Nothing beats a Donegal mammy’s cooking!

first_imgA Donegal mother will be appearing on RTE’s Tastes Like Home tonight to show that home cooking is the best, no matter where you are in the world.Ann McClay, who lives at Grianán of Aileach in Burt with her husband Jim, has four children. Two are now living in the US who were both in need of a taste of home.With the help of celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio, Ann was able to pass on her best dessert recipes for her daughter and son to enjoy in Maine and New Hampshire. Tastes Like Home airs tonight (Monday) at 7.30pm on RTE One.Catherine Fulvio and Ann McClay on the summit of Greenan Mountain – Tastes Like HomeThe programme will begin in Donegal, with Ann meeting Catherine to tell her about her daughter Monica, who emigrated from Ireland over 20 years ago and James, who moved over 7 years ago.Ann agrees to teach Catherine Fulvio, how to make her children’s favourite anytime “Apple Pie”, as well as their childhood Christmas treat “Snowballs”.Ann’s Snowballs and Apple Pie – Tastes Like HomeCatherine then travels to Portland to meet James, a Child Protective Services worker, and experience the local food culture. They hit the road to the next door state of New Hampshire to visit James’ sister Monica, who lives in Pelham and is an accomplished chef and School Nutritionist Assistant. Talking food and family on camera was an unforgettable experience for Ann McClay. She said: “I would just like to say as far as the show is concerned I loved every minute of it, it was a great experience one I will never forget you guys were so nice and made me feel so at ease a great team to work with and Catherine is a gem it felt I just had a bunch of friends in my home.”Monica Cote, Catherine Fulvio and James McClay on Tastes Like HomeAnd having a taste of mammy’s baking from thousands of miles away was a special moment for James and Megan.James said: “I had an absolutely amazing time filming Tastes Like Home. Catherine and the entire crew were wonderful and made the experience so much fun. The food was out of this world, it was like they delivered the apple pie straight from my Ma’s kitchen.”Megan added: “My time spent on Tastes Like Home was a great experience. I was a little anxious at such a great chef Catherine Fulvio coming to my home but the whole team made me feel relaxed straight away. We had lots of fun all day and, then, getting back home to the aromas I knew from childhood in my mother’s kitchen being recreated here in mine was truly magical. Finally, we enjoyed Apple Tart like mammy’s in America! Thanks Tastes Like Home.”Nothing beats a Donegal mammy’s cooking! was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:RTEtastes like homelast_img read more

‘Lazy’ DeGale determined to sharpen up

first_imgJames DeGale insisted he would learn from his tough fight against durable Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi.The Harlesden man successfully defended his European super-middleweight title, securing a unanimous points decision at Glow, Bluewater.He showed his talent by landing with a variety of shots throughout, but Mohoumadi seemed immovable and managed to drag the champion into a battle.DeGale looked at his best when in the centre of the ring, landing blows almost at will, but he spent much of the fight propped against the ropes, counter-punching as his opponent plodded forward.He admitted doing so partly because of a tendency to get lazy, but also because of the intensity of the fight – only his second this year.“Oh my word he was tough. I knew he was game and durable but didn’t know he was that tough. He’s a fit, strong boy,” DeGale told Channel 5.“That’s why you’ve got to train hard and I’m so pleased I put the work in so I could produce a performance like that.“Sometimes I get lazy and I know that. I stay on the ropes and don’t bend at the knees. I know I need to work on stuff like that in the gym.“I showed I can dig deep and take shots, but I don’t need to take those shots.“I had to have rounds off in there because he was so tough. He just kept on coming. I’m glad I did all them Hampstead Heath runs and all those rounds of sparring.”Having recently resolved a long-running dispute with Frank Warren, the fight was DeGale’s first under new promoter Mick Hennessy.And the former Olympic champion, 26, is determined to make up for lost time following a frustrating 12 months.“My plans have been knocked back a year because of all the rubbish outside the ring, but it’s a new start and the future’s bright,” he declared.“It was a good, learning 12 rounds. There aren’t many super-middleweights out there that are faster than me or that have my movement.”See also:DeGale wins to retain European titleFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Climate Is Not Clear for Change

