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10 months agoMan Utd academy chief Butt reveals loan plans for youngsters


first_imgMan Utd academy chief Butt reveals loan plans for youngstersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy chief Nicky Butt has revealed plans to release several of their youth teamers for loan next month.Butt, expects some members of his Under-19 squad to depart on loan during the January transfer window, despite the promise of playing knockout games in the UEFA Youth League in March. He said of the forthcoming loan market, “It will affect the Under-19s [as a team]. But if you ask any Manchester United fan or Ed [Woodward] or the owners or the manager, they want players in the first team. That’s my job. That’s the job of the Academy coaches – to get players in the first team. If you can win competitions as well, that’s the best thing you can do.”Is it good to have some players just waiting for an Under-19s game to come along? No. So we are looking to get players out on loan to develop them so they come back better players and better people for our club, with a real chance on playing on the biggest stage in the world.”Butt continued: “We see January as a changeover of the guard if you like. “A lot more players will be pushing up to the Reserves and the youth team will be made up more regularly of first-year scholars.“They will be starting more regularly in the youth team and players will be going out on loan. But, yeah, we plan – we don’t just pick it out of the air.””“We make plans for a year, 18 months or two years for players and we believe it’s the right way to do things.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Iowa Star Announces NFL Draft Decision


first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A big piece of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ defensive line is taking his talents to the professional level.On Monday afternoon, Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson announced that he would be foregoing his senior year and entering the NFL draft.Nelson joins tight end Noah Fant and defensive back Amani Hooker as Iowa players leaving school with a year of eligibility remaining.The 2018 season was Nelson’s best year yet, as he finished the season with 45 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery touchdown.I will always bleed black and gold! Thank you Hawkeye nation for all of your love and support! pic.twitter.com/evFHyl9R7e— Anthony Nelson (@ANelly98) January 7, 2019He finishes his career at Iowa with 119 tackles, 31.0 tackles for loss, 23.0 sacks, seven passes defended, and four forced fumbles.Nelson was a part of an Iowa team that held opponents to 17.8 points per game, 12th in FBS.The team went 9-4 with a win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.Nelson’s departure also leaves the Hawkeyes without any remaining starters from this past year’s defensive line. Starting linemen Sam Brincks, Parker Hesse, and Matt Nelson all wrapped up their senior years at Iowa.last_img read more


Oshima to Build Four More Bulkers for Fednav


first_imgzoom Canadian shipowner and operator Fednav has ordered four more dry bulk carriers from a Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding, according to Clarksons Platou Shipbroking.Under the contract, the shipyard will construct four 34,500 dwt bulkers which will be fitted to operate on the Great Lakes of North America.The vessels are scheduled to join Fednav’s fleet in 2018, Clarksons added.The parties did not reveal the value of the order.In October of 2015, Fednav took delivery of a 34,500 dwt laker Federal Biscay from the same shipyard.This was the first of the company’s twelve new vessels which transited the Great Lakes to be equipped with a ballast water treatment system.Federal Biscay was designed to ship general cargo to the Great Lakes and bulk commodities, such as grain, from the Midwest to world markets.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Gangsters wife aide held for Cong leaders murder in Faridabad


first_imgNEW DELHI: The Haryana police on Saturday arrested two persons, including a woman, in connection with the daylight murder of Congress leader Vikas Chaudhary in Faridabad. The arrested duos are gangster Kaushal’s wife Roshni and their servant Naresh, Haryana Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Navdeep Singh Virk said.”Roshni and Naresh made weapons available to the accused Vikas alias Bhalla, a resident of village Dhanwapur, and Sachin of village Kheri in Faridabad district, involved in firing along with two other persons,” he said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsNaresh has identified Vikas in the CCTV footage and informed that he is the same person to whom he made available the weapons, Virk added. He said the car used in the murder of Chaudhary has also been recovered. Police said there was a dispute between Chaudhary and Kaushal over money. On June 27, Haryana Congress leader Chaudhary was shot dead in broad daylight by unknown assailants at Faridabad. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also condemned the killing and said it reflects the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the state. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderChaudhary, a spokesperson of the state Congress, was parking his car outside a gym in sector 9 here when the assailants fired 12-15 bullets at the vehicle from two sides, killing him on the spot, police had said. A murder case was registered and several police teams were formed to search for the assailants. Virk had earlier said the killing of Chaudhary appeared to be connected with his own criminal background. “As per the leads so far, Chaudhary had a criminal background and 13 FIRs of extortion, kidnapping, attempt to murder were registered against him since 2007 in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. His murder appears to be connected to his own criminal background,” the ADGP (Law and Order) had tweeted following the killing.last_img read more


