Indian hockey eves to train in Shillaroo ahead of HWL semis

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) The Indian eves will assemble at the SAI centre in Shillaroo for a 24-day camp starting June 1 to kick start its preparations for the Womens Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals to be held in Johannesburg next month. The camp will feature all 33 core probables which includes fresh faces selected based on their performance at the recently-concluded Hockey India seventh Senior Women National Hockey Championship. Hockey Madhya Pradeshs Swati will be the third goalkeeper in the camp besides regulars Savita and Rajani Etimarpu, while Navdeep Kaur, Hlunte Lalhlunmawii of Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Ritu of Hockey Haryana and Jyoti Dahiya of Association of Indian Universities will join defenders Deep Grace Ekka, P Sushila Chanu, Sunita Lakra, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz and Nikki Pradhan. Karishma Yadav of Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Nilanjali Rai of Hockey Madhya Pradesh, K Ngaihpari of Hockey Mizoram and Neha of Railway Sports Promotion Board will be the new inclusions among the existing midfielders. India is grouped in Pool B along with USA, South Africa, Chile and Argentina in the Hockey World League Semi-Final to be held from July 8 to 23. Pool A features England, Germany, Japan, Poland and Ireland. “The idea of having the National Camp in Shillaroo was to get used to playing in a high altitude environment. Johannesburg will be at 1750 meters and Shillaroo is at 2500 meters so hosting our camp in Shillaroo will help us prepare better,” said womens team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne. “For now we train with a core group of 33 women and the 18 member team will be selected after the selection trials.” The Indian womens team started the new Olympic season on a high note with a series of wins starting with the Asian Champions Trophy last year. They also beat Belarus 5-0 in a series earlier this year and won the World League Round 2 in Canada. However, the Indian girls also suffered a morale- shattering 0-5 defeat against New Zealand who are ranked fifth in the world. “Learning from the mistakes we made in New Zealand, we will need to work on handling higher speed, be stronger in our man-to-man marking and we also need to improve on ball possession,” Marijne said. “Though we lost matches in New Zealand, it gives us confidence for the way we played some of the matches. New Zealand is one of the best teams in the world at the moment and we needed this match experience to see what level we need to be at in order to win matches against higher-ranked teams,” he added. In Shillaroo, the team will be focusing on improving their defence structure, speed and fitness. “Besides, the emphasis will be on converting penalty corners, working on different goal scoring variations and also practice shoot outs,” the coach said. Core Group: Goal keepers:Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Swati. Defenders:Deep Grace Ekka, P Sushila Chanu, Sunita Lakra, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Navdeep Kaur, Hlunte Lalhlunmawii, Ritu, Nikki Pradhan and Jyoti Dahiya. Midfielders: Monika, Namita Toppo, Karishma Yadav, Udita, Nilanjali Rai, K Ngaihpari,Neha, Ritu Rani, Lilima Minz and Renuka Yadav. Forwards: Rani, Navjot Kaur, Sonika, Preeti Dubey, Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Reena Khokhar, Jyoti Guptaand Navneet Kaur. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ top list of best performing smartphones: Consumer Reports

first_imgSamsung once again takes the top two spots in Consumer Report’s list of best performing smartphones with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ taking the top two spots. The ranking sees Apple’s latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus taking the fourth and fifth place.Interestingly, Samsung’s Galaxy S7, which was launched in 2016, managed to beat the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as well, claiming the third spot. Meanwhile, the recently launched Galaxy Note 8 phablet managed to claim the sixth spot. Consumer Reports cited weak durability and heavy weight as some of the problem points that places the phablet at number six.The report leaves out the LG V30 smartphone as it was released in the US market this month. Despite the fact that Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus failed to take the top two spots, Consumer Reports has positively reviewed both the models, lauding the cameras and battery life for both.It will be interesting to see where the iPhone X stands once the phone launches in November. The iPhone X features a brand new design language for the Cupertino giant as it sports an edge-to-edge display and packs a faster processor, improved cameras, and a larger battery life.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018), Galaxy A7 (2018) appear in leaked rendersSeperately, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ could get a Portrait Mode similar to the Pixel 2, based on the company’s reply to a customer query. While not stating it explicitly, Samsung’s response in a customer support page provides some hint that it could launch a Portrait Mode for the smartphones, both of which feature single rear cameras. The Portrait Mode enables one to capture bokeh shots. Samsung has already introduced a version of its Portrait Mode, called Live Focus with the Galaxy Note 8.advertisementlast_img read more

