UN summit to discuss post-pandemic global governance

first_imgNiger, the current president of the UN Security Council, said Tuesday it will organize a September 24 videoconference between heads of state to discuss the future of global governance following the coronavirus pandemic.The summit will debate “post-COVID-19 global governance in relation to the maintenance of international peace and security,” Niger’s UN Ambassador Abdou Abarry told journalists while presenting the Council’s program for the month.The session will take place during the annual UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders, which will take place this year mainly by videoconference due to the pandemic. Topics : “This will be an opportunity for our leaders to have political discussions on the need to adapt the current international system embodied by the United Nations and the Security Council in order to effectively face traditional threats to security such as conflicts, but also new threats such as organized crime and pandemics,” Abarry said.Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou will chair the summit, with participation by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, Abarry said.When asked about the attendance of US President Donald Trump, who often opposes multilateralism and cooperation with international organizations, the ambassador said “we expect the participation of all heads of state and they will all receive an invitation from the president of Niger.”last_img read more

Hopes fade for more survivors in Australian mass whale stranding

first_img‘Little we can do’ The causes of mass strandings remain unknown — even to scientists who have been studying the phenomenon for decades.Some researchers have suggested the pilot whales may have gone off track after being attracted to food close to the shoreline or by following one or two whales that strayed.Marine biologist Carlyon said it was a “natural event” with strandings of the species occurring regularly throughout history in both southern Australian and neighboring New Zealand.”We do step in and respond in these situations, but as far as being able to prevent these occurring in the future, there’s really little that we can do,” he said. Only a few dozen of the 470 whales stranded on Australia’s coast can still be saved, rescuers warned Thursday, as they weighed euthanizing those animals in most distress. At least 380 pilot whales have died since their ill-fated pod was discovered beached on Tasmania’s rugged western seaboard four days ago — Australia’s largest-ever mass stranding.Around 70 of the creatures have survived and the death toll is expected to rise as the window for rescue now begins to close. Topics : “We’re actually considering euthanasia at this very moment with a small number of animals that we’ve attempted to release and it hasn’t been successful,” said Tasmanian environment department marine biologist Kris Carlyon.”That’s based purely on animal welfare grounds,” he said. “It’s always something in the back of our minds, we go to it only when needed.”The crews are now focusing efforts on a group of 20-25 partially submerged whales, using boats fitted with special slings to guide them back to the open ocean.But increasingly attention is turning to how to dispose of the nearly 400 whale carcasses safely.”We are starting to form up a plan, our preference is for disposal at sea. We’re still taking expert advice about where exactly the drop off point may be,” said Deka.Left where they are, Deka said the whales would “bloat and float”, causing a navigation hazard, polluting the bay and potentially attracting sharks and other predators.”The decomposition of such a large number of animals could actually affect oxygen levels in parts of the harbor, which could affect the marine life in those places.” “We’ve got about 25 animals that we think have the strength to be successfully released,” said Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka, adding the “hard physical yakka [work]” of rescuers would continue until nightfall.A crew of around 60 conservationists and skilled volunteers have spent days wading in the icy water of Macquarie Harbor, surrounded by the cries of anguished whales slowly dying.Pilot whales — which can grow up to six meters long and weigh a tons — are known to be highly social. Some animals have resisted rescue or tried to return to their family after being freed, becoming beached for a second time.Such is the level of distress that authorities said they are likely to carry out mercy killings of at least four whales.last_img read more

UK government accused of pension tax overhaul ‘via back door’

