UEFA Champions League Liverpool in race to avoid fans’ Champions League heartache after Kiev flight chaos Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author 00:53 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid A string of cancellations by World Choice Sports have led to despair for supporters travelling to Ukraine and the club will aim to help those affected Liverpool are striving to save supporters from Champions League final heartache after around 1,000 fans were left without flights to Kiev for this weekend’s game.Travel company World Choice Sports announced on Thursday that it had been forced to cancel three separate trips, one departing on Friday and two on Saturday, with Kiev’s Boryspil airport unable to allocate times for its aircraft.The company claimed it had “exhausted all avenues” and that it had “applied for [landing] slots in the correct manner and time frame”. Apologising and placing the blame squarely at he door of the Ukrainian authorities, it said supporters, who have paid close to £1,000 for their trips, would be issued with refunds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool, though, say they will work with all relevant authorities to find a resolution.A statement on the Reds’ official website said: “Liverpool Football Club is continuing to work with all of the relevant stakeholders in the UK and Ukraine in an attempt to resolve a situation which has left around 1,000 fans without flights to Kiev for the Champions League final.“Flights chartered by World Choice Sports had been set to take supporters to Ukraine, but a dispute between the Widnes-based travel company and the aviation authorities in Kiev over the size of the aircraft has led to the trips being cancelled.“Along with officials from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool City Council, UEFA and the authorities in Kiev, Liverpool FC has been endeavouring to resolve the issue since it first came to light and will continue to do so until all avenues have been exhausted.”Meanwhile Joe Anderson, the Mayor Liverpool, Tweeted that he was working with his opposite number in Kiev, former World Champion boxer Vitali Klitschko, in order to find a solution. Regardless of whether a solution is found or not – Goal understands that Liverpool are hopeful of a resolution – the episode is yet another in what has become a stressful ordeal for many supporters hoping to see their side in European football’s biggest club game.With match tickets costing as much as £400 – and many being sold for three times that on the black market – and accommodation prices in Kiev rocketing, many Reds have been forced to spend upwards of £1500 to make the trip. Some are paying in excess of £1000 for just a day trip.Liverpool’s players flew out of John Lennon Airport on Thursday afternoon, and will train at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Friday.Meanwhile, for many of their supporters there will be an anxious wait. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Waterfront Development Corporation and Halifax Regional Municipality are seeking feedback on a plan to make the Dartmouth waterfront more vibrant. The comprehensive, draft land-use plan for Dartmouth Cove will be released Thursday, May 17. “Public consultation is key in our vision for a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development. “This community-driven plan comes at an exciting time for downtown Dartmouth and the waterfront.” The plan will be shared with the public at the Super 8 Hotel, 65 King St., Dartmouth, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. No registration is required. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. Additional feedback is encouraged and an online questionnaire will be available at www.my-waterfront.ca/dartmouthcove after the presentation. The area, which borders Alderney Drive, Portland Street, Maitland Street and the shoreline, is being revitalized by projects such as the King’s Wharf development, the land parcel for future development known as WDC-1 and the Harbourwalk Trail. It is also near community focal points like Alderney Landing and the ferry terminal. The plan presented Thursday will include the following planning and design components: The network of streets and layouts of blocks Pedestrian circulation system and public open spaces Building heights and setbacks Streetscape design and connections to adjacent areas Future sea level rise and remediation of contaminated lands are also addressed in the planning and design process for the area. “Redevelopment of Dartmouth Cove and other regional centre opportunity sites is a key focus for Council, and a major theme of HRM’s Economic Strategy,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “The public consultation undertaken in February has reaffirmed the community’s aspirations for Dartmouth Cove — to be an attractive, lively, well-designed neighbourhood where people can live, work and play.” Designed to be inclusive and community driven, the public consultation incorporates the voices of landowners, residents and other interested groups through each phase of the plan development. It incorporated feedback from a variety of methods including the public four-day plan and design workshop held in February. The session was lead by consultants from The Planning Partnership, CBCL, and BuildGreen Solutions. After reviewing feedback from the draft plan, the final design plan and report will be completed in June. It will describe provide guidance for the physical development of Dartmouth Cove and include an overview of the vision, plan components, suggested phasing sequence and detailed guidelines for the development and design of private and public spaces. This project, along with the Regional Plan 5-Year Review and the HRMbyDesign Centre Plan, seek public input to create new policies and bylaws to improve sustainability in HRM communities. Waterfront Development is a provincial crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. The corporation fosters the creation of waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences and reflect and protects marine heritage.
Kolkata: The Indian Railways have launched Operation Thunder across the country against the touts who sell railway tickets at a premium making an illegal profit. They buy mass tickets shrinking the number of tickets genuine passengers have access to.The drive was launched by Arun Kumar, DG RPF with the help of the technical staffs and IT cell of the Indian Railways. All zonal railways have been instructed to conduct special drives. As many as 276 places were raided in 141 cities all over the country. Altogether 387 touts were arrested and 22, 253 tickets valued at Rs 32,99,093 were seized. Preliminary investigation revealed that the touts had sold the tickets at Rs 3,24,12, 706. All suspected user Ids have been black-listed and the tickets are being deactivated. Illegal software ANMS/ Red Mirchi has been seized from Kota, Rajasthan. Three-hundred-and-seventy-five cases have been registered against the arrested persons. The Indian Railways have decided to intensify the raids. This is the peak season for railway passengers due to summer vacation and the season for marriages in north India. The touts utilise the situation and misuse the facility of e-ticketing. They sell the tickets at a premium making huge profits. The touts have their agents in all the metropolitan cities.
