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Don Catlin’s ScienceLive Responses

first_imgLast Thursday, we hosted a ScienceLive chat on “Science at the Olympics” in which we asked researchers for their views on the new scientific innovations set to enter the Olympic stage this week in London. We intended to discuss prosthetics and performance-enhancing drugs, but unfortunately our blood-doping expert, Don Catlin, was unable to join us. Catlin is an expert on drug use in sports and a professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He founded the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, which is a national testing site for performance-enhancing drugs and is used by the NCAA, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. After the chat we sent him your questions about athletes’ use of agents such as erythropoietin (EPO), which produces extra red blood cells, and human growth hormone (HGH), which increases strength. He also discussed epitestosterone, a hormone that is almost identical to testosterone but does not improve athletic ability. It is used to mask high levels of testosterone. Readers also asked about the implications of biological passports that record individual athletes’ doping test results and the high-profile Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) scandal, which outed several prominent professional athletes for using performance-enhancing drugs. Below are his responses. Q: What new doping methods are you most concerned about? 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There are people who search for ways to use doping agents and not get caught. They are performing clandestine clinical research but they do not have ethics committee approval, and of course they do not file reports on their studies. Nevertheless the “subjects” provide details to each other that describe their doses, the dates of the tests, and the test outcomes. In one sense their model is powerful because it relies on human testing doses and results. However, it lacks controls and lots of features of legitimate pharmacology protocols. We do not know how many people are involved, but there is some evidence that mini-doses of EPO may be avoiding positive test results. Eventually a low dose will not provide efficacy for the participants. Q: Do you feel the biological passport system will hold up as a way of catching doping athletes? D.C.: The theory behind the passport program is very sound, and all physicians can relate to it because they use it every day in their work. In practice the passports are very difficult to prove drug use. They cannot rely on legitimate clinical studies. They do rely on huge databases, but outliers can be complicated. The response range of the human body on the relevant variables is huge. By this time I would have expected more cases to have been publicized. The people making the decisions must be very careful—which is no doubt why there are not so many cases. The data are not available for review. I have data from my own studies but not from studies being conducted by the University of California, Irvine. I expect that in time, passports will result in more defensible cases of doping. It is one more tool in the armamentarium of the antidopers. Q: Did the BALCO files provide any new information regarding the use of steroids and HGH? D.C.: It did not provide any new information to me. I had been expecting this type of doping for several years; however, when I spoke at conferences about the possibility it was difficult to generate interest in a theoretical possibility. The BALCO affair was exceedingly important because it proved, without doubt, that designer drugs, epitestosterone to normalize the testosterone-epitestosterone ratio, etc., was in fact going on. What bothered me then and now is that Victor Conte, the president of BALCO, was able to use a legitimate commercial laboratory to work out the pharmacokinetics of testosterone and epitestosterone. The lab should have alerted the authorities that one of their clients was involved in aiding doping efforts. I doubt that Patrick Arnold [the chemist who created the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone] knew that derivatized THG would break down in the injection port of the gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) instrument. That was probably beyond his chemical knowledge but it did prolong our studies of THG. Eventually, it required a major change in the way we screen for anabolic steroids. Now we use liquid chromatography-mass spectrometers because it does not require derivatization. Q: Do you agree that certain compounds/drugs/chemicals/vitamins should be deemed illegal for competition? Why? D.C.: Yes. I do believe that we should continue to use urine testing to enforce doping. I have thought about other ways to do that, but none will work. If we give up testing and allow all drugs, we will virtually compel athletes to dope because the drugs do enhance performance. If there is no testing all athletes will be equal again but all will be on drugs. Some will push the envelope and take high doses so there will be lots of adverse effects. We have to recognize that there are difficulties with urine testing. It is not the “perfect” solution, but on balance it is useful and better than the no-testing alternative. I believe that the authorities should do as much as they can to enforce doping control. There are probably alternative programs such as a volunteer doping control program. I also believe that the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] list could be reduced a bit.last_img read more

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Inzaghi: ‘Deserved Lazio win’

first_imgSimone Inzaghi praised Lazio for “winning an important game, I think deservedly,” despite also complimenting Milan for their performance. The Biancocelesti had not won this Serie A fixture since a Paolo Maldini own goal in 1989, followed by 11 draws and 18 defeats at San Siro. However, Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa scored either side of a Bastos own goal to secure the victory, putting them in joint fourth place with Atalanta and Cagliari. “We won an important game, I think deservedly, against a side that in my view had a good performance, but Lazio played very well and did everything to win,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia after the 2-1 result. “We had a few injury issues in recent weeks, but I remained calm, because the team was focused and believed in its football. We were just unlucky and I knew the results would come if we kept playing that way. “It’s a little premature after 11 games to talk about the table, but we are getting some consistency in terms of performances and results. “We must work to remove a few distractions that can still prove costly at the back. We were a little unfortunate today on the equaliser, as it hit Bastos and went in. Nonetheless, we’ve got to improve our preventative marking and knowing when to close players down or back up to regroup. “It was very important for us to follow the recent two victories, to respect a Milan side that had won on Thursday and I feel we did that. It wasn’t easy after the equaliser, but we wanted to break this 30-year taboo, especially as we won here last season in the Coppa Italia semi-final. “I told my players we needed more hunger and determination than Milan.” Inzaghi had been reportedly ready to quit Lazio over the summer, then there were reports of a potential dismissal a few weeks ago. “I know what football is like. I never felt in doubt, as the club was always by my side. I reflected over the summer that after winning the Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia, this team could still do better. I told everyone in pre-season that our duty was to raise the bar and improve ourselves constantly, because I believe in them.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Yami Gautam’s travel diary on her trip to Krabi is a poetic reflection of the destination

