England vs Republic of Ireland: James McCarthy out due to ‘family reasons’ | Football News

first_img West Brom forward Callum Robinson had already been forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus, while Brighton striker Aaron Connolly will miss the Republic’s three games during the international break after picking up an unspecified injury in training. Kick off 7:45pm – Advertisement – This is a breaking football news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.Sky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.- Advertisement –center_img Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.Visit skysports.com or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates. Wednesday 18th November 7:30pm James McCarthy will miss Republic of Ireland’s friendly international with England due to ‘family reasons’.The Crystal Palace midfielder – who turns 30 on Thursday – was named in Stephen Kenny’s squad for Thursday night’s game at Wembley but will not now take part.- Advertisement –last_img read more

A draft proposal for a package of tourism laws was presented at the Ministry of Tourism

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism presented a draft proposal for a package of tourism laws: Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism,  The Law on Tourist Tax and the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, which are from September 19, 2018. at a public hearing. Proposals and comments from the public will be collected through the e-Counseling portal until October 18, 2018.These are draft laws aimed at increasing the overall efficiency of the system of tourist boards, especially at the regional and local level, ensuring all the preconditions for the systematic implementation of destination management  and securing a sufficient source of funding.  CAPPELLI: By decentralizing the system, more funds will be received and managed by the local levels”This whole reform package of tourism laws has common goals: to decentralize the system, depoliticize it, professionalize it and contribute to balanced development. The existing legislative framework once corresponded well to the needs, but now this is no longer the case and has become a limiting factor for the overall development of tourism in the Republic of Croatia and strengthening the competitiveness of our country in terms of tourism. We are bringing the system exactly where it needs to be, in the 21st century. Our tourism should be the impetus for the development of the entire economy of the country, all other activities, as well as generate new jobs. I especially emphasize the decentralization of the system where larger funds will be received and managed by local levels, while the role of the National Tourism Organization will be focused on the foreign tourism policy of the Republic of Croatia in terms of promotional activities.” stressed the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gary Cappelli.STANIČIĆ: CNTB becomes a national marketing institution Calling on all interested citizens and stakeholders in the tourism sector to join the discussion and point out possible further improvements and changes with their constructive proposals, all in order to maintain the competitive position of Croatian tourism and organize the system of tourist boards, said Croatian Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.The proposed legal framework contains changes aimed at developing and strengthening destination management at the local and regional level, redefining the tasks of all levels of the tourist board system, and the CNTB seeks to position itself as a national marketing institution with key tasks aimed at strengthening brand recognition in the international market. Also, in order to ensure quality implementation of tasks according to the new model, a different distribution of revenues of the tourist board system is envisaged, with emphasis on strengthening the financial resources of regional tourist boards, as well as encouraging the association of tourist boards in joint projects and tasks.”Photo: MINTLess TZ, focus on DMC / New revenue distribution in the tourist board systemRegarding the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, we remind you that the existing system has 310 tourist boards of various levels, tasks and powers that are pyramid-shaped. The most comprehensive changes to the reform of the existing system relate to  establishing a system of tourist boards according to the principle of destination management with an emphasis on depoliticization, rationalization and encouraging consensual association. The new system leaves the pyramid structure due to the changing tasks of the tourist boards themselves and ultimately so that all the set goals can be met.  CNTB, which represents the National Tourist Organization, leaves the care of tourist boards in terms of supervision and coordination and focuses on promoting our country outside the borders of the Republic of Croatia in eminent markets in order to better position the country in the world tourism market.  