A hefty donation to Trump’s inaugural comes under scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Real estate mogul Franklin Haney contributed $1 million to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and all he’s got to show for the money is the glare of a federal investigation.The contribution from Haney, a prolific political donor, came as he was seeking regulatory approval and financial support from the government for his long-shot bid to acquire the mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Alabama. More than two years later, he still hasn’t closed the deal.His tale is a familiar one in Washington, where lobbyists and wealthy donors use their checkbooks to try to sway politicians. It’s a world Haney is accustomed to operating in and one that Trump came into office pledging to upend. Yet Trump has left in place many of the familiar ways to wield influence.Haney’s hefty donation to Trump’s inaugural committee is being scrutinized by federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating the committee’s finances. Their probe is focused in part on whether donors received benefits after making contributions.Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has given prosecutors information regarding Haney, his son and business associate, Frank Haney Jr., and the nuclear plant project, according to a person familiar with what Cohen told the authorities. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.Haney had briefly hired Cohen to help obtain money for the Bellefonte project from potential investors, including the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Cohen is now serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.Haney and his attorney did not respond to interview requests.Prosecutors also are examining whether foreigners unlawfully contributed to the committee. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan issued a subpoena last year seeking a wide range of financial records from the committee, including any “communications regarding or relating to the possibility of donations by foreign nationals.”The inaugural committee has denied wrongdoing and said its funds were fully accounted for.Haney, 79, has previously faced accusations that his political gift giving is aimed at cultivating influence. An investigation by House Republicans in the late 1990s alleged that Haney’s money and his political pull with senior Clinton administration officials helped him to get the Federal Communications Commission to move into an office building that he had a major stake in. Haney denied any wrongdoing and the Justice Department declined to pursue the matter.But he was charged in 1999 with funneling about $100,000 in illegal contributions to President Bill Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore and other politicians, then acquitted. A federal prosecutor described Haney as a sophisticated fundraiser who hoped to impress potential business clients with his access to elected officials, like Clinton and Gore.Haney’s family-owned real estate business donated thousands of dollars in 2013 and 2015 to political action committees that supported Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who later recommended that the nuclear plant Haney wanted to buy be put up for sale. Haney also contributed to a non-profit created to promote Bentley’s agenda. The Republican governor resigned in 2017 as he faced impeachment proceedings after an alleged affair with an aide.In addition to the investigation into Haney’s contribution to the Trump inaugural committee, Haney is in an unrelated legal battle with the nuclear plant’s owner, the Tennessee Valley Authority. Another Haney company, Nuclear Development LLC, has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the TVA, the nation’s largest public utility, of illegally blocking the plant’s sale to him at the last minute. The utility has argued it couldn’t complete the transaction because Haney failed to get the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approval for transfer of the construction permits.A tentative Bellefonte sale in November 2016 involved two partially constructed nuclear reactors and the supporting cooling towers, several other buildings and more than 1,000 acres of land on the Tennessee River. Haney put down $22 million and had until November 2018 to complete the $111-million sale.On Nov. 29, the day before the sale was to be closed, the TVA scrapped the deal, declaring that Haney’s company had not yet secured regulatory approval as required by the Atomic Energy Act. Haney filed a breach of contract lawsuit.In early April, about five months after Nuclear Development submitted its application for transfer of the construction permits, the regulatory commission’s staff told the company it needed to submit more technical details before it could proceed.Edwin Lyman, a nuclear power expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the response reflected skepticism about whether Haney’s company “is serious about or capable of actually undertaking this project or just wants to put the license in its pocket for purposes unknown.”But Lyman added the five-member nuclear regulatory board is dominated by Trump appointees and may not want to be seen by Congress and the Trump administration as throwing up roadblocks to a nuclear power expansion.Haney’s Nuclear Development company also has applied to the U.S. Energy Department for financing assistance on the project. The department said it considers the loan application process to be “business sensitive” and declined to comment.Stephen Smith, executive director of the non-profit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said Haney faces too many technical and financial hurdles to overcome.For example, Bellefonte’s never-completed nuclear reactors are decades old and are of a unique design that has never received an operating license in the U.S. before. He compared Bellefonte to a Ford Pinto, a 1970s-era vehicle with serious engineering flaws. Smith said it’s “extraordinarily unlikely” Bellefonte will be allowed to operate.___Associated Press writer Jim Mustian in New York and researchers Rhonda Shafner and Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.Richard Lardner, The Associated Press read more

Humanitarian conditions in Darfur are deteriorating says UN report

The August overview by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also finds that violence inside the IDP camps scattered across Darfur is worsening, making it harder for aid workers to reach people in need and carry out their work.More than 240,000 Darfurians are newly displaced or have been re-displaced this year, which means over 2.2 million people have fled their homes since the conflict between rebels, Sudanese Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia groups began in 2003. At least 200,000 people have also been killed in that period.At the end of July the Security Council authorized the creation of a hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur (to be known as UNAMID) of some 26,000 troops and police officers to quell the violence and improve humanitarian access.The overview notes that armed elements are present in many of the IDP camps, sometimes conducting violent activities that force a shutdown of aid operations until security can be restored. All operations inside Kalma camp in South Darfur state were suspended for three days last month because of insecurity, while there was a two-day shutdown at Zalingei camp in West Darfur.The ongoing violence in the Jebel Marra region of West Darfur has limited relief operations there as well, according to the report, which said the situation is being exacerbated by the annual rainy season that in turn is affecting sanitary conditions in the camps and promoting the spread of waterborne diseases.Many aid workers are also coming under direct attack. During August seven vehicles belonging to the humanitarian community were hijacked or stolen and four convoys were attacked. In total, five aid workers were kidnapped or abducted, and three were beaten. So far this year five aid workers have been killed and the remaining workers have had to relocate more than 20 times.“This has a direct and tangible impact on the quality and quantity of aid and results, in some cases, in the inability to reach those in need,” the overview stated.But OCHA said there were some positive signs, with humanitarian access improving in several areas of North Darfur state, including Korma, Kutun, northern Dar Zaghawa and Um Keddada.Aid workers are bringing relief to an estimated 4.2 million people across Darfur, an arid and impoverished region in western Sudan, and about 3.1 million of those people received assistance in July from the World Food Programme (WFP).Food assistance is rising at the moment in a bid to bridge the annual “hunger gap” among Darfur’s rural residents ahead of the harvest season. 17 September 2007The humanitarian situation inside Darfur deteriorated further last month, with thousands of civilians fleeing their homes, camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) becoming increasingly crowded and recent heavy rains only adding to the misery of many locals in the war-ravaged Sudanese region, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

