Dutch pundit Derksen: No comparing Vilhena with Liverpool ace Wijnaldumby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDutch pundit Johan Derksen has slammed the Holland call of FK Krasnodar midfielder Tonny Vilhena.Comparing Vilhena with Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, Derksen blasted Ronald Koeman’s selection.The former FC Cambuur star told Veronica Inside: “I don’t think Hateboer is international. I don’t think Vilhena is an international either. I think that is a run-your-rot show. He plays simple football running with the ball and then a bit wide. You can’t do it anymore. “A player like Georginio Wijnaldum is corrected by ten other players at Liverpool. Vilhena was able to run and fly at Feyenoord. People in the media said he was doing so well, so he started to believe in himself. You don’t have time for that at a club like Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ahmedabad: Heavy rains Sunday battered parts of south Gujarat, with authorities keeping rescue teams in Valsad on stand-by due to rise in river levels and water- logging in many areas, officials said. Valsad received 203 millimetres rainfall in ten hours since Sunday morning, leaving several areas flooded, while nearby Vapi in the district received 228 mm rainfall during this period. Auranga and Par rivers flowing through the district swelled due to heavy rains though they were still below the danger mark, said Valsad Collector CR Kharsan, adding that a team of the NDRF and personnel from the fire brigade have been kept on stand-by. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The national highway connecting Mumbai to Surat was under water on some stretches, causing traffic snarls. Apart from Vapi, areas like Kaprada and Pardi in Valsad district, Khergam in Navsari and Mangrol in Surat district also received heavy rainfall, an official said. While Khergam taluka in Navsari received 126 mm rainfall from 6 am till 2 pm Sunday, Mangrol in Surat received 70 mm rainfall, as per data provided by State Emergency Operation Centre. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said some areas of south Gujarat namely Navsari, Valsad, Narmada, Tapi and Surat among others received “extremely heavy” as well as “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in the last 24 hours. The IMD warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places in south Gujarat till Monday and advised fishermen to not venture into the sea for the next 24 hours. Most places of south Gujarat received rainfall due to active monsoon conditions, with Saturday’s “upper air cyclonic circulation” over south Gujarat and neighbouring areas persisting in the region, the IMD said in a weather bulletin. “Due to active monsoon conditions, squally weather is very likely to prevail along and off south Gujarat coast during next 48 hours. The sea will be rough with waves from south-westerly to westerly direction for next 24 hours,” the IMD said. It also warned of heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in the districts of south Gujarat region namely Valsad, Navsari, Dang, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli till Monday.
VANCOUVER – Municipalities and residents in British Columbia are set to argue that the proposed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would damage sensitive ecosystems, harm public parks and trails and adversely impact homeowners.The National Energy Board will hold hearings starting Monday on the route that would run through Burnaby, Coquitlam and north Surrey. Burnaby is a major opponent of the project and has publicly battled Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML).Burnaby will present for three days at the hearings, saying in a statement it will demonstrate the “significant and unacceptable” financial, environmental and social risks of the company’s proposed route through the city.“Because of the damage and disruption it would cause to the city and Metro Vancouver’s environment, economy and neighbourhoods — in perpetuity — the City of Burnaby is determined to ensure that this route is never approved,” said Mayor Derek Corrigan in the statement.The Government of Canada approved the 1,147-kilometre pipeline project in November 2016 along a roughly 150-metre wide corridor. The detailed route approval process will determine the exact placement of the new pipeline.People who anticipated their lands may be adversely affected by the route were able to file statements of opposition. The National Energy Board began holding hearings on the route in late November and has approved some segments in eastern B.C. and Alberta.The hearings starting Monday cover a hotly contested Metro Vancouver portion of the route. Several residents and a land-surveying company are scheduled to speak at a Burnaby hotel over eight days, before a second set of hearings is held in March.In documents filed with the energy board, Burnaby says the proposed route passes through conservation areas and parks that provide critical green space and extensive trail systems to the public. Significant amounts of trees and vegetation would be removed and sensitive creek and river ecosystems would be impacted, the city says.The existing Trans Mountain pipeline has carried oil from near Edmonton to a marine terminal in Burnaby since 1953. The company tried to double the new line with the existing pipeline where possible, but in Burnaby, the old line runs beneath neighbourhoods and city streets, said spokeswoman Ali Hounsell.