Moore loss fuels faint hope that reluctant Republicans might support NAFTA

first_imgOTTAWA – The scandal-tinged defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election is raising faint hopes that it might embolden some decidedly reluctant Republicans to speak out in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Notwithstanding a series of explosive sexual misconduct allegations, Moore had the strong backing of Donald Trump, but still lost to Democrat Doug Jones — the first time that party won a seat in Alabama in a quarter century.Despite Moore’s obvious flaws, his defeat has also been widely seen as a repudiation of Trump’s agenda, which includes tearing up NAFTA if he can’t wring concessions out of Canada and Mexico.The Trudeau Liberals have been mounting a full-court press to win support for NAFTA in the U.S., not just in Congress but among businesses as well as state and local governments.U.S. business groups, including its Chamber of Commerce, have loudly defended NAFTA and urged Trump not to announce a U.S. withdrawal next year.But the response from American lawmakers has been tepid at best. Capitol Hill is seized with tax reform, and some Republicans don’t want to ignite a war with their hair-trigger, Twitter-friendly president or risk offending Trump supporters in their core base.Perrin Beatty, the president of Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday the defeat of Moore resonated in meetings he had Tuesday in New York City with his American business counterparts.“I’m hopeful that it will mean moderates will be emboldened and will be saying, ‘Look … we have to do what’s good for jobs and focus on these bread and butter issues,’” Beatty said in a telephone interview from New York, where he was trying to raise NAFTA’s profile as part of a tour that also included a stop in Philadelphia.“I’m not under any illusions that the Republicans lost because of NAFTA, but this certainly does demonstrate it’s important for the party to represent much more than a fringe.”Sarah Goldfeder, a former U.S. diplomat in Mexico and Canada who is following the trade negotiations at Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Ottawa, said Moore’s defeat is “going to fuel the traditional Republican core” and has the potential to moderate the right-wing influence that has taken hold.“Those people are going to push for a back-to-basics Republican party,” she said. “That trade is good, business in good, jobs are good, unions bad — it’s that party.”Trade lawyers in Canada and the U.S. were less optimistic that the Alabama result would make it easier to talk about NAFTA.Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based international trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright, said when he initially heard the news about Moore’s defeat the first question he asked was: what does this mean for NAFTA?After thinking about it, he concluded: not much.“Roy Moore was a fundamentally flawed candidate,” he said. “I don’t know how much we can extrapolate out from Alabama to a repudiation of the Trump agenda.”He said a few more Republican senators might be inclined to go public with their support of NAFTA, but most of its champions have already stepped forward.The trade deal remains unpopular in the northern rust belt states of Ohio and Michigan, where Trump won support in the election, he said.“There’s no political upside for them to come out in favour of NAFTA right now.”Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer with Herman and Associates, said it difficult link Moore’s defeat with Trump’s agenda.“Given the dispersal of influence and pressure points in the bizarre U.S. system of governance, whether the Moore loss has an impact on NAFTA negotiations is hard to say,” he said.“(It) probably doesn’t help the White House in its full-steam ahead approach, however, and that could well be of benefit to those in Congress that want to maintain the treaty intact.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,300.38, up 26.41 points)Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (TSX:AAR.UN). Real Estate. Down one cent, or 0.12 per cent, to $8.07 on 11.7 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 20 cents, or 2.29 per cent, to $8.93 on 11.6 million shares.Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Down half-a-cent, or 7.69 per cent, to six cents on 10.6 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $6.17 on 9.8 million shares. The company will be acquired by fellow Calgary-based Vermilion Energy Inc. (TSX:VET) (down $1.29, or 2.93 per cent, to $42.75 on 2.2 million shares) in a $1.23-billion stock deal and assume about $175 million in debt. The transaction is expected to close in June.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Up 84 cents, or 7.37 per cent, to $12.24 on 7.7 million shares. The Leamington, Ont.-based medical marijuana producer reported a $12.9-million profit in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of some of its shares in U.S. company Liberty Health Sciences.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.07 per cent, to $15.24 on 5.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC). Retailer. Down three cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $8.98 on 111,124 shares. The Toronto-based retailer named Bari Harlam as its new chief marketing officer. Harlam has held senior marketing roles at American companies BJ’s Wholesale Club, Swipely and CVS Health, where she built and launched the pharmacy’s loyalty program.Resolute Forest Products Inc. (TSX:RFP). Forest products. Up 22 cents, or 1.74 per cent, to $12.89 on 4,670 shares. Unifor says it has reached a tentative deal with Resolute, that, once approved, will serve as a pattern agreement for workers at pulp and paper mills across the Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. Details of the four-year agreement were not disclosed.Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B). Telecommunications. Up 47 cents, or 0.83 per cent, to $57.23 on 554,294 shares. Rogers expects to begin testing core applications for fifth-generation wireless networks later this year in Ottawa, after more precise 5G industry standards come out. The tests will be conducted with long-time network supplier Ericsson, but it probably won’t to be ready for “prime time” until about 2020 because of the hardware and software that’s still to be developed.last_img read more

