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A league for their throne

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The league has a make-or-break feel to it this year considering the clubs’ struggles to keep up with the demands of the home-and-away format.Four clubs have already folded since the league started in 2017, including Davao Aguilas, which actually looked like it had a strong financial backing only to quit late last season.Amid the precarious state of club football back home, Ceres has been the torchbearer for the country in international competitions the past four years.The Busmen have become the most successful Filipino club in AFC competitions with their AFC Cup Asian zonal title two years ago and a stirring run in the AFC Champions League qualifying in 2018. This season marks the fourth straight year the Busmen are in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup.“Considering the circumstances of Philippine football domestic-wise, it sounds almost unreal,” Schrock said. “But here we are and we want to enjoy this moment—but we also know with more success comes more responsibility.”ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid It’s an incredible rise set against the backdrop of uncertainty and instability.For Bacolod-based football club Ceres Negros, which recently climbed to the top of the Southeast Asian club rankings in only its seventh year, there’s no better time to reap success than this year when the national league—the gateway for clubs to make international competitions next year—hit an early bump.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Under coach Risto Vidakovic, Ceres has never looked so potent on attack and stable defensively, rolling to five straight victories in the group stage to book a return trip to the knockout stage of the AFC Cup. Another Filipino club, Kaya-Iloilo, is also in contention for a knockout berth.Their blistering start in the AFC Cup catapulted the Busmen to the top of the Asean rankings early this month ahead of more established and richer clubs like Buriram United of Thailand and Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia.“Being No. 1 in Southeast Asia is a result of the hard and clever work from the owner, management and the team,” said Schrock, who credited club Leo Rey Yanson and the management team led by Nicolas Golez for their support.The Busmen now go into the knockout stage of the AFC Cup brimming with confidence. Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon is in sensational form with a tournament-leading nine goals, while Schrock has delivered four assists so far, including the one that Mike Ott converted in the 93rd minute that completed a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Indonesian champion Persija Jakarta at Bung Karno Stadium.“I think we’re more composed in the way we play,” Schrock said. “It’s more on picking and choosing what to do with the situations. We embrace every challenge. It’s about stepping up and evolving year by year. This is just a great journey not just for us, but for Philippine football. Rankings are nice, but we have our eyes on the gold in every competition.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES There’s a growing urgency in the Ceres camp not just to reinforce their ranking, but to once again do their share in ensuring that club football in the country survives this year, after a rough start that saw the supposed reboot of the national tournament—the Philippine Premier League—suffer a quick exit due to mismanagement issues.“We’re just hoping that there will be a league this year,” Stephan Schrock, the Ceres talisman, told the Inquirer recently.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Philippine Football Federation has moved to salvage the season by convening the five licensed clubs as it reverts back to the two-year-old Philippines Football League (PFL).Two more clubs—Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force—are looking to secure club licenses in the next couple of weeks that will signal its participation in the PFL, which is slated to start late this month. 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Gujarat Lions batsman Aaron Finch loses kit bag, misses match vs Mumbai Indians

first_imgIn a bizzare incident, Gujarat Lions opener Aaron Finch was forced to sit out of the match against Mumbai Indians after the Australian misplaced his kit bag which failed to arrive on time at the stadium. (Scorecard)During the toss at the Wankhede stadium, Gujarat captain Suresh Raina revealed that Finch’s kit bag didn’t arrive on time.”We just need to start well. We have been chasing well. Last game, we batted well. We will look to score and see what happens. The wicket looks pretty dry. It might get slower. Hopefully, we post a good score and defend. We have two changes. Finchy (Aaron Finch) misses out, unfortunately his kit bag didn’t arrive,” Raina said.Gujarat have replaced Finch with England batsman Jason Roy and have also included Munaf Patel in place of Shadab Jakati.”Jason Roy and Munaf Patel come in for Finch and Jakati,” Raina added.Mumbai Indians, who won the toss and opted bowl, made one change to their squad. Experienced pacer Lasith Malinga has returned to the team, replacing pacer Tim Southee.”We have got only one change. Malinga is fit and comes in for Southee. The feeling is good among the group. We always wanted to start well. We are happy with the way things are going on. Credit goes to everyone. We have come out and expressed ourselves,” Rohit said.last_img read more

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Obiang: Moyes has changed West Ham’s mentality

first_imgWest Ham United Obiang: Moyes has changed West Ham’s mentality Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 17:10 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Moyes Sunderland Premier League Getty Images West Ham United Watford v West Ham United Premier League The new Hammers boss has only been at the club a short time, but has already impressed the Spanish midfielder with his intensity in training West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang has praised new manager David Moyes for changing the mentality at the club and giving the players new energy.The former Everton and Manchester United manager took charge of the Hammers following the departure of Slaven Bilic and will oversee his first game on Sunday as they travel to Watford.Obiang is impressed with what he has seen from Moyes so far and believes that the 54-year-old’s approach to coaching will help build a new philosophy at London Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The energy the manager and his coaches have brought has been really positive and, in this situation, for the players, for the supporters and for everybody, we are experiencing new things,” Obiang told the club’s official website.“Of course, we know what happened before, but it is time to change and think about what we are doing right now and that’s what we are doing. It’s really important that we start afresh. It has happened many times at every club, but now everything has changed and it’s not about one game, one player or one thing; we have changed our mentality and we cannot have any more excuses.”If we work together, every player and every member of staff, then we can do what we want to do.”Pedro Obiang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Man Utd vs West HamMoyes has not had long to work with the team due to the international break, but Obiang believes that he has already had an impact on the training ground. The 25-year-old played at Sampdoria for five seasons before moving to the Premier League to join the Hammers and has compared Moyes’ approach with the training he received in Serie A.“We are training more than before, not in terms of time, but in terms of the quality of the things they are doing,” Obiang continued. “The manager has changed the intensity of many things, we have done more things tactically, and he’s bringing everything new for us, which is good because he is giving us his philosophy.“It’s similar to the training I did in Italy but, at the same time, it is different because we have many coaches around, telling us what they want and that can only help us.”last_img read more

