Rio Olympics was like a cold war, says Russian Efimova

first_imgRussian Yulia Efimova, who won two Olympic silver medals this month after being cleared to compete in Rio following a doping ban, has compared swimming in the Games to being at war.Initially excluded from the event because of her doping record, the 24-year-old won a last-minute legal challenge to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and finished second in the 100 and 200 metres breaststroke in Brazil.“I felt under pressure from the sportsmen, the fans, the press. This was awful and it was not like being at an Olympics, which usually unites people. This was not a competition, but a war – a cold war,” Efimova told a news conference.The four-time world champion announced in March that a doping test had shown she had taken the banned drug meldonium and she was subsequently banned from all competitions.But Efimova was cleared in July after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledged there was a lack of scientific evidence over how long meldonium takes to be excreted from the body.“The fact that my doping tests were taken abroad really helped me to compete in the Olympics,” Efimova said. “If they had been taken in Russia, then this would have been a harder question.”Efimova was disqualified from swimming for 16 months in 2014 after traces of the anabolic steroid DHEA, which speeds up metabolism and helps with weight loss, were found in her system at an out of competition test in Los Angeles in 2013.RIO JEERSIn Rio, she was jeered by the crowd and her main rivals, Americans Lily King and Katie Meili, refused to congratulate her on winning a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke.“Of course, it was difficult for me in Brazil. A few people with whom I used to get on with well, now won’t even say hello to me or will just look at me in a strange way,” Efimova said.“In terms of King and Meili, I only saw how they behaved on a recording. This was really unsporting behaviour. I understand that King is still young, but people should not behave like that. Then she tried to say sorry. I do not hold any grudges against anyone,” Efimova added.She believes the pressure put on Russia will only increase after the Olympics. Of the 387 Russian sportsmen and women who were named in the preliminary squad, only 271 were able to compete in Rio.The country’s track and field athletes and weightlifters were barred over doping offences and only a handful of rowers were allowed to take part in the Games.“It is a difficult situation. You can see what is happening – Russia has not been allowed to compete in the Paralympics. I think that at the Winter Olympics (in 2018 in Pyongchang), this pressure will be even greater.”Efimova has lived in California since 2011 where she was coached by American Dave Salo but she plans to leave the United States soon.“He (Salo) is one of the best coaches in the world and especially in breaststroke,” Efimova said.“Now they have banned him from training me. I heard that all our international team will not be trained by him. Therefore, I do not see a point in staying as I was only in the U.S. because of Salo. There are a lot of countries and clubs that have invited me to train with them.”Efimova still dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.“I want to compete at the Olympics in Tokyo. I am even more motivated than I have ever been before,” she said.last_img read more

Ronaldo enjoys date night with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez

first_imgReal Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated the team’s World Club Cup triumph by going out for food in the Spanish capital with his new girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez.The Portugal captain was snapped with lipstick on his cheek as he exited a Madrid nightspot with Rodriguez on Monday.Ronaldo’s Rolls Royce Ghost was waiting for the pair upon their exit and whisked them away into the night.The rendezvous came just a day after Ronaldo netted a hat-trick as Real Madrid cemented their status as the best team in world football.last_img

