first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement PLAYWRIGHT: Anosh IraniDIRECTOR: Philip AkinCAST:John Chou – SamCyrus Faird – DocChanakya Mukherjee – HasanGugun Deep Singh – AbdulSugith Varughese – RandyTahirih Vejdani – HaseenaFarid Yazdani – Ram LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: The cast has been announced for the Toronto premiere of The Men in White, written by award-winning playwright and author Anosh Irani (Bombay Black).Obsidian Theatre’s Philip Akin directs this production opening in October as part of Factory Theatre’s “Canada at Your Doorstep” season.The Men in White is told through the eyes of two brothers: Hasan (Chanakya Mukherjee) lives in the Dongri neighbourhood of Mumbai, while his older brother Abdul (Gugun Deep Singh) lives in Vancouver. Abdul hopes to end his cricket team’s losing streak by recruiting his talented younger brother from India. But tensions rise within the team as the cost of bringing Hasan to Canada will mean more than just a plane ticket.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsIndian Affairs Minister John Duncan said the government would begin work on developing a national strategy to combat suicide in First Nations communities.Last week, a nine year-old boy was found hanging inside a home in Sandy Bay, Sask. Family and community members said it was a suicide.Suicide is the number one cause of death for young First Nation males in Canada.“I think this is an obvious direction to go, so I will be quite willing to provide leadership in terms of trying to accomplish something on that front,” said Duncan.Duncan said Health Canada would have to be involved in the development the strategy.last_img

Rabat – According to a new report by McKinsey Global Institute, Morocco is the most indebted among Arab and African countries. The kingdom’s debt-to-GDP ratio stands at 136 % or an increase by 20 percentage points of GDP.Morocco is ranked 29 in the McKinsey’s new report which “examines the evolution of debt across 47 countries, 22 advanced and 25 developing, and assesses the implications of higher leverages in the global economy and in specific sectors and countries.”The analysis focuses on the debt of the “real economy”: governments, nonfinancial corporations, and households. The report has revealed that debt-to- GDP ratios have increased in all 22 advanced economies reviewed by the study, and in many cases, they have increased by more than 50 percentage point. Morocco comes ahead of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia which have actually succeeded in reducing their debts.The Moroccan government debts have jumped by 8 percentage points of GDP, while corporate and household debts have increased by 7 and 5 percentage points of GDP respectively.The report has also found that global debt has grown by $57 trillion or 17 percentage points of GDP since 2007, to stand at $199 trillion, equivalent to 286% of GDP.The biggest contributor to the rise of global indebtedness is government debts? which have increased by $25 trillion between 2007 and 2014.The study says that countries starting the process of decreasing the percentage of debts (deleveraging) would require implausibly larges increases in real GDP growth or extremely deep fiscal adjustments.It added that to reduce government debt, countries may need to consider new approaches, such as more extensive asset sales, one time taxes on wealth, and more efficient debt restructuring programs.“Debt will remain an essential tool for the global economy, funding needed investments in infrastructure, business expansion, and urbanization. But high debt levels, whether in the public sector or private sector, have historically placed a drag on growth and raised the risk of financial crises that spark deep economic recessions,” the study said.The report calls on Moroccan policy-makers and their counterparts in countries with high percentage of debts to consider more ways to reduce government debt and reevaluate how incentives in the tax system encourage the amassing of debt.“When there are signs of credit bubbles, regulators can seek to cool markets with countercyclical measures, such as tighter loan-to-value rules and higher capital requirements for banks. Debt undoubtedly remains an essential tool for financing economic growth. But how it is created, used, monitored, and (when necessary) discharged still needs improvement,” Mckinsey added.The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey and Company, was established in 1990 to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving global economy. They provide leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors with the facts and insights on which to base management and policy decisions. read more

16 October 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for urgent action to address Zimbabwe’s education system – once the best in Africa – which is suffering due to a combination of low salaries, poor attendance by both teachers and students, and transport and food problems. Routine monitoring visits in recent weeks found that with national exams looming, some 40 per cent of the country’s teachers were attending lessons, a third of pupils were reporting for classes and district education officers were ill equipped to run national exams. “The current education crisis has crippled schools across the country leaving most school operating way below capacity and the sector in an apparent state of emergency,” the agency said in a news release.UNICEF Representative Roeland Monasch noted that between a two-month teachers strike, limited learning materials, political violence and displacement, Zimbabwe’s children have lost a whole year of schooling.“The depletion of teachers in schools, transport and food problems faced by the remaining teachers and lack of resources have left the sector tottering on the brink of collapse,” he stated.The Southern African nation’s education system had once been the best on the continent, but a decrease in public funding, coupled with soaring school fees, lack of teachers and low morale owing to inadequate salaries have created tremendous challenges. “Education remains the engine to drive Zimbabwe’s long-term prospects. It is critical that the sector is not left to collapse, enduring solutions on salaries, food and working conditions should be reached soon, the monitoring visits should be beefed up, the situation in schools require urgent action,” said Mr. Monasch.“Zimbabwe’s children are already suffering on multiple fronts, denying them an education to better their prospects is unacceptable,” he added.UNICEF, which already provides support to the Ministry of Education Sport and Culture, said it is ready to assist the Government in improving the current situation. Over the last two years, the agency has invested an estimated $12 million in the education sector, including through the construction and furnishing of classrooms, provision of text books to primary schools, teacher training and setting up of sanitation facilities in rural schools. It also pays school fees for 150,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. read more

