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LoC violations: Rajnath hikes relief for victims

first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced an increase in compensation to victims of ceasefire violations in J&K from ₹1 lakh to ₹5 lakh, while considering proposal to procure land for permanent shelters.During his tour to border district of Rajouri in the Pir Panchal valley, Mr. Singh said, “Pakistan will have to stop these (ceasefire) violations sooner or later.”The Minister said an expert group will study problems faced by the people living in border areas, which have witnessed over 400 violations in recent years.Mr. Singh reviewed the status of migrants displaced by ceasefire violations in Rajouri’s Nowshera this year. “The local administration proposed 1030 kanal State land for alternative shelters,” District Collector, Rajouri, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.The demand to include crop losses under the Prime Minister Fasal Bhima Yojana was also put forth before the Union minister.‘For equitable development of regions’Meanwhile, Mr. Singh, who concluded his four-day J&K tour on Tuesday, said the Centre was for equitable development of all three regions of J&K. “Around 6000 transit accommodations will be constructed in Kashmir valley for (Pandit) migrants. Around 3,000 jobs will be provided to them as ₹1080 crore has already been sanctioned,” he said. Centre adopting reconciliatory approach: PDPA day after Union Home minister ‘defended’ special status of J&K, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the BJP at the Centre and national opposition parties have “acknowledged the importance of the reconciliatory approach and inclusiveness to get J&K out of turbulence and mistrust”.PDP senior vice-president Mohammad Sartaj Madni said all parties have realised how important it is to review cooperative diplomacy for regional peace and mutual understanding. He said the latest assurances from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister in this regard were “very much encouraging”.Meeting with NC team A 25-member NC delegation met Mr. Singh in Jammu on Tuesday and suggested that “regional autonomy to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is a way forward to satiate aspirations of the people in three distinct regions of the State.”“Autonomous administrative structures for sub-regions on the pattern of Ladakh Hill Development Councils can defeat nefarious designs of the forces who want trifurcation of J&K,” NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana said.He expressed satisfaction over assurance of the Union Home Minister on Article 35A. “The Attorney General of India must be asked to submit a forceful counter in the apex court to safeguard Article 35A, which is endorsement of the law enacted by Maharja Hari Singh Ji 90 years ago,” he said.last_img read more

Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEU

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Academics name of the game for ISAA Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ben Mbala. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBen Mbala, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player, won’t be with La Salle when the Green Archers open their title defense in UAAP Season 80.Mbala is currently with the Cameroon national team for the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “Looking back at former players, even the good foreign players of San Beda, I don’t think they had the privilege to play for their national teams,” Calanog said.“We’re happy that Ben has developed into a player which their country feels can help them in their international competitions. Just like our local players, we hope that because of the UAAP, they are able to develop well enough for them to play for the country.”Mbala averaged 20.6 points, 16.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 assists last season to lead the Green Archers’ championship run.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ La Salle athletic director Emmanuel Calanog explained that the Cameroonian Basketball Federation personally requested the athletic big man to be a part of its roster for the continental championship from September 8 to 16.“He was requested by his national team to play for them,” he said, sharing that Mbala has left for his native country two weeks ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCameroon, the 52nd ranked nation in the world, is slotted in Group C, together with Tunisia, Guinea, and Rwanda, as it seeks to improve its ninth place finish back in 2015.Mbala will miss the La Salle’s game against Far Eastern University on Sunday and National University on Sept. 18 if Cameroon makes it to the finals. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

NCAA: Marcelino twins lead Lyceum past Mapua in grindout win

first_imgBecoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MAPUA 71—Serrano 17, Bonifacio 15, Victoria 9, Lugo 7, Gamboa 7, Bunag 4, Gonzales 3, Nieles 3, Aguirre 3, Garcia 3, Nocum 0, Salenga 0, Jabel 0.Quarters: 13-19, 36-33, 55-46, 77-71. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments MOST READ The Marcelino siblings combined for 24 points and had three steals, all of them in a crucial stretch in the fourth when the Cardinals threatened to steal the game away.Mike Nzeusseu likewise controlled paint for the Pirates throughout as the Lyceum pivotman was just too big, too powerful for the Cardinals, whose defeat sent them a notch lower in the standings at fifth with a 7-7 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Pirates, losing finalists the past two seasons, moved within a game away from clinching a third straight Final Four appearance.LYCEUM 77—Jc. Marcelino 14, Nzeusseu 13, Jv. Marcelino 10, Remulla 8, Pretta 8, Caduyac 7, Navarro 6, Ibanez 4, Tansingco 3, Yong 2, Valdez 2, Santos 0. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Gilas Pilipinas preparing for SEA Games like it’s World Cup For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MANILA, Philippines–Wonder twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino proved to be the catalyst that Lyceum needed as the Pirates continued their winning ways in a hard-fought 77-71 victory over the Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir: Wahabi-controlled mosques on the rise, security forces tightening vigil

first_imgAt a time when the militancy is on a rise in Jammu and Kashmir, military commanders are also worried about the rising influence and number of mosques controlled by Wahabi groups there.Army sources said the security forces are keeping an eye on the increasing number of mosques affiliated to these groups which are fast becoming popular among youth as they are being funded through oil money pumped in from the Gulf countries.”The number of mosques controlled by Wahabis including the Ahle Hadith has gone up quite substantially in the last 10-15 years as they have almost doubled from around 1,000 mosques to around 2,000 with most of the youth opting for them than the traditional Kashmiri Sufi shrines,” sources said here.Unlike the followers of the old Sufi shrines, Ahle Hadith mosques are considered to be more radical where men sport beards and don skull caps while their pants and lowers are slightly above the ankle which is one of the tenets to be observed by the followers.The funding for these mosques and madarsas comes from sources in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries where oil money is transferred from promoting their brand of Islam among the followers.It has been seen that the funding in Kashmir is so well channeled that there is lavish use of marble in building the structures and effort is to make them look pompous and attract the youth.”If a traditional mosque comes up in two to three years, the funding for these Wahabi controlled mosques is such that they are completed within six months and with lot of investment to attract the youngsters who can be potential recruits for terrorists in the future,” the sources said.advertisementOn whether the security forces are keeping a vigil on the activities there, the sources said the forces are trying to do that but the number of these mosques has gone up so high that it was becoming a herculean task to do so.The influence of the Wahabis has also changed the nature of the insurgency in Kashmir as from seeking freedom for Kashmir, the narrative has changed totally as the terrorists are now fighting for the cause of Islam.ALSO READ |  Stone pelters on hire in Kashmir: India Today nails Valley’s insidious villainsALSO READ |  Tried to ease tension, Pakistan responded with Pathankot, Uri attacks: Arun Jaitley  ALSO WATCH | Hizbul’s Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, 6 more terrorists killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmirlast_img read more

