Jim Harbaugh Appears To Have A Harambe Picture In His Office

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)The football office at Michigan is somewhat strangely decorated.Harambe, the deceased Cincinnati Zoo gorilla turned folk hero, appears to be part of Michigan football’s office.Check it out:@UMichFootball @DeMariniFP @wilsonballglove @CoachJim4UM looking good in his new ball glove! Thanks for all you do! pic.twitter.com/Q2rPljLp0v— Carol Hutchins (@UMCoachHutch) December 21, 2016An enhanced look, from mgoblog:enhance pic.twitter.com/jODztXEg3n— mgoblog (@mgoblog) December 21, 2016Of course Jim Harbaugh has a picture of a dead gorilla in his office .Update: The gorilla featured in Michigan football’s office actually doesn’t appear to be Harambe, but rather a picture of a gorilla from an endangered species website.last_img read more

Pack It In: Fall Trail Running

first_img 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down It’s easy to take a drive upstate this time of year to enjoy those few golden weeks left of changing leaves and decent weather. It’s a little harder to get out on the trail when the temperatures start to drop and there’s the slightest possibility of snow in the forecast. However, it’s simply too early to admit defeat to winter and head to the gym to run on a treadmill. For those of us that want some extra adventure (and maybe weather induced misery), we’ve got the best trail running gear to extend your season a few more precious days.Your first consideration should be about saving your feet and legs. The best shoes make the difference on long miles of trail, and Hoka One One Rapa Nui 2’s let you easily add miles and hours to your long runs. The oversized midsoles take a little getting used to, but the extra cushioning is exactly what you need on rough, wet trails. Don’t be surprised when your PRs on long runs starts to drastically drop.The foundation of any kit is a solid pack. Holding everything you’ll need for a dozen miles on the trail, and staying functional and comfortable is an art. We love the Salomon S-Lab Adv Skin 12 for the way it fits like a vest rather than a traditional pack. It’s got just enough space to carry the essentials – snacks, water, and an extra layer – without overloading.Cold temperatures call for a little extra protection beyond your typical tank top. The La Sportiva Epic shirt doesn’t just provide that extra warmth, but is UPF 50+ rated, and is built with Polygiene permanent anti-microbial and anti-odor technology. Body mapped vents keep you dry even on the longest runs.You’ve got to have a little extra fuel beyond your hydration pack on long runs, and the typical energy gel just isn’t going to cut it (unless you like sucking down fruit flavored snot). We love the Honey Stinger Organic Chews because not only can we actually pronounce every ingredient, but they taste amazing too. Try the cherry cola flavor – trust us on this one.Comfort is everything when you’re and hour from the nearest road. The last thing you want is to be fighting blisters and chafing on top of nasty weather and serious altitude. We’ve covered lululemon before, and for good reason. Their Surge 7 Inch Shorts have seen us through long runs, obstacle course races, and even a GORUCK Challenge. The Luxtreme liner is sweat wicking and just tight enough to provide the perfect amount of comfort no matter how long you’re in them.Photo Courtesy of Salomon/Jordi Saragossa The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? last_img read more

The Big Easy in Hollywood: Sassafras Saloon

first_img A Brief History of the Tervis Tumbler and Why You Need One It’s another win from the 1933 Group, responsible for other gorgeously themed bars tucked away across the city. Bigfoot Lodge, The Thirsty Crow, and Oldfield’s Liquor Room to name a few. Each bar has its own personality and each one its own devoted attendees.Supernatural and alcoholic, Sassafras has spirits covered. Cocktails are their game and they play it well. The menu has a Southern bent and the drinks are artfully crafted in the mixologist way, but without the long wait times. The Saint is not to be missed: bourbon, Pamplemousse Rose, Lillet, ginger, and lemon juice. Or go for the Pimms, done the Sassafras way, with the addition of strawberry and cucumber. Beer drinkers, never fear– they have a selection for you as well.No need to go hungry either. Following the trend, their food menu is all inspired by classic Southern cuisine, but with a Southern California twist. You’ve got your crab cakes, a Shrimp Po Boy, but the Short Rib Sliders really take the cake, smothered in a Coca-Cola glaze. The food is shockingly reasonably priced, but skews more to the size of appetizers than entrees. When available, the Fried Green Tomatoes are an absolute must.Between the live bands belting jaunty tunes and the inevitable throng of those seeking a bit of charm from their bar, it can be on the loud side. Sassafras is clearly invoking some form of witchcraft since parking is rarely too much of a hassle: they’ve got a reasonably-priced valet and street parking typically abounds.Sassafras is absolutely perfect for anything from a night out with friends to a solo drink to celebrating something special. No matter the reason you go, y’all will definitely be back. The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Homesick Southerners have a boozy LA refuge: Sassafras Saloon. Located in an unassuming area of Hollywood, Sassafras is a genuine Southern home so meticulously recreated, you almost wonder where the humidity and mosquitoes are. Spanish moss hangs from the ceiling of the indoor “porch,” swaying above its brick and plaster walls, wicker furniture and potted ferns. The area is framed in by the outside of an elegantly aged aristocratic townhouse. Just inside the bar’s front door is the formal parlor: dark wood walls, fireplace, and plush armchairs. The causal living room is opposite the saloon-like bar, wallpapered and, bless its heart, full of enough quaint charm to make you feel right at home. A second floor stage hosts local bands who play everything from jazz to blues to swing, providing an appropriate soundtrack. It seems like we all wandered into someone’s (definitely haunted) house and are partying it up in their absence.center_img A Simple Recipe for True Southern Fried Chicken Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee last_img read more

