first_imgLocal fans of his work may know him best for ‘The Broken Snare’, an illustration of family life in Fort St. John, but his stories of Western Canada stretch as far as Saskatchewan, where he spent a portion of his life as a game warden.Symons was born in England, 1898, and immigrated to Canada in 1914 at the age of 16 to follow his dreams of becoming a cowboy on a ranch. During the First World War, he served in the 217th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Saskatchewan. Once completing his service, he spent  his days writing books, painting large murals, working with horses and advocating for the conservation of nature.Symons eventually died in 1973 after long battle with leukemia.- Advertisement -Heather Smith of the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is the curator of this exhibition, running at the North Peace Museum from June 6 – September 24.For more information contact the Fort St. John North Peace Museum at 250-787-0430, or visit their website at read more

first_imgMake sure you book your seat! – Joe Mangan of Mangan Tours and Michael Tunney, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board pictured as details were unveiled of this year’s line up of events for Enterprising Donegal Business week from Monday March 4 to Friday March 8. All events are free, but registration is required by sending an e.mail to: register@donegalenterprise.ieDonegal’s business community – and indeed those just thinking of establishing a business – will be given fresh inspiration and hope by the stunning list of high-profile speakers lined up for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Week.The week is organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, in conjunction with its enterprise partners in Donegal.The programme of free events aims to inspire and motivate people to consider starting their own business while at the same time provide a learning and networking forum for those already in business. Business Week will run at venues across the county from Monday 4th March to Friday March 8th with workshops, seminars and other interesting events.“Donegal Business Week is now firmly established in the business calendar of Donegal and offers an annual opportunity for people in business and those thinking about starting a business, to make some time to hear how others have overcome obstacles or seized opportunities to either develop their business or achieve in their lives,” said Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board in advance of the launch this week.He added that once again this year’s week-long programme has a range of speakers, workshops and seminars all aimed at providing opportunities for learning and networking.“The ultimate objective is to help established businesses and indeed new start-ups to grow and develop which will assist the economy of our county,” he added. Those interested in establishing a new business and indeed existing businesses in the county will learn much from the week’s opening event, a workshop on ‘Starting a Business’ on Monday March 4 in the Regional Cultural centre in Letterkenny.Facilitated by Gerry Moan, a business trainer who has spent a lifetime working with hundreds of Irish owned small and medium sized businesses, the workshop will also hear from local entrepreneurs Michael Black of Optimal Fitness, Joseph Mangan of Mangan Tours, Mary Hannon of Hannon Green, Stephen Harris of Auto Fast Fit and Martin Hilferty of Orbit Security.In addition all the county’s development agencies will also be in attendance at the workshop to provide advice to those in attendance who are keen to get started on establishing their own business.The afternoon session on Monday March 4th will see the official launch of the week’s events by John Perry TD, Minister for Small Business before the keynote address by Oceans7 swimmer, Steve Redmond.And any business in the county who might feel they are swimming against the tide will surely take inspiration from what Mr Redmond has to say as he explains how he became the first person in the world to complete all seven open-water swims that make up the Ocean’s Seven challenge. Later that evening in An Grianán Hotel in Burt Cathal McLaughlin and Paul McGonigle of McLaughlin and McGonigle Chartered Certified Accountants, will host an event certain to interest every business person entitled ‘Cash is King – Managing your Cash Flow.’ The aim of that workshop is to help people discover how to make sure their business has enough cash to survive.The week-long programme continues with events in Burt, Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Kilcar and Donegal Town finishing on Friday March 8th in Solis Lough Eske Hotel in Donegal Town with a seminar on ‘Improving your business through team development.”All of the week’s events are free, but registration is necessary. To register email or telephone 074 – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website Follow the leader on: DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE was last modified: February 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:County Enterprise BoardDonegal Enterprise Weeklast_img read more