first_imgWhenever you hear “all scientists agree,” watch out. Groupthink may be at work.Climate change is off topic for Creation-Evolution Headlines except as it relates to issues in philosophy of science, such as consensus, that weigh heavily on origins science, too. What’s uncanny about the subject is its resemblance to the creation-evolution debate, where you have a large body of stalwart believers in Big Science but an uncooperative and vocal crowd outside the institutions who are certain the evidence is not supportive of the consensus. First, let’s look at the consensus.The Confident ConsensusLive Science just posted “one simple cartoon” that they say “explains climate change.” That it’s an effective graphic is beyond question. The issue should be, is it accurate? Our Baloney Detector warns about visualization, statistics, and card stacking. As we shall see in the next section, there’s a lot about climate that scientists don’t know. But the consensus crowd is so certain that humans are ruining the planet with fossil fuels and machines, they want to punish anyone who doesn’t go along. Look:Cox: There is ‘absolute consensus’ on climate change (BBC News): The leftist UK news service is happy that professor Brian Cox “verbally sparred with a newly elected Australian politician who believes climate change is a global conspiracy.”Angry voters may turn back the clocks (Current Biology). Michael Gross is angry at the stupid conservatives who voted for Brexit. “Science, the environment, and efforts to mitigate climate change are among the likely casualties when the UK goes through with the exit from the European Union,” he says. “…. electoral success for populists in the US and in France could bring a U-turn for Western civilisation and make it renounce our current ideas of progress.” Isn’t it unusual for a biology journal to comment on climate and politics? That’s how Big Science sees Big Journals: they are mouthpieces for the left. He thinks he can speak freely about “our” ideas of progress (that is, those inside the Big Science institutions).California extends most ambitious climate change law in US (PhysOrg): Leftists and liberal scientists are proud of Governor Jerry Brown for “signing a pair of bills in a Los Angeles park amid opposition from the oil industry, business groups and Republicans.” Note the lack of dialogue. Note the lack of working toward a compromise. To Brown’s supporters, the science is settled, and opponents must kneel.The challenge of climate-change neoskepticism (Science Magazine): Another “elites vs outsiders” article seeks not to understand or convince, but to beat back the opponents. Four authors think the tactics of climate skeptics have shifted. It’s not a time for dialogue. Communication only goes one-way: from The Knowers to The Stupid. “This shift heightens the need for science to inform decision making under uncertainty and to improve communication and education.”Panel offers advice on how to combat climate-change “neoskepticism” (PhysOrg): Bob Yirka’s article borrows Science Magazine’s term and conveys the same one-way communication, but with more bellicose language. The insider panel seeks to “combat” the neoskeptics. Now that they have a name of derision, it should be easier to rouse the troops.What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong? (The Conversation): Peter Ellerton ought to know better. He’s a prof of critical thinking at the University of Queensland, but he presents a very uncritical view of scientism in order to stick the label “pseudoscience” on climate skeptics (as he does, similarly, with evolution skeptics). Ellerton also card stacks his presentation so that he can call a particular straw man a “denier.” Maybe he needs to study the list of papers below – after reviewing whether science has any reliable demarcation criteria (see 5/25/10, 9/15/10 and 12/11/05). Some reminders are in order:“‘Pseudoscience’ is an empty category, a term of abuse, and there is nothing that necessarily links those dubbed pseudoscientists besides their separate alienation from science at the hands of the establishment.” — Michael D. Gordin, Science Oct 10, 2012.“There is no demarcation line between science and non-science, or between science and pseudoscience, which would win assent from a majority of philosophers. Nor is there one which should win acceptance from philosophers or anyone else.” — Larry Laudan, philosopher of science.“Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.” — Michael Crichton, novelist, to Caltech scientists (see 12/27/03)The Error BarsHow dare the “neoskeptics” doubt what the consensus knows to be true! Yet the skeptics are not without comeback arguments. For instance, what about volcanoes? Snopes.com attempts to debunk a common skeptic claim that one volcano puts out 10,000 times more CO2 than all human activity, but the actual natural emission values may not be clear-cut. Live Science published an article in 2013 by Robin Wylie (University College London), a doctoral candidate in volcanology, alleging that CO2 emissions from volcanoes are “staggering” and possibly much higher than thought.Until the end of the 20th century, the academic consensus was that this volcanic output was tiny — a fiery speck against the colossal anthropogenic footprint. Recently, though, volcanologists have begun to reveal a hidden side to our leaking planet.Exactly how much CO2 passes through the magmatic vents in our crust might be one of the most important questions that Earth science can answer. Volcanoes may have been overtaken in the carbon stakes, but in order to properly assess the consequences of human pollution, we need the reference point of the natural background. And we’re getting there; the last twenty years have seen huge steps in our understanding of how, and how much CO2 leaves the deep Earth. But at the same time, a disturbing pattern has been emerging.He shows how estimates went from 100 million tons to 600 million: a “staggering trend” – a six-fold increase in just two decades. Estimates are based on assumptions, he explains, and there’s still a lot we don’t know. Even inactive craters can vent the invisible greenhouse gas. “As scientific progress is widening our perspective, the daunting outline of how little we really know about volcanoes is beginning to loom large.”It’s important to note that these sources we’re listing still believe in anthropogenic global warming (AGW). The issue is the certainty with which they are able to hold that view, philosophically and evidentially speaking. Their doubts can serve as a “hostile witness” against the consensus.Plant responses to increasing CO2 reduce estimates of climate impacts on drought severity (PNAS): The earth has feedback mechanisms that can compensate for change. The significance of this paper is clear from the start:We show that the water savings that plants experience under high CO2 conditions compensate for much of the effect of warmer temperatures, keeping the amount of water on land, on average, higher than we would predict with common drought metrics, and with a different spatial pattern. The implications of plants needing less water under high CO2 reaches beyond drought prediction to the assessment of climate change impacts on agriculture, water resources, wildfire risk, and vegetation dynamics.Metrics used to assess the impact of rising temperatures have overlooked plant transpiration, they warn. Even if corrections are made, what other factors have been overlooked? That’s the lesson here – not whether the authors believe in AGW. They clearly do. But while inside the consensus, they warn of “significant global-scale biases” in model predictions accepted by the IPCC.The differing sensitivity of drought metrics to radiative and physiological aspects of increasing CO2 partly explains the divergent estimates of future drought reported in recent studies. Further, use of ESM output in offline models may double-count plant feedbacks on relative humidity and other surface variables, leading to overestimates of future stress. The use of drought metrics that account for the response of plant transpiration to changing CO2, including direct use of P-E and soil moisture from ESMs, is needed to reduce uncertainties in future assessment.Briefly Noted: More Sources of DoubtVolcanoes tied to shifts in Earth’s climate over millions of years (PhysOrg): Humans were not even around, according to this article, when “volcanic activity associated with the plate-tectonic movement of continents may be responsible for climatic shifts from hot to cold over tens and hundreds of millions of years throughout much of Earth’s history.”Plants’ ability to adapt could change conventional wisdom on climate change (Science Daily): A study of a forest in Minnesota showed that “the trees acclimated to warmer temperatures and increased their carbon emissions less than expected.”Cloud-seeding surprise could improve climate predictions (Nature): Trees put out more cloud-seeding material than expected, implying that pre-industrial skies might not have been as sunny as thought. If this could improve climate predictions, what does that imply about the accuracy of previous predictions?Marine macroalgae removes large amounts of atmospheric carbon (PhysOrg): See seaweed? It’s a major carbon sink that has been overlooked. “Marine macroalgae [e.g., seaweeds] have largely been excluded from discussion of marine carbon sink,” this article says. “Our understanding of the global carbon cycle has been reshaped by KAUST researchers who have helped to reveal a major role for the abundance of seaweed growing around the world’s coasts… Their estimate is a highly significant 173 trillion grams of carbon sequestered in coastal seaweed, globally, per year.”How El Niño impacts global temperatures (Science Daily): Scientists at Australian National University found that “El Niño