Kiley sacked in PPP fiasco

first_imgON JULY 17 Britain’s Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Byers dismissed Bob Kiley as Chairman of London Regional Transport, parent company of London Underground. In his place Byers reappointed Sir Malcolm Bates, who had held the post until Kiley was named as his successor on May 10 by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, at that time holder of the transport portfolio.Kiley had been tasked with finalising the London Underground Public-Private-Partnership contracts, but at the time of his appointment Kiley had expressed reservations that ’satisfactory modifications to the PPP to meet my concerns’ might not be possible. On June 29 he wrote to Prime Minister Tony Blair ’with most considerable regret’ to advise him that he had concluded ’it will not be possible to agree a contract with the PPP bidders consistent with provisions of our May 4 Memorandum of Agreement’. This agreement required Kiley to seek unified management control of LU while remaining in financial terms ’within the existing envelope of the preferred bids’, to adhere to the existing procurement process, and to retain a performance regime transferring to the bidders ’responsibility for whole-life asset management and costs’. This was incompatible with Kiley’s demand for unified management control that would give LU direct charge of core maintenance functions.Byers announced on July 5 that he intended to proceed with the PPP, which Kiley found ’deeply regrettable’. Kiley went further, saying that ’there is a yawning chasm between this convoluted 30-year privatisation and the single-point accountability for investment and service delivery the Underground’s passengers deserve. No amount of contractual changes to the PPP will bridge the divide.’In a statement on July 17 Byers accused Kiley of trying ’to use his Board position to block negotiations with the bidders since I announced the government’s decision on July 5. He has, without authority from the Board, issued instructions to senior management to halt the negotiations. This is unacceptable.’ Byers also said he had ’received a letter signed on behalf of a majority of the London Transport Board saying that they cannot work with Bob Kiley and thus it is impossible for the London Transport Board to function effectively. In light of this, I have decided to end his appointment.’Not that the issue is likely to end there. Kiley enjoys the support of Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, who had appointed him Commissioner of Transport for London last October. The mayor is committed to fighting the PPP, and he confirmed at the launch of The Mayor’s Transport Strategy on July 10 that ’we will be challenging the PPP in the courts’; hearings for a judicial review are due in the High Court on July 23.The Mayor’s Transport Strategy is a statutory document which formally adopts the Kiley formula for rehabilitating London Underground and rejects the PPP. Lest we forget, readers should know that it also sets out detailed plans for improving London’s transport. Proposals include the imposition from 2003 of charges for motorists entering the central area between 07.00 and 19.00 on Mondays to Fridays, generating net proceeds of £200m a year. A programme of investment in public transport is intended to raise capacity of the Underground and London area main line networks by 40% by 2010. A Rail Plan for London will be developed jointly by Transport for London and the Strategic Rail Authority, and the two bodies will set up a joint company to take forward projects that include extensions to LU’s East London line for completion by 2006. The north-south Thameslink 2000 scheme is to be finished by 2008 and the east-west CrossRail scheme by 2011. A Hackney – Southwest route will follow by 2015.There are three ’intermediate mode’ corridors where the merits of trams will be weighed against bus options: Abbey Wood to Greenwich in the east, Uxbridge to Shepherd’s Bush in the west, and Camden to Brixton and Peckham via King’s Cross, Euston and Waterloo.last_img read more

Trinidad to Host UN Conference on Terrorism

first_imgUNITED NATIONS, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Monday held talks with the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres on issues ranging from climate change to peace and security in the Caribbean region.A brief United Nations statement said that they had also discussed the eligibility criteria for access to concessional financing.“They further exchanged views on challenges to peace and security in the Caribbean region,” the statement said.But according to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister in Port of Spain, Rowley also met with Vladimir Voronkov, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office.The statement noted that as a result of the deliberations, Trinidad and Tobago has been selected to host a United Nations conference which will focus on combating the threat of terrorism in the region. The event is carded for Port-of-Spain early next year.It said that the meeting will support the collaboration between the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNCOT) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for the implementation of a regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy.“Dr Rowley welcomed the opportunity to discuss and deepen Trinidad and Tobago’s cooperation with the United Nations on matters related to counter-terrorism which remains a matter of significant importance to the government,” the statement added.It said Rowley highlighted the work that has been done to combat terrorism and violent extremism in Trinidad and Tobago through, among other things, the allocation of enhanced resources to assist in operational and intelligence coordination. This work also includes the amendment of several key pieces of legislation to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and its financing including, most recently, significant amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act in August 2018.Rowley is among CARICOM leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that begins here on Tuesday under the theme “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion”.last_img read more

