NEW YORK, N.Y. – With someone walking onstage every few minutes to read a name off a piece of paper, the NFL draft wouldn’t seem like a big television draw. Yet the 11.2 million people who watched this year made it the week’s second most popular program.The first round of the draft was shown on Fox, the NFL Network and several ESPN networks simultaneously. This year’s assignment of college football players to NFL teams was particularly suspenseful, with a handful of quality quarterbacks waiting to be drafted, and little consensus ahead of time over how things were going to go.Still, it wasn’t quite as popular as the most-watched draft ever. That came in 2014 when another quarterback, in this case Johnny Manziel, was selected first by the Cleveland Browns. That draft reached 12.4 million people on Thursday, the Nielsen company said.Coverage of the third day of the draft, when the players really start getting obscure, reached nearly 3 million and was the most ever, Nielsen said.With ABC’s “Roseanne” in repeats, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” returned to the top of the ratings, reaching 11.8 million people.CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 6.4 million viewers. ABC had 4.5 million, NBC had 4.4 million, Fox had 2.7 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.TNT was the most popular cable network, averaging 2.74 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.35 million, ESPN had 1.86 million, MSNBC had 1.75 million and USA had 1.45 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.3 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.9 million.For the week of April 23-29, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 8 p.m.) CBS, 11.8 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.16 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.26 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.16 million; “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 8.77 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 8.43 million; “Mom,” CBS, 8.31 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.13 million; “Survivor,” CBS, 7.82 million; “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 7.79 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com
New Delhi: A voter turnout of 64 per cent was recorded in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls on Monday, the Election Commission said.Voting was held in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states in this phase. Stray incidents of violence in West Bengal and EVM glitches in some areas were reported. In the heartland states, where the BJP had won 30 out of 32 seats in 2014, 62 per cent turnout was witnessed in Rajasthan (13 seats), 53.12 per cent in Uttar Pradesh (13 seats) and 65.86 per cent Madhya Pradesh (6 seats). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkWest Bengal recorded a high turnout at 76.47 in the eight seats that went to polls on Monday. In Dubrajpur area central security forces personnel reportedly opened fire in the air to disperse angry people who attacked them when they were barred from entering the booths with mobile phones. An FIR was registered against BJP minister Babul Supriyo for allegedly getting into an argument with polling officials, an election official said. CEO of Madhya Pradesh V L Kantha Rao said that during a mock-poll, EVMs were replaced at 207 polling booths as some glitches were found. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenPolling was peaceful in Rajasthan, with tribal dominated seat of Banswara recording the highest voting percentage at 72.34, followed by Barmer which recorded 72.21 per cent voting, according to state election officials. Nearly 52 per cent voting was recorded in Maharashtra (17 seats), 64.05 per cent Odisha (6 places), 53.67 per cent Bihar (five seats) and 63.42 per cent Jharkhand (3 seats), according to data provided by the Election Commission till 6 pm. In Kulgam district of Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, 10.3 per cent polling was recorded, amid isolated incidents of stone pelting. This was the second of the three-phased voting in the sensitive seat. Billionaires and Bollywood A-listers lined up outside polling stations along with the ordinary folks in Mumbai, where polling was held in six constituencies. Complaints of technical glitches in EVMs and VVPAT machines in some polling booths were addressed in Maharashtra, an election official said. According to a report from Hardoi, an elderly woman voter complained that the presiding officer at Jamkara booth under Sandila area forcibly pressed the EVM button. The sector magistrate has removed the officer and handed him over to the police who is investigating the matter. Prominent candidates whose electoral fate will be decided in this phase are Dimple Yadav, former Union ministers Salman Khurshid (Farrukhabd) and Sriprakash Jaiswal (Kanpur) of Congress, UP Cabinet minister Satyadev Pachauri (Kanpur) and Sakshi Maharaj of BJP (Unnao) In Bihar, voting was held-up due to EVM malfunctioning at three polling stations in Munger, two polling stations in Darbhanga and three polling stations in Begusarai, from where CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar and Union Minister Giriraj Singh (BJP) are contesting, due to technical glitches, official sources said. In Odisha, technical glitches in EVMs delayed polling in 60 booths, but it resumed after the snags were rectified, the official said. Election to 542 Lok Sabha seats is being conducted in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. read more
