Centrist elected to lead Portugal’s opposition party

first_imgLISBON — Rui Rio won the race to become leader of Portugal’s center-right opposition late Saturday after campaigning to hold his Social Democratic Party (PSD) on a centrist line.“The current government will have in the new PSD leadership a firm and attentive opposition, but never one that is populist or demagogic,” Rio told cheering supporters in the northern city of Porto, which he governed as mayor for almost 12 years up to 2013.Rio defeated his more conservative rival, former prime minister Pedro Santana Lopes, winning 54 percent of votes from PSD party members. In the bad-tempered leadership campaign, he pledged to reestablish the PSD as a broad-based centrist party.“The PSD is not of the right or of the left. The PSD is a party of the center,” he told broadcaster RTP. “Some of us are more to the center left, others more to the center right, this is our electoral space.”Rio is also open to supporting a minority Socialist government if Costa wins the 2019 election.He has suggested the Social Democrats could take up Costa’s call for a cross-party consensus on a national public works program to attract European Union funding.Rio is also open to supporting a minority Socialist government if Costa wins the 2019 election but fails to secure a parliamentary majority.That offer sparked criticism from his conservative leadership rival. Rio countered that his priority would be to ensure there would be no repeat of the current government alliance under which Costa’s minority administration governs with support from the Portuguese Communist Party and the radical Left Bloc party. Also On POLITICO Eurogroup’s next leader will be Portugal’s Mário Centeno By Bjarke Smith-Meyer EU defense pact tests Portugal’s left-wing government alliance By Paul Ames In his victory speech late Saturday, Rio promised to work for a “more just and more harmonious society.”He also wants to lower taxes and has criticized Costa’s government for failing to take advantage of the current economic recovery to push through reforms to make Portugal more competitive.On social issues, Rio is to the left of his party as a supporter of abortion, euthanasia and legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes.Rio, 60, grew up studying at Porto’s German School. He will be able to converse fluently in German with Chancellor Angela Merkel when they meet at European People’s Party gatherings.He joined the Social Democratic Party shortly after its foundation following Portugal’s 1974 revolution that ended over four decades of dictatorship.An economist by training, Rio was a member of parliament from 1991 to 2001, held prominent party positions at the national level and won three consecutive elections as mayor of Porto. He now faces an uphill struggle to unify the party so it can challenge the Socialist government led by Prime Minister António Costa in a parliamentary election scheduled for late 2019.Two recent opinion polls suggested the PSD would lose heavily to Costa’s Socialists, whoever is in charge.Rio is a supporter of abortion, euthanasia and legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes.Rio would win 33 percent of the national vote against 56 percent for Costa, according to a poll published in the Correio da Manhã newspaper. The other poll, commissioned by Santana Lopes’ campaign, suggested Rio would win just 25 percent.The new leader has to rebuild support for the Social Democrats that was damaged by unpopular austerity policies introduced when the party was in power from 2011 to 2015 under Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.Rio was a critic of austerity and has sought to distance himself from the tough remedies imposed by Passos Coelho in response to the eurozone economic crisis.last_img read more

Paddy triumphs on return to Emerald

first_imgPSC Golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday, Oct. 27, The Emerald – StablefordIt was a long time ago that we last played the Emerald, so we were curious as to the condition we would find the course.  Despite heavy overnight rain the layout was in fine condition and we enjoyed our day and had a good game.  Paddy Devereux (H/cap 22) confirmed his recent good form again today with 39 stableford points to take top spot.  Second was Sam Gettinby (24) with 38 points and in third was Willem Lasonder (19) with 37.The near pins went to Sam Gettinby, Willy Hogg and Jonathan Pratt.Thursday, Oct. 29, Mt. Shadow – Stableford On the Thursday we went to Mountain Shadow where the weather was nice and hot.  The course was in very good condition although the greens were a little bit unpredictable because of the sanding – sometimes slow and the next time very fast.  Anyway we had a nice golfing day again.Neil Harvey, Jonathan Pratt and Paddy Devereux.We had a close finish between Neil Harvey (16), Jonathan Pratt (10) and again Paddy Devereux, each with 33 stableford points.  Neil was declared the winner on the count back and Jonathan Pratt took second.The near pins were claimed by Neil Harvey and Martin Hayes.Note: Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd.  After going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 meters, with the venue on the left another 200 meters along.  Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.  As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option.  Call 089 2535440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries.last_img read more

