Crossrail and Tube spared from savings

first_img MAYOR of London Boris Johnson yesterday painted the chancellor’s decision to protect the capital’s major transport funding as a triumph, upholding London’s competitiveness as a major economic hub at a time when tax and regulatory changes are hammering the city.Johnson, who has fought a long campaign over the importance of investment in London’s infrastructure, said both the Crossrail project and major upgrades to the Tube have been given the go-ahead, providing a £78bn fillip to the economy.Funding to Transport for London (TfL) from the Department for Transport (DfT) will fall by £2.17bn over the four years of the Spending Review, equivalent to a real-terms cut of 21 per cent. But DfT funds represent only a third of TfL’s budget, alongside fares, borrowing and commercial revenue – meaning the cut to the organisation’s total funding will be around eight per cent.Crossrail’s budget has been slashed by £1bn, meaning that delivery of the project will be delayed by a year to 2018 while efficiencies are found. But it will be delivered in full, including branches off to Heathrow, Maidenhead and other out-of-London destinations, the Mayor said.The Tube upgrade, which with Crossrail will boost network capacity by 30 per cent, is also going ahead, though “cosmetic improvements” to Tube stations have been axed.Concessions have also been protected on the London bus network, with fare increases kept at the level announced at the end of last year.But Johnson conceded that the pain would be felt via a rise in the congestion charge to £10, a reduction in spending on electric vehicles, charging for parking on the TfL road network and a cut in the funding allocation to London boroughs.Tfl, which has already realised £5bn of savings, will also be subjected to a structural review led by transport commissioner Peter Hendy, who will report early next year on how to deliver further efficiency savings. Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp Wednesday 20 October 2010 8:45 pm Crossrail and Tube spared from savings center_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definitionthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Caesars to start LV return with Caesars Palace and Flamingo

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Nevada Caesars to start LV return with Caesars Palace and Flamingo Caesars Entertainment has revealed that it will resume gaming and hospitality operations in Las Vegas at its Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties once state officials give operators the green light. Topics: Casino & games Casino & gamescenter_img Caesars Entertainment has revealed that it will resume gaming and hospitality operations in Las Vegas at its Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties once state officials give operators the green light.All of Caesars’ nine Las Vegas properties have been closed since 17 March, as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Both Caesars Palace and the Flamingo will offer lodging, dining options and access to outdoor pools, as well as slot machines and table games, all operated in compliance with physical distancing guidelines. Several retail and dining outlets along its Linq promenade, and its High Roller Observation Wheel, will also reopen in phase one.Phase two will then see Harrah’s Las Vegas and the gaming floor at the Linq Hotel & Casino follow, with the timings of these reopenings to be dictated by customer demand.“Reopening Las Vegas in a phased approach will be a significant milestone for Caesars Entertainment as the country continues to emerge from this necessary closure period,” Caesars chief executive Tony Rodio said.Read the full story on iGB North America. 22nd May 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

I think these UK shares are the best stock market crash bargains to buy today

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild | Thursday, 18th June, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended WH Smith. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Royston Wild I think these UK shares are the best stock market crash bargains to buy today Enter Your Email Address Global equity markets continue to gradually recover from March’s multi-year troughs. The FTSE 100, for example, is still gaining ground north of 6,200 points, some distance from its recent sub-5,000 lows. The stock market crash keeps dip buyers coming in their droves.That said, there’s an abundance of UK shares that continue to be criminally overlooked by bargain hunters, I feel. Stock investor confidence remains fragile and consequently another market crash could be around the corner. Still, in my opinion there’s a galaxy of great shares out there that are too cheap to miss right now.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Cash in on the market crashLet me be clear. When I talk about shares that are trading ‘cheaply’, I don’t necessarily mean those that appear good value based on conventional metrics. There are plenty of Footsie shares that trade below the traditional ‘bargain benchmark’ of 10 times or below following the market crash that I still wouldn’t touch with a bargepole.No, I’m referring to stocks where the size of their price reversals seem ridiculously exaggerated. Companies whose defensive operations (defence, utilities and so forth) should keep the profits rolling in during this economic downturn. And firms whose long-term earnings outlooks remain exceptional, and that have the balance sheet strength to see out the current turbulence in the global economy.Remember that the key to successful share investing is to buy companies based on how they’ll be performing in five, 10, perhaps 20 or 30 years from now. The scale of some share price reversals during the stock market crash, however, suggests that the noise concerning the near-term impact of Covid-19 has caused many investors to forget this important point.Taking this into account, here are several companies I consider to be some of the best market crash casualties to buy at recent prices.3 of my favouritesBrick-maker Forterra has plummeted more than 40% in value during the past three months. Investors have bailed out after housebuilders downed tools during the lockdown period, kneecapping near-term demand for its products. With the construction companies returning to work, though, and Britain suffering from an entrenched homes shortage, the FTSE 250 firm’s profits picture remains bright.Meanwhile, McCarthy & Stone is another construction-related stock that’s plummeted in recent months. The business — which builds and manages retirement properties — is actually 53% cheaper than pre-crash levels. It’s a descent that doesn’t reflect the exceptional opportunities created by the UK’s ageing population now and in the future. The business also got back to selling and building its niche properties earlier this month.The grounding of the aviation industry has had huge implications for WH Smith’s share price which has halved since mid-February. Sales across its travel estate have plunged (down 91% year on year in April, for example) as airports have emptied. However, its aggressive worldwide expansion scheme should create huge profits in the years ahead, as should the steady rise in airborne traveller numbers.It’s clear, then, that there are still some brilliant bargains to be had despite the recent stock market recovery. And this provides an excellent opportunity for long-term investors to supercharge their total returns. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: A tour around Kyoto

