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  • Hungary salvages 1-1 draw with Iceland amid crowd trouble

    first_imgMARSEILLE, France (AP) — There are good draws and there are bad draws. Iceland has had one of each.The tiny island nation, making its debut at the European Championship, came close to winning its first match at a major tournament on Saturday, but a late own-goal gave Hungary a 1-1 draw.“We were so close,” said Iceland forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who was named man of the match. “It’s quite a big loss for us, this draw.”Iceland’s opening Group F match also ended 1-1, but that was against a Portugal team led by Cristiano Ronaldo. The final whistle on Tuesday was met with jubilation, a far cry from the despair that followed Saturday’s ending.Iceland was leading at Stade Velodrome after Gylfi Sigurdsson converted from the penalty spot in the 40th minute, but teammate Birkir Saevarsson then scored an own-goal in the 88th.Iceland’s Birkir Saevarsson, 2nd left, scores an own goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Hungary at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Hungary now has four points in Group F and looks set to qualify for the round of 16. Iceland has two points and next plays Austria.“I think we’ve invested everything to deserve to win this game. We have forced this goal and I think we deserved it,” Hungary coach Bernd Storck said. “They never gave up. We deserved this point.”Four third-place teams in the six groups will advance to the round of 16, so Iceland will know what it needs to do against Austria because it will be among the final teams to play.Before the tournament, few expected much from Iceland — a country with a population of less than 350,000, by far the smallest at the tournament. But in two matches so far the team has shown it can compete.Sigurdsson gave Iceland the lead from the spot when he hit the ball low and hard to veteran goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly’s right.The penalty followed a chaotic scramble in the area after Kiraly caught, then dropped, a cross from Johann Gudmundsson. In the ensuing melee, Russian referee Sergei Karasev ruled that defender Tamas Kadar had fouled Aron Gunnarsson.“There was definitely a touch,” Iceland co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. “Some would say it was a soft penalty.”Iceland veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen nearly scored a winner with the final kick of the match, but his low shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide.“We should have kept calm and played the ball more,” Sigthorsson said. “When we got the ball we weren’t calm enough.”There was also trouble from the fans, a running problem at Euro 2016. As Hungary’s players celebrated the late equalizer, the team’s supporters threw flares which landed on the field and among nearby police officers. Several loud bangs were heard and there was a cloud of smoke, delaying the restart.Supporters of Hungary light fireworks during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Hungary at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Before the match, Hungarian fans clashed with stewards and a small group of French police as they forced their way over a fence in a corner section of the Stade Velodrome in an attempt to cross into another stand and join a hardcore fan group behind the goal.A flare was later waved during the national anthems in the Hungarian end, which was packed with supporters in black t-shirts, and a firecracker was thrown onto the field from the same part of the stand after the referee awarded the penalty.Another flare was lit after the final whistle when Hungarian players ran to celebrate with supporters.Hungary is likely to face a significant fine from UEFA after repeated crowd trouble, a day after fighting and flare-throwing by Croatian supporters. Hungary is already facing a UEFA charge for using fireworks in its opening 2-0 win over Austria. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Jamaica Waives Visas for Russian Tourists

    first_img “We have abandoned and abolished visas. You are the last set to arrive in Jamaica with visa restrictions. The next set of Russians to enter Jamaica will not be required to have visas, which will allow them to have the benefit of staying in Jamaica for 90 days,” he noted. Mr. Bartlett, who was at the Sangster International Airport on Friday (Oct. 26) to greet 300 Russian passengers, who came in on Nordwind Airlines inaugural flight from Moscow, said the decision is based on an agreement that was signed between the countries almost a month ago in New York. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Russian tourists, entering Jamaica, will no longer be required to use visas. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Russian tourists, entering Jamaica, will no longer be required to use visas.Mr. Bartlett, who was at the Sangster International Airport on Friday (Oct. 26) to greet 300 Russian passengers, who came in on Nordwind Airlines inaugural flight from Moscow, said the decision is based on an agreement that was signed between the countries almost a month ago in New York.“We have abandoned and abolished visas. You are the last set to arrive in Jamaica with visa restrictions. The next set of Russians to enter Jamaica will not be required to have visas, which will allow them to have the benefit of staying in Jamaica for 90 days,” he noted.Jamaica and Russia have signed a reciprocal agreement to waive the visa requirement for travel to their respective countries. The agreement allows Jamaicans and Russians to spend up to 90 days per year for tourism, cultural exchange or business purposes.“Our hard working Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, signed the agreement with her Russian counterpart at the 73rd session at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 27,” Mr. Bartlett noted.“It is expected that the visa waiver will not only facilitate increased people to people exchanges, but will support the growth of tourism and increased opportunities for both countries,” he added.Minister Bartlett, in welcoming Nordwind, noted that the initial arrangement is for flights into Jamaica once every ten days.“We are also planning for visitor facilitation by improving on the airport facilities, including Customs and Immigration,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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  • Odfjell Posts Best Quarterly Performance since 2008

