14 days agoWolves Europa League tie Slovan Bratislava to feature 5,000 strong crowd

first_imgWolves Europa League tie Slovan Bratislava to feature 5,000 strong crowdby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA 5,000 strong crowd is likely to attend Wolves’ Europa League match away to Slovan Bratislava on 24 October – even though it is officially being played behind closed doors.Uefa sanctioned the Slovak champions after fans made racist chants in a play-off game against PAOK of Greece.But Uefa rules will allow accompanied children aged 14 and under to attend.In addition, 200 Wolves fans will be allowed in to see the game, providing they hold ‘category one tickets’.Uefa ruled in August that Slovan must play their next two European games behind closed doors as a consequence of racist behaviour by their supporters at a play-off match against Greek side POAK Salonika. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Gate terminal Aims to Load Ships Faster

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Gate terminal The Netherlands’ Gate terminal will invest to increase the ship loading flow rate at the jetties for large ships from the current 2300 m3/hour to 4000 m3/hour to lower port time for vessels. This investment will allow the terminal to load the new standard size vessels of around 180,000 m3 in less than 3 days.Gate terminal informed that the works include a de-bottlenecking of the pipeline systems used to deliver LNG from the storage tank to the ship and can be installed without a plant shutdown. The construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2018 and will be finished after the summer of 2019.“Loading of LNG in ships and transshipment activities in North West Europe have increased over the years. The liquid spot market of LNG leads to quick successions of loading and unloading periods,” Gate terminal said.“This dynamic of the LNG market requires more flexibility and efficient operations. With this investment Gate terminal will strengthen its pivotal role as the LNG hub terminal for North West Europe.”last_img read more

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Ocean Yield Buys Suezmax Tanker with LongTerm Charter

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Oslo-listed shipowner Ocean Yield has agreed to acquire a 2016-built Suezmax tanker with a 13-year bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers.The vessel in question is the 2016-built Milos, constructed by Korea’s Sungdong Shipbuilding. The unit is a sister vessel to Poliegos, a Suezmax vessel already owned by Ocean Yield.The purchase price of USD 56 million includes a seller’s credit of USD 7 million, giving a net purchase price of USD 49 million.The 157,525 dwt Milos would be delivered to the company during the first quarter of 2019. Okeanis Eco Tankers will have certain options to acquire the vessel during the charter period, according to Ocean Yield.“The company now have two suezmaxes and four VLCC newbuildings with delivery in 2019 on long-term charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers. The four VLCCs will all enter into time charter contracts to Koch Shipping upon delivery,” Lars Solbakken, Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

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Mining Matters Conference Focuses on Industry Investment

first_imgMany Nova Scotians may not think of mining while sitting in their living rooms or driving to work every day. But the minerals industry here in Nova Scotia helps retrieve minerals that are critical to everyday life including the gypsum used to build homes, the zinc used in some sunscreens and the gravel for roads and driveways. Nova Scotians have an opportunity to learn about the area’s many minerals and the province’s mining industry at the two-day Mining Matters 2007 conference at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax on Nov. 13 and 14. “Savvy investors see real potential for growth in Nova Scotia’s minerals sector,” David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources said today, Nov. 5. “This province has a bountiful supply of minerals that has always added to its economic base. But we need to better understand the modern-day industry and our place in it, as investors and as world-class suppliers.” Mining Matters is an annual conference hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and members of the mining industry. This year’s event has the theme from Rocks to Riches and will focus on increasing interest and on investment in the industry. The first day of the event includes presentations by Department of Natural Resources’ staff, members of the private sector and representatives of other Atlantic provinces. The discussions will highlight Nova Scotia’s rocks and mineral deposits and help demonstrate the significance of near-record levels of exploration currently taking place across the Atlantic provinces. Admission to the sessions and to industry displays is free. A luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Michelle Landreville, executive director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, costs $20. The second day’s itinerary has been devoted to a mining investment symposium. The symposium will include a series of short talks featuring Nova Scotia-based mining companies doing business here and internationally, and to the national and international companies doing business in Nova Scotia. The talks will highlight company exploration, human resource issues, market forecasting and investment opportunities. The day will end with an open-microphone, panel discussion. The day’s luncheon guest speaker will be Greg McCoach, a Canadian entrepreneur and investor who has published The Mining Speculator newsletter since 2001. “It’s an exciting time for our minerals industry,” said Mr. Morse. “The more Nova Scotians know and understand what is going on around us, the better equipped we are to move forward with plans that target growth, as individuals, as businesses and as a province.” For more information on the conference see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr and click on the Mining Matters 2007 link.last_img read more

