Press release: Threat of legal action leads to payment of fine over Humber incident

first_imgOn the 14th June 2018, the Master of a Russian oil tanker was fined a total of £25761.99 at Hull Magistrates Court for breaching the International Safety Management (ISM) Code in a prosecution brought by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).The Russian-registered 85m long tanker Tecoil Polaris arrived at Humber Port on the evening of June 5 2018 to load lubricating oil. Concerns were raised about the master and crew’s competency as the vessel approached and berthed at Immingham Docks, Humber.As a result the vessel was inspected by MCA Inspectors on the morning of 6 June 2018. They found a catalogue of deficiencies in navigation and safety equipment, together with significant non-compliance with the ISM Code. The vessel was subsequently detained and its safety certificate cancelled.The Master of the vessel was subsequently prosecuted to an offence of breaching the ISM Code. Captain Vitaliy Trofimov pleaded guilty to the offence. He was fined £1400 and ordered to pay £24,361.99 in costs. The court ordered that fines and costs were to be paid within 56 days but a follow-up hearing about non-payment was due to be held today ( 28 February) at Hull Magistrates Court.However, all fines and costs were paid in full by 3.30pm on 27 February avoiding the potential seizure of the vessel in settlement of the debt.Captain Andrew Phillips, enforcement officer with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: ‘This sends out a clear message: if you don’t pay your fines and costs, we will come after you and we will – if we have to – use the law to seize your vessel or other assets to cover it.last_img read more

Press release: Update from SAGE: Delay phase modelling

first_imgThe Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) met yesterday and reviewed the latest numbers of cases in the UK, updated modelling, interventions made by other countries, and proposals for monitoring and modelling the outbreak as it advances.The two major objectives were reiterated – save lives and reduce the peak of the epidemic to reduce the very considerable pressure on the NHS. This means examining interventions that can flatten the curve and those which ensure those most at risk are shielded.The review of the new data showed that as anticipated the epidemic is progressing and on that basis SAGE advised the next planned effective interventions (shielding the vulnerable and household isolation) will need to be instituted soon.SAGE is examining models of further interventions. SAGE also agreed that in line with good scientific practice the modelling and data considered by SAGE in future will be published.Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said: We are dealing with a very fast moving epidemic with emerging data from many disciplines and many complex decisions. Scientists across the world are helping each other, governments and society to deal with this international emergencylast_img read more

