Bendtner drops appeal against jail sentence

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has dropped his appeal against a 50-day jail sentence for assaulting a taxi driver.The move by the 30-year-old makes the judgement final but his current club, Rosenborg, have pledged to stand by him.Bendtner was found guilty of assaulting a taxi driver in Copenhagen in September. The Denmark international admitted the charge but said he had acted in self-defence.In a statement, his Norwegian club said: “Nicklas has regretted the incident and he is taking his sentence.“If we make mistakes, it is important that we take responsibility for our actions.“Nicklas has his employment relationship with Rosenborg FC and the enforceable verdict from Denmark does not change that.”Bendtner began his career at Arsenal and scored 45 goals in 171 games for the Gunners.He also had spells on loan with Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus before joining Wolfsburg in 2014.Bendtner returned to English football with Nottingham Forest in 2016 but did not see out a full season before moving to Rosenborg.His hopes of making the Denmark squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia were ended due to injury.last_img read more

Lovren banned over social media outburst against Spain

first_imgCroatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side’s 3-2 Nations League win in November.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller and Ajax Amsterdam defender Maximilian Woeber will miss both legs of their teams’ respective Champions League round of 16 ties after being banned for two European games following red cards last month.Mueller will sit out the tie against Liverpool and Woeber misses his side’s clash with Real Madrid.Lovren posted a video on Instagram where he appeared to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15.He also told reporters after the match that Spain were “rude on the pitch” and bad losers.UEFA said that Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary rules which penalises anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rule s of decent conduct.”He was suspended from Croatia’s next UEFA competition match, which is the Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Azerbaijan in March.Despite the win, Croatia finished bottom of Group A4 after losing their final game to England and were relegated to League B of UEFA’s new competition.Muller was given a straight red card for a high kick on Nicolas Tagliafico during Bayern’s 3-3 draw against Ajax and was banned for two European club matches. Woeber was dismissed in a separate incident of the same match.BATE Borisov’s Sihnevich Mikalai and Villarreal’s Costas Jorda Jaume were also banned for two European matches after being sent off in Europa League games last month.Olympiakos were fined 90,000 euros following crowd trouble in their Europa League match against AC Milan.UEFA sanctioned the Greek side over a pitch invasion, the setting-off of fireworks and blocked stairways during their 3-1 win over Milan on Dec. 13 in Athens.Olympiakos must play their next home match behind closed doors although this was deferred for a “probationary period” of two years.Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso suggested that Olympiakos threw extra balls onto the pitch and mentioned a “strange trumpet noise” although he said it was not an excuse for their defeat.Milan were fined 5,000 euros after their fans also set off fireworks.Paris St Germain and Red Star Belgrade were fined 35,000 euros and 25,000 euros respectively for incidents at their Champions League match on Oct. 3 which the Ligue 1 side won 6-1last_img read more

Poverty

first_imgAccording to the United Nations: worldwide, some 1 billion people live in extreme poverty, and more than 800 million endure hunger and malnutrition. However, since 1990, extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half. This is seen as a remarkable achievement, and all stakeholders, especially governments, are expected to continue making the policy necessary interventions and allocate the needed resources to further bridge the gap between the rich and poor.Beyond income alone, what matters to people is whether they are able to realise their aspirations for themselves and their families. This means having food security; access to basic services, such as healthcare, transportation and education; and living in peaceful, stable societies.In Guyana, too many citizens are still considered living below the poverty line and being unable to access opportunities that would allow them to lead better lives. We are well aware that Guyana is not a poor country in terms of natural resources. This country possesses bountiful natural resources, but in spite of this, the country remains underdeveloped and mired in poverty. It is plagued by poor infrastructure, which in itself is an impediment to development.Also, there is a wide disparity in development and in household income between the hinterland and the coastland regions, and between urban and rural areas. Urban areas are more developed, and have much higher household incomes. Efforts must therefore be made to reduce this gap if the nation is to become more equal in terms of urban versus rural areas and/or hinterland versus coastal regions.President David Granger had said before that Guyana has enough resources to banish poverty forever. However, the nation is still waiting to see what concrete plans and programmes will be put in place to address poverty and create “the good life” that was promised on the campaign trail over three years ago. With the oil and gas sector set to take off, it is hoped that the benefits would be trickled down to help develop and provide more opportunities for the poorer sections of the community, which would eventually lift them out of poverty.Most would agree that what we have seen so far coming from the Government since it took political power in 2015 is not very encouraging. Rather than creating more employment opportunities for citizens and providing businesses with the incentives to expand etc, the Government has made certain policy decisions that saw hundreds of sugar workers jobless and forced into poverty. It could be recalled that in spite of the mounting calls for the APNU/AFC Administration to reconsider its decision to downscale the sugar industry via closure of sugar estates, the Government went ahead with its decision to close.While alternative mechanisms were touted to cushion the social and economic impacts on communities, nothing substantial has been earmarked that would stem the swelling of unemployment occasioned by the closure of these estates. Certainly, the estates are a major source of sustenance for thousands, and their closure is being felt deeply and far and wide. Workers and their families are fearful that their communities would be destroyed, families broken up, and there will be increased incidents of crime and other social problems.The Government must come up with plans to improve education and expand the country’s economy to create more economic opportunities, especially for those several thousands of young persons who have spent years equipping themselves with the necessary skills to function in the world of work.Having said that, it is not the role of the Government alone to work towards reducing poverty; the private sector also has a crucial role to play in this regard. Businesses can create decent, sustainable jobs, foster economic activity through their supply chains, and contribute tax revenues for basic services and infrastructure.Building a sustainable future requires governments and other stakeholders to intensify efforts towards eradicating extreme poverty, and ensuring that everyone has equal access to opportunities that would allow them to live full and productive lives. In this regard, the full participation of the poor in decision making on issues that impact their lives and communities must be at the centre of governmental policies and strategies to help build a sustainable future.last_img read more

