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DU aspirants struggle with online registration forms

first_imgStudents aspiring to get a seat at the Delhi University are facing a tough time in filling the online registration forms for the under-graduate courses.As the second week to the online admission process sets in, the aspirants are facing problems while uploading certificates, calculating cut-offs and submitting the forms.”We are asked to upload our certificates of past three years. But there is just a single slot to upload the same. It is difficult to upload the documents at a go as the server is down most of the times,” said Shivika Singh, an aspirant, who is applying through sports quota.ONLINE WOESThe university has centralised the trials for sports and extra-curricular activities (ECA) this year. The online registration process began on June 1 and will continue till June 19.The first cut-off list will be announced on June 27 and unlike previous years the varsity will release only five cut-off lists.This is for the first time that the university has introduced complete online admission procedure for UG admissions unlike previous years when it used to be both online and offline.A number of students who have filled up their forms are complaining about the self-attestation of the documents.”There was no prior information that we have to self-attest the documents,” said Vikram Sharma, another aspirant. Few students are complaining of the admission portal being slow but the varsity authorities maintained that they had arranged for servers keeping in mind the expected traffic on the website and the students should check after some time in case of any problems.advertisementDON’T PANIC”Students should not panic and go through the University’s website carefully. Everything is clearly mentioned on the website. And for other queries, we are having open-days till June 13 where students can come up with their queries and our experts will answer them directly,” said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean students’ welfare, Delhi University.The number of applicants who registered online for admission swelled to over 2 lakh on Wednesday.”The total number of registrations till 6pm on Wednesday were 2, 05,710 of which 1,05,482 have already paid the fee,” DU Registrar Tarun Das said.ALSO READ:DU admissions: Cap of 1 per cent relief in cut off to girl students receives flaklast_img read more

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India vs Australia 2nd ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus live Broadcast

first_imgIndia will look bounce back at Adelaide when they take on Australia in a do-or-die second ODI on Tuesday in their bid to keep the three-match series alive.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s inability to set the pace during middle overs will remain a major cause of concern for the Indian cricket team.Hardik Pandya’s sudden suspension on disciplinary grounds has badly affected the balance of the batting order, which was apparent during team’s 34-run defeat in the opening match despite vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s 22nd hundred in 50-over format.Dhoni’s 51 off 96 balls and failing to rotate the strike has brought to focus the rejigging that skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will have to fret upon.With Dhoni being slotted at No 5 even though vice-captain Rohit wants the veteran to bat a notch higher but cues from India’s training session made it clear that the team is unlikely to tinker with the batting order.What time does the 2nd ODI between India vs Australia start?3rd Test starts at 08:50 AM IST on January 15, Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd Test between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Sony has acquired most of the rights of overseas cricket series and that is why they are the official broadcasters of India vs Australia series down under.advertisementWhere will the 2nd ODI between India and Australia be played?The 2nd ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide from 08:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com. While the match is set to begin on 8:50 AM, Sony will start their pre-match show half an hour before the match as the experts discuss the series ahead of the toss and after it.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd ODI Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.Also Read | Virat Kohli obliges fans with autographs and selfies at Adelaide. What about MS Dhoni?Also Read | Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit the nets as India prepare for Adelaide ODIAlso Read | India treating next two matches vs Australia as knockouts, says Bhuvneshwar Kumarlast_img read more

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‘Ozil will leave Arsenal in January’

first_imgTransfers ‘Ozil will leave Arsenal in January’ – Keown sees ‘only one outcome’ for contract rebel Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 16:42 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Mesut Özil Manchester United Premier League The Germany international continues to run down his deal at Emirates Stadium, amid talk of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United Mesut Ozil “will be gone” in January, says Martin Keown, with there “only one outcome” awaiting the Arsenal contract rebel.The Germany international has entered the final year of his current deal at Emirates Stadium and is yet to commit to fresh terms.10/3 for Red Star Belgrade to beat Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Uncertainty surrounding his future has sparked talk of an imminent exit, with Manchester United among those credited with holding an interest in the World Cup winner.Keown sees no reason for the 29-year-old to be retained, having questioned his attitude on a regular basis this season, with his latest appearance in a 2-1 defeat to Watford further highlighting how ineffective he is for the Gunners at present.After seeing Ozil spurn a gilt-edged chance at Vicarage Road, the former Arsenal defender told BT Sport: “The top players are ruthless and they don’t play for fun. I don’t know if he’s got that ruthlessness in his makeup. “That ball has got to be in the back of the net. That should be game over, Arsenal have won the game. “People might think I’m gunning for him, but you’ve got to be clinical in those situations. “Is he really bothered? He’s just missed a chance to win a game for Arsenal. Martin Keown Mesut Ozil Arsenal January gone“Everything that happens afterwards wouldn’t have happened. I don’t know if he cares enough or not but he’s certainly not ruthless enough. “He had a gilt-edged opportunity to wrap up proceedings today and he didn’t take it.“There’s only one outcome here. When it comes to January surely Mesut Ozil will be gone. “I’d keep [Alexis] Sanchez through to the end of the season because surely he is their best chance of getting into the Champions League.”Sanchez is also set to become a free agent in 2018, with Arsenal having passed up the opportunity to cash in on him over the summer – amid intense interest from Manchester City.The Chilean was retained as he is considered to be an important part of Arsene Wenger’s plans, but Keown believes Ozil no longer fits into that category.He added on a man who has not started a game for the Gunners since September 9: “He’s a great talent, there is no doubt, but where is his head right now? Does he want to play for Arsenal? “Wenger will start to plan without him if he doesn’t see the encouraging signs in training.”last_img read more

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No PL referees selected for World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup referees selected – Two from MLS, none from Premier League Dom Farrell 03:21 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Brian Rowe Mark Geiger Tim Howard LA Galaxy Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing World Cup Premier League MLS FIFA has announced its referees for the 2018 World Cup and while the American league gets a pair of representatives, the EPL will get none The United States will have World Cup representation in the form of two referees but no British officials will be present at Russia 2018.FIFA confirmed its list of 36 referees and 63 assistants for the tournament on Thursday, with the officials spanning 46 different countries.However, none come from the Premier League, despite English football’s top-flight drawing upon a group of full-time professional referees. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The USA’s bid for qualification ended in humiliation but Mark Geiger and Jair Marrufo will be men in the middle in Russia.Nicola Rizzoli, the referee from the 2014 final, is now retired but Gianluca Rocchi will be present in his place as Italy’s representative.Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, a referee to have earned the distinction of winning praise from Jose Mourinho, is the Spanish referee named.The officials selected will attend two weeks of preparatory seminars at the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) technical centre in Coverciano, which will also include training for video assistant referee (VAR) candidates.Trialling the VAR system, which will be rolled out in Russia despite receiving a lukewarm reception, does not appear to have influenced the selection of officials.OFFICIAL: 36 referees and 63 assistant referees confirmed for #WorldCup 🇷🇺Details https://t.co/QBlEts8ndh pic.twitter.com/TqGbMjUP0Y — FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) March 29, 2018 Australia, Belgium, Portugal and South Korea will not have referees at the World Cup despite their leagues using VAR, which has also been introduced during England’s FA Cup this season.Germany and Poland join Italy and the USA as nations to have trialled VAR domestically and had referees selected for the finals. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Irish Potato Imports to Cease in Three Years

