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In 2021, Lufthansa will have 6 lines to Croatia

first_imgThe new Lufthansa line will operate in the evening: departure from Frankfurt is scheduled for 17:35, and arrival in Rijeka at 19:20. The return flight will depart from Rijeka at 21 pm, while the arrival in Frankfurt is planned at 30:XNUMX pm. The company leaves the possibility of adding more weekly flights on this route, which will primarily depend on the state of booking. The line Frankfurt – Rijeka – Frankfurt will be in operation from May 08, once a week, on Saturdays. A320 aircraft with a capacity of 168 to 180 seats have been announced on the route, Lufthansa points out. In the summer flight schedule, Lufthansa from Frankfurt operates to 5 destinations in Croatia: Zagreb, Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, and from next summer season, the sixth destination in Croatia – Rijeka Airport will be added to the list. Of course, if the situation around the coronavirus pandemic is stable next year.center_img Germany’s Lufthansa announced today that in summer flight schedule 2021. to introduce 14 new international lines from its base in Frankfurt. Among others, the Frankfurt – Rijeka line is being introduced, reports from Croatian Aviation.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

TRIPLE BEND STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MARCH 11, 2017

first_imgSTEVE ROTHBLUM, TEAM O’NEILL, DENMAN’S CALL, WINNER: “He got a really good trip. We were a little worried about him being down on the fence but, if you saw his last race where he bobbled at the break and fell down behind, he stood up leaving there today and we’ve always kind of known he’s got this much promise.“After his last race he came back doing so well. He worked 58 and change just on his own and he came into this race well. I thought they went so fast early that he was tracking close enough. I thought he had a huge shot. It’s just great to see when they turn for home. Tyler rode him brilliantly. It was great for all of us.” RONALD ELLIS, MASOCHISTIC, SECOND: “He got a little bit tired. He hasn’t ran in about three and a half months or so. He ran a really good race and just got a little tired. It’s a tough distance for a speed horse to go wire to wire off a layoff. I think everything went great. He got pushed just a little bit that second quarter was a pretty quick second quarter and I think that it caught up with him in the end. If we would’ve been able to get a race into him in January that would’ve helped us a lot but it was raining and it didn’t work out. It wasn’t a disgraceful race by any means.” JOCKEY QUOTES             TYLER BAZE, DENMAN’S CALL, WINNER: “It was a beautiful trip. I talked to Doug before the race and we were saying that we hoped (Conquest Cobra) would go with Masochistic a little bit and give him just a little company the first part of the race. I really believe in this horse. Last time I was on him, he was so unfortunate to lose his hind end leaving the gate.“I was very fortunate to get back on this horse, and I really believe in him. He’s something special. He just went where I pointed him today. There wasn’t a whole lot of room down there on the rail, but that was my only option at the time. When I said ‘let’s go,’ he went. That length off the rail was really there the whole race. It started getting tighter and tighter, and I said ‘If I don’t go now, I might be stuck in a bad situation.’ I pulled the trigger, and he answered.”             DOUG O’NEILL, DENMAN’S CALL, WINNER: “(Denman’s Call) was so impressive today. To see a champ like Masochistic, up there on the lead, and to go the first quarter like that…“He was sitting on a good race, you just never know where the class is. I always think of the paddock like a pasture when you kick four or five new horses out there; within seconds you have a pecking order. If they lose in the paddock you usually know you’re in trouble. He handled himself like he was a leaser down there the whole time today. That definitely tipped me off that he was going to run the way he’s been training.“We dreamt about this but none of us would have thought it was possible to do what he just did. That was pretty incredible.“I was going to run in an allowance but it didn’t fill. Such a wacky game. Thankfully, the allowance race didn’t go, and here we are. It’s incredible.“For him, I don’t know. We were just talking about what an unbelievable opportunity and a dream it would be to have him for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint down at Del Mar this year. That’ll probably be a dream goal. We’ll talk to the owners and put our heads together but we’re going to enjoy the heck out of this.”center_img MIKE SMITH, MASOCHISTIC, SECOND (BEATEN FAVORITE): “I made a mistake staying off the rail a bit too much. I thought I was on it pretty good, but old Tyler was stuck right in my blind spot. I thought I felt somebody back there, but I could swear it was to my outside. I looked over to my right, then looked back and he was inside. It was a great move on his part, and not so good on mine. In saying that, my horse ran well. He got a little tired, but I certainly didn’t need to let him through.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Gilman Racing, Westside Rentals.com and W.C. Racing, Inc.last_img read more