first_imgOn the west coast of southern Thailand, at the mouth of the Krabi river, lies the picturesque town of Krabi.This beautiful destination not only boasts of a paradisiacal landscape but is also home to several national parks, including Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Ao Nang, Railay, and Ko Phi Phi.What makes this destination even more exciting are the range of water sports which are offered here like scuba-diving, snorkeling and even yachting, among others.Thailand, particularly Krabi, has long been one of the favourite shooting spots for Bollywood movies, including the likes of Housefull 2 and Baaghi, among others.Recently, Bollywood actress Yami Gautam also reached Krabi for what she called a ”mini vacation”, during her visit to Thailand for work. And what she experienced at the destination was nothing short of unadulterated bliss.”The experience of it [the vacation] all fused as one is incredible, such that it teleported me to a state of mind that could only be described as a vacation while at work, and the occurrence of that is truly rare,” wrote Yami, while recounting her trip.What makes Krabi so special?Yami’s travelogue is a pictorial insight into the vibrant destination of Krabi.”As far as life defining experiences go – the mesmerising sunsets of Krabi makes the top of my list. How is one to resist the beautiful hues of blue, pink, purple, yellows and oranges that the sky makes possible each day?…Being a spectator of dawn and dusk is truly magical; add to it, a dip in the blue waters just as clear and reflective of the sky above which only gets better with the silence and intermittent gushing of the wind,” the actress wrote, while describing the destination’s scenic wonders.advertisementAlso Read: Yami Gautam stuns, paints the town blue at ICW 2016How did Yami spend her vacation in Krabi?From relaxing spas to delicious cuisine, the Kaabil actress enjoyed it all at Krabi. ”In Krabi, the day rushes past us really quick with a session at the most luxurious spas, leaving you boneless and relaxed akin to a jelly. This was followed by scrumptious food, every meal in Krabi was unique not only because of the way in which the cuisine was interpreted, but also because there were many to choose from – Apart from Thai – Indian and Italian cuisines, biased by my love for the same, seemed to be the next best cuisines I tried. I was also in love the sweet fresh coconut water, which became a staple while there, almost to a point of addiction,” wrote Yami.Later, the actress also visited the market of Ao Nang, a place that boasts of ”a variety of local goods, souvenirs, tattoo artists and massages.””Restaurants and bars up their ante with some having live performers who give you an understanding of their culture, of their roots and also their being with the performances; and you can never go wrong roaming the relaxed yet busy streets which give you a true sense of what vibe Krabi stands for,” narrated Yami.Travelling is not just about checking off tourist attractions from your bucket list. To acquaint oneself with the true essence of a place, a traveller needs to explore beyond the listed tourist spots, and that’s exactly what Yami did.”Due to a shoot we were able to explore the non-touristy yet beautiful parts of the island, those hideaways that are scenic but inaccessible unless looked for, there’s almost a sense of achievement when you chance upon these untouched pieces of nature,” the actress recalled.Krabi is also known for its waterfalls and caves. Describing the caves, Yami wrote, ”The spooky caves are eerie but strangely beautiful with their natural formations and patterns, the waters far and wide aided my lookout for a rising or setting sun, my eyes trained on the horizon. The speedboat ride to the location was nothing less than thrilling, what defines a vacation more than salt in the breeze and tangled hair.”advertisement”We also shot in the forest trail of luscious green which was what one would think of when they think of a retreat away from civilization, and the high mountains were with the best views, undoubtedly,” the actress added.Krabi: A perfect choice According to Yami, Krabi can be a ”perfect choice for a mini vacation.””It only goes to show that all we need to do is travel farther to unravel more. Thailand, more so Krabi, will now in my mind be recorded as stunning mixture of nature, peace, nightlife, culture and endless waters,” she concluded.last_img read more

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Heynckes happy as Bayern break at summit

first_imgBayern München Bayern boss Heynckes hails hard-earned win to secure autumn championship Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 03:06 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) juppheynckes - cropped Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern München Eintracht Frankfurt The experienced coach was delighted to see his side come through their trip to Eintracht Frankfurt unscathed as they extended their Bundesliga lead Bayern Munich will head into the mid-season break top of the Bundesliga after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt – but Jupp Heynckes is not bothered by the feat.The league leaders converted their only shot on target at the Commerzbank-Arena as Arturo Vidal headed home Joshua Kimmich’s pinpoint cross after 20 minutes.Bayern’s surprise lack of creativity in the final third mattered little, though, as they comfortably kept Frankfurt at bay, easing to a seventh league win since Heynckes’ return. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That win, combined with RB Leipzig’s draw with Mainz, moved Bayern eight points clear at the summit with two games remaining before the break.”I think the autumn championship is not so important,” he told Sky.”What matters is that we won and we were able to extend our lead. “It was an uncomfortable game against an uncomfortable opponent. The table makes us happy.”HEEEEEYYYYYYYYYY!!!! HEEEEEYYYYYYYYYY!!!! HEEEEEYYYYYYYYYY!!!! #Herbstmeister #SGEFCB pic.twitter.com/pIAe9Uc1ej— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) December 9, 2017For Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac, there was disappointment after a disciplined display ended in defeat against illustrious opponents.”My team has played a really good game,” he told a news conference. “We gave everything from the first to the last minute. We deserved more than defeat.”We showed that we can compete. That’s why we look ahead. The only difference [between the sides] was that Bayern scored from their only chance. We never gave up, that’s why I am very positive. “We will continue to work hard and hope to have a little bit of luck back on our side in the future.”last_img read more

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More Regulations Coming for Petroleum Industry

first_img The new regulations form part of the recommendations made by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) established to investigate reports of contaminated fuel or faulty gas in the petroleum market, which arose in late December 2015. “There will be quite a number of changes. We will ensure that if you want to play in this game you will have to comply with these regulations, and we’re moving with haste to implement those recommendations,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more regulations are being crafted to direct the operations of the petroleum industry in order to ensure increased compliance. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more regulations are being crafted to direct the operations of the petroleum industry in order to ensure increased compliance.The new regulations form part of the recommendations made by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) established to investigate reports of contaminated fuel or faulty gas in the petroleum market, which arose in late December 2015.“There will be quite a number of changes. We will ensure that if you want to play in this game you will have to comply with these regulations, and we’re moving with haste to implement those recommendations,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the second staging of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association of Jamaica (JGRA) trade show, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 9.The Minister advised that already, regulations have been instituted beginning with the signing of a Ministerial Order in 2017 that ensures that all petroleum products entering the island are tested and certified by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Dr. Wheatley indicated that the Government is seeking to strengthen the current licensing mechanisms and penalties under the Petroleum Act and Regulations “to ensure the appropriate enforcement of safety standards for the petroleum sector”.This includes establishment of standards and regulations for liquid petroleum gas, natural gas and other forms of petroleum products.Turning to other matters, Dr. Wheatley informed that the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Company Limited is in “the execution phase” of its 190-megawatt liquefied natural gas facility in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine.The project is being undertaken through the company’s subsidiary, South Jamaica Power Company (SJPC) Limited.“This project is moving on stream and on time and should see us commissioning the facility by June 2019. It is expect to cost some US$331 million,” he said.This new energy plant will allow the JPS to retire its ageing Old Harbour Bay facility.For his part, President of the JGRA, Phillip Chong, said the aim of the trade show is to develop solid partnerships with suppliers “as well as to bring some knowledge back to the retailers of what is in the industry today and the innovative items that exist”.“This year, we have looked to go beyond our direct members and (examine areas such as) how to build a gas station in Jamaica, the standards that are required and things needed for the enhancement of the business,” he noted.During the trade show, which was held under the theme ‘Honouring the Past, Embracing the Future’. Dr. Wheatley was taken on a tour of booths, which showcased product offerings from the automotive, petroleum and banking sectors.last_img read more

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Kejriwal for hike in Delhis share in central taxes