UNbacked campaign prevents locust outbreak in East Africa

24 June 2009United Nations-backed emergency efforts have successfully contained a massive Red Locust outbreak in Tanzania and upheld the livelihoods of millions of farmers, marking the first time that biopesticides have been used on a large-scale in Africa against the transboundary pests. United Nations-backed emergency efforts have successfully contained a massive Red Locust outbreak in Tanzania and upheld the livelihoods of millions of farmers, marking the first time that biopesticides have been used on a large scale in Africa against the transboundary pests.Infestations have been markedly reduced by the campaign, organized and coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA). Aerial surveys will be carried out in the coming weeks in Malawi, Mozambique Tanzania and Zambia until the threat is fully under control.“Without the rapid intervention, involving affected countries and the international community, the Central and Southern Africa region could have faced a major Red Locust disaster, putting agriculture and food production of millions of poor farmers at risk,” said Modibo Traoré, FAO Assistant Director-General.East African nations, which do not have the resources and equipment needed to swiftly respond to infestation in hard-to-reach areas, which faced potential outbreaks appealed to FAO for emergency help. FAO’s locust control activities in Tanzania focused on three main areas: the Iku-Katavi National Park, the Lake Rukwa plains and the Malagarasi River Basin.If not controlled, large Red Locust swarms will fly over large tracts of farmland and feed on cereals, sugar cane and other crops often planted by poor farmers. An adult Red Locust consumes roughly its own body weight – about two grams – in fresh food every 24 hours. Just a fraction of an average swarm consumes the same amount of food in one day as 2,500 people do. read more

New report shows over 25 million Iraqis received UN assistance in 2008

Through the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) – an annual funding request the UN and other humanitarian organizations make to support the needs of people affected by conflict and natural disasters – over $500 million has been requested for 2009.Much of this amount is for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, OCHA said in a news release.“United Nations humanitarian programmes focused on protection of the most vulnerable people in Iraq [in 2008],” said Naeema Al-Gasseer, Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.“Although the general situation in Iraq has improved, many Iraqis remain in need of assistance,” added Dr. Al-Gasseer. “There are, for example, still many challenges ahead in handling the Iraqi displacement crisis.”Last year, some 600,000 people in Iraq received food assistance, around 450,000 benefited from water shipments, an estimated 55,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were placed in improved or new housing and 650,000 presented with household items. Basic social services were restored to a number of communities after decades of conflict.“The United Nations also supports the Government of Iraq in helping internally displaced persons who have lost their property to regain it, or to get new housing,” said Dr. Al-Gasser.In addition, she noted that the UN supports efforts to bolster the protection of human rights in the country. “The situation of many vulnerable women and children in Iraq needs to be addressed, and through our programmes, we aim at strengthening women’s and girls’ rights and opportunities.”Children in over 100 schools are now receiving psychosocial care thanks to the training of over 2,000 teachers, in response to high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder recorded in the country. The report also noted efforts to help some 100,000 students attend schools across Iraq, plus enrol 36,000 schoolchildren in accelerated learning programmes allowing them to complete their basic education after it was interrupted by the conflict.For 2009, agencies have requested $192 million for projects in Iraq and some $349 million to support hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees spread across the region. 25 June 2009The United Nations and its partners provided some $207 million worth of humanitarian assistance to over 2.5 million Iraqis in 2008, according to a report by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), highlighting the successes and challenges for aid organizations in the strife-torn country. read more

President says no pressure Audio

“Participating in a democratic process is a clear indication of new freedom they are currently enjoying,” President added.Expressing his views on fishermen issue in North and East, the President said the latest trend is an organized act by certain interested parties who try to fish in the troubled water.“Our people in North could not go fishing for a long time due to conflict. Now when they try to resume their livelihood, they have to face this new problem,” he said adding that Sri Lanka will always adhere to the policy of humane treatment for Indian fishermen who have been detained by the Sri Lanka Navy for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). Meanwhile the President said that if Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Chief Ministerial candidate C.V Wigneswaran is interested in discussing the issue over land and police powers to the provinces he is willing to meet Wigneswaran on that issue. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO He also said that while on a provincial level opposition members are still joining the government the “doors are now closed” for opposition members to crossover to the government in parliament.President Rajapaksa said that the people in North must seize the opportunity and elect their own representatives in the upcoming Provincial Councils election. Asked why former LTTE media coordinator Daya Master has not been included in the final list of nominations of the UPFA for the polls in the North, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the best lot were selected as there was room only for a few.   (Colombo Gazette) President’s Secretary Lalith Weerathunga, who has been tasked to appoint the commission, said that a three member commission will be appointed soon. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the decision to appoint a commission to investigate incidents of disappearances during the war was not taken owing to outside pressure.Speaking to newspaper editors and electronic media heads at Temple Trees today the President said that he saw the need for an investigation some time ago. read more