Red-hot Ronaldo in record-setting form for Real

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Red-hot Ronaldo makes best start to a calendar year at Real Madrid Alberto Piñero Real Madrid correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:28 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(16) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División Getafe Real Madrid v Getafe After a sluggish beginning to the season, the 33-year-old has hit his top level over the course of the last couple of months Cristiano Ronaldo has made his best start to a calendar year since arriving at Real Madrid by netting 12 times in the first two months of 2018.The form and longevity of the Portugal star was called into question at the start of the season, which he started slowly. Hampered by suspension, it took the 33-year-old until a December 9 rout of Sevilla to get his third goal of the league campaign.Since the winter break, the Ballon d’Or winner has set about making up for lost time, and has hit a particularly rich seam of form in recent weeks. 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 Ronaldo has scored double or better in four of his last six La Liga outings, including a hat-trick against Real Sociedad. Only Levante have managed to keep the attacker quiet during this period, in which he has scored 10 goals.Additionally, the Portuguese attacker’s double against Paris Saint-Germain helped Madrid to a 3-1 first-leg lead over the Ligue 1 leaders in the Champions League last 16.Even a forward as prolific as Ronaldo has rarely enjoyed such a prolific period, netting 1.33 goals-per-game on average since the beginning of January.It is his hottest ever start to a year at the Bernabeu. Although he scored more goals in January and February in 2013, he also played four more fixtures and therefore only struck 1.23 goals-per-game.Twelve months earlier, he matched the 12 goals he has struck this time around but had similarly played 13 times for Los Blancos in comparison to the nine outings he has had under Zinedine Zidane so far this year.Cristiano Ronaldo goal GFXRonaldo’s turnaround in form, if continued, could propel him in back into Ballon d’Or contention towards the end of the year, despite Lionel Messi having been considered the favourite after an excellent La Liga season.”I never dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or five times,” Ronaldo said this week . “If I had to finish my career now, I would be super happy… [but] if I won another Ballon d’Or, two or three more times I’d be delighted with life.”Even if I don’t win, I’ve already won five… but I still have the confidence and the strength to compete for the prize… it depends on the titles we win this year. Everything I dreamed of, I achieved.”The news also bodes well for Portugal as they seek to upset the odds and win World Cup 2018.Ronaldo has consistently improved his output in World Cup years since moving to Spain, starting the year with just five goals in 2006 before netting six times and nine times in 2010 and 2014 respectively.last_img read more

New Funds to Support HRMs Homeless

first_img FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Fewer people will be living in Halifax’s homeless shelters thanks to a 400-thousand-dollar investment by the province in a supportive housing initiative. The funding, announced today (May 31st) by Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse, will allow Halifax’s shelter community to hire seven new supportive housing workers as part of a pilot project. These workers will help people who have struggled to live on their own make the move from shelters to more permanent housing. Ms. Peterson-Rafuse says housing support workers can help connect people to the services they need to live independently. -30- Fewer people will be living in Halifax’s homeless shelters thanks to a $400,000 investment by the province in a supportive housing initiative. The funding, announced today, May 31, by Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse, will allow Halifax’s shelter community to hire seven new supportive housing workers as part of a pilot project. These workers will help people who have struggled to live on their own make the move from shelters to more permanent housing. “People deserve a place where they can put down roots and become part of a community. Housing support workers can help connect people to the services they need to live independently,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “Shelters are not a long-term solution to homelessness. We need to be sure we’re helping those who can become more self-sufficient do so.” For the past two years, shelter operators in Halifax have been meeting regularly with Community Services staff to look at long- and short-term solutions to homelessness. The funding proposal for this pilot project grew out of these meetings. “Supportive housing is an important piece in the equation to end homelessness,” said Bill Pratt, executive director, Saint Leonard’s Society of Nova Scotia. “Moving from shelter living to community living can be difficult. “It’s not as easy as simply leaving a shelter one day and moving into better accommodations the next. The challenges, large and small, faced by each individual require personal solutions. And, that is where supportive housing workers fit in.” Halifax’s shelter operators will work with Community Services staff to place the housing support workers where they will be the most effective. The supportive housing workers will help people in need access housing, and other government and community-based resources and supports. Some people are on the streets because of complex mental health or addiction issues. These are the people who will benefit from the help and guidance provided by these new supportive housing workers. Arnoldo Alcayaga knows first-hand the importance of supportive housing and supportive housing workers. He is in a supportive housing program and he is doing well. “Anyone longing for a place to call home, the Saint Leonard’s Society’s supportive housing program is the answer. All one has to do is ask and the society will deliver. The rest is up to the individual. It’s working for me and I believe that it can work for anyone who is interested in changing his or her life.” The project will be evaluated and variations may be implemented in areas of the province where homelessness and shelter space are an issue. The funding for this project is on top of support already given to shelters and other not-for-profits that help people move from shelters to independent living.last_img read more

Investigators talk to planes captain in taxiway close call

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal investigators confirmed Monday that an Air Canada jet was descending toward a taxiway holding four other planes rather than the assigned runway and narrowly avoided disaster at San Francisco International Airport.The National Transportation Safety Board said it interviewed the captain of the Air Canada plane, will talk to the co-pilot Tuesday and finish talking to air traffic controllers by Wednesday.The NTSB said the Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land on runway 28R but instead lined up its approach for a parallel taxiway, which four other airliners were using to get in position to take off.The NTSB said the Air Canada jet descended to less than 100 feet above the ground and flew over another plane before aborting the landing on July 7.Air Canada declined to comment, citing the investigation.The Air Canada jet, with 140 people on board, was arriving from Toronto. The NTSB statement adds details to the first official description of the close call, a summary released last week by Canadian safety authorities.Also Monday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who was a passenger aboard the flight, released a letter to Air Canada in which he requested that the airline keep passengers informed of the results of any investigation. He said passengers were not told what was happening, and instead, the pilot “made a nonchalant announcement that he had to go around due to traffic at the airport.”Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has given the flight data recorder, one of the so-called black boxes from the Air Canada plane, to the NTSB, which is leading the investigation.The NTSB said it has security-camera video of the late-night incident and will release it in the coming months.last_img read more

