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29
Nov
2019

Harden surpasses 15,000 points as Rockets trip Nets

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Magic stun reeling Cavs as LeBron says he’s staying put 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brooklyn ended the run with a pair of free throws but Paul then was fouled behind the line and made all three. He scored the final basket of the period to make it 96-86 when Nene freed him for a layup with a devastating pick on Caris LeVert, knocking him out of the game.TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon returned after missing 2½ games with low back stiffness, scoring 13 points. … D’Antoni said F Trevor Ariza (left hamstring strain) still had a little way to go before coming back, saying there was no timetable yet for his return.Nets: LeVert was being evaluated for a possible concussion. … Brooklyn remained without starting F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson because of a right groin strain. Quincy Acy, who had been starting in his place, was sidelined with a sprained right middle finger.HELPING HANDSThe Rockets’ star backcourt got plenty of help from Clint Capela (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Green (16 points). Also, the Rockets outscored the Nets by 17 points during Nene’s 14½ minutes on the court.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Miami on Wednesday.Nets: Visit Detroit on Wednesday. Read Next Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — That’s 15,000 points for James Harden, with plenty more to come the way these Houston Rockets can run it up.Harden scored 36 points, reaching a milestone along the way, and the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum View comments Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.“It’s all coaching out there. You saw that, right?” Houston’s Mike D’Antoni said. “Chris Paul, James, you got those two guys, it’s one or the other. It’s unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth teams made 16 3-pointers in an entertaining shootout between D’Antoni’s Rockets and the Nets of Kenny Atkinson, who assisted D’Antoni in New York and has the Nets trying to do some of the things Houston does on offense.But it’s one thing to be like the Rockets and another to beat them. Houston simply went to another gear when Brooklyn took the lead late in the third quarter and never stopped scoring long enough in the fourth to let the Nets get too close. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “In the first half they were making shots. Second half, especially at the end of the third quarter, we had to lock down, get stops and push the lead ahead,” Harden said.DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points for the Nets and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points and nine assists. Brooklyn has lost seven of its last eight.“We never found a solution to stop them, obviously,” Atkinson said. “They made a lot of tough shots.”The Nets had an 84-80 lead when Dinwiddie hit from nearly 10 feet behind the arc with 3:38 remaining in the third. The Rockets charged back with 11 straight points, including two 3-pointers by Gerald Green, to go up 91-84.“We just started getting stops on defense,” Paul said. “All game long it seemed like they were just too comfortable, and they played well. I think you got to give them a lot of credit. They moved the ball well, and then we just locked in defensively, started making some shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

26
Nov
2019

Ali Larter to return to TV

first_imgLos Angeles, Mar 12 (PTI) Actress Ali Larter is looking at a permanent return to TV, as shes landed a lead role in a sports pilot at Fox.The “Heroes” star will play a sports agent in drama “Pitch”, a role which originally went to Elisabeth Shue – who pulled out after creative differences with the character, Deadline reported.The pilot centres on Kylie Bunburys character Ginny, a pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.Mark-Paul Gosselaar also stars in the drama, written by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer.Larter is also known for the “Final Destination” and “Resident Evil” series. She last appeared on TV starring in “Legends” opposite Sean Bean. PTI JCH ARKlast_img read more

