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High prices, canceled flights mar Champions League final

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES A woman takes a photo of a banner depicting Liverpool team at a fan-zone in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the Champions League Final on May 26 at the Olympiyski stadium in Kiev. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)KIEV, Ukraine — Price hikes and canceled flights are ruining the Champions League final for some fans two days before Real Madrid and Liverpool even kick off.Some owners of hotels and hostels in Kiev have raised prices by more than 10 times for Saturday’s game, while the city’s two airports have been unable to accommodate a rush of extra charter flights.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bucks’ Antetokounmpo named to All-NBA 2nd team Kiev was awarded the final in 2016 without a competitive bidding process, the last year that happened. Since then, cities have had to submit bids to UEFA, starting with 2019 host Madrid, which beat a challenge from the Azerbaijani capital Baku.The rush into Kiev will be matched by an exodus after the final, sometimes by unconventional routes to avoid the overloaded airports. Ryan and O’Leary said they plan to take two trains to Poland before flying to Dublin from Krakow.Liverpool fans Jay Fowler and Charlie MacInnes said they hadn’t found a flight home, but arrived in Kiev anyway.“We’ll probably take it easy,” MacInnes said. “Depends on the result. We might stay for a party.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Davy Ryan and Mikey O’Leary, Liverpool fans from Ireland relaxing in town, said they spent 800 euros ($940) and 1,100 euros ($1,290), respectively, on travel. They booked a hotel in Kiev but it was canceled and the owner hiked the price, they said.“They had a stupid excuse, like they had no electricity for the weekend,” Ryan said. “Once they canceled it, we went back online and the price was up to, like, 6,000 euros ($7,000).”It worked out for Ryan and O’Leary, however, because they found another place to stay for 240 euros ($280) for four nights.There were signs that some Kiev hotels and apartment owners were dropping prices closer to the game, indicating that astronomical prices in earlier weeks hadn’t found takers.Some Kiev hotels advertised three-star rooms online for as much as $2,000 a night as of Thursday evening. Some fans were so deterred by the cost that they gave up their tickets. Madrid fans had around 1,000 tickets refunded out of an allocation of 17,000, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT That led to British travel operator World Choice Sports canceling three flights on Thursday, leaving hundreds of Liverpool fans stranded.“We have had Liverpool football club, police, UEFA and everyone at the highest levels of authority trying to resolve this,” the company said in a statement. “We have exhausted all avenues to try and get landing slots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLiverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said he was in talks with his Kiev counterpart Vitali Klitschko — the former heavyweight boxing champion — and said “fan flights hopefully sorted soon.”Fans who arrived early were happy with Ukraine’s cheap food and drinks — a beer can be bought in the center of the city for 50 hryvnyas ($1.90) — but some were frustrated by travel and accommodation. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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Supermarket owner to face court on Monday

first_imgTampering of expiration datesA supermarket owner who was recently found tampering with expiration dates on products and even repackaging foods in an insanitary condition is expected to face the court on Monday.This was recently related by Head of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) during an interview with Guyana Times.The owner of the supermarket was busted during an inspection exercise on the East Coast of Demerara, on October 5, 2018.According to the GA-FDD, the proprietor of the supermarket which was only recently established was discovered to be repackaging foods under insanitary conditions, selling expired foods and also tampering with expiration dates. This businessperson was found extending the date mark on condensed milk products.The Department disclosed that fifty-one 395g tins of condensed milk – which had the expiry date tampered with – were seized and removed from the premise.Criminal proceedings have been instituted against the proprietor in question in the East Demerara Magisterial District in accordance with the laws of Guyana – Food and Drug Act Chapter 34:03 Section 35.Under this law, Part II (5) states: “any person who sells an article of food that is unfit for human consumption or was manufactured, prepared, packaged or stored under the unsanitary condition is guilty of an offence.”Part II (6) Food and Drug Act Cap 34:03 of 1971 went on to outline that: “Any person who labels, packages, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quality, composition, merit or safety is guilty of an offence.”“Consumers are again asked to ensure that all items of food have a label, is English translated and to ensure the dates are closely examined and not altered or tampered with,” the Department warned.The GA-FDD is calling on consumers to pay closer attention to the expiry dates on products being sold, particularly in supermarkets along the East Coast, East Bank, and West Coast of Demerara as a result of the recent discovery.last_img read more

