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Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

first_imgWASHINGTON – After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he’s been aching for.The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress next week before its year-end break. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller.“This is happening. Tax reform under Republican control of Washington is happening,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told rank-and-file members in a conference call. “Most critics out there didn’t think it could happen. … And now we’re on the doorstep of something truly historic.”According to the 1,097-page bill released late Friday, today’s 35 per cent rate on corporations would fall to 21 per cent, the crown jewel of the measure for many Republicans. Trump and GOP leaders had set 20 per cent as their goal, but added a point to free money for other tax cuts that won over wavering lawmakers in final talks.The legislation represents the first major legislative achievement for the GOP after nearly a full year in control of Congress and the White House. It’s the widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades and is expected to add to the nation’s $20 trillion debt. The tax cuts are projected to add $1.46 trillion over a decade.The bill would repeal an important part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel a law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer.Only on Friday did Republicans cement the needed support for the overhaul, securing endorsements from wavering senators.Marco Rubio of Florida relented in his high-profile opposition after negotiators expanded the tax credit that parents can claim for their children. He said he would vote for the measure next week.Rubio had been holding out for a bigger child credit for low-income families. After he got it, he tweeted that the change was “a solid step toward broader reforms which are both Pro-Growth and Pro-Worker.”Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the only Republican to vote against the Senate version earlier this month, made the surprise announcement that he would back the legislation. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly warned that the nation’s growing debt is the most serious threat to national security.“I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker said.The White House said Trump “looks forward to fulfilling the promise he made to the American people to give them a tax cut by the end of the year.”The bill embodies a longstanding Republican philosophy that a substantial tax break for businesses will trigger economic growth and job creation for Americans in a trickle-down economy.Skeptical Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation unanimously.“Under this bill, the working class, middle class and upper middle class get skewered while the rich and wealthy corporations make out like bandits,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is just the opposite of what America needs, and Republicans will rue the day they pass this.”The bill would drop today’s 39.6 per cent top rate on individuals to 37 per cent. The standard deduction — used by around two-thirds of households — would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for married couples.The $1,000-per-child tax deduction would grow to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child tax credit, a measure intended to deny the credit to people who are in the U.S. illegally.Those who itemize would lose some deductions. The deduction that millions use in connection with state and local income, property and sales taxes would be capped at $10,000. That’s especially important to residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Deductions for medical expenses that lawmakers once considered eliminating would be retained.The bill would allow homeowners to deduct interest only on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million.People who inherit fortunes would get a big break. The bill would double the exemption, meaning the estate tax would apply only to the portion of an estate over $22 million for married couples.Members of a House-Senate conference committee signed the final version of the legislation Friday, sending it to the two chambers for final passage next week. They have been working to blend the different versions passed by the two houses.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, including two ailing senators who have missed votes this past week.John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.last_img read more

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Polisario Sends New Hostile Letter About Morocco to Security Council

Rabat – Polisario leader Ibrahim Ghali sent another hostile letter about Morocco to the Security Council on Sunday.The letter, published by the separatists’ “official” news agency, accused Morocco of “violations” in Western Sahara, citing UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s report.Ghali also accused Morocco of putting up obstacles to “stop the process of settling the conflict.” The letter comes two weeks before the meeting of the Security Council, whose 15 members are expected to meet by the end of the month to renew the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, MINURSO.The letter is the second of its kind this month from the Polisario Front. The “representative” of the front at the UN, Mohammed Ammar, also wrote a letter to the Security Council earlier in April to maneuver against Morocco.“Morocco’s growing violations seriously undermine the new momentum created by the Personal Envoy and contradict the serious spirit we are supposed to have as parties as we engage in the peace process,” said the separatist representative.Read Also: Sahrawi Activist Accuses MINURSO of Becoming Polisario’s Partner in CrimeBoth Ghali and Ammar ignored the UN chief’s remarks about Polisario’s violations in the region.The UN report also discussed Polisario’s violations east of Morocco’s defense wall, calling on the Polisario Front to meet in Rabouni, Algeria, with MINURSO members instead of insisting on meeting in Western Sahara.The UN chief warned against major risks of tensions in the region due to Polisario’s military exercises in restricted zones.“I nonetheless reiterate the importance of ensuring that no action, in particular of a military nature, be conducted that could risk creating tensions,” he said. read more

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Good Samaritan punched while trying to help dog

An Oakville woman has been charged after a Good Samaritan was punched while trying to help a dog.According to police, several people reported seeing a woman kicking a dog in the chest and stomach near Lakeshore Rd. W and Nelson Street Monday night, leading some to intervene.The animal was on a leash and not acting aggressively, police said.One of the people who stepped in was punched in the face.Responding officers arrested 50-year-old Stephanie Moore and transferred her dog into the care of a relative.She is charged with assault and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and for being intoxicated in a public place. read more

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As 71st General Assembly opens new President pledges to turn the wheels

