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F.C. Barcelona name ex-Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde as managerF.C. Barcelona name ex-Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde as manager

first_imgBarcelona named former Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde on Monday as the successor to Luis Enrique and he will take charge of the La Liga runners-up on a two-year contract with the option of a third.Valverde, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, played for Barcelona as a forward between 1988 and 1990 under Johan Cruyff and is one of many of the Dutchman’s former pupils to have turned to coaching upon retiring from playing.”He’s very happy very excited, he has the ability, experience and knowledge for the job,” Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference.”He loves youth football and he has the right style to coach this club and knows how the club works. He has a high work rate, he is passionate about football and interested in working with the latest technology.”Bartomeu thanked Luis Enrique, who rounded off his three-year tenure at Barcelona on Saturday by beating Alaves 3-1 to win the King’s Cup for a third year in a row, the ninth trophy he led the club to.”We want to thank Luis Enrique for the work he did in this time, he was excellent in these three years. A great coach and Barcelona man is leaving us but the doors of the Nou Camp will always be open to him,” he said.The president, however, said Luis Enrique’s last season in charge, which finished with only the King’s Cup in the trophy cabinet, was a disappointment.”We expected more from this season, we have diagnosed what went wrong and we are very demanding of ourselves,” he added.advertisement”We were not satisfied, neither were the players, nor the coaches and directors. But now we are beginning a new era.”Valverde, 53, began his coaching career with Athletic Bilbao’s youth set-up and is the Basque club’s longest serving coach, overseeing 308 games over six years in two different spells.As well as qualifying Athletic for Europe in five of his six years with the club, who only pick players from the Basque country, he ended a 31-year wait for a trophy by leading them to the 2015 Spanish Super Cup, beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate.He also coached and played for Barca’s city rivals Espanyol, reaching the 2007 UEFA Cup final while in charge although losing to Sevilla on penalties, and won three Greek league titles and two domestic Cups with Olympiakos Piraeus.Valverde brings two members of his coaching staff at Athletic to Barcelona, his assistant of 15 years Jon Aspiazu and fitness coach Jose Antonio Pozanco.Luis Enrique rounded off his three-year tenure at Barcelona on Saturday by beating Alaves 3-1 to win the King’s Cup for a third year in a row, the ninth trophy he led the club to.Valverde will be thrown in at the deep end with his first competitive game in charge being against Barca’s arch-rivals and La Liga champions Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp in August.Before then the team will go on a pre-season tour of the United States with friendlies against Real, Manchester United and Juventus.last_img read more

Manchester United F.C. aim for hat-trick of wins to start seasonManchester United F.C. aim for hat-trick of wins to start season

first_imgFresh from consecutive 4-0 wins, Manchester United F.C. will be aiming for a hat-trick of victories when they face 2015 champions Leicester City F.C. at Old Trafford on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s side have been the most impressive of any of the title contenders in the Premier League so far with new signing Romelu Lukaku claiming three goals from the opening two games.Leicester, though, have also given their fans plenty of encouragement with a confident 2-0 win over promoted Brighton following on from their 4-3 defeat at Arsenal F.C. in the league’s opening game.If Manchester United F.C. needed any reminder of the threat that Craig Shakespeare’s team pose on the break, City led 3-1 at the Emirates before Arsenal F.C.’s late comeback.Recent form in head-to-head games suggests Manchester United F.C. should have the upper hand though — they triumphed 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and then enjoyed a 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium.Reuters Photo Chelsea F.C. bounced back from their opening-day shock home defeat to Burnley F.C. with victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at Wembley last week but face another tough test against Everton F.C. on Sunday.Ronald Koeman’s Everton F.C. impressed in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City F.C. on Monday with Wayne Rooney scoring his second goal in as many games.Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is available for selection after completing his suspension but skipper Gary Cahill remains suspended after his opening-day red card.advertisementEverton F.C. will be without French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who was sent off at the Etihad on Monday, and also have to cope with a tight schedule that sees them travel to Croatia on Thursday for a second-leg UEFA Europa League tie with Hajduk Split.Liverpool F.C., who qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday with a win over Hoffenheim, have their biggest test of the Premier League season so far when they host Arsenal F.C. at Anfield.Wembley Stadium will see a repeat of the 1962 FA Cup Final when ‘home side’ Spurs host Burnley looking to bounce back from their loss to Chelsea F.C. last week.Promoted Huddersfield Town F.C. look to extend their 100 percent record when they host Southampton F.C.last_img read more

Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale SteynMaybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale Steyn

first_imgDale Steyn, South Africa’s 35-year-old pacer is widely regarded as the greatest fast bowler the country has produced. The pacer’s accuracy and speed have been his biggest strength on the cricketing field and despite his battle with constant injuries, his comeback trail on the pitch has been nothing short of remarkable.The pacer has taken 439 wickets in the Test format which made him the leading wicket-taker in the format for South Africa. Steyn has 196 and 61 wickets in the ODI’s and T20I format respectively.In an exclusive chat with ANI, the pacer talked about what can possibly stop the Kolpak deals and he opens up about his possible future in the game and what is he seeking out of the 2019 ICC World Cup which is scheduled to be played later this year.South Africa were recently given a major setback as Duanne Olivier, their key performer in the recent series against Pakistan opted to end his South African career and opt for a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire. There have been many players who are choosing to opt for these deals and the pacer Steyn believes that this is an individual choice that a player makes and it is a major concern for Cricket South Africa.”I think it is each person to themselves. I personally do not want to consider it. I know it is a concern for Cricket South Africa (CSA) and a very difficult one to stop. Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening, who knows,” Steyn told ANI.advertisementWhen one sees Steyn bowling, one can notice the passion the cricketer plays with. The pacer’s career has been hampered by injuries over the past few years, but his comeback trail has been one for the ages. The 35-year-old still looks to bowl fast and disturb the batsmen’s game in the middle.The pacer believes that he has taken his career as it comes and now he believes that maybe he was just to born to play the game of cricket. The player will now look to achieve the World Cup to end his career with achieving almost about everything. Steyn believes that winning the World Cup would be a huge thing for him and he expects the weather conditions to dictate the pitch situation in England and Wales.”I am a competitive person by nature and maybe I was just born to do what I do. I would obviously love to win the World Cup for my country, I am expecting normal English conditions for the World Cup, but these conditions may vary according to the weather which will be present during the tournament,” Steyn said.Steyn, went past Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 wickets which made him the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the Test format. Steyn was tied at 421 with Pollock for a pretty long time but was not able to go past Pollock due to his reoccurring injuries. But Steyn finally went past the record in the month of December last year in a match against Pakistan. Steyn believes that his aim to achieve the record was a key motivator for him to get back into the team.”It was amazing to get past Pollock, having the record to aim for was one of the motivating factors to try and get back on the field. It was a long and very tough time in rehab. I am just very happy to be back and contributing, many wrote me off saying that I would not get back, but I am very happy to have proved them wrong,” Steyn said.South Africa are currently riding on a high as they recently defeated Sri Lanka in both the ODI and T20I series. The Proteas were able to clean sweep the visitors in both the formats. The pacer did not mention any single top contender for the tournament as any team can defeat the other on their given day, however, he mentioned that Australia, England, India would be the key teams to look out in the World Cup.”There are many teams that can win the World Cup. England, Australia and India and more,” Steyn told ANI.Recently, the incident of ‘Mankading’ surfaced in a match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Punjab’s skipper Ravi Ashwin dismissed Jos Buttler, much to the dismay of the latter. The whole cricketing fraternity was seen divided on this issue and when Steyn was asked to comment on this, he told ANI “I have said my bit on Twitter, I do not really want to comment more on this.”advertisementFollowing the incident, the pacer took to Twitter to express his views on the whole issue.”He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old Ashwin,” said one tweet.He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwinDale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019″So here’s a Mankad suggestion. Why not get the 3rd umpire to check the front foot for no balls, if he/she notices a batter leaving their ground prior to delivery he/she can then issue either a warning or 5 penalty runs. If the batter continues, Mankad comes in no worries,” Steyn said in another tweet.So here’s a mankad suggestion.Why not get the 3rd umpire to check the front foot for no balls, if he/she notices a batter leaving their ground prior to delivery he/she can then issue either a warning, or 5 penalty runs. If the batter continues, mankad comes in no worries.Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 30, 2019Steyn would look to keep producing winning performances for South Africa and he would hope to be an X-Factor for the team in the upcoming World Cup.South Africa take on the hosts England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk drivingAlso Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandallast_img read more