Annual pace of housing starts picked up in November tops expectations

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in November picked up compared with October.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts in Canada was 215,941 units in November, up from 206,753 in October.Economists had expected an annual rate of 198,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The increase in the overall annual rate of housing starts came as the pace of urban starts increased by 2.2 per cent in November to 202,054 units.The annual rate of urban multiple-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses grew 3.9 per cent to 151,596 units, while single-detached urban starts fell 2.3 per cent to 50,458.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13,887 units.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

GuineaBissau drug trafficking threatens consolidation of democracy says Ban Kimoon

1 October 2007Despite recent progress in the fields of public finance and cooperation with international finance institutions, the consolidation of democracy in Guinea-Bissau is being impeded by numerous challenges, particularly drug trafficking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public today. Despite recent progress in the fields of public finance and cooperation with international finance institutions, the consolidation of democracy in Guinea-Bissau is being impeded by numerous challenges, particularly drug trafficking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public today.“Drug trafficking threatens to subvert the nascent democratization process of Guinea-Bissau, entrench organized crime and undermine respect for the rule of law,” Mr. Ban writes in the report to the Security Council on the latest activities the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS).“There is no reliable data on drug seizures, the volume of drugs in transit through Guinea-Bissau or the local consumption of narcotics,” he notes. “However, there is a growing consensus that Guinea-Bissau is a major drug trafficking transit point in the subregion.”Anti-aircraft artillery have been deployed to the Bijagos archipelago after reports that unidentified aircraft have been transporting cocaine, and investigations were resumed in September into the alleged involvement of several high-level officials of former Prime Minister Aristides Gomes in the disappearance of nearly 700 kilograms of cocaine seized by authorities.“Given the country’s inability to combat this new phenomenon alone, a collective response is required,” Mr. Ban writes. “Vital technical and financial support from regional and international partners is therefore urgently needed. Guinea-Bissau must join forces with regional and international partners to tackle this growing threat through cooperation within law enforcement frameworks.”Between July and August, civil society organizations raised concerns over infringements of the freedoms of the press and expression with regard to media reports on drug trafficking. Journalists reporting on the drug trade said that they had been pressured and intimidated, the report says.On 24 July, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) voiced concern to the Government over the case of two journalists, one of whom was charged with libel after allegedly suggesting that the Navy Chief of Staff may have been linked to drug trafficking.“These developments marked a reversal in the positive trend of the past three years, during which time Guinea-Bissau was not cited by the press watchdog [Reporters without Borders] as being among those countries with a poor record of respect for freedom of the press,” the Secretary-General says.He also appeals for the consolidation of the stability pact signed on 12 March by the country’s three main political parties – the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde and Guinea, the Social Renewal Party and the United Social Democratic Party – which led to the swearing in of the Government of Prime Minister Martinho Dafa Cabi.“I am concerned about the fact that, while the political stability pact continues to provide a platform for a more consensual approach to governance and for Government sustainability, the continuing divisions and rivalry for power among political parties could undermine crucial stabilization efforts and discourage the country’s partners and potential investors,” he says. read more

UN staff member discovers hellish ordeal is no barrier to returning to

19 August 2010Vincent Cochetel, a staff member for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), spent almost all of 1998 chained to a bed frame in a dark cellar in the Caucasus. The Frenchman spent 317 days at the mercy of his abductors, who tortured him and deprived him of light for all but 15 minutes each day. Yet, after Mr. Cochetel was finally freed by Russian commandos that December and was able to recuperate, the then 37-year-old went back to the UN refugee agency – where he still works today. As the UN marks World Humanitarian Day today, paying tribute to the dedication of thousands of aid workers on the front lines around the globe, Mr. Cochetel says there was never any question that he would return to his post after his ordeal. “If I’d stopped working for UNHCR at that time, it would have meant they’d taken something away from me,” he told a UN interviewer earlier this week. “Those guys [would have] won. It was very important for me to continue, [to] prove [to] myself that I was able to work, and that I was maybe able to make a personal difference somewhere for some refugees.” Mr. Cochetel was the head of UNHCR in North Ossetia, Russia, when three masked men armed with handguns equipped with silencers kidnapped him and his bodyguard as he arrived at his home in the town of Vladikavkaz on 29 January 1998. The two men were then separated and the kidnappers asked Mr. Cochetel to kneel down as they put a gun against his neck. “I thought that was it. I thought it was some sort of contract killing because there you have that sort of thing happening in that part of the world. And after some long minutes, they searched me [and] handcuffed me at the back. They put a bag on my head, blindfolded me somehow. And we went downstairs, six floors. I fell a couple of times… Then they put me in the trunk of the car, and then I was transferred from car to car for three days.” Mr. Cochetel was taken to nearby Chechnya, where he was tortured for the first 12 days while loud music blared to cover the noise. The apparent aim was to extract information, but then the torture stopped, and he was largely left alone in the cellar. “The most difficult thing to describe is the sort of depths of loneliness you go through because there is nothing happening in the darkness. And to describe that is difficult because it’s 15 minutes of light – the rest is you’re just alone by yourself. “So you try not to think too much, because otherwise you’ll get crazy. But you have to keep your mind busy. So to keep your mind busy there’s all sorts of games and activities. And you try to keep your body busy too.” Mr. Cochetel said he went through many “existential moments” during his period of captivity as he questioned the rationale of what he was doing there. “But again, looking back, if I had to do it again, I think there was a good rationale for us to be there. We were feeding half a million people, we were restoring water supply to the entire republic, we were helping IDPs [internally displaced persons] to go back there, rebuilding schools, rebuilding social infrastructure, assisting people. We had good reasons to be there.” Now, having gone through his ordeal, Mr. Cochetel says he feels a closer kinship to refugees and others. “I didn’t know what torture was. I didn’t know what solitary confinement was. Now I can talk about it. I can recognize those signals when refugees talk about it.” The experience also left an even more personal mark on the UN staffer. “I know the line between madness and sanity. I’ve explored depths of loneliness that very few people have explored. But you find a way through things. That’s the beauty about humankind.” read more

