APOEL Wins 24th Cyprus Title

first_imgNICOSIA — APOEL Nicosia has won its third straight and 24th overall Cyprus league title after a 4-2 away win over Ermis Aradipou on May 24.Needing a point for the championship, the club also clinched its first consecutive double in its 88-year history after the team beat AEL Limassol, also 4-2, in the cup final.With 24 championships and 21 Cup wins, APOEL has the most titles of any team in Cyprus.APOEL gained a spot in the Champions League group stage for the third time in its history, but the season also saw two different coaches come and go.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Unpredictable Pakistan face Sri Lanka challenge

first_img Indo-Asian News Service BristolJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 11:04 IST Unpredictable Pakistan face Lankan challenge . (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan and Sri Lanka were both outplayed in their opening gamesPakistan came back strong to beat tournament favourites EnglandSri Lanka pacers helped the team bag a 34-run win over AfghanistanBuoyed by their comprehensive win over tournament favorites England, Pakistan will look to carry on the momentum when they take on Sri Lanka in their third World Cup game at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday.Both the teams, who were outplayed in their opening games, won their second games and made sure their fans don’t lose hope. While Pakistan was more convincing in their win against England, Sri Lanka was a bit rusty, especially in the batting department where they suffered a horrific batting collapse and almost surrendered before underdogs Afghanistan.It was only their pacers, especially Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga, who brought them back into the match and helped them register a narrow 34-run win in a match that was cut down to 41-overs affair due to rain.Pakistan, who were bundled out for 105 against West Indies, made a terrific turnaround against Eoin Morgan and boys as they first scored 348 and then successfully defended it on a batting-friendly Nottingham pitch in their second game. And thus, they would be the more confident side going into Friday’s match.Squads:Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanSri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey VandersayadvertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fastest captain from sub-continent to 50 ODI winsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Batsmen are clueless against Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow Pakistan vs England World Cup 2019: Unpredictable Pakistan face Sri Lanka challengeAfter stunning tournament favouritres and hosts England in their second World Cup 2019 match, Pakistan will look to pick up momentum as they take on their Asian rivals Sri Lanka on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

Irish Continental Group Agrees New Financing Deals

first_imgzoom Ireland’s maritime transportation group Irish Continental Group (ICG) revealed it has concluded a new suite of financing agreements.As explained, the deals have been inked after the group’s existing debt facilities matured.These include a five-year multicurrency revolving credit facility provided by Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland, extendable by up to 2 years, comprising a committed EUR 75 million (around USD 89 million) drawing limit together with an additional uncommitted limit of EUR 50 million.Another newly announced financing is a 12-year amortizing term loan provided by the European Investment Bank comprising a committed EUR 75 million drawing limit, available on delivery of the new vessel W.B. Yeats.In addition, ICG informed about multicurrency private loan note shelf agreements with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Pricoa Capital Group comprising total uncommitted drawing limits of USD 275 million and tenors of up to 15 years.The aforementioned facilities have been supplemented with an overdraft and guarantee facility of EUR 16 million provided by Allied Irish Banks.On November 30, 2017, the group issued its first series of loan notes under the shelf agreements amounting to EUR 50 million on a seven-year bullet repayment term with a fixed coupon of 1.4% per annum. Following this issuance, the aggregate committed finance facilities amount to EUR 216 million, with uncommitted facilities of EUR 222 million approximately.These facilities will be used to support the long-term investment opportunities available to the group the most imminent being the delivery of the cruise ferry W.B. Yeats in June 2018 when the remaining 80% of the EUR 144 million contracted cost of this ship is due to be paid.Furthermore, the group said that Westpac Express, a high speed craft, has been redelivered to ICG.The 2001-built ship was purchased by ICG for USD 13.25 million and delivered to the group in June 2016.Since then, the vessel had been chartered to Sealift LLC. Under the terms of the 12-month charter agreement, the charterer had the option to further extend the charter. However, Westpac Express was redelivered to ICG at the end of November 2017.“The vessel will undergo a refurbishment programme to bring it up to Irish Ferries passenger service standards,” ICG said.The group added it is currently finalizing its fleet operational requirements for 2018 and a decision on whether to charter externally or deploy this vessel within the Irish Ferries services, in lieu of the existing vessel Jonathan Swift, will be announced in due course.last_img read more

