first_imgAlberta’s government and film industry is hoping a revamp of a grant program will lead to bigger productions and Netflix programs being shot in the province.On Tuesday, Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda announced the $45 million Screen-Based Production Program in annual spending would replace the previous Alberta Production Grant, brought in by the PCs in 1998.Jurisdictions often offer grants to studios as incentives to offset some costs and the previous limit for an individual project was $5 million.The NDP is raising that cap to $7.5 million and each application will be examined for maximum economic impact and job creation, as opposed to what Miranda described as a poor first-come, first-serve basis.“What we inherited was a grant system that was a bottomless pit and it left us scrambling for the money that we needed,” Miranda said.The grant will also offer incentives for local productions, including up to 30 per cent of eligible production expenditures.According to Calgary Economic Development, the industry contributes about $165 million to the provincial GDP, but CEO Mary Moran wants to see that grow significantly.“As we start to attract larger productions, mid-sized productions that we hope to create a pipeline of that type of business, allowing us to grow over the years to five times what it is today,” she said.Alberta is no stranger to film and TV crews; recent productions include The Revenant, FX’s Fargo and Canada’s longest-running drama, Heartland.But Moran said the goal now is to entice more seasonal productions, specifically Netflix shows, to come to Alberta.Alberta’s Commissioner of Film, Television and Creative Industries Luke Azevedo agrees and said being able to compete with other jurisdictions offering higher grants has been a challenge.“We have the mountains, the badlands, the prairies and two municipalities over a million people all within a three-hour radius,” he said. “But when we started to talk about those larger budgets, it was very difficult for us to compete.“We never lose a project because of our personnel or because of the locations, it was the money-based application.”The program means Azevedo is hitting the road, going to Los Angeles, New York, and Europe to inform studios about the changes.“We have a much more robust capacity,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTaroudant- Barid Al-Maghrib issued Wednesday a post stamp MAD 8.40 (about $ 1) in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the glorious Green March.Barid Al-Maghrib “commemorates the Green March and thus contributes to the illustration of the commitment of Morocco to defend the territorial integrity of the Kingdom,” said a statement from the institution.Barid Al-Maghrib is accustomed to issuing post stamps on the occasion of the anniversary of every national events in the kingdom, such the Independence Day or the revolution of the King and the People.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

18 May 2007With the economies of Central Asia hurtling forward but tied to a single sector, some 300 business leaders and policymakers gathered today for a United Nations-sponsored forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to discuss diversification and international competitiveness. The region is among the fastest growing in the world, registering a 12.4 per cent growth rate in 2006, but too much of the growth has been driven by oil, gas and mineral resources industries, according to the Bangkok-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), which organized the conference in cooperation with the government of Kazakhstan. “Only through opening up or greater liberalization can economic diversification be achieved, thereby limiting the risk of reliance on a few commodities,” said Mr. Kim Hak-Su, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNESCAP Executive Secretary at the fourth Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF). The theme of the forum is “At the Crossroads between Asia and Europe: Harnessing the Possibilities of Central Asia,” and in his opening address, Mr. Kim noted that the region was once a crossroads of global trade. “With the right policies in place, it can once again be an important part of that trade,” he said, adding that efficient transport procedures were crucial in that regard. The forum is timed to coincide with the 63rd UNESCAP Commission Session, also taking place in Almaty from 17-23 May, so that its recommendations can be transmitted to the trade ministers attending that high-level meeting. Both meetings represent the first of their kind to be held in Central Asia since UNESCAP was established 60 years ago, the agency said. read more

Despite normal or above-average production in some countries, food aid needs amounted to 3.1 million tons in the just-ending 2003-2004 period, of which 2.8 million tons have been delivered, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Africa Report. This compares with 4 million tons delivered in 2002-03.In 2004-05 food aid needs are expected to increase in view of production shortfalls in several countries, but the actual aid requirements will only be known once the ongoing harvests in eastern and western Africa are completed. In West Africa, assessment missions by FAO and the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) have found that aggregate cereal production for 2004 will remain within the five-year average of 11.6 million tons, but droughts and locust invasions have caused severe localized damage to crops and pastures in many countries.In Mauritania, the most-affected country, cereal production is set to drop 44 per cent compared to last year. Cape Verde has also been badly affected by poor rainfall and locusts and will be facing a larger-than-usual food deficit in 2004-05. To the south, an escalation of violence in Côte d’Ivoire has displaced thousands of people into Liberia since early October, making them dependent on food aid. Several countries in East Africa have had below-average crop production due to erratic seasonal rains and civil conflict, exacerbating the already precarious food situation in the region. In Sudan, more than 4 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance, mainly due to the conflict in Darfur, which has drastically disrupted agricultural production. A “well-below average” maize crop in Kenya, coupled with poor rains in pastoral areas, has resulted in a precarious food situation, with nearly 2.7 million people needing humanitarian aid. In the Central Africa Republic, a strong agricultural recovery is being constrained by persistent insecurity, while the volatile situation in the Republic of Congo continues to hamper humanitarian assistance there. Increased tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have raised the spectre of renewed armed conflict and subsequent impacts on food production. In southern Africa weather conditions for the main 2004-05 agricultural season, which has just begun, are forecast to be normal but the region’s food security situation remains precarious. In Zimbabwe high prices and shortages of maize grain are causing serious food security concerns and widespread shortages of key agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and fuel are expected to continue. Some 4.8 million people – about 40 per cent of Zimbabwe’s population – are in need of emergency food assistance. In a related development FAO announced today that Morocco will send 22 farming experts and technicians to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa to work with local experts, as part of the agency’s South-South Cooperation Programme, a global initiative that aims to strengthen cooperation among developing countries at different stages of development to improve agricultural productivity and ensure access to food for all. The $1.2 million project will be financed by the Islamic Development Bank, the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Djibouti and FAO. read more

