Can’t Play Two: Banks Dead at 83

first_imgEven as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope.That was the charm of “Mr. Cub.”Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83.The Cubs announced Banks’ death, but did not provide a cause.Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two.” In fact, that sunny finish to his famous catchphrase adorns his statue outside Wrigley Field.And on a cold winter night Jan. 23 in Chicago, the ballpark marquee carried the sad news for the entire town to see: Ernie Banks. “Mr. Cub.” 1931-2015.“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement.“He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.”“Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”In a statement, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama expressed their condolences “to the family of Ernie Banks, and to every Chicagoan and baseball fan who loved him.” The President said Banks became known as much for his optimism and love of the game as his home runs and back-to-back National League MVPs.“As a Hall-of-Famer, Ernie was an incredible ambassador for baseball, and for the city of Chicago,” President Obama said.“He was beloved by baseball fans everywhere, including Michelle, who, when she was a girl, used to sit with her dad and watch him play on TV. And in 2013, it was my honor to present Ernie with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.“Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, his team’s behind him, and Mr. Class — “Mr. Cub” — is ready to play two.”Though he was an 11-time All-Star from 1953-71, Banks never reached the postseason. The Cubs, who haven’t won the World Series since 1908, finished below .500 in all but six of his seasons and remain without a pennant since 1945.Still, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, the first year he was eligible, and was selected to baseball’s All-Century team in 1999.Banks’ infectious smile and non-stop good humor despite his team’s dismal record endeared him to Chicago fans, who voted him the best player in franchise history. One famous admirer, actor Bill Murray, named his son Homer Banks Murray.In 2013, Banks was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — by a noted Chicago White Sox fan, President Obama. The award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.“Ernie Banks was more than a baseball player. He was one of Chicago’s greatest ambassadors. He loved this city as much as he loved — and lived for — the game of baseball,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.“This year, during every Cubs game, you can bet that No. 14 will be watching over his team. And if we’re lucky, it’ll be a beautiful day for not just one ballgame, but two.”Banks’ No. 14 was the first number retired by the Cubs, and it hangs on a flag from the left-field foul pole at the old ballpark.“I’d like to get to the last game of the World Series at Wrigley Field and hit three homers,” he once said. “That was what I always wanted to do.”But even without an opportunity to play on the October stage, Banks left an indelible mark that still resonates with fans and athletes from all sports.“Ernie Banks… We are going to all miss you. #Legend,” quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted as he and the Seattle Seahawks were getting ready to defend their Super Bowl title.Banks was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues when the Cubs discovered him in 1953, and purchased his contract for $10,000. He made his major league debut at shortstop on Sept. 17 that year, and three days later hit his first home run.Tall and thin, Banks didn’t look like a typical power hitter. He looked even less so as he stood at the plate, holding his bat high and wiggling it as he waited for pitches. But he had strong wrists and a smooth, quick stroke, and he made hitting balls out of the park look effortless.When he switched to a lighter bat before the 1955 season, his power quickly became apparent. He hit 44 homers that season, including three against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 4. His five grand slams that year established a major league record that stood for more than 30 years before Don Mattingly hit six in 1987.Banks’ best season came in 1958, when he hit .313 with 47 homers and 129 RBIs. Though the Cubs went 72-82 and finished sixth in the National League, Banks edged Willie Mays and Hank Aaron for his first MVP award. He was the first player from a losing team to win the NL MVP.Banks won the MVP again in 1959, becoming the first NL player to win it in consecutive years, even though the Cubs had another dismal year. Banks batted .304 with 45 homers and a league-leading 143 RBIs.He led the NL in homers again in 1960 with 41, his fourth straight season with 40 or more. His 248 homers from 1955-60 were the most in the majors, topping even Aaron and Mays.“Mr Cub. What you have done for the game of baseball the city of Chicago and everyone you have ever touched will never be forgotten. RIP,” tweeted Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.Though Banks didn’t break the 40-homer barrier again after 1960, he topped the 100-RBI mark three more times, including 1969, his last full season. Then 38, he hit .253 with 23 home runs and 106 RBIs, and was chosen an All-Star for an 11th time.On May 12, 1970, he hit his 500th home run at Wrigley Field, becoming only the eighth player at the time to reach the plateau.Banks retired after the 1971 season. He owned most of the Cubs’ career slugging records, some of which still stand today.Known mostly for his power at the plate, Banks was a solid fielder, too. He is best known as a shortstop, where he won a Gold Glove in 1960, but he switched to first base in 1962. He played 1,259 games at first and 1,125 games at shortstop.Born and raised in Dallas, Banks would be bribed to play catch by his father, who always wanted him to be a baseball player. Banks grew to love the game and was a standout in high school, along with participating in football, basketball and track and field.He joined a barnstorming Negro Leagues team at 17 and was spotted by Cool Papa Bell, who signed him to the Monarchs in 1950. Banks played one season before going into the Army. He returned to Kansas City after he was discharged, playing one more season before joining the Cubs.“He was one of the great crossover baseball players of his day,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said. “His personality was a racial bridge builder. He treated all people with dignity and respect. He never stopped reaching out to bridge the racial chasms.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Man City youngster forced to retire with heart condition