first_img“A voyage of fun and discovery awaits the children of Donegal at this year’s Wainfest 2016” – that’s according to the organisers in the Cultural Services team in Donegal County Council.Sinéad mcLaughlin who has been part of the team organising this year’s event says that “this year’s Children’s Arts and Book festival, which runs from the 8th to 15th October, offers the very best in performance for children aged 4 – 12 years of age”.Wainfest 2016 will be officially launched by former Donegal GAA County footballer and 2012 All Ireland medal winner Eamon McGee on Friday 23 September in the Central Library, Letterkenny and features a wonderful selection of events to be enjoyed by children in libraries and taobh tire points right across the county, including revolting rhymes, cartoon workshops, science shows, theatre productions and much much more. Family events will be hosted on Saturday the 8th and 15th October and have been inspired by Roald Dahl, children’s literary genius who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.Gloriumptious Story Parties in venues across Donegal on Saturday 8th October will allow children to have the chance to delve into their creative sides with activities and games while enjoying a Roald Dahl story.And on Saturday 15 October cinemas all over the county will have special screenings of ‘The BFG’ the new film adaptation of the Roald Dahl’s classic book.Cllr Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council believes that Wainfest embodies all that is core to the work of the Cultural Services division of the Council, saying “Donegal County Council believes that promoting and supporting arts, culture, heritage and language is good for our society, our economy and our national identity both at home and abroad. This has always been and always will be one of our enduring strengths. Our culture helps to create a deepened sense of place, citizenship and pride of place in all sections of our society, including our very youngest members. Wainfest is at the core of this and is one of the ways in which we reach out to them”. With an extensive schools programme as well as family events; parents, carers and teachers are invited to bring along their children to something tailored just for them. However, as most events require pre-booking, early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.The Wainfest 2016 programme is now available to download at or www.wainfest.ieWainfest 2016 – a voyage of fun and discovery for Donegal children was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgThe National Lottery has compiled a definitive list of Ireland’s luckiest counties when it comes to winning the top prize when playing scratch cards.And it shows that Donegal is the seventh luckiest county with 14 players claiming top prizes worth €945,000 in winnings from scratch cards.Since 2015, there have been a total of 402 winners who have won top tier prizes, which are the maximum cash prizes on a given scratch card game, worth a massive total of €22,565,000 when playing National Lottery scratch card games. Scratch card players in Dublin came out on top with 102 players winning more than €5.3 million in top tier prizes.Tipperary came in second place with an incredible €1,695,000 in top prizes shared among 20 winners. Cork came third with €1,580,000 won by 39 individual players while Wexford and Kildare round off the top five with total top prize scratch card wins of €1,415,000 and €1,385,000 respectively. The full county by county stats can be viewed below.Donegal is scratching itself up the National Lottery’s top prize list! was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgDuterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ 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 Games01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Next to unbeaten Eagles, however, the Tamaraws will come into the stepladder semifinals as the hottest team with victories in seven of their last nine games.Racela attributed their resurgence to their defense and the emergence of sweet-shooting forward Ken Tuffin as an additional weapon with his three-point bombs.“It’s not a coincidence that when Ken (Tuffin) got his game going, we started our winning streak,” Racela said.