Russian athletes to return to competition as WADA lifts doping ban

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We welcome WADA’s decision,” Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.“Russia confirms its adherence to the principles of clean sports competition,” she said.“Over the past years Russia has done enormous work to create transparent and understandable measures to prevent doping,” she said.She said those measures included criminal prosecution for those who force someone to take banned substances.WADA suspended RUSADA in 2015 after declaring it to be non-compliant following revelations of a vast Russian-backed scheme to avoid drug testers.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title A WADA report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russian authorities of running an elaborate doping programme with the full support of the Russian Ministry of Sport and the Russian secret service (FSB).WADA announced last week that it had received an internal recommendation to lift the suspension of RUSADA.The softening of WADA’s stance has triggered outrage from athletes and national anti-doping agencies around the world, who have accused WADA of caving in to pressure from the International Olympic Committee.Leading athletes signed a joint letter this week against the plan to reinstate Russia saying WADA “owe it to all clean athletes to be the guardians of clean sport”.Jim Walden, the lawyer of Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, led the first wave of outcries at Thursday’s decision.“WADA’s decision to reinstate Russia represents the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history,” said Walden, whose client lifted the lid on Russia’s doping scandal in 2015.RUSADA’s reinstatement could have far-reaching implications across the sports world.Most significantly, it removes a key obstacle to lifting the suspension of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), track and field’s global governing body.The IAAF has taken a hardline stance on Russian athletes since the scandal emerged, refusing to lift its ban shortly before the European Championships.The IAAF will review Russia’s status once more at its council meeting in Monaco in December. View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Reedie said the decision “provides a clear timeline by which WADA must be given access to the former Moscow laboratory data and samples”.He said that if the commitment was not met, WADA would reinstate the ban on the Russian anti-doping agency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe decision was taken at a meeting in WADA in Victoria, capital of the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles.The Russian government applauded the decision to lift RUSADA’s three-year suspension, saying it was the result of “enormous work” by Russian authorities to improve their procedures. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Asia League: PH team iECO falls short against Xinjiang in Terrific 12 exit Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country’s national flag over the Olympic rings at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday lifted a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency, paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across all sports.“Today, the great majority of WADA’s Executive Committee decided to reinstate RUSADA as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code subject to strict conditions,” WADA president Craig Reedie said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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No Ebola in Maryland, But Medical Institutions Brace for Swift Measures

first_imgThe Ebola virus plaguing several parts of Liberia has not appeared in the port city of Harper and major cities in Maryland County.Nontheless several swift and  stringent measures have been instituted by the Maryland County Health Team, support partners and other concerned aid agencies in Harper, the Maryland capital.Amongst the many initiatives instituted are placement of sterilized buckets containing chlorine mixed with clean water, extensive public awareness, door to door posters, verbal warning by health personnel, city corporation’s sanitation workers and ordinary residents’ advice to one another in house-hold meetings in Harper.To date, according to medical experts there have been no suspected cases of the Ebola virus in Harper City since the outbreak of the deadly virus in northwestern Liberia’s Lofa County.Dozens of small and medium business  centers have been posted with kiosk pump buckets, especially at big entertainment entities, requiring that persons entering must wash their hands and follow strict health rules issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW).However, the only side effect of the Ebola fear and spread in Harper City is the restricted the movement city dwellers, businesspeople and ordinary citizens into the various communities in Maryland County.In separate interviews with some Harper City residents, students, government officials and businesspeople in mid-last week, they sounded an urgent appeal to the Maryland County Health Team and other aid-agencies to brace for the fight against Ebola.“We will intensify our support to the medical personnel, non-governmental organizations and other major players in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Harper and other cities and towns in Maryland County,” Harper’s resident Samson Thomas assured.“I think and in my elementary understanding, the fight against the Ebola virus should indeed be everybody’s serious business and top priority in the country,” Mr. Thomas cautioned Liberians.Resident Sarah Kun Richardson noted that they were indeed grateful to God first and indebted to health workers of Maryland for their resilience, fortitude and determination to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading in the area.She also added that they were grateful to some aid-agencies and Ngos that continue to demonstrate their commitment, support and care for citizens and residents in that part of rural Liberia.She further urged all health and related institutions to be proactive in their strides and strive to combat the current plague of the Ebola virus from landing in Maryland.Madam Richardson, however, sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government, support partners, foreign diplomatic missions, Liberians and business communities to  extend support in order to help Liberians go through the nightmare and life threatening Ebola plague in the country.As a business person, Madam Richardson regretted that she is now experiencing very low customer attendance owing to the Ebola virus outbreak in some parts of the country.Madam Richardson recommended that major borders should be temporally closed to prevent persons, ships and vehicles and goods and services into Maryland County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Affirmative Action Bill Unconstitutional’