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Thursday met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and asked her to enhance the city state’s allocation in the central taxes from Rs 325 crore. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Kejriwal said he asked the Finance Minister to invest more in Delhi and the national capital would pay back in the form of taxes as it (more investment) would help boost its economy. “Three points were discussed at the meeting. I told her that Delhi pays Rs 1.5 lakh crore as taxes to the Centre, but has been getting only Rs 325 crore since 2003. Other states are getting more despite contributing less in terms of taxes. I also asked her to give Delhi Rs 3,000 crore of the Integrated GST, pending with the Centre.” Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Kejriwal, who met the Finance Minister at her office in the North Block along with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, said the Centre should also grant money to the municipalities. “Barring Delhi, the Centre is providing grants to all other municipalities,” he said. “I assured her the Delhi government will fully cooperate with the central government for the city’s development. I also told her the two governments should work together for the city,” Kejriwal said. Delhi Finance Minister Sisodia had earlier met Sitharaman and had made similar demands. The full budget for 2019-20 will be presented in the Lok Sabha on July 5.last_img read more

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BHEL bags Rs450 crore order in Chhattisgarh

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run engineering firm BHEL on Friday said that it has bagged an order worth Rs 450 crore for supply and installation of emission control equipment for a Bhilai expansion power project in Chhattisgarh. “Valued at around Rs 450 crore, the order has been placed… by NTPC-SAIL Power Company (a joint venture of NTPC and SAIL),” BHEL said in a statement. The order involves supply and installation of flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) system. BHEL’s scope of work includes design, engineering, civil works, supply, erection and commissioning of wet FGD system along with auxiliaries including limestone and gypsum handling system and wet stack on turnkey basis. The company has been a major player in this area for over a decade and was one of the earliest entrants in the Indian market for emission control equipment. The company is dedicated towards providing contemporary solutions for clean power generation from coal-based sets. BHEL stock was trading 0.88 per cent higher than its previous close at Rs 51.60 apiece on the BSE.last_img read more

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Referendum results made for a fantastic day

first_img“It was a fantastic day, absolutely fantastic day. Peace River North had a resounding turnout and a resounding no, to proportional representation. If I looked at the numbers correctly I would believe we had the strongest say out of the entire Province,” said DaviesBernier said, “We were the second highest in the Province with 85 percent. North Peace and South Peace were the strongest voices in the entire Province which I was hoping for,” Bernier goes on to say “I think Dan and I should, first of all, should say thank you to everybody that took the time to get out and vote and keep the same, this is very important for rural B.C. There was a lot of support by so many groups and other local politicians. Bob Zimmer was great, and he understood and supported this from the get-go, to remind all of those rural voices and our input is so needed in Victoria, and we did not want to lose that.”Premier John Horgan had the following statement which was not as enthusiastic as our local representatives on the topic of the referendum results.“This year, British Columbians participated in an important conversation about the future of our democracy.  People took part in the largest public engagement in B.C.’s history and gathered in communities around B.C. for town halls and discussions about how we vote in our province.British Columbians have now spoken and chosen to stick with the current voting system. This referendum was held because we believe that this decision needed to be up to people, not politicians. While many people, myself included, are disappointed in the outcome, we respect people’s decision.British Columbians are passionate about our democracy. I want to thank everyone who turned out to vote in such strong numbers and express my gratitude to Elections BC for its work running a fair referendum that engaged people throughout B.C. Since forming a government, we have been working to make life better for people. We’ve already banned big money and introduced tough new restrictions on lobbyists to put people back at the centre of our politics. There’s a lot more work to do, and our government is going to keep working with our partners in the B.C. Green caucus to make government work for people in B.C.”To watch the #trevtalks Episode CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local MLA’s are happy with the results of the referendum on electoral reform.December 20th, 2018 the results of the referendum were released with 61.3 percent of voters wanting to keep the current system in place, first-past-the-post. Both the North and South Peace Regions represented the strongest voices in the Province by saying no to a new system.During their Moose FM’s weekly talk show, Trev Talks, both MLA’s Dan Davies and Mike Bernier expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the results of the vote.last_img read more

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Morocco to Participate in US-Sponsored Flintlock 2019 Military Exercise

Rabat – More than 2,000 soldiers representing 30 African and Western partner countries will participate in Exercise Flintlock 2019, the biggest integrated African-hosted military and law enforcement training in Africa and the US.The exercise will take place in several locations in Burkina Faso and  Mauritania.Sixteen African countries will participate, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, and Mauritania. The US, Japan, and thirteen European countries will also join the exercises. Flintlock has been “U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise,” since 2005, said the US military’s Africa Command.It seeks to “strengthen the ability of key partner nations” in combating violent extremist organizations, protecting their borders, and providing security for their people.Read Also: CIA: Moroccan Military Spending to GDP Ratio Is 26th Highest in WorldThe exercise is also an opportunity for African and Western nations to collaborate on a multinational level for the shared goal of countering terrorism.Morocco is resolute in its fight against terrorism. The 2018 Global Terrorism Index deemed the country safer than Algeria, the US, and France.Morocco ranked the 132nd most dangerous country for terrorism out of 163, gaining nine places compared to the 2017 report when it ranked 123rd.The report showcases that Morocco has two strategies to deal with foreign fighter returnees: Deradicalization programs and imprisonment.The country founded a policy that allowed law enforcement to apprehend returnees for investigation and put them in custody in 2015. read more

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First flight of Bombardiers CSeries set for Monday nine months behind schedule