Butane Gas Distributors Threaten to Strike During Ramadan

Rabat – Morocco’s butane gas distribution companies are threatening to go on strike during the holy month of Ramadan. The distributors want to put pressure on the government into meeting their demands during a month that typically sees high consumption rates.Distributors stated, according to sources speaking to Moroccan outlet Assabah, that the 2019 finance law “raises concerns among investors” because it stipulates that distributors must give invoices and financial statements to grocer’s shops. The regulation, they claim, does not take into consideration their confidentiality. Distributors reminded the government of Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani’s promise in January that small grocer’s shops would be exempt from “electronic billing.”Read also: Moroccan Gas Distributors Promise to Start New Year with StrikesMinister Delegate of Public Affairs and Governance Lahcen Daoudi and an association of butane gas distributors have held several meetings in the past but have not come to a mutual understanding. According to Moroccan media outlets, there has since been mounting tension between the government and butane gas distribution companies. The companies said they would go on strike particularly to denounce the new finance law, entered into force this year. Distributors are complaining of the law’s provisions, imposing taxes, requiring electronic billing, and, according to them, reducing their profit margin. Distribution companies planned to go on strike on January 8, but delayed their plan.Rumors circulated social media in late February saying that the government would cut butane gas subsidies, which Daoudi denied.Morocco subsidizes butane gas, flour, and sugar. Many Moroccans use butane gas for cooking and heating. read more

Blue helmets with UNAfrican force in Darfur turn to music reading as

26 June 2010The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur has helped local civil society groups collect thousands of books through a music festival designed to highlight Sudanese culture and its role in maintaining peace in the war-torn area. “The arts can play a crucial role, especially at this time in Darfur’s history,” said Paul Ebikwo, a regional representative of the UN mission, known by its acronym UNAMID, which was set up by the UN Security Council to protect civilians and quell the violence in Darfur.Nearly seven years of fighting in the area killed some 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million others, some who are staying at the UN Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the southern town of Nyala, where the concert was held.The musical headliner at the Elbiheir Theater, where patrons sat yesterday on plastic chairs under the stars, was “Igd Algalad” a Khartoum-based group with roots in traditional Sudanese folk songs.In a twist to a typical concert, the “We Read for the Recovery of Darfur” event asked audience members to contribute books instead of tickets.The performances drew crowds of people, including youth and state officials. The exact number of books has yet to be counted, but a similar event a few months ago raised some 9,000 books. Organizers, who are members of the Afia Sudan Voluntary Organization, said the concert is part of a series of events aimed at collecting one million books for distribution throughout Darfur’s universities and public libraries in the main cities.A similar event is soon anticipated for El Fasher, North Darfur. read more

Head of UN office against drugs and crime praises Colombias antinarcotics efforts

28 September 2011The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has praised Colombia’s political commitment to fighting narcotics production and related crimes and financial support of the office’s technical assistance projects against the scourge in the region. On his first visit to the South American country, Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, yesterday thanked the President Juan Manuel Santos for his Government’s generous funding of UNODC’s programmes.Colombia, once the world’s leading producer of coca, has managed to cut down the cultivation of the raw material for cocaine significantly over the past decade. Its economic growth has also demonstrated a distinct correlation between increased national security and a declining drug economy, according to UNODC.“Colombia’s progress in drastically reducing drug production has had a positive global impact in terms of security and public health. UNODC is prepared to continue to support Colombia in addressing existing and future challenges related to drugs and crime,” said Mr. Fedotov.Mr. Fedotov visited Antioquia province, where many alternative development programmes are being implemented. He commended those successful efforts, which have helped wean poor farmers off coca crop cultivation by encouraging them to pursue legal livelihoods.Programmes supported by UNODC have helped over 150,000 farmers switch from dependence on illicit markets to gainful employment by creating over 28,000 jobs and 600 rural enterprises that produce products such as coffee, cocoa, palm hearts, chocolate and honey.By pioneering alternative development initiatives such as the Forest Warden Families programme, Colombia has made more than 4 million hectares, an area the size of the Netherlands, “drug-free.”Those efforts may also have helped mitigate climate change – the production of a gram of cocaine leads to the destruction of four square metres of rainforest. Reforestation projects are thought to have captured some 75 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.Mr. Fedotov stressed the principle of “shared responsibility” and the need to build national, regional and international efforts into a comprehensive strategy on the cultivation, production and trafficking of drugs. Colombia is one of the few countries to have embraced that principle.“Consumer countries must do their part too and reduce the demand that drives the drugs trade, trafficking and violent crime,” he said. “This is a matter for all of us. I urge the international community to keep up support for Colombia, which has shouldered so much of the burden of drug-related crime and terrorism in the past.” read more

SecretaryGeneral condemns bomb attack in Bahrain

Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, conveyed his sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Bahrain. “Such acts of violence cannot be justified by any cause,” said the statement.“The Secretary-General strongly believes that a genuine and all-inclusive political dialogue is the only way forward,” it added. “He urges all Bahrainis to come together to create a conducive environment for promoting reconciliation.”

