10 months agoMan Utd teenager Angel Gomes: Old Trafford deafened me!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Angel Gomes: Old Trafford deafened me!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United teenager Angel Gomes says he was deafened by the Old Trafford crowd during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Gomes, 18, made his third appearance for the club when he replaced Juan Mata in the 80th minute.There could be more game time under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has brought a sense of optimism to the club, which Gomes says was audible.”Yes, it’s always nice to come on, especially when you are a young lad, following in the footsteps of the other players who are progressing and doing well,” Gomes told MUTV. “To come on and hear the crowd cheering you on was a great feeling for me.”My ears actually blocked! I couldn’t really hear, but, as soon as I got on, I felt at ease. The players helped me, they spoke to me and gave me instructions and I was fine from then on.” last_img read more

Navas joins Madrid’s injury list

first_imgReal Madrid’s goalkeeping stocks have taken another ill-timed hit with Keylor Navas confirmed to have sustained an adductor injury.The Costa Rica international played a full 90 minutes in the Copa del Rey defeat to Leganes but is now set to miss this weekend’s crunch LaLiga clash against third-placed Sevilla, with whom Madrid are level on points.His absence will likely force Santiago Solari to gamble on the fitness of Thibaut Courtois, who has only just returned to training after missing three matches because of a hip problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Madrid allowed third-choice stopper Kiko Casilla to join Leeds United earlier this week, meaning the inexperienced Luca Zidane should retain his place in the matchday squad on Saturday. @SevillaFC_ENG are the visitors to the Bernabéu on Saturday. How many of these goals against the Andalusian club do YOU remember?  #RMHistory pic.twitter.com/E7o8nwr8rf— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 18, 2019The club did not set a timescale on Navas’ recovery.A statement from the European champions read: “Following the tests carried out on our player Keylor Navas by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his right adductor longus muscle.”His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente are among the first-team players already on Madrid’s lengthy injury list.The club currently trail league-leaders Barcelona by 15 as Real Madrid returned to their winning ways against Real Betis last time out ofter collecting one point from their prior two matches.last_img read more

Zach Smith Explains What Urban Meyer Knew, What He Told Him In Response

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Moments ago, ESPN’s SportsCenter aired a pre-recorded interview with former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, conducted by reporter Dan Murphy.At the beginning of the interview, which wound up getting pre-empted by an interview with Columbus sports radio station 105.7 The Zone, Murphy asked what Smith told Urban Meyer back in 2015, after the allegations against Smith were first made.Smith said that he explained that he was heading to meet with investigators, but denied ever committing domestic violence against his wife, Courtney Smith.In both interviews, Smith said that he was first informed of the allegations by athletic director Gene Smith. In the radio interview, he said that he believes the police informed the school of the allegations made against him.From the SportsCenter interview with Zach Smith about that first post-accusation conversation with Urban Meyer:Murphy: “What did you say to Urban Meyer about the 2015 incident?Smith: “I told him, when he asked me ‘What the hell’s going on?’ I told him ‘Courtney’s accusing me of committing domestic violence. I didn’t. I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m going to go down and meet with the investigator and find out what the deal is.’ And after that I told him ‘They have pictures of her. Anything that happened to her body was all just defensive movements to remove myself from the situation.’ And I said ‘That’s it, and I’m not going to get charged because I didn’t do anything wrong.’”Murphy:“How did he respond to that?”Smith: “He looked at me and said ‘I swear to God Zach, if I find out you hit her, you’re done, you’re fired.’ I said ‘Okay coach, I understand, I didn’t, I’m fine.’”Shortly after the first Zach Smith interview, in which he repeatedly denied having committed any domestic violence, Brett McMurphy released a text message from Courtney Smith, which appears to show the former OSU coach admitting to strangling her during a vacation.Zach Smith told @1057TheZone he never abused Courtney. Here is text message b/w Zach & Courtney when he admits & apologizes for strangling his wife on Punta Cana trip in March 2015 & again in April pic.twitter.com/GjcjWh6mFT— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 3, 2018Minutes before Smith’s first interview, Meyer released a lengthy statement. He admitted to lying during Big Ten Media Days, when he said he was unaware of any 2015 accusations, but said he followed procedures at the time. Meyer is currently on administrative leave from the school.last_img read more

