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Solari confirms Benzema injury

first_imgKarim Benzema fractured his finger in Real Madrid’s win at Real Betis, coach Santiago Solari has confirmed.Benzema suffered the injury during Sunday’s 2-1 victory at the Benito Villamarin, which was sealed by a late Dani Ceballos free-kick.Striker Benzema fell heavily on his right hand and was in obvious pain as he left the field shortly before the half-time interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Benzema did not return to the pitch for the second half with Solari sending on Cristo Gonzalez for his LaLiga debut.46′ | 0-1 |  We made our first change at the break with Cristo replacing @Benzema. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/Gt5cis7TYD— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 13, 2019Solari confirmed Benzema fractured his finger in a post-match interview but gave no expected timescale for his recovery.Benzema has featured 19 times in league play, scoring seven goals while adding two additional assists.The Frenchman has also scored three Champions League goals as well as one further goal in the Copa del Rey.Madrid are already without forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, while regular starters Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente all missed the trip to Seville.Solari’s side are in Copa del Rey action away to Leganes on Wednesday, holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg of the tie.They then host Sevilla – who are third in the table, level on points with Madrid – in a crunch LaLiga clash on Saturday.last_img read more

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How to negotiate your rates like an expert

first_imgThe number one rule of improv comedy is to reply with “yes, and” no matter the scenario. Imagine where we’d be if Tina Fey had responded to “Who do you think you are, Sarah Palin?” with “No, never!”Freelancers, like comedians, must positively assert themselves in order to negotiate the rates they deserve. If you can prove to a potential client how deeply you understand his or her most pressing needs (“yes”), you prove yourself to be the right freelancer for the job (“and I’m the one who’s going to solve your problem”).This June 3 join us for Spark, our monthly, in-person networking event where you’ll learn more about how to negotiate the rates you deserve. In this session, you’ll learn how to:- Gain the upper hand by putting your client’s needs first- Determine a project’s worth by evaluating its potential impact- Get ahead of the haggling curve with a pre-set strategy- Learn the true value of referralsSpark takes place in 17 different cities across the country!RSVP here to the Spark closest to you.Help get the conversation going early by sharing your expert tips in our National Spark Hive.Don’t see a Spark in your city? Apply to be an organizer! Even in cities with a Spark, organizers love to collaborate and are always looking for new helping hands. Apply here today!Spark is sponsored by FreshbooksFreshBooks is the #1 cloud accounting software designed exclusively for service-based small business owners.Freelancers Union members receive a 30 day trial and a 10% discount on any paid FreshBooks package.Access the discount here.last_img read more

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Realme X2 Pro launched: Key specs, features, price and India launch details

first_imgRealme X2 Pro launched: Key specs, features, price and India launch detailsRealme X2 Pro is now official in China and will launch in India in December. Here’s a quick look at its specs, features and expected price in India.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 16:03 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme X2 Pro is the first flagship phone from Realme.Realme X2 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and offers a 90Hz display.It starts at approximately Rs 26,000 in China.Realme X2 Pro has been launched in China and will be announced in Europe later today, marking the company’s entry in Spain, UK, France, and Italy markets. Realme X2 Pro is a feature-packed flagship smartphone with specs that include a Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, 90Hz display and 50W SuperVOOC fast charging.Realme X2 Pro is the company’s first full-fledged flagship smartphone that will look to take on phones like the OnePlus 7T and Redmi K20 Pro. Realme has confirmed that the Realme X2 Pro will come to India in December, so here’s a quick look at its specs, features and pricing in China.Realme X2 Pro specificationsDisplay: Realme X2 Pro sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2400X1080) Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 1000nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Processor: It is powered by a 2.9GHz Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC.RAM: It comes in 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM options.Internal storage: 6GB RAM comes with 64GB internal storage, 8GB RAM comes with 128GB internal storage and 12GB RAM comes with 256GB storage.Rear camera: Realme X2 Pro gets a 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 20x hybrid zoom support, 8MP super wide-angle lens and macro lens.Front camera: Up front, the phone gets a 16-megapixel selfie camera.Battery: It houses a 4,000mAh battery and supports 50W fast charging.Realme X2 Pro features Realme X2 Pro is the company’s first flagship smartphone. It falls in the premium mid-range segment along with the likes of the Redmi K20 and OnePlus 7.advertisement The flagship brings a number of firsts for the company. It is Realme’s first to come with a 90Hz refresh rate, which is also seen on phones like the OnePlus 7T. In addition to a 90Hz screen, the Realme X2 Pro also gets a waterdrop FHD+ Super AMOLED display. Realme X2 Pro is also the company’s first phone to support 50W SuperVOOC fast charging that can fully charge the 4,000mAh battery in just 35 minutes. Realme X2 Pro is also the first Realme phone to be powered by a flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, which is based on a 7nm process and offers a peak CPU clock speed of 2.9GHz. This is paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Realme X2 Pro is a premium-looking smartphone as well as it comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back along with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It also sports a waterdrop notch to house the selfie camera.Realme X2 Pro priceRealme X2 Pro price in China starts at CNY 2,599 (approx Rs 26,100) for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Realme X2 Pro also comes in 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB variants that are priced at CNY 2,799 (approx Rs 28,100) and CNY 3,199 (approx Rs 32,200), respectively. Pre-orders in China begin today and shipments commence starting October 18.Realme has confirmed that the X2 Pro will launch in India in December. The India pricing is still unknown, but based on its China prices, we expect the Realme X2 Pro to start at around Rs 26,000 in India.ALSO READ | Realme X2 Pro launched with Snapdragon 855 Plus: Check prices, specs, India launch dateGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme X2 Pro Nextlast_img read more

