10 months agoCarvalhal: I can win Premier League; I fancy LaLiga post

first_imgCarvalhal: I can win Premier League; I fancy LaLiga postby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal admits he dreams of returning to the Premier League.The Portuguese says his ambition is to win the Premier League title.He told Marca: “I accepted the challenge knowing that we were in the Second, we beat Arsenal and Liverpool, we had 11 games without losing … but it was a squad with many limitations and, although I did not manage to stay, we gave it a shake.”Coaching in the LaLiga I think it’s something that one day will happen because of the linguistic, cultural, football proximity … I like to see Betis and Barça play … I think I could build a team that will play good football in Spain.”Carvalhal added: “My dream is to win the Premier League one day, they’ll think I’m crazy, but I had the same dream when I was training in the Third and that was far from England.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Acadian Culture Online

first_imgTo complement this summer’s Acadian celebrations, Nova ScotiaArchives has introduced two new website resources that showcaseAcadian culture. The first is Acadian Heartland, a digitized, fully searchable electronic version of the surviving records of the Britishgovernment at Annapolis Royal between 1713 and 1749. The secondexhibit, This is Our Home: Acadians of Nova Scotia, celebratesthe last 150 years of Acadian culture and continuity. “These online resources provide Acadians everywhere with improvedand expanded access to their history,” said Rodney MacDonald,Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “They also demonstratethe ongoing commitment of the Archives to make more of NovaScotia’s Acadian documentary heritage available on the Internet.” Acadian Heartland provides a snapshot of life in Nova Scotia inthe years after Acadia became a British possession in 1713,leading up to the deportation after 1755. The records focus onthe Annapolis-Minas corridor — the heartland of Acadia — butthere is also significant coverage on other French settlementsthroughout mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Reading like news bulletins from the past, the documents provide information about families and individuals, community andeconomic history, land tenure, the administration of justice,trade and commerce, natural resources, relations with the Mi’kmaqand interaction between Acadians and the British authorities. The electronic version of the records, including bilingualcontent, was developed by the Nova Scotia Archives in co-operation with the Office of Acadian Affairs. The Acadian Heartland exhibit will remain online indefinitely asa bilingual educational resource for students, a reference toolfor community museums, and a genealogical resource for Acadiansresearching their family history. “Anyone interested in exploring the Acadian experience incolonial Nova Scotia can now do so and this will add to theirknowledge and understanding of what happened so long ago,” saidprovincial archivist Brian Speirs. This is Our Home: Acadians of Nova Scotia, uses three dozenheritage photographs to illustrate Acadian reliance upon the landand sea, document the record of built heritage, provide insightinto social activities, and showcase traditional dress andhandcrafts. This exhibit is also on display at the Public Archives Building,6016 University Ave., Halifax, until Oct. 31. The Acadian Heartland and This is Our Home: Acadians of NovaScotia are on the Archives’ website in a new section devoted toAcadian online resources, at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/acadian.asp .last_img read more

Construction Contract Awarded for Truro School

first_imgAbout 900 Primary to Grade 5 students, teachers, and staff in the Truro area will enjoy two new, safe and healthy schools next year. “The province continues to invest in safe, healthy schools across the province,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “This investment will give Truro’s youngest students a great start at learning.” Maxim 2000 Construction Inc. has been awarded the construction contract for the new elementary school in Salmon River. The successful bid was $8.1 million. School construction will begin this spring, with 360 students expected to occupy the school in September 2008. The new elementary school in Salmon River will bring students together from Alice Street and Salmon River schools. A call for proposals for designing the new elementary school near Curtis Drive has closed and proposals are being evaluated. The Curtis Drive elementary school is an $8.5-million investment by the province, and will serve about 560 students. Construction is expected to begin in the summer, with occupancy by September 2008. The Curtis Drive elementary school will bring students together from Princess Margaret Rose, St. Mary’s, Willow Street, and Douglas Street schools. These two elementary schools, with Truro Junior High School, complete the major capital construction work in Truro for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. The schools are being built through the province’s eight-year, $400-million capital construction program. The schools were announced in 2003.last_img read more

Eight tahini products recalled due to possible salmonella contamination CFIA

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says two brands of tahini products have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.The agency says Wednesday that seven Achva tahini products sold in 500-gram and 18-kilogram packages have been recalled, as well as 18-kilogram tubs of S&F’s pure tahini.It says the tahini was sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec, and may have been distributed in other provinces.The CFIA says there have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, but did not say how many.It is advising people to throw out the recalled products or return them to the store where they were purchased.The agency says food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick.Young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jamie Oliver Joins With The ONE Campaign To Reduce Malnutrition

