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Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue …(2/2) 2. Contrary to published reports, I am not part of @theTNTnation in any official capacity. I was asked to facilitate a team session in their trng camp last week, just as I have been doing w other companies & even teams in the NCAA, MPBL, etc.— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 5, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Reyes coached the Talk ‘N Text franchise from 2008 to 2012 before being tapped to handle the Philippine men’s national basketball team twice from 2012 to 2014 and from 2016 to 2018.The KaTropa have won only two titles and have had four different coaches since Reyes’ departure. Bong Ravena is currently the team’s head coach with Mark Dickel as consultant. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Dak Prescott, Cowboys push past Seahawks for wild-card win View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChot Reyes on Sunday dismissed a report that he is back with TNT, a team he guided to four PBA championships.In a tweet, Reyes refuted the report that said he “will serve as advisor” for the KaTropa in the coming 2019 PBA Season.ADVERTISEMENT
Here’s a big relief to those who are planning to apply to Delhi University, as the admission process has become fully online from this year. The registration procedure commence on June 1, and will conclude on June 19.The students will be selected on the basis of their performance in a written test followed by an interview. The written exam is scheduled from June 19 to June 23. The results for the same will be declared by July 4. Here’s how you should apply:Go to the official websiteClick on the link, ‘Undergraduate Admissions 2016-2017(only Entrance Based)Enter the registration number, login id and mobileOn submitting the same, the registration procedure will be completed. The candidates must take a printout for future use.Registration fee:Registration fee for UR/OBC: Rs 100Registration fee for SC/ST/PwD: Rs 50 Registration fee for Sports/ECA: Rs 100Note: Registration fee is non-refundable.Documents to be uploaded:Upload copy of self attested class 10, 12 mark sheets and reserved category certificate. The size of the file should not be more than 200 KB. Similarly, the photograph and signature should also not be more than 50Kb each. The university will publish the first cut-off on June 27. The candidates can check the scheduled of cut-off below:Online application begins 12 noon: June 1Last day of online application: June 19Declaration of first cut-off list: June 27Second cut-off list: July 1Third cut-off list: July 7Fourth cut-off list: July 12Fifth cut-off list: July 16Commencement of classes: July 20Closing date of admission: August 16For any query regarding the admissions, the candidates are advised to visit the official website.advertisementREAD: Delhi University Admissions process to begin from today: How to applyFor more updates, follow India Today Education.
Afridi, Miandad bury the hatchet following spatThey met at a friend’s place in Karachi on Saturday to resolve their differences following which they released a video showing them offering sweets to each other.Returning Messi on target as Barcelona hammer Deportivo La CorunaLionel Messi looked fully recovered from the groin injury and is expected to return to the starting lineup for Wednesday’s mouthwatering Champions League game against former coach Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.Manchester City penalty woes allow Arsenal to join them at the topArsenal’s 3-2 win over Swansea City, featuring a double from Theo Walcott, put them level with Manchester City on 19 points but Pep Guardiola’s side remained as leaders on goal difference.India Super League: Delhi Dynamos settle for 1-1 draw vs NorthEast United FCThe draw saw NorthEast United FC maintain their position at the top of the table with 10 points from five matches while Delhi Dynamos are at the third position with five points from three matches.India batter Argentina 74-20 in Kabaddi World CupIndia are second in group B with 16 points from three games whereas bottom-placed Argentina are yet to open their account after four games.
