police staff. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Scouting for Sports talent to come to hotspot communities

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22nd 2017: Newly Appointed Youth, Sports and Cultural Development Minister, Michael Pintard says government will embark on a vigorous programme to recruit sporting talent from hot spot areas across the country.Speaking during his contribution to the fiscal package, the Minister says it will go to these communities, and not ‘traditional venues’. He says young people can expect them to be in communities where they live, through the mediums that they listen to, and not the ones that we presume that they are listening to or watching”.He added that concentration will be given to “building our feeder system” with focus on training and supporting emerging athletes, budding cultural practitioners and young people”, in other words,  “who may otherwise fall through the cracks or under-achieve if not guided and supported”.Minister Pintard is also promising to pursue finances and other resources nationally and internationally, while it will amend legislation, policies and programs to facilitate the drive. Pintard says his government will look into providing “world-class physical infrastructure for youth, sports and cultural development”.The effort will also demand that everyone is working “closely with other government agencies and ministries to minimize scheduling conflicts and to reduce duplication of efforts and resources”.Minister Pintard noted his Ministry will enter this fiscal year with an aim at being more outreach-minded in staging events, holding discussions and targeting Bahamians. #MagneticMediaNews#MichaelPintardToBringSportsToHotSpotCommunitiescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Solskjaer praises Tottenhams Pochettino and Kane

first_imgAs next Sunday’s Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United match approaches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to praise Pochettino and Harry Kane.Despite doing a great job so far at Manchester United, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never stopped hearing the constant connections between his current position and manager Mauricio Pochettino.With the Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United match approaching, it was only natural that members of the press would question the Norwegian manager about the links but he doesn’t seem to mind about them.In fact, Solskjaer has a demeanor that exudes humbleness and he has no problem in praising the Argentine manager for the work he’s been doing for Spurs in the last few years.As a sane person would react to these links, the Red Devils’ current boss knows that people are talking about Pochettino possibly taking on the role in the future because he is currently part of an elite group of coaches who are being considered in case he doesn’t cut it.But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have won over pretty much all of the players, as he took the whole squad to a mini-camp in Dubai in order to get decompressed after the hell everybody went through with Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer acknowledges Pochettino speculation and offers cryptic Man Utd transfer update https://t.co/wuaVLAZzBS pic.twitter.com/PuMN9EW0I4— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 10, 2019The results for Manchester United presented themselves quickly, the Red Devils are a completely different squad than they were under the Portuguese manager and the Norwegian coach is the person who can be deemed responsible for this achievement.All the players have been responding very well to the new treatment they are getting from their new boss, Ole is even making his best attempt to recover players such as Alexis Sanchez or Romelu Lukaku, who seemed like lost causes at this stage of the season.But the time to get a little more serious is upon the novice manager, he knows that the moment of truth will be on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.When asked about the links between Pochettino and the Red Devils, Solskjaer responded with grace: “It’s not my job to rate different managers but he has done a very good job,” said Solskjaer via BBC Sport. “The speculation is there for a reason.”“Harry Kane? He’s not bad is he?” added the Norwegian.“He is a fantastic goalscorer, one of the best in the world. From the outside, it looks like he never misses chances really. We have to make sure he doesn’t get any against us.”“They are a top, top side and if we want to get close to them or go past them we will need a good result,” he concluded.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…”The speculation is there for a reason.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had some big praise for Mauricio Pochettino.More here: https://t.co/ElO1vdJnI1 pic.twitter.com/aBAnYN4SlN— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 10, 2019Now that things seem to be working properly, the Red Devils have returned to Manchester from their flash trip to Dubai with their hopes on getting some points they lost back and become one of the title contenders as soon as they possibly can.The result from next Sunday’s match at Wembley will be a great indicator of what could happen to the manager’s future at the club, but the Manchester United players have another idea in mind for their visit to Spurs.None of them have forgotten about the match during the first half of the season they lost at Old Trafford, more than one of them are eager to prove a point and get those three points back from Wembley.We are bound to see how key players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, or Anthony Martial react to this new challenge.Every single one of those footballers has recovered their best form, we might get a glimpse of it against another one of the most competitive sides in English football today.🗣 “He’s [Pochettino] done a very good job. The speculation is there for a reason because he’s done well but it’s not my job to rate different managers. My focus is on me and my team.”– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Mauricio Pochettino. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/6vdZG6lbQS— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 10, 2019What do you expect from the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium next Sunday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Music Festivals 2018 Mavis Staples To Headline Chicago Blues Festival