“The 70th Session launched the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals], and for integrity’s sake the 71st must be the year we witness the wheels turning on the implementation of all 17 SDGs,” the President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, said as he took an oath of office before proceeding to open the new session.Mr. Thomson, who had had been serving as the Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations until his appointment, said that the theme of the 71st session is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World.’On 1 January 2016, the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September last year – officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with the aim of achieving the SDGs, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.The new Assembly President noted that it had been heartening to observe the sincerity with which governments and national planning agencies around the world have begun integrating the 2030 Agenda into national processes.“But make no mistake, the great majority of humankind has yet to learn of the Agenda; it has yet to embrace the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, that if successfully implemented will bring an end to poverty and secure a sustainable place for humanity on this planet,” he said.To fulfill his commitment to achieving meaningful progress in all 17 Goals during the session, Mr. Thomson said he had appointed a team specifically dedicated to the implementation of the SDGs.Working with two Secretaries-General Prior to the opening of the 71st session, the General Assembly held the last meeting of its 70th session, with the outgoing Assembly President, Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, underscoring the progress made under his leadership, including the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, as well as the holding of the Special Session on the World Drug Problem, and the World Humanitarian Summit.The General Assembly has discussed the three major UN reviews on peace building and peace operations, and on women, peace and security, he said. Turning to the election of a new UN Secretary-General, Mr. Lykketoft said: “I am very proud that we broke new ground with unique transparency in the selection process. The two-hour presentation of each of the candidates in the General Assembly dialogues, and their collective Global Townhall debate, were important highlights and helped to include the global public in the debate about the future of the UN. And I hope that transparency proves instrumental in identifying the best possible new Secretary General over the coming months.”He appealed to the Security Council to also make the remaining process open and engaging to preserve the legitimacy of their recommendation as it feeds into Assembly’s final decision. “Throughout this session, I sought to instil greater transparency in everything we do – and I am delighted to see that many of the steps I have advanced relating to the integrity, transparency and accountability of my own office have now been codified in the GA Revitalization resolution adopted earlier this morning – and I look forward to witnessing the first ever taking of an oath of office by an incoming President in just a few moments,” he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses new sesssion of the UN General Assembly. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Addressing the opening of the new Assembly session, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the chosen theme.“This first year is crucial. It is a time when all Member States should align their policies, programmes and spending behind the 17 goals,” he said. He said it is also a time to bring the Paris Agreement on climate change into force, drawing attention to the high-level event he is hosting on 21 September will strengthen momentum for achieving that objective this year.Mr Ban noted that on 1 January 2017, the 71st session of the Assembly will welcome his successor, the ninth UN Secretary-General. “You will serve as a bridge between my administration and the next […] You will have my full support, and that of my team, in ensuring a seamless transition,” he said.“The Assembly will be called upon to address many threats, and to show its solidarity with people facing injustice,” he added. “People also look to this body not just to react to problems, but to work proactively and preventively to better the human condition.” Earlier today, Mr. Ban attended a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the 55th anniversary of the death of Dag Hammarskjöld, one of his predecessors, at which he renewed his call to the General Assembly to appoint an eminent person or persons to review new information which may exist regarding the circumstances around his death and the loss of 15 others in a plane crash during their mission for peace.Closure of 70th General Assembly This session will be also special, he flagged, in that his office will have the experience of working with two Secretaries-General. The search for the best possible candidate to fill the post is approaching its final stages. “As President of the Assembly I will dedicate myself to facilitation of the transition process, and will be available at all times to assist the incoming Secretary-General settle into her or his responsibilities of office,” he said.Mr. Thomson also pledged to work to strengthen the relations between the UN’s organs, continuing the practice of holding regular meetings with the Secretary-General, the Presidents of the Security Council, and the President of the UN Economic and Social Council, and inform the membership as to the scope of these meetings. He also pledged to maintain financial transparency of his presidency by ensuring that all contributions to the running of his office are entered into a UN trust fund where the donors and expenditure will be public knowledge. He said his team will strive to find new methods to resolve entrenched conflicts, diminish the atrocities of global terrorism, better manage migrant and refugee flows, and end the many humanitarian crises.But make no mistake, the great majority of humankind has yet to learn of the Agenda; it has yet to embrace the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, that if successfully implemented will bring an end to poverty and secure a sustainable place for humanity on this planet.The link between sustainable development, peace and security, and human rights has never been more explicit, he noted, drawing attention to next week’s high-level meeting on large movements of refugees and migrants. “I regret the evidence of widespread lack of empathy for people on the move, many of whom are fleeing from conflict, persecution, or climate change […] It is time to turn down the rhetoric of intolerance and ratchet up a collective response based on our common humanity,” he said.In the area of peace and security, the Assembly President said the 71st session must build on the review of the Global Counter-Terrorism strategy, including the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action on Violent Extremism, and act on improving the UN architecture to face these threats. The session must also look to take forward implementation of the ambitious ‘sustaining peace’ agenda, agreed by the General Assembly and Security Council earlier this year, he added, noting that this is an opportunity to bring new coherence and coordination to the UN’s work across peace and security, development, and human rights.In his remarks, the new General Assembly president also highlighted the issue of UN Security Council reform. “The membership is unanimous in agreeing that reform is necessary to align the Security Council with the realities of the 21st Century,” he said.During his speech, Mr. Thomson invited to the stage his seven- and five-years-old granddaughters, who, he noted, will be young adults ready to fulfill the potential of their lives in 2030, when the remaining 14 years of the new development agenda have expired. “What kind of world will we have bequeathed them and all their brothers and sisters around the world, your own grandchildren and children, born and yet to be born?” he asked in an appeal to create a better future for them.“The 71st session will only be fulfilling,” he said, “if at its end we can be assured real progress is underway on each of the Goals, that our faith and hope in progress is not misplaced, and that a better world will be at hand when the year 2030 rolls around.” UN chief addresses new Assembly Outgoing General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft is congratulated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Ambassador Peter Thomson (right) of Fiji presents his credentials to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010. UN Photo/Evan Schneider read more