Departing UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic hands over projects

22 December 2010The United Nations mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT) has handed over its programmes to the Government of Chad and the UN agencies in the country as it prepares to wind up its responsibilities there at the end of this month. Speaking at the handover ceremony in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, yesterday, the Deputy-Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Rima Salah, said that the UN country team has extensive field experience and will continue to work for the benefit of the Chadian people.“The Government and the UN agencies are natural partners and as such they are bound to achieve a lot in the service of the Chadian people,” Ms. Salah said.The programmes handed over include human rights, rule of law and good governance, child protection, the campaign against gender-based violence, the return of internally displaced persons and HIV/AIDS projects.The interim UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Stefano Severe, said that the various agencies working in the country will ensure that MINURCAT projects in Chad are implemented successfully.“We, in the UN family, are fully prepared to take over some of the MINURCAT programmes to ensure their sustainability and to build on the progress so far achieved in the east,” Mr. Severe said.MINURCAT was established in 2007 to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people displaced by to insecurity in Chad, the Central African Republic and neighbouring Sudan.The Security Council decided to terminate the mission in May at the request of the Chadian Government, which has pledged full responsibility for protecting civilians on its territory.The Government of Chad said its Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS), an integrated security unit which the UN has been helping to train and support, will ensure the protection of civilians after MINURCAT’s departure. read more

Millions in Iraq need greater humanitarian support warns top UN relief official

“It’s imperative at this critical time we do more to mitigate the suffering of the Iraqi people. Much has been done, but the needs continue to increase and more is needed,” stated Mr. O’Brien, who assumed his post as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the beginning of June.The humanitarian situation in Iraq is dire. Since January 2014, more than three million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes and over eight million people are in need of assistance that aid agencies cannot always provide them with, due to lack of access or because of funding challenges.On his first mission in his capacity as Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. O’Brien yesterday visited Baghdad, where he met people recently displaced from Ramadi. Today, exactly one year after Mosul fell, causing mass displacement, he visited a camp for internally displaced people in Erbil, as well as refugees from Syria.”All the families I spoke with had heart-breaking stories of fear, flight, loss and grief. International humanitarian law obliges all those engaged in fighting to protect civilians during hostilities, including by refraining from targeting them,” urged the Under Secretary-General.During his meetings, he discussed progress and challenges in delivering aid with governmental representatives in Baghdad, including the Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jafaari, among other senior officials. In Erbil, he held similar discussions with Kurdistan Regional Government officials, including the Prime Minister Nichirvan Barzani.“I emphasized the commitment of the United Nations and partners to work closely with the authorities in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. We are committed to meet the most urgent needs, wherever they arise,” noted Stephen O’Brien. As fighting continues, he expressed fear that the humanitarian situation will further deteriorate, encouraging the Government “to continue the generosity displayed so far”, including by ensuring the freedom of movement of all Iraqis fleeing violence.Despite the very challenging security conditions, the United Nations and partners are delivering essential aid to people who depend on it for survival. However, without urgent and generous contributions from the international community vital supplies and services will have to be cut.“We urgently need $497 million to provide shelter, food, water and other life-saving services over the coming six months. This is the bare minimum to cover the most basic needs in Iraq. In actuality, the needs are far greater and we wish we could ask for – and receive – the full amount we need,” said Mr. O’Brien. “It is my job to remind the international community that behind every statistic stands a child, woman or a man. We must not let the people of Iraq down,” he declared.To this end, just last Thursday, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) joined international partners and agencies in Belgium to launch the 2015 Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan in response to critical funding shortages as the conflict in Iraq escalates, with the number of people in need of life-saving assistance over the past year having increased by some 400 per cent. read more

