Palghar set for a five-corner contest; CM says did not expect Sena to act like this

first_imgMumbai: The stage is set for a five-corner contest in Palghar with allies Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena naming separate candidates for the May 28 Lok Sabha byelections. The Shiv Sena announced on Tuesday that the late BJP MP Chintaman Wanga’s son Shrinivas Wanga, would be their candidate for the bypoll. Upset over Sena’s decision Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said later in the day that his party had not expected this from an ally. “Come what may, BJP will win the byelection,” he added.The bypoll has been necessitated following the death of BJP’s sitting MP Chintaman Wanga this year.BJP’s dilemmaUnable to find a suitable candidate, the BJP named former Congress MLA and minister Rajendra Gavit as their candidate. While Congress has declared former MP Damodar Shingda as its candidate, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has named youth leader Kiran Gahla. The Hitendra Takur-led Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) is likely to declare their candidate on May 10.“What has happened is extremely unfortunate. Shiv Sena should not have acted in the manner it did. Sena was aware that we were going to field a family member of late Chintaman Wanga. The seat is with the BJP and it should remain with us,” said Mr. Fadnavis. He said people like Wanga ensured the growth of the party in this tribal belt, and a BJP victory would be a true tribute to him.Asked why the party could not find a single candidate from among their own cadre, Mr. Fadnavis said that BJP prefers taking in all those work for the betterment of the society. “Rajendra Gavit was in our touch since 2014 and he has played a major role in the formation of Plaghar district. He will work for the development of the district,” he said. ‘A traitor’Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan, meanwhile, said, “The people of Palghar will teach the traitor a lesson. BJP can gloat over Rajendra Gavit’s inclusion in the party, but we are happy that the traitor is with them. The CM who himself has initiated the process of giving turncoats a ticket for elections, should not blame others for snatching their people.” Meanwhile, Mr. Shrinivas Wanga filed his nomination papers today. Last week, the family had met Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray alleging neglect by the BJP. Mr. Fadnavis refuted the allegation saying he did reply and asked them to come for a meeting. “We are aware of who influenced the family, but will reveal the names only after the election,” he said.last_img read more

The White Hart Lane club ready for action: Haringey living FA Cup dream

first_img Pinterest Richards works as a community coach at Tottenham and the hope at Haringey is that the relationship between the clubs, traditionally courteous but muted, will become more formal. The Premier League club have expressed an interest in promoting Haringey’s games and Achillea would love to see Spurs’ upwardly mobile women’s team playing at Coles Park. Haringey are on the verge of being self-financing, the 3G pitch a godsend in raising funds from other teams and organisations that wish to use it. The’s ultimate aim is to go full-time and play at National League level; the Cup run will do them little harm in pursuing that goal and Loizou believes they can give AFC Wimbledon’s famous old giantkillers a taste of their own medicine.“There’s a glimmer of hope,” he says. “They’re four levels above us, we stand no chance according to most people and I understand that. But if we win it we’ve pushed the boundaries; I’ve had no sleep since the draw and I don’t know what’ll happen if we beat them.”Presumably a few more interested residents might drop in and, if they are lucky, hear a compelling sales pitch from the manager himself. “Sometimes you walk into a non-league club and it’s like you’re being watched or there’s a grey cloud over it,” says Loizou. “You come in here and all you see is smiles.” Share on WhatsApp Twitter Haringey Borough’s chairman, Aki Achillea, making plans in the boardroom. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Twitter Twitter Facebook Share on Messenger A White Hart Lane road sign mounted on the wall behind the bar at Coles Park Stadium. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian While their Premier League neighbours’ arena towers above the surrounding area, Loizou and his chairman, Aki Achillea, see no reason to be in its shadow. Haringey is one of London’s most deprived boroughs and is an area of stark, often deeply troubling social contrast. Until earlier this decade the club was in no fit state to make any difference but, staffed by a tiny group of volunteers and, in Loizou, a full-time manager whose role covers anything from team selection to stadium repairs, it has been transformed. This is now a place the local community can call home and one where the many who cannot afford to pay for the privilege of live football can watch it for free.“We wanted to engage people in the area and let them see what we are doing here rather than just driving past the gates,” says Achillea, a lawyer who was asked in 1995 to help settle some issues with the club’s lease and who, it turned out, would never leave. When Achillea arrived, Haringey were playing to attendances of 20 or 30. For two decades that never really changed and, while the team bobbed around on a quagmire of a home pitch, they found the funds to stay alive only when Achillea persuaded a local market to operate on their premises every Sunday. But the arrival of Loizou nine years ago sparked an upturn in fortunes and in 2016 Achillea decided to throw open the doors: Haringey would make season tickets for league games available for nothing. FA Cup Topics “We installed our new 3G pitch in 2016 and had a superb facility but nobody to see it,” he says. “I wanted to create an atmosphere for our players as well. It’s heartwarming for them to play in front of people who sing songs, clap and cheer.”League attendances this season have averaged around 270. Promotion to the Bostik Premier, England’s seventh tier, in 2017-18, kept the good feeling going and the scenes were delirious last month when Poole Town were beaten 2-1 in the fourth qualifying round to put Haringey in the competition proper for the first time.“Everybody said to me: ‘You’re mad taking the job, there’s nothing there,’” Loizou says. “But I’ve come in here and been able to build my own environment, with people I know and trust. When we beat Poole the chairman was running up and down like a little kid. Coming out of the hat first and getting Wimbledon in the draw was just perfect. We were fighting a losing battle a few years ago but it’s turning around.”Loizou presides over a squad of, to use his words, “rough diamonds” in which speed and power are prerequisites. Joel Nouble, brother of the Colchester forward Frank, got the goal that qualified them to face AFC Wimbledon and there is a sprinkling of experience, too, in Derek Asamoah, who scored for Carlisle in a League Cup tie at Anfield.“I joke with some of the guys and say I was here when we had a grass pitch, no nets in the goals, and you had to walk across the car park to get changed,” says Rakim Richards, a long-serving centre-back whom Loizou plucked from local Sunday football. “We’ve built from nothing, and look where we are now.” Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Half an hour before he walks across the car park to oversee training, Tom Loizou is selling tickets behind the bar at Coles Park. A local couple have strolled into, rather than past, Haringey Borough’s facilities for the first time and the scene has become a familiar one: an enthusiastic welcome, an expression of mild regret on the newcomers’ part that they have not stopped by before, the purchase of two places at Friday’s FA Cup first-round match against AFC Wimbledon and a parting promise that they will be back for a league fixture with their nine-year-old son.Until recently this was a forgotten and unloved outpost of north London’s football scene, but the Bostik Premier League club will be more relevant than ever when a crowd of around 2,500 packs in for an event that will also be televised by the BBC. One of the tie’s selling points to the curious is its location: Haringey’s ground is situated on White Hart Lane and, yes, they will be ready to host the game as scheduled. The new Spurs stadium is just under a mile away, on Tottenham High Road; it will take centre stage soon enough but for now Haringey intend to show they can offer something different. Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Tom Loizou, Haringey Borough’s manager, talks with his first-team squad in the home dressing room before training. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Share on Pinterest features Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Explorer Cabins near Yellowstone National Park Offer Comforts of Home

