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In Cleveland, fight continues to keep homeless shelter open

first_imgClevelandOver 100 supporters of the Metanoia Project, which provides trauma-sensitive respite to homeless people in Cleveland, packed City Council chambers on Jan. 6. They were there to support efforts of Denison United Church of Christ to continue the work of Metanoia, which lost bed space at its original location in November. Pastor Nozomi Ikuta describes the partnership as “protected and essential expression of our faith.”Protest to keep homeless shelter open inside Cleveland City Council chambers, Jan. 6.City Councilwoman Dona Brady, who represents Ward 11 where Denison UCC is located, is trying to use claims of housing and fire code violations to keep the church from housing the homeless. She has even tried to revoke its designation as a church.“We’re here to say: Keep Metanoia open, support Denison UCC, build a cold-weather plan, and take a stand against NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) and racism in our community,” said Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Chris Knestrick.Activists inside the meeting interrupted proceedings to invoke the memory of Lorraine Van De Venter and Juan Proctor, homeless people who froze to death during one brutal Cleveland winter. Police attempted to confiscate all the paper signs that read “Ward 11 supports Denison UCC” and “Keep Metanoia at Denison UCC.” After the meeting ended, the crowd burst into loud chanting of “Keep the shelter open,” holding up signs that had escaped detection by the police.Hours after the council meeting protest, the church was hit with a surprise visit by two inspectors from the Cleveland Fire Department, escorted by six police. Acting at the behest of pro-gentrification Councilwoman Brady, the inspectors affixed a “Cease Use” notice on the church door on Christmas Eve. Denison UCC appealed the order.The church passed the inspection, which was a victory. So far, because of militant community support and Pastor Ikuta’s determination, this homeless shelter is staying open.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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SF Deputies Doherty and MacLochlainn walk out of Dail in protest

first_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter Newsx Adverts By News Highland – November 2, 2011 SF Deputies Doherty and MacLochlainn walk out of Dail in protest Pinterest Donegal Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn were today amongst a group of Sinn Féin and Independent TDs who staging a Dail walkout over the Government’s refusal to burn former Anglo bondolders.This afternoon, almost three quarters of a billion euro has been repaid to unguaranteed bondholders at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.The Taoiseach’s told the Dáil that he tried, but failed, to convince the E-C-B to allow for the burning of these bondholders. Previous article31-year-old appears in Court charged with murdering his uncle in DerryNext articleDonegal Deputy accuses the Government of lying to the public News Highland Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released center_img WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

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Poland’s Gaz-System awards €280m contract to Saipem

first_imgSaipem to construct approximately 275km of 36-in concrete-coated pipes between Denmark and Poland Saipem to build a natural gas pipeline between Denmark and Poland. (Credit: Arulonline from Pixabay) Polish gas grid operator Gaz-System has awarded a €280m contract to oilfield service company Saipem to build a natural gas pipeline between Denmark and Poland in the Baltic Sea, as part of the $1.88bn Baltic Pipe Project.The Baltic Pipe 900km natural gas pipeline project will supply gas from the Norwegian gas system in the North Sea to Poland, via Denmark. It is being jointly developed by Danish gas transmission operator Energinet and GAZ-System.Under the contract, Saipem will construct approximately 275km of 36-in concrete-coated pipes between Denmark and Poland. This will be done in water depths of 4m to 57m, via the S-lay method.Saipem to build two micro tunnelsThe scope of the contract also includes the construction of two micro tunnels and civil works activities in Denmark and Poland. This includes pre- and post-lay trenching, as well as backfilling activities and rock dumping.Saipem E&C Offshore Division COO Francesco Racheli said: “This new contract, assigned thanks to our solid track record in pipeline installation projects and arriving at a critical moment for the energy industry worldwide, will help ensure the continuity of European gas supply and reinforces Saipem’s presence in such a highly strategic area.”Pipelaying is scheduled to commence in the summer of next year while the pipeline is slated for commissioning in October 2022.Gaz-System president Tomasz Stępień said: “Signing this contract, together with the agreement for pipe supply already in place, is key for the implementation of the Baltic Pipe project.“At present, we already have binding agreements with all the main contractors and suppliers necessary to start construction of the gas pipeline to connect the Danish and Polish shores.”last_img read more