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German rail operator union agree on new wage package

first_imgBERLIN — Germany’s rail operator says it has reached a new wage agreement with workers, averting the possibility of more strikes during the Christmas travel crunch.Deutsche Bahn said Saturday it had agreed with the EVG union, which negotiates for around 160,000 employees and also represents bus drivers and others, to a package of raises over 29 months ending in February 2021.Workers will receive a 3.5 per cent increase on July 1, 2019 and a 2.6 per cent increase on July 1, 2020, with Oct. 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019 covered by a one-off 1,000-euro ($1,130) payment.The union had been arguing for a 7.5 per cent overall increase over a shorter period.Deutsche Bahn raised its offer after a short-term strike on Monday led to hundreds of delays and cancellations.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Carr says Trans Mountain expansion will add just one more tanker per

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the Trans Mountain pipeline will only increase tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia by one ship a day, downplaying the risks raised by environmental critics of the project.Speaking following the weekly Liberal caucus meeting today, Carr said he has a lot of confidence that the pipeline expansion his government backs is good for the economy and the future of Canada.He says critics who say it will mean a 700 per cent increase in tanker traffic off the coast out of Burnaby, B.C., have their math right, but this makes the increase look bigger than it really it is. Carr says it actually means 35 ships a month instead of five, or about one additional tanker a day out of the Westridge Marine Terminal, with strict marine standards to guard against accidents.Critics, however, point to the difficult and often narrow passages the huge tankers have to traverse to get from the terminal to the open ocean and say a spill would be enormous.The British Columbia government’s main concern is a lack of information about how diluted bitumen from the pipeline expansion actually behaves if it spills in a marine environment and how, or if, it can be cleaned up.last_img read more

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AAI holds cultural evening to celebrate 24th Annual Day

first_imgAirports Authority of India (AAI), the mainstay of Civil Aviation in the country, celebrated its 24th Annual Day on April 1, at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi with full grandeur. The celebration kick-started with Ganesh Vandana by Zenith Dance Group followed by many other wonderful performances. After this, the stage was opened for musical extravaganza by Salim Sulaiman Merchant and band. Popular music composer duo performed their famous compositions which regaled the audience present. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn the eve of 24th Annual Day, various awards were given away to AAI Airports and teams by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI. Four AAI airports – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad; Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar; Chandigarh International Airport and Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport, Indore Airport were awarded Airport Service Quality Awards 2018. Customer Satisfaction Index awards were also presented to Swami Vivekananda International Airport, Raipur (First rank); Udaipur Airport (Second rank) and Trichy International Airport (Third rank). Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardApart from this, various other awards like Chairman Excellence Award and Sports Award were also presented on the occasion. The Engineering team was awarded for development of Civil Enclave at Prayagraj Airport in the record time of eleven months. GM(ATM) in-charge, Mumbai ATC and Team were also appreciated and awarded for carrying out excellent work during the recent crisis period. Swachh Bharat Awards were conferred to top two Airports each in three categories. Kolkata and Chennai in the first category; Chandigarh and Mangalore airport in the second; Vadodara and Mangalore in the third category. Recruitment Cell Team was awarded for carrying out excellent work during recruitment.last_img read more

