Fish oil supplements wont protect you from diabetes

first_imgIf you are popping fish oil supplements to protect yourself against diabetes, you may be mistaken. According to the researchers, Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on risk of Type 2 diabetes. Increased consumption of omega 3 fats is widely promoted because of a common belief that it will protect against, or even reverse, conditions such as diabetes. According to the team from University of East Anglia (UEA), omega 3 supplements offer no benefit. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Our previous research has shown that long-chain omega 3 supplements, including fish oils, do not protect against conditions such as heart disease, stroke or death. This review shows that they do not prevent or treat diabetes either,” said Dr Lee Hooper, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School. “Omega-3 supplements should not be encouraged for diabetes prevention or treatment,” he added. The research team assessed the effects of long-chain omega-3 fats, ALA, omega-6 and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) – taken as supplementary capsules, or via enriched or naturally rich foods. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardParticipants included men and women, some healthy and others with existing diabetes, from North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia, in studies published from the 1960s until 2018. Participants were randomly assigned to increase their polyunsaturated fats or to maintain their usual intake for at least six months. The results show that increasing long-chain omega-3 had little or no effect on diabetes diagnosis or glucose metabolism, but high doses, at levels found in some supplements, could worsen glucose metabolism.last_img read more

106 New U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers to Serve in Morocco

Casablanca — The U.S. Peace Corps will welcome 106 new volunteers to its Morocco division, according to a communiqué released by the U.S. Embassy in Rabat. A ceremony is expected to be held on Friday, December 9 at the Transatlantic Hotel in Meknes where volunteers will be sworn into two years of service in Morocco. The ceremony will be attended by U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Dwight Bush as well as Steve Driehaus, the former Ohio Congressman who now leads the Peace Corps in Morocco. Morocco, states the communiqué, was “one of the first countries to invite the Peace Corps in 1963.” Since then, it adds, “more than 4,830 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Morocco. During their service in Morocco, volunteers learn to speak dialects, including Darija, Tamazight and Tachelhit.”As of today, “there are 157 volunteers working in Morocco with local communities on youth development projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports” and this new group of 106 volunteers will be “the 98th group of volunteers of the American Peace Corps to serve Morocco.”Peace Corps volunteers have also been known to work with a number of important organizations such as Dar El Chabab, Nasi Newsi and Dar Taliba, among others. read more

Initial investigations reveal grenade caused explosion in bus

Reports  claimed that after reaching Bandarawela town the bus had transferred the passengers bound for Diyatalawa to another private bus before the incident took place. Among the passengers were seven Army personnel and 5 Air Force personnel. The condition of two Army personnel is reportedly critical, the Army media unit said. (Colombo Gazette) A minor explosion and a fire destroyed the passenger bus travelling from Jaffna to Diyatalawa injuring 19 passengers this morning around 5.45 am while it was plying in the general area of Kahagolla, Diyatalawa. Initial investigations conducted on the explosion and fire which destroyed a passenger bus today revealed that a grenade had caused the explosion, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said.He told Parliament that the grenade had reportedly been in the bag of a passenger on the bus. read more

