From retirement thoughts to World Cup spot, New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham on the up and up

first_imgLess than 18 months ago, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham had become so disaffected with cricket he would open the curtains on match day and hope it was raining.A timely chat with Heath Mills, the head of the New Zealand players’ union, however, ended his thoughts about retirement and ultimately propelled him back into the national side and then on Wednesday into the country’s World Cup squad.”Opening the shades and hoping it was raining is not the ideal way to begin a day of cricket,” Neesham told reporters on Thursday, the day after he was named in the squad for the May 30-July 14 tournament in England. “I think I needed to just have a full overhaul in the way I was approaching the game.”I actually called Heath Mills 18 months ago and told him I was going to retire. He convinced me to take a little break.”Luckily I took his advice … and obviously since then it’s been on the up and up.”With his ability to bat in the top order and bowl fast-medium pace, Neesham was once considered to be the answer to New Zealand’s search for an all-rounder when he made the side in late 2012.BREAKING: The @BLACKCAPS have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/sbC0cvOXPTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 2, 2019The early stages of his career were hampered by injury, however, and in 2017 a decline with the ball saw him dropped from the national side.The following year he was removed from the central contracts list, with the message from selector Gavin Larsen that he needed to “demand our attention again”.advertisementThe power-hitting left-hander tried to respond by pushing himself to score more runs, but only piled more pressure on himself.”I wanted to dominate and score hundreds every game and once that starts going in a downward spiral and you’re not going well, you put more pressure on yourself,” he said.”When I was the most driven, I played my worst. Trying too hard doesn’t seem to help as a cricketer.”Once I got over those feelings and began to enjoy myself again then that’s when things started to get better.”Part of that process involved leaving Otago, where he had spent seven years, and move to Wellington where coach Bruce Edgar, captain Michael Bracewell and former New Zealand pace bowler Hamish Bennett all helped him regain his confidence.Since being recalled to the national side in January, the 28-year-old has played eight one-day internationals in his comeback and scored 204 runs at an average of 68, while taking 10 wickets at 22.90, enough to convince selectors he should be on the plane for England.”It was a long road back, but once I got back to scoring runs and taking wickets I knew I wasn’t too far away if I put a good couple of months together,” he added.”But to get the call, it’s pretty surreal.”Also Read | New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusionlast_img read more

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Recruiting Frank Lampard could be a change of culture Chelsea need

