Seatankers Management Orders LNG Carrier at DSME

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DSME Seatankers Management Company, part of Fredriksen Group, has inked a deal with Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the construction of an LNG carrier.The ship will feature 173,400 cbm capacity and will be equipped with M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engine and full re-liquefaction system (FRS).The ship will be built at the Okpo Shipyard and will be delivered in 2020.This is the 12th LNG carrier order to be placed at DSME this year bringing the shipbuilder’s total orderbook to 28 ships for 2018.The contract is being announced just days after DSME received an order from Greek billionaire John Anthony Angelicoussis for his 100th vessel at the yard.The 173,400 cbm floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU), ordered for Angelicoussis’ Maran Gas Maritime brand, is slated for delivery in the first half of 2021.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Remaining Trail Bridges to be Repaired

first_imgTrail users should use caution around several trail bridges near Cambridge, Kings Co. The Spidle, Graves and McGee Brook bridges will be removed over the next few weeks for repair. The Spidle Brook bridge will be removed during the first week of August for replacement, with the Graves and McGee Brook bridges to be removed in the following weeks. As with the Sharpe Brook bridge, which was removed in July, work on abutments will be completed before a new bridge is put in place and opened. Abutment work is expected to take two to five weeks to complete, with the bridge replacement expected to take two to six weeks total. The four bridges are on an abandoned railway corridor, and were closed in June for safety reasons. Barricades and signs are in place to warn of the closures. Cornwallis River Pathways Society working with the departments of Natural Resources and Health Promotion and Protection to upgrade this section of the Kings County railway corridor for recreational trails.last_img read more

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Potbased medical pet products closer to fruition as research grows

first_imgCanadian pets are a few steps closer to getting their paws on pot-based medical treatments in Canada as more cannabis companies research marijuana’s efficacy for companion animals.Canopy Growth Corp. is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement this week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s national issues and animal welfare manager says there has been a flurry of cannabis-related pet research as Canada’s laws on recreational cannabis become clearer as the country prepares for legalization in October.Dr. Shane Renwick says its veterinarian members have gotten a lot of queries from clients looking for cannabis-based treatments for their pets’ ailments, such as pain, but there is no legal avenue for them to prescribe pot and not enough clinical evidence to support it.He says the association is hopeful that the government will eventually approve some cannabis-based veterinary health products that its members can prescribe for their pet clients, and each clinical trial approval brings them one step closer in the process.Canopy says it got the green light from the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada for its research into the use of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, enriched oil to treat anxiety in certain animals.last_img read more

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MLA Davies returning to Fort St John Wednesday to heal from injuries

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Peace River North MLA Dan Davies says he’s going to be discharged from Vancouver General Hospital on Wednesday, just eight days after being seriously injured in a workplace incident in Fort St. John.Last Tuesday, Davies was injured in an incident at Inland Concrete in Fort St. John where he has worked on and off since 1995. The Peace River North MLA explained that he was offered a four-hour morning shift while meeting with the company’s owners during the three week break of the spring session of the BC Legislature.“As MLA, I think it was my second shift in a year,” said Davies. “ I would call it far from moonlighting.” He said that he had booked several days off to spend time with his family, and that the incident did not conflict with his duties as MLA. “This would be no different than if I were to go anywhere and get into an accident, or fall off my bike or while skiing,” clarifying that the sole difference is the involvement of Worksafe BC. Davies said that the accident at Inland occurred while he was putting together metal concrete forms, when he was struck by a jib and chain attachment that was installed on a front-end loader. He explained that the end of the jib struck Davies on the back and drove him into one of the forms. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.When he picked up by BC Ambulance Service Paramedics, Davies was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital before being airlifted to Vancouver to receive further treatment. He said that he suffered from several cracked vertebrae, along with some issues to his kidneys.After receiving treatment in Vancouver for the past week, Davies said that his doctors told him after lunch today that due to his rapid progress in recovering so far, he’ll be getting discharged from Vancouver General Hospital on Wednesday before flying back to Fort St. John that night. Davies added that he’ll be spending the time to heal properly at home for the next few weeks, and hopes to be back in the Legislature by next month.last_img read more