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May registrations vans improve trucks still dire

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) May registrations: vans improve, trucks still dire ·         Registrations: up 25% to 19,562 in May; down 15% to 2229,799 for the rolling year.·         Vans: up 32% to 17,025 for the month; down 11% to 198,054 for the rolling year.·         Trucks: down 7.5% to 2,537 in May; down 33.5% to 31,745 for the rolling year.“UK van registrations continue to rise, but heavy truck registrations remain very low,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Demand in both sectors is around 45% below the pre-recession average; while vans are picking up slightly, heavy trucks are heading for a record low. Against this background it is vital that the emergency budget helps keep the recovery moving.” read more

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Undefeated Ohio State football finishes 120 in Urban Meyers first season

For all intents and purposes, the 2012 Ohio State football senior class is gone, never to wear scarlet and gray in meaningful competition again. “It’s almost like you’re losing some of your children when they go away to college,” said first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer after the team’s season-ending win against Michigan on Saturday. “Our house is going to be empty.” Gone? Perhaps, but not to be soon forgotten. After all, it was the contributions of the seniors that made the team’s run at perfection a possibility. Behind the strength of many of those 21 departing seniors, the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) clinched the sixth undefeated and untied season in program history and the first since 2002 Saturday with a 26-21 win against archrival Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) at Ohio Stadium. The 109th edition of The Game saw OSU, the Big Ten’s Leaders Division champions, claim its 44th win against the Wolverines. UM, eliminated from Big Ten title contention after Nebraska beat Iowa on Friday, still owns the all-time series advantage with a 58-44-6 record. With Saturday being the final game of the season due to the NCAA-imposed postseason ban, one thing was evident within minutes of the final whistle following victory against UM – no more seniors. Meyer handed out several “thank you’s” during his postgame remarks, but the biggest thank you went out to those whose eligibility is up, players like Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino and John Simon. Theirs was an effort worthy of remembrance, Meyer said, and he plans to ensure that their memory doesn’t fade away. “I’m going to see to it when you walk into that Woody Hayes (Athletic Center) this team will never be forgotten, because they deserve that,” he said. It’s not hard to imagine why Meyer feels so strongly. Boren switched positions midseason, jumping from offense to defense when he left the fullback spot to join a depleted line backing corps. Boren hadn’t played linebacker since high school but, in just six games, he tallied 50 tackles, including a team-high nine in the win against UM. One of those tackles was a bone-jarring sack of Wolverines junior quarterback Devin Gardner. Boren stood above Gardner after the hit, shouting and rattling his face mask just above Gardner’s. Sabino broke his leg during OSU’s Oct. 6 win against Nebraska but returned in time to join the team for its divisional-clinching win against Wisconsin on Nov. 17, as well as the game against the Wolverines. The redshirt senior linebacker said the 2012 season was indeed a dream. “I wouldn’t want it to end any other way,” he said. And there was Simon, a defensive end and the team’s emotional leader throughout the perfect campaign. Simon missed Saturday’s Senior Day activities, as well as the game itself, with a right knee injury sustained one week prior against Wisconsin. “John Simon – the heart and soul of who we are as the 2012 football team,” Meyer said. Simon was not made available for comment following the game. There were other major contributors from the senior class, relatively unheralded compared to Boren, Sabino and Simon, but whose contributions likely went just as far in helping the team achieve an undefeated season. OSU redshirt senior punter Ben Buchanan walked off the Ohio Stadium field for the final time at peace with what he gave to the program. His final play was a 41-yard punt that pinned UM on its 8-yard line with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Given the moment, Buchanan said, the punt was as good as it gets. “I think this team will be remembered as a very unselfish team, a team that really had to come together with some tough circumstances, there’s no doubting that,” Buchanan said. “I was proud of the way these guys just rallied and, they did, we just refused to lose and to be a senior on this team was truly on honor.” Sensing that he wouldn’t fit in Meyer’s offensive system, OSU senior Reid Fragel went to his then-newly hired coach and volunteered to switch from tight end to right tackle. For his selfless act, Fragel was plunged into a preseason battle for playing time with freshman Taylor Decker, which Fragel later won. Months later, Fragel attempted to address his teammates in the locker room following the season-ending win against the Wolverines. He struggled to articulate he feelings. “I wanted to thank (my teammates) and, really, tell them how I feel about this whole year, but it’s hard to put words to this season we’ve had,” Fragel said. “It’s something out of a movie … Just to see us come out 12-0, beating Michigan, that’s something I couldn’t have wrote up before the game.” As Buchanan and his teammates enjoyed the climactic day of the season, OSU football converged with its troubled past as former coach Jim Tressel, the man responsible for the 2012 team’s postseason ban, returned. Once shamed by the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal in which he knowingly fielded a team of ineligible players during the 2010 season, Tressel was hoisted onto the shoulders of players from his 2002 national championship team, which was honored for the 10-year reunion of its great feat between the first and second quarters. But with Tressel came memories of his unceremonious exit from the university – he was forced to resign in May 2011 – as well as the Buckeyes’ agonizing 2011 campaign where they posted a 6-7 record. The loudest cheers during Saturday’s short, in-game ceremony for the 2002 team came during the moments that featured Tressel, the man that each member of the 2012 senior class signed on to play for. Louder still were the cheers for the current players themselves, now under Meyer’s direction, during actual game action, and particularly when the clock struck “00:00.” Meyer will hold a “season wrap-up” press conference on Monday, according to an OSU athletics release. The Buckeyes will then turn the page on the 2012 season and set their sights on 2013. “After our team meeting on Tuesday, we start a new journey,” Meyer said. The strong foundation that has been laid at OSU exists because of the 21 dedicated Buckeyes that hung up their pads and cleats for the final time on Saturday. For those seniors who won’t rejoin the Scarlet and Gray in pursuit of championship glory, their last gasp as active members of the Buckeye Brotherhood couldn’t have been sweeter. “It’s unbelievable, man, I couldn’t ask for anything more other than a chance to play a couple more weeks,” said OSU redshirt senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams. “This is how the 2012 team is going to be remembered by, you know, going undefeated … going 12-0 and beating Michigan at home. I really wouldn’t want to go out any other way than that.” read more

