Herndon focused on helping Wangs, not just getting numbers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “It was just a slow start as a team. Everyone played slow in the second half and I’m not sure why,” said Herndon, who finished with 24 points in Wangs’ 107-96 defeat to Flying V on Tuesday.Despite the Couriers’ second straight defeat, it has been a respectable campaign through three games for the 24-year-old guard with an average of 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, Herndon himself admits that though he wants to make a good account of himself going to the 2017 PBA Draft, his goal is to help Wangs make noise in this tourney.“My focus right now isn’t so much on myself. I know I could score points, I can rebound, and I can defend, but I want to win,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Filoil: Also-ran Perpetual denies Ateneo of outright q’finals entry Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESAfter scorching hot in the first half for Wangs Basketball, Robbie Herndon found himself trapped in the next two quarters as the Flying V defense zeroed-in on him and limited him to just four points.But the 6-foot-4 swingman refused to attribute his poor shooting to the Thunder’s defensive stance and instead pointed on the Couriers’ lackluster showing in the second as the culprit for their downfall.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Compared to his last stop with Victoria Sports-MLQU, Herndon is now surrounded by familiar faces in Eric King, Ryan Arambulo, and Tim Habelito, making the adjustment to the new squad a little more easier.“We definitely have chemistry together because we’re all from the States. But we just need to find a solid rotation as a team and know who fits together and who plays well together,” he said.That makes Herndon optimistic despite the Couriers’ recent funk, believing that his team has what it takes to make a run to this conference’s playoffs.“I think we’re a very strong team regardless of the two losses. We shouldn’t have lost to Batangas and today was a fair game. But for us, it’s a must win in the next couple of games. We got to win it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

How Emery is succeeding with Iwobi where Wenger failed

first_imgAlex Iwobi knows all about pressure. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 18, was nominated among the top 50 youngsters in world football two years later while he made his international debut for Nigeria in 2015. His path to the top is still continuing and after a couple of underwhelming seasons which can be put down to a mixture of inconsistency and instability, the 22-year-old appears to be finally flourishing under new head coach Unai Emery.Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger set Iwobi a target of 10 goals and ‘5 or 6 assists’ last season after admitting that the forward needs to improve on his final ball and goalscoring statistics. Iwobi, whose most impressive games this season have come away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and in the recent 2-0 win over Watford, has lauded Emery’s intense training methods as the reason why he is starting to flourish as a player who can make the difference in the final third.“I’m working every day in training. The main thing the boss stresses with me is to get into those positions to score,” he said. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He’s happy with me getting into those positions and the next step is converting the chances. I’ve lost a bit of weight because of the intense training, and it’s made me a bit sharper.”IwobiLaurent Koscielny recently said that Iwobi “needs to realise how good he can be” and confidence remains the key facet for a professional footballer alongside their technique. Without self belief in one’s own ability, the opportunity to showcase true talent on the pitch is limited – and it’s something Iwobi has been tasked to improve on since he broke into the Arsenal first team.“The boss basically told me that if something doesn’t work, just to keep going and don’t dwell on it,” he added.“He’s told me to stop being so critical and to just keep trying no matter what happens, no matter if things don’t go as I want them to.  “That’s given me a lot more confidence to try a few more things, like beat a player, to shoot more. I’m always ready to get on the ball a bit more. I’m more positive and confident with the ball.”Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are mainstays of the attack under Emery but there is a feeling that Iwobi could displace Henrikh Mkhitaryan from the team if he continues to impress on a consistent basis. He may not be a natural wide threat, but his unorthodox style and link up play with the other forward players could see him given more chances in the first team this season.It’s certainly clear that the talent is there. At national team level Iwobi is not shy in front of goal and his place in the starting line-up is rarely questioned. If he can transform that form to club level, which he appears to be doing this season, then it won’t be long before he’s a regular for club and country.Despite only scoring once in six games for Arsenal this season, Iwobi’s overall contribution to games is being recognised due to the unique qualities he brings up top. His ability to run directly at opponents while producing a burst of pace and change of direction give him the platform to score and create, although it is unclear which position Emery sees the Nigerian’s future in.Iwobi has previously said that when you have a lot of self-belief you start to take risks and do things you know you’re capable of. At such a crucial stage in his career it is refreshing to see a player taking ownership of his own game and, while he hasn’t reached the level he would have wanted just yet, the signs so far are promising.last_img read more

