ATHENS (AP) — Sporting authorities in Greece have imposed big penalties on PAOK and AEK Athens following extensive fan violence during last month’s Greek Cup final.The Greek soccer association’s disciplinary committee says PAOK will lose six points from next season’s league tally, play seven home games without fans and pay a fine of 282,500 euros ($317,375). AEK was fined 170,000 euros ($191,000) and ordered to play three home games with no fans.PAOK won the final 2-1 on May 6, but lost out to AEK in the domestic league playoffs, which ended on Wednesday. AEK will play in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.Soccer fans stand in Panthessaliko stadium in front of flames during clashes with the police, ahead of the Greek Cup soccer final between AEK Athens’ and PAOK in Volos, central Greece, on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Soccer fans clash at a tribune of Panthessaliko stadium, ahead of the Greek Cup soccer final between AEK Athens’ and PAOK in Volos, central Greece, on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Refuting the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) charge that he traveled with 300 bags when he left India for Geneva, Vijay Mallya has filed an affidavit before a court in Mumbai and stated that he and his companion had only five bags with them. The affidavit was filed by Mallya’s lawyer Amit Desai last week. In it, Mallya has categorically denied the ED’s allegations of carrying 300 bags while travelling for a a meeting in Geneva two years ago.The special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Court has reserved it’s order on an application moved by the ED requesting that Mallya should be declared a fugitive economic offender (FEO).Reiterating that the new law of declaring someone FEO was draconian, Desai said that earlier one could just pay a fine in lieu of confiscation of property, but now everything will be confiscated even if it has been obtained through legal means.”Why don’t you ask Jet Airways cargo how many bags he had? Why don’t you ask those people in Geneva who had organised the conference which he had gone to attend before making such wild allegations?” Desai asked.Special public prosecutor opposed the affidavit Desai presented in the court. He said since Desai had been given ample opportunities to furnish an affidavit earlier, she said, “I even object to you looking at the affidavit,” to the judge MS Azmi.The affidavit has minutes of the meeting of world motor sport council from December 2, 2015 which Malya had attended in Paris. It was in this meeting that it was decided to hold the March 4, 2016 meeting in Geneva for which Malla had left New Delhi, allegedly with 300 bags. The minutes of that meeting was also attached to the affidavit.advertisementEarlier, the ED had filed the application in the lower court to declare Mallya a fugitive economic offender (FEO) under the new law that would help the agency confiscate about Rs 12,500 crore worth of his assets.The special PMLA court will be passing an order on December 26. However, if it declares Mallya an FEO then arguments by Mallya’s business or property partners and all those who have filed interventions against the confiscation of property will have to be heard by the court before the confiscation can actually happen.Also Read | Can’t call Vijay Mallya thief for one default, he paid taxes for 40 years: Nitin GadkariAlso Watch | Vijay Mallya to finally say goodbye to UK?
The just concluded 75th annual Plymouth County Fair set an attendance record.Fair President Rich Benson says great weekend attendance helped push the total attendance to just over 107,100 people for the week, topping the previous mark by over 6000:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FAIR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…on Wednesday night. ;19Benson says the reason the fair is so successful is the number of volunteers that help with the effort:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FAIR2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………whatever. ;16Benson says he also heard many good comments regarding the entertainment acts that performed at the Pioneer Village stage.
