EU to fund Portuguese revival

first_imgPORTUGAL’s railway network is to be modernised over the next three years at a cost of Esc600bn, according to plans announced on December 23 by Minister of Planning João Cravinho. To be funded by the government and the European Union, the package will build on the separate infrastructure and operating companies due to take over from CP this year (RG 12.96 p780). The package covers the introduction of tilting trains on the Lisboa – Porto main line and upgrading to cut journey times on the Lisboa – Algarve route.The restructuring also marks a switch to contract operation on commuter and rural passenger routes, where the government retains control over fares. This will ensure that subsidies are targeted on specific services, rather than meeting CP’s overall loss of Esc1bn a week. Cravinho anticipates that the contracts will gradually be opened up to competition to drive down subsidies. An independent regulator is being appointed under the restructuring to oversee competition, fares and investment. olast_img read more

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Classic charm restored at former pink palace

first_imgBut many of its original features have been retainedUpstairs, the previous owners had already put in a new ensuite and had renovated the kitchen, so the couple focused on opening up the floor plan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago And there is plenty of open plan living spacesMrs Davies said one of her fondest memories of the home would be the “renovation journey”.“My main goal was to bring an old Queenslander back to life for the next hundred years,” she said.“And I think we have done that.“It is a lovely piece of architecture and I will really miss the sense of history it has.”The home sits on an elevated north-east facing 1158sq m block and boasts high ceilings, wide hallways, a formal living room with fireplace, a master suite with walk-in-robe/dressing room, ensuite and study, a spacious kitchen with designer appliances, three additional bedrooms, secure intercom entry and landscaped gardens.The formal living room with fireplace has been described as “elegant”, and one of the three bathrooms comes with its own powder room.Mrs Davies said her favourite room in the house was the master suite.“We are selling because the boys are older and we just don’t need such a big back yard,” Mrs Davies said.The house, which comes with the original house name plate, was built in 1900, according to CoreLogic. Mrs Davies said she believed Shalimar was named after a boat that came out to Australia.The house is being marketed by Clare Hartley of Havig & Jackson and could be yours for $2.795 million. The kitchen is modernThey installed an internal staircase, added a large family bathroom, and transformed one upstairs bedroom into a sitting room.A large deck was also added, with their architect replicating the original detailing used on the front veranda. 16 Roseby Ave, ClayfieldWhen Natasha and Bruce Davies bought Shalimar in 2010, it was pink.“That is the overwhelming memory I have,” Mrs Davies said. “It was pink. It was a typical old Queenslander, open underneath.”The sugar farming family, who split their time between Brisbane and the Burdekin, bought 16 Roseby Avenue at Clayfield to be closer to Eagle Junction State School.They spent one year renovating the home, with their boys living in one room and the couple in another during the build.center_img The house makes the most of the natural light and breezes The house has been given a new lease on lifeWith the help of Bettina Clarke of Ascot Living and Michael Dougherty of Dougherty Design, they built underneath the house, adding two bedrooms, a large rumpus, a laundry and storage area, all of which flows out on to a covered backyard patio.last_img read more

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Cock derbies in Iloilo City temporarily suspended

first_img* travel agencies / tour operators * hotels and other accommodation establishments This city transitioned to MGCQ on June 1. Treñas initially included cockpits as among the establishments that may reopen. * amusement centers (cinemas, computers and online gaming shops, all-night clubs, pubs, casinos, cockpits  and the like * personal care services (massage parlors, saunas, facial care, foot spa, waxing salons and the like) * libraries / archives, museums and other cultural activities ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas has suspended temporarily cock derbies “until we have issued an executive order solely for this.” * gyms / fitness studios, sports facilities * dine-in service for food retail establishments He made the move following a pronouncement from Secretary Carlito Galvez, chief implementer of the national action plan on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic – that physical distancing was difficult to observe in cockpits under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). In Treñas’ Executive Order No. 086 imposing MGCQ over Iloilo City, a provision identified establishments that may operate but at a maximum operational capacity of 50 percent only and with a similar percentage in maximum venue capacity. These were the following: “Siguro po mga July pag-new normal na tayo, pwede na,” according to Galvez. * barbershops (maximum venue capacity of 50 percent; then  up to 100 percent after three weeks from June 1 but with strict compliance to minimum health standards and safety measures) All workplaces are encouraged to practice alternative work arrangements for employees who more than 60 years old, those with comorbidities and immunodeficiencies, and pregnant women in accordance with the issuances of the Department of Labor and Employment and Civil Service Commission, according to Treñas./PN Galvez cited as example Davao Region. It was believed that the spread of COVID-19 cases there was                                     due to cock derbies. * other leisure and amusement establishments that promote mass gatherings * supermarkets, grocery stores and food preparation establishments (to operate for a maximum  period of 12 hours, and capacity to hold people not exceeding 50) Other business and industries allowed to reopen were the following: * resorts, parks, beaches and other leisure / tourism establishmentslast_img read more