Texas Fires Longhorn Great Vince Young From On-Campus Job

first_imgVince Young speaking into a microphone during a Texas Longhorns game.AUSTIN, TX – AUGUST 30: Quarterback Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans speaks after his Texas Longhorns jersey number is retired before a game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2007 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Vince Young will forever be a Texas Longhorns legend for his play on the field. His off-field contributions to the program, however, apparently were not up to snuff.Young had been serving as a “development officer” at the school, a job in which he was tasked with “attracting disadvantaged students to Texas,” as well as fundraising for the program. Texas designed the position with Young in mind, per the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.As the Longhorns’ starting quarterback in 2005, Young led Texas over a famous upset win over USC to win the national championship at the Rose Bowl. It is considered one of the great games in recent college football history.Young was taken with the third pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, and had some early success with the Tennessee Titans, but couldn’t quite hang on, bouncing around practice squads until 2014.That fall, he took the six-figure job at Texas, along with an analyst role at the Longhorn Network, with the expressed desire to eventually be a member of the school’s board of regents.According to a new report, Vince Young has been fired from his job at Texas for poor performance.From the Associated Press:Texas has fired former star quarterback Vince Young from his part-time role as a development officer for poor performance and often being absent from work or not in touch with his supervisors.The move also comes after Young had a second drunken-driving arrest within three years on Feb. 4.Young’s March 1 firing letter says he was dismissed “for not demonstrating significant and sustained improvement in the performance of (his) job responsibilities and failing to maintain standards of conduct suitable and acceptable to the university.” He has been given job warnings dating back to 2017.Young was arrested for DUI in early February, his second in three years, as the AP report notes.In his statement following the arrest, he said he’d take “aggressive action to make sure this never happens again.”It does not sound as if the DUI was the sole factor in Texas’ decision to let Young go, but it certainly can’t have helped matters.[Associated Press]last_img read more

Best U.S. Destinations to Celebrate Black History Month

first_img The Best Binoculars for Birding, Backpacking, and Beyond Peel yourself away from the mania of Valentine’s Day, because February matters for an altogether different and far more important reason. If you haven’t yet made plans to celebrate Black History Month, there’s still plenty of time to plan a road trip or a weekend getaway to a variety of relevant destinations in the United States. From New England through Virginia and down to Mississippi, here are four great places to honor Black History Month.New Haven, ConnecticutAFP / Stringer / Getty ImagesIn 1839, hundreds of slaves aboard the Spanish ship La Amistad revolted and desperately steered toward land in the hope of being rescued. While they successfully made it to solid ground, 53 were subsequently captured and taken to New Haven to be tried for mutiny, piracy, and murder. Two years on, after successfully arguing their case, the U.S. Supreme Court (under former President John Quincy Adams) set the entire group free. Today, a 136-ton replica of the Amistad sits in port in New Haven, where visitors are welcome aboard to better appreciate the struggles of slavery by “becoming” a modern-day abolitionist.Alexandria, VirginiaSince it was founded in 1749, Alexandria has been deeply intertwined with our country’s colonial past, in general, and with African-American history, in particular. The Alexandria Black History Museum was the one-time segregated library for the city’s African-American residents. Today, it preserves that history with numerous exhibits, documents, and speaking events. Beginning February 11, the Manumission Tour Company will also host a 90-minute walking tour of the city titled Freedom’s Fight in Alexandria: Urban Slavery and Abolitionism. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the city’s history with urban slavery, and — more importantly — the slaves who resisted and overcame it.Norfolk, VirginiaIn addition to being the home of the world’s largest naval compound, Norfolk also boasts a substantial African-American history. Today, the city features numerous points of interest dedicated to honoring that history. The nearly 100-year-old, beautifully restored Attucks Theatre has the distinction of being the country’s oldest remaining theater of its kind that was entirely designed, financed, constructed, and run by African-Americans. It’s been called the “Apollo Theatre of the South,” and its namesake honors Crispus Attucks, a black man who was the first American to die in the Boston Massacre.Natchez, MississippiCity Sightseeing Natchez/FacebookThe history of African-Americans in Natchez is long, complex, and sordid. It would take a lifetime to fully appreciate the gravity of what happened in this Mississippi River town, given how tangled it was in the slave trade. The Hop On Hop Off To The Narrative of A Natchez Slave double-decker bus is a great place to start as it takes guests on a historical tour through the city’s past. It starts at the Natchez Visitors Center, includes narratives by William Thompson and Lilly Ann Granderson (both enslaved in the Antebellum Era), and ends at the Forks of the Road Slave Market, the largest market of its kind at the time. Editors’ Recommendations How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time Breckenridge Brewery Celebrates Shark Week With Very Jaw-some Beer last_img read more

