Here’s the Reason The Big 12 Will Have a Title Game in 2017

first_img“If we do nothing, we’ll fall behind the SEC and the Big Ten in terms of [revenue],” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters in May at the Big 12 spring meetings in Phoenix. “We may be every bit as competitive as we are today, but we’ll fall behind financially.”There you go.That’s why there will be a Big 12 Championship game in 2017. That’s it. That’s the entire list of reasons.Oh sure, Bowlsby can prop up competitive advantage and data points and statistical models as fronts for why there’s a Big 12 title game (and the impending five-team divisions — which is hilarious).Here he is banging out those data points by the way.“The addition of a football championship game allows for a 13th data point for our teams under consideration for the College Football Playoff,” said Bowlsby.But what really happened is that Bowlsby realized the shortest distance between the Big 12 and the SEC was the straight line to Jerry World and a title game in December 2017. Adding teams is complicated and adding a network is a non-starter. Both of those things could (and probably would) add money to the Big 12. But adding a single game is easier.And adding a single game at the end of the year that puts (allegedly) nearly $30M in your conference’s pockets — $3M per team in addition to the money you’re already making — keeps you somewhat financially competitive with the SEC.Big 12 championship game would bring almost $30 million annually, Bob Bowlsby said. “High 20s,” he said.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) June 3, 2016It’s a short-term solution, to be sure, and that might be all the Big 12 needs right now.I’m not sure how we didn’t see this coming in retrospect. I suppose I wasn’t aware a Big 12 title game was worth $30M. That’s 5x how much the Big 12 gets from placing a team in the College Football Playoff. Five times! The Big 12 gets $6M for making the College Football Playoff and close to $30M (allegedly) for a rematch of a game that’s already been played. Why not make it a three-game series and skip the CFB Playoff altogether?So while it’s ridiculous that OSU and OU would have replayed Bedlam last year a week later for the Big 12 title, it also would have been beneficial to both schools to the tune of $3 million. That’s bigger and better facilities to contend with the SEC and Big 10, more resources for a thriving athletic department and more hoodies for Gundy.Win-win-win? I guess. Until a 12-0 OSU gets housed by 9-3 TCU and misses the playoff.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Nebraska NFL Combine Invite Announced

first_imgA photo of Nebraska's Little Red mascot during a game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Mascot Lil Red of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks on the sidelines during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes on November 24, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 37-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)After a difficult season for the Huskers that ended with a 4-8 record, it should come as little surprise that not many members of the team were invited to the 2019 NFL combine.According to the Omaha World-Herald, wide receiver Stanley Morgan was the only member of the Nebraska football team to get a combine invite.Morgan has led the Huskers in receiving yards in each of the last two years, and had career-highs in 2018.He finished his senior year with 70 receptions for 1,004 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.Record-breaking #Huskers receiver Stanley Morgan catches invite to NFL combine.— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) February 7, 2019Morgan had three games with two receiving touchdowns, and the team won all three of those games.He also had two 100-yard performances: A 10-catch, 163 yard performance against Minnesota, and an eight-catch, 131-yard performance against gave Morgan a 5.50 grade, indicating he has “A chance at becoming an NFL starter.”In his scouting report, analyst Lance Zierlein compared Morgan to Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries, who went undrafted in 2015.The scouting report doesn’t bode particularly well for Morgan, but if he surprises people at the NFL combine, could hear his name called at some point.Last year the Huskers had only one player drafted: quarterback Tanner Lee by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round.last_img read more

SUPSALV Participates in Oil Spill Response Exercise in …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 NAVSEA, November 22, 2013 Print  Close The U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) participated in an underway oil spill response exercise with USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168) in Bahraini waters, Nov. 6-10.The exercise was held to test the Navy’s capability to respond to an emergent oil spill from a U.S. Navy ship. SUPSALV maintains and regularly exercises salvage and oil spill response equipment stored at bases around the world.“Part of the SUPSALV mission is to provide in theater mission response to 5th Fleet within 48 hours of notification,” said Mike Dean, SUPSALV deputy director. “This training exercised our capabilities to respond to major near-shore and off-shore oil spills.”During the exercise, a deep water oil containment boom with a 5,000 pound mooring system was deployed and recovered to and from Catawba.A skimming system was also utilized as part of the exercise. The system consists of a specially designed inflatable collection mechanism coupled with a hydraulically operated skimmer that pumps collected oil into a containment bladder.Other participants in the exercise were 5th Fleet, the Bahraini Coast Guard and elements from Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.The Office of the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving is part of the Naval Sea Systems Command and is responsible for all aspects of ocean engineering, including diving, salvage, in-water ship repair, towing and heavy lift, and open ocean oil and hazardous material spill response. My locationlast_img read more

