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Moroccan Government to Invest Record MAD 189 Billion in 2016

Rabat  –  The Moroccan government has allocated a record 189 billion dirhams for investment in 2016, Government Head Abdelilah Benkirane said on Tuesday.Despite the unfavorable economic context, the Moroccan government has raised the annual investment budget from 180 billion dirhams in 2015 to 189 this year, Benkirane said at the House of Representatives’ monthly government policy meeting.He noted that foreign direct investments (FDIs) in Morocco recorded a 15 pc increase yearly between 2010 and 2015, moving from 13.3 billion dirhams to 31.1 billion dirhams. Morocco attracted 31 pc of FDIs in North Africa in 2014 compared to only 12 pc in 2010, he added.He also outlined the various measures taken by Morocco to improve the business climate and enhance the competitiveness of businesses at different levels. read more

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Nearly 3 Tons of Banned Plastic Bags Seized in Tangier

Rabat – Moroccan authorities seized almost 2.96 tons of banned plastic bags intended for sale in a warehouse in Tangier last Wednesday, the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy announced in a statement. “A supervisory commission composed of representatives of the Delegation of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy; the services of the Wilaya of Tangier; local authorities; the Royal Gendarmerie; and the national security forces seized last Wednesday, 2 tons and 960 kilograms of banned plastic bags intended for sale, during an investigation in a depot, located in the allotment of Al Bassatine in Tangier,” reads the statement. The ministry mentions that a report was submitted, and the owner of the warehouse was summoned to the State services, adding that the seized goods will be burned.. The move comes as part of Morocco’s 2016 landmark bill banning the production, import, sale, and distribution of plastic bags across the kingdom, which was ranked as one the largest consumers of plastic bags–at 26 billion units, or 800 bags per person—each year.Since the law took effect in July 2016, the authorities have been strict to ensure its application, especially in shops and supermarkets in larger cities and towns.With the legislation nicknamed “zero mika”, or “zero plastic bags” in Arabic, Morocco became one of the first countries in Africa to impose a total ban on plastic bags, joining the ranks of South Africa, Uganda, Somalia, and Rwanda. The legislation further aligns Moroccan consumers with the kingdom’s new environmentally friendly policies, given that plastic bags take up to 1000 years to disintegrate, unlike bags made of paper or other biodegradable substances. In light of the recent legislation, the Ministry of Industry released that 57 companies pro­duce alternatives to plastic bags, with a 1 billion woven bags, 1.8 billion non-woven bags, 8 billion paper bags, and 1,000 tonnes of thermoforming products produced annually. read more

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UN joins relief effort after western Nicaragua hit by floods landslides

United Nations humanitarian agencies are helping with relief efforts in Nicaragua, where heavy rain over the past 12 days has brought flooding and landslides and devastated cropland and vital infrastructure across the country’s west. Eight people have drowned and two others remain missing since the floods began earlier this month, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. Almost 24,000 people across 11 departments of western Nicaragua have been affected by the unrelenting rains, and some 7,000 people have been evacuated to temporary shelters. In Matagalpa department, where a series of low-intensity landslides damaged water sewage lines and led to sewage spilling into local rivers, cases of diarrhoea, respiratory infections and headaches have since been reported in some shelters. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) conducted a mission last weekend to affected areas to support the fight against possible epidemics and the mobilization of medical brigades. Some 500 blankets were also distributed in Matagalpa. The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing technical assistance to the Nicaraguan Government, which declared a national emergency on Monday, as it coordinates the relief effort and tries to determine how much food is needed by people affected by the floods. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are also assisting with aid. Priority needs include chlorine treatment systems, the cleaning and protection of water sources, mattresses for displaced families as well as corn and bean seeds. Up to 14 per cent of Nicaragua’s total bean crop has been inundated, while an estimated 4 per cent of the corn crop has also been hit. OCHA reported that the devastation has been widespread. More than 1,900 houses have been damaged, including many that have been completely destroyed, while numerous roads, bridges, public buildings, churches, wells, latrines and sewage systems have also been damaged or rendered inoperable. The floods and landslides have occurred at a particularly vulnerable time for Nicaragua, which is still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Felix at the start of last month. 25 October 2007United Nations humanitarian agencies are helping with relief efforts in Nicaragua, where heavy rain over the past 12 days has brought flooding and landslides and devastated cropland and vital infrastructure across the country’s west. read more