’Tis the season for al fresco

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. People from the Harvard community share their favorite spots on campus Summer in the city Now that summer weather is finally here, Cambridge has moved outdoors. Many restaurants in Harvard Square have access to a patio, roof, or sidewalk space to offer al fresco dining. An informal roundup reveals a range of offerings, from full table service for food and adult beverages (thanks to Cambridge laws that allow alcohol in areas considered part of licensed establishments) to catch-as-you-can plaza seating, where your takeout sandwich (or burrito or Mumbai street snack) is augmented by some of the best people-watching anywhere. Above it allWant to touch the sky? Felipe’s Taqueria (21 Brattle St., 617-354-9944) and the Sinclair (52 Church St., 617-547-5200) both offer rooftop dining, as well as cocktails. Felipe’s focuses on its fresh Mexican fare, while the Sinclair, the restaurant part of a live music venue, reinterprets bar food from nachos to burgers. The famed rooftop of Daedelus (45.5 Mount Auburn St., 617-349-0071) is open as well, with its eclectic take on modern American fine dining. (Seating on the rooftops is on a first-come, first-served basis.),Garden partiesUrban though it may be, the square enjoys yards and yards of backyards. The patio at Harvest (44 Brattle St., 617-868-2255) is a plant-lined sanctuary, as is the tucked-away porch space behind Orinoco (56 John F. Kennedy St., 617-354-6900), where Venezuelan and other South American treats are served up in sylvan splendor. A rowdier respite may be found at Charlie’s Beer Garden (10 Eliot St., 617-492-9646), which has its own entrance alongside the venerable Charlie’s Kitchen. Although most famous for its double cheeseburger, the 65-plus-year-old pub and its dog-friendly garden also lay claim to some older local history: According to the Harvard Square Business Association, the garden’s stone wall was reportedly part of the city’s 19th-century retaining walls.,Street scenesAlthough Grendel’s Den (89 Winthrop St., 617-491-1160) has shrunk somewhat since its 1974 opening, it arguably has the best people-watching on the square from its row of outdoor tables alongside Winthrop Park. Grendel’s, which won its right to serve liquor in a landmark 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case, serves up idiosyncratic sandwiches and small plates, as well as a fine selection of microbrews. Across the street, the Red House (98 Winthrop St., 617-576-0605) uses its partially covered outdoor space to extend its service of upscale specialties, including lobster in forms from fra diavolo to risotto. Around the corner, Park (59 John F. Kennedy St., 617-491-9851) offers playful takes on bistro classics ­— think duck tacos or meat pie of the day — on its sheltered tables. At the other end of the square, the plant-festooned corner patio at Grafton Street (1230 Mass. Ave., 617-497-0400) has plenty of spots to watch passersby, and a menu of New England and modern classics to boot.The Charles Hotel plaza is home to several fine restaurants. In warm weather, Benedetto’s (1 Bennett St., 617-661-5050) expands into its canopied arbor, with regional Italian specialties — note the house-made pasta. Henrietta’s Table (617-661-5005) now offers its fresh farm fare on the brick patio at the same address. Down by the street level of the plaza, Legal Seafood (20 University Road, 617-491-9400) has opened its seasonal bar outpost, with pitchers of sangria and Aperol spritz ready to accompany the requisite raw bar and other specialties from this locally based chain. Legal’s also serves diners outside the main restaurant upstairs.,Elsewhere, although the focus is on wines, beers, and aperitifs by the glass, Shay’s Pub and Wine Bar (58 John F. Kennedy St., 617-864-9161) also serves snacks on its sunken front patio, with the accent on Tex-Mex and burgers.Russell House (14 John F. Kennedy St., 617-500-3055) and the Hourly Oyster House (15 Dunster St., 617-765-2342) both make the most of their limited outdoor space, setting up tables in what could be called an adjacent alley if they hadn’t made their sheltered spaces look so cozy. Russell House calls itself a “new American tavern” and offers fresh takes on burgers, pizzas, and raw bar, while the Hourly augments its fresh bivalves with cooked dishes such as lobster mac and cheese.,Grendel’s upstairs neighbor Parsnip (91 Winthrop St., 617-714-3206) expands onto the sidewalk in warm weather, serving an appropriately seasonal menu (such as charred corn risotto and whole-lobster lobster rolls). So does the Border Café (32 Church St., 617-864-6100), where the Tex-Mex and Cajun specialities — not to mention the margaritas — are always a draw.Saloniki’s (24 Dunster St., 617-945-5877) Greek specialties travel to the curb of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center, as does its exclusively Greek wine list, while the Longfellow Bar at Alden and Harlow (40 Brattle St. #3, 617-864-0001) has chef Michael Scelfo’s imaginative take on cocktails and snacks street-side. Think crab Rangoon nachos, and drinks like the Modern Woman, a “jostled” mix of tequila, fermented Muscat grape, and agave. Sidewalk service also brings the huge variety of celebrity-themed burgers from Mr. Bartley’s (1246 Mass. Ave., 617-354-6559) outdoors. A Tom Brady (cheddar, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and red onion), anyone? This Harvard Square institution (founded 1960) doesn’t serve alcohol, but, as befitting its place in local history, it has raspberry lime rickies and frappes (milkshakes, to you newcomers).As the square’s oldest café, Café Pamplona (12 Bow St., 617-492-0392) represents another area tradition: the coffeehouse. Choose from more than a dozen drinks to enjoy on the patio — and, perhaps, a media noche (like a mini-Cuban) or a flan to go with.Walk on byFor those who don’t mind serving themselves, warm weather brings out tables in front of Cardullo’s that are big enough for their overstuffed sandwiches, and at the Smith Center the hungry can sit outdoors to enjoy a variety of takeout options from Pavement Coffee, Bon Me’s Asian specialties, Oggi’s pizza and sandwiches, Blackbird Doughnuts, Swissbäkers, and the veggie-oriented Whole Heart Provisions.Sidewalk tables also await outside Tom’s Bao Bao, Shake Shack, and B. Good on Winthrop Street (near Winthrop Park), while patrons of J.P. Licks, El Jefe Taqueria, Subway, and Chutney’s can find seating along Mount Auburn Street. There are even tables in a walled-in brick space outside the Eliot Street Café, aka Dunkin Donuts. This is New England, after all.Many of the above vendors accept Crimson Cash. See the full list.,Relatedcenter_img Movies, plays, music, and exhibitions to keep you entertained Places we lovelast_img read more

