Fabinho ready for Liverpool breakthrough

first_imgFabinho believes he is ready to make his mark at Anfield, with a €50 million (£44m/$57m) summer signing feeling more settled and fully adjusted to the demands of Jurgen Klopp.The Reds moved early to land the versatile Brazilian during the last transfer window, with a big-money deal struck with Ligue 1 side Monaco.Klopp handed Fabinho outings in all of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies, but has favoured a more cautious approach since competitive action began. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 24-year-old is yet to see a minute of Premier League football, with his experience to date having been collected during Carabao Cup and Champions League outings.Fabinho may, however, have seen the path cleared in front of him by an unfortunate injury to James Milner, with the South American ready to step into a midfield berth if required.He said after linking up with the Brazil squad during the current international break: “My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I’ve understood the way Jurgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays.”My relationship with my team-mates has also been very good, especially with the Brazilians. Roberto Firmino has been helping me, as well as Alisson.”I’ve been playing a little bit more and that’s important, because it’s important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches.”It’s a new experience for me, because Klopp has a different way of working from the way I’m used to. But this is something I will learn.”I’ve already learned a few things from him, but this is just the start. He’s a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches, but on a daily basis in training.”Fabinho’s only Liverpool start so far came in a 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.He will be hoping that there are plenty more to come, with the Reds looking to build on a positive start to the 2018-19 campaign which has them set among the Premier League frontrunners.Klopp’s side are yet to suffer a top-flight defeat this season and will return to domestic action on October 20 with a trip to Huddersfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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CLdN Cobelfret Gets Loan to Buy RoRo Pair

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Luxembourg-based transportation company CLdN Cobelfret has secured a loan from a German bank to buy two new roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels. The company will receive EUR 73 million (around USD 85.3 million) from KfW IPEX-Bank for the purchase of newbuildings. As informed, the financing is covered by an export credit insurance from the Korean insurer K-Sure.According to KfW IPEX-Bank, the two 5,000 lm ferries are to be built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.“Their CO2 emissions will be less than those of the existing fleet, and also below the comparable IMO reference value,” the bank said.With the two new purchases, the RoRo operator in the North Sea region intends to upgrade and modernize its fleet.World Maritime News contacted CLdN Cobelfret for more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.last_img read more

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BC lawyer awarded 1 in suit against client who posted negative online

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia lawyer has been awarded $1 in damages after suing a former client for posting a negative review online, raising questions about the balance between free expression and defamation.Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee and her firm, Acumen Law Corp., claimed at trial that a Google Plus review calling her the “worstest lawyer” led to a decline in client calls.“I spent nearly $2,000 for kyla lee to lose a case for me that they seemed they didn’t put any effort into. Anywhere else would be moore helpful. worstest lawyer. would not recommend,” the one-star review says.The reviewer, Hoan Nguyen, did not respond to the civil claim nor did he appear at the B.C. Supreme Court trial, which meant the plaintiffs would be awarded damages by default.Justice Catherine Murray says in her decision released online this week that businesses with Google Plus profiles and the like are inviting comments from customers and that “surely” no one can expect to receive all favourable reports.The judge says she’s not satisfied that a reasonably thoughtful, well-informed person would accept the post as being accurate, since it was written in poor English by a disgruntled client in the heat of the moment.“When choosing a lawyer or other professional or service provider, prospective customers reading such reviews would be naive to think that anyone or any business would receive all positive reports. As the adage goes, you can’t please everyone all the time,” the decision says.Lee and Acumen did not offer evidence to demonstrate the extent of the decline in business or explain how the estimated lost revenue was calculated, she said.Although Lee and Acumen filed for $15,000 in damages for lost opportunity, Murray awarded them only $1 in damages to “demonstrate disapproval of the plaintiffs’ actions.”“In my view, this action should never have been bought,” the judge says in the ruling.In an interview Friday, Lee said she still considers the review to be defamatory, because it suggests she would just take money without assisting clients in their cases.She agrees with the premise that nobody can expect clients to be happy with everything all the time, but said this review crossed that line.“Essentially this judgment empowers people, any person who has any grievance for whatever reason, to say whatever they want online about somebody.”Lee also disputed the judge’s assumption that the post was made in the heat of the moment, saying the client made several “angry” attempts to compel and threaten her to reimburse him for the work she did, before posting the review about four weeks after he lost his case.Nguyen couldn’t be reached for comment.Since the story has been published, Lee said she has received violent online backlash, including derogatory name calling and scathing reviews from people who have never been clients.She said hers is among many stories about restaurants, health-care workers and others who have suffered because of unfair online reviews.“To leave the door wide open for those types of abuses, it’s incredibly disappointing and I don’t think that’s the direction that defamation law should go in this country,” she said.Steven Kates, associate professor of marketing at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, says online reviews can have a significant impact on consumer decisions.“They’re a form of word-of-mouth communications. And word-of-mouth in general, whether its online or face-to-face or by phone or whatever, is viewed as more trustworthy than advertising,” he said.In some ways, it’s irrational to put so much trust in one person’s opinion. But when there are hundreds or thousands of reviews, it can give a consumer an idea of how much they might enjoy a service, assuming their taste align with the majority, he said.One bad review can have a disproportionate effect on consumers’ opinions, he said.“People have what we call high attention to negative information. And that one instance of negative information over a website, if it’s viewed as trustworthy, could be enough to keep people away, even if the other 35 or 36 could be glowing,” he said.Senior digital marketing strategist Wahiba Chair, who is also an instructor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, said this isn’t the first time an online review has led to a court case.In March, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered a bride to pay more than $100,000 to a wedding photographer for unleashing an online torrent of defamatory comments that eventually destroyed the business.“Consumers definitely know they have a bit of freedom in that space and if they’re not happy with the service they know they have an outlet, but there’s definitely a delicate balance,” she said.She recommended consumers take a moment to cool down before posting negative reviews, and if they do so, to focus on the facts.Chair said businesses are wise to address negative reviews immediately and bring the dispute off line, before it escalates.last_img read more