BC mines minister aims for right audience with next trip to Alaska

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, speaks in Victoria, B.C., Tuesday December 16, 2014. British Columbia’s mines minister is making plans to visit Alaska’s indigenous fishing community after admitting his first trip to the state following the Mount Polley disaster addressed “probably the wrong audience.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2015 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s mines minister is making plans to visit Alaska’s indigenous fishing community after admitting his first trip to the state following the Mount Polley disaster addressed “probably the wrong audience.”Bill Bennett spoke at a major mining industry conference last fall, but met with none of the tribal groups in the southeast region presumed most threatened by upstream mining across the border in B.C.In retrospect, Bennett said people living off the sea in the transboundary region have every right to be concerned about mines in his province, but that he wants to stem the rising anxiety by sharing more information.“They do not have the kind of information and understanding of how we do things here in British Columbia that they need to have, and that’s probably our fault,” he told The Canadian Press. “I think that we can relieve some of these fears.”Bennett has asked a binational economic think-tank to consider organizing a symposium to bring both sides together in one of the southeastern Alaska towns at the heart of its multibillion-dollar fishing industry.Bennett said he hopes the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region will convene a forum in a few months to share best practices and raise awareness about B.C.’s “rigorous” permitting process.His idea comes after an independent report released in late January on the Mount Polley tailings dam spill that spewed 24 million cubic metres of silt and water into salmon-bearing rivers in the provincial Interior last August.An engineering panel concluded a design flaw was to blame for the breach.Bennett travelled to Anchorage last November on the invitation of the Alaska Miners Association. He said he incorrectly assumed that aboriginal groups would be there.His “empathy” for the fishing community has prompted his pledge for a second trip, but the summit concept is already being panned.“So they go there once a year and try to create a big meeting with a thousand people in the room? This is going to be a disaster,” said Marcello Veiga, a University of British Columbia mining professor whose lectures focus on the industry’s relationship with society and the environment.He said Bennett’s plan is exactly the opposite of what he teaches, warning that conflict is likely if various groups are brought together before they’ve established trust.And while Veiga said there’s a low risk of the Alaskan watershed being contaminated by B.C.’s mining industry, he added that having engineers simply inundate the public with data is not a solution.“Facts will not change perceptions. What changes perceptions is trust.”Members of the fishing community in southeast Alaska were immediately wary.“I trust the mining minister as far as I can throw a rock,” said Rob Sanderson Jr., a vice-president of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, based in Ketchikan.While he welcomes Bennett’s visit, he said what’s required to get his 30,000 members onside would be more face-to-face meetings, meaningful consultation and the addition of a long-term mining liaison from B.C. in the region.“Instead of shooting arrows at each other from across the border, you know?”Chris Zimmer of Rivers Without Borders said from Juneau, Alaska, that action is needed instead of talk.“If he wants to just come over here and do a PR campaign … I don’t think that’s going to work.”Zimmer said people were insulted last fall by Bennett’s message that southeast Alaskans would stop worrying if only they understood how B.C. mines are reviewed.“It was patronizing, it was condescending,” he said. “A lot of us have been watching the B.C. permitting process for 10 to 15 years and we have a lot of problems with what we’ve seen.”He cited examples including acid pollution from the long-abandoned Tulsequah Chief Mine in northwestern B.C., with an estimated 16 tons of waste water flowing into Alaska’s salmon-bearing Taku River every year.Zimmer also noted that the Red Chris copper and gold mine in B.C. was granted interim approval to open its tailings facility only days after the Mount Polley report specifically cautioned against a similar type of dam.The permit runs through May, after which the company must seek further approval from the province’s chief inspector of mines.“We want to see actions and guarantees that B.C. isn’t going to hurt our fish,” Zimmer said.Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter B.C. mines minister aims for right audience with next trip to Alaska read more

New car and van forecast – February 2014

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Womens volleyball on the road again at Missouri State

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes gather near the net during a match against LIU Brooklyn. The Buckeyes won 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorOn Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season in a five-set battle with Brigham Young University during the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at Nationwide Arena. Even though the outcome was not in their favor, the team is choosing to learn from early mistakes as they move ahead to this weekend’s competition.“When you lose, it’s an opportunity for your team to fracture a little bit … but this group got better and got closer through having gone through a tough, five-set loss,” said OSU coach Geoff Carlston.Sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold said losing that match will help her team develop for future play. “We’ve talked a lot about having a growth mindset, looking at failure as an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself,” she said. She added that members of the “tribe” were able to lift one another up after the loss and keep a positive attitude.“A huge part of our team is our culture and how we talk to each other and how we motivate each other … knowing the moment, knowing who responds to what in that moment,” Appold said. “We’re big on support.” The Buckeyes will be away again this weekend, heading to Springfield, Missouri, for the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational. They will take on Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Missouri State and University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.This marks the third weekend in a row the team will be away from its home court. OSU returns to St. John Arena in its first home match on Sept. 28, but the team is trying to make the best of a not ideal situation.Appold said being away from Columbus doesn’t shake her, and she’s ready to play in front of the St. John Arena crowd.“I personally really like playing on the road and enjoy the experience,” she said. “So I’m excited for that, but definitely excited to bring a Big Ten match to St. John Arena and see who comes out for it in support.”Senior libero Valeria León feels playing on the road helps her concentrate on the goals the team has set.“When you play away, you’re more focused on the team,” she said. “So just stick together and we’ll be fine.”León’s focus on her game showed last weekend when she moved into third place for most career digs in OSU women’s volleyball history with 1,342. She surpassed Leisa Wissler (1,341), with her next sight set on surpassing second-place holder Ami Stevens (1,394).Each team the Buckeyes will be playing this weekend brings its own resume of successes, which could be challenging for OSU’s squad.Carlston said that IUPUI has played great defense, and it will make the Buckeyes earn every point. Green Bay is foreign to this OSU team, but the Phoenix hold an undefeated record going into the weekend – all but one of the team’s victories have been 3-0 sweeps.Missouri State has already taken down then-No. 14 Illinois in a close, five-set match – a sign to the Bucks that this team will come ready to play. The Bears also finished 24-11 last year and played in their conference title match, losing in five sets to Wichita State.“They’ve played a very tough schedule. We knew when we scheduled, they were going to be a top-25 team,” Carlston said. “We’re going to learn. We’re going to earn our stripes.” OSU will play their first match of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational versus IUPUI at 1 p.m. on Friday at Hammons Student Center in Springfield, Missouri. read more

