first_img Frank Lampard’s Derby denied by own goals and Chelsea’s Fàbregas winner Twitter Read more Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter Ramsey had extra motivation to impress given that he needs to attract new employers after being informed by Arsenal that he will not be offered a new contract to replace the one that expires at the end of this season. But he exerted little influence. He could have got his name on the scoresheet just before the break when he met a cross by Ainsley Maitland-Niles but he hooked his shot over the bar from eight yards.Smith Rowe did better five minutes into the second half, when he sent a bouncing shot into the net from similar range after an excellent run and cross by Carl Jenkinson, deployed at left‑back on his first appearance for Arsenal in nearly two years. Share on Pinterest Cech made a less favourable impression. A spectator for most of the match, the goalkeeperhe misjudged an attempt to cut out a corner in the 53rd minute and was fortunate that O’Connor’s header struck the crossbar.Then, in the 56th minute, Arsenal complicated matters for themselves when Guendouzi got his marching orders. O’Connor soon halved the deficit, heading powerfully into the net after a corner by Thompson.Belief coursed through the visitors, who threatened to run through Arsenal’s panicky defence. This was no time for another outbreak of Cech’s footwork wobbles but, in the 74th minute the goalkeeper got himself in a muddle and was dispossessed in the area by Jay Spearing. Nathan Delfoueneso stroked the breaking ball into the net – but from an offside position.When O’Connor was dismissed for taking out the substitute Aubameyang as Arsenal threatened to break, Blackpool’s fightback faded. Mattéo Guendouzi received a red card in the 56th minute that rules him out of the Premier League match against Liverpool on Saturday – and his dismissal also gave encouragement to Blackpool, for whom Paudie O’Connor struck back in the 66th minute. Arsenal, especially Petr Cech, then endured jittery moments before O’Connor was sent off for taking out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang six minutes from time, after which Blackpool’s fightback faded.“Where we play every week that’s a yellow card, I couldn’t believe it when he sent him off,” the Blackpool manager, Terry McPhillips, said. “We had them on the back foot until then.”The abundant empty seats suggested many Arsenal regulars thought this would be an unremarkable contest in which the hosts would dispose of lower league hopefuls with little ado.Blackpool proved that presumption wrong, while Arsenal showed that Emery still has much work to do despite stretching their unbeaten run to 13 games. That record will be seriously tested on Saturday, when the absence of Guendouzi could be costly. The 19-year-old put in another accomplished display in central midfield until he was shown a second yellow card for a tug on Jordan Thompson. “He plays with the competitive spirit I want and I don’t think he lost control in this action,” Emery said. Facebook Share on WhatsApp The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Arsenal Share via Email Topics Son’s double sees Spurs past West Ham and into quarter-final at Arsenal Blackpool match reports Emile Smith Rowe (right) celebrates with Ainsley Maitland-Niles after scoring Arsenal’s second goal against Blackpool. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Carabao Cup Share on Facebook Arsenal set up a Carabao Cup quarter-final showdown with Tottenham, but only after being spooked by a spirited Blackpool and some self‑inflicted scares. Unai Emery’s men seemed on course for a straightforward win when Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe put them two goals up but, in the end, they only crept past their League One visitors. Arsenal did lose control after that and nearly lost their lead. Without sparkling, they had established a two‑goal advantage. Guendouzi was instrumental in making the breakthrough in the 33rd minute, rewarding a clever run from deep by Lichtsteiner with a dainty pass over the top. The Swiss right-back stretched out a foot to poke it first-time past the visiting goalkeeper, Mark Howard, who had not had a save to make up to that point.Arsenal had dominated possession but lacked the ingenuity to infiltrate compact and tenacious visitors. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey failed to have the impact expected from two of the most senior members of a side featuring several inexperienced players, including the 21-year-old debutant centre-back Julio Pleguezuelo and the 18-year-old winger Emile Smith Rowe. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img 44 Chong Matheson, an A-level student, will be 17 next week but it was United’s own 17-year-old, Mason Greenwood, whose earlier strike appeared to have won the tie. United then drew Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the next round and the manager said: “If you want to win it you have to beat the best.”Solskjær had retained only Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Andreas Pereira from the West Ham loss. The headline inclusion was Axel Tuanzebe who, at 21, captained United in only a 10th appearance. He was the youngest to do so since a 20-year-old Norman Whiteside in 1985. This was despite Paul Pogba’s first start for close to a month because of injury.Brian Barry-Murphy’s side are 17th in League One, six points above the relegation zone after nine games, yet reached the break on level terms.Of particular interest was how Greenwood would perform in his first game as United’s No 9 – and he impressed. He would have had a first clear chance if Pogba had turned a far-post header to him. Moments later, he was put in along the left by the same player but his control faltered.United seemed to be moving closer to the breakthrough: Greenwood crossed the ball in from the right, yet Pogba’s header was a particularly woeful miss. Possession was largely United’s but they lacked the class and composure to make it count. 