India end Australia tour with loss in the final match

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team lost 2-5 to world no.2 Australia in the fifth and final match here to end their campaign with a whimper.Trent Mitton (11th and 24th minutes), Flynn Ogilvie (3rd), Blake Govers (28th) and Tim Brand (43rd) scored for the hosts while Nilakanta Sharma (12th) and Rupinderpal Singh (53rd) sounded the board for India.India had a chance to take an early lead but it was cleared by Eddie Ockenden.Australia drew first blood in the third minute as Ogilvie managed to get the final touch.Nilakanta Sharma spurned a glorious chance when he failed to trap a Mandeep Singh penalty corner in the eighth minute.The hosts won their first penalty corner in the 10th minute, but the shot was blocked by India, and cleared away.But their joy was shortlived as Australia’s Mitton took advantage of a defensive error to fire the ball past Pathak to make it 2-0.The Indians got one back when Gursahibjit played a pass into the circle from the left flank, and Nilakanta got the last touch to put the ball into the back of the net, and pull a goal back in the 12th minute.Mitton made it 3-1 when he turned and fired the ball past PR Sreejesh into the back of the net after 24 minutes.In the 29th minute, Gurinder Singh was controversially fined for pushing inside the 16-yard line by the umpire, with the resulting penalty corner witnessing Blake Govers fire a shot past Sreejesh’s left side into the back of the net to make it 4-1 at the half-time.advertisementIndia got a second goal after repeated forays, but it was all too little too late when in the 53rd minute Rupinderpal converted a penalty corner to make it 5-2.Also Read | Playing Australia will boost our confidence, says India hockey captain Manpreet Singhlast_img read more

OnePlus 6T will get discounted in India by Rs 1,500, but only for a limited period so hurry up

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiDecember 27, 2018UPDATED: December 28, 2018 10:36 IST HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus 6T has emerged as the most preferred premium Android smartphone according to IDC.The 6T has been launched in India for a starting price of Rs 37,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant.The exclusive OnePlus 6T sale will kick off starting December 29.OnePlus 6T has emerged as the most preferred premium Android smartphone according to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Consumer PULSE research study. The 6T has been launched in India for a starting price of Rs 37,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. But OnePlus has decided to discount the price of its latest flagship – OnePlus 6T — by Rs 1500. OnePlus on Thursday announced its exclusive New Year offers for OnePlus 6T buyers. The exclusive OnePlus 6T sale will kick off starting December 29.In order to celebrate the company’s successful year in India and astounding success of the OnePlus 6T in such a short span of time, OnePlus has announced exclusive limited period offers for OnePlus 6T buyers. These offers will be available on Amazon India store only and will go live starting December 29 and last until January 6, 2019.The key highlight among the year-end offers include Rs 1,500 instant discount on all EMI transactions using HDFC Bank credit and debit cards on purchase of the OnePlus 6T from Amazon India store. OnePlus has also announced that all customers purchasing the OnePlus 6T via,, Croma outlets and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores will also be able to avail six months of No-cost EMI.In addition to these offers, OnePlus has also announced that the existing OnePlus users will be eligible for an additional Rs 2,000 off on exchange of their old OnePlus device for the OnePlus 6T. This offer is applicable only on purchases happening on, and on all OnePlus exclusive offline stores. Well, OnePlus also has an offer for non-OnePlus users. Customers with no OnePlus device will receive an additional Rs 1,500 off on exchange of their old device.advertisementCurrently, OnePlus 6T is available across all channels including, and Reliance Digital, Croma outlets and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores for a starting price of Rs 37,999. This price is for the base model of the phone with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage model. The second model of the OnePlus 6T comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and retails for Rs 41,999 while the top-end model of the phone comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and sells for Rs 45,999. OnePlus has recently launched the McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 6T with 10GB RAM, 256GB storage and 30W wrap charge for Rs 50,999As far as the specs are concerned, the OnePlus 6T sports a 6.41-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 86 per cent. The phone is powered by the same hardware found inside the OnePlus 6 – Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with up to 10GB RAM and 256GB storage. On the software front, the phone runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box and comes packed with a much bigger battery of 37000mah battery.ALSO READ | OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T finally get stable Android Pie updateALSO READ | OnePlus 6T review: Perfect to a TALSO READ | OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition quick review: Some extra speed and a dash of orangeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow OneplusFollow OnePlus 6T OnePlus 6T will get discounted in India by Rs 1,500, but only for a limited period so hurry upIn order to celebrate the company’s successful year in India and astounding success of the OnePlus 6T in such a short span of time, OnePlus has announced exclusive limited period offers for OnePlus 6T buyers.advertisementlast_img read more

Port Authority of Valencia to Upgrade Its Three Ports

first_imgzoom Spain’s Port Authority of Valencia (APV) has unveiled its intentions to invest more than EUR 233 million (USD 244.5 million) into its three ports until 2020.The investment covers the three state-owned ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía.The port authority said that it would invest EUR 56.1 million into modernization works in 2017, while the remaining amount of EUR 177 million would be invested during the period from 2018 to 2020.A total of EUR 35.4 million of the amount would be used to provide new berths, port facilities and access roads at the port of Valencia in 2017, as well as undertake dredging operations at the Príncipe Felipe and Levante docks.The works are expected to increase the draft of Valencia’s three terminals to 18 meters as the ports prepare to welcome containerships carrying up to 18,000 TEU.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Seaspan Ferries to Expand Fleet with New LNGHybrid Vessels