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BJP trying to bring in Presidential govt Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday warned that the country was heading towards a presidential form of government.”I want to tell you, especially to the educated class and to students, that we are heading towards a presidential form of government [with] one election, one leader, one political party and one emergency,” she said at a gathering to observe the foundation day of her party’s student wing, Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad, at Mayo Road on Wednesday afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee also touched upon a host of issues including the changes to Article 370 in Kashmir and the decision of the Reserve Bank of India to transfer ₹1.76 lakh crore to the Central government. Banerjee said she would meet the students and interact with them on November 14 and 15 respectively. “I will talk to them and pick leaders who will work for the next two years.” She set up a committee comprising Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee, state president Subrata Bakshi, ministers Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim and Moloy Ghatak and MMiC Baiswanor Chattopadhyay to give forms to the students. The ones among them interested in politics will be chosen and Banerjee will speak to them. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”BJP is trying to silence everyone to fulfill its agenda. In Kashmir, BJP did not talk to other political parties and have silenced the people at gunpoint. We really do not know how the people in Kashmir are spending their days. This is undemocratic,” she maintained, and added: “Bengal will stand by its friends in Kashmir.” Banerjee also added that BJP has created an atmosphere of fear throughout the country. “The Opposition leaders are summoned by the Central agencies. Anybody raising their voice against BJP becomes a target and the Central agencies are sent after them,” she said. “I may be sent behind the bars but I am not going to support the communal politics of the saffron party.” Criticising the media, the Chief Minister said: “All media houses, be it national or local, have been purchased. The electronic media cover only the BJP leaders. In print media, the same photographs of BJP leaders are printed in all newspapers. They are scared and they do not have any freedom.” Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said: “When the country is reeling under acute financial crisis, some leaders are touring abroad. The Reserve Bank of India has given Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre by breaking the emergency fund.” She added: “The unemployment problem has taken an alarming turn. The Centre is going to disinvest in the Central PSUs. In Indian Railways and BSNL, people are losing jobs.” She also maintained that in view of the “dark period through which the country is passing,” it is absolutely necessary for students to come forward and protest against “all undemocratic steps taken by the Centre.” She urged them to protest against the fake news being circulated on social media by BJP. The TMC chief maintained that students will observe the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, the bicentenary of Vidyasagar and the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh incident.last_img read more

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The boy from Northwest Angle 37