Fred. Olsen Partners Up with Saga

first_imgJune 2, 2014 zoom Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that it has signed a new partnership agreement with Saga Holidays, to promote and sell its cruises.Saga will have allocations on a range of 2014/15 Fred. Olsen cruises across its fleet of four ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – focusing on products that do not compete directly with Saga cruises, from a number of regional ports around the UK.Saga will provide Fred. Olsen with an important sales distribution channel for early-to-mid-term business, thereby helping to reduce the volume of last-minute bookings, which can have a negative impact on yields.Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “This new agreement between Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Saga Holidays will help to improve our yields significantly, and our financial position overall. With this new agreement, Saga customers can now take advantage of Fred. Olsen’s competitively-priced cruise holidays, backed up by the expertise of our two trusted brands, from their convenient local port.”Robin Shaw, Chief Executive of Saga Cruises, said: “This is an exciting time for Saga cruising and this venture allows us to reach out to more people. We will now be able to offer even greater choice to today’s over-50s. Customers will get all the added extras that those who book with Saga directly enjoy – and the security that we will offer a great experience at excellent value.”last_img read more

Papier mache mayhem and eating guinea pig in Peru In the news

first_imgIn-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on his radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 17.What we are watching in Canada …Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicks off Day 7 of the federal election campaign in St. John’s, N.L., with an announcement at a parent-and-child centre before heading to Prince Edward Island for a rally at the farm of Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay.At the same time, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is due at a non-profit housing complex in Ottawa for an announcement with a candidate, Emilie Taman, who’s hoping to take a downtown seat away from the Liberals’ Catherine McKenna.Then Singh goes to northern Ontario to hit a plowing match and host a town hall in Sudbury.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is in Winnipeg, making a policy announcement at a beauty school.The Greens’ Elizabeth May is to talk about her party’s plans to protect Canadians’ privacy at the high-tech University of Waterloo.Also this …Ontario’s annual International Plowing Match is set to get underway today, and most of the province’s political party leaders are expected to be there.Premier Doug Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will both be taking part in the match’s opening ceremonies.Green party Leader Mike Schreiner will also be at the match, which takes place in Verner, Ont., about 55 kilometres west of North Bay.The plowing match sees politicians take part in a parade and party leaders drive tractors to see who can most successfully plow a straight furrow.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …OTTAWA — The Liberals are deciding to change their tune.Party chose the English-language song, “One Hand Up,” by Canadian rock band The Strumbellas as its election theme song.It was the band that translated the lyrics and recorded the French-language version.But the rendition was criticized online as being badly translated and incomprehensible.After initially defending the song, the party has said it will be re-recorded.—On this day in 1949 …The Canadian Steamship Lines passenger vessel Noronic caught fire at its dock in Toronto, killing 119 people. The fire broke out at midnight while most of the 542 passengers were sleeping.The Noronic was the largest Canadian passenger vessel ever put into service on the Great Lakes.—What we are watching in the U.S. …New York City prosecutors have subpoenaed U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.Manhattan District Attorney’s Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office recently sent a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm seeking the last eight years of state and federal tax returns for Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, the person said.The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.Asked about the subpoena as he left the White House on Monday, Trump said: “I don’t know anything about it.” A lawyer for the Trump Organization, Marc Mukasey, said he is “evaluating the situation and will respond as appropriate.”—What we are watching in the rest of the world …TEHRAN, Iran — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level.”Today’s remarks were apparently meant to end all rumours about a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, at this month’s UN General Assembly in New York later this month.Tensions roiling the Persian Gulf have escalated following a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia, for which the U.S. blames on Iran.Iran denies the charge.Experts suspect the lost Saudi oil output will soon drive up oil and gas prices worldwide.—Weird and wild …CALGARY — This piece of art really caused a stir.Several police officers descended on the University of Calgary campus for what turned out to be a phoney firearm being used in a display.The Calgary Police Service says they responded to a report of a suspicious person Monday.Numerous officers responded, including from the tactical and K-9 units.Officers determined there was no danger and left the campus just over an hour after they arrived.Police say the brown and black rifle made of papier mache was part of some sort of display at the university.—Your travel … LIMA, Peru — Peru is a foodie’s paradise.With a bounty of quality restaurants at every turn, bringing a healthy appetite to Lima will be rewarded.Few cities can match the delectable offerings on hand in the Peruvian capital. Roast chicken is a standard and lomo saltado, a stir fry with meat and veggies, is also very popular.An absolute must-try is ceviche — fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juice, chilies and onions — that has to be tasted to be believed. Washing your meal down with a pisco sour is a fine capper.For the adventurous diner, anticucho (beef-heart skewers) and cuy (guinea pig) are found on many menus.Once you’ve made it to the dinner table, your taste buds will no doubt thank you.—Celebrity buzz …CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie “Ad Astra,” had a burning question for a real-life astronaut.“Who was more believable? Clooney or Pitt?”In a televised call, NASA astronaut Nick Hague answered Pitt — “absolutely” — getting a big laugh. Pitt’s Hollywood pal George Clooney starred in the 2013 space film “Gravity.”Hague and the rest of the International Space Station crew previewed “Ad Astra” a few weeks ago.The movie opens on Earth Friday.—The games we play …IVUJIVIK, Que. — Thomassie Mangiok loves his land and the culture it created so much he wants to share it with everybody.Since he can’t bring the world to his tiny Arctic hamlet on Quebec’s northernmost tip, he invented a way to bring Inuit life in Ivujivik to the world.The result is a board game called “Nunami.” The object is not to control territory or dominate your opponent, but to achieve a productive co-existence.“I wanted to encourage people to live in balance with others — people, animals, plants, whatever,” said Mangiok, a school administrator.He now has a deal with a U.S. company to mass-produce “Nunami.” And he has almost 400 people lined up to buy the game as soon as he reaches his fundraising goal on Kickstarter.When that goal is reached — Mangiok was less than $2,000 away on Monday — production and shipping is to begin.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Silence Breakers named Time magazines Person of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The “Silence Breakers” — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. Time praised those who have given “voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.” The magazine’s cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler and others who say they have been harassed.Time’s announcement was made Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year’s winner hits “close to home” and mentioned Lauer by name.Women who spoke out, initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others, helped to spawn the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media.The tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts began after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Milano has said she wasn’t aware of Burke’s contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.Milano and Burke appeared together Wednesday on the “Today” show.“This is just the start. I’ve been saying from the beginning it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” Burke said. “Now the work really begins.”“As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, ‘That’s it. We’re done. No more,’” Milano said. “It’s vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum.”Wednesday’s winner differed slightly from how it was described the shortlist of finalists, which mentioned only the #MeToo movement. Time has made such changes before. The 2014 winner, “The Ebola Fighters,” was listed as “Ebola Caregivers” in the shortlist.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time’s 2015 Person of the Year, said through a spokesman that this year’s winners should be thanked for “having the courage to break the silence on sexual assaults and for the worldwide discussion that they have launched.”The two runners-up for Person of the Year were Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. He has denied any wrongdoing.Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he “probably” would be named again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. Trump added that he “took a pass.” Time has disputed his account.___This story has been corrected to show that Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the silence breakers. The #MeToo movement is a part of that group.last_img read more

