Hodak’s charges need more competitive matches

first_imgAFF U19 Championship Hodak’s charges need more competitive match experience Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:26 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malaysia U18, 18092017 Zulhilmi Zainal AFF U19 Championship Malaysia U18 Thailand U18 Malaysia U19 AFC U19 Championship Thailand U18 v Malaysia U18 Malaysia U18 head coach Bojan Hodak admitted that he was surprised at how well his charges played in the recent AFF U18 Championship. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter After guiding his Malaysia U18 charges to the recent AFF U18 Championship final on Sunday, Bojan Hodak has remarked that what set his boys apart from eventual champions Thailand was experience in competitive matches.Speaking to the press upon the team’s arrival from Yangon, Myanmar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, the Croatian trainer said that he was surprised that the team got as far as they did, following his own less-than-optimistic observation of the team before the tournament began.He did not have a long preparation time with the team, and did not set a specific target for the tournament. But in Yangon, his boys won four matches and drew one match in the group stage, en route to defeating hosts Myanmar on penalties in the semi-finals, before falling to a 2-0 defeat to Thailand in the final match. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 “I’m surprised with the result but I I’ve said before it’s good because there was no pressure. For them it’s their first experience playing at the international level as they’ve never played in any AFF (Asean Football Federation) tournaments before, unlike the U16 boys. They did not have this experience before and you could see in the semi-final match, their performance was affected by the big crowd. “They surprised everybody but they showed character and quality. I’ve mentioned before that their tactical knowledge is quite low, but the good thing is they are young boys and they really listened. They followed everything especially after we won the first few matches. We’ve developed this bond between the coaching staff and players, and now they trust each other much more.”The outcome in the final may not be the best but we matched Thailand and even had better chances than they did. What’s important for me is that the boys have performed well and there is hope for the future,” explained Hodak on Monday.When asked what set his boys apart from the eventual champions Thailand, Hodak responded that the Thailand players have constant competitive experience, something that his charges lack.”They (Thailand) play competitive football regularly so they know how to win games that could go either way.”They have experience in competitive matches, and this is what our boys and team lack,” he pointed out.Now the former Kelantan and JDT head coach turns his attention towards preparations for the 2018 AFC U19 Championship qualification, which will take place in South Korea from October 31 to November 8.”The boys will now return to their clubs because they will be playing in the kockout stages of the President’s Cup and the Youth Cup, but in early October I will call up the players whose team have been knocked out to start preparations for Korea.”It will be very tough because we have been drawn against South Korea, one of the top Asian teams and Indonesia who have been playing very good football in the tournament and have been preparing for six months and playing in Europe.”Then we have Timor-Leste who have four overseas-based players and will have one-month’s preparation in Korea, this will definitely be a tough group,” he noted.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Says “Everything Is Fine” And There’s “No Issue” With Braxton Miller’s Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller promotes Advocare products.Last week, Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller posted a photo on Instagram that was believed by some to possibly be an NCAA violation. Miller, a rep for Authentik Fitness, promoted the nutritional products in the photo and listed his email as a point of contact for potential buyers. Under NCAA bylaws, student-athletes are not allowed to use their likeness to help companies profit. According to Urban Meyer, though, “everything is fine” and there is “no issue.” Urban Meyer answers @CantonRepdotcom ? About Braxton Miller NCAA endorsement issue “everything is fine. No issue.”— toddporter (@toddporter) March 30, 2015That’s, obviously, good news for Ohio State fans. The Buckeyes open their 2015 season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. Will Miller be the man behind center?last_img read more

