Summit lukewarm to Bush on global-warming efforts

first_imgHe added, “No one country has all the answers, including mine.” The delegates to the conference listened impassively to Bush’s 20-minute address, interrupting him with applause only once, when he pledged that the United States would participate in global warming negotiations overseen by the United Nations. The Bush administration has been a less-than-enthusiastic partner in U.N.-sponsored climate change talks and has not joined the Kyoto Protocol, intended to halt and then reverse the spread of climate-altering carbon emissions. Bush quickly left the auditorium after delivering his remarks, which ended 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Some of the delegates, representing the major industrialized nations plus Brazil, China, India and South Africa, said they were less than impressed. “The president made his speech,” said the chief Brazilian delegate to the talks, Everton Vargas. “We took note of his speech.” Vargas, a senior official in Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations, seemed puzzled by the purpose of the Washington meeting, which came at the end of a week when the U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, pledged the organization’s full efforts toward negotiating a new agreement to take the place of the Kyoto Protocol after most of its provisions expire in 2012. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush said Friday that the nations that contribute most to global warming should all set goals for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. But he did not specify what those goals should be and repeated his position that nations should not be held to mandatory targets for capping carbon dioxide emissions. At the close of a two-day meeting here of 16 major carbon-emitting nations, Bush also proposed an international fund to help developing nations benefit from clean energy technology. He instructed the Treasury Department to begin work on the proposal, but the administration offered no details. “We will set a long-term goal for reducing global greenhouse-gas emissions,” Bush said in a morning speech at the State Department. “Each nation must decide for itself the right mix of tools and technologies to achieve results that are measurable and environmentally effective.” “The whole agenda was set by the American government,” Vargas said. “The American government didn’t bring any new ideas, any new proposals in terms of the American position.” Vargas did, however, speak approvingly of the still-vague proposal for a clean technology fund, but said he was unsure about how it would be structured and financed. Bush’s calls for each country to decide for itself how to rein in pollution, and his refusal to embrace mandatory measures, have set the United States apart from other countries, and his appearance at the State Department conference probably did not do much to lessen that isolation. “Smart technology does not just materialize by itself,” John Ashton, a special adviser on climate change to the British foreign secretary, David Miliband, said afterward. Ashton, who has said that voluntary measures are ineffective, said “smart technology” requires government commitment and investment. Ashton also questioned the purpose of the Washington meeting, saying it had produced nothing of substance. “We could have another 20 years of talking about talking,” Ashton said. “We need to start deciding about doing.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DDTV: FEAST YOUR EYES ON GREAT PIX FROM DONEGAL FOOD FEST

first_imgIF you were there last weekend at the Donegal Town ‘Taste of Donegal’ Food Festival, you will have seen – and tasted – the success.To celebrate another superb year, here’s a collection of images from the festival. Click to play.DDTV: FEAST YOUR EYES ON GREAT PIX FROM DONEGAL FOOD FEST was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Brighton and Hove Albion sign Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul on loan

first_img Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul Brighton and Hove Albion have signed goalkeeper Tim Krul on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle.The 29-year-old will challenge Mathew Ryan and Niki Maenpaa for the gloves at the Amex.Hughton added: “I know Tim from my time at Newcastle and he is an excellent professional that has a vast amount of experience at both club and international level.“He’s played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League and his experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad.” 1last_img read more

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CORAL DD: Arsenal v West Brom, Premier League top-four race and MORE latest odds

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Can Gareth Barry inspire West Brom to a shock victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium?The 36-year-old midfielder will break Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record if he plays in Monday night’s meeting, with the Baggies 10/1 for a stunning victory.Arsenal are 1/34 favourites for the win, with the draw 4/1.Barry is a surprise shout at 33/1 to open the scoring at the Emirates, with Gunners star  Alexis Sanchez 100/30 to score the game’s first goal.Stevo also brought us an update in the betting for the Premier League’s top-four race – get all that and MORE in the latest Coral Daily Download!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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West Ham confirm signing of Joao Mario from Inter Milan

first_img1 Joao Mario helped Portugal to Euro m2016 glory alongside Cristiano Ronaldo #WelcomeMariohttps://t.co/J261To5l0c— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 26, 2018center_img West Ham have confirmed the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on a loan deal until the end of the season.The 25-year-old is a Portugal international and helped his country to Euro 2016 success.Speaking to West Ham’s official website, the midfielder said: “I am really happy to be here.“It’s a really amazing experience to join this amazing team and I am just glad to be here.“It was a fast move. I have spoken with everyone around the team and, for me, it is exciting to play in the Premier League. I spoke with the coach and for me, I am really happy to be training for an amazing coach, also.”Mario, who will wear the number 18 shirt for the Hammers, trained with the squad on Friday and will travel with David Moyes’ squad for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie at Wigan Athletic.last_img read more

