Indian real estate companies should partner Israeli firms PM Netanyahu

first_imgTel Aviv: Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asked Indian real estate developers to partner with Israeli counterparts to boost productivity and profitability. Addressing the realtors’ apex body CREDAI conference through video messaging, Netanyahu said Israel and India are already collaborating in many areas like security, agriculture, cyber and IT, and now construction and real estate. The prime minister said CREDAI is holding conference in Israel is another sign of the growing ties between Israel and India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The future belongs to those who innovate Israel is innovation nation,” he said. Stating that the world is changing rapidly because of technological advancement, Netanyahu said: “Technology is changing every industry, including the construction industry. The confluence of big data, connectivity, artificial intelligence is revolutionising the world and no area is going to be exempt”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I recognised this and that is why we are fostering closer relations in every field from security, to cyber, IT, agriculture and now we have construction and real estate,” he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNetanyahu asked Indian developers to consider the possibility of partnering with Israeli counterparts. “You can increase the productivity and profitability of your own enterprises by partnering with Israelis who are eager to partner with you to seize the future together,” he added. Speaking at the event, Indian ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor said there is lot of scope for collaboration between India and Israel in the construction and real estate sector. Kapoor said the bilateral trade between India and Israel is $5.5 billion, of which only $102.6 million is in construction services (including equioment installation).last_img read more

Exclusive Montreal club 357c which made headlines during corruption inquiry to close

first_imgMONTREAL — A private club that catered to Montreal’s business elite and attracted scrutiny in 2012 during Quebec’s corruption inquiry says it will be closing its doors next month.Montreal’s 357c says in a message on its website that “changes in business practices” and high municipal taxes are forcing its closure.The high-end establishment located at 357 de la Commune Street in the heart of Montreal’s old city also says its location limited expansion opportunities.A favoured meeting spot of construction industry players, the members-only club had its ledgers examined during the Charbonneau inquiry into corruption.Investigators from the inquiry said they weren’t interested in the club itself, but in “a tiny portion of the membership.” Those construction bosses and engineering firm executives invited guests who included public servants and elected officials.The club opened in 2002 in a 140-year-old building that had been abandoned for many years, requiring major renovation and reconstruction work. It promised members a setting where business could be conducted “in the utmost comfort and discretion.”A staff member confirmed Monday that the club is slated to close on May 24.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Supreme Court hearing on energy projects draws large crowd

first_img(Demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court of Canada Wednesday.)APTN National NewsWhen Cedar Parker was in Seattle for Black Friday he says someone tried to rob him leaving him bruised and with cuts on his face.Parker said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to do rob him, too.“The government is trying to rob me …of my future for a material object,” said Parker, a member Tsleil-Waututh Nation in B.C., of the Trudeau government’s approval of two pipelines Tuesday.The thug in Seattle may have roughed him up but Parker is more frightened by Trudeau.He was among dozens of demonstrators Wednesday at the Supreme Court of Canada rallying in support of two cases being heard at the country’s highest court.The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on a case that could lead to a major overhaul of the way the federal government consults Indigenous communities on energy projects.Two cases are to be heard together to essentially settle an argument: Does the National Energy Board (NEB) execute the Crown’s duty to consultation with Indigenous communities through its public consultation process?The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario and the Inuit community of Clyde River in Nunavut argue it doesn’t. The NEB approved both projects.The NEB is not a Crown agent, but part of the executive branch of the federal government, and makes recommendations to Ottawa on whether energy projects should proceed. The federal cabinet then gives final approval.In the case of the Chippewas, located near London, Ont., they opposed Enbridge’s interest in expanding and reversing the flow on a large portion of an existing oil pipeline that stretches approximately 830 km from Sarnia, Ont. to Montreal, Que. The section of pipeline in question is known as Line 9B, and was constructed in 1975.In Nunavut, the NEB approved Petroleum Geo-Services to conduct seismic testing in the waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait off the coast of Baffin Island in Nunavut.The testing would happen 24 hours a day, five months per year for five years, something the Hamlet of Clyde River and other interested parties oppose.Residents feel the testing is harmful to marine mammals, including narwhal, ringed seal and the bowhead whale – something the Inuit rely on for their food and culture.Wednesday’s rally was planned weeks in advance but was strengthened by Trudeau approving two pipeline expansion projects coming out of Alberta – Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. and Enbridge’s Line 3 from Hardisty, Alta., through Neche, ND, to Superior, Wis.Trudeau rejected Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, which would also have moved bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Protests are already being planned by environment and climate activists, as well as First Nations and Indigenous people who oppose the expansions.Tsleil-Waututh has vowed to stop the Trans Mountain read more