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email First flight of Bombardier’s CSeries set for Monday, nine months behind schedule by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2013 6:08 pm MDT MONTREAL – Years of planning will be put to the test Monday when Bombardier’s CSeries commercial jet is set for its maiden flight, nine months behind schedule.With the final on-the-ground tests nearing completion as of Friday afternoon, the aerospace manufacturer said it was “targeting” Monday for the first flight but that more precise timing would be provided 24 hours before the event at Mirabel airport, north of Montreal.The company says a morning flight is preferred.“This is a huge milestone for the Bombardier CSeries program,” company spokesman Marc Duchesne said in an interview.“We launched this program five years ago. This program is opening a totally brand new market for Bombardier — the market of commercial passenger single-aisle aircraft between 100 and 160 passengers. So it’s a whole new chapter of the Bombardier aerospace story we’re going to be confirming Monday with the first flight.”Bombardier has been waiting for the skies to clear, but forecasts call for variably cloudy skies, with 20-kilometre winds and 30 per cent chance of rain.Stands have been set up for employees and some suppliers and customers to watch the milestone event, which will be webcast live at www.cseriesfirstflight.bombardier.com.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) plans to broadcast a TV show, complete with panellists from the company, area universities and some parts suppliers. Officials plan to hold a news conference about an hour after the conclusion of the flight, which could last between 45 minutes and three hours.The world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer has a lot riding on the plane, says Karl Moore of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.“It’s very critical for (Bombardier) aerospace… On the plane side this is a central part of their plans going forward,” he said in an interview.The US$3.5-billion CSeries program is expected to generate US$5 billion to US$8 billion in additional annual revenues and help to raise the company’s share price.The plane’s two versions have attracted 177 firm orders from 10 customers, and total interest for 388 planes. Barring delays, deliveries of the CS100 are expected to begin in a year, while the larger CS300 will follow at the end of 2014.Moore said the first flight is largely symbolic given the years of computer and on-ground testing the plane has undergone, but it starts the clock to a year of flight testing.“At one level it’s a non-event because it’s going to work for sure. But I think it’s the symbolism of it and it allows them to go through that phase, get the data they need to go into production.”Flight tests will try to confirm promised operating and fuel savings that are key to the aircraft’s long-term success. Bombardier expects the partially composite aircraft will be 15 per cent less expensive to operate and burn 20 per cent less fuel than similar-sized planes currently in service.The savings are partially attributable to it Pratt & Whitney engines. Bombardier has had a little head start on its rivals, but the savings are less pronounced when compared with planned re-engined aircraft of its rivals.Moore said the lack of recent CSeries orders is worrying, but the first flight will be a key milestone to giving customers greater confidence after earlier delays.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said he expects orders will ramp up in the first half of 2014 after flight data compiled over about three months confirms promised savings. The greatest potential for new business will come once the plane is in service, he added.“Engine testing to date has been coming in better than expected and we see limited risk that the CSeries will not live up to performance claims,” he wrote in a report, adding that company officials have confirmed that order inquiries are starting to pick up.He sees Air Canada, a Chinese airline, Flydubai and Swiss Air as the top candidates to place orders. Spracklin said the CSeries is under serious consideration for at least 30 to 50 aircraft as part of Air Canada’s search for up to 100 new narrow-body planes to replace its Embraer single-aisle aircraft.Duchesne said orders should accelerate after the first flight and the company is not worried about the nine-month delay.“If you compare us with our European and American competitors we are in a very good position.”Fadi Chamoun of BMO Capital Markets expects the CSeries will capture 30 per cent market share or about 2,100 deliveries over 20 years. Since its launch in July 2008, the CSeries has captured about 23 per cent of the 770 aircraft orders in this seat range.“We believe that it will be challenging for the CSeries program to generate a home run-type return on capital for Bombardier given stiff competition and the sizable up-front investment,” he wrote.Embraer’s new E2 family of jets, particularly the E195 will be a challenger to the CSeries, Chamoun added.Airlines are reluctant to add a new aircraft type in their fleet, but the CSeries would become more attractive as it approaches entry into service and validates the industry-leading per seat costs, he noted. Bombardier has also been reluctant to sell many early planes at large discounts, arguing it only needs to produce 10 per month to generate a reasonable return on investment.Note to readers: Corrects para 7 to flight lasting 45 minutes to three hours. read more

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JaeSean Tate will miss rest of season for Ohio State mens basketball

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has three games against two of the nation’s best teams remaining on its schedule before postseason play begins. That task is difficult enough for the 18-10 Buckeyes, but it could get all the more daunting as OSU will have to do it without arguably its best player.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate, who has started all 28 games so far this season and is averaging 11.7 points per game on 52.1 percent shooting and has added 6.4 rebounds per contest, will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, an OSU spokesman confirmed Tuesday evening prior to OSU’s game at the Schottenstein Center against Michigan State.Tate, who Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch noted had surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder in high school, reaggravated an injury he has been playing through multiple times during Sunday’s 65-62 overtime win at Nebraska.According to the OSU spokesman, Tate received treatment on his shoulder Tuesday afternoon, at which point it was determined that he would be unable to suit up for the remainder of the season.The spokesman said Tate will have surgery on his shoulder Friday at the Wexner Medical Center.The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Pickerington, Ohio, native has been a fixture of OSU coach Thad Matta’s rotation in each of his first two collegiate seasons after averaging 8.8 points in 22.0 minutes per game during his rookie campaign a season ago.Tate has been one of the main scoring options for the Buckeyes this year, scoring double-digit points in 18 of the 28 games. That includes such performances in nine of his last 11 games, including 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting at Nebraska.An embarrassing moment for the sophomore came during the contest in Lincoln, Nebraska, though, as he was caught off-balance while slapping the court on defense late in the second half, which allowed the player he was defending to blow by him into the lane. As Jardy pointed out, Tate was grimacing and holding his shoulder after the play. He left the game, but eventually returned and stayed in for the remainder of the contest.Tate has been the most consistent player throughout the season and a strong rebounder and defender, despite playing undersized. In Tuesday’s game against Michigan State, it was freshman forward Mickey Mitchell who Matta tabbed to start in Tate’s place.After Tuesday’s game against No. 6 Michigan State, the Buckeyes’ next contest  — without Tate — is set to come on Sunday at home against No. 8 Iowa. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.Editor’s note: The story has been updated after confirmation of Tate’s surgery. read more

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Designer asked for drinks refund by jilted man after trying to let

first_img“I have been a bit of a date monster [before my last relationship], but I’d only been on one other date with someone else before I met him.”When I got the text, I was crying with laughter – I honestly thought he was joking. But then I realised he was serious.”Everyone in my office has been snorting and crying with laughter at the text too. People have just been like ‘oh my God, is he joking’ after seeing the message. My life does feel a bit ridiculous at the moment. I just think ‘why me?'”In the text, her one-time date expressed his adoration and disappointment at being jilted and admitted he had saved up to take her out.The text read: “Hi, thanks for your honesty. I had a really nice time with you and the truth is I’m a bit devastated atm [at the moment] having read your note. “I really fancied you and saved up some money to take you on a nice date; as it didn’t work out I’d be grateful if you could send along something to contribute for the drinks I spent on you thinking I’d at least get to see you again.”The total cost of the night was c.£85, and as it’d be too painful to receive the watch in the post and remind me of you I thought that you might be interested to know the cost of that was €20. Happy for you to do what you feel is right, especially considering my badly damaged feelings atm.” She said: “I had only been using dating apps for about a month, mainly Tinder and Plenty of Fish. I met him on Plenty of Fish and I thought he seemed really nice and normal, with a good profession as I’m a career girl and he seemed quite sensible. 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. Miss Brown decided to refund him, but not without letting him know how funny she found it all. Lucy Brown’s reply after being ‘stunned’ to receive a message from her one-time dateCredit:Mercury Lucy Brown's date message She said: “Am a bit surprised – how can he be so devastated about just one date? I only ended up with his watch because we were both messing around and he was wearing my hat, so in return he gave me it to wear.”When we both went to say goodbye we both forgot I still had his watch on. I decided to pay him the £42.50 back for my share of the cost, but I also donated the same amount to a donkey sanctuary.”I saw a post on Facebook about them and I think they are such a lovely charity and they post really funny pictures.”He has since messaged back and he put ‘I feel like the donkey sanctuary has come out better from this situation’. I just text him back saying ‘eeyore’.” Lucy Brown reply Lucy Brown’s date sent her his account details along with a message asking for money Credit:Mecury A clothes designer who tried to let a man down gently following just one date received a request for cash from him to cover the money he spent on drinks.Lucy Brown, 38, from London, was only on her second date after joining the online apps Plenty of Fish and Tinder when a three-year long relationship ended just before Christmas.Despite the date at a Clapham pub going well and Miss Brown thinking he was “normal and sweet”, she texted him to let him know she was not interested in meeting a second time.However, she was left in disbelief when the man replied to say he was “devastated” and asked for a “contribution for the drinks I spent on you”, finishing the message with his account number and sort code.After she had ended up taking his watch home by mistake, the man told her not to post it back because “it’d be too painful to receive the watch in the post and remind me of you”.Miss Brown’s reply informed the man that she had paid him £42.50 back and donated the same amount again to a donkey sanctuary, claiming she had never laughed so hard. The Donkey Sanctuary were delighted to hear that Miss Brown’s quick sense of humour would benefit their animals.Savanna Myszka, publicity officer at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “Here at The Donkey Sanctuary we appreciate every donation that funds our life changing work. We were very pleased to hear that Lucy continued to support the Sanctuary in such an interesting situation.”Miss Brown’s dating life has become such a topic of ridicule in her office that her colleagues even suggested she write a book about her misfortune.last_img read more