Three new vehicles debuting at the Paris car show this week will show investors and consumers the challenges facing the global auto industry as it grapples with the biggest technological changes in a century.A new BMW 3-series sedan, the latest in a line of cars that defined the concept of a premium sports sedan, will aim to reinvigorate a range that has ceded ground to SUVs and electric drives, while the Mercedes GLE marks an attempt to take an SUV to a new level, with some autonomous driving features.And the Peugeot e-Legend concept stands for what automakers need to do next, and fast: design electrified vehicles that are both appealing and profitable.The new generation BMW 3-series sedan will immediately fight for attention with a different car bearing the “3” designation – Tesla Inc’s electric Model 3.Tesla’s Model 3 is now out-selling the BMW model in the United States, although the BMW 3 remains the bigger seller by far worldwide.Tesla’s all-electric car challenges BMW and other traditional premium brands for technological leadership with software that can be constantly upgraded to improve the car’s performance and driver experience and to add features.The new BMW 3-series will also fight for attention in Paris – as in the marketplace – with the worldwide shift to SUVs. That phenomenon will be represented by the new generation of the Mercedes GLE sport utility, among other models.CONFLICTED RESPONSEThe new GLE, which goes on sale next year, will come with a new, 48-volt electronic suspension system that can vary the shock absorbing function at each wheel, individually. Inside the cabin, drivers and passengers can view information on two 12.3- inch screens.advertisementThe GLE also takes another step toward automating the process of driving, with a system that can steer and vary the speed of the car within a marked lane up to 37 miles per hour. The GLE can effectively pilot itself in rush hour traffic jams.Mercedes will offer in the GLE a 48-volt electrical system that gives the vehicle an electric boost away from stops. That offers a modest reduction in fuel consumption at a time when regulators worldwide want automakers to eliminate their oil-burning, internal combustion technology and go all-electric.The GLE highlights the auto industry’s conflicted response to the regulatory and consumer pressure to dump diesel technology and accelerate the shift to all-electric vehicles.Petroleum-fueled SUVs such as the Mercedes GLE generate the bulk of profits for global automakers. All-electric Tesla gets praise for its innovation but is scrambling to show a profit in the third quarter after a tumultuous year.FANTASY CARThe challenge for established automakers is to design electric cars compelling enough to persuade consumers to pay a profitable premium to own them.Legacy automakers have tended to produce electric cars that are drab, small or strange.PSA Group’s Peugeot e-Legend concept aims to break that pattern with a battery-powered homage to the 1968 Peugeot 504 that looks like it could have starred in a late 1960s French New Wave movie.While not destined for production, the e-Legend does reflect a dilemma facing automakers like PSA – and its track-racing boss Carlos Tavares – over how to reconcile connected, autonomous cars with more traditional product traits such as driving pleasure, where their expertise really lies.While the Peugeot fantasy car is self-driving, it can also be driven manually, or flipped into a “sharp” autonomous mode that accelerates and steers more aggressively – because, as the company said in promoting the concept, “boredom is not part of our DNA”.(With inputs from Reuters)
Sikar, Oct 7 (PTI) A police inspector and a constable were allegedly shot dead by five SUV-borne “miscreants” at Beswa village under Fathepur police station area of Sikar district, the police said Sunday.Fathepur police station in-charge Mukesh Kanungo and Constable Ram Prakash were shot dead when they began chasing the miscreants after they sped past a police barricade ignoring signals to stop the vehicle for a routine check up, said Sharma.He said the two policemen were on a routine duty at the check post near Beswa village, when one Ajay Chaudhary and his four associates approached the police barricade in a sports utility vehicle.The policemen deployed there signalled the SUV to stop, but the vehicle sowed down momentarily and then sped past the check post, prompting the policemen to give them a chase, he said.At this, the SUV occupants opened fire at the police vehicle, killing the inspector and the constable, the Sikar SP said.Sikar Additional SP Tejpal Singh said a search operation has been launched in Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts to arrest the accused. He said Ajay Chaudhary and his aides have past criminal records.The bodies of the two slain policemen have been handed over to their family members after post mortem, he said. PTI CORR AG RAXRAX
