December 21

Two teenagers arrested in Derry over Lyra McKee murder

first_imgTwo teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.The men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested under the Terrorism Act.They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime suite. Miss McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting in Derry on Thursday night.Two teenagers arrested in Derry over Lyra McKee murder was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Derrylast_img read more

December 21

Briatore: ‘If you don’t fire these coaches, you never go up’

first_imgFormer QPR co-owner Flavio Briatore has defended his running of the club and admitted he did not enjoy his time at Loftus Road.And, speaking to F1 Racing magazine, he also defended his infamous hiring and firing of managers.“If you don’t fire these coaches, you never go up,” he insisted.“When you understand someone is not good enough to do the job, it’s better you fire them immediately rather than waste another six months.“I felt we were going nowhere with these guys. In the end, we made it. The most important thing in sport is the result.”The Italian believes his spell at the helm, which ended in promotion to the Premier League, should be regarded as a success.He said: “We took QPR from the bottom of the Championship.“There was a four-year plan and we took them into the Premier League. I don’t understand the fuss. We did it with not much money.“After Bernie [Ecclestone] and I went away leaving Mr Lakshmi Mittal and Mr Tony Fernandes to run the show and spend a lot of money, it’s funny to see they still have six or seven players who were with us in the Championship.“I believe we did it quite well but, I tell you, it was no fun at all. You need to treat football like a full-time job and not like an investor.“There were too many people; the manager, the assistant manager and, always, you were dealing with the agents. In the end, we sold it.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 17

Farm bankruptcies could rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Declining farm income and farmland values likely will lead to an increase in the number of farmers who are delinquent on their loans and eventually a rise in farm bankruptcies, predicted a pair of Ohio State University agricultural economists.While the current farm bankruptcy rate is low, two per 10,000 farms nationally, that rate has gone up slightly in recent years and likely will continue to do so, said Ani Katchova and Robert Dinterman, both from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Bankruptcy rates seem to be a lagging indicator of financial stress after debt levels rise and delinquencies on agricultural loans increase, Katchova, Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement Chair, pointed out.“Currently, only a limited number of farmers are experiencing financial distress, but if we see another two to three years of flat or declining income levels, it will be much harder for farmers to service debts. It puts them in a more vulnerable position,” Katchova said. “Farm bankruptcy rates will probably continue to go up in 2017 and beyond if current conditions continue.”One indicator of financial stress on farmers is the national increase in debt-to-asset ratio, which is projected to be 14% this year, a rate that has steadily risen since 2012.Also, net farm income is expected to decline this year by 8.7% to $62.3 billion, the fourth consecutive year of declines after reaching a record high in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.Farmers financial wellbeing is also strongly tied to the value of agricultural land, Dinterman pointed out. For the past three decades, agricultural land values have been increasing, with the exception of 2009 and 2016, when there were declines, he said.“When land values rise and then suddenly fall, that seems to trigger bankruptcies across the U.S,’’ Dinterman said.Offsetting the current financial stress on farmers are low interest rates and farmers’ solid financial standing.“A lot of farmers are in strong equity positions right now,” Katchova said. “They have been in a position where they could ride it out a few years, but how many more years can they sustain with farm incomes that seem to be stabilizing into low levels?’’Farmers in financial trouble have a variety of options to pursue through bankruptcy chapters including Chapter 12, which was specifically designed for farmers and fishermen to reduce their financial burden while continuing operations.Key highlights from Dinterman and Katchova’s research include:While there is a considerable variation across the U.S., farm bankruptcy rates remain low and stable for several Midwest states.Farm bankruptcy rates (Chapter 12 filings) have remained relatively low during the last decade, compared to the rates in the 1980s.The agricultural downturn during the last three years has resulted in a small uptick in farm bankruptcy rates, much of this driven by a slow-down in farmland values.Katchova presented the farm bankruptcies research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Ag Conference on Nov. 29, 2016, and at the USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in February.last_img read more

October 24

PHOTOS: Minister Chuck Congratulates Newly Commissioned JP’s

first_imgJustice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (left), presents newly commissioned Justice of the Peace (JP) for St. Mary, Asharee Walker (centre), with her Instrument of Office during Thursday’s (January 31) swearing-in ceremony for 38 new JPs at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in Port Maria. At right is Custos Rotulorum for the parish, Hon. Errol Johnson. Custos Rotulorum for St. Mary, Hon. Errol Johnson (right), swears in newly commissioned Justices of the Peace for the parish (from left): Bryan Ffrench, Daillon Robinson-White, and Shorn Stephenson. The swearing-in ceremony was held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Port Maria on Thursday (January 31). Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (left), congratulates newly commissioned Justice of the Peace (JP) for St. Mary, Yolande Jankie (centre), during Thursday’s (January 31) swearing-in ceremony for 38 new JPs at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in Port Maria. Sharing the moment is Custos Rotulorum for the parish, Hon. Errol Johnson.last_img read more

October 17

Edmonton man appeals extradition to US to face terrorism charges

first_imgEDMONTON — An Edmonton man is fighting his extradition to face terrorism charges in the United States.Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi, who is 34, has been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists engaged in violent activities in Syria.He was ordered extradited by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Little in May 2018.Three judges with Alberta’s Court of Appeal heard his appeal Wednesday and reserved their decision.Officials in the U.S. allege Abdullahi conspired with Douglas McCain, the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State, and others in the U.S. and Canada.Abdullahi, known as Phish or Fish, was indicted in California in March 2017 and arrested by Canadian authorities in September 2017.The U.S. indictment alleges that Abdullahi conspired with McCain and others to provide personnel and money to people engaged in terrorist activities in Syria, including killing, kidnapping and maiming people.It also alleges Abdullahi robbed an Edmonton jewelry store to finance the travel of McCain and others, then wired the money.Abdullahi also faces an armed robbery charge in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more