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Photograph: Karen Robinson/The Observer Pinterest Facebook BITS, BOBS AND NEWSThe PFA has backed the call for a new “open, transparent and independent investigation” into how Eni Aluko’s claims of racism and bullying were handled by the Football Association.Barcelona have hit Neymar right where it hurts – in the, um, pocket – by announcing they are suing the Brazilian for €8.5m over a breach of contract regarding the striker’s world-record €222m transfer to PSG.Those pesky Fancy Bears are back, and they say 25 players from 12 countries were given TUEs during the 2010 World Cup. Crystal Palace have the eyes for RB Leipzig and Scotland winger Oliver Burke, who is going to dent the coffers to the tune of £15m, despite starting only five league games since his £13m move from Nottingham Forest this time last year. The EFL is investigating after female football fans were allegedly made to show their bras during “grossly invasive” security searches at Stevenage on Saturday. “At this current time the EFL’s security adviser is looking further into the matters raised and will be seeking the observations of both clubs,” said a suit.Kylian Mbappé and his entourage have been criticised by Monaco supporters for their conduct during this summer’s transfer window. “We would like to remind Kylian Mbappé and his clan that nothing and nobody is above the institution of AS Monaco,” the Ultras Monaco 1994 fans group boomed.And it is business as usual for Sergio Agüero and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with both avoiding action for simulation under new FA rules. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has waded in on Spurs’ Wembley curse. “If they make more noise it would be better for them but, in the first half, if you have to put some noise over the speakers to make some atmosphere I don’t think it is working very well,” he parped.STILL WANT MORE?How did a family inspire a football revolution for girls in Pakistan? Suzanne Wrack tells all. Share on Messenger Pinterest Topics Share via Email Reuse this content Twitter Girls play football on a dusty pitch in Shimshal Photograph: Suzanne Wrack Football It’s ya boy. Photograph: David Squires for the Guardian YESTERDAY v TOMORROW … TODAY!!!It doesn’t seem too long ago when 2011’s Jack Wilshere was considered the future of English football. We can’t put an exact date on it, our memory’s shot to pieces, but it was recent enough and you get the general point. So sad, then, to last night witness the 25-year-old Arsenal midfielder, 25, reduced to throwing hands at a couple of 17-year-olds in an under-23 game. In scenes resembling that time Weird Uncle Fiver finally snapped at the kids outside the 7-Eleven who relentlessly mock his egg-stained string vest and self-administered haircut every time he pops in for his daily paper and four-pack of Purple Tin, Wilshere responded to a heavy tackle by wildly throwing hands at Manchester City youngsters Matthew Smith and Tyreke Wilson in the passionate style. It was only ever going to end one way. Oh Jack! In some respects, Wilshere’s reaction was perhaps understandable, when you take into account his struggles with a damaged ankle, broken leg and overheating head. But as Weird Uncle Fiver reflected as the magistrate sentenced him to three months in the cooler, sometimes it’s better to bite one’s lip, take a deep breath and walk on by. Because sure enough last night, Wilshere was sent packing along with Wilson, then attempted to offer the starlet some beneficial advice as they perambulated down the tunnel. Arsenal eventually won the game 4-3, while after a steaming-hot early bath, England’s emerging elder statesmen took to a popular social networking site seeking further philosophical edification with the first tut-tutting journalist to pop up on his timeline. Oh Jack!Also growing into his role as respected veteran is Wayne Rooney, who is only six years older than Wilshere, a fact that’s just bent the Fiver’s admittedly pliable mind all out of shape. Rooney is currently enjoying something of a career renaissance at Everton, having played quite well in two consecutive games for the first time since, off the top of the Fiver’s head, but this sounds about right, 2008. As a result, he’s now being strongly tipped for a recall to the England team, after being overlooked for the matches against Scotland and Spain because that was the way the wind was blowing back in June. “I’m sure I’ll speak to Gareth Southgate over the next few days,” smiled a satisfied Rooney. “We’ll see what happens.” Here’s hoping the old boy gets into the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, then. If only to show Po’ Jack that there’s always time to turn around a stuttering career, even when you’re getting on a bit.ON BIG WEBSITETONIGHT NOW!Join Scott Murray right now for hot MBM coverage of Astana v Celtic in the Champions League play-off second leg. Jeopardy warning – Celtic are only the five goals up from the first leg. QUOTE OF THE DAY“We were in the hotel before the Germany game [in November 2014]. Everybody was excited. It was a big game. On the wall there was a list of the family and friends who were coming to watch us and I just happened to be next to Mark [Sampson]. He asked me if I had anyone who would be there and I said I had family coming over from Nigeria. ‘Oh,’ he said. ‘Nigeria? Make sure they don’t bring Ebola with them’” – if you haven’t already, do read Daniel Taylor’s extraordinary interview with Eni Aluko. features Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Twitter Oh, didn’t you hear?! Wayne Rooney’s back, baby. So says Jamie Jackson.Want to know how to ghost write a football book? Owen Amos has the answers.La Liga blog time! Girona has a whacking good restaurant and now the city has a team in La Liga too, writes Sid Lowe. Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!SO LONG, DARK ARTS
