ATHENS — Giorgos Kousas’ header from a corner in the 79th minute earned host Panetolikos a 1-1 draw against defending champion Olympiakos in the Greek league on Aug. 30.Pajtim Kasami had opened the scoring for Olympiakos in the 47th, also with a header, a minute after checking into the game as a substitute.Olympiakos played the final 10 minutes with 10 men, as Delvin N’Dinga was carried out on a stretcher and all substitutions had been made. Alejandro Dominguez finished the game limping with a knee injury and, earlier, Giannis Maniatis was substituted after injuring his ankle.Also, Kalloni beat Ergotelis 2-0 and Giannena drew 1-1 at Panthrakikos. Kalloni and Giannena join Olympiakos at the top, with four points from two games.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Premier League “I thought we limited them to very few chances and made a number ourselves. I’m disappointed with the outcome but definitely not the performance.”Dyche refused to comment directly when asked about the decision by the striker Chris Wood, wanted by Burnley for £15m, to rule himself out of Leeds’ game at Sunderland and release a statement about his desire to play in the Premier League. “I choose to not look at other players in the public arena, I prefer to keep our business private so that’s how it sits for me,” Dyche said. Share on WhatsApp His dismissal came seven minutes from time when the upper part of his forearm caught Matthew Lowton in the head as Robson-Kanu attempted to challenge him for a header in the air, with the referee, Martin Atkinson, immediately showing a red card.“He took his goal really well, it was a good goal, and then he’s sent off so it’s obviously disappointing,” Pulis said. “I’ve not seen it but I will have a good look at it afterwards and then I’ll comment on it. Whether it was or wasn’t, the referee has made the decision so we had to get on with it.“It was difficult [after he was sent off]. He was sent off with seven minutes to go and it seemed like an hour. We had to defend for our lives. What Burnley do, they do very, very well and they deserve a lot of credit for it. We have had to ride our luck but the lads have fought and fought all game.”It is Albion’s best start to a Premier League season and it has been achieved without their captain, Jonny Evans, who was once again absent due to a hamstring problem. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Observer Hal Robson-Kanu is sent off late in the match by Martin Atkinson. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images via Reuters West Brom have turned down a bid from Manchester City for Evans and Pulis reiterated that his omission was injury-related, rather than anything to do with the interest in him. “Jonny’s not the type of lad, even if Man City were involved, not to play a game of football if he was fit,” Pulis added. “He’s a smashing lad, I’ve got a lot of time for him and he’s been fantastic for us. This injury came about before Manchester City have made an enquiry.”Burnley had nearly 70% of possession, a rarity for them, but managed just one attempt on target and were made to pay for their wastefulness by Robson‑Kanu.Regarding his later dismissal, Sean Dyche had no doubt the decision was correct. “It’s a definite red that has to be given,” the Burnley manager said. “It’s a late elbow, I don’t think it’s malicious, it’s the flow of the body more than anything, but it’s still an elbow to the face.”Despite the result, Dyche was upbeat about what he saw from a team that defeated the champions, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge the previous weekend. “I thought it was a good performance,” he said. “You end up scratching your head that you don’t get something, particularly when you perform so well, other than a smack up pitch that we didn’t deal with really. Twitter West Bromwich Albion Sadio Mané makes vital breakthrough for Liverpool against Crystal Palace Read more Tony Pulis will review video footage of Hal Robson-Kanu’s dismissal at Burnley before determining whether to appeal against the West Bromwich Albion match-winner’s red card.The Wales international became just the fourth player in Premier League history to come off the bench, score and be sent off in a lively 20-minute cameo that earned Albion their second straight 1-0 success. Burnley Richarlison and Capoue strikes reward battling Watford at Bournemouth Share via Email match reports Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Topics Reuse this content
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd Treble winner Irwin: Could Fergie make it here?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Denis Irwin says Sir Alex Ferguson could handle today’s football.Irwin, a left-back under Ferguson for half of his reign, believes his old manager is still up to task.“You’ve got to be able to handle the pressure of playing for Manchester United as a player, and as a manager you’ve got to handle all these players differently,” Irwin told Sporting Life.“They’re almost like rock stars these days. But Sir Alex would be fine, he’d be brilliant.“People always ask me about all the old players and would they be able to play in this modern day, but all the great players could play in today’s era.“A lot of the guys I played with, but even before my time with the likes of George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton, they’d be brilliant in today’s football.”Sir Alex, although he was an old fashioned manager in some ways he was also a forward-thinking manager.“He brought all the sports science guys in and always surrounded himself with great coaches, so he was before his time and he’d be a fantastic manager now.”
