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Racquet sports better for longer life: Study

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Nov 30 (PTI) Activities like tennis, swimming and aerobics have emerged as better sports for a longer and healthier life than football and jogging, according to a new study.Researchers of Oxford University found that people who played racquet sports such as tennis, squash or badminton slashed their risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by 56 per cent.Swimming cut the risk by 41 per cent and aerobics by 36 per cent. No such benefits were seen in people who listed football, rugby or running as their main exercise.”We think racquet sports not only offer the usual physiological benefits but also offer additional mental health and social benefits perhaps unique to these sports, Charlie Foster, associate professor of Physical Activity and Population Health at Oxford University said. “We had a younger group of team sports players and runners and we may not have enough deaths to see a difference at this point in time, another five years and we will know with more precision,” he said.”One theory might be the team players struggle to graduate to new sports or activities once they stop playing, so they lose the benefits of their active younger days,” he added.The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this week and conducted by scientists from the UK,Finland and Austria,followed more than 80,000 people for an average of nine years to find out if certain sports protected them against early death.It found that people who play team sports when younger often do not move onto a new sport once their teams disband for family, or injury reasons.advertisementThey become spectators rather than participants in their chosen activity.”There is a certain age limit to how well you can play football or rugby, or go running, to get the needed health benefits. People tend to move on from team sports to other forms of exercise when they get a bit older and their knees wear out. You cant store the benefits of sport done in your youth,” Foster said.The researchers believe that some sports, such as running or football, may also be affected by seasonality or weather which means participants do not keep them up all year round, which limits their long-term benefits.”These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health,? the authors of the study said. PTI AK AJR AKJ AJRlast_img read more

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IPL 2017, SRH vs RPS: Jaydev Unadkat hat-trick helps Pune beat Hyderabad by 12 runs

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant (RPS) rode on an all-round effort from Ben Stokes and a hat-trick from left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.With the win, the Steve Smith-led Supergiant vaulted to the second spot in the IPL standings, and almost booked their place for the IPL play-offs while the Sunrisers remained fourth after their second successive loss.Unadkat returned with figures of 5/30 from his four overs, including the hat-trick in the final over, which saw the dismissals of Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The left-armer also accounted for the wickets of the in-form Yuvraj Singh and stumper Naman Ojha to get to his five wicket haul.The left-armer was complimented well by Stokes, who first helped Pune reach 148/8 with a 25-ball 39, before taking three wickets to dent the hopes of the hosts.Stokes struck with the wickets of the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (19) off his first delivery before packing New Zealander Kane Williamson (4) one ball later as the Sunrisers lost their first match on home soil this season.Skipper David Warner (40 from 34 balls) did well to get to 500 runs in this edition of the IPL, striking four fours, including three off tweaker Washington Sundar besides clobbering Imran Tahir for a massive six.The Australian added 54 runs for the third wicket with Yuvraj (47 from 43) before Stokes returned to see Warner’s back with a short ball to be caught by Shardul Thakur at sweeper cover.advertisementTahir then jolted the hosts with the wicket of Moises Henriques (4) with a googly, which the batsman tried to cut but instead crashed onto the stumps.With the asking rate mounting, Yuvraj, who got a life on 32 belted a few boundaries and sixes to step up the gas and add 21 runs with Ojha (9), before slicing a short and wide ball from Unadkat only to land in Rahul Tripathi’s hands.Unadkat once again struck on the last ball of his over to pack back Ojha, who repeated the same mistake as Yuvraj did to slice a wide ball for Stokes to take a brilliant running catch.Requiring 13 off the final over from Unadkat, left-hander Sharma (8) failed to connect the first ball before holing out the second to Stokes at deep midwicket.The third delivery cost the hosts the wicket of Rashid (3) off a simple caught and bowled chance before Bhuvneshwar (0) gave Unadkat the hat-trick and his 100th IPL wicket on the fourth ball.Earlier, Hyderabad kept it tight at the beginning as Pune got off to a poor start. In-form opener Rahul Tripathi (1) was run out by a direct throw from Bipul Sharma from short fine-leg after he flicked a delivery from left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra in the fifth delivery of the second over and decided to run but was sent back by Ajinkya Rahane.Stokes took his time to settle in before deciding to tear into the home bowling attack as Smith opted to anchor the innings as he got two lives after being dropped at his personal scores of five and 22 by Bipul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar respectively.Bipul was carted for another six towards long-on in his next over as Stokes made his intentions clear. It took a faster delivery from leg-spinner Rashid Khan to break the dangerous looking partnership as the ball ran through Stokes’ defence, with Pune at 99/3 in 14.3 overs.Medium pacer Siddharth Kaul dealt two big blows to the visitors by getting rid of Smith and Daniel Christian (4). While Smith was caught by Bipul at short third man, Christian was holed out at long-on by Rashid.Later, Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed flashes of his old devastating self as he bludgeoned medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two sixes and a four in the 19th over. He bagged another four against Kaul in the final over.last_img read more

