first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess AFC Cup: Ceres stuns Persija with big fightback Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—The PBA on Tuesday continued to mete out necessary fines in the ongoing Philippine Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright were also punished for their antics in the Fuel Masters’ 92-90 win over San Miguel Beer in Game 3 on Sunday.Wright was fined P5,000 for his flagrant foul penalty 1 while Abueva was fined P3,400 after picking up a technical foul, his fourth technical this conference.Beermen forward Arwind Santos was also meted with a P1,000 fine for second motion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia took the heaviest blow after he was fined P22,400 for physically contacting a referee and for picking up his third technical this conference in Monday night’s Game 4 against Magnolia.Garcia got ejected with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter of the Hotshots’ 94-91 win that tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsElasto Painters veterans Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood were also fined.Belga was fined P3,400 after getting called for his fourth technical this conference while Norwood was fined P1,000 for pointing an accusing finger at a referee. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Aimed at helping India select players for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020, the Hero U-17 Women’s Championship 2019, organised by Football Sports Development Limited and Reliance Foundation, will get underway in Kalyani, West Bengal from Monday.The tournament was announced earlier this year by FSDL chairperson Nita Ambani while addressing the Indian Super League (ISL) club owners’ meet, which was also attended by All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel. The seven-day tournament will have four teams competing against each other. The four teams — Panthers, Tigresses, Lionesses and Cheetahs — will face each other once in a round robin format.A total of 73 players will be pitted against each other as part of the four teams, with each team having a five-member support staff consisting of a head coach, assistant coach, goakeeper coach, physio and team manager.Coached by India’s national U-19 women’s team coach, Alex Ambrose, the Lionesses will certainly pose a threat to the other teams along with a great learning experience.Cheetahs are expected to be boosted by Indian football legend and Arjuna Awardee, Oinam Bembem Devi. There will be no lack of experience and expertise as Tigresses and Panthers will be coached by former U-14 women’s team coach Priya PV and former India national team member Subhash Chakraborty.Organised under the aegis of the All India Football Federation, the tournament final will be played between the top two sides on Sunday, November 17.Here are all the squads:Lionesses squad:Goalkeepers: Manju Ganjhu, Adrija Sarkhel;Defenders: Purnima Kumari, Nirmala Devi Phanjoubam, Kritina Devi Thounaojam, Kiran, Daisy Crasto;Midfielders: Astam Oraon, Priyangka Devi Naorem, Priyanka Sujeesh Pottekkat, Poonam, Sunita Munda, Babina Devi Lisham;Forwards: Shilky Devi Hemam, Mariyammal Balamurugan, Sumati Kumari, Lynda Kom Serto, Sai Sankhe.Head Coach: Alex AmbroseTigeresses squad:Goalkeepers: Manisha, Lavanya Nithiyanandam, Tanu;Defenders: Nisha, Naketa, Lhingneilam Kipgen, Mekola Devi, Jyoti Kumari, Linda Chanu Heirangkhongjam;Midfielders: Martina Thokchom, Anju, Nitu Linda, Amisha Baxla, Aveka Singh;Forwards: Karen Estrocio, Manisha NaikHead Coach: Priya PVPanthers squad:Goalkeepers: Tanvi Mavani, Anjali Barke;Defenders: Ruthy Lalrinmawii, Shilpaben Revabhai Thakur, Anamika. D, Theerthalakshmi. E, Sudha Tirkey, Sangeeta Das, Antrika;Midfielders: L Rejiya, Shubhangi Satish Singh, Megna. A, Gladys Zonunsangi, Clency Miranda;Forwards: Sreelakshmi.A, Laxmi Mandavi, Lalnunsiami, Sanika Patil, Pristy C.A, RajatHead Coach: Subhash ChakrabortyCheetahs squad:Goalkeepers: Anshika, Vruddhi Raisinghani;Defenders: Reet Kashyap, Saraswati Kumari, W Thoibi, K. Durga, Kamna, Ritu;Midfielders: Sanfida Nongrum, Kago Assung , Arya V, PC Lalhmingmawii, Madhubala Alawe, Dristi Pant;Forwards: Sunalinda Lawren, Priyanka Kashyap, Malavika P, Flani Costa, Harmilan KaurHead Coach: Oinam Bembem Devi(With PTI inputs) Alex AmbroseBembem DeviFIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020U-17 Women’s Championship First Published: November 10, 2019, 11:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgATHENS — Greece’s football association says matches in the country’s professional leagues have been suspended indefinitely after a referee was beaten in a street and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.Police said 45-year-old former FIFA referee Christoforos Zografos was severely beaten with wooden clubs early Nov. 14 by two men who approached him on a motorcycle in the western Kolonos area of the Greek capital.The association said it would not send referees to upcoming league matches until “immediate steps” were taken to protect match officials.Zografos is the Assistant Director of Central Referee Committee, which appoints match officials and is headed by retired Scottish referee Hugh Dallas.The motive wasn’t known but it came just a few days after Zografos assumed his post of the refereeing committee in a sport charged with match-fixing and constant corruption.Zografos, a close associate of the Scottish former soccer referee Hugh Dallas, remained under armed guard at Evangelismos Hospital on Nov. 14 and was to undergo a minor operation on his arm.He is the third member of the refereeing committee to be physically assaulted in the past two years.Football matches were suspended for a week in September after a fan was beaten at a third division match and later died.