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Queen reproves offer of help to plant tree saying no no I

She has a fair claim to have unveiled more plaques, cut more ribbons and planted more ceremonial trees than anyone else on earth. And at the age of 93, the Queen has proved she is not only still going strong, but is positively enthusiastic. Offered the opportunity to hand over her tree-planting duties during a visit to Cambridge, the Queen offered a polite and smiling rebuke to tell her hosts: “No no, I can still plant a tree.”Wielding a spade with an experienced hand, she went on to energetically shift soil onto a hornbeam sapling, remarking: “I don’t think I’ve ever planted one of these before.”The Queen had been visiting the National Institute of Agricultural Botany just outside Cambridge, to celebrate its centenary. Her own grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary planted a mulberry tree on the site when they visited on October 14th, 1921. “And she said I don’t actually drink wine myself but I hear it’s very good.”The Queen went on to have a private lunch at Queen’s College University of Cambridge, where she is patron, before officially opening a new facility for Britain’s leading heart and lung hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital.   The Queen hands over her handbag to a lady-in-waiting in preparation The Queen at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany The Queen on tree planting duty Told that Kathleen Weaver had made a bowl out of the mulberry wood for her to keep, the Queen said: “Yes, that was very kind of you. It’s very nice, we’re very grateful for that.”Before the left, and with a wry smile, the Queen gestured to the tree and conceded: “Somebody’s going to have to plant it properly now.”Speaking afterwards, Dr Barsby said: “She wasn’t scheduled to plant the tree, it was just to supervise the planting. But she handed her handbag to her someone and seized the spade. “She obviously wanted to do it.” The pair also discussed English wine, a new crop for the NIAB, with the Queen saying she had some vines at Windsor.  “I told her that the official wine for the Oxford and Cambridge boat race was English sparkling rather than French champagne, and that English wine was becoming more popular and much better,” Dr Barsby said.  The Queen on tree planting dutyCredit:PA Jim Godfrey had offered to do the honours if the Queen didn't want to Jim Godfrey had offered to do the honours if the Queen didn’t want to The Queen hands over her handbag to a lady-in-waiting in preparation The Queen visited the National Institute of Agricultural Botany to celebrate its centenaryCredit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Given a tour by Tina Barsby, chief executive, the Queen was offered the chance to “supervise” the ceremonial planting while chairman Jim Godfrey got his hands dirty. Handing her black Launer handbag to a lady-in-waiting, asking “Can you take that? I can’t do both”, the Queen instead volunteered to seize the spade for three loads of soil.  Afterwards, as her equerry Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah discreetly took away the spade, the Queen spoke with the grandchildren of the institute’s founder Lawrence Weaver who remarked on the day “our grandfather and your grandfather” spent together nearly 100 years ago.  There was a moment of comic confusion, as the Queen remarked “Extraordinary isn’t it! That’s very interesting, yes” before saying of the original tree: “I gather it died?”“He died in 1930,” the younger Mr Weaver replied. “No, the tree,” clarified the Queen.  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. read more

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27 sports books to spend your Christmas vouchers on