first_imgThe Government plans to cease importing Irish potatoes within the next two to three years, as part of the thrust to reduce the country’s high food import bill.This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry on Tuesday, June 11, during a ceremony to officially launch the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show 2013, at the Ace Supercentre in White Marl, St. Catherine.“We have put in place the necessary policy and support systems to ensure that within the next two to three years we can stop importing table Irish potatoes all together,” Mr. Stanberry said.The Permanent Secretary is optimistic that this target can be achieved within the time frame as the Ministry is working to sustain the current production level of locally grown Irish potatoes, which is currently between 80 and 85 per cent.Mr. Stanberry said that for this year in particular, farmers have benefitted greatly from the production of the crop, noting that the farm gate price “has not gone below $45 per pound of Irish potato”.The Permanent Secretary said the Ministry also intends to replicate the “Irish potato experience” with onions, which also contribute to the huge import bill, noting that it is “just mind blowing in terms of the amount of onions we consume and we are importing” on a yearly basis.“In the same way that we have treated with Irish potato, we are also going to treat with onions by providing the necessary support through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), by arranging financing through the Peoples’ Cooperative (PC) Banks and Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ),” he stated.He said further that “we will also be making a significant portion of the 8,000 acres of lands in our agro parks (available) to onion farmers and by managing the imports to ensure that in a similar way, we can increase significantly, the amount of onion we consume from local production and in the process our farmers make a little money.”Mr. Stanberry noted that in its drive for Jamaicans to eat more locally produced crops, the Government will seek to ensure that consumers do not pay excessively high prices for local produce.“But I think that in those two products, we are competitive and I think over time, as the production stabilizes, you will see the prices also stabilise,” Mr. Stanberry assured.The Permanent Secretary also cited the success of ginger and turmeric, noting that ginger production has doubled over the last year due principally to the “one acre and half acre farmers, who collectively were able to give that kind of a bumper production and we are going to continue to support them with a $120 million programme this year.”“The only way to get success is to be deliberate. What we have realized in the Ministry is that pronouncing policy is necessary but not sufficient. If we want the production, we have to literally go out there in the field with the farmers, roll up our sleeves …in the Ministry we have to be on the ground with the farmers, putting in the financing, helping them with the extension with the farmer field school and I can guarantee if you do that, our farmers always respond,” he said.The 61st staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food, will be held from August 4 to 6 in May Pen, Clarendon. The event will feature displays of crops and livestock, culinary arts exhibits, seminars, conferences and lectures.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

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Metoo movement causing confusion in many men fear of missteps with women

first_imgThey keep falling like dominoes: Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Patrick Brown and most recently members of the Canadian pop-rock band Hedley, high-profile or celebrity men who have been accused of sexual misconduct as the #metoo and #timesup movements continue unabated.Experts say these social media campaigns of outing males for alleged wrongdoing have created a climate of mistrust between the sexes and left many ordinary guys feeling confused, fearful and wondering whether any of their past actions towards women will somehow come back to haunt them.“When I speak with younger men, and this is in and out of the workplace, they’re just swearing off women,” said Christine Hart of Calgary, who describes herself as a gender intelligence expert. “Not in droves, but socially they are so confused by what’s going on out there and they’re scared that something could be taken the wrong way.“So guys are coming together and saying ‘I don’t even interact with women anymore, I barely make eye contact,’” said Hart, who does presentations to corporations and public forums to help improve understanding and communication between men and women.“On the social level, they’re just so afraid of doing something that’s accidentally wrong.”Ayan Mukherjee, a Toronto registered psychotherapist who works with men, agreed there is a lot of trepidation around social interactions with women.“I think men are also feeling like, ‘You know what? It was already kind of hard to reach out to women from a dating point of view, even if you’re trying to reach out in a healthy manner and a sex-positive manner,’” he said.“Now it has become even harder in the sense that one false, unconscious move and you have been categorized … there is no spectrum from being someone who just flirted badly or made a faux pas versus a serial rapist.“And right now, they are fearful that social media vigilantes are not looking at it as a spectrum, that if you have done something even on the mild side of the spectrum, you are now being categorized as a rapist or a molester.”Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has also angered many men, said Hart.“They’re upset with these men for disrespecting women in the way that they are,” she stressed. “And it’s coming from a real heart-centred place … they’re pissed about it.”Jack Mardock, a Denver-area dating coach, said many men are also feeling apprehensive about previous dating encounters or relationships with women, casting their minds back to examine whether they acted in a disrespectful or potentially sexually aggressive manner.“I talked to some of these guys and said ‘Did anything happen in the past?’” he said. “And they would talk about how when they were in college and were conversing with someone of the opposite sex, but none of it was inappropriate.“But the fact that they think it might be inappropriate, it’s not good.“So when you have guys thinking ‘Oh God, what if I did something in the past, what if it comes back to haunt me, they just end up putting their heads down … either outside of work or in work,” Mardock said. “And inside the workplace, I think it may get worse.”Hart is already seeing a change in the work environment, with fewer men willing to mentor more junior female colleagues — a spin-off of the #metoo and #timesup movements that she said could inevitably harm women’s career aspirations.There’s also anxiety over another possibility: that a woman may lie about or exaggerate an allegation of sexual misconduct, potentially destroying a man’s career or blackening his reputation in the court of public opinion.“Men are very worried about that, to the point where when I’m talking to HR specialists, men are taking preventive measures,” she said, citing the example of a man who ended a romantic relationship with a female co-worker and sent all the text messages and emails between them during the breakup to his company’s human resources department.“They’re finding that people are wanting more stuff tracked.”Some men publicly vilified for alleged sexual misbehaviour are beginning to fight back against what they call “wrongful” accusations and demanding that the women prove their assertions through the justice system.Patrick Brown, who was forced to resign as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives last month, has mounted a campaign in recent days to clear his name, alleging two women who spoke out against him were lying and possibly manipulated by his political enemies inside and outside the party.He also vowed to sue CTV News, which broadcast the allegations. CTV has said it stands by its reporting.On Friday, Brown officially joined the race to reclaim the party’s top job.Journalist Steve Paikin, long-time host of TVO’s current affairs program “The Agenda,” took to Facebook earlier this month to dismiss as “100 per cent false” an allegation that he propositioned a woman for sex in exchange for airtime.Paikin said the claim was made by former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson. While stopping short of announcing legal action, he wrote: “You’ve defamed me Sarah. I have no idea why, but you have. And I simply can’t allow that to stand.”While the #metoo and #timesup movements have given women a forum to push back against perpetrators of sexual misdeeds through public shaming — a cultural shift the experts say many men support — there is a potential for negative fallout.“People think, well, because of all this, it must be very, very good for women. Women have all the power,” said Mardock.But he says the movements have put women interested in dating men at a disadvantage.“The dating game is not good for women like this, because you’re missing out on quality guys,” he said.“The healing that has to take place has to come from an awareness of the issue that these men who have done this do not represent all men — they just don’t.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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Public Safety omitted explosive RCMP raid on Mikmaq antifracking camp from monitoring

