Jordan Spieth’s decision to miss golf’s return to the Olympics next month after a 112-year hiatus was the hardest of his life, the world number three said on Tuesday. (Golfer Jordan Spieth pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika worries)The 22-year-old American adopted an appropriately respectful tone as he gave his reasons for missing the Rio de Janeiro Games.”This was probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life,” Spieth told a news conference ahead of the 145th British Open, which starts at Royal Troon on Thursday.”This was something I very much struggled with. I bounced back and forth with it and ultimately a decision had to be made yesterday.”TOP FOUR PULL OUTThe twice major winner’s choice not to travel to Brazil means none of the world’s top four golfers will be competing in Rio after Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy had previously pulled out.Spieth stressed that it was not just a worry about the Zika outbreak that made him withdraw.”I’m not specifically pinpointing any one thing in my health concerns,” he said, referring to the mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organisation says is spreading rapidly in the Americas.”You guys have put that out without me saying it. This is health concerns as a whole. I had to weigh the risk for the reward.”TOUGH CALLSpieth, who did not elaborate on those concerns, said he was a big fan of the Games and that was why it was so tough for him to decide not to go.advertisement”I’m a huge believer in Olympic golf,” he explained. “It’s the most exciting sporting event for me to watch on TV and to have a chance to be a part of it is something I definitely look forward to trying to do.”I don’t expect anybody to understand but trust that I believe I’m making the right decision for myself, for my future and for those around me.”This is going to be a very, very difficult thing for me to do to watch the opening ceremonies and watch my peers compete for a gold medal … and watch people stand on the stage and hear the national anthem playing,” added Spieth.”But I’ll make it a goal to be at Tokyo in 2020. I’ll make it a significant goal.”Rickie Fowler will be a member of the four-man U.S. team in Rio and sent Spieth a message when he found out his close friend had opted not to go.”I texted Rickie immediately after I decided and said, ‘Rick, I’m sorry, buddy, but I’m not going to be joining you down there,” added Spieth.”He said, ‘No worries … you’re just going to be jealous when I get that gold’.”
The 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup was officially launched today in Sydney just five days out from the start of the event at C.Ex International Stadium in Coffs Harbour.A total of 90 teams from 25 nations will descend on Coffs Harbour next week, 29 April – 3 May, to contest the five-day event across nine men’s and women’s divisions.Among those taking part in today’s launch were Australian Men’s Open player Ben Moylan and his brother, NRL and Penrith Panthers star Matt, who started his career in touch football. The brothers were joined by international athletes from competing countries along with officials from the Federation of International Touch, Touch Football Australia, the National Rugby League and event partners, Destination NSW and Harvey NormanNSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the Touch Football World Cup was a fantastic event for Regional NSW.“The FIT Touch Football World Cup is under a week away, and with over 2,000 participants in 90 teams from 25 countries set to take part, it will provide a massive boost to the local visitor economy in Coffs Harbour,” he said.“Supported by the NSW Government through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the World Cup is a highlight on the 2015 Regional NSW Events Calendar and I wish all participants and organisers the best of luck. “I’d also encourage everyone who attends to take some time to experience everything the Coffs Harbour region has to offer, from spectacular coastline to a great range of bars, shops and restaurants.” Host nation and current holders of the Touch World Cup, Australia, will be striving to continue its outstanding record, having won all seven World Cup titles to date. This is the third time Australia has hosted the event, after previously hosting the inaugural World Cup on the Gold Coast in 1988 and in Sydney in 1999. Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said most teams had already arrived in Australia for the tournament and could not wait for the action to begin. “It really does seem like yesterday we were in Edinburgh celebrating Australia’s win at the 2011 World Cup,” he said. “Here we are today at Sydney Harbour welcoming athletes to our great country for a festival of International Touch Football. “Next we move to the Coffs Coast region, which provides the perfect setting for such an exciting international event.“It is shaping as the biggest and we certainly hope the best Touch World Cup on record.” Secretary-General of FIT, Bill Ker praised the organisation and location of the event. “I have no doubt that the 2015 World Cup in Australia will be the biggest and the most comprehensive World Cup in the 30 years of the Federation’s existence,” he said.“I must say this has come about by the interest expressed by the 25 Member Nations who are attending the excellent venue at Coffs Harbour, the extraordinary sponsorship support and the efforts of the host nation, Australia. “The work by Colm Maguire and his staff will ensure the staging of the event will be second-to-none – with all international visitors having an excellent experience not only from a World Cup viewpoint but an Australian hospitality perspective as well.”Harvey Norman Chief Operating Officer John Slack-Smith, said the company was proud to have the opportunity to be part of the Coffs Harbour event.“It will showcase the very best of the best in Touch Football,” he said.The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, which follows also the Youth Trans Tasman event at Cronulla and the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour earlier this year. Check out the video from the launch here – http://www.nrl.com/touch-football-world-cup-launched-in-sydney/tabid/10959/contentid/744324/default.aspx Social Media Touch World CupTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchworldcup15 @touchworldcup15 (#TWC2015) Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchworldcup2015 Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TouchWorldCup Social Media Touch Football AustraliaTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus @touchfootyaus Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksTWC Launched