Defrocked Arctic priest Erik Dejaeger loses appeal of sex abuse convictions

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut — A defrocked Arctic priest jailed for abusing dozens of Inuit children has lost an appeal of his convictions and sentence.Erik Dejaeger will continue to serve his 19-year term for crimes committed in the Nunavut community of Igloolik 40 years ago.Dejaeger was convicted on 24 sex-related counts and pled guilty to another eight in a 2014 trial.The former Oblate priest had argued that the trial judge did a poor job of assessing his testimony and that of his accusers.The Nunavut Court of Appeal dismissed his arguments late last week.Dejaeger’s trial stirred up long-buried memories in his victims and testimony at his trial was often searingly emotional.His crimes, committed between 1978 and 1982, included indecent assault, unlawful confinement, buggery, unlawful sexual intercourse and bestiality.The victims included 12 boys and 10 girls.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Brian De Palma Zhang Ziyi MahamatSaleh Haroun named to TIFF Platform jury

first_imgA dozen films are competing for the prize, including the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic “Jackie,” directed by Pablo Larrain, and Canadian Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk’s “Maliglutit” (“Searchers”) a kidnapping-murder tale set in Nunavut, circa 1913. Twitter Login/Register With: The festival begins on Sept. 8, with the winning selection to be announced at the TIFF awards ceremony on Sept. 18. Advertisement Advertisement Brian De Palma is among the jurors who will help award a $25,000 prize during the Toronto International Film Festival.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Also in contention are the Canadian drama “Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves” by Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, the American coming-of-age story “Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins, and the Australian crime thriller “Goldstone” helmed by Ivan Sen. Facebook The legendary American filmmaker has been named to the three-person international jury — along with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and Chadian-born, France-based director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun — for the second annual Platform prize.last_img read more

Spain Starts Construction of Military Post on Al Hoceima Islands off

Rabat – The Spanish army is currently conducting construction works on the two islets Isla de Tierra and Isla de Mar, north of Al Hoceima, according to Spanish press agency EFE.The two islets, occupied by the Spanish government since the 16th century, have long been the center of political friction between Morocco and Spain. Morocco has contested Spain’s sovereignty over this unanhabited islets located 300 meters off the Moroccan city of A Hoceima.The agency reported that there has been constant movement of building materials in the last two days between Alhucemas Island, which is home to a military garrison, and the two islets, which make up the “archipelago of Alhucemas.” Two military tents have already been erected on the two islets and are clearly visible from the Moroccan beaches of Nekkor and Souani.The islets are known for harboring pateras used by sub-Saharan migrants crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Spain.The last-known episode was recorded in early August, when 37 immigrants were able to reach the rock and from there moved to Melilla. Fourteen others sub-Saharans were intercepted by the Moroccan Royal Navy, which returned them to Morocco.Works on the islets coincide with the end of a summer of high migration in the Alboran Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar, with arrival numbers literally doubling over a year to reach 15,000 according to data from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.According to EFE, the Spanish army has not yet officially disclosed the nature of its plans on the islet, nor whether the materials are being carried out with knowledge of the Moroccan Government, although the works are perfectly visible from the coast of Al Hoceima, where there the Moroccan Royal Navy is permanently present. The Moroccan government, which convened its council last Thursday, did not comment on the work on these two islets.The sudden movement of the Spanish army on the two islets comes two months after the 15th anniversary of the Leila Islet crisis between the neighboring countries.On July 18, 2002, commandos from the Spanish army landed on Perejil island in the Strait of Gibraltar to remove a handful of Moroccan soldiers who landed there a week before.The operation took place without bloodshed, and Madrid had reestablished the status quo” over this uninhabited island 200 meters from the Moroccan coast.Nonetheless, a serious crisis broke out between the two countries, which necessitated diplomatic mediation of the United States. read more