first_imgWhy you should visit Japan’s cultural capital during the next World Cup Flying the flag: Japan fans enjoy the action at the 2015 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images This temple is close to the Hyatt Regency so if you’re visiting around lunchtime or at the end of the day, try the hotel’s Touzan restaurant, which offers an extensive Japanese menu.It’s not all temples and shrines in Kyoto, though. Stroll through Nishiki Market to sample local foods or a drop of sake. The art on display by Ito Jakuchu adds to the experience while we’d also recommend trying nama yatsuhashi. It’s a triangle of soft dough filled with a sweet bean paste and there are flavours ranging from green tea to mango, chocolate to apple. They’re delicious!Another top attraction is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Now this is on the outskirts of the city so can take a while to get there – but the trip is worth it. The path is flanked by tall bamboo trees and is a total escape from the bustle of the streets.So if you’re planning a trip to RWC 2019, try to fit a visit to Kyoto into your itinerary. The observant among you will notice that Kyoto is an anagram of Tokyo. That’s because they both translate to ‘capital city’. While Tokyo is the current capital of Japan, Kyoto is the country’s cultural and historical centre – although you can travel there in the most modern way!The bullet train – Shinkansen – takes less than three hours to transport you between the two cities and while there are no matches taking place in Kyoto during the next World Cup, it should be on most tourists’ must-see lists. It’s the symbolism and tradition of the city that has seen Kyoto chosen to host the pool draw for Japan 2019 next May – and there is certainly plenty to explore.Fast lane: The bullet train is a great way to travel in Japan. Photo: Getty ImagesThere are thousands of temples and shrines in Kyoto, many tucked away amidst the more modern, urban buildings, and here are a few highlights from Rugby World’s visit to the city.The Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, is arguably the most famous temple in Japan. The building itself was built in 1955 after the original 15th century structure burnt down in 1950, but it’s an exact replica. It’s a beautiful sight, with the gold façade reflecting in the pond, while the surrounding gardens are also well worth a look around.Kiyomizu-dera is another of the country’s most famous temples and it’s incredible to think that there are no nails used in the building, particularly when looking at the veranda on the hillside. You can take in stunning views of the city while there is also a three-channel waterfall where visitors can make wishes. The walk up to the temple is also interesting because of all the ceramic and gift shops en route.Impressive: The Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto. Photo: Getty ImagesSanjusangendo Temple houses 1,001 golden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, in Japan’s longest wooden structure. The centrepiece is a huge wooden stature of Kannon and either side there are 500 Kannon statues, around human size. It’s quite a sight to behold. TAGS: Japan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World travelled with InsideJapan Tours and stayed at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Charity to scoop ‚€10 million

first_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis St Vincent de Paul had no comment to make on the bequest. SVP is one of the biggest recipients of charitable bequests in Ireland. Howard Lake | 22 June 2005 | News Charity to scoop ‚€10 millioncenter_img A Galway publican’s generosity is set to provide a windfall estimated at ‚€10 million for the local branch of St Vincent de Paul. The charity was left a pub by Maureen O’Connell, a spinster who died in 1998.The Galway city centre pub left in the will will be sold later this year. Legal issues delayed the sale until this year.Ms O’Connell had been in a nursing home before her death and had no close relatives. The property includes apartments as well as the pub. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Student reports being recorded in restroom