    first_imgzoom Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell said that it has posted the best quarterly operational performance in the second quarter of 2015 since the third quarter of 2008, with a net result of USD 7 million.“During second quarter we have seen a steady improvement of the chemical tanker market in general with improved of earnings both in the deep-sea segment as well as in the remaining regional operations. The Odfjell chemical freight index (ODFIX) was up 5% compared with the previous quarter,” Odfjell said.The chemical tanker market remained steady in the beginning of 3Q. However, given the softening of the CPP market and a somewhat slower summer pace in the chemicals market in August, Odfjell believes 3Q will produce slightly lower earnings than the preceding quarter.The second quarter result for Odfjell Gas AS is slightly up from previous quarter due to better tonnage utilisation, in spite some off hire related to change of technical manager. Expectations for second half 2015 are on par with first half 2015.The joint venture has eight LPG/Ethylene vessels on order. However, the construction of 4 x 17,000 cbm and 4 x 22,000 cbm is delayed.“We are in discussions with the yard on new delivery dates. The yard NantongSinopacific Offshore & Engineering Co is at the same time in the process of being sold to new owners,” Odfjell said.Odfjell’s shareholding in the tank terminals business delivered an EBITDA of USD 9.3 mill in the second quarter, up from USD 9 mill in the previous quarter. Performance was driven in part by the high demand for spot and mid-term storage due to contango in the oil market.Odfjell Terminals also improved results with an EBITDA of USD 18 million in the first half 2015.The group said it was about to secure firm commitments for all scheduled vessel refinancing in 2015 with expected completion shortly.“We expect third quarter 2015 to be similar to the second quarter for our chemical tankers on a further reduced cost base, but with a slightly softer market. With regard to our terminals, we expect stable to improved earnings on capacity expansions and continued positive development at Odfjell Terminals (Rotterdam),” Odfjell added.last_img read more

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  • Investing in the Future at Dartmouths Advanced Precision

    first_imgA local manufacturer is enhancing its productivity to reach new export markets. Advanced Precision Machining and Fabrication Ltd., which serves a number of growing high-tech sectors, is investing $250,000 in a technology upgrade. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is complementing the investment with a five-year payroll rebate to a maximum $175,000. The rebate will help Advanced Precision maintain 80 full-time positions as the company makes productivity improvements and lowers overall costs. It supplies components for high-tech industries such as aerospace, defence, ocean technology and medical firms. “Success depends on the ability to adapt to a landscape that’s changing every minute,” said John Fitzpatrick, president of Advanced Precision. “Our competitors are working hard to gain an advantage in the marketplace. The payroll rebate helps our Nova Scotia-based company retain and retrain our skilled workforce while we invest in our overall competitiveness.” Advanced Precision is purchasing new technology and equipment to automate the production of complex multi-sided parts, and to do so in larger volumes. The company expects to be able to manufacture parts in hours, instead of days. “Advanced Precision is investing in its future. The province, through NSBI, is a proud partner with this company and its people,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Advanced Precision’s focus on productivity, and our combined investments in this project make sense, especially during today’s turbulent economic times.” With greater automation, the company’s employees will focus more on design and computer programming. This shift of labour to higher-value design and prototype development will increase profit margins and diversify the firm’s offerings. “NSBI is proud to be at the table with a company that knows what it takes to stay competitive,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “This is what NSBI does: we work hard to make sure Nova Scotia companies like Advanced Precision are able to achieve success locally and internationally.” NSBI’s payroll rebate is an earned incentive tied to performance targets. For companies committed to using their funds for at least 20 per cent of project costs, the payroll rebate can be used to promote improvements in competitiveness through export markets and the retention or creation of employment. Advanced Precision specializes in the manufacturing, testing and assembly of precision-machined components and fabrications for firms in high-tech industries, involving both research and development and custom manufacturing. The company has been serving the aerospace, defence, ocean technology, industrial and medical industries since 2000. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

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  • Preprimary Program Ministerial Statement

    first_imgMr. Speaker, on Monday of this week, I had the good fortune to visit Hillside Park Elementary School in Lower Sackville. While there, I joined the pre-primary class to announce that, by the end of this week, all 50 pre-primary classes the province committed to, will open on time. Government had an ambitious timeline to meet. We could not have done it without the hard work and dedication of staff from across the education system who worked days, evenings and weekends during the last several months to make sure that our children have this opportunity. Mr. Speaker, today I thank those individuals and groups that made this possible. From the Early Years Branch at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Mr. Speaker, I thank, Janet Lynn Huntington, Denise Stone, Anne Marie-Smith and Jill Piers. I also thank the school boards, Mr. Speaker. A thank you to the superintendents, principals, human resource staff, program directors, school board communications staff, the new pre-primary managers and early childhood educators, and the many people and staff who helped to register the children, connect with the families and have these classrooms set up and ready to go. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. -30-last_img read more