first_imgYou might think the rolling news service already covers summer transfer activity pretty well, whether or not you are an admirer of the absurdly overcooked drama of the window’s conclusion on deadline day. You might also think that biggest, best and most expensive are not necessarily mutually compatible terms or even desirable boasts.What the rest of the world probably thinks is that this country enjoys the cash-splashing bit in the middle more than the actual football. Money is essentially what makes the Premier League so uniquely eye-catching and, boy, do we like to see it spent.Just look at all the criticism levelled at Tottenham a year ago for keeping their chequebook in their pocket. Never mind they were building a new stadium or that Mauricio Pochettino’s existing squad proved to be good enough to reach the Champions League final, a Premier League club refusing to chuck money around is evidently inviting the same sort of suspicion as the bloke who tells his mates in the pub he intends to stick to water all night.So if the news that Spurs had come to their senses and bought their first player for 18 months was greeted with something approaching relief, even if 18-year-old Jack Clarke was bought from Leeds with an eye on the future, signs that the club may be willing to break its transfer record for Tanguy Ndombele were practically an occasion to put out the bunting.Unfortunately the Lyon chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, seems prepared to play the same sort of hardball in which Daniel Levy specialises and, having seen Spurs raise their bid for the France midfielder from £45m to £65m, he appears to think the price can still go higher.This will be a test for Levy, usually so adept at making sure the selling club obtain the highest price possible and relatively new to bidding for top-ranked players at top-end fees with the rest of the game eagerly following the outcome, but it appears Spurs are following a pre-agreed Pochettino blueprint to both strengthen and rejuvenate the side. Share on LinkedIn Transfer window Topics Sportblog Read more Gianfranco Zola turns down new role at Chelsea and targets job as manager The premise of Good Morning Transfers, a new Sky Sports segment that begins on Monday, is that the present transfer window is poised to be the biggest, best and most expensive of all time and viewers will naturally wish to tune in from 9am just to make sure they did not miss anything while they were sleeping. features Share on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook Ndombele is 22, with most of his career ahead of him, while Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, also interesting Tottenham, is 19.It remains to be seen whether Spurs will manage to tie down all their targets but, having succeeded in keeping hold of Pochettino amid interest from at home and abroad, they are clearly thinking long-term.There will probably never be a better time to sign young players than when you have just reached your first Champions League final and, though Manchester City and Liverpool remain the obvious destinations for anyone with talent and ambition, the Spurs mix of Pochettino and an evolving side still capable of improvement is an attractive one.Tottenham hoovering up some of the most promising young prospects around would not only make Good Morning Transfers happy it would also increase the frustration at Chelsea who, as things stand, cannot even attempt to replace Eden Hazard until next summer. A cynic might suggest that is part of the reason Chelsea have abandoned their previous policy of hiring coaches with proven pedigrees in Europe and are about to announce their first English manager in 23 years. The next manager is going to have to work with the resources already at Chelsea’s disposal, though not only are they considerable but it is frankly about time someone did.While bringing in Frank Lampard could be seen as a risk in view of his limited coaching experience, in terms of his ability to relate to and assimilate talents such as Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and the army of other players who have been out on loan, the return of the club’s former midfielder would make perfect sense.Realistically Chelsea might struggle to match last season’s third place – he might even get the credit he deserves at some point for a decent end to a difficult campaign – yet, if his successor can call in some of the players the club have posted around Europe and forge a team ethos similar to the one Pochettino has fostered at Spurs, that could also be regarded as progress.The above-mentioned cynic would probably conclude that Chelsea are not in a position to attract leading foreign coaches any longer, with Hazard gone, a transfer ban in place and little hope of catching City and Liverpool in any case, though after another tempestuous season and yet another managerial departure it is just about possible that someone at Stamford Bridge would like a quieter, easier life.No one would suggest for a moment that Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp or Pochettino are not demanding taskmasters but their longevity suggests they have the balance right. Guardiola will start his fourth season at City in a couple of months, Klopp his fifth at Liverpool, Pochettino his sixth at Spurs. In the Roman Abramovich era, no Chelsea manager has yet lasted longer than Claudio Ranieri’s four years, and that particular illusion of permanence came about only because he had done three years before the Russian takeover. The nationality of the new Chelsea manager may be incidental in the end. The club just need something in their culture to change. Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of footballlast_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro

first_imgGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa have a deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sky Italia says Genoa will take Sturaro on loan from Juventus with €8m option to buy, which becomes compulsory after a certain number of games.Sturaro has been with Sporting CP for the first-half of the season.It is a return to Marassi, where Sturaro already played in several different stints, beginning his career in their academy.The midfielder is leaving Sporting due to board room upheaval. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Doubts greet Macron letter to quell French yellow vest anger

first_imgPARIS — Yellow vest protesters and political rivals say a sweeping “letter to the French” from President Emmanuel Macron doesn’t go far enough to quell national anger at his policies.Macron’s letter explains how he’s addressing the movement’s concerns through a “grand debate” in local meetings around the country starting Tuesday. The debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy.Yellow vest representative Jeremy Clement told BFM television Monday that the letter “settles part of the problem” but doesn’t go far enough to address sinking purchasing power.Protester Jerome Rodrigues told CNews television that Macron failed to recognize “the urgency” of concerns of low-income workers and retirees.Others criticized Macron for ruling out a restoration of France’s wealth tax. Opposition lawmakers also criticized the letter.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Together For LNG Campaign gives voice to supportive British Columbians