Differences over Sampur resolved

The urgency to resolve the issues came after the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka sent an urgent communication to the Secretary, Power, P. Umashankar, on March 20 seeking the intervention of the Ministry to impress upon NTPC to resolve the issue without any further delay. Indicating a resolution to the contentious issues, the Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC, Arup Roy Choudhury, in his letter to Secretary, Power, Sri Lanka Government, M. M. C. Ferdinando, had stated that with respect to gross heat rate, it was proposed that the heat rate during the interim period shall be taken as 2600 Kcal/kWh as per the initiated PPA. Thereafter, the gross heat rate will be determined as per principles suggested by the Sri Lankan government. “With respect to O&M charges, it is proposed that O&M charges for the first three years shall be maintained as agreed in the initiated PPA and thereafter it should be based on actual audited and certified O&M charges as suggested by the Sri Lankan Government,” Mr. Choudhury states in his letter. With differences over the operation and maintenance (O&M) charges and the gross heat rate issues in the power purchase agreement (PPA) sorted out, India’s NTPC is all set to ink the agreement for the execution of the proposed Sampur power project in Trincomale, by early next month, The Hindu website reported.A series of meetings between the officials Ministry of Power, Sri Lankan Government, senior officials of NTPC and with assistance of the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Ashok Kantha, has finally led to resolution of the outstanding issues and the project is all set to take off with the formal signing of the PPA by next month. “NPTC is all set to take up the project in right earnest. We have only last week deputed a senior official to be posted in Sri Lanka for the project. All issues have been resolved and we are hopeful that a formal agreement will be signed in the first or second week of June,” a senior official who refused to be identified told The Hindu. read more

National flour recall expands to include other brands

The Canada-wide recall of a popular brand of flour has been expanded to include three other brands and several more products.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on March 28 in four provinces for Robin Hood flour due to a possible E. coli contamination. The recall, which was later expanded across the country, now covers products produced by Ardent Mills of Brampton, Ont.The CFIA says consumers should not consume the following products:Brodie Self Raising Cake & Pastry Flour, 1 kilogram bag, with a best before date of January 17, 2018 (2018 JA 17) and the production code 6 291 548 is being recalled.Creative Baker All Purpose Flour, 20 kilogram bag with a best before date of October 17, 2017 (2017 OC 17) and the production code 6 291 SK.Creative Baker Whole Wheat Flour, 10 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 18, 2017 (2017 AL 18) and the production code 6 292 SK.Golden Temple Sooji Creamy Wheat, 2 kilogram bag, with a best before date of January 18, 2018 (2018 JA 18) and the production code 6 292 548.Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, 1 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 14, 2018 (2018 AL 14) and the production code 6 288 548.Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, 1 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 15, 2018 (2018 AL 15) and the production code 6 289 548.Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, 1 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 16, 2018 (2018 AL 16) and the production code 6 290 548.Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, 1 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 17, 2018 (2018 AL 17) and the production code 6 291 548.Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, 10 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 14, 2018 (2018 AL 14) and the production code 6 288 548.Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, 10 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 15, 2018 (2018 AL 15) and the production code 6 289 548.Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, 10 kilogram bag with a best before date of April 18, 2018 (2018 AL 18) and the production code 6 292 548.The CFIA says 26 cases of E.coli illness have been reported in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador.Two Alberta-based law firms have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people who became ill after consuming flour that may have been contaminated with E. coli.Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.RELATED STORIESClass-action lawsuit filed for people sickened by Robin Hood flourRobin Hood flour recall expands to all of Canada read more

