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The Hindu staffer dies in accident

first_imgThirty-two-year-old, Abhishek Kumar Dubey – who was working with The Hindu as a Senior Production Assistant, posted at Mohali died on Tuesday early morning after his bike was hit by a lorry carrying sand while he was returning from work.The incident occurred at about 1:45 am when Mr Dubey was riding back home on his motorcycle along with a colleague when the rashly driven lorry loaded with sand approaching from Kharar road hit him. The driver of the lorry fled the scene. The Mohali police reached the spot and rushed him to the hospital where he was declared dead. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children.last_img read more

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BJP pushes for J&K local polls

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday pushed for elections to panchayats and urban local bodies in Jammu and Kashmir as scheduled with Governor Satya Pal Malik, even as the two main regional parties, the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have decided to stay away from the polls. A Congress delegation led by its State president G.A. Mir also met the Governor “to convey its concern.”BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, who arrived in Srinagar on Tuesday, met Governor Malik at the Raj Bhavan. Sources said the two discussed “ways and means” to hold the elections as per schedule.A Raj Bhavan spokesman said Mr. Madhav shared his party’s views about the elections. Mr. Madhav also held a meeting with party leaders in Srinagar “for a first hand account on the ground situation”. Sources said he directed the party workers to “prepare for the upcoming elections”.In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the much-awaited elections for panchayats would be held in eight phases in November this year. These elections have been deferred on several occasions due to the unfavourable atmosphere since 2015.The process was hit again as both the NC and the PDP opposed holding the elections at this juncture. The parties have asked the Centre to clear its stand on Article 35A, which defines State subject laws and was challenged before the Supreme Court through several petitions, and dispel the apprehensions over its revocation. They have termed the ground situation “unfavourable for any election process as of now”.Congress unlikely to boycottMeanwhile, a delegation of Congress headed by its state president G.A. Mir also met Governor Satya Pal Malik. The Governor, during the meeting, emphasized the importance of empowerment of people through establishment of local self-governing institutions that will strengthen democratic framework at the grassroot level and ensure direct participation of people in the development programmes of their villages and towns, said the Raj Bhawan spokesman.“We held several round of meetings on Tuesday over the issue. We are moving cautiously over the issue and the final announcement will be made on Wednesday. The stand taken by the NC and the PDP is hypocritical. If the PDP was so worried about the special position, why didn’t Ms. Mufti resign over it when she shared power with the BJP,” Mr. Mir told The Hindu.The Congress hinted that it will participate. “We do not want the BJP to get a free field to win the elections,” said Mr. Mir.last_img read more

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Tales of the Shutdown: Fruit Fly Shipments on Hold

first_imgEven Austrian research fruit flies are feeling the effects of the U.S. government shutdown. The flies are unable to enter the country in shipments bound for U.S. research labs because border inspectors are on furlough, speakers at a Washington, D.C., press conference said today.The grounded flies are just another example of how the 1 October shutdown is affecting science, speakers organized by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) said at today’s event. And it is yet another blow on top of a decade of declining budgets for the $29 billion National Institutes of Health (NIH) and last year’s 5.5% cut due to across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, they added. ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi noted that in addition to shuttering experiments at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, the shutdown has canceled peer-review meetings and furloughed the 1300 NIH program officers who help scientists receive funding.ASCB President Don Cleveland of the University of California, San Diego, said his team just published an animal study on a gene silencing therapy for treating a form of Lou Gehrig’s disease that they now hope to move to clinical studies. 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Young scientists “are in jeopardy today,” she said.Princeton University molecular biologist Rebecca Burdine, who also worries that the NIH cuts are delaying treatments for her child with a rare neurological disease called Angelman syndrome, said that “many” of her peers are “circling the drain” waiting in vain to receive NIH funding. “They’re slowing shutting their labs down and they’re leaving science,” she said.The fruit fly example came from Bertuzzi, who heard it from New York University fruit fly geneticist Ruth Lehmann. When Lehmann ordered flies last week from a Drosophila repository in Vienna, the center e-mailed back that it has suspended shipments to the United States because the closure of the U.S. Department of Agriculture means the flies cannot clear customs. “We’re isolating our scientists from the rest of the world” by preventing them from sharing reagents, Bertuzzi said.Kevin Wilson, ASCB’s director of public policy, said his group’s greatest concern is that NIH’s budget may be cut further in 2014 as part of new sequestration cuts. That “would decimate the community,” he said.Yesterday’s three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine, two of whom are ASCB members, have added their voices to the chorus of concerns about budget cutbacks at NIH.You can see our complete shutdown coverage here.last_img read more