“Throughout the Lower Mainland, the cities have kind of grown up around the pipeline,” said Hounsell. “In some cases … it’s actually less impactful to go through areas that are not where the existing pipeline is.”However, the proposed route does run along municipal roads in Coquitlam. The city says in documents filed with the energy board that the route will negatively impact municipal operations and potentially incur millions of additional costs for routine operations, maintenance and rehabilitation work.The route in Coquitlam does not parallel the existing pipeline, said a Trans Mountain spokesperson.She noted that the federal government’s approval came with 157 conditions, including that the company create environmental protection plans and minimize impacts in sensitive areas. The company is also committed to returning any environment it has disturbed back to its previous state, including replanting trees, she said.A group of Burnaby residents remain concerned about the project’s impact on green space. Six households are set to speak about the portion of the route that runs through a forested area that buffers their quiet residential neighbourhood from a Shell Canada tank farm.The forested area is protected by a statutory covenant that obligates Shell to maintain it as a buffer. In documents filed with the energy board, the residents say the pipeline construction, including plans to remove trees, potentially violates the covenant.Karim Dossa writes that one of the main reasons he and his wife bought their house was the pristine green belt, and over the years, they have witnessed a “myriad of wildlife” including bears, coyotes and a variety of birds and insects. He adds he’s concerned about spills or accidents.“As landowners who have invested our life savings in the house, we are traumatized by the impact this project will have on the quality of our lives, the value of our land and home and the legacy we wish to leave to our children and grandchildren.”Shell Canada said it has been in touch with Kinder Morgan regarding their proposed pipeline route and discussions are ongoing.At least one scheduled participant has already resolved its issues directly with the company. Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is scheduled to speak Friday but is not planning to attend, said director of operations Stephani Baker.The organization had raised a number of concerns about construction in a green space that borders 27 of its townhouses in Burnaby. But after an arbitrated meeting in December, Kinder Morgan addressed all its concerns, including committing to add an alternate path for children to walk to school, said Baker.“From our perspective, the best option was to have a face-to-face conversation,” she said. “They were very willing to accommodate and work with us going forward.”James Stevenson, a spokesman for the national energy board, said the board will work as expeditiously as possible but the standard timeline for a decision following route hearings is about three months.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version quoted a spokesperson who said the new pipeline parallels the existing right-of-way in Coquitlam. In fact, the new pipeline does not parallel the existing line.
17 July 2007The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a resolution recently passed by the United States House of Representatives calling for an increase in aid from Washington for millions of displaced people in Colombia. The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a resolution recently passed by the United States House of Representatives calling for an increase in aid from Washington for millions of displaced people in Colombia.“The resolution – which received widespread backing – recognizes 2007 as the Year of the Rights of Displaced People in Colombia and offers support to help the victims rebuild their lives,” said Ron Redmond, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“It is the first time the US Congress has singled out forced displacement in Colombia as one of the worst humanitarian crises on the American continent,” he noted.An average of 18,000 Colombians are uprooted by violence every month, with more than 1 million forced to flee in the past five years alone, according to UNHCR. The resolution, which next goes to the Senate for approval, calls on the Colombian Government and the international community to prioritize discussion of the humanitarian consequences and internal displacement and recommends that the US increase aid for emergency and long-term assistance to the victims. Non-governmental organizations say the total number of internally displaced people in Colombia is as high as 3.8 million.