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Benzema wants to retire at Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid Benzema wants to retire at Real Madrid Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:06 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) karim benzema - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Karim Benzema Deportivo Alavés v Real Madrid Primera División Transfers The France international has signed a new four-year contract at Santiago Bernabeu, claiming he feels loved in the Spanish capital Karim Benzema plans to retire at Real Madrid and says the club have been “like a family” during tough times in his career.The striker has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021, by which time he will have spent 12 years in the Spanish capital.Madrid 6/4 to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Benzema says the European champions have looked after him during difficult runs of form and during personal problems off the pitch, which include his omission from the France squad since the start of a legal dispute involving Mathieu Valbuena, in which he denies any wrongdoing.And the former Lyon man, who turns 30 in December, wants Madrid to be the last club he plays for.”Madrid’s been like a family for me throughout the most complicated moments of my career,” he told a news conference following his contract renewal. “They supported me in sporting and non-sporting matters.”I feel loved at Real Madrid. I like Real Madrid’s football and of course I want to retire here. There’s no other club like Real Madrid. This will be my last club.”Benzema has only scored once this season but he insists he is used to criticism after playing at the highest level in Europe over the last 13 years.”The criticism doesn’t affect me,” he said. “It’s part of my life. It’s what happens when you’re at a high level. I’ve accepted it.”If you’re criticised, it’s because more is expected of you and I will work hard to make that happen. That allows me to continue at a high level, at Real Madrid it’s always like this.”A thigh injury kept Benzema out of Wednesday’s shock 1-0 La Liga defeat at home to Real Betis, which has left Madrid seven points behind Barcelona after only five matches.However, he insists there is no sense of panic in the dressing room following a run of three consecutive home games without a win in the top flight.”It’s not been the best start but it can happen to all teams,” he said. “I have faith, it’s just the beginning of the season.”We have seven points less [than Barca] but the important thing is that we are together. We are Real Madrid and we will fix things in the next game.”There’s no anxiety in the dressing room. It’s normal to lose; the best response is to win the next game. We are a great team, we’re united and we will work even harder. Defeats can happen. There are no alarm bells at the club. Now we need to forget the loss.”last_img read more

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Teekay Tankers Sells Two Vessels

first_imgzoom Nasdaq-listed tanker shipping company Teekay Tankers has entered into an agreement to dispose of two of its 159,500 dwt tankers, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The two vessels, the LR2 tanker Ganges Spirit and the Suezmax tanker Yamuna Spirit, were sold to Greece-based shipowner New Shipping Ltd.VesselsValue said that the 2002-built tankers were sold for a price of USD 16.2 million each.The vessels, constructed by South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, have a market value of USD 18.1 million a piece.Earlier in October, Teekay Tankers decided to exit the MR2 tanker sector as sold its final MR2 chemical tanker Hugli Spirit for USD 13 million to Norway’s Champion Tankers AS.The 46,900 dwt vessel, which features a length of 183 meters and a width of 32 meters, was part of the company’s fleet of 47 vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Cape Breton

