Hindu Temple Chairman Removed in Singapore for ‘Severe Mismanagement’

first_imgThe chairman of an iconic Hindu temple in Singapore was removed from the post following an 11-month investigation into charges of “severe mismanagement” of operations.Sivakadacham was dismissed as the chairman and trustee of the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a century-old temple on Serangoon Road in Little India, on Aug. 6. He has also been prohibited from taking any active part as a board member, trustee or key member in any forthcoming charity, the Commissioner of Charities (COC) said. Sivakadacham worked as a treasurer of the temple and became the chairman in 2016.The investigation, which opened last year, showed that 823 “uncrossed cheques” amounting to SG$1.5 million were issued by the temple from January 2011 to July 2014, and that several of them were exchanged for cash at the temple. As many as 45 cheques worth over SG$ 227,000 were given to people who were not the intended recipients, the Straits Times reported.“The COC is satisfied that there has been mismanagement in the administration of the Charity for which Siva was responsible for or privy to or have by his conduct contributed to or facilitated,” the government agency said.“Any negative conduct within the charity sector can bring about serious damage and erode public trust in our charities. Hence, we cannot tolerate mismanagement or misconduct in the administration of charities,” Charities Commissioner, Dr Ang Hak Seng, said in a statement.The operations and daily services at the temple will not be affected and will continue as usual, the COC said. The temple, built in 1881, is dedicated to goddess Kali.The CoC had initiated an inquiry into the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple on Aug.22, 2017. Sivakadacham was suspended by the COC from the post of chairman and trustee in April 2018. An investigation found “severe lack of care and prudence” by the board members who acted as guardians of the temple’s charitable assets between January 2011 to 2014, Seng had said then. Temple Secretary Ratha Krishnan Selvakumar was also expelled from his position, as his criminal history did not make him eligible to hold the office under the Charities Act.The investigation indicated that internal controls were non-existent during the time period under probe, resulting in mismanagement and affecting the temple’s financial assets.Sivakadacham has been replaced by Ernst & Young partner Shekaran K. Krishnan, who was appointed by the COC in April, the publication reported. It also cited the temple management committee as saying that proper board governance and inner controls have been installed at the temple. Related ItemsHinduismSingaporelast_img read more

Spain prosecutor says not opposed to lifting prison sentence for Lionel Messi

first_imgThe Barcelona state prosecutor said on Friday it was not opposed to substituting a 21-month prison sentence for a fine for tax fraud handed down to soccer player Lionel Messi, as long as the fine was the maximum allowed under law.The maximum fine would be 255,500 euros ($285,164), Reuters calculations showed, on top of a nearly 2 million euro fine handed down as part of last year’s sentence.Neither is the prosecutor opposed to suspending Messi’s prison sentence, and that of his father, on proviso that they have no more brushes with the law for three years given that both have had clean criminal records up to now.Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights.The judge in charge of the case will make a decision bearing in mind the prosecutor’s recommendations. Judges usually follow the state prosecutor’s recommendations in Spain.($1 = 0.8960 euros)last_img read more

U17 WC: How to protest against age cheating

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: How to protest against age cheating Nikhil Jitendran Last updated 2 years ago 05:21 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA U-17 World Cup official trophy with mascot Kheleo FIFA U17 World Cup Goal explains how teams can lodge a protest over age fudging at the Under-17 World Cup in India… As the ebullient sunshine lavished the Relva in the only Portuguese fluent state of India in April 2015, a darker miasma grappled the actual football dynamics in one of India’s prime domestic age-group (U15) tournaments.Jharkhand seemed the worthy winners of the Sub-Junior National Football Championship title when, surprisingly, further investigations revealed a majority of their players over the permissible age in an U15 tournament, which ultimately resulted in them being stripped of the championship.     Age-related cheating is a plague that’s not just evident in India, but all over the world – from Nigeria to the far-eastern shores of DPR Korea, who were expelled from the 2008 AFC U-16 Championship on account of unfair team selections. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing With the U17 World Cup coming to the Sub-continent, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is pulling out all the stops to ensure that such age-related cheating is hampered.Goal has already documented the governing body’s plans on reducing the instances of nefarious methods implemented by the participants in the tournament, which can be read here.However, there are a set of rules and regulations set in place for participants to air their grief if they do feel their opponents have used unfair means, particularly on the team selection front if ineligible players on account of age are thrown up.Regulations for ensuring players are eligible to play in the competition are stated in the laws.14. 2 All players shall be eligible for selection in accordance with the FIFA Statutes, the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes and other relevant FIFA rules and regulations.- Upper age limit: all players must be a maximum of 17 years old by the end of the calendar year in which the competition is played (i.e. all players of the teams were born on or after 1 January 2000).– Lower age limit: all players must be at least 15 years old by the end of the calendar year in which the competition is played (i.e. all players of the teams were born on or before 31 December 2002).With regulation referring to the protests for the above, FIFA’s official U17 World Cup document states the following –Nigeria U-17 side celebrates after reaching the final10. 3 – Protests regarding the eligibility of players nominated for matches shall be submitted in writing to the FIFA headquarters in the host country no later than five days before the opening match of the final competition and shall be dealt with by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.This means that teams must actively report any firm beliefs that point to their opposition’s players being unsuitable/ineligible.Now, in the following law, the FIFA headquarters in the host country refers to the office in Kolkata. Furthermore a separate law states -“Unless otherwise stipulated in this article, protests shall be submitted in writing to the FIFA General Coordinator within two hours of the match in question and followed up immediately with a full written report, including a copy of the original protest, to be sent in writing and by registered letter to the FIFA headquarters in the host country within 24 hours of the end of the match, otherwise they will be disregarded.”last_img read more

