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Kent Driscoll APTN NewsA major polar bear region says it is looking to increase the polar bear hunting quota for 2018.This despite a video that was released in December showing a starving polar bear that garnered international attention as the animal struggled to find food at an old campsite.It was held up as an example of the negative effects of climate change.But Nunavut and Greenland say the polar population isn’t just fine – it’s email@example.comFollow @kentdriscoll
NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – The Canadian wing of Carillion PLC says the financial collapse of the British construction giant will not affect the work or any jobs at a new mental health facility being built in Saskatchewan.Carillion went into compulsory liquidation on Monday after weekend talks with creditors failed to get the short-term financing it needed to continue operating.Cody Johnstone, a spokesman for Carillion Canada, says the subsidiary is not in liquidation and its 6,000 employees across Canada continue to be paid, along with its subcontractors and suppliers.Carillion Canada is part of a public-private partnership under contract to construct Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, after which the subsidiary will maintain it for 30 years.The provincial government committed $407 million to the project.SaskBuilds, the Crown corporation managing the project for the Saskatchewan government, says all risks and costs fall on the partners, and any failure to complete the work on time and on budget would mean significant financial penalties.A statement from SaskBuilds said if Carillion is not able to fulfil its commitment, the private consortium, known as Access Prairie Partners, would have to find a replacement without increasing the government’s cost.The project is contracted through PP and SaskBuilds said the consortium has committed to keeping the government informed as it works through “Carillion’s situation.”The Opposition NDP has criticized the province’s decision to involve the private sector and a foreign company in building and maintaining the hospital.“The government’s priority seems to be defending their PST and covering up for their mismanagement, scandal and waste,” said NDP health critic Danielle Char tier in a statement.The new facility will include a 188-bed mental health hospital and a 96-cell correctional centre designed for inmates with mental health issues. It will replace the century-old Saskatchewan Hospital. (CTV Saskatoon, The Canadian Press)
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday as the market extended a winning streak well into a second week.Technology companies, retailers and banks posted some of the biggest gains.Chipmakers were among the biggest winners in the early going. Advanced Micro Devices jumped 5.6 per cent, and Nvidia climbed 3.9 per cent. JPMorgan rose 1.1 per cent.Energy stocks, including Exxon Mobil, continued their year-long rise as crude prices neared $60 per barrel.Utility and consumer goods companies lagged the market, a sign that investors are confident and feel the market has more room to grow. Investors tend to favour high-dividend, slow-growth stocks like those when they’re fearful of market turbulence.The broader market broke out of a short slump last week and has been gaining since then. It marks a turnaround from a terrifying drop in December, and now every major U.S. index is up more than 10 per cent for the year.A major focal point of the week for investors is the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s meeting on Wednesday. The central bank has signalled that it is backing down from raising rates quickly.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 122 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 26,037 as of 10:28 a.m. The S&P 500 index rose 0.3 per cent and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.2 per cent.CRAFTY MOVEMENT: Michaels jumped 13.7 per cent as investors rewarded a better-than-expected fourth quarter and overlooked a weak forecast. The arts and crafts retailer has been reassessing its operations, moving to expand its children’s offerings and shuttering its Pat Catan craft stores.The company also changed leadership earlier this month, with CEO Chuck Rubin stepping down and longtime retail executive Mark Cosby taking over as interim CEO.BROKEN LACE: DSW fell 14 per cent after the footwear retailer surprised investors with a loss during the fourth quarter. The company swung to a loss of 7 cents per share, while Wall Street anticipated 4 cents per share in profit. Expenses jumped during the quarter and DSW had to deal with a hefty charge.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press
Said Mr Iswaran: “The potential for a good quality bilateral free trade agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore is there. Our officials have done the studies and they feel both sides stand to benefit significantly. And it will smoothen the way for our business communities to work together. A possible Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) is being studied, with both countries keen on pursuing the deal, Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Wednesday, according to Channel News Asia.The FTA is expected to comprise of commitments in trade in goods, services, investment and government procurement. Bilateral trade between the two countries was S$2.05 billion in 2015, according to MTI, while foreign direct investment from Singapore to Sri Lanka stood at S$656 million as of 2014.Mr Iswaran attended the Sri Lanka-Singapore Business Forum on Wednesday. He said the forum served as a platform for businesses present to foster greater cooperation among themselves and as an opportunity to network with a view to forming long-lasting partnerships. (Colombo Gazette) Trade and Industry (Industry) Minister S Iswaran who is in Colombo for a three-day working trip, said a decision whether to proceed could be taken soon. Together with his counterpart, Malik Samarawickrama, Sri Lanka’s Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade, Mr Iswaran said officials are working to finalise their studies. “The SLSFTA will enhance economic flows by lowering barriers to entry and providing greater market access for both Singapore and Sri Lanka companies,” he added.Mr Samarawickrama also agreed there would be mutual benefits for both countries, MTI said.