The CIB had raided Hotel Bishwonath in Tridevi Marga, Thamel and rescued the girls from Kilinochchi district in Sri Lanka.They were lured by a broker to be sent to Canada using Nepal as the transit point. Amid a growing trend of Nepali men and women being trafficked via Sri Lanka, two Sri Lankan women have been rescued from the clutches of traffickers who tried to send them to various foreign destinations using Nepal as the transit point, the Kathmandu Post reported today.The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police rescued two Sri Lankan women from a hotel in Thamel on August 25. Both of them left for their homes on Thursday. The CIB, with support from the International Organi-zation for Migration (IoM) and Shakti Samuha, an NGO working against trafficking, rescued the women aged 24 and 33. They had arrived in Nepal on May 21. “The duo was brought to Kathmandu some three months ago by a broker who promised to send them to Canada. They were first taken to Indonesia,” said Nepal Police Spokesperson SP Mira Chaudhary. Upon their arrival in Kathmandu, the Sri Lankan broker abetted by a Nepali man kept them in the hotel before disappearing. The girls knew that they were duped only after the hotel owner presented them with a bill of Rs300,000 including the cost of their stay of days.According to Dilip Koirala, legal and training coordinator at Shakti Samuha, the girls said in their statements that the hotel owner had taken away Rs20,000 each, promising them visa extension.Many women and men are found to have been trafficked to various Gulf countries via Colombo. Traffickers use the route for lax airport security and easy visa processing for Nepali nationals in Sri Lanka. A team from the Home Ministry including Nepal Police officials visited Sri Lanka two years ago to discuss the rise in trafficking via the country. “Nepal is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking,” stated a recent report of the US Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons. (Colombo Gazette)
The two rugby players had suffered breathing difficulties after a night out and died while receiving treatment in hospital.Tom Baty and Thomas Howard of the Durham City RFC were admitted to hospital after suffering breathing problems and it was later revealed they had consumed heroin. (Colombo Gazette) A suspect accused of selling heroin to two British rugby players who died in May, has been arrested.The suspect has been remanded till August 10th.
Various national leaders are concerned about the possible consequences of a conflict with Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told reporters today as he entered UN Headquarters.Asked about the costs of an eventual conflict with Iraq, the Secretary-General declined to speculate, pointing out that they would be difficult to predict. “I know many people are worried about unexpected consequences, and the question is – the morning after,” he said. “I would not want to throw out any guesses, but I am concerned as well.”Pressed about those concerns, he replied, “What sort of Iraq do we wake up to after the bombing, and what happens in the region? What impact could it have? These are questions leaders I have spoken to have posed.”When asked what initiatives the United States and the United Kingdom might bring to the UN before taking any military action against Baghdad, the Secretary-General said he had spoken to the leaders of both countries, but suggested it would be best to wait and see what the US President would say during his speech to the General Assembly on Thursday. Mr. Annan also emphasized the appropriateness of the UN Security Council pronouncing itself on the issue of Iraq. “I think it is important to stress that the Council, which has been seized with this Iraqi issue for so long, should have something to say,” he said.
SMMT today urges the government to set up a compulsory licensing system for motor traders. Under the proposal, any company selling, repairing or servicing cars would have to show it works to a set of minimum standards before being granted a licence to trade. Regular inspections, by properly funded trading standards officers, would ensure standards are maintained and consumers receive high quality service.The call for compulsory licensing comes a year after a DTI task force was set up to look at measures to improve the service consumers receive from those servicing and repairing cars. In publishing an initial consultation, the task force has put forward a proposal for a ‘good garage scheme’, where garages volunteer to sign up to a set of standards.But while SMMT agrees that minimum standards are needed, a voluntary scheme will not go far enough to police those who consistently fail the consumer. Only a compulsory licensing scheme will force those who provide poor service to improve or to stop trading altogether.‘On paper a voluntary scheme might seem like a good idea, and the quality end of the market will readily sign up to a set of standards. Others will simply ignore it and carry on regardless,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘As things stand, anyone can set themselves up in used car sales, repair and servicing without proper training, equipment or on-site facilities. A well-enforced and compulsory licensing system is the only way we can ensure that those who provide shoddy service are weeded out and removed from the market.’ SMMT recommends that the Code of Practice for the Motor Industry is used by the government as a starting point for new motor trader standards. The Code, which has Office of Fair Trading (OFT) approval and which all members of SMMT follow, has comprehensive provisions for new and used car sales, and sets minimum standards for aftersales servicing and repairs.Today’s task force findings come a year after the OFT published its Car Servicing and Repairs report. The report, which included a survey of 2,726 consumers, found that the vast majority of customers were satisfied with the service they had received in the last six months. Overall satisfaction with both servicing and repair was reported as ‘very high’; 92 per cent of services and 86 per cent of repairs resulted in a satisfied customer.However, the experiences of those surveyed were not mirrored in a general perception of the industry, according to the OFT findings. Qualitative research showed that the industry does not enjoy a good reputation, with past experiences and other people’s problems helping to shape negative views.ends.Notes to editors: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) are all signatories to the OFT approved Code of Practice for the Motor Industry. All member companies are bound by its provisions. Under the Code, a dispute may be referred to the relevant trade association for conciliation and, where necessary, to independent, low-cost arbitration. Last year’s OFT report into car repairs and servicing concluded: The research has shown that levels of satisfaction with recent experiences of both service and repair are high, with few problems of bills being higher than quoted or poor communication. However, from the qualitative research it is apparent that the motor industry does not enjoy a good reputation, and that customers either had bad experiences in the past, or knew people who had. (p31) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Office of Fair Trading already administers a licensing system for credit companies. Under the Consumer Credit Act, all credit providers and their agents must apply for and be granted a licence before trading. Licences may be revoked by the OFT if complaints are upheld.
