It’s Pretty Much the Same Here

first_imgAdapted from an old fable.A new salesperson beginning his first day of work turns and asks an old, veteran salesperson about his new job. He says, “What’s it really like here?” The veteran salesperson says, “What was it like where you sold before?” The new salesperson says, “It was awful. My sales manager was terrible. Our product had problems. Our target clients only cared about price. And our competitors beat us on price over and over again.” The veteran salesperson replied, “It’s pretty much the same here.”A few days later another new salesperson joined the company. As she is setting up her desk, she asks the veteran salesperson, “What’s it like here?” The veteran salesperson says, “What was it like where you sold before?” She says, “It was wonderful. My sales manager was a great leader and coach. We had a great product. We did great for clients that appreciated us. And we punched way above our weight class, beating our competitors for our dream clients.” The veteran salesperson replied, “It’s pretty much the same here.”It is what ever you believe it is. And what you put out is always what you get back. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather

first_imgRead Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Floyd Mayweather presents an entirely different challenge when McGregor steps in the Vegas ring Saturday night. In his professional boxing debut, McGregor must figure out how to beat Mayweather at his own game — something the best boxers in the world have never done.McGregor is a massive underdog, and deservedly so. But stop pretending the improbable doesn’t happen in combat sports, particularly when the self-proclaimed Mystic Mac is involved.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTo declare McGregor can’t possibly win this fight displays more arrogance than, say, spending every night at a strip club the week beforehand, as Mayweather is currently doing.Of course the hard-hitting Irishman has a chance — and there are several tactics he could employ to pull the biggest upset in boxing history. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He throws hundreds of punches from every angle with the goal of setting up the vicious left hand that has turned out the lights on MMA opponents.And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl.None of it is guaranteed to work. But it’s definitely worth a shot.Looking back at Mayweather’s history is a daunting task, given his 49-0 record, but it contains clues for tactics that could magnify McGregor’s chances.For instance, McGregor could amplify the strategy used by Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.Mayweather won both fights, but definitely looked uncomfortable for long stretches. McGregor doesn’t have the hand speed of those professional boxers, but he should strive to emulate their urgency.He should also attempt to show Mayweather things he’s never seen before in the ring, and his decision not to hire a boxing trainer for the bout might actually help in that regard. The UFC star should switch stances and try just about any punch, including the looping overhand shots rarely seen in high-level boxing matches because they’re easily countered, but common in MMA bouts because of the distance they create from the opponent.If McGregor gets hit, so be it. Every punch absorbed is the price for a chance to reply.McGregor believes Mayweather made a mistake by agreeing to fight in 8-ounce gloves instead of the typical 10-ounce pillows, but he shouldn’t rely solely on the unicorn one-punch knockout. While McGregor has definite power, only the biggest Mac homer would think it’s something Mayweather hasn’t seen from boxers — and Mayweather has shown a solid chin and excellent recovery skills on the few occasions he has been hit.Instead, the key is to use that energy to get in a good position to unload the left hand or a combination through Mayweather’s shifty defense. McGregor could repeatedly tie up Mayweather and attempt to land shots in the clinch. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programcenter_img “The people who don’t believe it don’t know anything about fighting,” said UFC President Dana White, who admittedly has a slight bias here. “This isn’t going to be a boxing match. This is going to be a fight.”It’s also a fight between a 29-year-old southpaw in his prime and a 40 1/2-year-old veteran who hasn’t fought in nearly two years and doesn’t particularly want to be here, as he acknowledged repeatedly Wednesday. Mayweather isn’t the fighter he once was, and his competitive fire is dwarfed by his need for the mammoth paycheck from this endeavor.Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP PhotoBut how does an MMA fighter with no competitive boxing experience since childhood take on a 21-year pro veteran with world championships in five divisions and arguably the most brilliant defensive skills in the history of the sport?He gets in Mayweather’s face, both before and during the fight.He charges forward from the opening bell and forces Mayweather to think defensively all night.ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS — Just 20 months ago, a former plumber from Dublin fought a fearsome superstar who hadn’t lost in a decade. Conor McGregor talked his way into a big-money showdown, but he had to back up his boasts against Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in his sport.McGregor finished the UFC featherweight champion in 13 seconds with one devastating left hand.ADVERTISEMENT Asian karting up Friday at Carmona View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games These things could all unsettle Mayweather, who typically doesn’t face trouble unless he takes a voluntary risk by moving into dangerous areas to throw combinations, or getting angry and brawling a bit.And therein is another potential route for McGregor. Call it the Aldo Strategy: If he can get Mayweather feeling both confident and angry, there’s a chance Mayweather will let down his defense enough to attempt to finish McGregor in brute style — and maybe McGregor will have an opening.Mayweather hasn’t seemed interested in McGregor’s typical trash talk during the buildup to the fight, but perhaps he could waver the champion’s focus with the wrong word, an errant elbow or a rabbit punch behind the head — enough to draw a warning, but not lose a point.McGregor amplified his boasts this week, calling Mayweather “a broken man” and vowing to finish him within two rounds. Nobody knows whether McGregor actually believes his bluster, but the Irishman has defiantly vowed he will win.It’s not probable. But with McGregor, anything is possible. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

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Benzema: Sex tape could’ve caused France exile

first_imgKarim Benzema Benzema: Sex tape affair could be reason for France exile Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:15 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Karim Benzema France 2017 Getty Images Karim Benzema France Real Madrid Friendlies World Cup Primera División The 29-year-old was arrested as part of the investigation in the scandal involving his team-mate and believes it has led to his two-year absence Karim Benzema believes his exile from the France squad is down to his alleged role in blackmailing Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape and does not expect to return while Didier Deschamps is in charge.The Real Madrid striker has not featured for Les Bleus since he played a starring role with two goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Armenia in October 2015. The following month, he was arrested as part of the investigation into the blackmailing of his France team-mate.Deschamps suggested in May that bringing Benzema in would put the “harmony” of the team at risk, and the 29-year-old feels that could be because of his alleged involvement in the scandal. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It could be that, of course, there were stories before with the sex-tape affair and that could be it,” he told Canal+. “But, personally, I think what is external to football you have to leave out. It’s best to win titles.”Everybody has gotten involved and we have forgotten football. It has been two years since I’ve played. I don’t have any problem with the coach, but as long as he’s here, I don’t think I’ll have a chance.”We forgot the athlete and what I can bring in. Public opinion has been able to weigh in. But we do not need that to win titles, it is possible that Deschamps has been put under pressure.”With no sign of his absence coming to an end, the former Lyon star does not expect to be part of the squad for the 2018 World Cup.”It’s complicated for me to be at the World Cup, don’t be silly, of course I want to, I’m a football lover, and I like that pressure,” he said.Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2017“I have no problems with any player in the France team, there are some that I come across and it’s always good to see them, I’m not a disrupter, I have a public image that isn’t good.”I do not see myself as a substitute in football, I’m not going there to be on the bench, but if I don’t deserve to be a starter and there’s a better person than me, it’s no problem.”Benzema does not see any reason to call Deschamps to clarify the situation and has been left hurt by the mystery.”It’s not a matter of calling or not calling. I got him on the phone before the Euros and there was no explanation from him,” he said. “He’s someone I respect, but he showed me a lot of respect before and then turned his back on me, it’s hurtful.”last_img read more

