UNCTAD Pledges Assistance on Vision 2030

first_imgSecretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, has pledged to work with the Government and relevant agencies to make the Vision 2030 national development plan more integrated and to see what kinds of projects can be moved forward. He made the commitment on November 13, while delivering the keynote address at the opening of a two-day symposium at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. While commending the plan, Dr. Panitchpakdi cited a report, which found that it lacks coherence and treats individual services sectors in an ad hoc and fragmented manner.  He said that there should be linkages in the services sector in areas such as tourism and the creative industries. The UNCTAD head further urged Jamaica not to be paranoid with its small size, noting that small size allows for flexibility, pointing to the example of Singapore. “If you get too hang up on it, you will not get over it,” he stated.  Dr. Panitchpakdi said that Jamaica has a “great brand” that is “so precious” and “you have to believe in your brand and you will succeed.” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, in his remarks, said Jamaica needs to grow its way out of debt if it is to achieve the goals of the development plan. “This means that we have to increase our level of production and exports of goods and services,” he said. He cited the services industry as an area in which Jamaica and other small, vulnerable economies can be competitive. “It is through the effective use of innovation and other resources that there can be added value to the services product,” he stated. President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association, Vitus Evans, said Jamaica needs to identify ways to optimize the various trade agreements that have been signed by converting them into business opportunities. “While we seek to exploit these agreements to our benefit, we should also be looking at new markets and new territories through which to increase our exports. As a country, we have focused heavily on primary products in their natural or processed forms over the years. We now have to make a paradigm shift and explore opportunities for these same products in areas such as medicinal and pharmaceutical, while at the same time, pursuing other markets such as Asia, Africa and South America,” Mr. Evans stated. The two-day symposium, which is a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade ‘Jamaica 50’ commemorative event, is examining ‘Jamaica’s Involvement in Foreign Trade, 1962-2012: Forging the link between Trade and Development.’ Senator Nicholson announced that the Jamaica 50 legacy project from his Ministry will be a revised National Foreign Trade Policy and a publication on Jamaica’s 50 years in foreign trade.last_img read more

NAT Posts NineMonth Loss

first_imgzoom Nordic American Tankers (NAT) booked a net loss of USD 34.2 million in the third quarter of this year, widening its loss when compared to the corresponding quarter from last year when the loss equaled USD 7.5 million.For the first nine months ended September 2017, the company’s loss reached USD 53.6 million, a plunge from the profit reported in the same period last year which stood at USD 34.6 million.The company said that the third quarter of the year proved to be challenging, as expected, resulting in lower earnings than in the preceding quarters.The Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) for the Q3 was USD 10,600 per day per ship. In addition, the company had eight ships in drydocking during the quarter.For the fourth quarter of this year, NAT said that it sees strengthening of tanker rates with recent fixtures at USD 20,000 per day. However, the company warned that this might change quickly both up and down amid market volatility.With respect to its financial situation, the tanker owner and operator said that it was maintaining its financial soundness and that it was about to make its capital structure “more efficient to support its future growth.”The company’s net debt at the end of the quarter stood at USD 341.5 million, or USD 11.4 million per vessel, which NAT claims is the lowest in the industry.Speaking of the financing agreement signed for its three  Suezmax newbuildings slated for delivery next year, NAT said it expects to finalize the deal by the end of this month.Some 30% of the building price was paid in cash on contract signature in October 2016, while the remaining 70% will be financed through the deal with an unnamed international financial institution.“We have agreed main terms and are in the final documentation stages for this financing. The above-mentioned financing is part of our strategy to explore alternative sources of funding to make our capital structure more efficient,” NAT added.NAT’s fleet consists of 33, including 3 newbuilds, with an aggregate cargo capacity of 33 million barrels of crude oil, and an average age of 12 years.last_img read more

People excluded from NRC to get certified copies soon

first_imgGuwahati: People excluded from the final NRC will get certified copies, regarding rejection of their names, at the earliest so that they can file their appeals, the office of the NRC state coordinator announced on Tuesday.The dates regarding distribution of exclusion certificates will be announced soon, NRC State Coordinator’s office tweeted. The process of collection of exclusion certificates from the NRC Seva Kendras are on, the notice added. The final NRC published on August 31 consisted only of Supplementary Lists and “queries are being received from the public about publication of all members of a family irrespective of their involvement in the claims and objections process” the tweet said. The final NRC was released with 19,06,657 of the total 3,30,27,661 applicants excluded and 3,11,22,004 included.last_img read more