first_imgJamie Oliver thinks the food we eat is unacceptable – and he has joined with the ONE Campaign to change our eating habits by creating a petition to world leaders imploring them to reduce chronic malnutrition by 2016.“I wanted to take some time to write to you about something close to my heart – food,” he wrote in an email to supporters of the ONE Campaign. “But it’s not just close to my heart, it’s at the heart of every family and has a prime place in our homes. It can bind us to the best bits of life.“But right now we are living an awful reality. The food we eat – because it often lacks the proper nutrients – is killing us! Whether you’re in Tanzania or Texas, getting access to nutritious food for yourself or your family has become a daily battle. We are starved of food education and, as a result, don’t know what’s good for us and what’s not anymore.“This year alone, over 2 million people will die because they are obese, while over 2 million children will die from malnutrition. That is unacceptable, and something has to be done.“The ONE Campaign and my Food Revolution Day have a lot in common. First, we don’t stay quiet. We refuse to sit back and let things like this go on. We spread the word and get messages about good food education and food practices out there, both locally and globally.“In a few weeks the leaders of the world will get together, so we need to form one voice – one very loud, very proud voice. This is a chance to make a difference guys. It’s time for world leaders to realize that what we are eating is killing us, and that they have the power to stop it. Food is at the top of my agenda, it’s at the top of yours, and it’s time it goes to the top of theirs.“With one click, you can add your voice to this movement for monumental change.”last_img read more

Cat thrown from car is adopted by loving family

A cat that was reportedly thrown from a moving vehicle, now has a loving, forever home.The Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) says Ellie was adopted on Thursday by a couple named Karen and Craig. “Ellie certainly captured the hearts of all who met her and our staff and volunteers were sad to see her leave, but we’re so happy she has a new home” said Kevin Strooband, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Humane Society.The couple had been following Ellie’s story and paid for a large portion of her medical costs after she underwent surgery to repair her jaw, her paw, a toe and had two broken teeth removed.The cat was named Ellie to honour the man who rescued the feline after she was tossed onto a busy highway. Steven Ellis says he was about a football field length away when he spotted the cat in the air. He says he pulled onto the shoulder and backed up until he found the cat. The LCHS says they have received a few leads but the investigation and search for the driver continues. read more

Whats next for the Dakota Access Keystone XL pipelines

BISMARCK, N.D. – President Donald Trump’s executive actions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are aimed at turning the much-protested pipelines into reality. Here’s a look at what may be next for the two pipelines:WHAT THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY STOOD BEFORE TUESDAYThe $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois is nearly complete, except for a stretch underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota. Construction is stalled due to a court fight between developer Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers over permission for the pipeline to cross under the lake amid objections from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which gets its drinking water from the lake.The $8 billion Keystone XL project was to bring oil from Canada’s oil sands to Nebraska, where it would join other lines already leading to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Former President Barack Obama halted it in late 2015, declaring it would undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal that was a centerpiece of his environmental agenda.WHAT THE ORDERS MEANTrump’s move on Dakota Access didn’t immediately clear the way for construction to resume, but it did order the Corps to quickly consider whether to approve the Lake Oahe crossing.Tribal attorney Jan Hasselman said what happens next will depend on how the Corps interprets the language. He said the tribe will fight in court any reversal of the Corps’ recent decision to conduct a full environmental study of the crossing — a process that could take up to two years.Not completing a study “would be a gross violation of the tribe’s treaty rights,” he said.The Corps’ Northwestern Division didn’t immediately comment, saying it was still studying Trump’s action.Trump’s nominee for Army secretary hasn’t yet been confirmed. But U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican who has advised Trump on energy issues, said he doesn’t think that needs to happen for the Army to consider Trump’s message.On Keystone XL, Trump invited TransCanada to reapply to the State Department for a presidential permit to build and operate the pipeline. State Department approval is needed because the pipeline would cross the northern U.S. border.Trump directed the State Department and other agencies to make a decision within 60 days of a final application and declared that a 2014 State Department environmental study satisfies required reviews under environmental and endangered species laws. Environmental groups promised a legal challenge, arguing a new application requires a new review.WILL PROTESTERS RETURN?Opposition to Dakota Access resulted in hundreds and sometimes thousands of people camping on federal land along the pipeline route in North Dakota. The area since August has been the site of numerous, sometimes violent clashes between protesters and police, with nearly 625 arrests.The camp has dwindled to fewer than 300 people after the Tribal Council recently told protesters to leave due to harsh winter weather and the need to get the area cleaned up before spring flooding.Trump’s action could re-ignite protests, but “to what degree, we don’t know,” said Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network, which had been one of the main camp organizers before heeding the tribe’s call to leave last month. That group and other organizers have since called on Dakota Access opponents to spread out around the country rather than concentrate in southern North Dakota.Aaron Dorn, 32, from Utica, New York, said he has no plans to leave the camp.“I’m glad Trump got elected — it wakes people up to government-controlled capitalism,” he said.Keystone XL sparked several big protests across the country, including some at the White House that ended with hundreds of arrests, as well as an encampment on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation that lasted for several months in 2014.Jane Kleeb, founder and president of the Nebraska-based Bold Alliance, which fought Keystone XL, said the renewed fight to stop Keystone XL will take place on several fronts. The route still needs approval from the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which she said normally takes eight months to a year. Keystone’s developers can’t use eminent domain to acquire the land they need until the PSC approves the route, she said, and affected farmers and ranchers have already dug in against it. She said that will mean more fights in court — and more protests on the land.“You’ll see tepees, you’ll see tractors,” Kleeb said. “You’ll see lots of people who are directly at risk, then all of our allies who support us. … Now everybody’s awareness level is a hundred times more because of Dakota Access.”WHAT DO THE DEVELOPERS SAY?Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s action. But a recent court filing indicates the company is ready to drill under Lake Oahe if it gets permission from the Corps. The company has entry and exit holes drilled on either side and has already put oil in the pipeline leading up to the lake in anticipation of finishing the project.Keystone XL developer TransCanada said it will take up Trump on his invitation to reapply for a permit.___Associated Press writers Matthew Daly and Ken Thomas contributed to this story from Washington. AP writer Steve Karnowski contributed from Minneapolis. Firewood is stacked up at a protest encampment along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an executive action to advance construction of the pipeline, which opponents believe threatens drinking water and cultural sites. The pipeline developer disputes that. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) by Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2017 11:24 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email What’s next for the Dakota Access, Keystone XL pipelines? read more