first_img Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat Editors’ Recommendations Book a Last-Minute Summer Camping Trip Just About Anywhere With Pitchup Yellowstone National Park is one of America’s natural treasures. In the past, visitors to the park would  have to rough it in old cabins with leaky faucets and faulty fireplaces. That changed this summer when the chic, new Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone were unveiled in July.Delaware North built 50 unique homesteads that combine the amenities of a hotel with the comforts of home. Although not in the park itself, the homes are less than a mile from the entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana. Named after early American explorers and settlers, the cabins feature distressed wood, have vaulted ceilings, carpeted floors, full working kitchens, flatscreen TVs, free Wifi and modern bedrooms with artwork and photographs featuring Yellowstone. Some cabins have push-button fireplaces, making those chilly fall nights just a little cozier. Although the cabins are self-contained and perfect for large groups or families on vacation, you can mingle with fellow guests. A favorite Explorer activity is cooking smores over the fire pit at night. Guests also have access to the gym at the adjacent Yellowstone Park Hotel, and The Branch Restaurant down the street. Some cabins are dog-friendly so Fido doesn’t have to feel left out.The Explorer Cabins are part of a new travel trend called Cabineering. Cabineering stresses the comforts of a hotel and home but in a remote location. Although West Yellowstone isn’t that remote, for many chic city dwellers, it remains a small town and retains a bit of a rural feel. Shops offer kitschy goods or authentic Western wear and most restaurants feature bison, elk and buffalo on menus.The cabins are less than a mile from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park and only a 30-mile drive to Old Faithful. Intrepid modern explorers can hike trails inside the park that are a stone’s throw away from the west entrance. Cabins have binoculars, walking sticks and other paraphernalia for hiking and exploring the park. Just don’t get too close to the bears and always have bear spray on hand. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn last_img read more

Des aînés acadiens et francophones célèbrent un jumelage avec des aînés du

first_imgDes aînés de la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont accueilli leurs homologues de la région Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava au Québec pour leur faire connaître l’histoire et la culture de l’Acadie. Les deux réseaux d’aînés, Le Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse et la section Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava de la FADOQ, ont signé une entente de jumelage en avril 2011 à Alma, au Québec. « L’entente de jumelage entre les aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse et ceux de la FADOQ Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava est la première du genre et elle est un excellent modèle de réseautage et de partenariat pour les autres provinces, souligne le ministre des Affaires acadiennes, David Wilson. Le Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse et la FADOQ ont contribué au développement de la francophonie pendant plus de 50 ans. « J’espère sincèrement que tout le monde a aimé sa visite en Acadie de la Nouvelle-Écosse et je souhaite aux membres des deux groupes beaucoup de succès dans la poursuite du développement de leur excellente relation. » La délégation a visité des lieux d’intérêt acadiens tels que Grand-Pré, site du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, le monument commémoratif de l’Odyssée acadienne, le Village historique acadien de Pubnico et le centre culturel et d’interprétation de Clare. « Nous avons planté une graine d’amitié dans le coeur du groupe, elle va pousser et s’épanouir dans leur communauté et permettre d’autres échanges », a dit Anne LeBlanc de Clare. Les deux groupes se sont aussi rencontrés pour une réception à Province House. « J’ai discuté avec quelques personnes et j’en ai conclu que nous avons tous le coeur à la bonne place, a ajouté Jeannine Beliveau de Clare. Les heures passées avec les aînées du Québec étaient super. » Pour plus d’information sur Le Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse et la FADOQ Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava, allez au et au read more


