Laois man to be a part of Australian version of Love Island

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home News Community Laois man to be a part of Australian version of Love Island NewsCommunity Previous articleSix Talking Points as Killeshin footballers book county final placeNext articleNews Diary: 100 facts on Laois, new ambulances for Irsh Red Cross and Macra open night Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook “My values are a lot more old school than what are floating around today. I was raised by a single mum.  I was in a relationship from when I was 14 up until last year.“I treat women the right way.”He told Australia’s WHO magazine that he wants “someone I can spend the rest of my life with,” and that he thinks he is a “respectful man with a huge heart.”He said: “I was in a relationship pretty much my entire life. When it happens you always think the grass is greener.“I enjoy being in a relationship. I want a companion. All my mates have girlfriends and I’m the one on my own. I want a girl, I want someone I can spend the rest of my life with.”“For a lot of people, it does take me a long time to get to know them. I need to go in there with my barriers down and be prepared to meet new people.”It hasn’t been officially confirmed yet whether Love Island Australia will be airing in Ireland.You can follow Eoghan on Instagram here. SEE ALSO – Some great photos from 2008 Junior Cert Results party Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results A Portlaoise native will be part of Love Island Australia which begins on TV next week.23-year-old Eoghan Murphy, who grew up in Portlaoise but moved to Australia in 2006 when he was 10, now lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland in Australia and has been unveiled as one of this year’s contestants.In a trailer for the show, Murphy, who works as a real estate agent, explains that he was in a long-term relationship up until a year ago. GAA TAGSAustraliaEoghan MurphyGold CoastLove IslandQueensland WhatsApp GAA center_img By Steven Miller – 3rd October 2019 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Laois man to be a part of Australian version of Love Island Facebook GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Active managers stumble in 2019, S&P reports

first_img Canaccord joins S&P/TSX Composite index 123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Skeptics say ‘buyer beware’ as high-flying Tesla joins S&P 500 Related news By asset class, international equity managers fared the best, with almost half (46%) of managers beating their benchmark in the year to June 30.Conversely, small cap managers performed worst, with 88% lagging their benchmark.In part, this reflects the fact that small caps led the way in the first half, with the S&P/TSX Completion index edging out the S&P/TSX 60 index.The report also noted that 88% of dividend and income equity fund managers underperformed their benchmark to June 30.In the longer term, the vast majority of active managers are falling short of their benchmark, S&P reported.It notes that 94% of active managers underperformed the S&P/TSX Composite index in the three years to June 30, and 88% underperformed over five- and 10-year periods.“Things were particularly bleak for the dividend and income equity fund category, as no manager was able to outperform the benchmark over the 10-year period,” the report said.The report also noted that less than half (46%) of the Canadian equity funds that existed 10 years ago were still active in June.The Canadian-focused equity category fared worst, with less than 35% of funds remaining active over 10 years. When the world caught Covid, diversified investors stayed healthy Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords IndexesCompanies S&P Dow Jones Indices Canadian equity markets enjoyed a strong first half of 2019, but most active fund managers lagged their benchmarks, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.The latest semi-annual report from S&P, which compares actively-managed Canadian mutual funds with their benchmarks, finds that the vast majority (over 85%) of Canadian equity managers underperformed the S&P/TSX Composite in the 12-month period to June 30. James Langton last_img read more

BMW unleashes M3’s inner speed freak with CS edition

first_img Should you buy it? With some industry pundits suggesting that the pace of both electric vehicles and autonomous automobiles is accelerating quicker than originally thought, the golden age of unrestricted horsepower and track-worthy cars might be coming to an end. If you believe that, then get your kicks in before its too late. M3s made BMW’s reputation, and the latest CS is probably the best one yet.RELATED advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS When is it coming? The M3 CS will be available starting in second quarter 2018. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch. Full coverage of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSBMWM3Los AngelesL.A. Auto ShowNewsBMW AGBMW M SeriesCars and Car DesignCulture and LifestyleSports Carscenter_img What is it? Another limited-run, special-edition model from those power-crazed folks at BMW‘s M division, the M3 CS is a 453-horsepower, four-door sport sedan that is also — supposedly — practical for everyday use.Why does it matter? Because there are just not enough cars on the road that, courtesy of state-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology and a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine, can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and top out at an electronically limited 280 km/h. And, ensuring that the CS is not just a demon at the Stoplight Grand Prix, its suspension largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. It’s also fitted with Adaptive M suspension, meaning it will perform both on the road and on the track. Extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic has kept the sport sedan extremely light, around 25 per cent lighter than a standard M3. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Derek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 BMW M3 CS last_img read more