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Kinder Morgan says small leak from Trans Mountain pipeline is contained

MERRITT, B.C. — A crew was cleaning up a small oil spill Thursday from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia, where the company plans a controversial expansion through a province where the debate over oil pipelines and the tankers that go with them have played out in the headlines.Initial estimates from the Calgary-based company said 12 barrels, or about 2,000 litres, of light crude leaked before an employee discovered the breach Wednesday about 40 kilometres south of Merritt, B.C., where the line follows the Coquihalla Highway through the Cascade Mountains.“We had crews in the area that were doing routine maintenance work and one of our crew members… noticed a small pooling of what appeared to be oil,” company spokesman Andy Galarnyk said.The pipeline was shut down about 10 a.m. and a crew dispatched, he said. All regulatory agencies were notified, and by late Wednesday, the National Energy Board had observers on site and the repair was underway.The energy board said the public and the environment were not at risk.A Kinder Morgan oil spill response team of up to 24 people was at the scene within a couple of hours, but Galarnyk said it is unclear how long oil had been leaking.“My understanding was that the control centre did not receive an alarm, so in terms of whether it was a very slow leak that just bubbled to the surface, that’s part of the investigation that’s underway at this point,” he said.The federal energy board said the company is responsible for clean-up and site remediation.“There is no immediate safety concern for local residents and precautions are being taken to ensure continued public safety,” the watchdog agency said in a statement.B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak did not respond to a request for comment.The province recently announced its opposition to the Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal, due in part to concerns about a spill. The province has not taken a position on Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion.The Trans Mountain line ships 300,000 barrels per day of various petroleum products from Alberta to the B.C. Lower Mainland and Washington State.Last month, Kinder Morgan submitted its project description to the National Energy Board. The plan would almost triple the capacity, and include shipment of diluted bitumen, a heavier, molasses-like oil that critics claim is harder to clean up.The proposal is controversial, and critics were quick to seize upon the spill.Sarah Cox, the head of Sierra Club B.C., said the leak — however small — highlights the dangers of oil pipelines.“We find it alarming that it took them a few days to detect the leak,” she said.The expansion would mean more oil coursing through the pipelines on land, and an additional 400 oil tankers a year plying the B.C. coast.“Where oil moves, it spills,” Cox said. “It’s only a matter of time before there is a bigger spill.”Since 2005 there have been four ruptures on the Trans Mountain line, she said, including a 2007 construction accident that rained down 230,000 litres of oil on a Burnaby neighbourhood.Ben West, of the group ForestEthics, said the incident serves as a reminder that “it’s not a matter of if spills will happen, but when they will happen.”The spill occurred days before a federal panel begins hearing final arguments in its review of the Northern Gateway pipeline, another controversial proposal that would transport oil from Alberta to a tanker port in Kitimat, B.C.Galarnyk said the spill is not a blow to efforts to win over a skittish B.C. public.“The fact that we do ongoing integrity work and maintenance on the existing line, I think, just attests to the fact that we take the safe and efficient operation of the line seriously,” he said.“Events like this do happen from time to time, but at the same time we are prepared for them.”The company has said that in 51 years, there have been only eight spills on the Trans Mountain line that exceeded the reporting threshold of 1.5 cubic metres, and only two of those in the past 30 years.The Canadian Press read more

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Flooding a trade war and Deere cuts outlook for the year

