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Anirban Lahiri scores first hole-in-one in British Open golf

first_imgAnirban Lahiri extended his dream debut by producing the first hole-in-one of the 141st Open Championships and then proceeded to card a very mature and steady round of 70 that kept him at even-par for three rounds at Royal Lytham and St Annes on Saturday.While Lahiri, 25, was celebrating his ace and a good round on a day when scoring was once again tough, his senior colleague Jeev Milkha Singh, was “left licking his wounds” in his own words as he struggled to a round of sixover 76 that had three birdies but seven bogeys and a double bogey.Lahiri in contrast had three bogeys, all were results of going into bunkers from where he had to sit sideways and take the bitter pill in the form of bogeys. He also had a birdie and an ace on eighth and ninth respectively.While Lahiri was tied 20th with some players still on the course, Jeev had slipped to 76th.Meanwhile, Adam Scott made the big move midway through his round. He had made two birdies and moved to 11-under, while overnight leader Brandt Snedeker, who had never made the cut at British Open before this year had dropped from 10-under to sevenunder, and Tiger Woods had joined in second place after 10 holes.When asked about the day, Lahiri admitted, “Yeah, just when I thought that it was fantastic, it gets even better. Like I said right from the start I’ve been saying it since Thursday, Friday, today, Saturday, it’s just been fantastic. That’s (hole in one) probably the icing on the cake today.”advertisementIn contrast, Jeev was rather disappointed and candidly said, “It was a great day, sunny and absolutely perfect and I was looking forward to it. So, I am very disappointed with the way I played. The conditions were perfect for low scoring. I need to make a move tomorrow. I struggled with every part of my game and I hit some loose shots and did not play the bunkers well. I am licking my wounds right now.”Lahiri, playing with Ted Potter, last week’s winner on the PGA Tour, opened with a pair of pars, but then found the first of many bunkers during the day. On both the third and the fourth, he had to hit out sideways to find his way back to the fairway and take bogeys. “I did get a little anxious but then steadied to three pars, before a birdie came my way on eighth,” said Lahiri.Then came the amazing holein-one, which suddenly brought him from two-over to one-under. He said, “You’re just looking around, you don’t know how to express yourself, and then you see your dad jumping up out there blowing you kisses. These moments don’t come every day. The ball is with my dad. I don’t think anybody can take that away from him.”On his finish and final score, Lahiri felt he could have gone lower. “I am happy where I am but it’s also a bit disappointing when you’re one under at the turn. I played well right through the back nine. I think I hit almost all the greens apart from two – the 18 and 15, I think. But I’ll take it. I’ll still take it. It puts me in a good position,” added Lahiri.How he aced the holeAnirban Lahiri said: “I was two over coming up to the eighth hole and walked up the tee, it was almost exactly the same yardage as yesterday. And I was in between clubs again. Yesterday I hit the wedge instead of a 9 iron, and found a greenside trap and made bogey. I just told my caddie, we’ll take the 9, it doesn’t matter if it goes past, I’ll just hit it soft. Made a good swing on it. It was looking a little right of the hole, but it got a really, really friendly bounce. I was just hoping it ended up close. When it goes in, everybody goes wild, I go wild, it was fantastic.”last_img read more

