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France to Extra Time; Serbia Beats Spain at Eurobasket Championships

first_imgBERLIN— Defending champion France needed overtime to overcome Finland 97-87 as the opening day of the European Basketball Championships produced tight games and some surprises on Saturday.Lithuania, runner-up to France two years ago, struggled to edge Ukraine, the youngest team in the tournament, 69-68.Turkey surprised Italy 89-87 despite blowing a 16-point lead, and 33 points from Danilo Gallinari. Center Semih Erden scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to secure Turkey’s win in Group B.Nemanja Bjelica scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Serbia past Spain 80-70 in the featured match.Sasu Salin nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game for Finland, and Tony Parker missed a jumper as the Group A game went into overtime at 81-81.But France put it away in the extra period as Parker finished with 23 points. American-born Jamar Wilson led Finland with 21 points.Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Paulius Jankunas added 22 points and Jonas Maciulis nailed two free throws with 1:52 left to secure Lithuania’s victory over Ukraine, which made the quarterfinals two years ago but came without the bulk of that team.Also, Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Schroeder scored 15 points each to lead host Germany to a surprisingly close 71-65 victory over Iceland.Nemanja Nedovic didn’t miss a shot in scoring 14 points and pacing a key run that got Serbia back into the game.“It may have been the best game of his career,” Serbia coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said of Bjelica.Serbia, the silver medalist at last year’s World Cup, scored the first five points and kept Spain scoreless until Rudy Fernandez’s three-point play with 4:58 left in the first quarter. But Spain quickly put together a 12-0 run and had a 10-point lead after the first quarter.Nedovic then came off the bench to score 10 straight points, including two consecutive 3-pointers, as Serbia closed the gap to two at the end of the first half.Nedovic and Zoran Erceg scored 3-pointers, and Bjelica made a jumper as Serbia opened a 60-49 lead in the third.In the last quarter, Pau Gasol singlehandedly brought Spain within one with less than two minutes left. But Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic nailed 3-pointers to protect Serbia’s first win over Spain in five years.After a quiet game in the first half apart from four blocks, Gasol scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Nikola Mirotic added 10 points and 10 rebounds.“Nedovic turned the game around,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. “We came back but then those two 3-pointers (by Bjelica and Bogdanovic) finished us off.”Spain was a two-time champion before France won the title two years ago, when Spain took the bronze medal.Iceland outscored Germany 22-12 in the final quarter as Jon Steffansson topped all scorers with 23 points for the team considered an outsider in the tough Group B.Poland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 68-64 in Group A in Montpellier, France; the Netherlands stunned Georgia 73-72 in Group C in Zagreb, Croatia; and the Czech Republic routed Estonia 80-57 in Group D in Riga, Latvia.Robin Smeulders sank a jumper with 18 seconds remaining for the Dutch to win their first Eurobasket match since 1989. Charlon Kloof led all scorers with 22 points.Omri Casspi scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Israel rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Russia 76-73 in Group A.Greece beat Macedonia 85-65 in Group C, while Latvia dismissed Belgium 78-67 in Group D.Also in Zagreb, Croatia beat Slovenia 80-73.NESHA STARCEVIC, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spanish LNG for Ships Studies Receive EU Support

first_imgzoom The European Union will co-finance with a little over €1 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies to help make the liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply for ships a reality on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.The studies, which were selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme’s priority on new technologies for transport infrastructure, aim to overcome the existing barriers for developing a LNG bunkering supply chain in the region.LNG is rapidly emerging as a more environmentally friendly fuel for the shipping sector and its uptake is encouraged by the European Union.The studies will address the transition of both maritime fleets as well as port facilities, reducing the time-to-market of the LNG bunkering service in the Spanish Mediterranean ports. The technical, operative, economic and legal aspects of LNG bunkering vessel operations will be analysed and there will be an evaluation and design of an optimised LNG supply chain in key Spanish ports of the Mediterranean.EU Commission, February 28, 2014last_img read more

