Fuel Surcharge Collections Put Pressure on Matsons Profit

first_imgzoom US-based container carrier Matson reported a drop of over 60 percent in its net income for the first quarter of 2017, reaching USD 7 million, compared to a net income of USD 18.1 million seen in the same period a year earlier.For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the consolidated revenue stood at USD 474.4 million compared with USD 454.2 million reported for the first quarter of 2016.The company’s Ocean Transportation operating income plunged to USD 14.5 million, representing a drop of 56.1 percent from USD 33 million seen during the first quarter of 2016.Ocean Transportation revenue increased by 1.1 percent during the first quarter of 2017 to USD 370 million from USD 366.1 million reported a year earlier. The rise was primarily due to higher container volume in China and higher average freight rates across the company’s core tradelanes, mostly offset by lower volume in Hawaii, Guam and Alaska.“Matson’s ocean transportation businesses performed largely as expected in the first quarter, declining year-over-year primarily due to the timing of fuel surcharge collections, lower volume in Hawaii and Alaska, and higher vessel operating expenses related to the deployment of an additional vessel in Hawaii,” Matt Cox, Matson’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.On a year-over-year FEU basis, Hawaii container volume dropped by 5.5 percent primarily due to the absence of competitive volume gains in the prior year, and Alaska volume decreased by 4.2 percent attributable to the continued energy sector related economic contraction.Additionally, China volume surged by 23.4 percent due to stronger demand for the company’s expedited service and an additional sailing during the first quarter 2017, while Guam volume was 6.9 percent lower due to competitive losses.Matson said that it expects Ocean Transportation operating income in 2017 to be lower than the USD 141.3 million achieved in 2016. In the second quarter 2017, Ocean Transportation operating income is expected to approximate the USD 33.9 million achieved in the second quarter 2016.“For the balance of 2017, we continue to expect modest improvement in each of our core tradelanes with the exception of Guam where we expect further competitive losses due to the launch of a competitor’s weekly service in December 2016,” Matcon said.The company’s SSAT terminal joint venture investment contributed USD 4.9 million during the first quarter 2017, compared to a USD 2.6 million contribution in the first quarter 2016. The increase was primarily attributable to improved lift volume.last_img read more

JHS FishProducts Applies Innovation Reaches Markets in Africa

first_imgTechnology and innovation in southwest Nova Scotia are helping one company take recycling to the next level. Tusket-based JHS FishProducts Ltd. is taking fish parts that would not normally be used in North America and turning them into an edible commodity using drying machinery. Dried fish products are a dietary staple in southern Nigeria and the demand for these products is growing. To support this growth, the company plans to create up to 50 jobs over about five years in the Tusket area. To support JHS FishProducts’ growth, the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is investing a $1.4-million term loan to help upgrade facilities and equipment. In addition, NSBI is providing a five-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $390,000. Sterling Belliveau, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, made the announcement today, Feb. 5, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “JHS FishProducts is a great example of a company that is using an innovative approach to reduce waste, build a business, and create jobs in our province and we are proud to be working with them,” Mr. Belliveau said. Dried fish has a long shelf life, is rich in Omega 3 and is popular in many countries in Europe and Africa. “Not many Canadians would become excited at the prospect of dried fish products for supper. In fact, most would throw the head away,” said Helgi Már Stefánsson, general director, JHS Fish Products Ltd. “But, with the right technology, fish products that normally would be considered waste can be transformed into a consumer good.” Primary export markets in southwest Nigeria include Lagos, Anambra, and Abia states, with an estimated population of 28 million. “JHS FishProducts is a great example of how companies are applying innovation to product development to capture greater market share and gain a competitive edge,” said Pat Ryan, vice-president and chief operating officer, NSBI. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.last_img read more

Province Approves Writeoffs for 201112

first_imgThe province is writing off $38.4 million in debts that were considered unpaid or uncollectible as of March 31, 2012. Write-offs are a routine accounting practice and do not impact Nova Scotia’s deficit or surplus position. Debts are written off each year when it is determined that they are unlikely to be paid in cases of personal or commercial bankruptcy, death of the debtor or property foreclosure. Although written off from an accounting point of view, the province will continue its efforts to collect debts. Nine departments have write-offs for things such as ambulance user fees, student loans, farm loans, Pharmacare premiums, fines, and various other fees. The Department of Health and Wellness has the largest write-off, with $18.5 million. This is primarily due to unsuccessful attempts at collection of ambulance fees dating back to 1998. The department is working with Emergency Medical Care on a new process to improve collection rates. A list of the write-offs is available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