Diesel drivers fear £10 city centre bill after High Court orders Government

first_imgVW is already facing stiff penalties after it was plunged into an emissions crisis last year Charlie Elphicke, a Conservative MP who campaigns for fair fuel prices,  said Labour were to blame for the crisis over diesel cars.  He said: “It’s incredible that Labour encouraged people to go diesel and  drivers now face being punished for it. This is yet another example of  Gordon Brown’s toxic legacy… Much of the pollution in cities comes from  buses and it would be right for action to be taken to modernise bus fleets  rather than hit drivers.” However, Alan Andrews, a ClientEarth lawyer, said: “It’s clear we need a  national network of clean air zones, just like Defra had originally planned  before the Treasury squashed that plan. The government must consider  including the most polluting cars in this scheme, something which it has  refused to do until now. We would like to see this coupled with a targeted  scrappage scheme for the most polluting vehicles and a major investment in  clean public transport, cycling and walking – so people have clean  alternatives to driving their dirty diesel cars.” The group argued that the Government was “basically doing the bare minimum  and hoping the problem would disappear by 2020.” A Defra spokeswoman said after the High Court ruling: “We will now  carefully consider this ruling, and our next steps, in detail.”Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “It’s  a public health crisis.”  The ruling comes a year after motoring giant Volkswagen was plunged into  scandal over emissions-fiddling on its diesel engines. The Government announced last December that “Clean Air Zones” were to be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by 2020. In response, the official spokeswoman for Theresa May, the Prime Minister,  said: “We are accepting today’s court judgment and will consider now the  details and set out next steps in due course.”Mrs May told the House of Commons: “We have taken action, there’s more to  do and we will do it.”In July, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, announced he was consulting over  £10 “T-charge” which would apply to all vehicles, diesel and petrol, with  pre-Euro 4 emission standards, broadly those registered before 2005.ClientEarth, a campaign group which won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in  April 2015 over the same issue, had argued the current Air Quality Plan  “must be quashed” and replaced by a modified, improved plan.Martin Vickers, Conservative member of the Transport committee, said  removing diesel cars from city centres would be a “big step” that “would  need very serious consideration”, but added: “It would have an enormous  impact on a great many people.” Diesel car drivers could be charged for entering city centres after the  High Court ruled the Government was failing to meet European emission  standards.Ministers will be left with little choice but to penalise motorists,  industry leaders warned after senior judges agreed current measures  to tackle the pollution crisis were “flawed” and “woefully inadequate”. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs must now look again  at measures to cut street levels of nitrogen dioxide (N02), a primary cause  of 50,000 premature deaths a year from fumes. Mr Justice Garnham, sitting in London, ruled that the current plan discourage heavy goods vehicles entering five major cities does not go far enough. In his ruling he suggests that the government look again at its previously  rejected options, which included a levy on all diesel vehicles emitting  dangerous levels in “clean air zones”. Limits for N02 had been introduced by EU law in 1999, and were to be  achieved by 2010. On Wednesday the judge attacked the Government for  overunning and said minister “fell into error by adopting too optimistic a  model of future emissions”.Industry experts said it was “inevitable” ministers would now be forced  into a U-turn after ruling out charges for diesel car drivers as they  announced five new low emissions zones last December. Nick Molden, founder and CEO of Emissions Analytics, a leading testing  company, said: “The precedent is  set of linking nitrogen dioxide emissions to money and in my view that is  an obvious mechanism to roll out elsewhere. Vans will adopt the same  regulations as cars so it is possible small businessmen will be hit too.” Government sources said there would be a period of scientific  testing before new legislation was confirmed. However, Karl McCartney, a Conservative MP on the Transport Committee, said  he would urge colleagues to “consider the various implications, negative  or otherwise, of perhaps extending zones where diesel cars have to pay to  enter cities with a view to cutting pollution, or congestion, further”. The AA, RAC and other motoring campaigners said a blanket charge would be  unfair on families who had bought diesels on the understanding that they  were environmentally-friendly. “It’s would be very disappointing for those families who had followed the  ‘dash for diesel’ under the previous government,” said Edmund King,  president of the AA.Simon Peevers, business services spokesman at RAC, added: “This ruling will set alarm bells ringing for millions of  motorists and businesses who are reliant on their diesel vehicles.”ClientEarth, which first launched legal action in 2011, said 37 out of 43  zones across the UK “remain in breach of legal limits” and successfully  argued unlawful weight was given by the Government to “cost and political  sensitivity” when drawing up a 2015 plan. Mr Khan said of the ruling: “This must now act as a real wake-up  call to Government to finally get to grips with this national health  emergency that is causing 9,400 deaths every year just in London alone.”Rupert Pontin, director valuations for the Glass’s Guide, also said some  charges were now “fairly inevitable”.”It will change the usage of the  diesel car,” he said. “Potentially you might have a downturn and there will  be a lot of lobbying for a scrappage scheme.”However, recent research by the AA found diesel cars in London can account  for as little as five per cent of the city’s nitrogen dioxide levels. Quentin Willson, the motoring broadcaster and fuel price campaigner, added:  “Punishing millions of diesel drivers for mistakes in past government  policy is neither fair nor honest.”Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK campaign group, said diesel drivers  “are already punitively taxed more so than those in Germany, France, Greece  and other EU economies”.In his ruling on Wednesday, Mr Justice Garnham agreed that a 2015 plan to cut  emissions failed to comply with Article 23 of the EU Air Quality Directive  and linked air quality standard regulations. He ruled new legislation must  be drawn up at the “soonest date possible.” VW is already facing stiff penalties after it was plunged into an emissions crisis last yearCredit:Getty 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.last_img read more

