BUDGET: NOONAN’S 10c ON A PINT IS ‘KICK IN TEETH FOR DONEGAL PUBLICANS’

first_imgSTRUGGLING Donegal publicans have been given ‘another kick in the teeth’ with another tax hike on beer in today’s budget, representatives say.Gerry Rafter, President of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) told Donegal Daily: ‘‘Today’s announcement is a kick in the teeth for publicans across the country. The Minister’s decision to raise the excise by 10 cent a pint will put further pressure on an already fragile industry.“Since 2009 over 6,000 jobs have been lost in the industry. We estimate that this measure will put a further 2,000 jobs in jeopardy in the next 12 months. Most pubs are family run business in towns and rural parts of Ireland, often where there is little other employment. “These jobs needed protection. Instead they got a wallop. Our organisation warned Minister Noonan that any changes in excise would cause havoc in the pub industry. He chose not to listen and that will result in more people on the live register and more Social Welfare Payments.’’Mr Rafter continued, ‘‘The further increase in excise of 10 cent on the pint will only serve to widen the disparity between the on trade and off trade, encouraging the misuse of cheap alcohol being sold by supermarkets that sell alcohol as a loss leader.”The VFI welcomed Minister Noonan’s decision to maintain the 9 percent VAT rate on the hospitality sector but this is cold comfort to an industry that has been further hammered by this excise hike.“The mantra from this Government is that job creation is their number one priority. Budget 2014 was a great opportunity to practice what they preach. However this attack will drive a dagger into the heart of our industry.’’ concluded Mr Rafter.  BUDGET: NOONAN’S 10c ON A PINT IS ‘KICK IN TEETH FOR DONEGAL PUBLICANS’ was last modified: October 15th, 2013 by John2Share 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

Unforgettable SA hiking trails

first_imgThe endangered Cape mountain zebra isfound in the area of the Tierkloof trail.(Image: Cites) The rare Mimetes chrysanthus, or GoldenPagoda, a member of the protea family,on the slopes of the Gamkaberg reserve.(Image: Plants of Africa) A seldom-seen resident of the area – theAfrican black oystercatcher.(Image: African national parks) A lone hiker on the vast sand dunesof the Oystercatcher trail.(Image: Oystercatcher trail website)Janine ErasmusThe Oystercatcher trail near Mossel Bay on South Africa’s southern coast, and the Tierkloof trail in the Gamkaberg reserve are among the world’s thirty most spectacular walking trails. This is according to a new BBC publication titled Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die.The fifth book in the BBC’s Unforgettable series focuses on a breathtaking selection of global rambles ranging from leisurely to arduous in a wide variety of settings and on all the major continents. There are two other walks located on the African continent. These are the hiking trail through the sandstone-dotted territory of the Dogon tribe in Mali, West Africa, and the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.Each walk takes no longer than two weeks to complete, although some are more taxing then others. A stroll through the intricate network of canals in Amsterdam or around the temples of Kyoto, Japan, contrasts sharply with a climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro or a trek through China’s 22-km long Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world.The selection of adventures caters to many interests, from ancient legends and history to religion and nature. Other walks featured in the book are the Yellowstone National Park in the US and Peru’s 45-km Inca Trail which winds through the mountains to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The Freedom Trail in Boston, a red path leading to sixteen significant historic sites, and a walk along the 32 km of paths on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater estate in Pennsylvania are of interest to history buffs.The Tour du Mont Blanc is an 11-day trek through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps on a circular route around Mont Blanc. The amazing monasteries of Meteora in central Greece, most of which are perched upon towering sandstone cliffs, are a sight to behold. There are many other fascinating walking trails mentioned in the book, which is illustrated with glorious images throughout its 256 pages.Homegrown adventureThe Oystercatcher trail wends its way along the southern-most coastline west of Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Gourits river. Not only has the trail featured in Getaway magazine’s top 10 South African hikes but as part of the Ker & Downey Splendours of the Cape safari it has snatched a place on National Geographic’s 2007 list of the world’s best tours.The trail can be negotiated over three or five days. Luggage is carried by porters. Along the way hikers are sure to spot Southern Right whales, dolphins and sea birds. The trail is named after the African black oystercatcher, an endangered bird. It is said that hikers are more likely to catch a glimpse of a whale than of one of these solitary birds, which find their food among rocks and on the beach. Estimates put the number of African black oystercatchers left in the world at no more than 5 000.The Tierkloof trail lies in the Gamkas, an isolated mountain range in the south-eastern part of the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province. It lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains near the town of Outdshoorn. The name originates in the word gami, meaning lion, which is taken from the language of the Khoekhoen people, the aboriginal herders of the Cape.The Gamkaberg (Afrikaans, meaning Gamka mountains) reserve, a natural habitat of the endangered Cape mountain zebra, was established in 1974 to help conserve the rare animal. A relatively flat mountain plateau covered with mountain fynbos towers over dry bush below. Deep gorges cut through these extremes of terrain. Lying between South Africa’s winter and summer rainfall regions, the reserve experiences gentle soaking rain in winter and thundershowers in summer.Gamkaberg is renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life. Here observers can see Cape mountain zebra, leopard, and honey badger, as well as eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, duiker, baboon, caracal and many others. The recently discovered and rare Mimetes chrysanthus, a member of the protea family, is found here.The six-hour Tierkloof trail, which is actually the first stage of the two-day Oukraal trail, is picturesque and moderately strenuous. Hikers trek up the deep forested Tierkloof ravine up to the fynbos-covered plateau, gaining almost 700 m in altitude. Here they can put their feet up at the Oukraal camp and admire the views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains on either side.Essential travel destinationsThe BBC’s Unforgettable series tracks down essential sights and experiences around the world. Seasoned travellers, photographers and writers Steve Watkins and Clare Jones tour the world in a quest to find the most inspiring and exciting travel destinations. The other books in the series are Unforgettable Journeys To Take Before You Die; Unforgettable Islands to Escape to Before You Die; Unforgettable Things To Do Before You Die; and Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die.For their latest book Watkins and Jones travelled for nine months to 24 countries and took over 60 000 images for the 30 walks featured in the book.Useful linksThe Oystercatcher trailGamkaberg nature reserveHiking trails in South AfricaNature reserves in the CapeBBC shopNational Geographic best toursGetaway magazineKer & DowneyPlants of AfricaCites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)last_img read more

