25 days agoMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right man

first_imgMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right manby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is fully behind the club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.McTominay believes that Solskjaer is the right man to lead United to success domestically and in Europe.The Norwegian has come in for significant criticism after his side’s dismal start to the season.They face a tough home clash against Arsenal on Monday night.”It takes time for a new manager coming in,” the Scotland international told The Mirror. “It’s not all of a sudden just going to click straight into place.”Once Sir Alex left, it was going to take time for the club to find the right manager, and I do believe that we have the right manager now in Ole.”You see different eras in football teams – everybody goes through transitional stages and we’re going through one right now.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Delhi govt discontinues road try test for recalibrated fare metres

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a major relief to auto-rickshaw drivers, the Delhi government on Wednesday announced to discontinue the practice of ‘road try test’ after recalibration of auto fare meters. The announcement was made by the Delhi Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology Department Minister, Imran Hussain following directions from the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal.Hussain said that the Chief Minister had directed him to hold consultation meeting with all stake-holders to simplify the procedure for re-calibration of auto fare meters. This initiative of Kejriwal government will benefit the auto rickshaw drivers as well as the commuters, as recalibration will be done faster, which will also save cost and time. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Delhi government had recently revised the auto fares. This has necessitated re-calibration of auto fare meters after upgradation of their software. The re-calibration of auto fare meters is about to start shortly. Hussain also noted that the Auto Rickshaw drivers were also complaining about charging of exorbitant prices by Manufacturers, Repairers and Dealers of Auto Rickshaw fare meters for up gradation of software. The Minister announced that for providing relief and succour to Auto Rickshaw drivers, an advisory has been issued to the Manufacturers, Repairers and Dealers of Auto Rickshaw fare meters for not charging more than Rs 400 per meter plus applicable GST for undertaking software upgradation post revision of auto fares. Previously, after re-calibration and initial verification by Weights & Measures Department (now renamed Legal Metro logy) in its laboratory at Wazirpur, the Auto Rickshaw drivers had to go for the road try test at Rewla Khanpur, Najafgarh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Auto Rickshaw drivers were demanding that road try test at the far away location at Najafgarh was inconvenient to them and it was also causing loss of a day’s earning. They were requesting for making the re-calibration process smooth and convenient and for conducting at central location. The Department has so far been testing the Auto/Taxi Fare Meter with the help of electronic pulse generating machine in the lab situated at Taxi Meter Unit which checks the auto/taxi fare meter on the basis of pulse generated for distance travelled and calculates fare. Thereafter the meters were being tested on road through Road Try Test at Rewla Khanpur. From now on wards, the Auto Rickshaw drivers will not go for the Road Try Test at Rewla Khanpur and the verification certificate of Auto Fare Meter Testing will be issued after testing at Wazirpur Laboratory only.last_img read more

Ousted Manitoba backbencher plans legal challenge for right to cross the floor

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician who was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus says he’s planning a court challenge against a law that forbids him from joining another party’s caucus.Steven Fletcher, who was dumped by the Tories last Friday, said Tuesday a provincial law that forbids him — or any other Manitoba politician — from crossing the legislature floor is unconstitutional.“That goes against almost every tradition that exists for our parliamentary democratic systems,” Fletcher told The Canadian Press.“I’ve given instructions to my lawyer to file the necessary paperwork to have the law thrown out on a constitutional basis.”The law was brought in by the former NDP government in 2006 in response to a controversy that erupted when David Emerson left the federal Liberals, weeks after being elected, to join the Conservatives. Then-premier Gary Doer said the aim was to ensure voters’ wishes at the ballot box are respected.The Manitoba law stipulates that any legislature member who ceases to belong to a caucus must sit as an independent until the next election, or resign and run in a byelection under their new party banner.Fletcher, who served as a member of Parliament between 2004 and 2015 and was Canada’s first quadriplegic MP, said he believes there is no similar law elsewhere in the British Commonwealth.Fletcher was removed from the provincial Tory caucus after criticizing a proposed law that would create a new Crown agency to promote energy efficiency. He tied up two public hearings on the bill by asking questions late into the night.A spokesperson for Justice Minister Heather Stefanson would not say if the government will fight Fletcher’s planned legal action. There will be no formal response until legal documents are filed, press secretary Kalen Qually wrote in an email.“This is a law that was introduced by the previous government in 2006,” he said in a statement. “These types of laws should not supersede the important issues faced by our province.”Fletcher’s ability to join another caucus would not mean much to the Tories, who still have 39 of the 57 legislature seats. But if he were to join the Liberals, it would give the struggling party a fourth seat — enough for official party status and the funding that comes with it.Fletcher said he has no intention of joining another party and simply wants to fight the law on principle. However, he said he feels there are disgruntled members of all three parties and a new caucus could emerge if some were to band together.“They may exercise their ability to do what they’re allowed to do constitutionally, and they may do so simply because they want to be a better representative for their constituency.”Fletcher pointed to the rupture in the Canadian Alliance in 2001, when Deborah Grey, Chuck Strahl, Monte Solberg and others left the Stockwell Day-led party and formed the short-lived Democratic Representative Caucus. Most rejoined after Stephen Harper became leader.“Look at that group — Monte Solberg, Chuck Strahl. Some of the key people who turned out to be awesome public servants.”The Manitoba Liberals said Tuesday they have long considered the floor-crossing ban to be unconstitutional, but had no plans to talk to Fletcher about joining their team.“At this time, we are not considering him as a potential fourth (legislature member),” Liberal president Paul Brault said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous versions had the wrong day in para 2. read more

