Liverpool left bare as Lovren set to miss Brightonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool will likely be without Dejan Lovren for Saturday’s clash with Brighton.The Croatian centre-back injured his hamstring inside the first five minutes of the Reds’ 2-1 loss to Wolves on Monday.The news means Jurgen Klopp has one senior centre-back to choose from this weekend.However, the performance of Fabinho at the position at Wolves has quelled Jurgen Klopp’s fears.Joel Matip is expected to return to action next week against Crystal Palace. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
zoom Qatar based Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine Shipyard (N-KOM) has signed an agreement with HeLenGi Engineering for the retrofit of Greek ferries as part of the Poseidon-Med project. Poseidon-Med is the first LNG bunkering project in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea led and coordinated by QENERGY Europe.It is the first Cross European Border project which aims to introduce LNG as the main fuel for the world shipping industry and develop a sufficient infrastructure network of bunkering value chain.The POSEIDON-MED Project aims to design a comprehensive value chain for the use of LNG as marine fuel in East Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea, including the development of an LNG transportation, distribution, and supply network, as well as, the establishment of a well-functioning and sustainable relative market for its demand.HeLeNGi Engineering provides expertise, technology and production techniques to satisfy a diverse range of applications for the use of liquefied gas.The signing ceremony was held at this year’s Posidonia exhibition.Press Release; July 3, 2014
The PM expected to shuffle cabinet for third time in three months.The Canadian PressA senior government official says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to shuffle the federal cabinet on Monday.This will be the third time the prime minister switches up his roster this year.In January, Trudeau moved Jody Wilson-Raybould to veterans affairs from the justice portfolio, which went to David Lametti.The prime minister made a few more changes earlier this month to fill the void left by Wilson-Raybould after she resigned from cabinet amid the ongoing SNC-Lavalin controversy.A few days after the mini-shuffle, Jane Philpott also stepped down from cabinet, saying she had lost confidence in the government over its handling of the SNC-Lavalin issue.Philpott had served as president of the Treasury Board, following a long stint with Indigenous Services Canada.
BAYPORT, Texas — Officials say air monitoring hasn’t raised health concerns as cleanup efforts continue following a collision at a busy commercial waterway near Houston involving four vessels that caused a toxic gasoline product to leak into the water.Authorities said air testing Sunday found one detectable concentration of a volatile organic compound that was not detected in subsequent tests.Residents in cities near the accident site have reported a strong gasoline smell. Officials say the spilled product is toxic to touch, inhale or ingest.Friday’s accident near Bayport, Texas, between a tanker that punctured storage tanks on a tugboat that was pushing two barges along the Houston Ship Channel released about 9,000 barrels of a gasoline blend stock.The ship channel remains partially closed.The cause of the collision is being investigated.The Associated Press
Fonseka was reunited with his wife and daughters at his home this evening after a slow drive from the Welikada prison. “We are not scared to face anything even in the future. Like I said before our strength cannot be suppressed by putting us in prison. We will commit ourselves to free the country from corrupt politicians like we freed the country from terrorism,” he said. Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says he will keep his promise to free the country from corrupt politicians.Speaking to reporters after reaching his home in Thalawathugoda this evening, Fonseka also said he was in debt to the politicians who stood by him while he was in prison and to the public who demanded his release. On the way home Fonseka greeted his supporters and also met his family and they were later placed on the vehicle with him to greet his well wishers.At home Fonseka was shown on TV greeting his pets and then sitting down for a cup of tea before speaking to reporters.
While the government of President Maithripala Sirisena has taken some steps to charge or release PTA detainees, it has not put forward a plan to provide redress for those unjustly detained, or addressed the issue of detainees charged and prosecuted solely on the basis of coerced confessions obtained during detention.Although the government has floated several drafts of a new counterterrorism law, none have complied with international human rights standards. In May 2017, the cabinet approved with little public consultation a draft Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) to replace the PTA. Although the bill improves upon the PTA in some ways, it still allows prolonged arbitrary detention, enabling rights abuses such as torture. It also includes broad and vague definitions of terrorist acts, which could be used to criminalize peaceful political activity or protest. Ultimately, the proposed law falls far short of the government’s commitments to the Human Rights Council, and suggests it does not intend to fully relinquish the broad and too easily abused powers available to it under the PTA.Rather than enacting a law that will perpetuate the wrongs committed for decades under the PTA, the government should consult with Sri Lankan victim groups, human rights organizations, and international experts to draft a law that protects both national security and human rights. This should be undertaken as one component of broader security sector reforms, including accountability for abuses carried out under the PTA, Human Rights Watch said.“The 2015 Human Rights Council resolution did not mean an end to international scrutiny of Sri Lanka,” Adams said. “Rather, it offered tangible benchmarks that UN member countries should draw on to highlight Sri Lanka’s lack of progress and press for needed reform.” (Colombo Gazette)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The PTA provides immunity for government officials responsible for abuses if deemed to have been acting in good faith or fulfilling an order under the act, which gives broad cover to security force personnel to engage in torture and other abuses. Numerous reports from United Nations special procedures have documented similar findings on the grave impact of the PTA. The then-special rapporteur on counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, said after his July 2017 visit that “the use of torture has been, and remains today, endemic and routine, for those arrested and detained on national security grounds.” His post-mission report found that 80 percent of those arrested under the PTA in 2016 reported being subject to torture and other ill-treatment following their arrest. In October 2017, the special rapporteur on transitional justice, Pablo de Greiff, called for all PTA convictions that were based solely on the accused’s confession to be reviewed.After a two-week country visit in December, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called for an immediate repeal of the PTA, referring to it as a “key enabler” of abuse. The European Union also reiterated its call for the PTA to be repealed at an EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting in January 2018.The Sri Lankan government agreed to a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in October 2015 outlining a series of commitments on accountability and justice. Yet more than two years on, it has largely failed to implement key pledges on security sector reform, including repealing the PTA. The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, highlighted Sri Lanka’s lack of progress in his opening remarks at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in September 2017, calling on the government to realize that its obligations are not a mere “box-ticking exercise.” At Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva in November, several UN member countries pressed the government to implement safeguards against torture and repeal the PTA. “The Sri Lankan government has been all talk and