Azkals draw strength from Filipinos in UAE

first_imgJavier Patiño started as the lone striker for the Azkals against the Koreans, creating a couple of chances, which the Filipino-Spanish player also missed.And with the Azkals holding their own against the Koreans for most of the match, Patiño could be leading the line once more against the Chinese side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m happy to have made an appearance in the Asian Cup, but I’m disappointed not to have played a bigger role,” said Younghusband. “There’s still two games to go so hopefully I get more game time.”Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson praised Younghusband’s response in his role as a substitute. ABU DHABI—Limited to a cameo in the AFC Asian Cup opener against South Korea, Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband hopes to play a bigger role as the Azkals attempt to reach the next round in the continent’s biggest football tournament.The country’s top international scorer made his Asian Cup debut when he came on as an 88th minute substitute to Patrick Strauss on Monday night at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT “He is not only a good human being, a good football player, but also a very good professional,” said Eriksson, who has handled the likes of high profile players like David Beckham when he coached England.“He never showed bad things. He accepted his role. He came on, you can see he is very professional. What he has done for the Philippines is great. More than 100 games, 52 goals which is amazing it is always important to remember that.”The Azkals were playing the Chinese on Friday night at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, with a win or a draw keeping them in the hunt for a place in the Round of 16. Kyrgyzstan will be the Azkals’ last Group C assignment on Wednesday.With almost 700,000 Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates, the Azkals said they’re dedicating their performances to their countrymen here.“All we can do is to come out and not to have regrets,” said Patrick Reichelt. “It’s amazing seeing that although it’s far from home, we do have so much support. Its incredible and it helps us a lot.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ababa tries to keep streak going Azkals manager Dan Palami said the team was taking inspiration from the country’s overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).“If the team is battling it out on the pitch, our OFWs here also have their own battles here every day missing their families, that’s why we’re dedicating our games to them,” said Palami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Parsekar firm on Chapora eco-tourism project in Goa

first_imgPanaji, Jun 15 (PTI) Notwithstanding opposition from the locals, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today announced that proposed Rs 100-crore eco-tourism development project at Chapora river in North Goa would not be stalled.”The project is proposed by me as I want to promote hinterland tourism in Pernem taluka. It will help in attracting high-end tourists in this taluka,” Parsekar said.He said with the new international airport taking shape at Mopa in Pernem taluka, the state government wants to provide best tourism facility to the people.”The project consultant report is still on paper and government is yet to give its final nod. The report has been sent to all the seven village panchayats (where the project is proposed) for comment,” he said.”In my opinion it is one of the best projects which will attract high-end tourists and also create employment for the locals,” Parsekar commented.The Chapora river development project is one of the ambitious project supported by Union Shippingministry, he said.Parsekar said with coastal areas being saturated, there is a need to have more tourist spots specially in the hinterlands.Rubbishing the land worries, the Chief Minister said government will not acquire land for the project.”The private bidder will do the land acquisition directly from the villagers. The land will be acquired by giving full compensation to the locals or the company will work revenue sharing model with the villagers,” he stated.The project will include ferry terminals, a tourist village, museum, marinas, fishermens wharf, hotels, underwater aquarium, sea world, bird park, adventure sports island, tree top hotel, hotel complex, exhibition centre, tented accommodation and cable cars. PTI RPS DK PVI RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

I’m English – but I want USA to beat the Lionesses in the World Cup

first_imgWomen’s World Cup 2019 Alex Morgan and USA resolve to put Ellen White in the shade And so here I am, in the week of 4 July, living in a country which deems all men and women to have been created equal, a truth that holds self-evident whatever the shortcomings of the government built upon it.Abraham Lincoln said he “never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence”. Nor did I. Increasingly, it’s the same when it comes to sports. At another World Cup, in Japan later this year, the US men’s rugby team will attempt to compete with England. Go Eagles.Heavy thinking boosts a simple love of family. I love my homeland but I love my adopted home too. For all its travails, the United States of America was built in service of its people. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – three fourths of which may join me in rooting for America tomorrow – was not.I cannot be an American, New York born. But if America will have me, I can be one yet by oath.So much for weighty decisions. Switching allegiance is easier in front of a TV, with a beer, watching a US team play a strong attacking game with stars like Megan Rapinoe, unafraid to speak truth to power in the best American way.Go USA. Topics Share on WhatsApp comment USA women’s football team Heavy thinking boosts a simple love of family. I love my homeland but I love my adopted home too Women’s World Cup Read more US sports I am an Englishman, Leeds born – Leeds, that damned city – and go at things as I have taught myself, freestyle, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man’s character is his fate, says Phil Neville, and in the end there isn’t any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Sidney Blumenthal England women’s football team How Lincoln’s disdain for demagogues pricks Trump’s Fourth of July pomposity Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Share on Messenger So much for trying to be clever, messing with the opening of a great American novel, The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, to set up a column about being an immigrant. I might as well say it straight.I want the USA to beat England in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.I was born in Yorkshire in 1978, grew up there, then went to college in Durham. At 21 I went to London to work. Ten years after that I met a girl from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and after three more years we moved across the sea. Now we have three girls, aged six, four and two, and all of them are Americans, New York born. They don’t play soccer yet but presumably soon they will. My wife did.I’m firmly on their side. Women’s football I have dabbled in the world of the hate click. In these pages, I’ve defended Bono and expressed a preference for rugby. That holds true. But my attitude to Tuesday’s game of soccer is a little more complicated, even more existential. I want the USA to beat England because I think the USA is a better place to be.What follows is literally based on the last book I read, but I think it bears explaining. It was Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass Sunstein, a law professor at Harvard. It’s a history of the constitutional mechanism by which the Americans can remove their leader, and are indeed supposed to if he or she has abused their power. It is obviously written for those who wish such a fate on the current occupant of the White House. As I do.The reason I want the USA to beat England is to be found in its title. Sunstein has written “a citizen’s guide”.If you are an American, New York or anywhere else born, you are a citizen. Nominally at least – I’m aware of America’s past, present and future of massive and shattering injustice – you are one of 329 million equals. You and your fellow Americans have the power to remove your leader, because that leader is deemed to be equal to you. You may not choose to remove him or her, for political reasons perhaps, but you have the power to do so. The same cannot be said for Englishmen, or indeed anyone else in Britain.I live in New York and I have family and friends in Boston, Washington, California and plenty of points in between. But I am not a citizen. Should impeachment come, I cannot take part. Sunstein has prompted me to remember what in fact I am.I am a subject of the Queen, a leader I would rather not have. Short of revolution, I cannot remove her. I am simply deemed unequal to one other Briton, London born if with German roots, and the whole rotten caste that supports her. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bunkering Operations in Singapore Undisrupted