26
Nov
2019

South Korea gear up athletes to keep Zika away in Rio

first_imgSouth Korean athletes will make their Rio Olympics entrance covered up in long sleeves and trousers, uniforms its designers say were made to protect them from Zika-carrying mosquitoes.With 100 days to go until the Games start in Rio de Janeiro, South Korea’s Olympic Committee unveiled on Wednesday the uniforms its athletes will be dressed in when they arrive in Brazil and take part in ceremonies.An outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to numerous cases of the microcephaly birth defect in Brazil, has spread in Latin America and the Caribbean, causing panic and leading some athletes to consider whether to attend the Games.Olympic medallists including taekwondo competitor Lee Dae-hoon strutted down a short catwalk in blue jackets and white trousers as well as white and blue and white and brown zip-up tracksuits, designed by fashion brand Bean Pole.”We designed the uniform with long sleeves, long pants and socks so that it protects the entire skin down to the ankles,” Kim Soo-jung, a designer at Bean Pole, said.After the fashion show, Lee added: “The uniforms that used to be short-sleeved ended up with long sleeves because of the zika virus … But (they are) comfortable to wear and move (around) in.”In London, Britain presented a patriotic, lightweight kit its athletes will compete in at the August 5-21 Olympics.British fashion designer Stella McCartney unveiled the gear in the Union Jack’s red, white and blue, alongside Olympic medallists such as Jessica Ennis-Hill and Tom Daley dressed in the sportswear.advertisementThe kit is said to be 10 per cent lighter than the one worn by Team GB at London’s 2012 Olympics, which McCartney also helped design.It features plenty of logos and emblems, including a new British coat of arms designed as “a unifying symbol” for the Olympic and Paralympic teams.The new designs drew some negative reaction.”I’m not a fan of the new Team GB Olympic kit. Too busy,” former heptathlete and Olympic medallist Kelly Sotherton tweeted, adding that she would still be proud to wear it.last_img read more

16
Nov
2019

Jake Hesketh makes Burton Albion history at expense of Middlesbrough

first_img Jake Hesketh happily playing his part in Burton’s Carabao Cup adventure Share on WhatsApp Read more Possession Middlesbrough His Burton counterpart had hoped to visit the statue of his late father, Brian, in nearby Albert Park before kick-off. Clough senior was born and bred in Middlesbrough, courted his wife Barbara in the town’s Rea’s cafe – a business owned by the family of Chris, the singer/song-writer – and rattled in a staggering 204 goals in 222 appearances for Boro before defecting to Sunderland.At a time when his side’s Championship promotion push seems to be stalling and their winless run now extends to five games Pulis could certainly do with a striker even half as prolific.