With winter closing in UN relief wing races against time to reach

“It is of critical importance to deliver supplies to the trailheads by end of October as the passes in the Himalayas will be at increased risk of being blocked by snowfall,” said a statement issued late last week by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal.Available land access trails, especially to high altitude regions, will be cut off soon with the onset of winter, thus making the humanitarian agencies rush to safeguard distribution of urgent relief of food and shelter items, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).However, the recent monsoon has limited road and air delivery, leaving a backlog of 1,200 metric tonnes of shelter and non-food items pending delivery to the earthquake-struck communities.While most supplies are in local storage, the serious fuel shortage delays scheduled deliveries to affected villages with mules and porters as further transportation through trailhead.“The humanitarian community is implementing contingencies to address the fuel shortages and to increase its capacity to deliver the supplies within an ever decreasing window of opportunity,” said the statement. read more

Bird brains not so stupid pigeons show humanlike ability to build knowledge

first_imgIt is currently debated whether certain primates show a degree of cumulative culture. Having, literally, bird brains, pigeons are not generally considered to be the most intelligent of creatures.But new research reveals that in a crucial respect they are more like humans than any other.Scientists at Oxford University found that homing pigeons are the only known species in the world other than humans able to build and pass on wisdom across the generations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Isambard Kingdom Brunel built on and advanced engineering knowledgeCredit:Hulton Archive/Getty Dr Takao Sasaki, who co-led the research, said: “At one stage scientists thought that only humans had the cognitive capacity to accumulate knowledge as a society.“Our study shows that pigeons share these abilities with humans, at least to the extent that they are capable of improving on a behavioural solution progressively over time.”The Oxford team pointed out, however, that the building of knowledge over time, a phenomenon called “cumulative culture”, works very differently in humans than it does in homing pigeons.When people share and pass on knowledge through generations, it makes culture and behaviour more complex, as demonstrated by the evolution of activities like manufacturing or agriculture.By contrast, when the process occurs between homing pigeons, the end result is an increase in efficiency, but not necessarily the complexity of the behaviour.Co-author Dora Biro said: “One key novelty, we think, is that gradual improvement we see is not due to new ideas about how to improve the route being introduced by individual birds.“Instead, the necessary innovations in each generation come from a collective form of intelligence that arises through pairs of birds having to solve the problem together.“In other words, through two heads being better than one.”The team believe that investigating a similar style of knowledge sharing may be the key to identifying whether cumulative culture exists in other species.Many animal groups have to solve the same problems repeatedly in the natural world, meaning any feedback they register from past attempts has the potential to influence or improve the decision the group makes in the future. While many animals teach basic skills to their young, such as learning to hunt, until now none had shown it was possible to improve the collective ability of their species in the way mankind becomes ever more advanced.But the scientists found that in the case of homing pigeons, families of the bird were able to improve their efficiency navigating across large distances over time.They sent pairs of the homing pigeons off on a specific route, and then continuously replaced one experienced bird from a couple with an inexperienced one who had never flown the course before.The experiment was designed to establish whether individual birds could pass their experience of the route down to the next pairing, and to see if the collective intelligence of the group improved so that their efficiency over the route improved.Published in the journal Nature Communications, the study showed that the group’s homing performance got consistently better, and that each new pair of pigeons flew a more streamlined route over the course.The homing pigeon navigates by means of magnetoreception, which allows it to detect a magnetic field to perceive direction, altitude and location. Isambard Kingdom Brunel At one stage scientists thought that only humans had the cognitive capacity to accumulate knowledge as a societyDr Takao Sasaki, Oxford University In the study, later generation groups were found to outperform those who flew solo or as part of pairing which never changed.last_img read more

FaceApp privacy Russian state  unlikely to interfere with hit app security experts