Allergan rejects Valeant offer challenges rivals business model

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Feb. 6, 2012, file photo, shows William Ackman, of Pershing Square Capital Management, in Toronto. It was announced Monday, May 12, 2014, that Botox maker Allergan is rejecting a takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, saying that the unsolicited bid worth nearly $46 billion undervalues the company and carries significant risk. Shortly after Canada’s Valeant and activist investor Ackman made their offer public last month, Allergan announced a so-called poison pill plan, a defensive tactic that makes a buyout prohibitively expensive. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit, File) Allergan rejects Valeant offer, challenges rival’s business model by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 12, 2014 6:12 am MDT MONTREAL – Allergan came out swinging Monday against a takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, with the Botox maker saying it can do a better job growing the company alone while also criticizing its Canadian rival’s business model.“Our model works, whereas Valeant’s model of cutting and slashing really doesn’t work for more than a very short period of time,” Allergan chairman and CEO David Pyott said during a conference call after his company’s board unanimously rejected Valeant’s offer.Pyott said the unsolicited cash-and-share bid worth nearly US$47 billion undervalues the company and carries significant risk.Under the proposed deal, Valeant said that it would exchange each Allergan share for $48.30 in cash and a large portion of Valeant (NYSE:VRX, TSX:VRX) shares.California-based Allergan (NYSE:AGN) said that its heavy investments in research and development have built a strong pipeline of products that will generate double-digit annual revenue and earnings growth for at least six years.Pyott said spending to date has enabled Allergan to transform anti-wrinkle Botox from a $100-million a year product in 1989 to one that generates $2 billion for both its aesthetic and therapeutic uses.Overall, US$7 billion invested by Allergan in various products between 1992 and 2013 has generated more than US$50 billion in sales to date and about US$120 billion in potential sales over the next decade.“Some would argue that early-stage R&D outdrives profitability. However, we think that’s a short-sighted approach,” he said in a shot at Valeant.Valeant contends Allergan spends too much on early R&D, saying the proposed takeover will result in more than US$2.7 billion in annual cost savings, 80 per cent of which would be achieved in the first six months. It said last year’s acquisition of eyecare company Bausch & Lomb is an example for removing layers of management while driving higher sales.However, Allergan said Valeant’s estimates don’t seem to include some $200 million needed just to maintain products currently on the market.Pyott told analysts that Valeant’s approach generates low organic growth as it focuses primarily on acquisitions of late-stage pharmaceutical companies, while also relying on “eye-popping” price increases to boost revenues.In a letter to Valeant CEO Michael Pearson, Allergan said Valeant’s strategy “runs counter to Allergan’s customer-focused approach.”“In particular, we question how Valeant would achieve the level of cost cuts it is proposing without harming the long-term viability and growth trajectory of our business.”Allergan said it plans to meet with its shareholders over the coming week to explain the company’s growth plan and “listen loudly” to their views on the proposed transaction that would see them own 43 per cent of the combined company under the takeover bid.Valeant has said it plans to initiate a “shareholder referendum” of investors and may pursue a special meeting to remove some or all of the U.S. company’s board of directors.Valeant spokeswoman Laurie Little wrote in an email that her company was disappointed that Allergan made its decision without “engaging in any substantive discussions” with Valeant or Allergan’s largest stockholder, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP. She added that they remain committed to pursuing the takeover.Pyott said Ackman’s views and interests may not be completely aligned with other stockholders, but wouldn’t say if the company would be open to an increased Valeant offer or one that was all cash.Industry analysts said Allergan’s formal response to Valeant’s bid isn’t surprising and would put pressure on the prospective buyer to increase its bid.“The fun is just getting started,” wrote Marc Goodman of UBS. “Given the strong case made by Allergan today, we believe that investors will be incrementally concerned that the Valeant deal would not take place.”David Maris of BMO Capital Markets said investors are growing skeptical about “Frankenpharma” deals in which companies are relying on tax inefficiencies and R&D cuts as the main reasons for deals.“We think Allergan is in a great spot,” he wrote in a report, pegging the chances of this deal being completed at less than 50 per cent.“We base that on cost cuts that seem both unachievable and damaging to the Allergan business.”Shibani Malhotra of Sterne Agee said he believes Allergan will ultimately be open for negotiations with Valeant if feedback from its shareholders supports a merger. However, he said most investors he’s spoken with believe Allergan is likely more valuable as an independent company.Vicki Bryan of Gimme Credit says a deal is far from assured.“Valeant also seems excessively stretched to finance even its current bid, so it might face considerable headwinds trying to back a higher bid,” she wrote.Shares of Allergan, which hit an all-time high this month, closed down $1.58 at US$159.72 Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. Valeant’s shares were off $1.01 at US$130.16 in New York and down 98 cents at C$141.98 in Toronto.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. read more

Recovering Lauda hopes to be back working with Mercedes soon

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Niki Lauda hopes to be back working with Mercedes soon as he continues his recovery from a lung transplant.The three-time Formula One champion appeared cheerful as he posted a message on the Mercedes team’s Twitter account on Saturday.Speaking softly but clearly, Lauda says “the important message is I will be there soon” before thanking all his fans for the “unbelievable” support he has received.The 69-year-old Lauda, who received a new lung on Aug. 2, is non-executive chairman of Mercedes. He has had a close working relationship with five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and was involved in helping to sign the British driver from McLaren for the 2013 season.Hamilton has won four of his titles with Mercedes, including the past two and in 2014 and ’15.Lauda won the F1 drivers’ championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and again in 1984 with McLaren.In 1976, he was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but made an astonishingly fast return to racing just six weeks later.___More AP auto racing: and Associated Press read more

Garbine Muguruzas delight at eclipsing Venus Williams to claim Wimbledon womens title

first_imgMuguruza said she had longed to see her name on the list of Wimbledon champions at the All England Lawn Tennis club, and added she was “so happy that it’s there now”.Alongside a picture of her lifting her trophy on Centre Court, she tweeted: “Yes!!!!”Muguruza, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, began playing tennis at the age of three and, after moving to Spain with her family in 1999 when she was six years old, enrolled at the Bruguera Tennis Academy near Barcelona.She won her first Grand Slam last year when, in a rematch of the 2015 Wimbledon final, she beat Serena in straight sets in the final of the French Open. It’s great to go out there and play somebody you admireGarbine Muguruza after the match With joy and surprise lighting up her face Garbine Muguruza lifted her first Wimbledon ladies’ singles trophy after vanquishing the five-times winner Venus Williams in straight sets.It was a sweet victory for the Spanish player, who lost to Williams’ younger sister Serena in the final two years ago.Speaking moments after winning the title Muguruza said that on that occasion Serena – who had been her tennis idol growing up – had told her she would win herself one day.”Two years ago, I lost in the finals against Serena, and she told me one day I was going to maybe win. Two years after, here I am, ” the 23-year-old told a Centre Court Crowd which contained some of the game’s great luminaries, including Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. “I had the hardest match today against Venus, an incredible player. I grew up watching her play, so it’s incredible to play the final,” said Murguruza, adding later: “It’s great to go out there and play somebody you admire.”Muguruza is only the second Spanish woman to win a Wimbledon singles title. In 1994, in a neat parallel to Saturday’s final, her stand-in coach Conchita Martinez beat Martina Navratilova, who was the same age as Venus Williams is now. 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. Muguruza in action during the final match  Credit: Anadolu Agency Martinez agreed to step in as her coach because Muguruza’s regular coach Sam Sumyk could not be in England as his wife is shortly expecting a baby.But Murguruza said she had spoken to him every day, including in the hours before the final.Williams had been looking to add a sixth Wimbledon singles title to her crown, nine years after winning her last major title here.But she squandered two set points in the first set to lose 5-7, and her game appeared to collapse in the second set, which she lost 0-6 to an opponent growing in confidence with each stroke of play.The match ended on an anticlimactic note, with a challenge to a line call by the Spanish player. Hawkeye showed Venus’ ball had been out and the championship was Muguruza’s.As she fell to her knees in disbelief, Venus immediately stepped forward to the net to congratulate her. Williams had been looking to add a sixth Wimbledon singles title to her crownCredit: TOBY MELVILLEcenter_img Muguruza in action during the final match   Her victory brought Muguruza £2.2m in prize money, equal to that awarded the male players – something Venus Williams was herself instrumental in finally persuading All England Lawn Tennis Club to adopt in 2007. “The coincidence of her winning Navratilova, me winning Venus, there were a lot of things there, was, like, awesome,” said Murguruza. Muguruza’s triumph comes a month after she she barely survived her first round opener at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham,where she was taken to three sets against Russian Elizaveta Kulichkova, who is ranked 148th in the world.Now, as well as lifting the famous Venus Rosewater dish, she gets to dance with the winner of today’s men’s final. She admitted she secretly hopes Roger Federer will win.“I like [Marin] Cilic, I have to say seriously,” she said. “But I want to see if he’s [Federer] that elegant also dancing.” Today also saw victory for Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in the wheelchair men’s doubles final.The pair lost the first set 6-7(5) to France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, but they came back to win the next two 7-5 7-6(3).Reid, 25, said: “I have been playing wheelchair tennis now for 12 years and never once did I think we would fill a stadium out in Wimbledon like this.” Williams had been looking to add a sixth Wimbledon singles title to her crownlast_img read more