first_imgThere has been no report of disruption to bunker supply and bunkering operations in Singapore,  the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) said having consulted with close to 50 companies.Co-organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and SSA yesterday, the participants gathered for updates and discussed ways to minimise any impact on the local bunkering scene following the recent announcements made by OW Bunker A/S.The attendees were advised to carefully inspect their contractual obligations, and to work closely with their stakeholders to avoid or minimize disruption in their operations.“The bunkering industry here is a well-regulated one. While I urge my members to seek professional and legal advice as necessary, I also hope that those affected by this event would remain calm and not resort to knee-jerk reactions which may rock the stability and reputation of Singapore’s bunkering industry. My Association will be working closely with MPA to ensure that there would not be any unnecessary disruption in bunker supply and operations here,” said SSA President Patrick Phoon.MPA Chief Executive Andrew Tan added, “This has been a useful session for the shipping and bunkering community to come together to understand the current situation and to discuss practical steps forward. MPA will continue to work closely with SSA to manage the situation. We will also work with our licensed bunker suppliers to minimise any disruption to bunkering operations in Singapore.”last_img read more

Labos créatifs une combinaison dentrepreneuriat de créativités et de technologie

first_img Les Labos créatifs appuient les trois « R » : renouveler, réorienter et rebâtir, du Plan d’action en matière d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ils offrent aux élèves une expérience pratique leur permettant d’explorer les domaines des sciences, des technologies, de l’ingénierie, de l’entrepreneuriat, des arts et des mathématiques. « Les Labos créatifs aident les enseignants à intégrer la technologie, la créativité et l’entrepreneuriat dans la classe, a dit Mme Casey. On encourage les élèves à faire preuve de créativité et à explorer de nouvelles façons d’utiliser la technologie, tout en les aidant à se préparer pour le type d’innovation nécessaire pour réussir dans n’importe quel domaine. » Le gouvernement investira 400 000 $ dans les Labos créatifs. Les conseils scolaires suivants auront chacun un laboratoire permanent : Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, Halifax Regional School Board, South Shore Regional School Board, Strait Regional School Board and Tri-County Regional School Board. Le Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board aura un laboratoire mobile, et le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial aura un laboratoire portatif. Les Chariots créatifs, qui sont des mini-laboratoires portatifs, seront également disponibles dans tous les conseils scolaires. Les Labos créatifs, un organisme à but non lucratif, et ses partenaires ont connu un grand succès au Nouveau-Brunswick, où ils sont offerts dans plus de 200 écoles. « Nous souhaitons encourager les élèves à penser à de nouvelles solutions et à voir les défis d’un point de vue différent, a dit Jeff Willson, directeur général des Labos créatifs. Grâce à un apprentissage pratique, les élèves ont l’occasion d’exprimer leur créativité et de trouver des façons novatrices d’utiliser la technologie pour résoudre des problèmes et mettre en œuvre leurs idées. » Ce projet est un exemple des initiatives qui, selon la coalition oneNS, contribueront à créer des possibilités pour les jeunes en leur offrant les compétences en matière d’entrepreneuriat, de mathématiques, de sciences et de technologie dont ils ont besoin dans le monde actuel. Les élèves seront en mesure de nourrir leur créativité et leur esprit d’entreprise pendant l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Le premier ministre Stephen McNeil s’est joint à Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, aujourd’hui 7 avril, pour annoncer que des Labos créatifs seront ouverts dans les huit conseils scolaires de la province en septembre. « Ce gouvernement vise à améliorer le système