Our grief trauma anger will not make us abandon our humanity Palestinian

According to Mr. Abbas, the negotiations had not started from point zero, “nor are we lost in a labyrinth without a map, nor do we lack a compass so as to lose sight of the finish line and of the destination.”He recalled how he had last addressed this very hall as “Palestine was healing her wounds and her people were burying beloved martyred children, women and men after yet another war.” “And here we are again today….full of grief, regret, bitterness. The difference today is that the scale of this genocidal crime is larger, and that the list of martyrs, especially children, is longer,” Mr. Abbas told world leaders. This last war against Gaza was a series of “absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world.” We can assume that no one will wonder anymore why extremism is rising and why the culture of peace is losing ground, said the Palestinian leader. “At the same time, I affirm that our grief, trauma and anger will not for one moment make us abandon our humanity, our values and our ethics; we will maintain our respect and commitment to international law, international humanitarian law and international consensus,” said Mr. Abbas. “The future proposed by the Israeli government for the Palestinian people is at best isolated ghettos for Palestinians on fragmented lands, without borders and without sovereignty over its airspace, water and natural resources, which will be under the subjugation of the racist settlers and army of occupation, and at worst will be a most abhorrent form of Apartheid,” he said, adding that Israel can no longer act as a state above the law with impunity. During the past two weeks, the State of Palestine and the Arab Group have been working with Member States to prepare a Security Council draft resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an endeavour that aspires to establish the State of Palestine over the entire territory occupied since 1967, and deal with the plight of Palestine refugees, with a specific timeframe for the implementation as stipulated in the Arab Peace Initiative. read more

UN urges new postISIL Iraq to draw on diversity support religious minorities

“Iraq needs all its components, all its ethnic and religious groups, to rebuild in the post-Da’esh period and prosper in the future as a stable and united country,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, in a press release issued Monday.He urged the authorities to proactively support these communities and ensure the return of minorities who had been persecuted by the terrorist group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Millions of Iraqis have been displaced since the rise of ISIL and due to a battle to oust the terrorists.  His call comes in the wake of recent criminal and terrorist acts that targeted members of minority communities in Iraq.Last Thursday, three Christian family members were killed in Baghdad by armed men who stormed their house and stabbed them to death. In the past three years, Christians, particularly in Ninewa Governorate, suffered from the Da’esh terrorism.Iraq draws its strength from its cultural and religious diversity, and its rich history. This treasure should be protected and nurtured.Christians are one of the ancient communities in this country, dating back to the early days of Christianity and Mesopotamia. This indigenous community, which in the 1980s counted almost 1.3 million, has dwindled to an estimated 400,000 today, according to community leaders.Also last week, a member of the Sabean Mandaean community was kidnapped from his shop in Baghdad and his body was later found on a street. In Nassiriyah in the country’s south, another Sabean Mandaean was stabbed at his shop but survived after his Muslim neighbours came to his aid.“Iraq draws its strength from its cultural and religious diversity, and its rich history. This treasure should be protected and nurtured by the Government and the people of Iraq,” Mr. Kubiš said.“There is no place for intolerance and discrimination, for targeting and suppressing minorities,” he added, urging the Government to support and protect Yezidi, Christians, Shabak, Sabean Mandaeans, and other minorities. read more

January 2012 – EV and AFV registrations

SMMT has published Electric and Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicle registration figures for January and the year-to-date.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.For more information about the Plug-In Car Grant, visit the OLEV website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Dominant defense leads Ohio State womens basketball over Wisconsin 8761