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Fairfax Financial Q2 earnings net premiums rise 14

TORONTO – Insurance and investment giant Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says second-quarter profit rose 14%, largely due to improved underwriting results and a jump in revenues from premiums written by its insurance and reinsurance businesses.The Toronto-based financial services company, which reports in U.S. dollars, said Thursday it earned US$95-million, or US$3.85 per diluted share, up 14% from the US$83.3-million, or US$3.40 per diluted share during the year-ago quarter.The underwriting business at the casualty and property insurer swung back to profit — US$34.8-million — from a loss of US$6.1-million during the quarter a year-ago, when it booked losses related to an influx of tornadoes in the U.S.Net insurance premiums written increased by 14% to US$1.6-billion from US$1.37-billion in the 2011 quarter.However, the improved results from its underwriting and premiums were offset by lower investment gains and lower interest and dividend income during the volatile quarter.[np-related]“Our underwriting results continued to improve on increased premiums and we produced a small investment gain notwithstanding unrealized investment losses related to our defensive hedging strategy,” said Prem Watsa, chairman and CEO of Fairfax.“We continue to maintain our equity hedges as we remain very concerned about the economic outlook over the next few years.”Companies buy hedges — contracts that protect the future value of investments and other assets — during volatile stock markets. However, unexpected share price swings can lead to paper losses on the balance sheet, which must be accounted for.Operating income in the insurance and reinsurance businesses fell to US$117.3-million from US$146.2-million in the quarter of 2011, largely due to the decrease in interest and dividend income.Interest and dividend income slipped to US$104.9-million from US$195.1-million as the company increased its holdings in low-yielding cash and short-term investments.The company saw lower gains from investments, coming in at US$71.5-million during the quarter, compared to a gain of US$119.6-million in the 2011 quarter.It also booked a US$7.2-million loss from its equity hedging strategy, which compared to a US$396.6-million gain in the year-earlier quarter. That was largely offset by a US$40.9-million gain on equity investments this quarter, compared to a US$624.8-million loss during the quarter of 2011.The company decided to hedge its exposure to equity investments in response to significantly higher stock valuations and economic uncertainty and equity hedges represented 104.2% of its equity and related holdings as of June 30.“The market value and the liquidity of these hedges are volatile and may vary dramatically either up or down in short periods, and their ultimate value will therefore only be known over the long term,” Fairfax said in its earnings release.During the quarter, the insurance and investment giant announced plans to buy a 77% interest in travel business Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. for about US$150-million.And it also revealed it would acquire Brit Insurance Ltd. of London from Brit Group for about US$300-million.The company also recently doubled its stake in Research In Motion after the company announced a new chief executive and revamped board of directors. Watsa also took a seat on its board.Earlier this month, Watsa increased his own holdings in the struggling BlackBerry maker to 9.9% — representing 51.9 million shares — a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission showed.Fairfax, through its subsidiaries, is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.Shares in the company, which reported results after markets, rose $3.43 to close at $380 each on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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Underworld member Manel Rohana alias Tilak shot dead by STF

A notorious underworld member, Manel Rohana alias ‘Tilak’ was shot dead by the Police Special Task Force (STF) in Matara today.The Police said that Manel Rohana was a key accomplice of underworld leader Makandure Madush. The Police said that Manel Rohana was shot dead when he attacked an STF team which attempted to arrest him in Kamburupitiya in Matara. (Colombo Gazette)

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Womens soccer Ohio State defeats No 16 Virginia Tech on the road

