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(EDS: Adding more information and quotes) New Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) The future of Hockey India League (HIL) looks jeopardised after only five seaons with the organisers postponing the next edition of the cash-rich tournament to 2019. Hockey India claimed that the move to not hold the HIL next year was taken to review the five seasons of the league. But sources aware of the development said the decision was taken after some cash-strapped franchises decided to withdraw from the event. According to sources present during HIs Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, atleast three franchises were unhappy with the organizers and expressed their inability to be a part of the league any further due to financial issues. “We dont know what is in store for the future. But some franchises were unhappy with the organizers, which has assured to bail them out. There are two franchises, which have serious financial issues and one more franchise has also threatened to discontinue participation if there isnt a relaxation,” a HI official, who cant come on record told PTI today. “HI said that the league will return in 2019 but the future looks bleak,” he added. HI, however, claimed that tournament will return in 2019 with a fresh outlook. A statement from the organisers said that the tournaments Governing Committee, comprising representatives of HI and other stakeholders, have unanimously decided to schedule the next edition of HIL in 2019 instead of 2018 January and February. “After five years of successfully organising the Hockey India League, we felt that it is time to review the league, evaluate its success and comeback with a fresh outlook that will benefit the development of the sport,” HIL chairman and secretary general of HI Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad said. “This decision was made after consultation with all our commercial partners and meeting the contractual obligations of all parties involved,” he added. Ahmad clarified that it is a temporary discontinuation and the HIL will return in 2019. “Due to a conflict in dates of the schedule of Hockey India League 2018 and a major international tournament, which was likely to restrict the participation of international players, it was decided that the best solution was to postpone the conduct of the sixth season of the league,” Ahmad said. “I want to emphasise that we want to resume the league in 2019 with greater prospects to make it more viable financially not only for the stakeholders but also for the players,” he added. Even one franchise official too said that all the participating teams have received letter from HI, stating that 2018 edition cannot be held because of unavailability of foreign players as they will be busy throughout the year due to international assignments. Meanwhile, national players have expressed disappointment over the decision and hoped HIL will return stronger in 2019. “It is a big blow to Indian hockey. The HIL not only gave financial stability to the players but also gave young domestic players a chance to rub shoulders with the best players of world hockey,” Uttar Pradesh Wizards captain and veteran drag-flicker VR Raghunath said. “But we have full faith in Hockey India and we are sure they will come out with a new strategy and plan for the league in 2019,” he added. PTI SSC KHS KHSadvertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: I made sure to apologise to Emeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has apologised for blanking Unai Emery after victory over Arsenal.At full-time the new boss ran onto the pitch to celebrate with his players, who were registering their first home league win of the season.During the celebrations, Hasenhuttl revealed he didn’t see his opposition manager and therefore couldn’t shake his hand.”I apologised to Unai Emery for not shaking his hand,” he told Sky Sports.”I was looking for him and I didn’t see him. I then ran to my players.”
HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 02: Syracuse Orange cheerleaders perform in the first half during the NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Syracuse Orange at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Syracuse’s football program had one of its biggest wins in years on Saturday, as the Orange secured a bowl berth with a win over N.C. State, which had been ranked inside the top 25.Madison Dallas, a Syracuse cheerleader, has already won the day, too.The Orange cheerleader is taking part in a Halloween costume contest on Instagram and she had a really strong showing.Madison dressed up in a classic Baywatch costume.Well done, Madison.You can follow her on IG here.
Karachi/Peshawar: At least 34 people, including children, were killed in separate incidents after incessant rains caused flash floods and lashed various parts of Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday.The torrential rains and thunderstorms in southern Sindh province killed at least 18 people on Monday, mostly from electrocution, as the first spell of monsoon rain wreaked havoc in Karachi, exposing its redundant civic structure, including electricity and sewerage systems. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMajor parts of Pakistan’s biggest city remained without power till late Monday night. The two districts in the city, central and east, were worst affected. The Pakistan Metrological Department has warned off more heavy rains in the next 24 hours although the rains have stopped in Karachi since Tuesday morning. The met office recorded around 70 millimetre rains in Karachi till Monday night while the situation in twin city, Hyderabad was worse with up to 118 millimetre rains recorded there. Other parts of the Sindh province also suffered due to the rains with eight deaths reported mostly from villages in Badin, Hyderabad and Sanghar districts.