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl willing to go with the kidsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is willing to go with the kids with their survival push.Hasenhuttl has already put his faith in youth having given opportunities to academy graduates Yan Valery, Tyreke Johnson and Michael Obafemi.“Our philosophy is to give the young players a chance for the future because they are our future,” said Hasenhuttl.“I want them to be part of the squad and it can happen with Ramsay in the next game against Man City gets the chance to play.“We have a few jewels in the academy and my challenge is to work with them and make them better and that is only possible if you give them a chance to play against good teams. Why not?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The province is seeking public input to revise its provincial energy policy and create a greenhouse-gas action plan. A public workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m to 7 p.m., Thursday,Nov. 22, in Room 2101 at the Nova Scotia Community College, Kentville. Dalhousie University oceanography professor Bob Fournier will chair the meeting. “The province has set a deadline of 2020 for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 10 per cent below 1990,” said Jamie Muir, acting Energy Minister. “We’re committed to achieving that goal while maintaining a strong and growing economy.” Mr. Fournier, who recently chaired an environmental assessment of the proposed White’s Point Quarry near Digby, said meeting those goals presents challenges for policy planners. “Our electricity, which is mostly coal-fired, generates about 42 per cent of our greenhouse gases,” said Mr. Fournier. “How do we reduce our use of coal without driving up electricity prices? How do we balance our need for wind power with our ability to provide adequate back-up power? What new technologies or initiatives should we be promoting to meet our green energy needs? “These are challenging questions and we want public input before we generate a policy that is to guide the province for years.” The province has created two documents, Consultation Paper: Nova Scotia’s Renewed Energy Strategy and A Background Paper to Guide Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan, to help inform public discussion. The first deals with broad energy policy and the second with climate change — especially action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The documents can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy . The province will also accept written submissions on energy strategy and greenhouse gas reductions until Dec. 19. The Kentville workshop is one of 12 similar sessions being held around the province. Information gathered from the public-consultation sessions will be used to create the Energy Strategy and the Climate Action Plan, scheduled for release in the spring. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has established a target to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.
OTTAWA – It was Justin Trudeau’s most Harperesque moment — opting not to go along just to get along with 10 other Pacific Rim nations determined to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vietnam.Earlier this week, the prime minister hit the brakes on throwing Canada’s full support behind the proposed “TPP 11,” a salvage of the larger pact that President Donald Trump killed when he withdrew U.S. support earlier this year. Trudeau’s muted enthusiasm for a quick deal triggered the harshest barrage of international criticism he’s ever faced.Much of the outrage over Canada’s sudden outlier status — a position it frequently occupied under the Stephen Harper Conservatives — emanated from Down Under.An Australian television station cited sources who said, “the Canadians screwed everybody.” “Justin Trudeau sabotages Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper flatly declared in a headline.Late Friday, the talks had made enough progress for Canada to declare a modest victory, but it was a far cry from the “deal in principle” Japan’s economy minister was trumpeting the day before.Once the headlines faded, the strategic calculation behind why the prime minister decided to slow things down came into sharp focus: jumping quickly into that trade deal would have weakened Canada’s hand in renegotiating NAFTA with an even harder-nosed Trump administration.That view came from some unlikely sources, including some former Harper-era Conservatives who were intimately involved in the original negotiation of the TPP, the Canada-EU free trade deal known as CETA, and many other deals of varying sizes.“Canada’s response is not surprising, given all (previous) outcomes were negotiated with the dominant U.S. economy at the table,” said Adam Taylor, a former aide to Conservative trade minister Ed Fast and a principal at Export Action Global, an Ottawa-based trade consultancy.“It now makes sense to step back, evaluate Canada’s long-term offensive and defensive interests and adjust the TPP to present-day realities.”The U.S. economy accounted for more 60 per cent of the combined GDP of the TPP’s original 12 countries, which also include Mexico and Japan — the latter of which, along with Australia, has become one of the biggest boosters of a new, post-Trump TPP.Despite its rejection of the Pacific Rim pact, U.S. negotiators have brought significant chunks of TPP text to the NAFTA renegotiations as a template to advance progress. But a massive gap has emerged between the U.S. and its two North American partners. The U.S. wants higher American content in automobiles and wants to do away with Canada’s supply management system in agriculture.“From autos and manufacturing to agriculture and culture, Canada has significant skin in the game and should take the time necessary to get it right,” Taylor said in an email to The Canadian Press.“Negotiating by calendar, stopwatch or trying to shoehorn announcements into international summits for logistical ease is antithetical to strategic long-term planning and goes against Canadian interests.”Michael Geist, the University of Ottawa law professor specializing in e-commerce, made clear in a series of Twitter posts that the TPP could influence Canada’s success in the NAFTA talks.“My guess would be the NAFTA talks make concessions on auto and agriculture incredibly difficult as TPP could undermine those negotiations,” said Geist. “TPP was not (the) Liberals’ trade deal. CETA was top priority, then NAFTA.”Some say that if Trudeau’s tough stance towards the TPP is being influenced by NAFTA and Trump, then that’s just not a good thing.“If we are blocking for fear of annoying the U.S., that seems silly to me,” said Derek Burney, a former chief of staff and Canadian ambassador to the U.S. under former Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney.Burney and Mulroney have both briefed Trudeau’s current Liberal cabinet on their NAFTA strategy.Burney called Trump’s decision to leave the TPP “a major, geo-strategic blunder” that will only empower China. He also said Canada needs to explore “all promising avenues” to increase trade with countries such as China, India and Vietnam.“I do not see how our stance will help us forge closer ties with other Asians in the group, notably Japan, the principal advocate,” said Burney.“Our own interests should, in any event, be the paramount consideration and not tactics in other negotiations.”Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer, said it was “puzzling” to see Canada’s reluctance to pursue the TPP with its 10 remaining partners.“With a serious impasse in the NAFTA negotiations looming, it’s clearly in Canada’s strategic interests to pursue other options, TPP being the most obvious,” he said.“Don’t we want to show Trump and company that all of Canada’s eggs aren’t in the NAFTA basket?”