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 8:27 am MDT TSX falls back, commodities rise amid mixed Chinese, U.S. manufacturing data TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday amid mixed readings on the health of the manufacturing sector in the world’s two largest economies.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 40.62 points to 12,609.8.HSBC’s monthly purchasing managers’ index for China fell to 49.2 in May. That’s down from 50.4 in April. Readings below 50 indicate a contraction.A similar government-sanctioned survey released Saturday found manufacturing ticked up slightly in the world’s second-biggest economy. That report by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing found its manufacturing index edged up to 50.8.“The market has largely started to price in Chinese growth with a seven (per cent) handle,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It would be nice to see growth tick back up towards eight per cent towards the end of this year, I don’t think it’s unreasonable but the market is starting to come to grips with the fact that China is going to grow more slowly than most had hoped.”The Canadian dollar was up 0.85 of a cent to 97.3 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher while the greenback declined as a widely watched gauge of the American manufacturing sector went into contraction territory during May. The Institute for Supply Management’s Index came in at 49, down from an April reading of 50.7. It was the first time the index slipped below the 50 level since Nov., 2012.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 138.46 points to 15,254.03 as the poor showing reinforced the view that the U.S. Federal Reserve won’t be in a hurry to wrap up its economic stimulus program known as quantitative easing.“You start to think about the potential for the Fed to pull back a bit on its aggressive stimulus and then you move into this phase where the market thinks, OK, good data means less Fed, that’s a bit scary, bad data means the Fed stays in the game and that kind of keeps the underlying confidence,” Fehr added.The Fed has been buying up US$85 billion of bonds every month to keep long term rates low and encourage lending. It has also been largely responsible for an impressive rally on U.S. stock markets that has gone on practically non-stop since late last year.The Nasdaq gained 9.45 points to 3,465.37 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 9.68 points to 1,640.42.Oil and copper prices rose despite the conflicting Chinese data with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.48 to US$93.45 a barrel after a weak global economic outlook depressed prices more than two per cent last week.But the energy sector was a leading TSX decliner, down 0.45 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 66 cents to C$30.24.The industrials sector also weighed with Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) down $2.34 to $135.50. The stock has been heading lower since hitting a 52-week high of $144.30 May 17. The stock has soared since Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital, the railway’s biggest shareholder, won the battle to install new board members and a new chief executive, Hunter Harrison, who formerly held the top executive job at Canadian National (TSX:CNR).After the close of markets, Pershing Square announced it would sell seven million CP Rail shares over the next six to 12 months.The base metals sector lost early gains to move down 0.23 per cent while July copper gained four cents to US$3.33 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was ahead nine cents to C$8.34 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 18 cents to $18.38.Consumer staples was a major advancer with Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) ahead 71 cents to $45.99.The gold sector was up more than one per cent as August bullion on the Nymex gained $18.90 to US$1,411.90 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by 20 cents to C$5.63.Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) shares were up 35 cents or 9.16 per cent to $4.17 after it said it expects the Kumtor mine in eastern Kyrgyzstan to achieve its 2013 production target despite last week’s shutdown caused by protests calling for nationalization of the operation.A new code of conduct unveiled by the CRTC says that wireless customers will be able to cancel their cellphone contracts after two years without any penalties even if they’ve signed up for longer terms. The regulator said the new code will apply to new wireless contracts starting Dec. 2. The TSX telecom sector was down 0.55 per cent. BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gave back 52 cents to $46.07.In other corporate news, drug manufacturer Patheon Inc. (TSX:PTI) had a profit of $100,000 in the second quarter, an improvement from a $79.6-million loss a year earlier, when it recorded a $57.9-million impairment charge. Revenue rose 40 per cent to $253.9 million, with about $54.6 million of the increase due to an acquisition. Its shares dropped 19 cents to $5.51.CVTech Group Inc. (TSX:CVT) said Monday that its subsidiaries have been awarded several new contracts representing a total value of approximately $77.4 million. The announcement follows comments last week by the company’s second-largest shareholder that CVTech recently twice rebuffed a takeover offer. Its shares were eight cents lower to $1.40 after surging more than 20 per cent Friday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“The spirit of the Treaty Event is simple – the Secretary-General invites high-level dignitaries to seize the opportunity of their presence in New York for the opening of the annual session of the General Assembly to join multilateral treaties,” Santiago Villalpando, the Chief of the Treaty Section in the UN Office of Legal Affairs, said at a press conference in New York.“Multilateral treaties are a key instrument for States members to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations, and achieve international cooperation. Throughout the history of the Organization, hundreds of multilateral treaties have been adopted in all areas of international relations, ranging from human rights to telecommunications to protection of environment,” he added. This year, the Treaty Event will focus on promoting multilateral treaties that safeguard humanity, such as treaties on human rights, refugees and stateless persons, health, trade, transport, terrorism and criminal matters, law of the sea, outer space, disarmament, climate change and other environmental issues. One of the key instruments this year is the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted this July and will open for signature next week The Treaty – adopted by a vote of 122 in favour to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore) – prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons.SEE ALSO: UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is one of more than 560 multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General, covering all aspects of the work of the Organization. The Treaty Event, held annually since 2000, may be used to sign, ratify or accede to any of these treaties. read more