Quarterbacks shine through cloudy skies as Gray defeats Scarlet in Spring Game

The last time Ohio State took the field at The Horseshoe, a Rose Bowl berth was on the line.Much less was at stake Saturday when the Gray team defeated the Scarlet team 17-14 in the annual Spring Game.Taurian Washington accounted for both of the Gray team’s touchdowns, as quarterback Kenny Guiton connected with the receiver on a 45-yard game-winning strike with 55 seconds remaining.“I just had to go to my moneymaker,” Guiton said about hooking up with Washington. “He got me first half, so I thought if I tried him a few times in the second half, he was going to come through again and he did.”The Scarlet team had one final chance at tying the game, but Devin Barclay’s 56-yard field goal attempt fell short.Both offenses showed sparks early and late, with little in between.After the Scarlet team failed to move the chains on its first drive, Guiton found Washington for a 28-yard score on the Gray team’s opening possession. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor answered right back with a swift, four-play drive that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown to Dane Sanzenbacher to even the score at 7-7.That score held until the fourth quarter, when freshman Drew Basil kicked a 47-yard field goal to put the Gray team ahead.Joe Bauserman, in relief of Pryor, marched the Scarlet team down the field with a 70-yard drive. Running back Bo DeLande capped off the series with a 4-yard touchdown, propelling the Scarlet team to a 14-10 advantage.Pryor only played the first quarter as he continues his recovery from February knee surgery. After a sluggish start, he finished 8-for-12 for 108 yards and a touchdown.“You have to play the hand that’s dealt to you and he knew that he wasn’t going to play much,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He knew that he couldn’t go live on the run part of it. He focused on what he could do, which was work on his footwork, coverage recognition, decision-making and so forth. I thought he did a pretty fair job.”While the OSU spotlight typically shines on Pryor, Guiton stole it away for the afternoon.The Houston, Texas, native completed 11 of 21 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns while making his case for the No. 2 quarterback job. His main competition, Bauserman, finished just 6-for-15 for 75 yards and tossed a pair of interceptions.[Guiton] “looked awesome,” lineman Jack Mewhort said. “He’s a great quarterback. I watched his high school film before he even came here and knew he would be amazing on the field someday. I don’t think anyone gave him enough credit and he proved himself out there today.”Guiton, who didn’t see the field as a freshman, shrugged off the battle to back up Pryor.“There are no hard feelings between me and Joe,” he said. “We know it’s just competition and nothing personal.”On the Gray team’s final possession, Guiton took a helmet to the knee. After being attended to, he walked off the field and said after the game that the pain he initially felt had subsided.Tressel said he is pleased with the depth that the healthy competition at quarterback provides.“Under the gun, we tried to get those two to throw it as many times as they could,” Tressel said. “If you go back and look at each of those performances, [you’ll] see that they each did some good things.“We really felt going into the last week of spring practice that we weren’t sure as if our depth had progressed as much as we’d like it to. … You need to have a deep team to have a chance at the championship.”Last season, more than 95,000 fans flocked to Ohio Stadium on a sweltering April afternoon to watch the scrimmage. But with gray skies and intermittent drizzle, only 65,223 people showed up to watch the team’s final tune-up until the summer.OSU opens the 2010 regular season with a Thursday night matchup against Marshall, the team’s first midweek night game since 1997. read more