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAmos Blackhawk’s record ends when he was 14 years-old with one word typed into the last column next to his name on the St. Mary’s Indian Residential School’s quarterly report for June 30, 1943: dead.Three years earlier, on Jan. 9, 1940, Blackhawk was 11 and sick with tuberculosis. He and three other ailing children were waiting for a taxi arranged by A. G. Hamilton, the Inspector of Indian Agencies in Manitoba, to take them from the Catholic-run St. Boniface Sanatorium in St. Vital, Man., to one run by Ottawa in Selkirk, Man.The taxi would never arrive after a senior nun intervened to stop the transfer while the Archbishop sorted out the situation with the Minister of Mines and Resources who was responsible for Indian Affairs and the running of residential schools. It was a series of interventions by Catholic officials, including the principal of St. Mary’s residential school in Kenora, Ont., and the Archbishop of St. Boniface, that led the boy to wait for a taxi.The federal government was refusing to pay for the four students’ stay at St. Boniface and wanted to transfer them to the Dynevor Indian Hospital in Selkirk.Blackhawk had become a pawn in a power struggle between the Church and Ottawa over students who contracted TB in Catholic-run residential schools. While the Catholic Church was counting souls, Ottawa was counting coins because the Second World War was placing a heavy demand on the treasury.This battle, waged through letters and telegrams between Catholic and federal officials and the manipulation of the sick residential school students’ parents, is a little known part of the Indian residential school story.Tuesday’s planned release of a final report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which is expected to say at least 6,000 children died in the schools, and the establishment of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg which will hold a multitude of historical residential school records, will provide the largest gateways yet into this dark period and its unexplored corners.Part of Blackhawk’s story and that of the Catholic Church’s underhanded tactics and intense lobbying to force Ottawa to send TB-infected students at Catholic residential schools to Catholic sanatoriums are contained in documents unearthed as part of another thread that won’t end with the TRC’s report.The documents, obtained by APTN National News, form part of the basis for a legal battle launched by some residential school survivors to classify the Fort William Sanatorium, which sat in Thunder Bay, as a residential school under the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement that created the TRC.Residential school survivors can only receive compensation for years spent at residential schools listed in the settlement agreement and the Fort William Sanatorium did not make the cut.Read more on the issue here:  Federal cabinet confidence prevents release of documents on attempted inclusion of sanatorium as residential school: documentAnd here: InFocus: Sanatoriums, Indian hospitalsJustice Paul Perell, of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, is expected to hold the first hearing on the Fort William Sanatorium case on Oct. 15.The boy from Northwest Angle 37Blackhawk was diagnosed with TB sometime in October 1939. The boy from Northwest Angle 37 was attending St. Mary’s residential school in Kenora, Ont. His name is consistently misspelled in correspondence as “Emos.”Shortly after he was diagnosed the principal of St. Mary’s, Father J. Lemire, informed Saint Boniface Archbishop Emile Yelle of the diagnosis. Yelle directed him to send the ailing student to the St. Boniface sanatorium in St. Vital. Blackhawk was admitted there on Oct. 30.Indian Affairs branch officials caught wind of the move a little over a week later. Indian Agent Frank Edwards hammered out a letter to a senior branch official wondering what to do since TB-infected students from that school were supposed to be sent to the Fort William Sanatorium.“In view of the previous correspondence, informing us that T.B. patients were not to be sent there, but to the Fort William sanatorium or sent home, I shall be glad to know if the information is correct,” wrote Edwards, in a Nov. 10 letter.Letter from Indian Agent Frank Edwards regarding Amos BlackhawkSeven days later, a letter was sent to the St. Boniface Sanatorium that the federal government would not be picking up the tab.“The department will not be responsible for the maintenance of the patient,” said the department’s missive.For the next two months, the matter bounced up the bureaucratic chain to the deputy minister’s office and back down again. Letters were sent from the sanatorium to the department and back again. The department insisted it would not pay for the treatment because Blackhawk, and the three other students, were transferred without any federal authorization.Finally, the department decided to move Blackhawk to the Dynevor Sanatorium in Selkirk which found the 11 year-old waiting for the taxi that never arrived on Jan. 9, 1940, as a result of the intervention by the senior nun.By this time, Blackhawk’s X-rays showed a “slight increase in the disease” and that “he should definitely be kept under treatment,” according to a report from a doctor that same month.The next day, Minister of Mines and Resources T. A. Crerar received a telegram, sent over Canadian Pacific Telegraphs, from Blackhawk’s father John Blackhawk.“I understand that you want to remove my son Amos from St. Boniface Sanatorium,” it said. “I am absolutely opposed to it, my son being Roman Catholic. Please do not remove him from there otherwise I am taking my son back home.”Crerar received a second telegram the next day.“Please advise me by wire care St. Mary’s Indian School what you propose to do with my son Amos Blackhawk so that may take necessary action,” it said.John Blackhawk telegram to the Minister of Mines and ResourcesThe department did have a policy giving parents a say over what happened to their sick children attending residential schools and the telegrams suddenly complicated the situation.Officials were, however, suspicious as to whether Blackhawk actually sent the messages and tasked Indian Agent Edwards to investigate.“If John Blackhawk should, by any chance, not be at Kenora, or not have been there when the telegrams were sent, please inform the department by telegram without waiting to find him,” said a letter to Edwards from a senior Indian Affairs official, dated Jan. 12, 1940.John Blackhawk sent a letter to Edwards also dated Jan. 12. He said he wanted his son to stay at St. Boniface.“I quite understand I am free to have my son in any hospital I would like, subject to the approval of the department,” Blackhawk’s type-written letter said. “The principal of the St. Mary’s Indian School…advised me to leave the boy where he is now.”Edwards found Blackhawk the same day. He said Blackhawk gave him a different version of the story.“John says he does not know anything about the hospitals and he really does not mind what hospital his son is at,” said Edwards, in a Jan. 13 letter written to the Secretary of Indian Affairs. “If the principal had not influenced the Indian, I do not think he would have minded what hospital Amos was in, but he says if the boy is not cured in a few months he wishes him sent back to the reserve.”Edwards said it was Father Lemire, the principal of St. Mary’s, who wrote and sent the telegram on Blackhawk’s behalf.“The Indian not paying anything for the wire,” said Edwards.Ottawa worse than ‘Adolf Hitler’The Blackhawk affair was not a simple misunderstanding. It was another skirmish in a paper war involving the lives of ailing students that stretched back to at least 1935 and emanated from the very top of the Catholic hierarchy in Canada.That year, Cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve requested a letter be sent to Dr. Harold W. McGill, the deputy superintendent general, Department of Indian Affairs, requesting the Indian Affairs’ education branch, which ran residential schools, be split into two sections, one Catholic, one non-Catholic.“The problem of hospitalization among the Indians, either from the point of view of general hospitals or from the point of view of sanatoriums for the cure of tuberculosis, stirs up much anxiety among those who are engaged in the evangelization of the Indians,” stated the letter.The letter, dated March 21, 1935, went on to accuse the Indian Affairs branch of an anti-Catholic and anti-French bias. The letter then breaks down the statistics of Catholics in Indian Affairs offices in Ottawa and finds only 13 out of 58 seek out confession. Of this number, four are stenographers “and another is a messenger.”The letter concluded the state of affairs “would be still worse” if the numbers included officials outside Ottawa.“How can one overlook in the foregoing an evident determination to alienate from the administration of Indian Affairs everything that is Catholic and still more perhaps, everything that is French,” said the letter. “Is it not high time that a protestation be entered against this present condition of things in order to obtain its redress?”McGill responded on April 1, 1935, saying the department takes no position on religious affiliation when choosing to send “sick Indians” to sanatoriums.“Where custom has produced a situation which might indicate otherwise, the advantage would seem to have been on the side of your Church,” wrote McGill.On Sept. 1 of that same year a six year-old boy named Amos Blackhawk was sent to the St. Mary’s residential school. By the time Blackhawk turned 10, the Church was still lobbying strenuously to keep control of students that fell to tuberculosis in its schools even as infection-related deaths were continuing to rise.On April 12, 1939, the federal Department of Health’s director of tuberculosis prevention sent a letter to McGill expressing concern about TB rates in Ontario. In 1938, 114 “Indians” died from the infection and on Manitoulin Island there were 13 deaths the previous year.“I am particularly anxious about the Manitoulin Indians,” said the letter.The Department of Health concluded it was against transferring cases between provinces. The department said it would be best if all “Western Ontario” cases be handled by the Fort William Sanatorium.The Catholic Church, however, was still battling to send TB infected children from its Western Ontario residential schools at McIntosh, Kenora and Fort Frances to the St. Boniface Sanatorium in St. Vital.Rev. J.O. Plourde, the general superintendent for the Oblate Catholic Indian Missions, sent a stinging letter to McGill, comparing the department’s attitude to Adolf Hitler.“Even Adolf Hitler has not gone as far as that in his treatment of Catholic children,” said Plourde, in a May 11, 1939, letter.Download (PDF, Unknown)For the department, however, the matter came down to dollars and cents in a time of war.According to numbers included in correspondence from federal officials, it cost about $2.30 a day to care of a patient at St. Boniface, while for the government-run sanatorium in Selkirk the cost was closer to $1.30 a day.Manitoba’s TB cases were also getting expensive.Over a nine-month period in 1940, Ottawa spent $38, 700 treating TB among 9,000 “accessible Indians” in Manitoba. This was compared to the $14,642 spent over the same time period in Quebec treating cases among 8,000 “accessible Indians.” The department only had $300,000 set aside for tuberculosis control among 60,000 “accessible Indians” across the country that year. Manitoba was about to break its budget of $45,000, according to one memo.There was also the war.“When our estimates were being considered by Treasury Board this spring, I was very much afraid that we would have to curtail our tuberculosis programme in view of the financial requirements for war purposes,” wrote Minister of Mines and Resources T. A. Crerar to Winnipeg Archbishop A.A. Sinnott, in a letter dated June 15, 1940. “The situation in Europe appears to be steadily growing more serious. The fate of civilization and perhaps the future of Christianity for centuries to come, hangs in the balance.”The Blackhawk familyIt remains unclear how long Amos Blackhawk remained at St. Boniface in 1940. The paper trail runs cold. According to the St. Mary’s quarterly reports, Blackhawk was listed “at home” between Jan. 1, 1941 and Sept. 30, 1941.By Jan. 12, 1942, Blackhawk’s TB infection grew worse. Edwards reported that the infection was so bad the boy became a “menace” and he was sent to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kenora. From there he was transferred to the Dynevor Sanatorium in Selkirk where he appears to have remained until his death.Amos appears to have been the second of six Blackhawk children who all attended St. Mary’s. His oldest brother Clarence entered residential school at age eight in 1934. His younger brother Chris entered residential school at age seven. The next boy Joseph entered at age seven in 1939. Their sister Mary entered the school at age eight in 1941. The youngest Louise, entered at age seven in 1942.Joseph, Mary and Louise Blackhawk all appear to have contracted TB at one point.Father Lemire also tried to stop Joseph Blackhawk’s transfer to Dynevor in November 1941. Department officials accused the principal of putting the boy’s health and those of the other students in the school at risk.Joseph Blackhawk was listed as “dead” in St. Mary’s quarterly report for Jan. 1 to March 31, 1946.The children’s mother also contracted tuberculosis. The Indian agent saw her got on a train to the Fort William Sanatorium on Feb. 11, 1943. She never arrived at her destination. In a letter, the Indian agent recommended police be notified.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Michigan governor cites significant concerns over pipeline