Phil Jackson Takes Knicks Helm

first_imgNEW YORK — Phil Jackson has returned to the New York Knicks as their team President.The Knicks announced Jackson’s hiring March 18 at a news conference in the lobby of Madison Square Garden, where a giant sign reading “Welcome Home Phil” was overhead and shirts with the No. 18 Jackson wore as a player lined the racks in the merchandise store.Jackson signed a five-year contract and said he will spend significant time in New York. “This is the best place to play basketball,” Jackson said.Jackson was a member of the Knicks’ championship-winning teams in 1970 and 1973, but they haven’t won a title since. Jackson went on to become the league’s most successful coach, winning 11 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.This will be his first time as an executive and the Knicks say he will be in charge of all basketball decisions. Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan said he “willingly and gratefully” is stepping back to give Jackson the power to make the changes the franchise needs.Steve Mills will remain as General Manager.It’s the second front-office reorganization in six months for the Knicks, who surprisingly fired GM Glen Grunwald days before the start of training camp after he assembled most of the roster than won 54 games last season. Mills replaced him even though he had no previous experience running the basketball side.Jackson said he had “no doubt” that Carmelo Anthony could be the centerpiece of the franchise going forward as the All-Star forward prepares to become a free agent this summer.Jackson will have to decide the future of coach Mike Woodson, who was 72-34 with the Knicks before this season but only 27-40 heading into Wednesday’s game against Indiana.The Knicks probably would have loved it if Jackson were willing to do the job himself, but he had made it clear since his last stint with the Lakers ended in 2011 that he had no interest in returning to the bench.Instead he will try to show he can handle the transition to the front office, which won’t be an easy one given the obstacles the Knicks face with their salary cap. Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani will all be in the final year of expensive contracts, giving the Knicks little hope of making quick changes next season.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LIVE: Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar

first_imgMelbourne City 2 Brisbane Roar 0: Kamau nets double as McCormack debuts Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 19:25 10/6/17 melbourne-cropped Getty Images Bruce Kamau’s double did the damage as Melbourne City began the new A-League season in triumphant fashion against Brisbane Roar. Melbourne City made a strong start to the 2017-18 A-League campaign as Bruce Kamau scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar in Friday’s season opener.City handed a debut to Scotland international Ross McCormack following his arrival on loan from Aston Villa, but it was Kamau who stole the show at AAMI Park.The winger broke the deadlock just before half-time, coolly slotting in from the edge of the penalty area after Brisbane could only partially clear a corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. McCormack played a significant role in Kamau’s second, picking out Nick Fitzgerald on the left, with Kamau turning in the eventual cross with the help of a deflection to wrap things up 16 minutes from time.FT | City 2-0 BrisbaneThree points to kick-off the season as Bruce Kamau’s brace seals it! C’mon City!! #MCYvBRI pic.twitter.com/A9d9IRt99g— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) October 6, 2017 read morelast_img read more

Silva blames rising fees as Everton miss out on centre-back

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva has blamed rising transfer fees for the club’s inability to fulfil their player recruitment targets in defence. With skipper Phil Jagielka returning to Sheffield United and Kurt Zouma back at Chelsea following the end of his loan spell, the Toffees were keen to bring in a central defender during the recent transfer window. AdChoices广告But despite signing seven players, including Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and Italian prodigy Moise Kean from Juventus, Everton failed to strengthen their squad in the centre of defence.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Silva explained how difficult it was to sign players in the current market and admitted it wasn’t ideal that the club couldn’t recruit a centre-back to Goodison Park. “It is really tough now to buy a player – everyone is asking millions and millions and millions,” Silva said in a press conference as his side prepare for a road trip to Crystal Palace. “It is always difficult to sign players even if you are a big club. Everyone is looking at the final picture and asking ‘why so late signing players?’ But you have to work, and it was a tough market for us. “OK [having only three centre-halves] is not the best scenario for us. It is what it is. People are just looking at who we sign – but 18 football players left our club. “I don’t like to speak about those numbers but I know people will say again Everton spent this and this. But in the end, if you put the balance [of players leaving], we spent £28 million ($34m).” Everton will now enter their Premier League campaign with only three natural central defenders in Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate. In addition to Iwobi and Kean, Everton managed to acquire Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Djibril Sidibe, Jonas Lossl and signed Andre Gomes permanently – but missed out snaring Palace attacker Wilfred Zaha. Several first team players departed during the window also, including Idrissa Gueye, Ademola Lookman and James McCarthy. The Toffees begin their league season at Selhurst Park on Saturday before a home clash against Watford next week and a trip to Aston Villa the following matchday.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Macroeconomic Stability Has Been Entrenched – PIOJ Head