Army Major killed another officer and 2 jawans injured in Kashmir encounter

first_imgSrinagar: An Army Major was killed while another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter with militants in south Kashmir Monday, officials said. They said the encounter took place in the Achabal area in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. A Major-rank officer has been killed while another officer of the same rank and two soldiers have been injured, they said. The injured have been rushed to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, they added. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area this morning. The search operation led to a gunfight after the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated, they added.last_img read more

WilsonRaybould Philpott to run as independents in 2019 federal election

first_imgJulia Reesor, a 61-year-old family friend at Monday’s event, said she thought Philpott running as an Independent candidate is a “great fit.”“She said she has more work to do and I know she’ll deliver and get things done,” Reesor said.Monday’s announcements puts to rest political speculation about next steps for the two former Liberal cabinet ministers, who were removed from their party caucus in the House of Commons following the SNC-Lavalin controversy.Wilson-Raybould served as Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled her to the portfolio of veterans affairs in January.She later revealed she thought the decision to move her out of the justice role was motivated by her refusal to intervene in the criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. She ultimately resigned from cabinet.Trudeau denied any wrongdoing but conceded there was an “erosion of trust” between his office and Wilson-Raybould.Philpott, who served as health minister, Indigenous-services minister and then president of the Treasury Board, also resigned over Trudeau’s handling of the controversy.Both were subsequently removed from the Liberal caucus in early April and sit as Independent MPs in the House of Commons. Trudeau barred them from running again as Liberals.It’s been a challenging five months, Wilson-Raybould said.“I find myself in a place that I never expected to be for, as I’ve said, doing my job and speaking the truth,” she said. “I regret that it has come to this place.”There were issues that could have been resolved sooner, she said, but she has had time to reflect on her choice.“I am really pleased and happy with the decision that I’ve made,” she said.With few resources as a legislator and none of the authority she had as a minister, Philpott said, she hasn’t lost her voice – she’s found it. She said MPs who are more independent, whether it’s within parties or outside of them, are good for the country.Both Philpott and Wilson-Raybould spoke highly of the Green party and its leader Elizabeth May, and acknowledged having repeated conversations about running for that party, but decided that Canadian politics needs more people beholden to no central authority.May said on Parliament Hill on Monday that she spoke to both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott ahead of Monday’s announcement, adding she was willing to step aside if they had leadership aspirations.“It’s hard for people to quite understand the extent to which this wasn’t a negotiation,” May said. “Neither of them were interested in taking on leadership roles.”In response to a question Monday about whether running as an Independent could split the vote in her riding and lead to a Conservative win (she took just under 44 per cent of the vote last time, securing the seat by a comfortable margin but not a majority), Wilson-Raybould said hopes voters will support her because she stands for their values.“I don’t believe that votes are simply … to be divided among three or four political parties,” she said.“I believe in the people of Vancouver Granville. I believe in Canadians to make informed decision about policy, informed decisions about who to vote for.”She also said it is fair to say she and Philpott have similar world views.“We’re going to continue to work together,” she said.–With files from Laura Kane in Vancouver and Alanna Rizza in Toronto “I know that it will not be easy to run a campaign as an Independent,” she said. “There will be challenges, but with your support, I am confident that running as an Independent is the best way to … go about it at this time and the best way to transform our political culture.”Philpott acknowledged some will be surprised by her decision but she said running on her own is the most honest thing for her to do.“There’s probably a few of you who were wishing for something different,” she said. “That’s OK. I heard a whole range of advice.” Former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott will run as Independents in the upcoming federal election, they declared Monday.The pair made their plans known through separate but co-ordinated announcements in their ridings – Wilson-Raybould in Vancouver and Philpott outside Toronto. Both dressed in white, pointedly eschewing any party’s colours.“I know you’re all wondering what colour I was going to wear today,” Philpott said with a wide grin on her face, on a riser at a farm store.“I am going to run in the federal election as an Independent candidate for the people of Markham-Stouffville. We are going to do it together. Yes. All of us, all of together.”At a small community centre in her riding of Vancouver Granville, Wilson Raybould told her supporters she’s heard an “overwhelming” message about the need to do politics differently, adding she believes running as Independent – the political version of a free agent – is the best way to achieve that goal.last_img read more

Government sees UNP TNA nexus

He said that the government was also concerned over the election manifesto of the TNA which, according to the Minister, supports the division of the country. The government today raised suspicion of a nexus forming between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the UNP.Government Minister Dullas Alahapperuma told reporters today that “unofficial” information received by the government indicates that the UNP may even extend support to the TNA to win the northern provincial council elections.