Migiro calls for coalition of conscience to achieve global development targets

“The good news is that we have all the resources in our command today to achieve this ambition in our own generation,” she told the General Assembly committee dealing with economic and financial issues. “We just cannot afford to fail.”Global poverty is one of the “most pressing issues of our time,” trapping millions of children, women and men, she stated, adding that nowhere is its grip tighter than in Africa, where millions of lives quite literally hang in the balance. She said sharp social and economic disparities in the global economy make it even harder to achieve the set of internationally agreed anti-poverty objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015. Particularly worrying is the risk global economic imbalances pose to a large number of developing countries, including African and least developed countries, as well as countries moving from conflict to reconstruction and development, she said, stressing that donors must do more to keep their promises on increasing development assistance flows and debt relief. Foreign aid, while important, “is clearly not enough,” she said, calling for open, fair, equitable and non-discriminatory trading and financial systems.Also addressing the committee, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs said that despite repeated calls, no serious action has been taken to address global imbalances.Sha Zukang warned that “changes in market sentiments and investor confidence could trigger a hard landing of the dollar and a disorderly adjustment of the global imbalances, threatening prospects for the global economy and future growth.”He said the slowing of global growth puts all economies at risk, especially the developing countries, including the many which depend on the demand for their products in industrialized countries and on commodity price levels.“Any marked decrease in developing countries’ earnings would severely affect resources available for making the necessary investments to achieve the MDGs,” he added. 8 October 2007United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for a “coalition of conscience,” backed by firm action, to achieve global development targets focused on freeing humanity from poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy. read more

Ozone layer over Arctic region experiences record loss UN agency reports

Data shows that the Arctic region has suffered an ozone column loss of about 40 per cent from the beginning of the winter to late March, according to a news release issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The highest loss previously recorded was about 30 per cent over the entire winter.“The Arctic stratosphere continues to be vulnerable to ozone destruction caused by ozone-depleting substances linked to human activities,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.“The degree of ozone loss experienced in any particular winter depends on the meteorological conditions. The 2011 ozone loss shows that we have to remain vigilant and keep a close eye on the situation in the Arctic in the coming years,” he said.WMO notes that the record loss is despite the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in cutting production and consumption of ozone-destroying chemicals.Substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons, once present in refrigerators, spray cans and fire extinguishers, have been phased out under the protocol. “Without the Montreal Protocol, this year’s ozone destruction would most likely have been worse,” stated WMO. “The slow recovery of the ozone layer is due to the fact that ozone-depleting substances stay in the atmosphere for several decades.”The depletion of the ozone layer – the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – is also due to a very cold winter in the stratosphere, which is the second major layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, just above the troposphere.WMO noted that even though this Arctic winter was warmer than average at ground level, it was colder in the stratosphere than for a normal Arctic winter. The agency also pointed out that although the degree of Arctic ozone destruction in 2011 is unprecedented, it is not unexpected. Ozone scientists have foreseen that significant Arctic ozone loss is possible in the case of a cold and stable Arctic stratospheric winter. 5 April 2011The United Nations agency dealing with weather and climate today reported that ozone loss over the Arctic has reached an unprecedented level this spring owing to the continuing presence of ozone-depleting substances and extremely cold temperatures. read more

Toy company withdraws lawsuit over viral spoof of Beastie Boys song Girls

Toy company withdraws lawsuit over viral spoof of Beastie Boys’ song ‘Girls’ SAN FRANCISCO – A Northern California toy company says it has removed its parody of a popular Beastie Boys song from a promotional video that went viral.GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling posted an open letter to the band’s surviving members Wednesday saying the company also plans to withdraw a lawsuit it filed for the right to spoof the song “Girls.”The company filed the lawsuit last week, saying the Beastie Boys threatened their own legal action for copyright infringement.Sterling says she didn’t know the Beastie Boys have a blanket ban on using their songs in advertisements.GoldieBlox makes engineering toys for girls and tweaked the lyrics of “Girls” to talk about spaceships and software.The video had spread across the Internet in recent weeks, with more than 8 million views on YouTube. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2013 6:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Allday breakfast coming to McDonalds Canada

by Richard Southern Posted Jan 11, 2017 6:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 6:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Feb. 14, 2013, photo, a McDonald’s breakfast is arranged for an illustration at a McDonald’s restaurant in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Lennihan, File An Egg McMuffin for dinner?McDonald’s Canada says it’s testing all-day breakfast at some of its stores in Ajax and Whitby.The chain would not deny reports that it will roll out the menu change nationally in late summer or early fall.Michelle Yao, Communications Manager at McDonald’s Canada would only say “We’re working to crack All-Day-Breakfast in Canada.”All-day breakfast has been offered for more than a year in the U.S and has been a major hit there, boosting earnings.Experts say it could work here in Canada too because Canadians spent $16 billion on Breakfast at restaurants in 2016. All-day breakfast coming to McDonald’s Canada read more