first_imgPremier League Manchester City youngster Bytyqi retires with heart condition Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 05:10 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) SinanBytyqi - cropped Bongarts Premier League Manchester City A heart condition has forced the retirement of on-loan youngster Sinan Bytyqi, who has now taken up a role as a scout Manchester City prospect Sinan Bytyqi has been forced to retire with a heart condition at the age of 22.The midfielder’s loan spell at Go Ahead Eagles was cut short last season after just four Eredivisie appearances, with the health issue revealed and Bytyqi forced to return to England.UCL winner odds: City 9/2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He then made the decision to retire from the game, before City offered him the opportunity to become a loan scout.”I can’t change yesterday but I can change tomorrow,” he told The Daily Mail. “I go home and cry or I move on.”Maybe two out of 10 clubs would keep you. I have to thank [City] for giving me a chance.”For me, the best job in the world is getting paid to play football and the second best is getting paid to watch it. I am very lucky.”Bytyqi had been called into the Kosovo squad for World Cup qualifying prior to his retirement, but never made his international debut. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Wenger jumped because he feared push from Arsenal board

first_imgArsène Wenger took the seismic decision to walk away from Arsenal on his own terms because he was mindful of the very real threat that he would be sacked at the end of the season.The club’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, and other directors had grown increasingly concerned by the team’s dismal Premier League performance and the huge number of fans who have chosen to stay away from home matches in recent weeks. 17 May 2006 Premier League (3): 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04.FA Cup (7): 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17.Community Shield (6): 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2014-15, 2015-16.Premier League Manager of the Season (3): 1997-98, 2001-02, 200-/04.League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year (2): 2001-02, 2003-04.BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year (2): 2002, 2004.Premier League Manager of the Month (15) Defeated 2-1 in Champions League final by Barcelona Share on WhatsApp Marks 1,000th game in charge by losing 6-0 at Chelsea Thank you for your feedback. Show 22 March 2014 Show Beat Leicester 2-1 to complete The Invincibles’ unbeaten season Announces he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season Wenger offers to replay Sheffield United following controversial FA Cup win Facebook Share on Messenger Win 2-0 against Blackburn in Wenger’s first match in charge 28 August 2012 Reuse this content Lost 4-1 on penalties to Galatasaray in Uefa Cup final Arsène Wenger: Arsenal’s miracle worker who lost his touch but kept his values Share on Pinterest 25 April 2004 Share on Twitter 15 May 2004 Sign up for The Fiver, our daily football email. “We’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsène was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. That doesn’t mean we have to make another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person we believe is the right person.”Gazidis stressed that the speed of the appointment was not the most important thing. What next for Wenger? It is believed that he wants to remain in management and he is certain to get many job offers. 27 May 2017 3 May 1998 Arsène Wenger Final game at Highbury Photograph: Scott Heavey/PA The changing face of Wenger at Arsenal. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images Despite defeating Everton 3-1, they finish outside the top four for first time in Wenger era Pinterest Arsenal announce Wenger’s appointment 21 May 2017 Share on Facebook 20 April 2018 The Guardian understands the club began a drive to cold call Red Members of their supporter scheme on Wednesday to offer season tickets for 2018-19 in the face of record numbers of non-renewals. Red Members are below Gold and Silver members in terms of priority.Wenger had routinely said he would fulfil the remaining year on his contract but the wagons have circled for some time. The chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, has made a series of appointments on the technical side as part of his “catalyst for change” agenda – most notably those of the head of football relations, Raúl Sanllehí, and the head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat.The impression has been that Gazidis was putting a succession plan into place while Wenger was in the building.Wenger has felt the pressure from board level, although there was a sense of shock among the squad when he informed them before a community event and a training session on Friday morning that he would step down from what he has referred to as his life’s work at the end of the season. news Timeline Arsène Wenger’s 22-year tenure as Arsenal manager Read more Read more 16 May 1998 Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Arsène Wenger, Arsenal’s departing general, deserves a fitting farewell Wins record-breaking seventh FA Cup with victory over Chelsea Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? 13 February 1999 Lose 8-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford Hide 8 May 2002 22 September 1996 Arsenal have been linked with a raft of names, including Luis Enrique, Leonardo Jardim, Max Allegri, Patrick Vieira, Joachim Löw and Brendan Rodgers. Allegri has not decided his future and he will have a meeting with Juventus in May. The Celtic majority shareholder, Dermot Desmond, said the club would not stand in Rodgers’ way if he were approached.Gazidis gave an emotional press conference in which he paid tribute to Wenger. His principal message was that the day was about acknowledging Wenger’s greatness, rather than revealing any of the nitty-gritty that led to the parting of ways.Gazidis did discuss the profile of the manager he would like while making the point that “you don’t find a replacement for Arsène Wenger; you find a new path forward”. He also said he did not think the candidate would have the same “kind of authority” and the “breadth and scope” that Wenger has enjoyed at Arsenal.Gazidis added: “It’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsène has instilled in the club. Our fans want to see that – someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football. What’s also important is how the candidate represents the club. And so is the value of giving youth a chance. Hide Gazidis said the benefit of the decision was that it would enable them to approach managerial candidates proactively without it feeling as though they were going behind Wenger’s back. Gazidis insisted no approaches had been made and that the process – the difficulty of which he did not underestimate – would to all intents start from here.The decision to wait so long has meant their missing out on one potential candidate: Thomas Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund manager. He has chosen his next career move and it is not Arsenal. Even if the London club were to approach him, it would be too late. It is believed that Tuchel is primed to replace Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain. Twitter Mertesacker described Wenger’s address to the players as “emotional”. He added: “We will fight for every single day to make this season a success story in terms of lifting a title. We want to give Arsène Wenger a farewell story that no one will forget.”Wenger said: “I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.” Topics 7 May 2006 Arsenal Premier League Quick guide Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal honours A 2-2 draw at rivals Spurs confirms third league title win 17 May 2000 Share via Email Wenger walked into the dressing room at London Colney and he announced: “I have some bad news.” He talked about how he had enjoyed his long service at the club and now was the time to go out on a high by winning the Europa League. Arsenal face Atlético Madrid in the semi-final – the first leg is in London next Thursday – and, were Wenger to win a first European trophy, it would return the club to next season’s Champions League.None of the players said anything in the immediate aftermath of Wenger’s speech. There was merely stunned silence. Per Mertesacker, the squad’s most vocal member, then stood up to deliver a rallying cry, urging them to do Wenger proud in the season’s final matches.The hope at the club is that the timing of the announcement will galvanise players and fans for the Europa League – their shot at saving the season. It also offers Wenger the chance to enjoy a measure of goodwill from supporters over his final weeks, even those who have hounded him relentlessly. The transformation of the mood from angst to an outpouring of affection was a feature of an extraordinary day. Arsenal face West Ham United at the Emirates on Sunday. Defeat Everton 4-0 to win Premier League title 12 October 1996 Beat Newcastle 2-0 to lift FA Cup and complete the double Win 1-0 at Old Trafford to win the league titlelast_img read more