no action on repealing the reviled PTA,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Replacing this draconian counterterrorism law with one that meets international standards should be an urgent priority if the government is serious about protecting human rights.” The PTA allows arrests without warrant for unspecified “unlawful activities,” and permits detention for up to 18 months without producing the suspect before a court. Human Rights Watch has received several reports of people detained for a decade or more without access to legal recourse, who were subsequently acquitted or released without charge, yet received no compensation, reparations, or apologies from the government. Government figures released in July 2017 indicate that 70 prisoners have been held in pretrial detention under the PTA for more than five years, and 12 for over 10 years.Many of those detained under the PTA described being tortured to extract confessions. Of the 17 individuals whose cases are detailed in the report, 11 reported beatings and torture. Human Rights Watch has previously documented cases where security forces raped detainees, burned their genitals or breasts with cigarettes, and caused other injuries through beatings and electric shock.A senior judge responsible for handling PTA cases said he was forced to exclude confession evidence in more than 90 percent of cases he had heard in 2017 because it was obtained through the use or threat of force. Former detainees frequently suffer from psychological and physical trauma as a result of their incarceration and ill-treatment in custody, Human Rights Watch said. The 46-page report, “Locked Up Without Evidence: Abuses under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act,” documents previous and ongoing abuses committed under the PTA, including torture and sexual abuse, forced confessions, and systematic denials of due process. Drawing on interviews with former detainees, family members, and lawyers working on PTA cases, Human Rights Watch found that the PTA is a significant contributing factor toward the persistence of torture in Sri Lanka. The 17 accounts documented in the report represent only a tiny fraction of PTA cases overall, but they underscore the law’s draconian nature and abusive implementation. The Sri Lankan Government has failed to fulfill its pledge to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain suspects for months and often years without charge or trial, facilitating torture, and other abuse. The PTA was enacted in 1979 to counter separatist insurgencies, notably the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the law was widely used to detain hundreds of people during the country’s 26-year-long civil war. Yet while other emergency regulations have lapsed since the conflict ended in May 2009, the PTA remains in effect.The Sri Lankan government arrested at least 11 people under the PTA in 2016 for alleged terrorist activities.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – When Nazi troops marched into Greece’s nearly deserted capital on April 27, 1941, radio announcer Costas Stavropoulos of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corp. announced the grim news. He urged his countrymen and women not to listen to future Nazi radio transmissions and signed off with the Greek national anthem.That moment in Greek broadcasting history is indelibly etched into the country’s collective memory.It was the only time the state broadcaster — also known as ERT — had ceased to operate from its birth three years earlier. That is, until Tuesday, when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ government shut ERT down and fired its 2,500 employees to prove to Greece’s international lenders that he was serious about cutting the country’s bloated public sector. Its TV and radio signals went dead early Wednesday.That decision might just bring down Samaras’ conservative-led coalition government, which lambasted the broadcaster for its “incredible waste.”The country’s two largest labour unions called a 24-hour general strike for Thursday to protest the move, and flights from Greece’s airports were set to halt for two hours that day. Protesters gathered Wednesday outside the company’s headquarters north of Athens for a second day as ERT’s journalists defied the closure order and continued a live Internet broadcast.Journalist unions also launched rolling 24-hour strikes, halting news programs on Greece’s privately owned broadcasters, while the government’s centre-left coalition partners demanded that ERT’s closure be reversed.Like other state-run companies in debt-drowned Greece, ERT over its 75 years was exposed to the kind of notorious political patronage that the country is famous for. As successive governments meted out jobs in exchange for votes, Greece’s swelling ranks of public employees helped push it to near-financial ruin and in need of tens of billions in aid starting in 2010 from its 16 eurozone partners.Despite that, ERT has forged a deep connection with ordinary Greeks, becoming the country’s voice at home and to the world, especially in the absence of private broadcasting, which only came about in 1989.ERT started radio programming in the 1930s and television in the mid-1960s. Though it was widely regarded as reflecting government policy — it had a channel run by the military during the 1967-74 dictatorship — the broadcaster was also valued for showcasing regional and cultural content and for covering major sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics.Over the years, ERT became a mainstay of Greek life. At times, it provided the only outlet for entertainment and information to an impoverished nation slowly emerging from a bloody civil war in the late 1940s. It was also the sole link to the homeland for millions of diaspora Greeks around the globe.ERT’s old news jingle — the introduction to the traditional Greek song “O Tsopanakos” — still remains instantly recognizable to millions.“ERT has been woven into Greeks’ own identity,” says Christodoulos Yiallourides, a professor of social and political science at Athens’ Panteion University. “What’s happening is a mistake. Certainly you need to make reforms and changes, but not like this. You don’t shut down ERT, you try and fix it.”ERT is largely state-funded, with every Greek household paying a fee through its electricity bills — whether they have a TV set or not. There are also several private broadcasters now in Greece, including Mega, Antenna and Skai.Even in Greek-speaking Cyprus, where ERT programming is transmitted as part of a bilateral agreement, people condemned the Greek government’s decision. An official from the Cypriot state broadcaster CyBC railed against ERT’s closure, recalling how a young diaspora Greek girl tearfully remembered her father asking the family for silence so he could listen to the news from ERT.Yiallourides, who once worked as a political talk show producer on ERT radio, says the strong reaction to the broadcaster’s closure may be coming from a sense that Greeks’ own cultural identity is being assailed.ERT consistently produced programming that promoting Greek history and culture, even as it drew plummeting ratings once private radio and television began operations. Yiallourides noted one successful music show on ERT radio was overseen by the late, venerated Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis, who won an Academy award for his song “Never on Sunday” from the self-titled film.He said despite the broadcasters’ foibles and cost, ERT produced high quality programming that stands in stark contrast to the foreign-produced soap operas inundating private TV channels in Greece today.Moreover, Greeks trusted ERT to provide balanced, objective news reports because its journalists weren’t under the kind of commercial advertising pressures faced by private news outlets.“Who will be left to speak the truth when the state broadcasters are gone?” asked Dimitris Trimis, head of the Athens journalists’ union. “Private broadcasters are bankrupt and have slashed their workforces, and in order to survive they are clinging ever closer to business and political interests.”Yiallourides, the professor, warned that the government’s surprise decision could reignite social unrest.The government has defended the move, insisting a new more efficient and less costly public broadcaster would be launched before the end of the summer. Still, it faces a political battle: the executive order to close ERT must be ratified by parliament within three months but faces failure if it is not backed by all the coalition’s members.ERT employee Kaity Potha, 55, said the government was blaming the broadcaster’s staff for its own incompetence, which included giving high-paid jobs at the broadcaster for political patronage.“Our salaries have been cut 45 per cent in the past three years,” she said. “Every clown who governed Greece in recent decades dumped us not only with their own governing board but also with 200-300 new staff — their salaries have not been cut.”___Hadjicostis reported from Cyprus. Greeks see closure of country’s state broadcaster as affront to their national pride, identity by Menelaos Hadjicostis And Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2013 12:50 pm MDT