“We really need contributions from our veterans because this is a young team. I wasn’t expecting to rely so much on my younger players because I really wanted to integrate them slowly, that’s why it’s a blessing for us to have our veterans playing well.”Both UST and FEU split their elimination-round games with the Tamaraws winning their last meeting, 72-58, on Oct. 14 at MOA Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Donaire underdog against Japanese ‘monster’ “I’m not looking too far ahead,” Racela told the Inquirer over the phone during a break in training on Saturday. “We’re happy to be back in the Final Four, but we can’t be contented.”Racela took over the coaching reins in 2017 and has helped Far Eastern extend its Final Four appearances to seven seasons, the longest active streak in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe former PBA great, however, has never reached the UAAP finals, something which younger brother, Nash, whom Olsen replaced, did after steering the Tamaraws to their last crown in 2015.This season is already a rewarding one in itself as far as Olsen is concerned, as the Tamaraws were actually outsiders to make the Final Four after losing four of their first six games.center_img Racela, however, admits no team has a clear advantage in their matchup against the Tigers.Whoever wins this game will advance to face No. 2 University of the Philippines, but would need to beat the Maroons two straight times to advance.“We’re expecting a tight game that will boil down to execution in the endgame,” Racela said.“We’re preparing for that. We don’t expect a blowout because each team will value every possession because this is already the Final Four.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Once written off as a Final Four contender, the Far Eastern U Tamaraws are headed into the postseason in the UAAP basketball tournament with momentum after a strong finish to the elimination round.But coach Olsen Racela warned his troops from getting ahead of themselves with a do-or-die game against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?last_img read more

first_img“Would you like to sit next to the window?” offered Mrs. Evans, minutes before the Air New Zealand flight took off for Queenstown. “You might be able to spot Mount Cook if you’re lucky!” she said, her eyes sparkling with a generosity uncommon to our century of the mythical rat, which is forever scrambling. We live in a world where people love to race. And count, among other things, their tally of friends and pokes on Facebook. Luckily, and much to my disbelief, the multi-national rat corporations have thus far turned a blind eye to a pair of islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, ‘the land of the long white cloud’ called Aotearoa. We’ve been searching for Shambala in the wrong continent after all. The land of the enlightened is closer to the South Pole than we think.NZ has some of the best wines. Stop at Villa Maria, the country’s most awarded winery. Photo: Anshuman SenOff to the winery Our group started on a bright winter morning in Auckland, at the Te Manukanuka O Hoturoa Marae, a community place held sacred by the Maoris. “The Powhiri is a traditional Maori welcome ceremony,” explained our host Mr Berryman, as we lined up outside the Marae in nervous anticipation. The proceedings began with the spectacularly intimidating ‘Wero’. A bare-chested spear-toting male warrior walked up to our leader and challenged him with threatening grimaces, before laying down a bunch of leaves on the ground. Quick to notice a sense of discreet panic in our camp’s leadership, Mr.Berryman concluded, “We are now satisfied you do not have hostile intentions. You may enter the Marae”. The walls inside were decorated with carved and woven panels representing the major clans. Our hosts greeted us with the hongi, gentle pressing of the nose.advertisementWith 100 gallery spaces in the region, Auckland Art Gallery remains a favourite for art lovers. Photo: Anshuman Sen Soon thereafter we drove up to the Villa Maria Winery (, to celebrate our trip’s beginning at the picturesque Vineyard Caf. Mischa, the lone wine aficionado in our group, chose a 2010 Chardonnay for the table that went very well with the pesto infused grilled chicken. “This is possibly New Zealand’s most awarded winery,” said Mischa as we sniffed and swirled our way out of imminent jet lag. The founder of Villa Maria, Sir George Fistonich, started with just an acre of vines in 1961 and business has expanded steadily ever since. Villa Maria was also the first major winery in New Zealand to move to screw caps from the traditional cork.Wellington, the southernmost capital city in the world, is home to the Basin Reserve Cricket Club, every Indian batsman’s short-pitched nightmare. “The last time India won a test against the Kiwis here was in 1968,” informed Shekar whose passion for cricket trivia was surpassed only by his sense of humour. Wellington is also home to the Weta Studio (, made famous by Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. We drove down to the lovely eastern suburb of Miramar next morning for a peep into the hi-tech world of prop production and cinematic special effects. “All the costumes, swords, miniature sets and creatures that one sees in the LOTR were