Pochettino not surprised by FA Cup ‘magic’

first_imgTottenham Hotspur FA Cup ‘magic’ no surprise to Pochettino after Rochdale thriller Nicholas McGee 04:38 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pochettino-Cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur Rochdale The Spurs boss never believed their tie with their lowly hosts was over, even after Harry Kane put them ahead in the 88th minute Mauricio Pochettino was not surprised by the “magic” of the FA Cup once again following Tottenham after they were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw by Rochdale in Sunday’s fifth-round tie.Ian Henderson put League One’s bottom side ahead before half-time but a Lucas Moura strike and an 88th-minute penalty from Harry Kane looked to have ensured progression into the quarter-finals for Spurs.AdChoices广告But Rochdale refused to give in and secured a richly deserved replay at Wembley as Steven Davies swept into the bottom-right corner in the third minute of stoppage time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It will be Tottenham’s second successive replay after they had to settle for a draw in their fourth-round tie with League Two Newport County, who they defeated 2-0 at the second time of asking.Speaking to BBC Sport, Pochettino said: “The FA Cup is magic. We have another opportunity at Wembley, the same situation like before.”I was not surprised. This competition is completely different. Newport gave us a fantastic game and they lost their next game in the league 5-0.”The motivation is always massive. It’s not easy to play this type of game. Of course we wanted to win but we have the possibility to win.”We have all the squad fit and it will be another game to provide players with the chance to compete on Wembley and we have the possibility to reach the quarter finals.”Asked if he thought Kane’s goal would be decisive, Pochettino replied: “No – I was so calm on the bench because I know very well what happens if you believe the tie is over.”That happens. We concede two clear chances, one was nearly and one was a goal.”last_img read more

Griezmann’s Barcelona number revealed

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann will wear the number 17 shirt for the La Liga champions in his debut season at the Camp Nou.His squad number was revealed during the player’s unveiling in Catalonia following the forward’s controversial big-money move from Atletico Madrid this week.In the hours that followed his €120 million (£107m/$134m) switch, rumours began to surface that the 28-year-old would be given the No. 7 shirt currently occupied by the club’s record signing, Philippe Coutinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, those whispers were put to bed on Sunday when the French World Cup winner was presented to the media ahead of his first scheduled training session with his new team-mates on Monday.He will then form part of the squad that will travel to Japan ahead of two friendlies against Chelsea (July 23) and Vissel Kobe (July 27).Speaking at his unveiling ceremony, Griezmann said: “I’m very happy, I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to working with the squad and meeting my new team-mates.“It’s a new challenge and new targets. These are important things and I hope I can do as well as I can.“All of them – La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League. They’re the club’s goals and my goals.“With Sam [Umtiti] and Ousmane [Dembele], I have a very good relationship with both of them. I look forward to seeing them.”Antoine Griezmann BarcelonaThe former Real Sociedad striker also revealed his excitement at the prospect of playing with club legend Lionel Messi, who finished last season as La Liga’s top scorer with 36 goals.“I’m looking forward to seeing what Messi is like on a day-to-day basis in training,” he said. “Playing next to him will be an incredible joy.”The deal has been the subject of much dispute from Atletico, who claim they are set to open legal proceedings after negotiations, and a subsequent agreement, between the player and Barca allegedly took place when Griezmann’s buyout clause remained at €200m.They also questioned the conduct of both Barca and the player after it was reported that the two parties had been in negotiations and reached an agreement while Diego Simeone’s side were still fighting for La Liga and the Champions League.last_img read more