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TFA ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS TEAM AND HISTORIC TOUR

first_imgTouch Football Australia have pleasure in announcing details of the first official tour by a fully sanctioned Australian Indigenous Touch Team.On a red-letter day, with an historic “Apology” being tabled as the first item of business for the new federal parliament today to Indigenous Australians for the tribulations of the past on the behalf of the federal government, it is fitting that TFA spotlights Indigenous participation in our sport with the announcement of the tour.After many months of planning between Touch Football Australia and the TFA Indigenous Advisory Committee, final team selections have been completed and details of the historic tour to New Zealand have been released.The 7-day whistle-stop tour will stretch from Tuesday 1 April – Monday 7 April 2008 and is an exciting cross-cultural exchange for both Countries.The on-field action will see the Aussies engaged in clashes against the major Touch Football centres of the North Island of New Zealand.Provincial combinations from Hamilton and Auckland are sure to test the mettle of the Australian Indigenous squad, whilst the competitive highlight is sure to be a series of games against New Zealand Youth squads (the Junior Touch Blacks) in Wellington.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant is excited by the positive outcomes the tour is likely to generate for the sport and the individuals participating.“This is a unique opportunity to provide a pathway for talented Indigenous players to learn, improve, and to showcase their talents on a bigger stage. The cross cultural exchange in terms of traditions and styles will be a great bonus, and the opportunity to represent Australia in an official Indigenous Team will be a major highlight in the careers of these players,” Mr. Grant said.TFA will be sending a Men’s and Women’s Open Team to New Zealand, and the combinations are chockfull of talent.The Women’s Open team will be spearheaded by dual Australian Women’s Open World Cup Winner (2003/07) Bo De La Cruz, former Australian Women’s Open Training squad member Theresa Anderson and former Australian Youth representative, Tamara Appo.Current TFA National Youth Squad members Jordan Ahsam, Kristin Wuruki, Jess Shaw, and Jenaya Quan are young guns on the rise and will benefit enormously from the opportunity to test themselves against potential 2009 Youth World Cup combatants in the shape of the Young Black 18 Years Girls and 20 Years Women’s Teams.The Indigenous Women’s Team will be coached by 2007 Australian Mixed Open World Cup Assistant Coach and 2009 Australian 20 Years Mixed YWC Coach, Karley Banks.Northern Eagles NTL coaching identity Corey Draws will Assistant Coach the team, with Jenny Benson from New South Wales managing the side.The Men’s Open Team will include current Lebanon Men’s Open World Cup player Trent Touma, TFA National Youth Training Squad members Cody Green, and Kristian Congo, as well as 2005 Australian Youth World Cup representatives Ricky Morris and Matt Baker.Two players, brothers Naselli and Pattock Tamwoy are from Badu Island and are amongst a player group that resides in many and varied parts of the nation.The Team will be coached by TFA National 18 Years Men’s Assistant Coach Ricky Luland.Assistant Coach is ACT based Michael Zitha, and Manager is the experienced Barbarians NTL identity, Gus David.Prominent Indigenous Touch Football identities Harry and Isobel Appo will be a part of a Tour Management group that includes TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant and Physiotherapist Sharon Searston.The Australian Indigenous Teams are hard at work fundraising to help offset costs of an $1800 per person tour levy.The touring party are unable to access any form of Indigenous funding as the team selected is Indigenous only and under the Australian Sports Commission’s Elite Indigenous Travel & Accommodation Assistance Program [EITAAP] scheme, individuals selected in Indigenous only teams are ineligible to receive funding and Indigenous organisations are ineligible to act as sponsoring organisations.Michael Connolly of Dreamtime Kullilla-Art is the Munda-gutta – Kullawari, is the 2008 AITF Cultural Ambassador & Fundraising Campaign Manager, and is attempting to raise money to help offset costs by encouraging Indigenous and all Australians to make gold coin donations to assist with the overall costs of the Tour.Visit Michael’s website for details of how to make a pledge at www.dreamtime.auz.net or alternatively you would like to make a contribution contact Isobel Appo nttouch@octa4.net.au  or Tel:  08 89368131.The Australian Indigenous Women’s Open Team is: Jordan Ahsam, Theresa Anderson, Tamara Appo, Courtney Bailey, Emma Brereton, Bo De La Cruz, Kayla Faulkner, Sara Hamilton, Ashley Monkland, Jenaya Quan, Kristin Wuruki, Kristin Pearson, Jessica Shaw.The Australian Indigenous Men’s Open Team is: Matt Baker, Colin Cedric, Ross Cedric, Cody Green, Jesse Green, Ricky Morris, Chris Rankine, Trent Touma, David Davis, Steven Ware, Damon Viellaris, Naselli Tamwoy, Pattock Tamwoy.Touch Football Australia congratulate these players and wish them the very best for the tour.last_img read more

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Australian Teams Named

first_imgTouch Football Australia have announced their three Open teams to compete against New Zealand in the upcoming Trans Tasman series.Teams are as follows:Men’s OpenAnthony ZiadeJason StantonSteve RobertsStuart BriertyMatt ProwseChris FarrowAsh FarrowDan WithersGavin ShukerJamie StoweDrumayne Dayberg-MuirNathan JonesJoel WilloughbyGarry SondaDylan HennessyRobert NakhlaCoach – Tony TradAssistant Coach – Peter ForresterAssistant Coach – Paul SfierManager – Gary Rose Women’s OpenBo De La CruzShelley MatchamEmily HopkinSamantha HopkinKelly McGennityKristy JuddClaire WinchesterLouise WinchesterStacey LaphamPeta RogersonRoxanne WinderSharyn WilliamsTeena McIlveenKelly WoodsRachael AddisonNIcole BeckCoach – Kerry NormanAssistant Coach – Dean RussellAssistant Coach – Michael LovettMixed OpenCandice AshleySarah SpacieNikki EtheridgeHayley McAnellyZoe Dacey-AikenKristen BossAmy HopeTony EltakchiBen MoylanScott BuckleyRyan PollockBen McCullenJamie ChanChristian FrostBrett HughesTroy MalcolmCoach – Bernie MorrisonAssistant Coach – Scott McLeodManager – Sandra HughesTouch Football Australia would like to congratulate all on their selection and wish the three teams the best of luck in Wollongong.last_img read more