first_imgLANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday he had “significant” concerns after the company that operates twin oil pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway told state officials it had found additional gaps in pipeline coating.The Republican governor criticized Enbridge Inc. after the Canadian company issued an update on inspections and repairs of Line 5, which carries about 23 million gallons (87 million litres) of oil and natural gas across northern Wisconsin and Michigan to refineries in Ontario each day.“I am no longer satisfied with the operational activities and public information tactics that have become status quo for Enbridge,” Snyder said in a statement. “It is vitally important that Enbridge immediately become much more transparent about the condition of Line 5 and their activities to ensure protection of the Great Lakes.”A nearly 5-mile-long segment of the line runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lakes Huron and Michigan. That section is divided into two pipes that have been in place since 1953. Enbridge says they are in good condition and monitored closely, but environmentalists contend they are at risk of leaking and want them decommissioned.The company, based in Calgary, Alberta, has disclosed in recent months that gaps have formed in protective enamel coating on the outside of the pipes. Enbridge acknowledged in October some of its personnel knew about the problem for years but only recently informed the state.Enbridge said then that eight areas had been found to have coating gaps or calcium carbonate deposits, which indicate places where coating could be thin or missing.Six have been repaired, according to Guy Jarvis, executive vice-president of liquid pipelines and major projects.But he said additional gaps and calcareous deposits had turned up during inspections of 128 places where anchors have been installed to support the pipelines. All have been examined with a remote underwater vehicle, and divers have looked at 48 of them.They found three spots of bare steel, plus calcareous deposits at “many of the locations,” Jarvis said Monday in a phone conference with reporters. He did not say how many, but state officials briefed separately by the company said a majority of the 48 diver-inspected locations had gaps.“A year ago, Enbridge said there were no coating gaps in the Straits pipeline,” said Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. “When will we know the full accounting of what Enbridge knows about Line 5?”Workers removed calcareous deposit samples from 11 places, leaving bare steel that also will need to be fixed, Enbridge said.“The exact cause of these deposits at these locations will be further assessed in conjunction with the state in the coming weeks,” Jarvis said. “We remain confident in the continued safe operation of Line 5 and highlight that no evidence of corrosion on the line was found in any of this work.”Enbridge is scheduled to outline its findings about the pipelines’ status, including the condition of protective coating and anchors, during a Dec. 11 appearance before the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board. State officials said they would bring on “additional technical expertise” to evaluate the company’s presentation.The state plans to release a final report Nov. 20 on options for transporting the oil and natural gas carried by Line 5. A preliminary version listed a number of alternatives, including shutting down the line, keeping it going or replacing it.___Flesher reported from Traverse City, Michigan.last_img read more

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Piapot woman charged with dangerous driving causing death