Industrial building in Prince George BC holds record for most airtight


first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Wood Innovation Research Lab in Prince George, B.C., appears to be nothing more than a modern cedar and black-metal building, but look past the cladding and you’ll find an engineering feat that has earned it the recognition as the most airtight industrial building on the continent.The University of Northern British Columbia building has received Passive House certification, making it the first of its type in North America to meet the internationally recognized standards for energy efficiency.Guido Wimmers, chairman of the Integrated Wood Design Program at UNBC, said the building is very efficient and cuts heating and cooling bills by up to 90 per cent in a central B.C. climate where temperatures range from -30 C in winter to 30 C in summer.“To get to Passive House standards in this climate, with this geometry, that was a big challenge and hasn’t been done, to the best of my knowledge. There are three or four industrial buildings worldwide,” he said.There are Passive House organizations around the world advocating for high-performance buildings in design, construction and liveability. Thousands of Canadian homes have been certified by the group indicating they have met limits for heat, energy use and being airtight.The research building is 30 metres by 30 metres, with walls that are a half-metre thick and contain blown-in mineral wool insulation.Generally construction costs about five per cent more for passive buildings, but the university is the owner and it’s also interested in the operation costs, said Wimmers.“The initial investment is higher, true, but the actually monthly costs of ownership are lower. And that’s always the goal. It has to be cost-efficient, otherwise nobody would do it.”It will cost about $1,000 a year to heat, Wimmers said.“A normal building of this type would have had a heating bill of $16,000, or something like that.”The biggest challenge to obtaining the certification was a large overhead door that allows material to be brought into the research lab.Wimmers said they brought in the big red door from Germany and had to optimize it even further to increase the air seal.“Well, first you close the door,” he said, laughing as he explained how they got the seal. “Those bay doors are prone to leak. They are very well known for not being airtight.”The other doors and windows in the building came from Poland, he said.The B.C. Energy Step Code will set much stricter provincial regulations for housing energy efficiency and be in place by 2032, but the construction industry has been slow to catch on and manufacturers don’t see the value, he said. Some cities, including Vancouver, are already enforcing higher energy efficiency standards.“The long-term goal is clearly not to keep on importing stuff. The goal is to create a local market so that local manufacturers can sell their inventions and new products.”Wimmers said he’s been in consultation with several B.C. municipalities and companies about construction of more passive buildings.The end result is all about comfort, Wimmers said.“Imagine you have a power outage. Typical buildings would be almost unlivable in 10 to 12 hours or so. In a Passive House, you just don’t care. You can be there for days and days and days and most likely it is never going to drop below 15 degrees.”— By Terri Theodore in Vancouverlast_img read more


UN Migration Representative Holds Meeting with Ministers in Rabat


Rabat – Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration,  met yesterday in Rabat with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and Minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs Abdelkrim Benatiq.At the meeting, the officials discussed national strategies of integration (including the education of children), contact with Moroccans living abroad, and the issue of mobility in the context of Morocco.“By being a country of departure, transit and arrival for migrants, Morocco is the type of country that permits examination of everything related to issues of migration,” stated Arbour. Arbour described the talk as “very enriching,” especially since it highlighted the international contribution of Morocco through its co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).The organization will host a conference at the end of June in Berlin, with the theme “Towards a Global Contract on Migration and Development”.Arbour’s visit to Morocco from May 29 until June 1 is her first trip abroad since her appointment to the post by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 9. read more


Government insists Sri Lanka has not agreed to hybrid court


“Our Government never submitted a proposal to create a hybrid court in Sri Lanka,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said. He said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had also made this clear to Parliament in 2017. Sri Lanka has not agreed to establish a hybrid court to investigate human rights abuses related to the war, the Government insisted today.Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament today that Sri Lanka has made it clear that only local judges will be involved in the domestic accountability process. Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the Resolutions cosponsored by Sri Lanka in 2017 and this year did not propose a hybrid court.The Minister also said that Sri Lanka has not agreed to prosecute anyone before the International Criminal Court. Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the joint opposition is making false claims as this year is election year.He said that politicians must understand that this country belongs to all Sri Lankans and the rights of all Sri Lankans must be protected. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Brock partner hosting green trade show this weekend


