FIH initiates inquiry against Pak coach Danish, hearing to be held on Saturday

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury(Eds: Adding FIH’s comments on hearing and changing intro) Bhubaneswar, Dec 7 (PTI) The world hockey body (FIH) has initiated an inquiry against Pakistan’s assistant coach Danish Kaleem for breaching security protocol, adding to the list of off-field issues plaguing the former champions at the ongoing men’s Hockey World Cup here. Danish has been called for a hearing by the FIH technical delegate on Saturday after he was charged for moving around in the stadium without having his accreditation card during the Pool D match against Malaysia on Wednesday. With the World Cup nearing halfway stage, Pakistan’s campaign is getting from bad to worse due to a host of issues, which include injury blow to skipper Muhammad Rizwan Senior and a one-match suspension to his deputy Ammad Butt. As if that was not enough, Hockey India has now lodged an official complaint with FIH’s Technical delegate Christian Deckenbrock of Germany against Danish for breaching security protocol and misbehaving with security persons inside the stadium. Pakistan’s chief coach Tauqeer Ahmad Dar admitted things are far from rosy for his side on and off the field ahead of their crucial Pool D match against Netherlands on Sunday. “The last few days have been very hard. Most energies are being wasted on things other than sports,” said Dar told reporters after a practice session here on Friday. “One of our main players, our skipper has fractured his toe and is out of the tournament. Our vice-captain has been banned by the Technical Delegate. The reason we have no clue. There was no action taken on the ground. No penalty corner was given and no green card was given.advertisement “One more inquiry about our coach that has been lodged by Hockey India. A new enquiry every day,” he added. Explaining the reasons behind the inquiry, Dar said: “Me and Danish sit on the terrace and watch match. And we communicate with walkie talky to Hasan Sardar (manager) and Rehan Butt (assistant coach). “At half time against Malaysia, I had sent him (Danish) with some notes to Hassan bhai. And when he was coming back, he was stopped by the security and they asked for his accreditation card. “Unfortunately, he forgot his card at the dressing room but the security people misbehaved with him. Yesterday they (Hockey India) lodged a complaint,” he added. Dar termed Ammad Butt’s suspension as completely unfair and said one of Pakistani players got stitches on his head after being hit by a Malaysian player but no action was initiated against him. “Hassan Sardar was emailed in the morning that there is a decision pending against Ammad Butt and that he has done something very wrong,” he said. He went to the enquiry, but there is no evidence but that is the decision of the Technical Delegate. We have appealed against that and I hope sanity prevails. “He was shown a video for just two or three minutes. It shows a Pakistani rusher trying to save a PC. A Malaysian forward is trying to score. One of our boys Abu Bakr got stitches because of a stick from a Malaysian boy. But that’s ok. It’s hockey not ping pong,” the coach said. A FIH spokesperson later confirmed that both the hearings that of Ammad Butt’s appeal against suspension and inquiry against Danish will be conducted on Saturday. “Both the hearings will be held tomorrow. I can only tell you anything more after tomorrow’s hearing,” the FIH official told PTI. Dar, meanwhile, said the off-field issues are having an adverse effect on the Pakistani players. “We are in bad shape mentally. We are focusing on things other than the ground. We are discussing who is going to come because of injury. Our top two are out of the ground,” he said. “18 players and 2 are not there. Only 15 left for the match against Holland. It is a major handicap as we are minus 1 tyre of a car against Netherlands, one of the toughest teams in the tournament,” the former Olympian said. Four-time champions Pakistan are currently placed third in Pool D behind Netherlands and table-toppers Germany and they need at least a draw against the Dutch to avoid early ouster from the tournament. “Pakistan cannot beat Holland on skill right now or on physical fitness. It is only the mental strength of the boys and the passion for hockey. The difference between their grassroots and our grass roots is like 300 per cent,” Dar said. “We have talked to the boys about what is going on off the field. We have said that you should be fully motivated. The place to take revenge is here. If they play according to their capacity and go beyond it, we can give a tough fight to Holland.” PTI SSC ATKATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Georgia vs Wales: Team news & TV