The tasks of regional and local tourist organizations are now more precisely defined and the scale has been raised when we talk about what is expected of them, Stanisic points out and adds that in order for the system to fulfill new tasks that are much more demanding, it was necessary to redefine the distribution of sojourn tax and membership fees. .Thus, according to the new model, regional tourist boards will receive 15% of revenues from the tourist tax and membership fees, which is five percent more than before. According to the new distribution, the Croatian Tourist Board NTO will receive 20 percent, which is five percent less than before, and local tourist boards in the percentage remain at the same level as before – or 65 percent of total revenues.The goal of the new Law on Tourist Tax is decentralizationRegarding the proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax the main goals of the system reform are decentralization, strengthening the development potential of tourism and supporting underdeveloped areas.  The reason for the changes is the large disparity in the tourism development of the maritime and continental counties to the Adriatic counties, which generate higher revenues from the sojourn tax, while for the continental counties the membership fee is the basic income. Decentralization is manifested in the fact that the decision on the amount of sojourn tax will no longer be made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia at the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism, but by the County Assembly, ie the City Assembly of Zagreb, for each city / municipality.  “Of course, for this, the necessary framework will be set within which the amount of the sojourn tax will have to move. In this way, the counties are given the authority to decide on the amount of the sojourn tax in accordance with the tourism development of individual cities and municipalities, and the development strategy, and thus influence the amount of income for their area. ” stand out from the Ministry of Tourism.The new draft law also establishes a new distribution of funds from the tourist taxThe novelty is the Fund for United Tourist Boards, which was mentioned earlier, and the new distribution, which gives regional tourist boards five percent more. Regarding the distribution of tourist tax in nautical, so far the distribution of funds has been based on the model that 40% of funds were paid to the tourist community in which nautical traffic is realized, 10% to national parks and nature parks in which nautical traffic is realized, and the remaining 50 % CNTB.The new key implies new proportions, 65 percent to the tourist board, 15 percent to the national parks and nature parks in whose area nautical traffic is realized, and the remaining 20% ​​to the Croatian Tourist Board. In addition, during the drafting of this law, special care was taken of all assisted areas which, after classification by classes, in the new proposal are classified in the first to fourth groups for which the tourist tax can be determined in the amount reduced by up to 30%. development.The law on membership fees in tourist boards no longer has to be paid by all entrepreneurs Regarding the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards, According to the Minister of Tourism, the guiding thread in drafting this Act was certainly to reduce the administrative burden on entrepreneurs, craftsmen and all private renters and a fairer model of coverage of taxpayers as well as the distribution of funds paid from membership fees.With the new proposal, banks are obliged to pay membership fees in the part for income in the balance sheet from the group “income from fees and commissions” – given that their income in this business segment increases significantly during the heart of the tourist year. With a new proposal the number of membership fee rates is reduced from the current 28 to 5 and part of the membership fee is deleted: activities such as sea and coastal transport of goods, operation of sports facilities, computer programming, information services, translation and interpreter services, artistic creation, hairdressing salons and beauty salons.  In relation with  administrative relief, it is crucial to point out that the membership fee for private renters and family farms will be paid with the new model in a lump sum, ie per bed – thus the Ministry of Tourism points out that they simplify the membership fee model for these two groups of entities. more just. In the draft, special care was taken about assisted areas where the membership fee is 20% less than prescribed.Get involved in a constructive discussion because it is about your future. Now is your chance to give your suggestions, criticisms, advice and loud reflections.Attachment:1.Proposal of the Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism2. Proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax3. Proposal of the Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boardslast_img read more