The www.austouch.com.au website will be updated regularly throughout the event, so be sure to be visiting this website through the event. The TFA ‘2011 World Cup’ website is also a place to visit, with profiles (Open, Senior and Referees), World Cup diaries, photos and all of the latest news uploaded to this site as well. To view this page, please click on the ‘2011 World Cup’ section on the top menu of the TFA website. Touch Football Australia’s Facebook and Twitter pages will also be updated regularly, so make sure you are following all of the latest World Cup news by clicking on these links:www.twitter.com/touchfootyaushttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 TFA’s YouTube page will also have highlights from Australia’s campaign uploaded throughout the event. Highlights from the Australian Farewell Function have also been uploaded. To view, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Don’t forget to send in your messages of support for the Australian contingent in the lead up to the event in the following ways:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook – www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
Jammu: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and assured the locals that their security is the government’s responsibility. Doval arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a confidence building measure (CMB). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Everything will be alright. Your safety and security is our responsibility,” Doval told people in Shopian district. An unprecedented security cover and several restrictions are in place in Kashmir. All modes of communication have been snapped in the Valley. Doval was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals. He exchanged views with them on the security situation and the government’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Your children and their children will continue to live here. They will make their name in the world,” the NSA told people. He also met policemen in the area and praised their role in the containing the situation in the state for the past several years. “Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the best police forces. It has a special place for us,” Doval told the policemen. Later, videos of Doval, flanked by director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh, interacting with locals and policemen went viral on social media.
New Delhi: The feeling has not yet sunk in, said India’s first badminton world champion P V Sindhu on Tuesday after she was given an exuberant welcome on her return to the country which included a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 2016 Olympic silver-medallist, who out-played Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in a lop-sided final of the big event in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday, was mobbed at the airport after she touched down with national coach Pullela Gopichand by her side on Monday night here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am really happy, I am very proud of my country. It’s a much-awaited win and I am very happy about it,” she said in response to a barrage of questions that were thrown at her once she came out of the airport. Within a few hours of that, the 24-year-old had breakfast with sports minister Kiren Rijjiju followed by a meeting with Modi. The Prime Minister posted pictures of the meeting on his personal Twitter page and described the affable player as “India’s pride”. Rijiju, on the other hand, felicitated her with a cash award of Rs 10 lakh. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It hasn’t yet sunk in and we didn’t get much time to celebrate because I had to come back early after the match and then next day take a flight back to India,” she said. The Hyderabadi, who has had little time to reflect since her historic achievement, headed to her hometown in the afternoon. “I will work more hard and win many more medals,” she promised when asked about her plans from now given that the Olympics is less than a year away and she is faced with expectations to finish on the podium for a second successive edition. Sindhu was also asked about the moment she got emotional after the medal distribution ceremony in Basel. The five-time world medallist had tears in her eyes when the national anthem played. She had claimed silvers in the past two editions, besides a couple of bronze medals earlier. “I had tears and there were a lot of emotions, it was a great moment for me. Thanks to all my fans for your blessings, your blessings have brought me here,” she said. “I can’t express how it felt on the podium. It gave me a lot of confidence to improve and win many more tournaments. “I would like to thank my coaches Gopi sir and Kim (Ji Hyun). They have put in a lot of effort and done a few changes in my game,” she added. Kim Ji Hyun, a former international from South Korea, joined the coaching staff earlier this year on Gopichand’s recommendation. Sindhu also thanked the government agencies and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for their support. “The reception was really, really good. I would like to thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI), BAI, the Sports Minister and the government. They have been very supportive,” she said. Gopichand said Sindhu’s gold was special but her past medals at the big event should also never be forgotten. “It is phenomenal. This wait was definitely long but every medal that she has won is special,” he said. “We won bronze and silver (in the earlier editions). The question-mark was over gold. Going into the Olympics with this win is phenomenal. They way she did it was such a pleasure,” he added referring to her dominant performance in the final. Also present during their interactions with Rijiju and Modi were BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma, Kim Ji-Hyun and Sindhu’s father P V Ramana, a former bronze medallist in volleyball at the 1986 Asian Games.
Shaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsAnother election was held to create a new board for the embattled Indian and Métis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg Wednesday night.The centre was incorporated nearly 60 years ago – but has been in the limelight lately because of allegations of mismanagement and infighting.There is hope that the new board will turn things around – but the voting process wasn’t without some heated moments.The tense moments involved board members and voters with ties to the American Indian Movement who some thought were taking over the board and creating their own agenda.“The membership has come to an agreement that only five members of the American Indian Movement will be allowed on the board,” announced Kathy Guimond-Doyle, interim chair of the meeting. “They’re not allowed to wear their patches and they are to swear an oath that they’re protecting the interests of the centre and not their group.”email@example.com
TORONTO — Ontario’s finance minister says $1 billion in higher sales and income tax revenues have pushed the province’s deficit down to $13.5 billion.Vic Fedeli released Ontario’s 2018-19 third-quarter finances today and says the higher revenues show the government’s plan is working.Ontario’s financial accountability officer has said the deficit is actually about $2.5 billion lower.Opposition politicians have accused the Progressive Conservative government of inflating the deficit so it can justify cuts to programs and services.Fedeli says the next budget will show a path to balance, though he wouldn’t specify if the government will eliminate the deficit within its four-year mandate.Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says he has directed ministries to limit spending until fiscal year end of March 31.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Be it immigration, international terrorism, climate change, or peacekeeping missions, “Morocco has always been among the first countries to propose mechanisms to rise to global challenges,” said M’hamed Ifriquine, Morocco’s consul general in Istanbul.According to Ifriquine, Rabat has steadily spearheaded a host of multilateral conventions and forums on tackling the world’s most pressing issues.He also noted that the Kingdom has always adopted a balanced policy based on the primacy of dialogue and moderation in international relations, and that it favours the values of respect and solidarity in the management of bilateral and global issues.Read also: Qatar Gives Turkey Financial Lifeline; No End in Sight for Diplomatic CrisisRecalling the history of the Kingdom, the diplomat said that Morocco gives priority to the issues of the Islamic world, with the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem at the forefront.Ifriquine made the statements at a conference entitledon “The Foundations and Priorities of Moroccan Diplomacy,” which was organized by Istanbul-based Bahcesehir University last week.
30 April 2008A group of independent United Nations experts have called for urgent measures to protect those defending human rights in Colombia, following a recent surge in violence that includes killings, harassment and intimidation of civil society activists, trade union leaders and lawyers representing victims. “We are deeply concerned by recent developments in Colombia indicating the deteriorating situation of human rights defenders in recent months,” the experts said in a statement issued today in Geneva. The group reports that so far this year there have been 21 killings of trade unionists and civil society leaders and dozens of reports of death threats against activists and defenders allegedly perpetrated by new illegal armed groups. The recent escalation in violence against human rights defenders “confirms the need for a vigorous and immediate reaction from the Government for the protection of defenders in Colombia,” they added. While recognizing the measures taken by the Government to improve the security of human rights defenders, the group called for “more effective and consistent protection measures for defenders at risk as a matter of urgency.” These include effective protection of defenders at risk, more efficient investigations and conclusive prosecutions of perpetrators, and more open and firm cross-party political support and recognition to defenders and their work. “Concrete and concerted action is needed to stop the endemic impunity for the crimes and violations committed against human rights defenders,” said the experts, all of whom report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. The statement was signed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston; and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy. In a related development, Margaret Sekaggya will begin her duties as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders on 1 May. Ms. Sekaggya, who has been the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission since 1996, succeeds Ms. Jilani who has been responsible for this mandate since 2000.
