AP Source: Chiefs, Mathieu agree to $42M, 3-yr contract

first_img(AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with safety Tyrann Mathieu on Monday, continuing what is expected to be an aggressive offseason overhaul of their leaky defense.Two people familiar with the deal confirmed the move. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official until Wednesday, when the new league year begins and free agents can sign contracts.The 26-year-old Mathieu was selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2013 draft after a standout career at LSU. He showed glimpses of his ball-hawking, playmaking abilities with the Cardinals, earning a Pro Bowl selection during the 2015 season, but also dealt with his share of injuries.He tore ligaments in his left knee in 2013 and right knee in late 2015.Mathieu signed a $7 million deal with Houston last season and wound up starting all 16 games. He tied his career high with 89 tackles, added three sacks and had a pair of interceptions, and his versatility — able to cover like a cornerback and tackle like a safety — is clearly appealing.“It’s a passing league and everyone is trying to create mismatches in the secondary,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. “Just when you think you have enough corners you have to start moving them to safety, but I certainly think you are starting to see that trend of guys projecting corners to safeties and getting as many cover guys on the field as possible.”The money the Chiefs intend to give “the Honey Badger” is roughly what they freed up Sunday, when they released pass rusher Justin Houston after failing to drum up trade interest in him.Houston was due $15.25 million this season and carried a salary cap hit of $21.1 million, and the decision to release him freed up about $14 million. That allowed the Chiefs to actively pursue Mathieu while still giving them enough salary cap space to address other areas of their defense.The Chiefs are switching from a base 3-4 defense to a 4-3 system under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and that means some of their old personnel doesn’t quite fit. The Chiefs used the franchise tag on top pass rusher Dee Ford, but they continue to listen to potential trade offers.In the meantime, they are eyeing free agency and the draft to add an edge rusher, upgrade at middle linebacker and improve their secondary. Kendall Fuller was solid in his first season in Kansas City, but fellow cornerback Steven Nelson is a free agent and things are shaky further down the depth chart.The Chiefs also were intent on finding a safety to pair with Eric Berry, who missed most of last season with a mysterious foot injury. Berry carries a massive salary-cap hit, but the Chiefs missed out on Landon Collins in free agency and appear content to keep him on the roster.If he’s healthy, Berry and Mathieu would form one of the AFC’s best safety duos.“We are comfortable with where we are with our players,” Veach said. “We have a plan in place for these guys and no one is more excited to get back at this thing than Eric.”Anything would be an upgrade on last season, when the Chiefs allowed a league-worst 425.6 yards and 35.3 points per game. The defense ultimately let down Kansas City when it mattered most, failing to get off the field in overtime in an AFC title game loss to the New England Patriots.Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was fired within days, the Chiefs quickly hired Spagnuolo, and now they are beginning to piece together what they hope is a vastly improved unit before next season.“One great thing about Steve is he is going to put players in positions to make plays and I don’t think he is going to be pigeonholed into any one idea or concept,” Veach said. “We have a great coaching staff. We certainly have some talent on our roster now and hopefully we will add some more here soon.”last_img read more

Allegri up for Bayern Munich job?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Max Allegri has been linked with the benches of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Tottenham and now also Bayern Munich. The former Juventus boss is biding his time before starting a new adventure, having ended his spell in Turin with five consecutive Serie A titles. According to the Corriere dello Sport, Allegri is the prime candidate for the Bayern Munich job if the Germans sack Niko Kovac. That is more than a possibility after a shock 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend. Allegri would be the third Italian tactician to lead Bayern after Giovanni Trapattoni and Carlo Ancelotti. Meanwhile, Manchester United are also seriously considering the axe for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following another dismal Premier League showing, a defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.last_img read more

Bonucci: ‘Juve can do it all’

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci said Juventus are capable both of playing Maurizio Sarri’s style of football and “suffering” under pressure after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Bianconeri kept the ball for long periods in Moscow, but with a slow tempo and little effectiveness, until Douglas Costa’s scorching run. “Douglas Costa’s goal allowed us to take the three points. At most, my goal-line clearance would’ve helped us take one point, but it was an important moment anyway and we need to be more careful,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. “The team tries to play the football that the coach wants for long periods, but when we need to suffer under pressure, we can do that too. “Lokomotiv Moscow were focused on the counter-attack and they were dangerous with those in the first half, as we had to improve our passing distribution. We increased the pressing after the break, had more shots on goal and eventually took home the three points. “We’ve achieved our first target for the season, which is qualify for the Round of 16, so now we want to end this mini-run of games well on Sunday against Milan.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

