With the NCAA Tournament finishing up its third round games yesterday, we figured we’d give you another kind of bracket to debate until the Sweet 16 gets started. The ‘Round of 64’ matchups in our 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases bracket have been completed, and there were a few surprises – at least to us. You can check out the opening round contests for the #BBN region here, the #FSUTwitter region here, the #WeAre region here, and the #PAWWWL region here.We’ve condensed the ‘Round of 32’ games into this one post, so make sure to vote on all 16 matchups below. Who will eventually be crowned the most annoying fan base in all of college sports?The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 8. Ohio State Football FansKentucky Basketball Fans received 68% of the vote against College Basketball Fans Who Only Care About The NCAA Tournament. Ohio State Football Fans crushed Coach Cal Haters, gaining 73% of the vote in their contest. Was OSU seeded too low? We’ll find out when they take on #BBN. More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or Ohio State Football Fans?4. Indiana Basketball Fans vs. 5. Auburn Football FansAuburn Football Fans just edged Oregon Football Fans, 55%-45%. Indiana Basketball Fans were voted more annoying than Wichita State Basketball Fans, 65%-35%. This could be one of the closest matchups of the entire round. More Annoying: Auburn Football Fans or Indiana Basketball Fans?2. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans vs. 10. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket PicksUConn Women’s Basketball Fans took down Syracuse Lacrosse Fans, 71%-29%. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks actually scored the first upset of the tournament, taking down Louisville Basketball Fans, 59%-41%. It’ll be interesting to see which group people find more intolerable here. More Annoying: People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks vs. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans3. S-E-C Chanters vs. 6. Drake Apologists A particularly strong early round matchup here. S-E-C Chanters demolished Boise State Football Fans, 76%-24%. Drake Apologists crushed NC State Basketball Fans, 69%-31%. Good luck picking this one. More Annoying: Drake Apologists or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below1. Duke Basketball Fans vs. 9. Kansas Basketball FansDuke Basketball Fans beat out Arizona Basketball Fans, 85%-15% in the opening round, proving their worthiness. Kansas Basketball Fans, on the other hand, just eked out Oklahoma Football Fans, 51%-49%. Who marches on to the Sweet 16? More Annoying: Duke Basketball Fans or Kansas Basketball Fans?4. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits vs. 5. West Virginia Football FansFans Who Tweet At Recruits put a whooping on Ole Miss Football Fans, winning 80%-20%. West Virginia Football Fans beat out Conference Realignment Rumormongers, 52%-48%. The Twitter hacks are going to be tough to take down. More Annoying: West Virginia Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 7. North Carolina Basketball FansIt’s an all-ACC matchup in this one. Florida State Football Fans defeated Baylor Football Fans, 79%-21%. North Carolina Basketball Fans cruised against Michigan State Basketball Fans, 72%-28%. We’ll see if they can stop #FSUTwitter’s run to the Final Four. More Annoying: North Carolina Basketball Fans or Florida State Football Fans?3. USC Football Fans vs. 11. NCAA ApologistsUSC Football Fans had a strong showing, gathering 83% of the vote against Rutgers Football Fans. Meanwhile, in a true upset, NCAA Apologists took down Florida Football Fans, 52%-48%. The Trojans fan base is a heavy favorite here. More Annoying: NCAA Apologists or USC Football Fans?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 9. Maryland Basketball FansNotre Dame Football Fans may be the most annoying group in the country when it’s all said and done. Irish supporters scored 86% of the vote against BYU Basketball Fans in the first round. Maryland Basketball Fans scored an upset, taking down Iowa Football Fans 55%-45%. More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Maryland Basketball Fans?4. Miami Football Fans vs. 5. Michigan Football FansMiami Football Fans were voted more annoying than Nebraska Football Fans, 60%-40%. Michigan Football Fans, perhaps underseeded, crushed UCLA Basketball Fans, 77%-23%. This one should be tight. More Annoying: Michigan Football Fans or Miami Football Fans?2. Penn State Football Fans vs. 7. Texas Football FansTwo fan bases of traditional powerhouses that had no trouble in the first round. PSU Football Fans took down Arizona State Basketball Fans, 80%-20%. Texas Football Fans were almost as dominant, knocking off Virginia Tech Football Fans, 73%-27%. More Annoying: Texas Football Fans or Penn State Football Fans?3. UConn Men’s Basketball Fans vs. 6. Texas A&M Football FansIn a matchup of former Big East rivals, UConn Men’s Basketball Fans were voted way more annoying than Villanova Basketball Fans, 82%-18%. Texas A&M Football Fans had no problem with Dick Vitale Haters, pulling in 61% of the vote. More Annoying: Texas A&M Football Fans or UConn Basketball Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 8. South Carolina Football FansAlabama Football Fans, a strong 1-seed, crushed Kenny Chesney Apologists in the first round, 82%-18%. South Carolina Fans were voted more annoying than that of their rival, Clemson, 60%-40%. We’ll be surprised if the Tide don’t roll on here. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or South Carolina Football Fans?4. Georgia Football Fans vs. 5. Syracuse Basketball FansEasily one of the hardest matchups to call in this round. Georgia Football Fans were voted more annoying that SEC Network Conspiracy Theorists, 53%-47%. Syracuse Basketball Fans, one of the best-traveling college basketball groups in the country, took down Gonzaga Basketball Fans, 73%-27%. This one is a toss-up. More Annoying: Syracuse Basketball Fans or Georgia Football Fans?2. Big East Nostalgists vs. 10. Tennessee Football FansBig East Nostalgists, who probably watch that 30 For 30 on repeat, cruised to victory over Georgetown Basketball Fans, 68%-32%. Tennessee Football Fans, on the other hand, scored an interesting upset over West Virginia Basketball Fans, 64%-36%. Are Vols supporters underseeded here? More Annoying: Tennessee Football Fans or Big East Nostalgists?3. Paul Finebaum Callers vs. 6. LSU Football FansSome of these people may actually fit into both categories, but regardless, it should be close. Paul Finebaum Callers, who more-than-deserve a category of their own, beat out Johns Hopkins Lacrosse Fans, 77%-23%. LSU Football Fans had no trouble with Pitt Basketball Fans, triumphing 80%-20%. Good luck picking this one. More Annoying: LSU Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Entire First Round’s Matchups Here >>>
zoomImage Courtesy: ESL Shipping Serious technical problems with cranes slowed down the deployment of ESL Shipping’s new LNG-fueled bulk carriers, the Finland-based shipping company, part of the ASPO Group, said.The 25,600 dwt handy size dry bulk cargo vessels, Haaga and Viikki, the first of their kind to use LNG, were delivered to the company in 2018. In the fourth quarter, both vessels arrived fully laden to the Baltic Sea via the Northern Sea Route.However, “extensive and serious problems” in the conventional mechanics of high-power cranes, which are subject to warranty, have significantly interfered with the efficient operations of both vessels.As informed, these issues have resulted in a significant loss of income and additional costs for the shipping company.Due to the delivery times of spare parts, repairs by Cargotec MacGregor are expected to be completed only at the end of the first quarter of 2019. During this time, the vessels cannot be operated fully efficiently as planned, the company said.“We can be satisfied with the operation of the energy and environmental efficiency systems of the new vessels. When we can raise the reliability and efficiency of the loading and unloading operations of the new vessels to the planned level, the vessels will meet our high profitability requirements and they can be placed to intended customers’ cargo deliveries,” Aki Ojanen, CEO of ASPO Group, noted.The delay in full deployment of Haaga and Viikki was revealed in the company’s financial results for 2018 which show that ESL Shipping improved its profitability during the year.The company’s operating profit stood at EUR 15.1 million (USD 17 million) in 2018, an increase of 11.9 percent when compared to EUR 13.5 million reported in the twelve-month period a year earlier.In addition, the shipping company’s net sales grew by 51% in January-December 2018 to EUR 120.1 million from EUR 79.3 million seen in 2017. The overall increase was driven by the growth of 105% in net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018.As explained, net sales in the fourth quarter increased significantly as a result of higher transportation volumes, the completion of the new vessels and the increase in the vessel capacity through the acquisition of Swedish shipping company AtoB@C. As part of its growth strategy, ESL Shipping completed the acquisition of AtoB@C on August 31, 2018.As a result of the acquisition and the addition of the two new vessels, the shipping company’s vessel capacity increased. The increase in capacity enables the company to improve its operational efficiency and profitability especially during the second half of the year when there is typically a shortage of vessel capacity.At the end of the financial year, ESL Shipping’s fleet consisted of 49 vessels with a total capacity of 464,000 dwt. Of the vessels, 22 are wholly-owned, two are minority-owned, one is leased and the remaining 24 are time-chartered.
