Ex-Hammer warns Chelsea: West Ham can give anyone a game

By on January 6, 2020

first_imgAlvin Martin has warned Chelsea:  “West Ham feel they can give anyone a game.”The Hammers go into the contest at Stamford Bridge in fourth place in the Premier League and on a run of five matches without defeat, including four wins.And former England centre-half Martin feels the confidence surging through the squad means they can travel to west London in bullish mood.“They will go there looking to score goals,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “If West Ham are to move forward they have to go to places like Chelsea and say, ‘we can mix it with the best of them’.“There is a lot to be said for not having an inferior complex, for saying we are good enough and we will frighten you.”last_img read more

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Porto out as Ajax makes UCL playoffs

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first_img0Shares0000Dusan Tadic (R) fired Ajax into the Champions League playoff with two penalties © ANP/AFP / Olaf KRAAKAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug 14 – Last year’s semi-finalists Ajax reached the Champion League playoffs on Tuesday after seeing off PAOK Thessaloniki 3-2 in a tense encounter in Amsterdam to go through 5-3 on aggregate.Two Dusan Tadic penalties, the second five minutes from time, and Nicolas Tagliafico’s late header kept Erik ten Hag’s side alive with a chance to relive the dream of last season, when they seduced Europe with a thrilling run to the last four. Serb Tadic, who had already missed once from the spot for Ajax, slotted home the equaliser two minutes before the break after Diego Biseswar had silenced the Johan Cruyff Arena with a fine strike for PAOK midway through the half.Tagliafico left the Greeks needing to score twice when he met Ziyech’s 79th-minute corner with a powerful header, and shortly after Tadic sealed a playoff clash against APOEL Nicosia, despite Biseswar scoring a second in stoppage time.APOEL will face the Dutch giants for a place in the group stage, which begins next month, after overturning a 2-1 deficit from the first leg with a 2-0 win at Qarabag thanks to goals from Tomas De Vincenti and Urosh Matich.Last year’s quarter-finalists Porto and Celtic, both former European champions, were dumped out with shock home defeats to Krasnodar and CFR Cluj respectively.The Scottish champions from Glasgow were sent into the Europa League playoff round 5-4 on aggregate after losing a thrilling encounter 4-3 at Celtic Park.Porto found their 1-0 first leg lead wiped out as Russian side Krasnodar scored three times in 33 minutes to take control of the tie before running out 3-2 winners to go through on the away goals rule.Portugal’s two-time kings of Europe pulled level 3-3 on aggregate in the second half through Ze Luis and Luis Diaz, but could not find the winner despite having 25 shots.Red Star Belgrade, the 1991 European champions, squeaked through 7-6 on penalties after a tense shootout decided on the 19th spot-kick at FC Copenhagen as the tie finished 1-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.Club Brugge survived via a 95th-minute equaliser in the dramatic 3-3 draw at Dynamo Kiev that saw three late goals — including two in stoppage time — and each side finish with 10 men as the Belgians made it to the playoffs 4-3 on aggregate.0Shares0000(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CERCLA notification requirement delayed

