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Real out to break holders’ jinx in 60th European Cup

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandIt was Alex Ferguson who once noted famously that watching the World Cup was as excruciating as visiting the dentist while offering the counterpoint that the Champions League was much more fun, quite the best competition in football.To be fair, the old Manchester United manager did make this observation long before the exhilarating 2014 edition of the World Cup restored most football folk’s faith in the sport’s premier event.So now it is time for UEFA’s ever more unstoppable juggernaut of an event to re-establish its bragging rights as the 60th edition of the European Cup competition – and the 23rd in its Champions League guise – kicks off this week with its first set of group matches on the long road to a climax at Berlin’s Olympiastadion next June.The Champions League’s paymasters can ask again who cares about the World Cup when hundreds of millions are able to see Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and company strut the dandiest stages of European club football week in, week out over the next 10 months?The competition, which was worth 57.4 million euros in prize money to last season’s champions, has mushroomed into an unrecognisable phenomenon and veritable cash cow from the inaugural 29-game, 16-team tournament of 1955-1956 which made an intriguing bow with no television or sponsorship nor, indeed, sniffy Englishmen.Some things never change, though.Just as the Cup’s first edition in 1956 was won by Real Madrid, so the Spanish aristocrats begin tournament number 60 as holders and warm favourites, even after their underwhelming start to the La Liga campaign.Even without AC Milan and Manchester United, 10-times winners between them, in this year’s draw, there is predictability to what will eventuate.It is no coincidence that the four favourites this season – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chelsea – are also the last four heavyweight winners of the trophy.The last genuine surprise winners? Jose Mourinho’s Porto in 2004, 18 of the last 19 winners having come from one of the continent’s big four leagues – La Liga, Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A. The Champions League is not big on fairytales.Here is another predictable prediction. Carlo Ancelotti can claim that his Real Madrid squad “is stronger than it was last year” – a highly debatable assertion without Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria offering their excellent balance – but they will not defend their title.Why? Modern Champions League lore dictates that the winner never repeats, that the pressure is too much. You have to go back to Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan in 1990, three years before the inaugural Champions League final, to find the last back-to back European champions.More than that, no champions since then have ever been succeeded by a club from their own country.So Barcelona, with their own set of striking Galacticos – Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez – and last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid, still hewn from Diego Simeone’s inspirational one-for-all image, have their work cut out.Yet for Real, surely the pressure of finally landing the fabled 10th crown – La Decima – last season ought to make the idea of winning the not-so-exacting ‘Undecima’ seem a mere trifle?If it happens, Ancelotti would be the first coach ever to win ‘the Cup with the big ears’ four times. Added to his two titles as a player with Milan, it would cement this quiet achiever’s standing as equalling Real Madrid’s Francisco Gento as the most decorated figure in European Cup annals.Gento played in all six of Real Madrid’s European Cup triumphs between 1956 and 1966.MAJOR CASUALTYSurely, as Real prepare to start their defence at the Bernabeu against Basel on Tuesday, President Florentino Perez must believe they can break the Champions League holders’ jinx, especially if Cristiano Ronaldo can maintain his supersonic form of last term, with his record 17 goals in a campaign.Ronaldo himself predicts he is not finished yet, stating: “In terms of individual achievements I’m going to try to break my own records. I know it’s tough, but I’m going to try.”Indeed, it seems a decent bet that this season, both Ronaldo and Messi will shoot past the all-time tournament record of 71, held by Real’s former immaculate marksman, Raul.Traditionalists may pine for the days before the occasionally less than gripping group stages when a big fish could be netted early in a straight knockout competition.Yet there is always room for a major casualty to go tumbling before the end of the year.Bayern Munich and Manchester City, the champions of Germany and England respectively, meet on Wednesday for the third tournament out of four and have to repel both Serie A runners-up AS Roma and Russian champions CSKA Moscow in a highly competitive Group E.A couple of other Anglo-German clashes – Arsenal renewing familiar rivalry at Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea hosting Schalke 04 – may be the pick of the other opening round games.For a bit of romance, though, look no further than Anfield where the returning five-times champions Liverpool will play host to the unsung Bulgarian side Ludogorets and their amazed new celebrity, Cosmin Moti.Defender Moti was the unlikely hero who, pressed into emergency action as substitute goalkeeper in Ludogorets’ qualifying playoff against Steaua Bucharest, scored one and saved two in his side’s victorious shootout.“Everything in football is possible,” said the man who had laughed that Steaua’s penalty takers could not possibly know what he was going to do because he did not know himself.With Ludogorets’ first-choice keeper Vladislav Stoyanov suspended, their coach Georgi Dermendzhiev suggested, perhaps only half in jest, that Moti might end up in goal at Anfield.It would not be just Liverpool’s Kop, who have long believed in Champions League fairytales, but the entire tournament which would adore that.last_img read more