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  • IPU registration process begins from today

    first_imgNew Delhi: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University will start the registration process for their undergraduate and postgraduate courses except for the MBA programme from Monday.In a statement, the university announced that courses like MA (MC) (CET-106), MSc (EM) (CET-111), MA (English) (CET-113), BEd (CET-122), MEd (CET-120), BBA (CET-125), BTech (Bio-Tech) (CET-130), BCom(H) (CET-146), BA (Economics) (CET-197), BA (English) (CET-184), MA (Economics) (CET-162), and many others will begin today, while registration for BTech(CET-131), MCA (CET-105), LLM (CET-112), BA LLB (CET-121), and BBA LLB (CET-121) will begin on Tuesday. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe university also said that the registration process for the MBA programme (CET-101) will be displayed on July 9. The varsity added that verification of documents, wherever required will be held only at university campus locations, details of which will be notified on the university’s website.All admissions other than Management Quota will be carried out by the University only through various stages of counselling and the affiliated colleges are not permitted to admit any candidate directly.All further information regarding online counselling participation fees and other details, candidates are advised to visit the University’s website. Any further query in this regard can be directed to the Facilitation Centre at the University.last_img read more

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  • Province gets ready for 2019 wildfire season

    first_imgUsing new technology, such as night vision goggles will aid in early detection and response. Building stronger working relationships with communities, First Nations, the forest industry and other stakeholders are important advances shares the Government.The changes support the recommendations of the independent Abbott-Chapman report. KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The B.C. Government is creating more funding, programs and fire prevention strategies after two of the worst wildfire seasons to keep B.C. communities safer.Wildfire management funding has increased by 58% to $101 million annually as part of the Budget 2019. The additional funding will help the BC Wildfire Service add to its fire response capabilities – adding more crews, enhancing aerial capacity and including innovative technology – and spending more on fire prevention activities, including a more comprehensive prescribed burning program backed by an initial $10 million shares the Government.“We’ve taken a hard look at additional steps we can take to not only prevent wildfires, but also enhance our response on the ground during wildfire season,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Our base budget for wildfire spending has increased by 58%, and we’re accelerating prevention and prevention awareness programs.”last_img read more

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  • Colorado now faults EPA for mine spill after decades of pushing away

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy arrives to speak at a Resources for the Future policy leadership forum, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Washington. McCarthy spoke about the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the recent Colorado mine spill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Colorado now faults EPA for mine spill after decades of pushing away federal Superfund help by Ivan Moreno And Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2015 2:35 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DENVER – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took full responsibility Tuesday for the mine waste spoiling rivers downstream from Silverton, Colorado, but people who live near the idled and leaking Gold King mine say local authorities and mining companies spent decades spurning federal cleanup help.They feared the stigma of a Superfund label, which delivers federal money up-front for extensive cleanups. They worried that corporations would kill a hoped-for revival in the area’s mining industry rather than get stuck with cleanup costs. And some haven’t trusted the federal government, townspeople say.The EPA pushed anyway, for nearly 25 years, to apply its Superfund program to the Gold King mine, which has been leaching a smaller stream of arsenic, lead and other wildlife-killing heavy metals into Cement Creek. That water runs into the Animas and San Juan rivers before reaching Lake Powell and the lower Colorado River, a basin serving five states, Mexico and several sovereign Native American nations.As millions of gallons of spilled sludge spread hundreds of miles downstream Tuesday, officials from the century-old mining towns of southwest Colorado defended their opposition to federal help.Mining companies don’t like to invest in Superfund sites because they’re heavily scrutinized and more costly to develop, said Ernest Kuhlman, a San Juan County commissioner and Silverton’s former mayor.Also, the stigma could have scared away rafters and anglers who helped bring $19 billion in tourism money to Colorado last year.“How many people want to go to a Superfund site for tourism or recreation?” Kuhlman asked.Now they’ve got a bigger problem: Last Wednesday, a small EPA-supervised work crew inspecting the Gold King mine accidentally knocked a hole in a waste pit, releasing at least three million gallons of acidic liquid laden with toxic heavy metals. Dissolved iron in the waste plume — familiar to miners as “yellow boy” — turned the area’s scenic waterways a shocking orange hue.The EPA ordered stretches of the rivers closed for drinking water, recreation and other uses at least through Monday. Colorado and New Mexico made disaster declarations. The Navajo Nation declared an emergency, saying that at least 16,000 of its people, 30,000 acres of crops and thousands of livestock survive on water that’s now off-limits.In Washington, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy took full responsibility, saying “I am absolutely, deeply sorry that this ever happened.” She planned to tour Farmington and Durango, two of the cities most affected by the orange sludge.Since 1980, Superfund designation has helped remove or contain hazardous waste posing immediate dangers to human health. New York’s Love Canal, where hundreds of families had to be evacuated from homes built over a former chemical dump, spurred its creation, and many still associate that scandal with the program.Asked if Superfund designation could have helped to prevent this accident, regional EPA administrator Shaun McGrath indicated it could have.“Being listed under a national-priorities list … makes available to a clean-up effort resources under the Superfund, which are significant resources,” McGrath said. “And it does allow for potentially more extensive clean-up.”Fears that a Superfund site nearby will sink property values and chase away investment are common in America; numerous studies have explored this topic. But “normally, people want it to be cleaned, so if that’s the best way of moving through it, generally communities want” Superfund designation, said Katherine Kiel, who teaches at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.As many as 500,000 mines have been abandoned in the U.S., legacies of the booms and busts that follow swings in metals prices, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Many date to the late 1800s, and have been exposed to the elements for many years, their tunnels filling with snowmelt and rain that leaches underground.Bill Simon, a co-ordinator for the Animas River Stakeholders Group, said clean-up negotiations have focused on 33 of the most contaminated mines and 34 mine waste sites, out of an estimated 3,000 in the Animas river basin, but work has been stalled by questions about who will ultimately pay for it.The biggest Superfund proponents, he said Tuesday, are from downstream communities who fear pollution from mines will harm their economy, and want federal help to clean it up as quickly and effectively as possible.On the other side are people in Silverton who fear reduced property values and a loss of local control to a federal bureaucracy, Simon said, and they’re backed by some of the world’s biggest mining interests.In 2011, Canada’s Kinross Corporation, which owns the area’s Sunnyside mine, offered $6.5 million to help clean mining waste from the upper Animas River, while vowing to “vigorously contest” any effort to make Sunnyside liable for Superfund-related clean-up costs.Sunnyside has yet to spend the money, but continues to support a “collaborative approach” among various parties, Sunnyside reclamation director Kevin Roach said in an email Tuesday.Mark Esper, editor of the Silverton Standard & the Miner’s newspaper, hopes the spill will soften suspicions of federal involvement.“One of the biggest concerns you hear about Superfund is, “Oh, the bad publicity we get,” Esper said. “Well, it can’t get much worse than this right now, frankly.”___Knickmeyer reported from San Francisco and Moreno from Denver. Contributors include Michael Biesecker in Washington, Lindsay Whitehurst in Salt Lake City, Colleen Slevin in Denver, Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, and Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana. read more

