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Kyrgyzstan holds election marked by voter disillusion and party splits

first_imgKyrgyzstan held a parliamentary election on Sunday with many voters disillusioned with the political elite and anxious about the worst economic crisis in two decades.President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s supporters look likely to win a significant number of seats in the legislature in the Central Asian country, a close ally of Russia.But the current pro-presidential ruling coalition is certain to be upset due to internal splits in the two major political groups, testing the president’s ability to forge new political alliances. “There is less and less democracy, systemic opposition is virtually non-existent,” Nasyrbek Attokulov, a 50-year-old university lecturer, said after casting his ballot in Bishkek.The campaign was marred by allegations of vote-buying, and an August opinion poll ordered by the US-backed International Republican Institute showed that 15 percent of respondents favoured the idea of voting against all parties.A total of 16 parties are contesting 120 seats in the single-chamber parliament. If none of them wins more votes than the “Against all” option, a new election would have to be called.The economy and corruption topped voters’ concerns. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development expects Kyrgyzstan’s gross domestic product to plunge 9.5 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic and take years to recover. “The economic situation is terrible,” said a businessman, who identified himself only by his first name Kanat, speaking at a polling station where officials let in voters in small groups after measuring their temperature as a coronavirus precaution.”We need to establish the rule of law.”The country of 6.5 million people has a history of political turmoil: in the past 15 years, two presidents have been toppled by revolts and a third is in prison after falling out with his successor.Further instability would be a concern to Russia. Moscow operates a military airbase in the former Soviet republic and is already dealing with major crises involving its allies Belarus and Armenia.Two parties that won more than a half of the seats in the 2015 election have split ahead of Sunday’s vote, and some of their MPs including Jeenbekov’s closest allies are seeking reelection under new banners.Results of the election are likely to be known on Sunday night or on Monday, but given the fractured nature of the parties, it could be days or weeks before a government is formed.Topics :last_img read more


October 19, 2020 0

Hawthorne home a gem from bygone era

first_imgTHIS  Californian bungalow has been lovingly maintained by the current owners for nearly three decades.Paul and Belinda Wallis bought 71 Philip St, Hawthorne, in 1989 and moved in the day the eldest of their three children was born. Mr Wallis said “quite a bit” had been done to the house over the years, but was in keeping with the style and character of the home.“We did a small extension to turn a sleep-out into two bedrooms and we remodelled the back half of the house,” he said. “We put in a swimming pool and we also excavated under the house and created a large amount of off-street parking.” The home has timber panelling and plate rails.The triple-gabled home was built in 1926 and has a wide front porch, silky oak timber panelling, cedar plate rails, leadlight doors and windows and VJ walls. There is a formal lounge room at the front of the home with built-in bookshelves and a set of leadlight doors that lead to the dining room. The updated kitchen and meals area has an upright cooker and stone and timber benchtops. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master bedroom has a bay window looking out to the landscaped front yard while all bedrooms have built-in robes. The home also has two bathrooms, an internal laundry, a games room and an attic space that could be converted into additional living space. The back deck overlooks the swimming pool.Outside is a rear deck, powder room, pool, shed and plenty of off-street parking. Mr Wallis said the layout of the home meant the family could come together or find their own space. “The kitchen area is really the hub of the house and there are multiple spaces inside and out to get the best out of the weather of the day,” he said. “The backyard has a really nice open terrace and there is the rear deck that looks out over the yard and pool or the front veranda that has nice views of the city and the river.”The home is being marketed by Gabrielle Baker from Harcourts Solutions and will be auctioned on May 20 at 11am.last_img read more


