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MADRID — The three presidential candidates vying to lift Barcelona from one of its worst crisis in recent memory have cast their ballots on Sunday, with the winner set to inherit a club mired in trouble on and off the field. Former president Joan Laporta, businessman Víctor Font and longtime board member Toni Freixa are among the more than 110,000 members who are eligible to vote in the election being held just days after the club's last elected president — Josep Maria Bartomeu — spent a night in jail while Catalan police investigated possible irregularities during his administration. Lionel Messi and other players also had already voted. The club published a photo of Messi casting his ballot on Sunday morning. The winner, who will earn a five-year term, will be announced late on Sunday, capping a week in which the club made worldwide headlines after a police raid at the team's headquarters led to arrests and further embarrassment for an institution that has long prided itself as “more than a club.” The police investigation was related to the so-called “Barçagate,” which involved allegations that the former executive board hired an internet services company to spread negative messages about its own players and opponents on social media to boost the image of senior club officials. The presidential election was originally scheduled for the end of January but was postponed because of the pandemic. Members can vote at the team's Camp Nou Stadium and at other polling stations in northeast Catalonia and neighbouring Andorra. Voting by mail also was allowed in certain circumstances. The elections were called after Bartomeu and his board resigned in October facing a possible no-confidence referendum by club members angry about the team’s trophy-less 2019-20 season — the first since 2007-08. The season ended in a humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. The club has qualified for the Copa del Rey final and is second in the Spanish league this season. It won 2-0 at Osasuna on Saturday. The new president will face daunting problems that include the possible departure of Messi at the end of the season and a debt of more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) brought on in large part by the coronavirus pandemic but also by one of the highest payrolls in soccer. Messi's future has been a key issue during the campaign. The Argentina great was upset with Bartomeu after he denied his request to leave the club at the end of last season. Messi can leave for free at the end of his contract this summer and all candidates have said they will try to convince the club's all-time leading scorer to stay. Laporta, who was president between 2003-2010 during Messi’s breakout seasons, says he is in the best position to convince the player to stay. Of the three candidates, 52-year-old Freixa is the only one who has guaranteed that coach Ronald Koeman would remain in place to see out his contract through the end of next season. The 48-year-old Font, by contrast, has promised to bring back midfield great Xavi Hernández in some capacity, either as sports director or as coach. Font is the only outsider among the candidates who has no experience at the club’s administration. He has been calling for renewal at the club. Freixa was a Barcelona board member from 2010-15. He rejects its portrayal as a club on the brink of collapse and says that he can win as an underdog. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press
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According to a recent survey, nearly half of employees would look for a new job if they were denied the option of flexible working post-lockdown. Even before the pandemic, the majority of Brits said they thought flexible working was the future, so it’s clearly going to be a priority as we aim to achieve a better work-life balance. With this in mind, it’s definitely interesting to check out new research revealing the UK’s best cities for flexible working. The team at Ready Steady Store compiled the list by taking six key factors into consideration. These included the average rental cost of a two-bed flat, the availability of 5G in the area, the average cost of living, the range of parks nearby, and the local life satisfaction. They also factored in the number of remote jobs within a 25-mile radius so that office days wouldn’t need to involve too lengthy a commute. Bradford finishes top of the list thanks to a relatively low cost of living and a high number of remote jobs within a 25-mile radius. Crucially, the West Yorkshire city is located just 10 miles away from Leeds, a major employment hub. Stoke and Newcastle finished second on the list, while London manages to sneak into the top 10. Though the cost of living and renting in the capital is obviously astronomical, it benefits from the highest number of remote jobs. Check out the top 10 below. “With more and more businesses recruiting from a wider pool and many of us now working much more flexibly, it’s no surprise that people are taking advantage of the affordability of smaller towns and cities,” said Mehran Charania of Ready Steady Store. “What’s interesting to note, however, is that those that topped the list were all located near to major towns or cities.” Charania pointed out that this suggests that “it’s not just working from home that’s important, but flexibility as a whole”.– “People want to work from anywhere, but also be able to travel into the office easily a few times a week, so it’s important they’re not too far removed from the city,” he added. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Is Flexible Working The Future?Soft Homeware To Get You Through The PandemicRent Is Still Dropping In These London Areas