Thunder Bay Ont police chief found not guilty of obstruction and breach

first_imgTHUNDER BAY, Ont. – The police chief of Thunder Bay, Ont., has been found not guilty on charges of obstruction of justice and breach of trust.Justice Bonnie Warkentin issued her ruling on the charges against J.P. Levesque in a courtroom in the northwestern Ontario city on Thursday.The courtroom erupted in applause from Levesque’s family members and supporters after the verdict was read.Warkentin says the Crown did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that Levesque intended to interfere with a possible extortion investigation into Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs and acted within his discretion as chief of police.Provincial police first laid the charges against the 53-year-old police chief last May and he was soon placed on administrative suspension by the force’s police services board.During his six-day trial, which began last month, several witnesses testified that Levesque allegedly informed Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs that he was the focus of an extortion investigation by the RCMP.Hobbs, along with his wife, Marisa Hobbs, were charged with extortion and obstruction of justice last July.Levesque’s lawyers, Brian Gover and Frederick Schuman, argued Levesque’s decision was the best one based on the unique circumstances of the situation and that he acted within his discretion as chief of police. They also pointed to Levesque’s character as trustworthy and honest, based on testimony from several witnesses.Prosecutor Jason Nicol argued Levesque attempted to interfere with the investigation by tipping off Hobbs and that the relationship between the two was more than “just a professional relationship.”(CKPR)last_img read more

Canadian Blood Services says donations spiked after Humboldt Broncos bus crash

first_imgTORONTO – There’s been a national “spike” in donations of blood in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan that left 16 people dead and 13 others injured, the Canadian Blood Services said Thursday.Several cities in Western Canada have seen donation increases of about 25 per cent above their averages, including Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton, while at least one clinic in Saskatchewan had a 50 per cent increase, said spokesman Hailu Mulatu.“We have received so many requests from so many people and organizations reaching out to us about what they can do, interest in organizing a blood drive at their site or coming as a group to donate,” said Mulatu, adding donations were also up about 10 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area.“Overall we can say at the national level we have seen a spike.”On Wednesday, Luke Jackiw of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health said the province had received thousands of requests for stickers that residents can apply to their health card to indicate they’d like to donate their organs.He said the phones were “ringing off the hook” and attributed the response to the story of 21-year-old defenceman Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta., who was on life support after the crash until his organs could be donated.“There’s been an overwhelming number of calls … (from) individuals to register their intent to donate organs,” Jackiw said, but added that Saskatchewan does not have an organ donation registry — the stickers are used to convey a will to be a donor, but consent from family or a next-of-kin is still needed when end-of-life decisions are made.“The important thing you can do, as Logan did, is talk to your family and let them know what your wishes are.”Canadians have also opened their wallets to help support the families of the victims of last Friday’s crash, which occurred outside Tisdale, Sask.Over $10.2 million has been pledged to a GoFundMe campaign, which the crowdfunding website says is the largest ever in Canada.More than 120,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the campaign — ranked among the five most successful campaigns ever on the platform — with donations ranging from $5 to $50,000 coming from individuals, families, sports teams and multinational corporations.last_img read more

Vehicle collision on Taylor Bridge Wednesday afternoon

first_imgUPDATE – As of 4:00 p.m., traffic on the Taylor Bridge is opened to single-lane alternating traffic.Continue to check drivebc.ca for updates.UPDATE – As of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, RCMP say two vehicles were involved in a collision on the Taylor Bridge this afternoon. According to Police, no injuries were sustained from this collision.They say the bridge will be shut down until it is inspected for structural damage.Continue to check drivebc.ca for updates.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have received word this afternoon that there is a vehicle collision on the northbound lane of the Taylor Bridge.Crews are currently on scene assessing the incident.Expect delays at this time as crews clear the scene. We will provide updates as they become available.last_img read more

