Lebanon government stands down over blast fallout

first_imgViolent protests The outgoing government is now due to stay on in a caretaker capacity, and fresh elections could still be months away.Before Diab’s announcement, four ministers had already decided they could no longer serve a government that has shown little willingness to take the blame or to put state resources at the service of the victims.At least nine lawmakers have also announced they would quit in protest, as have two senior members of the Beirut municipality.The blast, which drew comparisons with an  atomic bomb, was so enormous that it altered the shape of not only Beirut’s culture, whose masters are widely seen as bent on self-preservation and buck-passing.But it remained to be seen whether the disaster will also have a lasting impact on Lebanon’s entrenched post-war political culture.Diab on Monday blamed the blast on corruption by  former warlords from the 1975-1990 civil war who have exchanged their military fatigues for suits, or were replaced by relatives.”Their corruption created this tragedy,” said Diab. “Between us and change stands a thick wall protected by their dirty tactics.”During consecutive evenings of protests, the rage sparked by the explosion that disfigured Beirut and scarred so many of its residents had not relented.”The resignation of ministers is not enough. Those who are responsible for the explosion should be held accountable,” Michelle, a demonstrator in her early twenties, said on Sunday night. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his government’s resignation Monday under a barrage of pressure over the catastrophic Beirut port explosion six days earlier that has reignited angry street protests.”I announce the resignation of the government,” Diab said at the end of a televised speech in which he tried to portray himself also as a victim of a corrupt political elite.The announcement was met with cars honking in the streets and celebratory fire in the northern city of Tripoli but it was unlikely to meet long-term expectations of Lebanese. Almost a week after the enormous chemical blast that wreaked destruction across swathes of the capital and was felt as far away as Cyprus, residents and volunteers were still clearing the debris off the streets Monday.International rescue teams with sniffer dogs and specialized equipment remained at work at the disaster’s charred “ground zero”, where the search has turned to one for bodies rather than survivors.The Lebanese have been left asking how a massive stockpile of volatile ammonium nitrate, a compound used primarily as a fertilizer, was left unsecured at the port for years.Top officials have promised a swift and thorough investigation — but they have stopped short of agreeing to an independent probe led by foreign experts as demanded by the protesters. ‘Direct’ aid Demonstrators said security forces had been using tear gas against blast victims instead of helping them clean their wrecked homes and find a roof.”We need an international investigation and trial to tell us who killed our friends and all the other victims,” said Michelle.Macron supported the idea when he visited last Thursday, but his calls for reform and transparency appeared to receive less attention among Lebanese officialdom than his offer to raise aid money.An online emergency support conference Macron chaired Sunday, attended virtually by a slew of world leaders including US President Donald Trump, came up with pledges for more than 250 million euros.Macron, who was given a hero’s welcome when he trudged through the rubble of ravaged old Beirut to meet distressed residents, stressed the aid would go “directly” to the population.Many Lebanese are skeptically waiting to see how the aid delivery will navigate a sophisticated and deeply entrenched system of local and sectarian patronage organized by political party barons.The Beirut disaster compounded what has become Lebanon’s annus horribilis, deepening a dire economic crisis which had dragged half of the country into poverty in past months.The obliteration of the port and its huge grain silos in a country hugely reliant on imports has sparked fears of food shortages in coming weeks.Adding to Lebanon’s woes, coronavirus cases are reaching new highs almost every day, putting further strain on hospitals that are treating blast victims and the dozens wounded in the repression of the protests.center_img Even as Diab spoke, security forces in central Beirut clashed for a third night with protesters demanding an end to an entrenched political system widely seen as inept, corrupt and dominated by sectarian interests and family dynasties.France, whose President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut after the blast, called for the “rapid formation” of a new government.”The aspirations expressed by the Lebanese in terms of reforms and governance must be heard,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, adding that a new government would have to “prove itself” to the people.According to the health ministry, at least 160 people were killed in Lebanon’s worst peacetime disaster, 6,000 injured and about 20 remained missing after the August 4 disaster blamed on official negligence. 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Governor Tom Wolf Responds to Tuesday’s Election

