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Women in Jeddah: gyms, swimming pools and shopping centers

first_imgThe receptionist looks at me in distress and whispers a “do not” You almost don’t hear but it sounds like a bang. I just asked if I can use the hotel pool. “Nerd”. “But you don’t have it?”, I hear my voice. Again the grief, the low-eyed response. “Yes, but you can’t use it.” I. In the eight days of stay in Jeddah to cover the Super Cup. I woman. The swimsuit will never come out of my suitcase. My sex is your lock. Gym I can use, but the receptionist breathes halfway. “We have a tiny one, only for ladies, open from 08:00 to 23:00 and it is on the sixth floor. If you want to go, I must accompany you, to open it.” I have been in Arabia for 24 hours and it is the first time in all of them that I feel that my body is my prison.“Jeddah is the most cosmopolitan city in Saudi Arabia”, José Galán has not stopped telling me. And I had not stopped feeling it since Sunday I landed in Saudi Arabia. Long sleeves, wide pants, a long black scarf on my shoulders in case I should cover my hair. But no, it was not necessary. Neither in the tail of the customs, nor in the subsequent control, nor inside the hotel, nor outside it. She was the only woman who was in jeans yesterday afternoon at a shopping center in Jeddah. If there were others, the long black cloth of the abaya covered them up to the feet. They wear white robes, red plaid scarf over the head. The complement of them is called niqab and its face only allows their eyes to be seen. Today, while I was eating, I agreed in the toilet with a Saudi woman who was cleaning her face. The niqab was not removed even in front of me. He just picked it up, a little with one hand, while with the other he passed a tissue around his skin. I think of that phrase from the book that I am reading, ‘Machines like me’, by Ian McEwan. “Anthropologists do not judge. They observe and realize human diversity. (…) What was bad in Warwickshire was of no importance in Papua New Guinea.” It has been requisitioning in my head since yesterday I read it on the plane. “At the local level, who could say what was good and what was bad?” They don’t look at me strangely for my jeans and my western shirt in a mall where you can only buy abayas. Jeddah is a city of hellish air conditioners, horrible traffic and impatient horns. In which luxury is mixed with devastated buildings on the streets from which it is already difficult to see the source of King Fahd, in which filling a gas tank of a large car is 20 euros to change and it is rare to find women for the Street. Only men are seen. Except where there are children, the promenade near the hotel of Real Madrid and that group in the afternoon in the shadow of a semi-ruined building, near a shopping center. Only to them. But I don’t feel different from other countries in the world. I have not yet felt that my body can be my jail. The night has not yet come.The night and that McDonalds door that I cannot enter. Men only. Mine is the one that is a little beyond. “Families.” There are the children, the marriages and the friends. A wall divides the premises. My classmates eat on the other side. The sliding door that connects both spaces can only be crossed by employees. Even so, I still don’t feel strange or, better said, I still don’t have to. I came from Warwickshire, this is Papua New Guinea. I have not yet returned to my hotel. I have two questions to ask the receptionist. Well, there really are three. The pool, the gym and how the damn room air conditioner is deactivated. One night, a cold. The first is no, the second half and the third cannot. Is Jeddah a city with untouched sidewalks (there are no butts, not even one, in the streets) and amusement parks with roller coaster on the third floor of a shopping center, which wants to open to the world with sports but in its hotels there They have built pools for women to use. They Yes. They are men. Their bodies here do not imprison.last_img read more

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SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. Teen gunned down in Masbate Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas In this photo taken with a tilt and shift lens, Indonesia’s players warm-up before their ice hockey match against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANPuddles on the rink didn’t dampen enthusiasm as ice hockey made its Southeast Asian Games debut in tropical Malaysia, a country with no winter months but with ambitions in winter sports.As the hosts beat Indonesia 10-3 in the first SEA Games ice hockey game, marshalls with squeegees had to mop up water after the ice started to melt in the first period.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Keeping the ice frozen isn’t easy in Malaysia, a steamy, winterless country where snow is unheard of, temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees C (68 F) and humidity hovers at 80 percent.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockeyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But Malaysia’s coach, former Hungarian international Kristof Kovago, said his players were used to a bit of water on the rink — and even saw it as an advantage.“It is common in Southeast Asia because the weather is way too hot and very humid, and there are a lot of people inside (the venue), so it’s very difficult to keep the temperature down,” he said. Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “Asia is not known for ice games but I think this is a great milestone to develop this even further in the future.”He added: “It’s a beautiful rink compared to what we have in Indonesia, so we don’t want to complain about the wet or anything.”Tan, Indonesia’s coach, also brushed off any concerns about the surface, saying a few puddles were “normal” in Asia.“I’m happy for the development of the sport of ice hockey. It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition where the sporting programme is usually tailored to suit the host nation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taallast_img read more