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Our second week in March begins with a Capricorn moon that wants to walk us through the grief of a year spent reckoning with the COVID-19 pandemic, leading us toward some attainable goals and ambitious distractions. Don’t let the dreamy haze of Pisces season fool you: A fish might be difficult to spot beneath the waves, but they know exactly who they are and where they are going. If world events have continued to feed your sense of hopelessness and powerlessness, hold on. With Mars getting comfortable in Gemini and Mercury dragging himself out of his post-retrograde shadow, there’s more information on the way, and with that information comes a clearer sense of how to proceed. The more we surrender to the flow of time this week, the more likely we are to feel a part of it —rather than thwarted by it. Aries Sun & Aries RisingAs a Mars-fueled cardinal sign, Aries is known for being quick to respond and to react. The truth is, it’s hard for anyone to take it on the chin when things don’t go our way. And, accepting terms you never agreed to can feel like a loss of control. Sometimes, if we wait long enough for the dust to settle, we come to find that either we were always mistaken about the emotional terms of the situation or the terms had changed organically. There’s no one to be angry at and no one to blame in situations like this, there’s only the work of acceptance. This week, if you find yourself feeling overpowered, do your best to identify how that feeling lives in you and what it activates. Is there a younger self that rises up, ready to resolve things it has no idea how to resolve? Is there an older self who has time to sit with that younger self in you?Illustration by Stefhany LozanoTaurus Sun & Taurus RisingIn a sense, the pressure is off — the external kind anyway. You might not have a destination, exactly, but the road you’re journeying on has started to feel right. The internal pressure you might be feeling, however, is entirely yours to manage and therefore can only be lessened when you release the valve. What would that take? Permission? And, from who? Perhaps this uncanny year has made it harder for you to distinguish your incubation periods from the jags of escapist indulgence you are prone to. If so, let this be a reminder: You are the expert of your own life and whatever vision you have or don’t have of it is okay. Focus on what makes you feel good both when you’re doing it and after. When these good feelings arrive accompanied by intuitive hunches, you are on the right track.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingThere are risks to putting yourself out there, everyone knows that. And, despite the general encouragement to do so, good results are never guaranteed. In some cases, it’s just the luck of the draw, but sometimes luck is only a part of it. You have a say, after all, in how you put yourself out there and where the “out there” is. The more discerning you can be about what you offer and where you offer it, the more likely you are to come to any kind of conclusion about the environments and relationships that are affected by your actions. This week, when you reach out, do so directly and candidly. You’ll find that the less wiggle room you leave for interpretation, the less you left to wiggle in uncertainty. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCancer Sun & Cancer RisingIt’s true that healing isn’t linear. There’s no simple way to mark progress and feel certain that we’re getting “better.” Apparently, certainty is far from guaranteed in almost every arena of our lives. While some might find this daunting, Cancer, you are well equipped to face uncertainty. A crab leaves their old shell and ventures out soft-skinned and courageous, knowing the risk. What is progress for the crab? And does it change with each new shell, each moment of transformation? It’s possible, dear Cancer, that the most recent version of you no longer fits into the shell that once protected you. This week, do your best to truly listen to what your body is asking of you. How often is your instinct to deny its requests? How can you teach yourself to honor them?Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLeo Sun & Leo RisingIndependence works. It can, if you set yourself up right, work all your life. But, it’s a personal practice, an investment in one kind of system. And, systems are prone to fail us in one way or another — especially systems that rely on the resilience and capacity of only one person. If this week you find yourself wishing you had support, a partner, a collaborator, or close knit group of people who could help you realize the fullness of what you imagine might be your potential, let yourself wish it. Let that wish inspire you. Let it guide you toward envisioning. Let it move you toward others. When fear or shame creep in, remind yourself of the power in numbers. Whatever taught you that you were better off alone taught you to fear your own power, too.