Rio Tinto first to receive Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certification

first_imgRio Tinto is the first company in the world to receive certification under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), the highest internationally recognized standard for robust environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling.By using ASI certified aluminium, manufacturers and end users will now be able to demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable supply chain.Rio Tinto Aluminium Chief Executive Alf Barrios said “We expect responsible aluminium production will become increasingly important for our customers and the consumers who buy their products.“Rio Tinto is proud to take this pioneering step as the first company to achieve ASI certification, which continues our industry leadership on sustainability and responsible production as we work closely with customers to meet their needs. We launched the first certified low carbon aluminium, RenewAl, in 2016 and produce some of the best quality, lowest carbon footprint aluminium in the world at our Canadian smelters.Behre Dolbear congratulated Rio Tinto noting that it is a strong advocate for a de-commoditizing of the mineral and metals market based on the sustainability measures.Lachlan Broadfoot, Behre Dolbear CEO, noted at yesterday’s New York Mining Club lunch that “Creating opportunities that enable miners, refiners and buyers to achieve a differentiated price for sustainably extracted minerals would benefit those mines who have delivered strong environmental results, conscientious companies who rely on the mineral supply chain and an increasingly concerned society.”Broadfoot added that, “If we, as a society, can achieve a structural change in how commodities, and specifically their environmental footprint, are measured and priced then we can achieve real breakthroughs in technology deployment and capital allocated to improve sustainability in mining. Larry Fink, Blackrock Chairman and CEO, recently noted businesses need a purpose beyond returns to shareholders and we believe there is no greater opportunity for this than in the mineral supply chain. We agree that this shift will drive not only investors own investment returns, but also the prosperity and security of their fellow citizens.”The rapid expansion in battery metals demand is highlighting the need for all players across the supply chain to better understand their mineral choices.last_img read more

MacBook Pros to be as thin as Air by Christmas

first_imgEven if you don’t like Apple products, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of the MacBook Air laptop. It is super thin while remaining quite powerful. It certainly puts most, if not all 11 and 13-inch laptops that have gone before it to shame in sheer performance.The design aesthetics introduced with the MacBook Air have garnered a lot of good press and feedback from users, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the MacBook Pro range might be heading in that direction too.AdChoices广告There’s a rumor making the rounds that Apple is working on a new 15-inch and 17-inch laptop that takes on the look of the MacBook Air to a large extent. These laptops may be MacBooks, but are more likely revamped MacBook Pros.If true, it would mean Apple is going to make its complete line-up of laptops as thin as Air, while at the same time dropping the optical drive completely. The only question would then be, what happens to the 13-inch MacBook Pro if it is in effect almost the equivalent of the 13-inch MacBook Air?It has also been suggested that we should expect to see these new MacBook Pros in time for Christmas. That would be quite a short update cycle seeing as the last Pro refresh only happened in February. However, if the MacBook Air is surprising even Apple with its popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised if the company fast-tracked another redesign, would you?More at MacRumors and TUAWlast_img read more