OSU women’s soccer players celebrate during a game against Indiana on Sept. 26, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech, 2-1 on Thursday in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Hokies suffered their first loss of the season, and the Buckeyes improved their perfect season to 5-0-0.For much of the first half, neither team converted on shot attempts, but after 33 minutes, senior forward Lindsay Agnew received a cross-field assist from junior midfielder Nikki Walts and scored the first goal of the game, putting OSU ahead 1-0 through one half. It was Agnew’s third goal this season, making her the highest scoring Buckeye thus far.In the 58th-minute senior defender Morgan Wolcott managed to send the ball to the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage, padding OSU’s lead over the Hokies.The Hokies quickly cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half just six minutes later with a goal from senior forward Murielle Tiernan. For the final 26 minutes, the Buckeyes played an aggressive defense backed by senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker, who made seven saves during the game propelling OSU to a top-25 victory. OSU now sets its eyes on the West Virginia Mountaineers for a match in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Sunday. read more

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Bleak economic outlook among concerns raised at Union conference in Berbice

Some of the persons gathered at GAWU’s Berbice Area ConferenceThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) on (Saturday) January 19, 2019 held its Berbice Area Conference under the theme “Protecting Workers Rights and Benefits in a Challenging Period”.The Conference which was held at the Albion Sports Complex attracted approximately 130 delegates and observers from Albion and Blairmont estates and the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) and Amazon Caribbean (Guyana) Limited where the Union enjoys bargaining rights.According to GAWU, the Conference noted that the future does not appear to be bright notwithstanding the grandeur-like promises by the Administration’s spokespersons that conditions will be greatly improved in the country with the commercial production of oil.Delegates pointed to the massive loss of jobs in the sugar industry and elsewhere where thousands of persons, in the last few years, joined the ranks of the unemployed.Mention was also made of the contracting economy which did not give delegates great hope that brighter days are ahead as concerns were expressed of the massive declines in the country’s gold and foreign exchange reserves as well as the substantial borrowing by the incumbent Administration.The Conference in reviewing the work of the Union, received the Report of the General Council which was presented by GAWU’s General Secretary, Seepaul Narine.Several matters of concern were considered as the international, local and workplace levels.Locally, delegates reflected on the slowing-down of the economy, the rising cost-of-living and increased unemployment.According to GAWU, delegates were also peeved over Government’s handling of the impending oil sector and were also concerned that other industries were being ignored in favour of oil, which they felt wasn’t the wisest of approaches.Concern was also expressed regarding the “disrespect meted out to our country’s Constitution, which the Conference observed was our nation’s foremost law and should be respected by all Guyanese” said GAWU.On the sugar industry, delegates were particularly upset that thousands of sugar workers have been made jobless, in recent times, without any plans to address their well-being and welfare.The Conference noted that the closure of estates were not going in the right direction, especially when one considers that there are real possibilities for the sugar industry to be turned around and put on a sustainable path.The situation in the sugar industry which is characterized by confusion, indecision, and a lack of leadership also did not escape attention. Delegates felt that such a sad state-of-affairs was not helpful to the industry’s cause and more so the thousands of sugar workers.The Conference also passed, unanimously, resolutions on the situation in the sugar industry; on the cost-of-living; in solidarity with the jobless sugar workers; on respect for the Constitution, and for a pay rise for sugar workers.GAWU noted that the convening of the Area Conference is a requirement of the Union’s constitution which mandates the organizing of two (2) Conferences between the Union’s Congresses.“Our last Congress – the 21st – was held in August, 2016 and the Demerara Area Conference was held in June, 2018″ said GAWU. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGAWU denied police permission to organize protest at Enterprise/Non ParielApril 26, 2017In “latest news”Rose Hall sugar workers turn out in droves to protest possible closureApril 25, 2017In “Business”Packed programme set for GAWU congressJuly 18, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Air Corps members tried to warn superiors about Lisa Smiths radicalisation