Rohit Sharma continued to break records with his fourth hundred in T20 internationals which scripted India’s 71-run victory over the Windies in the second match of the series in Lucknow on Tuesday.Rohit became the first batsman in world cricket to smash four T20 centuries in international cricket and also overtook Virat Kohli to become the highest run-scorer for India in the format.India rode on his entertaining 111 not out to post a mammoth 195 for 2 after being put into bat.Rohit Sharma’s historic 111* sets up India’s 7th successive T20I series victoryThe bowlers then stepped up for the hosts and restricted West Indies to 124 for 9 in 20 overs. India thus, took a 2-0 lead in the 3-0match series by virtue of this win.”Whenever you get an opportunity you do your best. Today was a perfect platform. Everyone who came to watch the game will go home with a smile. This is what we play for, to see that smile on everyone’s face. Glad that we won this game and this series as well,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.That moment when you become the first player to score FOUR T20I Centuries #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/F5TFxc3CQIBCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma blasts record 4th T20I hundred on Diwali eveHitman’s knock also saw him overtake Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum to grab the second spot on the list of batsmen with the most runs in T20 internationals.advertisementWith 2203 runs in 86 T20Is at an average of 33.89 and four tons, Rohit is just 68 runs behind New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, who heads the all-time list with 2271 runs in 75 matches.What a player @ImRo45 #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Ig7UhubLxIBCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018READ – Rohit Sharma overtakes Virat Kohli to become India’s highest run-scorer in T20IsThe win helped India register its 7th successive T20I series win after the draw against Australia in 2017. Since then, they defeated New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Ireland and England in bilateral series besides winning the Nidahas Trophy.The win also extended India’s unbeaten streak in T20I series to nine. Before the series win over New Zealand, India had drawn with Australia and defeated Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 International.India vs West Indies 2nd T20I: HighlightsRohit, who is leading the Indian team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, also praised his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan and the bowlers, especially Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah who took two wickets each in the match.”You know Dhawan’s natural instinct is to put pressure on the bowlers, but we decided to take our time. The partnership at the top was very important. 120-plus stand was crucial and KL finished off well.”Bumrah has been our premier bowler for us and the way we use him in T20s is different to ODIs. Khaleel wanted the new ball and he initially looks to swing it and he has taken up the challenge well. And when he bowls that kind of a spell upfront that helps us,” Rohit added.That’s that from Lucknow. #TeamIndia win by 71 runs and take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match T20I series.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/vceDTuMRX1BCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018And finally, the Hitman praised the 50,000-odd fans that turned up at the newly-built Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International cricket stadium, which hosted its first international cricket match this evening.”Wonderful stadium. One of the best stadiums we’ve played at, the way the crowd supported, hope to get the same support in future. I hope we get many more games here and we continue to entertain them,” Rohit concluded.
March 13, 2014 zoom Integrated subsea infrastructure services provider N-Sea Offshore Ltd has appointed GAC Shipping UK as its ship agent for vessels supporting its operations for the oil & gas and renewable energy industries in the North Sea.Under the agreement, GAC will provide a package of support services for vessels chartered by N-Sea calling at UK ports.GAC’s overall approach to delivering quality ship agency services, strong Code of Ethics, unrivalled attention to DA management, focus on compliance, experienced staff and extensive national and global coverage were all contributing factors in securing the agreement with N-Sea, according to Steve Gibson, GAC UK’s General Manager, Oil & Gas.A construction vessel due to call at Montrose in early April is expected to be the first to be handled under the contract.Gibson adds: “GAC’s range of shipping, logistics and marine services forms a total package of integrated solutions to support N-Sea’s operations, and we shall draw on our extensive oil & gas industry experience to help them achieve their goals in this highly demanding and competitive sector.”
Minister of Immigration Len Goucher is welcoming a review of the provincial nominee program by the auditor general. The legislature’s public accounts committee voted to request the audit at its meeting today, Oct.31. “A lot of things have been said about the nominee program over the last few weeks and there continues to be some confusion,” said Mr. Goucher. “The auditor general’s examination will provide independent confirmation of the many things we’re doing well and point out any areas in which we might improve. I welcome his review and commit to fully co-operate with his staff.” The minister also said that an independent investigation was launched earlier today by the Office of Immigration. “When I took on this portfolio, I committed to being open and transparent. Late yesterday afternoon, my senior management team brought to my attention a file that could involve potential conflict of interest and an independent review is now underway. We have contracted the services of an outside auditor who has already begun his work. “A great deal of good work is being done by a small staff of very dedicated people in the Office of Immigration,” said Mr. Goucher. “But we need more than good work. We also need public confidence in our efforts to attract immigrants, just as we need public confidence in any other government program.”