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Taylor Bridge repair work to start this week following damage to north end abutment

first_imgDrivers are encouraged to check DriveBC.ca for updates prior to travel. TAYLOR, B.C. – Repair work on the Taylor Bridge is expected to start this week.According to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, the north end abutment of the Taylor Bridge was damaged the morning of September 3.The Ministry says the maintenance contractor noticed the damage as part of their regular patrols and quickly made temporary repairs.- Advertisement -At this time, the Ministry says it is not clear as to what damaged the bridge.Permanent repairs to the damaged concrete are expected to begin this week, with work planned for off-peak hours, weather dependent.Until these repairs are complete, there is a 30 km/hr speed limit for traffic crossing the bridge.Advertisementlast_img

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Everton sign Belgium starlet on three-year deal

first_img1 Belgium youth international David Henen Everton have announced the signing of Belgium youth international David Henen for an undisclosed fee.The 19-year-old forward spent last season on loan at Goodison Park from Greek champions Olympiakos, but has now agreed a permanent switch, penning a three-year deal.Henen failed to make a senior appearance for the Toffees last term but was a regular for their Under-21 side, scoring six goals, and he is likely to be loaned out to gain first-team experience this season.“Everton are a big club and I feel I can develop here,” he told evertonfc.com.“For a young player it is the best club because they try to develop youngsters. It is perfect for me.”He becomes Everton’s third signing of the summer, following the permanent return of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona and a surprise deal for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.last_img read more