CFIA announces recall of some types of cauliflower lettuce due to E

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of certain types of cauliflower and lettuce due to possible E. coli contamination.In a post on its website, the agency says the products were produced by California-based Adam Bros. Farming Inc., and distributed in at least six provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador.The affected products include cauliflower with the Adam Brothers Family Farms logo, as well as green and red leaf lettuces that were sold in bulk without packaging.The CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the recall, but anyone who thinks they may have purchased affected products should throw them out or return them.It says the recall was triggered by one in the U.S., which resulted from an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.U.S. officials said last week that a water reservoir at Adam Bros. Farms in Santa Barbara County tested positive for the bacterial strain, and the owners are co-operating with authorities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Photos Stars Attend NKLA Adoption Weekend

first_imgIt was a life-saving 48 hour marathon for the 472 pets who found new homes at the NKLA Adoption Weekend held at La Brea Tar Pits this past Saturday and Sunday.Nick Wheeler of the band All American Rejects attended Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA Adoption Weekend with girlfriend Cheyenne ConradyCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgDixie, a year old dilute Calico from Caring Cats, was adopted by Danielle Sheremetiev of Los Angeles. “I was looking for a kitten, but I fell in love with Dixie’s personality and coloring. She will be a really good fit for my household,” Sheremetiev said. “So many animals need homes. More people need to adopt.”Tomo Milicevic of Thirty Seconds to Mars and award-winning photographer Seth Casteel emceed Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA Adoption WeekendCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgThe popular event, hosted by Best Friends Animal Society as part of its NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative, is one of several Best Friends “Super Adoptions” held nationally throughout the year. By bringing together NKLA coalition partners and passionate animal lovers eager to match shelters pets with loving families, the NKLA Adoption Weekend is a tangible way to save lives.Abbie Kornish attended Best Friend Animal Society’s NKLA Adoption Weekend with her rescue dogs India and SolielCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.org“Everyone at Los Angeles Animal Services is thrilled that we were able to find homes for so many amazing shelter pets,” said Brenda Barnette, LAAS general manager. “Events like NKLA Adoption Weekend are great for letting the community see what fantastic companion animals can be found in local shelters.”Stylist/blogger Sydne Summer and model/television personality Asha Leo onstage with iconic American hero dog LassieCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgPets at the NKLA Adoption Weekend came from a variety of local shelters and rescues, including LAAS and Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, as well as NKLA coalition partners such as Border Collies in Need, Boston Buddies, Inc., German Shepherd Rescue Los Angeles, Wags N Walks, Labs and Friends.org, Angel City Pit Bulls, Kitten Rescue and A Cat’s Tale were featured. Adoption fees started at $25 and all pets were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.The free, family-friendly event featured L.A.’s hottest food trucks, the latest pet-related products and services from sponsors Pet Smart Charities, Natural Balance Pet Food, Banfield Pet Hospital, Mammoth Pet, and Dog For Dog.Celebrity support was also in full force, ranging from musicians like Tomo Milicevic of 30 Seconds To Mars to actors such as teen heartthrob Lou Wegner, who is also the founder of Kids Against Animal Cruelty and award-winning photographer Seth Casteel. Iconic American hero dog Lassie also made an appearance, as did actress Abbie Kornish and musician Nick Wheeler of All American Rejects.Style expert, stylist, host and blogger Sydne Summer was excited to be a part of the festivities. “”Almost every day, I get stopped by someone wanting to know what breed my dog is. I smile and proudly say she’s a rescue,” Summer said. “I think it’s so important for people to know that there are incredible animals up for adoption, like my Pomeranian mix Bunny and her purebred Poodle friend Rosy. I’m just thrilled so many lovable animals found their forever homes this weekend.”Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Best Friends is working collaboratively in Los Angeles with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city.As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events such as Strut Your Mutt and NKLA Adoption Weekends, runs both the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills and the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, and leads the NKLA initiative.The need for potential pet owners to adopt, not shop, for their four-legged family member is crucial, according to Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles.“The sad truth is that 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in U.S. shelters every day. Best Friends Animal Society believes that number should be zero,” Peralta said. “Watching the animal lovers of L.A. come together to put on the city’s biggest adoption event is truly incredible. It’s only by working together that we will Save Them All and turn LA into NKLA.”last_img read more