Lyon Women has confirmed that coach Reynald Pedros has left the club follow a trophy-laden two seasons at the helm, including consecutive Champions League triumphs.The former France international, who won five major honours in total including a treble in his second and final campaign, is said to have departed by “mutual agreement”.Pedros, who took charge in 2017, took the club to a league and European double in his maiden season, before repeating the feat with the addition of the Coupe de France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The one-time European Championship semi-finalist was named FIFA’s Women Coach of the Year for his efforts in 2018.With little else to achieve however, both Pedros and Lyon “felt that it was necessary to change the technical organization in order to stimulate a new dynamic,” the latter confirmed in an official statement .“Olympique Lyonnais and its President Jean-Michel Aulas thank Reynald Pedros for his investment and the quality of his work throughout these two seasons of total collaboration that allowed the club, its women’s team and the players to win five new trophies.“Jean-Michel Aulas wishes Reynald Pedros great success for the rest of his career and will keep fond memories of their collaboration.“[It] was marked by a great openness between both sides and culminated with a Treble winning 2018/19 season that helped the development of women’s football in France.”Since his arrival, Pedros has helped to further Lyon’s domination of the women’s game in Europe, with the club having competed in eight Champions League finals since 2010, winning six.They have also been Division 1 Feminine winners in every season since 2006-07, and have counted several of the world’s greatest players among their ranks, including incumbent Ballon d’Or Feminin holder Ada Hegerberg.14 of their players are on duty alone at the current World Cup in France, though England’s Izzy Christiansen is one player from the club who didn’t make the cut for the tournament.Lyon will now begin their search for a new head coach as they look to extend their domestic dominance of the game across the continent and defend their titles.
zoom The Port of Oakland said that up to six 366-foot-tall cranes will soon be raised 27-feet higher as the port gets ready to welcome megaships with containers stacked high above deck.The project will see the port invest from USD 14 million to USD 21 million in its largest marine terminal starting in April to make it easier to load and unload megaships.“We’re already working the largest ships to call in North America,” John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Maritime Director, said, adding that by raising the height of ship-to-shore cranes, “we make certain that we’re ready as more megaships head our way.”Approved on February 23, the crane plan calls for installing longer legs on four-to-six cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal, which handles 70 percent of Oakland’s cargo.The Port of Oakland will finance the project, which is scheduled to be finalized in the second quarter of 2018, while the terminal operator, SSA, will repay the port over the life of its Oakland lease.The port said it will take about nine weeks to raise each crane. Jacking equipment is already en route to Oakland.
YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge Closures The Indian Sluice Bridge, on Route 308 from Sluice Point to Surrettes Island, will be closed for inspection at the following times: Wednesday, July 27 – 9 a.m. to noon 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28 – 9 a.m. to noon 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Emergency vehicles only will be allowed to cross the bridge during these times. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 -30-
Rabat – Morocco denied allegations made by the Turkish authorities earlier this week that the eight Moroccans arrested in Istanbul airport were planning to join ISIS.Moroccan General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) categorically denied allegations that the eight Moroccan citizens who were detained at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and deported earlier this week had extremist ideas, or that they were trying to join terrorist organizations.In a communiqué released on Saturday, the DGSN stressed that the allegations were baseless, adding that they found that the eight citizens were aiming to illegally migrate to Europe through the Turkish territory.Moroccan authorities added that the security investigation revealed that the citizens are not known with any affiliation to any terrorist groups or organizations, nor do they have any ideas or schemes of an extremist nature at all. Istanbul police said the eight suspects were allegedly planning to sneak into Europe posing as refugees.The eight Moroccans were arrested at Ataturk airport upon their arrival in Istanbul.Turkish Anadolou agency published a hand-drawn picture of an allegedplanned route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia, and Hungary.
Rabat – The Nigerian chamber of commerce announced on Tuesday in Lagos its support of the membership of Morocco for the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS).The Federation also announced that a delegation of Nigerian businessmen will visit Morocco at the beginning of 2018 to strengthen the collaboration between both business communities, according to the Moroccan agency for exports. Not everyone is satisfied with this decision, as a number of Nigerian organizations and unions have opposed the admission of Morocco into the commission. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Unions of West Africa (OTUWA) called on the ECOWAS member countries, their governments and national legislatures not to endorse the application of Morocco to become a member of ECOWAS.Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, has also opposed the admission of Morocco.“We urge the Federal Government to vehemently oppose the move as it would spell doom to the productive sector of the economy,’’ said Frank Udemba Jacobs, MAN President at the Annual General Meeting in Lagos.“Come to think of it, why should they be part of ECOWAS? They are too far, ECOWAS is Economic States of West Africa. Morocco is not part of West Africa and they shouldn’t be part of ECOWAS,” added the MAN president.Despite this opposition, the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, declared through the official news agency of the country that Nigeria had nothing against the membership of Morocco to the ECOWAS, and that the definitive decision would return to the heads of state on December.
