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

Donations in excess of 1m for GOCMV tower

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) is set to announce the first round of donations aimed at funding the construction of the community’s new cultural centre. As Neos Kosmos understands the total amount of the donations will exceed $1 million. The official announcement took place during a special event at Philhellene Restaurant organised by the GOCMV. “As we know, the cultural centre project is a significant undertaking for the Greek Community. Critical to its success is support from members of the Community”, President of the GOCMV Bill Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos. “On Monday night, we will announce financial support from key benefactors, which will ensure the project is financially viable. This monetary support is vital not only from a budgetary perspective, but has importance symbolically about the unity demonstrated by Greek Australians on projects of this kind” he added. As Papastergiadis has said in the past the construction of the GOCMV towerwhich will house the new Cultural Centre- will start in 2012 and is estimated to cost around $12 million The GOCMV has already secured the amount of $2 million from the State Government of Victoria.last_img read more

WWE offering WWE Network holiday package

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Videos Articles Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Courtesy of WWE.com:Give an entire year of WWE Network, featuring WrestleMania and EVERY live pay-per-view, this holiday season! For a limited time, your gift will come with a Roku® Streaming Stick® absolutely FREE. Your favorite WWE fan will have everything they need to watch WWE Network on their big screen TV!WWE.com: SPECIAL OFFER: THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFTRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Cesaro CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Cody Rhodes says he passed on WWE offer “weeks ago”, Market for Non-PG wrestling Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December eventslast_img read more

Press Talk How odd can you get

first_imgLou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com. Liz Pike is an odd duck.OK, hold on. Before you go all Conor McGregor on me, I consider myself an odd duck, as well. But Pike — who is our state representative from the 18th Legislative District — is an odd duck in a Trumpish kind of way.You know, insecure, because even though she’s been a state representative since 2012, there are a bunch of brainiacs up in Olympia, and she doesn’t quite fit. Trump feels the same way about D.C. Also like Trump, her allies in the capital are shrinking. Filled with hope and the energy of a newbie five years ago, now she has few people to turn to during the legislative session.So Pike says she’ll run for the county chair position in about a year. But does she think she has a realistic chance? Does anybody think she has a chance?I texted Pike a few days ago asking her if we could talk about all this. She didn’t recognize my number and asked me for my name. I told her. I didn’t hear from her again.That’s too bad. I really did want to chat. I’m a chatty kind of guy!Frankly, it wasn’t all that long ago when we had a pretty good relationship. We’d go out to coffee. I’d call, and she even invited me over to her place for a gathering. But then she got all cozy with David Madore. I called her out several times on this and, well, I was out.last_img read more

Tbone crash blocks 192nd Avenue in east Vancouver

first_imgA major thoroughfare in east Vancouver was blocked Monday afternoon while emergency responders cleared a four-vehicle collision.The crash at Southeast First Street and Northeast 192nd Avenue was reported at 12:27 p.m. A car reportedly ran a red light, causing a T-bone collision, and then hit two other cars, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department.Three of the four vehicles were towed.Two ambulances were sent to the site and drove patients to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, but no life-threatening injuries were reported, Kapp said.The road was blocked for about 45 minutes between Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and Southeast First Street, and C-Tran buses were temporarily rerouted.Names of drivers were not released.last_img