Gary Oldman did not sleep or eat to keep Winston Churchill transformation

first_imgGary Oldman Each was so delicate that it lasted for just ten days before it had to be replaced by a successor, the team, which also included prosthetic make-up supervisor David Malinowski and prosthetic hair and make up artist Lucy Sibbick, revealed. Mr Tsuji said: “The base we used English lace, which is the finest lace you can get, and it’s constructed on Gary’s head shape. The hair was baby European hair mixed with angora. “It was a final decision to get that wig from LA, so after we did the film test, as they start to shoot, I cut and dress the wig, and ship it to London, where Lucy matches it to the other wigs. Without prosthetics the veteran actor bears little resemblance to the former prime minister, making the transformation job even tougher.  “We made a total of five, because they’d only last 10 days because the lace is so fine and after 10 days we cannot use it any more.”Oldman spent four hours each morning being transformed into the wartime prime minister, and went to extreme lengths to ensure that the make-up and prosthetics remained intact, the team added.  Oldman was transformed into the wartime prime ministerCredit:Jack English/Focus Features Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill Oldman was unrecognisable from his usual self in the role of ChurchillCredit:Chris Pizzello /AP  Gary Oldman’s remarkable transformation into Winston Churchill has earned Darkest Hour numerous award nominations.  But it seems the actor also deserves some credit for his dedication to preserving his make-up and prosthetics through gruelling hours of filming. Oldman did not sleep and barely ate on set in order to keep the make-up looking good as new, the team, who are nominated for an award for their work to transform the actor, has revealed. Top make-up and hair designer Kazuhiro Tsuji, who masterminded Oldman’s transformation, described details of the painstaking process at a Q&A session on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s Bafta awards. Five $8,000 state-of-the-art wigs were made in LA and shipped over to London for the actor to wear.  Mr Tsuji said that Oldman’s face shape was oval, while Mr Churchill’s was rounder, requiring the team to create an optical illusion by bringing his neck forward and chin up using prosthetics.Earlier hair and make-up designer Ivana Primorac spoke about the difficulty of finding a whole cabinet of actors who resembled their historical counterparts.“At one point I said to Joe Wright, what cast number do we stop insisting that we try and make the characters look like the real people? “There were certain characters which we paid great attention to, they’re not in the film very much but we just really wanted to make them look period, and to make them look like the person so we could help them become that character. “Some of the politicians we’d never even heard of, who were in the cabinet, we thought well actually we should pay attention to those, but it was really to help the actors perform.”The film has been nominated for a total of nine BAFTA awards, with Oldman up for the best actor award, and the hair and make-up and costume design teams also nominated. The EE British Academy Film Awards is broadcast on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 18th February. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds working in film, games and television, visit:www.bafta.org/guru “He’s so respectful of our craft, he would sit still in the chair for four hours,” said Mr Malinowski. “He wouldn’t sleep in the trailer – lots of people they fall asleep and there’s either the impression of their iPhone on their face, or a pillow, you know, you get red lines, all sorts of stuff. But Gary didn’t want to sleep. “He didn’t eat and if he did he would just have really small bits of food. So a lot of it is down to Gary, it’s not just us looking after it, it’s him looking after it for us.”He also wore the full costume on rehearsal days, the team added. Oldman, 59, has previously talked about the lengthy process of transforming him into Churchill for the Oscar-nominated film, which involved a 1.45am pickup and several hours in the make-up chair.  Oldman started at 1.45am to get made-up as the politicianCredit:Jack English /Focus Features 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.last_img read more

Fiveyearold becomes Britains youngest certified beekeeper

A five-year-old who keeps an impressive colony of 60,000 bees has become Britain’s youngest certified beekeeper.Little Archie Cridland, from Guildford, Surrey, was stung by a bee aged two, but was not put off.After submitting a portfolio of three months’ work, and a diary, to an external examiner, Archie picked up his British Beekeeping Association’s Junior Certificate in Apiculture qualification last month.Explaining his passion, he said: “They’re important because the pollinate. They pollinate our trees, food and crops.”Archie makes 60 jars of honey a year from his bees, some of which are enjoyed by his family, and some of which are sold.When asked his favourite thing about bees, he said: “We do microscopy and I like to look at bees close up under the microscope.The youngster is now working towards his next bee-keeping qualification – but needs to improve his reading and writing before his next exam.   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