first_imgGovernment is supporting two sustainable transportation projects in the Strait area that will help connect community hubs and promote active living. Energy Minister Michel Samson announced today, Sept. 8, the first projects to receive funding through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “These projects are great additions to communities across Nova Scotia and government is pleased to be a partner with community groups, municipalities and volunteers,” said Mr. Samson. “It’s initiatives like these that provide residents with safe and ready access to community hubs and facilities, and encourage visitors to seek out local attractions and activities.” The Hero Trail Connector, a 1.2-kilometre multi-use path, will be constructed from one end of Port Hawkesbury to the newly developed community park, which features sports fields, tennis courts, a new playground and a community garden. The multi-use path will provide the elementary school students at Tamarac Education Centre safe and easy access to the playground. Government is providing $15,000 for this project. The remaining $15,000 will come from the Town of Port Hawkesbury and the Strait Area Trails Association, which is leading the project. “The Hero Trail Connector has been designed for children and families,” said Mr. Larry MacKeigan, executive director, Strait Area Trails Association. “We are confident this important piece of infrastructure will encourage residents and visitors to get out and enjoy our community’s active living opportunities.” Mr. Samson also announced support for the Old Boudreauville Road trail, which connects Petit de Grat with its main community facilities. Government is providing $1,700 for new signage to encourage more community members and tourists to use the trail as an alternative method of active transportation. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2016. For more information, visit the sustainable transportation page at http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .last_img read more

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Charles Barkley Inspires Students to Learn Importance of AfricanAmerican History and Civic

first_imgHall of Fame basketball player, Emmy Award winning studio analyst, and author Charles Barkley, along with leading education technology provider EVERFI, Inc., today announced a partnership to power a new African-American history initiative for high school students throughout the states of Alabama and Mississippi.The course will engage tens of thousands of students in the Mississippi Delta region, which includes Barkley’s hometown of Leeds, Alabama, all at no cost to students, their schools or school districts. Additionally, as part of this new partnership, Charles’s production company Round Mound Media will create short-form filmed documentary content for the 306 course, in conjunction with Los Angeles-based creative and production agency Wondros, designed for students to further explore key moments and topics in specific to their states, beginning with Alabama.“I was born and raised in rural Alabama at the dawn of the Civil Rights era, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to American heroes like Medgar Evers, John Lewis, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ,” said Charles Barkley. “Every child in my home state should have the keys to knowledge of their history so they can achieve great things in their own lives. This initiative helps accomplish that.”The 306: African-American History digital course immerses students in a journey in which they learn about the incredible contributions that African-Americans have made in every fabric of American life including public service, the sciences, academia, and the world of the arts, music, and sports. The course is framed to teach the importance of civic engagement so that students develop into future community leaders.EVERFI administered survey questions to students across 28 states who took EVERFI’s 306 — African-American History course and discovered the students who think learning about African-American history is important are also more likely to say they intend to vote.“Even in today’s advanced technological world, it’s rare that teachers have the adequate tools to bring to life the stories of pride, perseverance, and leadership that are so prevalent throughout African-American history,” said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson. “We’re incredibly excited to work with Charles to offer this digital initiative that makes African-American history readily accessible and allows students in the Mississippi Delta to reimagine how they see themselves through the lens of history.”Since it’s development, EVERFI’s 306 -African American History course has already reached nearly 100,000 students across the country, including over 17,000 in Alabama and Mississippi. The online course is filled with stories of inspirational civic leaders that overcame adversity to make contributions to society both then and now. These inspirational stories, shared through influential primary texts and compelling vignettes, build shared values and teach youth the importance of active citizenship.last_img read more

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Bombardier wins surprising victory over Boeing

first_imgMONTREAL (NEWS 1130) – Bombardier Inc. won a resounding victory Friday when the U.S. International Trade Commission eliminated nearly 300 per cent in duties on its C Series commercial jet by unanimously voting against a petition filed by Boeing Co.Commissioners voted 4-0 that Boeing didn’t suffer harm from prospective imports of C Series planes.“Today’s decision is a victory for innovation, competition, and the rule of law,” the Montreal-based manufacturer said in a news release moments after the vote was announced.The decision was a surprise for some observers who expected the commission would side with Boeing even though they believed the company sustained no harm. Even one government official said it wouldn’t be surprised by a loss.The decision caused Bombardier’s stock to shoot up to its highest level in three years.Bombardier takes off: +18% to $3.62 after surprise win over Boeing. U.S. trade panel says imports of C Series jets do not harm that country’s industry. pic.twitter.com/a9l2gHIuyd— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) January 26, 2018Bombardier also called it a victory for U.S. airlines and the American travelling public.“With this matter behind us, we are moving full speed ahead with finalizing our partnership with Airbus,” it added.Chicago-based Boeing said it is disappointed by the decision but will review the commission’s detailed opinions when they are released in the coming days.“We are disappointed that the International Trade Commission did not recognize the harm that Boeing has suffered from the billions of dollars in illegal government subsidies that the Department of Commerce found Bombardier received and used to dump aircraft in the U.S. small single-aisle airplane market,” it said in a statement.“Those violations have harmed the U.S. aerospace industry, and we are feeling the effects of those unfair business practices in the market every day.”Boeing said it will continue to document any harm to Boeing from illegal subsidies and dumping pricing.“We will not stand by as Bombardier’s illegal business practices continue to harm American workers and the aerospace industry they support. Global trade only works if everyone adheres to the rules we have all agreed to. That’s a belief we will continue to defend.”Boeing launched the trade case last April, arguing that governments in Canada and Britain subsidized the plane’s development and allowed Bombardier to sell it at unfairly low prices.last_img read more