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NRI Executive at Uber Told to Quit

first_imgAn India-born top executive at Uber was asked to resign after the ride-hailing titan found that he did not disclose that he had left his previous job at Google after a sexual harassment complaint. Related Itemslast_img

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‘Indian Tourists Rank Sixth in Terms of Spending in U.S.’

first_imgIndian tourists have been ranked sixth when it comes to spending time and money in the United States. They tend to spend more time during their stay in America as compared to U.S. citizens visiting India.“India ranks 11th in U.S. in terms of number of visitors but in terms of tourism export market, it ranks 6th because there is a trend of Indian visitors staying much longer duration there,” Jonathan Ward, the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata, said at the 6th edition of Travel East conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Nov. 23. “So an average Indian tourist tends to spend more during his or her trip to the U.S.,” Ward added, according to IANS.He pointed out that the number of Indian tourists visiting the United States has only increased in the recent years. This has encouraged the U.S. authorities to design a plethora of new initiatives to attract more Indian vacationers. The U.S. government wants to get in touch with tour operators to expand their knowledge about the tastes of Indian tourists and to attract more numbers in the future.Tourism data analysis reveals that while 38 per cent Indians visit America with the sole objective of business, 28 per cent of them do so to meet friends and family who live there, Ward said. Also, 18 per cent Indians plan a trip to America to spend holidays while another 16 per cent have miscellaneous causes for the journey.“The U.S. government has introduced a public private partnership named Brand USA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce that conducts tour operator briefings about different U.S. destinations once a year in India,” he added. “It also provides a certification program for the Indian tour operators that wishes to specialize in U.S. tourism and takes them to USA in familiarization trips to the U.S.”Despite the fact that Indian tourists spend more time and money in the United States, numerous challenges exist in the tourism sector between the two countries. Distance, travel time and cost are the main hurdles, that can be addressed by introduction of more flights, and increase in the number of direct flights.In a bid to attract more Indian tourists to the country, the U.S., government has opened many more visa offices in India.There are 600 private sector organizations, state level governments, cities, several airlines and hotel chains together working towards the enhancement of tourism. Cities like New York, (and states like) California and Florida have their own office in India that works in this regard, Ward added. Related ItemsTourismUnited Stateslast_img read more

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After solid debut, Prince Ibeh determined to give more for NorthPort

first_imgRondina, Pons turn back Japanese foe to kick start FIVB Boracay Open bid Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ibeh wasn’t that explosive in the offensive end but was a stable defensive presence for the Batang Pier with 19 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks as they won their first game of the conference, 103-81, against Alaska.The 24-year-old center said he expects more from himself, echoing what his head coach Pido Jarencio said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I want to see more from myself, my expectations are higher than the performance I had today,” said Ibeh Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Jarencio said Ibeh, who stands at 6-foot-10, was already an intimidating presence underneath and he believes his young reinforcement can still improve as the conference goes. “He’s intimidating inside with his long arms and he’s getting those rebounds,” said Jarencio in Filipino. “When you give him a drop pass he can finish and I think he’ll still improve.”“I can see what he can do for the team and that’s what’s important. His rebounding is the number one thing for us, second is his presence and that is the intimidation factor. Last is he can finish underneath no matter how he gets the ball,” added Jarencio.Ibeh said his main goal during the game against the Aces was give it everything on defense while also being careful with his fouls.“I was just really trying to focus on maintaining a high-level effort and staying solid defensively and I was kind of watching my fouls,” said Ibeh who got called with just two fouls in 40 minutes of play.“When I’m on the floor it’s going to be a different story in terms of opposing teams getting easy baskets,” added Ibeh. “Whatever they run I know I have the ability to take them out of that especially if their import is their focal point. That’s something I pride myself in.”ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—NorthPort big man Prince Ibeh is eager to prove that he can still be better for the Batang Pier in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Maria Sharapova denied wildcard entry into French Open