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The EPA announced that farms with continuous hazardous substance releases as defined by Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) do not have to submit their initial continuous release notification until the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issues its order, or mandate, enforcing the Court’s opinion from April 11, 2017. While it appears the reports will be required some time, producers may wait to file after the Court has entered its order, at which time we can expect EPA to provide a filing “deadline.” We also expect that the EPA will  utilize this additional time to bring more clarity to the emissions data and calculations producers should rely upon for determining whether they are subject to CERCLA air emissions reporting.The law requires entities to report releases of hazardous substances above a certain threshold that occur within a 24-hour period. Farms have historically been exempt from most reporting under CERCLA, but in the spring of 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the rule that allowed reporting exemptions for farms. Farmers and operators, especially of sizeable animal operations that are likely to have larger air emissions, need to understand the reporting responsibilities. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published interim guidance to assist farms with the new compliance obligations. The following summarizes the agency’s guidance.What substances to reportThe EPA specifically names ammonia and hydrogen sulfide as two hazardous substances commonly associated with animal wastes that will require emissions reporting. Each substance has a reportable quantity of 100 pounds. If a farm releases 100 pounds or more of either substance to the air within a 24-hour period, the owner or operator must notify the National Response Center. A complete list of hazardous substances and their corresponding reportable quantities is here.Note that farmers do not have to report emissions from the application of manure, and fertilizers to crops or the handling, storage and application of pesticides registered under federal law. However, a farmer must report any spills or accidents involving these substances when they exceed the reportable quantity.How to reportUnder CERCLA, farm owners and operators have two compliance options — to report each release or to follow the continuous release reporting process:• For an individual release that meets or exceeds the reportable quantity for the hazardous substance, an owner or operator must immediately notify the National Response Center (NRC) by phone at 1-800-424-8802. • Continuous release reporting allows the owner or operator to file an “initial continuous release notification” to the NRC and the EPA Regional Office for releases that will be continuous and stable in quantity and rate. Essentially, this puts the authorities “continuously” on notice that there will be emissions from the operation within a certain estimated range. If the farm has a statistically significant increase such as a change in the number of animals on the farm or a significant change in the release information, the farm must notify the NRC immediately. Otherwise, the farm must file a one year anniversary report with the EPA Regional Office to verify and update the emissions information and must annually review emissions from the farm.  No reporting required under EPCRAThe litigation that led to CERCLA reporting also challenged the farm exemption from reporting for the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). EPRCRA section 304 requires facilities at which a hazardous chemical is produced, used or stored to report releases of reportable quantities from the chemicals. However, EPA explains in a statement issued on October 25, 2017 that the statute excludes substances used in “routine agricultural operations” from the definition of hazardous chemicals. EPCRA doesn’t define “routine agricultural operations,” so EPA states that it interprets the term to include regular and routine operations at farms, animal feeding operations, nurseries, other horticultural operations and aquaculture and a few examples of substances used in routine operations include animal waste stored on a farm and used as fertilizer, paint used for maintaining farm equipment, fuel used to operate machine or heat buildings and chemicals used for growing and breeding fish and plans for aquaculture. As a result of this EPA interpretation, most farms and operations do not have to report emissions under EPCRA. More information on EPA’s interpretation of EPCRA reporting for farms is here.Note that the EPA is seeking comments and suggestions on the resources the agency is providing or should provide to assist farm owners and operators with meeting the new reporting obligations. Those who wish to comment should do so by November 24, 2017 by sending an e-mail to [email protected] more information regarding the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) section 103, visit EPA release: CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farmslast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 31, 2018

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are entering the first wet stage of our forecast today. Rains move across the state today through tomorrow and into the first part of Friday. The rains today may be heavier in the north and NW, but from tonight through early Friday, the heaviest precipitation will be in central and southern Ohio. It may take a little while for central and southern areas to see action today as the front marches east. However, rain is coming…be ready. Combined, we can see half to 2″ rainfall totals for this event with nearly 100% coverage. However, we have a concern that some areas near the Ohio river and in SW Ohio could blow well past that top end of the range, and see 3 inches or more. That all depends on where things set up overnight tonight through early Friday, and what kind of thunderstorm potential there is.Even after the bigger rains are done early Friday, we have plenty of clouds around. Precipitation is not guaranteed in all areas, but we think most of the clouds will come from wrap around on the backside of this strong storm complex. Because of that, we can’t completely rule out a scattered showers, but rain totals where it happens will be limited to an additional few hundredths to a quarter of an inch. Potential coverage will be 40% or less.The weekend now looks to turn out dry. We should be rain free for Saturday and Sunday, although we will have clouds still trying to move through. A significant warm up is likely for the weekend too, with temps above normal. Monday clouds start to thicken up again, and we could see a few scattered showers. These are not well organized and will have minor coverage, but we can’t rule them out at the moment. Some models even still try to bring our next rain event in on Monday already. However, our forecast holds off just a bit.Moderate to heavy rains are back for Monday overnight through Tuesday. The front looks significant, especially with the warm surge will experience in front of it over this weekend. That will promote rains of half to 1.5” over 100% of the state. After the rains of the next few days, that is definitely not needed, and will boost our 1 week rain totals significantly. Most of the state could see at least 1-3 inches, and SW Ohio is particularly at risk. The map at right shows total precipitation from today through next Tuesday night, and while we think the heaviest totals may be a bit overzealous, they are not out of the realm of possibility. A much cooler push of air follows that front in on the backside.Dry for the remainder of the week next week, Wednesday through Friday.The extended period still features good rains of .25”-1” over 70% of the state for the 10th and 11th, and then scattered showers up to .25” for the 14th. Temps will pull back to normal and below normal levels for that 11-16 day window.last_img read more