Geoff Carlston scheduled tough for a reason. In an effort to prepare his team for Big Ten play, the Ohio State women’s volleyball coach tasked his squad with one of the hardest nonconference schedules in the country.Thus far, it’s safe to say the team has responded well.OSU took home its second straight tournament win over the weekend at the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, beating a pair of teams who came into the competition without a loss.On Friday, the No. 15 Buckeyes (8-1) took care of host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-7), before topping Syracuse (6-2) and No. 13 Arizona (8-1) on Saturday. After losing its season opener to Wyoming, OSU has now won eight straight matches, including three against top-15 opponents.Led by a strong defensive showing, OSU defeated previously unbeaten Arizona in four sets (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 29-27) in its final match of the weekend.The contest proved to be a tough early-season test for Carlston’s squad, featuring 31 ties and 12 lead changes as neither team won a set by more than three points.Junior libero Valeria León came up big for the defense, helping the Buckeyes hold Arizona to a .173 attack percentage. León set a new career high with 35 digs, breaking her previous best of 32 which was set just a week earlier against Florida State. Her efforts also marked the second-best single-game total in OSU history, and the most in a four-set match.The Buckeyes also had 14 blocks against the Wildcats, tying a season high. Four Buckeyes picked up at least three total blocks, while nine different players had at least one. Senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson led the way with five blocks, while junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had four.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell had her third double-double of the season against the Wildcats, with a team-leading 19 kills to go along with 10 digs. Freshman setter Taylor Hughes also had a double-double — her third in as many games and fourth on the season — via 24 assists and 10 digs.Saturday’s first match was a four-set OSU win over Syracuse (25-12, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18), who had also entered the tournament undefeated before losing twice.Campbell again led the Buckeyes in points with 27, picking up 23 kills, four blocks and two service aces. Sandbothe put up big numbers as well, with 25 points on 18 kills, eight blocks (four solo) and one ace.OSU’s two freshmen — setter Taylor Hughes and outside hitter Audra Appold — continued to establish themselves as key contributors with impressive performances against the Orange. Hughes had her second of three double-doubles on the weekend on 36 assists and 10 digs, and Appold nearly had one of her own with nine kills and 11 digs.León once more led all players in digs with 22, averaging 5.5 per set.The Buckeyes didn’t have much of a problem against winless LIU Brooklyn in their first game of the weekend, rolling to a win in three sets by a combined 31 points (25-17, 25-10, 25-17).OSU never trailed in the first set, but was slow out of the gate in the second as LIU Brooklyn grabbed an early 6-3 lead. The Buckeyes were able to gather themselves, however, closing the set on a 22-4 run.A pair of senior outside hitters led the OSU offense, as Campbell had 12 kills and Katie Mitchell tacked on 11 at a .450 attacking percentage. Sandbothe continued her hot start to the season with 13.5 points on nine kills, six blocks (one solo) and one ace.The freshmen again played a big role in a win as Hughes had her second career double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs, while Appold had eight kills and three blocks.León was named the Blackbird Invitational’s most valuable player after leading all players with 71 digs (6.5 per set). For a second straight weekend, she was joined by Sandbothe (38 kills, 17 blocks) and Campbell (54 kills, 23 digs) on an all-tournament team.OSU is scheduled to wrap up its nonconference schedule in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational next weekend, facing Eastern Illinois and Western Michigan on Sept. 18, and Oakland on Sept. 19.