The Riverkeeper Beer Series Continues with a Brand New Release from Hi-Wire Brewing

first_imgMy friends back home think my job consists of floating down rivers and drinking beer. After years of watching their eyes glaze over as I told them about the important water sampling and policy work we do to protect our river, I figured “if you can’t beat ’em, then live up to their expectations.”The Riverkeeper Beer Series is fulfilling my goal to paddle and drink beer quite nicely. We are getting ready to release the fourth beer in the series with Hi-Wire Brewing on Saturday, at the Big Top in Asheville’s Biltmore Village._1160143119We will spend the morning dragging tires, shopping carts, 40 ounce bottles, and, if we’re lucky, a blow up doll (it’s happened before), from the Swannanoa River. Then we’ll head over to Hi-Wire’s Big Top in Biltmore to sample, and by sample I mean drink a bunch of new Hi-Wire session IPA’s with experimental hops.Watershed Dry Bags and Southern Raft Supply will reward the brave folks who hauled out the strangest piece of trash, and raffle tickets will be on sale for some fancy dry bags and gear.IMG_8736In addition to drinking beer and pulling trash out of the river, the beer series is paddling the entire French Broad River Paddle Trail, one Saturday at a time. The paddlers started at the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina and have snaked their way under a canopy of trees, past farmland and recently to the rapids and rocks that dot the river north of Asheville. These section paddles have now paddled over 90 miles of the almost 150 miles included in the paddle trail._3532603070Next up is a Wicked Weed IPA, aptly named Riverkeeeper IPA. Not only will folks get the chance to try the latest in an award winning series of beers from Wicked Weed, but Liquid Logic Kayaks is donating an SUP board for raffle. Visit the bottle shop at the brewery for a chance to win, or come to the beer release party at Wicked Weed on September 3.To sign up for the cleanup and for more information visit mountaintrue.org.last_img read more