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgArgentina are on the brink of elimination from the FIFA World Cup 2018 after suffering a humiliating 3-0 against Croatia in their Group D encounter in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.The result left Lionel Messi’s team absolutely stunned as Croatia stormed into the round of 16 with Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic scoring once each for the winners.Croatia carefully plotted Argentina’s downfall in this match and it all started in the 53rd minute when Rebic capitalised on a huge mistake from the opposition goalkeeper Caballero to put his team ahead.Rebic’s strike was also Croatia’s first shot at goal in the second half.Argentina tried very hard to fight back from the early goal in the second half but couldn’t convert any of their chances into goals.Croatia took full advantage of the fledgling Argentine defense with Modric doubling the lead in the 80th minute with a stunning goal which beating Caballero all ends up.Hey #CRO fans,We sorted out a new wallpaper for your phone #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/snhBzFSGj9FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018Messi’s Barcelona teammate Rakitic then finished the job and put the game beyond Argentina’s reach in injury time to take Croatia through to the knockouts.This was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the first round group stages of a World Cup tournament since losing 1-6 to Czechoslovakia in 1958.Teams qualified so far: #RUS #URU#FRA #CRO #WorldCup#ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/u3MuGO9Sc8FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018It was also the first time that Croatia progressed past the World Cup group stages since their third-placed debut in 1998advertisementTwice champions Argentina face a struggle to reach the last 16 even with Lionel Messi in their ranks after taking one point from their first two games. Croatia top the group with six.Argentina has won two World Cups – the last in 1986 – but has not won any major title in 25 years. It lost the World Cup final to Germany four years ago in Brazil.They have only one point from two games so far and will next face Nigeria on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.The burden of pressure weighed heavily on Argentina as they battled to get into the contest, throwing on three attacking substitutes after conceding the first goal but allowing their frustrations to boil over as they failed to make any impact.Lionel Messi, facing yet another failure at international level, had little influence on the game as Argentina created one chance in the second half when Maximiliano Meza had a 64th minute effort stopped on the line by keeper Danijel Subasic.The first half presented both teams with chances to grab the lead. On the half hour, Enzo Perez missed with an effort inside the Croatia penalty box, putting his shot wide after a defensive mix-up presented him with a chance right in front of goal.Two minutes later, at the other end, Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic was guilty of similar profligacy as he ghosted in late onto a cross-goal ball but steered his diving header off target.Croatia found their scoring touch after the break, though, to join hosts Russia, Uruguay and France as the qualified teams.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgA western Iowa judge is among three people selected as finalists to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court.4th District Judge Susan Christensen of Harlan was chosen from the group of 21 applicants.The other two finalists chosen by the State Judicial Nominating Commission are 1st District Judge Kellyann Lekar of Waterloo and attorney Terri Combs of West Des Moines.Governor Kim Reynolds has thirty days in which to make the appointment to the court from the trio of nominees to replace Justice Bruce Zager, who will retire on September 3rd.last_img

first_imgWelcome to the third edition of Touchline, the journal of sport and risk with an international perspective brought to you by Sportscover. Click on the attachment to download. Related Filestouchline_edition3-pdflast_img

first_img He noted that the security forces have been operating in a commendable way and encouraged them to continue to respect the rights of the people and protect the confidentially of information given. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is urging citizens to continue providing critical information to the security forces, which will assist them in removing criminals and weapons from the streets, particularly in St. James where the State of Public Emergency is under way.The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on January 30.He noted that the security forces have been operating in a commendable way and encouraged them to continue to respect the rights of the people and protect the confidentially of information given.