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  • Antetokounmpo’s Show Leads Bucks to 104-93 Win over Knicks

    first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo has become a player the Milwaukee Bucks can lean on to flip the momentum of the game. He did so yet again Wednesday night.With his team down double digits in the third quarter, Antetokounmpo took over. He scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half to help Milwaukee rally for a 104-93 win over the New York Knicks.The Bucks extended their winning streak to four games with the victory, moving to within a half-game of Chicago and Detroit for the seventh and eighth playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.“It is just the competitive nature out of me,” Antetokounmpo said. “When they go on a run and are up 10 or up 12, I get really competitive. I feel I have to go right now. I don’t even think about it. It just comes naturally.”Antetokounmpo also added 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points and Greg Monroe had 17.“He started taking over the game,” Monroe said of Antetokounmpo. “His energy level and his effort level went up and everybody on the team followed. He’s been doing a great job all year but tonight, he definitely led us.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, is fouled by New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)The Bucks began the third quarter missing 13 of their first 14 shots and the Knicks built a 69-57 lead on a pair of free throws by Courtney Lee with 5:53 left in the third quarter.Milwaukee then closed the period with a 19-4 run to take a 76-73 advantage into the fourth quarter.“We started getting stops and then we started to score,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “We thought it was going to be a little easy but New York kept playing. To start the third, there was a lid on the basket but we kept playing defense and that’s what got us the lead.”Antetokounmpo scored nine points during the spurt, while Monroe had seven points. A 3-pointer by Matthew Dellavedova put Milwaukee up 93-83 with 6:51 to play.“They had a lot of transition, which hurt us,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Giannis is long and takes those long strides. Once he got that head of steam going we weren’t getting back and helping the guy back. The one guy back there looked like he was on an island as Giannis was attacking.”Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 26 points, scoring 20 of them in the second half. He was 13 of 16 from the field. Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points in his return after a one-game absence but had just six points in the second half.“We didn’t move the ball and get it to the open person,” Rose said. “When you are not moving the ball against a long team like this it is hard because they switch everything. You need ball movement.”TIP-INSKnicks: Anthony returned after missing Monday’s game against Orlando with a sore left knee. … Willy Hernangomez moved into the New York starting lineup in place of Lance Thomas. He scored 13 points in the first half but had none in the second half. … Rose hit his first nine shot attempts in the second half.New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, right, looks to shoot while being defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton, left during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Bucks: Michael Beasley missed his fifth straight game with a hyperextended left knee. … Terrence Jones did not play for the third straight game after signing with Milwaukee on March 4. … Milwaukee outscored New York in the paint 50-32.UP NEXTKnicks: At Detroit on Saturday. New York has not won at the Palace of Auburn Hills since a double-overtime victory on Feb. 27, 2015.Bucks: Host Indiana on Friday. Milwaukee is 2-0 against the Pacers this season, winning 125-107 at home on Nov. 3 and 116-100 at Indiana on Feb. 11.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Kirk Herbstreit Picks TCU to Upset Oklahoma State in Stillwater

    first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The GameDay guys made their picks on Saturday, and Kirk Herbstreit took the TCU Horned Frogs as a 2-TD underdog on the road in a state (Oklahoma) where they’ve never won as a member of the Big 12 Conference.“I’m going upset, I’m going TCU,” said Hebrstreit. “Kenny Hill and the defense find a way to go on the road, and all of a sudden after tonight, everybody’s talking about TCU.”Good luck, Kirk.last_img read more