“I can’t quite believe it yet,” said Clough junior, whose half-time switch from 5-4-1 to 4-1-4-1 proved inspired. “It’s one of the stand-out games in this club’s history. It’s absolutely staggering for Burton Albion to get to the semi-finals of a major cup competition. You need luck and we had a bit at times but it’s fantastic, and yeah, it’s always special to win in my dad’s hometown. It’s highly unlikely we’ll get to the final but we’ll enjoy it. The dressing room’s euphoric.”Pulis fielded a strong side here but, although Lewis Wing, Jordan Hugill, Martin Braithwaite and Stewart Downing all missed first-half chances for Boro, Burton started well. Lucas Akins, Clough’s lone striker, showed off some of the fancy footwork acquired during a childhood spent as a star pupil at a Huddersfield dance school before performing ballet and tap on stages across Yorkshire.With Scott Fraser tormenting Dael Fry, Pulis’s right-back, Boro might have fallen behind when Fraser’s delivery prefaced a slick move featuring a clever Akins dummy concluding with Marcus Harness sending a shot curving over the bar. Read more Match stats 19 Downing Middlesbrough 28 Tavernier 23 Quinn Goal attempts 22 Saville Corners 10 Akins 37 63 Share on Messenger Lineups Reuse this content 23 Randolph 20 Fry 40 Collins Fouls Carabao Cup BRT37MID63% 12 Fox 37 Besic BRT MID (s 63′) Share on Facebook 24 Flint 11 9 4 Allen 7 Leadbitter 17 McNair 18 Fletcher 8 Hesketh 7 Frasercenter_img match reports (s 81′) 7 7 31 Lonergan Share via Email 2 Brayford 3 Buxton Share on LinkedIn 26 Wing Manchester City rely on penalties to beat Leicester in Carabao Cup 26 Evtimov 22 Wallace Middlesbrough supporters know better than to underestimate a Clough and, by the end, there was a sense that few on Teesside begrudged Nigel Clough’s achievement in leading League One Burton Albion into the semi-finals.Which is not to say they exempted Tony Pulis or his players from blame on a night when Southampton loanee Jake Hesketh’s fine goal separated the sides and there were sufficient robust boos to suggest Boro’s manager is starting to be seen as more problem than solution. 6 Batth (s 63′) Substitutes 5 Middlesbrough Off target 9 Burton A 3 Middlesbrough On target 2 Burton A Burton Albion 9 Sbarra 14 McCrory 18 Miller 21 Hodge 16 Harness Share on Pinterest Topics Burton A 10 Braithwaite 19 Hutchinson Substitutes 9 Assombalonga Share on Twitter No matter, Clough had clearly got his message across during the interval as the second half began with that formational switch – involving Harness’s influential relocation from right wing-back to a left-sided attacking role – with Fraser playing in Jamie Allen whose shot rebounded off a post.The ball eventually fell to Hesketh who had time to slip and recover before turning adroitly and dispatching an excellent left-foot shot into the bottom corner. “I always talk about bottom corners,” said Clough. “That’s where you score.” Even so, Mo Besic should have cleared but, instead, the Boro midfielder turned tentative, enabling Hesketh to strike.There was still time for Aden Flint to head wide from two yards from substitute Marcus Tavernier’s cross but it was Clough’s night. “I’m desperately disappointed,” said Pulis. “The first 10 minutes of the second half were shocking, we were really sloppy. I’m gutted.” 11 Hugill 3 Friend 6 Turner 4 Ayala (s 72′)last_img read more