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Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday began the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) investigation into the security lapses surrounding the Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed 258 people including 11 Indians, despite strong objection by President Maithripala Sirisena. President Sirisena, who is the head of the Cabinet, warned last week that he would not attend the Cabinet unless the government took immediate action to halt the parliamentary investigation. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The PSC began hearing testimony from Muslim leaders who said they repeatedly warned the authorities to dangerous radicalisation. The committee summoned former governor of the Western province Azath Sally to testify before it. The cabinet meeting which is usually held on Tuesday mornings was not called by Sirisena, officials said. President Sirisena last week asked the Cabinet to halt the hearings, citing national security concerns. Sirisena said that it was uncalled for and a serious threat to national security as the top intelligence personnel are identified through the media. He said he would not allow any serving defense official to testify before the PSC. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaHe wrote to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya urging a halt to the PSC. Jayasuriya, however, replied that the PSC was a parliamentary issue and it would proceed. Sirisena has insisted that as minister of defence and law and order he was unaware of precise intelligence warnings from India about the attack on April 21. He suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundara and dismissed his top defence official Hemasiri Fernando after it was found that there were intelligence failures before the attacks. Sirisena said that none of the serving officers would be authorised by him to testify in future. Jayasuriya stressed that all officials are bound by parliamentary privileges and they would be compelled to respond to summons by the PSC. Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. A three-member committee appointed to probe the attacks that killed 258 people, including 11 Indians, submitted its final report to President Sirisena on Monday. The details of the report were immediately not available. Sirisena’s opposition to the PSC has triggered another clash between the executive and the legislature. The president and his coalition partner, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are at loggerheads and in October last year the president sacked the premier unconstitutionally. The political and constitutional stand off lasted for nearly two months before Wickremesinghe was ordered to be restored by the Supreme Court.
OTTAWA — The Liberals are promising that a re-elected Justin Trudeau government would impose new taxes on the wealthy, large international corporations, foreign housing speculators and tech giants to help cover the cost of billions in new spending and a tax break for the middle class.Even so, the Liberal platform released today projects another four years of deficits — $27.4 billion next year, falling to $21 billion by the fourth year of the mandate.However, it promises that Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio, already one of the most favourable among industrialized countries, will continue to decrease. The Canadian Press A re-elected Liberal government would impose an additional 10 per cent excise tax on luxury cars, boats and personal aircraft with price tags of more than $100,000.Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook with global revenues of at least $1 billion a year would face a three per cent tax on revenue generated by the sale of online advertising and users’ personal data.Non-resident foreigners who own vacant property in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, where speculation is a concern, will also face a national tax.And the Liberals would crack down on tax loopholes that they say allow large corporations to excessively deduct debt to artificially reduce the amount of taxes they pay.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.
Rabat – An unsigned published comment challenging Imam Omar Kzabri of Hassan II Mosque to a debate has caused quite a stir in social media circles. The comments were published in a story written by Naceureddine Elafrite in Medias24.A caption under the picture of Kzabri says the Imam is “playing with fire,” and committing “a violent act against women” by saying “they will go to hell.”Kzabri, Imam of Hassan II, the largest mosque in Casablanca, made a statement earlier this week reminding the Muslims of Morocco of the importance of modesty in Islam. Specifically, Omar Kzabri pointed out the growing “trend” of nakedness amongst women in the kingdom. “Nudity is no longer seasonal affair, it is spread before our eyes, winter and summer,” the Imam said.The eminent religious figure, who specializes in Quran recitation, used the following hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS):“Women who will be dressed but appear to be naked, inviting to evil; and they themselves will be inclined to it.… They will not enter Jannah [Paradise] and they will not smell its fragrance, said the Prophet Muhammad. (SAWS)“Sheikh [Imam Kzabri] invokes God, hell and finally the foreign plot against the Muslim nation,” writes the challenging commenter.Imam Kzabri did emphasize that he feels there are people who “fight the defenders of decency” and do not “respect the freedom of those who chose the Islamic hijab or niqab.”Imam Kzabri’s comments on Facebook were shared over 1,000 times in the past four days. “You cannot say that the Moroccan streets are the scene of a massive and daily parade of naked girls dress or undress in an offensive manner,” writes the commenter.The commenter went on to describe the scholar’s discourse as “scary” and “dangerous.” He ended his critique by reminding the Imam that King Muhammad VI is the Commander of the Faithful.“Do not exceed your limits,” the commenter writes.In response to the commenter, Imam Kzabri posted another statement on Facebook explaining that the correlation between Islam and the values of modesty, that Islam insists upon, are not only from him. He was merely reminded Muslims of the prophet’s (SAWS) teachings.Kzabri is a revered Islamic imam at Hassan II mosque in Casablanca. His beautiful Quran recitations attract hundreds of thousands of worshipers to pray behind his lead in Ramadan.Edited by Ki. Barrett Bilali
Rabat – The National Office of Railways (ONCF) is upgrading some of its regional trains with a much needed makeover. ONCF announced Tuesday, August 4, that it has modernized and renovated its regional trains operating between the regional hub of Casa-Port and Mohammed V Airport, Settat, and El Jadida.The makeover transformed first and second class seats in the 13 trains servicing the area, ONCF said in a statement. It explained that it has completed the upgrades of all of these trains and has returned all trains to circulation. The office also announced that it will start the makeover of trains’ exterior, refreshing the paint and reviving ONCF’s colors. The statement added that the new operation is part of the “multiple projects of the ONCF to improve the quality of services offered to customers and to improve comfort in railway stations and on board trains.”With the trains rehabilitated, ONCF provides its customers with “more modern equipment, brightly colored seats and a more urban style to make the journey by train more friendly and more comfortable.”
WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Officials have identified the fourth victim of an explosion at a northern Illinois silicone plant and say a memorial is planned Friday morning at the site.AB Specialty Silicones general manager Mac Penman on Thursday identified the final employee who died in the May 3 blast as 24-year-old Daniel Nicklas of Beach Park. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi says the body was recovered late Tuesday from the rubble, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of Chicago.Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said his office would use dental records or DNA to officially confirm Nicklas’ identity.Lenzi has said there is no evidence of foul play and the explosion appears to be an accident that happened within the processes at the factory. Penman says the company “has resolved to re-open.”The Associated Press
“As the African Union is taking a larger role in the continent’s mediation and peacekeeping operations, it had become essential to make our partnership stronger,” said Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.Her office and the Peace and Security Department of the AU Commission signed an agreement on 17 September, in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to step up measures to protect children from armed violence.“A significant number of children affected by armed conflict live on the African continent. With this agreement, my Office will work even more closely with the African Union and UNICEF to respond to their plight,” Ms. Zerrougui said. Among the areas of collaboration outlined in the document, the AU, with UN support, agrees to include the protection of children in all its peace and security activities.The agreement also calls for the development of a joint programme of work to align domestic legislation with regional and international child rights, as well as to develop guidelines on protection of children. In addition, improved and harmonized training programmes in child protection will be developed for countries contributing troops to AU peace missions. “We welcome this collaboration to ensure that protecting children is central to the work of the African Union,” said El-Ghassim Wane, Director of the Department of Peace and Security at the AU Commission. “We know that we cannot succeed in building a prosperous and just future for the continent if we do not do everything in our collective power to protect them from the scourge of violence and war,” Mr. Wane added.Addressing the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council, which began last week in Geneva, Ms. Zerrougui noted that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed Action Plans to end the recruitment and use of children, as well as sexual violence against children. The Transitional Government of Somalia signed a similar Action Plan as well as another one to end killing and maiming of children, the first time a Government made such a commitment.
Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák of the Slovak Republic, Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and former President of the General Assembly, briefs the Security Council., by UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeWhile stressing the importance of the various accords on the situation in Ukraine, including the Minsk Agreements, the only “agreed framework” for halting the guns in eastern Ukraine and the Trilateral Contact Group, consisting of OSCE, Russia and Ukraine, he spelled out: “We cannot simply wait patiently for progress to happen. There are too many people suffering, as we speak.”Mr. Lajčák shared his experience in traveling to the country in January, saying “It was my first trip as Chairperson. And it is not one I will forget.”He spoke of the elderly in the Luhansk region “on sticks or in wheelchairs” who each day make a risky journey across a bridge severely damaged by the conflict because it is the only open entry-exit point.“More than 10,000 people cross daily”, he explained. “They suffer; they feel hopeless, neglected and abandoned” because commitments are not upheld, trust keeps eroding and the space for dialogue is disappearing.Engaging with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which he called “the eyes and ears of the international community on the ground”, along with the Project Coordinator in Ukraine, UN Development Programme (UNDP), International Committee of the Red Cross and the European External Action Service yielded improvement proposals, including to repair the Stanytsia Luhanska bridge and to demine.Turning to suggestions on the creation of a UN mission in Ukraine, he pointed out: “This is not a new discussion”, saying he had nothing to add, “except to reaffirm that we stand ready to engage on any concrete proposals, or decisions coming out of this esteemed body”.In addition to the Ukraine, there are “other dark spots of conflict” in the OSCE area, he continued, citing Transdniestria, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh.“The OSCE has a lot to learn from closer UN engagement”, including operational readiness and capacities and capabilities at various conflict stages Mr. Lajčák stated.“But”, he added quickly, “the OSCE has a lot to give too”, citing tailored regional knowledge and niche expertise.In a climate of eroding global arms control, he flagged that the OSCE can be “a platform for confidence-building and increased transparency”.He highlighted the benefits of even more engagement in the future, “because there is absolutely no alternative when it comes to the legitimacy the UN brings and the reach it allows” and “absolutely no alternative to local know-how and field presence” of the OSCE.“When mobilized effectively and pulled together, the results can be historic” concluded the OSCE chairperson. “The crisis goes against everything the OSCE and the UN stand for,” continued Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák in his briefing on OSCE’s activities.In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine went from political crisis, to violent confrontation and, later, became a full-scale conflict between Government forces and separatists, in the country’s east.
As if to put an exclamation point on their recent winning ways, the Toronto Blue Jays went into the Bronx over the weekend and swept the AL East-leading New York Yankees by a combined score of 10-1, narrowing New York’s division lead to a mere game and a half.The Blue Jays’ hot streak has been linked to their aggressive deal-making before MLB’s July 31 trade deadline. But as Victor Mather of The New York Times rightly pointed out in a column Monday, Toronto had the characteristics of a dominant team before they added any players. As of July 28, they possessed the American League’s top per-game run differential and its best underlying statistical fundamentals, despite a sub-.500 record.Baseball statheads have long known that a team’s run differential is generally a better predictor of future wins and losses than its record. So, it stood to reason that the Blue Jays would eventually turn things around. But we should also be careful not to swing too far in the opposite direction and ignore team records entirely.Run differential — which is usually expressed on the same scale as a winning percentage using the pythagorean formula — is indeed a better predictor than a team’s actual record. When predicting future wins at this stage of the baseball season, run differential is about 1.8 times as important as actual winning percentage. But that still means the optimal mix of pythagorean and actual winning percentages is roughly a 65-35 split, a ratio that gets closer to 50-50 as the season draws toward its end.This means that even if you know a team’s run differential, it also pays quite a bit to know its W-L record. While teams do tend to regress toward their underlying metrics, especially early in the season, we can capture additional signal by measuring a team’s ability to actually win ballgames (shock!).As for the Blue Jays, they’re clearly one of the AL’s best teams, especially with the extra weapons they picked up at the deadline. But their recent run of success wasn’t completely fated by their great underlying metrics earlier in the season — odds are, that disappointing record also said something real about them.