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City street bond to miss ballot

first_imgEven some state politicians expressed concern that city bond measures could add to voter fatigue and jeopardize the state bonds. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu¤ez had raised concerns about putting the $1 billion local housing bond on the ballot, but Villaraigosa later said he reconsidered the housing crisis and would support the measure for November. Englander said the mayor and state legislators did not attempt to influence the decision by Smith and Cardenas to postpone the street-repair measure. Their fellow council members voted last month to have the city attorney draft legal language needed to put the street-repair bonds before voters in November, but warned that the ballot was getting crowded and confusing. That feedback and comments from potential voters convinced Smith and Cardenas they should postpone the measure. “The timing is not right, considering the number of measures already on the ballot. And the street-repair intiative is too important to risk,” Cardenas’ spokeswoman Stacy Belew said. The $1.5 billion street-paving bonds would cost property owners an average of $20 per $100,000 assessed value over 20 years, or roughly $60 annually for a house valued at $300,000. Board of Public Works Commissioner Cynthia Ruiz said postponing the bond measure will allow more time to educate voters on the need to increase property taxes if they want speedier street repairs. Over the last two years, Bureau of Street Services staff members have gone to about half of L.A.’s 86 neighborhood councils with a presentation on the maintenance backlog, and Ruiz said she hopes delaying the bond vote will allow the bureau to finish that outreach. “It would have been more devastating if we (had called for a November vote) and lost. We might as well make sure we’re fully prepared before we go out to voters.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After polling suggested that voters already will be overwhelmed by bonds on the November ballot, two Los Angeles city councilmen have decided not to push a $1.5 billion street paving bond for the upcoming election. Councilmen Greig Smith and Tony Cardenas proposed the measure, which would have been the largest in city history, to fix an 80-year backlog of street repairs in eight years. But after getting a lukewarm response from fellow council members and finding apathy and confusion among voters, the two Valley leaders said Thursday that they will stop pushing the measure for this election season. “Everybody’s opinion is that this is important and something we need to do. But because of the competing measures, the voter fatigue and the confusion, we felt it wasn’t worth the risk,” said Mitchell Englander, Smith’s chief of staff. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.There are 10 bond and tax measures already on the Nov. 7 ballot, including a $1 billion Los Angeles bond measure to develop affordable housing. Measures on the ballot also include the governor’s $37 billion infrastructure funding plan with four separate propositions to finance transportation, housing, schools and flood protection. State measures appear before local ones on the ballot, raising concern that Los Angeles voters would approve the state transportation bond measure and then oppose the local one for street repairs. “People were also confused with the infrastructure bond. They’d say, `Doesn’t the state bond fix our streets?’ and the answer is no,” Englander said. The state measure would dedicate funding for repairs to highways, not local streets. last_img
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Issues likely to dominate Legislature debate in 2007