d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit le premier ministre McNeil. Bien que nous soyons en période de restrictions financières, nos élèves et leur éducation constituent l’un de nos meilleurs investissements. Ils représentent l’avenir de cette province. » Les Labos créatifs offrent aux élèves des possibilités telles que : des laboratoires où les élèves travaillent directement avec des technologies telles que les imprimantes 3D, et où ils peuvent acquérir des compétences et de l’expérience en matière d’ingénierie, de travail des métaux et du bois, de la mode, des textiles, de l’électronique, de la robotique, de la fabrication et du prototypage rapide, de la programmation informatique, de l’ingénierie vidéo et audio et plus encore; un fonds d’apprentissage basé sur les projets afin d’aider les enseignants à offrir des ressources et du soutien aux projets de sciences, de technologie, d’entrepreneuriat en ingénierie, d’arts et de mathématiques; des programmes, des activités spéciales et la collaboration avec l’industrie.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement When the Juno nominations were announced on Tuesday, one of Canada’s most successful musicians was missing: Toronto’s very own Drake.With the record-smashing success of his last album, Scorpion, Drake is now the most successful streaming artist of all time, according to the music streaming service Spotify.Released in June 2018, the double album dominated the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, with Drake smashing the record previously held by the Beatles. The Fab Four managed to get five simultaneous singles in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart. Drizzy bested them with seven. Advertisement Drake performs during the “Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour” in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Old habits die hard as Labrador is Liberal red once again

first_imgBy Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsLiberal candidate Yvonne Jones ousted former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue in the federal Labrador byelection Monday.The election was called after it was discovered that Penashue accepted tens of thousands of dollars in illegal donations in his 2011 election campaign. The riding his been almost always Liberal since it joined Canada in 1949, but Penashue’s 2010 victory changed that.“People want to see (the Conservatives) gone and I think people in Labrador have started that process this evening,” said Jones at her victory party. “There’s a huge message in this…this is the first time the Harper government has been defeated in a byelection. This defeat should not come as any surprise to them. They’ve had the opportunity to do great things for Labrador, for rural Canadians, for Northern Canadians and they have chosen not to.”She said voters not only elected her but threw their support behind the Liberal party and its leader Justin Trudeau.“(Labradorians) wanted to change that they wanted to have a real voice, they wanted to have someone that would stand up for them every day and it was quite obvious they saw that in me,” she said.Going into the race Jones said she knew Penashue would be her strongest rival. The NDP were never a factor in the campaign.Jones won with 50.7 per cent of the vote with Penashue receiving 28.9 per cent and NDP newcomer Harry Borlase receiving an even 20 per cent.She said her biggest priorities will be addressing issues of housing, jobs and transportation when she heads to will be heading to Ottawa next Wednesday.last_img read more

Autoroutes du Maroc Records MAD 500 Million Deficit in 2014

Rabat – The Société Nationale des Autoroutes du Maroc, Morocco’s national authority for the management of motorways, recorded a deficit of 500 million Dirhams in 2014.Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) revenues were up 2.2 per cent year-over-year, at 2.2 billion Dirhams, according to the company.In 2014, overall vehicle traffic in Morocco’s motorways was 17.6 million vehicles per day, a 2.3 per cent increase on 2013 levels. ADM said the Rabat-Casablanca motorway section is the busiest with a daily traffic of 52.579 vehicles. read more