Blue/Green Canada will provide the featured workshop at Sunday’s fourth annual Eco-Fest Niagara trade show hosted by Climate Action Niagara (CAN), a group supported by the Brock community.“Going Green to Make Green, How to Generate Income with Energy” is the focus of the Blue/Green workshop, one of many to be staged from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.Doors to the trade show open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 17. Admission is free.Eco-Fest Niagara showcases some of the eco-friendly initiatives, products and services available in Niagara. The event itself has been developed on a sustainable business model, said Jane Hanlon, CAN executive director.“All proceeds from Eco-Fest Niagara, including exhibitor fees and sponsorship dollars stay in our local community and go towards continuing the numerous environmental education and action programs delivered by Climate Action Niagara,” she said.Although not directly involved with Sunday’s event, Brock has a working relationship with CAN. The Brock community has participated in many of Niagara’s eco-initiatives through research, marketing help and volunteer participation, Hanlon said. This includes Ontario Public Interest Research Group at Brock, the Faculty of Business and the Department of Residences.Residence students and students from the Foundations in Service Learning course at Brock helped CAN with a variety of community garden initiatives this past year, said Kristen Smith, manager of Student and Community Outreach.“We look forward to partnering with Climate Action Niagara again this spring and summer as the growing season begins for another year.” read more


Annan deplores Israeli military attack on civilian areas in Gaza


The incident left at least 14 Palestinians dead and dozens wounded, including a number of children.A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement voicing the Secretary-General’s particular concern over reports that an Israeli helicopter gunship fired a missile into a crowd of civilians in “reckless disregard” of the obligation under international humanitarian law to protect the civilian population.”Such actions have no legal or moral justification,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press in New York, reiterating Mr. Annan’s appeal to both sides to halt all violent and provocative acts, as called for by the Security Council. “Actions like those carried out this morning do not promote Israeli security,” the statement stressed, warning that “they could lead to a further escalation while increasing the sense of vulnerability and insecurity among both the Palestinians and Israelis.”In a related development, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today reported that a local hospital was fired on during the attack in Khan Yunis, where students didn’t show up for school today because of the violence. read more


Top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello killed in terrorist blast in