UFC legend Georges StPierre drops by Sheshatshiu for a visit and some

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents don’t usually go to school on the weekend.But the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation in Labrador had a special visitor on Sunday.UFC legend Georges St-Pierre dropped by with some advice on bullying and showed the school wrestling team a few moves.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has the headlock on this story.last_img

Israeli Air Strikes Bring Death Toll to Over 100 People

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Israeli air strikes overnight in Gaza brought the death toll to surpass 100, including at least 70 civilians, according to medical officials in Gaza. More than 700 have been injured.In Israel, a Palestinian rocket hit a fuel tanker at a gas station causing an explosion and seriously wounding one. No deaths have been reported.U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to offer to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the White House said in a statement. “The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” according to the statement.International pressure builds on Israel to end its offensive. Many world leaders have condemned the airstrikes and a spokeswoman for the United Nations human rights office said Israel might be violating laws of war.“We have received disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes,” said Ravina Shamdasani. “Such reports raise doubts about whether the Israeli airstrikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”Egypt’s foreign ministry said, “Egypt condemns these hostilities, which led to the killing and injury of tens of Palestinians,” and called on Israel to stop “all collective punishment.”However, it does not seem that Netanyahu has a ceasefire on his agenda. In a speech Friday, he said that the operation in Gaza will continue and that “no international pressure” will cause Israel to suspend its offensive. read more

Utility cancels 130 million in worker performance bonuses

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California utility Pacific Gas & Electric said it won’t award $130 million in employee bonuses because of its recent bankruptcy filing, a newspaper reported Saturday.Interim chief executive John Simon cited California’s deadly wildfires and the company’s precarious financial state in an internal email message to workers on Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Senior leaders and the company’s board of directors supported the decision, he said.“The more I stepped back and thought about the impacts the wildfires have had on so many people outside our company, regardless of fault, the more I came to believe paying (performance bonuses) in 2018 was not the right thing to do,” Simon said in the email.PG&E has previously said it would not award executive bonuses this year.The employee bonuses were for 2018 performance and were set to be announced next month. Some 14,000 employees were eligible.“We’re very upset,” said John Mader, president of the Engineers and Scientists of California union. I just don’t see how it’s constructive to confiscate employee compensation, especially the people … who try and prevent these kind of tragedies.”Mader, whose union represents 3,700 engineers and scientists, said it’s unfair to punish workers who had nothing to do with the company’s financials nor were at fault for the wildfires.Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court supported the decision but said it should have been announced earlier.“I think this is just crisis management,” he said. “Clearly, it’s the right decision, but it should have been done in the first place, not after a public shaming.”PG&E filed for bankruptcy last month saying it faced $30 billion in wildfire liability.___Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.comThe Associated Press read more

UN gets set for World Cup kickoff and renewed push on antipoverty

With community festivals, television shows, posters, electronic games, multimedia campaigns and even a new song, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be under the spotlight during the month-long World Cup.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Johannesburg ahead of Friday’s World Cup opening ceremony in the same city, beginning a five-nation African tour that will also take the UN chief to Burundi, Cameroon, Benin and Sierra Leone.Mr. Ban held talks with South African President Jacob Zuma and later addressed the “Sports for Peace” gala dinner tonight alongside Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace. In his speech Mr. Ban highlighted the unifying power of sport and underscored the importance of the MDGs.As part of the UN-wide effort, agencies that include the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have started promoting 8 Goals for Africa, a song recorded by eight artists from across the continent. A video recorded for the song will be shown in public viewing areas in South Africa throughout the World Cup.The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is holding community events in slum neighbourhoods that aim to promote sustainable urbanization; UNICEF is staging football festivals to raise awareness about the fight against child trafficking and exploitation; and the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is screening TV programmes about racism and tolerance.Numerous other events and campaigns involving UN agencies, including the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), will also be held.The renewed push on the MDGs is taking place just three months before world leaders are scheduled to gather at UN Headquarters in New York in September to chart the progress so far towards achieving the eight MDGs and discuss the ways forward.At the Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders agreed to try to attain the MDGs – which include halving the number of people living in extreme poverty, tackling environmental degradation, and slashing maternal mortality – by 2015. 8 June 2010The United Nations is gearing up for this week’s start of the soccer World Cup, aiming to harness public excitement about the world’s biggest sporting event to advance efforts to slash poverty, fight hunger and tackle other key social and economic problems. read more

