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Gymnastics Canada suspends Edmontonbased coach because of sexabuse allegations

first_imgMONTREAL – Gymnastics Canada suspended an Edmonton-based coach on Thursday amid allegations he sexually abused some of his former students.The decision to suspend Michel Arsenault came after CBC’s French-language network reported he sexually abused at least three gymnasts in Quebec when they were minors in the 1980s and early ’90s.“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this situation, in particular the athletes and their families,” said Richard Crepin, the organization’s chair of the board of directors.CEO Peter Nicol said Gymnastics Canada is committed to providing a safe environment for its athletes.An Edmonton gym where Arsenault was based has also barred him from its premises and said he will no longer be involved in any of its activities.Champions Gymnastics said it is taking the allegations seriously.Radio-Canada said Arsenault did not respond to requests for comment.The network quoted one woman as saying she was 14 when Arsenault allegedly began touching her genitals, while another said she was 15 when he allegedly forced her to touch his genitals.Other women interviewed described Arsenault as verbally and physically abusive.The network also quoted the current general manager of Gymnastique Quebec as saying Arsenault was suspended from competition in 1987 for his behaviour toward coaches and officials.“He could teach in Quebec, at his club, but he couldn’t represent Quebec, neither as a manager nor as a coach,” Serge Castonguay said.“He couldn’t oversee a Quebec team at national or international competitions.”Arsenault moved to Alberta in 1994 and opened Champions Gymnastics in 2002.last_img read more

Journalist arrested during NODAPL protest found not guilty of trespassing

first_img(Independent journalist Jenni Monet standing by the hill where she was arrested during the #NoDAPL demonstrations. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTN)APTN NewsA journalist who was arrested while reporting on the #NoDAPL pipeline protests near the Standing Rock Dakota Sioux Nation in 2017 has been found not guilty of the charge of trespassing.Jenni Monet, who has appeared frequently on APTN News, was arrested with more than 70 other people during one of the protests.Monet was arrested while reporting on a raid by law enforcement at the Last Child camp.She was initially charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot.The independent journalist spent months covering the protests in Standing Rock.Monet called the not guilty verdict a “great day for journalism.”last_img read more

Better prices and new pipelines expected to drive higher Canadian crude output

first_imgCALGARY – A pipeline capacity gap that is impeding the movement of Western Canada’s crude to market will close by 2021 and there will be surplus room from about 2022 until 2030, according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute.The Enbridge Line 3 and Trans Mountain expansion pipeline are expected to come onstream in about two years, followed by the Keystone XL pipeline about a year later, the Calgary-based think-tank said Tuesday in a forecast based on financial and market modelling.It predicts Canadian crude oil production will jump to 7.2 million barrels per day by 2038 from 4.2 million bpd last year, aided by thirsty markets that will drive global oil prices above US$100 per barrel by 2030.Oil production growth will come mainly from the oilsands, which will build from the current 2.65 million barrels per day to just under 5.5 million bpd by 2038, CERI says in its reference scenario.“In all cases, we see increases in the production of oilsands because we see increasing demand for oil globally,” said CERI CEO Allan Fogwill.“We see the market access issue being resolved and we also see improvements coming in the production of oilsands, helping reduce the cost.”Its oil production forecast is higher than one released last week by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which predicted that Canadian oil output will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 as oilsands production rises to 4.2 million bpd.Emissions from the oilsands would exceed the Alberta government’s cap of 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2030 with current technology, Fogwill said, but added new technologies are expected to allow the industry to continue to grow without violating the cap.CERI foresees a much darker future for natural gas than oil, with rising production from shale gas wells in the U.S. replacing western Canadian gas in its traditional markets of Eastern Canada, the eastern U.S. and, eventually, mid-continent U.S.Gas production will fall from current levels of about 16.5 billion cubic feet per day to about 15.4 bcf/d over the next two decades unless LNG export facilities are built to send gas to new markets overseas, Fogwill said.About 14 liquefied natural gas processing facilities have been proposed for the West Coast but none are being built as yet. CERI calculates that two LNG terminals would add about five billion cf/d to demand for gas mainly from Alberta and B.C.The picture for natural gas could get even worse if oilsands producers succeed in their goal of reducing the amount of gas they burn to create steam to produce bitumen, Fogwill said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Alarmed at resumed clashes in Chad Ban Kimoon urges peaceful settlement