“People are seeing that the Government is serious, the Opposition is serious about crime. There is an evolving consensus that we must tackle this thing; that the police (are) acting in a way that is inuring and building the confidence. I think that we are on to a good thing if we can maintain the posture against the criminals,” he said.In the meantime, the Prime Minister said the state of emergency will target persons involved in the importation of guns, drugs and other major crimes.“The strategy can’t be simply to focus on the street-level criminals… the facilitators of lottery scamming, illegal importation of weapons, extortion, unaccustomed goods, drugs and murder; those crimes will be specifically targeted, and we have mobilised all law-enforcement agencies to deal with that,” he said.During yesterday’s (January 30) sitting, all 51 members of the House who were present voted in favour of the Emergency Powers (Continuance) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James until May 2, 2018. Eleven members were absent.The State of Public Emergency was declared on January 18. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is urging citizens to continue providing critical information to the security forces, which will assist them in removing criminals and weapons from the streets, particularly in St. James where the State of Public Emergency is under way. “People are seeing that the Government is serious, the Opposition is serious about crime. There is an evolving consensus that we must tackle this thing; that the police (are) acting in a way that is inuring and building the confidence. I think that we are on to a good thing if we can maintain the posture against the criminals,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Container shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has returned to Iran following a 6-year suspension of services due to sanctions imposed against Iran which are now about to be lifted.Namely, MSC containership Domitille has berthed at the country’s port of Shahid Rajei, as disclosed by Ebrahim Idani, Director General of Hormozgan Province Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), cited by Mehr News Agency (MNA).According to Idani, the arrival of MSC Domitille heralds the beginning of weekly calls of MSC boxships at the southern Iranian port.The 9,400 TEU MSC Domitille, loaded with 1,162 TEU of cargo, came to the Iranian port from Shanghai.MSC had already expressed interest in making a comeback to Iran in July 2015 when the company’s CEO Diego Aponte visited Tehran, where he met with the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL).MSC follows in the footsteps of top carriers such as French CMA CGM, and China Shipping Container Line which brought their ships to Bandar Abbas on their Far East – Middle East service as of August, 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgDavid Chisholm has been appointed to the Waterfront Development Corporation board of directors the province announced today, Feb. 15. “Mr. Chisholm brings financial and industry skills along with previous government agency experience to the position,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “David is committed to furthering the aims and objectives of WDCL to redevelop and revitalize the lands surrounding Halifax Harbour and other property designated by the province.” Mr. Chisholm is former president of MacDonald Chisholm Insurance and has more than 40 years experience in the insurance industry including as director and vice-president of the Nova Scotia Insurance Brokers Association. He has been involved in community and industry organizations, including chair of the Advisory Council to the Minister of Tourism, a director of Sport Nova Scotia, a member of the Trade Centre Limited board and chair and director of Maritime Medical Care Inc. for 15 years. “The directors are pleased to welcome Mr. Chisholm to the board,” said John Holm, chair, Waterfront Development Corporation. “David’s expertise in financial and senior management, and marketing and special events will complement the skills and experience of the other board members in helping WDCL meet its strategic goals and objectives.” The four-year term is effective immediately. In December, Wadih Fares and Bill Gates were re-appointed to the WDCL board. A full list of board members can be found at https://my-waterfront.ca/about-wdcl/contact-info/board-of-directors. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation that manages provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. WDCL works with many partners to harness private investment that enables the communities of Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg to maximize the public benefits of our waterfront.last_img read more

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed to $4.2 billion in January as higher oil prices helped exports rise faster than imports.The result followed a revised deficit of $4.8 billion for December compared with an initial reading of a deficit of $4.6 billion for the final month of 2018.Economists had expected a deficit of $3.5 billion for January, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Statistics Canada said total exports rose 2.9 per cent to $47.6 billion in January, the first increase since July 2018. Excluding energy products, exports rose 1.2 per cent in January.Meanwhile, total imports rose 1.5 per cent to a record $51.8 billion in January, boosted by imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts.Imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts rose 52.6 per cent to a record $2.7 billion due to higher imports of airliners from the United States. The Canadian Press read more