Indonesia rescues captive orangutans, but leaves their owners untouched

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animal Cruelty, Animal Rescue, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Crime, Critically Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Crime, Great Apes, Human-wildlife Conflict, Orangutans, Pet Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_img Authorities in Indonesia have confiscated two juvenile Sumatran orangutans, a critically endangered species, being kept as pets.Possession of an orangutan is punishable by up to five years in prison in Indonesia, but authorities have never prosecuted any pet owners, who tend to be powerful and influential figures, and instead go after the poachers and traders.Conservationists say there need to be legal consequences for keeping orangutans as pets, in order to discourage the illegal trade, which involves poachers killing mother apes to capture babies and juveniles. BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A recent seizure of two young orangutans from households in Indonesia has once again highlighted the lack of legal consequences for people who keep the near-extinct apes as pets.Officials from the local conservation agency and Gunung Leuser National Park in the province of Aceh confiscated the juvenile Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), a critically endangered species, on Jan. 22 and 23. One of the apes had reportedly been kept as a pet for at least six months. Both were taken to a rehabilitation center in neighboring North Sumatra province for treatment, ahead of a possible release back into the wild.However, the people who held the orangutans captive have not been charged with any crime, despite possession of a protected species — which in Indonesia includes orangutans — carrying a prison sentence of up to five years.“If pet owners of orangutans [finally] get prosecuted, law enforcers can take down the trade network and nab the poachers,” said Daniek Hendarto, a wildlife activist with the NGO Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP). “It’s important that this is done to protect the lives of orangutans in their habitats.”Aceh province, in red at the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, is where four in five illegally traded orangutans come from. Image courtesy of TUBS/Wikimedia Commons.Sapto Aji Prabowo, the head of the Aceh conservation agency, acknowledged that while his office often pressed charges against wildlife traders, it didn’t go after the buyers. The latter are only given a warning and obliged to give up the orangutans, he said.Between 2013 and 2018, authorities in Aceh, which is home to the Leuser Ecosystem, one of the last great orangutan habitats left on Earth, seized 40 of the apes that were being kept as pets. The practice of taking young orangutans from the wild nearly always involves the poachers killing the mothers.Sapto said that to discourage the illegal pet trade, it was important to start imposing criminal charges against pet owners.“Those who keep orangutans must face the legal consequences,” he said. “This situation needs to change, so that there’s a disincentive for keeping orangutans as pets, and thereby we can minimize poaching incidents.”Such a move would be unprecedented: No individual in Indonesia has ever faced charges for keeping an orangutan as a pet. (A 2017 study found that between 1993 and 2016, four people were subject to legal sanctions in Indonesia for possession of a single orangutan, but it is unclear whether the apes were kept as pets or for sale.) These owners tend to be powerful figures — senior police or military officers and politicians — who can afford to pay for an orangutan’s upkeep and get away with having one in their household. The owners of the two orangutans seized in January have not been identified.Sapto didn’t elaborate on how he planned to start going after the owners, including overcoming the challenge of prosecuting influential figures accustomed to acting with impunity.This critically endangered Sumatran orangutan was rescued by forest rangers after being kept as an illegal pet in the town of Kutacane, in Indonesia’s Aceh province. Image courtesy of Orangutan Information Centre.An estimated 80 percent of the orangutans traded within Indonesia and abroad come from Aceh, according to Panut Hadisiswoyo, head of the Sustainable Sumatran Orangutan Foundation—Orangutan Information Centre.Thousands of orangutans, including babies and juveniles prized for the prestige they bestow on their human owners, have fallen victim to the illegal trade that has helped push these great apes to the brink of extinction.The practice has been exacerbated by the continuing loss of the ape’s forest habitat, much of it cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. Indonesia has lost more rainforest than any other country since the turn of the century, when the plantation industry began a relentless expansion that made the archipelagic nation the world’s top producer of palm oil, a commodity found in everything from ice cream to laundry detergent.These baby orangutans were confiscated from a trafficker in Aceh province in 2015. Image by Junaidi Hanafiah/Mongabay Indonesia.Orphaned orangutans can be sold into a vast network of traffickers that extends throughout Indonesia and beyond.Those fortunate enough to be rescued by authorities or handed in by their owners after growing too big and unwieldy to keep as pets have to undergo special treatment to ensure they can be released back into the wild. But that’s not an option for many of these apes, who might have sustained permanent injuries or contracted a contagious disease during their time in captivity. For such apes, life after the pet trade is confined to rehabilitation centers that are already crowded.Conservationists say there needs to be a halt to forest-clearing activities to stop orangutans from being pushed out of their habitats. They also say forests that have already been degraded need to be restored and protected, so that rescued orangutans deemed ready for release back into the wild can have a new home safe from human threats.“Degraded forests should be immediately restored instead of converting them into oil palm plantations, so that wildlife habitats aren’t reduced,” said Teuku Muhammad Zulfikar, a coordinator at the NGO Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL).Two juvenile orangutans were confiscated by authorities in January this year, but the people who kept them as pets have not been charged with any crime. Image by Ayat S. Karokaro/Mongabay Indonesia.Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include data about prosecutions for possession of a single orangutan.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Jan. 28, 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Kayange eyes Hong Kong, Japan return