Lipid Levels vs. Plant-Based Diets

first_imgPhoto by Sarah PittmanLipid Levels vs. Plant-Based DietsBy Sarah Pittman, Senior Dietetics studentOne of the benefits of eating a plant-based diet is related to cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that eating a plant-based diet can reduce overall cholesterol and LDL levels. But studies have shown that a plant-based diet may not have any effect on increasing HDL or lowering triglyceride levels.What helps lower LDL and overall cholesterol the most? Phytosterols. Phytosterols help to decrease the absorption of cholesterol. The recommended intake of phytosterols is 2 g/day, (Cabral, C. E., Klein, M. R. S. T., 2017).Foods that are high in phytosterols include:Vegetable oils (wheat germ oil, rice bran oil, corn oil and canola oil)Whole grainsBran (rice bran, corn bran, wheat bran)Flour (soy flour, rye flour, whole wheat flour)Soybeans (Satija, A., Bhupathiraju, S., Spiegelman, D., Chiuve, S., Manson, J., Willett, W., & Rexrode, K., 2017).According to “Phytosterols-deficient and high-phytosterol diets developed for controlled feeding studies”,  while fruits and vegetables are relatively low in phytosterols by weight, they enhance the phytosterol content of a high-phytosterol diet due to their relative abundance.HDL and a plant-based diet:“The effect of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle intervention (CHIP) on serum HDL levels and the implications for metabolic syndrome status – a cohort study”, looked at a lifestyle intervention where they took roughly 5,000 individuals to participate in a low-fat, plant-based eating pattern for 30 days. In those 30 days, they found that HDL actually decreased 8.7%.According to, “Association between plant-based diets and plasma lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis” they also found from looking at 8,385 studies that included 30 observational studies and 19 clinical trials that consumption of vegetarian diets did, in fact, decrease total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.All in all, a plant-based diet can be very beneficial for lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol although studies have shown that it may not be beneficial for HDL and triglyceride levels.What advice do you have for better cholesterol levels? We would love to hear from you!References:Yokoyama, Y. , Levin, S. , & Barnard, N. (2017).  Association between plant-based diets and plasma lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Nutrition Reviews, 75(9), 683-698. doi:10.1093/nutrit/nux030Satija, A., Bhupathiraju, S., Spiegelman, D., Chiuve, S., Manson, J., Willett, W., & … Rexrode, K. (2017). Healthful and Unhealthful Plant-Based Diets and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in U.S. Adults. Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology, 70(4), 411-422. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2017.05.047Madigan, M. (2017). The Role of Plant-Based Nutrition in Preventing Heart Disease. University Of Toronto Medical Journal, 94(3), 17-24.Cabral, C. E., Klein, M. R. S. T. (2017). Phytosterols in the Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases. Arquivos brasileiros de cardiologia, 109(5), 475-482.Susan B. Racette, Ph.D., Catherine Anderson Spearie, M.H.S., R.D., Katherine M. Phillips, Ph.D., Xiaobo Lin, Ph.D., Lina Ma, M.S., and Richard E. Ostlund, Jr., M.D. Phytosterol-deficient and high-phytosterol diets developed for controlled feeding studies.Kent, L., Morton, D., Rankin, P., Ward, E., Grant, R., Gobble, J., & Diehl, H. (2013). The effect of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle intervention (CHIP) on serum HDL levels and the implications for metabolic syndrome status – a cohort study. Nutrition & Metabolism, 10, 58. http://doi.org/10.1186/1743-7075-10-58This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

