BUTLAND,JOHNSON, WILSON, WOLLSCHEID, PIETERS,ADAM, WHELAN,SHAQIRI, BOJAN, ARNAUTOVIC,WALTERSMANCHESTER CITY(4-2-3-1)BONY,STERLING, TOURE, DE BRUYNE,DELPH, FERNANDINHO,KOLAROV, OTAMENDI, DEMICHELIS, SAGNA,CABALLEROOn Tuesday, both teams reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. Stoke beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 while Manchester City won 4-1 against Hull City.City also returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League last Saturday when they beat Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, though they are ahead of second-placed Leicester only on goal difference. But of the 30 goals City have scored so far, only seven (23.3%) have been netted away from home – the same as bottom club Aston Villa.However, they have also conceded just four goals on their travels, the fewest in the Premier League. And given that Stoke City have scored just five goals at the Britannia Stadium, the visitors should be hopeful of holding on to top spot.Stoke have only 11 goals overall, the fewest in the Premier League, and have won five of their 14 games so far this season, but only two victories have come at home. However, if form is repeated, a draw could be on the cards. Of the seven Premier League games between these teams at Stoke, no fewer than five were drawn.Stoke’s only home win over City in the Premier League came in January 2009.
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – In this Friday, May 9, 2014 file photo, Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain gestures after winning the 400m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League in the Qatari capital Doha. Four-time Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. The Athletics Integrity Unit says a “notice of allegation” was sent to Adekoya. She is a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)MONACO — Four-time Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday a “notice of allegation” was sent to Adekoya, a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES The AIU said on its website the 25-year-old Adekoya tested positive for stanozolol — the steroid sprinter Ben Johnson used at the 1988 Seoul Olympics — in November.Last August at the Asian Games, she took gold in the 400-meter hurdles and 4×400 mixed relay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAdekoya switched to Bahrain before the 2014 Asian Games and won the 400 and 400 hurdles. In 2016, she was world indoor champion in the 400, and competed in the 400 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Also Monday, the AIU imposed a two-year ban on Kenyan distance runner Lucy Kabuu for a positive test for morphine. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coming in cold, Rafael Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open Kabuu had her results stripped from April to August, including victory at the Milan Marathon, and is banned through July 2020.She still ranks in the top-30 all-time list in women’s marathon for a winning run in Dubai in 2012. A 10,000-meter specialist on the track, Kabuu was the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion and represented Kenya at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, placing fifth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Dear Editor,The lives of sugar workers have always been a devastating struggle to adequately feed, clothe and house their families. This is well documented in our history. This daily struggle has gotten more intense since this coalition Government took office in May 2015, more than three and a half year ago. Thousands of sugar workers have been converted to beggars whilst the remainder is living under great insecurity and on a hand-to-mouth basis. The bitter struggle is unending!In the 1960s, there ensued a harsh struggle for better conditions and wages for sugar workers, but along the way until 1976, they achieved notable gains in hours of work, housing and wages. Unfortunately, those gains were severely compromised during the 28 years of PNC dictatorship rule which saw every aspect of Guyanese lives being systematically destroyed when even access to food became a criminal act! It was produce and yet perish in those days! The 2015 Commission of Inquiry confirmed this.The CoI identified 31 ‘issues and needs’ and blamed ‘higher than anticipated wage increase’ as one of these. A few pages later, it shortlisted 11 ‘main issues’ which led to the ‘poor and unacceptable state of GuySuCo’ and at number five blamed GAWU for ‘unrelenting’ demands for wage increases. Yet a few pages later the CoI concluded that, ‘the current earnings of sugar workers compare favorably with other categories of workers in Guyana. This observation in no way negates recognition of the difficult and challenging conditions which field workers face’. This is in direct contradiction to the impression given earlier which had suggested that the sugar workers were overpaid due to the ‘unrelenting’ demands by GAWU! I challenge those who feel that sugar workers are overpaid to spend just one day as a cane-harvester!The indisputable fact is that a strong cane-harvester will need to work the entire week to take home $40,000 and this ‘high’ earning will only last for the duration of the crop. In its entirety the crop period in GuySuCo is approximately eight months or 32 weeks. For approximately 20 weeks, the average sugar worker will earn less than $10,000 per week; this may be more due to the unavailability of work for various reasons. This is not