Over 200 killed in weekend violence in central Nigeria: governor

first_imgThe violence – an apparent reprisal after ethnic Berom farmers allegedly killed five Fulani – is the latest bout in months of bloodletting in Nigeria’s so-called “Middle Belt”.The clashes are rooted in tensions over access to land between the pastoral herders and sedentary farmers but have generated sectarian friction between Muslims and Christians.Lalong suggested “criminal elements” were exacerbating hostilities, including “conflict merchants” involved in “cattle rustling, theft, banditry, gun running” and other crimes.Both he and Buhari have also warned about politicising the conflict or giving it a religious dimension.Buhari came to power in 2015 on a promise to curb insecurity across the country, in particular Boko Haram, whose Islamist insurgency has killed at least 20 000 since 2009.But a resurgence of violence in the long-running conflict between herders and farmers has put that under scrutiny as elections approach in February next year.Analysts predict the extent of the unrest could eclipse that of the jihadists in the northeast.Lalong said the latest attacks in Plateau were carried out with “sophisticated weapons” that were “reflective of a terrorist invasion”.“It (the bloodshed) therefore demands a justified response like that which was undertaken to address the Boko Haram insurgency,” he added.Lawmakers earlier this month threatened Buhari with impeachment because his security chiefs had repeatedly failed to protect lives and property.The 75-year-old leader on Tuesday said he would “continue to pressurise members of the law enforcement agencies directly under me by the constitution as the commander-in-chief”.He also said it was an “injustice” to imply he was doing nothing because he was also Fulani and Muslim.Police and army reinforcements have been sent to Plateau to improve security, while a dusk-to-dawn curfew remained in place in areas of the state affected by the violence.Plateau has been the scene of similar violence in the past but in the last three years has been relatively calm, as clashes have spread elsewhere.Benue state in particular has become the epicentre of violence since the start of this year after it banned free grazing by cattle.In April, herders were again blamed for an attack on a Roman Catholic church that killed two priests and 17 worshippers. In January, attacks on farming communities killed at least 80.In a strongly-worded front page editorial on Wednesday, the financial daily Business Day questioned why the killings in Plateau and elsewhere had not been prevented.“President Buhari has failed and continues to fail in his responsibility to protect Nigerians” as security chiefs had not been held to account for repeated attacks, the newspaper said.He also appeared to have shown “high-level disinterest” in making security apparatus more effective to prevent violence, it added.“If the President cannot handle the responsibility of protecting Nigerians he should do the honourable thing and resign from his position,” it added.“In a situation like this he should not even be seen talking about a second term.”Related Scores Killed In Nigeria’s Kano Attack Further Violence Sees 9 Killed in C.A.R 67 South Africans Killed in Nigeria Building Collapse More than 200 people were killed in violence against farming communities last weekend in Plateau state, central Nigeria, according to a speech by the Plateau state governor Simon Lalong published on Wednesday.Lalong said after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the state capital Jos on Tuesday night that the clashes had left “the painful loss of over 200 people”.The police, who blame suspected cattle herders, have said 86 people were killed. However, multiple local sources from the communities affected maintained more than 100 people died.The main association representing the largely nomadic herders has denied its community had any involvement in the killings and said its members had been repeatedly targeted for months.last_img read more

20% discount on goods and services for nat’l athletes, coaches

first_imgThe rules for discount for national team members will take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or any two newspapers of the national circulation. MANILA – National athletes and coaches whose allowances were cut due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are set to receive compensation based on the law that expands the coverage of their incentives.The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has recently released the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10699 which provides a 20 percent discount to national team members and coaches when purchasing goods such as food, medicine and sports equipment or availing services. PSC is now preparing the booklets which would record the availed discounts of the beneficiaries.“We have been looking forward to this, and we are thankful that our athletes and coaches will finally enjoy the privilege they deserve,” Ramirez said in a statement. Filipino national athletes and coaches attend the opening of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which was hosted by the country. National team members and coaches are set to receive a 20 percent discount when purchasing goods or availing services. GULF NEWScenter_img Ramirez, meanwhile, said that a corresponding 50 percent reduction on the allowances of athletes and coaches was implemented starting June 1 as the National Sports Development Fund for this year was realigned to help in the COVID-19 response.“This is a hard decision to make but one that needed to be done so we can continue caring for our athletes longer,” said Ramirez./PN Beneficiaries may also avail discount on cinemas, restaurants, room accommodations, and transport fares, among others.Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez said the national athletes and coaches must show their identification cards for the meantime to avail discount.last_img read more