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Cong likely to be single largest party Singhvi

first_imgNew Delhi: Asserting that the Congress is likely to emerge as the single largest party after the Lok Sabha elections, senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi says a non-BJP formation will get a “comfortable majority” and form the government at the Centre.Singhvi also claimed the BJP will face a deficit of 100-120 seats after suffering losses in various states and will not be able to compensate for the seats lost in those states. “I have no doubt a non-BJP multi-party group will be in power after May 23. The exact complexion and numbers of that need not be talked about now,” he told PTI in an interview. Asked if there is a possibility of a hung Parliament this time, Singhvi said there will be a “comfortable majority” of a non-BJP formation. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”I agree it is difficult to say that a single party will have a majority. There will be a very, very comfortable majority for pre-poll and post-poll alliance partners which are non-BJP, non-NDA,” Singhvi asserted. On whether there is a possibility of the Congress being the single largest party, the Rajya Sabha MP said, “Since I think I would be exaggerating if I said that a single party would get a complete majority by itself. I think it is fair statement to make that the Congress is likely to be clearly the single largest party.” Asserting that the BJP will suffer huge losses electorally as compared with last time, Singhvi said a party which had a “Modi wave and a strike rate of 90 per cent plus in 11 states” cannot improve on its performance this time in those states. Even if it comes down by 50 per cent from its previous showing in those states, there will be “no compensatory states”, he asserted. There is a swathe of territory — Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu — where the BJP will hardly have any seats, including its allies like AIADMK, Singhvi said. There is also no compensation available in states from the northeast where the citizenship bill has had a lot if resonance against the BJP,” he said. PTIlast_img read more

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Football Rumors Barcelona Keen to Sign Nelson Semedo

Rabat – Portuguese footballer, Nelson Semedo, is the subject of heavy rumors that he is leaving his current team, Sport Lisboa e Benfica, for Barcelona this summer.According to Portuguese sports platform, A Bola, Barcelona and Benfica have already held talk regarding the youngster.The 23-year-old footballer’s release clause with his current team stipulates 60 million euros. Interestingly, the club’s president, Luis Filipe Vieira, wants only 50 EUR million to release the player. Two International teams, namely Bayern Munich and Manchester United, have also expressed interest in signing Semedo.Barcelona is desperate to sign as many right-backs and midfielders as possible to promote its defense and midfield services.

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Fire onboard Mihin Air

“On initial and preliminary investigation it was determined that no damage or indication of a smoke was found in the cargo area concerned. As such, at this point of time it is the opinion of the investigation team that the smoke indication was a false warning,” Mihin Lanka said.The airline is the only budget airline in Sri Lanka and is owned by the Sri Lankan government which also operates the national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines. The aircraft then made a u-turn and returned to Colombo and made an emergency landing at the international airport. Meanwhile Mihin Lanka said that its operations were not disrupted as a result of the fire and its flights were operating as scheduled. A Mihin Air passenger flight heading to Indonesia made an emergency landing at the Bandaranaika International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning after a fire broke out on board the plane.The Mihin Air budget airline had just departed the Bandaranaika International Airport and was heading to Jakarta when the fire was reported in the plane. Mihin Air flies mostly to Asian destinations as well as to the Middle East.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

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New Zealand troops begin repatriation from UN mission in TimorLeste