Toronto police resume dig at home where Bruce McArthur worked as landscaper

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say they will resume digging at a property where accused serial killer Bruce McArthur worked as a landscaper.Police have already found the remains of at least seven men buried in planters at the property in midtown Toronto.McArthur, 66, has been charged with eight counts of first degree murder for the deaths of men with ties to the city’s gay village.Investigators say they began excavating the home’s backyard in January, but nothing was found.Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray says a canine unit search of the property last month determined there was a need for further digging.She says the excavation is expected to take several weeks and that police will provide an update on the case once the dig is complete.Police say they searched approximately 100 other properties where McArthur worked as a landscaper, but did not find anything.last_img read more

Ponting backs Rishabh to bat at No.4, Ganguly terms him ‘huge asset’

first_imgNew Delhi: Ricky Ponting Tuesday unequivocally backed Rishabh Pant for the number four slot in India’s World Cup line-up and even saw him as one capable of winning the tournament. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly marked the young wicketkeeper-batsman as one for the future, calling him a “huge asset”. With little over two months to go for the World Cup and the number four batsman yet to be decided, it could now boil down to performance in the Indian Premier League, according to Ganguly. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh But Ponting, a two-time World Cup winning Australian captain, left nothing to doubt when discussions turned to Pant. “The first thing I would do is pick him in that Indian squad for the World Cup, I would play him as a batter, I would play him at number four. He is the sort of guy, with that kind of talent, he can win you a World Cup, he has just got that x-factor,” Ponting said. Ganguly added, “Anybody who wants to succeed in shorter formats of the game he has to go up, we have seen the best in world do that. If you send Rishabh at number four, he will score runs for you because he is so talented, he has got so much time to play. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “In his short career he has been remarkable for India and once he starts getting opportunity consistently, he will be a top player.” Pant had a terrific start to his Test career, becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to score centuries in England and Australia, but there is a perception that he hasn’t showed the temperament or tasted as much success in the shorter formats. During an interaction organised by the Delhi Capitals, Ganguly didn’t agree with the viewpoint. “Look at the way he played in the IPL last year, he got a full tournament, 14 games, and he was probably the second highest run-getter in the IPL last year. “The problem with him in shorter formats is that he doesn’t get regular cricket because you have a champion in MS Dhoni who actually plays most of the shorter formats, so Rishabh is coming in and going out all the time and that’s never good for anybody, however quality a player you are,” Ganguly said. Pant’s exploits with the willow has the taken the cricket world by storm in recent months. Ganguly said, “The reason he succeeds in Test cricket is because he plays consistently. How many Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen have got Test hundreds in England and Australia, and he scored them at ease. It’s not that he struggled, it’s not that he looked out of place against fast bowling. “For me, he is your future. For the next 10 years, you will see that boy a lot in all formats of the game and not because he plays for Delhi, he can play for anyone he wants to.” Pant will be eyeing a successful IPL with the rechristened Delhi Capitals. “Just the serious talent he is, he is a hard worker, I have been watching him at nets for the last four years, he is always the first one to come out and bat for longer periods. He will be huge asset to Indian cricket in the years to come,” said Ganguly.last_img read more

Fitch cuts Hong Kong credit rating citing protests

HONG KONG — The ratings agency Fitch has cut the credit rating on the Hong Kong government’s foreign currency borrowing, citing damage to the Chinese territory’s image from public protests and closer integration with the mainland.Fitch Ratings said Friday it was lowering Hong Kong’s rating to AA from AA+, with a negative outlook.Fitch said in a statement that protests that erupted in June have “inflicted long-lasting damage” on the foreign image of Hong Kong’s governance and “called into question” the quality of its business environment.Fitch said the growth of linkages with the Chinese mainland will lead to “greater institutional and regulatory challenges.” It said the closer relationship was consistent with narrowing the difference between Hong Kong’s rating and that of China, which is lower at A+.The Associated Press read more

Annan deeply deplores disproportionate and excessive Israeli force in Gaza

“Such military actions in densely populated areas, as well as the demolition of Palestinian homes, cannot be accepted as a legitimate means of self-defence and violate international humanitarian law,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said in a statement on Israel’s military action in the Jabalya refugee camp earlier today. “The Secretary-General once again wishes to remind Israel of its obligations in this regard, and in particular of the need to protect the lives of civilians,” he added. read more