TPDCo Implements Measures to Prevent Tourist Harassment

first_img The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has implemented anti-harassment initiatives and security measures to ensure a safe and hassle-free environment for tourists.A major thrust launched last year was the Tourism District Constable programme, which saw 100 officers being deployed in the resort areas.Another 100 constables were deployed with the discontinuation of the Tourism Courtesy Corps programme in May of this year.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ yesterday (August 29), Executive Director of TPDCo, Dr. Andrew Spencer, said that this programme was established from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TPDCo and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to prevent soliciting and harassment and to allow for the protection of the country, ensuring continued growth and sustainability of the tourism sector.“We want to see the statistics of crime against tourists at zero… and we also believe that in providing 200 constables, we are not just providing security for our tourists but for locals, so it is a safe and secure environment for all,” Dr. Spencer emphasised.Some 50 district constables have now been assigned to Montego Bay, 45 in Negril, 44 in Ocho Rios, 22 in Falmouth, 13 in Kingston, and the remainder in Port Antonio and on the south coast.The Executive Director informed that under the programme, the TPDCo has provided motor vehicles, handcuffs, radios and other necessary equipment for the constables to undertake their daily duties.The district constables underwent the regular JCF training in addition to the Team Jamaica certification, which covered the history of Jamaica, customer service and tourism awareness.In terms of the anti-harassment initiatives, Dr. Spencer said that beginning October, the TPDCo will be facilitating training for some 1,200 contract carriage operators in the Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Montego Bay resort areas.The course, dubbed ‘Cultural Sensitivity Training’, entails understanding the importance of personal space, the value of tourism and anti-harassment practices.Craft vendors in the various resort areas will also benefit from customer service and anti-harassment training through an initiative titled ‘Warm Welcome Campaign’ to be spearheaded by TPDCo, in partnership with The Travel Foundation.The Travel Foundation is a charity that works in partnership with leading tourism organisations to improve the impacts of tourism and shape a positive future for destinations.“The level of harassment that one would speak about a few decades ago from craft vendors is certainly on the decline, and so we now have to be targeting other areas, such as the contract carriers, to minimise the level of passion, which may be interpreted as antagonism,” Dr. Spencer noted.An anti-harassment video, dubbed ‘Cum Yah’, has been produced to further discuss the issue of harassment, its causes, effects and possible solutions, and also to get buy-in to the required attitude and behaviour changes.The video will be a teaching tool at the various training and sensitisation sessions and will also be distributed to schools, youth groups and other associations in the resort areas. The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has implemented anti-harassment initiatives and security measures to ensure a safe and hassle-free environment for tourists. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ yesterday (August 29), Executive Director of TPDCo, Dr. Andrew Spencer, said that this programme was established from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TPDCo and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to prevent soliciting and harassment and to allow for the protection of the country, ensuring continued growth and sustainability of the tourism sector. center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Summer blast in Gurugram Overheating of transformers result in power outages

first_imgGurugram: The infrastructure of the power department has not been able to keep up with the excessive load. Glitches in the transformers are resulting in power outages in many areas.In some areas, power failure is ranging to more than 12 hours in various places in the city. Most of the residents have got used to inverters, diesel generators or worse candlelights. However, failure of the state-run electricity department yet again has resulted in an open expression of disappointment and anger over poor infrastructure at the public forum. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAreas that were adversely affected included Sushant –Lok, South-City, DLF Phase-3 Palam Vihar and sectors of New Gurugram. While it is estimated that three crore units of power daily will be used in the city this time, the city is every time surpassing the record. “Every summer there is a problem of power cuts in Gurugram. Besides power cuts, we also have to deal with issues like the voltage fluctuation and tripping due to the increased power load. While there has always been an announcement made of enhancing the power infrastructure in the city, each time it falls flat due to the lackadaisical attitude by the officials of DHBVN,” said Sudhir Arora, a city resident. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceEven as the electricity board officials claim that all the burnt cables and transformers have been rectified, the same problem has not only appeared but has become worse in the last few days. There have been reports that glitches in the transformers have resulted in power outages of over 20 hours in areas of Sector-40 and Palam Vihar. In times when the temperature in the city is ranging to more than forty-five degrees, it is not only the increased power cuts but also low voltage supply that is irking the citizens of Gurugram. With the transformers of the city electricity board unable to bear heavy electricity overload, most areas in the city are receiving a voltage supply of around 150-180 volts. The officials of the city electricity board highlight that heavy electricity overload is resulting in a large number of cases of blasting of power cables that further results in power outages. There are also large numbers of complaints being registered of fluctuations in electric current resulting in most of the electrical appliances getting spoilt on a regular basis.last_img read more

Canadas housing market is stable Sort of Maybe

first_imgHere’s what the quest for home ownership in Canada can feel like: In the country’s most desirable cities, it costs more than most people can afford to own a halfway decent home. In communities near those places, families pushed down the highway are driving prices higher in places that should be safe refuges from the price wars in Toronto and Vancouver. In smaller towns, you can afford a lovely home — if you can find work. It can seem like a no-win situation.Governments in Canada have tried several things to stabilize the market-especially in hot zones. Has any of it worked? As the usually robust spring season begins, are there any signs the hottest markets are cooling? How fraught with emotion can the homebuying process be in markets with high prices and low inventory? And will you, you know, ever own a house?GUEST: Sarah Niedoba, Maclean’s, LivablAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_04242019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Burnaby appeal to Supreme Court over pipeline showboating Alberta premier