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Jacob Tremblay Joins Sequel To ‘The Shining’“Room” Oscar nominee Jacob Tremblay has joined the cast of “Dr. Sleep”, the upcoming big-screen adaptation to Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining”. The B.C.-born actor will star alongside Ewan McGregor, who’ll portray the adult Danny Torrance, who was just a child in the original. “Dr. Sleep” is slated to hit theatres in 2020.Anna Paquin Joining ‘The Affair’Former “True Blood” star Anna Paquin will be joining Showtime drama “The Affair” for its fifth and final season. According to Deadline, the series will return after a major time jump, with Paquin to play Joanie Lockhart, the now-adult daughter of Cole and Alison. The season is reportedly set years in the future in “a climate-change ravaged Montauk,” where she must “piece together the truth about what happened to her mother and bringing the whole story full circle.”Christopher Plummer Is Bringing The ‘Knives Out’Veteran actor Christopher Plummer is in the works to join Rian Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out”. Plummer adds star power and talent to a movie not lacking any star power or talent. Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon and Jamie Lee Curtis are just a handful of the names involved in “Knives Out”.Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson Join ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard 2’Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have signed on for a sequel to 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (which is currently in production). Salma Hayek will also return to the franchise.‘King Of The Jungle’Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton are set to star in the John McAfee’s dark comedy “King of the Jungle”. The movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It focuses on the wild true story of the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune and moved to the jungle in Belize. Advertisement By ETCANADA.COM STAFFWelcome To The ‘Addams Family’It is not all that often such close friends get to work on the same project. That is exactly the case for Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. The two Ontario natives will join the all-star cast of The “Addams Family” animated movie.“Catherine O’Hara and I are doing voices in the ‘Addams Family’ movie that is being done now. We insisted that we record together. Because we play husband and wife. So that is always beneficial,” Short told Metro. “Catherine is a life-long friend and co-worker so it comes with a very rich short-hand. So there’s an advantage to having us two together in the same room. Often you don’t get to meet the cast members.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral appoints first members of internal justice advisory unit for UN

8 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today approved the appointment of the first members of a new body that will advise on the first overhaul of the United Nations’ internal justice system in 60 years, as outlined by the General Assembly. The five-member Internal Justice Council will consist of a staff representative, a management representative and two distinguished external jurists, one nominated by the staff and one by management, all of whom were approved today. The fifth member, the chair, will be a distinguished juror chosen by these four.The two members nominated by staff, following a process inclusive of all staff unions, are Jenny Clift of Australia, a Vienna-based senior legal officer with the International Trade Law Division of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), and Geoffrey Robertson of the United Kingdom and Australia, who served as the first President of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The two members nominated by management are Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina, Director of the General Legal Division of the OLA, and Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka, who previously served in the same position and has since served the Organization in various advisory capacities on legal and administrative issues.The General Assembly decided to reshape the Organization’s justice system after a 2006 panel concluded that the administration of justice in the UN “fails to meet many basic standards of due process established in international human rights instruments.”In helping to redress that situation, the Internal Justice Council will advise the body on suitable candidates for the positions of judges on the future UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal. Modelled on similar mechanisms at other international public organizations, it is also tasked with drafting a code of conduct for the judges, and for providing its views on the implementation of the new system to the Assembly. read more

Police fire teargas to disperse protesting fans in Dambulla

A tense situation developed between the police and protesting cricket fans and it was reported that some fans pelted stones at the police. The police fired tear-gas to disperse a group of protesting cricket fans near the Dambulla cricket stadium today.The fans blocked the streets and protested after not being able to enter the stadium to watch the match between Sri Lanka and Australia. The police then used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters. Tickets for the ongoing one-day international series between Sri Lanka and Australia has been sold out resulting in many fans facing disappointment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

China offers to invest in Sri Lankas rubber industry

He said that he has been invited to visit China to have further discussions on this matter and he will be visiting China later this month for talks.The Ministry of Plantation Industries said that during the visit Sri Lanka and China will sign a Memorandum of Understanding related to the rubber industry. The Ministry of Plantation Industries said that Jinglei Han of the Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office in Hainan led the Chinese delegation at the talks. Dissanayake said that China is offering to invest heavily in the rubber industry and further discussions in this regard will be held this month. China has offered to invest in Sri Lanka’s rubber industry, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake told Parliament today.He said that a delegation from Hainan in China met him today and discussed investing in the rubber industry. After signing the agreement a rubber development zone is expected to be established in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Plantation Industries said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Series looks at latest developments in the study of language

Brock University’s Department of Applied Linguistics has been sharing the latest developments in their field of study with the Brock and Niagara communities for more than five years with its speaker series.“Language connects all of us, it is what makes us human, ” says Veena Dwivedi, associate professor and series co-ordinator. “These lectures are a way of furthering our knowledge and interest in studies related to language. It’s all about the exchange of ideas, and generating new ideas.”John ConnollyThe next talk in the ongoing series will be by a renowned neurolinguist who researches how people process the sounds of speech and ultimately comprehend the spoken word.John Connolly, the Senator Wm. McMaster Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience at McMaster University, will present his talk, “Applied Neurolinguistics: the nexus of speech processing, linguistics, and applied linguistics,” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Sankey Chamber.“His research looks at the brain-language connection,” says Dwivedi. “We’re lucky to have him coming to Brock to share his experiences and expertise with us.”Veena DwivediConnolly’s research includes applications to brain injury with reference to issues of consciousness related to the vegetative state, the locked-in syndrome and coma.“It is important to host these lectures to expose our students and the public to new ideas and new people,” she says. “As scholars, it is our goal to create knowledge in our discipline, and then to share that knowledge with the communities that we serve.”This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.For more info, contact Veena Dwivedi at or 905-688-5550 x5389 read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 28 November 2014

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Ohio State enters conference tournament as No 1 seed

