TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sporting CP target Liverpool winger Rafa Camachoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are expected to release Rafa Camacho for loan next month.The Liverpool Echo says Sporting CP want their ex-academy star for the rest of the season, with a number of Championship clubs also interested.Camacho, 18, can play across the front line and was also used as a full-back in an impressive pre-season campaign under Jurgen Klopp.After starring in America, his performances in the Uefa Youth League have brought him plenty of suitors.The Portugal Under-20s international is yet to make his first-team debut but could be contention next season if he can gain experience on a short-term deal elsewhere.
Burnley defender Kevin Long admits lack of action frustratingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Kevin Long admits his lack of action this season is frustrating.The Republic of Ireland defender’s only appearance for the Clarets this season came in the EFL Cup exit at home to Sunderland in August. “It can be frustrating,” he told the Irish media.“If other lads for Burnley or Ireland are playing well, there’s not much I can do.“I spoke to Mick briefly about it in the past. He wants me playing games, first and foremost, but is aware of the position I’m in at Burnley.“He’s stuck by me and hopefully I can repay him for that.“If I get a chance on Saturday, I’ll be ready to take it with both hands. This match, and the trip to Switzerland on Tuesday, are huge games. They’re the type of you want to be involved in.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER – Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the city has filed a federal court claim against the owner of a vessel that spilled fuel into English Bay in 2015, as part of the city’s continuing effort to get compensation for its response efforts.Robertson says three years after the MV Marathassa spilled 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into the bay, the city still hasn’t been compensated for about $550,000 it spent on response efforts.Robertson says Vancouver has sought repayment through the federal government’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, but has only been promised compensation for 27 per cent of its costs — something Robertson called “totally unacceptable.“It’s ridiculous that it’s taken over three years now fighting for our costs to be covered by an oil spill in our harbour,” Robertson told reporters gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Sunday.The city’s claim against the ship owners — filed last month but announced on Sunday — calls for damages, interest and court costs related to the spill.Robertson said the city’s difficulty in getting paid back for what he described as a “relatively small oil spill” shows there aren’t enough measures in place to protect coastal communities against more major spills.He said the costs and impacts of a potential diluted bitumen spill from the increased tanker traffic that would come with the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has not been meaningfully addressed by the federal government.Robertson said the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund was set up by the federal government to act in the interest of communities like Vancouver, but is failing to do so.“It clearly does not do that, does not deliver the results. This speaks to the greater concern we have with Kinder Morgan and oil tankers,” he said.Transport Canada, which oversees spill response, could not immediately be reached for comment.The claim’s statements have not been proven in court.
MONTREAL – Air Transat has signed a deal with AerCap for the long-term lease of seven new Airbus aircraft.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.The subsidiary of Transat AT Inc. is acquiring two A321neos and five A321neo LRs which will be delivered between 2020 and 2022.They will replace wide-body A330 aircraft whose leases will expire during the period.The new aircraft will join 10 new A321neo LRs being leased from AerCap that are expected to be added to Air Transat’s fleet starting in the spring of next year.Air Transat’s fleet currently includes 33 permanent aircraft.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ)
TORONTO – The country’s real estate market may be taking a breather, but a new survey suggests the vast majority of recent homebuyers are maxing out their budgets to purchase their first homes.In its annual mortgage consumer study, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. found that 85 per cent of first-time buyers reported spending the most they could afford on their property.Despite this, 76 per cent say they were still confident that they would be able to make their monthly mortgage payments.Sixty per cent of first-timers and 69 per cent of repeat buyers reported having “sufficient assets” such as investments or other properties to help them if they were to run into financial trouble with their mortgage.The federal housing agency, which has been conducting the survey since 1999, says housing affordability continues to be the most important factor cited among first-time and repeat homebuyers, when compared to other factors such as a property’s neighbourhood, proximity to work and condition.More than half of those concerned say their top worries included unforeseen costs, paying too much for their home and rising interest rates.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target four times to 1.5 per cent since July 2017. It is widely anticipated that the central bank will announce another hike at its next meeting on Oct. 24.Some housing markets across the country have already been feeling the cooling effects of higher interest rates coupled with some recently introduced measures like the new mortgage stress test and a 15 per cent foreign buyer tax in Ontario.Earlier this week, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that national home sales fell for the first time in five months in September amid weakening markets in Vancouver and Toronto.Despite prices also flattening, the outlook on the national real estate market remains positive.The CMHC survey found that 80 per cent of homebuyers polled still believe that buying property is a good long-term financial investment. Sixty-six per cent believed their home value would increase within the next 12 months.The online survey, which was conducted in April, polled more than 4,000 Canadians who became mortgage consumers in the last year.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