IMF Encourages Morocco to Expand Currency Reform

Rabat – When Morocco introduced a more flexible exchange rate policy in January of 2018, it aimed to keep the county’s economy competitive and maintain the value of the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). The IMF has since reported that the transition was a success. On Tuesday, the IMF urged Morocco to expand its exchange rate flexibility by again increasing the float of the MAD. In an effort to boost resilience and increase exports, Morocco first introduced a floating exchange rate in January of 2018, increasing the rate from 0.03% to 2.5%.In a report released on Tuesday, the IMF’s Executive Directors said “they welcomed the beginning of the transition to greater exchange rate flexibility last year which will help the economy absorb potential external shocks and remain competitive. They encouraged the authorities to use the current window of opportunity to continue this reform in a carefully sequenced and well-communicated manner.” Moroccan Authorities responded to the IMF’s continued encouragement by saying reforms would continue, economic conditions in the country permitting.In a floating rate rate system, a currency’s value is typically determined by supply and demand on the open market. The value of a currency over time is an indication of the country’s relative economic strength.Read also: Strong, Flexible MAD: Successful First Year for Morocco’s IMF-Approved PLLPrior to 2018, Morocco’s currency operated on a fixed exchange rate. In a fixed exchange rate a currency is tied, or held at the same value relative to a major world currency such as the U.S. dollar or the euro.The flexibility of a floating rate offers an advantage in case of an economic shock where significant pressure is put on foreign exchange reserves. Not everyone is in favor of continued reform to the MAD.High Commissioner for Planning Ahmed al-Halimi warned that Morocco needs to focus on other reforms before pursuing reforms to the currency exchange system. In a country with a 10% unemployment rate, and where one third of college students graduate unqualified to find a job, Halimi said Morocco needed to instead focus on education and vocational training systems. “What is needed now in a country like Morocco is not a reform in the currency exchange system,” Halimi said last August. “Before we do that, “We must first carry out other reforms or finish the reforms already initiated.” read more

On International Day Ban urges greater efforts to ensure rights of older

In a message marking the International Day of Older Persons, observed annually on 1 October, Mr. Ban recalled that six years ago at the Second World Assembly on Ageing held in Madrid, Member States committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination, including based on age.“Despite this commitment, in many parts of the world, the rights of older persons are violated every day,” he stated. “Older persons often face age discrimination at a workplace. In social environments, they may experience a lack of recognition and respect. They may be deprived of full inclusion and participation in social, economic, cultural and political affairs,” said the Secretary-General. “Most disturbingly, in many countries, incidences of neglect, abuse and violence against older persons are not at all rare or isolated events.”The first review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing, held earlier this year, showed that much more needs to be done at the national level to support older persons, promote their income security and social protection, and ensure quality health care, as well as the provision of long-term care services. “To make this possible, national ageing-specific policies must be improved substantially, and the concerns of older persons mainstreamed into a wider policy framework,” stress Mr. Ban.He added that the theme of this year’s International Day, “Rights of Older Persons,” is especially apt in this year in which the United Nations marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“This International Day is an opportunity to stimulate discussion on promoting the rights of older persons and strengthen partnerships aimed at securing their full participation in society,” the Secretary-General stated.The head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in her message, highlighted the difficulties faced by the millions of older poor, especially women, who are struggling alone to make ends meet. “Many older persons have no social safety net to rely on – they lack access to basic social services such as health care,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid.“It is time to recognize the significant contributions that older persons make to our families, communities and societies. And it is time to do more to promote and protect their human rights and freedoms,” she stressed. 1 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for ensuring the dignity and well-being of older persons, noting that despite the commitment of States to eliminate discrimination against this vital segment of society, their rights are being violated every day. read more

