first_imgDONEGAL man Jason Black was hoping to be on top of Mount Everest today – to mark his daughter’s birthday!But mother nature has put off the final ascent for two more days at least!The Letterkenny nightclub owner was delighted however to pick up a faint phone signal from 8000mts up – and sent the following blogs. And he talks of his sadness at learning that a climber he met out there has died.Here’s his latest despatch:Just sitting at the yellow band at just below the death one at 8000mts – FREEZING I mean really FREEZING .. Summit next 2 days .. Fingers crossed guys.Guys can’t believe my luck, switched on my phone and don’t know how this has happened but I’ve got one bar on a Chinese reception. Anyway quickly guys I’m on the final push the last few days have been just brutal but in a sick way unbelievable. Outside of the pain the views and sights of God’s play garden for the slightly mad has been just life_changing and that’s a chapter for another day, life changing and inspirational and a damn good way to really find my myself.Tonight now its 9.40 here and I’m sitting just meters from the death zone – sounds so dramatic but trust me it is.So many lives have been lost here already – 14 about the death zone at 8000mts and sadly I lost a good friend who I met first day in Kathmandu because the route is a lonely old place we most days hooked up for a cuppa to discuss our plans ahead.Well yesterday Namgil, who was to me a super guy became number 15 and my heart today is so heavy.His body just gave up and he dropped on route, tomorrow on my way I will pass Namgil as he’s still up ahead and I will give him a good Irish prayerful goodbye. So as I sit pitched high on a very, very windy north ridge – gales are 80mph + and I hope this tent holds out or I’m for a speedy run.Everest summit above now waits guys and I’ve got a date with destiny….Plenty of prayers very welcome.Can’t seriously express how much you guys mean to me and the encouragement has been breath taken I hope to do you all very proud over the next few days. And for the kids of Donegal I’ve got some pretty quality photos to show you all.That all for now…LoveJasonPSAnd I’ve left the best for last – HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA – my beautiful daughter’s birthday 18th May and how proud you have made myself and your mammy Laura.I’d planned the 18th for my summit but Mother Nature put a stop to that plan so have a great day Laura… I love you so much…Daddy xJASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER LAURA was last modified: May 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:JASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: A FRIEND I MET OUT HERE HAS BECOME 15TH PERSON TO DIElast_img read more

Jaundice scare grips Cuttack city again

first_imgSupply of contaminated drinking water in most parts of the city through broken pipes has once again brought the city under the grip of jaundice. Tulasipur area covering at least three municipal wards of the civic body is the worst affected as over 75 persons here have been hospitalised for jaundice in last few days.District Collector N. C. Mishra on Friday visited the affected areas and ordered for random sample collection of all water sources to ascertain the cause and source of jaundice. Most households here entirely depend upon PHD pipelines for potable water and the pipelines have broken at many places.last_img read more

Lionel Messi Appeals 4-Match World Cup Ban at FIFA

first_imgZURICH (AP) — Lionel Messi’s appeal against a four-match ban in World Cup qualifying for insulting a referee’s assistant was being heard by FIFA on Thursday.Messi, who was to testify by video, is not expected to get an immediate verdict.The FIFA appeals panel typically gives a detailed verdict within weeks in non-urgent cases. Argentina’s next World Cup qualifier is at Uruguay on Aug. 31.Messi already served one match of the ban that was imposed when the FIFA disciplinary committee gave its ruling hours before Argentina’s 2-0 loss in Bolivia in March.FIFA was able to ban Messi after match officials did not report the Argentina captain for verbally abusing a linesman late in a 1-0 win over Chile on March 23.FIFA disciplinary rules require a sanction “at least four matches for unsporting conduct toward a match official.”Previous FIFA verdicts have resulted in a player getting at least one match of the ban suspended on probation.In a similar case from a South American qualifying game last September, FIFA also banned Chile midfielder Gary Medel for four matches after he was shown a red card for verbally abusing a referee. However, FIFA deferred one game of the sanction for a two-year probationary period.A 2014 World Cup case ruling also offers hope for Messi and his lawyers.Fernando Santos, then coaching Greece, was initially banned for eight matches for verbally using officials during a last 16 loss against Costa Rica in Brazil. When Santos, by then coaching Portugal, appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the ban was reduced to four games. Two of those games were deferred for six months of probation.Messi is currently banned also for home games against Venezuela on Sept. 5 and Peru on Oct. 5.Argentina is fifth in the 10-team South American group with four games left. The 2014 World Cup runners-up are currently in line to advance to a November playoff against a team from Oceania, likely to be New Zealand.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kuyt: Van Dijk would suit Liverpool very well