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Everton confirm Moyes to leave

first_img A statement released by the Merseyside club confirmed Moyes had told chairman Bill Kenwright of his desire to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at United when he retires at the end of this season, and that he would not be extending his contract with the Goodison Park club. The statement continued: “The chairman, on behalf of the club, would like to place on record his thanks to David for the massive contribution he has made to Everton since his arrival in March 2002. He has been an outstanding manager.” Press Association Everton have announced that manager David Moyes will leave the club at the end of the season with a view to joining Manchester United.center_img The statement then paid tribute to Moyes, who will remain in his post for the rest of the season, before confirming the search for a successor would start now. “During his tenure at Goodison Park, David has taken charge of the team on over 500 occasions, including four European campaigns. “His final two games as Everton manager will be the remaining Premier League matches against West Ham United and Chelsea. “Everton officials will start the search for a replacement manager immediately.” It is anticipated United will confirm Moyes’ arrival very quickly, although one club operative was too quick as the Premier League champions have already had to embarrassingly take down confirmation of Moyes’ arrival as manager from their own Facebook page. The club jumped the gun and put the information on their site, posting the message “send your personal welcome to our new manager David Moyes” to a following in excess of 33 million worldwide, before hastily taking it down. Earlier, Ferguson was back out on the training pitch having avoided the crowd of TV crews and photographers waiting for him by taking an alternative route to Carrington. last_img read more

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Baggies interested in Vydra

first_img Press Association The Baggies have been looking to strengthen their attacking options in recent weeks and it is understood Vydra would fit the bill. The 21-year-old spent the entirety of the last campaign out on loan with Championship side Watford, where he excelled with 20 goals as the Hornets narrowly missed out on promotion. West Brom are attempting to sign Udinese striker Matej Vydra on a season-long loan deal, Press Association Sport understands.center_img He has struggled for first-team opportunities with Udinese since moving from Banik Ostrava in 2010 and West Brom will now be hoping to persuade the Italian club to allow the Czech to move to the Hawthorns for one season. While boss Steve Clarke has bolstered his forward line with the acquisition of Nicolas Anelka, with the Frenchman starting his career at the Midlands club in impressive fashion after notching seven goals in as many pre-season games, he will be without the services of Romelu Lukaku, who returned to parent club Chelsea over the summer after leading the line for West Brom last season. The Baggies had been linked with former Chelsea frontman Salomon Kalou, now with Lille, but it is understood they are now fully focused on securing Vydra’s services. They may have to move quickly, however, as the Czech Republic international has also been mentioned as targets for Premier League rivals Sunderland and West Ham during this transfer window. last_img read more

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Hussamuddin, Madan, Narender enter Chemistry Cup semis

first_imgHalle, June 22: Indian boxers continued to impress in the medal rounds of the Chemistry Cup here with three of the five advancing to the semi-finals here.Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), former national champion Madan Lal (56kg) and Narender (+91kg) advanced to the last four stage, thereby assuring themselves of a medal each.Hussamuddin defeated Jordan’s Mohammad Alwadi 5-0. Madan, on the other hand, got the better of Slovakian Viliam Tanko by a similar margin. Narender edged past Moldova’s Alexei Zavatin 4-0.However, two-time CWG medal winner Manoj Kumar (69kg) and Manish Panwar (81kg) bowed out with quarter-final losses.Manoj was beaten by Russia’s Andrei Zamkovoi, while Manish lost to Slovakia’s Matus Strnisko. Both were defeated by 0-5 margins.Earlier, Commonwealth Games medallists Amit Panghal (49kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Dheeraj Rangi had entered the semi-finals on Thursday.Vikas Krishan’s campaign ended with a loss to Olympic champion Arlen Lopez of Cuba in the middleweight category. IANSlast_img read more