OTTAWA — Four NDP provincial politicians from British Columbia are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately call a byelection in the federal riding of Burnaby South, where federal New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh wants to run for Parliament.The letter, signed by Anne Kang, Katrina Chen, Raj Chouhan and Janet Routledge, says the politicians are disappointed that Trudeau has yet to call a race in the riding vacated by former B.C. NDP MP Kennedy Stewart.Stewart is now the mayor of Vancouver.In late October, opposition leaders also joined forces to press Trudeau to call byelections in all four vacant federal ridings in the House of Commons.Four leaders — the Conservatives’ Andrew Scheer, New Democrats’ Jagmeet Singh, Greens’ Elizabeth May and the Bloc Quebecois’ Mario Beaulieu sent a letter to Trudeau calling out his decision to call a byelection in just one of the four ridings.Trudeau has said the other three ridings have been vacant for “mere weeks” and that he’ll call byelections for them in due course.The Canadian Press
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has spoken to journalists at Domiz refugee camp in Iraq.Angelina Jolie speaking to journalists at Domiz refugee camp in IraqCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell“In my country, when we speak of the Middle East we often focus on conflict and human suffering,” she said. “And it is true that countless families in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen are suffering from conflict they personally have no part in, instability they cannot control, and extremism that they reject.“But on this visit I have been reminded, as I am every time I am here, of the truly extraordinary dignity, resilience, warmth, generosity and grace of the people of the Middle East.“And I want to thank the people of Iraq for their generosity towards Syrian refugees and displaced people, and in particular the KRI government, which is setting a model for refugee protection.“I’m happy have been here on Eid al-Fitr, and I wish the Iraqi people, the Syrian people, and families across this region and beyond, Eid Mubarak, or Jaznawa Piroz Bit.“I am in Iraq to mark World Refugee Day next week. On Tuesday, UNHCR will publish new figures showing that the numbers of displaced people, and the duration of their exile, are the highest they have ever been. At the same time political solutions seem completely lacking, leaving a void that humanitarian aid cannot fill.“Words like “unsustainable” don’t paint a picture of how desperate these times are.“This is my third visit to Domiz camp in six years. The vast majority of its inhabitants are Syrian women and children.“Their lives are on hold indefinitely because of the war. They cannot go back, they cannot move forward, and each year they have less to live on.“I met two mothers this morning, both of them widows. They both lost their husbands while living as refugees, to medical conditions that could normally have been treated.“And now they are both caring for young aged five 5 and 7 who also have life-threatening medical conditions.“When UNHCR’s Syria response was only 50 per cent funded last year, and this year it is only 17 per cent funded, there are terrible human consequences. We should be under no illusions about this.“When there is not even the bare minimum of aid, refugee families cannot receive adequate medical treatment, women and girls are left vulnerable to sexual violence, many children cannot go to school, and we squander the opportunity of being able to invest in refugees so that they can acquire new skills and support their families.“This is the picture in Iraq, in Syria, and wherever in the world you find refugees and displaced people today.The only answer is to end the conflicts that are forcing people to flee their homes – and for all governments to meet their responsibilities.“So this World Refugee Day I hope that people around the world will consider this larger picture:What this level and length of displacement says about our world being dangerously out of balance.What it will say about us if our response is to be selective about when we help, and when we are prepared to defend human rights.And what it will mean for the future if we are unable to provide enough basic humanitarian support for displaced people and unable to find any solutions to conflicts at the same time.“That is the situation today, but it is not hopeless.“There are millions of refugees and displaced people who want to return home and to work and start over – as I saw in Mosul yesterday, where brick by brick, with their own hands, they are rebuilding their homes.“There are countries that are keeping their borders open to refugees, despite all the pressures and challenges.“There are aid relief workers who are stretching the aid resources, somehow, to minimize loss of life and provide protection.“And there are people around the world who are more committed than ever to defending human rights and basic values.“So on World Refugee Day this year I hope that we can find the strength to find a better way forward together: so that we move into a new era of preventing conflict and reducing instability, rather than simply struggling to deal with its consequences.”
