EU Chief Barnier to visit Derry next week

first_img Previous articleIrish financial sector could feel biggest benefits from BrexitNext articleFinn Harps Stadium project to get further funding News Highland WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest By News Highland – April 26, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook EU Chief Barnier to visit Derry next week WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, will visit Derry next week.In a statement MP Elisha McCallion said:”I welcome news that the European Union’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier will be visiting Derry as part of his visit to Ireland early next week.”I had previously sent an invitation to Michel Barnier to visit the city and I am pleased he has now taken up on that offer and accepted my invitation.”It is important that Michel Barnier sees at first hand the impact that Brexit would have in cities like Derry, which is essentially a cross-border city, and other locations along the border.”I look forward to Michel Barnier visiting the city.”last_img read more

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The Story Behind The UCI ‘Cross Championship

first_imgBy Myles McCorry of BikePure: It’s not the Champs Elysee on the last Sunday in June. It’s not the last ‘k’ of the Poggio on the run in to San Remo, or even the coffee pot at Mellow Johnnies on a Friday night. The centre of world cycling is not the velodrome at the UCI HQ in Switzerland, the Eddy Merckx trophy wall, Coppi’s headstone or even my friend’s toilet with every pee splash cycling magazine published in the last 24 months.The world centre of cycling is Belgium. All of it. From the coal heaps of Liege to the sand pits in the classrooms of the Flanderian school children. Belgium is cycle sport’s heart. Sure, France has biking as the national sport and the Italian’s break out their 10speeds and ride for an espresso every May, the same way I only play tennis when the centre court at Wimbledon is taking a hammering. But it is not ‘blood’ cycling. For the Belgium people it is life. They eat it up, from road to Roubaix, 9 to 90: biking is life. Live or live happier- live with Lycra, sweat and passion.Cycling, the way most nations do it, is not a spectator sport. In Ireland everyone that turns up to a road race is riding, related or looking bored in a 40-year-old ambulance, hoping for a touch of wheels to use their night school skills. Cycling isn’t in the blood of the Irish (Guinness) nor the English (Soccer), the Italians (mirror) or the general American public (Mc Donald’s). You reading this, you are in the minority. Chain oil and chamois cream will be found in your DNA but not your brothers’. Ask your neighbour who Tom Boonan is, the guess reply is ‘Senator’ rather than superstar. Ask an old man in a bar in Brussels, who hasn’t been on a bike in 50 years; and he will slowly produce an eared picture from his wallet of Tom winning Roubaix. It’s in the blood.The weekend criterium results are on the front page rather than the back. Kids get a bike from Santa like everywhere else in the broadband world, but in Antwerp it has SRAM red.On Sunday past, Niels Albert, in front of a scarfed, Shimano loving crowd, won the world cyclo cross championships. He had led from start to finish and made the icy, rough ground look like track boards. The 50,000 of his countrymen, who crossed over into Holland to watch him, roared and slapped the advertising hoardings with euphoria at his every rev. Flags from the supporters clubs were stiff in the freezing wind. The black, red and yellow national colours were on faces, coats and the very air, as he passed on each of the masterful laps. Beer vanished and frits disappeared; fuelling the charge and excitement. This was cycling’s superbowl, world cup and Olympics. The refrigerated air and the snow could do nothing to put out the fire raging in the veins of the Belgium people.As the last accredited photographer to arrive at the finish, I was on the edge of the fifty strong scrum, vying for the best shot of the young Belgium crossing the line. Elbows were tensed and tempers sharpened. The zoom lenses pointed parallel on the finishing straight. There is one chance to capture the money shot of the day. Camera settings are re-checked and focus switched to manual and test fired at the line judge. Nerves are sharpened as the crowds cheer, giving notice of the rider before he is seen. Neils rounds the last bend… wait for it…wait…. then Albert crossed the line and I missed it. Completely. Every other bibbed photographer got the shot and were looking at the back of their camera to see what would be on the cover of tomorrow’s dailies or next month’s cycling glossies. I had nothing.My position was on the edge of the press line that bordered the family enclosure. Ten meters from the line as Niels raised his hands aloft, my finger poised over the shutter button: a woman let out a scream beside me. It was expelled with such emotion; I turned expecting to see a body. I took my eye off the race and the job. The noise came with the passion that only the proudest mother- of the biggest name- in the most passionate cycling country- could muster. ‘Mummy’ Albert fell silent with clasped hands. And I looked up to see her fast son directed towards dope control- it was too late. Missed it, yet the smile on my face gave nothing away.Niels who was in hospital six weeks ago getting his spleen removed, was now on the top of the world. This mother who had visited a dangerously ill son in intensive care, now looked at her boy- the champion del mondo. Cyclists in Belgium are worshipped, not an annoyance on the road – we are heroes. Travelling there is like going home.The centre of world cycling is, without doubt Belgium. The centre of cycling in Belgium last Sunday was in the proud tears of mummy Albert. She was lost and invisible in the mass of photographers; with their lens pointing the wrong way, for the best shot of the day.Editor’s note: To see more pics from the event, check out our previous post.  Big thanks to Myles McCorry for the story and pics.last_img read more