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  • APs Mstyslav Chernov wins Royal Television Society award

    LONDON – Associated Press journalist Mstyslav Chernov has been named camera operator of the year at the Royal Television Society awards in London.Chernov, based in Ukraine, has covered the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, the aftermath of the deadly terror attacks in Paris in November and Europe’s refugee crisis. He picked up Wednesday’s prize after being honoured at last year’s awards in the young talent of the year category.Organizers said Chernov had an “exceptional eye for detail,” adding that his work captured emotion and conveyed “the fear and sometimes panic that was at the heart of so many news events last year.”The RTS awards are globally recognized honours, principally in broadcast news. The AP was nominated in two other categories. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 8:29 am MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP’s Mstyslav Chernov wins Royal Television Society award read more

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  • TSB seeks industry input to inform new Catapult scheme

    TSB seeks industry input to inform new Catapult schemeThe Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has launched the Transport Systems Catapult, a collaborative industry-led project that will provide support to UK businesses seeking to create products and services that address the increasing demands of transport around the world.Announced in Budget 2012, the Catapult aims to become a world-leading technology and innovation centre in the transport systems field, and TSB is inviting industry to help inform the scheme’s priorities.There is a real opportunity for the automotive industry to shape the direction of the Catapult project and companies wishing to have their say should register on the TSB website. The deadline for registration is 29 June 2012.In addition, there will be an information webinar, hosted on Friday 15 June 2012 from 10:00-11:30. Click through to register for the webinar.Some of the key challenges the Catapult is likely to focus on include:Managing demand and increasing capacity to reduce congestion and improve mobility.Increasing flexibility and adaptability of information and intelligence to address future systems needs.Reducing overall cost of ownership and reliability of assets.Transitioning to resource efficient, low -carbon transport to reduce environmental impact.Answering fundamental questions to direct the strategy for future transport.For more information download the Transport Systems Catapult Vision and Scope document which outlines the future aims and direction of the Catapult, or alternatively contact SMMT’s Technology and Innovation Officer, Luke Hampton.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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  • HANDBALL SUMMER IN GREECE Counting down to Danaon Cup 2016