Check out the desks of 13 successful tech people

first_img See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change 10 things in tech you need to know today THE WORLD’S MOST successful tech people don’t mess around when it comes to their working space.A desk has to be a place where you can be productive, healthy, and comfortable for many hours, day in day out.Craigslist founder Craig Newmark prefers a sparse desk, while Michael Moritz, Chairman at Sequoia Capital, keeps a bottle of emergency whiskey “for the bad surprise.”And some professionals don’t work at a desk at all.As a part of LinkedIn’s “View From My Desk” series, some of the most successful tech professionals in the world reveal where they work. We’re publishing the highlights with permission.last_img read more

Unregistered Carlow plumber prosecuted for installing gas boilers

first_imgA PLUMBER FROM County Carlow was prosecuted in the Dublin District Court for carrying out illegal gas works when he was not registered to do so.Under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, for someone to carry out gas works, they must be a registered gas installer.The man was found guilty and instructed to pay €1000 to Merchant’s Quay Project.In addition he had to pay costs of €250 awarded to the Commission of Energy Regulation (CER).Third this yearThis is the third successful prosecution by CER this year and seventh taken by the CER to date.The CER said the prosecution emphases the importance of only registered installers carrying out any sort of gas works, stating that it is for the public’s safety that this is a requirement.The public can be assured that only Registered Gas Installers are competent, insured and inspected. The CER is committed to using its resources to investigate and prosecute individuals undertaking illegal gas works.Commissioner for Safety, Paul McGowan said:This prosecution sends a clear message that the CER will actively investigate and prosecute unregistered individuals that act outside the law. The CER would remind the public that, for their own safety, all gas works relating to domestic appliances must be completed by Registered Gas Installers.Read: People are going door-to-door offering to tamper with gas metersRead: Clare Daly says gardaí at Corrib gas site are the “hired hands” of Shelllast_img read more

Father awarded €110k in damages 22 years after his son died from

first_img Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 9:41 PM By Aodhan O Faolain Dec 7th 2016, 9:41 PM No Comments 15,985 Views Image: Shutterstock/wk1003mike Share32 Tweet Email1 THE HIGH COURT has awarded €110,000 in damages to the father of a man who died as a result of contracting Hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood products.The father previously had a claim rejected by the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal but the High Court ruled he was entitled to damages for nervous shock and distress suffered following his son’s death.In his judgment, Justice Michael Hanna said that he was satisfied that the father, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was entitled to compensation over the “tragic death” of his son in late 1994.The judge said the father had suffered from moderate post traumatic stress following his son’s death. It was not the most serious case, but the judge said it was “a significant one.”The father had sought compensation from the Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal for the post traumatic stress and nervous shock he suffered following his son’s death.In 2013, the Tribunal dismissed the father’s application for compensation after finding he had failed to establish he suffered a psychiatric injury above the effects of normal grief, distress and bereavement.Compensation for loss of society was awarded by the tribunal in favour of the father.The father, in proceedings against both the Minister for Health and the Tribunal, appealed the rejection of his claim for nervous shock to the High Court.Haemophilia  In his judgement Justice Hanna said the man’s son was born a haemophiliac and contracted Hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood he was given.The judge said the man’s son was managing his illness, but in late 1994 became unwell.His father dropped him off to the hospital. This was the normal thing to do given the son’s condition, when the son became ill. The father said there was nothing untoward on that occasion he left to the hospital.The following day the father was told he was urgently needed at the hospital. While in the waiting area he witnessed the emergency transfer of what turned out to be his son.The father, who is now aged in his seventies, was later called into a room, but was not told what to expect, where he found his son laid out dead. Source: Joe Dunne/Photocall Ireland!This the judge said was “an utterly harrowing vista” for the father, and a situation which was “nightmarish.”The Judge said the man, who was already vulnerable following the loss of another of his children in a road traffic accident, did suffer from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of what happened to him.The father, the judge said has lived for more than 20 years with “the awful reality of what occurred.”The father he said had suffered problems including sleeplessness, irritability and an interference with both is quality of life and his ability to work.The father’s life the judge added was genuinely, seriously and significantly affected by his son’s death.It was perhaps “a mark of the man” and his inner strength that he was able to cope at all given the awful experience of his son’s death set against the previous tragedy of losing his four-year-old daughter, the judge said.In the circumstances the judge said the father was entitled to €125,000 compensation However, the judge said he was reducing the award by €15000 to €110,000.This was because the man had failed to undergo therapy.The judge concluded that while the failure to do was understandable there was an obligation on all of us to mitigate our losses.Comments have been disabled to protect the identity of the man. Read: ‘I just took her up in my arms and held her’: Mother gives evidence about the night her daughter died >Read: Taxi driver allegedly sexually assaulted woman when bringing her home from night out > Image: Shutterstock/wk1003mike Father awarded €110k in damages 22 years after his son died from contaminated blood The father’s application to the Hepatitis C Tribunal was refused. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jobs boost for Limerick as medtech company announces 100 new posts