conceptualised and fabricated here at the Weta,” said Anna Abernethy, the Weta cave manager. The guided tour inside the studio gave us a behind-the-scenes look at all the work that goes into the evolution of a movie prop, from a sketch to a highly detailed working model. If Weta is a ‘must do’ in Wellington so is the Boulcott Street Bistro and Winebar (, one of Wellington’s finest restaurants. Established by chef Rex Morgan in the historic Plimmer House, this restaurant is a great bistro with an old world charm. The Fillet Barnaise with Red Wine Jus was cooked to perfection.Also read: Actor Sidharth Malhotra talks about his leap of faith in New Zealand Next on our itinerary was the garden city of Christchurch, where we stayed at the Heritage Old Government Building, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. According to the general manager, Vicki Bretherton, the city of Christchurch has done well to recover from the February 2011 earthquake. “There is an air of optimism here and the innovative building and community projects reflect our vision for the future,” she said. The Red Bus Rebuild Tour, organised by the Canterbury museum, took us to the Transitional Cathedral, which has replaced the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in the 6.3 quake of 2011. Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, this A-frame structure is made from cardboard tubes coated with waterproof polyurethane. Interestingly, the nearby Re:Start mall is made entirely out of shipping containers modified to house retail stores and cafes!advertisementHigh adventure in Queensland It’s not hard to understand why everyone raves about Queenstown, where we went next. The breathtaking scenery is intensified many times over by the plethora of adventure activities that are on offer. It’s safe to say that Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. After saying goodbye to Mrs Evans at the airport, we sped off to the Rees Hotel in luxury SUVs. Named after the founder of Queenstown, William Gilbert Rees, whose larger than life portrait still dominates the lobby, the Rees Hotel is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with great views of the Remarkables mountain range.Half way through lunch in one of Eichardt’s private rooms (, I had no trouble accepting the hotel’s modest claim of being ‘New Zealand’s most exclusive lake front address’. Eichardt’s iconic status in Queenstown dates to the gold mining days when it gained popularity amongst prospecting miners and businessmen.The tasteful interiors were complimented well by the sourdough pumpkin bruschetta and Calamari in squid-ink tempura batter. Adam, our host, opened a bottle of Mount Edward Pinot Noir, made in Central Otago exclusively for Eichardt’s, by winemaker Duncan Forsyth.The Shotover Jet ( experience defies description. One only has to imagine a jet boat on steroids scurrying through a narrow gorge at break neck speed, grazing past rocks and boulders, to make sense of this crazy sport. I realised minutes into the ride that this was something truly special. Commandeered by Nick ‘Doofy’ Simpson, our ‘big red’ did a series of complete 360-degree spins on the spectacular Shotover River, spraying cold water onto our faces, in addition to the customary high-speed bends. Back in the office we were shown a video of the ride captured by a series of cameras both on and off the boat. “We have exclusive rights to operate in the Shotover river and we’ve been doing this for over 40 years now with an excellent safety record,” said Katherine Cahill who also presented us with a photo album and a DVD of us in the ‘world’s most exciting jet boat ride’.The beautiful spread of Queenstown. Photo: Anshuman Sen Even before we could dry ourselves, I found myself going up the Skyline Gondola for our 4-line Moa Ziptrek Ecotour ( Ready with our harnesses we zipped from one tree house to the other with a bird’s eye view of Wakatipu Lake. The more adventurous amongst us zipped upside down and handsfree, blurring the forest around us. “Ziptrek Ecotours are an exciting combination of education and adventure,” said our instructor-guide from Argentina who also talked about the company’s commitment towards sustainable development and ecological responsibility. “We have the world’s steepest tree-to-tree flying fox here, and you’ll be surprised at the number of 80 year olds who opt for it.” The minimum permissible age for a ziptrek is 6 years and the maximum weight allowed is 125 kg.advertisementDavid Gatward-Ferguson from Nomad Safaris ( picked us up from The Rees next morning, and we began scouring the Wakatipu basin in earnest for 4WD river crossings and The Lord of the Rings locations. “Our safaris can be customised to suit particular interests,” said David as we stopped by at the quaint and fashionable Arrow Town, famous for its bakery ( “Some people only want to visit film locations, while others are