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: CNW Group/Seaspan ULC Canadian transport provider Seaspan Ferries will be adding two new liquid natural gas (LNG) – battery hybrid ferries to its fleet in 2021. The 149-meter-long vessels will be constructed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem B.V. at their Mangalia Shipyard in Romania, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019.Featuring 1,034 lane metres, the new roll-on/roll-off units would join the Seaspan Swift and the Seaspan Reliant, the company’s first hybrid ferries, commissioned just over two years ago.Since introducing these vessels to their fleet, Seaspan Ferries has been able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining a high level of performance and reliability for its drop-trailer service between the Mainland terminals and Vancouver Island.“Within their first two years of service, our existing LNG hybrid vessels have operated with emission reductions of over 50% compared to traditional vessels; a large part of which is directly linked to the use of LNG fuel,” Frank Butzelaar, CEO Seaspan Marine Transportation, said.“Expanding our fleet of LNG vessels will allow us to further expand our service offering and reduce emissions at the same time. It’s the right decision for the business and for the environment,” Butzelaar added.last_img read more

Resident doctors on strike against NMC bill withdraw emergency services

first_imgNew Delhi: Healthcare services at several government hospitals, including AIIMS and RML here, were disrupted on Thursday as resident doctors went on a strike and withdrew all services including that at the emergency department to protest a key legislation that seeks to regulate the medical education sector. Resident doctors have threatened to continue the strike for an indefinite period if the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill is tabled and passed in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Resident doctors will refrain from working in OPDs, emergency departments and ICUs as a mark of protest. Amid widespread protests by the medical fraternity, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in a tweet on Wednesday night said he would table the NMC bill for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. He also assured countrymen that the “historic” bill, if passed, would bring “mega changes in the medical education sector”. The bill, which seeks to replace the graft-tainted Medical Council of India (MCI), had got the nod of Lok Sabha on July 29. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, president, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA), charged that the bill was “anti-poor, anti-student and undemocratic”. Resident Doctors’ Associations (RDA) of the AIIMS, RML and some other hospitals in the city had given notices to the respective administrations regarding the strike on Wednesday. Several Delhi government hospitals too have joined the the stir on the call of FORDA. “OPD services are closed and no new cards will be made for any patients. Services are expected to be hit in emergency department too, but we will try to manage,” LNJP MS Dr Kishore Singh told PTI. LNJP is the largest facility under the Delhi government. Resident doctors at AIIMS will hold a demonstration on Thursday and march towards Parliament in the afternoon. Following the strike notice, several hospital authorities have put in place contingency plans for the smooth functioning of healthcare services as a part of which emergency services will function with the help of sponsored residents/pool officers and faculty members. “In addition, faculty members of other medical/surgical departments wherever applicable will also be deployed in the emergency. Further ICUs will also be managed with the help of sponsored residents/pool officers and faculty members. “Inpatient (general and private) wards patient care services, labour room and maternity operation theatre (OT) and support services will function normally and will be supervised by the faculty of hospital administration concerned,” according to the contingency plan drawn by AIIMS. While the out patient department (OPD), dialysis, radio-diagnosis and laboratory diagnosis services are scheduled to function on a restricted basis, routine operation theatre services will largely remain suspended on Friday, the authorities said. Emergency cases of operations will be taken up as per requirement while for routine OT services patients will be taken up for surgery as per feasibility and mutual agreement between concerned faculty of surgery and anaesthesiology. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has also expressed reservations over several sections of the bill, had given a call for a 24-hour withdrawal of non-essential services on Wednesday across the country. It has warned in a statement that it will intensify the agitation if the government continues to be “indifferent to our concerns”. At a joint meeting of representatives of the FORDA, the URDA and the RDA-AIIMS held on Tuesday, it was resolved to oppose the NMC Bill, 2019 in its current form. “It is to inform all concerned that a gross breach of medical ethics and utter disregard for the noble profession in the form of the NMC Bill has been passed in Lok Sabha and is also scheduled to be tabled in Rajya Sabha.” “The provisions of the said bill are nothing short of draconian and promote gross incompetence and mockery of professionals currently working day and night and sacrificing their youth for this broken system.” “If it is tabled in its current form in Rajya Sabha without any amendments, the medical fraternity across the country will be forced to resort to extreme measures, which may hamper healthcare services nationwide. We will withdraw from essential and non-essential services from hospitals for an indefinite period,” the AIIMS RDA, the FORDA and the Untied-RDA said in a joint statement. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday even as thousands of doctors protested against it across the country. It provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of the MCI for development and regulation of all aspects of medical education, profession and institutions. The fraternity claims that the bill will encourage quackery. Doctors are demanding certain amendments in the bill. According to them, if not amended, the bill will lead to deterioration of medical education and degradation of healthcare services. They are objecting to section 45 of the bill, which, they claim, empowers the Union government to override any suggestion of the National Medical Commission. “The autonomy and pride of the entire medical fraternity has been surrendered to whims and fancies of politicians and bureaucrats even as the Union health minister is a doctor himself,” AIIMS RDA president Amarinder Singh Malhi and president of its students’ union Mukul Kumar had said in a joint statement.last_img read more