first_imgStory Highlights Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says macroeconomic stability has been entrenched, evidenced by relatively low inflation, high net international reserves (NIR), successive positive growth, and fiscal discipline, which has significantly lowered public debt. The country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year, which is the lowest level of debt in nearly two decades. Mr. Henry noted that with the strengthened foundation resulting from the improving macroeconomic out-turns, coupled with ongoing efforts to sustain the gains attained, “the country is now [moving] to achieve economic independence”. Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says macroeconomic stability has been entrenched, evidenced by relatively low inflation, high net international reserves (NIR), successive positive growth, and fiscal discipline, which has significantly lowered public debt.The country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year, which is the lowest level of debt in nearly two decades.Mr. Henry noted that with the strengthened foundation resulting from the improving macroeconomic out-turns, coupled with ongoing efforts to sustain the gains attained, “the country is now [moving] to achieve economic independence”.Dr. Henry was speaking at the PIOJ’s inaugural Economic Growth Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew recently, under the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, which is a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.“The recurring theme emerging from these studies is the importance of the Government creating a strong enabling environment for doing business,” the PIOJ Head said.He noted that the aim is to set the stage for individuals and businesses in the private sector, including social enterprises, to create wealth for themselves and their communities, which will redound to broader economic growth and development and, in turn, “complete the circle of development with improved conditions”.“As a country, we have earnestly undertaken many growth initiatives and made progress on many areas… but have not seen the levels of economic growth that we desire,” he noted.He said against this background, stakeholders should draw on the lessons learnt through “open and honest” reflection, sharing and action to devise “coordinated approaches” to effectively create or strengthen solutions to address Jamaica’s growth challenge.“We believe this is critical to attaining higher economic growth, higher social outcomes, and to achieve the targets established in Vision 2030 Jamaica – the National Development Plan and, thereby, make a real difference in the lives of the people,” he added.While acknowledging that “there is no panacea or quick fix for [elusive] growth”, Dr. Henry maintained that “working together, utilising our scarce resources effectively and efficiently [we] can generate the desired results, as we continue to target meaningful, sustainable and inclusive economic growth”.last_img read more

KfW IPEXBank Finances Two More Royal Arctic Lines Ships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Arctic Line/Havyard Germany’s lender KfW IPEX-Bank is providing EUR 16.43 million (USD 18.6 million) to Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line A/S to finance two additional transport vessels.The new vessels will be built at the Nodosa shipyard in Spain, with a significant portion of the components sourced from Germany.Securing this industrial suppliers’ portion took place primarily in cooperation with the German Maritime Export Initiative (GeMaX), according to KfW IPEX-Bank.As informed, the financing is covered by insurance from the Spanish state export credit insurer CESCE and avails of the fixed rate funding offered by the Spanish Commercial Interest Reference Rate (CIRR).The vessels are designed for year-round operation so as to supply the inhabitants of remote settlements along the Greenland coast that are not connected to each other by land.The 36-meter-long vessels will have onboard cranes, highest ice class and refrigerated container connections for transporting deep-frozen fish for export. They will also meet the requirements of the New Polar Code, which came into force in 2017.In November 2018, the bank also concluded a pre- and post-delivery financing for two similar vessels for Royal Arctic Line. The ships are being built at the Zamakona shipyard in Spain.“We are delighted to be able to continue reliably to finance and secure the fleet renewal for Royal Arctic Line… We thereby not only contribute to supplying the Greenland population, but also to modernising the maritime infrastructure of the North Sea,” Andreas Ufer, a Member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank, commented.With delivery at the end of 2020 and 2021 respectively, these newbuild transport vessels will replace older ships in the Royal Arctic Line fleet.last_img read more