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Linkedin Taylor Boser TCU police vehicle I am a senior journalism major from the great city of Chicago. Watching E! News while eating a Chipotle burrito is my favorite pastime. Go Cowboys! Twitter Counseling available as TCU mourns a student’s death Majority of faculty votes yes on DEI ballot World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Taylor Boser CASA of Tarrant County advocates for children in foster care ReddIt Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent Linkedin Taylor Boser Facebook printTCU police are investigating after a female student accused a male student of sliding a cell phone underneath the wall of a restroom stall and recording her.A female student claimed the cell phone was used to record her in a Rees Jones Hall restroom stall. TCU detectives interviewed the suspect and are conducting an investigation for Invasion Visual Recording Texas Penal Code 21.15.In Texas, any visual recording that records a photo or image of a person without their consent, recording a person in a changing room or bathroom and recording people’s intimate areas when the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy is criminalizing. If you have any information on this crime or feel you have been a victim of this type of crime, call Sgt. Steve Hall at 817-257-7777.  Previous articleTCU fraternities begin spring 2019 recruitmentNext articleWomen’s basketball overcome second half​ deficit to defeat Red Raiders 70-63 Taylor Boser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Taylor Boser Facebook Taylor Boser ReddItlast_img read more

Republic praised for Queen’s welcome at Rossnowlagh Orange march

first_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook Up to 6,000 Orange-men on their only annual march south of the border on Saturday heard their boss pay tribute to “the tremendous and dignified welcome” given by the people of the Republic to Queen Elizabeth.Edward Stevenson, grand Master of the Orange lodge in Ireland, told the parade in Rossnowlagh,he was recently spending quite a bit of his time in the Republic – and he was “thoroughly enjoying it.”Edward Stevenson told his members that in May he and other senior Orangemen attended the official visit of the Queen in Dublin.He said the visit was a triumph for everyone involved and in particular the people who live here in the Irish Republic and regarded themselves as coming from the British culture.Thanks to the tremendous and dignified welcome given to her Majesty the Queen, British people could hold their heads high in this community and be proud of their beliefs and their culture.He noted that the Orange festival in Rossnowlagh enabled them to celebrate their “British culture and identity” in the Republic.Gardai reported no trouble during the march. Rain had washed away most republican slogans daubed on the road three days before the march. Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – July 10, 2011 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+center_img Pinterest Republic praised for Queen’s welcome at Rossnowlagh Orange march Previous articleGAA- Donegal v Derry Ulster Final Preview Part1Next articleKaren McGlinchey settles High Court action News Highland WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

LUH & Sligo defer procedures & appointments

first_img Pinterest LUH & Sligo defer procedures & appointments Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOutrage after local takeaway vandalised for second timeNext articleWoman left shaken after finding intruder in her home News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Letterkenny and Sligo University Hospitals are deferring all procedures and appointments with the exception of very urgent inpatient, day surgery, diagnostics tests and outpatient appointments from this morning until further notice.This is to ensure that the hospitals have the necessary capacity to deal with any increase in suspected and confirmed COVID 19 cases.A small number of urgent cancer and time critical procedures, appointments or tests will proceed and these patients will advised directly by the hospitals.Patients are asked not to attend the hospital unless they have had confirmation from the hospital that their appointment is going ahead.We would also ask these patients not to bring anyone with them unless it is absolutely necessary and children are not permitted to attend with patients.The hospital regrets the impact that these deferrals will have on our patients but say that they are necessary in order to deal with the impact of Coronavirus.Visiting restriction continue across each of the hospitals with people being reminded not to visit other than end of life situations and other exceptional circumstances as agreed with the ward manager in advance of visiting.“We would ask those permitted visitors not to come to any of our hospitals if they have a fever or have experienced respiratory symptoms.“We recognise that the visiting restrictions are very difficult for patients and their families, however, our priority must be to protect the patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. We would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation.“We ask that members of the public help in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by observing the visitor ban in our hospitals, by attending the Emergency Department at our hospitals only when necessary; by following relevant public health advice around hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette and social distancing; and taking simple precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and the wider community.” By News Highland – March 16, 2020 Google+ Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

New K.I.D.S – Two Pike County schools to pilot curriculum teaching disaster safety, preparedness