Are you ready to rumble? Coming soon to knock out prostate cancer is boxing legend and five-time heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield.Since his retirement from boxing in 2011, Holyfield has dedicated his time to philanthropic activities through Team Holyfield, and will be featured in a public service announcement for the Prostate Cancer Foundation that encourages African-American men to get regularly checked for prostate cancer. Providence-based multi-disciplinary brand culture and communications firm (add)ventures will direct, film and edit the public service announcement – donating a significant portion of the public service announcement’s production costs. Holyfield is donating his time on the public service announcement – an endeavor that marks his commitment to serving as a goodwill ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.The public service announcement, which will be filmed on May 28 at a location to be announced, will feature Holyfield in his natural element – the boxing ring – as he tells his story of perseverance in the ring and in life. The piece will showcase that while strength, speed and stamina can be drawn upon to beat an opponent in the ring, other resources must be used when fighting an unseen force like prostate cancer – an opponent that could wind up causing a fight for life. The public service announcement will include a message from Holyfield that encourages African-American men to get checked for prostate cancer and directs them to www.pcf.org, the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s website.Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men, affecting a staggering one in seven men in the United States. Studies point to several factors that could influence an individual’s chance of developing prostate cancer including age, race and family history. Among the reasons that prompted Team Holyfield to champion prostate cancer awareness is the fact that African-American men are 1.6 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men, and 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease.“When prostate cancer is detected early enough, it is 100 percent treatable,” said Barbara J. Parsky, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “Getting regularly checked for prostate cancer is a surefire way to detect it early enough to offer all men more treatment options with potentially fewer side effects than if prostate cancer remains undetected or found at a later stage. We can’t thank Evander enough for lending his voice, influence and passion to raise awareness about this disease and the benefit of early detection.”Since hanging up his gloves in 2011, Holyfield has dedicated himself to doing service-based work that reflects his values and strong faith, which led him to establish Team Holyfield. Team Holyfield’s mission is to create and sustain relationships with individuals, companies and organizations that support altruism, community relations and humanitarian efforts and reflects Holyfield’s core values of “faith, family, foundation and future.” Holyfield is particularly interested in supporting initiatives that affect the African-American community. Prostate cancer is one such initiative.“We want to tell people to spread the word and encourage their fathers, brothers, sons and friends to get checked for prostate cancer,” said Holyfield. “This is an issue that affects all men and is in line with our mission to partner with incredible organizations and invest in their important work. I’m honored to go the distance for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Together, we can spread the word and hopefully knock out prostate cancer for good.”Upon learning of Team Holyfield’s interest in the cause, (add)ventures President and CEO Steve Rosa conceptualized a national awareness campaign around prostate cancer with the donation of (add)ventures’ public service announcement effort as part of his firm’s corporate philanthropy program – (add)love.“I grew up diagonally across the street from live boxing at Manny Almeida’s Ringside Tap in Fox Point so I know Providence’s rich boxing tradition well,” said Rosa. “I remember the stories of champions like Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano coming to my neighborhood so it makes me proud to bring another legendary champion to Providence – especially for such an important cause. Evander Holyfield is truly ‘The Real Deal’ in the ring and in life. Prostate cancer has attacked family and friends alike. I was happy to have our firm join Team Holyfield and the Prostate Cancer Foundation in this fight. Any fight is winnable with a champ like Evander in your corner.”
Wondagurl – Samuel Engelking Login/Register With: READ MORE Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Since she broke out as a teenager, Wondagurl has been making a name for herself producing for Rihanna, Drake, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert. Meeting her at Revolution Studios, though, she’s still very much a reflection of her quiet suburban upbringing in Brampton.In a brief studio session hosted by Doritos, I sit with the producer (real name: Ebony Oshunrinde) to witness her creative process first-hand as she crafts a beat out of sounds from crunching, biting and everything you’d hear while devouring a bag of chips. That, and a sample that I’ve brought in for her to use.Somewhat timid in conversation, Oshunrinde moves with machine-like precision while working. Her training started at Chinguacousy Secondary School, where she enrolled in Grade 11 after moving from Mississauga. Known for its SciTech North program, the high school helped her foster her passion for producing by introducing her to classes that finally held her interest. By the end of the year she went from struggling to pass to making the honour roll.