Annan names expert group to monitor UN sanctions against Taliban

In a letter to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Annan says that the team will be headed by Michael Chandler of the United Kingdom. The other members are Philippe Graver of France, Amod Gurung of Nepal, Ashraf Mohsen Mohamed Mohsen of Egypt, and Daniel Yorks of the United States. The Secretary-General’s actions came in response to a request by the Security Council last July that he establish a mechanism – comprised of a New York-based Monitoring Group and a Sanctions Enforcement Support Team – which will offer assistance to “States bordering the territory of Afghanistan under Taliban control and other States, as appropriate.”The team will help those countries increase their capacity to implement the sanctions against the Taliban, which were imposed in 1999 and tightened the following year to compel the group to hand over indicted terrorist Usama bin Laden and to close all terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. In addition, experts are mandated to collate, assess, verify wherever possible, report and make recommendations on information regarding violations of the sanctions. read more

Annan welcomes Pakistani leaders antiterrorist pledges

In a statement released on Saturday by his spokesman, Mr. Annan welcomed a speech by President Pervez Musharraf in which the Pakistani leader emphasized tolerance, the rule of law and the need to fight terrorism and extremism.“He [the Secretary-General] regards the anti-terrorist measures announced by the President, including the banning of several armed extremist organizations, as a significant further step towards easing the dangerous situation in the region,” the statement said.Reiterating that the differences between India and Pakistan could only be resolved peacefully, the statement said the Secretary-General “was glad to note in this connection the reference in President Musharraf’s speech to the need for a solution in Kashmir through dialogue and by peaceful means.” The Secretary-General called on both sides to “do whatever is necessary to reduce tension and enable a resumption of their bilateral dialogue without further delay, with a view to resolving their differences,” according to the statement. read more

UNs top rights official urges mission to occupied Palestinian territories

“The last days have brought a frightening increase in the loss of life,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, noting that suicide bombings had killed dozens of people in Israel, while unknown numbers of Palestinians had also been killed. “There have been reports of possible extrajudicial executions by the IDF [Israeli Defence Force] and there are also reports of the killing of eight Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel,” she noted. “These are tragic examples of a spiral of violence and arbitrary deprivation of life that must be ended.”Mrs. Robinson pointed out that the UN Security Council sends visiting missions to areas of concern, and asked, “Would it not be right for this Commission to dispatch immediately a visiting mission that would travel to the area and return expeditiously to the Commission with their finding and recommendations?” She added that the protection of human rights would require such a step “as a very minimum.”The High Commissioner also recalled that following her visit to the region in 2000 she had asked that the feasibility of establishing an international monitoring presence be explored. “That proposal should now be implemented,” she said. “International observers on the ground can be a deterrent to the violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories and also can promote human security against suicide and other attacks on Israeli civilians.”Mrs. Robinson painted a grim picture of the deteriorating conditions in the region, noting that hundreds of Palestinians have reportedly been arrested, while movement in all the areas of military operations, including Ramallah, Beit Jala, Qalqilya, Tulkarm and Bethlehem, remained “extremely dangerous.” She also cited reports indicating that the Palestinian Red Crescent Society was unable to provide evacuation for the injured in any conflict areas, and that medical personnel were being arrested. read more

UN envoy in Somalia urges immediate halt to fighting

“Somalia is already at war with nature and poverty,” said François Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, in a statement released in Nairobi. “The last thing this country needs is for its leaders to be fighting among themselves.”Ambassador Fall said he was deeply disturbed by the fighting which has cost civilian lives and brought further insecurity to the UN humanitarian workers trying to address the serious drought situation.“This is a time for pulling together, not for pulling further apart,” he said, urging those faction leaders in Mogadishu, who are also cabinet members in transitional federal government, to put down their arms and join the political process in Baidoa.Prior to the current fighting, it appeared that Somali leaders were moving fast towards reconciliation. They had agreed on a transitional charter and members of the parliament were engaged in efforts to frame a constitution – the first signs of centralized governance in more than 15 years of civil strife.“Given Somalia’s tragic recent history, these are not small achievements,” Ambassador Fall said, adding that the UN and the international community remained fully committed to building on its longstanding support for Somalia. “However, we need a country that is universally committed to security for those efforts so that we can move ahead at maximum speed.” He said he was troubled by reports that militia of the union of the Shariah courts and the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism were deploying in and around city and supplying their lines with munitions, with external assistance in “direct breach” of the UN arms embargo.Regardless of such violations, the UN and its agencies would continue to stay the course in Somalia, Ambassador Fall said, adding that the Organization’s humanitarian workers were operating in “emergency mode” across the spectrum of human needs in Somalia.“There is no question,” he said, “that we will continue to deliver, as we have for decades, ramping up our support as needed in food and water supply, health care and shelter, both for local population and tens of thousands of Somalis who have been displaced by prolonged by prolonged conflict, droughts and floods.”The Special Representative noted, however, that the serious obstacles to the national progress would remain until those “with the guns and political influence” made a strong commitment to peace and reconciliation. “The power for peace and change for the better in Somalia is in the hands of the warlords,” he said. read more