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Sebi revises corp gov compliance report format

first_imgNew Delhi: Markets regulator Sebi Tuesday came out with a new format for compliance report on corporate governance to be submitted by listed companies to stock exchanges. In a circular, the regulator prescribed new format for disclosures to be made on quarterly basis, annual basis for the whole of financial year and within six months from end of financial year that can be submitted along with second quarter report.”In view of the revised timelines under the amended regulations, the circular shall come into force with effect from the quarter ended September 30, 2019,” Sebi said. The regulator, in September 2015, had asked listed companies to submit compliance report on corporate governance in a prescribed format with disclosures pertaining to composition of board of directors as well as the committees and their respective meetings, among others. But requisite amendments were made in Sebi (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 to implement the proposals of corporate governance panel. Thereby, “some of these amendments necessitate changes to the format of the quarterly compliance report.”last_img read more

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Tim Hortons breakfast menu price hikes not enough for franchisees source

first_imgTim Hortons franchisees knew price increases on some menu items were coming, but the slight bump on breakfast menus the company confirmed Friday falls short of the 10 per cent across-the-menu hike those grappling with Ontario’s minimum wage hike feel they need, according to a franchisee association source.“Some restaurants in select markets have slightly increased prices for some breakfast menu items,” parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) said on Friday.“Regular adjustments to menu prices are a normal part of the restaurant business,” the Oakville, Ont.-based company said in a brief statement, making no connection between the move and the minimum wage controversy that’s landed the chain in hot water.A source from the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group not sanctioned by the company that aims to voice the concerns of the roughly half of Canadian franchisees it represents, confirmed RBI announced the price adjustment to franchisees weeks prior.The adjustments vary by area, the source said, but were added to a handful of items — mostly breakfast combos — and prices went up about 20 cents in many regions.The timing of RBI’s internal announcement indicates it has not bowed to mounting pressure from some franchisees, an industry group and the public to resolve how some store owners handled a 21 per cent jump in Ontario’s minimum wage, which kicked in Jan. 1.Some Tim Hortons franchisees in the province eliminated paid breaks, fully-covered health and dental plans, and other perks for their workers. The changes came to light after a letter from the owners of two Cobourg, Ont., franchisees circulated on social media.Those franchisees and the GWNFA partly blame RBI, which controls pricing, for refusing to help franchisees stomach the $2.40 jump in minimum hourly wages by boosting what they can charge for food and beverages, among other requests.The GWNFA source says franchisees want menu prices to go up by about 10 per cent across the board in Canada.The association estimates the minimum wage hike and other changes to the province’s labour laws will cost the average franchisee $243,889 a year. The calculation assumes an extra $3.35 hourly per employee, which also includes costs such as increased vacation pay.RBI denounced the actions taken by some franchisees and has said it’s committed to helping restaurant owners work through the changes. The company has declined to answer questions on how it intends to do that. Tim Hortons media relations declined to comment further Friday evening.Tim Hortons maintains individual franchisees are responsible for setting employee wages and benefits, while complying with applicable laws.Angry consumers have targeted both the parent company and the franchisees, taking to social media and encouraging others to #BoycottTimHortons in an effort to put pressure on either group to reverse the changes. Protesters also gathered outside Tim Hortons locations across Ontario this week.The Ontario Federation of Labour, an umbrella group for workers and their unions in Ontario, called on RBI’s chief executive Daniel Schwartz to take immediate steps to ensure his franchisees comply with and respect the spirit of the province’s labour laws.The dispute over employee wages and price hikes is the latest round of finger-pointing in an ongoing blame game between some franchisees and their corporate parent. They have publicly sparred over alleged mismanagement and filed several lawsuits against each other in recent months.Tim Hortons appears to have last adjusted prices Aug. 2, 2017 when it boosted what it charges for hot beverages and breakfast items.The last known prior price increase was in 2014.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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‘We are hopeful of playing maximum home games at Eden’