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Redemption not revenge on Ohio States mind ahead of Virginia Tech

“There is a little nudge around here because they beat us, and really the way they beat us,” he said. “Offensively right now there is a lot of distaste for the way that thing happened.”In last year’s meeting between the schools, OSU was decimated by the talent of the Virginia Tech defense. Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, making the second start of his collegiate career, completed just nine of 23 passes and was sacked seven times. He also threw three interceptions, including two by then-senior safety Kyshoen Jarrett and a late 63-yard pick-six by then-junior safety Donovan Riley.Powell said a big reason for the Buckeyes being unprepared for Virginia Tech last year was their season opener the weekend before against Navy. The safety said the Midshipmen, a team known for running the triple option on nearly every play, forced the Buckeyes to spend their entire practice time preparing for that untraditional offense rather than a more typical one used by teams like Virginia Tech.“Last year we spent a lot of time trying to master that triple option offense. It was really difficult to go from that then jump straight to a regular spread offense,” Powell said. “It’s good to finally just focus on one thing and that’s kind of what we’re going to see all year, instead of focus on one thing for one game that we’re never going to see again.”Schutt added that with no Navy game ahead of Virginia Tech in 2015, he expects the team to be better adjusted and then some, when the extra motivation is factored in.“For this game specifically, I think we put in more than we would for a normal game just because of what happened last year,” Schutt said. “We felt unprepared last year coming into that game, both offensively and defensively, and this year we’ve been working on this game plan all summer and are excited about next week.”OSU’s rematch with Virginia Tech is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Monday in Blacksburg, Virginia. Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) lies on the ground after being tackled during a game against Virginia Tech Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State might have won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014, but the one thing the team cannot hang its hat on is a perfect season.While the Buckeyes won 13 straight games to end the season, a 35-21 defeat at home to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 put an early but permanent mark in their loss column.Now, 366 days after the upset loss, OSU is set to have a chance to return the favor to the Hokies on their home field of Lane Stadium.“Due to the fact that we did lose to them last year … that’s something that we can’t get back at them, because although we won it all last year, still in our loss column there was a ‘one’ in there, and they’re the ones that unfortunately gave it to us,” redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell said. “So it’s just about going out there and making sure that doesn’t happen again.”While members of the team said they vividly remember the 2014 matchup and have been studying tapes from that game for weeks, senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the extra motivation the team feels is not completely revenge-based.“I wouldn’t necessarily call it revenge, but it’s something that’s been in the back of our heads since that game,” he said. “I think we definitely have a little extra chip on our shoulders knowing what happened last year, how we finished the season last year knowing they were the one team that was able to beat us, so we definitely have a little extra chip on our shoulder going into this one.”OSU coach Urban Meyer echoed his players’ sentiments and said Monday’s game is one the Buckeyes have been looking forward to for a long time. read more

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Aramine and ARMZ sign agreement for L140B batterypowered miniLoader

first_imgUnderground vehicle specialist Aramine says it has signed a partnership agreement with Russia uranium producer, ARMZ, for the assembly of its L140B battery-powered miniLoader.The pact was signed by ARMZ Uranium Holdings’ Director General, Vladimir Verkhovtsev, and Aramine Presidents, Marc Melkonian and Christophe Melkonian, during the 23rd International Mining World Russia Exhibition, in Moscow.“Production of Aramine battery loaders will improve the working conditions of the miners, increase the level of safety and, of course, increase the volume of ore mining,” Verkhovtsev said.Just a few months ago, Aramine looked to extend the continuous working time of its battery-powered miniLoader L140B by providing a battery change-out option.This miniLoader L140B, launched in 2017, is an optimised and advanced version of the L120B, carrying more capacity – 1.3 t. While the company’s new option allows the machine to run full time without being immobilised during charging, the standard L140B offers four hours of continuous operation. This allows for the mucking of three to four faces in one shift with a simple charging system integrated into the machine and requiring a plug to the wall, according to the company.The miniLoader does not require massive electrical installation, with the power required only being about 7 kW, compared with the 45 kW typically needed for an electric machine with cable, the company said.ARMZ recently announced plans to reduce the level of risk both underground and above-ground at its industrial complexes, with Verkhovtsev saying the company was looking at, among other things, automation and implementation of the most modern technologies at its operations.last_img read more