Int’l best practices to evolve sector being identified – GGDMA

first_imgSmall, medium-scale miningIn an effort to help small- and medium-scale mining operators manage their businesses in a more efficient and effective manner, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is seeking ways to introduce best international practices which can evolve the industry.Mining in Guyana can be grouped into three broad stages – prospecting, production and closure/remediation, and focusing on development within each stage can potentially improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mining operations and, therefore, increase productivity and profitability.But the GGDMA recognises that it is the norm for many miners to neglect the first and last stage of mining and focus on the production or second stage.Hence, it noted that without proper prospecting, most miners normally operate on a ‘hit and miss system’ as they often proceed to mine in a haphazard manner, which would then lead to financial ruination very quickly.The GGDMA explained that conducting some amount of basic geological exploration could help to greatly improve prospects for a positive outcome.The Association also recommended that miners upgrade from using sluice boxes in their operations.“Almost all small- and medium-scale miners in Guyana use a sluice box as their sole recovery equipment. A sluice can only recover gold which is free or not bonded to other minerals “(Free gold)’. Additionally, the recovery is very poor; sluice boxes recover about 40 per cent of the gravity recoverable gold; hence, 60 per cent of the gold mined is lost in the tailing produced,” the GGDMA noted.The Association said there were a number of technologies that have much higher gold recoveries.“Centrifugal separators such as Falcons and Knelsons and/or pulsating jigs for example are seen as the next technological step for the small- and medium-scale miner.“This equipment can replace or be incorporated with the sluice box; however, as mentioned before, the applicability of equipment should be determined based upon the nature of the gold ore and the physical nature (shape and grain size distribution)  of the gold itself,” the body stated.For a green economy, the GGDMA said, the application of more efficient recovery technology is the way forward for the final stage of mining.Currently, a major obstacle in remediation is that with the current recovery technique used 60 per cent of the gold remains within the tailings. Therefore, the potential to rework old mined lands with newer, more efficient recovery technologies is imminent. The GGDMA said remediation was, therefore, primarily tied to improving mineral processing and recovery techniques and maximum utilisation of the resource.“After which, once an area has been mined out, there should be a central land use plan developed based upon the land owners or land use objectives,” the Association added.It said it saw its role as being critical to the development of small- and medium-scale miners in Guyana and announced that it was currently reviewing several position statements for adaptation.“These statements constitute the core principles for mining companies and national mining associations which are members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). In previous correspondence with the ICMM, the GGDMA noted that the mining industry of Guyana could acquire strong support in applying sustainable development principles to mining,” the mining body said.The GGDMA further said it also committed to supporting decisions made on the basis of valid data and sound science, key tenets of the ICMM.“The GGDMA recognises that the small- and medium-scale mining industry must evolve and adapt in response to changing circumstances,” it noted.As a result, the GGDMA said it has been purposely engaged in a number of initiatives, in response to rising challenges for the benefit of its members and to civil society, and at large for the stakeholders in the small- and medium-scale mining industry in Guyana.These initiatives include identifying global best practices in mineral exploration, mineral processing with special emphasis on improved mercury, free gold recovery, technologies and techniques, and remediation of mined-out lands. Best practices are sought based on what is appropriate, adaptable and most cost-effective for the geographical and geological environments in which our small- and medium-scale miners operate in Guyana.In this effort, the GGDMA had and still have collaborative partnership arrangements with international agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); World Wildlife Fund  (WWF)  Guianas; Conservation International (CI) and through CI, arrangements with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF).The Association has undertaken the task of investigating and identifying global best practices, which would be applicable to Guyana, in partnership with local and international agencies.In this context, applicability will be determined via pilot facility where the identified best practices can be first applied, tested and proven, and then be used to demonstrate and to teach Guyanese miners.last_img read more