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, March 7 – Veteran star and former national sevens team skipper Humphrey Kayange is racing against time for fitness as he eyes the sixth and seventh World Sevens Series legs in Hong Kong and Japan for his comeback to the squad.Kayange, who has been out of action for seven months after undergoing an ankle surgery for an injury picked from Glasgow Commonwealth Games last July, told Capital Sport he is still under rehabilitation but will know his fate after a fitness test next week. “I’m just taking a step at a time of course there are few tournaments coming up and if I’m able to play, I will try train hard to be part of it but if no, I will continue working on my rehab and see when I will be fit and ready.“The boys have done well without me and it will be positive if I get back but the young players have got their footing right and the older players are doing their bit right, so it’s a team effort and we want everybody to be 100 percent when we hit the games,” Kayange who last featured in the team May last year underscored.With the team that registered poor performance in the opening three rounds in Gold Coast, Dubai and Port Elizabeth out of the automatic 2016 Olympic Games qualification, Kayange said focus is on finishing the season on a high before turning attention to regional qualifiers.However, the 33-year-old Mwamba RFC centre who was in the squad that missed this year’s Rugby World Cup by a whisker after Zimbabwe shattered their dream said the team cannot afford to miss Rio de Janeiro Summer Games that welcome the shorter version of the game for the first time since 1924.“We are moving in the right direction and I think the boys will work hard to better Wellington and Las Vegas performance. We want to finish where Kenya usually finishes so we will give it a strong push in the remaining four tournaments to see that we move from the bottom.“At the Africa qualifiers, we will be worried by the usual Zimbabwe, Namibia and Tunisia but its 7s if you wake up on the wrong side and don’t start the game with focus any team can win. This is the last chance that we have and we have to use it well,” Kayange who completed his masters in Biochemistry at UK’s Bristol University stated.Felix Ochieng’ charges face a tough Pool D that features former Kenya’s head coach Mike Friday’s USA, England and Wales with Kayange saying they will take one match at a time.“There is no easy pool in the circuit and the sad reality is that we will be facing top teams but we will give it our best. We have played USA before and they beat us so it will be time for the boys to get one back.” -Kenya Cup loss-Meanwhile, after seeing his team Mwamba fail to make it for the Kenya Cup play-off after finishing fifth, disappointed Kayange said they are now rebuilding for Enterprise Cup.“We gave it a good push this year unfortunately we didn’t make it; we will give it a go again next year.The players are demoralized but we have to focus on the next Cup,” Kayange who on Thursday received Sh470,679 (USD5,166) compensation by UAP for injury incurred at last year’s Commonwealth Games said.“It’s sad I had to undergo an ankle ligament surgery with my money but I’m happy to get compensated; I feel relieved.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ivory Coast top charts, but trophy cabinet is bare

first_imgThey have a squad that must make rival coaches envious with the Toure brothers, Kolo and Yaya from English Premier League champions Manchester City, and long-serving captain Didier Drogba just some of the stars.But for all the strength and skill of the Ivorians, the ‘golden generation’ have never emulated the team of 1992, who brought the Africa Cup to Abidjan for the only time after winning a marathon shoot-out with Ghana in Senegal.Ivory Coast come to 2013 hosts South Africa as favourites to win the January 19 to February 10 tournament despite a challenging first-round group that includes former champions Algeria and Tunisia plus little-to-lose minnows Togo.They were also favoured to win in 2006 when they lost on penalties to hosts Egypt and in 2008 when they were too confident and took a 4-1 semi-finals pasting from the Pharaohs in Ghana.Come 2010 in Angola and nothing had changed — this time the Elephants would trample all before them — but someone forgot to tell Algeria, who snatched a last-minute equaliser before winning a quarter-final thriller in extra time.The same scenario unfolded in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea last year with Ivory Coast the team to beat and although no rival succeeded in doing that, the gold medals eluded the ‘golden generation’ once again.Usually deadly spot-kick taker Drogba blazed a regular-time penalty over the crossbar against dogged upstarts Zambia, who survived 120 often torrid minutes and won on penalties.This must have been the most heart-breaking of all the failures for ageing Drogba and the Toures after five victories and a draw and not one goal conceded during 570 minutes of action.South Africa represents a final chance for China-based Drogba and once again they are the choice of the pundits to win the final on February 10 at Soccer City, a Soweto stadium which is the largest in Africa with a 93,000 capacity.“This Africa Cup is undoubtedly my last,” the striker, who will bow out of international football at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil if Ivory Coast qualify, told an Abidjan newspaper.“I want to pour my whole heart and strength into this Africa Cup. We have come so close to winning the trophy twice, but that does not mean we should slow down. We have learnt from our failures and are returning to win the title.”While many stars have survived the last seven painful years, the coaches change after each tournament and inexperienced Tunisia-born French citizen Sabri Lamouchi is the latest saddled with fulfilling the great Ivorian expectations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, January 11 – Every month FIFA compiles African rankings and Ivory Coast have been top of the charts for so long it appears they have exclusive rights to the highest rung on the ladder.It is a deserved position as the ‘Elephants’ from the western seaboard of the continent win many matches, draw some and lose rarely at competitive or friendly level.last_img read more