IPL Dhoni Rayudu raze down 206 in blaze of sixes

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCSK 3, Sunrisers 0. IPL final?May 26, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Jadeja and Harbhajan sink the RCB arsenalMay 5, 2018In “Sports”IPL: Rohit stops Mumbai’s freefall with match-winning fiftyApril 28, 2018In “Sports” Chennai Super Kings 207 for 5 (Rayudu 82, MS Dhoni 70*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 205 for 8 (De Villiers 68, De Kock 53, Bravo 2-33) by five wicketsMS Dhoni took a special liking to Pawan Negi’s loopy left-arm spin BCCIChennai Super Kings picked up their fifth victory through thunderous performances from two heroes – Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni – in an explosive performance where they made nearly half the target of 206 with the 17 balls that flew over the ropes at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.On an evening where Super Kings were good with the ball, they still found themselves more than 200, but the perfect switch came when, after falling to 74 for 4 in nine overs, they completed a win with two balls to spare.The sub-plot, once more, was that Royal Challengers didn’t have the bowling to defend the runs their batsmen scored. They had seven bowling options on the night and their two best bowlers bowled out their overs for a combined 3 for 49. The two other spinners were given a combined four overs, the better bowler of their two allrounders didn’t have a bowl, and, yet again, a glaring lack of a death-overs plan resulted in an embarrassing collapse.The top does it again for RCBBy the time Super Kings had got into the third over after electing to bowl, Virat Kohli had figured out his method against the opening bowlers – short strides against Deepak Chahar’s swing, a few steps down and at Shardul Thakur – and had begun exchanging notes with Quinton de Kock who was aggressively gesturing how Thakur’s knuckle ball was coming out.Both teams had gone with three spinners on a damp evening, a move that seemed mysterious when de Kock stepped out and launched Harbhajan Singh over long-on from outside off.Thakur managed to pull it back momentarily with a quite remarkable feat – a wicket maiden off a T20 over faced by Kohli and de Villiers – but the bleeding wouldn’t stop. De Kock and de Villiers, together, put up 103 for the second wicket from there in under nine overs, starting with a 16-run punishment off three balls that took Harbhajan out for the rest of the innings.When the ball lost its shine, there did appear to be grip from the surface. But the South African duo weren’t averse to using their feet to move laterally in the crease or down the pitch to open up the field. With their abilities to clear the ground in tow, that proved vital, because the spinners were forced into bowling faster than they should have been.Mighty fallThe next breakthrough, the wicket of de Kock, also came in a maiden over. It might even have been a double-wicket maiden had Super Kings reviewed an lbw decision where Bravo got Corey Anderson on the back leg off a full toss. It didn’t do too much damage though – the very next over, Imran Tahir produced two. De Villiers and Anderson, off consecutive deliveries.Suddenly, it was a nightmare pitch. Super Kings could’ve had Mandeep Singh the following ball but just like the batsman, Dhoni failed to anticipate a spitting turner from Ravindra Jadeja and couldn’t get his hand on a stumping opportunity. What followed was a six over midwicket and a reverse-swept four to get Mandeep going. A missed opportunity and Royal Challengers looked like they would capitalise.But another collapse came. Royal Challengers lost seven wickets in the last five overs and played out two maiden overs in the innings. They didn’t have the bowling to afford such mishaps.  (Excerpt from ESPNcricinfo) read more