  • Ribery eager to extend Bayern stay

    first_imgBayern München Ribery wants Bayern Munich stay as he heads towards free agency Russell Greaves 18:43 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Franck Ribery Bayern Munich 2017 Getty Bayern München Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga At the age of 34, the French forward’s career is entering its twilight years, but he has no plans to leave Bavaria at the end of the current campaign Franck Ribery is determined to extend his stay at Bayern Munich after scoring in Friday’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.The Bayern stalwart’s contract expires at the end of the season and there had been speculation the 34-year-old could move on.But Ribery revealed a strong desire to remain at the club he joined from Marseille back in 2007. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My aim is to stay at Bayern Munich for as long as possible,” he said.Which of these #B04FCB celebrations did you like the best?  @Javi8martinez = @FranckRibery =   @jamesdrodriguez = #MiaSanMia — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 13, 2018 Speaking about a successful return to Bundesliga action at the BayArena, the winger added: “Normally I provide a lot of assists and do a lot of dribbling – but it’s always great when you score a goal.”You know when you play in Leverkusen it is always a difficult game. But after working hard in Qatar [during a mid-season training camp] we played well – although we managed to win 3-1 it was tricky as Leverkusen put us under a lot of pressure.”I am pleased to be fit and healthy. I’m having fun with the team, enjoying playing and training as well.”Jupp Heynckes’ side sit 14 points clear at the top of the table in pursuit of a sixth successive title.last_img read more

  • What We Think The College Football Playoff Rankings Would Look Like After Week 7

    first_imgDerrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff rankings don’t come out for a few more weeks, but we’re starting to get enough data to take a solid guess as to which teams it’s going to include. During week seven, four teams ranked in the top 10 lost. That means that this week there would be a major shakeup.No. 2 Georgia, undefeated heading into the contest, fell to LSU on the road. No. 7 Washington lost to Oregon in overtime on the road. No. 8 Penn State lost its second contest of the year – to Michigan State. No. 6 West Virginia also lost to Iowa State in a stunner.At this point, it looks like Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame control their own destiny.Let’s go ahead and project what we think the top 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings would look like after week seven.AlabamaOhio StateClemsonNotre DameTexasLSUGeorgiaUCFMichiganOklahomaThe first iteration of the rankings come out on October 30.last_img read more

  • Perfect for Porch Drinking: Schlafly Hibiscus and Lemongrass Blonde

    first_img Editors’ Recommendations Schlafly has been brewing beer in St. Louis, MO since 1991. That’s an eternity in the fast-paced world of craft beer, so it might be understandable if Schlafly settled for being a revered pioneer in the micro-brewing movement, resting on its original portfolio of beers. Instead, Schlafly has continued to expand, both in the size of its operational capacity and the number of beers it produces. With dozens of different main line and specialty brews, it offers something for everyone, from fans of sweet wheat ales and bitter IPAs, to those who crave barrel aged sours or thick coffee stouts.One of Schlafly’s most exciting new additions to its stable is Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale. Perfect for summertime porch drinking, this 4.8 percent alcohol by volume golden elixir weaves a delicate complexity into easy drinkability. Blonde ales sometimes get a bad rap for being too simple, but it’s precisely this unassuming base style that makes it ideal for experimentation. Schlafly has accepted that challenge by introducing the complementary additives of hibiscus and lemongrass to the recipe. While both of these ingredients can be subtle on their own, together, blended in the right proportions, they elevate the beer into a delicious tasting experience. Founding Brewer Stephen Hale says, “It’s a versatile brew with assertive hops and a serious depth of flavor. You get a punch of citrus without any actual citrus at all. The tropical, fragrant lemongrass gives aromatics of lemon while the hibiscus lends complex berry-rich and tart lemon flavors.”That quote is spot on. From the opening pop of the cap, a sharp citrus candy aroma fills the room. That primes the palate for a medium mouthfeel beer that is refreshing with a bright carbonation. The hibiscus adds just a touch of pucker, but the malt base’s sweetness balances it back to center. It’s the sort of beer you could serve in lieu of wine at a nice dinner or enjoy at a picnic. It pairs nicely with light summertime fare from fresh cut fruit to salads or burgers. Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale is a part of Schlafly’s cellar selection, along with beers like Kentucky Mule Ale and Raspberry Chipotle Brown Ale. It’s available in a 750ml bottle adorned with a die-cut paper label and separate neck tag, which makes for an upscale presentation. The bottle’s look is a nice, unexpected touch at the affordable $13.99 price point. Find out more about this beer at Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietals Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) last_img read more