first_imgTransfers Van Dijk would ‘suit Liverpool very well’ – Kuyt talks up Reds switch for Dutch defender Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:37 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil van Dijk Southampton Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Southampton Premier League The former Anfield icon believes a fresh approach for the Southampton centre-half would make sense as transfer talk builds again heading into January Virgil van Dijk would “suit Liverpool very well” if a fresh approach is made for the Southampton centre-half, says Dirk Kuyt.The Dutch defender spent much of the summer being heavily linked with a move to Anfield, with the Saints accusing their Premier League rivals of making an illegal approach at one stage.Liverpool 13/5 to keep Sevilla clean sheet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Eventually the deadline passed with no deal being done, forcing Van Dijk to stay put and put any potential distractions to the back of his mind.Transfer talk is, however, building again ahead of the January window and former Liverpool cult hero Kuyt believes a fellow countryman would be a hit on Merseyside if interest is rekindled.He told Sky Sports News on the ongoing Van Dijk rumours: “I know Virgil. I didn’t play with him in the national team but he’s a great player.Dirk Kuyt Virgil van Dijk Liverpool“We’ll see how things will go in the winter break or at the end of the season.“I don’t think it’s strange for me to say he is a player who will suit Liverpool very well. He has the right mentality and he is a great defender.“He could do a great job at Liverpool but it’s not for me to say if he would be an improvement or not. That’s up to the club.”Jurgen Klopp’s decision not to bolster his options at centre-half during the last window has been discussed at great length, with the general consensus being that greater squad depth is required.Kuyt is among those in that camp, with the ex-Netherlands international aware of the need to have more than just a strong starting XI.He added: “I think the Liverpool team now has great players but if you want to be contenders for titles then you have to have more than 11 good players.”The Reds have been inconsistent at times this season, leaving them 12 points adrift of Manchester City in the Premier League title race, but they are very much in the mix for a top-four finish and are closing in on safe progress through to the last-16 of the Champions League. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Huddersfield vs Chelsea: Team news & TV guide