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and several top TMC leaders have changed their Facebook and Twitter display picture (DP) with photo of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Wednesday to protest the desecration of the bust of the noted reformer and key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. Trinamool Congress’s official profile on Twitter and Facebook was also changed with a picture of Vidyasagar. Banerjee is scheduled to take out a protest rally on Wednesday to protest the smashing of the bust of the social reformer by alleged BJP activists in north Kolkata on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Launching a scathing attack on BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday, Banerjee had said, “What does Amit Shah think of himself? Is he above everything? Is he God that no one can protest against him?” Banerjee said this after supporters of the BJP and the TMC fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a roadshow by Shah. A college named after Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, a key figure in the Bengal Renaissance, was ransacked and a bust of the 19th century social reformer shattered allegedly by BJP workers during the clashes. The CPI(M) has also called for protest rallies against the incident. The intellectuals of the city will take out a protest march from College street on Wednesday evening.
Ifrane – “Alghad pour Développement du Monde Rurale Association (AGDMR)” recently hosted a round-table entitled “The Mechanisms of Activating the Participatory Democracy,” on Sunday in Sidi Addi, about 30km from Ifrane.The event brought together about fifty civic activists from the Ifrane region to discuss the constitutional process of activating participatory democracy as well as attracting citizens to participate in the decision-making process. The design of the event was targeted at fostering the role of civic society in contributing to development and raise awareness among citizens to be cognizant of their legitimate duty to keep officials accountable and call for their rights as citizens. Speakers addressed the topic of democracy after “Morocco’s democratic transition” and “2011 constitution,” explaining that the role of participatory democracy, is to empower citizens to take active part in the political decision-making process and to position the country’s youth as the backbone of the force for change.At the round-table’s opening, AGDMR’s president, Youssef Outelha, introduced the overall goal and the importance of this topic in the daily life of the Moroccan citizens. “The round-tables aim to mobilize civic society and highlight its major role within communities as a censor for the management of social and political affairs.”Civic activist, Ahmed Boljaoui, took the floor to define participatory democracy and its social and political dimensions throughout history. He also expounded on the constitutional and lawful pathways to consolidate democracy in Morocco.Social activist Zakariae Jebbar, delivered a presentation on the legitimacies of founding non-governmental associations and organizations for youth to follow public policy and be a dynamic social group primarily in voicing the demands of civic society.The round-table also featured an enthusiastic debate among the participants and speaker regarding the “failure of governmental policies after Morocco’s amended constitution in 2011,” and “the lethargy of the civic society in following the management of social and local affairs and, in addition, to “the consequence of the aversion of youth to politics and social activism.”The event also marked the strong presence of young Moroccans, participating in the development of Morocco by showing a desire for social and political knowledge.Speaking to Morocco World News, Outelha said, “I am thrilled that we succeeded in staging this event after 16 years of founding AGDMR. The event marked the participation of youth, who also took the floor to express themselves and suggest solutions to reinforce the civic society’s role in order to participate together in the decision-making process.”The event was also an opportunity for AGDMR to officially announce the launch of its website. In closing, Rachid Sarghini, one of the AGDMR’s members took the floor to debut the website for the audience.
Sri Lankan born Ranil Jayawardena has been elected from the Conservative party to the British Parliament following elections held yesterday.Jayawardena secured 66 percent of the votes at the polls in North East Hampshire.
(Updated)Many towns and cities in our area are still cleaning up the damage left behind in the December ice storm that razed power lines and trees across much of Southern Ontario. Wednesday, the province said it would help pay for the costs of that clean up; in fact, it will pay 100% of costs it deems eligible.But opposition members are asking what ice storm costs are eligible for provincial funding?32 municipalities have asked the province to help pay for ice storm clean up including Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. For the past five weeks, since mayors met with the municipal affairs minister, provincial disaster assessment teams have been touring affected areas and making recommendations based on the severity and nature of the damage. The information they’ve collected leads the province to believe it will be paying out about 190 million in disaster relief. But that number is flexible.At the height of the ice storm, more than 800 thousand Ontarians had no power. Up to 30 millimetres of ice coated trees and power lines; in many cases bringing them to the ground. To make matters worse, temperatures remained frigid.Linda Jeffrey is the municipal affairs minister. “What made it extraordinary was the duration and size of the storm. The effects were substantial. Our response will also be substantial.”The minister says it’s too early to say how much each individual municipality will qualify for. Costs that will be covered include extra policing, warming centres, and cleaning up debris.Jeffrey said. “We would not make eligible any costs related to lost revenues, or staff’s regular hours. This includes things like overtime. The initial numbers from municipalities are estimates. Now we have a better predictor. I think most will be pleased with this response.”Opposition parties say this money won’t help cities weather the next storm.NDP’s Peter Tabuns says. “It’s clear the government is negligent in preparing for weather and this doesn’t prepare us for another round of extreme weather.”Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod says. “The one time funding, we’ll just see how it rolls out. Not clear everyone will get what they want.”The mayors gave the minister a March 1 deadline to come up with a plan — so this did come a little early. Jeffrey said she’s asked Ottawa to help cover some of these costs and she’s waiting for a response.