Applications for US unemployment benefits decline to 289k; averages at pre-recession levels AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth.Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week’s was revised up slightly to 303,000.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 4,000 to 293,500. That’s the lowest average since February 2006, almost two years before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When employers keep their workers, it suggests potentially rising incomes, increased hiring activity and confidence that the economy is improving.Employers added a net total of 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job gains above 200,000, the government reported Friday.The recent spurt of hiring has encouraged more people to start looking for work, causing the unemployment rate to inch up to 6.2 per cent from 6.1 per cent. The government only counts people searching for jobs as unemployed.Still, greater job security and more hiring activity have yet to boost wages by much. Wage growth has slightly outpaced inflation since the recession ended more than five years ago.But more people with jobs increases the total number of paychecks, which could boost consumer spending and growth by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 6:38 am MDT
In Tobruk and in Tripoli, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino León, met with main stakeholders expected to take part in the proposed dialogue. In both stops, Mr. León, who also heads the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), stressed the need to convene the second round of political dialogue very soon to stop the country’s slide towards deeper conflict and economic collapse.The Special Representative’s call comes as fighting between armed factions continues to rattle the beleaguered nation. Libya’s civil war began in 2011 and resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He warned that time was running out, and the more efforts to tackle the country’s political and security crisis are delayed, the more difficult it will be to reach a solution that will end the fighting, restore political and State institutional unity and revive the economy. Mr. León proposed a “freeze” in hostilities for a short period of time to create a conducive environment for holding the dialogue.“The United Nations will continue to facilitate the efforts for the resumption of the political process to achieve the Libyans’ quest for peace and stability,” he said.“Libyans need to unite and work towards resolving their differences if they want to save their country, its people, resources, infrastructure and State institutions from further pain and destruction, and to be effective in combating terrorism,” he added. In Al-Marj, Mr. Leon met with General Khalifa Haftar as part of efforts to de-escalate the military situation. He said General Haftar “reacted positively” to the UN proposal and will discuss it with his team. And in Tripoli, he also met with commanders of armed brigades from the City of Misrata, who said they will consider the UN proposal to freeze hostilities.“The majority of the Libyan people want peace. They should not be held hostage by a small minority that sees that it can win this conflict militarily.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Land ahoy!!August 31, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Whatever happened to…December 29, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Settling ambiguities…August 23, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …in sugarBack in the day, Paul Simon poignantly evoked the haunting recognition of unrealised dreams that eventually hit most of us as the years go by: “You know the nearer your destination/ The more you’re slip slidin’ away.” And it has ever been so for all who were dragged from their native lands in four continents to toil in the sugar plantations of Guyana.The African slaves were told they had no “souls” and they’d be possibly “saved” if they were to serve their white masters faithfully. That promise certainly went “slip-slidin’ away” – even after the poor slaves were “emancipated” after centuries of toil, rape and humiliation. With their fields flooded, provision grounds seized and their imports and incomes taxed to pay for importing Indentureds – West Indians, Portuguese, Africans, Indians, Chinese – to undercut their bargaining power, they have never reached the “promised land”.And fifty years after the white man departed, their native successors – the PNC-AFC government — keep on ensuring the dream of living with any sort of dignity, much less the “good life”, keep slip-slidin’ away for sugar workers. With them away from the bright lights of Georgetown — where the elite live and the media shine their spotlight — it is easy to forget that those 7000 sugar workers who were summarily fired have been plunged into lives of increasingly not-so-quiet desperation.What we get when reading the papers are press releases about the “initiatives” that are supposed to ‘save” the rump industry, issued from air conditioned offices of the new massas.Tough love!! The latest has been for the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) to borrow, in effect, $30 billion by issuing a 5-year bond that’s backstopped by the Government!! Now, if the Government bears the risk of default, why didn’t they issue T-Bills, as they can do at a lower rate of interest, and extend a loan to GuySuCo?? And they could’ve saved the massive bond-issuance costs!The SPU further revealed they’ll use that US$150 million to “develop two co-generation facilities, upgrade the existing sugar factories to produce white sugar, restructure GuySuCo’s debt, and engage in training and education for the workers and management of GuySuCo.”Now, isn’t this exactly what the Government’s CoI had recommended be done to bring the ENTIRE GuySuCo to a point of sale!??! But the PNC Government claimed they couldn’t put more money into the corporation – and promptly shuttered 4 estates and fired the aforementioned 7000 workers!!With the SPU merrily borrowing money to ‘reorganise” GuySuCo but the Minister of Agriculture not recognising the Board the SPU boss created; and with no Board in place, the future of the remaining sugar workers keeps slip slidin’ away.Along with the fired ones.…Teachers’ salariesSomething’s seriously wrong in the State of Guyana. Here it is, the PNC-Government’s pumping billions into the administration of UG under its ex-YSM, bow-tied VC and his CABINET, with all sorts of new technology and oil courses etc. But in the meantime, the teachers in the primary and secondary levels, who’re tasked with providing the student brains to justify those expenditures, haven’t been able to get their measly salaries adjusted since the Government slid into office with their support!!Negotiations had gone on since 2016, when the GTU presented their proposal. President Granger sashayed down to their HQ last Independence Day and asked them to “bear strain” for his “High Task Force” to make its recommendation.Which has since been made; and was sent to Cabinet, then sent to the Finance Ministry, where it seems to have dropped into the singularity of a Black Hole. From these — of course it is speculated — it would have emerged into an alternate universe!!In the meantime, isn’t it time the GTU follow its membership’s advice and strike?…Hydro-powerWell, after three years of blanking the Jagdeo-inspired AFHEP, the PNC’s finally gotten their hands on Norway’s US$130 million – which they’re putting into solar panels.So, will they now thank Jagdeo for obtaining the Norway REDD funds? Don’t hold your breath!!