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a decision by the City of Burnaby, B.C., to take its fight over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court is showboating.Notley said the city doesn’t have any hope of stopping the pipeline expansion in the courts.“If I were a taxpayer in Burnaby, regardless of my position on the pipeline, I would be very irritated to see my mayor throwing good money after bad in terms of a legal fight which I’m sure every single lawyer who has given him advice has told him they don’t have any hope of succeeding in,” she said in Calgary Wednesday.“He’s going to showboat all he wants and people will judge them accordingly.”Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said Tuesday the city will ask the country’s highest court for leave to appeal a lower court ruling last week.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a bid by Burnaby and the B.C. government to challenge a National Energy Board decision that cleared the way for Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws during pipeline construction.The expansion project would triple the amount of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby’s port for shipment overseas.The federal government approved the pipeline expansion in 2016, but the project faces significant opposition in B.C. Thousands of people have rallied in protest and the provincial government has raised concerns about the pipeline’s possible environmental and economic impact.There are still a number of other legal decisions pending on the pipeline, including a review by the Federal Court of Appeal of the decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to approve the project and a review by B.C.’s highest court of the decision by the former provincial government to approve the pipeline.Premier John Horgan is also seeking a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict increased amounts of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Notley said “willy-nilly” legal challenges — like Burnaby’s leave to appeal to the Supreme Court — will not deter investors.“I think the idea is that you hope to make investors uncertain but, at a certain point, investors have good lawyers too and they understand when they’re real legal challenges and when they are showpieces.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Ecuador UN chief expresses deep concern at civil unrest

Mr. Ban “expresses his strong support for the country’s democratic institutions and elected government,” his spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General is also concerned about the physical condition and personal welfare of President Rafael Correa.”Media reports say Mr. Correa was taken to hospital after being hit by tear gas during a demonstration in the capital, Quito. The protests relate to Government measures that will cut some benefits for public servants such as police officers.“The Secretary-General calls on all actors to intensify efforts to resolve the current crisis peacefully, within the rule of law,” today’s statement added. “He welcomes the endeavours of the Organization of American States and other regional actors to contribute to an early, constructive resolution.” 30 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern at today’s developments in Ecuador, where the President has been hurt during protests and some members of the police and military forces have reportedly been insubordinate. read more

Judge allows native group to protest at Muskrat Falls site within safety

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2012 2:21 pm MDT Judge allows native group to protest at Muskrat Falls site within safety zone ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Crown corporation Nalcor Energy must make a “safety zone” for native protesters near the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador, says a court ruling that tries to uphold protest rights and avoid costly construction delays.“I’m concerned about both sides here being protected,” Judge Wayne Dymond of provincial Supreme Court said Wednesday in St. John’s.He issued an interim injunction that replaces a more restrictive order dated last Thursday as the matter heads to Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for more extensive hearings on Nov. 6 and 7.The temporary order allows protesters to gather in the safety zone but restricts them from stopping or blocking vehicles entering the Muskrat Falls site.Dymond’s interim injunction also puts a 150-metre buffer zone around the site to keep protesters within the safety zone — a small parking lot to be created by Nalcor across from where the Caroline Brook Forestry Access Road turns off the Trans-Labrador Highway.Use of explosives in the area raises safety concerns, he said.Nalcor is building a road and camp site off the highway to be ready if the Newfoundland and Labrador government approves, as expected, a hydro megaproject that will top $6.2 billion.The legislature is to debate Muskrat Falls later this year before a final decision by the ruling Progressive Conservatives.Members of the NunatuKavut Community Council, representing Inuit-Metis from southern Labrador, have picketed against the project in recent weeks but say they never blocked access to the construction zone. The group is seeking a land deal with Ottawa. In the meantime, it says the province is unjustly excluding it from Muskrat Falls benefits as it impedes access to traditional native territory.Last week’s interim injunction had outlawed picketing anywhere near the construction site but has now been replaced by Dymond’s ruling.“We’re pleased that the court recognized that the original order Nalcor obtained was far too broad and was infringing on our clients’ rights,” lawyer Derek Simon, representing NunatuKavut, said outside court.“Obviously our client would prefer to see the order lifted altogether, but it has been curtailed so that’s a step in the right direction.“We’ll see how it’s constructed and whether it allows our clients to engage in their rights of peaceful protest and assembly,” Simon said of the safety zone.He said protesters never obstructed vehicles at the site.“People stopped and they engaged in an information picket. They were distributing leaflets.”Gilbert Bennett, vice-president of Nalcor responsible for hydro development on the lower Churchill River in Labrador, said the ruling allows safe protest without impeding construction.He said Nalcor is already working on permits to build the safety zone which will measure “several 10s of metres” and will resemble a small parking lot or lane adjacent to the Trans-Labrador Highway.Bennett said costs had not been finalized but that he didn’t expect them to be major, especially when compared to the price of delays.“We have three contractors onsite today,” he said outside court. “We have about 130 people working there so if you think about the labour, the contractor time, the heavy equipment time, all of our overhead, those are several hundred thousand dollars a day that would be expended onsite.“Interrupting the work would still see the expenses continue to escalate on our side.”Court documents submitted by Nalcor say costs for the preliminary Muskrat Falls work are about $435,000 per day.“A failure to complete construction of the access road before mid-November will jeopardize Nalcor’s ability to award the first major construction contract after sanction until the spring of 2013, and will result in a six-month schedule delay to the project,” they say.“For each month that the project is delayed, Nalcor will incur direct costs of approximately $4 (million) to $5 million related to corporate support, salaries, professional fees, third-party fees, travel, office and overhead, suspension or cancellation of vendor or supplier contracts, insurance and financing.”Critics of the Muskrat Falls project have raised alarms about the potential for cost overruns before the hydro dam and generating station are completed around 2017. read more