Canadian Natural reports 28B Q2 profit up from 982M a year ago

first_imgCALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. second-quarter profit climbed to beat analyst estimates as higher crude prices helped to offset lower production volumes.The Calgary-based oil company says net earnings in its second quarter grew to $2.8 billion, or $2.36 per diluted share, up sharply from $982 million or 80 cents during the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, its quarterly earnings for the three-month period ended June 30 amounted to $1.04 billion or 87 cents per diluted share, down from $1.28 billion or $1.04 a year earlier. The Canadian Press Analysts on average had expected a profit of 85 cents per diluted share and net income of $1.049 billion, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Daily production averaged 1,025,800 barrels of oil equivalent, down from 1,050,376 in the second quarter of 2018.The higher oil price was partially offset by lower oil production volumes in the oilsands mining and upgrading segment.The Alberta government mandated oil production curtailments that started in January, lowering production volumes and strengthening heavy oil prices.center_img Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

UK court denies bail to Nirav Modi for third time

first_imgLondon: A UK court Wednesday denied bail to Nirav Modi for the third time, saying the fugitive diamond merchant who is the main accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case amounting to up to USD 2 billion would fail to surrender.Dressed in a light blue shirt and trousers, the 48-year-old appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot and sat behind a glass enclosure as the hearing got underway. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghModi’s defence team doubled the bail security to 2 million pounds and offered he would stay on 24-hour curfew at his London flat. “Conditions in Wandsworth (prison) are unliveable… Modi is willing to abide by any conditions you choose to impose,” his barrister Clare Montgomery told the Judge during the lengthy hearing. However, the judge was not convinced. “This is a large fraud and the doubling of security to 2 million pounds is not enough to cover a combination of concerns that he would fail to surrender (if bail is granted),” said Judge Arbuthnot. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadEarlier, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of Indian authorities, said Modi should not be granted bail as the evidence presented by the defence does not amount to change of circumstances required to third bail application. Modi’s defence team, led by barrister Motgomery who was also the barrister for former Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya in his extradition case – opposed the CPS claims of Modi being a flight risk. He is believed to have been living in the UK on an Investor Visa, applied for in 2015 at a time when the so-called golden visa route was relatively easier for super-rich individuals. PTIlast_img read more

Spanish Government to Trigger Article 155 Suspending Catalonia Autonomy

By Sana ElouaziRabat – After weeks of tense negotiations with the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, resolved this Thursday to trigger Article 155 of the Constitution, which will allow him to suspend the autonomy of Catalonia, said an official statement.The Spanish government has announced that Article 155, which was never used since the restoration of democracy in 1978, will be activated on Saturday during a meeting of the Spanish Council of Ministers. What is Article 155?Spain is a unitary but highly decentralized state, as the Constitution of 1978 gave its 17 “autonomous communities” extensive powers in fields such as health and education. However, safeguards exist to allow the central government to intervene directly in a region’s affairs in a time of crisis.Among them, Article 155 says that if a regional government “doesn’t comply with the obligations of the Constitution or other laws it imposes, or acts in a way that seriously undermines the interests of Spain,” the national government may take then “the necessary measures” to compel a region to respect its “obligations.”While article doesn’t provide details on these “necessary measures,” Catalan officials and elected officials could be suspended, while the head of Catalonia could be replaced by the prefect of Catalonia, the main representative of the central state in the region.Under this article, Madrid could also dissolve the Catalan Parliament to convene new regional elections.Activation of Article 155After the independence referendum held October 1, the Spanish government told Catalonian President Puigdemont he had until October 10 to clarify whether the region had declared independence, to which the president responded by asking for time for dialogue.Then, the Spanish government issued on October 16 a second ultimatum, stating that Puidgemont had until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 19 to officially declare independence, or else Article 155 would be enforced.Puidgemont’s reply arrived at 9:50 a.m. in a short letter addressed to the Prime Minister Rajoy, saying that Catalonia had not declared independence yet, but could do so if Madrid continued its “repression,”particularly by suspending autonomy via the trigger of Article 155.“If the government of the State persists in preventing dialogue and pursuing repression, the Parliament of Catalonia may, if it considers it appropriate, proceed to vote a formal declaration of independence which wasn’t voted on October 10,”he wrote.“Despite our efforts of dialogue, the suspension of autonomy is the only response provided by the government which indicates a lack of awareness of the problem.”Puigdemont did not clarify his position regarding the declaration of independence despite the expiration of the ultimatum of Madrid.The Spanish government said that it considers that he has not responded to its request and intends to go ahead with the suspension of autonomy of the region.In his letter, Puigdemont also called for a meeting to be held “as soon as possible” and proposed a two-month deadline for negotiations with Madrid to find a political solution tothe crisis in Catalonia. read more

Corporate profits slide with manufacturing resources in biggest slump

TORONTO — Canadian corporate profits have declined in five of the past six quarters and are now 16% below their post-recession peak in late 2011, according to a study released Tuesday by TD Bank.“This decline is not as bad as during the last recession, but it is approaching the performance Canadian firms saw during the U.S. downturn in 2000-2001,” TD economist Leslie Preston writes.Key export-driven sectors like manufacturing and resources have seen the most weakness.The resource sector’s corporate profit performance has followed closely with commodity prices, which fell last year and remain below a post-recession peak in set in early 2011.“So far in 2013, generally higher commodity prices have helped drive encouraging growth in resource sector profits, although the sector is still in the red over the past six quarters as a whole,” Preston writes.Manufacturers face competitive challenges, not only from a relatively strong loonie but also because unit labour costs have risen in Canada since the recession but remain flat in the United States, TD says.Profits in more domestically-oriented industries have held up better, although they too have seen their pace of growth slow dramatically compared to the pre-recession period.The study says the weakness in corporate profit can be seen in the way Canada’s equity markets have underperformed the United States since the lows seen in October 2011.Looking ahead, however, TD expects profit performance to show modest improvement over the coming quarters, led by the export and resource-oriented sectors, as stronger economic growth in the United States next year will help lift U.S. demand.U.S. economic growth will be weaker than anticipated in the near-term because of the recent government shutdown, but TD expects that the lost activity will be recouped next year.The bank says commodity prices should also improve, although further gains are likely to be modest, and domestic demand growth is also likely to be slow.“Echoing the forecast for growth in the economy as a whole, corporate Canada should see better days ahead, but not a return to the heydays seen prior to the recession,” Preston said. read more