B.C. residents will continue to receive bus services

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Greyhound ending its bus services on October 31, British Columbians will still be able to travel through most of the province.In a statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, it says that 83 percent of Greyhound’s routes will be covered by other private operators by the end of this year.The ministry states, “British Columbians will still be able to travel safely, affordably and reliably through most of the province”.- Advertisement -Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, says she will continue to work with communities and the private sector to find solutions for the 17 percent of routes that will be without service.“For so many British Columbians, reliable bus service is critical for work, family life, health care and so much more. I’m pleased that private bus operators have stepped up and worked with us to make sure British Columbians will continue to travel around our province safely and affordably”, said Trevena.The B.C. government launched BC Bus North earlier this year to cover the majority of northern routes that Greyhound eliminated. The cost is $35 to $45 per trip, with two round-trips per week between Prince Rupert and Prince George, Prince George and Valemount, and Prince George to Dawson Creek/Fort St. John and one round-trip per week from Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek/Fort St. John.Advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Man United stars showcase their basketball skills

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Barcelona beat Chelsea and Manchester United to signing of top La Liga playmaker

first_img New Barcelona signing Arda Turan Barcelona have confirmed the signing of playmaker Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid.The 28-year-old midfielder was reportedly the target of Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea, but the Catalan club landed their man in a €34million [£24.1million] deal, tying the Turkey captain down to a five-year contract.A statement published on Barca’s official website confirmed the agreement between the clubs, although the former Galatasaray player will not be able to play an official game for the treble winners until January 2016, due to a transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaching rules over the signings of under-age players.That ban has not stopped the Spanish giants, who won the Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League last season, from recruiting Spanish winger Aleix Vidal on a permanent transfer from Sevilla last month.Arda’s arrival will strengthen Barca’s midfield following the departure of veteran captain Xavi, who has joined Qatari club Al Sadd after 24 years with the Catalan giants.Arda may not have quite as much experience as the 35-year-old Catalan hero, but he was certainly a successful signing at the Vicente Calderon.He joined Atletico from Turkish champions Galatasaray in 2011 and went on to make 127 appearances for Atleti, winning the Europa League in his first season before clinching the Copa del Rey in 2012-13.The following season saw Arda score three goals and set up four more in 30 league appearances as Atletico won their first Spanish league title in 18 years. 1last_img read more

LETTERKENNY GETS BASHING IN TOURIST GUIDE BOOK

first_imgLETTERKENNY Mayor Gerry McMonagle had described as ‘confused’ a tourist book guide to the town which describes it as both “buzzing” and “soulless.”While many other areas of Co Donegal gets the thumbs up from the latest ‘Lonely Planet’ guide to Ireland, the biggest town is lambasted…and praised.Says the guide: “Ruined by the excesses of the Celtic Tiger era, Letterkenny is a market town run amok. Mindless development has resulted in numerous faceless retail parks lining the roads, traffic problems and a complete lack of soul. “However, as Donegal’s largest town, it’s buzzing with students and young professionals, and there’s a good choice of restaurants and accommodation.”Mayor McMonagle however said the review “doesn’t add up.”He told us: “There’s many a town in Ireland that would love to have traffic problems!.”He went on: “We except there are issues with planning and traffic and we are doing our best to resolve both but this guide can’t say the town is both soulless and buzzing. It doesn’t make sense. “We know tens of thousands of people come to the town every year and thoroughly enjoy everything our historic town has to offer.”Meanwhile many other areas in the county are recommended once again including Malin Head, Slieve League and Dunfanaghy getting the seal of approval.There’s also praise for Glencolmcille, Ardara and many other towns.It seems our Lonely Planeters had a bad day in traffic in Letterkenny – just like last year (and the year before that).The book’s publishers said its writers spent six months compiling the latest edition. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comLETTERKENNY GETS BASHING IN TOURIST GUIDE BOOK was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEletterkennylonely planet guide 2012last_img read more