Canadian Natural profit triples on higher oil and gas prices

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, the country’s largest independent oil and gas producer, said on Thursday its first-quarter profit rose nearly three-fold on higher oil and natural gas prices as it boosted capital spending to develop newly acquired properties.The company said net income was $622-million, or 57 cents per share, up from $213-million, or 19  cents, in the first quarter of 2013.Adjusted profit, which excludes most one-time items, more than doubled to $921-million, or 85  cents per share, from $401-million, or 37 cents. Analysts, on average, expected the company to post an operating profit of 79 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Canadian Natural is one of Canada’s largest conventional oil producers and a major operator in the country’s oil sands. It also operates offshore of west Africa.The company made one of its largest acquisitions in years earlier this year, buying Devon Energy Corp’s Canadian conventional properties for $3.13-billion. Canadian Natural said it would boost its capital spending budget by $425-million to exploit its new lands while its 2014 oil production target was raised by 3%, or 15,000 barrels per day, while it will add 360 million cubic feet per day of gas production this year.The company’s cash flow, a key indicator of its ability to pay for new projects and drilling, rose 36% to $2.15-billion, or $1.97 per share.Production was 0.6% higher than the year-prior quarter at 684,647 barrels of oil equivalent per day. It received an average price of $79.68 per barrel for its oil and natural gas liquids in the quarter, 19% above year earlier levels. Its average natural gas price rose 62% to $5.69 per thousand cubic feet.Canadian Natural shares closed at $43.00 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday. The shares have risen 44% over the past 12 months.Thomson Reuters 2014 read more

Danier Leather enters insolvency as it seeks a buyer

TORONTO — Danier Leather Inc. said it has entered insolvency proceedings in order to protect itself from creditor lawsuits as it seeks a buyer.The well-known retailer of leatherwear and accessories said the move was necessary because of ongoing financial problems, including more than $27 million in financial losses over the last two years despite its best efforts to cut costs and turn the business around.The company lost nearly $20 million in its 2015 fiscal year as sales fell 14 per cent after contracting by 10 per cent the previous year.Danier said it expects to lose even more money in 2016 as operating losses have continued.Comark Inc, owner of Ricki’s, Bootlegger and Cleo, is latest Canadian fashion retailer to seek creditor protectionTip Top Tailors owner acquires Jones New York stores in Canada: ‘I didn’t want to see another good brand go dark’CEO Jeffrey Wortsman said in Danier’s most recent annual report that the company had failed to offer clothing and accessories that aligned with current fashion trends.Danier has signed an agreement with GA Retail Canada to take over its stores and sell off its inventory and retail furniture if it does not find another buyer.The company said it’s not bankrupt and that it has enough cash to keep its stores open and pay its staff as it seeks to avoid liquidation.After filing for insolvency, Danier becomes protected from further court proceedings against it from its creditors. read more

Thousands of women on the move in Europe need reproductive healthcare –

“Thousands of women and girls, some of them pregnant, are on the move along the transit routes in the Balkans, often without access to basic hygiene and health services and with little protection from violence. As most of the women and girls are constantly moving, and often not registered, we need a swift, mobile and highly flexible response to meet their needs,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. According to a news release issued by UNFPA, about 13 per cent of refugees and migrants entering Europe are women. If the crisis worsens, the agency has projected an estimate of 70,000 women to be moving along the Balkans route over the next six months. Of these women, 4,200 are likely to be pregnant and about 1,400 are at risk of sexual violence. “We must ensure that women and girls can make their journey safely, and that they get the services they need to stay healthy along the way. These investments help save lives now, and many of them also help build sustainable capacities that the host populations will continue to benefit from in the future,” added Dr. Osotimehin.UNFPA plans to distribute 70,000 dignity kits over the next six months to serve the projected amount of women travelling through the area. The kit would include basic hygiene and healthcare items that can help women and girls to preserve their dignity on the move. Mobile clinics will be set up at strategic points, staffed with gynaecologists and nurses along with materials for safe-deliveries and prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. UNFPA will also boost the capacity of governments and civil society groups in the affected countries to provide quality health services for women and to prevent and manage sexual and gender-based violence. read more