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Murphs Sideline Cut Nothing added to Donegal except more McBrearty brilliance

first_img©INPHO/James CrombieThe scorer of their vital second goal, Ross Wherity, looks capable of ruffling a few feathers off the bench in a pretty unconventional ‘Tony Cascarino’ kind of way, but they will go with the same 17 or 18 players they had last year, as demonstrated by the familiarity of the two players who came in as late injury replacements for Karl Lacey and Mark McHugh.So what’s changed? What have they added?  Well, by the looks of last Sunday, they appear to have added a further 25% to Paddy McBrearty’s talents, who with every passing game looks more and more capable of becoming another Michael Murphy, as he was so confidently billed when he first burst on the scene two years ago.Upward curveWith a young player you expect peaks and troughs – a stellar debut perhaps, followed by a couple of quiet games, before he lights up again.  Or a poor second season, followed by consolidation of his gifts the year after.  McBrearty has defied all of that thinking though, having shown a steeply upward curve in his performance from the moment we first saw him in a Donegal senior jersey.On Sunday he was instrumental in the two goals, capable of scoring himself, and looked for all the world like a seasoned veteran.  In the absence of adding some extra scoring oomph to their half-forward line, they have benefited from the fast-track maturation of a guy who will be in the top five footballers in the country for the next seven or eight years.©INPHO/Presseye/Russell PritchardHas the game-plan changed?  Not appreciably.It’s important to note that Tyrone have now had three games to try and figure Donegal out, to no avail.  What Donegal now have in their armory is the confidence of winners.  Tyrone’s best spell came either side of half-time, and in the first ten minutes of the second half in particular Donegal barely touched the ball.But as Tyrone wailed away at Donegal’s midriff, the champions rope-a-doped, and McBrearty broke their will with that lightning break down along the right wing to set up Wherity’s goal.  He kicked the next score himself, and set up Michael Murphy for the one after that. Game over.  They were outplayed for 13 minutes, and then killed the game off in the five minutes after that.  Impressive, impressive stuff.Tyrone were dismantled here in the last 20 minutes and it will take a long time for them to recover from this.  But given Tyrone’s stellar play in the league, and how over the course of 70 minutes Donegal gradually put the lie to all they thought they knew about themselves, I wonder what Jim Gavin was thinking.I wonder will he be taking another look at Paul Mannion’s willowy frame in training tomorrow night, and thinking to himself how much he can believe in what’s he’s seen in his first six months in the job.  A Dublin-supporting friend of mine texted me after about 50 minutes of the action had elapsed in Ballybofey – “this is a bad advertisement for the league.”And it’s only natural to be thinking like that now – Donegal are the team to beat.  We’ll have plenty of time to ask questions about McGuinness’ involvement with Celtic, and the parties that were had celebrating Sam’s return, and how impossible it is to retain your All-Ireland title… but right now, they are out on their own, on merit.Elsewhere of course, London finally did what they have been threatening to do for the last number of years, and won a game in the Connacht championship, which means they go forward to play Leitrim in the semi-final.©INPHO/Jim KeoghThe winners are guaranteed a place in the last 12 of the All-Ireland championship. It was said before Sligo lost this game that it was an unbelievably easy route to what is supposed to be where the championship really hots up – so the fact that London won on Sunday doesn’t definitively change the point I’m trying to make here.But Tyrone will have to win three games to get to that stage, having already played out a war with the best team in the country. It’s just not fair, and Leitrim people would tell you that just as quickly as anyone else.  The base requirement for any sporting competition should be that to win, everyone has to play an equal amount of games.  It’s not going to change any time soon, and maybe it’ll never change at all – but it’s worth pointing out these injustices anyway, because it’s idiotic.This week Murph was – talking to a former inter-county player about the build-up to the game in Ballybofey, and how he couldn’t remember looking forward to a first round game as much since the 1994 game between then All-Ireland champions Derry, and soon-to-be-crowned champions Down.For those of you who are too young to remember just how good a game it was, you should check it out.Mickey Linden… jaysis.YouTube credit: Bryansford GaelSee how London won their first Connacht SFC game in 36 yearsEamonn O’Hara calls on Sligo boss Kevin Walsh to resign after London loss WE’VE SEEN IT for years in soccer – teams win the league, don’t buy reinforcements in the summer, and can’t retain their titles.To stay still is to go backwards.  So when Donegal named the exact same team for their match against Tyrone in Ballybofey yesterday as which played Mayo in the All-Ireland final last September, we had cause to take a moment.The considered wisdom is that you have to find two or three lads over the winter that can revitalize your squad.  Donegal didn’t really find anyone over the course of this year’s league, but then again I’m starting to be shocked that they managed to fulfill all seven fixtures in Division 1, such is their (in my opinion, well-placed) disregard for that competition.last_img read more