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Turkish-Dutch Tensions Escalate after Netherlands “Mistreat” Turkish Officials

Casablanca – Tension between Turkey and the Netherlands heightened after Dutch authorities prevented the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs’ plane from landing in Rotterdam and the Turkish Family Minister from entering the Turkish consulate in the same city.Dutch authorities blocked the road leading to the Turkish consulate in the city of Rotterdam on Saturday, presumably to prevent the Turkish Family and Social Policies Minister, Fatma Beytül Sayan Kaya, from entering it. As well, the plane carrying the Foreign Minister for Turkey, Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu, was denied landing rights at Rotterdam’s airport by the Dutch authorities.The Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildrim, stated on Sunday that Ankara would retaliate against the expulsion with “strong countermeasures” and threatened to impose sanctions on Holland and cut relations with the European Union. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, branded Dutch authorities “Nazi remnants and fascists.” Dutch far-right politician, Geert Wilders, responded to the row by tweeting, “The Netherlands can see that these people are Turks, not Dutch. They have Dutch passports but they don’t belong here.” Wilders has built his campaign on “de-Islamizing” the Netherlands. The Dutch election is scheduled for this Wednesday.Reacting to the decision to prevent her from entering the Turkish consulate, the Turkish Family Minister called upon European countries, especially the Netherlands, to “go back to the principles of democracy they say they defend,” adding that freedom of expression and assembly are “currently suspended in Europe.”The Family Minister, who arrived in Turkey on Sunday, allegeded that she received “inhumane treatment” from Dutch authorities on her way to Germany. She explained that “most basic needs were not provided” and that her charge d’affaire and five of her team members were detained.Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu, Turkey’s top diplomat, said in his response: “So they cancelled it due to security concerns, what, so is the minister a terrorist?” The Minister added that Turkey would give the Netherlands “the response it deserves.”Meanwhile, Turkish expatriates in Netherlands protested near the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam against what they saw as the “undemocratic” treatment of the representatives of the Turkish people. read more

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SecretaryGeneral drug companies agree to boost efforts to tackle HIVAIDS

Attending the meeting were 17 of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, along with representatives from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “All participants agreed that increasing access to vaccines, diagnostics and medicines is essential in scaling up prevention and treatment efforts,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued following today’s gathering. Attendees also emphasized the importance of intellectual property in promoting research and development into new therapeutic and diagnostic options, he said. The private sector has much to offer in the bid to boost access to prevention and treatment, the Secretary-General noted. “More can be done, especially to address shortages of the health workforce and improve managerial capacities.” Important progress has been made since 2006, the last time there was a high-level exchange between the UN and drug companies, he said. The number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment in low and middle income nations has more than doubled from 1.3 million in 2006 to 3 million by the end of last year. Additionally prices have been slashed for first-line and paediatric antiretroviral drugs, as well as some second-line medicines. “We noted that despite the gains, the epidemic continues to outstrip our best efforts,” Mr. Ban said. Only one third of those needing care in poorer nations are receiving it, while every day, for every two people beginning antiretroviral treatment, five more people are infected. “Collectively, we still have more work to do,” today’s statement noted. Pharmaceutical companies today pledged to invest more in research and development of new HIV-related medicines; developing affordable means to diagnose HIV and tuberculosis; and prevention technologies, such as vaccines. For its part, UN agencies committed to continue its advocacy and resource mobilization efforts; enhance WHO’s pre-qualification programme for urgently-needed medicines and diagnostics; and promote information-sharing among the UN, national regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical companies. 9 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and top executives from over one dozen global pharmaceutical companies agreed today that greater efforts must be made to combat HIV/AIDS, despite significant strides that have been made in improving access to prevention and treatment. read more

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TSX lower amid slew of earnings Twitter soars