Sierra Leone more funds needed to set up special court Security Council

“Members expressed concerns that delay in establishing the Court is a delay in bringing justice and reconciliation to the people of Sierra Leone,” the body’s President, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, said in a press statement following closed-door consultations. Earlier, the Council was briefed by Under-Secretary-General Hans Corell, head of the Office of Legal Affairs, on the status of the establishment of the Court.While noting that additional funding was still required to set up the Special Court, Council members expressed appreciation to countries that had pledged contributions for it, Ambassador Durrant said. She added that the UN Secretariat was sending a planning mission to Sierra Leone at the end of the month. The Special Court is being set up to try persons deemed most responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other violations of international humanitarian law. read more

Target arrives in Canada

by News Staff Posted Mar 5, 2013 8:16 am EDT Target arrives in Canada U.S. discount chain Target opened Tuesday in three communities west of Toronto: Guelph, Fergus and Milton.The three stories will serve as testing grounds for a phased rollout of the brand across much of the country later this year.In the industry, it’s called a “soft launch,” but that lingo almost certainly won’t keep shoppers away before the grand opening in early April.Target Canada president Tony Fisher says it’s “important that we can test and work out any of the bugs and kinks that we might find.”Another 21 stores will open this month throughout Ontario, although dates haven’t been announced.Overall, the company is expected to open between 125 and 135 locations in Canada.After the Ontario rollout, Target will begin moving into western provinces throughout the year and eventually into Quebec. None of those opening dates have been announced.The “Mr. Rogers” theme song is what the U.S. department store has been using in their commercials to advertise their big Canadian opening.However, are consumers and retailers making too much of this?“The press is doing what they do, which is make it news, but I think also Canadians are anticipating it,” Maureen Atkinson, senior partner at JC Williams Group, said.She said competitors need to be on their toes.“Retailers who are paying attention … it could make them better retailers,” Atkinson said. “Anticipating what’s going to happen and putting forward their best game.”“One of the things about competition, the main beneficiary is always consumers. Increased choice and I suspect even better prices,” David Soberman, professor of marketing at the Rotman School of Management said. “So in that regard this is a really positive development.”As for there biggest competitor Walmart, Soberman said they should be fine.“It will certainly mean less of a free pass, which is what they’ve had for some time in Canada,” he explained. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Humana cofounder David Jones Sr dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – David A. Jones Sr., who invested $1,000 to start a nursing home company that eventually became the $37 billion health insurance giant Humana Inc., has died at age 88.Jones, who died early Wednesday, was a fierce advocate for profiting from health care as chief executive of Kentucky-based Humana for 37 years and its board chairman for 44 years.- Advertisement – Jones co-founded the company in 1961 with Wendell Cherry, investing $1,000 apiece, along with four others who put in $1,000 each. Humana eventually transformed into a large hospital company and later was converted into a health insurer.Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard says Jones’ death is a “sad day for me personally and for the Humana team.” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called him a “true giant among men.” read more

New year new faces for Ohio State football

Freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) prepares for a drill during the first day of spring practice March 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOne inevitable thing in college athletics is change.Every player must leave eventually and be replaced with a new face on the roster. The Ohio State football team is no different.Players like Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby, Jack Mewhort and Carlos Hyde are gone but as spring practice opened Tuesday, young players had their first shot at replacing big names from prior seasons.Although the final depth chart isn’t likely to be decided until fall when the season is close, spring practice is a time for the coaches to assess a player’s abilities.Coach Urban Meyer made it clear after practice Tuesday he wants a team that can play with more intensity than in years past.“I want an angry, blue-collar team and I’m hoping … I don’t know, it’s still early. I’m hoping that’s what we have,” Meyer said. “Last year, it was 12-0, you’re preseason this or this. I haven’t had many people ask about our preseason (ranking), not that I know what it is.”Meyer said the team is “just trying to find out who’s going to play for us in some spots.”One of those big spots was on the offensive line, which lost four of five regular starters from last season in Mewhort, Corey Linsley, Marcus Hall and Andrew Norwell.The unit’s single returning starter is junior Taylor Decker, who is slated to take over at left tackle now that Mewhort is gone.Redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein will likely slot into the starting lineup after impressing in place of a suspended Hall for the majority of the Michigan game and for the entire Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State.After the performance against the Wolverines, Linsley called Elflein “un-freaking-believable,” also saying that he thinks Elflein has a great career ahead of him at OSU.“All year I’ve said to him, I’ve said ‘Man. One day you’re going to be a hell of a player. You’re going to get drafted real high,’” Linsley said of Elflein. “He’s going to get all these accolades and stuff because he’s a heck of a player.”Who will likely fill the remaining three starting spots on the offensive line alongside Elflein and Decker is something that’s not yet set in stone, with only a handful of players having ever seen the field as Buckeyes.Four players took reps with the first team during spring practice, with junior Jacoby Boren at center, redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin at right tackle and senior Joel Hale and redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood splitting time at left guard.At running back, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, who finished 2013 as the fifth-leading rusher for OSU and posted a 162-yard performance against Florida A&M, looks to have the inside track to the starting job. Elliott took a majority of the first-team snaps, with numerous other backs getting the occasional rep.Although quarterback Braxton Miller is set to be back for his senior season, he lost a major weapon in wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, who led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns through the air in 2013.Meyer said there are some young receivers who he wants to see have the chance to practice without being limited by the coaching staff.“(Freshman Johnnie Dixon) looks the part, I wish he did better today. I’m going to grab him today … and I just want guys to play. It’s 12 yards instead of 10 yards,” Meyer said. “I’ll put that on the coach. Don’t restrict players, let them go and have fun and play the game … (redshirt-freshman) Jalin Marshall today, completely different football player than he was a year ago. Why? I put that on the coach. Let the kid go play … Great looking dude, but he didn’t play great.”Although the offense is dealing with some turnover, it is the defense that comes into camp with the most question marks. Although the entire starting defensive line is still intact, the defense must replace five regular starters from last season’s squad that finished the year 112th in the country in pass defense, Shazier among them.Meyer said the biggest concern in terms of team depth was the linebackers, but he was impressed with some of the younger players.“I was really impressed with (freshman) Raekwon (McMillan) today, did a really good job,” Meyer said. “Moved around, very mature … very positive, of what I saw. (Sophomore) Darron Lee, out there playing walk out (outside) backer was very impressive. He triggers.”Meyer added he liked what he saw of the secondary, who looks to replace safeties Christian Bryant, Corey “Pitt” Brown and C.J. Barnett and cornerback Bradley Roby.“I like our safeties. We only have three of them right now,” Meyer said. “Four would be (redshirt-junior) Ron Tanner, but Ron just packs some physical skills. Great, tough kid but I like (sophomore) Vonn (Bell), (sophomore) Tyvis (Powell) and (sophomore) Cam Burrows. They’re quick twitch, trigger guys back there. I think (senior cornerback) Doran Grant is a different player than he was last year. I’m seeing much more aggressive play out of him.”OSU is scheduled to continue practice Thursday in preparation for the 2014 season opener, which is slated for Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against Navy. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Mega homes to be banned in central London as Westminster council sets