A man killed in a vehicle-pedestrian collision on the weekend is being remembered as a hard-working father who helped the people around him.Nolan Sugar was identified by family as the 33-year-old man who died following a Saturday incident on the Piapot First Nation.“He was always a hard-working person,” his sister Ashley Sugar said. “He helped people. If they asked him for help, he would go out of his way to help them. He raised two sons on his own, and now those two sons are left behind with no father, so that’s the really sad part about it.”She said the boys are 10 and 12.A 43-year-old woman from the Piapot First Nation, Leah Nicole Pratt, is facing charges of dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.According to Southey RCMP, members responded to a report of a collision between a vehicle and pedestrian on a “residential laneway” at 2:20 p.m. Saturday.When officers arrived at the scene, a 43-year-old woman allegedly confirmed she had struck a 33-year-old-man with her vehicle. She was arrested at the scene.Nolan was transported by STARS Air Ambulance to a Regina hospital where he was pronounced dead.Pratt made her first appearance at Regina Provincial Court on Monday morning. The Crown opposed her release from custody. Defence lawyer Greg Wilson said he wished to run a bail hearing, but given it was a first appearance, the Crown wasn’t yet ready.The case was set over to Wednesday, when a bail hearing will likely be held.By Monday, several family members and friends had posted messages on social media about the man’s loss.One man who identified himself as Nolan’s uncle said he was stunned while another man posted his condolences to the family, stating, “He’s born angel left an angel … Soo sad.”Ashley posted her concerns about the investigation, stating her belief it should have been “a homicide investigation.” She wrote that the family wants answers in the case and hopes to see a more serious charge laid.An RCMP spokesman was unable to confirm whether the investigation is ongoing.Speaking on Monday, Ashley said her family was already struggling, having lost their mom in April.“Now we lost him, so that’s really upsetting …,” she said. “He was always constantly with my father, so my father’s taking it really hard right now because he was always helping him.”She added Nolan was close to her one-year-old daughter and made time to play with his niece.“She just loved him, and that’s the sad part about it too is she doesn’t get to play with him anymore,” Ashley said.hpolischuk@postmedia.comtwitter.com/LPHeatherP read more

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UN envoy welcomes commitment by rebel group in Colombia to end child

The group also declared their willingness to release children under 15 present in their ranks, according to a press release issued by her Office.“This is an important step to protect the children of Colombia and to bring the FARC-EP’s recruitment practices in line with national and international law. I look forward to seeing this commitment implemented through command orders disseminated widely within the ranks of the FARC-EP,” Ms. Zerrougui said. The commitment was expressed during the Special Representative’s second visit to Havana, Cuba from 30 October to 3 November to discuss the fate of children affected by the armed conflict with the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP – the two negotiating parties to the Colombian peace talks.Today, she “reminded the negotiating parties that international standards and the best interest of the child must be the guiding principles to ensure that the reintegration services offered truly address the needs of the children released, including girls, orphans or those coming from Afro and indigenous communities.”“I am looking forward to seeing the first children released as soon as possible and confirm that the UN stands ready to support the separation and reintegration of all children under 18 present in the ranks of the FARC-EP,” Ms. Zerrougui said.The envoy said she is pleased that the issue of children is at the heart of the peace process and hopes that the negotiations will bring about a brighter future for all children in Colombia. read more

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Annual perennial exchange takes place May 24

The student group DIG (Develop Integrate Grow) at Brock are hosting the University’s Annual Perennial Exchange event on Thursday, May 24.Here’s how it works:8:15 to 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Drop off up to five perennial (in pots, labelled with name of plants and sun/shade preference) to the front of the Schmon Tower. You will receive a coupon for each plant that you bring to be used at the plant exchange.12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Return to the front of the Schmon Tower to redeem your coupons.12:30 to 1 p.m. Leftover plants from the exchange will be available for purchase.For more info, please contact DIG at: dig@atbrock.org read more

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Flight 370 St Patricks Day and Death Row The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.270 million – The number of journeys made on public transport in Ireland in 2012, according to the National Transport Authority.3,850 – The number of visas for Canada which were snapped up by Irish people in just 10 minutes on Thursday night.1,500 – The approximate number of property tax returns being received by the Revenue Commissioners every day ahead of the 31 March deadline for homeowners to file a return.239 – The number of people on board the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which went missing one week ago.73 – The percentage of employers who plan to increase wages this year, according to a survey by PwC.73 – The number of people arrested at a pre-St Patrick’s Day party at the University of Massachusetts in the US. Four police officers suffered minor injuries in the fracas.43 – The number of years since a UVF bomb at a Belfast pub killed 15 people. A 75-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack on Wednesday.26 – The number of years that Glenn Ford spent on death row in Louisiana in the US before his conviction for murder was quashed this week.14 – The number of weeks an English woman was sentenced to spend in prison after she killed her kitten by cooking it in a microwave.12 – The number of senior executives at the beleaguered Rehab Group who earn more than €100,000. according to figures released by the organisation.6 – The number of children hospitalised after chemical fumes were released during a lesson at a swimming pool in NUI Maynooth on Tuesday.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