Had enough inaction over gun violence

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLawnmowers don’t mow lawns. People mow lawns. But, the lawnmowers make it easier and more likely for lawns to be mowed. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. When the hell are we going to come to our senses? When will we say enough is enough? When will our lawmakers put decency, empathy and common sense before power and money? Enough.Anthony J. SantoRotterdam More from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

Hong Kong stocks battered by China security proposal

first_imgThe virus has sent the Hong Kong economy into a tailspin, fuelling a record 8.9 percent contraction in the first three months of the year, with worse expected in the current quarter.”The very real threat now is the return of mass protests to the streets of Hong Kong, a downgrade in trade status with the US and potentially an exit of large companies from the SAR,” said OANDA’s Jeffrey Halley. “Overhanging this, are concerns that China and the United States are about to engage in a new round of trade wars.”The Hang Seng Index fell more than five percent on Friday.Property firms — already under pressure from the virus — were battered in early trade. Sino Land collapsed more than 10 percent, Sun Hung Kai Properties lost 7.8 percent and New World Development dropped 9.8 percent, while Wharf Real Estate Investment shed 9.4 percent.Swire Pacific and CK Asset Holdings were each more than eight percent off.And the picture was no less gloomy for financials, whose profits in the city could be threatened by companies leaving.Market heavyweight HSBC lost 6.9 percent and BOC Hong Kong shed 7.8 percent, while insurance giant AIA was down more than nine percent and China Life dropped 6.8 percent.Subway operator MTR Corp, which was battered during the protests as its stations were targeted by demonstrators, dived nearly 10 percent.The Hong Kong dollar, which has been at the strong end of its trading band with the US dollar for several weeks, also dropped as dealers began selling the unit.”Traders around the world are playing the waiting game to see details of the new Hong Kong law to gauge how severe the terms are,” said Stephen Innes of AxiCorp. “And more specifically, the White House response to decide whether Hong Kong’s special economic status will be affected.”– Bloomberg News contributed to this story –Topics : Plans for the proposal had sparked warnings of “the end of Hong Kong” and fears of further unrest, while the US State Department said the move was “highly destabilising, and would be met with strong condemnation from the United States and the international community”.President Trump promised a response, saying: “I don’t know what it is, because nobody knows yet. If it happens, we’ll address that issue very strongly.”Markets are now worried that the city’s freedoms — unseen on the mainland and protected by an agreement made before Britain handed the territory back in 1997 — could be curtailed. US lawmakers have already passed a law that would strip the city’s preferential trading status in the United States if it no longer enjoys autonomy from the mainland. Real estate companies and financials were among the biggest victims in a stock market sell-off in Hong Kong on Friday after China submitted a security law proposal for the city that has fanned fears of fresh protests.With the economy already on the ropes because of the coronavirus, investors fled for the hills with many worried about Beijing’s increasing influence in the semi-autonomous finance hub and what that could mean for doing business there. At its annual National People’s Congress, China’s lawmakers put forward a proposal to enact new legislation to strengthen “enforcement mechanisms” in Hong Kong, which was rocked last year by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests that crippled the city.last_img read more

US increases support for Taiwan, says to counter rising China pressure

first_imgThe United States, like most countries, has official relations with Beijing, but not Taiwan, which is claimed by Beijing as Chinese territory. However, Washington is bound by law to help Taiwan defend itself and is its main arms supplier.Daniel Russel, a predecessor of Stilwell until early in the Trump administration, said the “Six Assurances” made to Taipei by the administration of former President Ronald Reagan had been a “loosely-kept secret” at best.He said the decision to publish them looked like a compromise response to pressure from administration hawks to abandon “strategic ambiguity” — a long-standing policy of withholding a clear-cut US commitment to defend Taiwan while still showing sufficient support to deter any Chinese military adventurism.Among the assurances made in 1982, but never formally made public, are statements that the United States has not set a date for ending arms sales to Taiwan, nor agreed to prior consultation with Beijing on such sales, or to revise the Taiwan Relations Act that underpins US policy towards the island.The assurances, Stilwell said, “endure today.”Douglas Paal, a former US representative to Taiwan, said the move appeared largely for show.”My guess at this time is that Stilwell and the administration want to look tough … So they are walking close to China’s red lines, but remain unwilling to cross them.”Stilwell said the economic dialogue would “explore the full spectrum of our economic relationship – semiconductors, healthcare, energy, and beyond, with technology at the core.””While they may be interrelated, our relationship with Taiwan is not a subset of our bilateral relationship with the PRC,” he said, referring to mainland China.Monday’s announcements come several months after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd , the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, announced plans to build a $12 billion factory in Arizona as the Trump administration stepped up efforts to cut back supply chains dependency on China.Taiwan has been keen to negotiate a free trade agreement with the United States, but a large US trade deficit, which Trump has been determined to reduce along with those of other trading partners, including China, has been an obstacle to this. The United States said on Monday it was establishing a new bilateral economic dialogue with Taiwan, an initiative it said was aimed at strengthening ties with Taipei and supporting it in the face of increasing pressure from Beijing.Washington also said it had declassified six Reagan-era security assurances given to Taiwan, a move analysts said appeared intended to show further support for Taipei.The announcements come at a time of increasing Chinese threats towards Taiwan, and when relations between Washington and Beijing have sunk to their lowest level in decades. US President Donald Trump is campaigning for re-election in November with a tough approach to China among his key foreign policy platforms. The State Department’s top diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell, told a virtual forum hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation the latest US moves were not a policy shift, but part of a set of “significant adjustments” within Washington’s longstanding “one-China” policy.Washington felt compelled to make these given the “increasing threat posed by Beijing to peace and stability” in a vitally important region and Beijing’s attempts to isolate Taiwan diplomatically while subjecting it to military threats.”We will continue to help Taipei resist the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign to pressure, intimidate, and marginalize Taiwan,” Stilwell said.Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed thanks for the show of support at a time when it said China was using military intimidation to damage peace and stability near Taiwan, and said it would continue to strengthen its defence capabilities.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gothic masterpiece del Toro would be proud of