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Taxis to remain off the roads in Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: Vehicles, mainly taxis, will remain off the roads from 11 am to 1 pm in Darjeeling town on Thursday. This is owing to a meeting of the Himalayan Transport Coordination Committee on various issues pertaining to taxis.”The Hills are plagued with numerous taxi and transport-related problems including parking, taxi-bus stands, and revision of fares. “During elections, different political parties give us assurances but afterwards, the assurances do not translate into action. We have called for a meeting on Thursday in which we have called all the taxi owners, transporters and drivers so that they can voice their grievances and hear about the solutions from the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration top brass,” stated S N Pradhan, president. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBinay Tamang, former chairman of the GTA along with Anit Thapa, acting chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, will be present at the meeting to be held at the GDNS Hall in Darjeeling from 10:30 am on Thursday. Handouts to this effect were circulated to transport and taxi syndicates by the coordination committee on Wednesday. The committee is affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay faction.) However, the handout stated that taxis will remain off the roads in Darjeeling town from 11 am to 1 pm stressing that in this period, if there is any untoward incident and vehicles are damaged, the committee will not take any responsibility. “We have written this so that all attend. We want them to have direct interaction with the authorities so that they can put up their problems and hear what the GTA authorities have to say,” explained Pradhan. There are 61 syndicates under the Committee.last_img read more

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UN advocate Angelina Jolie urges world to keep momentum on Libyan crisis

5 April 2011Hollywood actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie travelled today to the Tunisian-Libyan border, where she spoke with people who had recently fled the fighting in Libya and highlighted the need for greater international support for those affected by the crisis. Ms. Jolie, who advocates on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), commended the outpouring of generosity from the Tunisian people, saying it is a sign of the openness sweeping across the region.Tunisia has received more than half of the outflow from Libya, according to UNHCR, which reports that at least 400,000 people have escaped the violence in the last month alone. The neighbouring countries of Egypt, Niger, Algeria, Chad and Sudan have also taken in people fleeing the fighting that has erupted between pro- and anti-Government supporters.“The international community has done well to reinforce Tunisia’s remarkable relief effort,” said Ms. Jolie. “But with 2,000 people still crossing each day, we cannot let the funding dry up and need to sustain the momentum.”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that the flash appeal for Libya has been updated from $160 million to $310.8 million. The first appeal had received $113 million, or 70 per cent, in funding. OCHA said it is estimated that over 1.5 million people may be affected by the conflict and require some form of humanitarian assistance.During Ms. Jolie’s visit, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has covered the costs for a flight of 177 persons to return to their countries of origin and bought an ambulance to help support Tunisian efforts on the border to assist the injured arriving from Libya. “We would encourage others, individuals and governments, to continue to support and assist with the needs on the ground,” said Ms. Jolie.She also highlighted the plight of some 2,500 people from war-torn countries who are among those who left Libya and are unable to return home and thus require international protection. In addition, she called for a humanitarian corridor inside Libya, both to deliver vital assistance to those inside such as food and medicine, as well as to facilitate safe access for those seeking refuge in safer areas. Yesterday, the UN envoy for Libya said the international community must continue to work together to help the people of the North African nation find a solution to their conflict, adding it remained unclear how long the current situation would last. The unrest in Libya follows weeks of protests against the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi.Reporting to the Security Council after his recent mission to the country, Abdul Elah al-Khatib said that despite the effectiveness of the efforts by coalition members to implement a no-fly zone and protect civilians, the fighting has continued between ground forces of the armed opposition and Colonel Qadhafi’s loyalists. Information on the humanitarian situation in Libya remained limited due to a lack of access, he stated, while adding that it is feared there are significant civilian protection concerns such as landmines, gender-based violence and human rights violations.“Overall humanitarian conditions, especially in and around areas of where fighting is taking place remain grave, particularly regarding medical and protection needs,” said Mr. Khatib. read more