UN agency suspends food convoys to Darfur Sudan after rebels attack town

The UN’s top envoy to Sudan also says he is alarmed by reports that Darfur rebels have recently stolen WFP trucks loaded with aid and may now be using some for military purposes.WFP halted three convoys of 70 trucks carrying more than 1.3 million tons of food aid destined for the provincial capitals of North Darfur (El Fasher) and South Darfur (Nyala) after members of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) launched a major attack yesterday on the market town of Ghubaysh in neighbouring West Kordofan.The attack on Ghubaysh, which prompted retaliation from Sudanese government forces, follows a series of clashes within Darfur between Khartoum, allied militias and the rebel groups since they agreed to a ceasefire earlier this month.WFP said the latest attack means the agency and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are effectively blocked from having overland access between central Sudan and Darfur. Road deliveries are crucial in the distribution of food aid to the region.More than 1.85 million people have either been internally displaced or fled to Chad as refugees since rebels took up arms against the Government at the start of last year. Tens of thousands of villagers have been killed or died from starvation or disease.In the past two weeks there have been reports that rebels have stolen 13 commercial all-terrain trucks that had been leased to WFP and were loaded with emergency food supplies. These thefts follow earlier reports of armed groups taking commercial and aid agency vehicles.Jan Pronk, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Sudan, today called for the immediate return of the vehicles to WFP and NGOs. UN agencies said they were particularly concerned that rebels may use some trucks for military purposes.”The problems of Darfur cannot be solved through military means,” Mr. Pronk said. “The parties to the conflict have to live up to their commitments, including their responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of their own people and their unhindered access to humanitarian assistance.” read more

Oil up as signs of weaker growth prompt hope for more stimulus

Hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will do more to support the U.S. economy drove oil to its biggest gain in two months on Thursday. Meanwhile, natural gas rose the most since January 2010 on signs of increased use of the fuel by utilities.Speculation that the Fed will announce new steps to boost the economy grew after government reports showed that hiring is still weak while inflation remains in check. Any boost to the economy should increase demand for oil, gasoline and diesel fuel.Benchmark crude rose US$1.29 to finish at $83.91 per barrel Thursday in New York, the largest increase since April 11. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties, gained 45 cents to $97.17 per barrel in London. U.S. stock markets also rose.Meanwhile, many investors are awaiting the outcome of a weekend election that could determine if Greece leaves the euro currency union. A report saying major central banks were preparing for co-ordinated action if the results of the elections on Sunday strain global financial markets gave oil and stocks an extra boost in the afternoon.The Federal Reserve is scheduled to meet next week. Its latest round of bond purchases concludes at the end of June. Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the Fed is ready to act if the financial crisis in Europe threatens the U.S. economy but he didn’t indicate that any new steps were on the way.Europe still is searching for the best solution to its debt crisis. Spain’s borrowing costs surged Thursday after a ratings agency downgraded Its credit rating. Italy’s borrowing costs also jumped because it could follow Spain in asking for a financial bailout.In Vienna, ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to keep a production target of 30 million barrels a day. The decision had been expected. Although some members of OPEC want to reverse a recent sharp decline in oil, others worry that higher oil prices could hurt global economic growth.Oil has fallen 24 per cent from its peak in late February. Meanwhile, U.S. pump prices have dropped 41 cents from a high of $3.94 per gallon in early April. Some economist hope cheaper gas will boost consumer spending, but so far that isn’t happening. The Commerce Department said this week that Americans barely increased spending at stores in April and May.Natural gas futures soared 31 cents to finish at $2.495 per 1,000 cubic feet, the sharpest gain since Jan. 6, 2010. The Energy Department reported that natural gas in storage grew by 67 billion cubic feet to 2.944 trillion cubic feet for the week ended June 8. That increase was 4 billion cubic feet less than analysts expected.Rusty Braziel, president of RBN Energy, a consulting company based in Houston, says the report relieved fears that the nation’s natural gas storage facilities would reach capacity and prices would plummet further. He sees signs that natural gas drillers have curtailed the dramatic growth in production that sent prices near a 10-year low earlier this year.At the same time, utilities are burning more natural gas in place of coal, helping to relieve the gas glut a bit. Total inventories are still 29 per cent above the five-year average of 2.278 trillion cubic feet.Heating oil rose 1.69 cents to end at $2.6278 per gallon and gasoline futures gained 2.1 cents to $2.6764 per gallon.At the pump, the national average for gas fell less than a penny overnight to $3.532 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. The price is nearly 20 cents less than a month ago. by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2012 5:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil up as signs of weaker growth prompt hope for more stimulus; natural gas up read more