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. The ban does not apply to family homes which have been converted into flats and are being restored to their original function as a single home.Westminster council hopes to bring down the median house price, currently £1.05m, as it argues is unaffordable for the majority of its residents.It said: “The average household income in Westminster is £52,199, yet the median house price was £1,054,400 in 2017.“That’s nearly two times higher than London as a whole, and almost five times higher than that of the UK.”Earlier this year, the council banned a 1,590 square metre, £40m, mega-home from being created in a Grade I listed terrace overlooking Regent’s Park as part of its plans to tackle the housing crisis.Mr Beddoe said at the time: “Our city’s golden postcodes must not be used for Monopoly board-style investments to cater only for oligarchs and the most wealthy.” Super-sized “mega homes” are to be banned in central London as Westminster City Council draws up new plans to ensure “real people” can buy properties.The council, which oversees some of London’s most expensive postcodes including  Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, said it will restrict new builds over 150 square meters  (1,615 sq ft), in order to preserve homes for “real people” instead of oligarchs and members of the global elite.Westminster council argued that 150 square meters is “generous”, as it is 50 per cent larger than the average family home in the area.The new rules, outlined in the council’s  2019-40 development plan,  include a commitment to build over 10,000 affordable homes in the borough by 2040.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––In the report, the council says the limit is: “12 sq m above the highest minimum standard in the NDSS and is 50% higher than the average size of a private market tenure home in Westminster (100 sq m). It will still enable generously sized homes to be developed to meet development from the prime market, but balances that against the other, more strategic housing need of the city.”Richard Beddoe, who oversees planning at the council, said: “We want Westminster to be home to thriving, mixed communities, not empty super prime properties. That’s why we will be restricting the size of new luxury apartments and introducing a new extra bedroom policy to make it easier for families to extend their homes so they have enough space to stay living in Westminster and are not forced to move out. “Building the right type of homes for people to live in is priority number one in our City Plan. There’s a national crisis and we have to play our part in fixing that, not just for the benefit of UK as a whole, but for the real people who have legitimate aspirations to build their lives and grow up with their families in our city.” read more

Man accused of stealing cellphone remanded to prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFmr murder accused charged with stealing ex’s gold chainJuly 31, 2018In “Court”Alleged cellphone thief ordered to be mentally evaluatedJuly 31, 2018In “Court”Joiner accused of gold chain theft remandedMay 14, 2018In “Court” A man was remanded to prison earlier today (Friday) when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly charged for stealing a cellphone.Seon Prince made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the allegation against him.The charge against Prince alleged that on August 9, 2017 at East Street, Georgetown he stole one RCA cellphone property of Richard Grandy.However, according to Prince, he did not steal the cellphone and is being falsely accused.He told the Court that he was in the car where the Virtual Complainant (VC) dropped his cellphone. He said that he was accused of taking the phone.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail being granted as the defendant does not have a fix place of abode adding that he previously failed to make Court appearances.As such, bail was denied and the defendant was remanded to prison to return on August 29. read more