INTRODUCING THE CAST OF THE BEAVERTON – Season Premieres Tonight at 1030pm

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement WEBSITE: Twitter DONAVON STINSONThe Beaverton’s “resident provocateur” Donavon is here to challenge attitudes, get in your face, and audition for his own show on Vice. Donavon puts himself in the middle of every story, so the audience can finally see things from the perspective of a 40 year old white dude who acts like a 20 year old white dude. Login/Register With: AISHA ALFAAisha is our domestic reporter, covering everythingfrom local to national news. Oh, and she’s also killing itin her personal life right now. She’s good at the newsand incidentally, everything else. Advertisement Before the show airs tonight at 10:30pm – here’s an introduction to the cast.The Beaverton is a weekly satirical news show airing Wednesdays at 10:30 pm on Comedy, just before The Daily Show. A televised adaptation of the immensely popular website, it files fictional stories of the utmost importance, informed by real events, the cultural zeitgeist, and national news media. Using a “fake news” platform The Beaverton offers devastating insight and biting commentary on Canadian life, politics, and the world around us. Facebook The Anchors:MIGUEL RIVASOur old-school newsman, Miguel delivers ridiculous stories with a sardonic tone and raised-eyebrow. A journalist in the rich tradition of Cronkite and McAvoy, Miguel always asks himself three things when considering a potential story: is it important, is it properly researched, and will Drake like it?EMMA HUNTEROffsetting Miguel’s gravitas and sarcasm is the irreverence and defiant attitude of Emma Hunter. Enthusiastic, and a person of interest in several ongoing investigations, Emma represents the low-attention-span of BuzzFeed-style new media, which sometimes puts her in conflict with Miguel.The Field Correspondents:MARILLA WEXMarilla is our foreign correspondent, mostly becauseshe has an accent. Unflappable in the face of thestories she’s forced to report on, she channelsChristiane Amanpour and the BBC News cadence,which makes everything she says seem way moreimportant than it actually is. LAURA CILEVITZThe Beaverton’s financial expert, and a Bay street washout, Laura covers all manner of business news with total dedication to the plight of the businessman. A younger, even sexier Kevin O’Leary, Laura will help our viewers understand the economic realities of the world around them… for a price.last_img read more

Health care leads the way on TSX after strong Valeant showing loonie

first_imgTORONTO – The health-care sector helped boost Canada’s main stock index on Tuesday despite a slide in energy prices, as the loonie lost ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.52 points to 16,114.03, with shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) up $1.73, or 6.54 per cent, to $28.18 at the closing of markets.Earlier on Tuesday, the commodity-heavy index had flirted with a new record, after setting an intraday high of 16,142.80.South of the border, markets were mixed as investors awaited Wednesday’s announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise short-term interest rates by 0.25 of a percentage point. While inflation has remained low, the central bank has seen a path to gradually raise rates as the economy and labour market have strengthened.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 118.77 points to 24,504.80 and the S&P 500 index added 4.12 points to 2,664.11 — capping off three straight trading sessions in which these indices have surpassed record highs. The Nasdaq composite index was down 12.76 points to 6,862.32.“The hike tomorrow by the Fed is baked into the cake,” said Luc de la Durantaye, managing director of CIBC Management.“What would be important is the tone of the Fed tomorrow. They may indicate through their updated forecast that they’re more confident about their inflation outlook. They might even mention something about the tightness of the labour market. We may have a bit of a hawkish hike tomorrow which would be supportive of the U.S. dollar.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 77.69 cents US, down 0.11 of a U.S. cent.De la Durantaye attributed part of loonie’s drop to falling oil prices, which had seen sharp increases over the past three trading sessions.The January crude contract tumbled 85 cents to US$57.14 per barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract gave back 15 cents to US$2.68 per mmBTU. The February gold contract fell US$5.20 to US$1,241.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up a cent at US$3.02 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

AP analysis Steel tariffs waived even with tough trade talk

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump talks tough on trade yet his administration granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying a hefty tariff.That’s according to an Associated Press analysis of applications for relief from the steel tariff that Trump put in place last year to protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs.The import tax waivers show how pliable his protectionist policies can be. Although China has been the principal target of Trump’s “America First” agenda, he’s also criticized Japan and allies in Europe.The U.S. Commerce Department approved exemption requests from 370 companies for up to 4.1 million tons of foreign steel. Roughly 8 per cent of the total is from China and close to 30 per cent is from Japan.Richard Lardner And Larry Fenn, The Associated Press read more

Lankan asylum boat reaches Christmas island

A merchant vessel has had to provide assistance to a new boat of asylum seekers north of Cocos Islands tonight as a second boatload arrived on Christmas Island.The merchant vessel moved to help the boat, believed to be carrying 27 people, about 173 nautical miles north west of Cocos Islands, Australia’s most westerly point of territory in the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile a group of 50 men and one boy are receiving medical checks on Christmas Island.That group is believed to be Tamils, travelling from war-torn zones of Sri Lanka. The state of the asylum seeker boat is not known, but it follows a string of rescues. The group is being transferred to the Cocos Islands, before they are taken to Christmas Island. The number of Sri Lankans detained on charges of illegally trying to leave the country has reached more than 250 over the past week.The latest arrests come after a number of vessels have sunk at sea as illegal immigrants head to Australia from various poverty-hit countries, including Sri Lanka.Some 94 people are believed to have drowned after two boats sank in recent weeks.While most asylum-seeker boats originate in Indonesia, there has been a recent spike in attempted crossings from Sri Lanka. (Herald Sun) Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 131 would-be asylum seekers heading to Australia and seized a fishing trawler used for the people-smuggling operation.The Sri Lankan navy detected the trawler off the island’s eastern coast on Saturday and it was being escorted to the port of Trincomalee, 260 kilometres northeast of Colombo.”The men on board were heading for Australia,” said a navy official, asking not to be named.”We are handing over these people to the police for further investigations and necessary action.” Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said today that 22 other people thought to be preparing to leave the island illegally aboard a different trawler were also arrested on Saturday. [slideshow] read more

