first_imgLee Chong Wei presenting flowers to Chen Long and Son Wan Ho at the men’s singles medals ceremony of Malaysia Masters on Sunday was a heart-warming moment. The Malaysian legend is looking to return to the circuit after recovering from nose cancer that has kept him out of action since he withdrew from World Championships and Asian Games last year.Malaysian Badminton Association has closely followed Lee Chong Wei’s recovery and treatment and continuously kept the fans updated about his health. The gesture from the association on Sunday was a beautiful one.South Korea’s Son Wan Ho beat Chen Long 21-17, 21-19 in 55 minutes to win the men’s singles title at Malaysia Masters. As the two stood on the podium with the medals around their neck, Chong Wei came and presented a bouquet to both the finalists.Welcome back: Lee Chong Wei #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton (@bwfmedia) January 20, 2019Both Chen Long and Son Wan Ho had a heartfelt chat with Chong Wei while receiving the bouquet and even called him up on the podium while posing for a photograph together.Chen and Son made Chong Wei stand in the centre as the three smiled for the shutterbugs.Both Chen and Son had looked in a dominating form through the tournament. While Chen had played a 50-minute long match against former world No.1 Viktor Axelsen on Saturday, Son had received a walkover from Daren Liew.Son Wan Ho’s staunch defence in the end broke through Chen Long’s gliding court coverage and a mix of defence and attack and the South Korean won the first big title of the year.advertisementPERODUA Malaysia Masters 2019 | MS – F – HIGHLIGHTS #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton (@bwfmedia) January 20, 2019In other results on the final day, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon beat Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in 42 minutes to win the women’s singles title. Japanese pair of Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota won the women’s doubles title with a 18-21, 21-16, 21-16 win over Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu.The mixed doubles title was won by Japan’s Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino with a 21-18, 21-18 win over Thai pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai while the world No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia grabbed the men’s doubles title after defeating Malaysia’s Yew Sin Ong-Ee Yi Teo 21-15, 21-16.Also Read | Saina Nehwal turns coach, helps husband Parupalli Kashyap at Malaysia MastersAlso Read | Cried, slumped on the sofa after hearing I had nose cancer: Lee Chong WeiAlso Read | Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei diagnosed with nose cancerlast_img read more

first_imgVawdon CupMen’s Masters7.00pm – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury BulldogsMen’s Division 37.00pm – Taren Point v Bankstown JetsWomen’s Division 28.40pm – Penrith Panthers v Campbelltown GhostsMen’s Division 28.40pm – Penrith Panthers v Easts RoostersWomen’s Division 18.40pm – Parramatta Eels v Taren Point Men’s Division 17.00pm – Varsity v Wests Magpies 1Mixed Division 17.00pm – Menai Bulls v Hills Hornets 1Mixed Premier League8.40pm – Wests Magpies v Central Coast DolphinsWomen’s Premier League7.50pm – Easts Roosters v Canterbury BulldogsMen’s Premier League9.30pm – Penrith Panthers v Wests Magpies The Penrith Panthers will feature in four finals in a night full of high quality Touch. In the Men’s final, the Panthers will play Wests Magpies at 9.30pm. The Panthers have been one of the front runners of the competition all season, and finished in second place on the ladder behind the Canterbury Bulldogs. The Magpies finished in fourth place, only one point behind the top two teams. The Panthers started the season strongly and were undefeated after six rounds of the competition, before losing three of their next seven games to finish on even points with the Bulldogs. The Panthers won their preliminary final against the Bulldogs 4-3 to progress through to the grand final. The Magpies had a different start to the season, only winning one of their first five games, before winning every game since then to progress to the final.  They edged out Hornsby by three touchdowns in the first elimination final and overcame the Bulldogs 8-6 to progress to the final. The Panthers and the Magpies met twice this season, with the Panthers winning their round three encounter 12-8, while the Magpies were one touchdown victors in their round ten game. Both teams are full of talent, with several national representatives in each side. The Panthers host a range of up and coming talent in their side, including national junior representatives Ben and Matt Molyan, as well as Dean Springfield and Nicholas Good. The Magpies will look to their experience, with players including Jason Stanton, Anthony Ziade, Michael Jacono, Robert Nakhla and Steven Takchi in their side, as well as Australian Men’s Open’s coach Tony Trad as coach. In the Women’s final, Easts Roosters will come up against the Canterbury Bulldogs at 7.50pm. Easts finished the season in second place on the ladder, two points behind the Magpies, while the Bulldogs finished the season in fourth position on 31 points. After losing the first match of the season, the Roosters lifted their game and were undefeated up until the final round of the competition, when the lost to the Bulldogs. The Roosters then beat Wests in the preliminary final by two touchdowns to progress through to the final. The Bulldogs had one win, two draws and two losses in the first five rounds of the season, before winning four of their last five games. They beat the Wollongong Devils by one touchdown in the first elimination final before beating the Magpies by four on their way to the final. Like the Men’s final, both teams include several players in the Australian team. The Bulldogs will look to sisters Louise and Claire Winchester for inspiration, while Easts sisters Kristy and Amanda Judd bring plenty of experience to the team. In the Mixed final at 8.40pm, the Magpies will play the Central Coast Dolphins in a repeat of last year’s decider. The Magpies finished on top of the ladder, following their eight wins, one loss and two drawn games from their eleven matches.  The Mapgies won the first preliminary final against the Roosters by five touchdowns to go through to the final. Central Coast finished in third place on the ladder at the conclusion of the round games, with eight wins, two losses and one draw. They were then one touchdown victors over the Panthers in the second preliminary final to progress through to the final. For more information, please visit the Vawdon Cup website: read more