HMM AAL Partner Up on New Multipurpose Service

first_imgzoom South Korea-based shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Singapore’s multipurpose carrier AAL are entering a cooperation that will create a joint service for multipurpose vessels (MPVs).As explained, the cooperation will see both companies expand their trade route coverage, sailings frequency and MPV fleet capacity.HMM will deploy four 30,100 dwt MPVs in the Far East – Middle East MPV Liner Service and AAL one 31,000 dwt A-Class vessel, AAL said.Both carriers will remain independent and promote these expanded services under their own respective brands.The new service, with a 15 and 30-day sailing rotation, will connect the Asian markets of China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore with the Middle East via the Persian Gulf and Red Sea routes.AAL said that capacity and port coverage will be jointly coordinated, but each carrier will issue separate schedules to their customers, who’ll be able to book space on any vessel serving the trade.“By pooling our resources with HMM, we can each offer more comprehensive service portfolios with improved frequency, capacity, coverage, and economies of scale,” Namir Khanbabi, Chartering & Operations Director of AAL, explained.“The intention is to expand the service to six vessels, with an additional A-Class vessel by 2019,” he added.HMM is also expanding its portfolio with a range of tramp solutions and semi-liner services – connecting the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia – operated by AAL. These services are powered by a fleet of MPV vessels that are served by AAL’s in-house operations and engineering teams.“We’ve established a leading position with Korea’s dynamic energy and infrastructure industries, operating regular multipurpose sailings between Asia and the West. These same customers can now take advantage of the … new services that our cooperation with AAL will bring,” Seung-il Park, General Manager of HMM, commented.“There are no immediate plans for a more expanded cooperation but, should there be meaningful opportunities to generate further value … through an expanded collaboration, this will be thoroughly reviewed,” Park further said.last_img read more

Changes Proposed To Improve Labour Relations

first_imgThe province introduced an act today, Nov. 19, to improve labour relations. The Labour Board Act merges six boards into one, simplifies how workplace disputes are handled, and establishes a committee to keep labour relations laws relevant. “We know that employers and unions want to make labour relations work smoother in Nova Scotia, and our staff have suggested ways to bring our legislation and processes in line with other parts of Canada,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More. “In the past, labour relations has sometimes been adversarial and we think the establishment of a Labour Management Review Committee will re-focus both sides on moving forward. As well, the new Labour Board will make labour relations more consistent, more efficient and more timely. “The committee, the new Labour Board and other changes to several pieces of legislation is a major change in how employers, employees and their unions resolve their issues.” If the bill is passed, the Labour Relations Board, the Civil Service Employee Relations Board, the Highway Workers’ Employee Relations Board and the Correctional Facilities Employee Relations Board would become the Labour Board in early 2011. In the following months, the Occupational Health and Safety Appeal Panel and the Labour Standards Tribunal would join the Labour Board. A full-time Labour Board chair would be appointed for a five-year term through an Order-in-Council. Existing board members would sit on the Labour Board until their current term ends and could apply for reappointment. Among other changes are the elimination of lists that outline the terms of employment that can be sent to arbitration if the parties have no right to strike or lock out, and allowing government workers to continue to be represented by a union if their work moves to a private company. The changes follow a three-and-a-half-month consultation with stakeholders.last_img read more

Kamsack outreach worker says people died daily while authorities neglected to act

first_imgMelissa Ridgen APTN NewsThe manager of an outreach program that serves drug addicts in the Kamsack area, where a local doctor has been charged in connection with over-prescribing opioids, says it’s too little too late.“I was glad to hear the news (about the unprofessional conduct charges) but I’m skeptical there will be any penalty,” Wanda Cote said. “The Sunrise Regional Health Authority, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Health Canada all have known what the problem is here and they didn’t stop it. We’ve been losing people daily, for years, to overdoses and suicides and they did nothing.”Cote manages the New Beginnings outreach program. Despite being a town of only 1,800 people, an average of 450 people a month use the program, which offers a safe needle exchange, hot lunches, counsellors and traditional healing. The vast majority of clients, she says, are opioid addicts. Most are members of Cote, Keeseekoose and The Key First Nations.“We’ve seen a rise in HIV and Hep C from these drugs (being used intravenously), family breakdowns leading to more children in care, homelessness and hunger because people are using their money buying these drugs, more of our people in the justice system because they’re committing crimes on these drugs or for drugs.”Dr. Murray Davies has been charged with two counts of unprofessional conduct under the Medical Profession Act. He is currently prohibited from prescribing opioids and benzodiazapines except in certain circumstances, such as working an emergency room shift.Last week, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan leveled the charges against Davies, a family doctor who also ran the methadone program in Kamsack, Sask.In April 2013, APTN Investigates reported, exclusively, several Indigenous patients claimed they were over-prescribed or unduly prescribed opioids and once hooked, shuttled into the same doctor’s methadone program to get off the drugs.Some said they routinely failed drug screens but got their methadone anyway. All had concerns the methadone program wasn’t being properly run and complained they weren’t being weaned off the drug.A year after that expose, Health Canada stripped Davies of his ability to run the methadone program at the urging of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.At that time, a spokesman for the regulatory body would only say: “the college suggested he not have his authorization renewed.”They wouldn’t detail why.Davies was allowed to continue his family practice which includes the ability to prescribe opioids and other narcotics.The college’s prescription review program monitors opioid prescriptions to ensure the highly-addictive medications aren’t being improperly prescribed or over-prescribed.It confirmed to APTN Investigates back in 2013 that Davies was on their radar but would only say “we advise physicians if we have concerns with patient use … and if we have concerns about a physician’s prescribing we can ask for an explanation,” spokesman Brian Salte said then.He added the program was designed to help doctors, not police them, and it’s “almost exclusively an educational process”.But that changed last week when the college charged Davies.“A disciplinary investigation is generally only brought if the college reaches the conclusion that educational interventions have failed or that there is some other reason that an educational approach is not appropriate,” Salte said in an email Thursday.“I cannot discuss the investigation or the reasons that the college has taken its action. Those are issues which relate to the evidence that may be considered if there is a discipline hearing.”Angeline Severight, director of the Saulteaux Healing and Wellness Centre on the Cote First Nation, said she is “glad” to hear the college stepped in but she’s “skeptical there will be any penalty” at the end of the process.“Our First Nation communities are paying the price while others are cashing in on the demise of our people. It’s about time the College and Physicians and Surgeons stepped in,” Severight said. The Saulteaux Healing and Wellness Centre has long dealt with the impact of opiod abuse in the area.Dr. Davies still has his family practice and works at the community’s emergency room.If there is an admission by Davies, the penalty hearing will address the allegations which led to the college’s charge. If there is a contested hearing, the evidence will be introduced at that hearing.On ratemds.com, a website where patients can rate doctors, many posts complain about Dr. Davies’ prescribing practices, while other herald him as a “wonderful” doctor who the town is “lucky to have.”Kamsack is 80 km north of Yorkton near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.mridgen@aptn.calast_img read more