    ← Previous Story EHF TV BEST 7: Landin, Sigurdsson, Duvnjak, Karabatić, Laen… Next Story → Rutenka wants play for SKA MINSK Less than four months left from the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of Danaon Cup, the international youth tournament hosted by Diomidis HC. Using as a guide the success of the previous competitions and adding new surprising activities in this year’s agenda, the organizing committee of Danaon Cup has been engaged in a daily struggle in order to deliver a more competitive and enjoyable tournament that will entirely fulfill the expectations of the participating teams. Danaon Cup 2016 will open its doors in Argolis on Monday, June 20 and will end on Saturday, June 25, aspiring to promote our favorite sport and enhance the international relationships between young people via handball. The number of participants increases year by year and a new record is expected to be achieved in the forthcoming event.DANAON CUP – FB OFFICIAL PAGEHere is the triptych of our success: Culture, fun and a lot of handball, those principles comprise the backbone of Danaon Cup. The “Land of Myth”, as Argolis known worldwide, with its tremendous history (i.e. Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Argos etc.) and outstanding natural beauty (i.e. its beaches are among the most famous in Greece), promises to our guests an unforgettable experience. We would like to officially invite the handball friends from all over the world to try Danaon Cup 2016, we are pretty sure that they will fully enjoy it. It would be a great pleasure for us to welcome them in Argolis, in the place where history and leisure meet handball! Danaon Cup 2016 read more

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  • Father of pilot disputes claim his son deliberately downed Germanwings plane in

    first_img Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:41 AM Mar 24th 2017, 8:41 AM Short URL Image: Christophe Ena AP/Press Association Images 40 Comments Share11 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3304082 By AFPcenter_img 21,170 Views Family members look on at the Germanwings plane crash site. Family members look on at the Germanwings plane crash site. Image: Christophe Ena AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Father of pilot disputes claim his son deliberately downed Germanwings plane in Alps Andreas Lubitz was co-pilot of the plane that crashed in the Alps on this day in 2015. TWO YEARS TO the day after the deadly Germanwings crash in the French Alps, the father of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz will hold a press conference today to dispute that his son deliberately downed the plane.Both the message and the timing of the first public appearance by a member of Lubitz’s close family since the 2015 disaster that claimed 150 lives have been criticised by victims’ families, who will be holding their own anniversary events to mark the tragedy.German prosecutors in January closed their investigation after concluding that Lubitz, 27, was suicidal and bore sole responsibility for the catastrophe.Now his father, 63-year-old Guenter Lubitz, will present his own findings to reporters alongside journalist Tim van Beveren, whom he called “an internationally recognised aerospace expert”.“Up to now, everyone has believed the theory of a co-pilot who was depressed for a long time, who deliberately crashed his plane into a mountain in a planned act. We are convinced this is false,” the father said in a press release.The daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said that the two men would present the theory of a carbon monoxide leak in the cabin which disabled the co-pilot, who was alone at the controls at the time of the crash.‘A very responsible person’Lubitz senior told news weekly Die Zeit that the image of the suicidal loner or cold-blooded killer did not correspond with the man he knew.“Our son was a very responsible person. He had no reason to plan and carry out a suicide, and certainly not to take another 149 innocent people with him,” he said. A file photo of Andreas Lubitz Source: FOTO-TEAM-MUELLER/DPA/PA ImagesHe accused investigators of gross negligence, and called for a new probe.“There were very clearly things that weren’t even looked into, perhaps because they didn’t want to look into them,” he said.Lubitz insisted he was simply seeking answers “just like the other relatives who lost a loved one”.Elmar Giemulla, a lawyer representing several of the victims’ families, said this week that Lubitz was waging an “irresponsible” campaign that would be rip open old wounds.“I imagine that Mr Lubitz wants to promote a theory that would absolve his son of any responsibility,” Giemulla told the Rheinische Post newspaper.Prosecutor Christoph Kumpa, whose office led the German investigation, also dismissed Lubitz’s accusations.“There are no indications of a cause of the crash that is not linked to deliberate — presumably suicidal — behaviour,” he told DPA news agency.DisbeliefLubitz’s parents had already angered the families last year when they placed a heartfelt newspaper advert in their son’s memory to mark the first anniversary of the crash.Entitled simply “Andreas” and featuring a smiling photograph of the co-pilot, the brief text ended with a message to their son in bold letters: “We miss you very much but you are and will remain in our hearts”.They spoke of a year “filled with horror and fear” but did not explicitly mention the 149 other people killed in the crash.Meanwhile the victims’ families will devote the anniversary today to remembering their loved ones.Five hundred people are expected to travel to the French Alpine town of Digne-les-Bains for an ecumenical church service. Source: Martin Meissner AP/Press Association ImagesLater in the nearby village of Vernet, where the unidentified human remains from the disaster are buried, a memorial will be inaugurated before some relatives continue on the crash site.And in the western German town of Haltern am See, which lost 16 students and two teachers who were returning from an exchange programme in Spain, their school will hold a commemorative ceremony.Its principal, Ulrich Wessel, expressed disbelief about Lubitz’s planned press conference.“There are various ways to deal with grief — perhaps also different ways to perceive reality, or not perceive it,” he told public broadcaster SWR.© – AFP, 2016Read: Families of Germanwings victims angered by parents’ tribute to troubled co-pilotRead: It’s taken more than two months for the bodies of Germanwings crash victims to get homelast_img read more