first_imgMaria Sharapova’s hopes of a dream return from doping exile to a third French Open crown were shattered on Tuesday when the Russian was surprisingly refused a wild card by organisers.The 30-year-old, who conquered all on the Parisian clay in 2012 and 2014 but whose career was rocked by a 15-month doping ban last year, was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the year’s second grand slam tournament.After only returning to the circuit last month, Sharapova’s ranking, now at 211, was not high enough to warrant an automatic place in the Roland Garros main draw which starts on May 28, or the qualifying event held the week before.It meant she needed a favour from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) but in an unexpected development, especially as the French Open is already without pregnant Serena Williams and resting Roger Federer, it took a moral stand that will please some of her rivals but could hit the tournament’s ratings.”You can get a wild card when you return from injury but you cannot get a wild card when returning from a doping suspension,” FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said during a news conference broadcast live on Facebook.”I appreciate the media impact of Maria, I appreciate the broadcasters’ expectations but in conscience, it was not possible to go beyond the anti-doping code and beyond the application of the rules…”I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans,” added Giudicelli. “They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it’s my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game.”advertisementWTA chief executive Steve Simon later released a statement conceding that while wild cards were issued at the “sole discretion” of tournaments he disagreed with “the basis put forward by the FFT for their decision”.”She has complied with the sanction imposed by CAS,” he said.”The tennis anti-doping program (TADP) is a uniform effort supported by the Grand Slams, WTA, ITF and ATP.”There are no grounds for any member of the TADP to penalize any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters.”Giudicelli dropped the bombshell shortly before Sharapova, who tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, was due to face Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Italian Open in Rome.WIMBLEDON DILEMMAThe bold decision of the French federation now throws the ball in the court of Wimbledon, who will face a similarly difficult decision when they announce their wild cards on June 20. Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, will need a wild card to get straight into the main draw at the All England Club.She could have saved them that dilemma by reaching the semi-finals in Rome to boost her ranking but withdrew injured from her match with Lucic-Baroni to complete a bad night.At least Sharapova is guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying event thanks to her first-round win on Monday.Sharapova stunned the sporting world last year when she stood up in a Los Angeles hotel to say that she had failed a doping test for meldonium — a drug that she said she had ‘legally’ taken throughout her career to treat medical conditions.Her explanation was that she had not realised it had been added to WADA’s banned list a few weeks earlier.The five-times grand slam champion, one of the sport’s biggest names and whose $36 million in prize money is dwarfed by her off-court earnings, was initially banned for two years.However, after an appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found she was not an “intentional doper” and reduced the suspension to 15 months.”While it’s true that the CAS has reduced her sanction, it is still a violation of the tennis anti-doping program,” Giudicelli said.”It is not for me to question that (CAS) decision.”Sharapova’s return has been rocky and several leading players have criticised tournament directors at WTA events in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome for offering her a wild card, arguing that she should be awarded no special treatment.last_img read more

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Asia Cup is just the foundation, more to come: Harendra