first_imgA Montserrado County representative aspirant, Fubbi Henries, says the Affirmative Action Bill that seeks to allot 21 legislative seats to women, youths and people with disabilities contravenes the Constitution of Liberia and does not seek to represent the interests of a vast majority of Liberians.He argues that the Constitution provides equal opportunity for all without discriminating against any sector of the Liberian society, thereby opening the corridor for all Liberians to vie for any position in the public or private sector.Chapter II Article 8 of the Liberian Constitution states: “The Republic shall direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination, opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment.”Article 18 also says, “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”Addressing a news conference recently in Paynesville, Mr. Henries said the decision to allot seats to the groups concerned should be made through a national referendum.He said any decision to allot seats as called for by the Affirmative Action Bill will affect Liberians because at the end, they will pay about US$3 million in taxes.He noted that in order to help the people the Affirmative Action Bill which is earmarked positions in the government should instead invest funds into job skills and other training programs that will develop and prepare the physically challenged, youth and women for the job market in the private sector.He maintained that positions created by the Bill will only benefit 21 persons among the millions of people in the country.According to the representative aspirant, about US$100,000 is needed annually to fight breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and creating additional legislative positions will counteract these viable concerns.Mr. Henries further indicated that the crafter of the Bill, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, has a record of not supporting female candidates.According to him, Senator Taylor did not support President Sirleaf in 2005 and 2011, which he said is “paradoxical” to her advocacy for allotment of seats to women.Instead of giving attention to the Affirmative Action Bill, Henries recommended that lawmakers pass the Pension Bill to create improvements in the labor sector.He urged President Sirleaf and the House of Representatives to critically assess the Bill and put the right things in perspective, noting that a Bill must benefit the country and its people and not a privileged few.About two months ago the Senate passed an Affirmative Action Bill championed by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.The Bill, among others, seeks to set aside 21 legislative seats for women, youths and people with disabilities in addition to the existing 73 seats. Of the 21 seats, 15 are set aside for women and three for youths, with one to be occupied by a woman, and another three for the physically challenged, one of whom should be occupied by a woman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PM to be performed on Huston accident victims today

first_imgPost-mortems are on Monday expected to be performed on the bodies of a male and female who perished in a deadly motorcycle accident at Houston, Greater Georgetown on Saturday evening.Dead: Mawava ChasePolice Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan has said it is likely there will not be a protracted investigation of this double fatality, given the particulars of the accident.However, he noted that post-mortems would be carried out on Monday to determine the official cause of death of the two persons.The accident occurred on Saturday at about 21:15hrs, when Berket King, 25, travelling south along the East Bank Highway with pillion rider Mawava Chase, lost control of his CBR motor cycle while negotiating a turn at Houston, and collided with a lamp post.Dead: Berket KingThe impact left King literally wrapped around the lamp post, while Chase’s body was sent flying.Eyewitnesses related that the duo had sped off from a traffic light at Mandela Avenue and the East Bank Highway just before they met their demise at Houston.King reportedly died on the spot, while Chase, an Immigration Officer, succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.last_img read more

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Bank of Guyana overdraft now over $75B

first_imgꟷ despite IMF warning Govt to settle balanceGeneral and Regional Elections are creeping closer and closer and the central bank’s overdraft of public funds keeps increasing in size— with the latest figures from the Bank of Guyana showing an overdraft of over $75 billion.The Bank of GuyanaAccording to the Bank of Guyana’s statement of Assets and Liabilities, the bank had a negative balance of $76.8 billion as of November 12, 2019. This is a situation that can lead to revenues, in particular, the oil revenues, being diverted.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned about this situation since 2018, writing in its 2018 staff report that: “Staff reiterated and stressed the importance of settling these balances at the central bank, which the authorities agreed to do in the short-term through the issuance of Treasury Bills”.Public deposits at the central bank were plunged into overdraft status back in 2015 when the new coalition government ended the year with a $2.3 billion overdraft. When the Government took over in May 2015, they had met public deposits of approximately $10.4 billion.By 2016 year-end, the overdraft had grown to approximately $21.3 billion, after a year of increasing withdrawals. At the end of the 2017 fiscal year, the overdraft had reached 25.7 billion.In contrast, Bank of Guyana data shows that the bank’s public deposits were in the positive – $21.4 billion to be precise – at the end of 2014. In 2013, the bank’s deposits were $52.1 billion. And the preceding year, the funds were approximately $57.2 billion.While the drawdown on funds started under the previous administration, public deposits were built up to over $69 billion in the year 2010. Far from being built up under the current government, they have never been able to rise above the red.But with the coming oil revenue and the extra case it brings, Government has not appeared too worried about filling fiscal holes. It was previously reported that Finance Minister Winston Jordan when asked about replenishing the fallen foreign reserves, had said there was nothing to worry about with oil money coming in.Jordan had said that with the revenue the Government is expecting from first oil in 2020, the foreign reserves will be replenished. Since he made those comments in September, Exxon and its partners have started pumping oil since last year.“That is just a temporary situation, given our receipts that come in next year,” Jordan said. “And then subsequent to that. One of the reasons you have savings is that if you have need to use some, you do that and afterwards you replenish it as you pick up again.”“So essentially, I don’t know that people have to make an alarm over it. Imports are coming into the country, the exchange rate is relatively there, notwithstanding all the pressure on the regime itself.”“Despite all of that, we are still there. It would be something of a concern if we didn’t have on the horizon foreign exchange coming to replenish, stabilise and grow (the fund),” Jordan had said.last_img read more