Antoine Griezmann gives Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United hope of deal

first_img1 Antoine Griezmann in action for Atletico Madrid Antoine Griezmann has put Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert by revealing he would be open to moving to the Premier League.The Atletico Madrid ace is regarded as one of the most dangerous forwards in world football having bagged 32 goals last season.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are unsurprisingly all big fans of the 25-year-old and now they have been given hope of one day signing him.“I cannot go to Real [Madrid], there is a pact between the two clubs that prohibits a transfer,” Griezmann told Telefoot.“At Barca, there is no pact but their front three are indispensable. PSG? It is an interesting possibility but Ligue 1 does not interest me for now.“I would prefer to stay in La Liga or go to the Premier League.”last_img read more

State budget deal reached

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The budget hands Republicans a victory by eliminating plans to pay for health care coverage for children of illegal immigrants, but Democrats largely win in deciding how to carve up billions in unexpected revenue. More state dollars would go to foster care, child care and reducing tuition at community colleges, and $250 million is earmarked for overdue maintenance at state parks. The budget came together more quickly in the Legislature than in recent years thanks largely to a tax windfall of $7.5 billion. The unexpected revenue from stock gains, real-estate prices and rising business profits allowed Schwarzenegger in May to propose spending more than the state will take in next year, continuing the state’s so-called structural deficit. Schwarzenegger proposed using the additional money to increase funding for education, pay down debt and store money for reserves. The legislature’s budget largely fulfills those goals, said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the governor’s finance department. It also does not raise taxes. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez said more Californians would benefit under the deal struck by legislative leaders than under the governor’s plan. “This is not just a fiscally responsible budget but a morally responsible budget,” Nunez said, outlining how the budget also would boost funding for welfare mothers and students striving to learn English. The budget would also better distribute education dollars and give local school districts more control over classroom priorities, he said. An on-time budget was not always certain. Negotiations slowed in recent weeks after Republicans objected to a Democratic plan to include money for health care coverage for the children of illegal immigrants. Assembly Democrats had proposed expanding a health care program to children of parents who make up to 300percent above the federal poverty line. The current cutoff is 250 percent under a program known as Healthy Families. Democrats wanted the program expanded by 2008. State officials estimated the expansion would cost taxpayers more than $300 million annually by then, mostly to cover the children of illegal immigrants. Republicans opposed both that plan and a more modest one by Schwarzenegger to reimburse counties $23 million for 87,000 children they now cover, including illegal immigrants. Democrats abandoned their plan for the broad health care expansion last week. According to a copy of the budget agreement, Schwarzenegger’s plan also was cut. Democrats say they will attempt to pass a bill when the Legislature reconvenes in August to expand children’s health care. Schwarzenegger has said he does not approve of the expansion and would likely veto it, but a November ballot initiative that would increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $2.60 might do the same thing. The proposition would raise an estimated $371 million annually for children’s health insurance. According to the budget document, Republicans also won funding increases for public safety and a new formula for more equitably distributing education dollars to schools. The overall spending plan is expected to be about 12 percent higher than in the current fiscal year, reflecting the state’s rebounding economy. Spending from the general fund will grow to $101.3 billion, with the rest of the spending going to special funds or bond payments. Spending on education, the largest slice of the budget, will increase from $50 billion this year to more than $55 billion next year, under a deal Schwarzenegger struck last month that also ended a two-year feud with the state’s largest teachers union. The California Teachers Association has been critical of Schwarzenegger, saying he had backed out of a deal struck shortly after he took office in 2003 to repay schools billions of dollars they were owed. State Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides said the governor’s funding increase this year for schools was insincere. If Schwarzenegger is re-elected, “he will cut schools, he will raise tuition fees, he will cut health care for kids,” Angelides said during a news conference at the Capitol. “It’s what he did the last time he was in a pinch.” Angelides also criticized the budget’s operating deficit, which would be about $3.3 billion next fiscal year under the plan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers on Monday said they had reached a deal over a roughly $131 billion state budget that substantially increases funding for classrooms and roads and spends billions of a tax windfall to pay down state debt. While the budget still requires a two-thirds vote in the Legislature, leaders of both parties promised to bring the spending plan to a vote tonight and send it to the governor this week. That would give California its first on-time budget in six years. Signing the budget before the start of the fiscal year that begins Saturday also would clear Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last major governing hurdle before the November election. “In an election year when normally nothing is ever done, we got this done, so this is really great,” he said during a meeting with the top legislative leaders of both parties. last_img read more