Morocco Stocks Up 062 HPS Hits 5Year High

Rabat – Moroccan stocks are slowly picking up their pace. Thursday’s session closed trade in the green, as the MASI Index marked a 0.62 percent increase with 11,922 points. Casablanca Stock Exchange market was pulled up by gains in Chemicals, Software and Computer Services and Holding Companies sectors, leading the Moroccan All Shares higher. Trade volume reaching MAD 146 million on the central market, with Taqa Morocco taking the biggest share of volumes with MAD 22 million. The Moroccan electricity producer gained 1.43 percent at MAD 852 per dividend. Maroc Telecom closed yesterday’s trade on a 0.32 percent gain, exceeding MAD 140 per dividend. The company’s shares are at their fifth consecutive bullish session, tapping MAD 20 million of business volumes. On the same note, Marsa Maroc with a 0.97 percent gain and Total Maroc with 2.44 percent both come in third position with MAD 14 million of trade volume each. In terms of shares’ growth, the best performers of Thursday’s session were HPS with a 6.73 percent gain trading at MAD 1190 per dividend. The company thus dealing on the highest price ever reached since March 2008.Maghreb Oxygen comes in second position with a 5.98 percent increase at MAD 118.70, followed by SNP which rose 3.69 percent at MAD 381.80 in late trade.In total, rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 28 to 9 and 11 ended unchanged.EUR/MAD was down 0.09 percent to 10.9130, while USD/MAD fell 0.15 percent to 9.7855.The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04 percent at 97.26. read more

Oversight of federal student loans is lacking watchdog says

The Education Department’s independent watchdog says the agency hasn’t done enough to stop student loan servicers from breaking federal rules.An audit released Thursday by the department’s inspector general finds that officials who oversee student loans haven’t properly tracked problems and rarely penalize servicers.The office that manages student loans says it disagrees with the finding but is implementing the audit’s recommendations.The department hires outside companies to handle billing for more than $1 trillion in student loans and to help struggling borrowers explore payment options.But the audit found that as of 2017, servicers did not always provide borrowers with enough information about repayment plans, and some miscalculated borrowers’ monthly payments.The watchdog says the department required servicers to return money for noncompliance just four times in five years.Collin Binkley, The Associated Press read more

Brock Sports launches New Years sports camps

Brock Sports is launching five sports camps to keep kids occupied during the second week of Christmas vacation from Jan. 3-6.The camps are available to anyone in the community and range in age from six to 15 years old.Camps available include:Snowfest Camp is an action-filled, indoor and outdoor activity based camp. Available for single days or as the full four days. Children aged six to 13 are welcome.Volleyball Camp is for those who love the game of volleyball and want to improve their skills. The full four-day camp is open to children aged eight to 14.Junior Lifeguard Camp is a fun-filled camp in and near the Brock Aquatic Centre. Activities include swimming, cooperative games, canoeing, snorkelling, diving, shadow guarding, lifesaving skills, rescues and first aid skills. The four-day camp is open to children aged six to 15.Two half day camps are also available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These include a Synchronized Swimming Camp and a Diving Camp.For pricing information or to register, visit the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk, phone 905-688-5550, x4060 or visit the Brock Sports website. read more

Mickey Mitchell cleared by NCAA to compete in games for Ohio State

Ohio State men’s basketball freshman forward Mickey Mitchell has been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to begin competing in games, OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a statement on Friday.Mitchell, the statement said, will be eligible to play in the Buckeyes’ next game, which is against No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York.In a statement on Nov. 3, Smith said the NCAA failed to clear Mitchell to compete in games. The 6-foot-7 Texan had, however, been able to fully participate in practice while the matter was ongoing. Mitchell was often seen behind the bench in street clothes during home games. He had yet to travel to a road game.OSU and the NCAA have not said why Mitchell had been ineligible, but regardless, the news of his clearance could not have come at a better time for coach Thad Matta’s team. The young Buckeyes (5-5) have had a tumultuous start to the 2015-16 season, highlighted by a four-game losing streak, illness and injury to freshman center Daniel Giddens, and a 75-55 thrashing at the hands of Connecticut on Dec. 12. The apogee of it all, though, might have been the news on Thursday that sharp-shooting freshman forward Austin Grandstaff was transferring from the program, citing concerns over playing time. With Grandstaff’s departure, the arrival of Mitchell to the rotation will likely prove to be beneficial when he does make his debut.As a senior, the four-star Mitchell led Plano West High School in Texas to a 25-2 finish, while averaging 8.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Matta has dubbed Mitchell’s size and understanding of the game as two areas where he can benefit the Buckeyes the most.OSU and Kentucky are scheduled to tip-off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on the court of the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. read more