Deere & Co. cut its profit expectations for the year as beleaguered farmers and an escalating trade war with China cut into sales.Widespread and heavy flooding severely delayed planting this year for thousands of farmers. In the 18 states that grow most of the nation’s corn, only 58% of the crop had been planted by the last week of May, far from the 90% in a typical year. Less than half of the normal soybean crop had been planted in that same period, leaving many farmers to decide whether to plant at all.Rising trade tensions have exacerbated the situation.China this month abruptly cut off purchases of U.S. farm products in protest of tariffs and tariff threats from the Trump administration.China bought $6 billion in U.S. farm exports last year, according to the U.S. Census. It’s the world’s biggest soybean buyer and it purchased about 60 per cent of U.S. soybean exports in 2018.Soybean prices have been deteriorating since the trade war began.Deere now anticipates fiscal 2019 earnings of approximately $3.2 billion. Its prior outlook was for earnings of $3.3 billion. Deere still foresees a full-year revenue increase of about 5%.“Concerns about export-market access, near-term demand for commodities such as soybeans and overall crop conditions have caused many farmers to postpone major equipment purchases,” Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said in a prepared statement.Sales of agricultural and turf equipment, Deere’s biggest operation, slid 6% in the third quarter, and profits fell 24% the company said.That was partially offset by strong activity in the construction industry. Sales of related equipment rose by a per cent and profit rose 35%,Deere earned $899 million, or $2.81 per share, for the period ended July 28. Excluding certain items, earnings were $2.71 per share, or 9 cents short of per-share projections from industry analysts, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.It was also short of last year’s quarterly profit of $910 million.The Moline, Illinois, company reported revenue of $10.04 billion, with adjusted revenue totalling $8.97 billion. Analysts predicted $9.3 billion in revenue.Shares fell $1.96, or 1.4%, to $141.75 before the market opened._____Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DE at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DEMichelle Chapman, The Associated Press read more

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BC town that was to lose Internet service for weeks comes back

B.C. town that was to lose Internet service for weeks comes back on line STEWART, B.C. – A speedy fix of Internet service has allowed a remote British Columbia town to go back to the future.Prince George-Mackenzie member of the legislature Mike Morris says companies in the northwest region have banded together to restore online service to the District of Stewart.He says Brucejack mine to the north has made space on its system, while a new Internet Service Provider is expediting the installation of a tower, brought in from Terrace, B.C.Morris says the community of about 500 people should be back online by late Wednesday or Thursday.The isolated town lost connectivity when a non-profit group that had provided Internet for two decades shut down on Monday, before an alternate provider could get up and running.Mayor Galina Durant said she was concerned the town would be without Internet for weeks, adding the library couldn’t function and some stores weren’t able to operate normally. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 2, 2015 5:17 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Demolitions displacements in West Bank must stop immediately urges UN envoy

“In the past three days, 77 Palestinians, over half of them children, have been made homeless,” said James Rawley in a statement from Jerusalem.“Some of the demolished structures were provided by the international community to support vulnerable families. Demolitions that result in forced evictions and displacement run counter to Israel’s obligations under international law and create unnecessary suffering and tension. They must stop immediately,” added Mr. Rawley, who is also UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Since 20 January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has recorded the Israeli authorities’ demolition of 42 Palestinian-owned structures in the Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jericho and Hebron governorates.In addition to those displaced, 59 Palestinians were otherwise affected, mainly due to the demolition of structures essential for their livelihood, mostly animal shelters. At least eight of these structures were funded by international donors.In 2014, according to OCHA figures, the Israeli authorities destroyed 590 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C and East Jerusalem, displacing 1,177 people – the highest level of displacement in the West Bank since OCHA began systematically monitoring the issue in 2008.The planning policies applied by Israel in Area C and East Jerusalem discriminate against Palestinians, making it extremely difficult for them to obtain building permits, said Coordinator’s office.As a result, many Palestinians build without permits to meet their housing needs and risk having their structures demolished. Palestinians must have the opportunity to participate in a fair and equitable planning system that ensures their needs are met. read more

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UN expert urges Brazilian Government to ensure timely access to safe drinking