Japans sales tax hike pushes core inflation rate to 32 per cent

Japan’s sales tax hike pushes core inflation rate to 3.2 per cent in April, highest since 1991 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Japan’s consumer prices rose 3.2 per cent from a year earlier in April to the highest level since 1991, the government said Friday, largely due to a sales tax increase that is expected to dent growth this quarter.Other April data for the world’s third-largest economy were largely in line with forecasts. Industrial production fell 2.5 per cent from a year earlier and household spending sank 4.6 per cent. Unemployment was 3.6 per cent, the same as in March.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies aimed at ending a deflationary slump that has slowed growth for nearly two decades have made some headway, though the inflation rate remains well below the 2 per cent target set by the central bank and government when the tax hike is factored out.Japan raised its sales tax to 8 per cent in April from 5 per cent. Japan’s central bank estimates that 1.7 percentage points of the inflation rate in April could be attributed to the tax hike. The 3.2 per cent figure is for the core consumer price index, which excludes fresh food.In its latest assessment of Japan’s recovery, the International Monetary Fund said Friday that Japan appeared to be weathering the sales tax increase and exports are expected to begin picking up as demand overseas rebounds. It forecast that inflation would remain modest at 1.1 per cent in 2014.But it cautioned that Japan needs deep, structural reforms to support growth.“Near-term risks to the outlook are balanced, but the sustainability of the recovery over the medium term is at risk,” it said.Consumers and businesses ramped up spending ahead of the tax increase, boosting demand temporarily. The economy is expected to contract or at least slow sharply this quarter.Economists say wage increases are needed to ensure the strong consumer demand that would prompt companies to begin investing more for future growth.Shortages of labour in some areas, such as construction and trucking, have been pushing prices and to a limited extent wages higher. But so far overall incomes have not kept pace with the tax hike and price increases.Prices in Japan rose partly due to higher costs for energy as the yen weakened against the dollar because of massive monetary easing. Many businesses raised prices or offered less for the same price to compensate for their own higher costs.Revving up consumer demand through stronger purchasing power will be crucial, said Stephan Danninger, Asia and Pacific division chief for the International Monetary Fund.“The need for inflation to be meaningful in contributing to a stable and faster growing economy is through demand and not through the input of higher prices,” he told a seminar in Tokyo on Friday.The dollar is now buying about 101 yen compared with 80 yen two years ago. But the yen’s recent stabilization near 101 to the dollar means inflation is getting less of a push from the exchange rate than it did last year.“The sharp fall in import price inflation points to a slowdown in consumer inflation in coming months, which should provide some relief to households’ battered finances,” Capital Economics analyst Marcel Thieliant said in a commentary.Massive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan has mainly given the government leeway to work on reforms needed to enhance Japan’s competitiveness in the longer run and to repair government finances, said Masaaki Kanno, chief economist at JP Morgan in Tokyo.The April 1 tax hike and a further 2 percentage point increase planned for next year are part of the government’s effort to bring under control Japan’s huge public debt, which is more than twice the size of the economy.“One of the most important roles is for the BOJ to buy time,” said Kanno. by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2014 11:21 pm MDT read more