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe surging Ohio State women’s basketball team (18-4, 10-1) handled a struggling Wisconsin team (6-15, 2-9) with a suffocating defensive performance Thursday night to keep the train running smoothly into the highly anticipated matchup with No. 5 Maryland on Monday.Coming into the matchup against the Badgers, the Buckeyes had won 13 of their last 14 games overall. The 87-61 victory pushed No. 7 OSU’s home winning streak to 11 games, while the Badgers have now dropped nine of their last 10 games overall.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was satisfied with the way each member of the team immediately found their individual roles and contributed in the contest.“We had good communication, good concentration, good effort,” McGuff said. “Everybody (that) came off the bench knew exactly what we were in. They were locked in and focused.”The Scarlet and Gray started the game off slow, plagued by poor shooting. But that all changed with a little over two minutes left in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored 11 of their 19 first-quarter points in that short amount of time, aided by a trio of 3-pointers.The momentum OSU created carried over into the second period. The Buckeyes quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead and started to step it up on defense. The lead blossomed to 20 points midway through the quarter, but a late surge pushed the Badgers back to a 13-point deficit at the break.In the opening half, senior guard Ameryst Alston led the way for OSU with 12 points, while junior forward Shayla Cooper added 10 points along with seven rebounds. The nation’s third-leading scorer, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, was held to only three points in the first half but found other ways to help her team out. For the Badgers, Cayla McMorris and Michala Johnson each put in eight points.While the Buckeyes held a steady lead at the break, they saw the opportunity to put the game away early with a lopsided third quarter, and did just that.“The third quarter was as good a defensive quarter as we’ve had probably all year,” McGuff said.The Buckeyes held Wisconsin to only seven points in the entire third period, pressuring the Badgers into shooting only 18.2 percent from the field. Using the full-court press to their advantage, the Buckeyes put together a lockdown team effort throughout the 10 minutes.When the final buzzer sounded, the Buckeyes headed off the floor with heads held high. Alston was the leading scorer for OSU with 21 points, while Mitchell, who had a strong second half shooting the ball, added 16. Cooper earned her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as well.Nine different OSU players saw the floor, eight of whom scored in the game, displaying an ability and a willingness to get everyone involved.“I think that’s what’s so special about our team. We have so many different aspects (and) a lot of us can contribute,” Alston said. “It’s always great to see (different) people out there playing.”Continuing Big Ten play, the streaking Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland at home Monday, which is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tipoff. read more

Vardar Pro wins the Macedonian Cup

Macedoniamacedonian cupmetalurgVardar Vardar is the new winner of the Macedonian Cup after years of Metalurg domination. They won the cup with 26:23 in the final. As everyone expected, Vardar and Metalurg easily went past their semi-final rivals, beating them with 20+ goals each. The final scheduled today, saw yet another high-tension exciting game, especially following the incident few days ago when Vujovic physically attacked Cervar’s assistant, Petrovski.In the half-full “Boris Trajkovski” arena, Vardar took an early advantage at the beginning of the game, but Metalurg immediately fought back, and even made a great comeback having 11-7 at one point in the game, thanks to great Naumce Mojsovski. Following a 4:0 run, Vardar equalized and being back in the game, the remainder of the first half saw goal-for-goal play. The first ten minutes of the second half saw even play, but then Metalurg speed up their play, and through Mirkulovski they make 19:16 in the 43rd minute, which prompts Vujovic to call a Vardar time-out. After the timeout the team manages to show better display, and the score is 20:20 in the 51th minute. Vardar don’t stop here, they take advantage of Metalurg’s misses, and takes a 22:20 lead. The lead is kept, and Vardar wins 26:23 in the end. ← Previous Story AG Copenhagen VS BSV Silkeborg in the Danish Final! Next Story → THW Kiel wins, 64:0 !!! read more

17 people whose commute to work is better than yours

first_img Source: Imgur12. This woman not letting the bus stop impede her groove Source: YouTube13. This woman who doesn’t need a handhold Source: Imgur14. Anyone looking into the eyes of this wise, wise cat 1. The person who brought this along for the Dublin Bus trip Source: Imgur2. This guy making comfort a priority Source: Imgur3. The person who booked these tickets Source: Ed Smith4. This man who left the instruction ‘Knock when the bus comes’ Source: Imgur15. This man taking a happy selfie with a gimp Source: Imgur16. This guy who has it ALL figured out Source: Imgur5. This older guy who knows public transport is no excuse for flabby pecs Source: Imgur10. This man who has figured out the secret of sleep Source: Imgur11. This guy Source: Imgur8. The thoughtful person who left this sage advice on Dublin Bus Source: Maria Creevey9. Anyone sharing a carriage with this Source: Imgur17. And the guy who vented his frustration by making this. Source: Imgur6. The person who spent their journey constructing this Source: Imgur7. This man riding the Selfie Train all the way to Hotsville Source: Courtesy of @CianOMahonyh/t BuzzfeedYour 13 favourite people on public transport>The best and worst things about getting the train in Ireland>last_img read more