Concerns in India over Avant Garde vessel

“Presence of such a large number of arms on a single ship is unusual and naturally raises suspicion. India should ask Sri Lanka for whom were these arms exactly meant for,” he said.Maheshini Colonne, spokesperson of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, requested for time for the investigation to be over, adding that the case was complex. There have been allegations that the AGMS was unduly favoured by the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa and as a result caused losses to the Sri Lankan Navy.Lt. Gen. (Retired) Katoch said that Sri Lankan authorities should help India investigate what was the “floating armoury” doing in the Indian territorial waters. (Colombo Gazette) Concerns have been raised in India over the Avant Garde ship which till recently was operating a floating armoury, The Hindu newspaper reported.The case of m.v. Avant Garde, a “floating armoury”, has acquired a new dimension since the Sri Lankan Navy boarded the vessel on October 6 to discover a massive stash of weapons on board. Last weekend, on the order of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan Navy took over the ships cargo of more than 816 automatic rifles of different types and 2,02,674 rounds of ammunition. While the ship was part of Avant Garde Maritime Services (AGMS), allegedly linked to Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa family, the massive cargo of weapons and ammunition has raised eyebrows of security analysts in South Asia, hinting that the boat could have been part of a maritime version of the “Purulia arms dropping case”. The discovery has sounded a security alarm as the vessel, before being rested at the Galle harbour in eastern Sri Lanka, had been to the Indian territorial waters while carrying its cargo of weapons. The controversy over of Avant Garde Maritime Services (AGMS) snowballed since March when a Sri Lankan court stopped the former Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa from travelling abroad to investigate allegations that he used “floating armouries” in the Indian Ocean to help mercenaries and “private armies”. Sri Lankan official sources, on condition of anonymity, told The Hindu that the ships of Avant Garde Maritime Services were meant to protect the energy lanes of the Indian Ocean. The website of the company points out that it conducts security assistance services all the way up to the Red Sea.Lt. Gen. (Retired) Prakash Katoch, a veteran of special military operations, told The Hindu that the reports of the boat having travelled through the territorial waters of India was disturbing and Sri Lanka should take India into confidence so that the destination and real intentions behind the boat’s cargo and the details of the Avant Garde Martime Services was known to India. read more

Champion for multilateralism readies to hand over UN General Assembly gavel

She maintained that her practice of formally reporting back to Member States every three months, had been “very useful, especially for the smaller Missions” that cannot cover all the agenda items, “so they can refer to the reports I share with them”. While noting that the 73rd Session, has adopted 341 resolutions, with a few more expected, she has been told this is “the highest number in several years”. “Basically, my call to Member States has been: let´s read the resolutions we have adopted again and let´s deliver and implement them using this norm-setting power of the General Assembly”, she said. Proud to go plastics-free“We have delivered on all seven priorities”, she told correspondents, highlighting the global campaign against plastic, the Women in Power high-level events, and “our work in advancing the multilateral agenda”.Ms. Espinosa flagged that “we have managed together to transform the UN Headquarters in an area free from single-use plastics”, owing to the support of Member States, the Secretary-General, UN staff, and journalists, saying: “I feel very proud of what we achieved”.“Our global communications campaign to beat plastic pollution reached in the region of 400 million people worldwide, and we have sown the seeds for more global action against the modern-day challenge of our seas and rivers”, she stated.Her office also led preparations for six mandated high-level meetings to be held in the margins of upcoming General Debate and were responsible for organizing the High-Level meetings, including the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit, which will kick off next Tuesday.“Everywhere I have been, as your President of the General Assembly, I sought to listen to people”, she continued, from women, girls, youth and the elderly, to philanthropists working for a better world.  “That was my condition to visit countries in order to have contact with people on the ground”. Everywhere Ms. Espinosa went she also visited UN Country Teams to see firsthand how the on-going reform process was being implemented. The outgoing General Assembly President closed by saying that continued listening is “key” to creating “a more just, prosperous and sustainable world”. Guterres commends ‘ambitous priorities’The UN chief commended her “ambitious priorities for this session, which addressed crucial matters of international impact and concern, including gender equality, migration and refugees, decent work for all, environmental protection, the rights of people with disabilities, promoting the voices of young people to advance peace and security, and revitalizing the work of the United Nations”.  Her commitment to ending plastic pollution “also stands out”, said Mr. Guterres. “I am confident that her successful term will pave the way for increasing the participation of women in the political sphere around the world, and for accelerating progress towards gender equality within and beyond the United Nations”. Many of the issues debated, raised and accomplished during the 73rd session are “testament to what can be achieved through international cooperation”, he continued, citing the adoption of two Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees as “remarkable examples”.  The UN chief maintained that comprehensive reforms continued “at an unprecedented pace and scale” over the past year to make the Organization more “nimble, effective and efficient – and to better serve ‘we the peoples’ of the world”.Looking ahead, to the 75th anniversary of the UN next year, he thanked Ms. Espinosa for “her leadership and partnership”, and said he looked forward to working with President-elect Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, of Nigeria.“Together, let us continue to advance our mission to build a more peaceful and prosperous world for all on a healthy planet”, concluded the Secretary-General.  Before passing the gavelAddressing journalists in her last press conference as the General Assembly chief, Ms. Espinosa presented some highlights of her Presidency.It’s been an absolute honour to serve as President of the #UNGA. I came into Office with one mission, making the @UN relevant for all. I leave today with an unwavering sense of accomplishment. To @BandeTijjani, I wish you all the best as we continue to take the @UN to new heights— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) September 16, 2019 In a fast-changing world, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that humanity’s most pressing issues “are increasingly interlinked”. “From the climate crisis to migration flows and rising inequality, from waves of intolerance to harnessing technology for good, one thing is certain: global issues require global solutions”, he stated at the closing of the 73rd session of the General Assembly.As “our universal platform to build consensus for the common good”, he said it had been his “privilege” to work with the Assembly under the leadership of Ms. Espinosa, the fourth woman to serve as the body’s President.See below our photo story on the history of women leaders in the General Assembly:– / 10 read more