1 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern at the deteriorating security situation inside Chad, where fierce fighting has resumed between Government forces and opposition groups, and called on the parties to settle their differences peacefully. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “deplores any action that could worsen the already grave humanitarian situation, especially in eastern Chad, where the international community is actively engaged in activities to provide relief and secure the voluntary, safe and sustainable return of refugees and displaced persons in eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).”He also reiterated the United Nations’ long-standing condemnation of the use of military means to try to seize power.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to abide by their commitments under the different peace accords signed by them and to urgently resort to dialogue to reach a peaceful and negotiated settlement of this latest crisis.”The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has already had to evacuate most of its staff from the town of Guereda in eastern Chad because of the renewed tensions between the Government and rebels and because of a series of armed attacks in the area against agency staff and aid workers with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Yesterday the international staff of both UN agencies and NGOs who are based in the capital, N’Djamena, located in the southwest of the impoverished country, were also advised to stay at home because of the tensions.Last year the Security Council authorized the deployment of a multi-dimensional UN presence in eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR, including a peacekeeping mission to be known as MINURCAT, to stabilize the region. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is currently continuing its preparations to set up the mission. read more

Death toll was not 40000 says Justice Paranagama

Justice Maxwell Paranagama, Chairman of the Sri Lankan Commission on missing persons and war crimes, has said that the death toll in the final phase of Eelam War IV was not 40,000, as claimed in the 2011 report of the Panel of Experts appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, but probably a little above 7,000, the New Indian Express reported.Paranagama told Express, that while investigations by his panel could not come to any precise figure of deaths, it was “certainly not 40,000” as stated in the UN panel report. Even that report was not definitive, only saying that 40,000 may have been killed. The Paranagama panel had been advised on international humanitarian law by a international team comprising Sir Desmond de Silva, Prof.David Crane, Sir Geoffrey Nice, and Maj.Gen.John Holms. In July 2015, the Sirisena government had even appointed a Special Investigating Team to expedite investigations into some cases reported to the said panel.The petitioners pointed out that the most recent investigative report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had said that the Paranagama report was not been given to it. If the report had been submitted, it would have had an impact on the thinking of the UNHRC. Since the Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has promised to release the Paranagama report, the petitioners asked President Sirisena to have it placed before the UNHRC, without delay. “The Department of Statistics which had done a house to house survey in the conflict zone, and the reports sent out by the various foreign embassies suggest a death toll of 7,700 or thereabouts. Our commission could not arrive at any precise figure, but we think 40,000 was certainly an overestimation,” Paranagama said. Meanwhile, some former diplomats, ministers and human rights activists have written to President Maithripala Sirisena asking him to find out why the final Paranagama report, submitted to him on August 15, was not tabled at the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). read more