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ICE Futures Canada Thursday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $5.20 lower $492.00; Jan. ’18 $5.20 lower $498.70; March ’18 $5.20 lower $505.30; May ’18 $5.30 lower $508.30; July ’18 $4.90 lower $508.70; Nov. ’18 $5.20 lower $481.80; Jan. ’19 $5.20 lower $483.50; March ’19 $5.20 lower $486.20; May ’19 $5.20 lower $486.20; July ’19 $5.20 lower $486.20; Nov. ’19 $5.20 lower $486.20.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 495,120 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 495,120. read more

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Shopify quarterly loss widens amid investment push to attract merchants

Shopify Inc reported a wider net loss as the Canadian e-commerce software maker spent more during the quarter to attract customers to its offerings.The Ottawa-based company, which is looking for a larger slice of the e-commerce industry, dominated by players including Amazon.com and eBay, is investing heavily to attract merchants to its tools and websites.Shopify said total operating expenses jumped 46 per cent to $244.4 million in the second quarter. SNC-Lavalin reports quarterly loss on $1.7B charge, cuts dividend Bombardier posts quarterly loss as rail division struggles Canadian Natural Resources beats profit estimates on higher prices The company also launched its fulfillment network in June, and said it plans on spending over a billion dollars to build and operate the network in the next few years.The company’s net loss widened to $28.7 million, or 26 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from about $24.0 million, or 23 cents per share, a year earlier.Related Stories:Hudson’s Bay Co losses widen on lower sales and heavy discountsHudson’s Bay Co reports wider quarterly lossDollarama misses expectations on profit, but hikes sales forecastRevenue surged nearly 48 per cent to $362 million in the quarter.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

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Security Council urges holding of peaceful credible polls in GuineaBissau

In a statement issued to the press on Thursday, Council members also urged national stakeholders to respect the results of the polls “as an expression of the will of the people of Guinea-Bissau” in line with the country’s agreed electoral code. “They also called upon them to refrain from any action that could hamper the electoral process and to live up to their responsibilities in the interest of lasting peace and development in Guinea-Bissau.” The statement followed a briefing received by the 15-member body earlier in the day in a closed-door session by Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on the situation in Guinea-Bissau.The elections, which have been postponed several times, are seen as a crucial step on the path to restoring constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, which is recovering from an April 2012 coup.Council members welcomed the successful conclusion of the voter registration process, and acknowledged that funding and preparations for the elections were “well on track.”At the same time, they condemned the episodes of political violence and intimidation in Guinea-Bissau, in particular the kidnap and assault of a member of the Party for Social Renewal (PRS). In addition, Council members renewed their call on all security services to respect the constitutional order, including the electoral process, and to submit themselves fully to civilian control. They also urged all elements of Guinea Bissau’s political and military leaders “to refrain from attempts to interfere with or influence the electoral process, and to refrain from violence or intimidation of candidates.” Further, they recalled their readiness to consider further measures, as necessary, including targeted sanctions against both civilian and military individuals who undermine efforts to restore constitutional order. read more

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Ohio States Jeff Heuerman jumps Purdue en route to victory