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LPFA, Lancashire JV announce board members, first sub-fund

first_imgThe London Pensions Fund Authority’s (LPFA) £10bn (€13.6bn) joint venture with the Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) has announced several board members, including the former head of BP’s pension fund, as it pushes ahead with the launch of its first sub-fund.Peter Rogers, Robert Vandersluis and Sally Bridgeland were named non-executive board members of the re-branded Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), as the venture was granted regulatory approval by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).It said it chose its new name to reflect its “readiness to partner with other [local authority] funds”.Bridgeland and Vandersluis bring with them significant pensions experience, as former chief executive of BP Pension Trustee and director of global pension investments at pharmaceutical GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), respectively.  Bridgeland will chair LPP Investment, one of two companies created by the partnership, while Vandersluis will chair the LPP’s risk committee.She told IPE the company, as of the beginning of April, employed the in-house investment teams of both the LPFA and the LCPF, including its respective CIOs Chris Rule and Mike Jensen. She likened LPP Investment’s role to that of BP Investment Management, her former employer’s in-house manager regulated by the FCA. “The pension funds will still have their governance [structures], and the investment company is the service provider to those pension fund trustees,” she added.First assets to be pooledWhile Bridgeland would not be drawn on the first sub-fund to be launched by LPP Investment, a spokesman said the two schemes would at first pool equity holdings. At the end of March 2015, the LCPF had £2.5bn in externally managed equity. Five external equity managers – Baillie Gifford, MFS, Morgan Stanley, NGAM and Robeco – were responsible for the majority of assets, while two UCITS funds managed by AFG and Magellan Financial Group held £504m. The LPFA had a total of £1.5bn in equity holdings, of which £921m was managed by MFS at the end of March last year, with smaller mandates overseen by Sarasin and Partners and Insight. Nearly £420m was managed through an in-house buy-and-hold strategy in March 2015 – a figure that increased to £600m by the time of the publication of the 2014-15 annual report. The venture has also set up a standalone administration company, LPP Administration, chaired by Rogers. He currently chairs New West End Voice, a business group representing the interests of retailers in the centre of London, and is a former chief executive of Westminster City Council and the London Development Agency.The three appointments come despite the two local government pension schemes’ (LGPS) failure to surpass the critical £25bn asset threshold desired by the Department for Communities and Local Government for the creation of one of six LGPS asset pools.The venture now has until the summer to find additional partners.It is likely to collaborate with the £35bn Northern Powerhouse pool being launched by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Merseyside Pension Fund and West Yorkshire Pension Fund.Michael O’Higgins, LPP’s chairman, said he was “delighted” the venture could now move forward as an accredited entity.“FCA approval is the cornerstone of our drive for good governance in LGPS reform and an essential part of our formation,” he said.“And our new name underlines the fact we are open for business, and ready and able to work with other LGPS funds in developing this exciting proposition.”Read more about the UK’s plans to reform the LGPSlast_img read more

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‘Thunder’ Balogun is Nigeria’s Greatest Footballer, Says Onigbinde