ExxonMobil hoping to build on Liza success

first_imgUnited States oil giant ExxonMobil is preparing to head to the next prospect on its sprawling holdings off Guyana, which have the potential to be even bigger than the massive Liza discovery.The US super major and its partners are targeting the large Skipjack prospect following the success of the Liza 2 appraisal well, it has confirmed.The Texas-based company has received approval to move the drillship Stena Carron about 24 miles (39 kilometres) to the north-west of the original Liza 1 discovery to spud Skipjack this month.It has confirmed too that the Stena Carron is still at the Liza 2 location and has not yet been mobilised to Skipjack.The operation was given approval to commence on July 1, according to a notice published by Guyana’s Maritime Administration Department (MARAD). It said it would spud the new well this month.There had been some speculation that the company would target the Jurassic-aged Ranger prospect for its next wildcat well, which is a different ‘play’ concept to the Upper Cretaceous Liza discovery.A second Liza look-alike dubbed Payara, which lies about 19 miles to the north-west of Liza 1, could also be in the drilling queue through the end of this year.Sources familiar with the geology in the vast Guyana-Suriname basin called the Skipjack prospect a look-alike to Liza, reiterating comments previously made by executives at ExxonMobil’s partner Hess that the Stabroek block contained numerous structures with similar attributes as Liza.But they noted that the aerial extent of the Skipjack prospect was even larger than Liza’s, which is now the biggest oil find of last year and may be larger than the biggest oil discovery ever in the US Gulf of Mexico – BP’s one-billion-barrel Thunderhorse field.The Liza-2 well had confirmed “a world-class discovery” on the Stabroek block, with estimated potential recoverable resources of between 800 million barrels of oil equivalent and 1.4 billion barrels, ExxonMobil said earlier this month.The appraisal well struck more than 190 feet of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations.The test confirmed high-quality oil, ExxonMobil said. Sources familiar with the appraisal programme indicated that the core was bleeding oil when it was pulled to the surface.The appraisal well was drilled about two miles from the Liza-1 discovery drilled in 2015.The well was drilled to 17,963 feet in 551 feet of water using the drillship Stena Carron.ExxonMobil performed a drill stem test on the Liza 2, which is expected to help the supermajor decide on how best to develop the find.The companies are said to be looking at both an early floating production system with capacity of around 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil that could be online in 2018 and another, larger floating production, storage and offloading vessel with capacity of around 120,000 bpd to 150,000 bpd for full field development.SBM Offshore and Modec have been shortlisted by the supermajor to provide front-end engineering and design studies.ExxonMobil operates Liza on the Stabroek block with a 45 per cent stake with Hess holding 30 per cent and China National Offshore Oil Corporation-owned Nexen with 25 per cent.While deepwater drilling and development has fallen out of favour with many companies due to its high costs and long-cycle investments, analysts said the Liza find could have very competitive economics.Analysts at investment bank Goldman Sachs estimated that Liza has a breakeven oil price of between US$45 and US$50 and their counterparts at investment bank Tudor Pickering Holt said they believe the breakeven could be below US$45.last_img read more

H-DNL football: Gomes, Branstetter lead Ferndale to 41-12 win over McKinleyville

first_imgMidway through Little 4 play Ferndale High is closer than its been in a while to doing something the program hasn’t since done since 2013 — win at least a share of a conference championship.After Saturday’s 41-12 win over visiting McKinleyville at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field, Ferndale’s second-year head coach Clint McClurg says his club hasn’t forgotten who the Little 4 currently belongs to.“Next on the schedule are the defending conference champs, Arcata,” McClurg said. “We are happy with …last_img read more