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore is hopeful that the franchise will able to play most of their home games at Eden Gardens despite seven-phase polling in Bengal during the upcoming general elections. The IPL will start on March 23 and end on May 12 while the general elections are slated to be held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. Since Bengal will have elections in all seven phases, April 11, 18, 23, 29, May 6, 12 and 19, there is a possibility that some of KKR’s matches may be shifted to neutral venues. As per the two-week schedule, KKR are playing two home games vs Sunrisers (March 24) and KXIP (March 27) and two away games against Delhi Capitals (Mar 30) and RCB (April 5). “We have had some good meetings with the concerned authorities today, so fingers crossed. We are waiting for some clarification. I think they (authorities) are very keen to make sure that we play in the Eden. If all goes well, we will play our home games here only,” Mysore told reporters at Eden Gardens on Wednesday. “Now that the date of the elections have come out, the authorities are taking a hard look at how they can ensure we play as many as possible matches in Kolkata,” Mysore said. However, if security deployment becomes an issue during the polls, there are back-up plans in place, said Mysore. “In case we cannot play at the Eden, then we have a plan B and plan C ready. We had a meeting today. Let’s see. All our fans as well as the team wants us play at the Eden,” Mysore reiterated.last_img read more

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UN rights expert urges protection of Palestinian Israeli civilians

“Surely it is not too much to ask of the Security Council, and if it cannot act, the Secretary-General, to protect human life,” John Dugard, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said in a statement issued today.Mr. Dugard, who reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, also called on the UN to play its role as international mediator to encourage dialogue among all the parties.“It is the responsibility of the United Nations, as the ultimate guardian of human rights and international peace, to open lines of communication between Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, and to bring them to the negotiating table,” the Special Rapporteur stated. Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his grave concern at the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, urging all parties to the Middle East conflict to exercise restraint. 17 April 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on the United Nations to do its utmost to protect the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis, after some two dozen people were reportedly killed in the latest round of violence to engulf the Gaza Strip and southern Israel. read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Getting down to brass tacks The third round of NAFTA negotiations will run throughout the week in Ottawa, wherein U.S. negotiators are expected to lay out in detail what changes Washington seeks to make to the deal.China needs more Canada Alibaba founder Jack Ma hosts a Gateway Canada business summit in Toronto on September 25, geared toward showing Canadian companies how to tap into China’s growing demand for Canadian products and experiences.Another rate hike? Analysts will be listening carefully to Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz’s September 27 speech at St. John’s Board of Trade for hints about future interest rate hikes after being caught off guard by the central bank’s most recent hike on September 6.What is going on down there? Canadian Ambassador to Washington David MacNaughton will give the Canadian Club in Toronto his take on the state of North American relations and discuss what Canadians could expect in the coming months.More stats on the way Statistics Canada will release payroll employment, earnings and hours for July and the national tourism indicators for the second quarter. Also on deck are statistics for the gross domestic product by industry for July and the industrial product and raw materials price indexes for August. read more

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Aqib Talib Keeps the Patriots Unbeaten with Superior Defense

The Patriots held on to beat the Falcons 30-23 and remaining unbeaten, after Aqib Talib denies a final touchdown attempt in Sunday’s game at the Georgia Dome.The Falcons were making a phenomenal comeback late in the game, bringing a 30-13 Patriot lead to within one touchdown. With the Falcons down by seven points in the closing seconds of the game, Aqib Talib stopped the Falcons’ charge by breaking up a fourth-down pass from Matt Ryan in the end zone, sealing the 30-23 win for the Patriots.Talib’s last minute defensive play got the team hyped, but not as hyped as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.“Aqib’s played great for us all year, all the way back to the spring training camp,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “He’s stepped up in every game, played well, played the ball well, played against good receivers, and he’s tackled well, he’s covered well, he’s done a good job for us.”Check out the the pic below. read more

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Ferrex secures Mebaga DSO iron project in Gabon