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Replay overturn plays key role in Warriors’ Game 1 win

first_img“I knew that. I knew he was late on the drive, and I knew I had my man beat and he came over a little late,” he said. “So when they called the charge, I was surprised, but I’m glad they reviewed it.”While James was moving when Durant left the ground, he still believed he was in a legal position and should have gotten the call even after it went to replay.“I thought I read that play just as well as I read any play in my career, defensively,” he said. “I saw the drive, I was outside the charge line, I stepped in, took the contact. It’s a huge play. It’s a huge play.”Durant made both foul shots to tie the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FIFA lifts ban on Guatemala ahead of 2026 World Cup vote China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It was determined he was out of the restricted area, but he was not in a legal guarding position prior to Durant’s separate shooting motion,” referee Ken Mauer told a pool reporter. “So we had to change it to a blocking foul.”The overturn angered the Cavaliers, who were upset the call even went to review because they felt James was clearly outside the restricted area.“It doesn’t make sense to go review something if the review is if he’s on the line or if he’s close to the charge circle, that’s the review. He wasn’t close,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “So what are we reviewing? Either call a blocking foul or call an offensive foul. For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, I mean, it’s bad.“It’s never been done before where you know he’s outside the restricted, and then you go there and overturn the call and say it’s a block. It’s never been done, ever, in the history of the game. And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain’t right. It ain’t right.”Durant said he had seen that play reviewed before and was confident he would get the call once officials looked at the replay.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a call while standing over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, California — Block or charge?One of the most difficult calls to make in the split second of fast-paced NBA action helped swing Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Golden State’s favor. Officials went to a replay review because they weren’t sure if LeBron James’ feet were outside the restricted area when Kevin Durant slammed into him in the final minute of regulation in a game Cleveland lost 124-114 in overtime Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The play came with about 30 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading 104-102 after James converted a three-point play as part of a 51-point night.The initial signal was for a charge, which would have given Cleveland the ball. But the officials then called for a replay, as NBA rules allow for that type of play in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We were told they were reviewing if I had my feet outside the line,” James said. “And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that’s going to be our ball. I knew I was outside the charge line, so that’s what the communication was to us. We were over on the sideline, drawing up a play, you know, to try to execute, try to go up a couple possessions.”During the replay, officials can also look to determine if the defensive player was in a legal guarding position, and they decided James wasn’t. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READlast_img read more

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Students, technical scholars receive certificates for performance

first_imgHinterland Scholarship ProgrammeBy Shemuel FanfairOn a night that offered poetry, dance, song and reflections, 85 students and two technical scholars who were beneficiaries of the Hinterland Scholarship Programme were honoured for their performance at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) in 2015.Successful students were issued certificates in a graduation exercise at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Wednesday evening.In this year’s annual report, social worker Rosamund Daly noted that in the 2014-2015 period under review, 74 students were awarded places at secondary schools while 28 technical students were given scholarships to attended tertiary learning institutions. Daly observed that there was a two per cent decline in results when compared to the previous year.“Our CSEC results from [2015] saw a slight decrease from 90 per cent to 88 per cent,” she noted. Outstanding CSEC performers were St Ignatius resident Jonathon Jacobus who attended Queen’s College, Santa Rosa Secondary student Alesia Harris and Carrissa Kissoon of Mabaruma who attended the Bishops’ High School. Paula Gomes was identified as the best graduating Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) student with passes in 5 subjects.In his remarks, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock praised the students for their successes and urged them to strive harder as they continue to play their role in nation-building. He also noted the importance of preserving one’s heritage.“Your destiny is in your hands; never forget who you are and where you came from. Know and value your identity [and] resist the lure of abandoning your heritage,” the Minister urged the hinterland students.Allicock further noted that the younger generation would be the ones to grasp the opportunities that the country has to offer, especially with the recent oil discovery.Fifteen students were awarded for consistent academic performances, while six students were awarded for consistent participation.The Hinterland Scholarship Programme, which was previously known as the Amerindian Scholarship Programme, was first introduced in 1962, some 54 years ago. The first six students were placed at secondary schools in the capital city based on the results of the Common Entrance Examination, which was placed by the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). School placement is determined by student performances in Grades Two and Four (a small percentage) and the NGSA.The programme caters to students at the secondary and tertiary levels allowing opportunities for a sound secondary and technical education. The awardees are housed in dormitories, and given a monthly stipend and meals. The Scholarship Programme falls under the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and the graduates hailed from Moruca, Mabaruma, Anna Regina, Aishalton, Lethem, Linden and Kwakwani in Regions One, Two, Six, Seven, Nine and Ten respectively.last_img read more