happy to just drive around and stop when something catches their fancy”. The river crossings were truly spectacular and the Toyota Land Cruisers proved their mettle both in and out of water. “We work really hard to keep the vehicles in top shape, given the rough treatment they get from us.” David gave us a lecture-demonstration on gold panning next to the river and we drove up to Queenstown airport with an average yield of 1.3 gold specks. Not bad for beginners we were told. It is important to mention here that it’s illegal to pan gold using commercial equipment in Queenstown. Gold panning is restricted only to hobbyists.The amazing Milford Sound The Helicopter Line ( based in Queenstown airport had organised a trip for us to catch the Milford Sound Scenic Cruise at one pm. After a quick ‘dos and don’ts’ briefing we took off around noon and flew right into the Fiordland National Park with its spectacular landscape of snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes. “We’ll try and land on a glacier, if weather permits,” crackled Brad Patterson’s voice on the headset as we skimmed over snowclad ridges and peaks. The highly trained pilots at Helicopter Line are experts at navigating through narrow gorges and landing on precarious terrain. Minutes later both our helicopters landed on a flat snowfield and we were given some time to look around and take in the views. Beyond the jagged outline of peaks and group photographs, one could see the flat blue silhouette of the Tasman Sea. If there is one thing you must do in Queenstown, it must be this.Nothing can be more thrilling than landing on a glacier in the middle of Fiorland National Park. Photo: Anshuman Sen We reached Milford Sound just in time to board our much-anticipated Lunch Cruise ( Anna Kerslake, from Real Journeys, had organised a special buffet for us, but I didn’t budge from the humongous seafood platter till it was impossible to scavenge the last bits of crayfish and calamari. It was a bright afternoon and the open-air deck was full of tourists and iPads. The fiord at Milford Sound is dotted with waterfalls on either side and we traversed its entire length under the watchful gaze of the magnificent Mitre Peak.On our way back from Milford Sound our helicopters climbed up the vertical length of Sutherland Falls to make a spectacular landing at Lake Quill. Even though we spent only a few minutes at the lake, I can play out the vision in my mind at will. The helicopters dropped us off at the Walter Peak High Country station where we got a touristy glimpse into the Kiwi farming lifestyle. The impressive ‘working sheep dogs’ demonstrated their skills at herding in sheep from the hillsides, which was followed by a rough and ready sheep shearing session. We stopped over for some lemonade and muffins at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead before boarding the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw ( back to Queenstown. Affectionately called the ‘Lady of the Lake’, this is believed to be the oldest working coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere. “She turned hundred last year and it was a real honour for me to have steered it on its anniversary,” said Graham Moore-Carter who has been the Senior Launch master since 1980. “If she was a person she’d be a temperamental old lady.” he added with a wink, as we climbed down from the skipper’s wheelhouse to the engine deck below where stokers still shovel coal into the furnace the old fashioned way. “We receive instructions from the skipper through traditional telegraph bells.” There is absolutely no scope for miscommunication on board the TSS Earnslaw. There is a pianist onboard and a caf that also sells wine and beer.The Skyline Luge in Queenstown is a 800 metre gravity ride winding down through the trees atop Bob’s Peak. Photo: Anshuman Sen Our last evening in Queenstown was spent at the Matakauri Lodge ( To call it spectacular would be an understatement. Located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, with fantastic views of snowcapped mountains, this 11-suite property is the benchmark for luxury hospitality in New Zealand. I settled down with a Lagavulin on the rocks, next to the fireplace in one of the drawing rooms and watched twilight fade into the stillness of the night. We had an early leisurely dinner at the dining hall. Chef Jonathan Rogers’s version of modern New Zealand cuisine showcased local seasonal produce, and we were not disappointed to say the least. After dinner we retired to the television room for the season’s first Rugby test match between the All Blacks and the Wallabies. Mischa was kind enough to explain to us the nuances of Rugby while the game was underway, and in a matter of minutes converted most of us into All Black fans. It wasn’t an unhappy coincidence that the All Blacks beat the Aussies quite comprehensively that night. All that cheering helped, I was