Politicising environment

first_imgThe ways in which the environment is exploited while catering to civilisational needs and wants is uncountable. From rocks to riverbeds, groundwater to oil, coasts to alpine forests, water to air, deep-earth mining to depleting ozone layer in the lower stratosphere, the cumulative impact has brought us to the days where Environment concerns & Climate Change have become a regular feature of social discussions. While adhering to the norms of Paris Agreement, which aims at limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, India, a developing nation, has numerous other environmental commitments that it must take to ensure a green future. With our capital being the most polluted in the world, the commitment to directing efforts towards protecting our environment is non-negotiable. The dystopian sky that Delhi has witnessed on two separate occasions stands as a glaring example of how, through uncontrolled progress, we are digging our own graves. But air is not the only issue. Depleting forest cover, polluted rivers, fragile river banks and coasts, poor waste management, et al, all add to our environmental concerns. While the present dispensation has taken prodigious steps to enhance the country’s infrastructure, it has not taken any concrete step to protect the environment or improve its gradually deteriorating trend. Significant increase in clearances to development projects inside wildlife protected areas bypassing necessary impact studies, from 260 in 2009-13 (under UPA) to 519 in 2014 – 18 (BJP phase), along with proposed policy changes – new forest policy and Coastal Regulation Zone notification that will allow corporate entities to take over land, forest, coast, water – do not augur well for the environment. Development at the cost of environment is a disastrous equation and its implementation will cost us tremendously – though very few realise it. Activists, environmentalists, experts on climate, etc., have been vocal about such intrusion into nature’s boundaries and yet they never make it to the desk of political parties as they rally around the country prior to elections. While conveying their so-called vision to the masses, their focus mainly revolves around the immediate societal needs and issues that will enable them to garner votes. Blaming just the political parties here is also wrong. These parties come up with sops and promises that comprise of prevalent issues which are mainly because of our discontent. Agrarian distress, unemployment, etc., are all prime poll agendas which have been conveyed to these parties by no one but us through our dissent. In the same way, should we advocate our displeasure at the way environment is being exploited manifold, the chances of it being picked up by them are far more. Hence, the blame is partially on us as well. Delhi has been clearly the victim of air pollution which sparked the AAP government to come up with the ambitious odd-even rule to half the number of cars on the capital’s roads and ensure comparatively fewer car-emissions – prime contributor to air pollution. But, even that did not prevent the second spell of hazardous air quality, following which the Graded Response Action Plan was drafted to combat air pollution in severe cases. While GRAP restores the hope of clean air, it is an emergency plan – a cure. How long can or should we rely on emergency plans, especially when all our lives we have heard the age-old saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’? Also Read – A compounding difficultyRecently, Congress in its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls included the environment. It recognised air pollution as a public health emergency. Congress promises to constitute, by law, an independent, empowered, and transparent Environment Protection Authority to establish, monitor and enforce environmental standards and regulations. At the same time, Congress plans on defending and advancing India’s interests in international negotiations on Climate Change and environment. Further, they promise to strengthen the National Clean Air Programme launched by Modi government to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20-30 per cent in at least 102 cities, including Delhi, by 2024. Congress’s mention of all the relevant environmental concerns in its manifesto definitely earns them brownie points over rivals, however, attracts criticism from experts over superficial promises due to lack of detail. It may enjoy the benefit of this doubt to the extent till it forms a government, should it win. Manifestos are a book of promises and as such the implementation part is where the entire picture changes. BJP’s grand promises and their lacklustre implementation is a testament to this realisation. While the voters may acknowledge the fact that Congress has included the environment in its manifesto when others haven’t – making them unique as of now, they are wary of the fact that it is the implementation of the promises that holds the key to progress and welfare. Mere promises are nothing but empty rhetorics aimed at amassing votes in a contest where everyone wants to run the country.last_img read more

Hamilton seeks hattrick as Ferrari aim for revival

first_imgBarcelona: Lewis Hamilton will seek to complete a hat-trick of Catalan triumphs and regain the lead in this year’s drivers’ world championship as Formula One returns home to this year’s first European race at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The defending five-time champion is a single point behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the embryonic standings, following their unprecedented four successive season-opening one-twos. But, like his Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff, he is wary of any suggestion that rivals Ferrari are a fading force and knows that the Italian team, armed with an upgraded power unit being introduced two races sooner than planned, will mount a fierce challenge on the track where they shone in pre-season testing. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”The results may seem to paint a clear picture, but the truth is that they’re too flattering,” said Wolff, who rejected the notion put forward by Ferrari’s four-time champion Sebastian Vettel that his team were now the underdogs. “The performance has fluctuated in the first four races. Our opponents were blisteringly quick in the winter testing here so this Spanish Grand Prix will be anything but easy.” The pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, where Sunday’s race is to be run, seems a long time ago now as Vettel and his new team-mate Charles Leclerc struggle to rediscover those dominant displays when it matters. Predictably, most of the teams will arrive in Spain with an array of updates for their cars that may make it more difficult to predict performance, but Ferrari appear to have chosen to adopt a downbeat approach in advance. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”Obviously, Mercedes are very strong at the moment so I am pretty sure they will be very strong as well in Barcelona,” said Mattia Binotto, the newly-installed team boss facing the challenge of ending Mercedes five years’ domination. “The last four races, on average, we were not quite there,” added Vettel. “So we are not the favourites.” Binotto added that Ferrari were pushing hard to catch Mercedes. “We will have a new power unit that we are introducing ahead of schedule,” he said. “This second specification was due to be taken to Canada and it’s only down to a big team effort that we have been able to do this.” Hamilton, almost perversely, has said he wants to see Ferrari lift their performance to ensure a thrilling season of competition for himself and Bottas, as their intra-team rivalry promises to turn into a scrap for the drivers’ title. After a winless year in 2018, Bottas has come back determined to prove his pace and power this year – he and Hamilton have two wins each, the Finn adding an extra point to his total by clocking the fastest lap in Australia. “Lewis has been world champion many times so being his team-mate is great for me,” said Bottas, revelling this year in the competition. “It’s a good reference and a benchmark and it also gives us an opportunity to have a very strong team. “On the other hand, it’s not easy. It’s so difficult to get ahead of him, but I know it’s possible. I see it as a great opportunity and I would not choose another team-mate even it made my life easier.”last_img read more