Ohio State released a new athletic logo to the public Monday, the same day it approved the use of the non-rounded in Block “O” in its academic logo. After a Board of Trustees vote Friday, the Block “O” will also take the place of the round “O” on OSU’s university seal, which is mostly seen on diplomas and official university documents. Jacquie Aberegg, assistant vice president of OSU marketing, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that school officials started working on updating the seal about two years ago. The end result was all part of OSU’s mission to give the school one notable identity that gives it the best representation of academics and athletics. “We engaged hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents through the course of this project and looked for a visual cue,” Aberegg told the Plain Dealer. “We learned that there is a common link – that the symbol is symbolic of all of those things, the breadth and depth of the academic program and the connection to the athletics. The Block “O” is the best of our history and will help us into the future.” School officials told the Plain Dealer that changes to these university symbols will be put into effect over the next few years during which time current material, like stationary, is used up. Officials told the paper that the new logo will be applied online, to documents and on buildings, but more permanent items will not be replaced. While the Block “O” has been OSU athletic department’s logo for decades, the words “Ohio State” on the department’s symbol will be all black instead of black and white now. The academic logo has been changed to a Block “O” with the words “The Ohio State University” to the right of it. No changes were made to the OSU Alumni Association’s logo of a Block “O” with a Buckeye leaf over top of it.
In response to the situation in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), Suncor Energy reports that the safe transport of Fort McMurray residents out of the region continues. “There is no damage to any of the Suncor assets or operations in the Fort McMurray region and as an additional precaution, we have enhanced the fire mitigation and protection around our operating facilities.“Suncor has, in a planned and controlled fashion, safely shut down operations at its base plant, MacKay River and Firebag in response to the third-party precautionary shut-in of key takeaway pipelines and limited availability of incoming diluent. Prior to the fire, Suncor was operating at reduced rates of approximately 300,000 bbls/d as it undertook a planned turnaround.”The actions taken are expected to enable a safe and prompt return to full production. Planning for restart is well advanced.Syncrude continues to operate at reduced rates reflecting limited labour availability.“I’m pleased we’re able to continue assisting with the safe movement of thousands of people out of the region,” said Steve Williams, Suncor president and chief executive officer. “We can now begin preparations for a safe return to operations.”Also, Teck Resources has joined other in donating to the Canadian Red Cross (C$75,000) in support of emergency efforts concerning the wildfires in northeast Alberta. A further C$25,000 will go to match donations made by Teck employees.“Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the devastating wildfires in the Fort McMurray area,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “Teck will continue to work with our partners in the region to identify opportunities where we can offer support during this incredibly difficult time.”Teck’s donation to the Canadian Red Cross will be made through the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Energy Together: Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief initiative. Teck is a member of CAPP.
Melvyn RichardsonTOP 25 Best buy handball The end of May 2018 is traditionally a perfect time to see which players have been the best value for money in the season which had perfect finish at VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018 in Cologne with Montpellier Handball victory.Hero of the most prestigious event in world of handball was the 21-years old right back Melvyn Richardson, who showed amazing quality and potential for upcoming years. He was X factor in wins over RK Vardar Skopje and HBC Nantes, which put Montpellier on European throne for the second time (the first was in 2003). Here is our annual list…TOP 25 “BEST BUYS” of season 2017/2018:Melvyn Richardson (Chambery – Montpellier, right back – France)Sander Sagosen (Aalborg – PSG Handball, playmaker, Norway)Julius Kühn (VfL Gummersbach – MT Melsungen, left back – Germany)Anders Eggert (SG Flensburg Handewitt – Skjern Handball, left wing – Denmark)Mohamed Mamdouh Hashem Shabib (Aix – Montpellier Handball, line-player, Egypt)Halil Jaganjac ( PSG Handball – RK Metalurg Skopje, left back – Croatia)Samir Bellahcene (Montpellier Handball – Massy, goalkeeper)Kresimir Kozina (Füchse