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first_img News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Related Content Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more CarolinaEast Health System News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more October 14, 2014 — Although the highly saturated picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) segment is slowing growth in the U.S. imaging informatics market, a few niche areas are advancing forming new growth areas. The enterprise medical image viewers products are consolidating their place as a core component in the medical imaging informatics ecosystem. While these viewers presently address the needs of specific types of customers for specific use cases, their potential market reach is expanding rapidly.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s U.S. Enterprise Medical Image Viewers Market finds the market earned $44.8 million in revenue in 2013 and estimates this to reach $63.9 million in 2017. The adoption of new enterprise viewers will increase at both ends of the customer spectrum — ranging from large multi-site facilities looking for a full-fledged virtual reading environment to individual hospitals looking to better serve their referring physicians; however, demand will remain highest in the mid-size segments.Currently, enterprise viewers are implemented as point solutions and used mostly as a tactical way to cater to the needs of secondary users of imaging, who historically would only have access to image reports. However, these viewers are gradually evolving to meet primary imaging users’ diagnostic-grade requirements such as those in radiology, cardiology and orthopedics.”U.S. enterprise viewer vendors must extend their product positioning beyond the niche, point-to-point function of clinical image review to address new, broader use cases,” said Frost & Sullivan Advanced Medical Technologies Principal Analyst and imaging expert Nadim Michel Daher. “Primary study interpretation, imaging specialist collaboration, consolidated specialty image viewers and even patient access to images are some use cases still largely underserved in the market today.”The improved federated access to enterprise-wide images, combined with the diagnostic-grade image manipulation and interpretation functionalities being incorporated in the new-generation viewers, will likely boost the role of enterprise viewers in the imaging IT ecosystem. Though largely complementary solutions today, enterprise viewers, enterprise archives and stand-alone image exchange solutions may in fact become competing solutions that cannibalize each other’s opportunity in the marketplace. Further, integration of viewers with electronic medical record (EMR) systems is one of the preferred ways to image-enable the EMR and can help fulfill on one of the only meaningful use (MU) menu items related to imaging.Additionally, hybrid cloud solutions are becoming particularly attractive in the marketplace. They offer the benefits of the cloud model such as low startup costs, rapid software deployment and seamless upgrades while still maintaining critical and recent data onsite. Scalability, flexibility, and being able to operationalize costs, are other key attributes sought by prospective cloud customers.”To attract more customers, enterprise viewer vendors must better articulate their value proposition regarding return on investment and total cost of ownership potential,” advised Daher. “Doing so proactively helps their imaging clients build a strategy to make their services more visible to the healthcare enterprise. Customer segments paving the way for growth in the U.S. market include large integrated delivery networks, facilities with aging PACS, multi-PACS facilities, geographically disparate organizations, remote reading groups, teleradiology providers, and cloud-oriented facilities.U.S. Enterprise Medical Image Viewers Market is part of the Advanced Medical Technologies Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: U.S. Molecular Imaging Informatics Market, U.S. Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Systems Market, European Breast Imaging Systems Market, and European Ultrasound Market. 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A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Hotels are filling up in Paris over the weekend as delegations arrive from the 195 nations that will participate in the climate talks that start in the French capital on Monday. In anticipation of the talks, The Tico Times offers this primer and guide to our previously published climate change stories so that you can read up before the conference starts.The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21, as it’s officially called, is scheduled to last through Dec. 11. By that date, climate leaders hope, the participating countries will sign off on a solid international plan to meaningfully reduce the risk of massive climate disaster in the future.Costa Rica will have a delegation of some 40 people at the talks, including chief climate negotiator for the Costa Rican government, Giovanna Valverde, various ministers, and a handful of representatives from indigenous groups and civil society.Costa Rica is part of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC) negotiating bloc, which includes Guatemala, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Panama and Perú. According to MINAE climate change adviser Pascal Girot, AILAC’s main characteristic is that its member countries are willing to take responsibility for their contributions to climate change and make commitments towards reducing global warming.President Luis Guillermo Solís had hoped to create a Central America bloc for climate change negotiations, but that didn’t happen. Although Central America accounts for only 0.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, scientists consider the region a “hotspot” for climate-related damages in the future. Central America’s seven countries also suffer a disproportionate share of the consequences of global warming, including floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters.In Costa Rica, several climate change marches are taking place on Sunday, Nov. 29. The main march leaves from Parque España in downtown San José at 9 a.m. and ends on the University of Costa Rica (UCR) campus in Montes de Oca.There are also marches planned for San Pedro, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Escazú and Santa Elena. You can find more details on those marches here.And now, here are some of our top climate- and energy-related stories of recent years. We hope our readers will click on some of the links below and get a more complete picture of what’s at stake in the upcoming talks, Costa Rica’s record on renewable energy and global warming, the effects of climate change on Costa Rica, and some creative solutions for mitigating them here and around the world. ICE estimates that the Reventazón hydroelectric dam will begin supplying electricity in time for the dry season in 2016. (Courtesy of ICE)Costa Rica is a green energy leader, with pollution problems Costa Rica made headlines this year for breaking records with its reliance on 100 percent renewable energy — first in March, when it ended a 75-day streak running the country’s energy grid without fossil fuels, and again in August when it finished 94 consecutive days running exclusively on green energy.During the second run, more than three-quarters of the country’s electricity came from hydroelectric plants; 12 percent from geothermal sources; 10 percent from wind power; and 0.01 percent from solar.Costa Rica will soon have even greater hydro capacity, as it nears completion of the Reventazón hydroelectric dam, which will be Central America’s largest.The country expects to double its wind power capacity over the next two years. And a bill is in the works to allow geothermal projects in three national parks.On the solar front, Costa Rica finally passed a decree regulating distributed electricity generation, or electricity generated from renewable sources by homes and businesses that are connected to the national grid. The new regulations, which became law on Oct. 8, allow businesses and homeowners who generate their own solar, wind, biomass or hydro power to send excess electricity back into the national grid to be stored and used later.But some solar proponents aren’t happy about details of the new regulations. And there could be more griping when the government sets fees for the new scheme, which is supposed to happen in December. Rush hour traffic passes by the San Pedro Mall in San José. Transportation emissions are the single biggest roadblock to Costa Rica achieving carbon neutrality. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAir pollutionVehicle emissions are Costa Rica’s biggest challenge to reaching its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021 (the government now recognizes that this goal is likely unachievable but it has been reluctant to backtrack publicly because of the date’s symbolic power).Vehicles emit more than half of the country’s total carbon-dioxide emissions, one of the principal gases responsible for climate change. There’s a car here for every four people, and the average age of the vehicles is 16 years, according to Riteve, which is in charge of mandatory vehicle inspections.There are plans for an electric train that would connect cities and towns in the Central Valley. The government hopes to begin construction on the train before its mandate is up in 2018, but lawmakers still need to approve the project.Costa Rica’s other major source of carbon emissions is fossil fuel-burning power plants. In a typical year, Costa Rica can produce 90 percent of its electricity without burning fossil fuels. But when Costa Rica was hit in recent years with intense drought, the state-run ICE was forced to turn on its bunker generators more frequently to compensate for the drop in available hydroelectricity.Toward the end of last year, unusually heavy rainfall bolstered Costa Rica’s reservoirs and made this year’s renewable energy streak possible. But as the dry season approaches with below-average precipitation for the year in much of the country, Costa Rica may be forced to rely more on fossil fuels again in 2016.Climate change specialists say these constantly changing rain patterns are only likely to increase with global warming, making hydropower more unreliable. The fer-de-lance is Costa Rica’s most aggressive and deadly snake. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesA few reasons why climate change is bad for Costa Rica and the regionMost people know by now that climate change is likely to cause sea levels to rise and temperatures to rise. Most have experienced by now what seem to be increasingly erratic weather patterns.The latest El Niño phenomenon affecting Costa Rica, the southwest coast of the U.S. and parts of South America, among other places, has been particularly harsh (though it has also produced rare beauty). Experts say the coming dry season could be long and particularly hot because of the combination of El Niño and climate change.The intensified El Niño has been blamed for the increase in wildfires in Costa Rica this past year. Researchers here also recently found that extreme weather may increase the frequency of snake bites.In nearby Honduras, the country’s pine forests are being wiped out by a beetle whose population has increased dramatically because of climate change, researchers think.And in southern Mexico — and elsewhere around the Caribbean — mass quantities of seaweed are washing up on beaches, threatening the region’s major source of income, tourism. Scientists have offered different theories to explain the huge seaweed bloom this year, from climate change that has shifted ocean currents to increased runoff from farms in the Amazon into the ocean.Perhaps scariest of all, a recent study published in the journal Science found that if the world continues on its current track of carbon use, 23 percent of species in South America could face extinction. Coconut Island, site of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, rises from Kaneohe Bay. Light spots in the water are patch reefs, some of which are showing troubling signs of stress. (Courtesy Ruth Gates)Combat, adapt, educateDon’t go curl up in a ball, even if the upcoming climate talks flop, because people and communities are coming up with creative solutions for combatting and adapting to changes in our climate.Within the U.N. climate negotiations framework, Costa Rica has already begun to adopt two Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, or NAMAs, as they’re called. One is aimed at reducing emissions in the livestock sector, while the other targets coffee.The coffee NAMA focuses on using fertilizer more efficiently, using energy saving technologies in coffee processing and increasing tree coverage on coffee farms. The government hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector by 15 percent through implementing the measures on coffee plantations. Elsewhere, scientists are working to develop strains of coral that will be able to withstand changing ocean conditions.A Canadian firm recently unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.And farmers in France are dramatically cutting the methane emissions from their farting, belching cows just by changing their diet.During the upcoming climate talks, indigenous communities and their backers are likely to argue for greater protection of their natural resources and way of life as a tool for combatting climate change and deforestation. A recent study from the Washington-based World Resources Institute found that forests managed by communities and indigenous groups save the world billions of dollars in carbon capture and averted emissions.Still, many experts say we must learn to adapt to a changing climate, and quickly. MINAE climate change adviser Girot said discussing equitable adaptation plans is a priority for Costa Rica during the upcoming climate talks. Costa Rica was recently ranked the best prepared country in Central America for climate change on the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index.It’s the second year in a row that Costa Rica has topped the ranking. Yet the country still ranks below Chile, Uruguay and French Guiana in terms of preparedness in the region.Other species are adapting, as well. A recent study in the journal Science found that the tongues of some bumblebees have shrunk in recent decades as the bees adapt to a shrinking supply and diversity of flowers from which to collect nectar.Costa Rica also has its share of climate heroes. The head honcho of the Paris climate talks — and of all the negotiating leading up to the talks and the continued haggling that will follow — is Costa Rican Christiana Figueres. In response to a recent question from The Tico Times, Figueres said when she gets frustrated with the pace of progress on combatting climate change, she stays “focused because of my daughters and all the sons and daughters to come.”Also on the climate hero list is Diego Arguedas Ortiz, a journalist with the UCR’s Semanario Universidad. In June, the British daily The Guardian named Arguedas one of the “young climate campaigners to watch before the UN’s Paris summit.”Arguedas recently helped Seminario Universidad launch a new website, Ojo Al Clima, dedicated to climate news.There are many more Costa Rican climate heroes out there, both sung and unsung. You can be one, too.center_img Related posts:Paris climate summit is already a win for Obama, but planet remains in danger US inflames debate on climate finance with plan for UN talks Costa Rica honored at Paris climate talks with message on Eiffel Tower Costa Rica’s climate pledge: 5 things to knowlast_img read more