29,823 Views NOWADAYS, FERGAL HARKIN is working behind the scenes at Manchester City, helping the next generation of youngsters on their way.The Donegal man should have plenty of advice to pass on, having taken an unusual route to Martin O’Neill’s Leicester City before experiencing the highs and lows of League of Ireland football with Finn Harps and Stephen Kenny’s Bohemians.1. Love of the gameFor Harkin, it all began in picturesque Ballyliffin on the Inishowen peninsula. Growing up almost as far north as you can go in Ireland — long before greats of the golfing world descended on his home in 2018 — football was a good way to pass the time.“To be honest, there wasn’t much else to do,” Harkin tells The42. “I was brought up in a lovely little village but it was a little village, and there was few people in it. And all the kids, any spare time we had, we just played football in someone’s garden. That was all we did.“We had a golf course as well, which obviously was in the news a lot last year because they had the Irish Open, which was brilliant. But when you see the size of our village, it’s amazing that we had such a competition.“All we did growing up was outside playing sport, whether it was Gaelic, soccer, golf, athletics… I just was outside the whole time. So I fell in love with the game. You’re watching all the English teams on TV and you want to be a professional but to try and get there is very, very difficult. But you just play it because you love it — and that’s all I did.”Given the circumstances, the odds on a kid from Ballyliffin making it to a Premier League team must have seemed as remote as Harkin’s home may have felt during some dark winter months that Donegal can be prone to. He played for local side Clonmany Shamrocks, togging out with the men’s team from the age of 15 because – apart from a summer league – there was no underage football. https://the42.ie/4605055 ‘I had never played centre midfield until my very first game at Leicester, when Martin O’Neill told me to’ Fergal Harkin looks back at his time in England as well as highs and lows in the League of Ireland, during spells with Bohemians and Finn Harps. Harkin going past Graham Gartland and Paul Keegan of Drogheda United during his final season with Bohemians in 2007. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 5 Comments Short URL By Mark Rodden Apr 28th 2019, 9:31 PM Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Harkin going past Graham Gartland and Paul Keegan of Drogheda United during his final season with Bohemians in 2007. Share Tweet Email Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 9:30 PM You look at what kids have now and it’s unbelievable but we didn’t get any games,” he says. “Aside from schools football, [you’d be] lucky to get 10 games a season.” Inclement weather was a factor, but that wasn’t the only reason for a lack of competitive action during winter. “It’s facilities as well. You think back — were there any artificial pitches? No. So everything was on grass and it was so wet, [games] were called off.“There were no floodlights for evening training. I remember one of the indoor halls that we used to go to, it was actually sand inside because they didn’t have money in the early days to put a proper floor down. That’s what we played on… we probably had that for about two years.”2. A model studentHarkin came from a generation where the odd player could still get picked up after finishing their Leaving Cert, but it was surely rare to get a chance in the English game after completing a third-level education. His break, though, came after he travelled to Loughborough University in Leicestershire.“I think that was when it sort of took off for me, when I went to university. Because I was always quite small and I went and studied sports science at uni, and actually developed physically. Got a lot stronger, got a lot quicker. And I was always pretty skilful, so that’s sort of when my football took off, in those three years.”Harkin would end up spending 18 months with Leicester City, who in the late 1990s were becoming a solid Premier League team. He may have been a latecomer to the professional world — with his lack of game time as a youngster playing against him — but he had never set a time limit.Study came first but I was never in the mindset that ‘right, I’ll work on it until I’m 17 — if I’m not playing professional I’ll give up,’” he says now.“I played because I just loved playing. It was always any spare moment, kicking a ball and trying to arrange five-a-sides and different things with friends. So I never gave up but I suppose at that time I thought I’m going to end up being a teacher or going to end up doing something in sport — maybe sports science research.“And then in my final year at uni, I was recommended to Leicester and I went in and played some games for the reserves. They asked me to come on pre-season and offered me a contract at the end of it. So I got a year’s deal. I had my degree — I would have just completed it that summer — and then I went straight into being a professional. So that was a bit surreal, going from being a student to going into a dressing room with these Premier League players.3. The O’Neill influenceHarkin had been spotted by Leicester while lining out for Loughborough University’s team, who often played reserve sides from top clubs in friendly matches. His side featured several former academy players who had gone back to education, but the youngster from Donegal still stood out.Shortly after his arrival at Leicester, he immediately switched positions at the behest of first-team manager Martin O’Neill. “I never played centre mid until I went for my very first game at Leicester,” Harkin explains. “Martin O’Neill told me to go in the middle in the first match, and I stayed there ever since because I loved it. I’d never played central midfield before — I always played on the wing.” Martin O’Neill and the Leicester City players prior to the 2000 Worthington Cup final. Source: EMPICS SportDid the future Republic of Ireland manager explain his reasoning?“Probably because there were better wingers than me and that was the only space on the team,” he laughs. “But I loved it because I could always run. My fitness was always good so being able to get up and down was an advantage.“The manager used to watch most of our games and he was well aware of how we were doing. If there was any little pieces of advice to give, he would certainly give it.The manager created an unbelievable team spirit amongst the guys as well. They all knew what they needed to do when they went out at the weekend, and it was a brilliant period for the club.”Harkin may have been playing for Leicester’s reserve team but he regularly rubbed shoulders with some of the stars in O’Neill’s side during both training and matches.“Back in those days when we played reserve matches, a lot of the first-team players played as well. So it wasn’t like nowadays where it’s only kids. If you weren’t in the 11 at the weekend, you played for the reserves. So it was brilliant playing with and against some really good players. I felt in that period, I came on a lot and my game developed.”4. Learning at Leicester alongside Guppy and LennonBefore the team that miraculously won the Premier League in 2015/16, the Leicester squad that Harkin mixed with was one of the most successful in the club’s history. Promoted as Championship Play-off winners in 1996, they won the League Cup after a replay against a star-studded Middlesbrough side a year later.The Foxes had two top-10 finishes during Harkin’s time at Filbert Street, before winning the League Cup again in 2000.