oscillations in Pacific Ocean may have amplified global climate fluctuations for hundreds of years at a time.” That makes it a little harder to predict what is happening right now or will happen in the next few decades.Climate science: Unexpected fix for ocean models (Nature): The fact that this was an “unexpected fix” should raise eyebrows. What other unknown unknowns are out there in the climate science models?A multistage crucible of revision and approval shapes IPCC policymaker summaries (Science Advances): A team explores the human element of IPCC consensus setting. They clearly approve of the consensus, but recognize that reaching consensus requires “a multistage crucible of revision and approval, as individuals together navigate complex science-policy terrain.” They think that failure to reach consensus would be a bad thing, even though they recognize doing so requires “inevitable trade-offs, tensions, and potential conflicts between increasing policy relevance and impact and maintaining scientific credibility in interactions among experts and decision-makers.”Climate scientists are more credible when they practice what they preach (Science Daily): It goes without saying that hypocrisy is not going to change the minds of climate-change skeptics. Well, duh; “scientists should practice what they preach if they want their advice on reducing energy use to have greater credibility.”These are just a few of the potential error bars from recent articles and scientific papers. They may or may not collectively change the conclusions of the consensus. What they do indicate, though, is the potential for scientific institutions to exaggerate the evidence. There are too many unknowns. Models can be rigged when political or economic pressure is strong. Science cannot eliminate the human element. All humans need to watch out for groupthink.The contrast is striking: consensus confidence vs evidential error. We see the same thing in the Darwin debates. Both tend to fall along party lines, too: conservatives more skeptical of climate change and Darwin, liberals the opposite. Wesley J. Smith bravely doubts consensus-mongers at Evolution News & Views in his article about “The dire threat of neo-skepticism.”We hope this brief diversion onto another topic than origins sheds some light on the nature of “political” science, whatever the subject.(Visited 80 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Soccer: the people’s passion

first_img20 May 2004One of the first gifts that democracy brought South Africa was its first truly representative national soccer team. That team’s nickname soon became known worldwide when Bafana Bafana – “The Boys” – captured the African Cup of Nations on home soil in 1996.It was a great achievement, and as the entire country had celebrated South Africa’s Rugby World Cup triumph the year before, so the entire country celebrated the success of the national soccer side.The most popular game in the country had for so long belonged to its quiet majority; democracy brought its joys to the whole population.The fierce traditional rivalry of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs – truly one of the biggest derby matches in the world – became something for all to share in.Players and their amazing nicknames became known everywhere: men like Thomas “Who’s Fooling Who” Hlongwane, “Professor” Ngubane, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, and Nelson “Teenage” Dladla.Greater exposure for South African soccer meant greater interest from sponsors and better support for the game, and that helped improve the country’s standard of play. Early on, though, it was a steep learning curve as the price of isolation was shown in a number of defeats, some of them big, against opponents many supporters would have expected South Africa to beat.PassionOne of the things that open society brought to previously advantaged white South Africans was the incredible passion black people had for soccer. It showed in their support for their favourite teams, in the astounding skills they displayed while fooling around with a soccer ball about.It helped humanise black people in the minds of many whites brought up on a regular diet of apartheid propaganda.In the past, some of the country’s greatest players had had to make their mark far away from home, with little known about their exploits until much later: players such as Steve Mokone, Pule Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung.Sono and Motaung returned to start clubs that remain pillars of the present Premier Soccer League in South Africa: Jomo Cosmos (named after the New York Cosmos for whom Sono played), and Kaizer Chiefs, the most popular soccer team in South Africa.Making it in EuropeToday, the opportunity exists for any outstanding soccer player to make his mark on the rich playing fields of Europe. England is a popular destination, but SA’s soccer exports