DOWNLOADOn this page you will find the current news from Westminster. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Westminster can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.For further information e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.orgContents1. Chancellor delivers Autumn Statement2. Government launches growth review3. ‘Low carbon jobs plus skills will result in economic boost’ – Engineering UK1. Chancellor delivers Autumn StatementChancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has delivered government’s Autumn Statement to the House of Commons, outlining the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) economic and fiscal outlook. The coalition government announced in September that it would replace the Pre-Budget Report with an Autumn Statement. The chancellor spoke of government’s mandate to eliminate the fiscal deficit and reducing government debt as a key focus of its economic strategy. He said government had ‘taken Britain out of the financial danger-zone and on the road to recovery’. The chancellor also made a number of policy announcements including new proposals on corporate tax reform, changes to Intellectual Property rules and a cross-government review, led by BIS and HM Treasury reporting for the next Budget (23 March 2011).Source: ParliamentClick here for more information2. Government launches growth reviewChancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne and business secretary, Vince Cable have announced a review of what all parts of government are doing to create the best conditions for private sector growth. Building on the action already taken by government and outlined in the paper, ‘The path to strong, sustainable and balanced growth’, business is being invited to take part in this work which will challenge every government department on the measures being taken to tackle barriers to growth. The growth review will start with an intensive programme of work, based on the evidence provided by business, to report by Budget 2011. Departments will be required to present Action Plans to a Ministerial Ad-Hoc Group chaired by the chancellor and business secretary, on what contribution they will make. Specific sectors and structural areas have been identified as a priority for the Government; over the course of the review, including advanced manufacturing plus highlighting low carbon vehicles. The work will continue for the lifetime of this Parliament, ensuring all government departments think first and foremost about the impact of their policies on growth. George Osborne, said: “We have been clear that growth will be driven by the private sector. By working closely with business and industry in this intensive programme of work, Government can make sure that Britain is open for business.”Source: HM TreasuryClick here for more information3. ‘Low carbon jobs plus skills will result in economic boost’ – Engineering UKEngineering UK has warned in its annual report that engineering skills shortages threaten to leave the UK behind its international counterparts in the race to secure energy markets. The report launch brought together leaders from industry, education and government, including minister for business, Mark Prisk, to deliver a new partnership to address these challenges. Engineering UK 2011: The state of Engineering confirms that the engineering sector is at the forefront of rebalancing the UK economy and meeting climate change and renewable energy targets. Success is dependent upon both investment and on boosting the skill levels of UK workers. The report highlights discrepancies between the demand and supply of appropriately skilled technicians. At least 10% of technicians currently working within science, engineering and technology fields are under-qualified – at level two (equivalent to e.g. GCSE grades A* – C, NVQ or BTEC Level 2) or below, where at least a level three (A Levels, NVQ or BTEC level 3) is needed. Business minister, Mark Prisk, said: “We need a new approach where industry, education and government works collaboratively to achieve this common ambition so I welcome this partnership to address these challenges. Government is committed to increasing the number of highly skilled workers. One of our first announcements was a commitment to create an additional 50,000 new adult apprenticeships by redirecting £150m from Train to Gain.”Source: Engineering UKClick here for more informationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Facing difficulty in balancing classes, work and social life is commonplace for college students. Add in conditioning and training, and you get a combo that leaves little time for sleep. Just when there is a moment to get a few hours of rest, it is time to wake up and do it all over again, said John Laing, a senior pommel horse specialist for the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team and a civil engineering major. The life of a male gymnast is a balancing act between the achievement of perfection and time management while working toward competing on a collegiate level and being a