“Reports of shells being fired and civilians being prevented from leaving are extremely concerning,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and the head of the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL) in a news release.“Earlier this week, I sent letters to both the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) calling on them to urgently open a safe passage to enable the exit of civilians out of Ganfouda. The LNA announced a ceasefire and I welcomed it,” he added. In the release, Mr. Kobler also reiterated that the LNA and the BRSC are responsible for the safety of the civilians in Ganfouda and reminded the parties to abide by international human rights and humanitarian laws, which explicitly prevent attacks of any kind on civilians and their use as human shields.
Later that day he spotted a woman in a cafe, “clearly at her wits end” looking after another woman in a wheelchair.Revd. Wroe, 55, said: ‘That’s my mum,’ she told me. ’She’s 98 and I’m her carer. I love her but she can drive me nuts.’“Later I went back with a bunch of chrysanthemums and said I wanted to thank her for looking after her mum.”Mr Webber’s death notice described him as a “Charmer, Clock-collector, Wit and RN Commander”. He died peacefully at his home at the “magnificent age of 101”.The funeral will be held at Kensal Green Crematorium at 3.45 p.m. on Friday 2nd December. It was a line in the death notice of a Royal Navy officer which inspired a heartwarming gesture of seasonal goodwill.Giving details of the forthcoming funeral of Jack Webber, known to most as Uncle Jack, it specified that no flowers should be laid at his grave.Instead the notice, printed in the December 1 edition of the Daily Telegraph, urged people to “give a bunch of flowers to a complete stranger and tell them they’re absolutely marvellous”.One reader was so moved by Mr Webber’s last wish that he decided to act on it.Buying several bunches of carnations Martin Wroe set himself the task of approaching total strangers and presenting them with a bouquet.“What I discovered is that people are wary of a complete stranger coming up to them and offering something for free,” he told the Sunday Telegraph. “They are naturally a little bit suspicious that we expect something from them in return.”But Reverend Wroe, a writer and volunteer priest at St Luke’s church in West Holloway, said his day distributing free bunches of flowers had also taught him a powerful lesson – “that people like to be recognised for their lives”.He added: “Be kind. We’re all fighting hard battle. Maybe Christmas is just the moment for some unexpected act of generosity – that makes someone else feel special. That could be marvellous.” The Reverend Martin Wroe in north London, where he gave flowers to strangers, in accordance with Jack Webber’s last wishesCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals/The Telegraph 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. Revd. Rowe, a writer and non-stipendiary priest, first approached an elderly man in motorized chair, smoking a roll up.“I said to him ‘I’ve a gift for you,’ brandishing my bouquet,” said Revd. Wroe. “He said ‘You don’t know me, mate’. Reasonably enough. I know, I said but I’ve decided to tell people they’re marvellous and give them some flowers.“Can I give them to my young lady?’ he asked. I agreed. ‘Well, Merry Christmas to you mate,’ he said.”Revd. Wroe decided it might be less awkward to present his flowers to people in his north London community who he recognised, if only in passing.He presented his next bouquet to a Lollipop lady helping children in Holloway to cross the road on the way to school.“Her face lit up as I gave her a bunch of roses. She grabbed me in a hug and gave me a kiss. ‘Oh, bless you,’ she said. ‘I only threw mine out yesterday.” recounted Revd. Wroe, who told his story on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day yesterday. Jack Webber’s death notice, and his unusual request.Credit:The Telegraph
A part-time pilot and gas engineer was drafted in at the 11th hour to fly the plane carrying £15million Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala, the Daily Telegraph understands. On Thursday night the four day English Channel search for Sala was called off… Instead, Dave Ibbotson, a gas engineer whose main flying activity was taking parachutists for jumps, was at the controls. 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. Sources close to the investigation said officials in Nantes, north-west France, had been expecting an experienced pilot who regularly flew footballing figures around Europe. It is claimed the 59-year-old aborted three attempted take-offs and had joked with friends on Facebook that he was a “bit rusty” in the days before.