Singer Sam Smith has also used the app to warp his face  Britain’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, also waded into the debate, saying: “We are aware of stories raising concerns about Face App and will be considering them.”It is understood the National Cyber Security Centre was also aware of the furore surrounding the app but had not identified any obvious cause for concern.Wireless Lab, which launched FaceApp in 2017, was founded by Yaroslav Goncharov, a Russian developer who claims to have worked with Microsoft in the US.The “AI face editor” sends users’ pictures to the cloud to be scanned and mapped – where the material could remain indefinitely – rather than doing so on their phones. Terms and conditions for the app also grant the company “perpetual” rights to use for any uploaded images or likenesses for a wide range of purposes, including commercial. While such clauses are not dissimilar to those used by other social media firms, the company’s Russian background stoked fears it could be vulnerable to state intrusion. Mr Goncharov, however, insisted no FaceApp user data was transferred to the country, even though several of the company’s teams were based there.  FaceApp has shot to the top of download charts When celebrities such as Sam Smith, Gordon Ramsay and Drake shared pictures of their digitally wrinkled faces online, they probably expected little more than a smattering of amused comments. Few would have foreseen that, within days, the smartphone software used to inflict the ravages of time upon their features would be at the centre of a global cybersecurity row. FaceApp enjoyed an explosion in popularity this week, as social media users thrilled over a feature which made their faces look older – spawning the “age challenge”. Instagram and Twitter became awash with famous faces newly gullied by wrinkles with shocks of grey hair among recognisable curls, as dozens of celebrities jumped on the viral trend.However, news that a Russian company was behind the craze triggered a meteoric response in the UK and US, as officials sensed a potential threat to personal data.FaceApp was created by St Petersburg-Based Wireless Lab, which provoked alarm by suggesting it stored all images uploaded by the user in a cloud server.Memories of alleged Russian cyber-interference in the 2016 US Election still haunts the Democratic National Committee, which governs the country’s opposition party.An alert was sent by security chief Bob Lord to campaign staff for next year’s election, urging them to “delete the app immediately”.  Security experts poured cold water on suggestions the app could be a target of state interference.  Chuck Schumer, a senior Democrat senator, raised the stakes still further by calling on the FBI to investigate, as FaceApp could pose “national security and privacy risks for millions”. Mark Galeotti, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), said: “If you’re in Russia there is always a chance someone will tap you on the shoulder and say ‘the Motherland would like x or y’. “If you’re not a heavy-hitting businessperson or high-profile individual, it’s very hard to say no – but there is nothing the FaceApp files would contain that isn’t easily scrapable off the net anyway.“I can understand how, with anything involving Russia these days, there is that instinctive flinch, but I must say that I would be hard-pressed to see what the Russian authorities would want from this app.”Technology analysts have likewise found nothing within the coding of the app that would appear to offer a backdoor to snoop on users’ phones, according to reports. Mr Galeotti suggested the episode served as a reminder to the public about the amount of data they may be handing over to developers whenever they use an app. “The wider issue is that everyone nowadays – every app, every service we use – has massive amounts of data on us,” he said. His words were echoed by the Information Commissioner’s Office, which ended its statement on FaceApp with a warning about data harvesting. Singer Sam Smith has also used the app to warp his face  FaceApp has shot to the top of download chartsCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A spokesman said: “We would advise people signing up to any app to check what will happen to their personal information and not to provide any personal details until they are clear about how they will be used.” read more

PPD Zagreb beat Metalurg

4Naturhouse La Rioja210171:6526-2 1Paris Handball220054:444100 In the only match of EHF Champions League Saturday, PPD Zagreb beat PPD Zagreb 19:17 (10:8) in front of 8.000 spectators in “Zagreb Arena”. Match was decided in the last few minutes, but it seems that guests from Skopje have all right to be angry on Slovenian reffere couple Krstic – Ljubic.PPD Zagreb: Ivić (11 saves), Stevanović; Mihić 2, Brozović 2, Stepančić 2, Šprem, Šebetić, Raković, Horvat 9, Šušnja, J. Valčić 1, T. Valčić, Obranović 1, Kovačević, Lukačec, Pavlović 2Metalurg: Mitrevski (7 saves), Kocić; Ojleski 2, Dimovski 1, Lipovina 1, Georgievski 1, Mirkulovski 2, Markovski, Mojsovski 2, Atman 3, Cindrić 4, Nelovski, Jonovski, Marsenić, Borozan, Đukić 1 2THW Kiel320184:83411 3Croatia Osiguranje320168:694-11 ← Previous Story GOLDEN LEAGUE: Second defeat for Brazil – France scores only 15! Next Story → Kiel smash Fuchse in Berlin! 6HC Metalurg-Skopje300363:740-110 5HC Meshkov Brest310283:882-50 read more