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Nigerian police free 150 from 4th purported ‘torture’ school

first_imgKidnapped Turkish men rescued by Nigerian police Police said on Saturday they had freed nearly 150 students from a purported school in northern Nigeria that claimed it was teaching the Koran but had instead subjected them to abuse.It was the fourth such operation in a month and brings the total released from religious schools in northern Nigeria to more than 1,000.The raid will put more pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to take action on loosely regulated Islamic schools called Almajiris, which experts say teach millions of children across the mainly Muslim north of the country.Kaduna state governor Nasir El Rufai ordered the raid on the Islamic reform school in Rigasa, officials said. The captives were gathered later at a camp nearby, standing in lines in maroon uniforms as state officials tended to them.Unlike the other schools, at least 22 of the 147 released captives were female, Hafsat Baba, Kaduna’s commissioner for human services told Reuters.The condition of those released was not immediately clear.An official told Reuters the school was owned by the same man who owned one of the schools raided in neighbouring Katsina state earlier this week and had already been arrested by police.Those freed from other schools over the past month – including two this week – were chained to walls, beaten and sexually molested.Related Nigerian police kill 4 suspected kidnappers in east statecenter_img 150 students freed by Nigerian police from school in the Northlast_img read more

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Ipswich Town clash selected for TV

first_imgThe match kicks off under the Ashton Gate lights on Tuesday, March 12th (7.45pm KO).It will be City’s third match chosen for television by Sky this season.City overcame the Tractor Boys 3-2 at Portman Road back in November, the start of the Robins’ current 12-game unbeaten run.last_img

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PNG women soccer team upsets Solomon Islanders

first_imgFour time women’s soccer gold medal winners, the Papua new Guinea Lagatois got their XVI Pacific Games campaign off on the right footing when they scored a convincing 5-2 victory over their Melanesian cousins Solomon Islands at the Sepp Blatter park this afternoon in Apia, Samoa. PNGFA President John Kapi Natto and Sports vice minister Wesley Raminai congratulate the PNG women’s soccer team after winning 5-2 today. Despite being down 1-0 from the beginning, PNG continued to Solomon Islanders goal-mouth and finally they made the breakthrough when skipper Lucy Maino snapped up a header from a corner kick in the slippery wet conditions. This was soon followed by right flank Ramona Padio scoring the next two goals to destroy any hope the Solomon Islanders had of an upset. In the second half, png blasted a further two goals from a Meagan Gunemba  penalty and Maino with another spectacular header. The Solomon Islanders scored one more….but PNG was already in cruise control to win comfortably. PNG coach Frederica  Sakette said it was a good win but would  not dwell on it.last_img read more

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Cheesehead Triple Crown paydays add up to $20,000 for IMCA Modified winners

first_imgFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – IMCA Modified drivers chase winner’s checks totaling $20,000 over the course of the upcoming Cheesehead Triple Crown.141 Speedway’s June 21 and 22 Clash at the Creek boasts a $10,000 top check. Both the June 23 Battle at the Zone at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway and Shawano Speedway’s June 24 Fury at the Fairgrounds are $5,000 to win events.All three features are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers and Ken Schrader will vie with the IMCA regulars both nights at 141.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region, and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded through­out the richest week of IMCA racing in Wisconsin.Pre-tech starts at noon and an open practice session runs from 6-9 p.m. at Francis Creek on Tues­day, June 20. Dirt Kings Late Models are in town, pit passes are $25 and admission to the grandstand $10.Clash qualifying starts Wednesday, June 21. The Thursday, June 22 feature pays a minimum of $750 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win, with a $20 entry fee, both nights.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. both days. Wednesday spectator admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; on Thursday, admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Kids 10 and under accompa­nying a paid adult get in free and pit passes are $30 each day. Three-day pit passes are $75.Entry fee for Modifieds is $200 by June 3, $250 after that date or $300 on race day. More infor­mation about the Clash at the Creek is available from promoter Scott Ratajczak at 920 360-5925.A minimum of $250 will be paid to start the Modified headliner at Oshkosh on Friday, June 23 and the entry fee is $125 or $150 after June 15. Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both race for $750 to win and all applicable points, including track.Gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 11-15 and free for 10 and under. Pit passes are $30.More information about the Battle at the Zone is available from promoter Jeff Lemiesz at 920 279-9096.The Saturday, June 24 Fury at the Fairgrounds also pays a minimum of $250 to start the Modified main. Entry fee is $125 before June 15 or $150 after that date.Stock Cars race for $500 to win and Northern SportMods for $400 to win, along with all applicable points.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students ages 12-16 and free for kids 11 and under. Pit passes are $25.Information about the Shawano special is available from Marketing and Promotions Manager Brad Luepke at 715 509-0057.All three events will be broadcast on IMCATV.Track websites are www.141speedway.com, www.oshkoshspeedzone.net and www.shawanospeedway.net.last_img read more