TODAY SEES TERRY Pratchett celebrate his 65th birthday.Lots of people love Terry Pratchett and his enormously funny books and so do we.So to celebrate, here are 9 reasons why Terry Pratchett is a legend.1. His amazing booksThere are of course the Discworld series, the 40th book of which will be published this year.They all have amazing covers: Via Terry Pratchett Books2. This picture of him with two birds on his headVia Imgur3. He favours a hatNot only is Terry Pratchett a gifted writer, we consider him a style icon.He is very good at rocking his signature black hatJohn Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesYui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesAnd not only does Terry rock that black hat, he is happy to share it with others.What a gent.Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images4. His work raising awareness of Alzheimer’s diseasePratchett was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 and has since campaigned to raise awareness of the disease and donated money to Alzheimer’s disease charities.AlzheimersSociety / YouTube5. His brilliant fansPratchett’s writing, especially the Discworld series, have inspired generations of dedicated fans.Discworld conventions happen worldwide and lovers of the books dress up as their favourite characters.Some of them even got to dress up with their hero, when Terry Pratchett made an appearance at a small English town that was twinned with his fictional city Ankh-MorporkBen Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images6. He is a fan of catsPratchett once said this about cats:In fact he wrote a whole book about them (!):via Terry Pratchett BooksWe’re sure Terry would appreciate a good cat video or two, so in his honour:Davincipop / YouTubeDr Watson / YouTube7. His daughter seems really coolShe is also a writer and just wrote the storyline to the new Tomb Raider game.We know this because here she is holding a Tomb Raider related book.Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAND her name is Rhianna.It’s not quite Rihanna like the pop sensation but still.Here is Rhianna Pratchett answering e-mails (we imagine), presumably she gets at least 3 every day asking if she can sing Umbrella at somebody’s 21st.Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAnd if anyone asks her about being confused with a certain popstar she just gives them serious side-eye:Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images8. His tweets are very goodIt is always nice to see someone you like have a really great Twitter account and thankfully we can put Terry Pratchett on the list (his assistant Rob Wilkins looks after his tweets)There are tweets on Internet obsessionThe struggles of research trips for writers:And even that infamous has an adventure:9. He is wiseAs this video proves:Commander Kruge / YouTubeHappy Birthday Terry Pratchett!19 soundtracks you need to get if you don’t already have them>7 things we should really thank Shakespeare for> Via Terry Pratchett BooksAnd he ventured into non-Discworld related territory including children’s books Dodger and Johnny and the Dead
By Kevin O’Brien 1 Comment Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 10:00 AM Short URL Michael Fennelly in action against Jamie Barron during his playing days. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOFennelly’s thirst for knowledge was evident when he took up a three-month internship with AFL side Sydney Swans in December 2013. Last season he worked under Cian O’Neill as performance coach with the Kildare footballers.He is also a business partner with Roscommon football boss Anthony Cunningham. In 2016 the pair established Coachfinder – a company that provides an extensive database of qualified coaches for clubs and counties. They also deliver leadership workshops to companies in the corporate world.Around 2015, Fennelly started to taking notes around coaching and management with a view to eventually taking up a sideline role.“It’s something I’ve been looking at for the last four or five years, observing obviously Brian Cody, obviously we had Henry Shefflin in our club, but it’s something I’ve always been looking at,” he explained.I have a book at home and I’m constantly taking down notes and reading things. When I was 30, I was reading stuff on management and coaching and I had to stop myself because I was a player that time.“I had to focus on myself as a player and get back to making sure I was performing at my best instead of looking at the whole coaching and managerial side of things.”But Fennelly is keen to stress that he’s his own man. While he will certainly draw on his experiences of working under Cody, Fennelly has plenty of other strings to his bow.“Probably the best manager of all time. I’m not Brian Cody and I don’t want to be like Brian Cody, but a lot of things he did I would have obviously observed and taken in and wondered why he did this or that. Share14 Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie 29,135 Views WHEN HIS EIGHT-month old baby, PhD studies, lecturing job and playing career with the All-Ireland club champions are factored into the equation, it’s a wonder Michael Fennelly has any spare time on his hands – let alone enough to take on the Offaly senior hurling job. Michael Fennelly at his unveiling as the new Offaly senior hurling manager at the GAA Faithful Fields Offaly Centre of Excellence. Source: David Fitzgerald/SPORTSFILEThe eight-time All-Ireland winner was introduced to the media at the Faithful Fields training centre yesterday and he spoke at length about what led to him taking charge of a county that have suffered a worrying dip in fortunes over the past few seasons.He only retired from Kilkenny duties at the end of the 2017 season after an injury-ravaged end to his career. At 34 he is still young to be the manager of a senior side, even if Offaly will begin life under Fennelly in the Christy Ring Cup – hurling’s third tier – next season.The Ballyhale native admitted that when he was first sounded out by the Offaly county board, his interest levels were not high.