first_imgSunridge Energy has signed a binding letter agreement with private US based Current Environmental Solutions (CES). The agreement gives Sunridge a five year exclusive license to use CES’s proprietary technology within the Alberta oil sands area to assist in the extraction of heavy oil.  CES has the option to participate in any project in which Sunridge participates within the oil sands. Using CES’s proprietary technology (Six-Phase Oil Heating), Sunridge has an opportunity to extract oil from depths that were previously too deep to mine and too shallow to use high pressure steam injection (SAGD). The oil sands are the second largest petroleum reserve in the world with current technologies focusing on 75 m deep excavation deposits or deep steam injections in excess of 175-275 m. CES’s technology is bestsuited for the shallow-depth zones from 75 m to 175 m, which capitalises on a major untapped reserve in the oil sands. On a section of land (640  acres), there are potentially over 100 million barrels of oil in place at this depth. There are  hundreds of sections of land in Alberta that contains oil sands that are too deep for surface mining and are potential candidates for this technology. The company is planning to commence two pilot projects this fall.“This exclusive arrangement is a major accomplishment for Sunridge and we are extremely excited with the potential of this extraction technology in the recovery of heavy oil at shallow depths” comments Dwayne Tyrkalo, President and CEO of Sunridge, “We are confident this technology will allow us to extract the extensive reserves of shallow depth targeted oil at costs comparable to or less than steam injection used at deeper depths”.The propriety proven technology known as 6-Phase Oil Heating (6POH), was first commercialised in 1997 by CES in the US for the remedial cleanup of hydrocarbons. By generating heat through electrodes installed in theground and adding current, the in-situ steam produced generates a steam-drive pushing hydrocarbons up through the collection wells. So far, the technology has been used at over 50 different sites around the world and achieved recovery rates of in excess of 70%.In the oil sands application of 6POH, the objective is to heat the heavy oil (bitumen) formation, which is immobile and stays locked in the formation due to high viscosity. The formations around the Fort Mc Murray area have an average thickness of 15-30+ m of bitumen oil pay with estimated 30% porosity. By heating the reservoir to an estimated 100oC the viscosity of heavy oil drops significantly and becomes light oil, allowing for low cost conventional pumping extraction. No water is required for steam generation resulting in very low emissions with less impact to the environment.6POH technology allows Sunridge to get involved in large heavy oil projects in the second largest oil deposit in the world.last_img read more