UN plans interim tsunami warning system that could be running almost at

The move by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) was announced at the weekend in Phuket, Thailand, at the Ministerial Meeting on Regional Cooperation on Tsunami Early Warning Arrangements.Had such a system existed on 26 December, experts believe, scores of thousands of lives might have been saved from the giant waves that killed more than 200,000 people in a dozen Indian Ocean countries, since they would have been given up to several hours to flee to higher ground before the tsunami struck.One proposal under consideration that could be operational almost immediately would involve the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) and the IOC Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) providing national authorities in the Indian Ocean region with information and warnings arising from their monitoring activities.UNESCO is also working with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre in Thailand and the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre in Japan to accelerate the adaptation of public awareness materials developed for and widely used in the volcano- and earthquake-prone Pacific Rim, the only region in the world that now has such a system.At the same time, efforts are continuing to establish a “longer-term fully-fledged system,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a speech delivered by IOC Executive-Secretary Patricio Bernal.“Through a joint project with the UN-ISDR (UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction), which has received financial support from Japan, the European Union and Sweden, we are planning the installation of six tsunami enabled sea-level stations in the eastern Indian Ocean and the upgrading of 15 more in the whole basin,” he added.Early warning systems are based on earthquake and tidal sensors, speedy communications, alarm networks and disaster preparedness training in vulnerable regions and Mr. Matsuura stressed the vital importance of preparing civil populations according to local conditions. “For example, in Aceh, Indonesia (the worst-hit region), the rapid delivery of warning messages could well exploit the wide distribution of Islamic mosques with established loud-speaker systems,” he noted.“In other countries and local environments, alternative approaches may need to be employed, including local radio and traditional village communication structures,” he added.Mr. Matsuura also reiterated the need to establish by 2007 a tsunami-specific early warning system for other regions at risk, such as the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the southwest Pacific.The next steps toward this will be taken on 3 March, when the IOC convenes a technical meeting of experts from interested Member States and relevant regional and international organizations to harmonize the different early warning initiatives emerging for the Indian Ocean and to define the scope and characteristics of the global system. read more

Seller Half of California couples buried gold coins sold for about 2M

SAN FRANCISCO – The man handling the sale of rare, nineteenth century gold coins discovered by a California couple estimates they have fetched about $2 million so far.Don Kagin said about half of the 1,400 coins had sold as of noon on Wednesday, less than a day after they went up on Amazon.com and his website, Kagins.com.He said the more valuable coins were still out there, though he wasn’t surprised since they would likely be snapped up by more knowledgeable buyers who wanted more time to look.The couple, who Kagin declined to identify, found the coins last year buried under the shadow of a tree on their rural Northern California property.They date from 1847 to 1894. Kagin has valued them at $11 million. by The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2014 11:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Seller: Half of California couple’s buried gold coins sold for about $2M read more

Yemen Ban urges all sides to commit to ceasefire and resume UNbrokered

Meeting with Yemeni Vice-President and Prime Minister Khaled Mahfoudh Abdullah Bahah in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he is attending the World Future Energy Summit, he reiterated his deep concern at the continuing conflict, mounting civilian causalities and alarming humanitarian crisis, despite repeated calls from the international community for an end to the hostilities.In the face of ceasefire violations Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed adjourned peace talks in Switzerland in December to allow for bi-lateral in-country and regional consultations to achieve a comprehensive ceasefire. But the year-long conflict between various factions, which has already killed thousands of people, displaced 2.5 million and imperiled the food security of 7.6 million, has continued unabated, pushing back the calendar.Mr. Ban exchanged views with the Vice-President on how to renew the ceasefire and prepare for a new round of political negotiations. He also stressed the need for all sides to implement the confidence-building measures discussed in Switzerland last month, including the release of prisoners, and full and unhindered humanitarian access, including to the central town of Taiz. read more

Jamaican high commissioner urges UK to halt deportations

(Jamaica Observer) Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Seth George Ramocan, has called for a suspension of deportations to the island until the investigation into the Windrush scandal is published by Home Office and other issues surrounding immigration are resolved.Ramocan yesterday held a meeting at the Jamaican high commission in London with relatives of people who were deported to Jamaica earlier this month.According to the Guardian newspaper, the high commissioner said he was particularly concerned about the deportation of people who had lived in the UK since they were children, and also the removal of parents who had young children living in Britain.Listening to stories he described as “heart-rending” from families of those deported, the high commissioner said he was concerned about the “dignity and the human rights of the individuals earmarked for deportation”.“If these are people who have lived here since they were children, they have no connection, no relatives, no one to take care of them in Jamaica, then this for me is a human rights matter,” Ramocan was quoted as saying.“It is not just the people who are being deported, it is their children, it is their families. Are we acting intelligently, are we creating another set of problems when we do that?”The Guardian reported that the high commission had called the meeting of about 45 relatives of those deported, and also those who were still detained in immigration removal centres having escaped deportation, to hear their accounts of how people had been put on a charter flight earlier this month.The high commissioner was hoping to understand the details of how the Jamaican nationals had been treated, as part of an investigation, to inform a discussion with the Jamaican government about how they cooperate with the Home Office on future deportations, the UK newspaper said.Initially there was a list of 50 people scheduled to be on the February flight, which the home secretary said included murderers and rapists. In the days and hours before the flight, about 20 people were given a last-minute reprieve and only 28 men and one woman were deported. Half of that number had drug convictions, while one had committed a dangerous driving offence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica boots 405September 12, 2016In “latest news”Claims of injustice, racism as UK deports 42 JamaicansSeptember 8, 2016In “latest news”Ambassador urges Jamaicans in the US to become citizens to avoid deportationsNovember 19, 2018In “latest news” read more