Biko at the Apartheid Museum

first_img23 January 2008Just over 30 years ago, on 12 September 1977, Stephen Bantu Biko died in police detention at the age of 31, leaving behind him a fundamentally altered political landscape and a liberating mirror for the black men and women of South Africa.The pioneer of the Black Consciousness philosophy was arrested on the outskirts of the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown on 18 August 1977, and taken to apartheid security police headquarters in Port Elizabeth where, according to South African History Online, he “was beaten so severely that damage to his brain was caused.“Realising to a certain extent the seriousness of his condition, the police decided to transfer him to a prison hospital in Pretoria, which was 1 133 kilometres away. He died shortly after his arrival there.”To commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg has put together an excellent exhibition on Biko. Through about 50 panels filled with text and graphics, the viewer can read the words of Biko, taken from his book I Write What I Like.But there are also many other things to read about the man, and how he died a lonely death at the hands of the brutal security police. There is unique footage of Biko from a 1977 BBC interview; and then minister of police Jimmy Kruger’s infamous comment after Biko’s death:“I am not glad and I am not sorry about Mr Biko. His death leaves me cold. I can say nothing to you. Any person who dies . I shall also be sorry if I die .” Kruger said, laughing at his own joke.There is also footage of Kruger. Initially, the security police said that the cause of death was a hunger strike. Several months later, when it was acknowledged that Biko had died of brain damage, Kruger said dispassionately: “A man can damage his brain many ways. I have also felt like banging my head against a brick wall many times, but realising now, with the Biko autopsy, that may be fatal, I haven’t done it.”Born in King William’s TownBantu Steve Biko was born in King William’s Town in 1948, a tall, handsome man with a charismatic personality. He was a founder member of the South African Students’ Organisation, from which the Black Consciousness Movement developed, with the slogan “Black is beautiful”.Biko said in his book: “When you say ‘Black is beautiful’ you are saying, ‘Man, you are okay as you are; begin to look upon yourself as a human being.’”A number of umbrella organisations were formed, one of which was the Black People’s Convention, which played a role in the Soweto riots of 1976.In 1973, Biko was banned and confined to Eastern Cape. After the riots he was arrested repeatedly; by his final arrest on 18 August 1977 he had been in and out of jail frequently, including spending 101 days in solitary confinement.He was held naked and manacled at the Walmer police station in Port Elizabeth, says human rights advocate George Bizos in No One to Blame. On the morning of 6 September he was taken to the security police offices in the Sanlam Building and interrogated until 6pm, when he was again handcuffed and shackled.Long journey to PretoriaBiko was examined and transferred to the prison hospital; he was given a lumbar puncture, which revealed blood in his spinal fluid. It was decided to transfer him to Pretoria, a 1 133 kilometre journey that took 11 hours, with Biko lying naked in the back of the Land Rover. He died on 12 September 1977 in the Pretoria prison hospital later that night. He was just 31 years old.His death caused a worldwide outcry which temporarily stopped the deaths in detention, but they resumed a year to two later. In all, 115 people died in prison between 1963 and 1990.Biko’s wife, Ntsiki, says of his death in detention: “I think Steve expected to die in the hands of the security police. I think all of us expected it. But Steve was prepared to sacrifice his life for the black cause. He felt his work was so important that even if he died it would be worth it.”And Biko himself said of dying: “You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you don’t care anyway. And your method of death can be a politicising thing.”Behind the iconThe exhibition traces Biko’s birth and education, his spells inside jail, his relationships, and his death in detention.There is a section, right at the top end of the exhibition, which, says curator Emilia Potenza, attempts to record details of others who died in detention. A video broadcasts images of them and their families, and any other details that researchers have managed to accumulate.Says Potenza: “It is an extraordinary story which moves beyond the icon on a T-shirt to what’s behind that icon.”Besides the repeated recordings of Biko and Kruger, the constant refrain of Peter Gabriel’s song, simply entitled Biko, first released in 1980, echoes hauntingly around the museum.The exhibition was put together at the request of the Department of Education, with assistance from the Steve Biko Foundation. It makes use of many original photographs, documents and audio-visual clips, and draws on interviews with a range of his contemporaries.It will travel around the country and go overseas, says Christopher Till, the museum’s director. “The Biko story is one that needs to be told. His philosophy has won over the minds of many. Many of the BC [Black Consciousness] ideas have triumphed.”The apartheid state, says Bizos, considered Biko dangerous “not because he had ever taken part in violent activities, but because of his formidable intellect.”The exhibition will run until the end of June 2008. The Apartheid Museum is on the corner of Northway and Gold Reef roads, Ormonde. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Hard Landing

