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Wall criticizes attempt to link carbon policy with provincial transfer payments

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says any attempt by Ottawa to link transfer money with a province’s carbon tax policy would be a serious attack on federal-provincial relations.Wall says memos obtained by the online publication Blacklock’s Reporter show the federal government intends to tie a province’s stance on carbon tax to equalization renegotiations.In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wall says that would violate the principles of fiscal federalism and he calls the threat unacceptable.“I’m also asking him … to release the unredacted version of these internal memos so all the provinces know what we’re dealing with here,” Wall said Monday at the legislature.“I think this is very serious. If the federal government is now saying, ‘Look, if you don’t support us here, you won’t get any of this money,’ to which all provinces are entitled to on a formula, well that’s less like how to run a federation and more like how you run a crime family.”Equalization is a federal program that transfers money to poorer provinces so they can offer government services at similar levels across the country.Wall argues Saskatchewan’s resource-based economy has contributed more than $5 billion to equalization over the last decade, while receiving nothing in payments.Saskatchewan officials are contacting the federal government to find out what’s being considered, he said.“First of all, the fact that it would be mused about even is a concern to me, that there’s someone in the Department of Finance — and I have to think it wouldn’t be without license from someone very senior — who’s thinking about, well, should equalization payments be tied to some province’s support of a specific federal Liberal policy,” said Wall.“That kind of discussion shouldn’t even be happening, never mind in the senior levels at the Department of Finance.”He said he’s also concerned about other transfer payments including for health, education and infrastructure funding.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office tried to ease Wall’s concerns in a statement on Monday.“The issue of pricing carbon pollution is unrelated to the federal government’s continual engagement with the provinces on the topic of equalization. Linking the two is not a conversation we are having with the provinces,” she said in the email.Wall said he’s pleased to hear McKenna’s assurances, but her comments don’t address other types of federal payments, such as infrastructure funding.Trudeau has said all provinces must set up a cap-and-trade system or impose a price on carbon of at least $10 per tonne starting next year, which would increase to $50 by 2022, or Ottawa will do it for them.Eleven provinces and territories agreed to the carbon price plan in December when they signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.Saskatchewan and Manitoba did not.McKenna told The Canadian Press last week that negotiations with the two provinces have continued.Wall said Saskatchewan will continue to oppose any attempt by the federal government to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan.“Meet us in court,” said Wall.“My point to the federal government is, if they think they have the constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax on one or a couple of provinces, then go ahead, bring it forward and we will take this to court. We’re reasonably optimistic about our chances and if they are too, that should be their final vindication.”last_img read more

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Two young brothers suffer serious injuries in Montreal dog attack

first_imgMONTREAL – Two young brothers were seriously injured on Sunday when they were bitten by a dog in Montreal.Police say the boys’ family had agreed to look after the dog, which belonged to an acquaintance, in their apartment in the city’s Montreal-North neighbourhood.But in the family’s apartment Sunday morning, the animal attacked a four-year-old child, leaving him with severe head injuries.The family did not contact police at that time, instead locking the animal in the apartment. Police spokesman Manuel Couture says the child was taken to hospital by relatives.Later that day, the dog managed to escape the apartment and attacked the boy’s seven-year-old brother on the street, seriously injuring his arm.Police say several people called 911, and one citizen intervened in the attack on Saint-Michel Boulevard.Officers attended the scene and managed to corral the animal, which is now in the hands of a specialized agency run by the city.The boy with the arm injury was also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There’s no word on the condition of the other child.last_img read more

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KIM CATTRALL SAYS SHE LOST TV GIG OVER LACK OF SEX APPEAL

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Kim Cattrall was once cut from a TV pilot because she lacked “sex appeal.”The British-born star of the Sex and the City franchise shared the irony of her previous career setback via Twitter on Thursday, as she took part in the “#ShareYourRejections” trending topic online, as writers and other media personalities were encouraged to reveal their rocky paths to success.“Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal,” she told fans.Got replaced in a TV pilot by a major TV network boss because he said I had no Sex Appeal.— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) August 16, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Cattrall, who turns 62 next week, didn’t name the show or the TV bigwig who dropped her from the job, but she is now famed for portraying sex-obsessed publicist Samantha Jones in the screen adaptations of Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name.last_img read more

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World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion

first_imgWashington DC: A World Bank arbitration panel ruled on Friday that Venezuela must pay US oil giant Conoco Phillips more than 8 billion as compensation for a decade-old expropriation dispute, roughly the same amount as the South American country’s foreign currency reserves. The bank’s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 that the 2007 expropriation of Conoco Phillips investments in two heavy crude oil projects violated international law. “We welcome the ICSID tribunal’s decision, which upholds the principle that governments cannot unlawfully expropriate private investments without paying compensation,” said Kelly B. Rose, senior vice president, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, which represented Venezuela before the panel, did not immediately respond a request for comment. Collecting the money may be difficult as the Venezuelan economy has shrunk more than half since 2013 and sanctions by the Trump administration barring U.S investors from lending money to the government complicate President Nicolas Maduro maneuvering. Venezuela faces around 20 arbitration cases at the World Bank, more than any other country in the world, with potential losses stretching into the billions. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Venezuelan government and its state-owned entities currently owe around 150 billion to creditors around the world, while the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to just 8 billion. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as President Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage. Even by the standards of crisis-weary Venezuelans, the blackout — which began late Thursday — was one of the longest and most widespread in memory, heightening tensions in Maduro’s power struggle with his US-backed rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro made the decision to shut down offices and schools “in order to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted. Power supply was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as the country slowly began to emerge from the 24-hour blackout. Electricity supply was also being resumed in areas of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country’s international airport and main port. Other areas like the western states of Zulia, Tachira and Barinas — where lengthy outages are common — were still without power. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, patrolling the west of the capital Caracas in an open-topped military jeep, said “everything is calm throughout national territory” as electricity workers tried to restore the electricity. The outage had left most of the country in chaos, crippling day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other public services, according to local press reports. Witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities. Marielsi Aray, a patient at the University Hospital in Caracas, died after her respirator stopped working. “The doctors tried to help her by pumping manually, they did everything they could, but with no electricity, what where they to do?” asked Jose Lugo, her distraught uncle. Generators at the JM de Rios children’s hospital in downtown Caracas failed to kick-in when the blackout hit, said Gilbert Altuvez, whose eight-year old boy is among the patients. “The night was terrible. Without light. Total madness,” he said. Emilse Arellano said urgent dialysis for her child had to be cancelled Friday, after a night where staff worked in the light of cellphones. “The children were very scared.” The putrid odor of rotting flesh hung around the entrance to Caracas’ main Bello Monte morgue on Friday where refrigerators had stopped working and worried relatives gathered outside, waiting to be allowed to bury their dead.last_img read more