School buses cancelled in Dawson Creek but running Chetwynd

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School District 59 has cancelled buses in Dawson Creek for the third day in a row.The extreme cold weather continues to cause the problems for the District. The good news is buses will be running on Wednesday in Chetwynd.School District 60 announced Tuesday afternoon that buses would be cancelled on Wednesday for the third day in a row.- Advertisement -The extreme cold weather warning remains in place for the entire B.C. Peace.last_img

Palmdale-produced robot spy craft to begin real operations in U.S.

first_imgPALMDALE – The Palmdale-produced Global Hawk robot spy plane is coming up on a number of firsts, including the start of operations in the United States and the beginning of flight testing of a larger, more capable version. Known for providing images and intelligence in the War on Terror for the past five years, the program is just beginning operations with the arrival of the first Global Hawk at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. The aircraft flew a mission from Beale on Tuesday, marking the first time a nontest mission had been flown in the United States. The Air Force is considering using the aircraft’s training flights for other uses, including border patrol, search and rescue, and homeland security missions, said Ed Walby, Northrop Grumman’s business development director for high-altitude long-endurance programs. “There’s a world of activities you can participate in,” Walby said of U.S. missions. “It’s dual use for the flying time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept.11, 2001, the Global Hawk program was in a technology-demonstration phase in which a handful of aircraft were being built and tested to see whether it would be possible to field a high-altitude, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. After the attacks, the planes were pressed into service, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. Assembled by Northrop Grumman workers in Palmdale, Global Hawk aircraft are capable of flying at an altitude of 65,000 feet, above storms and about six miles higher than jetliners normally fly, for more than 35 hours at a time. During a single mission, Global Hawk’s sensors can survey 40,000 square miles. The Global Hawk aircraft are primarily flown by onboard computers using preprogrammed instructions. The aircraft, however, can be flown by or have a preprogrammed mission adjusted by a ground operator who adjusts the plane’s flight through clicks of a computer mouse rather than a joystick. The aircraft are being developed in “blocks,” each progressively more capable than the previous. All seven of the “Block 10” aircraft have been delivered to the military, program officials said. On Thursday, a Global Hawk aircraft performed the last of the Block 10 evaluation checks, flying a 27-hour mission over Alaska. The flight, which originated at Edwards Air Force Base, involved taking images of 250 targets, including targets obscured by dense forest and ice and snow. “We believe it performed as advertised,” Walby said. The first of the Block 20 aircraft is about halfway through low-speed taxi tests at U.S. Air Force Plant 42. A first flight will occur either right before the Christmas holiday or in early January. The aircraft will be able to carry 3,000 pounds of intelligence-gathering equipment, compared with the 2,000 pounds carried by previous Global Hawks. The aircraft will also operate with more than twice the power of its predecessors. The Block 20 aircraft is also bigger than its predecessors. Its wingspan exceeds 130 feet, compared with 116 feet for earlier models; at 47.5 feet, it is also about 3 feet longer. The first Block 20 aircraft will go to Edwards for flight testing, which is expected to last about 18 months. Five other Block 20 aircraft will be produced. Subsequent Global Hawks will all have the same airframe, but the intelligence-gathering capability is expected to improve in future “blocks.” The Air Force plans to buy 54 Global Hawk aircraft. There are several other potential customers, including the U.S. Navy, the Australian military and Germany. Northrop Grumman plans to propose a derivative of the Global Hawk for the Navy’s Board Area Maritime Surveillance program, or BAMS. The program is aimed at having “eyes in the sky” around the clock to watch over areas of the world’s oceans of interest to the United States. “We think it’s a perfect fit,” Walby said. “At 60,000 feet, you are unencumbered by weather, you have a large view, 300 nautical miles, and you have long endurance. Other systems might boast of less cost, but they have less capability.” The Australian military is following the BAMS program to see if the U.S. system can address its maritime patrol needs. In December, the German government is expected to decide whether to purchase a variation of the Global Hawk for its needs. james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Former Chelsea man sets record straight after bold Dean Saunders claim