first_imgTimbers were repurposed from around town to build 90b Lascelles St, Brighton.IT was supposed to be Brighton’s straw-bale house, but when the drought hit 10 years ago, straw and water were in short supply.Kath Hooper, a horticulturalist and Brian Hooper, a local builder, continued with the house, building it over a year and using ordinary building materials on the exposed Cyprus framing.The word “ordinary” has not been used since.<<>>“It’s a bit like going into the Tardis,” Mrs Hooper said.Step inside the Tardis that is 90b Lascelles St at Brighton.“From the outside it doesn’t look much but when you come in …”Perfect living areas to host your next Halloween party, or any party we think.With 90b Lascelles St, Brighton now on the market, Mrs Hooper said the door is open to a buyer “who doesn’t want what everyone else wants”.The house has four gables and you can walk around in the v-part of the gabling from upstairs and feel connected to the architecture.Interesting angles from every room.Chandeliers are suspended by a twine of wrought iron vines and leaves anchored to the ceiling with tendrils that disappear into the gable.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“My favourite part of the house is the wrought iron work,” Mrs Hooper said.An exposed gable punctuates the bathroom which has local wrought iron work around the hand basin.“We got a blacksmith from the Northpine Country Markets who did all the wrought iron for us. I wanted something different but he put his own spin on it.”In other features, the handrails come from an 1860s Shorncliffe house.The house took 12 months to build and features timbers sourced locally.And the island bench is timber from an old paint factory in Geebung.The country-style kitchen overlooks the main living area.There’s wood from Indonesian fishing boats in the wet bar and the ironbark floorboards are specially milled from telephone poles and old bridges.A wide deck offers private garden views.The house was going to be the Hoopers’ home into retirement, however family circumstances saw a change of plans, and the couple are now moving to New Zealand where they have found an 1880s mansion in original condition in Taranaki on the west coast of the North Island.last_img read more