5 UCaaS MQ Mysteries Examined

Taking a People-First Approach to Unified Communications Brian Mahoney July 01, 2019 Successful adoption requires understanding user personas and use cases, on top of formal change management processes. See All in UCaaS » On the opening page, Gartner provides this strategic planning assumption: “By 2023, 40% of new enterprise telephone purchases will be based on a cloud office suite – either Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite.” So, in either case, is there even a “new purchase?” Maybe, the statement should be “40% of all new enterprise telephony license activations in 2023?” turn-on-2925962_1920.jpg This strategic guidance is loaded with mystery. Here are some of the puzzles from my point of view: First, enterprises are delivering communications technologies as part of applications and business process workflows, especially as part of office suites. 2. What does new enterprise telephony “purchases” really mean?It’s already clear that neither Microsoft nor Google is selling enterprise telephony as a separate product. The Microsoft Teams Phone System is an add-on feature to entry-level Office 365 licenses and is bundled in the top of the line E5 enterprise license. If an enterprise is buying the E5 license for other reasons, such as security and compliance features, analytics, or mobile device management, the Phone System license is essentially free. In one sentence, Gartner has changed the foundation for communications technology strategic planning for every enterprise. Our recommendation is to study this mystery before making your next enterprise telephony investments. What do you think? Want to discuss this? If so, please post below and start planning for Enterprise Connect 2020.Tags:News & ViewsGartnerenterprise telephonyon-premisescloud communicationsUCaaSCloud CommunicationsFuture of WorkOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like 4. What does Gartner see that we don’t yet see?Gartner receives in-depth briefings from the vendors that wish to be in the Magic Quadrant. What did Gartner see from Microsoft and Google that drove this strategic planning assumption? My guess is that Gartner saw at least two things. 1. Does Gartner really mean all new enterprise telephony purchases, including on-premises and cloud-based implementations?The statement doesn’t qualify the “40% of new,” so the most likely view is that this means two companies, Microsoft and Google, will be dominant players in the enterprise telephony market. With 60% of the market to share between the dozens of companies in 2019’s UCaaS MQ and the eight remaining on-premises companies in 2018’s UCC MQ, only Cisco seems likely to have a market share position in the same league as Microsoft and Google by 2023. That’s a pretty dramatic statement about the evolution of the market. Second, business communications as we’ve known it is obsolete. Imagination seems inadequate to forecast all the ways that machine learning, artificial intelligence, adaptive workflow management, workstream collaboration, and similar new methods will change how enterprises work. It’s clear that the IP-PBX vendors won’t be the leaders in this new world, while Microsoft and Google have that capacity, though amidst many challengers. In addition, Gartner didn’t mention the future of enterprise telephony for over 50% of enterprise workers, including the sub-contract and gig workers, who may not be using enterprise telephony at all by 2023. Most likely, they will be working on cellular or Wi-Fi devices with their own phone numbers, if they even use phone numbers at all. Log in or register to post comments Hosted VoIP Is About More Than Cost-Savings Robert Oscanyan June 24, 2019 Look beyond the bottom line when evaluating whether to migrate from legacy systems to the cloud. 3. Is this really a statement about the success of Microsoft Office 365?Published data about Office 365 adoption shows Microsoft is far outpacing Google. However, Google is making a viable push in the market with an “equal but less costly” position. So, it’s fair to assume that both are in the race. But, if their combined share is forecasted at 40% in 2023, it’s unlikely that will be 20% apiece. Should we assume the split is 35%/5% or 25%/15% or something in between? Clearly, the company with the larger market share will have more to invest in ongoing development, an important aspect for strategic planning. Selling UCaaS: Never Been Easier, or Harder Jon Arnold October 01, 2019 As UCaaS demand increases, providers are split on how best to deliver their service, either by channel partners or directly selling to end users. Can Mitel and TDS Telecom Own the UCaaS Market? John Malone July 31, 2019 New promotions, rebates, and prices are influencing UCaaS purchases, according to the Eastern Management Group. So, perhaps the strategic planning assumption should say, “By 2023, 40% of new enterprise telephone purchases will be based on a cloud office suite – either Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite – while another 10% to 30% of new licenses that contain user-sufficient enterprise telephony capabilities will come as part of an industry or functional application package.” Google G Suite raises similar questions. At this point, Google prices its voice service separately, but perhaps will soon bundle it into G Suite pricing with an add-on for various levels of public switched network telephone number access. 5. What did Gartner miss?Well, for sure, it missed the importance of vertical market application software and function-based software companies in this market evolution. Now that communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) vendors have modularized communications down to basic functions, any vertical market or function-based application software company that wishes can add communications to its product suite quickly and at competitive prices. By 2023, that is certain to be occurring, since it’s already being done by companies such as Salesforce (CRM, sales, and service functions), ServiceNow (service functions), Cerner (healthcare), Slack, SAP, Oracle, IBM, and many others. This applications wave is already here and communications will be defined by usage profiles and vertical markets. This year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) for UCaaS follows the trends we’ve seen in recent years but puts major, unanswered questions on the table for enterprise decision-makers. 5 Critical Vertical Markets for Hosted PBX John Malone June 18, 2019 Hosted PBX research by Eastern Management Group shows vertical industry marketing drives customer value. read more

UN agency to help ease hardship of Palestinian farmers by buying olive

Working in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, WFP will deliver the 416 tons of olive oil to the Rome-based agency’s beneficiaries living in Gaza and the south of the West Bank who have limited access to oil due to its high cost and unavailability in markets. “By purchasing the oil directly from the farmers, we are able to assist the most vulnerable in the Palestinian Territories while simultaneously helping the local economy of the West Bank,” WFP’s Jean-Luc Siblot said. Curfews and border closures, including restrictions on road access and movement in the West Bank, have had a serious impact on the economy of the Territories. Farmers often face difficulties tending their olive groves and selling the oil produced. A similar purchase of oil by WFP last year enabled farmers to cover the costs of maintaining the olive groves, thereby securing this year’s crop and improving the livelihood of farm households. The project has made it possible for participating households to be financially self-sufficient under very difficult circumstances. WFP aims to provide food aid to 530,000 Palestinians impoverished due to the deteriorating security and economic conditions. In the past six months, it has distributed 24,000 tons of food, including wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil and lentils. read more

UN rights commission concerned by negative stereotyping of religions

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has expressed concern at the negative stereotyping of religions in some regions and the frequent and inaccurate association of Islam with terrorism and human rights violations.Meeting at its annual session in Geneva, the Commission adopted a resolution yesterday noting with deep concern that the defamation of religions and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities had intensified since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.The 53-member body also voiced its concern at programmes and agendas pursued by extremist organizations and groups aimed at defaming religions, particularly when sponsored by governments. The resolution was adopted with 29 States in favour, 16 against and seven abstaining.The Commission also adopted a resolution on the right to development, which included an agreement for it to consider during its next session whether to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on the right to development. It also decided to renew the mandate of the Working Group on the issue for another year.The Commission adopted this text by a vote of 49 members in favour and three countries – Australia, Japan and the United States – against. There were no abstentions.The Commission, which is holding its 60th annual session this year, runs until 23 April. Yesterday it also heard from many representatives of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about human rights issues around the world. read more

Part of pipeline in Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan sent for testing