“I remind the Government of Brazil that it is the State’s human rights obligation to take action and ensure access to safe and sufficient water, and to alternative sanitation,” Léo Heller, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, said today in a news release.One month later, thousands of people in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo states are still suffering interruptions to the water supply, said Mr. Heller.Further, insufficient and disorganized distribution of water has caused people hours’ long wait for inadequate portion of water, without giving the priority to the vulnerable groups. Moreover, violence has been ignited due to the growing discontent, he noted.“[People] are also frustrated by the inconsistent and inadequate information on the safety of the water provided by the different authorities,” said Mr. Heller, citing growing concern over the water quality and stressing that providing relevant information is a basic right.Noting that the main water source in the region, Doce River, contains toxic elements exceeding safety levels, the human rights expert called on the authorities to urgently take preventative measures under the precautionary principle.“The Government must strengthen its monitoring of both raw and treated water, improve water treatment, and disseminate clear information to the population in order to protect people’s human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation,” concluded Mr. Heller.Special Rapporteurs, who are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization, are appointed by and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. read more

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Over 26000 people flee South Sudan into Uganda influx sets singleday record

Yesterday alone, an estimated 8,337 refugees crossed into Uganda, setting a single-day record since the influx began in 2016. “Thousands of people continue to flee uncertainty and fighting in South Sudan,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Andreas Needham, told reporters in Geneva, adding that more than 90 per cent of those are women and children. The influx is severely stretching the capacity of collection points, transit centres and reception centres, he said. On Wednesday night, more than 7,000 people slept at Elegu collection point, significantly beyond its 1,000-person capacity. Similarly, Kuluba collection point is hosting 1,099 refugees, compared to its 300-person capacity. Torrential rains are further hampering registration efforts, he added. Mr. Needham said that new arrivals in Adjumani reported that fighting was continuing between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar. There are reports from Magwi that armed gunmen continue to loot properties, forcibly recruit boys and young men, and murder civilians. Another Uganda People’s Defense Force convoy evacuating Ugandan nationals from South Sudan is expected today, the spokespersons said, noting that on previous occasions, a large number of refugees have taken the opportunity to flee the country by accompanying the convoy. read more

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Womens volleyball OSU travels to Bloomington to rebound in Big Ten play

OSU sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold goes for a kill against Wisconsin on Nov. 2 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is entering the final stretch of its regular season, but it has a string of Big Ten opponents in its path — the first being the Indiana Hoosiers. The Buckeyes will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday to face the Hoosiers for the first time this season. OSU stands at 15-10 overall and 5-8 in conference play, while Indiana is 15-11 and 4-9 in the Big Ten.Winning momentum isn’t on either team’s side going into the match. OSU is coming off a tough loss at home to Wisconsin, while the Hoosiers were recently swept by Minnesota. OSU freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey said the team has spent more time on the particulars of the game heading into the final stretch of the season.“More film, more preparation and just focusing on our side of the net, as well, are going to be key for us,” she said. Indiana has yet to play a five-set match against any Big Ten opponent, but the team knocked off No. 13 Michigan on Oct. 29 in four sets. OSU has also caused its fair share of upsets this season. They handed losses to both the No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans. Junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz says that she’s seen the team grow a lot this season, especially in players coming off the bench. “We’ve definitely figured out the little things that we were working on in the beginning of the season, and we know that we can look down the bench and use everyone,” she said. Last season, the teams faced off only once, in Columbus, and it was the Buckeyes who took the 3-1 win over the Hoosiers. This time around, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the team’s success begins and ends with the serving and passing game — something that fell apart for his team against Wisconsin. “(We need to) lock our passing up a little bit better – that’s where it starts,” he said. The last push of the Buckeyes’ season is coming up quickly, and Indiana isn’t the only team they’ll be seeing for the first time this season. OSU face Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers before Big Ten play closes.Wenz said that the last few games for the Buckeyes won’t be easy by any means, but they’ll be working to finish the season strong. “We have some big matches coming up that are really important to us, and (we’ll be) taking everything one match at a time.”The Buckeyes and Hoosiers will meet in Bloomington, Indiana, at 7 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Men fear social shame of ordering vegetarian dishes study finds

