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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Exleaders not budging after losing Alaska tribal dispute

first_imgFormer officials in an Alaska Native village are refusing to relinquish their old office and tribal records, despite a federal appeals panel’s finding that they’re no longer in charge.Andy Patrick is a member of the old tribal council in the Yup’ik Eskimo community of Newtok that is no longer recognized as legitimate. Patrick said Wednesday he’d like to see village elders polled to determine who should be in charge.Last week, the new leadership asked a federal judge to have Alaska State Troopers enforce a Nov. 4 court ruling that ordered former leaders to stop representing themselves as the governing body.In August, a federal appeals panel also sided with the new tribal council. The Interior Board of Indian Appeals had stepped in to review a 2013 ruling by the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognizing the new faction.last_img read more

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The Iditarod is moving to Fairbanks

first_imgMonica Zappa makes her way through Anchorage during the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. The same year, teams left Anchorage and headed to Fairbanks for the re-start because of low snow throughout much of the traditional trail (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Once again, the Iditarod start is moving to Fairbanks.Listen nowThe race’s Board of Directors met Friday in Anchorage and voted unanimously to change the race’s starting point from Willow to Fairbanks. Almost immediately after the decision was made behind closed doors in an executive session, Race Director Mark Nordman held a short press conference that local TV station KTVA broadcasted live over Facebook.“Everybody was really somber,” Nordman said of the vote.The board weighed impacts to the communities that will be bypassed because of the reroute, including the effect to local economies, according to Nordman.“Everybody knows what a big decision this was to make,” Nordman said. “These are very good friends of Iditarod’s out there, and it’s tough for all of us.”This is the third time the re-start has been moved to Fairbanks in the race’s 45-year history. And it’s the second time in a row the event will not go through it’s southern route, skipping communities like Anvik, Shageluk, and Grayling. The Fairbanks trail heads westward toward Galena before veering north towards Huslia then back down to the Yukon. The general routing is actually similar to the original 1925 trail used during Nome’s diptheria outbreak.A map of the 2015 Fairbanks race route from via the Iditarod Trail Committee.In spite of good winter conditions across the vast majority of the route, snow is unacceptably low in one critical section of the trail in the Alaska Range around Rainy Pass and into the Dalzell Gorge.“Fairbanks has good snow, even the coast has good snow, McGrath has good snow,” Nordman said of conditions around the state. He even referenced steady flurries just outside the press conference. “Nobody was thinking snow.”But trail crews have reported that there’s just 12 to 14 inches of accumulation in the mountain passes.“That’s really low snow to try and go ahead over that terrain,” Nordman said. “We’re used to feet.”Organizers were heavily criticized in 2014 when they decided to allow mushers to race through that same section of the trail. Ice and abysmal snow conditions led to injuries and equipment damage.The Iditarod’s ceremonial start will still take place in Anchorage on the first Saturday in March. After that, teams will head to Fairbanks, where the re-start will take off on Monday the 6th.last_img read more

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Trump raises tensions with tweet threat to Iran