The top United Nations envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed today when terrorists blew up the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 14 others and injuring dozens more in what Secretary-General Kofi Annan denounced as an inexcusable “act of unprovoked and murderous violence.”Mr. Annan immediately cancelled his holiday in Europe to return to UN Headquarters in New York, where he is expected to arrive tomorrow, and the Security Council held emergency consultations, condemning in the strongest terms the “terrorist criminal attack” and vowing to further intensify its efforts to help the people of Iraq.Mr. Vieira de Mello, a 30-year Brazilian veteran of many UN peacekeeping operations from the Balkans to East Timor to Africa, had been trapped in the rubble of the devastated Canal Hotel, which served as UN headquarters in the Iraqi capital. He was 55 and was UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.Mr. Annan mourned his death as “a bitter blow for the United Nations, and for me personally.””Those who killed him have committed a crime, not only against the United Nations but against Iraq itself,” he said in a statement issued in New York. “The death of any colleague is hard to bear, but I can think of no one we could less afford to spare, or who would be more acutely missed throughout the UN system, than Sergio.”Among others killed were Rick Hooper of the United States, Ranillo Buenaventura of the Philippines, Jean-Selim Kanaan of Egypt and Fiona Watson of the United Kingdom. In addition, the Programme Coordinator for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Iraq, Christopher Klein-Beekman, also died. He was a 32-year-old Canadian who was the agency’s Officer-in-Charge in the country at the time of his death. “The people of Iraq have suffered an enormous loss today,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.Mr. Vieira de Mello made the establishment of full human rights a major part of his mission to Iraq ever since he arrived at the beginning of June as Mr. Annan’s Special Representative and insisted that full sovereignty should be restored to the Iraqi people as soon as possible following the occupation of the country by the United States-led coalition.As news of his death spread through UN Headquarters in New York and the flags of the 191 Member States were lowered in front of the building – leaving the UN flag alone at half mast – staff gathered in small sombre groups to mourn.Mr. Vieira de Mello only took his Iraqi mission as a short-term four-month assignment, so important did he and the Secretary-General consider the global fight for human rights and the urgency of his return to his post as High Commissioner.He had a long and distinguished UN career stretching over 30 years. Before being appointed to the human rights post in 2002, he was the UN Transitional Administrator in East Timor and prior to that briefly held the position of Special Representative for Kosovo. He had extensive Headquarters and field experience in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, including in Bangladesh, Sudan, Cyprus, Mozambique, Peru and Lebanon.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told a briefing at UN Headquarters that as of mid-afternoon New York time, some six hours after the attack occurred, 15 people had so far been reported killed and that the toll could rise since many of the 100 injured, including both Iraqis and international staff, were in serious condition.Rescuers from the United States forces had worked to extricate Mr. Vieira de Mello from the ruined building, which served as a base for some 300 international UN personnel in Baghdad out of the 646 in Iraq altogether.”Nothing can excuse this act of unprovoked and murderous violence against men and women who went to Iraq for one purpose only: to help the Iraqi people recover their independence and sovereignty, and to rebuild their country as fast as possible, under leaders of their own choosing,” Mr. Annan said in a statement earlier Tuesday before Mr. Vieira de Mello’s death was announced.”I also hope to see those who have perpetrated this outrage brought to justice,” he added. “Most of all, I hope to see Iraq restored as soon as possible to peace, security and full independence. The United Nations will make every effort to bring that about.”After a briefing from Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk, the Security Council said in a press statement, before news that Mr. Vieira de Mello had succumbed: “Such terrorist incidents cannot break the will of the international community to further intensify its efforts to help the people of Iraq.”Council members reaffirmed that “this horrible attack that aimed at undermining the vital role of the United Nations in Iraq will not affect their determination and [they] will stay united against such attacks and to help the Iraqi people restore peace and stability to their country.”The United Nations is in Iraq on a mission of peace, and for the reconstruction of the country and to support the Iraqi people. Therefore it is all the more shocking that this attack occurred,” the statement concluded.The Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, standing in for Mr. Vieira de Mello during his tour of duty in Iraq, expressed deep shock and outrage over the “despicable act” against those whose only aim is to help the Iraqi people.”We are deeply shocked and outraged at the explosion at United Nations headquarters in Baghdad,” Mr. Ramcharan said in a statement. “Such a despicable act directed at people whose only aim is to assist the people of Iraq recover from war and years of oppression is to be is to be condemned by the whole international community,” he added.UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers denounced the bombing as an act of senseless violence.”We are shocked and outraged by the attack, which ultimately is aimed at the Iraqi people that the United Nations is trying to help,” he said. “This senseless attack is a setback to the UN’s humanitarian efforts to aid Iraqis who have been through decades of suffering.” read more


Afghanistan UN envoy hails launch of reconciliation action plan


The senior United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today hailed the launch of an Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation and Justice and pledged the world body’s support in carrying it out.“This is a remarkable step, and especially so for a country that has suffered so much and in which conflict remains all too present,” said Tom Koenigs. “I applaud this courageous move.”He recalled the suffering caused by Afghanistan’s decades of human rights violations. “Launching an Action Plan is only a first step towards coming to terms with this legacy, but it shows that the dignity of victims is being respected,” he said. “It also gives hope that the truth may be established, that justice may be achieved, and that tolerance, solidarity, and trust may be restored.”Mr. Koenigs also pledged the UN’s support in carrying out the Plan, saying the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) “”will do everything possible to realize the promises made to the peoples of the world in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this very day, 58 years ago.”The UN marks Human Rights Day every year on 10 December in recognition of that milestone. read more