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4581648 Share103 Tweet Email2 Lisa Smith Air Corps members tried to warn superiors about Lisa Smith’s radicalisation They were accused of bullying her. Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM By Garreth MacNamee A NUMBER OF members of the Defence Forces told their superiors that they believed Lisa Smith had been radicalised in the months before she left the organisation but had their complaints dismissed, TheJournal.ie has learned.At least four former members of the Defence Forces say they voiced their concerns, with two of them claiming their warnings were met with advice that what they were saying could be construed as bullying or discriminatory behaviour. Speaking to TheJournal.ie, the four ex-officers and airmen said their worries were dismissed by their superiors when they spoke about Smith, a former Air Corps private who would later leave Ireland for Syria and join Isis. One former member described how he was told any formal complaint by him could result in an investigation under the Defence Force’s A7 code of conduct, which is how the Defence Forces deal with complaints of bullying. Another member of the force, who served with Smith in the Air Corps, explained how there were fears she was possibly radicalised prior to her request to wear a hijab on duty. He also claims that he was warned there could be sanctions under A7 rules if he raised the issue formally.He recalled how Smith had become fascinated with Islamic terror organisations and regularly spoke about them to her colleagues. He claims that staff in senior ranks laughed at suggestions she had become radicalised. A spokesman for the Defence Forces said: “Óglaigh na hÉireann does not comment on individual cases of current or previously serving personnel. There are robust procedures in place for any individual who has a grievance in the Defence Forces, and such complaints are investigated and action is taken where substantiated.”Smith’s pleaA Dundalk native, Smith previously worked in the Irish Defence Forces but left service in 2011 after converting to Islam. It is believed she departed for Syria in 2015 after her first marriage broke down. While there, she married a British IS fighter. It is understood he was killed two months ago.In an interview the Irish Mail on Sunday last week, Smith pleaded with Irish authorities to bring her home. She also claimed not to have fought with the Islamic State. She told journalist Norma Costello: “I didn’t do anything, I never even owned a rifle when I was in Dowla [Arabic for ‘state’] (laughs), I didn’t even own a gun. I, my husband many times said to me, you want me to buy you one? I said no. He said it’s just for self-defence or, I said I don’t want, I don’t want.“I think anyone that knows me, you know in the army or outside the army or anywhere in my life, will know that, they know me, that I wouldn’t pick up the weapon and fight and stuff like that. I didn’t do it, I didn’t own a rifle, I didn’t teach them anything.” Speaking in the Dáil last month after briefing his Cabinet on the matter, Leo Varadkar said that Smith has a two-year-old child that is an “innocent” Irish citizen. “I am very conscious of the fact that while nobody can condone the choice that she has made and the actions that she took in aligning herself with ISIS, a terrorist regime that is hell-bent on the destruction of the West and Christendom, she does have a two-year-old child that is an Irish citizen and that child is an innocent child. Related Read Apr 11th 2019, 12:05 AM Short URL 75,046 Views Image: Tom Conachy Source: The Explainer/SoundCloud 15.03.18 ‘I want to join ISIS’: How big a problem is radicalisation in Ireland? 158 Comments “And as is the case with all Irish citizens, they will be permitted to re-enter the State should they try to do so,” added the Taoiseach. The European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (Ran) has a manual for member states on how to respond to the return of terrorist fighters and their families. With the fall of the Islamic State in Syria, the entire world is having to make decisions, not least Ireland. The approach to any return of citizens who may have been fighting or non-combatant members of the Islamic State group will involve many arms of the State.With female returnees, the Ran manual says that some may be unhappy with their experience of hardship and oppression or that their husbands may have been killed in the fighting. Others come back for medical treatment for their children. In a few instances, families have paid for the women’s freedom, rescuing them from terrorist organisations. According to Ran, many women were led to believe that joining Daesh would give them a sense of empowerment.In Episode #3 of The Explainer, TheJournal.ie’s podcast, we examine the current state of play regarding Islamic State in Syria, why its members are leaving the country, and what Ireland’s options are for returning citizens.  Lisa Smith Image: Tom Conachy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Moody downgrades for Greek banks government bonds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If you thought that things could not get any worse credit ratings agency Moody’s Corporation has downgraded six Greek banks following the downgrade of Greece’s sovereign rating earlier this week. A Moody’s statement this week said the agency had downgraded the ratings of National Bank of Greece (NBG), EFG Eurobank Ergasias (Eurobank), Alpha Bank, Piraeus Bank, Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATEbank), and Attica Bank, adding that the outlook on all these ratings is negative. In relation to the decision to downgrade Greece’s government bond ratings to B1 from Ba1 on 7 March, Moody’s said that under its methodology, a government’s credit strength serves as a key input in assessing the capacity of a country to support its banking system which, in turn, can provide rating uplift to a bank’s deposit and debt ratings. It said the agency’s re-assessment of some banks’ intrinsic financial strength (standalone BFSRs) was due to persistent pressure on liquidity and asset quality, and the banks’ material exposure to Greek government securities. “Although Moody’s central scenario is that holders of Greek government debt will not bear losses, the rating agency believes that the likelihood of a sovereign default or distressed exchange has risen, as denoted by the new B1 government rating,” the statement said. Moody’s downgraded the ratings of the National Bank of Greece (NBG) to Ba3 from Ba1, Eurobank to Ba3 from Ba1, Alpha Bank to Ba3 from Ba1, Piraeus Bank to Ba3 from Ba1, ATEbank to b1 from Ba2, and Attica Bank to b1 from Ba2. Meanwhile, Moritz Kraemer, head of sovereign credit ratings for Europe at Standard & Poor’s has told Reuters Insider Television the agency is watching the outcome of the European Council talks as the shape of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) which succeeds the current bailout fund is key to Greece’s credit rating. In a related development, Greece has filed for Diaspora bonds with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and has plans to tap Greeks in Australia at some stage. The issuing bonds to Greek Diaspora was also raised with Neos Kosmos by the Minister for Greeks Abroad Dmitri Dollis in his recent visit to Australia.Main Source: Kathimerini, Athens News, Reuterslast_img read more