EHF CL Veszprem tight win over Zagreb

MVM Veszprem 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…121002380:335(45)20 1. SG Flensburg-Handewitt121002369:316(53)20 Hungarian TOP team MVM Veszprem came closer to TOP 2 teams in EHF Champions League Group A. PPD Zagreb have been strong rival until the end, but Xavi Sabate and his guys managed to keep control of result in the last moments…MVM VESZPRÉM–PPD ZAGREB 27–25 (16–12)VESZPRÉM: ALILOVIC – Chema Rodríguez 1, Zeitz, NAGY L. 6, Schuch, Terzic, Ugalde, Mikler, Iváncsik G., M. Ilic 6 (5), Pálmarsson 1, A. Nilsson 2, Gasper Marguc 2, Sulic 2, SLISKOVIC 7.ZAGREB: Ivic – HORVAT 4 (1), Sebetic, J. Valcic 2, Susnja 4, Obranovic 1, D. MARKOVIC 4.Stevanovic, Vujic 1, Kontrec, Rakovic 2, T. Valcic, Mandalinic 4, Markoski, Kovacevic 2, Pavlovic 1.STANDINGS: 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …12417305:313(-8)9 4. THW Kiel12615337:332(5)13 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Barca beat PICK Szeged to come closer to 1/4 final! Next Story → Marko Kopljar six weeks out! 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko12219319:345(-26)5 6. Orlen Wisla Plock12327325:343(-18)8 3. MVM Veszprém12912346:311(35)19 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu121011326:412(-86)2 read more

Gardening Plant your potatoes right now plus a recipe for warming winter

first_imgGet Ireland GrowingHere in GIY we’ve seen how a little support and encouragement and a small grant is often all that’s needed to get a community food-growing project off the ground. Over the last few years we’ve been proud to support over 400 such projects including school and community gardens, but also food-garden projects focused on adult autism, mental health, direct provision centres, probation services and much more.With our clever friends in Energia we’ve teamed up this year to create Energia Get Ireland Growing. We’ve a fund of €70,000 available to 85 projects across the island of Ireland, with grants from €500 to €2000. The deadline for applications is January 26th. For more details check out giy.ie.Recipe of the Week – Winter Root Veg Frittata Source: Shutterstock/DronGIf I am not feeling too adventurous in the kitchen, or am feeling a little rushed, then this is a go-to recipe, particularly at this time of year when root crops are still abundant.You can throw pretty much any combination of veg at this recipe and it will stand up to the abuse quite happily. Couldn’t be simpler or more delicious – serve it hot or cold.Ingredients500g mix of 4 or 5 different vegetables such as onions, carrots, squash, parsnip, beetroot and potatoes1 large garlic clove, finely chopped3 tablespoons olive oil7 large eggsA handful of mixed herbs (eg parsley, rosemary and thyme), finely choppedAbout 20g well-flavoured hard cheese, grated (cheddar or parmesan will do fine)Sea salt and freshly ground black pepperDirectionsPreheat the oven to 190°C. Prep the veg. Peel the onions and thickly slice. Peel the carrots, parsnips, beetroot, spuds and squash and cut into roughly equal chunks (about 2cm on average). Put in an ovenproof dish, add the garlic, oil and plenty of seasoning and bake for about 40 minutes until the veg is tender.Beat the eggs together with the chopped herbs and some more salt and pepper. Take the dish from the oven, pour the egg evenly over the veg and scatter over the grated cheese.Return to the oven for 10–15 minutes until the egg is set and the top is starting to colour. Leave to cool slightly, then slide the frittata out onto a plate or board.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ. Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. Short URL By Michael Kelly Jan 21st 2017, 12:30 PM Gardener Gardening: Plant your potatoes right now plus a recipe for warming winter root veg frittata It’s the perfect time of year to clean out your polytunnel and start sowing potatoes and carrots, writes gardening expert Michael Kelly. Share Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Michael Kelly Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 12:30 PM GENERALLY SPEAKING IT’S far too wintry outside to be sowing seeds, but the polytunnel is a place that doesn’t abide too rigidly to the vagaries of the Irish climate. In fact, polytunnel owners can extend their season at both ends, starting a little earlier and keeping going a little later than you would if growing outside. This is, in fact, one of the big benefits of owning a tunnel.Typically I wait until February to sow any seeds, usually starting with the long season crops like tomatoes, aubergines and peppers sown indoors (on a heated mat or in a warm room).It will be March before there is any sowing direct in the veg patch outside, and even then it will be only potatoes. But if you are really itching to get started with some sowing this month and you have a polytunnel or greenhouse, you don’t need to wait. A very cold snap could still cause havoc to January-sown seeds, but it’s worth the risk.Veggies for early startsAubergines can be started off this month from seed, if you can provide them with temperatures of 20 degrees Celcius or more. For me that means a heated mat in the potting shed, but a warm room in the house will work too.An early start with aubergines is often the difference between success and failure with this tricky to grow crop. Check out our veg directory on giy.ie for information on how to sow them.In other years I’ve also had success with direct sowings of carrots and potatoes in the polytunnel in January. With the carrot sowing, I had tender young carrots ready to eat in early May. That is a useful thing indeed, particularly since I don’t sow my main crop of carrots until May and they’re not ready until September.January-sown spuds will most likely need a fleece cover to protect emerging plants from frost, even in the polytunnel. If it works though and temperatures don’t dip consistently, you could be rewarded with a crop of new potatoes in early May which is much earlier than the outside crop. Source: Shutterstock/amenic181Don’t plant too many though. They might take up space needed in May for other more valuable crops like tomatoes (which will be ready to be planted out around then if sown in February).Our polytunnel still has loads of oriental greens in the ground from an early autumn sowing last year, but I am still inclined to try a small sowing of lettuce and oriental greens for the polytunnel now. These will be ready to eat (hopefully) around early to late March when it’s possible that the existing crops will be past their best. As always with salads, consistent sowing is key.You could also try a sowing of peas direct in the soil (possibly with a fleece cover just until the little seedlings get established). Again don’t go too mad as you don’t want them taking up valuable space in the tunnel when we get to the business end of proceedings in May/ June.Things to Do This week – Clean up the TunnelIt’s a great time of the year to clean your polytunnel and get rid of any buildup of dirt and green mould which will decrease the amount of light available to plants over time. A long handled soft brush with a bucket of hot soapy water is the best job for this. A ladder might be needed for getting to the top of the tunnel (be careful). Use a hose to rinse. Repeat on the inside. You might need to wear rain gear.Recently someone told me that they clean the top of their polytunnel using a big sheet of bed linen, with a person on each side of the tunnel holding on to an end and pulling over and back as if it was a giant hanky. I’m officially intrigued.Stop tears and rips in the plastic from turning into something more serious using special polytunnel repair tape. I’ve had the same sheet of polythene on our polytunnel since we bought it well over ten years ago. A little care goes a long way. http://jrnl.ie/3192740 4 Comments 977 Views last_img read more