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World Bank, ECOWAS, Others hold Second Tripartite Meeting

first_imgThe World Bank Group, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Tuesday, February 10-11 began a two-day Tripartite Meeting in Accra to deliberate on issues pertinent to the socio-economic development of the ECOWAS Sub-region.UEMOA is an economic, integrating and cooperation organization that was created on January 14, 1994. The organization has eight member states, which share a common monetary currency several decades ago, decided to join forces.The union has five majors’ goals such as:Reinforce the economic and financials competitiveness of the member states, assure the convergence of the performances and economic policies and create a common market between member states by having a common external tariff (CET), a common trade policy, and free movement of persons, goods, capitals, and the right of establishment in member states.The meeting which ended yesterday reviews the status of implementation of the Abidjan Action Plan and was agreed during their first meeting in Abidjan in July 2013, and will focus on a number of key thematic areas such as Ebola, Agriculture, Regional Infrastructure and Cross Border Management.According to statement issue by its World Bank office in Monrovia, the World Bank Africa Region’s Director responsible for Regional Integration, Mr Colin Bruce, said given the debilitating effect of Ebola on the sub-region, the bodies will spend ample time deliberating on how to mitigate impacts, particularly on the three countries most affected.“We would also look at how to adjust our priorities to reflect changes in the sub-region and in the World more broadly,” he added.Mr. Bruce noted that the bodies have made considerable progress in implementing their ambitious joint plan in key priority areas of agriculture, education, trade and trade facilitation, transport, regional investment, climate and the Sahel.He said he hopes to see fruitful discussions that will identify few transformational priorities, work program, timeliness and division of responsibilities during the next phase of the partnership.Mr. Kabre Desire Ouedraogo, President of the ECOWAS Commission said they look forward to deepening the collaboration between the World Bank Group, the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions in addressing issues of common developmental interest to the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Veracruz on to InterLiga finals

first_img Roethlisberger wasn’t winking when he made the comment, but no doubt was accentuating the theme of the day inside the Steelers’ locker room. Namely, that the whole country is picking against them, and they might as well start packing for their six-month vacation before training camp starts. “I don’t think anybody is picking us to win,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, they’re the best football team in the NFL and we’re just the Pittsburgh Steelers. We’re going to go in and obviously try to find a way to just put a few points on the board and compete.” Ben Roethlisberger made a candid admission for the quarterback of a team that has won 28 of its last 35 games and considers itself to be among the NFL’s elite. Even if his Pittsburgh Steelers play as well as possible in Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game, Roethlisberger suggested Wednesday, they won’t win if the Indianapolis Colts play equally as well. “This team is an unbelievable football team,” Roethlisberger said of the Colts, who won their first 13 games before dropping two of their final three. “They’re as good as it gets in the NFL. It’s going to take our A-plus game to go out and beat their B-minus game.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Steelers, accustomed to being a favorite and owning homefield advantage only to falter in the AFC title game, clearly seem to be reveling in this new they-can’t-win mode. “I think it’s a really good assessment,” All-Pro guard Alan Faneca said of Roethlisberger’s remarks. “They’ve shown all season what they can do offensively and defensively and how well they can do it on both sides of the ball, that it takes a great effort just to play on their level.” No player would say he’s glad to be returning to the noisy din of the RCA Dome, where the Steelers were visibly rattled and unnerved during a 26-7 Monday night loss on Nov. 28. But returning to the road, where the Steelers are 14-3 the last two seasons, hasn’t created any ominous air of defeat. HOF finalists center_img Troy Aikman and the late Reggie White were among the 15 finalists announced Wednesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. They joined Thurman Thomas and Warren Moon as finalists in their first year of eligibility. Results of the vote will be announced Feb. 4. Aikman quarterbacked Dallas to three Super Bowl titles between the 1992-1995 seasons. “If I were to be selected for induction, it would be the most meaningful individual achievement of my athletic career,” Aikman said. “It’s not something that I choose to spend a lot of time talking about, because I think that kind of talk is unfair to those men who have already earned their place in the Hall of Fame.” White, who died on Dec. 26, 2004, was one of the NFL’s dominant defensive linemen through the 1980s and ’90s. Thomas was a star running back on the Buffalo team that won four consecutive AFC titles from 1990-93. Moon threw for nearly 50,000 yards in the NFL after starting his career in the Canadian Football League. Brees to stay Drew Brees let the secret slip the San Diego Chargers would like to sign him to a long-term deal. Brees was discussing his shoulder surgery and rehab during a conference call with San Diego reporters when he was asked if the team had told him anything about his future. “They want to pursue me long-term,” Brees said from Birmingham, Ala. “I know that’s something that for the next few months everybody’s going to be working on. I know they want me long-term and I want to be here long-term.” “We are going to try to long-term him,” GM A.J. Smith said. Saints in Superdome NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue expects the New Orleans Saints to play all of their home games at the Superdome next season. Tagliabue also sought to reassure the community during a visit to the city Wednesday that the NFL is not moving the Saints back for a single season to make the league appear sympathetic to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The commissioner said it was clear to him that Saints owner Tom Benson plans to remain in New Orleans beyond 2006. He added that the NFL was even beginning discussions with local leaders about when New Orleans might be ready to host its next Super Bowl, which would be the city’s 10th. Palmer on mend Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had surgery on knee ligaments torn during last weekend’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2006 season. The operation was Tuesday in Houston, and he will begin rehabilitation this week in California, the team said Wednesday. Coaching updates The Green Bay Packers and 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy were nearing a deal to make him their next coach late Wednesday, a person involved in the negotiations said. The deal to hire McCarthy, the Packers’ quarterbacks coach in 1999, should be announced today. Oakland will interview its first candidate to replace fired coach Norv Turner when it meets with Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders today. Cleveland offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon wrapped up formal interviews with New Orleans. He also has been mentioned as a candidate for the head coaching jobs at Detroit and Green Bay. 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