The world banks on sunshine UN says in renewable energy report

Last year, the world installed a record 98 gigawatts of new solar capacity, far more than the net additions of the rest – other renewables, fossil fuel and nuclear, according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, released Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners.Solar power also attracted far more investment than any other technology, at $160.8 billion, up 18 per cent.A driving power behind last year’s surge in solar was China, where an unprecedented boom saw some 53 gigawatts added – more than half the global total – and $86.5 billion invested, up 58 per cent.The extraordinary surge in solar investment shows how the global energy map is changing and, more importantly, what the economic benefits are of such a shift – UNEP chief “The extraordinary surge in solar investment shows how the global energy map is changing and, more importantly, what the economic benefits are of such a shift,” said UNEP chief Erik Solheim.“Investments in renewables bring more people into the economy, they deliver more jobs, better quality jobs and better paid jobs. Clean energy also means less pollution, which means healthier, happier development,” he said.Last year was the eighth in a row in which global investment in renewables exceeded $200 billion – and since 2004, the world has invested $2.9 trillion in these green energy sources.Overall, China was by far the world’s largest investing country in renewables, at a record $126.6 billion, up 31 per cent on 2016. There were also sharp increases in investment in Australia, up 147 per cent to $8.5 billion; Mexico, up 810 per cent to $6 billion; and Sweden, up 127 per cent to $3.7 billion.UN Asia-Pacific forum adopts declaration to accelerate transition to sustainable energyMeanwhile, countries in the Asia-Pacific region, which is projected to account for two-thirds of global energy use between now and 2040, committed to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy by scaling up their share of renewables, as a United Nations forum in Bangkok wrapped up on Thursday.“There is a palpable sense of the enormous opportunities ahead that can transform the energy scene,” Shamshad Akhtar, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told the two-day forum, acknowledging the growing recognition by governments, the private sector and investors, that a sustainable, low carbon energy system is the only option to safeguard the future.The highlight of the Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum was the adoption of a ministerial declaration, which lays out a series of actions to encourage the sustainable use of energy, including through greater regional cooperation to facilitate cross-border infrastructure and energy trade to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Organized by ESCAP, the Forum provided a platform for governments, the UN system, private companies, international organizations, and civil society organizations to review the region’s implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on affordable and clean energy. Delegates concluded that Asia and the Pacific has made remarkable progress on universal access to electricity, with renewable energy surpassing price benchmarks that were only expected in 2020. However, greater efforts are needed throughout the region to achieve targets on reliance on clean fuel and renewable energy, and energy efficiency. read more

Gardaí seize €250000 worth of cannabis at random traffic stop on motorway

first_img Source: FacebookA TRAFFIC STOP on the M7 motorway in Co Laois saw gardaí seize €250,000 worth of cannabis herb from a car that attempted to pass through the checkpoint.The multi-agency checkpoint, involving Revenue and customs officers, the Road Safety Authority and others along with gardaí, was carried out at Doon, near Borris-in-Ossory in the midlands county. By Cianan Brennan Friday 24 Feb 2017, 6:52 PM Feb 24th 2017, 6:52 PM The Laois seizure Source: ciananThe sole occupant of the car involved, a man in his 30s, was arrested and is currently being held at Portlaoise Garda Station.A forensic examination of the car is pending. The Ballyfermot seizure Source: FacebookSeparately, €180,000 (nine kilograms) worth of herbal cannabis was seized by the Garda drugs bureau, in partnership with customs officials, in Ballyfermot, Co Dublin, today.A man in his 40s was arrested at the scene and is currently being held in Ballyfermot Garda Station.Read: The Charleton Tribunal has an official (different) name, and its opening statement is due next MondayRead: The Policing Authority chair has a ‘degree of confidence’ in the Garda Commissioner Short URL center_img 60 Comments Gardaí seize €250,000 worth of cannabis at random traffic stop on motorway in Laois Nearly half a million euro worth of the drug has been seized today across the country. Share8 Tweet Email 20,122 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ND submits own proposal in row over antiracism bill

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A political row over how to tackle a rise in racist attacks intensified this week after the two junior partners in the coalition, PASOK and Democratic Left (DIMAR), submitted to Parliament an anti-racism bill that conservative New Democracy had rejected, while ND presented its own proposal. Confusing matters, another two bills are to be brought to the House – by the main leftist opposition SYRIZA on Monday and by the right-wing Independent Greeks in the coming days. Facing fresh international pressure to crack down on racist assaults – from the European Commission and the New York-based Human Rights Watch – ND presented its own reforms to Parliament on Thursday, describing them as “improvements” to the existing legal framework rather than a new bill to compete with that of PASOK and DIMAR. The latter is based on the original bill drafted by Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis, who is aligned with DIMAR, and foresees stricter penalties for incitement to racist crimes. A spike in such crimes has been broadly linked to the ultra-right Golden Dawn. ND’s proposal – a set of five provisions – essentially differs from the PASOK-DIMAR bill as it exempts the Church and the armed forces from prosecution and it does not ban the operation of parties whose members display racist behavior. Its key focus is on criminalizing Nazi crimes and their denial. Critics have accused ND of bending to pressure from the Church and armed forces over fears that Roupakiotis’s bill would limit freedom of speech. ND has insisted that it wants to marginalize Golden Dawn but not make it appear persecuted. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras emphasized this on Thursday in a letter to poet Nanos Valaoritis, who had written to the premier pressing the coalition to cooperate on curbing racism. “Our aim is to target what is strengthening the neo-Nazis and to marginalize them completely, not to turn them into victims and give them a boost,” Samaras wrote. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Record la France compte 40 millions dinternautes

