Batshuayi strikes late to give Chelsea win at Atletico

first_imgChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to snatch a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday with the last kick of the game, taking Antonio Conte’s side top of Champions League Group C.France international Antoine Griezmann rammed a penalty beyond former Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to give the home side a barely deserved lead in the 40th minute, scoring the first European goal at their new stadium after striking the first Liga goal there earlier this month.Former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, who also spent time in Atletico’s youth system, pulled Chelsea level by glancing in Eden Hazard’s cross in the 60th minute after the visitors had failed to make their first-half dominance count.Batshuayi replaced Morata with seven minutes remaining and inflicted a first home defeat on Atletico since September, 2015 by turning in a Marcos Alonso cutback from close range deep into stoppage-time. Results from the Champions League on Wednesday:Atletico Madrid 1Chelsea 2Qarabag 1Roma 2CSKA Moscow 1Man United 4Basel 5Benfica 0Anderlecht 0Celtic 3PSG 3Bayern Munich 0Juventus 2Olympiacos 0Sporting Lisbon 0Barcelona 1last_img read more

Spurs cut pay of non-playing staff by 20%

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have imposed a 20% pay cut on 550 non-playing staff in April and May due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement the move was to protect jobs and the club planned to use a government furlough scheme where appropriate.He hoped also that talks between the Premier League and players’ and managers’ associations would result in players and coaches “doing their bit for the football eco system.”“When I read or hear stories about player transfers this summer like nothing has happened, people need to wake up to the enormity of what is happening around us,” said Levy.“With over 786,000 infected, (over) 38,000 deaths and large segments of the world in lockdown we need to realise that football cannot operate in a bubble.“We may be the eighth largest club in the world by revenue according to the Deloitte survey but all that historical data is totally irrelevant as this virus has no boundaries.”Levy said the North London club’s operations had effectively ceased, some fans had lost their jobs and sponsors were concerned about their businesses.Meanwhile Tottenham still had an annual cost base running into hundreds of millions of pounds.Other major European clubs have also moved to reduce their costs with countries in lockdown to combat the spread of the virus.Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus are among those to have cut player and staff wages to reduce costs.“I have no doubt we will get through this crisis but life will take some time to get back to normal,” said Levy.“Many families will have lost loved ones, many businesses will have been destroyed, millions of jobs lost and many clubs whether big or small may struggle to exist.“It is incumbent on me as chairman to ensure we do everything we can to protect our employees, our fans, our partners, our club for future generations.”last_img read more

Crafting a Constitution for Democracy in Guyana

first_imgAfter commemorating “Emancipation Day” in grand style, the PNC held its Biennial Congress in preparation for the 2020 general elections. But it is clear it has lost its narrative on constitutional change. In Guyana, even after the abolition of slavery, there was certainly no assumption the freed slaves could vote: the British constitutionally denied the freed Africans the opportunity to control the governing structures.There had to be a period of tutelage, they insisted, before the responsibility of governance could be exercised “responsibly” by the “natives”. Thus, in Guyanese history, we note a long and painful process by the disenfranchised to win the vote, and a determined rear-guard action by the British to deny it.In 1891, the British instituted major constitutional changes when they altered the franchise and relaxed the qualifications to vote for the elected officials to the Combined Court. The new rules enabled the new and growing Coloured/African middle class to gradually outnumber the planters in the Combined Court.The British Government initiated this change because, at that point, its interests diverged from that of the planters; but it was obvious even then that the potential for a new challenge to British Imperial aims had been created.In 1928, when the Coloured/African middle class showed they may have had an agenda of their own, the British switched gears and imposed a Crown Colony form of government, wherein the Governor could effectively outvote the elected representatives. As late as 1947, only about 10% of the population was counted as “the people”; after 1953, it became everyone over twenty-one; and finally, in 1968, it was changed to include everyone over eighteen.A second problem arose when, after emancipation, the country became what would today be called a “culturally plural society”. J.S. Mill, speaking from a Britain sure of its “British” national identity, could pronounce with finality that the free institutions of democracy were ‘next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities’.There are undoubtedly countless issues that the constitutional institutionalisation of democracy would pose for Guyana, but the most important would be to deal directly with the implications of the ethnic divisions in the society, to answer the question, “Who are the people who would govern?”On another question of how “the people” are to rule, the classical Greeks tried “direct democracy”, where, facilitated by their small numbers, every citizen could vote on every issue in one gathering. If more than fifty percent of the citizens voted for one particular position, then that became the position of “the people”. Majoritarian politics was born.This direct method of voting had to be abandoned in favour of “representative democracy,” due to the larger number of citizens and their wider geographical dispersion in the countries that resuscitated the democratic form of governance twenty-two centuries later. The representatives were supposed to represent those who elected them. However, even though the circumstances were different, the majoritarian principle was retained, and it was accepted because the British people saw themselves more or less as one. In plural societies like Guyana, it presented new challenges.If one such faction – such as the “ethnic” groups of Guyana — forms a majority, then this poses a grave danger to democracy in that society — a “tyranny of the majority”.In this situation, a minority would never have the opportunity of becoming the majority, and would have to go along with that majority ad infinitum. Thus, in such plural societies, where one ethnic group can produce an entrenched majority, “majoritarianism”, a procedure for implementing democracy, becomes an obstacle to the substance of democracy – all citizens feel that their opinions will be taken into account when decisions that affect them are made.Before the 2015 elections, the PNC had insisted on the need for constitutional change to incorporate a more “inclusionary democratic” approach to governance. Yet, today, they insist the inclusionary goal has been reached under the old constitution. Quo vadis?last_img read more