The Paris Declaration on the International Solar Alliance of 30th November 2015 stressed on the shared ambition to undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology and to mobilize more than USD $ 1000 billion investments required by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy and pave the way for future technologies as well.In this context, the ISA was conceived as a coalition of solar resource rich countries to address their special energy needs and to provide a platform to collaborate on addressing and identifying issues through an agreed common approach. The High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India, Chitranganee Wagiswara signed the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the Ministry of External Affairs of India in New Delhi.The signed documents were handed over to Mr. Nagaraj Naidu, Joint Secretary (Investments, Technology Promotion and Energy Security Division) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India. Once the Agreement is ratified, Sri Lanka will become a founding member of the International Solar Alliance, the Foreign Ministry said today. With a view to spearheading the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/36/193 in 1981 which underlined the need for cooperation among developing countries and mobilization of financial resources for new and renewable resources of energy and subsequent to the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, many advocacy organisations were set up, primarily to disseminate knowledge on Renewable Energy, making it a priority area in the future agenda of all the countries. The ISA will provide solar resources rich countries, lying fully or partially between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, with an unprecedented opportunity to bring prosperity, energy security and sustainable development to the people.The objective of the ISA is to cooperate closely with its members and strive towards establishing mutual beneficial relationships with relevant organizations, public and private stakeholders, and with non-member countries. (Colombo Gazette)
LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday he would champion self-regulation for Britain’s scandal-tainted press, bucking a key recommendation of his own media inquiry and setting up what might be a bruising confrontation with his opposition and coalition colleagues.Politicians have been scrambling for a sensitive way to regulate the country’s media after tabloid journalists were revealed to have intercepted celebrity voicemails, bribed police officers, trampled over people’s privacy, and even hacked into computers in their hunt for scoops.An inquiry ordered by Cameron and headed by Lord Justice Brian Leveson recommended the creation of a press watchdog body dominated by non-journalists and backed by government regulation, but negotiations between Cameron’s Conservatives and others over how to implement those recommendations have stalled amid increasingly acrimonious debate.In a hastily organized press conference, Cameron said the gap between politicians was unbridgeable and that he was pressing forward with his own plan for self-regulation formalized by government approval.“I’ve chosen a practical solution over an unworkable solution,” Cameron told journalists. “I have chosen a solution that protects press freedom over a solution that threatens press freedom.”Cameron plans to call a vote in Parliament on his self-regulation plan Monday, but it was not immediately clear whether his coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, would give it the support it may need to pass.Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said he was “disappointed, and indeed surprised, that David Cameron has decided to walk away from cross-party talks.”Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband said he would oppose Cameron’s plan, and political watchers said the vote might be very close.