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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)Week 8 of the college football season is in the books. It is time for updated bowl projections, and there are some major changes.Ohio State’s loss to Purdue leaves them outside the CFP looking in as of now. The Buckeyes have work to do if they want a shot to make the playoff.Coming off Saturday, ESPN has unveiled its latest bowl projections. As we said, there are changes from last week’s edition.Here are the bowl predictions after Week 8 from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Notre Dame Sherman: Clemson vs. Notre DameCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Michigan Sherman: Alabama vs. MichiganTexas Bowl Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Iowa State Sherman: Auburn vs. West VirginiaCamping World BowlBonagura: NC State vs. Texas Tech Sherman: NC State vs. Iowa StateAlamo BowlBonagura: Washington vs. West Virginia Sherman: Texas Tech vs. Washington StatePeach BowlBonagura: UCF vs. Florida Sherman: Georgia vs. IowaGator BowlBonagura: Auburn vs. Purdue Sherman: South Carolina vs. WisconsinFiesta BowlBonagura: Oklahoma vs. LSU Sherman: UCF vs. OklahomaRose BowlBonagura: Ohio State vs. Washington State Sherman: Ohio State vs. WashingtonOutback BowlBonagura: Missouri vs. Penn State Sherman: Kentucky vs. PurdueSugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. Texas Sherman: Texas vs. LSUCitrus BowlBonagura: Kentucky vs. Iowa Sherman: Florida vs. Penn StateYou can view their full bowl predictions here.
zoom Slower economic growth, deteriorating export competitiveness and weak liner profitability are narrowing the headroom within the ratings of Chinese port operators, according to Moody’s rating agency.“Although manageable capex plans over the next three years will alleviate some of the pressure on their financial profiles, weak liner profitability will limit the port operators’ ability to raise handling chargers,” Osbert Tang, a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said.“In addition, export-oriented ports such as Shanghai and Shenzhen will be particularly affected by slowing container throughput amid muted export growth in China,” he added.Port operators in China are facing major headwinds from slower economic growth and a weaker throughput outlook, which could lead to margin pressure due to the high fixed costs of port operations, Moody’s said in a report.Overcapacity in the liner industry is exacerbating this pressure on the operators’ margins.Moody’s forecast global containership capacity will increase by 4.5%-5.5% in 2016, outpacing the expected demand growth of 1.5%-2.5%.Consequently, shipping lines are facing significant pressure on freight rates, which in turn will make it increasingly difficult for port operators to negotiate higher container handling chargers.These pressures are somewhat mitigated by the manageable capex plans for the port operators, as most have sufficient capacity to handle mega containerships. This is in contrast to many other Southeast Asian ports, which will still see relatively high capex in the next two years.The narrowing headroom will likely prompt the port operators to preserve cash flow through stringent cost controls and discipline in overseas expansion, Moody’s said.In that context, China’s One Belt, One Road initiative will increase M&A capex for the port operators as they expand overseas, although most operators have thus far been selective in their investment decisions.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license King Abdullah Port concluded 2018 with an increase of 36% in its annual throughput, which reached 2.3 million TEUs by the end of the year.The annual increase in throughput was primarily achieved in conjunction with an 8% increase in imports and exports compared to 2017, the port management said.The results achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2018 include an increase in transshipment volume reaching 1.8 million TEUs, which is a 44% increase compared to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12% increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017.“We achieved a record 50% increase in container handling in the first half of 2018, and we are moving forward with our development plans to provide best practices in the fields of port development and operation as well as supporting logistical services,” Rayan Qutub, King Abdullah Port CEO, said.Since its inception in the last quarter of 2013 the number of containers handled by the port has reached 7.2 million TEUs.Owned by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port was officially inaugurated on February 11, 2019, by Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.During the ceremony, the port, which is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed, and operated by the private sector, unveiled a number of agreements signed with several undisclosed parties.
Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Northfield Overpass to Exit 10 will have alternating lane closures until Wednesday, May 31, for repaving. A detour is available on Route 325 from Bridgewater to Mahone Bay. Traffic control consists of pilot vehicle and flashing lights. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. -30-
Sixty-five 4-H members from across Atlantic Canada will sharpen their technical livestock skills during the annual Eastern Breeders Incorporated 4-H Showcase from Wednesday, June 27, to Friday, June 29. “This event gives our 4-H youth specific and invaluable training with beef and dairy cattle,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “These opportunities help prepare our young dairy and beef producers to be leaders in the agricultural industry.” Members will learn about show preparation for calves, marketing, safe livestock handling, cattle and forage judging, and the latest techniques in showmanship, clipping, display design, and herd management. “Nova Scotia’s 4-H program has a positive learning partnership with Eastern Breeders Incorporated and is pleased to provide specialized livestock training opportunities,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager, 4-H and Rural Organizations. After two days of training, 4-H members compete for top honours with their calves at the beef and dairy show. Awards will be presented to the winners in each class. The show is being held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29, at the Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill. The public is invited to attend. The Eastern Breeders Incorporated Showcase is an education seminar and a competition for Atlantic 4-H members who are 14 years of age and have a minimum of two years experience with the 4-H dairy and beef projects.
OTTAWA – They did not see it coming, but they knew that something likely would derail their plans.More than a year ago, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould convened a meeting of people engaged in the criminal justice system to hear their views on reform, which included a sober and prescient reflection.“Extraneous circumstances and events, which are unforeseeable to us today, will hijack the agenda — use them as they can be an effective way to attract and commit public interest,” said a summary of the May 2016 discussion obtained through an access-to-information request.Seven weeks later, the Supreme Court of Canada released its groundbreaking ruling, R v. Jordan, that urged everyone to get serious about reform.“It lit a fire under me,” Wilson-Raybould said in an interview.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives someone charged with an offence the right to have their case tried within a reasonable amount of time and in the drug-related case of Barrett Jordan of Surrey, B.C., it had taken more than four years.“A culture of complacency towards delay has emerged in the criminal justice system,” the high court wrote in a 5-4 ruling that sent a strong message that enough was enough.The Supreme Court imposed strict limits on the amount of time a case could take to make its way through the system — 18 months in provincial courts and 30 months in superior courts.Those presumptive ceilings were upheld in another ruling last month.The only remedy for a case that goes on so long is a stay of proceedings, no matter how serious the charge, and a dissenting minority opinion argued the new time limits could lead thousands of cases being tossed.The ruling came with a transitional measure for cases already in the system, but there have been some high-profile examples of stayed proceedings, including murder charges, which has brought a greater sense of urgency.Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, said there was a crisis in the justice system long before the ruling came out.“The Supreme Court of Canada just put the exclamation point on it.”Eric Gottardi, one of the lawyers who argued for the defence in the Jordan case, said a stay of proceedings should be viewed as a health check on a system that needs fixing.“It’s not a reward for the person who has been accused of a terrible crime,” he said.There have been a number of different solutions proposed.A recent report from the standing Senate legal committee on legal and constitutional affairs proposed a wide range of ideas, including having the federal government fill a judicial vacancy the same day a Superior Court judge retires and moving most impaired driving cases out of the criminal courts.The province and territorial justice ministers, meanwhile, came out of an emergency meeting on judicial delays this spring having agreed to think about criminal law reforms, changes to mandatory minimum penalties, bail, preliminary inquiries and the reclassification of offences.“My approach is recognizing there isn’t one solution,” said Wilson-Raybould.Many of these suggestions were familiar to those who took part at that first roundtable in Toronto last year, where Wilson-Raybould spoke of finding more off-ramps from the criminal justice system and getting serious about how to tackle the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples and those living with mental health issues and addictions.There was also a sense in the room that no one wanted to wait much longer.“We know what is needed and in what areas,” said the summary of the discussions. “We should do them and move beyond the normal reflex of problem identification exercises, which delay action.”Topping the list of things the participants told Wilson-Raybould she could rather quickly review was existing and mandatory minimum penalty provisions.Wilson-Raybould said she remains committed to this, especially since more than half of the charter challenges her officials are tracking involve mandatory minimums.She said other research by the department has shown they do not even increase sentences.“They are becoming the ceiling, rather than the floor,” she said.More than a year since they gathered in Toronto for what they described as a refreshing and inspiring roundtable with the relatively new federal justice minister, some are tired of waiting.“People are going to jail that shouldn’t be going to jail because there are mandatory minimum sentences — every day that is happening,” said Jonathan Rudin, program director at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto.Sen. Kim Pate, a long-time advocate for female prisoners, said she understands broader reforms could take longer, but that is not the case for everything.“Some of these criminal law approaches really could be implemented now,” she said.Patrick Baillie, president of the Canadian Psychological Association, said his ongoing patience will depend on the result.“I think if we end up with a process that gets rid of some of the silos so that health and social services and housing and education and justice and Aboriginal services and immigrant and refugees services are all talking about what we can do to address the overrepresentation of certain groups within the justice system, then that’s a worthwhile dialogue,” he said.Bill Trudell, chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers, noted that Wilson-Raybould has had a lot on her plate, including the legalization of marijuana.So, he too is willing to wait for legislative changes — for a little while.“I think they’ll come, but if they don’t, six months from now, we’ll feel like it was a lot of words,” he said.Wilson-Raybould said she, too, is “anxious about time frames” and she understands those who are frustrated by the pace of reform.“I am hopeful they will see their voices in those reforms and they will contribute to the dialogue around potentially improving in the fall when we introduce measures for change,” she said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
APTN National NewsThis week we are putting indigenous resistance InFocus.Sakej Ward, who is a member of the Warrior Alliance, Ellen Gabriel, from Kanesatake, and Jo Redsky from the Warrior–Ogitchida Society, join this week’s APTN’s InFocus panel.For part 1 click here.