Early Arrival: 2022 Kia Stinger leaks on dealer websites ahead of debut

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 [photo: Citrus Motors]  https://www.citruskia.net/new-vehicles/stinger/#action=im_ajax_call&perform=get_results&year=2022&page=1 Kia’s sporty Stinger sedan is due for an upgrade this year, with details coming from the company during an official event seven days from now.It’d appear a dealership in California either didn’t get that memo – or scheduled their web updates a week early – as clear-and-plain images of the 2022 Stinger GT have surfaced online.Citrus Motors in Ontario, California, have posted a quartet of 2022 Stingers: a brace each of GT1 and GT2 models. Exterior changes are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, though the headlamps and taillamps seem slightly altered while the exhaust tips have grown to cannon-like proportions. advertisement One can usually rely on dealerships to try and outmuscle their competition by being the first to — well, whatever they think will help them sell more cars, really. In this case, rushing the list of their inventory in search of rounding out the sales board seems to have spilled the beans on Kia’s updated Stinger a week early.Also up Kia’s sleeve is its take on the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5. Shadowy teaser images show a crossover-like vehicle called the EV6 that’s sharply styled with the type of fastback hatch area common on so-called ‘coupe’ SUVs. We’ll have full coverage of the Stinger’s – and perhaps the new EV’s – official reveal on March 16. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened https://www.citruskia.net/new-vehicles/stinger/#action=im_ajax_call&perform=get_results&year=2022&page=1 The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca RELATED TAGSKiaStingerSedanNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesSpeed & Performance2022GTKiaNon-LuxuryStingerTurbov6 COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors] Greater variance can be seen inside, with a new 10.25-inch infotainment screen taking the place of the car’s old 8-inch tablet. The brand’s new logo also pops up on the car’s steering wheel, marking the second time we’ve seen it in production after the Carnival minivan that appeared in February. Powertrain is listed as a V6/8sp auto – and the pictures do show an engine bay with a slightly revised plastic shroud – but we’ll reserve judgement on output details since dealer websites aren’t always the last word in accuracy.An interesting detail are the build tags shown for these machines. They list a production date of January 2021 along with the associated VIN. Something else they list is the car’s GVWR, which is the total safe weight of a vehicle when loaded with passengers and their gear. It’s gone up about 250 lbs, which means Kia either found a way to permit more carrying capacity for Stinger; or the 2022 model has gained weight. We’ll note the axle weight ratings remain the same as last year. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors]https://www.citruskia.net/new-vehicles/stinger/#action=im_ajax_call&perform=get_results&year=2022&page=1 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors]https://www.citruskia.net/new-vehicles/stinger/#action=im_ajax_call&perform=get_results&year=2022&page=1 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors]https://www.citruskia.net/new-vehicles/stinger/#action=im_ajax_call&perform=get_results&year=2022&page=1 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors]https://www.citruskia.net/new-vehicles/stinger/#action=im_ajax_call&perform=get_results&year=2022&page=1 Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors]https://www.citruskia.net/new-vehicles/stinger/#action=im_ajax_call&perform=get_results&year=2022&page=1 ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Heavy Rainfall Affects Sections of Westmoreland