He underscored that the Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka with a grant of over US$ 350 million (close to 50 billion LKR), was the largest Indian grant assistance project in any country abroad.He also recalled that out of the total commitment of 63,000 houses, 47,000 houses had already been built. The Deputy High Commissioner in his remarks on the occasion, congratulated the proud owners of the newly built independent houses. Several Members of Parliament and Central Provincial Council, officials from Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT), UN Habitat, representatives of Regional Plantation Companies and a large number of people from the Dayagama West Estate, attended the function, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. Expressing India’s support for realization of Sri Lanka’s developmental priorities, he reiterated Government and people of India’s commitment to participate with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards greater peace and prosperity. (Colombo Gazette) India today handed over 150 houses built under the Indian Housing Project to beneficiaries in Nuwara Eliya.In a special ceremony held at the Dayagama West Estate in the Nuwara Eliya District, 150 houses built under the Indian Housing Project were handed over to the beneficiaries jointly by Palani Digambaram, Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development and Gayantha Karunathilake, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, V. Radhakrishnan, Non-Cabinet Minister for Special Area Development and Dr. Shilpak N. Ambule, Deputy High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka. read more
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $3.29 billion.The Minneapolis-based company said it had net income of $3.42 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $3.60 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.46 per share.The largest U.S. health insurer posted revenue of $60.6 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $60.67 billion.UnitedHealth expects full-year earnings in the range of $14.70 to $14.90 per share.UnitedHealth shares have increased 7% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 19%. The stock has climbed 6.5% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UNH at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UNHThe Associated Press read more
OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives were running neck-and-neck during warm-up laps for the start of the 40-day federal election campaign, a new poll suggests.The Leger poll — released hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially fired the starting gun Wednesday — suggests Jagmeet Singh’s NDP and Elizabeth May’s Greens were also in a dead heat, competing for a distant third place.The poll put Conservative support at 35% nationally to the Liberals’ 34% — essentially a tie.The NDP and Greens were also tied at 11%, with Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party bringing up the rear with just 3%.The poll of 1,546 eligible voters selected from Leger’s online panel was conducted Sept. 6-9. Internet-based surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because online polls are not considered random samples.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The poll suggests the Liberals were ahead in Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces that account for almost 60% of the 338 seats up for grabs, but the battle among the smaller parties could ultimately decide which of the two main parties wins the big prize.In Ontario, support for the Liberals stood at 37%, compared to 31% for the Conservatives, 15% for both the Greens and NDP and 2% for the People’s Party.In Quebec, the Liberals enjoyed the support of 37%, well ahead of the Conservatives at 22%, the Bloc Quebecois at 21%, the Greens at 10%, the NDP at 6% and the People’s Party at 5%. GOLDSTEIN: Why Trudeau should campaign against Trudeau GUNTER: Any speech bans during elections are dangerous for our democracy LILLEY: Elections Canada and the social media mess up The Liberals are counting on making gains in the two largest