first_img  SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues,  Remarks,  The Blog,  Videos Prior to this morning’s Pennsylvania Network of Care Service for Veterans announcement, Governor Tom Wolf delivered the following remarks in response to Tuesday’s election.I just want to say a few words about the election on Tuesday. For many people in Pennsylvania, as well as myself, there were candidates for office we supported that were successful, and some that were not.Specifically, I want to congratulate Josh Shapiro, Eugene DePasquale, Joe Torsella, and Pat Toomey on their wins and welcome the new lawmakers who will be joining us in Harrisburg. I look forward to getting to know you and to working with you and I will be reaching out in the coming days. On a national level, our President-elect is Donald Trump and we do have to give him a chance and hope he does well because he will be the leader of our country and our military. It should also be noted that many people across this state and country are still hurting – they do not believe the economy is working for them, and are looking for their elected leaders to hear their voices and take action to address these fundamental issues that are squeezing the middle class and working families.We should not ignore this reality, which is why, right here in Harrisburg, I am going to continue working with Republicans who already held historic majorities to make Pennsylvania stronger. Over the last two years, working together, we have accomplished historic increases in education funding totaling more than $640 million for education at all levels, a fair funding formula, the legalization of medical marijuana, historic reforms to our liquor system, providing unemployment insurance for 44,000 people, and we continue to make major progress in combatting the heroin crisis. In Pennsylvania, we have shown we can work across party lines to get things done and I am committed to continuing that bipartisan work. However, there is still more that we need to do. We must work together to reduce property taxes, protect Pennsylvania jobs from being sent to other states, invest in manufacturing and our economy, and ensure those who work hard can join the middle class. These priorities are values shared across our state, regardless of where you live or what party you belong to. It is something I have been dedicated to my entire life – when I drove a forklift at my family business, helped rebuild my kitchen cabinet company, shared-profits with my employees, and treated them with the respect and dignity they deserve.I also want to assure Pennsylvanians that I will continue to protect women’s health, and access to health care for the 700,000 Pennsylvanians now enrolled in Medicaid. I will keep fighting to staunchly defend the rights of minorities, the rights of people to vote, and for equal rights for the LGBT community. And I will strive to make government smarter and more efficient while also investing in everyone’s future – from our children to our seniors.Pennsylvania was founded on the principles of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness, and I look forward to continuing to work with Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between to move our state forward. Governor Tom Wolf Responds to Tuesday’s Election November 10, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

AquaTrojans Roll On With Wins Over Spartans

first_imgThe AquaTrojans remain undefeated bringing home victories against their rivals, the Connersville Spartans on teacher appreciation night.  Girls won 115-68, Boys won 107-79.Individual Winners include:  Kyra Hall-200 Free; Grace Crane-200IM; Jackson Ketcham-200IM, 100 Fly; Alexis deLong-50 Free, 100 Back; Mackenzie Schantz-100 Fly; Jacob Weber-100 Free, 100 Back; Gavin Daniels-500 Free; Klay Shipman-100 Breaststrok.EC won 5 of 6 relays.EC hosts the Batesville Bulldogs on Tuesday January 16.Go AquaTrojans!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img

Dec. County Commissioners extend travel watch ordinance

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Decatur County Commissioners have extended the most recent travel ordinance until 7:59 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020. However, Commissioner Rick Nobbe noted that this may change or update dependent upon Governor Eric Holcomb’s decision expected to be made available this Friday, May 1.last_img