The Ohio State field hockey team isn’t satisfied with a regular-season championship. On Saturday, the No. 5-ranked Buckeyes (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) won a share of the Big Ten Championship, defeating Iowa 3-0. OSU split the Big Ten title with Michigan after both finished 5-1 in league play. It is the third time the OSU field hockey program has won the Big Ten Championship, with wins in 2001 and 2006. The celebration was short-lived, however, as OSU quickly shifted its attention to playing in the Big Ten Tournament. “It’s a new season, it’s postseason. We are 0-0 now,” junior back Jenn Sciulli said. OSU will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament because of its head-to-head win over Michigan on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes have a first-round bye and play the winner of Michigan State (14-4, 3-3 Big Ten) and Northwestern (11-8, 3-3 Big Ten) in the second round. “The bye will be good because we will have fresh legs for the semifinals,” Sciulli said. OSU enters the tournament as winner of nine straight games. The Buckeyes have out-scored opponents 39-4 and shut out five teams during the winning streak. “We have a lot of confidence right now,” junior co-captain Aisling Coyle said. “We are definitely playing our best (field) hockey, which is what you want heading into the tournament.” This year OSU will try to avoid another early exit from the tournament. In the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, OSU entered as the No. 2 seed only to be upset in the first round by Penn State, 2-1. “Penn State was ranked last and we were expected to beat them, so I think we were a little complacent,” Coyle said. “We’re not going to be complacent this year at all. We will take every game as it comes.” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson stressed the importance of keeping players focused and not becoming overconfident. “They know it’s important to play one game at a time and to not take any (of) your opponents lightly,” she said. “You know you have to play your best every game when it comes to tournament time.” OSU will play the winner of Michigan State and Northwestern in the semifinals Friday at noon. The Championship Game will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. Northwestern is hosting the tournament in Evanston, Ill. read more

An unexpected guest and a luminous river Leo ends St Patricks trip

first_img 56,560 Views Source: Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter Christina Finn reporting from ChicagoTHE TAOISEACH IS used to being the centre of attention in the US during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.But he was somewhat overlooked yesterday when MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrived to march in the Chicago parade, which he led alongside the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel.Photographers and camera people crowded around McGregor as he put on a sash which had his name on it, and clenched his fist, posing in his fighter stance. The Taoiseach, who was left on the sidelines, later clarified that he was not aware that McGregor was attending the parade, stating that the MMA fighter wasn’t representing Ireland in the parade, he was.Some have dubbed it a PR gaffe, but the Irish-American contingent in Chicago are not happy one bit with how the parade played out.It’s become somewhat of a tradition for the Taoiseach to attend parades in the US, though it is usually in New York. Marching in the Chicago parade was a departure from the usual.Last year, chants of “Leo, Leo, Leo” could be heard, with Varadkar later telling the media he assumed those shouting his name were Irish people who were here on holiday.“I doubt I am that well-known here in America,” he joked at the time.There wasn’t so much of that this year, however, he has made a name for himself in the States this time around. Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor joins the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago Source: Brian LawlessNotably, headlines in the international press were dominated this week by the Taoiseach’s breakfast meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. Pence, who has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT rights, told Varadkar last year that his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome at his official residence at this year’s St Patrick’s breakfast. And speaking at the event – which was open to press, in a departure from last year – the Taoiseach gave remarks noting that in modern day Ireland politicians were judged not by their sexual orientation, “skin tone, gender or religious beliefs” but by their actions.  Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSpeaking in Chicago afterwards, Varadkar said that while he did not discuss his speech with Pence, they had a “good chat” about various issues.“Obviously we have very different views on social policy but I think the best way to manage these things is to engage with people,” he added.There’s no doubt he knew the significance of his speech before delivering it, but the Taoiseach might not have predicted the reaction. While the American people might not have known the name of Ireland’s ‘Tee-shuck’ (as Donald Trump pronounced it this week) they are more likely to know it now that US TV presenter Ellen Degeneres tweeted out a Buzzfeed article about the visit, stating: “Mike Pence met with Ireland’s openly gay PM and his boyfriend. This makes me very happy.” No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Leo Varadkar gives a thumbs up on the Chicago river as he ends his week in the US. Image: PA Wire/PA Images An unexpected guest and a luminous river: Leo ends St Patrick’s trip not being centre of attention Varadkar finished off the final leg of his US trip walking in the Chicago parade and taking a boat trip down the river. Mike Pence met with Ireland’s openly gay PM and his boyfriend. This makes me very happy.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 15, 2019 By Christina Finn Image: PA Wire/PA Images But how does Matt feel about being thrusted into the limelight? We’re not sure, and either is the Taoiseach, telling the media yesterday that he hasn’t asked him.Varadkar says he wasn’t nervous about delivering the speech, stating that he just wanted to convey “Ireland’s values” to the vice president.The Taoiseach added that while his boyfriend doesn’t always like to be his “plus one” at official events, he was keen to accept the invite to breakfast at the Pences.  Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesLast year, the Taoiseach made the headlines back home for all the wrong reasons, when he went off script and joked at a Capitol Hill lunch about intervening on behalf of Donald Trump in order to stop a wind farm being built near Doonbeg.Today, Varadkar strolled down the streets of Chicago, flanked by secret service officers,  and last year’s gaffes seemed a million miles.Like the parade, where the attention was elsewhere other than the Taoiseach, a similar turn of events occurred at a packed-out dinner of over 1,000 Irish-American’s at the Irish Fellowship Club on Friday night. It was a rowdy event, with speakers, including the Taoiseach being drowned out by raucous crowd of Irish-Americans who were kicking of St Patrick’s Day a little early.Silence only prevailed when the priest gave his blessing, with jokes heard after about how he was giving them all a special dispensation for lent. During a speech at the Irish Fellowship Club dinner on Friday evening, Varadkar reiterated what he has been saying about Irish immigration all week. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the Irish Fellowship Club Annual SPD Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesHe said immigrants from all countries and religions have helped build the United States.“But sometimes as well they were scapegoats and blamed for things that went wrong just because of where they came from and because of their religion,” he added.“We saw an example of that in New Zealand.“For us in Ireland we believe the time has come for us to play a greater role in the world 100 years after independence. We really want to share our culture and share our identity.”Governor of Illinois J B Pritzker paid tribute to the Irish immigrants who travelled to US in the 1840s.“We would do well to remember those who immigrated to this country during the Irish potato famine, those who faced their share of prejudice and discrimination but persevered, taking the jobs that were available to them and working hard to build a better life for themselves and for their families.“There are Irish-American descendants who would go on to become our teachers, our nurses, our police officers, our firefighters and our presidents of the United States.“They educate our young and care for our sick, contributing to our culture and character as a nation.”Pritzker, who is a Democrat, pointed out that the Taoiseach is the son of an immigrant, adding that as long as he is governor, the State of Illinois will be a welcome place for all (a sly dig at Trump with that one).   Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe final official engagement for the Taoiseach, after marching down the streets of Chicago, was a boat trip down the river, which, as is tradition, had been dyed a bright, bright green.There was a harpist, Galway Girl was playing in the background, as Irish-Americans, the Irish ambassador to the US, Dan Mulhall, Minister Michael Ring and Senators Michael McDowell and Ian Marshall joined the Taoiseach on board. Giving his final St Patrick’s Day speech of the trip, he reminded people of how important the US trip is to the serving Taoiseach, stating that many a world leader has asked him how they get access to the likes of US President Donald Trump, and politicians on the Hill. Varadkar said the tradition has been nurtured over the years, because it is an important relationship to keep up.So, how did Leo do on his second time around in the US as Taoiseach?One Irish politician commended the Taoiseach, stating that he had “played a blinder” this year. Though the same politician stated that Varadkar had made a mess of it last year. “Leo is finally getting it. He is seeing the value and importance of these events. He is now understanding that the smiles and a bit of plámásing to the Irish-Americans is needed. Enda knew it, and he did it very well. Leo is starting to understand how it is done, and that was clear on this trip,” they said.  Mar 17th 2019, 12:16 AM Leo Varadkar gives a thumbs up on the Chicago river as he ends his week in the US. Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 11:30 PM Share515 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