Wenger to retain Mavropanos for this season

first_imgTransfers Wenger to keep Mavropanos at Arsenal until end of season Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 10:24 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mavropanos Getty Transfers Arsenal Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea League Cup The defender was expected to go out on loan but will now remain with Arsenal until the end of the season Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will keep new signing Konstantinos Mavropanos at the club until the end of the season.The £2million signing from Greek side PAS Giannina was expected to be sent out on loan this month in a bid to gain experience, with Werder Bremen in advanced talks over a move.However, the Greek under-21 international has impressed Gunners boss Wenger and coaches during his first week in training, prompting the French boss to keep him at the club instead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I personally want to keep him until May to know him better, to assess his level,” Wenger said.”The first signs he showed in training were so encouraging that I decided to keep him.”Mavropanos has impressed in training all week. Amazing rise for the 20-year-old who only played a handful of games in Greece.— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) January 10, 2018Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are currently out injured which could open up the possibility of Mavropanos featuring in the coming games.Wenger’s side play Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday and currently sit five points off the sought-after Champions League qualification places.last_img read more

Premiers Support Regional Energy Cooperation

first_imgAtlantic premiers reaffirmed their commitment today, July 12, to the creation of a collaborative strategy for clean and renewable energy across the region. “We all share a vision of an integrated and collaborative Atlantic Canadian energy system that supports the development of our renewable and clean energy resources, and an enhanced transmission system that links our four provinces to each other and to the world,” said Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter. “Our colleagues in New England have told us they see real advantages to working with us as a region, and we have assured them that is how we plan to operate going forward.” “Our provinces share many of the same energy challenges as well as many opportunities, and this partnership will allow us to build a stronger, greener energy sector while growing our economies,” said New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham. “Collectively our four provinces have a tremendous array of proven energy resources awaiting development – enough to satisfy our own markets and those beyond our respective borders crying out for clean, reliable electricity,” said Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. “Regional collaboration is an essential component of PEI’s energy strategy. It is only through working together that we can achieve our goals of energy security, environmental sustainability and economic development,” said Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz. The premiers are in Massachusetts for the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, where energy issues have been a major focus of discussions. Premier Ghiz was represented at the meetings by deputy premier George Webster. All four Atlantic provinces have been working together on a range of energy issues through the Council of Atlantic Premiers, and are building on that work in conjunction with the federal government through the Atlantic Energy Gateway Initiative.last_img read more

Luxury home sales drop 35 in Toronto and Vancouver highend condo sales

first_imgTORONTO – Sales of luxury homes in two of Canada’s most expensive cities fell this year, as the high-end real estate market continued to feel the impact of foreign buyers taxes.Realty brokerage Re/Max says sales of single-detached homes priced from $1 million to $2 million fell 35 per cent from a year ago in both Toronto and Vancouver.According to the annual report, released Tuesday, sales of single-detached homes in the $2-million-to-$3-million range were down 50 per cent in Toronto and 22 per cent in Vancouver.Meanwhile, homes that were sold for more than $3 million dropped 44 per cent in Toronto and 45 per cent in Vancouver.Re/Max says homebuyers have been grappling with the introduction of foreign buyers taxes in Ontario and B.C., along with increased property transfer taxes and school taxes on B.C. homes over $3 million.“All the new rules that the government implemented, along with the foreign buyers tax and the new lending regulations, it all just put a crunch on the most expensive part of the market,” said Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president and regional director of Re/Max Integra’s Ontario-Atlantic business.He says luxury homeowners may have also been hesitant to list this year amid signs that the country’s housing market may be cooling, choosing instead to “wait it out.”Although luxury home sales are weakening, sales in the low-end of the luxury condo market saw increases driven mainly by millennials who are using their inheritances and baby boomers looking to downsize, the report said.Alexander says condos appeal to baby boomers because they can get more value for their money, especially in the major cities.“Most of them have put all their kids in school. They don’t need so much space anymore. Their single-detached home is worth a fortune and now they can buy a really nice luxury condo that is not as big in a really great urban area where they have access to a more urbanized lifestyle, more action,” he said.“Luxury is not just about price. A lot of it has to do with pedigree. If you buy with a million in Toronto or Vancouver, it doesn’t get you a luxury home but if you get a suite in the Four Seasons or the Shangri-La or the Ritz-Carlton. You’re going to get a small condo in a luxury building with all the luxury amenities. You’ve got that pedigree piece that is appealing to the higher end of the market.”The report says condo sales in the $1-million-to-$2-million range were up two per cent year over year in Toronto and six per cent in Vancouver. Calgary saw their condo sales in this price range jump by three per cent, while Victoria sales climbed 19 per cent.The most expensive condominium sold in Toronto in 2018 so far was priced at $11.5 million, topping the $8 million that was paid for the most expensive condo sold in 2017. The priciest condo sold in Vancouver so far this year was $11.7 million, up 34 per cent from the top price of $8.7 million paid last year.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Finland notes steps taken by Sri Lanka to strengthen democratic institutions