first_imgIndia vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Ishant Sharma eyes Kapil Dev’s recordAs India look to complete a whitewash of opponents West Indies in the 2nd Test in Jamaica, fast bowler Ishant Sharma stands on the cusp of surpassing Kapil Dev on the list of Indians with most wickets outside Asia.advertisement Next Ajay Tiwari New DelhiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 22:51 IST Ishant needs one more wicket to become the second highest wicket-taker for India outside Asia (AP)HIGHLIGHTSIshant Sharma and Kapil Dev are currently tied with 155 Test wickets each outside AsiaAnil Kumble holds the record for the most Test wickets by an Indian outside AsiaIshant has been one of the best Test bowlers in recent yearsFast bowler Ishant Sharma is enjoying his recent successes in the longest format. Picking up 8 wickets in Antigua in the 1st Test against West Indies including a 5-wicket haul was another proof of how much Ishant has improved as a bowler since his ankle injury in 2012 that sidelined him from the game for months. His latest performance also meant that Sharma now has the chance to overtake the legendary Kapil Dev on the list of Indian bowlers with most wickets outside Asia.With 155 wickets to his name till date, Ishant is currently tied at 2nd spot with Kapil on the list which is headed by Anil Kumble, who took 200 Test scalps outside Asia. Incidentally, both Ishant and Kapil took the same number of Tests (45) to the landmark of 155 wickets but Ishant is almost certain to overtake the latter when he turns up for India in the 2nd Test in Jamaica starting Friday.Here are the top-5 Indian bowlers with most Test wickets outside Asia (matches in parentheses):Anil Kumble (50) – 200 wicketsKapil Dev (45) – 155 wicketsIshant Sharma (45) – 155* wicketsZaheer Khan (38) – 147 wicketsBishan Singh Bedi (34) – 123 wicketsIn the last 2 years, Ishant has been the 2nd most successful Indian bowler in Tests (57 wickets) behind teammate Mohammed Shami, who has 62 dismissals to his name – albeit after playing 2 more games. Ishant’s bowling average of 20.66 in this period is also amongst the best in the game with the likes of James Anderson, Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc falling behind him.In the company of Jasprit Bumrah, Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the spinning duo of R Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja, Ishant is now playing the role of the leader of possibly the best all-round bowling attack in the world.advertisementAlso Read | No MS Dhoni but Hardik Pandya returns for T20Is against South AfricaAlso Read | MS Dhoni was unavailable for selection, confirms MSK PrasadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ishant SharmaFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Kapil Devlast_img read more

first_img How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep Editors’ Recommendations An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker There’s actually a pretty good chance you’ve already heard about this thing. It made a big wave in the tech community when it was announced about a month ago, getting coverage on just about every major tech blog on the web, and for good reason – it’s wicked cool.If you’re keeping even a tentative watch on the progression of technology, you’re probably well aware that gesture control is the way of the future. Innovators in the consumer electronics industry are doing their absolute best to do away with barbaric computer peripherals like mice, keyboards, and trackpads, and replace them with futuristic, Minority Report style gesture controls. Up until now, the way we achieved this was with cameras and sensors built into the devices we controlled – the Xbox Kinect or Leap Motion, for example. The problem with that is that we could only control devices that are built with cameras and sensors in them, and for everything in between we’re stuck using buttons and knobs like primitive post-industrialized apes.Enter the Myo Armband: a different breed of gesture control device. Instead of relying on cameras to detect gestures, the armband uses embedded sensors that can detect muscle activity beneath the skin. With the help of some creative software, it’s able to detect even the slightest of movements – anything from the twitch of a single finger to a fully clenched fist. It’s also equipped with a six-axis accelerometer, so it can tell when it’s being waved around. And with Myo’s open API, the possibilities for what you can do with your wild flailing motions and superman punches are only limited by your imagination.Although you won’t be able to get one on your arm right away, Thalmic Labs (the company behind Myo) is currently accepting pre-orders for just $149, and they’ve already released the API to the public. That means that when the first orders ship later this year, developers across the globe will likely have software applications ready for you to use.  Find out more on the official Myo Armband site. 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped last_img read more

