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Mourinho responds to Man City’s FFP breach allegations

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first_imgJose Mourinho said he would keep his thoughts to himself regarding allegations levelled at Manchester City over alleged Financial Fair Play breaches.German publication Der Spiegel has made a series of claims against Man Utd’s cross-town rivals, insinuating that the club’s owner had been using his own fortune to top up multi-million-pound sponsorship deals with Abi Dhabi companies.Pep Guardiola claimed earlier on Tuesday that he knows nothing about it due to his focus being on his players and tactics as a manager, though eternal rival Mourinho admitted that he felt something might have been going on behind the scenes as City continue to spend big in the transfer market. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I have some thoughts from a few years ago,” the Portuguese told a press conference ahead of United’s Champions League clash with Juventus. “But I’ll keep those thoughts to myself.”Clearly eager to move on, the Red Devils boss turned his attention to European matters, confirming that Romelu Lukaku will miss the Juve clash through injury before going on to discuss his team’s slow starts in matches since the beginning of the season.“Lukaku is injured for tomorrow and we do not know for Sunday,” Mourinho said.“We work every day but the reality is that we don’t start matches well, but if we don’t start well and we end well, that’s fine.“It’s good fun for the fans, but football is 90 minutes and especially when your opponent is strong, if you give them a 45 minute advantage, or even 20 or even 10, you have a mountain to climb.“The good thing is that lately, apart from the Juventus match, we were strong enough to climb the mountain and change the match in the last few minutes. “When you play against a super team, like tomorrow, if you give an advantage away, it’s difficult to climb the mountain.“We work a lot on our defensive organization. I’m sure you’re not going to say I do not work on that because you say the opposite!”The reality is that we concede too many goals, and the way that we concede them shows our weaknesses. Weaknesses that sometimes you can hide, sometimes you can’t.”It’s a big match to play tomorrow, they’re favourites to win the competition.”When quizzed on another hot topic, the European Super League, Mourinho was concise in his response:”I’m not interested in that.”last_img read more

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Police seize drugs gun ammo in recent raids

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first_img TCI Premier expresses sorrow over fallen Bahamian Police Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas July 20, 2017 — Two men have been arrested and are in custody in separate incidents following police raids on Wednesday.The first raid took place around 10am when officers executed a search warrant in Staniel Cay and found a marijuana in a man’s home. The man will appear in court soon.Police are also carrying out investigations following an afternoon raid around 3pm which uncovered a Glock pistol, 149 rounds of ammunition and five pounds of marijuana at a home on Rosewood Street, Pinewood Gardens. The lone male occupant of the home got away from Drug Enforcement Unit officers on foot, however.#MagneticMediaNews Apprehension Of Haitian Migrants Related Items:#magneticmedianews, royal bahamas police force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Immigration Minister Authorizes Raids in Abacolast_img read more

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35th annual Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon

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first_img35th annual Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon Mark Mathis, Lauren Phinney Mark Mathis, Lauren Phinney, September 21, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Mark Mathis and Lauren Phinney were celebrity waiters in this year’s Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters luncheon.On behalf of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, we would like to invite you to be a part of our special 35th Annual “Firefighters and Friends-Celebrity Waiters Luncheon” sponsored by The San Diego City Fire Fighters on Friday, September 21st, bayside at The Coronado Island Marriott Resort. The event is truly Southern California sun, ocean breezes, good food, and stars … both national and local.Last year’s luncheon was a smashing success with close to $56,000 raised and we’re out to make the 35th annual event even bigger and better. We realize that some of you have schedule conflicts prohibiting you from participation, but we want to make sure to invite you should your schedule change.As a celebrity waiter, you’ll be joined by your counterparts in the motion picture, television and radio industries and the sports world, plus the San Diego City Fire Fighters as they entertain, cajole, extort, and yes … even serve our hungry attendees.center_img Posted: September 21, 2018 Updated: 5:10 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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California Military Construction Projects Possibly Saved from Border Wall Delay

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first_img ADC AUTHOR A memo last week from Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan appears to preserve $310 million in California military construction funds from diversion to border wall construction, Military.com reported Tuesday.California base officials believe construction projects at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Camp Pendleton and Fort Irwin are safe from a list due out May 10 outlining $3.6 billion in funding that could be used for border wall construction, according Shanahan’s guidelines.Shanahan’s memo exempted projects awarded in fiscal 2019, which also includes a $118 million reconstruction of the docking facilities at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.Most new construction planned for the three California bases appear to meet Shanahan’s directive to not include projects that have “fiscal year 2019 award dates,” as ADC reported last week.But many in Congress remain wary over whether any military projects are safe, including in California.Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) toured the Seal Beach base Thursday and later released a statement expressing concern.Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Bewkeslast_img read more