Postmasters distance themselves from campaign to Name and Shame TDs

first_imgPOSTMASTERS HAVE MOVED to make it clear that ‘Name and Shame’ posters that appeared in several post offices in Kerry were the work of an individual local election candidate.People Before Profit candidate Brian Finucane put up the posters with the support of local post offices, and told this evening that he hopes the campaign spreads nationwide.The posters list local TDS who voted against a Dáil motion tabled by Independent TD Seamus Healy aimed at protecting the local post office networks.ePaymentsFinucane said his campaign is aimed at protecting the future of the post office network, highlight the effect that introducing ePayments systems could have on communities.“It is going to affect every community,” he said, saying that it will led to people heading into local towns rather than small villages. Finucane protesting outside a bank in Kerry recently. (Image Credit: Brian Finucane/Twitter)Finucane described the government as taking a “kicking the can down the road” attitude to the issue.“If you fail to plan, you  plan to fail,” he said.“While we do have a high level of public concern about Post Offices,” Irish Postmasters Union General Secretary Brian McCann said this evening, “The IPU believes this type of action, which is personalised towards individual TDs, is unhelpful and we do not support it.”“Tangible commitment”He noted that the IPU will be meeting with Minister Pat Rabbittee next week on the issue, and said the union sees it as an “opportunity to give tangible commitment with clear actions, timelines and expected outcomes”.Finucane received support from People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett on Twitter this afternoon.Minster Rabbitte has said in recent weeks that post offices need to “innovate” in order to ensure their viability.He called for “innovative new ideas, new products and services, that will enable, consist with law, that the post office network may be used as front of office for the provision of government services.”Rabbitte: Post offices need to innovate to ensure their survival >Previously: ‘Government has no plans to close post offices’ >More: Are microwave postboxes an Irish thing now? >last_img read more

Talk of postBrexit chlorinated chicken and hormone beef is a smear campaign

first_img Chicken carcasses in a factory. Image: Shutterstock Short URL 55 Comments Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 7:01 PM Share118 Tweet Email1 THE US AMBASSADOR to the UK has attacked what he described as a “smear” campaign against American food, dismissing criticism about its produce as “myths”.Woody Johnson said in an article published in the Daily Telegraph that US food products are safe, and that scare stories about “chlorine-washed chicken” and “hormone-pumped beef” are being used to mislead the public.The comments come amid claims from Brexiteer politicians that they will seek trade deals with other countries, including the US, when the UK leaves the bloc. This led to claims that the UK would abandon EU food standards and a be open to importing food items with differing standards. The most publicized example was the possible importation of chlorinated chicken. Chlorinated chicken – or chlorine-treated chicken – refers to chicken carcasses that have been treated with antimicrobial rinses to remove harmful bacteria. The practice is common in the US but banned in the EU.But speaking to The Telegraph, Johnson dismissed such talk as scaremongering. “You have been presented with a false choice: either stick to EU directives, or find yourselves flooded with American food of the lowest quality,” Johnson wrote. By Rónán Duffy Chicken carcasses in a factory. Image: Shutterstockcenter_img Mar 2nd 2019, 6:56 PM Inflammatory and misleading terms like ‘chlorinated chicken’ and ‘hormone beef’ are deployed to cast American farming in the worst possible light. It is time the myths are called out for what they really are: a smear campaign.Johnson says American producers use “scientific” and “technological” tools to feed a growing global population, in contrast to the European Union’s “Museum of Agriculture.”When asked about allowing the import of such chicken in 2017, Environment Secretary Michael Gove flatly denied that it would not be allowed, saying that the UK would not “dilute our high animal welfare standards” in pursuit of a trade deal.The UK’s National Farmers Union had also raised concerns about US practices, saying trade deals shouldn’t allow imports produced “to lower standards than those required of British farmers.”While the president of the union, Minette Batters, did not dispute that chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef were “safe,” she said other factors were worth considering in the debate about whether it should be allowed.“Our consumer has demanded high standards of animal welfare, we’ve risen to that challenge,” she told BBC News.“He (Johnson) is right to make the point that food security is crucially important, we would say the same. But all we’re saying is: ‘Produce the food to our standards and we’ll have a trade deal’.”- With reporting by Associated Press 28,665 Views Talk of post-Brexit ‘chlorinated chicken and hormone beef’ is a ‘smear campaign’, claims US envoy The US ambassador to the UK says the public is being misled. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La pomme en dupliquant son génome elle a survécu aux dinosaures