TORONTO — Home Capital Corp. says its expenses soared $175 million above normal during the second quarter as it fought to survive a cash shortage that erupted as customers withdrew most of the money they had deposited in the company’s savings accounts.The company expects to record a loss in the second quarter due to costs related to its efforts to shore up liquidity.The estimate includes a previously reported $100 million in fees and transaction costs related to $2-billion of emergency funding that Home Capital borrowed from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) to deal with the cash crunch.Home Capital says it also had a loss on the sale of some of its asset portfolio and higher than normal professional, legal and interest costs during the quarter.On a more positive note, Home Capital says it’s encouraged by the inflows of deposits since it got a vote of confidence from famed billionaire Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway will invest up to $400 million in the company.The company said the Toronto Stock Exchange has given conditional approval, as expected, for Berkshire’s initial investment of $153.2 million to acquire 16 million Home Capital shares, or about 20 per cent of the company’s total equity.A second round of investment from Berkshire, which would buy a further $247.7 million worth of Home Capital stock and raise its ownership stake to 38.4 per cent. That investment requires shareholder approval at a special meeting later this year.Home Capital’s update was issued ahead of today’s annual shareholders meeting in Toronto. read more

A Geneva-based United Nations panel has approved awards totalling nearly $1 billion in damages arising from Iraq’s 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait.The Governing Council of the UN Compensation Commission announced on Thursday awards totalling $995,825,094.18.The largest of the awards was $694 million for claims by Kuwait’s Ministry of Defence and the Kuwait Oil Company for the removal and disposal of mines and unexploded ordnance. The Palestinian Authority had until 30 September to submit late claims on behalf of individuals who did not have the opportunity to file their claims by the original deadline of 1 January 1. While the final total is not yet computed, it is estimated that some 45,000 claims were submitted by the Palestinian Authority. To date, the Commission has awarded compensation of approximately $ 43.6 billion. It draws funding from a portion of the revenue which Iraq earns under the UN “oil-for-food” programme. read more

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) – the United Nations’ principal judicial organ for settling disputes between States – has awarded Niger 15 islands at the centre of a four-decade border dispute with Benin. It awarded Benin ownership of the remaining nine, and delineated the boundaries between the two countries in the River Niger and the River Mekrou. The border has been contested and the scene of sporadic clashes since 1960, when both Niger and Benin won independence from France. Significantly, the ICJ yesterday ruled that the biggest island, Lete, along with 15 other smaller islands, belonged to Niger. Secretary-General Kofi Annan took note of the judgment in a statement issued by his spokesman in New York, which commended the two countries for resorting to the ICJ for a peaceful settlement of their border dispute. “He notes with satisfaction their reaffirmation that they will respect and implement the judgment of the Court,” the statement said. read more