New Delhi: After a lengthy suspense, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership finalised 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the party’s face from the Bhopal constituency of Madhya Pradesh. The Central Election Committee released its 22nd candidate list for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on Wednesday.The Hindu Sanyasini joined BJP on the same day morning and will take on Congress veteran and former MP chief minister Digvijay Singh from its 30 years-bastion. On the other hand, Bhopal has a sizeable Muslim population and to woo the multi-layered demography, Digvijaya Singh was asked by his party top leadership and even by Chief Minister Kamal Nath to contest from tough seat, where the Congress hasn’t won in years. Challenge accepted, was Digvijaya Singh’s response, and he was named for Bhopal. Sadhvi Pragya is out on bail in the case, in which she was cleared under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on 27 December, 2017, but faces other charges. Reportedly, the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan and BJP veteran and Union Minister, Uma Bharti declined to contest the general elections from the constituency. Chouhan, party general secretary Ramlal, and senior leader Prabhat Jha also held a meeting in the party headquarters in Bhopal. “I have formally joined the BJP, I will contest elections and will definitely win. It won’t be difficult for me,” Sadhvi Pragya told the media persons. She also added, “We all will fight together with all those who are conspiring against the nation and defeat them.” The BJP power corridor further refused to affirm the criminal charges against her and claimed her ‘innocence’ and said that “a woman has been harassed and no charges have been proved against her.” Six persons were killed and 101 were injured when an improvised explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off at Malegaon on September 29, 2008. The incident also promulgated the term “saffron terror”- widely used by the erstwhile Congress-led- UPA government. Sadhvi Pragya has always been known for her mooted comments and provocative speeches. She had been associated with the right-wing all India student organisation affiliated to the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh- Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and ‘Durga Vahini’ or women’s wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). Meanwhile, Digvijaya Singh welcomed Sadhvi to Bhopal, tweeting – he hopes she likes the calm, educated and sophisticated ambience of the city. Alok Sanjar of BJP is the incumbent Lok Sabha MP from Bhopal. The party also preferred a secured seat Vidisha for a new candidate Ramakant Bhargava. Union Minister Sushma Swaraj is the incumbent Lok Sabha MP from the constituency. But she refused to contest this election due to her health problem. Bhargava is also a Brahmin face and has a big vote bank. In this seat, Brahmin plays a decisive role. He is also known for his clean image. He is in the state leadership for a decade now. To woo the Yadav voter of Guna Parliamentary seat, BJP also put K P Yadav as its nominee from Guna to take on Jyotiraditya Scindia. Raj Bahadur Singh is going to contest from Sagar constituency. However, the BJP is still delaying in the announcement of its Indore candidate, which is only left in 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.
Rabat – Saudi Airlines launched the first direct Jeddah-Marrakech flight on Thursday.A Boeing (B787-9) Dreamliner with 274 passengers landed at the Marrakech Menara Airport on Thursday, marking the airline’s first ever Marrakech-Jeddah flight.The flight will serve the destination with three times a week: Tuesdays, and Thursdays, Saturdays. Commenting on the flight, the General Director of the Saudi Company in Morocco, Mohammed Saad Al Semrani,said that the fight will expand the network of scheduled flights provided by the Saudi airline to Morocco.He added that the flight also seeks to strengthen air traffic between the two countries. He added that number of passengers aboard Saudi Airlines to and from Morocco in 2018 amounts to more than 400,000 passengers.Officials celebrated the first ever flight between the two destinations with an inaugural ceremony on Thursday, which was attended by Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Rabat, Abdellah Ben Saad Al Ghariri; the Director General of the Saudi Arabian Company in Morocco, along with Al Semrani, and the director general of civil aviation, Zakaria Belghazi.Al Ghariri said that the direct flight between the two cities represents an added value for Morocco, “a country considered a tourism destination by excellence.”He added that the opening of the flight will encourage tourism and will serve as a “byceus to inaugurate other lines to other tourism cities across Morocco.”Director of the Marrakech-Menara airport Naoual Mounir supported Al Ghariri’s statements, emphasizing that the new flight will stheten air offers at the level of flights for Umrah and Hajj pilgrimage in the Marrakech-Safi region.She added that the new flight “represents a qualitative leap for Marrakech-Menara airport.”In May, the airline announced that Marrakech “becomes the carrier’s second destination in the country.”