first_imgHeavy Rainfall Affects Sections of Westmoreland Local GovernmentMay 21, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose RelatedUSF and Local Authority Agencies Open Resource Centre in Waterford Persistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the parish, Rev. Hilma Tate, told JIS News that her team was out in the field to ensure that all disaster emergency shelters across the parish are on full alert, in the event that the rains continue and families have to vacate their dwellings.“I am confident that up to 97 per cent of them will be ready to accommodate persons,” she said.The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation if there is heavy flooding, so as to protect and preserve lives.“I am also advising residents and especially students trying to get home from school during these heavy downpours, not to attempt to cross flooded roadways and  bodies of water that appear ‘suspicious’.  If possible, seek the help and assistance of adults and avoid playing in the waters. Adults who may have to relocate quickly and who may need assistance to do so should call the Parish Council, the Police or the Fire Brigade,” Rev. Tate advised. RelatedNational Fire Management Plan Sound – ODPEM Advertisementscenter_img RelatedLabour Day Improvement Works for St. James Infirmary Story HighlightsPersistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Men taken to hospital following explosion in Annagry

first_img By News Highland – January 24, 2020 Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 24thNext articleCE Supervisors back industrial action News Highland Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Men taken to hospital following explosion in Annagry Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Facebook WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Google+ Two men were taken to hospital yesterday evening following an explosion in West Donegal.Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of an industrial accident which occurred at around 5pm outside of a private premises in Annagry.Two men were taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment to serious facial injuries. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Campaigning Against Populism and Racism Training in Athens

first_img ← International Debate Education Association needs a Website Manager! Deadline: 17 February 2014Open to: participants from the Council of Europe countries, priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority backgroundVenue: 7-12 April, Athens, GreeceDescriptionIn May 2014, a few months from now, the 28 EU countries will vote for a new European Parliament. Populist and extremist parties tell you they don’t like Europe, whilst at the same time doing everything to win more European influence. A shift towards a more extremist EU parliament is expected. This will have a major impact on the policies of the EU and its neighbouring countries. It will lead to more hate speech, to worse treatment of migrants and minorities, to more division across the continent.“Your vote can UNITE” Campaigning against Populism and Racism offers you the opportunity to get involved in the UNITE campaigns against extremist and populist parties and movements. The conference will tackle questions such as: What can you do against intolerance, racism, and xenophobia? How can you become active on a European level or in your own country? How can you get involved in our European campaign?Practice and theory are offered. A series of methods, trainings, lectures, (political) debates for people from all over Europe: the EU, Russia, Balkans and Caucasus will be organized. Participants from all these regions are invited to apply for this conference. The conference will take place near Athens (GR) and will start on Monday 7 April 2014 at 18:00 with a transfer from Athens to the venue. Departure from Athens is foreseen for 12 April 2014 after 12:00.EligibilityThe conference is planned for around 75 participants (living in the countries of the Council of Europe) who represent (inter)national human rights, antiracist, antifascist, refugee, and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from all over Europe are also invited. Participation is rotated from one conference to another. Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority background. Preference is given to those organizations that are interested in actions against racism and populism around elections.Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as many people as possible. The organizers will try to reach an equal balance of female/male participants and a good geographical distribution. Each organization can nominate only one delegate. The conference language is English. All participants are expected to have at least basic knowledge of English.CostsParticipation fee The participation fee of the conference depends on the country where the nominating organization is based:120 Euro for participants from: A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S;60 Euro for participants from: BG, CY, CZ, E, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK;50 Euro for participants from: AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ.It is free for participants from Greece.Full board and lodging as well as bus transfer to the venue and complete program are included. Organizations that paid their 2014 supporter fee to the UNITED Network will receive a 50% reduction of the participation fee.Contribution to travel costs:For participants travelling from: A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 250 Euro;For participants travelling from: BG, CY, CZ, E, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK, UNITED can contribute maximum 80% to the costs of your travel, not more than 280 Euro;For participants travelling from: AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ UNITED can contribute maximum 85% to the costs of your travel, not more than 325 Euro;For participants travelling from Greece, UNITED can contribute maximum 80% to the costs of your travel, not more than 50 Euro.Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally friendly possibility to travel.  The organizers strongly encourage you to travel by night-train, bus or other cheaper means of transport to Athens. For distances (one-way) under 800 km they can only contribute to costs of train or bus.In order to be eligible for a contribution to your travel costs you are expected to attend the whole meeting and to prove your travel expenses providing an original invoice and all original tickets to UNITED. The organizers can only contribute to travel costs made for the direct return route between your place of residence and Athens. UNITED also asks you to find out if there are alternative possibilities of funding your participation.  Since there are limited sponsored places, delegates that can cover (part of) their own travel costs have a higher chance to be selected. The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED on the base of an original invoice from the Embassy.ApplicationIn order to apply, please fill in the application form until 17 February 2014.Visit the official web-site. Reddit Tweet Call for papers: Solidarities in Europe Workshop 2017 Study Session For Equal Participation, Budapest Similar Stories Campaigning Against Populism and Racism Training in Athens LinkedIn 0center_img Vacancies at the European Stu­dent Think Tank → +1 Share 0 Media/Communications Intern at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. February 9, 2014 Published by aana last_img read more