Democrats set sights on rising rival Bloomberg as debate looms

first_imgThe prospect is not sitting well with Bloomberg’s five debate rivals, who are likely to hurl searing salvos at him when they take the stage for a two-hour Las Vegas showdown starting 6:00 pm local time (0200 GMT Thursday).Sanders and others have already hammered Bloomberg hard, stressing Americans have no appetite for billionaires trying to “buy” their way into the presidential race.Bloomberg has essentially foregone the campaigning in the first four contests, including Nevada.Instead he is going all in on so-called Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states including California and Texas vote on choosing a Democratic nominee.The ninth Democratic debate’s other participants — former vice president Biden, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, all moderates, and the more progressive senators Sanders and Warren — have castigated Bloomberg for his approach. ‘Egomaniac billionaire’ Buttigieg, asked by CNN if he thought Bloomberg was trying to buy his way in, was unequivocal.”What else do you call it when you dip into your endless reserves of millions and billions and don’t go through the process of campaigning in states like Nevada, or Iowa, or New Hampshire, humbling yourself… looking eye to eye to voters?” Buttigieg responded.Biden attacked the political affiliations of Bloomberg, a longtime Democrat who left the party to run for mayor first as a Republican, then an independent. In 2018 he re-registered as a Democrat.”He basically has been a Republican his whole life,” Biden, 77, fumed Wednesday.Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78, have also tangled in increasingly ugly ways.On Wednesday, Bloomberg spokesman Tim O’Brien accused the Sanders campaign of behaving in “Trumpy” fashion by falsely asserting that Bloomberg has had a heart attack. He did have stents installed in 2000 because of a coronary blockage but has never had a cardiac arrest. Sanders had a heart attack in October.”Those are the facts,” O’Brien tweeted. “It’s a dangerous time when Sanders goes all in with Trumpism.”While Sanders is ahead, Bloomberg is surging on the national stage. Two separate polls released Tuesday show him leapfrogging rivals to claim second spot behind Sanders, with Biden third.Buttigieg, who narrowly won Iowa and finished second in New Hampshire, will seek to show viewers that his strong early performances were no fluke. Sharp criticism For Warren, Klobuchar and Biden, the Nevada debate is a critical opportunity for them to convince voters that they belong in the race heading into the stretch.Bloomberg has his own challenge: the powerful billionaire who has long controlled his message will have to defend his record in real time against practiced politicians eager to notch a viral moment.Some of Bloomberg’s policies as mayor are facing sharp criticism.Several rivals have highlighted the stop-and-frisk police operations during Bloomberg’s mayorship that disproportionately targeted people of color.Bloomberg has apologized for enforcing the policy, and on Saturday acknowledged that he defended it “for too long” because he failed to understand the “unintended pain” it caused minorities.On the streets of Las Vegas, where protesters fighting for a union contract gathered Wednesday, some voters were rejecting a candidate who has opted to skip Nevada and other early-voting states.”He’s trying to buy votes,” said pastor Sylvester Rogers, 79. Bloomberg “should be in the race from the beginning, like every other candidate,” Rogers added. “He needs to see what our communities are about.”Topics : Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will confront rivals Wednesday during his debut presidential debate, with Democratic competitors desperate to cut him down a peg over his sudden prominence in the race to take on Donald Trump.All eyes will be on the US media magnate as he navigates a 2020 national audience for the first time, after his astronomical spending on campaign advertising fueled a rise in polling that has sent him into the top tier of candidates.Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, will take the stage as the clear frontrunner, buoyed by a strong showing in Iowa, a victory in New Hampshire and a surge in polling with the next nominating contest just three days away in Nevada. A Washington Post-ABC News poll out Wednesday showed Sanders with a commanding double digit lead nationally, at 32 percent. Sagging former frontrunner Joe Biden, who has suffered the most from Bloomberg’s gains, was second at 16 percent, followed by Bloomberg at 14 and Elizabeth Warren at 12.  While Sanders and other White House hopefuls have spent months barnstorming early states, billionaire Bloomberg parachuted late into the Democratic contest.His surge boosts the chances of November’s election being a unique show of one septuagenarian white male New York billionaire challenging another — Trump himself.last_img read more

Study finds ESG now core strategy at private equity firms

first_img“Issues such as climate change, sustainability, consumer protection, social responsibility and employee engagement are no longer viewed solely as components of risk management, but have also gained recognition in recent years as important drivers of firm value, particularly in the long term,” the study said.Pressures to put ESG policies in place were felt most acutely in Europe, the research showed, with the Middle East, Northern Africa and Latin America region feeling less pressure from investors and regulators.But even though ESG policies were being adopted more and more, there were still some big obstacles to these being implemented, the study showed.The most notable barrier was the difficulty in collecting the necessary data, it said. Also, some respondents cited the attitude of internal managers as a barrier to implementation.“It appears that, while ESG integration has become common, there remain pockets of internal managerial resistance to the whole idea of considering such issues as relevant for investment decisions,” the study said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to research conducted by London Business School Institutional investors are increasingly demanding that private equity partnerships have environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies in their investment processes, and ESG has now become a core strategy for the private equity firms to create value, according to a new study.In the research, conducted by the London Business School’s Coller Institute of Private Equity and supported by private equity investor Adveq, 85% of larger private equity firms – managing assets in excess of $10bn (€8.2bn) – said pressure was growing to integrate ESG policies into everyday working practices.Ioannis Ioannou, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the London Business School, said: “The private equity industry is increasingly placing greater importance to ESG, moving it from a purely compliance and risk mitigating strategy to a key long-term strategy through which private equity firms pursue value creation.”The study was based on responses from 42 private equity firms with collective assets under management of more than $640bn.last_img read more

