Retire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda Rousey

first_img“That’s it for her,” Nunes said Friday night. “For sure, she’s going to retire. She can’t take it anymore. If she wants the rematch, I’m going to do the same thing, because she can’t take my punches.”Other major figures in mixed martial arts disagree.Jones was arguably the most feared fighter in the sport before failing a drug test last summer. The suspended former light heavyweight champion took to Twitter on Saturday to encourage Rousey.READ: Jones stripped of UFC title after drugs ban“My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again,” Jones wrote. “I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.”ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rousey declined to promote her comeback bout, and she refused to discuss her loss with fans or reporters after making a guaranteed $3 million along with undisclosed millions in bonuses and pay-per-view revenue from the UFC’s year-end show. She issued a statement to ESPN on Saturday.“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year,” Rousey wrote. “However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”Nunes acknowledged feeling sorry for Rousey after landing 27 punches on the former champion in just 48 seconds. Nunes believes the cumulative stress of Rousey’s first loss, her acting career and numerous outside-the-cage responsibilities combined to “pressure her too much.”Nunes spoke directly to a bloodied Rousey in the cage after the loss.“I told her, ‘You did a lot for this sport,’” Nunes said. “‘Thank you so much. Now, take some time to rest and maybe do something else.’ Why should she keep doing this? She’s a millionaire already. Why would she want to keep doing this? She’ll hurt herself.”But Jones sees a ferocious competitor in Rousey behind the acting jobs and modeling gigs.“What she does next will truly determine her legacy,” Jones wrote. “I really hope she chooses to be … unbroken. Her story doesn’t have to be over here. I also still believe she beats 90 (percent) of the division. Lots of ass kicking still to be done, lots of money to be made.”Jones also joined Nunes and innumerable MMA figures in questioning the effectiveness of Rousey’s coaching.Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s coach, was widely criticized for his uneven, unusual coaching methods even before Rousey’s career faltered. Even Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, has ripped Tarverdyan, but Rousey has remained fiercely loyal to her longtime guru. Jon Jones believes Rousey should fight again.READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe UFC’s biggest names offered strong opinions about Rousey’s future Saturday, a day after Nunes punched Rousey into submission in less than a minute. Rousey (12-2), once the most dominant fighter in the sport, has now lost two straight boutss 13 months apart, looking unprepared and overmatched against both Holly Holm and Nunes.After Nunes easily defended the bantamweight belt once held by Rousey, the champion encouraged Rousey to move on. We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Amanda Nunes, right, throws a punch at Ronda Rousey in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. Nunes won the fight after it was stopped in the first round. APLAS VEGAS, United States — Ronda Rousey is taking time off to ponder her future after her 48-second loss in her comeback fight at UFC 207.Amanda Nunes thinks Rousey must retire.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Jones is based at the Albuquerque gym of respected trainer Greg Jackson, the mastermind behind several UFC champions. Rousey’s striking has long been a weak spot for the Olympic judo medalist, and she was utterly unable to cope with Nunes’ punching ability, showing little growth in the past year from the weaknesses exposed by Holm.“Maybe she just needs to complement her coach with an MMA family,” Jones wrote. “Maybe she should join one of the bigger MMA teams. … Being around other bad asses and constantly sharing your spotlight could be good for you (in) so many ways. They can improve on your humility.”Rousey turns 30 years old in February, with several years of her ostensible athletic prime before her. While she has circled several major acting jobs after playing three supporting roles in recent years, she doesn’t appear to have any major film commitments.But Rousey took several months off after her first defeat, and she seems likely to be deliberate again. De Mars, who cradled Rousey as the fighter left the T-Mobile Arena cage, took to her blog Saturday to offer support.“She cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don’t believe the average person can wrap his/her head around,” De Mars wrote. “I am very proud of my daughter.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Eala aims for stints in Grand Slam jrs Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? 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Fishing industry well placed to avoid disastrous Brexit – KFO