first_img(RCMP tactical unit officers crouch in the grass during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior Society anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPublic Safety Canada omitted last year’s explosive confrontation between police and Mi’kmaq warriors from a list of protests monitored by Ottawa’s national security nerve centre, records show.The federal department on Sept. 15 released a list of hundreds of protests the Government Operations Centre (GOC) has monitored since 2006 in response to an Order Paper question from Liberal MP Scott Brison. While the list appears exhaustive, it omitted a heavily-armed RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick on Oct. 17, 2013. The raid led to 40 arrests and the torching of several police cars.The list also omitted clashes between the RCMP, the Mi’kmaq and their Acadian and Anglophone supporters that continued for weeks following the October raid. Demonstrators twice burned tires on a New Brunswick highway in early December 2013.It took Public Safety officials two workdays to respond to APTN National News’ question on how such a high-profile conflict escaped an appearance on the list.Public Safety finally responded saying the omission was caused by “human error.”Documents obtained by APTN National News under the Access to Information Act show the GOC was holding teleconferences with a number of federal departments and enforcement agencies to prepare for the possibility of nation-wide protests in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq following the raid in Rexton, NB. The agency also drew-up a map listing a large number of planned solidarity protests across the country.Yet, Public Safety’s list of GOC monitored protest jsumps from an Oct. 14, 2013, demonstration in Romania about bees to an Oct. 18 protest on the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan. The list also includes a Dec. 2 entry on shale gas protests across the country, but it doesn’t record any reports to GOC about tire burnings or continued arrests in New Brunswick related to anti-fracking battles.The GOC is run out of Public Safety and describes itself as “an all-hazards integrated federal emergency response to events (potential or actual hazards, natural or human-induced, either accidental or intentional) of national interest,”Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett said the omission of the Oct. 17 raid compromises the accuracy of Public Safety’s list.“This is a glaring omission of a really serious incident,” said Bennett. “I can’t possibly understand how they can leave it out and how we can trust the information they did put out.”The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit was also monitoring the evolving situation in New Brunswick.Public Safety’s list includes a number of small, localized protests in First Nations communities, but omits Idle No More’s Jan. 11 Day of Action in 2013.That day, thousands of people converged on Ottawa for a massive protest while Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with a handful of chiefs. Solidarity demonstrations sprang up across the country and around the world the same day. Jan. 11 is seen by many as the high-water for the Idle No More movement.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Showdown House to vote on stopgap funding bill that seeks to derail

Showdown: House to vote on stopgap funding bill that seeks to derail Obama’s health care law by David Espo, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2013 5:06 am MDT WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans struggled to tamp down a family feud Thursday as they approached a politically charged showdown with the White House that combines the threat of a government shutdown, a possible first-ever federal default and the GOP’s bid to repeal the nation’s three-year-old health care law.One day after conceding that the Democratic-controlled Senate probably would prevail on the last part, Sen. Ted Cruz still vowed to do “everything and anything possible to defund Obamacare.” That includes a possible filibuster of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, added the Texas Republican.That was a step further than Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — Cruz’s partner in a summertime run of “Defund Obamacare” television commercials — was willing to go. President Barack Obama’s health care law “is not worth causing a shutdown over,” he said.The two men spoke at a news conference with several House Republicans where lawmakers stressed they were unified and thanked Speaker John Boehner for agreeing to tie the anti-shutdown and anti-Obamacare provisions into one bill.That bill is on track for House passage on Friday, with a Senate showdown to follow.The House intends to move quickly next week with a separate bill to put the health care law on ice, this one a measure that also would allow the Treasury to avoid a default that could destabilize the economy.Boehner himself sought to redirect the political fire at Obama, accusing him of being ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Syria but not engage with Republicans on raising the nation’s debt limit, an issue that could lead to national default.But he also got in a subtle jab at Cruz and Senate conservatives who have been clamouring for weeks for a showdown on the health care law.“I expect my Senate colleagues to be up for the battle,” he said.The prospect is for a 10-day period of intense uncertainty, with Boehner pledging to avoid a shutdown yet also hoping to come away with a bite out of the health care law, even if less than complete defunding.Congressional aides pointed out during the day, for example, that if the Senate rewrites the House-passed bill to leave the health care law in place, Boehner and the rest of the House leadership could still seek further changes before passing it a second time.For their part, the White House and majority Democrats in the Senate will be trying to protect the health care law that stands as Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment — without complicating the re-election chances of senators on the 2014 ballot in swing states.The White House intruded briefly on the Republican feud, pledging that Obama would veto any legislation that blocks the health care law from taking full effect. The defunding drive “advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class” and would deny “millions of hard-working, middle-class families the security of affordable health coverage,” it said.The effort seeking virtual repeal of the law as part of a government funding bill gained powerful momentum over the summer when the Senate Conservatives Fund, Heritage Action and other groups with tea party ties launched a nationwide campaign.Cruz and Lee played prominent roles, each appearing in television ads aimed at pressuring Republican lawmakers not to yield. “Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare if they simply refuse to fund it,” Lee says in one SCF-funded commercial.On the other hand, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has urged Republicans to fund the government and prevent a default, then double back and try and work out changes to the health care law later.In a tea party age, it is unclear how much political clout establishment groups carry with individual GOP lawmakers.At the same time, many Republicans fear a replay of twin government shutdowns nearly two decades ago that inflicted significant damage on their party and helped resurrect then-President Bill Clinton’s political fortunes.“When it comes to shutting the government down, that is not going to succeed because people don’t want a government shutdown. And they’ll blame Congress. They did before,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.Another Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, agreed. “I’m one who doesn’t believe that a shutdown does anything except divert attention from a president and his policies, which are rightfully unpopular, to congressional incompetence,” he said.Cruz saw it differently hours earlier.He told the National Automobile Dealers Association that the 1995-96 episode was just a “partial, temporary government shutdown” that didn’t hurt Republicans politically as much as most people think and that it helped bring welfare reform in 1996 and a budget deal in 1997.“Nobody likes that outcome. But it also wasn’t the end of the world,” he said of a possible shutdown.Ironically, it was a Cruz comment that ignited anger among House conservatives on Wednesday evening.As word spread that the House would pass legislation to fund the government and cut off money for the health care law, he issued a statement that said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “likely has the votes” to delete the health care provision. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people,” he said.House Republican aides said rank-and-file lawmakers on the House floor at the time vented their anger at what appeared to be a pre-emptive surrender.Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., tweeted that Lee and Cruz “refuse to fight. Wave white flag and surrender.”Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., tweeted, “Senate R’s already declare defeat… before the battle even begins. So much for standing up for the American people.”___Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Donna Cassata, Alan Fram and Andy Taylor contributed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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If we take action now we can address climate change and build