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Découverte dun lézard arcenciel au Cambodge

first_imgDécouverte d’un lézard arc-en-ciel au CambodgeUn lézard quelque peu étrange a été découvert dans la réserve de Veun Sai-Siem Pang dans la forêt vierge du nord-est du Cambodge. Le reptile, appelé Lygosoma veunsaiensis, présente une longue queue, de courtes pattes mais surtout une peau aux reflets arc-en-ciel.Après une chauve-souris et un gibbon, c’est la troisième espèce découverte au cours des deux dernières années dans cette région reculée du Cambodge. Le Conservation International (CI) vient en effet tout juste d’indiquer qu’un lézard un peu particulier et encore inconnu avait été déniché dans la réserve de Veun Sai-Siem Pang, dans la province de Rattanakiri.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En vérité, c’est en 2010 que le reptile baptisé Lygosoma veunsaiensis a été trouvé lors de recherches menées par Fauna et Flora international (FFI), en partenariat avec CI mais la découverte n’avait pas encore été annoncée. “Ces créatures sont difficiles à trouver parce qu’elles passent beaucoup de temps sous terre”, a expliqué Neang Thy, spécialiste des reptiles pour FFI cité par l’AFP. “Des espèces similaires ne sont connues que sur la base de quelques individus. Nous avons été très chanceux de découvrir celle-là”, a t-il ajouté. Car en effet, ce spécimen est tout à fait singulier. D’un point de vue anatomique, il possède des pattes particulièrement courtes et une queue plus longue que son corps. Mais ce n’est pas le plus étonnant chez l’animal car la couleur de sa peau semble changer de teinte selon la lumière et l’angle sous lequel on la regarde, créant un effet arc-en-ciel. Le 23 février 2012 à 10:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Howe insists Wilson will soon get national team callup

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists it’s only a matter of time before Callum Wilson gets a call-up to the England national team as a result of his recent performances.Wilson is currently England’s most prolific striker in the Premier league level on goals with England national team captain Harry Kane, with both players on five goals each.The former Kettering Town product had an unlucky start to life in the league, first rupturing his ACL after scoring just five goals into his debut Premier League season.But he returned back to training ahead of schedule, however, the shocks, springs and suspension of his body had yet to truly recover.His movements veered subtly to the left to accommodate his wounded knee, his once impressive acceleration was noticeably slower, as he struggled for pace.Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.Wilson was dropped, as Bournemouth signed strikers, Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban, and if the former England U-21 international hadn’t signed to the club on a four-year contract his career with the South coast club may well have come to a premature end.The 26-year-old suffered the same ACL injury to his other knee as he worked his way back into the team, but all those memories seem a far cry away, as he has more goals to his name than Romelu Lukaku, Mo Salah and Alexander Lacazette in the league this season.“He’s certainly going to be in Gareth’s mind, I’ve got no doubt about that,” Howe said, according to The Independent.“Callum has just got to keep doing what he’s doing and if he continues to score and do well then I think it will only be a matter of time so the responsibility really is with Callum just to take care of his form for us.”last_img read more

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Cal Fire firefighter from San Diego killed while fighting Thomas Fire leaves

first_imgOur deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of CAL FIRE Fire Engineer Cory Iverson of the @CALFIRESANDIEGO Unit. Please keep his family and fellow firefighters in your thoughts, as we all grieve this devastating loss. pic.twitter.com/0PmVXTlP8f— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) December 15, 2017″Cory and Ashley are expecting a second daughter this spring,” Pimlott said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Cory’s family and all of his friends and co-workers throughout the department and the fire service.”Cal Fire has assigned an accident-review team to determine the circumstances and cause of the fatality, according to Pimlott, who added that “until this review is complete, there is nothing more I can share.””What I can say is a heartfelt and deep thank you for the outpouring of support for Cory’s family and the Cal Fire family,” the chief said.Despite the traumatic loss, firefighting personnel “must keep our focus on the fire,” Pimlott said.”The firefight in front of us continues to go on,” he said. “The communities we are protecting are depending on us, and we will not fail.”In a prepared statement, Gov. Jerry Brown expressed sorrow over Iverson’s death.”His bravery and years of committed service to the people of California will never be forgotten,” the governor stated.In Iverson’s honor, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.A GoFundMe page was created for Ashley Iverson and their two daughters. As of late Thursday afternoon, the Thomas Fire, the fourth-largest blaze in California history, was roughly 30 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. , Cal Fire firefighter from San Diego killed while fighting Thomas Fire leaves behind pregnant wife, 2-year-old daughter Updated: 9:23 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 32-year-old Cal Fire engineer from northern San Diego County was killed Thursday while fighting the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.Cory Iverson of Escondido died near Fillmore while helping battle the 10-day-old inferno, which has spread over about 242,500 acres and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures.Iverson, who leaves behind a pregnant wife and toddler daughter, had been with the state agency since 2009, according to Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.Officials did not immediately disclose how Iverson died.”More details will be made available as they are confirmed,” Pimlott said. “In the meantime, please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers (and) all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions.”Iverson, who was assigned to the Thomas Fire as part of a fire-engine strike team from Cal Fire’s San Diego unit, is survived by his wife, Ashley; 2-year-old daughter, Evie; mother, Denise Butler; stepfather, Scott Butler; and father, Craig Iverson.center_img Posted: December 14, 2017 December 14, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday January 27 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, January 27, 2019:#1) Suburban Boston Spring Home ShowThe Suburban Boston Spring Home Show will emanate from Wilmington’s  Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Friday, January 25 (11am-8pm); Saturday, January 26 (10am-8pm); and Sunday, January 27 (10am-6pm). Admission is $10 at the door. (Free passes are available online in advance HERE.) Parking is free. Learn more HERE.#2) WMS & WHS Students Invited To Local Summer Opportunities FairThe 29th Annual Summer Opportunities Fair will take place from noon to 3pm, in the Chase Memorial Cage, on the Phillips Academy campus, located off Route 28, in Andover, Massachusetts.Representatives from approximately 100 local, national and international summer opportunities programs will be available to talk with interested middle school and high school students and their families. This unique fair offers a wide range of programs that focus on academic enrichment, language study, community service, camps, sports, arts, research, internships, outdoor adventure, international travel & gap year opportunities, and more for middle school and high school students.The Fair will be open to the public, and you do not need to register to attend. Admission is free and the facility is wheelchair-accessible. This event is sponsored by the Parents of Students of Phillips Academy (PSPA).#3) Wilmington Police & Fire To Participate In BFit’s First Responder Challenge At TD GardenBFit’s 3nd Annual First Responder Challenge takes place from 9am to 1pm, at TD Garden. This one-of-a-kind event invites local first responders and fitness enthusiasts from across New England to participate in a course throughout the Garden. It also offers families and friends a day filled with activities and fun, including a kid’s obstacle course, touch-a-truck, Bruins alumni, and Bruins mascot Blades.The event raises awareness around health and wellness and to support The 100 Club of Massachusetts, a charity that supports the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty.Both the Wilmington Police Department and Wilmington Fire Department are once again participating in the Challenge and raising funds for the 100 Club. Donate to the Police Department’s efforts HERE and to the Fire Department’s efforts HERE.#4) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.#5) Middlesex Canal Museum The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, January 25, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, January 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Why Eagle River 8th graders want more police