first_imgIf you’re scared of flying perhaps you shouldn’t look at this video. But there again perhaps you should because it shows the incredible strength of the Boeing 767 in extreme weather in the United Kingdom.The video was shot on the weekend of February 15/16 at Birmingham Airport and shows what appears to be a First Choice 767-300ER with pilots battling very strong crosswinds and related turbulence.Flying conditions in the UK in recent months have been some of the worst on record with many planes diverted.The 767 touches down one undercarriage leg and then the other before it bounces up and then slams onto the runway.Planes are designed and tested for conditions and stresses that they will never encounter in commercial service.And the tests are severe. For instance after all the testing for two to three lifetimes of wear the wings are bent up to exceed 150 per cent of their design load. It’s a test they must pass. The video is taken by flugsnug and to see more of its videos see here: http://www.youtube.com/user/flugsnuglast_img read more

Banyana in 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe

first_img18 June 2013Banyana Banyana played to a tough 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe in a friendly international at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg on the weekend. After a back-and-forth struggle, coach Joseph Mkhonza was left to rue two misses right at the start of the match.“The game was very tough, but I believe the girls put themselves under pressure when they missed two crucial opportunities in the opening five minutes of the game,” he told the South African Football Association (Safa) after the game. “Had we scored either of the two goals, it would have put us in a better position.”Up and downSumming up the contest, he added: “We didn’t play as a team in the first half and the Zimbabweans used that against us and managed to score shortly before halftime. We managed to get back into the game in the second half and equalised, but then we lost our shape again.”Banyana Banyana skipper Janine van Wyk was awarded the Diski Queen (player of the match award). She said South Africa had been given a good workout by their northern neighbours.“We knew that the game against Zimbabwe was not going to be easy. They always prove to be tough opponents against us. I must admit it was tough, but a very good game. We displayed better performance but luck was not on our side. But we should rectify those errors going forward.”‘A lot of things we need to work on’Van Wyk agreed with Mkhonza that Banyana lost shape during the match, saying: “There are a lot of things we need to work on, like our formation. We also need to be more organised as well as work on opportunities in front of goal as we missed two crucial goals. Had we capitalised on those, it would have been a different ball game altogether.”Zimbabwe’s captain Felistas Muzogondi commented: “It was not an easy encounter against the South Africans, but it was a good exercise and served as preparation for upcoming tournaments that will lead us to World Cup qualification and help us raise our world rankings.”DisallowedBanyana dominated the early going at the Sinaba Stadium and looked as if they had taken the lead, but Noko Matlou was deemed to be offside and the goal was disallowed. Television replays showed the offside decision to be an incorrect one.Amanda Dlamini got the ball on target three minutes later, but her lob was cleared off the line.Zimbabwe took the lead five minutes from half-time through Rudo Neshamba. She netted with a glancing header from a long ball played in from the left.It was almost 2-0 to the Zimbabweans early in the second half, but the woodwork came to Banyana’s rescue.EqualiserAmanda Dlamini then found an equaliser for South Africa before the hour-mark, scoring her 19th goal for the national team after being played in by Nothando Vilakazi.Neshamba threatened to score a second goal for the Zimbabweans, but SA captain Van Wyk’s pressure forced Neshamba’s shot high over the goals.Banyana Banyana upped their game and put Zimbabwe under pressure once more, but there was no reward for them.Zimbabwe appeared to net a late winner, but the assistant referee pointed out an infringement to the referee and their efforts came to nought as the contest finished 1-1.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