10 Things You Need to Know About COP21. Credit: United NationsUN News Centre: What is the best outcome possible from COP21?Janos Pasztor: We are expecting a package of outcomes and it will have four elements – they’re interrelated but they’re different. The first one will be the national plans for climate change of each country, for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Those are plans that are developed “bottom up” by the countries – this is what they can do. The second element will be the actual agreement. It will contain the rules of the game on how countries will assess the impact of the totality of the national plans on the objective to keep warming below 2 degrees. And then they will review and assess what it takes to raise the ambition to make sure that we keep below those 2 degrees of global warming. That will be the core of that agreement. The third part is climate finance. All of this will require financing, public and private finance, and there will be some parts of this package of finance that will go into the agreement. And the fourth is the action agenda – a collection of actions on the ground to do either mitigation or adaption, and it’s to demonstrate that it’s already possible, it’s already happening and to showcase what are the good partnerships between private sector, public sector and civil society to actually do the work on the ground. UN News Centre: What are the main challenges ahead? If we take action now, we can address climate change as we move toward a low-emission economy and build a sustainable future. The more we delay, the more we will pay. Janos Pasztor: The main challenge ahead is to negotiate the agreement. That’s the bottom line. And we have very little time. In fact, the last negotiation week finished recently in Bonn [Germany]. What we now have left in terms of formal negotiation time is only that period during the actual Conference of the Parties [COP] in Paris, the first two weeks of December. UN News Centre: Can you give us an overview of key issues that are left to be negotiated – what different countries are claiming?Janos Pasztor: There are quite a few of those and the most important one seems to be related to what is referred to as the differentiation – the differentiation between the developed and developing countries. Some countries would like no formal differentiation and they would like all rules to apply to everybody, every country, with maybe a certain flexibility to reflect the capacities of different countries. Just days away from the kick-off of the 21st United Nations climate change conference — widely known as COP21 — the UN is reminding its main actors that this conference must be a turning point for climate action.Beginning on Monday in France’s capital, Paris, world leaders will be negotiating a new climate change agreement that aims to keep global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — beyond which climate experts say there will be irreversible impacts. The two-week conference, the 21st Meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also aims to send a loud and clear signal to citizens, markets and the private sector that the transformation of the global economy is inevitable, beneficial, and already under way. To find out more about COP21 and the UN’s expectations, the UN News Centre met with Janos Pasztor, the UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. Since January, Mr. Pasztor’s work has focused on supporting efforts towards a new climate agreement and mobilizing global climate action on the ground.Climate change affects us all, but our actions affect climate change.UN News Centre: What is the importance of the upcoming 21st United Nations climate change conference – COP21?Janos Pasztor: There are at least two major points. First of all, if we have a good agreement it will allow us to move towards a low-carbon, low-emission future, where there are lots of opportunities for new technology developments and new ways of organizing ourselves. That is an opportunity we must take. Secondly, climate change is already happening. The impacts are already visible. If we take action now, we can address climate change as we move toward a low-emission economy and build a sustainable future. The more we delay, the more we will pay. UN News Centre: Why do we need to keep the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius? Janos Pasztor: If we allow warming to go beyond that, scientists tell us there are likely to be potential irreversible impacts on people, on natural ecosystems, and therefore, on the economies of the world. Now the 2 degrees is not a very hard level. Many are saying that it actually has to be much less than 2 degrees for the small island developing countries whose land might become completely inundating with a sea level rise. Already 2 degrees is way too much. So, it must be remembered that when we talk of 2 degrees, it is the maximum. It must be kept as much as possible below that. Interview with Janos Pasztor, UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. Credit: United NationsOther countries would like to maintain the existing grouping of countries in the Convention to developed and developing countries, and then have rules that refer to these different groups. So that’s quite important because it has implications, not just on the conceptual issue of having divisions like that, but in terms of financing.But there are other challenges – such as climate finance. Developed countries have committed to providing $100 billion dollars per year by 2020 to developing countries. The $100 billion doesn’t have to be on the table in Paris, but what does need to be on the table is a politically credible mobilization trajectory towards this $100 billion. Some progress was made in October, but there is still work to do and there are still announcements that hopefully will be made by some countries. So these are just two examples of difficult issues that still need to be resolved but there are others as well. UN News Centre: You mentioned the last round of negotiations in Bonn. What came out of those discussions?Janos Pasztor: What we have is a document that has grown in size. While the actual size doesn’t matter – what matters is the content – clearly the longer the text, the more time it takes to negotiate and that’s our biggest challenge. The text is some 55 pages long and it will take some time to go through the different elements. What we ended up with at the Bonn negotiation is that countries added into the original draft which was much shorter – specific things that they wanted to see in the final text and there wasn’t enough time to negotiate all that in Bonn. So we still have lots of options in there and those will still need to be negotiated both in informal discussions and during COP21.UN News Centre: What is the significance of COP21 in light of the new 2030 Development Agenda, and how predominantly does climate change figure in it?Janos Pasztor: The new Sustainable Development Agenda—or Agenda 2030 – is extremely important for the implementation of the climate agreement. First, we have a goal – Goal 13 – which focuses on climate change. But what the other goals are even more important. There are 12 goals [out of 17] that have very specific climate related targets on energy, on forests, on food security, on education – these are all things that will feed into successfully implementing the climate agreement. The main challenge ahead is to negotiate the agreement.But what is really important is that if we don’t achieve the 2 degree objective, then none of the Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved. And in order to achieve the less than 2 degree objective, we need to do all the things that are in the Sustainable Development Goals. That’s the challenge but that is the beauty: these two different processes that are negotiated through separate processes are now coming together at the level of implementation. And this is where the UN system has a very important role also, because we are there to support Member States to help them to address these issues in a coherent and integrated way. UN News Centre: Just days ahead of COP21, what is your message to world leaders?Janos Pasztor: World leaders have a very important role in guiding their ministers and negotiators on the broad economic implications of climate change and actions about climate change. So their role for the negotiations is very important. If they don’t give clear guidance to the negotiators then they don’t know what to agree upon. So that is why the UN Secretary-General has been much engaged with Heads of States and Governments so that they own this process and clearly guide their ministers and their negotiators. UN News Centre: What do you want to convey to the public?Janos Pasztor: Climate change affects us all, but our actions affect climate change – all of us. We are all responsible for what we do in our daily lives – how we vote, how we engage, how we run our companies, how we run our civil society organizations. 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CWHL folding female hockey players fearful for future of their game