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Crime spree slams city

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – As he waited in the drive-up lane of a fast-food restaurant early in the morning Feb. 16, shots were fired and William Rodriguez Jr. became one of the first of 14 people killed in Pico Rivera in 2005.Gang and domestic violence, a murder-suicide, a dismembered body dumped on a street – it added up to a a bloody year in Pico Rivera that taxed the resources of homicide detectives and more than doubled the six homicides recorded in 2004.“It has been an incredible year,” said Detective Richard Tomlin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, who is investigating one of the 14 homicides in Pico Rivera last year.Several of the slayings remain unsolved.Ten months after Rodriguez was shot by a lone gunman who walked up to his car and sprayed the driver’s side with bullets from an assault rifle, killing the 22-year-old man in front of his girlfriend and baby daughter, no arrests have been made, detectives said.“But we keep persevering and hoping that witnesses will come forward,” Tomlin said.The shooting of Ray Luis Suarez, 20, on Feb. 13 also remains unsolved. According to detectives, Suarez crashed a party and was shot after a gunman walked up to him and asked, “Where are you from?” Other than that, little else is known about the case.Detectives had better luck in their investigation into the Aug. 25 shooting of Aron Adagio, a 30-year-old videographer from Downey killed at a convenience store.One suspect, Deanne Ariza, 22, of Santa Fe Springs surrendered in October after detectives released images from the store’s security camera. A second suspect, Michael Salinas, 20, of Azusa was arrested that same month.But a third suspect, Michael Henry Jaimez, 25, who detectives said is a known gang member, is still at large, sheriff’s Sgt. Sandy Nava, an investigator on the case.“Initially, he was thought to be in the Whittier/Santa Fe Springs area, but we have no idea where he is now,” said Nava. “People don’t like to get involved in these kinds of shootings, so it hinders us.”On Aug. 14 – Jimmy Aguilar, 23, and Sheyla Aguilar, 32, were found shot to death in their Rosemead Boulevard apartment. Detectives continue to investigate whether the shootings were a double homicide or the result of a murder-suicide.Suspects are in custody in the separate shooting deaths of Daniel Guerrero, 15, on March 4, and Miguel Angel Yaber, 27, shot outside his Pico Rivera home on June 7.Jovani Prado of North Hollywood is facing a murder charge in the death of Yaber.Also facing a murder charge are Martin Marquez and Ruben Jauregui Alcala, both 20 and of Pico Rivera, who were arrested in what detectives called a “party crew” fight that escalated into the shooting of Jason Verde, 22, of Whittier on Aug. 20.Marquez and Alcala are scheduled to appear in Whittier Court on Jan. 13.Detectives believe they also have solved the July 16 shooting of Irma Martinez, 47, in her Pico Rivera back yard. Tracking leads, detectives traced the main suspect, Armando Martinez, 48, her estranged husband, to Mexico, said Tomlin.He was arrested outside of Tijuana by U.S. marshals six weeks ago. Martinez is now in Mexico City awaiting extradition, Tomlin said.And authorities believe the case of the Dec. 9 shooting deaths of Maria Janin Munoz and her husband, Jose Freddy Munoz, is closed – it was a murder-suicide, according to detectives.No suspects, however, are yet in custody in the Dec. 10 shooting of Sergio Orozco, which detectives believe was gang related. Nor has there been any arrests in the Dec. 17 shooting of Ernesto Colon, 24, of Montebello, also believed to be gang related, according to detectives.“The gang cases are difficult to solve because people are afraid to come forward,” said sheriff’s Lt. Al Grotefend, who is investigating Colon’s death. “For us, even an anonymous phone call would help.”The same could be said of a woman whose dismembered remains were found at two locations, in Pico Rivera and Los Angeles, in September. So far, she remains unidentified, hindering the start of any hunt for her killer or killers.“We are waiting for DNA and toxicology reports,” said Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. “For now it remains an unknown-identity case.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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LADIES FOOTBALL: U13 FIXTURES AND TIMES FOR SATURDAY

first_imgThe captains of Red Hughs and Naomh Muire with Junior Ref Aideen Meehan at Pairc Cholmcille on Saturday. Pic Brid SweeneyThe County Board of the Donegal LGFA would like to thank Naomh Colmcille, Newtowncunnigham for hosting the U13 fixtures on Saturday past as well as the Junior B Final.In the U13s, Buncrana, Mac Cumhaills, Glenswilly and Naomh Muire were successful on the day and progress to the semi-finals.The next round of games is this coming Saturday with A Section quarter-finals also on the agenda. All the details of fixtures and times are below:Fixtures U13s for Saturday, October 18, Centre of Excellence, Convoy Games – 25 minutes each way – 5 minute break – rolling substitutions during breaks in play from the half-way point of the pitch. 11-a-side (or 13-a-side on agreement of BOTH teams).In the event of a draw, 5 minutes each way of additional time. No coaching from behind goals. Coaches and mentors are not allowed onto the pitch during play and are asked to respect the directions of the referee and officials.2.30pm Moville v Termon – Pitch 1 – Section A Quarter Final2.30pm Gaoth Dobhair v St Eunan’s – Pitch 2 – Section A Quarter Final3.30pm Downings v Glenfin – Pitch 1 – Section A Quarter Final3.30pm Glenswilly v Convoy – Pitch 2 – Section C Semi Final 4.30pm Mac Cumhaills v Cloughaneely – Pitch 1 – Section C Semi Final4.30pm Buncrana v St Michael’s – Pitch 2 – Section B Semi Final5.30pm Naomh Muire v St Naul’s – Pitch 1 – Section B Semi FinalNext…….>>>> Section A Semi-Finals, Section B Final and Section C Final to be played Saturday November 8, venue to be confirmedSection A Semi FinalsMoville or Termon v Naomh ConaillGaoth Dobhair or St Eunan’s v Downings or Glenfin LADIES FOOTBALL: U13 FIXTURES AND TIMES FOR SATURDAY was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fixturesmovilleNAOMH MUIRERED HUGHS.St EunansTermonU13slast_img read more