Joua Va Yang, who led a team of BBC journalists in Laos to document the plight of the Hmong in 2004, is reportedly in danger of being deported to his home country, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). There have been allegations that he was mistreated at Petchabun province’s Huay Nam Khao camp, home to over 5,000 Hmong to whom UNHCR has never had access. Mr. Joua Va is believed to now be in Khao Kho prison, in the same province, with his wife and four children. UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said that the agency has asked the Thai Government to respect the customary principle of non-refoulement, by which no refugee or asylum-seeker should be forced to return to a country where he or she could face persecution. He said the agency urges the Thai Government to review the status of Lao Hmong in the country in a “fair and transparent manner.” Further, UNHCR “is concerned that the continued lack of transparency in the treatment of the Lao Hmong in Petchabun undermines confidence in the commitment of Thailand to ensuring that international principles are respected,” the spokesperson noted. The group began gathering in Huay Nam Khao camp in large numbers in 2005, with 2,000 of them having been sent back to Laos since Thailand began repatriating them in 2007. UNHCR again offered its assistance to the Thai Government in helping find solutions for Lao Hmong, including through the traditional role the agency plays in voluntary returns. 3 April 2009The United Nations refugee agency is asking the Thai Government for clarification regarding allegations that a Lao Hmong man, who served as a guide for BBC journalists in Laos’ jungles, was mistreated in a camp in northern Thailand.
22 February 2010More than a decade after its civil war, Liberia is heading towards reconciliation but significant challenges remain in the development of its security and legal institutions, which will impact the future of the United Nations mission there, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report. Noting the need to ensure that the Liberian National Police are independently operational and that Liberia redoubles its efforts in the area of rule of law, the Secretary-General identified financial resources as a requirement for continued progress in Liberia.“I urge the Government to also take steps to adopt legislation to institutionalize the national security architecture,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).“Ensuring successful security sector reform in Liberia will require sustained donor support for the Liberian National Police and other security agencies,” the Secretary-General added, noting that little concrete assistance has materialized from the Justice and Security Partners’ Forum held in New York in September 2009.Among the areas that need sustained donor support, as highlighted by the Secretary-General, is the establishment of an efficient communications system, provision of technical assistance in key operational areas, including women and child protection, and the construction of a new Monrovia Central Prison to replace the existing structure which is “overcrowded and dilapidated.”Mr. Ban called on the Government to assume greater responsibilities for the development of the Armed Forces of Liberia, calling it a “major step towards the progressive assumption of responsibilities for security by national authorities.” With this as a goal, he highlighted the need for an effective management and regulatory framework which would be “rigorously, transparently and fairly enforced at all levels.” Among the challenges to security is the increased illegal cross-border activities at the Mano River which forms part of the border with Sierra Leone, the Secretary-General noted. “Instability could spread across borders to destabilize the fragile subregion and, combined with the likely humanitarian consequences of a large population movement, could impede much of Liberia’s peacebuilding and development efforts,” he wrote, noting that Liberia will have to cooperate with its neighbours to address these issues as UNMIL draws down.On the political front, the Secretary-General welcomed the release of the final edited version of the report by the Parliament-enacted Truth and Reconciliation Commission ordered to investigate and report on gross human violations that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and 14 October 2003.“The time has come for Liberia to define the road it will take towards reconciliation,” he wrote. “I urge continued constructive dialogue within Liberian society on the road ahead regarding the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”As a component of the follow-up on the implementation of the Commission’s recommendation, the Secretary-General urged the Liberian Senate to formally establish the planned Independent National Commission on Human Rights, urging the Liberian Senate to act on the nominees “as soon as possible.” Furthermore, he wrote that more action is required to tackle corruption in Liberia, including through prosecution, when required. He noted that the public’s perception of corruption among officials undermined “confidence in the Government’s commitment to good governance and the rule of law.” This is especially pertinent ahead of preparations for the 2011 general and presidential elections which will be under the full charge of Liberians, with international assistance.