20
Oct
2019

Tendulkar to make his commentary debut in WC opener

first_imgMumbai: Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be making his on-air expert debut with the World Cup beginning on Thursday in England and Wales. Tendulkar will grace the commentary box during the tournament opener between England and South Africa to be played at The Oval, London. The Master Blaster will join the Philips Hue Cricket Live pre-show in Hindi and English at 1.30 p.m. with his very own segment ‘Sachin Opens Again’ at the Star Sports network. He will be joined by an already illustrious panel of experts, some of whom have had the pleasure of playing alongside and with him. Tendulkar holds a number of ICC Cricket World Cup records. He scored 2,278 runs in the six editions of the World Cup he played. He also holds the record for scoring the highest number of runs in a single edition of the World Cup — 673 in 11 matches in 2003. India will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa.last_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Moroccan Police Arrest Suspects in MP Murder

Rabat – The Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ) arrested on Friday suspects in the murder of Member of Parliament Abdellatif Merdass, who was fatally shot outside his home earlier this month.The BCIJ, affiliated with the General Directorate for the Control of the National Territory, unveiled that an unnamed number of suspects in the March 7 murder of the MP were arrestedIn a communiqué released the same day, the Central Bureau pointed out that security efforts enabled the identification and the arrest of the suspects of the criminal act as well as the seizure of the vehicle they used in the execution of the crime. Investigations carried out in the houses of the suspects resulted in the confiscation of a hunting rifle and cartridges similar to those used in the assassination. These were referred to the National Laboratory of Scientific and Technical Police for forensic testing.The communiqué added that the arrest was the result of a collaboration between the Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations and the National Division of Judicial Police and the Judicial Police forces in Casablanca.According to the same source, the search procedures in this case required the collection of technical data, their analysis, as well as the acquisition of conclusive physical evidence through an analysis of materials taken from the crime scene.The report also pointed out that the suspects have been taken into custody and are at the disposal of the investigation conducted under the supervision of the competent public prosecution. read more

08
Oct
2019

Fonseka and Range Bandara still listed for Ministry posts

It was reported the President had refused to appoint Fonseka and Bandara as Ministers.Fonseka had been accused by the President of being part of a plot to kill him while Bandara had leaked an audio recording of the President attempting to get Bandara to join the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government before Wickremesinghe was made Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the Prime Minister was in talks with the President and Fonseka and Bandara are expected to be appointed as Ministers soon. Former Ministers Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and Range Bandara are still listed for Ministry posts, Minister Vajira Abeywardena said today.He said that there was an issue over Fonseka and Bandara and this resulted in the two not being appointed today. However Abeywardena said that Fonseka and Bandara are still in the list of names given by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to President Maithripala Sirisena as the nominees for Ministerial posts. read more