first_imgFemi SolajaTwo-time Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, hasdescribed the late Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun, as the best footballer ever produced by Nigeria.Today is the 48th year anniversary of the death of Balogun who died in his sleep in 1972. Adegboye Onigbinde According to Onigbinde who is a former FIFA and CAF Instructor, “The greatest footballer Nigeria has ever produced remains Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun. There is no doubt about it.“As a footballer, he did many things players before his time, those of his time and after him have not been able to do with the ball.“The greatest goal scored by any player I have seen played football was scored by ‘Thunder’ Balogun at the Olubadan Stadium in 1968 in the match between the Nigerian national soccer team, the UK Tourists and England,” observed the gaffer who took the Super Eagles to the World Cup in Korea/Japan in 2002.Chief Onigbinde revealed that during the friendly with England, “ English players were always on him each time he received the ball. To beat the pressure off, ‘Thunder’ stood outside the 18-yard box with his back turned at the England goalkeeper. But as soon as ball was floated to him, English players were expecting him to bring it down. But against their imagination, Balogun staggered a bit, and in turning, he fired a shot at the goalpost, which saw the goalkeeper diving the wrong,” Onigbinde recalled.The former Trinidad and Tobago coach stressed that, “the story of ‘Thunder’ Balogun will never die. For those of us who watched him played, we saw him as Nigeria’s greatest footballer.”Onigbinde observed further: “He died in his sleep on July 30, 1972 at the relatively young age of 45 years, but the heroics of Thunder Balogun live forever.At birth, the enigmatic footballer was named Tesilim Akanni Balogun. His father was a cricketer. ‘Thunder’ Balogun attained legendary status after he became the first Nigerian to play professional football in England.Teslim played for Apapa Bombers, Marine, Railway, Plateau, Pan Bank and Dynamo all between 1944 and 1961.He won the FA Cup five times in seven final appearances and was the first player to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup final when he put three goals past Warri XI as Pan Bank won the 1952 final 6-1.In 1949, he was part of Nigeria’s first national team, known as the UK Tourists team that toured the United Kingdom.After that encounter, he signed for Peterborough FC, becoming the first Nigerian to play professional football in England.He also had professional stints with Holbeach and Queens Park Rangers where he played 13 times and scored three goals in 1956.His playing career lasted from 1945 to 1962 and he was in the coaching crew for Nigeria to the 1968 Olympic Games where the country drew 3-3 against Brazil.For his heroics, the Lagos State owned stadium facility in Surulere was named after him as the Teslim Balogun Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Long wait ahead for packers fan

first_imgYou hear it all the time in life: people complaining about being treated as nothing more than a number. It implies impersonal service and getting lost in the shuffle of bureaucracy. Most people would rather be called by their own name than be referred to as Customer No. 9927867. But still, in large part, numbers define who you are. Think of all the numbers you use as identification every day: your student ID number, bank account number, social security number, even your phone number.Instead of being bothered by this numerological approach to classifying people, I embrace it. In fact, one number in particular means more for me than anything else. It provides a light at the end of the tunnel, a reward for years of hard work and sacrifice, much like social security (hopefully). For myself and several tens of thousands of others just like me out there, it is my place on the Green Bay Packers season ticket waiting list.But there are so many ways to look at the numbers, it’s only right to run it down Arsenio Hall style.That’s right, in honor of the leader of the Dog Pound and host of the short-lived reincarnation of Star Search, let’s delve into the Packer season ticket waiting list and beyond.As Arsenio would say, “Hit me with the digits!”68,784 — My place on the season ticket waiting list. It is a number that is actually ludicrous just to look at. Thanks to an egregious instance of parental oversight, my father missed an opportunity to either a) place his newborn son on the season ticket list some 20-odd years ago or b) put my name on the list once I began to show an unhealthy affinity for sports and the Packers in particular. This would have been around age 4, when I would only eat green food or food packaged in green boxes.Instead, I was left to my own devices, putting my own name on the list at age 18 and dejectedly receiving the first postcard, which informed me my initial place was north of 70,000.4 — Number of tickets each person on the list can request, essentially making 68,748 something a little closer to 260,000. 76.43 — Number of years, rounded to the hundredths place, until 68,784 turns into one, assuming the current rate of moving up approximately 900 spots a year continues. A sobering fact, considering at that point, I would be fortunate to be still alive and eating solid food. If I’m still kicking, when the postcard arrives at the nursing home bearing the good news, I’ll likely break a hip or two. But I’ll walk it off. That’s what Brett would do anyway.In other words, my great-grandchildren had better like football. 1 — Number of women with ties to season tickets I would date. Why only one? Because that’s all it would take.Not to be labeled superficial or anything, but if my best shot to get to see the Packers on a regular basis won’t come until sometime when I’m darn close to pushing the century mark, why not take the short cut if possible. Considering season ticket holders can will them down through family, why not find a nice girl whose family happens to have some tickets for the Green and Gold and set up shop?Just kidding. Partially. Maybe. 1959 –The last year Packers tickets were not sold out on a season-ticket basis. That stretches 249 games and includes a stretch from 1973 to 1988 when the team won no more than eight games in a season. But the season-ticket numbers don’t stop there. Here on campus, the Wisconsin football and basketball teams both see tremendous support.99.5 — The percent of UW basketball season ticket holders who renewed their tickets for the 2007 season, a percentage that is absolutely remarkable. Considering the Kohl Center holds just over 17,000, and each ticketholder likely holds two or more tickets, that means about 40 people who had season tickets last season chose not to re-up. 5 — Consecutive seasons the Kohl Center has been sold out just from season tickets, an impressive feat considering the Badgers don’t exactly have a storied basketball history. 28 — Wisconsin has sold out its last 28 home football games, and has drawn more than 70,000 to 92 consecutive games. There you have it. As they say, the numbers don’t lie. Ben is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. If you have any Packers tickets he could have, or you have season tickets and would like to adopt him, e-mail him at [email protected] If you have season tickets and are looking for a date, please take a number. Don’t think you’re the only one.last_img read more