The collapse of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League plunges the future of the female game in Canada into disarray, at least in the short term.But the CWHL declaring it will cease operations May 1 even if a financial saviour comes over the horizon indicates the ball may be in another player’s court.“There are a large number of organizations that have stated their support for women’s hockey and expressed the desire to see this sport continue to grow,” CWHL interim commissioner Jayna Hefford said Sunday.“Our hope is that those organizations will step forward in actionable ways to continue to advance the growth of Canada’s game.”A week after the Calgary Inferno won the league championship and hoisted the Clarkson Cup trophy, the CWHL announced Sunday morning the 12-year-old league’s business model is economically unsustainable.The CWHL owns and operates the teams.CWHL chair Lauren Walzak said Sunday the league needs more revenue. But Hefford was emphatic the CWHL is done even if more money comes in from a last-minute source.“The CWHL will not operate next year,” Hefford said.The NHL and the U.S.-based NWHL are the prime candidates to step into the breach.Players stepped up calls for one women’s professional league in North America over a year ago.The NHL owns the rights to the trademark “WNHL.”“We recognize that having professional options is important to aspiring young women hockey players,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email. “If those options were to become unavailable, the NHL would consider helping to create alternatives.”Daly pointed out there are still professional hockey options for women after the CWHL’s announcement.If the CWHL folds with no replacement, however, there will be fewer places for women to play.Some in the women’s hockey community have been adamant that for women’s professional hockey to be viable, the NHL has to be involved.“Can’t help seeing today’s #cwhl news as a positive step in the long run for women’s hockey,” Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted. “One step back, two steps forward perhaps?”NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan declined an interview, but said in a statement talks about a possible merger were ongoing.“We had an excellent meeting with the CWHL in January where we presented significant proposals to them about forming one league, and we agreed to meet again in April,” Rylan said. “We are sorry to know those talks will not continue.“The NWHL wants to assure the players, fans, staff and supporters that our season is confirmed to start in October. As we have since our first season in 2015, we remain committed to building the value of women’s professional hockey players – not just in the U.S., but around the world.”The CWHL, founded in 2007, had six teams in North America and China this past season.The league included national team players from the United States, Canada, Finland, Japan and China.Canadian captain and Les Canadiennes de Montreal forward Marie-Philip Poulin earned the league’s most valuable player award for the third time in four years.American star Hilary Knight was Poulin’s linemate in Montreal, while U.S. players Brianna Decker, Kacey Bellamy and Alex Rigsby helped the Inferno win the title.The CWHL began paying its players salaries in 2017-18 ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, out of a total budget of $3.7 million.The arrival of two expansion teams from China that season – since amalgamated into one – was believed to have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the CWHL.The Chinese teams didn’t pay expansion fees, but signed five-year licensing agreements with the CWHL.The loss of one Chinese team decreased revenue, but China was committed to staying in the league, Walzak said.The CWHL lost a financial backer in November. Graeme Roustan of the venture capital firm Roustan Capital withdrew his financial support citing a lack of transparency regarding board expenses.If a CWHL shutdown lays the groundwork for one new league to rise from the ashes, players and team personnel were unaware of it Sunday.Toronto Furies general manager Sami Jo Small says financial issues were not discussed during GM meetings at the Clarkson Cup.“I have to think there maybe is something coming down the pipe,” Small said. “What is hard and what is shocking is we’re not part of that conversation and we would like to be part of that conversation moving forward. The players were not consulted.“Maybe there’s this great announcement coming Monday or Tuesday. We have no idea.”Small co-founded the CWHL in 2007 before stepping out of the boardroom and into team management last year.“I have a great deal of respect for Jayna and what she’s done for the game and as a friend,” Small said. “I hope she has put us in a position of strength.”Hefford, a former player in the CWHL and its predecessor league, took over as interim commissioner last year when Brenda Andress stepped down. Hefford was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.Walzak and Hefford spoke to player representatives from each team Sunday in a conference call.Inferno forward Dakota Woodworth said the players were told to be optimistic, but given no reason why they should be.“Fully confident and fully hopeful that something better is definitely coming just because it has to,” Woodworth said. “All we know is May first, everything is shutting down.”The CWHL says a record 175,000 tuned in March 24 to watch the Inferno down Les Canadiennes 5-2 to win the Clarkson Cup final.The game was carried by Sportsnet and the French-language network TVA.“I think our product is just too good to go away,” Woodworth said. read more

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It Was Finally Fabiano Caruanas Turn To Survive At The World Chess

It Was Finally Fabiano Caruanas Turn To Survive At The World Chess

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Magnus Carlsen got a black eye before Game 9 of the World Chess Championship. But it didn’t hinder his vision of the board as Wednesday’s play began.For the first time in nearly two weeks of play, Carlsen, the defending champion, was able to successfully command the white pieces to an attacking advantage. Throughout much of Game 9, Carlsen outdueled his challenger, Fabiano Caruana. Caruana, the world No. 2, appeared to reel at points, and his allocated time melted off his clock as he pondered his defense.But Carlsen’s advantage melted, too. The game was drawn after 56 moves over 3.5 hours of play. It was the ninth consecutive draw and the best-of-12 match sits level at 4.5-4.5.Before the game Wednesday, the list of colorful stories orbiting the match ballooned to two. First came the infamous deleted YouTube video appearing to show elements of Caruana’s pre-match strategic preparation. Now we had the black eye.NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster, reported that Carlsen collided — excuse me, “kolliderte” — with one of its own journalists while playing soccer on Tuesday, a rest day from the chess. Questions were raised about Carlsen’s mental soundness — a grandmaster should do nothing but grandmastering, apparently. Per Google’s translation of NRK, he was reportedly “dumbfounded” after the crash. “If he has to use pain relief, there may be a potential problem,” NRK wrote.But those neurological questions seemed quickly answered at the board and Carlsen said he felt no pain while playing.The first eight moves on Wednesday exactly matched the first eight from Game 4 — their name sounds like something out of Tolkien, an English opening that became a Reverse Dragon. But the game took a radical and aggressive turn on move 9, when Carlsen scrambled his bishop to the g5 square, into enemy territory and with its mitre directly pointed at Caruana’s queen. This match has been different for Carlsen than his 2016 World Chess Championship encounter against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, which began with seven consecutive draws. Many of those found Karjakin on the backfoot, escaping like Houdini from the shackles of the world champion. Caruana, however, has rarely been in real trouble until Wednesday, and this year Carlsen has been forced to play the part of escape artist.Carlsen would, however, be an enormous favorite should the tiebreakers become necessary. “I think there are some long-term dangers here for black,” said Hikaru Nakamura, a top American grandmaster commentating for Chess.com. Carlsen’s white bishop, for example, was far more active than Caruana’s. “If Caruana doesn’t find the right moves, he will lose.”It appeared to all the world that the Norwegian chess superstar would finally make real progress in the match, and indeed that a victory in the moves to come would effectively decide the match — and the world title — itself. “There are certain types of positions where Magnus is stronger than a computer,” said Anish Giri, the world No. 5, on a chess24 broadcast.It’s an evocative claim, but it was not true on Wednesday. Carlsen may have rushed his attack on move 25, shortly after the position above. He pushed his pawn up the flank on the edge of the board, to h4 and toward Caruana’s king. He then pushed it again, to h5. It may have been a square too far, or at least too soon. (The computer engine Stockfish preferred involving that active white bishop instead.)“He’s just not playing his best chess,” added Peter Svidler, the world No. 19, on that very same broadcast. The position simplified dramatically and the two shook hands — which they must be getting very good at — after 56 moves.Ah, chess is cruel. Here’s a chart to quantify that cruelty — and we’ll keep it updated throughout the rest of the match. There are three regular games left, and speedier tiebreaker games will follow on Nov. 27, if necessary. This specific position has only ever materialized on a tournament chessboard once before, according to the ChessBase database, in an otherwise uncelebrated game in 2008 between two Croatian non-grandmasters. (Though black won that one.) The attack was on, and Caruana contributed with a misstep on his 17th move, capturing a knight in Carlsen’s territory that he oughtn’t have. That capture sparked a series of moves that eventually allowed Carlsen’s bishop to escape, flying across the board to capture the black pawn on b7.As deep into the game as the 18th move, Carlsen hadn’t spent more than a minute on any one move and quickly opened up a 40-minute advantage on the clock. One knock against the champ in this match has been his apparently lackadaisical preparation. But he was solidly prepared for his aggressive line on Wednesday, sailing through his moves. Caruana, meanwhile, took 9 minutes to make his 12th move, 21 minutes on his 13th, 8 on his 14th and 13 on his 17th.The fruits of the Norwegian’s preparation appeared to be a comfortable position: Either he would win or he would draw. Before Carlsen’s 24th move, the position looked like this. “I’m really not thinking about the tiebreak now,” Caruana said after the game. “I really don’t agree with most people about my chances in the tiebreak.”Game 10 begins Thursday at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time — that’s 10 a.m. Eastern. But that’s also Thanksgiving. As a result, our next dispatch will come on Friday. Chess waits for no turkey, but FiveThirtyEight does. I’ll be covering the rest of the match here and on Twitter. read more