07
Oct
2019

Swissport union members reject new offer

Swissport ground crew employees will remain on the picket lines at Pearson International Airport after rejecting a new contract offer.The union representing around 700 baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and other crew employed by Swissport turned down the proposal by a 98 percent margin.Union representative, Christopher Monette, says the second offer was almost identical to the first and “all they did was change a few details.”Swissport services some 30 airlines at Pearson including Air Transat, Sunwing, Air France and British Airways.The strike has been ongoing since July 27 when workers walked out after rejecting an initial contract offer from Swissport. read more

07
Oct
2019

Nike drops Patriots Brown amid 2d sexual assault charge

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Nike has dropped New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown.Shoemaker spokesman Josh Benedek told The Associated Press on Friday, “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.” The move comes after a second woman accused Brown of sexual assault. He was already facing accusations of rape by a former trainer.Through his attorney, Brown has denied the allegations. He declined to answer questions about the accusations in the Patriots locker room Thursday.Nike’s decision was first reported by the Boston Globe.The NFL did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Patriots have not commented.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJimmy Golen, The Associated Press read more

02
Oct
2019

Tunisia UN condemns deadly attack on bus carrying presidential guards

“The Secretary-General reiterates that the United Nations will continue to stand with the people of Tunisia as they confront the scourge of terrorism and continue to consolidate and strengthen their democracy,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson, in which the UN chief also offered his condolences to the families of the victims and the people and Government of Tunisia.In a separate statement, the UN Security Council also strongly condemned what it referred to as a “terrorist attack” against the Tunisian Presidential Guard bus, and which it said had left at least 12 people dead.The members of the Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the Government of Tunisia.The Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Tunisian authorities in this regard.Stressing that “no terrorist attack can reverse the path of Tunisia towards democracy and its efforts towards economic recovery and development,” the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. read more

22
Sep
2019

FRANCE 2017 Handball will be played at football stadium

French Handball Federation has announced the cities and venues where World Championship 2017 will be held. FFHB decided to make unforgetable spectacle with matches at football stadium in Lille, which will be composed as arena with 25.000 seats. The Pierre Mauroy Stadium will host two matches of 1/8 finals and probably also 1/4 final match of the host team.Here are the other cities:Aix en Provence(6000 seats) – hall to be build until 2016.Albertville (7100 seats)Brest: (4.300 seats) – President CupMetz (5.300 seats)Montpellier (9000 seats)Nantes: (9.000 seats)Paris (16.000 seats) final weekendRouen (5.300 seats)The budget of the tournament is about 24.000.000 EUR. ← Previous Story VIDEO: World Champions are in Plock! Next Story → Kentin Mahe to Fuchse Berlin! france 2017 handballhandball football stadiumlille handball read more

22
Sep
2019

Lunchtime Fix 7 things you need to know

first_img A quick look on @flightradar24 and you can see the move away from Ukraine airspace pic.twitter.com/lS3OI5O8Ug— PLANEtalking (@PLANE_talking) July 17, 2014 Source: PlaneTalking/Twitter 2. A woman has been arrested over the discovery of a man’s body in a house in Rathfarnham, Dublin, yesterday. A post-mortem is expected on the man’s body today. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland3. Over 80 per cent of Ireland’s over-50s are overweight, a new study says. The sobering research shows that Irish men are on par with Americans when it comes to obesity. Silvio Berlusconi fully acquitted of both accusations:A. there was no extortion;B. underage prostitution: no crime was committed.— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) July 18, 2014 4. Margaretta D’Arcy is to be released from prison today. The anti-war activist had refused to sign a bond saying she would act lawfully and stay out of unauthorised zones in Shannon Airport.5. Frank Flannery has said that the Public Accounts Committe had a ‘feral’ attitude towards him. He also alleged that the PAC had acted “outside the law” by attempting to get him and Angela Kerins to appear before them. Permission was declined for this two days ago. Frank Flannery is unimpressed Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland6. Silvio Berlusconi has had his conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute overturned. The former Italian Premier has also been acquitted of charges of abuse of power.center_img Source: Alberto Nardelli/Twitter WHAT’S THE STORY?1. It’s a blame-game over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, with Ukraine and Russia both pointing the finger at each other over the tragedy. Ukraine rebels have guaranteed investigators ‘safe access’ to the crash site. Meanwhile, this incredible radar image has emerged: 7. The thunder is STILL rolling (sorry)… The Garth Brooks debacle will be brought up again today when Dublin city Chief Executive Owen Keegan appears before an Oireachtas Committee at 2pm.Read the rest of the day’s news>last_img read more