first_imgThe UK government has shied away from a complete overhaul of pension taxation, but it stands accused of introducing reforms “via the back door”.The shift to a taxed-exempt-exempt (TEE) model over the current exempt-exempt-taxed (EET) model was widely feared after chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne last year launched a review of taxation and signalled his interest in promoting individual savings accounts (ISAs).During his 2016 Budget speech, Osborne today nevertheless announced the introduction of a Lifetime ISA, which would allow those under 40 to save up to £4,000 (€5,120) annually and receive tax relief of 25%.Osborne sought to highlight the perceived benefits of the vehicle compared with existing occupational and third-pillar products by noting its use of TEE. “For the basic rate taxpayer, [the Lifetime ISA] is the equivalent of tax-free savings into a pension, and, unlike a pension, you won’t pay tax when you come to take your money out in retirement.”He added that the ISA would offer self-employed workers “the kind of support they simply cannot get from the pensions system today”.Additionally, those saving into a Lifetime ISA will be able to access their savings to buy a property costing up to £450,000.The Treasury said it would consider whether to allow access to the savings for other life events, similar to employer-provided 401k accounts used in the US.But the pensions industry was quick to note that the launch of the Lifetime ISA from 2017 was akin to introducing TEE “via the back door”.Simon Laight, pensions partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, said Osborne had “cleverly sidestepped” the looming backlash of reforming taxation.“Rather than compulsorily making the change to a tax-exempt-exempt system, he has made it voluntary,” Laight said, adding that the target market of savers under 40 would now be likely to “shy away” from products still using the existing EET system.“Less money going into EET means lowering the chancellor’s yearly tax relief spend,” he said. “It brings forward tax receipts. He has brought in limited TEE via the back door.”Consultancy LCP similarly viewed the Lifetime ISA model as paving the way for a full reform of pension taxation “once the dust has settled”.For his part, Darren Philp, director of master trust policy at The People’s Pension, questioned what impact the change would have on auto-enrolment.“Auto-enrolment relies on inertia and has so far been popular,” he said, noting the current low levels of opt-outs.“We already know people are stretched financially, and the attraction of the flexibility offered by a lifetime ISA may make it an ‘either/or’ for savers.”Pensions Dashboard and LGPS reformThe Budget also endorsed proposals by the Financial Advice Market Review – a joint Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority project published earlier this week – to introduce a pensions dashboard by 2019.The initiative, which the Treasury said would be funded by the industry, will see the establishment of a web portal displaying an individual’s pension savings, mirroring the approach of similar projects in the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium.It also threw its support behind the reform of the local government pension schemes (LGPS), which have recently been discussing the creation of seven or eight asset pools formed through collaboration between the 89 funds within England and Wales.Notably, it backed the creation of an LGPS “infrastructure investment platform”, likely to be similar to the proposals for an infrastructure clearinghouse put forward by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and the London Pensions Fund Authority.last_img read more