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Abdul-Jabbar suit to be dismissed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A lawsuit claiming former Los Angeles Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a woman fired from the law firm where she worked will be dismissed, his attorney said Tuesday. Diana Broda asked a Superior Court judge to dismiss her case on Friday after reaching a settlement on Feb. 5, according to court papers. Broda agreed to dismiss the case without receiving any monetary compensation, said Tom Delaney, Abdul-Jabbar’s attorney. “This was a frivolous lawsuit …,” Delaney said. A call to Broda’s attorney was not immediately returned. Broda sued Abdul-Jabbar and his company, Ain Jeem Inc., on Sept. 5 for intentional interference with contractual relations and with prospective economic relations. Broda worked for 17 years as the legal and administrative assistant at the Los Angeles law firm of Garims, Weil, West & Epstein.last_img read more

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Uganda appoints Irishman McKinstry as new coach

first_img0Shares0000New Uganda coach Johnny Mckinstry was previously in charge of Sierra Leone and Rwanda © AFP/File / Issouf SANOGOKAMPALA, Uganda, Sep 30 – Northern Irishman Johnny Mckinstry has been appointed as the new coach of Uganda, the national federation announced on Monday, replacing Frenchman, Sebastien Desabre.“Johnny Mckinstry will now take over the Cranes,” said Edgar Watson, the chief executive of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA). He later told AFP he hoped the new coach would “build further on the successes the team has attained in the past months.”McKinstry, 34, formerly worked as coach for the Sierra Leone and Rwanda national teams as well as Lithuanian side Kauno Zalgiris and Saif Sporting in Bangladesh.He takes over from Desabre, who left the position in July for Egypt’s Pyramids FC after guiding Uganda to the last 16 of the 2019 Afcon finals.“I am delighted and honoured to serve Uganda and I thank FUFA for choosing me as the new coach,” McKinstry told AFP.“The Cranes is one of the best teams on the African continent and I am excited about the opportunity and I promise to make the team better.”0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS – DOUBLE HEADER WEEKEND