provinces to compensate for losses elsewhere. But Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said Liberal hopes of cashing in on a possible NDP collapse in Quebec could be stymied by the Conservatives and the Bloc. Both were in the range needed to pick up seats in the province.The Liberals were also leading comfortably in Atlantic Canada, with 53% support compared to 28% for the Conservatives, 9% for the NDP, 7% for the Greens and 3% for the People’s Party.The Conservatives were the overwhelming favourites in Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan, with 60% and 57% respectively — provinces where they already hold the vast majority of seats and have little to gain.British Columbia was more of a toss-up, with the Conservatives at 36%, the Liberals at 33%, the NDP at 15%, the Greens at 10% and the People’s Party at 4%.Twenty-six percent of respondents said they’re likely to change their minds before election day on Oct. 21, with supporters of smaller parties most likely to shift.Sixty-eight percent of Liberals, 67% of Conservatives and 61% of Bloquistes said they’ve already made their final choices, compared to just 50% of Greens, 42% of New Democrats and 22% of People’s Party supporters.The poll suggests the Liberals still have hope of picking up Green and NDP supporters, although that’s somewhat diminished by the fact that the Greens and NDP are now more likely to trade votes.Among Green supporters, 31% picked the NDP as their second choice, 22% the Liberals and just 5% the Conservatives. Among New Democrat supporters, 33% picked the Greens as their second choice, the same percentage as picked the Liberals, with just 14% choosing the Conservatives.The Conservatives were the preferred second choice only of the small band of People’s Party supporters (40%).The national numbers suggest that on the eve of the election call, neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives were in position to win a majority of seats and that the Tories, with the least potential for second choice votes, face the hardest climb to get a majority.Yet, 57% of respondents said they want a change in government and 56% said they want a majority government.Twenty-five percent picked Trudeau as the best prime minister and 23% picked Scheer, with just 8% choosing May, 7% choosing Singh and 4% choosing Bernier.Asked to choose the two most important issues that will determine which party they’ll support, 35% picked the level of income taxation. Another 35% chose job creation and economic growth and 30% chose fighting climate change. Public finances, debt and seniors issues followed with 20% each. Nineteen percent named fighting poverty as a top issue and 17% named immigration.The poll also asked respondents to choose the best campaign slogan.The Greens’ “Not left. Not right. Forward Together” was preferred by 22%, followed by 19% for the People’s Party’s “Strong and Free,” 16% for the Conservatives’ “It’s Time for You to Get Ahead,” 13% for the Liberals’ “Choose Forward” and 5% for the NDP’s “In it for you.” read more
OTTAWA – With far tougher talks on the horizon, President Donald Trump’s treasury secretary offered up some reassuring words Friday in Ottawa on the U.S.-Canada relationship.In his first official visit to the national capital, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with senior members of the Trudeau cabinet and took part in roundtable meetings with business leaders.The agenda featured a number of cross-border topics that could have a significant impact on the Canadian economy, including U.S. tax reform and trade issues surrounding sectors from lumber to dairy to energy.Mnuchin, a former hedge fund manager, has now met with Canadian counterpart Finance Minister Bill Morneau five times since he was sworn in a few months ago. And with NAFTA talks on the horizon, more delicate discussions are surely ahead.Trump has called the 23-year-old NAFTA the worst trade deal the U.S. has ever negotiated and has pledged to scrap the agreement if it can’t be renegotiated to his satisfaction.Formal talks have yet to begin and it remains unclear how the deal, which is deeply important to both economies, might be retooled.After Friday’s meetings, Mnuchin sought to ease concerns, but said it was still premature to get into specifics about what Washington’s eventual asks might look like.“I think whatever we do, our objective is to make sure that this is positive for the U.S. economy and positive for the Canadian economy to continue to allow the commerce that we have between us,” he told a news conference.“We had many very productive both political and economic discussions. As I said, this is one of our most important relationships.”Since Trump’s election win, the Bank of Canada and Canadian business leaders have repeatedly expressed concerns about the uncertainty related to potential protectionist measures in the U.S., as well as Trump’s tax-reform proposals.Some business leaders fear that corporate tax cuts under discussion in the U.S. could hurt Canadian competitiveness.Morneau said his meetings with Mnuchin shed more light on some of these unknowns.