Fort St. John woman on Aboriginal council

first_imgThe council was announced in June, and consists of eight other members. It’s intended to be representative of a cross-section of Aboriginal groups, and includes women from all areas of B.C. Paulette has an impressive resumé for the position as she currently sits on the Native Economic Development Advisory Board for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and is Vice President of the B.C. Aboriginal Business Service Network Society and a Board Member of the Fort St. John Métis Society. She also has multiple awards including an Aurora Award of Distinction as the Aboriginal Women of the Year in 2009, was appointed to the Northern Development Initiative Trust in 2007 and named the Economic Developer of the Year by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. The council will be responsible for providing advice to the government with the intention of supporting aboriginal women. It will ensure programs are effective, and host discussions in communities.- Advertisement – Council chair Wendy Grant John says, “to have Aboriginal women advising on matters that directly impact the day to day lives of women from across the Province is a positive step forward. There is a great deal of important work to be done, but I believe that we have assembled an excellent team.” The council will sit for two years, and will meet with the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation at least twice a year.Advertisementlast_img read more

First Nations, cities support B.C.’s plan to require permits for pipelines

first_imgCity of Vancouver lawyer Susan Horne told court that the municipality supports B.C.’s proposal because it would ensure local and First Nations governments are properly resourced to respond to spills and are fully compensated for damages.“Local governments, like the City of Vancouver, are on the front lines of emergency response for their communities,” she said.The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, purchased by the federal government for $4.5 billion, would triple the capacity of the existing line from the Edmonton area to Burnaby and increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.Horne said Vancouver borders Burrard Inlet and a diluted bitumen spill would create a toxic plume that would risk the health of anyone in close proximity and delay response until the threat had subsided.A relatively small diesel spill in English Bay in 2015 required a response from 12 city departments and cost Vancouver more than $569,000, she said, and ship owners have not repaid the city yet.Advertisement If the operator finds the conditions too onerous, it can appeal to the independent Environmental Appeal Board, or in the case of Trans Mountain, the National Energy Board, Arvay added.The energy board has set up a process where Trans Mountain Corp. can argue that a condition is too burdensome and violates the special status of inter-provincial projects, he said.“The NEB effectively gets the last word … but it’s going to be condition by condition.” The governments of Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan have not yet had an opportunity to deliver arguments, but they say Ottawa _ not provinces _ has jurisdiction over inter-provincial projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Canada says in court documents that the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down because they give the province a “veto” over such projects.Slett said she believes that if B.C.’s proposed system had been in place when the Nathan E. Stewart sank, the recovery would be further along now. She also hopes the province’s regime, if approved, will incorporate Indigenous knowledge of their territories.“Our people know our areas. They know the tides. They know the weather patterns,” she said.Advertisement VANCOUVER, B.C. – First Nations and cities that have seen costly and damaging oil spills are supporting British Columbia’s efforts to require permits for companies transporting hazardous substances through the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case that asks whether the province can create such a system, which would require companies to file disaster response plans and pay for any damages.Heiltsuk Nation Chief Marilyn Slett said a spill in her community revealed gaps in federal response. The tug Nathan E. Stewart leaked 110,000 litres of diesel fuel near Bella Bella in late 2016.- Advertisement -“The day the spill happened, our people were out there. They were out in their boats, they were there trying to help with any of the recovery,” Slett said in an interview.“What we noticed is there isn’t room for Indigenous people and Indigenous governance within the spill response regime.”The Heiltsuk and other First Nations, the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby and the environmental group Ecojustice argued on Tuesday that the Appeal Court should uphold B.C.’s proposed permitting regime. B.C. says the goal of the system is not to block oil and gas projects but to protect against disasters.Advertisement Michelle Bradley, representing the City of Burnaby, said diluted bitumen can sink and become submerged in shorelines. It’s also flammable and the city’s fire chief has raised concerns about the possibility of a blaze at the Trans Mountain tank farm, she said.Burnaby has already been affected by a spill from Trans Mountain in 2007 when a contractor struck the line and caused 224,000 litres of heavy oil to spew into a residential area, she said. The company relied extensively on Burnaby first responders, she added.The city does not currently have the capacity to respond to a disaster from the expanded Trans Mountain project, but B.C.’s proposed system would help ensure it was ready, Bradley said.“The environmental damage caused by releases of hazardous substances will be local, not national,” Bradley said. “The governments closest to those communities should be empowered to enact legislation to protect those communities from harm, and to exceed national norms for environmental protection.”Joseph Arvay, a lawyer for B.C., told court earlier Tuesday the proposed amendments would not allow the province to refuse to issue a permit without cause. Permits would only be withheld or revoked if the operator failed to follow conditions imposed upon it, he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