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Homemade organic grilled summer vegetables on rustic table viewed from above Vegan and vegetarian food still has a social stigma The conference will hear that “participants valued eating vegetarian and vegan food in social environments, and that this was a way of ‘normalising’ their choice”.Researchers added: “As evidence shows that eating less meat is vital to a more sustainable future food supply, unpicking this strong cultural association between men and meat is an important aspect to global food security research.” “As more men make vegetarian and vegan choices, that permission is becoming more readily available.”Dr Roe and Dr Paul Hurley, from the University of Southampton, found that the reluctance to be seen ordering vegetarian dishes extended even to those who had been advised to reduce their meat consumption for medical reasons.The research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, saw 22 participants drawn from three different groups: “green-minded men” who are exploring vegetarianism for environmental reasons, “exercising men” who want to keep protein intake high without relying on meat, and men who relied on the emergency aid of food banks. Beef meat stewed with potatoes, carrots and spices  British men are afraid to choose the vegetarian option in a restaurant for fear of being socially shunned, researchers have claimed.Scientists from the University of Southampton found even men who dislike meat or are unable to eat it for health reasons find it difficult to pick a vegetarian or vegan dish from a menu for fear of being ridiculed.A year-long research project found men had experienced “social isolation” among friends after admitting to reducing their consumption of meat.The findings, based on a sample of 22 men, are to be presented to the Royal Geographical Society’s  Annual International Conference this week.Dr Emma Roe said: “What we have discovered is that many men are interested in eating less meat, they just need social permission to do so. No formal interviews were undertaken, with researchers instead observing men in focus groups and as they ate vegetarian options in social settings. Beef meat stewed with potatoes, carrots and spices  read more

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New Poland ready for handball agony

Talant Dujshebaev will have very difficult job to keep the level of performance and results with some “new Poland” which will be presented at World Championship 2017 in France. The national team who played in two semi-finals of major events in the last 24 months, will have a lot of trouble to secure, firstly, place in knock-out stage at the start of the new Olympic cycle.Rejuvenated team means absence of legendary players like Szmal, Bielecki, Bartosz Jurecki and Lijewski, but also new-promoted captain Jurkiewicz, who suffered shoulder injury during tournament in Irun, and previously injured Jurecki, Syprzak and Wyszomirski.There is no team in world of handball with such a dramatic changes in only few months.Poland will open WCh 2017 with Norway. In Group A are also France, Russia, Japan and Brazil.Goalkeepers: Adam Malcher (KPR Gwardia Opole), Adam Morawski (Orlen Wisła Płock), Mateusz Kornecki (NMC Górnik Zabrze)Backline: Piotr Chrapkowski (Vive Tauron Kielce), Tomasz Gębala (Orlen Wisła Płock), Łukasz Gierak (TuS N-Luebbecke, Niemcy), Krzysztof Łyżwa (KS Azoty Puławy), Paweł Niewrzawa (Wybrzeże Gdańsk), Paweł Paczkowski (Vive Tauron Kielce), Rafał Przybylski (KS Azoty Puławy)Wings: Michał Daszek (Orlen Wisła Płock), Mateusz Jachlewski (Vive Tauron Kielce), Przemysław Krajewski (KS Azoty Puławy), Arkadiusz Moryto (Zagłębie Lubin)Line players: Marek Daćko (NMC Górnik Zabrze), Maciej Gębala (Orlen Wisła Płock), Patryk Walczak (Vive Tauron Kielce)Lijewski, Szmal and Bielecki say goodbye to Poland ← Previous Story CHILE AS FINAL: Saudi Arabia to take outsider role in Group C Next Story → Russia with “5 of 5” travel to France 2017! france 2017 handballPoland handball teamTalant Dujshebaev read more

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Aaron McKenna Enda is the darling of Time – but theres trouble