Getting more out of copper zinc and gold resources

first_imgIn an effort to improve leach kinetics and recoveries of primary copper concentrates, minerals process solutions provider FLSmidth developed the Rapid Oxidative Leach (ROL) process – capable of attaining over 97% copper dissolution in less than six hours under atmospheric conditions. This technology has been reported extensively in the pages of International Mining magazine, including in the soon-to-be-published November heap leaching, ISR and SX feature.This advance is particularly significant as the life cycle of many copper orebodies sees the mineralogy transitioning from oxides to secondary and primary sulphides, which have decreasing ore grades and are more difficult to process. These operations need cost efficient leach processes to maintain their copper production, and also to take advantage of newly discovered orebodies, especially those containing arsenic-rich minerals like enargite.In the FLSmidth ROL process, a simple way has been found to leach copper sulphide concentrates, with chalcopyrite as the predominant copper-bearing mineral, at 85 to 95°C and under atmospheric pressure. At a pilot plant facility at FLSmidth’s technology centre in Salt Lake City, USA, over 250 batch leach tests have been completed in 10 and 100 litre reactors, using copper concentrates from over thirty different sources.The efficiency of the FLSmidth ROL process is based on a mechano-chemical approach that takes advantage of transitory surface defect structures generated during particle fracture. A patented activation process is employed that chemically alters the mineral lattice structure, promoting rapid dissolution of the metals into solution. Most of FLSmidth’s test work to date has been on primary chalcopyrite concentrates, although there has been some focus on enargite and arsenopyrite concentrates.The rapid leach kinetics and high copper recoveries place FLSmidth ROL’s process economics on par with stirred-tank leaching of secondary copper sulphide concentrates. The key to the high performance of the process is the use of very low energy, inter-stage or intra-stage attrition along with the activation of the mineral to enhance the selective dissolution of copper-bearing minerals.The process uses a series of stirred media reactors placed in tandem with conventional stirred leach tanks to achieve its high copper recoveries from sulphide concentrates. The inter-stage or intra-stage placement of the reactors provides the advantage of mechano-chemical activation processes while adding only minimally to baseline processing costs. These costs are further reduced by optimising the volume ratio between the stirred leach tanks and the reactors.Indeed, the full-scale FLSmidth ROL processing costs are estimated to be only marginally above the cost of stirred-tank leaching of secondary copper sulphides. Minimum concentrate grades of about 7% Cu could be economically viable to process via this process.There are currently a number of copper hydrometallurgical facilities around the world with SX-EW plants where the oxide orebodies are being depleted, and the mines will start moving into transitional and sulphide zones. With the FLSmidth ROL process, a grinding circuit with bulk flotation can be added upstream of the existing SX-EW plant, and a bulk concentrate can be leached. This can be followed by counter-current decantation with the resulting pregnant leach solutions (PLS) fed to the existing SX-EW facility. The higher copper tenor PLS can either be blended with the lower copper tenor PLS from the existing heap leach facility, or it can be fed directly into the existing SX-EW plant.The research and testing have demonstrated that there are potential applications for the ROL process in treating low grade to medium grade concentrates and arsenic-rich concentrates, as well as electro-refinery and smelter materials; and while the copper industry has been the main area of focus for this technology, there are other industries that could also use the process.For the gold sector, results of this test work indicate that pyrite can be readily leached mechano-chemically at more moderate temperatures and pressures than those used in existing refractory ore treatment options.The FLSmidth ROL technology has applications for other metal sulphide minerals such as sphalerite and galena. Zinc is often separated from polymetallic ores via flotation processes, but the FLSmidth ROL technology rapidly leaches sphalerite, providing an alternative processing route to zinc smelting. The zinc PLS solution can then be further processed via SX-EW.The picture shows lab testing of the processlast_img read more