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Value of building permits issued fell in March StatsCan

Construction workers build a new home in Oakville, Ont., on April 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Value of building permits issued fell in March: StatsCan by The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 6:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says municipalities issued $6 billion worth of building permits in March, down 3.0 per cent from February.The agency says the decline followed an 11.3 per cent decrease the previous month.It says lower construction intentions in the non-residential sector in six provinces, led by Ontario, more than offset a gain in the residential sector.The value of permits in the non-residential sector fell 8.8 per cent to $2.3 billion in March, the lowest level since January 2013.In the residential sector, the value of permits rose 1.0 per cent to $3.7 billion, following a 20.8 per cent decrease in February.The total value of permits was down in five provinces in March, with Ontario posting the largest decline, followed by Quebec and New Brunswick. read more

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UN experts urge El Salvador to reconsider abortion legislation citing ruling against

“It is high time to reconsider the serious consequences on women’s rights of the abortion legislation and practice in El Salvador, and to afford the legal protection that all women in the country deserve,” said the experts in a news release. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to deny a woman, known only as “Beatriz” to protect her privacy, the right to undergo an abortion, even though the pregnancy was threatening her life and her baby had been deemed unlikely to survive. Instead, Beatriz underwent a Caesarian section yesterday, but her baby died shortly after birth due to the brain condition that had been identified as fatal.“This Court ruling exposed the physical and mental health of Beatriz to serious risk, which could eventually threaten her life,” said the UN experts on right to health, torture, and discrimination and violence against women, Anand Grover, Juan E. Méndez, Kamala Chandrakirana and Rashida Manjoo. However, they welcomed the decision made by high-level public officials, including the Minister of Health, which allowed an alternative procedure to be carried out; and expressed their hope that medical professionals who provided the required treatment will not be sanctioned.Beatriz, 22, is still in urgent need for medical intervention, and the experts underlined that her condition could lead to irreparable damage to her life and physical and mental integrity.“The court’s decision is in clear contravention of El Salvador’s human rights obligations, including article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which recognizes the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” they warned, “and article 12 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women to which El Salvador is party.” The experts highlighted that having obliged Beatriz to continue with the pregnancy could amount to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. “An absolute ban on abortion, when the result is serious risk to the life and health of the woman, constitutes a violation of the State’s obligation to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” they said. read more

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Armed conflict destroys hope of education for millions of worlds children –

Classrooms, teachers and pupils will continue to be seen as legitimate targets unless there is tougher action against human rights violations, an overhaul of global aid priorities and strengthened rights for displaced people, a new report by the United Nations educational agency warns, urging action on behalf of 28 million children out of school in the world’s conflict zones. A new paper launched today by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows that half of the 57 million children out of school live in conflict-affected countries and that urgent action is required on several key fronts to address their needs. Globally, the number of children out of school has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. However, the report underscores that the benefits of this slow progress have not reached children in conflict-affected countries; they now make up 50 per cent of children who are denied an education, up from 42 per cent in 2008. More than half of those struggling to get an education in conflict-affected countries are women and girls. The paper is being released in partnership with Save the Children to mark the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights activist shot by the Taliban in October 2012. The day has is being commemorated as “Malada Day,” and, in her first major public appearance since the incident, Ms. Yousafzai is set to address the UN General Assembly in New York as keynote speaker of the world body’s Youth Assembly. The paper, Children battling to go to school, shows that 44 per cent of the of the 28.5 million children affected live in sub-Saharan Africa, 19 per cent in South and West Asia and 14 per cent in the Arab States. The vast majority – 95 per cent – live in low and lower-middle income countries. Girls, who make up 55 per cent of the total, are the worst affected, as they are often victims of rape and other sexual violence that accompanies armed conflicts. “Education seldom figures in assessments of the damage inflicted by conflict,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “International attention and the media invariably focus on the most immediate images of humanitarian suffering, not on the hidden costs and lasting legacies of violence. Yet nowhere are these costs more evident than in education.” The UNESCO chief said that across many of the world’s poorest countries, armed conflict continues to destroy not just school infrastructure, but also “the hopes and ambitions of a whole generation of children.” While the 2011 Global Monitoring Report exposed the hidden crisis of education in war zones, two years later, the new paper declares: “The crisis of education in conflict is no longer hidden: there is no excuse for not helping to bring it to an end.” The 2013 paper also shows that the share of humanitarian aid for education has declined from 2 per cent in 2009 to just 1.4 per cent in 2011. Not only does it receive a small share overall, but it also receives the smallest proportion of the amount requested from humanitarian aid of any sector: in 2010, of the modest amount requested for education in humanitarian crises, just over a quarter was actually received, leaving a funding gap of around $220 million. “The decline in humanitarian aid for education is especially bad news because funds are needed more than ever,” said Pauline Rose, Director of the Education For All Global Monitoring Report. “There are more refugees now than there have been since 1994; children make up half of those who have been forcibly displaced. Nowhere is this more painfully visible than in Syria today,” she said, adding that those girls and boys “face a disruption of their learning process at a critical time – and the risk of a lifetime of disadvantage as a result.” The UNESCO panel compiled testimonies from a few young boys and girls to vividly illustrate this point, including a 16-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon who has been unable to graduate because of the war raging in his home country. Aware that schools are being targeted and children are being killed on their way home from their classes, he says in the report: “Now students do not go to school because when they did, there were shells… this war stopped me from graduating and now my future is destroyed.” read more