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Twin with breast cancer donates skin and fat tissue to sister who

first_imgIDENTICAL TWINS KELLY McCarthy and Kristen Maurer have shared a lot in their lives so when one was diagnosed with breast cancer, she urged the other to get tested.Maurer was told the bad news that she too had the disease.Now the 34-year-old twins from Chicago are sharing a medical rarity. Maurer donated skin and fat tissue for McCarthy’s breast reconstruction.“It wasn’t a question, she didn’t have to ask me,” said Maurer. “Having a twin is very like having a child. You would do anything for them … in a heartbeat.”TwinsThe first successful organ transplant was between identical twins in Boston in 1954 and involved a kidney.Since then, identical twins have been involved in many other transplant operations, involving kidneys and other organs, bone marrow, and stem cells. But breast reconstruction between identical twins has only been done a handful of times; Maurer and McCarthy, a nurse, are among the youngest patients.Identical twins are ideal donors because their skin, tissue and organs are perfect genetic matches, explained Dr David Song, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. And that eliminates the need for anti-rejection medicine, he said.SurgerySong performed the twins’ surgeries on Tuesday and both fared well.Typically, breast reconstruction surgery involves implants or a woman’s own tissue, sometimes taken from the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. But McCarthy is among women who don’t have enough extra tissue; plus, radiation treatment damaged tissue near her breasts. So Maurer offered to be a donor.McCarthy said her sister’s sacrifice, “just so I can feel better about myself … is really humbling.”Discovering breast cancer in identical twins isn’t unusual because of their exact genetic makeup, Song said. With twins, there’s also often a “mirroring effect,” with breast cancer developing in the opposite breast, he said. That’s what happened with McCarthy and Maurer.While their mother died from colon cancer last year, there was no family history of breast cancer.DiagnosisMcCarthy was diagnosed first, in December 2011, with triple-negative breast cancer, a hard-to-treat form of cancer whose growth is not fueled by hormones. She was nine months pregnant and her son was born a week later. Soon after she started treatment, chemotherapy, surgery to remove her right breast, and radiation.Maurer was diagnosed with a very early-stage cancer in her left breast a few months after her sister.“Kelly was more upset than I was during my diagnosis, and likewise, when she was diagnosed I was a mess,” Maurer said.Maurer had a double mastectomy, recommended because her sister’s cancer was so aggressive, but she didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation. She had reconstruction with implants after the birth of her second child last March.McCarthy’s operation this week involved a second mastectomy, and reconstruction of both breasts. Some of her own tissue was used to fashion one breast. At the same time, surgeons essentially performed a “tummy tuck” on Maurer, removing lower abdominal skin and fat tissue and transplanted it to her sister to create a second new breast.The twins have always been extremely close, sometimes speaking in unison or completing each other’s sentences. But now, McCarthy said, “I feel closer. Her tissue is over my heart.”Kristen Maurer , Finley Maurer, Richard Maurer, Kelly McCarthy, Grey McCarthy, Robert McCarthy (AP Photo)Read: Surprises in hunt for environmental links to breast cancer>Read: Cancer sufferer holds dance party moments before double> mastectomy>last_img read more

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European Parliament approves plan to cut Ireland from 12 MEPs to 11

first_imgUpdated, 12:33THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has approved changes to the number of MEPs each country will elect next year – meaning Ireland is set to lose one seat, from 12 to 11.MEPs in Strasbourg for the parliament’s monthly plenary session voted by 536 to 111, with 44 abstentions, to approve the reallocation of seats following the elections next June.The parliament currently has 754 MEPs, distributed between all 27 member states, but the entry of Croatia into the union this year – combined with the implementation of parts of the Lisbon Treaty, which limit the membership to 751 – means some countries must lose seats.11 of Ireland’s 12 current MEPs were among those to vote against the measure. Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley was absent.A chart shows the outcome of today’s vote in Strasbourg. A seating plan showing the seat of each MEP can be found here. Fine Gael MEP Gay Mitchell made a last-ditch attempt to stop the matter from being put to a vote today, saying the Constitutional Affairs Committee – which had formulated the proposals – had not taken any independent input.The Dublin MEP complained that Ireland had already lost one fifth of its representation in the parliament, having been gradually cut from 15 seats to 12, and that a further cut to 11 hit Ireland disproportionately hard.Mitchell was able to force a vote on whether to refer the matter back to that committee, for further input to be sought, but his proposal was comprehensively defeated.Speaking in advance of the vote, Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher said he was “totally against” the reduction, which left Ireland’s workload “unmanageable”.“We have 11 MEPs to straddle over 20 committees in the parliament, and it’s not possible to do that,” he said.“It doesn’t seem fair for a country for a country like Ireland, with a population of 4.5 million, to have just 11 MEPs when we have countries with more MEPs who have a similar population,” he said.The measures are not guaranteed to take effect, as they must first be approved by the Council of ministers. A decision at that level is expected in the coming weeks.Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy in StrasbourgAnalysis: How will constituencies change now that Ireland’s losing an MEP?last_img read more