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Young Cobras rear up

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT WGCA PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 4 (Day 1) KOOWEERUP v MERINDA PARK COBRAS player-coach Jamie Smith…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Results of Statewide Audit of Rape Kits Expected in March

first_img– North Carolina is expected to know soon how many rape kits are sitting on shelves untested across the state.Results from a statewide audit are expected in March, but at last estimate there are at least 1,000 untested kits.In recent years, Charlotte and Fayetteville made progress in testing their kits, after receiving money from the U.S. Department of Justice and Manhattan District Attorney’s office.Ilse Knecht, policy and advocacy director for the Joyful Heart Foundation, says when the state knows just how much work there is left to be done, it will be a step forward.“That’s a step forward,” she states. “It’s definitely progress when you do an audit. That’s the first step to reform.“You have to find out what the problem is before you can address it really, but there is a lot of work to be done in North Carolina.”Currently, there is no law in North Carolina requiring the state to keep survivors of sexual assault informed on the status of their rape kits.This month, the Joyful Heart Foundation – dedicated to decreasing the number of rape kits left untested nationwide – released a public service announcement that encourages states such as North Carolina to make further progress in testing.The PSA released by Joyful Heart is titled “Shelved” and features a rape survivor being transported to a tall shelf in a warehouse, filled with hundreds of other survivors waiting on their kits to be tested.“The man that raped me was white, about 5’8″, probably about 170 pounds, crooked nose, sandy blond hair,” the survivor relates. “All of those details, plus the DNA, is enough evidence for you to catch him, right? Right?”Late last year, Fayetteville arrested more than 20 people after police began processing old rape kits, and law enforcement says they have more work to do.Knecht says while resolution of rape cases is a need for survivors of assault – processing them is also resulting in the solving of hundreds of other crimes, and the prevention of untold more.“They commit all kinds of crimes,” she points out. “When you look at the rap sheets, it’s domestic violence, it’s homicide, it’s robbery, burglary, assault.“These guys are one-man wrecking crews on society. The public should be very concerned that these aren’t being tested because it’s such a great tool to take really dangerous people off the street.”Actress Mariska Hargitay created the Joyful Heart Foundation after playing a detective on the TV series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”She says the content of the scripts and letters she received from fans of the show prompted her to take action.last_img read more

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Easy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.2

first_imgAnthony Horton has released his popular Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual this week, with updates for WordPress 4.2. The manual includes over 130 pages to help you learn about WordPress features and how to manage your website. The latest Easy WP Guide version covers the new features released in WordPress 4.2, including the extended Customizer functionality, header, Press This, and plugin updates.I’ve been a fan of Easy WP Guide for years, sharing it with our Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group members and with others asking for an easy to understand WordPress guide. Horton has made the manual available online as well as PDF, mobile (MobiPocket and ePub formats), and brandable version (for a small fee). If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide on how to add and publish content, install plugins and themes, and manage your site, Easy WP Guide is for you. Here are some of the topics covered in the guide:DashboardPosts versus PagesAdding your Site ContentAdding HTML LinksFullscreen EditingDeleting ContentSaving and Publishing ContentSettingsToolsKeeping Your Site UpdatedYou can read the guide online or download the PDF version for free from the Easy WP Guide website. The mobile version has adjustable fonts and can be purchased for $4.00 (Australian dollars). For $7 (Australian dollars), you can purchase the brandable version (available as a Microsoft Word document). The brandable version is available in English and Spanish. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedEasy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.7Just in time for the holidays, Anthony Horton of Maddison Designs has released Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual for WordPress 4.7. The manual includes 148 pages to help you learn about WordPress features and how to manage the content on your website. What You’ll Find in Easy WP Guide Whether…In “WordPress”Latest Easy WP Guide Updated for WordPress 4.6As co-leader of Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, I get asked a lot of WordPress questions from members. I need to add a contact form on my site, what form plugin do you recommend? Deborah, can you tell me where I can find a free WordPress theme? Sure, check out the…In “WordPress”Easy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.4An early holiday present was released yesterday for WordPress users. Anthony Horton published his 4.4 version of the popular Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual. The manual includes 138 pages to help you learn to update and manage your WordPress website. The guide is ideal for users, content strategists, digital marketers,…In “WordPress”last_img read more

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Mertens pledges future to Inter?

first_imgThere are reports Napoli striker Dries Mertens has already agreed to join Inter as a free agent next summer for a salary of €6m per season. According to Sunday’s edition of the Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta dello Sport, the Belgian has worked out basic personal terms to remain in Serie A, albeit at San Siro with a Nerazzurri jersey. It’d be a two-year contract with option for a third, worth €6m per season, including various bonuses. As he’ll be 33 by the end of this season, the deal could also include provisions for a future spell at Inter’s sister club Jiangsu Suning in China. Mertens has been at Napoli since 2013 when he arrived from PSV Eindhoven, but his contract is due to expire in June 2020. President Aurelio De Laurentiis has repeatedly suggested he does not want to keep Mertens on his current salary and would only sign him – and Jose Callejon – to a new deal at a vastly reduced rate. Mertens will be free to start negotiating a contract with another club from January and the Corriere dello Sport maintains he has already been approached by Antonio Conte’s Inter. With that in mind, Napoli could try to sell Mertens in the January transfer window to at least make back some money. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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