Item from 1963 rescue of pair who survived for 49 days donated

first_imgWHITEHORSE – A unique artifact linked to a harrowing tale of survival is now on display at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse.Fabric bearing the registration numbers of a plane that crashed in Yukon in 1963 has been donated to the museum by the family of the pilot who led the rescue of the plane’s two passengers, Ralph Flores and Helen Klaben.The rescue is remarkable because the pair had no emergency supplies, little food, and the mid-winter temperatures had fallen to sub-zero levels, yet they were still alive 49 days later when a passing plane spotted their SOS in the snow.Chuck Hamilton was flying the plane that spotted the rescue signal and returned with a team that eventually found the wrecked aircraft as well as the barely-alive passengers who’d suffered broken bones, frostbite and near starvation.Hamilton kept the fabric printed with the registration numbers of the crashed plane, but he died earlier this year so the family decided to donate it to the museum.Aviation historian Bob Cameron says it is now displayed along with other items recovered from the crash site, including parts of the plane and the remains of two cans of sardines Flores and Klaben shared during their frigid ordeal.“All they had when they found themselves in this plight … was two cans of sardines, two cans of fruit cocktail and a tube of toothpaste,” Cameron says.A team returned to the crash site in 1998 to recover the cans and other remnants in order to create the display memorializing the amazing survival story. (CKRW)last_img read more

42 million spent on drilling license near Halfway River First Nation at

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C.’s coffers will be getting just over $42 million from a drilling license that was auction off in the provincial petroleum and natural gas land rights sale this week.Landsolutions GP Ltd. paid $42,052,202.00 for a 1,847-hectare drilling license in the provincial auction, which was held on Wednesday, June 13th. The parcel, which overlaps the Halfway River First Nation and the proposed Tsaa Nuna Conservancy on the other side of the Halfway River from the First Nation, went for a whopping $22,767.84 per hectare.Scott Land & Lease Ltd. purchased two of the other three parcels that were up for auction in the sale for a combined $22,952.16. The last parcel of land to fetch such a high cost was a 5,542-hectare drilling license bought by Scott Land & Lease Ltd. Last July. That license brought in over $77 million, though the cost per hectare was lower, at just under $14,000/hectare.June’s sale saw by far the most amount of money spent by companies on acquiring land rights this year. In May companies spent just $1.3 million, though that number is higher than the lowest tally of the year in April when companies spent just over $200,000.So far this year, the Province has generated $59.4 million from land rights sales, which is higher than the $33.4 million that was spent in all of 2015 and 2016 combined.last_img read more

HCP Foreigners Are More Likely to Be Employed than Moroccans in

Rabat – The High Commission for Planning (HCP) released a report on Wednesday that traces the characteristics of the Moroccan labor market and the unemployment rate in 2018.Morocco’s working age population, aged 15 and older, numbered 25,950,000 people in 2018, but the active population of people employed or seeking employment was 11,979,000. Of those aged 15 and over, 13,970,000 are neither employed nor seeking employment, notes the report.Overall, 46 percent of the working age population were active in 2018. Men are far more likely to be active than women. While 71 percent of men are employed or seeking employment, only 22 percent of women are. In cities, the active rate reached 42 percent and 54 percent in rural areas.Rates of the active population are similar between varying levels of education. Among individuals without degrees, 46 percent are employed or seeking employment. Of those with high school degrees, 43 percent are active, and of those with university degrees, 56 percent are active.Read Also: HCP: Urban Unemployment Rate 4 Times as High as Rural UnemploymentYoung people aged 15 to 34 are well-represented in the workforce at 38 percent of those employed. The highest rates of employment compared to the overall working age population in the country by region are 64 percent in Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab, 45 percent in Marrakech-Safi, and just under 45 percent in Casablanca-Settat.The regions of Guelmim-Oued Noun, Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra and the Oriental have the lowest employment rates, registering 34 percent, 36 percent, and 37 percent, respectively.Forty-two percent of employed Moroccans work in the service sector, while 35 percent are manual laborers in agricultural fields, 12 percent work in the industry and crafts sectors, and 11 percent work in the construction sector.Read Also: AfDB Approves Loan to Promote Employment in MoroccoEmployed foreigners in MoroccoMeanwhile, there are about 45,000 foreigners in Morocco. Twenty-three percent come from Arab countries, 37 percent from Europe, and 33 percent from sub-Saharan Africa.A majority of foreigners, 60 percent, are male. Foreigners also tend to be highly educated, with 84 percent holding degrees.A slightly higher percentage of foreigners in Morocco, 51 percent, are employed or seeking employment compared to Moroccans at 46 percent. However, the employment rate between foreigners and nationals is much closer: 44 percent among foreigners and 42 percent among nationals.A decrease in unemployment rateAccording to one of the commission’s latest briefings, unemployment in the country dropped from 10.2 percent to 9.8 percent between 2017 and 2018. The Moroccan economy made slight progress from 2017 to 2018, creating 112,000 jobs, 91,000 in urban areas and 21,000 in rural areas, up from 86,000 new jobs in 2017.Across all sectors, the study details that the demographic of potential workers between the ages of 35 and 44 are more likely to be employed than those aged 15 and 24, an HCP 2018 report stated. read more

