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Putin calls for World Cup stadiums to be self-sustaining

first_imgMOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Durant delivers deja vu ‘assassin’ dagger into Cavaliers Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We spent a lot of money and I agree it needs to work for the benefit of sport,” he said.Various World Cup stadiums will cost 200 million to 400 million rubles ($3.2 million to $6.4 million) a year each in maintenance, regional officials have estimated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Russian government says total World Cup costs are around $11 billion, not including some infrastructure spending.World Cup organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin told The Associated Press in April the government may need to “help stabilize the operating situation” of some venues with federal money, “and there is nothing wrong with that.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while answering a question during his annual call-in show in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 7, 2018. Putin hosts call-in shows every year, which typically provide a platform for ordinary Russians to appeal to the president on issues ranging from foreign policy to housing and utilities. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s 12 World Cup stadiums must be financially self-sustaining, following calls from some officials for government subsidies.“All the facilities need to be able to cover their costs,” Putin said during an annual phone-in on Thursday. He suggested the stadiums could add cafes and shopping malls to boost their profitability.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sorokin added the stadiums will eventually be “on their feet.”Several World Cup host cities are struggling with the question of what to do after the World Cup with arenas whose capacity is many times larger than the average attendance for club games.Club team Rotor Volgograd will occupy a new 45,000-seat World Cup stadium despite averaging home crowds of just 3,800 this season. Baltika Kaliningrad will inherit a 35,000-seat arena with average crowds of 6,100.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Gov’t Appeals for US$1.2M to Prevent Spread of Ebola

first_imgTo contain the deadly Ebola virus that is now confirmed to be in the country, the Government of Liberia, has launched an urgent appeal for the US$1.2 million that it has budgeted to prevent the spread of the virus.This appeal was echoed by authorities of the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW), Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at a major press conference Monday, March 31, held at the Information Ministry on Capitol Hill.Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale said the US$1.2 million is urgently needed to address some of the problems necessary to prevent the “deadly Ebola virus,” which is now confirmed to have claimed at least one life in Foya, Lofa Country.“We are appealing to the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Finance, and to all our partners, to make the US$1.2 million available so that we can prevent the spread of the virus from reaching other parts of the country,” he said.According to the Health Minister and his deputy, Dr. Bernice Dahn, the money would be used for case management, surveillance and health promotion.Notwithstanding, in a March 30th interview with the Daily Observer, Dr. Gwenigale said a portion of the money would be used to give daily subsistence allowances (DSA) for health workers in the suspected counties, fuel and gasoline for vehicles and generators and for protective gear for the health workers, among others.However, Mr. Thomas Nagbe, Director of Disease Prevention and Control at the Health Ministry, also told the Observer Sunday evening that the National Public Emergency Task Force (NPETF), which is coordinating the GOL’s efforts at curtailing the spread of the Ebola virus, has received at least five percent—US$60,000—of the total amount needed.Nagbe further clarified out of that amount US$50,000 was provided by the GoL and the US$10,000 from the MRU Secretariat. He also stated that other partners, including UNFPA had come forward with material support.At the Monday press conference, Health Ministry authorities clarified that instead of five as had been told the media the day before, seven blood samples, were sent to Lyon, France for testing and two of the samples showed the presence of the virus. Of the two, one has since died and the other is reportedly “at large.”Experts have warned that a single case of the Ebola virus, which has a “case fatality rate of 90 percent,” is an epidemic (tending to affect a disproportionately large number of persons within a community or region at the same time.)Even though one doesn’t know how long it is going to take to curtail the spread of the virus in the country, aggregating the total amount is very important and urgent to prevent a greater portion of the population from being affected.Speaking further about the two blood samples from one patient that tested positive and the other from one that has since died, Health Minister Gwenigale disclosed that the other person was the sister of the deceased. “This sister was the one looking after [the deceased] when she fell sick. Blood from her, too, tested positive,” he added. According to him, his worries were now centered on the surviving sister of the deceased (both of their names remain unknown) as she travelled from Lofa to Firestone in Margibi County and likely interacted with several persons along the way. This opens a possibility that some of the people she interacted with on her way and since her arrival in Firestone have also become infected.Dr. Gwenigale told journalists that they had informed the medical director at the Firestone-run Duside Hospital, Dr.  Lyndon G. Mabande, was doing all he could to keep the affected lady and all those she might have interacted since her arrival in Harbel, Firestone, isolated so that the rest of the population doesn’t get infected.According to Dr. Bernice Dahn, who is also the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, the Health Ministry has taken blood samples from the Firestone area to a laboratory in Guinea for testing.Dr. Dahn and Dr. Gwenigale, along with Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, said the GoL was doing everything in its power to provide the necessary pieces of information to the public and that the public needs not panic.They reiterated the safety tips for everyone to follow: “Do not eat animals that are found dead in the bush, and avoid contacts with fruit bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, antelopes and porcupines. Limit as much as possible, direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons. Wash your hands with soap and water as frequently as possible. Treat your water with chlorine before drinking.Concerning a border closure with Guinea, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije, Country Representative of WHO-Liberia, said it was not necessary to close the borders. The WHO Rep. stated that his organization does not support the closure of borders in situations like these, and that such measures have not proven to help in other cases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Road closures due to Griffith Park fire