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Part of the pipeline involved in the Husky Energy oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River has been taken for testing.Laurie Pushor, deputy minister of the economy in Saskatchewan, says provincial officials supervised as the line was purged, cut and capped and the segment in question removed. It has been taken to a third-party lab for analysis, he said.Pushor won’t speculate on what caused the rupture, pending the outcome of investigations by Husky and the province.“We will do all the thorough analysis necessary and be completely transparent with our findings when the work is fully completed,” Pushor said in a conference call Thursday with media.The pipeline leak detected July 21 spilled up to 250,000 litres of oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon into the river near Maidstone.Pushor noted that the government has said it expects Husky to submit a full report within 90 days of the pipeline breach.“We want to be and are monitoring all of their activity and supervising it,” he added.Pushor said the province hopes to make its findings public “very quickly” after it receives Husky’s final report. He said Husky is being co-operative.Meanwhile, a report released Thursday said hydrocarbons at levels higher than guidelines set for freshwater aquatic life have been found in 42 water samples taken after the spill.The results are complete from 1,400 samples taken at more than 60 locations along the river from the spill site to the city of Prince Albert, about 385 kilometres downstream.“As a whole, these exceedances are very minor, in the low percentage range of an exceedance,” said Kelly Scribner, a toxicologist with the U.S.-based Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health.Water sampling is ongoing.The report says recommendations regarding the risk of oil affecting aquatic life will be coming as Husky initiates an aquatics assessment program.Scribner suggests aquatic life could be OK because the samples with high levels of hydrocarbons have been sporadic.“We’re seeing them on one day and then we don’t see them the following day in that same spot,” she said.“We would need to see kind of consistent exceedances of aquatic life levels for there to be any kind of association for a long-term risk,” she also added.As a precautionary measure, the province has issued a “do not consume” advisory for fish from the North Saskatchewan River until more information is obtained.Three cities were forced to close their water intakes from the river after the spill. Their water treatment plants were not built to remove hydrocarbons and could be damaged by the oil.North Battleford and Prince Albert are relying on temporary water lines to other sources. Melfort is using an old reservoir.Premier Brad Wall has said more tests are needed before the drinking water intakes from the river can reopen. Part of pipeline in Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan sent for testing by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 1:14 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Dual power control for Terex mobile washing plants

first_imgTerex Washing Systems (TWS) has released a Dual Power control system available on all versions of the Terex M-Range Wash Plant.  TWS Product Line Director, Sean Loughran commented: “For the past few years there has been an increasing focus on energy efficiency and alternative improved methods of running mobile machinery. Traditionally Diesel-Hydraulic drive systems have been used for both machine movement and operation, resulting in significant fuel costs. We decided it was time to offer our customers a better alternative.”The obvious alternatives to a diesel-hydraulic system are either all-electric or electric-hydraulic systems. However, it is fundamental to the success of mobile equipment to easily move the machines around sites or from one site to another, under their own power source. Loughran added, “Due to the fact that Terex has many mobile wash plants in the market place, we want to keep consistency in terms of spare parts, operator plant knowledge, etc. As a result we have developed an approach that is truly ‘best of both worlds’.”The Terex Dual Power system consists of both diesel-hydraulic and electrical-hydraulic power drives. This allows the mining customer to start, transport and operate the machine using the standard diesel engine. Once in position, and if a suitable electrical power source is available, the machine can be simply plugged into the electricity supply and the machine will operate using the electrical-hydraulic power drive, utilising a much more efficient system and resulting in significantly reduced running costs. If the plant needs to be moved, the customer can simply unplug, start the engine and move the machine to the desired location.Commenting on the development, TWS Sales Manager, Fergal McPhillips commented, “In our continued strive to meet and exceed customer requirements, the Dual Power option provides a more cost effective and efficient operation, which is of particular importance in the current economic climate.”last_img read more

Itll be all smiles and shamrocks in the White House today

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY will meet US President Barack Obama in the White House in Washington D.C. today as part of the annual St. Patrick’s day celebrations.An Taoiseach will have appointments all day in the White House, beginning in the Oval Office at 10.30 am local-time where he will meet with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.Vice-President Biden, who spoke last night at a dinner organised by the American Ireland Fund,  will also hold a breakfast meeting with An Taoiseach this morning.At 12.00 pm, Kenny will then attend a St. Patrick’s Day lunch in the United States Capitol building hosted by speaker House of Representatives John Boehner.Later this evening, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host a St. Patrick’s Day reception in the East Room of the White House where Kenny is expected to make the annual presentation of shamrock to the US President.As part of their meetings throughout the day, An Taoiseach is expected to raise the issue of undocumented Irish citizens who are living in the US but do not have the full residency or working rights.Read: Unionist parties risk dragging peace process back to 1998 – Adams >Read: No u-turn from Taoiseach on NY parade, says sexuality of marchers ‘is a matter for themselves’ >last_img read more