first_imgRecord : la France compte 40 millions d’internautesInternet se démocratise dans l’Hexagone. Aujourd’hui, la France dénombre 40 millions de personnes connectées au Web dont la grande majorité des adolescents, selon une enquête réalisée par le Crédoc, Centre de recherche pour l’étude et l’observation des conditions de vie.Internet s’adapte à tous les publics. Ainsi, le nombre d’internautes en France ne cesse de croître. En un an, 3 millions de Français se sont ajoutés à la communauté d’internautes déjà existante dans l’Hexagone. Avec 40 millions d’usagers (74% de la population), la France se place ainsi au sixième rang au niveau européen après les Pays-Bas, les pays scandinaves et le Luxembourg. Les réseaux sociaux connaissent un franc succès. Plus d’un Français sur trois (36%) est inscrit sur un réseau social. Facebook reste le plus populaire (16 millions d’inscrits).La génération la plus connectée est celle des 12-17 ans. 77% des adolescents de cette tranche d’âge possèdent un compte sur un réseau social alors qu’ils sont 99% à se connecter sur Internet (voir notre article).Le 15 décembre 2010 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wenger unconcerned with crowd absence

first_imgArsene Wenger has dismissed concerns over the lack of attendance in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday’s league matchThree late second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (twice) and Alexandre Lacazette secured the three points for Wenger’s side. But the match was largely overshadowed by the notable lack seats being unoccupied in the stands.Arsenal found themselves being booed by their own supporters at the end of the first-half with Aaron Ramsey having clipped the crossbar in what was their only chance in the opening 45 minutes.However, a foul by Bruno Martins Indi on Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal an unexpected penalty with Aubameyang slotting home to give the Gunners the lead. The Gabon international then later added his second of the game by heading in a Ozil corner.Arsenal were later awarded another penalty when Badou Ndiaye’s pushed substitute Lacazette inside the box. The Frenchman then coolly slotted home the penalty to secure his side a 3-0 win at the Emirates.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Speaking after the match, Wenger insisted that it was due to Arsenal no longer being involved in any challenge that had resulted in the large absence of supporters during the win. But the Frenchman is confident that they fans will return for their Europa League quarter-final clash against CSKA Moscow on Thursday.“It’s just down to the fact that we’re not fighting for the championship,” said the Arsenal coach, according to the BBC.“People know that will not change now. They will be back on Thursday, don’t worry.“It’s explainable by the fact that it’s Easter. It’s a family happening where people go away and it’s a fact that we don’t think about a lot in the Premier League. There’s also the fact that we had a break.”Arsenal remain in sixth place in the Premier League standings with their only realistic chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League depending on whether they will be able to win the Europa League.last_img read more

Caldara reveals toughest player in the world

first_imgJuventus new signing Mattia Caldara has revealed that Mario Mandzukic is ‘the toughest player I’ve marked’ as his ‘most impressive opponent’ was Douglas Costa.“The objective is to play as much as possible. I’m aware that it’ll be complicated, but I’ll try to play for my chances and show I’m worthy of this jersey,” he said via Football Italia.“Family? Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I’ve always been close to them during times of difficulty, so I thank them, as well as my girlfriend, who is always close to me.“I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who love me. Gasperini? He gave me so much in these two years, he told me not to be afraid and to show my qualities.“I’ll always be indebted to him. Without him I wouldn’t be here because he extracted from me something me that I didn’t even think I had.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The toughest player I’ve marked? It’s always been Mandzukic in terms of physicality and character.“Ronaldo? It’s better that I don’t have to think about marking him! Thank goodness he’s my teammate…“Allegri? I understood him immediately because he’s won so much. He knows how to manage great players, he knows when to have a joke and when to be strict.“We haven’t said much until now, but he also agreed with my arrival. Most impressive opponent? Douglas Costa.“He always gets past at least two players, he’s phenomenal. I lived those games [against Juve] with even more motivation because I wanted to show that I was good enough for them.”last_img read more