a very healthy financial position and normally results in a continuous cycle of borrowing and debts. This cycle of poverty hardly ends yet more than 7,000 workers were callously kicked out of their jobs and converted into mendicants. But one year and $30 billion later the closed estates are yet to be privatised! I am sure 2020 will overtake this privatisation process and in the meantime more sugar workers may be thrown onto the breadline.This year the production target of 104,451 tonnes will be realised with the well-managed flagship Albion Estate achieving more than 56 per cent of the Company’s target, greatly surpassing its own of 56,000 tonnes! But what will the sugar workers receive? GuySuCo has said in a press statement that a bonus will be paid if the target is achieved, ‘the value of which is dependent on the final production’. I am sure the coalition Government is aware of this, yet no provision was made in the 2019 budget to give these workers even a paltry wage increase. Now that the industry has shown progress, it is the Government which must assist GuySuCo on its onward journey to prosperity and ensuring that the current sugar workers receive a much-needed increase in their wages and salaries.No doubt GuySuCo is a loss-making entity, but so are other public enterprises which are monopolies. The Finance Minister confirmed this growing trend in this 2019 Budget presentation. However, the Government continues to be magnanimous to them. Two most notable loss-making monopolies are Guyana Power and Light and the Guyana Oil Company. All workers in the public entities have gotten wage increases year after year despite their poor and declining performances. In addition, in 2016, the public servants earning less than $500,000 per month received a bonus of $25,000 per month. This year, public servants will once again receive between 5-7 per cent increases with the retroactive payments this time being tax-free.The Finance Minister could have created the fiscal space by trimming the excess ‘fat’ in the Budget to at least give sugar workers a wage 5 per cent increase since he knew that they have performed exceedingly well despite receiving no wage increases for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. It must be borne in mind that they were even denied any Annual Production Incentives and many benefits were snatched from them during those years.In June 2016, the erstwhile ‘champion’ of the sugar workers, Moses Nagamootoo saluted the ‘Enmore Five’ and mentioned the ‘long history of struggles for better working and living conditions’ and concluded that they ‘did not die in vain’ but this hypocritical utterance cannot mask his self-preserving loyalty to his masters by not only remaining silent but has embarking on a litany of vitriolic against them, such as calling them ‘raiders of the Treasury’. He is in a better position to assist them but his subservience and heartlessness know no bounds!It is a season of goodwill and joy and it is my fervent desire is that the current sugar workers and the dismissed ones are treated fairly and justly. This coalition Government has now forgotten the dismissed sugar workers. I exhort all fair-minded Guyanese to ‘light a candle’ and pray for them!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncilorRegion 6
A Ramelton man has received the probation act after being fined €400 for theft and criminal damage incidents.Jonathon Devine of Castle Street was charged with smashing windows at Steve’s Cafe on March 18th, 2012.He was also charged with the theft of newspapers valued at €75 from Whoriskey’s Spar, Ramelton on the same date. The 23 year old had had the case adjourned to allow him to come up with €400 in compensation for the two injured parties.Judge Paul Kelly heard Devine was very intoxicated when he carried out both incidents.He applied the probation act in both cases.MAN WHO STOLE NEWSPAPERS AND BROKE CAFE WINDOW FINED €400 was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:criminal damagedonegalJonahton DevineRameltontheft
Asia Pacific airlines are “deeply concerned’’ about safety oversight in the region and want carriers facing bans because of inadequate national aviation regulatory systems to be given an opportunity to prove they are safe.The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, which represents a wide cross-section of the region’s airlines, used its assembly of presidents on Friday to reiterate its call on South-East Asia’s governments to respect the primacy of standards required by the UN-backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It urged governments to strongly support the “No Country Left Behind’’ campaign which aims to address differences in regulatory oversight between countries by helping laggards improve safety oversight implementation and compliance.AAPA expressed concern about authorities in foreign jurisdictions taking punitive action against airlines and holding them responsible for the shortcomings of regulatory authorities found to be deficient in audits.The issue arose in Indonesia were the country’s airlines were banned almost a decade ago from flying to the US and Europe because the national safety system failed to meet international standards and due to the nation’s poor record of air crashes. Europe scrapped its flight ban on the nation’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, in 2009 after it passed a series of international audits. Yet it was not until this year, when the US Federal Aviation Administration upgraded its safety rating for Indonesia to Category 1, that Garuda was able to fly to the US. Category 1 means that the FAA has found the country complies with international standards.The Asia-Pacific airline group said any additional restrictions on airlines should be based on transparent criteria and strong evidence while considering their potential extra-territorial impact.