Tictactoe made much more interesting with a simple tweak

first_imgWe’ve all grown up playing the very simple game of Tic-tac-toe. It’s fun and challenging for those new to the game, but once you’ve figured it out, experienced players always end up declaring a draw. The game is just too simple to keep playing after that.There is a very simple solution to keeping Tic-tac-toe fresh and interesting, though, and it has been thought up by a group of mathematicians. It’s being called Ultimate Tic-tac-toe and simply embeds a Tic-tac-toe board in each of the nine squares of the original game. You can see what the new board looks like in the image below:Now instead of just winning the main board, you also need to win each of the smaller boards first until you have a line of three. That would just extend the game playing time slightly with the same outcome if it wasn’t for one rule change: you can only place a mark on the board determined by the position of your opponent’s last placed mark. So if they put an X or O in the top right corner of a square, your next move must occur in the top right board. The following image should hopefully make that clear. The next O mark must occur in the top right board based on the placement of the X.By adding that rule the game is no longer about winning a single board, it’s about tactically managing up to 9 games at once and plotting ahead. You still win by marking three squares in a row, but that now involves winning three games.The knock on effect of this new rule is your opponent can force you to choose an open square in an already won board. Or if your move has to occur in a board that is already full, you get a free pass to place your mark in any board, which should really shake up the game.The great thing about this rule change and board layout is it remains easy to understand and can still be played on a sheet of paper with a pen. So next time you’re sitting there looking for something to do with a friend, why not give Ultimate Tic-tac-toe a try.last_img read more