New Delhi: India’s Nitin Menon, who has officiated as an on-field umpire in limited overs cricket at both national and international level, will make his Test debut during the upcoming Test between Afghanistan and the West Indies to be played in Dehradun from November 27. Son of former international umpire Narendra Menon, Nitin joined in his father’s footsteps when he became a state panel umpire for Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association in 2005. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Nitin, who has represented Madhya Pradesh in U-16, U-19, U-23 and List A matches, cleared the All India Umpiring Exam conducted by the BCCI in 2006 and started officiating in domestic matches from the 2007-08 season. Apart from 57 first-class games, the 35-year-old has officiated in 22 ODIs, nine T20Is and 40 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. “The reason behind my smooth transition to international cricket is mainly because of the robust, competitive and professional structure of BCCI’s domestic matches,” said an elated Nitin. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “The experience I gained from officiating in domestic tournaments and the opportunity given to me by the BCCI for officiating in the IPL as well as in first class matches in Australia, England and South Africa as part of the Umpires Exchange Program has helped me in my development as an umpire. “I am happy to repay the trust shown in me and I’m looking forward to facing the new challenge of Test cricket so that I can achieve my goal of becoming an ICC Elite Panel umpire,” he added.
Film and TV star Lucy Lawless and seven activists were today convicted and sentenced to 120 hours community service each and for attempting to stop an Arctic-bound oil drilling ship last year.Along with six Greenpeace volunteers, the New Zealand actress occupied the Shell-chartered Noble Discoverer in New Plymouth last February in a move that captured headlines around the world.Speaking outside Taranaki District Court, Lawless said: “We are proud to have taken part in our attempt to stop Shell’s reckless plans to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic.“Since we occupied the Noble Discoverer, it has become evident to everyone watching, from the millions who have signed Greenpeace petitions, to the US Government, now examining Shell’s plans, that it can never be safe to drill in the Arctic.“Shell’s Arctic programme has cost them billions and it’s now regarded as an eye-wateringly expensive failure.“Let’s embrace clean energy; we’re going to have to anyway, so why not do it before they cause a major oil spill in the Arctic, and consign our grandchildren to an uncertain and dangerous world?”Lawless and six others climbed the drilling tower of the Noble Discoverer on February 24, 2012 while it was moored in Port Taranaki. All were arrested after a 77-hour occupation of the tower. An eighth person was arrested on the first day of the operation. The ship had been working off the Taranaki coast and was preparing for the first stage of its trip to the Arctic.
APTN National NewsThe status of housing on First Nations across Canada is just a few years away from reaching epidemic levels says the Assembly of First Nations.“We’re on the brink of (an) epidemic,” said Kevin Hart, a regional chief with the AFN in Manitoba. “(If) there isn’t any real investments done immediately it will reach epidemic proportion in the next few years.”Hart held the AFN’s housing portfolio for years and estimates 175,000 houses are needed to immediately address shortages across the country.The federal government pegs the number much lower at about 21,000.“You can see we’re being set up for failure right off the bat,” said Hart in an interview with APTN Investigates reporter Melissa Ridgen that is airs Friday at 6:30 p.m. in her story: Housing Crisis Deconstructed.In Justin Trudeau’s first budget as prime minister he earmarked more than $8 billion in funding for Indigenous people. Many called it “historic” including AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde.A child plays on the floor of a room in Garden Hill.Just over $500 million of the 2016 budget was to go towards housing on First Nations.It may sound like a lot of money, but a closer look at the numbers show it doesn’t appear to buy many new homes.The money was spread out over two years and in 2016 the federal government was expected to build 300 homes with that money.“Buy lottery tickets,” said Charlie Angus, NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay. “You have a better chance of getting a house.”The money was also supposed to go towards servicing 340 lots, such as sewer hook ups, and renovate 1,400 homes according to statistics provided to Angus’ office last year. The government hopes to build, service and renovate the same amount in 2017.“I think Canadians are getting their eyes opened but what they probably find really hard to believe is that the government doesn’t make it a priority,” said Angus.Going by the government’s number of 21,000 new homes means Ottawa is addressing about three per cent of what it says is needed with the 2016 funding.If you go by the AFN’s the funding barely registers.APTN National News asked the Indigenous Affairs for basic statistics on housing, such as confirming the number of homes actually built in 2016, but has not received a response.Angus has tried to get deeper into the housing crisis by asking the Trudeau government for statistics on the number of houses built on every reserve over the last few years.The government wouldn’t provide them.An access to information request in 2016 came back almost completely redacted.