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoVirgo Sun & Virgo RisingYou’ve been hustling hard to make it to the finish line, but you know more than anyone that the race is not quite over yet. Still, it’s nice to see the finish line. At this point, the pace is entirely up to you. If all you wanted was to know you could finish what you set out to accomplish, then congratulate yourself for your commitment and go ahead and take your leisurely time. On the other hand, if what you set out to do was break a record, or set a new standard for yourself, then full-speed ahead will surely get you there. Perhaps the lesson isn’t in whether or not you can make good on your word to yourself or others. Perhaps the lesson lies in the personal sacrifice you made to keep those promises and what they can teach you about your values.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLibra Sun & Libra RisingWhat’s undeniable is that the minutiae of our lives is a huge part of our lives. The bills, the errands, the dishes, the animals, the clothing pile on the reading chair. And, while these things might seem like white noise, they contribute to our emotional landscape. When we share that emotional landscape with another person, the way they interact with our minutiae and their own becomes a part of the story — a part of our emotional landscape. Given all this, you can see why it’s valuable to keep the lines of communication going about the small things. How small things can add up and start to weigh heavily on us, how they can change the way we relate to someone else. Quiet resentments are a greater threat to intimacy than conflict could ever be.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoScorpio Sun & Scorpio RisingSometimes, when blood rushes back to an area, the pins and needles rush in, too — what’s proof of life can be quite painful. On the other side of that sensation, however, is relief. Relief that the pain of adjustment is past; relief that you are more fully yourself again, more equipped to do whatever it is that requires as many limbs as you’ve got. It’s not optimism, quite, but it’s something like it — the flow within you harmonizing with the flow around you — spring birds on the trees of Brooklyn, a bald eagle spotted flying over a city park, If this week finds you showing up to the same situations with a whole new attitude, don’t question it — and don’t let anyone else question it either. Everything has a season and you have nothing to prove.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoSagittarius Sun & Sagittarius RisingWe know that everything is always changing, a lesson that feels all the more evident when you live in a city where old favorite restaurants shutter and new favorite stores open every couple of years. Of course, climate change upends small towns as well, burning down houses, flooding city centers. Change is the only constant thing and, if we allow it, having faith in change can serve as a kind of permission to live through it. If a whole ecosystem is sensitive to one small shift, why should you be surprised when your internal ecosystem reacts in kind? If an ecosystem needs time to figure out how to respond to loss and imbalance on its own timeline, then so do you. If a dry river bank keeps the shape of the river that it once held, it's learning to live with a memory.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCapricorn Sun & Capricorn RisingIt’s not that you don’t walk the talk. You have and you do — on occasion. It’s just that prerequisites are necessary for most actions, or most actions you take seriously. And, sometimes, you get distracted. Sometimes you get sucked in to the other things that have very little to do with your own ambitions. Prerequisites unattended lead to actions not taken lead to one very frustrated Capricorn. Have heart, sea-goat. When you’re ready to prioritize your ambitions, you’ll have just the right words to express your limits to whoever and whatever tries to steal your time. Besides, you know well enough that the long way round to a destination is a valid way. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoAquarius Sun & Aquarius RisingPretty wild how the more you open yourself up to new opportunities, the more they come your way. It’s almost like challenging internalized beliefs about your own abilities and needs allows you to develop new ones based on trial and error rather than say… defensive self-negating techniques that shield you from disappointment. Part of the process, apparently, is reframing your understanding of risk and reward. This week, congratulate yourself every time you do something that requires faith in yourself, even if you don’t get the results you want. Let your gains be the Bold Brave Bitch muscles you build along the way. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoPisces Sun & Pisces RisingThere are multiple realities, even scientists know that. But, you know it especially, and if you’re in your Pisces-bag then you’re more sensitive than most to things like dreams that show you how it all might have happened differently, a hair-raising sense that someone is beside you, a strange melody that evokes a memory from a past life. Perceiving the various strands of lives and worlds woven with our own is not a gift without burden. While it’s not always imperative for us to keep these strands sorted, confusing one for the other makes difficult decisions all that more confusing to make. Because what we do in this world affects the people we share it with, it’s important to ground any decisions you make now in what you know to be true now, not what could otherwise be true in a world adjacent to this one. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Your March Horoscope Is HereObsessed With Astrology? Thank TikTok — & COVIDHow Important Is Your Roommate's Zodiac Sign?