Trump presidency doesnt change need for Canadian carbon price says Trudeau


Trump presidency doesn’t change need for Canadian carbon price, says Trudeau by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2016 10:56 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s full steam ahead for his government’s environmental plan — including a national carbon price — despite a Donald Trump presidency that will likely recast America’s climate-change priorities.The Liberals have made the fight against climate change one of the motifs of their government since coming to power a year ago, and had a highly sympathetic Democratic partner in Washington under the administration of President Barack Obama.The new American president-elect, by contrast, has suggested climate change is a hoax, wants the United States out of the Paris climate accord and plans to promote the exploration and development of fossil fuels, including coal.Trump’s campaign website includes a section on energy but nothing on environmental policy.The Trump policy blueprint promises to “Unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves” and to “rescind all job-destroying Obama executive actions” concerning energy policy.Trudeau announced last month that he’d impose a national floor price on carbon dioxide emissions starting in 2018, rising to $50 per tonne by 2022.Canada won’t be altering course, the prime minister told a news conference Thursday in Sydney, N.S., when asked about Trump’s potential impact.“One of the things people in Canada and indeed around the world understand is that there is tremendous economic disadvantage from not acting in the fight against climate change; for not pushing towards cleaner jobs and reducing emissions; towards not showing leadership at time where the world is looking for leadership,” Trudeau said.“We know that putting a price on carbon pollution is a way to improve our response to economic challenges, to create good jobs going forward and to show leadership that quite frankly the entire world is looking for, along with the solutions that go with it.”It’s clear, however, that a Trump presidency is going to complicate the Liberal government’s plans.“A carbon tax makes no sense anymore,” Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose said in Edmonton, calling it “complete insanity” for Canada to continue pricing carbon emissions given the new American political reality.“What we’ve got now is a situation where we could be put at a huge competitive disadvantage compared to the United States.”Obama and Trudeau jointly announced major reductions in methane emissions last March during a state dinner at the White House, and later joined forces with Mexico on a broader North American climate and clean energy strategy.Washington and Ottawa have also agreed to cut hydrofluorocarbons, stabilize commercial airline emissions, align emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles, integrate electricity grids and co-ordinate Arctic strategies.No one seems to know how Trump will act on these policy fronts, but his choice of climate skeptic Myron Ebell to lead the transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency sends a powerful signal.Energy expert Alan Ross, regional managing partner in Calgary for Borden Ladner Gervais, noted in an interview that the EPA is currently drafting regulations to reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2012 levels by 2025.“There was a movement towards integration, or at least further co-operation” between Canada and the U.S. on cutting carbon emissions, said Ross, who now predicts a “significant pivot” under Trump.“There’s going to be a bit of a dislocation between what’s happening in Canada and what is likely to happen in the United States under a Trump administration.”Ross suggests Canadian governments should be watching Congress closely. The Republican-held Congress has legislated fossil fuel subsidies and lifted the 40-year ban on U.S. oil exports during the Obama presidency. It certainly won’t stand in the way of Trump’s “business-friendly” agenda — which could further help U.S. producers, he said.“Canada is a high-cost jurisdiction to begin with,” said Ross, and any measures that further help America’s low-cost producers will be felt competitively in Canada.The U.S. doesn’t have a carbon price and no one was expecting one anytime soon, Scott Vaughan of the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development, said in an interview from Marrakech, Morocco.Issues of competitiveness presumably were already taken into account when the carbon price plan was created, he said.“I don’t see this as being any reason to fundamentally change the course that the government has set.”The bigger questions, said Vaughan, relate to energy policy and Trump’s readiness to roll back executive orders made by Obama.Trump’s stated position on reviving coal is “an absolute concern from a climate perspective.”Vaughan suggested that under Trump, “maybe the United States will look a little like Canada did” during the previous Conservative government, when cities, businesses and provinces led the policy push.“Leadership means being able to take the lonely path sometimes.”— Follow @BCheadle on Twitter read more