Glencore International receives federal approval for Viterra acquisition bid by News Staff Posted Jul 15, 2012 5:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government signed off Sunday on Glencore International PLC’s bid to acquire Canadian agribusiness giant Viterra Inc, bringing the Swiss commodities supplier’s multi-billion dollar transaction one step closer to completion.The $6.1 billion bid was approved by Industry Minister Christian Paradis under the Investment Canada Act.“I approve an application under the act if I am satisfied that the investment is likely to be of net benefit to Canada,” Paradis said in a statement.“Glencore has made a number of commitments to Canada.”Glencore released a statement Sunday emphasizing its commitments to investing in Regina-based Viterra’s (TSX:VT) operations and to growing western Canada’s agricultural industry.“We are very pleased to receive Investment Canada approval, which recognizes the long term benefits for farmers and Canada from our acquisition of Viterra,” Chris Mahoney, Glencore’s director of agricultural products, said in a statement released Sunday.Glencore had said it expects to get all of the regulatory approvals it needs to close the transaction by the end of July.But it now suggests it may not meet that deadline as it waits for a review approval from the Ministry of Commerce in China, where Viterra has operations.Glencore also requires final approval from New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office and Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board.The company said it will provide an update on when it expects the deal to close “in due course.”Glencore has agreed to increase Viterra’s projected capital expenditures in Canada by more than $100 million over five years and has said it will contribute to “grain industry initiatives” in Manitoba.It has also committed to maintaining Viterra’s Regina head office and said it will make the location the headquarters for its North American agricultural operations.Glencore also plans to invest $8 million in Viterra’s projected expenses in research and development and plans to work with the Saskatchewan government to establish a Global Institute for Food Security in the province.Despite the company’s assurances however, the Liberal party suggested the Conservative government hadn’t done enough to determine if the deal was in the best interests of Canadians.“Flying in the face of their false promises about more transparency and accountability with respect to foreign takeovers, the Harper Conservatives have just rubber-stamped — again in secret on a Sunday afternoon — Swiss-based Glencore’s takeover of Regina-based Viterra.,” Deputy Liberal Party leader Ralph Goodale, who represents a Regina-area constituency said in a statement.Goodale questioned if the Conservative government had received any binding commitments regarding Glencore’s planned investments in Saskatchewan and its assurance of headquarters in Regina.“The Harper Conservatives have had no answers,” Goodale said. “It’s all secret and the public interest has not been well served.”In 2010, the government blocked the $40 billion takeover of Saskatchewan-based Potash Corp by Australia’s BHP Billiton, saying the deal was not of “net benefit” to the country.The Glencore deal, however, has not suffered any similar setbacks.Last month the Competition Bureau said it wasn’t challenging the deal, though it is weighing Glencore’s subsequent sales of Viterra (TSX:VT) assets to Calgary-based Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) and Winnipeg-based Richardson International.A U.S. statutory waiting period for antitrust review has expired, and Australia’s competition watchdog has approved the transaction.The deal also has the blessings of shareholders and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. read more

OSU then-junior midfielder Jake Withers (18) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn the undercard to the football team’s annual spring game, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team put on an impressive display on both sides of the ball. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first, and never looked back en route to a 18-7.OSU’s offense clicked on all cylinders in the first quarter. Six different Buckeyes scored goals, leading to a 7-1 advantage over Michigan.The Buckeyes scored four goals to the Wolverines two in the second quarter. Michigan sophomore midfielder Decker Curran scored two goals late in the quarter before OSU junior attack Colin Chell and senior midfielder John Kelly scored goals with five minutes remaining, extending the Buckeyes lead to 8-3.In the third, OSU pushed farther down on the gas pedal. Buckeye senior attackman Eric Fannell found the net in the start of the quarter. Moments later, sophomore attack Jack Jasinski scored his second goal, followed by a goal for Michigan junior midfielder PJ Bogle.Michigan’s Decker and King scored two more goals with five minutes remaining in the third. The Buckeyes scored three more times before the end of the quarter.OSU outpaced Michigan throughout the morning matchup, dominating in faceoffs won, 22-7. Michigan rattled off 49 total shots, but only 22 were on net to the Buckeyes 24 on frame.The No. 10 ranked Buckeyes struggled with turnovers, giving the ball away 18 times, but they overcame the turnovers by converting on 66 percent of their shots on goal. Senior attack Eric Fannell led all scorers with four goals and two assists.OSU sealed the deal with one final goal in the fourth, and held the Wolverines scoreless in the final frame. The Buckeyes square off against the No. 3-ranked Maryland Terrapins on April 22 in Columbus in the team’s next matchup. read more