Ultralowcost carrier Wow Air rolls out new route between Vancouver and Iceland

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouverites looking for low-cost flights to Iceland will soon have a new option when discount airline Wow Air adds a route out of the West Coast.The announcement, which stacks more competition onto a crowded market, means passengers can soon fly out of Vancouver International Airport to Reykjavik, the island nation’s capital, six days a week.The airline says one-way fares start at $129 for flights beginning in June, and are available for purchase as of today.Wow Air will now be battling bigger rival Icelandair for B.C. passengers, and is part of a broader trend of upstart budget carriers in Canada, including WestJet’s Swoop — the ultra-low-cost airline launched four months ago — and Air Canada’s Rouge.The airline, which already operates out of Toronto and Montreal, recently announced it will end service to three cities in the U.S. Midwest: Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis.Wow Air says Reykjavik will also serve as a stopover for Canadian passengers en route to and from New Delhi, Tel Aviv and various European cities.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)last_img read more

LNG Canada awards construction contract to Japanese and US firms Nikkei Asian

first_imgStory courtesy Nikkei Asian Review: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-Deals/Long-stalled-LNG-plant-revived-as-Asia-ditches-coal TOKYO, JAPAN — The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Japan-based JGC Corp and U.S. firm Fluor have won a contract to design and build the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project for an estimated $14 billion.Nikkei has not named sources in its article, but says that LNG Canada should begin liquefying natural gas for shipments to China, South Korea and other Asian markets by roughly 2023. Transporting LNG to Asia takes just eight days from the B.C. North Coast, compared with 20 days from the Gulf of Mexico and 14 from the Middle East.China surpassed South Korea last year to become the second-largest importer by volume, a 50 percent from 2016. Japan ranks as the world’s largest importer, while demand is also growing in India and Southeast Asia.last_img read more

CIL eyes 86 coal supply hike to power cos in FY20

first_imgKolkata: Coal India will supply 530 million tonne of coal to the power sector in 2019-20, a 8.6 per cent rise over the previous year. Though the annual production for the current fiscal have not been finalised yet, it is likely to be around 650 million tonne, said sources. “In FY’20, we have assured the government to supply 530 million tonne of coal to the power sector. Supply to the power sector during the last year was 488 million tonne, a rise of 7.5 per cent over 2017-18,” sources said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRetaining the focus on power sector, CIL’s share of despatch to power sector has increased to 80 per cent in FY’19 from the level of 78 per cent during the previous two years. Sources said the supply quantity is based on feedback and projections by the government for the power growth. In the wake of thrust to the power sector, the share of coal allocated under e-auction segment has drastically reduced to 12.6 per cent of production from 16.9 per cent in 2017-18 and to the level of 20.5 per cent in 2016-17.last_img read more

UN chief proposes stocktaking meeting with Cypriot leaders in June

In separate telephone calls yesterday with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Mr. Ban also encouraged both men to redouble their efforts in the months ahead towards reaching a mutually acceptable solution.The talks, launched in 2008, seek to set up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and a Greek Cypriot constituent state of equal status.The Secretary-General noted that there had been some convergences, particularly in the chapters on economy and on European Union matters. However, he said, there has been no significant progress in the other chapters, according to information released by his spokesperson.In addition to economy and EU matters, the core issues in the negotiations include governance and power-sharing, property, territory and security. In a report in December, Mr. Ban warned that that the talks could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months. “A critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” he said, stressing that Greek Cypriot parliamentary elections scheduled for May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive talks in the second quarter of 2011. The Secretary-General met with both leaders in Geneva at the end of January, and the two agreed to intensify the talks to reunify an island that has been split since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964. The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island – known by its acronym UNFICYP – since 1964, with a current strength of nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff. 4 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed holding a meeting with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in mid-June to review developments in the United Nations-backed negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. read more