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UN to enforce zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse senior

Edmond Mulet, briefing Member States on behalf of the Secretary-General, said that since last June, reports of sexual exploitation and abuse have continued to come to light in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in other countries.On 24 March, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) informed the Secretariat and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) that it had received reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN and non-UN troops.These acts are alleged to have been committed between 2013 and 2015 in Kemo prefecture. The information available so far indicates that there are more than 100 victims who have made allegations against both UN and non-UN forces.“Tragically, the vast majority of the victims are children,” he said, adding, however, that “at this stage, these remain reports,” which must be verified and investigated swiftly and professionally.“The Member States have been advised that if there is credible evidence to support the reports, their number would constitute widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse,” he said, noting that this would trigger a decision by the Secretary-General, under UN Security Council resolution 2272 (2016), to repatriate the units in question.In addition, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) reported 11 alleged acts of sexual exploitation and abuse, all of which involve paternity claims. The concerned troop contributing country has been formally notified of the reports and asked to take immediate steps to investigate.As information becomes available, the Secretary-General will consider whether these circumstances should trigger any of the measures called for in resolution 2272, he noted.“This is a global issue. It is not confined to any one region, mission or nation,” he said. “The United Nations must lead by example in confronting this criminal conduct, supporting victims and ensuring that blue helmets remain a beacon of hope for the people we serve.”He went on to recall the various measures taken recently by the United Nations, including the Secretary General, to fight against this “scourge” that undermines the work of the Organization, and its beneficiaries, betrays the values and principles that the UN purports to advance, and tarnishes the credibility of UN peacekeeping operations and the United Nations as a whole.“The United Nations is unwavering in its commitment to working in partnership with Member States to ensure that we take care of the victims, and ensure zero impunity. We are convinced that only determined collective action will bring results,” he concluded. read more

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Mens Hockey No 7 Ohio State loses to No 5 Notre Dame

Ohio State then-freshman goaltender Tommy Nappier covers up a puck during Ohio State’s 4-0 win against Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team split its Big Ten opener with No. 5 Notre Dame after dropping the second game of the road series 2-1.Ohio State (4-3-1, 1-1) shutout Notre Dame (4-3-1, 1-1) in the first game of the series 1-0 and led or tied most of the game Saturday night before a late goal by the Fighting Irish sealed the 2-1 victory for Notre Dame.After a scoreless first period featuring 13 shots by each team, senior forward Mason Jobst tallied the first goal of the game in the second period with assists by junior forward Carson Meyer and senior forward Freddy Gerard.The Fighting Irish quickly tied it up minutes later with an even-strength goal by sophomore forward Colin Theisen.A scoring drought took place for the rest of the second period and well into the third before Notre Dame senior forward Joe Wegwerth scored the eventual game-winning goal with just under seven minutes remaining.Ohio State didn’t convert on either of its two power play attempts of the night but killed every penalty they gave Notre Dame, an improvement on the previously lackluster special teams that plagued the Buckeyes through the first part of their season.The Buckeyes tried to tie the game with what time they had left, bringing sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier out of the net with around a minute remaining, but their comeback effort fell short.Nappier allowed two goals and saved 36 shots in his fourth start in the net this season.The Buckeyes will stay on the road next weekend against Colgate, with the puck dropping on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. read more

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UK weather Weeks worth of rain to fall on Monday as wet

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Up to a week’s worth of rain is expected to hit parts of Britain on Monday as a wet weather front moves in from the Atlantic.Forecasters warned of torrential downpours and winds of up to 60mph that could cause difficult driving conditions.The west, Wales and the North West through to the South West are among the areas that will see the wettest weather.The Met Office said Monday could see up to 20mm of rain and gusts of around 50mph, particularly in the west, or up to 60mph in Scotland, thanks to weather moving in from the Atlantic.Forecaster Emma Sillitoe said: “It will be heavy rainfall for the day and it will affect most of the country as the rain will be moving slowly eastwards.”She said 15 to 20mm of rainfall is expected on Monday, while the long term local average is about 100mm for February. Surf-spotters brave the rain to photograph huge waves battering Chesil Beach, DorsetCredit:Stuart Fretwell/REX/Shutterstoc​k Wales could get gusts of 45mph to 50mph while the Scottish coast could see winds of 55mph to 60mph.It can be traced back to weather moving in from the Atlantic that will be a “quite a slow moving” system.The rain is set to move away by Tuesday, but it will linger around the east coast and the winds will not be as strong.UK weather forecast: Monday, February 6Forecaster Mark Wilson described the weekend’s weather as a “north-south split” and that temperatures had started to fall again.Monday night could see snow for upland parts of Scotland and the tops of the Pennines. Rain is expected to become more confined to Scotland and northern and eastern parts of England later, leaving clear spells and a few showers elsewhere. The Meteogroup said Tuesday will bring a mixture of sunshine and showers, which are likely to be heaviest and most frequent across south-west Britain – potentially producing hail and the odd rumble of thunder.It said the rest of the week will be largely cloudy, grey and chilly across eastern areas with some patchy rain and hill snow, but with brighter skies across the west.center_img Surf-spotters brave the rain to photograph huge waves battering Chesil Beach, Dorset Pedestrians shelter from the rain on Westminster Bridge, LondonCredit:Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock Pedestrians shelter from the rain on Westminster Bridge, Londonlast_img read more