Emil A. Kuntz

first_imgEmil A. Kuntz, age 85 of Oldenburg, Indiana, died Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. Born June 15, 1931, he is the son of Veronica (Nee: Meyer) and William Kuntz. He married Patricia Welsh on June 9, 1956 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Mayslick, Kentucky. Emil was an Army veteran serving his country during the Korean War. He was a lifelong farmer and drove a school bus for a few years for the Batesville Community School Corporation. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #3183, Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and Holy Family Church.Emil loved spending time outdoors whether it was working on his farm, taking a stroll through the woods or cutting firewood. He enjoyed following the Cincinnati Reds and watching all the different college basketball teams play. He was an avid reader, a history buff and also enjoyed playing cards. His true passion though was his family.Emil is survived by his wife Patricia; daughters and sons-in-law Kathryn and Tom Dietz of New Alsace, Indiana, Mary Pat and Louis Frey and Carol and Rick Lecher, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; sons and daughters-in-law Stephen Kuntz of Oldenburg, William and Geraldine Kuntz and James and Pauline Kuntz, all of Batesville; sister Luella Bogenschutz of Indianapolis, Indiana; brother Ralph (Sue) Kuntz of Napoleon, Indiana; 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Alice Meer.Visitation will be held Friday, December 16th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 17th at Holy Family Catholic Church in Oldenburg, with Rev. Jeremy M. Gries officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery, with military graveside rites being conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and by the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. Memorials may be made to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice, Oldenburg Academy or Holy Family Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Horsfield had a negative result Thursday from a pre-travel test. Upon landing in New York, he tested positive without having symptoms.TENNIS-FRENCH OPENMurray gets wild card for ParisPARIS (AP) — Andy Murray has received a wild card into the French Open. The former No. 1 was the only non-Frenchman to be given a free pass into the men’s main draw of the grand slam which starts in 13 days. Murray was also awarded a wild card into the U.S. Open after pelvic and shin injuries, and went two rounds. Former major league star Alex Rodriguez and fiancee Jennifer Lopez also attempted to buy the team, but they dropped out of the bidding last month.Fred Wilpon purchased a piece of the Mets 1980 as part of an investment group headed by Nelson Doubleday. Wilpon and Saul Katz bought out Doubleday in 2002.Also around the majors:— The Athletics have signed former All-Star infielder Jake Lamb after he was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks. The move comes after Oakland lost Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman, who suffered a strained right hip and is expected to undergo surgery. NHL-FLAMES-WARD September 14, 2020 Tsvetana Pironkova (sveh-TAH’-nah pih-RAHN’-koh-vah) of Bulgaria and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada were the only non-Frenchwomen to receive wild cards. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE DEPARTURESTired of waiting: Ohio State stars opt out, move on to draftCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State stars Shaun Wade and Wyatt Davis got tired of waiting for a decision on the football season and chose to opt out and begin preparing for the NFL draft. Wade was a preseason All-American cornerback and Davis is an offensive guard. Both are likely to be first-round picks in the 2021 draft. Associated Press Ward named coach of FlamesCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have removed the “interim” tag from Geoff Ward’s job and made him the NHL club’s head coach. Ward was promoted from associate coach Nov. 29. Calgary was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in six games by the Dallas Stars.NFL-NEWSNFL reminds team about mask requirementsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is reminding team personnel on the sidelines about the rules for wearing face coverings. There were several games Sunday in which team members other than players were not using them. Lewis belted a two-run homer and walked with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to help the Mariners top Oakland, 6-5 in the opener of a doubleheader. The center fielder ended the game with a .293 average, 10 home runs and 27 RBIs.Seattle trailed 5-0 after home runs by Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien off Marco Gonzales. Tim Lopes’ third double of the game drove in Phillip Ervin with two outs, tying it at 5 in the sixth. Elsewhere around the majors:— Pablo Lopez allowed one run in seven innings with the help of flashy defense by right fielder Matt Joyce, pitching the Marlins to a 6-2 win over the Phillies. Lopez allowed only three hits and retired his final 13 batters to help the Marlins beat the Phils for the fifth time in the just-concluded seven-game series. Jesus Aguilar put the Marlins ahead with a two-run double in the third inning before Miguel Rojas and Starling Marte homered off David Phelps. — Keston Hiura’s (HEER’-uhz) sacrifice fly in the eighth inning gave the Brewers a 2-1 decision over the Cardinals in Game 1 of their twinbill. St. Louis took the lead in the eighth, but Ryan Braun laced an RBI double that also put the winning run on third.center_img Troy Vincent oversees the league’s football operations. He sent a memo to the 32 clubs on Monday saying teams “must remain vigilant” about following protocols set not only by the league, union and clubs, but by state and local governments. Otherwise, he says, the season could be “at risk.”Elsewhere in the NFL:— Colts starting running back Marlon Mack will miss the rest of this season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon. Mack suffered the injury on a 3-yard catch midway through the second quarter Sunday. — The Titans have placed starting cornerback Adoree Jackson on injured reserve and replaced him by signing corner Tye Smith to the active roster from the practice squad. ackson was added to the injury report Friday after being limited by a knee issue. — The Browns have switched kickers after one game, waiving Austin Seibert and signing Cody Parkey. Seibert missed an extra point and field goal in Sunday’s 38-6 loss at Baltimore. — The Reds took Game 1 of their doubleheader by beating the Pirates, 3-1 on rookie Tyler Stephenson’s two-run, walk-off home run in the seventh inning. Trevor Bauer led 1-0 and retired 14 straight batters before Colin Moran led off the seventh with his eighth homer. Bauer was trying for his third seven-inning shutout of the pandemic-shortened season.MLB-NEWSBuy the Mets, buy the Mets, step right up and buy the MetsUNDATED (AP) — Billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen has agreed to buy the New York Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families, a deal that’s subject to the approval of Major League Baseball owners. Cohen also entered negotiations to buy the Mets last year, but the deal fell apart in February. Sportico reported Cohen will own 95% of the team, with the rest staying with the Wilpon and Katz families. The deal reportedly values the franchise at about $2.4 billion. — Jets running back Le’Veon Bell could miss a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in the team’s season-opening loss at Buffalo. Coach Adam Gase says Monday he doesn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but says it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury. — The Jaguars placed starting safety Jarrod Wilson on injured reserve with a left hamstring injury. He’s expected to miss at least a month. GOLF-US OPEN-HORSFIELDHorsfield out of Open after positive testMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Horsfield of England is the second player in as many days to withdraw from the U.S. Open because of a positive result from a coronavirus test. All eyes will now be on quarterback Justin Fields, who could be one of the top picks in the 2021 draft regardless of whether he plays another down of football for the Buckeyes.HORSE RACING-HONOR A.P.Derby horse retired by injuryARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Honor A.P. has been retired because of an injury suffered while completing a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby this month.The 3-year-old colt will stand at stud for next year’s breeding season at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULELewis leads Mariner comebackUNDATED (AP) — Kyle Lewis showed the Oakland Athletics why he’s being touted as an AL Rookie of the Year candidate. Honor A.P. had two wins in six career starts and earnings of $532,200, according to Equibase.last_img read more