have also made their mark in Germany, Spain, Portugal and Russia.A year before Bafana Bafana’s success in the 1996 African Cup of Nations, Orlando Pirates showed what the addition of South Africa to the international ranks meant when they broke North Africa’s stranglehold on African club competition.The Buccaneers became the first club south of the equator to win the African Club of Champions competition – at their first attempt – and followed that up with the African Super Cup in 1996.In recent years, players like Lucas Radebe (Leeds United), Benni McCarthy (Porto), Shaun Bartlett (Charlton Athletic), Mark Fish (Charlton Athletic), Mbulelo Mabizela (Tottenham Hotspur) and Steven Pienaar (Ajax Amsterdam) have achieved success in Europe, while Russia has almost become a second home for South African players. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA, Algeria to push trade, investment

first_img8 May 2013 South Africa and Algeria have agreed to speed up the establishment of a joint trade and investment committee to engage with the public and private sectors of both countries to do more business between them. The agreement followed a meeting between South African Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe and Algerian Trade Minister Mustapha Benbada in Algiers on Monday. Thabethe said the committee would allow senior officials from both countries to discuss and agree on a programme of trade and investment projects to pursue. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has proposed that the committee focus initially on agriculture, infrastructure, industry and investment. “Each of these sectors are key job drivers, and I believe if both countries concentrate on these sectors a lot can be accomplished and mutually beneficial business linkages can be created,” Thabethe said. She also encouraged Algerian companies to invest in South Africa, especially in projects related to the country’s multi-billion rand state-led infrastructural drive. Thabethe was in Algeria with a delegation of South African businesspeople on an export promotion mission. Benbada said that he appreciated Thabethe’s initiative in undertaking the mission, and welcomed the move to strengthen trade and investment relations with South Africa. According to the DTI, Algeria was South Africa’s leading north African export destination between 2008 and 2012, with total exports of R8.1-billion outweighing imports of R672-million over the period. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Brand South Africa calls for respect for human dignity and tolerance this Human Rights Day

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 16 March 2016 – March 21 marks the commemoration of Human Rights Day in South Africa – a day when the nation commemorates the historic 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, which became a turning point in the struggle for freedom.On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest against the Pass laws. It was more than a protest against the Pass Laws of the apartheid regime. It was an affirmation by common people, rising in unison to proclaim their rights, and it became an iconic date in our country’s troubled history.Today on 21 March 2016, we can reflect on how far the nation has come in establishing a culture of human rights, one which is enshrined in the Constitution under the Bill of Rights – a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa.However, in recent months the nation has faced different challenges. This is a sign of a maturing and sturdy democracy. In this process, we cannot however erode the gains of our past 22 years.Speaking ahead of Human Rights Day, Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kingsley Makhubela, said that the recent incidents in our country do not represent the spirit that has enabled South Africa to inspire the world over with our remarkable journey to democracy. “We are a people who treat each other with respect for our human dignity‚ tolerance for differences that we have and consideration for other people’s needs,” says Mr Makhubela.This Human Rights Day, Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to remember the hardships of the journey travelled by those who came before us and affirm the democratic values of human dignity and freedom as documented not only in the Constitution but also as the foundation on which the National Development Plan (NDP) was established.The NDP envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work. Promoting gender equality and greater opportunities for young people are integrated themes that run throughout the NDP.Mr Makhubela added: “There is a burning need for faster progress, more action and better implementation. The future belongs to all of us. The NDP is a vision for every South African, requiring action, change and sacrifice from all sectors of society. The NDP is built on the empowerment of citizens, however it is also time that we take on the responsibilities that come with the many rights and freedoms that we have been privileged to inherit from the sacrifice and suffering of those who came before us.”