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The Afterword: Woke-scolding in the era of Internet trolls emboldens them

first_imgWhen you have a polarizing figure whose identity rests on their lack of substantive argument and dependence on provocation, when it becomes clear that the growth of their brand rests on our reactions, think twice before playing into it. In real life, you wouldn’t argue with someone wearing earplugs and you wouldn’t give the bully on the playground the attention they are so obviously seeking. Collectively, we have the power to manage what breaches the mainstream — we should start using it. As a Twitter enthusiast, I’m unfortunately familiar with one of  the internet’s least favorite public figures: Kaitlin Bennett, otherwise known as “Kent State Gun Girl.” For those lucky enough to have avoided her this long, Bennett is a social media activist who proudly champions gun rights and the pro-life movement and caught the eye of the internet for open-carrying an AR-10 rifle at Kent State University after graduating.  I normally do my best to ignore her provocative, polarizing content, but on the first day of the new year, she tweeted something that I couldn’t scroll past. Her post read: “My haters memed me into a lucrative career that lets me travel the country, do what I want and have a platform to be heard. Thanks so much to everyone that gave me free advertising in 2019. Let’s do it again this year. #GunGirl2020.” The content that goes viral and spurs overt outrage is often the content that is one-dimensional and overtly wrong. That’s precisely why it is able to elicit such a sweepingly negative response — whether it’s leaked footage, a soundbite or a tweet, the general moral conscience is on one side of it all. We become united in outrage and that can be gratifying, sure, but it is far more gratifying to the orchestrator of said outrage. Bennett has always held radical views, but it was only when we gave her engagement in the form of knee-jerk social media outrage that she was rebranded as a polarizing public figure. It was only then that she was able to leverage her internet infamy into merchandise, a job with InfoWars and a YouTube channel with close to half a million subscribers.  (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) Rachel McKenzie is a junior  writing about pop culture. Her column, “The Afterword,” runs every other Tuesday. Let’s break this down. I want to identify what is distinct about this phenomenon — why is it that, when it comes to internet trolls, our collective scolding of them is particularly shortsighted? The thing is, retweeting and chastising Bennett’s online content is not the same as voicing your opinion on a controversial issue or participating in an educated discourse between two or more rational agents. Contentious social debates are often multi-faceted and, well, contended; they aren’t conducive to the knee-jerk, emotionally-fuelled responses that characterize public sentiment toward viral content.  What immediately came to mind was a piece of conventional wisdom I often heard as a child: When someone is picking on you on the playground, the best thing you can do is not give them the reaction they’re hoping for. Play into it and you only fuel the bullying. The same holds true for internet trolls: The harsh reality is that we have a hand in bringing these trolls to prominence.  I’m not saying we should keep quiet on issues that impassion and move us. I’m definitely not saying we should be held fully accountable for the notoriety of internet trolls. I’m just acknowledging the very real relationship between the attention we give such trolls and the benefits they reap. Even with charitable intentions, the desired outcome of speaking out against trolls often misses its mark, and unfortunately, those who woke-scold end up accomplishing the opposite of what they intended.  Our outcry is in vain. Neither Bennett, nor public figures like her nor her devout fanbase is interested in being convinced; They are interested in pissing you off and using your anger as leverage. And when we fall for it, we are letting toxic, divisive people profit off of negative attention. The court of public opinion has no real enforcement, and when it comes to internet trolls, it’s time we start being strategic. There is a fine line to toe between reasonable backlash and free engagement. She’s not alone in reaping the benefits of this twisted business model. Remember Bagel Boss, the Long Island resident who went on a misogynistic rant about his height and dating in a viral video? Well, he went on to gain a substantial Twitter following and scored a gig to fight another viral star in an Atlantic City boxing match. last_img read more