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Police forces baseball caps make officers look like they work at Burger

A police force is to swap its traditional helmets for baseball caps amid hopes the change of headgear could see officers become more approachable to young people.Gloucestershire Constabulary told Gloucestershire Live that unisex “bump” caps are being rolled out across the force over the coming weeks to offer officers more protection.But the caps have met with a mixed reaction within Gloucestershire and in other parts of the country some forces have tried and rejected them because they proved unpopular with the public.Last November Northamptonshire stopped using them because they did not “portray the right image” and Thames Valley also halted a roll-out after members of the public said it made police look like they were working for Burger King.Senior officers in Gloucestershire are phasing in the hats which are said to be lightweight but sturdy, and allow officers to clamber in and out of vehicles without removing them.Police officers in the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean are among the first to take delivery of the headgear but eventually all frontline staff will wear them.Sergeant Mark Burns was happy to don his cap which arrived on Monday and said he is already used to wearing the reinforced baseball-style headgear on searches and similar duties. “The bump helmets are far more practical,” he said.“They don’t fall off and they offer more protection.”The officer said the spin-off benefit is that it made the police more approachable for young people.He admitted not all his colleagues approved of the changes but officers could not opt out because it is important to maintain a distinct corporate image.“There has been a bit of a mixed response because a lot of people like the traditional old custodian helmets,” he said.Mike Harrison of the Gloucestershire Police Federation said the body had not received any complaints from members in Gloucestershire who did not want to wear the new headgear.“There was a lot of debate initially and we did a trial period, but the feedback was very positive because they are more practical,” he added.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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ASOBAL Round 6 Markussen and Lazarov lead Atletico past Puerto Sagunto

← Previous Story Mirza Dzomba leaves the “Zamet” project Next Story → Women’s Champions League begins this weekend, Buducnost defending champion Atletico Madrid won a narrowly against Puerto Sagunto, and they can thank mostly Markussen and Kiril Lazarov for that, who scored the most for the team, six and five respectively. Nobody could predict it could be hard trip, but the only 15:14 for Atletico at halftime announced that, and in the end it was only 31:29 victory for the Madrid side.Ademar Leon were defeated for the first team, at the hands of Morrazo Cangas, a 28:29 defeat. Barcelona seems pretty much unstoppable now, and have won against Villa de Aranda witt 31:19. ademarAdemar Leonatleticoatletico madridBarcelonalazarovLeonmarkussenmorrazo-cangaspuerto saguntosaguntovilla de aranda read more

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Abortion committee meets for the first time and elects Senator Catherine Noone

first_img Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 3:15 PM By Christina Finn FINE GAEL SENATOR Catherine Noone has been elected as the chairperson of the Oireachtas abortion committee.The 21-person committee met for the first time today, in private.Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer had been tipped for the position, but it’s understood that Noone was unopposed in her candidacy.“It’s a great honour and privilege to have been elected chair of the committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues from across the political spectrum to ensure the Committee fulfils its remit,” said Noone.The special committee is tasked with proposing changes to Ireland’s legislation surrounding abortion (namely, the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution which gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn) following on from the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations.The Assembly, made up of 99 citizens, met over a number of weekends to hear submissions from experts on both the pro-life and pro-choice persuasions.After a number of weeks, it recommended that the Oireachtas should legislate for abortion and allow abortion without restriction in Ireland.ReferendumTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has stated that a referendum on the issues will be held next year.When re-appointing Simon Harris to the role of Health Minister last week, Varadkar said the minister would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the amendment.The committee will now examine how to proceed, with members scheduled to meet again in two weeks once the report of the Citizen’s Assembly has been received.The committee is not expected to hold public sessions until September, and must deliver its conclusions and recommendations to both Houses of the Oireachtas within three months of its first public meeting.The members of the Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution include: Jun 21st 2017, 3:15 PM Share17 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3456208 FIne Gael Senator Catherine Noone Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland James Browne (Fianna Fáil)Lisa Chambers (Fianna Fáil)Ruth Coppinger (Solidarity-People Before Profit)Clare Daly (Independents 4 Change)Bernard Durkan (Fine Gael)Peter Fitzpatrick (Fine Gael)Billy Kelleher (Fianna Fáil)Mattie McGrath (Rural Independents Group)Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats)Hildegarde Naughton (Fine Gael)Jonathan O’Brien (Sinn Féin)Kate O’Connell (Fine Gael)Louise O’Reilly (Sinn Féin)Jan O’Sullivan (Labour)Anne Rabbitte (Fianna Fáil)Jerry Buttimer (Fine Gael)Paul Gavan (Sinn Féin)Ronan Mullen (Independent)Catherine Noone (Fine Gael)Ned O’Sullivan (Fianna Fáil)Lynn Ruane (Independent) Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Irelandcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL FIne Gael Senator Catherine Noone Abortion committee meets for the first time and elects Senator Catherine Noone as chairperson The Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution met in private today. Varadkar says he will not rescind Donald Trump’s invitation to visit Ireland> 11,380 Views 46 Comments last_img read more