Roberta Vincis Upset Of Serena Williams Is The Biggest In Modern Womens

As of Aug. 23,1We haven’t yet updated our Elo ratings to include the results of the U.S. Open so far, or of the warmup tournament the week before the Open started in New Haven, Conn. So the numbers we’re basing this on are slightly out of date. Vinci won five tour-level matches and lost one between our last Elo update and today’s upset, so her Elo has risen, although not by enough to undermine her win as the biggest upset in a quarterfinal or later at a Slam. Williams had won five matches, too, since our last Elo update, which would have increased her rating slightly and mitigated the effects of Vinci’s rise. Williams’s Elo rating was 2505 and Vinci’s was 1852 — a difference of 652 points.2The numbers don’t add up because of rounding. That gave Vinci about a 3 percent chance of beating Serena. The biggest previous Elo gap for an upset in a Slam quarterfinal, semifinal or final was 574, when Czech player Helena Sukova beat Martina Navratilova in the 1984 Australian Open semifinals. The upset ended a run of six consecutive Slam titles for Navratilova, who never managed to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.Sukova’s elation was short-lived. Chris Evert beat her to win the title. And that’s not atypical. The winners in these historic upsets have gone just 1-7 when trying to repeat their feats in the next match at the same event.3Arantxa Sanchez Vicario’s upset of Steffi Graf in the 1989 French Open came in the final, so Sanchez Vicario had no more matches at that tournament. After Roberta Vinci, the No. 43 ranked player in the world, defeated No. 1 Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals on Friday, someone asked Vinci if she remembered a bigger upset in women’s tennis. She answered, “No. Just today.”We took a more quantitative approach and arrived at the same answer. Vinci’s victory was the biggest upset in women’s Open-era tennis history this late in a Grand Slam tournament.Before the tournament, we used Elo — the ratings system that takes into account players’ match results and quality of opposition and creates power rankings for anything from chess to the NFL — to rate the best women’s tennis players of all time. According to this system, Williams is one of the greatest but not the greatest. (Despite her loss, however, she is still playing well enough to keep building her case.) It’s this system that shows just how historic Vinci’s upset was. 1984Helena SukovaMartina NavratilovaAustralian OpenSF574L 1988Zina GarrisonMartina NavratilovaU.S. OpenQF471L 1999Amelie MauresmoLindsay DavenportAustralian OpenSF463L 1979Barbara JordanHana MandlikovaAustralian OpenQF513W 1989Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSteffi GrafFrench OpenF488N/A 1994Mary PierceSteffi GrafFrench OpenSF502L The real upset is that Vinci made the semifinals at all. These upsets are so rare late in majors because by the quarterfinals or later, both players’ ratings are usually far closer to each others’ than Williams’s and Vinci’s were.Bigger upsets have happened earlier in majors. Katarina Studenikova’s second-round upset of Monica Seles at Wimbledon in 1996 overcame an Elo gap of 764 points. Williams herself has suffered bigger upsets. Her loss in the third round of Wimbledon in 2005 to Jill Craybas occurred despite a 710-point gap in their Elo ratings.Men suffer upsets too, despite their best-of-five-set format that gives favorites more chances to come back and assert their superiority. The biggest in a quarterfinal or later was Christophe Roger-Vasselin’s defeat of Jimmy Connors, whose Elo rating was 580 points higher, in the 1983 French Open quarterfinals.Elo doesn’t capture the stakes of Friday’s upset. Williams’s quest for the Grand Slam made Friday’s result loom larger than most before it. And the upset is even more shocking when you consider that Williams has an extraordinary record late in Grand Slam tournaments. So what happened Friday?“I thought she played the best tennis in her career,” Williams said in her postmatch press conference about Vinci. ”I think she played literally out of her mind.” 1990Zina GarrisonSteffi GrafWimbledonSF473L 2007Marion BartoliJustine HeninWimbledonSF462L 2015Roberta VinciSerena WilliamsU.S. OpenSF652? YEARWINNERLOSEREVENTROUNDELO DIFF.WINNER’S NEXT MATCH 1997Amanda CoetzerSteffi GrafFrench OpenQF453L Baseline: A U.S. Open mini-podcastCarl Bialik and Grantland’s Brian Phillips discuss Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams and preview the Djokovic-Federer final. For more subscribe to our sports podcast Hot Takedown. read more

201516 NBA Preview The Mavericks Are On A Treadmill of Mediocrity

Dirk Nowitzki is putting up a valiant fight against Father Time, but the seventh-leading scorer in NBA history is now a complementary piece on offense, and a guy you have to try to hide on defense. Zaza Pachulia is big, smart, tough, dependable and reliable and has a surprisingly soft mid-range jumper, all qualities that make Pachulia a good backup center. He isn’t exactly athletic, which makes him a major downgrade from Tyson Chandler and the DeAndre Jordan dream. Here’s what CARMELO thinks of the Mavs’ main pieces (check out every NBA player here): As Chandler Parsons transitions into being the pretty face of the franchise, the Mavs need him to back up his belief that he can be one of the NBA’s premier point-forwards. If you ask him, all he needs is the ball in his hands more, now that he’s surrounded by shooters. Wesley Matthews, 29 and coming off a torn left Achilles tendon, has been a terrific role player and parlayed that success into a max contract. As a dude who thrives on disrespect, “Iron Man” will be intrigued that CARMELO considers him a mediocre defender. The Dallas Mavericks failed to make it past the first round for the fourth consecutive time last season, and now they’re sprinting on the mediocrity treadmill that owner Mark Cuban was so determined to avoid. If anything, they took steps backward after scrambling to fill the roster spot they thought would go to big fish DeAndre Jordan. The Las Vegas over-under for Mavs wins this season is 38.5. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system is a bit more optimistic, 41-41, but even that would match the worst record in Cuban’s tenure, now entering its 16th season. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. As Deron Williams has said, he was “kind of a consolation prize” after the disappointment of the Jordan debacle. He was a huge bust in Brooklyn after signing a max contract, prompting the Nets to pay $27 million to buy out his final two seasons, but the Mavs hope he’ll be a $5.4 million bargain in Dallas. Dallas certainly believes he’ll be an upgrade over the post-Jason Kidd point guard carousel, so they can’t be happy to see 2014 Jameer Nelson (whom they dumped as quickly as possible) come up in Williams’s player comps. Devin Harris’s top comp is Brad Davis, so Harris is clearly a candidate to have his number hanging from the American Airlines Center rafters after he retires. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse set to host ECAC tourney face Air Force

Ohio State freshman midfielder Jake Withers goes down to the ground toward a loose ball while being defended by Michigan sophomore midfielder Chase Brown in the second quarter of OSU’s 15-6 men’s lacrosse victory on April 12 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerThe No. 22 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is undefeated at home in conference play so far this season and now gets a shot at extending that streak into the postseason.OSU made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship last year after upsetting Denver, 11-10, in the ECAC title game before the Pioneers moved on to play in the Big East Conference in 2014.This year, OSU can defend its crown by winning two more games.The Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines are both in their final seasons of ECAC play before Big Ten lacrosse begins next year, and the archrivals could square off in the championship game Saturday if they win in their respective semifinal matchups at Jesse Owens Memorial Field Thursday evening.After already beating Air Force, 8-6, in the regular season April 19, the Buckeyes fell a week later. That loss came to the No. 16 Fairfield Stags (11-3, 3-1) — the tourney’s top seed — by a margin of 7-5 on the road to notch their only conference loss of the season.When three teams in a five-team league all have a 3-1 record at season’s end after an ECAC round robin, they share a regular season title as tri-champions.OSU, Air Force and Fairfield look to add a tournament title to their résumés, however, as the winner of Saturday’s final gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.Seeding is accomplished by precedence of overall record in the event of a tie like this.And while Bellarmine, the ECAC’s fifth team, is 7-5 on the season, the team was winless within the conference, allowing the 5-10 Wolverines to snag the last spot.The Buckeyes will need another strong performance from senior goalie Scott Spencer to stifle an offensively-sound Air Force team that averages 42.3 shots per game and scores almost 12 goals per game. Spencer’s performance tending net could be the difference between a victory or a loss, especially if he can replicate his career-high 14 saves from the last game against Air Force.Air Force has allowed exactly as many shots on goal in the fourth quarter as it has taken throughout the course of the season at 63.OSU freshman midfielder Jake Withers went 10 for 17 on face offs in the April 19 victory.Sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter led the Buckeyes with four goals in that game, but junior midfielder Jesse King –  the team’s leading scorer throughout the year – might have to produce more in this game than he did with his one-goal, one-assist contribution if OSU is to outduel the Falcons again.Game times for Fairfield-Michigan and OSU-Air Force are scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m., respectively. The winners are set to face one another at 5 p.m. Saturday. read more