told.High life in Auckland We took a morning flight back to Auckland the next day and took a ferry ( to Waiheke Island. Only 18 km from Auckland, Waiheke is New Zealand’s most densely populated island and is a popular holiday destination in summer. We drove straight to the Stonyridge Vineyard for a vegan meal with owner and winemaker Stephen White. “I’m really into Yoga, so I feel I have some sort of an emotional connection with India,” said Mr. White, also a former yachtsman, “I wanted to make a world class Bordeaux-style red wine in Waiheke. The Stonyridge Larose is just that.” The Larose is New Zealand’s most expensive wine and is listed amongst the top cabernet blends in the world.We made our way to Ecozip Adventures (www. after lunch for some more zip lining. Beautifully located, with great views of the bay and Auckland in the distance, the dual zip lines here allowed two persons to ride side by side. The three zip lines here were longer and way above the tree canopy, so the experience was totally different from the one we had in Queenstown. The walk up to the office through a native forest was equally exciting and all of us had worked up a healthy appetite by the time we reached the Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant. I ordered an old-fashioned beef steak and some Pinot Noir to go with it. It was quite late when we reached the Delamore Lodge and it was only until next morning that I could appreciate its wonderful bay view and Mediterranean inspired architecture.Back in Auckland I met Julia Cooke and Sharon Nightingale for lunch at The Sugar Club (www., Peter Gordon’s highly acclaimed fine dining restaurant in the Sky Tower. I’ve had some great food during my stay in New Zealand, but the grub at the Sugar Club was undoubtedly the best. The Bularangi Harley Davidson boys were waiting for us when we took a lift down 53 floors from the restaurant. I sat behind Peter ‘Donks’ High and we drove all over Auckland on his Harley Davidson. Talk about one for the road. And I’ll definitely be back for more.last_img read more

first_imgAt the moment when they were set to take the field as foes, two soccer teams a continent apart raised their voices in unison on Wednesday, paying tribute to the 71 lives lost in a plane crash that cancelled the final of the Copa Sudamericana.Colombia’s Atletico Nacional, which was ready to host the first leg of the final on Wednesday night, instead held a ceremony in honor of their fallen rivals Chapecoense, whose plane crashed into a hillside outside of Medellin. (Also read: Colombia crash: Plane carrying Chapecoense players was running out of fuel)Rowdy fans scaled walls into the stadium after the 46,000-person arena filled up an hour before the ceremony began. Others brought flowers and teared up during a minute of silence at the scheduled kickoff time.”We expected an excellent match. They aren’t as big as Nacional but they were coming to give it their all, so tonight we’re Chapecoense fans,” said Lidia Alzate, 41, who came dressed in white along with her two children.Nearly 3,000 miles (4,800 km) away, Chapacoense fans also filled their stadium in a remote corner of southern Brazil, holding a second night of vigil for their team whose stunning rise from the fourth division in Brazil to the continent’s top tier had captured the country’s imagination. (Also read: From Wayne Rooney to Neymar, soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash)With illuminated cell phones aloft, they packed the stadium to its capacity of 20,000 – a tenth of the city’s population – and cheered as their youth players and reserves from the first team did laps around the field.advertisement”There’s so much emotion in this stadium. It feels like a game night,” said Francis Fabio, 25, with tears in his eyes.A brief video of Colombian fans singing an homage to Chapacoense appeared on the big screen, electrifying the Brazilian stadium as the crowd sang along.”Let them listen around the continent. We will always remember the champions Chapecoense,” they sang in unison.Atletico Nacional has offered the title to Chapecoense, although directors of the Brazilian club said they liked the idea of sharing the honor.last_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares GENEVA — Sepp Blatter governed the biggest sport on Earth for nearly two decades, for years untouched personally by allegations of corruption, but never sharing the game’s popularity.He joked about his “Dr. Evil” image, like a James Bond villain manipulating soccer from his Swiss headquarters and never responding to public outcry.He surrounded himself with loyal lieutenants, many of whom he raised from obscurity to lead powerful national and regional federations. He put them in control of billions of dollars for TV contracts, endorsements of national teams and where the biggest tournaments were held.Even over the last few years, as many of those deputies