“Canadian’s have to ask themselves what exactly department of Indian Affairs is doing when a simple request about the state of housing and housing plans is considered a state secret,” he said.“When they black out information about housing, or what they’re spending in schools. That tells me they’re lying to the Canadian people and that’s unacceptable. Canadians have a right to know.”The housing situation on First Nations has been given special attention by APTN National News this week in the series: A Roof Overhead.Stories have highlighted what families face in different parts of the country.Overcrowding is the way of life for Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba.“My grandkids all sleep on the floor here as you can see,” said Sharon Beardy. “One mother with two little ones and my four grandkids just sleep anywhere. Anywhere possible on the floor.”The 3,500 residents share 500 homes.Three or four families can share one residence at a time.In Kitcisakik, an Anicinape First Nation five hours north of Montréal, it’s known for its third world living conditions.The community of 400 live without electricity, running or a sewage system.“A shower and toilet is what’s missing. That’s what the people in our community are always talking about it. They tell me they would like all those basic needs for their children,” Charlie Papatie told APTN reporter Danielle Rochette.The Quebec government has provided small amounts of money to renovate homes over the last several years and last year said it would provide an additional $2 million to help renovate more.Kitcisakik, an Anicinape First Nation five hours north of Montréal.Nunavut has faced a housing crisis since the territory was established in 1999.APTN reporter Kent Driscoll found that despite evidence that there is a housing in Iqaluit there is little being done about it.Fifty per cent of all homes in Nunavut are social housing – homes with subsidized rent for people who can’t afford it. Of those social units, 63 per cent are in need of major repairs.The wait list to get into those beat up homes is long. One in five of all Nunavut residents are on a waiting list for social housing.When you ask Iqaluit’s Joamie Lyta to explain just how many people live in her small apartment, she needs to stop and count on her fingers.“Let me count, there’s me, him, my son, my granddaughter, my grandson, my other granddaughter, my nephew, my other son. There’s nine of us,” explained the social housing resident in Iqaluit.Nine in the day time. At night she often adds two more to her over crowded home.“My other two brothers, they come to, to sleep at my house, they got no place to stay,” she said. “So sometimes there’s 11 or 12 in my house.”It sounds extreme, but for Nunavut, this isn’t the exception, it is the rule.Iqaluit, Nunavut.The federal government just announced in the 2017 budget it would fund $240 million over the next 11 years for housing in Nunavut but has been told the amount needed easily exceeds $2 billion.The Government of Nunavut is scheduled to build 202 housing units over the next two years, in 16 of Nunavut’s communities. Just to get caught up to the current wait list, you would have to build 3,580 homes for 10,500 people.Nunavut’s Housing Minister George Kuksuk turned down APTN’s request for an interview for this story. His staff said the minister was too busy.APTN reporter Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs reports on the lack of affordable housing in the Northwest Territories on the 6 p.m. national news.Like many places across Canada, there are a lot of families in need of support but little housing. On top of that people in territory face some of the highest costs of living in the email@example.com
Shirley McLean APTN NewsA massive fire in Whitehorse gutted a test salmon hatchery over Easter weekend, destroying thousands of fry and upsetting the Yukon’s efforts to restore salmon stocks.Yukon College, in partnership with First Nations salmon enhancement programs, was working to spawn chum and Chinook salmon in an incubation facility in McIntyre Creek. The fry would have been released later this spring into the Yukon River tributaries.But now, a charred out frame is all that’s left.Michael Vernon, spokesperson for Yukon College, says all 16,000 chum salmon fry were lost in the fire, plus about 25,000 to 30,000 Chinook salmon fry.Every year Chinook salmon will swim 3,000 kilometers from the Bering Sea to the mouth of the river to spawn.But the Yukon River has seen a steady decrease in salmon over the last decade.The damage from the fire is a huge setback for First Nations wanting to restore salmon spawning creeks.The Ta’an Kwäch’än council still has access to 1,200 salmon fry being reared in local Whitehorse schools – but it’s only a fraction of the amount.The Whitehorse fire department says the fire is not suspicious and most likely caused by the thawing of pipes with heat tape.Yukon College will continue to assess the damage.