Province Takes Immediate Action to Address Issues at Braemore Home

first_img “The district’s board of directors welcomes the opportunity to support this interim measure and we will do what we can to assist the Braemore team now and in the future,” said Cape Breton District Health Authority Board chair Yvon LeBlanc. “As health-care providers, we can’t forget that we are in service to our patients and our residents every day. Their care, well-being, and quality of life are our main priorities, and that includes the people who live at Braemore.” Deloitte’s report also makes recommendations on how the province can better support facilities like Braemore by developing a long-term vision and strategy, providing standards, and enhancing its oversight of client support practices. A team of experts will develop a strategy to address issues at Braemore and across the sector. In addition, government established a cross-departmental team in the spring to begin work on a long-term strategy to address Nova Scotia’s continuing care and services for persons with disabilities sectors. That group will consult with interested parties in the first half of 2012 and take recommendations to the government. “This report clearly shows that there are issues with the residential system and that we need a long-term plan to help us better support Braemore and other places like it,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We’ve already begun this work and we’re committed to making the changes needed.” Braemore provides residential services and support to people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The Department of Community Services requested the independent review in March after the province investigated a case of abuse at the facility. The report can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/coms. The province is taking immediate action to address issues identified in a report on Braemore Home Corporation’s programs and operations, released today, Oct. 18. Effective immediately, the province is suspending Braemore Home Corporation’s licence and appointing the Cape Breton District Health Authority’s board of directors to act as the Sydney facility’s interim board. “I’m extremely concerned, just as I’m sure everyone is, with the contents of this report,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse, who was in Sydney today to meet with the interim board. “My first priority is the care and well-being of the people we serve and we’re taking immediate action to address the most serious issues. We’re already working on a long-term plan to better support residents, staff, and management of Braemore and other similar facilities.” The independent review was conducted by Deloitte. It looked at Braemore’s management, programs, operations and organizational culture, and included input from a number of interested parties, including staff, residents, and their families. The report’s recommendations focus on nine key areas: Some of the recommendations for Braemore include: developing governance practices for Braemore’s board of directors redefining its organizational model, roles, and responsibilities shifting its organizational culture to include practices of leading organizations partnering with a leading organization in adult autism and residential services long-term strategy and oversight legislation accountability client service organizational culture operations funding partnerships governancelast_img read more

Harsh Vardhan debunks Kejriwals claim on Delhi health scheme

first_imgNew Delhi: As the war of words continues over the implementation of Ayushman Bharat scheme in Delhi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday debunked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s claims on the state government’s health scheme, saying that the scheme is still in the planning stage.In response to the AAP chief’s letter to the Union Health Minister, where Kejriwal had said that the Delhi government’s health scheme is “ten times bigger and comprehensive” than Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat programme, Vardhan wrote a letter to the Delhi CM inviting him to work together with the Centre for the “larger good” of people of Delhi. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIn the letter, Vardhan expressed his anguish over Delhi CM’s letter that was released on social media and said that his response shows that he is least interested in the welfare of the people of Delhi. The claim that the Delhi government is implementing free health care and, therefore, need not implement Ayushman Bharat is “baseless”, the Union Health Minister stated in his letter. “Be part of the historical health sector revolution that has been visualised by our Prime Minister Narendra Modiji. Ayushman Bharat is the world’s most ambitious and largest free government healthcare programme. Let us join to celebrate each milestone in the journey towards New India,” Vardhan said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceRefuting the statements of the Kejriwal, Vardhan further stated that while all the states can claim to be providing free health care through government hospitals, in reality, citizens still have to spend a lot from their pocket to get the so-called ‘free treatment’. The Union Minister further added that the proposed scheme of the Delhi government can be linked with Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY) for enhanced cover for the poor and vulnerable population of Delhi as they will not get ready access to private hospitals but will also be able to get benefits across the country. “Since you are anyway providing OPD cover through your proposed scheme, linking with PM-JAY for in-patient cover will be a boon for the poor and vulnerable population of Delhi as they will not only get ready access to private hospitals but will also be able to get benefits across the country. You can even expand PM-JAY to cover more beneficiaries as has been done by many other states,” he said.last_img read more

Navy arrests eight Indian fishermen off Point Pedro

The Navy arrested eight Indian fishermen off Point Pedro in the North last night.The Navy media unit said that fast attack craft belonging to the Northern Naval Command arrested the Indian fishing while they were engaged in illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan waters, about 15 nm north of Point Pedro. A trawler used by the fishermen was also taken into custody.The fishermen were brought to the naval base, SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurai and were handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Fisheries Director for onward legal action. read more