were torched by scandal, he replaced them without making huge changes and took credit for helping clean up the game.After 17 years in charge and bringing the game’s marquee events to new heights, the pressure became too much. The world’s largest soccer nations were in open rebellion and discussing an alternate tournament to the World Cup. Sponsors from the world’s most-popular soft drink to best-selling video game questioned their ties to FIFA.At a hastily arranged announcement June 2, Blatter said he plans to resign and admitted he had lost too much support to remain in office.But even on his way out, he didn’t take responsibility for the problems under his watch. He declared he was now free from constraints and could clean up the game the way he has wanted to, seemingly tone deaf to the idea that that might sound insincere.As FIFA thrived through allegations of bribery, vote-buying and World Cup ticket scams, the 79-year-old Blatter built a base of support by bolstering the sport in developing countries and brought the first World Cup to Africa.On May 27, U.S. prosecutors issued indictments against 14 current or former soccer officials — including seven arrested in raids at a luxury Zurich hotel. The Swiss also opened a criminal investigation into the votes awarding the World Cup tournaments to Russia in 2018 and to Qatar in 2022.Even though he was not implicated in those investigations, Blatter faced calls for his resignation that came from some of his harshest critics in the game as well as from political leaders.His re-election to a fifth, four-year term May 29 was a reflection of the support he enjoyed by giving each of FIFA’s 209 member federations a basic yearly sum of $250,000, plus bonuses and project funds from World Cup profits.FIFA’s revenue was about $560 million in 1998 when Blatter took over and $5.7 billion last year, boosted by huge increases in media and marketing rights sales.FIFA had 137 members in 1970 and 190 when Blatter succeeded Joao Havelange, and 19 have been added — for the most part small nations that lack economic might and soccer pedigree.Blatter used the revenue to build soccer in underdeveloped parts of the world — and boost support for himself. FIFA’s website says the organization has given nearly $11.9 billion in financial assistance, and has helped fund 698 projects under its Goal Programme and 3,844 technical activities.Even when scandals tainted FIFA’s prestige and image, most of the officials stuck by Blatter, particularly from small nations in Africa and Asia.Since 2010, executive committee members Amos Adamu (Nigeria), Chuck Blazer (United States), Vernon Manilal Fernando (Sri Lanka), Mohammed bin Hammam (Qatar), Reynald Temarii (Tahiti) and Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago) were suspended. Nicolas Leoz (Paraguay) and Ricardo Teixeira (Brazil) quit following corruption allegations.Current executive committee member Jeffrey Webb (Cayman Islands) and expiring member Eugenio Figueredo (Uruguay) were suspended last week along with executive committee member-elect Eduardo Li (Costa Rica) after they were indicted in the U.S. on racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering charges along with Warner and Leoz. Blazer pled guilty to 10 counts.Blatter weathered the turbulence. Shortly before his last re-election in 2011, FIFA was rocked when Hammam, his only challenger, and Warner were suspended because of bribery allegations in what was then described as the organization’s worst scandal in its history.“Crisis? What is a crisis? Football is not in a crisis,” Blatter said before he won a one-man election that was derided as a coronation.Blatter devoted more than half his life to working at FIFA, as technical director, chief executive and, since 1998, as president.He learned a lot from Havelange. The imperious Brazilian presided over FIFA for 24 years — the last 17 with Blatter as chief administrator. During that time, sports marketing became as a booming industry that could be bent to the will of federation leaders.Blatter defended his reign during a 2013 speech at the Oxford Union in Britain. “Perhaps you think I am a ruthless parasite sucking the lifeblood out of the world and out of football — the godfather of the FIFA gravy train,” he said.“There are those who will tell you that FIFA is just a conspiracy, a scam, accountable to nobody and too powerful for anyone to resist,” he went on.“There are those who will tell you of the supposed sordid secrets that lie deep in our Bond villain headquarters in the hills above Zurich … where we apparently plot to exploit the unfortunate and the weak. They would have you believe that I sit in my office with a sinister grin, gently stroking the chin of an expensive, white Persian cat.”