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Irish energy chief resigns

first_imgDenis Naughten, the minister who was in charge of Ireland’s energy and climate action initiatives, has resigned from the post following controversy regarding the country’s national broadband plan.Naughten’s resignation was accepted on October 11, 2018, by the country’s Taoiseach – the official title for the head of government in Ireland – Leo Varadkar, who appointed the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton on a temporary basis to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE).“I deeply regret that these events have happened but I believe that, in resigning, Denis has acted in the public interest. I am determined to see the national broadband plan through to completion,“ said Varadkar.The controversy around the Ireland’s national broadband plan involves now confirmed meetings between Denis Naughten and the chief of a consortium bidding for the multi-million euro contract to provide rural broadband.According to Varadkar, the independent process auditor for the national broadband program Peter Smyth has been engaged to produce an assessment whether or not the process had been compromised.Speaking of his decision to resign, Naughten said: “When it comes to the national broadband plan, NBP, my absolute priority has always been to ensure that high-speed broadband is provided to the more than 540,000 households and more than 1.1 million people in rural Ireland who do not currently have access to this essential service, no more and no less.“I am absolutely satisfied there has been no interference in the procurement process by me.“For my family, for my constituents, and more importantly for the 1.1 million people who are waiting for this essential service, a vital service for ordinary people in rural Ireland, I have given An Taoiseach my resignation.“Former energy minister Naughten was in charge of the DCCAE during the development of Ireland’s new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), approved by the government earlier in 2018.The new RESS is expected to spur the introduction of sufficient renewable electricity generation to meet national and EU-wide renewable energy and decarbonization targets out to 2030, while also delivering broader energy policy objectives including enhancing security of supply, diversifying the renewable technology mix, and increasing community participation in and benefit from renewable energy projects.last_img read more

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Steelworkers rally in Batesville as contract negotiations near

first_imgBatesville, In. — Members of the United Steel Workers Union staged a rally in Batesville Monday as contract negotiations near. The current agreement was struck around May of 2016, the same year second shift at the Doll Plant was eliminated resulting in 100 layoffs.Here is the complete letter to members from United Steelworkers Union District 7 director Mike Milsap dated March 14, 2019:Unity and Strength for Workers. These words are literally in our name, but what do they really mean? I  want to share with you a story out of our district that I think is a good example of why nothing is more important than our unity, our strength and our members. This story begins at Batesville Casket in Batesville, Indiana – now a so-called right to work state. Obviously, the plant manufactures caskets with about 320 employees. It’s an open shop where Local 525U has been privileged to represent employees at this plant for about 40 years, and we’re about to begin bargaining there next month.Over the four decades our union has been here, we’ve had good times and bad times. The difference? The level of our strength and unity. Like at all locals, when our membership is together, when we all have each other’s backs, and when we maintain the ability to be able to withhold our work, we have more leverage. Leverage is important especially during negotiations with the company. Three years ago, Batesville Casket’s final company proposal had drastic changes to the healthcare with minimal wage increases. The union’s bargaining committee did not like the proposal and did not take it back to the membership for a vote. At some point some non-members took a petition up for a decertification from the union. In order to block the decertification to keep the USW, the bargaining committee took a not-so-great proposal to the membership, which voted for the agreement – and to keep the union to fight another day.That day is now here. On April 10, we have our first bargaining session of 2019 with Batesville Casket. It’s important that this time around we send a clear message to the company: we are strong, we are unified and we will stick together to get the best deal we can get for our members. We’re in this together so here are some things all of us can do right now to help us achieve this unity and strength:Talk to your co-workers about the benefits of our union and make sure everyone has signed his or her union card.Attend your union meetings to stay updated.If you’re nearby, attend our Local 525U Solidarity Rally at 2:30 p.m. on March 18 at 7 South Eastern Ave., Batesville, Indiana.If you’re a member of Local 525U, join our text updates by texting 525U to 47486*.We should all remind each other often that despite what companies may say, there are no guarantees without a union contract. There is no way to have a say in wages, healthcare, benefits, health and safety and other issues at work without a union. The gains we win when we negotiate together as a union often outweigh the cost of dues, and these are gains we would not likely win without a union. Make no mistake about it, that is why companies want to keep us divided, weak or keep us out altogether. Our unity and strength at Batesville or anywhere gives us leverage, and it sends clear message that if anyone takes us on, we will stand up and fight back!An email request for comment has been sent to company officials.This is developing story.last_img read more

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Mourinho not discarding any title rivals

