MADRID (AP) — A court in Catalonia has confirmed that an upcoming vote to choose the northeastern Spanish region’s new parliament and replace the government will take place in two weeks as scheduled. Catalonia’s High Court on Friday overturned an order with which the regional government, citing a high prevalence of coronavirus contagion, had wanted to push the election to the end of May. Campaigning officially began Friday with parties holding odd events surrounded by very few supporters live-streamed on social media. Eight politicians and activists imprisoned after a failed 2017 push for Catalan independence will be allowed to take part in campaigning but will need to return to prison each day.
I’ll never understand people who bitch about made up “Hallmark” holidays. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Secretary’s Day…what’s wrong with creating a completely fictional reason to celebrate? Are you really going to complain about getting to eat cake at work on a Wednesday (thanks Secretary Day!) or maybe getting to see your significant other naked (you’re awesome Valentine’s Day!). No, do not complain about made up holidays. Made up holidays are awesome.Especially International IPA Day. August 7th, 2014. Put it on your calendar. Yes, it’s complete bullsh#! with no real historical or religious significance, but so freaking what. It’s a Thursday, and it gives you a reason to hit the brewpub after (or during) work and order a really hoppy beer. Celebrate, you ungrateful son of a mother’s uncle.In honor of IPA Day, I’ve selected three of my favorite IPAs from Southern breweries, to ramble about. I’d argue that these are some of the best hop bombs below the Mason Dixon. Enjoy. And celebrate fake holidays for no good reason other than just because.The CorruptionDC BrauWashington, D.C.This one borders on “Imperial” IPA status with 80 IBUs. It’s got that dank bitterness you expect from a West Coast IPA. But it’s brewed over here, so we got that going for us.WayfarerGreen Man BrewingAsheville, N.C.It’s hard to pick my favorite home town IPA, and honestly, if you ask me in a week, I might say something different. But right now, I’m digging Green Man’s Wayfarer, which they’re billing as a “summer IPA” because it won’t knock you on your ass after just two beers. It’s just 5.5%, but has all the not-so-subtle charm you want out of an IPA.HopsecutionerTerrapin Beer CompanyAthens, Ga.Don’t let the name fool you—this is a sweetheart of a beer…if you love hops. There’s some malty notes in the bottle, but you’re gonna get big swigs of pine and a wee bit of citrus from the six different hops that Terrapin brings to this party. It’s kind of like drinking a dank forest. If you can imagine that.Long live IPA Day!
Washington Post 21 Oct 2011Conventional wisdom holds that about half of U.S. marriages end in divorce — and that most Americans wish the divorce rate were lower. Still, many are skeptical about whether we can lower the divorce rate without trapping more people in bad marriages. This skepticism is fueled by two common assumptions: Divorce happens only after a long process of misery and conflict; and, once couples file for divorce, they don’t entertain the idea of reconciling. We now know those assumptions are wrong.Research over the past decade has shown that a major share of divorces (50 to 66 percent, depending on the study) occur between couples who had average happiness and low levels of conflict in the years before the divorce. Contrary to popular belief, only a minority of divorcing couples experience high conflict and abuse during their marriages. Most divorces occur with couples who have drifted apart and handle everyday disagreements poorly. It is these “average” divorces that research shows are the most harmful to children….William J. Doherty and his team of researchers asked 2,500 divorcing parents in Minnesota who were well along in that process whether they were interested in services to help them reconcile. In at least 10 percent of these divorce cases, both spouses were open to efforts to reconcile — and in another 30 percent, one spouse was interested in reconciliation. Results for couples earlier in the divorce process were even more promising. In other words, a substantial number of today’s divorces may be preventable.http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/delaying-divorce-to-save-marriages/2011/10/19/gIQAKh0f1L_story.htmlREAD Full ReportREAD Media Release
Photo: Stephen Gleeson The second round of Harty Cup games were held Wednesday with all three Tipp schools coming out on top.Our Lady’s templemore were comprehensive 6-27 to 1-9 winners over Castletroy College..Nenagh CBS edged out Gaelcholaiste Mhuire Thuaigh by a single point – 1-15 to 3-8 the final score in Ballymacarbery. Thurles CBS were 4-19 to 9 point winners over Doon.Meanwhile extra time was needed to separate the sides in the B hurling competition.Clonmel High School eventually beat Abbey CBS of Tipp Town by 17 points to 1-13.
New Delhi, Aug 25 (PTI) After the Narsingh Yadav episode, a national level woman weight lifter has challenged in Delhi High Court a four-year ban on her for allegedly taking prohibited substance, alleging that she was given laced protein drink by one of her colleagues.The High Court has directed the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) to respond to her plea.Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also issued notices to the Centre and CRPF Director General on the petition filed by Sumati Devi, a CRPF inspector who was part of the women weight lifting team in 75-plus kg category, and directed them to file their responses by November 21, the next date of hearing.The petitioner, a permanent resident of Manipur, has sought quashing of the July 8 order passed by the appellate authority on her appeal against the findings of Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP).Terming the penalty of four years as “very harsh”, she has contended in her plea that she had not taken the drink intentionally.Devi has alleged that one of her colleagues, with whom she shared a room in the sports hostel attached to Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here while participating in 63rd All India Police Games Championship in March 2015, had given her a protein drink which was laced with “anabolic steroid”.She said she was in the hostel room with two other women athletes of CRPF from March 1, 2015 to March 5, 2015, who used to go together for routine practices and have their respective protein drinks and food supplements.She said that in the event held on March 5, 2015, she secured the second position and as the urine sample of first three position holders was collected for screening the presence of any prohibited substance, her blood sample was also taken.advertisementShe then participated in the 30th women national weight lifting championship held in Rajasthan during which the NADA issued first notice to her on April 10, 2015 stating that some prohibited substances were found in her body, the plea said.On April 21, 2015, she went to NADA office and explained her case after which she was served with a second notice on April 28.Explaining the sequence of events, Devi claimed that on March 3, 2015, when she came to her room after her practice, she found that one of her roommates was preparing her protein drink which was offered to her in a friendly manner.Devi said she consumed the drink in the presence of another roommate. (More) PTI ABA HMP SJK ARC