UN envoy sees glimmer of hope as Syria indicates willingness to freeze


Speaking to reporters following his closed-door briefing of the Security Council yesterday evening, Mr. de Mistura explained that he has “no illusions” about the difficulty of the task ahead based on his past experiences attempting to negotiate a peace. Nonetheless, he added, there is “hope” that a structured ‘freeze’ in Aleppo could alleviate the increasingly urgent conditions citizens were facing in the city. “The Government of Syria has indicated to me its willingness to halt all aerial bombing in addition to artillery shelling for a period of six weeks all over the city of Aleppo as of a date that we will be announcing in Damascus,” he stated. “We will engage very much with the opposition hopefully to get a response to a similar request from the UN to halt mortar and rocket attacks on the city of Aleppo for six weeks.” Mr. de Mistura has since November been urging support for a local ‘freeze’ to the conflict around Aleppo, so that the growing threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may be fully confronted and to create an environment whereby humanitarian aid could reach the beleaguered population.Moreover, the Special Envoy believes Aleppo provides the best example of where the conflict could be halted locally, as fighting between opposition and Government forces had ground to a stalemate amid the steady advance of ISIL militants.According to the UN, the conflict in Syria has sparked the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, with 7.6 million people displaced and 3.2 million refugees created by the conflict, as well as a further 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Well over 150,000 people have died in the conflict, with at least 680,000 injured. Several rounds of UN-mediated peace talks in Geneva among the parties last year ended without a settlement and the Organization has since been reiterating the need to press ahead with political negotiations to achieve the aims of the Geneva Communiqué.Mr. de Mistura added that in light of “the latest worrisome news” of heavy fighting near Aleppo, the proposed ‘freeze’ would hopefully help protect civilians while a more durable political solution is sought. “We shall be cautious with words. Assurances will not be enough. Facts on the ground will prove if the ‘freeze’ holds and can be replicated elsewhere,” he continued. “The purpose, frankly, is to spare as many civilian victims as possible with a political process based on the Geneva Communiqué with a pragmatic approach that can produce results.” read more


Solid August commercial vehicle market sets scene for rest of 2013


“The commercial vehicle industry can take heart from a respectable performance in August with customers boosting registrations by almost 15%,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “For vans, August is always a quieter month ahead of the September plate-change but the 9.4% year-to-date rise in volumes is set to be maintained through to year end. We predicted a turn-around in truck fortunes through the second half of this year and the robust performance in August is a signal that volumes should catch and pass 2012 totals.” Vans10,34411.1%161,9389.4%253,5722.6% Trucks3,10729.0%28,221-4.8%44,279-7.3% UK van and truck registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012 Total13,45114.8%190,1597.0%297,8511.0% August% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Total CV registrations were robust in August up 14.8% at 13,451 units with year-to-date volumes 7% above 2012 at 190,159 units.Vans rose 11.1% with 10,344 registrations in the month and remained 9.4% up for the January-August period with 161,938 registrations.Truck demand grew 29% in the month, continuing the reversal of fortunes seen in the first half of 2013 and improving year-to-date performance, now down just 4.8% at 28,221 units. Click through to download the full August 2013 CV news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Revealed Nine household chores that only need to be done once a


first_imgAnd to make it even easier, the GHI experts have come up with labour-saving tips for each of the nine in its guide.A spokesman said: “If you feel like as soon as you finish washing, dusting and vacuuming your house, you have to tackle it all over again, you’ll love this list.”Everything on it only has to be completed once a year. Yes, that means that once you’ve ticked them off the list, you don’t have to do a darn thing for another whole year.”Here’s the full list of chores that only need to be performed once a year, according to the Good Housekeeping Institute:Wipe down the window frames – use a brush to sweep off dirt around the frame. Use a washing-up liquid solution or multi-purpose spray cleaner to remove stubborn grime.Purge your kitchen drawer (also known as the “man drawer”) – this is the place where unclaimed items get stashed when there is nowhere else to put them. Once a year, tip it all out and re-evaluate what you’ve collected and decide what you don’t need anymore. Be ruthless!Wipe your lightbulbs – these get sticky and dusty (especially in the kitchen and bathroom) and it’s amazing how much light this cuts out. Switch off, unscrew and wipe with a damp cloth, making sure to stay well away from the screw or bayonet end.Wash your curtains – curtain fabric collects dust. Pop them in the washing machine or take them to your local dry cleaner.Blitz the fireplace – got a real fire? Before you set the first fire of the season, call in the professionals to give the chimney a clean.Deep clean upholstered furniture – vacuum thoroughly, wash or dry-clean loose covers and if they cannot be removed have them cleaned professionally.Wipe down outdoor furniture – add a squirt of washing-up liquid to a bowl of warm water, and then wipe down tables and chairs with a damp cloth. Finish it all off with a spray of water from the garden hose.Deep clean your carpet – rent a carpet cleaner, such as a RugDoctor. But if your carpet is really stained, don’t expect miracles! It may be time to consider rearranging the furniture or a strategically placed rug.Empty your gutters – give gutters a good clean with a stiff brush, then invest in a gutter brush. Water can still flow freely along the gutters but the brush will stop leaves from getting stuck in your pipes and blocking them.  Household chores that only need to be done once a year have been revealed by experts, who also described the cheats to make them even easier.The list of nine tasks has been compiled by Good Housekeeping Institute domestic gurus, who say they only need to be performed every 12 months.From wiping down window frames to clearing out the “man drawer” in the kitchen, they are the kind of tasks that even the most time-pressed householder can do and then forget about for a year. 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.center_img Once you’ve ticked them off the list, you don’t have to do a darn thing for another whole yearGood Housekeeping Institutelast_img read more