The wait for luxury wheels gets longer

first_imgDespite the general slack in demand in the automobile sector, the market for luxury cars is still booming with most manufacturers having waiting period from three to 18 months.Dealers of luxury cars say that despite the general slowdown, the demand for luxury cars has not been hampered but is growing. “There is no slowdown in the luxury car market especially for the young super rich. People understand the value of luxury and they are not only ready to pay for it but are also ready to wait for it. We have buyers who are ready to wait as long as 12-16 months for super sports car,” a senior executive at Exclusive Motors, the sole distributor of Lambourghini in Delhi, said.Due to high demand and slow delivery, buyers for luxury cars brands, including Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Maserati, generally have to wait for six to eight months to get their car.”The demand is good in the luxury segment. The company booked 500 cars in the first five days for which delivery will be done by latest August. But the next slot of buyers may have to wait longer,” Michael Perschke, head, Audi India, told Mail Today.Waiting period is more in the super luxury segment. “For entry-level models, waiting period is maximum two to three months. Waiting period is more for imported cars as manufacturers import cars only against confirmed bookings and full payments. For cars which are assembled locally waiting period is less,” said a BMW showroom owner in Mumbai.advertisementFor some costly models of Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini, waiting period is as high as 15 months. As these cars are customised as per specific needs of the buyer, delivery time is long, say carmakers.”Company’s aim is to satisfy customers’ needs. Cars are customised as per the buyers’ needs. That is why it takes time,” Sirish Chandra, head (communication), Porche India, said.last_img read more

India rise to 129 in FIFA rankings, best ever position in a decade

first_imgIndia jumped six places to the 129th spot, their best football ranking in over a decade, according to world governing body FIFA on Thursday.It is India’s best ever ranking since December, 2005, when they were at the 127th spot. They have now improved 42 places in less than two years up from 173rd in March, 2015, according to a release.India won nine of their last 11 international matches. A 4-1 win against Puerto Rico, ranked 114, in September last year, has been the highlight of the surge.The top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said, “The national team gaining its best ranking since December 2005 shows that we are on the upsurge. The ranking enables us to be placed in pot 2 when the draw for the Asian Cup Qualifiers 2019 is to be conducted later this month. We had last qualified for the Asian Cup in 2011 and hope to be there again in UAE in 2019.”National Coach Stephen Constantine said: “I think we have had a really good couple of years during my time and while results have been mixed, we have achieved what we said we would. Our ranking is at its highest since 2005 which is obviously great for Indian football.”last_img read more

10 months agoMentor tells Mohamed Elneny: Leave Arsenal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mentor tells Mohamed Elneny: Leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHamdi Nouh has urged Mohamed Elneny to leave Arsenal in January.Nouh was coach of Elneny when they were together at Egypt’s Arab Contractors.And he said, “He has to leave Arsenal in the next transfer period. “He has to leave at least on a loan basis to play more and to regain his confidence.”Nouh added: “His situation has been influenced by a trainer change and a new way of playing, but I am convinced that he will return better. Because his enormous potential and his winning mentality will help him to come back.” last_img read more

Port of Aden Reopens for Business

first_img My location zoom The port of Aden has opened after being shut down for four months due to armed clashes in the country, according to a circular issued by Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation.As informed, Aden has received more than ten vessels since the cessation of hostilities.The port operations were inaugurated by the aid ship M/V Han Zhi in the oil harbour general cargo berth, and M/V SCL Bern at the Aden Container Terminal on July 21st, 2015, the circular said.“In noting these calls by commercial ships, we confirm that the port is ready to receive all types of ships according to the design capacity of the port’s terminals and wharves,” the circular further adds.Aden Ports Development Company said in a separate advisory that Aden Container Terminal (ACT) was undamaged during the crisis and is ready to resume handling commercial vessels.“ADPC would also like to thank local agents for the international shipping companies who responded to our request for a meeting on August 12, 2015 during which it was confirmed that ACT is ready to receive commercial ships as usual and to carry out all terminal handling activities, including ship-to-shore or yard or Gate-In and Gate-Out operations,” the circular, dated on August 13th, said.ADPC added that ship agents should contact their cargo owners/consignees so as to expedite the clearance of their abandoned cargo in the port.Yemen shut down all major ports in late March amid bomb strikes launched by the Saudi Arabia, targeting positions of Houthi militias, a rebel force believed to be backed by Iran. World Maritime News Staff Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Limited fish passage through landslide obstruction on Fraser River DFO