first_imgWC Qualification Europe Georgia vs Wales: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 21:53 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aaron Ramsey Wales Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Wales Georgia v Wales Georgia Chris Coleman’s side have pushed their way into second place in Group D and they will hope to strengthen that position with a win Wales take on Georgia in Tbilisi as they look to keep pressure on group leaders Serbia and strengthen their grip on second-place.It is the second last game for Chris Coleman’s side in Group D, with a home game against the Republic of Ireland bringing things to a close three days later.The Georgians have failed to win in eight games thus far, but they held Wales to a draw when the teams met in Cardiff last October, so they will be confident of upsetting their visitors on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Georgia vs Wales Date Friday, October 6 Time 17:00 BST / 12:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Ben Woodburn Wales Austria 02092017In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football, as well as being available to stream live using Sky Go. Viewers in Wales will be able to watch live on the Welsh language channel S4C or online using the Watch S4C facility. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football / S4C Sky Go / S4C In the US, the game will broadcast television on FS2, but it will be slightly delayed. It will also be available to stream online using Fox Sports GO or Fox Soccer Match Pass. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports GO / Match Pass SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Georgia players Goalkeepers Loria, Revishvili, Makaridze Defenders Kashia, Lobjanidze, Navalovski, Kvirkvelia, Kakabadze, Khocholava, Dvali, Shergelashvili Midfielders Kankava, Ananidze, Okriashvili, Qazaishvili, Merebashvili, Chanturia, Kvekveskiri, Gvilia, Jighauri, Aburjania, Kiteishvili, Hufnagel Forwards Dvalishvili, Kvilitaia, Skhirtladze, Sikharulidze Anzhi goalkeeper Giorgi Loria returns to the squad to provide competition for Giorgi Makaridze. Vladimir Weiss can call upon the experience of Vitesse Arnhem defender Guram Kashia and Spartak Moscow midfielder Jano Ananidze as he attempts to mastermind his side’s first win in the group.Potential starting XI: Makaridze; Navalovski, Kashia, Kvirkvelia, Kakabadze; Ananidze, Gvilia, Kvekveskiri, Kankava, Qazaishvili; Kvilitaia. Position Wales players Goalkeepers Hennessey, Ward, Maxwell Defenders Gunter, A. Williams, Taylor, Davies, Chester, Lockyer, Ampadu Midfielders Ledley, Ramsey, Edwards, King, Allen, J. Williams, Brooks, Hedges Forwards Vokes, Robson-Kanu, Lawrence, Woodburn, Bradshaw The main talking point for Wales is the fact that Gareth Bale has been ruled out of both the game against Moldova and the subsequent match against Ireland due to a calf-muscle injury.West Ham defender James Collins misses out, but Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Stoke City’s Joe Allen are ready to lead the midfield.Potential starting XI: Hennessey; Gunter, Williams, Chester, Davies; King, Ramsey, Allen; Robson-Kanu, Woodburn, Vokes.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Chris Coleman WalesWales are 5/6 favourites to win in Tbilisi according to dabblebet, with Georgia priced at 7/2 to emerge with a victory. A draw is available at odds of 12/5.Georgia have drawn their last three qualifiers and, when the sides met in Cardiff, they came away with a 1-1 draw. You can get odds of 11/2 on the same outcome in Tbilisi.Click here to see all the available markets for Georgia versus Wales.GAME PREVIEW Wales celebrate vs Austria 020917Having started their World Cup qualification campaign in sluggish fashion, Wales have managed to force their way into second place in Group D with two games to go and they can boost their hopes of reaching Russia with wins over Georgia and Ireland. However, they must do so without their star man Gareth Bale, which has proven to be a difficult proposition for the Dragons in the past.While Georgia are not a particularly menacing opponent on paper, Weiss has managed to get the best out of them in 2017 and they have impressed in recent draws against Austria and the Republic of Ireland. Indeed, Wales’ own experience against the Georgians last October, which saw Tornike Okriashvili snatch a point in Cardiff, will no doubt be playing in the back of their minds.However, Coleman’s side are unbeaten in their last eight games – albeit picking up five draws – and they come into the match in Tbilisi brimming with confidence. Hard-earned wins over Austria and Moldova last month demonstrated the resilience within the squad, something they will look to draw upon with Ireland waiting for them in the final game in Cardiff next.last_img read more

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Notre Dame DT Ja’Mion Franklin Gets Big Injury News