Cesc right – Mou

first_img Fabregas signed for Chelsea after three years at Barcelona, despite a rumoured clause which gave the first option to Arsenal, where he played from 2003 to 2011, making 303 appearances and scoring 57 goals under Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. The 27-year-old Spain playmaker has thrived on his Barclays Premier League return and next plays against Arsenal in Sunday’s contest between the only remaining unbeaten teams in the league. Jose Mourinho believes Cesc Fabregas can have both Chelsea and Arsenal in his heart as the midfielder prepares to face his former side. Press Association “I think he loves Chelsea already,” Blues boss Mourinho said. “He’s so happy: the way he plays, the way he’s a member of the squad, the way he lives in this little blue village. “It is like he’s (been) here for a long time. If you ask him now if he regrets the move, I’m sure he’d say no. “If you ask him if he’d choose a different option, he’d say no. “And if you ask him where he thinks he’ll be in five years’ time, he will say Chelsea. “He is Chelsea. He is completely committed to Chelsea. And he likes Chelsea very, very much. “One thing is that and another thing is to forget the past. I’m happy he doesn’t forget the past.” Mourinho is adamant Fabregas remembers fondly the club he joined aged 16. The Portuguese added: “I wouldn’t be happy if he came here saying he didn’t care about Arsenal. “Many times, when (players) say that, it’s not true. If it’s true, it’s also not good. “He’ll never lose his respect and his connection with a club where he arrived as a kid and left as a top player. “He doesn’t forget Arsenal, he doesn’t forget the time he spent there, he doesn’t forget the contribution Arsenal made in his fantastic career, and that deserves a place in his memory and his heart. For me, the approach is correct. “The fact he’s giving everything to Chelsea with such professionalism and enthusiasm is exactly what we want of him.” During his first spell at Chelsea and his time at Real Madrid, Mourinho never imagined Fabregas would come under his charge. “I was at Chelsea, he was at Arsenal – a rival,” Mourinho said. “I was at Real, he was at Barcelona – a rival. “It never looked possible that he would become my player. I never thought about it.” When the possibility arose, Mourinho moved swiftly for a player with supreme talents. He promised Fabregas he would be the central figure in the team and not one on the periphery, like he was at times in Barcelona, where he played on the wings and as a ‘false nine’ forward. “I wanted him because I know the player he is,” Mourinho added. “And I know he was good for the philosophy we wanted for the team. “I knew that he’s one of not many players who can play as a number eight or a number 10, so gives me possibilities to play him in both positions and build a midfield knowing that. “This, plus the fact that he was made in England and played for so many years in English football. That’s a plus. “He doesn’t need that adaptation. He comes back ‘home’. We knew he was the perfect for us. We tried. We tried hard, and we got (him).” Mourinho is not concerned whether Fabregas celebrates scoring against the Gunners, pointing to his own inner feeling of happiness when his Inter Milan side beat Chelsea in the Champions League in 2010. “He should score, celebrate or not – I don’t care,” Mourinho said. “When my team scored against Chelsea and my team did three times, two in Milan and one at Stamford Bridge, I didn’t celebrate. I was happy, you can’t imagine how happy I was. “Not celebrating is nice. Show some respect.” last_img read more

Mourinho charged with misconduct by FA – but Chelsea stand by their man

first_img Following the 3-1 reverse, Mourinho said he would only quit if he lost the backing of the players, with club captain John Terry stating the dressing room remained firmly behind the Portuguese coach. Chelsea took the unusual step of reiterating their backing in a statement on the official club website which read: “The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support. “As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve. “However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.” Chelsea paraded the title and the Capital One Cup through west London just five months ago, and the speed of the subsequent decline is alarming following a worst start to a season for 37 years. Nevertheless, Monday’s statement indicates Abramovich has decided to stand by Mourinho, with a board meeting said to have been held following Saturday’s match at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho enjoyed a highly successful first spell from June 2004 to September 2007 before returning in June 2013, and the former Real Madrid manager recently signed a new four-year deal worth around some £8.5million a season. The 52-year-old, meanwhile, is adamant he will not be quitting. ”People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players,” Mourinho said following Saturday’s defeat. ”If they tell you they don’t trust me, (that) is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing.” Chelsea resume after the international break at home against Aston Villa, one of just four teams beneath them in the table, on October 17. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes a united front is the only way forwards. “We need to show great character and not feel sorry for ourselves. We need to work our way out of this. It happens to the best teams and players and we need to stick together,” he said. In a statement on Monday the FA said it had charged the Chelsea boss who was unhappy at the decision not to award a penalty when, with the scores at 1-1, forward Radamel Falcao was upended by Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The statement read: “Jose Mourinho has been charged for misconduct in relation to media comments he made following Chelsea’s game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015. “It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute. “He has until 6pm on Thursday 8 October 2015 to respond to the charge.” Mourinho had said after the Southampton defeat: “When everything goes against you, you need these decisions. One thing teams are not afraid of is to make penalties against us because they make them all the time and the referees they never give. “It is a big confidence they feel because they are not afraid to be aggressive in the box. “I tell my players to be careful in the box. These opponents know that they don’t have to feel that pressure.” Earlier on Monday Chelsea had expressed their confidence in Mourinho with a statement of their own. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces a misconduct charge from the Football Association over comments he made following the 3-1 defeat to Southampton. The under-pressure Chelsea boss, who was given the backing of the club in an official statement on Monday afternoon, was later charged by the FA over his comments about referee Robert Madley. The Barclays Premier League champions lie 16th in the table after a poor run of form which saw them suffer a fourth defeat in eight games in front of owner Roman Abramovich on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger hopes Alexis Sanchez can maintain form after international break