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Nigeria Bins Crude Oil Delivery Contracts

first_imgzoom The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has cancelled the contract for the delivery of crude oil to the nation’s refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna, “due to exorbitant cost and inappropriate process of engagement”.Namely, NIDAS Marine Limited, a subsidiary of the NNPC has been engaged to provide crude delivery service on negotiated industry standard rate pending the establishment of substantive contract.However, NNPC said it has instead decided to launch a new tender that would involve the delivery of crude oil by marine vessels to Port Harcourt and Warri/Kaduna Refineries pending the restoration of the crude pipeline infrastructure.The NNPC explained that it resorted to the delivery of crude oil to the refineries by marine vessels following “incessant attacks on the Bonny-Port Harcourt refinery pipeline and the Escravos crude pipelines by vandals and oil thieves resulting in the complete unavailability of the pipelines in 2013.”The corporation also announced the termination of the Offshore Processing Agreements, OPA, entered into in January, 2015 with three companies: Duke Oil Company Inc., Aiteo Energy Resources Limited and Sahara Energy Resources (Nig) Ltd.Under the agreement NNPC allocates a total of 210, 000 barrels of crude oil per day for refining at offshore locations in exchange for petroleum products at pre-agreed yield pattern.“However after detailed appraisal of the operation and its terms of agreement, the NNPC is convinced that the current OPA is skewed in favour of the companies such that the value of product delivered is significantly lower than the equivalent crude oil allocated for the program,’’ the corporation said.The NNPC also observed that the structure of the agreement does not guarantee unimpeded supply of petroleum products as delivery terms were not optimal.To address these lapses, the NNPC informed that it has commenced the process of establishing alternative OPA based on optimum yield pattern with tender processing fees.“After due appraisal of performance trajectory, we have invited Messrs. Oando, Sahara Energy, Calson, MRS, Duke Oil, BP/Nigermed and Total Trading to bid for the new Offshore Processing Agreement while we have engaged AITEO, Sahara Energy and Duke Oil to exit the current OPA,’’ the NNPC stated.On the status of the crude for product exchange agreement (SWAP) reportedly entered into by the NNPC and some oil traders, the corporation informed that the last SWAP arrangement lapsed in December, 2014 and was never renewed.The NNPC also informed that it has obtained the permission of President Muhammadu Buhari to kick-start the tendering process for the 2015/2016 Crude Oil Term Contract for the evacuation of Nigeria’s crude oil equity from the various crude and condensate production arrangements.The process, which would commence with the advertisement of the crude oil term contract in both national and international print media for a period of one month, had been carefully structured to weed out “briefcase companies” and rent seekers, NNPC said.last_img read more

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Sindhu Sameer lose in dismal day for India at Australian Open

first_imgSydney: Olympic and world championship silver medallist P V Sindhu made a second round exit from the Australian Open, suffering a straight-game loss in what turned out to be a dismal day for Indian shuttlers here. Sindhu was the last to fall, following the ouster of sixth seeded compatriots Sameer Verma, B Sai Praneeth and the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. The world number five Sindhu, who is still looking for the first title of the season, could not get across Nitchaon Jindapol, ranked 29th, and lost 19-21 18-21 in a 49-minute match. This was her second loss to the Thailand player in seven meetings. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun Earlier, world number 12 Sameer went down 16-21 21-7 13-21 to former top 10 player Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei, while Praneeth put up a brave fought in the opening game before surrendering 23-25 9-21 to second seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a 42-minute clash. Satwiksairaj and Chirag tried hard against second seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, before losing 19-21 18-21 in a close contest. Sindhu was pegged back 1-5 in the first game but she recovered to grab a slender 11-9 advantage at the break. Jindapol, however, came back to erase the deficit and move to a 16-12 lead. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Sindhu battled hard till 19-19 before Jindapol closed the opening game in her favour. The Indian revived hopes of a reversal when she led 14-11 at one stage, but Jindapol again came back strongly, ekeing out an 18-14 advantage. Sindhu narrowed the lead to 18-19 but Jindapol soon shut the door on her rival. The Hyderabadi shuttler’s best performance this season has been a semifinal place at the India Open Super 500 tournament.last_img read more

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Three more children die in Bihar Encephalitis toll touches 118

first_imgMuzaffarpur (Bihar): Three more children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have died here since Wednesday evening, taking the total number of deaths caused due to the outbreak to 118, the district administration said Thursday.While two deaths were reported from the SKMCH hospital – raising the toll at the government healthcare facility to 97 – another child died at privately-owned Kejriwal hospital, where the total number of casualties has reached 20. One death was reported from East Champaran district two days ago. The total number of AES cases registered since June 1 was 398 at the SKMCH and 154 at Kejriwal hospital, according to figures provided by the district administration. Uttar Pradesh-based paediatrician Kafeel Khan, who was suspended last year following the deaths of a large number of Japanese encephalitis-afflicted children at a hospital in Gorakhpur, has landed at the north Bihar town to lend a helping hand. The doctor, who has been running a “health for all” campaign after being released on bail by the Allahabad High Court, has set up a camp in the town’s Damodarpur locality to offer free medical care to patients. His twitter feed is also abuzz with videos aimed at spreading awareness about the symptoms of brain fever.last_img read more