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here are some of the other major issues that are likely to dominate debate in 2007: BUDGET — The state continues to struggle with budget deficits. The Legislature’s budget analyst, Elizabeth Hill, predicts the gap between anticipated revenue and projected spending will be $5.5 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1. But lawmakers can cover most of that hole with $3.1 billion from a larger-than-expected surplus from the current fiscal year, Hill says. CANCER VIRUS — Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, has introduced a bill calling for all girls entering sixth grade to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, which is transmitted by sexual contact and can cause cervical cancer. The bill is already drawing opposition from conservatives, although it allows parents to opt out of the requirement. DRIVERS’ LICENSES — Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will make his ninth attempt to enact legislation that would enable illegal immigrants to get California drivers’ licenses. This time he may have some leverage with Schwarzenegger, who has vetoed three of Cedillo’s previous attempts. The governor needs legislation to authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to meet tighter federal security requirements for all drivers’ licenses, and Cedillo’s legislation includes that language. EDUCATION — A school performance review requested by Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders is due out early in 2007 and is expected to recommend sweeping changes in school funding, teacher training and governance. FLOOD BILLS — A group of Democratic legislators will try again to push through a series of flood control bills, including a measure to make cities and counties liable for property damage if they approve new developments in flood-prone areas. Lawmakers will also be making some early decisions on how to spend $42.7 billion in bonds approved by voters last November, including $4.1 billion in flood control bonds. GAY MARRIAGE — Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation in 2005 that would have recognized gay marriages. The author, Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has reintroduced the bill, hoping that Schwarzenegger will reconsider this time around. A related bill by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, would allow young, unmarried, heterosexual couples to register as domestic partners. HEALTH CARE — Despite the state’s budget woes, Schwarzenegger and the Legislature’s leaders are talking about putting together legislation to cover many, if not all, of the estimated 6 million Californians without health insurance. That legislation is likely to include a mandate requiring employers to help pay for health coverage for their workers, even though Schwarzenegger supported a successful effort by business groups in 2004 to overturn such a law. Both Nunez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, have plans that include employer mandates, and the governor’s health and human services secretary, Kim Belshe, says Schwarzenegger has not ruled out some form of employer mandate. INDIAN GAMBLING — A battle between a group of Indian tribes and labor unions is likely to flare up again in 2007 over gambling compacts that Schwarzenegger signed with the tribes. The unions complained that the agreements, which would allow the tribes’ casinos to have another 23,000 slot machines, would make it harder for casino workers to organize. Bills approving those compact bogged down in the Legislature in 2006. MINIMUM WAGE — Schwarzenegger signed legislation in 2006 that will raise the minimum wage from $6.75 to $7.50 an hour in 2007 and to $8 in 2008. But the bill lacked the automatic annual inflation adjustments in the wage that Democrats also sought. Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-ComptonZZPT, has introduced a bill that would require those increases, starting in 2009. PRISONS — Lawmakers are under pressure from federal courts to ease overcrowding and improve health care in California’s prisons. Failure to do so could result in court orders capping inmate populations, releasing some prisoners early and requiring construction of new medical facilities. Schwarzenegger has proposed an $11 billion prison building program to create additional space. SMOKING — Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long BeachZZPT, has introduced bills to ban smoking at state parks and state beaches and in cars carrying children. Similar measures by other authors were defeated in recent years. TRANS FATS — Following New York City’s lead, Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, is proposing legislation to bar California restaurants from serving food that contains trans fats, a measure likely to rile the foodservice industry.last_img read more

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How Liverpool could line-up in Club World Cup with stars restored and shock starter