21
Sep
2019

Updates from the potting shed and a recipe for spicy carrot and

first_img 3 Comments Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 3:00 PM Gardener WE HAVEN’T HAD too much cold weather this winter, but in the last few days things turned freakishly mild, with temperatures in the low teens by day and even staying above 10 degrees at night.There’s an overall sense of spring in the air, but like most GIYers I can’t help but worry about how unseasonal it is and still think it likely we could get another cold snap in March or April.The potting shedOn the other hand the mild spring weather makes the job of coaxing little seeds from the soil a little easier. I wrote last week about how I always sow my tomatoes, peppers and aubergines in the potting shed in February.All of these veg need a long growing season, but they also prefer temperatures in the mid-twenties and so it goes without saying that sowing them from seed successfully means having to cheat the Irish weather somewhat. I create a mini-Mediterranean for them using a heating mat and lots of fleece. Source: Shutterstock/nednapaTo my delight (and it was delight) the tomato seeds germinated quite quickly and quite suddenly mid-week this week. One day it was bare soil, and the next about half the seeds had germinated, and surprisingly tall seedlings had pushed out of the soil.It’s hard to believe that these tiny little plants will grow up to 8ft tall or more during the summer months and will be (we hope) laden down with hundreds of tomatoes.It is warm enough by day at that moment that the fleece cover can come off during the day at least. With the heated mat helping to dry the soil out, I am having to water the trays every other day.The mild weather has helped and hindered elsewhereOut in the big tunnel a row of early pea seeds that I sowed in January have also germinated, and have started their determined growth towards the metal support I put in place for them to grow up.There’s no sign of any life yet above the soil with the early potatoes, also sown in January and also covered with a thick layer of fleece to keep them warm.I also did a clear out in the salad polytunnel this week mostly to clean up the paths that had become suddenly carpeted in weeds (presumably again, “thanks” to the mild weather) and to clear out the autumn-sown pak choi that had bolted.The hens were delighted to receive these plants and have spent a happy two or three days picking over them. We still have some oriental greens, winter purslane (claytonia) and spinach in the tunnel, but probably only enough for a few weeks more so I am reminded to schedule a sowing of salads in the week ahead.If this mild weather continues they should grow quickly to replace the ailing polytunnel crop.The Basics – Thawing and freezing of soilMild weather is always welcome to gardeners but it often means that our soil is deprived of one crucial winter and spring process: thawing and freezing. As the ground thaws and freezes between day and night it contracts and expands.This constant thawing and freezing of soil breaks up the larger clods which makes it easier to work the following spring. Turning soil with a fork will start to break up the layers, as well as exposing insect eggs and larvae for the birds to take care of.In addition, if it freezes again, it will kill any exposed pests. Fans of “no-dig” gardening on the other hand generally don’t bother with turning the soil, they cover the ground with a layer of fertility-returning organic matter (usually compost, seaweed or farmyard manure) and let the worms do the job of digging that into the soil over the winter months.This month at GROW HQ: A Soil Health Panel Discussion; 6.30-8.30pm Monday, February 27Scientists are saying there are only 60-100 food harvests left before our soil is totally degraded.Based on the launch of the People for Soils Campaign which is working towards gaining protected status for soils in Europe, this panel will discuss the current issues of soil erosion and compaction, management and protection and our national issue of flooding.Soil erosion is a huge issue worldwide, and we are still learning about its importance and role in food security and climate change. The panel includes GIY Head Grower Richard Mee and Michael Kelly. Tickets €10 from www.growhq.org.GIY Cottage Market GIY’s Community Manager Karen O’Donohoe and founder Michael Kelly at the launch of GIY’s new Cottage Market initiative. Source: Mary BrowneWe are aiming to put home-made, home-grown food and craft back at the centre of Irish communities and with that in mind we’re inviting community groups around Ireland to apply for supports as part of our new “Cottage Market” initiative.The initiative invites groups to avail of start-up funding in order to set up and run their own Cottage Market. Our partners Ulster Bank and The Ireland Funds are set to support us to the tune of €65,000 over the next two years.Applications can be made at www.cottagemarket.ie in order to avail of funding, training and other supports which will help them to establish and run their very own Cottage Market. The deadline for applications is March 3 next; the groups behind the 20 new Markets will be selected by March 10 with the training programme taking place on March 25.Recipe of the Week – Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup Source: Shutterstock/Olga NayashkovaThis is a lovely spicey soup from the BBC’s Good Food website. It’s full of iron and low in fat.Ingredients600g carrots, washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)2 tsp cumin seedsa pinch of chilli flakes2 tbsp olive oil140g split red lentils1l hot vegetable stock125ml milkplain yogurtHeat a large saucepan and dry-fry the cumin seeds and chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas. Scoop out about half of the seeds with a spoon and set aside.Add the oil, carrot, lentils, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened. Whizz the soup with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer).Season to taste and finish with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ. Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. Feb 25th 2017, 3:00 PM Short URL 140 Views http://jrnl.ie/3251272 Michael Kelly By Michael Kelly Updates from the potting shed – and a recipe for spicy carrot and lentil soup There’s an overall sense of spring in the air and the mild weather makes the job of coaxing seeds up a little easier, writes Michael Kelly. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