AIMEXs international profile continues to grow

first_imgInternational trade pavilions, trade delegations, and the largest-ever footprint of overseas exhibitors will be a highlight of Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – AIMEX, to be held in Sydney in August. There will be over 600 mining industry exhibitors covering an area of over 45,000 m2 at Sydney Showground, Sydney from August 20-23.“Both established and emerging market regions will have official international pavilions at AIMEX 2013, providing an opportunity for niche suppliers of products and services – or those making an initial approach to the Australian market – to have a presence at the exhibition,” said Paul Baker, Exhibition Director with organiser Reed Mining Events.Countries with international pavilions at AIMEX 2013 are China (768 m2), Germany (594 m2), USA (246 m2), Canada (108 m2), France (36 m2) and Chile (18 m2).“In addition to these international pavilions, we have nearly 30 international companies – many of whom are first-time AIMEX exhibitors – showing their products and services to the Australian and Asia-Pacific mining industry. The growth in international companies and pavilions at AIMEX reflected the growing importance of the Australian mining industry to the mining supply sector worldwide.“The space taken at AIMEX by international exhibitors has doubled in the past 10 years, and has continued to grow in the two years since our previous edition. It’s an indication of how the mining industry is changing rapidly; we have equipment and service suppliers who had not even been heard of outside their home markets just a few years ago, yet today they are competing on global markets.“For Australian mining companies, these non-traditional sources of supply are claiming to offer opportunities to reduce their upfront capital equipment costs, as well as their whole-of-life operating costs – and that makes a compelling reason for miners throughout the country to come along to AIMEX 2013,” Baker said.The other major international presence at AIMEX 2013 will be in the form of international trade delegations.Through official AIMEX industry partner Austrade, trade delegations have been organised from a number of key international markets.last_img read more

The result of the draw for the V Beach Handball WC in

Men’s TournamentGroup A    Group BBRA      CRORUS     EGYUKR     ESPOMA   QATMAR   URUAUS     KUWExcelent official WCh’s website oman2012.info is ONLINE. Good job!source: ihf.info The draw for the V Beach Handball World Championships, which will be organized from 8 to 13 July in Al Musannah Sports City in Oman was executed today, 14 May, in the Shangri La Hotel in Muscat.The draw was conducted in presence of the 1st Vice President of the International Handball Federation Mr. Miguel Roca Mas and the IHF Beach Handball Working Group, and H.E. Abdullah al Saeedi, Minister of Legal Affairs of Oman on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee. Mirza Dzomba, a 2003 World Champion and 2004 Olympic Winner with Croatia was also participated in the draw in his role as Ambassador of the 2012 Beach Handball World Championships.After a rather charming program, which included traditional Omani music dances as well as modern artistic performance, the draw was conducted according to regulations previously announced by the International Handball Federation.The draw results as follows:Women’s TournamentGroup A  Group BCRO    NORDEN    BRAITA      HUNCHN      THAURU     POLAUS     SIN Beach handballMuscatOmanOman handballRomani handball ← Previous Story Bojana Popovic with 6th EHF CL trophy: “The End” Next Story → EHF with Humanitarian Golf event and the $100,000 shot at the Final Four! read more

Alingsas revenge and first celebration – Strong Motor crush Kadetten in BBC

← Previous Story Ana Gros to stay in Metz for two more years Next Story → HBC Nantes deny Maqueda transfer to RK Vardar Skopje! 2.Szeged5401144:1338 5.Kadetten6114158:1813 3.Aalborg5212127:1245 Alingsas handballBesiktas handballEHF Champions LeagueKadetten Schaffhausenmotor handball 4.Motor Zaporozhye6204166:1664 1.Kielce Vive5500155:13610 Macedonian RK Metalurg Skopje are now the only team without a single point in the VELUX EHF Champions League. Swedish best side Alingsas HK gave revenge to the closest rival in the group, Turkish champions Besiktas Mogaz 27:24 (14:12). Even more important thing is that Swedes overcame the rival’s advantage from the first match in Istanbul (26:24) in Istanbul six days ago, which means that Alingsas will be ahead of the Turks if both teams ended Preliminary Round with the same number of points.Alingsås HK – Besiktas Mogaz  27 – 24 (14-12)Alingsås: Marcus Enström 5, Pontus Johansson 5 (2), Daniel Tellander 4, Johan Nilsson 3, Fredrik Teern 3, Jesper Konradsson 3, Emil Frend-Öfors 2, Max Darj 2Besiktas: Tolga Özbahar 6, Ömer Arifoglu 4, Ramazan Döne 3, Vedran Zrnic 3, Senol Boyar 3, Erwin Feuchtmann 2, Ivan Nincevic 2 (1), Predrag DacevicA small surprise has been seen in Schaffhausen. Ukrainian best side Motor Zaporozhye showed how dangerous they could be as visitors by beating Kadetten Schaffhausen 37:32 (18:14) in BBC Arena, after home win in Kiev 31:26 last weekend. Burka, Stochl and Co. are now on four points with solid chances to finish the Preliminary round on spot which will take them to the TOP 16. 6.Dunkerque5104113:1232 read more