Junior tight end, Jeff Heuerman (86), attempts to jump over Purdue players. OSU won against Purdue, 56-0, Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorRoad trips to Purdue have been less than kind to the Ohio State football team in recent years — losses to the Boilermakers in both 2011 and 2009 led junior tight end Jeff Heuerman to call West Lafayette, Ind., a “gray city.”“It’s not quite Ohio State,” Heuerman said Oct. 28. “It’s kind of a gray city. It’s not the most beautiful city in the country.”Saturday, though, Ross-Ade Stadium looked just fine for the Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0), as they steamrolled the Boilermakers, 56-0, to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 games.Heuerman played a big role in the win, snagging five passes from junior quarterback Braxton Miller for a team-leading and career-high 116 yards and a 40-yard touchdown — the longest catch of his career — and quite literally attempting to leap over the opposition at one point.Heuerman became the first Buckeye tight end to record at least 100 yards receiving in a game since Rickey Dudley tallied 106 against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. His success, Heuerman said, was because of the things his teammates brought to the table.“I’ve said before, having a running back like (senior) Carlos Hyde and a quarterback like Braxton Miller and some of our offensive weapons — (freshman running back) Dontre Wilson, (junior wide receivers) Devin (Smith) and Evan (Spencer), (senior wide receiver Corey) ‘Philly’ Brown — the defenses, they’ve gotta respect all of them,” Heuerman said after the win. “It puts them in a bind sometimes and our offensive coaches do a great job of getting great play calls. Having all those guys being so productive, it puts me in a position where I can make my block easier sometimes. It makes my route easier.”OSU coach Urban Meyer and tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton have said they would like to see Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore Nick Vannett get more involved in the offense catching the ball. That happened Saturday as both paid a trip to the end zone.“It wasn’t dictating to (Heuerman). A lot of those, if you really watch the play, it’s just the defense is dictating,” Meyer said. “Heuerman’s an excellent player. We wish he had more touchdowns, more catches, but … the defense dictates where the ball is thrown.”Miller agreed with his coach, calling what Purdue (1-7, 0-4) was doing on defense “perfect” for the tight ends to get the ball.“You gotta reward big guys (like Heuerman) like that all the time. They do a hell of a job blocking for the running backs and me as well,” Miller said. “It was a perfect defense for Jeff to get open like that.”On one of Heuerman’s five catches, instead of running through a Purdue defender, he chose instead to try and leap his 6-foot-6-inch, 252-pound frame over the would-be tackler. It worked, but Heuerman was taken down by another defender shortly after coming to the ground. His quarterback shook his head in dismay when asked about the play after the game.“I gotta tell the guys to stop doing that,” Miller said with a chuckle. “He’s too big to do that.”Heuerman thought otherwise, and said his attempt at hurdling the defender was for the betterment of the team.“(Strength and conditioning) coach Mick (Marotti) told me I looked athletic,” Heuerman said with a laugh. “But I mean, I knew we had to get that third down (conversion) and it was a play where I knew where I was … a lot of guys were coming after my legs and I tried to do a little jump.”That “little jump” was only a part of his big day in West Lafayette, and Heuerman said he was glad to leave the city with a victory after his team fell there his freshman year.“Since I’ve been here, the last two years, playing Purdue, neither one of them were real pretty. We were here my freshman year and I remember that, and we knew we had to come in and make a statement with our win,” Heuerman said. “Its a big thing we talked about all week. We got a really focused team right now. It’s really special.”OSU is off next week, but is scheduled for another Big Ten road game Nov. 16 against Illinois (3-5, 0-4). read more

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Trine Troelsen to French Toulon

Experienced Danish left back – playmaker Trine Troelsen has decided to gain some of international experience by signing contract with the French Toulon Saint-Cyr Var, writes hbold.dk. Troelsen playing at FC Midtjylland Håndbold for the last five years. She spent whole her career in Danish handball and want to try something new… ← Previous Story Italian Chieti hosts the 11th Mediterranean Championship Next Story → Momir Rnic sues Gorenje for 195,000 EUR toulonTrine Troelsen

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Talant Dujshebaev is new Polish NT coach

Talant Dujshebaev is new Polish national team coach! Polish Handball Federation Board voted 13:1 for the Spanish coach in encounter with the new Orlen Wisla Plock coach Piotr Przybecki. Current Vive Tauron Kielce coach will lead Polish team in Olympic qualifications in Gdansk in April, where Poles will have chance to catch one of two places which lead to Rio. Talant Dujshebaev ← Previous Story EHF CL: Veszprem win in Flensburg – Stevanovic puts Zagreb and Wisla to TOP 16 Next Story → EHF CL: Kielce and Vardar with important away wins! read more

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Beaten spat chased harassed and mocked 5 winners and 5 losers from