Data shows you don’t need to be a millionaire to be elite in QLD

first_img MORE: What a $1.5m renovation looks like In Queensland, the highest 98th percentile house value was at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, where you need to have bought a home for $1.87million or more to be the cream of the crop, according to CoreLogic data.In Brisbane council region the figure was much less at $1.52m while the Gold Coast was $1.33m and Sunshine Coast was $1.06m.But the real surprise was Redland council region where you have to spend about a million to be among the elite top 2 per cent of homes in the area, with the minimum spend required at $1.079m, about $20,0000 more than the Sunshine Coast.CoreLogic research headTim Lawless said that what stood out the most was the affordability within Queensland’s richlist areas. James Bond house the hottest in QLD right now North Burnett $288,866Paroo $75,928Quilpie $147,131 Redland $1,079,043 Bundaberg $453,106Burdekin $358,406Burke $184,833 Cairns $870,501Carpentaria $252,646Cassowary Coast $482,986Central Highlands $405,143Charters Towers $419,131Cloncurry $314,795Cook $483,395Croydon $168,164 Diamantina $252,785 Douglas $942,948 (Source: CoreLogic) Etheridge $187,508 Flinders $170,672 Fraser Coast $528,902Gladstone $527,374 Gold Coast $1,333,354 Balonne $535,037Banana $331,847Barcaldine $198,735Barcoo $144,442 Blackall-Tambo $122,987 Goondiwindi $692,222Gympie $539,984Hinchinbrook $405,996Hope Vale $554,932 Ipswich $592,542Isaac $329,606Livingstone $649,887Lockyer Valley $520,059Logan $783,613More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoLongreach $253,805Mackay $577,540Maranoa $431,754Mareeba $567,497McKinlay $224,167Moreton Bay $889,483Mount Isa $333,116Murweh $139,885 Noosa $1,865,702 Boulia $216,161 Brisbane $1,516,055 Richmond $168,974 Rockhampton $466,779Scenic Rim $808,953Somerset $648,148South Burnett $351,457Southern Downs $500,081 Sunshine Coast $1,062,828 If your house is worth $1.5m or more in the Brisbane City Council region, you are among the top 2 per cent in the city.YOU don’t have to be a millionaire to be top dog in your neighbourhood, with latest figures showing only five Queensland councils where owning a $1m-plus home is compulsory to be elite.In fact in some council regions like Bulloo, all you need is a spend of $102,829 on a house, and you are the elite. 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He said while Sydney’s median house value was 67 per cent higher than Brisbane’s, at the top end of the housing market the value difference was 148 per cent.Melbourne’s median was 35 per cent higher than Brisbane, he said, while among the top 2 per cent of homes, its value was 95 per cent higher.“Brisbane hasn’t seen the same level of value appreciation in housing values that has been evident in Sydney and Melbourne over the past decade,” Mr Lawless said.The factors helping keep Brisbane affordable were weaker economic conditions in SEQ compared to the other two big capitals, and not having as high a global profile or iconic locations. That was not likely to change over the next few years, he said.“To see the 98th percentile rise above $2m implies growth of 55 per cent. Brisbane may get there eventually, but not over the next few years.”A 98th percentile house would set you back at least $3.21m in Sydney ($2.3m above the median) and $2.53m in Melbourne ($1.8m above its median), according to CoreLogic. If you paid this much for your house in these areas, you are top dog there: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:42Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop 5 hot Brisbane suburbs 01:43 Bulloo $102,829 Tablelands $543,084Toowoomba $682,870Torres $890,574Townsville $537,560Weipa $653,103Western Downs $398,943Whitsunday $577,803Winton $148,113 Yarrabah $360,238 Why Andrew Winter’s home popslast_img read more

Family First name used to trick people to gay website

first_imgMr Matthews says Rainbow Youth supports the message of ‘family first’ but not the core values of the lobby group.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/family-first-name-used-trick-people-gay-website Mr McCoskrie says Family First has never owned the domain name and instead uses www.familyfirst.org.nz. Rainbow Youth Executive Director Duncan Matthews says he had “no idea” that his website had been linked to the domain name. He says while he thought it was “quite funny”, he did not support those who did it.center_img “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” he said. TVNZ One News 16 February 2017Family First Comment: Hee! As they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. They also say – small things amuse small minds By the way, the website address is simply FAMILYFIRST.NZ The name of a Christian lobby group is being used to trick people to go to a gay website.Family First is well known for its conservative views, including its opposition to same-sex marriage.Now the domain name www.familyfirst.co.nz redirects internet users to the Rainbow Youth homepage.Rainbow Youth is a charitable organisation “dedicated to helping young queer and gender diverse people”.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie says it has happened before, with the website promoting issues that his group is against like pro-abortion or pro-euthanasia.last_img read more