Asian shares fall on China stimulus worries patchy earnings

BANGKOK — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday after an overnight decline on Wall Street spurred by disappointingly weak earnings reports from 3M and some other industrial companies.Concern that China may temper its economic stimulus pulled the Shanghai benchmark down 1.2% to 3,086.40. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.2% to 22,258.73 and the Kospi in South Korea declined 0.5% to 2,179.31. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 edged 0.1% higher to 6,385.60, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.2% to 29,605.01.India’s Sensex gained 0.3% to 38,835.79. Shares fell in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand but rose in Jakarta.Traders are watching for U.S. growth data later in the day and China-U.S. trade talks next week in Beijing.Disappointingly weak earnings reports from 3M and other industrial companies kept U.S. stock indexes in check on Thursday, blotting out a set of blowout results from big-name tech companies.3M, the maker of Scotch tape and various products for businesses, reported weaker revenue and profit than Wall Street expected for the first three months of the year. It also slashed its profit forecast for the full year, while United Parcel Service said its net income fell 17% on nearly flat revenue.They helped drag industrial stocks to the largest loss among the 11 sectors that make up the S&P 500, and 3M’s loss dealt a particular sharp blow to the Dow Jones Industrial Average.The S&P 500 edged 1.08 points lower to 2,926.17 while the Dow Jones Industrial average dropped 0.5%, to 26,462.08. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.2% to 8,118.68.Tech companies have been leading the way this year, as the S&P 500 index returned to a record this week, on expectations that they can continue to deliver strong growth despite a slowing global economy. And many are delivering: Revenue jumped 14% for Microsoft and 26% for Facebook from a year ago.Earnings reporting season is about a third of the way in, and investors are searching for clues about whether profit growth can accelerate later this year following a weak first quarter. The stock market has had a furious rally this year, largely because the Federal Reserve has said that it is halting its plan to raise interest rates, at least temporarily.Analysts are now forecasting a drop of 2.8% in earnings for S&P 500 companies this reporting season. That’s not as bad as the 4% decline they were expecting a few weeks ago.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gave up 16 cents to $65.05 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 68 cents to $65.21 per barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, the international standard, added 1 cent to $73.62 per barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar was trading at 111.69 Japanese yen, up from 111.63 yen on Thursday. The euro rose to $1.1140 from $1.1333.___AP Business Writer Stan Choe contributed.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Annan set to begin twoweek visit to Europe this weekend

According to a UN spokesman, the Secretary-General has been invited by Prime Minister Costas Simitis of Greece, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union, to join a meeting on Monday of Heads of State and Government to examine the latest developments in Iraq and the Middle East.On Tuesday, the Secretary-General is scheduled to fly to Rome, where he will have lunch with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and then have an audience that evening with Pope John Paul II. While in Rome, Mr. Annan will also address the twenty-fifth anniversary session of the Governing Council of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development on Wednesday.The Secretary-General is expected to leave for Paris that evening and on Thursday morning, meet with President Jacques Chirac before addressing the Africa-France Summit, which will be taking place over the next two days.The UN spokesman said Mr. Annan would have a number of bilateral meetings in the margins of the Summit, which he will attend through Friday. The Secretary-General is also planning visits to Ankara and Athens, starting on 24 February. read more