Rabat – Moroccan authorities will deploy 100,000 members of the armed forces across the entire country on Wednesday to protect the New Year festivities from potential terrorist threats.The Kingdom of Morocco will enter a state of maximum security alert on Wednesday morning as a measure to guard the territory from any attacks on New Year’s Eve.“100,000 armed officers will be deployed throughout the kingdom to secure the New Year festivities,” Moroccan daily Assabah informed on its Wednesday issue. On Monday, the same source noted that Morocco figures among the list of countries threatened to be a target of ISIS’ chemical attacks on the evening of December 31.“Intelligence services of various European countries have published reports in which they detail ISIS’ plan to attack several capitals of countries that are members of the coalition against this organization,” Assabah revealed, citing that Morocco is among these countries.“Informed sources have sent firm instructions to all departments to mobilize as soon as Tuesday, December 29 at midnight, 100,000 officials from the military, national security, the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces,” the daily said.This large mobilization will be reportedly deployed to critical locations in Morocco, including public areas, busy establishments, and tourist attractions, among others.To protect the country from any possible terrorist infiltration, security will be tightened around all national borders, the same source said.A command center has been set up within the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) to oversee the mobilization within the various armed forces, whether by land, air or sea.Morocco’s intelligence services, including the Moroccan General Directorate of National Security (DGNS), the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), the General Directorate of Studies and Documentation (DGED), and the Royal Gendarmerie, will work in cooperation with the FAR command center.“Instructions have been given to cancel all holidays and trips from officials of the military, national security and the royal gendarmerie,” the same source revealed.Members of so-called Islamic State have threatened to attack several countries during the New Year festivities. They have reportedly named their terrorist plan, “the conquest of the New Year!”The Central Bureau of Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ), a branch of the DGST, arrested nine “dangerous” criminals on December 11, who were active in several Moroccan cities and villages (Kenitra, Sale, Kasbah Tadla, Douar Ghram Laalam, Ait Ishaq).The nine-member terrorist cell was allegedly planning to carry out similar attacks to those in Paris on November 13.
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 87.72 points to 15,561.84.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.11 points to 22,304.43.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 5.67 points to 2,502.51.The Nasdaq composite index was up 58.67 points to 6,438.83.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.43 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 80.84 cents US.