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A recent mass die-off of salmon at a Newfoundland fish farm has highlighted transparency and environmental challenges that the region’s growing aquaculture industry faces.Northern Harvest Sea Farms says the fish died after an extended period of high water temperatures, but the incident raised public concern because of slow public disclosure and confusion over the cause of death.The news followed the escape of approximately 1,000 salmon from a Cooke Aquaculture site in New Brunswick.Neville Crabbe of the Atlantic Salmon Federation says these incidents illustrate some of the industry’s risks and transparency issues.Crabbe says federal and provincial legislation sometimes leads to confusion over who wields regulatory power over the developing industry.A federal Liberal campaign promise to move away from open net salmon farming in British Columbia was met with concern from the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance this week.This report by the Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2019.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL – A shortage of truck drivers is hampering the country’s forest sector as shipments have been delayed and at least one producer was forced to slow production because of a lack of wood chips.Weyerhaeuser Co. chief executive Doyle Simons said Friday that availability of transportation services has been a challenge, especially in the past quarter.“We, like other companies, are, in fact, seeing that type of tightness,” he said during a conference call about the company’s results.Simons said the company faced truck and rail disruptions, mainly in December, and took a US$10 million to US$15 million hit in the fourth quarter.“So as we move into 2018, we think that will continue to be a headwind in terms of availability but more so increasing rates both on the truck and rail side,” he told analysts.Nordbord Inc. CEO Peter Wijnbergen said during its conference call that transportation availability was a challenge during Christmas and early 2018.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said transportation issues is something all forestry producers are talking about.“People have been talking about labour issues for awhile, it’s just getting more acute now,” he said from Vancouver.He said companies have been able to offset the pressure with higher selling prices.Shortages are a national challenge in many sectors, said Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.“What you’re starting to see is a capacity problem in our industry due to a truck driver shortage,” he said in an interview.Laskowski said the trucking industry is struggling to convince young people to take up the profession in sufficient numbers to replace the 10,000 truckers who retire every year.About 26 per cent of all truck drivers are over 55 years old, a larger percentage than other sectors, he said. The average age is expected to be around 50 years old by 2024.The shortage is expected to reach 34,000 or as much as 48,000 by 2024, Laskowski said. That includes about 14,000 in Ontario and about the same number in Quebec. There are currently more than 200,000 truckers working in Canada.Resolute Forest Products Inc., the world’s largest newsprint producer, said the shortage of truck drivers has impeded its ability to ship lumber from its sawmills to its paper plants.Recently-retired CEO Richard Garneau said the Montreal-based company slowed production in December after a shortage of truck drivers and harsh winter conditions resulted in a lack of wood chips at its Quebec pulp and paper mills.“Certainly there was a shortage, but we’re not the only one that is facing this reality,” he said during a Thursday conference call.The company, which also makes pulp, specialty papers and lumber, said it is trying to adjust by using larger trailers to haul the chips to paper mills and shipping more volume by rail.Bob Matters, wood council chairman for the United Steelworkers union in British Columbia, said the shortage of drivers across the country comes down to demographics.Young people aren’t attracted to working long hours, often in harsh conditions for inadequate compensation, he said. Also zero tolerance and pre-employment drug testing is eliminating many potential recruits.“That said I am not aware the shortage has actually impacted bottom lines (of forest companies),” he wrote in an email.Trucking margins are so slim that many companies are unable to reward their labour force sufficiently to entice younger workers, Laskowski said.The shortage is simply a question of supply and demand that can be addressed by better working conditions and compensation, he added.“Those that maintain the approach of the past will no doubt encounter issues.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP, TSX:WYL, TSX:NBD)