39 McTominay Share via Email Corners 4 McNulty 28 Morley Match stats Man Utd 2 Lindelof Read more 14 Rathbone Goal attempts Substitutes Reuse this content 38 Tuanzebe 14 Lingard 7 Dooley Share on Twitter 8 Williams 22 Romero Fouls 17 Fred 12 Lynch 29 Wan Bissaka 37 Garner Read more 40 Henderson 10 Camps 10 2 43 Thomas 15 Andreas Pereira Substitutes (s 46′) Rochdale (s 81′) 35 Bradley 21 James ROC35MNU65% There was then a real scare for the United defence: it could do nothing as Ollie Rathbone – once of United – found Callum Camps and suddenly Wan-Bissaka had to clear off the line.This had the packed away end delirious and the home support wondering what, precisely, their team was doing. Rochdale could start to believe the upset was on.Greenwood was United’s brightest player, as he continued to pop up in and around Robert Sánchez’s goal.The sign of United’s desperate times came on the hour when Solskjær replaced the toothless Tahith Chong for James, whose impact was instant, laying off a pass to Greenwood whose shot forced Sánchez to concede a corner.Then United had the breakthrough and Brandon Williams, on his debut aged 19, was instrumental. He found Pereira, who relayed the ball to Jesse Lingard: Greenwood took over, and it was 1-0. Yet now came the twist as Matheson raced in from the right and buried a finish past Sergio Romero and penalties beckoned.Rathbone finished disappointed but proud. “It was amazing We were expecting to get drummed here. We did really well,” he said. Solskjær added: “You know we’re better in penalty shootouts than in proper games.” He was joking yet some fans may be worried that such a jest is now true of their team.center_img Possession (s 60′) 9 Andrew 53 Williams 41 Matheson 26 Greenwood (s 74′) Carabao Cup fourth-round draw: Chelsea v Man Utd, Liverpool v Arsenal – as it happened Rochdale 35 65 15 3 13 Keohane 16 Rojo Carabao Cup Lineups 13 Grant 6 Pogba ROC MNU 18 Wilbraham Manchester United squeezed through to the Carabao Cup fourth round, 5-3 on penalties, Daniel James confidently dispatching the decisive kick on a night when Rochdale gave Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men an almighty scare.Yet the result should not mask the latest worrying display, one that followed Saturday’s defeat at West Ham, as they were taken to spot-kicks by a 16-year-old right-back named Luke Matheson. He will long remember his 76th-minute equaliser and sprint to celebrate in front of the Rochdale fans he had sent into ecstasy. 20 Ryan Share on Messenger 23 Man Utd Off target 3 Rochdale 8 Man Utd On target 2 Rochdale 37 Tavares Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest 8 Mata 25 Sanchez Manchester United match reports Share on Facebook (s 85′) Oxford United humiliate West Ham in shock Carabao Cup thrashing Share on LinkedIn Topics 3 Norrington-Davies (s 90′) 4 Joneslast_img read more

first_imgKayvon Thibodeaux runs drills in a campKayvon Thibodeaux, the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2019 class, has yet to make his college decision. A commitment could be coming later this summer from the top prospect, though.Nearly every school in the country is after the five-star defensive lineman and, to this point, his recruitment seems to have stayed fairly wide open.247Sports updated the status of his recruitment a couple of weeks ago.“I’m hearing Florida State may be the leader for him with Oregon and LSU firmly in it. USC is obviously the Crystal Ball favorite and they’re not going to go away, but the feel is the other three right now,” said 247Sports recruiting expert Steve Wiltfong.Thibodeaux recently took to Twitter and said one school is making a “big move.”That school: Oregon.Oregon is making big move? #M19HTYOREGON ?— kayvon thibodeaux (@kayvonT8) June 1, 2018Thibodeaux is a 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect out of Thousand Oaks, Calif.Clearly, he’d be a massive, massive pickup for Oregon’s 2019 class.last_img read more

first_imgLindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAmnesty International has launched a campaign to highlight the positive contributions of several Indigenous Quebecers in order to dismantle negative stereotypes.The French language campaign showcases the work and extraordinary feats in the arts, politics and cultural sector.“We’re doing this for the present moment, but it’s also for the future,” said Mikisew Awasish, a hockey player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. “For the youth growing up in communities, and youth with children — because society is evolving. Society is continually changing, and this has to be a part of it.”lrichardson@aptn.ca@sentimtllast_img read more

Rabat – The Moroccan Ministry of Corporate Affairs announced a slight increase in the prices of petroleum products starting on Sunday, March 1.According to a statement from the ministry, the price of diesel will increase by 51 cents to reach MAD 8.96 per liter, while the price of premium gasoline will increase by 34 cents, to be sold for MAD 9.88 per liter.After several months of decline, the prices at gas stations, which were already increased on February 16, will undergo a further increase starting on Sunday, March 1, announced the Ministry in a statement. After the government decided to stop the subsidy of oil products, fully effective on January 1, oil prices are liberalized, and have become subject to the fluctuations of the international oil market. read more