college student. “It’s tough balancing the workout schedule and all the stuff outside the gym,” said Michael Newburger, a redshirt junior pommel horse specialist and a mathematics and physics major. “I spend a lot of time in my classes and you always want to have a social life, too, but you always think about putting the team first.” Rustam Sharipov, the OSU men’s gymnastics coach, said he thinks learning is the most important part of being a student-athlete. “Gymnastics is one of the sports where you never waste your time,” Sharipov said. “As long as the kid got his education and he doesn’t have any regrets, I’m fine with that and that means I did my job. And that’s what it is all about.” While some naive onlookers may not realize it at first, men’s and women’s gymnastics have different sets of rules and regulations, even though both sports are fundamentally based on perfection and physical and mental strength. “People think we use a lot of music like the girls and it’s really choreographed,” Newburger said. “Although it is an artistic sport, we try to keep that perfection and that performance attitude, but it is a very physical, very serious athletic sport.” After tying for second in the 2013 Windy City Invitational Jan. 19 in Chicago and earning second place in the Metroplex Challenge Friday in Dallas, some members of the No. 5-ranked men’s team said they still are striving for more. “Things don’t just happen by themselves, you have to make things happen and not sit back and wait for things to happen,” Laing said. While sports like football and basketball enjoy relative levels of popularity nationally, Laing said gymnastics’ relevance in major college athletics isn’t quite as clear. “There are 17 Division I colleges that participate, and it is slowly getting less and less popular with everyone in general,” he said. “The average person can’t come in here and do a flip, which to us is very basic, but it’s not something where someone off the street can just come in here and mess around and do.”
Courgette shortage: Grow your own instead plus a recipe for pan-fried Jerusalem artichokes A shortage of certain vegetables in our supermarkets has spurred a rise in the sale of seeds. It’s easy and very rewarding to grow your own, writes Michael Kelly. 87 Views Share51 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Michael Kelly http://jrnl.ie/3231215 Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 12:30 PM Feb 11th 2017, 12:30 PM YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED in the news this week that there is a veg and salad crop shortage. Lots of our favourite vegetables, like courgettes, iceberg lettuce, aubergines and tomatoes, are in short supply due to a perfect storm of inclement weather conditions in southern Europe.Every now and then a supply chain issue like this breaks through to the public consciousness and shakes us out of our apathy about our food chain. That’s probably not a bad thing, but unfortunately this time around it seems to me that we’ve completely missed the point.The focus should not be on the fact that Spain’s southeastern Murcia region supplies 80% of Europe’s fresh produce during the winter, or that that region is suffering its coldest and wettest winter in 30 years. We should instead be talking about our obsession with unseasonal veg.It’s worth reminding ourselves that all of the vegetables currently experiencing a shortage – courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes and iceberg lettuce – are not in season currently, and to restore some sanity into the food chain we should be switching from these veg in the winter and relying instead on the crops our own climate, and our own growers, can provide us with.Shifting to seasonal eatingNow before you say that I am just being contrary and trying to drag us back to the 1960s, let me offer two solid reasons why this would be a good idea. Firstly, I would argue that a shift to seasonal eating is better for our health. Our bodies don’t need thirst-quenching, water-filled vegetables like tomatoes at this time of the year.Secondly, our reliance on unseasonal food locks us into an unstable reliance on foreign imports. Eating unseasonably might be great news for growers in Murcia (and I am sure they are fine fellows indeed) but it is terrible for Irish agriculture and jobs.Irish growers are leaving the industry in their droves because they cannot compete with our taste for unseasonal food or the climate advantage of their continental competitors.The Last CourgetteThis current crisis is a timely reminder that we have become far too “recipe-led” when it comes to feeding ourselves. Open any magazine or newspaper this week and you will see celebrity chefs toting recipes that are laden with unseasonal ingredients.Your local supermarket (a place where there are no seasons) will support this by ensuring these veg are available 365 days a year. This is unquestionably a marvel of modernity, but it does no favours for our health, for the health of our planet or for Irish farmers and growers.So instead of scouring local supermarkets for the