Exhale Securing 10year win streak means a deep breath of relief for

Millions of people flocked to movie theaters about 10 years ago to see Marlin the clown fish embark on a journey to find his son in Disney-Pixar’s newest animated release, “Finding Nemo.” Around the same time, the Ohio State men’s tennis team had just come off a 5-2 home loss to then-top ranked Illinois. Both situations called for a similar mentality: just keep swimming. The Buckeyes secured a decade-long home win streak on Friday – the longest active win streak in all of NCAA sports – to the tune of a 7-0 victory against Wisconsin. The 164-match win streak began the day after the April 5, 2003, Illinois loss in Columbus. Later in the weekend, the Buckeyes continued their dominance in the Big Ten as they cruised to another 7-0 victory against Minnesota (9-9, 5-2) in Columbus, as well as a 4-0 win against Wright State (12-8, 3-0). The pair of wins further extended the home win streak to 166 consecutive matches. OSU was able to play the Minnesota match on their outdoor courts, marking the first time in the 2013 season the Buckeyes have played outside at home, something some of the players were happy about. “Me being from Florida, it was a tough winter, so I liked getting outside … I like playing in the wind … so it was nice, and a beautiful day,” said senior Connor Smith. Just as Disney-Pixar recently announced a “Finding Nemo” sequel slated for 2015, there is still more adventure ahead for this OSU squad. “We have other goals that we would say are more important (than the win streak) – winning the Big Ten and maybe making a run in the NCAA (tournament),” Kobelt said. Leading up to the Wisconsin match, OSU coach Ty Tucker said, “It’s a mark you want to achieve, and being one match away from it, it’ll be nice if we can get the win … it’ll be nice to be done with it.” The No. 5 Buckeyes (23-2, 7-0) left no doubt that they wanted the win against the Badgers (10-9, 1-6) on Friday, who never even amassed a point against the record-breaking Buckeyes. OSU athletic director Gene Smith was at the match, and heaped praise upon Tucker, who has coached the team since 1999. “Ty (Tucker) is an outstanding recruiter, he’s a good teacher, he recruits great kids,” Smith said. “One day he’ll win a national championship – I believe that. It’s just a matter of the bounce of the ball here and there … to say that in Ohio, you could possibly win the national championship in tennis is significant.” Smith went on to say how proud he was of this year’s squad pulling together to accomplish the historic win streak. “It’s special. I love these kids, they’re great kids, and Ty is one of our best coaches. Having the opportunity to come and support him in this moment … it’s a special thing, it really is,” Smith said. The Scarlet and Gray dominated in the doubles game against Wisconsin, sealing victories on all three courts. The OSU tandems of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka, redshirt senior Devin McCarthy and junior Ille Van Engelen, and redshirt junior Peter Kobelt and Smith defeated their Wisconsin opponents, 8-3, 8-1 and 8-6, respectively. It was the 24th time during the 2013 campaign that OSU had won the doubles point. In the singles game, the Buckeyes continued to sweep the Badgers. The three singles wins needed to clinch the team victory came from freshman Constantin Christ (6-1, 6-0), Rola (6-2, 6-3), and redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan (6-4, 6-2). Callahan’s win was the third time he has clinched a victory for OSU this season. The remaining three singles matches also ended in similar fashion for OSU, with Kobelt winning, 6-3, 6-4, Van Engelen winning, 6-4, 6-2, and McCarthy winning, 6-3, 6-4. Following the flurry of matches over the weekend, several upperclassmen players reflected on contributing to such a historic program milestone. “Ten years is a great accomplishment. As players, I feel like we can all take a deep breath of relief and continue on with the rest of our season. It was one of our goals to get to this streak,” Kobelt said. Some players said how grateful they were to continue the legacy that many famous OSU tennis players have left behind. “I’m probably just a little, little part of this elite group. … It’s just really a team effort through all those (10) years, … everyone who comes (to OSU) should be honored and proud to play here,” Rola said. But perhaps completing a decade of dominance at home meant more to no one than Tucker. “You’ve got great players and a big name behind you in Ohio State. To do something you can hold onto for the rest of my life, … it’s something that might never be broken at Ohio State, a place rich in athletics and tradition,” Tucker said. Reflecting back over the past decade, Tucker credited his players and his being able to attract all types of talent to play at OSU. “To look back on everything – we had a nice mix. We had the best players from Ohio, guys that became All-Americans, guys that overachieved. We splashed some good international talent in with them, and they seemed to like each other and have a good time,” he said. For now, though, Tucker said he’s focusing on the team’s upcoming road tests. “By no means are they giving out rings or trophies yet, so we’ve got a lot of work to do … We’ve got to get ready for a battle in Illinois and Northwestern this weekend – nothing’s easy,” Tucker said. The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue Big Ten play this weekend as they face Illinois on Friday at 4 p.m. in Champaign, Ill., and Northwestern Sunday at 1 p.m. in Evanston, Ill. read more