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.6 Oct 2001: A general view of the crowd during the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Fighting Irish defeated the Panthers 24-7.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /AllsportNotre Dame defensive tackle Ja’Mion Franklin has been out of action since a quad injury he suffered in the middle of last season. But he just got an injury update that bodes very well for his sophomore campaign.According to Matt Freeman of Irish Sports Daily, Franklin has been cleared to play following extensive rehab. Per the report, he will be ready for the start of fall camp.Per UHND.com, Franklin’s imminent return should do wonders for the team’s defensive line depth. The team was slated to go into the season with Kurt Hinish and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa as starters but with very little behind them.A source tells me #NotreDame sophomore DT Ja’mion Franklin has been cleared and will be ready for the start of fall camp.Franklin suffered a quad tendon injury in week four against Wake Forest last fall. pic.twitter.com/uRHT300tBf— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) July 25, 2019 Franklin was a three-star prospect coming out of high school, per 247Sports. He was the No. 570 overall prospect in the country, the No. 44 defensive tackle, and the No. 12 prospect from Maryland.Last season Notre Dame ran the table on their regular season schedule, going 12-0 and securing their first-ever spot in the College Football Playoff.They would ultimately get blown out by Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.Notre Dame lost several star contributors to that team, including star defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, to the NFL Draft.With a schedule slated to be much tougher next year, Notre Dame will need all of the depth that they can get.last_img read more

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Jalen Hurts Had A Great Reaction To Being Named Captain At Oklahoma

first_imgformer alabama quarterback jalen hurtsTUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts has only been at Oklahoma for a couple of months but the former Alabama quarterback has already made a huge impression on his coaches and teammates.The Sooners announced on Wednesday that Hurts would be one of the team’s captains for the 2019 season.Hurts, who will start at quarterback for Oklahoma in his final college football season, got emotional when talking about the honor.“It’s probably the biggest thing to me up to this point,” Hurts told reporters. “I know at Alabama, I played a significant role on a lot of their teams there in my three years. Being a captain was always my goal and really, one of my dreams, going down in Denny Chimes and all of that.” “But at this home, with this family, my teammates voting me captain. Only being here seven and a half, eight months, it’s a blessing, it’s kind of surreal. I’m happy.”Jalen Hurts on being named a captain: pic.twitter.com/yow2ww44Fq— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) August 29, 2019Hurts was named Oklahoma’s starting quarterback earlier this month, beating out Tanner Mordecai and Spencer Rattler.The Sooners open the 2019 regular season with a potentially-dicey game, taking on Houston on Sunday night.ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit has labeled the game a potential “upset alert” contest, though he believes Hurts and Oklahoma will prevail.Oklahoma and Houston are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

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Photo: Tiger Woods In Attendance For Stanford-UCF Game

first_imgTiger Woods on the sidelines for a Stanford football game.PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 08: Golfer Tiger Woods looks on from the sidelines during an NCAA football game between the Washington State Cougars and Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Stanford and UCF will battle this afternoon in one of the best non-conference games Week 3 has to offer. There will be a very special guest in attendance at Spectrum Stadium as Tiger Woods is ready to support his alma mater.Before Woods put together a legendary golf career at the PGA level, he spent a few years at Stanford University.Woods has viewed several Stanford games over the past few years. Most of them are home games for the Cardinal, but today, the 15-time major winner is on the road to root for his school. Luckily for the golf legend, the game is very close to his residence in Windermere, Florida, just outside Orlando.The reigning Masters champion was seen on the sidelines for the Stanford prior to kickoff. Stanford’s official Twitter account shared photos of Woods talking with head coach David Shaw and quarterback K.J. Costello.Here are the photos of Woods going viral on social media:little pregame chit-chat.@kj_costello 🤝 @TigerWoods #GoStanford pic.twitter.com/M0hoYGi9L0— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) September 14, 2019The Cardinal are coming off a blowout loss to the USC Trojans in Week 2. To be fair, the team didn’t have Costello due to a nasty hit to the head that he suffered in the season opener.ESPN’s College GameDay crew has UCF defeating Stanford this afternoon, but perhaps the presence of Tiger Woods will inspire the Pac-12 program to win this game.last_img read more

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Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Paloma stretching in new pics is all the Monday Motivation you need

first_imgOther Galleries 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYCOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Paloma Dhillon has an enviable figure and the reason behind it has been revealed on Instagram.Photo: InstagramSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: “Don’t forget to stretch,” Paloma wrote as she shared a set of pictures from her workout session today.Photo: InstagramSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: For her session, Paloma wore a sports bra and mini shorts.Photo: InstagramSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Paloma, who is actress Poonam Dhillon’s daughter, nailed the perfect stretch here.Photo: InstagramSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: Yes, Paloma is pretty good at the cobra pose.Photo: InstagramSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: Would you dare to do this stretch? Of course, if Paloma makes it look that easy.Photo: InstagramSyndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Poonam DhillonPaloma DhillonSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: In case you are in dire need of motivation, turn to Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Paloma’s Instagram. She nailed her stretches perfectly in a set of images made available on Instagram.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d0773b3742da1560769459_1550538_editCommentContent Publish date: Monday, June 17, 2019 – 16:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==Short Headline: Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Paloma stretching in new pics is all the Monday Motivation you needApp headline: Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Paloma stretching in new pics is all the Monday Motivation you need1200x675:last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: All-round Australia brush aside England to reach semi-finals