Duchess of Cornwall hits the dance floor for Strictly Christmas special

first_imgThe Duchess entertains judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel HorwoodCredit:PA The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to an amateur dancer at Buckingham Palace The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to an amateur dancer at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Guy Levy Cole, the so-called “bad boy” of Strictly, who danced the cha cha cha with the Duchess, said: “She knows her way around a dance floor – don’t you worry about that.”She was absolutely delightful, I didn’t know if I was breaking protocol or not but I did ask her if it was OK to ask her to dance, and she said ‘I’d love to’.”I thought somebody was about to grab me by the scruff of the neck and kick me out.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duchess poses with the Strictly teamCredit:Guy Levy “You can see there are many elderly people on the dance floor and they’re not only exercising, they’re having fun, it’s a huge social thing as well.”Osteoporosis is a fragile bone condition which leads to painful and often debilitating broken bones and is estimated to affect three million people in the UK, and causes 500,000 fragility fractures every year – one every minute. The Duchess poses with the Strictly teamcenter_img Brendan Cole and the Duchess perform the cha cha chaCredit:PA The judge, who is a patron of the NOS, said: “A lot of people don’t like running machines or football, they like dancing, so it’s a great way to keep fit. It’s also about endorphins and having that happy feeling at the end of it and not considering you’re doing exercise for exercise sake.”Tennis coach Judy Murray, who will dance with Neil Jones in the festive show, said: “This is really important because what I realised during Strictly was how much fun it was to exercise to music. The Duchess of Cornwall has taken to the Strictly dance floor for a Christmas special, to help encourage older people to get off the sofa and keep fit.The Duchess, a fan of Strictly Come Dancing, hosted a tea dance at Buckingham Palace, filmed for the BBC show’s Christmas special.In it, she will be seen being taken for a spin by professional dancer Brendan Cole, as well as speaking to judge Craig Revel Horwood about the importance of keeping active in older age.The Duchess, 70, held the event in her role as president of the National Osteoporosis Society, inviting four couples affected by osteoporosis to join the fun on the dance floor. A show insider said: “It seemed like a great fit to use Strictly to celebrate dancing as a way of keeping fit, especially at a time of year when so many people are stuck on the sofa.” Former Strictly contestants Judy Murray, Robbie Savage and Colin Jackson, among others, are competing in the Christmas Day show and were filmed at the Queen’s official London home in November.Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood introduced a performance by the show’s professional dancers and spent time with the Duchess, a huge fan of the television programme. Brendan Cole and the Duchess perform the cha cha cha The Duchess entertains judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwoodlast_img read more