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GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH EARN EXCELLENT LEAGUE VICTORY OVER BURT

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA NotesDouble delight for Donegal!! What an afternoon for Donegal in Croke Park it was! Aodh Ruadh extends their congratulations to everyone involved in the senior and minor panels on what is an outstanding and historic achievement. Well done in particular to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly and Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan on booking their place in the All-Ireland semi-finals with an epic 1-12 to 1-11 victory over Dublin. Well done also to Mick McGrath, Anthony McGrath and Gary Walsh who are involved in the back room team. Of course we can’t forget John Duffy who is playing a valuable role in Jim McGuinness’s back room team. Congratulations all round and the very best of luck in the weeks to come. There is no news on ticket arrangements just yet, but we will be doing our best to keep members informed. There will be an open training day and press event this coming Saturday afternoon with further details to be announced over the course of the week. We should have some shots from the day’s craziness up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week.Aodh Ruadh is Up For The MatchAodh Ruadh will be staging a chat night ahead of the All-Ireland final with Joe Brolly and Kevin Cassidy heading up the bill in Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel on Thursday, 18th September.We will be bringing you announcements of more big name guests and event details in coming days.Tickets will available before the end of the week in Shannon’s Corner, Pearse O’Neill’s and McCosker’s Centra. Family Fund-raiserSome funds are required to complete the fitness trail and provide a Hurling/Rebound Wall for youth coaching of all Gaelic games at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Tom Daly is co-ordinating a small fund-raiser to meet some of the costs of these works. The ‘Family Fund-Raiser’ is a simple format where a family hosts ten people at a meal in their home for a donation of €20 each. To participate you host your table on a day which suits you or before Saturday September 6th and make a return of €200 on September 8th. Each person who participates and makes a €20 donation will be entered in a draw for two stand tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland final and double room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday, September 20th, the night before the final. Further details are available from Tom Daly or email ftdaly@hotmail.com. Aodh Ruadh supporters living away from Ballyshannon are particularly welcome to participate.FootballThe seniors eventually returned to action on Saturday evening following an unwanted seven week summer break, their last game being the win over Burt when they visited the Park on July 12th. Aodh Ruadh had to overcome a tricky first half, having gone in trailing back 1-1 to 0-7. They turned on the style in the second half to run out 1-12 to 1-9 winners. There were strong performances from all the lads in the second half, with the hard work of Mickey Dolan, Eamonn McGrath and James O’Donnell catching the eye. We have an excellent match report and selection of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.orgAodh Ruadh reserves got the points after Red Hugh’s were only able to field 11 players for the curtain-raiser last Saturday. The sides decided to play a game anyway, with a few Ballyshannon lads pulling on Red Hugh’s jerseys to help take the Killygordon men up to a full compliment. It was an entertaining match, played in a good spirit, with the Aodh Ruadh lads on the Red Hugh’s team playing suspiciously well. In any event Aodh Ruadh won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-8. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The under 21s face Saint Eunan’s in O’Donnell Park in the under 21 A championship quarter-final on Tuesday 2 September, throw in is at 7pm. Talking to the Aodh Ruadh lads ahead of this they are in determined form so we hope to have a good showing of Ballyshannon support down at this one.The under 16s went down to a heavy loss in their first round first leg tie against Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park. The lads now face the prospect of having to get a win in Glenties next Monday, 8th September in order to keep their championship hopes alive.Captains and fixtures have been announced for the 2014 Bakery cup. Details are as follows.Teams Captain – Evan McTernanShane Gillespie, Damian Webber, Donagh McGowan, Colm McGloin, Jake Foley, Ciaran Hodgins, Mitchell McLoughlin, Dáire Warren, Calum Ayres, Cian Barden, Eugene Doherty, JJ Goan, Adam Rami & Aaron Peach.Captain – Michael McKennaSenan Rooney, Frankie McGinley, Ryan McDonald, Mark Gettins, Jack McSharry, Corey Ryan, Shane Brady, Daniel Dolan, Kyle Murray, Adam Clarke, Kyle McCaffrey, Mark McGlynn, Harry Howarth & Owen DohertyCaptain – Pauric KeenaghanTiernan Flood-Dolan, David Doherty, Conal Bradshaw, Jack Melly, Dáire Gallagher, Joe Danagher, Daniel Byrne, Shane Duffy, Jack McCaffrey, Aaron Duffy, Matt Gillespie, Cianan Roper, Mark Gallagher & Caolán Flood-DolanCaptain – Dylan GallagherJC McGarrigle, Adam Hoey, Conor Foy, Calum Doherty-Craig, Rory Gettins, Luca Rivenna, Niall Monaghan, Nathan Kelly, Diarmuid Flood-Dolan, Cian Rooney, Marty McGarrigle, Odhrán McGarrigle, Philip Cassidy & Odhrán KennedyFixturesSeptember Saturday 13th – Training (Get to know your team)September Wednesday 17th – Round 1Evan McTernan V Michael McKennaPauric Keenaghan V Dylan GallagherSeptember Saturday 20th – Round 2Evan McTernan V Pauric KeenaghanMichael McKenna V Dylan GallagherSeptember Wednesday 24th – Round 3Evan McTernan V Dylan GallagherPauric Keenaghan V Michael McKennaSeptember Saturday 27th – Semi-FinalsFirst V FourthSecond V ThirdOctober Sunday 5th ­ FINAL.Under 10 training will be at the usual time of 6.30pm this Wednesday. This Saturday we will be travelling to the Southern Minor Board finals blitz in Ardara. Full details will be supplied at training on Wednesday evening, so it is essential we get a full attendance at this session.The second under 8 skills test of the year takes place at this Friday’s training. Just to remind players of the four stations so they can be practicing ahead of the test. 1: Hand pass between poles off left and right. 