Monadelphous secures contract at Jimblebar iron ore mine

first_imgMonadelphous Group has been awarded a construction contract valued at some A$75 million at BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Jimblebar mine, east of Newman in Western Australia. The contract involves structural, mechanical and piping works associated with the construction of stacking, reclaiming, train load out, product sampling and water infrastructure facilities.“Monadelphous has a long track record for the safe and reliable delivery of construction services on many of the major iron ore expansion projects in Western Australia,” Monadelphous Managing Director Rob Velletri said. “We are pleased to have been selected as a contractor and we look forward to delivering results at Jimblebar for this valued customer.”Work on the project is scheduled to commence next month.Leighton Holdings subsidiary Thiess had already won a A$166 million bulk earthworks and infrastructure contract for the mine. Thiess will provide bulk earthworks, drainage and civil structures, road works and buried services. Work was scheduled to be finished by July 2012.Just east of Newman, Jimblebar will be one of the drivers of BHP’s plans to up its iron ore output to 220 Mt/y by 2014, with the mine planned to initially add 35 Mt/y to production and eventually ramp up to 55 Mt/y.last_img read more

New exhibition opens at Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre after €300k facelift

first_imgTHE CLIFFS EXHIBITION at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience has been officially opened to the public following a €300,000 revamp.The world famous tourist attraction has now updated its exhibition features with new displays and interactive exhibits on the wildlife and geology of the Cliffs of Moher and County Clare.InteractiveThe new exhibition includes interactive children’s wildlife games, an area charting the rise of tourism at the Cliffs of Moher, and ‘Kids Creations’ which enables children to create a personalised artistic memento of their visit to the Cliffs. The upgraded interpretative space is complemented by ‘The Ledge’, a virtual reality cliff side experience and ‘The Clare Journey’ tour of the County Clare landscape.The exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor of Clare John Crowe who said the new exhibition “further enhances the overall visitor experience for the estimated one million people who travel to the Cliffs of Moher each year”.Year-on-year there has been an increase in visitor numbers to the cliffs since 2009.In the first six months of 2014, visitor numbers were up by 7 per cent on the same period last year. Katherine Webster, Director Cliffs of Moher Visitor Expierence and Cllr John Crowe, Mayor of Clare pictured at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Expierence official opening. Source: Brian Arthur/Press 22Mayor Crowe said: Source: ShutterstockFurther works are underway on the coach park area and there are plans in the works for new layouts and walkways, landscaping and the addition of charging stations for eCars.The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience building was first opened to the public in 2007 and has since attracted more than 6 million visitors. To find out more about the attraction click here>Read: Extreme weather conditions haven’t put people off visiting the Cliffs of Moher>Read: Which of Ireland’s tourist spots made it to the final of the World Tourism Awards?> The ongoing delivery of improvements to existing facilities at the Cliffs of Moher has helped to reinforce the site’s status as one of the most visited tourism landmarks in the country.This progress is complemented by the launch of The Wild Atlantic Way, which presents significant opportunities for tourism development right along the western seaboard of Ireland with the Cliffs prominently featured as part of the new touring route.last_img read more

McDonalds to replace plastic straws with paper ones in Irish restaurants

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Image: Sam Boal 12,859 Views Share1389 Tweet Email1 McDonald’s to replace plastic straws with paper ones in Irish restaurants McDonald’s will begin the process of transferring to paper straws from September. Jun 15th 2018, 10:04 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 41 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4072228 Image: Sam Boal Friday 15 Jun 2018, 10:04 AM MCDONALD’S IS GETTING rid of plastic straws from its Irish restaurants and replacing them with paper ones.A phased rollout of paper straws will begin from September, with completion set for 2019.There are 92 McDonald’s in Ireland and the fast-food company says all the restaurants have already taken steps to move plastic straws behind the counter.It says this was done to reduce plastic waste and put the decision for use in the hands of the customer.Last month, the European Commission proposed that single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery be banned across the European Union (EU).The Commission said that 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the EU end up in the sea every year.CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland Paul Pomroy said: “Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants.“Over the past few months we’ve been working closely with supplier partners to find a solution that works both for our customers, and that the supply is there given the size of our business.”Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment said: “This is a clear demonstration that large companies and organisations are taking their environmental responsibilities seriously and moving in the right direction by eliminating single use plastics.”McDonald’s supply of paper straws in Ireland will be met by two suppliers Transcend Packaging and Huhtamaki. Huhtamaki will produce the straws at its plant in Northern Ireland.It says paper used by both suppliers will come from certified sources, endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).last_img read more