first_imgIn addition to Staples, headlining performances include a tribute to Delmark Records’ 65th anniversary with Jimmy Burns, Ken Saydak, Demetria Taylor, Steve and Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Johnson, and Omar Coleman, among others, and a tribute to blues harpist Little Walter. Kenny Neal, Fantastic Negrito, Mississippi Heat, the Corey Dennison Band, and Selwyn Birchwood, among others, are also on tap to perform.The festival will be held June 8–10 in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The three-day event is free and open to the public.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger Twitter Mavis Staples To Headline Chicago Blues Festival music-festivals-2018-mavis-staples-headline-chicago-blues-festival Facebook News The GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter will take the stage at the Windy City’s 35th annual tribute to the bluesRenée FabianGRAMMYs Feb 20, 2018 – 10:23 am To commemorate Chicago’s 35th annual city-wide celebration of the blues, the Chicago Blues Festival is bringing in some of the best artists of the genre, including the recently announced headliner, GRAMMY winner Mavis Staples. CHANNEL CONTENT ERRORThis channel is not playable at this timeRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 2:36 am GRAMMY Museum: An Evening With Mavis Staples Music Festivals 2018: Mavis Staples To Headline Chicago Blues Festival Email last_img read more

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Former Skagway tribal employee sentenced for embezzling 300000 from tribe

first_imgA woman who embezzled over $300,000 from the Skagway Traditional Council was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison.Listen nowDelia Commander, 64, of Oregon pleaded guilty on one count of embezzlement and must pay almost the entire sum of $297,731 in restitution to the council, according to the office of Alaska’s District Attorney.Commander was the tribal administrator for the Skagway tribe from 2008 to 2014. She was responsible for managing finances, grants, contracts, housing and more.According to the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward, Commander successfully embezzled more money than in any other tribal fraud case she’s worked on.“The Defendant plead guilty to embezzling $300,000, which is the equivalent of two full years of operating budget,” Steward said.The tribe receives about $150,000 from the Bureau of Indian Affairs every year. Commander used some of that money to pay for college tuition, credit cards, cash advances at casinos and a trip to Hawaii.Commander applied for grants from entities like the EPA for additional funds, and didn’t follow up on reporting.The theft was discovered when she abruptly resigned three years ago as the council began to press for financial documentation and question her frequent absences.Court documents say sentencing was difficult to decide in Commander’s case, since she was a “grandmother” with “no prior criminal history” and “a master’s degree.”But prosecutors felt a significant sentence was justified partly to deter others from tribal fraud.“There are over 200 federally recognized tribes in Alaska, most of them receiving some federal funding,” Steward said. “That system, in these remote places, and these small organizations, relies heavily on trust. Trust that the organizations and the people running them will spend it in the ways that they’re meant to be spent.”Skagway Traditional Council still is working on repairing the financial damage.Their new tribal administrator, Sara Kinjo-Hischer, said by email they were grateful it was over, and they can move forward.last_img read more

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Telangana FRO Anitha who was attacked in Kagaznagar receives

first_imgTelangana Forest Range Office Anitha who was attacked in Kagaznagar by the brother of a TRS MLA received KVS Babu IFS Memorial Gold Medal and a citation in recognition to her outstanding services in Forest Department. Besides, the gold medal, a cash award of Rs 15,000 and a citation are also being presented to her at 73rd Independence Day celebrations at Telangana Forest Academy in Dhulapally. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The Forest Department presents the KVS Babu IFS Memorial Gold Medal every year to a forest official for performing their duties well. FRO Anitha was attacked by the villagers while performing afforestation works following which the Koneru Krishna brother of Sirpur MLA Koneru Konappa was arrested for provoking people.last_img read more

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Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days

first_imgReuters reporter Kyaw Soe Oo and his sister Nyo Nyo Aye hug each other as he arrives at court in Yangon. Photo: AFPTwo Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday as a probe into allegations they breached the nation’s Official Secrets Act continues, according to their lawyer.When they appeared in court for the proceedings, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were allowed to meet their families and their lawyer for the first time since their arrest on the night of 12 Dec.The two journalists said they had not been mistreated in custody.“The situation is okay,” Wa Lone said after the hearing, adding that the two were being held at a police compound in Yangon.“We will face it the best we can because we have never done anything wrong,” he said. “We have never violated the media law nor ethics. We will continue to do our best.”Dozens of reporters and cameramen were outside the courthouse in a northern district of Yangon for the appearance of the two journalists. They were brought in a white van, rather than a police truck, dressed in casual clothes and were not handcuffed.Their lawyer, Than Zaw Aung, who has been retained by Reuters, said the two had only been doing their job as journalists.“They are being accused under this charge while doing their work as media,” he told reporters.Only their families and lawyer were allowed into the courtroom along with police and government lawyers.The two journalists had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in the western state of Rakhine, where an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from a fierce military crackdown on militants.The two journalists are being investigated under a section of the Official Secrets Act which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.last_img read more