New car market continues to rise with 35 growth in June

20111,029,638514,497502,11513,026438,196537,81653,626 20121,057,680541,241501,81314,626476,283537,17644,221 3Focus6,9373Focus43,853 2011183,12591,32390,1231,67972,790102,2098,126 Mkt share ’1150.0%48.8%1.3%42.6%52.2%5.2% 7MINI4,80773 Series23,035 105003,32410C-Class17,617 1Fiesta9,0631Fiesta59,570 2012189,51497,72289,3112,48179,916101,6757,923 % change2.7%5.2%-0.1%12.3%8.7%-0.1%-17.5% 6Astra5,4726Qashqai23,435 Mkt share ’1149.9%49.2%0.9%39.7%55.8%4.4% Best sellersJune 53 Series5,8305Astra30,483 Year-to-date Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 8Qashqai4,7758Polo22,349 % change3.5%7.0%-0.9%47.8%9.8%-0.5%-2.5% 4Golf6,3114Golf34,572 Mkt share ’1251.6%47.1%1.3%42.2%53.7%4.2% 2Corsa8,8002Corsa47,147 New car registrations rose for a fourth successive month with a 3.5% rise in June to 189,514 units.Registrations over the first half of the year increased 2.7% to 1,057,680 units.Private demand recovered in the first half of 2012, up 8.7% with June continuing the trend, up 9.8%.Technological gains helped average new car CO2 emissions fall 4% to 134.1g/km in first half of 2012.“Driven by demand from private buyers, June new car registrations grew 3.5% to push 2012 half year volumes through the one million mark,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite domestic and international economic concerns, UK motorists are responding positively to new products and the latest fuel-efficient technology. The industry has performed better than expected in the first half of the year and we will now need to work hard to sustain growth.”Data tables 9Polo3,3789Insignia17,890 Mkt share ’1251.2%47.4%1.4%45.0%50.8%4.2% JuneTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness Market betters expectations once again with fourth successive month of growth The new car market rose 3.5% to 189,514 units in June. This was still some 15% below the 2007 outturn, prior to recession, but some 2.5% ahead of average June volumes for the previous three years.Registrations in Q2 rose 4.8% and over the first half of the year have risen 2.7% to over one million units.The market was some 5% ahead of the SMMT forecast for Q2 (as set in April) with the annual running total at 1.97 million units in June. The growth is encouraging, given the subdued economic setting and compares with the full year 2011 total of 1.94 million units and a full year 2012 forecast of 1.95 million units.Private volumes rose 8.7% over the first half of the year and picked up in recent months, rising 9.8% in June. Fleet volumes are on par with last year, while business demand has fallen.Alternatively-fuelled car registrations posted a 47.8% rise in June, while diesel volumes also rose, pushing their market share over the first half of the year up from 50% a year ago to 51.2%.Improvements in new car fuel efficiency saw CO2 emissions fall to 134.1g/km over the first half of 2012, down 4% on a year ago and 2.9% compared with 2011’s full year figure of 138.1g/km.New models helped Mini segment registrations rise 82.5% in June. The Dual Purpose and Executive segments also posted double digit-growth in the month.The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling model in June and over the first half of 2012.Click through to download the full June 2012 (half year) new car registrations news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Potholes in England are 15 times deeper than the Grand Canyon when