Berlin – FA Goppingen, line-player, Croatia)Nebojsa Simic (IFK Kristianstad – MT Melsungen, goalkeeper, Montenegro)Ivan Srsen (RK Nexe Nasice – MOL Pick Szeged, right back – Croatia)Stefán Sigurmannsson (Aalborg – PICK Szeged, left wing – Iceland)Bruno Butorac (RK Dubrava Zagreb – HC Tatran Presov, right back – Slovakia)Kiril Lazarov (FC Barcelona Lassa – HBC Nantes, right back – Macedonia)Simon Jeppsson (Lugi HF – SG Flensburg Handewitt, left back – Sweden)Dejan Manaskov (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Telekom Veszprem, left wing – Macedonia)Alex Dujshebaev (RK Vardar Skopje – PGE Vive Kielce, right back, Spain)Rodrigo Corrales (Wisla Plock – PSG Handball, goalkeeper, Spain)Hugo Descat (US Creteil – Dinamo Bucharest, left wing – France)Petar Djordjic (SG Flensburg Handewitt – Meshkov Brest, left back, Serbia)Haniel Langaro (Naturhouse La Rioja – US Dunkerque,left back, Brazil)Espen Christensen (GOG Handbold – GWD Minden, goalkeeper, Norway)Urh Kastelic (RK Celje PL – RK PPD Zagreb, goalkeeper – Slovenia)Piotr Chaprowski (Vive Kielce – SC Magdeburg, left back – Poland)Stefan Vujic (RK PPD Zagreb – CSA Steaua)Damir Bicanic (Chambery – RK PPD Zagreb, left back – Croatia) ….Marko Panic (Chambery Savoie – Azoty Pulawy, right back)TOP 20 “BEST BUY” 2015/2016: Lauge and Karabatić – leaders!TOP 10 “BEST BUY” 2014/2015: Mikler is the KING!TOP 10 “BEST BUY” 2013/2014: “Flying Dibirov”, Ilic, Skube, Simonet…. ← Previous Story PPD Zagreb to organize farewell party for Igor Vori and Valcic brothers Next Story → PGE Vive Kielce one step closer to defend Polish title
May 14, 2019 Posted: May 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the addition of $6.7 million in spending today to his revised fiscal year 2020 budget proposal.The blueprint calls for the city to spend roughly $2.4 million to enforce its new dockless electric scooter regulations and complete transit infrastructure projects that are consistent with its goal to eliminate fatal traffic accidents by 2025.The budget also calls for spending nearly $2 million on brush management and more than $500,000 to hire three positions to assist with homeless programs and one coordinator for LGBTQ issues.Faulconer, in a separate action, plans to redirect $9.3 million allocated for the failed Plaza de Panama project to various projects around Balboa Park. The city and the project committee nixed their public-private agreement last month due to higher-than-expected construction bids. The project= would have cleared cars from Balboa Park’s central mesa.“We’re making strategic additions that focus on improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, from planting more trees to removing graffiti to bolstering public safety,” the mayor said. “We’re also going to make sure that dollars set aside years ago for Balboa Park will stay in the park and go toward the many worthy projects there.”The city would use roughly $4.9 million in general fund surplus, $2.4 million in revenue from its regulation of dockless electric scooter companies and $1 million in expected revenue gained by cuts from various departments to fund the budget additions. However, the city will lose out on an estimated $1.6 million from last month’s canceled sale of the Skateworld roller skating rink,bringing the funding to $6.7 million.City Councilman Chris Cate joined Faulconer to announce the revisions and discuss his own proposed program in the revised budget to help the city’s police officers buy homes in San Diego and, as a consequence, help recruit and retain more police officers, according to Cate. The pilot program is slated to receive roughly $250,000 in city funding.“Less than 30 percent of police officers live within city limits,” Cate said. “Over the past year, I have worked to better understand police officers’ housing needs and to create a partnership with nonprofits and financial institutions that establishes a framework for this program.”The City Council’s Budget Review Committee will meet Friday for the its final scheduled meeting of the year to wrap up discussions of the proposed budget, which must be adopted by June 15. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter San Diego mayor announces budget revisions, addition $6.7 million in spending