Canada’s main stock market index was lower Thursday as traders waded through a flood of Canadian earnings news and watched Twitter stock soar as the year’s most anticipated stock sale got under way.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 51.17 points to 13,329.24, dragged lower by mining and energy stocks.Twitter stock started trading late-morning and quickly zoomed about 80 per cent to $46.89 from the initial public offering price of US$26, which was set Wednesday night.But despite Twitter’s strong early performance, analysts observed that there will likely be other opportunities to own the stock.“I think right now, wait and see what happens,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities, who observed that Twitter has yet to be profitable. “I don’t think I would be the first guy buying shares today. I would want to see where the dust settles, see where it trades early next week and take it from there.”The Canadian dollar was down 0.27 of a cent to 95.72 cents US as the greenback strengthened in the wake of a surprise decision by the European Central Bank to cuts its key rate to 0.25 per cent from 0.5 per cent. Other data showed that U.S. gross domestic product rose at an annualized rate of 2.8 per cent in the quarter, against the two per cent rise that economists had expected.U.S. indexes failed to find lift from the ECB decision or the GDP data and the Dow Jones industrials were down 70.25 points to 15,676.63, the Nasdaq was down 51.09 points to 3,880.85 and the S&P 500 index was off 12.86 points to 1,757.63.Traders also looked to the release Friday of the U.S. government’s employment report for October.The GDP report and the jobs data will help the Federal Reserve decide whether to start cutting back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases later this year.Meanwhile, Canadian earnings news spanned most TSX sectors, including telecom, financial and resource companies.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) adjusted earnings in the third quarter rose by seven per cent to $584 million or 75 cents per share, which was two cents below estimates. And BCE’s revenue rose 2.3 per cent from a year earlier to just under $5.1 billion, slightly below estimates of $5.16 billion. Its shares edged two cents higher to $45.52.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) is hiking its quarterly dividend by 60 per cent to 20 cents a share. It also expects to increase annual cash flow by 14 per cent in 2014 to $8.7 billion as production output grows by seven per cent over this year’s level. Cash flow from operations rose to $2.4 billion or $2.26 per share in the third quarter, beating estimates of $2.17 a share, and its shares gained 34 cents to $32.83.Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI) posted net income of $113.9 million or 75 cents per share in the third quarter, both up from the same time last year but short of analyst estimates. The restaurant operator’s revenues also grew, rising by 2.9 per cent to $825.3 million. Analysts were looking for 78 cents per share of net income, 77 cents per share of adjusted earnings and $824.5 million of revenue and its shares were up 30 cents to $62.90.Insurer Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) said that its core earnings for the quarter were $704 million, up sharply from $570 million a year earlier. Net income came in at $1.034 billion, compared with a net loss of $211 million a year ago and its shares climbed 49 cents to $19.20 after hitting a new 52-week high of $19.34.After the close Wednesday, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) reported a quarterly loss of $520 million or 84 cents a share as it wrote down and closed the sale of its U.S. annuity business. That compared with a profit of $383 million, or 64 cents per share, a year ago. Ex-items, it earned an operating net profit from continuing operations of $422 million or 69 cents per diluted share for the quarter, beating estimates by five cents a share. Sun Life advanced 55 cents to $35.98.Commodity prices were generally depressed and the energy sector was down one per cent while December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 86 cents to US$93.94 a barrel. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) gave back 97 cents to C$44.47.The base metals sector was also down one per cent with December copper off a penny at US$3.23 a pound and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 53 cents to C$28.44.The gold sector declined 0.25 per cent while December bullion fell $7.90 to US$1,309.90 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 25 cents to $26.Tech stocks led advancers with Open Text (TSX:OTC) up 89 cents to $87.80. read more

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Ontario names first 14 cities to get marijuana shops by July