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first_img“NO BLOOD FOR Oil” and “No Wars for Oil” have been popular slogans among critics of most US-led military campaigns since the Gulf War in 1990. Critics levelled particular scorn upon the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the bombing of Libya in 2011 because, unlike other recent targets of US military power, like Somalia and the former Yugoslavia, these countries have oil-based economies and large petrochemical reserves.It is not feasible to definitively rule out the possibility that the US attacked these countries to seize control of their oil supplies. What can be demonstrated, however, is that the US lacked a compelling reason to wage “wars for oil” during the past decade.The world’s oil supplyAlthough the total supply of oil on Earth is finite, neither humanity in general nor the US in particular are in danger of running out of oil any time soon. On the contrary, new exploration and exploitation technologies, like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have led to steady increases in the number of exploitable deposits of oil and other fossil fuels during the past three decades.Israel’s offshore natural gas deposits, Canada’s vast deposits of heavy crude, and the US’s unparalleled reserves of shale oil and gas represent just a few of the enormous petrochemical sources made viable by relatively recent technological developments. In fact, the US’s reserves of shale oil and gas are so immense that, as its exploitation technology continues to improve, it could become the world’s leading oil producer by 2020 and a net exporter of fossil fuel-based energy by 2030.The US government is well-aware of the fact that it has and will continue to have secure access to very large supplies of oil and other fossil fuels for generations and, thus, little need to seize foreign supplies by force.Iraq and Libya would have made poor targetsEven if the US had been desperate for oil during the past decade, Iraq and Libya would have made poor targets. Iraq contributed less than three percent of global oil production in 2002, the last full year of production before the US-led invasion. Libya, similarly, contributed merely two percent of global production in 2010.The US could not, therefore, have expected to gain access to a significant volume of readily-available oil in either country. Moreover, given that the US consumed about 25 percent of the oil produced around the world during the past decade, about half of which was imported, seizing control of Iraq and Libya’s oil fields would not have freed it from its current dependence on imports from Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and a handful of other major suppliers.It is, of course, still possible that the US attacked Iraq and Libya in order to force them to grant US firms access to their oil sectors. One problem with this rationale is that US oil companies were already earning considerable revenue from refining, distributing, and selling Iraqi and Libyan oil in the US before the US-led attacks took place.Moreover, trying to seize their oil supplies by force would have been an extremely expensive and risky way to go about increasing access for US firms, especially because, whether directly or as a result of reprisal attacks, attacking these countries could have seriously damaged the very oil production and transportation infrastructure that US firms would have needed to use at the conclusion of the conflict.US oil companiesA cheaper and less risky way to improve US firms’ access to the Iraqi and Libyan oil sectors would have been for the US government to offer to remove the long-standing economic and political sanctions it helped impose on these countries in exchange for fair access to production and transportation contracts. US oil companies evidently favoured this approach.In May of 1997, multiple US oil firms, including Exxon, Occidental Petroleum, Atlantic Richfield, and Conoco, launched a concerted lobbying effort to try to convince their government to lift sanctions against Iraq as a means of improving their access to its oil sector. Archie Dunham, the then-CEO of Conoco, reflected the sentiments of US oil firms quite well when he stated that, “US companies, not rogue regimes, are the ones that suffer when the United States imposes economic sanctions.”An even less risky alternative to war would have been to work toward increasing US firms’ access to the oil supplies of Canada and some of the other major suppliers to the US market by bolstering their oil production and transportation infrastructure. For example, increasing political and fiscal support for completing the Keystone Pipeline, which is designed to transport up to 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries in several states, would have allowed the US to import a far greater quantity of oil than it could plausibly extract from Iraq or Libya and at a small fraction of the cost.Alternative supplies – Canada, Mexico, and BrazilThe US, in fact, successfully pursued this very approach during the past decade by investing financial and political capital to improve its access to oil produced in friendly countries, like Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, while simultaneously decreasing its reliance on oil supplies located in hostile countries, like Venezuela, and countries in unstable areas of the world, like the middle east. These efforts, along with booming domestic production, removed any need to try to seize foreign oil reserves by force.Regardless of whether one accepts these rationales, the US’s post-war experience in Iraq and Libya should serve as a cautionary tale for any government that may wish to launch a “war for oil” in the near future.Despite the US’s central role in the recent military campaigns against these countries, and its considerable investment of lives, money, and political capital, it currently imports virtually the same amount of oil from these countries as it did before it attacked them.Military forceIn other words, if the US genuinely sought to use military force to secure greater access to Iraqi and Libyan oil, it failed miserably. Likewise, US oil companies have not dominated post-war oil production in either country. On the contrary, US-based oil companies currently hold only a handful of production contracts in Iraq, with firms headquartered in Iraq, China, South Korea, and host of European countries collectively handling a majority of Iraq’s current production.The situation in Libya is even worse for US firms since its oil sector is still dominated by the state-own Libyan firms that flourished under the Gaddafi regime. This should not be surprising given that Iraq and Libya are sovereign states that have chosen to exert their rightful control over their most valuable natural resources. In light of the US’s experience in Iraq and Libya, the prospect of trying to seize foreign oil supplies by force can be seen for what it truly is: a fool’s errand.Scott Fitzsimmons is a Lecturer in International Relations in the University of Limerick’s Department of Political Science, where he teaches modules on the causes of wars.Read: EU reveals plans to buy oil from rebel-held parts of Syria>INFOGRAPHIC: How does oil get to Ireland>last_img read more

