Russian Premier League adopts ‘passionate bear’ logo

first_img0Shares0000Russia is following England’s lead with an animal logo for its top football league © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 16 – Russia’s Premier League is following the lead of its English counterparts by launching an animal logo to win over fans: a red-eyed bear.While the English top flight has its iconic royal blue lion, Russia has launched a logo of its own national animal just two months ahead of the World Cup kick-off in the country. The Moscow design studio behind Monday’s re-branding announcement described the animal on its website as: “A bear with eyes burning with passion.”Russia’s club football has struggled for recognition in the post-Soviet era despite being ranked sixth by European governing body UEFA.Its reputation has been blotted by hooliganism and ramshackle stadiums built by Communist Party planners who valued austerity over comfort.Teams such as Spartak Moscow and Zenit Saint Peterburg have faithful followings at home but are hardly a draw outside Russia.The Russian Premier League hopes that is about to change.The infusion of 12 new or refurbished arenas now opening at great expense for the World Cup is set to transform how the game looks and feels.The Russian football association has started making a profit and is thinking up ways to capture a broader audience on TV.This is where the black bear comes in.The fierce looking beast — replete with blood-red triangular eyes — is meant to replace a bland 17-year-old logo featuring the map of Russia on a ball.A spokesman for the Premier League said it may still undergo some finishing touches depending on what team owners and the fans say.The league said in a statement it was hoping to use the new brand to “help create entertaining, competitive and commercially successful” football.The reception so far has been one of pleasant surprise.“The new Russian Premier League logo is actually not that bad,” popular sports commentator Vasily Utkin wrote in a blog.Editors behind Moscow’s Sportbox.ru website immediately ran a poll asking: “What looks sharper — the English lion or the Russian bear?”The bear won by a handsome margin despite some fans saying in their responses that it looked either psychedelic or “on drugs”.Russia has turned to its national symbol in times of need in the past.The ruling United Russia party adopted the animal in its logo as part of its appeal to voters in the first years of President Vladimir Putin’s rule.It was the mascot of Moscow’s 1980 Summer Olympics and is the symbol of Russia’s special forces and various army units.Utkin, though, admitted that a spunky new bear on its own will probably not do all that much to make Russian football more attractive.“But no logo ever did that — not in flourishing leagues or in problematic ones like ours,” Utkin wrote.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL PRIEST PERFORM IN HILARIOUS WATER PROTEST VIDEO

first_imgDDTV: Fr. Brian O’Fearraigh has showed his wide range of talents aren’t confined to the altar, by performing in a ballad written about the impending water charges being imposed by the current government. The charges have been strongly opposed by thousands of Irish citizens and Fr. O’ Fearraigh has already publicly condemned a tax he feels is morally unjust.O’Fearraigh has supported the ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ campaign and believes people shouldn’t be bullied into paying yet another tax as he already knows hundreds of families all over Donegal can’t afford the added weight of another bill.In the video above O’Fearraigh performs the ‘Water Protest’ song and is ably assisted by talented local musicians from The Rosses and Gweedore.Simply click play on the video above to watch and enjoy. 🙂  DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL PRIEST PERFORM IN HILARIOUS WATER PROTEST VIDEO was last modified: May 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Ireland West Airport launch exclusive Donegal Daily Reader Offer

first_imgJust in time for spring getaways, Ireland West Airport Knock is presenting a new and exclusive offer on parking for Donegal Daily readers.Ireland West Airport offers over 1,500 accessible car parking spaces within minutes walk of the terminal at excellent rates.When you book your parking direct and online with Ireland West Airport you’re guaranteed the best price – with savings of up to 30% compared to the gate price. Enter Promo Code “DONEGALDAILY” to qualify for an additional 10% discount off the current cheapest online price for airport parking at Ireland West Airport.This offer is only valid for bookings made online up to midnight on Sunday 31st March and is available for travel at any stage up until 30th June 2019!For the best parking rates click here to prebook your parking online: https://prebook-irelandwestairport.com/ Ryanair announces new flights from Knock to TenerifeIreland West Airport launch exclusive Donegal Daily Reader Offer was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car parking airport parkingIRELAND WEST AIRPORT KNOCKpromo codereader offerlast_img read more