Social worker suspended after telling female colleague I like a nice set

“She said he asked to speak to her [in May 2017] and suggested they go into the first aid room at the office.”He spoke to her about watching pornography of women of her size, saying that it turned him on and he had been having a good time.”Colleague A was embarrassed and raised her hands to indicate that he should stop talking like that.”He then took a step towards her and put one hand on her bottom and the other hand on her right breast. She felt intimidated because he is a large man and this took place in a small room.”This was clearly conduct that was inappropriate and sexual in its nature.”Colleague A said that on 5 June 2017, Robertson asked to speak to her and led her into a side meeting room in the office.”She said Robertson then started speaking to her about pornography. He put his hand down her top and touched the top of her right breast, and told her ‘they didn’t disappoint’.”She told the Panel she looked down to make sure that her clothing was in order and noticed that he was aroused. This conduct was clearly inappropriate and sexual in its nature. A social worker has been suspended after he groped a junior colleague and told her he liked a “good pair of baps” as he squeezed a pack of bread rolls in front of her.”Flirtatious”Robert Robertson developed an ‘attachment’ to the woman, taking her to a small first aid room in their office and “touching her breast and backside inappropriately”.A disciplinary hearing was told had mentioned enjoying porn featuring women “of [his colleague’s] size” and made the “bad taste joke” about liking baps when looking through some food shopping the woman had bought.It was heard he also got ‘aroused’ in another incident, when he touched he breast again and told her they “didn’t disappoint'”.Suspending Robertson for 12 months, a disciplinary panel said his sexual misconduct was “too serious” to ignore.The Health and Care Professions tribunal, in Kennington, London, heard Robertson had been a social worker for more than three decades and was a senior manager at Kent County Council when he groped his female colleague, referred to as Colleague A.A report of the hearing said: “In June 2017, Colleague A, made a complaint regarding Robertson’s conduct towards her. She alleged that something had happened with him and alluded to this being sexual. 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. “On about 6 June 2017, Colleague A returned to the office from shopping at Asda with a packet of bread rolls.”She told the panel Robertson asked what she was cooking for his dinner, then he squeezed the packet of bread rolls she was holding and remarked, ‘I like a good pair of baps’.”Robertson accepted making a comment about baps, but he maintained that it was a silly joke in bad taste.”The disciplinary panel heard Robertson had also propositioned the woman a month earlier, asking if he could book a hotel room for them both to go to.Another female member of staff at Kent County Council gave evidence to the panel, telling them Robertson was often flirtatious.The disciplinary panel found Robertson had acted in a sexually inappropriate manner while working as a senior member of staff and suspended him for 12 months. read more

Totally legit dentist trying to clone John Lennon using his teeth

first_imgPerhaps adding more fuel to the comparison between the Beatles and Jesus, dentist Michael Zuk aims to clone John Lennon using one of Lennon’s own teeth, thus resurrecting the Beatles legend similar to how a certain savior was also resurrected.Zuk has teamed up with scientists in order to decode John Lennon’s DNA from one of his teeth, stating that if scientists think they can clone Mammoths from DNA, then John Lennon could be next. A couple of years ago, Zuk actually purchased one of Lennon’s teeth — in what was apparently a creepy item auction — for the grand sum of $30,000. Zuk has not yet revealed details regarding the plan to resurrect Lennon, but his enthusiasm does appear to make this endeavor a real thing that is happening in real life.While the tooth was still inside a live John Lennon’s mouth, it was rotting and pulled. He gave the tooth to his housekeeper back in the 1960s. From there, it lived a wondrous life for something that usually goes into the garbage: it traveled the UK on a cancer awareness tour, and made an appearance in various other charity events.Whether or not Michaek Zuk will be able to resurrect John Lennon from the dead and in a form mostly dissimilar to a zombie — and subsequently resurrect screaming fangirls from around the world — remains to be seen. However, it’s great to know that someone out there is trying to sequence dead musicians’ DNA. Check out the webpage dedicated to the project for more information.last_img read more