first_imgSO YOU’RE GOING on your holliers. Oh nice. Where? Marbella? Costa Del Sol?Try Arklow or Mosney, where you’ll do these things. Lucky you!1. Sleep in a caravan or holiday homeJust what you need as a pre-teen. Being hauled up in an enclosed space with your entire immediate, bored family. Source: Gleesonsholidaypark2. Say ‘Are we there yet’ multiple times during the car journey?All you had was car games or travel sized chess to keep you occupied until the next joyous stop at the garage. Source: Shutterstock3.  Boot picnicsA flask of tea with the cup lid was a must. Source: Made-in-china4. Rent bikes or tennis racketsIt’s not a real Irish holiday if you’re not doing an activity you could have done at home for free. Source: BlogSpot5. Swimming in the freezing cold seaTea on the beach to warm up. Classic. Source: Mark Stedman6. Deck chairs are used for everythingMust be hauled around at all times. Source: Mark Stedman Source: Mark Stedman7. Fishing in the rock-poolsOh great, another tadpole. Source: Eamonn Farrell8. Eat sandy sambos and 99s from the shabby beach shopMmm, crunchy. Source: Eamonn Farrell Photocall Ireland!9. Play on the amusements, crazy golf and pedalos like it was Las Vegas and Disney combined Source: Courtownhotel10. Get drenched on the playground slides because you couldn’t wait for them to dry Source: cwjoneill11. Playing board games that were left in the caravanAlways crap, always soundtracked by the rain tapping the roof. Source: Boardgame Geek Source: Severn Beach Antiques12. Going for drives while your parents say ‘sure isn’t it lovely all the same’ at fieldsIt is, sure. Source: ShutterstockHow to tell if you are an Irish person on holiday>11 reasons Mosney and Rainbow Rapids were better than Disneyland>last_img read more

first_imgEver set up your tripod on uneven ground, then the camera or video camera tilts up or down as you pan, no matter how carefully you thought you leveled the legs? Replace your tripod head with an Induro PHQ five-way panhead. The five-way adjustments, five bubble levels, and two panning locks let you get the platform perfectly level and then you apply further tilt and pan adjustments to your heart’s content. It’s great for still cameras and video cameras. The Induro PHQ1 ($315 street) supports 25 pounds; the Induro PHQ3 ($395) supports 35 pounds. The top plate is compatible with Arca-Swiss quick-release mounting plates, the industry standard. AdChoices广告One way to think of the Induro PHQ is that you’ve got a tilt-and-pan head atop a tilt-and-pan head. The bottom one makes the tripod mount perfectly level. The top one is the traditional tilt-and-pan head. Expensive tripods come without a tripod head, just as expensive cameras come without a lens. With affordable tripods, sometimes you can remove the tilt-and-pan head and replace it with another, such as the Induro PHQ, or you can in a pinch mount the head atop the other head. Other Photo Gifts Other photo gifts to consider this 2010 holiday season:Fast Mainstream Zoom LensInduro 5-Way Pan Head for Perfectly Level Pans with DSLRs, Video Cameras Jill-e Photo Bags for WomenAll-Purpose Lowepro Outback, Tamrac Speed Pack BagsMicrofiber Cloths (You Never Can Have Too Many)last_img read more

first_imgIreland has spent €430 million on criminal legal aid in the past eight years €53 million was spent on providing free legal aid to people facing criminal charges last year alone. By Cianan Brennan Share415 Tweet Email2 38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 8,883 Views Source: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ieTHE IRISH STATE has shelled out nearly €430 million on criminal legal aid in the last eight years.While the amount spent annually has decreased slightly in recent years, an average of €54 million is still being spent on representation for those facing criminal charges each year.Figures released to TheJournal.ie under Freedom of Information legislation show that a grand total of €428.1 million has been allocated to defend criminal charges in that time.The full breakdown is as follows: Source: Department of Justice€53 million was allocated for legal aid last year, a 4% increase on the amount spent in 2015.Criminal legal aid is entirely free, and is provided to those facing criminal charges once they pass a basic means-test. Given the sheer expense involved in defending even basic criminal charges, the vast majority of people facing such charges in Ireland are entitled to aid.In 2015, 71% of suspects and accused persons in Ireland were entitled to that aid.This means that even individuals who were formerly of high net worth, such as former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm, are entitled to a free defence.Almost all of the money earmarked for legal aid comes from the Department of Justice.Attempts have been made to reduce the bill in recent years, with the rates of fees paid to legal practitioners decreasing by 8% in 2009 and a further 8% in 2010. Despite this, the increase seen in 2016 sees the amount of fees paid inching back towards the level seen at the start of the decade.‘Until you’ve stood in those shoes, you can’t understand’ – how free legal aid works in IrelandAt present, criminal aid is governed by the Criminal Justice Act 1962. Last September Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald committed to one of her party’s pre-election promises – an update to the 1962 act that would move the provision of criminal aid to the aegis of the Legal Aid Board (the statutory instrument responsible for legal civil aid), and introduce a number of measures to safeguard against abuses of the system, including sanctions and the introduction of contributions from those receiving aid.A spokesperson for the Department of Justice confirmed to TheJournal.ie that update bill is now “at an advanced stage of development” and will be submitted “to the Oireachtas for pre-legislative scrutiny as early as is feasible in 2017″.Meanwhile, while the costs may be high, Ireland’s current legal aid system is nevertheless seen as being one of Europe’s better ones.At present a directive on the subject is expected imminently from the EU – one that is in all likelihood aimed at raising other countries (such as the aforementioned Slovenia and Hungary, not to mention Italy) to the same levels of aid as Ireland currently boasts.Read: Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on 29 MarchRead: EU teens one step closer to being handed free interrailing ticket on their 18th birthdays http://jrnl.ie/3296584 Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 7:10 AM Mar 26th 2017, 7:10 AM last_img read more