first_img5. Brian HayesNo wonder the junior finance minister is off to Europe because his primary role here seems to be go out and get a battering on behalf of the government. with his Minister of State for the OPW hat on,Hayes was all over the country this week, wading through water, dealing with angry residents in flood-damaged areas and taking questions in the Dáil. Whatever about the government’s response (more of which below), Hayes was at least prepared to put himself out there.… and the 5 losers of the week are…1. Jim Walsh The Fianna Fáil senator gave some graphic and at times appalling and upsetting contributions during debates on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill last summer and this week caused some considerable controversy with his reference to “dangerous, vicious elements within the gay ideological movement”. We’re not quite sure what the “gay idealogical movement” is but we’re pretty sure, as Labour Senator Ivana Bacik was, that it doesn’t exist. “You’re making it up. It’s ridiculous, Senator Walsh,” she responded. Quite right.2. Shane RossNo doubt the independent deputy is a champion of the taxpayer and works very hard on the PAC, but there’s nothing particularly productive about forcing the committee to vote on an issue which the majority of members have already agreed not to support.The PAC will not be releasing a transcript to a garda whistleblower of his testimony to members last month and the Dublin South deputy is engaging in the sort of pointless exercise that has led others, such as Fine Gael’s John Deasy, to accuse him if an “insatiable thirst for publicity”. It’s hard not to disagree on this occasion.3. Richard Bruton“If I came in and we were saying: ‘We had a 100 per cent success rate’, you’d say: ‘Well that’s just spin,’” the Jobs Minister declared this week as another Action Plan for Jobs report declared a success rate north of 90 per cent. The high success rate is great, but drill down to the detail and you’ll find that some of the actions are rather bizarre, such as merely ensuring civil servants finish or publish reports. The plan details hundreds of actions, but the minister and the government would be better off limiting it to a few dozen real, tangible, and measurable goals to add a bit more credibility to it.4. The government The coalition’s response to the floods crisis just hasn’t been good enough this week. The lack of co-ordination across departments has been evident with it not clear just who is ultimately responsible for the response. Nor is it clear about how much is being pledged and what the money will be going to repair. Add to that the emergence of the obscure ‘National Coordination Group’ which wasn’t great at explaining just what it does and why it exists:5. Peadar Tóibín Only just back in the party and with his spokesperson portfolio resorted, the Meath West TD’s attempts to convince delegates at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to pass a motion allowing TDs and Senators to vote with their conscience on the abortion issue was defeated. Tóibín will now face problems with his party yet again if there is, as might well happen, a vote on allowing terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities in the coming months.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?WATCH: ‘Beaten, spat, chased, harassed and mocked’: TDs open-up about homophobic abuseRead: Mitchell cites technicality as he is only Irish MEP to abstain from EU anti-homophobia vote EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. The TDs who raised PantigateAfter several failed attempts deputies got to debate RTÉ’s controversial payout over the Panti homophobia controversy on Thursday. The half hour of debate was thanks to the persistence of the likes of Catherine Murphy and John Lyons in getting the matter tabled as a Topical Issue. Thirty minutes was never enough time to debate the wider issue but there were some excellent contributions…2. John Lyons and Jerry Buttimer … Not least from these two coalition TDs who were brutally honest about what that is like to be gay in modern Ireland. Lyons was clearly emotional as he detailed abuse he received just before Christmas. “I thought I was living in a society where this isn’t acceptable any more,” he said. Buttimer was also frank and powerful with his contribution, taking aim at one contribution in the Seanad this week(more of which in our losers column below).P.S. Honorable mentions also to David Norris in the Seanad and Paul Murphy in the European Parliament this week.3. Stephen Donnelly Too often private members’ business in the Dáil is devoted to impractical ideas or politically-motivated motions aimed at nothing else but discrediting the government. But this week the independent TD brought forward a seemingly practical bill to cut the cost of examinerhips. Some coalition TDs acknowledged its merits but the government ultimately voted it down. A shame, but it’s good to see good ideas coming from the often derided Technical Group.4. (Some) SenatorsIt would be too easy to have a go at senators in light of their ridiculous one-and-a-half-day week, which looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, but fair play to those who did speak out about their lack of workload this week in attempt to get ministers to act. An interesting debate on the banking inquiry demonstrated the value of the Seanad this week, which is why the government can’t go on ignoring the upper house the way it is doing right now, especially since the people voted to retain it.last_img read more