NHS staff to be offered pay rise for giving up days holiday leaked

first_imgGovernment negotiators have said the forfeiture of the one day of annual leave is a “red line”, according to the paper.The Department for Health and Social Care said the department does not comment on leaks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. More than a million NHS staff are to be offered a pay rise of 6.5 per cent – in return for giving up a day’s annual leave, according to a leaked document.The Government is prepared to increase salaries for the 1.3 million workers on the Agenda for Change contract, it has been reported.The contract includes all staff – barring doctors, dentists and some senior managers.Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, announced an end to the pay freezes or 1pc caps that had been in force when he unveiled his budget in November.The Guardian reported the Treasury and Department for Health and Social Care will put forward plans that will see non-medical NHS staff receiving a 3pc pay rise next financial year and 1pc to 2pc in the next two years.Other staff would see their pay rise owing to the scrapping of the 1pc cap on salary increases, the paper added.last_img read more

Put Muntjac deer and crayfish on the menu peer says as he

Lord Randall tucking in to some crayfish at a pop-up in Bermondsey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lord Randall tucking in to some crayfish at a pop-up in Bermondsey Restaurants should put invasive species including Muntjac deer and crayfish on the menu, a peer has said as he urged the British public to eat these ‘guilt-free’ foods.Lord Randall of Uxbridge, who used to advise former Prime Minister Theresa May on environmental issues, said eating crayfish is a “great idea” to help our aquatic environment, where the invasive crustacean devastates native fish and amphibian populations.He told The Telegraph: “Crayfish in particular are a real nuisance. I had a fun evening down with the kids at a pop -up in Bermondsey [London] enjoying my crayfish.”They are particularly tasty and more sustainable than eating prawns which are farmed in the Far East – they are actually connected with modern slavery.”One of the tastiest deer around is Muntjac, which is an invasive species too. “Let Britain eat its way out of invasive species, I’m up for the job.” Muntjac deer, shooters argue, can be a guilt-free alternative to other red meats.Tim Bonner, the CEO of the Countryside Alliance, explained: “It does a huge amount of damage to woodlands across lowland England, we’ve got quite a significant problem with browsing of low-lying vegetation in woodland which supports a lot of ground-nesting birds. “They taste delicious, they are the most sought-after of all the venison species, though there’s not very much meat on them – they’re tiny. They’re also quite a challenging quarry as they’re so small. We need to encourage as many people as possible to hunt them as they have such a disastrous effect on biodiversity.”He added that the Canada Goose is another example of an invasive species causing nuisance – but it is not legal to sell their meat. Shooters who kill the geese, however, have been known to enjoy them in casseroles and stews.Restaurants in London are catching on to the trend. Ivan Tisdall-Downes, who runs Native in Borough, has flooded his menu with invasive species.These include the signal crayfish, pennywort, pineapple weed, grey squirrel, Muntjac deer, Wild Fal oysters, Darwin’s barberry and the Alexander plant. read more

Teacher found hanging in apartment boyfriend in custody

Bess was found hanging from the roof of an apartment by her relativesA 27-year-old teacher attached to Goed Fortuin Secondary, Tishaun Bess, was found hanging in a house at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara on Wednesday afternoon.Based on information received, Bess was found hanging from the roof of a rented home by her relatives who had not heard from her since last week.Police have confirmed that the body had been there for approximately 2 days and that they have a suspect, who is believed to be the woman’s boyfriend, in custody.Inews was informed that the now dead woman resided with her boyfriend in La Parfaite Harmonie, but she recently moved out into a rented apartment in the same village.It is alleged by family members of the dead teacher that she was involved in an abusive relationship, which precipitated her decision to leave.Inews understands that Bess’ relatives have reported to police that the woman’s boyfriend had visited her over the weekend and she was not seen since.Police however, are not ruling out the possibility of suicide.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigators grilling ex-boyfriend of murdered Sophia womanApril 21, 2016In “Crime”Suspects still in custody for murdered Qualfon receptionistDecember 13, 2017In “Crime”Agricola Murder: UK citizen discharged from hospital; relatives take her into hidingFebruary 2, 2014In “Crime” read more

