All Blacks on verge of title

first_imgThe All Blacks are averaging 6.8 tries and 46.3 points per game compared to 6.3 and 43.7 in 2016 and will wrap up a fifth Rugby Championship title if victorious against bottom-placed Argentina in Buenos Aires this weekend, irrespective of the result of the other match between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein.In addition to uncapped replacement full-back David Havili, the matchday 23 for Saturday also features a number of other changes in the backs from the record 57-0 win against South Africa in Albany. Anton Lienert-Brown (pictured) has been named at outside centre, Waisake Naholo is on the right wing for his first match in the competition this year, while Ngani Laumape will provide extra back cover.In the forwards, Luke Romano and Scott Barrett have been named as the starting second-rows, with Patrick Tuipulotu set to make his first appearance of 2017 if he comes off the bench. Vaea Fifita is at blindside flanker and Matt Todd at openside in his fourth test start. “We’ve selected what we believe is a quality team and have high expectations that they’ll go out and put in a strong performance this weekend,” said Hansen.New Zealand’s record as the longest-standing team at the top of the World Rugby Rankings is not in danger even if they suffer an historic loss in the Argentinian capital due to the sizeable gap between themselves and second-placed England. But the difference between the two-top ranked teams would be reduced from just over five points to, at best, a fraction over three.Argentina will climb above France and Fiji into eighth place should they upset the odds and beat the All Blacks at the 26th attempt in fully-capped internationals.Head coach Daniel Hourcade has made three changes to the team that lost 45-20 to Australia in round four, including the return of veteran back-row Juan Manuel Leguizamón and second-row Tomas Lavanini to the starting line-up. The only other change of personnel comes in the backs with Joaquin Tuculet replacing Emiliano Boffelli at full-back. Boffelli shifts to the wing as a result. TRADING PLACESThird place in the rankings is on the line when South Africa take on Australia in a match the Springboks need to win to stand any chance of keeping their title hopes alive. Allister Coetzee’s men trail the All Blacks by eight points going into the penultimate round of the Rugby Championship.Realistically, the home side need to win with a bonus point and then hope that Los Pumas do them a favour at the Velez Sarsfield to set up a winner-takes-all decider with the All Blacks at Newlands in Cape Town on 7 October.Looking for a response to their comprehensive loss to the All Blacks last time out, Coetzee has made four changes to the squad. Francois Louw (pictured) is set to earn his 53rd cap on the flank, while Dillyn Leyds will make his fourth appearance and first start on the wing, in place of Raymond Rhule.Scrum-half Ross Cronje has recovered from the illness that forced him to miss the record defeat to New Zealand in round four, while hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle returns to the fold after a four-year absence and is named on the bench.Encouragingly for the Springboks, none of the last seven games between the sides has resulted in an away victory, with Australia’s last success in South Africa coming in 2011, since when they have lost four on the spin in the country.Meanwhile, Michael Cheika has taken the opportunity to blood three rookies in the Bloemfontein cauldron, handing Izack Rodda, Jack Dempsey and Marika Koroibete their first test starts.Rodda comes in ahead of Rob Simmons, Dempsey gets the nod ahead of Ned Hanigan and Koroibete, having made his debut against Argentina a fortnight ago, has been preferred to Henry Speight.A repeat of the 23-23 draw in Perth earlier this month would result in the Springboks losing 0.45 of a point and dropping one place to fourth with Ireland the beneficiaries.The most the Springboks can gain in victory is 0.81 of a point, for a win of more than 15 points, while even a narrow win for the Wallabies would see them replace the Springboks in third.last_img read more

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Blackwater stumped: Where in the world is Chris Ellis?

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES View comments Italy’s decline can be traced to Serie A’s problems Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy continues to be stumped as to where Fil-Am wingman Chris Ellis is—or what his basketball plans are.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I have been in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneSince being dealt, Ellis has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of or heard from the former Slam Dunk champion—until a cryptic tweet last Nov. 12.“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!” Ellis wrote. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

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Despite UAAP Finals loss, UP Maroons ‘champions in our own right’