The Sri Lanka delegation to the Bilateral Consultations was led by Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary (Bilateral Affairs) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, while the delegation of Finland was led by Ambassador Kimmo Lähdevirta, Director General for the Americas and Asia of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The First Session of the Sri Lanka-Finland Bilateral Consultations at senior officials’ level was successfully concluded on 1 October 2018 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, the Foreign Ministry said today. The  visiting delegation also included Roving Ambassador of Finland for South Asia, concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka, Harri Kamarainen.Senior officials of both Foreign Ministries participated in the discussions, with several line Ministries and agencies representing Sri Lanka also contributing actively. The  deliberations broadly focused on bilateral trade and investment and followed up on the progress being made in existing areas of cooperation, including vocational training, health, renewable energy, ICT and digitalization, which had been identified by both countries during the visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Finland in October 2017.Other areas of discussion aimed at enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation through exchange of expertise and joint collaborative programmes, included e-governance,  critical communications, cyber security, climate change and mitigation, forestry, defence, tourism and the development of smart cities.The modalities and substantive matters with regard to the implementation of the MOUs in the areas of vocational education and training, health and digitalization, signed between the two countries in June 2018 during the visit to Sri Lanka of Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Petri Peltonen, were also discussed at this meeting. Both countries reaffirmed their shared commitment in working towards intensifying engagement at multilateral fora on issues of mutual interest.The Second Session of the Sri Lanka-Finland Bilateral Consultations will be held in Helsinki, Finland in 2020. (Colombo Gazette) Finland has acknowledged the steps being taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen democratic institutions, advance reconciliation, and achieve economic development.Sri Lanka’s active and progressive engagement with the international community was also noted with appreciation. The Finnish delegation acknowledged the steps being taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen democratic institutions, advance reconciliation, and achieve economic development. Sri Lanka’s active and progressive engagement with the international community was also noted with appreciation. read more

Facebook may be slapped with a recordsetting fine from US regulators over

WASHINGTON – U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users’ personal data, according to three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized to speak on the record.The fine under consideration at the Federal Trade Commission, a privacy and security watchdog that began probing Facebook last year, would mark the first major punishment levied against Facebook in the United States since reports emerged in March that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, accessed personal information on about 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge. Instagram’s digital ad share to double despite Facebook issues Mark Zuckerberg says he’s going outside his comfort zone in 2019 to host regular discussions on tech Samsung phone users get a shock: They can’t delete Facebook The penalty is expected to be much larger than the US$22.5 million fine the agency imposed on Google in 2012. That fine set a record for the greatest penalty for violating an agreement with the FTC to improve its privacy practices.The FTC’s exact findings in its Facebook investigation and the total amount of the fine, which the agency’s five commissioners have discussed at a private meeting in recent weeks, have not been finalized, two of the people said. Facebook also has talked with FTC staffers about the investigation, one of the people familiar with the probe said, but it is unclear whether the company would settle with the FTC by accepting a significant financial penalty.The FTC, which has been shut down amid the lapse in government funding, could not be reached for comment. FTC Chairman Joseph Simons did not respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment.The Washington Post read more

Over173000 East Timorese inspect voter list as deadline nears UN mission

The preliminary voter lists were posted on 16 July in each of East Timor’s 65 sub districts. They provide an opportunity for eligible voters to correct any data omissions or errors, and to learn of the location of their polling station for the 30 August elections.More than 19,000 eligible voters have thus far requested claim forms to amend the data on the list. In a statement released last week the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had warned of the possibility that, due to computer problems following the civil registration process, there might be cases in which people have registered but did not appear on the voter list. The IEC re-emphasised the critical importance of the current exhibition period.In related news, the IEC yesterday presented representatives of political parties and independent candidates with a copy of the national ballot paper. Those present at the weekly meeting also received information on how to accredit their agents to monitor the electoral process.Constituent Assembly elections will take place on 30 August. The East Timorese will elect an assembly that will be composed of 88 members, 13 representing each of East Timor’s districts, and the remaining 75 based on a nationwide proportional representation list.Meanwhile at UN Headquarters in New York, members of the Security Council attended a meeting to hear from a number of experts about developments in East Timor. The informal meeting was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Singapore and conducted under the “Arria formula,” in which a member of the Council invites individuals not associated with any government or who would otherwise not have the chance to address the Council to brief the 15-member body on a variety of issues.The speakers expected to address the meeting included David Malone of the International Peace Academy; Nancy Soderberg of the International Crisis Group; Sidney Jones of Human Rights Watch/Asia; and Shep Forman of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. read more