Chelsea eye a shock move for Rob Green

first_imgFormer England goalkeeper Rob Green has emerged as a shock target for Chelsea in a free transfer, reports talkSPORTThe Blues are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer with current number one Thibaut Courtois edging closer than ever to completing a dream move to Real Madrid.In light of this, Chelsea have rather surprisingly offered Green to chance to continue his playing career for at least one more season by acting as cover for them.The 38-year-old spent last season on the bench at fellow Premier League side Huddersfield and was released by the club at the end of last season.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.With few options available, Green had contemplated calling time on his rapidly declining career.But in a new twist,  the former Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper could now be set to make a return to London this summer with Chelsea and will compete with Argentina international Willy Caballero for the No.1 jersey at Stamford Bridge.Both Stoke City’s Jack Butland and new AC Milan signing Pepe Reina have also been linked with moves to Chelsea.last_img read more


first_img Cabinet Report by Premier, His Excellency present. Recommended for you Related Items:cabinet, donhue gardiner, george lightbourne, Portia stubbs smith, premier rufus ewing, shuffle, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2015 – Confirmed today by the Premier in his press conference; that yes there is a reassignment of ministerial portfolios for some. While the country’s leader explained the roles were swapped and shifted to bring a freshness and new energy to the ministries, the atmosphere in the room was not energetic. Only the Premier offered comment about the change… no one else talked about the transitions and only the Premier expounded on ideas he has as the now Minister for Health and Human Services; and only after being asked. Nonetheless, the country’s leader, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing was right to remark that this is not an unusual thing for governments in the Caribbean to move some around, adding that this is all for the better. Unchanged are Hon Washington Misick and Hon Donhue Gardiner who keep Finance & Investment and Border Control & Labour respectively. Also Hon Akierra Missick keeps her portfolio for Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Library Services. New portfolios were handed to Member from the Bight, Hon Porsha Smith who heads up the Ministry of Tourism; the Premier shared this is ideal for Hon Smith who has a background in banking and hospitality. HHHon Amanda Missick will take on Government Support Services; no longer to Hon George Lightbourne. Dr. Ewing shared he sees this as ideal because Hon Amanda is keen on construction projects. Minister Lightbourne will go to Environment and Home Affairs but will continue to oversee the Telecommunications Commission, at least until April when new budget year changes kick in. Media questions led to repeated explanations by the Premier that all of his Cabinet welcome the challenge, and that the re-assignments are not a reflection of dissatisfaction in anyone’s work. Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

Hospice patients need handmade quilts

first_imgHospice Southwest and the Ray Hickey Hospice House are launching a drive to collect 500 handmade quilts for hospice patients.Donated quilts will benefit the patients and families at the hospice house. Quilts must measure 60 inches by 90 inches and can be any color, pattern or design. Quilts are given to both male and female patients.For more information, or to drop off quilts, contact Chaplain Beth Johnson at 360-696-5100 or visit Hospice Southwest, 100 E. 33rd St. Suite 201, Vancouver, WA 98663.last_img read more

Google will reportedly let you use cash to pay for Android apps

first_img Share your voice Tags $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $155 at Google Express 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $520 at HP Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Play Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET 1:33 $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Turo See it Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Now playing: Watch this: JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate $999 $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google is apparently introducing a method for you to pay for Android apps in cash. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google will soon let people literally part with their cash to pay for Android apps, a report said.The search giant will launch “pending transactions” to give you more payment options, according to TechCrunch.”This is a new class of delayed form of payment – like cash, bank transfer and direct debit,”  Aurash Mahbod, the Director of Engineering responsible for the Play Store and Games on Google Play, told the site at Google’s I/O Developer conference on Wednesday. $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy Rylo Android 10 beta’s best new tricks from Google I/O 2019center_img Turo The feature is geared towards emerging markets where credit cards aren’t as common, Mahbod noted. It apparently gives people a payment code that they can use to make their purchase in cash at a local store — they’ll get the app or in-app item and an emailed receipt within 10 minutes.However, TechCrunch mentions that getting your purchase can take up to 48 hours at times and refunds only come as Play Store credit, not cash.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.First published at 5:04 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:23 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET See It See at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS Sprint 0 Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. All of the news out of Googles I/O keynote $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 34 Photos $6 at Tidal See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Internet Services Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Angela Lang/CNET See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Amazonlast_img read more