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The Brazilian icon and the bizarre longrunning myth of his failed football

first_img By Eoin O’Callaghan Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/4082766 The Brazilian icon and the bizarre, long-running myth of his failed football career in Ireland Socrates never did play for UCD or Shelbourne and he never tasted Sigerson Cup action either. So, where did the stories come from? The cult World Cup teams we loved: Brazil 1982‘You can’t be chasing shadows’: Eoin Hand remembers when Ireland faced Brazil – in Brazil Short URL IT’S DIFFICULT TO know just where the tale originated and how it’s lasted quite this long.Even with no proof and the key player in the story having contradicted the accuracy of the claims, it’s still been going for over thirty years.But there’s that scene in 24 Hour Party People where Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) paraphrases from John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.“If it’s a choice between the truth and the legend, print the legend.”In June 1986, Brazil faced Spain in a World Cup group stage clash in Guadalajara. It was a tight affair but settled by a single goal, scored by magical midfielder Socrates.Already an icon thanks to his captain’s role in the magnificent team that captured so many hearts at the same tournament four years earlier, the calibre of his performances also resulted in him spending a season with Serie A side Fiorentina.But, it was that goal against the Spaniards and that particular period of Socrates’ career that seemed to set something off in Ireland.Writing in The Irish Times later that week, soccer correspondent Peter Byrne offered up the following commentary after watching the Brazilian victory in Mexico.“It was difficult to visualise that the great Socrates, scorer of the game’s only goal, was once a member of the Shelbourne club.” Share41 Tweet Email1 22 Comments center_img Image: Manny Millan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Brazilian, then a student at the College of Technology, Kevin Street, played a number of games for the club’s second team, but as Shelbourne’s most romantic fans are apt to recall, he was never quite good enough to make it into the first XI.”And then, like that – just when it was getting good – the inexplicable story of Socrates having played for Shelbourne’s reserves while studying in Dublin disappeared into thin air.There was no follow-up. There was no in-depth colour feature. There was no interview with anyone who remembered the bearded genius gracing either Tolka Park or the south inner city with his presence.And it wasn’t until fourteen years later that the story was picked up again, this time by The Guardian, when a curious reader submitted the following question.Before he became a doctor (and a famous footballer) Brazilian footballer Socrates apparently spent some of his student years in Dublin. My memory is hazy but I think I was told that while there he played for University College Dublin (UCD) in the FAI Cup, or it could have been that he only managed to make the UCD reserve team. Is there any truth to these unlikely stories?”And this is where the yarn spiralled way out of control.In their quest to find out more about such an inexplicable story, The Guardian team reached out to the Football Association of Ireland and heard back from the organisation’s then press officer, the late Brendan McKenna.“Socrates did play for UCD, but it was way, way back, sometime in the 70s,” McKenna told them. Source: David Cannon“He was an attraction at the time, but it was before he played for the Brazilian team. He wouldn’t have played much more than a season.”Seeking to back up the FAI’s official confirmation, The Guardian looked for another source on Socrates’ time in Ireland. But when they spoke to sports journalist Gerry Callan of The Irish Daily Star, they merely received more speculation and nothing definitive.“He (Callan) thinks Socrates did play for UCD, but only for the reserves on Saturdays as the first team played on Sunday and he didn’t want to play then.”In the space of 14 years, Socrates had gone from a Shelbourne reserve who was studying in the College of Technology to a UCD student who missed out on first-team action because he refused to play on the Sabbath.Still, the story had been given legs. The FAI – the leading authority on the country’s domestic game – had confirmed Socrates had indeed played football in Ireland.But, the scarcity of details was an issue.That was rectified in 2002, when another Guardian reader – Paul McDonnell – somehow managed to dig up some very specific information relating to Socrates’ alleged time in the sprawling campus in Clonskeagh.“Socrates only played a couple of games because the UCD coach and manager at the time, Dr Terry O’Neill, insisted that he quit smoking,” McDonnell claimed.“Socrates refused and instead quit the team.”In 2003, UCD finally decided to do some digging of their own. And they found that the tale was true, but for one glaring error. Source: Bob ThomasBefore a game against St. Pat’s, their official match programme went into more detail.Socrates’ much-lauded appearances for UCD never happened. He did arrive in Ireland to study in 1976, however, while with Botafogo. Indeed, he spent two years in Ireland studying medicine, but he was a student in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in town, not in UCD. His love of soccer led him to attend the RCSI’s trials for their Collingwood Cup team. Alas, RCSI weren’t (and still aren’t!) known for their footballing abilities and, after seeing the quality of his potential team-mates, he quickly decided to concentrate on his medicine and gave up any aspirations of a football career in Ireland. Another urban myth which has done the rounds is that he played for Shelbourne – this is similarly not true.”In fact, none of it is true. Sadly, not even the rumours of him having played Sigerson Cup.Well, one thing is accurate. Socrates did study medicine and qualified as a doctor while still playing. But, outside of that, the entire thing is a myth. What’s incredible is that a complete lack of fact had little or no impact on the story gathering momentum.Andrew Downie spent years researching every facet of Socrates’ life and the result of that – the excellent biography Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend – was released last year.“I first came across the story when I was about halfway through my research,” he says.And, at the start, it just seemed to be too ridiculous to even follow up. I’d been through most of his life in Sao Paulo and Ribeirão Preto – his hometown – and seen no mention of it. And then you get this stuff on Twitter and you just think, ‘What? University College what?” And I never went any further in checking it. If it had never appeared in any of the research up to that point, I just knew it was rubbish.”“It’s not unusual for all sorts of rumours and stories to appear around big names and cult figures like Socrates. He’s the kind of guy that people want to be associated with in some kind of way because he’s so appealing and such a cool character.”Apparently, Socrates’ time in Ireland came about because of a residency he was doing in Dublin as part of his degree. Source: Paul Popper/PopperfotoBut, he never left Brazil during that time. In fact, according to Downie, he probably never even left the province.“He studied medicine in Ribeirão Preto and medical students had to do short stays in small towns in the countryside, which probably did look like small towns in Ireland,” he says.“There would’ve been a small clinic with a nurse and doctor and a wee gurney and little more than a stethoscope and a device to measure blood pressure. He did that twice in the wider state of Sao Paulo. Then, once he left football, he devoted himself to medicine again for a few years, trying to bring himself up to date with new practices and new techniques.”So, where did the story come from?Was there any link between Socrates and Ireland at all? Well, he did feature in one game against Eoin Hand’s side just prior to the 1982 World Cup. He scored twice as a brilliant Brazil – also boasting the likes of Zico, Falcao and Careca – thumped seven past a battered and bewildered Irish team in Uberlândia.But that was it.Another minor detail is worth mentioning. In 1973, the UCD soccer team went on a North American tour but never ventured south of the border. Could Socrates’ path have crossed with the team at that point? By that stage, he had already made his debut for Botafogo so it seems very far-fetched. Source: Bob ThomasBut, at least it’s a bit more plausible than him having lived in Ireland. In 2009, when asked by Alex Bellos, author of the seminal Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, Socrates confirmed he’d never even visited.By the time Brazil came to Lansdowne Road and faced Ireland in a friendly in May 1987, Socrates had already stepped away from international football.“He did like to travel and always got lots of offers because of who he was,” Downie says.But whether he went to Ireland, I’m not sure. He got several offers from well-known clubs around the world. There was one from the New York Cosmos at one point. They were going to pay for some sort of medical post-grad but it never got much further beyond that because he wasn’t interested. A team in the Middle East offered him a ton of money and what he said was, ‘Money can’t buy happiness’ but what he meant was, ‘I’m not going where you don’t drink beer’”.“There was talk of him going to Roma and Internazionale before he eventually signed with Fiorentina. There was a rumour he was going to Newcastle too and that rumour actually appeared on the back page of the evening newspaper. The talk was he’d do a residency there or something like that but that was nothing more than a rumour too. A lot of these clubs were offering him big money, a signing-on bonus, a great salary and, as a sideline, willing to allow him study in his spare time or pay for him to do a post-grad. So he did get a few of those offers but none from Ireland.Knowing the Irish, it’s probably someone having a laugh or winding somebody up. Somebody else overhears the story, gets the wrong end of the stick, tells it to someone else and it takes on a life of its own.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Manny Millan Jun 21st 2018, 9:30 PM 38,343 Views Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 9:30 PMlast_img read more