Most fashion fans scrolling through Instagram for the first time on Boxing Day probably expected photographs of illuminated Christmas trees and piles of presents to dominate their feeds. Instead, they found tribute after tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day. The pop superstar and prolific songwriter was behind many of the anthems of the 1980s and ’90s- and his videos were the crossroads for the worlds of fashion and music. Nowhere was this more true than in ‘Freedom! ’90’. The video starred the five leading supermodels of the day – Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz- lip-syncing to Michael’s lyrics. The video was inspired by photographer Peter Lindbergh’s January 1990 cover of British Vogue which showed models in a refreshingly honest way – a revolutionary move after the gloss and glamour of the previous decade.”They were the kind of models who were really independent, joyful and sporty, but – most importantly – they were strong in themselves. I thought that should be the future,” Lindbergh recently told The Telegraph of that era-defining image. “It’s a blue Christmas without you #GeorgeMichael Thank you for your soulful music and open heart ,” read Turlington’s caption to an image of her face from Freedom. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. George Michael and Linda Evangelista Campbell posted two pictures: one from the 1991 Versace show in which she, Evangelista, Crawford and Turlington walked the runway arm in arm, mouthing the lyrics from Freedom, and another of Michael’s face. Crawford posted a video clip from an awards ceremony, and wrote, ‘Feeling very honored to have been part of #GeorgeMichael’s #Freedom90 video. His bravery inspired all of us. RIP George.’ ) By this morning, those models were among the dozens of fashion insiders sharing their memories of Michael, 53, on the social network.Evangelista posted a photo of herself with Turlington and Michael, writing: am beyond heartbroken and devastated by another tragic loss. R.I.P. dearest Georgy. #GeorgeMichael # ripgeorgemichael”
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will display its newest, ultra-large haulage mining tyre, the RM-4B+, at its booth during this month’s MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas. “The new RM-4B+ contains our latest technologies in materials, design, construction and manufacturing, and is precision-made – using our cutting-edge tire manufacturing equipment – to help mine haul trucks operate at optimal levels,” said Caroline Pajot, General Manager, Global OTR Tires, Goodyear.“This tyre represents the culmination of all we have learned over the years,” she said. “We believe it will become the ‘go-to’ tire for large haulage mining operations.” Also during MINExpo 2016, Goodyear will demonstrate how it helps mining operations reduce their costs through:Trusted products, including a full tyre portfolio, retreads and a variety of uptime-enhancing technologies, such as Goodyear Hi-Stability Carcass Technology, Goodyear CycleMax Tread Compound Technology and Goodyear PermafoamWorldwide support, including an international distribution network and global field support, to help keep mine haul trucks runningReliable services – including global field consultations, tyre surveys and footprint evaluations – to help end users optimise their operationsValue-added tools – including Goodyear EMTrack Performance Tracking, digital tools and in-depth training – all designed to help mining operations grow their business with confidence“Goodyear is committed to the mining industry and our customers,” said Pajot. “We invite MINExpo 2016 attendees to visit our booth to discover how Goodyear can help lower their total cost of ownership.”
THE NUMBER OF cancer patients being treated in St James’s Hospital for lung, oesophageal, malignant melanoma, prostate, head and neck cancers has increased 100 per cent over the past ten years, according to a new report.The figure was revealed in the hospital’s first ten year audit of cancer treatments between 2002 and 2012.In a statement, the hospital said the audit showed “cancer outcomes across the spectrum of cancer at St. James’s Hospital compares favourably with international benchmarks”.The most common kind of cancer treated by the hospital is lung, in which it handles 27 per cent of the national workload.Their research among these patients show that there is a similar level of occurrence of the disease between current and former smokers. 10 per cent of the patients had never smoked.The average of age of those treated or diagnosed with cancer in the hospital was 60, with slightly more men than women.CEO of the Hospital Brian Fitzgerald says the report is “essential element in driving quality improvement in cancer”.“The results of this audit will inform cancer care at St. James’s Hospital, and our known outcomes and what it takes to achieve the best results internationally will remain a core objective and will inform strategy.”The data compiled in this audit across the cancer spectrum demonstrates that the treatment programme at St. James’s Hospital has achieved stage-for-stage cure rates that benchmark favourably with outcomes from the best international standards.Head of Surgery at the hospital Professor John Reynolds said that “these audit data enable us to provide actual rather than inferred outcome data to our patients – they will know stage for stage what the actual cure rate is in this Centre”.Read the full report hereRead: Ireland falls 10% behind Europe in some cancer survival rates >More: New rapid response prostate clinic launches in Cork >
Murphy reads from the DDDA credit card statements [Image: Oireachtas.ie]“He did have a credit card, and he signed for it every month, and the notes are kept in quite some detail,” Murphy said.“I was wondering if we could write to him to request information about certain things.“If you go down through the detail of the credit card statements what you see is a lot of travel, a lot of hotel expenses certainly.“But you also see food being expensed as well as entertainment and things like that. For example, you can see significant amounts being spent in places like Lillie’s Bordello and the Town Bar and Grill for their Christmas parties: that was around €3,600 in total— that was in 2005.“In fairness when you come to 2008, you see €331 being spent instead. “It had been a long meeting. But he subsequently wrote back to us to say that he did have one — that he had forgotten that at the meeting, but he’d be happy to write to us regarding what was in those statements. Murphy also referred to a second board member’s credit card which had been used to expense thousands more in drinks bills, including €1,4000 for one staff occasion in ‘Ely’.“What we see is a lot of expenses and I was surprised because Mr Moloney couldn’t recall whether he had a credit card,” Murphy said.The committee was later informed by by the PAC clerk that the former chief executive had been forwarded the statements and was currently going through them.Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell, who chaired today’s meeting, said they would wait to hear back from Moloney before pursuing the matter further. QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN raised over the level of expenses charged to DDDA credit cards during the tenure of former chief executive Paul Moloney.Credit card bills racked up by the former boss of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and other staff members during the mid 2000s were discussed by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee as it met this morning.Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy raised the issue, noting that committee chairman John McGuinness had raised the matter with Moloney during his last appearance before the panel, but that “Mr. Moloney said he did’t recall having a credit card”.Murphy continued: Ex-DDDA boss Paul Moloney pictured in 2007. [Photocall Ireland] PAC Chairman John McGuinness asked Moloney several times to explain the bills during his last appearance at the committee in December.Details of the statements were originally released to the Irish Independent under Freedom of Information legislation.Moloney had told the committee that he was “shocked” at the details contained in the statements, and said that he would reply to the members in due course.Read: Former Dublin docklands boss defends record and slams ‘grievous accusations’Docklands chair: Governments had 14 years to close Glass Bottle loophole
THE EUROZONE SUNK further into recession in the last three months of 2012 as the debt crisis continued to exact a heavy price according to new data released today.The eurozone economy shrank 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the third quarter when it contracted 0.1 per cent, the Eurostat data agency said, confirming initial estimates given in February.For the full 27-member European Union, the economy was 0.5 per cent smaller in the fourth quarter after a marginal gain of 0.1 per cent in the third, Eurostat said.A recession is counted as two consecutive quarterly economic contractions. Compared with fourth quarter 2011, the eurozone economy was down 0.9 per cent and the EU bloc of 27 off 0.6 per cent.Among the major economies, European powerhouse Germany shrank 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter after a gain of 0.2 percent in the third and France slipped 0.3 per cent after growth of 0.1 per cent.There was no data supplied for Ireland which will not confirm its fourth quarter figures until the end of this month.Non-euro Britain lost 0.3 per cent after sharp growth of 1.0 percent in the third quarter, boosted by the London Olympics.Among the fourth quarter best performers were Estonia, which grew 0.9 percent and Lithuania, up 0.7 percent, while bailed-out Portugal was the weakest, with its economy shrinking 1.8 percent.Eurostat said that for 2012 as a whole, the eurozone economy contracted 0.6 percent and the EU 0.3 percent.Data so far for 2013 suggests the European economy is stabilising after a very bad 2012 but the outlook remains weak and uncertain.- additional reporting from Hugh O’Connell – © AFP 2013Read: Davy revises projections for growth in Irish economy… upward
How Trump and Obama’s inaugurations compare in terms of performers, attendance and cost Who went and how much did all the festivities cost? http://jrnl.ie/3194060 Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as Melania Trump looks on Source: Andrew Harnik AP/Press Association Images Vice President-elect Mike Pence, left, and his wife Karen, applaud as President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive for a VIP reception and dinner with donors on Thursday night Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images President-elect Donald Trump kisses the hand of Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager, during a VIP reception and dinner with donors on Thursday night Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images Former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the inauguration yesterday Source: Matt Rourke PA Wire/PA ImagesRead: Michael Flatley ‘set to perform’ at Trump inaugurationRead: Here’s how plans for Trump’s ‘softly sensual’ inauguration are going How do Trump’s festivities compare to Obama’s first inauguration in 2009 – in terms of performances and attendance?Obama’s inauguration as 44th President of the United StatesDate: 20 January 2009Age: 47Party: DemocraticAttendance: Estimates vary from 1.1 million to 1.8 million people, with tens of millions more watching on TV or onlineFormer US presidents in attendance: Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and George W BushPerformers (at the inauguration ceremony, ball and related events): Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Beyoncé, U2, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J Blige, Sheryl Crow, will.i.am, Marc Anthony, among othersCost: In the region of $150 million (about €140.6 million) President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama at the Midwestern Ball on the night of his inauguration in Washington in 2009 Source: Manuel Balce Ceneta AP/Press Association Images Aretha Franklin performing at Obama’s inauguration in 2009 Source: Ron Edmonds AP/Press Association Images Singer Mariah Carey sings at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in 2009 Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP/Press Association Images Stevie Wonder and Sting after their performance at the Neighborhood Ball in Washington in 2009 Source: Alex Brandon AP/Press Association ImagesTrump’s inauguration as 45th President of the United States President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive to the Make America Great Again Welcome Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington DC on Thursday Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association ImagesAge: 70Party: RepublicanAttendance: Estimates range from 250,000 to 900,000 people, plus online and TV audienceFormer US presidents in attendance: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton (along with his