Angry customers who say they have endured months of leaks have hit out at United Utilities after the water company imposed a hosepipe ban.Many have accused the company of ignoring water leaks to boost profits, as reservoir levels fall low after a dry start to the summer.Millions of people in the North West will be forbidden from using hoses or sprinklers from August 5 unless there is a sustained and unexpected period of rain in the next three weeks.The announcement follows the long-running blaze on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, where emergency services relied on hundreds of thousands of gallons a day from nearby mains water sources to protect life and property. The company said the firefighting effort, which involved helicopter water dumps, coincided with a 25 per cent increase in customer demand in what is thought to be the longest heatwave since 1976.Customers have blamed the company for not fixing leaks, and say the ban could have been avoided. No other water company is yet putting a ban in place, with Anglian Water saying it is business as usual despite serving one of the driest parts of the country.Reservoirs in East Anglia remain full, with some at 93 per cent, which is above average for this time of year.”We’re used to lots of people needing water, and having little rain – ours is the driest region in the UK with just two thirds of the national average rainfall, and it’s also one of the fastest growing,” Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for Anglian Water said.”Two of the five fastest growing cities are in our patch, with new homes being built all the time. So it’s something we have been planning for and investing in for a long time.” Essex Water proudly tweeted photographs of its full reservoirs, although it told customers to avoid running the tap while washing up. Sophie Gorner wrote: “Hosepipe ban…3 1/2 months there’s been a leak on this hill. It’s gushing down and all they’ve done is mark it…. this is the main issue round here! One tweeted: “Wait… So I have a hosepipe ban next month when there has been a leak at the end of my street for over a month?? (still a leak, not been fixed) How many litres could have been saved if that had been fixed? (btw, its a quite serious leak)” 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. A United Utilities spokesperson said: “Reducing leaks is a top priority. We have cut leakage by half since the 1990s and are working hard to do even more. For instance we now use satellites to help to detect leaks and we have just recruited a team of sniffer dogs trained to pinpoint leaks in rural areas where the water does not always show on the surface.” Twitter user Lucy complained: “I am not entirely sure why the NW are getting a hosepipe ban when we’ve had 2 days of rain and no doubt we’ll have much more over the rest of July and August”Professor David Hall from the University of Greenwich, an expert on the water industry, told the BBC that privatised water firms have an incentive not to fix too many leaks, because the cost of work would bite into profits.”They can’t recoup the cost of making reductions in leakage levels except by reducing profits, that’s not what they want to do,” he said.”If the leakage levels were not so high, the daily volume of water delivered would be higher, therefore we would reach the point of hosepipe bans much later.”Any restriction on water use is a restriction on people’s quality of life.” Andrew Tucker, water efficiency manager at Thames Water, said: “We’ve really ramped up our water saving efforts to meet the record demand levels during the ongoing heatwave. That’s why we’re also asking our customers to care for water as much as possible and see if there are any simple changes they can make to help ensure there is enough to go around, and prevent the need for restrictions later in the year. Some water companies, however, are advising customers to preserve water as resources threaten to dwindle.Thames Water has advised customers to re-use paddling pool water to water the garden and bathe children, and said gardeners should hold off on watering the lawn.The water company also advised customers take 4-minute showers instead of having a bath, and wash the car with a sponge instead of a hose. The hot weather means we’re seeing a huge increase in demand for water in the area. As a result of the amount of water being used, some areas are experiencing low water pressure, particularly at peak times. This is because water cannot travel around the network quickly enough.— Thames Water (@thameswater) July 16, 2018 “[The] hosepipe ban is ridiculous if they won’t fix a leak that has been reported numerous times over 3 1/2 months. Gallons must have been wasted and all they’ve done is draw a box around it. We’re suffering die [sic] to their lack of care.” Why don’t you fix the leaks instead of imposing a hosepipe ban? You lost 454 megalitres through leakage in the last year. You can’t expect us to save water if you don’t.— Kirsty Hewitt (@hewittkirsty) July 17, 2018 @VictoriaLIVE hosepipe ban is ridiculous if they won’t fix a leak that has been reported numerous times over 3 1/2 months. Gallons must have been wasted and all they’ve done is draw a box around it. We’re suffering die to their lack of care. pic.twitter.com/nQoc2vZQXw— Sophie Gorner (@SophieGorner) July 17, 2018 “Water is a precious resource and, with a growing population and impact of climate change, there will continue to be pressure on the supplies across our region.”Those in the Midlands need not expect water restrictions. South Staffs Water, which supplies more than a million customers, said: “The water levels in our reservoirs are healthy – we’ve got no issues.”Severn Trent Water, which serves more than 4 million homes and businesses in the Midlands and mid-Wales, said similar, adding that its reservoirs are in a “healthy position”.Wessex Water has not implemented a hosepipe ban since 1976, and said there are no plans to do so this year.However, it did advise customers to do one less load in the washing machine and leave their lawns to go brown.