Shell to move forward with Arctic Ocean drilling off Alaska if it

FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden speaks during a press conference in London. Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will drill off Alaska’s northwest coast in 2015 if it can get the permits it needs and drill safely. Speaking in London van Beurden said Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, that Shell will move forward with its plan to use two drill vessels in the Chukchi Sea subject to getting permits and legal clearance. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant,File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dan Joling, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2015 10:58 am MDT ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said Thursday.Speaking in London on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings, Ben van Beurden said Shell will move forward with its plan to use two drill vessels in the Chukchi Sea, subject to getting permits and legal clearance.“There’s a few other challenges that are being worked, that can – again – hold us up this year,” he said in response to questions. “But, provided that doesn’t happen, we have the permits in place and we are operational ready, yes, we are minded to drill this year, in the Chukchi.”The announcement was consistent with what Shell officials have been saying about the upcoming summer open-water season in Alaska.Drilling off Alaska’s shore is strongly opposed by environmental groups and some Alaska Native groups, which contend the industry has not demonstrated it can clean up a spill in ice-choked, cold waters far from infrastructure such as major ports and airports.“No oil company should be drilling in the Arctic Ocean when there are no proven ways to do it safely and no viable means for cleaning up potential spills,” said Margaret Williams, director of U.S. Arctic programs for the World Wildlife Fund, in a statement.Shell’s drill ships would be accompanied by a flotilla of support vessels that the company says could quickly stop a blowout and contain a spill.Shell last drilled in Arctic waters off Alaska in 2012. One drill vessel afterward, the Kulluk, broke free from tow lines while attempting to cross the Gulf of Alaska and ran aground off an island near Kodiak. The contracting company on a second vessel, the Noble Discoverer, was convicted of eight environmental and maritime crimes and fined $12.2 million.The company paused a year ago, van Beurden said, because of a legal challenge it could not overcome. Drilling in 2015 will depend on a number of things.“First of all, will we be technically, logistically ready to go ahead? I’d be so disappointed if we wouldn’t,” he said.Shell has kept all its capability in place, tuned it, and upgraded it to be ready for the upcoming summer open-water season, he said. However, the company lacks key permits, van Beurden said.“So, if we don’t get the permits, or if the permits are not acceptable and not compliable, we will have no option but to ‘not’ go ahead,” he said.He expects a timely resolution to a lawsuit that challenged the federal government’s environmental assessment of the effects of drilling before it sold Chukchi leases to Shell and other companies in 2008. The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management in October released a revised environmental report that must pass judicial review.Shell’s 2015 overall spending on conventional exploration outside of Alaska will be less than $3 billion, said Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry. In Alaska, exploration costs will exceed $1 billion.“Even if we don’t drill, it will be approaching a billion dollars, because of the commitment to keep the fleet of ships that we need,” he said. “Remember, this is a logistics operation as much as drilling. Ensuring that the logistics are in place to support the drilling means that quite a lot of spend is already committed.” Shell to move forward with Arctic Ocean drilling off Alaska if it can get required permits read more

Mandelas life serves as inspiration for entire world Ban says at memorial

“This grandest of all baobab trees left deep roots that reach across the planet,” Mr. Ban said, addressing a rain-soaked crowd at the soccer stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 World Cup.Mr. Mandela passed away last Thursday at the age of 95. Affectionately known as ‘Madiba,’ the late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience and Nobel Peace Prize winner was the first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa.“Nelson Mandela was more than one of the greatest leaders of our time. He was one of the greatest teachers. And he taught by example. He sacrificed so much and was willing to give up everything – for freedom and equality, for democracy and justice,” said Mr. Ban.“His compassion stands out most. He was angry at injustice, not at individuals. He hated hatred, not the people caught in its grip. He showed the awesome power of forgiveness – and of connecting people with each other and with the true meaning of peace. That was his unique gift – and that was the lesson he shared with all humankind.”The Secretary-General, who was among nearly 100 world leaders attending the service, said that South Africa’s democratic transformation was a victory by and for South Africans. “But it was also a triumph for the ideals of the United Nations – and for anyone, anywhere, who has ever faced the poison of prejudice,” he added. “The United Nations stood side by side with Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa in the fight against apartheid. We used every tool we had: sanctions, an arms embargo, a sports boycott, diplomatic isolation. We spoke up loud and clear across the world.“Apartheid was vanquished,” Mr. Ban said. “But as he would be the first to say, our struggle continues – against inequality and intolerance, and for prosperity and peace.“Nelson Mandela showed us the way with a heart larger than this stadium and an infectious smile that could easily power its lights. In fact, it lit up the world…“It is the duty of all of us who loved him to keep his memory alive in our hearts, and to embody his example in our lives.” read more