Game Notes: UWF hosts Rollins in McDonald Fleming Moorhead Opening Weekend (Updated Schedule)

first_img UWF takes on Rollins in a three-game series this weekend. (Photo by Bill Stockland) Game Notes: UWF hosts Rollins in McDonald Fleming Moorhead Opening Weekend (Updated Schedule) Sharecenter_img   Update: Friday’s game has been moved to 4 p.m.PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 4 West Florida baseball team hosts Rollins in the Opening Weeked brought to you by McDonald Fleming Moorhead Law Firm Feb. 7-9. Fans can kick things off with a tailgate Friday at 2 p.m. in the Baseball Parking Lot before the Argonauts (3-1) host the Tars (2-1) at 4 p.m. For more details on the opening weekend, click here.UWF is coming off a 2-1 road trip at Florida Southern last weekend and a 12-6 win over Spring Hill in its home opener Feb. 5. UWF swept Rollins in its last three regular-season series and is on an 8-game winning streak against the Tars.Rollins went 2-1 against Young Harris in three close games in Winter Park, Fla. to open the season. Rollins’ wins came in one-run victories, and its loss was in extra innings.Live Coverage:Live stats and audioGame Notes2/6 vs. RollinsJeffcoat 5 wins away from 300 at UWFUWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat won his 400th career game as a head coach Feb. 1 in a 6-2 win at Florida Southern. He is five wins away from his 300th win at UWF, with 295. He won 107 games in five seasons at Alabama Southern Community College.Preseason rankingsCollegiate Baseball Poll: UWF entered 2014 ranked No. 4 nationally in the preseason Collegiate Baseball Division II poll selected by the NCAA Division II Poll Committee. UWF finished the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the poll.National College Baseball Writer’s Association: UWF entered the season ranked No. 11 nationally in the NCBWA preseason poll. UWF finished the 2013 season ranked No. 14 in the poll. The Argos were ranked No. 3 in the South Region behind Tampa and Delta State.College Baseball Lineup: UWF ranked No. 11 in the preseason College Baseball Lineup Preseason Top 30.Gulf South Conference: UWF tied with Delta State as co-favorites in the Gulf South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Pitching as UsualSince Jeffcoat took over as the head coach at UWF in the fall of 2005, the Argonauts have been known for their pitching success. Four games into the 2014 season, nothing has changed. The UWF bullpen has posted a .157 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched and opposing have hit .172 against them. As a team, UWF has a 2.54 ERA and opposing batters are hitting .231. DeLorenzo named South Region and GSC Pitcher of the WeekLeading the rotation thus far is junior lefty Jordan DeLorenzo who was named the South Region and the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week after picking up a win in his first start of the season Feb. 4 at Florida Southern.The junior out of Winter Park, Fla. pitched 7.2 innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks while striking out eight in UWF’s 4-1 win in Lakeland, Fla. last weekend. DeLorenzo was named to the All-GSC Second Team in 2012 as a freshman.Good to be HomeThe Argos received a warm welcome home to Jim Spooner Field Feb. 5 with a 12-6 win over Spring Hill. The Argos will look to continue their dominance at “The Spoon” in this weekend’s three-game series. UWF went 20-1, outscored opponents 165-52 and posted an incredible 1.83 ERA at home last season. In the last three seasons from 2011-13, UWF went 74-10 (.881) at home.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

‘We weren’t clinical enough’ – Oliver

first_img Attention for Bristol Bears Women turns to yet another tough test on Saturday as they travel to face Harlequins in round 5 end a tough run of fixtures for the Bears having faced all top four clubs from last campaign in the opening five rounds.Despite the result and work-ons from today’s game we have got to remember that there are lots of positives in that performance and the group will benefit format further down the line as a learning experience.“There is no point dwelling on the negative from today, we will learn from them in the week and improve those aspects but we’ve got a lot of good stuff from our performances this year to give us confidence going into Quins next weekend.” The Bears had a 10-5 lead at the half thanks to a penalty try and three points from the boot of Elinor Snowsill, but it could’ve be more had try-scoring opportunities been put away at Shaftesbury Park. Wasps would go on to seal the game with two penalty goals and a counter attacking try from replacement scrum-half Claudia MacDonald. The result leaves Bears with two wins and two losses from the opening four rounds. “We let ourselves down. They defended very well, but we didn’t execute the way we have over the last few weeks, said Oliver.“Defensively we put out a hell of a shift, they didn’t really get anywhere with ball in hand, but in an attacking sense we weren’t clinical enough when in scoring opportunities and we let them back into the game. “It was the fine margins in the end. We had a dominant scrum, our line out was running well it was just those little passes on the pitch that didn’t quite go to hand.” last_img read more