first_img Wenger, though, hopes Sanchez will show no ill effects from his jet-setting ahead of Saturday’s late kick off at Vicarage Road, which will be swiftly followed by the visit of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. “From the internationals we only have positive news,” Wenger said on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. “We are still waiting for (Joel) Campbell, Alexis and (David) Ospina to return, but they all texted back to say they are okay, so we just have to see if they were objective in their assessment.” Like most Premier League sides, Arsenal had a large contingent away on international duty. Forward Olivier Giroud, who has found himself playing back-up to England frontman Theo Walcott in recent matches, scored twice for France in their friendly against Denmark, while playmaker Mesut Ozil continued his good domestic form as Germany beat Georgia. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey was on target for Wales as they defeated Andorra to celebrate reaching the Euro 2016 finals and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also laid down a marker with a goal as Roy Hodgson’s squad completed a perfect qualifying campaign in Lithuania. Wenger has plenty of options, and could be boosted by the return of centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who has been out since the end of September with a hamstring injury. “Koscielny has a slight chance to be back on Saturday. He has a definite test tomorrow,” the Arsenal boss confirmed. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful Alexis Sanchez should return fit from international duty with Chile ready to help fire the Gunners’ Barclays Premier League campaign at Watford. “(Mikel) Arteta and (Mathieu) Flamini are also (now) back in full training. We need to see how they are and how confident they are, but we can’t rule it out.” Arsenal host the club’s Annual General Meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday morning. It has been reported Alisher Usmanov, Arsenal’s second largest shareholder, has asked for a detailed explanation of a £3million payment to the company of majority owner Stan Kroenke. Shareholders are also said to be asking pre-submitted questions of the club’s transfer strategy, which saw only one addition during the summer window, that of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea. Arsenal recently again reported robust financial results, which showed cash reserves of some £193.1m. Wenger will, as usual, address the AGM directly in a speech, while Kroenke, who is a non-executive director, could also front questions along with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and chairman Sir Chips Keswick. Sanchez smashed six goals in his last three club appearances before heading off with La Roja for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifiers, where he netted in the win against Brazil as well as a brace in Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over Peru. The industrious 26-year-old was reported to have been carrying a slight groin problem after coming of towards the end of the 3-0 route of Manchester United on October 4, which saw Arsenal move to second in the table. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tom Lawrence joins Cardiff on loan from Leicester

first_img The Sky Bet Championship club, currently under a transfer embargo for breaching Football League Financial Fair Play rules, made Lawrence their second signing on transfer deadline day following the earlier acquisition of Denmark Under-21 striker Kenneth Zohore. Lawrence spent the first half of the season at Blackburn and was keen on another loan spell in the Championship to get first-team football ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign this summer. Wales striker Tom Lawrence has joined Cardiff on loan from Leicester for the rest of the season. Press Associationcenter_img The 22-year-old won his first international cap against Andorra in their final Euro 2016 qualifier in October and the following month made his first start in the friendly against Holland. “Cardiff City FC can confirm that Welsh international, Tom Lawrence, has joined the Bluebirds on loan from Leicester City for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, subject to international clearance,” said a statement on the club’s official website. Wrexham-born Lawrence began his career at Manchester United, making just one senior appearance at Old Trafford before joining Leicester in September 2014 after loan spells at Carlisle and Yeovil. Lawrence spent further loan time at Rotherham after joining Leicester before a five-month spell at Blackburn this season, where he scored twice in 23 appearances. Cardiff had earlier completed what is sure to be one of the strangest deals on deadline day by signing Zohore on loan from Vincent Tan’s Belgian club KV Kortrijk. Zohore has joined until the end of the season after moving from Danish side OB Odense to Kortrijk, the Belgian club belonging to Bluebirds owner Tan, earlier on Monday. The Football League are satisfied that Zohore’s move does not breach any rules of the Bluebirds’ transfer embargo and approved the loan deal. Zohore started his career at FC Copenhagen before moving on to Fiorentina and then having loan spells at Brondby and Gothenburg. The 22-year-old joined Odense in February 2015 and has scored seven goals in 16 appearances. last_img read more