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government has moved to capitalize on infrastructural works now underway to modernise the city of Kingston. Story Highlights Speaking at the official opening of the ‘20 South’ residential development, on Saturday, (October 20) the Prime Minister stated that developers are seeking to make use of land in the city, therefore, the Government is ensuring the relevant infrastructure is right to accommodate.center_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government has moved to capitalize on infrastructural works now underway to modernise the city of Kingston.Speaking at the official opening of the ‘20 South’ residential development, on Saturday, (October 20) the Prime Minister stated that developers are seeking to make use of land in the city, therefore, the Government is ensuring the relevant infrastructure is right to accommodate.“People’s don’t take risk in an economy that is generally not doing well and for Arthur [Von Strolley] to take the risk, it would have been that the Jamaican economy is on the right track, that there is business confidence, that the Government has in place the right policies,” explained Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister also noted that Kingston is well on its way to becoming the premier city in the Caribbean with the possibility of rivalling city of Miami in the United States.“The Government is already taking on the infrastructure problem, and once we solve the infrastructure problem, people will take the risk putting up structures like this,” stated Prime Minister Holness.In that regard, Prime Minister Holness underscored that security is the priority of the Government as it seeks to position Kingston as the city of choice in the region.“From my perspective, within five years, we would have made an impact on the stability of the macro-economy; improved the infrastructure, bringing it up to world-class levels; and making a significant dent on the security front. Once we get all those three things aligned, within five years, the skyline is going to change,” said Prime Minister Holness.The 20 South development is a ten-storey high-rise multi-family residential complex on South Avenue in St Andrew.last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – Holy hometown, Batman!A highly anticipated Batman comic book series will have some locations that might look familiar to Maine residents. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland City Hall, Old Port’s cobblestone streets and various red brick buildings will be a part of Gotham in DC Comics’ “Batman: White Knight.”The artist and writer is Sean Murphy, who recently moved to Portland. He says he was inspired by the city feeling like a “perfect foggy New England town.”Murphy says the series centres on a seemingly reformed Joker who runs for City Council and uses his media campaign to blame Batman for the city’s crime.DC representatives say the series is one of the top three bestselling comic books for October.The first issue goes on sale Oct. 4.___Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.comlast_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,671.15, down 43.51 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 27 cents, or 2.66 per cent, to $9.89 on 12.1 million shares. The licensed producer has signed a deal to supply medical marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart, a pharmacy chain owned by Loblaw (TSX:L) (up 79 cents, or 1.21 per cent, to $66.18 on 706,350 shares). The agreement is subject to Health Canada’s approval of Loblaw’s application to dispense medical cannabis. Shoppers has signed similar deals with licensed medical marijuana producers Aphria, MedReleaf and Tilray.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.49 per cent, to $4.09 on 7.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down 42 cents, or 3.25 per cent, to $12.50 on 5.61 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up four cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $9.78 on 5.56 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 68 cents, or 0.91 per cent, to $75.24 on 4.52 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down 83 cents, or 3.04 per cent, to $26.45 on 4.51 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO). Bank. Down $1.38, or 1.39 per cent, to $98.20 on 2.4 million shares. The bank’s adjusted net income for the first quarter dropped by seven per cent to $1.422 billion, but still came in ahead of analyst estimates. Its adjusted net income amounted to $2.12 per share — above the estimate of $2.06 per share from Thomson Reuters. Without adjustments, its net income for the first quarter was $973 million or $1.43 per share, down 35 per cent from a year earlier — mostly because of a $425 million one-time item related to U.S. tax reform.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Up $1.09, or 1.38 per cent, to $79.88 on 2.7 million shares. Scotiabank on Tuesday reported better-than-expected adjusted first-quarter profit of roughly $2.275 billion attributable to shareholders, up 16.9 per cent from a year ago. The international banking division of Canada’s third-largest lender also saw a 16 per cent increase in net income to $667 million as it continues to expand its presence in the Pacific Alliance countries of Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up 39 cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $75.19 on 582,506 shares. An association representing 70 per cent of Tim Hortons franchisees is threatening parent company RBI with legal action after a computer virus caused intermittent cash register outages.The Stars Group Inc. (TSX:TSGI). Online gaming. Up six cents, or 0.18 per cent, to $34.02 on 333,956 shares. The Toronto-based gaming company has acquired majority ownership of Australia’s CrownBet Holdings Pty Ltd., which operates a regulated sports betting market. It paid US$117.7 million cash to acquire 62 per cent of CrownBet’s equity from Crown Resorts Ltd.last_img read more

Judge Riachy, who was elected by his fellow judges at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, assumed his functions full time on 8 June, according to a news release issued in The Hague, where the Court is based. He was one of the four Lebanese judges appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, upon the recommendation in December 2007 by the Selection Panel set up to interview Lebanese and international candidates for the positions of Tribunal judges.The President of the Tribunal, which began its operations in early March, is Antonio Cassese of Italy.The investigation of the murders of Mr. Hariri and 22 others in the 2005 bombing continues under the guidance of Prosecutor Bellemare, who also headed the probe while the case rested with the Beirut-based International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC). A trial will take place when he has sufficient evidence in place. 26 June 2009Judge Ralph Jacques Riachy has taken up his post as Vice-President of the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try the perpetrators of recent political killings in Lebanon, including the February 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. read more