AC Milan complete the signing of Piatek

first_imgAC Milan have completed the signing of Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa on a four-and-a-half-year deal, according to Sky Sports.The Rossoneri announced on Wednesday night that Piatek has completed his move to the Italian club on a deal that could keep him at the San Siro until June 2023. The deal will also see him earn around £34,000 per week (£1.7m per year).The £31m deal sees Genoa lower their initial asking price of €40m, but Milan will have to pay the transfer fee upfront and include add-ons should they finish in a top four spot in the Serie A come the end of the season.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Piatek, who is expected to put on the number 19 shirt, will be presented to the media on Thursday afternoon at noon and will join his new teammates for his first training session later that afternoon.Milan have moved for the former Cracovia striker after Gonzalo Higuain saw his loan deal with Gennaro Gattuso’s side cut short to join Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season.The Polish international moved to Italy last summer and has been very successful, with 19 goals scored in 21 games for Genoa so far this season.last_img read more

Barnes Noble To Hold InStore Online Book Fair For Wilmingtons iPods For

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Barnes & Noble is once again holding a book fair to benefit Wilmington-based iPods for Wounded Veterans.The book fair takes place at the Burlington Barnes & Noble (98 Middlesex Turnpike) on  Saturday, May 26 (9am-11pm); Sunday, May 27 (10am-9pm); and Monday, May 28 (9am-9pm).People can also participate online by visiting bn.com/bookfair during the fundraiser. Simply use Bookfair ID 12320263 at the in-store checkout or before checking out online.A percentage of in-store and online purchases will benefit iPods for Wounded Veterans.For more information about the organization, visit ipodsforwoundedveterans.org.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBarnes & Noble To Hold In-Store & Online Book Fair For Wilmington’s iPods For Wounded VeteransIn “Community”Barnes & Noble To Hold In-Store & Online Book Fair For Wilmington’s iPods For Wounded VeteransIn “Community”Barnes & Noble To Hold In-Store & Online Book Fair For Wilmington’s iPods For Wounded VeteransIn “Business”last_img read more

New processor preps for summer operations in Naknek

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting strong sockeye salmon returns to Bristol Bay this summer, and Copper River Seafoods is getting ready to open a processing plant in Naknek and buy fish from the Naknek-Kvichak District, where 18 million sockeye are expected to be available for harvest.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a return of 28.8 million sockeye to the district, with 18 million available for harvest. Copper River Seafoods will be on hand to help purchase and process those fish.Copper River bought the old extreme seafoods plant in Naknek, and Vojta Novak, the company’s Bristol Bay manager, said they have been getting ready to open for the past two months.Novak said they’ll have five tenders in the bay, including one for setnetters.“This year we decided to buy fish only in Naknek and Kvichak,” Novak said. “We’ll have a couple tenders here in the bay and a couple tenders by the line.”Although the plant is new to Naknek, Novak said the company is familiar with the region from its operations in Togiak. He said that entering Naknek is challenging, because it’s competitive, and one of the biggest sockeye salmon fisheries in Alaska. But in some ways, it’s easier to operate there than in Togiak.“You have everything pretty much here, if you need any help, if you need any welders, if you need any materials, you can buy here. When I was in Togiak, I cannot buy anything,” he said.Novak said about 15-20 people are working at the plant now to get it ready, mostly construction guys. When the plant is operational, it’ll have about 70 employees, he said.Last week, Novak was waiting for equipment to come in on the barge, including processing lines, pipes and headers and gutters. The plant was operational when Copper River purchased it, but Novak said the company wanted to make it more efficient and improve capacity.“You don’t have too much time,” Novak said. “The tide is critical here. You have four or five hours in the high tide and other tide, you have three or four hours to pump all the fish, and if you pump it into totes, you have to drive them up the hill. It’s not efficiency. We want to do more than one million or a couple million pounds here.”Once the plant gets going, Novak said they’ll focus on sockeyes, although they’ll buy all species and plan to try staying open for fall fish, mainly chums and cohos.Novak said the company is shooting for a June 15 opening this summer. All of the fish purchased and processed in Naknek will be sold under the Copper River Seafoods brand.The plant will focus on headed and gutted fish, and fishermen will be required to ice and bleed fish, Novak said.Fresh fish will be flown to Anchorage to be reprocessed, while frozen fish will go to Seattle on a barge at the end of the season.Novak said he wants to have about 30 drifters delivering to the plant, and it looks like they’ll hit that target.“We have a lot of good local fishermans planning to fish for us,” Novak said.Novak can’t say yet what prices will be, but he did said that they want to be a strong player in the bay.“We are competitive, we want to stay here for long-term,” Novak said.last_img read more