Carson Wentz aims to continue success vs Redskins

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz put all his skills on display against the Washington Redskins last season.He showed off his strong arm, his accuracy, his running skills, ability to escape and toughness in two double-digit wins, helping the Philadelphia Eagles to the No. 1 seed in the NFC before a knee injury ended his season.The Eagles (5-6) need Wentz to play at that level Monday night when they host the Redskins (6-5) in an important division game. The Cowboys (7-5) lead the NFC East and the defending Super Bowl champions are a victory away from heading to Dallas for a first-place showdown.First, the Eagles must beat Washington. It starts with Wentz.The Redskins expect to see him at his best even though he’s still less than a year removed from surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments.“He’s a big-frame guy,” Redskins defensive co-ordinator Greg Manusky said. “Andrew Luck is very similar, Ben (Roethlisberger) same thing. Just guys that can (be difficult to) actually get them down physically. But overall on the back end, you have to be able to plaster. The first game we didn’t plaster. I think on the first possession then they got a score.“But overall on the back end, we have to make sure to plaster because he can extend plays, get out of the pocket and break some tackles that you see that he does a lot. We have to make sure we plaster on the backside.”On Philadelphia’s opening drive of the 2017 season, Wentz made a spectacular play on a 58-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor that kicked off a victory at Washington. He spun away from a defender and eluded another in the pocket before scrambling away and heaving a deep pass to Agholor.He did it again to the Redskins on a Monday night a month later.In the third quarter of that game, Wentz somehow escaped a sack, stayed upright, took a hit and tossed a TD pass while falling forward.Then early in the fourth quarter, Wentz appeared to be sacked — television and radio announcers both called one — but he ducked under a mass of bodies and escaped for a long run.All three plays came on third downs. That type of magic has been missing from Philadelphia’s offence this season. Part of the reason is Wentz hasn’t been able to extend plays with his legs.“If there are opportunities to take off and get a first down, protect yourself, slide, then we need that to stay on the field,” coach Doug Pederson said. “I think that’s one area that we can, on third down, particularly, to make sure we do stay on the field, is utilize his ability to run.”But Pederson doesn’t believe Wentz is reluctant to run because of his knee.“No, he just hasn’t had as many opportunities yet this year,” Pederson said.Wentz has only run for 100 yards in nine games. Last season, he rushed for 299 in 13. He also doesn’t blame it on his recovery from knee surgery.“There’s no kind of just get back into it, feel your way into it,” he said. “I was trying to take this thing full speed and run with it. So I never want it to be one of those excuses.”Wentz has put up similar passing numbers to last season when he finished third in NFL MVP voting. His completion rate is a career-best 69.7 per cent and his passer rating is 100.8, down from 101.9. He has 16 TD passes and six interceptions, including three in a 48-7 loss at New Orleans.“He’s just taking it in stride and kind of knows the system a little bit better of course,” Manusky said. “He’s having a lot of success and he’s playing good.”On the opposite side, the Redskins are trying to imitate Philadelphia’s success with a backup quarterback. Nick Foles stepped in for Wentz and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title.Colt McCoy threw three picks in his first start since replacing the injured Alex Smith. McCoy is 7-19 as a starter since Cleveland selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft.“Nobody gave them a chance last year and they went out and lost their starting quarterback and ended up winning a Super Bowl,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.“You can learn a lot from that. It’s about how the team rallies around certain people and it’s not about one guy. That defence stepped it up, that offensive line stepped it up, the running game stepped it up and of course Nick Foles did a great job in critical moments. That’s what we’re trying to do.”___More AP NFL: and Maaddi, The Associated Press read more

Gallery Ohio State kicks off spring practice

The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe Ohio State football team kicked off its spring practice sessions on Tuesday, less than two months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon, 42-20, in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.A few familiar faces were back in the fold, including redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller, as the Buckeyes get set for 14 spring practices, ending with the Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium.OSU’s 2015 season is scheduled to begin Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Home Secretary gives backing to police who ram scooter criminals

Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “I have seen nothing yet about how our colleagues will be protected when the worst happens…Will they be backed? Or will they be left to the mercy of the courts? Will their livelihood and liberty be put at risk? Because that is the reality. And our major concern.” The Home Secretary has offered his backing to police who ram moped thieves from their scooters saying it is “exactly what we need”.Sajid Javid said the new “tactical contact” approach was lawful and he would back officers who applied it where appropriate.He was responding to comments by Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, who questioned the legality of the tactic.The Labour frontbencher said: “Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn’t be legal for anyone. Police are not above the law.”A Labour spokesman said: “Major operational changes by the police that affect public and police officer safety need to have clear oversight and follow due process, especially where there is a potential impact for legal ramifications.”But Mr Javid, who revealed in June that his phone was taken in a moped mugging before he became Home Secretary, disputed Ms Abbott’s assessment. The Home Secretary has offered police his backing But Mr Javid’s remarks were intended to reassure officers that the Government full supports the lawful use of the tactic.Latest figures show 12,419 moped offences were recorded across the capital from January to October – a 36% fall compared with the equivalent period of 2017. Moped criminals are being targeted by policeCredit:PA He wrote on Twitter: “Risk-assessed tactical contact is exactly what we need. Criminals are not above the law.”Scotland Yard revealed that since the new tactic was introduced earlier this year, moped enabled crime was down by 36%.But police leaders have expressed concern over what action might be taken against officers if the suspects were badly injured during an operation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Home Secretary has offered police his backingCredit:PA Moped criminals are being targeted by police read more