David Norris to shave off his beard over the Seanad referendum

first_imgSENATOR DAVID NORRIS is set to shave off his beard for the first time in 40 years – and all because of the Seanad.Senator Norris pledged to Ray D’Arcy Show listeners that he would shave off his beard if the public voted against the referendum to abolish the Seanad.After the referendum was defeated, Norris told D’Arcy that he was going to go ahead with his promise, and raise money for charity.Norris has had his beard for 40 years, and will say goodbye to it tomorrow live on the Ray D’Arcy Show at 9.30am. The station said it will be streamed live on www.todayfm.com.All monies raised will go to Today FM’s Shave or Dye benefiting the Irish Cancer Society, 50 per cent of which will be allocated to Professor John Crown’s Cancer Research Trust.People can donate €2 by texting SHAVE to 50300 or visiting the MyCharity page.Senator Norris announced in June that he was undergoing medical treatment for cancer.Read:“No bloody hope will I work for nothing” – David Norris>Read: Senator David Norris seriously ill with cancer>last_img read more

Chief Justice There are currently issues of serious concern

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS accepted a proposal from Chief Justice Susan Denham to establish a forum for regular discussions about “matters of mutual concern”.The move comes after a dispute broke out this week over judicial independence. According to the courts service, the forum has already been set up and its work commenced with a meeting on Monday.“There are currently issues of serious concern to the judiciary, which have been highlighted in recent days by some members of the judiciary,” Denham told the Law Society in Griffith College this evening, referring to remarks made by Justice Peter Kelly – and supported by the Association of Judges of Ireland (AJI) – which suggested that the government is deliberately attacking judicial independence.The group noted the comments were about pay cuts, but also addressed the passing of legislation without consultation with the judiciary.Earlier, the minister said that it was “unfortunate” if reductions in pay, brought in by a referendum, were seen as an attack on an organ of the State.Denham told the audience today: “Because of the concerns of the Judiciary, I suggested to the Government that there should be more regular engagement to facilitate constructive discussion on these and other matters of mutual concern and interest to the Judiciary and the Executive.”The Chief Justice, who said she has held “many constructive meetings” with the Minister for Justice on future developments and reforms, also intends to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny to discuss various issues, including the Court of Appeal. Currently, a group of judges is preparing further information for the Attorney General on the proposed referendum on a Court of Appeal.A referendum to allow the Oireachtas establish additional courts, superior to the High Court, has been promised by the Department of Justice. If passed, it would see a court of civil appeal established, which would deal with appeals on civil matters from the High Court.“While I have had constructive discussions with the Taoiseach on matters relevant to the executive and the judiciary, the normal conduit between the judiciary and the executive is the Attorney General,” continued Denham. “That avenue of contact continues as a positive and proper route.“It is clear we need new structures,” she added, before noting that matters of government often need to be addressed confidentially.During her speech, Denham praised Ireland’s judges for their reaction to the financial crisis and their dealings with debt-related cases.“They have – in court – imaginatively and with deep compassion dealt with those who have been led to the courts by debt issues,” she said. “They have in work practice, continued to show an enormous willingness to change and to undertake more work with less resources. One calculation has seen our Courts Service increase productivity by 25 per cent in the past time of economic challenge. The judiciary played an important part in that achievement.”“The judges of Ireland are undertaking a key role – patriotically – as they maintain the rule of law, and the democratic nature of our State, in these difficult and troubled times, and I am honoured to work with them through this time of national economic crisis.”Yesterday: Taoiseach will not intervene in Shatter’s row with judgesShatter row: Judges’ group outlines concerns for judiciary independencelast_img read more