Why renewable energy boards need a technical person

first_img TAGS2020 – Issue 4corporate governanceREIPPPP Previous articleThe big question: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on economic growthNext articleDigitisation is a ‘must’ to manage the network’s complexity Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR While early developments (such as in South Africa’s REIPPPP rounds 1 and 2 or similar) often had some financial wiggle room, competition and experience are driving down all margins. This focuses the mind on the importance not only of protecting an investment but also of maximising return and optimising performance. For any project, the key metrics are always the same – time, cost and quality. There are variations on the theme, which depends on the project’s stage and the technologies used, but the key performance indicators (KPIs) all come back to the three components of time, cost and quality. The article first appeared in ESI Africa Issue 4-2020.Read the full digimag or subscribe to receive a print copy. A gap in this approach [the major responsibilities of the board] is that protection is not the same as optimisation. Board members should be required to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the workings of the company to be answerable for its actions, yet able to stand back from the day-to-day management of the company and retain an objective, longer-term view. This focus requires the board to be provided with and to be able to check and challenge reports about: The key challenge is understanding the best course of action to take. You could be within budget and not utilising any contingency. Still, if your project is late and this jeopardises your PPA, even if this is only to reduce the term, this reduces the asset value should you sell the project on. By Chanda Nxumalo, Managing Director, Harmattan Renewables The technicalities What does this look like for a renewable energy company? During the operational phase, you could be tracking the generation of a solar PV or wind plant by revenue and be meeting your KPIs. The reason for tracking well could be because everything ran as was expected, but it could also be because the irradiation or wind resource on-site is higher than the original forecast, masking poor plant performance. Some metrics would make this obvious to a technical person when it isn’t necessarily obvious to others. During construction, CAPEX and contingency spend, quality of installation works and completion according to schedule form the key drivers. The primary project management metrics state that if one of these goes awry, resource needs to be thrown at one or both to resolve the issues. Often this definition is interpreted as solely focusing on the finances of the company. How many board notices have you seen requiring a Chartered Financial Analyst qualification? This is because directors still spend the bulk of their time on quarterly financial reports, audit reviews, budgets, and compliance. • plant performance;• the root causes of problems; and• remedial action for any deviation from norms. How should you develop the other board members? Where the bulk of your value is your assets, such as with renewable energy plants, effective boards need to have a broad mix of skills, knowledge and experience. The board must support robust discussions about the technology, the practices and structures in place and set the tone for optimising the asset. A board needs innovators and problem solvers, challengers and strategic thinkers. In short, it needs engineers! AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector A board needs innovators and problem solvers, challengers and strategic thinkers. In short, it needs engineers! BRICS Following this, it is expected for the board to provide strategic guidance and hold to account the management team on how best to run the plant. Featured image: [NYUL] © 123RF.com In addition to having the right board composition, companies must provide training and ongoing education. Boards typically have a lot of information available to them in these areas but may not fully understand the materials they receive. Recent events inspire this article, where a technical advisory services firm was assigned to assist in resolving issues related to distressed assets. It was noted throughout these appointments, that the majority of renewable energy asset boards are commercially and legally very knowledgeable, but lacking in technical experience. Education should also be structured so that boards receive training annually. Invite experts and professionals in various fields to board meetings, to talk about specific topics. This will allow the board to understand what competitors are doing, global trends and issues with technologies, and to learn about current best practices in operations and asset management. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development New board member training should be provided to get them up to speed on the technology, relevant technical terms, risks and issues along with any project-specific issues. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Research shows that higher-performing boards review not only robust non-financial metrics, but also shape strategy and drive risk management. They can delve into the detail of the business or play devil’s advocate. Finance and Policy Without this expertise, renewable energy boards cannot play their most important role: intervening with substantive input about strategic decisions early enough to make a difference. Without these focused technical conversations boards cannot fulfil their fiduciary responsibilities in the long term. To reiterate, by improving the technical capabilities of the board, issues can be addressed earlier, leading to improved asset performance. ESI The major responsibilities of the board of directors include a strategic function in providing the vision, mission and goals of the organisation; developing a governance system for the business; a monitoring and control function; and a fiduciary duty to protect the organisation’s assets and members’ investment. A gap in this approach is that protection is not the same as optimisation. However, the board is also responsible for making sure the assets of the company are kept in good order. This includes the company’s plant, equipment and facilities, as well as the people who work for the company, and it is in this area that there are often shortcomings. What is the purpose of a board for a renewable energy plant? To answer this question, let’s first unpack boards in general. According to the Institute of Directors’ Standard for the Board, its fundamental purpose “is to ensure the company’s prosperity by collectively directing the company’s affairs, while meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and relevant stakeholders”. Generationlast_img read more