“I suppose at first I wasn’t really in that position I thought because I was doing a PhD and I had other bits and pieces going on and I was still playing club,” he said. Sep 7th 2019, 10:00 AM But then that night I couldn’t sleep thinking about it. I was thinking about the backroom team and what I’d do. I said I’d meet the lads either way and see what their vision was and what their direction was.”Fennelly’s backroom team has yet to be confirmed, but it will include an Offaly native “who has their finger on the pulse in terms of the knowledge of hurlers”. He’ll also bring in an experienced lieutenant from Kilkenny who’ll give observations “in terms of what I am doing well and what I’m not doing well.”“A mixture of Offaly, maybe a bit of Kilkenny and maybe another person from another county,” he said.It is my first year going into management and I will make a lot of mistakes. I suppose as someone said lately, if you are making mistakes – make them early and learn from the past. So that’s the way I’m looking at things.“But I’m very open minded, I’m going to bring hopefully a bit of experience as well into this setup because that will be needed.”He’s had other offers and says he came close to taking on the Carlow camogie side last year.“I want to work with a group of players who want to achieve what they can and to get the most out of them in every component of the game,” he explained.“I’ve never really focused on looking for the best team, or looked for the highest level of competition, if you get a group of players that are willing to go players, for me, that’s satisfaction and helping people to achieve their potential.” Michael Fennelly speaks to journalists during his unveiling. Source: David Fitzgerald/SPORTSFILEFennelly spoke with the county board about “a couple of things that happened” in the county over the past few years and outlined his vision for the role. Despite having a young family at home and his part-time doctorate studies in leadership and coaching at Maynooth University, Fennelly was up for the challenge.“The PhD is probably the big thing. And I have an eight-month-old at home. I was thinking to myself, next year will I take it a bit easy, focus on that, bit of lecturing as well.“So I was busy enough as it is. But I love challenges, I love the sporting and the coaching side of it, talking to different people about it. My partner is Anthony Cunningham in a kind of leadership business that we have.“I love talking to him about the whole Roscommon thing and meeting other managers. I’d know John Meyler down in Cork as well. So it came across the table to me and lit a fire in me and I suppose I couldn’t quench it, that was the thing.“That’s really where it’s at. I got offered one or two other jobs as well but distance was a problem. They were probably not what I wanted either, so it just came around and I started liking the idea of it more and more.”He’s been preparing for this moment since 2012, when a 27-year-old Fennelly left his job with Ulster Bank to study a masters in sports performance at UL.He’s been lecturing at Limerick IT’s Thurles campus in sports science since 2014 where his current modules include sports nutrition, coaching and injuries. ‘That night I couldn’t sleep thinking about it. It lit a fire in me and I couldn’t quench it’ Michael Fennelly explains what attracted him to the Offaly hurling job. https://the42.ie/4799255 Fennelly shakes hands with Brian Cody after the 2016 Leinster final. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“It was innate, I was always looking at that and those things whereas other players wouldn’t have looked at that at all. It’s probably a passion I’ve always had. My father was a manager as well, he was a coach and I would have had him when I was younger as well so there was always that managerial head in the family.”The appointment of Fennelly provided a much-needed boost to Offaly hurling circles but the hard work starts now as he bids to drag the county off the floor.Having operated under one of hurling’s greatest minds in Cody for his entire Kilkenny career, it’s no surprise Fennelly is following former Cats team-mates David Herity and Eddie Brennan into inter-county management.Fennelly captained Kilkenny to the four-in-a-row in 2009, won Hurler of the Year in 2011 and will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest midfielders the game has seen. Fennelly celebrates a score during his playing days. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHe’ll have to draw on all his experience to rebuild the confidence of the Offaly players.“For whatever reason things have gone obviously a bit downhill over the last couple of years but I think there’s still a good cohort in there. There’s massive respect from Kilkenny people about Offaly and the brand of hurling that they play.”The early appointment of Fennelly means he’ll have time to observe the knock-out stages of the Offaly SHC, while he has access to the county board’s extensive library of video footage from the games earlier this season.“I’m going to be sitting at home a good bit watching these games as well as being up Sunday at one of the games. I’ll be up and down, you’ve the U20 championship as well in October, might keep an eye on that as well.“The more knowledge I get the better and the more I get to see these players the better. So yeah there’s a lot of video watching or analysis to do for me over the coming weeks.”The only way is up.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Smartphone : que reste-t-il à l’Iphone 5 ? Le Mobile World Congress réserve son lot de surprises depuis son ouverture. Asus, Huawei, Nokia, Orange, tous présentent leurs nouveaux mobiles et on peut d’ores et déjà se demander si l’attente autour de l’Iphone 5 est toujours justifiée… L’attente du fameux smartphone d’Apple n’a jamais été aussi longue. Surtout pour les utilisateurs de l’iPhone 4 qui n’ont pas forcément craqué pour le 4S qui ne présentait que l’innovation Siri en réel plus.Mais qu’est-ce qui pourrait faire du nouvel iPhone, un smartphone vraiment révolutionnaire, quand on voit ce que les constructeurs sortent depuis maintenant quelques mois ? À moins que la firme de Cupertino mette un soin tout particulier à peaufiner la dernière volonté de Steve Jobs.PuissanceHuawei vient de dévoiler son Ascend D Quad, considéré comme le mobile le plus rapide du monde. La firme taïwanaise surfe sur le haut de gamme après