Although over 6 million children returned to Afghanistan’s classrooms a month ago at the start of a new school year, United Nations agencies said today that half of the war-torn country’s young people are excluded from receiving an education, the bulk of them girls. “In Afghanistan, despite progress in school enrolment, in the last two years half of the school-age children were estimated to be out of school,” Shigeru Aoyagi, Country Director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) told journalists in the capital, Kabul, today. Among those not enrolled in school are nomadic children, children with disabilities, street children and children living with their mothers in prison. However, the majority of those who are not receiving an education are girls. This is the case even though the enrolment of girls, who were barred from going to school under the repressive Taliban regime, has increased significantly in the past five years, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “We still have 1.2 million girls of school age who do not have access to schools,” said Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Country Representative in Afghanistan. “We have a lot of work to do to make sure all conditions are met so that schools are friendly to girls.” The reasons why so many children are not in school include a lack of teachers, schools sited close to families, educational materials and, in some areas, security. To address the challenges associated with education in Afghanistan, UN agencies, in collaboration with the Government, are involved in the construction of schools; teacher training – particularly of female teachers; the provision of textbooks and other materials; and talking with families and community and religious leaders on the importance of education. “The involvement of communities, of parents, of society as a whole in education is a must in this country, given that we have a lot of gaps in terms of finance, in terms of human resources, in terms of access,” noted Mr. Aoyagi. “If we just stick to the promotion of formal education and if we are not aware of the limitation of formal education we cannot promote education for all in this country.” Today is the start of Global Action Week for Education, in which countries all over the world reaffirm their commitment to achieving the “Education for All” goals set by over 160 countries at the 2000 World Education Conference in Dakar, Senegal. 21 April 2008Although over 6 million children returned to Afghanistan’s classrooms a month ago at the start of a new school year, United Nations agencies said today that half of the war-torn country’s young people are excluded from receiving an education, the bulk of them girls. read more

2 July 2008The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Africa faces a “dramatic” shortage of physicians by the year 2015, according to a new study made public today. It is projected that there will be nearly 13 million doctors by then, a figure that will meet demand and will exceed the target of achieving the benchmark of having 80 per cent of all live births covered by a skilled attendant.But given the imbalances in physician distribution, Africa will face a scarcity of care, WHO said, with 255,000 doctors in 2015, which is 167,000 fewer than needed to meet the birth coverage goal.The study notes that in 2004, Africa carried nearly one quarter of the world’s disease burden with only 2 per cent of global physician supply and less than 1 per cent of health expenditures worldwide. Similarly, South-East Asia bore 29 per cent of the global disease burden, with 11 per cent of the world’s supply of doctors and 1 per cent of health expenditures.Meanwhile, the Americas region, with 10 per cent of the world’s disease burden, accounted for half of the world’s health expenditures and one fifth of all physicians.Hefty increases in health-care investment and robust policies are essential to boost the number of doctors in Africa, WHO said. “Given the disproportionate burden of disease in this region, policies for increasing the supply of physicians are urgently needed to stem projected shortages,” according to the study. read more

Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman will have to give back some of the money she’s earned during the short time she’s been on Norfolk council.The March 29 deadline for disclosing campaign financial reports came and went without Huffman filing her paperwork.This isn’t illegal but it does put Huffman in the position of having to pay a $500 late filing fee if she intends to meet the second deadline of April 29.If Huffman doesn’t meet the second deadline at the end of this month, she will have to vacate her seat and sit out the next election as well.Monday, Huffman said there is no great mystery to missing the March deadline.She said the deadline snuck up on her while she was busy with other matters. When she realized time was running short, Huffman says her computer wouldn’t allow her to complete an electronic submission.“People may be intrigued by this,” Huffman said. “But what happened is actually pretty boring. Actually, I accepted no donations from anybody. My past three election campaigns have been completely self-financed.