Relatives picket Linden hospital after maternity death

Relatives on the picket lineSeven relatives of Jennifer Gill, the 41 year old Amelia’s Ward, Linden woman who died at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) after delivering a healthy baby on March 19,  today picketed the hospital as they continued claims that she was treated “poorly” prior to her death.An immediate member confirmed that the family intends on taking legal action against the hospital, should they not receive answers.Family and friends of the deceased who held placards bearing various slogans claimed that they were kept in the dark regarding the woman’s condition prior to and after her death and are alleging that the hospital was negligent.Initial reports had indicated that Gill had required a C-Section delivery owing to her age and size of the baby, however hospital refuted this saying she was eligible for a normal delivery, which it facilitated.The Hospital had launched an investigation into the matter and an official report sent the Chief Medical Officer and the Director of Regional Health Services.The medical institution’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat had noted that based on his medical knowledge and facts of the report, he believed that Gill died after suffering a blood disorder, referred to as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) which causes rapid blood loss and thinning, eventually leading to shock and kidney failure. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman, 41, dies after giving birth at Linden HospitalMarch 21, 2018In “Crime”Mother who died after childbirth suffered from a blood disorder- LHC CEOMarch 22, 2018In “Health”Linden schoolgirl died from blunt trauma to head – autopsyJune 18, 2019In “Crime” read more

Cevons Puran Brothers to resume collection after meeting with Central Govt

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSmall contractors to step in if Puran, Cevons halt services – Solid Waste DirectorNovember 24, 2018In “Business”Owed for over 6 moths, Puran, Cevons pull services from M&CCNovember 27, 2018In “Business”City garbage collectors withdraw services over arrears …M&CC admits no funds to payNovember 23, 2018In “latest news” Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal are expected to resume garbage collection in the city, after assurances that they will be paid outstanding monies owed for services provided during the earlier part of 2018.Both solid waste collectors indicated that they met with Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and officials of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Friday, where it was guaranteed that payment would be made for the owed $160 million, putting an end to the ongoing saga between collectors and the cash-strapped Council.After “amicable and constructive” deliberations, both parties accepted the offer with the first payment expected before the ending of this year. Moreover, Cevons and Puran have also agreed to resume services in Georgetown, subject to the assent of City Hall and under the terms and conditions in the contract.“It yielded what we believe to be credible assurances that settlement of the outstanding debt will commence very shortly. Our understanding is that the first payment will be made before the end of 2018. We have, without prejudice, accepted those assurances,” the service providers jointly announced.Consideration was given to the inconvenience faced by citizens of Georgetown and its environs and as such, the current goal is “to restore a condition of normalcy in the shortest possible time” with commitment to the city’s welfare.Presently, Puran and Cevons are awaiting the “green light” from the Council to resume operations.The collectors withdrew their services after being owed over $160 million which accumulated since the first quarter of 2018. According to the companies, they wanted their June and July arrears payment by November month end; August and September payments by December 31 and the resumption of regular payments as stipulated in their contract in February.Within less than one week, garbage piled high throughout commercial and residential areas, a key indication that there was no collection for almost one week, even though City Hall had reportedly brought on board smaller contractors to fill the gaps left from the fallout.Central Georgetown saw enterprises and prominent locations all lined with black garbage bags of unwanted waste. Additionally, vendors at Bourda decried a slow collection process, having to wait for days before the garbage is removed.Residents were also pondering as to when the refuse would be removed as it is distasteful to look at.Furthermore, they had nowhere to place to bags but to leave them on the streets.After numerous complaints, the Council introduced a new weekly schedule last Monday to improve their lacking effectiveness.Monday to Friday will entail collection in different sections of the city, including commercial areas until the chief collectors resume operations. read more

This coastal house could withstand a tsunami

first_img It’s the US Air Force’s 72nd birthday — here are 33 photos of it doing what it does best The man who built Canopy Growth into the world’s biggest cannabis grower before being ousted told us why he picked pet-food CBD and psychedelics for his next ventures Survivalists are buying underground doomsday bunkers to prep for the apocalypse. Here’s what they look like. Scott Disick just flipped another home in California, and it’s listed for $6.89 million — double its original price. Here’s a look at the transformation. THE TSUNAMI HOUSE stands dangerously close to the coast on Camano Island in the US state of Washington.The building’s design is as impressive as it looks.In a high-risk flood area, it was built with the most stringent disaster FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) building codes.According to Designs Northwest Architects’ Dan Nelson, “It’s incredibly safe.”Camano Island, home to less than 14,000 people, is located in the Possession Sound portion of Puget Sound, located in Island County, Washington. It is connected to the mainland with one bridge.The project began in 2006 and was finally completed last summer.Take the tour:last_img read more