NouvelleZélande des milliers de manchots victimes de la Niña

first_imgNouvelle-Zélande : des milliers de manchots victimes de la NiñaPhénomène climatique ayant provoqué de nombreuses inondations et une chute de la température de l’eau dans le centre et l’est de l’océan Pacifique, la Niña a également causé la mort de milliers de manchots, victimes de la faim.Les bouleversements climatiques engendrés par le phénomène la Niña ont entrainé sur leur passage d’autres changements catastrophiques sur l’écosystème. En effet, les évolutions climatiques ont été telles qu’elles ont provoqué la diminution des stocks de “baitfish”, un poisson argenté, nourriture principale des petits manchots bleus, considérés comme la plus petite espèce de manchots au monde. Localisés sur le littoral de Nouvelle-Zélande, les manchots bleus sont les premières victimes de ces bouleversements climatiques. Faute de pouvoir se nourrir, ils connaissent la famine. Affaiblis, ils sont des milliers a s’être finalement éteints.Aujourd’hui, la situation est de plus en plus grave et des milliers de manchots sont en danger. “Beaucoup d’oisillons sont morts de faim avant que nous ayons pu les secourir, ensuite les adultes commencent aussi à souffrir et deviennent trop maigres pour résister à la mue de leurs plumes. On a sans doute perdu cette année 80 à 90% des oisillons”, a confié à l’AFP Shirleen Helps, une habitante de Christchurch qui a recueilli l’un des manchots pour lui venir en aide. À lire aussiManchot Adélie : une “supercolonie” découverte en AntarctiqueC’est la chute brutale de la température de l’eau dans le centre et l’est de l’océan Pacifique due au phénomène climatique la Niña qui a mené à cette situation. Au-delà des milliers de manchots morts de faim, la Niña pourrait également être la cause des inondations en Australie et de la sécheresse en Afrique de l’Est et sur la côte ouest de l’Amérique du Sud. Autre conséquence de la Niña, cette dernière “empêche la circulation des eaux ce qui complique la recherche de nourriture pour les oiseaux. Ceux qui se nourrissent de poissons doivent se battre pour survivre”, a indiqué Kate Mcinnes, vétérinaire. Un constat qui a pu être vérifié après que des manchots ont été autopsiés. Sur 18 manchots retrouvés morts sur les côtes néo-zélandaises, tous n’avait rien mangé depuis plusieurs jours. Ils avaient le ventre vide.  Une situation alarmante à laquelle le refuge de Christchurch tente de trouver des solutions en accueillant les manchots encore en vie. Ces derniers ne seront relâchés dans leur milieu naturel qu’une fois qu’ils auront repris des forces. Le 28 mai 2011 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Japon sapprête à reprendre la pêche à la baleine