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting on 18 July, at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPTensions are mounting between Donald Trump and Iran-the US president’s raw tweet threatening Tehran was met Monday with a similarly bilious reply, upping the ante in the high-stakes game of diplomatic chicken.Trump’s tweeted warning late Sunday to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani-all in capital letters, the digital equivalent of shouting-sparked questions about Washington’s strategy towards the Islamic republic.The US is regularly suspected of backing the idea of regime change, but analysts say its current stance may simply be an attempt to pivot after a week of dire headlines over Trump’s much-maligned summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and a relative lack of progress on North Korea.The saber-rattling began when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani cautioned Trump not to “play with the lion’s tail,” saying that conflict with Iran would trigger the “mother of all wars”-prompting the furious salvo from the US leader.The Republican leader’s response was reminiscent of the belligerent tone he took with North Korea last year.“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump warned Rouhani on Twitter.“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”A few hours later, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fired back.“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED,” Zarif wrote in English, mimicking Trump’s caps-lock message.“We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!”While Trump’s “tough stand” was hailed by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it also provoked an avalanche of questions about its exact meaning and impact.When asked about the president’s motivations, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said he was focused on “the safety and security of the American people” and ensuring Tehran did not acquire nuclear weapons.But she seemed to downplay concerns about his aggressive posturing, saying Trump has been “pretty strong since day one in his language toward Iran.”Concerns? ‘None at all’In May, Trump-who has made Iran his public enemy number one-announced the US withdrawal from what he called a “defective” multinational nuclear deal with Tehran, and moved to reinstate punishing sanctions.For some analysts in Washington, Trump’s harsh words were a political smoke screen.“Frustrated by no progress w/NK; angered by negative push back post Helsinki, Trump is looking to vent, act tough, and change channel,” said Aaron David Miller, a former US diplomat and Middle East negotiator for several administrations.“If nothing else, Trump’s ALL CAPS tirade reflect(s) reality that US has no Iran policy. Empty/ridiculous US rhetoric in response to same from Iran.”After speaking with European officials about Trump’s warnings, International Crisis Group president Rob Malley said diplomats on the continent were not “really taking it seriously.”In Europe, Trump’s tirade is seen as a way to distract from controversy over his summit with Putin and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election.But the president stood by his remarks. Asked by reporters at the White House whether he had concerns about provoking tensions with Iran, Trump said “None at all.”Saber-rattlingWhile US ties with Iran and North Korea are different on several fronts, the words used by Trump to denigrate Tehran are similar in tone to those he directed last August at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Several observers noted the similarities between the threats on Iran, and Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign towards Pyongyang.In September 2017, in his first speech to the United National General Assembly, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.Nearly a year on, Trump has met Kim-who he once called “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission”-for a landmark summit, and follow-up talks are underway between the two sides.However, concrete progress has been scant so far on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.Democrats have expressed alarm about Trump’s Iran bluster.“Reckless Iran rhetoric creates risks-especially if words are unbacked by actionable strategy,” senator Richard Blumenthal said.last_img read more

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Hungary against Franceled European Union

first_imgHungarian prime minister Viktor Orban reviews the honour guard during an official welcome ceremony at Podgorica airport on 23 July 2018. Photo: AFPHungarian prime minister Viktor Orban on Friday said in an interview he did “not want a European Union led by France”, adding that May 2019 elections to the European Parliament would be “decisive”.”We have never been faced with such a decisive election,” Orban told the German Bild newspaper in comments published online.”The Germans should above all be vigilant. There is a French concept, which fundamentally means: French leadership of Europe, paid for by German money,” he said, without mentioning French president Emmanuel Macron by name.”This is something I reject. We do not want a European Union under French leadership… The Europeans must be heard and we must wait for the European elections before taking some important decisions” on matters such as immigration and the budget, he added.Orban won a third consecutive term in April on a fiercely anti-migration platform and his government has repeatedly clashed with the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, especially since the migration crisis erupted in 2015.The EU is currently intensifying legal action against Hungary in a bid to make it comply with EU asylum rules, amid broader fears that Hungary, Poland and other eastern countries from the former Soviet-bloc are turning away from the values on which the EU is built.Orban regularly accuses German Chancellor Angela Merkel of having encouraged the 2015 influx of migrants by declaring them welcome.Hungary announced last week that it was withdrawing from a UN pact on migration, saying that the global deal encourages movements of people which are “dangerous for the world”.The US is also not party to the pact.Orban also said in Montenegro earlier this week that Hungary was ready to help the small eastern European country “defend its territory” against migrants.”Europe continues to make serious mistakes. (It) does not want to understand and acknowledge that it needs to refrain from moves that may be interpreted as an invitation in Africa or the Middle East… That is why people drown in the sea and remain jammed on migration routes,” he said.last_img read more

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