An AA spokesperson added: “If they implement a 15mph limit, what is there to gain? “What happens with 20mph zones is they bring the vast majority of drivers below 30mph. “The majority of drivers drive at 25mph in these areas and we would get the same with 15mph zones.”London traffic moves no faster than a horse and cart anyway and it won’t help with pollution as you have more cars stopping and starting all the time.” “Slower speeds save lives and help make our streets more liveable environments.” Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee said: “The radical proposals follow visits last year to New York City, Paris and Stockholm to learn from other cities’ efforts to reduce congestion, manage freight and wider transport projects applicable to dense city centres. The AA and IAM suggested efforts should instead be concentrated on road safety infrastructure like crossings, pinch points and speed humps to encourage drivers to stay within speed limits.Councils are currently able to set their own speed limits on local roads with many bringing in 20mph zones around schools and in town centres.But some authorities have questioned its effectiveness.In June Hampshire County Council declared it would no longer implement 20mph limits because it had not noticed any improvements in terms of road accidents.But road safety charity Brake said actions designed to reduce speed would help save lives as it hailed the idea.A spokesperson said: “Speed is a critical factor in many deaths on our roads, and we welcome any measure that can help make communities safer. 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. Plans to introduce ‘safer’ 15mph zones on major city roads would be worse for the environment than higher speeds, motoring campaigners warned.The City of London Corporation this week unveiled draft proposals to reduce speed limits in the Square Mile as part of its first ever long-term strategy to improve road safety and cut pollution.Officials said while 20mph zones had helped to curtail the number of deaths and serious injuries to cyclists in the City, record levels of workers meant the overall number of fatalities had not decreased.The corporation, which governs the City of London, suggested a city-wide 15mph restriction could help “eliminate” deaths on the streets by encouraging motorists to show safer behaviours behind the wheel.The Department for Transport would have to approve any 15mph restriction, thought to be the first of its kind on city centre roads, which the corporation said it wants to adopt by 2022.But motoring groups IAM RoadSmart and The AA claimed the the move would not help save lives and could even worsen pollution levels with the constant stop-start of engines causing more harmful emissions to be released.IAM RoadSmart spokesman Rodney Kumar, said: “IAM RoadSmart is against blanket reductions to 20mph as is the case in many town centres, and we don’t see a proposed reduction to 15mph having the desired effect in terms of congestion, pollution or road safety.
On February 4, 2018, Guyana signed an Air Services Agreement with Singapore.This is according to a statement from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) which posited that under the Agreement, the airlines of Guyana and Singapore will be able to fly any number of services between both countries as well as beyond to any third country, with no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing.Additionally, cargo carriers will be able to base aircraft in each other’s countries and use the base as a hub for operations to any third country.The agreement also makes provision for code-sharing where airlines of both countries can partner with other airlines to facilitate services to each others market.The Air Services Agreement (ASA) was signed on the sidelines of the Singapore Leadership Summit and Airshow 2018 by Singapore’s Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, Ng Chee Meng, and Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ms Annette Ferguson.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ms Annette Ferguson and Singapore’s Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, Ng Chee Meng following the agreement signingAccording to GCCA, at the signing Minister Ng said, “we are very pleased to conclude this Open Skies Agreement, which will fully liberalise air services between Singapore and Guyana. This is testament to the strong bilateral relationship between Singapore and Guyana. This agreement will open up new opportunities for our carriers, enable greater movement of people and goods between the two countries, and benefit our economies and businesses.”Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Ferguson remarked that Singapore has been a friend of Guyana and provided support for Guyana in the form of training and capacity building for the aviation and maritime sectors.Many Guyanese, over the years would have benefited from fellowships and scholarships offered by the Government of Singapore. Complementing the existing relationship, this agreement creates opportunities for both countries to explore deeper trade relations.Changi Airport in Singapore is one of the busiest airports in the world facilitating the movement of some 60 million passengers annually from at least 100 countries.The GCCA posited that the signature of this Air Services Agreement is the first of 21 such agreements recently approved by the Cabinet for signature. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Ghanaian High Commissioner pays courtesy call on GCAAMay 31, 2019In “latest news”Guyana to ink open skies agreement with TanzaniaDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”Guyana signs open skies agreements with India, South Korea, Dominican RepublicDecember 28, 2016In “Business”