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryNew Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) Harendra Singh has a penchant for delivering results whenever entrusted with an assignment and has now set his sights at bigger goals after guiding the Indian womens team to Asia Cup triumph after 13 long years.The chief coach feels that it is just the beginning as the womens team embark on a more difficult journey in 2018, which includes Commonwealth Games in Australia as well as Asian Games in Indonesia apart from the big-ticket World Cup in England. Harendra already has his targets in place.”The Asia Cup is just the foundation, we have to achieve much more. The year 2018 is very crucial for Indian womens hockey. We have three important tournaments — Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Cup and I expect minimum 2 medals out of this three tournaments,” Harendra told PTI during an exclusive interaction.By his own admission, he had barely watched womens hockey, leave aside coaching a side, but the Asia Cup title after a hiatus of 13 years in Kakamigahara, Japan yesterday made him believe that “nothing is impossible” in the world of sport.”I dont remember whether I had followed womens hockey closely before the Hockey World League (HWL) Semifinals in Johannesburg earlier this year,” Harendra was candid in his confession.But for someone who has been associated with national teams over the years, Harendra was confident that he could deliver in womens hockey too.”I knew I can deliver in womens hockey also. I can make a significant contribution for the Indian womens team,” he said.advertisementKnown to be an astute tactician, Harendra had also coached the Indian junior mens hockey team to World Cup gold in Lucknow, last year.”For a coach, every tournament is important. The Junior World Cup win and the Asia Cup title with the girls are completely different,” Harendra did not want to compare the two victories.But he did put things into perspective.”I had three years to prepare the junior mens team while I prepared the girls in just 23-24 days. So the satisfaction of both the wins are different. (But) I am never satisfied.”Harendra has always been an obsessive coach, always hungry for results.The hunger, though, can be gauged from the fact that he never got the opportunity to represent India at the Olympics.And whether it is in charge of his employer Air India or any other national team, Harendra is never satisfied and always wants to return with a podium finish.”Any medal would do. The colour of the medal, though, will be decided by the girls. Nothing is impossible,” Harendra replied, when asked about chances of medals in three marquee events next year.Prior to becoming the continental champions by beating China 5-4 in the shoot-out yesterday, India had already sneaked through to the World Cup by finishing 8th at the HWL Semifinals in Johannesburg, earlier this year.But Harendra said having qualified for the World Cup on merit, the girls can now hold their heads high.”Since taking over, I just focussed on team bonding and worked on developing their confidence. They have worked towards that and also showed the world that they dont need favours from others. They can earn their World Cup berth on merit,” he signed off. PTI SSC KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur sanctioned for showing dissent to umpire’s decision

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has handed Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur one demerit point and a warning after he accepted a charge of showing dissent following their six wicket loss to South Africa in the first Test at Centurion Park on Friday.Arthur stormed into third umpire Joel Wilson’s room and questioned a decision to deny Azhar Ali a clean catch at first slip off South African opener Dean Elgar that had been given out on the field, but was overturned by Wilson on review.Arthur, who has also coached his native South Africa and Australia, was seething at the incident that occurred when the home side were 16 for one in pursuit of a modest target of 149 on a difficult wicket.He was officially charged by Wilson for “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match” after questioning the decision and left the room immediately afterwards.”After the match, the Pakistan coach admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee David Boon. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” an ICC statement said.South Africa eased to victory in the first Test after weathering superb spells from the Pakistan pacemen in the first hour of the day as Elgar (50) and Hashim Amla (63 not out) put on a match-winning stand of 119 for the second wicket.Also Read | Boxing Day Test: South Africa crush Pakistan by 6 wickets to take 1-0 leadAlso Read | Sir Alastair Cook: Former England captain knighted in Queen’s New Year Honours listAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

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24 years of Trans Tasman History

first_imgTouch Football Historian Cary Thompson has collated the 24 years of Trans Tasman clashes and is attached for you viewing pleasure.Related Filestrans_tasman_history-pdflast_img

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Supporting Active Living in HRM

first_imgHEALTH PROMOTION -Supporting Active Living in HRM The Nova Scotia government is lending a hand to trail developmentin the Halifax Regional Municipality. Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt, on behalf of HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald, delivered a $16,500contribution to the Second Lake Regional Park Association today,May 11. The investment will help the association construct atrail for passive use in the 700-acre Crown land reserve, locatedin the Sackville area. “The Second Lake lands are a natural jewel for the people ofSackville, Windsor Junction, Fall River and surroundingcommunities to enjoy,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The construction ofnew trails will provide an opportunity for residents and visitorsalike to get more active in this pristine setting.” The minister outlined the Nova Scotia government’s contributionduring the annual general meeting of the Second Lake RegionalPark Association. David Haley, chair of the association, welcomedthe provincial announcement. “This is good news for the many people in our community who careabout Second Lake,” said Mr. Haley. “We appreciate the provincialgovernment supporting our local efforts to promote theresponsible use of Second Lake lands for future generations.” In addition to this year’s financial support from the Office ofHealth Promotion, the Department of Natural Resources is workingwith the Second Lake Regional Park Association to design aprovincial park plan for the area.last_img read more

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Maliseet clan mothers to fight proposed mining project on territory

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Maliseet are raising concerns over a proposed mining project in their territory.The New Brunswick government recently approved the environmental assessment.But that hasn’t calmed fears over the impact the mine could have on the land and water.APTN’s Trina Roache reports a group of Maliseet clan mothers say they won’t let that happen.last_img