DEER PARK, Texas — The cleanup of millions of gallons of waste and polluted water is far from over four months after a large fire burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site.The Houston Chronicle reports that Intercontinental Terminals Company, the facility’s owner, must abide by a 31-page management plan that underscores how waste is sampled and identified, stored and discarded.The March 17 fire at the company’s Deer Park site, located southeast of Houston, triggered air quality warnings. More than 21 million gallons of potentially hazardous waste and contaminated water have since been collected from the tank farm and Houston Ship Channel.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed water pollution charges in April against Intercontinental Terminals Company, alleging the fire caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.comThe Associated Press
Port Dover is the latest community in Norfolk to face a moratorium on new development due to capacity issues involving water and sewer.In Port Dover’s case, the concern is the county’s ability to produce and store treated water versus its ability to satisfy peak periods of demand.The shortfall is the subject of a staff report that will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council. The report recommends a hold on new development applications requiring water service until these capacity issues are addressed.Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp, for one, will support the move.“This issue has been building in magnitude for years now, and the health and safety of our residents needs to be our first priority,” Chopp said Friday in a news release.“We need to be the council that deals with difficult issues such as this one. Staff have made this a priority and are hard at work finding solutions — both short-term and long-term.“I hope my colleagues around the council table will join me in working to fix this situation quickly so we can get back to business as usual in Port Dover.”Chopp alluded to the urgency of the situation in early May during the annual state-of-the-county address in Renton.She told a breakfast meeting of the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce May 8 that capacity issues in Port Dover – Norfolk’s fastest growing community — are among the biggest challenges facing the county.Chopp said Norfolk has the capacity to treat 2,454 cubic metres of water a day in Port Dover, which itself has the capacity to draw 4,579 cubic metres at peak demand.“That is less than 50 per cent (capacity),” Chopp told the chamber. “It is a nightmare. This is the Dover issue that keeps me up at night, not the Misner Dam.”Norfolk has been here before. In recent years, holds on new development applications have been imposed while the county addressed water- and wastewater-treatment issues in Simcoe, Waterford and Port Rowan.The situation in Waterford was recently resolved, allowing the long-delayed Villages of Waterford subdivision in the north end of town to proceed.The proposed moratorium will not affect the subdivision projects already underway in Port Dover. It would, however, delay proposals that are not yet registered, have not received site plan approval or where construction has yet to begin. These projects will be dealt with on a “case-by-case” basis.“The municipality is obligated to have servicing capacities in operation before making commitments for developments,” the staff report to council says.“The county cannot over-commit the plants that provide potable and wastewater servicing. Over-committing is not sustainable and may result in constructing treatment capacities that are never used or not used until late in the treatment plant planning period.”The report and its recommendations will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council.The meeting begins in the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Addressing the opening of the 165th session of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome, Directory-General José Graziano da Silva cautioned that famine – which is threatening those countries as a result of drought and ongoing conflict – will leave many dead and rip apart societies. “Famine does not just kill people. It contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that endures for decades,” Mr. de Silva told the FAO Council. Comprised of 49 elected countries, the FAO Council convenes between sessions to provide advice and oversight related to programs and the budget. As part of the week-long Council, members will be briefed on the extent of the conditions in the countries facing famine, and in the case of South Sudan, where famine has already been declared in parts of the country. Mr. de Silva also cautioned about family farmers and rural communities in the Lake Chad Basin, where people feel “hopeless” as they struggle with the impacts of climate change, related droughts, and the lack of public investment and opportunities for youth. “If we do not support these people, they will have no option other than to join local militias or movements of distress migration,” the Director-General said.Approval of projects and budgetThe Council is also tasked with approving FAO’s Programme of Work and Budget for the years 2018 and 2019. The budget prioritizes areas where FAO can deliver “the greatest impact greatest impact to Member countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agriculture production, water scarcity management, and building the resilience of poor family farmers,” according to a press release. Food and agriculture are central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and FAO’s work is projected to contribute to the achievement of 15 of the 17 Goals.“This full alignment has been possible because of the centrality of food and agriculture to the sustainable development agenda 2030,” Mr. da Silva said.Council will also discuss a new scale of assessed contributions, which are the annual payments made by member countries to FAO.