Lescott signs for the Black Cats

first_imgHe’s been a free agent since November having left Greek club AEK Athens after just three months.By joining the Premier League’s bottom team he’ll again work under David Moyes, his manager for three years at Everton.last_img

What team is Tom Brady going to be on? Breaking down NFL rumors for QB

first_imgAs Brady noted, he’s not sure where he’s signing yet. Based on reports from veteran reporters, we won’t know for a while, either. Per NBC Sports Boston reporter Tom Curran said: “My understanding is that there will be no other Brady announcements today.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter added that “Tom Brady has not made a decision on where he will play next season and he will be exploring his options, per a league source.”MORE: Breaking down the Patriots’ best Tom Brady replacementsBut based on reports, we can get a pretty clear grasp on where Brady will — and won’t — be headed to play his 2020 season. We’ll break down some of those teams below:Tampa Bay BuccaneersInterest from the Bucs has spiked in recent weeks with a recent report from the Tampa Bay Times claiming they’re going “all in” to get Brady. The Bucs, per NFL Network, have already offered the free agent quarterback a substantial contract to show they’re serious.The #Bucs made a strong offer to QB Tom Brady believed to be $30M or more. The #Chargers did, as well. And now, he’s leaving New England.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020Part of Tampa Bay’s going “all in” to get Brady includes letting him get control of play-calling duties.“I talked to Tampa Bay. They would love to have Tom Brady,” Dianna Russini said recently on ESPN’s “Get Up”. “They are willing to give Tom Brady the things he needs, he wants, and some of those things Brady wants — control of the roster, he wants to be part of at least making decisions on play-calling.”Russini added that Bucs coach Bruce Arians let Ben Roethlisberger call plays on the Steelers, so he’d be willing to do it again with Brady. She called it a “match made in heaven.”Los Angeles ChargersPer Rapoport, the Chargers have also offered Brady a contract worth $30 million-plus.Brady grew up in California and has a home in Los Angeles already, so the location would be a natural fit. Plus, the Chargers have a need for a quarterback after moving on from Philip Rivers. The Chargers are loaded with talent at other positions, including solid receiving threats in Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and Mike Williams.Before Brady announced his decision to leave the Patriots, Rapoport said the quarterback’s market was with the Patriots, Bucs or Chargers.The tampering window has opened and #Patriots QB Tom Brady’s agent can hear from teams. My understanding: The #Chargers and #Bucs will inquire, and of course New England wants him back. That is Brady’s market as of right now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020That could obviously change — it already has, with the exclusion of the Patriots — but it sounds like these are really the only two teams fighting it out to sign Brady.MORE: Ranking top 50 free agents of 2020Indianapolis ColtsDespite appearing to be an ideal fit, I’m told the #Colts are not in the market for Tom Brady. It appears Philip Rivers a better possibility.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 17, 2020As the report above states, the Colts will not be pursuing Brady.There were never really any reports saying otherwise in free agency. Brady-to-Indianapolis speculation was more analysis from NFL reporters who thought it might be a good fit. There has, however, been plenty of Rivers-to-Indianapolis talk, and it seems like that may happen at some point.Miami DolphinsAnd, by the way, not the #Dolphins.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020In case you thought Miami was interested in Brady — it isn’t.This makes complete sense for the Dolphins. They’re in a rebuilding stage and it wouldn’t really benefit them to bring in a veteran quarterback like Brady. It’s more likely the Dolphins will look to the NFL Draft for their quarterback option, or figure something out between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen.Tennessee TitansThe Titans were a strong contender for Brady in the early offseason, but not anymore. The Titans signed Ryan Tannehill to a long-term contract, meaning no Brady in Tennessee.MORE: NFL free agency tracker 2020Denver BroncosFrom inside Broncos’ almost completely shutdown headquarters: Team has got a franchise quarterback. And his name is Drew Lock. Team is not doing Tom Brady. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 16, 2020There was a loose rumor floating around at the start of free agency that the Broncos were interested in Brady. They are not, according to reports, and that makes sense. Why bring in Brady when you have a quarterback you spent a second-round draft pick on just one year ago?San Francisco 49ers Tom Brady is officially leaving the New England Patriots.The free agent quarterback announced his decision in a pair of statements Tuesday morning. In his first statement he said, in part, “although my football journey will take place elsewhere …” indicating he’s leaving. In his second statement, Brady confirms his decision by adding, “I don’t know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career.” The 49ers were once rumored to be in on Brady, but at the start of free agency, NBC Sports’ Chris Simms said the team wasn’t interested. Considering Jimmy Garoppolo just helped lead San Francisco to a Super Bowl appearance, the Brady-to-49ers rumors always seemed odd.Las Vegas RaidersThe Raiders were another team that were tied to Brady, but they seem highly unlikely now. Las Vegas came to terms with Marcus Mariota on Monday. The Raiders now have Derek Carr and Mariota on their roster, so it would make no sense to add another quarterback at this point.Chicago BearsThe Bears are reportedly in the market for a quarterback, but there have been no reports linking them to Brady. However, there have also been no reports saying they aren’t interested. Despite Chicago’s search for a quarterback, it seems highly unlikely the team would go for Brady. If they were interested, we’d know about it.last_img read more

