first_imgTUNIS- Tunisian newspapers were decidedly downbeat Saturday in their assessment of the first full day of voting by the National Constituent Assembly on a new constitution.The assembly began going through the charter on Friday in a process expected to end on January 14, the third anniversary of the ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the revolution that sparked the Arab Spring.Leading Francophone daily La Presse said disputes among MPs, interruptions and procedural problems made for “distressing scenes,” suggesting the deadline may not be met. “Tunisians who expected to see scenes of solemnity as the constitution was being discussed” were disappointed, it said, comparing scenes in the assembly to “a wild arena in which every cheap shot is permitted.”Parliament began voting Friday on the long-delayed new constitution whose adoption is intended to mark a crucial democratic milestone in the north African nation.The tight deadline set for its adoption could end months of political crisis and further distance Tunisia from the chronic instability plaguing other countries in the region rocked by regime change.But Arabic-language daily Attounisia said the assembly had already “wasted a lot of time writing the new constitution.”“Other obstacles will certainly appear, making the birth of the new constitution painful,” it predicted.The Maghreb daily retained some optimism, but noted that the January 14 deadline would probably not be met.“All members of the assembly appear willing to complete ratification of the constitution in a timely manner, but political will alone may not be enough,” it said.Friday’s first session resulted in lawmakers approving the title of the charter, by 175 votes out of the 184 MPs present, and the first three paragraphs of the preamble only.They are also due to scrutinise the 146 articles finalised in June and some 30 key amendments drafted during the recent negotiations.Another 200 amendments have also been proposed, including an attempt to make Islamic sharia law a main source of legislation, but these are thought to have little chance of passing.The assembly reconvened on Saturday to continue the process.last_img

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first_imgConstruction at the Site C dam recently hit the 100 day mark. Hydro has released the construction schedule for November 9 to November 22. See the full list provided by B.C. Hydro below.The following construction activities are scheduled to occur November 9 – November 22:The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor for the public road improvements will complete their work for this construction season on 240 Road and 269 Road and will demobilize. Work will resume on public roads in spring 2016.The worker accommodation contractor will continue site preparation for the camp, including installation of utilities and other infrastructure. Modular units for the camp will be transported to the dam site.Clearing, excavation and road construction will continue on the north bank of the dam site.Excavation will continue in and around the Peace River as part of the construction of a road and the temporary Peace River construction bridge. Beginning in mid-November, pile driving will be used to construct the bridge structure and supports.Preparation work may begin for a temporary bridge across the Moberly River.Docks may be installed on both shores of the dam site.Quarry operations will continue in Wuthrich and West Pine quarries.Clearing and other work will continue on the south bank of the dam site around access roads and to prepare the area for construction of the temporary Peace River construction bridge. Construction and upgrades of the south bank access roads will continue.Work will occur on the south bank transmission lines to accommodate future construction.Road maintenance activities will continue on the south bank petroleum development roads.Installation of security gates, fences and guard buildings will occur at the dam site.Installation of a new 25 kV distribution line will occur along public roads on the north bank. During this period, some clearing will continue.Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change.- Advertisement -What to ExpectWhile this work takes place, local area residents can expect the following:There will be additional truck traffic in the area as construction crews mobilize to the Site C dam site, the hauling of rock and timber continues, and as modular camp units are transported to site. This will include increased industrial traffic on the resource roads from Chetwynd leading to the construction site on the south bank of the dam site.While road improvements are made to 240 Road and 269 Road, and the contractor demobilizes, motorists can expect to encounter traffic control personnel, minor traffic delays and single-lane alternating traffic.Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends.Some noise, vibration and dust will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities, including pile driving. BC Hydro will monitor noise levels throughout the construction period to ensure they are within acceptable standards.Additional information about piling driving will be distributed to residents in the project area.Learn MoreAdvertisement Visit the project website: sitecproject.comlast_img