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Poll Do you agree with calls for Fireman Sam to be renamed

first_imgPoll: Do you agree with calls for Fireman Sam to be renamed, to be more inclusive? A fire service in England has dropped the character as a mascot, describing him as outdated. Image: David Parry/PA Images Short URL Thu 9:12 AM Share35 Tweet Email1 217 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4805720 YESTERDAY, IT WAS announced that a fire service in England had gotten rid of the cartoon character Fireman Sam as a mascot over fears he could put women off becoming firefighters.The Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said it has struggled to recruit women to become firefighters, and added that the character was outdated and didn’t reflect the message it wanted to achieve. Its chief fire officer Les Britzman said: “There’s been a lot of research that says that images that young people have about what careers they want to do are formed when they are about four or five.“If you are promoting that image we might be stopping people wanting to apply for the fire service 20 years down the line.”The decision to drop the TV character as a mascot was backed by the Fire Brigades Union, BBC reported.Executive council member Ben Selby said: “We’re not bothered about Fireman Sam. We’re bothered by the subconscious message the term fireman has created as an issue in our recruitment.”So, today we’re asking you: Do you agree with calls for Fireman Sam to be renamed, to be more inclusive? Yes (873) 77,729 Views Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 9:12 AM By Sean Murray File photo. File photo. Image: David Parry/PA Images Poll Results: Not sure (299) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (11551) YesNoNot sureVotelast_img read more

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Fulham to hijack Bryan deal in lastminute deal

first_imgFulham Football Club have made a last minute move to hijack Joe Bryan’s move to Aston Villa from Bristol City, according to Sports Mole.The Cottagers have reportedly made a last minute move to hijack the left-back proposed move to Premier League hopefuls Aston Villa.The versatile player who can play both as a left fullback and as a midfielder was a key player for Bristol City last season, but the Robins have opted to let him leave the club as the player only has one year left on his current deal with the club.Bryan underwent a medical with Aston Villa on Wednesday after both clubs agreed on a transfer fee for the player. But reports in the media suggest Fulham have made a last ditch attempt to snap up the 24-year-old from the grasp of Aston Villa.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.Bryan is believed to have informed Villa of his desire to turn down the chance to play for them in order to achieve a dream of playing in the Premier League with Fulham.Joe Bryan featured in 48 games for Bristol City during the 2017-18 campaign and also played in their Sky Bet Championship opener this season against Nottingham Forest which ended 1-1.Fulham are hoping to complete the signing of Bryan before the close of the Premier League transfer window on Thursday.The newly promoted Premier League team have strengthened their team with no less than five signings as they look to avoid the drop on their return to the league since 2014.last_img read more

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Doucoure is doubtful for the next two Watford matches

first_imgAccording to the team’s manager Javi Gracia, the French midfielder will not play against Newcastle United and is doubtful he will play against Tottenham Hotspur.Watford FC will visit Newcastle United in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday night.And then on Wednesday, they will play against Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.Watford coach Javi Gracia has told the press that midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure will miss the FA Cup fixture and is doubtful he will play against the Spurs.“Doucoure, last week when I spoke with medical staff, they said he could be available but we need to wait,” Gracia said to Sky Sports.“He needs more time to recover his knee. I think he will be available in one week, but we will see.”“In this moment, I don’t know [if he will miss the Tottenham game]. It depends on his evolution,” he added.Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.“I hear news about him, but in this moment he is here, focused on his recovery, and I’m sure he’s only thinking about the next game.”“I don’t want to say something about players that I don’t know anything about. I prefer to focus on our players and to do my job,” he added about transfer rumors.“It’s true in the last FA Cup game we changed a lot of players, but that was the best for us in that moment. We played a lot of games, five in 15 days.”“In this case, it is the same. We try to choose the best options. We are going to change some players, but in this moment I don’t want to say if we’re going to change 11, 10, eight, or two,” he commented.“We’ve played two games against Newcastle and we didn’t win. Now, with different players, maybe we can do it.”Watford is currently in seventh position thanks to a great start of the 2018-2019 EPL season.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Call on EPA to Reform Biotech Regulations

first_imgASA joined other members of the Ag Biotech Alliance in an April 8 letter responding to a request for comment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on modernizing its regulations for reviewing crops with new biotech traits.  The letter pointed out that EPA has recently expanded its oversight of certain biotech traits that are not intended to control pests, and which are properly subject to review by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It also noted that state regulatory agencies currently require registrants to submit the same information they provide to EPA, and that this redundancy could be eliminated if EPA implements its E-Portal pilot program.  These comments are intended to encourage EPA to make its regulatory system more predictable, risk-proportionate, flexible and outcome-oriented.last_img read more

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