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Tumblr Still Down

first_imgA Tumblr outage is not all that unusual, of course, but 14 hours certainly is. Tumblr went down more than 14 hours ago–and it’s still not back up. Anyone visiting the site will see the above message. The blogging multi-media blogging service–like its users–has turned to Twitter for information. Though that information is rather sparse. When the outage first hit, Tumblr tweeted (that phrase just seems weird, right),We’re working quickly to recover from a major issue in one of our database clusters. We’re incredibly sorry for the inconvenience.last_img read more

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Les pesticides lune des principales causes de décès au Bangladesh

first_imgLes pesticides, l’une des principales causes de décès au BangladeshBangladesh – L’enquête annuelle sur la situation sanitaire de ce pays révèle un nombre important de décès liés à l’exposition aux pesticides. L’analphabétisme, le manque de vigilance lié à l’application des produits et une méconnaissance des lois en vigueur seraient des causes liées.Alors qu’aucun empoisonnement n’était mentionné dans le bulletin de l’année précédente, 7.438 cas de décès par empoisonnement liés aux pesticides ont été enregistrés dans le rapport 2009. Les empoisonnements directs ne représentent que 8% des décès, les insuffisances respiratoires et autres maladies liées à l’exposition aux pesticides représentent un plus grand pourcentage de décès. À lire aussiComment définir la mort ? L’éternel défi des scientifiquesLe Dr Faiz, professeur de médecine au Sir Salimullah Medical College de Dhaka, précise que les agriculteurs répandent des pesticides très toxiques sans prendre de mesures de protection, inhalant ainsi ces produits. “D’autres s’empoisonnent parce qu’ils ne se lavent pas les mains et le visage correctement après avoir pulvérisé les pesticides”, ajoute-t-il. La question du recyclage des conteneurs de pesticides pose aussi beaucoup de problèmes. La population s’en sert parfois pour ranger la nourriture, faute de pouvoir lire les messages d’avertissement écrits sur les emballages. Par ailleurs, le Bangladesh est un très grand consommateur de pesticides, afin de garantir un bon rendement et éviter les pertes liées aux nuisibles. L’agriculture emploie 75% de la population active.Pourtant une réglementation existe depuis 1985 dans ce pays afin de contrôler l’enregistrement, l’importation, la fabrication, la vente, l’emballage et la communication concernant les pesticides. Mais les vendeurs profitent de l’analphabétisme de la population pour proposer des produits parfois très dangereux et interdits par le gouvernement. Le 26 janvier 2010 à 10:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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11 Foreign SciFi Shows That We Want To See Translated