TORONTO — Ontario has named the first 14 cities where it will set up government-run marijuana stores by July 2018.The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which will run the shops through a subsidiary, said Friday the stores will be located in Brampton, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vaughan and Windsor.The LCBO said its representatives, along with staff from Ontario’s Ministry of Finance, will meet with the municipalities in the coming weeks to determine the exact locations.The Ontario government said it will be identifying more locations for its first batch of 40 stores but notes that all consumers will be able to access cannabis through an online retail website.The province plans to set up approximately 150 stand-alone cannabis stores by 2020.Last week, Finance Minister Charles Sousa wrote municipal leaders and said Ontario’s store rollout aims to achieve the right geographic distribution across the province and to reduce the number of illegal marijuana dispensaries that have opened since the federal government announced it will legalize marijuana next summer.“Our proposed approach is to build on the expertise and back-office capabilities of the LCBO to set up the Crown Corporation,” Sousa said in the letter to municipalities. “Our priority is to reduce the illegal market by building on our strengths to create an efficient and secure system for people across the province.”The public will also be notified about the proposed store locations and will be asked to provide feedback directly to the LCBO, he said. None of the retail stores will be located near schools, Sousa said.Ontario was the first province to announce a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana and will set the legal age to purchase it at 19.The federal government introduced legislation in April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational pot by July 1, 2018, but left it up to individual provinces to design their own distribution system and usage regulations.Consumption of legal weed will not be allowed in public spaces or workplaces and should be confined to private residences, the province has said.The government introduced its marijuana legislation earlier this week, which contains new penalties for people that are convicted of illegally selling or distributing cannabis, including fines of up to $250,000 and/or jail of up to two years less a day.For every day those people or businesses continue to sell marijuana after being convicted the first time, they will be subject to further fines of up to $100,000 and $500,000, respectively.Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said the government will clamp down on illegal distribution channels.“We are going to work very hard towards that,” he said. “We have put very strict penalties in that regards….We feel very comfortable that the regime that we will put in place will be a significant deterrent for these illegal businesses.” read more

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Pakistan Sri Lanka to sign MoUs for trade and training

During the PM’s visit, the sixth secretary-level technical talks will be held between trade officials of the two sides on various technical and trade-related matters.They have already a free trade agreement (FTA) in place, but are eager to further liberalise the partnership in order to expand scope of the FTA from goods to services and investment.They will also talk about enhancing business-to-business partnership. In this regard, Pakistani traders will organise a single-country exhibition in Colombo from January 15 to 17, which will showcase the commodities produced in Pakistan. Similarly, Sri Lankan businessmen will also hold a trade show in Pakistan. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are going to sign two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for promoting trade and providing training services during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Colombo next week, the Pakistan Express Tribune reported.The prime minister along with a delegation will be on a trip to Sri Lanka from January 4 to 6 where two MoUs will be inked for deepening trade and investment ties between the two countries. The second MoU will be between the Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design and the Sri Lankan Gems and Jewellery Training and Research Institute for imparting training to Pakistani students. “First agreement will be between the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and the Sri Lankan Export Development Board in a bid to promote trade and exchange delegations between the two sides,” a senior official in the Ministry of Commerce told The Express Tribune. The FTA with Sri Lanka has a significant importance because it was the first trade accord Pakistan signed with any country. Apart from this, Colombo is one of the closest business partners of Islamabad among regional nations as ties with India and Bangladesh often turn sour and hurt the trade relationship. The Sri Lankan institute has expertise in gems cutting and polishing and many Pakistani students will benefit from this expertise.Pakistan wants to increase quota for rice exports to Sri Lanka from 6,000 to 10,000 tons. In exchange, Sri Lanka is seeking to enhance export of tea and rubber to Pakistan. At present, the volume of trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is $350 million, which they want to increase to $1 billion by expanding its scope.“Sri Lanka has an edge in export of finished and made-up garments whereas our strength is in fabrics and textile products,” the commerce ministry official said.“It will be a big breakthrough if they succeed in including services and investments in the FTA,” the official said. read more

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Despite significant progress major challenges remain for Kosovo UN mission Annan