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Potholes in England would now be 15 times deeper than the lowest point in the Grand Canyon if combined, with a new one reported every 43 seconds, figures have revealed. Nearly 700,000 new potholes were reported on the country’s highways over the past year, marking a 13% jump on the year before, according to data obtained by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).A parallel spike in the bill councils faced for repairing potholes – reaching £949 million in 2018/19 – has prompted calls for the Government to “sit up and take notice”.Most local authorities define a pothole as any dip in the road surface of 40mm and above, meaning the combined depth of the past year’s potholes would reach 28km. This amounts to nearly 15 times deeper than the darkest depths of the Grand Canyon or three times the height of Mount Everest. More than £1.9 million was paid out in compensation to motorists who had their vehicles damaged by potholes last year, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. “Measures like more funding for local authorities and improving the coordination between authorities and utility companies, will go some way in helping ease the burden of this ever-growing issue.”The business group believes tighter communication better between utility companies and councils will speed-up repairs. It has also called for an improved system for reporting potholes and new technologies to monitor road conditions.The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, claimed there was still a funding disparity between repairs for motorways and A roads compared to local roads.Around 43 times more is spent per mile maintaining national roads, which make up just 3% of England’s roads, than the remaining 97% of local roads which are overseen by councils, the body said.Judith Blake, the LGA’s transport spokesman, said: “Councils are on the side of the motorist, and are doing all they can to keep our roads safe and resilient, fixing a pothole every 17 seconds.“However, councils could do so much more if they are able to invest in looking after our country’s roads.“While the extra one-off funding announced in recent years has helped, the upcoming Spending Round is an opportunity to provide councils with the funding they need to invest in our local roads.” Roads in the North East of England are most plagued by new potholes, with councils in the region receiving more than 100,000 complaints, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber with 92,000.Britain’s pothole crisis was described earlier this year as a “national scandal” in a report by MPs sitting on the Commons Transport Select Committee.The FSB said the poor state of repair on roads was the scourge of many small businesses and demanded more funding for local authorities from central Government. Mike Cherry, the national chairman of the FSB, said: “Potholes are a major concern for the nation’s small businesses. Our members rely heavily on the local road network, with their staff, customers and trade deliveries, dependent on fast and efficient road networks. “Poorly looked-after roads peppered with holes and cracks not only hamper their ability to do business, but lead to damaged vehicles, which are often vital assets to small firms working without large capital reserves.“These figures show just how widespread the issue is and it’s clear that the Government and local authorities need to sit up and take notice.  read more

Filip Šćepanović to Meshkov Brest

← Previous Story Sweden with 14+2 players to London Next Story → Men’s U20 ECh (Turkey): Balkan brothers for the Final – Spain against Sweden Serbian right back, Filip Ščepanović (28) will be seventh player from the Balkans in the Belarusian vice-champion, Meshkov from Brest. Šćepanović began his proffesional career in HC Crvena zvezda, where he gained his first EHF Champions League’s experience, after he moved to Swiss Amicitia Zurich. He has also experience of playing in Italy and Israel. Filip ScepanovicMeshkov Brest read more

