Russia, hit by coronavirus crisis, considers military spending cuts

first_imgRussia is considering cutting spending on the military as low oil prices and the coronavirus crisis have pummeled its economy, a document published by the finance ministry shows.The ministry has proposed the government cut state spending on the military by 5% between 2021 and 2023. The proposal, published on Monday, also includes budget spending cuts of 10% for other types of spending but excludes the court system, the servicing of Russia’s debt and wages for civil servants.Russia, which flexed its military muscle with its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and intervention in the Syrian conflict, dropped out of the list of the top five biggest military spenders in 2018 after its spending fell 3.5%. Last year it returned as the world’s fourth largest military spender and increased its military expenditures by 4.5% to $65.1 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. That amount corresponded to 3.9% of its gross domestic product, it said.President Vladimir Putin has called for better living standards and investment in healthcare and education. Some government officials have called for lower military spending to free up funds for such initiatives.Military expenditures have increased under Putin, but the Kremlin said in 2018 that Russia would cut its defense budget to less than 3% of GDP within the next five years.Exact figures for military funding are considered a state secret in Russia, but in 2018 the defense ministry said 20 trillion rubles ($282 billion) had been earmarked for the construction of military infrastructure under a new armament program for 2018-2027.The World Bank expects the Russian economy to contract by 6% this year.Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces Funding for Improve Water Quality and Sewer Infrastructure in Southwest Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a total of $2 million in Community Block Grant Development (CDBG) funding to improve water quality and sewer infrastructure in Somerset and Greene counties.“One of the biggest challenges our local governments face is how they manage their aging and inadequate infrastructure,” Governor Wolf said. “This funding is critical to assist two communities in Somerset and Greene counties that have been struggling with poor water quality and an insufficient sewer system.”Somerset County will receive $1 million in funding through the Somerset Redevelopment Authority in partnership with the Confluence Borough Municipal Authority. The funding will be used to replace the outdated water line serving Draketown Village that was constructed in the late 1800s. The water line, which is deteriorated and leaking, has contributed to unclean water which has caused the area to be on a boil water notice since 2014. Additionally, the reduced pressure due to the pipe leaking could affect the ability of firefighters to get enough water quickly.The replacement project will consist of the construction and installation of approximately 12,000 linear feet of new six-inch high-density polyethylene water line. It also includes six new fire hydrants and 42 service connections. The project will completely solve the pipe leaking issues and is necessary to tackle the greater water quality and treatment issue in the area.The second project is for Greene County, which will receive $1 million to make improvements and replacements along Waynesburg Borough’s sewer system. Currently, deficiencies in the sewer line and the interceptor – the structure that filters contaminants from the water system – have caused the system to be overloaded. During periods of heavy wet weather, the borough suffers a higher chance of untreated human waste being discharged into the nearby South Fork of Ten Mile Creek. This project will replace at least 630 linear feet of sewer pipeline and repair a further 7,645 linear feet of pipeline along the interceptor.While programs like CDBG provide important funding to help specific municipalities improve their aging infrastructure, additional resources are needed to address the problem at a comprehensive, statewide level. Governor Wolf’s bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal will provide $4.5 billion to address infrastructure issues like blight, broadband, flood protection, green infrastructure, and contaminant remediation.For more information, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan. May 28, 2019center_img Wolf Administration Announces Funding for Improve Water Quality and Sewer Infrastructure in Southwest Pennsylvanialast_img read more

Neptune Energy, TechnipFMC in Subsea Projects Alliance

first_imgNeptune Energy and TechnipFMC have signed a global alliance agreement for delivery of subsea projects.The alliance agreement has been signed for an initial five year term with options for further extensions.The agreement covers the full project lifecycle from early concept work, through engineering, procurement, delivery of subsea production systems and installation of subsea equipment and infrastructure, and continues into life of field support.The first developments to be executed under this contract are the Duva and Gjøa P1 projects in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Both fields will be developed as fast-track subsea tiebacks to the Neptune operated Gjøa facilities.TechnipFMC has been awarded a contract covering the subsea equipment from the wellheads to the riser hang-off at Gjøa. The contract also includes subsea templates, Xmas trees, manifolds, production and gas lift pipelines, umbilicals, subsea structures and control systems plus installation activities.The engineering and fabrication works have started and the first template will be installed Q3 2019 on the Duva field. The majority of the installation scope will be in 2020 with first oil targeted for Q4 2020.Mark Richardson, vice-president Projects in Neptune Energy said: “The global alliance agreement establishes a long-term relationship, based on common goals, shared values and mutual trust, supported by a commercial model where collective positive performance is rewarded.”last_img read more