“South Africa’s Constitution, admired and respected around the world for its pioneering approach to human rights, is the symbol of a remarkable negotiated transition – one that turned a country ravaged by apartheid and oppression into one that celebrates democracy and freedom.These are the values that enrich the wisdom of development and provide us with universal validity as South Africans,” concluded Mr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Boxing rips dignity away like a stolen heart – David Haye is a spent force

first_imgBoxing accommodates no calumny, which is why David Haye should look back over his pronouncements before and after his devastating second defeat by Tony Bellew and consider doing what all fighters must eventually do: quit the day job.Three days before the 37-year-old Londoner endured his what might prove to be his farewell nightmare, he confessed: “My only reason for being in boxing is to prove I’m the best on the planet. I need to prove I’m better than Tony before I can think about that.”Haye, with bits of his chiselled body falling off him, dreamt still of winning back his world heavyweight title, of challenging the young behemoths, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.“Even if I beat Tony,” he added, “I’ll have to watch the tape back and say, OK, is that person good enough to beat the Joshuas and Wilders of the world? If I’m getting caught with shots and missing … I’m not going to put myself in the ring with these guys. I’m not just going to get my head punched in. I’m not stupid. I’ll only do it if I genuinely believe I can win the fight. I’ve never gone into a fight I didn’t think I could win.” Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Boxing Since you’re here… Read more Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Even an hour before the fight on Saturday night at the O2 Arena, he said: “If I can’t get Bellew out of there in good fashion, my aspirations of winning titles are down the drain. So I need to go out and really put on a good performance.”It took Bellew less than a quarter of an hour to convince Haye his ambitions were illusory. Yet, having declared unequivocally beforehand he would need to win in style to carry on, Haye later dodged questions about retirement – far more efficiently than when he had attempted to avoid the head shots that had put him down twice in the third and once in the fifth, leading to the compassionate intervention of the referee.“I dunno. I didn’t feel that great in there,” he said, “but I’ll have to review the tapes and see exactly what went wrong.” The tapes are a fighter’s comfort blanket – or hair shirt.Without reference to them, he could say: “Tony Bellew boxed a great fight and I didn’t, plain and simple. Maybe after having these rounds, [I could] get back in there and keeping the momentum going, maybe I’ll put on a better performance. As of tonight, I was bettered by the better man.”So, a confusing psychological mishmash of diversion and denial rounded out the saga. Haye, who endures pain in the ring without complaint, could not inflict more on his psyche in the aftermath of losing to his Liverpudlian tormentor for the second time. He might cut the umbilical cord to his sport in the next few days, or he might try to squeeze one or two more paydays out of it.Haye, who has never lacked for swagger, is used to accusations that he is only in boxing now for the money but it is a curious slur on a professional fighter. It is, after all, what he does for a living. His dilemma is convincing customers to pay to watch him. His reflexes have dulled, his balance, composure and judgment have disintegrated to the point where his blows do not land with the force of old against someone as ring savvy as Bellew, and his fading punch resistance makes him a sitting duck at this level. Read more Share on WhatsApp Sportblogcenter_img Tony Bellew targets Tyson Fury while David Haye ponders his future The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The promoter Eddie Hearn, lending professional distance to the debate, observes: “He came up to me at the end of the fight and he went: ‘I really enjoyed the atmosphere’ and I’m thinking … like, he enjoyed the walk! But he’s never been hurt like that before.“He’s got a lot of heart. Fair play to him. And he boxed six rounds with a snapped achilles [in the first fight 14 months ago]. But, when people review his career, they will always see he lost to Tony Bellew, KO11, and he lost to Tony Bellew, KO5, as the last two. There’s no point in coming back. He’s not the same fighter. He can win. He can beat people but he can’t beat elite world-class fighters.