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that schools in Afghanistan are the targets of increasingly dramatic attacks and called on all parties not to target any students, teachers or educational institutions.Reported incidents have spread from the south and southeastern region to all of the provinces and include 11 explosions, 50 school burnings and 37 threats against schools and communities. In four southern provinces it is estimated that more than 100,000 children are shut out of school because of school closures. Children and teachers are under increasing threat and being denied their right to a safe teaching and learning environment. As of July 2006, the UNICEF School Incident Database – a UNICEF-run monitoring system – totaled 99 cases, or more than six times the number of incidents from the same period in 2005. Six children have died as the result of the violence. While UNICEF and the Afghan Government are taking steps to protect children and schools, the latest school-security related incidents are becoming increasingly worrisome. The education structure is still shaky following years of political turmoil, including denial of education for girls, under Taliban rule and subsequent ongoing conflict. “With all that the children of Afghanistan have gone through, to expose them to this kind of terrible violence is appalling,” said Bernt Aasen, the UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan. “The children of Afghanistan have a right to education. Threats, intimidations and violent attacks on students in schools undermine the very fabric of the future of Afghan society.” “We must not allow the progress that was made in establishing access to quality education to 5.2 million children be destroyed because we did not try hard enough to protect children’s right to be taught in a safe learning environment.” said Aasen. UNICEF praised the work of the government and its partners in making Afghan schools a place of learning and not of fear. “If we want our children to grow up non-violent, we must do everything we can to ensure that their schools are as safe as they possibly can be,” said Aasen. UNICEF called on all parties to cease targeting children, education workers and schools. In response, UNICEF, Ministry of Education and other partners have set up a special task force to devise solutions that is strengthening protection of students, teachers, school officials and schools themselves and providing a rapid response when incidents arise.When incidents do occur, UNICEF, if security allows, is on-site within 72 hours providing classroom tents, teaching-learning stationary materials, blackboard, chalks and floor mats so as to restore normal functioning of schools as soon as possible.
File photo: Some of the persons who turned up at Whim Village, Berbice to have their names removed from the listLegal proceedings against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and another individual has been filed by one of the constituency candidates for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in Berbice seeking to have the names of some 50 persons, that the Party said was fraudulently affixed to the backer’s lists for Local Government Elections (LGE) to be removed.The court document names Shafraz Beekham as the applicant, along with the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield and Orlando Christopher Persaud as the respondents.The document outlines that the challenge is seeking to have the names of 49 other electors appearing on list of backers in support of the Alliance For Change (AFC) constituency candidates removed.It noted that the submission was made to Persaud on September 21, 2018, in Whim Bloomfield, Berbice Local Authority Area (LAA), for the LGE 2018. The PPP is challenging on the grounds that the said decision is unlawful, illegal, and unreasonable and is in violation of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act.The document also cites Persaud’s alleged refusal to withdraw the applicant’s name and the names of 49 other electors. It said unless the names are withdrawn, the election in the LAA would be tainted with “illegality and fraud.” It also noted that Persaud’s refusal happened before the expired deadline on September 26, 2018.In a sworn affidavit, Beekham, who is a registered elector on the Official List of Electors for Constituency Number 3 in the Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) said he and others were deliberately deceived into signing a document by an Alliance For Change representative who he claimed fraudulently represented that she was employed by GECOM and that he needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.“I am informed and do verily believe by the other electors in the community that they were told that they would benefit from better roads, jobs, better pension and rehabilitated playgrounds and were also deceived into signing,” he stated in court documents.He said too that it was only after Nomination Day on September 21, 2018, that he learnt that the signature which was taken from him was unauthorisedly used as a nominator backing the AFC candidate in constituency Number 3.According to him, at no time whatsoever was he or the other residents informed, or did they know that they were in fact signing a list of backers in support of the AFC candidate(s).Persaud said on becoming aware of the fraud perpetuated against him and other electors, he immediately demanded that their names be withdrawn or deleted from the AFC lists.He recalled that he and the other electors had affidavits to withdraw their names and support for the AFC candidate on the lists submitted. On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Beekham and other electors visited Persaud’s office in Whim to submit the affidavits to have their names withdrawn.According to his court document, “The first named respondent was not in office and there was no other representative present who would accept our withdrawals. I returned to the first named respondent’s office at 2:00pm (14:00h) on September 26, 2018, with the other electors to submit our withdrawals. It was made clear to Persaud that we did not knowingly or intentionally submit or affix our signatures to any lists in support of AFC candidates.