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December 30, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSpeaking this afternoon in the Dáil on pre-EU Council meeting statements, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Pádraig MacLochlainn said the Government failed to place Ireland on the agenda at the EU council meetings this week, and have allowed the unravelling of the Greek situation to bury any serious consideration of the same events that are ‘heading our way’.Deputy MacLochlainn warned: “As terms of agreement for the second Greek bailout, the IMF and EU are insisting Greece pass further new austerity measures.  When this is done, the Irish debt crisis will return to the top of the crisis agenda once again. There is no doubt about it.“The Government failed to really place Ireland on the agenda at the EU council meetings this week, and they allowed the unravelling of the Greek situation to bury any serious consideration of the same events that are heading our way. “A second, third, or fourth bailout will not solve the Greek debt crisis. Further austerity measures will only deepen it. The Greek people know this. It is why they are furiously protesting day after day, demanding that their government reject the EU bulldozer.”The Donegal TD said the Greek people want a viable alternative – and the only other possibility open to them is to exit from the euro, return to the Greek currency, and restoration of control over their national economy.He said it was no coincidence that the pressure mounting for more and more bailouts is coming from the core EU countries – ‘the very countries that facilitated and profited from the excess lending that contributed to these crises in the first place’.The Sinn Fein politician went on: 
”International observers agree that the faster Greece accepts the inevitability of default, the faster they will return to solvency. Anything else simply prolongs the agony. The Greek people know it.  The Irish people know it. Why, then, is this Government hell-bent on walking us into the same situation? “Our government is sleep-walking the Irish people into a delusional Shangri La concocted by the Troika in the interest of the ECB and the powerful States of Europe. Enough of the mad chat that Europe is favouring us with loans, at extortionate interest rates. Loans need to be paid back. A loan is not a gift.  Santa Claus has not come to town. The EU and ECB are committing us to crippling debt for decades to come.“Last week, Minister Noonan said the Irish Government was in a strong position to impose losses on bondholders of two failed lenders. The revival of the pre- election pledge to go after senior bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide coincidentally happened on the Government’s 100th day in office. The ECB has not changed its resistance to any such measure.”Deputy MacLochlainn added: “They could not have made it clearer. Minister Noonan’s window dressing of events proved little more than a publicity stunt and political manoeuvring. 

”This begs the question, where do this Government’s priorities lie? Is this Government committed to the EU or to the people of this nation?“What message are we really delivering to our European partners at the EU Council this week? 
”While we watch the future of our nation being tragically played out in Greece, our Minister for Finance is negotiating more lending. That used to be called fiddling while Rome burned.  It has to be asked:  Are we completely blind? Or are we completely bullied? Or is it a tragic combination of both?”GOVERNMENT HAS LET EU OFF THE HOOK, CLAIMS DONEGAL TD was last modified: June 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crisisdonegal tdeconomyeu bailoutgreek crisisIrelandPadraig MacLochlainn TDlast_img read more

October 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVANCOUVER – The brother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by gunfire when his family’s vehicle passed a brazen shooting in Vancouver says they are still in shock and the death will leave a void in their hearts.Wilfred Wong spoke about his younger brother, Alfred Wong, at a news conference Monday at the Vancouver police headquarters, telling reporters everything is still “raw” for him and his parents.“We’re all still in shock that something like this could happen to us,” he said. “The 15 years that we had with Alfred were far too short, but we know that Alfred is now in heaven with God.“My parents and I will always love him dearly and his death will leave a void in our hearts. But the years that he had with us will impact our family forever.”Vancouver police have said the boy was heading home to Coquitlam with his parents on Jan. 13 when shots were fired between at least two people. At least one bullet penetrated the vehicle, striking Wong, who died in hospital two days later.Police said the target of the attack was 23-year-old Kevin Whiteside, who was known to police and also died in hospital.Chief Const. Adam Palmer said the department deals with criminal activity every day and there are often tragic consequences, but having to deal with the death of an innocent boy has been difficult for everyone.“Alfred’s senseless murder has rocked our community. It’s had an impact on the citizens of Vancouver, people throughout Metro Vancouver and our police department,” he said.He said at least 50 officers are working on the case and the team has used specialized investigative techniques, including setting up a mobile command at the scene last Thursday to make it easier for people to come forward.Palmer said he was not in a position to discuss any potential suspects or say what gun allegedly fired the bullet that killed Wong.“I’ve stated before publicly that Kevin Whiteside was armed, and I know the answer to that question, as to who fired the bullet, but I’m not prepared to share that with you right now. We’re treating that as holdback evidence,” Palmer said.He said the current cycle of gang violence in Vancouver hasn’t been seen in about 10 years. Several groups are at odds over drugs and killing one another, he said, though he declined to name the groups.Officers have “a very good idea” of what happened the night Wong was killed after speaking to many witnesses and retrieving a significant amount of video, but police are still asking anyone with information to come forward, Palmer said.“Although we’ve made a lot of progress, we still have a long road ahead of us as we work to solve the murders of Alfred Wong and Kevin Whiteside.”Wilfred Wong said he was grateful to the officers who were with the family for the first few nights after the shooting, as well as the doctors and nurses at Vancouver General Hospital.“Everyone gave their best and we’re very thankful for that,” he said.Two scholarships have been set up in Wong’s name, one through Coquitlam School District 43 and the other through the Hyack Swim Club, where he was a member.Wong was a bright young man who excelled at his studies, said Caleb Choi, a pastor at the Coquitlam Christ Church of China, where the family are congregants.“He was enrolled in many of the honours classes at Pinetree Secondary School and was passionate about every course he took,” said Choi.Outside of school, he participated in martial arts, basketball and swimming, and had already completed many of the requirements to become a lifeguard, Choi said.Wong was preparing to join a leadership camp and had planned to pursue a career in electronic engineering, Choi said. In his free time, he loved playing video games with his friends and travelling the world with his family, he added.“He was very close to his parents and brother and was loved dearly by them,” he said. “Although he was taken from us much, much too soon, he lived his 15 years to the fullest extent.”Wong’s funeral will be held at the Coquitlam Alliance Church on Saturday.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, sometime very soon, Eden Mills, Ontario, will become Canada’s first carbon-neutral community. How did it happen? You might be surprised. It wasn’t with millions in carbon taxes. Or through government intervention. It didn’t come from a billionaire’s sweetheart investment. It’s not a PR stunt.One citizen saw communities overseas who had proven it was possible. He came back home and started enlisting his neighbours. And the idea spread. Small things became bigger things. Everyone started to get excited, and everyone wanted to play a role. That’s it. That’s how it happened. Now…how does it happen elsewhere?GUEST: Alireza Naraghi, Maclean’s (Read his story from Eden Mills, right here) Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_08062019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