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McDaids Football Special An oral history of the Donegal delicacy

first_imgTry as you might, finding Football Special and associated products outside Donegal and parts of the North can prove difficult.Oliver Farry wrote:I imagined [Football Special] was the stuff that victorious football teams drank from the cup but later when I started appearing on such teams myself I was shocked to learn there was no McDaids Football Special outside Donegal. We had to make do with red lemonade, which was tantamount to imposing Babycham on Formula 1 champions.Edward McDaid says that national distribution has always been a problem, with the company dealing directly with smaller independent shops.We did think that we’d be able to build a national distribution network but the recession knocked that on the head, and with so many of the smaller shops shutting down. My Uncle Eamon had been trained in a soft drinks company in Northern Ireland, and learned the discipline of writing down everything that went into every batch. He was very diligent in writing everything down.And so when the Football Special formula was devised – a concoction of syrups and juices and flavours tracked meticulously by Eamon – they knew they were onto a winner.Inextricably linked to local football teams the drink soon grew in popularity, particularly among the seaside towns of the Donegal coast: Portsalon, Falcarragh, Ballyshannon, Bundoran, and into Derry. Source: Kevin Kelly/@kevin7kellyFor a group of lads from Ballyshannon, their McDaids loyalty is unwavering.Michael McGrath says:When Donegal GAA were going strong in the early 90s half-time was marked with a bottle of Football Special and a packet of Tayto.Philip McLoone remembers:It accompanied any under-age sporting medal I got.. any sporting achievement was marked with a medal and a (glass) bottle of Football Special! In later life it became an acceptable mixer!! Source: Sheila’s Portstewart/Twitter Source: FacebookDavid McDyer from Glenties told DailyEdge.ie that his fondest memory was putting “a slice of ice cream in a glass and pouring McDaids football special into it.His cousin Sheloa Nichols said:Everyone used to drink it when I was a kid there (in Glenties). You would get it at the penny sweet shops. Ahhh suddenly overrun with memories of red lemonade and cheese and onion crisps at the local pub after Sunday mass.The mixing of Football Special with ice-cream is a proud tradition in Donegal.Michael McGrath has the technique down:When I say Football Special and ice cream, you put the ice cream in a pint glass and then SLOWLY pour the Football Special on top. F**KIN YUMMY!Edward McDaid says that the formula of Football Special means it mixes well in an ice cream float.Most of the company’s products (including their popular smooth banana soft drink) use “heavy duty syrups” sourced from Dutch fruit essence suppliers who McDaid says “own the banana plantations, so it’s almost like dealing directly with the farmers”.The tendency now is to reproduce those essences artificially, but we stay away from that. Ahhhh McDaids Football Special now in stock#Portstewart pic.twitter.com/vdpBeGy69D— Sheila’s of Portstewart (@sheilasshop) June 30, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img Source: FacebookASK ANY SELF-respecting Donegal head about McDaids Football Special and you’re likely to be met with misty eyes and watering taste buds.The  soft drink (or ‘mineral’, if we’re going to keep this authentic) has been manufactured in Ramelton in east Donegal since 1949.It’s one of the county’s proud delicacies and its formula is a closely guarded secret.Journalist and Donegal native Oliver Farry remembers Football Special tasting like “no other soft drink”: It made Irn Bru seem as recherché as buttermilk; it turned your mouth pink without tasting like gentian violet. It also had football in its name, which made it the best drink ever.Football Special was developed originally to “help celebrate the numerous successes of local football club Swilly Rovers” and was first called ‘Football Cup’; it was designed to be poured into the cup of a trophy to mark a win. Source: FacebookThe summer months and the sunny weather meant it was tricky to get hold of McDaids CEO Edward McDaid.However, in between deliveries and orders and meetings he told DailyEdge.ie that the company was borne out of his grandfather’s innate knowledge of a good customer base, and his family’s ties to the distribution and pub trades.With the family business graduating from the shop to the van business to a bottling factory with a contract with Guinness, Edward says it was his father and his uncles who came up with the Football Special secret formula.The soft drinks game is a seasonal business. So in the winter time when it was quiet they’d be tinkering with ingredients – that wasn’t unusual. Hi brother Michael recalls that their cousin Ciaran’s house in Dublin was:fully stocked with Football Special for the famous 2012 Donegal All-Ireland winning season.It wasn’t for everyone though. Former Xposé and Phantom 105.2 presenter and Donegal girl Michelle Doherty said:There was a bit of fizz in it but not that much and it was quite sweet. Oh I’ll be disowned now for dissing Football Special. The company is now focusing on building the brand nationally through social media, and selecting one shop in areas around the country to stock Football Special.For now though, most devotees head on home for a glass of their favourite… Thanks to Where’s Grandad for permission to republish an extract of this piece by Oliver Farry.Is there a local delicacy you think we should explore? Let us know. tips@dailyedge.ie16 Irish snacks we need the world to know about>7 food that simply did not exist in Ireland before the Celtic Tiger>last_img read more

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Fishing report 525

first_imgCanyon Creek in will not be stocked with trout for Saturday’s fishing opener due to the closure of road No. 54 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.“We cannot get the planting trucks to the location we normally plant up near Canyon Creek campground,’’ said John Weinheimer, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Lower possible suitable sites were not found.’’The stream was scheduled to get 5,500 trout, which will be redistributed to Rowland Lake in Klickitat County and Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County.The Little White Salmon River in eastern Skamania County also opens Saturday. It is getting planted with 3,000 rainbow trout.Swift Reservoir opens June 3 and is slated to get 45,000 fin-clipped rainbow trout.• Horseshoe Lake at Woodland has been stocked with 2,600 catchable-size rainbow trout plus 50 large broodstock rainbow.last_img read more

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Dissolve parliament 2 months before polls B Chy

Dissolve parliament 2 months before polls B Chy

first_imgBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has called on the government to constitute a neutral government and a neutral election commission (EC) two months before the national elections.He made the call in a statement sent to the media on Tuesday as a reaction to Bangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks on Jukta (United) Front and Gano Forum leaders on Sunday.Slamming the prime minister, B Chowdhury, also a former president of the country, said what she had said at her press conference was not decent. “Though there’re answers to these remarks, I don’t think this [retorting] is necessary now.”At her press conference on Sunday, Hasina blasted Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain for his statement expressing doubts over the 11th parliamentary polls.B Chowdhury also asked the government to release all the political prisoners and not to bar rallies, processions and publicity works of any opposition parties. “We hope there won’t be any steps to obstruct our efforts to create greater unity among all the democratic forces.”The BDB president, however, welcomed her positive remarks on the coalition of Jukta Front and Gano Forum. “I welcome the prime minister for her positive remarks on the coalition of Jukta Front and Gano Forum. But, we don’t want to see them become empty words.”He demanded withdrawal of government’s ban on publication of several newspapers and airing of television channels to ensure freedom of media.He further said if it is necessary, army will have to be deployed with magistracy power 30 days before the elections and kept on duty for 10 more days after the polls.last_img read more

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Savour handcrafted winter menu