first_imgHuddersfield Town v Chelsea Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 21:00 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Getty Images Huddersfield Town v Chelsea Chelsea Huddersfield Town Premier League Antonio Conte declared his team out of the Premier League title race after Saturday’s defeat, but the Blues will still be hoping for a quick response Chelsea are looking to recover from their surprise defeat at West Ham when they visit Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.Antonio Conte admitted his side’s hopes of holding onto the Premier League crown were killed off by Marko Arnautovic’s early opener, but the Blues still have to ensure they finish in the top four.They remain three points behind Manchester United, with Liverpool, Arsenal Tottenham and Burnley lingering just below them, meaning they need to bounce back against their 12th-place hosts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Huddersfield vs Chelsea Date Tuesday, December 12 Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Eden Hazard Chelsea 2017In the United Kingdom (UK), viewers can watch live on television on BT Sport as well as being able to stream live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app In the United States (US), the Premier League can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossi, Coleman, Green, Schofield Defenders Smith, Malone, Cranie, Lowe, Schindler, Jorgensen, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Hefele Midfielders Whitehead, Hogg, Billing, Mooy, Sabiri, Van La Parra, Williams, Ince, Palmer Forwards Kachunga, Depoitre, Quaner, Mounie, Lolley Huddersfield are still without midfielder Philip Billing through injury, while Kasey Palmer will be unavailable due to conditions of his loan deal from Chelsea, but they welcome Rajiv van La Parra back from a three-game suspension. Potential Huddersfield starting XI: Lossl; Smith, Zanka, Schinder, Lowe; Mooy, Hogg, Kachunga, Ince, Van La Parra; Mounie. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Sterling Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Willian, Scott, Ampadu, Kenedy Forwards Batshuayi David Luiz is expected to be absent yet again as he continues to struggle with a knee injury, but Danny Drinkwater could be back after missing the last game with a virus.Charly Musonda and Kenedy could also return after playing for the development squad last week, but Alvaro Morata misses out with a back complaint.Potential Chelsea starting XI: .Courtous; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Hazard, BatshuayiBETTING & MATCH ODDS David Wagner Huddersfield TownChelsea are considered 2/5 favourites to win, with Huddersfield 8/1 and a draw comes in at 7/2.Click here to see all the dabblebet markets for the game, including correct score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Antonio ConteAntonio Conte warned his side to “find the solution early” to prevent another unexpected loss like Saturday’s and demanded to see a response on Tuesday.He may have conceded defeat in Chelsea’s bid to defend the Premier League crown, but they have a lot to build towards after being paired with Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League.In Huddersfield, they face a more manageable challenge, though, and Cesar Azpilicueta believes it is their chance to show they are a big team.”Big teams, after a defeat, we have to answer in a strong way,” he told Chelsea’s website. ‘We know it is a tough place. We have the character and hopefully we can get the three points.”We are in December and we cannot think more than this. We have a tough game against Huddersfield, we will try to get the three points on the road and get back to winning ways and keep going, keep pushing”David Wagner has already guided Huddersfield to a home win over Manchester United and they brought an end to a four-game losing streak at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Brighton.With four wins and two draws from their eight games, they have shown to be difficult to get beyond in their own stadium and Wagner hopes to see a repeat of that this week.”We had our experiences as well – especially at home – against the big teams and Chelsea is one of the biggest, maybe the biggest, team in England because they are the team who won the title last season,” he told reporters.”To play this at home at the John Smith’s Stadium with our supporters, under floodlights – it will be an exciting evening and night for all of us and hopefully we can make it into a successful night for us as well.”This is our aim – even if we know this is one of the biggest tasks we can have.”But we will be there and we will try our best.”last_img read more

Rexha raises concern over size discrimination

first_imgLos Angele: Singer Bebe Rexha has revealed that she was told to lose weight by the people in the music industry, when she was only nine stone. In an interview to Cosmopolitan, the ‘I got you’ hitmaker opened up about her journey with body image. She said: “‘When I first got signed, the label said, ‘Are you ready to get in boot-camp shape?’ They wanted me to lose 20lb (almost a stone and a half).’ Back then I was so small, I was only 130lb’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”It f**ked me up. I was so cold all the time. I would starve myself before filming a music video. She’d (a female creative director) sit opposite me at the dinner table and say, ‘You’re not losing enough.’ All I was eating was salad.” Bebe Rexha earlie called out the designers who refused to dress her for the Grammys because of her shape, reports metro.co.uk. “It broke my heart. I was so sad, so depressed. I felt like I was garbage. I thought to myself, ‘This is bulls**t.’ I was mad. I wasn’t trying to get back at anyone, but I wasn’t standing for it any more. I was in the studio and I just left, went into the kitchen, and made a video on my phone.” “If a (US) size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you…That’s crazy. You’re saying that all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses… f**k you, I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses,” she added.last_img read more

The ongoing battle of a little piece of sacred land in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN National NewsStatus Algonquins in Quebec say it’s their land.Algonquins in Ontario, fighting for rights with the federal government, have placed claim on it.A private company bought it and is moving ahead to develop it.A music festival was held on the land just recently but was almost canceled.Many different views and opinions are held on the sacred and historic meeting place in Ottawa for Indigenous peoples.APTN’s Julien Gignac takes a closer look.last_img