Tuchel left impressed by PSG new boy Paredes

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s newest signing Leandro Paredes made a positive impression on manager Thomas Tuchel in his first start.Les Parisiens fended off competition from Chelsea for the €45m signing of Paredes from Russian giants Zenit during the January transfer window.The Argentina international’s arrival at PSG couldn’t have been better timed given midfielders Marco Verratti and Lassana Diarra’s current injury problems.Although Paredes’ PSG debut on Sunday proved to be one to forget after making an 11-minute cameo in their 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat at Lyon.The 24-year-old then made his first start and played the full 120 minutes as PSG overcame third-tier side Villefranche to progress to the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France with a 3-0 win.“It was a good opportunity to play Leandro for 60, or 70 minutes — ultimately, he went the full 120,” said Tuchel, according to ESPN.“Obviously, this will have consequences. As he played 120 minutes here, I am not sure if he will be able to play for much more than an hour against Bordeaux this weekend.“Leandro played well — he was very reliable in the middle. He never lost the ball, showed his quality with some passes and was creative. It was not easy, but he showed his quality here.”Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani praised Villefranche for the unexpected challenge they had posed to PSG after keeping the scoreline goalless into extra-time.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…Tuchel brought on Cavani in the second half to break the stubborn Villefranche defence and the Uruguay international delivered by scoring PSG’s third of the game.Julian Draxler and Moussa Diaby were the other scorers with substitute Kylian Mbappe registering two assists.“We were up against a tough Villefranche side, who played very well,” said Cavani. “It was difficult, but we managed to get ourselves out of it.“After we got our first goal, the match was more open. Ultimately, I think that we deserved to win.”Tuchel’s men will next take on Bordeaux on Saturday in Ligue 1 at the Parc Des Princes before heading over to Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie three days later.🆕📷👌@LParedss pic.twitter.com/xLnAKpbpso— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 7, 2019last_img read more

Illegal immigrants make landfall

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Around 11:31pm on Monday 24th July 2017, the Coastal Radar Station operator contacted central after a suspected illegal sloop was detected at 3.3 miles from North West Point.Police and Immigration Officials were dispatched to the area, but by the time they arrived persons had already off the wooden blue boat and it was partially sank. Officers continue to make checks between Malcolm’s Beach and North West Point where several persons were seen and fled into the bushes. One female was apprehended and detained and is being processed by immigration.A continued search is presently ongoing in the areas mentioned above.The communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to contact law enforcement with any information concerning the whereabouts of any illegal migrants or on pending sloop arrivals.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

first_imgWelcome to the first edition of The Columbian Asks. This might become an occasional feature in which we try to find out what’s on the mind of Columbian.com users.The first such question was prompted for several reasons. With the secrecy and differing stories about how Osama bin Laden was ultimately killed, we felt like there was a lot of room for conversation. So to that end, we’re wondering what you might say to or tell the Navy SEALs who killed bin Laden early this week.We encourage you to use your real name, and we might publish some answers in our print edition.We welcome your comments, but please be mindful of the Columbian’s community guidelines when posting.Thanks!last_img read more