“AAPA also re-iterates the call on governments to allow foreign air carriers the opportunity to demonstrate that their safety systems and performance follow accepted international standards before imposing sanctions or restrictions on them,” it said.Other areas of concern by member airlines, included government protectionism, security, the environment, taxation and health pandemics.AAPA said it remained “resolute’’ in its determination to confront barriers imposed by governments that continue to threaten short-term profitability and maximum long-term potential.The organisation also warned the travelling public was being burdened with a proliferation of government taxes and charges as well as imposts by monopoly services providers.Some of these were in contravention to ICAO policy, it said.“A number of airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) around the world have increased or are planning to increase user charges without proper consultation with stakeholders,’’ it said “ In addition, a number of governments have recently introduced or increased taxes on air travel including Australia’s Passenger Movement Charge and the UK Air Passenger Duty.’’The airlines called on government to adhere to ICAO polices and carefully consider “the overall economic effects of putting further financial strain on the travelling public and the aviation industry and to refrain from increasing the tax burden in any form’’.On security, AAPA called for the development of better risk-based aviation security and for government regimes to better co-operate to avoid duplication.It said government should promote the use of “available technologies’’ and dedicate enough resources to ensure inbound and outbound passenger processing works better.The organsiation also endorsed ICAO’s move to introduce a global carbon offset scheme next decade to help meet the industry’s CO2 emissions targets.“The Association goes further in urging governments in Asia to commit the necessary investment in aviation infrastructure to keep pace with growth in demand to ensure improvements in operational efficiencies and reduction in environmental impact,’’ it said.Members of AAPA include Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways International, Korean Air, China Airlines, Asiana and Malaysia Airlines.
It remains to be seen which part of the exhibit “Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future” will make the bigger impression on visitors to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History: its exploration of changes to the earth’s oceans, ice sheets, land mass, weather patterns, and atmosphere, or the accompanying 2,500-sq.-ft. house that will be built to the Passivhaus standard on the museum grounds.More likely than not, “Climate Change,” a touring exhibit scheduled for display at the museum from July 23 through December 31, will leave many people thinking seriously about ways we can improve stewardship of the earth. But many of those same people also might be so impressed with the comfort, quiet, and performance of the Passivhaus home – which will be on display from June through September – they’ll never again be satisfied with a home built to code.That, at least, was one of the reasons for including the Passivhaus standard prominently in the display, said Evalyn Gates, the museum’s director.“I want to bring something in that really gets people’s attention and gets them thinking differently,” Gates told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.“If we could go to scale with this our dream would be that it creates an employment base for people,” added Chuck Miller, a partner at Doty & Miller Architects, which designed the house, known as SmartHome Cleveland.SmartHome’s journeyGates asked that the house be designed to fit in architecturally with homes in some of the city’s older communities, and Doty & Miller complied. Functionally, though, the plan is to incorporate all of the insulation, airtightness, HVAC requirements, and, when the house is moved to its permanent location after September, siting strategies needed to aim for certification by Passive House Institute U.S.The exterior wall system of the two-story three-bedroom house will feature structural insulated panels and provide, at a minimum, thermal resistance of R-55, according to the Doty & Miller detail drawings shown above. The second-floor ceiling will be insulated at least to R-75.The Plain Dealer notes that the house will be relocated to a neighborhood known as University Circle, in northeast Cleveland, where it will be sold for between $300,000 and $400,000 – a substantial discount from the expected $525,000 cost of the project, which was funded in part by a $40,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation, a museum-program investment of $250,000 that will be recovered upon the sale of the house, and a number of sponsors.Meanwhile, “Climate Change,” which was organized by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Cleveland museum and several partners, will continue touring after it closes in Cleveland. The exhibit first opened at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City, in October 2008.