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LOUGH SWILLY RNLI TEAM CHECK PROGRESS OF NEW SHANNON LIFEBOAT

first_imgThe new Shannon lifeboat begins to take shape.Members of Lough Swilly RNLI recently made a very special trip to check on the progress of the station’s new state of the art Shannon class lifeboat.The group visited Lymington in England, where the finishing touches are being put to their new €2.4 million lifeboat in time for its arrival into Inishowen next year.Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter, Coxswain Mark Barnett and Mechanic Gregory McDaid were invited by the RNLI to see their new Shannon under construction and they were a full guided tour by the RNLI Fleet Staff Coxswain Martin Phillips. Greg McDaid checks on the progress of the new lifeboat which comes to Donegal shores next April.The new all weather lifeboat was at the ‘topping out’ stage, where the superstructure was about to be joined with the hull and the lifeboat would then take on the shape that the public recognise today. All systems in the hull were fitted out and the lifeboat had just received its first distinctive coat of the orange paint that is present on all lifeboats.Commenting on the visit Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter said it was incredible to see our lifeboat taking shape in the boatyard.“It was completely exposed and you could see up close the minute detail that goes into every single part of the lifeboat. In just a few short months that lifeboat will be steaming in to Lough Swilly in the Inishowen peninsula to take up residence here and give support and assistance to many people over its lifetime.”Lough Swilly RNLI Coxswain Mark Barnett added this is a very special occasion in the life of the station. “I am delighted with how our new lifeboat is coming along. We were shown around the boatyard and saw the Shannon class lifeboats that were being built for other stations in the RNLI. However ours will be the first to go on service in Ireland and for that reason it is extra special. It felt amazing to be standing in a bare wheelhouse of our new lifeboat, which would soon be fitted out with the equipment and seats that will give our volunteer lifeboat crew the tools they need to carry out their roles in all weathers off our coastline.Adding his voice to the praise for the new lifeboat Lough Swilly RNLI Mechanic Gregory McDaid said he has a different view point from the other crew.“My role is to make sure that the lifeboat can safely bring the lifeboat crew out in all weathers at any hour, handle anything that is thrown at it and of course bring everyone home safely. With this in mind I was very keen to see the engines on the other Shannons that were in their final stages of construction. This lifeboat is the first modern generation all weather lifeboat to run on waterjets rather than propellers. This allows the vessel to operate in shallow waters and to be intentionally beached. The two 650hp engines help the lifeboat achieve 25 knots and each one has its own 1,370 litre fuel tank. That engine room will be my new home soon.’Excitement has been mounting locally since the RNLI announced in September that the Lough Swilly lifeboat station in Buncrana was to be the first in Ireland to receive the new Shannon class lifeboat.The lifeboat is the first class of lifeboat to be named after an Irish river, recognition by the charity of the role of Irish lifeboat crews and volunteers throughout the 190 year history of the RNLI. The new lifeboat is on course to arrive into Buncrana next April with a vigorous training schedule for the lifeboat crew to commence in January.LOUGH SWILLY RNLI TEAM CHECK PROGRESS OF NEW SHANNON LIFEBOAT was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RNLI. DonegalShannon lifeboatlast_img read more