Momentum builds for Maritime Link after Nova Scotia regulator approves it

Momentum builds for Maritime Link after Nova Scotia regulator approves it by Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2013 6:58 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – A revised proposal to build a subsea energy link between Newfoundland and Cape Breton cleared a major hurdle Friday after Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board approved it, a decision that was met with praise by the governments of both provinces.Nova Scotia Energy Minister Andrew Younger said he is satisfied the agreement to proceed with the Maritime Link shields customers in his province from unfair price hikes and undue risk.“Our first interest has always been the protection of Nova Scotia ratepayers,” Younger said.“We have reviewed the board’s decision and are confident that ratepayers are better protected, and that Emera and Nalcor will bear the project risks, not ratepayers.”The deal between Emera (TSX:EMA) and Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown energy company, would see the construction of a 170-kilometre subsea link between southwestern Newfoundland and Cape Breton that would ship hydroelectricity from the Muskrat Falls project.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale said Friday she was pleased with the decision, which brings the Maritime Link one step closer to fruition.“We were confident that we would arrive at this place and it’s good to be on the other end of it,” said Dunderdale in St. John’s. “There were no surprises here but we’re very happy about today’s development.”Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board tentatively endorsed the Maritime Link earlier this year, but it attached a list of conditions to ensure it doesn’t impose a heavy burden on the province’s electricity customers. The board concluded Friday that the revised deal meets those conditions.“The benefit of the (agreement) is that it will provide (Nova Scotia Power) with real and tangible advantages when it participates in the energy market,” the board said in its decision. “These benefits will necessarily flow to its customers.”Emera declined an interview request Friday, but said in a statement that the board’s ruling confirms its long-held position that the Maritime Link is the cheapest long-term energy option for customers of Nova Scotia Power, its subsidiary.“The $1.5 billion investment in the Maritime Link will provide benefits to Nova Scotia customers that significantly exceed the value of the investment over the life of the project,” said Emera CEO Chris Huskilson.During the board’s hearings earlier this month on the revised agreement, Nova Scotia’s consumer advocate John Merrick and the province’s small business advocate said they couldn’t support it because it isn’t in the interests of the province’s ratepayers.Merrick said Friday his position has not changed.“I think we’re at the position now where we’re basically going to have to wait and see whether the Maritime Link turns out to be a good deal or a bad deal for Nova Scotia ratepayers,” he said in an interview.Critics in Newfoundland continue to hammer the greater extent to which Nova Scotia’s regulator examined the Maritime Link compared to an aborted review of Muskrat Falls before Newfoundland and Labrador’s Public Utilities Board.It never endorsed Muskrat Falls, saying it didn’t have enough time or detail to properly assess it. Dunderdale instead relied on government funded consultants’ endorsements before sanctioning the $7.7-billion development now under construction in Labrador.George Murphy, the NDP energy critic in Newfoundland and Labrador, said he believes ratepayers in his province will pay the price as a result of the deal to forge ahead with the Maritime Link.Murphy said it’s unfair to his province that Nova Scotia will now have access to more than the 20 per cent of Muskrat Falls power than was originally negotiated, and for cheaper market prices than what ratepayers in Newfoundland and Labrador will have to shoulder to pay off the dam and power plant.“Newfoundland and Labrador consumers are subsidizing this on the part of Nova Scotia ratepayers,” he said.Under the agreement, ratepayers in Nova Scotia would pay for the link through their electricity bills.The 35-year deal would see Nova Scotia supplied with 20 per cent of the energy from Muskrat Falls in exchange for paying 20 per cent of the costs of that project.Emera and Nalcor Energy are aiming to have power flowing from Muskrat Falls in 2017.Huskilson said one of the next steps is to finalize a federal loan guarantee that aims to save Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia more than $1 billion in borrowing costs for the Muskrat Falls project.Younger said his government is seeking improvements to the loan guarantee, which he said would represent $250 million in savings to ratepayers in his province.— With files from Sue Bailey in St. John’s, N.L. read more