HSE were sent reports stating a portion of salaries were being paid

first_imgThey added that salary of the Central Remedial Clinic’s newly appointed Chief Executive, Brian Conlan, complies with HSE current pay scales and is funded entirely by the HSE.In relation to the other staff members they said:At present five of the originally affected posts remain following retirement and vacancy and two of these posts are due to retire in the next two years.Charitable donationsAddressing the concerns over what charitable donations are going to top-up salaries, they stated that the funds donated through other sources, such as the Santa Bear Appeal, comedy night, sale of work, golf classic, donor fundraising events, sponsorships, flag days and sales of Christmas cards are not used to fund these salaries  and overall charitable donations fund only 1.1 per cent of the CRC wage bill, with over 98 per cent of all public donations being used to fund the provision of services and capital investment.Funds currently held in reserve totalling €12 million are earmarked for planned capital expenditure, they said.LoanAddressing the €3 million loan from the Friends of the CRC to the pension scheme covering 70 former staff, they stated that was in response to a requirement from the Irish Pension Board together with advice received from the CRC’s pension advisors and is expected to be repaid in full by 2017.They concluded by saying that the Board of the CRC will “participate fully with the HSE and relevantDail committees in their review of these matters. The Members of the Board do not receive any remuneration, expenses or payments of any kind”.Last week, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Independent TD Shane Ross called for the Board of the CRC to step down, while the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that funding could be cut for agencies that do not comply with public sector pay structures.Read: Quinn says CRC board should resign, Burton says salary claims are ‘disturbing’>Related: HSE says some ‘top-ups’ for hospital executives date back to 1996>Related:Gilmore warns health bodies could have funding cut if they don’t comply with pay policy> In the meantime, the difference between the Department of Health pay scales and the contractually obligated salaries of these staff would be funded by the Central Remedial Clinic through the lottery proceeds received by the Friends of the CRC.This has been the case since then with regular reports being sent to the HSE confirming the portion of salaries being paid through both sources. THE CENTRAL REMEDIAL Clinic (CRC) have said that “regular reports” were sent to the Health Service Executive (HSE) since 2009 confirming that lottery proceeds received by the Friends of the CRC were paying for a portion of salaries.The statement from the CRC comes after the former chairman of the CRC, Dan Peelo told Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio One this morning that “very top people” in the HSE attended a meeting in 2009 at which privately-funded top-up payments for nine people in the organisation were agreed to.He said the meeting centered around the salaries of nine employees. He said “two of the very top people” in the HSE attended the meeting and discussed salary scales. He said it was agreed that the salary levels would continue because they had “contractual obligations”.“Agreed position” with the HSEThe statement from the CRC today states that they had an “agreed position” with the HSE to “phase out any existing management salaries being paid over and above the Department of Health’s consolidated pay scales.The CRC stated that in relation to the nine employees in question, being paid over the public pay policy, it was “agreed at the time that as these positions became available through retirement or vacancy, new staff would be engaged on salaries purely in line with the Department’s pay scales”.They added:last_img read more