Russian spy ship tracks Britishled military exercises in the Baltic Sea

A Russian spy ship has been tracking British-led military exercises in the Baltic Sea, the Task Group commander has revealed.The Fodor Golovin has been monitoring Britain’s “full-fat warfighting capability” in the Baltic Sea, in the largest Royal Navy deployment to the area in a century. Over 4,000 troops, including 1,100 Royal Marines, and 44 ships from seven countries have conducted wargames over recent weeks.The British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), a new nine-nation defence organisation, has been deployed in the area since May, close to the sensitive Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The deployment will end in July.Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph from Lithuania, on board HMS Albion, the Royal Navy’s flagship, Commodore James Parkin, the Commander of the UK Amphibious Task Group, said: “We expected to see Russians having a look at this new organisation and they’ve come out and had a look at us. And we’ve looked at them looking at us.“If I was going to expect a reaction, or more people being interested in us, it’s going to happen in the next few weeks. That’s what we’re looking out for and expecting and we welcome that as a sign of our ability to operate with friends”.  HMS Albion fires a 21 gun salute as the ship approaches Laboe Naval Memorial, near Kiel, Germany, decicated to sailors of all nationalities who have lost their lives at sea.  Commodore James Parkin, the Commander of the UK's Amphibious Task Group, is transferred by HMS Albion's Pacific 22 Rigid Inflatable Boat to the Norwegian patrol boat HNoMS Glimt, May 29, 2019.   “The Swedish submarines know every rock in the Baltic, they don’t need a chart,” said Captain Peter Loughton, Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, the Royal Navy’s flagship. “If you ignore the outstanding capabilities and advice that’s out there, you’ll never fight as well.“We’re not ignorant to the threats out here. We’re acutely aware that Russia has been building up its forces and asserting military power in recent years. “It’s been building up weapons in Kaliningrad and elsewhere, but that’s the reason we’re here and why we’ve been working together, to demonstrate resolve and resilience and the ability to work together. We can be pretty confident of what we can deliver. The JEF is not designed to replace Nato, rather it is “a force of friends…filling a hole in the security architecture of northern Europe between a national force and a Nato force that is only really obliged to act if you get unanimity from 30 countries [which is] hard to achieve at the best of times”, Cmdr Parkin said. (North Macedonia will become Nato’s 30th member state later this year.)Unlike Nato, all JEF members think fairly similarly in the geo-political arena but “don’t have to be tied down to a particular attitude on a particular event.“We are equipped, fuelled and armed to go on any operation, we don’t need to stop anywhere en route. I’ve got a full-fat warfighting capability,” Cmdr Parkin said.   A German Sea King helicopter conducting fast roping manoeuvres at Kiel Naval Base, Germany, with crowds watching from the jetty and ships.Credit:MoD Crown Copyright Aside from Britain and Lithuania, the JEF comprises Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and The Netherlands. The UK provides the headquarters.  A German Sea King helicopter conducting fast roping manoeuvres at Kiel Naval Base, Germany, with crowds watching from the jetty and ships. The JEF framework is not like Nato’s Article 5 that says an attack on one member is deemed to be an attack on all, but allows nations to ‘plug in’ to provide expertise where they can, if they wish. Spanish forces land on the beach at Klaipėda, Lithuania, during a demonstration alongside Royal Marines and landing craft from the Spanish, Polish, US and Royal Navies during Exercise BALTOPS, June 16, 2019. “It’s really important that we are here exercising alongside our like-minded partner nations that all have an interest in the region, not just to suppress Russian supremacy but to legitimately show freedom of navigation in this area.“The Russians have every right to be here just as we do, so there’s bound to be some interaction. It’s all been very safe and professional. We take as much interest in them as they do in us. The British and Russian ships do occasionally talk to each other over the radio to ensure safe passage of all vessels. “There’s a respectful and discreet distance in the communication – it’s certainly not banter – but there’s no provocation, no miscalculation or misunderstanding,” Capt Loughton said.  Operating alongside other nations has allowed British forces to learn about military capabilities that the UK doesn’t have.Royal Marine Commandos have been learning how to deploy from Norwegian Skjold-Class fast patrol boats, designed to operate in fjords up to 60 knots, triple the speed of any UK fast patrol boats, with the most modern missile system and a radar cross section smaller than a yacht.Lessons will be taken into the Future Commando Force, work which is due to start later this year.  Z Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines, disembarking a landing craft on to the vehicle deck inside HMS Albion after a week exercising in Denmark; a chance to get dry clothes, hot food and wash their kit. The deployment will run from May 24 – July 9, 2019 in the Baltic Sea region. Spanish forces land on the beach at Klaipėda, Lithuania, during a demonstration alongside Royal Marines and landing craft from the Spanish, Polish, US and Royal Navies during Exercise BALTOPS, June 16, 2019.Credit:MoD Crown Copyright Commodore James Parkin, the Commander of the UK’s Amphibious Task Group, is transferred by HMS Albion’s Pacific 22 Rigid Inflatable Boat to the Norwegian patrol boat HNoMS Glimt, May 29, 2019.  Credit:MoD Crown Copyright Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Speaking alongside her Lithuanian opposite number on June 28, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “In an unstable world marked by rising state-on-state competition, cyber-attacks on the increase, and terrorism a daily threat, there is a greater need for like-minded nations to stand together.“We are judged by the company we keep, and the Joint Expeditionary Force is a force of friends that gives our nations the ability to respond anywhere, any time, any place, to any crisis.“This UK-led force can deploy over 10,000 personnel and is a clear example of how a Global Britain will lean forward, forge partnerships, strengthen solidarity and stand ready to combat threats.” A Royal Marine from 45 Commando on the beach at Klaipeda after disembarking an Offshore Raiding Craft as part of Exercise BALTOPS 2019.Credit:MoD Crown Copyright HMS Albion fires a 21 gun salute as the ship approaches Laboe Naval Memorial, near Kiel, Germany, decicated to sailors of all nationalities who have lost their lives at sea. Credit:MoD Crown Copyright A Royal Marine from 45 Commando on the beach at Klaipeda after disembarking an Offshore Raiding Craft as part of Exercise BALTOPS 2019. Brigadier Matt Jackson, the Commander of 3 Commando Brigade, said the Baltic deployment had enabled him to test elements of the Future Commando Force with Lithuanian forces.  “It’s what our partners want. They want reassurance and want to test our abilities so that in the event of a crisis they know we can work with them,” he said.Earlier in the deployment Royal Marines of 45 Commando and 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, alongside Dutch, Danish and Norwegian allies, practised helicopter raids, urban close quarters combat, the live firing of artillery and mortars, convoy and ambush tactics, and a dusk parachute drop.The training culminated in a night amphibious assault on a remote stretch of coastline around the towns of Esbjerg and Varde in western Denmark, taking on Danish troops. Z Company, 45 Commando RoyalMarines, disembarking a landing crafton to the vehicle deck inside HMS Albion after a week exercising in Denmark; a chance to get dry clothes, hotfood and wash their kit. The deployment will run from May 24 – July 9, 2019 in the Baltic Sea region.Credit:MoD Crown Copyright read more