first_imgJobs boost for Limerick as medtech company announces 100 new posts BD are investing €21 million to build a new research and development facility in the city. By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email3 100 NEW JOBS have been announced in Limerick, with medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) set to open a new research and development facility in the city.The company will invest €21 million to renovate the former UniGolf facility in the National Technology Park, to the east of Limerick city near the University.Minister for Finance, and local TD, Michael Noonan said the announcement made him “very proud of Limerick”.The company also has locations in Drogheda and Dublin. Its site in Dun Laoghaire has been in operation since 1969.Its Irish operations involve the manufacture of medical devices, such as syringes and pen needles.The Limerick centre of excellence for research will focus on product and software development, clinical research instrumentation and prototype development.The chief medical officer at BD, Ellen Strahlman, said that the company was looking at collaborating with local universities to hire the best research and development professionals.“Limerick will be very important for our strategic growth,” she added.Noonan said that the announcement was the latest “in a series of quality job announcements in Limerick” and that it is “a further endorsement of the people of Limerick”.Read: Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT and manufacturingRead: “I felt like I had a mountain to climb”: How these young Dubliners got back to work Image: Shutterstock/Patryk Kosmider Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,153 Views Image: Shutterstock/Patryk Kosmider Short URL Friday 9 Dec 2016, 9:12 AM Dec 9th 2016, 9:12 AM 12 Comments last_img read more