Totem pole fragments provide lost details

first_imgKetchikan Museums staff has been working to catalog, document and store totem pole fragments that have been in the museum’s collection for 40 years. The fragments can provide details lost on many of the larger poles.Fragments await cataloging. Many have fading, 40-year-old labels. (Photo by Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan)Hayley Chambers is the museum department’s senior curator of collections. She said the Haida poles stored at the Totem Heritage Center came from Old Kasaan and the Tlingit poles from Tongass and Village Islands. The poles were collected in the 1960s and 70s. Fragments also were collected at that time, and pieces that have broken off the center’s poles over the past 40 years have been retained. Chambers said the fragments have been cared for at the center, but never processed.“It was an area of our collection’s care that was just in need. It was a great grant opportunity to help us address that,” Chambers said.Chambers said the museum received a grant through Museums Alaska and was able to purchase cabinets and archival-quality boxes to store the fragments. She said anything fully detached from the parent pole is considered a fragment.“A fragment can range in size from being a large, decorative element like a wing or a beak or a face, like this one,” Chambers said. “It can also go down to just a small sliver of wood.”Chambers said some pieces are unidentifiable, but many were labeled or have hints of color or carving marks that indicate they came from a larger piece. She said fragments are important because many show details no longer visible on most of the larger poles.“It’s exciting to see what the pigment had looked like originally,” Chambers said. “I think things like that help to provide that visual for people, that these poles, when they were standing originally, were painted and decorated. A lot of that detail on older poles has been lost over time just as they’ve been outside and weathered and aged.”Chambers said one of those poles is the Coast Guard Pole carved in the late 1800s. The pole came from Village Island, was moved to the Coast Guard Base on Annette Island and then transferred to the Totem Heritage Center in the late 1960s. Chambers said a found fragment was labeled, possibly at the time of collection, so staff was able to match it to the proper pole.A large fragment from the Chief Kyan Totem Pole showing a metal rod repair. (Photo by Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan)“The pole today has no paint that’s really visible. There are some faint remnants of red paint towards the face of it,” Chambers said. “When we were unpacking our totem pole fragments, we found a large piece and it still has paint on it and it’s fairly vibrant paint. It’s red, blue and white paint. It’s really exciting to see that.”Chambers said other fragments illustrate a carver’s unique signature and style. She said smaller, detached pieces also provide information on how different poles were constructed and assembled.“Wings and beaks especially have had different methods of having them attached,” Chambers said. “Some have used bolts. Some have wooden pockets where pieces slide in and connect that way. Also, repairs are kind of interesting because repairs have changed quite a bit over time.”Chambers said the museum has a few poles and fragments that show repairs using metal rods, a practice not done today. She said it’s interesting to see how conservation methods have changed over time.Tara Hofmann measures and catalogs a fragment. (Photo by Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan)Museum staff members have been helping to catalog and process the fragments. Administrative Secretary Tara Hofmann said she knew Chambers needed help, but also is interested in any project where she can learn more about artifacts.“It was also just very interesting to see what can happen to a totem pole and that we need to take care of them in every way, shape and form that we can,” Hofmann said. “Otherwise we end up with pieces like this if we are not being as careful as we can in conserving those poles.”A data sheet is filled out for each piece which is given a unique identification number. If possible, pieces are cleaned, but many are too fragile. Some are stored in clear archival bags while others are placed, unwrapped, in archival boxes. Hofmann said each piece is photographed and measured, and detailed descriptions and conditions noted. She said describing a piece can be difficult.“I can talk about the color, I can talk about the strand trying to fall off here, the shape, where it points at one end and thickens on the other end,” Hofmann said. “But, unless there’s any sort of real carving or decoration, it’s basically just describing a piece of wood the best that you can.”Chambers and Hofmann say they have processed most of the more than 100 fragments, and plan to complete the project soon. Chambers said she is writing up cataloging and storage procedures so that the process can continue in the future.The Totem Heritage Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and most of the fragments have been in storage that long.  Chambers said it was a goal to give fragments the care they need and proper storage during this anniversary year.last_img read more