“It is time to look to the future and try to heal age-old wounds,” said Carel de Rooy, UNICEF Representative in Russia. “In the aftermath of Beslan, we fear that things will get worse unless we work with children and young people to build tolerance and understanding,” he added of the town in the Russian Federation’s republic of North Ossetia, where 338 people were killed and 747 injured in a hostage taking linked to separatists in the nearby republic of Chechnya. “It seems fitting, after the tragic events in Beslan, that schools should be at the heart of efforts to build peace and reconciliation,” he said. The programme will begin in January with a study tour to existing peace education programmes supported by UNICEF, and will include art competitions, sports contests, youth discussions, exchange visits and summer camps for children and young people from different ethnic groups and religions. It is scheduled to run initially until December 2005 and will require $500,000. UNICEF provided medical supplies to the survivors within hours of the siege at School Number One in Beslan. It has provided education materials for the remaining schools in the town to make them more welcoming for children. It is also supporting psychological counselling for survivors, their families and other affected children in the town.
One of the best players of Slovenian champions, RK Gorenje Velenje, Klemen Cehte (28) has signed deal with Qatari team Al Sadd, for whom he will compete in the rest of the season. Slovenian SIOL.net writes about possibility that Slovenian left back begins to play for Qatari National Team in the year of World Championship 2015!He played for the Slovenia last time in 2010 (23 appearances), so there won’t be a problem to play for another NT (three years rule).Cehte is one of the best players in Slovenian League for a years, so this will be a huge step back for Gorenje, who has to meet PSG Handball at Velux EHF Champions League TOP 16! Klemen CehteQatar 2015Qatar handball ← Previous Story Lino Cervar wants change of rules: We need shot clock in handball! Next Story → SEA, SUN, GOALIES: Handball goalkeepers with their idols in Makarska!
Le suaire de Turin date bien du Moyen ÂgeSciences et Avenir a dévoilé les résultats du spécialiste de la spectrométrie Timothy Jull concernant la datation, très controversée, du saint suaire. Il montre, preuves à l’appui, que la datation effectuée en 1988 portait bien sur le tissu originel. Celui-ci daterait donc bien du Moyen-Âge.Le suaire de Turin est le drap de quatre mètres de long qui aurait servi de linceul au Christ. Bien que les analyses organisées par l’Eglise catholique elle-même aient établi que le tissu datait du XIIIème ou du XIVème siècle, la présentation du suaire dans la cathédrale de Turin en avril dernier avait attiré deux millions de personnes. Trois laboratoires ont confirmé ces analyses et attestent que le tissu date bel et bien du Moyen-Âge.À lire aussiLe plus ancien cas de trisomie 21 identifié sur un squelette trouvé en FrancePourtant, tout le monde n’est pas de cet avis et cette datation est fortement contestée par les sindonologues, les spécialistes du suaire. Un chimiste américain persiste à affirmer que l’échantillon prélevé lors de la première analyse de 1988 n’est pas valable. Pour lui, il s’agirait d’une pièce rapportée, une partie recousue par des sœurs au XVIème siècle. Bien qu’il soit très influent et très écouté, ce chimiste n’a pas le fin mot de l’histoire.En effet, 22 ans plus tard, le spécialiste de la spectrométrie Timothy Jull vient de mettre fin à la controverse. Ses résultats, publiés dans la revue Radiocarbon, montrent, preuves à l’appui, que les analyses de 1988 portaient bel et bien sur le tissu originel du suaire.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the winning goal between Everton against Leicester City, he explained how it went down.Everton hadn’t won a single away match this season, they went to King Power Stadium to do exactly that against Leicester City and they did it thanks to a fantastic goal scored by Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson.It was a very complicated match for the Toffies, who had scored the first goal of the match via Richarlison early in the game, but Pereira scored the equalizer before halftime.The match turned very difficult for both sides and only a moment of genius could change the outcome of the game, that’s when Sigurdsson came up with a unique trick that gave him the opportunity to release a long-range strike and got an incredible goal from his decision.This goal has been the best of the weekend until now, in all of Europe.