Mens hockey Ohio States Josh Healey suspended for NCAA regional third suspension

Ohio State senior defenseman Josh Healey corrals the puck at the blue line against Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament semifinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on March 17, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiOhio State men’s hockey senior defenseman Josh Healey has been ruled ineligible to play in the NCAA West Regional, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday. The suspension comes as a result of a game misconduct penalty that occurred at the 17:32 mark of the third period in a game against Wisconsin on March 17 at the Big Ten Tournament. Healey, who received an automatic one-game suspension for his third game misconduct of the season, has been suspended for one additional game under the conference’s supplemental discipline process — and therefore, will ultimately miss both potential regional games.The Buckeyes will open the NCAA tournament Friday afternoon in Fargo, North Dakota, against the No. 2 overall seed Minnesota-Duluth. Puck drop from Scheels Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. read more

Sugar worker killed by Africanised bees

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar worker killed in deadly bee attack – several other GuySuCo workers injuredMarch 27, 2016In “latest news”Corentyne sugar worker dies after bee attackOctober 11, 2016In “latest news”Berbice machine operator killed by African beesOctober 21, 2017In “Crime” A Berbice sugar worker was on Thursday killed by a swarm of Africanised bees as he was clearing bushes.Dead is Rameshwar Poonoo, 31, of Grassfield, Ankerville, Port Mourant, Berbice.Two of his colleagues, Mohan Persaud and Radesh Ishmail, were also injured during the bee attack.Poonoo, a father of two, arrived at work at about 07:00h at the Albion Sugar Estate. He along with Persaud and Ishmail were instructed to build two “footbridges” and to cut a tract on the Resource Middlewalk Dam.However, during the process, the men were attacked by a swarm of bees.Persaud and Ishmail, who were stung several times, were able to run to the sideline and escaped the attack.However, Poonoo was unable to escape and remained in the canal.One of the injured men sought help and persons rushed to their aid. However, the men encountered difficulties reaching Poonoo. Inews was told that the men had to use improvised shields to protect themselves from the bees as they assisted their colleagues.After much struggle, the men were able to pull Poonoo from the water. He was rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Poonoo leaves to mourn his wife, two children and his parents. read more

FC Barcelona release Martin Stranovsky by mutual agreement

Slovakian left wing Martin Stranovsky (29) won’t seat on the bench in FC Barcelona after transfer of Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson from THW Kiel! Ex-member of Ademar Leon would like to get more minutes on the court somewhere else and team and the played agreed about release clausule. Stranovsky is now ready for a new challenge in the proffesional career… ← Previous Story 36 MATCHES: DKB Bundesliga 2014/2015 with 19 teams – Uwe Schwenker is new President! Next Story → Junior Women’s WCH 2014: Norge girls are the most convincing FC BarcelonaMartin Stranovsky read more

Rampant RNL smash MT Melsungen

7.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen4:2-7 5.Bergischer HC4:2+10 2.SG Flensburg-Handewitt6:0+19 Despite a lot of good signings in the last two seasons, MT Melsungen are still far away from the leading teams of DKB Bundesliga. That proved the last night away challenge at SAP Arena in Mannheim, where domestic Rhein Neckar Lowen have been too strong for Heiko Grimm’s squad.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MT Melsungen 34:26 (17:13)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (8/1), Lipovina, Sigurdsson (6/5), Radivojevic, Tollbring, Abutovic, Mensah (2), Fäth (4), Groetzki (2), Taleski, Guardiola, Petersson (6), Nielsen, Kohlbacher (6)MT Melsungen: Sjöstrand, Simic; Maric (3), Kühn (6), Lemke, Ignatow, Kunkel (2), Mikkelsen (3/2), Danner, P. Müller, Schneider, Allendorf, Birkefeld (6), M. Müller (4), Pavlovic (2)Furious Flensburg win in Berlin – Magdeburg on 3/3 after WetzlarSTANDINGS: 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen6:0+21 3.SC Magdeburg6:0+18 8.HC Erlangen2:2-1 4.THW Kiel4:0+11 15.TBV Lemgo Lippe2:4-10 12.TSV GWD Minden2:4-4 17.Die Eulen Ludwigshafen0:6-12 dkb bundesligaMT MelsungenRhein Neckar Lowen 13.MT Melsungen2:4-4 6.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf4:2+3 14.Füchse Berlin2:4-6 16.VfL Gummersbach0:4-9 10.SC DHfK Leipzig2:4-2 ← Previous Story SENSATION IN SLOVENIA: Krka beat Celje PL to win Super Cup! Next Story → TOP U20 EURO 2018 scorer Gregor Ocvirk to replace Gorbok at RK Vardar Skopje 9.TVB 1898 Stuttgart2:2-5 11.HSG Wetzlar2:4-3 18.SG BBM Bietigheim0:6-19 read more

Is opening presents on Christmas Eve a scandalous notion

first_img Open one (1810) Never open on Christmas Eve (540) A NEW SURVEY is giving an insight into how Irish family Christmasses have changed in the past fifty or so years.One thousand people across Ireland were surveyed about their experiences and traditions and the results show that more and more people are opening presents on Christmas Eve.The research, carried out by Amarach on behalf of Argos, showed that while more than two thirds of people still wait until Christmas morning to see what they got, twenty percent are allowed to open one gift, while 13 per cent open more than one.The practice of opening presents on the 24th is more prevalent among the 15-34 year age group, while only 14 per cent of those over 55 have a tradition of early present reveals.Did he come?The most popular time for getting up on Christmas morning was between 6-8am for three quarters of the people surveyed, while one per cent said they got up at 3am. THREE AM! Open more than one (1149) Source: Amarach Research/ArgosNearly half of Irish adults said that they had Christmas stockings and gifts under the tree as a kid, and 26 per cent of those kept their stockings at the end of their beds.This was most prevalent in the over 55 age group, with younger age categories leaving their stockings beside the tree.When it came to toys board games were most commonly associated with childhood Christmasses, followed by bikes, Lego and train sets. Monopoly was the king of the board games, with Snakes and Ladders in second place.Monopoly is still the favourite with 48 per cent of those surveyed saying it would be top for them this Christmas, followed by Scrabble and Trivial pursuit.What about you? What time did you get up at on Christmas morning? And what toys stick in your memory? Most importantly, where do you stand on opening presents on Christmas Eve?  Poll Results: Never open on Christmas EveOpen oneOpen more than oneVote8 Christmas school rituals every Irish child knows>5 things the French need to know about Penneys>Watch this guy build an explosive Christmas tree, then blow it up>last_img read more