“It’s a big gamble,” said Paul Connew, a media commentator, former tabloid executive, and phone hacking victim who’s closely followed the scandal and its aftermath. “As a believer in press freedom I hope he wins, but I’m not sure he will.”The debate between Cameron and his parliamentary colleagues centres on whether or not any future press watchdog should be set through an act of Parliament — through legislation — or through a Royal Charter, which is an executive act.Proponents of legislation say that passing a law will put the watchdog on a firmer footing and give it more power to discipline rogue newspaper or resist pressure from media-friendly government ministers. Opponents of legislation believe, as Cameron put it Thursday, that passing a media law would bring Britain “over the Rubicon” and endanger the country’s free press.Those who back the Royal Charter — an act whose history dates back to medieval times — say it’s a compromise solution that keeps the press free while still giving official blessing to a media watchdog. Opponents say the proposal gives both politicians and their media baron pals the ability to play with the system.Labour Lawmaker Chris Bryant, whose phone was hacked by Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, told BBC television that “we need a body that is completely independent both of politicians and of the newspapers and it has to have statutory underpinning so you can’t just have some government minister coming along and changing it at will.”Former Formula One boss Max Mosley, who sued the News of the World for invasion of privacy over the paper’s false claims he had taken part in a Nazi-themed orgy, said legislation was required for an enduring solution.Mosley told the BBC that Cameron — who drew two of his closest advisors from the News of the World before they were arrested — was bending over backwards to satisfy his allies in the media.“He’s doing everything he can to satisfy the press,” Mosley said. “But that doesn’t satisfy the rest of us.” UK Prime Minister David Cameron champions self-regulation after talks over press law collapse by Raphael Satter, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 7:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
If shot charts could talk, this one would talk all kinds of smack. When he was on the floor, Bryant used a ridiculous 38.7 percent of the Lakers possessions in the 2005-06 season but still somehow managed to perform pretty efficiently. That’s the Kobe to remember, the one who created, took and sunk any shot he wanted. The one who thumbed his nose at the very idea of a usage-efficiency curve. The one who was one of the most truly versatile scoring threats the NBA had ever seen. O Kobe! My Kobe! On Sunday night, after publishing a retirement poem that no one was waiting for, Bryant went 4 for 20, including a ghastly air ball in crunch time. It was yet another ugly loss for the Los Angeles Lakers and yet another data point suggesting that Bryant is toast. Sunday’s verse fit nicely in the sad ballad of the gray mamba — a morose composition marked by terrible shot selection, poor lift on a rickety jumper and a stubborn commitment to taking too many shots. But that’s not what Kobe has always been.Bryant is a shell of his former self, and he knows it. “My body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” he wrote in the poem. His numbers suggest the same: This season, Bryant has been the worst volume shooter in the NBA. So far this year, 57 players have attempted at least 200 shots from the field; within that group, the 37-year-old Bryant ranks dead last in effective field goal percentage.If shot charts could talk, this one would apologize: That’s one of the saddest charts I’ve ever made. On the one hand, it’s unsurprising to see aging scorers start to slip; on the other, it’s always alarming to see someone as iconic as Bryant slip so far so fast.Over the next few months, recency bias may be very unkind to Bryant. But his NBA career started the same autumn that Bill Clinton was elected to his second term in office. Kristaps Porzingis was 1-year-old and Karl-Anthony Towns hadn’t even had a birthday when Kobe made his debut. If those guys play as long as Bryant, they will retire in 2035.Still, as bleak as this year has been, this is not the Kobe Bryant we will remember.During the preseason, I went to Staples Center to interview Chris Paul. We were talking about his all-world ability to knock down elbow jumpers, when he suddenly had a flashback: “Do you remember Lakers versus Phoenix, a playoff game in 2006? Kobe. There was a jump ball. I think the game was tied up. Lakers won the tip. Kobe got it. And he just sort of dribbled. Dribbled. Dribbled. And he got over to the right elbow. And he just shot it.”“Kobe never even looked at the rim,” Paul continued. “It’s like he was getting to a spot. Looking at that play, it’s like there was an ‘X’ somewhere on the court and Kobe was like, ‘Once I get to it, I’m like, boom.’ ”That shot to beat the Suns happened almost a decade ago. From a scoring standpoint, that season — 2005-06 — might be Bryant’s finest hour. He averaged 35.4 points per game. Only three scoring champs in NBA history have averaged 35 points per game: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Bryant.