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Rogue taxi drivers beware Gardaí are clamping down

first_imgGARDAÍ WILL BE clamping down on rogue taxi drivers as part of a national campaign this weekend.Members of an Garda Síochána will be targeting taxis and hackneys to ensure they are in compliance will all Small Public Service Vehicles regulations.Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, head of the Garda Traffic Corps, said that as of the end of April there were 30,111 licensed drivers and 21,672 licensed vehicles in Ireland.“The vast number of these drivers and vehicles are compliant with all SPSV regulations, however there are some that are not,” Twomey noted.“This weekend we will target unlicensed vehicles or drivers, as well as those that are not fit for purpose or are in breach of other SPSV regulations.Not only do illegal taxis or hackneys affect the livelihood of legitimate SPSV members, but they could potentially pose a threat to any passengers that are carried. These drivers are unvetted and do not have the required insurance to carry passengers for reward.The Taxi Regulation Act 2013 introduced a number of licensing offences and other SPSV-related offences.Twomey said these regulations “will make the industry safer not only for drivers, but also for members of the public”We ask that every member of the public ensures that they only use a legitimate taxi or hackney every time.People can check that their taxi driver is fully registered by using the Taxi Driver Check App. Operation TaxiRules and regulationsAll SSPVs, regardless of their licence category, must:Have an active vehicle licence Have a tamper-proof licence discs displayed in the front and rear windows of the vehicle. (some vintage vehicles are exempt)Be fully roadworthyCarry the required safety equipmentNot carry more passengers than indicated on the tamper-proof licence discsAll taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis must have:A taximeter calibrated and verified with the current National Maximum Taxi Fare and connected to a printerA regulation roof signApproved taxi branding applied to the front doorsNo other signage on the front doorsNo advertisements and/or signs exceeding 1,600 square centimetres on any other doorNo sign that can be seen from outside the vehicle providing the name, details or logo of any industry representative groupPublic Transport Minister Alan Kelly said that the taxi market relies on “consumer confidence in a safe, reliable and high quality SPSV service”.“I believe that the new emphasis by gardaí on the taxi sector will ensure that consumers will have that confidence in the sector and the taxi drivers that do their jobs professionally will be rewarded by the market.“Enforcement is the biggest issue taxi drivers always raise and I welcome this move by An Garda Síochána,” Kelly commented.Related: New app lets you verify your taxi driverRead: Taxi drivers to face geography tests and tax monitoring under new clampdownlast_img read more

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Third major concert set for Croke Park this summer but its not

first_img By Fintan O’Toole A THIRD MAJOR concert is likely to be held in Croke Park this summer but it’s not going to be a second U2 date added to the schedule for GAA headquarters. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOCroke Park Stadium & Commercial Director Peter McKenna yesterday revealed that they are ‘very close’ to signing an act for another major summer gig at the venue, that will probably take place in June.It was confirmed last October that Coldplay will play at Croke Park on 8 July, while in January it was announced that U2 will play on 22 July.Despite speculation that a second U2 date would be added due to free days either side of that date on the European leg of their tour, McKenna explained why that won’t be the case.“We can’t get the equipment from Barcelona, which is their previous concert, to Dublin, in time to have a Friday concert. That’s the issue.“Then because their next move is (to Paris), yeah, it’s logistical hops.“We have three nights (for concerts in 2017) and we’re very confident of filling the third night although we haven’t signed anything yet.“It’s probably going to be June. We’re very close, but we haven’t got contracts signed. Anyone that plays here has to be a massive band so I’m just not at liberty to say.”After the controversy surrounding the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts in 2014, last year represented a success story for the stadium with Bruce Springsteen playing two sell-out shows and Beyonce also playing last July.“What it does do is it puts Croke Park on a world map,” said McKenna.“You’ve got loads of artists kind of saying, ‘Oh, if we’re going to play in Europe, we need to play in Dublin, we need to play in Croke Park’.“It’s a fantastic boost for us and it’s a great boost for the city.”The concert revenue contributed to Croke Park raking in €4.8 million in 2016 from stadium hire, an increase of €0.7 million from 2015.However McKenna raised future concerns for the stadium, principally the fallout from Brexit and the lack of hotel rooms in Dublin.He revealed that the estimated cost of Brexit to Croke Park is already ‘in the hundreds of thousands’. Croke Park Stadium & Commercial Director Peter McKenna Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“Anything that gives market uncertainty makes people less anxious to have marketing conferences and so on. Not Brexit in and of itself, more the uncertainty.“It (the cost of Brexit) would be in the hundreds of thousands, not in the millions. Say €300,000, something like that. Conferences that we would have anticipated coming across didn’t.“We have a sales team based in the UK and in the last couple of years we had been getting reasonably good business out of there, but in the last 18 months, that has dried up.“I think a lot of companies are pulling in their horns and are less inclined to invest in taking their message and their teams to Ireland.“Some of that would be as a consequence of the Brexit decision which came as a shock to many but also the availability of hotel rooms, which has affected Dublin’s competitiveness. That’s a massive issue, we shouldn’t be downplaying that.“Airbnb –  I think they have 4,000 or 5,000 rooms – is making a difference. People are becoming more comfortable using it. But it’s hard to use an Airbnb scenario when you’re bringing 250 delegates across and a coach picks everyone up in one location.”U2 announce Croke Park gig for this summerCalls to fast-track anti-ticket touting law as U2 tickets sell for more than €1,000 Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 6:03 AM Share122 Tweet Email 22 Comments 35,582 Views http://jrnl.ie/3217501 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Third major concert set for Croke Park this summer (but it’s not an extra U2 date) The gig will most likely be in June. Feb 2nd 2017, 6:03 AM last_img read more