World Bank reduces forecast for global economy in 2016 as developing countries

WASHINGTON – The World Bank has cut its forecast for global growth this year given weakness in the developing world.The aid agency said Wednesday that it expects the world economy to expand 2.9 per cent in 2016, down from the forecast of 3.3 per cent it made in June. The global economy grew 2.4 per cent in 2015.Several big developing economies — including Brazil and China — are slowing or shrinking. Their troubles have disproportionately hurt their smaller trading partners, which have also been squeezed by depressed commodity prices.The World Bank expects developing countries to collectively grow 4.8 per cent, up from a six-year low 4.3 per cent in 2015. China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is expected to register 6.7 per cent growth, down from 6.9 per cent in 2015 and the slowest pace since 1990.The economic prospects of advanced economies appear to be brightening as the developing world struggles. The World Bank expects the U.S. economy to grow 2.7 per cent this year, up from 2.5 per cent in 2015 and the fastest pace since 2006.The agency foresees the 19-country eurozone economy expanding 1.7 per cent, up from 1.5 in 2015 and fastest since 2011. And it expects the Japanese economy, lifted by the Bank of Japan’s easy-money policies, to grow 1.3 per cent, up from 0.8 per cent in 2015.Since the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and others have frequently overestimated the strength of the world economy and have later had to downgrade their initial predictions.The World Bank’s 2016 forecast involves two key optimistic assumptions for global growth: That commodity prices will stabilize after plummeting in 2015. And that the Chinese government will keep growth in the world’s second-biggest economy from imploding as it manages a difficult transition away from fast but unsustainable growth based on excessive investment in factories and real estate.“China is going to continue slowing in an orderly fashion,” says World Bank economist Ayhan Kose, who helped put together the forecast.The agency also assumes that the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hike last month — and any further rate hikes — won’t damage the U.S. economy or cause much turmoil in financial markets.Its outlook differs from region to region and country to country.Latin America, forecast to grow just 0.1 per cent this year, has been especially hard hit by falling commodity prices. Brazil’s economy, once an emerging powerhouse, is forecast to drop 2.5 per cent this year after shrinking 3.7 per cent in 2015.The Russian economy, squeezed by low oil prices and international sanctions, is expected to slide 0.7 per cent this year on top of a 3.8 per cent drop last year.The Iranian economy, which is getting relief from economic sanctions after reaching a nuclear deal with the Obama administration, is forecast to surge 5.8 per cent this year, up from 1.9 per cent in 2015.The oil-importing countries of South Asia are expected to benefit from lower energy prices. The World Bank predicts that India will grow 7.8 per cent, Pakistan 5.5 per cent and Bangladesh 6.7 per cent.The countries of sub-Saharan Africa are expected to grow 4.2 per cent, up from 3.4 per cent last year. But the World Bank expects wide disparities among African countries. South Africa, for instance, is forecast to grow just 1.4 per cent, while Ethiopia is expected to expand 10.2 per cent and Rwanda 7.6 per cent. World Bank reduces forecast for global economy in 2016 as developing countries struggle by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 1:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New CCOVI program attracts cider producers from across Canada

When Tanya Nijjar wanted to turn her family’s apples into crisp, refreshing cider, she figured learning the trade in Canada would make the most sense.So when Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) announced it was hosting the first-ever Canadian offering of a cider and perry production course, she was quick to sign up.“Cider making has been popping up in the Okanagan and we really want to get into that business,” said Nijjar, whose father has an apple orchard in Vernon, B.C. “I would have had to go to the States before, but learning in Canada really helped me because it explained the Canadian-specific laws and I’ve met people in the industry here that I can learn from and network with.”Until now, the Cider Institute of North America (CINA) has only offered its Cider and Perry Production program — developed by Peter Mitchell, founder of the Cider and Perry Academy in the UK — out of Cornell University and Washington State University in the U.S.Nijjar was among the first group of 25 students able to take the same course at Brock from April 24 to 28.She said the course gave her a solid foundation of the unique processes and challenges involved with crafting a quality pint of Canadian cider — something that’s increasingly important as consumers develop more of a taste for it.In Ontario alone, net sales of local craft cider skyrocketed 54 per cent in 2015/16 to $5.1 million, according to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.That growing consumer base is also prompting more producers to enter the business, and is why industry professionals and cider enthusiasts from British Columbia to New Brunswick travelled to Brock to learn more.Theo Ephraim, an amateur cider maker from Montreal, is one such example.“My girlfriend and I had been looking into taking the course in the U.S., but we were thrilled that we could just come here,” he said. “It’s been great to talk to other people thinking about starting cideries and to apple growers here in Canada. We’re learning different things about taking it to the next level from the home-brewing we’re doing now.”The course sold out within a few weeks of being announced in February and a waitlist for the next program session is already building up.“We feel very privileged to be able to bring the program to the Canadian market for the very first time,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s Manager of Continuing Education and Outreach.“CINA is the industry leader in cider education, so for Brock to be the first in Canada to partner with them is very exciting. We are looking forward to including this program in our bank of offerings.”Chris Gerling, Extension Associate with Cornell University, said expanding the course to Canada is a critical step in setting widespread production standards for the rapidly growing cider industry.“It’s a growing thing, so there’s a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about it,” he said. “But because it’s growing so rapidly, there’s a lot more open territory. We feel that this program helps set benchmarks so people have a shared standard, a baseline of knowledge, and will now have the information to make informed choices and help accelerate the rate of progress in the industry.”With the wait list filling up for the next foundation course, CCOVI is working to finalize a date for a second 2017 session. read more