first_imgIt is the tiny northern European island nation’s second successive appearance at a major tournament after their shock win over England in a surprise run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.“I thought after Euro 2016 that the hardest thing would be to motivate ourselves again,” said Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson. “The hardest thing was to get going again after our massive party in France.“And what’s more in a group contested between Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine and Finland.“The success is not an end in itself but a long journey towards a final destination.”Iceland’s players including forwards Johann Gudmundsson (L) and Alfred Finnbogason celebrate on October 9, 2017 © AFP / Haraldur GudjonssonIceland needed all three points to secure top spot in European qualifying Group I as Croatia, who sacked coach Ante Cacic last week, downed Ukraine 2-0 in Kiev in the fight to claim second place.Andrej Kramatic struck twice in the second half to send Croatia into next month’s play-offs as Zlatko Dalic took charge of his first match following the 1-1 draw with Finland that prompted the dismissal of Cacic.Aleksandar Prijovic scored after coming on as a second-half substitute to cement Serbia’s place in Russia, ending an eight-year major finals absence.Prijovic struck the winner on 74 minutes in Belgrade as Serbia finished top of Group D, with the Republic of Ireland heading to the play-offs after a 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.– Childhood dream –“I think we deserved this, although it turned out that the last step was the most difficult one, but we succeeded,” coach Slavoljub Muslin said.Prijovic said the goal was the most important in his career.“It was a dream since (my) childhood to score an important goal for the state,” he said.Serbia’s players celebrate after winning the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match against Georgia at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade on October 9, 2017 © AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVICJames McClean broke Welsh hearts with a thunderous 57th-minute strike to keep Irish dreams alive as they leapfrogged their opponents, without the injured Gareth Bale, into second place.Ireland remain on course for a first World Cup finals appearance since 2002, as surprise Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales saw their dream of a first trip to the tournament since 1958 turn to dust.“The players were magnificent playing away from home at a very good Welsh side. To win on their territory was a great result for us,” Ireland manager Martin O’Neill told Sky Sports.“We are in the play-offs. Whenever the draw is made we will take our chance.”Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted the consequences of a first competitive home defeat in four years were tough to digest.“My players have given everything but it wasn’t enough in the end to get over the line,” he said. “It will hurt for a bit but you learn from defeat and we will learn from tonight.”Asier Illarramendi netted the only goal in Jerusalem as Spain completed their successful qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Israel, while Antonio Candreva grabbed a second-half winner for Italy in a 1-0 victory away to Albania in Group G.Italy will be the top seeds for the November play-offs, the draw for which is made in Zurich on October 17.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iceland’s forward Johann Gudmundsson (L) celebrates scoring with his team-mates Birkir Bjarnason (C) and Gylfi Sigurdsson on October 9, 2017 © AFP / Haraldur GudjonssonPARIS, France, Oct 10 – Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0 on Monday, while Serbia clinched a spot at next year’s finals with a 1-0 win over Georgia.Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Gudmundsson scored in Reykjavik as Iceland, with a population of just 330,000, became the smallest country to advance to the World Cup finals.last_img

first_imgGLENDALE – Police have identified today a woman sought for allegedly stealing from residents of retirement homes in Glendale and Pasadena while posing as a hospital employee. Mary Susan Reese, 48, of Inglewood, used the name Isabel Jones or Isabel Smith when she committed a theft on Oct. 8 at the Glen-Park Retirement Facility, officer John Balian said. “The suspect, who was wearing a long white robe, approached a resident pretending to be an employee of the Glendale Memorial Hospital,” he said. “After the suspect left, the elderly victim discovered her wallet was missing.” The victim’s bank card later was used at the Glendale Galleria, Balian said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings “Investigation has revealed that the suspect has been committing the same crime at other retirement facilities in Pasadena and Glendale,” the officer said. The suspect was described as a “heavyset” black woman who is 5 feet 4 inches tall, Balian said. Anyone knowing her whereabouts was urged to call police at (818) 548- 3101 or the Crime Stoppers hotline, (818) 507-STOP.last_img

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