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: 2019 Cricket World CupPackagesWorld Cup 2019PhotoCricket World Cup 2019Buzztop-IndiaSportsCricket World Cup 2019WC NewsGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Captain Finch rose to the occasion with his second century of the tournamentThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Stokes made 89 but couldn’t prevent England from slidingThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: ReutersCaption: Jason Behrendorff finished with figures of 5/44 and played a crucial role in England’s downfallThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: World Cup 2019England VS AustraliaAaron FinchEoin MorganSource type: photogalleryShort description: Australia hammered England by 64 runs at Lord’s on Tuesday to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d147083c56d21561620611_1556151_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 23:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE4MDEwNjciLCIxNzkyNjIzIiwiMTIwODUyMSIsIjEyMDY1NTAiXSwiY2F0ZWdvcnkiOlsiMTIwODYxNSIsIjE4MDY2NjMiLCIxODA4MTI2IiwiMTgwNjY2MSJdLCJzdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOlsiMTgwNjYwOCJdLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NTAifQ==770×433: Short Headline: World Cup 2019: All-round Australia brush aside England to reach semi-finalsApp headline: World Cup 2019: All-round Australia brush aside England to reach semi-finals1200x675:last_img read more

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Blood and Sand and Cocktails: An Interview with Paul Clarke

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Paul Clarke is the Executive Editor of Imbibe Magazine and the author of the new book The Cocktail Chronicles (Spring House Press). The Manual sat down with Clarke to talk cocktails past, present, and future.Can you tell me how this book came about?I saw a milestone coming up both for myself and for the Cocktail Renaissance. Personally, I was approaching my tenth anniversary of writing about this professionally and personally through my blog (Cocktail Chronicles), which I launched in 2005. I was looking ahead to that milestone and looking back at the work I’d done over the course of the decade and I realized that I was fortunate in that I was getting into writing about cocktails when they were really starting to make a comeback. Pegu Club, which is one of those hallmark bars of the Cocktail Renaissance, is also celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. A lot of things started to seem connected and I felt it was important to take a snapshot of how far we’ve come and record that for people just getting into cocktails.In the book there are four main sections, how or why did you decide to do it in such a way?After I talked to my publisher about doing this, I went through my archives from the past ten years to see what I had and how it breaks down. What did I want to come back to and what did I want to discard? The themes seemed to be: What are the drinks we’ve rediscovered during this cocktail phenomenon, what are the drinks that have come out of the phenomenon, and what are the cocktails that have provided a framework for creativity and interpretation.Related: Dropping White Isn’t Only For Fashion: Check Out These 5 Brown Liquor Drinks For After Labor DayWhich cocktails speak to you the most? How do you go about drinking?The book is an example of how I go about drinking. One of the clear lines that presented itself early on was, “How complicated do I want to get?” If you look at a lot of contemporary cocktail manuals you’ll see recipes for house-made bitters or complicated syrups or shrubs, and those things are fantastic—they’re lots of fun, don’t get me wrong—but in selecting the cocktails for this book I thought about what cocktails I’d actually make and enjoy making and going back to. Typically those are the simpler, more straightforward drinks that typically follow a classic format that you can recognize in books like David Embury’s Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, which first came out in the forties. I didn’t put anything in the book that I didn’t want to drink myself.Are there any cocktails in the book that stuck out to you while doing research as drinks that you may have been wrong about or had new revelations about?When I first put together the list of classics for the book, I put the Blood and Sand in there and I honestly had stopped having the Blood and Sand—my enthusiasm for the drink had faded years ago—and I came to think that, “You know, this really isn’t a good drink,” and people were in agreement with me. I was about to strike it from the list and went online and engaged in some social media research through Facebook about the Blood and Sand to see who actually likes the drink and could speak to why I should reconsider. Some of the feedback I received was eye-opening—people looking at it and tweaking it in different ways to make it much more approachable and much more exciting. In the end I kept it and added some of those different approaches to make it a little more exciting.What trends did you see in the cocktails you researched and where do you see cocktails going?It’s been interesting looking at cocktails over the past ten years and the avenues that we follow over time. There was a point maybe five or six years ago when the Manhattan and descendants of the Manhattan were really the things you saw in cocktail bars—they’re brown, bitter, and stirred. They’re white hot and bartenders were really showing off to each other and showing off to their regular guests, but then at a certain point they realized that those are all really strong drinks and they’re really not made for spending a night out on the town. They’re strong, not for beginners—really for cocktail nerds. So maybe we should start playing with other directions.One of the trends that’s happened more recently is moving towards refreshment and fun. We’re starting to see more bright and citrusy drinks. There’s also more drinks built around wines or aperitifs like the Sherry Cobbler or vermouth-centric bars. That’s fantastic because they’re complexly-flavored, very interesting drinks, but they’re also approachable. Newcomers can get around them, people who don’t drink much can get around them and you can build an afternoon around them.Blood and Sand (from The Cocktail Chronicles)1 oz. blended Scotch Whisky1 oz. orange juice.75 oz sweet vermouth.75 oz Cherry HeeringMethod: Shake ingredients with ice to chill; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weatherlast_img read more