first_imgThe following roads or exits are closed due to the Griffith Park fire: The Forest Lawn Drive and Zoo Drive offramps from the eastbound and westbound Ventura (134) FreewayThe Victory Boulevard offramp from the eastbound 134 FreewayThe Los Feliz Boulevard offramp from the southbound Golden State (5) FreewayThe Griffith Park Drive offramp from the northbound 5 Freeway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Courtois talks with Real Madrid halted

first_img0Shares0000Thibaut Courtois made nine saves in their 2-1 win over Brazil at the World CupLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 30- Chelsea will not resume talks with Real Madrid over a deal for Thibaut Courtois until they find a suitable replacement for the goalkeeper, Sky Sports News understands.It is thought Courtois will be allowed to leave the club this summer, with Madrid his preferred destination, but Chelsea have yet to make progress on a deal to sign a new keeper. Sky Sports reported last week that Jordan Pickford was their number one target, but the England international is set for contract talks at Everton when he returns to the club this summer.Courtois, who has one year left on his current Chelsea deal, is valued at £32m by Madrid and it is expected that there would be no issue with agreeing personal terms.But, the Belgium keeper will start the new season at Stamford Bridge if no successor can be found before Deadline Day and could then run down his current deal, meaning he would be able to leave for free next summer.Courtois could yet sign a new contract at Chelsea and has previously said that “all options are open”.New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told reporters he wants to talk directly to Courtois to gauge how the 26-year-old is feeling before making any decision about his future.Chelsea have already signed Rob Green on a one-year deal, but the 38-year-old is expected to act as third choice.-By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MAN ACCUSED OF 140KM/HR CAR CHASE THROUGH GLENSWILLY

first_imgA MAN has appeared in court charged with four incidents of dangerous driving after an alleged chase by Gardai.Daniel McConnell, from Doon Glebe, Newmills, is accused of dangerous driving at four separate townlands between Glenswilly and Churchill on March 22 this year.The 24-year-old is also charged of failing to stop his BMW car for gardai, driving without insurance and driving a car without an NCT certificate. Inspector Michael Harrison told Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court that the accused had sped through the townlands on narrow single lane roads at speeds of between 120km/hr and 140km/hr.The inspector alleged that a child on a toy quad, an elderly couple and three pedestrians had to jump out of the way of the vehicle.The case against McConnell was adjourned until November 2.MAN ACCUSED OF 140KM/HR CAR CHASE THROUGH GLENSWILLY was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car chasedangerous drivingDaniel McConnellNEWMILLSlast_img read more

FINN HARPS U17’S TRAVEL TO TOLKA PARK HOPING TO CONTINUE FINE RUN OF FORM

first_imgDeclan Boyle will take his Harps U17 side to Tolka Park tomorrow afternoon.SOCCER: Finn Harps U17’s go into the Shelbourne game looking for second win in the U17 League of Ireland.Finn Harps got their first win in the U17 Leage of Ireland after beating Dundalk 3-1 in Finn Park. Finn Harps were unplayable on the day. and they dominated Dundalk from the very beginning of the game.Harps took the lead early through Peader Mogan, with a lovely piece of play down the right side before an accurate cross found Mogan at the front post.Harps then doubled there lead when Peader Mogan cut inside on to his favoured left and fired a shot the Dundalk keeper couldn’t hold it – and Dylan McCroary was there to calmly head it over the keeper.Dundalk then got one back before the half-time break. However, in truth the Dundalk team never looked like getting back into the game.Harps then got the third and final goal of the game when the ball was crossed into the box from a corner and the ball came to Jason McGee who nodded the ball into the back post.Harps will be going into the game with high hopes after this win.If they can get a win that will see Finn Harps go into tied 4th place with Derry City.The game kicks off at 2pm in Tolka Park.FINN HARPS U17’S TRAVEL TO TOLKA PARK HOPING TO CONTINUE FINE RUN OF FORM was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dundalk FCfinn harpsFinn Harps U17’sLeague of IrelandShelbourne FClast_img read more

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES – DONEGAL TO BE HIT WITH SLEET, SNOW AND 110KPH WINDS

first_imgA severe weather warning has been issued for Donegal for the next few days with forecasts for heavy rain, sleet, snow and winds of up to 110kph.The warnings come as the first real taste of winter bites in Co Donegal.This afternoon we have had reports of heavy sleet in Falcarragh, Downings, Kilmacrennan and Termon. And according to Met Eireann and BBC forecasters much more is to follow in the next few days.Worried islanders on Tory, afraid of being cut off from the mainland, had supplies flown out to them this morning.Vital supplies including foodstuffs such as milk and bread as well as fuel was taken onto the island by the rescue helicopter based at Sligo.With heavy seas and strong winds forecast, it is feared that boats will not be able to access the island for a number of days. A spokesman for Met Eireann said stormy conditions are certainly forecast beginning from later today.“It will get a lot colder and windier in the coming hours across the North West.“We still do not know how cold it will get just yet but temperatures are already plunging.“We are expecting very strong winds of up to 110 KPH and more rain.“Temperatures are getting much colder and because of that there is a strong possibility of snow in places. “We have already had reports of sleet in many places across Donegal and that looks likely to continue,” said the spokesman.Many roads around Termon and Kilmacrennan are reported to be white with heavy sleet this afternoon which could turn to snow this evening.Donegal County Council is currently on standby and may be forced to send out gritters if the temperatures continue to plummet.BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES – DONEGAL TO BE HIT WITH SLEET, SNOW AND 110KPH WINDS was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMet Eireannsleetsnowstormlast_img read more