“Our first away win this season, two [league] victories on the bounce now and three very good points in what is a tough place to come to,” said Sigurdsson to the Everton website after the match”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They had 10 men and had a lot of players behind the ball. It was hard to break them down so as soon as I had the chance to score I thought, ‘Why not?’, and thankfully it hit the back of the net.”“It’s definitely up there [as one of my best goals]. It came at a very important time and was a really good goal that I’m very happy with.”“I’ve said it for the last few weeks that we didn’t feel like we were too far away from putting back-to-back results together. We felt like we were close to winning games and it’s nice to win two [league] games on the bounce.”Impresionante lo de Thor Sigurdsson para darle la victoria AL Everton. Golazo pic.twitter.com/8oKTWzYZkx— Big Dunc (@DuncanFerguson9) October 6, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – The announcement to possibly run for North and Middle Caicos Electoral District by the former premier did overshadow news coming out of the PNP National Convention held on the weekend. The voting on Friday night proved to be a straight forward event held at the Tropicana Show and Supper Club; it saw Rufus Ewing kept on as the party’s leader and it saw Carlos Simons, re-appointed by Mr. Ewing to be his deputy. The National Chairman is new though and a new type of personality too; Royal Robinson, the former MP for North Caicos West and former Health Minister in the PNP Administration of 2009 is a vociferous and bold man and to Magnetic Media said he will maintain that reputation. No one challenged Robinson for this position, despite an interests in the job being expressed by the ex Premier Mike Misick. Mr. Robinson told us: “Experience, drive determination and an ability to get things done” is why he believes the over 200 delegates elected him to the job. Also ratified and ready to lead the party into the next General Elections are: Deputy Chairman, Sharon Simons; Gordon Burton, Treasurer; Sean Bassett is new Public Relations Director; Sonia Williams is Secretary General and Phillip Misick, Party Whip. Recommended for you North Caicos matriarch Mary Jane Misick passes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:gordon burton, Phillip Misick, pnp national chairman, Royal Robinson, sean bassett, sonia williams Special Prosecutor rebuttal reflects on PNP wounded reputation under Misick NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing
The Supreme Court on Friday came down heavily on national carrier Air India for repeatedly seeking adjournments in a case involving pay and related matters of pilots and cabin crew.The apex court was angry after the lawyer representing the petitioners (pilots and cabin crew) said that Air India has sought 21 adjournments citing Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi’s absence.”Air India should not do this. They have taken twenty-one adjournments. They have taken adjournments in Mr. Rohatgi’s name,” the petitioners’ lawyer said.This prompted the court to strongly criticise the state-run carrier. “You say you don’t want to delay the matter, but you are. If learned AG cannot appear, put your house in order,” Justices Rohinton Nariman said, according to Bar and Bench.The case is being heard by a two-judge bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman.Reminiscent of famous Hindi film dialogueThe development reminds one of the famous Sunny Deol dialogue in Hindi film “Damini” and the courtroom scene. “Tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh milti gayi my lord, par insaaf nahi mila,” become immortal, capturing how justice delayed was a case of justice denied.The next hearing in the Air India case will be on September 15.Air India has about 850 pilots and plans to recruit 500 more over the next few years, in addition to hiring 1,500 cabin crew.”From last August till now, we have already recruited 250 pilots. So about 500 more pilots we are going to recruit. We have plans to have cabin crew of 3,000 personnel. Besides the existing number, we are planning to take 1,500 more in the next two to three years,” PTI had quoted N Sivaramakirshnan, Air India General Manager (Operations), as saying last month.Air India has a fleet of 118 aircraft including those on dry lease. In July, its share in India’s burgeoning domestic air traffic was 14.8 per cent, lower than that of IndiGo, the largest carrier in terms of passengers carried (39.8 per cent) and Jet Airways (16.3 per cent).