Forza Street Makes Microsoft Racing Game Mobile

first_img Forget Halo, these days the premier Microsoft franchise has got to be Forza. Granted, when you put out a game in the same franchise every year, people will start associating you with that franchise. But between the precise racing simulation of the main Forza Motorsport series and accessible freedom of Forza Horizon, these games are some of the best reasons to own an Xbox.And soon you’ll be able to enjoy Forza even if you don’t have an Xbox or high-end Windows gaming PC, which seems to be Microsoft’s plans for most of its properties going forward. No, Forza isn’t making the leap (yet) to Nintendo Switch like Cuphead. However, it is coming soon to mobile. Check out this first trailer for Forza Street.Neither the realistic racing of main Forza nor the open-world racing of Forza Horizon would make a great fit for quick play sessions on a touch screen device. So Forza Street seems to focus on discrete street racing like classic Need for Speed. This also adds a nice new aesthetic to the series that isn’t “posh racing league” or “weird hippie music festival.”Forza Street’s new streamlined mobile control scheme has players focusing on their timing for gas, brake, and boost rather than precise steering or getting into the nitty-gritty of tire pressure or whatever. The action camera also plays a big role, helping you feel cooler even if the overall experience is more casual. There’s an “endless” story mode along with standard quick races. And since this is a free-to-play mobile game, there’s a whole virtual garage of cool cars to collect and race.Forza Street is actually available for free right now but only for Windows 10 devices. The iOS and Android versions are coming later this year. In the meantime, we suggest playing Forza Horizon 4. And if you’re interested in another huge AAA franchise impressively shrunk down to mobile, check out our thoughts on The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Stay on target Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseToy Tuesday: The Best ‘Gears of War’ Toys last_img read more

Prince William did this Shocking thing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

first_imgPrince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of SussexPaul Grover- WPA Pool/Getty ImagesPrince William has Prince Harry’s back, that’s for sure. Apparently, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were helped by Prince William in a dispute with the Queen and Prince Charles, a Royal expert has claimed.Speaking on the podcast On Heir, Royal commentator Omid Scobie revealed Prince William “had to step in and fight” for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to have a bigger budget for their communication team. Mr. Scobie claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not entitled to their own communication team as Harry is not an Heir to the throne. But as the Queen and Prince Charles attempted to limit the Royal couple’s communication resources to those shared by other members of the Royal Family, Prince William stepped in and stuck up for his younger brother.He said: “Prince Harry is not a direct Heir to the throne and only a direct Heir to the throne can have their own household.”Alright, it is no secret that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying to establish their own niche in the Royal Family, which seems to be irking the Royals. Especially since Harry is the younger heir, it seems that his moves for independence spurred on by Meghan Markle may be rubbing the Royals the wrong way.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMr. Scobie “They’ve hired Sarah Latham who is a former PR Director from the British PR company Freuds which is a big PR powerhouse over here but also has a massive background in politics.””They won’t be having their own exclusive team for themselves and their budget for the team wasn’t particularly big.””And it was actually Prince William who had to step in and fight to get Harry a little bit more money spent on building a team.””Because he understands what this means to Harry and how much he wants to achieve and also, how important Meghan and Harry are for the image and the brand of the Royal Family.”But it seems that the big brother in Prince William will always be protective of Prince Harry.last_img read more

Man killed in Comilla gunfight

first_imgA man was killed in what the police call a gunfight with their detectives at Chhoyghoria in Chandina upazila of Comilla on early Sunday.Police claimed that the victim was a robber.Tipped off that a gang of bandits was taking preparation to commit robbery in Chhoyghoria Bridge area, a DB team carried out a drive there around 2:30am, said officer-in-charge of the district Detective Branch (DB) Manzurul Alam.Sensing the presence of the DB personnel, the robbers opened fire towards them, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate that triggered the gunfight, according to the police claim.Both the DB men and the robbers exchanged several bullets during the gunfight when one of the bandits Shamim, son of Sadequr Rahman of Kashimpur village, caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.However, no version of the incident either from victim’s family or from witnesses was available immediately.The OC Manzurul claimed that other members of the robber gang managed to flee.The body was sent to Comilla Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