avoir lancé l’Ascend P1 S, le smartphone le plus fin du monde. En tout ças, le D Quad intègre un processeur maison quatre coeurs cadencé à 1,5GHz, le K3V2. Apple devra donc faire mieux. Selon le Monde Informatique, la puce A5 double coeurs découverte dans l’iPad 2 pourrait également se retrouver dans l’iPhone 5. Cadencée à 1GHz, il doublerait la performance du processeur et permettrait de multiplier par neuf la puissance de calcul graphique.De son côté, le site 9to5 Mac a révélé que le nouvel iPhone pourrait plutôt être équipé d’un processeur qual-core A6. Dans tous les cas, rien de révolutionnaire ou du moins, rien qui ne soit déjà connu…ÉcranOn le sait, Apple équipera la nouvelle version de son iPad d’un écran Retina. Présenté lors de la prochaine keynote d’Apple, le 7 mars prochain, l’iPad 3 devrait afficher une résolution de 1536×2048 pixels. Alors, il est fort à parier que l’iPhone 5 soit équipé, à l’instar de l’iPad 3, d’un écran Retina de dernière génération. Ce qui laisse présager une résolution exceptionnelle. D’autant plus, que son écran pourrait bien être plus grand que celui de son grand frère et atteindre les 4 pouces (contre 3,5 pour l’iPhone 4S). Mais rappelons que Samsung vient de lancer un concept à mi-chemin entre le smartphone et la tablette avec son Galaxy Note de 5,3 pouce (14 cm). Alors les 4 pouces (10 cm) de l’iPhone font pâle figure à côté d’un Galaxy Note ou même d’un Optimus Vu sorti par LG il y a quelques jours et mesurant 5 pouces (13 cm). DesignIl y a quelques jours, le site Mashable a dévoilé un concept pour l’iPhone 5, créé par un designer italien. S’inspirant de la fameuse Magic Mouse d’Apple, cet iPhone affiche un look totalement nouveau et qui surfe sur la mode de l’incurvé. En effet, le design n’a pas réellement connu de changement majeur depuis le 3GS. Mais, là c’est un iPhone complètement relooké qui apparaît.Reste que l’incurvé n’est pas vraiment une nouveauté, puisque plusieurs smartphones affichent déjà un look bombé. On citera notamment le Samsung Galaxy Nexus légèrement curvé et le Samsung Galaxy Skin avec son écran flexible. Ce dernier est équipé d’un écran Amoled entièrement flexible qui affiche en 800×480 pixels. Certes, on est loin de la résolution que pourrait avoir l’iPhone 5 mais le concept reste saisissant.Même si le nouvel iPhone pourrait allier nouveau look et incurvé, le concept ne sera donc pas révolutionnaire car déjà présent sur le marché.PhotoÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En ce qui concerne l’appareil photo de l’iPhone, déjà utilisé par beaucoup de photographes en herbe, il pourrait encore être amélioré. Grâce à un micro-capteur développé par Sharp, le nouvel iPhone pourrait intégrer un appareil photo 12 mégapixels. Actuellement, la plupart des smartphones intègrent un capteur 8 mégapixels, mais d’ici la sortie de l’iPhone 5, la tendance a de fortes chances d’évoluer.Rien qu’au MWC 2012, Nokia vient de dévoiler son photophore haut de gamme, le Nokia 808 PureView. Équipé d’un capteur Carl Zeiss, il permet de prendre des photos d’une résolution de 41 Mpixels ! On est donc très loin des petits 12 mégapixels…Toutes ces questions ne trouveront réponse que pour la sortie de l’iPhone 5. Mais Apple ne devrait dévoiler son dernier gadget avant la fin septembre ou au mois d’octobre 2012, un an après la sortie de l’iPhone 4S. Le 29 février 2012 à 16:32 • Maxime Lambert
AstraZeneca, Harrods and Jaguar Land Rover are the best employers to work for in the UK, according to research by financial software, data, and media firm Bloomberg.The Bloomberg best employers UK 2016 survey of 15,000 employees in more than 1600 UK-based organisations with at least 500 staff, ranked the firms according to respondents’ job satisfaction and whether they would recommend the organisation to a prospective employee.The top employers in the survey were:Jaguar Land RoverAstraZenecaHarrodsAdidasDysonMicrosoftEstée LauderSkyFrankie and Benny’sRolls-Royce GroupIan Harnett, executive director of human resources and global purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover, which ranked in first place, said: “Over the past five years, we have created more than 20,000 new jobs and are investing significantly in the future of Jaguar Land Rover by recruiting and developing the people that will help ensure our continued success.”
Ruskin said it all happened fast.“It’s really strong,” said Ruskin. “I was swimming next to him, and I was really struggling to get out of that area. You can get sucked into the jetty.”Both Ruskin and the boater made it to the beach safely.“He said, ‘Thank you,’ and he got off the surf board, and I just went back to surfing,” said Ruskin. “I think he was pretty much in shock ’cause he just lost his boat and all that stuff.”Sam’s father, Ryan Ruskin, said he didn’t know the extent his son went to in order to save the boater until he saw the drone video on Facebook.“It just speaks about his character,” said Ryan. “He didn’t even blink an eye and just went right over there, jumped off his board, handed it to a grown man, saved his life, came back and said, ‘Hey, what’s for dinner, Dad?’”Ruskin said although it can be dangerous off the Jupiter Inlet, he would do it again. JUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) – A South Florida teen is being called a hero after rescuing a boater in distress off the coast of the Jupiter Inlet, Friday afternoon, and it was all caught on drone video.The man’s boat capsized, and he was tossed into some very rough water near a jetty.A drone recorded all the action, as the small boat was capsized by waves and pulled under the water.Thirteen-year-old Sam Ruskin was surfing with his cousin nearby at the time.“At first, we just saw all the boxes from the boat in the middle of the sea,” said Ruskin, “and we were kind of like, ‘What’s going on?’”Ruskin sprang into action.“There was this guy, and he was coming around the Inlet,” he said, “and I paddled to the end of the Inlet where the current is, and I gave him my surfboard.” “Especially here you don’t want to go where this guy was ’cause you’ll get sucked into the jetty, and it’s pretty scary in there because it’s super fast going into the jetty,” said Ruskin.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.