Ohio State mens hockey sweeps No 6 Michigan in highscoring series

The Ohio State men’s hockey team continued its recent high-flying offensive performances and collected maximum points against a team equally as potent on offense, No. 6 Michigan. The Buckeyes won 7-4 on Friday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and followed that up with a 6-5 overtime victory at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus on Sunday afternoon.The first period of Friday’s match was a wild one, with five goals scored in total over the opening 20 minutes. The Wolverines got on the board first, courtesy of a power-play goal from junior forward J.T. Compher. Less than five minutes later, Michigan (20-6-5, 10-4-3) doubled its lead from a shot by junior forward Alex Kile off a counter attack.However, the Buckeyes (11-17-3, 6-8-3) were not fazed by the early two-goal deficit. In a span of 10 minutes, the Scarlet and Gray notched three goals to grab the lead.Freshman forward Dakota Joshua would strike first just after the halfway point of the opening period. Junior defenseman Josh Healey’s shot from beyond the blue line then found its way past senior goaltender Steve Racine to bring the score to even. Then with less than a minute remaining in the period, a shot from freshman forward Mason Jobst took a rebound and fell to the feet of freshman forward John Wiitala, who promptly slotted the puck behind Racine.The momentum was clearly on the Buckeyes’ side, and it became just as apparent that they took full advantage of it.Sophomore forward Kevin Miller collected a pass from freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque and fired past Racine to double the Buckeyes’ lead. Just 22 seconds later, freshman forward Brendon Kearney converted to put OSU up 5-2. This prompted Michigan coach Red Berenson to make a change between the pipes, sending junior netminder Zach Nagelvoort into the fray for the Wolverines.Yet it didn’t make much of a difference, as junior defenseman Drew Brevig took advantage of a shorthanded Michigan side and fired from long range past Nagelvoort for the Buckeyes’ sixth unanswered goal.The Wolverines showed some fight in the third period with the hefty deficit. Sophomore forward Tony Calderone scored twice, giving a glimmer of hope for a potential comeback. However, freshman forward Freddy Gerard would put the final nail in the coffin with an empty-net goal with less than two minutes remaining in the contest. Despite having Saturday off, the Buckeyes appeared to pick up right where they left off when they entered Nationwide Arena on Sunday. OSU coach Steve Rohlik said it didn’t surprise him that both of the contests were high scoring. “It’s almost the way our two teams match up against one another, to be honest with you,” Rohlik said. “I don’t even know what the total goals are, but it’s off the charts in the four games, that’s for sure.“Every time you play (Michigan), at the end of the day you’ve probably got to score five goals to win.” Joshua would put one past Racine to kick off the Buckeyes’ scoring once again. Kearney then doubled the Scarlet and Gray’s lead with a little over three minutes remaining in the period. Just 25 seconds later, junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey would grab his 18th goal of the season and put OSU up 3-0.“It’s nice to know that the bounces are coming my way and coming the way of my line. We’ve been playing well,” Schilkey said. “There’s a few lines that have been putting the puck in the net. It’s kind of nice to get those bounces at this time and we just got to keep that going for sure.”Sophomore defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Zach Werenski’s power-play goal put the Wolverines on the board in the second period. Jobst would then restore the Buckeyes three-goal advantage after his shot managed to trickle underneath both a Michigan defenseman and the goaltender Racine. Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple went on to make it 5-1 with a long-range shot that went over Racine’s glove. Michigan would get back into the contest with two goals in the final minute of the second period. In just 24 seconds, sophomore forwards Cutler Martin and Calderone found the net for the Wolverines, setting up a competitive final period. “Stuff happens. Next thing you know, we give up the goal, didn’t get a penalty, they score on a power play, its 5-3. This team could score just like that,” Rohlik said. “They made it 5-3, and that two-goal lead going into the third, it’s never comfortable.”Werenski’s second goal of the day cut the Buckeyes’ lead to just one with over nine minutes left in the game. Michigan then tied it up with less than five minutes remaining, courtesy of freshman forward Cooper Marody.After three minutes of four-on-four overtime hockey, Schilkey collected a loose puck off a shot from Brevig on the rush and slotted it home, ending the contest 6-5. “Puck just got thrown out of our end. It kind of bounced off their stick weird. I was going the other way and couldn’t really get it to settle down. There I knew they were coming back on me. First chance I could I just ripped it,” Schilkey said on his winning goal. “Next thing I know I’m coming around the net and I see the goalie coming out after (the puck). It was a foot race, and I think I got him.”The Buckeyes’ regular season is set to finish next weekend at Michigan State. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan. OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) and a Michigan player shove each other during a game on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