CNOOC completes 151billion takeover of Calgary oil and gas producer Nexen

CALGARY – Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd. is now officially in control of Calgary oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY).CNOOC’s $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen, first announced last July, was completed on Monday, marking China’s largest-ever successful overseas acquisition.Kevin Reinhart, who had been serving as interim CEO since January 2012, will remain in charge of Nexen’s operations in the oilsands, B.C. shale fields, North Sea, West Africa and Gulf of Mexico.CNOOC Ltd. CEO Li Fanrong will serve as chairman of Nexen’s new board of directors, which includes members from both the Chinese and Canadian companies.All of Nexen’s existing assets, as well as CNOOC’s North and Central American operations, will be managed out of Nexen’s Calgary headquarters.Nexen shares are expected to be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange in a few trading days. They will cease being traded on the New York Stock Exchange before markets open Tuesday, and will subsequently be delisted.The CNOOC-Nexen deal touched off a great deal of controversy about what degree foreign state-owned control of Canadian resources is acceptable.That the deal came from a Chinese company, in particular, raised concerns in some quarters about doing business with a non-democratic state.But there was also acknowledgment that Canada does not have the capital necessary to develop its own resources alone, and that overseas investment is needed.The Conservative government finally decided in December that the deal would be of “net benefit” to Canada under the Investment Canada Act, but that future deals of that type would be held to greater scrutiny.Ottawa has signalled that deals that give state-owned enterprises control over the oilsands would only be allowed in “exceptional circumstances” from now on, but that partnership deals would continue to bring capital into the sector.About two weeks ago, Nexen received U.S. government approval.Earlier Monday, Nexen posted results for its last quarter as an independent company.Citing impairment charges on natural gas properties in the U.S. and Canada and costs associated with its Long Lake oilsands project, Nexen said its net loss in the three months ended in December was $6 million, or two cents per diluted share.That was a big reversal from last year’s fourth-quarter profit of $43 million or eight cents per share.Net sales from continuing operations were $1.58 billion, down from $1.66 billion in the same 2011 period.For the year as a whole, Nexen said income dropped 52 per cent, which primarily reflected “the impact of higher share-based compensation expense as a result of the increase in our share price in part due to the proposed CNOOC Ltd. acquisition and to lower gains from asset dispositions.”Last year, net income included pre-tax gains of $386 million from asset dispositions compared to $194 million in 2012. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2013 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CNOOC completes $15.1-billion takeover of Calgary oil and gas producer Nexen read more

Ban calls for calm commitment to rule of law amid reported clashes

In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called for calm amid demonstrations reportedly triggered by calls for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to resign over allegations of corruption.Mr. Ban stressed the importance of respect for peaceful protest and freedom of assembly. He also underscored the importance of a commitment to the rule of law, dialogue and non-violence.

