Lower Mainland seeing nearrecord gas prices amid supply constraints

first_imgDrivers in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland are feeling the effects of chronic fuel supply constraints as prices crest $1.50 a litre in some locations, hovering close to record highs.And at least one analyst believes they could climb further still.“It underscores the real big problem in southwestern British Columbia and that’s that they’re chronically short of gasoline and other fuels,” said GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague, who believes prices will rise even higher.The current spike, in a season of generally lower demand, is caused in part by the outage of a Burnaby, B.C., refinery that Parkland Fuel bought from Chevron in November, he said.The 55,000 barrel-a-day refinery, which McTeague says supplies about a quarter of demand in the region, has been down for planned maintenance since early February and the company doesn’t expect to have it fully running again until the end of March.Still, the region faces longer-standing supply issues that could push prices in the higher-demand summer months to surpass the previous record of $1.56 in June 2014, said McTeague.Prices increases could also come as two of four refineries in Washington State are planning to go down for maintenance, while the lower Canadian dollar is adding to the costs of buying fuel from the U.S., McTeague said.High taxes are also compounding the problems, making up 49.3 cents out of the 150.9 cent price per litre seen Wednesday with another 1.2 cent per litre carbon tax coming in April, he said.“It’s not looking good for that region of the country,” he said.“There’s no spare supply out there, we could see $1.60 for a few days this summer in Vancouver.”While gas prices could see upward pressure across the country as oil prices maintain some gains, McTeague said the Lower Mainland issues are much worse.As Vancouver drivers were paying as much as $1.50 a litre Thursday, pump prices were about $1.09 in Calgary and around $1.24 in Toronto, according to data from Kent Group Ltd.last_img read more

Two killed many trapped in under construction building collapse at Dharwad

first_imgBengaluru: Two people were killed and several others trapped when a four-storeyed under construction building collapsed at Dharwad in north Karnataka Tuesday, police said. The building came crashing down, triggering panic among neighbours and passers-by, a police official said. “Two have died while some 30 to 40 people are trapped,” said a police officer at Dharwad police station. Police said four people have been brought out from the debris while rescue operations are in full swing. As many as 10 ambulances and five fire tenders have beenengaged to carry out rescue and relief operations. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said he was shocked to learn about the collapse of the under construction building. Kumaraswamy said he has directed the chief secretary to supervise the rescue operation and to send experienced rescue teams by special flight toDharwad.last_img read more

Moroccans Request UN to Override Israels New Law to ForceFeed Palestinian

Rabat – Moroccan doctors and human rights activists have called the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to take action against an Israeli new law preventing Palestinian inmates from using fasts to win their freedom. This comes after Israeli legislators voted in favor of a controversial bill in June, commanding local authorities to force-feed Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike.Moroccan health professionals along with human rights activists have addressed Ban Ki Moon in an open letter, asking the United Nations to take action against this new law. The open letter said that this move is a “gross violation of human rights” and considered it a “form of torture which is criminalized in the International Human Rights Law.”The letter pointed out that “Health professionals around the globe are committed to the ethical statement which prohibits any use of the medical profession for torture.”The letter also appreciated the professional stance of Dr. Leonid Eidelman, Head of the Israeli Medical Association who called on doctors to ignore the new law.The Israeli Medical Association remains firmly opposed the new law. It called this new measure “torture” and vowed to appeal the legislation.Dr. Leonid Eidelman wrote to the Israeli Minister of Justice YeletShaked, saying the proposed law “places responsibility on the doctors to take actions despite the active objections of the detainee.”“Parenteral (intravenous) nutrition administered to a patient capable of judgement against his will isn’t ethical and uses humiliating means bordering on torture,” Eidelman concluded.Israeli’s Ministry of Public Security, who put the bill forward, said it was a human move to “prevent prisoners from harming themselves and from pressuring the Israeli authorities.”In fact, multiple media reports suggested that Israelis fear hunger strikes in Israeli prisons could end up in deaths and thus trigger waves of protests in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Telangana police say ISIS recruiter claimed to operate in Sri Lanka