Im not easy to like on the pitch but Im a bit

first_img‘I’m not easy to like on the pitch but I’m a bit of a softie underneath it all’ Kieran Donaghy sits down with The42 to discuss life off the pitch and how basketball has given him a new lease of life. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ryan Bailey Donaghy in our newsroom during the week. Image: The42 KIERAN DONAGHY IS a player you’d love to have on your team, but hate to play against. Aggressive, brash, physically imposing and an in-your-face approach. A win at all costs mentality. A divisive figure, you either worship him or can’t stand him; there’s no real in-between, as he admits himself.“If you look at me on the pitch, I’m easy not to like,” he says. “I know that like, it’s the way I play. Definitely up in Dublin I wouldn’t be number one, public enemy number one is what I’d be.”But beyond the on-field persona, there’s much to like, and admire, about the Kerry footballer. Still formidable in size, Donaghy is best described as a gentle giant. He’s softly-spoken, intelligent and, believe it or not, level-headed.In recent media appearances to promote his autobiography, Donaghy has spoken about his future, the black card, Philly McMahon and GAA pensions. His book, after all, is about his GAA career.But what of Kieran Donaghy the person? He’s known as one of the most recognisable Kerry footballers of recent time, winner of six Munster titles, four All-Irelands, three league crowns and three All Star awards. But what of the young lad from Tralee who came through a difficult childhood and the tragic death of his father? Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOWe read of his rags to riches story into football stardom and the incredible success he’s enjoyed during a sparkling career, but perhaps the most revealing aspect of it is the personality behind the facade.“I’m no saint on the pitch but that’s the way I play,” he tells The42. “I play on the edge and do what I have to do to win a game but people don’t know the other side of me. They probably think I’m referencing Joe Brolly in my book’s title (What do you think of that?) but I’m not.“If I wanted to reference Joe Brolly properly I would have called it ‘What do you think of that, Joe Brolly?’ but I’m asking the reader that question.“Read it and tell me what you think of me. If you still hate me that’s fine but I think people will get a better understanding of why I play the way I play and what drives me as a player.“I’m a bit of a softie underneath it all. That’s me, I was predominately raised by two women and they brought me up the right way and to respect my elders and when I cross the white line yeah I turn into this guy who’s trying to win for Kerry or Austin Stacks or Munster or for Ireland.”As he’s entered the twilight of his career, that competitive streak has remained but perspective has been gained. It was once all about winning and the cut-throat environment that such a mindset engendered. Losing simply wasn’t an option.“I would have cut your hand off to win,” he admits. But now football is not all about winning. He still loves it, no doubt, but there’s more to it than that; the friendships, the team-mates, the life lessons and the journey. Source:“I came to the realisation in doing this book and the way last year finished up is that of course you want to win the All-Ireland, it’s the ultimate goal,” he explains.“Every other year when I didn’t win the All-Ireland I was completely in a hole for a few weeks after, feeling all sorry for myself and getting all down about it but when I did this book I came to realise that I’m very lucky to be on the journey.“To have 12 years as a Kerry senior footballer, to contest eight All-Ireland finals, to win four of them. To be on a county like Kerry and deliver for them on the big stage and then there’s the flip side of that, be on a county like Kerry and not deliver on the big stage.“There has been days I’ve let Kerry, there’s been days I’ve let myself and my family down with my performances but that’s just with what comes with it but then there are times I’ve given them huge pride and I’ve given myself pride in what I’ve been able to do on the big days for Kerry.“The trust the management teams, my respective management teams of Jack, Pat and Eamonn have shown me. I’ll always be thankful for them, it’s been unbelievable and I think I’ve come to realise that it’s more than just about a result or medal or winning an All-Ireland.“I’ve come to a point where I’m thinking you know what ‘it’s been a great journey, it has been a hell of a ride and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and wouldn’t change a thing.”Whether that ride is over just yet remains to be seen. Donaghy has insisted his decision on whether or not to continue his inter-county career into 2017 won’t be made until the New Year.Until then, his focus is on his first love – basketball.Donaghy returned to playing senior basketball for Tralee Warriors last year and helped his side return to the Super League top tier for this season. It has given him a new lease of life.“It probably is my first love,” he reveals. “I’d consider myself a natural basketball player, much more natural on a basketball court than I am on a football pitch. It’s the sport I was better at when I was younger and probably still better at today. Source:“It’s definitely a sport which today is an enjoyable sport to play and almost pressure-free for me. I’ve been lucky enough to win and achieve all my goals in basketball and the reason I’m back playing was to bring the Super League back to Tralee and all the good young players for Tralee, try and be a good mentor for them for two or three years before the body just doesn’t allow me to play basketball at the highest level anymore.“I’m delighted that it’s going so well. I’m really enjoying it. We beat an excellent Swords Thunder team from Dublin in a cup game at the weekend. We had a 1,000 people at it, we had to turn people away.“The atmosphere, they’re turning off the lights and doing players intros. We’re trying to jazz it up as much as we can. The reaction we’re getting on Facebook from parents and kids who were at the game, they’ve been blown away by it. If the rest of the league could nearly copy us down in Tralee and get that atmosphere at all the games in the National Basketball League and it got supported by basketball people in general, who watch all the NBA.“Go down and watch your local guys play. Go watch your Templeogues, your Swords, your DCU Saints. Go watch those guys play, the young Irish players and the talent levels are very high in the league. There are excellent Irish players and of course every team has a very good American. I’d encourage people to get out and watch it.Donaghy’s return to basketball coincided with his return to form for Kerry. He featured in 11 league and championship games this year for Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side.After a frustrating couple of years with injury, 2016 was a good one for the forward as he returned to peak form and enjoyed an extended period in the starting XV until Kerry were dumped out at the semi-final stage by Dublin.“I don’t think it did me any harm,” he says when asked whether basketball has helped his football career. Donaghy with his daughter Lola-Rose. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“I played for the first time in seven years last year and I went on to play 11 games in a row for Kerry in both league and championship and played quite well in most of them and covered a lot of ground. It definitely did me well, I was in great physical condition, I was very fit after the basketball.“I was doing basketball and I was training with Damien Ray and the Kerry backroom team when it came to fitness. I came in a very good position with a good base and was able to attack it from where I wanted to attack it.“A lot of the skills are transferable but I think the biggest one and most important one is the decision making. In a basketball game you can touch the ball 130-150 times, sometimes more.“You’re touching it every time you go down the court, you’re touching it in defence, touching it every time you grab a rebound and you can make decisions constantly. You could make up to 200 decisions where as in football, in the 2014 final, I was nominated for man of the match and I touched the ball 11 times but I made nine or 10 good decisions with that and that comes from the basketball, learning how to make the right decisions all the time.“There’s obviously the hands and vision, in basketball you have to use your peripheral vision to see what’s around you and I felt I probably used that to the best of my ability on a football pitch for Kerry.”Whether you like him or not, Donaghy leaves an impression.On his whistle-stop media tour, he popped into our Dublin office last Monday to complete a full morning of interviews. The same questions, the same answers. Over and over again; it’s the modern way. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHOSo when he’s asked about basketball, and something other than football and whether he’ll be around next year, he speaks passionately. He deflects the attention away from himself and uses the opportunity to promote the sport, still very much a minority one in Ireland, and to endorse the product he’s very much part of.“I run a basketball camp every year at Halloween in Tralee,” he continues. “I’m delighted to be part of that and delighted to be helping bringing that back to Tralee. Now I can say to my kids in my camp, which I couldn’t say the last three of four years, that’s there’s something to aim for with the Super League.“When I was a young lad going to Dungarvan for a basketball camp, we had an American coach who told us to sleep with the ball. I went home every night for I’d say about six or seven months until I got too annoyed where I was rolling over onto a basketball every night and I threw it out. I listened to the coach and I slept with the ball every night to get my hands used to the ball and that’s what he was saying, I can tell kids now to do stuff and they can do it with an aim.“Signing autographs for kids after the game, young guys on the Warriors team who wouldn’t be used to it signing autographs and seeing their face doing that, seeing kids looking up at these guys, now they have an aim and a goal to chase and we didn’t have that in Tralee for the last seven or eight years.“It’s back, it’s fantastic and it’s definitely given be a new lease of life.”The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Short URL Monday 31 Oct 2016, 10:26 AM Image: The42center_img Donaghy in our newsroom during the week. Ulster semi-finalists revealed as Leinster SFC gets underwayO’Loughlin Gaels cause an upset to claim Kilkenny senior hurling title Share100 Tweet Email Add us: 22,869 Views 13 Comments Oct 31st 2016, 10:26 AM last_img read more