Brian always believed in us We slowly started to believe in him

first_img 22,614 Views ‘Brian always believed in us. We slowly started to believe in him as the tournament went on’ Colin Hawkins recalls his memories of the 1997 FIFA U20 World Cup. Jun 13th 2017, 9:30 PM The 1997 side are presented to Lansdowne Road before Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. Source: ©INPHO“But I was happy with the way I was used, Brian was clever in the way that he used me. He knew that I was struggling with the heat.”Those boiling conditions of 30 degree afternoon heat took its toll on Hawkins more than most, who admits he’d falter even in mild sunshine when playing.Tales are told of how Kerr had trained his players in Limerick in sweaty saunas while wearing zipped up jackets in order to to replicate the humid climate that was to come in south-east Asia. But it could not prepare the players entirely.“It was psychologically draining,” says Hawkins of the Malaysian heat. “Like having something heavy on your chest.“I was probably the one player who struggled most with the heat. If it’s eight degrees and sunny I’ll still struggle. If it’s cloudy and 20 degrees I might be alright. It was something that I wasn’t used to and something that I had never experienced before.It was difficult. I’m sure the South American teams loved it because they are used to the sun and the heat. I don’t think anyone would have struggled as much as I did, but you go out and football is football.”Alongside Dave Worrell, Hawkins forged a partnership which solidified Ireland’s defensive shape, offering an anchor for players like Micky Cummins at right back to aid Trevor Molloy and Damien Duff in attack.One instance of his defensive awareness saw Hawkins clear the ball off the line heroically against Spain when Ireland held a tight 1-0 lead in the quarter-finals, with goalkeeper Derek O’Connor later praising the defender for his quick thinking.They put a lot of pressure on for the last 20/25 minutes”, said O’Connor. “I had one or two saves to make. I should’ve actually held onto one – I blame myself – but the defenders were brilliant. Colin Hawkins got back on the line and cleared it. So he really saved me.“We’d do anything for each other on the pitch. That’s the team spirit we had.” Hawkins’ goal line clearance against Spain in the quarter-finals.Hawkins repeatedly makes time to single out the managerial partnership of Kerr and Noel O’Reilly. They were a duo which every single player then and now states as the reason why the team achieved the success it did 20 years ago.Sending a team to an international tournament was no easy feat. The expectation that Ireland would suffer bruising defeats against world football’s top young teams meant optimism was not in high supply outside the camp.But it was Kerr and O’Reilly, Hawkins says, who transmitted an inspiring message: there was no logical reason why Ireland could not compete. With the right preparation, game-plan and tactical setup, nothing could hold them back.With expectations so low as underdogs, they had absolutely nothing to lose.“Brian and Noel instilled in us the idea that we weren’t just there, like the old cliche, to just make up the numbers”, he says.“We were here to do the best that we can and see how far that took us — which it turns out was the third place play-off.“Brian managed it well. We were there for a month and there were only 18 players, so it’s not like you had a 23 man squad and you could chop and change the whole lot. And you also want to keep some continuity in the team when you’re winning games as well.“You don’t want to take players out when they are doing well and getting you wins. I think Brian and Noel managed the squad well considering the size for the six or seven games. That number of games in the space of a month is very difficult.”I think the management did a great job in keeping us grounded. We put a lot of energy into the games but we also had evenings off and the next day our focus would turn to who we were playing and how we would be playing.“When we got out of the group the focus was always only on the next game and preparing for that game.“Brian knows football and he knows how to manage players in situations. He instilled a belief in us that we can achieve something here. He always believed in us and I guess we slowly started to believe in him more and more as the tournament went on. Hawkins alongside Trevor Molloy (right) playing for St. Patrick’s Athletic in 1999. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOBefore Malaysia, Brian would have been around the League of Ireland for a long time. You don’t coach at that level and not be a motivator, it’s something that he was born with.“You go out and do the best you can but he made us realise that if we keep all of these games tight we were in with a chance.”But some of the team’s fondest memories are off the pitch too. Kerr recognised the need for his players to enjoy themselves when away from the training pitch and gave them a degree of freedom to relax, bond and switch their minds off.“We would have all been hanging around the same meeting rooms having games of cards. Noel O’Reilly used to love pulling out the guitar and having a bit of a sing-song after games.After a few of the games we would be invited back to an Irish bar and would have had Irish stew, a sing-song and a pint of Guinness. It wouldn’t have been a drinking session, more of a get-together to re-group after a good result and prepare for the next game. By Aaron Gallagher Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mars bars, diarrhoea, Connect 4 and a once in a lifetime triumph: an oral history of Malaysia ’97Boys of Summer: We celebrate Ireland’s golden generation and their golden moment Share64 Tweet Email1 center_img Brian Kerr. Source: © INPHO/Patrick Bolger“Ireland is such a small country. We would have all been growing up playing against one another at schoolboy football or in the Kennedy Cup. So we all would have known each other and because of that we all got on so well.There were no airs or graces, no-one thought they were better than what they were. We all just went out and worked hard for the team.”True to form Hawkins is reluctant to talk about his own outstanding performances. Alongside Duff, Mickey Cummins, Thomas Morgan and Robbie Ryan he was an integral but unsung cog in the machine that was the Republic of Ireland in Malaysia.But, as he himself admits, it was never about individuals.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! IN THEIR WORDS and in their eyes you can still sense the level of solemn respect Brian Kerr commands from his players 20 years on.It is the first gathering of the squad from the 1997 U20 World Cup. Better known as the only Irish football team ever to win World Cup medals, Kerr says giddily, as he welcomes all comers to the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street.Further enquiry confirms both these facts to be true: this is the only Irish team to have secured World Cup winners’ medals and this is the first and only time the squad has ever met up together since going their separate ways in Dublin Airport following their return from Malaysia.Mars bars, diarrhoea, Connect 4 and a once in a lifetime triumph: an oral history of Malaysia ’97It was a heroes’ welcome, recalls defender Colin Hawkins.His parents told him they would see him back at home in Galway after he had touched down in Dublin. What they had failed to tell him was of the reception that awaited the 19-year-old in Terminal One.“It was unbelievable. My family had said to me ‘yeah we’ll see you when you get back’,” he tells The42 ”It would have been dark when we got off the plane because it was late at night, but I could just make out all of my family there at the airport..They didn’t tell me they were going to be there. They said they would see me when I got home and we would have a couple of drinks in the house. I thought ‘grand’, and then when I got off it felt like the whole of my estate was there with my family and everyone else’s family.” Hawkins in an Ireland shirt. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOHawkins played in all seven of Ireland’s games in Malaysia. An opening day defeat to Ghana did not prove fatal, as Kerr’s side would go on to defeat the United States and draw with China to reach the knockout stages.Wins over Morocco and then Spain in the quarter-finals set up a semi-final date with holders Argentina, managed by current Colombia manager José Pékerman. It would prove a step too far however, with Bernardo Romeo’s second-half winner bringing the curtain down on the Boys of Summer’s dream.But not before an encore. Ireland regrouped to put the demons of their opening day defeat to bed by beating Ghana in the third-place play off, thanks to a 33rd-minute winner from a stylish but relatively unknown winger called Damien Duff, who’d turned 18 years old just months before.Hawkins’ father was there every step of the way and even travelled to Malaysia to support his son. But it was only upon arrival back in Ireland that it really hit home what the side had achieved.“When you saw people at the airport who didn’t have any direct ties to the squad — that’s when we realised how big it was,” says Hawkins.“I think we were in our own little bubble over there where we realised that we were doing well and achieving good things.“But we didn’t have all of the fans around us because we were on the other side of the world. It wasn’t like it was somewhere in Europe where we might have had loads of Irish fans travelling over.”Almost like when they say you missed Italia ’90 if you weren’t in Dublin?“Yeah,” says Hawkins.  ”I think if you really wanted to feel the impact of the tournament you would nearly have wanted to be in the local area near one of the lads’ homes. I’m sure people in the estate where I grew up were having a great time — I came back and they were having street parties!”We knew we were doing well but we didn’t realise until we came back and saw people at the airport and the next day with the open-top bus tour. Then it really hit home of how big it was for everyone else. We were just focussed on the tournament.”There was even an open-top bus tour back in Galway for Hawkins, so massive was his achievement both as part of the team and through individual performances anchoring defence. An utterly modest persona is reminiscent of his selfless and determined performances in central defence.Tipped by many to be a mainstay in Ireland’s backline in the years that followed Malaysia, Hawkins would, like so many of his 1997 team-mates, never represent their country at senior level.There are 102 caps in this room,” Kerr had said at the beginning of the reunion.“I think the spare two belong to you,” he joked pointing a finger at Glen Crowe.Aside from Duff, who would collect a century of caps, Crowe was the only other player from the 18-man squad to pull on the green jersey at senior level.Hawkins went on to achieve untold success in the League of Ireland, joining Kerr’s former club St Patrick’s Athletic shortly after the tournament and picking up back-to-back Premier Division titles in 1998 and 1999. Hawkins tackles former Dublin inter-county footballer Jason Sherlock playing for UCD in 1997.He would secure two more league winners’ medals, one at Bohemians in 2003 and another at Shelbourne in 2006, admitting that what Ireland achieved in 1997 offered a platform on which to build his career.I think it was an important first step in my career. It instilled a belief in me that you can go on and do great things in football and play at a high level.”Described by many as an unsung hero of ’97, he is modest in his assessment of his own performances where others are quick to sing his praises.“I thought I did alright,” he says.“I didn’t score in the tournament, so I didn’t contribute in that way but I’d like to think I worked hard and helped from a defensive point of view.“Trevor Molloy scored, Dessie Baker scored, Neale Fenn scored. So I couldn’t have any complaints of why I wasn’t playing, because I was struggling with the heat and wasn’t scoring like the other lads in the early games. 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Students protest closing of Greek studies at UNSW