Christian student kicked off university course over gay marriage views wins court


A Christian student kicked off a university course over his views on gay marriage has celebrated his latest legal battle as “great news” for anyone who cares about free speech.Felix Ngole, 41, said that he was expressing a traditional religious view when he was accused of posting derogatory comments about homosexuals and bisexuals on Facebook.As a result of was thrown off the Sheffield University course where he was completing a postgraduate degree in social work. University bosses said Mr Ngole showed “no insight” and the decision to remove him from the course was fair.They said he had been studying for a professional qualification and they had to consider his fitness to practise.However the devout Christian, of Barnsley, south Yorkshire, said his rights to freedom of speech and thought, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, were breached when he was thrown out.Deputy High Court Judge Rowena Collins Rice ruled against Mr Ngole following a trial in London in 2017, but today three Court of Appeal judges overturned that ruling and said that university bosses should reconsider.”This is great news, not only for me and my family, but for everyone who cares about freedom of speech, especially for those working in or studying for caring professions,” Mr Ngole said following the appeal ruling by Lord Justice Irwin, Lord Justice Haddon-Cave and Sir Jack Beatson. The three judges said that university bosses adopted an untenable position – thinking that any expression of disapproval of same-sex relations, however “mildly expressed”, on a public social media platform was a breach of profession guidelines and that a university fitness to practise committee should stage another hearing and reconsider Mr Ngole’s case. Felix Ngole, who was thrown off a Sheffield University social work course after being accused of posting ''derogatory'' comments about homosexuals and bisexuals on a Facebook page, 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. Felix Ngole, who was thrown off a Sheffield University social work course after being accused of posting ”derogatory” comments about homosexuals and bisexuals on a Facebook pageCredit:Christian Concern /PA  “I am thankful to the judges for recognising that I did not discriminate against anyone and that it was not I who was entrenched, lacking insight or disproportionate in my approach to the issue, but the University of Sheffield. “I have suffered tremendously as a result of how I was treated by the University of Sheffield and I feel that four years of my life have been taken away from me. Despite all this, I feel overwhelming joy that what I have lost will be so much gain to Christians today and in the future as a result of this important ruling for freedom.”Mr Ngole posted comments in 2015 when taking part in a debate on a Facebook page about Kim Davis, a state official in the US state of Kentucky, who refused to register same-sex marriages, judges heardHe had said Mrs Davis’s position was based on the “Biblical view of same-sex marriage as a sin”, said he was making a “genuine contribution” to an important public debate, and he was “entitled to express his religious views”.University bosses said that he had posted comments on a publicly accessible Facebook page which were “derogatory of gay men and bisexuals” and Judge Collins Rice ruled that university bosses acted within the law, however appeal judges said the university’s disciplinary proceedings were flawed. A Sheffield University spokeswoman said: “The University of Sheffield supports the rights of students to hold and debate a wide range of views and beliefs.”However, for students studying on courses that lead to professional registration, we have a responsibility to look at how any concerns raised could impact a student’s fitness to practise once registered.”Fitness to practise committees use national professional guidance and often need to consider a student’s insight and consideration about their chosen profession.”This case was therefore not part of the university’s standard disciplinary procedures or about its support of freedom of speech.”The court dismissed the majority of the appeal submitted by the applicant and has only upheld one aspect to do with early procedural processes.”The university will be considering its response to the judgment.” “As Christians we are called to serve others and to care for everyone, yet publicly and privately we must also be free to express our beliefs and what the Bible says without fear of losing our livelihoods.” read more


Viktor Szilagyi to play 200th match for Austria


← Previous Story El Jaish beat Brazil in Doha Next Story → Danijel Šarić to Al Quiada – Ristovski goes to Barca? Austrian handballViktor SzilagyiViktor Szylagi Legendary Austrian NT captain Viktor Szilagyi will play his 200th match in the national t-shirt. Austrians will meet Czech Republic in friendly test on Thursday in Krems (20.25 hrs) in preparation for WCh 2017 Play Off clashes against Denmark in June.Szilagyi has been a part of all major success, the ninth place at domestic EHF EURO 2010 with Dagur Sigurdsson on the bench.Experienced playmaker netted 892 goals in total for Austria.