“What we heard today from Secretary Mnuchin is a resolve to move forward on tax reform in the United States and an agenda for trying to get at that (done) as rapidly as possible,” Morneau said.“And that’s positive from our standpoint, because that clarity is good.”Canada’s relationship-building exercise with the new U.S. administration has involved most members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. In an effort to build stronger bonds, senior ministers have been making frequent visits to Washington since Trump took office.Several of them, including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, also joined Morneau at Friday’s meetings.Morneau and Mnuchin also discussed infrastructure investments, trade in services, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorist financing regimes and cybersecurity.They also spoke about the future of cross-border energy trade, Mnuchin noted, but he refused to elaborate on Trump’s sharp complaints in April about Canadian energy.The president added energy to his list of long-running trade irritants with Canada — dairy and lumber are among them — without offering any additional details.Mnuchin said he was “comfortable” dairy and lumber would be addressed together because they’re a relatively small part of the trading relationship. Energy, he said, is a big part of cross-border trade and more discussions are still needed.Mnuchin did offer some details in one area that could surface during NAFTA talks: a possible provision to address currency manipulation.He saidmonitoring currency manipulation is critical — and he added he believes Canada shares the U.S. view on the issue.“I think this is less of an issue between us and more of an issue of the significance that we both feel this is very important to both our economy and the Canadian economy,” said Mnuchin, whose trip to Ottawa was the first by a U.S. treasury secretary in a decade.Earlier in the day, Mnuchin participated in a roundtable with about 20 business leaders in Ottawa.John Manley, head of the Business Council of Canada, said Mnuchin acknowledged he was aware the U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada when it came to goods, and said the Trump administration is primarily concerned with trade deficits.“I think he made everybody feel a little bit easier,” said Manley, whose group hosted the meeting and who called the tone positive, though unlikely to fully ease the concerns of participants.“He’s among the globalists in the administration, so perhaps not as directly a threat to things like NAFTA as others might be,” he continued.“But everyone knows that this hasn’t landed yet. It is a fact that the president of the United States described NAFTA as the worst deal ever.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin walks with Canadian Finance Minister William F. Morneau before their bilateral meeting at the Treasury Department in Washington on March 1, 2017. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will discuss trade, taxes and infrastructure when he meets Friday in Ottawa with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. In his first visit to Ottawa, Mnuchin will also meet with cabinet ministers and government officials, and take part in roundtable meetings with the Business Council of Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Pablo Martinez Monsivais by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2017 2:10 am MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. treasury secretary seeks to ease business, trade concerns in Ottawa visit read more
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Then-junior midfielder David Planning (12) takes a shot during a game against Michigan April 12 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 15-6.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team defeated Detroit Mercy Titans in a physical victory that ended 14-8. The Buckeyes (2-0) used an explosive six-goal first quarter to set the pace for the offense. OSU sophomore attackman Lukas Buckley scored first and went on to lead the team with three goals.OSU freshman attackman Tre LeClaire had two goals in the game, both of which he made in the first period. This is the second week in a row LeClaire has put points on the board. “I think at the start our defense was clicking perfectly,” LeClaire said. “We transitioned the ball up the field, we gave it to our offense and our offense’s job is to score the goals.”The Buckeyes’ offense slowed down after Detroit Mercy junior midfielder Sean Birney scored late in the first quarter to put the game at 6-4. The Titans outmatched OSU’s physicality, which allowed them to tie the game midway through the second quarter — Birney scored again and junior attackman Alec GilHooly followed with a goal of his own.Soon, however, the Buckeyes offense opened up with a flurry of goals.The offensive surged started with OSU senior attackmen Johnny Pearson and senior midfielder Tyler Pfister who scored a minute apart. Then just 43 seconds later, senior attackman Eric Fannell sent another past Detroit goalie Jason Weber for a 9-6 OSU lead at halftime.