first_imgLILLOOET, B.C. — Authorities dealing with a massive landslide in British Columbia’s Fraser River say they’ve successfully helped thousands of salmon migrate north of the site, but millions of fish remain threatened by the obstruction.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the provincial government and local First Nations set up a team to lead the response to the slide near Big Bar, north of Lillooet, after it was discovered in late June.The team says in a news release Monday that fish counting data shows some chinook salmon have been able to swim past the slide using the channels the team has created with large rock manipulation and blasting.It says as of last Tuesday, a rough estimate of 6,700 salmon have passed through the slide on their own.The team says the limited fish passage is a “significant and hopeful step forward,” but a tremendous amount of work still needs to be done before all fish can transit above the slide.It says while operations to create stable, long-term natural passage move forward, it continues to transport fish by helicopter and has moved over 39,000 salmon past the slide using this method.The slide could affect the ecosystem and other species dependent on the survival of salmon, and that’s why authorities are working together to explore and address every avenue possible to enable passage, the news release adds.“The inability of chinook, sockeye, coho and pink salmon to migrate above the landslide area this year, and in future years, could result in significant negative ecological, economic, and cultural impacts to all British Columbians and people throughout the region,” it says. “Salmon are critical to Indigenous communities for food, social and ceremonial needs, and the slide has the potential to impact most Indigenous communities in B.C.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cloudy, Overcast Conditions on Friday in Morocco

Rabat- The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) forecasts foggy and cloudy conditions to persist on Friday, May 11.Throughout the day, fog and dense clouds are expected to obscure the regions along the coast, Tiznit, and Boujdour.Low clouds and rain showers are expected in the High Atlas and north of the Oriental region during the afternoon. Meanwhile, in the southern and southeastern provinces, scattered clouds are expected to cover the horizon, in addition to moderate winds, which will blow sand and dust in the region.The minimum temperatures will range from 06 to 11 degrees Celsius on the reliefs, Oulmes, and plains of phosphates; 11 to 17 degrees Celsius on Saiss, Souss, the Oriental region, and the southern provinces; and 18 to 22 degrees Celsius on the southeastern and Saharan provinces.The maximum temperatures will be between 16 and 22 degrees Celsius on the reliefs; 22 and 28 degrees Celsius north of the southern provinces, Saiss, the interior plains, Tadla, Rhamna, Souss, and the Oriental region.Moderate to high waves are forecast on coastal and Mediterranean waters, between Tangier and Larache. read more

Germany aids UN food and agricultural projects

In Afghanistan, returning refugees and internally displaced people will receive vegetable or pulses seeds as well as tools and fertilizer with priority given to women, FAO said in a news release in Rome. The project aims to assist in resettling returnees, increase food production and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable households. Another project will focus on training for Afghan women and men who are members of village groups for poultry and dairy production. Working with local farmers, FAO has set up milk collection centres and started poultry production for women in several Afghan cities. The project will help to extend these activities. In Lesotho and Malawi, two southern African countries with high levels of HIV/AIDS, the project will protect and improve food and nutrition security of orphans and HIV/AIDS affected children. Other projects will promote conservation agriculture in Kenya and food programmes in Brazil, Honduras and Sierra Leone. read more

UN envoy offers plan to restart talks on government reconciliation in Somalia

According to a UN spokesman in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, presented the agenda to Somalia’s President, Prime Minister and, the Speaker and other Members of Parliament, in trips he made to Mogadishu and nearby Jowhar on Monday and Wednesday.Mr. Fall had an “extensive and frank exchange” with both groups on reconciliation, the relocation of the Government, security issues and the deployment of foreign peacekeepers, key issues that have stalled the latest attempt to re-establish a central authority in the war-shattered Horn of Africa nation, which has had no functioning government for 14 years following the collapse in 1991 of the government of Muhammad Siad Barre.In spite of differences among the members of the Somali federal institutions, the Jowhar and Mogadishu groups responded positively to Mr. Fall’s initiative, and said they would continue discussions with him on the issues raised.“He intends to continue his shuttle consultation between the two groups to narrow the gap between them before organizing a meeting of the parties,” the spokesman said. read more