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 100 students protested on Tuesday outside the library lawn of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The protest is the second one to have taken place to express objection to the University’s planned decision to close down its Modern Greek Department as of 2011. The University claims low enrolment numbers to the program for the impending closure. This is strongly disputed, however, by University students as well as Greek community figures. The UNSW Hellenic Society is accusing the University of avoiding any form of negotiations with interested parties. “The university has refused to communicate with students, current and future, and refused to work with the Greek community to arrive at a win-win outcome,” James Theodoropoulos, President of the Hellenic Society of UNSW said in a statement sent to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE). “Discontinuing Modern Greek is yet another example of the declining academic and education standards at UNSW,” he added.Greek community leaders had a meeting on Thursday September 10 with the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty, Professor James Donald who reiterated his resolve to close down the Department. Among the people present in this meeting was the President of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, (GOCNSW) Harry Danalis. According to Mr Danalis, the UNSW Dean proposed that after 2011 only Greek classes for beginners could be available for a period of two semesters. Additionally, a Greek mythology class will continue to be taught. Yet, all intermediate and advanced courses will be suspended. The Greek delegation asked Professor Donald to reconsider the decision and to grant them more time in order to try and raise enrolment numbers through targeted campaigns in the Greek community. They even pledged to guarantee the financial viability of the program until enrolment numbers increase. “He was adamant, however, and he told us straight out that he is running a business and that he is convinced that the Greek program is not viable either in terms of numbers, money or research,” Mr Danalis said referring to the exchanged arguments during the meeting.The President of the GOCNSW did concede that for the last few years there has been a steady drop in the number of enrolments. “If we don’t take interest in promoting the teaching of the Greek language to our children and grandchildren the days are numbered for the existence of similar programs in Universities throughout Australia,” Mr Danalis pointed out. A pending issue to be resolved between University authorities and Greek community leaders is the allocation of $1 million that sits in the Modern Greek Department trust fund. Suggestions were discussed at the meeting including the establishment of several post doctoral fellowships, but no decisions have been made.last_img read more

Babic says Red Star is not intimidated by Napoli

first_imgThe Belgrade defender says they will show the right attitude and will not show far against the Italian Lega Serie A clubItalian Lega Serie A club Napoli will host Serbian side Red Star Belgrade tomorrow in the UEFA Champions League.And for Red Star defender Srdan Babic, the atmosphere will be awesome, but his team is not intimidated by it.“We’ve done everything to prepare for the Napoli game. We analyzed their recent games in the Champions League and in Serie A,” Babic was quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We will have to be at our best because every point could prove vital.”“We need to show the right attitude and not be intimidated by the atmosphere over there,” he added.“We had 50,000 fans behind us in that game, so it was easier for us. But we travel to Italy to play well and hopefully get a result. We won’t surrender.”last_img read more