first_imgOUR TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny has made it onto the cover of Time Magazine in a PR coup that will help our image abroad and, in one of those fuzzy but important ways, assist our recovery. The Taoiseach ought to be pleased as punch, but ongoing events in domestic politics will also be weighing on his mind.James Reilly and, to a lesser extent, Phil Hogan continue to reign supreme in the news this week. Details are drip-drip-dripping out about the health centres proposed for Reilly’s constituency, and you’d almost think that somebody was feeding the information out to keep the good doctor in the news and under pressure.The best and brightest in Fine Gael tried to offload Enda Kenny in 2010 after years of lacklustre performance against a government that had, by that point, bankrupted the country. It was a fast move against him that had brewed for a while and been set off by a poor showing in the polls, putting Fine Gael below Labour. The heave failed, but many of its leaders were brought into Kenny’s embrace by the time the party finally fell over the line into power.Many of the acolytes of would-be leader Richard Bruton are now ministers alongside Brutus himself in Jobs and Innovation: Simon Coveney in Agriculture, Leo Varadkar in Transport and Brian Hayes the junior in Finance, among others.Buckets of confidenceThese men and women stood up after eight years of Kenny’s leadership and professed a lack of confidence in the man and his capability to lead the party, let alone the country. Afterwards, as are the rules, they professed a 180 degree turnaround in their thinking after Kenny emerged victorious from a confidence motion.One can’t help but wonder if that is an entirely intellectually honest position to hold: No confidence as party leader yesterday, but buckets of it for him as Taoiseach today. Be that as it may, Enda Kenny got Fine Gael in over the line after a long period of rebuilding. He may have gone to Fianna Fáil-levels of gombeen promises he couldn’t keep about A&E departments and other things to try and secure a majority, but when you become Taoiseach you get a free pass from your party colleagues for a time.It’s now a year and a half later, and that honeymoon is over. There is a slow motion heave against Enda Kenny underway. His opponents have watched him literally falling over things to avoid hard questions as Taoiseach and many fears about him being a lightweight have not been allayed by his time in the office. Time Magazine cover or no – and The Celtic Comeback is a faraway dream for many in this country – the performance of Enda Kenny has not been awe-inspiring.Slow-motion heaveThe Liberators of Fine Gael have learned their lesson: A fast move against Kenny will not work. Nor can the Taoiseach rip his cabinet apart the way he broke up his opposition front bench after the last heave. Instead there is a slow motion heave in process, building a head of steam in the pressure cooker of government.Two of the main architects of Kenny’s win in the 2010 heave were James Reilly and Phil Hogan. The left and right pillars of his rule are being chipped away at slowly but surely. They have both created the conditions for their downfalls, but it was Leo Varadkar who popularised the expression “stroke politics” in relation to Reilly’s constituency health center controversy.James Reilly is the deputy leader of Fine Gael, and Leo Varadkar was right in the middle of the 2010 heave. Back during his first term as a TD, when he completed the medical training he had delayed through his election, the ambitious go-getter from the class of 2007 gave an interview to the Evening Herald stating his desire to one day be Taoiseach.There is no accident when one senior minister drops another one into trouble. Politicians find it simple to come out and maintain a steady line in favour of someone or something, no matter the pressure of evidence. When a halfhearted statement or a strange suggestion emerges from their lips, it might as well be a knife driven straight into the front.Proxy warShould Reilly have to go because there is a continuing drip of information against him – all of which does not apparate itself from thin air in a manner conducive to providing new fodder on a daily basis – then the deputy leadership battle will be another proxy war for the soul of Fine Gael, and identifying the next leader.The plan for Hogan always seemed to be destined to end in a comfortable job as Ireland’s EU commissioner, kept out of the country that he will be so unpopular in. Now Big Phil will be lucky to get to continue to roll out some of this governments most unpopular new taxes in the property, water and septic tank charges if stories continue to emerge that show him even appearing to use ministerial office inappropriately.For such an experienced constituency operator, there is the possibility that his representations against a family of Travellers might be the norm rather than an unfortunate but isolated error of judgement.We’re a third of the way into this Government’s term. Any potential new leaders are thinking that a slow moving heave might get rid of Enda Kenny and his gang by the midway point, allowing them to stamp their authority onto new policies and hopefully improve the lot of the country to allow electoral success come the next local and general elections.Enda and Co are canny operators, and could well hang on. We can then await Kenny running for the office he seems best suited to hold by his management style as soon as Michael D gives it up.The stories we are being fed these past few weeks are not about Reilly and Hogan, they are about something that started in 2010.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna.Read: More columns from Aaron McKenna on TheJournal.ie>last_img read more