Last Courgette, which will be ridiculously over-priced and maybe under armed guard, buy some seasonal, Irish vegetables instead. Or better still, for the ultimate masterclass in seasonality, start growing some veg yourself.Buying Tomato Seeds Source: Shutterstock/FotosenmeerWith an eye on summer crops, next week I will be sowing (and writing about sowing) my tomato, aubergine and pepper (sweet and chilli) seeds, so this is a great time to get your seeds on order. The beauty of growing your own tomatoes from seed is that you can try lots of different varieties.I have to admit to a tomato obsession. I grow around 70 plants in a big polytunnel in the field beside our house. It gives us enough tomatoes to last between July and November and fills the larder with tomato sauce for use in pizzas, pastas and soups.When buying seed, I am looking for a good mix of tastes, shapes, sizes and colours. I want some beefsteak and plenty of cherries. I want old reliables, some new experiments and the odd curiosity. I will generally go with about 12 to 15 different varieties. Here are ten of the varieties I am trying this year:Sungold. My favourite tomato is a beautifully sweet, yellow/red cherry tomato, top of the taste tests.Shirley is a popular hybrid for early production with large trusses of medium sized fruit.Sweet Million is a sweet, shiney red cherry and a prolific cropper.Tigerella has red fruits with orange-yellow stripes and a fine flavor.Gardener’s Delight are bite sized, tangy tomatoes that taste like tomatoes used to taste.Golden Sunrise have a medium sized golden yellow fruit with a sweet, distinctive flavour.Alicante is another favourite of ours, and a prolific cropper with medium sized red fruits.Albenga produces large and distinctive pear-shaped beefsteak style fruits.Black Krim is an heirloom variety that produces slightly flattened, large beefsteak tomatoes.Sweet Aperitif is another taste test topper, a prolific red cherry with thin skins and excellent flavour.To order seeds, check out shop.giy.ie. We can also recommend Seedaholic, The Organic Centre and Brown Envelope Seeds.This Month at GROW HQSpring has sprung (just about) and this month at GROW HQ we’ve a range of courses, classes and events to kick off the growing season. We’ve also a range of cookery courses, and special seasonal eating events, including a silent mindful lunch and our monthly Friday Feast. For more check out www.growhq.org.Recipe of the Week – Pan Fried Jerusalem Artichokes Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioThe default recipe for Jerusalem Artichokes tends to be using them for soup, but here’s a recipe that puts them centre stage. I’ve also been told they are very good indeed if baked in the oven, whole with skins on, and then smothered in hollandaise sauce. But I suppose most things taste very good indeed when smothered in hollandaise sauce.Ingredients600g Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and cut into chunks2 cloves garlic, finely slicedWhite wine vinegarFry the artichokes in some oil on a medium heat until golden on both sides, then add a few bay leaves, the garlic and a good splash of vinegar. Season well. Place a lid on top and cook for 20 minutes or until the artichokes have softened.Take off the lid and cook for another few minutes, until the artichokes are golden brown. Serve immediately. Serves 4.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ.Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. 18 Comments Gardener By Michael Kelly
Une campagne de sensibilisation WWF pour sauver les baleinesLe WWF a lancé un vaste programme pour aider à protéger les baleines les plus menacées et une campagne de sensibilisation pour persuader les banques finançant la construction d’une nouvelle plateforme de forage d’abandonner ce projet menaçant la survie des baleines grises se nourrissant dans cette zone.Une baleine grise de 11 mètres bloquée a pu descendre la Tamise la semaine dernière grâce à ce programme de WWF. “Cet évènement avait pour but de faire prendre conscience de la situation critique dans laquelle se trouve l’une des baleines les plus menacées au monde”, a expliqué le WWF dans un communiqué de presse.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueIl reste aujourd’hui 130 de ces baleines dans le monde mais il n’en existe plus à l’état sauvage au Canada. A l’heure actuelle, 26 femelles reproductrices assurent la survie de cette espèce. Mais la construction d’une troisième plateforme de forage dans le nord-ouest du Pacifique risque de dégrader la zone où se nourrissent les cétacés, de les bouleverser par la pollution sonore, voire même de les tuer en cas de fuites d’hydrocarbures. En outre, leur parcours de migration pourrait être complètement chamboulé. C’est face à de tels risques que le WWF a décidé de lancer une vaste campagne de sensibilisation baptisée “Westernn grey whale”. Avec celle-ci, le WWF souhaite convaincre les banques de refuser ce projet de troisième plateforme de Sakhaline 2. L’association offre la possibilité au public d’adhérer à ce message pour la biodiversité en signant la pétition en ligne sur le site: www.thelast130.org (lien non disponible). Du 12 au 14 février 2012, 11 experts indépendants du Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel se réuniront avec les bailleurs de fonds et Sakhalin Energy, afin de trouver des solutions pour limiter l’impact des opérations de forage sur les baleines. Le 14 février 2012 à 11:02 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville banned J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular “Harry Potter” stories.The seven-book fantasy series chronicling the magical adventures of young witches and wizards were removed from the school library due to their content.