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New study suggests oilsands greenhouse gas emissions underestimated

first_imgOTTAWA – New federal research suggests greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta’s oilsands may be significantly higher than industry reports.In a study published Tuesday, Environment Canada scientists say four major oilsands mines are releasing an average of about one-third more carbon dioxide per barrel of oil than they report — a crucial number used for everything from determining national emissions levels to calculating carbon tax.Lead author John Liggio and his colleagues analyzed air monitoring samples captured in a series of flights above the four sites during the course of a month in 2013.Suncor’s facility was 13 per cent over its estimated emissions.But the emissions intensity of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s Horizon and Jackpine mines averaged 37 per cent higher than they reported. And Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine was emitting two-and-a-quarter times more of the climate-change-causing gas than it told Ottawa’s pollutant registry.“We find a pretty significant difference,” said Liggio, whose paper is published in Nature Communications.Until now, all carbon dioxide emission estimates from the oilsands have been based on a combination of some ground measurement and a great deal of mathematical modelling — so-called bottom-up estimation.The new study is the first to use actual field measurements taken from aerial overflights, or top-down measurements.The findings of industry underestimation echo those of a previous Alberta study, which found methane emissions from heavy oil facilities were much higher than thought. They also agree with many other studies that have compared bottom-up to top-down.“There’s still more work to be done,” Liggio said. “But I will say there are many, many studies using top-down approaches which have also shown that top-down (measurements) are generally higher.”The measurements in Liggio’s paper include emissions from mining, processing, upgrading and tailings ponds.Industry has criticized such flyover measurements for only providing a snapshot of emissions instead of long-term data.Liggio defends his work, saying that measuring emissions against oil production evens out sudden spikes resulting from higher output.“We’re looking at what they emit relative to what they produce,” he said.He said his team is currently analyzing data from similar overflights conducted to measure oilsands emissions in two different seasons.Industry has had a chance to comment on the paper, said Liggio.“Generally, industry was positive and supportive. They do want to work together to get to the bottom of where the discrepancies are coming from.”Liggio said the apparent problem at the four sites in the current paper could point to an issue throughout the industry. He adds the apparent underestimates occurred despite the fact the mines studied were using strict United Nation’s measurement protocols.“The results indicate that overall (oilsands greenhouse gas) emissions may be underestimated and suggest that reporting that follows this Tier 3 approach may universally underestimate CO2 emissions,” the paper says.Researchers don’t yet understand why top-down measurements tend to be so much higher than bottom-up estimates, Liggio said.“In a complex facility like the oilsands, there are hundreds of sources, hundreds of stacks. It’s quite complicated.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NCERT book piracy Accused illegally made printing plates from online material

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday said that the interrogation of the accused in the NCERT textbook piracy case has revealed details on how he operated his illegal publishing syndicate, by procuring illegal printing plates of the books and using an offset printing unit to maximise his profit margin.According to police, the Crime Branch arrested the accused from his printing unit located in Gazipur village after conducting a coordinated raid with the vigilance officer and production officer of Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNCERT. The police immediately started investigating in the case after they registered an FIR on March 13 based on the statement given by the aforementioned officials. Police said that during sustained interrogation of the accused, who they identified as one Abhishek Chaudhary (28), it was revealed that he learnt printing from his father’s press. Eventually, police said Chaudhary admitted to coming in contact with one Rahul Jain of Karawal Nagar who also ran an offset printing unit of his own. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDuring Chaudhary’s confession, he said that he came to know about the huge profit margin in pirating NCERT books only after when Jain asked him to print some title pages of the national council’s textbooks. The accused subsequently set up his own publishing establishment and started printing NCERT textbooks which are being used to teach students of 6th to 12th Standards. Additional CP (Crime Branch) Rajiv Ranjan said that they recovered a total of more than 3,000 finished copies of 9th and 10th standard’s Hindi, English, and Mathematics textbooks; nearly 700 unfinished copies of 9th standard’s Hindi and History books; several printing plates and reel papers with NCERT watermark. Speaking to Millennium Post, DCP (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said that the accused made printing plates of the textbooks from material available online and bought NCERT watermarked reel papers from Chawri Bazar. When asked about whether the role of Rahul Jain is also being probed, DCP Deo added, “We cannot name any person as the investigation is ongoing. I can say that we are looking at all persons involved in this piracy racket.” A case against Chaudhary has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and Copyright Act.last_img read more

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TSX boosted by eurozone news BlackBerry debut

The Toronto stock market was higher Tuesday amid data that indicated the eurozone economy is improving and a positive reception for BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 43.8 points to 12,761.42 while the TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 1.94 points at 1,218.44.BlackBerry (TSX:BB)(NASDAQ:BBRY) shares were up 91 cents, or 6.07 per cent, to $15.90 on the TSX as the new touchscreen device went on sale in Canada. It went on sale in the U.K. last week but won’t be available in the U.S. until mid-March.Chief executive Thorsten Heins says that he’s disappointed by the delay but respects the rigorous testing done by U.S. phone carriers.There was also major acquisition activity in the tech sector as computer maker Dell agreed to be taken private by its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft in a deal worth US$24.4 billion. Shareholders are receiving $13.65 per share for their stock. Dell shares inched up eight cents to US$13.35.The Canadian dollar was unchanged at 100.14 cents US.U.S. indexes were also lifted by solid housing data. The Dow Jones industrials advanced 114.8 points to 13,994.88 as U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 1/2 years in December, helped along by a low supply of available homes and rising demand.CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, says home prices rose 8.3 per cent in December compared with a year earlier.The Nasdaq climbed 16.51 points to 3,147.67 and the S&P 500 index gained 12.12 points to 1,507.83.Markit, a financial information group, said its purchasing managers’ index for the eurozone economy rose to a 10-month high of 48.6 in January from 47.2 in December.Though the index remains below the 50 mark that would indicate expansion, the survey echoes other findings that the worst for the eurozone economy may be over even though it continues to face a number of headwinds, including the serious government debt problems of many of its members.Meanwhile, Italy’s general election at the end of this month looks like it may yield a split parliament, which would make it more difficult to push through much needed economic reforms. And the Spanish government is embroiled in a corruption scandal over alleged secret cash payments that has raised questions over the future of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.Worries about the eurozone helped send North American markets lower on Monday, prompting some investors to take profits from strong gains racked up in January.There was also a further indication of an improving Chinese economy. HSBC’s Chinese purchasing managers index was firmly in expansion territory last month, coming in at 54, up from 51.7 in December.In earnings news, telecom provider Bell Aliant Inc. (TSX:BA) says it had $70 million of net income or 31 cents a share in the fourth quarter, a $10-million decline from the same period of 2011 and well short of analyst estimates. Adjusted earnings came in at 37 cents, four cents less than expectations.The regional telecom company’s operating revenue was also down, slipping 0.8 per cent to $695 million from $701 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and its shares were up 52 cents to $26.07.Print and online publisher Yellow Media Ltd. is reporting adjusted net earnings of 70 cents per share in the fourth quarter. The $24-million adjusted profit, before impairment charges and a major gain on settlement of debt, was down from net earnings from continuing operations of $48.2 million or $1.53 in the same 2011 period. Its shares dipped four cents to $7.73.Toyota’s third-quarter profit jumped 23 per cent to 99.91 billion yen (US$1.09 billion), compared with the same period the previous year. Quarterly sales edged up nine per cent to 5.3 trillion yen ($58 billion). The world’s top automaker now expects fiscal year profit of 860 billion yen ($9.3 billion). It had initially expected a 780 billion yen ($8.5 billion) profit.Telecoms provided the TSX with lift as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) gained 54 cents to $67.41. Industrial stocks also helped take the TSX higher with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) ahead $1.01 at $96.16.The energy sector was up 0.6 per cent with the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 82 cents to US$96.99 a barrel. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) climbed 37 cents to C$44.04.March copper was ahead a penny at US$3.78 a pound and the base metals sector added 0.6 per cent. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) ran up 27 cents to C$11.49.The gold sector rose 0.4 per cent while April bullion declined $1.70 to US$1,674.70 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) improved by 37 cents to C$32.68.In other corporate developments, Canadian discount retailer Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) has entered into an eight-year agreement to help Central American chain Dollar City expand its network of stores and provide more products for sale. The Montreal-based company won’t take on operational responsibilities or make a capital commitment, but could eventually acquire a majority interest in the chain. Dollarama shares were ahead 12 cents to $60.25.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) gained 47 cents to $22.30 as the carrier reported a record monthly load factor for January as the number of passengers grew 6.4 per cent to 1.5 million. Its planes flew 80.9 per cent full in the first month of the year, up one percentage point from 79.9 per cent a year ago.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) will also report its monthly traffic numbers Tuesday, ahead of its quarterly results on Thursday.European bourses advanced following steep losses Monday with London’s FTSE up 0.75 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX ahead 0.46 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 up 1.31 per cent. read more