The Irish For Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum

first_img Share106 Tweet Email4 https://jrnl.ie/4619175 Darach Ó Séaghdha The Irish For: Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum and the orcs in the Lord of the Rings? J. R. R. Tolkien once tried to learn Irish in Galway but he dismissed the language as suffering from “fundamental unreason,” writes Darach Ó Séaghdha. 23 Comments 28,706 Views Sunday 5 May 2019, 8:30 AMcenter_img By Darach Ó Séaghdha May 5th 2019, 8:31 AM This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.THIS FRIDAY SAW the release of Tolkien – a biopic about the celebrated South African-born fantasy author.Tolkien’s books are more popular than ever and his influence spreads beyond fantasy literature into music (the quieter moments of Led Zeppelin), gaming (Dungeons and Dragons, enjoying a spike in popularity right now) tattoos and calligraphy (those cool runes and elf fonts) and “conlangs” – fictional languages like Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi – all inspired by his painstaking efforts in creating the Elvish tongues.It is perhaps the latter sphere that would have been closest to Tolkien’s own heart; while it is unlikely that he had tattoos or enjoyed ‘70s prog rock, I have it on good authority that he was a professor of English and worked at the Oxford English Dictionary exactly one hundred years ago.During a time when the Irish language foclóir owed its existence mostly to the obsessive efforts of a single overworked priest, the OED was sufficiently flaithiúlach to have whole teams devoted to each letter of the alphabet.Tolkien’s bailiwick a letter which did not feature in Irish at the time – the weird and wonderful letter W.Tolkien contributed to the entries for walrus, warlock and wampum, and although definitions are regularly updated to reflect current use, his definition for walnut “the large wrinkled edible seed of a deciduous tree, consisting of two halves contained within a hard shell which is enclosed in a green fruit” has been left untouched.The Irish name for walnut, gallchnó, literally means foreign nut – this is also the literal meaning of walh-hnutu the English term’s Germanic root which Tolkien identified.Perhaps it was Tolkien’s loyalty to the letter W that fuelled his notorious dislike of the Irish language and his preference for Welsh.During the 1950s, he frequently visited University College Galway as an external examiner and famously remarked that, after having a stab at learning it, he considered Gaeilge to be “a mushy language” suffering from “fundamental unreason”.These remarks need to be put in context, however.Tolkien’s professional activities in Galway would have coincided with the preparation of Tomás De Bhaldraithe’s 1959 English-Irish Dictionary – a work which controversially adapted Roman lettering included hitherto banned letters (JKQVWXYZ), discarded the ponc séimhithe and also simplified the spellings of many words.Studying – or even just observing – Irish during this period of renovation, when old and new spelling conventions coexisted and were being used interchangeably, must have been frustrating.Having Welsh, which wasn’t going through such changes, as a point of comparison may have made Irish look relatively untidy to an outsider.Nonetheless, the fact that Tolkien had some familiarity with Gaeilge has tempted some readers into attributing Irish origins to certain terms in his books.One theory offered is that Gollum’s name derives from Poulnagollum in Clare (Poll na gColm, Colm’s hole or cave), the longest cave in Ireland.Another is that the name for the ring in the Black Speech is nazg, sounding awfully similar to nasc (a ring or link) in Irish.A third is orc, listed in Bishop O’Brien’s dictionary as a piglet or a prince’s son.When considering whether these purported origins have any merit, it’s important to point out that their claim for authenticity is based on a coincidence of sounds rather than an analysis of Tolkien’s own extensive notes.Because of this, some pedants will dismiss them out of hand and ridicule those who suggest them. But I’m reluctant to do so.While I would not present them as proofs, there is something magical in these linguistic serendipities, and their existence has positively informed decisions in the translation of Tolkien’s work into Irish, such as An Hobad, nó Anonn Agus ar Ais Arís in 2012.Sometimes wonderful things are discovered when you wander through language.As the man himself said, not all those who wander are lost.Darach’s new book Craic Baby is the follow-up to his acclaimed Motherfoclóir and is out now under the Head of Zeus imprint.He runs @theirishfor Twitter account and the @motherfocloir podcast. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Scholarship to honor memory of Bill Ganley

first_imgBattle Ground – Battle Ground High School alumni established a scholarship fund in honor of Bill Ganley, who died after a yearslong battle with cancer late last month.Ganley was a longtime Battle Ground and Summit View High School teacher and a Battle Ground City Councilor.In honor of his service, scholarships will be awarded to Battle Ground High School and Summit View High School seniors who wish to become educators or public servants, according to a news release.The alumni are working to raise $50,000 to fund two $1,000 annual scholarships. Funds raised beyond that will support local fire and emergency services, as well as local community programs.Tax-deductible donations can be made to:Battle Ground Education FoundationP.O. Box 2574, Battle Ground, WA 98604Donations can also be made online at bgef.org/donate. Please note “Bill Ganley Scholarship” on donations.last_img read more

There is no chance of finding Sala alive says rescuer

first_imgJohn Fitzgerald, director of operations of Channel Airline Airsearch, says the small plane where the Argentinean was traveling might have sunk in less than three minutes.After it was publicly known that a small plane carrying two people disappeared in the English Channel, authorities started looking for survivors.On the plane, Argentinean footballer and recent Cardiff City signing Emiliano Sala was traveling together with the pilot of the aircraft.“If they really are in the water, I would say there is no chance of finding them alive,” said Fitzgerald to Vía País in Argentina.“The other day I went swimming (on the English Channel) and only lasted for three minutes.”“It is very cold in these waters; one person could stay there an hour at the most. I do not think they have landed on land because air traffic would have been informed,” he explained.Sala recently signed for Cardiff City in the English Premier League, after he spent four years with French Ligue A club Nantes.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“I was especially cold. In the first part of the investigation last night, the visibility was good, but we had to deal with the freezing rain that fell around 23.30,” Fitzgerald added.“As the investigation progressed, the cloud ceiling dropped and we had to stop the investigation.”“What we’re looking for first is the device’s black box. If the plane really crashed into the sea but remained in one piece, then you have to pay attention to the traces of oil that come to the surface,” he continued.“If it broke in flight, which can not be ruled out, for one reason or another, then we will find debris on the surface. But an airplane of this size that hits the water sinks in two or three minutes.”La Direction et l’ensemble du Club gardent espoir et c’est toute la famille du FC Nantes qui prie pour qu’@EmilianoSala1 et les autres passagers de l’avion soient enfin retrouvés sains et saufs.#PrayForSala https://t.co/i6POQinWLi— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 22, 2019last_img read more