New Delhi: The Congress will fight the general election in Uttar Pradesh on its own strength, party’s west UP incharge Jyotiraditya Scindia said Saturday, asserting the path of his party may be different from that of the SP and the BSP but their objective is the same. Scindia also said that as far as talks for alliances are concerned, “like-minded parties should also think in a like-minded way”. The AICC general secretary incharge UP west’s remarks assume significance as they come amid reports that there may be a rethink on the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh to include the Congress. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Akhilesh Yadav’s remarks that the Congress was very much in the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance and two seats were being left for it, Scindia said, “If this is his thinking, then we may also leave 2-3 seats for them.” “The current situation is that the SP and the BSP have taken a decision that they want to walk on a different path with the same objective that the Congress has. Our paths can be different, but the objective is the same,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Scindia asserted that the Congress wants to have a UPA government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh it was determined to come back to power by 2022. “We have said time and again that our objective is the same that UPA government must be formed at the Centre. In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength,” Scindia told reporters here. “We believe that be it BSP or SP, they have taken a decision and we respect that decision. They have the right to choose their path. They have chosen their path and the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength,” he said. Asked about whether talks should be held to bring like-minded parties together, he said dialogue should take place but it should be from both sides. “We are going to establish the Congress strongly on the ground in UP. And we are moving in that direction,” he said. On leaders in UP like Savitri Bai Phule joining the Congress, Scindia said the party’s doors are open for those who have strength on the ground, want to serve the people and are committed to form a new Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, both the Congress and the SP have announced their first list of candidates for some seats in UP. The Congress on Thursday announced 11 candidates for the electorally crucial state of the UP, fielding UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli and party president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi. Former Union ministers Salman Khurshid, Jitin Prasad and R P N Singh have been fielded from their traditional seats of Farrukhabad, Dhaurahra and Kushi Nagar respectively. The Samajwadi Party on Friday released its first list of nine candidates for the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, fielding party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav from its stronghold Mainpuri. Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats out of which the Congress had won just two (Amethi and Raebareli) in 2014. BSP chief Mayawati and SP’s Akhilesh Yadav had jointly announced their alliance in January. On Tuesday, Yadav, at a press conference in Lucknow with RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary, had said the Rashtriya Lok Dal will contest three Lok Sabha seats as part of an alliance with the SP and the BSP.
By Zakaria WadghiriRabat – A number of activists of the Amazigh (Berber) movement in Morocco are demanding that Yennayer, the Amazigh New Year’s Day, become a national and public holiday.Such calls have increased since Algeria made January 12 a national and public holiday for the first time last year.Moroccans will celebrate the Amazigh New Year 2969, known as Yennayer in Tamazight (Berber), on January 12.The Amazigh youth organization Tamesna will organize demonstrations outside Parliament in Rabat on Yennayer for the sixth year in a row.Tamesna Coordinator Adil Adaskou told Morocco World News (MWN) that the demonstrators intend to commemorate the popular holiday and to remind Morocco of the Amazigh people’s legitimate claims—the official recognition of Yennayer as a national public holiday. Amazigh activist Mounir Kejji told MWN that the celebration is not new and neither are the demands. “There are celebrations in urban, rural and diaspora communities.”“Morocco should learn from Algeria now. Even their schools are celebrating.” Kejji added that raising awareness is important especially since the successive governments have not met the demands.Read Also: Moroccan Journalist Asks King Mohammed VI to Recognize Amazigh New Year as Public HolidayHe continued, “The fact that all organic laws from the 2011 constitution were passed except the ones regarding the officialization of Amazigh and establishing the Languages and Culture National Council shows a lack of political will. We are still not clear on how the current PJD-led government is handling this. The struggle continues for this recognition.”In December, Amina Ben Sheikh addressed a message to King Mohammed VI calling for the recognition of the Amazigh New Year as a public holiday.In her message, Ben Sheikh said that “recognizing the Amazigh New Year as an official national holiday side by side with the other national holidays would restore the spirit and philosophy of the Constitution.” She also recalled the monarch’s speech on October 17, 2001, in which he said that the “integration of Tamazight is a national responsibility, for no culture can deny its roots. From these roots, [Morocco] must embrace openness and reject close-mindedness in order to thrive and develop.”It remains to be seen whether the Moroccan government will meet the demands of Amazigh activists.
Master of Education — Kyle SteeleKyle Steele, Master of Education student, will present his thesis defence on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Adult Participants’ Experiences of a Sport Program Implementing the Easy-Play Model: Implications for an Active Lifestyle.” External Examiner: Dr. Catherine Casey, University of Manitoba; Supervisor: Dr. Chunlei Lu; Committee Members: Dr. Joe Barrett and Dr. Ken Lodewyk; Chair of the Examining Committee: Dr. Hilary Brown. All are invited to attend.Master of Education — Lauren ArnoldLauren Arnold, Master of Education student, will present her thesis defence on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Finding the Open Spaces in Closed Systems: An Exploration of Critical Pedagogy with a Social Justice Directive in an Ontario Secondary School Classroom.” External Examiner: Dr. Paul Carr, Lakehead University – Orillia Campus; Supervisor: Dr. Michael O’Sullivan; Committee Members: Dr. Alice Schutz and Dr. Leanne Taylor; Chair of the Examining Committee: Dr. Susan Tilley. All are invited to attend.Master of Education — Joseph Henderson Joseph Henderson, Master of Education student, will present his thesis defence on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Employer Perspectives on Secondary School Cooperative Education in a Southern Ontario City in Canada.” External Examiner: Dr. Barry Wright, Faculty of Business, Brock University; Supervisor: Dr. Terry Boak; Committee Members: Dr. Xiaobin Li and Ms. Cindy Dunne; Chair of the Examining Committee: Dr. Corrie Giles. All are invited to attend.