first_imgThe Irish fishing is well placed to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit with the publication of the draft withdrawal agreement and outline political declaration, say Donegal fishing bosses. The CEO of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Seán O’Donoghue has welcomed the drafts as a positive first step.Both the draft withdrawal agreement, which seals the terms under which Britain will exit the EU, as well as the outline political declaration reflect the key concerns articulated by the Irish fishing industry in the course of the marathon 29 month negotiations. “We are quite encouraged by the text of both documents and recognise what is the culmination of a seismic job of work. In respect of fisheries, these high-stakes negotiations were very efficiently managed by the Irish Government, particularly the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister Michael Creed in tandem with EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier and their respective officials.“Having fisheries referenced specifically in the draft withdrawal agreement – and maintaining the link to the wider trade sector in the political declaration – is a key ask from our perspective. We welcome progress made yesterday on the Brexit withdrawal agreement. This is a significant first step in defining our relations with an important neighbour and we hope that this constructive spirit will carry on into the next phase of negotiations.“While strong foundations have now been laid, the construction of the building comes next and this will require the same level of focus, determination and concerted endeavour on the part of all relevant stakeholders to ensure an edifice that is fit-for-purpose. We know only too well from experience that fisheries negotiations are multi-faceted and highly complex and much remains to be agreed.“We firmly believe that the future framework for fisheries, after the transition period, needs to maintain the current levels of reciprocal access to waters and markets, as well as sound science-based fisheries management. The text presented on the table takes the first steps to deliver on this and we look forward to productive negotiations in the near future. “Yesterday the Taoiseach reiterated remarks he made previously relating to the Irish fisheries sector which we have always agreed with. Aside from recognising the importance of access to UK waters, he commented on the importance of the UK selling its fish to the EU. He also stated: ‘The UK will want other things as well, for example, with regard to financial services. All these matters are interlinked and will be part of the future relationship and while the UK might have a strong hand when it comes to fisheries we have a strong hand when it comes to services and other matters too.’”Ireland’s two biggest fisheries, mackerel (60%) and nephrops (40%) (or prawns) are hugely dependent on access to UK waters with the overall dependency for all stocks of over 30%. Maintaining reciprocal access to waters and resources need to be at the heart of the post-Brexit relationship in fisheries given the historic ties and inextricable links between our countries and industries.Mr O’Donoghue concluded by acknowledging the effectiveness of the united approach taken by the European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA) which was established less than two months after the British vote to protect the interests of fleets from national organisations in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The alliance accounts for over 18,000 fishermen and 3,500 vessels with an annual turnover €20.7 billion.Fishing industry well placed to avoid disastrous Brexit – KFO was last modified: November 15th, 2018 by StephenShare 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

Man charged with damaging mattress in his cell

first_imgChatham-Kent police responded to a parking lot on St. Clair Street Tuesday after reports of a suspicious man.Police found the suspect and learned he allegedly stole a Husky flashlight and batteries from Home Depot.The 27-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000.While in custody, the man damaged the mattress in his cell, police said. He was additionally charged with mischief under $5,000 and held for bail.Failing to complyOn Feb. 26, a man was released from court with several conditions, including not to communicate with a specific Chatham woman.Earlier this week, police learned the man had reportedly been in contact with the woman sending her text messages and emails.On Tuesday morning, the 53-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with two counts of failing to comply. He was taken to the courthouse and released with a another court date.Failing to sign inOn March 4, a woman was released from court with several conditions, including to attend police headquarters every Thursday to sign in.The woman has only signed in twice since then, police said. On Tuesday afternoon, police found the Chatham woman and she was arrested. The 25-year-old was charged with failing to comply. She was released with a court date.Theft chargeDuring the early morning hours of April 23, an officer on patrol saw two men in a parking lot on Park Avenue East reportedly trying to load a hockey net onto the roof of a minivan.The officer found this suspicious so turned around to investigate. The officer identified the men and seized the net pending further investigation.Through investigation, the officer learned the hockey net, valued at $300, had been stolen from a Chatham residence, police said.On Tuesday, one of the men visited police headquarters to claim the hockey net seized from him by the officer. At this time, he was arrested.The 27-year-old Chatham man was charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. He was released with a court date. Police continue to look for the second man involved.Domestic-related offencesA man went to his ex-girlfriend’s home in Wallaceburg Tuesday morning and allegedly kicked the door, causing damage to the frame in an attempt to get in.The man was removed from the property by police and told not to return. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., the man reportedly returned and walked right into her home, police said.The 47-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000 and being unlawfully in a dwelling house. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.Break and enterSome time over the weekend, someone forced their way into a fenced compound on Riverview Drive, causing about $100 damage.Stolen were various gas-related components, including nine metres of black hose, approximately six small valves and several pipe fittings valued at $5,000.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Danica Quenneville at danicaq@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87312. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.last_img read more