Nicola Sturgeon urges Ireland and Scotland to send a powerful signal around

first_img 45 Comments By Darragh Peter Murphy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet at British-Irish Council Summit in Glasgow earlier this year. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesUpdated 13.06pmNICOLA STURGEON HAS told the Seanad that Ireland and Scotland can send a “powerful signal” around the world on the basis of their shared values.Scotland’s First Minister is on a two-day visit to Dublin, and today became the first head of a foreign government to address the Seanad.In his opening address, cathaoirleach Denis O’Donovan noted the historic links between the two countries, citing Robert the Bruce, St Colum Cille and the gaelic kingdom of Dál Riada – which included parts of Ireland and Scotland.He also paid tribute to Sturgeon for “embodying the modern Scotland”.In her speech, Sturgeon said: “It is a great honour to be invited to address all of you today… it is truly a historic day for all of us. It is wonderful to join you in these absolutely beautiful surroundings.”She said she had the privilege of seeing the Book of Kells in Trinity College Dublin last night, underlining the deeply linked historic connections between Ireland and Scotland. She also noted the countries’ shared history of emigration.Perhaps that explains why Scotland and Ireland have responded with such an open heart to the current migration crisis.Scotland is home to a third of the Syrian refugees welcomed to the UK, and Sturgeon also noted Ireland’s efforts to welcome refugees. Sturgeon said she has been hugely touched by the warm welcome extended to her by President Michael D. Higgins.“Throughout the last four decades, an important context for our co-operation has been our shared place in the European Union,” she added, noting former president Mary Robinson’s comments on how the EU has heightened Ireland’s national self-confidence.Scotland’s experience in the EU have not been identical to Ireland’s. We are not a member state. Yet. But… the sense that small countries can be equal in a partnership of many appeals to us about the European Union.She said it was clear from her discussions with Irish ministers that Brexit is Ireland’s largest foreign policy issue since its entry to the EEC in 1973. Nicola Sturgeon addresses the Seanad today. Source: Oireachtas TVSturgeon added that by working together, “our small nations” can deliver a big and powerful signal around the world on the basis of the countries’ shared values.In welcoming the Scottish First Leader, Fine Gael deputy leader Dr James Reilly attempted to share his time with Enda Kenny’s constituency colleague Michelle Mulherin, but was informed that would not be possible by the chair.Reilly noted that there were “many Celtic fans who follow the soccer” in Scotland in a very serious way.Kenny meetingSturgeon’s visit to Dublin does not include a meeting with Enda Kenny. The Scottish leader said that their diaries meant that they met at the British-Irish Council last Friday instead.While the UK narrowly voted to leave the European Union earlier this year, a majority in Scotland voted to stay, after a passionate campaign led by Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party. Brexit thus provides much of the backdrop to the visit.This morning Sturgeon praised the Taoiseach’s support for the Scottish government’s unique position, as it advocates for a ‘soft Brexit’ that will retain access to the EU single market for British – and Scottish – businesses.Yet the issue is complicated by the opaque negotiating strategy taken by the Conservative government in London, and Kenny’s twin priorities of preserving good relations with the EU – and with British prime minister Theresa May in order to prevent a hard border. Nicola Sturgeon meets President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Source: Rollingnews.ieSupportiveSturgeon acknowledged the balancing act Kenny must strike in his bid to preserve a soft border between the Republic and the North.“Enda Kenny has been extremely supportive of Scotland’s position, but he’s is the leader of an EU member state,” Sturgeon told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.“So when negotiations begin with the UK, he’s clearly going to be on the EU side of that negotiation.I also appreciate very much that, for the Taoiseach, the priority is the all-Ireland issues, and ensuring the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement is protected, and that the issue of the North-South border is resolved.“I think absolutely, in terms of Scotland, we have a friend and an ally in Ireland and in the Irish government.I appreciate the support that Enda Kenny has given us, but I also recognise the priorities he is working to as well. Nov 29th 2016, 12:15 PM http://jrnl.ie/3108260 Short URL Nicola Sturgeon urges Ireland and Scotland to ‘send a powerful signal’ around the world Scotland’s First Minister is on a two-day visit to Dublin, but is not meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 12:15 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 21,203 Views Share111 Tweet Email “I am of the view that during the Brexit campaign, not enough consideration was given to the implications of Brexit for Ireland.” Pope Francis meets with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, during a private audience in his private studio at the Vatican yesterday. Source: Alessandra Tarantino/PAVatican“I met Enda on Friday at the British-Irish Council, and I know he was in the Vatican yesterday. I would think I have a got a good relationship with Enda, he’s always very supportive of the Scottish position,” Sturgeon added.“I had the great pleasure and privilege of meeting the president [Michael D Higgins] and Charlie Flanagan the foreign minister yesterday.”The Scottish leader said the visit is about more than just Brexit, however. Scottish exports to Ireland are worth €1.32 billion, and Irish investment into Scotland currently supports more than 6,000 jobs.I’m not remotely surprised [to not meet Enda], I met Enda a few days ago, we had a bilteral meeting on Friday, so no I would have no expectation of a meeting just a few days later.“I don’t think anyone could look at the visit, and the good interactions between the Scottish and Irish governments and take conclusions from that whatsoever, other than the fact our diaries meant that we met on Friday rather than today.” Sturgeon welcomes British prime minister Theresa May to Bute House in Edinburgh in July, in the wake of the Brexit result. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesDivisionsSturgeon believes the rest of the UK is now beholden to the internal politics of the London government – and the Conservative Party.“I don’t think yet it has a clear idea of what it wants to achieve,” she added.“There was no planning done for the Brexit vote,” she said, adding that not much seems to have been done in the five months since the Brexit referendum.We’re all anxious about the situation that lies ahead. I think partly it’s because there are deep divisions within the [UK] government and within the Conservative Party.“So whichever direction the prime minister [Theresa May] chooses to take, she is at risk of upsetting one wing of her party.And we saw that last week when she hinted at the possibility of a transitional agreement with the EU, and immediately hard Brexiteers in her own party began to speak out, saying she was selling out the referendum result.“And immediately she backtracks on that, or appears to backtrack on that. So I think it crystallizes the position she is in. The party is divided.Unfortunately, this is about much more about than the Conservative Party. The interests of the UK, and within that the Scotland, are on the line. So the sooner the prime minister gets a strategy together, the better for all of us. Sturgeon at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Source: Rollingnews.ieSingle marketWhile a narrow majority in England and Wales voted in favour of leaving the EU, those campaigning for Brexit insisted that businesses across the UK – including Scotland and Northern Ireland – would still gain access to the single market.Yet the consensus across the European Union is that the UK cannot pick and choose to which of the EU’s four freedoms – goods, services, capital, and people – it adheres. And the leading Brexiteers in the Conservative Party are keen to reduce immigration.Yet Scotland still harbours faint hopes that a compromise can be engineered.“I want the UK to stay in the single market, I strongly agree that’s the least worst option in the wake of the Brexit result,” Sturgeon said.I don’t think there is a clear majority anywhere in the UK to leave the single market. We know that coming out of the world’s single biggest single market will have a significant impact, and a significantly negative impact, on jobs and trade and economy.“So I would hope that we can persuade the UK government to stay in the single market. I readily accept, the signals are not promising,” she added.“I want to explore options for Scotland to do that… none of them are straightforward.We’re very much in uncharted territory, and there are no rules for what happens.Thousands of people march for Scottish independence through Glasgow city centre in July, in the wake of the Brexit vote.Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesIndependenceSturgeon also left the door open to another independence referendum, if the UK goes for a hard Brexit without access to the European single market.“If we get to a situation where Scotland is being taken off a hard Brexit cliff-edge, with seriously damaging implications for our economy, jobs, investment and living standards, then I think in those circumstances, Scotland will have the right to decide that that’s the direction it wanted to take…“That’s very much on the table.”Read: ‘Have cake and eat it’ – Photographed notes appear to show Brexit strategyRead: Phil Hogan says the UK is ‘going to learn a hard lesson’ over Brexit Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