Since the beginning of the Jim Tressel era in 2001, Ohio State football has stressed special teams.The kicking game has become a lynchpin in “Tresselball” and is responsible for much of the Buckeyes’ success over the past decade.During Tressel’s tenure at OSU, many great kickers have suited up for the Scarlet and Gray. The Buckeyes’ newest kicker, Drew Basil, might be the next name in that great line.Although Basil might not be the Buckeyes’ most highly touted recruit, he might be the first to make an impact on the field.“You are one injury away from having someone pushed in,” said Kevin Noon, managing editor at believes an injury could lead to Basil seeing time as soon as this fall, similar to Ben Buchanan seeing time last season when punter Jon Thoma missed time.For Basil, an Ohio native, playing for Ohio State has been a lifelong dream, and he is anxiously awaiting his chance to take the field. Basil is a combo kicker, meaning he both punts and places kicks, and will be working at both positions for OSU.“You bring someone like that in and you see where he’s able to make a bigger impact,” Noon said.Although Noon acknowledges that Basil has great potential, he also thinks it is too early to tell if Basil will be able to transition smoothly to the college game.“Sometimes it’s really hard to judge these young kickers when they come in because it’s so different. There are variables that they just are not prepared for at that point,” Noon said, citing the speed of the game and kicking off an artificial surface.But so far Basil is transitioning well, said Tim Williams, a former kicker at Ohio State. Williams worked with Basil and numerous other kickers at a kicking camp this past year, which was hosted by Chillicothe High School, where Basil attended. Williams reported on his blog that Basil made a nearly seamless transition to kicking off the ground, versus off a tee, when it typically takes kickers almost a full year to make that transition.Basil’s ability to make the transition came as no surprise to Bill Davidson, the football coach at Chillicothe. Davidson has always been impressed by the four-year letterwinner and team captain, saying that Basil is easily the best kicker he has ever coached.“Tim Williams said Drew is better than [Williams] was, at the same point in their careers,” Davidson said.Those words hold real weight when coming from a player who led the Buckeyes in scoring for three seasons from 1990-1992. And Davidson is convinced Basil will compete for playing time early in his career.“They tell all the players that they’re going to have a chance to come in and compete for a spot,” Davidson said of Ohio State. “Drew is a guy who truly will have that opportunity because of his work ethic and his intelligence.”Basil’s intelligence extends to the classroom, as he was an honor roll student with a 3.9 cumulative grade point average in high school. It was the combination of his intelligence and great work ethic that led Basil to graduate high school early. He is enrolling at OSU in the spring, which gives him the opportunity to participate in spring practice and get acquainted with the program. Whether or not Basil sees time on the field this year, the Buckeyes certainly have another high character player on the roster who can, if nothing else, push other players around him.“At any position you want to have competition because competition forces players to get better,” Noon said.Basil brings a competitive attitude that will make the kicking game even stronger in the years to come, which is ever-important in Tressel’s system. read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Floods have meant some Spanish growers have not been able to harvest for several days, according to Andy Weir, head of marketing for fruit and vegetable wholesaler Reynolds.He said: “Any adverse weather conditions come January would be particularly tricky, as many people turn to healthier eating following the Christmas period.”Demand for salad ingredients traditionally increases.” The New Year diet plans of millions of Britons have suffered a blow before they have even begun as a salad shortage threatens to strike supermarkets.UK stores face a disruption in salad, vegetable and fruit supplies after wet weather damaged large areas of crops across Spain, experts are warning.The Murcia region in southern Spain has seen its heaviest rainfall in 30 years, which is set to pose problems with the flow of salad to shops across Europe.Torrential rains have damaged salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli and citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons. Any adverse weather conditions come January would be particularly trickyAndy Weir This region of Spain provides about 80 per cent of Europe’s fresh produce during winter.Some growing areas have seen crops reduced by 70 per cent after a deluge of up to 250 litres of rainwater per square metre, said the UK’s Leafy Salad Growers’ Association.A spokesman told The Grocer magazine: “These have been among the worst downpours we have seen since these farms were established in the 1980s.”The rainfall has been so intense that the ground is saturated and there is nowhere for the excess water to go.”It has become difficult to pick the crops or bring in trailers because the soil is too wet.”last_img read more

The former head of the Army was questioned by police over the death of a paramilitary gunman during the Troubles more than 45 years ago, he reveals today.Writing in the Telegraph, General Sir Lord Dannatt disclosed for the first time that investigators quizzed him in the hours before his official retirement as Chief of the General Staff.His admission will fuel growing calls for former soldiers to be protected from prosecution over deaths in Northern Ireland. The Government is refusing to introduce an amnesty that would preclude the prosecutions of hundreds of veterans implicated in almost 300 killings. Lord Dannatt, 67, told the Telegraph that he was ‘irritated’ and ‘concerned’ at being questioned by the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Historical Enquiries Team over the death of a Loyalist gunman shot by the British Army in an incident in Belfast in 1973.He was a lieutenant commanding a platoon of The Green Howards when they were ambushed by Loyalist paramilitaries in east Belfast. One of his men – now almost 80 – shot and killed one of the ‘terrorists’ while two men in the platoon were shot and wounded and one subsequently died. Lord Dannatt will raise the issue in the House of Lords on Tuesday Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Aftermath of the Bloody Sunday shootings in which protesters were shot and killed by British troops Sergeant O Sergeant O Lord Dannatt writes: “That knock on the door is not confined to elderly retired paratroopers, riflemen and cavalrymen… On my last day as Chief of the General Staff on 28th August 2009, the final scheduled appointment in my diary before I left the Ministry of Defence for the last time in uniform was with two investigators  from the Police service of Northern Ireland’s Historical Enquiries team.“They had travelled from the Province to London to quiz me about the killing of a young man in Belfast some 36 years before.“In as polite a way as possible I explained that if the soldier standing next to you was shot dead, this might just explain why some of my soldiers returned fire. Terrorists must accept the consequences of their actions as the military and civil police concluded at the time.”He writes that the Army veterans must be given protection by Westminster and complains that any amnesty has been blocked by both Sinn Fein, who want soldiers prosecuted, and the DUP, which fears that an amnesty for British troops would allow IRA terror suspects to also walk free. Lord Dannatt, who was head of the Army for three years, told the Telegraph: “The investigation was a ridiculous waste of time. I didn’t mind being quizzed but what if I was a nervous soldier in my 70s? I would genuinely be very concerned about why I was being investigated again.”The row over treatment of veterans was re-ignited by the Telegraph’s revelation that a former sergeant in the parachute regiment could be charged with attempted murder for firing his rifle that dislodged masonry possibly injuring two people during Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972.Sergeant ‘O’, who cannot be identified, was interviewed under police caution in 2016 and is still to discover if he will be prosecuted. He is now 76 and suffered a catastrophic stroke that has left him partially paralysed.The Defence Committee has begun its own parliamentary inquiry into “how former service personnel can be protected from the spectre of investigation and re-investigation” and will begin taking evidence on Tuesday from Tim Collins, the former Iraq War colonel. Aftermath of the Bloody Sunday shootings in which protesters were shot and killed by British troops Lord Dannatt was awarded the Military Cross for ‘exemplary gallantry’ in leading his men. He was interviewed for 45 minutes as a witness.The death was investigated at the time with soldiers told they had no case to answer but the police inquiry was reopened a decade ago in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement.Lord Dannatt, who will raise the treatment of Northern Ireland veterans in a House of Lords debate on Tuesday, described the current inquiries as a ‘complete waste of time’ and said it was deeply worrying that ageing veterans, many in their 70s and even 80s, were still being hounded over events up to half a century ago. Lord Dannatt will raise the issue in the House of Lords on TuesdayCredit:David Rose read more