Valverde is still unsure if he will remain in Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has everybody in the club uncertain because he still hasn’t given any hints about a contract extension.Being the Barcelona manager is always a really stressful job for anyone who decides to take it, especially during this era in which the club is going through a successful period and Ernesto Valverde is the latest to suffer the consequences of this job. Ever since Pep Guardiola started as the manager back in 2008, the position has been filled by some very interesting managers who have left for various circumstances and abruptly ended their relationship with the club. Pep himself gave everybody a heads up and he left as the most revered manager in the club’s history, after him, followed the late ‘Tito’ Vilanova who sadly lost his battle with cancer. That loss was a huge blow for the whole club because the Catalan manager was the ideal coach to keep the style alive, but the club had to bring in a new manager and they called Gerardo Martino who only lasted a season and didn’t win a single trophy. The Argentine manager had to part ways with the club due to an alarming lack of results, patience in clubs like Barcelona is not a luxury these institutions can afford and they quickly started looking for a new manager.CALLING ALL FANS! Who can sum up today’s win with a GIF? Any takers?#BarçaPSV?? pic.twitter.com/zchSDhgmaw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Luis Enrique’s abrupt exit.The board of directors in the Catalan club found a suitable replacement quickly in Luis Enrique, a former Barcelona player who had already managed Celta de Vigo with acceptable results for a club of its stature. This was a man who knew the Barcelona philosophy very well, but brought a fresh approach on the attack and was fortunate enough to have one of the best attacking trios in history formed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. His spell was also short because of the temperamental personality that he had, problems with several players quickly began to emerge and his time in the club had an expiration date. But Luis Enrique’s time in his beloved club, brought the second treble in its history and he broke many records during his time. But even if the club wanted him to stay as the manager, Luis Enrique made up his mind and left once he had already won all the trophies he could with the Blaugrana. This is how once again, the Catalan club wasn’t able to keep a manager and started looking for another suitable replacement. They also found it in Ernesto Valverde, who is still the manager today and also won trophies during his first year at the club. When he arrived, the new boss agreed on a two-year contract because he knew that managers never last in this club.? Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour de France, in the President Suñol suite with President Bartomeu during #BarçaPSV pic.twitter.com/dskz5ioGNQDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2018After winning a historic La Liga and Copa del Rey for the Catalan club, Valverde’s problems came from the board of directors rather than the players. Actually, the boss has an excellent relationship with every member of the squad but the board didn’t like him getting eliminated in last year’s Champions League against AS Roma. Right after the shocking defeat, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu came out to criticize Valverde for the result and the manager didn’t appreciate him throwing all his technical staff under the bus like that. Now that the same people who came after him last season are trying to get him to sign a new contract, Valverde is right to leave them in suspense because he feels they were disloyal towards him in the most difficult moment for the club. But this behavior from the club’s president is not new, he has repeatedly committed mistakes that the Barcelona supporters don’t appreciate and they later accept only because the club keeps winning trophies with him as the chairman. But the fans might not accept this confrontation with Valverde, the manager who has done things right in the last season and the man who has Barcelona as the top title contenders in Europe right now. Ernesto’s contract ends next summer, there hasn’t been any movement in regards to an extension and people are starting to get nervous.? Hear what the boss and players had to say after #BarçaPSV?? #ForçaBarça? https://t.co/prPMF380an— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018How far do you think Valverde will wait until he gives news about a contract extension with FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Govt puts cork on plying of very heavy trucks on flyovers