first_imgLa pomme : en dupliquant son génome, elle a survécu aux dinosauresMonde – Une équipe internationale de chercheurs a pour la première fois réussi à séquencer le génome de la pomme. Une étude qui leur a permis de découvrir que le fruit aurait évolué sur le plan génétique pour survivre suite à une catastrophe à l’origine de la disparition de nombreuses espèces, dont les dinosaures.Via un article publié dans la revue Nature Genetics, l’équipe menée par l’Instituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, en Italie, annonce être parvenue à une “version de qualité de la séquence du génome du pommier domestique”. Les chercheurs mettent en lumière une “duplication complète du génome relativement récente (il y a plus de 50 millions d’années), qui a provoqué la transition de 9 chromosomes ancestraux à 17 chromosomes du Pyreae”, ancêtre de la pomme. À lire aussiL’axolotl, cet étonnant animal capable de se régénérer, révèle ses secretsCette duplication aurait eu lieu il y a 50 à 65 millions d’années et expliquerait pourquoi la pomme a dix-sept chromosomes, tandis que d’autres fruits de la famille des Rosaceae comme la pêche, la framboise ou la fraise en ont seulement sept à neuf. Comme le précise l’Institut néozélandais de recherche sur les plantes et l’alimentation, qui a participé aux recherches, les scientifiques estiment qu’il pourrait s’agir d’une réaction de survie face à une catastrophe ayant entraîné une destruction massive d’espèces, et notamment des dinosaures. D’autres espèces végétales comme le peuplier auraient au même moment connu une évolution similaire.La pomme est le fruit le plus cultivé dans les régions tempérées et le plus consommé en France, et “maintenant que nous avons la séquence du génome, nous pourrons identifier les gènes qui gouvernent les caractéristiques que les consommateurs désirent le plus : le croquant, le juteux et la saveur”, souligne le Dr Roger Hellens. Comme l’explique Pauline Lasserre, ingénieure à l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique, “cette découverte va avoir un impact important pour améliorer les variétés de pommes et de tous les autres arbres fruitiers de cette famille, car on pourra mieux connaître les gènes responsables de la qualité gustative ou de la résistance aux maladies des fruits”.Le 5 septembre 2010 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Caavo remote gives Sonos a screen on your TV lowers price to