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Together For LNG Campaign (T4LNG Campaign) will give a voice to the tens of thousands of British Columbians who share that LNG development in B.C. is the key to a good future for the province.The campaign demonstrates to the public and elected representatives that there’s a broad base of support for LNG projects amongst the citizens of B.C.A coalition of workers, First Nations, students, educators, businesses and others feel the LNG Project will offer economic and social benefits to First Nations, government revenues, education and other services, by providing well-paying jobs for British Columbians. “By unlocking our world-class energy asset, B.C.’s liquid natural gas (LNG) industry will play an important role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by helping many Asian countries transition off coal,” said Chris Gardner, President of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “The strategic development of a strong LNG sector will also provide tens of thousands of jobs in construction, maintenance, and operations for people in B.C. and across Canada, and important revenue contributions to all levels of government.  LNG is the perfect opportunity for industry and government to work together to achieve great outcomes for Canada.”Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, adds: “The liquid natural gas (LNG) that Canada has in such large supply is a key factor in worldwide demand for clean energy, strategic development of a strong LNG sector also provides for tens of thousands of construction, maintenance and operations jobs for Canadians, and provides robust contributions to provincial and national GDP. LNG in Canada is the perfect venue for industry and government to work together to achieve great outcomes,” de Jong says.T4LNG believes that the Campaign will build a community of interest to change the narrative around LNG. By working together, the public can let our elected leaders know there’s a broad base of support for LNG development. The coalition believes B.C. has the opportunity to help the world transition to a greener future, create prosperity at home and greatly reduce our global carbon footprint moving forward.Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, adds; “The liquid natural gas (LNG) that Canada has in such large supply is a key factor in worldwide demand for clean energy.“LNG not only offers skilled workers the opportunity for employment while building the plant but also the opportunity for apprentices to learn the skillsets from their mentors. We will not only be building an LNG plant, but building career paths for hundreds if not thousands of young British Columbians who want to work in the construction industry,” says Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the B.C. Building Trades.“Blueberry River First Nation is a small community that plays a big role in LNG,” says Judy Desjarlais, President of Topnotch Oilfield Contracting and a member of the Blueberry River First Nation in northeast B.C. “All the communities in this area have signed off on it. A lot of us own businesses and a lot of us are benefiting from the work that’s happening in our backyard.”Ramona McDonald, President of Complete Safety Services in Fort St. John says LNG jobs will make a huge difference in the lives of First Nations peoples. “Probably 50 percent of my employees are of aboriginal descent. When they can go out and buy Christmas presents for their children because they’ve had a job and were able to make money, that brings me joy,” says McDonald. “We shouldn’t be in poverty, we shouldn’t see people suffering in this country, because we have what it takes to get everybody working again.”Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead framed the LNG conversation in terms of higher values. “Communities are built around quality of life, ‘health and happiness,” he said, “Health, education and economic opportunities are the pillars. We are a province built on resource development. It is the foundation for these pillars. We all need to support responsible resource development.”last_img read more

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Clashing clauses

first_imgA legal battle has convened between PepsiCo India and Gujarat farmers over the latter’s alleged use of a variety of potato – FL 2027, also called FC5 – on which PepsiCo claimed exclusive rights by virtue of a Plant Variety Certificate (PVC) under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001. While PepsiCo claims infringement of intellectual property rights by Gujarat farmers over the growing of potato variety used in its Lay’s chips, slapping a lawsuit of ₹1.05 crore each as damages, farmer groups have launched a campaign calling for government intervention. The farmer groups accompanied by civil society representatives have unanimously asserted that the law (PPV&FR) allows them to grow and sell any variety of crop or even seed as long as they don’t sell branded seed of registered varieties. Hence, framing their claims as “untenable”, they have demanded the withdrawal of all cases initiated against farmers by PepsiCo India. Both parties to the legal dispute forwarding their arguments based on the same law (PPV&FR) piques curiosity. While PepsiCo India has highlighted Section 64 of the PPV&FR Act, 2001 to claim infringement of its rights, farmer groups cite Section 39 of the same Act, which specifically says that a farmer is allowed “to save, use, sow, resow, exchange, share or sell his farm produce including seed of a variety protected under this Act” so long as he does not sell “branded seed”. While the Ahmedabad commercial court gave PepsiCo the benefit of the doubt by restraining farmers from growing the specific variety, it also appointed a commissioner to prepare an inventory, take samples and send them to a government lab for analysis. Though PepsiCo has already conducted a lab assessment based on sample recovered by private detective company it hired to pose as customers in front of the farmers. So the court proceeding scheduled for today will predominantly have to decide on whether section 39 trumps section 64 of the same Act or not. PepsiCo already works with a large number of potato farmers to grow potato besides being the biggest buyer of chip-grade potato in the country. Apprehensions of a threat to its monopoly in the chip-grade potato market are therefore evident through the lawsuit initiated against the Gujarat farmers.last_img read more