Saturday248.45136.402,825 There are eight cities hosting March Madness games this weekend, but none with ticket sales hotter than Louisville, Ky.; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle. That’s what happens when NCAA tournament games are basically home games.The demand for tickets there shows how valuable ostensible home games are to ticket sellers, if not to fairness lovers. Kentucky, Kansas and Gonzaga — the first or second highest-ranked teams facing off in the hot-ticket cities — all play their home games less than 300 miles from their tournament host cities. Omaha gets a double dip of local teams, with No. 7 Wichita State playing there as well.To get the list, I used data provided by two online ticket marketplaces, ScoreBig and SeatGeek. Connor Gregoire, a SeatGeek spokesman, sent data based on sales made via the site’s ticket search engine. Alison Burnham, vice president of pricing and analytics for ScoreBig, sent data for tickets available on her site and elsewhere on the secondary market.I compared average prices for top-tier seats, and, separately, for the cheap seats. Also, some sessions are more attractive than others — people would rather go to a weekend session than one during the week, probably both because of the convenience and because weekend sessions tend to feature tighter games. In addition, weeknights beat weekdays, and Fridays beat Thursdays, perhaps because it’s easier to travel without taking two days off work. Since 2011, Friday afternoon sessions have averaged 19 percent higher prices for the best seats, 30 percent higher prices for the cheaper seats and 26 percent more sales on SeatGeek. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. Thursday afternoon$131.95$67.802,175 Friday afternoon156.7588.052,740 Thursday evening163.0087.552,235 SESSIONLOWER SEATSUPPER SEATSTICKETS SOLD Sunday233.70130.752,760 So I compared apples to apples: How did Thursday afternoon sessions, for instance, compare to average prices for that session this year?After controlling for variables unrelated to which teams were playing, Louisville was clearly the hottest ticket among the four cities holding Thursday/Saturday sessions. Omaha and Seattle were the Friday/Sunday winners.1Venues sell four types of tickets: For each of the two round-of-64 sessions, for the single round-of-32 session, and for all three sessions combined. In each host city, I looked at ticket demand for each of the four ticket types in three ways: prices of more-expensive seats, prices of cheap seats and volume of ticket sales. That’s 12 points of comparison in all. Louisville and Omaha were above average in 11 of the 12 categories for their sessions. Seattle was above average in every ticket-price category, though below average in three of the four ticket-sale-volume categories. The ScoreBig data, used as a reality check, was similar, with Pittsburgh also making a strong showing.From a last-minute ticket-buyer’s perspective, the main question might be, how much is the least I can pay to get in? To answer that question, SeatGeek sent along daily figures for the ticket at the fifth percentile of listing prices for each session. Even these seats, some of the cheapest available, have stayed expensive for the round-of-64 sessions that feature quasi-home teams in Louisville, Omaha and Seattle. But for other sessions, prices have fallen. For instance, on Wednesday, tickets to the Thursday afternoon session in Louisville — the one that featured four teams not named Kentucky — could be had for just $14. Friday evening186.25107.952,375
OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson lays down a bunt during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 13. OSU won 7-3. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorFresh off its first Big Ten series victory of the 2016 season over Rutgers last weekend, the Ohio State baseball team (23-12-1, 4-5-0) is set to host the Cincinnati Bearcats (18-19) on Tuesday in a midweek meeting between in-state foes. The two teams faced each other a season ago, when OSU claimed a 6-0 victory behind a strong outing from then-redshirt freshman Adam Niemeyer. OSU coach Greg Beals will try to duplicate that performance by again sending a rookie pitcher to the mound, this time being Ryan Feltner in a controlled start against a to-be-determined Bearcat. The Scarlet and Gray, who are 14-2 at home this season, will be hoping to continue their dominance over visiting opponents with another win against the Bearcats. Scouting the BearcatsDespite losing three of its last five games, Cincinnati enters Tuesday’s game leading the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats, however, are visiting with momentum behind them, as they won two of three games against conference foe Tulane over the weekend. Games outside of the Queen City have not been friendly for the Bearcats. In road or neutral contests, they have a combined travel record of 4-15. Cincinnati, statistically, is one of the worst hitting teams in all of Division I. Its team average of .239 ranks 267th of 295 teams. But the Bearcats have been able to produce some big runs courtesy of the long ball. Cincinnati has blasted 25 homers this season, good enough for third in the AAC. The Bearcats are led at the plate by the performance of redshirt sophomore infielder Connor McVey. The Mason, Ohio, native has been clawing away at the baseball with a .301 average, including a team-leading 10 doubles and 21 stolen bases. Cincinnati also has exceptional team speed