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16th amendment verdict unnerves AL govt Fakhrul

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first_img-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the government has got unnerved as the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment annulment verdict has exposed the ‘country’s real scenario’.”The government has started feeling the heartburn as the observations of the 16th amendment verdict have depicted the country’s real situation. Awami League general secretary yesterday (Friday) said they’re now passing through a bad time. What has put you in trouble?” he said.Speaking at a doa mahfil (prayers session), the BNP leader also alleged that the ruling party leaders are now talking about conspiracy in fear of losing power.Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal arranged the programme at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office seeking early recovery of its chairperson Khaleda Zia who underwent a surgery in her right eye in London on Tuesday.Describing the apex court’s 16th amendment verdict as historical document, Fakhrul said the Supreme Court has given some important observations in the verdict out of its sense of responsibility as the country is heading towards destruction.He claimed that the observations of the verdict have demonstrated that the government has no longer right to cling to power. “It has been now in office only by force with the power of guns and pistols. The fact is that the government won’t be able to stay in office, even for a second without guns and pistols.”The BNP leader said the country’s people have been going through immense sufferings due to the government’s failure to deliver on all fronts.He alleged that ruling party student body Chhatra League attacked Chhatra Dal leaders and forced them out of Dhaka University campus as they went there to join a discussion. “This is the type of Awami League’s democracy.”Fakhrul said the government is obstructing BNP’s political programmes and squeezing its all political spaces only to suppress the party and hang onto power by force.last_img read more

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Report Major Texas Industrial Facilities Rank First Nationally In Illegal Water Pollution

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first_imgGabriel Cristóver Pérez | The Texas TribuneThe Brazos River as it flows past Glen Rose on Aug. 2, 2013. Drought conditions have led to a significant decrease in water levels in the river. Use of the river by cattle farmers along its route is another factor leading to a decrease in water quality and shore erosion is.About half of Texas’ major industrial facilities released illegal levels of pollution into rivers, lakes and other waterways over a 21-month period ending September 2017, according to a new report by Environment Texas and California-based think tank Frontier Group.Analyzing self-reported industry data compiled by the federal government, the study found that about 40 percent of the nation’s 2,772 major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded maximums set in their federal clean water permits from January 2016 to September 2017 and often faced no fines or penalties from state or federal environmental regulators.The number of excess releases totaled 8,100 during that period, according to the study, and Texas’ 269 major industrial facilities accounted for 938 of them — the most of any state by far. Pennsylvania came in second with 633.Forty-nine percent of Texas’ industrial facilities — 132 of them — exceeded their permit limits at least once during the study period.Offending industrial sites in the state range from oil refineries to facilities operated by universities, cities, counties and state agencies. Texas A&M University, for example, discharged illegal levels of e. Coli into the Brazos River from a wastewater treatment plant on its main College Station campus a dozen times during the study period, and three releases were more than five times the maximum allowable amount under the law, according to the study. Yet the university was fined only once for $12,600. Dozens of facilities owned by big-name energy companies including ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron Phillips also have violated their clean water limits — some of them repeatedly.The study concludes that “weak and delayed enforcement of the Clean Water Act is common across the country,” with a majority of violations going unpunished. “Each year from 2011 to 2017, an average of 27,849 facilities were non-compliant across the U.S., while an average of 13,076 – less than half – faced any EPA or state enforcement action,” the report said.Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger said in a statement that “All Texas waterways should be clean for swimming, drinking water, and wildlife.”“But industrial polluters are still dumping chemicals that threaten our health and environment, and no one is holding them accountable,” he said.Texas A&M did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron Phillips also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The study acknowledges that Texas’ ranking is due largely to the high number of industrial facilities in the state, which is home to many of the nation’s largest cities, the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex and prolific energy production.But Texas also ranks first in the number of industrial facilities with the most repeated excessive releases: More than 35 percent of the state’s 269 major facilities had more than one clean water violation during the 21-month study period. The state with the next highest number of repeat violators was Louisiana, also home to major oil and chemical manufacturing and energy production, with more than 25 percent.About three-quarters of the nation’s industrial facilities were repeat offenders, the study found.Texas also ranks among the top 10 for industrial facilities with the most extreme violations — six of the state’s facilities exceeded their permit limits by more than 500 percent at least once. Texas industrial facilities also released the third-highest amount of pollution into waters that were already considered “impaired” by either state or federal standards, meaning they were already too polluted to meet their intended purpose — whether that’s drinking water, ecological or recreational.The study also warned that federal environmental enforcement is dwindling under President Donald Trump, whose U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to unwind an Obama-era clean water regulation that was aimed at better defining the scope of bodies of water protected under the federal Clean Water Act.During the first 266 days of his administration, the federal government has brought 1,900 cases and secured $1.3 billion in repairs and penalties. That’s compared to 2,900 cases and $10.1 billion under the Obama administration and 2,600 cases and $2.6 billion under the George W. Bush administration in the same amount of time.Disclosure: Texas A&M University and Exxon Mobil Corp. have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