first_imgTonya Shakhov re-caps a three-month project focused on crime in Anchorage and Alaska with her seventh period social studies class at Gruening Middle School. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.In order to fight rising property crime, Anchorage needs more police. That’s the conclusion of a group of miniature experts: a class of 8th graders in Eagle River. And they think they’ve got a solution for city leaders.Download Audio“I need everyone’s attention right up here,” said Tonya Shakhov to the 21 students in her 7th period Social Studies class. “Which group would like to share?”On a warm, sunny day at Gruening Middle School just a few days before summer vacation, and the class is talking about crime.“Some of you said, ‘Well we can never stop crime all together.’ Was that our goal?” Shakhov asked.“No,” replied a small smattering of students.“So what was our goal then?”“To reduce it,” came the enthused response.The class was wrapping up something called Project Citizen, a three-month-long educational program designed to engage students in the civic process for addressing community problems. On this particular day, the class is re-capping what worked.This was the fifth year Tonya Shakhov has done Project Citizen with students at Gruening Middle School. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.Initially, they considered focusing on education funding or school lunches. But when students started doing interviews with parents and teachers about problems facing the municipality, they heard a lot of concerns over rising crime rates. So they began researching the topic for themselves.“We also had to write down every website and look at it to see if there was any good information,” said Tyler Ormsbee. He and his class partner Matthew Rainey explained how they went about finding data to bring into class discussions.“Neighborhood Watch,” Rainey said, rattling off sites.“I used the FBI crime rates,” Ormsbee jumped in.Gruening Middle School is in Eagle River, a corner of the Municipality of Anchorage that has long enjoyed a reputation as a neighborly, semi-rural suburb free of big city problems like high crime rates.But that’s changing. The area’s Assembly representatives held a public forum earlier in May focused on a perception that drug use and property crime are on the rise.“I was talking to my mom, like, ‘I don’t think crime is that big of an issue,’ and she was like, ‘Oh yeah it is!’” recalled Gabby Schilling. “And I realized crime is a really, really big issue.”Schilling explained that around the time the class started its research, there was an incident at the daycare where she volunteers that put the topic front and center for her. A teacher’s car was broken into in the parking lot, and some college textbooks were taken.For Schilling, seeing how disruptive and unnerving the theft was for someone she actually knew added a human face to all the data she was encountering in the classroom.“Sometimes when you’re looking at statistics you normally just see, ‘Oh, that’s 84, cool, it’s just a number,’” she said. But pouring over news accounts of people’s personal experiences changed things for Schilling. “The stories behind those statistics were amazing. It’s just really personal when you realize that they’re individual people, instead of numbers.”According to recent data from APD, crime in Eagle River is not rising–in fact, by a lot of measures it’s nudging downward after decades of steadily declining.But that’s not what these students perceive. And Schilling adds that even though the crime rate has gone down, it’s still stubbornly and unacceptably high.The solution arrived at by the class is hiring more police officers, a view shared not only by the police department itself, but the Berkowitz administration, too. The students started a media campaign, writing letters to policymakers and news organizations, one of which arrived at the offices of Alaska Public Media, politely asking for help raising awareness about police staffing levels, and signed in cursive by Gabby Schilling.This is the fifth year Shakhov has run Project Citizen, and she’s used to classes picking topics like crime, substance abuse, and suicide that are grim, but keep students invested. Her priority, though, is getting young people engaged in the civic process itself.“Year after year, when kids come back and visit me they ask ‘Are you still doing Project Citizen?’” Shakhov said, adding that past students often tell her the experience made them realize they don’t have to wait for adulthood to begin working for change.last_img read more