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum UP’s inspiring run ended with a  99-81 Game 2 loss that handed Ateneo another UAAP championship on Wednesday.But instead of sulking over the bitter ending, head coach Bo Perasol wants his players to treat the experience as a stepping stone moving forward to a new era.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We can’t be focusing on what just happened, we have to focus on the whole season,” said Perasol, who oversaw UP’s rise from a perennial cellar-dweller to one of the league’s elites.READ: UAAP: Ateneo sweeps UP for back-to-back titles Things then went downhill for UP then as the defending champions went on an unrelenting offensive barrage throughout the game.“We need to take away some things that we need to do to be better next season. What I need them to do was to make sure that they know what they’ve accomplished and they shouldn’t focus on what we cannot do.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Perasol took over Fighting Maroons, who had just finished Season 78 with a 3-11 record good for a last-place tie with Adamson University, in his first year.It wasn’t a easy road filled with high expectations, but after three seasons the former Fighting Maroon was able to lead them to their Final Four appearance since 1997 and first championship round since winning the title in 1986.“We can’t be myopic in saying that we lost the game. Of course we lost, but all in all, we became champions in our own rights,” said Perasol who played for UP from 1989 to 1993. “Ateneo was better than us and there was no way we could’ve won against that team if we played the same way.”READ: UP Maroons head to first UAAP finals stint in 32 years UP was bamboozled as early in the first quarter when Ateneo showed its championship class with a 17-5 run to take a 25-13 lead heading into the second period.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ONE: Folayang admits Jomary Torres in for tough challenge vs Mei Yamaguchi University of the Philippines’ Cinderella clock has struck midnight.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

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Candle Fire Guts 7 Bedroom House

first_imgAn unattended candle last week Friday set ablaze a seven bedroom house valued at US$5,000.00 in the Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The fire left homeless 30 persons who have taken refuge with relatives and friends.The victims lost personal effects amounting to thousands of dollars.The proprietor of the house, an employee of the Department of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), William S. Kollie, told the Daily Observer yesterday that US$2,000 and LD25,000 cash burned in the fire.He said he has written to the director of Disaster Management of the Liberian National Red Cross Society requesting emergency relief for the victims.“They need food, clothes, cooking utensils and medicine,” said Kollie.Asked what materials were needed to rebuild the house, Mr. Kollie said, “we need zinc, steel rods, planks, cement, sand and nails.”He also appealed for financial contributions from the general public and private institutions.Mr. Kollie said anyone wishing to render material or financial assistance may contact him at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on Broad Street or by mobile phone +231-886-847-788.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ECOWAS Commission, Partners Launch Free Movement in W. Africa

first_imgEconomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission will partner with the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) to study and document the dynamics of free movement and migration in the ECOWAS region and Mauritania. A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the ECOWAS Commission and its partners launched a call for proposals for Non-State Actors (NSAs) on June 30, 2015 at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. The exercise sought to promote an active engagement of NSAs and collaborating local authorities in information and protection activities for the benefit of migrants and cross-border populations in West Africa.In launching the project, the ECOWAS Director for Free Movement and Tourism, N’Fally Sanoh, said that NSAs were important to the study, because they were best placed to reach out to migrants and cross-border populations in West Africa.Mr. Alan Munday, on behalf of the Delegation of the EU to ECOWAS, disclosed that the EU has been supporting civil society’s action in protecting the rights of migrants in the amount of 11.5 million Euros to help protect migrants and eradicate human trafficking across West Africa.Also speaking, the IOM’s Chief of Mission, Ms. Enira Krdzalic, said that the NSAs Fund will provide grants up to 100,000 Euros to successful civil society organizations and other NSAs to implement projects based on the Call for Proposals in ECOWAS member states and Mauritania.For her part, the FMM West Africa Representative Coordinator, Ms. Taibatou Sidibe, encouraged participations from all 15 West African countries and Mauritania to apply. She said the first step in the application process was the submission of a Concept Note on themes on free movement and migration in the ECOWAS region.FMM West Africa would invite applicants with successful Concept Notes to submit full proposals. The deadlines for Concept Notes and Proposals are July 31 and September 30, 2015, respectively. Grant Agreements will be signed this November, while selected projects will begin in January, 2016.According to Ms Sidibe, eligible applicants to receive grants from the Fund must be legally registered NSAs in one of the 15 ECOWAS Member States or Mauritania. Interested applicants can download the Guidelines for Applicants and templates for the project proposals at the FMM West Africa website (www.fmmwestafrica.com ).Eligible NSAs include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social partners (trade unions, employer’s organizations), business groups (corporations and business/trade associations), traders and transporters syndicates, media organizations and migrants associations. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in partnership with local authorities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kobe feels the love as All-Star MVP