2: Pick up and solo off left and right. 3: Kick pass between poles off left and right. 4: Point score and goal score. There will also be a mark for speed around the course. Training at the usual time of 6.30pm. We will need some parents / guardians to help out with marking at stations, so if you are free we’d love to have your help.Under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.HurlingAodh Ruadh were defeated 6-17 to 1-5 by MacCumhaill’s in the championship last Saturday. That puts result Aodh Ruadh definitively out of the championship reckoning, with only a dead rubber against Saint Eunan’s remaining to be played.On Thursday last we had the replay of the Minor Hurling Championship final. Replays normally don’t live up to the first game, but this one was different, as the replay was equally as good a game. On an atrocious night it’s a credit to both teams that they put on such a great display of whole-hearted hurling full of commitment and passion. Aodh Ruadh played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, but unfortunately didn’t use it to their advantage. There was nothing between the teams when mid-way through the half Aodh Ruadh suffered two bad blows. Brendan Gillespie had to leave the play due to injury and Buncrana scored a fortunate goal direct from a 65. Aodh Ruadh finished the first half strongly but went in trailing at half time 1-6 to 0-5. The weather got worse with the rain getting heavier and the wind rising, but both teams battled away in front of a large enthusiastic crowd. The Ballyshannon lads needed a goal and we nearly got it midway through the second half, but the Buncrana goalie pulled off a brilliant save. Our lads never gave up and two points in injury time for Buncrana put a gloss on the final score line which read 1-11 to 0-7 in favour of the Inishowen men. There was disappointment all round for our lads, but they should be very proud of their achievements this year losing the league final by two points and going to a replay in the Championship final, considering we were missing a number of our main players due to other sporting commitments. We had a very young squad with only two players over age next year. There is no shame losing to a very strong Buncrana team where every one of their 15 players play for the county under 15s, under 16s or minors. Thanks to all our supporters who braved such terrible conditions at a venue which wasn’t suitable for such a prestigious game. The officials who fixed the game for this venue with a pitch not lined, no proper dressing rooms, no shelter for subs or supporters showed very little respect to both teams and their supporters.On the same night our under 12s lost to Saint Eunan’s in Letterkenny. The majority of this team is under 10, they tried very hard, but their difficulty in getting scores was the difference between the teams, as the table topping Letterkenny lads ran out winners 2-9 to 1-1. They are at home to Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday evening.The under 16s play Carndonagh this Thursday in the championship, venue to be confirmed.On Saturday the All-Ireland blitzes took place in Newry. We were well represented in all the squads and three All-Ireland medals were earned by Aodh Ruadh players. The Donegal under 15s entered the under 16 C competition. They drew with South Ulster in their opening game, beat Leitrim in the next game and they claimed the title beating Longford in the final, a result which saw Conal Sweeney, Stephen Anderson and Paddy McCaffrey winning All Ireland medals.The under 14s took part in the B competition where the standard was very high. They played Derry, Roscommon and Westmeath losing all three games, but gaining invaluable experience and an insight into the skills needed to play at that level. We were represented on that squad by Pauric Keenaghan, Aaron Peach and Liam Sullivan.The under 16s were also competing in the B competition and again they met opponents of a higher standard in the form of Down and Kildare and lost both games. They were unfortunate to lose to Sligo by a point in their last game. We were represented on this squad by Oisín Rooney who captained the team and Kieran Daly. Brendan Gillespie was unable to take his place due to injury.All our players gained great experience playing at this level and well done to them all on making the various squads.Fantasy SamAfter the All-Ireland final line-ups have been completed, it is John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, who have an almost unasailable lead over the chasing pack on 285 points. Although we all know what can happen to huge odds-on favourites after last weekend’s game in Dublin! In second place is Karol Foley and her team, Biggest Losers, on 248, with Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve, on 244 points. In fourth place is Paul McLoone and his team, Abbey Utd, with 237 points followed in fifth place by John Keon and his Lakeside Boys on 233 points. As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe’s Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.BingoThe big bingo jackpot was shared between Marie Ward, Legaltion €400 and Mary Butler, Erne Dale Heights €400. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre, €10 full book, €5 half book. See you there!Farewell Father FrankAodh Ruadh extends our best wishes to Club Patron Father Frank McManus as he departs Saint Joseph’s for his new posting in Ederney.LottoThere was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €2,100. Next week’s draw is for a jackpot of €2,200. Check aodhruadh.org for details of the winners of this week’s luck dip prizes and venue for next week’s draw tomorrow evening.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: LADIES.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH EARN EXCELLENT LEAGUE VICTORY OVER BURT was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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11 trees cut after falling victim to pests that slurp sap