Benchmark equity indices were trading in the red at around 11 am on Friday, extending their Thursday losses, despite positive global cues from Asian stock markets. The BSE Sensex was down 37 points at 28,069 while the NSE Nifty was trading 19 points lower at 8,691. Jaiprakash Power Ventures was trading with gains for the second successive day on stake sale in one of its cement plants for Rs. 500 crore. Top Sensex gainers were Tata Motors (up 1.59 percent at Rs. 560), Tata Steel (up 1.14 percent at Rs. 393.75) and Mahindra (up 1.03 percent at Rs. 1,386.50). Select stocks that were trading with phenomenal gains included J Kumar Infrastructure (up 7.79 percent at Rs. 224.20) and MRPL (up 7.38 percent at Rs. 95.25).The RBI’s decision to cut repo rate to a six-year-low on Tuesday has not triggered a rally on the stock markets because investors are looking for cues from September quarter results.”Despite RBI’s liberal action of rate cut by 25 bps, banking stocks have failed to attract buyer’s interest. As we have highlighted earlier that now the focus will be more on quarterly results,” brokerage Angel Brokerage said in its note on Friday.”While auto companies have reported strong sales numbers for 2QFY17, which would translate into encouraging numbers, other heavy weight sectors like banks could report a mixed bag of results,” it added.Most of the bank stocks were trading in a narrow range on the NSE and the BSE.Spectrum auction endsThe latest round of telecom spectrum auction that ended on Thursday saw telcom operators putting bids for 965 MHz spectrum for Rs. 65,789 crore. The five-day auction saw no takers for the premium 700 MHz band due to the high reserve price of Rs. 11,485 crore per MHz.The cost of delivering mobile services in this band is estimated to be around 70 per cent lower than 2100 Mhz band, used for providing 3G services.Jaiprakash Associates sells cement business In other news, Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd., a subsidiary of Jaiprakash Associates, approved the sale of Nigrie Cement Grinding Unit to Orient Cement Limited based on an enterprise value of Rs. 500 crore at its board meeting on Thursday.Besides, Orient Cement also agreed to acquire 74 percent stake in Bhillai Jaypee Cement Ltd (BJCL), a joint venture between Jaiprakash Associates Ltd and SAIL. The acquisition has been done at an enterprise value of Rs. 1,450 crore, Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.BJCL has a cement manufacturing capacity of 2.2 mtpa, consisting of a clinkerisation unit in Satna in Madhya Pradesh and a grinding unit in Bhillai, Chattisgarh. “With the acquisitions the cement capacity of Orient will go upto 10.2 mn tons p.a from current 8 mn tons p.a. Currently Orient Cement has two integrated plants 3 mn tons p.a at Devapur in Telangana and another 3 mn tons p.a unit at Chittapur in Karnataka. It also has 2 mn ton p.a grinding unit at Jalgaon in Maharastra,” Angel Broking said.
Private sector steel manufacturer, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) sees rise in average realisation boosting its profitability in the second half (October-March) of this financial year on the back of improving demand and higher prices of steel.In an interview with CNBC TV18, company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ravi Uppal said its average realization per tonne of steel would improve in third quarter ending December.”In second quarter (July-September), the operating profit was coming to around Rs 6,000 per tonne on an average and I do foresee that it should go up to about Rs 8,000 in third quarter (October-December),” the report quoted Uppal as saying.The Naveen Jindal-owned firm had witnessed fall in its realization during the second quarter owing to weak demand coupled with fall in production. “Realizations during Q2 had gone down by nearly Rs 1,800 per tonne on an average basis. This was a monsoon quarter. All the producers were producing to the full capacity,” Uppal said.He also said that as far as JSPL was concerned, major shutdown took place in its plants in Angul of Odisha and Oman, which led to fall in production. “Therefore, we did not produce as much we should have done. Coming to third quarter, things have started looking up,” he added.On price hike in steel, Uppal said that most of it was cost pushed than driven by higher demand. “There are a lot of factors, the coking coal prices have gone up; the pellet prices have gone up. So the cost of production has gone up. Therefore, some of it has to be passed onto the market,” the report said quoting the CEO of JSPL. Domestic hot-rolled coil prices, which was around Rs 29,250 per tonne in July, increased to Rs 33,750 per tonne in November owing to rise in input costs.Meanwhile, an Economic Times report said that lenders of the company would conduct forensic audit of the firm to find out whether the company had rightly utilized the borrowed funds for projects without any diversion. The company has a cumulative debt of around Rs 51,000 crore. Share price of JSPL closed at Rs 74.20, up 1.50 percent at the National Stock Exchange on Friday.