8 things that make Irish men almost unbearably attractive

first_imgTHIS WEEK BROUGHT the news that Irish men are the second most attractive in the world, according to an extremely reliable survey.Obviously, this came as no surprise to us. But still – just in case there are STILL doubters out there – we’ve decided to put together this list of the factors that contribute to the irresistible appeal of the Irish male.Brace yourselves, people.1. The farmer’s tanFlickr/sivart13Lovingly honed on days out. Sometimes augmented by an all-over lobster red when the mere sniff of a sunny day causes us to run from our houses, tear our shirts off and lie down in the park.2. The body hairFlickr/Tom BroganWe don’t have any truck with waxing, trimming or any of that other Continental nonsense. Am I right? I’m right.It’s an evolutionary thing for our climate.3. The second-skin GAA jerseyFlickr/thesuperaliceflickrFact: turning up the collar immediately supercharges our attractiveness by 200 per cent.4. The fine, hearty appetiteFlickr/adactioWhich has its finest hour every Sunday for Mammy’s dinner.5. The ‘banter’Flickr/markhillaryAKA the craic, the chat, etc. Best delivered deadpan. Can become overexcited when in the company of ‘the lads’.6. The endearingly terrible chat-up linesFlickr/*saxon*They’re endearing, right? Right?Alternatively, here’s how a female of our acquaintance sums up the Irish approach to wooing:They never really get over the playground way of telling you they fancy you. They’ve just swapped pulling your bobbin out for slagging you mercilessly until you get the point.7. The beards that ALWAYS have a bit of ginger in themFlickr/timparkinsonWhich is hot, obviously.8. The overwhelming love for our mammiesScreen grab via YouTubeLove combined with fear. Which shapes our relationships with women forever.G’wan ya good thing!What have we missed? Let us know in the comments…More: Marc from Tallafornia’s willy: A Twitter analysis>7 moments that make you feel like a king on an economy flight>last_img read more

New video emerges online showing garda having sex with woman on motorway

first_img Share615 Tweet Email6 Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/Yevhen Prozhyrko Feb 21st 2018, 12:06 AM New video emerges online showing ‘garda’ having sex with woman on motorway Gardaí said they would not be commenting. 127 Comments 210,904 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Short URL A NEW VIDEO purporting to show a member of An Garda Síochána having sex with a woman in a motorway lay-by has emerged online.The video, which was posted to a pornographic website around three weeks ago, features a man – who appears to be wearing an official Garda uniform – having sex with a woman at night time. The video is illuminated by the light of a camera phone.In the video, you can clearly see articulated lorries as well as cars driving by. The eight-minute long clip also features shots of flashing blue lights as well as a clip of a “Garda Amháin” sign which is placed on motorways as a designated spot for officers to set up speed checkpoints.A similar video, believed to feature the same woman, was uploaded to the internet last year and drew widespread criticism. That video showed a man and a woman having sex on a marked Garda car.Wearing a Garda hatInformed sources have told that the woman had pre-arranged a meeting with the garda.At no point in the video do you see the man’s face. However, you do see the woman wearing what appears to be an official Garda hat.When contacted about this latest video, a spokesman for An Garda Síochána said it could not comment on “third party videos”.However, members in a number of stations have been warned by their superiors not to engage with the woman.The garda who featured in the initial video last year was suspended from duty with full pay. He has since returned and is to face internal disciplinary procedures.Read: A woman fired for viewing hardcore porn at work has lost a bid for unfair dismissal > Image: Shutterstock/Yevhen Prozhyrkolast_img read more

Opinion Ireland has become a pollution haven due to neoliberal model of

first_img Cian Prendiville Opinion: ‘Ireland has become a pollution haven due to neo-liberal model of light-touch regulation’ We need people-power campaigns to stop environmental harm, writes Cian Prendiville. We should also study the campaign against the North Dakota oil pipeline, where people have held their ground through non-violent civil disobedience. Source: Shutterstock/Diego G DiazIncinerators aren’t the only form of rubbish burning. In Limerick, Cadence-Enviropower (CEP) are trying to build a gasification plant, which turns the rubbish into gas which is then burnt.Irish Cement, a subsiary of CRH, is also looking to move towards burning tyres and waste in their cement kilns in Drogheda and Limerick, calling it “alternative fuels”.Local campaigns to oppose each of these have emerged right across the country, and have highlighted in their local areas the dangerous chemicals, dioxins and furans, that are produced by burning rubbish and the need to invest in recycling.The people behind these projects are wealthy, well-connected and have millions in profits at stake. Cadence-EnviroPower (CEP), is part of a web of companies involving former Latin American politicians, US generals, and others described as “shady characters” by the Times of India, the world’s most-read English-language newspaper.CRH, according to Minister Shane Ross, “bullied their way through the Irish corporate and political world.” My AAA colleague Joe Higgins compared them to an octopus with tentacles throughout the Irish elite.People-power can winWe can’t rely on any white knight to stop this environmental destruction. Instead, we need people-power campaigns.We can take heart that CEP have been halted from similar plans in India, Argentina and the US. In fact they haven’t managed to find a country that would allow them to build one of these plants yet.We should also study the campaign against the North Dakota oil pipeline, where people have held their ground through non-violent civil disobedience. Similar action may be needed here so let’s prepare for it now.This is not simply saying “not in my backyard” to pollution, we need a national movement to demand people and the planet are put before profit.Instead of a neo-liberal model, we must fight for a green-socialist plan of public investment to make Ireland a world-leader in renewable energy, recycling and sustainable construction materials.Cian Prendiville is a Councillor for the Anti Austerity Alliance in Limerick, and is active in the Limerick Against Pollution campaign opposing a number of rubbish-burning plants proposed for Limerick.The youth vote: ‘My classmates are more interested in Netflix and Instagram than in politics’>Marriage equality?: ‘There is no excuse for confining civil partnership solely to gay couples’> Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 7:00 AM Mar 1st 2017, 7:00 AM 66 Comments Share233 Tweet Email2 By Cian Prendiville Short URL IN RECENT YEARS huge numbers have become environmentally conscious in their daily lives. However, the policy of the state has not caught up. Light-touch, self-regulation is still the norm when it comes to big business polluters.Now with a push towards rubbish-burning plants in Poolbeg, Cork Harbour, Limerick and elsewhere, we need to build a movement to protect our environment.We’ve all heard of tax havens, where small countries attract big businesses with tax loopholes. Well, Ireland has earned a reputation as a pollution haven. Successive Governments followed a neo-liberal model of light-touch regulation of emissions.After scandals, including the discovery of an illegal dump on property belonging to Ireland’s largest company CRH, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created.EPA “not racing to prosecute” big pollutersHowever, the EPA runs on a shoestring, with a skeleton staff, and relies on companies themselves to record what they emit and submit the figures for inspection. When ratings go over limit, mistaken sensors get the blame.One table in CRH’s environmental impact statement for their cement factory in Limerick has two thirds of the readings marked unreliable or unread.The head of the EPA, Laura Burke, was appointed in 2011 by Fine Gael and Labour. A former manager with Indaver, the company trying to build an incinerator in Cork, she takes a so-called “pro-business” approach to regulation and publicly announced she won’t be “racing to prosecute” businesses for not complying with environmental licences.An incinerator by any other name would still smell as bad Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 346 Views last_img read more