  • Facebook could face lawsuit over illegal user data collection

    first_imgSan Francisco: A US court here has ruled that Facebook users from Illinois state can go ahead with a class action lawsuit against social media giant Facebook over alleged illegal collection of user data without their consent. US non-profit group, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), quoted a court document as saying that the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco gave a green light to the Illinois users to sue Facebook over privacy breach by using the technology of facial recognition, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Judge Sandra Ikuta said in the ruling that Illinois users can bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook, whose facial recognition software “invades an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests”. The Circuit Court rejected a Facebook appeal to block the class action lawsuit by the Facebook users who accused the US media company of storing biometric data for millions of users without their consent. “Facebook’s facial recognition technology violated Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA),” said the court document. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Violations of the procedures in BIPA actually harmed or posed a material risk of harm to those privacy interests,” it added. BIPA provides for $1,000 dollars for each negligent violation and $5,000 for each intentional or reckless violation. The ACLU hailed the court decision as the first one by a US appellate court to directly address privacy concerns caused by facial recognition technology. The lawsuit could make Facebook face billions of dollars in potential damages if it eventually loses the legal battle.last_img read more

  • Beneficiaries should face no harassment Mamata

    first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed the Hooghly district administration to ensure that the beneficiaries under various schemes are not harassed. She was addressing the administrative review meeting of the district at Goghat on Tuesday afternoon.Banerjee said she had received many complaints made by the beneficiaries of various schemes, stating that they were being harassed by the administration. “The state government has made schemes for each and every person. It is unfortunate if the people fail to get the benefits because of some officials. I ask the Block Development Officers (BDOs) to launch special drives to ensure that no beneficiaries are left out. We have prepared the schemes despite economic hardship. We have to pay Rs 53,000 crore to repay the loan taken by the erstwhile Left Front government. It is really shocking if the people do not get the benefits of the schemes,” she said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Minister also asked for intense vigil in the ghats along river Hooghly. “Criminals from Bhatpara and Naihati in North 24-Parganas cross the river and take shelter in Hooghly. So vigil at the ghats should be beefed up,” she said and instructed the police to take every possible step to defuse communal tension. “There are some pockets in Hooghly district which are very sensitive. Try to win the confidence of the local people and defuse communal tension,” Banerjee added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySenior police officers of Hooghly district said that the law and order situation has improved because of continuous drives against the goons. The officers said there are two to three pockets in the district where spurious liquor is being sold and raids are being conducted along with officials of the Excise department. Banerjee said the problem can be ironed out if the people engaged in selling spurious liquor are brought to mainstream life. “We have provisions for rehabilitation and the police should explore this opportunity to bring these people to mainstream life,” she said. Meanwhile, Banerjee asked the Tourism department to expedite construction work at Mahesh and Furfura Sharif, where the state government has made plans worth crores of rupees to develop the areas as centres of religious tourism. She asked the administration to terminate the contractor at Mahesh for not doing the work properly. The estimated cost of the development of Mahesh is Rs 7.5 crore, while that of Furfura Sharif is Rs 5.5 crore. Senior officials informed the gathering that the construction of infrastructure at Sabuj Dwip is underway, which is coming up as a major tourist spot in Hooghly district. Banerjee inaugurated a slew of projects as well and laid the foundation stones of a few more.last_img read more