first_imgBryant had 31 points and six assists in the Western Conference’s 153-132 victory Sunday night, leading a dominant offensive effort as a scorer and playmaker for a roster short on point guards. Five years ago, Bryant also scored 31 points in the West’s victory in Philadelphia – but the famously crusty fans booed him every time he touched the ball, eventually roaring their disapproval when the kid from the upper-class suburbs got his MVP trophy. While declining to directly address the Philadelphia brouhaha, insisting “Philly was great,” Bryant was determined to enjoy this moment under neon lights. “As players, we always want to feel like we’re appreciated for what we do,” Bryant said. “To have this type of reaction here in this All-Star Game is very humbling. I just feel very blessed to be able to come out and put on a really good show.” Bryant was visibly shaken by that reaction in Philly – but five years afterward, he got nothing but cheers all weekend long. The rehabilitation of Bryant’s national image after his well-documented sexual-assault controversy also took yet another step forward with a sterling performance in the league’s midseason showcase. “He played within the flow of the game,” fellow West starter Tracy McGrady said. “It wasn’t like he was trying to take every shot, come down and get his game off. He had a few assists. He played well. You couldn’t tell he was going after the MVP.” That respect from his teammates was yet another sign of Bryant’s growing maturity. And it didn’t hurt that the nine-time all-star was easily the Vegas crowd’s favorite player, both at Saturday’s competitions and in Sunday’s showcase event. LAS VEGAS – The first time Kobe Bryant won this award, he got booed in his hometown of Philadelphia. He picked up his second Most Valuable Player trophy from the NBA All-Star Game much closer to his West Coast home – and the Lakers guard got nothing but love in a city that adores its showmen. center_img Bryant judged the dunk competition after finishing second to Dwyane Wade in the skills competition, when the crowd even cheered him after he failed four straight times to make a simple chest pass through a hoop. Though he jokingly professed to hate the idea of an NBA franchise in Las Vegas because southern Nevada is Lakers territory, it’s clear Bryant would be welcome here in any uniform. “We have two preseason games here normally, and they’re extremely supportive here,” Bryant said. “I definitely think they could support (an NBA team).” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Amazing glaze

first_img One large grocer, Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., has regional chicken flavors such as tandoori and apricot glaze. Company spokesman Gary Rhodes said the grocer hasn’t ruled out selling other rotisserie meats, though. “We believe there may be opportunities to expand into other fresh meats,” Rhodes said. Andy Seymour, a vice president of sales and marketing for Perdue’s deli line, conceded that the rotisserie chickens offered in grocery stores haven’t changed much since the concept took off more than a decade ago. “There’s not a been lot of new flavors in that category, and there’s a real need for that,” he said. It didn’t used to be this way. Starting in the late 1980s, fueled by the popularity of rotisserie chickens in restaurants such as Boston Market, chicken processors started pre-marinating birds so grocery stores could join the trend. A few years later came different flavors – cue the lemon pepper and barbecue – and time-pressed shoppers snapped them up for easy dinners. “It answers the question, what’s for dinner?” said Perry Fleming of Jubilee Festival grocery stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “There’s very little time involved with taking them home and serving them. People see it as healthy and convenient.” But maybe grocers haven’t done a good job selling the birds, said food industry analyst Phil Lempert, editor of SupermarketGuru.com. “It has to be theater,” Lempert said, noting that high-end stores that keep their rotisserie cases gleaming, sometimes with shooting flames, have maintained sales growth of rotisserie birds. “In traditional supermarkets, you look at that rotisserie case and you get sick to your stomach. They haven’t done a good job keeping it clean and making it appealing,” Lempert said. And new meats will give chickens more competition. Lempert noted the Brazilian steakhouse fad that has people packing restaurants that serve hot cuts of steak and pork. “We’re going to see more rotisserie everything,” he said. At Food Lion, a North Carolina-based chain of 1,220 grocery stores, spokesman Jeff Lowrance said rotisserie chickens are still popular, though the grocer is considering adding other meats, perhaps in 2006. “You want to offer things customers want,” Lowrance said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was growing in the double digits there for a while,” said the council’s vice president, Bill Roenigk. The slackening growth is being tackled in a test kitchen in Salisbury, headquarters of Perdue Farms Inc., the nation’s third-largest chicken producer. Cutting into a steaming chicken nearly black with a spice rub of garlic, basil, rosemary and oregano, Perdue product marketing manager John Moore says shoppers still love rotisserie chickens. They just want their birds to have more zip. “We’re thinking more robust flavors,” Moore said. “Americans are becoming more sophisticated in their palates.” So Perdue is rolling out a spicier Italian flavor, called Tuscan, and has already tested a new line for Latino shoppers, called Perdue La Cocina. SALISBURY, Md. – Has rotisserie chicken, once the darling of the grocery store, lost its sizzle? The ready-cooked birds flew off grocers’ shelves in the 1990s, but sales have begun leveling off, industry estimates show. A growing number of grocers worry customers are getting a little bored of the chickens, even in lemon pepper or barbecue flavors, and they’re throwing new meats on the skewer. Coming soon: rotisserie pork loins and beef. “You don’t want to eat chicken every day,” said Barry Loy of Supermarket Operations, an eight-store grocery chain based in Mississippi. His stores still sell rotisserie chickens, but now they’re experimenting with hot baby-back ribs, smoked sausage and ham. “It’s probably growing faster than the chicken,” he said of the beef and pork, even though they cost more. The competition from other meats has not gone unnoticed by chicken producers. Although about 750 million rotisserie chickens were sold in 2005 – two-thirds of them in grocery stores – sales growth of the birds was just about 3 percent, about the same as chickens overall, according to the National Chicken Council, based in Washington, D.C. last_img read more