first_imgKolkata: With 20 flyovers and bridges in and around the city identified as “weak”, the state government has imposed restrictions on plying of very heavy trucks that cause heavy damage to roads and bridges.This comes on the heels of the incident in which the middle portion of Majerhat Bridge caved in on Tuesday, claiming 3 lives and leaving 24 injured.After holding a high level meeting at Nabanna, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “There are around 20 flyovers and bridges whose life has expired. We are taking opinions of the experts in this connection. If needed, opinions of technical persons from outside will also be taken.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBesides taking the steps for maintenance of the “old” and “weak” flyovers to avert incidents like the collapse of Majerhat Bridge, the state government is also taking necessary steps to check plying of overloaded vehicles and there will also be restriction on plying of very heavy vehicles. However, there will be no restrictions on plying of the essential goods vehicles.The Chief Minister said: “Very heavy vehicles including the trucks with 20 wheels, cause damage to roads and bridges. Police have been directed not to allow them to ply. Heavy containers from the port can be transported using ro-ro service or through the route of the inland waterways.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCiting an example she said: “It will not be tolerated if a vehicle that is supposed to carry a load of 9 tonnes, transports goods weighing 15 tonnes.”The bridges that have been identified as “weak” include Santragachi Bridge, Ultadanga Bridge, Sealdah Flyover, Dhakuria Flyover, Chingrighata Flyover and Belgachia Flyover. While speaking about the repairing of Sealdah Flyover, the Chief Minister said: “Attempts were made for repairing the flyover. But it had not become possible as many vendors have set up their shops under the flyover. I would urge officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police to speak to the people who have set up their stalls, so that repair work can be carried out.” She further said that all public vehicles will be allowed on Santragachi Flyover, but there will be restriction on movement of heavy goods vehicles.She has also directed to remove the flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load on it. At the same time, she gave strict direction that repairing of roads on bridges has to be done by removing the existing layer of asphalt, so that the load on the bridge doesn’t go up.She further said that encroachment of the spaces under flyovers and bridges will not be allowed. “I would direct the police to take steps in this connection. If required, alternate place will be given to the people who reside under the flyovers, as much as possible,” Banerjee said, adding that explosives could also be stored by some people at such places. So, the police have been directed to take necessary steps. There are some places where the help of the Indian Army would also be taken and Chief Secretary Malay De will speak to the army in this connection.Meanwhile, in connection with Vidyasagar Flyover which had collapsed in 2016, opinion of experts has been sought to take the final decision on its fate.IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University experts had given their opinions in this regard, but no concrete decision has been taken in the past 2 years, because as per the reports, the buildings in the area would get affected if the remaining portion of the flyover is brought down. There has also been no suggestion for the scenario where it is rebuilt.last_img read more

