SAAM Gets Nod for Costa Rica Port Concessions

first_imgzoom Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM materialized the acquisition of the two concessions in Puerto Caldera, the major terminal on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.The acquisition agreement for the concessions was signed with Colombia’s Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura (spbrun) in September 2016 and now the company has received the approval for the deal from local regulatory authorities.With the materialization of this milestone, SAAM now controls 51% of Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera (SPC) and of Sociedad Portuaria Granelera de Caldera (SPGC), whose transferred annual volume totals 5.5 million tons.The operation involved a disbursement of USD 48.5 million for the mentioned percentage of the share capital of both companies, which jointly reported revenues for USD 55.5 million in 2016, according to SAAM.“The acquisition of 51% of Puerto Caldera allows us to grow in a country where we have had good results, through a well-managed company to which we can add value, and at the same time, allows us to join efforts with knowledgeable and experienced partners,” Macario Valdés, SAAM’s CEO, said.The company includes, apart from SAAM’s majority position, Costa Rican companies Saret (21%) and Grain Logistics (19%), as well as Colombian “Grupo Empresarial del Pacífico” (9%).last_img read more

BC premier denies crisis says one investment doesnt make an economy

first_imgKinder Morgan announced Sunday it was stopping all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk. It has set a deadline of May 31 for talks with various stakeholders to reach an agreement that could allow the project to proceed.“All of a sudden when the shareholders in Texas issue a press release there’s a constitutional crisis,” Horgan said.The government announced in February that it will ask the court to decided if it has the right to protect its environment by restricting diluted bitumen in the Trans Mountain pipeline. The decisions to refer the matter to the courts prompted Alberta to suspend a ban on wine imports from B.C.“What we’re talking about here is the province of B.C. going to court to assert our jurisdiction and protect the interests of British Columbians,” Horgan told the legislature. “We said in an election campaign a year ago this is what we would do.”He said B.C. is in court to defend its coast and its interests from a project that will triple bitumen shipments from Alberta to Burnaby and increase tanker traffic seven-fold in B.C. waters.Horgan said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Sunday and told both leaders to build more oil refineries instead of pipelines. VICTORIA, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan showed no signs Monday of backing down on the battle over the Kinder Morgan pipeline, rejecting widespread claims his government’s challenge of the $7.4 billion project is hurting the economy and tearing apart the country.His tone ran from calm to exasperated during a 30-minute question period in the legislature where the Opposition Liberals accused his government of hurting investor confidence, ignoring the rule of law and picking an unwinnable fight with Alberta and the federal government.“One investment project does not an economy make,” said Horgan, adding B.C. has the lowest jobless rate in Canada and a solid credit rating. “The premier stands alone in his opinions,” he told the legislature. “Is this burgeoning fiasco his definition of success?”Wilkinson urged Horgan to meet with the prime minister to resolve the dispute and ensure certainty for the federally-approved project.Greg D’Avignon, president of the B.C. Business Council, said the government’s decision to prolong the process threatens the credibility of the country’s regulatory and project approval systems.British Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce said the implications of the decision by Kinder Morgan are “seismic,” and if this project can’t be built it will show the world that government approvals count for nothing.Opposition to the pipeline has ramped up in recent weeks, with several dozen people arrested near the Burnaby marine terminal in the last month.Trudeau said last week in Victoria the pipeline will be built.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img “That would be leadership,” he said.Notley said Monday she told Horgan in a telephone call that B.C.’s opposition to the pipeline threatens the rule of law in Canada and she made it clear her province will retaliate.Notley said she will introduce legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s reckless pipeline battle ignores the law, creates uncertainty and tears at the fabric of the nation.last_img read more

BJP will win this Lok Sabha election on proincumbency sentiment Ashish Sood

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post, BJP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha in-charge Ashish Sood said that the saffron party will win this election on a pro-incumbency sentiment that runs deep within the country. Excerpts: How is this year’s campaign going to be different from the one BJP ran in 2014? You see, last time we did not have the achievements of Narendra Modi. So, as a result, this time around we have a huge base of beneficiaries who have reaped the advantages of various government schemes introduced in the last five years. This sentiment is very strong among people, so this will be our poll plank for MPs and party activists. We now have a class of voters to whom we need not showcase what we will do. They are already satisfied with our government’s work. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDo you really believe there is no anti-incumbency sentiment running through the country? Look, the pro-incumbency runs deep this time around. And the reason anti-incumbency has been a feature in every other election is there used to be an opposition that was after the blood of the incumbent government on a list of corruption issues. This time, with this government, you don’t have that in hand. The opposition only has fake issues. Five years down the line, what they are charging us with is: this is a dictatorial government. They are presenting themselves as saviours of democracy. If we have not done the work in the last five years, then the opposition must come out with the issues instead of misleading voters. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWill your campaign then only focus on the work your government has done? In Delhi, what our MPs have done, what the Central Government has done, and it could have done will be showcased. As a result, it will also be important to show the inability of the incumbent Delhi government to deliver on what they promised their electorate. For example, we could have and we wanted to give Ayushman Bharat to the poor of Delhi. It was denied. These will be the issues. The Delhi government made promises they knew they couldn’t keep, and hence they are now raising issues such as the demand for full statehood in the Capital. BJP had also made demands on statehood. What do you think made the party switch its stand? We have not switched our stand on it. Look the statehood issue was addressed in 1991 when Delhi became a National Capital Territory and a resolution was adopted. No doubt we were asking for more powers for the state but parties always can change their stand. And moreover, no one else except the present AAP govt is responsible for harming the cause for full statehood when they tried to stop Republic Day celebrations. Do you believe that any parliament will grant full statehood if these kinds of scenarios are created? You see, we still want more powers to be granted to the state government. In terms of grievance redressal of people, the multiplicity of governance should be changed. But more importantly, some kind of uniformity in the system of governance is required. The basic idea is to solve governance issues created by the complicated system in Delhi and not fixate on wanting autonomy. What are the challenges in campaigning this time? The biggest thing we would want to implement is door-to-door campaigning (like mera parivaar, bhajpa parivaar). And reaching out to more of the electorate who at the time of anti-corruption agitation of Anna Hazare had stood by Kejriwal. More and more of those households have to be reached so that the present AAP government is exposed. As South Delhi in-charge, what are your plans for the campaign in the constituency? There is only one plan. The plan is to reach out to the beneficiaries, reach out to workers and make sure they vote at the earliest on the voting day. See, what we are going with in this election will be to highlight the failure of AAP to deliver even after getting 67 seats in the assembly. The only points will be about the 500 schools, the CCTV cameras, and the jobs that were promised. We won’t let them go scot-free for their failures on these issues. Do you think the proposed alliance may affect the way you run your campaign? You see, we are not worried about that. Regardless of whether it actually happens or not, it won’t change the fact that the opposition has failed to deliver. And even if it does come through, it just goes to show the hypocrisy of opposition members. A gentleman who had once vowed to fight corruption in Sheila Dikshit’s government is now ready to ally with her. BJP govt in the Centre and we in Delhi are wanting to contest the election on the achievements of our central government. Is AAP contesting on their achievements of the last four and half years? All they have to show for themselves is their failures and then they go as far as blaming it on the absence of full statehood.last_img read more