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Lefty Startup Offers Free Apps for Democratic Candidates

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The founders of Campaign Live want to level the playing field for political candidates running for state, county and local office – if those candidates are Democrats.The month-old company has been offering Facebook, MySpace, Web and mobile Web apps for between $0 and $999, depending on a client’s ability to pay. But today Campaign Live announced a generous promotion: free apps for any Democratic candidate during election season between now and Nov. 2.Campaign Live sells pre-fabricated or “white-label” Facebook, MySpace, and mobile Web apps which can be tweaked and branded to look custom-made. Campaign Live advises its clients to ask supporters with iPhones to bookmark the mobile Web app on the homescreen so it mimics a native iPhone app.An example of the Campaign Live mobile web app.The apps are basic, but they offer the functions most crucial to a candidate: meet the candidate, read news, “tweet” or “like” the campaign, and most importantly – “volunteer” and “contribute.” Donations are collected via the online Democratic fundraising clearinghouse Act Blue.Candidates including Jerry Brown, a Democrat running for Governor in California, and Matt Dunne, a Democrat running for Governor in Vermont, are already using the service. Campaign Live also builds apps for issue campaigns such as fundraising for the Gulf Coast clean-up necessitated by the BP oil spill.“We want to make sure that anyone who wants to run for any office or drive any issue campaign can do it, and money and technology are not the barriers to entry,” co-founder Rob Kramer told political news site The Uptake last month at Netroots Nation, a conference for progressive bloggers.But by anyone, Kramer and his partners really mean Democrats. “We don’t think non-partisan sites ilke this work very well, primarily because we think it’s important to put your money where your mouth is,” Kramer said.The price for a Campaign Live app is imminently affordable even for the most underground political candidates at the local-est levels who are still learning about social media. Federal candidates are fairly savvy, but local and state candidates are still “on the learning curve” when it comes to Web and mobile apps, Kramer said. “State and local candidates are just getting up to speed with this stuff,” he said.Campaign Live is getting a lot of interest from candidates thanks to the promotion, he said, and he is talking to national organizations including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Democratic Municipal Officials.Kramer said he has not heard of any similar “apps for all” effort from the other side. “Democrats tend to be pretty ahead of the curve in terms of this type of technology,” he said. Related Posts Tags:#NYT#politics#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market adrianne jeffries A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

(CANCELED) Yasiin Bey & Freeway Hit Union Transfer For Summer Recess Concert On Saturday, July 25