Time to build real change Conservative Ivan Duque wins Colombia presidency

first_img Share6 Tweet Email1 Image: Daniel Munoz/PA By AFP 7,873 Views 13 Comments Short URL ‘Time to build real change’: Conservative Ivan Duque wins Colombia presidency Duque has already pledged “corrections” to the 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels. http://jrnl.ie/4076351 Jun 18th 2018, 7:19 AM CONSERVATIVE IVAN DUQUE won Colombia’s presidential election yesterday after a campaign that turned into a referendum on a landmark 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels that he pledged to overhaul.Duque, 41, polled 54% to his leftist rival Gustavo Petro’s 42% with almost all the votes counted, electoral authority figures showed.Petro, a leftist former mayor and ex-guerrilla, supports the deal.Tensions over the deal became apparent in the immediate aftermath of Duque’s victory, after the president-elect lost no time in pledging “corrections” to the peace deal.“That peace we long for — that demands corrections — will have corrections, so that the victims are the centre of the process, to guarantee truth, justice and reparation,” Duque told supporters in his victory speech at his campaign headquarters.“The time has come to build real change,” Duque said, promising a future for Colombians “of lawfulness, freedom of enterprise and equity,” after decades of conflict.His vanquished opponent Petro promised to resist any fundamental changes to the deal.“Our role is not to be impotent and watch it being destroyed,” he said. Gustavo Petro, right, presidential candidate for Colombia Humana and his running mate Angela Robledo. Source: Fernando Vergara/PAFARC, which disarmed and transformed into a political party after the peace deal but did not contest the election, immediately called on Duque to show “good sense” in dealing with the agreement.“What the country demands is an integral peace, which will lead us to the hoped-for reconciliation,” the FARC said in a statement after Duque’s presidential win.The former rebels also called for an early meeting with Duque.“One of the big questions here is what’s going to happen with the peace process,” analyst Yann Basset of the University of Rosario told AFP.“He has said he will not end the agreement, but that he will make modifications, and it’s not very clear what these changes will be.”Momentous elections “These are momentous elections,” President Juan Manuel Santos, who will step down in August, said as he cast his ballot early in the day.“Let us continue to build a country at peace, a country of democracy, a country which we all hold dear and to which we all contribute.”His efforts to end the war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) brought him the Nobel Peace Prize, though he is leaving office with record unpopularity in a country of 49 million people.The world’s leading producer of cocaine, the Latin American country continues to battle armed groups vying for control of lucrative narco-trafficking routes in areas FARC once dominated.Duque’s victory means he will be Colombia’s youngest president since 1872. Source: Fernando VergaraHe comfortably won the first round last month, having campaigned on a pledge to rewrite the agreement signed by Santos.As he voted surrounded by his children, Duque said he wanted to make sure that those who commit crimes “pay for them.”The former economist and first-term senator says he wants to keep ex-FARC rebels from serving in Congress. The agreement allowed the group to transform itself into a political party.Duque is buoyed by the backing of his popular mentor, former president and now senator Alvaro Uribe, whose two-term presidency from 2002-2010 was marked by all-out war on the FARC.Petro, 58, was the first leftist to reach a presidential runoff in Colombia, and believed his presence showed the South American country had shed its suspicions of the left, tainted by 50 years of conflict.“The need to change things is fundamental,” he said after voting.“We are going to build a humane Colombia that is at peace, that is reconciled with itself.”A former member of the disbanded M-19 guerrilla group, Petro had promised to implement the agreement with the FARC, whose 7,000 ex-combatants have struggled to return to civilian life.FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko during the conflict, said: “With either one of the two (candidates), we cannot let down our guard.”Highlighting Colombia’s glaring inequalities during his campaign, Petro also said he would buy out land owned by the big agro-industrial companies and redistribute it to poor farmers.Polls closed at 4pm (2100 GMT) after a day of peaceful voting.‘We are in limbo’ “The biggest challenge will be to adopt a clear position on the peace agreement because, for the moment, we are in limbo,” Fabian Acuna, professor of political science at Colombia’s Javeriana University, told AFP.“It will be very costly to go backwards,” Acuna warned.According to Andres Ortega of National University, Duque will “arrive with a very strong coalition in Congress,” where the right swept the polls in March legislative elections.The FARC withdrew from the presidential elections, having suffered a drubbing in its first electoral contest as a political party in March, polling less than half a percent.It still gets 10 seats in Congress as a result of the peace agreement — a clause Duque is intent on scrapping.- © AFP 2018. 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Le Groenland obtient lautorisation de chasser la baleine à bosse

first_imgLe Groenland obtient l’autorisation de chasser la baleine à bosseGroenland – Après avoir été débouté de sa demande à deux reprises, le Groenland a obtenu vendredi dernier, lors de la réunion de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) au Maroc, l’autorisation de chasser la baleine à bosse.Alors que la chasse commerciale à la baleine est interdite depuis 1986, la chasse aborigène de subsistance est la seule autorisée sous le moratoire et la seule sous contrôle de la CBI, chargée d’attribuer des quotas aux communautés du Grand nord et de Sibérie extrême-orientale.Soutenus par le Danemark, les Inuits du Groenland ont été déboutés à deux reprises de leur demande depuis 2008. A Agadir lors de la dernière réunion de la CBI, ils ont défendu “leurs droits à gérer leurs ressources marines” sur leur territoire.Le comité scientifique de la Commission a finalement estimé que le stock de baleines à bosse du Groenland était en suffisamment bon état pour autoriser cette ponction. Si les pays anti-chasse se sont montrés très réticents devant l’ouverture de la chasse groenlandaise à une nouvelle espèce de baleine, l’Union européenne a négocié un compromis avec le Danemark pour obtenir cette autorisation. Un compromis qui consiste à réduire les prises de rorquals communs de 10 à 19 en échange des baleines à bosse.Vendredi, le Groenland a ainsi obtenu l’addition de neuf baleines à bosse à son tableau de chasse annuel. Cet accord sera valable jusqu’en 2012, date à laquelle les quotas seront réexaminés.La CBI, qui a terminé ses travaux vendredi à Agadir, n’est pas parvenue à un compromis concernant le moratoire de 1986 sur la chasse commerciale à la baleine. La Commission avait proposé un accord consistant à annuler ce moratoire en échange d’une réduction des quotas des trois pays qui continuent à chasser la baleine : le Japon, l’Islande et la Norvège.Le 29 juin 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Off Beat Police dogs dont always follow script while on duty

