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Free movement at risk in heart of Europe as Swiss vote

first_imgVoter participation is generally low in Switzerland’s popular polls, and rarely inches above 50 percent, but a far higher voter participation than usual is expected this time, with some cantons anticipating as high as 60 percent. SVP’s initiative calls for Switzerland to revise its constitution to ensure it can autonomously handle immigration policy.The party, which has built its brand by condemning immigration and EU influence, warns that the wealthy Alpine country is facing “uncontrolled and excessive immigration”.While not an EU member, Switzerland is bound to the bloc through an array of intricately connected bilateral agreements.If the SVP initiative passes, authorities would have one year to negotiate an end to the 1999 agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the bloc.The proposal goes even further than a similar measure, also backed by the SVP, that narrowly passed in February 2014, demanding that Bern impose quotas on the number of work permits issued to EU citizens.That vote threw Swiss-EU relations into disarray, with Brussels warning any curbs on immigration by EU citizens would put a whole range of bilateral agreements at risk.Bern struggled to find a way to respect the vote without permanently alienating EU neighbors, in the end reaching an agreement in 2016 that stopped far short of an initial quotas plan, which Brussels had fiercely rejected.Instead, Bern opted merely to require Swiss employers to jump through a few bureaucratic hoops before hiring from the bloc.The SVP condemned that compromise as a “betrayal” and launched its new initiative.Votes on the SVP’s initiative and several other issues had been scheduled to take place in May, but were postponed since the coronavirus lockdown measures prevented campaigning.As soon as those measures began lifting a few months ago, the SVP put up campaign posters, including one showing a jeans-clad behind with an EU-starred belt sitting heavily on a map of Switzerland, under the words: “Enough is enough!”While the 2014 vote still looms large in Switzerland’s collective memory, opinion polls hint that anxiety over immigration has lessened.The SVP also finds itself more isolated than ever, with the government, parliament, unions and employer organizations opposed to the initiative.Opponents stress the importance of the EU relationship for the country’s economy.And the government has cautioned that if Switzerland unilaterally voids the free movement accord, a “guillotine” clause will come into force to freeze the entire package of Swiss-EU deals, including on trade.Swiss voters were also voting on a range of other issues, with referenda on dishing out six billion Swiss francs (US$6.6 billion) for new fighter jets, and on granting two weeks’ paternity leave to new fathers expected to pass, according to surveys.Topics : The Swiss were voting Sunday on limiting immigration from the European Union, which, while not expected to pass, has sparked fears a shock “yes” could devastate relations with the bloc.The initiative, backed by the populist right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) — Switzerland’s largest party — has lost public support in recent polls.The latest survey showed 65 percent of those questioned opposed the call to tear up an agreement permitting the free movement of people between Switzerland and the surrounding European Union. It seems unlikely the initiative will garner the double majority needed to pass, winning both the popular vote and most of the 26 cantons.But the SVP has eked out surprise victories in the past in its war against tightening relations with the EU, fueling concern that Switzerland’s relationship with its biggest trading partner could be in jeopardy.Most people vote in advance in the popular polls and referenda held in the country every few months as part of the  direct democratic system, and ballot boxes open for just a few hours.Polls open at different times in different cantons, but will all close by midday local time, with initial results expected by early afternoon.last_img read more

Ichthys FPSO leaves South Korea shipyard

first_imgThe Ichthys Venturer, an FPSO destined for the Inpex-operated Ichthys field in Australia, has left the shipyard in South Korea.According to the FPSO’s AIS data, provided by Marine Traffic, the Ichthys Venturer left the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard over the weekend and is now located in South Korea’s waters with restricted manoeuvrability.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Inpex seeking more info on the upcoming tow to the final location offshore Australia.An Inpex spokesperson said: “The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility construction  is now complete. We are progressing the final preparation, commissioning activities and checks prior to sail away. Sail away will proceed following these checks and pending weather conditions.”Once at the location, the FPSO will be permanently moored for 40 years of operation in the Ichthys field, in the Timor Sea about 220 kilometers off the Western Australian coast.Gas will undergo initial processing on the Ichthys Explorer semi-submersible central processing platform to extract condensate and water, and remove impurities in order to make the gas suitable for transmission.Most condensate will be transferred from the CPF to the nearby Ichthys Venturer FPSO for offshore processing, with the remainder sent to Darwin with the gas via the project’s 890 kilometer gas export pipeline.More condensate will be extracted from the gas at the onshore plant in Darwin. Once in the field, the FPSO and CPF will be linked by an electric cable, allowing power supply to flow from each facility as a contingency measure as required.Offshore Energy Today has previously reported that the Central Processing Platform reached the Ichthys field location, where it was moored in June.Cracks on FPSO?Worth noting, CNBC recently reported, citing what it said were people close to the matter, that cracks were found on the FPSO Ichthys Venturer equipment, delaying the project. In an email Offshore Energy Today an Inpex spokesperson said: “We tend not to comment on individual technical matters, but what I can tell you is that there are no issues with the FPSO.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