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New David Suzuki Foundation CEO ready to seek legal right to healthy

first_imgVANCOUVER – A former official with an international humanitarian group is the new chief executive officer of the David Suzuki Foundation.Stephen Cornish says he is honoured to play a part in what he calls an iconic Canadian organization that raises awareness about pollution and climate change.Cornish served as the executive director of Doctors Without Borders Canada for five years.A news release from the foundation says during that time, Cornish increased fundraising activities by 76 per cent, boosted staff by 40 per cent and improved public recognition of the group, which provides independent, international medical relief.The foundation says Cornish’s immediate priorities in his new job include strengthening the campaign for the legal right to a healthy environment in Canada, deepening relationships with Indigenous Peoples and protecting biodiversity.Foundation chairman Peter Ladner says Cornish brings a global perspective to local problems.“The impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss and toxic pollution are among the most serious issues facing our planet,” Cornish says in the news release.“The decisions we make to address these challenges today will have a direct impact on our ability to survive and thrive into the foreseeable future,” he says.Cornish succeeds Peter Robinson, who served as the Suzuki Foundation’s chief executive officer for nearly a decade, and Andrea Seale, who served as acting CEO since June.last_img read more

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Trudeau chats with Fort Hills workers blames Harper for lack of pipelines

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTER His tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 780E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders.last_img read more

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With new album coming out Shania Twain joins The Voice

first_imgTwain is charting a return to music after suffering from dysphonia — a vocal cord disorder that she attributed to stress. She has had intensive voice therapy over the past few years to relearn how to sing.“I’m a different singer now,” she told Rolling Stone in a recent interview, adding that her voice is deeper. “There was a lot of coming to terms with that. It’s been one of the obstacles in my life I’ve just had to learn to live with.”Twain dominated the charts in the 1990s with hits such as Forever and For Always and Man! I Feel Like a Woman.She plans to release her first new music in 15 years later this spring, revealing she’s been writing new songs that reflect in part on her painful 2008 breakup with husband and producer Robert “Mutt” Lange.“Writing is my therapy and writing this new album helped me come to terms with a lot of things emotionally,” she tweeted in March.Twain remarried in 2011 to Frédéric Thiébaud. Canadian pop-country superstar Shania Twain is stepping back into the spotlight as a mentor on TV talent show The Voice.She tweeted on Thursday that she’ll appear on the show on April 24, to help coach young talent as they enter the final rounds of the contest.It’s a job reserved for some of music’s biggest names. Previously finalists have been coached by the likes of Rihanna, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Fired Google engineers suit alleges reverse discrimination