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Joey Barton tears into Neymar after Liverpool clash – ‘He makes PSG worse’

first_imgJoey Barton called it years ago. Neymar is a FIFA player. Cat piss in real life if you press and bully him. #Neymar #JoeyBarton @Joey7Barton #UCL— Tom (@tomdanielwatson) September 18, 2018And Barton has now claimed Neymar actually makes PSG a worse team, saying Neymar only plays for himself.“I haven’t rated him for a while,” the Fleetwood Town manager said on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s a phenomenal player, but he just plays for himself.“I think he’s adversely affected that PSG team, I think they were better before they signed him. Joey Barton has continued his campaign against Brazilian star Neymar, tearing into his ‘disgraceful’ performance during Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool.The world’s most expensive player has been universally slammed for his display at Anfield, where Jurgen Klopp’s men claimed a stunning late 3-2 win to continue their flying start to the season.Neymar was a passenger throughout and even had his manager, Thomas Tuchel, fuming on the sidelines over his lack of effort.It was not the performance anyone would expect from a player who cost €200million.Barton – never shy to speak his mind –  has spoken out against Neymar in the past, but was widely ridiculed when he branded the Brazil ace ‘overrated’ during his glittering spell at Barcelona. “If you’re going to be successful at any level, whether that’s Fleetwood Town in League One, the Premier League or the Champions League, you need to be a team.“I didn’t see that from PSG, I was really disappointed with them, and Liverpool deservedly won the game.”Listen back to Joey Barton on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Liverpool’s Firmino, Salah, and Mane are one of the best attacking trios in European football “I know he’s a wonderful player and he brings a lot of revenue for the club, it’s probably why they’ve got the Air Jordan arm of Nike as a kit sponsor because of his flamboyance.“But he was a disgrace, actually, for the way he played against Liverpool.“I didn’t half feel sorry for the full-back. He got no cover at all from Neymar, who was just doing his own thing.“Mbappe wasn’t good either, but at least he had a run around, at least he had half a go.“PSG want to be a top side and they are a very good team, but you can’t have your front three not defending.“Contrast them to Liverpool’s front three – all equally good players and all working incredibly hard for the team. We all made fun of Joey Barton a few years ago when he called Neymar overrated. Spoiler alert: He is. And spectacularly so— Shapeleton (@CorinBailey) September 18, 2018 Neymar has been universally panned for his performance against Liverpool 2 2 getty Neymar is the Justin Bieber of football. Brilliant on the old You Tube. Cat piss in reality…— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 25, 2013But now, it appears football fans have changed their mind…last_img read more