Alarmed by Growing Appeal Of Morocco 2026 United 2026 Announces Change

Rabat – In a move aimed at countering and undermining the growing appeal of Morocco’s 2026 bid within the international footballing community, authorities in charge of piloting the North American bid have taken upon themselves to announce the creation of a “tripartite committee” which will from now on be charged with organizing and supervising the North American bid.According to a letter  that United 2026 sent to all members of FIFA, this change of strategy—the bid was until now led by the United States’ football federation—is a response to the recent resignation of Sunil Gulati. Although recently voted out of the presidency of the US’s football federation (he chose not to run in the election), Sunil Gulati maintained his post as chief of the United 2026’s organizing committee, with the North American bid hoping, until recently at least, to capitalize on his long-standing “positive image” within footballing communities.  Now, instead of the bid being led by US footballing authorities, a joint committee of Canadian, American, and Mexican federations will oversee the countries’ associated bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. According to a recent ESPN report, the organizing committee will from now on be presided over by a joint presidency, namely America’s Carlos Cardeiro, Mexico’s Decio de Maria, and Canada’s Steve Reed. “United, as one, Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026 and help propel the global game to new insights,” the letter also said. “The joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to win the hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup has undergone a leadership shuffle aimed at changing the bid’s campaign tactics,” ESPN wrote, adding that it “reported last week that the bid could be in jeopardy.”Although “United 2026” (the organizing committee) has explained on its website that “the strategic change” is purely a traditional and needed formality aimed at showcasing and strengthening “unity” within the three federations, especially following Gulati’s resignation, ESPN has offered a different reading of the situation. According to the sporting media giant, this abrupt change speaks volumes about the seriousness of “the Moroccan threat”, especially given the fact that the new FIFA bidding regulations are, at least on paper, bordering on a Moroccan Victor on June 13. “The move comes as amid concerns that the joint bid, long considered the favorite to win the hosting rights, is in danger of losing out to Morocco,” ESPN further noted.It should be noted here that Morocco, which has already secured the voting bloc of Africa, its home continent, is also said to be the most favored bid for the Arab world, many European federations, as well as South America (said to be holding “special grudges” against Trump’s America).Politics-wise, however, this new strategy might also be aimed at undermining the effect of any malign influence that Trump’s unfavorable international reputation could have on “United 2026.” After all, by saying that the US is no longer single-handedly leading the bid, “United 2026” is surreptitiously telling national federations not to consider Donald Trump while voting on June 13. But, with the Kingdom being said to “finally deserve a World Cup, for the sake of Africa”, will United 2026’s new strategy succeed in dislodging Morocco’s already established reputation as an appropriate  and serious candidate for holding the 2026 FIFAWorld Cup? Considering recent reports, the answer to that question is a resounding “No.” read more

UN says report on Lanka taken seriously

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says the report on Sri Lanka on the UN actions during the final stages of the war was taken seriously.“I was asked by the Secretary-General, to head a group to look, go through the recommendations of the report, and above all, look forward to the future so that we avoid coming in such situations as we did in Sri Lanka, and as we have in several other tragic situations. This group was established in January, and they have worked very diligently. It is co-chaired by Andrew Gilmour of the Political Unit, and Paul Akiwumi, my Chief of Staff. And we have a very good secretariat headed by Michael Keating, who is a very respected colleague, who was the Deputy SRSG [Special Representative of the Secretary-General] in Afghanistan,” the UN qouted him as saying. He said that he found most important was to bring was to bring in all the agencies, departments, programmes, funds, who indirectly or directly are involved in the situation or the role of the United Nations in Sri Lanka. “So, we have had a working group with representatives of all groups working very intensely on taking these recommendations seriously. We also have invited experts from the outside for hearings. Today, I had a hearing with a group of very respectable colleagues of mine and many others — Jan Egeland, Staffan De Mistura, Michael Van Den Schulenberg — I can’t give you the whole list, but we had a video conference of one and a half hours today, where we got their reactions to the report. So, it is a big process right now. And I suppose I will, within a month or so, receive the report and then it is up to me to assess these recommendations and go to the Secretary-General and discuss what measures should be taken. I hope this whole process will be finished by the middle of June at the latest, I would hope. We take it very seriously,” he added. Jan Eliasson says the UN now needs to really prepare as good as possible for such a situation in the future. read more