Four years into the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, the province has made significant progress in achieving autonomy and self-government, but firmly establishing the rule of law and creating a sustainable foundation for economic growth and development remain central challenges, according to a new report by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Released today in New York, the report covers the activities of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which was established in 1999 to provide an interim civilian administration under which the people of the war-ravaged province could progressively enjoy substantial autonomy.It also covers the situations in Serbia and Montenegro and highlights positive developments since last April, such as the ongoing transfer of responsibilities to Kosovo’s provisional institutions, decreasing crime rates, encouraging signs on the budgetary and internal taxation front, and the Government’s greater emphasis on its responsibilities under the Constitutional Framework.At the same time, the Secretary-General points out that while UNMIK has moved to consolidate Kosovo’s law enforcement and judiciary structures, firmly establishing the rule of law “remains critical.” Incidents such as the 4 June murder of three Kosovo Serbs in Obilic, and a mid-April railway bombing in Zvecan – subsequently claimed by an Albanian ethnic extremist group – underscore the continuing threat to the process of reconciliation among communities.”Such acts of violence are unacceptable,” Mr. Annan writes, urging the Kosovo leader and people to act decisively to ensure they do not recur. He adds that UNMIK should increasingly focus on the fight against organized crime and terrorist activities.The process of normalization in Kosovo also depends on the development of a sustainable foundation for economic growth and development. Against that, backdrop, the Secretary-General says that UNMIK continues its efforts to create the basis for a sustainable economy – one that is closely connected with those of the rest of the region. “In this context, a carefully managed and well-regulated privatisation process can provide the solid basis for Kosovo’s economic recovery and development,” Mr. Annan writes.He also points out that efforts to encourage integration within the education system continue to encounter substantial resistance from all sides. There are currently 42 mixed or shared schools, although only eight house both Kosovo Serb and Kosovo Albanian children. No schools in the Kosovo Serb or Roma communities offer classes in the Albanian language, and schools in the Kosovo Albanian communities do not offer classes in Serbian language. Further, minorities remain unable to use their own language and alphabet freely, including in the Provisional Institutions and other public bodies.Mr. Annan also notes that continuing unilateral calls, from Kosovo Serbs, Kosovo Albanians and Belgrade, for mutually exclusive approaches to Kosovo’s future have continued. These calls, he says, not only do not contribute to reconciliation and inter ethnic dialogue but they can have a detrimental effect on Kosovo’s progress. The Secretary-General, therefore, welcomes the recent indications that Pristina and Belgrade are prepared to enter into a dialogue on practical issues.Concerning the return of minorities to Kosovo, the Secretary-General writes of the importance of involving municipal authorities in this area. Funding of activities relating to the return of minorities should come from Kosovo’s consolidated budget. read more

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GALLERY Brock grads encouraged to fight for change

Ideas have great power, but they’re useless without people willing to fight for them.That was the message Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff delivered to Faculty of Social Sciences graduates Tuesday, June 5 as he gave the Convocation address at Brock University.After being awarded an honorary doctorate from Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo, the former union leader and longtime workers’ rights advocate gave a powerful talk about being engaged in democracy.“Progress happens when you get engaged and we fight for change together,” said Yussuff, who was the first-ever Human Rights Director for the Canadian Auto workers and has served as President of the CLC since 2014.After emigrating from Guyana at 16 years old, Yussuff got a job as a mechanic, joined the union and then became a union leader at 18.“You are the new generation of Canadian leaders,” he told the large group of graduands Tuesday. “Brock has given you the tools to engage and reshape our democracy and your country needs you. So pick up an issue, show up, join with others and persevere.”He left the graduating class with three key points: That ideas have power; That those ideas are powerless without boots on the ground to take action; And to never quit.“Nothing worth fighting for comes easy,” said Yussuff. “It’s always a struggle. But a great leader never quits. They push on and keep building because they know that progress is always possible.” read more