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VIEWPOINT: EUROPE’S TREATMENT OF CYPRUS SHOWS THE EURO IS DOOMED

first_imgVIEWPOINT: From Sean Ruddy, Carndonagh. You can send your viewpoint to info@donegaldaily.com.You don’t need any economics to grasp what Europe and the IMF have just done to the Cypriots. Anybody can imagine how awful it would be to wake up one morning and discover that their savings have just been raided. Over the previous four “rescues” of bust Eurozone countries, the details have always been immersed in technicalities: debt restructuring this, fiscal consolidation that. With Cyprus, however, an immediate tax of up to 10% on savings accounts needs little explaining. Officials may euphemise it as a bail-in but everyone else will agree, it’s a bank robbery.Pensioners are losing part of their retirement savings in order to keep afloat the island’s two big banks. According to the plan announced last weekend poorer Cypriots will be hit with a 6.75% tax on assets so as to cushion the blow on the rich, who will have to cough up 9.9%. Up until last Friday, bank deposits up to €100,000 were officially protected. Come what may, a retiree with a nest-egg of €50,000 would not have lost a cent. She is now €3,375 poorer; her only compensation will be shares in a bust bank. Inevitably, assurances come in that this is strictly a one-off levy. But they are being made by a Cyprus finance minister who just a few days ago waved off any compulsory requisition with the line “there really couldn’t be a more stupid idea”. Whenever the island’s banks reopen, his public can hardly be blamed for pulling out the rest of their savings.There are winners, of course. They number the hedge funds of Mayfair that bought Cyprus government debt betting that the euro elite would implement just such a stupid scheme. They include the dirty-money merchants who launder their cash through the tiny tax haven; under the old scheme, someone with €1m in a broken bank would have lost €900,000 – they now walk away only €99,000 worse off. The Cyprus banking system which, at about eight times the size of its GDP badly needs to be shrunk, will be propped up and go unreformed.And just as northern European politicians were happy to smear the work shy Greeks, so you will surely hear the claim that Cyprus – the Cayman Island of Europe – was always less an economy, and more a financial washing machine. What you won’t get is any explanation for why Cyprus was accepted into the euro just five years ago, why Brussels never tried to clean up the island’s financial system, or what it will do about the latest hot-money destination of Latvia.After all we’ve seen in the past couple of years, it surely comes as no surprise to see yet another euro bailout that punishes ordinary people in order to reflate a broken financial system. Nor is this the first time that unelected officials in Brussels and the IMF have drawn up a programme for political suicide and handed it to a democratically elected government of a small, weak country with the ultimatum to take it or leave it. That will be the lasting lesson from this week: it shows up again just how far the single currency has drifted from all those warm words uttered in the 90s about creating a continental shelter from turbulent globalisation. As we have seen since the sovereign debt crisis began, the euro club has bullied its poorer members into swallowing poisonous austerity and social regressiveness in order to keep a bust system on the road. In so doing they have created the conditions for fascism and racism.This weekend, as details of the Cyprus deal came out; I thought to myself “Is this the European financial system has come down to? A direct appropriation of savings because it cannot cure its systemic problems. It is not just the banks that are bankrupt. It is the whole bloody model that has run its course and we are in denial.”If even the true believers in the euro, the ones who have built their careers on it, now express such fundamental scepticism, you have to wonder how long it will last – or in what form.Sean RuddyThe Old Manse, HIllhead CarndonaghCo DonegalVIEWPOINT: EUROPE’S TREATMENT OF CYPRUS SHOWS THE EURO IS DOOMED was last modified: March 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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

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Farewell, Once Mighty Jordan River

first_imgThe Jordan River is dying.  PhysOrg said it could be dried up by next year.  Already, much of its flow is sewage.  The source streams from Mt. Hermon are diverted into farming, leaving very little to flow out of the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea.  Christian pilgrims wishing to be baptized in the famed Jordan waters are facing serious health threats from the polluted waters.    Friends of the Earth and other groups are calling for Israel and Jordan to engage in better water management, and to stop pouring raw sewage into the Jordan valley.  “Improving the flow of the Jordan River would also go a long way towards saving the Dead Sea, which is in turn withering rapidly.”  Needless to say, a rich ecosystem that once thrived along the Jordan’s banks has been adversely affected.  See also the Jerusalem Post story. It’s tragic to see a symbol of the Bible being treated badly; perhaps the governments will realize their mismanagement and do something in time.  The Jordan was once a raging torrent in wet seasons.  An old hymn talked about “Jordan’s stormy banks” and as recent as 150 years ago it was a dangerous river to cross at times.  “Crossing that old river Jordan” was often a symbol of leaving the land of sorrows to enter heaven.  Nothing on this planet is permanent, though.  Substance is more important than symbolism.    If you ever visit Israel, be sure to see the beautiful headwater streams north of the Sea of Galilee, especially near the archaeological site of Tell Dan.  The powerful torrents of clear spring water flowing over waterfalls are a beautiful sight.  They remind one of Psalm 42.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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