“The first named respondent initially refused to accept our withdrawals erroneously, stating that the time has expired for us to do so.” The PPP candidate said he did not leave and persisted to demand that his name be removed from the list. He recalled making contact with PPP GECOM Commissioner and Attorney Bibi Shadick and sought her intervention and advice.He was informed that at a meeting between GECOM Commissioners on September 25, 2018, it was confirmed that the deadline for the submission of the statutory affidavits was on 23:55h on September 26, 2018.“The statutory affidavits to withdraw the names of electors from the lists could be submitted by the representative (head of the list) or deputy representative or in person by the elector. If the elector appeared in person, a letter addressed to the first named respondent would have sufficed to effect a withdrawal. The statutory affidavits were legal documents which the first named respondent would be duty bound to accept,” he added.However, after 14:30h on September 26, the CEO was out of touch and was not in his office and could not be reached personally or by telephone to give any directions to Persaud. In the absence of the CEO, the Deputy CEO, Roxanne Myers, was contacted in her office and indicated that she could not give any instructions to Persaud without first conferring with the CEO of GECOM who she was also unable to contact.Subsequently, Persaud informed Beekham that he will accept the statutory affidavits from him and the other electors only if the electors desirous of withdrawing (including himself) were present in person. Beekham and 49 other electors presented themselves to Persaud the same day.But he later advised that “a confrontation had to be done between us and the AFC candidates” and further that the AFC candidates would be given time to rebut the allegations being made and fixed 10:00pm (22:00h) as the deadline after which a decision would be made.When the time had reached, Beekham said that he and the 49 other electors were all present. The AFC candidates were not present. Persaud then proceeded to accept all of the affidavits and in his presence signed and issued an acknowledgement of receipt to the representative of the PPP Himatee Latchman.Beekham learnt on Friday, September 28, that Persaud had refused to withdraw his name and that of the 49 other electors from the lists submitted by the AFC.The proceedings were served on Wednesday. The matter is fixed for hearing before Justice Navindra Singh on October 11. The attorneys representing Beekham are Adrian Anamayah, Ian Anamayah and Anil Nandlall. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM was not hands-on enough with Opposition’s LGE complaints- Dr JeffreyOctober 15, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: AFC to contest 38 Local Authority AreasOctober 10, 2018In “latest news”PPP’s LGE challenge to remove names from AFC backers’ lists dismissedOctober 23, 2018In “Court”
Indeed we are aware from comments by chief executive, Jim Brown, earlier this year, that further branch closures may be in the pipeline over the next three years.The bank is also closing five branches in Northern Ireland.Broderick concluded: “IBOA remains willing to continue to negotiate the terms of a comprehensive agreement on future change within Ulster Bank. But we need a degree of transparency from management to ensure that the outcome of these negoatiations offers the best possible solution for all of the Bank’s stake-holders.”MergersIt has been strongly rumoured that Ulster Bank may get into bed with another small bank to form a ‘third banking force’ capable of rivalling Bank of Ireland and AIB, with PTSB and KBC mentioned as the most likely candidates.However, in a note this morning, Davy seemed to pour cold water on that idea, pointing out that KBC recently said it is committed to the Irish market as a standalone entity until 2016 at the earlier.Davy said that a tie-up in the near-term with PTSB is unlikely for similar reasons, also citing the impact on price and both banks’ capital positions.Read: Customers refunded after Ulster Bank ATM glitch>Read: Ulster Bank parent company ‘forced small firms to default’> ULSTER BANK HAS pulled the plug on a further ten branches across its Irish network.The bank confirmed this afternoon that it will close branches at South Mall in Cork, Granard in Longford, Pearse Road in Sligo, Clane in Kildare and at Kimmage, George’s Quay and Inchicore in Dublin.In addition to these closures, a further three sub offices at Clara, Enfield and Lifford will be shut by November 2014.There will be no redundancies as a result of the closures.In a statement, the bank said that it had taken the decision to axe the branches due to changing customer behaviours in the wake of the emergence of mobile and online banking.Union responseFinance workers union IBOA strongly criticised the move, stating its concern that Ulster Bank is pre-empting negotiations between senior management and the union over the restructuring of the institution.IBOA general secretary Larry Broderick said that said: “Just as in the Danske Bank branch closures announced just over a week ago, Ulster Bank management cannot confirm that this announcement marks the end of the restructuring of its branch network.”