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Mourinho hails ‘fantastic’ Blues as Liverpool boss bemoans penalty decision

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho hailed his players after their 2-1 victory against Liverpool at Anfield.The Premier League leaders came from behind, with Gary Cahill equalising before Diego Costa struck in the second half – his 10th goal of the season – to secure a deserved win.“It was a fantastic performance. The players as individuals all had a great performance and as team they were in control,” Mourinho told BT Sport.“One point at Anfield, most teams would accept that as a great result. This team did not accept that and I am really, really pleased.Costa’s goal secured all three points for Chelsea at Anfield“I was on the bench in the second half and for me it did not look the normal pressure you feel at Anfield, because my team is fantastic.“I thought Liverpool tried everything, they did well, but Chelsea was the best team.”He added: “This is a new team, a new era for Chelsea. We are obviously happy with the squad and the quality of football but no team gets into history without trophies and, at the moment, this team has no trophies.”Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, was disappointed after his team were denied a late penalty despite what looked like a handball by Gary Cahill.Rodgers said: “We worked so hard in the game but we need those decisions that are obvious, it was a clear, clear penalty.“I was very disappointed, because the players gave everything in the game. We deserved at least a point for sure.“You need that wee bit of luck going for you and it isn’t at the moment.”More reaction from Anfield to follow later. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgBALTIMORE — The final days of an 18-day stretch of games is when a team might start to slump.Not the A’s.Thursday, for the second time in less than 24 hours, they hit five home runs. Two of them came off the bat of Khris Davis, who had hit a pair Wednesday.“When he gets going, he puts on a show,” manager Bob Melvin said after an 8-5 victory that sent the A’s to Texas on a three-game win streak.. “We’ve seen him go on some runs similar to these. A lot of times they end up being big home runs, …last_img read more

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J-Bay returns to ASP World Championship Tour