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Walker draws criticism for oil tax credit vetoes

first_img“It has an impact down the chain for all of the business that company wanted to do and they were expecting to get these payments and now they’re basically stuck waiting to see when the state will ultimately pay its bill,” Galvin said.Rutherford has not returned repeated calls seeking comment since she stepped down as acting DNR commissioner in late June.Lawmakers have also pushed back against Walker’s veto. Members of the Senate Finance committee grilled tax division director Ken Alper on the veto during a special session meeting in Anchorage on Wednesday.Alper told legislators that the Governor’s decision to veto the credits is necessary without a comprehensive fiscal plan to bring the state out of its budget hole. Two former commissioners and several lawmakers are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker’s decision to veto more than $430 million from the state’s budget. The money would have gone to pay tax credits to oil companies.Listen nowPat Galvin, Chief Commercial Officer, Great Bear Petroleum, testifies at a House Resources Committee hearing, Feb. 29, 2016. The committee was taking testimony on House Bill 247, which would reduce the tax credits available to oil and gas companies. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)The commissioners said Walker’s decision destroys the state’s credibility with the industry it depends on to develop oil and gas resources.“What seems to have developed in this particular moment is the Governor having to kind of take hostages in order to get the legislature to act on what he wants them to act on with regard to a fiscal plan,” former Department of Revenue Commissioner Patrick Galvin said.Galvin is currently the Chief Commercial Officer for Great Bear Petroleum, one of the independent producers that’s waiting on those payments the state is putting off.Galvin and former acting commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Marty Rutherford, wrote an editorial in the Alaska Dispatch News saying the state’s refusal to pay its tax credit bill could have a chilling effect on development.Galvin said the Governor’s veto will be felt not just by companies like Great Bear, but by all of the businesses that support the oil and gas industry in the state. “In the absence of that, suddenly the governor’s larger concern is, how are we going to keep the lights on two or three years from now? We’re on a path to deplete the constitutional budget reserves a year from now.”Alper’s explanation, and his presentation on the hundreds of millions in deferred credits that will hang over the state in future budget years, drew the ire of Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly.“Yeah Ken, what you’ve done, it appears to me, is you’ve put together a slide that essentially cries out ‘Help. Stop me before I make another irrational veto.’ Because as Sen. MacKinnon said, you created a problem and now you’re saying that somehow the problem — that the Governor created with the veto — that we have to make a complete fix, or a complete change to our oil taxing regime rather than just have him start acting a little more savvy.”The state House has invited the Senate to meet Friday to discuss voting to override the tax credit veto and the more than $1 billion Walker stripped from the budget. That includes a $1,000 per-person reduction to Permanent Fund dividends this year.The Senate has yet to accept the invitation.  They’ll need a three-quarter majority vote, or 45 of the 60 legislators,  to overturn any of the Governor’s vetoes.last_img read more

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Kabir Singh 2nd Wednesday box office collection Becomes first A certified Hindi

first_imgKabir Singh box office collection report.TwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh has achieved another milestone as the film’s collection crossed Rs 200 crore at the box office on its second Wednesday.Kabir Singh which has been having a splendid run at the box office from opening day, shows no sign of slowing down even over its second week. After having a superb opening day collection of Rs 20.21 crore, the movie crossed Rs 100 crore on its day 5.With extremely strong word of mouth, Kabir Singh continued the dream run over its second week as well. After earning over Rs 34 crore in its second weekend, the romantic drama remained strong over the weekdays, and was short of just Rs 1.05 crore to cross Rs 200 crore mark at the domestic market by the end of Wednesday.The film collected way more than that as you are reading this article. Kabir Singh has in fact become the first A certified Bollywood movie to have crossed double century at the Indian box office.It will soon beat Bharat’s lifetime Indian collection in another day. Salman Khan’s Bharat had collecrted Rs 210 crore at lndian market. Considering the current trend, Kabir Singh can very well soon beat the record of Uri: The Surgical Strike and become the highest grossing Hindi movie of 2019 so far. Uri had a lifetime business of Rs 245.36 crore.Although Article 15 has also been having a decent box office run, Kabir Singh seems to be the mass favourite. With no other big release this Friday, the Shahid Kapoor starrer is likely to witness massive jump in its earning over the weekend again.last_img read more