first_img*Prediction Competition*A couple of upsets in the Championship this weekend has turned the table on its head, with a three-way tie for top spot. Only two people correctly predicted that London would beat Sligo, Joan O’Donnell and Longford manager Glenn Ryan, although he also incorrectly predicted that his side would beat Wicklow! In the bonus round 3 people correctly guessed the delightful Niall Morgan would only score 1 point in this years Championship getting them ten points, Anthony McGrenra, Gareth Crossan and David Curley, while 4 people got it right that the combined score in the game would be 26 points, Mo Kelly, Pat Curley, Daragh Kelly and Michael Sweeney. The top 10 are:1st Michael Sweeney 39 2nd Gareth Crossan 393rd David Curley 394th Joan O’Donnell 375th Manus Boyce 35 6th Clare McDaid 357th Mo Kelly 348th Cathal McHugh 329th Alan Foley 3210th Anthony McGrenra 31 *Club Newsletter – Emails Required*The club has established a newsletter that can be emailed out to all interested parties on a weekly basis. In this weeks issue we have all your club news and lotto results, as well as upcoming fixtures and training schedules for the week ahead. We also have match reports from the recent games as well as the coaching section which covers the ‘The Solo Run’. We also have in our photo gallery pictures of the victorious 2005 League and Junior Championship season. This weeks player profile’s are on Ladies stalwart Joey McFadden from Ray and in the underage section it is on defender Kieran Sheridan. If you would like to be included on this mailing list please text your name and email address to 0863400082 or email it to milforddonegalgaa@gmail.com.*Double Header Weekend*This weekend has two huge, huge games in store for both the Seniors and Reserves, as they take on Convoy this Saturday night. Both teams are locked at the top of the table with 6 wins from 6 each. This is a massive game at this stage of the season and will no doubt have a big say in how the table looks come the end of the season. Therefore, your support could have a massive bearing on the outcome of this game, please get down and get behind both teams in these two big games. Throw in for the Reserves is at 6pm, while the Seniors is at 7.30pm. This bank holiday weekend will see a double set of fixtures being played as the Seniors and reserves will also have to travel to Inishowen to take on Muff on Monday. Throw in for these games are 1.30pm for the reserves and 3pm for the Seniors. Again, if you have no plans for this lazy bank holiday Monday why not come get behind na Galloglaigh! *Seniors*Moville 2-9 CLG BnaG 1-13The Seniors made it six wins out of six with a last gasp winner to get them out of jail in Moville tonight. That score came from an unlikely hero in the shape of full back Conor McNulty who popped over, with his bad foot no less, with almost the last kick of the game. Playing up the hill and against the breeze in the first half The Gallowglasses started brightly and after 15 minutes were 5-2 up. However a goal for Moville sparked them into life and they soon started to get on top and were becoming first to every ball to run in half time winners 1-5 to 0-5.The second half was a battle, with not much free flowing football being played due to the wet weather. Scores were pretty much tit for tat before a fortunate goal from Cathal McGettigan bringing na Galloglaigh level with 10 minutes remaining. However, 5 minutes later a long high ball into the full back line wasn’t dealt with and ended up in the back of Sean Gallaghers net. It looked like lights out for CLG BnaG but they showed unbelievable battling qualities and magnificent character to fight back and score 4 points in quick succession to seal a great win much to the delight of the na Galloglaigh players and management. Manager Nigel Black highlighted Lorcan Friel, Sean Black and Enda McHugh as best for CLG BnaGTeam: Sean Gallagher, Cormac Friel, Conor McNulty (0-1), Anthony McPaul, Sean Black, TJ Evesson, Enda McHugh, James Doyle, Lorcan Friel, Barry McNulty, Chippie Barrett (0-1), Pauric Curley (0-1), Paddy Peoples, Cathal McGettigan (1-4), David Curley (0-6). Subs: Darragh Black for Peoples (20m), Anthony Fisher for Doyle (45m), Caolan McGettigan, Jamie Heena, Brandon Toye.*U12s v Cloughaneely*Cloughaneely ‘A’ 2-6 CLG BnaG ‘A’ 1-8The ‘A’ team were beat by a point tonight by a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-8. With 3 minutes remaining the young Gallowglasses were 5 points down but fought back magnificently and when James Moore hit the back of the net they drew level only to be defeated by a point right at the death. Best for the ‘A’ team were Kelly Ann Buchanan, James Moore, and Dylan Dorrian.Cloughaneely ‘B’ 1-7 CLG BnaG ‘B’ 0-7The ‘B’ were also beat tonight by 1-7 to 0-7 in a tight game with the second half breeze hampering their scoring ability. Best for the ‘B’ team were Oisin Haley, Eoin O’Donnell, and Allanah McFadden*U16 Girls in County Final*The U16 girls can cap a great year this Friday by winning the U16 ‘B’ Championship when they take on Four Masters. The venue for this game is Convoy with throw in scheduled for 7pm. This is a magnificent achievement for this very talented young team and they deserve all the support they can get in this final so as much support as possible would be greatly appreciated.*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 2-3-10-11. No jackpot winner, 1 match 3 winners gets €70 each. The winner was: Shaun McHugh, Forquar. Next weeks Jackpot is €600.*Unemployed*Are you in receipt of Social Welfare and unemployed for more than twelve months? Are you interested in coaching Gaelic Games? If so you may be eligible to partake in a Social Employment Scheme, Sponsored by the Club, training will be provided. For more information contact Joe at 086-8547114 or milforddonegalgaa@gmail.com*Sen/Res/u21/Minor Training*Training for all Senior, Reserve, U21 and Minor players this Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the pitch in Milford. If for any reason you are unable to attend let the management know.*Ladies Training*Training continues at the pitch every Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday morning at 10am.*U14 Training*The U14’s have training every Friday at Fern from 5.30pm to 7pm. Managers are Darragh Kelly and Gerry Crossan.*U12 Training Change*U12 training will now take place on Monday from 6-7.30pm at the pitch in Milford. All welcome.*U10 Training*Milford GAA U10 Training continues on Friday at 6pm at Moyle View Park. Please bring Gumshields and a drink.*U8 Fundamentals*U8 fundamentals training this Friday from 6-7 in the Milford convent gym. Any parents wishing to help out in any way are more than welcome to attend.*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with either Barry on 086-3400082 or Aidan on 087-1223177.Hoodies (Kids 5-11: €29.99. Kids 13-14: €38. Adults S-XXL: €39.99)Track top (13/14 – Adult XXL: €38)Windcheater (Adult S-XXL: €23)Hat (€7.50)Polo Shirts (Navy) (13/14 – Adult XXL: €29.99)Training T-Shirt (Kids 5-11: €18. Kids 13-14: €19.99. Adults S-XXL: €23)Initials can be added at an additional €2 eachGAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS – DOUBLE HEADER WEEKEND was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS – DOUBLE HEADER WEEKENDlast_img read more