first_imgFerrex, the AIM quoted iron ore and manganese development company focused in Africa, has been granted the 309 km2 Ngama exploration licence in Gabon, West Africa which covers the high grade Mebaga iron ore deposit. Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) iron ore has been defined over 1.8 km of strike in previous exploration undertaken by the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM). The Exploration target is 20 Mt @ 60% Fe and a larger, lower grade target of 50 Mt @ 47% Fe. Extensive pitting in the main zone of Mebaga returned intercepts such as:27m @ 58.4% Fe (mineralisation still open at bottom of pit)18.5m @ 57.5% Fe (mineralisation still open at bottom of pit)10.5m @ 61.4% Fe (mineralisation still open at bottom of pit)Mebaga is well located relative to existing infrastructure – 30 km from a sealed highway, 100 km north of the Trans-Gabon railway and 260 km (in a direct line) from the deep water Port of Owendo.Ferrex plans to implement a fast-tracked exploration plan targeting the definition of a high grade iron ore resource.Gabon is a stable, pro-mining country which hosts a number of high grade iron ore deposits including Belinga  (1Bt @ 60% Fe).Ferrex Managing Director Dave Reeves said, “The Mebaga iron ore licence in Gabon has the potential to be transformational for Ferrex, particularly with the presence of high grade DSO iron ore mineralisation on site.  In addition, the project is located close to infrastructure, just 30 km from a sealed highway which links directly to existing rail and river for bulk transport options, making the project potentially attractive in terms of future economics.  It is our intention to rapidly progress the project up the resource curve, and ultimately to the Bankable Feasibility Study stage, by targeting the known mineralisation and conducting a comprehensive exploration programme over the licence area this year.“We look forward to reporting on our progress in Gabon, as we advance the project in tandem with our other development assets in Africa with a view to production.  These include the Nayega manganese project in Togo which is at the Definitive Feasibility Stage, and Malelane iron ore project in South Africa where a Scoping Study has been completed to build value for shareholders in the mid term.”Ferrex will have an 82% interest in the Mebaga iron ore project in Gabon through its holding in Gabonese company Ressources Equatoriales SARL.  Equatorial holds a granted exploration licence covering an area of 309 km2.Mebaga is located within an extensive high grade iron ore province which extends from Gabon into the Republic of Congo (ROC) and Cameroon. Deposits in the district include Belinga in Gabon (1,000 Mt @ 60% Fe); Mbalam in Cameroon (775 Mt @ 57% Fe) and Avima in the ROC (690 Mt @ 58% Fe). Importantly, Mebaga is the nearest DSO iron ore project to the Atlantic of any in this prolific iron province.Iron ore mineralisation in the province is hosted in Archean banded iron formation (BIF) horizons. In Gabon, these rocks belong to the Belinga Supergroup.  Gabonese Government geology maps show that BIF within the Mebaga licence area is exposed over a strike length of more than 20 km at widths up to 2 km.In the early 1960s, the BRGM completed reconnaissance evaluation in the Ngama district and targeted pitting of high grade iron exposures at Mebaga.  Ferrex has access to the data generated by the BRGM.  A total of 95 pits were excavated, to depths up to 29.4 m below surface, on several iron occurrences. Pitting identified a coherent zone of mineralisation extending along strike for about 1.8 km. Cross sections constructed by the BRGM indicate that mineralisation is interpreted to dip at a shallow to moderate angle and is inferred to be at least 30-35 m thick in places.last_img read more

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Star Wars filming did not harm Skelligs bird population Minister insists

first_imgARTS & HERITAGE MINISTER Heather Humphreys has said there was no adverse impact on the bird population of Skellig Michael during the filming of the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise this week.Director JJ Abrams filmed for two days on the Co Kerry island this week.Concerns were raised by environmentalists, including Birdwatch Ireland, in advance of the project — the group said it would have preferred if the filming could have been moved to later in the year, when breeding season is over.There were also concerns that the potential impact of the filming could cost the beauty spot its Unesco World Heritage status.In a statement tonight, the recently-appointed Minister said: Through collaborative engagement with the film company we managed to tailor the project to ensure that filming could take place without adverse impacts on the bird population. The Skelligs [Air Corps/Facebook]She said she would not have agreed to a project that would endanger the bird populations or archaeology on the island, adding:Specialist staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the National Monuments Service as well as OPW experts were on site throughout the filming and are satisfied that there were no negative impacts.More than 70 Irish people worked for the film company in the past week, according to the Minister’s statement — although there was no breakdown of the roles they carried out.“The combined effort of the local community, the State agencies and the international film world made this a truly special experience for all.This was a Team Ireland effort and I believe it showcased Ireland’s wonderful arts, heritage and cultural assets, as well as our technical capabilities in the film production sector.Read: Star Wars filming begins on Skellig Michael as exciting footage emergesRead: Could Star Wars cost Skellig Michael its Unesco World Heritage status?last_img read more