“The team was excellent at the time,” Harkin recalls. “You had players that were playing in the  World Cup, the likes of Matty Elliott who went to the World Cup with Scotland. Neil Lennon was playing, Muzzy Izzet, [Emile] Heskey. Kasey Keller, the goalkeeper that went to the World Cup with America. Steve Guppy.There was quality right throughout the team. It was the year that Leicester won the League Cup and we played Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Cup. So it was a brilliant period, and I learned loads.”Harkin found himself picking up tips from every source – but most of all from a hard-working wide man who would go on to play under O’Neill at Celtic and work on his coaching staff with the Republic of Ireland.“I tried to learn from everyone,” Harkin says. “I think you learn from what to do and what not to do. Look, if I had to pick one player out, it would probably be Steve Guppy. He came into the game late but his commitment and his dedication and his will to try and be better was unbelievable. He used to stay back most afternoons, do extra training — and he was a first-team player. I learned loads from him.” Harkin learned a lot from Steve Guppy, pictured here facing Jamie Carragher of Liverpool. Source: Nigel FrenchA first-team breakthrough never came for the Donegal man, and he left in the summer of 1998.“To be honest, I wasn’t good enough,” Harkin says now. “I’d gone on trial to a couple of clubs. One of them I’d actually agreed a contract with. I agreed a contract to go to Port Vale. They were in the Championship at the time. So I’ve gone up there and the agreement was to start for the first week of pre-season.“I came home for the summer and two nights before I was due to fly back, they rang and basically said they had no money and they couldn’t honour the contract. So that was disappointing to say the least.“I’d been on trial at two or three clubs. The mental strain of going on trial again — I just didn’t really fancy it.“And then about 24 hours later I got a call from Eamonn Collins, who had gone into Bohemians as assistant coach. He invited me up, said they were very interested in signing me.“So I decided to go up. I said if they offer me something I’ll sign, and if I’m good enough to go back to England then someone will come in for me. And if not, I’ll just stay in Ireland and enjoy myself and try and make the best of it.“And that really is how it happened. I went up to Bohs, did a training session, loved it. The training, loved what I felt the club was going to be. And signed pretty much straightaway.”5. Briefly at Bohs, happy at Harps An obvious attraction, for a creative midfielder comfortable on either foot, was that Bohs had ambitious plans to thrive as a full-time outfit.“Yeah, exactly, to be able to train everyday was something that I wanted to continue to do,” Harkin says.They were a big club and they had aspirations to get back and start challenging again for the league. I was only there for one training session when I got offered a contract but I loved it. Eamonn Collins was a fantastic coach and it was all about playing football. And I just thought ‘why not?’.“I think, as well, the fact that I had my degree behind me, I wasn’t really chasing the football. Because when I got offered the deal at Port Vale, I went on trial there and I played better than I’d ever played. And you think ‘if I’m still not getting a contract or they can’t honour it, based on how I played, then maybe I’m just not good enough’. So I was quite realistic about it as well.”Joe McGrath was in charge of Bohs at the time, having just come back from managing New Zealand, but a change of head coach soon saw Harkin on the move again.“I think it was 11 games I played and then Roddy [Collins] came in. In fairness to Roddy, he’s got his own ideas and he basically said ‘you’re not my type of player and you’re not going to play.’ And I admire his honesty because at least he didn’t have me sitting around.” During his first spell at Bohemians. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHOHarkin didn’t want to leave Bohs, but he wanted to play as well. Within 24 hours of Finn Harps expressing an interest, he was on his way back to Donegal. He didn’t feel any extra pressure, however, because he was still something of an unknown quantity in his home county.“I probably wasn’t that well known in Donegal, because I hadn’t played many matches when I was a kid. I didn’t always get in all the county sides. So it wasn’t that I’m coming back and I’m going to be a big name. I think I probably had a lot to prove and was nervous in terms of doing that. But it was up to me. I had belief in my ability. I knew I could play and it’s just to go and do it.“Harps were doing quite well at the time too, so it was nice to go back. There was a good buzz around the club. Charlie McGeever had put a good squad together. It was nice to be part of that but I always knew it was going to be toughas well because the midfield at the time, there were good players about and I had to break into that. So it was going to be challenging.”It took a couple of weeks to get to grips with the challenge, since Harkin didn’t get off to the best of starts.“I remember, I think it was my second game for Harps, and we played UCD in Belfield. And it was probably the worst game I’ve ever played… I thought after that ‘it can only get better.’I actually remember getting hammered in the local press for how bad I was — and rightly so. From then, I think we played in an FAI Cup game shortly afterwards and I scored a goal. That’s when things started to go really well. I built up a good relationship with Donal O’Brien in the middle of the park.”With Declan Boyle and Gavin Dykes offering security at the back, the robust O’Brien and cultured Harkin provided a platform for the like of James Mulligan, Jonathan Speak and a young Kevin McHugh to get goals.Harps enjoyed a memorable season as a result, finishing fourth in the league – narrowly missing out on a European place – and reaching the FAI Cup final.“Yeah, it was brilliant,” Harkin says. “The crowds that used to come in to Finn Park, the atmosphere around the club. It was just really, really enjoyable. We were a very attack-minded team. We had players that could score goals, there was a great team spirit… it was just a great time to be part of the club.” Source: FinnHarpsFC/YouTube6. Harps vs Bray: the never-ending cup final One major setback, however, was Harps’ defeat against Bray Wanderers in the 1998/99 cup final – which was finally settled after two replays. Bray had been relegated shortly before the decider, although Pat Devlin’s side could have won adour first match.Two days later the pair were at it again, but this time Harps were much improved. In the 87th minute Barry O’Connor cancelled out Speak’s opener for Harps, but the Donegal side continued to dominate and looked on course for victory when Tom Mohan put them ahead in extra-time.Bray were awarded a penalty right at the death, however, and though Brian McKenna saved Colm Tresson’s effort, Ciaran O’Brien pounced on the rebound to make it 2-2 in the 122nd minute. In possession during the 1999 FAI Cup final replay against Bray. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO“That’s where we lost it,” says Harkin, who was 22 at the time and won the man of the match award for his performance in the second meeting at Tolka Park.“We lost it in that second game, not in the third game. We were dead after that second one. We had come so close and we just didn’t recover. We should have had the game dead and buried. Then they got the late penalty. Even missed the penalty, scored the rebound. It was just energy sapping.”Speak put Harps ahead in the third match, but Bray hit back to win thanks to a Jason Byrne double. The experience of playing three times in six days was a particularly painful way to miss out on what would have been Harps’ first trophy since 1974.