In a formal ceremony in Suai District, at which a monument was unveiled to honour the contributions of the New Zealand battalion, the Thai battalion along with a Singapore rifle company and Singapore aviation assumed responsibility for the border post.The hand-over ceremony was attended by President Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and other government officials, the deputy head of the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), Sukehiro Hasegawa, and New Zealand’s Minister of Defence, Mark Burton.President Gusmão praised New Zealand’s commitment to Timor-Leste, acknowledging that out of a relatively small National Defence Force, the country has had 646 of its troops committed as peacekeepers. He also paid special tribute to Pvt. Leonard Manning, who was killed while serving in East Timor in July 2000, saying, “We shall not forget his sacrifice.” The President went on to thank Private Manning’s family, which led a campaign to raise funds to build schools and help educate children in Suai.Mr. Hasegawa cited the significant role of the New Zealand battalion in maintaining a calm and secure border area and in facilitating the return of refugees coming across from West Timor. He also praised “the compassion and devotion” the New Zealanders have shown toward the Timorese people, including helping in the “rebuilding of schools, clinics, water supply points and of a market.”The first troops from New Zealand arrived in East Timor in September 1999 as part of the international force (INTERFET). Since then, the battalion has been operating in an area of over 1,200 square kilometres of very rugged terrain, with 80 kilometres along the Tactical Control Line at the border with Indonesian West Timor.The troops will complete their repatriation from Timor-Leste on 19 November. read more

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UN envoy set to launch longerterm humanitarian appeal for Côte dIvoire

Meeting with senior government officials and members of the UN Country team today, Carolyn McAskie, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Humanitarian Envoy for the Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, kicked off an eight-day mission to evaluate the current humanitarian situation and launch a new humanitarian appeal for that country. On Friday, Ms. McAskie is scheduled to visit the country’s volatile west to get a first-hand look at conditions there, and on Monday, she will participate in the launch of the UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal to meet basic humanitarian needs in Côte d’Ivoire and five neighbouring countries. This new appeal covers a longer term and is more comprehensive than the Flash Appeal issued in November 2002. Humanitarian agencies received 41.5 per cent of the $22 million in funding required under that Appeal. As the Envoy’s assessment mission gets underway, the UN estimates that 750,000 Ivorians have been displaced since fighting between rebels and the Ivoirian Government broke out last September. The ensuing unrest, marked by ethnic clashes, grave human rights violations and violent civil protests over a French-brokered power-sharing accord, were the focus of a similar West African mission Ms. McAskie undertook in January, which included Côte d’Ivoire as well as Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Mali. She returns to the region amid reports that the resources of families hosting the displaced are gradually being overwhelmed as fighting has caused Côte d’Ivoire’s economy – once the engine of West Africa – to stagnate. The conflict has forced migrant workers from neighbouring countries to flee, compounding the region’s economic slowdown. While there have been positive signs that a peace accord is taking root, reports of human rights abuses against civilians continue to come in, particularly from the west of the country. read more

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New members – July 2017

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Grenfell Tower fireproof cladding was downgraded to save £293k

first_img“I think we can’t be certain that what we know now is any better than what we knew two weeks ago,” he said.The Tory peer said the tests focused on the core of the panel, which is sandwiched between aluminium plates, rather than the panel as a whole – including the metal skin.”On those panels they will fail because the thing that is being tested at the request of the experts isn’t the right thing to test,” he said. “We need to test the whole panel.” “The tests are not testing the fire safety of the panels, they are testing what the core of the panel is made from. That’s not what the test needs to be.” There is no suggestion that a deliberate decision was made to cut fire safety at Grenfell.The Times and BBC claim to have seen emails which they say suggest a focus on cost-cutting before the refurbishment of the west London block that cost £8.6million and was finished in May last year. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Local Government Association has claimed that fire safety tests on cladding from high-rise buildings are flawed and the Government needs to rethink its approach.Every cladding panel tested in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy has failed, but Lord Porter of Spalding criticised the way the examinations were being carried out. Lord Porter said tests should also be carried out on the insulation material packed between buildings and the exterior cladding panels.”They are not testing the whole system anyway because we should be testing the insulation. There’s more than a good chance that the insulation is probably the main problem, if it’s the wrong kind of insulation.”He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m saying the Government needs to listen to a wider set of opinions and not just the experts they have got.”The experts, they may well be right, but we can’t have confidence in that because every single one has failed across the whole country.”There are 17 councils where failure has taken place, there are 27 registered social landlords where failures have taken place and they have only just started testing private properties and 12 of those have tested… it’s up north, down south, Labour councils, Lib Dem councils. Fireproof cladding at Grenfell Tower was downgraded to save money, it has been claimed.Consultants for the refurbishment of 24-storey block were placed under pressure to keep costs low, leaked emails reportedly show.The documents show that non-combustible zinc cladding, which was originally proposed, was changed to a cheaper aluminium version that had the same fire rating. The move is said to have saved £293,000.The exterior cladding, designed to improve the look of the tower and make it more energy efficient, has been blamed on contributing to the rapid spread of the fire that killed at least 80 people. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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China gold Hurling Allstars put on show in Shanghai