In a statement released by his spokesman after the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) announced the final certified results of the 15 December national vote, Mr. Annan paid tribute to the “courageous commitment of the Iraqi people to the democratic process,” citing the participation of millions of voters of all communities as well as hundreds of thousands of observers, agents and poll workers.“The Secretary-General is encouraged that the new Parliament will be broadly representative of Iraq’s diverse communities and will include a substantial percentage of women,” his spokesman said. “At this historic moment, the Secretary-General calls on Iraq’s political leaders to work with resolve towards the early formation of a fully inclusive Government which will strive to build a peaceful, prosperous, democratic and united Iraq.”The statement also congratulated the IECI for successfully conducting the election “under very challenging circumstances.”The UN, which provided support to the process, “remains fully committed to assisting the Iraqi people in the forthcoming electoral programme” this year, the spokesman said.
by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2016 9:01 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BlackBerry says it will end production of BlackBerry Classic smartphone BlackBerry says it will stop making its BlackBerry Classic smartphone, less than two years after launching it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy TORONTO – BlackBerry is hanging up on the Classic, less than two years after it launched the smartphone in an effort to keep its grip on customers who favoured its standard keyboard.The decision to stop making the device comes as BlackBerry faces calls to get out of its money-losing hardware business altogether and instead focus solely on its burgeoning software technology — calls it has so far brushed aside.“The Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today’s market,” Ralph Pini, the company’s chief operating officer and general manager for devices, said in a company blog post dated Tuesday.The BlackBerry Classic hit the market in December 2014, offering customers a 3.5-inch screen — 60 per cent larger than the previous BlackBerry Bold 9900 that it was modelled after, only with more modern touches such as a longer battery life and, in addition to a keyboard, a touch screen.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) said consumers tend to upgrade within a year to 1 1/2 years after purchasing a phone, while companies keep theirs between three and four years.The Waterloo, Ont.-based firm will now focus on updating its smartphone lineup, Pini said.“We are ready for change so we can give our customers something better,” he said.The company will continue to support its BlackBerry 10 operating system with software updates, with a new version scheduled for release in August, he added.BlackBerry is expected to release two new mid-range, Android-powered smartphones before the end of February. CEO John Chen has said one will feature a touch screen. More information on the devices is expected this month.In its first quarter, its most recent, BlackBerry sold roughly 500,000 smartphones, about 100,000 fewer than in the previous quarter. Despite the lacklustre results, the company has no plans to stop making the Priv, the Android-power phone it released late last year.BlackBerry’s decision to continue to make new models seems to be a penetration tactic, said Marc-David L. Seidel, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.“It would not surprise me if they moved further away from hardware and more towards the software back end for the secured communications,” he said, adding that BlackBerry may still offer a few smartphones preloaded with the software they are trying to push.Chen has said he believes a new venture to license BlackBerry’s mobile software to other companies can help turn its mobile business segment profitable this fiscal year, which ends in February.Seidel said that approach could become profitable for the company as it is still perceived to have a competitive advantage in security software, but it would have to move quickly as they face a lot of competition in that area.“Their best chance of survival going forward would be to focus more on the software side,” said Seidel.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
“Today marks the beginning of critical intergovernmental negotiations to finalize the post-2015 development agenda,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spoke alongside the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, and the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Martin Sajdik. “The world is watching and expectations are high.”Stressing that Member States have the “extraordinary opportunity – and the responsibility” to adopt an inspiring set of sustainable development goals, ensure their adequate financing, address climate change and rigorously monitor progress leading to the planned-for transformation, Mr. Ban encouraged the Assembly to take advantage of a ‘seminal year’ to kick-start a new era of global sustainability.He said it was time to realize the promise of the UN Charter: “to reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small” and drew attention to his synthesis report, The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet designed to help guide negotiations by framing and bringing clarity to the post-2015 development agenda through six essential elements: dignity, people, prosperity, planet, justice and partnership. The Secretary-General looked ahead to meetings in Addis Ababa to pave the ground for bold actions on financing and the global partnership for sustainable development, in New York to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and sustainability goals, and in Paris to adopt a legal framework for a climate change agreement.As States embarked upon negotiation of the agenda’s final parameters, Mr. Ban said it was clearly necessary that it should include a compelling and principled narrative, based on human rights and human dignity, and that the Sustainable Development Goals should be at its core. Robust global partnership was needed to mobilize financing and other means of implementation and monitoring should be central.“Let us demonstrate global citizenship, foresight, moral courage and political leadership as we reach final agreement on plans to support people, communities, societies and our beautiful planet,” he said, promising the support of the whole United Nations system throughout the process. Mr. Kutesa, who opened the meeting, said the meeting was a chance to exchange views on the inputs for the negotiations, including that synthesis report and the proposal on the Sustainable Development Goals.“With the proposed [sustainable development goals], it is now clear what Member States would like the post-2015 development agenda to achieve,” he said, adding that the focus on poverty eradication indicated that the agenda could be truly transformative. “In the coming months, Member States and stakeholders will consider how they intend to achieve these ambitious goals and targets.”One aspect that will clearly differentiate the post-2015 development era centred on the sustainable development goals from the MDG era is that the newer targets are designed to be holistic and universal. States would have to ensure mobilization of adequate means of implementation, in the form of financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity building.“The agenda we formulate should put people at the centre,” said Mr. Kutesa. “It should be responsive to and meet people’s needs and aspirations. It should preserve our planet for the present and future explanations.”Mr. Sajdik said ECOSOC and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development would work to promote an integrated approach to implementation of the post-2015 agenda. In particular, the Forum would provide political leadership, follow-up and recommendations on sustainable development commitments, notably the relevant goals, at the highest level.“Let’s not forget one undisputable fact: from January 1, 2016 it is all about implementation!” he said, adding that the unprecedented scale of financing and other means of implementation needed for that implementation would require a renewed partnership for development.In addition, he stressed that it was down to Government delegates to produce an agenda that can be communicated and re-communicated over the whole 15 years of its lifespan. “Let us be strategic and visionary, capturing all the right elements and fitting them together effectively to holistically advance the post-2015 development agenda,” he said. “But let us also be realistic, building on what we already have and not trying to reinvent the wheel.”