AP Women accuse opera legend Domingo of sexual harassment

For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press.Regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time, Domingo also is a prolific conductor and the director of the Los Angeles Opera. The multiple Grammy winner is an immensely respected figure in his rarefied world, described by colleagues as a man of prodigious charm and energy who works tirelessly to promote his art form.But his accusers and others in the industry say there is a troubling side to the 78-year-old Domingo — one they say has long been an open secret in the opera world.Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP that they were sexually harassed by the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades beginning in the late 1980s, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions.One accuser said Domingo stuck his hand down her skirt and three others said he forced wet kisses on their lips — in a dressing room, a hotel room and at a lunch meeting.“A business lunch is not strange,” said one of the singers. “Somebody trying to hold your hand during a business lunch is strange — or putting their hand on your knee is a little strange. He was always touching you in some way, and always kissing you.”In addition to the nine accusers, a half-dozen other women told the AP that suggestive overtures by Domingo made them uncomfortable, including one singer who said he repeatedly asked her out on dates after hiring her to sing a series of concerts with him in the 1990s.The AP also spoke to almost three dozen other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, backstage staff, voice teachers and administrators who said they witnessed inappropriate sexually tinged behaviour by Domingo and that he pursued younger women with impunity.Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from the AP about specific incidents, but issued a statement saying: “The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.“Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.“However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”Seven of the nine accusers told the AP they feel their careers were adversely impacted after they rejected Domingo’s advances, with some saying that roles he promised never materialized and several noting that while they went on to work with other companies, they were never hired to work with him again.Only one of the nine women would allow her name to be used — Patricia Wulf, a mezzo-soprano who sang with Domingo at the Washington Opera. The others requested anonymity, saying they either still work in the business and feared reprisals or worried they might be publicly humiliated and even harassed.The accusers’ stories lay out strikingly similar patterns of behaviour that included Domingo persistently contacting them — often calling them repeatedly at home late at night — expressing interest in their careers and urging them to meet him privately under the guise of offering professional advice.None of the women could offer documentation, such as phone messages, but the AP spoke to many colleagues and friends that they confided in. In addition, the AP independently verified that the women worked where they said they did and that Domingo overlapped with them at those locations.Two of the women said they briefly gave in to Domingo’s advances, feeling they couldn’t risk jeopardizing their careers by saying no to the most powerful man in their profession.One of them said she had sex with him twice, including at the Biltmore hotel in Los Angeles. When Domingo left for a performance, the woman said, he put $10 on the dresser, saying, “I don’t want you to feel like a prostitute, but I also don’t want you to have to pay to park.”The women making the accusations — who said they were emboldened to speak out by the #MeToo movement — were mostly young and starting their careers at the time.Several said they took extreme measures to avoid Domingo, including asking colleagues to stick with them while at work and not answering their home phones. The dancer called her avoidance technique “the bob and weave, the giggle and get out,” and one soprano labeled it “walking the tightrope.”One singer who is among Domingo’s accusers was 23 and performing in the LA Opera chorus when she first met the superstar in 1988. She said she remembers wiping his saliva off her face from a sloppy, wet stage kiss after which he whispered in her ear, “I wish we weren’t on stage.”Domingo started calling her at home frequently, she said, although she had not given him her number. “He would say things like, ‘Come to my apartment. Let’s sing through some arias. I’ll give you coaching. I’d like to hear what you can do for casting,’” she said.Whenever he returned to Los Angeles over the course of the next three years, she said he was uncomfortably affectionate, slipping a hand around her waist or kissing her on the cheek too close to her mouth. He would enter her dressing room uninvited, she said, which she said she assumed was to catch her undressed.The mezzo-soprano said she strenuously tried to avoid being alone with him, while also striving not to insult him. But he did not take the hint, she said.She said she agreed to meet Domingo about 11 p.m. one night “and then I had a full-blown panic attack. I freaked out, and I just kept not answering the phone. He just filled up the machine, calling me until 3:30 in the morning.”In 1991, she said, “I finally gave in and slept with him. I ran out of excuses. It was like, ‘OK, I guess this is what I have to do.’”She said she had sex with Domingo on two occasions, at his Los Angeles apartment and at the Biltmore hotel, where he left the money on the dresser.Another young singer at the LA Opera, where Domingo was the incoming artistic director, said he immediately started calling her at home after she met him at a rehearsal in 1988.“He would say, ‘I’m going to talk to you as the future artistic director of the company’” and discuss possible roles, she said. “Then he would lower his voice and say, ‘Now I’m going to talk to you as Placido,’” she said, and ask her to meet him — for a drink, to see a movie, to come to his apartment so he could cook her breakfast.During one of his frequent visits to her dressing room, he admired her costume, leaning forward to kiss her cheeks and placing one hand on the side of her breast, she said.The singer — who was 27 and just starting her career — said she felt trapped.“I was totally intimidated and felt like saying no to him would be saying no to God. How do you say no to God?” she said.As the calls wore on, she stopped picking up the phone. In person, she gave excuses, she said: She was busy, she was tired, she was married. Finally, she said, she surrendered to “a feeling of impending doom” that “I wasn’t going to have an opera career if I didn’t give in.”She said she went to his apartment, where they engaged in “heavy petting” and “groping.”In the days and weeks after, she said Domingo repeatedly called her. “I felt like prey. I felt like I was being hunted by him,” she said.The singer said that once Domingo took over control of casting decisions at the LA Opera in 2000, he never hired her again.Another singer who worked in Los Angeles in the mid-2000s told the AP that she already knew of Domingo’s reputation when he took an extreme interest in her career and made sure she always had an excuse for leaving right after work.One night after rehearsal, however, he caught her off-guard by asking her for a ride home, she said, which she found “ridiculous. Why would Placido Domingo not have a ride home? But what was I going to do?”In the car, she said, he put his hand on her leg, told her to pull over near his building and then “leaned in and tried to kiss me.” She said he asked her upstairs, which she avoided by saying she had other plans.Several weeks later, she said, Domingo approached her on a night he knew she was scheduled to stay late and invited her to his apartment to run through an aria.She went, she said, because “I felt like I have dragged this out and avoided him for six weeks and he is Placido and he is my boss and he is offering to work with me on this role.”After he poured two glasses of wine, she said, “He sat down at the grand piano and we really did sing this aria, and we worked on it. And he gave me coaching and was very complimentary.”But then, she said, “When it was over, he stood up and slid his hand down my skirt, and that was when I had to get out of there.”“I went home and was terrified to go back to work,” she said. “I was frozen in terror for that whole contract.”Since then, she has sung at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera and elsewhere, but said she has never again been hired to sing at the Los Angeles house or with Domingo.At the Washington Opera, where Domingo served as artistic and then general director for 15 years, mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf said the star would confront her night after night with the same whispered question.“Every time I would walk off stage, he would be in the wings waiting for me,” she said. “He would come right up to me, as close as could be, put his face right in my face, lower his voice and say, ‘Patricia, do you have to go home tonight?’”She said she regularly would rebuff him, but that his pursuit remained relentless.It got to a point, Wulf said, that she would try to hide from Domingo behind a pillar. She also would hide in her dressing room and peek to make sure he was not in the hallway before she left, she said.“As soon as you walk away and get away, you think, ‘Did I just ruin my career?’ And that went on through that entire production.”A dancer who worked with the superstar in several cities said a flirtatious Domingo called her late at night on-and-off for about a decade in the 1990s, leaving brazen messages that she would listen to in shock with her husband.Domingo would ask her to meet him, including in his hotel room, but she said she would only go to lunch with him, always framed as a business meal. Still, she said, his hands would wander to her knee or he would hold her hand or kiss her cheek in ways that made her uncomfortable.She said she would wonder to her husband: “‘Does he understand the risk he’s putting me in, that he could wreck my marriage, wreck my career? ““When you’re working for the most powerful man in the opera, you try to play ball,” she said.One afternoon when they were working together at the Washington Opera, she said Domingo asked her to meet for lunch at his hotel restaurant to discuss work. After the meal, he said he needed to stop at his room before they walked to a rehearsal.“He took me up to his room, ostensibly to pick up his stuff, and he invites me in,” she said. “And he starts hugging me and kissing me.”She pushed him away, she said, and insisted she had to get to rehearsal.“When I clearly was not going to have sex with him, he just walked me to the elevator and went back to his room,” she said. “The elevator doors opened, and I dropped. I just fell to the floor in the elevator and was sweating profusely.”A former opera administrator said he was aware for years that Domingo was “constantly chasing” the dancer. And a conductor who is friends with the dancer said he recalled after she “said no to Domingo, she had the rug pulled out for several years.”After the hotel incident, the dancer said she didn’t work with the superstar for several years.“There were years when I was a wreck about it and scared that I’d never be hired again,” the dancer said. Eventually, she said, she was “let back into his good graces.”“What he did is wrong,” she said. “He used his power, he stalked women, he put women in positions of vulnerability. People have dropped out of the business and been just erased because of submitting or not submitting to him.”___Contact Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker via Twitter: Gecker, The Associated Press read more