Even Ohio State football players couldn’t escape the celebration of Osama bin Laden’s death Sunday night. Freshman defensive lineman Joel Hale and freshman tight end Jeff Heuerman joined the mass of OSU students at Mirror Lake, and jumped in to celebrate the death of the terrorist leader. Hale said he hadn’t heard the news when Heuerman came into his room. “I was laying down and I was basically asleep Sunday night, and my buddy Jeff (Heuerman) came and woke up me and said, ‘Hey, let’s go down to Mirror Lake,’” Hale said. Even as the two were walking to the lake, Hale still didn’t know why they were going. “I had no idea what was happening,” he said. “I thought we were going to get food at Mirror Lake.” The event marked a special moment in the players’ careers at OSU because football players do not typically jump in Mirror Lake during Michigan week. However, Hale said he jumped in on a whim, not because it was his only chance to participate in the OSU tradition. “It was really kind of spur of the moment,” he said. “We saw everyone screaming and jumping into the lake and we just thought, ‘Let’s go jump.’” Hale said he likes the camaraderie among the OSU students, but because he has yet to see Michigan week, he couldn’t compare the two Mirror Lake jumps. “We were talking to Jeff’s roommate and he said it was not to the point of Michigan week but it was getting pretty close,” Hale said. Heuerman declined to comment.
← Previous Story F.C Barcelona win ASOBAL Cup Next Story → Aleksandar Stojanovic extends Kadetten Schaffhausen deal until 2016 Uros Elezovic The best player of Serbian Super Liga, Uroš Elezović (30) will reinforce vice-champion, RK Vojvodina Novi Sad in the second part of the season. Experienced left back didn’t find proper team abroad in the last few months which he spent in his native team RK Vrbas, so in the next six months Elezovic will help Vojvodina to beat RK Partizan Beograd and take the second Championships title to Novi Sad.Elezovic has huge international experience. He played for Trimo Trebnje and Cimos Koper in Slovenia, Paris in France, Kadetten Schaffhausen in Switzerland.
Amanda Berry (right) hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland Hospital. (AP Photo)QUESTIONS ARE BEING raised in the US about how three women who had been missing for around a decade were found in a house close to where they had been living when they disappeared.Police found the three women in an unremarkable home in a working-class neighborhood of Cleveland.Three brothers have been arrested in the midwestern US city after one of the women managed to alert a neighbor, who broke down the door to free her and the six-year-old daughter she apparently bore as a prisoner.Police responding to a desperate 911 emergency call found two more women in the ordinary two-story home with an American flag on the porch. All had been reported missing in separate incidents around 10 years ago.A sheriff stands outside the whole where the three women had been held (AP photo/Tony Dejak)Journalists and local residents descended on Seymour Avenue, where officers had sealed off the property with barriers and crime scene tape, astonished that anyone could have kept such a crime quiet for so long.The women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight — were examined at a local hospital before being released to their families on Tuesday afternoon. The FBI was due to interview them.“She’s like my best friend. I’m glad she’s home,” Ricardo DeJesus, brother of Gina DeJesus, told CNN, adding that before her disappearance, his sister “liked to dance a lot, crack jokes, be around with her family.”Police confirmed that Berry, now 27, has a six-year-old daughter, apparently born while she was in captivity.The three Ohio women were abducted separately in 2002, 2003 and 2004 but were found together in the home of 52-year-old Ariel Castro.Onil Castro, Ariel Castro and Pedro Castro. (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department)Castro and his brothers — Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 — have been detained. Police mugshots revealed them to be thick-set men with gray beards.“For Amanda’s family, for Gina’s family, for Michele’s family, prayers have finally been answered,” FBI special agent Steve Anthony told reporters.The nightmare is over. These three young ladies have provided us with the ultimate definition of survival and perseverance. The healing can now begin.Cleveland Director of Public Safety Martin Flask said police had not been alerted to anything untoward happening at the house on Seymour Avenue.Deputy police chief Ed Tomba said it would not be clear exactly what had happened in the house over the past decade until officers had completed the delicate task of interviewing the women.“Obviously, there was a long period of time where nobody saw them. So we have to wait until we interview them and hopefully they are going to tell us exactly what went on in there,” he said.A sign saying ‘Welcome home Gina’ outside the home of Gina DeJesus today (AP photo/Tony Dejak)“They were the only ones there along with the suspects,” he added.Tomba said the women seemed to be in fairly good health, although he said “they needed a good meal.”The escapeThe nightmare ended when Berry — kidnapped just before her 17th birthday — reached through a crack in the front door and called for help.