“Everyone realized we needed to step it up,” Pearson said.OSU senior midfielder John Kelly, junior attackman Collin Chell and Pfister scored for the Buckeyes early in the third, capping six unanswered goals and extending the lead to 12-6.“When we’re at our best, there is no one guy. We got a set of guys both at attack and our midfielders,” coach Nick Myers said. “We feel strongly that we have the depth there and we have some defensive middies that can definitely contribute.”OSU won all four quarters on the scoreboard, and scored twice in the final frame. OSU outshot Detroit 34-25 and made 11 more shots on goal, 25-14.Coach Myers said he wasn’t resting on the win.“We still have a long way to go,” he said. “We gotta do a better job just about with every facet, but I’m happy with the output we got.”The Buckeyes look to continue their success next week against the University of Massachusetts on Saturday in Columbus. read more
The RHS is calling on people to submit photos of their wartime vegetable gardens as it gets ready to mark 80 years since the outbreak of World War II and the Dig for Victory campaign. In a new exhibit, the charity will display advisory material and wartime propaganda that inspired people to grow more food to supplement ration-book diets at its library and gardens in the autumn and will include photos of families’ own gardens and allotments.The RHS worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in the campaign at the point war broke out in 1939, and had helped with the plans in preparation for war in 1938. It helped teach the people of Britain how to grow vegetables all year round.Some of the most ingenious makeshift vegetable plots include that of the Wolsey Motors employees in Birmingham, who made cloches out of scrap car windscreens for their workplace allotment. By 1943 it was estimated that around 55 per cent of households were growing fruit and vegetables.Fiona Davison, Head of Libraries and Collections at the Royal Horticultural Society, told the Telegraph: “Eighty years on from the outbreak of World War II there is a sense that we’re running out of time to capture and record the stories of wartime gardening. “While we have lots of the official material in our collection we have very little showing how people responded on the ground. “We’re desperate for this information not just to be confined to family photo albums but celebrated for the ingenuity and resilience they represent.” The Dig for Victory campaign is in danger of being lost to history, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has said, as it puts out a plea for pictures of wartime vegetable patches.The campaign has been celebrated throughout history as an example of the British grit and stiff upper lip during the Second World War.It was set up during the war by the British Ministry of Agriculture, and men and women across the country were encouraged to grow their own food in times of harsh rationing in order to maintain the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in the British diet. According to the War Cabinet’s records, annual food imports had halved to 14.65million tonnes by 1941. The campaign’s tagline “Spades not ships!” encouraged citizens to start planting on all available land.The people of Britain gamely set about digging, with open spaces transformed into allotments. Public parks were turned into vegetable patches and even the lawns outside the Tower of London were turned into vegetable patches. The Royal Family sacrificed their rose beds for growing onions. Chart inside a Ministry of Agriculture leaflet with advice on how to cultivate vegetables all year roundCredit: RHS, Lindley Library The RHS has searched its extensive library for evidence of the public response to the campaign and has found a handful of case studies – but is desperate for more information.Betty Hall of Lewisham remembered her parents were allocated an allotment in Ladywell Park on a plot which had previously been popular with picnicers and she remembered: “Consequently when my father dug over the plot, he found quite a hoard of pennies and ha’pennies. He brought his first lot of seeds with the cash.”Dig for Victory will be on display at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex and RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire from 14th October – 17th November. Do you have any Dig for Victory patch pictures? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for our Telegraph reader collection and libraryenquirieslondon@rhs. org.uk for their exhibit. A suburban housewife and her children display the results of the ‘Dig For Victory’ war effortCredit:Hudson/Getty Images 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. read more