first_imgLe Japon s’apprête à reprendre la pêche à la baleineLe Japon s’apprête à lancer dans les semaines à venir sa campagne annuelle de pêche à la baleine dans l’Antarctique. Le ministre de la Pêche a également annoncé un renforcement des mesures de lutte contre les défenseurs des cétacés qui harcèlent les bateaux japonais. Les défenseurs des baleines vont de nouveau avoir fort à faire dans les prochaines semaines voire mois. Mardi, le ministre de la Pêche japonais Michihiko Kano a annoncé que le pays s’apprêtait à lancer sa campagne annuelle de pêche à la baleine. Une pratique contre laquelle plusieurs associations dont Sea Shepherd s’évertuent à lutter depuis des mois. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousEn effet, en février dernier, Tokyo avait pour la première fois dû écourter d’un mois sa campagne baleinière dans l’Antarctique, après n’avoir totalisé qu’un cinquième des prises espérées. Il avait alors mis la faute sur l’association Sea Shepherd qui avait dépêché plusieurs bateaux pour harceler la flotte baleinière, jetant des bombes puantes sur les ponts des navires nippons, bloquant leurs hélices à l’aide de cordes et se plaçant entre les vaisseaux japonais et leurs proies.Peu après le retour de cette mission, le Japon avait annoncé qu’il allait étudier l’opportunité de poursuivre ou non la pêche scientifique à la baleine, une pratique tolérée par la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) qui interdit en revanche toute prise commerciale de cétacés. Malheureusement, le harcèlement ne semble donc pas avoir eu d’effet durable tandis que Mishihiko Kano a indiqué que des mesures seraient prises pendant la prochaine campagne pour renforcer la sécurité des bateaux menacés par les défenseurs de cétacés. “Le Japon va conduire sa campagne de recherche sur les baleines en renforçant les mesures contre les actes de sabotage, ce qui inclura le déploiement de navires d’escorte”, a annoncé le ministre de l’Agriculture, des Forêts et de la Pêche cité par l’AFP. Une pêche commerciale cachée ? Selon les protecteurs des baleines, la chasse scientifique du cétacé n’est en fait qu’une pêche commerciale déguisée. Une hypothèse qui ne peut être totalement rejetée alors que le Japon énonce clairement son intention de reprendre un jour la pêche marchande de baleines. “A cette fin, nous devons continuer la recherche scientifique”, a souligné M. Kano. En juillet, Paul Watson, le dirigeant de Sea Sheperd expliquait ainsi à l’AFP qu’il continuerait de harceler les baleiniers japonais s’ils décidaient de retourner dans l’Antarctique.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 19:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La sécheresse de lAfrique de lEst due aux océans

first_imgLa sécheresse de l’Afrique de l’Est due aux océans ?Il y a deux millions d’années, les températures des océans Indien et Pacifique ont varié autour de l’Equateur. Selon une nouvelle étude, ces changements climatiques auraient pu assécher les territoires d’Afrique de l’Est.Le mystère de la sécheresse observée en Afrique de l’Est serait-il résolu ? D’après les résultats d’une étude présentée cette semaine lors du sommet annuel de l’Association Américaine pour l’Avancement des Sciences (AAAS), les vastes plaines arides de ces régions serait due aux grandes différences de températures entre les océans Indien et Pacifique il y a deux millions d’années. En effet, celles-ci auraient modifié les régimes de précipitations et auraient par là-même asséché l’Afrique de l’Est, en remplaçant les forêts par des plaines et en conduisant à l’explosion du nombre d’espèces de pâturage dans la région, selon l’étude. De nombreuses hypothèses avaient été faites par des scientifiques pour expliquer cette métamorphose du territoire et du climat de l’Afrique de l’est : le refroidissement de l’Océan Nord Atlantique, la diminution des concentrations atmosphériques de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) ou encore l’augmentation de l’activité volcanique. Ces phénomènes auraient tous pu y modifier les régimes de précipitation mais le changement a été beaucoup trop considérable pour que ceux-ci en soient à l’origine, d’après l’article publié dans le magazine Science. Pour arriver à la nouvelle hypothèse, Peter deMenocal et une équipe de chercheurs, ont examiné les températures à la surface de la mer dans l’Océan Indien de l’ouest et de l’est, et les ont comparées avec les températures de l’Océan Pacifique de l’époque. Les températures de l’océan Indien étaient relativement uniformes pour la période antérieure à deux millions d’années, oscillant entre 27 et 28°C mais après, l’Océan Indien de l’est s’est réchauffé jusqu’à 28 à 29°C alors même que l’Océan Indien de l’ouest s’est refroidi jusqu’à 25°C. Une étude qui soulève d’autres questions À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs ont observé un phénomène similaire dans l’Océan pacifique, l’ouest Pacifique s’étant réchauffé à la même période, tandis que l’est Pacifique se refroidissait. Or, ces changement coïncident avec la modification des fameux régimes de précipitations. Mais une fois que ces gradients ont disparu, les précipitations ont de nouveau augmenté en Afrique de l’Est. Les gradients climatiques seraient donc bien à l’origine des changements observés. Toutefois, une question demeure : “Quelque chose s’est passé il y a deux millions d’années. Et la question est : qu’est-ce qui en a été le moteur principal ?”, s’interroge Andrew Weaver, scientifique climatique de l’Université de Victoria au Canada non impliqué dans les recherches mais cité par Actualités-news-environnement.Le 23 février 2012 à 14:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