first_imgMicrosoft received more than a few puzzled looks when its radical-looking, foldable Arc Mouse debuted back in 2008. The device did, however, receive a lot of positive reviews from tech bloggers and end users alike — as did its eventual successor, the Arc Touch Mouse. Apart from adding touch input to the mix as its name implies, the Arc Touch also took a different approach to portability. Rather than folding in half, the Arc Touch can be squashed flat as a pancake, making it easy to slip into skinny laptop bags and sleeves.Some people — yours truly included — find the shape of the Arc mice a bit uncomfortable. If you’re in the same boat, but have found yourself wishing for touch input capabilities on a more traditionally-designed mouse, it turns out Microsoft will have two options for you this summer.AdChoices广告The first is the company’s already-announced Microsoft Touch Mouse, which is currently available for purchase at a price of about $80. The second is the previous-unknown Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse, revealed by the crew of Pocket-lint.Like its siblings, the Explorer Touch features Microsoft’s BlueTrack optics which provide exceptional surface-independent tracking. It also sports a stowable wireless transmitter, five customizable buttons for input, and haptic feedback. If you’re not keen on a vibrational responses, fear not: the feature can be turned off.Pocket-lint pegs the estimated street price of this baby at £69.99, which converts to about $110. It may well sell for quite a bit less than that, since that’s the same pricing estimate for the Arc Touch — which can be had for just over half that price on at Pocket-lintlast_img read more

first_img Short URL What can Fine Gael learn from previous heaves against long-serving party leaders? Fine Gael’s succession looks all very amicable at the moment but there are lessons in the past from the likes of Bertie Ahern. By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email 28 Comments Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 9:00 PMcenter_img OVER THE PAST week the fallout from the garda whistleblower scandal has morphed into a tug of war for the leadership of Fine Gael.Pressure has mounted on Enda Kenny to announce when he’ll be stepping down as party leader, and last weekend Leo Varadkar stuck his head above the parapet, calling the delay “destabilising and distracting” for the party and the country.However, Kenny moved to quell the disquiet at a party meeting on Wednesday, saying that he would clarify his future after he returns from his US St Patrick’s Day trip.“Kenny has been given a reasonable chance to go on his own terms,” UCD Politics professor Niamh Hardiman told, when asked about this week’s events.Kenny, as has been noted, is just weeks away from overtaking John A Costello as the longest-serving Fine Gael Taoiseach ever. He’s already the longest-serving TD in the Dáil, and has led his party since 2002.Based on this week’s performance, the Fine Gael leader is regarded to have done enough to ward off any challenges or motions of no confidence, in the short-term at least.When he finally does go, he’ll be able to argue that the departure was planned all along – after all, didn’t he say last year that he wouldn’t lead the party into the next general election? Source: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA ImagesLooking back Recent history, however, tells us that some long-serving party leaders don’t often get the chance to pick the terms of their own departure.Some Fianna Fáil Taoisigh – Bertie Ahern and Charles Haughey being the primary examples – most certainly got a little push from external pressures.A lesson in acrimony Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieHaughey may have had a very different career from Enda Kenny, but both were faced with a controversy late in the careers while the younger generation plotted their succession.After the arms crisis in the late-60s saw Charles Haughey banished from the Fianna Fáil front benches, he was welcomed back into the fold in 1975, before eventually becoming Taoiseach in 1979.After the February 1982 general election, where Haughey failed to win an overall majority, Dessie O’Malley emerged as a possible successor with his challenge reported on extensively at the time with publications such as the Irish Independent even going so far as to list the Fianna Fáil TDs who were said to be prepared to oppose Haughey.But Haughey would survive the challenge, garnering enough support at a stormy parliamentary party meeting to force O’Malley to withdraw his leadership bid.On-off leader of the country during the 80s, Haughey faced a series of controversies to kick off the 1990s which culminated in him eventually quitting politics. Haughey (r) with Progressive Democrats leader Des O’Malley in 1991. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieFirst, he dismissed longtime friend and ally Tánaiste Brian Lenihan Snr whose credibility had been been damaged in the run up to the 1990 presidential election, after he denied making a call to President Patrick Hillery in 1982 publicly but was heard on tape telling UCD student Jim Duffy that he had had.Next, talk of his upcoming retirement became so strong that a challenge was made to his leadership by Albert Reynolds in 1991.Reynolds supporters Seán Power and Pádraig Flynn laid down the gauntlet to Haughey at a party meeting, calling for a motion of no-confidence in his leadership.Despite Haughey now being in his late 60s, his supporters nevertheless rallied around him and he won in the vote of no-confidence.The UCD Professor Niamh Hardiman says that, when a politician has been in power for so long, “there’s never an easy time for someone to leave”.Facing such a tug-of-war for the party leadership towards the very end of his political career wasn’t the end of Haughey’s worries.As Minister for Defence, Seán Doherty, had taken the blame for the tapping of journalists’ phones in the 1980s.He was given the boot by Haughey when the controversy first emerged in the 1980s, but just after Haughey won the leadership battle almost a decade on, the Fianna Fáil leader was faced with a fight he couldn’t win.In an interview with RTÉ’s Nighthawks in late 1991, Doherty laid down the bombshell that Haughey had been well aware of the phone tappings all along. Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeCoalition partners the Progressive Democrats – led by the Taoiseach’s longtime political foe O’Malley – pulled the plug as a result, and Haughey retired as party leader in January 1992.Then, Reynolds got his wish and succeeded Haughey as Taoiseach soon after.Bertie’s last bowBertie Ahern led Fianna Fáil into government for the third successive time after the general election of 2007.This time propped up by Green Party TDs, the Taoiseach said that he would serve the full term himself and step down after that.In reality, he would see less than a year of the five-year-term, and the Fianna Fáil party wouldn’t see it out either.Hardiman points out that Fine Gael will be aware of how Bertie’s “long goodbye” backfired when Brian Cowen became Taoiseach and was almost immediately faced with the financial crisis.She said: “After the circumstances around Bertie’s departure, everybody in Fine Gael is aware that a long transition wouldn’t be an advantage.”Everything seemed very amicable when Bertie Ahern made the speech to say that he’d be stepping down as leader of Fianna Fáil in April 2008. Ahern giving his resignation speech Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ieFlanked by party and ministerial colleagues, he said that he was stepping down as he “longer wanted to be a distraction” to the important work of the government.It is a matter of real concern to me that the important work of government and party is now being over shadowed by issues relating to me at the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,807 Views Feb 25th 2017, 9:00 PM The vital interests of Ireland demand that the national dialogue of our political system address these fundamental issues and not be constantly deflected by the minutiae of my life, my lifestyle, and my finances.He went on to emphasise that he had never accepted a corrupt payment and that his decision wasn’t motivated by “recent events”.Just over three months before, however, he gave an interview to RTÉ’s Joe Duffy where he said he’d stay on as Taoiseach for a “good few years”.But, as Hardiman explains, “the storm clouds were gathering”.And then the Mahon Tribunal happened.The tribunal (officially the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments) eventually found in 2012 that he did not truthfully account for payments of IR£165,000 made to accounts connected to him.It was scathing in its treatment of the former Taoiseach, rejecting much of the evidence he provided in connection to a substantial number of lodgements made in the 1990s.Although the tribunal did not make findings of corruption against Ahern, it proved hugely damaging to his reputation. He has disputed the findings. Ahern faced persistent pressure after each appearance before the Mahon Tribunal Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandWhen he appeared before the Tribunal in late-2007 and early-2008, Ahern’s leadership came under sustained pressure, as controversy over his personal finances remained high on the public and political agenda.By this time, the opposition was imploring the Taoiseach to step down. Then-Labour leader Eamon Gilmore called the situation a “national embarrassment” and implored the then-Tánaiste Brian Cowen and other senior ministers to call time on Ahern’s leadership.While dissent against the Taoiseach from within Fianna Fáil did not get a public airing, the ongoing controversies became too much for even the “Teflon Taoiseach” to bear and he stepped down.The first shove against EndaBut then again, Fine Gael have been here before too. Source: Julien Behal PA Archive/PA ImagesOur oral history of the heave against Enda Kenny in 2010 takes a deep dive into this topic.By this time, Enda was already a long serving leader with eight years under his belt at the helm of Fine Gael, but had already lost an election in 2007.We all know that he’d lead the party to become Taoiseach a year later, but many within Fine Gael were sceptical, at the time, that Kenny had it what it takes.His eventual margin of victory of Richard Bruton was kept a secret, with the ballot papers shredded, but it was all very amicable afterwards with both Kenny and Bruton posing for an handshake, of sorts. That awkward handshake Source: RTÉFast forward almost seven years, and Enda has been Taoiseach for six years and Richard Bruton has served as Minister for Jobs and Minister for Education.Next steps for Fine GaelThe above Fine Gael example arose out the party’s poor performance at the polls which is not too dissimilar to the poor poll showing today, albeit they’re now in government.With some of Kenny’s leadership hopefuls already suggesting a timeline for his planned departure, the Taoiseach will be well aware of what lies ahead.With figures such as Frances Fitzgerald, Simon Harris and Richard Bruton refusing to rule themselves out from challenging Enda Kenny, most seem content to play the waiting game after Wednesday’s parliamentary party meeting.If, however, he wasn’t to clarify the timeline of his departure at that stage, those waiting in polite anticipation for the ensuing leadership battle could show their hand again.Hardiman added that Kenny had made it “perfectly clear” that he was the man to send to Washington in a year in which Brexit and a Trump presidency dominates the wider political agenda.He will be the leader for this important yearly event, but we don’t know yet know exactly when he’ll go or who will replace him.Albert Reynolds and Brian Cowen succeeded Haughey and Ahern, respectively. Neither won an election.Read: Fine Gael leadership battle: Whatsapp message from minister says Tánaiste supports Simon HarrisRead: Harris takes aim at Flanagan’s ‘Sunday afternoon jokes’ as leadership contest rumbles onlast_img read more