“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception,” the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish school, wrote in an email obtained by the Nashville Tennessean.“The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells,” he continued. “Which, when read by a human being, risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.”Reehil even consulted several exorcists in the US and Rome, who also recommended prohibiting the books.The pastor reportedly sent the email following an inquiry from a parent; he also notified faculty.Since the release of Rowling’s first novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (or “Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US) in 1997, the books have found monstrous success, attracting audiences of all ages.Not everyone is a fan, though; Harry Potter remains controversial in some circles—particularly religious ones.The Catholic Church does not have an official position on the books, according to Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville.In this case, the school’s pastor has the final say.“Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school,” Hammel explained. “He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.”Meanwhile, parents—who the Catholic Church concede are children’s primary teachers—are free to introduce their kids to Harry Potter’s wizarding world if they see fit.“We would hope that they would just guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith,” Hammel said in a statement to the Tennessean.“We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age appropriate materials for our classrooms,” she added.More on Geek.com:Rare First Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Book With Typos Sells for $90,000Drop Everything and Read AI-Generated Harry Potter Fan FictionHarry Potter Fans Freak Out Over ‘Dobby Creature’ in Eerie VideoHow I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Harry Potter’ Again
Inter Milan Coach Luciano Spalletti says even though “there are difficulties and things to complete”, the club’s squad needs two more new players.Inter Milan have been out in search for a right-back and there are reports they already close to Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko as they also target Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal.“There are reinforcements, but there are difficulties and things to complete,” Spalletti told SportMediaset as quoted in Football Italia.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“With an army of feeling behind us it’s important to have a good season, and to do so takes certain characteristics, a number of the right players to cover all competitions.“We all know that a couple of pieces are missing, but not to give me an advantage. It’s for the 40,000 that have always been there.”The nerazzurri already signed six players this summer and have been linked with the likes of Matteo Darmian, Mateo Kovacic. Inter have signed Stefan de Vrij from Lazio on a free transfer, Radja Nainggolan has arrived from Roma and Matteo Politano has been secured on a loan deal from Sassuolo.
(WSVN) – Say hello to the new Miss Florida!Twenty-one-year-old Michaela McLean took home the tiara at this year’s competition, Saturday night.Besides the coveted crown, the win also comes with $15,000 worth of scholarship money.This year’s event marked the first Miss Florida pageant without a swimsuit competition.The 21-year-old will now go on to compete in the Miss America competition in September.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
New Delhi, October 8 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 57.88 points up to stand at 19952.98. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 11.80 points up to stand at 5,917.95.McLeod Russel and Torrent Power were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.43% and 5.71% along with Idea Cellular and Wockhardt with an increase of 5.22% and 5.00% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jet Air India and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with a decrease of 4.32% and 3.77% along with Shree Cement and TV18 Broadcast with a decrease of 3.67% and 3.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 6.04 points at 11,450.71 while the banking sector is up 52.53 points at 11,528.32 and the realty sector is up 16.73 points at 1,258.74. The Indian currency is down 0.11% at Rs 61.86 per dollar.