October 6, 2020 0

Ørsted Scrambles to Make Taiwanese Offshore Wind Projects Investable

first_imgThe 900MW Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind projects will move forward, Ørsted said in response to the announced 6% Feed-in-Tariff reduction, but the final investment decision depends on the outcome of supply contract renegotiations and relevant project milestones being achieved in time to keep the projects on track for commissioning in 2021.Developers who sign their Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Taipower in 2019 have the option to choose between a 20-year flat tariff of TWD 5,516 (approx. EUR 157) per MWh, or a tiered tariff of TWD 6,279.5 (approx. EUR178) per MWh for the first 10 years and TWD 4,142.2 (approx. EUR 118) per MWh for the subsequent 10 years. The FiT for projects which signed their PPAs in 2018 is TWD 5,849.8/MWh.There will also be a tiered production cap:100% of feed-in-tariff for production up to 4,200 annual full-load hours (48% load factor);75% of feed-in-tariff for production from 4,200 to 4,500 annual full-load hours (from 48% to 51% load factor); and50% of feed-in-tariff production above 4,500 annual full-load hours (above 51% load factor).“We take note of the 6% tariff reduction compared to the 2018 tariff as well as the introduction of a cap on annual full-load hours. The production cap has material adverse impact by preventing an optimal and efficient use of the wind farm. In addition, it puts far-shore projects at a disadvantage versus the near-shore projects which remain unaffected by the cap,” Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO, Ørsted Offshore, said.Greater Changhua 1 and 2a are facing extraordinarily high costs related to creating a local supply chain at scale, reinforcing the onshore grid infrastructure and building, operating and maintaining offshore wind farms in challenging site and weather conditions, the developer said.In the coming weeks, Ørsted will work with the Taiwanese authorities and local stakeholders to reach key outstanding project milestones, such as obtaining the establishment permit, completing the supply chain plan, and signing the PPA.“We will now collaborate closely with the supply chain to mitigate the adverse impacts from the production cap and the reduced feed-in-tariff with the objective of making the projects investable,” Neubert said.Ørsted’s Greater Changhua projects comprise a total potential offshore wind capacity of 2.4GW. Approx 1.8GW have now been earmarked for buildout in 2021 and 2025, and the remaining approx 0.6GW can participate in future auction rounds.Ørsted is also the co-owner of Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, Formosa 1, which will be extended from its current 8MW capacity to 128MW in 2019.last_img read more


September 28, 2020 0

High Court judge reprimands Dominican journalists

first_img Tweet 1292 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews High Court judge reprimands Dominican journalists by: – January 16, 2012center_img Share Justice Brian Cottle. High Court Judge Brian Cottle has issued a strong reprimand to Dominican journalists in light of a local station’s broadcast of an audio recording of the Court’s ruling in a dual citizenship trial involving the prime minister and the education minister on Tuesday last week. Justice Brian Cottle said on Monday “it was brought to my attention that the audio of the proceeding of my court room was not only recorded without my permission but broadcast live on radio”.Justice Cottle on Tuesday January 10th, 2012 delivered the verdict on behalf of Justice Gertel Thom and the audio recording of the verdict as it was delivered was aired on a local radio station on Wednesday 11th January, 2012 during a talk show program.Justice Cottle explained that while he appreciates the important role which the media plays in an effective and proper democracy, the Court is always been willing to facilitate journalists with accurate reporting. He also alluded to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s website on which all judgments are listed and available to the public.Journalist Matthias “matt” Peltier Jnr speaking to reporters outside the Court on Monday“While I encourage accurate reporting, I do have a problem with persons recording me without my permission. I do hope that all those media practitioners who have done so in the past would be warned and that the harmonious relationship between the Court and the media can continue.” Meantime, President of the Media Workers Association and host of the “Matt In The Morning” radio talk show who was summoned on Friday last week to attend the Court’s sitting this morning, told reporters outside the Court that the judge merely reprimanded journalists.“I came to Court this morning, the judge never called my name he was just actually reprimanding journalists here, he was advising them not to record and obey the rules of the Court and he was hoping that those of us present would pass on the message to other journalists outside to obey the rules of the Court. I had no reporters in Court, Q95 was not in Court, I was live on the radio and that broadcast came the next day. I re-broadcasted the actual judgment Matt in the Morning last Wednesday without finding out if you will, whether the judge gave permission.”Peltier said although he should have questioned his source before airing the recording he did not break the rules of the Court.Attorney at Law David Bruney and Matt Peltier on their way to Court on Monday morning.“In retrospect you can say that if I had asked, because usually the judge gives or does not give permission. What I did not do is to ask the source from whence it came whether the judge gave permission. On hindsight you can say “well I should have asked” but I did not break the rules of the Court in the sense where I did not misrepresent what the judge said, it was a complete verbatim recording of what transpired in Court.”Mr. Peltier says while he will never reveal who his source is and would not have done so if the judge had asked, “we as journalists, as professionals should respect the rules of the Court and let’s just ensure that whoever recorded that broadcast learnt a lesson”.Mr. Peltier also noted that the verdict was of public interest and highlighted that there were people celebrating outside the Court before the judge concluded the verdict so persons were using their mobile phones while in Court which is against the Court’s rule. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Floyd Mayweather reacts to questions over Newcastle takeover bid