first_imgDon’t trust everything you see on TV.A suspect learned that lesson a few years back while trying to run from a police dog. It was a painful lesson.Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ellithorpe said the man, suspected of felony domestic-violence assault, jumped out of a second-story window when officers responded.“He takes off running right past my car,” Ellithorpe said, recalling the event.Ellithorpe told him to stop or he’d release his dog. The man didn’t stop, but did something Ellithorpe didn’t expect: He raised his arms and tucked them in front of his chest.“From my perspective, it was like, ‘What in the world is he doing?’” Ellithorpe said.He released his dog, Eiko, from the back of his car. The dog caught up with the suspect and bit his leg.Ellithorpe later met up with the man at the hospital and asked him why he raised his arms. The man’s response was: “I saw it on ‘COPS.’”The man went on to explain that dogs he saw on the TV show only bite suspects’ arms, Ellithorpe said.Unfortunately for the man, Clark County canines are trained to bite other parts of the body when arms aren’t available.Interviewing officers for a recent Columbian story on police dogs brought up another canine caper from the past.In July 1993, sheriff’s Deputy Greg Chaney stopped an erratic driver near the former Ellsworth Elementary School and ordered the man and his girlfriend to lie face-down on the ground. Chaney approached them as his K9 partner jumped into the front seat of the patrol car and bumped it into gear.Chaney saw the car moving towards them, ran back to it and slammed the gearshift into park — but not before he heard the woman scream.last_img read more

EC rejoinder says trainers were paid for training not talks

first_imgThe Election Commission (EC) has issued a rejoinder, refuting the report, ‘CEC, commissioners, secretary, pocket Tk 20m to speak,’ which appeared in Prothom Alo on Tuesday.In its rejoinder, the EC said that the report was not based on facts, and was false and motivated. It also said that the heading of the report dishonoured a constitutional institution like the election commission. It said that the commission strongly protested the baseless report.In the rejoinder signed by the assistant director of the EC secretariat’s public relations department Md Asadul Huq, it was said that the function of the commission was to ensure smooth management of the election and an environment conducive to the election. It was to ensure that the law enforcement agencies carried out their duties and that the election officials conducted the voting and duly announced the results. It was with this objective that, based on past experience, a work plan on election training and a budget was prepared and approved. The training programme was carried out on the basis of the approved work plan and budget, after which the parliamentary and the 11th parliamentary election and 5th upazila elections were held.It said that over one million officials involved in the election at the central, district and upazila levels were given training. In order to ensure the success of this massive task, a course consultant, a course director, course coordinators, supervisor trainer and monitoring officers were appointed to prepare and implement the training. The Election Training Institute does not provide any separate training allowance and that is why provision was made for a special allowance for this difficult task.The EC claimed that the work plan gave scope for four special speakers in each upazila. They provided training and guidance to the upazila and district level trainers. They only drew allowance from the places where they provided training. The district and upazila election officials deposited the remaining funds to the government treasury. So simply using math to divide the total allocation does not give the accurate picture. The claim that the funds were not used, but were misappropriated, is completely baseless.The rejoinder went on to say, the Prothom Alo report claimed that the training took place in all upazilas in two days, which was untrue. This was not true in the case of either the parliamentary election or the upazila polls. The upazila polls were held in six phases. In no district was training arranged for several upazilas at the same time. The training was given in six phases, two days each at various times, totalling 12 days. It was not expected that an important daily like Prothom Alo would based its report on false information.The EC also said that the special speakers’ instructive training was for election management and trainers, not for polling officers. That is why their activities in this regard were not restricted to 18 days. It began from long before. The information in the report regarding training trips was not factual or correct.The rejoinder went on to say that the trainers received their honorarium after signing the receipts and the deduction of taxes. This was audited by the government’s AG office which did not issue any objection regarding irregularities.The trainers were paid for training, not for delivering talks, the rejoinder said, adding that the report seemed to have no objective other than to render the election commission and the election commissioners disputable. The information in the reports was not factual. This report would serve to create confusion in the readers’ minds, which was unfortunate, said the rejoinder.last_img read more