Sathia praises captain fantastic, ShukorSathia praises captain fantastic, Shukor

first_imgMalaysia Cup Sathia pleased to have got through a potential banana skin Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 08:00 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) B. Sathianathan, Felda United Felda United Malaysia Cup PKNP v FELDA United FELDA United PKNP A tactical switch midway through the first half enabled Sathianathan to guide Felda United in the last four of the Malaysia Cup Felda United staged a remarkable comeback against PKNP FC to knock the Premier League out of the Malaysia Cup competition after an enthralling match at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday night. From being 3-1 down in the home first leg, Felda knew they needed to win by three goals margin to secure a place in the semi-final and promptly went about to do just that.  Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Despite the early scare provided by PKNP who extended their lead through Kim Hyeon-Woo, the Fighters stormed back into the match late in the first half to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Shukor Adan turned in a captain’s performance to guide his players through to the next stage of the competition, creating the opening goal for Wan Zack Haikal. Ifedayo Olusegun gave Felda the lead on the night before Wan Zack again scored just before half time. “It was a tough match but the players were motivated to do well. We changed the system today and we managed to get four goals. However I was less than happy with the last 10 minutes when we became sloppy. We could have killed the game with 7 – 8 goals. Anyway, I must congratulate the players for giving 100% and go the mentality that impossible is nothing and everything is possible,” said an estatic B. Sathianathan after the match.Stung by the three goals conceded in the last 10 minutes of the first half, PKNP failed to recover from the shock and went further behind at the start of the second half. Zah Rahan Krangar got into the box for the first in the match and converted Thiago Augusto’s cross, a goal that proved to be the decider in the tie.The gulf in experience between the two sides was there to be seen. It was a factor that was acknowledged by Sathianathan himself after seeing his charges go from strength to strength with every goal scored.”Yes, experience was a key factor. The opening goal came from a cross from the birthday boy, Shukor. And it was a fantastic cross. We had crossing chances before but other players couldn’t deliver. It was Shukor who showed his experience with the move that got us back into the game. Turns out the old player who showed the young ones how to cross,” added Sathianathan. The win puts Felda into the semi-final where they will face Kedah, a team that they only just beaten last week, albeit a largely second string Kedah side.last_img read more

Call to Action – California Travel Agents and Sellers of TravelCall to Action – California Travel Agents and Sellers of Travel

first_imgTake Action Today to Preserve the Independent Travel Agent Business Model If you are a Travel Professional in the state of California, you may or may not have heard of some actions being proposed by the state legislature. Travel Professionals who own and operate their own business in the State of California have legal obligations to correctly set up and run their Travel Agency. Under this proposed legislation, the state is attempting to further define a “Independent Contractor” and “Employee.” The California Coalition of Travel Organizations [CCTO] is issuing a “call to action” urging California travel agencies, tour operators and their independent agents to contact their state Senators and Assembly Members. California legislators are considering legislation to enact new laws determining when workers are considered “independent contractors” and when they are considered “employees.” The request is that state Senators and Assembly Members take action to ensure that legislation addressing the Dynamex decision clearly states that independent agents under the state’s Seller of Travel Law are independent contractors. Since the inception of the California Seller of Travel Law 25 years ago, this state consumer protection law has acknowledged independent agents – who are primarily women and are all small business owners – as an integral part of the travel industry. They:Set their own hours and schedulesSet their own ratesSelect the customers with whom they will workAs entrepreneurs, select and market their own brandsMay choose to affiliate with more than one host agencySelect the services they desire to sellMay decide to specialize in specific types of travel servicesSelect the service providers whose products they desire to sellHave unlimited earning potential Few, if any, of these important factors would be available to these independent small business owners were they to be forced into an unwanted employee relationship. CCTO estimates there are tens of thousands of persons who are providing travel services as small businesses in conformance with the Seller of Travel Law. This is now at risk due to a recent court decision. The “B” criteria established in the California Supreme Court’s April 2018 Dynamex decision would result in these small business owners being considered employees. Click Here to View the CCTO Call to Action Document Click Here to Find Your California State Legislators  About the California Coalition of Travel OrganizationsThe California Coalition of Travel Organizations [CCTO] is a nonprofit state government relations coalition of national, state and regional associations and consortiums of travel agents and tour operators. CCTO member organizations include individual California chapters of the American Society of Travel Agents, as well as United States Tour Operators Association, Student Youth Travel Association, Signature Travel Network, WESTA, Ensemble, PATH, Travel Leaders Network, and Virtuoso. CCTO has been actively lobbying in the State Capitol since its formation in 1987 and sponsored the legislation enacted in 1995 that established California’s Seller of Travel [SOT] Law and its landmark Travel Consumer Restitution Fund.last_img read more