Married Mum and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada

first_imgPublic Discourse.com 8 October 2013There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children’s flourishing. A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.Unlike US-based studies, this one evaluates a 20 percent sample of the Canadian census, where same-sex couples have had access to all taxation and government benefits since 1997 and to marriage since 2005.While in the US Census same-sex households have to be guessed at based on the gender and number of self-reported heads-of-household, young adults in the Canadian census were asked, “Are you the child of a male or female same-sex married or common law couple?” While study author and economist Douglas Allen noted that very many children in Canada who live with a gay or lesbian parent are actually living with a single mother—a finding consonant with that detected in the 2012 New Family Structures Study—he was able to isolate and analyze hundreds of children living with a gay or lesbian couple (either married or in a “common law” relationship akin to cohabitation).So the study is able to compare—side by side—the young-adult children of same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples, as well as children growing up in single-parent homes and other types of households. Three key findings stood out to Allen:children of married opposite-sex families have a high graduation rate compared to the others; children of lesbian families have a very low graduation rate compared to the others; and the other four types [common law, gay, single mother, single father] are similar to each other and lie in between the married/lesbian extremes.The truly unique aspect of Allen’s study, however, may be its ability to distinguish gender-specific effects of same-sex households on children. He writes:the particular gender mix of a same-sex household has a dramatic difference in the association with child graduation. Consider the case of girls. . . . Regardless of the controls and whether or not girls are currently living in a gay or lesbian household, the odds of graduating from high school are considerably lower than any other household type. Indeed, girls living in gay households are only 15 percent as likely to graduate compared to girls from opposite sex married homes.…..The study’s publication continues the emergence of new, population-based research in this domain, much of which has undermined scholarly and popular claims about equivalence between same-sex and opposite-sex households echoed by activists and reflected in recent legal proceedings about same-sex marriage.Might the American Psychological Association and American Sociological Association have been too confident and quick to declare “no differences” in such a new arena of study, one marked by the consistent reliance upon small or nonrandom “convenience” samples? Perhaps. Maybe a married mum and dad do matter, after all.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/10/10996/?utm_source=RTA+Regnerus+Married+Moms+and+Dads&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=emailRelated:Most gay-parenting studies are long on bias and short on hard dataLatest “Junk” Research Further Exposed – Assessing the Australian StudyWhat You Need to Know About the Mark Regnerus Study of Homosexual ParentsGrowing Up With Two Mums: The Untold Children’s Viewlast_img read more

Southampton seal $14m deal for Ghana defender

first_img Read Also: PSG prefer Mbappe, Neymar extensions over Ronaldo move “It is a very good feeling to be a Southampton player. I am very happy to be part of the club and I am looking forward to starting here,” he said. “Southampton is a club with a very rich history in developing young players, so it is a very good club for me to develop my skills and to learn a lot as a young player.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Southampton completed the signing of Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid in a £10.9 million ($14 million) deal on Wednesday. Salisu has agreed a four-year contract and is the Premier League club’s second close-season signing following their swoop for Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has used the fee from Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s move to Tottenham to rebuild his defence. Salisu, 21, moved to La Liga side Valladolid from Ghana in 2017 and the centre-back quickly established himself as a first-team regular. “This is an important signing for us, Mohammed is a player who fits our profile well,” Hasenhuttl said. Loading… center_img “He is young and has a great amount of potential, but he is also someone who has the qualities to come in and help the team as soon as he is up to speed with our way of playing. “I like what I have seen of him so far in his games with Valladolid. He is strong defensively, he is calm with the ball – something that is important in our team – and he has good speed too.” Salisu revealed Southampton’s track record of developing young players convinced him to move to St Mary’s. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!How Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!last_img read more