first_imgMediator : le tribunal décide de reporter le procèsLundi, le tribunal correctionnel de Nanterre a décidé de reporter le premier procès pénal du Mediator pour un question de procédure. Une nouvelle date pourrait être fixée lors d’une audience le 14 décembre.Le verdict est tombé et n’a pas surpris : le premier procès pénal du Mediator a été reporté. C’est la décision qu’a prise lundi le tribunal correctionnel de Nanterre face à une situation judiciaire assez singulière. En effet, parmi les victimes du médicament, quelque 600 parties civiles ont décidé de miser sur une citation directe pour tromperie aggravée afin d’obtenir rapidement réparation, et afin de ne pas attendre la fin de l’instruction menée au pôle Santé de Paris. D’où le problème : comme l’expliquait l’avocat du laboratoire Me Hervé Témime cité par l’AFP, “on ne peut pas être jugé pour des faits pour lesquels on a été mis en examen”.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Aujourd’hui, le tribunal a donc décidé de reporter le procès tout en acceptant de transmettre à la Cour de cassation une question prioritaire de constitutionnalité (QPC), rapporte l’AFP. La présidente de la 15e chambre du tribunal, Isabelle Prévost-Desprez, a ainsi jugé “sérieuse” la question de droit soulevée par la défense des Laboratoires Servier qui contestent la possibilité de les juger, ainsi que leur fondateur Jacques Servier, à Nanterre alors qu’ils sont parallèlement mis en examen pour les mêmes faits de tromperie aggravée à Paris. Selon les informations dévoilées, la date d’une reprise de ce procès pourrait être fixée lors d’une audience de procédure prévue le 14 décembre. Les plaignants estiment aujourd’hui disposer des éléments de preuve nécessaires pour prouver le délit : ils reprochent à Servier de les avoir “délibérément” trompés sur la composition du Mediator en ne les informant pas de “la nature anorexigène” de son principe actif, le Benfluorex. Ce dernier diffuserait dans l’organisme une substance toxique, la norfenfluramine, une molécule très proche de l’amphétamine. A l’ouverture du procès lundi dernier, les Laboratoires Servier avaient engagé une bataille procédurale pour faire reporter voire annuler le premier procès pénal du Mediator, forçant le tribunal à interrompre le procès.Le 21 mai 2012 à 15:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A school bus driver who authorities say was speeding along a narrow, winding road when he wrapped his vehicle around a tree was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of five children.The wreck Monday afternoon plunged the city of Chattanooga into mourning, with parents stricken by the news and people lining up to donate blood.“The most unnatural thing in the world is for a parent to mourn the loss of a child,” Mayor Andy Berke said. “There are no words that can bring comfort to a mother or a father. So today, the city is praying for these families.”Police said Johnthony Walker, 24, was driving well over the posted 30 mph limit when he lost control of the bus. He was jailed on $107,500 bail for a court appearance Nov. 29 on charges that also included reckless driving and reckless endangerment.Thirty-five Woodmore Elementary School students from kindergarten through fifth grade were aboard when the bus flipped onto its side and hit a tree. No other vehicle was involved.last_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — A conservative activist who frequently promotes ballot initiatives sued Washington state on Monday over the constitutionally suspect way lawmakers voted to make it easier to prosecute police for negligent shootings.Tim Eyman filed the lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court four days after lawmakers approved and Gov. Jay Inslee signed a compromise measure backed by both activists and law enforcement groups.The agreement is intended to end years of wrangling over an existing state law that made it nearly impossible to hold officers criminally liable.Amid outrage over questionable police shootings, the organization De-escalate Washington gathered nearly 360,000 signatures for an initiative to the Legislature to change the law by eliminating a requirement that prosecutors prove an officer acted with malice.Under the state Constitution, lawmakers can approve such measures as written; reject or ignore them, in which case they appear on the November ballot; or propose an alternative to appear alongside the original on the ballot.last_img read more

first_imgDownload AudioA legislative committee will hear a bill that would levy a personal income tax on Alaskans later than anticipated.The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee was to have heard the bill Tuesday afternoon, but testimony on another bill before the committee ran long.Instead, the committee planned to introduce the bill and take public testimony Tuesday evening.The income tax is one of several tax proposals from Gov. Bill Walker intended to address the state’s estimated $3.5 billion budget deficit. Others include higher taxes on motor fuel, fishing, mining and tourism as well as increases in alcohol and cigarette taxes. Walker is also proposing changes to Alaska’s oil tax credit program.In its current form, the personal income tax would be 6 percent of your federal tax liability, or the amount you pay in taxes to the federal government. If your liability is $5,000, you would pay $300 in state taxes.The measure is expected to generate about $200 million in new revenue for the state.last_img read more