first_img1. Heroes – the Best of Inpho Sports Photography(INPHO/Donall Farmer)Description: The sports photography agency celebrates its 25th anniversary with pictures and info (no pun intended) on some of Irish sport’s most memorable images.2. Tales from the Secret Footballer by The Secret FootballerDescription: Players, agents, coaches and managers are all interviewed anonymously by the Secret Footballer, with each providing intriguing insights into the modern game in the process.What the critics are saying: “The Banksy of the beautiful game “– Shortlist.3. Mugsy: My Story by Owen Mulligan and Orla BannonDescription: A look at the career of the Tyrone player, which covers everything from his take on sports psychology to his rivalry with Paul Galvin.4. Immortal: The Approved Biography of George Best by Duncan HamiltonDescription: A comprehensively researched look at the life of one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes.What the critics are saying: “This compulsively readable book will not be the last written about Best, but it may prove to be the most illuminating” — Independent on Sunday.5. GAAconomics: The Secret Life of Money in the GAA by Michael MoynihanDescription: A look at the economics of the GAA and the directions in which it may turn in the future.What the critics are saying: “Sports journalist Moynihan investigates the economics of the GAA through its many remifications and arguments, and finds that the sports body, tagged by some as the Grab-All-Association, is rather more complex than you might imagine” — Donal O Donoghue, RTÉ Guide.6. I Am Zlatan Ibrahimović by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Lagercrantz and Ruth UrbomDescription: One of the world’s best and most eccentric strikers looks back on his distinguished career.What the critics are saying: “The best footballer’s autobiography of recent years is probably I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic” — Simon Kuper.7. The Fairytale of New York – The Story Behind Cavan’s Greatest Victory by Paul FitzpatrickDescription: A detailed look at Cavan’s famous win over Kerry in the only All-Ireland senior final played outside the country.What the critics are saying: “What this excellent read proves, quite apart from being enjoyable, is that the quirky, off-the-wall book on the GAA is still worth pursuing” — Belfast Telegraph.8. Fear And Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid by Sid LoweDescription: An examination of arguably world football’s greatest rivalry — between Barcelona and Real Madrid — and an explanation of the cultural factors that have caused it to intensify over the years.What the critics are saying: “Football Books of the Year: Sid Lowe isn’t an ordinary football writer and, as a result, this is not an ordinary football book. Lowe paces it all so well … like an engaging lesson from your favourite teacher” — Daily Mirror.9. Victory Loves Preparation by Emmet RyanDescription: A look at how tactics are shaping modern GAA amid analysis of some of the year’s biggest matches.What the critics are saying: “There’s a massive shift in Irish sport — and a welcome one — to forensic analysis of why and how things happened as opposed to a simple retelling of what happened. Emmet Ryan is undoubtedly part of that movement” — Ger Gilroy.10. Red or Dead by David PeaceDescription: A work of fiction based on Bill Shankly’s time as manager of Liverpool, from the author of The Damned United.What the critics are saying: “Peace … again proves himself to be magnificently single-minded and unbiddable, and has recognised in Shankly another brilliant and pioneering obsessive of his profession” — Mark Lawson.11. Inside Team Sky by David WalshDescription: Journalist David Walsh recalls his time spent in close quarters examining some of the world’s most eminent cyclists.What the critics are saying: “Solid investigative journalism — neither Team Sky nor David Walsh disappoint” — Amazon customer review.12. The Rocky Road by Eamon DunphyDescription: A look at the early parts of veteran journalist and broadcaster Eamon Dunphy’s life, and in particular, his football career both as a player and pundit.What the critics are saying: “Fans of the man, or even just seasoned watchers, will feel they’ve waited a lifetime for this book. It’s unlikely they’ll be disappointed” — Paul Howard.13. Heffo – A Brilliant Mind: A Biography of Kevin Heffernan by Liam HayesDescription: A biography of the legendary Dublin player and manager, providing insights into both his days as a distinguished player and a coach who helped revolutionise the sport.14. Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja’s Historic Treble by Graham Hunter Description: Spanish-based Scottish journalist Graham Hunter recalls the unprecedented achievements of the Spanish football team in winning three consecutive tournaments, while looking at the innovative methods they adopted from youth level upwards to attain such greatness.15. Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson and Larry SlomanDescription: A warts-and-all retelling of Mike Tyson’s early days as a vulnerable young kid to his rise to become the world’s greatest boxer, in addition to exploring the effects of fame and Tyson’s difficulty in shaking off the scars of a traumatic childhood.What the critics are saying: “Might be the most soul-baring book of its genre ever written” — Washington Post.16. The Anatomy of Liverpool by Jonathan WilsonDescription: One of the world’s most decorated soccer clubs has their history scrutinised amid ten pivotal games in which they were involved.17. Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping GangDescription: The winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year depicts an era in which British horse racing was dogged by gangsterism and countless other unsavoury influences.What the critics are saying: “A marvellous evocation of the period with late night stable visits by dopers, Soho gangsters, milk bars and Ford Zephyrs” –The Sunday Times.18. A History of the Premier League in 10 Matches by Jim WhiteDescription: The manner in which the Premier League has developed and altered since its inception is examined through 10 of the most definitive matches in its history.What the critics are saying: “Cleverly done … writing of the highest quality … a superb book” — The Bookbag.19. The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David EpsteinDescription: The way in which athletes are formed and the nature/nurture debate and its relevance to sport is looked at in a highly forensic manner by author David Epstein.What the critics are saying: “An important book on the relative roles of genes and environment-nature and nurture-in the building of a professional athlete … bound to put the cat among the pigeons” — Wall Street Journal.20. The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David SallyDescription: Taking its cue from the classic baseball book, Moneyball,  The Numbers Game dissects various statistics in soccer and outlines their relevance in shaping the outcome of matches.What the critics are saying: “A fascinating and stylish investigation into a rapidly developing way of understanding football” — Jonathan Wilson.21. The Outsider: My Autobiography by Jimmy ConnorsDescription: A look at the career of one of tennis’ most brilliant and idiosyncratic personalities.What the critics are saying: “An engrossing five-setter, with intense exchanges and no tiebreakers… Like the individualists Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Pete Rose and Chuck Berry, Connors was authentic. The book reflects that swagger” — New York Times.22. The Nowhere Men by Michael CalvinDescription: A look into the under-reported world of football scouts and the essential role they play in identifying top talent.What the critics are saying: “I commend to you The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin — brilliant book, great journalism ” — Ian Herbert The Independent.23. Becoming a Lion by Jonny SextonDescription: The Irish outhalf recalls a memorable year in which he helped the Lions to a series win over Australia and made a controversial move from Leinster to Racing Metro.What the critics are saying: “Sets a great benchmark for sports autobiographies, given that it is so honest” — Matt Cooper, Today FM.24. Messi by Guilleme BalagueDescription: The acclaimed Spanish journalist takes an in-depth look at arguably the greatest footballer in the world.25. How NOT to be a Football Millionaire by Keith Gillespie and Daniel McDonnellDescription: The former Manchester United footballer gives an insightful account of life as a Premier League footballer and the pitfalls it often entails.What the critics are saying: “A powerful, honest and at times shocking autobiography.” Manchester Evening News.26. José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator by Ciaran KellyDescription: Irish journalist Ciaran Kelly interviews many of those who formed an early influence on Jose Mourinho’s rise to eventually become one of the greatest managers in football.What the critics are saying: “Enlightening interviews with those who really know José Mourinho” — Simon Kuper, Financial Times.27. Six Stickers: A Journey to Complete an Old Sticker Album by Adam Carroll-SmithDescription: Journalist Adam Carroll-Smith stumbles upon an old football album in which only six stiickers are missing. Consequently, he decides to track down the players in question and get their photos to put in the album.What the critics are saying: “An absurdly brilliant idea” — Oliver Kay, The Times(Image credits: Amazon.com)What have we missed?Graham Hunter on the greatest achievement in the history of international football and why England can dominate one day>‘For me, the interest in writing about sport is nearly always about human endeavour’>last_img read more