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5 keys 4 UW

first_img1. Win the battle of the boardsMichigan State and Wisconsin are first and second in the conference, respectively, in rebounding margin. Izzo’s teams are known for being strong on the glass and the Badgers must out-rebound the Spartans to get the road win.2. Hit some early 3sSaturday against Penn State, Wisconsin really hit its stride following a pair of Jason Bohannon 3-pointers. The rest of the Badgers fed off of this positive energy and a similar surge of momentum will go a long way toward earning the win at Michigan State.3. Get in the passing lanesMichigan State leads the conference in assists, but the Spartans also turn the ball over more than any other Big Ten team. Active hands on the defensive end should be able to disrupt passes, prevent easy baskets and lead to steals.4. Force Neitzel into taking bad shotsWhile a prolific scorer, Drew Neitzel is prone to forcing tough shots instead of giving the ball up. Getting him to take contested shots will not only keep the Spartans’ shooting percentage down, but will also frustrate the streaky point guard.5. Handle Izzo’s adjustmentsTom Izzo is one of the best coaches in the country. No halftime lead is safe against the Spartans as Izzo always seems to fire his team up in the locker room. If the Badgers get an early lead, they will have to come out in the second half ready for anything.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s improved blocks and service reception are behind lowered opponent hitting percentages

first_img Published on October 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s back row was on its game all night, receiving serves with poise and darting to any ball threatening to land in its territory. Clemson peppered the Orange defense with attacks on Oct. 6, and was repeatedly left frustrated by SU’s resilience.SU’s dominant run continued when 6-foot-4 Christina Oyawale leapt off the ground and emphatically blocked a Tiger attack attempt. She shouted, flexed and was mobbed by her teammates. The players’ screams, paired with the crowd’s roar, swallowed the Clemson players, who were left looking at each other, hoping to find a solution.SU went on to sweep the Tigers in straight sets, holding them to an .037 hitting percentage, the lowest mark of any opponent this season. Keeping its opponents’ hitting percentage low has been a theme of Syracuse’s (14-7, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) season, as the Orange has improved in all facets of defending. Last season, the Orange ranked 230th in the nation with an opponent hitting percentage of .217. This year, opponents have a .179 hitting percentage, 70th in the country. Serve reception, Santita Ebangwese said, is the key to having a stable defense.“You can tell that that the focus as a whole has changed from last year,” Belle Sand said.Sand, who leads SU with 4.14 digs per set, has been the constant in the back row of SU’s defense, which has used several different pieces this season. Players who identify as hitters, such as Ella Saada and Kendra Lukacs, have been forced to play more defensively due to injuries to teammates and themselves alike. Both Saada and Lukacs rank in the top five on the team in digs with 144 and 121, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We want to be that scrappy team that can wear the opponent down,” Sand said of keep rallies alive via digs.Syracuse practices service reception by having coaches repeatedly serve balls over the net. Each ball is hit in a different direction to best simulate an in-game situation, whether it be across the court, down the line, deep or shallow. During the second part of the drill, a blocker is placed on the defender’s side of the net, and the back row must read around them. The Orange also runs this drill in warmups before each game.“Our serve reception has gotten much more aggressive,” head coach Leonid Yelin said.SU’s defense has also benefitted greatly from the improved play of its two main blockers: Ebangwese and Oyawale. The 6-foot Ebangwese leads the team with 1.41 blocks per set, up .28 since last season. Oyawale ranks third on the team with .8 blocks per set, up .24 since last season. Often times, the two assist each other on the block like against Wake Forest on Oct. 1. The two assisted each other on a block three times, including a first-set-ending stuff en route to a four-set victory.Similar to how SU practices service reception, coaches hit balls over the net for the blockers to repel. Sometimes, Ebangwese said, the ball will intentionally be hit out-of-bounds, and it is up to the blocker’s judgment to touch it or not.“We’re working on timing, when to jump, when to go up, and picking a spot to block,” Ebangwese said.The Orange’s improvement blocking and digging has helped turn a once vulnerable defense into a focal point of success. Commentslast_img read more