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  • Kyrkos exit stage left

    first_img“We don’t seem to have a political class that understands, on any level, what it’s like to face unemployment,” veteran left-wing film director Ken Loach told The Guardian newspaper in an interview last week. Although his comment was a swipe at the British government in the wake of the recent riots in the UK, the description could easily apply to Greek politicians, or indeed many MPs and ministers throughout Europe. Today’s politicians rarely gravitate toward public service after having gained experience and respect working outside the political arena. Instead, it’s a career option and, like any other career, those involved pursue their goals from a young age. Their path to power rarely weaves its way through the troubled back streets of the economy where initiative, courage and compassion are needed. Apart from unemployment, they’ve also not experienced genuine political conflict, the need to have core beliefs and the conviction to stand by these beliefs. Leonidas Kyrkos, the veteran Greek leftist leader who died on Sunday, was familiar with these elements of old-school politics. Kyrkos was one of the select members of a rare political breed, garnering respect from all sides of the spectrum, but he was also one of the last members of a dying species that was familiar with having its political will tested. Kyrkos spent five years in jail for his beliefs during the military dictatorship, founded and departed several parties, and risked his reputation by agreeing to become part of an ill-fated coalition government with the conservatives of New Democracy in 1989. The Coalition of the Left and Progress (Synaspismos), which Kyrkos formed with Communist Party leader Harilaos Florakis, gained just over 13 per cent of the vote in the June 1989 elections (roughly three times what the party’s successor receives now) and went through an existential struggle over whether to cooperate with New Democracy (ND) or not. Faced with a series of scandals that were at risk of being swept under the carpet unless Parliament intervened, the leftists took the plunge. It’s a decision that tarnished Kyrkos’ legacy in the eyes of many PASOK voters, who refer to the period as “dirty 89,” as well as some within his own party. Elections were held again in October 1989. Kyrkos’ coalition lost 120,000 votes and ND went on to form a government on its own. As churlish as it would be to single this out as Kyrkos’ defining moment in politics, it was a precursor to the ideological blurring that occurred in Greece and around Europe in the ensuing years. Within a decade, it would become much easier for the parties of the left and right to cohabit because the theoretical chasm that separated them was filled in by the rubble from Communism’s collapse. Parties once termed “socialist” or “social democrat” gradually blended into one with the conservatives and Christian democrats. In some ways, Kyrkos – a passionate but moderate leftist – was a pioneer. Circumstances forced him to be one of the first who would try to marry those reluctant bedfellows: vision and pragmatism. In the years that followed, the relationship between these two vital political elements often became an abusive one in which pragmatism, aided by its good friends greed and selfishness, would regularly beat vision until it cowered in a corner. Yet, ask Greeks in their 30s or 40s and most will remember Kyrkos as one of the last representatives of an era of visionary politics rather than one of the first messengers heralding the age of the politics of convenience, consensus and comfort. They are likely to tell you about how they were enchanted by his oratory and inspired by his ideas. In fact, if there is anything that Kyrkos’ passing should highlight, it is how Greece and Europe’s genuine left has retreated into irrelevance, how it has forgotten that it was meant to be a standard bearer for fairness and the engine room of hope. The financial crisis that originated in the USA and the debt crisis that ensued in Europe provided the left with a broad platform to launch itself into political relevance for the 21st century. So far, it has failed. The center-left remains fused with the center-right and, apart from Germany, where Die Linke has proved a tenacious competitor, most of Europe’s genuine left is wilting, unable to find a way to connect with the millions of disgruntled voters out there. Despite the fact that unemployment is rising, that young people are facing diminishing opportunities and the gap between the rich and poor is growing, the left has not found a way to speak the language of the concerned and disaffected or to give them a viable way out of this dead-end. In fact, the left has been caught dallying by the very representatives of the system it should be trying to improve. Emboldened by US billionaire Warren Buffett’s recent plea to Washington to stop “coddling” the super-rich and make them pay more tax, the wealthy in France, Italy and Germany have begun asking to make a bigger contribution. The German group, Vermogende fur eine Vermogensabgabe (The Wealthy for a Capital Levy) claimed this week that Germany could raise 100 billion euros if the richest paid a 5 per cent wealth tax for two years. Yet, this appears to be an argument that the left is either too scared to make or is incapable of making without turning it into a stale “them” versus “us” debate that makes society’s divisions wider. Writing for Bloomberg this week, George Magnus, a senior economic adviser at UBS, argues that policy makers need to pay more attention to the writings of Karl Marx to understand the current crisis. “The sooner they recognize we’re facing a once-in-a-lifetime crisis of capitalism, the better equipped they will be to manage a way out of it,” he writes before addressing issues such as the conflict between capital and labor and the paradox of over-production and under-consumption. It is an indictment of the left that a banker is able to invoke the spirit of Marx and then make realistic proposals for exiting the crisis, such as putting employment creation at the centre of economic policy and lightening the debt burden on households, when the politicians that camp on this ideological ground seem unable to put together convincing proposals. As Kyrkos passes into the collective memory, perhaps the most important legacy that he leaves is the message for tomorrow’s politicians. Without strong beliefs and the courage to defend them, they have little chance of unseating the current crop of MPs and ministers, for whom unemployment will continue to be a foreign concept. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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  • Mazzarri Torino could have had 2 penalties against Juventus

    first_imgTorino manager Walter Mazzarri was left flabbergasted by the lack of intervention from VAR as his side lost 1-0 to Juventus on SaturdayCristiano Ronaldo’s 70th-minute penalty proved to be the difference as Torino fell to their fourth defeat this season.However, the Bulls were denied two penalty appeals after striker Andrea Belotti was pushed in the area before Simone Zaza was later shoved by Juventus’ Alex Sandro.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive,” said Mazzarri, according to Football-Italia.“Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”Although the Italian was pleased with the way his side performed against Juventus on the night.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” added Mazzarri.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.”last_img read more