The Telangana police have said that investigations revealed an ISIS recruiter had claimed he operated in Sri Lanka.The Telangana police found that Mohd Taufeeq, a slain ISIS militant, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir, was lured into the militant group through social media, Asian Age reported. According to the dossiers, the slain ‘militant’, Mohammed Taufeeq, got attracted to ‘Kashmir cause’, during his visit to the valley in 2012.Taufeeq along with two other Kashmiris, Eisa Fazili and Syed Owais Shafi were killed in a gun battle with the security forces in Anantanag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night.“In the year 2012, Taufeeq had gone for a tour along with his family for seven days. During his travel to Gulmarg valley, he took pictures of the banners put up to support “Kashmir cause” and inquired about the issue with the locals there. Since then he got inclined towards the Kashmir issue and followed it on facebook and other social media platforms,” an intelligence official said. “He spent more time on social media including telegram. He befriended several persons with names Husne Mubarak – Sri Lanka, Trisha – USA, Haleema Sadiq – Pune, Mubashir Islam – Kashmir and Ziaul Khalid of Uttar Pradesh. It appears, these are pseudo names of recruiters who are based in different countries,” an official said. In October 2015, Taufeeq went to Kashmir along with his friend Md Arif who is a native of the state. Taufeeq met Arif at ECIL in Hyderabad.“During his visit, Tauseef met his telegram friend Mubassir in Kashmir and both decided to join ISIS in one year after obtaining passports and money. Nearly a year later, he went to the Kashmir and joined the group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGUH),” the police dossier of the slain militant revealed. He stayed in Hyderabad and worked with a construction company based at Nallakunta in 2015 where he devoted much of his time browsing literature about “Kashmir issue”. Taufeeq, according to the police, keenly followed Jammu and Kashmir-based newspaper and posted anti-national messages. He regularly heard the speeches of Maulana Masood Azhar and other separatist leaders from the valley. (Colombo Gazette) read more

SecretaryGeneral congratulates Liberias presidentelect

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the official results of the Liberian presidential run-off elections announced today and congratulated Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on her election as Africa’s first woman head of state in the modern era.The National Elections Commission said the results of the 8 November second round showed that former banker and former UN Development Programme (UNDP) senior official Johnson-Sirleaf received 59.4 per cent, while former UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change got 40.6 per cent of the total valid votes cast.Mr. Annan noted that under established legal procedures the Commission would continue to conduct active and open hearings on the complaints received on the conduct of the run-off elections and called for “a timely conclusion of this important process” so as to allow all Liberians to focus on the urgent tasks of national reconciliation, reconstruction and good governance.The Secretary-General assured the newly-elected Government of continued UN support, “as Liberia lays the foundations for lasting political stability and sustainable economic development.”For the past two years a peacekeeping UN mission has assisted the country’s transition to peace and democracy after 14 years of vicious civil war. read more

Use regional environmental assessment for northern BC projects report

Use regional environmental assessment for northern B.C. projects: report VANCOUVER – Two British Columbia groups anticipating a nationwide review of environmental assessment processes hope a new report will encourage the federal government to strengthen laws involving resource projects.West Coast Environmental Law and the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research have released a report highlighting what they say is growing unease in northern B.C. over numerous resource developments.The report is based on comments from about 200 community leaders and residents in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Fort St. John and Chetwynd.They were questioned about the many mining, forestry, oil and gas, hydroelectric and other developments across the region.West Coast Environmental Law spokeswoman Hannah Askew says the report reveals frustration with project-by-project assessments and a lack of faith in governments’ ability to manage their overall effect.The study calls for weighing the combined impact of all industrial activity in a region as the environmental review system is rebuilt.“The heart of that is moving from a reactive process to a proactive process where community members have the time to sit down and figure out long-term hopes for the future, and then measure projects against those goals,” Askew says.Community meetings began in late 2014 and found many participants worried they had no time to mull the big picture while being pressured to decide on single projects with the potential to derail future developments, she says.The report recommends the use of a regional strategic environmental assessment to address that problem, she says.“The federal government has made a lot of statements about reforming the (environmental assessment) process and providing more meaningful opportunities for public input into environmental decision-making, so we are really hoping they are going to be moving in this direction.” by The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2016 1:34 pm MDT Last Updated May 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Majority oppose female genital mutilation in countries where practice persists – UN