first_img Feb 20th 2018, 9:38 PM Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring. Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 9:38 PM 21,577 Views 48 Comments Image: Nick Potts Lionel Messi finally scores against Chelsea as Barcelona claim vital away goal Willian’s powerful strike from the edge of the area gave the London club a second-half lead. Mourinho plays down pressure on Pogba as midfielder makes United return>Villarreal player arrested after alleged victim claims he was ‘tied up, beaten and held’>center_img Follow us: Share7 Tweet Email LIONEL MESSI STRUCK for the first time in nine games against Chelsea to give Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.Willian’s fine strike just after the hour mark had put Chelsea in command after earlier hitting both posts in the first half.However, one moment of carelessness cost Chelsea dear as Andres Iniesta intercepted Andreas Christensen’s pass to tee up Messi to swing the balance of the tie in Barca’s favour 15 minutes from time.The English champions must now score when they travel to the Camp Nou on March 14 to have any chance of making the last eight.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sprang a surprise before kick-off by leaving out both Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata with Eden Hazard instead operating in the middle of a front three featuring Willian and former Barca winger Pedro Rodriguez.And it was Hazard who sent the first warning that Barca were in for an uncomfortable evening when he fired just over from 20 yards five minutes in.Antonio Rudiger also headed just wide in a positive opening from the hosts, but it was Barca who had the first clear chance on 16 minutes.Chelsea constantly tried to surround Messi with three or four blue shirts to limit the Argentine’s threat, but he dug out a cross to the far post where an unmarked Paulinho headed wide.Barca then went on to dominate possession for a large spell of the first half with their control of the ball reaching 80 percent at one stage.However, the visitors lacked penetration before the break and were lucky to go in level at half-time.Willian showed his ability to score from outside the box off either foot with a double against Hull City to take Chelsea into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.He was inches away from another long-range stunner when he curled onto the post from 25 yards with Marc-Andre ter Stegen beaten in the Barca goal.Barca had kept six clean sheets in their previous seven Champions League games, but once again had good luck rather than good defending to thank four minutes before the break when Willian hooked another effort from outside the box off the woodwork.Hazard then volleyed just over as Chelsea ended the half on a high.Barca appeared to have restored order early second period, but failed to learn their lesson of Willian’s danger from the edge of the box.A short corner was worked into the Brazilian’s path and he arrowed a low shot past the rooted Ter Stegen.However, Barca remain unbeaten in 31 La Liga and Champions League games under Ernesto Valverde thanks to a late rally.Luis Suarez had claims for a penalty waved away when he went down under pressure from Rudiger.But Barca’s protests had barely been silenced before they were level.Christensen’s dangerous ball across his own box was a gift for an old scourge of Chelsea in Iniesta.At the end where he broke Chelsea hearts with a stoppage-time equaliser in a highly controversial semi-final in 2009, Iniesta this time squared for Messi to apply the finishing touch low past Thibaut Courtois for his 28th goal of the season.- (C) AFP 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring. Image: Nick Potts By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