  • Ontario Real Estate Association says procandidate ads were put up in error

    first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Real Estate Association is pulling four election-focused billboard advertisements as it steps away from political advocacy amid a spat with the Toronto Real Estate Board.OREA said Tuesday that four billboards supporting two candidates in the provincial election were put up “in error” and will be removed.The real estate association said the signs were accidentally erected after Outfront Media, a marketing company hired by OREA, missed an email requesting that they not be posted, OREA vice-president Matthew Thornton said TuesdayOne billboard reads “Taras Natyshak – A strong local voice for Essex homeowners” and other three read “Charles Sousa – A strong local voice for Mississauga-Lakeshore homeowners.”Sousa is the Liberal government’s finance minister and Natyshak is a New Democrat member of the legislature.He said OREA voted last week to step away from some of the political activism it had planned for the provincial election campaign and put more focus on advocating for affordable home ownership.“It was a really unfortunate error…It was something that shouldn’t have been up in the first place,” said Thornton on Tuesday. “As of today, (the billboards) should be covered up.”Outfront did not immediately respond to a request for comments.The billboard error comes amid increasing scrutiny on OREA, whose chief executive is former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak.In a letter obtained by The Canadian Press last week, Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos slammed OREA for endorsing politicians with “member dues without member’s knowledge and buy-in.”“We are collectively mandated to work with whatever party is elected to produce policies that benefit our members, consumers and our industry. Our members should be free to support whomever they choose and it would be arrogant to align with any one party or candidate that may conflict with the beliefs of members,” the letter said.“For these reasons, and with all due respect, we request and advise that OREA avoid taking overt political positions by supporting individual politicians.”OREA and TREB have repeatedly declined to comment on the specifics of the letter, referring The Canadian Press to a joint statement released May 11 that said the letter is “not reflective of the long standing and positive relationship” between the associations. They said they hope to resolve the discussions “amicably and internally.”On Tuesday, OREA and TREB again referred The Canadian Press to the statement, but Thornton revealed more details about OREA’s “Keep the Dream Alive” campaign, which is meant to raise awareness around the lack of affordability young people are facing in the housing market.The billboards were part of the campaign until the board axed them because it wanted to ensure it was putting the larger campaign first, Thornton said.As part of the campaign, he said OREA will still be involved in candidate debates and surveys, advocacy work around home ownership and the lack of housing supply, and will engage with politicians at Queen’s Park when the provincial government returns to session. OREA will also launch digital advertising in spring and the fall.OREA has had to adjust its mandate after it lost the ability to provide educational courses to realtors after December 2020, when the Real Estate Council of Ontario put out a request for proposals to find a new body to administer such courses.Last April, it announced that Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and learning management company NIIT Canada would take over realtor education.last_img read more

  • Opposition Parties PJD Responsible for MoroccoEgypt Media Tension

    Marrakech – Several Moroccan opposition parties are accusing the current leading party the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the Moroccan media for the recent escalation of tensions between Morocco and Egypt. They hold the PJD responsible forthe Egyptian media campaign against Morocco.The Secretary Generals of severalopposition parties, including the Independence, Authenticity and Modernity party, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, and the Constitutional Union party, held an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the “the artificial media tension between Morocco and Egypt”, according to a press release.During the meeting, the parties reportedly voiced their “Wonder about the artificial sabotage at the media levelofthe relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Arab Republic of Egypt, which have been always linked by cooperation and mutual respect.”The opposition added that it “strongly condemns that some have adopted rumors and exploited the media in order to poison the relationship and sow confusion and discord between Morocco and Egypt.” The opposition also “reaffirms the depth of the special historical relations between the two brotherly people and their leadership, as there is a strong desire to develop the relationship in the economic, political, and cultural fields.”The opposition parties heavily criticized the way that the PJD dealt with media campaigns between the two countries, and ultimately held the party responsible for the tensionsbecause it leads the government.“The opposition parties express disapproval of the irresponsible government’s treatment of this artificial tension, especially of the party that leads the government, which is known for narrow partisan opportunism.”Moroccan national television channels recently aired reports that describe the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, as the leader of a military coup. Many consider the report to bearesponse to Egyptian media’s campaign against Morocco.Some Egyptian media believe the report to be an attempt by the supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to damage the relations between Morocco and Egypt.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

  • ICE Futures Canada Tuesday morning Canola prices mostly higher barley unchanged

    WINNIPEG — Prices were mostly higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.30 higher $497.50; Jan. ’18 $0.60 higher $502.60; March ’18 $0.20 lower $507.30; May ’18 $0.90 higher $510.90; July ’18 unchanged $511.50; Nov. ’18 unchanged $486.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $487.70; March ’19 unchanged $490.40; May ’19 unchanged $490.40; July ’19 unchanged $490.40; Nov. ’19 unchanged $490.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