first_img Liverpool’s very youthful side were no match for Villa stalemate So as expected, Liverpool are out of the Carabao Cup as they played their kids at Aston Villa on Tuesday night.The young Reds, in fact the youngest ever Liverpool first-team, were humbled 5-0 at Villa Park meaning Dean Smith’s side advance to the semi-finals. The only senior players who aren’t at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal are injured Georginio Wijnaldum (hamstring), Dejan Lovren (muscle), Joel Matip (knee) and Fabinho (ankle).However, Liverpool have been boosted by Virgil van Dijk being given the all-clear to play despite missing a training session on Monday.So how might the Reds line up? Below you can see talkSPORT.com‘s predicted Liverpool team. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Why did Jurgen Klopp play the kids? Well, because the senior players are in Qatar to play at the FIFA Club World Cup after winning last season’s Champions League.And on Wednesday, Liverpool are back in action in their Club World Cup semi-final against Mexican side Monterrey.You can listen to full commentary of Liverpool vs Monterrey LIVE on talkSPORT 2, kick-off 5:30pm.The winners of the tie will face Brazilian side Flamengo on Saturday, after they got the better of Al-Hilal, who are from Saudi Arabia. update Liverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 We believe Klopp will rotate his teams in the competition as it’s not the end of the world if Liverpool fail to win the trophy.Adrian could get the nod in the semi-final and if Liverpool get to the final as expected, then Alisson Becker will probably get recalled for that.It’s tiring work being a full-back under Klopp which is why Andy Robertson only came on for the final half hour of Liverpool’s win over Watford last weekend. He should come back in this time.But don’t be surprised if Trent Alexander-Arnold is benched against Monterrey. The club needs to be careful with how many fixtures he plays as he’s still only 21.We think 18-year-old full-back Neco Williams will therefore start. He would have been an ideal player to feature at Villa so it seems like it would be a waste of time to drag him 3,000 miles if Williams wasn’t going to play. Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s hardest working player so it would be silly to make him play 90 minutes for both matches in the Middle East heat. Divock Origi, who hasn’t started since his brace against Everton on December 4, could get the nod.However, Liverpool’s star player Sadio Mane could start just to make sure the job gets done.Meanwhile, there will be a lot of interest in Mohamed Salah and he could feature heavily in the semi and their next match, be it the third place play-off or final.How Liverpool could look against Monterrey Alexander-Arnold will surely have his game time managed in Qatar LIVE on talkSPORT rookie error AFP or licensors targets 4 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 4 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff center_img appointed on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty Images – Getty 4 4 In the middle, it should be Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez as Liverpool are actually quite light at centre-back because of Lovren and Matip’s injuries.Absolutely expect a midfield shake up as it’s very physically demanding being a Liverpool midfielder, plus Wijnaldum has been ruled out of this game.James Milner attended the pre-match press conference with the manager which is a strong sign he will start.We also believe Liverpool will play a relatively attacking midfield as they are superior to their opposition so don’t be surprised if Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, neither of whom started against Watford, get a run out. statement Expect Klopp to rotate his team as he has done all month Milner answered questions alongside Klopp to the world’s media on Tuesday Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti You can hear both of Liverpool’s games at the Club World Cup live on talkSPORTlast_img read more

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Jack replaces Arfield in Rangers midfield for Shkupi tie

first_imgSteven Gerrard has drafted in Ryan Jack to replace Scott Arfield for Rangers’ trip to Macedonia.The Light Blues are looking to hold onto their two-goal advantage after beating FK Shkupi 2-0 at Ibrox in the first leg of their Europa League first round tie.With Arfield injured, Gerrard has brought Jack back into the starting line-up.The former Aberdeen midfielder is making his first start this year, after suffering a season-ending injury last December against Motherwell. Elsewhere, the former Liverpool legend has stuck with the same side which overcame Shkupi thanks to goals from Jamie Murphy and James Tavernier.last_img read more

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Franklin Man Arrested for Murder of Infant Son

first_imgJesse Dean Wilson, age 21 of Franklin, was arrested today by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office following a Macon County Grand Jury True Bill of Indictment charging him with “Murder” in the death of his infant son Liam. This arrest comes following the baby’s death and as a result of an extensive investigation conducted by the Macon County Sheriff’s office and after consultation with District Attorney Ashley Welch.Sheriff Robert Holland states, “I am limited it what I can say regarding this investigation but will take this opportunity to publicly commend those involved in this investigation. This has been and continues to be a difficult investigation. Unlike most investigations, cases involving innocent children stay with even the most seasoned of officers. These are the cases that investigators go to sleep with at night and continue to think about the moment they wake up and throughout their day. I could never express in words just how much I appreciate their dedication, commitment and professionalism as they conduct a thorough investigation. Again I commend all those involved including the District Attorney’s Office as we move forward in an effort to seek justice for this innocent baby.”Sheriff Holland concludes, “The next Court date will be August 7th and we look forward to working with District Attorney Welch as we seek justice for three month old Liam.”In May, WRGC reported that  3-month old Liam Wilson was unresponsive on Thursday May 11th when first responders tried to resuscitate the baby. His father, 20 year old Jesse Wilson, called 911 around 8:44am stating the child was not breathing.The mother Julia Angel Vance had reportedly left the baby in the care of Wilson while she was working. She stated in court documents that she noticed bruising on the child’s forehead previously and questioned Wilson about it. Vance went to work around 6 am on Thursday. The baby was alive at this time.Upon interviewing both parents, Wilson admitted to investigators that he had occasionally squeezed the baby’s head in order to quiet him. He said he had done this on the morning the child died.An autopsy found multiple bruises, brain and head injuries. Fingerprint size bruising was visible on the infant.Mr. Wilson remains in custody in the Macon County Detention Center with no bond. Meanwhile the investigation continues.last_img read more

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