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A Google engineer fired for writing a memo questioning Google’s commitment to diversity has filed a lawsuit alleging his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men and people with conservative views, including supporters of President Donald Trump.The 161-page complaint filed Monday on behalf of James Damore and another former Google engineer depicts Google as an elitist company that shuns employees who dare to deviate from a liberal agenda embraced by its management and most of its workforce.The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court and comes five months after Google fired Damore for writing a 10-page memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber .” In that missive, Damore criticized Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for “alienating conservatives.” He also blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech.Damore, 28, says he submitted early versions of his memo to Google’s human resources department without being reprimanded. Just a few days after Damore posted the memo on an internal message board, it was leaked to a technology blog. Google fired him Aug. 7 amid an uproar among workers offended by its themes.Now, Damore and his lawyer, former Republican Party official Harmeet Dhillon, are retaliating with a lawsuit that puts a new twist on Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity — an issue that has been a prickly subject in the technology industry for years.Google, Facebook, Apple and their peers have all publicly acknowledged their workforces are out of step with the rest of society because they employ mostly white and Asian men in engineering jobs and other high-paying positions requiring computer programming skills.As a remedy, the companies say they have been aggressively hiring women, blacks and Hispanics, but they have barely titled the scales so far.Dhillon is hoping to use Damore’s case to prove that Google has set illegal quotas that discriminate against white men like Damore.The complaint also seeks to be certified as a class action that will represent all current and former Google workers who believe they were discriminated against during the past four years for expressing conservative viewpoints, a group that also could include women.Google said it looks forward to defending itself against Damore’s accusations in court.Dhillon said she has heard from dozens of current and former workers at Google and other major technology companies who say they fear being ostracized or threatened by managers and co-workers if they express conservative views or publicly support Trump — an unpopular figure throughout most of the San Francisco Bay Area.“You shouldn’t have to prove you didn’t vote for the president to get a job at Google,” Dhillon said.Damore declined to say whether he voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.Google never has given any indication that it fired Damore for his political views. Instead CEO Sundar Pichai said Damore had violated the company’s code of conduct “by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”After his memo was widely circulated, Damore said he was verbally bullied and threatened by co-workers. In an Aug. 4 email included in Damore’s lawsuit, a Google engineer wrote, “You’re a misogynist and a terrible person. I will keep hounding you until one of us is fired.” The email ended with a profanity directed at Damore.Google said it doesn’t tolerate any form of harassment.Despite his rancorous parting, Damore said he would welcome the opportunity to work at Google again. “I really believe I could improve things there,” he said.last_img read more

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Conifex sawmill workers in BC to take two breaks amid higher log

first_imgFORT ST. JAMES, B.C. — A leaner holiday season lies ahead for those who work at the Conifex Timber Inc. sawmill in Fort St. James.The company has announced a two-week curtailment beginning Monday and continuing until November 26 at the mill about 160 kilometres northwest of Prince George.A second two-week curtailment is also planned around the Christmas period.Conifex says it requires a 15 per cent cut in lumber production for the quarter.Chief executive officer Ken Shields says the curtailments are due to falling lumber prices, stiff export duties, increasing log costs and a drop in log quality as commercially viable mountain pine beetle timber runs out.Shields says the actions are an attempt to mitigate the impacts on employees as much as possible for 2018 and into next year. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sugar Industry in CasablancaSettat Tops Records Again

Rabat – The Casablanca-Settat region has recorded an estimated production of 1.5 million tonnes of sugar beet this year, raising production for the third consecutive year.Of the sugar beet harvested in the 2016-7 season, around 235,000 tonnes of sugar will be produced. Given that the average yield is 85 tonnes per hectare, this means that 14 tonnes of sugar is produced per hectare.By June 9, 840,000 tonnes of sugar beet had already been received by a local factory, thus corresponding to 12,000 hectares (60 percent of the total planted area), reports AgriMaroc. Approximately 19,000 hectares of land are used to cultivate sugar beet in the Casablanca-Settat region, which L’Économiste has revealed accounts for 40 percent of Moroccan production. The Regional Directorate of Agriculture of Casablanca-Settat has attributed the increase of production to a variety of factors. The use of monogerm seeds in all farms yielded both greater amounts and reduced costs, it said, while sowing seeds earlier than usual also benefitted production – 23 percent of seeds were planted in September, and 56 percent were planned in October.Furthermore, the regular and generous rainfall during the 2016-17 season aided the sugar beet production.The directorate also cited the successful collaboration between technicians from the government and the industrial group Cosimar on the supervision of agricultural projects. read more

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Libyans must come together and reconcile after Qadhafis reported death – Ban