Russia boasts of invincible weapons

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin stands on the stage while addressing the Federal Assembly at Moscow`s Manezh exhibition centre on 1 March 2018. AFPPresident Vladimir Putin boasted Russia has developed a new generation of “invincible” weapons in his state of the nation address on Thursday, warning global powers they must now reckon with Moscow’s military might.Putin used the address to outline economic, and social policy ahead of his widely expected return to the Kremlin in the 18 March election, but nearly half the speech was dedicated to Russia’s top-notch weaponry.The president usually delivers the annual speech in the Kremlin but this year spoke from a nearby exhibition centre-allowing him to show a series of high-tech video montages of missiles manoeuvring across mountains and oceans, and heading over the Atlantic.Putin quoted a speech he gave back in 2004, saying that Russia would develop a new generation of weaponry, a promise that he said has now been fulfilled.“No one really wanted to talk to us basically. No one listened to us then. Listen to us now,” Putin said, prompting a standing ovation from the audience of top officials, lawmakers and celebrities.Putin showed tests of a new missile system that he said could fly at 20 times the speed of sound and manoeuvre up and down, and is not owned by any other country.“This makes it absolutely invincible for any forms of air and missile defence,” he boasted, calling it an “ideal weapon”.In addition, Russia has developed unmanned underwater devices that move much faster than submarines and torpedoes and can carry nuclear warheads, Putin said, adding: “It’s just fantastic!”He also praised a new generation of young scientists working on such weaponry, calling them “the heroes of our time”.‘Destroy the world’Putin, who has led Russia for almost two decades and is seeking a historic fourth Kremlin term that would extend his rule to 2024, also laid out a number of social, economic and environmental measures.In the absence of any programme and with Putin having refused to take part in TV debates with other candidates, the address suggested cutting poverty and improving the environment would be top goals for his expected new six-year term.The 65-year-old said he aimed to cut the country’s “unacceptable” poverty rate in half over the next six years, but said 22 million fewer Russians were now living below the poverty line than when he was first elected president in 2000.“The well-being of Russia and the well-being of our citizens must be the foundation of everything, and it is in this area that we must make a breakthrough,” Putin said.He also promised further regulations for businesses in order to reduce industrial emissions, as he spoke of millions of people forced to drink water “that does not meet standards” and “black snow” in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.“People in industrial hubs can go for weeks without seeing the sun because of smog,” he said.Putin, who coughed throughout the speech and was forced to pause to drink from a cup, was given an ecstatic reception in the hall during the televised address but some online comments were less enthusiastic.“The old man only perked up when he was talking about how he can destroy the world. A moment of truth!” said political analyst and former Kremlin advisor Gleb Pavlovsky on social media.Despite campaign promises when Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012 after four years as prime minister, his last term was marked by a fall in living standards and Russia’s international isolation, critics say.Boosted by a slavish domestic media and foreign interventions, including the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, his approval rating remains sky-high and official polls suggest he is likely to take 70 per cent of the vote.last_img

Lois Riess Fugitive Grandmother Wanted In 2 Killings Is Arrested In Texas

first_imgU.S. Marshals ServiceLois Riess, 56, is wanted for questioning related to separate killings in Minnesota and Florida. She was arrested after spending weeks as a fugitive.After weeks of living as a fugitive — and reportedly trying to steal the identity of a look-alike — Lois Riess has been arrested. Riess, 56, is wanted in connection with killings in two states, as well as stolen and forged checks.“We look at her appearance. She looks like anybody’s mother or grandmother,” Undersheriff Carmine Marceno of Lee County, Fla., said Friday. “Yet she’s an absolute cold-blooded murderer.”Calling Riess a “fugitive grandmother,” the U.S. Marshals Service says its agents arrested her at a restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas, on Thursday night. The agency had posted a $5,000 reward for help in apprehending Riess, who is accused of shooting and killing her husband, David Riess, in Minnesota, last month, before traveling to Florida and killing Pamela Hutchinson, 59.“Authorities weren’t aware of any connection between Lois Riess and Hutchinson — other than that the two looked alike,” member station Minnesota Public Radio reports. “Police believe Riess fatally shot Hutchinson in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., earlier this month to assume her identity while Riess tried to evade arrest.”The Marshals Service also called her “losing streak Lois” — a reference to Riess’ affinity for gambling.Riess is now in a Texas jail, awaiting extradition. It’s not certain where she could face trial first. She currently faces a murder charge in Florida and a felony theft charge in Minnesota, where an additional murder charge is being prepared, officials say.Investigators at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota say that on March 23, Riess went to a bank in Glenville, Minn., and cashed more than $10,000 in stolen and forged checks from her husband and his business. She then drove to the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa — where she spent most of the day gambling. She was later seen on a gas station’s surveillance camera buying a sandwich and asking for directions south, out of the state.On April 5, Riess turned up at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where she was spotted on a surveillance video chatting with Hutchinson. Later that same day or the next, police say, Riess killed Hutchinson inside a Fort Myers Beach condo, stole her driver’s license and credit cards, and drove away in Hutchinson’s 2005 white Acura TL.Investigators say Riess used Hutchinson’s credentials to withdraw $5,000 before heading north to Ocala, Fla., where they say she paid for a hotel room with Hutchinson’s credit card. Soon afterward, she headed west: Sightings were reported in Louisiana and in Corpus Christi, Texas.Police urged members of the public to report any sightings of the fugitive but warned that she “should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who sees her should call 911.”That’s what happened last night in South Padre, the resort island where a restaurant worker called the authorities. When deputy U.S. marshals and the South Padre Island police arrived, they located the Acura with Florida tags that Riess had been driving. When they went inside a nearby restaurant, they found Riess sitting at the bar.On Friday, U.S. Marshal William Berger of the Middle District of Florida credited the “doggedness” of agents in Minnesota, Florida and Texas, along with other state and local forces, for making the arrest.Berger added, “I also want to thank the media and the public. You played a significant part in helping us capture Riess and ending her dangerous crime spree.”When Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose was asked Friday what might have triggered the alleged crime spree, he said, “I have no idea. We don’t know, sorry.”Rose said that in recent weeks, both Riess’ and Hutchinson’s names had been flagged for the U.S. Border Patrol, in case she attempted to cross into Mexico. Asked about Riess’ continuing to drive the same white Acura and appearing on surveillance cameras after leaving Florida, Rose said, “I’m guessing she was just waiting to be caught.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Brazilian President Bolsonaro May Send Army To