wife, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton), George W Bush and Barack Obama (George HW Bush is in hospital)Performers (at the inauguration ceremony, ball and related events): America’s Got Talent singer Jackie Evancho, 3 Doors Down, the Radio City Rockettes, The Piano Guys, Tony Orlando, Sam Moore, Lee Greenwood, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Michael Flatley, among othersCost: In the region of $175 million to $200 million (around €164 million to €187.5 million) Short URL By Órla Ryan 20,076 Views Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Jan 21st 2017, 6:00 AM Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 6:00 AM Tom Barrack, chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, previously said yesterday’s inauguration in Washington DC would have “poetic cadence,” rather than be a “circus-like” coronation. Obama and Trump at the inauguration yesterday Source: Patrick Semansky AP/Press Association ImagesSo, how do Trump and Obama’s big days compare?To quote the Washington Post, inaugurations are “really, really expensive”.The newspaper recently crunched the numbers and estimates that yesterday’s inauguration and related events will cost in the region of $175 million to $200 million (around €164 million to €187.5 million). About $70 million (around €65.5 million) will come from private donations, with taxpayers footing the rest of the bill. Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as Michelle Obama and Melania Trump talk at the White House yesterday Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association ImagesFor Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, his committee raised a then record of $53 million (about €49.7 million) in private donations – about a third of the overall cost. The so-called “A” list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016 22 Comments Barack Obama, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States in 2009 Source: Jae C Hong AP/Press Association ImagesTHERE HAS BEEN much talk in recent weeks about Donald Trump’s team reportedly struggling to get A-list names to attend the new US President’s inauguration and celebratory ball.A number of big names publicly rejected apparent offers to perform, while other people, including a Bruce Springsteen tribute act – the B-Street Band, dropped out of performing at events to mark the start of Trump’s presidency. Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump’s claim on Kashmir mediation led to angry reactions from the Opposition in Parliament on Tuesday, as the government asserted that all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally. While the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments over the issue, the Opposition walked out of the Lok Sabha proceedings demanding a statement from the Prime Minister himself. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Soon after the House met for the day at 11 am, Opposition parties raked up the issue of Trump’s remarks made in the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. The US President had on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to play the role of a mediator on Kashmir. Congress Deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said Trump had stated that the Prime Minister had at the recent G20 meeting in Osaka in Japan sought his mediation. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us India’s position has been consistent and clear on Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and has always maintained that it will not accept third party mediation in purely bilateral issue. Since Parliament is in session and considering that the comments were made by the President of the world’s most powerful nation to the Prime Minister of another country, Prime Minister Modi should come to the House and clarify on the issue, he said. CPI’s D Raja wanted to know if there was any change in India’s position on third party mediation on Kashmir issue.
In the aftermath, the Robonauts took their beloved robot, Ruckus, and went back to the practice field.The Houston-based team from Clear Creek Independent School District were one of the most highly anticipated teams at the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition — the world championships for student robotics.Then, they had a costly mechanical issue during a match.Watch the video above to find out what happens. If you need to catch up, take a look at the first chapter.Keep up with all new episodes of Imaginarium on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel. Share
X Share Listen 00:00 /00:47 The issue goes back to November 2015, when Houstonians voted to extend the terms elected officials in the city serve. The change was from three two-year terms to two four-year terms.The lawsuit, filed shortly after that election, alleges the language on the ballot was misleading because it made it sound like voters were reducing terms.After several rulings on technicalities, today’s ruling was on the merits.Plaintiff lawyer Eric Dick said he expected it from Judge Randy Clapp, who said the language was “inartful” but not misleading. “Although I appreciate his opinion, it doesn’t really matter,” Dick said. “Whose opinion matters is the Supreme Court of Texas, who has twice struck down the language for the city of Houston for being misleading.”He was referring to two other recent ballot language cases against Houston – one regarding the now defunct Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and the other about a citywide drainage fee.In a statement, the city of Houston said, “the new term limits as adopted by the voters remain in place.”The plaintiffs have 30 days to file an appeal.MORE: David Branham of UH-Downtown Discusses Term Limits Case To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:24 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Florian MartinPlaintiff lawyers Eric Dick and Andy Taylor, from left, make their case against the city’s term limit referendum before Judge Randy Clapp Friday, May 11, 2018A judge in the Harris County District Court has ruled in favor of the city of Houston in a lawsuit against its new term limits.