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TSX advances traders optimistic about lastminute US debt deal

The Toronto stock market turned slightly higher mid-morning Wednesday as traders hoped that Republicans and Democrats were set to announce a last-minute deal to avoid hitting the U.S. debt limit.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 16.08 points at 12,947.54, held back by weakness in the mining sectors.The Canadian dollar rose 0.17 of a cent to 96.51 cents US as the U.S. dollar weakened just hours before the debt limit is reached. At that point Washington will lose its ability to borrow and will be required to meet its obligations by relying on cash in hand and incoming tax receipts.U.S. indexes were sharply higher as traders also took in earnings from toymaker Mattel, Bank of America and PepsiCo that beat expectations.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 177.89 points to 15,345.9, the Nasdaq was ahead 40.62 points to 3,834.63 and the S&P 500 index was up 19.8 points to 1,717.86.Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were hoping to come to an agreement later Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling and end a partial government shutdown and, if possible, hold votes later in the day.Negotiations between the two Senate leaders resumed after House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner tried to write legislation that would satisfy GOP lawmakers, especially conservatives. He crafted two versions of the bill, but neither made it to a House vote because both faced certain defeat.Boehner’s inability to produce a bill that would pass in his own chamber likely means he will have to let the House vote on a Senate compromise, even if that means it passes with strong Democratic and weak GOP support.Threats of a downgrade to U.S. debt also provided added incentive to get a deal done.Ratings agency Fitch warned after the close Tuesday that it was reviewing the government’s AAA credit rating for a possible downgrade, though no action was near. The firm, one of the three leading U.S. credit-ratings agencies, said that “the political brinkmanship and reduced financing flexibility could increase the risk of a U.S. default.”Commodities were generally off the worst lows of the session but the gold sector led decliners, down almost two per cent while December gold bullion in New York turned negative, losing $2.40 to US$1,270.80 an ounce. Goldcorp. (TSX:G) faded 53 cents to C$24.44.The base metals component eased almost one per cent as December copper on the Nymex dropped two cents to US$3.28 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 32 cents to C$18.54.Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) jumped 11 cents or 5.16 per cent to $2.24 in the wake of reports of strong exploration results at a platinum mine project in South Africa.The industrials sector was down 0.2 per cent after SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX:SNC) said it now expects consolidated net income in fiscal 2013 to be in the range of $10 million to $50 million, sharply lower than earlier guidance in the range of $220 million to $235 million. Among other things, the engineering company blamed a number of money-losing legacy contracts and a $75-million charge related to a restructuring of its European operations. Its stock fell $2.31 , or 5.23 per cent, to $41.82.The energy sector was ahead 0.36 per cent and the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange erased early losses to trade up 52 cents at US$101.73 a barrel after closing Tuesday at its lowest level since early July. Niko Resources (TSX:NKO) climbed seven cents to C$3.30.It was a heavy earnings day in the U.S. PepsiCo posted earnings of US$1.91 billion, or $1.23 per share. That compared with $1.9 billion, or $1.21 per share, a year ago. Not including one-time items, the company said it earned $1.24 per share, seven cents better than analysts’ forecasts. Revenue rose two per cent to $16.91 billion, less than the $17.02 billion Wall Street expected. The company stood by its full-year earnings forecast and its shares gained $1.31 to US$81.91.Bank of America Corp. earned $2.5 billion, or 20 cents a share, in the July-September period, up from $340 million a year earlier and beating the 19 cents expected by financial analysts. Third-quarter revenue slipped to $22.2 billion from $22.5 billion, coming in close to the analysts’ forecast of $22 billion and its shares ticked up 22 cents to $14.46.Mattel’s third-quarter net income rose 16 per cent to $422.8 million, or $1.21 per share. That was up from $365.9 million, or $1.04 per share, in the prior-year period, buoyed by higher sales of American Girl and Monster High products and strength in all regions. Its performance beat Wall Street expectations and its shares ran ahead $1.61 to $43.16.European bourses were turned largely positive with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.35 per cent while Frankfurt’s DAX was 0.55 per cent higher. The Paris CAC 40 was off 0.25 per cent. read more