McDonald’s Turns Billboards Into Bee Hotels

first_img Sweden had everyone buzzing this spring with its launch of the “world’s smallest McDonald’s”—a miniature replica of the golden arches that doubles as a beehive.Now, the most sustainable country on the planet is offering insects somewhere to lay their head after a big meal.McDonald’s restaurants are replacing regular roadside billboards with signs that double as “bee hotels.”Without pollination from bees, one-third of our food would be threatened, according to the fast-food chain, which already promotes biodiversity with rooftop beehives at some of their franchises.“It is estimated that 30 percent of Sweden’s wild bees are threatened,” the company said. “A big problem is that they lack places to rest.”Enter bee hotels: Permanent wood installations with drilled holes in the customizable copy that provide a safe haven for wild bees and other insects.Happen to be driving through the Stockholm suburb of Järfälla? Keep an eye out for six large bee hotels mounted on the backside of a north-facing billboard.McDonald’s—also collaborating with outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux to create habitats for bees on the back of unused billboards—hopes to scale up this initiative in the spring of 2020.“The survival of bees is an important issue for society as a whole. That we can use our signs for a good cause feels great,” Henrik Nerell, environmental manager at McDonald’s in Sweden, said in a statement.“The initiative, which has sprung from our franchisees’ personal commitment to the issue, has been made possible in collaboration with JCDecaux and we are proud and excited to welcome our flying guests soon as they move into our bee hotels,” he added.There is no word on whether the project will expand outside the Europeon Union—the second biggest producer of honey after China.Bees are most comfortable if their nests are in a south facing position (via McDonald’s)In May, McDonald’s opened the first so-called McHive, featuring two drive-thru windows, a patio and outdoor seating, sleek wood panelling, and advertisements on the windows.But instead of serving burgers and fries to fast-food fans, it is a fully functioning beehive for thousands of insects, built by Swedish creative agency NORD DDB.For much of the past decade, beekeepers—primarily in the United States and Europe—have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable. In fact, one in four wild bee species in the US is at risk of extinction.Widespread use of pesticides, neonicotinoids and GMOs, loss of habitat, and climate change are just some of the threats to bee species.More on Motors Creates Buzz As It Enters Honey BusinessSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee MurdersNYPD Removes 25,000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry Terminal McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruWorld’s Smallest McDonald’s Is Now Open (And It’s for … Stay on targetlast_img read more

Final 2/8 WWE RAW rating, show increases in overall viewers

first_img This week’s 2/8 WWE RAW drew a 2.65 cable rating with an average audience of 3.73 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.91 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.90 million viewers and the third hour featuring the Daniel Bryan retirement speech drew 3.37 million viewers to close out the night.This is up from last week’s 2.38 cable rating with an average of 3.38 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night.Source:, Pinterest Google+ Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img 2/8 NXT Live Results: Poughkeepsie and St. Petersburg (Tag Match, Dream vs. Gargano) 2/8 WWE Live Results: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Strowman vs. Corbin, EC3 in action) Twitter Impact Highlights: New Tag Team Champions, Callihan vs. Puma, Tag Matchlast_img read more

CES 2019 The Withings Move fitness watch has ECG for 130

first_imgCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Now playing: Watch this: Withings The year of electrocardiogram tech is underway. You didn’t think it would just be the Apple Watch, did you? Withings’ newest fitness watch, the Move, was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. It has the ability to take electrocardiograms, a chart of your heartbeat often abbreviated to EKG or ECG. It’s also a regular-looking analog watch — and at $130, it’s about a third the cost of an Apple Watch S4. (Converted, that’s about £100 or AU$95.) Withings makes a number of health and wearable devices, including blood pressure cuffs. The Move ECG is the company’s first watch that’s supposed to be able to check for atrial fibrillation. It’s expected in Q2 of this year, pending FDA and CE clearance. 1:10 CES 2019 85 Photos Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See also Tags Wearable Tech Post a comment Withings adds ECG to its newest watches and blood pressure… reading • CES 2019: The Withings Move fitness watch has ECG for $130 •center_img Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it CES Products Fitness Apple 0 Share your voice A version of the Move without ECG and heart rate is available now for $70, but only ships to the US, Canada and Mexico.Nokia acquired French health technology company Withings in 2016 and rebranded it as Nokia Health. The company was bought back by Withings’ co-founder in 2018, however. To be clear, lower-cost ECG devices have been available before the Apple Watch. AliveCor’s KardiaBand ECG watch band for the Apple Watch debuted at the end of 2017. But the Move ECG looks like one of the most promising signs that ECG tech could start entering more affordable fitness wearables this year. withings-bpm-coreThe Withings BPM Core blood pressure cuff also includes ECG measurements. Withings Withings is also putting ECG into its newest blood pressure cuff, the Withings BPM Core, which combines standard cuff-based blood pressure measurement with an ECG sensor and a digital stethoscope that promises to measure for heart valve health. The $250 BPM Core is also under review for FDA and CE clearance, with the same Q2 targeted release date. Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The Move ECG looks like an evolution of the Withings Steel fitness watches that have been available for years, minus the Steel HR’s optical heart-rate monitoring and LED display. Instead, the Move ECG leans on analog dials to show fitness and step tracking. You tell it to take an ECG by touching the sides of the steel bezel, and it shows results on your phone through the connected app. The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters, measures steps and sleep, tracks elevation and has a one-year battery life (it’s not clear if the watch has a replaceable battery or recharges, but it might be the former). Like previous Withings watches, it also connects with Apple Health and Google Fit. See All All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019last_img read more