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Hidden Ireland Were these giant tombs a big show of oneupmanship

first_imgIN THIS EDITION of our Hidden Ireland series, we explore one of Ireland’s finest ecclesiastical sites in Co Tipperary, a grand tower house in a beautiful setting in County Kerry and one for the more intrepid explorer – a megalithic tomb high in the Dublin Mountains.Seahan Megalithic Tomb, Co DublinLast Saturday, we visited Seahan, another of the megalithic tombs of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. At Seahan, sometimes spelled as Seehan, you can find the remains of two large stone cairns. They probably date to the Neolithic period, around 5,000 years old, a time when people first began to clear the ancient forests to create fields for farming. They are thought to be the remains of passage tombs, a type of burial monument that appears as a round mound of stones or earth, ringed by large stones set on their edges to form a kerb. Parallel lines of upright stones formed a passageway leading to a chamber which usually contained the remains the dead.One of the cairns on Seahan has a very clear kerb of stones surrounding it, but it has been disturbed, possibly in antiquity. It is situated adjacent to a larger cairn that has an ordnance survey point on its summit. It’s possible that some of the stones of the exposed tomb were used in the construction of this large cairn.Archaeologist Christiaan Corlett suggests that this may raise some interesting questions about the relationship of the two tombs – perhaps the people constructing the larger cairn deliberately ‘slighted’ the older tomb to construct a new larger cairn, possibly as a way of symbolising their ascendancy over the people who are interred within the smaller tomb and their descendants who built it.Seahan appears to be part of an extended series or cemetery of passage tombs that cover a number of peaks in the area. From Seahan you can clearly see the cairns on top of Seefingan and Seefin. Building these tombs so high in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains must have been an incredibly difficult undertaking in the Neolithic period even though there is an abundant supply of stone on top of the hills. The peaks of these hills are all around 650m – 750m above sea level, so why would they have constructed these elaborate and large stone tombs up here?We can never say with certainty, but perhaps like a lot of cultures around the world they believed that to be buried in these high places was to be closer to their gods. Personally though, I think that it was a statement of ownership over the landscape. From this high vantage point the whole of South County Dublin and Wicklow is visible, with its lush green fields, rivers, lakes and forests.Perhaps they believed that any newcomers to this fertile territory would see the very visible tombs in the distance and know that the people living here have done so for millennia. Or maybe they believed that by placing their ancestors far above the low lying lands of the living, the shades of their forebears could watch over them from their tombs. For those interested in prehistoric archaeology, or those who love a bit of hillwalking, or those who just want to see some of the finest views in Ireland, Seahan is a real must-see.I strongly recommend you use OSI Discovery Series Mapping Numbers 50 and 56 to help you find the tomb easily. To get there exit the M50 at Junction 12 Firhouse. Travel on the R113 towards Oldbawn.Take the left turn for the R114 signed for Bohernabreena. Continue straight on this road, staying right at the slight fork at Bohernabreena. Drive past the golf club on your left and take the road to the left of a famine cross you will see on the left hand side of the road. Continue on this road for about 5 minutes.On a clear day you will see Seahan on top of the mountain to your left and Seefin and Seefingan ahead. Seahan is separated from Seefinghan and Seefin by the Army Rifle Range, if you see signs for that you have gone too far. There is a parking area below Seahan in front of large boulders. Park here and walk along the path.Take the first left on this path – this will lead you up to the summit of Seahan. We had great weather for our visit, but I wouldn’t recommend the trip in poor conditions. It was about a 25 – 30min fairly easy stroll up the mountain to the site, but good boots are recommended. Above all though, please do be aware of the Army Rifle Range and respect their warning signs!Ross Castle, County KerryRoss Castle is a later medieval tower house, believed to have been constructed some time in the late 15th century for the O’Donoghue Ross Chieftains. The tower house was very strategically positioned, perched on a small island in Lough Leane and separated from the mainland by a channel. It would have been very difficult prospect for any attacking force to take.The main towerhouse [also known as a keep] is surrounded by a fortified bawn with a curtain wall defended by circular towers. The tower was made even more defensive by features like murder holes (where defenders would have thrown down stones or poured down boiling fat, bad language and even the contents of the toilet to discomfort the attackers).In 1568, during the reign of the English Queen Elizabeth Ist, the O’Donaghue Ross chieftains joined with the Earl of Desmond in a huge revolt across Munster. The revolt lasted until 1583, when the Earl of Desmond was killed and the rebellion was put down with great severity across the region. The O’Donaghue Rosses found themselves on the losing side, it cost the life of their leader and they were also forced to hand over all of their lands, including Ross Castle, to the Crown.Ross Castle was given to Donal McCarthy Mór, but the impoverished Donal mortgaged the castle and lands to Sir Valentine Browne, Surveyor General of Ireland. He had earned a fortune from the land seizures in the aftermath of the Desmond Rebellion. Ross Castle also saw action during the Cromwellian Invasions in the mid-seventeenth century. A substantial parliamentary army of around 4000 infantry and 2000 cavalry under the command of General Ludlow, laid siege to the castle in 1652. At this time the castle was held by Lord Muskerry, he eventually surrendered to the Parliamentary forces when they brought artillery by boat to surround the castle.The castle came back into the hands of the Browne family by the end of the seventeenth century, and they were made Viscounts of Kenmare. By the eighteenth century, comfort outweighed the need for medieval defensive features and much of the bawn wall was removed to allow the addition of the large building on the south side of the castle.The castle has undergone extensive structural repairs and renovations since coming into state ownership in 1970. Today it is one of the most visited heritage sites in County Kerry, as it is so beautifully situated on the shores of Lough Leane. You can enjoy a guided tour of the castle, see here for opening times and entry fees.Holycross Abbey, County TipperaryHolycross Abbey in County Tipperary is one of the true ecclesiastical jewels in all of Ireland. It was founded by the Cistercians after a donation by Domhnall Mór O Brien, King of Thomond in 1182, and the charter he granted to the Cistercians survives to this day. The O’Brien dynasty were strong supporters of church reform during the 1100s, and their loyalty to Rome was rewarded when Pope Paschal II presented them with a fragment of the True Cross to Muirchertach O’Brien in 1110 AD.This was a powerful relic, believed to be a splinter of the very cross that Jesus was crucified on and its presence in the Abbey would have guaranteed thousands of people would have made pilgrimage to see it. This would have made Holycross an extremely wealthy institution, and at one point in history, Holycross Abbey housed at least two if not three relics of the true cross.The nave of the church is the oldest surviving part of the abbey and reflects the simple architectural style of the Cistercian order. Under the patronage of the Butlers of Ormonde, the abbey underwent a major restoration in the 1400s and its most outstanding architectural features date from this period.The ribbed stone vaulting over the transept and chancel is a marvel of stonework and bears numerous marks of the masons who carved it. The elaborate sedilia, seating places for the abbot and his deacons, have been referred to as the most outstanding piece of medieval church furniture in Ireland. On the west wall of the north transept one can distinguish the hunting scene mural, a unique and unusual painting within a church. The waking monks’ bier, the east window, the rose window,the night stairs, the chapter house door, and the cloister are other architectural highlights of this spectacular site.The last Cistercian monk in Holycross died in the 1730s and the abbey, already in a state of disrepair, fell into ruin. In the late 1960s a major initiative to bring Holycross back to life as a place of worship began. Led by local priest Willie Hayes, and with the support of Archbishop Thomas Morris and the Office of Public Works, careful restoration and conservation work began in 1970 and took over five years to complete.On the traditional parish feast day of Michaelmas, 25 September 1975, the Abbey was consecrated and mass was celebrated at Holycross once more.The story of Holycross features in our newest audioguide The Derrynaflan Trail – available as a free MP3 download or smartphone app (iOS and Android) from our website.In the next edition I’ll be suggesting three more great places to visit from around the island of Ireland. I’d love to hear your suggestions; if you have a favourite heritage site please leave a comment below.You can discover more great heritage sites and places on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland. Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites, they are packed with original music and sound effects and a really fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past. They are available from abartaheritage.ie. If you’d like to receive daily updates about great heritage sites then please consider following us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.All photographs © Neil Jackman /abartaheritage.ieHidden Ireland: From the Boyne flows the story of Ireland>last_img read more