Adventurer Jason Black’s fight for life after catching jungle disease

first_imgWARNING: Graphic content and pictures contained.Letterkenny adventurer Jason Black almost died after suffering a life-threatening infection in the jungles of Fiji while taking part in a 20 day adventure race.Black, well-known for his dare-devil quests, was taking part in the Eco Challange Fiji. The 49-year-old was relishing the challenge of various sports including paddling, climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking, paddling and rappelling.However, disaster struck for the father-of-four when he contracted some serious leg infections which saw him rushed to hospital in Fiji.Doctors became very concerned for his safety when his blood pressure plummeted and temperatures spiked leaving him with swollen and scarred legs. They decided to fly him to New Zealand, to a specialist infectious disease control centre.However, during the three and a half hour flight his blood pressure plummeted and the French medical team on-board the flight were forced to do all in their power to keep the Irishman alive.Having landed the medical team rushed Black to Auckland to another hospital where he spent three further days in isolation.Black revealed how microbiologists had to do all in their power to try and identify the infection attacking his system.“The micro-biologists grew blood cultures from my wounds trying to establish the specific organisms that were now attacking my renal system, with my liver and kidneys now under attack. It was a shocking position to find myself in,” said Jason.Doctors continued to carry out multiple tests to find specific IV antibiotics to tackle what was a new jungle infection not seen before by doctors in New Zealand.Thankfully after five days in hospital, the fevers began to subside and Jason was allowed to make the marathon trip home to Co Donegal after two twelve-hour flights around the globe. Advertisement Frighteningly however, his health took another turn for the worst after the leg infections flared up again and he had to be admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital.Put under the care of Dr Michael Sugrue, Jason was released from hospital again in recent days and is recovering with wife Sharon at home.Having already ticked both Everest and K2 off his list, the Donegal man isn’t dwelling on his near-death experience. Advertisement “Things are sent to test us in life and now it’s my turn, fighting to recover fast I’ll grow in strength from the rest and I’ll return more committed and focused to be the very best I can be,” he said.Adventurer Jason Black’s fight for life after catching jungle disease was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DiseasedonegalFijiinfectionJason BlackjungleletterkennyNew Zealandracelast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 1 Steaua Bucharest 0

first_imgChelsea are on course to finish top of Group E after Demba Ba’s 10th-minute goal at Stamford Bridge.Willian’s right-wing corner was headed on by Oscar and with Ba lurking, an under-pressure Daniel Georgievski appeared to knock the ball into his own net before replays showed that the Chelsea striker got the final touch.Already through to the Champions League knockout stage and knowing a victory would guarantee they progress as group winners, the Blues had made a strong start.David Luiz miscued after being found unmarked by Willian’s corner and the fit-again Oscar fired wide from the edge of the penalty area before the opener.Luiz, who has been nursing a knee problem, was recalled to the side along with Ashley Cole – the duo’s first appearance since the defeat at Newcastle on 2 November.Steaua Bucharest should have equalised when Gabriel Iancu sneaked in behind John Terry and had only keeper Mark Schwarzer to beat but dragged his shot horribly wide.But Chelsea have been dominant and would have scored again before the break had keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu not produced a reflex save to tip over Branislav Ivanovic’s close-range header from Eden Hazard’s cross.And Ba missed a great chance to double the lead early in the second half when he spooned a shot over after being teed up by Willian’s low cross.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Ba.Subs: Cech, Cahill, Ramires, De Bruyne, Mata, Schurrle, Torres.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live video draft analysis: What should the Raiders do with No. 4 pick?

first_imgWhile it seems … We are mere minutes away from the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville.Raiders reporters Matt Schneidman and Jerry McDonald are here to answer your questions from Marshawn Lynch’s replacement to the remote possibility of trading up for Kyler Murray, and anything in between.The Raiders hold three first-round picks, including No. 4. Their biggest area of weakness is a hole where a pass rusher should be, and there are several to choose from early in the draft.last_img read more