Pooran Im strong and we will get through stronger as a

Nicholas Pooran knows when and how to be tough. Looking back, four years ago, he suffered a horrific car accident which led to several fractures and broken bones. He has to go through months of rehab to learn to walk again. Many felt his cricketing days were over.It was a long hard journey back to the field of play, but he has conquered that hurdle and showed his prowess with a stunning century against Sri Lanka in just his ninth ODI on Monday. The 23-year-old left-hander made 188, his maiden ODI century and his highest score in any senior cricket as the West Indies narrowly went down to Sri Lanka in Durham.“I was coming home from training, swerved and someone hit me,” Pooran recalled.“I can’t remember much. I woke up with the car smashed. Then the ambulance came and prised me out. I was in so much pain, I just wanted them to knock me out. When I woke up the next day, both my legs were in casts. They were numb. I couldn’t feel them at all. I was on painkillers throughout the 12 days I was in hospital. The doctor told me he wasn’t sure if I could play cricket again. He wasn’t sure if I would ever run properly again. My blood pressure kept going up. I was worried. I just kept praying, and that kept me going,” he continued.He had two operations. The first addressed the ruptured patella tendon in his left knee. Severe swelling in his right leg meant the repair of his fractured ankle was delayed a couple of days.Bajan mega star Rihanna was among the supporters of the WI team on Monday“Mentally it was tough for me, heading into therapy. At first my muscles were very weak, so I had to get the strength back in my knee, then the physio had to bend it because it wouldn’t move at all, there was a lot of pain.”On Monday he showed the capacity crowd which included Bajan mega star Rihanna, what he’s capable of as he hammered an 83-run stand for the seventh wicket with Fabian Allen to give West Indies a shot at a record World Cup chase.The West Indies however fell short by 23 runs. This is the third time they’ve come close to a big scalp in recent weeks, after also losing out narrowly to Australia – by 15 runs and New Zealand – by five runs.“This hasn’t been a successful tournament for us but as sportsmen you fail more than you win and this has been a learning experience,” he said, after his brilliant contribution.“We have a young team and a young batting line-up. Hopefully a lot of guys like me, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Fabian Allen have learned from this tournament. Hopefully when we play our next series against India we can start heading in the right direction and restore pride in West Indies cricket.”Pooran and Allen looked to have put the West Indies on top before Allen was run out.He added: “Myself and Fabian were in control. The bowlers didn’t know where to bowl and we were scoring easily. This is cricket, it’s unfortunate. I had to capitalise in that over. I could have hit the ball for four and six and it’s a different game. I’m just disappointed. We are just finding ways to lose our games.”Pooran has been marked out as a special player from a young age and this was his coming of age on the big stage, despite being on the wrong side of the result. He acknowledges the comparisons with Brian Lara and admits that he watched a lot of film of the great man but does not intend to fuel the hype.“I know people say a lot of things about me but if I don’t perform on the field it makes no sense. I just want to get better and better each day. I have had a lot of starts in this tournament but not converted,” he said. “I don’t know what the future holds – I’m just thankful that I got the opportunity to play and I could show the selectors that I could play. I don’t want to be like anyone else, I just want to be Nicholas Pooran.” (CWI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCoach can’t do miracles, SL have to step up – ThisaraJanuary 19, 2018In “latest news”CWC 2019: Holder and Pooran fire West Indies in Afghanistan clashJuly 4, 2019In “latest news”Uncapped West Indians hungry to make their markSeptember 22, 2016In “latest news” read more

Rajant highlights importance of networks to support real time mine slope stability