Pinnick: CAF Will Today Pick the Better Candidate to Host 2019…

first_imgPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, on Monday in Dakar, Senegal pledged that the African football ruling body will vote for the better-qualified candidate between Egypt and South Africa to host this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.The announcement of the AFCON 2019 host country was brought forward to today following an adjustment on the initial agenda of CAF.Pinnick, who is also President of the AFCON Organizing Committee, stressed that his committee has analysed the strengths of the two bidding nations and would advise CAF on the better option ahead of today’s meeting of the CAF Executive Committee that will select the host country.“The AFCON committee of which I am the chairman has done a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) on both bidding countries and we will meet on the side-line of the CAF Football Awards to finally decide on the best option and present same to CAF before Tuesday’s meeting. “The interest of African football is paramount in this. It is important that we get this right so that the selected country can quickly put structures in place for the championship which is only about five months away,” the CAF top official noted.The NFF boss, who is also a Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, arrived the Senegalese capital on Sunday evening for the meetings as well as the AITEO-CAF African Football Awards, which holds in the historic island of Goree this evening. Egyptian Mohamed Salah is tipped to retain the coveted prize. His Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the other two players in contention for the top prize.Pinnick’s influence and insistence was determinant in CAF agreeing to a four -year contract with Nigeria’s leading energy solution company, AITEO for sponsorship of the African Football Awards.AITEO came into the picture last year on a one-year agreement to bankroll the event hosted in Accra, Ghana following the departure of another Nigerian company, Globacom.CAF had in November 2018 stripped designated host, Cameroon, of the right to host the 2019 AFCON as a result of delays in construction and security threats.Egypt and South Africa have differing strengths with regards to their individual bids to host the 32ndAfrica Cup of Nations finals holding this summer. This year’s edition will be the first to entertain 24 teams.South Africa hosted and won the 1996 finals that was taken away from Kenya for ill-preparedness, and then also hosted the 2013 finals (that Nigeria won) after civil strife broke out in designated host nation, Libya, in 2011.In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup – a 30-day, 32-nation extravaganza that was widely seen as a magnificent success. A year earlier, the nation also hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup.Egypt has hosted the continent’s top football house party three times previously, including hosting and winning the 1986 and 2006 finals.The country also hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup finals in 1997 and the FIFA U20 World Cup finals in 2009.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Full Service Please… Argyll Entertainment backs SBTech as new platform lead

first_img Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon SBTech has confirmed that it will provide full platform provisions and services for online betting group Argyll Entertainment.The partnership will see Argyll-led brands SportNation and RedZoneSports migrate to SBTech full-service platform provisions, gaining new management systems, automation functions and player reporting tools.Argyll enters a crucial H2 2017 period in which the betting group has relaunched its RedZoneSports brand ahead of the start of new NFL season this September.Furthermore, the company has recently rebranded its BetonBrazil brand to SportNation.bet, a new multi-media brand seeking to gain a wider sports following with UK audiences.Ian Bradley, CPO of SBTech, commented: “This new partnership with Argyll Entertainment is further evidence of our rapidly expanding footprint in key regulated markets worldwide.“We have extensive experience of driving operators to market-leading positions through our solution and I’m confident that both SportNation and RedZoneSports will now rapidly achieve their full potential. I am looking forward to working closely with them on extending our US Sports product with the combined efforts of both teams.”Updating stakeholders, Argyll management detailed that the company had upgraded its sports betting services by partnering with SBTech. The firm stated that its online betting inventory would be boosted by +60 sport selections, combined with optimal in-play functions and further user engagement tools.Stuart Tilly, CEO of Argyll Partners, added: “We are delighted that our family of brands is now powered by SBTech’s sportsbook and full platform solution.“The time is right to offer our players a richer offering and a broader range of betting opportunities, boosting the profile of our brands and driving turnover with a more enhanced solution. Considering its proven track record for innovation, unrivalled live betting and deep knowledge of British, American and global sports, SBTech was the clear choice moving forward.” Related Articles Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Share Share Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020last_img read more