HUNGARY Pick Szeged demolish Csurgo

Csurgoi KKhandballHungaryPick Szeged Three weeks before their annual super-match against Veszprém, Pick Szeged hosted last year’s bronze medalist Csurgó on Saturday. The guests strengthened their squad in the summer and were hoping to cause a major upset but instead they suffered a heavy defeat.The first five minutes produced the only real excitement in the match as goals came quickly from both sides and Szeged were unable to gain a serious lead (5th minute 3-2). This all changed when Szeged’s brilliant playmaker Mindegia scored five times in 14 minutes and the difference slowly began to grow. But the man of the match in this period was clearly Roland Mikler who showed incredible skills and his saving percentage was well over 40%. By the end of the first half Szeged had already decided the fate of the match  and went to the locker room with a comfortable lead (Half-time 16-10).In the first minutes of the second half things went from bad to worse for the guests as it took only a little more than six minutes for Pick to reach a 10-goal difference (37th minute 21-11). The score then got stuck at 23-15 for seven minutes. Tatai made sure the guests couldn’t  score but due to a long blackout in attack and several technical mistakes Pick players didn’t score either. Garcia Parrondo’s goal in the 50th minute (24-16) opened the final phase of the match. He was also the one who scored the best goal of the match after a fantastic assist from Mindegia. Vranjes’s goals concluded the match thus reaching the biggest difference.Pick Szeged-Csurgó 32:20 (16:10)Best scorers: Mindegia 5, Ilyés 4 / Szöllősi 5Text: Péter ButtyPhoto: ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL began: Strong Larvik, Gyor and Krim – Leipzig win in Metz! Next Story → FRENCH DERBY: PSG beat Montpellier! read more