“It is strange how fantasy easily becomes confused with fact,” he said.Blatter mastered the politics of international soccer and reveled in the media attention. He mixed easily with heads of state lured by the commercial and popular power of the World Cup.But there also were times that some of Blatter’s remarks made him seem out of touch.Five years ago, Blatter said gay visitors to the 2022 World Cup should “refrain from any sexual activities” while in Qatar because of the Gulf nation’s strict laws against homosexuality. He later apologized.In 2004, Blatter said women should consider playing in “tighter shorts” to bring more attention to the game. He told the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick: “In volleyball the women also wear other uniforms than the men. Pretty women are playing football today. Excuse me for saying that.”Blatter, nicknamed Sepp — often used by people named Joseph — was born in Visp and is a 1959 graduate of the University of Lausanne with a degree in business and economics.He was head of public relations for tourism in the canton of Valais (1959-64), secretary general of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation (1964-66), and worked in several roles for Longines (1968-75) before joining FIFA. He was director of the technical department from 1975-81, then secretary general under Havelange from 1981-98.As president, he relished telling the story that his birth was two months premature and one of his grandmothers said she thought he would not survive.“It’s because I am a fighter,” Blatter would add in a typical touch of light self-aggrandizement.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

first_imgWith the new Multi-Target Debug Adapter suitable for the Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) of the Universal Debug Engine, PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme presents at electronica 2018 the first tool that allows synchronous debugging of multi-chip systems. PLS’s modular Multi-Target Debug Adapters support various high-performance systems with two separate microcontrollers on one board, which enable redundant and, where appropriate, inverted control algorithms. A particular special focus is placed on future applications with highest demands on functional safety and fault tolerance, for example, fail-operational systems in the field of autonomous driving. But also for current high-performance automotive systems, the toolkit proves its unique debug capabilities, for example, for the recently released Automotive Gateway Evaluation Board from Infineon with two AURIX multicore microcontrollers.The Multi-Target Debug Adapter for the UAD3+ enables almost synchronous stopping and restarting of two tightly coupled AURIX microcontrollers. A standard debug adapter is connected to each of the separate debug interfaces of the two AURIX devices. These are then connected via the Multi-Target Debug Adapter to a debug pod of the UAD3+, which provides the two necessary debug channels.In addition to connectors for the standard debug adapters, the Multi-Target Debug Adapter has an additional connector for particular trigger signals of the two AURIX controllers. The special logic of the Multi-Target Debug Adapter links the trigger lines in such a way that the two AURIX microcontrollers can be stopped and restarted almost synchronously. It does not matter whether the entire system reacts to a breakpoint in one of the two controllers or to a break action triggered by the user. The time difference, caused by the internal logic of the adapter and the signal propagation delays between the two controllers, is on average only about 65 ns when stopping or restarting. That is less than 20 clock cycles at a typical 300 MHz clock frequency.Both AURIX microcontrollers are accessible and controllable in one debug session within a common, consistent user interface. Of course, the established multicore run control management of the UDE is also available for debugging of multiple AURIX platforms. In a run control group all cores or a definable number of cores of the two controllers can be combined, so breakpoints, manual stopping and synchronous restarting become effective for all cores of that group.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous SINTRONES introduces new in-vehicle computer for railway applicationsNext SECO: make your business IoT-ready in 3 easy stepslast_img read more

first_imgIt didn’t take long for Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to replace former State Senator Bill Kintner, who resigned last month from the Unicameral.Ricketts announced the selection of Elmwood banker Robert Keith Clements to fill the Legislative District 2 vacancy.Clements was immediately sworn into officer Monday afternoon by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican.Clements was not among the 35 people who applied to fill Kintner’s seat.Ricketts says his staff sought other candidates for the seat representing Cass and portions of Sarpy and Otoe counties.The governor interviewed 10 applicants in person.last_img