Charlie Gards parents extremely upset by public backlash

first_imgCharlie Gard with the toy monkey his father often carries to court with himCredit:PA “He is not helping us and he is certainly not helping Charlie”, he said. “All he has done is tarnish the reputation of two parents who have been trying to save their son and we are getting a stream of abusive messages because of it.”He claimed that a GOSH allegation that other parents were “harassed” related to a time when Mr Seton-Marsden had asked other “distressed parents” to sign a petition and the family were unaware it was happening at the time. Mr Gard added: “We have always acted in Charlie’s best interests and we have never slated GOSH publicly, in fact we have been grateful to the staff for their care despite some conflicting issues.”All the quotes you read in the media criticising GOSH, have come from him, not us.” A source close to Mr Seton-Marsden maintained that he had always been acting with knowledge of the parents and said that he had never attempted to get anyone to sign a petition in GOSH. A rally in support of Charlie was yesterday held outside the Royal Courts of Justice by the American pro-life lobbyists who have flown to Britain to back the family. Gregory Mertz, from organisation CitizenGO who organised the gathering, said they were hopeful that Charlie would be given residency in the US when the House of Representatives voted on the issue at the beginning of next week.  Charlie’s parents, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, have already lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in London.They have also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.But as they prepared for the last-ditch legal battle, Mr Gard and Miss Yates were caught up in a row over the actions of some people claiming to support their case. Miss Yates said they are “extremely upset by the backlash” they have received since the hospital put out a statement on Saturday night as they only have Charlie’s “best interests at heart”.  She added that they had been subjected to “hurtful comments”.  Charlie Gard with the toy monkey his father often carries to court with him She said: “Despite conflicting issues, we have always had the utmost respect for all the staff who work tirelessly at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the very difficult jobs they do every day.“And, like them, we have been shocked by some of the public response to this case and agree with them that it is disgraceful that doctors have received death threats.”Mr Gard used a social media post to distance himself from Mr Seton-Marsden, a former Ukip candidate, writing that he was not a spokesperson for the family and he had put out statements that they had not consented to.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Connie Yates and Chris Gard arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice Credit:PA Connie Yates and Chris Gard arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice  Mr Gard accused Alasdair Seton-Marsden, who has previously delivered statements on their behalf, of fueling some of the backlash toward the hospital after he claimed that GOSH statement was a “cynical ploy”. The parents will return to the High Court today to try and persuade the judge to allow their 11-month-old son to travel to America for experimental treatment for his rare genetic condition. Mr Justice Francis has warned that he will not re-run any evidence that has already been before the court  and he has asked lawyers to prepare a list of what is actually “new material” in the case. He is expected to give a ruling on Tuesday.  Show more The parents of Charlie Gard have accused their former spokesman of “tarnishing” their reputation as they revealed that they have received backlash over threats to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Chris Gard and Connie Yates said that they were “extremely upset” after receiving a wave of criticism when GOSH put out a statement confirming that they had called in the police after their staff had been threatened and the parents of other patients “harassed”. The couple condemned anyone attacking staff and said that it was “disgraceful that doctors have received death threats”.  last_img read more

Bill Clinton retaliates with a Bono impression

first_imgBONO STARTED IT with a cheeky little Bill Clinton impression earlier this week.Now the former president is hitting back at his rockstar pal, trying his hand at an Irish accent while chatting with Piers Morgan on US TV.Clinton had taken Bono’s mocking in good humour: You know, we’ve been friends a long time and it’s not the first time he’s made fun of me.But he’s getting better at it.He wasn’t letting him get away with it though:Can’t watch the video? Here’s the link>Don’t give up the day job Bill. Or the saxophone.So, Bono does a fairly good impression of Bill Clinton>They’re really clamping down on Arthur’s Day this year>last_img read more