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Ramadan to Begin on May 6 in the US UK

Rabat – The Muslim community worldwide is preparing to welcome the holy month of Ramadan. In the United Kingdom, astrologists predicted Ramadan to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and to last through the evening of Tuesday, June 4, according to UK media. In the US, the first day of fasting Ramadan will be Monday 6 and end in the evening of Tuesday, June 4, according to the Fiqh Council of North America. Both nations will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, June 5. During the holy month, Muslims are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke or engage in any sexual activity from dawn to sunset.Ramadan is a special month for Muslims during which they get closer to God by reading as many verses as possible from the Qur’an and also performing special tarawih prayers after sunset.Ramadan can last from 29 to 30 days. The month ends when the new moon, signaling the start of the Islamic month of Shawwal, is spotted. read more

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Liberals clarify new telecom policy to reflect importance of investments

OTTAWA — A finalized change of policy for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has been tabled in the House of Commons, providing some tweaks to a proposal announced in February by the federal government.The new directive to the CRTC continues to place more emphasis on affordable consumer access to wireless, internet and other telecom services than a 2006 policy it replaces.However, the government has also amended its first priority to include encouragement of all forms of investments.Canadian telecommunications companies have warned the minister responsible for the new policy that they needed assurances that their spending on network investments won’t be eroded.The Liberal policy continues to put a higher emphasis on affordability than the 2006 Harper-era policy, and more clearly states that the CRTC should ensure high-quality telecommunications is available in all regions including rural areas.The new policy directive to the regulator goes into effect as of Tuesday. Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T, TSX:SJR.B, TSX:QBR.B)The Canadian Press read more

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Capital spending cuts may be coming in oilpatch as prices drop says

CALGARY – Capital spending cuts may be in the cards when oilpatch earnings season kicks off this week, according to an analyst’s report.“With the rapid drop in commodity prices we would not be surprised to see some producers start to reconsider capital plans,” wrote CIBC’s Andrew Potter.Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY), which is on the hunt for a new CEO after Marvin Romanow’s exit earlier this year, is the first to report on Thursday.Potter said Nexen will be one of the few to post stronger production, as its offshore Usan project in West Africa ramps up and volumes at its Long Lake oilsands project and North Sea platforms improve.The most likely to reduce capital spending is Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ), which reports on Aug. 9. Its latest budget of $7.4 billion was based on West Texas Intermediate oil prices of US$104. With prices looking like they’re heading closer to US$90, it could mean a spending reduction of $500 million to $1 billion.“We believe CNQ would most likely cut capex out if its oilsands budget, implying there should be little impact to short-term production forecasts,” Potter wrote.Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) raised its dividend from 30 cents to 35 cents last quarter — a level Potter called “unsustainable” in the current oil price environment.“We believe the company will most likely wait another quarter before making any decisions on dividend cuts,” he said.Generally, Potter doesn’t see much to get excited about this earnings season.“Overall, second-quarter results will likely be quite weak as producers grapple with low natural gas prices, declining benchmark oil prices and widening North American oil differentials vs. benchmarks.”Canadian producers will continue to be whacked by the double-discount they get for their crude.Pipeline bottlenecks have eroded the value of landlocked U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude compared to international varieties that can be transported by tanker to several markets.And oilsands crude, because it’s heavy and more difficult to refine, already trades lower than WTI.“We believe that Q2/12 will continue to illustrate the magnitude of the opportunity cost to Canadian producers as pricing worsened from the levels seen in Q1,” wrote Potter.Oil companies that have refinery interests, such as Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) and Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) are expected to do better than peers that don’t. Having a downstream business cushions them against the lower crude prices because it means the cost of the oil they buy to run through their refineries goes down. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 17, 2012 12:19 pm MDT Capital spending cuts may be coming in oilpatch as prices drop, says analyst read more

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Cousins 10 and 14 drown after swimming in Mahaica foreshore bodies