Assange faces jail for UK bail breachAssange faces jail for UK bail breach

first_imgLondon: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be sentenced Wednesday for breaching a British court order seven years ago, when he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. The Australian whistleblower, who was arrested on April 11 after Ecuador gave him up, could face a 12-month prison sentence when he appears at Southwark Crown Court at 10:30am (0930 GMT). Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 after a British judge ordered his extradition to face Swedish allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he strongly denied. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report He claimed the allegations were a pretext to transfer him to the United States, where he feared prosecution over release by WikiLeaks of millions of classified documents. There is no longer an active investigation in Sweden and the extradition request has lapsed. However, the 47-year-old is facing a US extradition request, which was only revealed following his dramatic arrest, when he was dragged shouting from the embassy by police. Assange appeared in court within hours of his arrest, and a judge found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Any sentence handed down on Wednesday is likely to take into account the past few weeks spent in jail. The biggest concern for his lawyers is the US extradition request. An initial hearing in the case is set for this Thursday. The US indictment charges him with “conspiracy” for working with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password stored on Department of Defence computers in March 2010. Manning passed hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, exposing US military wrongdoing in the Iraq war and diplomatic secrets about scores of countries around the world. Assange could face up to five years in jail if found guilty, although his team is fighting his extradition and the process could take years. The charge has raised serious concerns among organisations advocating free speech, including politicians such as British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. WikiLeaks is also back in the news in the United States, over its alleged role in the leak of Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016 US presidential election. The Swedish claims against Assange date back to 2010, when he was at the centre of a global storm over WikiLeaks’ exposures. The sexual assault claim expired in 2015, but while the rape claim was dropped in 2017, the alleged victim wants the case reopened. If Stockholm makes a formal extradition request, Britain must decide whether to consider it before or after that of the United States. A group of British lawmakers have urged the Swedish case to take precedence, saying the rights of the alleged victims must not be lost in the political row.last_img read more

Political parties urged to commit to policies for datadriven economyPolitical parties urged to commit to policies for datadriven economy