first_imgSagar Chandra, VP of Business Development – Latin America and Todd Rigby, Director of Sales, at private wireless mesh network technology company Rajant Corporation recently shared with IM their thoughts on how slope stability monitoring is increasing both safety and productivity. “Slope failure in open-cut mines can have devastating effects, especially when they occur without warning. One slope failure can destroy valuable equipment and significant assets within the mine, which in turn, will inevitably lead to mine closures. This not only disrupts a business’ day-to-day operations but will displace workforces and communities too – costing millions of pounds a day. Most importantly, slope disasters present risk of human injury and, in the worst cases, can result in loss of life.”The most recent tragic example of this is the Brumadinho dam disaster in Brazil, which saw more than 237 lives lost and 30 citizens reported missing. “This misfortune highlights that mining operators must put slope stability at the top of their agendas. The catastrophic failure, which released a mudflow that advanced through the mine’s offices and into houses, farms and roads had a devastating effect on citizens, communities as well as public and private organisations, is a lesson which needs to be learnt from. That is why slope stability is crucial in the management of many types of mining operations. The sooner operators begin investing in technology which can not only detect but, in some cases, also prevent a slope failure the better.”They add: “As the mining market continues to gain pace, open pit mines are becoming larger, deeper, and steeper to satisfy demands. As a result, assessing and monitoring slope stability is critically important in mining operations and should form part of the overall safety management and productivity of a mine. Although slope failures are an ever-present danger at most mining operations, the likelihood of failure has significantly lessened over the past decade due to improved management and monitoring. This, plus advancements in radar technology, means that today there are various slope monitoring solutions available. Rarely does a slope just give away and slide, it is almost always predicted by minor movements prior to the big release, so with the right technology in place, mining stakeholders can be one step ahead of failure.”These solutions are designed to enable mining operators to analyse whether a slope is safe or not and how to possibly enhance the stability of the slope to avoid failure, if possible. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are also now being used to perform a rapid condition assessment of slopes. By fitting the drones with high-resolution cameras, laser scanners and other equipment, airborne remote monitoring of rock slopes and earthworks can be carried out to further enhance traditional visual inspections.“While there are several different solutions for monitoring slope stability, they all have one thing in common – they rely on a reliable, robust and secure wireless network which can transport alerts and information about slope movement in real-time. One of the largest open pit mines in the world, located in Utah, required a solution to actively monitor and assess the stability of its mine’s slopes. The mine’s steep walls made it a high risk for landslides, meaning a radar system was vital to monitoring the ground’s stability. This was particularly crucial when the mine faced one of the most significant landslides ever recorded, during which it was estimated that more earth moved to the bottom of their pit than was excavated during the construction of the Panama Canal.”Prior to the landslide, the two different slope monitoring systems that the mine had installed identified that the high wall was starting to move. This allowed miners to start taking precautions weeks in advance of the slide that eventually occurred. As a result, mining operations were shut down the day before the anticipated slide and not a single person suffered an injury. This predictive intervention was all made possible by an industrial wireless network, which provided continuous 24/7 connectivity to transport the data from the radar technology to the stakeholders of the mine in real-time.“With the right wireless mesh network in place, miners can be confident that they will receive invaluable data in real-time, which will empower them to make well-informed decisions to manage the risks of slope landslides, ensuring maximum safety of its personnel and those in the surrounding areas of the mine, such as communities. Furthermore, this will provide miners with the means to limit the financial repercussions of a landslide and protect equipment from damage, all while increasing productivity across the mine.”last_img read more

Bord Gáis says 100000 customers have agreed repayment plans

first_imgENERGY PROVIDER BORD Gáis has said that 100,000 repayment plans have been agreed with customers with over 62,000 pay-as-you-go meters installed in homes across the country.In its annual report today the company said there had been a 29 per cent increase in pre tax profits of €121 million for 2012 with total revenue growing by one per cent to €1.6 billion.The company’s dividend to the government was €23.8 million last year, a fall from €33.1 million in 2011 with profits today meaning that the dividend for 2013 will be €36.3 million.In total the company, which is required to give 30 per cent of its profit to the State, has paid €854 million to the Exchequer since its inception in 1976.The energy consumer advice website said today that the figures released show 94,000 Bord Gáis customers are in arrears and added that its own research shows that almost three-quarters of Irish consumers have gone cold in their homes in order to contain energy costs.It advised customers to take steps to save money by ensuring their homes are as energy efficient as possible and they are paying the lowest possible prices for energy use.Read: Energy usage in Ireland dropped 12 per cent in just three yearsMore: ‘Leave the immersion on’: Your tips for saving energy… and moneylast_img read more

RIM begs businesses to buy PlayBooks in lots of three

first_imgThe BlackBerry PlayBook didn’t sell as well as hoped at the $499 starting price RIM slapped on it, so recently they tried deep price cuts to see if that would help. Even at $299 in the U.S. and Canada, the PlayBook didn’t fly off shelves. Now, RIM’s trying grocery store tactics: buy two, get one free.This time around, however, consumers aren’t invited to get in on the PlayBook price cuts. The three for the price of two deal is aimed at business customers only, and it looks an awful lot like RIM trying to gets its shoe in the doorway just before enterprise IT decides to slam the door on BlackBerry products once and for all.The timing is certainly interesting. Remember, this new “special offer” comes hot on the heels of RIM announcing that PlayBook OS 2.0 still isn’t going to include a native email app or BMM. Those have been pushed back to an as-yet-unspecified future version, and the OS 2 update itself has seen its release slide to February of 2012.That means if your company does decide to pick up three PlayBooks (or thirty, RIM’s no doubt hoping), you’ll still be saddled with the not-quite-what-you’re-expecting current version of the OS for four more months. There still aren’t many compelling apps available on AppWorld for the PlayBook, either, so most purchases are going to be based on potential and not what the tablet can do right now.But hey, if your workplace requires gadgets to be NIST certified, now’s a good chance to pick up the PlayBook — since it’s the only tablet on the market that can lay claim to that particular achievement.More at ZDNetlast_img read more