  • Visa Inc 3Q profits rise 11 beating expectations

    NEW YORK — Payment processor Visa Inc. is saying its fiscal third quarter profits rose by an adjusted 11% from a year earlier, as more consumers spent more on Visa credit and debit cards.The San Francisco-based company reported a profit of $3.10 billion, up from $2.33 billion last year. The company had a one-time $600 million charge last year related to legal expenses.On a per share basis, Visa earned $1.37 a share, which is more than $1.33 a share that analysts had been expecting.Consumers and businesses spent $2.230 trillion on Visa’s network last quarter, up 8.7% from 2018. Visa earns a small fee on each transaction run on its network.Total revenue for Visa was $5.84 billion, up from $5.24 billion a year earlier.The Associated Press read more

  • Economists survey 34 expect a US recession in 2021

    WASHINGTON — A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021.Thirty-four per cent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report being released Monday, said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. That’s up from 25% in a survey taken in February. Only 2% of those polled expect a recession to begin this year, while 38% predict that it will occur in 2020.The economists have previously expressed concern that Trump’s tariffs and higher budget deficits could eventually dampen the economy.The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on goods from many key U.S. trading partners — from China and Europe to Mexico and Canada. Officials maintain that the tariffs, which are taxes on imports, will help the administration gain more favourable terms of trade. But U.S. trading partners have simply retaliated with tariffs of their own.Trade between the U.S. and China, the two biggest global economies, has plunged. Trump decided last Wednesday to postpone until Dec. 15 tariffs on about 60% of an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports — granting a reprieve from a planned move that would have extended duties to nearly everything the U.S. buys from China.The financial markets signalled the possibility of a U.S. recession last week, adding to concerns over the ongoing trade tensions and word from Britain and Germany that their economies are shrinkingThe economists surveyed by the NABE were skeptical about prospects for success of the latest round of U.S.-China trade negotiations. Only 5% predicted that a comprehensive trade deal would result, 64% suggested a superficial agreement was possible, and nearly one quarter expected nothing to be agreed upon by the two countries.The 226 respondents, who work mainly for corporations and trade associations, were surveyed between July 14 and Aug. 1. That was before the White House announced 10% tariffs on the additional $300 billion of Chinese imports, the Chinese currency dipped below the seven-yuan-to-$1 level for the first time in 11 years, and the Trump administration formally labeled China a currency manipulator.As a whole, the business economists’ recent responses have represented a rebuke of the Trump administration’s overall approach to the economy.Still, for now, most economic signs appear solid. Employers are adding jobs at a steady pace, the unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low, and consumers are optimistic. U.S. retail sales figures out last Thursday showed that they jumped in July by the most in four months.The survey showed a steep decline in the percentage of economists who found the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over the next decade “too stimulative” and likely to produce higher budget deficits that should be reduced, to 51% currently from 71% in August 2018.The Associated Press read more

  • DR Congo presidential contenders to receive use of UN helicopters for campaigning

    The Mission, known by its French acronym MONUC, has made the helicopters available to the DRC’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters today in New York.Congolese voters go to the polls on 29 October after President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba obtained the two highest totals of votes during the first round of elections on 30 July. Provincial assembly elections will also be held on the same day.Mr. Dujarric said MONUC decided to release the helicopters after the official campaign period for the run-off round was reduced from 30 days to 15, making it more difficult for the two candidates to traverse the vast African country that is comparable in size to Western Europe.Some 50,000 polling stations will be operating across the DRC, one indication of the scale of the elections, which represent the most complex electoral-assistance ever undertaken by the UN.The elections are the DRC’s first free polls in 45 years and are intended to cement its transition from a disastrous civil war. The six-year conflict, widely considered the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II, cost 4 million lives through combat and attendant disease and hunger. read more

  • Velux EHF CL 20112012 Poll THW Kiel and AG Copenhagen in the

    More than 500 visitors voted on our Poll question – Who will be the EHF CL 2011/2012 winner? Most of votes got THW Kiel (39%) ahead of AG Copenhagen (33%) and BM Atletico Madrid (25%). Fourth team in your opinnion is Fuchse Berlin with only 4%. ← Previous Story 9000 fans voted for Kiril Lazarov as Velux EHF CL 2011/2012 MVP! Next Story → Farewell flowers bouquet for Manuel Strlek in Zagreb AG CopenhagenBM Atletico MadridCL winnerCologne F4Fuchse BerlinTHW Kiel