“Although female genital mutilation is associated with gender discrimination, our findings show that the majority of boys and men are actually against it,” said Francesca Moneti, UNICEF Senior Child Protection Specialist. “Unfortunately, individuals’ desire to end female genital mutilation is often hidden, and many women and men still believe the practice is needed in order for them to be accepted in their communities,” she added. In countries with available data, UNICEF found that 67 per cent of girls and women and 63 per cent of boys and men oppose the continuation of the practice in their communities, while, in some countries, men oppose female genital mutilation more strongly than women. For instance, in Guinea – which has the second-highest prevalence of female genital mutilation in the world – 38 per cent of men and boys are against the continuation of the practice, compared with 21 per cent of women and girls. The same pattern is seen in Sierra Leone, where 40 per cent of boys and men want the practice to end, compared with 23 per cent of girls and women, according to the data. Moreover, the agency said that in addition to a large majority of people opposing female genital mutilation where it is concentrated, there is evidence of growing momentum and commitment to end the practice. In 2015, both Gambia and Nigeria adopted national legislation criminalizing the practice. In the 16 countries where data exist, more than 1,900 communities, covering an estimated population of 5 million people, have made public declarations to abandon female genital mutilation, according to UNICEF. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 include a target calling for the elimination of all harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation and child marriage, by 2030. UNICEF’s research also reveals a possible link between a mother’s education and the likelihood that her daughter will be cut. Among 28 countries with available data, approximately one in five daughters of women with no education has undergone female genital mutilation, compared with one in nine daughters with mothers that have at least a secondary education. At least 200 million girls and women alive today in 30 countries around the world have been subjected to female genital mutilation – a range of procedures that can cause extreme physical and psychological pain, prolonged bleeding, HIV, infertility and death, UNICEF said. “Data can play an important role in exposing the true opinions of communities on female genital mutilation,” said Ms. Moneti. “When individuals become aware that others do not support the practice it becomes easier for them to stop female genital mutilation.” UNICEF co-leads, along with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), a global programme to encourage elimination of female genital mutilation, and currently supports efforts in 17 countries. read more

Defensive backs Travis Howard Bradley Roby like to banter with Kerry Coombs

Ohio State cornerbacks Travis Howard and Bradley Roby aren’t shy about admitting their position coach, Kerry Coombs, is a bit of a trash talker. They said they’re the same way. “Me and Travis are already kind of like that,” said Roby, a rising redshirt sophomore. “He brings that same mentality, that hard-nose, trash-talking kind of play.” Roby said he likes it that way. “That’s how I am. I love that,” Roby said. “I’m right behind him doing the same thing.” Likewise, it seems Coombs’ fiery demeanor has also commanded Howard’s respect. But even more so, the rising redshirt senior said the guidance from the former Cincinnati assistant coach is what he and the rest of the corners need. “It’s definitely been a great change,” Howard said. “I mean, he’s a high intensity guy who’s willing to make sure we perfect our technique and make sure we work hard at whatever we do.” For Coombs, that feeling of admiration and respect is mutual. In addition to having what he called talented and gifted athletes, what has struck the 51-year-old the most is how diligently his players work. “They’re in my office poking their head in all the time,” he said. “They want to know what they can do to get better, they want to know where they fell short.” Coombs said it’s no secret that OSU has a “great history” of defensive secondary players. Outside the coaches’ offices, Coombs said there’s a wall commemorating eight first-round NFL Draft picks that the Buckeyes have produced throughout the years. Coombs said he thinks Roby will be the next to join the wall. “He’s big, and he’s fast, and he’s physical, and he’s intelligent and he’s got great change of direction,” Coombs said. “His transition is outstanding. And if Bradley’s not a first-round draft pick down the road, that would be a shame.” Roby, who recorded 47 tackles and three interceptions in 2011, said being one of the greatest corners to play at OSU has been his goal since arriving in Columbus. “I think about it everyday,” he said. “When I came up here, that was my goal. My goal hasn’t changed. I feel like I’m definitely on path for that.” And Coombs’ approach to the position, he said, will not only aid him in reaching that level, but will holistically benefit the team. Roby said compared to last season’s heavy emphasis on press coverage, Coombs has the cornerbacks playing further off the receivers than ever before. That, Roby said, allows he and the other corners the freedom and ability to be a “ball hawk” and create turnovers via interceptions. “I mean, that’s why I play football,” he said. “I just love to make plays.” Similarly, Howard said playing off is something he’s looking forward to. “I mean, I feel like we were a press team last year, we didn’t have enough opportunities to make plays on the ball so he came in with a new technique,” he said. “Now we’re getting a lot of chances making plays on the balls and getting good vision on the quarterback.” By playing off, Roby said he finds himself in a better position to make the play that every corner dreams of in Saturday’s Spring Game. “I’m trying to get at least one pick-six … it’s going to be there,” he said. “We’re going to have the pressure and they’re going to throw it up. I got to get a pick-six, I didn’t get one all last year, so I want a pick-six for sure.” read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse coach Nick Myers continues dream with US Lacrosse