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Stay on target Ijon Tichy: Space PilotStanislaw Lem is one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time, an idiosyncratic philosopher and physician who explored complex subjects with humor and skill. His work is frustratingly hard to translate to other mediums, but Germany’s ZDF channel did a solid job in 2007 with Ijon Tichy: Space Pilot. The titular hero is an awkward weirdo flying through space in a “three-bedroom rocket” made from a French press, accompanied by a holographic woman. The duo get into all manner of shenanigans in this satirical series, which lasted two seasons. The first one was shot entirely in star Oliver Jahn’s apartment. English science fiction has made its way across the pond for decades, starting with Doctor Who through modern hits like Black Mirror. Without a language barrier in place, it’s easy for us Americans to enjoy British sci-fi. But guess what? Plenty of other countries have their own television industries, and they’re making compelling and unique science fiction of their own.Some of that has already made its way over here – Netflix shows Brazilian post-apocalypse series 3%, for example, as well as German horror show Dark. But we want more! With that in mind, we trawled through TV Guides from all over the world to get examples of eleven foreign shows that we really want to see, subbed or dubbed.My Love From The StarKorean television is famous for romance, and the sci-fi My Love From The Star is a satisfying weepie. Kim Soo-hyun plays an alien who landed on Earth in 1609 and gets stranded here for 400 years. During that span, he lives multiple lifetimes, taking on a new identity every decade because he doesn’t show any visual signs of aging. When he meets a young actress just a few months before his people show up to take him home, it tests his allegiance to his adopted planet in ways he never thought possible. The show was wildly popular not only in Korea, where it influenced fashion trends for years, but also neighboring China. BunkerUnsurprisingly, Russian science fiction still has the Cold War on the brain. Bunker, which premiered on their TNT network in 2006, is a dark comedy about a research team in an underground Siberian installation who have been cut off from the outside world for three years as they work on a mysterious project. When a new researcher shows up with a specialization in veterinary medicine despite there being no animals in the bunker, things start to get really weird. Full of dark humor, this series looks a little dated now but still packs a punch of culture shock.2091Latin America is a huge market, and they’re already starting to make inroads into the entertainment world. 2091 is the first premium TV sci-fi drama from South America, and it’s a doozy. Made in Colombia, the show jets us forward to a future where video game addiction has become a public health issue, leading a billionaire to fly the hardest of the hardcore to the moon of Callisto to compete for a prize that’s a lot bigger than bragging rights. The show has some flaws, but it’s a really cool look at how another culture tackles some hoary old tropes.Ha’Nephilim“Normal people get unusual abilities” is one of the hoariest sci-fi TV premises, but it’s always interesting to see how other cultures interpret it. As you might guess from the title of this Israeli series, there’s a bit of a religious tinge to this one. When a teenage boy moves with his father to a nuclear research facility in the south of the country, he stumbles on a conspiracy to hide an alien spaceship that contains a portal to another place, occupied by criminals with superpowers. When they deactivate the restraint field, hundreds of people rediscover their true superhuman skills and chaos ensues.El Ministerio del TiempoSecret government institutions are a staple of sci-fi series all over the world, and Spain is no exception. The hit El Ministerio del Tiempo follows the employees of an office tasked with correcting disturbances in the flow of time. Pulled from the last 300 years, our lead trio leaps through mostly Spanish history meeting notable figures and fixing problems. It’s not the most original of premises, but the local flavor makes it a fun watch and you might just learn something. The show’s sense of humor keeps things feeling light and brisk, and there’s some clever set design to look at. El BarcoIf you miss the glory days of thinking Lost was good, Spanish TV show El Barco might scratch that same itch. When an accident at the Large Hadron Collider sinks all of Earth’s continents below the sea, the crew of the Estrella Polar must search for survivors and try to find a way to survive in this wet new world. The crew of the ship is primarily students on a sailing scholarship along with a few adults – a chef, a doctor and a mysterious stowaway. The show is fast-paced and pulpy fun, and while the shipboard setting can feel claustrophobic it keeps things lively with fun characters and some seriously bizarre threats, including panicked flocks of birds with nowhere to land. ÉternelleStarring singer/actress Claire Keim, Éternelle was a big hit for French network M6 when it premiered in 2009. She plays an amnesiac woman who is discovered wandering nude in Paris and, upon examination, is host to an unknown bacteria that seems to have given her the ability to siphon memories from people she comes into physical contact with. The six-episode first series did exceptionally well and a sequel has been promised, but it’s been nearly a decade and nothing seems to have materialized. That’s a shame, because sci-fi TV isn’t a big thing in France and you’d think they’d want to follow up on one of their only homegrown hits. TrepaliumClass consciousness has always been a major part of science fiction, and this recent French miniseries tackles the subject boldly. In the uncertain future, a massive wall divides Paris into two segments – the city on one side and the Zone on the other, where 80% of the population lives. The demand for labor results in a lottery that brings Zone people over to the other side of the wall every year, but once there they learn that things aren’t quite as simple as they seem. It’s a bleak and relentless portrait of the world to come and very much worth watching. Alpha 0.7Germany has built a reputation as a hub for innovative technology, and their sci-fi reflects that. One of the most successful shows on the air in recent years was Alpha 0.7, which was presented as a “transmedia” experience that also included a radio program and Web content. Following the adventures of a group of activists attempting to dismantle the surveillance state implemented by the Protecta Society, it’s a clever and compelling bit of dystopia that seems increasingly prescient the more we learn about Facebook and other actors misusing our private data. It’s worth noting that Germany has laws allowing individuals to sue companies for data breaches, so maybe this show inspired some real-world good. Or maybe it’s just a good sci-fi TV program. CircleThis Korean sci-fi drama had a pretty unusual format hook. Each episode was divided into two stories following the same characters – the first half would take place in 2017 and the second twenty years later. Twin brothers Kim Woo-jin and Kim Bum-gyun are the protagonists of the 2017 storyline, following up their encounter with an alien spacecraft. The 2037 storyline sees Korea divided into a pair of nation-states – one sleek and hyper-advanced, the other polluted and hellish. Detective Kim Joon-hyuk lives in the latter but must gain admittance to the former to investigate the disappearance of the twins. It’s a clever and fascinating show with a cool premise and solid execution. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Sting on announcing his retirement from the ring I battled all the

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Pinterest Videos Articles WWE is featuring a video interview with newly inducted Hall of Famer Sting last night in Dallas where he talks about battling the idea of announcing his retirement from the ring up until the very last minute before his induction speech.“The only thing I’d like to share is – it’s something I battled all the way up until the last minute pretty much as to whether or not I was going to retire. It just makes sense right now. I don’t want to. Every wrestler wants ‘one more match.’ Although I do believe wholeheartedly I could do it, I just think that it’s just time for me to put my boots in the middle of the ring.”You can check out the full interview below courtesy of WWE. Trish Stratus on retiring after SummerSlam: “It just became clear that it was a farewell match” Comments are closed. WhatsApp Cesaro Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? 1 COMMENT Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It 20 episodes of WCW Saturday Night from January to May 1993 added to the WWE Network Now Playing Up Next I hate that TMZ was right about this… Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Google+ Seth Rollins Jim Gorr April 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