Soybean Rust Education Meetings Coming to a Town Near You

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) will kick off a series of seven one-day Soybean Rust Education meetings around the country on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The meetings will help farmers from across the United States be better informed about soybean rust and better prepared to deal with its eventual spread to the U.S. Without early detection and proper fungicide applications, soybean rust can cause yield losses of up to 80 percent, depending on the plant’s growth state at infection.ASA’s Soybean Rust Education meeting dates are as follows:July 21, 2004 – Raleigh, North Carolina (Holiday Inn Brownstone)July 22, 2004 – Plain City, Ohio (Der Dutchman Restaurant)July 23, 2004 – Memphis, Tennessee (Agricenter International)July 27, 2004 – Indianapolis, Indiana (Holiday Inn Airport)July 28, 2004 – Fremont, Nebraska (Holiday Inn Fremont)July 29, 2004 – Moline, Illinois (Holiday Inn Moline Airport)July 30, 2004 – North Mankato, Minnesota (Best Western Hotel and Restaurant)During the meetings, experts will talk about the approval status and registration of fungicide products to combat the disease in the U.S., discuss fungicide application techniques and equipment, and present identification and detection methods for soybean rust. Certified crop advisors will receive CEU credits for attending the meetings.Registration for the meetings is free to current ASA members. A registration fee of $30.00 will be charged to non-members, which can be applied toward association membership. Go to www.Soygrowers.com/rust to view the program agenda or to register in advance to attend one of the meetings. You may also contact ASA toll-free at 800/688-7692 for additional information.ASA’s Soybean Rust Education series is conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is sponsored by BASF Corporation, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, John Deere, Sipcam Agro USA and Syngenta Crop Protection.last_img read more

MonteCarlo boss says SBMGalaxy partnership would exceed government problem gambling expectations

first_img Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch The Chairman and CEO of Monaco casino operator Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), Jean-Luc Biamonti, says his company would go above and beyond any official government regulations aimed at reducing problem gambling should it be awarded one of three Japan IR licenses to be issued upon passage of the country’s IR Implementation Bill.Speaking at a press conference alongside Japan IR partner Galaxy Entertainment Group, Biamonti said that the SBM-Galaxy consortia would implement its own rules in addition to government-enforced regulations in order to minimize harm. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More RelatedPosts Galaxy boss Francis Lui pleased by Yokohama’s IR bid “In addition to government rules, we will add to these rules to ensure there is no problem – we will be very protective of the people,” he said, pointing to SBM’s efforts in Monaco as an example.“The Monaco government owns 63% of SBM and we adapt to their rules but even so, in addition to that set of rules, you also have your own judgement. We can exclude anyone from the casino and we don’t have to give a reason. If we see a problem we take action.”Biamonti said that, in his experience, mass market players were generally more likely to find themselves with a gambling problem but added he was more than willing to step in anywhere he was needed.“Only recently we had a big VIP customer who was losing a lot of money and was getting very upset, asking for more credit and I had to step in and calm him down to make him see reason,” Biamonti said. “I think that is very important, to look after people’s best interests no matter who they are.”The SBM boss also referenced his company’s strong track record in promoting and investing in tourism initiatives as evidence of the benefits it can bring to Japan. In particular he cited the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 tennis tournament and the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix as events that wouldn’t be possible without SBM’s financial input.“We are obliged to activate the principality,” Biamonti said.“The tennis center (at Monte-Carlo Country Club) lost money for a long time but we have always considered it to be an important part of the city.“The Formula 1 Grand Prix actually loses money every year. Not everyone knows that but it does lose money and SBM pays the difference.“We see ourselves bring that same sort understanding to Japan so we can contribute to the local communities in which we operate.”last_img read more

Taiwan takes India to WTO over duties on USB drives

first_imgTaiwan has launched a dispute at the World Trade Organisation to challenge India’s duties on Taiwanese shipments of USB flash drives, the WTO said on Friday.India imposed anti-dumping duties on May 22, but Taiwan is disputing both the imposition of the levies and the way India justified their imposition, the WTO said.India has 60 days to resolve the dispute, or Taiwan could ask the world trade body to adjudicate.last_img