A timely budget unlikely this year

first_imgAssemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Assembly Budget committee, said Democrats are trying to restore at least $827 million that Schwarzenegger wants to cut from public transportation. They contend some cuts may be illegal. They also reject the governor’s plan to spend at least $600 million to repay debt early from the 2004 economy recovery bond. Instead they want to use the money for social service payments to children and senior citizens. “He’s choosing Wall Street over California’s kids and seniors,” Laird said. Still Laird believes the issues can be resolved by the end of June. The state Constitution calls for the Legislature to pass a budget by June 15 and for governor to sign it by June 30, in time for the start of the next fiscal year July 1. With few penalties for a late budget, however, debate has at times stretched into August and even September in past years. The budget has been late seven times in the past decade. SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers said Thursday they’re near agreement on a state budget, but predicted they’ll miss tonight’s deadline for passage. Among the sticking points are Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal to cut funding for public transit and social services and to repay bond debt early. Republican Leader Assemblyman Mike Villines, R-Clovis, said Democratic and Republican lawmakers differ on at least $1.4 billion in spending. “I think we’re all working toward getting something done in a reasonable time frame,” Villines said during an appearance before the Sacramento Press Club. Schwarzenegger has proposed a $146 billion spending plan for 2007-08. His budget increases spending for education and infrastructure, but scales back funds for social services and cuts about $1.3 billion from public transit. It avoids tax hikes, but also allows a $1.4 billion operating deficit. H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the Department of Finance, said the Schwarzenegger administration remains optimistic a budget can be signed by June 30. “The will is there,” Palmer said. “There are disagreements, but people are not being disagreeable.” In Los Angeles, transit officials are eagerly awaiting the results. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority estimates the governor’s proposal would mean at least $230 million less for the agency, which recently approved stiff fare increases throughout the county. Metro CEO Roger Snoble said Thursday that if the agency gets the additional state funding, it would still have to boost fares next year, but the next round of increases in 2009 could be softened. (916) 446-6723 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

Lorenzo kills five, sends more fleeing

first_imgRivers in Mexico that had swollen 21 feet above usual levels began to recede on Saturday, but officials said it might take weeks for all flooding to subside. Lorenzo hit Mexico’s Gulf coast on Friday and quickly faded into a potent rainstorm as it moved over the lush, ravine-cut mountains of east-central Mexico, dumping more than 13 inches of rain in some areas in less than a day. In hard-hit parts of Veracruz state, streets remained flooded by weather that ripped roofs off some 2,000 homes and swept cars away. In Alamo, a burst pipeline released oil into the Buenavista River and damaged nearby pastures, police said. VERACRUZ, Mexico – Floodwaters from Hurricane Lorenzo were receeding Saturday after rains caused mudslides and floods that killed at least five people and drove tens of thousands from their homes in eastern Mexico. Meanwhile, a new tropical storm, Melissa, formed in the eastern Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. It had winds of 40 mph, but posed no immediate threat to land. In the eastern Pacific, a tropical depression was upgraded to Tropical Storm Juliette but remained nearly 500 miles off the coast of central Mexico on Saturday afternoon. Atlantic Tropical Storm Karen faded into a tropical depression and was likely to dissipate soon, with winds of 35 mph about 495 miles east of the Leeward Islands. 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