Vancouverites celebrate then stress about snow online

first_img@newsladykatie— Michelle Bart (@helpingheroespr) January 17, 2017 When the first snowflakes fell last week, at first we were all excited about the winter wonderland outside our doors. And who can blame anyone? With Vancouver averaging less than six inches of snow every year, the foot we got last week was historic and beautiful to boot.last_img

Nacho on Ronaldo He scores everything he touches

first_imgNacho has defended his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo from the criticism that he has received this season and admits he finds it bafflingThe Portugal international suffered a dismal start to the current campaign with only one goal in his first eight appearances with Real struggling to keep up with Barcelona at the top of the league standings.But Ronaldo has now turned around his season and has amassed a total of 37 goals in just 35 appearances across all competitions this season.Nacho has nothing but praise for his famous teammate and does not believe that he is showing any signs of decline at the age of 33 years old.“The truth is that he scores everything he touches,” Nacho told Goal.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“We finished the match with the Spain national team [against Germany] and saw that he had scored twice in five minutes with Portugal. That is great for us. I hope he maintains this level until the end of the season.”He added: “I do not understand how people can doubt Ronaldo. He is the one who always makes the difference, he has goal stats in his career that are not normal for a player.“I do not understand how there can be people doubting him. The commitment he has to this club is 100 per cent and I, as his teammate, think there is nowhere better for him than Real Madrid.”Having now returned from international duty with Portugal, Ronaldo will now be setting his sights on Real’s upcoming La Liga game against lowly Las Palmas on Saturday.last_img read more

Lyon back coach Genesio after alleged verbal abuse incident

first_imgThe French media have published a video where a 52-year-old man is chasing a youngster and yelling obscenities after that person allegedly shouted at his daughterThe French media had a field day with a released video where they have reported seeing Olympique Lyonnais boss Bruno Genesio verbally abusing someone.The different outlets shared footage of a 52-year-old man chasing a youngster and yelling obscenities after that person allegedly shouted at Genesio’s daughter.But the French Ligue 1 club has been quick to support their coach.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“Since [Monday], Olympique Lyonnais have supported coach Bruno Genesio and his family with regards to an incident that occurred on Saturday, which has been condemned with the utmost firmness,” the statement said as reported by ESPN.“Sometimes, you have to know how to watch and listen before intervening,” OL president Jean-Michel Aulas wrote on Twitter.“Thanks to the many testimonies of support and gratitude towards Bruno, he retains thoroughly deserved legitimacy.”last_img read more

Favre praises Dortmund duo after victory

first_imgBorussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and sporting director Michael Zorc have heaped praises on Jadon Sancho and Paco Alcacer after the two players inspired the German side to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.Abdou Diallo gave Favre’s men the lead when he scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 36th minute but Frankfurt leveled through Sebastian Haller in the 68th minute after he pounced on a mistake by Dortmund’s Marcel Schmelzer.Former Frankfurt player Marius Wolf restored the Bundesliga giants’ lead in the 72nd minute after good combination play with Jadon Sancho, before Alcacer sealed all three points with a debut goal in the 88th minute.Zorc spoke to reporters after the game, saying, as quoted by ESPN: “Jadon Sancho hit the ground running after coming on.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We know that his strength is to take on opponents one-on-one. If he assists a goal, that’s always good. Axel Witsel gained control of the game right after coming on as well,” Zorc said. “And of course, I’m happy for Paco [Alcacer] for scoring his first goal in his first game with a great left-footed strike. You can see that he understands football well and that he links up well with the team. You saw that also in how he instigated our second goal [by teeing up Sancho].”Favre also said during his postgame news conference: “The substitutes made the difference in the end. Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel and Paco Alcacer added new impulses. The 2-1 was a well-crafted goal and after retaking the lead, the team was playing very well.”Meanwhile, Favre is not sure if Alcacer will play a part in Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League opener against Basel.He said: “Paco is here for 10 days. He played in a friendly for only 65 minutes during the international break because he hasn’t played a lot of games in the past two years,” Favre said. “He’s lacking match rhythm. Sadly, he felt a pain in his muscles after the game. Though we aren’t sure yet what it is.”last_img read more