Gardaí urge man who made anonymous call about serious sexual assault in

first_img Sep 2nd 2019, 11:18 AM By Stephen McDermott Short URL Gardaí urge man who made anonymous call about serious sexual assault in Cork to come forward The incident happened in Ballyphehane on 24 August. Share30 Tweet Email 10 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4792154 Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING A serious sexual assault which occurred in Cork last month have urged a man who made an anonymous phone call about the case to come forward.Investigators are continuing to probe the alleged assault on a woman, which occurred in the early hours of 24 August in the Connolly Road/Vicars Road area of Ballyphehane.They are particularly interested in speaking to the person who made the anonymous phone call to Togher Garda Station on the morning of 24 August to come forward.Investigators have appealed for this man or anyone who may have information about the incident to contact Togher Garda station on 021 494 7120 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111. 27,469 Views Monday 2 Sep 2019, 11:18 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Encore Boston Harbor launch to reduce Wynns reliance on Macau

first_imgIn particular, they estimate the July launch of Encore Boston Harbor will lift the EBITDA derived from Wynn Resorts’ US properties to 41%, of which 16% will come from Boston.“Boston is too big to be ignored – and Wynn Resorts may finally be perceived as more than a ‘high beta China macro proxy’ trade,” the analysts said in reference to Wynn’s two Macau properties, Wynn Palace and Wynn Macau.“Encore Boston has the strong potential to become the regional champion and easily outperform other top regional casino properties.”Bernstein also notes that Encore Boston Harbor has the potential to become a leading destination property, pointing to the fact that overseas passenger arrivals to the city have been growing at 10% CAGR and describing the likes of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods – located around 100 miles from Boston – as being “nowhere near the same caliber as Wynn’s property.”“Comparing Encore Boston with other top regional casinos … Encore Boston’s potential is unrivaled – a more favorable tax regime (25% gaming tax rate in Massachusetts), better local demographics and a stronger destination market.”“At full ramp, we estimate Encore Boston will achieve better results than any other regional property.” Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor will become a key asset in the company’s portfolio by reducing its reliance on Macau, according to brokerage Sanford C Bernstein.In an analyst note titled “Letter to the CEO … please do not think again about selling it”, Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Kelsey Zhu and Eunice Lee express surprise at Wynn’s failed talks with MGM Resorts over a potential sale given the upside potential the US$2.6 billion IR offers.last_img read more

Veteran leader Bhaktavatsala passes away

first_imgNellore: Veteran leader Anam Bhaktavatsala Reddy passed away late on Friday at a hospital due to cardiac arrest. He is 90 and is survived by wife and son Venkata Ramana Reddy. He is son of former Minister AC Subba Reddy, who served in the cabinet of Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy in 60s. Bhaktavatsala Reddy had served as Indukurpet Samithi President, President of District Cooperative Central Bank, and former chief of prestigious VR Educational Institutions. He has been ailing age related issues for some time and died in a private hospital on Friday night due to heart stroke. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us His body has been shifted to South Rajupalem on Saturday and last rites would be done there. His son Venkata Ramana Reddy is a YSRCP leader. Former Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Udayagiri legislator M Chandrasekhar Reddy, Vijaya Dairy Chairman K Rangareddy, former Mayor Abdul Aziz and others offered tributes to the departed leader. His last rites would be held in South Rajupalem on Sunday.last_img read more

Destination Canada unveils brand evolution at annual Rendezvous Canada

first_imgDestination Canada unveils brand evolution at annual Rendez-vous Canada Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Rendez-vous Canada (RVC), Canada’s signature international tourism marketplace, is in full swing in Toronto with over 1,900 attendees and 580 travel sellers from across the country in attendance.Now in its 43rd year and hosted by Destination Canada, the event welcomes qualified travel buyers to explore and partner with Canadian tourism professions in order to market and sell Canada with confidence. Over 620 buyers from 29 countries are also expected to attend.According to Destination Canada, Canadian tourism achieved over $100 billion in tourism revenues last year and generated $42.4 billion in gross domestic product (GDP), up 5.0% over 2017. In total, tourism captured a 2.1% share of Canada’s total GDP in 2018.Canadians continue to invest in exploring their own country, with domestic tourism expenditures gaining 5.8% in 2018. Canadians spent relatively more of their travel budget on transportation (42%), particularly air transport (22%) and vehicle fuel (13%).More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTo inspire even more tourism growth, Destination Canada announced a “brand evolution” following a five-year period of transformation. Now considered a digitally focused, data-driven organization, the agency said that it is moving Canada from more than a destination on a map to an invitation to connect with Canadians, the land and local culture.As such, the tagline ‘For Glowing Hearts’, which was inspired by the national anthem, as well as a distinctive heart-shaped logo have been positioned as central elements of the evolved brand. Both have been designed to create a strong emotional connection with travellers.Citing record-breaking figures that include 21.1 million international visitors in 2018 and $1.76 billion in international tourism spending, David Goldstein, Destination Canada President and CEO, said: “We’re going to build off that momentum and create a movement that overcomes apathy and drives international travellers, Canadians and the tourism industry to embrace our destination with passion and with glowing hearts.”Destination Canada will roll out the brand in its 10 leisure and five business events markets, across digital and print platforms, in the coming months.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaBen Cowan-Dewar, Chairperson of Destination Canada’s Board of Directors, added that travellers today want more than an experience – they want to be transformed. “The brand evolution is driven by the belief that travel should change you, and Canada will leave a lasting mark on your heart. It is how we share our passion with the world.”Rendez-vous Canada runs from May 28-31 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information go to https://www.rendezvouscanada.ca/.center_img Tags: Canada, Destination Canada, Rendezvous Canada Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Posted bylast_img read more