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Johnson wins thrilling Open in playoff

first_img0Shares0000US golfer Zach Johnson poses with the Claret Jug at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 20, 2015. PHOTO/AFPST. ANDREWS, July 21- Zach Johnson won the British Open on Monday, emerging victorious from a gripping four-hole playoff against Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman.It was the 39-year-old American’s second major title win after he triumphed at the 2007 Masters. “It sounds beautiful. It still sounds extremely surreal. The tone to it is very humbling. I feel blessed to be the champion and honoured to be part of the history of this game,” Johnson said.Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, missed getting into the playoff by one shot and thus saw his hopes shattered of becoming just the second player to win the Masters, US and British Opens in the same yearJohnson, Oosthuizen and Leishman all finished with totals of 15-under 273 after Johnson and Leishman had 66s and Oosthuizen a 69.That forced the first British Open playoff since Stewart Cink defeated Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2009 and the first three-way playoff since 1999 when Paul Lawrie triumphed.It was a gripping end to what had been an enthralling day that saw a packed leaderboard go hammer and tongs at grabbing enough birdies to take possession of golf’s most coveted trophy.Played over holes 1, 2, 17 and 18, Oosthuizen and Johnson immediately distanced themselves from Leishman with opening birdies to his bogey.Johnson then went clear with a birdie at the second, but he hit a poor approach to the notorious 17th, the Road Hole, and bogeyed, only for Oosthuizen to miss a four-footer to get back on level terms.It all came down to the famous 18th hole with its historic town centre backdrop, and a par was enough for Johnson with Oosthuizen narrowly missing an eight-footer to force sudden death.“To don my name on that trophy is humbling and surreal,” said Johnson, whose superb wedge-play and putting were key to his win.“It has been a week of patience, courage and trust. I can’t play any better than I did. I just stayed in it, waited for the opportunities and made a few putts.“I don’t like seeing it end on a miss. Louis is a buddy, a friend and a tremendous competitor.”The playoff followed a sensational day of aggressive shot-making under the drenching Scottish rain when it soon became clear from the nature of the early scores that the Open crown would go to the lowest of the low.The three-way overnight lead held by Oosthuizen, Justin Day and Irish amateur Paul Dunne was immediately shattered when the understandably nervy Irishman bogeyed the first two holes from which he never recovered.Johnson and Adam Scott came charging out of the pack as the rain showers came and went, but the packed leaderboard was as fickle as the weather, and predicting who would emerge triumphant at the end of the day was nigh-on impossible.Spieth was well in the hunt, but a double-bogey at the par-three eighth had him chucking his ball away in anger.Others fell away too as they failed to keep up in the unrelenting birdie stakes and it all came down to a dogfight down the back nine with the punishing six last holes holding the key to victory.Leishman pushed his nose in front with six holes of his round to play and he made a drive for glory only to lose his outright lead by missing a four-footer at the 16th.Johnson sunk a snaking, downhill 20-footer for birdie at the last to get to 15 under and it was up to Leishman, Spieth, Day and Oosthuizen coming up behind him to match or better his score.Spieth came to grief with a bogey at the 17th as his Triple Crown dream died, but Leishman held firm at 15 under and they were joined in the playoff by Oosthuizen, who sunk a six-footer at the last for a birdie.South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen reacts after he misses his birdie putt on the 18th green to hand victory to Zach Johnson in the playoff of the Open Championship at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 20, 2015. PHOTO/AFP0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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B.C. climate change plan aims to build economy around renewable energy