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WASHINGTON — The fierce debate over cross-border pipelines is putting more Canadian oil and gas on trains destined for the United States — a country experts fear is ill-equipped for the potential consequences. It would take an oil-by-rail calamity of a scale comparable to the 2013 Lac-Mégantic disaster in Quebec before Americans wake up to the dangers, U.S. rail safety analysts say. "There's a bullet whizzing past our head," said Eric de Place, an energy policy expert and director at the Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank focused on sustainability issues in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. On average, more than a million barrels of crude oil travel through Washington state each week, most of it from North Dakota but about 13 per cent from Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to the state's Department of Ecology. The risks were punctuated late last year when seven tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire just outside Bellingham, Wash., a city of nearly 90,000 people not far from the Canada-U.S. border."The only thing I can imagine is that there will have to be a significant loss of life before we get the regulatory attention that the industry deserves, in my opinion, and that's a tragedy that's just waiting to unfold," de Place said."We're talking about 300-foot tall fireballs — this is cinematic, when accidents happen. I mean, it looks like a James Cameron movie."It's a real-life image Canadians know all too well. In July 2013, an oil-laden train derailed and exploded in the heart of Lac-Mégantic in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, killing 47 and levelling half of downtown — the deadliest non-passenger train accident in Canadian history. The tragedy put a laser-sharp focus on oil-by-rail in Canada, resulting in a number of regulatory changes, including an end to single-person train crews and the phaseout of DOT-111 or TC-111 tanker cars for crude oil. In the U.S., however, new rules that took effect in 2016 didn't explicitly prohibit the use of DOT-111s for flammable cargo, said Fred Millar, an independent rail industry analyst and safety expert in Alexandria, Va. A Bureau of Transportation report submitted to Congress in September found that while DOT-111s stopped carrying crude oil in 2018, the cars still carry some flammable liquids such as ethanol, and won't be completely gone until 2029. In 2019, the report said, 73 per cent of the tank car fleet carrying crude oil in the U.S. comprised DOT-117 cars — a heavier, "jacketed" tanker with more robust valves and reinforced shields at either end. "More than 99.99 per cent of all haz-mat moved by rail reaches its destination without a release caused by an accident," Jessica Kahanek of the Association of American Railroads said in a statement. "Railroads also long advocated for tougher tank car standards and fully endorsed rules that are now in place requiring these cars have higher grade steel, improved thermal protection, thicker shells, and enhanced valves."Developed after Lac-Mégantic, DOT-117s are only "marginally safer" than their predecessors, said Millar, noting that Congress has consistently refused to impose limits on train length or speed, or require that dangerous cargo be rerouted away from population centres. "The thing about rail car safety is there's a trade-off between the weight of the car and how much product you can carry — there's a conflict between safety and profit," he said. "If you put on more steel to protect from puncture, that means you have to put in less product." Oil and gas exports from Canada depend heavily on commodity prices; crude shipments by rail plunged last summer as the price of oil collapsed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, well off the dramatic peaks they posted at the beginning of the year. But those exports are ticking back up: Canada exported more than 190,000 barrels a day in December 2020, twice the level posted just four months earlier, according to data from the federal energy regulator. Environmentalists have long opposed pipeline projects like TC Energy's Keystone XL and Enbridge Inc.'s Line 3 and Line 5 for fear of an expansion of Alberta's oilsands operations as well as further North American dependence on fossil fuels. President Joe Biden cancelled the Keystone XL expansion on his first day in office, while Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to shut down Line 5, which links Wisconsin and Sarnia, Ont., via the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan has vowed to defend Line 5, which he called a vital source of energy and jobs in Michigan and Ohio, as well as Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. That energy is going to get to market by any means available, all of them less reliable "and with regard to oil by rail … far less safe" than pipelines, O'Regan told a House of Commons committee Thursday. "Just so that we all understand what's at stake … that energy, those molecules, are going to have to be transported either by rail, by truck, or by marine transportation," O'Regan said. "They will have to get sourced, because people will not be kept cold — that's for sure."Millar said the Trump administration tried to make it easier to ship energy by rail in the U.S., including authorizing the transport of liquefied natural gas throughout the country and trying to block efforts to require two-person train crews. An appeals court in Nebraska last month rejected the Trump-era decision to abandon the two-person rule, which the Obama administration introduced in 2016 in response, in part, to Lac-Mégantic. "We've passed through a very dangerous phase," Millar said. "The rail industry overall — but hazardous-materials transportation specifically — is more dangerous than it was before." This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2021. James McCarten, The Canadian Press
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