Trial of automatic recording app for bus journeys underway

first_imgA trial of a mobile phone solution detecting when and where passengers board and leave buses is taking place in Nottingham.Glenn Director, Director at Touche, with Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT’s Marketing ManagerNottingham City Transport (NCT), which introduced mobile ticketing over two years ago, and technology business Touche-NFC Ltd have linked up on the feasibility test for a method of recording point-to-point journeys automatically.The trial focuses on NCT’s Green 11 bus route between the city centre, Trent Boulevard and Lady Bay. Special beacons have been installed on buses and at stops to detect where a bus passenger is on their journey through use of an Android-based app.NCT says recording this information will help with future network planning, while customers could see their fares automatically calculated and deducted from their bank accounts.last_img read more

Welcome to Erdoğanistan

first_imgTurkish-TV (which of the 5,432 channels does not matter; call it CNN-Turk if you want) is now declaring a 94.4 percent result, with the AKP at 49 percent, the CHP at 25.9 percent, the MHP at 12.2 percent and the HDP at 10.5 percent.The HDP leadership — call them “the Kurds” — are now on national TV, declaring their concern that their 10.5 percent will get reduced to under 10 percent, at which point they will get erased from Parliament and their percentage distributed to the other parties (mainly the AKP) according to the “post-rule” that stands as law in the constitution of the Republic of Turkey since 1982.Crunch all the numbers, but this is nuts.Dr. Hijran, my semi-estranged wife of 30 years, is screaming at the television again, and throwing shoes. That might be one of the reasons we are semi-estranged and usually live apart, with me in Montana and she in Istanbul. But I always stay in her tiny apartment in the New-Life gated community complex in Sarigazi whenever I pass through town. It is not convenient, but seems more appropriate than a hotel on the Bosporus. Life is complex, and then you die.But back to the elections at hand.* * * It is hard to get to, or perhaps better expressed, given the absence of road-signs, too easy to miss.More to the point, aside from the wild mixture of folks who live there — middle-class Turks, lots of Kurds and a healthy salting of generic “lefties” — walls are glued with posters of absolutely forgettable commie or quasi-communist parties whose sponsors died years ago — there is no good reason for anyone to visit Sarigazi in Asian Istanbul because, aside from yet another a la Turca concrete jungle of self-same apartment blocks and identical shopping joints, there is nothing of interest to see.Aside from my semi-estranged wife, that is — and that is how and why I have got to know Sarigazi, at least a little bit.* * *Her name is Hijran, she is a medical doctor at a private hospital and she is now throwing a shoe at the television as I write this because she was an official observer at the parliamentary elections at the Istanbul Sancaktepe Emek Mahalesi Peyami Safa Ilk ve Orta Okul voting center, meaning one of two local grade schools here in Sarigazi.“These bastards!” she snarls, as the horse-race style of voting totals rolls in on CNN-Turk from across this country of some 70 million people. “After so much blood has been shed, how can a responsible government look itself in the mirror?” But what about Dr Hijran, and Sarigazi — that place on no-one’s map?