Cardinia ranks worst in state

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice Police are “disappointed” with the number of drink and drug driving cases within the Cardinia, Casey and Greater Dandenong division…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Klein, Peirson bring home the prizes at SK8 competition

first_imgNelson’s Stew Klein and Levi Peirson of Slocan City topped the prize category at the SK8 Skateboard Competition Sunday in Castlegar.The Castlegar competition is the latest stop on the 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series.Klein wowed the judges with some flawless skateboarding to edge Dan Larson of the Sunflower City in the 15-plus-division.Boarder Ben Demoskoff of Glade finished third.Meanwhile in the 14-year-old-division Peirson continued his fine form two capture the title away from Michael Graham of Castlegar.Franky Bergmann of Slocan City took home third place.The Kootenay Skateboard Series started last year as an idea to get kids off the streets, instead giving competitors a chance to shine on tracks in various cities.Each event on tour has its own separate format and is individually sponsored but is sanctioned as part of the series.Some of the ideas include game of skate (skateboarding version of Horse), jams format that has competitors scored on style, speed and tricks or just tricks.Helmets are mandatory.Divisions this season include under-14 years and 15-plus open. There is also room at events to have a women’s category.Competitors receive 50 points just for showing up. Other points are accumulated on a sliding points scale — first 10 points, second nine points, third eight points, fourth seven points, fifth six points.Castlegar is the third stop on the circuit. The 2011 Kootenay Skateboard Series opened during Trail Silver City Days before heading to Kaslo for May Days.Next stop on the tour is in the Heritage City, June 17th at the Nelson and District Youth Centre.For more information check out the series website at http://bcskateboarding.org/2010-kssFundraiser Weekend for BoardersSkateboarders will not want to miss a couple of upcoming events set for Friday in Castlegar and Saturday in Nelson at Finley’s Bar and Grill.Friday, at the Black Russian SK8shop in Castlegar, Mia is presenting the Art Show “Warrior”. The show was inspired by former skateboard star Josh Evin.There are skate ramps, a barbecue and free love all day.The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Black Russian SK8shop, 1335 Columbia Ave.Saturday, there is a fundraiser for the Nelson SK8 Park at Finley’s Bar and Grill.Unfortunately, this event is only open to patrons over the age of 19.For a $10 donation, there are prizes for best party [email protected]last_img read more

Jake Livermore wanted by Crystal Palace in £10m transfer from West Brom

first_imgENGLAND midfielder Jake Livermore is a £10million target for Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace.The West Brom star has attracted interest from Premier League clubs after getting relegated at the Hawthorns.4 Roy Hodgson has made Jake Livermore his No 1 target for Crystal PalaceCredit: PA:Press AssociationSteve Bruce wanted him at Aston Villa with promotion but lost in the Championship play-off final, giving Hodgson a clear run at the 28-year-old.The Palace boss gave Livermore his three debut six years, although it wasn’t until Gareth Southgate’s reign that he became a squad regular.Livermore began his career at Tottenham but spent most of his time on-loan at clubs in all three divisions of the English football league including MK Dons, Crewe Alexandra, Derby County, Peterborough United, Ipswich Town, Leeds United and Hull City.RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game4 Aston Villa wanted Jake Livermore but their chances were hit when they missed out on promotionCredit: PA:Empics Sport4 Despite West Brom’s relegation to the Championship, Livermore was in fine form during the fight for survivalCredit: ReutersIn 2013 Livermore moved to Hull City on a season-long loan and became permanent at the end of the season.EUR NO 1 Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Ajax or AC Milan? As Zinedine Zidane brings curtain down on end of an era, we ask: which is greatest-ever team?After 144 appearances for the Tigers in all competitions, he joined West Brom in January 2017 on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee reported to be £10 million.4 Jake Livermore played in England’s win over Nigeria at Wembley on SaturdayCredit: Rex FeaturesHe is currently on standby for the World Cup and will get the nod if Southgate suffers injury in his squad before heading to Russia.The ex-Tottenham midfielder played himself back in form under Darren Moore during an end-of-season revival and his club could cash in as they plan for life in the second tier.Dream Team World Cup – Sign up to win £100kEnter for FREE£50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournamentPlay to win £100k top price and a share of £175k prizepotSIGN UP FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOWlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce ‘excited’ to welcome back key Everton stars from injury – Listen