Indiana officials applaud China trade deal

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The United States and China reached a phase one trade agreement, which was formally signed by President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.“During my economic development trip to China in September, numerous government officials expressed a desire to secure a trade deal and President Trump has delivered. This is a great first step, especially for our Hoosier farmers,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “We look forward to a continued mutually productive relationship with China, one of Indiana’s largest international partners.”According to a fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, this phase one agreement focuses on intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services along with currency and foreign exchange. This agreement also includes a commitment by China that it will make substantial purchases of U.S. goods and services in the coming years.“The trade deal made today in our nation’s capital will have a significant impact on our country as a whole and specifically, right here in our Hoosier state,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agricultural and Rural Development. “With China being one of Indiana’s top five trading partners, we are certain this deal will strengthen Indiana’s economy and provide an even greater boost to our farmers and the agriculture industry.”Agriculture highlights of the trade agreement include:China will purchase and import at least $40 billion of U.S. food, agricultural and seafood products annually over the next two yearsChina has agreed to streamline the regulatory process by implementing a predictable and science-based approval method for products of agricultural biotechnology China will expand the scope of beef products, pork products, and processed meats eligible for importationIndiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler attended the signing ceremony today in Washington D.C. Others in attendance included Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other congressional and national industry leaders.“It was an honor to be invited and watch the signing of this historic deal,” Kettler said. “We are excited to further develop our relationship with China and are looking forward to the positive impact this will have on Indiana agriculture now, and in the future.”In 2017, Indiana shipped $4.6 billion in domestic agriculture products abroad, making Indiana the country’s eighth-largest agricultural exporting state. In addition to agriculture commodities, China is one of Indiana’s top export markets for hardwoods, over $55.3 million was exported in 2017. China is a crucial trading partner to the U.S., according to the USDA soybean exports to China totaled 9.4 million tons last year. The trade deal, which has been widely celebrated by the agriculture industry, is the first phase of a comprehensive agreement that will be negotiated with China, according to the Trump administration.last_img read more

Trapattoni warns of Wales threat

first_imgGiovanni Trapattoni has warned his Ireland side Wednesday night’s clash with Wales will be a friendly only in name. Trapattoni was Italy manager when they were beaten 2-1 by Wales at a sold-out Millennium Stadium during qualifying for Euro 2004. The atmosphere will be considerably more low-key on Wednesday night, but the Ireland boss remains wary of the Welsh. “This is no friendly,” he said. “I know this country. I was here many years ago with Italy, as was their scorer that night, (Craig) Bellamy. “We won in Italy but we lost over here and we know about this team, I have seen so many games and I know the Welsh players, they have a good mentality and they are international players. “After this game we can reflect, and we will know from our attitude and personality whether we are ready to play against Sweden.” Trapattoni is pleased he will not have to face Bale’s combination of pace, power and skill, but admits it is a shame for the home fans to miss out on seeing the Real Madrid target. “I am a sports fan, I have 50 years in football,” he said. “It is a shame for Wales and all football fans. He is the sort of player everyone loves. “For us it is okay and I can say we are lucky he is not playing. But I understand the situation, what is important for Bale and Real Madrid whether he goes there or not.” The Celtic rivals meet at Cardiff City Stadium with the visitors looking to build towards their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next month. They will face a Wales side without star man Gareth Bale after the Tottenham winger was ruled out due to his foot injury, but Trapattoni is under no illusions that Wales still remain a potent threat to his side’s positive run of recent form, which has seen them lose just once in 2013. Trapattoni confirmed Keiren Westwood will start in goal with David Forde ruled out by injury, although the Italian remains hopeful the Millwall stopper and defender Sean St Ledger may be fit to face the Swedes. Norwich’s Wes Hoolahan is also handed a start, playing in the hole behind striker Shane Long. And captain John O’Shea believes the 31-year-old has the talent to make the most of his opportunity to stake a claim for a regular spot. O’Shea said: “He has developed late in his career but it has been to our benefit. The manager has slowly introduced him and we are fully aware of his talents. “The players have seen it, the manager has seen it, not just in the Premier League but every day on the training ground. Hopefully he will be a vital part for us during the latter stages of this campaign. “As a tall defender he is a nightmare as he is a tough guy. He is not afraid to take a few knocks but he does get in pockets behind the midfield four and that is what the manager will want from him tomorrow night. “Hopefully he can supply Robbie Brady, Shane Long and Jon Walters, and we know he can weigh in with a goal himself.” Press Associationlast_img read more