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Absolutely Unique Facts About KanyeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has suggested he’d be interesting in buying Newcastle United.Advertisement Loading… While discussing his career with fans at the show, event host Steve Wraith briefly turned attention towards the Magpies.The American told the crowd at the 02 City Hall: “In the US we call it soccer but the Newcastle football team is an unbelievable team.“If the people want me to buy the Newcastle team let me know.”Mayweather is one of the best boxers of all time, having retired with an unblemished record of 50-0.The American also won world titles in five different weight classes and defeated the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez during his time in the sport.Mayweather’s boxing nickname was ‘Money’The 43-year-old was nicknamed ‘Money’ due to the lucrative purses he acquired during his decorated career.And despite having hung up the gloves back in 2017, he continues to be linked with big-money fights, including potential rematches with Pacquiao and Conor McGregor as well as a cross-promotional contest against UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov.While it remains unlikely he’ll take over the club, Newcastle fans are desperate to see the back of Mike Ashley’s ownership.Under him, they’ve been relegated twice in 2009 and more recently in 2016.He’s also been accused of denying his managers much-need transfer funds to strengthen.A number of takeover talks have been unsuccessful, with the latest Amanda Staveley-led bid from the Saudi Public Investment Fund having gone quiet in recent weeks.Could Mayweather take over Newcastle?Read Also: UCL: Henderson, Robertson boost for Liverpool against Atletico MadridThere were fears they’d be involved in another relegation fight this season but Steve Bruce’s side have performed better than expected.They’re currently 13th in the Premier League as they target a top-half finish.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mayweather has been in the UK with his ‘an evening with’ tour and was in the region over the weekend.last_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Calculate the cost of your holiday lights

first_imgHoliday lights are going up all across the country, bringing bright colors and welcome cheer. But if you wonder how much your energy bill will go up, Duke Energy has the solution.To help customers plan and manage their light displays, Duke Energy offers a holiday lighting energy calculator that estimates holiday lighting costs. Estimate your costs before decorating and incorporate efficient, budget-friendly lighting options.Holiday lighting calculator: duke-energy.com/holidayUsers can identify the type of lights, the number of 100-bulb strands and how many hours the lights will be used per day to estimate the energy cost per day and per month. Based on their lighting selections, customers can receive energy-efficient tips and options.For example, six 100-bulb sets of large, incandescent bulbs (600 bulbs total) plugged in six hours every evening can add about $75 to a monthly power bill.By comparison, six 100-bulb sets of similarly styled light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only about $5. Using six 100-bulb sets of mini-LED bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only 72 cents.last_img read more


September 23, 2020 0

NFF officials to undergo COVID-19 tests as Management staff tests positive

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Management and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation will undergo coronavirus tests at the Secretariat of the Federation, Sunday Dankaro House, National Stadium Complex, Abuja on Thursday.The General Secretary of the Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, addressed the Management and Staff on Wednesday, informing them that this becomes pertinent following the positive test of a Member of the Management. Sanusi said: “Apart from him testing positive, I also had issues and had to go for tests when I was feeling ill and uncomfortable.“But the truth is most of us have had contact with one another over the days, thus it is important we do the tests.“I want to appreciate the Federal Government immensely for their efforts so far to contain the pandemic, and also officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for agreeing to come to the NFF offices to conduct the tests.“After the tests, the offices and the entire complex will be disinfected in line with the protocols of the COVID19.”Sanusi also disclosed that after the tests, the offices would be closed for the disinfection process, while the Management and Staff will work from home. Once the results are out, those who tested negative will immediately resume work in the Secretariat, while anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate for the period stipulated in the COVID-19 protocols by the Federal Government.Tags: COVID-19Dr. Mohammed SanusiGeneral Secretary of the FederationNFFSunday Dankarolast_img read more