along the base paths, having swiped 63 of 82 attempted bases to lead its conference. Buckeye bombsThe Buckeyes, in large part, have been powered by two things: controlled pitching and striking the long ball. OSU has already hit a Big Ten-leading 38 home runs, including a team-leading nine from newly converted first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic. The move of Bosiokovic, a redshirt junior, from the outfield has allowed for more versatility in the OSU lineup defensively and is aimed at increasing the production at the plate for the bottom of the lineup. With the lineup switch, senior second baseman L Grant Davis moves into a utility role, senior infielder Troy Kuhn takes over at second, and sophomore Tre’ Gantt takes over for Bosiokovic in right field. In total, OSU has four players with six or more homers, including junior center fielder Troy Montgomery and senior third baseman Nick Sergakis, who both have seven. In four games last week, the pair each tallied two homers, providing OSU with a much-needed spark to an offense that has been cooling down over recent weeks. Exceeding expectations Coming into this season, OSU’s pitching staff had several question marks surrounding the roles in the bullpen. Now, just past the halfway mark of the season, it would be safe to say the Buckeyes’ bullpen has performed well, outside of a disastrous two-blown-save series against Maryland. Redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos is in a three-way tie for the lead in the Big Ten with eight saves, while relievers Daulton Mosbarger, Seth Kinker and Michael Horejsei all have ERAs south of 2.50. Perhaps most impressively, the Buckeye pitching staff leads the Big Ten with 296 punch-outs. On Tuesday, OSU will have to lean on its bullpen again, as Feltner will be on the hill on short rest after pitching the last three innings during Friday’s 7-4 loss to Rutgers. The game against Cincinnati is set to begin at 6:35 p.m.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Game lived up to the hype.No. 9 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) came back from a 14-point deficit Saturday and defeated archrival Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) 31-20 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, behind the play of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, after J.T. Barrett left with a knee injury in the third quarter.Down the stretch, the Buckeyes made the plays they needed to make to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive before heading into the Big Ten championship game against No. 5 Wisconsin next week.Here are the five plays that mattered most in Ohio State’s victory against Michigan.Austin Mack third-down catchHaskins likely won’t make a bigger throw this year for Ohio State. After two straight false-start penalties set the Buckeyes back to their own 47-yard line for a third-and-13 play, Haskins delivered a 27-yard strike to sophomore wideout Austin Mack for a first down at the Michigan 26. With 3:06 remaining in the third quarter, the catch gave Ohio State’s offense a much needed jolt, following the departure of Barrett. It was Mack’s only reception of the game. It also resembled a similar grab by Anthony Gonzalez in Michigan Stadium in 2005 that helped Ohio State seal a win.Haskins 22-yard runTwo plays after Mack’s grab, Haskins continued to will the Ohio State offense down the field. With no one open, and a little help on a no-call hold from right guard Demetrius Knox, Haskins stepped up from the pressure and ran 22 yards to the Michigan 1-yard line with 2:01 left in the third quarter.Haskins isn’t the most mobile quarterback in college football, but he made a few plays with his feet that will please the offensive coaching staff. That run paved the way for J.K. Dobbins’ 1-yard go-ahead score on the next play.Dobbins big run for 35 yardsThe freshman running back had just six carries in the first half. His workload increased to nine carries in the second half, and no rush was more significant than a 35-yard run with less than three minutes remaining in the game.Billy Price pulled from his center position and took Michigan linebacker Devin Bush out of the play, opening a hole for Dobbins to get to the next level. The run took Ohio State down to the Michigan 31-yard line and set up the game-sealing touchdown run from redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber two plays later.Dobbins’ breakaway ability was seen a couple times Saturday, but when the Buckeyes needed a drive to put away the Wolverines, Dobbins promptly answered the call for his signature moment in his first year in the rivalry.Blocked PAT with 7:07 remainingOhio State ended up winning by double digits, but at the time, it seemed this play swung the momentum Ohio State’s way just after allowing a Michigan go-ahead touchdown.Cornerback Denzel Ward came off the left edge of the Michigan line on the point-after attempt and blocked the kick with 7:07 left in the third quarter. Once Ohio State scored on the next drive, Michigan failed to get anything going on offense.After Ward blocked the PAT, Michigan gained just 44 yards combined on its next three drives before Weber put the game out of reach.Jordan Fuller interceptionMichigan quarterback John O’Korn had open receivers for much of the game, but was often inaccurate. With 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, O’Korn threw his worst pass of the game, right into the hands of Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller.The intended receiver looked to be wide receiver Kekoa Crawford, but O’Korn threw for a post route while Crawford cut into the field rather than breaking long. Fuller was playing centerfield and hauled in the momentous pick with ease.This was Michigan’s breaking point. Before the drive began, Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger missed a field goal that would’ve put the Buckeyes up seven. The Wolverines had their opportunity, but O’Korn’s poor throw put an end to any hope Michigan had at coming back.
Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis chases Michigan quarterback John O’Korn during the first half of the teams’ game on Nov. 25. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorANN ARBOR, Mich. — All hope for No. 9 Ohio State seemed lost. Down six points to Michigan with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter, quarterback J.T. Barrett fell to the ground, injured, and limped off under his own power. He walked to the locker room, taking with him up the tunnel, it seemed, the Buckeyes’ hopes of extending their five-game win streak against their archrival.Enter redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback some fans wanted Barrett benched for earlier in the season. He took Ohio State’s offense down the field, scrambled for 22 yards, then running back J.K. Dobbins capped the drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes a 21-20 advantage, their first lead of the game.Following a Sean Nuernberger missed field goal that would’ve extended the Ohio State lead to 27-20, quarterback John O’Korn missed his intended receiver and safety Jordan Fuller intercepted the pass. A 35-yard Dobbins run and 25-yard Mike Weber touchdown with 1:44 remaining sealed a 31-20 victory against the Wolverines Saturday afternoon.For the first time all game, a tense head coach Urban Meyer was able to take his hands off his knees and relax, for his team extended its win streak against Michigan to six games and kept his record against Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh unblemished.Haskins went 6-for-7 for 94 yards. He also took three rushes for 24 yards. The Buckeyes were 8-for-16 converting third downs, and Haskins moved the chains on 5-of-7 third downs.Before exiting the game, Barrett completed 3-of-8 passes for 30 yards. He hit tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter. Barrett also rushed 15 times for 67 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Dobbins led the game with 15 rushing yards on 101 carries and Weber had 12 rushes for 57 yards.Ohio State’s hot-and-cold offense picked up 123 yards combined on its fourth and fifth drives. But in its seven other drives with Barrett quarterbacking the offense, the Buckeyes combined for minus-3 yards.Ohio State quarterback helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s offensive inconsistency began early in the game, and it was combined with a defense that allowed two early touchdowns.In the first quarter, the Buckeyes’ hopes of beating Michigan seemed fleeting. The futile offense accumulated minus-6 yards, the least in Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State. The Wolverines piled on 105 yards and a touchdown, before extending the lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter.But the game started to turn when Barrett drove the Buckeyes 75 yards in 11 plays and capped off the march with a 21-yard touchdown scramble on 3rd-and-9. Ohio State forced Michigan to punt, then took just three plays to score a game-tying touchdown when Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 25-yard pass. The Buckeyes did not have a single drive for more than nine yards with Barrett behind center after their touchdowns, though.Michigan quarterback John O’Korn struggled to hit open receivers, but used play-action passes to confuse Ohio State’s defense at times and went 17-for-32 for 195 yards. He hit tight end Sean McKeon for a 3-yard touchdown pass, his only score of the game.The Wolverines’ offensive success was fueled on the ground, though. Running back Chris Evans led Michigan with 11 carries for 67 yards, including a 24-yard run on his team’s first scoring drive. Running back Karan Higdon added 11 rushes for 55 yards, including a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward blocked the extra point attempt, preventing Michigan from taking a seven-point lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter. He also had eight tackles and led the game with two pass breakups.Fullback Khalid Hill added 11 yards on five carries and he ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown to open up the game’s scoring with 6:02 remaining in the first quarter.Ohio State will head to Indianapolis to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game at 8:17 p.m. Saturday.
Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara wants to leave the club and is keen on a move to Real Madrid this summer, according to Don Balon.The Spain international wants to return to Spain to continue his club career and has set his sights on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.The midfielder has been linked a move away from the Allianz Arena all summer long with Manchester City and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his services.However, with the close of the transfer window in England, any chance of the Premier League champions signing him this summer have disappeared leaving European champions, Madrid as the sole destination should he leave Munich this summer.Thiago reveals that Bayern Munich still use Pep Guardiola’s philosophies Andrew Smyth – April 24, 2019 Thiago Alcantara admits Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophies are still used at Bayern Munich, despite the Catalan leaving nearly three years ago.He has a good relationship with Julen Lopetegui, who he worked wine during their time together in the Spanish national team and the former Spain head coach wants to sign another midfielder, but President Florentino Perez is hesitant to meet Bayern’s asking price.Thiago moved to Bayern five years ago when former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who gave his debut at the Camp Nou, decided to sign him for the Bavarians.His potential move to Barcelona rivals Real Madrid wouldn’t go well with the hardcore fans of the Catalan club as the player is a graduate of the famous La Masia academy.
Revenue Secretary Hansmukh Adhia said on Saturday that the government has done enough in offering to forgo the interest and penalty, if the principal amount is paid, regarding the tax issues surrounding Cairn Energy and Vodafone.Adhia added that the Indian government cannot waive off the multi-billion dollar tax liabilities to these companies face. United Kingdom-based Cairn Energy is facing a tax demand of approximately Rs 10,247 crore over a 2006 business restructuring, while Vodafone allegedly owes the government taxes related with its $11 billion acquisition of stake in Hutchison in 2007, Press Trust of India reports.Cairn claims it has paid all the taxes and there is no “unpaid liability.” On the other hand, Vodafone said that since the transaction was conducted offshore, there is no question of owing the Indian government any tax. However, the income tax department is demanding taxes from the British telecom company as the deal involved assets in the country. A case of arbitration has been initiated into the matter, the PTI report added.Adhia said the government offered to waive off the penalty and interest as a means to settle the tax dispute out of court. “The government has defined its limits. This is how far we can go. Earlier, it was only the signal that we were giving. Now it has come in the statute. The government has now said that this is how far we can go. The government has shown that this is the best we can do and that’s why we are putting it in the statute,” Adhia was quoted as saying by the agency.When asked why the entire tax amount could not be waived off, the revenue secretary said the retrospective amendment to the Income Tax Act was brought in by the Congress party when it held office and the current government cannot completely “undo” the rule.”In order to give an opportunity to the past cases which are ongoing under the retrospective amendment, I propose a one-time scheme of dispute resolution for them,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said while presenting Budget for 2016-2017 in Parliament on February 29, 2016.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