first_img This event is canceled until further notice. Little Giant Creative is ushering in Summer Recess and they’re doing it big with a rare performance from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. This will be the first concert under the moniker and the night will be hosted by Philly’s own Freeway. It’s all going down at R5 Productions’ popular venue, Union Transfer on Saturday, July 25. This brand new platform sponsored by Heineken Green Room is set to give music lovers a taste of pure, unadulterated hip-hop by bringing together two of the best to do it — Freeway and Yasiin Bey. Though many may see difference in style, the true homage to lyricism remains intact between both artists and that’s what this concert is set to show. “Bridging the gap” not only among the artists it will showcase but also in the audience with old school and new school hip-hop lovers. Though in recent years Yasiin Bey has been known for his strong political stances, the Brooklyn native first embarked on his rap career in the early 90s. Ultimately forming the duo Black Star with fellow New York native, Talib Kweli. They released their debut album Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star in 1998. After embarking on his solo career, Bey remains one of the most respected emcees in the game. Freeway is known for his energy and remains a Philly favorite. After beginning his career in 2000 among the movement that was Roc-a-Fella records which featured the popular Philly contingent State Property. Freeway has continued to pump out music with his unique and charismatic flow and even bottled up his Best Beard Cream over to help others’ keep their beards just as fly. This show is for the hip hop lover period! So don’t wait to grab your tickets for this rare performance that you may not catch again. Tickets can be purchased at select Villa locations and there are a limited amount of early bird tickets available online.   Summer Recess with Yasiin Bey & Freeway When: Saturday, July 25, 8PM Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street Cost: $25-$35, 21+ More Info: Canceled until further notice. Yasin Bey performs in Philadelphia for Summer Recess(Courtesy of Yasin Bey)last_img read more

DAY ONE SUMMARY

first_imgMuch to the relief of the TFA tournament staff, the sun came out to shine for the first day of action at the 2006 National 18 Years and under Championships.The day began with an Opening Ceremony to welcome all players, officials and spectators to Coffs Harbour as well as to farewell representatives of the Australian sides heading to South Africa in January for the World Cup. Coffs Harbour Mayor, Hon. Mr Keith Rhoades helped open the event, with South Sydney Rabbitohs and ex-Australian Touch representative Joe Williams out and about viewing the best junior Touch players in the country.MENS DIVISION SUMMARY:The Men’s division is as strong as ever this year, with several teams looking capable of taking out the title. Although it’s only early days, both the Sydney Mets and the Hunter Western Hornets look as though they might join last year’s finalists Southern Suns and NSWCHS as front-runners for the trophy.The Hunter-Western Hornets caused an upset in their first game, after a 6-all draw with defending champions, the Southern Suns. The Sydney Mets are also emerging as one of the strongest team in the competition, after defeating Northern Territory a massive 20-1 in their opening match.After a disappointing performance in 2005 Queensland Secondary Schools find themselves in a very tense Pool B alongside last year’s finalists NSW Combined High Schools and the Northern Eagles.NSWCHS will also be a team to watch out for with the Kennedy brothers, Maurice and John back again to display their speed and skill.The Northern Eagles boys came into this year’s tournament on a high from their domination