first_img New K.I.D.S – Two Pike County schools to pilot curriculum teaching disaster safety, preparedness Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Lyons said he and Barnes will also go into the schools to provide guidance to the teachers and to facilitate the program.“Pre- and post-project student surveys will document changed behavior and that is what we will be looking for,” Lyons said. “Changed behavior toward natural disasters will demonstrate that students better understand the severity of these storms and are better prepared for them if they come. The goal of K.I.D.S. is changed behavior and the pre- and post student surveys will show ‘we’re getting it.’”The planning for the program started one and a half years ago, Lyons said. The curriculum is designed with days of instructions and days of hand-on activities throughout the school year.K.I.D.S curriculum can supplement a Common Core curriculum or be incorporated into an after-school program. The program aims at students from K to twelfth grade, but it can be delivered to a vast audience of any ages. “The goal is to bring the program statewide, then to regional and national levels,” Lyons said. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel WSFA’s Josh Johnson shared information about severe weather and preparedness with students at Troy Elementary on Monday, as they kicked off a pilot curriculum designed to teach about disaster safety. Other responders on hand included law enforcement, fire departments and EMA officials.The Messenger/Jaine Treadwell and Ngoc VoTeachers at Goshen and Troy elementary schools will have an opportunity to test a new curriculum designed to education students in grades K-12 on natural disasters and how to prepare for them.K.I.D.S., Kids Instructed on Disaster Safety, is a pilot project designed by Pike County EMA and the Pike County Extension Office and will focus on positive education on natural disasters. By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img Sponsored Content Lyons and Barnes have other disaster modules on the drawing board, including technological disasters and terrorism modules. These modules will be for older students while the natural disaster module is for all grade levels.“We are honored to have been selected to pilot this program,” said Teresa Sims, TES principal. “It gives children the opportunity to be proactive about disaster safety and to be prepared for any disaster possibility.”Madison Welch, a TES fourth-grader said she learned a great deal from the kickoff demonstrations. “I learned that they can go close enough to storms so we can see the storms on TV,” Welch said. “The storm tracker is my favorite part because it says we’re going to have snow this year.”Auburn University and Troy University are supporting the K.I.D.S. program with resources that will help promote the program.Other collaborating partners are: Pike County Commission, Troy City Council, National Weather Service-Birmingham, Meteorologist Josh Johnson and WSFA 12 News, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Troy Police Department, Troy Fire and Rescue, Alabama Department of Public Health, Troy City Schools and Pike County Schools. Published 3:29 am Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Next Up“K.I.D.S. will teach students about natural disasters and the science behind them and will also focus on preparedness,” said Grant Lyons, Pike County Extension coordinator. “The idea is that, if students understand why storms form and their tremendous strength, then they will know how important it is that they are prepared when they come.”Lyons and Jeanna Barnes, Pike County EMA director, developed lesson plans for the curriculum for the natural disaster module. Lesson plans on tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flood and tropical cyclones will be included in packets that will be made available to teachers at the participating schools.The curriculum will be tested during the month of November at Goshen and Troy elementary schools and will feature four lessons. 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Archdiocese of Washington denies it was warned about sanctions against cardinal

first_imgThe Washington Post / Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Archdiocese of Washington emphatically refuted claims it was aware of sanctions due to abuse allegations against its former archbishop, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, after a former Vatican official penned a letter making the accusation on Sunday.Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., alleged that both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict knew that McCarrick — who resigned as a cardinal in July after he was accused of abusing adults and minors — was a “serial predator.”The Archdiocese of Washington released a statement on Tuesday saying Viganò’s claims were “categorically” untrue.“Cardinal [Donald] Wuerl has categorically denied that any of this information was communicated to him,” the statement said. “Archbishop Viganò at no time provided Cardinal Wuerl any information about an alleged document from Pope Benedict XVI with directives of any sort from Rome regarding Archbishop McCarrick.”Wuerl, the sixth archbishop of Washington, was appointed in May 2006 to take over for McCarrick, who stepped down due to age. But even after McCarrick’s exit as archbishop he remained a cardinal through last month and continued living at a seminary on the grounds of the Archdiocese of Washington. In 2009, he spoke at a service following Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death.Wuerl said in Tuesday’s statement he was not aware of any “restrictions” against McCarrick imposed by Pope Benedict, as Viganò wrote.“Archbishop Viganò has not produced in his testimony any objectively verifiable proof that he in any way communicated to Cardinal Wuerl restrictions imposed on Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI,” the Archdiocese of Washington said in its statement Monday.McCarrick, 88, didn’t resign from the College of Cardinals until an accusation that he molested a 16-year-old altar boy while serving at the Archdiocese of New York was found credible by the church and a July report from The New York Times alleges that McCarrick coerced seminarians into sexual relationships.Pope Francis would not comment on Viganò’s letter when asked during his return from a visit to Ireland this weekend. Francis was critical of the letter’s author, saying journalists should judge the comments based on their source.“I will not say a single word about this,” Francis said, adding that it “speaks for itself.”The conservative Viganò, who retired as a Vatican ambassador in 2016, is regularly critical of the pope’s more-liberal approaches on social issues.Viganò alleges in his letter that he told Pope Francis in 2013, “I don’t know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thick about him. He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”Reached for comment, McCarrick’s attorney Barry Coburn called Viganò’s words “serious allegations.”“Archbishop McCarrick, like any other person, has a right to due process. He looks forward to invoking that right at the appropriate time,” Coburn said in a statement.Wuerl, 77, was named in a Pennsylvania grand jury report released earlier this month detailing decades of sexual abuse in the state. He was accused in the report of reassigning or reinstating priests accused of abuse while he was bishop in Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006.Wuerl responded to the grand jury report in a statement: “While I understand this report may be critical of some of my actions, I believe the report confirms that I acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse.”A school named after Wuerl in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, announced last week it will drop his name after a sign outside was vandalized with red paint.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more