Despite mining forestry agriculture Guyanas land degradation low GLSC

Guyana’s coastline continues to be prone to erosion, saltwater intrusion and flooding continues to be an issue, resulting in lands which should have been used for farming and other human activities to lose its viability.And despite Mining, agriculture and forestry, resources historically key to Guyana’s economy, contributing to the overall land degradation, particularly in Regions 1, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) estimates that a total of 0.003 per cent of Guyana’s land is degraded.The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has defined land degradation as the process whereby the value and productivity of land is reduced as a result of a combination of human- induced and natural processes acting upon the land.In other words, land degradation is the reduction and loss of the biological and economic productive capacity of the land.The GLSC posited in a statement that although the level of land degradation in Guyana is extremely low, Guyana continues to implement measures.“The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission as the National Focal Point continues to take actions to curb land degradation. In April 2016, Guyana voluntarily opted to undertake the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP) to strengthen the implementation of the UNCCD and improve land management as the world strives to achieve a land degradation neutral world by 2030.”According to the GLSC, preceding the finalization of the LDN-TSP Report, was the completion of Guyana’s Aligned National Action Plan to Combat Land Degradation.It was outlined that Guyana has recently commenced the implementation of the US$14.5 million Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) funded project titled “ Sustainable Land Development and Management (SLDM)” that will be mainstreamed into policy, institutional and governance mechanisms to prevent land degradation and restore degraded lands where possible.The development of Guyana’s first ever, National Land Policy will also address this issue.The GRIF was established under the former Administration in partnership with Norway to promulgate Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) that would see Norway disbursing millions into the GRIF for forest climate services provided by Guyana.The GLSC noted that this project will provide considerable benefits to Guyanese and to the country’s green state national development trajectory by strengthening capacity building in the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and other key stakeholder agencies.“As a nation, Guyana, remains committed to achieving land degradation neutrality” said the Commission. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana preparing to host first ever CRIC Conference in the CaribbeanFebruary 9, 2018In “latest news”New Unit launched to track illegal mining, deforestationApril 10, 2014In “Mining”New Surveyors warned about land grabbingNovember 21, 2014In “Business” read more

A third of David Camerons party will vote against him over EU

first_imgBRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron is bracing for a fresh rebellion from his backbench MPs this week, with close to 100 Conservative MPs set to defy him in a parliamentary vote.Tory divisions over Britain’s membership of the European Union – which never far below the surface – have burst out into the open once again ahead of the expected vote on Wednesday.Eurosceptic MP John Baron has tabled a non-binding motion expressing “regret” that last week’s Queen’s Speech, which set out the government priorities for the year, did not include a promise to legislate for a referendum on EU membership.Cameron has promised to hold a referendum if his party wins a majority at the next general election in 2015. Currently the Tories share power with the smaller pro-EU Liberal Democrats.Reports suggest 100 MPs are likely to support Baron’s motion – a third of the Conservatives’ parliamentary party, and an increase on the 81 Tory MPs who demanded a referendum in a 2011 vote.Cameron’s office has said he is “relaxed” about next week’s vote, but it emerged this weekend that ministers have been told they cannot support Baron’s amendment and should abstain.It would be unprecedented for ministers to vote against their own government’s Queen’s Speech, but many Eurosceptics in the cabinet would also likely refuse to openly condemn a motion which reflects their own views.Media storm ahead of the voteAmid front-page newspaper headlines proclaiming “Tory civil war” and “Tories in Europe turmoil”, senior Conservative ministers took to the airwaves on Sunday to try to calm the storm.“You can’t have a civil war when everyone is on the same side,” said education secretary Michael Gove, who claimed that the “overwhelming majority” of Tory MPs wanted a different relationship with Brussels, and admitted that he believed leaving the EU would be “perfectly tolerable”.But Gove said the rebels simply “want to let off steam” and insisted Cameron’s promise to renegotiate Britain’s terms of membership with the EU, before putting them to a public vote in 2017, was the right approach.However, Baron wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that the prime minister’s pledge “is not yet believable”.He said legislating for a referendum “would put this right” and vowed in the coming weeks to seek “every means possible to bring legislation to parliament”.Home Secretary Theresa May and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond also backed the prime minister’s plans in television interviews and confirmed they would abstain in next week’s vote.May said she had “every sympathy” with the rebels but added: “I don’t think it’s right for ministers to effectively vote against the programme we put forward in the Queen’s Speech.”Hammond was asked if he shouldn’t therefore vote against Baron’s motion, and for the Queen’s Speech.“I wouldn’t want to vote against it and allow that to be misinterpreted as in any way questioning our commitment to, our belief in, the idea of a referendum,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Read: David Cameron promises referendum on Britain’s EU membership by 2017last_img read more