Star Trek Discovery Finds Life Michael but Not as We Know It

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations By now, Star Trek: Discovery has proven its Star Trek cred. It’s had some bad episodes, it’s had some great ones, but for most of the way through, it’s felt like Star Trek. Its best episodes have felt like some combination of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Even with two episodes focusing on Harry Mudd, last night’s was the first time it really felt like the original Star Trek. It had all the ingredients: An unexplored planet, a strange new alien race and a crewmember who starts acting weird after exposure to said alien race. It even had an awkwardly placed romantic subplot. It doesn’t get more Star Trek than that.The episode starts with a pretty awesome space battle, even if it does end poorly for the Federation. We learn that Kol has been giving cloaking technology to any Klingon house that swears fealty to him. That means the Klingons can appear out of nowhere and attack a bunch of Federation vessels at once. Suddenly, the war isn’t going so well for the Federation. I get why Star Trek: Discovery chose to focus on a ship that necessarily has to be kept away from the front lines in a war. It allows the show to have its big serialized war story, and shove it into the background when it wants to have some classic Trek exploratory sci-fi fun. For the most part, it works. It allows for a grand scale with high stakes as well as the occasional standalone episode. The problem comes when we have to be told how the war is going. We can’t follow it on the show, so it just feels like the Federation is winning one week and losing the next. This week, they’re losing.Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones (Photo via CBS)To combat the Klingons’ newfound invisibility powers, the Discovery has sent Burnham, Tyler and Saru to the planet Pahvo. They want to investigate a naturally occurring crystal structure that’s broadcasting a strange signal into space. If they can harness its frequency, they can detect the cloaked Klingon ships. Right away, the importance of the mission is clear, which turns an episode of walking around and talking to trees into a genuinely fascinating hour of Star Trek. Shortly after landing on the planet, they discover that the entire thing is alive. Everything is part of a sentient collective species, which means it falls to Saru to try and build a vocabulary with the Pahvons to speak with them. It’s a tough, tiring process as Saru’s incredibly sensitive ears are constantly bombarded with noise on this planet. This is the first episode to really delve into the fact that Saru’s species is prey on his planet, and what that means when he’s put into an alien environment. Here, it means he’s never experienced a moment’s peace and it’s even worse on Pahvo.He begs the Pahvons to make it stop for just one moment. They enter his mind, learn everything about the war and his past, and he’s suddenly at peace for the first time in his life. Doug Jones plays the abrupt change very well. You know something is wrong the minute he walks into the landing party’s shelter claiming he’s contacted the Discovery. He’s unsettlingly calm. When he breaks Tyler and Burnham communicators, it’s not a surprise. We all saw that coming. It’s much more interesting to figure out why he’s suddenly behaving that way. The Pahvons aren’t evil. They are peaceful to a fault. They desperately want to meet other species, which is why they built that giant crystal transmitter in the first place. Burnham goes forward with the mission, modifying the crystal transmitter and letting the Discovery know where they are. The fight between Burnham and Saru looks… hokey. There have been better fight scenes in this series, but it thankfully doesn’t last long. Hey, it’s certainly not the worst-looking fight Star Trek’s ever had. I think that title still belongs to Kirk vs. Gorn from the original series. (Much like this one, it was a great episode, but a terrible fight.)Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green (Photo via CBS)I liked that Saru wasn’t acting under the Pahvons’ control. It would have been easy for the series to go the sinister alien route. Instead, Saru’s actions were entirely self-motivated. This is what happens when you give a moment’s peace to a person who’s never had that. He goes to extreme lengths to protect it. It’s an interesting exploration of Saru’s character, and Star Trek: Discovery pulled it off well. The Pahvon’s truly are peaceful, even to their detriment. Along with being a truly Trek-like exploration episode, it also set us up for an incredible midseason finale. The Pahvons’ dedication to peace makes them think if the Federation and Klingons could just be in the same place and talk to each other, the war will end. I think we all know that’s not going to work. After the modification, the Pahvon’s send a signal to Kol’s ship, arranging a meeting between it and the Discovery. If nothing else, it sounds like we’ll head into the show’s winter break on a seriously explosive note.Even the Klingon scenes were some of the best Star Trek: Discovery has had so far. That’s not saying much, but it’s an accomplishment. Yes, they still talk unbearably slow, but the show has figured out not to have entire scenes of monologues from them. That’s what really killed the momentum of those early episodes. The Klingon scenes are all fairly snappy by this show’s standards. It certainly helps that some dramatic and interesting things happen in them. L’Rell arrives on Kol’s ship, asking to be allowed to join him. She heard he’d captured Admiral Cornwell and wants to be the one to interrogate her. Kol allows it, and L’Rell soon finds herself alone with Cornwell. It’s not clear at this point exactly what her plans are. She hates Kol and wants revenge for how he led the mutiny against Voq. She offers to defect to the Federation, but we know that’s not her real plan.Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp (Photo via CBS)Not that it matters much anyway. She and Cornwell try to escape, but Kol sees them. To save face, L’Rell apparently kills Cornwell. It’s an odd and sudden death for a character who seemed so important. This show doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to making big deaths land, but this feels especially out of nowhere. I still think we’ll see Cornwell wake up in the Klingon corpse room at some point during next week’s midseason finale. Whatever L’Rell’s plan is, it fails anyway. Kol sees through her lies of fealty and has her taken prisoner. I’m sure this will all be important when Kol and Lorca meet in next week’s battle, but it’s unclear how at this point. It doesn’t make for a super satisfying collection of scenes this episode, but it sure sets up some explosive possibilities for the next one. I also hope they address what’s going on with Stamets more. He and Tilly only got one short scene together, and I really wanted more. For now, it appears Stamets is guiding the ship is bringing him out of step with time. Thanks to that, we got a nice little bit of foreshadowing when he calls Tilly “Captain.” That’s exciting. For an episode that felt a lot like a throwback to the original Star Trek, this one certainly set up a lot of cool stuff for the future. Now I just hope they can capitalize on it.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more