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Green themes abound in Durga Puja marquees

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first_imgKolkata: At a time when global warming and high pollution levels have emerged as major challenges for policy planners worldwide, a number of community Durga Puja organisers in and around Kolkata have come up with green themes to spread awareness about a clean environment among the public. Children and adults alike can enjoy the feeling of passing through a sanctuary at “Dinosaur Park” that has been simulated with high quality light and sound effects in Salt Lake City’s FD Block marquee, while the Beliaghata Sandhani club has protested against the killing of tigers and underscored the need for conservation of the big cat with its “Tarjon Garjon” (Roar of the Tiger) theme. Delivering a message about reusing plastics and not littering it everywhere, the “When Useless Becomes Useful” theme finds prominence in the marquee of Kankulia and Fern Road Community Durga Puja. Organisers of the Patuli community Durga Puja festival, on the other hand, have showcased “Go Green with Development” in the marquee. Dum Dum Park Sarbojonin’s marquee on the “Ujan thele Chalo nao, Pakhira bole moder praan bachao” (Row the boat upstream, birds are crying for their lives) theme is a telling reminder about the species of birds which are facing extinction due to radiation emitting from mobile towers and the destruction of their nests due to the felling of trees. The “Nirmal Bangla” (Clean Bengal) project has been highlighted by the Ashwininagar Bandhu Mahal Club, which has created a canvas using mostly nails. Dwelling on green themes presents a win-win scenario for organisers as they are usually big hits with the spectators, who empathise with the marquee’s concern about environmental degradation through the themes, which also bring in the prizes. Ten years ago, FD Block in Salt Lake had started the trend of promoting environment-related themes at community Puja marquees. Since then, green theme Pujas have been gradually changing the face of Bengal’s and perhaps India’s biggest carnival. “About 10 years back, environment-based themes in community Pujas were hardly noticed. But, the growing number of green themes over the past few years is not only encouraging but also instrumental in developing environment consciousness among school children and college goers,” Calcutta University’s Professor of Environment Sciences Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay said. Mukhopadhyay, who has been following the evolution of the environment-based themes since 2007, as a jury member of an award for green community Pujas — Serader Sera Nirmal Pujo Puroskar — said varied themes describing the menace of global warming, climate change, pollution, crop diversity and bio-diversity, conservation of forests, medicinal plants, the marine ecosystem and recycling of waste have made their presence felt at marquees across the city. Topics such as safety and disaster management have also been turned into Puja themes. Mukhopadhyay, however, called for the development of year-long green neighbourhood programmes in order to extend the boundaries, instead of remaining confined to the marquees. “Showcasing green themes during festive days and eco-friendly activities within the Puja premises will not be enough. The crucial thing is how the Puja organisers are able to transform the five-day green activities into actions for 365 days and extend the boundaries to entire the locality to make it sabuj para (green neighbourhood),” Mukhopadhyay told IANS. West Bengal Pollution Control Board Chairman Kalyan Rudra pointed out that the flipside of such a big carnival is that colossal waste, including of non-biodegradable material, is generated and electricity consumption surges as thousands of lights are installed in and around the marquees across the city during the festival days. Even trees are trimmed for displaying hoardings and advertisements. “It will be painful if the Puja organisers do not pay enough attention on these issues. This year, we are issuing an advisory to at least 200 community Pujas across districts to create awareness for environment protection. We have also urged the district administrations to take necessary action,” Rudra told IANS. Artists of Kumartuli — the city’s hub of idol makers — claim they use lead-free colour for painting the idols. Awareness about eco-friendly colour has been developed not only among idol makers, but also among consumers. However, mass-scale adoption of non-toxic paint is yet to be achieved in the absence of any checks and due to a lack of understanding of the cost-benefit analysis, said Krishnajyoti Goswami, Professor of Biochemistry at Malaysia’s Lincoln University College. “Idol makers are claiming that they use non-toxic paint. But who is monitoring this? Mass-scale adoption of eco-friendly colour is yet to be achieved. The unit price of lead-free colour is dearer compared to traditional dust colour but consumption of eco-friendly colour is much lower than that of the dust variety,” Goswami, who has been associated with the campaign for use of lead-free paint in idol making, told IANS.last_img read more

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