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Les hackers de LulzSec révèlent des données policières

first_imgLes hackers de LulzSec révèlent des données policièresLes pirates informatique de LulzSec ont décidé de s’attaquer à “l’état policier anti-immigration et recourant aux profils raciaux qu’est l’Arizona”. Ils ont révélés des fichiers policiers secrets parfois brûlantsLe groupe de hackers LulzSec a publié “des centaines de bulletins de renseignement privé, manuels de formation, correspondances email personnelles, noms, numéros de téléphones, adresses et mots de passe appartenant aux forces de l’ordre d’Arizona”. Il s’agit-là de la première attaque du groupe relative à des agents gouvernementaux. Si jusqu’ici les pirates avaient interféré dans les sites web de la CIA ou du Sénat, leur action prend maintenant un véritable tour politique.D’ailleurs LulzSec ne s’en cache pas, ils ont l’intention de continuer dans cette voie, rapporte gizmodo.fr. “Chaque semaine nous prévoyons de publier plus d’informations classifiées et de détails personnels embarrassants sur des militaires et des forces de l’ordre pas seulement pour révéler leur nature raciste et corrompue mais pour saboter sciemment leurs tentatives de terroriser des communautés dans une injuste « guerre contre la drogue ».”,  indiquent-ils.Le piratage a bel et bien été confirmé par le département de sécurité publique de l’état d’Arizona. Le 26 juin 2011 à 17:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Vokes sad comment after Burnley misses out in Europa

first_imgAfter the second-leg match was completed Thursday night at Turf Moor, Burnley lost at home in an aggregate of 2-4 against Olympiakos.Burnley was not able to overturn the 3-1 away lose against Olympiakos. They had missed a handful of chances, with most of the chances risked by Sam Voke.The visiting side sealed their victory on Thursday when Daniel Podence scored against the homeside, with Matej Vydra bringing an equalizer that proved no point to his team.Sports Mole, reporting BT Sport, has the following statement from Voke about their loss: “We created things all night and should have taken our chances – myself included.“I thought we played in the right manner and attacked them all night. But we couldn’t get over the line.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“It’s one of those. Some days they go in and some days they don’t. We’ve had three tough rounds – the other two went to extra time.“It’s been testing but it’s important we get back on the training ground and focus on the Premier League.”last_img read more

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State Rep Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours On June 15 At

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) will host the latest of his office hours on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from noon to 1pm, at As Good As It Gets Cafe (35 Lowell Street) in Wilmington.Representative Gordon, who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington as well as all of Burlington and Bedford, will be available to answer questions and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents of the district.Representative Gordon can be reached at his State House office number, (617) 722-2017, and at Kenneth.Gordon@mahouse.gov.(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours At As Good As It Gets On September 7In “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

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Pilot sentenced for buzz job that leaves coworker severely injured

first_imgTravis Finkenbinder stands with his wife Samantha, daughter Alyssa and son Taylor. This photo was taken in early June 2014, before he suffered severe head trauma. (Photo Courtesy of Samantha Finkenbinder)Flying recklessly is illegal and the consequences can be devastating — that was the central message of victim Travis Finkenbinder’s family and the assistant district attorney, Allison O’Leary, at Benjamin Hancock’s sentencing hearing last week.Listen nowIn 2014, Hancock and Finkenbinder were working together to move skiffs from one section of the Mulchatna River to another for their employer. Hancock was providing air support, piloting a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane. Hancock took off from the river, heading in the same direction as Finkenbinder, who was driving a boat. Hancock flew low over the boat, and the ski of Hancock’s plane hit Finkenbinder in the head.Finkenbinder survived, but suffered extensive, permanent brain damage. He remains in a minimally-conscious state, unable to hold up his head, speak or eat. He can respond to basic questions inconsistently with a thumbs up. Doctors have said his condition will not improve.At the hearing, Captain Scott Quist, an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper and veteran pilot who was stationed in King Salmon when the tragedy occurred, took the stand as the state’s expert witness. Quist said that he saw “no reasonable explanation” for Hancock not clearing Finkenbinder and his boat by hundreds of feet.“Based on everything that I read, from interviews, from the performance data [of the aircraft], from the weather conditions, everything I know about it, I think Mr. Hancock intentionally flew the aircraft at extremely low altitude and did a buzz job,” Quist said.A “buzz job” or “buzzing” is slang in the aviation community for intentionally making a low pass over something or someone.The head injuries Finkenbinder sustained when the ski of Hancock’s plane hit his head have rendered him permanently minimally conscious. This photo was taken March 14, 2018. (Photo Courtesy of Samantha Finkenbinder)Travis Finkenbinder’s father, Arthur Finkenbinder, provided a victim impact statement at the sentencing.“The incident involved the destruction of an extraordinary human being, beloved son, faithful and loving husband, loving father and brother and friend to numerous people… I would say to buzz a person with an airplane is stupid, no matter the height of an airplane. To buzz closely is insane…and to buzz and hit another human being is criminal assault and battery, arrogant, insane and stupid,” Arthur Finkenbinder said.As a part of a plea deal with the state Hancock will avoid jail time. He pleaded guilty to felony assault in the third degree and agreed to pay restitution of $6,100 to Travis Finkenbinder’s family.Superior Court Judge Christina Reigh ordered Hancock to pay a fine of $25,000 to the state. However, she expressed doubt that a sentence without jail time will send a strong message to the aviation community. If active jail time were on the table, she said she would have ordered it.“Buzzing is a problem, and we all know it. And it’s something that can end very badly, which it did in this particular situation. So I think sending the right message, especially in bush Alaska, where we are all flying all of the time, I think that is really important,” Reigh said.Hancock was tearful throughout the testimony and victim impact statements of Travis Finkbinder’s wife and father. During his own statement, he apologized to the victim’s family.“I know there’s nothing I can say to take away the pain Samantha, Travis and the family have endured, nor ease the burden moving forward. And for that I am truly sorry,” Hancock said. “I intend to make this lesson guide me in the efforts to become a better person and not to be the person I was on June 25, 2014.”Hancock, who now lives in Colorado, was given three months of unsupervised supervision and 18 months suspended jail time in addition to the fine and restitution he was ordered to pay.last_img read more

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