Hot day in the National capital

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites continued to reel under hot weather conditions with the maximum temperature settling at 39.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average. The minimum temperature was recorded at 31.3 degrees Celsius, also four notches above the season’s average. Humidity oscillated between 41 and 73 per cent. The maximum temperature at Palam was recorded at 40.9 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 31.4 degrees Celsius. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The maximum temperature at Lodhi Road was recorded at 38.9 degrees Celsius and the minimum was recorded at 30.4 degrees Celsius while Ridge recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 29.9 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies with possibility of thundery developments towards afternoon/evening on Sunday. There will be dust raising winds during the day. The maximum temperature on Sunday is likely to be around 38 degrees, while the minimum around 31 degrees Celsius. According to a MeT official, relief from the heat is likely on July 16 as rains are expected on that evening. On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 39.2 and 30.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img The last couple episodes of The Exorcist have been unrelenting and terrifying. Most of this season has, really. That’s one of the reasons it’s been even better than it’s surprisingly strong first season. It’s even clearer now that the people running the show get horror. More importantly, they know how to make horror work on TV. As much fun as the constant scares have been, a good horror movie knows it needs its slow moments. The scares are much bigger when they’ve had time to build. That’s what most of this episode is. After last week’s terror in the woods, this week gave us most of the hour to catch our breaths. And then all hell broke loose.Last night’s episode picked up right where last week’s ended. The demon has changed the form it shows Andy, and now presents itself as his dead wife. He was able to reject Grace pretty easily. Once Verity made him see that the girl wasn’t real, he did everything he could to get away from her. This won’t be that easy. After Nikki’s suicide, Andy buried himself in fostering the kids. He made sure they had everything they needed. He never took any time to allow himself to grieve. That trauma provided an opening for a demon to possess him. Now, that same trauma allows the demon to strengthen its hold on him.Guest star Cyrus Arnold (C) and Li Jun Li (R) (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)Most of this episode is a slow build-up to the final few minutes. It uses Nikki’s presence effectively, not trying to scare us right away. The conversations she has with Andy are concerning, to be sure, but nothing outright scary. She’s manipulating him, but it all looks very mundane. Until you realize that Andy’s the only one who can see her. The real pain of this episode comes from Andy just acting like a jerk. As the demon tightens its hold on him, he starts acting dismissive toward the kids. Andy and Rose visit Truck in the facility he’s been forced to stay at, but Andy is distant. He doesn’t even comfort Truck when the kid worries that his foster sister hates him now. Rose starts to suspect something is wrong right away, and her concerns grow stronger when she finds Andy talking to himself.That’s enough to convince Rose to at least hear the priests out. She invites them over for dinner under the pretense of saying goodbye to Harper. Even after seemingly revealing itself in last week’s episode, the demon spends most of this one trying to hide. It does so pretty effectively too, allowing the episode to subtly, slowly build a sense of dread over the course of the hour. The priests become suspicious when Andy starts mocking the before-dinner prayer. When Verity did it in the first episode, it felt like the action of an edgy teen discovering that atheism exists. Then we found out why she has such a low opinion of religion and her rebellion was given a sadder context. When Andy does it, it’s meaner. It’s mocking the priests and trying to drive them out of the house. We get a very tense dinner sequence, in which Andy puts Verity into the middle of his argument with the priests over the legitimacy of exorcism. She’s made incredibly uncomfortable, as are all of us watching. The scene certainly did its job. If we didn’t want to see this demon exorcised and destroyed, we sure do now.Kurt Egyiawan and Zuleikha Robinson (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)The show gets even better when the priests sit down for tea with Andy and Rose. This is one of those scenes that really shows off the acting talent The Exorcist has been able to get. John Cho and Ben Daniels are playing so many hidden objectives and emotions, and they’re playing all of them well. There’s fire behind both actors’ eyes and the scene only grows more unsettling the longer it goes on. Good acting like this can make a scene where two people sit and talk over a cup of tea feel like an action sequence.The sense of dread is further compounded by the show switching back and forth between Andy’s house Chicago, where Bennett and Mouse have found Maria Walters. Unfortunately, the demon isn’t nearly as high ranking as it once was. Her desperation to be possessed wasn’t the only reason the demons avoided her for so long. She has cancer. With her body rapidly deteriorating, she is no longer useful to the demonic conspiracy. She does drop a hint that the demons are working on turning Father Tomas. At this point, particularly after Tomas sees Andy poor blood into his teacup, it’s clear that something is very wrong with him. He let a demon inside his head, which is exactly what they wanted. The two stories are starting to come together in more ways than one. Mouse apparently has some history with Father Marcus. She recognizes him in the photo Maria keeps, and the demon even uses his voice to taunt her. That’s all we get of them for this week, but I’m definitely interested to see where this goes. Also, that voice-changing thing is deeply unsettling no matter how many times they do it.Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)Back in Andy’s foster home, it looks like the demon might succeed at hiding itself for another week. After this many episodes, I really should know the show better than that. Rose gets sick of what looks like Marcus berating a grieving man, and the priests leave. That’s when the episode goes completely insane. Rose and Andy go into his bedroom and are about to have sex when Nikki appears right next to her. That freaks Andy out enough that he turns down the demonic threesome, sending the demon into a rage. All over the house, things start floating, the demon lifts Rose up into the air and starts choking her. Andy, fully possessed at this point wraps his hands around her neck.The scares don’t end there either. While all that is going on, Harper’s mother shows up in her room. She’s escaped and found out where her daughter’s staying. And she’s brought a knife. She threatens to kill the sleeping Verity if Harper doesn’t go with her. Thankfully, the priests didn’t actually leave when they said they were going to and they make enough noise to wake up everyone in the house. That includes the demon, who stops choking Rose and brings Andy into the hallway where the priests are struggling with Harper’s mom.Ben Daniels, guest star Alex Barima, guest star Beatrice Kitsos and guest star Hunter Dillon (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)A good horror movie forces you to watch while a character you like does something terrible. More than that, it makes you complicit. You might even cheer when the protagonist turns the tables on someone who “deserves it.” That’s why, for example, we were all rooting for Daniel Kaluuya to strangle Allison Williams in Get Out. Good horror reveals the dark, uncomfortable truths about ourselves. Under the right circumstances, we’re on board for some pretty horrific acts. That’s what happened at the end of last night’s episode. The demon made Andy kill someone. Brutally. He grabbed the knife and stabbed a woman in the stomach right in front of her daughter. Then, he brought the knife up through her chest. And as horrifying as it was to watch, was anyone sad about her death? We were all rooting for her to die, weren’t we? She’s already been established as a scarier monster than any demon. She made her kid sick for years and now she was threatening other kids with a knife so she’d be able to do it again. When Andy stabbed her, the show made us root for the demon, just for one second. Every week, I’m amazed that network TV is capable of producing horror this good, this effective. I have nothing but high hopes for next week. Now, everyone has seen evidence of demonic possession. The exorcism can begin.last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe team from Visit Seattle put on a great event on Thursday 7 December, which, much like the city itself, was understated but delivered in a big way. The venue was PS40, a hot ticket in Sydney by anyone’s standard, serving up two of its signature cocktails; a deliciously refreshing whisky and citrus-based number meant that the sweeter-looking fruit-based number wasn’t personally sampled. For those not looking for cocktails there was local chardonnay and sauvignon blanc on offer to wash down the Sydney rock oysters, spanner crab, house-made mushroom rice paper rolls and deconstructed prosciutto BLTs.The message of the night was clear: Seattle is an underutilised gem. Delivered in friendly conversations by the Visit Seattle team, with a brief welcome from Tom Norwalk, Visit Seattle CEO, it was an informative and well presented evening.A stepping stone to cruise Alaska or join a Rocky Mountaineer train journey, Washington state’s largest city has a lot more to offer than just being a stopover. Cultural and artistic pockets, enviable live music, a strong foodie scene, the Needle, large investment in industry (this is the home of Amazon), and outdoor activities provided by surrounding mountains and waterways in winter or summer make it a veritable gold mine of experiences.The reception was the final event in a whirlwind tour by the Visit Seattle team that has seen them visit Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney in the space of five days. They are excited about their partnership and representation through GTI Tourism as of this year and look forward to welcoming many more Australians to their city. My overall impression of the evening was that if the city is as friendly and charming as its representatives, I want to go! On Wednesday night they held a more formal reception at Bennelong Restaurant with American Consulate staff and dignitaries. Photos supplied are from that event.Words: David Newling, Signature MediaGo back to the e-newsletterTom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit SeattleLeft to right: John Boesche, Vice President of International Tourism; Ali Daniels, Head of Marketing; Amanda Parsons, General Manager of The Thompson Seattle; Leslie Kunde, Chairman at Visit Seattle/Director of Customer Relations at Boeing; Tamara Thorhallsson, Tourism Manager of Australian & New Zealand; Tom Norwalk, President & CEOlast_img read more

Government ready for worstcase scenario in CY saga

first_imgThe government has drafted plans to secure the island’s connection by air in the event that Cyprus Airways (CY) shut down, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Tuesday.The minister was speaking in parliament, which convened to discuss the future of the ailing national carrier.“We are trying to exhaust every possibility for the survival of the company,” he told MPs. “We ought to say that our plans also include the worst-case scenario.”Rejecting claims that the government was not handling the issue properly, Georgiades said CY can be sold tomorrow if there is a serious investor.“We are looking for a real investor and not a charlatan; we are prepared to sell the company to the workers,” he said.The minister challenged pilots to buy the company themselves since they had the money.Georgiades said an investor should have been sought back in 2007 when the European Commission approved a state subsidy one a one-time last-time basis.The company is waiting for a decision on whether amounts in excess of €100m given by the government in recent years constitutes state aid and must be paid back, a decision that would instantly bankrupt the national carrier.The minister said that workers will be compensated in the event of closure. The government has already submitted a supplementary budget worth €10 million to that end.Outside parliament, CY staff staged a protest demanding the company’s rescue.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more