first_img“We got a report – a semi-report – in 2018. It has taken six years for us to get part of the answer from GSOC, but we still haven’t got answers in respect of the central issue.“I’m hoping the government will recognise there’s an inevitability to there being a proper investigation in respect of this,” said O’Callaghan.O’Farrell family in the DáilWith the O’Farrell family in the public Dáil gallery this evening, a number of opposition TDs appealed to the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to launch an inquiry.However, the government did not support tonight’s motion, and instead tabled a counter-motion.The counter-motion reasserts the position taken by the government that a decision to establish a statutory inquiry, as proposed by the Fianna Fáil, should await the conclusion of all GSOC investigations.While the criminal investigation by GSOC has now concluded, a follow-up investigation is under way to determine if breaches of discipline occurred.That investigation may result in a recommendation for disciplinary action against one or more gardaí. It is understood that the justice minister expects any disciplinary investigation to be completed without delay.“It is clear that there are a number of troubling matters surrounding the circumstances leading up to the road traffic incident in which Shane O’Farrell’s life was cut tragically short. The GSOC report clearly identifies those matters. They were, in fact, failures.  Let’s call them what they are: failures,” said the minister this evening.‘Very thorough’ investigationHe said GSOC has spent six years investigating the allegations made in relation to this case. Flanagan defended the GSOC investigation, calling it a “very thorough” investigation.“In its first report, GSOC did not identify any criminal offence by any Garda but it did identify a number of matters which require further investigation. An investigation has now commenced and I expect a further report in due course when GSOC completes its investigation into disciplinary matters. That report may lead to the Garda Commissioner instituting disciplinary proceedings,” added Flanagan.GSOC is an independent statutory agency with an important role in the State, said the minister, who asked opposition TDs who called the report a “farce” and “useless” to withdraw their remarks.He said politicians stating they do not have confidence in GSOC is “unacceptable”.The minister said he is working to hire additional staff to GSOC, adding that he is looking at ways to strengthen GSOC’s powers. Jun 12th 2018, 8:48 PM Shane O’Farrell Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Fianna Fáil using their private members time this week to call for a commission of investigation into the killing of Shane O’Farrell. Jim O’Callaghan says GSOC report is ‘inadequate’— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) June 12, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The commitment previously given to the O’Farrell family that once the GSOC investigation is completed, the question as to whether there remain issues that require further investigation will be fully considered. I reiterate that commitment here. Shane O’Farrell Image: Lucia O’Farrell 25,655 Views Share27 Tweet Email center_img FIANNA FÁIL IS tonight calling on the government to establish a Commission of Investigation into the death of cyclist Shane O’Farrell.However, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that the government will not be supporting the motion.On the evening of 2 August 2011, O’Farrell was cycling home when he was struck by a car driven by Zigimantas Gradzuiska. The Lithuanian national had previous convictions for offences including aggravated burglary, road traffic offences and handling stolen property.Two weeks before the collision, Gradzuiska was arrested in Newry for three counts of theft.The day he struck the 23-year-old with his car, Gradzuiska was on bail from courts in both Monaghan and Cavan and on a peace bond from Louth Circuit Court.Gridziuska did not remain at the scene of the collision, but was arrested later that day. He was handed an eight-month sentence for dangerous driving causing death in February 2013, but it was suspended on the basis that he would leave the country within 21 days.For seven years, the O’Farrell family has been asking how Gradzuiska, a repeat offender who was on bail from multiple courts, was at liberty on the day Shane was killed. They also want to know why he did not serve jail time for the incident, and was instead given the option of leaving the country.A new report conducted by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has found there to be no illegal activity or breach of procedures by gardaí in relation to the investigation.Speaking to reporters today, O’Callaghan said the GSOC report is “inadequate”. By Christina Finn I am committed to ensuring that GSOC  has the resources it needs to carry out its functions effectively and efficiently. Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 8:48 PM Short URL Image: Lucia O’Farrell Government won’t support Fianna Fáil’s calls for public inquiry into death of cyclist Shane O’Farrell Shane O’Farrell was cycling home in 2011 when he was struck by a car driven by a man who was on bail for a number of offences. 22 Comments To suggest that they would participate in a cover up or a whitewash is deplorable and should be withdrawn.Future inquiry not ruled outThe minister said he is open-minded about the prospect of a further inquiry in this case. This is something Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also stated.“What I will commit to, as I have done in the past, is that when GSOC has completed its work, I will consider the question of a further inquiry and I would be happy to consult with the opposition at that stage,” said Flanagan, adding:Although I fully understand that Mrs O’Farrell and her family would wish their questions to have been answered sooner, their serious nature required a careful and painstaking investigation by GSOC and it remains the case that the GSOC disciplinary must be completed before further action may be taken.last_img read more