Whatever happened to the biggest shopping centre never built in Limerick

first_img Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Whatever happened to… the biggest shopping centre never built in Limerick? The long-delayed ‘opera centre’ project has blighted the city’s CBD for a decade. http://jrnl.ie/3447714 Short URL OVER THE PAST several months, Fora has taken a look at some of the more notable big-ticket projects that were floated during the Celtic Tiger period – or in the aftermath of its demise.Most recently, we detailed the story behind the plans to build a huge shopping centre in the middle of Naas.While locals are hopeful that the move could help revitalise the town’s suffering retail centre, the mostly completed centre has lain empty for years.In this installment, we’ve moving to Ireland’s third-largest city to take a look at a similar project, but on a bigger scale.The so-called ‘Limerick Opera Centre’ would be a major retail and commercial development with the potential to change the face of the city. A Limerick Opera Centre mock-upWhat is it?The original plan was that the Limerick Opera Centre would be a major retail development in the heart of the city, built on a 3.7-acre site opposite the Arthur’s Quay shopping centre and near the Cruise’s Street shopping area.It was to span a huge 350,000 sq ft, with frontage on five streets and scope to house over 1,000 workers when completed.The shopping centre was designed to include a major anchor tenant and over 30 new shops, bars and restaurants. It would have been the biggest shopping centre in Munster upon completion.The project was to include a spectacular elevated walkway, encased in glass, that would link the new centre with various nearby shopping locations. A render of the proposed Opera CentreThe centre was to be dedicated to the memory of the world-renowned 19th-century soprano Catherine Hayes, a Limerick native – a connection which inspired the project’s name.The site was assembled over many years by the Belfast-based Suneil Sharma, alongside property developer Sam Morrison, who then sold it on at the height of the boom.When was it first suggested?In 2003, Sharma started working with a local auctioneer to buy Limerick properties and assemble the site.Sharma served as the chief executive of Regeneration Developments, the company behind the Limerick project. Regeneration announced plans to develop the site as a shopping centre in 2006 and got planning permission soon afterwards.What happened?The project was quickly given approval by Limerick city council, however several locals appealed it to An Bord Pleanála.In the meantime, well-known developers Jerry O’Reilly, Terry Sweeney and David Courtney bought Regeneration for a reported sum of €110 million in early 2007.In the years to come, this would be frequently held up as one of the most inflated deals of the boom years.It was later revealed that the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank, which worked with O’Reilly, Sweeney and Courtney, acquired a 50% stake in Regeneration in December 2007. It is not known how much it paid for the stake. Anglo Irish bank backed the project Source: /Photocall IrelandAn Bord Pleanála eventually granted planning permission for the project in the middle of 2009, however at that stage the recession was well and truly under way and a development as ambitious as the Opera Centre getting off the ground was never likely to happen.The site, which takes up a big chunk of the city centre, lay idle for years. As with so many other boom-time projects, state bad-bank Nama wound up with control of the developer’s loans.The site was put up for sale in 2011 for €12.5 million, a fraction of its original sale price, and acquired by Limerick City and County Council – which still owns the property.What’s the latest?The local council looked at plans for what to do with the site and in 2015 said it was seeking expressions of interest for a new scheme that would feature a mix of office, retail, residential and educational development.As well as plans to build a large shopping centre, the Irish Examiner reported in 2015 that the Revenue Commissioners offices would be moved to the new centre from the nearby Sarsfield House. Limerick city Source: PicasaThe state body is expected to move 900 staff to the new site, which will anchor the development. As well as that, the new plan also includes accommodation for 350 college students.The project, which is estimated to cost between €120 million and €150 million to develop, forms the centrepiece of the Limerick 2030 renewal scheme.While the site had planning permission for the huge shopping centre, the new development will feature more commercial development and less of an emphasis on shopping.A spokesman for Limerick council told Fora that the local authority is planning to unveil new, detailed plans for the site in the next few weeks.“There will be the same amount of development, but it will have more office space than retail,” he said.“There will be some retail development, but it won’t be a retail hub. The Limerick 2030 regeneration plan has a plan for zones, and Arthur’s Quay is where a lot of the shopping will be.”It is not known yet how the project will be funded, but no matter who’s behind it, locals will likely be hopeful of some progression at a site that has been a blight on the city for so long.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Image: William Murphy Share23 Tweet Email2 Image: William Murphycenter_img Read: Hotel, alcohol and transport prices make Ireland the second most expensive EU countryRead: An Irish med-tech firm could make your smartphone and toilet ‘superbug’-free 12 Comments Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: 28,849 Views Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 6:00 PM Jun 17th 2017, 6:00 PM By Fora Stafflast_img read more

FactCheck Do multidenominational schools not mark Christmas or Easter with events