Mandate and Tesco agree to without prejudice talks with a view to

first_img 47 Comments Short URL Feb 16th 2017, 6:03 PM Image: Rollingnews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3243840 Image: Rollingnews.ie 13,032 Views THE MANDATE TRADE Union has said it welcomes the agreement with Tesco Ireland to enter into “without prejudice” talks with a view to settling the current dispute which sees staff at eight Tesco stores on indefinite strike.A meeting between the two parties is set to take place over the coming days, said Mandate.Mandate general secretary John Douglas said: “Whilst we welcome Tesco Ireland’s response to our offer of ‘without prejudice’ talks we are also cautious as the company has said that the solution to the dispute ‘is as set out by the Labour Court in its recommendation’.However, as we have pointed on a number of occasions to Tesco Ireland an solution to this dispute cannot be found totally within the confines of the recommendation as it currently stands.Tesco statements have repeatedly asserted that it was abiding by the Labour Court in its actions and criticised Mandate for taking strike action.According to Mandate, staff at eight Tesco stores remain on indefinite strike.They are in Baggot Street, Ballyfermot and Finglas in Dublin, with stores in Tralee, Longford, Navan, Tullamore and Bray also affected.From tomorrow a further eight stores will join the strike, according to Mandate.They are in:Artane Castle Shopping Centre, Beaumont, Dublin 5Ballybrack, Co DublinRoselawn Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15Drumcondra, Dublin 9Phibsborough, Dublin 7Prussia Street, Dublin 7Tirkeenan, Co MonaghanGreystones, Co WicklowThe dispute centres around contract changes for workers who have been employed by Tesco since before 1996.There are 250 people who will be affected by these contract changes, while 700 have taken voluntary redundancy in the past year (Mandate states this figure is higher). Tesco Ireland currently employs 14,500 people.Mandate said it believes these new contracts will be vastly inferior to the ones workers are now on.Tesco strongly disputes his however. It states that “the company has not made any changes to the pre-1996 terms and conditions of the 250 workers at the centre of the dispute”.A Tesco statement to TheJournal.ie said that an agreement had been made in principle for “without prejudice” talks, but no details had yet been made for when they would take place.Read: ‘We’ll be here as long as it takes’: Striking Tesco workers say they’re in it for the long haulRead: What on earth is Project Black? And why are Irish unions so worried about it? Share Tweet Email Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 6:03 PM Mandate and Tesco agree to ‘without prejudice’ talks with a view to ending ongoing strike The eight Tesco stores affected by the strike are set to be joined by another eight more tomorrow. By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Debate Room Can you be prolife and a feminist

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3267626 By Various It’s a deep, challenging question about how, or even whether, the fight for women’s equality can accommodate women who oppose what many see as a key foundation of equality: a woman’s right to control her fertility and to seek a legal abortion. Is it possible to be pro-life and a feminist? Does feminism have room for women with diverse beliefs, including an ethical problem with abortion? We asked a commentator from both sides of the debate to tell us what they think.YES. I’m pro-equality for everyone. Real feminism is about equal rights for all. We can’t just pick and choose the “equality” that suits us.Abortion doesn’t empower women, and real equality is not built on pushing women towards an industry that kills babies for profit.The diversity of the pro-life movement includes the “bad-ass, pro-life” feminists of NWA, black leaders, and gays and lesbians whose personal experiences often lead them to also seek equality for preborn children, whose humanity has long been confirmed through continuing advances in science.It’s about money, not women’s health The abortion industry is a powerful patriarchal institution with huge amounts of money at their disposal, mostly unwillingly extracted from taxpayers.In the UK, abortion providers BPAS and Marie Stopes get at least £75 million per year from the public purse, and are virtually untouchable, despite the inspections showing that they endangered women, and have carried out an abortion on a woman with learning disabilities who did not understand the procedure.Abortion promoters earn huge salaries, with the Director of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, pulling in almost $1 million per year. Abby Johnson, a former US abortion clinic worker, has written that her clinic was expected to increase the number of abortions performed and maximise revenue from abortion.Abortion hurts women Women do regret their abortions and there is little opportunity to openly discuss this, as this is hidden away as an inconvenient truth that doesn’t suit, now that “shouting your abortion” has become a catchphrase.Evidence is easily available that shows women express regret through support networks, and research shows that women who undergo abortions have rates of mental health problems that are about 30% higher.True feminism means acknowledging all women’s experiences, not just the ones that conveniently suit us.Femicide – aborting babies because they are girlsMara Hvistendahl’s “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men” documents the world’s missing women through prenatal scans and readily available abortion. The Gendercide Awareness Project states that 126 million women are missing due to femicide.It’s estimated that every year, 2 million baby girls die in sex-selective abortion and infanticide. That’s 4 girls per minute. The head of Britain’s biggest abortion provider, Ann Furedi, says aborting babies because they are girls is part of a woman’s right to choose.We can do better than abortion, for women and for their babies. That’s why every feminist should be pro-life.Maria Horan has a MA in Women’s Studies and is a pro-life feminist.   Pictured (L to R) Annie Hoey (President USI), Kitty O’ Kane (Derry Alliance for Choice), Ailbhe Smyth (Coalition to Repeal 8th Amendment) Brid Smith TD, Emma Hendrick( Pro Choice Campaigner) Rita Harrold (ROSA) outside Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin, February 21 2017. Source: Leah FarrellNO. You can’t be a “pro-life feminist”. A key tenet of feminism is the right to bodily autonomy; having control over what happens to your own body.In Ireland you cannot be forced to give blood or donate an organ (even if you are dead). Yet, if you are a woman or pregnant person, you can be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, forced to undergo invasive surgery, and even be artificially kept alive so your body can be used as an incubator.By advocating for legal restrictions on abortion the “pro-life” movement supports this, and there’s simply no denying that.Life equal to an egg?Once you decide that the life of a grown woman is equal to that of a fertilised egg, that her choices, wishes and needs are to be disregarded in favour of a zygote, how can you still claim to be a champion of equality? You can’t.Of course you can be a feminist and be personally opposed to abortion, however once you stand in the way of someone else’s choice, once you campaign for her choice to be legally restricted, you lose the right to call yourself a feminist.In fact, unless you actively support free, safe and legal abortion access, starting with the removal of the Eighth Amendment, then you cannot in good faith call yourself a feminist.Any restrictions on abortion mean that women have choices taken away from them, and are forced to do things with their body against their will.Controlling womenAbortion laws in Ireland have never been about anything less than controlling women. Magdalene Laundries and their mass graves are proof of that.The Eighth Amendment was passed in a climate of stigma and shame around women’s sexuality and agency. We still see this today: opinion polls show support for abortion in cases of rape is much higher than when a woman has an unplanned pregnancy that occurred through consensual sex. Why is abortion more acceptable when women have suffered?The answer is simple: ingrained societal prejudice against women. “Pro-life feminists” need to examine what is driving their beliefs: my money’s on internalised misogyny.Caoimhe Doyle has been a member of the Abortion Rights Campaign since their founding in 2013 and is one of the current co-conveners. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.Opinion: ‘Taxpayers who earn significantly less than Bus Éireann drivers are being asked to foot the bill’>Opinion: ‘Ireland has become a pollution haven due to neo-liberal model of light-touch regulation’> 3,009 Views Mar 4th 2017, 9:30 AM Debate Room: Can you be pro-life and a feminist? Is it possible to oppose abortion rights and still call yourself a feminist? 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Paralysed after motorbike accident Greek Australian woman inspires with her resilience