Helping allay fears about costsThe cost of solar panels has fallen dramatically in the last few years, but installing a residential system still isn’t cheap. So answering questions about costs is a major benefit of the project, The Post said. The software draws on information from banks and other financial institutions in predicting long-term savings, a Google public affairs officer told the newspaper.For example, at 112 Stanley Street in Redwood City, California, modeling based on an aerial photograph of the neighborhood predicts that 1,699 square feet of rooftop could be used for solar panels, enough to support a solar array with a capacity of 4.5 kilowatts. The program compares 20-year savings when the panels are bought outright, leased from the installer, or bought with a loan. (In this instance, the program estimates savings of $23,000 when panels are bought outright, nearly twice as much as either of the other two options.)Project Sunroof was developed by Google engineer Carl Elkin, who took advantage of a company program allowing employees to devote 20% of their work time to projects of their own choosing. The project could be expanded to other parts of the country in the months ahead.“As a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar homeowner myself, I’ve always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that ‘my roof isn’t sunny enough for solar,’ or ‘solar is just too expensive,’” Elkin writes in a post at Google’s Green Blog. ”Certainly many of them are missing out on a chance to save money and be green.”If your address isn’t currently in an area served by the program, you can leave it with Google and you’ll receive a note when your area is covered. A pilot program just launched by Google gives homeowners in a few U.S. cities an estimate of how of their rooftops could be used for photovoltaic panels, and how much money they could save annually by installing them.For now, Project Sunroof is available only for some addresses in and around three cities: San Francisco, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; and Boston, Massachusetts. Plug in an address, and (if the address is listed in the database) up pops an analysis based on weather patterns and 3D modeling of the roof and nearby trees.Users can tell the program what an average monthly power bill looks like, and then toggle between lease, loan and buy options to compare savings with each. The program also links users with solar installers in their area, according to an article in The Washington Post. PVWatts Calculator is similarAnyone considering the installation of a solar system can already get basic information about the solar potential of a building site with the PVWatts Calculator, a program developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.It allows the entry of many more variables than does the Google program — such as the tilt of the roof, the predicted loss of the system and whether racks will be fixed or tracking — but it has less site-specific information.It’s based on information for nearby weather stations, not a specific address, and without aerial photos to work with there’s no way to account for the size and orientation of the roof, or whether it’s affected by overhanging trees or nearby buildings.Preliminary estimates that PVWatts produces would have to be fine-tuned with more sophisticated design tools. But the same could be said of estimates produced by Project Sunroof.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a ‘progress report’ from the Tripura police on the investigation into rape, molestation and murder of women in the State. It expressed serious concern over the ‘spate of outrageous incidents against women’. “I have told the DGP to send a detailed report within a reasonable time, failing which we would summon them before the Commission,” NCW member Sushma Sahu told newsmen in Agartala on Tuesday.
PMO role?Some reports from New Delhi said the Prime Minister’s Office had informed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar prior to the raids, apprehending law-and-order problems and seeking adequate security measures.“Information regarding raids was given by the CBI to the Director-General of Police around 7.30 a.m., some time after the raids began following which the police made necessary security arrangements in view of law and order,” the official statement said.Also Read CM awayChief Minister Nitish Kumar has been away at Rajgir in his home district of Nalanda since Thursday afternoon reportedly because of health issues.Mr. Kumar and his party, Janata Dal(U), have remained tight-lipped about the raids, while the Congress, another RJD ally, has backed Mr. Prasad’s claim that those were part of “vendetta politics” by the BJP and the Modi government.Security reinforcementsAdditional security personnel were deployed at the offices of the BJP, the RJD and the JD(U) in Patna while the raids were on.Additional Director-General of Police (Headquarters) S.K. Singhal said a general alert was sounded across the State in view of the political ramification of the raids. The Bihar government on Saturday rejected news reports that senior civil and police officials were tipped off about the CBI raids on locations linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and his family on Friday.“It is a totally baseless news,” an official release said.Quoting sources, reports said Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and State Police Chief P.K. Thakur were alerted by the CBI on Thursday night to the impending raids on the premises of Mr. Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and other members of the family.Also Read Won’t be cowed by such raids, says Lalu ED raids premises of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in Delhi