BOMB BOMB BOMBAČ PICK Szeged beat Kielce

In their first Champions League match of the season, Pick Szeged took a victory over Vive Tauron Kielce 31:30.The teams began the game neck and neck. Kielce looked a little bit better leading by one or two goals but every time, mostly thanks to well-playing Bombac, Pick managed to equalize and finally took over the lead in 14. minute. Kielce lost a ball too many times and coach Duyshebaev decided to take a time out. 4 minutes later Jachlewski equalized at 8:8 but it wasn’t a sign of getting back on the lead. Pick stayed strong in defence and their rivals could hardly break through; as a result, the ball often ended up in hands of Pick’s players and the gap between teams started getting bigger – in 23. minute, the team from Szeged was ahead by 4 goals (13:9). But in the end of the first half, Zubai and then Blazevic were sent off the court for 2 minutes, Kielce reduced the gap to 1 goal two minutes before the half time but due to their own mistakes and Sierra between the goalposts, they left the court losing 14:17.MOL-Pick Szeged – Vive Tauron Kielce 31:30 (17:14)Pick: Sierra, Wyszomirski – Ancsin 1, Balogh 1, Blazević, Bombac 11/3, Curuvija, Fekete, Dos Santos 4, Hegedus, Ilyes 2, Kallman 5, Mindegia Elizaga 2, Velky, Vranjes 4, Zubai 1.Vive: Szmal, Sego – Aquinagalde 6/2, Bielecki 2/1, Bis, Buntić 4, Cupić 2, Jachlewski 2, Jurecki 5, Lijewski 4, Reichman, Strlek 3, Tkaczyk, Vujović, Zorman 2.In the second half, Pick carried on with their good style, whereas Kielce still had their problems, especially in defence where from a certain moment of the match, Pick found wide open spots even playing shorthanded. In 38. minute the result was already 23:17. After this poor beginning, Kielce started catching up. In 59. minute Aginagalde scored a penalty throw at 31:29; Pick lost a ball in the attack and with 23 seconds to spare, Jachlewski made it 31:30 so a chance for one point appeared when Pick lost the ball once again. Kielce rushed to score but were fouled and with 2 seconds to go, Bielecki tried to hit the net but the ball was blocked and therefore 2 points go to Szeged.The top scorer for Pick Szeged was Dean Bombac with 11 goals; for Kielce it was Julen Aginagalde with 6 goals.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story Veszprem part ways with Antonio Carlos Ortega! Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen beat Barca – Vardar win in Montpellier Pick SzegedVive Tauron Kielce read more

No such thing as Taxi Titans

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Australian taxi licence holders that The Age named in their expose on taxi “titans” have hit back at accusations they dominate the industry and “consistently fight to lock new competitors out”. John Vlassopoulos, which The Age named as a member of the eight big families and companies that hold more than 20 licences, feels he has been unfairly slandered. “I was a bit disgusted by it to be frank,” he told Neos Kosmos. “I thought it was slanderous, it was incorrect, they even had the licence numbers incorrect.” The article entitled “Secret world of our taxi titans” published in the Saturday Age on January 5, names the Gange Corporation, owners of Silver Top Taxis; Cabcharge, which owns 13Cabs; the Granger family, which is linked to Silver Top and 13Cabs; John Vlassopoulos who owns Ambassador Taxis, Jim Dendrinos of Bayside Taxis; the Shehata family of ECM Taxi Brokers; Phillip Humphreys, who is linked to Silver Top; and Murrell Enterprises, which dominates Geelong’s taxi industry as the big players in the taxi industry. The article goes on to accuse the Victorian Taxi industry of being “dominated by a few major taxi licence owners” who unfairly use their power for their own interests. An accusation that Mr Vlassopoulos strongly denies. “There is no evidence of that, and it doesn’t happen,” he says. “The main competitor really is the government. They control the fare structure, they control the advertising. You cannot do anything in the taxi industry without the government’s permission. Really the state of the industry is in their hands.” The government holds 1130 licences, and is by far the largest licence holder in Australia. Out of the eight The Age lists as hoarding licences, none even near the licence numbers the government holds. Annually, the government profits $14 million a year on these licences, and does not need to pay for the licence fee a other prospective buyer has to pay (which averages around $500,000). The taxi industry receives no funding from the government, unlike public transport which pockets around $2 billion a year. Mr Vlassopoulos, who owns over 30 licences, is the director of Ambassador Taxis and a fleet operator, multiple wheelchair taxi owner and operator. He started his business like most in the industry by buying his first licence and driving his taxi for years and feels like his business will suffer following the comments published by The Age. “I think it’s a very one sided point of view and I think my image has been tarnished,” he says. “It’s a tall poppy syndrome, it’s attacking people in the industry without knowing the facts”. The article named Vlassopoulos as the president of the newly formed Taxi Industry Stakeholders of Victoria (TISV) lobby group and implies that he along with other large licence holders are using lobby groups to their advantage. Harry Katsiabanis the spokesperson of the TISV, and a taxi driver and licence holder himself says that the TISV has not been approached by any of the big licence holders mentioned by The Age. “They’re not part of our association, and they have not attended any of our meetings. They’re not part of our group at all,” he says. Licence holders do have a right to lobby to protect their investments, as any businessman would. That is why Professor Fels’ review has been attacked so vehemently. The review promotes more competition by reducing the licence fee down to $20,000 a year over five years. This will decimate the value of licences bought even just last year, which were up to $515,000. As Mr Katsiabanis explains, most of the industry is made up of people with one or two licences and they will suffer the most. “You’ll find most licence holders own one or two licences. We’re talking about 95 per cent of the industry,” he says. Professor Fels has himself conceded when he handed in his final report in September last year that small-time licence owners risked taking a heavy financial blow under his reforms. Much of the industry, especially in the last 50 years, is operated and driven by migrants, of which a large part is Greek. All groups agree that reform must be made, but in a way that doesn’t harm the investment people have made. Individual owners and drivers are powerless to make even small changes to their fleet, when reform attempts have been abandoned by the previous governments. “Unfortunately what’s happened over the years, all the previous governments have created so much bureaucracy and red tape that they haven’t allowed innovation to take place,” Mr Katsiabanis explains. “Our platform is to deliver a world class service to Victorians, that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”last_img read more