by Eileeen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2014 12:30 am MDT Missing Vietnamese oil tanker believed hijacked by pirates after leaving Singapore; search on AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Vietnamese oil tanker has lost contact with its operator and may have been hijacked by pirates after leaving Singapore port almost a week ago, officials said Wednesday.If confirmed, it would be the 12th such case of piracy since April in Southeast Asia, where tankers have been hijacked, cargo stolen and later released, according to the International Maritime Bureau.In Vietnam, Nguyen Vu Diep of the Hai Phong Sea Products Shipbuilding company said they lost contact with the Sunrise 689 and its 18 crew members several hours after it left Singapore en route to Vietnam on Oct. 2.The tanker, which was carrying 5,225 tons of gas oil, was last detected about 115 nautical miles (213 kilometres) off Singapore and was due to arrive at Cua Viet port in Quang Tri province early Wednesday, he said. Gas oil is a type of fuel oil distilled from petroleum.“There are almost no possibilities of technical failure or bad weather,” he told The Associated Press. “It’s likely that the tanker was hijacked.”Col. Ngo Ngoc Thu, deputy commander of Vietnam’s coast guard, said maritime authorities from Malaysia and Singapore were scouring the area to try to find the tanker.Noel Choong, who heads the IMB’s piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur, said the ship was classified as missing and believed to have been hijacked. He said all its communications equipment appeared to have been switched off or destroyed, and the vessel can’t be detected by satellite.In previous cases, tankers carrying gas oil, diesel or lube oil have been boarded by pirates and taken to an unknown location, and only released later after their cargo was stolen, he said.The IMB has informed Interpol about this latest case and also urged ships to be on the lookout for the missing vessel and for pirates, he said.“We just hope that maritime authorities will co-ordinate to find the tanker,” Diep said. “The crew members’ life could be at risk if they failed to act quickly.”___Associated Press writer Minh V. Tran in Hanoi, Vietnam, contributed to this report. read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Demetrius Knox (78) awaits a play call during the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win against Nebraska on Oct. 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its Week 9 depth chart Tuesday for its upcoming matchup against Penn State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. Only two notable changes came from the updated depth chart.Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox was listed as the starting right guard this week after being listed as co-starter with redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell last week. Knox started in place of injured redshirt junior Branden Bowen against Nebraska. The kickoff specialist for the week has been listed as redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger. Nuernberger was listed as the starter last week against Nebraska, but freshman Blake Haubeil was the kickoff specialist at the beginning of the game and held the role throughout the matchup.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes, left tackle Jamarco Jones, running back Mike Weber and H-back Parris Campbell were all listed as starters at their respective positions. Holmes, Campbell and Weber are listed as co-starters at defensive end, H-back and running back, respectively, while Jones is the lone starter at left tackle. All four dealt with injuries during the Nebraska game, but head coach Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference he expects them to be ready to play.The depth chart can be found here. read more

first_imgHe echoed calls from education experts for teachers to be barred from setting exams that their own students will sit after both Winchester and Eton College suspended staff accused of telling their pupils about questions which would be in the test.   Students are “completely disadvantaged” by advance knowledge of the exams and therefore their families could consider demanding a refund of part of the up to £38,0000 a year fees, Robert Halfon MP told the Daily Telegraph. Parents at the leading public schools caught up in a “cheating” scandal should ask for  their money back, the Chair of the Education Select Committee has said.  center_img Both schools were forced to nullify the exams in question and the…last_img

Russia has attempted to hack into Scotland Yard’s novichok murder inquiry, The Telegraph understands. Police believe that Russian-based hackers tried to infiltrate the investigation into the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, which targeted the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Officers believe that Russians had tried to compromise cyber security systems at the Metropolitan Police about a fortnight ago at about the time that Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were… The Skripals survived the assassination attempt in march but Dawn Sturgess, 44, a mother-of-three, died just over a week ago while her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, remains critically ill after being poisoned accidentally.