Two cousins have drowned on Monday afternoon after reportedly swimming in the Mahaica, East Coast Demerara foreshore sometime after midday.(L) Dead: Timothy Robinson, 14, and his cousin Timothy Yearwood, 10,Dead are 10-year-old Timothy Yearwood and 14-year-old Timothy Robinson, both of Mosquito Hall, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara.Their bodies were on Tuesday discovered at the Hope koker.While details remain sketchy, INews was told by Robinson’s relatives that the teen was last seen alive with his cousin at about 12:00h on Monday.The relatives have indicated that they have been receiving various versions of what transpired from alleged eyewitnesses.One of these versions indicated that Yearwood swam too far out and was being pulled away by the current, and Robinson jumped into the river in an attempt to save him.At the scene, on a jetty, Robinson’s clothes were found.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of missing 7-year-old washes ashoreSeptember 5, 2017In “Crime”Mahaica man murdered by relative during drinking spreeDecember 28, 2015In “Crime”Father of 1 dies in Mahaica, wife, father-in-law in custodyMarch 12, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Wasteful spending no measures to aid ailing economy characterises 2019 Budget

Opposition Member of Parliament, Irfaan AliOpposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali kick-started the 2019 Budget debate in the National Assembly on Monday declaring that Finance Minister Winston Jordan is providing inflated estimates aimed at providing Guyanese with an imaginary good life.Ali voiced his displeasure over Jordan’s $300.7 Billion 2019 budget, saying the presentation was sugar coated fluff and bluff, noting further that 63 per cent of voters signaled that they cannot be fooled by what he deemed was Government’s inability to improve their lives.Ali, the Opposition’s point man on finance, said that Government’s budget was poorly forecasted with no measures to aid the ailing economy, saying that it was riddled with wasteful spending on items such as $5.9 billion on dietary and almost billions more for accumulated expenditure on other refreshment and meals, local travel and security for ministers.The Public Accounts Committee Chairman also highlighted procurement breaches such as the single sourced $150M contract for the new Demerara River Crossing feasibility study and S1.1B spent on the Durban Park project.Ali said that this year’s budget saw little or no significant allocations for youth and at risk groups such as single parent mothers.He in fact feels that this year’s budget was crafted to give an inaccurate impression of the improved standard of living Guyanese were expecting.Meanwhile, in a candid assessment, Audit firm Ram and McRae called out the recently presented 2019 budget for having little to no provisions for the poor, women and gender issues, and other critical matters like the Berbice Bridge, now headed to court after a Government takeover.In its annual publication of Budget Focus, the firm, founded by anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram, acknowledged the provisions in the budget for people with disabilities, the employed and self-employed, and Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s stamina for having presented the almost-five-hour-long budget speech uninterrupted.According to the firm, however, the budget “is silent on women and gender issues; single mothers; the unemployed, including the recently unemployed; the National Insurance Scheme, and the Berbice Bridge which the Government took over earlier this month.”“These inevitably lead us to conclude, as we did last year, that this Administration does not seem to regard income and wealth inequality as serious issues; and accordingly there is nothing in the Budget that could be considered a pro-poor step,” the firm stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘No looming economic crisis’  –  Minister Jordan February 8, 2016In “latest news”Motion to reverse tax measures should be debated before National Budget presented- AliNovember 6, 2017In “Business”Budget 2018 not for ‘fat cats’ – Min GaskinDecember 4, 2017In “Politics” read more

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Fox gets massive boost to exploration ground close to Radio Hill