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Moodys downgrades its ratings of 28 banks in Spain cites weakening of

by News Staff Posted Jun 25, 2012 8:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Moody’s downgrades its ratings of 28 banks in Spain, cites weakening of government’s credit Moody’s Investor Service is cutting its credit ratings on 28 Spanish banks, saying the weakening financial condition of Spain’s government is making it more difficult for that country to support its lenders.Moody’s also said the banks are vulnerable to losses from Spain’s busted real estate bubble.The announcement from Moody’s came on the same day that Spain’s government formally asked for help from its European neighbours in cleaning up its stricken banking sector. The request left many questions unanswered, including how much of a $125 billion loan package Spain would request.That uncertainty led to losses Monday in stock markets in the Europe and the U.S. Bond investors pushed Spain’s borrowing costs higher, a signs of lagging confidence in the country’s ability to support its banks.The downgrades are a measure of Moody’s view on the ability of the 28 banks to repay their debts. Moody’s said the downgrades stemmed from its lowering of Spain’s credit rating by three notches earlier this month.A downgrade usually means that banks will have to pay more for their debt. Investors demand higher interest for riskier debt, which is what the downgrades represent.Spain formally asked the European Union on Monday for rescue loans to help clean up its troubled banking industry. The Spanish economy, the fourth largest of the 17 countries that use the euro currency, is suffering from the aftershocks of a real estate bust that has devastated families as well as banks. Unemployment is nearly 25 per cent.The financial strength of Spain’s government hinges on that of the country’s banks, as both government and banks struggle for survival. Two-thirds of Spain’s government bonds are owned by Spanish banks, pension funds and insurance companies.Moody’s said in a statement that the agency was encouraged by the broad measures being introduced by Spain to support its banks.Moody’s move came four days after the rating agency downgraded some of the world’s biggest banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, reflecting concern over their exposure to the violent swings in global financial markets. Moody’s also cut the ratings on seven German and three Austrian banks this month.The series of downgrades weren’t a surprise. But they come at a time of great uncertainty in the global economy. Europe’s 17-nation currency union is under threat, the U.S. economy is slowing and the economies of India, Brazil and China are cooling.EU leaders are meeting Thursday and Friday in Brussels, Belgium, for another summit aimed at reining in Europe’s debt crisis. Debt-wracked Greece is looking to renegotiate some of the budget-cutting measures it has agreed to in exchange for continued support from international lenders. The summit comes just a week after Greece’s new coalition government was formed following months of political turmoil and two inconclusive elections.Spanish government officials haven’t said how much they will seek from the loan package offered by the EU June 9. Two international audits last week found that as much as $77 billion could be needed. Spain wants the loans to go directly to the banks so that the government wouldn’t be responsible for repayment. That idea has met with resistance, however.The size and interest rates of the loans likely will be discussed at the EU summit this week.The bank bailout has only made investors more nervous about Spain’s financial condition, amid unanswered questions about the country’s request. Investors are concerned that beyond a rescue for its troubled banking sector, Spain itself may ultimately need a full country bailout like Greece, Ireland and Portugal.Steep losses stung stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 138 points to close at 12,502.66, a loss of 1.1 per cent. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell even more, 1.6 per cent.Many analysts believe big banks, including those in the U.S., would be the first to feel the hit of a freeze-up in Europe’s financial system if Spain isn’t able to convince bond markets that it can rescue its hobbled banks.The uncertainty pushed borrowing costs higher for Spain’s government. Its stock market plunged 3.7 per cent.__AP Business Writer Seth Sutel contributed to this story. read more

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Donald Sterling Blasts Magic Johnson Says He Does Nothing

Donald Sterling’s attempt to rehabilitate his image during an exclusive CNN interview on Monday took a venomous turn when the disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner slammed basketball legend Magic Johnson, who was mentioned in Sterling’s recorded racist rant that led to his expulsion from the NBA.Sterling blamed Johnson for delaying his apology and questioned the former NBA star’s contributions to the Black community and status as a role model.“Here is a man who -I don’t know if I should say this–he acts so holy,” Sterling said. “I mean, he made love to every girl in every city and he has AIDS. And when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him. I hoped he would be well.”Viewers were taken aback by Sterling’s comments during his opportunity to explain himself and gain support. Rather, he seemed to only add to the discord.“What has he done, can you tell me?” Sterling asked CNN interviewer Anderson Cooper. “Big Magic Johnson, what has he done? He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South LA.?”Cooper interjected: “Well, I think he has HIV.  He doesn’t actually have full-blown AIDS, but…”“Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, he has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV and — is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about?  I think he should be ashamed of himself.  I think he should go into the background,” Sterling continued. “But what does he do for the Black people?  Doesn’t do anything.”Cooper was quick to point out that Johnson has opened a number of businesses and charitable organizations around Los Angeles.Sterling also accused Johnson of scheming to buy the Clippers by advising him to stay quiet as Sterling’s racist recordings made the rounds across the media. He said they spoke twice after TMZ released audio recordings of Sterling imploring his girlfriend to not post pictures on social media of herself with Black people and to not bring Black people to Clippers games.“He lulled me into waiting a week, do you know what I mean?  He says, ‘Don’t do anything.’” Sterling said. “‘Don’t do anything.  I know the girl.  Don’t do anything.  I will help you.’ I’m waiting and I’m waiting and I’m waiting.“I think he wanted me just to do nothing, so he could buy the team,” Sterling added.Sterling insisted that he doesn’t believe he’s hated in the NBA, and even accused Cooper of being more racist than he is. When Cooper questioned Sterling about basketball great Elgin Baylor’s claims that Sterling had a “plantation mentality” when he ran the Clippers, Sterling deflected.“I’m not a racist,” Sterling said. “I made a terrible, terrible mistake.  And I’m here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I have hurt.  And I have hurt so many people, so many innocent people.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was not happy with Sterling’s latest comments. Silver issued a statement that read: “I just read a transcript of Donald Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper and while Magic Johnson doesn’t need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologize to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack. The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers was equally miffed. “Obviously I know who Magic is,” Rivers said. “I’ll stand by Magic every day of the year because I’ve known him for a long time. Having said that, I don’t know what’s going on out there. I tried not to get involved in that part of it right now. Whatever it is, that doesn’t sound like much of an apology to me.”Johnson would not address Sterling, preferring to focus of the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, which he is a minority owner, and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.Johnson will, however, be a guest on CNN Tuesday. read more