NBA star Towns’ mother dies of Covid-19

first_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Jacqueline Towns, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves all-star Karl-Anthony Towns, died of COVID-19 on Monday after a weeks-long battle with the disease which has led to a worldwide pandemic.Advertisement The Towns’ family made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement: “The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19.”(She) had been battling the virus for more than a month when she succumbed to it.”The National Basketball Players Association expressed its sorrow for the family.“Words cannot express the extreme sadness each of us feels at the news of the passing of Karl Anthony-Towns’ loving Mother, Jacqueline Towns.“Our hearts break for Karl and his family and we send them our love and support at this very difficult time.”Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl-Anthony Towns gets a hug in April from his mother Jackie Towns, who died on Monday after contracting COVID-19Read Also: Johnson hopeful NBA can crown a champion despite coronavirusJackie Towns was placed in a medically induced coma on March 25, sparking her 24-year-old son to make a public plea, asking people to take the coronavirus and social distancing seriously.The NBA shutdown on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus which has so far infected over 600,000 Americans, killing 28,000 of them.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

State Road 156 single-lane restrictions scheduled to begin Thursday

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — Single-lane traffic restrictions on State Road 156 will begin on Thursday, July 12 at the 3-span bridge over Fisk Creek at its confluence with the Ohio River near Wade Hill Road south of Patriot.The Indiana Department of Transportation is rehabilitating the 143-foot-long S.R. 156 bridge located a mile south of S.R. 250.  Force Construction is the contractor for this $976,250 Switzerland County bridge project.  The Columbus contractor will pour new concrete end sections of the bridge deck—then overlay the entire deck with a thin polymeric epoxy.  Bridge repairs and new approach slabs are included in the project.S.R. 156’s traffic count is 1,400 vehicles per day.last_img read more

Ex-Super Eagles striker quits Belgian club after expiration of contract

first_img Loading… “The contract of Hasan Ozkan is not renewed, Anton Tanghe and Jordy Schelfhout are still training. The trial period of defender Priestley Farquharson is over, he also leaves KVO.” Akpala made 62 league appearances in his first spell with the side, scoring 12 goals between 2015 and 2018 before leaving to join Al-Faisaly. The forward started his career with Pepsi Football Academy in Lagos before joining Bendel Insurance, where he signed his first professional contract. He departed the shores of Nigeria to team up with Sporting Charleroi in Belgium in 2006 before signing for rival side Club Brugge two years later. read also:Akpala returns to Belgium The striker moved to Turkey in 2014 to team up with Super Lig club Karabukspor, where he managed to score seven goals in 25 league appearances during his one-year stay before signing for Oostende. Akpala has represented Nigeria 13 times and will hope to secure a new club before the start of the 2020-21 season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Belgian First Division A club, Oostende have announced the departure of Joseph Akpala following the expiration of his contract. The Super Eagles striker returned to the Versluys Arena outfit last summer, signing a year deal which ran out in June. The 33-year-old forward only made seven appearances across all competitions for Alexander Blessin’s men last season due to injury problems. The Kustboys revealed the Nigeria international’s contract will not be renewed along with Hasan Ozkan while Priestley Farquharson has also been released. “Striker Joseph Akpala is not offered a new contract and is therefore again a free player,” read a statement from the club website. “We thank ‘Joske’ for his boundless efforts and excellent mentality and wish him every success in the further course of his career. “His contract with KVO ran until June 30 but was extended until last Saturday. Then he played in the friendly match against Varsenare, but now the collaboration ends.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be Solved6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An InspirationThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Irma Leora Stacy

first_imgIrma Leora Stacy, 102, of Milan, formerly of Moores Hill / Lawrenceburg passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Irma was born Friday, March 30, 1917 in Moores Hill, the daughter of Irvin and Lulu (Rumsey) Heller.  She married Joseph Stacy June 16, 1940 and he preceded her in death in 1981.  Irma was a member of the Moores Hill United Methodist Church, former Eastern Star member and worked at Old Quaker Distillery later know as Schenley.  During WWII she worked at Wrights Aircraft Factory later becoming General Electric and she worked for Dearborn County Hospital in the laundry department.  Irma enjoyed eating out at Frisch’s with her family, enjoyed a glass of wine, traveling and liked to collect china birds.Irma is survived by son Tom (Becky) Stacy of Aurora and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Irma Jean Stacy; brothers: Elmer, Virgil, Floyd, Alton, and Alvin Heller; and sisters: Ethel Rawlins and Hilda Heller.A service celebrating her life will be held 1 PM Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill with Pastor Ted Hamrick officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 11 AM – 1 PM Tuesday, May 14 also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Irma to Our Hospice of Jennings County; Moores Hill Methodist Church or Ripley Crossing Activity Fund. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Kool back on track in Railway