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Nominations open for Victorian Young Achievers Awards

first_imgThe time to celebrate the efforts of young Victorians who are making a real difference in their community is nearing and patron of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards, Jenny Mikakos MP, has called for nominations.The Victorian Young Achiever Awards are open to people aged up to 29 years in over 10 sponsored categories that include regional and rural health, community service, arts and fashion, and small business achievement.The awards are now in their seventh year and supported by the Victorian Government via the sponsorship of the Group Achievement in the Community Award, which specifically recognises young people who have worked together to provide a service, programme or project for young people that has resulted in positive changes in a local community. Each category winner receives $2,000 and a trophy, with one of the category winners named the overall Victorian Young Achiever of the Year and receiving an additional $2,000 flight voucher and a state trophy.“Every day, young people across Victoria are going out of their way to make their community a better place,” the Minister for Families and Children stated. “It is an honour to be patron of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards and to acknowledge and celebrate the leadership and achievements of young people who are making a real difference to other people’s lives in Victoria.”Award nominations close on 18 December 2017. For more information or to nominate a young achiever, visit awardsaustralia.com/young-achiever-awards/vic Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Progressive Muslims embracing oncetaboo causes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents’ world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim, that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder, that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith — and they quote the Quran to back them up.The shift comes as young American Muslims reshape the faith they grew up with to fit their complex, dual identity, with one foot in the world of their parents’ immigrant beliefs and one foot in the ever-shifting culture of America. The result has been a growing internal dialogue about what it means to be Muslim, as well as a scholarly effort to re-examine the Quran for new interpretations that challenge rules that had seemed set in stone.“Islam in America is being forced to kind of change and to reevaluate its positions on things like homosexuality because of how we’re moving forward culturally as a nation. It’s striving to make itself seen and known in the cultural fabric and to do that, it does have to evolve,” said Akersim, who leads a Los Angeles-based support group for gay Muslims. “Ten or 15 years ago, this would have been impossible.”The shift doesn’t end with breaking obvious taboos, either. Young American Muslims are making forays into fashion and music (Islamic punk rock, anyone?), and stirring things up with unorthodox takes on staples of American pop culture. A recent controversial YouTube video, for example, shows Muslim hipsters — or “Mipsterz” — skateboarding in head scarves and skinny jeans as Jay-Z’s “Somewhere in America” blasts in the background.Nearly 40 percent of the estimated 2.75 million Muslims in the U.S. are American-born and the number is growing, with the Muslim population skewing younger than the U.S. population at large, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center survey.last_img read more

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Pensions dashboard working group to help set minimum data standards

first_imgThe Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has created its Pensions Dashboard Working Group, which will help to set the minimum data standards for the pensions dashboard.The Pensions Dashboard Working Group will work with The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to set minimum data standards for the pensions dashboard, ensuring that these standards are attainable for all pension schemes. The group will also examine how these data standards are promoted and monitored, and look at the costs and benefits of having a dashboard for pension schemes.The Pensions Dashboard Working Group will work alongside the HM Treasury Dashboard Steering Group and the Project Group to ensure a cohesive approach.Geraldine Brassett, director at PASA, will chair the Pensions Dashboard Working Group. She will be joined by members Chris Batts, My CSP; Chris Connelly, Equiniti; Ian Dack, Mercer; Shaun Bigg, ITM; Ian McQuade, Muse Advisory; Francesca Parnell, Allen and Overy; Sonya Purkayastha, Rothesay Life; David Rich, Accurate Data Services; Andrew Short, Capita Employee Benefits; Susan Sinclair, Hymans Robertson; Richard Smith, National Grid; and Lucy Stone, The Pensions Regulator.The pensions dashboard is a platform that will enable savers to view all of their pension pots in one place, to help them more effectively manage their retirement income. The pensions dashboard aims to help release unclaimed retirement savings by linking individuals with pension pots they may hold with previous employers, but may be unaware of.In the March 2016 Budget, the government confirmed its intention to ensure that the pensions dashboard is rolled out by 2019.The pensions dashboard prototype is due to be unveiled in March 2017. Brassett said: “The introduction of a pensions dashboard is at the heart of industry strategy to increase engagement with pensions and put scheme members in a position where they can easily identify all of their pension benefits and empower them to plan for [their] retirement in a much more practical and effective way. Getting member and benefit data right, and having the right technological solutions, is going to be absolutely essential to the member experience of [the] dashboard and, ultimately, dictate it’s long-term success.“It is also vital of course that the scheme experience is also a good one in terms of cost and complexity. It is no exaggeration to say that [the] pensions dashboard could be a positive game-changer for pensions saving in the UK and, as such, at PASA we want to put the full weight of our expertise and support behind it. With the first prototype due to be ready in just a few months there are many challenges to be addressed, but we are dedicated to devoting our time and energy to helping administrators and schemes plan.”last_img read more

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Watch Bugatti stress test its 3Dprinted brake caliper to hell and back

first_img Take a look at how HRE made its 3D-printed titanium wheels 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 30 Photos More From Roadshow The top speed of your average Bugatti is just a bit higher than the top speed of your average mass-market car. Thus, when the automaker wants to implement a part made with new technologies, it has to go through some serious testing.Bugatti posted a video to parent company Volkswagen Group’s YouTube page this week showcasing its bench testing for a new component. The piece in question is the brake caliper, which is responsible for pushing pad to rotor and bringing the car to a stop. Unlike previous Bugatti calipers, this titanium guy is made with 3D printing.The video shows engineers spinning a brake rotor up to nearly 400 kilometers per hour (about 250 mph) and putting the calipers to work by bringing that rotor to a stop. That’s a whole lot of physics at work, and you can see by the changing color of the rotor just how much stress is being put through the system. Brake temperatures can reach up to 1,000 degrees Celsius (about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit) during this kind of testing.Similar to how HRE made its 3D-printed titanium wheel concept, Bugatti makes these calipers by melting titanium powder with four different lasers. It takes 2,313 layers and some 45 hours of work to make a single caliper. Like HRE’s wheel, the functional bits like bolt holes are still created with a five-axis CNC machine. Bugatti estimates that its caliper is half the weight of calipers made by more traditional methods. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Share your voice More about 2017 Bugatti Chiron Tags Preview • 2017 Bugatti Chiron: A velvet rocketship Auto Tech Car Industry Bugatti 3D printinglast_img read more