Four men stabbed in bloody Chula Vista brawl

first_imgFour men stabbed in bloody Chula Vista brawl May 20, 2018 John Soderman Posted: May 20, 2018 John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Four people were injured Saturday night, one critically after a stabbing occurred during an apartment complex brawl in Chula Vista.The fight broke at at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the 500 block of Oxford St. in the Villa Granada Apartments,  Lt. John Autolino of the Chula Vista Police Department said.Witnesses say there was a large party at the complex when two men showed up in a car and got in an argument with four males. Once the two men got out of the car the fight began.Officers found four stabbing victims, three with minor wounds, one with more serious injuries, Autolino said.The victim with critical injuries was taken to a nearby hospital, Autolino said. His status is not known at this time.The identity of the suspects are not known at this time. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Do not miss Financial Wellness Week 2017

first_imgEmployee Benefits will host Financial Wellness Week, in association with Neyber, on Monday 19 June to Friday 23 June 2017, which will feature exclusive insights into how best to support the financial health of employees.New in-depth analysis, best practice case studies, and expert opinion on the latest trends in workplace financial wellness will be published every day next week, covering topics such as the impact of workforce mobility on employees’ financial wellbeing and how to make retirement saving relatable and engaging for employees.During the week, readers will also be able to learn more about the link between financial, physical and mental health, and the steps that can be taken to ensure employees’ overall wellbeing is supported. In addition, interactive infographics will outline the latest research findings around financial wellness in the workplace.Keep an eye on for dedicated Financial Wellness Week content or follow #EBFinancial17 on Twitter. Sign up to our email alerts to receive the most recent updates and content direct to your inbox.Learn more on financial wellness: Watch Employee Benefits Wired: Supporting financial wellbeing on demandlast_img read more

Senate panel advances rewritten sexual assaultprevention bill

first_imgThe Senate Education Committee has advanced a rewrite of legislation that would leave as optional sexual assault prevention and awareness programs in Alaska public schools.The version of the bill that passed the House last month would have made such programs, and those related to dating violence, mandatory. Critics saw this as an unfunded mandate, and the Senate committee rewrite made the programs optional.The rewrite also incorporated elements from other school-related bills, raising questions about whether doing so went outside the scope of work for the special session called by Gov. Bill Walker. A legal memo from a legislative attorney, requested by the committee chair, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, said there could be a constitutional issue with the committee’s approach, depending on how a court viewed it.last_img read more

After Fridays quake UAA classes resume in under a week

first_imgUAA students and staff evacuate after Friday’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake. (Photo courtesy of UAA)Naomi Everett is in charge of the Lucy Cuddy cafeteria at UAA. She had just begun her work day when Friday’s earthquake hit Anchorage. Shortly after the initial shock, students and staff quickly assessed the damage.“Lights were hanging down, the ceiling had come down in several areas in the bakery and our dining area,” Everett said. “Our offices were a little bit shaken but nothing too bad, and our plate room… there were smashed plates everywhere.”Classes were canceled that day. UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen says it only took a couple hours for cleanup crews and engineers to start inspecting the campus. She says one of the inspectors was a UAA graduate.“One of our engineering alumni, he’s the person who designed the Parrish bridge, which is our newest bridge,” Sandeen said. “He wanted to make sure his design would withstand the earthquake and he was really happy with the results, and so were we.”The engineering team determined that no major structural damage or gas leaks took place on campus. The university’s incident response team gathered and began the cleanup process. Ryan Buchholdt was in charge of the University’s response team. He says the main priorities were getting fire suppression back online, as well as making sure student housing was safe and livable.“A big issue was our approximately 900 students that live in our housing area,” Buchholdt said. “Several of our dorms lost heat, so that became a big priority, make sure we have heat in those spaces so students can occupy them.”UAA power and internet wasn’t down for very long, so university officials were able to send out notices pretty quickly about the closure and what the next steps were.For Buchholdt, once the university’s internal safety measures were stabilized, the next priority for the teams was getting teaching areas cleaned up and ready for use.“We know that we could get through a few-day closure, but we’re right at the end of the semester. We have students that need to get through finals. We have commencement coming up very soon,” Buchholdt said. “So, the first priority for a lot of those folks became, lets see what the level of damage is out there so we know how to prioritize what building we need to focus on.”He says the teams worked through the weekend in shifts that went from 10 to 12 hours, sometimes longer. Not all of the campus has been cleared out and some areas are still blocked off, but enough work has been done to resume classes.Chancellor Sandeen says that the university was lucky that the whole process went as smoothly as it did.“And I wasn’t sure about that because I arrived less than three months ago, but the first meeting I had when I was official here as chancellor was with our incident management team,” Sandeen said. “They explained to me what they did. They explained to me how they deploy. And I’m really grateful to be able to say it all worked.”Sandeen says that as far as costs go, the university has reserve funds for emergencies, but they also have insurance and have been cataloging the damage to apply for federal relief. She says the university plans to discuss how to prepare even better for a future emergency.When the earthquake hit (left photo) about a fourth of the UAA culinary department’s plates were broken. They put the rest in cages as a precaution during cleanup (Left photo courtesy of UAA. Right photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)As for Everett in the culinary department, she and her team have been cleaning, disinfecting and sorting the kitchen areas, making sure that they’re ready for students. She says they lost about a quarter of their dishes, and have taken a small step to ensure the numbers are lower in the case of another emergency.“We just had the plates on shelving, but we switched out with the shelving units that can actually lock and close because then that way, they’ll stay contained,” Everett said. “Honestly, you can never predict whether things will rattle around enough to break in cages, but at least they wouldn’t be falling on the floor.”UAA classes in the Chugiak-Eagle River campus have been relocated to the Anchorage campus while building damage is assessed there. Buchholdt with UAA maintenance says that campus is owned by a separate entity that is handling that damage. For the time being Eagle River students will finish their classes this semester at the Anchorage campus. Anchorage School District students who attend the Chugiak-Eagle River branch of Alaska Middle College, which is operated in partnership between with the district and UAA, will also be relocated.last_img read more