Column Abortion is too important an issue for disrespectful debate

first_imgCRASS VERBAL INSULTS, precision food missiles and mean-spirited Facebooking sound like the hallmarks of particularly belligerent school yard bullying. They are, however, the manifestation of a ubiquitous tension between campaigners on opposing sides of the abortion debate.Deliberation over the issue of legalised abortion has reared its head many times in Irish society; most recently it was pushed into the limelight once again with the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar and the subsequent national consideration of this age old issue.Passion creates a platformIt is the work of passionate activists that create a valid platform for the debate on abortion to take place. Activists who are effusive in their commitment to their chosen cause provide information, organise public events and create a space for insightful discussion – or so the tagline reads.Being moved to activism is not a decision made in haste, so what is the catalyst that propels people to take their opinions from the safety of their living rooms and coffee breaks and demonstrate them with vigour on our streets?I have strong personal views on abortion, in fact I don’t know anyone who doesn’t – abortion is not an area where many sit on the fence. Yet I have never taken part in a demonstration, I have never painted a banner and sometimes I am simply ‘too busy’ to stop to sign a petition. Is it laziness? Apathy? An unwillingness to have my personal beliefs challenged in a new setting? Am I too comfortable in the knowledge that there will always be people willing to argue my point of view on my behalf?The only way I could explore these questions was to move away from the fringes and into the fray.A sense of responsibilityI asked Rachel Nolan, a spokesperson for Galway Pro-Choice, what propelled her into pro-choice campaigning. She says “I wasn’t always active but the guilt just gets too much – I could never not be doing something now.” This sense of responsibility is echoed by many of those who have taken to the streets in recent months.Sarah Malone a teacher and Pro-Choice Network member thinks that it is frustration that eventually proves unbearable; she concludes that “people are more inclined to get angry about the [abortion] issue now and are moved to take a stand.”The most prominent, and obvious, reason behind people getting active is a genuine conviction that theirs is the right, and only, solution. I saw this materialise time and again in the form of lost voices at the end of every street event. Activists want their voices heard loud and clear.Devoting time and effort to campaign for something that you believe in is laudable and publicly taking a stance on such a sensitive and divisive issue as abortion is brave. Those who do so recognise that it is not always easy.Negative reactionsDuring the course of a campaign things can often take a turn for the worst. Michael O’Brien is a Dublin member of the Socialist Party has been campaigning for legalised abortion since the X-Case 20 years ago. Two decades later he stood for four bitterly cold hours outside Leinster House on 28 November while Clare Daly’s Bill relating to X-Case legislation was debated in the Dáil. He recalls being physically intimidated by overzealous pro-life advocates in UCD 15 years ago while campaigning. “I’ve been told I’m going to burn in hell several times… my friend has had a ham sandwich thrown at her,” he tells me.Negative reactions are not always confined to rallies and vigils, these problems can leak into other areas of an active person’s life. Cathy Doherty remembers being thrown out of a hardware store on Dublin’s Capel Street while trying to purchase high-visibility vests for members of the Pro-Choice Network.Aoife Godwin, a Pro-Life campaigner, has numerous tales to tell about her experiences with bias and unfavourable reception in her college. The NCAD student has had Youth Defence posters she had placed around campus taken down, demonstrating what she called “an obvious Student Union bias.”Tim Jackson, a member of Youth Defence, whom she had invited to speak at the college, was subject to a barrage of expletives and abusive comments while showcasing the organisations material. Ultimately, the Youth Defence activist was asked to leave.Things get very personal, very fast Social media provides an important window to fully gauge the intense reactions that follow somebody’s decision on abortion rights. Facebook and Twitter is awash with messages that make it clear that your view on abortion, whatever it may be, is unwelcome and a valid target for harsh criticism from those who disagree with you. It can get very personal, very fast.Those not directly invested in the campaigns are not the only ones who take such pains to illustrate their disapproval. Members of the public who are disruptive and insulting often have more against the idea of protest than the issue being protested. “Get a job,” shouted one woman to pro-choice activists at a recent march.Campaigners were quick to assure me that it is not all torrents of abuse and heated arguments in the arena of political campaigning. Sarah Malone praises the sense of community she has encountered since she has begun campaigning “it is amazing what can be achieved when you pool a wide range of resources and diverse talents,” she says. Rachel Malone goes further “you draw empowerment from other people and it keeps you motivated on even your most disillusioned days.”There is an equally strong sense of community among the Pro-Life campaigners and many feel emotionally overwhelmed when they consider the strong sense of commitment behind the movement.I was perturbed by incidents of intolerance that were relayed to me with a wry smile or with rolling eyes but, moreover, I was impressed by the undercurrent of resilience.Negative experiences, it seems, do not act as a deterrent. Aoife Godwin says that she will never be intimidated to the point of silence about her Pro- Life beliefs, nor will her colleagues. Rachel Nolan is not deterred but rather heartened, she says “my hope is that that the more the opposition shout and cause scenes the more likely they are to be laughed out of existence.”Logical, informed debate is the only way forwardThere are two important lessons that I have gleaned from conversations with activists and demonstrators. Firstly, there are few words that can capture the sheer energy and momentum that is tangible when people come together in this way. Activism is not merely a matter of proclaiming your discontent; it is an act that recognises that ordinary people have the capacity to harness real power. While not everyone may feel the urge to partake it is important to respect those who do.Secondly, logical and informed debate is the only vehicle that will take us forward, and activism is necessary to promote it, but perpetuating a culture of ‘he said she said’ is not the avenue to travel.As Evelyn Fennelly, a Pro-Life activist, points out “alienating people before the discussion has even begun means that you are losing by default. Human dignity, however it is interpreted, is too important an issue to be coloured by disrespectful tactics.”It is very easy to dismiss offhand those views that strike discord with our own. It is far too easy to make snap judgements about others. Easiest of all is to allow ourselves to be blind-sided by our personal beliefs in a way that effectively locks us out of the very issue that means so much to all of us.True progress on the matter of abortion is never going to be easy.Laura Larkin is a freelance journalist and student at Dublin Institute of Technology.last_img read more