Tottenham report zero transfers in

first_imgThe English club made history as being the first team not to sign a player during the Premier League transfer windowThe English team Tottenham Hotspur made history today, but for the wrong reasons.In a piece wrote by The Independent, Tottenham Hotspur became the first club not to sign a player in the Premier League summer transfer window.The transfer window was first introduced in 2003, and since then no other club have failed to record a new signing.The Spurs are also the only side in Europe’s top five leagues not to make a single transfer in this summer.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…They are the only professional club in England not to strengthen their squad.But not everything is negative.The club did sell one player for profit: young midfielder Keanan Bennetts for was transferred for £2 million to Borussia Monchengladbach.And the English team can still sell footballers since the European transfer window closes at the end of August.“We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very difficult to add players to that,” said Mauricio Pochettino.last_img read more

Joe Biden to travel to Miami for Wasserman Schultz fundraiser

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Vice President Joe Biden is making a stop in South Florida.Biden will be at a Coral Gables fundraiser, Sunday, for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.Schultz is up for re-election and is also fighting to remain as chairwoman of the Democaratic National Commitee.Bernie Sanders and his supporters have suggested that she was favoring Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Outdoor Basketball Court Coming Soon To Soldotna Creek Park

first_imgCarmichael: “The vision for this property is to provide expanded use while at the same time opening up the park for better sight and security.” The project should be completed by early summer, according to Carmichael According to the city, the court will address two needs with one project. The increased visibility and activity will help improve the overall safety in the park and provide more recreational opportunities for our youth. The total funds for the project, $55,000, were approved  in the City of Soldotna Five Year Capital Plan with funds from the city’s general fund. The court will be located between the community playground and the restrooms.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will be constructing an outdoor basketball court at Soldotna Creek Park. Andrew Carmichael Parks & Recreation Director: “The fully funded and approved basketball court construction has begun. We will clearing trees in the area in order to begin construction on the recreational court.” last_img read more

Shelley Berman GRAMMYWinning Comedian Dies

first_img Email Facebook Shelley Berman: GRAMMY-Winning Comedian Dies Twitter News GRAMMY Winner Shelley Berman Dies shelley-berman-grammy-winning-comedian-dies Comedian, who also acted in shows such as Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” dies following battle with Alzheimer’s diseaseTim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 1, 2017 – 12:16 pm Shelley Berman, a widely popular GRAMMY-winning comedian in the late 1950s and 1960s who later came to prominence as an actor on shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has died following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 92 years old.In 1957 Berman secured his first gig as a comedian at Mister Kelly’s nightclub in his native Chicago, which soon led to other bookings and a deal with Verve Records. He subsequently recorded a trio of Top 10 hit comedy albums: 1959’s Inside Shelley Berman (No. 2), 1959’s Outside Shelley Berman (No. 6) and 1960’s The Edge Of Shelley Berman (No. 4).Known for delivering his acting sitting down on a stool — as opposed to a normal “stand-up” routine — Berman’s jokes had audiences not only laughing at home through his recordings but inside intimate, upscale nightclubs all the way to big stages like New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Berman launched a successful crossover career in film and television, landing a variety of roles. In TV he starred in shows such as “The Twilight Zone,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “L.A. Law,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Boston Legal.” He earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Larry David’s father on the hit comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”Berman’s film work included pictures such as 1964’s The Best Man (starring Henry Fonda), 2004’s Meet The Fockers (starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller) and 2008’s You Don’t Mess With The Zohan (starring Adam Sandler).He won one of the first GRAMMY Awards for comedy, taking home Best Comedy Performance for Inside Shelley Berman at the 2nd GRAMMY Awards. He earned a nomination in the same category for the following year The Edge Of Shelley Berman.Berman was among the early comedians to set the bar high for the GRAMMY comedy category, which has recognized a lineage of top comedic talents from George Carlin and Richard Pryor to Steve Martin, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Louis C.K., and Patton Oswalt.”Thank you, Shelley Berman,” tweeted fellow GRAMMY winner Martin. “You changed modern stand-up.””Shelley will be deeply missed, but the influence he exerted on our creative community will remain forever,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”Patton Oswalt Brings ‘Annihilation’ To NetflixRead morelast_img read more