US immigration attorney warns undocumented Irish to remain silent or youll be

first_img Share Tweet Email3 Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 7:10 AM Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais Jan 28th 2017, 7:10 AM 59 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3203113 DONALD TRUMP REGULARLY stated his plans to track down and deport illegal US residents when he became president and now it looks like he’s going to be true to his word.This week the US President made an order removing federal funding from “sanctuary cities”.These cities normally don’t allow local police to inquire about the immigration status of people with whom they interact.There are some 300 states, cities and counties across the US. The order signed by Trump on Wednesday demands that those cities lose their federal funding.The federal agency most likely to cut off funding is the Justice Department, which provides grants to local law enforcement agencies to, among other things, assist crime victims and prepare for terrorist attacksAccording to CNN, New York alone stands to lose $10.4 billion (€9.7 billion) in federal funds for social services and other programs.US Immigration Attorney with USAVisaNow.net Caro Kinsella told TheJournal.ie that she was hoping Trump didn’t mean everything he said during his campaign, but his actions don’t give much hope.“It wasn’t just rhetoric for his political campaign. It looks like everything he said he’d do, he’ll try to do.”Trump promised a mass deportation within his first 100 days in office. Kinsella said, ”I’m estimating it will happen as quickly as possible.If you’re in the US and you’re picked up, they’re not catching you and releasing you. You’re being forwarding onto an immigration detention center and your processed there.These centres have an immigration court within them, Kinsella said they’re”like a proper prison”.“You must go through metal detectors and everybody is wearing orange jumpsuits, white socks and flip flops.”‘Remain silent or you’ll be gone very quickly’Between 11 and 12 million illegal immigrants are believed to be living in the US, some 50,000 of those are understood to be Irish. Kinsella warned:If people sign documents – they’re signing their own removal orders.She explained that a lot of people don’t get their constitutional right to talk to an attorney because they don’t know their legal rights.“They can disclose information they shouldn’t so by time they go before a judge – if there is no relief available – they will process you there and then and issue a removal order, sometimes it’s weeks but sometimes it can be days.”Kinsella also stressed that because these people are going to be deported on a mass scale, there is a far greater chance that people will be removed unfairly.“If you don’t talk you’re buying yourself time. I think they’ll get rid of a lot of people who don’t know their rights.People need to exercise their right to remain silent or they will be gone very quickly.Kinsella said she’s mainly getting calls from people who are legal but are worried their green cards or J1 will be taken. “Even people with businesses in the US are fearful of the future.“Gay people are worried he will start reversing legal gay marriage and then they can’t get a green card because they’re married.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie after Trump was elected in November, Lecturer in Migration Studies at University College Cork Dr Piaras Mac Éinrí said:“There was a time when the undocumented Irish fighting for recognition in the States had to decide whether to fight for recognition as a special case compared to other minority groups, or to fight alongside them for status.The Irish had that extra bit of clout because of political and business leaders with Irish connections – such as McCain but those days are gone now.“If a cold wind starts blowing about undocumented migrants, then there’s no reason to believe that the Irish will get a special deal.”Additional reporting by AFPRead: Trump plan for a wall in Clare slammed by international experts> Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais 49,171 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US immigration attorney warns undocumented Irish to ‘remain silent or you’ll be gone very quickly’ Between 11 and 12 million illegal immigrants are believed to be living in the US, some 50,000 of those are understood to be Irish. By Cliodhna Russelllast_img read more