21
Sep
2019

Literally every day during the recession Id come in and check how

first_img Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3364579 Paschal Naylor and Adam Grennan of Cisco Source: ArkphireThat’s how Arkphire came about. We started with a sort of blank canvass at a very poor economic time, but we had one or two opportunities we felt we could build on.Compared to starting up a new entity, it was obviously a bit easier because we started with around €10 million in revenue, but there was no profit. So in the first quarter we tidied up of the balance sheet.Even back then we had the plan in our heads to hit €50 million in revenue. That was stage one of the five-year plan and even back in the depths of a recession we felt we could do it.Hitting our €50m goalHow we got to €50 million wasn’t the original plan, but that has always been the ambition because we felt to be recognisable in the business we needed to be of that size.Over those years we invested in acquisitions and improving the business by doubling our staff, so we have lagged on the profitability piece – although last year our operating profit hit €1 million. This year, our revenue will be in excess of €70 million.Not everything we’ve done to grow the company to over €50 million has worked. The lesson we’ve learned is that when you’re going into new business areas, it takes nearly twice as long to hit your targets and always costs more than you expect – that’s my experience.When we went to the UK, it took us an extra two years to reach our pendulum point, but now it’s running very nicely for us.If I could wind the clock back and do something differently, we would have done more work in the US earlier.It’s a market where we still expect to see huge benefits, so I would have liked to have tapped into that market sooner because working over there also brings us learnings for the Irish marketplace.What’s going on in San Francisco now – tech-development wise – will be going on here in two years’ time, so having a presence over there allows you to bring new methods from across the Atlantic over sooner. Paschal Naylor with Mary Mitchell O’Connor Source: Susan Jefferies PhotographyReaching €100mFor us, as a company, the big moments aren’t just about the revenue and profit milestones.One of the best highs we’ve had as a business was when we won the Deloitte Best Managed Company award and we were also on the Fast 50 list last year. I guess the low point was back in 2008 and 2011 when lots of companies in Ireland had a very tough time.Literally every day I would come in and look at the cash position – that’s not a time any of us would like to go back to.I’m not saying it’s easier now, but I think everyone in business back then would tell you there wasn’t much going on and you had to be very careful about what you invested in. There was no room for error.Those years caused a lot of stress for us, but the upside of it is that it makes you value customers.You can’t say for a second that it’s all hunky dory now when the UK has decided to leave the EU and in the US you have a storm brewing around the visa programmes.However, it could turn out to be an opportunity if tech manufacturing jobs come here and maybe if Ireland becomes a hub for big financial firms. I know that it will affect us, but I can’t say how yet.Paschal Naylor is the co-founder and managing director of Arkphire. This article was written in conversation with Killian Woods as part of a series on unlikely entrepreneurs.If you want to share your opinion, advice or story, email opinion@fora.ie.Written by Paschal Naylor and posted on Fora.ie Paschal Naylor 5 Comments Share Tweet Email6 357 Views By Paschal Naylor Co-founder, Arkphire center_img Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 6:35 AM I COME FROM a family printing business background that my father set up in the west of Ireland during the 1960s. That business is still around today.It was a general commercial house which started out as a letterpress business, but its use was dying around the time when I joined, so it has had to reinvent itself over the years to stay relevant.My time in the family business taught me an awful lot about change and how technology was going to alter the way everything was being done. I think it was what drew me towards working in tech, but in a position that allowed me to jump into whatever part of the sector I found interesting.I looked at the printing industry and saw that if I stayed I would have gone down avenues that were about to be swallowed up by technology – it was all about to die.So I thought to myself that what I needed to do was skill myself in something that had a wider scope. That’s what really drew me towards training in finance. Paschal Naylor Source: ArkphireCareerFollowing a spell in the printing business, I went off and started my career in accounting. I worked mainly around Dublin and joined the multinational General Foods, which had a manufacturing plant in Ireland.However, around the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a push towards promoting IT firms and the IDA was doing a lot of work bringing in those types of companies.I really wanted to get into the IT and tech sector, so I joined a multinational called Mostek, which was one of the early companies in the IT test and assembly space in Ireland.I spent a number of years there and then went to a company called Memorex, which had a manufacturing plant that made CDs.I didn’t know at the time, but it was the forerunner of Arkphire – our own IT consulting and services company that we launched in 2010.So I’ve been attracted to working in IT and tech for a long time, but what also drew me in was the chance to work in startups. I find them very exciting and it’s a different world to traditional business.Mostek was a startup and it introduced me to a whole different sense of work ethic. In some ways, it was like the wild west in that we were building as we grew. Working for Memorex also gave me the desire and excitement for startups.We were a small part of a multinational and we reported to the head office, but it was all very entrepreneurial and run like a startup.Over the years I had moved up the ranks to run the Irish operation. I think because I came from a family business background, I treated the business as if I was running my own.Obviously you don’t own the shareholding, but it was a methodology of management that was in my DNA and how I liked to approach things. That was a big driver for taking over the company on our own when the opportunity arose.Going on our ownIn 2008, as we all remember, Ireland was going through a really heavy recession with lots of companies having a big storm to weather – no different from ourselves.At that stage a German-Austrian firm owned the company, but they couldn’t wait to leave Ireland. We could feel that Ireland wasn’t that well-loved in Europe.They asked the management team to find a buyer and they scouted around, but it wasn’t a great time in Ireland because everyone was battening down the hatches.So myself and another west-of-Ireland man, our head of technology Howard Roberts, spoke to the owners and put a package together and worked on a management buyout, which eventually took place in 2009. Short URL Apr 30th 2017, 6:35 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: ‘Literally every day during the recession I’d come in and check how much cash we had’ After he saw the tech revolution was going to kill the print industry, this accountant moved to a career in IT. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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2019