After 80 minutes long battle, Swiss champion, Kadetten Schaffhausen beat Pfadi Wintertur 39:37 and celebrated a first trophy in a new season continuing great way of success from last season, where “orange team” back national title to Schafhausen and was so close to win EHF Cup (Lost against Lemgo in the final).Kadetten Schaffhausen – Pfadi Winterthur 39:37 n.V. (32:32, 27:27, 13:15)Buechenwaldhalle, Gossau – 450 spectators – Sr. Bernet/Wick.Scoreboard: 1:0, 2:2, 5:2, 6:3, 9:6 (15.), 9:8, 10:10, 11:10, 11:13, 13:15; 16:18, 16:20 (39.), 20:20 (47.), 20:22, 22:22, 22:23, 23:23, 23:25, 25:25, 25:26, 27:26, 27:27; 27:29, 30:29, 30:30, 32:32; 32:34, 33:35 (75.), 37:35 (79.), 37:36, 38:37, 39:37.Kadetten: Gustavsson/Quadrelli (27. bis 30. und für 1 Penalty); Kukucka (5), Vrany, Goepfert, Graubner, Patrail (7), Filip (5), Starczan (10), Jurca (3), Stojanovic, Bucher (1), Ursic (8/7).Pfadi: Pramuk/Baur (für 3 Penalties); Krauthoff (7), Kasapidis (4), Hess (6), Kurth (3/1), Graf, Kipili, Steiner, Krieg (9/3), Scheuner, Tarhai (8). ← Previous Story Jovica Cvetkovic near cancellation in HCM Constanta! Next Story → TOP 10 handball transfers of summer 2010! Kadetten SchaffhausenPfadi WinterturSwiss handball read more
I’ve been impressed at the way the Irish people have accepted the pain, astonished maybe, without protest. There was a loss of democracy, there was a democratic deficit and I would’ve thought the people would have at least expressed disappointment.The American academic said that leaving the the bailout programme is certainly better than not leaving it but that nobody really thinks that “Ireland is back to robust recovery”.The lions share of criticism for austerity policies must be directed at Europe he said:A good share of the blame has to go to the ECB and the European Commission for not restructuring the debts. You had private banks that made bad decisions, the shareholders, the bondholders and those banks have to bear the costs, not the taxpayers.“Obviously it was also the problem of the Government to accept that burdens for future generations., ” he added.However, Stilitz said that Ireland’s choices were “drastically reduced” once the country made the choice to stay in the Euro, something he said which was likely the correct option.Looking towards the future the Columbia University Professor said that Europe and Ireland must accept the fact that we are looking at a lost decade before recovery takes shape:Will you get back to the growth path you were on? Almost certainly no. Will you get back to where you were with maybe a lost decade or maybe a lost two decades? Then I would say yes you probably will.Josph Stiglitz said that austerity has been shown historically not to work and implementing such policies after 2008 was a bigger mistake then the choices made before the crash.Read: ‘Austerity hawks’ want to use Ireland as ‘economic experiment’ – GilmoreColumn: Austerity economics have us locked in Permaslump – Damien Kiberd NOBEL PRIZE WINNING economist Josph Stiglitz has said that he has been “astonished” by the way the Irish public has accepted the austerity imposed upon it over the past number of years.Stiglitz, who is in Dublin as a guest of the Clinton Institute in UCD, was speaking today on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland and said that democracy has been a major casualty of austerity policies: read more
Short URL Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 4:00 PM Share Tweet Email Bad weather is making the price of some vegetables soar The issue has hit some Irish supermarkets. VEGETABLE LOVERS ACROSS Europe have been making hard choices this winter after storms battered fields in southeast Spain, the continent’s main fruit and vegetable patch.Courgette prices are soaring, but shoppers are also thinking twice before shelling out for pricier tomatoes, peppers and aubergines.Some British supermarkets have even resorted to rationing sales of broccoli and lettuce in light of plummeting harvests.The issue has also hit Irish supermarkets – though they haven’t had to resort to rationing. What’s causing the problem?The vast fields along Spain’s Mediterranean coast usually stay warm enough to produce year-round, even in winter.But torrential rains hit the region late December, followed by shock snowfalls in January — areas near Murcia, in the heart of the farming zones, had not seen a snowflake in 34 years.For most of the year, Spain supplies around 30% of the main fresh fruits and vegetables on European shelves. In winter, this proportion rises to half — and to a whopping 80% when it comes to lettuce.After the bad weather hit, a Spanish federation of agricultural exporters reported a 30% drop in European shipments. The COAG farmers’ union says output has halved in the worst-hit regions.Some farmers “have lost their entire crop”, said Andres Gongora, COAG’S Almeria director.Lettuce prayThe province of Murcia, which exports two-thirds of Spanish lettuce, a trade worth 423 million euros ($450 million), has been particularly hit.Young lettuces, growing in open fields after sprouting from seeds in greenhouses, were destroyed. After the foul weather receded, a thick coat of thawed mud held up replanting in many places.