OTTAWA — Chambers of commerce from Canada’s biggest cities will release a campaign wish list Wednesday urging political parties to commit to establishing national data-governance standards, making government research more available for businesses and fully harnessing the value of intellectual property.These issues are likely to draw more attention from politicians than in the past. Experts, however, have doubts any party will go far enough to prepare Canada to compete in the new economy and to fully protect the privacy of its citizens.Four years ago, issues related to data governance, intellectual property and digital privacy received few, if any, mentions in party plans. Since then, there’s been a surge in awareness about the opportunities tied to the fast-growing innovation economy as well as in public concerns about the risks.Parties have sent signals their platforms will include vows in these areas and business leaders from Canada’s urban centres hope to start the conversation at the outset of the campaign, which begins Wednesday.“The permeation of technology in nearly every aspect of our lives mandates the need for new legislation that creates a predictable and level playing field for businesses while ensuring that Canadian interests are protected,” the Canadian Global Cities Council, which is made up of chambers of commerce from the country’s eight largest cities, said in its pre-election release.The document also noted new “serious concerns around privacy and personal control of data.”Jan De Silva, CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, said the council has been actively discussing the need for these policies with political parties.“I would say there’s heightened awareness on the part of all parties in terms of what’s next with the economy,” De Silva said in an interview. “From my travels, this is a top-of-mind issue in many markets around the world.”The council will also release additional recommendations Wednesday to press parties in several other areas such as diversifying trade, helping smaller companies get government business and conducting a comprehensive review of the tax system.Among its recommendations on the digital economy, the council is stressing a need for the next federal government to improve business access to data and research held by Statistics Canada and to take steps to make it easier for companies to capture the value of IP.It’s also calling for a national data strategy to guide companies on data portability, privacy, security and commercialization.After taking office, the Liberal government said it would work toward a national data strategy. Last spring, it released principles under a “digital charter” that critics say lacked firm policies, regulations or standards. Political parties, for the most part, have yet to say very much about these issues. Last week, however, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said, if elected, he would set regulatory standards for the ethical use of artificial intelligence and to protect the privacy of consumers and their data.Since the 2015 election, the “surveillance economy” has become a bigger public concern for a number of reasons, says Dan Breznitz, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.For instance, he said more and more of people’s lives are now managed through their smart phones, which has made the issues very personal. He also said there are deepening worries about technological disruption of the labour force and how the inappropriate use of social-media data can alter electoral outcomes.The Liberals, he said, came to power with a realization that the innovation economy was important and they talked about it. Business leaders and public intellectuals fuelled the public debate.Politicians, however, are reluctant to make major changes because innovation policies are longer-term, complex, sometimes hard to explain and attract limited media attention, he said.“On one side, those issues are much more prominent, and business leaders and people … start to realize that those things — data and IP and innovation — will determine whether we can continue to be a prosperous society,” he said.“On the other, there’s still a very … confused understanding of what innovation is all about and, therefore, what should be the IP and data policies involved.”Dan Ciuriak, an innovation-policy expert, said he doesn’t expect serious debate about the data-driven economy during the campaign. He noted the issues cannot be addressed through “sound-bite messaging,” nor will they swing many votes.He recommended Canada adapt its regulations and policies on such an important issue in a manner “free of ideology.”“The federal civil service is really only starting to grapple with the issues,” Ciuriak, a former deputy chief economist of Canada’s foreign-affairs department who now runs a consultancy, wrote in an email.“Change is happening at a speed that is overwhelming the ability to learn about governance from experience.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

Piracydependent Siri port fully working on iPhone 4Piracydependent Siri port fully working on iPhone 4

first_imgAfter learning that Apple was tying Siri exclusively to the iPhone 4S, we wondered whether the jailbreak community would be able to change that. Within a day or two, Siri’s user interface was successfully ported to the iPhone 4, but Apple’s servers weren’t responding, rendering it non-functional. The same developer now has Siri fully working on other devices. However, piracy will be required if the port is ever publicly available.The port, by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, is seen working 100% on both the iPhone 4 and on an iPod touch. As it required licensed files and a live validation token from a 4S in order to communicate with Apple’s servers, it’s considered to be pirated content. It was made possible because of a preliminary (not yet public) jailbreak for the iPhone 4S. The developer says he did it to understand the technology that makes it work, and has no intention of distributing the pirated content. He did add that he has no doubt that others will package and distribute it “quasi-legally.”Whatever your thoughts are on the eventual distribution of the port, this further narrows down the possible reasons for Apple’s keeping Siri off of other devices. As you can see in the video below, Siri appears to work just as well on the iPhone 4 as it does on the 4S. This rules out performance concerns as a reason for the exclusivity:The two most likely remaining motives for Apple’s snubbing of older devices are: wanting to spare the Siri servers from millions of older devices, and having a sexy ‘killer feature’ to help sell the 4S.So will Apple be able to identify and block the older devices from accessing their servers? I would imagine that they will do anything in their power, including sending lawyers after the distributors. But, as they haven’t exactly been able to squash the distribution of cracked App Store apps for jailbroken devices, we’ll see how successful they are in that. If nothing else, we may see jailbreak exploits patched quicker than ever by the Cupertino company.Below is one more video, showing the port working on an iPod touch:via 9to5Maclast_img read more