Poll Should Fine Gael consider going into power with Sinn Féin

first_img Share Tweet Email Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 9:31 AM Yes (3233) I’m not sure (609) 112 Comments THERE HAS BEEN much talk in recent days about a possible future coalition between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently refused to rule out going into government with Gerry Adams’ party, something he previously said would not happen.A number of media outlets are reporting the issue has caused a rift in Fine Gael, with some TDs and ministers rejecting the potential coalition.However, no one knows what will happen until after another general election – and who might change their minds.What do you think: Should Fine Gael consider going into power with Sinn Féin? Jan 28th 2017, 9:31 AM Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and Taoiseach Enda Kenny Image: Julien Behall PA Archive/PA Images Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and Taoiseach Enda Kenny No (6176) YesNoI’m not sureVote Poll Results: Poll: Should Fine Gael consider going into power with Sinn Féin? Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently refused to rule out such a coalition. 18,145 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Julien Behall PA Archive/PA Images By Órla Ryan Short URLlast_img read more

Grippe le vaccin aurait permis de sauver des milliers de vies

first_imgGrippe : le vaccin aurait permis de sauver des milliers de viesFrance – D’après l’Institut national d’études démographiques, le vaccin contre la grippe aurait permis de sauver des milliers de vies ces cinquante dernières années en France, mais également à l’étranger.Cette annonce a été faite dans la revue Population et Sociétés, qui rapporte les chiffres avancés par l’Institut national d’études démographiques. Ainsi, l’INED s’est penché sur l’impact des vagues de vaccination contre la grippe ces cinquante dernières années afin de tenter d’en mesurer les résultats. Et Libération d’expliquer l’importance de cette vaccination lorsque l’on sait que par exemple, entre 1918 et 1919 en France, 200.000 personnes sont décédées de la grippe.À lire aussiVoici pourquoi il faut éviter les aliments ultra-transformésAinsi, selon ces données, les épidémies de grippe ont fait dix fois moins de victimes ces quarante dernières années en France. Pour France Meslé, de l’INED : “Cette baisse impressionnante de la mortalité par grippe est la conséquence directe d’une politique de prévention adaptée, fondée sur la vaccination des sujets à risque et associée à une meilleure prise en charge thérapeutique des complications”. Cette forte amélioration s’explique également par l’amélioration du vaccin : “C’est seulement dans les années 1970, après la grippe de Hong Kong, qu’un nouveau vaccin amélioré par le mélange de diverses souches virales s’avère plus efficace. Il est aussi plus largement administré. Aussitôt, en France comme ailleurs, la mortalité due à la grippe s’effondre. L’effort de vaccination ne s’est pas relâché depuis et la baisse de la mortalité s’est poursuivie jusqu’à aujourd’hui grâce à une politique affirmée de protection des individus à risque, notamment les personnes âgées.” Cette baisse de la mortalité due à la grippe est également visible dans d’autres pays tels que le Royaume-Uni et les États-Unis. Le 29 septembre 2010 à 15:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Delicious va bientôt disparaître de la Toile

first_imgDelicious va bientôt disparaître de la ToileYahoo! vient de confirmer la fermeture de six de ses services, dont Delicious, qui permettait à des milliers d’internautes de sauvegarder et d’échanger des URL.Le portail américain a prévu une grande réorganisation avec réduction de 4% de ses effectifs, avait-il annoncé cette semaine. C’est l’équivalent d’environ 600 emplois. Dans cette logique, six de ses services vont disparaître. Il s’agit de Delicious, AltaVista, MyBlogLog, Yahoo! Picks, Yahoo! Bookmarks et Yahoo! Buzz.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Selon, c’est le fondateur de MyBlogLog qui a révélé l’information via son compte Twitter. Une fuite qui a contraint Yahoo! à s’exprimer, alors que l’entreprise ne voulait pas que cette information soit rendue publique dans l’immédiat : “Une partie de la rationalisation de notre organisation implique de couper notre investissement dans les produits sous performants ou hors stratégie afin de nous concentrer sur nos forces principales et soutenir l’innovation l’année prochaine et au-delà”.Les milliers d’utilisateurs de Delicious viennent de lancer une pétition, rapporte Ils demandent au géant américain de livrer le code du service à la communauté open source. Ainsi ils pourront continuer à utiliser tous ces bookmarks sauvegardés.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le véritable remède contre la gueule de bois