“I heard screaming … and I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside of the house,” neighbor Charles Ramsey told a local ABC news affiliate. “I go on the porch, and she said, ‘Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time’.”(Video: WEWSTV/YouTube)Ramsey said he could not pull the door open, so he kicked out a lower section and she crawled through carrying a little girl.Berry went to a neighboring home and called police, begging them to come as soon as they could — “before he gets back” — according to a recording of her 911 call to emergency services.When police arrived, she said two other women were being held captive.Berry was last seen on April 21, 2003, when she left work at a fast food restaurant just a few blocks from her home.Undated photos show Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus (AP Photo/FBI)DeJesus was 14 when she vanished while walking home from school on April 2, 2004. Knight, who was 20 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at a cousin’s house on August 23, 2002, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.At least one window at the house on Seymour Avenue was boarded up, AFP saw at the scene.“It’s sad to know they were in there all the time”Residents at the scene told AFP that they were shocked, and had no idea that the neighbor who would sometimes share food grilled in his yard, could have had such a grim secret locked away.Joe Torres, a stocky and heavily-tattooed 32-year-old cook, stood by his parents’ home, the front lawn strewn with children’s toys.“It’s like having a snake in the street,” he told AFP. “It’s just like a regular house. No one heard anything, anything. I don’t know where he had those girls. Maybe he kept them quiet?”He expressed concern for his nieces and nephews. “If something had happened to them, it’s the last place we would have looked,” he said.Sandra Ruiz, aunt of Gina DeJesus, talks about her visit with Gina in front of reporters today (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)And 30-year-old mother-of-three Rachel Williamson expressed horror and a measure of relief.“It’s great that they’re home with their families,” she told AFP. “I’ve passed by a lot of times. It’s sad to know they were in there all the time.”Kidnap ordeal survivor Jaycee Dugard — the subject of a media frenzy in 2009 when she was found alive 18 years after she had been abducted at age 11 — called for the women to be given time to heal.“The human spirit is incredibly resilient. More than ever this reaffirms we should never give up hope,” said Dugard, who bore two daughters fathered by her captor.- © AFP, 2013Read: This is the 911 call made by Amanda Berry after 10 years missing > Read: Three women missing for years found just miles from home >
Image: Shutterstock/Khanchit Phornyangyuen Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 7:53 AM Apr 5th 2017, 7:53 AM Image: Shutterstock/Khanchit Phornyangyuen The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #REPOSSESSION: Bank of Ireland was given an order for possession of land it has no right over, TheJournal.ie can reveal.2. #KERRY: A man is set to appear in court charged over the death of an elderly farmer in Kerry yesterday.3. #SYRIA: Russia says that a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was caused when an air raid struck a rebel factory making landmines with chemicals in them.4. #GO SAFE: A judge has dismissed all Go Safe speeding cases before his court, saying that they were ‘embarrassing’ and a ‘charade’ .5. #NORTH KOREA: North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, but the US has said ‘no comment’.6. #FRANCE: The candidates for the presidency of France had a lively debate last night, with the single currency being a flash point.7. #NIVEA: Skincare brand Nivea has removed an ad slammed as racist, which claimed ‘White is Purity’.8. #PIETA HOUSE: A new programme aimed at helping young people deal with mental health issues has been launched by suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta House.9. #JOBS: An IT firm has announced 300 new jobs for Dublin. Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3324561 No Comments By Paul Hosford 9,497 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Share375 Tweet Email1 Apr 17th 2019, 3:10 PM https://jrnl.ie/4596497 65 Comments Fire damage at the historic Paris cathedral. Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 3:09 PM Image: PA Images By AFP 21,198 Views FRANCE WILL INVITE architects from around the world to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral that was destroyed in a devastating blaze, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said.The goal is “to give Notre-Dame a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era,” Philippe told reporters a day after President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral “even more beautifully” within five years.Thousands of Parisians and tourists watched in horror on Monday as flames engulfed a monument that has symbolised Paris for nearly a millennium, toppling the spire and gutting a large part of the roof.No sooner had firefighters extinguished the flames than pledges of donations towards rebuilding it began to pour in.Within 24 hours, the pledges had reached more than €800 million, with French business magnates and corporations jostling to outshine each other with displays of generosity.Rebate debateBut the slew of announcements raised eyebrows in France, with some leftist politicians arguing that the ultra-rich could best help protect the country’s cultural heritage by fully paying their taxes — or helping the “human cathedral” of people in need.The huge tax breaks available on the donations also caused some unease, prompting Francois-Henri Pinault, the billionaire CEO of the Kering luxury goods empire, to announce he would forfeit his rebate.