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his side are still in a six-horse race for the Barclays Premier League title, even if rivals Manchester United and Tottenham have suffered stuttering starts to their campaigns. Press Association The Blues currently sit second in the table, four points behind league-leaders Arsenal, and travel to face struggling Sunderland on Wednesday night. Manchester City and Liverpool are also in the mix and while both United and Spurs fell further behind the pacesetters after sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Mourinho feels they are both still protagonists in the Premier League title fight. “I don’t think that we can talk about favourites but we can say that there is one team at the top of the league,” he said. “All of the six teams are title contenders but I keep saying the club with the most pressure to win it, because their squad is quite unique, is Manchester City.” Chelsea face a trio of the Premier League’s bottom five clubs in their next three games but Mourinho is not taking anything for granted, starting against Gus Poyet’s Sunderland, who they also face in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals later this month. “I was analysing their match against Newcastle at home and Man City at home, these were the matches I focused on,” the Portuguese said. “I think they are better than the points they have, the quality of their players is not comparable with some teams in that part of the table but I think they are in a moment where one point doesn’t make a big difference. “They need three points, they need two or three victories to get out of the dangerous area. I don’t think they can play in a defensive way, that is why they have a positive approach because they need to win matches. “I think Gustavo’s style is to try and play good football, I think we have two very difficult matches.” Mourinho confirmed striker Samuel Eto’o could feature at Sunderland following a groin injury but the Blues will be without David Luiz and Oscar. The Portuguese also expects Ashley Cole to start one of the next two games after the England international lost his left-back berth to Cesar Azpilicueta. However, the former Real Madrid coach also believes eighth-placed United and Spurs in ninth will find it difficult to mount a challenge if they slip any further adrift of top spot. “United are nine points behind Arsenal,” he said. “It is a gap. Tottenham are 10 behind. “It is not a gap for us because we are speaking about five or six points, that is not a gap. It is something that in two matches can be over, but nine or 10 points is a gap. “I keep saying that there is a lot of games to play in December and at the beginning of January we can have a look and see if all six are within shorter distances. “Spurs and United know that if the next step is to reduce from 10 to seven or from nine to six it is to get them back in to the race, but they know that if the next move is from 10 to 13 it becomes hard. “Arsenal are much more comfortable because they can slide in one match and nothing matters to them but some teams know the next slide could be crucial. “The six teams are very equal in their potential. I see the six teams as very good teams and there are other teams doing very well. Everton and Newcastle are doing very well.” Mourinho refused to highlight a favourite from the six sides he believes are genuine title challengers but does think there is more pressure on City, given their abundance of talent. last_img read more

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Drogba: Cech should stay at Chelsea

first_img Press Association Didier Drogba decided to leave Chelsea to give youth a chance – but the departing striker wants Petr Cech to stay and fight for his place. Drogba’s final match after two spells totalling nine years as a Chelsea player concluded with Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland, after which the Blues lifted the Premier League title. Drogba, Cech and captain John Terry were in the teams which have won all of Chelsea’s four Premier League titles, but the striker now says manager Jose Mourinho should look to the future. “No matter what happens I think the club will respect his decision. “If he wants to stay, he can stay. I think he is more than welcome here. “If he wants to go it’s his choice as well. It’s up to him. But we want him to stay.” Drogba could return to Stamford Bridge in some capacity in the future – “I think we are going to find a way… if I come back it’s for a reason,” he said – but first he wants another year as a player. A move to Major League Soccer, joining Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, seems plausible, with Drogba saying he received calls from clubs in the immediate aftermath of the Sunderland match. “Since I put it on social media I was in the dressing room and I was receiving some calls from teams. Really unusual,” he said. “It was funny and interesting also because it really showed that maybe I can still bring something to a team. “I am going to take a few days, few weeks to think about what is good for me next. But all I want to do is play.” Drogba believes the Blues need to strengthen in a bid to win the Champions League title they won in 2012 again and should show faith in youth. “The team needs to be stronger next year to compete in the Champions League,” said Drogba, after Chelsea’s last-16 elimination on away goals to Paris St Germain this term. “They are going to buy new players. Also we have young players coming up, the (Dominic) Solankes, (Ruben) Loftus-Cheeks, (Nathan) Akes, all these boys. They need to play.” Drogba is deliberating over his next destination and says he could never play for another English club. He was carried off on his team-mates’ shoulders in a pre-planned first-half substitution on Sunday after announcing his departure prior to kick-off. He wishes to play on one more season and feels the need to leave to get the game time he craves. Cech, who has one year left on his contract, could also depart after being displaced by Thibaut Courtois this term following a decade as first choice goalkeeper. “I think the club should keep him because we know who Petr Cech is at this club,” Drogba said. last_img read more