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Evacuations Ordered Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until Saturday

first_imgFlood conditions right now along FM 1462 in Brazoria County, TX. A bad situation, getting worse.#khou #HouNews pic.twitter.com/6c9QvulIs9— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) June 3, 2016Meanwhile, the West Fork San Jacinto near Highway 59 is expected to remain above major flood levels into this weekend.  The San Jacinto River near Sheldon was at moderate flood levels and will begin to fall Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Several creeks were running high: Cypress Creek, Spring Creek, and the lower portion of Greens Bayou and Armand Bayou. Meteorologist Jeff Lindner, with The Regional Joint Information Center, said these watersheds are running within about three or four feet of their bank-full levels.Harris County Flood Control DistrictHarris County Flood Control District MapHouston TranStar was reporting more than 40 high-water locations Friday morning after overnight rain. The Harris County Emergency Operations Center has been monitoring weather conditions.“Overnight, we’ve had a period to dry out and a lot of the thunderstorm activity this morning has been along the coast and offshore. And while it’s attempting to move inland, it’s kind of struggling a little bit so I think we might actually get through this morning without any significant heavy rainfall,” Lindner said.  “And then we’ll have to pay very close attention to this afternoon and into the overnight period tonight.”  The Pasadena, La Porte and Deer Park area received the most rain Thursday night.“They had anywhere from 4.5 to 5 inches of rain in a 2 to 3-hour period last night, which did cause a lot of street flooding down in that area. And we now have 24- hour totals on Cypress Creek around I-45 of up to nine inches. So we are concerned, if we get more development this afternoon, there’s just not a lot of capacity in our channels to handle additional rainfall,” Linder said.  Lindner says these bands of storms are behaving somewhat like a tropical system.“And that’s just the fact that you have a low-pressure center sitting over a very, very moist air mass across the state of Texas, and so it kind of takes on these tropical-like characteristics. And we know that tropical systems, when they move inland and decay, can produce some really heavy rainfalls,” he said. “That’s the concern tonight for our area, and that’s what we’re going to be watching as we move through today. NOAAEvacuations have been ordered for some Brazoria County residents as a flash flood watch is in effect for Houston-area counties until Saturday evening.Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Houston, Jackson, liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties are also included in the watch.The National Weather Service says an upper level low-pressure system centered over central Texas will slowly move into south Texas this weekend.“A series of upper level disturbances rotating around this feature will pivot into southeast Texas through Saturday and trigger periods of showers and thunderstorms. The weather pattern today will be similar to the past couple of days. On average most locations can anticipate 1/2 to 2 inches of rainfall, but localized swaths of much higher totals between 4 and 7 inches are possible where training sets up. We will be keeping an eye on the potential for another storm complex to possibly impact the area overnight.”The National Weather Service is forecasting the Brazos River to maintain record levels into next week, and additional rainfall could cause more concern for area residents. Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta issued a mandatory evacuation Friday for residents residing North of County Road 30S.  About 1,700 inmates from the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon were also being evacuated.  Sharelast_img read more

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VIDEO Ben McAdoo calls out Eli Manning for sloppy quarterback play on

first_imgThe Giants are 0-2 after looking bad in a 24-10 home loss to the Lions last night, and Ben McAdoo took responsibility for the loss in his postgame press conference for his team’s performance, but also took an opportunity to call out Eli Manning for ‘sloppy quarterback play’ for taking a delay of game penalty on a 4th and goal from the 2 in the third quarter. The G-men ended up kicking a field goal. McAdoo wasn’t happy about it.Things are looking bad in New York, but this is a bad look from Benny Soprano.last_img

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Why the govt let many trade schools become diploma mills