first_imgEverton manager Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he is ‘excited’ to have more weapons at his disposal when five of his key players return to action from injury.According to the Toffees boss, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie are all close to making a return.Barkley (hamstring), Coleman (broken leg) and Bolasie (knee) are all yet to play this season due to their respective injury troubles, while McCarthy’s recurring hamstring problem has restricted him to just one outing in the EFL Cup.Baines has made 20 appearances for the Toffees this term but is currently sidelined with a calf injury he picked up in the 4-1 defeat to Southampton in November.Allardyce has turned the team’s fortunes around since being appointed manager last month – leading the team to three wins and a draw, against Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Anfield, in four games in charge.He has done so without the majority of his big-name stars, and the boss is looking forward to the added firepower when they return.Quizzed over the fitness and unsure future of Barkley, ‘Big Sam’ said in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT host Jim White: “Yannick Bolasie is probably sooner than him, but we’re pushing hard for Ross Barkley, we’re pushing hard for Seamus Coleman, we’re pushing hard for James McCarthy and we’re pushing hard for Leighton Baines.“If I had those five players available for me… I get a little bit more excited about getting them back because you know how much quality and experience they have playing for Everton football club.”Allardyce’s comments could open the door for Barkley to return to the Everton side, having been frozen out by axed boss Ronald Koeman and heavily linked with an exit.The midfielder, who has only six months remaining on his current contract, was linked with Chelsea and Tottenham in the summer transfer window, but ended up staying at Goodison Park after suffering an injury in pre-season.Barkley reportedly rejected a move to Stamford Bridge after a £35million bid was accepted by Everton, and was then close to joining Spurs before his hamstring problem complicated the deal.The 24-year-old was widely expected to leave the club either in January or when his deal ends at the end of the season, but Allardyce’s appointment could pave his way back into the team and could just see the England international remain on Merseyside.last_img read more

Donegal play centre closed due to spiralling insurance costs, Dáil hears

first_imgBusinesses in Donegal and across Ireland are under pressure to stay open due to a sharp rise in insurance costs, Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty told Dáil Éireann today.The Sinn Féin deputy described how a soft play centre in Inishowen was forced to close recently due to a spike in insurance premiums.Other businesses in the same sector have been hit with increases of 160% and 540%, he said. Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Deputy Doherty slammed the Taoiseach and Minister of State Michael D’arcy over the government’s failure to take action to help tackle the growing problem of rising insurance costs.Outlining how rising insurance costs are impacting on businesses, Deputy Doherty said:“Yesterday morning Taoiseach, we had Minister D’arcy on the radio trying to explain the huge increases that are being experienced by children’s soft play centres and other businesses and he spoke about whiplash which, as far as I know, isn’t an issue for play centres.“He then used the excuse that some members of the judiciary are awarding – and I quote – ‘Bananas, off the wall amounts’, maybe the Taoiseach can advise us if he agrees with the Minister in that the judiciary are to blame? “We have a serious problem here, and in the case of soft play areas specifically. In Donegal, my own constituency, one business’s premium has gone up from €2,500 in 2017 to €6,500 in 2018 – a 160 per cent increase without a claim.“Another business, again a soft play centre, in Inishowen has actually closed down and they cited at the core of its decision to close high insurance costs.“A company in Meath went from a premium of €2,500 up to €16,000 within five years, again with no claim against it.”Deputy Doherty said the main problem affecting soft play businesses is a monopoly.He said: “There is no insurance company in Ireland that will quote these centres, there is only one insurer in Britain and yet the Working Group set up by Government to tackle these issues is simply failing. “The Minister is instead blaming the judiciary; he’s even blaming his own colleagues and the Department of Justice for blocking his plans.“The question that remains to be answered is when are we going to see some real action on this issue, such as the Garda Fraud Unit being used to tackle what is a serious problem and not just a blame game from the Minister?”Donegal play centre closed due to spiralling insurance costs, Dáil hears was last modified: February 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:insurancePearse Doherty TDsoft playlast_img read more