Review Motorola Citrus

first_imgGUI and PerformanceI love that the Motorola Citrus comes with Android 2.1 and that its feature set includes a file manager, but overall I think the smartphone is underpowered. When changing screens or scrolling through a menu I found the Citrus to be really sluggish. Also, don’t even think about trying to play any games with a shred of graphics on this phone. I couldn’t even get Angry Birds to work. And by “work”, I mean I couldn’t even load the title screen.If you look at the specs of the Citrus it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s performance is less than lackluster. The smartphone is powered by a 538Mhz processor at a time when most good Android phones these days are powered by a processor of at least 800Mhz or higher. Adding to the disapointing processor is minimal storage of only 2GB through a pre-installed microSD memory card. The good news is that users do have the option to use a larger card, up to 32GB.The smartphone features a GUI common among most Motorola Android phones which includes a dock at the bottom of all your screens with quick access buttons to dialing, a list of applications and your contacts. I have the same GUI on my personal phone and I have to say the one thing I hate is that Motorola wasn’t smart enough to put a text button on the same dock. Texting is the primary means of communication for a lot of people who have mobile phones the lack of a text message shortcut on your home screen which is quite annoying.Call ExperienceWhile I knock the phone’s performance and specs I do realize that it is a phone. In this regard it does very well. There was a nice, balanced tonal quality to calls and the Citrus’ speakerphone was good, comparable to some I have used on business handsets.Eco-FriendlyOne thing that the Motorola Citris has going for it is the fact that it is eco-friendly. The phone’s housing is made of 25% post consumer recycled plastic and is PVC and BFR free. Of course, the phone comes in eco-friendly packaging as well. Helping to tout the phone’s “green” persona Motorola even went as far as making the manufacturing of the phone carbon free through a partnership with VerdictIf I was to judge the Motorola Citrus up against other Android smartphones on the market I would tell people to pass it by. It’s user interface and processor both fall short and owners will find it difficult and frustrating to run some Android applications on it. The thing you have to keep in mind is that the smartphone’s biggest claim to fame is that it won’t cost customers an arm and a leg to purchase. After all, the Motorola Citrus will only set you back $29.99 after a $100 online discount and a 2-year agreement.The Motorola Citrus is what you would expect in a $29.99 Android smartphone. If you’re looking for performance and graphics pay the extra money and get an Android smartphone with a little more power behind the processor and a better camera for good measure.Read more at Motorola.DSCN0879DSCN0879DSCN0880DSCN0881DSCN0883DSCN0884DSCN08852010-11-26_15-47-59_7762010-11-26_15-47-31_3422010-11-26_17-50-36_565 This review was conducted with a loaner unit, provided by Verizon Wireless. Dimensions: 4.09″ (H) x 2.32″ (W) x 0.59″ (D)Weight: 3.88 ouncesOperating System: Android 2.1 (Éclair)Display: 3-inch screen, 320×240 (QVGA) TFT Touch Screen Display, supports up to 262K colorsKeyboard: Virtual QWERTY Keypad with Swype, BACKTRACK Read Touch padBattery: 1150 mAH Li–IonUsage time: up to 380 minutesStandby time: up to 300 hoursSAR: Head: 1.39 W/kg; Body: 0.47W/kgMemory: 2GB pre–installed microSD card for music, videos, & pics, Optional removable memory expandable up to 32GBHardwareMy first impression of the Motorola Citrus when I picked it up is that it is surprisingly small and compact. Of course, a reduction in size does come with drawbacks, such as a 3-inch QVGA touch screen. At first, I thought this was too small until I realized my everyday Android smartphone has a 3.1-inch screen. Still, the screen seems smaller on the Citrus because of the phone’s undersized body.Sticking with the phone’s small and compact theme are its volume and camera buttons which are streamlined to blend in with the body. Though the smartphone is light, just 3.9 ounces, it doesn’t feel flimsy and sits rather comfortably in the palm of my hand. The Citrus is probably not made for the hands of an NBA player, but most people will find the phone’s body easy to hold.The smartphone includes Motorola’s Backtrack technology which is a trackpad on the back of the device giving a user another option to scroll photos and screens and even make selections by using your finger to bring up a cursor you can control and use to select icons just like on a computer. It was a bit surprising to see Backtrack on a low-cost Android phone, but it seems Motorola decided to throw it in for good measure.Camera/CamcorderConsidering the price of the phone I suppose you can’t expect anything more than a 3-megapixel camera. While the 3-megapixel camera will take some adequate photos, just don’t expect a lot of detail in low light. Also, you can forget about using any applications which promise to scan barcodes. The camera’s resolution just won’t cut it.Surprisingly, even with a low resolution camera, Motorola included some nice features such as geo-tagging and panorama assist. I haven’t used a camera with panorama assist so I have to say I thought it was pretty cool. You let the smartphone know how you want to move (up, left, right, down) and then you take your first shot with the camera button. After that you simply move the phone in the direction of the panorama shot and the smartphone will then automatically take five additional shots which it will piece together with the first one. Don’t expect a masterpiece or perfection as I discovered even after a few tries. Below is my best result:Here are a couple of regular shots using the phone’s camera. The Motorola Citrus was announced in early October alongside the Droid Pro. Besides an apparent marketing attempt to begin naming phones after fruit, the Citrus is Motorola’s offering for a low-cost Android smartphone.Specslast_img read more