Un cachalot séchoue sur une plage en Belgique

first_imgUn cachalot s’échoue sur une plage en BelgiqueMercredi, un cachalot de 13 mètres s’est échoué sur une plage belge. Portant des traces de blessures, il a malheureusement succombé après plusieurs heures d’agonie.”C’est triste de voir un tel spectacle”, a témoigné un badaud, Jerome Van Mechelen qui s’est rendu à la grande plage de Knokke-Heist. Mercredi, un cachalot de 13 mètres est en effet venu s’échouer en plein milieu de l’étendue de sable de cette station balnéaire située dans le nord de la Belgique. Un phénomène qui est pourtant rare en mer du Nord, en raison d’eaux trop peu profondes au niveau des côtes pour ces grands mammifères, a relevé l’Institut royal des sciences naturelles belge. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans la journée, le cachalot a attiré des centaines de curieux qui ont afflué malgré des températures négatives et le vent, rapporte un journaliste de l’AFP. Toutefois, la police avait été dépêchée sur les lieux pour que les badauds se tiennent à l’écart de l’animal qui n’a malheureusement pas survécu. Portant des traces de blessures, le mammifère a succombé après plusieurs heures d’agonie. Pour l’heure, les causes de ce tragique échouage reste inconnues. Les hypothèses évoquent une collision possible avec un navire ou bien une maladie. Mais les scientifiques ont prévu d’examiner la dépouille de l’animal afin d’en savoir plus. Selon les évaluations, le cachalot pesait approximativement vingt tonnes et était âgé d’une dizaine d’années. Les cachalots sont les plus grands des cétacés à dents et peuvent atteindre une taille de 22 mètres pour un poids de 60 tonnes pour les mâles. Les femelles sont en général plus petites avec une taille maximale de 17 mètres pour un poids de 38 tonnes. En Belgique, les derniers cas d’échouage remontent à 1994 et 2004, selon les statistiques de l’Institut citées par l’agence Belga. A l’époque, les animaux avaient été dépecés sur place et les morceaux évacués par conteneur.  Le 8 février 2012 à 19:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Inter Milan plotting move for Gundogan

first_imgInter Milan are reportedly plotting a move for Ilkay Gundogan if the qualify for the Champions League, claims Corriere dello SportThe Nerazzurri are currently in fifth place in the Serie A standings and are three points behind Lazio with an inferior goal difference.However, the two sides will meet on the final day of the season on Sunday and a win for Inter would see them leapfrog Lazio due to their superior head-to-head record.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Should they accomplish their aim, then the Italian side intend to pursue Gundogan in the summer as the income generated from qualifying for the Champions League will enable them to pay for the transfer fee.The German’s future at City has been recently cast into doubt after reports emerged that Pep Guardiola is targeting a move for Lazio midfielder Jorginho.Gundogan has played 48 games for City this season and has chipped in six goals and three assists for the Premier League champions.last_img read more