Coach Nick Myers addresses members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern reporterDon’t settle. Don’t get comfortable. Pave your own way.Ohio State men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said he strives to instill that advice in his Buckeye team, and will soon encourage another group of young men as the head coach of the 2016 U.S. Men’s National Under-19 team, a position he said he humbly accepts.“The opportunity to put the stars and stripes on and be a part of Team USA and associate with US Lacrosse is something I’ve dreamed about,” Myers said. “The mission is to go there and win a championship.”Myers grew up in southern Maine, a location that isn’t necessarily known for breeding lacrosse players. But as the sport made a slow and steady spread from traditional hotbeds like New York and Maryland, he credited his stepfather for first placing a stick in his hands, guiding him on an admittedly nontraditional journey to where he is today.“In sixth or seventh grade, we were the only kids in our town that had sticks,” Myers said. “We were running a club team kind of out of our house … In high school I never played on a varsity team, it was always a club team.”After graduating from Springfield College (Massachusetts) in 2001 with a Division III All-American honor, he almost immediately began his relationship with OSU, starting as a volunteer assistant during the 2002-03 season. He simultaneously waited tables at Outback Steakhouse to make ends meet, but said the sacrifices were worthwhile.He never looked back from there, taking just six years to reach the top of the program.“I’ve really grown up in this athletic department,” Myers said. “I was 21 when I first got here, now I’m 35. It’s been a lot of growth.”Since becoming head coach in 2008, Myers has led the Buckeyes to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament, the 2013 NCAA quarterfinals with the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, and has reaped numerous All-American and all-conference honors. While Myers has shown success on the field, he said he believes achieving success requires much more than just winning.At OSU, Myers established a leadership council and developed a mentor program between seniors and freshmen, recognizing the student-athlete challenges while offering support.“We’re working to create a really strong foundation and to develop them as men,” he said. “We ask, ‘Are they leaving here with a skill set that has really been refined?’ And if we can do that, we’re hopefully doing more than just coaching them on the field.”After earning a degree in education and marrying a teacher, Myers said he never imagined a career outside coaching. And though he lives to teach others, he said he recognizes the importance of self-growth as well, crediting the many mentors he himself has learned from along the way.“Each year you have an opportunity to impact more student athletes but you’re always looking outside yourself to grow, to learn,” Myers said. “There are so many people I’ve had the opportunity to work with who have taught me a great deal, people who are willing to take the time to spend with a coach who’s still learning the ropes.”Among those mentors, Myers particularly credits former OSU coach Joe Breschi for enabling his success both on and off the field, something Breschi said he is proud of.“He is a wonderful tactician and has great passion for the game,” Breschi said. “Nick has the unique ability to balance coaching, family and faith while keeping all life’s challenges in perspective.”As a coach, Myers perpetually seeks to “sharpen his saw,” and as a husband and father of two boys, ages 2 and 4 (who are already armed with sticks, helmets and pads), the balance he strives for off the field is essential with his team at OSU.“The ones who separate themselves are the ones who can be humbled, yet are still starving to get better,” Myers said. “We encourage our men to be go-getters, to be hungry, to crave feedback and to be pushed and challenged.”Myers and the Buckeyes are currently hungry for their first road win of 2015, and have a chance to pick one up against Bellarmine on Friday. The game set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. read more