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Nextgen BMW 1 Series goes frontwheel drive has up to 306 hp

first_imgEnlarge ImageYes, it’s now on a front-drive platform, but BMW says the 1 Series will still be fun to drive. BMW BMW is putting the next-gen 1 Series hatchback through its paces at its proving grounds in Miramas, France, and there’s a big change in store underneath. Unlike past versions, the next 1 Series will be primarily front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive remains an option.The move to a front-drive architecture had been expected and does come with several advantages over the old rear-drive layout. For instance, BMW says that cargo space has increased, while second-row legroom is up to 1.3 inches and headroom improves by 0.74 inch. And despite the change in which wheels are driven, Peter Langen, head of dynamics at BMW Group, said in a statement that, “The BMW 1 Series will be a genuine BMW with an individual character.”The automaker is also decidedly not giving up on sporty 1 Series models, as the next M135 xDrive will have 306 horsepower, thanks to a 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine. On top of that, BMW says the new 1 Series has improved torsional rigidity, aided in part by special new bracing like a “boomerang strut” at the rear of the car.BMW 1 Series prototypeEnlarge ImageThe new 1 Series hatch is stiffer and more spacious than before. BMW To enhance sportiness, the BMW 1 Series also gets new electronic controls. That begins with the “actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation” tech introduced on the i3s electric car. By combining the traction controls into the main engine-management computer, rather than a separate controller, BMW says signals are transmitted three times faster. The result is that the driver perceives traction-control intervention 10 times faster than older systems, BMW says. The car will also use brake intervention to both reduce power understeer and induce yaw to help make the car more agile through bends.We expect to see the new BMW 1 Series shed its camouflage for a full reveal later this year. The current 1 Series hatchback is not sold in the US, and we don’t expect that to change with the next-gen model. However, we will soon get a front-wheel-drive BMW car in the form of the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Heretofore, the 2 Series coupe and convertible were rear- or all-wheel-drive. BMW 23 Photos BMW puts the next 1 Series through its paces in France Share your voice Tags Hatchbacks Luxury cars 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly More about 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i Sports Activity Vehiclecenter_img 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box Post a comment 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse More From Roadshow BMW Preview • 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian 0last_img read more

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ICICI Prudential Life shares hit 52week high on Modi Govt approving listing

first_imgShares of India’s largest private sector life insurer ICICI Prudential Life Insurance gained more than 3 percent to hit a 52-week high on Thursday in response to the Modi government deciding to divest stake in state-owned general insurance firms. The ICICI Prudential Life stock rose to a new high of Rs 349.90, but later shed gains to trade at Rs 348, up 2.49 percent on the BSE at around 11.43 am.The BSE Sensex was up 68 points at 27,326 at around 11.48 am, while the NSE Nifty was trading 18 points higher at 8,435. Top Sensex gainers were GAIL (India), Bharti Airtel and Tata Motors.ICICI Bank shares were trading at Rs 270 apiece.Read: Cabinet clears public listing of 5 state-run general insurance companiesICICI Prudential Life Insurance had disappointed investors on listing in September last year, debuting below the issue price of Rs 334. The initial public offering (IPO) was oversubscribed 10.4 times and was the biggest IPO in six years.ICICI Prudential Life Insurance is a joint venture between Indian private sector lender ICICI Bank and British insurance firm Prudential Plc.The company reported net profit of Rs. 1,653 crore on net premium income of Rs. 18,999 crore in 2015-16.Brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) cautioned on Thursday that the Nifty is poised at a precarious position. “The placement of the daily RSI near the overbought zone warrants caution. A breach below 8370 (Low of Marubozu candlestick formation) would activate the pattern & accelerate the downward momentum. The index could witness a corrective wave during the coming week,” MOSL said in its note.In related news, RBI governor Urjit Patel, appearing before a parliamentary panel on Wednesday, said that the apex bank had remonetised to the tune of Rs 9.2 lakh crore since the government announced demonetisation on November 8, 2016.Read: RBI governor Urjit Patel keeps 1.30 billion Indians guessing on demonetisationlast_img read more

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Fathom to offer cruise credit via Airbnb

first_imgFathom to offer cruise credit via Airbnb Posted by Friday, August 5, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Airbnb, Fathomcenter_img Share MIAMI — Fathom, Carnival Corporations 10th and newest brand that specializes in social impact travel, has become the latest company to team up with Airbnb.The two have partnered for a ‘give and get’ opportunity for new Airbnb hosts in the U.S. Beginning today, people who sign up to become a new host with Airbnb will receive a US$250 credit for a Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic or Cuba.Fathom’s cruises to the Dominican Republic focus on an authentic, enriching and meaningful experience that allows travelers to participate alongside locals to address community needs. Fathom’s culturally immersive cruise itinerary in Cuba features experiences in the Cuban port cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba, exposing travelers to a rich and vibrant culture that until now most U.S. travelers have only seen in photographs.“We love that Airbnb offers a marketplace of unforgettable experiences curated by their host community all over the world,” said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. “In many ways, we share that same passion and deliver new memories. Today’s consumers want to have unique, immersive experiences, and I’m excited that we can now creatively make this possible even further through this natural partnership.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedPrices for the seven-day trips to the Dominican Republic start at $499 per person, excluding taxes, fees, and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. Prices vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $300 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.Prices for seven-day itineraries to Cuba start at $1,899 per person, excluding Cuban visas, taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship and lunch while in the three ports, onboard experiences and on-the-ground activities. Prices will vary by season. To secure a spot on future sailings, a fully refundable $600 per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.For more information on the partnership, visit fathom.org/airbnb. Travelweek Group last_img read more