A general view is seen as Egyptians gather by a Coptic church that was bombed on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017. Photo: ReutersEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State group that killed dozens on Palm Sunday, the deadliest attacks on the minority in recent memory.The attacks in the Nile Delta cities of Tanta and Alexandria followed a Cairo church bombing in December and came weeks before a planned visit by Catholic Pope Francis intended to show support for Egypt’s Christian minority.Sisi declared the “three-month” state of emergency, which he must present to parliament within a week, during a defiant speech warning that the war against the jihadists “will be long and painful”.The first bombing at the Mar Girgis church in Tanta city north of Cairo killed 27 people, the health ministry said.Emergency services had scrambled to the scene when another blast rocked Saint Mark’s church in Alexandria where Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been leading a Palm Sunday service.Seventeen people including at least four police officers were killed in that attack, which the interior ministry said was caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself up when prevented from entering the church.The ministry said Tawadros was unharmed, and a church official said he left before the explosion.The private CBC Extra channel aired footage of the Alexandria blast, with CCTV showing what appeared to be the church entrance engulfed in flame and flying concrete moments after a guard turned a man away.Eyewitnesses said a police officer detected the bomber before he blew himself up.At least 78 people were wounded in Tanta and 40 in Alexandria, the health ministry said.Egyptian officials denounced the violence as an attempt to sow divisions, and Francis sent his “deep condolences” to Tawadros.IS claimed two Egyptian suicide bombers carried out both attacks and threatened further attacks in a statement published on social media.After the bombings, Sisi ordered military deployments to guard “vital and important infrastructure”, his office said.State television reported that the interior minister sacked the provincial head of security and replaced him after the attack.On March 29, the Mar Girgis church’s Facebook page said a “suspicious” device had been found outside the building that security services removed.”I heard the blast and came running. I found people torn up… some people, only half of their bodies remained,” Nabil Nader, who lives in front of the Tanta church, said Sunday.Worshippers had been celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marking Jesus’s triumphant entrance to Jerusalem.Egypt had been ruled under emergency law, which allows police expanded powers of arrest and surveillance, for decades before 2012.- Pope prays for victims -Pope Francis, who is due in Cairo on April 28-29, offered prayers for the victims.”Let us pray for the victims of the attack unfortunately carried out today,” he said.”May the Lord convert the heart of those who sow terror, violence and death and also the heart of those who make weapons and trade in them.”Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt’s population of more than 92 million and who celebrate Easter next weekend, have been targeted by several attacks in recent months.Jihadists and Islamists accuse Copts of supporting the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, which ushered in a deadly crackdown on his supporters.In December, a suicide bombing claimed by IS killed 29 worshippers in a Cairo church.The group later released a video threatening Egypt’s Christians with more attacks.A spate of jihadist-linked attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula, including the murder of a Copt in the city of El Arish, led some Coptic families to flee.About 250 Christians took refuge in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya after IS in February called for attacks on the minority.US President Donald Trump led international condemnation of Sunday’s attacks.”So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. US strongly condemns. I have great confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly,” he tweeted.UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice after a Security Council statement condemned the bombings as “heinous” and “cowardly”.- String of attacks -The Cairo-based Al-Azhar, an influential Sunni Muslim authority, said the attacks aimed to “destabilise security and… the unity of Egyptians”.Egypt’s Copts have endured successive attacks since Morsi’s ouster in July 2013.More than 40 churches were targeted nationwide in the two weeks after the deadly dispersal by security forces of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on August 14 that year, Human Rights Watch said.Sisi, who as then army chief helped remove Morsi, has defended his security forces and accused jihadists of attacking Copts in order to divide the country.In October 2011, almost 30 people — mostly Coptic Christians — were killed outside the state television building in Cairo after the army charged at protesters denouncing the torching of a church in southern Egypt.A few months earlier, the unclaimed New Year’s Day bombing of a Coptic church killed more than 20 people in second city Alexandria.
Twitter via @businessMarco Rubio told Senate leaders he won’t vote for a tax-overhaul bill unless it includes a broader expansion of the child tax creditTHE LATEST on Republican tax overhaul legislation (all times local):6:45 p.m.The preliminary deficit estimate for the final version of the GOP tax bill says it would add $1.46 trillion to the budget deficit over the coming 10 years.The true deficit cost is likely to be even higher if lawmakers extend the tax cuts for individuals before they expire at the end of 2025. This “sunset” gimmick is used to make the tax cuts more generous over the eight years they would be in force.The Joint Committee on Taxation analysis combines revenue losses from rate cuts with tax increases from repeal of deductions and other preferences. All told, cuts for individuals and businesses taxed under the code for individuals account for $1.1 trillion of the net tax cuts.___6:40 p.m.The White House is praising the Republican tax bill released Friday.Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump “applauds the House and Senate conferees on coming to an agreement” on a sweeping tax bill “and looks forward to fulfilling the promise he made to the American people to give them a tax cut by the end of the year.”The legislation would slash tax rates for big businesses and the richest Americans. Reductions for others would be lower.Sanders says signing the legislation will make good on Trump’s campaign promise “to institute pro-growth economic policies that will provide much needed financial relief to all Americans.”The White House and Republicans in Congress say the plan will grow the economy and make the U.S. more competitive.__6:30 p.m.The Republican tax overhaul would keep a popular deduction for Americans with expensive medical bills.Taxpayers can deduct medical expenses not covered by insurance when they exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income. The threshold is 7.5 percent for taxpayers who are 65 or older.The bill temporarily expands the medical expense deduction by applying the 7.5 percent threshold to all taxpayers in 2018 and 2019.A return to the 10 percent threshold takes place beginning in 2020.The House bill would have eliminated medical expense deductions, so senators ended up prevailing in negotiations.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, sought to reduce the threshold for deducting medical expenses, saying it would particularly help seniors and people with chronic conditions.__6 p.m.Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week.The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the tax incentive for private employers that subsidize their employees’ transit, parking and bicycle commuting expenses.Companies currently can provide parking or transit passes worth up to $255 a month to employees as a benefit to help pay for their commuting expenses, then deduct the costs from their corporate taxes.Businesses would no longer be able write off $20 a month per employee to cover the expense of commuting by bicycle.__5:45 p.m.The tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts the most unpopular “Obamacare” provision, its requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or face fines.Politically, the move is a winner for Republicans, who otherwise would have little to show for seven years of rhetoric and repeated legislative efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act.But if estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are right, it will lead to more uninsured people and higher premiums for those buying individual health insurance policies.Congress may then find itself considering other ways to nudge people to get health insurance.Other popular parts of the Affordable Care Act would remain in place, including subsidized premiums, “essential” benefits and protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.__5:30 p.m.A tax bill moving forward in Congress would open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose.The 19.6-million-acre refuge in northeastern Alaska is one of the most pristine areas in the United States and is home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other wildlife.Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and other Republicans say drilling can be done safely with new technology, while ensuring a steady energy supply for West Coast refineries.Democrats and environmental groups say the GOP plan risks spoiling one of the nation’s most pristine areas and is especially unwise at a time when U.S. oil production is booming, with imports declining and exports reaching record levels.___5:25 p.m.The final version of the GOP tax bill would provide a $2,000 per child tax credit to families making up to $400,000 a year.That doubles the child tax credit from the current maximum of $1,000 and makes it available to a greater number of middle- and upper-bracket families.The credit was a top priority of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who won a late-stage concession that would make up to $1,400 of the credit available as a tax refund to lower- and middle-income families with relatively small tax bills.It would begin to phase out for families earning above $400,000. That’s down from $500,000 in the original Senate measure, which passed earlier this month.__5:20 p.m.The sweeping Republican tax overhaul would cut rates for corporations and the wealthy while offering modest reductions for the middle class.The bill, according to a summary Friday, would set seven tax brackets, lowering the top rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.It would expand the child tax credit, preserve the adoption tax credit and allow Americans to deduct some medical expenses. It would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy health insurance under Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.Republicans were unveiling the bill later in the day and plan to vote next week after securing the support of two key senators — Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee.__5:15 p.m.The final version of the GOP tax bill would create seven tax brackets, including a new 37 percent rate for top-end wage earners.That’s according to a summary of the measure provided to The Associated Press.The new rates start at 10 percent and rise to 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 37 percent.The measure also lowers the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. It provides sweeping tax deductions to other businesses lowering their top effective tax rate to about 30 percent instead of 39.6 percent.It retains key tax breaks that would have been killed under previous versions, including a deduction for medical expenses and an exemption for graduate school tuition waivers. It contains a compromise $10,000 deduction for state and local taxes.__3:40 p.m.Republican Sen. Bob Corker says he will vote for the sweeping GOP tax package.The Tennessee senator, who opposed the original Senate bill, said in a statement Friday that although the bill is far from perfect, the once-in-a-generation opportunity “to make U.S. businesses domestically more productive and internationally more competitive is one we should not miss.”Corker had complained about adding to the nation’s $20 trillion debt with deep tax cuts.In his statement, Corker said, “I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make.”Corker is retiring when his term ends next year.___2:32 p.m.Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will vote for his party’s $1.5 trillion tax bill. That gives a major boost to the prospects that GOP leaders will be able to push their prized measure through Congress next week.The Florida lawmaker had said he’d oppose the legislation unless his colleagues made the per child tax credit more generous for low-income families.On Friday, Republicans said the final legislation would do just that. Lawmakers said the bill would now let low-earners using the credit get up to $1,400 in IRS refunds if they owe little or no taxes. That’s up from $1,100 in the earlier version.Rubio tweeted that the change is “a solid step toward broader reforms which are both Pro-Growth and Pro-Worker.”Rubio spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said that meant Rubio would vote yes.