first_imgVALENCIA – Eleven eucalyptus trees lining McBean Parkway were axed Monday because city arborists were no match for a tiny but vigilant pest that had attacked them. The bugs have hastened the demise of hundreds of eucalyptus trees around Santa Clarita, including three mature trees in this stand. “These are mature beautiful trees. We’re as heartbroken as the residents who enjoy them,” said Dennis Luppens, a management analyst for the city. Luppens said 10 of the trees will be replaced with eucalyptus. Arborists were unable to save the sick trees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They’re very heavy and they pose a threat to motorists, residents and nearby homes,” Luppens said. “They can lose a heavy branch with no warning.” Redgum lerp psyllids suck the sap from eucalyptus leaves through mouths that resemble straws, causing the leaves to fall. Young members of the aphid-like species live under small scaly white shells they secrete of wax and honeydew, called lerps. Substantial shedding can threaten the health of infested eucalyptus trees and may increase their vulnerability to other pest invasions or diseases. Some eucalyptus species are preferred by the insects, others are shunned. Mature insects are light green with orange and yellow splotches, and grow to about one-eighth of an inch long. Since the redgum lerp psyllid was first detected in Los Angeles in 1998, the species has afflicted trees across the state. The pests, which originated in Australia, have taken up residence in Florida and Mexico. A systemic insecticide called Merit had been sprayed on the trees in an attempt to control the pests, said Chris Palmieri, a project development coordinator with the city. He said it has been mostly successful when used annually to boost the trees’ immunity. Palmieri said eucalyptus trees are not protected and residents can opt to down them rather than opting for treatments, which can be expensive. “The city has the funds to treat the trees and save them,” he said. Scientists suggest there are other alternatives. A University of California at Berkeley professor introduced a small wasp that has been very helpful in reducing the lerp population up and down the state, said Timothy Paine, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside. “It only attacks the redgum lerp psyllid and stays in its environment,” he said. “It has been successful in many places in Southern California. It surprises me the city is in the process of taking out eucalyptus.” He said the wasps establish themselves in the environment, and their populations rise and fall with that of their prey. “It’s management for free now,” he said of the biological control. His colleague at the University of California, Davis concurred. “Merit is not a bad strategy, but it may be a costly one,” said Rick Roush, the director of UC Davis’ Integrated Pest Management Program. He said Merit is pretty effective and seems to be fairly benign. “They may save money using biological control agents,” he said. Roush has lived in Australia, the lerps home base. He said the pests are not very common there, where they are controlled by their natural enemies. Aborigines and kids there often snacked on the insects – he said he sometimes eats the honeydew-sweet insects in Davis. He said the predator wasps do not sting people. “They have sort of a laser bright specificity. They’re very effective,” he said. The city has used “good” bugs to go after bad in other cases, but Palmieri said officials were satisfied with the pesticide being applied. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 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