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Locomotive driver killed 50 injured in traintruck collision

first_img.An assistant driver of a locomotive was killed and 50 passengers were injured as a train hit a truck at Bokterpur level-crossing on Dhaka-Rajshahi route in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur early Friday.The deceased is Nur Alam Sharif, son of Momin Sharif of Alfadanga upazila of Faridpur, reports UNB.Officials said the rail link of the country’s northern region with capital Dhaka was disrupted for six hours following the accident that took place at 2:00am.Ibrahim Chowdhury, a warehouse inspector at Kaliakoir fire service, said the accident took place when the Lalmonirhat-bound Lalmoni Express train hit an out-of-service truck on the track around 2:00am, leaving Sharif dead on the spot and 50 others injured.The injured were taken to the upazila health complex.The rescue operation was on till filing of the report around 9:20 am.last_img read more

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Is Student Debt Holding Back Homeownership

first_img Share Is Student Debt Holding Back Homeownership? June 13, 2016 654 Views Homeownership National Association of Realtors Student Debt 2016-06-13 Staff Writercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Student debt has long been touted as a key factor in homeownership attainment, particularity among young generations.Now, a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and SALT, a consumer literacy program provided by nonprofit American Student Assistance, gathers the facts of this phenomenon directly from non-homeowners burdened with student debt.The survey polled student debt holders current in their repayment for varying amounts of debt from mostly a four-year public or private college.NAR reported that 43 percent of those polled had between $10,001 and $40,000 in student debt, while 38 percent had $50,000 or more. The most common debt amount was $20,000 to $30,000.Seventy-nine percent of older millennials (ages 26 to 35) hold the highest amount of debt at  $70,000 to $100,000 in total debt, while over half of non-homeowners in each generation report that it’s postponing their ability to buy.According to the data, 71 percent of non-homeowners repaying their student loans on time believe their debt is preventing them from purchasing a home. Meanwhile, over half of respondents said that they expect to be delayed from buying by more than five years. In addition, NAR found that student debt postponed four in 10 borrowers from moving out of a family member’s household after graduating college.Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, noted that student debt plays an influential role in the housing market, and while getting a higher education is supposed to promote upward mobility, homeownership is often not an option for those paying down their student loans.”A majority of non-homeowners in the survey earning over $50,000 a year–which is above the median U.S. qualifying income needed to buy a single-family home–reported that student debt is hurting their ability to save for a down payment,” Yun said. “Along with rent, a car payment and other large monthly expenses that can squeeze a household’s budget, paying a few hundred dollars every month on a student loan equates to thousands of dollars over several years that could otherwise go towards saving for a home purchase.”Saving for a down payment was the top reason that 80 percent of millennial non-homeowners said they are delaying buying a home, the survey found. Another 69 percent indicated that they don’t feel financially secure enough to buy, and 63 percent can’t qualify for a mortgage because of high debt-to-income ratios.Young adults are finding it hard to leave their parents’ nest, with 46 percent currently living with family, NAR reported. Forty-two percent of survey respondents said that student debt was the main reason for remaining in family members’ homes after college.”Nearly three-quarters of older millennials, many of whom graduated at the peak or immediately after the downturn, said their ability to purchase a home is affected by student debt,” Yun said. “Add in the detrimental effects of low inventory as well as rents and home price growth outpacing wages and it’s mainly why the share of first-time buyers remains at its lowest point in nearly three decades.”SALT President John Zurick said, “It is imperative to the nation’s economy that we find immediate and practical solutions to financially empower the 43 million Americans with student debt. SALT is committed to demystifying the college financing process by giving consumers information, instruction and individualized advice. No one should fail to realize the full potential of their formal education simply because of finances. We invite the higher education community, the U.S. government, the private sector and others to join with us in this movement.”last_img read more

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US eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme

first_img U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme … February 27 , 2019 “Our growth an expansion would not be possible without the support of our customers and the tremendous relationships we enjoy with them. In addition to our customers, our employees are the key to our growth and success. Not a day goes by that we don’t count our blessings,” said Bob Lucy, president of Del Rey.Del Rey Avocado is one of the few California-based companies that owns its facilities on the West and East Coasts, which gives the company total control over operations.Bob Siemer, chief agronomist and partner, said: “Opening a new facility has long been our goal and desire to streamline our operations, improve efficiencies and offer us an opportunity to be innovative in meeting the need of our customers.”The new Vista facility will also provide our growers many benefits as it will allow us to receive fruit faster and get products to market faster.” U.S.-based Del Rey Avocado Company has purchased a new facility in Southern California, as it continues its national expansion.The warehouse facility, which is a short drive away from the company’s headquarters in Vista, will add 43,000 square feet of cold storage and ripening rooms to the existing footprint in San Diego County.The plant will service customers the western U.S. as well as imports from Mexico.The company noted that the market in the Western and Southwestern U.S. continues to grow, with an increasing number of retailers adding additional SKUs where they traditionally carried only bulk avocados, boosting overall sales. You might also be interested incenter_img Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral … Spain’s largest avocado cooperative expands into P … last_img read more

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