first_img Cappella Sansevero (6-4 favourite) and War Envoy were big disappointments in the six-furlong event. Berry said: “He’s had the one disappointing run, but I spoke to Richard Hannon and he said you could forget the Coventry as he ran too free. “The only anxious moment I had was in the stalls – I was just hoping he’d jump well. He wasn’t stopping at the line and I don’t see why he wouldn’t get seven furlongs.” Kool Kompany was introduced at 25-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas with RaceBets. Tommy Stack’s juvenile Accepted made a most accomplished racecourse debut in the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises EBF Maiden. The chestnut son of Approve always held a prominent position but looked there for the taking once 11-10 favourite Cape Clear Island got in the clear a furlong and a half from home. Wayne Lordan’s partner (13-2) responded manfully under pressure and fought back along the near-side rail to claim a short-head verdict, while Fit For The Job was pinched for room on two occasions but nonetheless ran an eyecatching race in third. Fozzy Stack, son and assistant to the County Tipperary handler, said: “He’s a nice horse and has always worked well. We’ve always thought a bit of him. He was a bit keen and didn’t have as much cover as we’d have liked. He could come back here for the Anglesey and maybe the Gimcrack (at York).” Kool Kompany turned Royal Ascot form on its head as he recorded a fourth win from five starts in the GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh. Richard Hannon’s youngster had been well beaten in the Coventry Stakes, in which Cappella Sansevero and War Envoy had finished some way in front of him, but a return to forcing tactics in this Group Two contest made all the difference. Fran Berry had the 6-1 shot smartly out of the gates to grab the stands rail and dictate matters, and he produced a fine turn of foot from the front to see off f ellow British-trained raider Ahlan Emarati, from Peter Chapple-Hyam’s stable, by two lengths. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

RHTYSC, ACC slam GCB over Jaguars Franchise League tournament

first_imgTHE management of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) and the Albion Cricket Club (ACC) have expressed disappointment in the manner in which the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League three-day tournament has been organised.According to a joint release, “The clubs which have produced the most cricketers for Berbice have been kept in the dark about arrangements for the tournament and who is responsible for the selection of the Upper Corentyne and Lower Corentyne or New Amsterdam teams.”It further stated, “To make matters worse, the Berbice Cricket Board has not been consulted or informed of plans for the tournament. The two clubs, who together share a record nine Guyana Cricket Club of the Year Awards are very concerned about the current state of affairs.The RHTYSC and the ACC are committed towards uniting all the factions of Guyana’s Cricket but we would not be willing to do so in the future if greater effort is not made to ensure that our cricket is administered in a transparent manner. The two clubs seek urgent answers to the following questions.Who were the persons responsible for selecting the teams and what were the criteria used?Why was the BCB not consulted despite the efforts to unite the two cricket boards?Does the sponsoring of teams give the sponsor, the sole right to select players for a team?Is it not a conflict of interest for a president of a cricket club to be a sponsor of a team, in which his club is involved?Why were the clubs and the BCB not consulted on the arrangements for the tournament. Our advice and suggestions would have assisted in better arrangements.Who selected the officials for the tournament and what were the criteria used?Is it a deliberate policy to side-line the top two cricket clubs in Berbice and the BCB when we were open to healing the wounds in Guyana’s Cricket?”“Why were a lot of promising young cricketers like Josiah Dhanai, Kevlon Anderson, Kevin Sinclair and Sylus Tyndall left out of the 18-man squad and the highly productive Collis Butts was not considered? Butts was the Man-of-the-Final in the last BCB first division tournament.The RHTYSC and ACC are major stakeholders in Berbice and Guyana’s cricket and together have ideas and suggestions that would assist in the development of the game. We are at a loss why we are being sidelined,” the release ended.last_img read more

Farah says he has no tolerance for rule-breakers

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – British Olympic champion Mo Farah said yesterday he had no tolerance for anyone who broke the rules after his former coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping violations.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said Salazar’s punishment was for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), a camp designed primarily to develop U.S. endurance athletes.“I’m relieved USADA has completed their investigation into Alberto Salazar. I left the Nike Oregon Project in 2017 but I have no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses a line,” said Farah in a statement to Sky Sports News. “A ruling has been made and I’m glad there has finally been a conclusion.”Salazar stopped coaching Farah, double Olympic champion at both 5 000 and 10 000 metres, in 2017, when the runner decided to move back to England. The Briton said at the time that the doping investigation was not the reason they parted ways.last_img read more

Callanan named GAA/GPA Hurling All Star

first_imgThe full forward is also nominated for the Hurler of the Year prize along with Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and TJ Reid with the winner named during Friday’s Awards Ceremony++ It follows stellar performaces from the the Drum n Inch man throughout the 2015 season including the 3-09 he clocked up during Tipp narrow defeat to Galway in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi Final in August.Killkenny as expected took the lions share taking a total of seven awards, beaten finalists Galway were awarded four of the coveted positions with the remaining three going to Waterford In total there are seven first time recipients and five survivors from the 2014 team – with Séamus Callanan the only non-Kilkenny player to receive awards in both seasons.last_img read more