Publicans say Good Friday alcohol ban has no place in a modernPublicans say Good Friday alcohol ban has no place in a modern

first_img Share223 Tweet Email EVERY YEAR, BEMUSED tourists stand outside closed pubs in Temple Bar in Dublin on Good Friday.They don’t understand or haven’t heard that there are two days in the calendar year that Irish pubs close – and one of them is around Easter time. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubePublicans have long campaigned for the law to be scrapped. Every year, the Minister for Justice of the day is asked if it will happen on their watch.Today, the two main representative groups, the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) have called on the government to immediately introduce legislation to treat Good Friday as an ordinary trading day for pubs, restaurants and hotels.Last year, they made a similar call, arguing that there was a particular impetus to lift the ban due to the 1916 centenary celebrations and the Ireland versus Switzerland friendly soccer international.However, the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald didn’t budge on the issue and ruled out any changes.Speaking at the launch of their campaign, Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA said the rationale for a change to the law was compelling. Deirdre Devitt, President, LVA and Pat Crotty, President, VFI. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyHe said the law hasn’t been changed in 90 years, stating that it is “no longer appropriate for a modern era”. Last year, O’Keeffe said tourists were dumbstruck to find that after paying for flights to Ireland, they could not buy a drink in an Irish bar.“One man from the United States pointed out that in his country there was a separation of Church and State and that’s what one would expect in a modern democracy. Others pointed out the negative effect on local business. So this shows the fallacy of the government’s claim to be pro-business,” said O’Keeffe.The group’s estimate businesses lose between €30 and €40 million by closing on Good Friday.Padraig Cribben CEO of the VFI said the public view the law as being completely out-of-date and publicans believe there is broad support for the law to be amended. Feb 6th 2017, 6:00 PM Publicans say Good Friday alcohol ban has no place in a modern Ireland Publicans have made a fresh appeal for the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday to be lifted. In 2017, consumers should have the option to go out for a drink on Good Friday if they so choose. Indeed many are choosing to drink at home or organise house parties on the day. Friday itself is a very important trading day – for many publicans it accounts for 30% of their weekly business – and this is especially true of bank holiday weekends.“Publicans have been engaging with politicians on this issue for the last six years but the constant response is the issue will be addressed as part of a new Sale of Alcohol Bill. It’s as if ministers are living in never-never land while the rest of us have to live in the real world,” he said. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyCribbens said now is the time for politicians to show the political will to make the change, and made an appeal to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to introduce the necessary legislation in time for Easter 2017. O’Keeffe said the groups have not received any negative feedback from either the unions or from health lobbyists on the issue.He added that publicans are only campaigning for pubs to be allowed serve on Good Friday and said they were happy to remain closed on Christmas Day.Read: Where can I get a drink today?Read: As the off-licences were closing, we hit the streets to ask about the alcohol ban There is no case for the licensed trade to be treated differently to other retail businesses. Easter is a huge tourism weekend right across the country. Forcing pubs and all licensed hospitality businesses to close sends a very negative signal to tourists and visitors who are left baffled and disappointed by the measure. https://jrnl.ie/3224777 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 20,176 Views By Christina Finn 145 Comments Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:00 PMlast_img read more

Oregon man gets 14 years for Vancouver bank robberiesOregon man gets 14 years for Vancouver bank robberies

first_imgMarx Wayne Coonrod denied robbing the same Vancouver Umpqua Bank branch twice and trying a third time over a three-month span in 2016 through the very end of his criminal case.“My right to a fair trial was taken from me. I’m sorry about what happened to these people, but it wasn’t me,” Coonrod said during sentencing Friday.“You’re a bank robber,” Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke replied, moments before he handed down a more than 14-year prison sentence.Coonrod, a 62-year-old from Scappoose, Ore., robbed the bank Feb. 1, 2016, and March 16, 2016, and tried to do it again April 22 of that year, court records say.The first robbery was carried out by a man wearing a dark-colored, hooded jacket, a dark beanie and scarf. He walked into the bank shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to an affidavit of probable cause. Witnesses described the robber as being an average height, with a heavy build and distinctive, almost limping walk, Senior Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said. The robber demanded bills in $50 and $100 denominations. He didn’t show a firearm.last_img read more