Patient Clancy prevails at US 36

first_imgNicholas Carpenter took the lead at the drop of the green flag for the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod 15-lapper and paced the first half of the race. During that time, Clancy began to slowly work his way through the field. Steven Clancy started 10th and finished first in Friday’s Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event at US 36 Raceway. (Photo by Judy Staley) OSBORN, Mo. (April 26) – Patience paid off Friday night at US 36 Raceway for Steven Clancy. After starting 10th, Clancy had to pick and choose where to make his passes. A late caution allowed him to close on Carpenter and in turn three Clancy made his move to the point with a few laps remaining.  By Jacob Blair Clancy then opened up a couple car length lead and made his second trip to Westfall GMC Victory Lane this season. Tim Eaton also had an impressive run, moving up 10 spots to finish second. Carpenter had a moment on the final lap in turn three but was able to make the save and finish third. Last week’s feature winner, Chris Wright, finished fourth and Jeffrey Sears rounded out the top five.last_img read more

EPL: Leicester fight back to beat Tottenham

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Jones: Same old Suarez

first_img But that has not affected Suarez, who has returned to training with the same vigour he had last season and Jones said they expect him to stay. “It’s good to have Luis and (fellow Uruguay international) Seb Coates back,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “Most of the boys were joking with him about his Uruguayan (television) advert which we saw on the internet. “Luis is a bubbly character. You always know when he’s about as you can hear him five rooms away! “He just loves football – he lives and breathes it. You saw him in training here, he’s like a little kid. He doesn’t want to stop – it’s like waiting for your mum to call you in. “He’s that type of character. He’s never going to shirk any effort. We don’t expect anything less, no matter what’s gone on in the media. “He’s the same player we’ve been used to. Nothing has changed. “He’s still here and we expect it to stay that way. We all hope he stays as he’s a fantastic player. I see no reason to doubt that.” Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has seen no change in striker Luis Suarez’s attitude on his return to the squad despite the player suggesting he wants a new challenge. Jones has been working closely with Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet since the Belgium international’s arrival from Sunderland. He appears to be favourite for the number one spot as Jose Reina, who has yet to join up with the squad after his Confederations Cup involvement, could be on his way to Napoli after they made an approach for a loan deal which would reunite the Spaniard with former Reds manager Rafael Benitez. Jones has been impressed with the new £9million signing. “I’ve seen a fair bit of him and he’s done really well,” he told “Last season was probably his best so far and Sunderland probably owe a bit to him for staying up. “For him it’s a big move but it’s something he’s probably deserved from last year and he’ll be hoping to continue in the way he finished last season. “His best quality is his overall quality. He’s pretty consistent in everything he does. That’s where you want to be – be good at every aspect, really. “He’s got a few years before he hits his peak as well. He’s a very good goalkeeper. “It doesn’t change too much for me. It’s a new challenge, it’s someone new. “Training has been good and it’s just about getting on with it and doing your best, as you do every day.” The Uruguay international is set to make his first appearance for the Reds this summer in Wednesday’s friendly against Melbourne Victory, having flown into Australia on Sunday after extended leave following the Confederations Cup. While he was away the 26-year-old has spoken about the attraction of Real Madrid and his agent Pere Guardiola has told the club the player wants to play in the Champions League but will not try to force through a move. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC Hospitality unfazed by intensifying competition with LA Live