PH lifter Perez bags 3 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 18-year-old Delos Santos, who also hails from Diaz’s hometown of Zamboanga City, snared the three silvers in women’s 58kg category of the Asian Inter-Club with a combined lift of 177kg (81kg in the snatch and 96kg in clean and jerk).Nabieva Muattar of Uzbekistan ruled their division with a total effort of 197kg while Yu Won Ju of Korea placed third with 169kg. Delos Santos earned the bronzes in the Asian Cup.Ando settled for three silver medals after putting together 198kg in the women’s 63kg of the Asian Inter-Club.The Cebuana, who placed fifth in the recent Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan carried 85kg in the snatch and 113kg in the clean and jerk.Ando got three bronzes in the Asian Cup won by Fayzullaeva Kumushkhon of Uzbekistan following a combined effort of 201kg.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion ONE: Torres lone Filipino to win in Myanmar card Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLifter Elien Rose Perez captured three gold medals in the 2017 Asian Senior Cup Weightlifting Championships in Yanggu, South Korea.The prized find from Tagbilaran City, Bohol topped the women’s 53kg division after carrying 71 kilograms in the snatch and 87kg in the clean and jerk for a total output of 158.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Perez, a criminology student at University of Bohol, defeated Nepal’s Sanju Chaudhary, who pulled up 61kg in the snatch and 77kg in the clean and jerk to compile 138kg for the silver medal.A protege of Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Perez also brought home three silvers in the Asian Inter-Club meet of the same tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPark Da Ae of Korea ruled their division in the inter-club by lifting 75kg in the snatch and 96kg in the clean and jerk.Maria Dessa Delos Santos and Elreen Ann Ando likewise made the country proud by pocketing three silvers and three bronzes each in their respective weight categories. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Conor McGregor under investigation for sex assault – report

first_imgIn this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Conor McGregor is escorted from the cage area after fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. AP FILENEW YORK, United States – Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor is under investigation in his native Ireland on an accusation of sexual assault, the New York Times reported Tuesday.The report, in which the Times cited four unnamed sources, came a day after the trash-talking star of the Ultimate Fighting Championship wrote on Twitter that he had decided to retire from his career inside the octagon.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: PH boxing’s finest feted at Elorde Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor was later handed a six-month suspension for his role in a post-fight melee after the Nurmagomedov bout, a ban that would have left him eligible to fight again in early April.He was arrested in Miami earlier this month after allegedly smashing a phone outside a Florida nightclub.He was later charged with criminal mischief and strong-armed robbery after police said he had slapped the phone out of a fan’s hand and then stomped on it.McGregor was also arrested last year in New York after police said he attacked a charter bus carrying several rival martial arts fighters. Video footage of the altercation showed McGregor throwing a steel dolly through a window of the bus. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” McGregor wrote. “I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.”The New York Times noted that McGregor has not been charged with a crime and the fact that an investigation is continuing “does not imply that McGregor is guilty of a crime.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut the newspaper said he had been questioned by law enforcement authorities in January after a woman accused him of sexual assault in December.A spokesman for Ireland’s police service would not confirm to the newspaper that McGregor was a suspect in the alleged assault. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The woman making the accusation said it occurred at the Beacon Hotel, where McGregor has been an occasional guest, according to the Times.McGregor and the UFC have not commented on the allegations. Karen J. Kessler, a publicist for McGregor based in New Jersey, issued a statement that said the Times report and McGregor’s retirement were not related.“This story has been circulating for some time and it is unclear why it is being reported now,” the statement said in part. “The assumption that the Conor retirement announcement today is related to this rumor is absolutely false.”The Dubliner, one of the most bankable stars in UFC, had previously vowed to retire in 2016 in a move that was widely seen as a negotiating gambit.The 30-year-old has not fought since being well beaten by rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more