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TPI kicks off crosscountry Summit in Winnipeg this week

first_imgTPI kicks off cross-country Summit in Winnipeg this week Tuesday, May 23, 2017 WINNIPEG — Travel Professionals International (TPI) is hitting the open road this week for its annual cross-country TPI Summit events.Taking place from May 24-June 3, the Summit meetings will visit nine major cities across Canada. Cumulatively, the meetings are the most attended training and networking events in TPI’s annual calendar, with over 350 travel advisors expected to attend.“This annual trek is an important connection point between our preferred partners, our senior management, and our advisors across the country as we continue to lead and innovative in the independent travel advisor space,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO.TPI’s head office support teamTim Morgan, Vice President, Rhonda LaFosse, National Director of Sales, Laura Kwiatkowski, Director of Marketing and Amy Losics, Director of Operations, will be traveling across the country to deliver industry and TPI-specific updates on new programs and services. In addition, Regional Sales Managers, Sheila Rempel (Western Canada), Linda Khanna (Ontario), and Lisa Geddes (Atlantic Canada), will be hosting best practice group exercises and multiple preferred partner presentations.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFollowing the daytime events, advisors are able to network with their peers and preferred partner representatives during a cocktail and trade show event plus take part in an exclusive dinner for TPI’s top producing advisors.TPI 2016 Summit advisor attendees in Halifax, Nova Scotia2017 TPI Summit dates and locations:24 May – Winnipeg, MB26 May – St. John’s NL27 May – Halifax, NS29 May – Toronto, ON30 May – Ottawa, ON31 May – Regina, SK1 June – Calgary, AB2 June – Edmonton, AB3 June – Vancouver, BCThe 2017 TPI Summit events are presented by Air Canada. Further support is being provided by Allianz Global Assistance and Transat Holidays among others. Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Sphere, TPIlast_img read more

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UN Criminal groups fund 25 percent of Guatemalas politics

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A quarter of the money fueling Guatemalan politics comes from criminal organizations, primarily drug traffickers, according to a report released Thursday by a United Nations commission.The U.N.’s International Commission Against Impunity also said in the report that government contractors contribute slightly more than 50 percent of the campaign financing.The commission concluded that the country’s elections are rife with illegal money and corruption is the glue holding the system together. Political parties consistently spend far more money than they report taking in and several regularly exceed spending limits without consequence. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The Renewed Democratic Liberty party is an opposition party, but leads in the polls for the September national elections.Edgar Barquin, is the former head of Guatemala’s central bank. Velasquez said Wednesday that Barquin used his influence to protect businesses that were making suspicious financial transactions. Those funds were later used for illicit campaign finance.In response, his brother, Manuel Barquin, said they only ask for “due process and that the principle of innocence that people have is respected.”The commission’s investigation found that the money was laundered abroad and then used to finance the Great National Alliance party in the 2011 presidential elections.Velasquez said the commission, which has been operating in Guatemala since 2007, could assert that “many of these funds come from drug trafficking.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “Corruption is the unifying element of the Guatemalan political system based on an amalgam of interests that include politicians, officials, public entities, businessmen, non-governmental organizations and criminal groups,” Ivan Velasquez, head of the commission, said Thursday.The report recommended campaign finance reforms, for example, setting private campaign financing at 20 percent.“It is a reflection on everyone, it affects all of us,” said Javier Zepeda, executive director of the Chamber of Industry. “We believe that today more than ever we have to sit down, unite and think of a country in the future.”The report was released one day after the same commission and Guatemalan prosecutors petitioned to have a candidate for vice president stripped of his immunity for allegedly laundering funds that were later used to finance political activities.Prosecutors accused Edgar Barquin, vice presidential candidate of the Renewed Democratic Liberty party, and his brother Manuel Barquin, one of the most influential federal lawmakers from the same party, of a variety crimes on Wednesday. Guatemalan law gives lawmakers and candidates immunity from prosecution.center_img A campaign poster promoting presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon of the Democratic Freedom Revival Party, hangs from a utility pole, in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala, Thursday, July 16, 2015. A report of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity targeting corruption in Guatemala says a percent of the money fueling its politics comes from criminal organizations, primarily drug traffickers. The report was released one day after the same commission and Guatemalan prosecutors petitioned to have Baldizon’s running mate stripped of his immunity for allegedly laundering funds that were later used to finance political activities. (AP Photo/Luis Soto) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The vital role family plays in society 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Energy on troika agenda

first_imgOFFICIALS yesterday discussed with the troika of international lenders the government’s energy plans, with a special focus on the discovery of natural gas in Cypriot waters.Taking part in the meeting were officials from the energy ministry, the energy regulator and the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA).Speaking to newsmen later, the energy ministry’s permanent secretary Stelios Chimonas said they handed the troika team a ‘comprehensive strategy’ paper.The document covers four fields: exports of natural gas, the domestic electricity market, the domestic natural gas market, and the government’s Renewable Energy Sources policy.The two sides agreed to hold regular contact in the future via conference calls, Chimonas said.Asked who is calling the shots on the country’s energy plans, Chimonas said the government makes the decisions.“Our international lenders want to be briefed on our plans for natural gas,” he said.Meanwhile the head of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company Charles Ellinas told Bloomberg that French energy major Total is interested in buying rights in Block 12 from Noble Energy and its Israeli partners.The news was confirmed later in the day by energy and trade minister George Lakkotrypis, who said Total was interested in acquiring a 30 per cent stake in the prospect.Total already holds licenses for Blocks 10 and 11.Noble is currently conducting follow-up drilling in Block 12 to confirm gas reserve estimates there of between 5 and 8 trillion cubic feet.Cyprus is in the meantime looking to import limited quantities of natural gas for the short term until its own reserves come on tap.Negotiations between DEFA and the preferred bidder are continuing, with the energy minister hinting yesterday the price of gas was the sticking point.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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