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The Acropolis Museum is for all humanity

first_imgSaturday night saw the lavish launch of the new Acropolis Museum at the base of the Parthenon as well as renewed call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. The three million euro ceremony was attended by over 300 official guests, including European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura and foreign heads of state and government. The launch of the Museum saw renewed call for the Parthenon Marbles to return to Greece. Greek President Karolos Papoulias said Greeks think of the Acropolis monuments as their “identity and pride,” and renewed the demand for the missing marble works, displayed in London for the past 200 years.“The whole world can now see the most important sculptures from the Parthenon together,” Papoulias said. “Some are missing. It is time to heal the wounds on the monument by returning the marbles that belong to it.”A highlight of the launch were the digital projections into the Athenian skies which saw ancient gods and centaurs come to life, horses, owls and deer dance across the sky and statues of ancient girls blink and toss their hair. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Women gather to give big

first_imgAn amused photographer stood on a ladder, looking at the group of more than 100 women trying to organize themselves for a group photo. They crowded on and around a small stage Monday night at The Heathman Lodge, quieting their chatter only for a few seconds until they heard the camera shutter click.The photo commemorated how in one hour that evening they had collected $11,200 to donate to the Portland-based nonprofit Friends of the Children. A few women sitting front-and-center for the photo were holding the giant check.It was the first meeting of 100 Women Who Care SW Washington, a newly formed chapter of the national 100 Who Care Alliance. The alliance began in 2006 when someone at the Center for Family Health in Jackson, Mich., asked former mayor Karen Dunigan to raise $10,000 to buy 300 cribs for expectant mothers. Dunigan, who died in 2014, knew she could find 100 women who could give $100 each. The effort was so successful, she decided to do that four times a year, and then the idea spread across the country.If 100 women give $100, or a total of $10,000 each quarter, that’s $40,000 being invested in local charities each year. This pooling and siloing of resources from a group of people is called a giving circle. Rather than scattering money across the community, a large lump sum makes a bigger impact. And, the members feel more ownership over what they’re doing because they collectively decide how the sum is spent.“There is need here, and we see it every day and it can feel overwhelming,” said Katherine Morris, one of the directors. She emceed Monday night’s meeting. “This is where we can make an impact and we can see the impact.”last_img read more