Atalanta conditions everything

first_imgThe idea is power recover Coquelin, Gayà, Rodrigo and obviously Florenzi for the Champions League match against Atalanta, in San Siro, which would leave a fairly neat call for the most important match in European competition in many years. In fact, the only one of the three that could force to bequeath to the stake against the mattresses would be Gayà, with a strong blow. But, today, Celades prefers not to take risks and that the international side is in perfect condition for next Wednesday’s duel.So things, casualties against Atlético could skyrocket until ochor since Florenzi was sanctioned yesterday with a match; Garay and Piccini are long-term injured; Vallejo is not yet; and Cillessen continues with his hip problems and yesterday the session did not end. For this reason, the Catalan coach could consider aligning him with Atlético so that he does not get completely out of shape before a bergamesca forward that is one of the most scoring in all of Europe. Atalanta conditions everything. We’ll see if enough to give Mangala minutes against Atlético, a direct rival for the fourth place in LaLiga.Further, with the loss of Rodrigo, in the front also opens an unknown for tomorrow. Gameiro returns from an injury so it is perhaps too rushed to start with MaxI will play safe. The other options are Guedes, who has already played a few minutes, Kang-in Lee or even Nephew.This is the part of the injuredCoquelinHe has problems in the quadriceps area. He hasn’t trained this week and just thinks about being ready for San Siro.RodrigoHe has been playing with discomfort in both knees for weeks. He has decided to stop for a few days and also points to Atalanta.GayàHe has foot pain for a stencil since the Getafe game. I could force but the logical thing is to wait until next Wednesday.VallejoAfter two months in the dry dock due to a bone lesion in the foot, it already touches the ball. You must return shortly.GarayThe recovery of his crusader injury is already beginning. He has more than six months ahead of hard work on a stretcher and gym.CillessenFollow with pain. You have an inflammation in your left hip. The session didn’t end yesterday either.PicciniContinue in the final stretch of his re-adaptation to the group. Work tirelessly to return after many months. As the week goes by and Valencia’s workouts, Albert Celades it is clearing the X in the face of the match that will face Atlético tomorrow. Nevertheless, it will be difficult to find the balance between aligning a competitive eleven against those of Simeone and recover the headdresses for the game of the year, which will be played next Wednesday in San Siro.Actually, Atalanta conditions everything. Y The most normal thing is that those players who have any discomfort rest before Atlético and recover in order to travel to Milan next Tuesday to play the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. This is the case of Coquelin, Rodrigo and Gayà. For various physical problems, none of the three have trained with the group in this week so they are already given as almost certain casualties. For the tie against Atalanta, the biggest problem for Celades will be the central part of the defense. With Garay injured and Gabriel Paulista sanctioned, both for the first leg and for the return, to Celades he only has the option of aligning Diakhaby with Mangala, a totally off-center. In fact, he has only played three games this season plus one minute in the match against Ajax in Amsterdam. The last one was in Copa del Rey, on January 22, against Logroñés.last_img read more

Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP

first_imgLa Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo was adamant that University of the Philippines didn’t do anything special in their game on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Ayo cited his team’s inability to defend UP’s shooters and cutters that led to the Green Archers’ stunning 98-87 loss to the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UP tied the league record for most 3-pointers made with 16 set by University of Santo Tomas in 2010, while also scoring on 11 uncontested shots.“Those 3-pointers wouldn’t have happened had we played proper defense,” said Ayo at Mall of Asia Arena. “Our big men didn’t help our little guys and the little guys just stood there. UP didn’t do anything exceptional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAyo said it was his scouting report on UP when they last played in the Kadayawan Cup during the offseason in Davao.And Ayo knew UP guard Paul Desiderio, who had a career-high 30 points, is capable of scoring in bunches. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Desiderio already did that to us back in Davao so we prepared ourselves for that but the players didn’t respond,” said Ayo. “UP just did the things it usually does but the thing was we didn’t execute our game plan.”“Maybe they’re fatigued because this is our third game in a week and with the system we have on both ends of the floor where we always push the tempo and keep running I think the kids just lost gas.” Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ravena impresses in Fiba Asia Champions Cup LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Citizens demand scrapping of deal

first_imgParking meter burdenOne day after coalition’s second largest party, the Alliance for Change (AFC) called for the suspension of the widely criticised parking meter project, the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) group has welcomed this move. However the group is of the view that Central Government should completely revoke the contract, premised on claims of the many burdens the initiative has inflicted upon citizens and more specifically on businesses in the capital city.Strongly expressing that the group is not politically affiliated, representatives of the Movement Against Parking Meters on Wednesday registered its disdain over what was described as a “scandalous and illegal” arrangement between City Hall and the implementing company, Smart City Solutions (SCS).“Any group that is in support of what we’re in support of, we welcome that support, of course,” member Christopher Chapwayna stated in response to AFC call for suspension.Only Tuesday, AFC stated that the project in its present form is not in the best interest of the public, noting that the M&CC should reconsider the main aspects of the Finance Ministry review of the contract.  However, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali told Guyana Times that he called out the AFC over its hypocrisy as it did not support the parking meter motion which was tabled in the National Assembly.The motion had called for a debate on the transparency of the project, method of procurement involved, terms and conditions of the contract, and the overall lack of consultancy with stakeholders.Ali, who had tabled the motion, contended that the AFC cannot claim to be an innocent party, nor can it divorce itself from the collective decision by its Government when the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) aligned Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed the By-laws for the project to be implemented.He also noted that notwithstanding the many appeals from the public and the parliamentary Opposition for an urgent intervention, the Government, of which the AFC is a part, never budged in allowing a constructive re-evaluation of the “glaringly biased and detrimental” project.Meanwhile on Wednesday, at MAPM’s press conference the group also highlighted the slowed business sales as a result of consumers’ avoidance to the expense the meters carry were once again highlighted. Businessman and fellow member of the group Komal Ramlauth called for more accountability.“What we have is a parking meter arrangement that was illegally done so we cannot support or negotiate with somebody that was illegally put there. In Guyana, all the talk for the last few years has been transparency and accountability – let us have that,” the businessman reasoned.Structural Engineer Marcel Gaskin reminded that Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green had decided to “withhold the contract from scrutiny” on claims that she indented to “secure the investment”.The Movement Against Parking Meters group further highlighted that no socio impact studies were done and noted that the country’s procurement regulations were violated.  MAPM member and Attorney-at-Law, Nadia Sagar reiterated that the group is looking into the possibility of taking legal action. When probed, she however cautioned that at present, she is not aware of the requisite legal framework to compel the City Council to fully disclose the contract. Nagar reiterated the Finance Ministry’s extensive objections to the parking meter contract which was reduced from 49 years to 20 years with SCS.The supporters of the movements while calling on Government to revoke the current contract are also advocating for the implementation of a transparent process involving all stakeholders on introducing paid parking and documents relating to feasibility and impact studies. The group also condemned the company double charging VAT on the cards and are calling on citizens to starve the initiative.Responding to the wide support they received last week, MAPM will protest City Hall today. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan had told the National Assembly that the GeoPark cards should not be attracting Value Added Tax (VAT), but retailers have continued to impose the extra charge on motorists purchasing parking time. Jordan had stated that Smart City Solutions must remove any VAT charges on the cards it retailed but the $2500 cards are still $2,900 VAT inclusive.urdenlast_img read more