The Duchess of Sussex may have carried out her last official public engagement before the arrival of her baby, with no other appearances currently in the diary.The Duchess, who is around eight months pregnant, joined the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, after visiting Canada House with the Duke.There are currently no further engagements in her diary, although sources said they could not entirely rule out a hastily-arranged appearance if the right invitation came up and the Duchess was feeling well. She will continue to hold private meetings.On Wednesday, the Duchess held a  meeting at Kensington Palace with the Royal National Theatre’s artistic director Rufus Norris and executive director Lisa Burger. The Duchess of Sussex on International Women's Day Speaking about the impending arrival, Meghan told Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns last week when he asked about her pregnancy: “We’re nearly there.”They met at a Buckingham Palace reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Prince of Wales’s investiture. The Duchess of Sussex on International Women’s DayCredit:AFP She is believed to be around six weeks away from the arrival of her first child, which she has said is due in late April or early May.Meghan and Harry’s baby will be seventh in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eighth great-grandchild. read more

An undated handout picture issued by Kensington Palace courtesy of the Obama Foundation on December 17, 2017 shows Britain’s Prince Harry (R) interviewing former US president Barack Obama (L) in Toronto, Canada as part of his guest editorship of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme which is to be broadcast on the 27th December. (Photo: AFP)LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former US President Barack Obama told Britain’s Prince Harry he was concerned social media was “corroding civil discourse”, in what he said was his first interview since leaving the White House, aired Wednesday.“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities,” he told the prince, who was guest editing BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.“They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases. Things aren’t as simple as they’ve been portrayed in whatever chat room you’ve been in,” he added.“The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground.”The interview was recorded in Toronto, Canada, in September on the sidelines of the Invictus Games, the athletic tournament created by Harry for wounded former soldiers.Despite admitting concern over the future of the US, Obama, who did not mention his successor Donald Trump by name, said he felt a sense of “serenity” on leaving the White House.“There was a sense that we had run a good race,” he added.On his new routine, Obama told the prince: “I wake up later, it’s wonderful to be able to control your day.”The prince opened the discussion by saying: “This is the first interview you’ve said ‘yes’ to doing since you handed over the reins”, to which Obama replied: “that’s true”.Harry is due to marry his US actress girlfriend Megan Markle on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle near London.According to British press reports, civil servants are concerned that a wedding invite from the couple to Obama could cause a further rift between Britain and Trump following a series of high-profile spats. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrince Harry’s visit to Guyana confirmed – will include tours to Kaieteur Falls, IwokramaNovember 10, 2016In “Local News”CAREER CHANGE: What next for Obama’s Chinese impersonator?November 12, 2016In “World”CASTRO: What political prisoners?March 22, 2016In “Regional” read more

← Previous Story Serbian “Eagles” beat Slovakia twice Next Story → NOVI SAD IS READY FOR GAZPROM SSL F4 gazprom handballSEHA F4 Four more days are left until SEHA GSS League’s final tournament in Novi Sad. Preparations for SPENS to catch the highest possible level look are underway. On its entrance, great poster clearly states the reason of its new activation, F4 tournament with CO Zagreb, Vardar, Tatran and Meshkov as actors in main roles.In front of the hall people can see something you definitely can not see everyday in your neighbourhood. Gazprom South Stream has decided to bring its huge pipes to the heart of Novi Sad from their construction site in Serbia – Sajkas plateau. But those are not just pipes. Those pipes are 6 meters long and 3,5 tons heavy. Each! They have advertising materials for League’s main sponsor printed on them. Pipes have diameter of 1420 mm. Unusual advertisement was brought on steel cranes and it took workers more than 3 hours to put it all together. It will, without doubt, be a perfect place to take a photo as a memory on Novi Sad’ spectacle in League’s third season. read more