of the Men’s 20’s division at the NTL in March. QSST recorded their first win for the tournament beating NSWCIS 14-2.WHO’S LEADING THE MEN’S POOLS?Hunter Western Hornets are the team to watch in Pool A after a courageous 6-all draw with defending champions the Southern Suns today. They backed up to defeat Crusaders 13-3 on field one this afternoon.NSWCCC started well with a 4-2 win over Sydney Scorpions. The Southern Suns are sitting midway through their pool after their draw with the Hornets. But they recovered to beat Central Queensland 9-3 this afternoon.NSWCHS are leading Pool B after one of the most exciting matches we’ll see on field one this afternoon. They narrowly defeated QSST 6-5. Pool B is proving to be the pool to watch in the Men’s division. North Queensland have performed well on day one, producing wins against the ACT and NSWCIS.The Northern Eagles have not lived up to expectations, recording two losses on day one. In a pool where mistakes are very costly, they’ll be looking for improvement tomorrow when they take on NSWCIS and QSST.The ACT had an encouraging win this afternoon over the Eagles, 8-6. They’ll be hoping to continue that form through to tomorrow against NSWCIS.Sydney Mets are the red hot team in Pool C with SunCoast also a chance.Mets were too good for both the Northern Territory who they beat, 20-1 and South West Queensland who they beat 13-3.Brisbane City Cobras are also looking good in Pool C, they recorded an 8-1 win over SWQ, but were defeated by SunCoast 4-2 in their last round match this afternoon.WOMEN’S DIVISION SUMMARY:In the Women’s division NSWCHS and QSST both started strongly this year. After an exciting and tight grand final last year, both teams will be hoping to continue their form through to the finals again.Led by captain Nicole Beck, who is a member of the Women’s Open National Training squad, NSWCHS recorded impressive wins over North Queensland and Central Queensland.QSST also played well on day one, beating SunCoast in their opening match, 8-2. They also beat NSWCIS 10-1 this afternoon.The Southern Suns showed they are also a team to watch, after holding out NSWCCC to record a 6-4 victory. They also had a notable win against the ACT this afternoon, beating them 14-0.WHO’S LEADING THE WOMEN’S POOLS?Pool A is being led by the defending champions NSWCHS, who recorded two convincing wins in their first day’s play.Sydney Mets are sitting in second place, after drawing 1-1 with Sydney Scorpions and beating Tasmania 5-3. North Queensland were unlucky to play NSWCHS in their first match, but they recovered well to defeat Scorpions 9-2.Tasmania have been competitive in their pool, losing narrowly to both Central Queensland and Mets.QSST and Brisbane City Cobras are clearly dominating Pool B and are currently sharing the lead. QSST opened their campaign with an 8-2 win over SunCoast  and a 10-1 win over NSWCIS.Cobras are trying to overcome the dominance of the school system by beating Eagles 5-2 and Crusaders 10-1. They will have their chance tomorrow at 3.40pm when they take on QSST.SunCoast recovered well from their 8-2 loss to QSST and have shown promise, recording a 10-2 win over Northern Eagles. Great defence saw NSWCIS keep the Crusaders scoreless in their 10-0 victory this morning, but they couldn’t carry on in their winning ways losing to QSST 10-1 this afternoon.Southern Suns are running hot in Pool C, they sent out a warning to the school systems after beating NSWCCC 6-4 and ACT 14-0.SQBD are also a team to watch in this pool, they showed promise recording an 8-1 victory over the ACT before beating the Hornets 6-3 this afternoon.NSWCCC had a shaky start against the Suns, but restored their confidence with a 14-3 win over the Northern Territory.last_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: Man Utd made triple-threat check on Moussa Dembele