first_imgPhilips crée un système d’éclairage à partir de bactéries bioluminescentesDans le cadre de son projet “Microbial Home”, la société néerlandaise Philips a développer un concept de luminaire nouvelle génération éclairant grâce à des bactéries bioluminescentes. La firme néerlandaise Philips semble tenir particulièrement à cœur les problématiques environnementales qui se jouent actuellement sur la planète. Son nouveau projet baptisé “Microbial Home” présente un type d’habitation à l’intérieur de laquelle la consommation d’énergie a été repensée complètement différemment. A l’intérieur de cette maison du futur, les luminaires assurent l’éclairage non pas au moyen d’électricité ou d’énergie solaire mais à l’aide de bactéries bioluminescentes. Cette lampe biologique, au design ultramoderne, se compose de différentes cellules en verre soufflées à la main dans lesquelles sont logées les microorganismes produisant une lumière verte fluorescente. Chaque compartiment est relié à la base du réservoir de la lampe par de fins tubes de silicium acheminant du méthane. Ce gaz, essentiel au développement des bactéries, est récupéré au niveau d’un compost formé par les déchets du logis. Ainsi, tant que les nutriments adéquats leur sont fournis, les colonies sont prévues pour perdurer indéfiniment. Un concept pour sensibiliserÀ lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Si la lumière produite n’est pas assez puissante pour remplacer complètement l’éclairage conventionnel, Philips espère avant tout que le nouveau concept puisse sensibiliser les gens à la quantité de gaspillage d’énergie exploitable au sein de chaque foyer. “Les concepteurs ont le devoir de comprendre l’urgence de la situation, et traduire les besoins de l’humanité en de nouvelles solutions”, souligne Clive van Heerden, directeur principal de la conception sur le site de Phillips Design. Il poursuit : “les ampoules écoénergétiques ne nous emmèneront pas bien loin. Il faudra, selon cette société, totalement repenser la manière dont les habitations consomment de l’énergie et la façon dont les communautés partagent leurs ressources”.La société envisage d’ores et déjà un bel avenir pour leur concept de bioluminaire qui pourrait être utilisé notamment pour des bandes d’avertissement disposées sur les trottoirs, les marches, des cinémas, théâtres ou boites de nuit, ou encore pour le marquage routier la nuit.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 13:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target On April 17, a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket is launching the Cygnus NG-11 cargo mission from the U.S., and if you live along the East Coast, you might be able to spot the space event in the sky.Today, at 4:46 p.m. EST, the Antares rocket will blast off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, and kickstart the Cygnus NG-11 Cargo mission, which will deliver important supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), reported. Starting at 4:15 p.m. EST, you can livestream the space event on NASA Live.Wednesday’s launch will be the last resupply mission by Northrop Grumman under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services 1 program and it’s the 11th Cygnus launch for NASA. For the mission, Cygnus is taking roughly 7,600 pounds of supplies to the Space Station. This space-bound cargo includes small ThinSats and CubeSats for student experiments and experiment gear, and 40 mice that will be used for an anti-tetanus vaccine study aboard the orbiting laboratory.At @NASA_Wallops, it’s a beautiful day for a launch! At 4:46pm ET, @NorthropGrumman’s #Cygnus lifts off, sending 7,600 pounds of cargo to @Space_Station.Watch live at 4:15pm ET: in the U.S. mid-Atlantic? You might see it:— NASA (@NASA) April 17, 2019According to NASA, the Cygnus spacecraft, also known as the “SS Roger Chaffee,” is expected to arrive at the Space Station on Friday, April 19. At approximately 5:30 a.m. EST, Expedition 59 astronaut Anne McClain will seize the spacecraft with the Space Station’s robotic arm. During its approach, McClain will be supported by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who will monitor the spacecraft’s arrival operation. Once the spacecraft is captured, ground controllers will command the Space Station’s arm to rotate and install Cygnus on the bottom of the Space Station’s Unity module.Live in the U.S. mid-Atlantic? If the weather’s clear tomorrow, watch the skies for a rocket launch! @NorthropGrumman‘s #Antares and #Cygnus lift off at 4:46pm ET. When & where to look up: can also watch live on NASA TV, starting at 4:15pm ET.— NASA (@NASA) April 16, 2019For more updates on the Cygnus launch, visit NASA’s Twitter here.More on Opens ‘Martian’ Base for Teens Who Want to Live on MarsNASA Experiment Might Be ‘Alive’ After Beresheet Moon Lander CrashNASA’s Planet Hunter Finds First Earth-Sized Exoplanet NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