“We won’t be able to plant here this year,” said Javier Soto, manager of spinach and melon growers Agrar Systems near the town of Murcian town of Torre Pacheo, pointing to a field gouged out by a muddy torrent.Adding to the veggie crunch has been heavy snowfall in northern Italy, another major supplier to Europe.Thousands of growers there have lost their crops, with expected losses of to around 400 million euros, according to Italy’s main farmers’ union.The double whammy is now being felt in European stores. Lettuce prices have doubled in Germany, and even tripled in Finland. In France, courgettes fetched four to five times their normal price in mid-January.Spanish supplies of iceberg, romaine and other types of lettuce had already been hit by a dry autumn, and artichoke harvests had fallen by a fourth.Many shoppers have vented their anger on social media, using hashtags like #lettucecrisis and #courgettecrisis.Supply problems Source: Shutterstock/Foxys Forest ManufactureLaureano Montesinos, a marketing director at Fruveg, a producer near Murcia, said British supermarket chains had not immediately grasped how dire the situation was.In Germany and northern Europe, produce stalls are not as packed as usual, but stores have managed to avoid drastic measures.“We’ve had some supply problems with iceberg lettuce these past weeks. But until now, we’ve been able to offer enough for our clients”, said Kirsten Gess, communications director for the Aldi-Sud discount chain.Spain’s agriculture minister expects production to recover in a few weeks, with producers aiming to be back on track by early March.But for lettuce grown in open fields, the wait could extend into April.For Alan Clarke, a strategist at Scotiabank in London, the price increases could spill over into processed food products, such as veggie burgers and other ready-to-eat meals.“More generally, restaurant prices face upside risks, especially because spring/summer menus are due for imminent update”, he added.So even though higher produce prices may prove short-lived once Spain’s harvests recover, diners may be paying the bill for months.Read: Want a salad for lunch? There’s a lettuce shortage> 25 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Adisa https://jrnl.ie/3232460 14,233 Views Feb 11th 2017, 4:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Adisa By AFP read more
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Joshua Bell, a cultural anthropologist with the Smithsonian Institution, recently talked to students at a District of Columbia charter school about an everyday gadget that most people in the world use and how it has shaped lives.On Feb. 28, Bell talked to 19 students in the library of Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast, D.C. on the topic: “Unseen Connections: The Global Connections of Your Cellphones.”Joshua Bell talks to students at Thurgood Marshall Academy. (Photo by J. Wright)Bell’s presentation is part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s “Nifty Fifty Program” which sends over 200 top scientists and engineers into schools around the country to ignite students’ passion for science and engineering. The festival will be held in the District on April 7-8 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.Bell works at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in the Ethnology Division.Bell told the students that in his work, he has been to Papua New Guinea, Petra, Tunisia and Jordan. He said cell phones are used all over the world. “The cell phone is the perfect example of globalization,” he said. “It allows us to communicate and engage in our daily activities and it has changed the way we as humans interact.”Bell said 90 percent of the world’s population has a mobile phone and its creation and proliferation “is the fastest development in human history.”“There are probably 6.8 billion mobile phones in circulation,” he said. “It is surprising to find that of the countries and areas of the world with the most subscriptions aren’t the United States but Russia and the Middle East.”Bell said the first cell phone was used by Marty Cooper on April 3, 1973 in New York City. Cooper is known as the “father of the cell phone” and helped it become commercialized in the 1980s. Bell told the students that 95 percent of Americans have cell phones and 77 percent use smartphones.