“Other than the $500 I have to pay, this doesn’t really affect me or anybody else.”Another noteworthy name missing at the deadline was Dean Morrison of Windham Centre, a candidate in Windham-area Ward 4 who came second to Chris Van Paassen of Port Dover.Morrison served nine years on Township of Delhi council before logging another six years on the new Norfolk council. Morrison lost his third-term bid to Jim Oliver in 2007 but thought the time was right for a comeback last fall with Oliver’s retirement.However, it was not to be and Morrison has moved on. He sees no point in filing a financial statement because he is finished with municipal politics anyway.“I think my municipal days are done,” Morrison said. “Unfortunately, I’ve made my decision and I’m finished. All good things have to come to an end. I had a pretty good run and I enjoyed it, but I’m moving on. I thought there was an opportunity here for a comeback but I guess not.”A number of other candidates did not file campaign financial statements by the March 29 deadline. This includes Windham-area Ward 4 candidate Thomas Ferris of Vittoria.On the list in Port Rowan-area Ward 1 are John Peazel and Michael Toth.On the list In Delhi-area Ward 3 is Tim Sullivan of Simcoe.On the list in Port Dover-area Ward 6 are Doug Long, Jeff Miller, Rick Misner and Gary Muntz.All three mayoral candidates in Norfolk – Mayor Kristal Chopp, Charlie Luke and Russell Colebrook – filed on time, as did all candidates in Simcoe-area Ward 5 and Langton-area Ward 2.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

The main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees received the most donations for a single year in its 55-year history in 2004 – more than $502 million – it announced today. But more is still needed for its continuing operations, including health, education, relief and social services and micro-credit programmes.“For many years Palestine refugees have seen donations fail to keep pace with their needs for education, healthcare and social services,” UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Peter Hansen said. “This means much work is required to give them the opportunities that others in the region take for granted.“The donations received by UNRWA in 2004 are an encouraging sign that the international community is ready to do more to help the Palestine refugees help themselves,” he added.Following extensive consultations with donors, UNRWA is to launch a five-year plan to donors next week that will require major growth in donations if the agency is to maintain high levels of human capital development. The agency also faces a challenge in helping to build stability in the Middle East in the aftermath of an Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip expected later this year.Last year’s donations, although a record, were not as much as UNRWA had sought to provide for all the needs of the refugees, who are suffering from the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory. The money was used, among other things, to provide food assistance, job creation programmes, emergency medical care and new homes for some of those whose shelters were destroyed in Israeli bulldozing operations.The largest donors included the European Commission ($130.4 million), the United States ($127.4 million), and members of the European Union, such as the United Kingdom ($39 million), Sweden ($31.7 million), Norway ($19.6 million) and the Netherlands ($18 million). read more

1. Does the battle at the line of scrimmage matter? Wisconsin is 11th in the nation and second in the Big Ten for rushing yards, with a rushing average of 241 yards per game. Its offense revolves around reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay and freshman running back James White. In its last 11 games, Ohio State has rushed for an average of 158 yards, more than its opponents. However, both team’s defenses are good enough to shut down each other’s run game to the extent that OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien will be forced to make an impact, giving OSU a considerable advantage in the play-making department. 2. Is the OSU defense ready for Clay? What does matter is Clay’s size. At 6-foot-1-inch, 248 pounds, Clay is a typical plus-sized Wisconsin running back whose strength is bruising between the tackles. The Ohio State defense has not encountered a back with Clay’s size this season. In two career games against OSU, he’s rushed for 128 yards on 30 carries, 4.3 yards per carry, which is less than his average of 5.7 yards per carry. OSU defensive lineman Cameron Heyward is looking forward to the challenge of facing Clay. “He doesn’t even look like a running back, he looks like a linebacker,” Heyward said. But “he’s so explosive. Sometimes the team can be feeling down and he makes one big play and he can turn around the game.” 3. Will Scott Tolzien deliver a repeat “pick-six” performance? Tolzien had a nightmare of a game in last season’s 31-13 OSU victory. Late in the first quarter, Tolzien threw over the middle of the field and was picked off by Kurt Coleman, who returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. It was déjà vu early in the third quarter when Jermale Hines tipped a Tolzien pass to himself along the sideline and took it 32 yards to the house. Although Tolzien has only two interceptions this season, the OSU defense has already forced 17 turnovers through six games. If OSU jumps out to an early lead and renders the Badger running game ineffective, expect defensive coordinator Jim Heacock to dial up the pressure on Tolzien. 