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has told Church of England leaders that their failure to deal with child sexual abuse is “a knife in our soul”.Speaking at the opening of the General Synod in York on Friday, the Most Rev Justin Welby told an audience of hundreds of synod members that there is much more progress to be made in the wake of the safeguarding scandal.He said that “every time the Archbishop of York or I see another case where there’s a falling short of our response, it is a knife in our soul”.The Archbishop of Canterbury, along with Dr John Sentamu, are due to give evidence at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) later this week.The Archbishops are the two most senior members of the Church of England. Previous findings from IICSA have already concluded that the Church’s response to sexual abuse allegations was “marked by secrecy”. This investigation into the Anglican Church is currently assessing the appropriateness of safeguarding and child-protection policies and practices.It is also considering the adequacy of the Past Cases Review of the Church of England and the Historic Cases Review of the Church in Wales.In his comments, at Synod on Monday, the Archbishop of Canterbury – who conducted the christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie – was responding to a request for time to debate safeguarding. However, he said that it would be more appropriate to wait until the conclusion of IICSA. “We speak from the heart, every time,” he said.”We have to have processes and procedures. There’s no magic wand. We have to have rules.”There’s no shortcut. But we do that because we are so grievously ashamed of what has happened in this Church over the years.”We do that because it comes from the heart and that because we seek to change the culture.”And every time the Archbishop of York or I see another case where there’s a falling short of our response, it is a knife in our soul.”There are many survivors here in the Synod. Some known, some who’ve never felt they wanted to or were able to speak. There are many survivors among the bishops. They speak from the heart. And from grief.”IICSA will continue to hear evidence from victims and survivors as well as Church leaders and safeguarding experts later this month.’We are grievously ashamed of what has happened in this Church over the years… and seek to change the culture’. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Australian engineering company Monadelphous Group has secured contracts with a combined value of A$100 million in the aluminium, coal and iron ore markets with major customers BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. The majority of the contracts are in central Queensland. In a first for the company, Monadelphous will be working on two dragline shutdowns for the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) at its Blackwater coal mine in the Bowen Basin in central Queensland. Also in the Bowen Basin, the company has been awarded a contract to fabricate and construct a radial stacker for BMA’s Peak Downs coal mine.In Gladstone, central Queensland, Monadelphous has been awarded a package of work to install an Automated Alumina Delivery System and associated infrastructure as part of Rio Tinto’s Boyne Smelter Development Project.The company has also received a notice of award from Rio Tinto for construction of a Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) and associated coal handling plant as part of its Clermont mine project.In Western Australia, Monadelphous has been awarded a contract with BHP Billiton Iron Ore for structural and mechanical pre-works at Nelson Point as part of its Rapid Growth Project 6.All projects are scheduled for completion in the second half of calendar 2009, except for the work at Boyne Smelter which at this stage is expected to end in second half of calendar 2010.Commenting on the new contracts Monadelphous Managing Director Rob Velletri said: “We are especially pleased to be working for BMA as this is our first dragline maintenance contract outside the Hunter Valley and a major milestone in the achievement of our coal market growth strategy in the Bowen Basin.”
FINE GAEL TD Tom Hayes has been appointed as the new Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety.The appointment of the Tipperary South TD as a junior minister at the Department of Agriculture follows this morning’s Cabinet meeting.Hayes succeeds Shane McEntee in the post following his party colleague’s sudden death last December.“Tom Hayes has a deep understanding of the agriculture sector and I am confident that this, along with his political and farming experience, will equip him very well for this important and challenging role,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today.Hayes himself added: “I am delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to serve as Minister of State. I look forward to working closely with Minister Simon Coveney and other Government colleagues on the continued development of these very important sectors.”The appointment of Hayes comes as a bit of a surprise to those who have followed matters closely in recent months with party colleagues Andrew Doyle, who chairs the agriculture committee, and Damien English, who ran the by-election for McEntee’s vacant seat, considered favourites.Under legislation concerning the appointment of junior ministers, the Taoiseach makes a nomination to the Cabinet which then approves this choice as happened this morning.Hayes has previously served as chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party and was the party’s deputy spokesperson on transport with responsibility for road safety in the months prior to the 2011 general election.He has been a TD in Tipperary South since 2001 when he was elected following the death of Theresa Ahearn. He previously served four years in the Seanad.Previously: Doyle confirms interest but still no decision on junior agriculture ministerRead: FG’s Helen McEntee retains father’s seat in Meath East by-election
SEATTLE — After a third inmate in three months was accidentally released from jail, King County Executive Dow Constantine says he has appointed an outside investigator to review the county’s inmate-release policies at facilities in Seattle and Kent.The Seattle Times reports the latest incident involved what jail officials called the “inadvertent release” of Marc-Eugene Larson.He is accused of shooting two men and had been jailed since February on two counts of assault.Court and jail records say after a week of freedom, Larson was re-arrested Monday jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.Spokesman Alex Fryer says the review will include examining how court documents are processed and release procedures followed by the commitment officer, the release officer and sergeant that oversees the process.The investigator will also provide recommendations on best practices for inmate processing and release.