Indian team need MS Dhoni more than him needing the team says

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni.Daniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesThe Indian cricket team need former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni more than he needs the team, claimed his two-decade-old friend and business partner Arun Pandey. He also stated that Dhoni has no plans to retire at this moment and the rumours are all unnecessary ones.”The team needs him more than him needing the team,” Pandey told the Indian Express.”There is no plan as such (to retire), no one has thought about it. It is an unnecessary debate. It seems a few people were waiting for the World Cup to get over so that they could talk about Dhoni,” he added.Pandey also mentioned that there are no issues with his fitness and performance and it is very shameful that people are talking in this way.”There is no issue of his fitness, his performance. Whether he should continue playing or not, that’s another issue. It’s shameful that people are talking in this way. The day he (Dhoni) feels he is not giving his hundred per cent, he will move on. There is no plan as such. He retired in 2014 when he wanted to retire from Test cricket. He is not one to stretch his career unnecessarily,” he added. Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesPandey looks after the player management firm Rhiti Sports who handle Dhoni’s business interests. They have been close friends for more than two decades and has been working with each other for a long time.The Men in Blue crashed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup after losing the semi-final clash against New Zealand. The Indian middle-order succumbed to the pace bowling attack of the Kiwis. MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja showed some resilience but could not win it for India.Throughout the tournament, Dhoni had faced criticism from cricket fans for scoring at a slow rate in most of the matches. Even former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar have criticised his batting in the matting against Afghanistan which India somehow managed to win. The 37-year-old World Cup winner has made himself unavailable for India’s upcoming West Indies tour and is expected to retire sometime soon.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Stars Say Goodbye to Their Characters on Instagram

first_imgCersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister stayed together until they died in “The Bells,” and Coster-Waldau posted an emotional and funny statement on working with Headey for 10 years: “The best, sweetest most wonderful sister from another mother @iamlenaheadey. That was a fun decade.”Pilou Asbæk RIP, Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister: Headey and Coster-Waldau had their last scene together in Season 8, Episode 5 while King’s Landing was destroyed by dragon fire, however, this picture of the pair “wearing jellyfish” before putting on costumes is hilarious.Nikolaj Coster-Waldau “The Bells,” Game of Thrones’ second-to-last episode, was filled with carnage, death, and emotional farewells. (Note: Spoilers ahead!) Following the premiere of Season 8, Episode 5, many Game of Thrones stars, including Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Pilou Asbæk, said goodbye to their characters in bittersweet Instagram posts.Lena HeadeyThe Red Keep unfortunately failed Cersei Lannister, who died in burning rubble with her brother Jaime Lannister, however, Headey paid tribute to her co-stars, Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), who also didn’t survive for Game of Thrones’ final episode. Remember the fight scene between Euron Greyjoy and Jaime Lannister in Season 8, Episode 5? Well, Asbæk wanted everyone to know about an “alternate ending.” “Two men enter, one man leaves…it’s been such a pleasure working with you!” Asbæk wrote. “Oh, and sorry about last night…didn’t know you were in a hurry…don’t have that many friends on #gameofthrones and just wanted to hang out on the beach…”Sadly, we won’t see Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, or Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6, however, it will be interesting to see who else might take over the Iron Throne. The final episode of Game of Thrones airs on Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.More on‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 5 Recap: At Least We Got Celgane Bowl‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Conleth Hill Was Not Happy About Varys’ FateHBO Reveals ‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’ Documentary Trailer Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future “The thing is…it’s non-stop glamour,” Headey joked in a video post, which shows her, Asbæk, and Anton Lesser (Qyburn) warming up on the set. Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister didn’t get to have their relationship bloom, but Asbæk was grateful to spend some time with Headey on Game of Thrones: “Just wanna say…it’s been an absolutely blast getting to know you @iamlenaheadey. THANKS for many good hours…remember when we took this photo after our first shooting day…season 8…a long time…loved working with you!” Cersei Lannister demanded the beheading of Missandei in Season 8, Episode 4, however, Headey and Emmanuel are actually good friends in real life…and Headey said she “didn’t like that day up there” when they had to film the infamous death scene.last_img read more

Emirates offer Perth travellers faster European and USA connections

first_imgThis week, Emirates have announced changes to their departure schedule leaving from Perth Airport, in order to create faster connections for travellers heading to Europe or America.Emirates’ afternoon flight from Perth to Dubai is moving to a later departure time, providing passengers on this flight with quicker onward connections to many of Emirates destinations across Europe and the United States.Emirates regional manager Western Australia, Darren Tyrrell said the changed flight time demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to providing Western Australians with a seamless travel experience.“Flying to Europe via Dubai already shaves up to three hours off more traditional routes via Asia and this shift in our afternoon flight means even shorter stopover times on this daily flight. Western Australian travellers choosing to depart late afternoon now have the chance to arrive at their final destinations even quicker than before,” Mr Tyrrell said.The connection to EK007 to London Heathrow for example now has a stopover of just under 140 minutes, while those travelling on EK423 and onward to Milan will have a stopover just shy of three hours.Other destinations with improved connections due to the later flight departure include Rome, Paris, Frankfurt, Manchester in Europe and Dallas and Washington in the United States.Emirates also operates two other daily flights from Perth to Dubai – EK425 departing at 6am and EK421 departing at 10.20pm, both offering convenient connections to Emirates network of destinations.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more