The cellphone as learning tool

first_img5 March 2007Amid debate on growing cellphone usage in schools, South Africa’s Meraka Institute is piloting a project that makes use of innovative applications to turn the handheld devices into instruments of learning.Begun 18 months ago and running for a further two years, the project – dubbed MobilED – is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Pretoria and Finland’s Helsinki University of Art and Design. Participating schools include Cornwall Hill College and Irene Middle School in Centurion, Pretoria.According to lead researcher Merryl Ford, MobilED has shown that cellphones can be very useful where students have limited access to information sources such as libraries or the internet.In a statement issued last week, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which manages the Meraka Institute, said the project “will be piloted internationally by countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines and Finland. Interest has also been shown by New Zealand, Mexico, Colombia and Mozambique.”Audio-WikipediaThe first mobile function developed by MobilED was an “audio-Wikipedia” – Wikipedia is a popular online encyclopaedia – from which students can receive information.“Children send an SMS with a keyword to a cellphone number,” Ford explains. “In response, they receive a call and a speech synthesiser ‘reads’ an article on the subject. Both the fast forward or rewind functionalities can be used, almost like old analogue tape recordings.”The group is also developing an MMS (multimedia message service) content-addition and delivery module. All the innovations are being tested in real classroom situations with direct feedback from children and teachers.Tapping into MXitAnother MobilED innovation seeks to make educational use of MXit, a locally developed chat programme that allows mobile users to converse with each other at the fraction of the usual cost of sending text messages – an application so popular that it is causing headaches for South African teachers.One of MobilED’s researchers has started a “Doctor Maths” service offering maths support to high-school MXit users, and the Meraka Institute is working on making the service available through other chat platforms as well.“With a reported million school-going children having subscribed to MXit, one can hardly ignore this tool,” says Ford.The people’s computerAccording to the CSIR, today’s high-end mobile phones have the computing power of a mid-1990s personal computer, while consuming only one-hundredth of the energy. “Even the simplest, voice-only phones have more complex and powerful chips than the on-board computer that landed a spaceship on the moon in 1969,” the CSIR notes.“It seems a great pity that our children and teachers are not using one of the most accessible, affordable computing devices in the developing world in more positive ways,” says Ford.Asked whether the new tool would not infringe school policies on cellphone use, Ford says: “The internet has resulted in immensely powerful, positive business applications, but is also used in not-so noble applications. While the irresponsible use of cellphones by learners has caused an uproar, we should not ignore the untapped latent applications and benefits.Facing the dangers“Since we live in the new digital age, it is imperative that teenagers are taught life skills for this digital age,” Ford argues, noting that it is the role of parents and teachers to inform children of the issues that may be faced. “We warn children at a young age not to speak to strangers – this needs to be translated to the online world too.”As part of the pilot, students’ messaging costs are being covered by the CSIR. At the same time, the MobilED team is investigating ways of making the service affordable to scholars around South Africa.“I am extremely excited by the results of this pilot project,” says Ford. “It has been hugely successful.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Seized rhino horn returned to South Africa

first_img Jooste said the success of the investigation was encouraging, and that it was evident that the Chinese government was willing to co-operate in combating wildlife crime. “It’s a positive step forward, we see the engagement of other countries seeing it as important as we do.” He said the return of these items meant they could now be forensically analysed, which could lead to the arrest of the poachers as well as the couriers of the illegal shipment. Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general Fundisile Mketeni said that in addition to an existing agreement on legal assistance between South Africa and China, the government was now negotiating a broader agreement which included co-operation on biodiversity matters. This agreement was an improvement “because we are not [only] going to look at rhinos but all environmental crimes, issues of awareness, technology transfer, compliance, aligning our laws, harmonised policies. It gives us space to work better with Hong Kong.” Mketeni said the investigation and subsequent return of the horns demonstrated that the government took poaching and the illegal trade in horns seriously, “otherwise, we could easily lose all our rhinos and we would have lost our heritage.” Source: SAnews.gov.za 28 November 2013 A consignment of 33 rhino horns that was seized by customs officials in Hong Kong in November 2011 has been returned to South Africa. The horns together weigh 79.9 kilograms and are worth an estimated R23.8-million on the black market. The horns, along with a large number of elephant ivory products, arrived at OR Tambo Airport International Airport on Wednesday. Colonel Johan Jooste, of the Hawks special investigation unit of the SA Police Service, told a press briefing at the airport that a container allegedly containing waste, parings and scrap plastic had been cleared at an SA Revenue Service office in Johannesburg in October 2011, transported to Cape Town and shipped to Hong Kong. “On 15 November 2011, Hong Kong customs officials seized a container of 33 rhinoceros horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets,” he said. An investigation was then launched by the Hawks’ endangered species unit and a docket presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, after which South Africa applied to China for the return of the horns. Both countries are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).last_img read more