Column Is anybody interested in the silent destruction of our communities

first_imgCOMMUNITY PROJECTS WORKING across the country, from small rural towns and villages to the larger cities, have been decimated by funding reductions and policy changes introduced in recent budgets and are now facing the prospect of commercial companies taking over their role.These projects provide a range of vital supports and services (such as after school clubs, youth activities, health work, computer training, childcare) to many communities and particularly to our most disadvantaged areas affected by isolation, lack of public services, low second and third level participation, high unemployment, and poverty. They also work with excluded and discriminated groups such as the LGBT community, migrants, and Travellers.The community development work undertaken by these local organisations is focused on promoting positive social change, seeking to challenge the causes of poverty and disadvantage through participation and empowerment, and to offer new opportunities for those lacking choice, power and resources. These are the frontline workers and defenders of human rights for the marginalised in our society. Yet there is very little awareness of what has been happening to them over the last few years of austerity.Disproportionate cutsWhile austerity has hit most people in Irish society, these groups have been singled out for disproportionate cuts to funding and the forced closure of services. There has been an overall percentage reduction in general government spending in the period 2008-2013 of 7 per cent – however, funding for the Local and Community Development Programme, which funds a lot of these services, was cut from €84.7m in 2008 to €48m this year. That is a devastating 43.3 per cent reduction.Other examples include youth services being cut by 20 per cent over the period; funding for the National Regeneration Programme, aimed at providing upgraded housing and community facilities to disadvantaged areas in cities like Limerick, Cork, and Dublin, was reduced from €121 million in 2008, to €80 million in 2013; services and projects working for, and with, Travellers have also been significantly cut, for example, the community development programme for Travellers being reduced by 42.3 per cent.Since this Government came to power it has also terminated the Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais (CLÁR) programme aimed at high priority, weak rural areas and also continued to wind down the RAPID programme. The RAPID programme had expenditure of approximately €10 million in 2009 but this has been reduced to less than €2 million, a reduction of more than 80 per cent.These cuts have resulted in a devastating reduction in community services as local projects have been forced to close, reduce workers’ hours, and make staff redundant. This has resulted in the loss of 11,150 front-line jobs with total job losses expected to reach 17,000, or one third of the total number of jobs in the community sector, by 2017.Disregarding the important role these projects playThe injustice of these austerity policies was explained recently by a community worker from a Dublin-based project: “These are community-driven projects that continually work to weave and strengthen the social fabric of disadvantaged communities in the face of huge threats by the withdrawal and abandonment of both public and private services. Community-based organisations have become the final line of defence for many vulnerable residents. These organisations help maintain some semblance of dignity for residents in face of acute poverty. Many community-based projects are delivering services at a fraction of the cost it would take the state to deliver them.”It appears that the Irish state, despite policy commitments, is disregarding the important role these projects play in local communities and is threatening their very existence. Along with the austerity funding cuts, the government is transferring community development projects away from management by local communities, and instead giving the funding and responsibility to local authorities who have been dismissive and hostile to such community empowerment work.Furthermore, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, as part of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, has proposed to privatise community services. This means that the Local and Community Development Programme will be open to a competitive tendering process, overseen by local authorities, where commercial firms can bid to provide community services. So private, for profit, companies could be taking over community projects that have served these communities for decades.It is very difficult to see the logic in this and how it will fulfil the Government’s stated aims of social inclusion and social justice. Communities, with the support of organisations like the Community Workers Co-op and the trade union SIPTU, are campaigning against these proposals. But two questions remain unanswered. Firstly, why do the government parties and state agencies (Department of Environment and Local Authorities) appear determined to get rid of the heart of our most vulnerable communities? And, secondly, for TheJournal.ie readers, why is there such little awareness and interest in what is happening to these communities?Dr Rory Hearne is a Lecturer in Geography NUIM, member of Claiming Our Future and former community worker.Column: Giving local communities a financial stake could solve our energy problemColumn: Proposals to overhaul the local authority system will hurt community developmentlast_img read more

Electric Rolls Royce Specs Revealed Possible Million Dollar Price Tag

first_imgThe long awaited electric Rolls Royce Phantom has officially been unveiled, and we finally have some specs for the luxury car.The 102EX, which Rolls Royce is also calling the Phantom Experimental Electric, or EE for short, features two 145kW electric engines in the rear providing 290kW of torque. That makes for a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour and a zero to 60 time of just eight seconds.As for the plug-in portion of the EE, the car features what at first appears to be a gas tank cover. Instead, it’s a clear cover outfitted with multi-colored LED lights that houses the plug. As previously reported, the EE may not ever make it into mass production, instead it’s serving to test the luxury EV waters.“Can Phantom EE deliver an acceptable range for customers without frequent re-charging?” the company asks on its website. “Is there confidence in its ability to operate in extreme conditions? Will reliability and quality be consistent with expectations of the world’s pinnacle automotive brand?“Phantom EE also poses more fundamental questions: Is an all-electric drive-train able to deliver an authentic Rolls-Royce experience for customers, an experience that truly befits the marque? Whether all-electric or another alternative drive-train option is right for Rolls-Royce will become clearer when the test programme is complete at the end of the year.”But that hasn’t stopped the Daily Mail from reporting that the car will cost an unsuprisingly large sum of money: £1 million.last_img read more

No to the composite name for FYROM

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Pan-Macedonian Associations around the world asked for a referendum before any agreement is signed between Greece and its northern neighbouring country FYROM on the name issue. In the Resolution of the 11th Pan-Macedonian Associations World Conference, held in Florina from 13 to 14 July, Macedonians around the world expressed their disagreement with a compromise that might include a composite name for FYROM, stating that the Greek people, not the government, should have the last word on the name of the neighbouring country. In the resolution, they also stated they will never accept “any name that includes the term Macedonia and its derivatives” for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As stated in the adopted resolution, “the name Macedonia is undoubtedly the historical and cultural heritage of Greece”. Pan-Macedonian Associations around the world, who took part in the 11th International Conference, also request in their resolution to establish 29 September as a national day of remembrance for the victims of the Bulgarian occupation of eastern Macedonia from 1916 to 1918. The conference was attended by representatives from Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and Africa.last_img read more