first_imgWith the LA Live shuttle up and running, more students are leaving campus in favor of exploring entertainment and dining options in Downtown Los Angeles, but USC officials say they are not concerned about losing student business at USC’s restaurants.When USC Hospitality opened The Lab, McKay’s and Rosso Oro’s Pizza in the spring, the idea for the LA Live tram had not yet developed. Six months later, though, USC Transportation and LA Live have partnered to provide students with an easy way to get away from McKay’s in favor of the Yard House or the other dining options Downtown.Eating in · Despite the new, free shuttle to LA Live, USC officials are not worried about losing business at The Lab, one of USC’s three new restaurants on Figueroa Street. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanBut Hospitality insists it is not afraid of losing business to the competition further down Figueroa Street. Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality, said Hospitality and Transportation, under the umbrella of USC Auxiliary Services, considered the implications of adding the free shuttle before giving the plan the go-ahead.“[Auxiliary Services does] a ‘SWOT’ analysis … strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats,” Klinger said. “So providing a shuttle to LA Live outweighs quite a few of the costs we’ve considered.”Michael Roth, vice president of communications for AEG, the company that runs LA Live, said the venue has seen a jump in student customers since the launch of the new shuttle.But Tony Mazza, director of USC Transportation, said it seems those students are going Downtown more for entertainment than for dining.“In the end, USC Transportation has seen students using the shuttle when they are going to the movies at Regal Cinemas, to go bowling or to attend a sporting event,” Mazza wrote in an email. “But not necessarily when they are looking for dining options.”Ryoko Yoshida, a senior majoring in communication, said if she were just looking for a meal, she’d be more likely to go to The Lab because going to LA Live takes more planning.“You’d have to wait for the shuttle and then wait even longer when you get [to LA Live] to be seated, when you could just call Campus Cruiser and head over to The Lab,” Yoshida said. “But, if I was going to a concert or something at the Staples Center, then I’d probably want to eat at one of the restaurants [at LA Live].”In addition to restaurants, Roth said, LA Live offers other entertainment activities like attending a Clippers or Kings game, a concert, going to the movies or bowling ­— all at the same location. Still, he acknowledged that it takes a little more time to get to LA Live than The Lab, McKay’s or Rosso Oro’s Pizza, and said that might factor into students’ decisions.Roth said the decision to eat near campus or at LA Live may also be based on the slightly higher costs at the restaurants Downtown. The Yard House, for example, has a very similar menu to The Lab and McKay’s, but appetizers and entrées cost between $2 to $5 more on average.“We’re all on budgets and are supposed to make choices and selections based on that,” Roth said.Klinger said students might also choose the Hospitality restaurants for the atmosphere.“I think it’s a more unique environment. There’s only one Lab and there’s a couple dozen Yard Houses, and it’s going to be mostly students at The Lab, whereas at the Yard House it’s going to be a mixture,” Klinger said.But Yoshida said the collegiate atmosphere has a negative effect.“Being older, I might want more of a diverse crowd at LA Live,” she said.Yoshida said older students over the age of 21 could end up going to LA Live over The Lab with the intention of going out to Downtown bars and clubs.Ramona Jhunjhnuwala, a freshman majoring in business administration who has used the LA Live shuttle to go out to eat with friends, said it’s about personal preference, regardless of the price.“LA Live might be more expensive, but I liked it better,” she said.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers set NCAA attendance record at Kohl Center amid three-game homestead

first_imgWisconsin routed Minnesota State University, Mankato to cap off a three-week homestead that featured an NCAA record-setting attendance for a women’s hockey game amid string of intense Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchups.In the first of the three home series, Wisconsin bested St. Cloud State University 2-0 in front of 15,359 fans at the Kohl Center as part of UW’s 2017 “Fill the Bowl” event on Saturday, Jan. 14.Traditionally, Wisconsin women’s hockey plays home games in the LaBahn Arena, but the school’s “Fill the Bowl” event occurs on the men’s team’s home ice at the Kohl Center. The Kohl Center boasts nearly 15,000 more seats than LaBahn, and the Badger faithful filled nearly every one in the special venue change.The turnout shattered the NCAA women’s hockey previous single-game attendance record of 13,573 that Wisconsin set in the 2014 and most recent chapter of the event. With the attendance record against St. Cloud, Wisconsin now owns the five highest single-game attendance totals in NCAA women’s hockey history.Building off the energy and pride created this monumental turnout in the temporary venue change, Wisconsin went on to defeat North Dakota 3-2 and 2-1 the following weekend back on the LaBahn home ice. The weekend series was the second consecutive home sweep of 2017, lifting the Badgers to 5-0 total record in the new year before hosting Minnesota State University, Mankato the next weekend.The all-time series between Mankato and Wisconsin has always favored the Badgers, with a 72-2-3 overall record against the Mavericks. With a grand total of 16 Badgers earning points this weekend, it was clear the Mavericks were still having problems keeping up with Wisconsin.Women’s hockey: Badgers close out WCHA play with Minnesota StateAfter a tough weekend battle against the University of North Dakota, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team finishes their Read…The skill difference between these two teams was apparent the minute the puck dropped Friday night. Wisconsin (24-2-1-0, 19-2-1-0 WCHA) outshot the Mavericks 47-15, and managed to not only net two power-play goals, but one short-handed goal as well.“We created a bunch of opportunities and capitalized on a couple power plays and overall it was a good effort,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said.Mankato (6-20-3, 3-17-2 WCHA) had a hard time keeping up with the Badgers’ defense as well, with Wisconsin controlling much of the pace. Even after the first period, it was apparent why Mankato came into the weekend at the bottom of the WCHA, and the night closed out with a 5-0 victory for the Badgers.Saturday would closely resemble Friday’s matchup, in that Wisconsin was clearly the superior team. While the Mavericks did manage to get a goal past Ann-Renée Desbiens, their power-play goal would be the Mavericks’ only score of the weekend. The Badgers swept the weekend with a 6-1 victory Saturday afternoon.Women’s hockey: Top-ranked Badgers tested but emerge victorious against North DakotaSaturday night was a prime example of a heated rivalry between the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team and the Read…Two Badgers reached career milestones Saturday afternoon, with Sydney McKibbon and Emily Clark both earning their 100th career point during the first period. Clark and McKibbon were both happy with the achievement, but more concerned with getting the conference win it in front of a home crowd.“It was pretty cool to share that with [McKibbon] tonight,” Clark said. “A huge thanks to my linemates, I think they made a couple extra passes that they definitely could have shot this weekend, but pretty cool feeling, especially to do it at home.”With a grand total of nine Badgers scoring goals this weekend — five of them being freshmen — it is clear Wisconsin has become an even more dynamic team. With a road test against Bemidji State University awaiting the Badgers next weekend, coach Johnson knows he has made a team that is becoming more and more difficult to suppress.“We got contributions from different people,” Johnson said. “Get some depth in your scoring and it becomes difficult to defend.”Wisconsin also managed to silence Mankato without veteran senior defenseman Melissa Channell on the ice after she left the second game of the North Dakota series due to injury a week prior.While the No. 1 Badgers boast deep talent across the roster, it often takes even the best of teams a certain trial period to adjust to a veteran absence on the ice going forward.This may be especially apparent in the Badgers first upcoming road test since the loss against a solid Bemidji State team next weekend in Minnesota.last_img read more