September 22, 2020 0

Suarez scores in Liverpool victory

first_img Later in the half the already-booked Alex Bruce appeared to catch the striker in the stomach in the build-up to Jordan Henderson firing a good chance wide. But had Liverpool not won they would have had only themselves to blame as they wasted two good chances to put the game beyond Hull in the first half. Suarez had already had a goal disallowed when he headed in Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick having started in an offside position when he sent Raheem Sterling racing through with a clever header. The youngster opened his body as if to shoot across Allan McGregor but drove straight at the Tigers goalkeeper from a narrow angle. At least Agger was not so wasteful in the 36th minute when he met Coutinho’s corner with his head and beat McGregor – aided by Jordan Henderson’s attempts to get a touch in the six-yard box. Henderson then wasted a better chance to score just before the break when he criminally missed the target after being teed up by Iago Aspas with Suarez still on the floor thanks to Bruce’s unpunished challenge. Half-time at least gave Suarez time to recover and it was Anfield which was left breathless five minutes after the restart when the Uruguayan produced another stunner which, due to their frequency, are becoming almost humdrum now. Fouled by James Chester, the resultant 25-yard free-kick was an open invitation to the striker and he whipped home a brilliant free-kick, beating McGregor at his near post. He may be the top flight’s leading scorer by some distance – now seven and counting with City’s Sergio Aguero still injured – but Suarez proved he is still human by ballooning a free-kick into the Kop late on. Fortunately for him there were no more heroics required as only Liverpool’s third clean sheet in their last 18 games ensured there was no anxiety as they head into 2014 on the up again. Luis Suarez’s record-equalling 20th goal of the season helped Liverpool back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League after a less than happy Christmas. Back-to-back defeats to rivals Manchester City and Chelsea had somewhat burst the bubble of being top on Christmas Day but returning to their Anfield fortress offered the security they needed to complete a workmanlike 2-0 win over Hull. Daniel Agger’s first goal since April had given the Reds a first-half lead but Suarez’s free-kick just after the interval made him the joint-fastest player in Premier League history to score 20 goals. Andy Cole reached 20 for the season at Newcastle on New Year’s Day 1994, but Suarez’s goals have come from just 15 appearances. Press Association It was no great surprise as the 26-year-old had scored in every home match this season, seven in a row after returning from suspension, with 14 in his last six at Anfield. The sight of captain Steven Gerrard coming off the bench midway through the second half less than a month after sustaining a hamstring injury was as welcome as the club’s return to the Champions League qualification places after dropping out since Christmas. But after losing those two games against City and Chelsea this was almost the ideal response, grinding out a victory against a lower-placed rival who only a month ago had beaten them at the KC Stadium. It was, in fact, the perfect antidote to all that Christmas excess. Plain, almost ordinary in parts, but somehow still quite satisfying and reassuring. After an impressive 2013 for Liverpool the first half of football in the new year was dismal by their standards, although there was a degree of familiarity about the way they failed to test an opposition goalkeeper despite creating a number of chances. Hull, for their part, began relatively well and comfortably held their own for half an hour but once they went behind they became increasingly niggly as they tried to knock their hosts out of their stride. After two defeats in which it is safe to say they felt they did not get the decisions from referees, Liverpool would have been hoping the new year brought a change of luck but Craig Pawson, in charge of a Reds match for the first time in his maiden season as a select group official, offered little protection when Hull turned up the physicality. Suarez, as is often the case, was the most offended against with David Meyler following through in conceding a corner 40 yards out, much to the Uruguayan’s annoyance. last_img read more


September 21, 2020 0

Berbice defeat Select U-17 by 56 runs despite Chaitnarine’s all-round brilliance

first_imgBy Michelangelo JacobusBERBICE booked their spot in the final of the Hand-in-Hand U-19 50-Over Inter-County tournament by defeating a spirited Select U-17 side by 56 runs at the Everest ground, despite a brilliant all-round performance from Sarwan Chaitnarine who made a half-century and grabbed a 5-wicket haul.On a day blessed with brilliant sunshine, the Select U-17 won the toss and sent in Berbice to bat.Openers Alex Algoo and Junior Sinclair were rock solid, sharing a century partnership to give their team the ideal foundation before Sinclair fell for 70 from 91 deliveries (4×4, 6×3), lbw off the bowling of Chaitnarine.Algoo soon followed, the second victim of Chaitnarine, for 73 from 84 deliveries (4×5, 6×4). From there on, the rest of Berbice batsmen struggled to string together partnerships and limped to 250-9 from their 50 overs as Chaitnarine struck at regular intervals and was well backed up by Chandrapaul Ramraj.The only other batsmen to produce any runs were Garfield Benjamin who struck 32 before he was bowled by Chaitnarine while Davesh Persaud made 24 before falling to Ramraj.Chaitnarine ended with figures of 5-36 from seven overs while Ramraj snared 3-45 (9 overs) and Niran Bissu 1-29 (5 overs).In response, Select U-17 lost opener Amit Gainda for just five runs. However, Matthew Nandu and Mavendra Dindyal combined to take their side out of trouble with a half-century third-wicket stand.Nandu was aggressive in his knock of 43 and played some attractive shots before he lost his stumps to Sinclair. Thereafter, the Select U-17 never got going and only Chaitnarine with his knock of 50 (63 deliveries, 4×6) and Dindyal with 33 contributed to their team’s run chase.Kevin Umrao pegged the U-17 back taking five of their eight wickets to end with 5-31 from 10 overs.U-17 were left 56 runs short of their required total, 194-8, when their 50 overs expired.last_img read more