UX Win: Get Together Signup Form

first_imgImagine you’re signing up for a new online service and their signup form is asking for your username and password.Seems pretty straightforward, right? You enter your preferred username and use an online password generator to add your secure password with letters, numbers, and symbols. And select their Signup button.You wait a few seconds, only to receive a warning message that your password doesn’t fit their requirements. You can’t use the backslash or ampersand symbol in your password.What in the world? Couldn’t the signup form provided info about what was required? Before you entered your password?Argh! That sense of frustration and annoyance is something we often experience whenever we sign up for an online service.And we shouldn’t have to, if the designers kept the user in mind when they designed the signup form.Thankfully, that sense of frustration didn’t happen to me this week when I signed up for Get Together event management for local communities. Which is why I’m giving them a shoutout as my UX Win for this month. Get Together Event ManagementAs an open source alternative to Meetup.com, Get Together event manager offers event registration and promotion features for meetup groups looking for a cost-effective way to manage their events. I only discovered Get Together Event Management this week, when I was chatting on Twitter about my frustrations with Meetup.com for our local meetup event management. After chatting with Michael Hall, one of the Get Together developers, I learned their online event manager offers Markdown for team and event descriptions, which makes it easy to add headings and other formatting.Nice to have an option to format content for our events! It’s something I used all the time for the multiple meetup groups I help organize, before Meetup.com removed it two years ago with their redesign. I’ll be exploring Get Together in the future for our Refresh Detroit and West Metro Detroit WordPress groups. Don’t Make Users ThinkI think we can all agree nobody likes to fill out signup forms. They can be time-consuming and get in the way of what we want to do. What can designers do to create an easy-to-use signup form? Focus on the user. Create a form that is quick and easy for users to complete, without requiring users to waste time trying to figure out how the form works. First challenge: how can you design a form that encourages people to signup for your service, without overwhelming them by asking for too much information? Only ask for the information you need. With Get Together, they’ve accomplished that goal with a short signup form that only asks for the essential information:UsernamePasswordPassword confirmationI could argue that the password confirmation field isn’t needed. Rather, I would allow users to unmask the password field using a “Show password” option that could turn masking on or off as needed.Why hide the password someone is typing in for the first time? Let the user see it so they won’t forget what their password is.Second challenge: what can designers do to provide username and password requirements?Provide the information to users upfront, with information for each field that has specific requirements.Get Together shines with their clear, easy to find patterns for both username and passwords. Usernames need to be 150 characters or less. Only letters, digits, and @/./+/-/_ are allowed. Passwords can’t be too similar to your other personal info, must contain at least eight characters, can’t be a commonly used passwords, and can’t be entirely numeric. SummaryFilling out signup forms doesn’t need to be a frustrating task for users, if designers keep the user in mind.From my experience signing up, I give high fives to Get Together for:Designing a short form, only asking for essential infoProviding info on the username and password requirements upfrontThank you, Get Together for creating an easy-to-use signup process.I’ve signed up and I’ll be exploring the features of their event manager. Expect to see a post in the near future on my findings. Taking the time to pay attention to the details made for a user-friendly Get Together signup process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

Raina backs captain Dhoni after Kohli questions leadership

first_imgMS Dhoni has come under fire after losing the ODI series to Bangladesh, but team-mate Suresh Raina has come in support of his skipper and said that one series loss doesn’t make him a bad captain.Dhoni’s captaincy came under lot of scrutiny after India lost the first two one-dayers but denied Bangladesh a whitewash by winning the third ODI by 77 runs on Wednesday.”You can’t disrespect Dhoni and one series loss won’t make him a bad captain. He is mentally very strong, plays with a positive mind and knows his game,” Raina said during the post-match press conference.”He is a good man, a good human being and a great captain,” Raina added.Dhoni’s knock of 69 played a crucial role of building the platform for India to put up 317 on the board.”Dhoni’s knock has given the team confidence as he took the responsibility and set the tone for us,” Raina said.There have been reports of a rift in the dressing room involving Dhoni, but Raina dismissed all this rumours.”Dhoni is very comfortable in the team. He is leading well and is very happy. Moreover, he needs to be credited for the way he has handled the team over the last season,” Raina said.last_img read more

Committee Postpones Debate over BRAC

first_imgOne of the most prominent supporters of the Pentagon’s request to conduct a new round of base closures withdrew an amendment Wednesday during deliberations over the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill that would have authorized a BRAC round in 2017, as  the Obama administration has requested.Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, intends to bring up the amendment on the floor when the House debates the authorization bill. The legislation marked up Wednesday explicitly bars DOD from carrying out a new BRAC round.Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the committee’s Readiness Subcommittee, and full Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) oppose the administration’s request for additional base closures, citing the overwhelming challenge of reopening a base once it is shuttered.The annual defense policy bill does call for the department to prepare a 20-year force structure plan for each service and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The language, however, does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round.“Before we go down the BRAC road, I’d like to have a better understanding of where we are with our infrastructure,” Thornberry said during the markup, reported CQ Roll Call.Separately, the committee rebuffed an attempt, 36-26, by Democrats to strip out language blocking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from placing the greater sage grouse on the endangered species list.The provision in the chairman’s mark of the authorization bill comes as the Air Force and Army have said that increasing federal protection for the grassland bird would restrict military access to training grounds and firing ranges, reduce the number of exercises and limit the number of overflights and ground movements.Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) noted that the Army is spending about $1.5 million to manage roughly 250 birds at the 327,000-acre Yakima Training Center in Washington. He also said the primary threat to the five-pound bird is fires on federally owned lands, reported the Hill.The committee’s markup was expected to last into the early morning, with debates over hundreds of amendments. To read each section of the bill, visit the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more