first_imgAdelaide-born motocross rider Christina Vithoulkas was on a friend’s property in SA a fortnight ago when she fell off her bike during a failed jump.The accident left her paralysed from the chest down.“I instantly knew it wasn’t going to be a great landing and then everything was pretty much a blur,” says the 23-year-old who is originally from the Riverland in South Australia and has been a freestyle rider for almost five years.“The minute I hopped on the bike I instantly fell in love with the sport and regardless of what happened, I still love my motorbike,” adds Christina, expressing her determination to take on her life’s new challenge and master her wheelchair until she is ready to eventually somehow get back on the bike.“Every morning when I wake up, I think to myself, I have one life and two choices: To be happy and positive about life or negative and upset about my accident, but when I look around I am deeply grateful for the people I have in my life. There’s honestly no reason to be upset when I have so much support. What a waste of life and time that would be,” says Christina. Her parents, twin sister Irene, friends and fiancé James haven’t left her side since the day of the accident.James had proposed to Christina almost five weeks ago.“She is my soulmate. I love my girl and I’ll never leave her side,” says the 25-year-old excavator operator and part-time freestyle rider who has resigned from his work and will be Christina’s primary carer going forward.“I am here to look after her and I am already planning our country home’s renovations, because the house needs to be specially fitted to cater for Christina’s injury.”Although doctors delivered the devastating news that it was unlikely Christina would ever walk again, the thrill seeker has defiantly wowed everyone with her strength and courage.“Every day that goes by I feel stronger mentally and physically and now I am convinced that my calling in life is to inspire other people, particularly young women, to be strong and to look at the brighter side of life,” she says.Last Tuesday, the traffic controller supervisor flew back to Victoria (she moved from regional SA to Tongala almost a year-and-a-half ago) and plans to return to work after she spends three months in rehabilitation building up her strength.“Work has already contacted me to let me know that they have made my office wheelchair friendly and that they are missing me. I am really looking forward to going back.”The determined young woman refuses to let her injury stop her from living a full life admitting that her positive outlook comes from being raised in a happy family environment.“Everyone keeps asking me where I get my strength from, but for me, it is just so simple. While growing up, my parents taught me to appreciate everything life throws at me and not to take my blessings for granted. I have travelled to 24 different countries, I have visited our beautiful island of Zakynthos and Greece three times and my mum and dad’s words are embedded in me.“Be grateful for all that you have and never take life for granted,” concludes Christina whose family and friends held a charity ride in her honour last Sunday in Adelaide, raising almost $90,000 in an attempt to help out the young couple. If you wish to contribute visit https://www.gofundme.com/678x96o Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

27th annual Florida Renaissance Festival returns to Deerfield Beach

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Renaissance revival is taking Deerfield Beach by storm, and it looks like it came straight out of “Game of Thrones.”The Florida Renaissance Festival began Feb. 9 to throw visitors back in time to the era of kings.Pirates, knights and maidens are just some of the many cosplayers walking around Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.Festivalgoers will also have the chance to enjoy Renaissance games and music.Now in its 27th year, the festival will be running every weekend until March 24.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more