4. After weeks of improvement, will the OSU special teams unit collapse in Camp Randall? Last week against Indiana, the longest kick return OSU gave up was 26 yards. Against Illinois, the long was 29 yards. The punt return coverage teams have suffocated opposing returners. This is a marked improvement over the beginning of the season, when the Buckeyes were near the bottom of the nation on special teams. Although the play of the special teams has changed for the better, coach Jim Tressel said there are flaws that still need to be fixed. “Our kickoff coverage team we thought fundamentally got better and the result was good until we were penalized and we had a couple penalties that killed us on the kickoff cover team,” Tressel said. “We’ve got to eliminate penalties from a special teams’ standpoint.” 5. Will OSU need another winning drive from Pryor? The crowning moment of Pryor’s first season took place in his third start. In a back-and-forth game, Pryor took the offense on a 12-play, 80-yard that ended with Pryor scoring on an 11-yard option keeper off the left edge with 1:08 on the clock to give OSU a 20-17 win at Wisconsin. Pryor is not only a dual-threat quarterback, but considered by teammates as one of the unquestioned leaders. read more

Q5: You play in a group with Poland, Denmark and Serbia, which game do seeas the most important in order to qualify further to thesecond phase ?Serbia is playing at home, therefore they could and probably will be under huge pressure and this could work for and help us against them. Denmark is the favourite of the group. From my point of view the biggest chance is against the Poland. We have played many games against each other that were close and we have even won couple of times against them, when they were in full strength. I guess Barcelona. They won game in Madrid against Atletico. Anything could happen and Atletico could surprise in Barcelona as well. Q6: Who do you think is the favorite to win the Championship? (If France -Do you think it’s time for a change and endof French domination at thepast few championships ?)No doubts again it’s the France. They have very balanced team and in last year huge tournaments they were unbeaten. Then I think Denmark. Their game I like the most. And there is also chance for either Spain or Croatia.  National teamQ4: Slovakia shocked the handball world when you beat the French national team, unbeaten for about 2 years, how would you estimatethe potential of this Slovak squad at the Euro 2012 in Serbia ?It was really a pleasant experience winning against the triple winners (World Champions, Europe Champions and Olympic Champions). But the truth is that in this game everything has worked for us and for Frenchs nothing. We are not going to the Championship full of pride and with huge expectations. We are in very hard group, where the favourites are. We will try not to fail our fans and show our best game. I would love to see us get some points, which would be the first ones in the history of Slovakia on European Championships. Q3: In the Champions League it’s only in theory that Ademar Leon has not made it to the TOP16, but how far can you get therethis season ? Isquarter-finals realistic possibility, or maybe even we could see you inKoln?Our goal was to proceed from the group, which I think has already been achieved. Everything else depends on playoff games and how the draw will end up. It depends if the first game will be at home or away from home. We have shown couple of times that we can be strong at home and we can win against anyone. Koln? We have to be realistic. There are better teams with biggers chances than we have, but I would love to be there for sure. TransferYou  will be moving to Barcelona starting from the 2012/2013 season, manyrumours say. Do you see yourself as a leader of new Barcelona generation that should dominate in handball?I would not like to talk about this question at the moment. I live in the presence and at the moment I am completely focused European Championship and then definitely on Ademar Leon where I would like to finish the season on the top in Asobal League, King Cup, which is due in April or in the games in Champions League. During the preparations for the EHF EURO 2012 are undergoing, we spoke with Martin Stranovsky, Slovakia’s leader of this generation. We spoke with him about the club, the national team and expectations, and the rumours about a transfer to Barcelona… Q1: You are third in the Spanish ASOBAL league, right behind the so-far undefeated Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. What is Ademar Leon’s goal this season in the ASOBAL League? Can you challenge Atletico and Barcelona?Our biggest success in this season I think was the final game in League Cup, where we have won against Atletico Madrid. Another big goals were results at home against Kiel (draw) and win against Copenhagen, both of these were in Champions League. Since I am playing in Spain (7 years) it is the game between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Basically like in the football, Real Madrid – FC Barcelona. You cannot say ever who is the favorite. Both of them are very balanced teams and they belong to the top in Europe. Q2: If you had to decide who would win the ASOBAL League this season, would you say Atletico or Barcelona? Q7: Which team do you expect to be the biggest surprise? (except Slovakia )Anyone could surprise. Even the best teams in the World have bad days. I am sure we will witness something like that in Serbia too. Like I was saying, our success would be some points on European Championship. ← Previous Story Borko Ristovski: “Our duty is to please the nation” Next Story → France beats Norway again before going to the EURO 2012 read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina champion RK Borac Banja Luka is on the edge