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia government has introduced a strategy to shift away from fossil fuels and build the provincial economy around reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also leaves portions of the plan to be determined.Premier John Horgan said Wednesday the plan called CleanBC will rely on cutting emissions from buildings, industries, vehicles and organic waste while boosting the carbon tax and the production of clean hydroelectricity.The plan will move the province to a low-carbon future, said Horgan, who introduced the plan with Green Leader Andrew Weaver.- Advertisement -“We want to make shifts: shifts in our homes, shifts in our vehicles, shifts in our industry to move away from burning fossil fuels and towards a cleaner, greener approach using British Columbia’s abundant electricity and other abundant opportunities that are now emerging and will emerge into the future,” the premier said.The climate-change plan will require all new buildings to be net-zero energy ready by 2032, meaning they could generate enough on-site energy to power their own functions.The government says new buildings will be 80 percent more efficient by then compared with homes built now.Advertisement The plan also includes diverting 95 percent of organic waste from landfills and converting it to other products.By 2030, 30 percent of all sales of new light-duty cars and trucks are expected to be zero-emission vehicles, rising to 100 percent by 2040.The plan also includes phasing in more renewable fuels to consumer gas products by ramping up new production of 650 million litres of renewable gasoline and diesel by 2030 and increasing the low carbon fuel standard by 20 percent. That means gas at the pump could include a mix of biofuels and other cleaner fuel products, one official said.Horgan said the challenges of climate change mean people must move away from burning fossil fuels.Advertisement The plan says one of the conditions for liquefied natural gas development is that it fits in the climate commitments, noting that the LNG Canada project could add to 3.45 megatonnes of carbon emissions to the province’s total.“More reductions from LNG’s climate impact will be achieved through investments in electrification of upstream oil and gas production so extraction and processing are powered by electricity, instead of burning fossil fuels,” it says.Weaver’s party has an agreement that supports the province’s minority NDP government and he shared the stage with Horgan in making the announcement.“I look forward to working with government, business and other stakeholders to action this plan, so that British Columbians can count on a bright future where all our communities enjoy a thriving economy and a high quality of life for generations to come,” he said in a news release issued by the provincial government.Horgan’s government already boosted the carbon tax in this year’s budget to $35 per tonne and will increase that by $5 a year until 2021. As the price rises, CleanBC will offer tax reduction incentives to further reduce emissions, and a carbon tax exemption for any company that proves it’s the cleanest in its sector globally.Advertisement “Every year, we’re seeing the unprecedented wildfires and floods that hurt so many people, communities and businesses,” he said in a statement. “We need to begin changing how we live, work and commute to put B.C. on a cleaner, more sustainable path.”The cost of the plan will be outlined in next year’s budget, Horgan said, and officials said it will be fully funded.The government has said the climate plan will be designed to meet legislated targets, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, 60 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050.Overall, the plan aims to reduce the province’s dependency on fossil fuels by more than 20 per cent and increase its dependence on clean energy by 60 per cent by 2050.When LNG Canada said in October it was proceeding with its plan to operate a $40 billion export terminal at Kitimat, Horgan said the government would still meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.Advertisement The switch to cleaner energy means increased biofuel consumption and a shift to hydro-generated electricity.The government’s plan says by 2030, its new policies would require an additional 4,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity over the current demand.“This is equivalent to increasing BC Hydro’s current system-wide capacity by about eight per cent, or about the demand of the city of Vancouver,” the plan says.The added demand up to 2030 can be met by existing and planned projects, however, it will require new energy sources that could range from geothermal to wind power beyond that date.Auditor general Carol Bellringer released a report on Wednesday that said Hydro’s generating facilities are running at near capacity and some of them are more than 85 years old. Her audit didn’t cover the $10.7 billion Site C dam project, which is under construction on the Peace River in northeast B.C. and not slated for completion until 2024.How the province will achieve one quarter of its emission reductions is still unclear. The government says the initiatives laid out in the plan combine to reduce the province’s emissions by 18.9 megatonnes, getting it 75 percent of the way toward its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent of 2007 levels.Strategies for achieving the remaining 6.1 megatonnes in reductions will be identified within the next two years, officials said.Some environmental groups backed parts of the plan but questioned how the future liquefied natural gas industry fits into it.“It’s one of the most important steps we’ve seen in years and yet we believe it doesn’t quite go far enough,” said Caitlyn Vernon, campaigns director with Sierra Club BC.“We’re yet to be convinced how LNG and fracking will fit into this plan, how you square the circle of increasing emissions on one hand while on the other hand working to decrease emissions.”Vernon said she’s looking forward to seeing the complete plan beyond 75 percent. The speed of the plan’s commitments aren’t fast enough to meet what the science says is required to prevent excessive wildfires and other climate change effects, she added.The B.C. Business Council said CleanBC begins to position the province and its businesses as a supplier of choice for international markets seeking lower-carbon intensive energy and commodities.It also said there’s a need for greater understanding of the plan’s cost implications for both employers and individual British Columbians, but the council will work with the government to ensure policy solutions meet economic realities.“By leveraging our low-carbon assets, including renewable hydro electricity, British Columbia can play an outsized role in reducing global climate impacts in high-emission jurisdictions, while building a competitive and innovative economy for British Columbians and reducing emissions here at home,” president and CEO Greg D’Avignon said.last_img read more