All lanes on state Highway 14 have reopened after a multiple-vehicle crash blocked westbound traffic at the Camas Slough Bridge.Washington State Department of Transportation officials say that motorists should expect major delays in the area and advise people to take an alternate route if they can. No official detour has been set up, but motorists can use Southeast Union Street and Southeast Sixth Avenue. No more information was immediately available.
Volkswagen’s apprentices sure do have a lot of fun. Earlier this month, we learned that a group of ’em came together to build a drivable cutaway of the electric e-Golf. Now, they’ve built two monster concept cars for a big GTI gathering in Wörthersee.Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled two concepts alongside their official debut at the Wörthersee festival in Germany. The cars occupy two very different segments, but the end result is the same — a concept car putting out some decent power while packing some interesting secrets. Let’s take a look at each. Share your voice Tags Review • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy Preview • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar More From Roadshow Volkswagen Audi Volkswagen 2019 Volkswagen Arteon: Meet VW’s new stylish flagship Concept Cars Wagons Performance Cars Hatchbacks Auto Tech 4:18 1 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI first drive: Long live the sport sedan 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Golf GTI Aurora The VW Golf GTI Aurora concept is the brainchild of apprentices working at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg facility. This one is much techier than the second concept, but both are built for performance. Under the hood of the GTI Aurora is a 2.0-liter gasoline inline-4 putting out 380 horsepower. It’s mated to a seven-speed transmission and borrows its Nardo Gray primary paint color from Audi. The concept was designed digitally. From the outside, it’s quite the monster, and that’s saying nothing of its eye-catching vinyl design. There’s a large front splitter with stanchions connecting to the grille, while out back there’s a wing that’s about as wide as the GTI Aurora itself.The real clever bits are hidden in the cargo area, though. Flip up the tailgate, and in addition to a roll cage and a custom subwoofer mount, you’ll find a hologram generator. VW claims that the hologram interface is what connects people to the car’s sound system, and that it truly does “float” above the hologram module, but I will hold my breath on that claim, as I have yet to see a video of the system in action. Nevertheless, if VW really did pull this off, that’s wild.Enlarge ImageAll the frou-frou stuff about the holograms aside, this concept looks pretty wicked. Volkswagen Golf Estate R FighteR Over in Europe, those lucky ducks get a Golf R version of the SportWagen, known over there as the Estate or Variant. This one is even wilder than that, with its 2.0-liter engine tuned to produce a proper 400 horsepower, which is routed to all four wheels through a seven-speed transmission. While the Aurora was made by apprentices in Wolfsburg, this one is the creation of three factories: Zwickau, Chemnitz and Gläserne. Wider fenders give the FighteR a beefier stance, while lights mounted on the roof and in the grille offer a hint about the FighteR’s future purpose — it’ll act as a safety car for the Sachsenring racing circuit. Just like the GTI Aurora, the FighteR uses Audi’s Nardo Gray as its primary paint color. Inside, there’s an interior decked in full leather and Alcantara suede. Don’t worry, there’s a tech angle here, too. Tucked away on the roof is a 360-degree camera system that VW used to record a hot lap around the Sachsenring. Wörthersee attendees will be able to watch the lap inside the vehicle using VR glasses, giving them a better idea of what it’s like when a 400-hp, AWD battle wagon takes to the track.Enlarge ImageI love everything about this, and so should you. Volkswagen VW’s Wörthersee concepts are high-tech performers Comment News • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is pricey, starting from $36,840 12 Photos More about 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit review: The best daily driver gets better