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY wheeled out his familiar shibboleth at the Dublin Web Summit, about how the government is making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business. As is so often the case, his lofty rhetoric didn’t match up with the experience of many visitors who’ve arrived to find the capital on overnight water rationing.Just like if we visit a foreign city and are told the water is dodgy, our impression of the place in general is reduced. By the time the problem is fixed, we’ve gone home and aren’t too interested to check back in and see if Banana Republic has sorted its issues while we’re just happy to be back in civilization, where the water runs clear and safe.This is the second time this year that the capital of this great little country in which to do business has had its water supply curtailed. Things like rolling blackouts or water shortages tend to occur in poorly run parts of the world. The very presence of water restrictions is a bit of a red flag to overseas investors who might be getting their first taste of Ireland through the excellent Web Summit.If this first world country, where rain and green fields are an intrinsic part of the national mythos, can’t provide adequate water to its capital city… what else might the Irish be bad at providing for?Dublin operates at the brink of its capacityThat’s an interesting question. The current water shortage in Dublin seems to be down to some mysterious shift in the chemistry in one of our biggest reservoirs, baffling experts. In and of itself, this is not the fault of those who provide us with safe drinking water.What is the fault of The Powers That Be is that Dublin operates at 1 per cent spare capacity at the best of times. As journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes has pointed out, most first world cities operate with about 20 per cent spare capacity. This drop off in capacity at one reservoir wouldn’t be an issue if we had that kind of headroom.To an investor visiting the Web Summit I suppose this would send one message: the Irish are very bad at planning ahead. After all, it’s not like we have suddenly developed a taste for taking long showers. Demographic shifts and population growth and so on tend to happen at relative glacial pace, and there have been reports stretching back into the 1980s on the precarious situation developing for Dublin.During the boom, when Dublin’s inhabited square footage exploded, it was obvious that the city would need more water capacity.The debate on how and where Dublin would get its water dragged on for years with no resolution. Lack of political will, even when funds were readily available for every silly project TDs could imagine; significant regional wrangling over where the water would come from; and never-ending planning battles have all stood in the way of solving a fairly straightforwardly important problem.The last water shortage in the capital this year, along with several in the past couple of years, occurred because cold weather cracked ancient pipes that have been in the ground since Queen Victoria ruled us in her vast Empire. A third of all the water produced in Dublin, which we pay good money to filter and clean and make fit for human consumption, leaks into the ground.While Dubliners were arguing with the provincials over who got what water and at what price, we might have bought ourselves some time by digging up more old pipes and replacing them with new ones. But no, this great little country in which to do business doesn’t seem to be able to think even in terms of proper Band-Aid, let alone cure or prevention.Now businesses in the city, which pay extortionate rates and water charges, have to shut up shop, send staff home early and forego revenue because they don’t have water to service their customers. Seems to me like a fairly crappy place to do business, really.Very few of the Web Summit attendees will be setting up coffee shops. But the disruption they’ve seen will be a lasting impression. They’re not here for the long run, and they’re not too likely to listen to very much by way of official excuses for the water shortage.We will soon be paying directly for our water in homes, much as businesses do already. We already pay for that water through general taxation, so you might just say that we’ll be paying even more for it in the near future. Yet, countrywide we have shortages and leakages and contaminations of our water supply.Frankly, we ought to start sending the government bills for all the bottled water we have to use when the water supply goes bad.As for poor old Dublin, it’s very clear that the city cannot be supported by its water supply. Proposals to pipe water from the Shannon tend to get backs up outside of the city, but the entire country needs to recognise that if the economy of the capital suffers because it can’t get enough of something as fundamental as water, the rest of the country will suffer also.Dublin is our largest economic centre. It is the place that foreigners thinking of investing here see first and foremost. It is also, incidentally, a net outflow contributor to much of the rest of the country; paying more in taxes than it receives in government spending. The city needs some water in return.This has been clear for decades. Irish governments that want to be able to claim to be good at pretty much anything at all might start by avoiding practical demonstrations of their stupidity, such as having to turn off the taps at night in a country famous for its rain.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more