Ethiopian wins African Airline of the Year 2016 Award

first_imgSource = Ethiopian Airlines – World Aviation Systems World Aviation Systemsrepresenting Ethiopian Airlines in Australia Ethiopian wins African Airline of the Year 2016 Award Mr. Mesfin Tasew, Chief Operating OfficerEthiopian wins African Airline of the Year 2016 AwardEthiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and the largest African airline, is pleased to announce that it has won the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2016 during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit held on May 11, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.The award was presented to Ethiopian in recognition of its financial performance, fleet modernization, route network expansion, in-flight service, overall customer care and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa.Commenting on the award, Mr. Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operating Officer Ethiopioan Airliens, said, “We are pleased to win the ‘African Airline of the Year 2016 Award’, which is a testimony of Ethiopian 70 years of commitment to bring Africa together and closer to the rest of the world. It is also a recognition of the visionary leadership of Ethiopian management and the hard work of thousands of Ethiopian employees who work hard to keep our beloved airline shining in the skies.On behalf of the Ethiopian Executive Management and myself, I would like to thank African Aviation for the recognition.”Presenting the award, Mr Nick Fadugba, CEO African Aviation, remarked, “Ethiopian Airlines continues to set the pace through its tangible achievements and is a source of great pride to Africa. In addition, ET has also excelled in the provision of technical services to African and non-African airlines and has made an enormous contribution to the development of Aviation Human Resources for the African continent, particularly in the fields of aircraft maintenance, pilot and cabin crew training.”Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline, including “Best Airline to Africa”, for a second year in a row, and “Best Airline in Africa” by one of the most prominent travel magazines in the United States – Premier Traveler, the APEX Passenger Choice Award, the most extensive survey of passengers in the industry, CAPA Airline of the Year Award, AFRAA Airline of the year award, for the fourth year in a row, are few to mention.About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years. Ethiopian Airlinesbook your flights herelast_img read more

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first_img In this Dec. 3, 2017 photo, actress Daisy Ridley poses for a portrait to promote her film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) With a lightsaber in hand, Daisy Ridley returns to Star Wars by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2017 7:09 am PDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2017 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Daisy Ridley went from obscurity to international stardom when J.J. Abrams picked her to play the central character of the new Star Wars trilogy, and her character Rey quickly became a fan favourite and an inspiration to young girls around the world.The 25-year-old British actress returns to the Star Wars fold in “The Last Jedi,” out Friday, which picks up with Rey at the moment she finds Luke Skywalker on that lush cliff.Ridley spoke to The Associated Press recently about playing Rey and getting on board with director Rian Johnson’s vision.AP: Did you feel like you had more of a handle on this having done it once before?RIDLEY: It’s hard, you would think going into the second one you’d be like, ‘Oh yeah I’ve got this.’ No. No. it was very much like new scene partner, new story, new…it was just a new feeling. New director. New writer. It was a lot of wrap my head around. And then things settle down as they always do, and you’re like this is ok.AP: Rian Johnson not only wrote but directed “The Last Jedi” as well — how did that change things for you?RIDLEY: John (Boyega) and I had had a lunch meeting with him in August or September when he was close to at least finishing the story and then we were able to question him. That’s the beauty of working with a writer/director. You can question things directly and things can happen very immediately. But also hilarious because Rian I don’t think changed a thing. I was going, “Uh, I’m not sure about this.” But he didn’t change a thing because he didn’t need to. It just took us all a second to be like “Ok, this is where the story is heading.”AP: At the end of “The Force Awakens” Rey has lost her mentor/father figure in Han Solo, been separated from her friend Finn and is on this new journey to find Luke. What is going through her head?RIDLEY: I think she doesn’t quite know what is going through her mind. She’s been sent to do this thing and it goes beyond anything she’s known. Everything has been her trying to do the right thing and her trying to help other people and she’s not really stopped for a second. Even doing it, I didn’t quite know. I was trying to play hope and searching for an answer. But hilariously the first time around I didn’t know where that was going to go. Anything that Rey is trying to catch up on, the audience is trying to catch up on with her. Why is she there? What’s the force? What’s this thing? And the greater sort of questions of the universe of good and evil and why people do the things they do.AP: There were some funny photos of you and Mark Hamill on set and him riding on your back, like Yoda once did to him. What was it like working with him?RIDLEY: He is goofy. It was comforting working with John because we were great friends and it was comforting working with Harrison (Ford) because he reminds me of my dad. And with Mark, his daughter is my age, so there is again, and I don’t know maybe it’s an older actor thing of just a comfort. He makes everyone on set feel really happy and included. I think what Mark and Harrison and Carrie (Fisher) do very well is make everyone feel like they’re part of it.AP: Has anything surprised you about the reception to Rey?RIDLEY: What I actually do think is funny is a lot of people are going “Rey’s Snoke,” or “Rey’s something else.” Just let her be her! No, she’s not anyone else, she’s just her. No she doesn’t have to be like Luke, she doesn’t have to be like Leia, she’s just doing her own thing. I don’t think that would have been said about any of the male characters.AP: What do you think of J.J. Abrams coming back to direct Episode IX?RIDLEY: I literally burst into tears. I was like “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!” I emailed him and go “I’m literally crying.” And he goes, “Me too!”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: read more

Police locate woman abducted off Limassol street

first_imgPolice on Thursday acted quickly to locate a young woman who earlier in the day had been abducted in broad daylight by two men in the Amathounta area of Limassol.The woman was taken around 3pm. A car pulled up next to her while she walking outside. Two men reportedly forced her into the vehicle and took off.Police immediately began the search for the woman.At around 7pm, and acting on information, police homed in on a house in Alassa. Inside, they found the woman along with her two suspected kidnappers, who are now being questioned.Unconfirmed reports said one of the abductors is her boyfriend.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the report by Transparency International (TI) revealing that the perception of corruption in Nigeria worsened between 2016 and 2017 Nigeria ranked 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the Transparency International annual Corruption Perception Index, A doctor who spoke under the condition of anonymity said “it is unfortunate that doctors are passing through this inhuman treatment from the government.00pm Friday 8th June, Department of Petroleum Resources,Its worth over £2.

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