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Kobe’s famous beef back – as U.S. product

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The U.S. banned Japanese beef after mad cow disease was discovered there in 2001. Officials ended the ban earlier this month, after Japan ended its own embargo on American beef. Kobe-style beef tastes good because of the fat. The meat is streaked so thickly with fat, the Japanese call it “white steak.” When it’s cooked, the fat melts into the meat, infusing it with flavor. “It’s very rich, very full-flavored,” said Tom Schneller, assistant professor at the Culinary Institute of America. “This is the cream of the crop.” Legend has it that Japanese Kobe cattle are fed beer, massaged with sake, even soothed with soft music. Experts say beer has been used to stimulate their appetites and that sake makes for a glossy coat, on which they are graded. But that is not how it’s done in America, where ranchers believe good genetics and careful feeding are the main ingredients for quality Kobe-style beef. “It’s a great story, and we don’t go out of our way to dispel the myth, but it’s really not necessary,” said Jay Theiler, president of Idaho-based Snake River Farms. “The two things that make Kobe-style beef are genetics and a long feeding program.” It starts with the cows. True Kobe beef comes from the region surrounding the city of Kobe. For centuries, the cattle was used not for meat, but to provide the muscle for rice cultivation. Consumption didn’t really take off until after World War II. The American version of Kobe beef comes from the same breed of cattle raised in Japan. Called Wagyu, a Japanese name that means “Japanese cattle,” they began arriving in the United States in the 1990s, often aboard airplanes. They are fattened for much longer than the average American breed – they live about 26 to 32 months, compared with 18 months for U.S. beef cattle. U.S. ranchers often crossbreed them with Angus cattle. The beef they produce is considered better than prime – the highest grade given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prime is for meat that is abundantly marbled with fat. Restaurants and hotels get most of the country’s prime beef; only a small amount is sold in supermarkets. Texas cattleman Gary Yamamoto says at least 97 percent of his Kobe-style Wagyu beef is prime. Nationwide, only about 2 percent of beef earns a prime rating. The glossy black cows and calves grazing on Yamamoto’s gently rolling hills look like any other beef cows. It’s hard to tell the full-blood Wagyu cattle apart from Angus cows that Yamamoto uses for crossbreeding. He started with a small herd, 88 cows and 10 bulls, bought from a Japanese rancher. The rancher, Shogo Takeda, had flown them to the U.S. so he could sell embryos and calves more easily to Australia, another country where Kobe-style beef is flourishing. Yamamoto wound up buying the entire herd in 1999; Takeda still advises him and visits his ranch, which is about 55 miles southeast of Dallas. Yamamoto, a Japanese-American, is not a typical rancher. He’s a professional bass fisherman with a thriving custom lure business. He drives around his ranches with a Chihuahua nestled in his lap. While cattlemen can be private about their operations, Yamamoto chats freely – confiding, for example, that the whole thing began because he was looking for a property tax break that comes with grazing livestock or planting trees. “Once I got into it and learned all the aspects – the health as well as the good taste, I was hooked,” Yamamoto said. Healthy beef? Healthy fatty beef? Absolutely, Yamamoto says – he helped fund research that backs up his claim. A Texas A&M University researcher, Stephen Smith, concluded that compared with American beef, Wagyu beef is much higher in unsaturated fat. It has high levels of oleic acid, the fatty acid in olive and canola oils that has been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol. “The health aspect of this animal is what should be the standard for the U.S. cattle herd,” Yamamoto said. “If I can put these bulls on any breed and decrease the saturated fat, that would be the standard.” Another selling point for Kobe-style beef is that it’s often raised without hormones or antibiotics. Still, some ranchers think indulgence is the biggest selling point. “Most Americans live with a cloud; they all know what is right and the way they should live their lives,” said R.L. Freeborn, president of Oregon-based Kobe Beef America. “This is a fine dining experience. Something like a fine steak is really, really a joy to eat.” Although Japan ended its embargo on American beef in November, the Japanese won’t be sampling American Kobe-style beef, because it takes longer to raise than the 21-month age limit Japan has imposed on beef it imports from the United States. There are no such limits on imports of Japanese Kobe beef. Still, U.S. ranchers have spent four years getting a foothold on the market. “Just as California wines have taken off, I think you have very good cattlemen here in the U.S. that know how to raise cattle,” Schneller said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MABANK, Texas – For the first time in four years, a gourmet extravagance – authentic Japanese Kobe beef – is allowed back into the United States. The question is whether anyone will care. An American “Kobe-style” brand has taken its place on restaurant menus. “We cannot meet demand,” said Todd Hatoff, president of Allen Brothers, which sells high-end beef to fine restaurants. “I don’t see it going away, ever. It’s not a fad.” Kobe beef is the essence of fine dining: The meat bursts with flavor, and the fat melts like butter and coats your mouth with velvety richness. The best American Kobe-style steak will cost $80, $90, even $100 at a high-end steakhouse. A Kobe-style hamburger can run $40. last_img read more