“The cell phone has become an indispensable thing,” he said. “For example, if I leave my wallet at home I will be fine, but if I leave my cell phone I go back in the house and get it.”Bell answered questions from the students, all of whom owned a cell phone. He said, in response to one query, that in 10 years, it is quite possible cell phones could be implanted in human bodies.Bell said the radiation that cell phones tend to generate has health professionals and scholars researching how this affects the human body. He noted that the cell phone has components that make it a world-assembled product. “A typical cell phone has materials from Asia, California, South Korea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Bell said.Bell also noted that of the 103 chemical elements “43 are in your cell phone.” read more
Do you know that lemon juice can be used to whiten nail tips and baking soda helps in cleaning teeth? You can also massage your face with ice cubes to reduce wrinkles. These and more beauty secrets have been dug up by lifestyle website Femalefirst.co.uk which shares some of them as follows:Put sliced cucumber on eyes to freshen them up. Cucumber therapy helps reduce stress.Drink at least two litres of water everyday. It helps in digestion.Apply toothpaste on burnt spots and insect bites. It reduces the pain and swelling.Shave legs with hair conditioner.Apply lemon juice on coloured hair; it makes them shiny.Keep nail paints, eyebrow, eyeliner pencils and lipsticks in the fridge.Use baking soda to make your teeth look white.Apply vaseline on eyebrows to make them look bold.You can use lipstick on cheeks and spread it using cotton when you run out of blusher.Go for fish pedicures. It is believed that fishes eat the dead skin and impurities.Use honey as a face mask.Rinse hair with beer.Use lemon juice to whiten nails tips.Massage an ice-cube over your face to reduce wrinkles and acne.Sleep on a silk pillowcase to reduce wrinkles.Use cranberry juice to boost hair growth.Add peppermint oil to lip gloss to enhance pout. read more
Advertisement Raptors fans took heat for the classless way they cheered when Kevin Durant went down with a serious Achilles injury in Game 5, and now they’re waiting outside the team hotel to heckle Warriors’ family members.Some video from yesterday shows a group of super classy Toronto fans screaming insults and obscenities at Steph Curry’s mom, Sonya, as she arrived at her hotel, alongside husband Dell, because apparently no one is off limits. Credit to her for firing back and blowing off this group of clowns.Maybe they forgot Dell played there for four seasons. Obviously, this doesn’t mean every Raptors fan is a jerk, but these guys sure make the cut.Raptors fans heckling and swearing at Stephen Curry’s mom outside their hotel pic.twitter.com/lAJi5380GA— The Render (@TheRenderMedia) June 11, 2019 read more
Visitors to Xinjiang in northwest China are experiencing a nasty surprise in the form of a spyware app that’s being forcefully installed on their phones.As Vice reports, tourists are being stopped at Chinese borders in the Xinjiang region and having their smartphones seized. Border guards then install an app called Fengcai or BXAQ, which proceeds to collect all personal information including text messages, calendar entries, phone contacts, call logs and a list of the installed apps. All the data is then sent to a remote server for review.As well as collecting personal information, Fengcai has been found to check the content against a list of 73,000 items flagged as being suspicious or worth further investigation. Some of these items are legitimate, for example, instructions on how to make weapons, but then the list also includes books written in Arabic, audio of the Quran being read, and documents relating to the Dalai Lama.For now, it’s thought Fengcai only works with Android smartphones and is added to a device through side-loading. However, iPhones are also seized and border guards plug them into a handheld device. It seems likely the guards have access to a device capable of bypassing security and grabbing all the personal information from an iOS phone, like the device Cellebrite supplies to law enforcement agencies.Fengcai was developed by Ninjing FiberHome StarrySky Communication Development Company Ltd. and then distributed by Chinese authorities. As you’d expect, neither is willing to talk about the use of spyware and forced smartphone seizures. So if you do intend on visiting the Xinjiang region, it’s best to leave your smartphone at home, or at the very least run the best security solution you can on it. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 3, 2019 read more
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