After CIA torture revelations US must now recover moral high ground –

“The example set by the United States on the use of torture has been a big draw-back in the fight against such practice in many other countries throughout the world,” Juan Mendez, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, said in a news release today.As a Special Rapporteur with a mandate to visit numerous countries across the globe, he added that now Member States were either implicitly or explicitly telling him “Why look at us? If the US tortures, why can’t we do it?” “We have lost a little bit of the moral high ground,” he continued. “But it can be regained and it should be regained.” Mr. Mendez’s comments follow the long-awaited release of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation techniques which concluded that US high officials promoted, encouraged and allowed the use of torture after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and during President George W. Bush’s administration. The practice, known as “enhanced interrogation techniques,” was terminated by President Barack Obama. The Special Rapporteur commended the “thorough and frank” report, particularly as it managed to break through a wall of silence put into place by the former administration which, he said, had “aggressively and repeatedly rejected the principles of transparency and accountability and maintains the pattern of denial and defense.” “It is the Government’s responsibility to let the US people know what happened during the years when extraordinary rendition, secret detention, and so-called enhanced interrogation techniques were practiced, and to ensure accountability and transparency to the fullest extent possible.” Mr. Mendez noted that despite the United States’ continued use of torture in interrogating prisoners suspected of affiliations with terrorist groups, the practice was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees. Instead, he added, the torture programmes had made the matter of terrorism worse and provided “a breeding ground for more terrorism.” “As a nation that has publicly affirmed its belief that respect for truth advances respect for the rule of law, and as a nation that frequently calls for transparency and accountability in other countries, the United States must rise to meet the standards it has set both for itself and for others.” read more

University commemorates death of namesake

Prof. David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, co-founder of the University’s commemoration ceremony for Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, leads re-enactors from Fort George onto campus Friday. Photo by Bob Tymczyszyn.The front of the Schmon Tower looked like a page out of a history book Friday morning.War of 1812 re-enactors from Fort George marched onto campus to commemorate the death of Sir Isaac Brock by firing muskets while members of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment lowered flags to mark the occasion and Last Post was performed.The University’s namesake was killed on Oct. 13, 1812 by a sniper’s bullet while leading the charge in the Battle of Queenston Heights.Several University dignitaries spoke about the role of the Major-General and the two-year war in shaping Canada as a nation.“That war made Canada a possibility,” President Jack Lightstone said. “Had the war gone differently, Canada would have surely been an impossibility.”Rev. David Galston, a chaplain with the University’s Faith and Life Centre, noted that the story of Brock’s death, when he is rumoured to have uttered to his troops what would become the University’s motto – surgite or push on – is more about the inspiration of the human spirit rather than “history as a set of facts.”“Not all of the facts are clear about General Brock but what has persisted as oral tradition is the spirit of his character,” Galston said.“It is this spirit of Isaac Brock that we recall and celebrate today. His seeming refusal to place himself above others, his care for the quality of relationships he held with others and his regard for honesty above all are characteristics we can celebrate as good Canadian qualities and as significant qualities to uphold in a learning environment like Brock University.“Even though we cannot know all the facts about General Isaac Brock, we can still remember and celebrate him as an inspiring icon in Canadian history and for this university. In this spirit, we can all say ‘Rest in peace, Sir Isaac.’” read more

Bucks wallop Walsh

The Ohio State men’s basketball team got its 2009-10 campaign off to a strong start, beating the Walsh Cavaliers 86-48 in an exhibition game Wednesday.Junior Evan Turner made his debut at point guard and had little trouble adapting to his new position. Turner finished the night with 15 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, just four assists shy of a triple-double.Sophomore William Buford also scored 15 points, including 11 in the first half.Buford was six of eight from the field and made his only three point attempt.Junior David Lighty added 11 points and, perhaps more importantly, appeared to be fully recovered from last year’s season-ending foot injury.The Buckeyes officially begin their season Monday against Alcorn State at the Schottenstein Center.

Mining industry leaders optimistic about global demand

first_imgAt the opening of MINExpo at the beginning of the week, world mining leaders voiced strong optimism that durable demand for coal, minerals and metals will accompany the resumption in global economic growth, giving new life to the commodity market. Mining executives from four of the world’s leading producers of mining equipment, coal and minerals agreed that underlying global demand, powered by accelerating urbanisation and energy consumption in the developing world, will benefit an industry that starts the global supply chain.  More minerals, metals and coal will be needed to supply China, India and the African continent, regions dominated by massive urbanisation and a rapidly growing middle class, they said. The industry will be increasingly challenged by lower quality orebodies, a shortage of mining engineers and an uncertain global financial system.  But long-term fundamentals favor a bullish outlook, said four senior executives that spoke at the record-breaking mining exhibition hosted by the National Mining Association,the US industry’s trade group in Washington, DC.Red Conger, president of Freeport-McMoRan Americas, a global leader in copper production, said the current market is in balance.  “Even if copper grows only modestly – at 2% annually – supply will be challenged,” he said.Gregory Boyce, Chairman and CEO of Peabody Energy, documented the strong growth in global coal demand, powered by rapidly expanding Asian economies.  “Energy is a basic human right, yet today 3.6 billion people in the world have either little or no access to electricity,” said Boyce.  Coal will be critically important for providing this vast region of the world with affordable electricity, he said.Richard O’Brien, CEO of Newmont Mining, a major gold producer, observed the strong intervention of sovereign banks in the global gold market, with government purchases of gold up by 500% in the past decade. At the same time, supplying new gold to the market will be constrained by more difficult mining conditions. Today, gold is found not in large veins but “in grams per ton,” explained O’Brien.MINExpo 2012 Chairman Michael Sutherlin, President and CEO of Joy Global, said developing countries in Asia are only mid-way in their growth curve as measured by metal intensity per capita.  Viewed from the perspective of parity with the developed world, said Sutherlin, “China is today where Japan was in the 1950s.”  Because mining operations are now moving into more challenging environments that make mining more costly, Joy Global’s emphasis is increasingly on manufacturing machines that increase mining productivity, efficiency and safety.The CEOs put to rest a prevalent myth: that global competition for natural resources may come at the expense of the environment and safety.  On the contrary, they said, mining operations anywhere in the world that are the safest and most environmentally sound are also the most productive mines with the most talented workforce.  “If we don’t get the environment and safety right, we will lose our social license to operate,” said Newmont’s O’Brien.MINExpo 2012 surpassed all previous mining exhibitions, with 860,000 square feet of exhibition space and more than 53,000 attendees from 36 countries. Global mining equipment and after-market sales are valued at $52 billionlast_img read more

Croatia with 17 players to Rouen Minimum quarterfinal

Croatian NT coach Zeljko Babic announced squad for the World Championship in France on today’s press conference in Zagreb. Croatia will have 17 players in the roster as only question which is still open, whether goalkeeper in trio Ivic, Stevanovic and Pesic, will have to stay on the stands.Two players who will stay at home are right back Sime Ivic and line-player Kresimir Kozina.“Our minimum goal is to play quarter-finals, but primary goal is to built squad for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia”, said Babic.Croatian squad for France 2017:uGoalkeepers:Filip Ivić – HC Vive Tauron KielceIvan Stevanović – RK PPD ZagrebIvan Pešić – HC Meshkov BrestWings:Josip Božić-Pavletić – RK NEXEManuel Štrlek – HC Vive Tauron KielceLovro Mihić – HC Wisla PlockZlatko Horvat –  RK PPD ZagrebLine players:Tin Kontrec – RK PPD ZagrebŽeljko Musa – HC MagdeburgBack line:Marko Mamić – DunkerqueStipe Mandalinić – RK PPD ZagrebLovro Jotić – RK PPD ZagrebLuka Cindrić – HC VardarLuka Stepančić – HC Paris Saint-GermainLuka Šebetić – RK PPD ZagrebJakov Gojun – HC Füsche BerlinDomagoj Duvnjak – HC THW Kiel ← Previous Story ROBOT GOES TO POLAND: Blaž Janc to Vive Tauron Kielce! Next Story → HP WCh 2017 PREDICTION: Spain and Germany to attack France for the gold! Croatia handballFrance 2017 read more