Yowamushi Pedal returns with New Generations

first_imgFans of the hit cycling anime Yowamushi Pedal shed a sad tear at the end of the anime’s second season last year, which marked the end of the Inter-High race, and the departure of the senior students from the team.Well, it looks like those tears were for naught because Yowamushi Pedal has announced the return of our favorite Sohoku High School students in the third season, named Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation.This season will focus on the former first years and their rise to cycling fame. The promotional image and character designs for the new season have just been released.Sakaimichi OnoderaShunsuke ImaizumiWe see the return of our reluctant hero Sakamichi Onodera, along with his classmates Shunsuke Imaizumi and Shokichi Naruko as they strive to bring their team to greatness.Shokichi NarukoJoining them are their other classmates who spend the first two seasons on the sidelines but look to have come into their own by this new season. Junta Teshima looks to be the new leader of the New Generation season, joined by his friend Hajime Aoyagi.Junta TeshimaHajime AoyagiYowamushi Pedal has to date sold over 16 million copies in its manga format, and boasts two extended seasons of anime, as well as four (!!!) movies. The most recent movie, Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike is currently in theaters in Japan. The series follows multiple high school cycling teams as they pedal to glory in competitions against each other across Japan for the aim of becoming number one.The Sohoku team still needs one more member to complete their cycling team in this new season, so look forward to more news about a potential new teammate!Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation is scheduled to begin broadcast in January 2017.last_img read more

HandsOn The Elder Scrolls Blades Is A Mythical Mobile SpinOff

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target There’s nothing quite like a sprawling open-world RPG from Bethesda. Millions of players are willing to put up with comically bad technical issues in games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim because they feel it’s worth it to enjoy the epic quests these games provide. Fallout 76 not so much. And The Elder Scrolls series is one of the most beloved, enduring fantasy franchises in all of gaming. So good luck waiting for The Elder Scrolls 6, coming at some point before we all die.In the meantime though, Elder Scrolls is also now the next Bethesda franchise making the leap to mobile. But while Fallout Shelter opted for casual management gameplay and a stylized look based on the flat cartoony visuals of Vault Boy commercials, The Elder Scrolls: Blades wants to resemble its AAA siblings much more closely. And after playing for myself, it comes pretty close.Despite the mature fantasy trappings, The Elder Scrolls: Blades mostly reminds me of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in that they both rigidly segment the gameplay of their respective franchises but try to stitch them together in a way that creates the illusion of the exploration fans love. Also they both let you pay real money in a “free” game. Tom Nook needs his horse armor.In the main campaign you’re on a quest to discover who destroyed your town (in an unnamed part of Tamriel) as well as rebuild your community. This part of the game is a little town builder, not unheard of in mobile games. You use your resources to build new shops, attract new villagers, and unlock new quests. You can spend real or in-game currency to make buildings appear faster, not great, but again not unheard of in mobile games.The more action-packed gameplay happens in the quests. By either using fake buttons in widescreen mode or surprisingly intuitive thumb-tapping controls in portrait mode, players explore first-person dungeons fighting enemies, completing tasks, and gathering loot. There’s no sprawling open world here and the dungeons I played were all pretty cramped and linear. But you can technically go off in any direction sometimes finding rewards for your curiosity.Those restraints also give Blades more room to look about as great as any other Elder Scrolls games, only this time running on a gorgeous smartphone display like the iPhone XS Max I used. Swiping and holding to use swords or cast magic reminded me of Infinity Blade, another technical showpiece for mobile game graphics back in the day. It’s an uncanny blend of deep console RPG mood with simple mobile gameplay easily pulled off while riding a subway. Plus the new engine never felt as wildly unstable as past games in the series. But unfortunately you can’t shout into your phone like a dragon.Elder Scrolls: Blades wants to be endlessly replayable in small chunks. So in addition to quests you can also enter The Abyss to crawl through infinite levels of procedurally generated dungeons. Any loot earned before dying is yours for the keeping to help on your main journey. The team compared this little roguelike side mode to the endless content in fellow dark fantasy game Diablo III. There’s also an upcoming competitive multiplayer arena mode called Arena but I didn’t get to play it and the mode won’t be available when the game launches in beta early access this spring.If you want Elder Scrolls on the go, we’d probably still recommend Skyrim on Nintendo Switch. But The Elder Scrolls: Blades appears to be an impressive free alternative. It’s coming soon to iOS and Android as well as some other platforms after that if Todd Howard is to be believed. For more on mobile learn about Nintendo’s next mobile game Dr. Mario World and see who is winning the race to 5G.last_img read more