A record number of new vans and pick-ups hit British roads in 2016, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 375,687 new light commercials were registered in the year – the highest ever level and marking the fourth consecutive year of growth.The record was achieved despite a downturn in December, when registrations fell for only the fourth time in 2016. Despite the -10.4% fall, it was still the second biggest December on record after 2015’s all-time record month when demand grew by 14.6%.Overall in 2016, pick-ups were the biggest success story of the year, with 47,715 vehicles leaving showrooms – an uplift of 17.6%. The segment grew significantly in every month except for January, culminating in a bumper December when demand rose 52.2%. Meanwhile, heavy vans weighing 2.5-3.5T also grew in the year by 4.8% to 232,948 units to take a 62% market share.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another record year for light commercial vehicles is great news, even with marginal growth, and underlines the fundamental strength of the sector. To ensure future fleet investment and growth in this important market, buyers – and manufacturers – are looking for a strong economy and business environment.Download the press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New light commercial vehicle registrations rise 1.0% to 375,687 units in 2016 – marking four years of consecutive growth.Pick-ups drive growth, with 47,715 leaving showrooms in the past 12 months – an uplift of 17.6%.Overall market falls -10.4% in month following bumper December 2015 – only the fourth month of decline in 2016.
The police cordon in MayfairCredit:Keith Larby/Alamy 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. “The woman came out of the restaurant and saw he needed help and rushed back in to raise the alarm,” they said. “Some members of staff came out and tried to help and someone called an ambulance, but it was clear he was already dead. “The woman then called a man who I assume was her husband who came up the road on foot and they were talking Russian.”Officers quickly widened the cordon and man whose driver is believed to have died later walked up to the police tape to look at the scene but declined to answer questions when approached by The Telegraph.Witnesses described the driver as a man between 50 and 60 and ‘quite clearly overweight’. A driver has died in an affluent street in the West End sparking fears of a copycat Salisbury poisoning as police scrambled specialist officers to deal with what was initially believed to be a Russian-linked chemical attack.Dozens of police cars and ambulances descended upon Albemarle Street in Mayfair on Thursday afternoon and a large part of the street was cordoned off.The man, believed to work for a Russian couple, fell ill while sat in a black Mercedes outside an exclusive restaurant.One workman who witnessed the events unfold said that as soon as the police arrived everyone that was in the vicinity was moved away from the car and huddled together down the street. “They told us it was suspected chemical warfare and asked if any of us had had any contact with the man who had died,” he said. “The only person who had was a man in a white waistcoat who I think was a waiter at the restaurant who gave him CPR. “They later told us that they did not believe it was a chemical attack, but I overheard one of the ambulance crew saying it was all due to his links with Russia.” A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At approximately 15:15hrs on Thursday, 21 June, police responded to a call from the London Ambulance Service (LAS) relating to a man taken ill on Albemarle Street in Mayfair.”Officers attended the scene. At the location they found a man being treated by the LAS. He was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.”Due to concerns the victim may have been exposed to a poison, specialist officers attended but found no evidence that would indicate the victim had been poisoned. “There are no other reports of people being taken ill. Cordons were put in place around the area to allow the emergency services to carry out their work.”A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 3.14pm today to Albemarle Street, Mayfair, to reports of a person in cardiac arrest. “We sent a number of resources to the scene with the first of our medics arriving in five minutes. Sadly, despite our efforts, a man died at the scene.” An onlooker said they saw the man – thought to be a couple’s driver – collapse at the wheel of a black Mercedes which was parked outside of the Oswald’s private members club.