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Paul Pogba signing: Man United v Real Madrid – what will decide his destination

first_img Paul Pogba has impressed for France in Euro 2016 Jose Mourinho faced the media on Tuesday for the first time as Manchester United boss and new signings were firmly on the agenda.Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the only two to have officially signed, although Mourinho insisted he had made three signings, with Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to be confirmed this week.The Portuguese said he wanted four signings, and with those three sealed, he and Ed Woodward are turning their attentions to the fourth.Mourinho’s teams have always been built on a strong spine and having already secured a centre back, an attacking midfielder and a striker, a central midfielder is his final piece in the puzzle.That midfielder is expected to be former youth product Paul Pogba for what could be a world-record fee.The Frenchman is expected to leave Juventus this summer amid interest from the Red Devils and Real Madrid, but who are the frontrunners? talkSPORT investigates. 3 3 3 Real Madrid:Why it is likely …Real Madrid seem the obvious choice for Pogba. They are the Champions League holders, the richest club in the world and boast arguably the most talented squad in Europe. Pogba would be the perfect ‘galactico’ signing this summer after a fine Euro 2016 with France. He would slot perfectly into a midfield triumvirate with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and have the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in front of him. There is also the lure of working under one of France’s greatest ever players in Zinedine Zidane.Why it is unlikely …There is also a lot of uncertainty around Madrid. Would they be willing to fork out a world-record transfer after being found guilty of receiving millions of pounds in illegal state funding? Furthermore, with a trigger-happy President like Florentino Perez, there is no guarantee how long Zidane would remain as boss for. If Pogba wants stability as he aims to progress to Ballon d’Or-winning level, MadridManchester United:Why it is likely …The Mourinho factor is a huge lure for prospective transfers with the majority of European players eager to play under such an illustrious manager. Manchester United have an embarrassment of riches and would not hesitate to break the transfer record currently held by Bale or offer wages higher than those earned by Wayne Rooney. Pogba is a former United player and knows the area, as well as speaking the language, and would surely settle quicker in Manchester than in Madrid. Pogba’s star is among the brightest in Europe right now and he would be the main man at United, even ahead of Ibrahimovic, given his age. At Madrid he, like Bale and the others, would have to live in the large shadow cast by Ronaldo. Why it is unlikely …The lack of Champions League football is the reason United have to pay extra in wages and is also the reason Mats Hummels chose Bayern Munich over the Red Devils this summer. If Mourinho is able to persuade Pogba this absence from Europe’s premier competition would only be for a season, then the transfer suddenly becomes very realistic.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger dismisses concerns over Alexis Sanchez after Bournemouth ‘tantrum’

first_img1 Alexis Sanchez in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger has played down Alexis Sanchez’s furious reaction to Arsenal’s draw at Bournemouth by insisting the Chilean’s passion is something he wants to see.The Gunners rescued a point despite falling three goals behind at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday, with Sanchez starting a memorable comeback by netting a diving header before Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud secured a 3-3 draw.The result still saw Arsenal lose ground on some of their Premier League title rivals and Wenger’s men sit fifth in the table having previously been a permanent fixture in the top four since September.Sanchez cut a frustrated figure for much of the game, arguing with Aaron Ramsey during a miserable first half, angrily throwing his gloves to the ground at full-time and storming down the tunnel.Several newspaper reports on Thursday suggested the 28-year-old is moving closer to an exit as a result of his angst in the dressing room after the game. Sanchez has yet to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium amid suggestions he wants parity with the best-paid players in the division.But Wenger was pleased to see the passionate side of the former Barcelona man.Asked about Sanchez’s negative body language, the Frenchman said: “Well, what is surprising there? You want to win the games and when you don’t win, you are unhappy – it is normal.“Without passion, you do not come back after 70 minutes from three goals down in the Premier League.“First of all it is exceptional, it doesn’t often happen in the Premier League and you need a special response, which is what happened.“We wanted to win the game, and we didn’t win the game so we are all frustrated. Of course (he is fine).”last_img read more