Ronaldo will finish his career at Real Madrid, claims ex-boss Ancelotti

first_img1 Carlo Ancelotti believes Cristiano Ronaldo will end his career at Real Madrid – despite interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.The Portugal international recently broke the Spanish giant’s all-time goal record and is contracted to the club until 2018.Despite that, reports had linked him with a return to Old Trafford, with Red Devils hero David Beckham telling talkSPORT he hopes to see his old team-mate in a United shirt once again.However Ancelotti, who worked with the 30-year-old at the Bernabeu, thinks he will stay at Madrid until he retires.“I don’t know,” Ancelotti told Le Parisien when asked if Ronaldo would join PSG next year.“Last week he created history at Real Madrid by levelling Raul’s record.“I don’t see Cristiano Ronaldo changing club. I think he’ll finish his career at Real Madrid where everyone likes him.” Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates breaking Raul’s Real Madrid record last_img read more

Campbell recalling Chunky potato soup

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityConsumers who purchased Campbell’s Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits with the can code “JUL 08 2009 07097” were advised to return the product to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or refund. CAMDEN, N.J. – Campbell Soup Co. on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of more than 72,000 cans of a variety of its Chunky soup because they may contain pieces of hard plastic that present a choking hazard and could cause injury if swallowed. The recall involves 18.8-ounce cans of Campbell’s Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits. No other products are affected by the recall, the company said. Campbell said three consumers have reported minor injuries in and around their mouths. The recalled soups were shipped to 24 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. last_img read more

Animals endangered by fire taken to safety

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – As soon as they saw black smoke curling over Placerita Canyon on Monday morning, the nature center’s volunteers thought, “Oh, boy.” Thirty minutes after the park superintendent gave the word, Placerita Canyon Nature Center’s volunteers and staff members had loaded cars and vans with dozens of flying and crawling animals, ready to evacuate them from the advancing Cross Fire. Valuable taxidermy was lined up by the front door. “The (stuffed) bear and the mountain lion were going to be first on the bus because they were hard to get – they were donated,” said volunteer Heidi Webber. “But the road kill could be replaced. We have a freezer with road kill in it.” About 600 firefighters battled the brush fire in the canyon, which consumed about 600 acres and burned to the east end of Placerita Canyon Park, but was contained about a mile-and-a-half from the facility. All of the center’s animals were ferried safely to Hart Park in Newhall, and after spending a cozy night cage-to-cage on banquet tables in Hart Hall, they were returned home Tuesday morning. About 10 volunteers and some support staff aided the four on-site staff members’ efforts. “It got too close for comfort,” said Ian Swift, the park’s superintendent, and things were pretty hectic at first. Webber’s husband, Bill, who had filled their car with caged owls and hawks, and jammed a county van with crated snakes, tarantulas, lizards and frogs, had to persuade California Highway Patrol officers manning a roadblock to let him in for a second haul. This was the couple’s fourth fire-season go-round, and Webber said Rufus, a red-tailed hawk, was more stressed than him. “He has been there about 20 years and is only moved when there is a fire,” he said. Rufus cracked open his beak and he was panting. Another docent hauled Graham – a 65-pound, 12-foot Burmese python – in a perforated bag with wheels. Volunteer Pam Koch scooped salamanders and frogs – which squeaked – from aquariums in the classroom area. Webber, who serves on the center’s board and publishes its newsletter, had her hands full trying to find animals in the blackness after the power died. “I was reaching around in cages in the dark, kind of patting, looking for who I could find to grab,” she said. “Snakes don’t come to their names.” Fergie, the de-scented skunk, was cooperative. “He’s such a sweetheart,” she said. Nearly 400 utility customers in Canyon Country and surrounding areas lost their power a little after noon Monday, when Southern California Edison shut down part of a circuit to aid firefighters battling flames. Service was restored about 10:30 p.m., said SCE spokesman Tom Boyd. Swift called on one of his well-equipped neighbors for a little backup. Walt Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch, whose property abuts the park – and whose films feature animals with larger-than-life personalities – lent its five-person on-site fire crew and water truck to the center for protection. “They built a special underground water storage tank that was designed specifially for the Black Hawk firefighting helicopters,” Swift said. “In 2004, that water tank was completed two days before the Foothill Fire, and that tank enabled firefighters to save the nature center.” judy.orourke@dailynews.comlast_img read more