Behroopiya Entertainers in association with Madball Company, Mumbai presents, A Tale of Two Treaties. The show will be held on 15 November in the Capital’s Alliance De Francaise, Lodhi road.A Tale of Two Treaties is a one-man Commedia Dell’Arte show where Deepal Doshi plays 10 different masks in a 70 minute performance. In this show the actor is the master of the physical art of transformation through mask and through his mastery transports the audience into the crazy world of Commedia where the primal drives of hunger, lust, and greed rule the lives of its zany characters. The show is highly physical, contains audience interaction, and is meant for audiences aged 15+ due to bawdy sexual and scatological humor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show has been performed in Sweden, USA, Bali, Canada, and India, including most recently at the esteemed Kala Ghoda Festival 2013 and the International Commedia Dell’Arte Conference 2013 at the University of Windsor, Canada.A Tale of Two Treaties is the only show of its kind in India. Deepal is the only Indian artist currently performing this style of theatre in India. This show guarantees a rambunctious combination of physical finesse, engaging theatre, and nonstop craziness which will leave an audience excited, amazed and thoroughly entertained.When : 15 November 2014Where : Alliance De Francaise, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
There are three miles queues on the M6 in Staffordshire following a collision. Highways England revealed that only one lane is open travelling southbound between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent, and 14, Stafford North, following a collision. There are roughly three miles of queues. A spokesman tweeted: “On the M6 southbound, J15 – J14, only one lane open while our Traffic Officers assist the emergency services at the scene of a collision. Approx’ 3 miles of queuing traffic.” Read MoreDetectives hunt ‘masked men’ who assaulted and then burgled a man Traffic monitoring company INRIX reports: “Two lanes closed due to accident, two lorries involved on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). “In the roadworks area. Lanes one and two (of three) are closed. The sensors indicate that the accident is close to Stafford Services.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.20:30Motorway reopen20:1319:48Travel time 80 minutes19:37Two lanes closed and severe delays due to accident, three lorries involved and spillage on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area. Lanes one and two (of three) are closed. Recovery is on scene assisting the traffic officers. 18:24Traffic stoppedTraffic has now been stopped between junction 15 and 14 while Highways England officers deal with the collision.A spokesman said: On the M6 southbound, J15 – J14, our Traffic Officers have temporarily halted traffic while we assist the emergency services at the scene of a collision involving HGVs. Approx’ 4½ miles of queuing traffic. Allow plenty of extra journey time. 18:09Traffic EnglandTraffic England, a traffic monitoring service from Highways England, estimates longer delays. It says:The event is expected to clear between 8pm and 8.15pm. There are currently delays of 50 minutes against expected traffic.18:08Travel time updateTraffic monitoring service INRIX says travel time is around 20 minutes.18:02Accident location (Image: Google Maps/INRIX)
Travellers flying with Qantas next week may experience flight disruptions as staff plan to walk-off the job for up to four hours over ongoing pay disputes.Organised by the Transport Workers Union of Australia (TWU), the work stoppages are set to take place on Tuesday 20 September 2011 from 5.00am and will include up to 3,800 baggage handlers, ground staff, catering, freight and other transport employees.Announcing the strike late yesterday TWU noted that industrial action will be accompanied by a range of administrative bans, which Qantas said could affect operations for up to 48 hours.With up 95 percent of staff voting in favour of the stoppages, TWU lead negotiator Scott Connolly explained that the move comes after Qantas refused to provide staff with job certainty and new terms of pay despite the carrier announcing expansion into Asia as well as achieving a 120 percent rise in profit.“The so-called ‘new spirit’ that Qantas has spent millions on advertising in the last three weeks hasn’t been on show during months of negotiations with Qantas management,” Mr Connolly explained.“TWU members in ground crews, presentation staff and catering have been seeking certainty from management about new terms of pay, conditions and job security since the old enterprise bargaining agreement expired months ago.”However, Qantas Group executive Olivia Wirth stressed that despite months of negotiations and reasonable pay suggestions put-froth by the carrier, the union’s demands would decrease the airline’s competitive edge.Currently the worker’s Group has requested a pay increase of up to five percent for each year of the agreement, one percent compulsory employer contribution for each year of the agreement as well as the same pay rate for casual and permanent Qantas staff.Ms Wirth noted the union’s willingness to accept a 12 percent lower deal with Virgin as well as a wage freeze and a lower pay scale for new starters.“The union is giving Virgin a competitive advantage over Qantas by agreeing to Virgin paying its staff significantly less than Qantas, and not imposing site rates,” she said. “The TWU also wants to renege on a deal agreed only two years ago which saw the establishment of Qantas Ground Services (QGS) on a separate pay agreement, which enables Qantas Group employees to do work that used to go to labour hire companies.”Although the carrier has urged the union to return to the negotiation table, Qantas said it is in the process of organising a contingency plan that would minimise disruptions on both domestic and international services. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
November 28, 2003For coming holiday season, agriculture crewmembers make wreaths out of materials gathered around Arcosanti. >>left>> Chia Chia Tan, from Singapore, spends a 3 months internship at Arcosanti, and workshopper Eva Strickland >>right>>.[Photo: Kelli Huth & text: Ayano Atsumi] Beautiful wreaths from the Arcofarm will also be sold at Prescott Natural Food, Prescott, AZ. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi]
Categories: Theis News,Theis Photos Rep. Theis bill removing ‘redundant’ requirement signed into law by Gov. SnyderGov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a measure exempting currently employed and certified police officers from the requirement that they must obtain a purchase license before buying a pistol.(From left) Meghan Reckling, Legislative Director for Rep. Lana Theis; Rep. Theis, R-Brighton; Gov. Rick Snyder; Sergeant Mark Reckling from Mason Police Department; Mike Murphy Undersheriff of Livingston CountyIntroduced by state Rep. Lana Theis, the legislation extends to police officers a similar process currently utilized by Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holders.“Given the extensive training already completed by law enforcement officials, the requirement that they obtain a permit is redundant,” said Rep. Theis, R-Brighton. “It is only common-sense to allow active police officers to utilize the same purchase process as CPL holders when acquiring a pistol.”Police officers go through background checks, are fingerprinted and must demonstrate adequate firearm handling as part of their Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification. This legislation allows the MCOLES certification to suffice for police officers wishing to obtain a pistol, exempting them from the purchase permit requirement.House Bill 4535 was signed into law as Public Act 6 of 2016.### 02Feb Michigan police officers no longer need permit to acquire pistol
Cable operator UPC Czech Republic is increasing the speed of its internet services from next month.New and existing customers will be able to surf the web at speeds of up to 240Mbps without a data limit from September.UPC said its customers in the Czech Republic consumed an average of 36GB a month of internet traffic in the first half of this year, up 18% year-on-year.
Pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the African rights to key international and French football competitions for the next few seasons in a move that bolsters its pay TV offering in the French-speaking parts of the continent.Canal+ said it had now struck deals to acquire the African rights to the UEFA Champions League for three seasons from this year, along with rights to the FIFA World Cup in Russia later this year.Canal+ also has the rights to French Ligue 1 football for the next six seasons, along with Ligue 2 rights, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Trophée des Champions. African Canal+ subscribers will also be able to view the Coupe de France de Football tournament from 2018-22.In addition to non-African football, Canal+ also has the rights to the bi-annual Africa Cup of Nations, kicking off with the 2019 tournament in Cameroon.In addition to these recent acquisitions, Canal+ en Afrique also offers coverage of other national leagues such as the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.“We are delighted to strengthen the international and African football offering for our subscribers, this sport being one of the most popular programmes at the heart of our bouquets,” said Jacqued du Puy, president of Canal+ Overseas.“Canal+ today is incontestably the greatest sports arena in Africa, and the totality of these acquisitions allows us to offer to our viewrs a unique quality spectacle all year long.”In Africa, Canal+ offers four Canal+ Sport channels and the recently-launched A+ Sport channel.
ShareTweet THE best of local artistic talent are getting a unique platform to exhibit their work as part of the City and District’s biggest ever youth arts festival.The Rewire Festival – an action packed 12 day celebration of youth culture from June 26th to July 7th will feature hundreds of events and include performances, exhibitions and discussion forums.It is the flagship event of Youth 19, Council’s year long programme of events and activities focussed and dedicated to young people aged 12 – 24.The celebration will include an eclectic range of activities and events including music gigs, a spoken word/hip-hop festival, film screenings, discussions, fashion masterclasses, street art and digital.The art element of the programme will include exhibitions in the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street, the Gasyard Centre on Lecky Road and the Void Gallery on Patrick Street.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said the events will not only offer exposure for up and coming artists but can inspire more young people to get creative and create art of their own in the future.“I am delighted that the Rewire Festival has placed such a strong emphasis on art by hosting exhibitions of exclusively local young people’s work,” she said.“The festival is offering an ideal platform for young people who have never exhibited their art before as well as some of the more up and coming artists who are studying artistic disciplines as part of their education and training.“Art takes a wide range of forms including painting, sculpture, photography and film and can play a key role in helping people develop mentally, socially and emotionally so I would encourage as many young people as possible to visit the venues and explore the what’s on show.”From today, Monday July 1 to Sunday, July 7, the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street will host the eagerly anticipated ‘Dig The New Breed’ exhibition which explores racism, identity and cultural relativism through the work of up and coming local art students Jack Collins, Liam Bradley, Naomi Ferguson, Jude McCandless and Molly McFadden.Also from July 1st – 7th the Rewire Open Arts Exhibition at the Gasyard Centre in Lecky Road will host a showcase of work by young artists of all disciplines and abilities as part of the Bluebell Arts Project’s second Empowering the Art Exhibition of 2019.The Void Gallery in Patrick Street will has issued an open call to young people aged 18-24 to exhibit in the process room at Void Art Centre from June 26th to July 6th for their ‘This Must Be The Place’ exhibition which will explore how five local young artists work in Derry today. The full Rewire Festival programme will be accessible at www.youth19.com while you can keep up to date with news by following the Youth 19 social media channels on Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.Rewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talent was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Derry and Strabane CouncilMayor Michaela BoyleRewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talentThe Rewire FestivalYouth 19
In This Issue… * BOC hints of rate hikes… * Overnight currency rally fades… * PM Gillard tests Chuck’s patience… * RIP Dick Clark… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! More Gyrations… Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well, my beloved Cardinals did a Tub Thumpin’ on the Reds last night, so they got started on Thursday early! Have you ever heard the Rev. Al Green sing How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? Well, that’s what’s playing as I begin today’s letter, and I have to say that hearing the Rev. sing, really starts my day right! Well… the gyrations and volatility continue in the markets, one day up the next day down. One day a piece of data matters, the next day it doesn’t… But we carry on in spite of these daily movements back and forth… For instance, the euro is rallying this morning, which gives all the other currencies a chance to spread their wings… Spain was able to auction their target maximum amount of euro bonds