Chimney installed for pope election

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Chimney installed for pope election by: – March 9, 2013 Share Share Tweet Thousands of faithful are expected to watch the chimney to track the progress of the conclaveFirefighters have fitted a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican ahead of the conclave which will elect a new pope.The election of a new pope will be marked by white smoke appearing from the chimney.Roman Catholic cardinals will begin electing a new pope on 12 March.Pope Benedict XVI stepped down last month after nearly eight years in office, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.The 85-year-old blamed his failing health for his inability to carry on.Strict secrecyThe vote will be preceded by Mass on Tuesday morning, with the first ballot due in the afternoon, the Vatican press office has said. The first smoke will drift out of the chapel’s rust-coloured chimney early that evening, after the first vote is taken. It is likely to be black – meaning no Pope – as no frontrunner has emerged in the five days of general discussions so far among the 115 cardinals.From Wednesday, two votes will be held each morning and afternoon – with ballots burned after each session at about 12:00 (11:00 GMT) and 18:00 – until one candidate attains 77 votes – a two-thirds majority. And then the smoke will be white.Other preparations have been taking place at the Sistine Chapel this week.Two stoves that will produce the white smoke from burnt ballot papers have been fitted in the chapel.Tables and seating have been set under Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling for the cardinals – and special technology has been installed to jam any mobile phones or other devices which could breach the strict secrecy of the process, the BBC’s James Robbins reports from Rome.Leaked detailsCorrespondents say no one candidate stands out as Benedict XVI’s likely successor. The last election in 2005 took two days, and correspondents say the number of meetings this time is being seen as a reflection of the many challenges facing the Church. Despite the vows of secrecy, Italian newspapers have been publishing what they say are leaked details of debate among cardinals on problems faced by the Church. Reform of the Vatican’s bureaucracy – known as the Curia – and the Vatican bank have both been on the agenda, the reports say. Last year, European regulators said the bank was not doing enough to combat money laundering, while intrigue in the Vatican was revealed by documents leaked by Pope Benedict’s butler. US Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote on a blog that most of the discussions covered preaching and teaching the Catholic faith, tending to Catholic schools and hospitals, protecting families and the unborn, and supporting and recruiting priests.During Benedict’s reign, the Catholic Church was wracked by a worldwide scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests. There are also tensions between traditionalists and reformers over issues including priestly celibacy, gay rights and the role of women. BBC Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 38 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Balotelli opens talks over two-year Galatasaray switch

first_imgBalotelli still has two years left to run on his deal at Brescia, but it has been claimed that he could be on the move again.Journalist Nicola Schira tweeted: “Mario Balotelli could leave Brescia this summer.“Galatasaray are really interested in the Italian striker.“Gala are ready to offer 2-years contract with option for another season. Talks ongoing with Mino Raiola.”Balotelli was a target for Galatasaray in the winter transfer window after an apparent falling out with boss Fabio Grosso, but a move away failed to materialise.And due to the coronavirus crisis, Balotelli could have even played his last game for Brescia, with the forward demanding the season to be scrapped.In an online post prior to the campaign being postponed, he said: “Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up. Don’t write rubbish to me like: ‘But you are protected!’“What difference does it make if you play or not? Nothing happens to you behind closed doors! Don’t take away the only fun that people have at the weekend in the red zones!“I LOVE FOOTBALL MORE THAN YOU… but playing means travelling by bus, train, aeroplane, sleeping in a hotel, in any case entering into contact with other people outside of your working environment.“I already don’t get to see my children because of this damned coronavirus, because as you know they do not live in Lombardy, so it’s already infuriating and sad. The 29-year-old former Liverpool and Man City striker – who only joined the Serie A side last summer – has found the back of the net five times in 19 top-flight games. Brescia striker Mario Balotelli is a reported target for Turkish side GalatasarayRead Also: Video: Ronaldo uses his kids as weights during home workouts“I certainly don’t want my mother, who I see and eat with almost every day, to catch anything from me. She is not the same age as me and as much as I love football (which I owe everything to), I won’t risk her getting ill!“Why would I? To entertain someone else? Or to stop them losing money? Don’t be ridiculous! GET OVER YOURSELVES, WE’VE HAD ENOUGH NOW. Guys, you can’t joke around with health.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Galatasaray have reportedly opened talks with Mario Balotelli over a possible deal to bring the Brescia striker to Turkey.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Datelast_img read more