first_imgFox Resources has come to an access agreement with De Beers Australia Exploration (DBAE), which allows Fox to access, explore and develop discoveries on DBAE’s West Pilbara tenements in Western Australia for all minerals including nickel, copper, gold, zinc, iron ore, uranium but excluding diamonds. “This agreement will form the platform for Fox to consolidate and strengthen its position in the West Pillbara. It is very exciting that the company now has increased its access to tenements for exploration by over 200%. We believe that these tenements hold the key to unlocking a number of potential minerals including iron ore and uranium”, Don Harper, Managing Director said.Under the agreement Fox has a 24 month window to purchase exploration data from DBAE, and up to 10 years to define a JORC compliant resource. Fox will also pay a 2% Net Smelter Royalty for any non diamond commodity won from the tenements. The bulk of the DBAE tenements are 70 km south of Fox’s Radio Hill Operations and consist of 2,037 km2 of tenements. Of this package 1,118 km2 of the tenements are granted. The total tenement package represents a 200% increase of effective land access in the West Pilbara for Fox to some 3,000 km2. Work completed by DBAE to date has focused on diamonds only. A large and extensive exploration database exists for this commodity with the excellent work undertaken also able to be used for all other commodities to which Fox has the mineral rights. To date DBAE has spent A$1.7 million. The work includes;• Geochemical samples covering all the tenements• Air borne Magnetics• Hyperspectral SurveysThis data is available to Fox for purchase from DBAE under the agreement. Fox will review the data and will formulate a defined exploration strategy based on the results of  the review. Fox has been active in the West Pilbara with exploration and subsequent mining and this agreement is part of its vision of increasing tenement holdings and success in the West Pilbara. Fox says: “Most commodities are on a large scale in the West Pilbara, and this augers well for Fox to explore for world class precious, base metal and uranium deposits. Significant geological structures that exist on Fox’s current tenements are also believed to extend through the DBAE tenements. The opportunities that the DBAE agreement offers are exceptional for providing continued growth in an area of Australia that is continuing to grow as a mineral province.”“We will get to work immediately on collating and assessing the exploration information from the excellent De Beers exploration database. As data becomes available the company looks forward to updating the market on the potential targets and exploration strategy, “Gus Wolff, General Manager Exploration said.last_img read more

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Column Calling time on multinational imperialism

first_imgFOR CENTURIES THE Irish have been subservient to various masters. First it was the British, then the Catholic Church. And even our short-lived economic boom was partly down to the economic imperialism of foreign multinationals.Historically, we have failed to thrive in our own right. From handout to bailout, we have always looked for shelter from the reality that Ireland has, for most of its existence, been an economic basket case.The fact is we have failed to develop a thriving homegrown entrepreneurial environment. In Ireland success in often treated with suspicion and failure with contempt.Comparing the reactions to U2’s success in America verses Ireland, Bono once said that in America people look up at the big mansion you have built on the hill and say, “One day I am going to buy that mansion.” With a wry smile he then said in Ireland people would look up at that big mansion and say “One day… I am going to get that bastard.”Appetite for begrudgeryNot surprisingly, our appetitive as a nation for begrudgery doesn’t quite go hand-in-hand with entrepreneurship. However, as we slowly emerge from the ravages of recession a monumental shift is taking place.Employment is up 58,000 over the past 12 months, according to figures just released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). This equates to a 3.2 per cent rise. This is yet another sign Ireland is emerging from one of its darkest economic eras. But when welcoming new jobs it is important to understand that not all jobs are created equally, when it comes to the sustainability of our future growth.So while the fact Microsoft is set to hire an additional 95 staff to add to its massive workforce of 1,900 should be warmly welcomed, there are far more significant job announcements in impact if not in numbers.Homegrown enterprises are our lifeblood – or should beBrandtone, the Dublin-based mobile marketing company, is set to recruit 29 employees after announcing an investment of more than €2m in a research and development programme. Meanwhile, FCS Global, a telecoms firm located in Roscommon, announced it is expanding its operations in the US and is to hire 10 people. These are both homegrown enterprises that are competing in the global marketplace.It is announcements like these that are the lifeblood of the future of the Irish economy. Not those of Microsoft or other multinationals adding to their already impressive presence here.Ireland has historically had difficulty in creating homegrown entrepreneurs. But the success of Brandtone and FCS Global point to a healthy start-up scene that is finally taking root.And while Ireland’s start-up scene is attracting increasing plaudits, few would have expected the Wall Street Journal to place Ireland at the top of the list when it comes to tech entrepreneurs.The report found that Ireland attracts four times as much venture capital funding for tech start-up companies than the European average.The spillover effect?For many years we were promised that the strategy of attracting large multinationals would have a spillover effect. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, it seems this promise has arrived.They attribute the vibrant start-up scene not only to Ireland’s favourable corporate tax rate and educated workforce, but also thanks to the presence of tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter.However, there is still an incredible amount to do if such start-ups are going to continue not only to develop but blossom into major enterprises in their own right.At present, Irish companies account for a mere 10 per cent of the economy’s exports. In fact, without the multinational sector, the Irish economy would have one of the worst export trades in the developed world.Start-up eco-system should be nurturedIt makes sense for multinationals to locate here at present. It also made sense at one time for the Fruit of the Loom to make t-shirts in Donegal. But the global economy is constantly in flux and things change.So rather than cheerlead announcements by the likes of Microsoft, it is the emerging start-up eco-system and the jobs it is creating that we should nurture and cherish. Because when it comes to our economic success and wellbeing the best way to predict the future is to create our own.Paul Allen is managing director of Paul Allen and Associates PR, www.prireland.comIreland named Europe’s most entrepreneurial country>Irish SMEs are among the most reliant on banks in Europe>From idea to reality: the story of a young Irish start-up>last_img read more