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first_imgChigurumamidi: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is incapable of solving land issues of farmers, alleged Communist Party of India (CPI)district convenor Takkallapally Srinivas Rao.CPI leaders staged a dharna in front of the Tahsildar office of Chigurumamidi mandal on Tuesday.Speaking on the occasion, T Srinivas Rao said the farmers across the State are facing lot of problems due to several irregularities that took place during the land regulation process. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Many farmers were tired of visiting revenue offices with complaints like Sada Bainama lands, improper implementation of RoR’s and not getting of Rythu Bandhu scheme as pattadar passbooks were not issued to them. “Many officials in the revenue department were caught by ACB for taking bribe from innocent farmers. With this, one can imagine how much corruption is prevailing in the revenue department across the State. Can’t KCR see this?” he questioned. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us There is no leader of the ruling TRS or officials in villages or in mandals to listen to the problems of the innocent farmers. Due to lack of sufficient staff, many land-related cases were in kept in pending, he alleged. Demanding that the government must solve various land-related issues and to appoint Tahsildars and staff in revenue department, CPI will stage a dharna in front of the collectorate on July 22, T Srinivas Rao informed.CPI leaders A Swamy, G Lakshmi, K Srujan Kumar, N Laxma Reddy, A Rajaiah, B Patel, A Chinna Swamy, G Sampath, D Venkanna, P Yellaiah, Md Usman Pasha, Malla Reddy, Chada Sridhar Reddy, T Satyanarayana, G Raji Reddy, T Ravinder, Sammaiah, Chandraiah, Rama Swamy and Manda Yellaiah were present along with others.last_img read more

Indias regional party quits Modis coalition over citizenship row
first_imgActivists from the All Assam Students Union (AASU) shout slogans during a protest against the government`s bid to pass a bill in parliament to give citizenship to non-Muslims from neighbouring countries, in Guwahati, India, on 7 January 2019. The placard reads `Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016`. — Photo: ReutersA small regional party in India quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition on Monday, protesting against his bid to give citizenship to hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims reportedly from neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh.Modi said last week his government was determined to pass a bill in parliament to relax rules for Hindus and other non-Muslim minorities reportedly from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to become citizens of Hindu-majority India.Critics have called the bill, to be discussed in parliament on Tuesday, an attempt by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to boost its Hindu voter base ahead of a national election due by May.The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), based in the border state of Assam in India’s northeast, has become the fourth ally to quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance in the past year, for a variety of reasons.Protests have erupted in recent months and on Monday in Assam, where a movement against illegal immigrants, of all religions, allegedly from Bangladesh has simmered for decades, with some residents blaming them for eating into their resources and job opportunities.It is estimated that millions of Bengali-speaking people in Assam trace their roots to Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which won independence from Pakistan in 1971 with India’s help.“The home minister clearly told us they will try to get this bill passed tomorrow, so there’s no question us staying with the BJP anymore,” AGP President Atul Bora told reporters in New Delhi.The BJP has the numbers in the Assam assembly to stay in power in the state despite the AGP pullout, but the regional party could help galvanise anger amongst many ethnic Assamese opposed to giving citizenship to migrants who came to India after 1971.That could hurt the BJP’s goal of sharply increasing its parliamentary seats from the northeast region of the country in the national election.At least two of the parties that have left the BJP fold have already largely agreed to ally with the main opposition Congress, which hopes to take on Modi as a united front and says the citizenship should not discriminate against Muslims.The BJP says it is in favor of institutionalist “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards” to the ethnic Assamese, but also wants to give citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh as the growth in the Hindu population of Assam had been overtaken by that of Muslims.“We’re trying to save Assam from Jinnah,” BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, referring to Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was instrumental in carving Muslim-dominated Pakistan out of India after winning independence from British colonial rule in 1947.last_img

LNG back in the limelight

first_imgBy Charles EllinasWith Noble, Delek and Shell requesting to renegotiate their Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with Cyprus, and particularly the formula for sharing potential profits, LNG is back in the limelight in Cyprus. But how is LNG faring in a world with a glut of energy supplies, brought about by the inexorable increase in renewable energy?This was the subject of recently released Global Annual Reports by the International Group of LNG Importers (GIIGNL) and the International Gas Union (IGU) on the performance of the LNG industry in 2017, and they make a very interesting reading.Global LNG imports in 2017 recorded their highest annual growth rate since 2010, at 9.9 per cent, reaching 289.8 million tonnes. New liquefaction capacity continued to come online in various areas of the world ranging from the US to Australia, Malaysia and Russia, leading to a 26.2 million tonnes/yr increase in LNG supply compared with 2016.Expectations of an LNG surplus did not materialise, as, among other factors, rising imports into China contributed substantially to balance the market.Key conclusions are:Spot LNG prices followed a seasonal profile in 2017, although the increase towards the end of 2017 was stronger than a year earlier because of much higher than expected Chinese demand and colder than normal weather in North East AsiaContract LNG prices also increased as a consequence of higher oil pricesThe main additions to LNG supply came from Australia and the US, where production from trains commissioned in 2016 continued to ramp upThe LNG market is becoming more diverse and more complex, with a total