“The donation for Notre-Dame of Paris will not be the object of any tax deduction. Indeed, the Pinault family considers that it is out of the question to make French taxpayers shoulder the burden,” Pinault said in a statement.Pinault had led the pledges of donations starting on Monday night with a promise of €100 million.Billionaire Bernard Arnault and his LVMH luxury conglomerate, Total oil company and cosmetics giant L’Oreal also each pledged €100 million or more, while US tech giant Apple said it would give an unspecified amount.French corporations are eligible for a 60% tax rebate on cultural donations.The government said today that number would remain unchanged, but increased the rebate on individual donations for Notre-Dame of up to €1,000 to 75%. Bigger private donations would qualify for the standard 66% rebate. France launches international contest to help design rebuild of Notre Dame There’s also growing unease about the vast sums pledged by donors for the rebuild. Fire damage at the historic Paris cathedral. Image: PA Images Source: FRANCE 24 English/YouTubeRebuilding for 2024 OlympicsYesterday evening, Macron set out an ambitious timeline for rebuilding the cathedral, an enduring symbol of Paris that had survived revolutions and wars throughout the ages.“We will rebuild the cathedral even more beautifully and I want it to be finished within five years,” Macron said in an address to the nation, in which he hailed how the fire had shown the capacity of France to mobilise and unite.In a sign of the monument’s resilience, the copper rooster that topped its spire was found in the rubble from the partly collapsed roof, “battered but apparently restorable” according to a spokesperson for the culture ministry.The walls, bell towers and the most famous circular stained-glass windows at France’s most visited tourist attraction also remain intact.But the floor of the nave was left covered in rubble and scorched beams from the fallen roof.Macron’s announcement of a five-year timeframe indicates he wants the reconstruction to be completed by the time Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024.But some experts have warned a full restoration could take longer, with one of the biggest tasks involving replacing the precious oak “forest” of beams that held up the roof.“I’d say decades,” Eric Fischer, head of the foundation in charge of restoring the 1,000-year-old Strasbourg cathedral, told AFP.Germany, Italy and Russia are among the countries to have offered expertise.In France, meanwhile, political parties continued to observe an unofficial truce after months of mutual finger-pointing over the violence that has marked the “yellow vest” protest movement.Macron said the dramatic fire had brought out the best in the country, showing the French to be “a nation of builders”.The bells of French cathedrals will sound at 18.50pm local-time (5.50pm Irish-time), exactly 48 hours after the fire started.‘Long, complex’ investigationInvestigators trying to determine the cause of the blaze are questioning workers who were renovating the steeple, an operation suspected of accidentally triggering the blaze.The police have already spoken to around 30 people from five different construction companies.Public prosecutor Remy Heitz has said the investigation threatened to be “long and complex”.Meanwhile, work to secure the cathedral is continuing.Junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said yesterday that although “some weaknesses” had been identified, overall the building was “holding up OK”.© – AFP 2019 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Six people, including two Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) employees and a Finance Ministry employee, were arrested this week over bribery and extortion charges, the Greek police department revealed.According to a statement, the case involved a 68-year-old accountant, her 74-year-old husband, a former Finance Ministry employee and their 43-year-old son, a Bank of Greece employee, two SDOE employees and a 54-year-old Finance Minister staffer.The arrests came following a complaint filed by a businessman who alleged that the two SDOE employees had demanded money, through the accountant, in order to conclude a company inspection without imposing heavy fines.The businessman alleged he was initially asked to pay 60,000 euros, a sum which following negotiations with the accountant, was eventually lowered to 50,000 euros.All six appeared in court yesterday.