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Money Matters: Do you want to find out another way of paying less tax

first_imgMONEY MATTERS: This week, DD’s Finance columnist Shona Chambers from John McColgan Financial Services explains how you might qualify for tax relief on your life assurance premiums. ‘Did you know that you might qualify for tax relief on your life assurance premiums?’ I asked a client of mine last week.  With the tax deadline almost upon us again, I knew she would like to find another way of paying less tax.Pension Term Assurance is a great alternative to a level term assurance policy with the added benefit of tax relief available on premiums paid. As I explained to my client, you may qualify for this kind of cover if you are self-employed or if you’re not included in your company pension plan.The life cover is designed to last until you retire, usually age 65.  At that point, you have the option to convert your policy into a new life cover policy, for the same lump sum, without providing medical evidence. That new policy will expire when you turn 75. You cannot extend cover past age 75.You can take out Pension Term Assurance policy if you are sole trader or if you are not covered by a company pension scheme.  You can use it to protect your family in the same way as a traditional level term assurance policy.  However with the added benefit of tax relief, you will pay less for your cover.If you are a sole trader operating in a partnership, you may set up this kind of policy to compensate for the loss of entitlement to any goodwill payment on death as part of a partnership agreement. Under Revenue rules, there is a limit to how much of your earnings qualify for tax relief, depending on your age. The limit starts at 15% of your earnings if you are under 30, and goes up to 40% if you are over 60. If you already contribute to a pension plan, your tax relief limits will apply to your pension contributions and life insurance premiums combined.You are entitled to tax relief at your marginal rate of tax. This means that if you are in the lower tax bracket, you can claim relief at 20%, but if you are in the higher bracket, you can claim relief at 40%.  This means that a policy with a premium of €40 per month would cost just €32 on the lower tax bracket, and €24 per month on the higher tax bracket.If you qualify for Personal Pension Term Assurance, you can explore your options further by talking to your financial advisor.  With premiums starting at €15 per month depending on age health etc. it’s a great way to get peace of mind and security for your loved ones, while also saving money by way of generous tax reliefs.Shona Chambers QFA RPA is a Qualified Financial Advisor with John McColgan Financial Services Ltd.You can contact Shona by phone or email on 074-9124366/shona@mccolganfinancial.ie Money Matters: Do you want to find out another way of paying less tax was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Shona ChambersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Report: Rockets may pursue Warriors’ Kevon Looney

first_imgThe Warriors may have competition for the services of center Kevon Looney from their rivals in Houston once free agency begins this weekend.Looney, who is an unrestricted free agent, is reportedly among the centers the Rockets are looking to pursue as they may be facing a massive overhaul that could include losing Clint Capela.ESPN is reporting Houston is focused on trying to add 76ers free agent Jimmy Butler to its tandem of James Harden and Chris Paul, which could cost the Rockets at …last_img

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SA’s Famous Brands in UK expansion

first_img20 June 2013 South African food service group Famous Brands is expanding into the United Kingdom with the opening of its first branch of burger franchise Steers in Clapham, southwest of London, in July. This follows closely on the group’s announcement that it would be opening five Debonairs Pizza restaurants in Mumbai in India, also planned to open in July. “We’ve long considered exporting Steers to the UK, fuelled by the constant requests from expatriates living in London craving a taste of home,” Famous Brands chief executive, Kevin Hedderwick, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Having researched the market we believe that the timing of this launch is right and that our flame-grilled offering will create as much excitement and recognition in the UK as in South Africa.” This international expansion forms part of the group’s plan to ramp up new restaurant openings across its entire brand portfolio, with 46 expected for the second quarter of 2013 alone. Expanding into the rest of Africa remains one of the company’s top priorities. “We are enthusiastic about the potential to grow our presence on the African continent,” Hedderwick said. “The rest of Africa is fast becoming the playground for opportunistic investors and with more than 12 years experience in the region, we believe our strategy to deepen our presence in specifically targeted markets will continue to serve us well.” Finding and tapping into new markets within South Africa itself is also part of the firm’s growth strategy. “Of the 30 restaurants opened in South Africa [in the second quarter], 18 are in new emerging markets. We are especially pleased with our entry into these markets where we were previously under-represented and where our brands are viewed as aspirational,” he said. “This penetration into new emerging markets is part of a deliberate strategy to make our brands available, accessible and affordable.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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