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Spalletti speaks before Torinos match

first_imgInter Milan’s coach Luciano Spalletti says footballers might be losing focus during the winter transfer window because they are thinking on other stuff.Internazionale Milan is currently in the third position of the Italian Lega Serie A table.The team has won on 12 occasions, drawing four times and losing four matches.They have 40 points now, seven behind second-place Napoli, and 16 away from leaders Juventus.“Playing during the transfer window has never brought anything good to me. There are always many things going on and players can be less focused on the games,” Nerazzurri coach Luciano Spalletti told Gianluca Di Marzio.“Perisic is a very good player, of course, there are rumors about him during the transfer window. If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go through. He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far,” he added.“Cedric Soares? This deal was completed because of Vrsaljko’s situation (struggling with injuries).”“We needed a player to fill a gap in that position, Sime [Vrsaljko] is evaluating his options with us and Atletico Madrid. We will try to do what is best for him,” he commented.“Did we already sign him Diego Godin? The winter transfer window is not over and yet you are still asking me to comment on the summer window,” he added about the Atletico Madrid player.“I have players in my squad that read what I say in press conferences. I have to work with the players I have now, and it’s not fair to them to discuss about Godin right now”.last_img read more

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Figleys Blend Santa percolates kindness still

first_imgSanta Claus Rob Figley has left us, but Compass Coffee has brewed up this special memorial blend. Rob Figley may be gone, but all the good things he brought to Clark County keep percolating. You can still enjoy that special Figley flavor via Compass Coffee, which launched a commemorative “Figley’s Blend” for Christmas. You can even feel a little extra satisfaction in knowing that $2 of every purchase will benefit the Children’s Center, a nonprofit mental health clinic that’s getting ready for a big move.“We were kicking around the idea of a holiday blend, and one of my guys thought a tribute blend would be really cool,” said Compass owner Bryan Wray. He said he contacted Figley’s widow, Diane, to make sure it was OK with her, and to develop a plan to give most of the profits to the local children’s charity. How’s the coffee taste? Hints of red fruit, berries and honey. Sweet and lively — just like Figley himself.Figley, who died at age 57 in September, was a beloved community booster who became famous in Clark County for his amazing resemblance to Santa Claus. In 2012 he told The Columbian that he rose on the morning of his 40th birthday, looked in the mirror and beheld a cheerful, pudgy elf with a big white beard. “In essence, the clouds parted over my head and the angels came down and said, ‘You are Santa Claus,’ ” Figley said. His success as Santa Claus carried him all the way to the presidency of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas; he also was a Democratic activist and a fan of same-sex marriage who performed many such weddings, and was running for a county freeholder position when he died.last_img read more

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Mint Tea shuts down its cannabisfriendly tent

first_imgMint Tea, the Vancouver restaurant that drew a storm of media attention for its “cannabis-friendly” outdoor tent, has decided to stop letting people smoke marijuana at its uptown location.A representative from the state Liquor Control Board visited the store at 2014 Main St. after seeing news reports, said manager Audrey Logan. He told employees that Mint Tea would lose its liquor license if it continued to allow outdoor pot smoking at the site, Logan said.“Per the Liquor Control Board, we’re not going to allow cannabis use on our property at all,” Logan said. “We don’t want to choose between having a liquor license or allowing cannabis consumption at our location.”last_img read more

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Salman Khan reveals reason behind not romancing Deepika Padukone anytime soon

first_imgSalman Khan talks about never being paired with Deepika Padukone till date.Varinder ChawlaSalman Khan has till date romanced almost all the top actresses of Bollywood, but the superstar has not been paired with Deepika Padukone yet. It looks like not just fans, even Salman himself is keen to work with the dusky beauty in a movie.During a recent event, Salman was asked if there is any possibility of him working with Deepika in any movie. The actor in his witty manner said, “Actually, even I am wondering when will I work with Deepika?”The Sultan actor further said that while he is keen to share screen space with Deepika, no such offer has knocked on his door yet. Acknowledging Deepika’s stardom, he also said that there is no scope for him to work with her as of now.”Deepika is a big star, so it has to be worth her while to do a film with me. Right now, there is nothing. In Bharat, Katrina Kaif is my heroine. She will also be my leading lady in the third part of the Tiger series. In Dabangg 3, there’s Sonakshi Sinha. In Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick 2, I’m paired with Jacqueline Fernandez. So, if something comes up with Deepika, then perhaps,” Salman concluded.Salman has been busy with the promotions of his upcoming production Notebook. On the other side, his fans are eagerly waiting for the release of his film Bharat that will hit the screens this Eid. It has been directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and the trailer of the film will be out in April.Meanwhile, Deepika is in news for the first look for his next film Chhapaak, in which she plays the character of a real-life acid-attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. Being directed by Meghna Gulzar, the movie will be released January 2020.last_img read more

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