of 40 countries now importing LNG and 19 exporting.Most of the demand growth occurred in Asia, where LNG imports grew by 19.6 million tonnes, mainly due to new energy policies in ChinaIn general, demand by North East Asian buyers experienced a strong rebound, something which was not evident at the beginning of the yearChina overtook South Korea as the world’s second largest importer after JapanSome firsts in 2017 included first FLNG online, first LNG bunkering vessels operating in Europe and first LNG exported from the Arctic region.The future may be driven by US LNG exports. A significant supply build-up is on the horizon and this could further transform the LNG industry and bring on new evolutions, including a rise in market liquidity and flexibility.Finally, a very important conclusion from GIIGNL’s report is that cost reduction, without compromising safety and reliability, and meeting the changing requirements of buyers and consumers will be key for new projects to be developed.The IGU says that, despite the price rebound towards the end of 2017-early 2018, the LNG market remains highly competitive. As a result, there has been considerable impetus for project sponsors to reduce costs, making reaching final investment decisions (FID) a challenge. This was made even more challenging by the long-term contracting environment that remained difficult in 2017.Going further, the IGU states that global LNG prices are likely to trend downward along with the projected increase in supply. The importance of low prices was also highlighted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), when introducing its Gas 2018 market outlook. The IEA points out that while gas has a bright future, the industry is not without its challenges. These include the need for gas prices to remain affordable relative to other fuels in emerging markets.The key competition comes from the increasing use and plunging costs of renewables and the persistent growth of coal use in Asia, particularly in China and India.China’s impactThe single biggest factor driving global gas consumption last year was the surge in Chinese gas and LNG demand. Overall gas consumption increased by over 15 per cent, accounting for around a third of the global increase.The increase in Chinese LNG imports in 2017 was the direct consequence of the Chinese government’s efforts in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors to restrict the penetration of coal in order to reduce pollution in urban areas.However, as BP points out in its Statistical Review of World Energy, even though Chinese gas demand looks set to continue to increase strongly in 2018, the factors that led to it are not likely to continue into 2019. As a result, it seems unlikely that the extent of the surge in gas and LNG demand seen in China in 2017 will be repeated in 2019 and beyond.LNG demand in China is expected to remain higher than a year ago for most of 2018, impacting prices, but should ease by 2019. Future LNG demand should carry on growing but within expectations.The US shale gas factorDuring the period from now to 2023, liquefaction projects will add about 104 million tonnes to global LNG capacity. The major contributor to this expansion will be the US with 62 million tonnes, followed by Australia, with 22 million tonnes, and Russia with 11 million tonnes, with the rest provided by others.With the coming of what it calls the ‘Shale Gale’, IHS Markit expects US shale gas production to carry on increasing, feeding LNG exports.In IHS Markit’s current view, as of 2018 there is approximately 35 trillion cubic meters (tcm) – or 1,250 trillion cubic feet (tcf) – of shale gas resource that is economic below $4 per million btu. This is about the same as the total proved reserves of Russia.What is remarkable about this, is that out of this resource, close to 4.5 tcm – or 160 tcf – which is substantially more than the total combined proved reserves of the East Med, can be produced at negative costs, at an average of -$6 per million btu. This is associated gas, where production costs are recovered from crude oil. But the urgency comes from the fact that this crude oil cannot be produced without securing markets to dispose of the gas – it cannot be flared. This is leading to increasing US gas production at low cost.Given that the North American gas market is reaching saturation point, with supply exceeding domestic demand, there is increasing pressure to export more of this gas as LNG. Over the next five years, US LNG exports will grow from 24 million tonnes/yr now to 77 million tonnes/yr.This increasing, low cost, gas production will also be feeding the second wave of US LNG exports expected to be unleashed to the world in the coming decade. US LNG, benefiting from this low-cost shale gas resource, has the potential to impact global gas markets in a similar manner to the way shale oil has been impacting global oil markets and prices.IHS Markit concludes that “The Shale Gale and its consequent impact on oil have brought a new element of influence and independence for the United States. US LNG and oil exports are becoming a significant and positive factor in the relations with many countries and a key element in discussions about trade.” The same is now expected for US gas.These are the developments in global LNG markets that keep prices low and make finding buyers for East Med LNG challenging. 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However, with the results of ExxonMobil’s promising drilling only about six months away, and given its potentially far-reaching implications, it is advisable to wait until then before long-term decisions are made about how best to develop Cyprus’ gas.Dr Charles Ellinas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Global Energy Center of the Atlantic Council @CharlesEllinasYou May LikeSidiario.comDiscover 7 tricks to buy the best fruit possibleSidiario.comUndoTTL HOLIDAYS INCWhich Is The Best Airlines to Fly to India from USA?TTL HOLIDAYS INCUndoLaser Hair Removal | Sponsored LinksLaser Hair Therapy Costs Might Surprise YouLaser Hair Removal | Sponsored LinksUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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