“Yeah, it was really strange,” Harkin sighs. “And funny, I’ve never watched the games back. I’ve often been tempted but I never have. Just the sense of disappointment – what could have been if we had have won that.” Source: retroloi/YouTubeHarps have slipped between the top flight and the second tier on several occasions since, but at that stage they were an established Premier Division side. Just how far could that squad have gone had the club managed to claim the FAI Cup for only the second time in their history?“Who knows?” Harkin replies. “There would have been European football. I think the whole county would have invested more in the team. People would have been attracted to the potential of moving into a new stadium. They might have had the finances for that — who knows? Certainly in the time that I was still playing, the club never got over the disappointment of that cup final.”7. The Dublin-Donegal roadThe wheels weren’t long in coming off for Harps following that near miss in 1999. Two years later, they were unable to avoid the drop. “Getting relegated with Harps was the low point in my career,” Harkin admits. “It was devastating. And I was captain, which made it even worse. But even though I was playing with Harps, I was living in Dublin and I wasn’t training with the team. I was literally coming for games.I did that for two-and-a-half years and I found it really tough. I wanted to be in a team where I was training with the team every day, or two or three days a week. I didn’t want to just be turning up for games. I felt awkward being captain of a club and only turning up for matches.”Training in or around Dublin was hardly ideal, though the team that had beaten Harps in the cup were of great help. “A lot of it with Bray Wanderers, actually,” Harkin says, when asked where he trained when based in Dublin.“Pat Devlin was brilliant. He let me come out and train with the guys. I used to go out there on a Tuesday night and a Thursday night. It’s different — you want to be with your team-mates. But the lads at Bray were fantastic, and they let me do that.”Nowadays Finn Park can be reached from Dublin in about three hours, but back then the roads were a lot worse, and it was a taxing journey. “We had one of the Harps supporters who lived in Kildare, and he used to come up to all the games,” Harkin explains.“He used to drive myself mainly, Dom Tierney, Brian McKenna in the early days. He used to pick us up and drive us up to the game. We always stopped off for a pre-match meal in Castleblayney I think it was and then continue the journey. We used to just sleep in the car and then on the way back generally the same. Peter Furlong, the guy that drove us, was fantastic. He was our taxi for two-and-a-half years and he was brilliant.“But it was tough. You didn’t get home most Saturdays until half one, two o’clock in the morning. Sometimes treacherous conditions, with wind, rain, frost. It was a great time but it was tough and it wasn’t conducive to maximising potential, bynot being able to train with your team every day.”8. The Kenny effectFollowing relegation, Harkin didn’t have to think twice about returning to Bohs, and when things didn’t work out for Pete Mahon, a young manager called Stephen Kenny – who had led Longford to promotion, the FAI Cup final and the Uefa Cup – stepped in.“Stephen came in and he’d done brilliantly with Longford so he had respect straightaway,” Harkin says. “He had a great work ethic. He was really committed and I think his strength was picking up players that really had a point to prove.“Training was interesting and enjoyable. We used to play a lot of football — he encouraged us to play the whole time. And he put a good bunch of players together. The team spirit with our team was excellent — really, really good.“The summer I signed, the team had won the league the year before. Won the double, actually. So the expectation was to go again, absolutely. And our team was good enough to do that.“So we knew when Pete was there we’d underperformed. Pete didn’t last too long. Stephen came in and then we got to a cup final at the end of that year as well. Next year was like ‘we’ve got to try and win the league.’ And we did.” Stephen Kenny managed Harkin at Bohemians. Source: INPHOHarkin operated mostly on the wing under Kenny, but he says it was such a great team that you didn’t mind where you played. And he wasn’t too surprised to see the current Republic of Ireland U21 manager have the career he’s had.No, not really. Even from a young age he was so driven and very, very clear in what he wants. He’s got an unbelievable work ethic. I think he’s great at spotting a player.“And the experience that he’s gained over the years… you don’t continuously be successful if you’re not able to change and adapt. And I think Stephen is. He’s done an unbelievable job at Dundalk. To keep them motivated year after year after year is not easy.”9. Ecstasy and agonyHarkin and Kenny bounced back quickly from cup final defeat against Dundalk to win the Premier Division in the 2002/03 season. Glen Crowe finished as the league’s top goalscorer, but it was Bobby Ryan who got a late winner to see off title rivals Shelbourne with three games to go.“The football we played that year was so good,” Harkin says. “There was big crowds came to Dalymount, there was a brilliant buzz… It was just a great time to be part of the club. And then when we won the league at Tolka Park, it was amazing.” Source: KillianM2/YouTubeIn the Champions League qualifiers that followed during the first year of summer football, Harkin got to experience an impressive win over BATE Borisov that led to a more humbling experience against Rosenborg.They were heady times in Phibsborough, and there were appreciative crowds at Dalymount Park.“The fans at Bohs were amazing, they really were,” Harkin says. “From the first moment that I played a match there, they seemed to accept me and adopt me a little bit.“But all they want is for you to work hard — to work hard for the club. I wasn’t the best tackler in the world but I’d run around and be a nuisance,and try to do things when I got the ball. They liked that little bit of flair but you had to work hard as well. I couldn’t say enough positive about the place. They were brilliant to me, and still are any time I go back.” Harkin with Bobby Ryan, Kevin Hunt and Colin Hawkins after Bohs progressed past BATE Borisov in the Champions League qualifiers. Source: INPHOWhile Bohs were a full-time club for most of his time there, Harkin was combining playing with his day job at Nike. He said he usually ended up missing only one training session a week, and Bohs had three more top-three finishes during his stay.The quick-witted midfielder was still creating and scoring goals – picking up a couple of club Player of the Year awards as a result – but, shortly before his 31st birthday, he was forced to call a halt after the 2007 season.I think it was in my second and third to last seasons I was Player of the Year. I thought I was doing well but the problem was at the end of each of those seasons, towards the end, I ended up having to have a cartilage operation on my knee.“I could go for about nine months and then I’d have to have another operation. So I ended up with three in a row and I couldn’t train every day. When I don’t train every day I’m okay but if I’ve been pounding on my knees every day, I really struggle — struggle to get out of bed. That was when I sort of knew that it was coming towards an end.”10. The future: for Donegal and IrelandTwenty years after that devastating FAI Cup final defeat, Finn Harps are playing Premier Division football again. Plans for a new stadium are up and running once more, and the club has enjoyed significant success at underage level.Harkin feels that there is lots of potential in his home county.“People in Donegal just love playing sport. The Gaelic team are generally quite good and there or thereabouts. It’s a big county so travelling throughout it can be an issue in the winter. So the key to creating the players is to have the facilities. That they can train 365 days a year, and also have a competitive league or competitive fixtures that kids can play.