first_img LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP IN DEMAND Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:28Loaded: 11.25%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Dean Saunders discusses which club is bigger between Chelsea and Aston Villa The Welshman’s comments sparked a huge reaction online, with Villa fans hailing him as a legend while Blues and neutral supporters thought he’d lost the plot.Not all with Villa allegiances agreed, though, with Carscarino and fellow former claret and blue striker Darren Bent both insisting Chelsea have eclipsed the 1982 European Cup winners.Cascarino told talkSPORT on Thursday: “The answer is obviously difficult because in different periods one club has been bigger than the other.“But, if you’re looking at the last decade, Villa are miles behind Chelsea. moving on getty targets 3 TOP WORK “Villa are obviously a massive club, but if you talk about right now you’ve got to say Chelsea.“They won the Champions League not that long ago, they’re always winning trophies and have won Premier Leagues.“It’s not like the Manchester United/Manchester City situation where United are a bigger club because their history is still quite recent, but Aston Villa’s [success] was a while ago compared to what Chelsea are doing now.“You’ve got to be honest and right now I think everyone would say Chelsea.” Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 3 REVEALED Villa will be back in the Premier League next season, having ended their three-year stay in the Championship by beating Derby County in the play-off final last month.And Saunders unwittingly found himself trending on social media after he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast:“The owner of Chelsea has got more money than Villa, so he has made Chelsea into a big club. But actually, traditionally, Aston Villa are a bigger club than Chelsea if you go back over the years. They’re a massive club, they’ve won everything.” “If you want take it back further, Andy Townsend left Chelsea to go to Villa in the early 90s, that’s when Villa were a very strong club and they were even stronger in the early 80s when they were European Champions.“When I joined Villa, I knew I had joined a big club. I loved being there, I wore the number 9 shirt Peter With had worn and wore it with great pride.“Of course Villa was a huge club at that particular time, but if we’re talking about the last decade – no.”Ex-Villa striker Darren Bent added: “Yeah I agree. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino has set the record straight after Dean Saunders’ bold claim that former club Aston Villa are ‘bigger than Chelsea’.Cascarino, who played for both clubs, agrees the West Midlands side have a rich history but in reality they are now ‘miles behind’ the London giants. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Villa are the fifth most successful club in English football, but Chelsea – crowned Europa League champions last week – are the fourth with four more major trophies in their cabinet Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Lliverpool’s latest European triumph put them level with Man United for trophies won by English clubs, though Villa are not far behind Chelsea when it comes to glorylast_img read more

Donegal residents raise €9million for good causes by playing National Lottery

first_imgMore than €9 million have been raised by the people of Donegal for Good Causes in the county and across Ireland by playing National Lottery games, new figures reveal.By playing games such as Lotto, EuroMillions, Daily Million and scratch cards, Donegal players have raised this figure in 2017 for the National Lottery Good Causes Fund which goes to community projects, sports clubs and other organisations across the country.This funding plays a crucial role in creating, developing and sustaining such good causes. Thousands of local Donegal clubs and projects have benefitted from this funding, among them was one unique arts festival which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. To mark the landmark birthday this year, the Earagail Arts Festival teamed up with the home of Clannad for a joint birthday bash.For two weeks every summer, the entire county of Donegal is transformed into an amphitheatre for the Earagail international arts festival.The festival hosted a special programme of events in the world-famous Leo’s Tavern, which is celebrating 50 years in the heart of the Gaeltacht.The extended party took place last July and included special performances by the legendary Clannad and Hazel O’Connor, as well as a unique cabaret hosted by Daniel O’Donnell. Pictured during a puppet show as part of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival is Fergal Lonergan. This year the Earagail Arts Festival ran from 6th -23rd July. Thousands of individuals, clubs and organisations from all over Ireland, like the Earagail Arts Festival, benefit from National Lottery Good Causes funding every year. In the last year alone, over €225 million was raised by the National Lottery and its players for Good Causes all over Ireland, equating to about €616,000 per day. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to such Good Causes. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.Pictured during a puppet show as part of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival is Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhríde. This year the Earagail Arts Festival ran from 6th -23rd July. Thousands of individuals, clubs and organisations from all over Ireland, like the Earagail Arts Festival, benefit from National Lottery Good Causes funding every year. In the last year alone, over €225 million was raised by the National Lottery and its players for Good Causes all over Ireland, equating to about €616,000 per day. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to such Good Causes. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.  Pictured during a puppet show as part of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival is Karen Torley Organiser (Banyan Theatre Company seated) with Members of the Inishowen Gospel Choir An Ghrianan Youth Theatre, Amharclann Gaoth Dobhair Youth Theatre. This year the Earagail Arts Festival ran from 6th -23rd July. Thousands of individuals, clubs and organisations from all over Ireland, like the Earagail Arts Festival, benefit from National Lottery Good Causes funding every year. In the last year alone, over €225 million was raised by the National Lottery and its players for Good Causes all over Ireland, equating to about €616,000 per day. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to such Good Causes. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.  Donegal residents raise €9million for good causes by playing National Lottery was last modified: September 26th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:euromillionsnational lotterylast_img read more