British Overseas Territories could be forced to recognise gay marriages, following landmark ruling billed as a “victory for equality”.Chantelle Day, 32, and her fiancee Vickie Bodden Bush, 44, have been in a relationship since 2012. However the couple, who are parents to a young daughter, were denied the right to marry because they lived in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory (BOT). The Carribean islands had refused to recognise overseas marriages or civil unions between same-sex couples.However following multiple legal battles, the couple yesterday won a landmark case after a judge ruled that the Cayman Islands Constitution requires that same sex couples have the right to marry – and for their marriage to be legally recognised. The case is being hailed as a major victory for equal rights “with a healthy dose of common sense”.As a result of the ruling, the Marriage Law in the Cayman Islands was yesterday modified with immediate effect. The case marked the following the first court ruling of its kind and legal experts said the judgement into “sharp focus” the lack of same-sex marriage in both Northern Ireland and the only other four BOTs which lack civil partnership too, which are also Caribbean. 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. It is now believed that similar court cases could be fought and won in these BOTs.Speaking after the result from outside court in the Cayman Islands yesterday, Ms Day, who works as a solicitor, told The Telegraph: “This is our dream come true! We’ve just got the ruling that changes the definition of marriage. It’s a massive relief and just incredible, I just can’t express it enough.”She added that after celebrating their victory, she and her partner, who works as a nurse, plan to get married “on the beach somewhere in Cayman”.Ms Day, who is the daughter of a Caymanian mother and British father and Ms Bodden Bush, who is British and who resides in the Cayman Islands on a work permit, were refused a marriage licence in April last year,Following the refusal, they filed an application in the Grand Court for a judicial review of that decision and sought a declaration from the court that they are entitled to marry and that the government acted unlawfully.Peter Laverack, a barrister at 5 Essex Court acting on behalf of the couple, said that the court ruling “brings into sharp focus” the other BOT countries which fail to accept same-sex relationships.“Their continual refusal to legislate in favour of it means they are putting Westminster in continual breach of their obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights”. He added that the ruling “beautifully combines the common law and European Court case law, with a healthy dose of common sense”.Jonathan Cooper OBE, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers who originally advised the couple said that they had begged the Cayman Islands Government, the Governor and the UK Foreign Office to let them marry. However their plea was rejected.Mr Cooper added: “Chantelle and Vickie should not have been forced to litigate in order to have their relationship recognised in law. It’s a scandal that the FCO made them do this. When will this Government put its money where its mouth is and mainstream LGBT equality across the board?“The FCO could and should have insisted that all British Overseas Territories recognise LGBT relationships in law. Instead, they dragged Chantelle and Vicky through the courts. It’s brilliant what Chantelle and Vicky have achieved, but it’s also demeaning to have to compel your Government to recognise your love.” An Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We welcome this decision, which now permits same sex marriage. The UK believes that the strongest, safest and most prosperous societies are those in which all citizens can play a full, equal and active part.”
On May 2, the DRC’s Minister of Mines, Martin Kabwelulu, officially opened the Kibali gold mine on behalf of the country’s President, Joseph Kabila Kabange, in a ceremony attended by Province Orientale Governor Jean Bamanisa Saidi, DRC cabinet ministers, ambassadors of various countries and local dignitaries.Kibali, which will rank as one of the largest gold mines in Africa when it is in full production, is owned by Randgold Resources and AngloGold Ashanti, each with a 45% stake, and the DRC state gold mining company, Soc Miniere de Kilo-Moto (SOKIMO). It is being operated and developed by Randgold, and represents an investment of more than $2.5 billion by Randgold Resources and AngloGold Ashanti.While still a work in progress – it is both an operating mine and a development project – Kibali produced 88,200 oz of gold and made a profit from mining, before interest, tax and depreciation, of $68.3 million in the three months to December, its first production quarter. Current production is from its open pit mine and an oxide circuit. Commissioning of the sulphide circuit started during the past quarter and development of the underground mine remains on track with the vertical shaft reaching the halfway mark and the first underground ore accessed. The first of four hydropower stations is currently being commissioned and, with a capacity of 22 MW, it is the largest of its kind in the Province Orientale.Speaking at the opening, Randgold chairman Philippe Liétard said the successful development of Kibali in the face of many infrastructural and other challenges was a triumph for the company’s partnership philosophy. “Here we have shown what can be achieved in Africa when we all work together: a government that understands the importance of attracting and retaining the investments that are necessary to build a modern economy; two mining companies that believe in sharing the value they create with all their stakeholders, especially the local community; a labour force that is eager to grasp the opportunity of working and learning; and a people who have welcomed us and supported our endeavours,” Liétard said.Also at the opening, Randgold chief executive Mark Bristow said the successful development of Kibali could herald the birth of a new DRC economic region to rival Katanga Province. “To achieve that, we cannot rest here. We need to ensure that we deliver the returns expected by the investors who entrusted us with their money. We have to run a profitable mine, focused on long term viability, that pays taxes, and employs and develops citizens from this region and this country. Kibali must become the catalyst that triggers the additional investment required to grow a strong regional economy,” he said.“Wishful thinking will not make this happen. But if we continue to work together as partners pursuing a common goal – if mining companies, the government and communities cooperate as we did in the development of Kibali – then this dream of greater things will also come true.”AngloGold Ashanti chief executive Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said that for Kibali’s full potential to be realised it was of the utmost importance that the DRC’s mining code remained supportive of the gold mining sector. “The government now has an important opportunity to show the world that it is welcoming of gold mining by helping to create what can in a short time become one of the largest gold producers in the world and an engine of growth for this region and this country,” he said.