of bankrupt. Legendary team from the “Borik” hall, Champion Cup winner from 70’s have serious financial problems which ruined the squad and ambitions during last summer break. New Management of the club sent an announcement to all the media representatives in which tough situation and sum of debt is underlined:– Debt is about 1.700.000 KM (about 900.000 EUR). All accounts are blocked by Tax administration. Unfortunately, without support of state institutions, media and the fans, we won’t be able to save the team – says in Banja Luka.RK Borac won the Championship title in Bosnia and Herzegovina last May, for the first time after country separated from former Yugoslavia in 1992. bankrupthandballRK Borac Banja Luka ← Previous Story TWO EX-BUNDESLIGA PLAYERS BACK HOME: RK Metaloplastika sign Rajkovic and Dragicevic! Next Story → WHO ARE THE VELUX VELUX EHF CL 2013/2014 OUTSIDERS? read more

first_imgEILEEN DELANEY WHO had been reported missing by gardaí has been found safe and well.The 15-year-old had been last seen in Limerick on the afternoon of Sunday, 17 November.Gardaí have thanked the the public for their help on the matter.Read: Seanad to debate law on management of missing persons’ estates>last_img

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.86 million – The amount of money Irish Water will spend on consultants, contractors and legal advice to establish itself, the Oireachtas heard this week.1,547,000 – The number of people who watched the Late Late Toy Show in December, making it the most watched programme on Irish television in 2013, according to figures released this week.742,025 – The amount of money paid to former CRC chair Paul Kiely in a pension retirement package which was found to have come from charity funds.50,000 – The amount in euros that actress Julie Gayet is seeking from Closer magazine in France in damages over its report that she is having an affair with French president Francois Hollande.5,000 – The amount in euros awarded to a transgender woman after the Equality Tribunal ruled that she was discriminated against by AIB after the bank repeatedly used her previous name.264 – The number of attacks by pirates at sea last year – a 40 per cent drop on 2011, when figures peaked.66 – The number of drivers who have been put off the road for getting more than the total permitted number of penalty points.60 – The number of years that an Iranian man claims it has been since he has washed himself.44 – The temperature in Celsius which has been reached during the Australian Open during the week, making conditions extremely difficult for players. And yes, it’s been hot enough to fry eggs.9 – The number of dogs due to be put down at a Monaghan dog pound but which were saved after their story appeared on TheJournal.ie. Nice work, folks.8.49 – The average number of pages people from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown look at when they visit a popular porn website, putting them at the top of the league for Irish porn viewers.1 – The number of Irish people who used the Swiss euthanasia clinic Dignitas to die last year.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nick Savaidis’ first lessons in ethical garment making were learned as a child in the 1960s, watching his mother’s daily routine as a seamstress in their Melbourne home. It was an education he never forgot.“I went to a shop in Collins Street and I saw stuff that mum had made. It was going for 40 or 50 dollars but she had been paid 15 or 20 cents for it. I thought that sucked … ““Like so many migrant mothers in those days, mine was a machinist from home. In our lounge room, the Singer sewing machine was next to the TV, and a big pile of fabric that would be delivered every day,” says Savaidis.“When I was 10 or 11, I went to a shop in Collins Street and I saw stuff that mum had made. It was going for 40 or 50 dollars but she had been paid 15 or 20 cents for it. I couldn’t work out how she could be paid so little while they were sold for so much. I thought that sucked as a kid.”With the family struggling financially at that time, the Savaidis family lost their Thornbury home because they couldn’t make the repayments. It was a tough time – and an experience shared with thousands of other migrants from southern Europe following the peak of mass migration to Australia.Almost 40 years later Savaidis founded Etiko, the Melbourne-based business that specialises in developing and marketing sustainably produced, eco-friendly clothing, footwear and sports goods. Rated the country’s most ethical fashion brand by the Australian Fashion Report in 2013, the company’s name was inspired by Savaidis’ spin on US multinational Nike.“It always pissed me off that Nike – the brand that is renowned for sweatshops – had based its name on the Greek word for victory. I thought I’d twist that idea and use the Greek word for ethical. That’s how we came up with Etiko.”Nick Savaidis with his assigned merchandiser Sonu Singh (R) and Sweta Sarkar in Kolkata.Since launching in 2005, the company’s achievements include being the first non-food brand to gain Fairtrade certification in Australia and New Zealand, as well as helping create hundreds of micro-businesses in South Asia as part of its supply chain.A constant campaigner for the tens of thousands of poorly-paid workers in developing countries who produce for the large multinational brands, Savaidis says Etiko’s mission is to promote the idea of “conscious and conscientious consumerism”.“It’s one thing to be aware of the issue of child labour, but conscientiousness means doing something about it. “Fashion is cheaper now than it’s ever been and the reason for that is workers in developing countries are being exploited. In Bangladesh garment workers suffer so we can have cheap garments. “I’ve always had empathy for the underdog,” says Savaidis. “I don’t like to see anyone being exploited, it doesn’t matter which part of the world.”last_img read more