British Olympic skate star who broke down after defeat reveals her grandfather

first_imgShe will complete in her best distance, the 1000m, on Tuesday with the final taking place on Thursday.Dubbed the ‘Barbie of speed skating’ due to her bright blonde hair, Christie was crowned a triple world champion last year after winning 1000m, 1500m and overall titles.Britain have only won one Olympic medal in short track speed skating – when Nicky Gooch claimed bronze in 1994.No one will be hoping for that legacy to end today more than Christie. Christie was left visibly upset after placing forth in the 500m short track finalCredit:Ian MacNicol/Getty Images After her disqualifications in Russia Christie suffered a torrent of cyber-abuse Christie will complete again on Saturday and Tuesday Christie was left visibly upset after placing forth in the 500m short track final Following her agonising defeat, sporting stars were quick to offer their support to Christie.Chemmy Alcott said: “You are amazing @Elise_Christie You aren’t invincible you are human but you are superhuman and you can face this. attack this pain head on. You are inspiring so many and everyone is behind you, standing behind and alongside you.”Kelly Homes added: “Down but not over. You will bounce back even stronger. You know what focus and perseverance is and how you can keep your head up high, fighting for what you believe it!! It’s there! You have got it! It’s just that the other achievements are maybe coming first.” Christie will complete again on Saturday and Tuesday After her disqualifications in Russia Christie suffered a torrent of cyber-abuse No sports star likes to lose, but defeat in her first final at this year’s Winter Olympics seemed to hit speed skater Elise Christie especially hard.After all, competing in Pyeongchang meant all the more to the 27-year-old after been inspired to pursue glory by her grandfather, who is currently suffering from Alzheimer’s.Christie is back on the ice today for the 1500m short track, desperate to end her string of bad luck and take home her first Olympic medal.Her first opportunity for a medal in Pyeongchang was in the 500m short track on Tuesday, in which she had been tipped to take Gold. Two days before she tweeted a photograph of her and her grandfather, captioned simply: “My inspiration”.  Christie asked her followers to say a prayer for her grandfather after be became unwell But after a tumble on the ice – a defeat which in a painful twist of fate came four years to the day since her silver medal in the 500m was taken from her in the 2014 Winter Olympics – a medal was not to be.Christie suffered a triple disqualification in Sochi, later admitting she had been “really close to giving it all up”, but seems to have been inspired to put it behind her, in part by her grandfather. The skater called on her fans to “say a little prayer” for him after he became unwell in November of last year.She wrote on her social media: “It’s times like these you realise how small skating is and how important your family is! If everyone could say a little prayer for my grandad tonight I would really appreciate it! Christie asked her followers to say a prayer for her grandfather after be became unwell “People wonder how I can laugh at double false starting! There’s more important things to be worried about out there.”Christie suffered a torrent of cyber-abuse after her disqualifications in Russia and despite picking herself back up, the 500m final in Korea looked like history repeating itself.No sooner had Christie stepped off the rink than she collapsed, inconsolable, into the arms of her Hungarian boyfriend and fellow skater, Sandor Liu Shaolin. Thirty minutes later, she was still crying.Talking to the BBC, she said “Right now I just can’t see living with this feeling.“It’s just tough, I worked so hard. It has been taken away from me. Even in the semi-final I got crashed into and ended up in lane four. It is short track and I am supposed to be prepared for this, but it hurts.”last_img read more

Grass verges must be allowed to grow because native plants and animals

Credit:PA Grass verges must be allowed to grow because plants and animals are dying, a national conservation charity has warned.Plantlife is mounting a petition against local councils calling for them to scale back their mowing of verges after revealing there has been a fall of almost 20 per cent in plant diversity.Meadows have suffered a decline of 97 per cent since the 1930s and now the charity has warned that verges are acting as the last remaining refuge for many bees, butterflies, birds, bats and bugs.Plantlife botanical specialist Dr Trevor Dines said: “Councils have adopted this over-eager regime to mowing which really has been around for sometime now, thanks to the neat and tidy brigade.“There is this idea that all verges must look like a village green, and councils are now having to undertake this balancing act to firstly keep drivers safe but then also help wildlife where possible.“It really is a vicious cycle but I think councils should at least try and take some action towards protecting our wildlife.” Road verge Dr Dines addressed these fears saying that it was “vital” that road safety came first, but that not every verge needed to be “turned into green concrete with no wildlife left.”Concerns have also been voiced over the impact of emissions from vehicle exhausts which are acting as a fertiliser for a group of nitrogen-loving plants like nettles, which outcompete traditional flowers. 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. Road verge Credit:PA In a bid to save our verges Plantlife have launched a petition calling for councils’ management to better benefit flowers and wildlife which has so far reached more than 24,600 signatures. Those councils that have already adopted the guidance of Plantlife have seen strong floral and financial results. Dorset Council estimates they have saved over £100,000 through, among other things, fewer cuts since 2014.However, the AA cited that a number of drivers have complained about overgrown road sides, which they say could have dangerous consequences.A spokesman from the AA said: “In many places we can see that verges have become havens for wildlife and plants, however there also needs to be considerations for driver safety and this must be paramount.“Especially at junctions and roundabouts drivers are having to edge out, sometimes onto the roundabout, just to see behind grass verges which can of course be dangerous. And I think drivers do appreciate the need to maximise natural potential, but not at the expense of safety.“We appreciate what councils and conservationists are doing, but of course there are many drivers who still have concerns.” ​The government says nitrogen emissions from exhausts will steadily fall as vehicles get cleaner over coming decades.The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, BSBI, agrees that roadside plant diversity is falling, and nitrogen deposition near roads had increased.But it said the interplay between air pollution and poor management impacts on roadside verges by local councils was not well understood. read more