Short Story The Oyster Catchers

first_imgBeth Tyrrell  grew up in Allihies,  on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and now lives in Bandon. She is a full time stay-at-home mother and a part time journalist and edits the parenting supplement of the Sunday World newspaper.Listen: The Oyster Catchers by Beth Tyrrell read by Kelly Campbell>Extract: Dubliners 100, a modern re-telling of Joyce’s tales of life in the capital I HAVE SEEN in winter the black rustling airborne mass of a murmuration, and on TV the slick quick silver stream of small fish, clouds of individual anchovies turning as one. And thought – we are all together in this world, this is how we move, this is the shape of us. But it was only a thought and it did not connect to me.All week the world was weird. On the Monday school run the trees rose grey against the grey sky, the delicate lace of their empty crowns holding air. Like helium balloons they tugged gently upwards through the cold river mist. I thought of their roots, as wet and sinuous as eels in the waterlogged earth, slipping, slipping, easing into the upwards pull so that soon they would release their hold and lift solemnly into the sky; slow the way that trees are slow. I saw them float straight upwards in the stillness of the frozen morning.On Tuesday I kissed my son at the school gates, and clicked the baby into the buggy, and set loose the dog to run and sniff. We walked the backlane and the harrowed hedgerows were hung with jewels as gaudy and iridescent as petrol backed beetles, dew drops catching the sun. They seemed on the verge of flight and though the air was frozen with quiet I could hear the buzz and hum they would make as bright clouds took to the grey air.On Wednesday I felt the world tip. Walking home from the corner shop was like walking on a water bed; each step I took rippled outwards across the tarmac and washed up in ridges at the walls of houses, dispersed back towards me and settled. I started lifting my feet higher to compensate for the way they sank into the pavement, and my stomach swam with sea sick. The buggy was hard and heavy in my hands, and the uphill push was a struggle, though I knew the hill was just a liquid thing and could roll, could collapse and swallow itself; that the hill was a rolling mobile thing and the tarmac, the houses, were just a moving meniscus. The hill was rolling under me and still I pushed upwards. I was queasy. The sun shone, and our backs were to the wind, and nothing was wrong, I didn’t feel that anything was wrong, but here was the earth flowing under me. I am so small, I thought. I am a waterboatman skating on a pond.All week I cleaned and cooked – we ate well, and my son did all his homework and went to school clean and loved. I watched soap operas with my husband in the evenings. I chatted about the weather with my neighbour.Maybe I would have been ok if I hadn’t maintained such surface order, maybe if I had allowed the tears to come I could have cried for an hour and the world would have held fast. I thought the madness could be a blessing, a glimpse of beautiful strangeness, but I knew how it went and it went more quickly this time than before. The grief came trickling, rising up around my ankles, and though the world dazzled and blazed, the grief rose simply and quickly with the liquid ease of the tide rushing quietly up through small stones, filling the spaces between, sucking back out only to come further in with the next surge. I was swamped with sadness.Outside Lidl on Thursday I felt my self start to rend, to peel, to pull apart. Raw chicken skin pulled from the carcass, only slippier than that – maybe like the oil lifting to the top of the jar of dressing, slipping and separating. The division of two things that do not meld. I thought of dark things and I thought of my own self and my stomach swam. I wore shame like shit in my hair, but in the car window I saw the reflection of just another woman, warmly dressed. Through the reflection I saw the children buckled safely in and I looked down at my hands, hanging there, and I thought, the urge to lift them will not come today. I will stand here, maybe I will lie down, maybe the rain will come and wash over me and make these fat tears invisible and maybe it will be dark and I will have peace, maybe I will sleep.I looked at the trolley of shopping, and I wished I had held it together until I had unpacked the trolley and returned it to the stack and was free from that obligation, and could relish the comfort, the ease and luxury of lying down here, hidden between the parked cars; of lying down here and dreaming of the dark rain washing over me. I looked at my hands hanging and I knew something had to be done but I didn’t know what so I lifted them and held them up before me.I looked at them, at the backs of my hands. I looked at where they are scarred and where they are not scarred.Looking at them I could step back from the rending for a moment. I thought they mostly looked like strong hands. I could see my options: to lie down in the ease and relief of madness, or to unpack the shopping trolley. I looked at the trolley and saw the amazing sanity of my work; the vegetables, the fruits, the meat, the complete absence of junk and the fact that what I had bought would feed my family exactly for an exact number of days within a terrifyingly exact budget. I looked at the firm warm bodies of my sunshine children, buckled in already and squabbling, and I took them home.That night they watched too much TV and my husband cooked, watching me cry; wary, concerned, he bent to kiss the top of my head. Such kindness. Such safety. The grief lapped high about my nose now and I tilted back my head so I could breathe.***On Friday I collected my son at two and drove straight to the beach as I had promised. It was still so cold that it hurt to hold the steering wheel, but I had to keep the visor down against the glaring sunshine. I was frightened that I would fall asleep at the wheel, my eyes were as heavy as my hands, as my whole body. The swirling water in the estuary scared me. Beside the road the trees waited, ready to float.I drove too slowly and annoyed the driver behind.We pulled into Broadstrand car park and I wanted to put my head on the steering wheel and sleep. The tide was lower than I had expected, judging by the estuary; little breaking waves were rushing up the sand and I could see the water ruffled and spraying from the breeze. There was still plenty of wet sand for the busy running oystercatchers, and there were groups of them here and there, concentrated, engrossed by the sand and the waves. They moved with a lightness that was totally other, like they were made of air as much as earth.The car was too hot and I did not want to get out in the cold wind. The dog was yelping and his tail was thumping frantically, and both boys were loudly impatient. I dragged myself out and went through the whole dance with zips and hats and wellies. My little son wanted to carry a bucket and needed his stiff coat sleeves rolled up so his hands stuck out the ends and he could grip the handle in one and my finger in the other. I had on a thick wool and fleece jacket, but wool is no use in a breeze, and I was the kind of cold and tired that cramps and hunches. The little dashing waves frightened me, the speed and suck of them. The boys ran and shouted and the dog ran and sniffed, busy and happy and busy, and I kept always between the little waves and my sons, shooing them higher up the beach. I’ll make it to the stream at the end, I thought, for the dog’s sake.We fought along the curved kilometre of sand. Both the boys soon had red noses and lines of snot, and the little one kept sitting down on the damp sand with his bucket. My big boy held my hand and chattered incessantly. It tethered my mind. I wanted to listen to the waves, and the curling clean air sound of the oystercatchers.The stream was sheltered from the wind and the boys threw stones into it happily, and the dog was busy and happy, and I sat on the dry gravel and felt the sun on my face. The hunch thawed out of my shoulders.The light shifted over the bay and I could see the old head of Kinsale, the lighthouse picked out in the sun. We were sheltered and there was a stillness, the stream ran quietly and the noise of the children was like an inside noise. The sky felt close. To breathe the air seemed an intimate thing, like receiving a generosity, like being welcome. The dog startled a group of oystercatchers and they whirled into the air. They turned as one, maybe twenty or thirty of them, not a large group, and they were close. They turned again and the shape they made caught in my chest. I knew it, I recognised it, and I could taste the space between them and the clean air they were made of. The lift and lightness, the turn, the smallness of the group and the way the air and the water and the earth of the bay were one thing and they were part of it and we were part of it; it was something that I already knew but had forgotten.The light shifted over the bay, and I felt the light move in me too. I could smell the salt smell of my sadness still, but I could breathe now and I held on to the shape that the oystercatchers had made and I knew I was made of the same mud and air and salt water as they were; that I was no less beautiful, strange or broken than they. When the world can slant and shine, when a hill can roll like a wave, when the oystercatchers can turn on a beat, can think as one soul, can dash and run in the tide as it rises as surely as grief can rise, and as it falls as surely as grief can fall; so there is room in this world for me.Along the back of the strand stood bare trees, and to me they were still sky animals, with dry nutty hides. They tugged gently upwards from the earth. But I remembered the strength and weave and depth of their roots, and I remembered that trees search downwards just as far as they reach up.We walked back, and my son’s chatter was like the little waves, it was as bright and open as the oystercatchers. Our backs to the breeze, the sun warmed our shoulders all the way to the car. The Oyster Catchers, written by Beth Tyrrell, is the overall winner of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014.This year marks the 26th anniversary of the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition, which over the years has proved to be the launching pad for many renowned Irish writers.last_img read more

M50N11 at a standstill after crash

first_img Dublin N11 Southbound remains closed from loughlinstown roundabout due to earlier collision— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) July 30, 2014 A MAJOR PART of the M50 has been reduced to one lane after a crash.Gardaí are on scene at the crash, which occurred near the Shankill by-pass just before the Loughlinstown roundabout earlier today.Gardaí have closed the road to one lane as they attempt to clear the damage from the area.It is not yet known if there are any injuries or how many cars were involved. @M50Dublin N11 southbound at a standstill at M50 junction Garda closed road around Cherrywood. Diversion through Shankill.— Maureen O’Brien (@gingerspiceOB) July 30, 2014 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twittercenter_img Gardaí say that they are unsure how long the road will remain closed for.Read: Spillage of fruit preserves causes literal traffic jam Source: Maureen O’Brien/Twitterlast_img read more