“Clearly, this day marks an historic transition for Libya,” Mr. Ban said at UN Headquarters in New York, reacting to the reports of the death of the Libyan leader and the end of fighting in Sirte and other cities. “In the coming days, we will witness scenes of celebration, as well as grief for those who lost so much,” he stated. “Yet let us recognize, immediately, that this is only the end of the beginning. The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges.”Pro-Qadhafi forces and rebels have been engaged in fighting for months after a pro-democracy movement emerged at the start of the year, similar to the popular uprisings witnessed in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa.Mr. Ban stressed that now is the time for all Libyans to come together, and that they can only realize the promise of the future through national unity and reconciliation.“Combatants on all sides must lay down their arms in peace,” he said. “This is the time for healing and rebuilding, for generosity of spirit – not for revenge.”As Libya’s transitional authorities prepare the way for elections and take the many other steps toward building their new nation, “inclusion and pluralism must be the watchwords,” he added.In a separate statement, Mr. Ban paid tribute to the Libyan people for their steadfastness and courage through all the pain they endured, and conveyed the condolences of the UN to the families of those who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom. “Libya now closes a painful and tragic chapter and starts a new one based on national reconciliation, justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law,” he stated, adding that “the road ahead is full of challenges, but also opportunities.”The UN began deploying staff last month to its newly established UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ian Martin. The mission, based in the capital, Tripoli, will assist the authorities in restoring public security, plan for elections and ensure transitional justice. Mr. Martin, speaking to reporters in New York via video-link from Tripoli, said that today is indeed an historic day and probably “the key moment of the transition.” He said that as soon as the National Transitional Council (NTC) formally declares liberation, the path will begin towards the formation of an interim government, elections for a national council as a basis for a government with full democratic legitimacy and the drafting of a new constitution.“It’s the people of Libya who have made their revolution and it’s the Libyan people, with youth and women very much at the fore, who will lead on the way ahead,” he stated. “But they have asked the United Nations to play a significant role in assisting them.”Mr. Martin emphasized that, amid the celebration, no one should underestimate the scale of the challenges that lie ahead for Libya. He noted that there are many who have been bereaved, many others who have been seriously maimed and injured, as well as those who are traumatized not just by what has happened during the current fighting but by torture, disappearances and extrajudicial executions during the years of the Qadhafi regime. At the same time, he stated that Libya is a country now which has a very strong sense of the values of human rights, democracy, accountability and transparency, precisely because these are the opposite of what has been experienced for so long.“And it’s those values, United Nations values, that we will do our best to assist them in realizing.” 20 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides in Libya to lay down their arms and work together peacefully to rebuild the North African nation amid reports that Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi has been killed. read more

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Locust swarms moving towards Middle East unlikely to cause much damage UN

“It is possible that a small number of locust swarms could arrive in these countries,” said Mahmoud Solh, director of the agency’s Plant Production and Protection Division. “Countries should not expect excessive waves of swarms like in the Maghreb countries; there is definitely no reason to panic.”However, FAO called on countries to look out for any locust swarms and undertake control operations as early as possible.Locust swarms originally came from the Sahel summer breeding areas and moved into Libya on strong winds from the southwest. Earlier this month, they invaded northern Egypt and then made a dramatic appearance in Cairo, according to FAO.”Although desert locust control operations are underway in Egypt, there is a risk some of the swarms could attack crops,” said Mr. Solh. “But these swarms are highly mobile and crop damage is expected to be limited.”FAO said it is closely monitoring the situation to see if swarms will move south along the Red Sea to their traditional winter breeding areas along the coastal plains of southern Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. “If this occurs and if there is rainfall during the upcoming winter,” said Mr. Solh, “locust numbers could significantly increase in these areas.” read more

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Introducing the goeldi monkey

first_imgOther species in the House include the two-toed sloth, which spends most of its time hanging from branches and sleeping.The golden lion tamarin which uses its claws to dig for insects, spiders and lizards.The world’s smallest monkeys, the pygmy marmosets. Their tails are as long as their bodies and you’ll probably hear them before you see them as they make bird-like calls as they move through trees.The sociable Bolivian squirrel monkey is also there, ready to play for visitors.Images: Fran Veale/Dublin ZooDublin Zoo welcomes two-year-old, rare tiger THIS HERE IS Dublin Zoo’s newest family member.The female goeldi monkey arrived on Sunday and joined her pals in the recently-refurbished South American House.The House (now sponsored by Kellogg’s Coco Pops) provides a home for nine species, many of which are endangered in the wild because of hunting and deforestation.Goeldi monkeys blend into the forest so well that they were only first described in literature in 1904. The rare, dark-haired monkeys are from western regions of South America’s tropical rainforests. They feed mainly on fruit, vegetables, bird eggs and insects.last_img read more

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Irishfounded Stripe is worth over 9bn after a huge funding round