September 30, 2019 | |Post a Comment

During warmups prior to Tuesday night’s Houston Rockets game, center Dwight Howard and Rockets mascot Clutch the Bear had an unofficial contest to see who could be the first to hit an over-the-back halfcourt shot, with Clutch pulling off the surprise upset.Howard could probably use his warmup time more productively by focusing on his free-throw shooting, but he didn’t need to for this game against the Boston Celtics. Howard compiled another double-double of 10 points and 11 boards helping the Rockets open the game on an 18-1 run and had a 40-18 lead after the first quarter, improving to 8-4 on the season.The Rockets have won three in a row after Tuesday’s 109-85 defeat of the Boston Celtics. read more

September 29, 2019 | |Post a Comment

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code It only took 108 years, but our sports podcast Hot Takedown finally got to discuss a Chicago Cubs World Series win. We break down the strange managerial decisions in Game 7, discuss whether this year’s Cubs or the 2004 Boston Red Sox are Theo Epstein’s crowning achievement, and FiveThirtyEight’s Oliver Roeder joins us to discuss the legacy of this year’s Cubs team.

September 29, 2019 | |Post a Comment

Ivica Zubac00002020-1.9+2.30.4 Paul George014022036+2.9+1.54.4 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Jerome Robinson021003-0.4-0.9-1.3 Mfiondu Kabengele000459-2.4+0.4-2.0 Maurice Harkless00711018-0.8+1.30.5 Expected wins:59.0 9Thunder+1.1+2.2+3.149.51587 Kawhi’s Clippers should be among the West’s bestProjected full-strength regular-season depth chart for the 2019-20 Los Angeles Clippers, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Jerome Robinson0460010-0.4-0.9-1.3 Lou Williams12900021+2.4-3.3-0.9 Montrezl Harrell00032427+0.7+0.61.3 The new-look Philadelphia 76ers check in as the league’s most talented team, though the Houston Rockets (remember them?) aren’t far behind — assuming they aren’t torpedoed by their reported chemistry problems. The Clippers are firmly in the next tier of teams, those projected for roughly between 52 and 55 wins of talent, a group that also includes the Lakers, Warriors (remember them?), Bucks, Nuggets and Jazz.There are also reasons to think that the numbers above are underrating the Clippers’ true power.We’ll put aside questions about whether Los Angeles will really have a barely average defense — the metrics have disagreed with the eye test for years about the quality of Kawhi’s D — and instead focus on what might make these Clippers more formidable in the playoffs. For starters, we’ve added a new feature to CARMELO that accounts for players who routinely improve in the playoffs, and Leonard’s rating gets a major shot in the arm in that regard. Plus, many of the low-rated Clippers in the depth chart above see their minutes fall off in our playoff projection, rewarding L.A. more than most for having an extremely solid top seven in their rotation. Check out how many of their poorly rated players (in pink) see a major drop-off in minutes for the team’s full-strength playoff depth chart: Rodney McGruder6230011-1.1-1.2-2.3 Team total Team total 8Jazz+1.4+3.0+4.352.31615 Landry Shamet02090029+2.0-1.50.6 Rodney McGruder11400015-1.1-1.2-2.3 176ers+2.5+5.2+7.660.01700 Landry Shamet01690025+2.1-1.50.6 Ivica Zubac00002121-1.9+2.30.4 CARMELO’s way-too-early 2020 regular-season rankingsFull-strength regular-season rankings for the Top 10 2019-20 NBA teams according to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO player projections and current depth charts 240+6.4+1.07.4 7Nuggets+3.9+0.6+4.552.61618 Patrick Beverley25000025+0.7+0.31.0 3Lakers+1.8+3.6+5.554.91643 10Pelicans-0.1+2.7+2.648.01572 6Clippers+4.6+0.6+5.354.21635 Terance Mann014005-1.7-0.6-2.3 4Warriors+2.7+2.6+5.354.51639 Dear NBA Diary,Well, so much for the speculation that Kawhi Leonard would join the Los Angeles Lakers (or stay with the Toronto Raptors). After the Los Angeles Clippers stunned the NBA by signing Leonard and trading a massive haul of picks for Paul George, everybody is still trying to figure out exactly what just happened to the NBA in the wee hours of Saturday morning.For starters, the Clippers vaulted themselves into the championship conversation thanks to the superstar combination of Leonard and George, plus the solid group of complementary players L.A. mostly retained around them. Here’s what our CARMELO projections (and depth-chart algorithm) think of their full-strength regular-season roster: EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Montrezl Harrell00012223+0.8+0.71.4 Team ratings have not yet been rescaled to account for an average offensive and defensive rating