LATEST FIGURES FROM the Central Statistics Office show austerity policies are driving up goods prices, according to one analyst.Commenting on price statistics released this morning, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Fiona Hayes said that the biggest price increases in the last year “relate to austerity-driven price hikes for public services and hikes excise duties”.She pointed to the fact that the biggest price jumps over the last 12 months have been for education (4.5%), and alcohol and tobacco (3.7%).Overall, the price paid for goods by consumers continues to grow slowly, with inflation showing no signs of accelerating beyond its current sluggish level of 0.3% in the year.Prices in fact dropped by 0.2% last month, although Hayes attributed this to seasonal declines associated with summer sales. Clothing and footwear show no signs of reversing recent price drops, with a fall of 3.6% over the last year and 7% during July alone.Private rents are continuing their upward march, with latest figures from the Central Statistics Office indicating an 8.2% jump over the last 12 months.However, the cost of servicing mortgage interest payments continues to tumble, falling by 9.3% in the year and by 0.9% during July.Utility bills are also on the way up, with electricity costs climbing by 3.7% compared to last year, with gas also up by 2.7%.Industrial production nosediveThe CSO also released new figures on industrial production, showing a decrease of 18.2% in June when compared to the previous month.The volatility of the index was largely driven by a 27.4% reduction in output from the high-tech ‘modern’ sector, including the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, which fell by 35.7%.Hayes said that the expiry of key pharmaceutical patents has been “an important driver of weakness and volatility in the sector’s output over the last number of years”, although the majority of the off-patent impact is now thought to have “washed through” the system.Davy analyst David McNamara said that he expects industry will make a strong positive contribution to the economy this quarter despite the so-called ‘patent cliff’.He added that the prospect of broader inflationary movement in the economy “remains weak”, but said some upward pressure on prices could be brought to bear by a general improvement in the economic outlook.Read: Young people might have to delay flying the nest due to rising rents>Read: Inflation up slightly in June>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 65th volume of Greek Australian literary periodical Antipodes is set to be launched later this year in October, and submissions are now open.Members of the Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL), as well as non-members are welcome to contribute, and can range from poetry, short stories, studies, essays, book reviews to οther literary works in either English or Greek, as well as visual arts.This year marks 46 years of Antipodes’ continuous circulation. To celebrate, the 65th issue will pay tribute to artists within the Greek Australian community. The periodical will also have a special section acknowledging and honouring the 50 years since the GACL’s establishment in 1969/70.Works being submitted for publication must be original, and have not been published or promoted in another publication.READ MORE: Christos Fifis’ book documents the history of the Greek community in AustraliaLiterary works should be no longer than the limits prescribed as follows:Poems: 100 verses (lines)Short stories and essays: 2,000 wordsMeditations: 800 wordsStudies: 2,000 wordsBook/exhibition/music/play/film reviews: 1,000 wordsWorks that exceed the specified size limits will be rejected without involving the Editorial Committee.The deadline for submissions is Friday 12 July, 2019.Submit works electronically in Word document format, as an attachment, to email@example.comREAD MORE: A Greek Australian Archive, documenting the community’s early years has been launched