Rangers FC and Ladbrokes end betting partnership

first_img Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 SPFL football club Rangers FC has confirmed that it will not renew its in-stadia wagering partnership with bookmaker Ladbrokes, however the announcement seems to be little more than posturing from the Glasgow football club.This morning, Rangers Commercial Director James Bisgrove communicated that Ladbrokes in-stadia betting services would be discontinued from Ibrox in advance of the SPL 2020/2021 season.“Following a number of supporter enquiries over the Easter weekend, we can confirm the arrangement with Ladbrokes, who provide betting facilities at Ibrox stadium, will not continue next season,” the Rangers FC statement read.As yet, Ladbrokes has made no comment on Rangers’ actions. However at the start of the 2019/20 season, the bookmaker revealed it had opted not to renew its legacy sponsorship of the Scottish Professional Football league (SPFL), supporting its wider ‘Change for the Bettor’ social responsibility mandate – which sees all active  GVC UK betting brands end their marketing exposure through football.  This means that today’s announcement was largely superfluous and more than likely stems from the football club’s dissatisfaction with how the SPFL is planning to conclude the 2019/2020 Scottish football season and the seemingly supportive position held by the title sponsor.Rangers branded the SPFL’s decision to determine the final placings of its three leagues on a ‘points to date’ basis as an ‘abhorrent plan’ that would have severe consequences for football clubs.Challenging the SPFL, Rangers’ Interim Chairman Douglas Park stated that the club had been presented with ‘whistle-blower evidence’, raising doubts about the stewardship of voting in relation to SPFL’s resolution.Threatening legal action, Rangers has called for the suspension of SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster while an investigation takes place.Park said: “The lack of leadership and responsibility from the SPFL as a members’ organisation has shocked me. If ever there was a time for complete openness and transparency, it is now. “Crucial decisions are being made on the issues of promotion and relegation behind closed doors and without proper time for consideration or debate.“The farcical conduct of this affair seems to me to bring the corporate governance and business operations of the SPFL into sharp focus. It is an example of an undemocratic culture, which has existed within the SPFL for far too long.”last_img read more

NCAA won’t implement standardized football injury reports

first_imgCollege football will not implement injury reports in during the 2019-20 season because it’s “not a viable option at this time,” the NCAA Board of Governors announced Wednesday.The topic was considered due to more than a dozen states legalizing sports gambling. Betting lines and trends could drastically change if teams were required to announce player availability before games. Florida cornerback C.J. McWilliams out for season with torn Achilles Former Florida corner Chris Steele allowed to play for USC this season, NCAA says “The ad hoc committee gathered thorough feedback from conference commissioners, athletics administrators, athletic trainers and student-athletes across all three divisions about potential player availability reporting,” Ohio State president and chair of the Board of Governors Michael Drake said in a statement. “The membership has significant concerns about the purpose, parameters, enforcement and effectiveness of a player availability reporting model.” Related News Tennessee loses top defensive lineman Emmit Gooden for season with torn ACL The NCAA explored the idea of releasing injury reports, similar to the process that exists in the NFL, because there was some concern that legalized sports betting would tempt bettors to interfere with athletes or team personnel in an effort to gain injury information. But the NCAA follows federal laws that are meant to protect student and patient privacy, and there are concerns athletes’ privacy would be violated if injury reports are released. However, an ad hoc committee on sports wagering, which was created by the Board of Governors in October, found injury reports “would not advance student-athlete well-being nor the integrity of competition.”last_img read more