Tamika Handfield encourages TCI to eat healthy


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvideciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – Now that summer almost is here residence of the Turks and Caicos Islands are being encouraged to continue leading a healthier lifestyle and eat healthy.Nutritionists Tamika Handfield, CEO of Nutrition in Demand said this is great time for people to take advantage of the summer weather and pull out that grill. One food mostly encouraged to eat this summer is fish.Ms. Handfield said according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it is recommended person eat two servings of fish per week.  This will not only help improve your memory but also lower blood pressure.  She also said by eating healthier your brain and heart will thank you for it.  Nutrition in Demand is a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness to health and healthy eating.Next time, we tell you how Dance with Cinderella went, it was held over the weekend and is a major fundraiser for Nutrition in demand. Related Items:last_img read more


Legal sale of recreational marijuana enters second day in San Diego


first_img Posted: January 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Legal sale of recreational marijuana enters second day in San Diego January 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:38 PM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Marijuana FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Booming business continued Tuesday on the second day of legal recreational marijuana sales for those ages 21 and up in California.The store, Urban Leaf, had previously only handled medical marijuana prescribed by physicians. It is tucked away in an industrial park. near the 15/94 interchange, across a freeway from a Costco and two miles east of downtown.Manager Peter Yousif told City News Service there was a long line out the door of the dispensary.“We’ve been slammed since opening at 7 a.m.,” said Yousif. ”We have a line out the door right now. We expected it.”Yousif said about 250 people had visited the dispensary during its first four hours of operation on New Years Day.The marijuana dispensary operator said he felt there was a lot of pent-up demand for the now-legal drug.“I think it will be like this for at least a few months,” Yousif said. ”Before, some people were reluctant to try it because they were concerned about getting a medical marijuana card. But now that it its legal, people are more willing to try it.”Yousif cited a case in point.“I had a lady who came in here today who hadn’t done marijuana in 30 years,” he said. ”She said, ‘Now that it is recreational — I want to try it out again.’“Urban Leaf in Golden Hill will be open until 9 p.m.In 2016, Californians voted to legalize sales of recreational marijuana for anyone age 21 and older. It is now legal to purchase marijuana for recreational use at licensed shops as well as to grow, possess and use limited quantities of cannabis.The state led the country in efforts to legalize marijuana. Through Proposition 215, passed in 1996, California became the first state to legalize the drug for medical use.In November 2016, state voters passed an amendment legalizing recreational use of marijuana taking effect Jan. 1, 2018.Join the conversation on our Facebook page:last_img read more


Camas council endorses new county charter


first_imgThe Camas City Council is throwing its support behind Clark County’s proposed new charter. With little discussion and much enthusiasm, the council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday night endorsing the new charter, which will be on the November ballot. An elected 15-member board of freeholders drafted the proposal this spring, aiming to make several fundamental changes to Clark County government. The new charter would divide the county’s legislative and executive powers by hiring a county manager to handle day-to-day operations. It would also extend the board of commissioners to five members, adding two new commissioners — called councilors under the charter.Furthermore, the charter would nearly cut the commissioners’ salaries in half to $53,000 a year. The councilors adopted the resolution three weeks after Nan Henriksen, former Camas mayor and freeholder chairwoman, visited during a workshop to encourage their support.“This charter is really quite simple,” Henriksen said, “because our goal was to keep it simple, keep it moderate and keep it cost-effective.”The council’s resolution noted that the county’s current government structure was created in 1889. Since then, Clark County’s population has grown from about 11,000 to more than 440,000, and Camas officials agreed it’s time for a change. They also said expanding the commission would strengthen local representation. Adding an at-large commissioner position gives Camas residents a chance to elect two commissioners, they said.last_img read more