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Mayo fans set to outnumber home support as Kildare express regret over

first_img THE KILDARE COUNTY board has expressed ‘regret’ to its fans that they will not be able to meet the huge demand for tickets ahead of their All-Ireland SFC qualifier clash with Mayo.It is also likely that the travelling support could outnumber the Kildare spectators at the game, given the bigger number of season ticket holders in Mayo.The Leinster side are hosting the game on Saturday following a highly publicised stand-off with the GAA, who originally fixed the game for Croke Park as part of double-header with Cavan and Tyrone, despite Kildare being drawn first on Monday morning.The GAA has since announced that the game will now be staged in St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge following discussions with the Kildare County Committee and An Garda Síochána in recent days.Kildare GAA published a statement on Wednesday night thanking the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) for its support in bringing the match back to Nebridge, and has since released a separate statement which reads:“Coiste Chontae Chill Dara would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks to the clubs and followers of Kildare GAA, who have been so supportive not just this week but through all good times and bad.“That is something that we have never taken for granted.It is a source of great regret therefore that we will not be able to accommodate the huge demand for tickets among the Kildare GAA public for this game, and thank you for your understanding and patience in this regard. Mayo fans set to outnumber home support as Kildare express ‘regret’ over meeting ticket demand The All-Ireland SFC qualifier has been fixed for St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge on Saturday. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 3:54 PM By Sinead Farrell 46,192 Views Image: James Crombie/INPHO Short URL https://the42.ie/4097132 Share30 Tweet Email center_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 70 Comments Fans who bring flares or smoke bombs to Sunday’s Munster final will be removed from stadiumTweaks here and there as Cork and Kerry name sides for Munster U20 decider “We would ask people who do not have a ticket for the match on Saturday not to turn up in Newbridge.“We reiterate our appreciation of the support for Kildare GAA.St Conleth’s Park has a capacity of 8,200 and Kildare and Mayo County Committees will receive ’1,500 tickets each for club distribution,’ according to a statement from the GAA.“The remainder will be used to meet the needs of players, season ticket holders and sponsors.”Mayo have approximately 3,500 season ticket holders while Kildare have roughly 1,000 season ticket holders, meaning that it is likely that the visiting supporters will outnumber the Kildare spectators in the Newbridge venue.Additionally, Mayo released a statement earlier this week in which they expressed a desire ‘that all Mayo GAA season ticket holders will get access to a ticket for this game.’Director of communications Alan Milton told RTÉ Sport on Wednesday that the original decision to move the game to Croke Park was motivated by concerns about the ‘health and safety of patrons.’The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Jun 28th 2018, 3:54 PM last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Aug 28th 2019, 7:59 AM The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s what you need to know as you start your day. Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ceimin Burke No Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4785134 center_img Image: Shutterstock/Foxys Forest Manufacture Image: Shutterstock/Foxys Forest Manufacture EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #HEALTH: Patient advocates who give up their own time to campaign for better health outcomes are soon to be remunerated for their work. 2. #IRISH RAIL: Disability campaigners have criticised Irish Rail, saying it is unacceptable that wheelchair users are often left unable to access trains due to lifts being out-of-order.3. #CLOGHERHEAD:  Gardaí have launched a murder investigation after 29-year old Keith Brannigan was shot dead in Clogherhead in Co Louth yesterday. The killing is being linked to the ongoing feud in Drogheda. 4. #ISIS: The Gaza strip was on a “state of alert” last night after explosions killed two policemen in Palestine. The BBC is reporting that suicide bombers linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) group were responsible. 5. #SALARY: A new report has revealed that the average graduate starting salary is now €30,409, rising nearly €1,400 from last year’s figure.6. #BREXIT: A British government radio ad telling EU citizens how to apply to stay in the UK has been banned from the airwaves after a regulator ruled that it was “misleading”.7. #ABORTION: A US federal judge has blocked the state of Missouri from enforcing a law banning nearly all abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. The law was set to take effect today.8. #JAPAN: Two people have died and 670,000 have been ordered to evacuate as heavy rains lash southwest Japan, triggering flood and landslide warnings.9. #CONGRATS: Limerick Rose Sinéad Flanagan won the Rose of Tralee last night. The 27-year old from Adare is currently working as a junior doctor in Cork.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Share Tweet Email 8,124 Views Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 7:59 AMlast_img read more