2020 House Election Forecast

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — One year from the 2020 general election, more than half of the Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee are facing less-than-“solid” chances of retaining their seats, but the Democrats appear on the path to retain their majority in the House, according to David Wasserman, the House analyst for The Cook Political Report.Of the committee’s 25 Democratic members representing districts in the 50 states, 14 are facing races that the Cook Report ranks as less than “solid,” and nine of those races could favor the Republican, per the Cook Partisan Voter Index (PVI). The index measures how each district performs at the presidential level compared to the nation as a whole.Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, is also a member of the committee, but the Cook Political Report does not rank the delegates from the U.S. territories.On the flip side, only three of the 21 Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee are in races considered not “solid,” and the PVI for each of those three incumbents is in their favor by at least three points.The Cook Political Report provides four ratings for Congressional races: “solid,” “likely, “lean” and “toss-up.” As it stands now, House Democrats are facing 218 elections that are ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid” in their favor compared to 193 Republican seats ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid.” Twenty-four seats are considered “toss-ups” — 18 for the Democrats, five for the Republicans and one independent, Rep. Justin Amash in Michigan.The Democrats won a majority in the 2018 congressional elections, but the 2020 elections will include a presidential election with President Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. That could affect the races, especially in rural and suburban districts that are home to most of the members of the House Agriculture Committee who are less than “solid” for reelection.But the impact is uncertain. The opportunity to vote for Trump might bring out more Republicans, although presidential elections usually bring out more Democratic voters.Charlie Cook, founder of The Cook Political Report, said in an interview that “Impeachment will make the reds redder and the blues bluer.” Cook said he expects an “enormous” turnout, but “While everything seems to revolve around Trump, he is not the sun and this is not the solar system.”But one danger for all incumbents, Cook said, is that people hate politics and politicians so much that experience doesn’t matter.The most notable among the struggling House Agriculture Committee Democrats is Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the chairman. The 14-term representative who is the most senior member on the Ag Committee faces growing doubt about his ability to retain his seat.Most alarming for Peterson is the fact that Trump is destined to head the Republican ticket in 2020. Peterson’s district’s PVI is plus-12 for the Republicans, and his constituents voted 61% in favor of Trump in the 2016 election.Peterson is one of only two Democrats in the House (along with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.) to speak out against the impeachment proceedings in recent weeks and to vote against moving forward with the inquiry. A straight-ticket vote could bring a swift end to Peterson’s decades-long career, shaking up leadership on the committee along the way.But there are limits to Trump’s popularity with farmers, and Peterson last week wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to make changes in the trade aid program for farmers, saying the current formula is creating “winners and losers among neighbors.”Peterson is popular in agricultural circles, and the sugar growers in his district have formed the Committee for Stronger Rural Communities, a super political action committee to raise funds to support his reelection.DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENTS IN “TOSS-UP” DISTRICTSAfter Peterson, the most vulnerable Democrats include Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y. Both represent districts that the Cook Report considers “toss-ups” for 2020, and each has a PVI of plus-6 in favor of the Republicans.Other Democratic freshmen ranked as “toss-ups” are Reps. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., and Cindy Axne, D-Iowa.DEMOCRATS “LIKELY” TO WIN REELECTIONThe Cook Report ranks five House Agriculture Committee Democrats as “likely” to win reelection: Reps. T.J. Cox, D-Calif.; Angie Craig, D-Minn.; Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.; Josh Harder, D-Calif.; and Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz.INCUMBENTS IN DISTRICTS RANKED “LEAN DEMOCRAT”Even more probable to win are four House Ag Democrats ranked “lean Democrat:” Reps. Kim Schrier, D-Wash.; Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Sean Patrick Mahoney, D-N.Y.; and Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.The Democrats can find solace in the fact that none of their members on the committee has announced plans to retire or leave office before Election Day. Incumbents tend to hold an advantage heading into elections, despite what polls may say.REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT PROSPECTSOn the Republican side, the Cook Report considers Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., whose district has a PVI of plus-3 for the Republicans, to be in a “toss-up” race; Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., to be in a “lean Republican” race; and Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., to be “likely” for reelection.RETIRING REPUBLICANSHouse Agriculture Ranking Member Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who chaired the committee when the Republicans were in the majority, is retiring, but the Cook Report considers his district “solid Republican.”There might be another open seat in Kansas if Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., becomes the Senate candidate to replace retiring Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.OTHER NOTABLE RURAL RACESThere are also several competitive races in which the members do not sit on the House Agriculture Committee or the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, but are important to agriculture.Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, is retiring and his district in eastern Iowa is considered a “toss-up.”The Republican leadership removed Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from his committee assignments, including Agriculture, over some of his comments and positions, but the Cook Report still ranks that seat as “likely Republican.”Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., is often a critic of farm programs, but the Cook Report ranks his race as “likely Democrat.”The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee should feature far less drama. Each of the 11 members — both Democrat and Republican — along with the open seat of retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowry, D-N.Y., and House Appropriations ranking member Kay Granger, R-Texas, is considered to be “solid” for the party that currently controls the seat.The Cook Political Report — 2020 House Race Ratings: https://cookpolitical.com/…Zachary Silver was a contributing writer on this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more