first_imgGoogle Voice sortira en France vers la fin de l’annéeJean-Marc Tassetto, PDG de Google France, a confirmé hier le lancement de Google Voice d’ici la fin de l’année ou au plus tard début 2012. Le service de téléphonie déjà disponible aux Etats-Unis est très attendu sur le territoire français. “Google Voice c’est pour la fin de l’année, ou début 2012”, a déclaré hier Jean-Marc Tassetto. Voilà une nouvelle qui devrait en charmer plus d’un.Déjà disponible aux Etats-Unis, le service de téléphonie innove en proposant à ses utilisateurs un numéro unique créé par Google. Les appels vers ce numéro peuvent être renvoyés vers tous les portables ou fixes de l’utilisateur afin de lui éviter de devoir rester devant son ordinateur pour téléphoner. Pour aller plus loin dans l’idée, Google Voice propose également de rediriger les appels en fonction de l’identité de l’émetteur. Par exemple, les proches peuvent être redirigés vers un portable personnel et les collègues de travail vers un portable professionnel. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Google Voice met aussi au service des utilisateurs des appels téléphoniques et des textos gratuits par Internet, ainsi que des appels à prix réduits vers l’étranger.La date de lancement de Google TV, quant à elle, est plus incertaine. Jean-Marc Tassetto a déclaré que son lancement prévu pour 2011 serait repoussé à 2012. Egalement disponible aux Etats-Unis, Google TV est une plateforme de services offrant un certain nombre d’applications comme par exemple le visionnage d’actualités, une grille de programme interactive ou un module de recherche. Le 10 mars 2011 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgUPDATE 2: We interviewed Kaitlyn Covey, the Articuno-owner in question, to hear her side of the story.UPDATE 1: Niantic admits this was a mistake.Last week we reported that someone had “finished” Pokemon Go — with one very important caveat. Out of the original set of 151 creatures, only 142 are currently available in North America. The list excludes Mr. Mime and Farfetch’d — European and Asian exclusives, respectively — as well as a set of monsters known as “legendaries.” In the Game Boy games legendary Pokemon were events, and you’d have to come prepared to capture some of the rarest and exclusive creatures around.In Pokemon Go, most people just assumed that legendaries would only be available at special events hosted by the game’s developer, Niantic. But late Monday night some folks found a gym held by Articuno, a special, ice-themed bird and mascot for one of the game’s three color-coded teams. One player, Kaitlyn Covey, even posted about having the bird in her local Pokemon Go Facebook group. But since then she’s been met with probing questions from skeptical fans.There’s more than enough photo and video evidence to confirm that she does, indeed, have the rare Pokemon, but many fans have accused Covey of cheating. She has claimed that she received the special creature for reporting an issue to Niantic, but players have been pressing her for proof, suggesting that it wouldn’t be hard to post a screenshot of the email confirming her story. But Covey’s not the only with an Articuno now. At least one other player has one, but that’s only raised more questions.The Pokemon Company and Nintendo often hold giveaways at game shops and special locations for legendary or unusual Pokemon, and Niantic hosted massive tournaments for its previous game, Ingress. Fans concluded that, given that each of the three teams had their own legendary mascot that tournaments or other large events might gift one to players based on their team affiliation.Covey is on Team Mystic, represented by the color blue and, of course, Articuno. This second player, known only by their handle “Ocba,” is on the Yellow Team Instinct, which, according to many fan theories shouldn’t be possible. It’s been assumed that you could only obtain one of the three birds, and since trading Pokemon between players (a highly-anticipated feature) hasn’t been added just yet, this all seems a bit suspicious. There’s no video showing the Pokedex entry for Articuno.At the same time, something like this should be pretty difficult to fake. Pokemon Go is cloud-based, meaning that the Pokemon you’ve caught is stored on Niantic’s servers — not on your device. Since other players have taken screenshots and confirmed that Covey does have Articuno, no one’s quite sure how she could spoof her creature on both her phone and others’ as well. The most likely explanation is that Covey and Ocba have discovered a glitch that allowed them to catch the bird, but at this point, there’s no telling.We reached out to Niantic for comment and heard back from a PR representative for the developer. The spokesman said, after checking on the issue, that the Articuno “was not from Niantic. it’s either a spoof or someone hacked the game,” but added that the company is still “looking into it” and there aren’t “clear answers at the moment.” While that statement definitively contradicts Covey’s claim that got Articuno as a gift from Niantic, it just adds more questions. Covey and her husband did a live stream showing the Pokemon in-game along with an email apparently from Niantic with a misspelling of the Pokemon’s in-game name — of course raising suspicions.Given how widespread some glitches are, particularly one that changes a caught Pokemon into another — seemingly at random — it may still be that the Coveys have caught it fair and square and that the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding. We also reached out to the Coveys, but until we know more this whole situation is pretty fishy. We will continue to update as we get more information. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more