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Ohio State senior Nichelle Prince makes the Canadian Womens National Soccer Team

then-OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) during a game against Butler on Nov. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen the Ohio State women’s soccer team kicks off its season against in-state rival Kent State on Aug. 19 in Columbus, it will be without one of its top players, senior forward Nichelle Prince. But it’s for good reason.Prince will be busy representing her country in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, as the Ajax, Ontario, native has made the Canadian National Women’s Soccer team. The final 19-person Olympic roster was announced Monday.“It’s an exciting moment and something I’ve always dreamt of,” Prince said in a release from the university. “After a long eight months of preparation and hard work, it’s great to see it has paid off by being named to the team.”Prince has earned 16 caps for the Canadian national team, including four during the team’s Olympic qualifying in February. In Canada’s 3-1 victory over Costa Rica to clinch a trip to Rio, Prince assisted on the team’s final goal.In total, including appearances for Canada’s U-15, U-17 and U-20 teams, Prince has scored six goals and dished out four assists.Last season, Prince helped guide the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. She tied for the team lead in goals and assists, with six and seven, respectively.Prince missed substantial time with a leg injury during her sophomore season, but she was named to both the Big Ten all-freshman team and the conference’s second team after her first season in Columbus.Canada enters the Olympic games as the reigning bronze medalists from the 2012 London games. It was the country’s first medal in a team sport since the 1936 Olympics.The Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament is scheduled to begin on Aug. 3. The bronze- and gold-medal matches are set for Aug. 19, which is OSU’s opener against Kent State.Canada is in Group F alongside Australia, Zimbabwe and Germany. As of FIFA’s Mar. 27 rankings, Canada is ranked No. 10 in the world. Both Australia and Germany are ranked ahead of Canada, leaving Prince and her teammates with an uphill battle to advance out of group play.“I look forward to representing my country and Ohio State in Rio,” Prince said.Prince joins Kyle Snyder and Dustin Tynes as active Buckeyes who will be in Brazil. Snyder will wrestle for Team USA at 97 kg, while Tynes will be swimming for the Bahamas.There could be more Buckeyes heading to Rio, as a total of 34 members from the men’s and women’s swimming teams qualifying for U.S. Olympic Trials, which are set to begin in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 26. It’s the fifth most out of any team.The Olympics in Rio, which are officially set to begin Aug. 5, have been marred in controversy in recent months. There are numerous concerns over safety for visitors, namely over the Zika virus, a disease spread through mosquitoes that is roiling the country. Brazil’s government is also grappling with its longest recession since the 1930s.Despite calls from more than 100 doctors and professors, as well as an article from the Harvard Public Health Review to suspend, or move, the Olympics over public-health concerns, the games are still set to take place. read more

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Not so Glorious Twelfth Grouse shoots cancelled across Britain after stocks hit

James Chapel spokesperson for William Powell Sporting Agency, which organises grouse shoots said: ”Although the season has not started yet it looks as though we are going to lose somewhere in the region of 50 per cent of the driven grouse days that we have organised for clients for the forthcoming season. Half of grouse shoots across England and Wales have cancelled their entire 2018 shooting programmes.Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association Debbie Collins a spokesperson for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said: ”Soaring temperatures have impacted the growth of heather across Britain’s moors.”However the extreme heat also means that there will be fewer insects, which the grouse chicks also eat.”The growing number of parasites living in Scottish moorland is also thought to have contributed to the deaths of grouse chicks.Duncan Thomas, north director for BASC said: “The situation in Scotland may have been compounded by reported high numbers of tick that can actually kill grouse chicks.”The shortage of grouse is thought to be so serious that a reduction in shooting the game bird may last beyond this season.”There are no guarantees shooting will resume next year,” warned Mr Thomas. It is a highlight of the countryside calendar, but it will be a less Glorious 12th this year after many shoots were cancelled due to a shortage of grouse. The population has been badly affected by the harsh winter, followed by the hot summer and many of the moors in the north of England and the Scottish borders have had to abandon planned events in order to allow stocks to recover.Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association said: ”Half of grouse shoots across England and Wales have cancelled their entire 2018 shooting programmes with the remainder running a much reduced schedule.” August 12th marks the start of the grouse shooting season, although this year it falls on Monday 13th because it is illegal to shoot game birds on a Sunday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is not illegal in Scotland, but the custom is observed. The shortage of grouse this year is the worst in over a decade, according to experts.  “So, we’ve had extremely poor quality food up on the hills for the red grouse population particularly, which relies on that as a primary food source.” The plants were blasted during the winter and then roasted in the summer, which saw female birds in poor condition when they laid their eggs and then their chicks also struggled to find food.  Dr Adam Smith, Scotland director of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, told Sky News: “We’re just getting our grouse counts in, about three quarters of them are done and it’s a pretty consistently low picture.”We’re seeing only about 90 per cent of the adult birds that we saw in 2017 but, probably more importantly, we’re only seeing about two thirds of the young birds that we saw in 2017 so it’s a marked drop in production.”It’s the first time in a very long time that I’ve seen the combination of heather being freeze-dried, blasted almost, during the winter time and then baked dry during the summer. ”The most recent years which saw major shortages was probably 1993 across all moors and more recently around 2004.”He added:  ”If it was not for a couple of moors in the North Yorkshire Moors we would have over 80 per cent of our days cancelled.”Clients are being offered the chance to shoot partridges as an alternative in an attempt to salvage the season, Mr Chapel said. The impact of the extreme weather has been on the grouse’s main source of food – heather.  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. read more