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Leadership At Its Best Participants Begin Training Next Week

first_imgFifteen Board members of ASA’s state affiliates will descend on Minneapolis next week for ASA and Syngenta’s Leadership At Its Best program. Part 1 of the program begins Monday, Aug. 5 and concludes Thursday, Aug. 8 with a joint dinner with National Corn Growers Association and Syngenta representatives. Participants will continue with Part 2 in July in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the ASA March board meeting. Leadership At Its Best is an advanced leadership, communication, agricultural issues and media training program designed to provide leaders with skills that enable effective interactions with Congress. State-level soybean industry leaders will obtain the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level.last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Organizes a Soy Business Development Forum in Myanmar

first_imgMyanmar is home to many young entrepreneurs who are looking for concepts for business development or investment opportunities—and soy foods may provide the new possibilities they’re looking for.Over 30 attendees from the private sector, soymilk and tofu manufacturers, financial institutions, university staff and trade associations gathered in mid-March at a forum organized by the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), to hear more on the many new business opportunities in soy foods.Agenda topics included financing options, the different ways soybeans can be used in human foods, the role Burmese universities might have and attendee networking opportunities.Future forums are planned as consumer interest in soy foods continues to grow.The forum’s funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Services’ (FAS) Foreign Market Development (FMD) program.last_img read more

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Police respond to two reported armed robberies Tuesday

first_imgPolice were dealing Tuesday evening with two reported armed robberies, one in the Shumway neighborhood and another in the outer Burton area.Officers responded to the 3700 block of Main Street at 8:07 p.m., after someone told 911 dispatchers that two men took his medical marijuana at gunpoint.The caller said the robbers fled on foot through an alley.Officers brought a tracking dog to the scene and searched the area, but found no suspects, a 911 dispatcher said.At 8:43 p.m., roughly a half hour later, another caller told 911 dispatchers he’d been robbed at knifepoint near a Chevron station in the 13700 block of Northeast 28th Street. He said three people took his skateboard and a music player.Officers arrived quickly and were told the alleged robbers had gone into a house close to the Chevron, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Seconds later, an officer yelled, “Come out!”An officer radioed a heads-up that the person who owns the house isn’t “officer friendly” and had surveillance cameras.Police said people in the house had gone into the backyard, and that they had the house surrounded.At The Columbian’s press time, officers were still on the scene and hadn’t reported any arrests.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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Search underway for thief who snatched 100 bill from mans hand in

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police are searching for a thief who snatched a $100 bill in Miami from a man’s hand as he tried to pay for a hot dog.The robbery occurred on Nov. 21, just before 11 a.m., in the area of Northwest 13th Avenue and 36th Street.Officials said the victim was holding the bill in his hand while waiting in line at a hot dog stand. When his hand was behind his back with the bill, the robber walked past him, came back and took the bill from the victim’s hand.The crook then ran into a nearby Blood Bank parking lot and drove away from the scene in a white Chrysler 200.Police are looking for a black male standing around 6 feet tall, weighing close to 200 pounds with short black hair.Surveillance video shows the suspect wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants near where the incident occurred.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

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The FOLIO 40 A Call for Nominees

first_imgC-Level VisionariesTop execs that transform culture, company or marketsIndustry InfluencersIndividuals that have single-handedly sparked a trendDirector-Level DoersManagers and other senior level executives that develop and execute on wildly successful new initiatives Under the RadarUnsung heroes or individuals that quietly work on transformative new ideas or operational breakthroughsAs we note every year, we’re not simply looking for the marquee names. There will be some of those on the list for sure, but there are plenty of examples of envelope-pushers, bootstrappers and change agents that toil in the trenches, too. Nominate them.Click here to fill out our easy nomination form. Nominations are due by March 2nd. Here’s last year’s FOLIO: 40 to get you in the mood. The FOLIO: 40 will be unveiled in April. Submit your nominations now and good luck! The year, as it always does, has flown by and we’re already in the midst of compiling our annual list of the top innovators in the magazine business and the markets that intersect and influence it—the Folio: 40.We’re excited to announce that starting now, you can have a hand in how the list turns out by nominating a colleague—either at your company or from another one—that has had a meaningful impact on a product, company or even market. We’re looking for nominations in the following categories:last_img read more

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