Zero prospect of recovery after Great Barrier Reef decimated by the heat

first_img‘Zero prospect’ of recovery after Great Barrier Reef decimated by the heat and Cyclone Debbie The damage caused by Cyclone Debbie could be severe, say scientists. Damage caused by Cyclone Debbie in central Lismore. Source: Nur Photo/SIPA USA/PA ImagesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority began a study last week to determine how extensive it might be and have already found extensive pulverised coral at popular snorkelling spots.“The feedback that’s coming back is the more sheltered areas have come out a bit better, but they all seem to have suffered some form of damage,” Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators’ Brendon Robinson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.The Whitsundays is one of the reef’s tourist hotspots, attracting more than 40% of total visitors to the iconic marine ecosystem.Multiple impactsHughes warned rising temperatures could see more bleaching events.“Clearly the reef is struggling with multiple impacts. Without a doubt the most pressing of these is global warming,” he said.“As temperatures continue to rise the corals will experience more and more of these events. One degree Celsius of warming so far has already caused four events in the past 19 years.“Ultimately, we need to cut carbon emissions, and the window to do so is rapidly closing.”The world’s nations agreed in Paris in 2015 to limit average warming to two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels, by curbing fossil fuel burning.Canberra in 2015 narrowly avoided UNESCO putting the reef on its endangered list, and has committed more than Aus$2.0 billion to protect it over the next decade.© – AFP, 2017Read: Bodies of mother and young children pulled from river as Australia is devastated by floodsRead: Fears cyclone will turn parts of Great Barrier Reef into ‘underwater wasteland’ Share160 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3332359 Image: DPA/PA Images 16 Comments By AFP Image: DPA/PA Imagescenter_img Monday 10 Apr 2017, 7:05 AM Short URL Apr 10th 2017, 7:05 AM 34,341 Views CORAL BLEACHED FOR two consecutive years at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has “zero prospect” of recovery, scientists warned today, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures.Researchers said last month they were detecting another round of mass bleaching this year after a severe event in 2016, and their fears were confirmed after aerial surveys of the entire 2,300-kilometre long bio-diverse reef.Last year, the northern areas of the World Heritage-listed area were hardest hit, with the middle-third now experiencing the worst effects.“Bleached corals are not necessarily dead corals, but in the severe central region we anticipate high levels of coral loss,” said James Kerry, a marine biologist at James Cook University who led the aerial surveys.It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events 12 months apart offer zero prospect of recovery for reefs that were damaged in 2016.It is the fourth time coral bleaching – where stressed corals expel the algae that live in their tissue and provide them with food – has hit the reef after previous events in 1998 and 2002.Record temperatures“The combined impact of this back-to-back bleaching stretches for 1,500 kilometres, leaving only the southern third unscathed,” said Terry Hughes, head of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, also at James Cook University.The bleaching is caused by record-breaking temperatures driven by global warming.“This year, 2017, we are seeing mass bleaching, even without the assistance of El Nino conditions,” he added, referring to the natural climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean.The Barrier Reef is already under pressure from farming run-off, development and the crown-of-thorns starfish.It was also recently hammered by category four Cyclone Debbie, which barrelled through the region last month, mostly affecting southern parts around the Whitsunday islands which largely escaped the bleaching.The extent of the destruction wrought by Debbie is not yet known, although scientists have said damage could range from minor to severe. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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2019

Personality types color attitudes behaviors at work home and elections

first_img“My strongest asset by far is my temperament,” the candidate declares — merely being factual, of course, and certainly never “braggadocious.”Thanks largely to the outsized personality and decibel level of at least one candidate running for president, this election will hinge on matters of temperament — that is, the candidate’s character and behavior. No election has focused less on issues and more on personality since hotheaded, self-serving Lord Voldemort challenged endlessly cool, prepared Dumbledore for supremacy of the wizard world. No presidential candidate has ever before bragged about the size of his hands.Temperament matters. Here in Clark County, many believe that outgoing county councilor David Madore hoisted his own petard not because of his conservative political positions but because his utter rigidity in pursuing them even extended to vilifying county staffers who disagreed. The way he racked up enmity was not a matter of positions — it was a matter of personality.What about you? It takes all types to make a world, the saying goes. Having some insight into your own type, and how that type tends to act, react and interact with the dizzying diversity of other types out there, can make your world a smoother, easier place to live, love, work and play.Many employers use personality profiles to uncover applicants’ individual communication, cooperation and leadership styles; schools striving to prepare students for future success are following close behind, administering assessments aimed at increasing the taker’s self-awareness, and matching outcomes with potential career fields.And, anybody who hangs out on social media knows that you can play around with an endless parade of cheesy, celebrity-based personality quizzes in search of deep insights like which Harry Potter or Game of Thrones or Disney or Simpsons character you most resemble.last_img read more

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2019

Suspicious fire erupts in Lauderhill apartment

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters say a fire that erupted in a Lauderhill apartment complex is suspicious in nature.Flames broke out on a second story apartment unit in a complex located near Northwest 19th Street and 46th Avenue on Wednesday morning.The Red Cross responded to the scene offering assistance to the owners.Surrounding apartment units also sustained damages displacing four residents.An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire and if an accelerant was used. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more