of 0.0. Lou Williams17700024+2.3-3.4-1.1 The better Clippers should play a lot more in the playoffsProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2019-20 Los Angeles Clippers, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Paul George017915041+2.9+1.54.4 CARMELO thinks the Clippers will go from giving 60 of their 240 minutes per game to negative (below-average) players during the regular season to 42 during the playoffs, which means the Clippers will be rolling out at least four above-average players most of the time in the games that matter the most.That still isn’t enough to make them West favorites in the system’s eyes, but the Clippers are now solidly in the discussion — and give or take a few moments of peak Lob City hype, that hasn’t been true for this franchise basically ever before. Patrick Beverley25000025+0.6+0.30.9 240+4.6+0.65.3 That projected CARMELO rating of 1635 would be good for about 54 wins per 82 games, and it ranks sixth in the NBA. On the one hand, that’s a huge improvement over last season, when the Clippers finished with a 1496 CARMELO that ranked 17th in the league. Then again, it also might sound underwhelming compared with early reports that Vegas bookmakers had shifted their odds to make the Clippers 2020 NBA championship favorites.But in terms of regular-season projections (using full-strength rosters),1But excluding players such as Kevin Durant who are known to be injured for all or most of the 2019-20 regular season. things are just very wide-open at the top of the league right now: 2Rockets+5.5+2.2+7.859.81698 Expected wins:54.2 CARMELO team rating:1688 Terance Mann000000-1.7-0.6-2.3 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- 5Bucks+2.1+3.2+5.354.51638 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Kawhi Leonard002210032+2.7+0.43.2 Mfiondu Kabengele000044-2.4+0.4-2.0 Kawhi Leonard002413037+3.2+0.94.0 RkTeamOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOTal +/-Exp. WinsCARMELO Maurice Harkless00217019-0.9+1.20.3 CARMELO team rating:1635 read more

September 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img Related Items:lime, martin roos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands February 4, 2015: LIME Caribbean has launched another innovative digital software, My LIME Self Care App, which is designed to give customers across the region greater access and more control of their own mobile services. My LIME Self Care App is now available for use in the British Virgin Islands and is currently being rolled across all LIME markets. MY LIME Self Care App can be downloaded on iPhone from the Apple App Store and on Android from the Google Play Store.With MY LIME Self Care App prepaid users can: buy and see add-ons; monitor their data usage to know how much is left on their package; and track the last 24 hours of call and text history that they paid for, including duration, charges, and destination numbers.monitor their data usage as well as, download and pay their bills. The App summarises overages; allows email messages to be sent directly to customer service representatives for extra help, among other uses. This extraordinary value offer is free to LIME customers as there is no charge for data usage while using the LIME Self Care App. “The MY LIME Self Care App places the centre of control where it belongs, in the hands of the customer. We are committed to provide customers with more innovative products that will complement their lifestyle and make them the decision makers,” said Martin Roos, CEO of LIME Caribbean.“LIME is committed to driving customer service excellence, where excellence is defined by the customers themselves, not by the provider. This App gives the consumer the authority and flexibility to manage the services they need and can access from LIME,” the CEO added.With a major network upgrade programme valued at some US$1.05B already underway, LIME continues to invest heavily in the region. LIME has afforded its customers a plethora of value packed data plans, an attractive range of affordable smartphones, revitalized its brand identity, refurbished retail stores and continues to roll out innovations. All this no doubt, has contributed to the growth in its customer base, evidenced by over 100K new subscribers on its network in just 60 days, leading in to the start of the New Year. “This new app is among a suite of new innovations that LIME has in the pipeline for its customers. LIME Self Care ‘wizards’ will be on hand in retail stores to demonstrate the features of the App and help customers to better understand this useful application,” Martin Roos further stated. Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-uplast_img read more