first_img Rocko’s Modern Life has been off the air for 22 years now, and our lives have never been the same. Creator Joe Murray is an animation genius who dealt out some of the funniest and cleverly written scripts Nickelodeon had ever aired next to Ren & Stimpy. Since the mid to late nineties, the cable network has been trying to capture that lightning in the bottle ever since.Luckily nostalgia for what once was is stronger than ever today, and those kids have a voice thanks to social media. It has spawned The Splat cable station; Nickelodeon’s throwback network. Nick has been getting in touch with all its original creators (including Murray) to produce films out of their favorite shows.This week the network broke the news that Murray, along with the original voice cast: Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko/Spunky), Tom Kenny (Heffer Wolfe), Mr. Lawrence (Filburt Turtle), Charlie Adler (Ed & Bev Bighead), Linda Wallem (Dr. Paula Hutchison). They are all aboard the new film project, including a few newcomers who will play roles such as Cowboy and Pillow Salesmen. I’m sure Crappie Jack would be pleased.What gets me even more excited about the movie is what Nickelodeon had to say today about the project. “The special brings the characters back to Earth after being lost in outer space since 1996. Rocko has trouble accepting this 21st-century modern life, while Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social media and the endless diversity of food trucks. Rocko wholeheartedly believes that his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world.”I expect nothing less of this kind of premise from Murray. It simply warms my heart to hear that Heffer and Filb will be indulging themselves in smartphones and food trucks, as Rocko looks on in slight discomfort when Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling premieres sometime in 2018.Rocko’s Modern Life in the last few years has been praised for (not so secretly) adding in adult content to its children’s program, but it was so much more than that. Those few scenes were just to see what the creators could get away with. Murray’s complete vision of the series offered so much more than just a couple of dirty sight gags. It was a hilarious and well-crafted romp for all ages in the nineties that ages beautifully. For a more in-depth look into the series, be sure to check out Joe Murray’s Creating Animated Cartoons with Character book. Now let’s all sit in front of the boob-tube and enjoy some Fat Heads with Chokey Chicken in hand in anticipation for this marvelous comeback!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix MoviesWatch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ last_img read more

first_imgThe state of Nebraska, DOD and the communities neighboring Offutt Air Force Base are being asked to contribute to a $25 million levee improvement project needed to protect the installation from flooding.The cities of Bellevue and Omaha, and Sarpy County are each being asked for $2.3 million for the project, which would increase the height of 19 miles of levees along the Missouri River by two feet. The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, which is spearheading the effort, has pledged $4 million. The district is asking the state to pitch in $10 million, and DOD for $4 million, reported the Bellevue Leader.The improvements are mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) even though the Army Corps of Engineers, which built the levees in the 1970s and 1980s, says they meet existing standards. FEMA ordered the upgrades after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. Neither FEMA nor the Army Corps is willing to help pay for the improvements, said John Winkler, general manager for the natural resources district.If the levees are not raised, much of Offutt Air Force Base would be regarded as sitting in a floodplain, according to Winkler. In addition, thousands of acres south of the installation would be rendered undevelopable.“The longer we wait and delay the more expensive the project becomes,” Winkler told the Sarpy County Board last month. “Instead of a $25 million project, we’re going to soon be talking a $30 million project, a $35 million project, until a point in time where we’ll be unable to do it because no one will have the funds,” he said.Commissioner Don Kelly said the importance of Offutt to Sarpy County requires the county to pitch in, but he asked Winkler to expand the number of communities asked to contribute to the project.“I think we need to cast the net a little bit wider,” he said. “There are as many people that work out of Offutt Air Force Base that leave Bellevue at the end of the day and go off to residences in the county, or in Papillion, or down in Cass County, or over in Mills County or up in Omaha,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgFederal money for rural infrastructure is drying up, and state agencies are overhauling projects while they still can. With Alaska’s brief construction season about to begin, state officials are hurrying to bring airfields, roads, and other Bush infrastructure up to standard before funds get scarce.Download Audiolast_img