CWG: Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh win gold in 25m rapid-fire pistol event

first_imgVijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh win gold medal in 25 M rapid fire pistol event at CWG in New Delhi.India’s gold rush at the 19th Commonwealth Games continued on Thursday as shooters add another medals to its kitty.Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh did the nation proud by striking gold in the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol (pairs) event.The duo also set a new Games record of 1162 points. Kumar scored 587 points while Singh scored 575 points. The two piped Malaysia by 18 points.This was India’s 12th Gold medal and the seventh in shooting.In other sports, Indian women archers beat their Malaysian counterparts 223-219 to win bronze medal in the compound section. This is India’s sixth bronze medal.India now have 26 medals and are second in the medal’s tally behind Australia.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils- DC win by 16 runs

first_imgHyderabad’s 169-run target proved to be too tough for Delhi as they lost this IPL match by 16 runs at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. Score | PhotosThe bulk of scoring from the Hyderabad camp was done by opener Sunny Shohal (62) and Kumar Sangakkara (49) who put on 92 runs for the second wicket.Delhi started their chase poorly looking wickets early. In fact, they lost their first wicket in the fourth over when the total was 28. Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag wanted to cut loose and he made room for that in Hyderabad medium-pacer Harmeet Singh’s over but ended up getting caught at point by Daniel Christian on 12.The last ball of the next over saw Naman Ojha too walk back. Christian trapped him leg-before on 2 to reduce Delhi to 33/2. New man Aaron Finch too did not stay at the crease for long and was sent back to the dugout by Harmeet on a nought. Delhi were 38/2 at the stage.Then David Warner and Venugopal Rao put on 52 runs for the fourth wicket and they were quick in their pursuit, scoring in boundaries, but Hyderabad leggi Amit Mishra ensured that their partnership did not last long. He got the better of Rao in the 13th over with Christian performing the final honours near the boundary. Rao fell for 21 and Delhi fell to 90/4.David Warner, who was going steady till now too departed. And it had to be Hyderabad part-time bowler Shikhar Dhawan who scripted his departure in the 15th over. Warner played a pull shot off him and D Ravi Taje pouched him at deep mid-wicket on 51. Delhi were reduced to 99/5 post his wicket.advertisementOn the first ball of the 16th over Irfan Pathan played a sweep off Hyderabad left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and the ball took the aerial route to land in Bharat Chipli’s hands at deep mid-wicket for 5. Delhi were 112/6 at the stage and were looking in trouble.Yogesh Nagar, who scored 22 before being bowled out by Christian in the last over, and James Hopes tried hard for a revival but failed as the team ended up losing the match by 16 runs.Hyderabad innings Opener Sunny Shohal and Kumar Sangakkara scored 92 runs for the second wicket as Hyderabad posted 168/4 in 20 overs against Delhi on Tuesday’s first IPL match.Earlier, Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat against the hosts at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium pitch and ended up losing their opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over of the innings to Delhi paceman Irfan Pathan. Hyderabad were 14/1 at the stage in the 19th match of the IPL.But, post that wicket captain Kumar Sangakkara and Sunny Sohal got on with a partnership to frustrate the opposition bowlers. The two put on 92 runs for the second wicket before a rush of blood saw Sangakkara taking the aerial route off Ashok Dinda on the last ball of the 12th over and Aaron Finch took a fine catch moving backwards. He didn’t move his eyes of the ball and pouched the ball nicely. Sngakkara fell on 49 and Hyderabad were 106/2.After his wicket, Sohal too lost his rhythm and fell to Shahbaz Nadeem in the 15th over. He scored a fien 62 that came off just 41 balls. Daniel Christian was the last wicket to fall for Hyderabad as Cameron White and Bharat Chipli scored an unbeaten 12 runs for the fith wicket as Hyderabad finished with a fine 168/4 on board in this IPL match against Delhi.last_img read more