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President Medina Arrives for State Visit

By on October 24, 2019

first_img President Medina was met at the steps of the aircraft by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who led him to the dais for the Royal Salute and inspection of the Guard of Honour formed by the JDF. Story Highlights The official party then travelled to National Heroes Park for a floral tribute at the Cenotaph in honour of those who died in the world wars. President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, arrived in the island at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday (November 27) for a one-day State Visit. President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, arrived in the island at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday (November 27) for a one-day State Visit.His arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston was greeted with a symbolic 21-gun salute from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).President Medina was met at the steps of the aircraft by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who led him to the dais for the Royal Salute and inspection of the Guard of Honour formed by the JDF.The Governor-General then presented the Dominican Republic President to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.The Prime Minister, in turn, introduced President Medina to members of the Cabinet, including Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw; Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague; and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.Also on hand to greet the President were Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Dr. José Tomás Ares Germán; Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Lisa Hanna, who represented Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade; Commissioner of Police, George Quallo;Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles; President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson; Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams; Cabinet Secretary, Douglas Saunders; Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla; and Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Elinor Felix.The official party then travelled to National Heroes Park for a floral tribute at the Cenotaph in honour of those who died in the world wars.Later today, he will have discussions with the Government, led by Prime Minister Holness, on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. The meeting is aimed at forging deeper ties between both countries.President Medina will also attend a State Luncheon hosted by the Governor-General at King’s House.Danilo Medina Sánchez is the Dominican Republic’s 53rd President. He has been in office since 2012.At the end of the State Visit, President Medina will depart Kingston for Montego Bay where he will participate in the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference from November 27-29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.last_img read more

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Climate change India pitches for financial support by developed nations

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgKochi: In the run up to two key UN summits on Climate Change, India has raised the pitch for finance and technology support to developing nations to achieve the Paris Agreement goals of keeping a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius.Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was taking decisive steps in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which is the heart of the 2015 Paris pact. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Javadekar spelt out the success stories of India on Paris NDCs to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. “In Chile, when we meet in the next COP (Conference of the Parties), we will be taking a stance that every country needs to follow their own commitments to reduce national emissions and advanced countries need to provide finance and technology support, that is most important to developing world, he said here during his visit for a function on Friday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe nations under the United Nations negotiated and adopted the Paris Agreement in which India made four commitments, including reducing greenhouse gas emission intensity of its GDP by 33-35 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, under its NDC. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Referring to the governments ambitious Clean India mission, its efforts towards eliminating single use plastic, harnessing solar and wind energy and, creating more tree cover for protection of environment, Javadekar said these will be highlighted in various UN Climate forums. A climate action summit being hosted by UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres will be held this month and the United Nations summit hosted by Chile in December. He also said the Prime Ministers ambitious renewable energy programme to create 175 GW by 2022 “is a huge success and India has already reduced energy intensity by 22 per cent. Prakash Javadekar’s remarks are in line with the statement by the BASIC group of nations –Brazil, South Africa, India and China –in which they urged developed countries to undertake ambitious actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet their finance commitments, including by mobilizing USD 100 billion annually by 2020.last_img read more

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Pacini Restaurants moving beyond Quebec with expansion in Canada and US