SIT seizes 5880 fake gold bars from IMA kingpin Mansoor Khans swimming

first_imgI Monetary Advisory (IMA) director Mohammed Mansoor KhanTwitterThe Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the multi-crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam has seized 5,880 fake gold bars of 50 gms each, hidden inside an apartment owned by the firm’s founder, Mohammed Mansoor Khan.The fake gold bars, covered in copper and weighing a total of 303 kgs, were unearthed from an enclosure near the swimming pool of a seven-storied building in Bengaluru’s Richmond Town. 5,550 gold plated copper bars of IMA seized by SITTwitterAccording to the investigating officers, these fake gold bars were displayed at IMA jewels to lure customers. Khan used to claim that the investor’s money was converted into gold bars and was used for bullion trading. The IMA kingpin falsely assured the investors that their deposited amount would be safe, even if the company suffered a loss.Khan, who is currently under judicial custody of the SIT, revealed the information about the hidden gold plated copper bars during his interrogation. Before Khan absconded to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on June 8, he had directed one of his employees, Nizamuddin Azeemuddin, to move the fake gold bars from IMA jewels to the apartment.The Karnataka government has reportedly seized 23 properties, valuing Rs 300 crore, from Bengaluru, Kolarm, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Davangere belonging to IMA and Khan. After Khan fled the country, cheating nearly 40,000 of his investors to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore, he was brought back to India by the SIT sleuths.Mansoor Khan was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after he arrived at the Delhi airport. The ED got the custody first as they had booked him under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, and later gave the custody to SIT.During the interrogation, Khan also revealed that he had paid Rs 1,750 crore as bribe to top politicians and government officials to sustain his fraudulent company. He also claimed that he has kept a record of all the dealings and transactions made by him.last_img read more

Aggressive Reliance Jio triggers consolidation of market rivals

first_imgAggressive tactics of Reliance Jio Infocomm in the mobile phone service market is driving a consolidation of the competition, reports suggest.Bharti Airtel is looking to partner with its competition- Vodafone Idea to create an entity to jointly manage its fibre networks and monetise it to raise funds, fuelling further growth, a media report said. Reliance Jio is set to launch its GigaFiber Service across several cities simultaneously. “We will be delighted to share and create one company. We have already built a lot of fibre with Vodafone Idea and over the past two years, a lot of sharing has happened between the two companies,” a top company official told the Economic Times.Bharti Airtel is looking to co-own the fibre network with its main competition, an official said. This will mirror the Indus Towers model in which India’s largest telecom tower company is jointly owned by Bharti Infratel and Vodafone Idea, the report said.The two companies want to generate funds for expansion as they recover from stiff competition imposed by Reliance Jio over the past two years.With Vodafone India’s merger with Idea Cellular in August to form Vodafone Idea, the telecom sector is getting consolidated into three main players. Vodafone Idea recently spun off its fibre assets to a wholly owned subsidiary with the intention to monetise it.Airtel executives think Vodafone Idea can now put the worst competitive pressure it has faced since  Reliance Jio entered the market in September 2016. The company has been raising tariffs in small increments without demand decline. Airtel recently increased the price of its Rs99 plan by Rs20 without much customer loss, an official said.The telco has also lured subscribers to higher tariff plans by dangling incentives such as free subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon and both factors could help it increase revenue for the current quarter.Airtel’s focus is to regain its top spot by revenue market share (RMS) from Vodafone Idea by the end of this financial year, the report said.Vodafone Idea led with an RMS of 32.8 per cent, followed by Bharti at 30.9 per cent and Reliance Jio at 26.1 per cent in the September quarter, according to estimates.last_img read more