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  • Deep connection with Chinese players gives SJM Japan edge Arnaldo Ho

    first_imgArnaldo Ho, the son of Macau gaming tycoon Dr Stanley Ho, has pointed to gaming concessionaire SJM Holdings’ deep familiarity with Chinese customers as providing a valuable edge in the race to win a Japan IR license.Speaking at the Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo last week, Ho – who is Assistant COO of gaming concessionaire SJM’s Macau operating subsidiary Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A – suggested the company is better placed than its rivals to lure high-spending Chinese players to Japan due to its close ties to numerous China companies. RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests Load More “We are highly familiar with the emerging Chinese market, having witnessed its growth of outbound tourism to countries including Japan in recent years,” he said.“SJM’s five decades of experience have enabled us to foster great relations with customers and business organizations in China, including but not limited to China Travel Services, China Duty Free Group and top travel agents and tourism institutions.“While we are well-acquainted with Chinese business practices from our own supply chain management, our deep understanding of Chinese behaviors and preferences in F&B, retail and entertainment also capacitates us to tailor their time within the IR, enabling them to have an exciting, new experience while still retaining the comforts of home.”Ho was one of multiple operators to state their case at JgC last week, alongside the likes of MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Melco Resorts, Wynn Resorts, Hard Rock International and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.last_img read more

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  • Why is Vijayashanthi more talkedabout than Rashmika Mandanna in Sarileru Neekevvaru

    first_imgVijayashanthi and Rashmika MandannaCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookVijayashanthi (Vijayashanti) has put all the rumours about her role in Sarileru Neekevvaru to rest. But many wonder why her role is more talked-about than Rashmika Mandanna, who appears as Mahesh Babu’s love interest.Vijayashanthi was one of the most popular actresses in the 1980s and 90s and is known for doing female-centric movies. The yesteryear actress is currently focused on politics and often makes it to the headlines for her aggressive political remarks against her opponents. She is set to make a comeback to acting with Sarileru Neekevvaru. She is now doing heavy workouts to get herself fit for the role in it.It was rumoured that Sarileru Neekevvaru has a role that perfectly suits Vijayashanthi and director Anil Ravipudi desperately wanted her to play this pivotal character. The actress quoted Rs 5 crore to be a part of this project and this is the highest amount ever paid to any actress down south. The makers of the film have reportedly agreed to pay this huge amount to bring her on board.Vijayashanthi is said to be playing a powerful faction leader and she will take on Jagapathi Babu in Sarileru Neekevvaru. She is also said to be performing action sequences in the movie. One report has claimed she will appear as Mahesh Babu’s mother. Another buzz was that she is playing the role of Rashmika Mandanna’s mother and Prince appears as her security guard.But in an interview to a Telugu daily, Vijayashanthi has put an end to all the speculations about her role in Sarileru Neekevvaru. She said that she is neither essaying a negative role nor playing Mahesh Babu’s mother in the movie. She revealed that she is playing a supporting role with substance and her character has no relation to his role in this film.Usually, the roles of heroes and heroines create a lot of buzz in the media. The supporting roles rarely get highlighted, unless it is kind of role played by Ramya Krishnan in Baahubali film series. However, Ever since Vijayashanthi is on board, a lot has been written and spoken about the details of her role and remuneration. The buzz about her character is much bigger than that Rashmika Mandanna’s role.Only the makers of Sarileru Neekevvaru can reveal the hype behind Vijayashanthi’s role. Or we have to wait for the release of the movie, which is scheduled to hit the screens during Sankranti 2020.last_img read more