This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — November 3, 2019

first_imgShare This!Well, it’s here! This week’s weather at Walt Disney World is all about autumn. And thank goodness, because the Christmas decorations have gone up, the clocks have gone back, and last week was one of the hottest late Octobers on the record books for Florida. Let’s not do that again!Record Heat for HalloweenDid you try to dress up for the final Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Did you regret all of your life’s decisions? Did you pour your candy onto your hotel room floor in a gooey ball of sadness? Hopefully at least that one didn’t happen. But when you’ve got a high of 91 degrees on Halloween, the weather is easily the scariest thing about the spooky season. The good news? It’s gone. At least, it seems to be gone. For now.If you love this walk as much as I do, you also know how meltingly hot this stretch gets. Yikes! Enjoy it this week.This week’s weather at Walt Disney WorldThe beginning of November is here, with long nights, cool mornings, and… afternoon showers? It seems like there’s at least a chance. Let’s take a look at what’s influencing our weather.First of all, we’ve entered cold front season, but it takes a while for these bad boys to crank up enough energy to really slam through Central Florida, and they’re just not there yet. What we’re seeing instead is fronts that sort of slide into the area and then stick around — a stationary front. Much like waiting at the merge while every single person who ever had a FastPass+ marches past you at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the stationary front is going nowhere in a hurry.So for the first part of the week, we’re going to enjoy the slightly troubled air of this going-nowhere frontal boundary. As a high pressure system arrives early in the week, the frontal boundary will slowly edge northward into Central Florida and bring some moisture with it, bumping up our rain chances. This has been the pattern with cold fronts the past few weeks—they just don’t want to leave us! The moisture and warm temperatures are going to stick around for the foreseeable future, with no cold fronts expected to make their way to Florida this coming week. So if you were planning on an escape from the crazy cold which has taken over the rest of the country, great news! Florida is going to be lovely. Skies will be changeable, switching from sun to partly cloudy to mostly cloudy throughout the daytime hours, and there will be a chance of showers each day. Not sizeable—maybe 30% at best—but still, a sprinkle or two could surprise you while you’re wandering World Showcase. There shouldn’t be any thunder and lightning associated with these showers, so they really aren’t expected to be disruptive to your day. A decent breeze from the north or northeast will help rush these showers off the ocean and through the area quickly.As for temperatures, we’ll be looking at overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s—very nice mornings and evenings—and highs in the 80s, starting around 81, then lifting towards the mid-80s as the week progresses and the high pressure continues to keep cool air from making its way down to Florida. So while it will be above-normal once again, we are only talking about 85 degrees by the end of the week… not 90. And yes, friends, there’s a huge difference!Tropical Weather OutlookThere’s nothing out there. Take a look at that map! The Gulf of Mexico is empty, the Caribbean Sea is empty, the near-shore Atlantic is empty… nothing to see here, please disperse. The hurricane season continues for another few weeks, but November hurricanes are relatively rare. There have been just five landfalling hurricanes in the U.S. for the month of November, with records going back to 1851.Tropical Outlook? Computer says no. Courtesy: NOAAWhat is interesting, though, is that the points of origin maps for November show tropical systems can develop just about anywhere from Bermuda to the Bay of Campeche. Yet with all that energy still available, powerful cold fronts tend to take them out to sea fairly quickly. Take a look at the prevailing maps for October versus November.October hurricane prevailing tracks. Courtesy: NOAANovember hurricane prevailing tracks. Straight out to sea, thanks to powerful cold fronts. Courtesy: NOAAWe’ll keep watching, but it’s almost time to retire this segment for the season!Sweater Weather(?)So, is it time to pack the hoodies? My answer is yes. When you spend all day outside in the sun and the temperature is in the 80s, those evenings below 70 degrees can feel really chilly against your skin! Going in and out of stores with the A/C set on 65 degrees makes it even worse (or better, depending on how much time you spent here over the summer and whether or not you’re over it yet). It might not exactly be sweater weather yet if you’re one of those great northern heroes who shovel snow in your shirt-sleeves, but bring a light jacket. Basically, every fall evening at Walt Disney World can be April 25… in your heart.Maybe it’s spirit jersey weather. Yeah, let’s call it that.last_img read more