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Conquête spatiale en images deux amateurs projettent denvoyer un homme dans lespace

first_imgConquête spatiale en images : deux amateurs projettent d’envoyer un homme dans l’espaceDanemark – Deux passionnés vont lancer d’ici la mi-septembre une fusée habitable de leur conception. Si le test impliquant un mannequin est concluant, un passager bien vivant devrait décoller à son tour d’ici trois ans pour un bref vol suborbital.1,6 tonne, 9 mètres de haut et seulement 65 centimètres de diamètre. Telles sont les mensurations de Heat-1X (Hybrid Exo Atmospheric Transporter), la fusée construite par deux Danois passionnés d’aéronautique. C’est dire que le passager sera à l’étroit dans la capsule habitable liée à l’engin, baptisée elle Tycho Brahe-1, du nom d’un astronome danois du XVIe siècle. Voyageant debout, il pourra admirer le ciel à travers un dôme transparent jusqu’à 120 km d’altitude, et expérimenter le vol en apesanteur durant cinq minutes, avant d’être à nouveau happé par la gravité et redescendre vers la Terre, des parachutes freinant la descente de l’engin.   Le premier à tenter l’expérience sera, dans les jours qui viennent, un mannequin propulsé “seulement” à 30 km de haut dans la stratosphère, à partir d’une barge positionnée au large d’une île danoise. Il devra endurer une accélération de 3G, moins que les astronautes et les pilotes d’essai, mais en position debout. Si fusée et mannequin résistent à l’épreuve, prévue entre le 30 août et le 17 septembre, un vol habité devrait avoir lieu d’ici trois ans.        À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALes deux concepteurs du projet, Kristian von Bengtson, ex-collaborateur de la Nasa, et Peter Madsen, volontaire pour le premier voyage, espèrent ainsi démontrer que l’espace peut être à la portée d’amateurs motivés et non fortunés, leur aventure n’ayant coûté “que” 41.000  euros, donnés notamment par des passionnés et des sponsors. Découvrez les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/fus%e9e/une-fusee-concue-par-deux-amateurs-pour-envoyer-un-homme-dans-l-039-espace_art8976.htmlLe 1 septembre 2010 à 13:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Thunderbolt Fantasy a new medium for animeinspired fantasy storytelling