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  • US cuts 200m aid to Palestinians

    first_imgIn this 31 January 2014 file photo released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, lining up to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. Photo: APThe United States is cutting more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, the state department said on Friday, amid a deteriorating relationship with the Palestinian leadership.A senior state department official said without elaborating that the funds, originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, would address “high-priority projects elsewhere.””We have undertaken a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer,” the official said in a statement.”As a result of that review, at the direction of the president, we will redirect more than $200 million in FY2017 Economic Support Funds originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza.”Asked where the money would be redirected and whether it would go to other Palestinian projects, another State Department official said: “We will work with Congress to redirect these funds to other policy priorities.”Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.The announcement came at a time when the Palestinian leadership has angered the White House by boycotting its peace efforts since US president Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the embassy there, reversing decades of US policy.The status of Jerusalem – home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions – is one of the biggest obstacles to any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for the capital of an independent state they seek. Israel says Jerusalem is its eternal and indivisible capital.Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is leading an effort to craft a peace plan meant to launch negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to end a decades-long conflict. A decision on when the initiative would be rolled out has not yet been made.The State Department cited the Islamist militant group Hamas’ control of Gaza as part of its justification for reallocating the funds. The United States and Israel designate Hamas as a terrorist group.The decision is almost certain to exacerbate the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. More than 2 million Palestinians are packed into the Gaza Strip, which suffers deep economic hardship.”Cheap blackmail”Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi accused the Trump administration of using “cheap blackmail as a political tool.””The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion,” she said.Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said in a statement: “Weaponizing humanitarian and developmental aid as political blackmail does not work.”The United States had in January announced it would withhold $65 million of $125 million that it had planned to send to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN states, with the United States as the largest contributor.UNRWA and the Palestinians have warned that cuts could exacerbate hardship in Gaza, an enclave that has been under Israeli and Egypt blockades designed to isolate its Islamist Hamas rulers.US National Security adviser John Bolton told Reuters this week that UNRWA was “a failed mechanism” that violated standard international law on the status of refugees.UNRWA was founded in 1949 after the first Arab-Israel war, which led to 700,000 Palestinians being forced to leave their homes or flee. It helps around 5 million Palestinian refugees, a figure that includes descendants of those displaced by the fightingJordan, which hosts the largest number of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East outside Palestinian territories, warned this month that a severe financial shortfall facing UNRWA could have a “catastrophic” impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region.US Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, criticised the Trump administration’s decision.“Inhabitants of Gaza are already suffering severe hardships under the tyranny of Hamas and border restrictions imposed by Israel. It is the Palestinian people, virtual prisoners in an increasingly volatile conflict, who will most directly suffer the consequences of this callous and ill-advised attempt to respond to Israel’s security concerns.”J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group, called the Trump administration’s move a “moral outrage and a major strategic blunder.”last_img read more

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  • Turner And Emmett Agree With Bush On Framework For PostHarvey Federal Aid

    first_imgAl Ortiz | Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (left) and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (right), who in this file photo appear at a press conference held in October 2017 announcing the first round of funds from the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, announced on March 21, 2018, that they have established a “framework” with the Texas General Land Office regarding the distribution of long-term recovery funds from the federal government as part of the post-Harvey recovery.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced Wednesday they have established a “framework” with the Texas General Land Office (GLO), which is led by Land Commissioner George P. Bush, regarding the distribution of long-term recovery funds as part of the post-Harvey recovery.The GLO is in charge of distributing $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant grants that Congress appropriated to Texas last year for Harvey relief.Turner’s office detailed in a news release that representatives from the City of Houston, Harris County and the GLO, as well as representatives from the Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, recently held a meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. and agreed that the framework will give Houston and Harris County “local control over their recoveries.”Additionally, the framework will use HUD’s unmet housing needs data as a basis for distributing funds.As reported by the Texas Tribune, Turner recently criticized Bush for what he considered was an exclusion of Houston leaders from conversations on the disbursement of $5 billion awarded by HUD last November, which are primarily intended to meet housing needs.In January, Congress appropriated additional funds for infrastructure and flood mitigation.According to the Mayor’s news release, the GLO will use the framework to draft an action plan, which is required by HUD before the agency will distribute funds to the state.The public can comment on the draft action plan for 14 days before it is submitted to HUD for approval.“We are now on the right path to a fair distribution of much-needed disaster relief dollars,” Turner noted in the news release, which added the City will “immediately” begin consulting with communities in Houston about how to use the federal funding.On his part, Judge Emmett said that it is “crucial that local governments have significant input into how these funds are distributed.” Sharelast_img read more

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  • Houston Spaceport Groundbreaking First Company Tenant Expected Within Weeks

    first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen The Houston Airport System received a commercial spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration on June 30, 2015.The groundbreaking for the first phase of infrastructure construction is scheduled for almost exactly four years later, on June 28.The Houston City Council last October approved $18.8 million to build streets and water and electricity infrastructure on the southeast side of Ellington Airport.Completion is expected in May 2020, Arturo Machuca, general manager for Ellington and the Houston Spaceport, told News 88.7.  And, he said, there’s more good news for the project.“I am pretty hopeful that also we are within weeks from making a large announcement connected to a company that will be serving as our anchor tenant,” Machuca said.The vision is for commercial space companies to have aircraft take off from the Houston Spaceport and fly into space over the Gulf of Mexico.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Machuca.You can read a presentation about Houston Spaceport here:center_img Share 00:00 /04:03 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaArturo Machuca, general manager of Ellington Airport and the Houston Spaceport, stands in front of a blueprint of Phase 1 of spaceport construction at Ellington.last_img read more

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