After eight years in German Bundesliga, one of the best Greek players ever, Savas Karipidis (34) has decided to join the ambitious project of domestic champion A.E.K Athens. Karipidis has played last six years in MT Melsugen, while his two first Bundesliga’s season he was a member of HSG Wetzlar. Greek right wing was the Bundesliga TOP scorer in season 2008/2009.He was a member of Greek Olympic squad in 2004. Karipidis has also won Swiss championship with Kadetten Schaffhausen in 2005.AEK will meet Belarus Dinamo Minsk at the VELUX EHF Champions League qualification tournament semi-final in Presov (Slovakia). In the second semi-final will play domestic Tatran and Turkish Besiktas on the last day of August. A.E.K handballAEKGreek handballSavas Karipidis ← Previous Story DeafOlympics handball – Croatia VS Turkey, Serbia against Germany for the final! Next Story → French Ivry wants to progress: Struga and Marrane to find the form
During a press conference ahead of Manchester United’s match vs Juventus, Paul Pogba wanted to clear the air with Jose Mourinho.So much has been said about the relationship between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, both men really did have major differences at the start of the season.But as the season progressed and they started to understand each other a little bit more, manager and player finally seem to have reached common ground and they are starting to get positive results for the squad.The test they have this Wednesday will be the most difficult of the whole season, but that will be only the start of a gruesome week for the Red Devils as they get ready to visit Etihad Stadium next weekend to play against Manchester City.Pogba needed to come out and clear things about his alleged bad relationship with Jose Mourinho, a smart move on his part because the squad currently cannot afford to have any distractions that will tamper with their aspirations to keep improving in every single competition they play.Pogba has also proved that he is committed to the cause, he has led the team to good results lately and is already shaking off the criticism coming from the fans and an important part of the press.We’re #MUFC – we fight until the end 👊 pic.twitter.com/x5F46GXwOi— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018“I would classify it as a good relationship between the coach and the player, it’s the same way as everybody,” said Pogba this Tuesday via Sky Sports.“I’m just the player, I do what he tells me to do because he’s the boss, he’s the manager. I listen and that’s it. I enjoy it. I listen and do it with happiness.”“I’m still playing and I’m happy to play. The manager is the one who chooses who will be captain.”“If he takes the armband it doesn’t change anything for me – I just want to play, perform, that’s my job and give my best for everybody, for the fans the club, that’s it. It didn’t affect me. Nothing changed really.”“Choosing to come back to Manchester United was my choice. Juventus were playing Champions League and Manchester were playing Europa League. I knew, first of all, I wouldn’t play Champions League and I was very happy.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I made my choice and don’t regret it at all. I know Manchester the last few years are not being at the top but I came back just to help the team and try to come back at the top so we are on the way.”“We have a lot of goals so, for me, no it’s not strange. It’s a choice and I don’t regret it all. I’m very happy to come back to Manchester United and wear a shirt and everything. I’m sure we will come back to our best,” he added.Great result, up to the next one 👊🏾 @ManUtd #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Je1Ge5OcDv— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) October 28, 2018“Do I look sad? I’m happy. Like I said again, I’m happy to wear the shirt, I’m really happy to come back to Manchester United wearing this shirt playing for this team, this big club,” said Paul.“Obviously when you play in a big club like that there is always talk about this club. We know anything can go on but on the pitch always happy, always with a smile, fighting for my teammates’ club and fans. That’s what I do and I’m really happy to do that,” he concluded.Manchester United is about to play against Juventus in Torino, where they will try to avoid getting one step closer to an early Champions League elimination and also attempt to defeat one of the most competitive clubs in European football today.Paul Pogba will also get a lot of mixed feelings for this match, as he faces his former club and is convinced that the Juventus fans will give him a warm welcome after the incredible spell he lived with the Vecchia Signora.Pending on what actually happens during the game at Juventus Stadium, there is no doubt that the absolute favorite to win this match is the Italian club but Manchester United is well-known for surprising top squads when they least expect it under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage.A look back at today’s #UCL training session ahead of Juventus v #MUFC! 👊 pic.twitter.com/6B75VWiQal— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 6, 2018Who will win this Champions League match on Wednesday, Juventus or Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Rewild Mission Bay event KUSI Newsroom, 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) – Right now Rose Creek is essentially a glorified drainage ditch. They would like to see it treated as a park land. KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on the story. KUSI Newsroom August 1, 2019 Updated: 6:50 PM Posted: August 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