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The sun is back this week but heavy rain is coming first

first_imgTHE GOOD NEWS is that we’re due to get some dry, warm, summer sun again this week.But first, get ready for it to bucket down today.Met Eireann is forecasting heavy, even thundery showers on Monday, with the occasional dry, bright spell in some places.The sun will make a comeback in much of the country later this week, though, with showers becoming lighter and more scattered as top temperatures rise.Munster, Connacht and West Ulster will be hit by prolonged rainfall over the course of Monday morning, though other parts of the country should be treated to some bright spells.The rain will spread nationwide this afternoon, however, with thundery showers possible in some places, and high temperatures will range from 15 to 18 degrees.Tuesday will be very mixed, with  sunny spells and scattered showers for much of the day, before clearing in the evening.The outlook for the rest of this week has sunny, bright spells prevailing over the odd shower, with temperatures possibly rising to 22 degrees on Friday.Summer in Ireland, summed up in one single comic>7 graphs and charts that perfectly describe an Irish summer>last_img read more

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The sooner the better Fine Gaels Alan Farrell wants to know when

first_imgTherefore i do expect that conversation to occur in a short timeframe in the next few weeks. I look forward to getting the matter dealt with as promptly as we can.Farrell (most recently in the news himself for kicking off a sustained scandal involving Sinn Féin in early December by suggesting that two of their TDs had knowledge concerning the death of prison officer Brian Stack at the hands of the IRA in 1984), added that the fact Kenny is both Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael creates an “added incentive” for the matter to be resolved.“I imagine this will place the parliamentary party in a difficult position as we will continue to talk about the issue from the media’s perspective which would serve as a distraction to our parliamentary business,” he said.Therefore, the sooner the (issue is addressed) the better as far as I’m concerned.Read: Irish hospital car parks charged more than €19.2 million in parking fees in 2016Read: Cancer survivor beginning to lose his sight sets sail around Ireland to raise money for charity “The sooner the better” – Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell wants to know when Enda will be calling time Now that the parameters for the Brexit negotiations have been agreed, the spotlight is expected to fall upon Enda Kenny’s leadership once more. 61 Comments Alan Farrell and Enda Kenny, pictured in February Source: Twitter/Alan FarrellTHE FIRST GOVERNMENT TD to call for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to step down, Dublin Fingal’s Alan Farrell, has said that the sooner Kenny’s future is sorted out the better it will be for the party.Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today,  Farrell said that given the parameters for Brexit negotiations have now been agreed at European Council level, it is likely the issue of both Fine Gael’s and the country’s leadership will now be addressed.In February, Farrell became the first Fine Gael TD to publicly declare Kenny’s leadership as being untenable in the wake of a gaffe-filled week regarding the government’s handling of the Maurice McCabe whistleblower controversy.That controversy has since blossomed into a full-blown tribunal, chaired by Justice Peter Charleton, which began its hearings recently.At a European Council meeting this weekend, Kenny appeared to dodge the issue of his leadership by answering a question on the subject in Irish, saying “I will talk to my party soon”.Speaking this morning, Farrell dismissed the idea that the Taoiseach is deliberately stalling.“I’m not convinced that it’s a deliberate tactic,” he said. He is probably of the view that given the parameters for negotiating Brexit have been agreed at the weekend… that he will address the leadership. 10,333 Views Monday 1 May 2017, 4:07 PM Share Tweet Email1 By Cianan Brennan Short URL May 1st 2017, 4:07 PM https://jrnl.ie/3367852 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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New Zealand teen appears in court charged with distributing video of Christchurch