first_imgNapoli manager Carlo Ancelotti says his team will not sit back and defend in their Champions League encounter against English side Liverpool on Tuesday.Ancelotti who led another English side Chelsea to Premier league victory in 2010 says the Premier league is highly competitive and believes his side will not be intimidated into defensive football.“The Premier League is always a competitive league. Liverpool has the possibility to win,” Ancelotti told reporters as published by France24.“The fact that they started really well means that it’s possible that they can do it.”“We know what’s at stake. We need to take the final step to get through the group. There’s no way we’re going to take this game lightly,” he said.“Anfield is a beautiful stadium. The people are really passionate and the atmosphere is the best in the world.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“It is really exciting to be here — my players are positive because everyone wants to play at the best in the world…“It’s the crunch game tomorrow. If we’re intelligent in the defensive and offensive phases, then we’ll go through.“We also have a little advantage in the group; the cake has been made- now we need to add a little cherry.”“I think we can draw on the first game in Naples, it has given us a lot of confidence and we’d like to put in a repeat performance,” he added.“Obviously I don’t know what Liverpool are doing tomorrow but we know how they play at home, the kind of intensity, with which they set out.“We haven’t come here to sit back. We’ve come here to play our own game.”last_img read more

first_img Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status City of Dreams Manila operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corp has approved a measure to reduce the number of common shares in the company from 5.9 billion to just 11,800 by increasing the value of each share.The amendment to the company’s Amended Articles of Incorporation will essentially see the current share capital consolidated into 11,800 shares with the value of each share changing from Php1 to Php500,000. Melco (Philippines) explained the reason as being to “increase the value of each share in the company and decrease the number of the company’s shareholders.”The change comes in the wake of last year’s tender of public shares which saw MCO (Philippines) Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Melco International Development Ltd, increase its stake in Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) from 72.54% to 96.1%, with the remaining stake held by other shareholders.The company had originally planned its tender offer as a means of delisting from the Philippine Stock Exchange but was forced to reverse that decision in October due to a series of investor concerns. It said at the time that the tender offer would proceed instead for the purpose of increasing the shareholding of MCO in the company.In its filing this week, Melco said that in the event of grouping its current share capital into larger batches creates fractional shares, MCO has proposed purchasing the fractional shares at a price of Php7.25 per current share – the same price as last year’s tender offer.The reduction in shares will almost certainly see MCO’s stake edge closer to 100%. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPostslast_img read more

first_img(AP Photo/Steve Helber) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of rentersThe Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts in June climbed 9.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million homes. All of that growth came from a 28.6 percent surge in multi-family housing that put apartment construction at its highest rate since November 1987. Starts for single-family houses slipped 0.9 percent last month. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Approved building permits rose increased 7.4 percent to an annual rate of 1.34 million in June, the highest level since July 2007. The bulk of that increase came for apartment complexes, while permits for houses last month rose just 0.9 percent.There are other signs that builders are increasingly optimistic.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Thursday climbed to 60 this month, a level last reached in November 2005 — shortly before the housing boom gave way to the mortgage crisis that triggered the Great Recession. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.Mortgage rates have started to rise, although they remain low by historic standards.The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.09 percent last week, according to the mortgage firm Freddie Mac. That is up from a 52-week low of 3.59 percent.__This story has been corrected to show that June’s apartment construction was at its highest rate since November 1987, not November 2007. It also corrects name to GTIS Partners, not GRIS Partners.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The gains show that what had been a sluggish construction sector is now running on economic adrenaline. Strong job growth and a rebounding economy have increased the numbers of buyers and renters searching for homes, while gradually rising mortgage rates have spurred homeowners to finalize deals.“The residential market recovery is here, and it is strong and sustainable,” said Peter Ciganik, managing director at real estate investor GTIS Partners.Housing starts jumped 35.3 percent in the Northeast because of apartments, while climbing 13.5 percent in the South. Home construction slumped in the Midwest and West in June.Nationwide, housing starts have risen 10.9 percent year-to-date.Over the past 12 months, employers have added 2.9 million jobs, meaning that there are that many more people with paychecks to spend across the broader economy. The impact of those job gains and the unemployment rate dropping to 5.3 percent has surfaced in housing, where demand is outpacing the supply of homes and creating more pressure to build houses and apartments.The market for new homes for sale had just 4.5 months of supply in May, compared to 6 months in a healthy market.But the financial distress has also left more Americans renting instead of owning, creating more need for apartments. The share of Americans owning homes has fallen so far this year to a seasonally adjusted 63.8 percent, the lowest level since 1989.center_img Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals safety Harlan Miller will join the active roster as the team placed rookie safety Rudy Ford (knee) on injured reserve Thursday. The Cardinals also added safety K.J. Dillon to the practice squad.Ford has been active in 10 of the Cardinals’ 12 games and was a special teams player who recorded five tackles. The safety out of Auburn was drafted in the sixth round.Miller has made one appearance this year against the Jacksonville Jaguars before he was cut. 2 Comments   Share   Harlan Miller (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After clearing waivers, the second-year safety, a sixth-round pick out of Southeastern Louisiana, was re-signed to Arizona’s practice squad.Miller recorded seven tackles last season, adding an interception and one pass defensed.Dillon appeared in five games for the Houston Texans as a rookie last year before an injury ended his season. The fifth-round pick out of West Virginia was released by Houston on Sept. 2. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more