“If they do that, there is a conveyor belt of talent for sure. I know Finn Harps U17s and U19s have done well in the national league. So those players should be then given a pathway into the first team.”At Manchester City, Harkin hears a few Irish accents around the club, with former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu one of the latest teens to join him there. Now into his 40s, he plays a key role in managing young players who get a loan move from the English champions, helping them to graduate from academy to senior football. Ireland underage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has recently joined Man City from Shamrock Rovers. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSo having seen how academies worked as a player and the way the game has developed since, what advice would he give to Irish youngsters who dream of making it in England?Harkin accepts that on paper it seems more difficult because Irish prospects are now competing with players from all over the world, rather than within a relatively small region.But he also believes that if Irish players have the right approach – and opportunities – they can still rise to the top.“For one, I don’t think you ever give up. You play the game not because you want to be a professional and earn loads of money. You play the game because you love it. As long as you still have that, then you should never give up.I think if Irish football is to continue to develop, the facilities and the fixtures for players need to be better. There’s nothing better than playing games and challenging yourself.“If I look back, that’s probably what I didn’t have. An ability to train everyday on — not the best facilities — but just on adequate facilities. And then an opportunity to go and challenge yourself against the best players, whether it’s in your county or your province. That’s what you need.“But certainly Irish kids have as much of an opportunity or a chance of playing in the Premier League as English kids. Why not?”Read other interviews from our League of Ireland Legends series here
Une mystérieuse structure en pierre retrouvée sous les eaux du Lac de TibériadeUne structure géante en pierre découverte sous les eaux du Lac de Tibériade, en Israël, laisse les archéologues perplexes. Des doutes subsistent encore sur l’âge et la fonction de cette mystérieuse construction. Voici une découverte archéologique pour le moins mystérieuse. Cachée sous les eaux du Lac de Tibériade, au nord-est d’Israël, une structure géante composée de pierres sommeille depuis des milliers d’années. Cette composition monumentale a été identifiée pour la première fois en 2003 au cours d’études réalisées au moyen d’un sonar dans la partie sud-ouest du l’immense étendue d’eau. Depuis, des expéditions sous-marines ont été organisées pour tenter de résoudre l’énigme qui se cache derrière une telle construction.Une publication, parue récemment dans l’International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, indique qu’il s’agit en fait d’un amalgame de pierre formant un ensemble conique de 10 mètres de haut pour un diamètre de 70 mètres. “Un examen détaillé révèle que la structure est faite de blocs de basalte mesurant jusqu’à un mètre de long, ne présentant aucun motif apparent de construction” précise l’étude. Selon les chercheurs, il s’agirait probablement d’un cairn géant, à savoir d’un ensemble de pierres empilées les unes sur les autres.Des structures similaires existent ailleurs dans le monde et sont la plupart du temps utilisées pour marquer des sépultures, toutefois il est encore impossible de savoir si cette construction a été réalisée à cette fin. Pour l’heure, les chercheurs s’accordent à dire qu’il s’agit d’une réalisation humaine édifiée autrefois sur la Terre avant d’être recouverte par le lac. Des fouilles archéologiques sous-marines devraient être réalisées dans le futur afin de déceler d’éventuels artéfacts qui pourraient apporter un éclairage sur l’âge de la structure.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour Yitzhak Paz, archéologue, la construction pourrait être vieille de plus de 4.000 ans. Il explique à Live Science : “La possibilité la plus logique est qu’elle appartienne au troisième millénaire avant JC”. En effet, d’autres réalisations de cette époque ont été retrouvées à proximité sur des sites correspondant jadis à des villes fortifiées. (Crédits photo : Shmuel Marco)Le 14 avril 2013 à 17:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
We’re about a year past the future the first Back to the Future envisioned, and it’s safe to say reality is looking a little more bleak compared to the world of that classic blockbuster. But we haven’t totally dropped the ball. To celebrate the film Nike went ahead and actually made a working pair of the self-lacing sneakers teased in that 80s classic, the Nike Mag. And now, the real Nike Mags have become the world’s most expensive sneakers.A pair of the formerly fictional footwear was recently auctioned off in Hong Kong. Dragon 8, the auction house responsible, tweeted that the shoes sold for $104,000, setting “a new world record for the most expensive pair of sneakers ever at auction worldwide!”The buyer remains anonymous, probably for their own safety as only 89 pairs of the shoes exist and way more people than that would probably like to own them. Those people will just have to settle for Nike’s other upcoming self-lacing sneakers, the Nike HyperAdapt. Sure it’s cool tech, but it’s not the same. They don’t look like the movie prop!The record is impressive, but it may be broken soon as two more Nike Mag auctions are scheduled: one this month in London and another in New York in November. This is all to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for the research of Parkinson’s disease. So not only do the shoes let you look like Marty McFly, they let you help him, too. There are worse ways to celebrate Back to the Future Day. Stay on target Best Sneakers of Summer 2019Nike Adds Self-Lacing Adapt Tech to Huarache Shoe
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is hoping it can soon raise stamp prices by a penny or more.The postal service on Wednesday reported a quarterly loss of $562 million, despite growth in package delivery, due to continued erosion in the use of first-class mail as well as expensive mandates for its retiree health care obligations. It also attributed losses to a forced reduction in stamp prices last year.The postal service’s report shows earnings of more than $12 million for the three months that ended on March 31. But when taking into account expenses to prefund retiree health care and other items described as beyond the management’s control, it posted a loss.Operating revenue came to $17.3 billion, a decrease of $474 million from the same time last year.The postal service continued to notch double-digit growth in its package business, boosted by the strength of Amazon and other Internet retailers. But that wasn’t enough to offset losses in both first-class mail and marketing mail, also known as “junk mail,” which make up the bulk of revenue.The postal service is urging relief from the mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Legislation in 2006 required the postal service to fund 75 years’ worth of retiree health benefits, something that neither the government nor private companies are required to do.Legislation passed by a House committee earlier this year would relieve the postal service of much of the expensive pre-funding requirements and allow a one-cent increase in the price of a first-class stamp. The Postal Regulatory Commission is also reviewing whether to offer more leeway to raise stamp prices, a move opposed by many trade groups.