“It was an honor to be accepted as an official observer,” she hisses between her teeth. “Previously, I watched the Erdoğan people come in waves, like a herd of sheep. That did not happen this time, at least in Sarigazi…”* * *The official results of the Payami Sefa Grade School/Sarigazi, Istanbul Election Room 2044 (which I observed) included 377 registered voters, of whom 347 voted. No ballots were rejected. Of these ballots, 245 individuals voted for the “main-opposition” quasi-socialist (and certainly secular) Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP). Opposed to that, 48 individuals voted for Erdoğan’s (“Islamist”) Justice and Development Party (AKP), while the so-called ultra-nationalist “National Action Party” (MHP) culled 25 votes in room 2044. Oddly, for a Kurdish-place like Sarigazi, the so-called “Pro-Kurdish” Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP), claiming the loyalty of not just Kurds but all minorities and even the gay and lesbian community, only received 18 votes.Meanwhile, rooms 2043, 2045, 2046, 2047 and 2048 on the third floor more or less mirrored the results of Hijran’s room 2044 — Sarigazi’s CHP trumped the AKP government party four or five to one in all rooms.What does it all mean, both for Turkey, the Middle East and the World? That is a rhetorical question, because she is referring to the “Kurdish Issue” in Turkey, which is as hot an issue in the discourse of the Turkish body-politic as an issue can get. That “issue” has been with the republic since its inception in 1923, when the rump-multinational Ottoman Empire declared itself to be “Turkey,” and a secular, “modern” nationalist state.The event was called the Treaty of Lausanne, and it resulted in the forced population exchange of hundreds of thousands of Turkish-speaking Christians and Greek-speaking Muslims who suddenly discovered that they were “Greeks” or “Turks,” respectively.Maybe this was a good thing; maybe it was not.The main and immediate point is this:My semi-estranged wife, Dr. Hijran, was born in a tiny town on the most western tip of Turkey, called Babakale near Assos, but raised in a place called Ayvalik, near Pergamon.The classical references to Aristotle (Assos) and the Attalid dynasty (Pergamon) have faded and are now being replaced by CNN-place-names where the Syrian boat-people launch their rubber crafts to get to the Greek island of Lesbos, all too many drowning on the way. SARIGAZI, Turkey — This place is difficult to find on the map.A “fringe” neighborhood of a mere 350,000 souls in Asian Istanbul, it is a mixture of middle-class folks who live in the rash of new gated communities that have sprung up around this greater city of some 17 million, and the extraordinarily ordinary settlements known as “gecekondus,” a word in Turkish that used to literally mean “built-at-night,” but which today just means “slum.”While “slum” may sound harsh, places like Sarigazi on the fringes of Sultan City are not the Istanbul venues where international tourists venture, know about or want to know about. * * *Dr. Hijran is shouting on the telephone to a friend in utter disgust as we watch the last results of the election roll in.Right now, the “opposition” leader of the social-democrat CHP is giving his “we f****d up”/ I concede speech. This is painful — particularly for Dr. Hijran, a Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) voter.Actually, I do not give a s**t about this. Were I a citizen of Turkey, I would have voted for the HDP — the Kurds/Outcasts/Others Party.Last blink, the KDP got over the 10 percent limit and remain the hope of the future; if tomorrow morning they rest at an official 9.56 percent, there will be war.There already is.center_img We are up to circa 11 p.m. and we are up to 95.5 percent of the total vote and it appears that Erdoğan’s AK party (or former party, which everyone knows is not true) has achieved a stunning, crushing victory that will allow it to rule and change the constitution to Erdoğan’s liking, virtually making him a new Sultan.The percentages will remain more or less the same—AKP at 49 percent; CHP at 25.8 percent; MHP at 12.1 percent; HDP at 10.5 percent…Dr. Hijran throws a last shoe at the flat-screen TV, not even waiting for the final election results. She already knows they will deliver her beloved country into the hands of an unbalanced, authoritarian Islamist guy named Erdoğan who got in bed with the Americans to take down ISIL, but ended up attacking his peace-partners, the Kurds, instead.She trundles off to sleep while I stay up.By the dawn’s early light, those numbers more or less hold, the stock-market is soaring, and Dr. Hijran, the semi-estranged one, is rhetorically wondering what life would be like should she leave a Turkey she no longer recognizes.