At least eight dead bodies wash ashore from capsized boat in Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 24, 2017 – Information is elusive in the capsizing of a suspected Haitian sloop early this morning in waters off North West Provo and despite searches involving the TCI Police Marine Branch, other boaters and the US Coast Guard – no one has been rescued or captured alive.   The body count was reported at eight at our last check and it is expected that more have died in this terrible tragedy where a wooden boat overturned in the rough seas and significant swells produced from this troublesome cold front hounding the islands of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Upsetting also for the officers, the pursuit of those suspected Haitians who made it to shore; Magnetic Media is told they ran off into bushes and there has been a call by the Police Force for the public to help in the capture of anyone believed to have been on the deadly voyage.  Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #tragedyatsea Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Authorities say they want and need more information, including how many souls were on the vessel which is pictured in images we received overturned on Northwest Point Beach.  Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionercenter_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you The capsized boat was reported around 6:30am and police have found dead men but mostly drowned are women from the wreck which collided with the treacherous reef.  We got this audio which was in social media circulation and distorted the voice; it captures some of the shock of bodies reportedly washing ashore.  “Boy, you should see the amount of dead people down the road here at North West Point, all over the place dead people, man they coming in from the sea in ones and twos and threes and thing.” The Haitian Consulate has been involved, but had been instructed by on site investigators to leave the site, at least for now.  Again, at least eight are said to be confirmed dead after a suspected Haitian sloop nearly made landfall but capsized in waters off Northwest Provo.#MagneticNewsMedia #tragedyatsealast_img read more

See Game of Thrones intro reenacted with 2750 Oreo cookies

first_img 0 Enlarge ImageOreo’s iconic cookies have a different look for Game of Thrones. Oreo If all the HBO Game of Thrones marketing tie-ins have done their job, your season 8 premiere party on April 14 will be stocked with Bud Light and Oreo cookies. Oreo had already teased the release of Game of Thrones-themed chocolate sandwich cookies, but the official announcement arrived on Tuesday along with a video re-creating the show’s main title sequence with nothing but Oreos.  Post a comment 57 Photos Share your voice Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through todaycenter_img Tags TV and Movies Oreo and HBO even collaborated with Elastic, the creator of the original opening credits, to make the tribute version. It took 2,750 cookies to build the wintry view of the landscapes and castles. Note the carved creme face on the weirwood tree.Oreo’s limited-edition Game of Thrones cookies sport special packaging featuring the Iron Throne. The cookies themselves are embossed with stylized logos for House Lannister, House Targaryen, House Stark and The Night King. So, yes, you can nibble the Night King’s ears off if you like.The cookies will roll out to retailers in the US on April 8. Game of Thrones HBOlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Sept 19 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnLISTEN NOWGas Line TourRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageFor more than forty years, the state has tried — and failed — to bring natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to market. In all, there have been at least ten different versions of the pipeline mega project. And not one has come close to breaking ground. This week, in the series Pipeline Promises, Alaska’s Energy Desk is taking a step back to ask some key questions: Will it ever happen? And, if so — why is it taking so long?LNG rail shipments to begin demonstrationsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksOne promise of a gas line is low cost energy for Alaskans. Although Alaska doesn’t have a pipeline to move gas currently, another state entity does and will. The Alaska Railroad will be the first to transport liquefied natural gas by rail, not only in Alaska but in the United States. The Alaska Railroad Corporation was granted permission by the Federal Railroad Administration to move LNG last year and testing is slated to start this week.Suspect sought in Eagle RiverEllen Lockyear, AlaskaPublicMedia – AnchorageAt last report, Anchorage police are still on the scene of a gun related incident in Eagle River that started shortly before noon Monday. According to APD spokesperson Renee Oistad, police got a call regarding a man with a gun threatening people inside a residence.North Star Borough School Board member seeks to change school’s nameRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board is asking to change the name of an elementary school. Michael O’Brien says Badger Road Elementary is named for a convicted pedophile.Brewfest donations questionedQuinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauA Juneau organization that fights heroin abuse will take a quarter of the money raised during the city’s annual brew fest.BlueCrest noise frustrates area residentsJenny Neyman, KBBI – HomerResidents of a tiny Kenai Peninsula subdivision near Anchor Point thought they had a little slice of peace and quiet.Pipeline protests continueAmy Sisk, Inside Energy – North Dakotalast_img read more