Which TDs did not pay the property tax by the final deadline

first_imgTHE PROPERTY TAX deadline was extended to last night – but the extra time did not convince some of Ireland’s TDs to change their mind about paying the charge.Back in April, contacted TDs opposed to the tax to find out if they intended paying it themselves. Seven TDs – Joan Collins, Joe Higgins, Séamus Healy, Clare Daly, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, John Halligan and Thomas Pringle – told us they would not be paying.The online returns filing deadline was extended from midnight Tuesday night to 8pm last night.Paying or not paying?In April,‘s Hugh O’Connell contacted Irish TDs to find out who intended on paying – and this week we contacted the TDs who said they weren’t going to pay to find out if they had changed their mind.Thomas Pringle TD’s office said the TD wouldn’t be paying the tax.Clare Daly TD’s office said the Deputy had no intention of paying the tax.Joan Collins TD told that she opposes the tax and would not be paying it. She said that while campaigning against the tax, she has made it “quite clear” people face consequences, but that “many people are determined not to pay it”. “People have to make the decision themselves,” she said.Collins also criticised trade union leaders for their stance on the property tax. “This is going to impose huge hardship on people,” said Collins.Séamus Healy TD said he is “absolutely opposed to this tax” as he believes it is “completely draconian and completely unfair”. He will not be paying it and said as far as he is concerned, the government does not have a mandate for the tax.He realises that the tax could be taken out of his salary if he does not pay, and said he sympathises if people feel they have to pay because they cannot afford the penalties if they do not pay the charge. He encouraged them to “continue their opposition to it” even if they do pay, and said that the government parties should be targeted in the local and European elections next year.John Halligan TD’s office said he had no intention of paying the tax.Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan TD confirmed that he intended not to pay the tax.Joe Higgins said that he will be “sticking with the boycott”. He said he is not concerned for himself, but is concerned “that the Revenue absolutely must not victimise poor people and low-middle income earners”. He said people see the tax “as a burden too far”.Meanwhile, Sinn Féin TDs remain opposed to the tax, but a spokesperson said it is up to the individual deputies to decide if they wanted to pay the tax or not. Following consultation with her family, Mary Lou McDonald TD will be paying the tax. However, Pearse Doherty TD will not be paying it, the spokesperson said.Doherty knows that the money will be taken from him anyway, said the spokesperson. In April, he told that: “It’s a non issue for us [Sinn Féin], if you don’t pay it’s going to be deducted from our salaries by Revenue so I will be complying with local property tax”.Doherty has launched a bill to repeal the property tax, the Financial Local Property Tax Repeal Bill. The party’s spokesperson said Sinn Fein did not encourage people not to pay the tax and that all members were encouraged to consult with their families on the issue.Read: You’ve less than 10 hours to file your property tax return, 1.5m already have>Read: Here’s what you need to know about the property tax >Read:last_img read more

Former Clerys CEO Faced with the same choice I would still sell

first_img Share37 Tweet Email Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 6:45 AM Read: If politicians are really interested in ‘new politics’ they should work to secure justice for the Clerys workersRead: Clerys workers heckle and criticise director of property firm at High Court 12,223 Views Short URL By Fora Staff Former Clerys CEO: ‘Faced with the same choice, I would still sell the store’ PJ Timmins was Clerys CEO when it went into receivership and was sold to US firm Gordon Bros in 2012. Take me to Foracenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/ THE FORMER CEO of Clerys would repeat his decision to sell the iconic Dublin department store to US restructuring firm Gordon Brothers – despite its later closure with the loss of hundreds of jobs.Speaking to Fora, PJ Timmons also said that he had did not know when Clerys was sold in 2012 that Gordon Bros had split the company’s assets apart, a move that would lead to much controversy the store’s workers were made redundant.In 2012, Clerys was put into receivership and faced closure before eventually being sold to the US investment firm.Gordon Bros retained ownership of the firm for about three years, before it was sold to Natrium, a joint venture between Deirdre Foley’s D2 Private and funds controlled by London-based Cheyne Capital Management, in June 2015. The reported sale price was €29 million.This was to become one of Ireland’s most infamous corporate transactions, as Clerys was suddenly shut after it was acquired by Natrium.About 130 people directly employed by Clerys and another 330 who sold their wares in the department store, many of whom had worked at the shop for decades, were made redundant with virtually no notice. Former Clerys workers protest outside the shop Source: Leah FarrellPJ Timmins, who joined Clerys in 1991 years and was its CEO between 2002 and 2012, left the company shortly after it was acquired by Gordon Bros.Same choiceTimmins now runs the Irish arm of business advice group The Alternative Board (TAB) and he said that even if he could ’do over’ his decision to sell the store to Gordon Bros he would make the same choice today.“My responsibility was to keep the business open and we succeeded in doing that; there weren’t many other options in that period of time,” he said.Gordon Bros had split Clerys into two companies – one, OCS Properties, which owned the valuable O’Connell St property, the other, OCS Operations, which took care of the store’s day-to-day operations.It was the second of those firms, which lost €2 million in the 12 months to February 2014, that was immediately put into liquidation after the sale.That left the state, rather than Gordon Bros or Natrium, to pick up the €2 million bill for workers’ redundancy payments as they were classed as employees of the insolvent company.Meanwhile, the property business, which leased the Clerys store to the operations company, turned a profit of nearly €5 million for the same period and remains trading.Natrium now plans to redevelop the property into a high-end retail, hotel and office development.Splitting up Clerys was crucial as it allowed the trading entity to be liquidated quickly after its sale, while the property arm could then be sold separately at a profit, and meant that the state was left to pick up the tab for the staff’s redundancy pay.No visibilityTimmins left the department store just six weeks after Gordon Bros took over and he said that arrangement was one of the conditions of the deal.“We knew from 2010 that we had to find an investor as the banks didn’t have funding, so I was on a two-year mission to find one,” he said.“I came across Gordon Bros. They indicated that their methods of doing business was through a fast turnaround by injecting capital.” PJ Timmins Source: Youtube“Their methods couldn’t take the risk of having an existing CEO in place, in case it slowed down activities. I indicated that wouldn’t be a problem, I had first joined (with the intention of staying) for three years and here I was 22 years later.We had no sense of what would happen at the time, their track record was working with significant companies on a global basis and we thought they would be concerned about their reputation.Asked whether he knew that Gordon Bros intended to split Clerys into two parts he said:No, the way the transaction was executed, it was orchestrated by Gordon Bros as a pre-pack receivership. We were working closely with the bank (but) we wouldn’t have had any visibility on the mechanics.However, Timmins acknowledges that he would have been made aware of the existence of OCS Properties after the sale to Gordon Bros went through.It was reported that Gordon Bros acquired Clerys on 18 September 2012. OCS Operations and OCS Properties were both registered on the same day in the middle of August 2012, while it was first reported at the start of November that Timmins had left the company.“I may have known several days after the event, but it was nothing in our control. Letters would have been issued (after the sale) that would have said ‘Clerys has been bought by OCS Operations and you are now an employee of that firm’,” Timmins said.Many companies operate in that way, at that point I don’t think we would have had any thought about it, it wouldn’t have made logical sense for someone to do what they did.“We wouldn’t have been alerted to anything.”PropertyTimmins also said that, if faced with the same circumstances as Clerys CEO again, he would again choose to invest heavily during the boom.The Dublin department store acquired a large amount of property around O’Connell Street at the height of the Celtic Tiger, which was a large contributory factor in its sale to Gordon Bros.By 2011 the company was losing money, sinking €2 million in the red that year. It was also heavily in debt, owing €20 million to Bank of Ireland, which was set to be repaid in February 2012. The famous Clerys clock Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandWhile there were external factors, such as the large drop in consumer spending during the recession, that contributed to the store’s downfall, it is widely viewed that Clerys’ property dealings were a central reason for the company ending up in receivership.“Faced with the same circumstances, I would make the exact same decision,” Timmins said.The board had done significant studies to discover what the implications of retail development on the other side of O’Connell Street would be, and if we did nothing it would have been a major problem.“We already had significant properties in the area, and a conservative approach was taken with property acquisitions in relation to our balance sheet value. What was unforeseeable was the economic collapse, which saw anyone with debt levels suffer seriously.”Timmins also said that manner in which the store was closed down “could have been handled very differently”.“The workers had set aside an awful lot through the recession and to get the store trading again after the (2013) flood,” he said.They were very flexible and worked very hard, many people put an enormous effort into it. It was very difficult for them (and) also for concessionaires and suppliers, who were also caught by the suddenness of transaction.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Oct 30th 2016, 6:45 AM Image: Sam Boal/ 21 Comments Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:last_img read more