first_img25 February 2014 The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) on Monday announced the return of world-famous South African surf spot Jeffreys Bay to the elite Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour schedule for the 2014 season. Taking place from 10 to 20 July, the J Bay Open will serve as the sixth of 11 stops on the 2014 WCT schedule and has signed a three-year agreement to host the world’s best surfers from 2014 to 2016. An elite ASP WCT venue from 1996 to 2011, Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape is universally regarded as one of the best right-hand point breaks on the planet, and will replace Bali on the 2014 schedule.‘One of the world’s premiere waves’ “It’s only fitting that one of the world’s premiere waves provides the canvas for the world’s premiere surfers again,” Paul Speaker, the CEO of the ASP, said in a statement on Monday. “Jeffreys Bay has an incredible heritage with the sport, and the local community have been instrumental in returning the ASP Top 34 to South Africa this season. We’re very thankful and we look forward to the 2014 instalment of the event,” he added. Universally celebrated as one of the best waves on the planet, Jeffreys Bay has existed as a favorite tour stop for the world’s best surfers since its inception and will add a welcome element to this season’s ASP World Title race.‘It’s about damn time!’ “The fact that J-Bay is back on?! Well it’s about damn time!” South Africa’s Jordy Smith, a two-time event winner, said. “I am really excited that the event is back on. It’s by far the best stop on the tour for quality of high performance surfing. It’s arguably the best right-hand point in the world and deserves a spot on the WCT. “I’m proud to be a South African and to have one of the ‘CT spots be in our backyard. It means a lot to our country and the town of Jeffreys Bay. I’m sure the people are going to be really happy to see the event return.”‘One of my favourite places on earth’ “Such exciting news about going back to J-Bay,” Mick Fanning, the reigning three- time ASP world champion, commented. “The wave is one of my all-time favourites and the place in general is awesome. The people, the animals, the whole area is one of my favourite places on earth. Can’t wait!” “We were very fortunate to have brought the world’s best surfers to Bali in 2013 and Keramas delivered in amazing fashion for the event,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. “However, the opportunity to bring the WCT back to South Africa made sense to us and we look forward to the Top 34 showcased on J-Bay’s world- class walls this July.”JBay Winterfest The J Bay Open will be the major draw card of the JBay WinterFest, which takes place during the same time period. “On behalf of the local surf community and the town of Jeffreys Bay, we would like to welcome ASP back to Jeffreys Bay,” stated Koffie Jacobs, the Director of the JBay WinterFest and the J-Bay Open event co-ordinator. “We obviously believe there is no finer right hand point break in the world, and ASP World Tour is not complete without Supertubes on the calendar.”‘Extremely pleased’ “We are extremely pleased that the best surfers in the world will be back at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay this July,” said Johnny Bakker, the Vice President of Surfing South Africa (SSA). “SSA is proud to be working with the ASP, the local surfing community, and the Kouga Municiaplity on the J Bay Open of Surfing.’ SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Digicel Hands Over Refurbished Redemption Arcade

first_imgSeveral vendors, who have sold their produce in the Redemption Market downtown Kingston for many years, were overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement when they saw the newly refurbished facility that was handed over to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) by the Digicel Foundation on December 14, 2012 The facility has been repurposed from a ground provision market to a haberdashery and is now called the Redemption Arcade.  The project was implemented by the Digicel Foundation in partnership with the KSAC and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), through US$500,000 in funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A walk through the arcade reveals over 130 spanking new stalls made of metal mesh partitions with electrical outlets, a new roof and improved water, sanitation and waste management facilities. While most of the work has been done, the facility will not be ready for occupation by the vendors until January, as electrical work has to be completed to ensure the safety of vendors and shoppers. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown-Burke, thanked the partners in the renovation exercise, noting that the project was a dream come true. “Today is really a very, very, good day because we have seen coming to fruition, a dream that we have long had. It’s something we have spoken about for so long and then we saw that glimmer of hope when we had the project approved, and it grew when we came and saw that work had started. Here we are today, almost at the finishing line… we are not quite ready for opening but I am proud of where we are today,” the Mayor said. Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Thorburn, spoke of his company’s commitment to the regeneration of the downtown Kingston area and noted that the renovation of the markets was only one of several activities that the company is involved in to make this happen. “Historically, the downtown Kingston market area has been an essential part of the life of Jamaica. Everyone is here trading and excitedly doing so, and today, we are part of the ceremony to formally open this new facility, where 130 plus vendors will be involved in being successful day-to-day. Digicel and the Digicel Foundation are delighted to be part of this and are looking forward to visiting when the vendors have moved in and also spending some money down here,” Mr. Thorburn said. United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater, speaking on behalf of USAID, said the renovation of the market represents a significant and positive step in the urban renewal of downtown Kingston. She noted that the vibrancy of the community is something to be proud of and expressed hope that the partnership between government, private sector and community, which led to the success of the project, will be encouraged and replicated elsewhere. Vendor, Jennifer Ford, who has been selling in the market for 33 years, expressed pleasure at the newly renovated facility.  She is looking forward to moving in and has already chosen her stall. “I feel good about it (the market).  We will be taking good care of it because I use to take care of it before and I will continue to take care of it,” she said. Councillor of the area, Donovan Samuels, in giving the vote of thanks, urged the vendors and members of the community to protect the facility.last_img read more

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