Parents of missing Libby Squire describe their unending torture since her disappearance

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 parents of Libby Squire, the missing university student, have described the “unending torture” they have suffered since her disappearance three weeks ago.The 21-year-old vanished without a trace after a night out with friends in Hull, where she was an undergraduate student, on January 31.Police are officially treating the case as a missing person inquiry, but sources have told The Telegraph that detectives believe she was abducted near her university home.Her mother and father, Lisa and Russ Squire, released a poignant statement to mark the grim three-week milestone since her final sighting. It is feared the 21-year-old was snatched from the streets near her home It said:  “It’s been three weeks now since our beautiful girl was last seen. In that time we haven’t been able to speak to her and we haven’t been able to hug her.“We haven’t been able to tell her we love her, or hear that she loves us.“She went out to have fun with her beloved friends. Since then it has been a time of unending torture for her friends and family but we all have unending hope that she will be found.“We send love and thanks to everybody for their support over these past weeks.” A picture showing a smiling Miss Squire hugging her mother was also made public by the family, as they pleaded for anyone with information to contact Humberside Police.The second-year philosophy and religion had been put in a taxi by her friends after she was turned away from the city’s Welly club for being too drunk. However, she failed to enter her house on Wellesley Avenue when she was dropped off alone – instead walking to sit on a nearby bench until the early minutes of February 1.Police fear CCTV from a nearby alleyway captured the moment she climbed into a car at 12.09am, before being driven away. She has not been seen since.Humberside Police this week released separate CCTV footage of four potential witnesses they wish to speak to who were walking close to the Oak Road playing fields, a few streets from Miss Squire’s house, between 1.13am and 2.34am on February 1. It is feared the 21-year-old was snatched from the streets near her homeCredit:Danny Lawson/PA read more

Letter Incorrect misleading to say that ANSA McAL won 605M tender

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPC launches investigation into $605M ANSA McAL sole sourcing contract, othersMarch 31, 2017In “Business”‘Emergency’ sole sourcing: Georgetown Hospital could have saved over $300MMarch 10, 2017In “Business”$605M drug scandal: Nandlall calls out Lawrence for denying she approved purchaseJune 26, 2017In “latest news” Dear Editor,I write to correct a statement made in the Monday (November 20, 2017) edition of the Kaieteur News, in an article headlined ‘Sole sourcing by GPHC, rentals for ministers…Finance minister, opposition clash on matters of accountability’.The article states that: “It won a tender to supply drugs and pharmaceuticals to the tune of $605M” referring to ANSA McAL.Please be advised that all available information in the public domain, including investigations by the Public Procurement Commission, indicate that there was no tender process and no award made by the NPTAB.As such, it would be incorrect and misleading to peddle this line that ANSA McAL won a tender.This inaccurate insertion would have misrepresented every objection raised by the PPP/C on this matter. Editor, this inaccurate insertion is also in line with what has recently been pointed by the Opposition Leader, whereby Kaieteur News strategically places ‘mitigating’ lines to excuse the illegalities, incompetence and mismanagement by the APNU+AFC Coalition government.The fact remains that this transaction between the GPHC and ANSA McAL violated the Procurement Act of 2003. No obfuscation can remedy this matter.This correction should be given the same level of prominence as the original story.Yours faithfully,Bishop Juan A. Edghill, M.P.PPP/C Member of Parliament read more