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Apple is recalling some Verizon iPad 2s

first_imgWord is getting out that Apple may have issued an order to its customer service reps to snag and return Verizon Wireless iPad 2s. A number of people have complained that their iPad orders have been stopped mid-shipment and are being returned to Apple’s manufacturing facilities in China. 9to5Mac reports that an Apple Store employee was given a list of serial numbers to compare any problematic or in-stock iPad 2s against, and if he found a match, it had to be returned.This kind of “stealth” recall isn’t unlike Apple – as a company, their customer service policy has always been to say “if you have a problem, we’ll fix it for free,” and that’s the closest admission you’ll ever get to an actual admission of a defect. On the inside, AppleCare reps are usually issued advisories for new procedures posted to Apple’s internal knowledgebase instructing them to compare serial numbers against a list of products or models that should be sent back to Apple, repaired, or replaced.In this case, it’s entirely unclear what the root problem is, whether it’s a manufacturing issue, a problem with engraving, or some other issue, Whatever the case, it seems to only apply to engraved iPad 2s headed for Verizon Wireless stores and customers. The issue is so bad that Apple’s discussion forums are alight with controversy, and several tech blogs are being flooded with comments to back up the point. Some are even reporting it’s not an issue with the iPad, but more an issue between Apple and FedEx, the carrier delivering the iPad 2s.Most users point out that Apple’s front-line reps have no idea what the root fault is – and that makes sense: Apple doesn’t usually tell Apple Store and AppleCare reps what the actual problem is when they issue an advisory, they just give them instructions on how to identify a system that needs to come in for repair. Until Apple says something formally, or posts something to the public Apple Support page, we won’t know for sure.Anyone reading this had their Verizon iPad 2 order stopped?Read more at 9to5Maclast_img read more

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Telltale released a Mr Robot game and its a real headscratcher

first_img <> Last week rumors swirled that Telltale Games was working on a Mr. Robot game, rumors that were as good as confirmed when the marketing folks started releasing hacker-ish tweets. Today at Gamescom it’s been made official- MR.ROBOT:1.51exfiltratiOn is a new title from Night School Studio. What’s more, it’s available for download right now.For $3 on iOS or Android you can get personally involved with fsociety, creepy mask not included. In what seems to be an experience similar to the excellent Lifeline series, you will actually play Exfiltration over the course of a week. The game will mimic a “E Corp Messaging App” and the story will play in real time, as the fsociety members text you and work with you in an attempt to hack Evil Corp.Ever want to chat with Darlene, Cisco, or Elliot from the show? This is as close as you’re going to get.If the naming convention is to be believed, the games seems like it should take place immediately after the sixth episode of the first season, eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf. That’s the one that saw Elliot hacking a prison, leaving him… well, a bit out of sorts at the end. So don’t go into this expecting their typical adventure formula, as this is a Telltale game like no other. At the same time, the publisher guarantees that this offers an experience that their fans will love.“There’s a distinct Telltale style to all of the character interactions that our fans will find familiar, and fans of the show will be engrossed all through the night as they race to help fsociety pull off the unthinkable.” They have released the below developer interview to explain the game further. Good luck hacking the planet!last_img read more

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Protesters on roundtheclock vigil at Oregon ICE facility

first_imgPORTLAND — A small group of protesters has set up camp outside the Portland, Oregon headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating families after illegal border crossings.About two dozen protesters gathered Tuesday for a round-the-clock vigil and vowed not to leave until the policy was changed.Elsewhere in Oregon, demonstrators have gathered at the Federal Correction Institute in Sheridan, where 123 adult asylum seekers are being held.Sheridan is about 60 miles southwest of Portland.The protesters calling themselves Occupy ICE PDX are preventing ICE vehicles entering or leaving the facility.The name recalls the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York in 2011.‘PDX’ references a common nickname for Portland based on its airport code.last_img read more

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Robben Alaba Sule believes Liverpool game will be an epic match

first_imgBayern Munich’s Arjen Robben believes the team’s second round UEFA Champions League tie against Liverpool will be an ‘epic match’.Speaking about the game which comes up next year, Robben said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s an epic match.”“Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development. They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).David Alaba, speaking about the second draw, said:“It’s an epic match. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development. They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”Meanwhile, German defender Niklas Sule also had this to say:“In terms of the team, the names and the stadium it’ll be an extremely tough match, but we’re all really looking forward to it. We need to be at the top of our game and get a good result in the first leg. I’m very confident that we’ll come out on top. I’m really looking forward to going up against their attack and seeing Roberto Firmino again. It’ll be an awesome experience.”last_img read more