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FARMERS PROMISE PROTESTS AT DONEGAL SUPERMARKETS AS MEAT PRICES PLUMMET

first_imgDonegal farmers are planning to hold protests outside a number of local supermarkets due to plummeting prices for their animals.Farmers are getting smaller prices for cows but supermarkets are cashing in.It follows the first local protest by the IFA outside the ALDI supermarket in Letterkenny in which a number of trolleys were commandeered.Henry Burns, the IFA National Livestock Chairman who led the protest, said despite meat plants and supermarkets making major profits from the product, farmers are now getting €200 less per animal compared with one year ago. Mr. Burns said the current situation as regards beef prices being paid to farmers was ‘unsustainable’.“We currently have a situation where farmers are receiving €3.50 per kilo for their cattle and yet the average price that consumers are paying in the supermarkets is around €9 per kilo. One of the biggest chunks of profit being taken out of this cycle is by the supermarkets who get the product presented to them, ready for sale over the counter,” Mr. Burns told the Tirconail Tribune.On Friday evening surprised shoppers discovered the IFA protest had come to the Aldi Store on the Neil T Blaney Road as a group of IFA members and their tractors arrived to take the shopping trolleys and baskets ‘out of commission’ for the remainder of the night.The group of forty farmers and five tractors launched the demonstration at the ALDI outlet despite a strong protest from management and the arrival of Gardai as observers. P.J. McMonagle, Chairman of the Donegal IFA Executive, said they had received a very positive response from the public who had a very good understanding of where ‘the farmers were coming from’.“Consumers do appreciate the quality of food being produced on Irish farms and they are conscious of the fact that, someone in the middle, is creaming off the profits,” said Mr. McMonagle.There was strong support for the plight of farmers with the only complaint being the lack of trolleys for shopping!IFA President, Eddie Downey warned all of the other major retailers including SuperValu, Dunnes, Tesco and LIDL that they too face protests at their stores.He said the anger and frustration of farmers is at boiling point and the unjustified price and specification cuts, which are severely damaging farmers and the Irish beef sector, must be reversed. Mr. Downey said Teagasc has confirmed that livestock farmers’ incomes were down by 13% to 22% last year, at extremely low levels from €9,469 to €15,595.He said “With beef prices in our main markets in the UK and across the EU stable and recovering, the current attack on prices led by the factories cannot be justified.”FARMERS PROMISE PROTESTS AT DONEGAL SUPERMARKETS AS MEAT PRICES PLUMMET was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:ALDIbeefcowsDunes StoresIFALIDLsupermarketstescolast_img read more

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