first_imgLe véritable remède contre la “gueule de bois”Des scientifiques ont mené une étude qui a confirmé ce que bon nombre de personnes ont déjà pu expérimenter pour lutter contre la “gueule de bois” au lendemain d’une soirée un peu trop arrosée. Une tasse de café additionnée d’un aspirine suffisent.Le site du Telegraph rapporte ce que des scientifiques viennent de confirmer : pour lutter contre une mine défaite, il suffit de prendre du café avec un antalgique. L’explication provient du fait que la caféine et les anti-inflammatoires, mélangés, induisent une réaction chimique qui va à l’encontre des différents composants de l’alcool.À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolL’expérience a été menée directement sur des rats qui, après avoir reçu une injection d’éthanol, étaient piqués par des mélanges de caféine et d’aspirine. Chez ces rongeurs, les scientifiques ont pu constater que l’acétate, responsable des maux de tête chez les humains, était bloqué par ce cocktail.Cette expérience aura permis de comprendre les mécanismes de ce phénomène et la raison pour laquelle ce mélange fonctionne. Toutefois ce cocktail est à déconseiller car l’ingestion d’un anti-inflammatoire après une dose d’alcool est à éviter. En effet, avant même d’avaler un antalgique, le foie est soumis à rude épreuve avec l’alcool, lui donner un supplément de travail n’est pas une bonne chose. L’estomac lui non plus ne sera pas ravi. Le plus simple est encore de rester sobre.Le 22 janvier 2011 à 11:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le premier camion poubelle hybride débarque à Mulhouse

first_imgLe premier camion poubelle hybride débarque à MulhouseUne benne à ordures ménagères hybride. C’est le projet que vient de développer Renault Trucks, pour la communauté d’agglomération de Mulhouse, dans le cadre de son Plan Climat.Les camions poubelles évoluent et dans une optique écologique ! Le concepteur Renault Trucks vient en effet de lancer la toute première benne à ordures hybride. Baptisé “Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech”, ce véhicule de 26 tonnes et d’une capacité de 340 chevaux a fait l’objet d’un projet lancé à Lyon en 2008. Mais aujourd’hui, ce sont seize villes appartenant à la communauté d’agglomération Mulhouse Alsace qui s’apprêtent à bénéficier de ce camion équipé d’une motorisation électrique de 120 kW en pic et de 70 kW en continu. À lire aussiBonus écologique : le coup de pouce de l’EtatCela fait plusieurs années déjà que Renault Trucks développe de tels véhicules propulsés avec des technologies qui pourraient remplacer le diesel afin de relever le défi environnemental auquel est confronté le trafic routier en pleine explosion. L’introduction de ce camion s’inscrit ainsi directement dans le Plan Climat Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération, l’un des premiers en France. “Un geste fort” insiste Jean-Marie Bockel, président de la collectivité territoriale. Comme l’explique le site Actualités News Environnement, les clefs ont été remises, vendredi dernier, à Jean-Marie Bockel, par Eric Gabas, directeur commercial France de Renault Trucks. Ainsi, la nouvelle Benne hybride effectuera des tournées aussi bien dans le centre de Mulhouse et ses rues piétonnes que dans la proche périphérie. Une phase de test qui permettra d’éprouver ce véhicule hybride dans différentes situations pour éventuellement en acquérir d’autres. Le 9 février 2012 à 17:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Toddler may have rare disease linked to raccoon droppings

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say a King County toddler may have contracted a rare disease linked to microscopic roundworm eggs found in raccoon droppings.Public Health Seattle & King County said Monday said the toddler was hospitalized but is now at home recovering.People can become infected if they inadvertently swallow dirt or other materials contaminated with raccoon droppings that contain the roundworm eggs.Since 1973, only 29 cases of the Baylisascaris infection have been reported in the U.S. No cases have been reported in Washington state.The infection can be severe and even fatal.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing the child’s blood and spinal fluid samples. Results are expected in two weeks.last_img read more

Juventus is stronger than Valencia Mohamed Sissoko

first_imgThe former Bianconeri midfielder says the Italian Lega Serie A club is favorite to win the UEFA Champions LeagueMohamed Sissoko played with Juventus from 2008 to 2011.He appeared in 71 matches in the Italian Lega Serie A while scoring three goals.And when asked what does he think about today’s match between his former side and Spanish La Liga club Valencia, he was very clear.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I think Juventus is stronger than Valencia, it is clearly the favorite for this match but also to win the championship and the Champions League,” he was quoted by Calcio Mercato.“The Spaniards certainly are better than the first leg and will try to win, but at the moment few clubs can compete against Allegri’s formation.”“Juventus will start aggressively and will immediately mortgage the match so as not to repeat the mistake made against Manchester. Juventus will win easily,” he added.last_img read more

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