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Chelsea starlet Ola Aina set to join Torino on loan

first_imgAnd, according to Tuttosport, the defender has got his wish as he will be joining Torino for the upcoming campaign.Aina has agreed personal terms with the Italian club and is now flying in for his medical. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker shining How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The 21-year-old is a versatile full-back England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Latest Chelsea Newscenter_img possible standings Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal silverware REVEALED Chelsea youngster Ola Aina has reportedly agreed to join Torino on loan.The 21-year-old starlet, who spent the 2017/18 season at Hull, is keen to continue gaining first-team experience. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REAL DEAL tense 1 REVEALED The right-back will join Torino for the year and there is reportedly no loan fee for the deal.There is, however, the option for them to buy Aina from the Blues outright next summer if they pay £9m.last_img read more

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DWP in fine condition despite occasional tic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week What is worrisome is that over the past two or three years, both state and local politicians have been getting away with promoting a politically correct energy agenda for California. That agenda holds that global climate change and other environmental reasons must drive energy policy, so renewable energy from the sun, wind, biomass and other sources must be emphasized, along with conservation. Coal-fired or other, more environmentally harmful ways to make electricity must be discouraged for the state, which imports a lot of its energy from throughout the West. But high costs for oil and natural gas are helping make new technologies for use of so-called “clean coal” more commercially attractive. To completely close the door on use of coal-produced electricity by the state or the city is shortsighted. Similarly, a mindless, do-good-by-any-means approach to mandating more electricity from the wind and the sun is also unrealistic. Like clean coal, a lot of renewable energy is more costly and just getting into the realm of being commercially viable. While mandates can help build a larger market and drive down costs, this eventuality also will not happen magically. Still, the overall picture at the DWP is positive. The utility has had its electric rates frozen for a decade. It has paid down massive amounts of debt rather than lower rates during that time span, which is argued to be better in the long haul for consumers. It has reinvested more than $1 billion in its infrastructure and sought its own supplies of natural gas in Wyoming. As a result, the often-criticized city utility has an A-level credit rating, provides tens of millions of dollars annually to the city treasury and has excess power-supply capacity exceeding 20 percent. During the infamous 2000-2001 state power crisis, DWP customers suffered no rolling blackouts, and in fact the municipal utility made several hundred million dollars extra in revenues, most of which is still owed to the DWP by the state. Large outages should not be tolerated, but they also are not an indication that the wheels have fallen off DWP or that we need City Hall to put it all back together. Richard Nemec is a Los Angeles-based writer covering energy for several national trade publications. Write to him by e-mail at rnemec@comcast.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While each new power outage recently, no matter how relatively small and explainable, brought increased hand-wringing and finger-pointing at City Hall, we need a reality check on electricity supplies and the city-run utility that provides them in Los Angeles. While elsewhere in L.A. there are hemorrhaging problems – in crime, public education, low-income housing and homelessness – the mayor and City Council don’t need a new investigation every time the lights flicker at City Hall. Granted, the Department of Water and Power, with its political-insider general manager, might pay closer attention to the power system serving downtown, but if a rate increase looms or added investment is needed in new equipment, we don’t need a political investigation. The most recent cause to view with alarm was the DWP’s admission that the shutting down of the massive Palo Verde nuclear plant in Arizona, from which the city utility gets 11 percent of its supplies, may cause local retail rates to increase. That’s because DWP officials said the need to replace the nuclear power with more expensive natural gas-produced electricity was costing an extra $300,000 daily. If the nuclear plant stays offline for months, the accumulated added costs for the DWP might require an electricity rate boost, the first in more than a decade. While this isn’t welcome news, it shouldn’t cause a lot of consternation. last_img read more

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