  • Its a members facility Ceann Comhairle denies Dáil bar is there for

    first_imgI’l tell you one of the best things about it, I’ve been there 30 years.You could have a stand- up row in the chamber, but once they leave that chamber and go there for a cup of coffee or whatever, next thing you see is them in there chatting with each other.Barrett said that the increased difficulty in getting re-elected has mean that the “day is gone” when members could spend their time drinking in the reported earlier this month that nearly €7,000 was spent in the Dáil bars on the night the of the abortion debate, €4,000 of this was spent on alcoholic drinks alone but Barrett said he saw no members drunk before the debate ended at 5am.“I can put my hand on any bible, I did not see anybody come into the chamber intoxicated. There’s no evidence to show that that was the case. ”Read: Chief Whip has no regrets over 5am Dáil sitting, says FG could have lost 10 TDs >Read: Oireachtas bars turned over €300,000 last year > CEANN COMHAIRLE SEÁN Barrett says that the perception of the ‘Dáil bar’ is false and that he saw nobody drunk during the abortion debate.Speaking on RTÉ’s Marian Finuncane programme this morning, the Ceann Comhairle said that it is a ‘members facility’ and is there to give deputies somewhere to go when the Dáil is not in session.“It’s a place you can go, you can watch the news, you can watch television. You can have your lunch, you can have a snack, you can sit down and read the paper,” he said.Barrett said that his lengthy experience in the Dáil has allowed him to see how the facility can be used as a way of diffusing tensions between opposing members, stopping a negative atmosphere developing in Leinster House:last_img read more

  • Column To restore our financial credibility tough decisions must be taken on

    first_imgAS THE FALLOUT from the Unions’ rejection of the Croke Park 2 deal rumbles on, it is important to take stock of the situation and assess where we are as a country and an economy.Ireland continues to borrow €1.25 billion every month, an amount that is unsustainable at any phase of the economic cycle. Unemployment has increased by 8.2 per cent since the first Croke Park Agreement and would be even higher if it wasn’t for emigration. We must restore our financial credibility and, in order to achieve this, tough decisions must be taken.Alternative solutionThe Government has very limited room for manoeuvre and any alternatives to the proposals put forward by the Labour Relations Commission must be credible and feasible.SIPTU’s suggestions that an off-balance-sheet stimulus programme and increased taxation on the wealthy could be used to reduce the deficit simply do not make sense.The idea for a stimulus programme is based on the belief that the promissory note deal, achieved in February 2013, allows for increased investment and spending. Unfortunately this is not the case; while the promissory deal reduces Ireland’s level of debt repayment in the future it has no impact on the Government’s need for funds now.No money existsIn fact, the Fiscal Advisory Council has said that the impact of this deal only reduces the projected 2015 deficit by 0.6 per cent of GDP. As a result, while it is very welcome, it will have very limited near term impact on budgetary considerations. Essentially, SIPTU is proposing to spend money that does not exist.The idea of increasing taxes on the wealthy is flawed for a number of reasons.Firstly, Ireland’s marginal rate of taxation for those earning over €100,000 is already over 50 per cent. Any further increase in this rate threatens foreign direct investment which in turn reduces job creation. Secondly, what is required is not increased taxation of one group but a broadening of the tax base. This is already being achieved through the Local Property Tax and (eventually) water charges.Our tax systemIreland has one of the most progressive tax systems in the OECD. Seventy-one per cent of all USC, PAYE and PRSI taxes are paid by the top 20 per cent of workers. This is the group that, all being well, will create new jobs in the future.While there are very few alternatives to the spending cuts being sought, there is a corresponding need to stimulate the economy. However, this will not come through the investment of money that doesn’t exist but through measures that support businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in particular.This sector accounts for over 99 per cent of all businesses in the State, employing over 70 per cent of all people. This is the group that should be encouraged to grow and create new jobs. More than anything it is this job creation that will increase the tax take, reduce the pressure on State services and get our economy back onto a sustainable footing.Growing jobs is the way forwardChambers Ireland has recently published An Alternative 10 Point Plan for Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. It includes a range of measures that, if implemented, could create in excess of 30,000 jobs. This would have a major impact on any economic recovery.It is essential that the Government and the unions do everything required to achieve agreement over the renegotiated Croke Park deal; a deal that can help in delivering smarter, more productive government services that are focused on cost effective front line delivery at an economically sustainable price. Furthermore, this will ultimately maintain the jobs of all public sector workers.This should be the core agenda; not seeking tax increases to fund a system that we can no longer afford while also taking even more money out of circulation in the economy.The savings it will produce are essential. However, at the same time everything that can be done to support existing businesses must be pursued. Getting people working and getting them off the Live Register will always be a more attractive option that either spending cuts or tax increases. We need to encourage our job creating entrepreneurs, not tax them into leaving the country.Seán Murphy is the Deputy Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland.Read: SIPTU president wants promissory note savings used to avoid public pay cuts>Read: No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts – Kenny>last_img read more