Unfortunately for Affordability it Looks Like 2008

first_img Affordability Home Price Appreciation Wage Growth 2016-12-21 Seth Welborn Share The good news is that home prices are appreciating at a robust rate, with most recent reports varying between 6 and 8 percent over-the-year. The bad news is that wages growth is not keeping up with home price gains, which is hindering affordability.According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q4 2016 Home Affordability Index, based on the percentage of average wages needed to make monthly payments on a median-priced home assuming a 3 percent downpayment and a 30-year FRM, affordability in the fourth quarter was at its lowest point in eight years.Not only that, but nearly a third (29 percent, or 130) of the 447 counties across the U.S. measured by ATTOM were below their historical affordability averages, the highest percentage since 47 percent of markets were below their historical affordability averages in the third quarter of 2009. Comparatively, only 13 percent of counties were below their historical affordability averages in Q4 2015, according to ATTOM.“Rapid home price appreciation and tepid wage growth have combined to erode home affordability during this housing recovery, and the recent uptick in mortgage rates only accelerated that trend in the fourth quarter,” said Daren Blomquist, SVP at ATTOM Data Solutions. “The prospect of further interest rate hikes in 2017 will likely cause further deterioration of home affordability next year. Absent a strong resurgence in wage growth, that will put downward pressure on home price appreciation in many local markets.”A rating of 100 for the affordability index indicates that affordability levels are on par with historical standards; a rating above 100 means the market (or country) is more affordable than historical benchmarks, while a rating below 100 means it is less affordable than historical norms. The national affordability index plummeted from 116 in Q4 2015 down to 103 in Q4 2016, according to ATTOM. It is the lowest level for the national affordability index since a rating of 102 was reported for the fourth quarter of 2008, right at the time of the crash.According to ATTOM, the median home price has increased by 60 percent since hitting a trough in 2012 while the average weekly wage has risen by only 1 percent during that same period. Home price gains outpaced wage growth annually in 81 percent (363) out of the 447 counties, ATTOM reported. The share of counties in which affordability improved declined over-the-year from 26 percent down to 18 percent (81 counties).Click here to view the full report from ATTOM Data Solutions. Unfortunately for Affordability, it Looks Like 2008center_img December 21, 2016 530 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

Hoteliers satisfied with occupancy rates they say

first_imgHoteliers are pleased with hotel occupancy for the holiday period, according to the president of the Cyprus Hotels Association (Pasyxe), Haris Loizides.“Exact percentages cannot be given at present as we are still in the holiday season, but in general we are satisfied because occupancy is very high for this period,” Loizides told CNA.Things also looked promising for September and October with high occupancy for both months, he added.On the winter season, he said: “We expect good occupancy in November but after that, we will have to wait a little longer to see how things develop.”Loizides noted that mountain resorts were also popular this summer but reservations lagged behind those on the coast.He said subsidised holiday schemes through social insurance were helpful for hotels in mountain resorts but could not provide high occupancy over a long period.Expressing confidence that the current record flow of tourists would continue, Loizides cautioned against complacency and making mistakes. “We must continue to be careful not to make mistakes. So far we are doing well, but things can easily change if we start repeating the mistakes of the past,” he warned.Loizides also referred to a “slow down” in the past fifteen days from the Russian market, but said it was temporary.This, he believes, is due to the fall of the ruble and the fact that the Turkish market has opened again to Russian tourists.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Court in north throws out Levent case against Erdogan

first_imgA court in the north has thrown out a case filed by Sener Levent and Afrika newspaper against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, for instigating attacks on the newspaper’s offices on January 22, 2018.According to the Cyprus News Agency the court said there was not sufficient testimony and evidence to bring a case against Erdogan. It was also dismissed on the grounds that the presidents of foreign states are exempt from being sued, the report said.Afrika’s offices were attacked, and a case opened against publisher Levent, Afrika and one of its journalists, after the paper on January 21, ran with the title “Yet another invasion by Turkey”, in relation to the Turkish military operation in Syria’s Afrin.Erdogan had called the paper “lousy” and said they had run with an unethical title that day.  He called on “his brothers” in the north to take a stand, the newspaper said.The next day a mob showed up at Afrika’s offices making the symbol of the Turkish ultranationalist movement ‘Grey Wolves’ and the symbol of the ‘Rabia’, a gesture used to show support for the Muslim Brotherhood. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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