first_imgThe world of puppeteering is taken to a whole other level in Thunderbolt Fantasy. At first glance, this series may just seem to be a bunch of beautiful bishounen (“pretty boy”) dolls with fancy clothing, but the moment you begin to watch an episode, it becomes clear that this is something much more special.The first episode opens in a clash of magic and weapons as a brother and sister try to protect a legendary sword from being taken away by an evil clan hell-bent on collecting weapons for their nefarious schemes. The story falls neatly into the wuxia genre, which tells tales of martial artists in ancient China.I would have never thought hand puppets could pull off believable and impressive fight scenes complete with CG magic attacks and weapons, but my jaw dropped the moment the fight began.The series was created by Gen Urobochi, who is famous for writing dramatic and dark stories for Song of Saya, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass, and Fate/Zero. He was deeply inspired after discovering the art of traditional Taiwanese puppetry after a visit to Taiwan and knew that he had to create something special for the world to see. Urobochi teamed up with the puppetters at Pili, a fourth generation puppetry family who train for at least fifteen years before they are allowed to perform in public.The result of the collaboration between Urobochi’s company Nitroplus and Pili resulted in the wonderful designs of the puppets, adding anime-inspired bishounen faces and a blend of Japanese kabuki theater costumes and Chinese traditional wear for them to flourish onscreen.Thunderbolt Fantasy is very careful to use as many practical effects in their filming as possible. The huge sets that they film on are infused with life with real flowers and scaled props for the puppets to hold and articulate with. The result is a series that is surprising, fresh, and gorgeously detailed.Perhaps the world hasn’t thought of hand puppets as the new medium for fantasy storytelling, but Thunderbolt Fantasy has definitely set the standard for the amazing stories that can be told with this method.You can check out the series online, which is currently airing on Crunchyroll.last_img read more

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DCEU News Jenkins Not Confirmed for WonderWoman 2 Justice League Reshoots

first_imgStay on target So given that it’s a gigantic hit with fans and critics alike, it’s obvious that there’s going to be a sequel. And since director Patty Jenkins turned in such an amazing movie with the first one, she’s gotta be locked in for the second, right? Right?Well, as it turns out, no. Warner Bros. signed Gal Gadot to a multi-picture deal, but not Jenkins. Now, a lot of people are wondering why. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that single-picture deals with directors are common at Warner Bros., and speculated that they were unprepared for just how much of a hit Wonder Woman would be. That would make sense. A lot of people underestimated this movie. Early tracking reports estimated the movie would make only $65 Million domestically in its opening weekend. It made over $100 Million.That explanation isn’t sitting right with some fans. As io9 mentions, Justice League will be Zack Snyder’s third film in the DCEU, and while his first two films made money, they weren’t all that good. David Ayer is also signed on for Gotham City Sirens even after the mess that was Suicide Squad. It’s easy to look at this as an example of women not being given the benefit of the doubt in Hollywood the way men are. And that may very well be what happened here. Leading up to Wonder Woman’s release, there was a feeling that it needed to be a critical and commercial hit if we wanted any more women-led superhero movies. That’s a ridiculous amount of pressure to put on any movie, but Hollywood can certainly be ridiculous at times. It could also be that after the last two DCEU movies were high-profile misses, Warner Bros. decided to be more cautious with whatever came next. Which just happened to be Wonder Woman.Whatever the reasoning behind Jenkins’ lack of a multi-picture deal, it may end up costing the studio a lot of money. Jenkins is clearly excited about sticking with the character and has been talking up her ideas for a sequel. But now that contract negotiations are starting after a fantastic opening weekend, Jenkins is in a position to make the studio pay up. She’s proven she can make a gigantic hit that’s beloved by pretty much everyone. Now she deserves to jack up her price for another.Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher in Justice League (Photo via Warner Bros.)Elsewhere in the DCEU, Justice League is currently undergoing some Joss Whedon-directed re-shoots. (Zack Snyder recently stepped away from the project to be with his family after a tragedy.) The re-shoots have sparked rumors that Warner Bros. is worried about the quality of the film. Some of the rumors have gone so far as to state that the film is basically being remade under the new director as the company tries to salvage it. That’s most likely not true.The DCEU has hit a few bumps in its journey towards Justice League, but this reshoot period, expected to last for most of the summer, isn’t one of them. Forbes does a good job of debunking each rumor, but the basic gist of it is, every movie undergoes reshoots and pick-ups leading up to its release. Sometimes you get into the editing bay, and you realize you need an extra scene to make a later sequence make sense. Sometimes you find out a significant plot element doesn’t work at all and you need to call everyone back to try and fix it. It happens, and most budgets allow for this kind of thing.These reshoots were planned long before Snyder stepped away from the project. He had already brought in Whedon to punch up the movie and add a few scenes. That’s all this re-shoot period is. We’ll have to wait until we actually see Justice League to judge its quality, but it’s not on fire the way the internet rumor mill would have you believe it is.Suicide Squad (Photo via Warner Bros.)The last bit of sequel news to come out of the DCEU concerns the follow-up to Suicide Squad. While the first film wasn’t a critical success, it sure made a lot of money. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Joel Kinnaman (who played Rick Flag in the movie) spoke about plans for the sequel.“As far as I know they’re writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018,” he said. He did mention that the shooting schedule for Suicide Squad 2 could change depending on how the scriptwriting process goes. Whenever it happens, he says he’ll definitely come back for it.While there’s no director attached to the movie yet, Kinnaman said he’d like to see David Ayer come back for the sequel. Failing that, he’d like to see “someone who is great with character, and that’s able to ground the story.” He says he’d really like to see the Suicide Squad characters take on a more mundane, grounded mission that requires them to interact with regular people. I wasn’t such a huge fan of the first movie, but that sounds like something even I’d want to see. If anything about Suicide Squad worked, it was the characters and the ways they bounced off each other. (Minus Jared Leto’s Joker.) Inflicting them on the outside world and watching what happens? That could make for a fun sequel. Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News center_img Wonder Woman is a big hit. There’s no other way to look at it. Critics love it (a first for the DC Extended Universe) and apparently, so do audiences. According to Deadline, the movie made $228 Million worldwide in its opening weekend. That’s an incredibly strong opening, and combined with the great word-of-mouth, Wonder Woman is easily the best movie the DCEU has given us yet. The movie finally delivered the unqualified hit that the struggling cinematic universe desperately needed.It’s such an accomplishment that Gal Gadot shared a video on Facebook thanking fans for making the movie such a huge success. Calling it “the number one movie in the world,” Gadot thanked fans for all the love and support they’ve given her and the superhero she portrayed.last_img read more