Heres why Steve Smith is thriving while David Warners form diving in

first_imgSmith and Warner have had contrasting forms in this seriesRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesOn day 1 of the 2019 Ashes series, when Australia came out to bat, Shane Warne made an interesting point on commentary. The legendary Aussie leg-spinner said that the booing from the crowd for the three cricketers who were part of the ball-tampering scandal will affect Steve Smith more than David Warner. His argument was that while Warner is a feisty, thick-skinned lad, Smith is a bit too much of a nice guy.With nine days of Ashes past us, it seems clear that Warne was wrong. While Smith is piling on heaps of runs, Warner is in a rut. He has had three single-digit scores so far and has been dismissed by Stuart Broad on all three occasions.So, why is there such divergence between the performances of these two players? The reason could well be the attitude of the two players to batting.Everyone who has watched Smith over the years has observed his fidgety nature. The number of rituals he goes through before facing every ball is incredible. This over-animated style of Smith suggests that when he is out there in the middle, he is completely absorbed in the game and in his batting. Most probably, what’s happening around him becomes unimportant. David Warner seems affected by the hostile reaction of the crowdPETER PARKS/AFP/Getty ImagesWarner, on the other hand, probably, feels much more affected by the reaction of the crowd. As bizarre as it may sound, Warne may have got his psychoanalysis wrong. One merely needs to look at some of the past actions of Warner to realise that he is much more vulnerable to things happening around him while batting than Smith.In 2013 also, during the Ashes series in England, the stocky left-hander found himself in the midst of a controversy after getting into a drunken brawl with Joe Root. Initially, he wasn’t in the team but then was brought in for the fourth Test. When he walked out to bat in the first innings of the Test, Warner was greeted with vehement booing. Very early on in his innings, he edged a ball to the wicket-keeper and was dismissed. Yet, he asked for a review, only to be proven wrong. This decision to review despite having clearly edged the ball was probably due to the hostile reaction. Smith seems unfluttered by the booing of the crowdTwitter/Cricket AustraliaIn 2014, during the first Test against India at Adelaide, the former vice-captain of the Baggy Greens got a hundred in the first innings but was dismissed in the second by Varun Aaron. The Indian bowler celebrated by screaming ‘c’mon’ many times. But it turned out that Aaron had overstepped and Warner got a reprieve. The pugnacious Aussie responded to this turnaround by shouting ‘c’mon’ back at the bowler in a ridiculing manner.Even the way Warner batted in the World Cup hinted at a deep-seated desperation to respond to the negative behaviour of the crowd. Instead of the confident, free-flowing stroke-play that he is known for, the left-hander played in a very cautious manner. All these instances show Warner’s sensitivity to external incidents. So, while Smith is too caught up with his batting to think about what’s happening around him, Warner has let the hostility of the crowd get under his skin. For all his bluster, the opener does not like to be targeted. This is the reason why the two batsmen have contrasting forms. Let’s see if Warner can overcome this slump.last_img read more

Nobodys at the Switch as CBS Announces Election Coverage Team Sans African

first_imgWritten by Stacy M. Brown, NNPACBS News said it’s diversifying – adding a mix of women and minorities to its top staff and its upcoming 2020 election coverage.But, many are calling the “Eye” Network’s attempts at diversity an epic fail.The network is taking some serious heat for excluding African-Americans from its core team of on-the-ground reporters and producers set to cover the 2020 presidential campaign cycle – an election that’s viewed almost universally as critical to Blacks and other minorities.The outcry began after associate producer Ben Mitchell tweeted a title card featuring images of CBS News’ “political embed unit,” composed of eight 2020 campaign reporters and four associate producers, including himself.Among the eight reporters, four reportedly are persons of color: Musadiq Bidar, a native of Afghanistan, Alex Tin, Jack Turman and Stephanie Ramirez. But, none are African American.“CBS, the efforts on your website about your support for diversity fly in the face of your display of all of the reporters you’ve selected for the 2020 campaign,” Democratic California Congresswoman Maxine Waters tweeted.“Not one Black. What’s up with this? An explanation is needed.”New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the current administration in the White House made having a “functional understanding of race in America one of the most important core competencies for a political journalist to have, yet CBS News hasn’t assigned a single Black journalist to cover the 2020 election.”Actress Kerry Washington also expressed her disappointment. In a note that was re-tweeted by National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Washington wrote:“Dear @CBSNews, I am encouraged by the diversity you DID include. But when it comes time to discuss the inevitable role that race and racism will play in the election, who will you turn to for a perspective with nuanced & personal understanding of the African American experience?”Christopher Isham, CBS News’ Washington bureau chief, called the new group “our boots on the ground for the 2019-2020 election cycle” in announcing an increase in politically-focused reporters and newsgathering resources for the upcoming presidential race.The unit is designed to deepen CBS News’ coverage of federal and local issues and personalities on the 2020 trail, according to Variety.CBS News noted that the embed team represented only a portion of its broader election coverage plans. Lorna Jones, who is African-American, was promoted last month to the role of managing editor for Washington news coverage, Variety reported.And the division has long maintained other prominent African-American women in senior management roles, according to the entertainment magazine.“This group is the initial wave of what will be an outstanding and diverse group of journalists assigned to cover the 2020 election for CBS News,” a CBS News spokesperson said Sunday night.“Nobody’s at the switch at CBS,” said Sam Fulwood III, a Black journalist at Think Progress. “So, folks think absence of black journalists is ok.”last_img read more