Recommended for you Bahamas Minister says audit allegation wrong, says Opposition Leader is an ‘honourable man’ Bahamas Power company cuts electricity ahead of Hurricane Irma; storm changes direction. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – The BPL Audit report will not be released to the public while there are police investigations going on explained the Chair of the power company board, Darnell Osbourne. The public also got a first taste of Mike Herreld, the new interim CEO who told media on Monday that PowerSecure told him to focus mainly on keeping the lights on and boosting revenue for equipment improvements at #BPL.Mr. Herreld has 40 years of experience and says he is sensitive to the cost consumers are paying for electricity and he told media that he has a plan to stop theft, the kind of the theft which has left the company with millions of dollars missing in a scandalous vendor fraud mess. Herreld is also no stranger to the Bahamas electricity industry as he has worked as consultant before; #MikeHerreld said he has not seen the results of the Ernst&Young audit report.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: The Tribune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BPL, #magneticmedianews, #MikeHerreld Bahamas Power Company evacuates its employees
Presidential hopeful Ron Paul will visit the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds on Friday, making this his second stop in Vancouver in just over two weeks.Paul is tentatively expected to speak at 4 p.m. Friday during a town hall meeting, which will allow questions from the audience, regional campaign director Katja Delavar said Tuesday. Tentatively, doors to the event will open at 3 p.m. and the event will begin at 3:30 p.m.The Republican candidate with a strong libertarian philosophy spoke Feb. 16 before a crowd of more than 1,500 people in the ballroom of the Hilton Vancouver Washington. He did not take questions from the audience, but he spent several minutes after his hourlong speech shaking hands and chatting with members of the public. Paul’s second Clark County visit this year takes place on the eve of Washington’s Republican precinct caucuses, which kick off 9 a.m. Saturday. Caucus organizers are expecting a larger than normal turnout because a GOP nominee hasn’t been picked yet, and because Washington will not have a primary election this year. The state suspended its 2012 primary to save money.
Clark County’s largest annual food drive, the Interservice Walk & Knock, is getting ready to hold its annual meeting, mixer and election of officers.The meeting and social hour is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Clark County Food Bank, 6502 N.E. 47th Avenue. All are welcome to meet the board of directors, mingle and enjoy refreshments.Walk & Knock, held the first Saturday of every December, sends thousands of volunteers fanning out across Clark County to pick up food donations. All donations go back to the Clark County Food Bank. Last year, 152 tons of food was collected, along with $27,000 in cash donations.Throughout the year, the Walk & Knock board meets monthly to organize the effort. To learn more, call 877-99-6625 or visit Walk & Knock.
POTTERSVILLE, NY — Bette L. Hillard, 94, of Olmstedville Road, passed away peacefully, Sunday, May 27, 2018 at her home following a brief illness.Born September 29, 1923 in Wilmington, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Lillian (Willey) Lawyer.She graduated from Richford High School in Vermont in 1942.Bette worked for the Nickerbocker Agency in Albany as an employment counselor for 15 years.Besides spending time with her family, she enjoyed going to the track, cruises, and reading. She was a proud, active, and sober member of AA since 1974.Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her beloved husband of 27 years, Lt. Col. William J. Hillard.She is survived by her son, Robert Pratt and his wife, Sandra of Westfield, MA; grandchildren, James Pratt, William Pratt and his wife, Natalie, and Sheila Hart and her husband, Jonathan; as well as nine great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.Friends may call on Bette’s family from 1 to 2, pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Alexander Funeral Home, 3809 Main St., Warrensburg.A memorial service to celebrate her life will immediately follow the visitation at 2 pm, at the funeral home.Burial will be conducted at the convenience of her family in Gerald B.H. Solomon, Saratoga National Cemetery.Please visit www.alexanderfh.net for online guest book, condolences, and directions.Bette Hillard(NOTE: The above obituary is from Alexander Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting his fourth Budget, announced a massive push on rural spending and some quite big tax cuts.His move to maintain a status quo on long-term capital gains was received well by the stock markets. However, Jaitley quietly skipped any reference in the Budget to the poll-bound five states – Uttar Pradesh (UP), Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab – probably not giving opposition parties and the election commission any reason to complain. Sensex, Nifty close sharply higher on FM Arun Jaitley’s ‘fiscally prudent’ BudgetMeanwhile, certain states did find a mention in the Budget for one reason or another. Here’re the references:Andhra Pradesh: “The new capital for State of Andhra Pradesh is being constructed by innovative land-pooling mechanism without use of the Land Acquisition Act. I propose to exempt from capital gain tax, persons holding land on 2.6.2014, the date on which the State of Andhra Pradesh was reorganised, and whose land is being pooled for creation of capital city under the Government scheme.” Odisha and Rajasthan: “For strengthening our Energy sector, Government has decided to set up Strategic Crude Oil Reserves. In the first phase, 3 such Reserves facilities have been set up. Now in the second phase, it is proposed to set up caverns at 2 more locations, namely, Chandikhole in Odisha and Bikaner in Rajasthan. This will take our strategic reserve capacity to 15.33 MMT.” Gujarat: “Government of India will support Government of Gujarat to commemorate 100 years of Sabarmati Ashram in 2017, in a befitting manner. 200 years ago in 1817, a valiant uprising of soldiers led by Buxi Jagabandhu took place in Khordha of Odisha. We will commemorate the same appropriately.” Jharkhand: “Two new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences will be set up in the States of Jharkhand and Gujarat.”Haryana: Talking about public service and the government’s effective Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, he said: “We have made a strong beginning with regard to Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to LPG and kerosene consumers. Chandigarh and eight districts of Haryana have become kerosene free. 84 Government schemes have also boarded on the DBT platform.” Eastern states and Jammu & Kashmir: Jaitley said with a better monsoon, agriculture is expected to grow at 4.1 percent in the current year. “For a good crop, adequate credit should be available to farmers in time. The target for agricultural credit in 2017-18 has been fixed at a record level of ‘ 10 lakh crores. We will take special efforts to ensure adequate flow of credit to the under-serviced areas, the Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir. The farmers will also benefit from 60 days’ interest waiver announced by Honourable Prime Minister in respect of their loans from the cooperative credit structure.”
Adani Enterprises on Thursday received the go-ahead to start construction of a controversial coal mine in outback Australia after a state government approved a final permit on ground water management.Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science (DES) said in a statement it had approved Adani’s Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan.Adani has said that it is ready to start construction “within days” of receiving the permit for its Carmichael mine that would produce 8-10 million tonnes of thermal coal a year and cost up to $1.5 billion.