“He’s still a world-class fighter but he’s not the old David Haye. Still very dangerous. He hit Tony with a shot and I know when he’s hurt, because he starts going for a walk, and you could see his [unsteady] legs. That was a dangerous moment but he’s not the fighter he was.”Was he still marketable?“Not box office. Dillian Whyte would be a really big O2 fight. The only thing I will say is he spent quite a long time giving value for money on pay-per-view. I know the first fight was a bit weird but there was a lot of drama. And, even tonight, he put his bollocks on the line. He didn’t take a knee. He put it all on the line. He does go out like that. Even getting up from the last knockdown – he went down face first.”It’s not the most dignified exit from a lifetime’s work but boxing is a job that rips away dignity like a stolen heart.There is another pre-fight observation from Haye that is worth revisiting: “Some times you’ve got to knock a building down to rebuild it. If the foundations aren’t right, no matter how nice a building looks, it will crumble sooner or later. For me to challenge some of these giants in the division, I can’t have a weak foundation.”When Bellew knocked the building down on Saturday, everyone knew Haye’s foundations were as likely to be put back together again as Humpty Dumpty. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Tony Bellew comment Topics David Haye Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Cybercrime website behind 4 million attacks taken down Update

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2018 AFP The site, webstresser.org, was the world’s largest illegal DDOS seller A British and Dutch-led operation on Wednesday brought down a website linked to more than four million cyberattacks around the world, with banking giants among the victims, European law enforcement agencies said. Citation: Cybercrime website behind 4 million attacks taken down (Update) (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-international-probe-cyberattack.html “Authorities in five countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted six members of the crime group behind webstresser.org,” Britain’s National Crime Agency said in a statement.Cybercriminals used the website’s services, which could be rented for as little as $14.99 (12.31 euros), to launch so-called distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, which swamp targets with spam traffic and disable their IT systems.British police searched an address in Bradford, northern England, and seized a number of items, while Dutch police, with assistance from Germany and the United States, seized servers and took down the website.British police believe an individual linked to the address used the site, the world’s largest illegal DDOS seller, to hit seven of Britain’s biggest banks in November, forcing them to reduce operations.”Stressers” services give users the ability to stress-test the resilience of servers, causing disruption to the target.Police also arrested two suspects, aged 19 and 21 in Serbia and a third, aged 19, in Croatia, Serbian and Croatian authorities said in separate statements.The Croatian national faced a sentence between “one and eight years in prison,” the Croatian interior ministry added. ‘Warning to all DDOS-ers’Europol, which set up a command and control post in The Hague on Tuesday to coordinate the operation, said “further measures” would be taken against the online marketplace’s top users in Australia, Britain, Canada, Croatia, Hong Kong, Italy and the Netherlands.”This could include arrests or just ‘knock-on-door’ operations but it depends from country to country,” Europol spokeswoman Claire Georges told AFP in The Hague.”A significant criminal website has been shut down and the sophisticated crime group behind it stopped as a result of an international investigation,” said the NCA’s Jo Goodall.”The arrests made over the past two days show that the internet does not provide bulletproof anonymity to offenders and we expect to identify further suspects linked to the site in the coming weeks and months as we examine the evidence we have gathered,” Goodall added.Dutch national police’s Gert Ras was quoted in the NCA statement as saying the operation had had “an unprecedented impact on DDOS cybercrime.””This is a warning to all wannabe DDOS-ers… we will identify you, bring you to court and facilitate that you will be held liable by the victims for the huge damage you cause”.But Steven Wilson, who heads up Europol’s EC3 Cybercrime Centre, warned in a statement that DDOS and other malicious online activities were on the rise, “victimising millions of users in a moment.”Law enforcement cooperation needs to be “as good as” the collaboration between criminal gangs “to turn the tables on these criminals and shut down their malicious cyberattacks,” Wilson said. Ukraine arrests ‘Avalanche’ cybercrime organiser: police read more