WATCH Metro Employee Saves People From Burning Car

first_img Share Metro’s board honored rail technician Leang “Terry” Ear for his quick action after a car crash on the East End light rail line.At its December meeting, Metro’s board honored an employee who saved two people from a burning car.Early on the morning of November 20, Leang “Terry” Ear was working an overnight shift as a technician on the East End light rail line. He was flagged down by a passerby after a vehicle carrying two people hit a safety barrier and caught fire. Ear and the passerby rushed into action and pulled the driver and passenger to safety. Both people survived the crash.The entire incident was captured on security video.last_img read more

Donald Trump Says US Should Sue Facebook and Google Complains About Alleged

first_img Popular on Variety Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Hackers Take Over Account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Tweet Racial Slurs & Bomb Threat Trump, over the course of the rambling phone interview with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, also lashed out against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is scheduled to testify to Congress on July 17 about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s involvement. Trump claimed that Mueller “terminated the emails… He terminated them. They’re gone. And that’s illegal. That’s a crime,” with no indication of what emails he was referring to.center_img Meanwhile, Trump asserted that Big Tech companies are “all Democrats” and that their services are “totally biased toward Democrats.” Inexplicably, he argued that Twitter — where Trump has over 61 million followers — makes it difficult for people to follow him on the platform. Trump famously uses Twitter to post announcements and rants on a daily basis.“What they did to me on Twitter is incredible,” he said. “I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you, they make it very hard for people to join me [on] Twitter and they make it very much harder for me to get out the message.”In the interview with Fox Business, Trump also called out alleged bias by Google, referring to video footage released Monday by conservative group Project Veritas (which is notorious for using deceptive tactics) that purports to show a Google executive saying the company should be working to prevent “the next Trump situation.”Trump said Twitter “should be sued because what’s happening with the bias,” and added, “now you see it with that executive yesterday from Google. The hatred for the Republicans. It’s not even like, ‘Gee! Let’s lean Democrat.’”In response to Trump’s comments, a Google rep said, “We build our products with extraordinary care and safeguards to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without any regard for political viewpoint. Our rating guidelines are publicly visible for all to see.”Regarding the Project Veritas video, the Google exec in question — Jen Gennai, the company’s head of responsible innovation, global affairs — posted a blog response in which she said in part, “Unfortunately, I now know that these people lied about their true identities, filmed me without my consent, selectively edited and spliced the video to distort my words and the actions of my employer, and published it widely online.” She said the “Trump situation” she referred to was about how Google’s Trust and Safety team is working to help prevent the kinds of online foreign interference that happened in during the 2016 election. President Trump suggested the U.S. government might sue technology giants including Facebook and Google — though he didn’t spell out what the basis for such lawsuits might be — while he once again railed against the supposed anti-conservative bias of Silicon Valley companies.In an interview Wednesday with Fox Business Network, he took issue with the European Commission’s moves to impose antitrust penalties against tech companies including Google.“Look, we should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which perhaps we will, OK?” Trump said in the interview.The U.S. Department of Justice and the FTC are said to be considering launching antitrust investigations into Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. Politicians including Sen. Elizabeth Warren have called for the breakup of massive technology companies, but experts say that course of action is a high legal bar that’s unlikely to play out anytime soon. Sacha B. Cohen’s Disgust at President Trump Fueled ‘Who is America’last_img read more

Militants strike twice in Kashmir soldier among three killed

first_imgThree persons, including a soldier and a militant, were killed and two people were injured on Monday as ultras targeted an army patrol and a franchise of BSNL at two places in Kashmir, police said.Militants opened fire at an army patrol at Kanjikulla in Yaripora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, about 80 kms from here, a police officer said.Sepoy Dharam Ram was injured in the firing and succumbed later, the officer said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISecurity forces immediately cordoned off the area and tracked down a militant to an orchard where he was killed in a brief gunfight, the police officer said.Earlier in the day, militants fired at a franchisee outlet of BSNL at Iqbal Market in Sopore in north Kashmir Baramulla district, 52 kms from here.The attack was apparently directed at telecom operators who have been threatened earlier, a police officer said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHe said three workers of the BSNL franchisee were injured in the firing and they were rushed to a local hospital, where doctors referred them to a hospital in Srinagar for treatment.One among the injured, Mohammad Rafiq (26), a resident of Handwara area of Kupwara district, succumbed to his injuries at the Srinagar hospital.The two injured, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat (40) and Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone (30), both residents of Sopore township, were being treated, the officer said. This was the second terror attack in Sopore in less than 48 hours. Earlier during the intervening night of May 23 and 24, suspected ultras had hurled a grenade at a residential compound where a mobile transmission tower was installed.Although officials were tight-lipped as to why the militants were targeting telecom installations, sources said the ultras were upset about “theft” of their communication equipment from mobile transmission towers in Sopore and surrounding areas earlier this month.The militants had allegedly installed communication equipment atop the towers of private and PSU companies.Later, police said the militant killed in the Kulgam encounter was identified as Ataullah Bhat alias ‘Khumani’ who was affiliated with Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT).Bhat was a resident of Chinigam village of Kulgam and was wanted in a number of militancy-related incidents, police said.last_img read more