Petr Hrachovec stays in Pfadi Winterthur

handball coachpetr hrachovecPfadi Winterthur 2Pfadi Winterthur 2335 6TSV St. Otmar St. Gallen2316 3HC Kriens-Luzern2330 Czech coach Petr Hrachovec (42) will stay in Pfadi Winterthur as assistant coach and part of the club management for one more year. Interesting fact is that Hrachovec led the best Swiss team in the last five years, Kadetten Schaffhausen and won three Championships (2010,2011,2012) in a row, but he lost the job in the previous season, and at the end, Kadetten was defeated in Play-Off final against Wacker Thun.Pfadi Winterthur is currently second team in the Play-Off League of six best teams. 5Wacker Thun2323 4BSV Bern Muri2327 1Kadetten Schaffhausen2340 ← Previous Story South American games (Men’s tour.): Brasil and Argentina on the way to the final Next Story → Danish Play Off preview: KIF Kolding and Skjern the biggest favorites read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_img(Pic: Stephen McAuliffe) First up this week, Keith Shanghai Irish lived the dream of so many of us – he actually got locked into a department store overnight. It wasn’t quite as much fun as it sounds though:I actually was trapped in department store overnight in Waterford back in the 80′s. Wasn’t that great, there were no toys or sweets. Lots of expensive pottery and Waterford crystal, oh sportswear too. Not too exciting, from what I remember, I was there till after 4 in the morning…He explained: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about the three women found in a London house, high pay for HSE bosses, cold weather, Michael D Higgins visiting Britain, parers versus sharpeners, renting, cigarette packaging and prosecutions in Northern Ireland.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Column: ‘I find it upsetting that you can legally strike your children as a form of discipline’ (452 comments)2. ASTI: ‘Schools are being run on a shoe-string and teachers have had enough’ (306 comments)3. Poll: Do you welcome the State visit to Britain? (249 comments)4. The Burning Question*: What is this called? (239 comments)5. Poll: Does Ireland need a new political party? (232 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week Next up is a particularly awkward moment from Eliza Mac on the article about soul-crushing realisations about department stores:Before I got my glasses…My youngest went missing in M&S. I spotted him in a rack of coats so grabbed him then started toward the door. Thankfully I realized he wasn’t my child before I took him outside. Same size, exactly the same clothes… I was morto! The hubby got a giggle out of it. If I was bringing the kids shopping he’d say, “Try bringing the right kids home this time. And if you can’t, will you bring back some quiet ones who don’t eat so much.”Awkward. Meanwhile sticking to the shopping theme, Simon O was glad to see the return of Clerys to Dublin’s O’Connell Street:Good to see.ThE heart has been pulled out of the city centre the last decade with monuments to the social insecure like Dundrum S.C. being built.Lets hope the american owners of clerys spend their remaining couple of years re buildimg the clerys experience before they inevitably cash in their inverstment?Who will be running clerys by 2016?Paddy McKillen? John Lewis? House of Frasier?Extremely random fact of the week comes from Jack Russell: 3. Colm Keaveney TD was close behind with 1,661 thumbs up for his post about Labour Senator Jimmy Harte who was found with serious head injuries in Dublin last weekend: Senator Jimmy Harte stayed while working in Dublin in a family owned property in this area. Furthermore he has a family in a very distressed state at his bedside. He is a doting father and a committed family person. If this happened to your father how would you like to see such needless and unnecessary commentary.4. Buzz Killington got 1,478 green thumbs for this comment on the article about a petition for a judge to step down after he gave a suspended sentence to a man found with 7,000 indecent images of children:Good God. Why is he so lenient with sex offenders!!5. Last but not least, Linda Fegan was not impressed with the headline on an article that ran last weekend about comedian Brendan Grace and got 1,352 thumbs up for this comment:Misleading title yet again, going downhill very fast I find it upsetting that there is even a thought of banning slapping. A slap, yes. We are not talking about making punch-bags out of kids.It’s the do-gooders like you that allow the most anti-social kids to become what they are. A lot of people liked this video encouraging girls to dream about being engineers rather than princesses, with parents sharing their stories about their own kids. From Olivia Fitzgerald:Toy companies need to become more creative when it comes to making toys for girls. The same old pink, plastic crap doesn’t cut it any more. I have four-year-old boy and girl twins. The boys toys are great, and my daughter ends up playing with the so-called boys toys a lot of the time. She went through a phase of liking her dollies, but they never tire of toys like Lego, mecano, jigsaws. The robust, educational toys that challenge them are best.Word of the week: Justin Devaney on the photograph (above  of the wild goat halfway up Carrauntoohil:Excellent goatmanship.Many people were baffled and shocked by the story about the three women discovered in a London home for more than three decades. From Zoe Ní Cholmáin:Potentially sounds like the 30 year old British woman could be the daughter of one of the older women based on time in captivity. This is heartbreaking, I hope these women get justice and have help to move on from this. All the other unknown women in forced marriages living their lives like this – I hope this story helps some more women to ask for help.Ireland has been named Europe’s most entrepreneurial country – much to the surprise of some commenters. From John Mulvihill:It is one thing to “start-up” but a totally different thing to “carry on” with the business. I applaud anyone that has the guts to try and start up a company as the fall can be pretty devastating, especially the longer it goes on. As a person who has limited experience in the area it I can tell you that venture capitalists usually invest in 10 start ups with the aim to get one to two of the businesses to succeed…what happens to the other 8 or 9? It really is sink or swim. There is no support in place from the government or any organisation to aid these start ups once a venture capitalist sees no future in it, this can be tough for anyone involved in the business. I guess anyone entering in on it should know the risks.The 5 most popular comments this week Most chickens are right footed so the next time you get to pick which chicken leg you can eat, eat the left chances are its more tender. A bit of useless information for all journal readers.I’ll be back later to explain why testicles sometimes dissappear in cold weather. Well as far as me mam thought, I was after heading out of said shop with my dad? So she was fine with that, my dad thought I was staying, obviously each thought the other had me until later that evening.Someone delivering newspapers spotted me banging on the shop doors and called the guards, they knew it was me because I was already reported missing the previous evening.All I can remember of the experience is a trip in a garda car and being ‘reprimanded’ by the mammy : ) (Sean Dempsey/PA Wire) 1. First up this week, Dermot O Dwyer had the most popular comment of the week with 1,891 thumbs up for his post about the three women found as part of a slavery investigation in London: Its one fcuked up world we live in…At least some good news for three families…2. Next up, there were 1,663 thumbs up for TheLoneHurler for this comment on the column about hitting children:last_img read more