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Sumner County Conservation District announces poster winners at annual meeting

first_imgGrades 7 – 91st Place: Maddie Koester, 8th Grade, Conway Springs Middle School – Mr. Pat Carl, teacher.2nd Place: Karlee Osner, 7th Grade, Conway Springs Middle School – Mr. Pat Carl, teacher.3rd Place: Donnie Edberg, 7th Grade, Caldwell Secondary School – Randy Sawyer, teacher.Honorable Mention: Joseph Sherman, 8th Grade, Conway Springs Middle School – Mr. Pat Carl, teacher. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Grades 10 – 121st Place: Kade Kerschen, Senior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.2nd Place: Aiyana Mitchell, Senior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.3rd Place: Addyson DeJarnett, Junior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.Honorable Mention: Jacob Cook, Junior, Wellington High School – Linda Chase, teacher.•••••The 2015 Teacher Participation Award (Basket filled with $100 in classroom/student supplies) goes to Guy Hauck, 5th Grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary.First, second and third place winners in Grades 2 – 3 and Grades 4- 6 will receive a trophy and a certificate. First, second and third place winners in Grades 7 – 9 and Grades 10 – 12 will receive a Walmart Gift Card and a certificate. Honorable Mention winners in each category will receive a certificate.All prizes will be awarded during the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington. All winners, their families and teachers are encouraged to attend to celebrate these accomplishments.First place winners in each category will be entered in the state competition to be held later in the year with a chance to be entered in the national competition.Schools participating in this year’s contest were: Caldwell Elementary School, Caldwell Secondary School, Kyle Trueblood Elementary in Conway Springs, Conway Springs Middle School, St. Joseph Elementary School in Conway Springs, Kennedy Elementary School in Wellington, Wellington Middle School, and Wellington High School.Steven Schmidt, SCCD Board of Supervisors Chairman, stated, “On behalf of the entire board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the schools, teachers and students for their participation in the 2015 contest. Please plan to attend the Annual Meeting and help us recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our next generation of farmers and conservationists.”The 2015 Poster Contest is sponsored by the Sumner County Conservation District, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts and the National Association of Conservation Districts.Follow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Board of Supervisors of the Sumner County Conservation District is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Poster Contest.With 149 posters entered, the panel of seven judges had a difficult time determining the first, second, third and honorable mention winners. Students from eight school campuses throughout the county submitted entries. The theme for the 2015 contest was “Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators” and students were asked to draw their individual interpretations of the theme.“We are extremely pleased with the number of entries and the number of schools and teachers who chose to participate again this year,” said Laura Young, SCCD District Secretary and coordinator of the county contest. “We had some new schools and some new teachers this year. And we still have room to grow. The teachers and students are to be commended for their attention to bringing the importance of conservation to the forefront. I was amazed at the level of talent our Sumner County students possess.”And the winners are:See enlarged photo of poster here.Grades 2 – 31st Place: Gabby Dalbom, 3rd Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary, Conway Springs – Jenny Osner, teacher.2nd Place: Haylee Osner, 3rd Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary– Jenny Osner, teacher.3rd Place: Taylor Heinz, 3rd Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary – Stacy Koch, teacher.Honorable Mention: Lexie Reilly, 3rd Grade, Caldwell Elementary – Gail Feely, teacher. Grades 4 – 61st Place: Stellar Young, 5th Grade, Kennedy Elementary, Wellington – Beverly Sellers, teacher.2nd Place: Jessy Furrh, 5th Grade, Caldwell Elementary – Gail Feely, teacher.3rd Place: Trinity Prouse, 6th Grade, Caldwell Secondary – Randy Sawyer, teacher.Three-way tie for Honorable Mention: Hannah Zoglmann, 4th Grade, Kyle Trueblood Elementary – Wanda Wheeler, teacher; Titus Lee, 6th Grade, Caldwell Secondary – Randy Sawyer, teacher;  Lola Stow, 4th Grade, Caldwell Elementary – Gail Feely, teacher.last_img read more

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