People think its negative coming back to Ireland I think of it

first_img Leahy spent three years at Coventry before agreeing to join Bohemians last month. Image: EMPICS Sport 30,850 Views Share72 Tweet Email Short URL 4 Comments Follow us: By Paul Fennessy Monday 12 Feb 2018, 9:30 PM ‘You’re the only one of the midfield three without pneumonia’>‘Mourinho has to win the title next season’ – Gary Neville warns Man United boss> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Leahy spent three years at Coventry before agreeing to join Bohemians last month. DARRAGH LEAHY FACED a dilemma last month.There were six months left on his contract at Coventry, but the youngster felt he had not made sufficient progress in three years at the club.The safe option would arguably have been to see out the season in the faint hope that the Sky Blues would ultimately be persuaded into offering him a new deal.Yet Leahy was desperate for regular game time. If he decided to stick around at the Ricoh Arena until the summer and no offer was forthcoming, the League of Ireland season would have been at its halfway point and most teams would likely have settled on an established starting XI by then.Through agreeing to cancel the remainder of his contract with the League Two side, Leahy was able to seal a move to Bohemians that may not have been on offer had he waited until the summer.“I had a really good chat with [Bohs manager] Keith Long,” Leahy tells The42. ”I wasn’t really getting minutes in Coventry, I was playing reserves and stuff like that.“It was a really tough decision. I obviously had a few days to think about it back and forward. But there are other boys coming home to play. And such a big club as Bohs had my mind made up nearly, after that.”Now that he has signed for Bohs, Leahy realises he still faces a fight to earn regular first-team football. He is not shy to admit, however, that he hopes to return to play in England “in the next two to three years” all going well.The Dubliner was just 16 when he made the initial trip across the water and admits to finding life difficult at first.“I was thrown into the deep end really. You have to adjust to that,” he says.“Of course, you get homesick from time to time. But when you have family, friends and a girlfriend, it’s only a [short] flight to come over. They come over and visit you quite a lot, but you finish training at one or two o’clock maybe. The rest of the day, you’re staying in digs, it’s very challenging mentally as well. [The people at Coventry are] there to help and guide you to get on with it.But at the end of the day, I was the only Irish boy over there. The rest were English. They could all go back to their families. I’d just go back to digs. But you kind of get used to it as well.“Most would be in a rush to get home [after training]. It kind of is a positive [living in digs], because I would stay there after training and go to the gym, just to waste time and stuff.”And as lonely as it could occasionally be, the young defender, who has represented Ireland at underage level, had some familiar faces to turn to for advice during his time with the Sky Blues. Coventry City’s captain Michael Doyle took Leahy under his wing. Source: Barrington CoombsIn terms of seeking advice about a career in Britain, there was perhaps no better Irish player to talk to than Michael Doyle, the 36-year-old, who has a senior Ireland appearance to his name from 2004. The experienced midfielder has been for playing at various levels in England’s lower tiers for almost 15 years now, and has made over 700 appearances at senior level.But despite the disappointing end to his time with Coventry, Leahy is positive about his stint abroad overall.For two and a half years, I loved every minute of it. I was training every day, it was what you dream of really. But just the last few months of this season, I wasn’t really getting game time, so I felt I had to move on.”“[Ex-Ireland international] Stephen Hunt was there in my time — he was coming to the end of his career,” Leahy recalls.“But Michael Doyle, who is obviously the captain, was brilliant. Off the pitch, he was always there for me and helping me out. He’d look out for you because he knows how hard it was when he was my age.“He took me under his wing a little bit. He’s made over 700 appearances, he’s got enough experience, so you just go to him and listen and learn and take all the advice you get.”Leahy did enjoy some invaluable experiences at his previous club, sharing a dressing room with countless talented youngsters, including James Maddison, who has since joined Norwich and is currently being linked with potential big-money moves to Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham.The Swords native was given the chance to impress at senior level with Coventry in pre-season in the summer of 2016, coming up against recently retired Irish international Wes Hoolahan, among others. The left-back, who is comfortable playing in the centre of defence, also had two separate loan stints with Nuneaton Town.“I was only 18 and playing non-league football,” he says. “I think you have to learn that side of the game — [playing against] the big, tough, strong people.If you want to get proper men’s football at such a young age, it’s a good experience.”And whereas young players returning from England to try their luck in the League of Ireland 20 or even 10 years ago were often effectively written off as failures by pessimists, there is an increased tendency now to view playing in the domestic game as an opportunity for promising young talent rather than a consolation for those unable to ‘make it’ at the highest level. Leahy regards Ireland international Sean Maguire as a role model. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOIt is for that reason that Leahy views footballers such as Sean Maguire and Richie Towell as role models, as they are two good examples of players who got a second bite of the British footballing cherry, having resurrected their careers in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.“It is doable,” he adds. “It’s going to be very hard, it’s very optimistic, but that’s my goal, of course.People might look at it and think it’s negative coming back to Ireland — I think of it as another bounce forward. If you’ve one or two good seasons, you’re straight back across.”Regardless of what happens in 2018 and thereafter, it has already been a career full of highs and lows for Leahy. He represented Swords Celtic, Malahide and St Kevin’s Boys at schoolboy level, having practised the game compulsively as a youngster.“Growing up, I’d play football out on the road from dusk till dawn. You’re just out there all day and your parents will call you in. You’d have to go to school and then it’d be straight back out the next day with your mates. You’d be playing all sorts of games out on the green with the older lads as well.“I suppose social media [makes football on the streets less common now]… These days, I don’t see many kids out there.” Leahy played in the same schoolboy side as Shamrock Rovers youngster Trevor Clarke. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOIt was for Kevin’s, the club who coincidentally have just officially launched a partnership with Bohs, that Leahy began to establish himself as one of the top young players in the country, playing alongside other notable names, including Robbie McCourt (West Brom), Daniel Mandroiu (Brighton) and Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers).“I signed for Kevin’s U15s. I think we finished second that year. The next year U16s, we won the treble. It was ourselves and Malahide fighting it out for the league. We had something like nine or 10 games in hand because we had such a good cup run. Malahide had finished their season and we had to win nine of our games.“We played Malahide, and it could have been the fifth or fourth last game of the season. They just needed a draw to win the league. We went down to eight men, we won the game and we went on to win the league.Four or five of the boys would have moved over to England after the U16s. I was still over here in Ireland. I had no offers or anything.“I had a decision to stay with Kevin’s and go U17s, or I could have gone to League of Ireland.“I decided to stay with Kevin’s and then obviously, that’s how I went to Coventry. We just had a little tour over in England. We played a game against Coventry, they obviously liked what they saw. I stayed on for a week trial, all the boys went home, and it just took off from there really.” Leahy was just 16 when he signed for Coventry. Source: Barrington CoombsFootball since then has not been so straightforward and idyllic, but Leahy is wise enough to know that even the most talented players are not guaranteed a long-term career in the game, which is why the teenager is not putting all his eggs in one basket yet.I’m actually working with my dad at the minute,” he says. “He’s in upholstery, so I’m starting an apprenticeship with him — it’s going well so far.“It was tough at the start just to get used to it, especially training at night with Bohs, it was hard to adapt.“But we’re five, six weeks in, everything is just normal again, I’ve settled straight back into it.”Leahy continues to dream big though, and his advice to aspiring young footballers is telling.“Just never give up,” he says. “Football’s a funny game. You never know what’s going to happen. You never know who’s watching the game. So you have to be at the top of your game every game. Just keep working hard and keep your head down.”The 42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Feb 12th 2018, 7:31 PM ‘People think it’s negative coming back to Ireland – I think of it as another bounce forward’ Promising Irish youngster Darragh Leahy chats to The42 about moving from Coventry to Bohemians. Image: EMPICS Sportlast_img read more