Smoking behind 1 in 10 Greek hospital admissions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Smoking is responsible for 8.9 per cent of the ailments leading to all admissions at Greek state hospitals, according to the results of medical research made public on Thursday at the Hypatia Institute in Athens, a nongovernmental organization. According to the findings presented by eminent cardiologists and other health experts, 7.9 per cent of the state’s total health spending goes toward treating these 199,028 admissions. State hospitals spend an estimated 400 million euros on treating patients with ailments linked to smoking. Increasing the price of cigarettes by 2 euros a packet would boost state revenue by 1.2. billion euros, health experts said. Source: Kathimerini.last_img

Dunleavy inaugural celebration schedule announced

first_imgGov.-elect Mike Dunleavy speaks to the Alaska Miners Association about his plans for his administration. He named Tuckerman Babcock to be his chief of staff and transition chairman. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s transition team announced Friday the schedule of inaugural celebrations.Other than the swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 3 in Noorvik, the transition team said Alaskans can expect a combination of formal events and less formal, family-centered events. The events will be across the state.There will be pre-inaugural events in Kotzebue on Dec. 2.There will be a celebration on Dec. 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla.On Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a celebration at the Soldotna Sports Center.On Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a celebration at the Anchorage Christian School.On Dec. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m., there will be an open house and inaugural celebration at the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau.On Dec. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a celebration at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.Another event will be in Anchorage in February.Inaugural celebration co-chair Cynthia Henry says Dunleavy is “more Carhartt than tuxedo.”last_img read more

KCR sets deadline for shifting of Secretariat offices

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has speed up official process for the construction of new Secretariat. He reportedly set deadlines for shifting of offices from the existing Secretariat, demolition of the buildings and the construction of state-of-the-art state headquarters in the demolished place. The CM held a meeting with top officials on Saturday at Pragati Bhavan and discussed the issues regarding the construction of new secretariat and new Municipal Act. Also Read – Kukatpally: Compound wall collapses; damages 4 parked cars Advertise With Us It is learnt that KCR asked the officials to shift the offices to identified places in different parts of the city at the earliest. He wanted to complete the process within three weeks or a month’s time. The officials explained the chief minister the requirement of manpower and logistical support to demolish the buildings in the Secretariat premises. Also Read – Patancheru: CITU opposes packages to industrialists Advertise With Us It is learnt that KCR asked the Roads and Building department officials to complete the process of razing the buildings and shifting of the debris in a maximum three months’ time. “KCR instructed the officials to complete the shifting of offices and demolition of building in a time-bound manner without any delay,” a senior official said. The construction work will be taken up simultaneously if the designs are finalised early, he said. Advertise With Us In the next meeting, the CM will finalise an action plan to achieve deadlines in construction of the new secretariat, the officials said. Meanwhile, the chief minister also held a review on the proposed new Municipal Act to be brought in to force soon. He asserted the new act will have to deliver services to people in a transparent manner. He said that the existing municipal laws are not helping to redress the grievances of the people on fast track. Unless the government enacted strong laws, people will not have access to good services from the government, KCR told the officials.last_img read more