first_img John (left) and Patrick Collison Image: Pamela Littky/Stripe Irish-founded Stripe is worth over $9bn after a huge funding round The online payments company was started by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison. 34 Comments Image: Pamela Littky/Stripe 22,716 Views Share34 Tweet Email1 John (left) and Patrick Collison Friday 25 Nov 2016, 6:06 PM Nov 25th 2016, 6:06 PM Patrick (left) and John Collison Source: YoutubePayPal founders Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin took a stake in Stripe as part of a previous funding round.Collison brothersStripe was founded by Irish brothers Patrick and John Collison in 2010, when they were 22 and 19 respectively. It was valued at $5 billion on its last fundraising round mid-last year, when it raised money from investors including Visa.Earlier this year, before the latest company valuation, the brothers’ combined fortune was put at nearly €1.4 billion in the Sunday Independent Rich List.Stripe is based in Silicon Valley, where the tech scene’s voracious appetite for skilled staff has led the company to try recruiting whole teams at once from rival firms when hiring.It currently has customers in more than 110 countries and employs about 500 people. It has previously said 100 of its workforce would be located in Dublin.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Take me to Fora By Fora Staff STRIPE, THE ONLINE payments company founded by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison, is estimated to be worth over $9 billion after taking on another huge funding round.According to the Wall Street Journal, US-based Stripe has just raised about $150 million in a new fundraising effort.The paper said that the new equity injection nearly doubles the company’s estimated $5 billion valuation. The firm is now estimated to be worth $9.2 billion (€8.7 billion).The round was led by US venture capital companies CapitalG and General Catalyst. Existing investors such as California-based venture capital firm Sequoia Capital were also said to be involved.It is thought that the new cash will be used so that the company can expand more quickly and focus on new areas of software development.Funding roundsStripe has now raised a total of about $460 million through several funding rounds. The company designs software that makes it easier for website owners to accept online payments.Last month it was revealed that Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company, the country’s largest credit card provider, had joined Visa and American Express by investing an undisclosed sum in the startup. http://jrnl.ie/3103262 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Digipodus aureus une surprenante créature découverte dans le nord de la France

first_imgDigipodus aureus : une surprenante créature découverte dans le nord de la FranceTourcoing, France – Comme le montre la photographie illustrant cet article, c’est une créature pour le moins incroyable qui a été découverte par des promeneurs dans la campagne tourquennoise.C’est le 1er avril dernier que l’animal apparaît devant un couple de promeneurs médusés. “On n’en a pas cru nos yeux quand on a vu cette créature sortir d’un fourré” explique Richard Minogueszewicz. “Je ne savais pas si je devais avoir peur, cette petite chose ne semblait pas vraiment dangereuse, juste repoussante” ajoute sa femme, Claire.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuAprès un moment d’hésitation, M. Minogueszewicz s’empare de la créature, qui ne semble pas craindre l’espèce humaine et n’offre que peu de résistance. Confiée au Muséum d’Histoire naturelle de Lille, l’animal est étudié par une équipe de biologistes, lesquels vont aller de surprise en surprise. “Il mesure environ 35 centimètres de long et 25 de haut. Il a six pattes, qui ressemblent étrangement à des mains, et il semble ainsi marcher sur ses doigts [d’où son nom latin, ndlr]. Ses deux queues sont également très semblables à des index. Son museau a quant à lui la forme d’un pied, et une sorte d’auriculaire dépasse de chaque narine. Le corps est presque entièrement dépourvu de poils, mis à part dans le cou et sur le sommet du crâne” explique le Dr. Constance B. Spice, biodécouvreuse au sein du département de zoologie. “Autre détail surprenant : son régime alimentaire semble n’être constitué que d’épluchures de pommes de terre” ajoute la scientifique. Baptisée Digipodus aureus, c’est aujourd’hui 1er avril 2010, un an jour pour jour après sa découverte, que cet animal est présenté au public. Une découverte incroyable, voire même carrément impossible mais qui, la rédaction Maxisciences l’espère, aura réussi à vous arracher un sourire, comme tout poisson d’avril qui se respecte. Le 1 avril 2010 à 13:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Apple un objectif de 25 millions diPhone 5

first_imgApple : un objectif de 25 millions d’iPhone 5 ?Selon le Wall street journal, Apple aurait relevé ses objectifs de vente pour l’iPhone 5 à 25 millions d’unités pour la fin de l’année. Alors que la sortie du nouveau smartphone approche grandement, les fournisseurs s’apprêtent à démarrer la production. Les rumeurs sont de plus en plus nombreuses autour de la sortie de l’iPhone 5. Alors qu’une production de 15 millions d’unités était annoncée mercredi, il semblerait qu’Apple ait grandement relevé ses objectifs de vente. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé le Wall Street Journal, évoquant une production de 25 millions d’iPhone 5. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Selon le quotidien américain, les fournisseurs débuteraient ainsi l’assemblage des téléphones dès le mois d’août pour une sortie fin septembre. Un calendrier qui implique une cadence effrénée difficile à tenir, comme l’explique le Figaro, compte tenu de la complexité et de la difficulté de l’assemblage du nouvel iPhone, plus fin et moins lourd que les éditions précédentes.Alors que les rumeurs vont bon train, la marque à la pomme n’a pour l’instant fait aucun déclaration et maintient le mystère sur la sortie de ce nouveau smartphone, censé lui faire garder sa longueur d’avance sur ses concurrents. Le 7 juillet 2011 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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