FOREIGN TOURISTS FLOOD INTO DONEGAL AS COUNTY SIZZLES AGAIN IN 24C SUMMER HEAT

first_imgCarrickfin BeachDONEGAL and visitors to the county can look forward to temperatures soaring to 24C this weekend, as more and more foreign tourists flood into the county.Bus loads of tourists from across Europe and America are in Donegal this weekend.Four coaches with French tourists arrived in the county yesterday, many of them spending a sunshine-filled day at Glenveagh National Park. The new trend in tourists from mainland Europe and America coming to Donegal is thanks to a huge marketing push by Failte Ireland.The French tourists are here as part of a ‘Two Irelands’ tour – taking in the north of the country.Coach loads of tourists from Germany, Italy and the USA arrive in Letterkenny today and are booked into the Mount Errigal Hotel in the town.Their presence is adding to the increase in summer visitors from the North and Britain. “It’s a fantastic boost for Donegal,” said Carolynne Harrison from the Mount Errigal.“We are definitely seeing an increase in the number of different nationalities now coming regularly to Donegal.“We’re packed out this weekend with visitors from Italy, Germany and America all staying here.” FOREIGN TOURISTS FLOOD INTO DONEGAL AS COUNTY SIZZLES AGAIN IN 24C SUMMER HEAT was last modified: June 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily weatherFailte IrelandletterkennyMount Errigal Hoteltouristslast_img read more

Ballpark to get new look

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The change will result in 500 fewer seats in those sections, but those will be offset by reopening 500 of the seats either on the reserved (fourth) level or in the outfield pavilions that were decommissioned last winter. The seating configuration in the rest of the stadium will be unchanged. As for the color scheme, the entire field-level bowl, including the premium seats behind home plate and down the lines (which currently are blue), will be yellow. But it will be a lighter yellow, in more of a pastel shade, than the current field-level seats. Ditto the loge level, which will go from bright orange to pastel orange. The reserved level will go from bright blue to turquoise, with the top deck going from bright red to sky blue. The pavilions also will go to the orange pastel. The wooden seats on the suite level will be unchanged, but they will be removed and refurbished before they are reattached. The new color scheme will be practically identical to the one the stadium had when it opened in 1962. But Greenspun cautioned against using the term “retro.” “I think it’s a restoration feeling,” he said. “It’s really going back to the time when the stadium was built, which is mid-century modern architecture. It was territorial in nature. There was definitely a Southern California or West Coast mid-century (architecture) and an East Coast mid-century, which was a different color palette than the West Coast palette.” After hearing countless complaints about bad sightlines in the new premium field-level seats he had installed down each outfield line last winter, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt vowed to address the problem after the season. That is one promise McCourt is keeping, overhauling those sections as part of a $15-$20 million ballpark renovation that already is underway and is expected to be completed in time for next spring’s Freeway Series with the Angels. With the exception of those on the suite level, all of the stadium’s 56,000 seats will be replaced this offseason. The new seats will be of the same plastic as the old ones, but the ballpark’s color scheme will be dramatically different. Those premium seats beyond each dugout, meanwhile, will be replaced with fewer rows of box seats that will include a tabletop counter in front of, and running the length of, each row. “It is (being done) to eliminate the sightline problems and really create a new level of seating down there,” said Dodgers chief operating officer Marty Greenspun, who added that the boxes will have extra leg room. center_img DODGERS NOTES: The Dodgers have granted Seattle permission to interview Roger McDowell, the pitching coach for their Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, for the Mariners’ vacant pitching coach position. McDowell, who posted 159 saves in a 12-year major-league career that included four seasons with the Dodgers, just completed his second season as the 51s pitching coach. Dodgers pitching coach Jim Colborn had been a strong candidate for the Mariners job, but he decided to join former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy in Pittsburgh. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Planners refuse permission for new cinema for Donegal

first_imgA planning application for a new cinema for the county have been turned down.The five-screen cinema was due to be by WF Dolan in Donegal Town.The state-of-the-art cinema, proposed for Clarcarricknagun, would have been able to seat 714 cinema lovers. The development also contained parking spaces for almost 160 cars as well as a shop and a restaurant.The 1,900 sq metre development was applied for in September.However, it has now been turned down over fears for increased traffic volume in the area.It is understood the developers may resubmit upgraded plans. Planners refuse permission for new cinema for Donegal was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cinemaDonegal Townpermissionrefusedlast_img read more