Up to 35 jobs to go at Bulmers following merger with drinks

first_imgUP TO 35 JOBS are set to be lost at cider company Bulmers following an internal reorganisation, TheJournal.ie has learned.The jobs will be lost due to a restructuring of Bulmers’ commercial team after its parent company, C&C Group, purchased the Gleesons Group, another drinks manufacturer based in Bulmers’ native Tipperary.The €12.4 million purchase – which boosted C&C’s Irish workforce from over 200 to nearly 800 – will see Bulmers’ commercial team integrated with that of the Gleesons Group, which markets soft drinks including Finches, Country Spring, Cadet and Score, as well as Bavaria beer.A spokesman for the C&C Group confirmed that the Bulmers commercial team, of over 70 people, would be transferred to Gleesons from June 28.While the group said it could not confirm the number of redundancies as a result of the transfer – as it will first enter a period of consultation with the employees effected – it is believed that the final number will be just over 30.“The integration is necessary to safeguard and protect as many jobs as possible in the enlarged group following the acquisition of Gleesons, which has more than trebled C&C’s workforce in Ireland,” the spokesman said.The Bulmers staff involved in the arrangement were informed of the transfer on Wednesday.The C&C Group spokesman said Bulmers’ Clonmel operation remained a “key manufacturing asset” of the group – and that speculation that the manufacturing base there could be closed was “absolutely not the case”.The internal reorganisation affects only commercial staff, and does not involve any manufacturing staff from the Bulmers company.2010: Bulmers axes 50 jobs in Clonmellast_img read more

Wilmington Ski Snowboard Club Enrollment Now Open

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Ski and Snowboard Club has been an enjoyable experience for approximately 40 years to the students of Wilmington in grades 4 through 12. The mountain provides a great opportunity for skiers/riders, both beginner and experienced, to take lessons and learn throughout a 6 week group package program. The six week club will run in the months of January & February on Tuesday and Wednesday nights!2019 DatesWest, North & High School (Grades 4 & 5, 9-12)Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12Middle School (Grades 6-8)Wednesdays: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 63 Steps For Enrolling Your Athlete In Ski Club!Pre-register by clicking HERE to get started.Continue to the forms page to fill out the 2019 registration form and mail to the WHS Athletic Office.Finally, click HERE to sign the Nashoba Valley Ski Area’s online Release of Liability.Learn more about the Wilmington Ski & Snowboard Club HERE. Learn more about the Nashoba Valley Ski Area HERE. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Ski & Snowboard Club 2016 Enrollment Now OpenIn “Education”Wilmington Ski & Snowboard Club Enrollment Now OpenIn “Sports”Wilmington Ski & Snowboard Club Enrollment Now OpenIn “Community”last_img read more

Southeast red blue king crab fishery closed again

first_imgCommercial fishing for red and blue king crab will be closed again this year for Southeast Alaska. There just isn’t enough crab in the area.Download AudioState managers are trying to grow the red king crab population in Southeast. Photo/ADF&GWarmer water in Southeast breeds larger king crab than other parts of the state. Southeast red kings can grow up to 24 pounds with a five foot leg span. But unlike places like Bristol Bay, Southeast’s population has not been abundant in recent years.In fact, there have been only two commercial openings in the last ten years, one in 2005 and one in 2011. That last opening saw a price of $10.66 per pound. The harvest that year was worth nearly $1.9 million at the docks. In 2005 it was $5.31 a pound.Fishermen would like to be able to keep earning that kind of money in the fishery and maybe in the future they can.Even though the population is nowhere near the right size for a commercial fishery, there’s reason to believe that the crabs are seeing slow, consistent growth.Adam Messmer is the Assistant Shellfish Manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He says the mature biomass increased from last season, meaning more crabs are approaching the size to be caught commercially. There are also more crabs that are already large enough to be caught.“We had a pretty good jump in legal crab this year compared to the last 20 years,” Messmer said. “It was a pretty good jump percentage-wise across Southeast.”Mature biomass and legal crab–those are industry terms regarding the age of the crab. Age is important in the fishery because king crabs actually live a pretty long time, like up to 30 years. And there are regulations in place to make sure the crabs are old enough to reproduce before they can get caught in the Southeast fishery. Messmer says they don’t reach legal size until they are 7 to 9 years old.“I mean that’s pretty much equivalent to a Dall sheep, a legal Dall sheep,” Messmer said. “It takes a long time to grow these things.”What biologists would really like to see in the Southeast fishery is what is called “a recruitment pulse”. That would be a year when a large number of crabs the same age are reaching legal size. Messmer says that would help sustain the fishery for a few years even if there weren’t good pulses. While the pulses are common in other crab fisheries they haven’t seen one in Southeast’s red and blue king crab fishery for the last 15 to 20 years.“By not having one for an extended amount of time we kind of reach our threshold and fish on them and we’re kind of in this scenario of there are still crab out there because we don’t take them all but it takes a longer time to build back up enough to hit the threshold,” Messmer said.Back in the 1990s and early 2000s there were commercial openings for red and blue King crab nearly every year in Southeast. And that’s something that the managers are working towards again.The state has been keeping consistent records for Southeast king crab for over 30 years. They’ve used survey results from their staff and from commercial fishermen themselves to document the population.last_img read more