Dialysis demand forces latenight treatments

first_imgFor nine months, Larry Sperry was a creature of the night. But not by choice.At the time when most people would turn in for the night, Sperry was heading to the dialysis center. As most people slept soundly in their beds, Sperry sat in his chair, arm tethered to the dialysis machine, and watched infomercials.“There’s not a lot of great TV from 11 (p.m.) to 3 (a.m.),” Sperry said.But he didn’t have a choice. The Vancouver man has end-stage renal disease. His life depends on those several-hour dialysis treatments three days a week.As demand for dialysis treatment increases in Clark County, dialysis centers already operating at capacity are adding additional shifts during the middle of the night to keep up with the need.Like Sperry, Adrian Miller of Vancouver was assigned to a nocturnal shift. Miller, who is in renal failure, received treatment from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. for eleven months. Two weeks ago, he was finally switched to a day shift.“I was absolutely shocked,” Miller said. “When they gave me the times, I thought they were mistaken. I thought it was a typo.”The middle-of-the-night shifts may, eventually, be a thing of the past.Clark County’s two dialysis providers, DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care, are tied up in the state regulatory process that will ultimately grant one company permission to build another treatment center.last_img read more

Lumber spills from truck blocks Interstate 5 lanes

first_imgA truck lost its load of lumber around noontime Thursday, blocking all three lanes of Interstate 5 southbound just south of the Gee Creek rest area. The incident was reported to Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation around 11:50 a.m. No collisions resulted from the spilled wood, according to State Patrol Trooper Stephen Robley. The timber was removed from the roadway.last_img

Woman accused of threatening Davie cop on Snapchat pleads not guilty

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman accused of making a threat against a Davie Police officer made an appearance in court to enter her plea.Harley Violette pleaded not guilty to a felony charge, Monday morning.Police said Violette threatened to blow up a police cruiser in a Snapchat video in April 2018.The officer she’s accused of threatening was reportedly involved in a crash that killed one of her friends in 2013.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Appropriators Zero in on Navy Marine Corps Infrastructure

first_imgThe Navy secretary should prioritize public shipyard infrastructure and fire stations at Marine Corps installations in future budgets, according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the military construction and veterans affairs spending title in the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill. President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus Friday, despite a veto threat delivered by tweet earlier in the day, allowing DOD and the rest of the federal government to operate under a full-year spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year. Last month, the Navy sent Congress a shipyard infrastructure optimization plan, which includes capital equipment and facility investment requirements for each shipyard. Lawmakers praised the Navy for identifying facilities gaps and urged the department “to adequately prioritize public shipyard infrastructure, in particular dry dock and shore infrastructure needs to support critical maintenance of surface and submarine fleets.”The explanatory statement also said the Marine Corps had been neglecting fire station sustainment and deferring funding for new stations to the out years of budget submissions. “Many of the fire stations are deteriorating and antiquated, creating significant life, safety and health concerns,” appropriators said. To resolve the problem, they directed the Navy secretary to prioritize funding for fire stations “in a much timelier manner” and submit a list to Congress of how those requirements would be incorporated into their construction requests for the out years. Navy photo by Thiep Van Nguyen II Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Interior Energy Project finalists pitch their plans

first_imgThe Interior Energy Project is moving forward. Wednesday night finalists for an effort to bring natural gas to Fairbanks made public presentations at Pioneer Park. A finalist will be selected in December.Download AudioThe Fairbanks public heard from five finalists vying to partner in the Interior Energy Project the initiative to bring natural gas to Fairbanks. The companies that presented were: Harvest Alaska LLC, Poenix Clean Fuels, LLC, Salix Inc., Spectrum LNG, LLC, and WesPac Midstream, LLC.Karsten Rodvick is with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA which will make the final selection. The next step in the process comes up soon.“We expect to come to our board of directors, AIDEA’s board in December with a recommendation for a partner selection.”One of the hosts for the forum was Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation. President and CEO Jim Dodson says recent events bode well for getting gas to Fairbanks economically.Two weeks ago, the Federal Railroad Administration gave Alaska Railroad the okay to transport liquefied natural gas by rail. And Dodson says the Walker administration’s proactive efforts on energy are especially important.“You need state support. Today there is no community if Alaska that has affordable energy that has not had a subsidy.”This summer Gov. Walker signed House Bill 105 into law, legislation that aims to spur getting affordable gas to Fairbanks markets.last_img read more