first_img2012 winner John Mullane of Waterford in action against Patrick Donnellan, Clare at Shanghai Rugby Football Club.Cork forward Conor Lehane is challenged by Kilkenny’s Brian Hogan.Banner star Patrick Donnellan prepares to clear under pressure from Galway talisman Joe Canning.Pics: Ray McManus/SportsfileVIDEO: Michael Murphy attempts to hit a ball through ‘Colm Cooper’s taxi’Michael Murphy dishes the dirt on his Glenswilly teammates A 100-STRONG delegation from Ireland headed for Shanghai this week for the 2013 Allstars trip.The 2012 side and this year’s winners faced off in the customary exhibition game in Shanghai earlier today.Umpire Peter Goff, originally from the Kilmacud Crokes Club in Dublin but now a resident of Shanghai, shakes hands with 2013 goalkeeper Nickie Quaid after the game The GAA GPA Allstars 2013 team. last_img read more

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What Star Wars OS X Weather Widgets would look like

first_imgAlthough it was “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” you figure that people in the Star Wars universe needed to know the weather where they lived just like they do today. And with that being the case, sentient beings probably used clever little weather widgets like most of us currently use on our computers or smartphones. But what would these Star Wars weather widgets look like?Enter Cristian Kit Paul, a graphic designer who decided to bring these imagined weather widgets to life. Using OS X weather widgets as a template, he shows us what a typical week of weather would be like at remote places in the Star Wars galaxy like Hoth, Tatooine, Alderaan, Dagobah, and Cloud City. And sadly while these widgets aren’t available for download onto your Mac, they are still fun to look at.AdChoices广告Just remember all temps are in Celsius. To convert to Fahrenheit you need to multiply the Celsius number by 9, then divide that number by 5, and finally add 32 (or just use Google).Hoth WW (500 x 386)Hoth WW (500 x 386)Alderaan WW (500 x 386)Cloud City WW (500 x 386)Dagobah WW (500 x 386)Tatooine WW (500 x 386)Read more at Kit Bog, found via Kottkelast_img read more

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Tow away with style

first_imgFrom inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business? Seven years ago I began towing for someone else and went back to doing mechanical repairs. My interest in cars saw me building race cars and I needed a form of transport for my vehicles. It was then that I decided to get my own tow truck. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Car enthusiasts/drivers then started knocking on my door and I thought, why don’t i become an owner/driver. This in return would provide me with the flexibility to work various hours. This helped me balance business, family and pleasure.Did your Greek Australian background help you or impede you during your early days?It certainly didn’t hinder my expansion! In fact, it was a great help, as a lot of the car enthusiasts were of a Greek background. The word then spread to friends and family which helped them with the language barrier. I have found that Greeks generally build a level of trust when communication is achieved.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?Efficiency, reliability, quality of service provided and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Every vehicle which I tow, I treat as if it was my own, and take great care and pride when loading and unloading. Even when I’m fully booked, I make the effort to meet customer needs. Various trustworthy colleagues are also called upon when available.How is business currently?Business is booming for I have built a reputation over the years and have a solid network of clients. This ranges from a variety of mechanics, different panel beaters, workshops, businesses and organisations which are dealt with on a daily basis. This also includes the general public through referrals. Word of mouth is also a great form of free advertising.What is your vision for the future of your business?My vision is to maintain my level of quality, expertise and service that I am renowned for. Everyone from big business, prestige cars, show cars and not forgetting the all important average “Joe Blow”. Meanwhile I want to continue keeping my family happy. Family always comes first.Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs? Like any job or business you need to enjoy what you are doing. You must be motivated and have a passion for what you do. If you do not have these qualities when running your business or in your job, this will show and will negatively impact on the service that you provide. In order to succeed, you need to work hard and efficiently. Build up that reputable service. I recommend starting with a cheaper truck, see how your clientele grows, as there is a lot of competition out there. Word of mouth is very important and will help you expand your business and open new opportunities. Finally, don’t give up!last_img read more