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Historian speaks about Native American genocide

first_imgThe USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research hosted Benjamin Madley Tuesday to speak about the controversial murder of as many as 16,000 Native Americans by vigilantes, state volunteer militiamen and U.S. Army soldiers during the period between 1846 and 1873. Madley, an Associate Professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently published An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 after conducting research on the topic of Native American history. He used the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention to define genocide and then prove, with historical evidence, how the removal of tens of thousands of California Native Americans during and after the Gold Rush by the United States government was an act of genocide. In order to accurately depict the historical events, Madley spent over a decade looking for relevant details to complete the stories in various archives in libraries and by visiting a variety of Native American tribes who have passed down stories through generations. The purpose of Madley’s work is to raise awareness of this genocide so reparations can be made for the generations affected.  “It’s time for state and federal officials to acknowledge the genocide that happened here in California under United States rule,” Madley said. When asked about the inspiration for his research topic, Madley relayed a story about his childhood and how his experiences growing up shaped his interest in Native American history.“I spent a lot of time in Karuk Country growing up where my father worked with Karuk people in Northern California,” Madley said. “So, at an early age, I was exposed to conflicts between natives and newcomers. Then, I came down to Los Angeles in high school and attended University High where the Indian mascot discussion was beginning and where students were discussing the fact that we were taking classes on ancient Tongva village site. That’s when I began to wonder ‘Where are all the Indians?’ But I only really began deeply investigating California Indian history in graduate school.”Madley’s work and passion for genocide reflects the overall purpose of the USC Shoah Foundation to provide curious students with the resources and opportunities to pursue higher learning in the field of genocide. The USC Shoah Foundation was first founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994 to collect and preserve testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Since then, the organization has expanded to collect testimonies from other major international tragedies, including the Rwandan, Armenian and Mayan genocides. Wolf Gruner, the founding director of the foundation, established the Center for Advanced Genocide Research to raise awareness of the work that is being done in the field of genocide. Gruner, in an attempt to encourage interdisciplinary research on genocide, also provides fellowships and internships to bring scholars to USC and encourage USC scholars to research various genocides using the foundation’s extensive database of testimonies and information.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Dani Rhodes is Big Ten Player of the Week after impressive weekend

first_imgThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (7–1–1, 1–0–1 Big Ten) tied Northwestern(6–1–2, 0–1–1 Big Ten) 1–1 Friday night and took down Illinois (6–3–0, 1–1–0 Big Ten) in a 1–0 double-overtime thriller Sunday.Up until this weekend, forward Dani Rhodes had yet to score a goal despite an impressive 6-1 Badger record. But, against Illinois, something clicked for the junior who finally found the back of the net. Her first goal of the year came after four shot attempts — all of them on goal.Rhodes’ second-period goal answered a Northwestern score in the 33rd minute by midfielder Michele Chernesky, the first of her season. Both team’s defenses held strong through two overtime periods to end the game in a no-decision.After the game, Head Coach Paula Wilkins praised the team’s tenacity in her conversation with UW Athletics.“I told the team that we have to bring tonight’s effort all the time,” Wilkins said. “This was probably their best game they’ve played all season and that standard is what we’re going to expect every game.”Volleyball: Badgers dominate sets versus Marquette, Illinois State over weekendThe No. 6 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (7–1) came away dominated this past weekend. The Badgers started out Read…Wisconsin’s next match versus Illinois was actually the first half of a doubleheader for the ‘Pac the Mac’ promotion Sunday. Though it delayed the men’s soccer match by a few minutes, it’s hard to imagine they didn’t enjoy the show the Badger women put on.Rhodes stole the show again against the Fighting Illini, nailing a shot in the 103rd minute off a Jordan McNeese assist to seal the game for the Badgers. Her performance through the two matches earned Rhodes Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors and it seems Wisconsin’s 2017 scoring leader has regained her form.Up until the game-winner, the Badgers dominated Illinois on shot attempts 16 to four — nine different Badgers got looks at goal. Rhodes and Cameron Murtha led the team with three shots each.Men’s soccer: Badgers compete but come up short versus No. 2 HoosiersThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2–4–1, 0–1–0 Big Ten) fell in a tight 3–1 contest versus No. 2 Read…Solid defense allowed goalie Jordyn Bloomer to sit comfortably in the box as Illinois only got off two shots on goal the entire game. That being said, Bloomer has recorded three shutouts since taking over as starter this year and has allowed more than one goal in a contest only once versus No. 7 Florida State.Looking forward, the Badgers will continue their Big Ten schedule on the road against Michigan this Thursday and Michigan State Sunday.last_img read more