Last week, Microsoft announced the general availability of F# 4.6 and F# tools for Visual Studio 2019. This release comes with a new record type called Anonymous Records and also few updates in the F# Core library. F# 4.6 and F# tools for Visual Studio 2019 For the updates and development of new features in F# 4.6, the team followed an open RFC process. Writing named record types in F# was not really easy in previous versions and to address exactly that a new type is introduced called Anonymous Records. These F# record types do not have any explicit name and can be declared in an ad-hoc fashion. Updates in F# Core library In the F# Core library, updates are made to the ‘ValueOption’ type. With this release, a new attribute is added called DebuggerDisplay that helps in debugging. The IsNone, IsSome, None, Some, op_Implicit, and ToString members are added. In addition to these updates, there is now a ‘ValueOption’ module, which has the same functions the Option module has. F# tools for Visual Studio 2019 A lot of focus has been put on improving the performance of F# tools for Visual Studio, especially for larger solutions. Previously, F# compiler and tools struggled when used for larger solutions and caused a lot of memory and CPU usage. To address this problem the team has done few updates in the F# parser, reduced the cache sizes, significantly reduced the allocations when processing format strings, and more. This release also comes with a new feature that intelligently idents pasted code based on where your cursor is. You can use this feature by turning on Smart Indent via Tools > Options > Text Editor > F# > Tabs > Smart this will be on automatically. Read the entire list of updates in F# 4.6 and F# tools for Visual Studio 2019 on Microsoft’s blog. Read Next Microsoft releases TypeScript 3.4 with an update for faster subsequent builds, and more Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP share new details about the Open Data Initiative Microsoft introduces Pyright, a static type checker for the Python language written in TypeScript
ROME — Tourists and travellers at airports across Italy are facing delays and cancelled flights, thanks to strikes by air traffic controllers and air transport workers.Italy’s flagship carrier, Alitalia, said it was cancelling some 40% of its domestic and international flights Monday. Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and other carriers also were cancelling flights due to the four-hour work action from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. by air traffic controllers and the 24-hour strike by transport workers.It’s the first day of a difficult week for transport in Italy, with another taxi strike planned for Thursday and traffic chaos expected Saturday in Rome when the city hosts EU leaders for a summit.To make matters even worse for travellers in Italy, unions representing Alitalia workers announced an April 5 strike to protest job and salary cuts that are part of the company’s plans to relaunch the struggling airline.Nino Cortorillo of the Filt-Cigl union came out of a meeting Friday with management at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport saying workers would strike to protest plans to lay off more than 2,000 ground personnel and slash the salaries of flight personnel by 25 to 35%.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe 2,000 jobs on the block would reduce office staff by half and ground staff by 20 per cent, the airline said in a statement. Alitalia employs 12,500 people worldwide.Alitalia CEO Cramer Ball defended the cuts in a statement, saying “headcount reductions are a painful but necessary action that, alongside other cost reductions, will stabilize our financial situation and create long-term sustainability.”Unions are seeking to meet with the Italian government as soon as Monday to discuss alternatives for relaunching Alitalia.Media reports have suggested the state-backed investment bank could takea stake and inject cash into the carrier, but Cortorillo rejected short-term salvage measures, saying the airline’s long-term health needs to be addressed.The struggling airline was taken over nearly three years ago by Etihad Airlines, which is based in Abu Dhabi, after being run by an all-Italian consortium led by banks Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo. Though Etihad runs the airline, the consortium still retains a 51% stake in the carrier.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyThe business plan approved by the Alitalia board this week includes 1 billion euros (1.07 billion) in cost-cutting measures over three years that are aimed at helping the airline better compete with low-cost carriers that have captured nearly half of the Italian market.Alitalia said Friday that two-thirds of those cuts would be achieved through non-labour-related costs.The plan envisages a 30 % bump in revenue to 3.7 billion euros and profitability by 2019.Alitalia plans to reduce its narrow-body planes by 20 while refitting the remainder of the fleet with more seats, and introduce services on domestic and European flights that are common to budget carriers, including charges for meals, priority boarding and preferred seating.A full-service model would be retained for long-haul flights. The airline said it would buy six new long-haul aircraft during 2019-2021, on top of two planned by next year, to service 10 new routes requiring up to 500 more crew members. Posted by Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, March 20, 2017 Strikes strand travellers at Italy’s airports, Alitalia unions call to strike on April 5 Tags: Alitalia, Italy
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