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Man United dealt blow as duo want ‘big wage hikes’ to sign new contracts

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Herrera, who has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, reportedly wants the club to double his £120,000-a-week wage, while Mata is hopeful of an increase on his £140,000-a-week pay packet.Herrera has played a significant part in United’s revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mata also playing well when called upon.The duo have been at the club since 2014, playing a combined total of 400 games. Herrera and Mata had been sidelined with hamstring problems after being forced off in last month’s goalless draw with Liverpool, but they both made their injury returns against Wolves last weekend.The Mirror report the pair’s agents are pushing for bumper wages for their clients, something United are not prepared to give them.Herrera’s representatives are believed to be asking for a contract extension that would make the Spaniard one of the top earners at Old Trafford.It has led to a standoff in talks as United’s stars have been demanding bigger salaries due to Alexis Sanchez’s £500,000-a-week wage. Ander Herrera and Juan Mata have been Manchester United team-mates for almost five years Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED gameday cracker REVEALED huge blow BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Manchester United are having trouble tying down Ander Herrera and Juan Mata to new deals.Both players are out of contract this summer and could leave the club for free.center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 1 no dice shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

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40-Year-Old Spencer County Woman Dead in Early Morning Crash

first_imgAn early morning crash Thursday between Jasper and Ferdinand claimed the life of a Spencer County woman and left her husband in critical condition.Police are currently looking for witnesses of the crash, who they believe might have seen someone who was involved.  At 4:30 A.M. this morning, 18-year-old Katherine Wire was driving southbound on State Road 162 less than a mile south of State Road 64.  Investigators believe that Wire had noticed a vehicle suddenly slowing to a stop in front of her, and applied the brakes of her 2003 Ford Explorer. While braking, the Ford pulled to the left and crossed the center line, striking a northbound 1997 Chevrolet Malibu head on. The impact crushed the driver’s side of the Chevrolet prior to the Chevrolet leaving the east side of the roadway.  Wire’s Explorer spun and came to rest in the northbound lane nearly 200 feet south of the point of the crash.The driver of the Chevrolet, 40-year-old Raven Waninger, did not have time to react to the oncoming Ford prior to being struck. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.  Her passenger and husband, David Waninger, was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where he was listed in critical condition.  Wire was also transported to Memorial Hospital for injuries but was later released.  All three occupants were wearing seatbelts.Investigators believe there was a possible witness to the crash that did not speak to officers at the scene.  Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information is asked to contact Sgt. Philip Hensley at the State Police Post in Jasper by calling 812-634-5520.The crash remains under investigation by the State Police.  ISP was assisted at the scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand Police Department, Ferdinand and St. Anthony Fire Departments, Memorial Hospital EMS and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office,last_img read more

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Donegal couple launch charity in honour of baby girl

first_imgMoville couple Brian and Sharon Thompson have begun fundraising for the Victoria Thompson Scholarship to highlight the need for children’s palliative care services in Ireland.The fund was set up in memory of their daughter, Victoria Thompson, who passed away in 2012 – nine months after her birth. Baby Victoria was diagnosed with a rare, painful and terminal condition at five months of age and was cared for by her parents and LauraLynnChildren’s Hospice in her final months.Victoria’s family and community had to fight to find palliative care for her at the time. Training in children’s palliative care is a new speciality, so Sharon and Brian Thompson are aiming to support nurses on this course of study. Ireland’s first dedicated Masters or Post-graduate programme for Children’s Palliative / Complex Care was set up at NUI Galway in 2016. Sharon and Brian had enough funds to provide €1,000 scholarships for two nurses in 2016.“It’s kind of magical that one of them this year is a Donegal nurse,” Sharon said.“I always say there is a magic in the synchronicity of things after Victoria died,” she told Donegal Woman. “Whenever she passed away the whole community rallied around and did fundraising. Different things that have happened along the way have been very special. I always said that ‘If Victoria wants it to happen, it will happen’. One little thing always leads to another.” Brian and Sharon are fundraising to support more nurses this coming year. There is a need for outreach nurses to provide palliative care in all Irish counties. There are approx 3,840 children living with complex life-limiting illnesses. Unfortunately in 2017, there’s a shortage of specialised nurses to care for these children and their families.Victoria’s parents, Sharon and Brian Thompson said “Most parents of terminally ill children find it difficult to get specialised nurses to care for their complexly-ill child at home. The Victoria Memorial Fund will fund education, research and advocacy projects which advance children’s palliative care. Presently, NUIG kindly facilitated our scholarships of excellence to two nurses on their MSc course. www.nuigalway.ie/nursing-midwifery.“Victoria died at exactly nine months old but she showed us the gaps in care for children like her. In her memory, we aim to highlight the care needs of complexly ill children and find ways to advance the care options for terminally ill children. We must acknowledge children need palliative care and provide it nationally.”The Thompsons are currently working to register The Victoria Thompson Scholarship as an official charity. They hope to provide funds for more nursing students in the year to come and have set a target of €2,000 for 2017.“I will not be content until other families can have the basic care they need, that they can come home and feel they have the links to medical staff and know that their child won’t die in pain at home,” Sharon told Donegal Woman.Further information can be found at thevictoriathompsonscholarship.com A wish in memory of a magical baby girlDonegal couple launch charity in honour of baby girl was last modified: January 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charitypallliativevictoria thompsonlast_img read more