Updated 11.25pmFORMER SOLICITOR THOMAS Byrne has been handed a sentence of 16 years at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this afternoon, with the final four years suspended.It comes after the 47-year-old was found guilty of 50 charges, including theft, fraud, deception and forgery, last month.He was sentenced to nine years for theft from banks and seven years for forgery in relation to the fraudulent transfer of property. The terms will run consecutively with the last four years suspended.Byrne was also handed a number of five year sentences for forgery offences which will run concurrently with the other sentences.The jail term officially started on the date of his conviction on 18 November.In sentencing him this afternoon, Judge Patrick McCartan said that the scale of Byrne’s offences as “colossal”.“The thefts required careful planning and execution. They weren’t just dipping into the till. It was all very cunning”, he said.McCartan added that he had caused “considerable” damage to the reputation of his profession and that his crimes must be regarded towards the upper end of the ten year guideline for fraud offences.The judge said that “without solicitors, commerce and civil society wouldn’t function” and that as a result they are as a result given a significant degree of trust. “Byrne abused every aspect of that status and trust,” he said.Byrne denied all charges but was found guilty by a jury after a drawn-out, 27-day trial and more than 17 hours of deliberations.Judge McCartan said he had to consider consecutive sentences given the extent of criminality, monies unaccounted for and breach of trust.The charges detailed how he transferred the homes of his clients into his name and used them to obtain property loans.His actions came to light when one of his employees reported him to the Law Society for forging her name to borrow money.Earlier today, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard a summation of the evidence from Detective Sgt. Paschal Walsh on the litany of offences committed by Byrne.The evidence showed how Byrne fraudulently obtained properties from clients and associates and used them to secure loans totaling in excess of €50 million.The 18 separate loan applications from various financial institutions ranged in value from €1 million to €9 million.Vera McGrane, one of the victims of Byrne’s offences, leaving court after the sentence. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland.In falsely claiming ownership of the properties, Byrne falsified signatures in a number of cases, at least two of the cases involved elderly women known to him.The judge was asked to consider the ease with which Byrne committed his offences. Judge McCartan did make reference to the fact that at the time Dublin’s property market was “at boiling point”. Adding that Byrne was indeed headhunted by a number of institutions for his businesses. This, however, could not be given undue credence the judge said.“It ignores the fact that thousands of others abided by the law and didn’t committhe scale of fraud that you did.”The offences occurred between dates in September 2004 and 2007 when Byrne was solicitor based in Walkinstown.Following the earlier summation of the evidence, Judge McCartan praised investigating gardaí for the way they presented the evidence in the six-week long trial.“In particular the way you marshalled the evidence to be understood for everyone, including myself but especially the jury,” he told the court.Reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Thomas Byrne found guilty of 50 charges in fraud trial
There was a time when Tucows was the place to go to find software for your Windows computer. You can still find software there, but the company is throwing its weight behind a new venture: a discount cellular carrier called Ting.Ting is utilizing Sprint‘s wireless backbone to provide service, and they’re not doing contracts. Instead, they offer six usage tiers for minutes, text, and data, and they’ve sized them like clothing (XS through XXL). For $50 per month, you can build a plan that offers 500 minutes of airtime, 4,000 text messages, and one gig of data. A similar plan from Sprint runs $49.99 without data — which adds another $15 to the price tag.If you use more minutes than you’ve planned for or send a few too many texts, Ting turns a blind eye and bumps you up to the appropriate level for the next billing cycle. They’ll also automatically bump you down if you’re way under your pre-selected limits. There’s also a handy dashboard that’s constantly updated so that you can keep watch over your usage — even though they’re not going to ding you if you get a little carried away. Need multiple devices on your account? They’re $6 a piece (even if you have just one) and there’s no limit to how many you can add. All your devices draw on the same pool of minutes, text, and data.As for hardware, since Ting is running on Sprint’s airwaves it’s also running their phones. They’ve got a small line-up at the moment with notable models including the Motorola Photon at $545 ($4.99 less than the off-contract price from Sprint) and the HTC Detail (better known as the Evo Shift 4G) for $395. The rest of Ting’s smartphone range is populated with low-end options like the Sanyo Zio, LG Optimus S, and Samsung Transform. Data-only devices are available as well, with USB sticks from Novatel and Sierra on offer — as well as the MiFi 2200 for those who want to share their data plans among a number of devices.Ting certainly seems to have clear, uncomplicated billing policies, and good rates. But with only a couple of good handsets on offer and off-contract pricing required to take one home, how good do you think their chances are in an era when the sudbsidized superphone is king?More at TechCrunch and Ting