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The ultrafancy MercedesMaybach SUV will be built in Alabama

first_img Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept is breathtaking Post a comment More From Roadshow More about 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 Review • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 review: Normcore sensibility for the Neiman Marcus set Share your voice Future Cars Luxury cars SUVs Superluxury Cars 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 0 18 Photos Preview • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a smooth makeover for the brand’s largest SUV Mercedes-Benz Enlarge ImageDon’t expect that car-like rear end to show up on the production version. Even Mercedes-Maybach has its limits. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz plans to lean on its Maybach sub-brand to help the automaker compete against a growing contingent of super-luxury SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. And now we know where it will be built.The upcoming Mercedes-Maybach SUV will be built in Alabama, Automotive News reports. With an estimated price around $200,000, that this super-SUV would become the most expensive vehicle manufactured in the US, a title currently held by the $159,300 Acura NSX. Before production begins, it’s expected to make its formal debut in China later this year.The upcoming Maybach SUV will be based on the same platform as the new generation of Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, which will also be unveiled this year. Both vehicles will be built alongside the GLE-Class and C-Class at the Mercedes-Benz US International facility, which was first announced in 1993 and got its start building the automaker’s M-Class SUV. Eventually, the facility will also be responsible for electric vehicles, and the automaker is investing $1 billion in preparation for this new addition.Mercedes-Benz announced its aspirations to build this properly plush SUV last year, when it introduced the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept at the Auto China show in Beijing. It was a wild thing, with a car-like top half seemingly grafted to an SUV’s bottom half. A properly regal interior complemented the insane exterior styling, with quilted leather, rose-gold accents or wood trim with embedded LEDs on just about every surface. Its powertrain consisted of four electric motors that combined to produce 750 horsepower.Later in 2018, Mercedes let slip additional details about what to expect in a production version. It will reportedly feature an improved version of the automaker’s Magic Body Control suspension, which uses cameras proactively adjust the suspension ahead of bumps and potholes. The automaker is also reportedly working on a “chauffeur-focused” driving mode that minimizes shifts in order to translate less movement to the cabin. Talk about prioritizing comfort over all else. Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

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Istanbul begins voting for mayoral rerun

first_imgMillions of Istanbul residents began voting on June 23 in a re-run of a mayoral election that has become a referendum on President Tayyip Erdogan’s policies and a test of Turkey’s ailing democracy. In the initial March 31 vote, the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate secured a narrow victory over Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) in Turkey’s largest city, a rare electoral defeat for the president amid mounting economic woes. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us But after weeks of AKP appeals, Turkey’s High Election Board in May annulled the vote citing irregularities. The opposition called the decision a “coup” against democracy, which has raised the stakes for round two. Polling stations across Istanbul opened at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT), with 10.56 million people registered to vote in a city which makes up nearly a fifth of Turkey’s 82 million population. Voting ends at 5:00 p.m. Results will be announced in the evening. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Erdogan has repeated his line that “whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey.” A second loss in the city, where in the 1990s he served as mayor, would be embarrassing for Erdogan and could weaken what until recently seemed to be his iron grip on power. Turkey’s economy is in recession and the United States, its NATO ally, has threatened sanctions if Erdogan goes ahead with plans to install Russian missile defences. Advertise With Us A second AKP loss could also shed further light into what CHP mayoral candidate Ekrem Imamoglu said was the misspending of billions of lira at the Istanbul municipality, which has a budget of around $4 billion.”If Imamoglu wins again, there’s going to be a chain of serious changes in Turkish politics,” journalist and writer Murat Yetkin said. “It will be interpreted as the beginning of a decline for AKP and for Erdogan as well,” he said, noting that the president himself had called the local elections “a matter of survival”. Another Imamoglu win could eventually trigger a national election earlier than 2023 as scheduled, a cabinet reshuffle, and even a potential adjustment in foreign policy, Yetkin added. To narrow the roughly 13,000-vote gap in March, the AKP re-calibrated its message recently to court Kurdish voters, who make up about 15% of voters in the city of 15 million. The campaign received a twist when jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan urged the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to stay neutral in the vote. The HDP, which backs Imamoglu, accused Erdogan of trying to divide Kurds. Democracy at stake Having campaigned hard ahead of the March vote, a strategy that many within AKP believe has backfired, Erdogan initially kept a low-profile this month. But last week he returned to his combative campaigning and targeted Imamoglu directly, including threatening him with legal action, raising questions over whether the AKP would accept a second defeat. Polls have shown Imamoglu, a former district mayor, retaining a lead over his AKP rival, former prime minister Binali Yildirim. Some polls put him up to 9% points ahead, with his more inclusive message resonating with some voters. Yusuf Mert, who works at a textile shop in the working class Esenyurt district, complained about a lack of business and rising unemployment. He said he was unconvinced by what he saw as Yildirim’s new focus on policies. “We have seen it all and we’ve heard it all in the past 20 years. What else is there to do? Imamoglu won and they denied him his mandate,” Mert said. International criticism The decision to re-run the vote drew international criticism and accusations from Turkey’s opposition of an erosion in the rule of law. Residents in several districts took to the streets banging pots and pans in protest. Some voters told Reuters that an AKP victory on Sunday could lead to bigger protests. The uncertainty over the fate of Istanbul, Turkey’s business hub, and potential delays in broader economic reforms, have kept financial markets on edge. Turkey’s lira currency tumbled after the decision to annul the March vote and is down nearly 10% this year in part on election jitters. Howard Eissenstat, nonresident senior fellow at think-tank POMED, said the AKP’s legitimacy had rested on its purported respect for elections expressing the will of the people. “But these claims have been more myth than reality,” he said. “The undoing of the result in Istanbul highlights just how empty these claims are today.”last_img read more

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