Costa Rica court orders better prison beds for conjugal visits

first_imgIf people get squeamish at the thought of sleeping in hotel beds, image this: Prisoners at La Reforma penitentiary sued for nicer mattresses for their conjugal visits. And the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court agreed.The prisoners complained in case 15-005871-0007-CO that the mattresses in the rooms where conjugal visits take place are so unhygienic that they “put the health of [prisoners and their visitors] at risk.”Prison administrators acknowledged that the conditions are, um, less than ideal. Despite agreeing that the mattresses were dangerously gross, the prison had not taken action to make improvements. Administrators claimed there was not enough padding in the budget to improve the mattresses. No date was given for when the resources would be made available.The Constitutional Chamber, also known as Sala IV, was not impressed. The seven judges noted that the state must ensure that prisoners’ basic needs —health, security and well-being — are met even if they are incarcerated.“In this context, this court believes it necessary to intervene to guarantee the fundamental rights of prisoners and their partners, as well as protect the conditions of their environment, as in this particular case, the conjugal visit rooms,” read the decision.The Sala IV ordered the Alajuela prison to improve the conditions in three months from June 10.No word yet on access to a red shirt to throw over the lamp. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Supreme Court orders release of Nicaraguan unjustly imprisoned for 17 months Costa Rica high court: prison officials must address ‘cruel and degrading’ conditions Ban on growing marijuana for personal use challenged in Costa Rica Supreme Court No shirt, no shoes, no hospital visiting privileges, says Costa Rican Supreme Courtlast_img read more

First trestles of VTT Vasiliko jetty installed

first_imgTHE first trestles of the jetty at the y under-construction oil storage terminal of VTTV at Vasiliko have been installed, it was announced on Monday.The trestles were made in Greece and shipped to Limassol for assembly, by specially trained staff, an announcement said.The “EDT Niki”, a 46m length barge with deck cargo capacity of 1,132 tonnes, was utilised for the transportation of the trestles. Qualified staff with offshore experience conducted trial tests prior to the actual trestle installation.The jetty which will extend 1.2 km into open sea will comprise 42 trestles in total.The Managing Director of VTT Vasiliko Ltd, George Papanastasiou, said: “We are very proud to have successfully completed another phase in the construction of the oil storage terminal of our company. The jetty, currently constructed at Vasiliko, is unique in the Mediterranean, and will be used for loading and unloading ship-tankers with oil products as well as for oil products’ transhipment between ship-tankers, which currently takes place in the open sea with all the risk that this entails. This terminal will be making Cyprus an oil products’ trading hub.”The terminal will serve more than 500 ships per year, which is approximately the number of ships currently being handled at Limassol. Construction works for the jetty as well as for the first phase of the terminal will be completed in July 2014 when the jetty and Terminal will be put into operation.VTT Vasiliko Ltd is a company registered in Cyprus, a subsidiary of VTTI B.V. VTTI, a joint venture of two companies, owns and operates oil storage terminals in 14 countries with a total capacity of 8.6 million m³. VTTI’s shareholders are the Dutch energy giant Vitol, the largest private energy trading company in the world, and MISC, a leading international shipping company, owned by the Malaysian state oil company Petronas. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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