first_img Mourners lay flowers outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch Image: Vincent Thian AP/PA Images By AFP No Comments Share3 Tweet Email New Zealand teen appears in court charged with distributing video of Christchurch mosque shootings Separately, Brenton Tarrant has dismissed his court-appointed lawyer and will represent himself. Short URL 36,395 Views Mourners lay flowers outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurchcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4548552 Image: Vincent Thian AP/PA Images Monday 18 Mar 2019, 8:25 AM AN 18-YEAR-OLD has appeared in a New Zealand court charged with distributing the livestream video of a deadly mass shooting at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque.The teenager, whose name was suppressed by the judge, was also charged with publishing a photograph of the mosque with the message “target acquired”, and for inciting violence.He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge, prosecutors said.A judge did not grant him bail and he is due back in court on 8 April.The hearing came after 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant allegedly carried out the shootings at Al Moor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on Friday in which 50 people were killed and dozens more injured.Investigators had said that the teenager was so far not believed to be directly involved in his attacks.District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll added that details related to the charges were also to be suppressed.LawyerThe court-appointed lawyer to Tarrant, meanwhile, has said the alleged attacker plans to represent himself and appears “rational”.Duty lawyer Richard Peters, who represented him during the preliminary court hearing, told AFP the 28-year-old “indicated he does not want a lawyer”.“He wants to be self-represented in this case,” said Peters, who played down suggestions that Tarrant may not be fit for trial.“The way he presented was rational and someone who was not suffering any mental disability. That’s how he appeared. He seemed to understand what was going on,” Peters said.Tougher gun lawsNew Zealand’s government agreed measures today “in principle” to tighten gun control laws in the country.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said details of the measures would be rolled out before a cabinet meeting next Monday, saying “the time to act is now”. “We have made a decision as a cabinet, we are unified,” she added, flanked by her coalition partner and deputy prime minister, Winston Peters.Peters, whose New Zealand First party has previously opposed changes, said he backed the prime minister fully.“The reality is that after 1pm on Friday our world changed forever and so will our laws,” he said.Ardern has also announced that an inquiry will be launched into how and why the suspected gunman was not picked up by intelligence agencies prior to last Friday’s attacks.Comments are closed for legal reasons- © AFP 2019, Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 18th 2019, 8:25 AM last_img read more

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Leverkusen announce signing of Hradecky

first_imgBayer 04 Leverkusen have announced the signing of Finnish goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky on a five-year deal that will last until 30 June 2023The 28-year-old arrives from DFB Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt after three seasons in the Bundesliga.Hradecky arrived in Germany from Danish Superliga side Brøndby IF in August 2015 and has since made 118 league appearances in the German league as well as two DFB Cup final appearances.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are very happy to have brought in an outstanding goalkeeper. Lukas Hradecky is a brilliant Bundesliga keeper, has a great experience as an international and he was one of the absolute top players at Frankfurt. He certainly demonstrated his qualities in the Cup final win,” sporting director Rudi Völler told the club website.Hradecky added: “[It’s] an important step in my career. Bayer 04 are a top club in the Bundesliga and the team plays attractive, attacking football and regularly feature in Europe,”“I’d like to continue to develop at this level and I’m sure we can achieve a lot at Leverkusen in the coming years.”last_img read more

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TCI Immigration Officers stage sick out on big day at Provo airport

first_img Town Meeting called by PNP Opposition for tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#anyawilliams, #deputygovernortci, #industrialaction, #seanastwood, #tciimmigration Happening Now: Employment Services in Wheeland Today, register for the job of your dream Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – November 6, 2017 – Sunday at the Providenciales International Airport was filled with ups and downs, as industrial action being taken by Immigration Officers threatened to muddy the moment of a new flight into the country.Only one Immigration officer showed up for work on Sunday and Magnetic Media is told the Task Force was called in to fill the void.  The Deputy Governor, Anya Williams and Border Control Minister, Deputy Premier Sean Astwood confirm the situation.We are told that the officers staged a sick out in demand of outstanding overtime pay.A press statement from the DG this morning explains, several Immigration Officers stationed at the Providenciales airport reported that they were unwell and could not attend work.  Management immediately took control of the situation and called on Immigration Department officers from elsewhere in the Department to manage the entry of persons into the country.”Task Force, FBO and an officer from North Caicos responded to the call said H.E. Anya Williams; she says it averted disruption to passenger processing at the airport.The Deputy Governor and Border Control Minister both report that they will today determine the cause for the sick out and aim to resolve any issues. Recommended for you Millions more in paychecks, new proposal gives hospitality workers entire service chargelast_img read more