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Bande dessinée : huit éditeurs s’allient pour créer une offre numériqueLe neuvième art compte désormais parmi les ouvrages numériques et a son propre catalogue en ligne. C’est ce qu’a annoncé hier l’alliance des huit grands éditeurs de bandes dessinées franco-belges.Le tout nouveau catalogue de bandes dessinées électroniques se nomme “Bande Numérique”. Le projet est né d’un accord établi entre huit grands éditeurs : Casterman, Bamboo, Delcourt, Dupuis, Glénat, Lombart, Soleil et Dargaud. Ce groupement franco-belge s’est accordé pour mettre en commun leurs moyens et leur catalogue afin d’offrir aux lecteurs une version numérique de leurs ouvrages. À lire aussiLa musique de votre smartphone écoutée sur une chaîne Hi-FiPour 5 euros, les bédéphiles peuvent désormais lire les planches de bandes dessinées sur ordinateur ou tablette tactile. Pour cela, il suffit de se rendre sur la plateforme Izneo, qui a été choisie pour héberger le nouveau catalogue. Dans un communiqué de presse, les éditeurs expliquent les avantages que leur procure cette nouvelle offre : ” Légale, simple et attractive elle répond au double défi du piratage et de l’ambition des grands opérateurs internationaux sur un marché de la lecture numérique en formation”.Pour l’heure, la base d’Izneo contient 2.000 titres mais les huit partenaires franco-belges visent à l’enrichir petit à petit. Le catalogue sera disponible d’ici le courant de l’année dans les librairies généralistes et spécialisées. Le 16 mars 2011 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Gaming and casino investor Amax International Holdings Ltd has taken the dramatic step of writing off its 24.8% stake in closed Macau casino Greek Mythology, valued at more than HK$353 million (US$45 million), in order to remove a Disclaimer of Opinion issued by its auditors.In an announcement late on Sunday following a suspension of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last week, Amax revealed that it had made the decision to declare full impairment losses on its Greek Mythology interest, as well as HK$28.5 million in cash owed, as a result of making no headway in its lengthy pursuit of financial records from the casino’s former management company, Greek Mythology (Macau) Entertainment Group Corporation Limited. Greek Mythology was closed in December 2015 under order of the DICJ, with the Macau Government Tourism Office subsequently ordering The Beijing Imperial Palace Hotel in which the casino was housed to cease operations on 22 July 2016. The hotel’s license was revoked on 12 January 2017.Amax reported in September 2017 that it had been “trying but failed to contact the management of Greek Mythology to understand the current situation of Greek Mythology which led to uncertainty on the development of Greek Mythology.”Having been unable to complete its own financial records in the 18 months since, Amax said on Sunday that it had now agreed to write off the entire asset and sell its 24.8% stake to a local Macau investment firm, Fu Po International Limited, for just HK$38,000.“The board is of the view that, based on previous discussion with the company’s auditor, the impairment and the disposal of [Greek Mythology] could address and resolve the audit issues arisen by the auditor’s prolonged disclaimer of opinion on the company interest in [Greek Mythology] and the amount due,” it said.Amax, which also boasts gaming operations in Cambodia and Vanuatu, recently reported losses of HK$21.5 million for the six months ended 30 September 2018. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More RelatedPosts
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Several elementary school students in Lauderhill fell ill, Thursday morning, due to heat.According to Lauderhill Fire Rescue, crews responded to Paul Turner Elementary School, located at 1500 N.W. 49th Ave., at 10:05 a.m. after seven children became sick.The students were outdoors as a part of a Broward County mandated evacuation drill, officials said, when several children complained of not feeling well and being unable to handle the heat. #BREAKING #Lauderhill units on scene of Paul Turner Elem. 7 students feeling ill due to heat related illness. 3 being txp at this time.— Lauderhill Fire PIO (@LauderhillFDPIO) April 6, 2017Paramedics treated them and took two children to Plantation General Hospital in stable condition.Fire rescue officials said negligence was not in play and water was available during the drill. Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for a couple of crooks who made some illegal purchases throughout South Florida.Cameras rolled as, police said, two men used stolen credit cards at a West Palm Beach mall, Oct. 14.The suspected crooks are also accused of using the cards a few weeks later to buy items at two different Target locations in Sunrise and Coral Springs.The subjects visited the location along the 12000 block of Sunrise Boulevard, in Sunrise, Oct. 30. They went to the location at 9600 Westview Drive, in Coral Springs, Nov. 3.If you have any information on these men’s whereabouts, call Palm Beach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS, or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many with limited access to potable water. It’s not merely an issue of convenience. There are elevated health risks, economic consequences, as well as questions of fairness in resource allocation. And amid diminishing state revenues along with accelerating climate change, the problems are rapidly worsening.Download Audio:HOST: Zachariah HughesGUESTS:Bill Griffith, Village Safe Water Program, State Department of Environmental ConservationJoaqlin Estus, news director, KNBAKSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m.