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Zola urges Morata to embrace demands at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea’s Gianfranco Zola has urged Alvaro Morata to embrace the weight of expectations at the club in order to end his goal drought.The Blues assistant manager insists Morata, who has found the back of the net just once in his last eight games for Chelsea and has managed only 22 goals in total since joining from Real Madrid in 2017, is struggling for confidence this season.Morata returned to the club’s starting lineup for the visit of Southampton on Wednesday but struggled to make an impact as Maurizio Sarri’s men were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.“It should be a motivational thing,” said Zola, according to Sky Sports. “You are at Chelsea, you are not playing for Southampton or Brighton with all due respect to those clubs.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“People expect a lot from the number nine at Chelsea. They expect a lot of goals and good performances. This is normal, he has to get used to it.”“If he goes to another big club it’ll be the same – there is no way you can avoid your responsibilities.”“It’s part of your job and if you can handle that then the better you’re going to be.”last_img read more

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New Rules Raise Security Barriers for Some Visitors to Military Bases

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Visitors to military installations with driver’s licenses from five states that have not complied with a 2005 law are now required to show an alternate form of identification, such as a passport, to gain entry, the Pentagon said last week.The new policy would affect all visitors — including pizza delivery drivers, taxi drivers and contractors working on an installation — with driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington. Those five states, along with American Samoa, have failed to implement security measures mandated by the REAL ID Act.The law, prompted by the terrorist attacks of 9/11, requires states to incorporate anti-counterfeit technology in their driver’s licenses, verify applicants’ identities and conduct background checks for employees involved in issuing the documents.“The state ID card or state driver license is going to be problematic,” said Milt Hemmingsen, regional deputy security director for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, which oversees facilities in 20 states. “At least for the first visit, they might need a passport to gain access,” Hemmingsen told the Virginian-Pilot.Jennifer Hurst-Wender, director of museum operations for Preservation Virginia, which manages the 18th-century Cape Henry Lighthouse on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va., told the paper she was “extraordinarily concerned” the new requirement could keep away visitors.Since 2002, annual attendance at the lighthouse has dropped from 80,000 to 56,000 as the installation has increased security measures, including checking IDs, inspecting vehicles and requiring proof of insurance.For public events, such as an air show, visitors from a non-compliant state in many cases still could gain admittance.“A lot of the things would be [on a] case-by-case basis, based upon what the local commander had decided or what their policy would be,” said Nate Allen, a spokesman for the Army Installation Management Command.“In one way, shape or form, we’re finding ways to be compliant with the law. In most cases on a day-to-day basis, if a person is not able to provide a REAL ID-compliant form of identification, they’re not going to be granted access to the installation unless they are able to have a chaperone,” Allen said.last_img read more

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Processors hit impasse over sustainability label

first_imgThe two groups of processors at odds over who can put the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue sustainability label on their fish appear to be at an impasse, says Chris Hladick, the state’s commissioner of commerce, community and economic development.“This is gonna be July here, which is gonna be the height of the red salmon run in Dillingham, so I don’t think there’s gonna be any resolution to it at this point, not what I’ve seen,” Hladick said.This spring, a group of ten processors including Trident, Leader Creek, North Pacific, Peter Pan, Icicle, Ocean Beauty and others asked to access the certification, which is held by the nonprofit Alaska Salmon Processors Association. Silver Bay heads up that organization; Copper River is also a member.The MSC label is needed to sell salmon in certain European markets.The two groups have been going back and forth about the terms under which the new group can join. The MSC sponsored mediation, but that failed, so the organization suggested binding arbitration.They couldn’t agree on that, either, Hladick says.“ASPA originally said they would do it, and then when only a portion of the Trident group agreed to do it, then ASPA pulled out,” Hladick said.Hladick says the governor wants to ensure that there’s a market for Alaska salmon.It’s unclear what the next step is or who will make it now that the MSC’s suggestion has failed. But Hladick says over the next year or two he’ll work with the MSC on changes to the system to prevent a similar issue in the future.“I’m going to be working with MSC to make sure this doesn’t ever happen again, that people don’t get shut out of the MSC certification program,” Hladick said.Sorting that out could take a year or two.last_img read more

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