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Losing our history in Clark County

first_imgWhen the raze-and-redevelop movement called urban renewal hit Vancouver in the 1960s, ridding downtown of sagging behemoths that blocked the light of “progress” seemed like a fine idea.While nobody has ever done a definitive study of the results, Brad Richardson said, many dozens of family homes surely were demolished. The only one still standing up for the historical Esther Short neighborhood south and west of today’s park is the Slocum House, a Victorian gem that’s become city property.“The Slocum House is the only one we know of that was saved,” said Richardson, whose jaw dropped as he pulled up a neighborhood map from the 1940s and surveyed all the houses that used to be there, but were destroyed. “This is amazing. I’ve never looked at this before,” he said. “A ton of houses are gone. So much was lost.”As the executive director of the Clark County Historical Museum and the designer of the museum’s popular walking-tour series — and a lifelong Clark County resident — Richardson is a living encyclopedia of tales and details about the people and happenings in the past that shaped our lives and landscapes today. Whenever he comes across a fenced-off lot or the rubble of a building, he said, he wonders about — and mourns — what’s been lost forever.“Physical connection is so important to carrying stories forward,” he said. “If you want people to forget their history, tear out the built world and the living spaces.”last_img read more

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Anglian Water launches reward and recognition platform

first_imgAnglian Water has launched a reward and recognition platform for its 4,500 UK employees.The platform, provided by Xexec, aims to enhance employee motivation and enable Anglian Water to give something back to staff.The platform, Going the extra mile (Gem), replaces a previous paper-based offering.The new reward and recognition programme allows employees to provide ‘thank-yous’ to colleagues such as personalised thank-you cards, digital messages and certificates.It also recognises the contributions of individuals and teams through rewards, including cash awards, scratch cards, charitable donations, vouchers, contributions to team celebrations, as well as tickets to events or experience days.Sally Purbrick, head of rewards at Anglian Water, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the uptake of, and engagement with, GEM. In the first week alone, we have had over 200 individual awards and 15 team nominations. Xexec’s platform has been a wonderful addition by enabling our colleagues to easily recognise and reward each other’s contributions, making each individual feel like they are part of the team and appreciated in the workplace.”last_img read more

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EU lenders working on plan for gradual Greek debt relief Greek paper

first_imgGreece’s EU lenders have been working on a plan to offer the country gradual debt relief on condition that it adopts additional reforms by 2022, the Agora weekly newspaper reported Saturday.They would initially allow lower interest rates and longer maturities on Greece’s €316-billion ($352-billion) debt, the paper said. At a later stage, there would be talks on linking debt payments to economic growth provided Athens implemented measures to be agreed with creditors by 2022, it added.The plan has been discussed among officials from the European Commission, the eurozone’s rescue fund, the European Central Bank, and the larger eurozone nations, the paper said.The lenders have publicly spoken about granting debt relief on condition reforms are completed.Asked about the report, Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb said: “At this moment, we are not looking at debt relief but at completing the third program’s first interim review.”On Thursday, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chairman of the eurozone finance ministers’ group, had said they were concerned with the quality of the reforms Greece had promised in return for its bailout.Negotiations between the heads of the EU/IMF mission reviewing the country’s progress on a pensions overhaul, fiscal targets and the handling of bad loans took a break earlier this month.It was unclear when the lenders would return in Athens. Without their positive first assessment of the reforms, Greece cannot start the relief talks it is seeking to show austerity-weary Greeks their sacrifices are paying off.Speaking after an EU summit that Friday agreed a deal to help keep Britain in the bloc and tackle the region’s migration crisis, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said all EU partners agreed the review needed to conclude as soon as possible.Greece’s finance minister suggested on Saturday differences between EU partners and the IMF over the bailout programme was undermining government efforts to help the Greek economy recover after years of recession.The IMF has said it stands ready to support Greece only if the country’s EU partners granted it “significant” debt relief. But Europe has made clear it wants conclusion of the review before launching debt relief talks.The fund’s director for Europe, Poul Thomsen, said last week Greece would also need to implement extra measures worth about €9 billion to meet its fiscal targets by 2018.”The whole pressure is on us. So, I can’t see how the IMF thinks its role as that of an ‘honest broker’,” Euclid Tsakalotos said in an interview with the weekly Realnews paper. “Footdragging in the negotiations is hindering the government strategy to get out of the vicious circle of measures-recession-new measures.”In an interview with another Greek newspaper, Economy Minister George Stathakis said the review could be wrapped up by the end of March.”The target for the Catholic Easter (March 27) is absolutely realistic,” he was quoted as saying in the weekly Ependysi. “I believe there will be a deal.”last_img read more

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