first_img by NPR News Philip Reeves 8.23.19 3:22pm Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to growing international condemnation over the fires sweeping through vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest by announcing that the army may be sent in to tackle them.His comments mark a distinct shift away from his initial reaction to the crisis in which he downplayed the gravity of the situation but also caused widespread astonishment by suggesting that nongovernmental organizations may have set fires in the forest to discredit him.Faced with a spiraling environmental and political disaster, Bolsonaro plans to meet his ministers Friday to discuss how to handle the fires, after government data revealed that there are far more of them within the forest this year than last.Environmental and climate change experts say there is abundant evidence that the fires are mostly caused by humans — notably cattle ranchers — and that these illegal operators are being encouraged to clear land by the policies of Bolsonaro, who is eager for Brazil to exploit the Amazon’s agricultural and mineral wealth.Brazilians are gearing up for a weekend of protests in dozens of cities, highlighting the destruction being wrought in the rainforest and demanding that Bolsonaro’s government takes decisive action to curb the fires. Satellite data from Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research shows that there have been more than 74,000 fires this year, many of them in the Amazon. The demonstrations are “in defense of the Amazon and our future,” according to organizers.Over the past few days, international pressure has been steadily growing on Bolsonaro over his handling of the issue, especially from European leaders. A spokesman for Britain’s newly installed prime minister, Boris Johnson, said he was “deeply concerned” about the fires and “the impact of the tragic loss of these precious habitats.” French President Emmanuel Macron plans to highlight the Amazon crisis at this weekend’s G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, after sending out a tweet describing them as “an international crisis” and declaring: “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produces 20% of the planet’s oxygen — is on fire.” Macron raised the pressure on Brazil on Friday, issuing a statement accusing Bolsonaro of lying to him about his position on climate change and announcing that France has withdrawn its support for the Mercosur trade deal between the European Union and a South American bloc that includes Brazil. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned that Ireland would pull out of the Mercosur agreement if Brazil did not take action to protect the rainforest, according to Reuters. Bolsonaro has made clear that he considers the Amazon rainforest — 60% of which is in Brazil — to be an issue of national sovereignty, and he makes no secret of his resentment at what he deems to be foreign interference driven by a desire to hold back Brazilian agrobusiness from competing in international markets. In recent weeks, he has alienated Germany and Norway, the two main contributors to the Amazon Fund, which supports forest preservation initiatives, prompting them to withhold tens of millions of dollars. His approach has won applause from his supporters on the far right, but is also causing widespread fears among Brazilians that it is proving highly damaging to the country’s international standing and may prompt a backlash that could impact exports.”The image of the burning forest ignites public opinion and incinerates Brazil’s reputation,” wrote Ana Lucia Azevedo, a columnist for O Globo. She warns that the crisis is wrecking “the prestige and credibility” acquired by Brazil after 2005, when deforestation rates dipped sharply.Another commentator, Vinicius Torrer Freire, wrote: “Within a few months, especially in recent weeks, he has knocked down two decades of improvements in Brazil’s international image regarding the environment.”Bolsonaro argues that it is possible simultaneously to develop the Amazon and preserve the forest. His critics point to his record of relentlessly undermining institutions responsible for preserving and monitoring the Amazon. Since taking office in January, he has severely weakened government environmental enforcement organizations, by cutting budgets and laying off staff. When Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research released satellite data showing a sharp month-on-month rise in deforestation over last year, Bolsonaro dismissed this as “lies” and replaced the director with a military official.His approach is causing deep concern among professionals fighting to protect the forest, who argue that these moves send the wrong message to illegal deforesters.”They feel emboldened to carry out more deforestation,” said Fluvio Mascarenhas, who works for the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conversation of Biodiversity — a government monitoring agency — in the western state of Acre. In a recent interview with NPR, Mascarenhas expressed profound concern about the impact of Bolsonaro’s policies. “Every time you look at a satellite image of the forest, you see another little piece is missing,” he said.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Brazilian President Bolsonaro May Send Army To Combat… Frank Augsteinlast_img read more