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Wash Senate leaders decline 10B transportation plan

first_imgOLYMPIA — Leaders in the Washington state Senate said Saturday they were rejecting a $10 billion transportation package despite intense lobbying from business groups and Gov. Jay Inslee.Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said he and his colleagues were unified in their opposition to the plan this session. They plan to work over the coming months to help develop a proposal that lawmakers could consider next year, Tom said.“We’re going to lead on this issue,” said Tom, a Democrat from Medina who leads a majority dominated by Republicans.Tom said improved infrastructure is important for the state’s economic vitality but that lawmakers first need to address policy changes for transportation projects, such as a new approach to the environmental review process. He also said the list of projects funded by the package would need to be focused more on improving congestion.The failure of the plan came despite Inslee, who had hoped the bill would be approved this weekend. Business leaders, which have often been aligned with this year’s Senate majority, had also asked for the bill, saying transportation improvements were necessary.Ted Sturdevant, Inslee’s executive director for legislative affairs, said he has to “go tell my boss” after talking with Tom about the Senate decision.last_img read more

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Consumer Sentiment Falling Despite Rosy Economic Forecast

first_img Conference Board Consumer Confidence Consumer Sentiment Housing Industry U.S. Economy University of Michigan 2015-02-27 Seth Welborn Share Consumer Sentiment Falling Despite Rosy Economic Forecast in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img February 27, 2015 491 Views While Fannie Mae’s February 2015 Economic Outlook released on Thursday predicted a boost for housing this year based on strong economic growth, consumers may not be quite convinced, based on two consumer sentiment indices released this week.The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters Index of Consumer Sentiment released Friday tumbled down to 95.4 for February after reaching its highest level in 11 years, 98.1, in January. Even with the month-over-month decline, however, February’s reading was still at its highest level in eight years and still much higher than the 81.6 reported for February 2014.”The underlying strength that has kept confidence at high levels has been job gains,” said Richard Curtin, chief economist for the Survey of Consumers. “While buffeted by harsh weather and lower gas prices, consumers have remained focused on gains in jobs and wages. Consumers intend to increase their spending during the year ahead, but they also want to keep a tight rein on their debt as well as to increase their precautionary savings. Few consumers believe that gas prices will not increase in the future, and even fewer think the economy will no longer suffer downturns. Without more robust wage increases, consumers will increasingly condition their spending on the availability of reduced prices.”Many economists and analysts have insisted that robust wage growth among Americans is needed to facilitate a complete recovery in housing – and particularly needed among milliennials, those ages 25 to 34, who are the key to household formation.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Summary released in early February reported an average hourly wage gain of 12 cents month-over-month, from $24.63 to $24.75. Still, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said after that report was released that more wage growth is needed in order for the economy, and hence the housing industry, to recover.”Over the last year, we’ve seen average wages going up, a little over 2 percent,” Lew said in an interview with CNBC earlier this month. “We need more wage growth than that for people to really feel it, but it’s something to be that’s starting to be something that’s a trend in the right direction. I think we’ve got to do everything we can to help drive that trend forward.”The University of Michigan Index is not the only consumer index released this week that saw a decline, however. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, released earlier this week, took a dive in February down to 96.4 after hitting 103.8 in January. In fact, consumers’ outlook was less optimistic in February than in January across the board – Conference Board data for the month indicated declines in consumers’ appraisal of current conditions, optimism about the short term outlook, and the outlook for the labor market – despite recent reports from the Obama Administration proclaiming that the labor market is at its healthiest since the turn of the century.”After a large gain in January, consumer confidence retreated in February, but still remains at pre-recession levels (September 2007, Index, 99.5),” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at the Conference Board. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions remained positive, but short-term expectations declined. While the number of consumers expecting conditions to deteriorate was virtually unchanged, fewer consumers expect conditions to improve, prompting a less upbeat outlook. Despite this month’s decline, consumers remain confident that the economy will continue to expand at the current pace in the months ahead.”last_img read more

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