New York trials birth control for rats to tackle massive rodent population

first_img Share Tweet Email2 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 7:45 AM Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Apr 23rd 2017, 7:45 AM By AFP THE NEW YORK rat race is notorious – the commute and the endemic rodent population. But the city may soon have a new weapon in its arsenal: rat birth control.Rodents are one of the least savoury sights in America’s largest city, spotted scurrying in and out of subway tracks or under the cover of darkness, darting around trash bags dumped on the street for collection.In 2015, the city invested nearly $3 million on rat control after receiving a record 24,000-plus complaints amid alarm bells that the city was losing the rat war.Officials are now preparing to launch a trial of a liquid bait which Arizona-based company SenesTech says makes rats infertile, but is otherwise non-toxic and does not damage the environment.“We’re going to be launching a trial at some point in the future,” a city official told AFP. No date has yet been set for the trial and officials are currently “working out” the details, the official said.“When selecting products, we look at the least toxic methods that will be effective in reducing the rat population,” said the city’s health department.Rat reservoirsNew York’s main weapon in the rat war has been the so-called rat reservoir program, which started as a pilot in 2015.Dozens of “rat reservoirs” – concentrated areas of rats – are subject to months of intense baiting that typically sees an 80 to 90 percent drop in rat activity.But how many are there? Legend has it that there as many rats as humans – 8.4 million – but Columbia University statistician Jonathan Auerbach in 2014 debunked the myth, estimating the number of rats at two million.City officials say there is no scientifically accurate way to count the rats of New York. SenesTech says four pairs of breeding adult rats and their progeny can produce up to 15 million rats in one year.In 2015, a New York rat shot to internet stardom when filmed walking down the stairs of a subway station with a slice of pizza in its mouth. The viral YouTube hit has been viewed nearly 10 million times.- © AFP 2017.Read: The Mayor of Paris has declared war on rats> 26 Comments New York trials birth control for rats to tackle massive rodent population Officials are now preparing to launch a trial of a liquid bait which will make the rats infertile. 15,826 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Endangered Florida Panther Killed By… Another Panther

first_img 911 Calls Released: Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment, Attacks ManWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay An endangered panther in Florida has died after a fight with another panther, officials say.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said the remains of a 5-year-old female panther were found Thursday on private land in Collier County.The cause of death was “intraspecific aggression.” It’s the 12th panther death of this year.Intraspecific aggression is one of the main causes of death for Florida panthers, which are territorial and solitary, unless a pair is mating or a female is raising cubs. They use pheromones and physical signs (like claw markings or feces) to define their territory. Males roam much larger territories than the females. A male can make a territory more than 200 to 250 square miles in size.To prevent intraspecific aggression deaths, an adequate amount of preserved habitat is essential, according the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Whereas panther densities are dependent on such factors as prey density and habitat quality, male panther home ranges average approximately 200 square miles and female home ranges average approximately 75 square miles.Preserving panther habitat and fighting inappropriate development can help panthers establish their own individual ranges and decrease these territorial disputes, conservationists say.Florida panthers are the larger of Florida’s two native cat species (panthers and bobcats). Although most panthers are found south of Lake Okeechobee, they have been documented throughout the peninsula and even into Georgia, according to the FWC.Female panthers have only been documented in south Florida so that is where all known breeding occurs.Panthers are listed as an Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act. There are approximately 120-230 adult panthers left in the wild.Last month, officials found the remains of a 2-year-old panther, believed to have been struck and killed by a vehicle in Lee County.More on Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Wild VideoSea Turtle With Spear Through Head Found in Florida National ParkWatch: Deputy Saves Sleeping Couple From Rattlesnake in Tennessee Stay on targetlast_img read more

FBI searching for Southwest MiamiDade bank robber

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI has released images from a bank robbery in Southwest Miami-Dade.Surveillance photos show the subject, clad in a mask, sunglasses and hoodie, demanding money from a teller, Thursday, at around 10:45 a.m.The robbery took place at a TD Bank, located near Southwest 40th Street and 112th Avenue.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Both chambers of Alaska Congress prepare to vote on budget

first_imgThe path to setting Alaska’s state government budget enters a new phase this week, as both legislative chambers prepare to vote on different versions of the spending plan.Sen. Pete Kelly speaking on Senate floor (Stock Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)As the House headed into a debate on the budget Thursday, it eyed a proposal that included a 280 million-dollar reduction from last year.Download AudioThe Senate Finance Committee’s current budget includes 215 million dollars in cuts. But Committee Co-Chairman Fairbanks Republican Senator Pete Kelly says he’s aiming for a total of 500 million in reductions.How the committee will get to those deeper cuts isn’t clear. But Kelly says structural changes to Medicaid, criminal justice, and oil and gas tax changes are target areas:“At this time, if we didn’t make the appropriate reductions, and make government smaller, and better – with the systemic changes built into it – then what we would be offering the people of Alaska is sustainable spending, not a sustainable budget,” said Kelly.Kelly says the Finance Committee will also propose changes to the Teachers’ Retirement System.And co-chairwoman, Eagle River Republican, Anna MacKinnon says senators are considering overhauling community revenue sharing. Some rural communities depend on the money from the state to provide basic services.“Should we let it ramp down as proposed in current Alaska state statute, should we recharge it given the current financial difficulties that we’re facing, or should it be repurposed and totally taken apart and done differently,” MacKinnon said.Funding for the Alaska LNG pipeline is an area where there’s a difference between the House and Senate. The House included 10 million dollars for it, but MacKinnon is skeptical. She says the state has enough money to complete the preparations for front-end engineering and design work, known as pre-FEED.“At this time, I am really not interested in additional funding for that purpose, when we’ve already deployed those assets, and they should be able to reach the completion of pre-FEED,” said MacKinnon.The House expects to pass its version of the budget tomorrow, and the Senate could be done with its spending plan on Monday.That will leave the two chambers a month to iron out their differences before the scheduled end of the session on April 17th.In that time, legislators will discuss new revenue to cover the budget. They will consider a cut to Permanent Fund dividend payments, and adding broad-based taxes like an income tax.last_img read more