Queen Victoria statue in Bangkok lost to the nation after embassy moves

first_imgA “lucky” statue of Queen Victoria will be lost to the nation when the historic embassy in Bangkok moves to a new premises which is “just an office block”, the Foreign Office have admitted. The statue, which has stood on the site for almost 100 years, will stay in its current location even after diplomats leave the colonial-era compound and tropical gardens which has been sold for £420m, a record sum for a foreign office sale.  It is believed by Bangkok residents to give good luck and is often visited by locals who ask it for blessings such as fertility, success in exams or a good marriage. center_img A war memorial on the site, commemorating Thai soldiers lost on the Western Front during the First World…last_img

BUGOJNO 2018 Croatia and Germany book semifinal tickets

← Previous Story SG Flensburg now waiting better from Barca-Montpellier clash Next Story → LNH: Aix win in Montpellier The national teams of Croatia and Germany are the first semi-finalists of the sixth “Handball is my future”, international youth tournament for generation 2000 which is taking place every year in the city of Bugojno in Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks to financial support of Qatari Handball Federation.The two teams from Group celebrated two wins and secure semi-final battle.Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 30:25Germany – Poland 34:29Croatia – Poland 27:23Germany – BiH 34:28STANDINGS:Germany 4Croatia 4Poland 0BiH 0Group BSlovenia – Austria 29:24Qatar – Switzerland 25:32STANDINGS:Switzerland 2Slovenia 2Austria 0Qatar 0

Ireland could finish third and still qualify automatically for Euro 2016 say

first_imgNEW IRELAND BOSS Martin O’Neill will hold an end-of-year press conference in Dublin tomorrow afternoon.And as he prepares for a European Championships campaign in 2014, the Derry native will be boosted by news from UEFA today.European football’s governing body today confirmed the qualification format for Euro 2016 in France. And it’s easier than ever for the Boys in Green to make it to a major tournament it seems.“The nine group winners, the nine group runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify directly for the final tournament,” UEFA state. “The eight remaining third-placed teams will contest play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the finals.”France qualify automatically as hosts.As well as changes to the qualification format, Michel Platini has masterminded a new ‘week of football’ in which qualifiers are spread across a week.UEFA say games will be scheduled from Thursday to Tuesday.A statement reads: “Kick-off times will be set mainly at 5pm and 7.45pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 7.45pm for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. On double-header matchweeks, teams will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday.”The draw for the qualifiers will take place in Nyon on 23 February.What do you think?Hailstorm holds up Stoke-Man United cup tieScratch that: It’s just the 17 red cards now for Sergio Ramoslast_img read more

Irish Rail to refund clamping fees as gesture of goodwill

first_img By Órla Ryan Image: Patricia Helowicz Image: Patricia Helowicz Short URL 32 Comments 22,068 Views http://jrnl.ie/3103962 Share8 Tweet Email2 IRISH RAIL HAS said it will arrange a refund for drivers who were clamped when parking at Newbridge train station in Co Kildare during the week.The cars had valid parking tickets, but were not parked in marked spaces.Photos show that most of the clamped cars are parked along the car park’s fence so as not to block an entrance or exit.The carpark has been busier than usual lately due to opening of the Phoenix Park Tunnel.Local woman Patricia Helowicz told TheJournal.ie she’s been using the train station for over two years but the recent tunnel opening means the station has been “chock-a-block”.She said the carpark was full at 8am on Wednesday and her car, along with at least 11 others, were clamped despite having permits when she returned at 2pm.“As far as we’re considered we didn’t do anything wrong and we were penalised and fined … [The car park] was at full capacity when we got there so we made sure we found the parking spaces without obstructing anything,” she said.‘Gesture of goodwill’ A spokesperson for Irish Rail said the station has “extensive car parking facilities with 475 spaces provided over two main car park sites”.“With typical occupancy levels of no more than 50%, there is more than enough capacity for all customers to park in the marked spaces, and NCPS – who manage car parks on our behalf – are instructed by Iarnród Éireann to clamp cars which have not paid for parking or who do not park in marked spaces. Therefore the cars were correctly clamped.“That said, we do acknowledge that the notable increase in demand this week following the introduction of the new Phoenix Park Tunnel services may have resulted in customers who were unfamiliar with the car park travelling, and with those used to getting spaces in the area in front of the station arriving shortly before departure.As a gesture of goodwill, therefore, we will be arranging a refund of the clamp removal charge on this occasion only to the individuals involved who paid for parking but did not park in marked spaces. While the area is clearly marked as being one where parking is not permitted and clamping will apply, we will install new signage to highlight the availability of the secondary car park area.“We would remind all customers the importance of allowing sufficient time to park their car in either car park prior to travel, and stress that clamping will apply as normal at all times for non-payment of parking and for parking in unmarked areas.”Read: Local anger as row of cars clamped at “chock-a-block” train station Nov 26th 2016, 11:59 AM Irish Rail to refund clamping fees as ‘gesture of goodwill’ The cars had valid parking tickets but were not parked in marked spaces at Newbridge train station. Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 11:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more