  • Failed terrorist plot might end up killing off the prospect of inflight

    first_imgLast week’s attempt to detonate inkjet printer cartridges filled with explosives on airplanes heading to the UK and Dubai might not have had any human casualties, but it might still end up killing something off: the ability to use WiFi or mobile phones on airplanes.The bomb in question was set up to allow remote detonation via cell phone, and now security experts are saying that the clamored for ability to use cell phones or WiFi on airplanes might never happen because terrorists could these networks on flights to detonate bombs stored in the luggage hold of the plane. In-flight Wi-Fi “gives a bomber lots of options for contacting a device on an aircraft”, says security expert Roland Alford. He claims that even if ordinary cellphone connections are blocked, it would allow a voice-over-internet connection to reach a handset that might detonate a bomb on a plane.“If it were to be possible to transmit directly from the ground to a plane over the sea, that would be scary,” Alford continued. “Or if a passenger could use a cellphone to transmit to the hold of the airplane he is in, he could become a very effective suicide bomber.”This is just stupid. What these security analysts are saying is that if cell phones or WiFi connections are allowed on planes, it’ll make it easier for terrorists on board the same plane to blog up explosives in the luggage hold. But they can already do this: it’s not like a cell phone (provided the altitude is low enough) is impossible to use on a plane, it’s just that travelers are told not to use them. Terrorists aren’t exactly the kind of fliers who are going to follow the rules, so this provision would only hurt honest travelers.Then again, this is the TSA we’re talking about here: their security theater is all about inconveniencing the innocent traveler against both logic and common sense. My guess is that these security researchers are right, and WiFi and in-plane cell phone use are farther away than ever from being approved.Read more at New Scientistlast_img read more

  • Hristo Stoichkov Carlos Vela would be a great Barcelona addition

    first_imgBarcelona are in search of a new backup striker to sign quickly after the departure of Munir El Haddadi.Hristo Stoichkov believes Carlos Vela would be a great addition if Barcelona decides to purchase him.Even though the Mexican striker is currently with LAFC, he has been linked with a loan move to the Barca.“He is a player who knows the Spanish league,” Stoichkov said of the forward on Univision, according to Marca.“He had spectacular games with Real Sociedad.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It won’t be hard for him to adapt.“If he goes to Barcelona then he’ll be spectacular from the first match.“I don’t doubt Carlos Vela.“I don’t know if Barcelona will want him for just six months or with a purchase option.”last_img read more

  • Teen graduates with bachelors degree before finishing high school

    first_imgGARY, Ind. (WSVN) — A teen has graduated with her bachelor’s degree weeks before receiving her high school diploma.This extraordinary accomplishment belongs to 18-year-old Raven Osborne.She began taking both high school and college classes her freshman year — and continued all four years. Sometimes, she took classes online and all year around.“I went to summer school. I took three classes that summer. Then, my sophomore year, I had five high school classes and four college classes,” Osborne said describing her experience.Raven not only got her bachelor’s from Purdue University Northwest, but she got it for free with a special program at her high school.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more