first_img 15,379 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IT HAS BEEN reported that certain annual events will no longer be marked at a number of Dublin primary schools if these schools opt out of having a Catholic ethos. The government’s ongoing divestment process forms part of the Department of Education’s efforts to provide greater diversity in schools and reduce the dominance of the Catholic Church in education.The government has said it plans to offer an additional 400 multi-denominational schools by 2030. According to figures released by the department in December, the number of multi-denominational schools at secondary level has increased almost by 9% in the last 10 years – from 321 in 2009 to 349 in 2018.At primary level, the number of multi-denominational schools has risen from 73 to 119 – an increase of 63%.Options for patronage change include the multi-denominational Community National School model, the multi-denominational Educate Together, or the all-Irish An Foras Pátrúnachta, which is a patron of Gaelscoileanna which have a choice of a Catholic, multi-denominational and inter-denominational ethos. It has been claimed this week that the divestment process will result in Christmas, Easter and St Patrick’s Day no longer being marked with events at the Dublin primary schools in question. But is this accurate? Do multi-denominational schools not mark Christmas, Easter or St. Patrick’s Day with events?The claimThe Irish Independent reported on Tuesday that eight Catholic primary schools in north Dublin could have their patronage transferred – or divested –  to multi-denominational schools and that parents were being consulted on the matter. Staff in two schools – Scoil an Duinnínigh in Swords and St Marnock’s NS in Portmarnock – are opposed to changing the schools’ ethos and have made their opposition clear to parents through letters and at meetings with parents, the Irish Independent reported. It has been claimed by least one of these two schools – in meetings with parents and in letters sent – that Christmas fairs, carol services and nativity plays would no longer be held after a school is transferred and that St Patrick’s Day, St Brigid’s Day and Easter events would no longer be held in schools either.On Wednesday, RTÉ reported that a third school – St Sylvester’s in Malahide – had told parents that a shift from Catholic patronage will result in “no more Christmas concerts” and “no more Halloween and Easter celebrations”. In a leaflet, seen by TheJournal.ie, the school claims that if parents vote to shift from Catholic patronage to multi-denominational patronage it will result in a loss of identity and “uncertainty” at the primary school.There will also be “no more St Patrick’s Day celebrations”, the leaflet states. St Sylvester’s, Scoil an Duinnínigh and St Marnock’s NS have been contacted by TheJournal.ie to provide evidence for these claims. The evidence In response to queries from TheJournal.ie, Educate Together has said that it has no interest in “taking over” schools and “imposing an ethos against the will of any local school communities”. The group has also said it has not been consulted regarding any divestments in Malahide-Portmarnock. The organisation is now calling for a forum where all stakeholders can exchange opinions and information. Meanwhile, Community National Schools tweeted: “A lot of misinformation circulating today about life in a multi-denominational school. We take a pluralist approach to celebrations in CNSs which reflect what is important in the lives of all our children.”A lot of misinformation circulating today about life in a mulitdenominational school. We take a pluralist approach to celebrations in CNSs which reflect what is important in the lives of all our children @NewstalkFM @emma_okelly @rte https://t.co/vGeRhDfm7b— CNS Ireland (@cnsireland) April 2, 2019 Apr 4th 2019, 4:41 PM Short URL According to the Irish Independent, St Marnock’s NS and Scoil an Duinnínigh have both held meetings with parents about the divestment process. Parents at all eight schools are due to vote on the divestment process and the Catholic Church will then submit feedback to the department. Last night, Minister for Education Joe McHugh said that the sharing of inaccurate information about what happens when the patron of a school is changed has created “fear and uncertainty” among parents. “Just to be clear – Christmas will not be cancelled. Neither will any other typical school holiday like Easter or St Patrick’s Day,” McHugh added. So, what is the evidence for the claims distributed to parents? Educate Together has 84 primary and 13 second-level schools around Ireland with a total of 28,000 students. A spokesperson said that Christmas is marked in their schools nationwide, “just as our schools endeavour to mark Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi and other religious festivals throughout the school term”. Francis Fullen, chairperson of Firhouse Educate Together National School in Dublin has said that each major religious faith is given “equal time” at Firhouse school and that each Educate Together school decides how to mark or celebrate annual events.”Christmas, Easter and St. Patrick’s Day are all marked…in the school in the same way Ramadan is celebrated, Diwali is celebrated.”Christmas is celebrated by decorating the school, for instance, similarly to the autumn Hindu festival Diwali, according to Fullen. “Everybody gets their equal time, equal amount of [decorations] on the walls.”It’s not that Christmas is ignored, or other festivals are ignored, it’s that everyone is given equal time.St Patrick’s Day and Easter are also marked by Firhouse school, Fullen said.  St. Sylvester’s Primary School, Malahide Source: GoogleMapsSeamus Conboy, the primary support officer for Community National Schools, told TheJournal.ie that multi-denominational schools celebrate all religions and beliefs. “We are very open to celebrating various beliefs,” Conboy has said. Individual Community National schools mark or celebrate annual events in a multi-denominational way, Conboy has said.In other words, there’s a balance of celebrations and equal time and effort is given to different faiths and beliefs. “We’d have Christmas trees. We could have a crib,” Conboy has said of the school he is principal of. “Some schools will organise concerts where there’d be Christmas songs sung. They wouldn’t necessarily be religious songs but they’d be Christmas songs.”Pupils are also taught about the importance of Christmas – particularly to Christians. “I’ve children in my own school who’d write Christmas cards,” Conboy said. Conboy has said that holidays like Christmas, Easter and St Patrick’s Day “are marked” in Community National Schools. The verdictTo recap: letters sent to parents said that if their children’s school switches from Catholic patronage to multi-denominational patronage, Christmas, Easter and St Patrick’s Day would not be celebrated. It is clear, however, that multi-denominational schools do mark these annual events, yet not in a strictly religious way.The information distributed to parents does not provide any evidence to support claims that Christmas concerts or St Patrick’s Day and Easter events will no longer be held under a multi-denominational setup. The claims by the school could be interpreted in a strictly religious, doctrinal sense. Christmas mass, nativity plays and Easter services could be termed a “celebration” by the faithful. It depends to what extent each primary school marks these religious holidays that they could be termed “celebrations”.  For others, these holidays are simply marked or celebrated by decorating Christmas trees or buying Easter Eggs, leaving aside the religious, ceremonial aspects. As a result, we rate the claim that multi-denominational schools do not mark Christmas, Easter and St Patrick’s Day with events: Mostly FALSEThese schools may not hold events marking Christmas, Easter or St Patrick’s Day every single year.The policy of the organisations that run these schools is that individual schools are open to hold events, however, and are not prohibited from marking the festival. As mentioned above, these schools mark religious festivals by incorporating elements of different religious faiths.As per our verdict guide, this means “There is an element of truth in the claim, but it is missing critical details or context. Or, the best available evidence weighs against the claim.”TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here. By Cónal Thomascenter_img Share156 Tweet Email 84 Comments FactCheck: Do multi-denominational schools not mark Christmas or Easter with events? It has been claimed that a move away from Catholic patronage in schools means these holidays would no longer be marked with events. Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 4:40 PM https://jrnl.ie/4574471 last_img read more