this morning, and while the yield rose from the last time 10-year bonds were auctioned, the fact that the whole allotment went off without a hitch, is giving the euro some breathing room this morning. For those of you keeping score at home, in January, Spain issued 10-year Gov’t bonds at a yield of 5.403%… This time, they had to sweeten the pie a bit for buyers to take a bite of the debt ridden nation’s offerings… The current auction saw 10-year yields rise to 5.743%.. France also auctioned some debt issues this morning, and they too say yields rise… As I keep telling you, and anyone in the U.S. Gov’t that will listen… This is what will happen to us someday… the markets will demand a higher yield to take on more U.S. Debt… This U.S. Debt really gets me riled up… but the thing I keep coming back to, is that most Americans have no idea the depth of the Debt here in the U.S. I saw a story headline come across the Bloomberg this morning, that said, “World’s Richest Worth $1 Trillion.” The story went on to say that the 40 richest individuals on Earth are worth $1 Trillion… OK, think about that for a minute… If the 40 richest individuals gave everything they had to the U.S. to pay down the Debt, it wouldn’t make a difference, really… In fact, it would take the current Congress about 9 months and they would go right through those riches… Does that help illustrate how bad our debt has gotten? Or.. how about this… The total National Assets are $83.3 Trillion… The total U.S. Unfunded Liabilities are $118.5 Trillion… If each taxpayer were to “ante up” and give the Gov’t money to pay off our Unfunded Liabilities, each taxpayer would have to put up $1,045,026.00… A million dollars! I don’t make these numbers up folks… each Friday, I give you a link to the U.S. Debt Clock… here it is for you to look at… http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html Ok… sorry I went off on that tangent with Debt… But, I’ve been banging this Debt drum for over a decade now, and believe me now and hear me later, the Debt was nowhere near where it is today… Back to the currencies… Well the Bank of Canada (BOC) left rates unchanged the other day, and tried to throw the markets a bone, by saying that stimulus could be removed sooner than later… But since then, the BOC has made an upward revision to their forecast for 2012 GDP from 2% to 2.4%. They also said that they believed the Canadian economy would hit its capacity limit in the first half of 2013, with economic growth then moderating the remainder of 2013… OK, that’s all well and good, but what about now? If the BOC believes that GDP growth is stronger than they previously did, then why aren’t interest rates going higher right here, right now? Well… I’ve explained this before, but just to review, the BOC can’t wander too far away from the interest rates in the U.S., which we’ve been told by more than a handful of Fed Heads that they will remain near zero through 2014… And I totally dislike the saying, “but this time it will be different”… So… I’ll just say that the BOC is going to have to wander from the U.S. near zero rates, because, inflation is going to be a real problem in Canada if they don’t! So… here I am, sitting here in St. Louis, Mo. And I see rate hikes in Canada… Where are all the “large research departments” with their calls for Canadian rate hikes? OK, Chuck, quit rubbing it in, these rate hikes haven’t happened yet, so you had better be careful calling out the “large research departments”… Ok… let’s mark this down, right here, right now, there is no other place I’d rather be, no wait! Come on Chuck, people don’t read this to see Jesus Jones songs! OK, I apologize, that was my evil twin that took over the Pfennig for a minute… But I’m back now, and I want to say that I think we’ll see one rate hike of 25 Basis Points (1/4%) before year-end, bringing the internal rates in Canada to 1.25%… But, in the first half of 2013, we could see the BOC really ratchet up the rate hikes… Can you say 2% by the end of 2013? And where will U.S. rates be? Still near zero… But just keep the legal beagles happy… This is just what I see, it’s my opinion, and I could be wrong… The euro has sold off by 1/4-cent since I came in, so the gyrations continue… Over in Japan, I’m still not used to saying this, but Japan posted another Trade Deficit, although it was weaker than forecast (Yen 82.6 Billion VS forecast Yen 223 Billion)… But still, no matter the size, it’s still strange to report a Trade Deficit for Japan… the yen traded off, or sold off either one, pick the one you like, but yen is weaker this morning on the Trade Deficit news… Apparently, the markets are like me, and seeing the Japanese Trade Balance in red still shocks them… In Australia… things are getting pretty hairy regarding the May Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting… I told you earlier this week that the RBA tied their monetary policy to the outcome of the 1st QTR CPI (inflation), which is set to print on April 24th… But last night, Prime Minister (PM) Gillard argued that the Gov’t’s plans to return to a budget surplus this year would give the RBA scope to cut rates… OK.. two things pop into my head when I read that statement by Gillard… 1. That she must know something about the CPI report next week, so she’s trying to persuade the RBA to look past the CPI report and to the plans for a budget surplus… or.. 2. She’s trying to apply pressure to the RBA to cut rates… I have quite a few Aussie readers of the Pfennig, and they send me notes all the time, telling me of their dislike for the PM… Hmmm… I now see why! The RBA used to be completely independent, but if they go ahead and cut rates next