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec-based Pacini Restaurants Inc. is aiming to pierce the U.S. market and expand across Canada as it prepares to open more than 200 locations across North America within the next decade.The privately owned Italian-style chain is looking to partner with hotel chains that it hopes will become franchisees.President Nathalie Lehoux says the company is looking to take advantage of hotels seeking to open restaurants that will attract a large clientele beyond just hotel guests.By fall, Pacini will have 30 restaurants open in Canada, with 25 in Quebec.It’s in the process of opening its first Ontario location in Mississauga at a Marriott Hotel and will soon have three in Alberta.Lehoux says it hopes to have at least two locations in every province but wouldn’t say how many it expects to have in the U.S.last_img read more

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US sanctions Venezuela TV magnate for alleged currency deals

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first_imgBOGOTA — The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on a Venezuelan media magnate close to President Nicolas Maduro’s government for allegedly running a network that stole $2.4 billion from state coffers through corrupt currency deals.The action by the U.S Treasury Department gives Raul Gorrin one year to divest his shares in Globovision, Venezuela’s largest private broadcaster. Globovision is among 24 Gorrin-owned properties and entities in the U.S. and Venezuela also sanctioned by Treasury’s actions on Tuesday.Prosecutors in Miami indicted Gorrin last year on charges of bribing officials in Venezuela’s treasury for contracts to buy dollars at the highly distorted official exchange rate. He then would allegedly resell the hard currency on the black market for huge gains.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Annual pace of housing starts in Canada fell in December CMHC report

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first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts fell last month.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts in Canada was 213,419 units in December, down from 224,349 in November.Economists had expected an annual rate of 205,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The annual pace of urban starts dropped by 5.8 per cent to 194,594 units in December as the annual rate of multiple-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses fell 6.8 per cent to 144,728 units.The pace of single-detached urban starts fell by 2.5 per cent to 49,866 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,825 units.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Worlds highest polling station records 132 pc voting till 3 pm all

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgShimla: It may be strange but true! The world’s highest polling station at 15,256 feet in Tashiganag village of Himachal Pradesh Sunday recorded an unbelievable, 132 per cent voter turn out — all valid votes.Against merely 49 registered voters figuring in the village electoral roll, a total of 65 voters have cast their votes till 3 pm at the Tashigang polling booth, said a district election official. The unbelievable spike in the poll percentage was attributed to the desire of many poll officials, deployed at polling booths in the Tashiganag village and other nearby areas to cast their votes at the world’s highest polling station, located at a dizzying height of 12,256 ft. Poll officials said the poll percentage is likely to rise further as out of 49 voters, registered in the village electoral roll, merely 33 have cast their votes till 3 pm. With the remaining 16 village voters and many other poll officials deployed in nearby polling stations likely to exercise their franchise at the world’s highest polling booth by the end of voting process at 6 pm, the poll percentage is likely to go up further, they added. The poll officials cast their votes at Tashigang polling booth after showing their election duty certificate (EDCs) issued to them by concerned assistant returning officers, he added. Tashigang is a village near an ancient monastery in Himachal Pradesh. It is the highest settlement in Spiti Valley near the India-Tibet border with villages Nako and Khab located nearby and is connected to Shimla by National Highway 22. Tashigang acquired the unique distinction of becoming the highest polling station during Himachal Pradesh assembly elections in 2017, when the erstwhile polling station at the highest altitude of 14,400 ft was replaced by Tashigang due to some technical reasons, said HP’s Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Harbans Lal Dhiman. Hikkim is located 160 km from Tashigang. The polling at Tashigang began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point. Voters came to the polling station wearing their traditional attire to beat the chilly weather. Besides Tashigang, Himachal has another unique polling station, Ka, with lowest number of voters. Located in Sipti valley itself, Ka has only 17 registered voters. The poll officials were yet to release the voter turnout at Ka. Both Tashigang and Ka polling stations fall under the Mandi parliamentary seat where the highest number of 17 candidates among the four Lok Sabha seats in the state are in the fray. Mandi is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress.last_img read more

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