Stop the Violence Walk Asks Community to Pay Attention

first_imgRally goers ask the community to stop the violence on Sunday afternoon. Hillman/KSKAAfter two recent shooting deaths of local teenagers, more than 60 people marched through the rain in East Anchorage on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness of violence in the community.Download AudioThe crowd sang “Keep calm everybody, and put your guns away. Stop the violence!” The sentiment was echoed on their matching black t-shirts as they marched near the site where 19-year-old Preston Junior Clark Perdomo was shot dead last week.Among the crowd was resident Allie Hernandez, who moved to Anchorage in 1997 because it was a safe place to raise her kids. She says now, she’s scared.“This is why we’re walking,” she says between deep breaths. “We have a lot of parents here walking because we’re scared for our kids. We don’t want to see them dead. We don’t want to bury our kids no more. So if we have to walk five miles or six miles, even though I’m not in shape, girl, we’re doing it!”Summer Yancy walked wearing a set of charms representing friends and family who were impacted by violence. She said Anchorage is so close-knit that everyone is affected by the recent shootings. One way to stop it is to speak candidly with youth about gun violence.“Let’s have real scenarios of what this looks like when you’re in a real situation,” she said, when talking about ways to facilitate an effective conversation. “With[in] a group of kids and there’s one person in that group that wants to be irresponsible with their gun and all the sudden everybody is sucked in… it can happen to very good kids as well.”Nineteen-year-old Brennan Gregiore-Girard said he grew up on the east side of town and gun violence doesn’t faze him.The attendees of the Stop the Violence rally pose for a photo. Hillman/KSKA“I mean when I hear about it, it doesn’t shock me any more, which is sad to say because we shouldn’t be in an environment where kids should feel that way, but it’s the sad truth.”He said he thinks kids need to take responsibility for their actions and for the situations they place themselves in.“I’ve always felt like I could talk things out. My mom raised me that way and my dad raised me that way. And I’ve always wrestled and done combat sports, so it’s not one of those things where I’m scared and all that,” he explained. “But why should I put my hands on someone to stop the violence? Because when you kill someone, you’re not only killing them.” You’re killing a piece of everyone they knew, he said.The community group We Are Anchorage organized the walk to show a unified front for saying no to violence. They hope to encourage people to start actively watching out for their communities and speaking up.last_img read more

Kaleshwaram project Mega pump house set to begin operations in

first_imgLakshmipur pump house, a key component of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) and touted to be the world’s largest pump house, is all set to commence operations in Telangana, after a wet run held earlier this week. Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) unveiled Laximpur Underground Pumping Station (LUPS), also called as the Package 8 of the mega project across the Godavari river. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us The wet run began on Sunday night with officials switching on the fifth machine in LUPS in Karimnagar district. With this, around 3,000 cusecs of water was lifted to a height of 111 meters and flown into Mid-Manair reservoir through the gravity canal. The gush of water from the underground impressed the onlookers. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is expected to formally inaugurate this colossal pump house on Wednesday. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The 52-minute wet run discharged 89.73 cumecs of water into the gravity canal. The volume of water pumped was 98,85,303 cubic feet, about 28 crore liters. LUPS would enable live storage of water in reservoirs throughout the year in the Godavari river belt. MEIL described the pump house as the world’s largest underground pumping station constructed at 470 feet below the earth’s surface. Advertise With Us “This is an extraordinary underground pump house, 470 feet below the ground with twin tunnels and the largest surge pools in the world. This is an ultra-mega project in the world, having 7 motors, each having a capacity of 139 megawatts,” said B. Srinivas Reddy, Director, MEIL. These motors can lift three TMC (Thousand Million Cubic) water per day. The gigantic motors were developed indigenously with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology. The most significant feature of KLIP is that it completed the construction of the electrical infrastructure with 3057 MWs capacity that comprises six 400KV and 220KV substations, transformers and 260 kilometres of transmission lines, 7 kilometres of 400 KV XLPE underground cable. “Going around the pump house will remind one of visiting a huge underground shopping mall with multiple floors. Generally, pump houses for lift irrigation projects are built at ground level near river banks to pump water to a higher elevation. However, this unique super structure, the first of its kind in the world, is built at a location below the ground with a pumping capacity of 2 TMCs of water per day,” the company said. Billed as the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project, Kaleshwaram was formally inaugurated in June. When fully operational, the Rs 80,000 crore project will lift two thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of water per day to a height of half-a-kilometre. It is designed to irrigate 45 lakh acres for two crops in a year, meet drinking water requirement of 70 percent of the state and also cater to the needs of industry.last_img read more

Two children die falling in water tank

first_imgTwo children died after falling into a water tank while playing in Mohammadpur area of Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Habib, 3, son of certain Borhanuddin Mostafa and Maria, 3, daughter of certain Manir Mridha of the area.Habib and Maria fell into the water tank of their house while playing together in the afternoon, said sub-inspector Firoz Ali of Mohammadpur Police Station.Police recovered the children’s bodies and rushed them to a local hospital where doctors declared them dead.last_img