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Motorcycle rider hurt in Hazel Dell collision

first_imgA motorcyclist was hospitalized after colliding with another vehicle next to the Hazel Dell WinCo parking lot Thursday afternoon.Ambulances and sheriff’s deputies were called to the intersection at Northeast Highway 99 and Northeast 96th Way around 1:30 p.m.Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Barnes said the man on the motorcycle was heading south on Highway 99. A man heading north turned left to enter the WinCo lot and apparently did not see the rider, hitting him, Barnes said.The rider was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Barnes said. The sheriff’s office traffic team was investigating the crash, he said, and more information wasn’t immediately available.last_img

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Middleton looks for a place in Gerrards starting XI

first_imgRangers Glenn Middleton had an amazing performance in Rangers friendly victory over Bury and reacting to questions from journalists he said he’s looking to push for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting eleven.He said via STV:“I’ve enjoyed it so far but I’ve only played fifteen minutes of first-team football so far so it’s not much.“I need to keep building from there and show them what I can do in training each day.“If I get the opportunity in games I’ll just take it from there and show what I am capable of.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“It’s the same for all the young boys.“We all come into training every day showing what we can do and hopefully try to get our names on the team sheet as soon as possible.”He made his competitive debut for the club in the Europa League against FK Shkupi on 12 July 2018 in a 2-0 win for Rangers at Ibrox Stadium, with Middleton being widely praised for his performance on his debut.Despite being born in Northampton, England. Middleton has represented Scotland at several age levels up up to Scotland U21.last_img read more

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ALERT 3 ON HURRICANE MARIA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 19, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT #3 ON HURRICANE MARIA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT 6PM EDT.…POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA IS EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND OVER PUERTO RICO WEDNESDAY…A  HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.    THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.   A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 48 HOURS.AT 5PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 64.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 80 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAINT CROIX, 175 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO, 268 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRAND TURK THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, 695 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MATTHEW TOWN INAGUA AND 1036 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 10 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.   ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE EYE OF MARIA WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT, ACROSS PUERTO RICO ON WEDNESDAY, AND THEN PASS JUST NORTH OF THE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 165 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   MARIA IS A POTENTIALLY A CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.    SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT MARIA IS FORECAST TO REMAIN AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 OR 5 HURRICANE UNTIL IT MOVES NEAR OR OVER THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO.    SLOW WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AFTER THE HURRICANE EMERGES OVER THE ATLANTIC NORTH OF PUERTO RICO AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES FROM THE CENTER.RESIDENTS IN INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLANDS, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY, AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD RUSH TO COMPLETE  ALL HURRICANE PREPARATIONS AS THEY CAN BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE MARIA WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.    SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR FOR THEIR VESSELS.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE MARIA WILL BE ISSUED AT 9PM TODAY.ISSUED BY: JEFFREY SIMMONS/MARY BUTLERlast_img read more

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Wilmington Residents Invited To Tewksbury Lions Clubs Sock Hop On January 18

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Join the Tewksbury Lions Club for their Annual Sock Hop at the Tewksbury Country Club (1880 Main Street) on Friday, January 18, 2019. Doors open at 7pm. Entertainment begins at 8pm.Enjoy an evening featuring the Oldies/Motown Dance Band group, “Reminisce,” along with raffles, 50/50 and guaranteed fun. Proceeds will benefit the Tewksbury Lions Club’s community efforts.Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online HERE. Tickets are not expected to be sold at the door. Have a question? Contact Loretta Ryan at Loretta[at]WamesitLanes.net.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Golfers Invited To Tewksbury Lions Club Golf Tournament On August 12In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Tewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club To Hold Cootie Party & Sundae Fundraiser On August 4In “Community”last_img read more

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