La Follette’s accepting recycling items again

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – In a press release on Thursday from La Follette City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries, he said there is an update regarding the City of La Follette’s recycling program.Jeffries and Public Works Director Casey Boshears met with Campbell County Sanitation Director Bill Rutherford on Thursday.  Jeffries said during the initial phase of COVID-19, the county’s sanitation department had to stop taking recycling items.According to Rutherford, the Campbell County Sanitation Department is now able to start accepting recycling from the City of La Follette.  Jeffries asks that those who have trash and recycling picked up in the city to  separate the recycling from the trash.  “Please put plastic, aluminum cans, steel cans and cardboard in the designated recycling bins,” said Jeffries.The City of La Follette thanks you for helping to keep recycling and trash separate.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/10/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sheffield United v Chelsea player ratings

first_imgChelsea were punished for some terrible defending in a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United. Here’s how we rated each Blues player. Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6Left exposed for all three goals. Was particularly unfortunate for the first, which came when David McGoldrick scored from the rebound after Kepa had made a good save.Reece James: 6A reasonable display but there were few glimpses of the dangerous right-wing crosses he is capable of serving up.AdChoices广告Andreas Christensen: 5Withdrawn at half-time after struggling badly. Too slow to react in the build up to the second goal.Kurt Zouma: 5Fully committed and prepared to put his body on the line, but was caught out on several occasions.Embed from Getty Images Has been in great form but was poor this time. At fault for the second goal, when he switched off and failed to stop the cross.Mason Mount: 6Plenty of effort and was prepared to drop back and defend, but made no real impact in an attacking sense.Christian Pulisic: 5Another Chelsea player who has been in fine form but just didn’t perform in this one.Tammy Abraham: 5Ineffective up front and unable to make the most of a couple of decent chances.Antonio Rudiger: 5A bad mistake for the third goal and his performance after coming on at half-time will do nothing to sway his critics.Marcos Alonso: 6Got forward well and made a positive difference after being introduced for the second half.Olivier Giroud: 6Perhaps unfortunate not to start, he gave Chelsea more bite up front after his introduction. Cesar Azpilicueta: 6Asked again to play at left-back and tried to make the best of it as usual. Solid enough.Ross Barkley: 6Caused some problems for the home side before going off in the second half.Jorginho: 5Very poor. Too slow with and without the ball, which Sheffield United happily exposed. Will we see him in a Chelsea shirt again?Willian: 5Embed from Getty Images See also:Lampard ‘learned a lot’ about Chelsea playersChelsea’s poor defending punished in defeat at Sheffield UnitedKante ‘has a chance’ of playing in semi-finallast_img read more

Merzlikins leads Blue Jackets’ rout of New Jersey

first_imgLast Updated: 19th January, 2020 11:18 IST Merzlikins Leads Blue Jackets’ Rout Of New Jersey Elvis Merzlikins made a career-high 41 saves in his third shutout in his last four starts, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win. Elvis Merzlikins made a career-high 41 saves in his third shutout in his last four starts, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.Cam Atkinson had two goals and an assist, helping the Blue Jackets improve to 14-2-4 in their last 20 games. Alexander Wennberg, Jakob Lilja and Nick Foligno also scored.Devils goalie Cory Schneider started for the first time since Nov. 8 and was chased late in the second period. Schneider had 13 saves in 32:14 and Mackenzie Blackwood recorded 13 the rest of the way.After some great saves by Merzlikins early — including alertly pouncing on a puck that nearly trickled in off a teammate’s skate — Atkinson got the Blue Jackets on the board when he ripped a shot from the high slot past Schneider’s glove late in the first. Merzlikins had to make 19 stops as the Devils swarmed in the opening period.Atkinson got his second goal 21 seconds after Merzlikins helped kill off a power play in the second. Atkinson — in his second game back from an ankle injury — beat Schneider from just inside the left circle off a neat setup by Emil Bemstrom.Lilja made it 3-0 when he put back a rebound from the doorstep with 8:02 left in the second, and 16 seconds later Foligno tapped a loose puck between the pads of Schneider. Columbus led 5-0 at the second intermission despite being outshot 36-21.NOTES: Wennberg increased his point streak to a season-high four games. … New Jersey F Kyle Rooney returned after missing one game due to illness. … Devils star F Kyle Palmieri missed his fourth game with a foot injury. He was put on injured reserve Thursday. … Columbus F Sonny Milano was scratched for the second straight game. … The Blue Jackets are 7-1-1 in their past nine home games.UP NEXTDevils: At Ottawa on Monday.Blue Jackets: At New York Rangers on Sunday. Written By COMMENT First Published: 19th January, 2020 11:18 IST Associated Press Television News center_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more