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — How did trade schools go from being mom-and-pop shops that trained mechanics and hair stylists to making billions on Wall Street? And if the industry is as predatory as the Education Department and many lawmakers suggest, why didn’t they stop it?In 1990, there wasn’t a single publicly traded college. Now, there are more than a dozen with most of them being investigated by state and federal regulators for fraud or deceptive business practices. Among the allegations is that many of these schools enrolled unqualified students, taught bogus coursework, and encouraged prospective students to lie on financial aid forms so they could access federal dollars. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Several consumer advocates interviewed by The Associated Press point to 2002 as the beginning of a dangerous rise of for-profit colleges. That’s when an Education Department memo written under President George W. Bush suggested colleges wouldn’t be severely penalized if they compensated college recruiters for getting students in the door. The memo became a tacit endorsement for the kinds of high-pressured sales tactics that emerged.The next big change, they say, came in 2006, when Congress passed legislation backed by the Bush administration that erased a requirement that colleges deliver at least half their courses on a campus.The top regulator on higher education at the Education Department during this time was Sally Stroup, now general counsel for the for-profit’s chief lobbying arm, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.“That’s when these guys took off,” said Tom Harkin, a former Democratic senator from Iowa who led a 2012 investigation into the for-profit industry. He said moving everything online made it easier for private investors to snap up failing schools and hide from regulators. Meanwhile, the schools invested heavily in lobbyists and making political connections that guaranteed access to federal student aid would be protected, he said. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “These schools went out and ran wild with government money,” Harkin said.Consumer advocates also blame fear of litigation and a culture at the Education Department that views itself as a partner with schools, rather than a regulator working on behalf of students. In a statement provided to the AP, Education Secretary Arne Duncan denies this, saying the administration “put students first in everything we do.”Perhaps the biggest obstacle to reform, however, has been Congress, which has been lobbied heavily by the industry to leave it alone. House and Senate Republicans are pushing legislation that would block the latest regulatory plan by the Education Department.Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees education spending, says the administration’s new rules will make it “much more difficult for institutions to serve their students” and “is likely to cause programs to cease operations, preventing students from benefiting from the valuable job training.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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Rental homes timeshares hotels BBs – at first

first_imgRental homes, timeshares, hotels, B&Bs – at first glance there appears to be no shortage of luxurious accommodations on Nantucket. Nantucket Island Resorts is renowned for its luxury properties, including White Elephant, a landmark hotel that has been welcoming guests since the 1920s. In May, the hotel opens 25 brand new Hotel Residences as a natural extension of the White Elephant’s service and hospitality. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences are perfect for couple’s getaways and extended family vacations. Guests of the Hotel Residences benefit from the comforts of White Elephant while maintaining a sense of independence and convenience in their “home away from home.”White Elephant Hotel Residence reflects the historic look of traditional Nantucket homes – from the exterior, onlookers see a village of quintessential New England-style cottages, while the interiors designed by highly-acclaimed Alexandra Champalimaud, blend classic Nantucket style with a distinct European touch. Each Hotel Residence offers bedrooms featuring linens by Gayle Warwick Fine Linen and a spacious living room with a gas fireplace, and a flat-screen high-definition TV with Blu-Ray/DVD player. The Hotel Residences are also equipped with a dining area and a custom-designed pantry outfitted with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, panini maker, convection oven, microwave, Bosch dishwasher, and Royal Doulton china. Many of the Hotel Residences offer porches and decks to provide the ultimate in chic island comfort.At the Hotel Residences, guests have access to the same hospitality and service that those of the White Elephant have come to expect. The Advance Concierge will ensure all provisioning needs are met so the pantry is ready upon arrival; she can also arrange for transportation, dining reservations, island excursions, picnics, and much more. Those who prefer a low-key afternoon can opt for a restful day by the pool at the Hotel Residences or enjoy priority reservations at White Elephant Spa. Customized treatments infused with local ingredients turn White Elephant Spa into a haven for guests amid the bustle that can be Nantucket. The Spa offers guests a number of relaxing treatments that work to calm both mind and body. Just steps away from the glimmering Nantucket harbor, spa guests are welcome to soak up the warmth of the sun on the White Elephant’s Harborside Lawn before or after a treatment.Guests of the Hotel Residences may enjoy early risers’ coffee and mini-muffins and afternoon port and cheese. When they fancy a more substantial meal or a classic cocktail, priority reservations are available at White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill for an extensive raw bar and some of the island’s premier steak and seafood. Reservations can be made at TOPPER’S at the Wauwinet as well – hop aboard The Wauwinet Lady for sundowners on the way to TOPPER’S where guests will find innovative dishes celebrating the distinct, natural flavors of seasonal foods.www.whiteelephanthotelresidences.comlast_img read more

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