https://jrnl.ie/4544416 By Hayley Halpin The scene of the incident Image: @Terminalfour via Twitter Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter Mar 15th 2019, 1:35 PM 50 Comments Thanks to our colleagues from @DubFireBrigade who are working to clear the truck from under the bridge. Services are operating Pearse to Greystones/Bray & Connolly to Howth/Malahide pic.twitter.com/mGfQ3nW9HW— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 15, 2019 Short URL Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter Image: @Terminalfour via Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3658 Tweet Email8 Services remain suspended between Tara Street and Connolly Station due to vehicle hitting bridge on Amiens Street. Crews are working to clear and carry out inspection of bridge pic.twitter.com/tlBr42B6yv— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 15, 2019 Train services resume in Dublin city after earlier collision where a truck hit a bridge The truck struck the bridge on Amiens Street just after 1pm. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 2:52 PM Updated Mar 15th 2019, 2:52 PM TRAIN SERVICES BETWEEN Connolly Station and Pearse Station have been resumed this afternoon following an incident where a truck struck a bridge on Amiens Street. The incident happened just before 1.10pm.Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the incident. The road was blocked in both directions with local diversions in place. Services were suspended between Connolly Station and Pearse Station for over an hour but they resumed after 2.30pm – albeit with a strict speed restriction until further notice.Crews worked to clear the area and carry out an inspection of the bridge. The scene of the incident 143,491 Views Irish Rail spokesperson Barry Kenny earlier said they hoped to have services back up and running soon.“Typically it wouldn’t be a prolonged closure for these things but each incident is different,” Kenny said. “We will have to check to verify that there isn’t any structural damage,” he said.“We hope to be open reasonably soon but we’re just awaiting an update from the bridge crew on site.”Knock on delays are expected.With reporting from Sean Murray
Hasbro’s Mighty Muggs: Because Funko Pops Have Soulless EyesThe Best Cartoon Network Funko Pops! Stay on target Ah, the ’80s. One of the greatest times the world will have ever lived through. Even though some of us only got to see the last shred of ’80s culture, it still echoes throughout our lives in several touching ways. Why not pay tribute to the things we loved during that decade (if you’re old enough to remember) by collecting some awesome retro Funko Pops? Here’s a selection of ’80s Funkos you’ll want to stockpile.View as: One Page Slides1. VoltronWhat could be more ’80s than Voltron?Currently $14.35 at Amazon. Buy It Here.2. He-Man (Masters of the Universe)It doesn’t get much manlier than He-Man. Currently $199.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.3. Strawberry ShortcakeStrawberry Shortcake is too sweet to be real. But wouldn’t it be cool if she were?Currently $8.36 at Amazon. Buy It Here.4. RaphaelRaphael is objectively the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Currently $10.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.5. Ms. Pac-ManSure, Pac-Man was part of the arcade craze, but this is his much better half. Currently $7.50 at Amazon. Buy It Here.6. Q*BertYou can’t think of an ’80s arcade without this guy. Currently $16.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.7. BeetlejuiceBeetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetle–you should go ahead and get this one before we finish that sentence. Currently $16.23 at Amazon. Buy It Here.8. RobocopBuy this iconic symbol of justice or pass? Your move, creep. Currently $18.04 at Amazon. Buy It Here.9. AlienIn space, no one can hear you scream. Currently $10.42 at Amazon. Buy It Here.10. E.T.E.T. won’t phone home if you give him room and board. Currently $26.72 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
APD squad cars (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)A man was indicted last week by an Anchorage grand jury for allegedly attacking a woman with a machete.According to a Department of Law press release, 19-year-old Jonathan Anaruk faces one count of 1st degree attempted murder, one count of 1st degree assault, one count of 2nd degree assault, and two counts of 3rd degree assault.Police responded to the Aug. 18 incident near Anchorage’s Valley of the Moon Park and made contact with a woman covered in blood.According to the release, officers observed deep cuts to her shoulder and hand, and multiple cuts to her head.She was treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center.Anaruk was arrested on September 19th for the attack and has remained in custody.If convicted of attempted murder in the 1st degree, he faces up to 99 years in prison.