Royal Enfield-maker Enfield Motors Ltd. (EML) reported a sharp rise in consolidated net profit and sales for the first quarter (Q1) ended June on the back of robust performance of its motorcycle division.Net profit rose 58.6 percent to Rs. 376 crore in Q1 from Rs. 237 crore in the corresponding period last year, or year-on-year (YoY) basis, while revenues grew 42 percent to Rs. 1,556 crore from Rs. 1,096 crore, YoY, according to regulatory filings with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The performance of its two-wheeler division that makes Royal Enfield motorcycles was even better, with net profit rising 69.69 percent to Rs. 337 crore from Rs. 199 crore, YoY. Sales increased 42 percent to Rs. 1,551 crore from Rs. 1,091 crore in the year-ago period.The company sold 1,47,483 Royal Enfield motorcycles in Q1 as against 1,06,613 units sold in the June 2015 quarter.”Royal Enfield has maintained its strong volume growth in the first quarter of FY 2016-17 and we continue to take more orders than our monthly supply,” Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd, said in a statement. He expressed confidence on business prospects for the rest of the financial year.”We continue to expand our footprint in India with 566 dealerships now open across the country. Our immediate business outlook remains strong and Royal Enfield continues to grow consistently, competitively and profitably towards leading and expanding the mid-sized motorcycle segment globally.”The quarter gone by saw the Royal Enfield maker expanding overseas in a big way.”In Q1 2016-17, Royal Enfield continued with its focus on the overseas markets. In June 2016, Royal Enfield opened its store in Manila, Philippines with its global retail identity. Philippines is among the largest two-wheeler markets in the world. With a large chunk of the population using commuter motorcycles, there is an enormous potential for customers to upgrade to mid-sized motorcycles, a segment in which Royal Enfield operates.”In Europe, Royal Enfield participated in Wheels & Waves, one of the most popular motorcycle customisation and surfing festival organised in Biarritz, France,” the company said in the statement.The company’s heavy vehicles division â€” VE Commercial Vehicles â€” reported 32.5 percent growth in volume sales to 16,071 units in comparison to 12,128 units sold in the corresponding period last year.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: A judge in Montgomery County is facing another lawsuit over the issue of prayer in the courtroom. A national organization is suing both the judge and the State of Texas for allegedly violating a lawyer’s First Amendment rights.Judge Wayne Mack, a justice of the peace, opens his court sessions with a chaplain-led prayer. Lawyers present have the option of leaving the courtroom if they do not wish to participate in the prayer.Sam Grover, an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, represents the plaintiff, an unnamed lawyer who says he felt pressured to participate or risk bias against his clients. “By opening each session of court with one specific person’s religious belief, you’re sending a message to the community that some people are favored while the non-religious are not,” Grover said.But Mike Berry, of the First Liberty Institute, which represents Mack, said two Supreme Court rulings are on the judge’s side. “We think it’s actually a bit ridiculous that this group has once again decided to continue to fight this rather than just following Supreme Court precedent,” Berry said.Berry noted that both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Texas open with an invocation, “God save the United States and this honorable court.” While Berry describes this as a form of prayer, Grover argues the statement is purely ceremonial, “which is nothing like imposing a personalized prayer from a religious leader on everyone in a courtroom.”An earlier lawsuit against Mack was dismissed, on the grounds it incorrectly named Montgomery County as a defendant. X Listen 00:00 /00:52 Share