first_img Tags Is Caavo the ultimate high-end universal remote? Caavo Control Center is a smarter remote with voice, HDMI switching 1:39 18 Photos Caavo Control Center TVs Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0 Preview • Caavo Control Center: Can this $99 universal remote beat Harmony? The Caavo Control Center is now $60. Sarah Tew/CNET Caavo, the media startup trying to take on Logitech as the universal remote control of choice, has a new partner: multiroom audio specialist Sonos. Even better, Caavo slashed the price of its Control Center remote to $60, although the company has upped its service fees to $4 per month (up from $2), $40 per year (previously $20) or $130 for a lifetime option (previously $60). It’s only available in the US.Thanks to Caavo’s on-screen interface, the integration allows Sonos owners to view and control their music playback on a TV. Skipping tracks, playing and pausing are all options you can control through Caavo. The TV can also display album art. While there have been other ways to control Sonos in the past, including the Sonos app, voice assistants such as Alexa and music-playing apps such as Spotify and Apple Music, controlling playback on a TV screen is something new. Harmony works with Sonos as well, but not with an on-screen interface.sonos-uiSonos running on Caavo.  Caavo In addition to the Sonos integration, the company is also updating its iOS app to allow you to control your Caavo system, including switching inputs and powering devices on or off, from mobile devices — another ability Harmony has offered for years.Also new: a Family Care feature that gives parents the ability to monitor what’s playing, get notifications when certain levels of content (such as R-rated films) are playing or when certain devices have been turned on. The company will also allow parents to send messages to the system that will appear on the TV, letting you tell Junior it’s time to stop playing Fortnite and go to bed. Caavo’s update is the latest in the battle for media room supremacy. Last month, Logitech updated its Harmony line with a new $250 Harmony Express that added Alexa integration into the remote. Caavo’s remote has its own voice system, also works with Alexa and includes an HDMI switch that allows it to overlay your TV with its on-screen interface.While the Control Center’s new price is quite a bit cheaper than the Harmony Companion, CNET’s favorite universal clicker, Logitech, does not require any additional subscription fees to use. You can also use Caavo without paying the service fee, but you lose most of its advanced features. Post a commentlast_img read more

Chinas Fosun to acquire Indias Gland Pharma for 13 Billion

first_imgThe Hyderabad-based Gland Pharma will be acquired by the Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group for $1.3 billion, in what could be India’s largest acquisition by a foreign firm in 2016.A supplier of variety of injectabes, Gland, is largely (96 percent) owned by its founders Ravi Penmetsa and family along with U.S. based private equity firm KKR. Fosun, sources told Reuters, will acquire complete stake from both.The Chinese firm is expected to benefit from Gland’s technology used in the formulation of the hard to manufacture injectables, which the firm has pioneered over the years. Gland’s acquisition in turn will add more shine to India’s numerous low cost pharma manufacturers, said the news agency.It cited an ICRA report that said the opportunity in the U.S. was abound as nearly $16 billion worth patents on injectables will expire by 2019, while the market for these medicines were slated to grow 10 percent annually over five years there. The total market for injectables is estimated to be $144 billion with manufacturers benefitting the largest.Anticipating the growing need for this medicine, the pharma giant Pfizer acquired U.S. based injectable manufacturer Hospira last year, and in 2013, Mylan NV bought India-based Strides Shasun’s injectable business.Gland Pharma owns seven manufacturing facilities in India that manufacture the medicine which are primarily administered through vials, syringes, bugs and pumps said the news agency.The acquisition will also help Fosun to spread its manufacturing network in the country. This would also be China’s biggest acquisition in the pharmaceutical space, said ET.In June, the Indian government relaxed its foreign direct investment rule in the pharmaceutical space to allow 75 percent investment under the automatic route. The Fosun Gland deal, therefore, will need the approval of government.last_img read more

PBA to come up with directory of little magazines

first_imgKolkata: The Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi (PBA) will soon come up with a directory of the little magazines in the state so that the state government can provide assistance to them in times of need. “We are presently collecting names and addresses of the little magazines spanning across the state. We are trying to release the directory of the little magazines on February 21, which is observed as Bhasha Divas,” said Shaoli Mitra, president of PBA that comes under the aegis of the state Information & Cultural Affairs department. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe matter inviting details of various little magazines has been published in various newspapers and the response has been quite good. Mitra also informed that PBA is going to hold the five-day Literary Festival & Little Magazine Fair at Rabindra Okakura Bhavan in Salt Lake. The festival will be inaugurated by state Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday, in presence of minister of state for Information & Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe festival that will be held till January 15, will have 300 little magazine stalls and 300 poets, novelists and authors will indulge in book reading and recitation. 25 little magazine publications will be handed over a grant of Rs 25,000 each by the state government during the festival this year, with the aim of ensuring their smooth functioning in the days to come. “We give priority to promotion of the little magazines as many famous authors have risen to eminence through contributions to them,” Mitra said. A walk will be organised on Friday from the foot of the statue of Rabindranath Tagore at Central Park in Salt Lake upto the festival venue, with hoardings and banners highlighting the event. The inaugural programme will follow after the walk. The first day of the festival will host a befitting tribute to late poet Nirendranath Chakraborty.last_img read more