Foundation stages event to promote Heart HealthFoundation stages event to promote Heart Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 30, 2017 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica launched its annual PROVEN Run for Your Heart on September 27 as part of efforts to promote heart health.   The lapathon and fun day event will be staged at Stadium East in Kingston on November 26 from at 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.    Activities include running, walking, aerobics sessions, rock wall climbing, football and netball as well as demonstrations by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Now in its 38th year, Run for Your Heart aims to raise funds to maintain its subsidised heart healthcare services.    Proceeds from the event are also used to educate primary and secondary students on healthy lifestyle choices.   The event is geared towards all members of the public, including primary, secondary and tertiary students, companies and sport clubs.Speaking with JIS News at the launch of the event at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Allie McNab, Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said the Government fully endorses the initiative.“Healthy lifestyle is important right across the board. The Ministries of Culture and Health fully endorse this initiative.   [A] healthy lifestyle extends your life and gives you a good quality of life.   We want persons to take up the challenge of living a healthier life in terms of diet and exercise and, hopefully, this will combat some of the illnesses common in society,” he said.For her part, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, said that the event is an important tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease, adding that 25 per cent of the population suffer from high blood pressure with another 33 per cent being pre-hypertensive.“Exercise is one of the activities that we can use to try and prevent ourselves from becoming overweight, along with healthy eating.   Healthy eating means avoiding foods with too much salt, sugar and trans fats.   What we are trying to do at this event is to encourage persons to start or continue a healthy lifestyle,” she said.Interested persons can register for the event by contacting the Heart Foundation of Jamaica at 906-9407 or email 5krace@heartfoundationja.org. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Shaw praises the big impact Solskjaers had at Man UnitedShaw praises the big impact Solskjaers had at Man United

first_imgManchester United full-back Luke Shaw believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made huge strides since he replaced Jose MourinhoThe Red Devils named Solskjaer as interim coach for the remainder of this season following Mourinho’s dismissal this month.Under the Norwegian, United have secured convincing wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town over the past week.Now Shaw, who himself had a difficult relationship with Mourinho at times, believes Solskjaer has made an instant impact on the squad.“I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.“He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”As for how he found out about Solskjaer’s appointment, Shaw said: “The truth? My girlfriend told me.“I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.“I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”Solskjaer will take charge of his third game on Sunday when United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford.last_img read more

School districts install expand iPad programs for handson lessonsSchool districts install expand iPad programs for handson lessons

first_imgCamron Rowen, 12, a student in Mike Holland’s math class at La Center Middle School, starts work on math problems on his iPad. The La Center School District expanded its iPad program this year. LA CENTER — As Mike Holland paced the front of his seventh-grade math class at La Center Middle School, his students settled into their seats, touch screens in hand.There was no click-a-tat of three-ring binders opening or the rustling of glossy textbook pages turning. There was just the silent unsheathing of tablet computers from their cloth vessels and the chatter of excited voices.This is the new classroom.As touch-screen gizmos become ubiquitous tools for everyday life, they’re also becoming mainstays of Clark County classrooms. Districts as far afield as La Center, Battle Ground, Vancouver and Washougal use, or have used, iPads at one time or another. This school year, school districts are expanding their iPad programs. In La Center, the program started as a pilot program in 2012.Holland, 63, is in his first week of incorporating the tablets into his daily lessons, and he’s enthusiastic about what he’s seen. He supplements the traditional math curriculum with interactive lesson plans from a website called Khan Academy that was recently featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”Khan Academy provides interactive tutorials, while Holland provides the hands-on teaching, which involves roaming the room and answering questions. What this means is a more fragmented form of learning, he said, but one that’s based on doing rather than listening to teacher lectures.last_img read more