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Costco and Sainsburys are recognised for payroll giving schemes

first_imgArriva London, Costco and Sainsbury’s were among the organisations recognised for best practice around payroll giving schemes at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2016 on Wednesday 16 November 2016.The awards are designed to reward innovation and promotional excellence, and recognise an organisation’s sustained effort to grow payroll giving schemes.Payroll giving enables employees to donate money to the charity of their choice on a tax-free basis, direct from their salary.Mediterranean Shipping Company won the best overall campaign award, and Sainsbury’s received the best promotional campaign award and best sustained campaign award in the large employer categories. Other winning organisations include Cancer Research UK, Checkatrade, and HM Revenue and Customs.The full list of winners:Best civil society employer: Cancer Research UK. Highly commended: Tenovus.Best government and public sector employer: HM Revenue and Customs. Highly commended: Network Rail and Northern Ireland Civic Service.Most innovative campaign, large employer: Costco. Highly commended: EE and Moy Park.Most innovative campaign, medium employer: Arriva London.Most innovative campaign, small employer: Checkatrade. Highly commended: Opus.Best promotional campaign, large employer: Sainsbury’s. Highly commended: Capita and EE.Best promotional campaign, medium employer: National Air Traffic Services (NATS). Highly commended: Arriva London.Best promotional campaign, small employer: Balcas. Highly commended: McBrides.Best sustained campaign, large employer: Sainsbury’s. Highly commended: Network Rail.Best sustained campaign, medium employer: Mediterranean Shipping Company. Highly commended: Arriva London.Best sustained campaign, small employer: Checkatrade. Highly commended: PX.Best overall campaign: Mediterranean Shipping Company.Corporate champion: Ian Yates, UK region admin manager at Costco.Fundraiser of the year: Wendy Tapping, managing director at Hands on Payroll Giving.Rob Wilson, minister for civil society, said: “[The] awards are well deserved and a tribute to the fantastic work of so many to encourage payroll giving. Through their commitment, generosity and skill, these organisations and individuals are helping our charities to continue their vital work. I hope others will be inspired and follow their great example, helping us to create a Britain that works for everyone.”Adam Bryan, director of partnerships at The Institute of Fundraising, added: “Payroll giving is a really important source of funding for charities raising over £120 million every year for the causes people support. People donating through payroll giving do so on a regular monthly basis giving charities the long-term support and suitability they need to plan for the future.”last_img read more

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Girl injured in Orlandoarea shooting dies suspect spotted in Boynton Beach

first_imgThe two adult women deceased in this case were identified earlier as Eli Junia Normil, 23, and Nicole Guillume, 48. pic.twitter.com/x4tTCC14wv— Haines City Police Department (@HainesCityPD) April 14, 2019Investigators identified the adult victims as 23-year-old Eli Junia Normil and 48-year-old Nicole Guillaume.Cherizard is believed to be driving a burgundy 2011 Nissan Altima with the Florida tag GZNC82. Police said it passed through a toll in Boynton Beach early Saturday morning.The victims’ families have set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs. If you would like to make a donation, click here.If you spot Charizard or his car, call Palm Beach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward. UPDATE: We’re sad to report that Elizabelle Frenel, 6, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at an Orlando hospital before 11 p.m. Saturday night.Cherizard remains at large. Our next update will be on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/DoYvqSw40K— Haines City Police Department (@HainesCityPD) April 14, 2019 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A 6-year-old girl who was placed on life support after she was shot at an apartment complex near Orlando has died, raising the death toll to three.The death of the child, identified by Haines City Police as Elizabelle Frenel, comes hours after, officials said, the suspect in the shooting was spotted in Boynton Beach.Investigators said 38-year-old Ernst Cherizard shot Frenel and two women, Friday evening, killing the adult victims and sensing the girl to the hospital in critical condition. Officials said the child was brain-dead when she was put on life support. She was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

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