Russian royal buried in Paspaley plot

first_imgHe died under a tree, his faithful dog still by his side. No one knew his real name. They called him ‘Old Nick’ at the North Bank Caravan Park in Katherine where he’d lived for the past six years. Little did they imagine that the cheerful 72-year-old who loved to read and walk his dog each morning, and who died of a heart attack, had an illustrious heritage. His real name was Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky and he was the great-grandson of the Russian Imperial Tsar Alexander III. Mr Kulikovsky died on September 27 but the police search for next-of-kin meant his body remained in a Darwin morgue for two months.Leonid as a teenager with his grandmother and her biographer. Photo: east2west.This week, after authorities located Mr Kulikovsky’s family in Denmark, he was finally laid to rest in the Greek Orthodox section of the Darwin Cemetery, and the private plot of one of Australia’s most famous Greek families – the Paspaleys.In a statement provided to Neos Kosmos, a spokesperson for Nick Paspaley, chairman of the Paspaley Group, said that while Mr Kulikovsky was not known to the Paspaley family, “Nick Paspaley, on hearing of the gentleman’s story, simply acted out of courtesy and compassion to ensure that Mr Kulikovsky was buried with dignity”. “He feels that we should look after this man in our country as we would hope to be looked after if we were in the same situation in his country.” Simon Andropov, a Darwin resident of Russian heritage, who assisted the Kulikovsky family in organising the funeral arrangements, said it was fitting that Mr Kulikovsky should be buried in a Greek cemetery.“It’s nice that he’s gone to a Greek cemetery because his grandfather escaped from Russia through the Greek islands, and the Greeks showed them all the courtesy and hospitality.“The family wished him to be buried in the Territory and were very pleased to accept the Paspaley’s offer. We’re all so pleased,” said Mr Andropov. Mr Kulikovsky migrated to Australia from Denmark when he was 24 and worked for Sydney’s Water Board. It’s believed he set up home in Katherine in 2009 while driving around Australia after his retirement.Owner of the North Bank Caravan Park, Peter Byers, told the NT News that Mr Kulikovsky was a “lovely man” who largely kept to himself. Mr Byers said Mr Kulikovsky became stranded in Katherine after his campervan was stolen. “Old Nick decided it was all a bit much for him … He rented a small unit from us and stayed put. “He got on with everybody. He loved his dog and took great care of him. He was a great reader and had a huge number of books on ­Vikings.” During his funeral at Darwin’s Serbian Orthodox church (the city has no Russian church), a statement from Mr Kulikovsky’s family was read out to about 40 mourners who attended.“The death of Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky came as a great shock …” the message read. “We had just been taught he was far away from Moscow … and had renewed hope that we would be able to come into contact, but a few days later we were informed by the police that he was found dead.” Leonid Kulikovsky is laid to rest by Father Joel Xanthos in the Paspaley family plot at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Darwin. Photo: Joan Andropov.His family explained they lost contact with Mr Kulikovsky in 1967 after he left Denmark where he was born.Among the mourners were members of Darwin’s Greek, Russian and Serbian communities, along with Peter Styles, the NT’s minister for multicultural affairs, Dr Michael Protopopov, the Chancellor of the Russian Orthodox Church in Australia, and a representative from the Russian Embassy in Canberra.Alexander III reigned in Russia from 1881 until 1894, when he was succeeded by his son, Nicholas II, the last of Russia’s tsars, who was murdered by Bolshevik sympathisers along with his wife and children in 1918, following the Russian Revolution.Mr Kulikovsky is the grandson of Princess Olga, Alexander III’s daughter and Nicholas II’s sister. Olga and her husband fled to Crimea with their two sons after the Romanov royal family was assassinated, before making their way to Copenhagen.A descendant of one of the world’s most powerful and tragic dynasties, Mr Kulikovsky now lies at peace beside the pioneers of one of Australia’s most successful Greek families.Nicholas Paspalis (Paspaley) (1914-1984) migrated to Australia from Castellorizo as an infant refugee around the same period the Romanov royal family was slain. He established Paspaley Pearling Company first in WA and then Darwin, where it became the largest and oldest pearling company operating in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tepco achève les travaux de couverture du réacteur 1 à Fukushima

first_imgTepco achève les travaux de couverture du réacteur 1 à FukushimaTokyo Electric Power (Tepco), l’opérateur de la centrale nucléaire accidentée Fukushima Daiichi, a annoncé avoir achevé les travaux de couverture du réacteur un. Une opération destinée à limiter les rejets radioactifs. Plus de huit mois après la catastrophe survenue à la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi au Japon, la situation semble s’améliorer au fur et à mesure. Vendredi, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), l’opérateur de l’installation a annoncé qu’il avait achevé les travaux de couverture du réacteur un, qui avait subi de sérieux dommages suite à la catastrophe entrainant des rejets radioactifs dans les zones environnantes.  Dans un communiqué, Tepco a ainsi expliqué : “nous avons reçu aujourd’hui la confirmation de l’Agence de sécurité nucléaire validant la fin des travaux de couverture du réacteur 1”. En pratique, les techniciens ont oeuvré masqués et en combinaisons spéciales pendant plus de cinq mois pour mettre en place une structure et des panneaux reconstituant quasiment, dans un matériau différent, le bâtiment qui a été soufflé en mars par une explosion due à l’accumulation d’hydrogène au-dessus du réacteur, rappelle l’AFP.Tandis que cette nouvelle couverture doit permettre de maîtriser la dispersion de particules radioactives, il s’agit ainsi d’une nouvelle avancée importante dans le but d’atteindre la situation stable dite “d’arrêt à froid” prévue d’ici à la fin de l’année ou en janvier. Sur les six réacteurs de la centrale Fukushima Daiichi, trois ont été endommagés, de même que la piscine du quatrième, après la rupture de leur alimentation électrique et l’arrêt de leur système de refroidissement. Selon les experts, le combustible qu’ils contenaient a alors fondu et est tombé au fond de la cuve.Au moins 30 ans pour démanteler le site À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéAinsi, des interventions pour retirer le combustible usé des piscines de désactivation ont été prévues et pourraient débuter dans les trois ans suivant la stabilisation en situation d’arrêt à froid (soit vers 2015), et dans les dix ans (aux environs de 2022) concernant le combustible des réacteurs 1 à 3. Mais d’ici là, de nombreuses nouvelles technologies et des équipements spéciaux, notamment des robots, devront être développés pour permettre d’exécuter ces travaux sans précédents.Par ailleurs, un comité d’experts mandatés par le gouvernement a compilé un rapport d’étape selon lequel il faudra 30 ans ou plus pour démanteler les réacteurs 1 à 4 du complexe atomique.Le 28 octobre 2011 à 19:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more