Family of Clodagh Hawe still searching for answers for why Alan murdered

first_img Monday 25 Feb 2019, 8:37 PM Short URL Clodagh and her three boys. Source: EverydayHeroDuring the 2017 inquest, the jury heard from psychiatry Professor Harry Kennedy who compiled a report on the deaths for coroner Dr Mary Flanagan.Kennedy said that since 2008 Alan Hawe had suffered with “somatic [physical] anxieties without basis in reality” that “developed into severe and pervasive preoccupations” with his physical condition.Earlier in the hearing, the court heard from David McConnell, a counsellor, who Alan Hawe attended over 10 sessions from March to June, 2016.In their last session, on 21 June, Hawe appeared stressed but spoke: “openly and emotionally”.Alan Hawe told his counsellor: “People think of me as a pillar of the community… if only they knew.” He then “wept”, at which point McConnell said the two felt a connection.McConnell said Hawe had a “fear of shame and of being less than perfect”.Now, Mary and Jacqueline want to fill in the gaps and find out why Alan Hawe murdered his family, hoping that the gaps can be filled by those who may have more information about him and who he really was.Her Name Is Clodagh, a Claire Byrne Live special, is on RTÉ One tonight at 10.35pm.If you need to talk, contact:Samaritans: 116 123 or text 087 2609090Aware: 1800 80 48 48 (for depression and anxiety)Pieta House: 1800 247 247 or email (for suicide and self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland: 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline: 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)Domestic violence support: Safe Ireland Feb 25th 2019, 11:32 AM 87,553 Views Image: RTÉ/Claire Byrne Live Family of Clodagh Hawe still searching for answers for why Alan murdered his wife and sons In August 2016, Alan Hawe murdered his wife, Clodagh, and their three sons before taking his own life. THE FAMILY OF Clodagh Hawe have said they are still seeking answers as to why her husband, Alan, murdered his wife and three sons in 2016.Clodagh’s mother Mary and her sister Jacqueline have told RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live that they owe it to Clodagh and the boys to seek the full truth in the hopes they can protect other women who may be in danger. Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their three children – Liam, 14, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan – were found dead in their Cavan home in August 2016.An inquest the following year concluded that Clodagh and her three sons were unlawfully killed by Alan who took his own life after the murders at their home at Oakdene, Balcony, Ballyjamesduff. The jury returned verdicts of unlawful killing, due to head and neck injuries caused by a knife and an axe to Clodagh while in the case of Niall, Liam and Ryan, unlawful killing was recorded and the cause of death was stab wounds to their necks.‘The horror has impacted on everybody’ Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly leaving Cavan Court House following the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesMary and Jacqueline have said while they did not want to do a television interview about the horrors of that night in 2016, they felt they had to.  Share1556 Tweet Email center_img 53 Comments Clodagh Hawe (R) with her sister Jacqueline and mother Mary (L) I don’t think there’s any mother out there who can’t relate to what has happened to Clodagh as a mother and to the children. She couldn’t save herself, she couldn’t save her three children, so it’s up to us to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.  By Adam Daly “There as so many questions that there are no answers to and we owe it to Clodagh to be her voice,” Mary Coll said. In a Claire Byrne Live special, Her Name is Clodagh, Mary remembers the last time she saw her daughter and grandchildren alive.The Hawe family had called over to her house, as normal, the night before their bodies were discovered.It had been a perfectly ordinary Sunday evening. She served tea and biscuits – they caught up, talked about work, talked about Lotto numbers. They had to leave a little early as Ryan was due a bath.Mary wished Alan luck as he was due back at Castlerahan National School, where he was vice-principal, the next morning. She remembered he wasn’t looking forward to going back after the summer break.Mary remembers she made plans for the next day with the boys to pick blackberries and make a crumble.The “horror” that unfolded that night is something that has “impacted on everybody” according to Clodagh’s sister, Jacqueline.  Clodagh Hawe (R) with her sister Jacqueline and mother Mary (L) Image: RTÉ/Claire Byrne Live Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Our Cypriot Kitchen