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Photo of the day: Hear them roar

first_imgSeven youth wrestlers from Marshfield competed in the WWF Folkstyle State Championships in Madison on March 25 and 26. Pictured in the front row from left are Caleb Dennee, Gabe Pugh, and Hoyt Blaskowski, and in the back row from the left are Brok Carolfi, Ryan Dolezal, and Joey Carolfi. Darrell Smith also participated but is not in the photo.Dennee finished in first place, Dolezal second, Pugh fourth, and Brok Carolfi sixth. (Nikki Dennee photo)last_img

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Three Takeaways From Web 2.0 Expo New York

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#Events Guide#Features#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img bernard lunn This week I attended the Web 2.0 Expo New York, on behalf of ReadWriteWeb. Summing up 4 days of conference with all the amazing conversations is pretty hard. So before the conference, as I was walking to the Javits Center, I decided I wanted to come away with three things:– One big negative impact of the market mayhem on the start-up world.– One big positive impact of the market mayhem on the start-up world.– One trend that seemed to be everywhere.In other words, like Twitter and 37 Signals, I was deliberately reducing, cutting out, eliminating, restricting to ONE thing in each case. So here goes…One big negative impact of the market mayhem on the start-up world – angel investors run for the hills. It’s natural. They have had their personal wealth impacted. They are not diversified like a VC, it is their own money. They have no compulsion to “put money to work”. This is a superb opportunity for VC funds with the courage to step into the breach. But that may not happen, probably won’t happen, so this will almost certainly mean that many fewer start-ups will get funded in the next year or so.One big positive impact of the market mayhem on the start-up world – this is like the Boston area when DEC and Wang imploded. Thousands of really smart people were left without a paycheck. Many of them started great companies. You heard this vividly at the Conference. The phrase “refugee” was common as in “I am Bear Stearns refugee”. And then they went on to pitch their start-up. You cannot possibly say it feels good now, there were some bruised people walking around, but it may well be that we will look back on this moment as the genuine transformational moment in the New York start-up economy. Did I mention that I am an optimist?The one trend that seemed to be everywhere – a focus on near term revenue. There were exceptions, of two types: firstly, the fortunate entrepreneur who had closed a big enough “fund me through the downturn round” and, sadly, a few ostriches with their heads in the sand. The ones I enjoyed meeting were the “true grit entrepreneurs” who had hustled their way to profitability over many years. They will do great. In the last downturn in 2002, one VC remarked to me that they were only interested in two types of venture. One had been started well before the boom – that makes the ideal birth date today in the 2001 to 2003 era, perhaps 2004. The other was something starting up right now as everything was imploding. Everything in the middle was likely to be riddled with overoptimistic assumptions, expectations of instant wealth without effort. That means start-ups born from 2005 to 2007 had better either have enough capital to sustain their burn for a couple of years, or are profitable or very nearly so.Oh and one final takeaway. The food at Javits is awful and expensive. You have to walk a few blocks, but on the corner of 38th and Ninth is a really good Italian restaurant and it’s really not much more expensive than the Javits chow. Cannot remember the name but 3 blocks west on 38th and you are there. How is that for useful advice on ReadWriteWeb? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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