This fall, the Sitka Assembly is implementing a seasonal rate structure that would lower the cost of energy in the wintertime but raise it in the summer. The city is still short funding for Blue Lake dam’s annual bond payment, but whether that will be resolved in the form of a rate increase remains to be seen. (Rebecca Danon/KCAW photo)The City of Sitka is facing a tough balancing act, between meeting their debt service on the Blue Lake Dam project and keeping rates reasonable for low-income Sitkans. Some are struggling to pay their electric bill. To address this, the Sitka Assembly decided to implement a seasonal rate structure. Beginning October 1st, rates will be higher in the summer and lower in the winter, when keeping a house warm and well lit can rack up a big bill.Listen nowWhile this was a step in the right direction, the city is still short what it needs to meet the bond payment on the Blue Lake dam this year.The City of Sitka is under major deadline pressure to raise rates. By July 1st, the annual bond payment for the Blue Lake Dam is due, but the city is far below what it needs to meet it. The finance department estimates the deficit is somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million.Assembly member Kevin Knox said defaulting on the payment or filing for bankruptcy is not an option.“That would be devastating here. We cannot, at this point, view that as an option,” Knox said.The city’s solution is to charge customers more. Sitka’s electric department calculated that a 15% rate hike, effective April 1st, would make up the difference. Their proposed ordinance (Ord 2017-05S) also eliminates the tiered rate structure. No matter how much energy a customer uses, they’d be charged the same rate.But three Assembly members disapproved of the ordinance as written, for different reasons.Tristan Guevin pointed out that in the last two years, the Assembly has subsidized the electric fund with $3.5 million from the general fund to keep rates low for all. He thinks that a broad-based subsidy is unfair. “If I don’t get a subsidy, it means I cut back on going out to dinner or I don’t take that vacation. I eliminate some of those wants. But some people don’t have that flexibility,” he explained.Guevin would prefer the city establish a permanent needs-based subsidy program. Along with Assemblyman Bob Potrzuski, he’s developing an ordinance to create such a program.“I think that’s been a value that’s been really important since time immemorial: holding one another up. That’s what I see this assistance program as,” Guevin said.Guevin’s sticking point is with rate structure and iniquity, while on the other side of the table, Assemblyman Aaron Bean opposes a rate hike altogether. He wants the Assembly to invite Regulatory Commission of Alaska to perform an audit of the energy department and suggest a rate for Sitka.“If they hand down a rate, they ensure that it’s reasonable, affordable, and not discriminatory in nature. You can’t treat one user group differently than the other,” Guevin said.Aaron Swanson supported the idea of involving the state before raising rates again. “I think that we have raised our rates so high, that people are starting to switch to alternative heating sources. And once they switch to those alternative heating sources, they’re not switching back,” he said.In short, Swanson, Bean and Guevin all opposed the 15% rate hike on the principle of fairness and out of concern for over-taxing Sitkans. Assemblyman Kevin Knox voted yes. Steven Eisenbeisz and Bob Potrzuski, the other two members, were absent. When his turn came, Mayor Matthew Hunter voted with “No” majority and in doing so, asked for the ordinance to re-considered at the Assembly’s next meeting on April 11th. Electric rates remain fixed in Sitka, at least for now.Hunter pointed out that the bond payment for the Blue Lake Dam will need to be paid somehow and the clock is ticking.“If we don’t pass this because of principle or because of other options we wish to look at that may take months to actually enforce, we’re going to find ourselves with our hands tied, no money in the bank, and still having to raise rates anyway,” Hunter said.The Assembly did pass the second electric rate ordinance (Ord 2017-06S) before them Tuesday night. Starting October 1st, Sitka’s electric rates will change with the seasons. Residential customers will pay 19 cents per kilowatt hour in the summer and 12 cents per kilowatt hour in the winter. Small commercial users and boat slips qualify, while large commercial users and government facilities do not.Take a family in a home without a heat pump. Their bill in July, using 900 kwhrs, is currently $108, Their bill in December, using 2000 kwhrs, is $278. Under this new structure, expending the same amount of energy, their July bill would be $193 and their December bill $260.Knox defended the measure as a chance to soften rates when temperatures are coldest and encourage people to stay with electric energy throughout the year, rather than go to diesel or wood stoves.“It will discourage people from switching over to alternatives, or at least the alternatives won’t be as enticing,” Knox said.This ordinance passed 4-1, with Bean voting against.But the first ordinance – that immediate rate hike – is in limbo for two weeks. Utility Director Bryan Bertacchi said that creates a bit of a problem.“Every two weeks delay between Assembly meetings is about $75,000 to $100,000 that we’re not collecting from the rate payers for better or worse,” Bertacchi said.If the ordinance doesn’t pass and there’s no rate increase this spring, the electric fund will be short yet again – by $450,000 in FY18, Bertacchi estimated. The hamster wheel that is the electric fund deficit could just continue, unless the Assembly does something soon.Speaking during persons to be heard, Hugh Bevan suggested the Sitka Assembly look beyond customers to pay off the Blue Lake Dam.”In some ways, we need to shoot the alligator that’s closest to the boat,” Bevan said. “If we’re able to bring other resources to bear on the debt part, we can release the capital budget from those pressures and avoid trouble down the road with some of our substations.”The Assembly meets next on Thursday, April 6th to talk about Sitka Community Hospital’s budget. Their next regular meeting is on April 11th.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that people of Kashmir want to join the mainstream of development and those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in Kashmir will never succeed. In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast, he cited a recent government exercise – the “Back to Village” programme held in June in Jammu and Kashmir that drew enthusiastic response from in remote villages in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag where government officials had gone to discuss development schemes with locals. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us “It shows how keen people of Kashmir are to join mainstream of development… Such programmes and people’s participation in them show that people of Kashmir want good governance…. the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs,” he said in his 25-minute address. “It is clear that those who wish to spread hatred and pose hurdles will never succeed in their sinister plans,” Modi said. He also hailed the hospitality of Kashmiris saying that over three lakh pilgrims have completed the Amarnath yatra since July 1 and hoped that tourism will get a boost in the state.