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Syracuse finishes weekend with 6-1 win at Harvard

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 25, 2018 at 4:16 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Syracuse (8-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) earned its second consecutive road victory in as many days Sunday morning when the Orange defeated Harvard (4-6, 0-0 Ivy League) 6-1. The win marks five-straight wins for SU. The Orange came out firing to the tune of 6-1 wins at first and second doubles. Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez continued their unbeaten record together this season at first doubles, earning their sixth win as a pair in the doubles competition. At second doubles, Sofya Golubovskaya and Anna Shkudun improved their record as a team to 6-1 on the year.With a point already in hand, Syracuse continued its solid play into singles. No. 18 Knutson battled through a tight first set to eventually win 7-6, 6-1 over Erica Oosterhout at first singles.At third singles, Golubovskaya battled through the peaks and valleys of her game when she overcame a tough 6-4 second set loss to win in the third set. She improved her singles record to 6-1 on the season.Harvard earned its lone point at fourth singles, as Dina Hegab dropped her second consecutive match of the weekend after a 6-0 start to the season. Natasha Gonzalez of Harvard defeated Hegab 6-4, 7-6.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith two wins under its belt in this five-game road stretch, the Orange will now travel to Virginia Tech next Friday as the Orange reaches the bulk of its ACC schedule. Commentslast_img read more

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Palm Beach County to flush pipes with chlorine

first_imgIn order to maintain high water quality in the county’s water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat drinking water from Monday, November 27 through Saturday, December 23.Stronger disinfectantPBCWUD will use a stronger disinfectant process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual during the preventive maintenance process. Customers served by PBCWUD may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause any adverse health effects.Those who are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine can keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerators for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.Seek professional adviceUsers of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish, and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as the method of removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.Anyone needing more information on this change in the water treatment process may call the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department at (561) 740-4600, option #1.To find the most up-to-date information concerning the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department water distribution and wastewater collection systems, follow the department on Facebook and Twitter @PBCWUD.For more on Palm Beach County initiatives, click the link: PBC launches challenge to end homeless youthlast_img read more

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle Named Sportswoman and Sportsman of the…

first_imgThe 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce also won a category award, the Female Athletes of the Year for athletics and the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award for her 100m gold medal run in Doha.Shericka Jackson, who won three medals in Doha, was voted runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. The other female nominees were Alia Atkinson (swimming) and Rushell Clayton, Natoya Goule, Shanieka Ricketts, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Elaine Thompson and Danielle Williams, all from athletics.The Sportswoman of the Year award was one of several recognitions for Fraser-Pryce following her 2019 season. Just last month, Fraser-Pryce was honored as the Best Female Athlete of 2019 at the Panam Sports Awards ceremony which took place in Fort Lauderdale.She was also nominated as a finalist for the 2019 IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.The Sportsman of the year awardee, Tajay Gayle, also had an incredible 2019, making history when became the first-ever Jamaican to score a gold medal in the long jump event at the World Championships.The 23-year-old set a new personal best with a jump of 8.69 metres. It is also a new national record, erasing the 8.62 metres which was held by James Beckford. Gayle also won a category award, the Male Athletes of the Year for athletics.Fedrick Dacres, the World Championships discus silver medallist, was voted runner up to the Sportsman of the Year. The other male nominees were Christopher Binnie (squash), Yona Knight-Wisdom (diving) and Travis Smikle (athletics).Assistant referees Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing and Princess Brown-Muir were jointly presented with the Chairman’s Award for exemplary duties at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France where Concacaf giant the USA retained their title after blanking The Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon on July 7.Yee Sing and Brown, who were among eight assistant referees and five referees representing Concacaf at the showpiece, top of their performance by officiating in the semi-final match between The Netherlands and Sweden.West Indies fast bowling legend, Courtney Walsh, was presented with the Iconic Award. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle were named the 2019 RJRGleaner Sports Foundation Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at the event ceremony on January 17 in Kingston.Fraser-Pryce scored her fourth 100m World Championships title at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, last year and created history in doing so,  by becoming the first athlete, male or female, to win four 100-metre World Championship titles. The 32-year-old won the 100m in a time of 10.71 seconds, the fastest time in 2019, and was also part of the Jamaican 4x100m women’s winning team at the Championships.The award represents the fourth for Fraser-Pryce who also won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2012, 2013 and 2015.last_img read more

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