first_imgREVEALED: Man Utd made triple-threat check on Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are scouting Lyon striker Moussa Dembele leading up to the January market.The Daily Mail says United sent a scout to Wednesday’s draw with Brest, where Dembele scored, and Sunday’s clash with PSG. They also had a presence at the Champions League match against Zenit Saint-Petersburg last week.Dembele has been in fine form this season and already has six goals from six appearances in Ligue 1 — with all of his shots on target finding the back of the net. He is the top scorer in the division. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Look Out For Cyber Scams – CAC

first_imgStory Highlights The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is reminding shoppers to guard against cyber scams as they make their online purchases during the Christmas season.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen, says the impulsive spending during the yuletide period makes persons particularly vulnerable to these scams.“The criminals are lurking,” she points out.She notes that the steps to prevent scamming starts and ends with the buyer’s ability to decipher real from dangerous and dubious links.She says consumers must first confirm the legitimacy of the website they are buying from to ensure that it is the official site for the merchant.As such, she is advising persons not to navigate to sites by clicking links in emails or from advertisements. “Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails; type in the URL yourself,” she says.“If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of a site, use a search engine to research it. Do some security checks and make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser, and have it set to the highest security level and install updates when prompted,” she adds.Mrs. Allen points out that secured sites will display a green, locked padlock symbol in the browser window. They will also have an address that begins with https instead of the usual http.She is further advising persons to install protective software and firewalls if they plan to do excessive buying online.She says shoppers should be on guard and be ready to hide their pin numbers, credit card and banking information.“Consumers have to be more vigilant, it is a yearly complaint and we are urging the public to be more responsible and take the steps to protect themselves and their finances,” Mrs. Allen says. Communications Specialist, CAC, Dorothy Campbell, is encouraging shoppers to read their bank statements daily in order to track transactions as well as to look out for any unusual credit card activity.“Plan your spending routes and where you will make your purchases to avoid falling prey to Christmas scams. The CAC is encouraging online shoppers to purchase only with reputable merchants, preferably ones you’ve used before,” she notes further.Ms. Campbell says it is a good idea to get a credit card that it used only for online shopping  as this will make it easier to track genuine purchases.“Remove your card information each time you make a purchase and close the browser at the end of the transaction to prevent the computer from saving the information,” she recommends.“Be savvy about your password. If a site asks you to create a password, use a combination of letters and numbers and avoid using passwords that you’ve used before,” she adds.Ms. Campbell says that while online shopping offers the benefit of  lower prices, getting a redress can be a tedious process.“Ensure that you read the return policy. We have had complaints from consumers about not being able to return goods that were purchased online or if they request an exchange it is at an added cost to them. So, read the fine print before clicking ‘I accept/agree to this offer’,” she advises.For persons making credit card purchases at local enterprises, Ms. Campbell says “ensure that you follow the store attendant; do not leave your credit card with anyone. Con artists are ready to exploit distracted shoppers.”She encourages consumers to first go back to the point of purchase to raise an objection to seek redress, once they have a challenge. Mrs. Allen points out that secured sites will display a green, locked padlock symbol in the browser window. They will also have an address that begins with https instead of the usual http.    “If you are not able to have the matter resolved then we (CAC) will ask you to come to the agency. You may visit the office, call or email the CAC or leave a comment on our social media pages,” she says. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is reminding shoppers to guard against cyber scams as they make their online purchases during the Christmas season. “If you are not able to have the matter resolved then we (CAC) will ask you to come to the agency. You may visit the office, call or email the CAC or leave a comment on our social media pages,” she says.last_img read more

Austria 1 dead 21 hurt in explosion at natural gas plant

first_imgBERLIN – An explosion Tuesday at a major natural gas facility near Austria’s border with Slovakia killed one person and left 21 others injured, and caused some gas flow disruptions to other countries, authorities said.One person was seriously injured and 20 others were slightly hurt in the morning blast at the plant in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, police said. No one was in a life-threatening condition. The facility’s operator initially said all the casualties were Austrian, but later said the one with less severe injuries include employees of contractors from six other countries.The explosion set off a fire, which operator Gas Connect said was completely extinguished by mid-afternoon. The facility was “shut down in a controlled state and is offline,” the company said.Police wrote on Twitter that the explosion was triggered by a “technical cause,” but didn’t elaborate and said that local authorities are investigating. Gas Connect said it also suspects an unspecified technical fault.Gas Connect describes the Baumgarten plant, where pipelines bringing gas from Russia, Norway and other countries connect and gas is compressed and cooled, as one of Europe’s most important gas supply hubs.Officials and company experts are analyzing the situation at the facility and discussing the next steps, it said. The explosion affected a 100-meter by 100-meter (328-foot by 328-foot) area.“Austria’s natural gas supply can be covered for the foreseeable future,” the company said on its website. However, “transit through Austria to the south and southeast regions is currently negatively impacted,” it added.Neighbouring Italy’s Economic Development Ministry declared an emergency after the explosion interrupted the flow of natural gas to the country, but said Italy’s supply of gas would be ensured by existing stockpiles.Claudio Descalzi, the CEO of Italian oil and gas company Eni, said that industry operators can compensate even if the interruption continues for weeks and aren’t alarmed, although he said that if it continues for a prolonged period there could be an impact on prices.last_img read more