September 18, 2020 0

Basketball: Projecting Badgers’ 2020-2021 role players, depth

first_imgTuesday the projected starting five for the 2020-2021 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was established. Now we address the key role players and young studs ready to make an impact off the bench.With Brevin Pritzl gone and Micah Potter looking to join the starting five, Tyler Wahl is left to fill a critical sixth man role. The six foot seven inch forward entered 31 games during his freshman campaign, contributing 2.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and one assist per game. While certainly not flashy, the sophomore from Lakeville, Minnesota looked promising in the opportunities he had. Wahl appears to be a true slasher who is always around the ball. He is aggressive in the paint and on defense with his length. He comes in with high energy and hustle. This type of play style is ideal for providing a spark off the bench. One thing Wahl will need to improve upon is his shot. The Badgers are a team that likes to shoot the three at volume, but Wahl only shot 21% from beyond the arc in just under one attempt per game. Wahl likely won’t see a huge leap in minutes (15.4) from last year to this year, so it will be interesting to see how much more efficient he can be. Even if his stats don’t improve tremendously, don’t be surprised to see Wahl playing key minutes. He does a lot of little things right that can’t be measured in a few columns on the boxscore. Wahl will be a needed spark off the bench and the Badgers’ sixth man. Basketball: Projecting Badgers’ 2020-21 starting fiveWhen the 2019-2020 men’s basketball team made their miraculous late-season run at a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, Read…Trever Anderson will continue to play a role in his final year of eligibility. After one season at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay — one season sitting out due to transfer regulations and then another on the shelf due to a season-ending knee injury in 2018 — the former Mr. Basketball in the state of Wisconsin will look to make his mark in his last chance for the Badgers. Anderson played in 31 contests in 2019 and 2020, putting up a slash line of 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while averaging just over 12 minutes on the floor. Mostly used as a floor general, Anderson struggled to make his presence felt coming back from his knee injury. He spent a lot of time at the top of the key dribbling and setting up plays before dishing the rock and getting the offense in motion. At times, Anderson looked timid. With another year of recovery under his belt, he will look to use his quickness and ball security to be a more explosive, versatile and efficient offensive player. If Anderson can take his defenders off the dribble and scoot to the hoop or stop and pop a pull up jumper, Anderson will open up passing lanes and more holes in the defense and become an important backup guard. Since Wisconsin’s eight, often seven, man rotation last year appeared shallow enough, look for Greg Gard to insert his prized 2020 recruiting class into the action right away. This Badgers class is deep with five freshmen on board and is ranked 19 in the country by ESPN and 30 by 247Sports. Basketball: Blue blood status? Badger basketball still has a ways to goOver the past decade, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program has been among the NCAA’s most consistent.  Wisconsin has Read…While ESPN cites point guard Lorne Bowman as the Badgers’ top get, 247Sports instead lists Ben Carlson. While Bowman appears to be the future of the Badger backcourt providing an innate ability to get to the rim, and Ben Carlson appears a shoe-in to fill the eventual void left by Nate Reuvers as a stretch big man, we can see both of these players playing enough minutes to get their feet wet for bright futures. The freshman with the best chance to make an impact this year is La Crosse native and 2020 Wisconsin Mr. Basketball, Johnny Davis. With Pritzl and Kobe King gone, Wisconsin is left with few true wing players. Davis fills the void perfectly. At six feet four inches, Davis has all the tools to be a dynamic wing player. According to Matt Belz, Davis has the chance to be a quality slasher and an elite defender from the get. His quickness and athleticism will be a must against teams who want to push the pace against Gard’s methodical pace. Alongside key returning players like Wahl and Anderson is a host of young new talent. The 2020-2021 Badgers will look to provide their core group of starters with more depth than recent memory in the form of a valuable second rotation. Where the Badger starters will look to do most of the damage, it is the performance of the bench that will determine how far this team can go.last_img read more


September 16, 2020 0