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Investigation What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3205988 Monday 30 Jan 2017, 2:40 PM Jan 30th 2017, 2:40 PM 25 Comments With the occupation of Apollo House came loud calls for Nama to step up and focus its attention on solving Ireland’s current (and growing) housing and homelessness crisis. In this first of a three-part special investigation, TheJournal.ie visits some of the most affected areas to examine if the so-called bad bank has been playing its part in providing social housing.THERE ARE ABOUT 90,000 households on the social housing waiting list nationally.As part of its Rebuilding Ireland initiative, the government aims to build 25,000 homes a year by 2020 and provide 47,000 new social housing units, at a cost of over €5 billion.Part of the plan includes using Nama-owned properties, usually unfinished apartment blocks and housing estates, to help provide more social housing.Nama, the National Asset Management Agency, has identified almost 7,000 properties that are potentially suitable for social housing to date. Source: NamaAs of the end of 2016, this figure stood at 6,941. Of this, demand was confirmed by local authorities for over 2,740 properties and 2,378 of these have been delivered for use.The properties are taken on – purchased or leased on a long-term basis – by councils or approved housing bodies (AHBs), not-for-profit organisations, who make them livable. Some properties are almost ready to go, while others need more work.Properties are usually rejected because there isn’t enough of a demand for social housing where they’re located.Here, as part of its series on social housing, TheJournal.ie focuses on Galway city.Each local authority has been given targets in terms of social housing and provisional funding has been allocated.Housing Minister Simon Coveney recently told the Dáil Galway city and county councils have a target of 1,126 social housing units for the period out to 2017, supported by an allocation of €58.5 million to be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes.No social housing has been built in Galway since 2009. Construction on houses expected to be completed by 2018 recently started. There are about 2,700 households on the city council’s housing waiting list.As of the end of last month, 203 Nama-owned properties in Galway city had been identified as potentially suitable for social housing, with demand being confirmed for 202. Some 196 units have been completed or contracted for use. Properties delivered to AHBs or local authorities as of the end of December 2016 Source: NamaIn a statement, a spokesperson for Nama told us: “Confirmation of demand and suitability of properties owned by Nama debtors is a matter for local authorities and is not something in which Nama has a role.“Nama plays no role in determining the suitability of these properties and all engagement with local authorities is handled by the housing agency, not by Nama.Once demand for a property has been confirmed by a local authority, Nama facilitates contact and negotiation between its debtor or receiver and the local authority or approved housing body to acquire the property. Contractual arrangements can take the form of a lease or purchase.“In general, purchases are completed by AHBs and the properties acquired are then made available to local authorities under a payment and availability agreement.”The spokesperson added that Nama has “made clear to the housing agencies and local authorities that any property handed over … would be fully remediated to the highest living standards and fully in compliance with all construction and buildings standards and in compliance with the conditions of planning and local authority regulations”.To date, Nama has spent over €100 million on remediating homes for which local authorities or housing bodies have confirmed demand.Personal stories: ‘It’s soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it’At the time of publication, Galway City Council had not responded to requests for comment. As of November, the council was spending over €25,000 a month on providing emergency accommodation.Last week, Coveney said: “The government has set out ambitious targets for the delivery of social housing supports over the lifetime of Rebuilding Ireland. Last year, over 18,300 social housing supports were provided across a range of delivery programmes.“Within this, preliminary data show that around 5,280 new social houses were either purchased, leased, remediated or built by local authorities and approved housing bodies across the country using a range of funding mechanisms and delivery programmes.”Cúirt Róisín Throughout the country, AHBs work with local authorities to provide social housing.Clúid is the largest housing association in Ireland, providing almost 6,000 homes. It’s one of a number of AHBs working in Galway.The organisation has provided 357 houses or apartments to people in Galway to date. A further 140 are planned to be delivered within the next two years.TheJournal.ie recently visited Cúirt Róisín, a former Nama-owned apartment block in Galway city that is now home to 15 families and individuals.Read: ‘I have never seen anything like this’: Homelessness in Galway hits crisis pointSome of these people had been on the social housing list for 13 years, the average wait time was eight years. Four people were on notice to quits (meaning they had to move out of their previous home), and a similar number had been dealing with homelessness services in the city.Clúid links up with the council and homelessness organisations to ensure people who require extra help to get back on their feet receive the support they need. John and Kathleen Source: Órla RyanCúirt Róisín consists of two and one-bedroom apartments. Kathleen Aspell Mortimer, the property’s housing officer, says the latter are difficult to come by in the city, making this complex particularly suitable for individuals, single parents or small families.Many of the residents had been living within a five-mile radius so their families are nearby and their children didn’t have to move schools. Some people’s previous apartments were flooded during the bad storms in winter 2015.“It is much more than an apartment, it’s a home … It’s about what’s there after they move in – what kind of supports are available, what kind of neighbours are beside you.“We make sure that it’s people who are suitable to the whole situation, to the area – people that are local, that have their family connections here, school connections. The support services that enable them to live,” Kathleen says. Source: Órla RyanJohn O’Sullivan, Clúid’s head of housing management, tells us: “Usually when we have a new scheme or we have empty units that come up, we ask the local authority for a list of nominations.It’s obviously not any building or any estate or apartment block that would suit necessarily what we’re looking for. I suppose Clúid’s aim is to create sustainable and vibrant communities. That only really happens when it’s part of the community and it’s not at arm’s length from social networks and families and so on.The Cúirt Róisín scheme is funded using a government loan to leverage a larger bank loan from the Housing Finance Agency. Clúid will repay these loans using the rent paid by tenants, which is based on each individual’s’ income, and a payment from the Department of the Environment.Overall, it cost Clúid €1.3 million to buy and refurbish Cúirt Róisin (it was about 70% complete) and its adjacent car park.Kathleen says it took around 18 months from Clúid first becoming involved with the property to getting residents in the door. People moved in in July and August 2016. Source: Órla RyanClúid wants its social housing to be indistinguishable from other housing nearby, believing this helps counteract some of the challenges and misconceptions that arise around social housing.Kathleen explains: “I think it’s important to the tenants – you know, that they’re not stigmatised.Anyone who’s on the social housing list, they never started off their lives thinking they’d end up in social housing so, the fact that they did, they don’t want to be stigmatised over that.“It’s important for us as well, from our point of view, that our housing is fitting in with everywhere else.”John adds: “It’s good for the wider community that there’s decent quality housing. It’s good for the people who live here. High quality housing, affordable, manageable – it’s important that people treat the place really well when they’re given a really good product.“For us that reinforces the sustainability of the long-term goal of creating communities instead of transient housing.”Both agree with Rebuilding Ireland’s approach of creating mixed developments of social and private housing.John states: “It’s something that works well. I think this is a really good example of somewhere where we’ve worked well with Nama to bring something that was empty for seven or eight years back to the market in a way that’s sustainable.”In terms of tackling the lack of social housing in a broader sense, he adds: “It’s a big task and one that will take time, but ultimately I suppose, between the social housing sector, the AHBs like ourselves and voluntary associations across the board … We’re all working together to try to resolve it.“There is momentum, there is forward progress. You can see, when schemes like this are happening, that work is being done and it’s good to see it coming around.”More features on social housing will be published on TheJournal.ie during the week.Read: Over 80% of rents are above limits set for those on state housing benefitsRead: Remember the developers who ‘exited Nama’? Most paid less than half their debtsRead: Thousands taken off social housing list for not replying to questionnaire 15,660 Views Share172 Tweet Email2 By Órla Ryan Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply? The ‘bad bank’ has identified almost 7,000 properties that are potentially suitable for social housing, with demand being confirmed for over 2,700. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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La Liga sues the Spanish Football Federation

first_imgThe competitions is looking for approval for the regular season match between Barcelona and Girona in MiamiThe La Liga competition has filed a lawsuit on Thursday, accusing the Spanish Football Federation of unfair competition.The legal action comes more than a month before the January game between Barcelona and Girona to take place in Miami.This will be the first regular season match outside Spain in the history of La Liga.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The league confirmed it brought the matter to court but did not provide further details about the legal action. It said it is expecting a decision in the coming days,” wrote the Associated Press in an article published in Sports Illustrated.According to some sources, the Spanish FA is practicing unfair competition with La Liga, by blocking the competition’s desire to take one official game to the United States.Meanwhile, the Spanish Supercup was played in Morocco and it’s organized by the FA.last_img read more

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