month, they are going to appear to be under the thumb of the PM… The Aussie dollar (A$) is weaker this morning on those comments by Gillard… When will Gov’t leaders learn to keep their hands out of the cookie jar? When will they ever learn? When, will, they, ever, learn? And this just came across the screens… The Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) cut rates this morning 75 Basis points (3/4%)… That’s a shocker to me, in that while I know that the BCB and the Brazilian Gov’t believe they are in a currency war, and need to get the real weaker, I really didn’t see them going to this length… But they have, and like I said the other day, I’m not sure the currency market guys are willing to fight them any longer… They are going to do a Dieter… and that won’t be good for the real… I haven’t mentioned Gold (& Silver) for a couple of days… I can tell you this… that most observers of the precious metals that have done this for some time, and not your Johnny-come-lately crowd, believe that Gold is simply forming a base here before it moves higher once again… but, the chart guys don’t see it that way… So… you choose your sword here… Me? After all these years of reading and researching these two metals, I can’t change horses in the middle of the stream here… My colors are still pinned to the mast of higher values for Gold & Silver… But remember that’s just my opinion, and maybe the chart guys are right… And the price of Oil remains above $100… I see where the President is going to get his hands in the cookie jar… I have to say that all the things I’ve told you in the past about why Oil prices are high are very important to keep in mind, when you hear politicians spouting off about those “evil Oil companies”… The cost of getting Oil out of the ground continues to rise… Think about that.. Yes, we’ve found all sorts of oil deposits, but it’s not like we can go out and stick an oil rig in the ground and start pumping oil! Any way… that’s just one of the things that keep the price of Oil high… But it’s not manipulated markets, folks… There’s just too many trades going in and out of Oil and no concentrated positions… This is not Gold & Silver, folks… Yes the price if high, and I don’t like it… But the price of just about everything these days is higher… Where’s all the complaining from the Gov’t that a beer at a ballgame costs $9? Don’t even get me started on this stuff, we could be here all day, I think you get my point here… And that brings me inflation here in the U.S. I’m not buying the story in the Bloomberg today about how the Bureau of Labor Statistics has all these people around the country going out and checking the prices of items for the calculation of inflation… Yes, maybe they do that, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle folks… I’ve told you for years about the “substitutions” that are made in the CPI calculation.. I’ve told you about the adjustments that are made to the weightings of items, and I’ve told you about this whole housing thing… it’s in the calc, then it’s not… right now they use “owner’s equivalent rent” which replaces the cost of owning a home with what it cost to rent it… How dumb is that? So… as I get ready to head to the Big Finish today… I want you to keep in mind a couple of things… that you don’t want to get mixed up in the gyrations… and everything isn’t as it appears to be… you have to look closer… Then There Was This… Ok… yesterday I gave you a couple of items that scare the bejeebers out of me… but forgot one that I was going to talk about… it goes like this: The WSJ reported that the U.N. had agreed to send “observers” to Syria… How about you? Does the word Observer when it comes to observing a war bother you? It does me… Vietnam comes to mind… and several places since then that the U.S. was just an “observer”… And yes, I know it says the “U.N.” not the U.S. but do we really think there’s a difference? To recap… The euro is leading a currency rally on the good news from Spanish and French bond auctions this morning… Both sold their maximum target of bonds, but both also saw yields rise. The Bank of Canada is greasing the tracks for a rate hike by raising their forecasts for GDP growth in 2012 and 13… Aussie PM, Gillard, is doing her best to get on Chuck’s persona non gratis list… And Chuck takes us on a ride to visit the Debt Clock… Currencies today 4/19/12… American Style: A$ $1.0365, kiwi .8185, C$ $1.0110, euro 1.3115, sterling 1.6030, Swiss $1.0915, … European Style: rand 7.8220, krone 5.7440, SEK 6.7320, forint 226.25, zloty 3.1860, Koruna 18.9150, RUB 29.49, yen 81.70, sing 1.2510, HKD 7.76, INR 51.98, China 6.3037, pesos 13.17, BRL 1.8780, Dollar Index 79.62, Oil $103.02, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $31.55, and Gold… $1,639.60 That’s it for today… RIP Dick Clark… I remember watching American Bandstand with my older sisters when I was young, and we would try to do the dances they did on TV… And before going out on New Year’s Eve was viable, I watched Dick Clark’s rockin’ New Year… I made a mistake yesterday and said our Blues played last night, but they play tonight, sorry to all that made a point of telling me I was wrong… So… Go Blues tonight! A day game at Busch Stadium today… hint, hint… Alex came home dead tired last night, after a good water polo game on the other end of town… Some of these schools are so far away, but still in the same conference… strange… And little Braden Charles (B, as we call him) was at the house yesterday… he’s a scooter… he doesn’t crawl, he goes across the floor, Army style… funny stuff! OK… time to go, thanks for reading the Pfennig, I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com