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Cypriot Youth of Brisbane is set to release a cookbook this May that encapsulates Greek Cypriot culinary tradition, entitled Our Cypriot Kitchen. The Cypriot Youth of Brisbane is a sub-committee of the Cypriot Community of Queensland. Together, the committees endeavour to unite youth of the Cypriot community to ensure ties with rich culture, religion and language are maintained. Our Cypriot Kitchen is the most recent way in which the committees plan to do this. Our Cypriot Kitchen is a skilful compilation that fuses the culinary knowledge and skills from those across the Cypriot community in Brisbane. Youth committee vice president Paras Vasiliou tells Neos Kosmos that the book required the collective effort of many to assemble recipes for translation, cooking and photography. “The book has taken six months to assemble, with tasks including gathering cherished family recipes, translating them from Greek to English, cooking them and photographing them for the book.” Vasiliou also tells Neos Kosmos that the process provided the committee “with a chance to look beyond the finished product and learn the secret techniques and ingredients which warmed [their] hearts and filled [their] bellies” growing up in Cypriot families. The cookbook has 50 carefully-sourced traditional Cypriot recipes, covering all tastes and capturing the essence of Cypriot cooking, with Vasiliou says “is all about texture, flavour and colour”. Recipes range from breads and dips, pastries, mezethes, sides, meals, desserts and biscuits.Our Cypriot Kitchen will be selling for $39.99, with proceeds from the book going towards funding better facilities for the youth committee, senior committee and for the committee’s dance group. The book will be sold at the committee’s Paniyiri Greek festival between 23 and 24 May, and will be available for purchase online in late May at read more

New York Editor on Founders Passing American Journalism Wouldnt Be What It

first_imgSEE RELATED: Magazine Pioneer Dies Clay Felker, the founding editor of New York magazine, died today at his home in New York City. He was 82. New York’s editor-in-chief Adam Moss sent over this statement:American journalism would not be what it is today without Clay Felker, and neither would New York City. Those of us lucky enough to work in the house that he built are reminded everyday of the depth of his genius. He created a kind of magazine that had never been seen before, told a kind of story that had never been told. Nobody I have ever met in this business was as passionate a champion of talent, as relentlessly curious, or as successful in getting the world inside his head onto the magazine page. He changed the way we look at this city, and, in that sense, the way we live in it. All of us who practice journalism today carry Clay’s legacy into everything we do, and we will never do it even half as well.New York contributing editor Kurt Andersen’s appreciation of Felker and his legacy is online here.CNN, IHT, the New York Times and the AP have also posted obituaries.last_img read more

Canadian Printer and Publisher Cuts 1500 Jobs

first_imgIn addition to its printing services, Transcontinental publishes several magazines, including Elle Canada and Canadian Living. Montreal-based magazine printer and publisher Transcontinental has instituted what it calls “rationalization measures” which resulted in the elimination of 1,500 jobs, as well as other cost-cutting initiatives at its offices in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Citing the down economy, president and CEO Francois Olivier said the changes will help protect the company’s financial health. “It’s a difficult situation for everyone affected, but we are acting in the interests of all of our employees and our shareholders,” he said.Transcontinental also has implemented a hiring freeze, reduced workweeks and will not offer paid vacation. The company says the moves will save approximately $75 million, including $50 million in 2009. In November, the company announced a consolidation of its U.S. subsidiary Transcontinental Direct USA. The consolidation, combined with a company-wide review of production capacity, the closure of plants and shuttering of several titles resulted in the layoffs, the company said.last_img read more

Apple Music Reportedly Launching New Music Publishing Division

first_img Email Facebook Apple Launching New Music Publishing Division apple-music-reportedly-launching-new-music-publishing-division Apple Music Reportedly Launching New Music Publishing Division Elena Segal has been reportedly promoted to her new role as Global Director of Music Publishing at Apple Music, having previously worked as the legal director for iTunes International. When Apple Music launched globally in 2015, Segal was head of licensing, proving she could navigate and negotiate legal requirements that, unlike Apple’s tech products, are not meant to be intuitive.David Israelite, president/CEO of the National Music Publishers Association, praised Apple’s new division as “wonderful,” saying it “shows their respect and admiration for the publishing industry.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter Find out what Apple’s move into publishing may mean for the company’s futurePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 30, 2018 – 3:47 pm Reports on May 30 that Apple has created a new international music publishing division are raising speculations about the directions the leading corporation could take. “Luring songwriters” was how Rolling Stone described the expansion, while also pointing to the end-of-summer expectation that Apple Music’s current 50 million subscribers will swell to exceed Spotify’s 75 million subscribers.What’s clear is that the business deeply associated with New York City’s Brill Building and Nashville’s Music Row is expected to find a new base in cutting-edge digital technology companies. For example, when Sony announced on May 22 that it would spend $2.3 billion to acquire a greater stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony President/CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said, “In the entertainment space, we are focusing on building a strong IP portfolio.” That was certainly a vote of confidence in the value of copyrights.Apple and its tech competitors cultivate and protect patent IP portfolios, underlying the innovations built into their products. The journey into artistic IP by Apple, at a minimum, will give it a vantage point and valuable experience on the copyright side. For example, it could help bolster the consummation of licensing deals more swiftly as well as lead to the direct signing and development of songwriting talent. News last_img read more

9 great reads from CNET this week

first_img Tech Industry Culture No summer doldrums for us. It was a week chock-full of news and lots of great features too as today we celebrate 50 years since the first moon walk. We’re also smack-dab in the middle of Comic-Con and spent the week watching tech titans get scrutinized by lawmakers and regulators alike. Here are the week’s stories you don’t want to miss. Fair warning — we’re a little over the moon about the moon. FaceApp was a test. We didn’t passOur inability to draw lines when it comes to our personal data is a real problem, with real ramifications. This won’t age well. Sarah Tew/CNET I lived like a moon astronaut and have the scars to prove itPreparing for life as an astronaut on the moon or Mars is serious business. Evan Miller/CNET First-time Comic-Con cosplay is terrifying, complicated and exhilaratingSan Diego Comic-Con 2019 will witness my plunge into cosplay. Here’s how I tackled my Chilling Adventures of Sabrina costume.cosplay2.jpg Erin Carson/CNET 5G is spotty now but will get so much better. Here’s whyIt has a lot to do with new devices, broader networks and one key wireless chip.Sprint 5G Lynn La/CNET Apollo took us to the moon in 1969. Why haven’t we gone back?It was a time when spaceflight wasn’t really about space.backtothemoon Robert Rodriguez/CNET Neopets friendships still thrive 20 years laterDon’t be surprised if your friends invite you to their wedding.Hollywood Radio and Television 10th annual kids day 2004 Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Stan Lee sang to me: 10 crazy Comic-Con moments I’ll never forgetHugs from George R.R. Martin and birthday wishes from Mark Hamill. Here are some of Bonnie Burton’s wilder experiences at SDCC.2012georgerr Bonnie Burton/CNET How 5G got tied up in a trade war between Trump and ChinaPresident Trump’s ban of Huawei and the ongoing trade war with China could have big implications for the future of 5G.Osaka Hosts The G20 Summit China News Service Our Apollo-inspired dreams of living on the moon could still come trueAs Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon 50 years ago, we imagined a future lunar life filled with wingsuits and tourist cruisers.lunarbase NASA/Rick Guidice Tags Post a comment 0 Share your voice 5G Privacy Space Huaweilast_img read more