Savour handcrafted winter menu

first_img‘Antipasti’ At san gimignanoExplore the flavors of Italy as our chefs at San Gimignano present exotic Antipasti delicacies in a specially curated menu. Pair up your selection with cured meats, sausages and fine wines to indulge in a sumptuous fare.When: November 9 – 18 Lunch and Dinner: 12:30pm – 2:45pm | 7:00pm – 11:45pmMeal for Two: without alcohol: Rs 5000 plus taxes‘Royal rajasthan’ At daniell’s tavernExplore authentic flavours of Rajasthani cuisine with Royal Rajasthan as our traditional menu takes you on a culinary sojourn to the state of Royalty with its aromas and spices, at Daniell’s Tavern. Feel satiated with the divine Dal Bati Churma or dwell in the essence of Tangy Gatte Ki Sabzi while the zest and tenderness of all time favourite Laal Maans leave you asking for more. Finish with delicious Malai Ghevar to experience the true culture of Rajputs and Rajwadas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When: November 15 – 25 Timings: 6:30pm – 11:45pm  ONLY FOR DINNER Meal for Two: without alcohol: Rs 4000 plus taxes‘Winter collection menu’ At the spice routeIt’s Seafood time again this winter with Chef Veena Arora! The maverick Chef De Cuisine at The Spice Route invites you to indulge in the most awaited, healthy and globally acclaimed Winter Collection menu featuring delicate flavours of King Prawns, Squid, Lobster and hand-picked variety of fish, to keep you cosy this winter.When: November 16 – December 31 Lunch and Dinner: 12:30pm – 2:45pm | 7:00pm – 11:45pm Meal for Two: Rs 10000 plus taxeslast_img read more

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Adam Rippon has just won Dancing with the Stars

Adam Rippon has just won Dancing with the Stars

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Winter Olympic figure skating medallist, Adam Rippon, has just become the first openly gay person to win the US version of Dancing with the Stars.Rippon and his partner, Jenna Johnson, took out the coveted mirror ball trophy in the athletes only season of the reality dancing competition. The remaining three couples performed two final dances hoping to impress the judges. Rippon and Johnson came away eventual winners with a total score of 58 in the final.They competed against former figure skater, Tonya Harding and pro footballer, Josh Norman.Congrats to our #DWTS: Athletes winners, @Adaripp & @Dance10Jenna! #TeamJustFriends pic.twitter.com/qjO4H7k74Z— Dancing with the Stars (@DancingABC) 22 May 2018Rippon and Johnson first danced to a jazz number followed by a freestyle routine that all couples performed. The jazz routine scored the couple a perfect 30.Rippon wore a quirky black bowl cut wig for the freestyle performance and spoke about how America has accepted him as the first openly gay athlete to win a medal for the US at the Winter Olympics.‘I never thought somebody like me would be accepted, but I really feel loved,’ he said during the final.The outspoken figure skater remained popular throughout the season. He notched up multiple wins with his impressive performances.‘Adam was in a league of his own every week of this competition. Of course being a highly trained figure skater gives him an advantage, but it’s his authenticity, refusal to blend in and the fearless attack he has given each routine that has taken him to the top,’ dancing expert Shauna Fuhs told USA Today.‘Jenna and Adam have the most chemistry of all of the pairs, and he is able to match Jenna’s fiery energy… and these two were made for each other.’Last week, he wowed audiences with contemporary and emotional dance dedicated to his mom, Kelly Rippon.Watch Rippon’s perfect performance Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Adam Rippon slays Sissy that Walk in Dancing with the Stars premiereAdam Rippon warns Trump: ‘The young people of America are watching and are acting’Adam Rippon missed second Olympic medal but won the hearts of the worldRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/adam-rippon-has-just-won-dancing-with-the-stars/last_img read more

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AccorHotels celebrates 200th milestone in Greater China

AccorHotels celebrates 200th milestone in Greater China

first_imgSource = AccorHotels – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts – Fairmont Chengdu Fairmont ChengduAccorHotels celebrates 200th milestone in Greater China with the opening of Fairmont ChengduThe debut of Fairmont Chengdu marks the 200th property for AccorHotels in Greater China as part of the group’s rapid luxury brand expansion. As Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Western China, Fairmont Chengdu is a landmark hotel in the capital city of Sichuan province, known for its rich history and cultural heritage.Strategically located at Tianfu Middle Avenue, the city’s “Hi-tech Zone”, the hotel is only a 25 minute drive to Shuangliu International Airport and is in close proximity to the metro station that has easy access to Tianfu Square, the upcoming Tianfu International Airport, and the fast developing South CBD zone.“The opening of Fairmont Chengdu signifies AccorHotels’ 200th hotel in Greater China and celebrates the first Fairmont hotel opening following the FRHI acquisition last year,” said Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Greater China. “The strategic location of Fairmont in the fast-changing city of Chengdu symbolizes an important growth strategy for the group’s luxury brand development in the China market.”The hotel lobby features a delicate handmade Shu embroidery landscape of the Qianli Yanxia Jinshuitou otherwise known as Gorgeous Cloud and Waters in Distance. The embroidery is a masterful blend of traditional landscape painting, handwoven tapestry, and modern photography. Its 336 guest rooms and suites offer stunning views of Chengdu’s skyline.MICE facilities include 11 meeting rooms and function spaces.  The 730 square metre grand ballroom features natural daylight with an adjoining VIP room.To wine and dine, the hotel features four restaurants with seven different dining concepts – Spectrum, an all-day dining restaurant at lobby level, offers an array of Asian and Western cuisines. Cube combines a lounge, cocktail bar and Japanese restaurant into an innovative integrated space over three levels of unique architectural design. The first of its kind in Chengdu, Cube is an ideal venue for social activities and private salons. For guests who would like to experience a modern interpretation and style of Sichuan food, Chang Yi, the Chinese restaurant offers spicy delicacies for the adventurous palates. Along with its unique cuisine, guests will also savour the arts, culture and history of the Sichuan Province. Opening mid 2017 with sweeping panoramic views of the city, Manhattan occupies the top floors and will be one of the highest restaurants and bars in the city offering an escape to the vibrant era of 1920s with its art deco inspired décor and ambience.Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy a light work-out at the Fitness Centre or a leisurely swim in the indoor pool. For a therapeutic spa indulgence, the signature Willow Stream Spa by Fairmont, which is scheduled to open in March 2017, offers an array of holistic therapies designed to rejuvenate and energize the body and soul.“Each Fairmont property reflects the destination’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges, distinctive design and décor,” said Jane Mackie, Vice President, Fairmont Brand. “The opening of Fairmont Chengdu is the latest addition to the luxury brand’s network of hotels in China joining the renowned Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, the Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan and the Fairmont in Beijing.”AccorHotels is one of the pioneering international hotel management companies with over 30 years of development experience operating in Greater China.  The group has established strong relations with its local partners and its brand portfolio includes such internationally renowned luxury brands as Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of Novotel, Mercure; the in-demand economy brands including ibis, ibis Styles, and the regional brands Grand Mercure and The Sebel.About FairmontFairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,500 of the finest private homes around the globe.last_img read more

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