Polands president signs Holocaust bill

first_imgPoland`s President Andrzej Duda gives a press conference on 6 February 2018 in Warsaw to announces that he will sign into law a controversial Holocaust bill which has sparked tensions with Israel, the US and Ukraine. Photo: AFPPresident Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law a controversial Holocaust bill intended to safeguard Poland’s image abroad but which has instead triggered an unprecedented diplomatic row with Israel and tensions with the US and Ukraine.Duda also said he would send the legislation, which now comes into force, to the Constitutional Tribunal to rule on whether it conforms with guarantees for freedom of speech.The law sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone ascribing “responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich — or other crimes against humanity and war crimes.”The main aim is to prevent people from erroneously describing Nazi German death camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau as Polish, simply due to their geographical location.Israel has expressed deep concerns that the legislation could open the door to prosecuting Holocaust survivors for their testimony should it concern the involvement of individual Poles for allegedly killing or giving up Jews to the Germans.But Duda and other Polish leaders insist the law does not limit freedom of speech on Holocaust issues that are based in historical fact.”I have decided to sign the law but also to send it to the Constitutional Tribunal,” Duda told reporters in Warsaw on Tuesday.He said the decision “preserves the interests of Poland, our dignity and the historical truth” and also “takes into account the sensitivity of those for whom the question of historical memory of the Holocaust remains exceptionally important”.Israel said Tuesday it still hoped that “we will manage to agree on changes and corrections,” adding that it “continues to communicate with the Polish authorities.”Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared last week Israel had “no tolerance for the distortion of the truth and rewriting history or denying the Holocaust.”Analysts say the legislation has isolated Poland from Israel, a key ally of the United States and neighbouring Ukraine.On Tuesday US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was “disappointed” that President Duda had signed the controversial bill.Tillerson referred to Poland as “our strong ally,” and acknowledged that terms like “Polish death camps” were “painful and misleading.”But he said fundamental freedoms must be protected in combating historical inaccuracies.The US State Department warned last week that the bill could have “repercussions” on “Poland’s strategic interests and relationships”.According to Polish security analyst Grzegorz Kostrzewa-Zorbas the statement was the “strongest” made by the US toward Poland since the Cold War.He told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily the tensions could potentially affect Warsaw’s talks with the US on an unprecedented multi-billion dollar defence purchase of a US-made Patriot anti-missile defence system.Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has described the tensions as a “temporary weakening of relations with Israel and the USA” but added that he hoped for an improvement soon after Poland explained its position.Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Monday that Poland was open to amending the law but insisted that Israel’s criticism was “due to a misunderstanding” and “over-interpretation”.Jewish organisations from across the globe have also expressed deep concern.European Jewish Association Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin said in a statement Tuesday his organisation would challenge what he described as the “flawed” law in Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal.”It seems inconceivable that an EU member state can be permitted to whitewash history by imposing draconian legislation that can imprison people for holding an alternative view on what happened during Europe’s darkest days,” Margolin added.Ukraine has also slammed the law with President Petro Poroshenko protesting against “absolutely biased and categorically unacceptable” articles that allow for the prosecution of anyone denying the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists committed between 1925 and 1950.Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said “there is not the slightest doubt about who is responsible for the extermination camps, who made them work to kill millions of European Jews: namely the Germans.”It was our country that organised these mass murders and no one else. The existence of certain collaborators does not change anything,” Gabriel said.”Poland can be certain that any distortion of history such as the notion of ‘Polish concentration camps’ will be clearly rejected and firmly condemned.”last_img

Putin opens Russia bridge link with Crimea

first_imgRussian president Vladimir Putin (R, front) drives a Kamaz truck during a ceremony opening a bridge, which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula across the Kerch Strait, on 15 May 2018. Photo: ReutersRussian president Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.Putin, at the wheel of an orange heavy KAMAZ dump-truck, drove 19 km (12 miles) across the bridge from the Kerch Strait. Some Russians are calling it “Putin’s bridge”, designed to link Crimea into Russia’s transport network.At a ceremony broadcast live on state TV, Putin, dressed in blue jeans, was met by cheering workers on the Crimean side after driving the truck in a convoy of vehicles.“At last, thanks to your talent, this project, this miracle, has happened,” Putin told the workers.In Kiev, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said: “The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin’s disregard for international law.“It is particularly cynical that its opening is happening on the eve of the latest anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean-Tatar people by the Stalin regime.”Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West. Many in Russia saw the move as restoring Moscow’s rule over a historically Russian region.Built at a cost of 223 billion roubles ($3.60 billion), the bridge will be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe. The Kremlin said it would be opened to cars on Wednesday and the rail section was due to be completed at the end of 2019.“Putin initiated this project himself. Many didn’t believe these plans were possible,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony.“This is an extremely important day from this point of view and in a practical sense and in symbolic terms.”The road stretch of the bridge was due to be completed by the end of 2018, but the opening was brought forward at Putin’s request.Putin inspected the bridge in March ahead of the presidential election he won by a landslide, saying it was important to have the link to the Black Sea peninsula open for the summer tourist season.The opening ceremony drew criticism from the West.A vehicle drives along a bridge, which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the Crimean Peninsula across the Kerch Strait, on 15 May 2018. Photo: Reuters“France condemns the construction by Russia of the Kerch Bridge, which deprives Ukraine of full access and the use of its internationally recognised territorial waters,” a French foreign ministry spokeswoman said.US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert in a statement on Tuesday said the “bridge serves as a reminder of Russia’s ongoing willingness to flout international law” and said it was an attempt by Russia “to solidify its unlawful seizure and its occupation of Crimea” and impede navigation of the Kerch Strait.The spokesperson of the European External Action Service said in a statement on Tuesday the bridge was “another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”“The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia and will not recognise this violation of international law,” the spokesperson said.last_img read more