__12:45 p.m.Ailing Republican Senators John McCain and Thad Cochran will be able to cast their votes for the GOP tax package next week.That’s the word from fellow GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. He told reporters on Friday: “All of our thoughts and prayers go out to Sen. McCain. He’s having a tough time. I am told he will be here next week and voting. And more importantly we all wish him the best of health.”McCain, 81, is hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center where the Arizona senator is being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment.Thad Cochran, 80, of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week.Portman said: “I’m told he will be here next week also.”__11:44 a.m.Several Republican senators are optimistic about passage of the far-reaching GOP tax package next week.Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, one of the House-Senate negotiators, said Friday he believes they have the votes to pass the bill. His comments came as fellow Republican, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, pressed for expansion of the child tax credit, saying he’s a “no” vote if it’s not a significant boost.Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey told reporters: “All I’m going to say is I’m optimistic that we have enough support to pass the bill.”Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi said “there’s a problem with every single senator until the last vote is cast.” He added: “There are changes in this bill that I think can form some of the things he (Rubio) asked for.”__11 a.m.Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the child tax credit has been expanded for low-income families in an effort to win Sen. Marco Rubio’s support for a sweeping tax package.The tax package would double the per-child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. The bill originally made a portion of the credit — $1,100 — available to families even if they owe no income tax. Noem says that amount has been increased to $1,400. Rubio said he wanted the $1,100 figure increased, but he did not say by how much.Low-income taxpayers would receive the money in the form of a tax refund, which is why it’s called a “refundable” tax credit.Noem, of South Dakota, said the change should win Rubio’s support but she had not heard directly from him.___10 a.m.President Donald Trump says he’s seen the latest version of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package moving through Congress and he predicts it will do “very, very well.”The president told reporters Friday Republicans should be in position to pass the package as early as next week and says it will be “monumental.”Trump also addressed prospects for increasing the child tax credit, one of the final sticking points in negotiating the package.He said that where Democrats have “done nothing” for children, the plan will include “a tremendous child tax credit and it is increasing on a daily basis.”The size of the child tax credit was one of the final points being ironed out as GOP leaders drive to push through their big tax package.The GOP leaders are trying to muscle the bill through Congress next week, handing Trump his first major legislative victory by Christmas.__3:15 a.m.Republican Marco Rubio’s potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents has put a speed bump into GOP leaders’ drive to push their big tax package through the Senate, but it’s a complication that’s likely to be resolved.The Florida senator says he’ll vote against the $1.5 trillion bill unless House and Senate negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children.That puts the Republicans’ razor-thin margin in the Senate closer to the edge. The GOP leaders are straining to muscle the bill through Congress next week, handing President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory by Christmas.The Senate turmoil erupted the same day that a key faction of House Republicans came out in favor of the bill, boosting its chances. Share
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Stay on target Incredible Images From Space Capture the Death of a GlacierEating Less Meat Can Fight Climate Change, According to UN Report What’s red and white and experiencing the devastating effects of climate change? The world’s wineries.Gradually rising global temperatures are impacting vinification the world over.But while some wineries struggle against the warming trend, others have found a happy medium in, of all places, Oregon.AdChoices广告The Van Duzer Corridor—the lowest point in the state’s Coast Range—has become what the Associated Press called “a go-to place for wineries and vineyards hedging their bets against climate change.”Named for Henry B. Van Duzer, a member of the Oregon State Highway Commission and first chairman of the Oregon State Parks Commission, the 95-square-mile stretch of land may soon join the American Viticultural Area.As reported by AP, the site (pronounced Van DOO-zer) is gaining popularity as once-idyllic grape plantations become less viable; the ocean winds and mountain dip help keep the fruit cool.Northern California’s Petaluma Gap, which also sucks in conditioning ocean breezes, was recently designated an American Viticultural Area, providing an official appellation for the benefit of wineries.“Even though we have those heat waves just like Napa and Sonoma, we still have the cool breeze in the afternoon and the cooler temperatures at night and the fog in the morning,” Ria D’Aversa, director of ranch operations at Petaluma Gap vineyard McEvoy Ranch, told the AP.The smallest variations in weather can change grapes’ sugar, acid, and tannin content, according to the news agency, affecting the final product’s taste and characteristics—which is a real problem for long-standing vintners.Desperate times call for desperate measures, like opening up shop in unconventional places.“People would have looked at you like you had three heads if, 30 years ago, you told someone you were going to grow wine grapes there,” California winemaker Ehren Jordan said of Oregon’s lowlands.Jordan’s Napa Valley-based winery recently bought 80 acres in the Van Duzer Corridor and opened a nearby winery—one of six in the growing area.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.