Berbatov Spurs will be Solskjaers first real test

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face his first real test at Tottenham on SundaySince replacing Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on an interim basis, Solskjaer has enjoyed a faultless start by winning his opening five games.However, Berbatov believes Solskjaer’s coaching credentials will be tested for the first time against the Bulgarian’s old club Spurs at Wembley.“This is the first real test,” Berbatov told the Daily Mirror.“At some point, a loss is going to come and then it will be interesting to see how the new boss is going to react to the first one.“Unless they don’t lose to the end of the season, of course. That really would be unbelievable.“If Spurs can overcome the tiredness in their legs, they have a great chance of winning again.“But United will be so confident after five wins in a row and they can win this if they play smart and exploit any fatigue Spurs might show.“It’s going to be entertaining, I’m sure. A defeat for either would be a damaging blow to their season-long goals.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United acknowledges the fans as he walks out on to the pitch prior to the start of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on December 26, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on December 26, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)The 37-year-old, who admitted he would like to coach United someday himself, is certain that Solskjaer will be of interest to plenty of Premier League teams should United decide against appointing him permanently this summer.“He’s doing a great job,” added Berbatov.“By the end of the season, as long as they keep playing like this, they should give him the job whether or not they finish in the top four.“If they don’t, I’m sure that another Premier League team will give him the job. He’s making his name once again in the top-flight and it’s great for him.“When a club legend becomes your manager, he automatically gets the attention of the players, purely because he had been there and done that.“When you are in the position of Ole, having scored so many goals and won so many trophies, he gets the attention.“He doesn’t need to yell or scream to prove anything, he just gets it.“From that point on, he needs to show them that they need to trust him, that he knows what he’s doing and, judging by the results and the way they play, it’s obviously working.”The Spurs and United Premier League match will begin at 17:30 (CET) this Sunday.last_img read more

Google Lens gives you shopping dining and translation help

first_img Share your voice 30 Photos Google Maps for Android Google Search gets AR, and Google Lens wants to be your… Now playing: Watch this: The coolest things we saw at Google I/O With the Translate filter, Google Lens will detect a language and overlay a translation on top of the words. It works across over 100 languages, according to Google.The Text filter allows users to copy and paste text from objects including Wi-Fi passwords, gift card codes and recipes onto their phone; and Shopping provides similar items when the camera is pointing at clothing, furniture, or home decor, as well as barcode scanning capabilities.Read: Google brings AR and Lens closer to the future of searchAuto provides search results based on whatever object a user is pointing the camera at.”We’re taking Google Lens and taking it from, ‘oh, it’s an identification tool, what’s this, show me things like this,’ to an AR browser, meaning you can actually superimpose information right on the camera,” Aparna Chennapragada, vice president and general manager for camera and AR products at Google, told CNET earlier in May.”One of the questions we had was, if we can teach the camera to read, can we use the camera to help people read?” she added regarding the Lens Translate feature. “This is obviously useful in cases where you’re in a foreign city and you can’t speak the language, but in many parts of the world, people can’t speak or read their own language.” 4:19 Tags Comments Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Google Lens is getting five more filters.Google on Tuesday launched five new Lens filters for subjects ranging from food to foreign languages.The new Google Lens features will provide better and faster overlays of information over real-world objects, the company said.  Google gave CNET’s Scott Stein an early look at what Lens filters can do just ahead of its I/O developer conference earlier this month. The Dining filter will automatically highlight popular dishes on a menu, tapping into Google Maps to see photos and reviews of specific dishes.”And when you’re done with your meal, just point the camera at your receipt, and Lens can help calculate the tip and split the bill,” Google said. Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Phones Digital Media Online 0 Googlelast_img read more

Bar to entering Dhaka before BNP rally

first_imgProthom Alo file photo The commuters of Narayanganj district are facing immense sufferings as a very few public transports were reportedly leaving the district for the capital since Sunday morning ahead of the BNP’s rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, reports UNB.Hundreds of commuters, mostly students and working people, were seen waiting for public transports at several bus stoppages to go to the capital city.Only the buses of Shital Paribahan were plying the roads while all the buses of other Dhaka-bound transport organisations, including Bandhan Paribahan and Utsab Paribahan, stayed off the streets since the morning, alleged many commuters.M Zakir Hossain Majumder, a private organisation employee, said he fortunately got into a bus of Shital Paribahan after competing with a good number of commuters.Apart from Narayanganj, few public transports left Savar for Dhaka since the morning amid the transport owners’ association’s allegation that they were asked to ‘keep all their transports’ off the streets.In Gazipur, commuters got stuck at several bus stoppages due to the scarcity of public transports.Many of the commuters were seen walking to reach their destinations, reports our Gazipur correspondent.Meanwhile, police arrested 48 leaders and activists of district and upazilas’ unit of BNP and its associate bodies, alleged the party leaders.Thousands of city dwellers are also reportedly facing sufferings as the presence of public transports on the roads has been very thin since the morning.last_img read more