Climat : les pays riverains de la Méditerranée signent une déclaration communeVouliagmeni, Grèce – Réunis en Grèce à l’initiative du pays, une quinzaine d’États bordant la Méditerranée sont parvenus à un accord vendredi 22 octobre. Ils ont signé une déclaration commune visant à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique, qui menace tout particulièrement leur région.Les signataires, parmi lesquels on trouve Israël, l’Autorité palestinienne, la Grèce ou la Turquie, se sont engagés en signant cette déclaration à contribuer à “l’émergence d’économies à faibles émissions de carbone et respectueuses des ressources naturelles et du climat en Méditerranée”. Ils promettent également de “développer des positions méditerranéennes communes” sur le changement climatique.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Alors que les climatologues prônent une nécessaire limitation à 2°C du réchauffement global de la planète, ces pays riverains de la Méditerranée pourraient devoir faire face, dans quelques années, à une hausse de leurs températures moyennes de 4°C. Un réchauffement qui pourrait être accompagné d’une diminution des précipitations de 70%.”La crise du climat menace notre propre mode de vie en tant que peuples de la Méditerranée” avait souligné quelques heures avant la signature de l’accord le chef du gouvernement grec, Georges Papandreou. “Si nous ne décidons pas d’organiser la planète ensemble (…), il y aura des conflits face aux problèmes” engendrés par le réchauffement climatique, tels que l’accès à l’eau et à l’énergie, la désertification ou le traitement des déchets, avait-il averti.A un mois du sommet de Cancun, M. Papandreou a toutefois souligné l’incertitude et le scepticisme qui entourent les négociations visant à la signature d’un accord qui succèdera en 2012 au protocole de Kyoto. Un an après l’échec de Copenhague, “nous avons le sentiment que nous repartons en arrière”, a-t-il déploré.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Downtown Vancouver’s growing bar scene quietly welcomed another newcomer a few weeks ago: WhichCraft, a business that aims to create a novel bar concept that highlights arts and craft projects as much as craft beer.Owner Morgan Press describes the bar at 605 Main St. as a social space for individuals and groups of friends — age 21 and up — to tap into their artistic side and build meaningful creations.Craft barThe bar features open floor space in the center with six-seat tables lining the wall opposite a small bar counter. At first glance it looks a lot like any other bar, albeit with slightly more industrial floors and larger tables.But as visitors make their way farther back, they’ll find a shelf stacked floor-to-ceiling with arts and craft supplies and tools. That’s where most guests will start out: picking a craft for the evening and gathering the necessary supplies at their table.The bar offers a selection of 10 craft projects for customers including candles, concrete coasters, small planter pots, nail-and-string art and terrariums – with materials and tools supplied, and staff guidance available.
Former England international David Seaman believes that Joe Hart should be the national team’s first choice goalkeeper for this summer’s World CupThe West Ham loan player has endured an inconsistent season at the London Stadium and was widely criticised for his mistake in the build up to Peter Crouch’s opening goal in their 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Monday.Hart is facing competition from the likes of Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope for the No 1 jersey in Russia with head coach Gareth Southgate set to name the provisional England squad by 14 May.“For me, it has always been Joe. Obviously, the two other guys [Butland and Pickford] they are getting really close.” Seaman told Sky Sports.“Joe’s fortunately started playing for West Ham which is going to help, it is going to give Gareth a hard decision to make, whether he goes with Jordan or Jack we do not know.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Only Gareth will know, but he is going to have to be a little bit careful because it is a World Cup and it’s big pressure.“Joe’s handled all that before, Jordan and Jack have never really been anywhere near that. When I think of that situation I always think to Scott Carson when he got put in at Wembley against Croatia.“He made a mistake in the first five minutes and his game just went because he had no experience to fall back on.“The standard is good and Jordan and Jack are getting really close.”Seaman made 75 appearances for England in his playing career and shares the record of 15 consecutive years playing for the national team with Rio Ferdinand.
A memorial service for Dale Beacock will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Beacock died Aug. 4 in a cycling accident near Garibaldi, Ore., at the age of 81. Beacock taught music for more than 40 years in Clark County, directed The New Horizons jazz and concert bands, and founded the Beacock Music store in east Vancouver. All are welcome to attend. Beacock Music and Education Center will be closed in honor of the event.