“I was, or am, a village girl,” she growls as she goes to her Sarigazi hospital while remembering Babakale and Ayvalik. “How can we be so stupid now?” Anyway, Dr. Hijran was the first female to leave the village and become a doctor; her older brother was the first from Babakale to become a lawyer. Their inspiration was their father, Huseyin — an up-from-the-bootstraps village sort of guy with a grade-school education who sold the family olive grove to invest in talc mining (stupidly), and lost everything aside from his belief that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of secular modern Turkey, was a hero — and not an anti-Islamic bastard, the way he is being portrayed by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AK-party crowd today.I would like to think that my father-in-law Huseyin Bey and I were pals on a certain, profound level.“If you can tolerate her…” he often said, referring to his daughter.That said, she was cut from his cloth.And while Huseyin Bey never declared himself an atheist — Dr. Hijran actively does — he clearly would not have been a supporter of Erdoğan or the process at play in his beloved “Atatürkist” Turkey on any terms at all.Huseyin Bey, a failed dreamer from tiny Babakale and then Ayvalik, was a believer in the Atatürk vision of Turkey. He must be turning over in his grave today. I just mean: more…But back to Sarigazi. Please note that the word is not part of the formula; the place was stripped of its status as a “county” and reduced to a mere “municipality” some years ago by the Greater Istanbul Municipality under the control of the current government, meaning President Tayyip Erdoğan, because Sarigazi was too leftie, Kurdish and middle-class — people like my semi-estranged wife Hijran.To evoke a term from that jejune thing called Political Science, Sarigazi got gerrymandered out of existence.Or almost.There are still a few road signs, and some taxi drivers know how to negotiate the one-hour (sometimes two) drive through the concrete valleys, tunnels and insane rush-hour traffic to get here from “Istanbul,” meaning areas many readers of this epistle can relate to: Sultan Ahmet, the Blue Mosque, the Covered Bazaar and, of course, the Bosporus.The losing leader (CHP) is now on television, and nearly crying about the Ankara Massacre of October 10, and other disappointments. The question, of course, is what Erdoğan will do with his new mandate. Hike taxes on alcohol, and thus almost banning it from the country? Fill the spare bedrooms in his 100-room palace in Ankara with dignitaries from across the Muslim world? The most likely thing, sadly, is to immediately expand the renewed war with the Kurds, which will include not only bombing the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, but also the PKK’s partners and pals in Syria, such as the defenders of Kobani — “The Kurdish Stalingrad” — who just happen to be the prime partners and pals of the U.S. in that anti-ISIS quagmire, and who just opened a representative office in Moscow.Wow. The good news, I guess, is that the HDP have gotten the 10 percent needed to get the “Kurdish” party into the Turkish parliament, even if it is now a parliament where only one voice counts: Recip Tayyip Erdoğan, and he is not even a member.Does anyone out there know what I am talking about?Thomas Goltz, the author of “Azerbaijan Diary” (M.E. Sharpe, 1998/99) and “Chechnya Diary” (St. Martin’s Press/Tom Dunne, 2003), is an American commentator on Turkic politics and history.last_img read more