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first_img Facebook An Irish ship that was originally part of an aid flotilla attacked by Israel yesterday is set to approach Gaza today.The Israeli navy has said this morning that it’s ready to stop the MV Rachel Corrie, and expects an easy takeover of the ship.The Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin yesterday called for Israel to exercise restraint in dealing with the vessel.Meanwhile, 7 Irish citizens, including Donegal activist Fiachra O’Luain, are still being detained in Israel following the raid on the main flotilla yesterday.He and another Irish man, Dr Fintan Lane, are contesting their deportation. Israel and Palestine Correspondent with the London Independent Don McIntyre says they could face a long wait………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/000don830.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Twitter Previous articleDonegal County Council to seek funding for A5 linkagesNext articleQuestions raised over whether controversial consultancy offers value for money News Highland Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – June 1, 2010 Donegal man on Gaza ship detained by Israeli forces Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgStarbucks has seen a 3% rise in third quarter European like-for-like sales.This has been driven by a 2% lift in transactions and a 2% rise on average spend. Globally, the company saw comparable sales rise by 6%, it’s 18th consecutive quarter increase. Unveiling its results for the 13 weeks to 29 June 2014, the company saw global revenue grow by 11% to $4.2bn (£2.5m).Howard Schultz, chairman, founder and chief executive of Starbucks, said: “The EMEA demonstrated continued progress against transformation plan, delivering comp growth of 3% with key UK market comps outpacing the EMEA regions overall. The outlook for the UK in particular continues to be positive, supported by declining unemployment and the expectation of a sixth consecutive quarter of positive GDP growth.”There has been no update regarding plans for La Boulange, its UK artisan bakery brand, which was launched in August last year.The company purchased the bakery range to incorporate La Boulange products into its coffee houses.last_img read more

first_imgThe TeamsThe league consists of 18 teams who play 22 games. The top eight teams make the finals. Two teams meet in the Grand Final, Australia’s version of the Super Bowl.ClubMonikerStateAdelaideCrowsSouth AustraliaBrisbane LionsLionsQueenslandCarltonBluesVictoriaCollingwoodMagpiesVictoriaEssendonBombersVictoriaFremantleDockersWestern Australia  GeelongCatsVictoriaGold CoastSunsQueenslandGreater Western Sydney  GiantsNew South WalesHawthornHawksVictoriaMelbourneDemonsVictoriaNorth MelbourneKangaroos  VictoriaPort AdelaidePowerSouth AustraliaRichmondTigersVictoriaSt. KildaSaintsVictoriaSydneySwansNew South WalesWest CoastEaglesWestern AustraliaWestern BulldogsBulldogsVictoriaThe ReactionPeople couldn’t get enough of this weird and wonderful sport.FOLKS THIS IS NOT A DRILL. EVERYBODY STAY CALM.🚨THERE ARE LIVE SPORTS ON FS1 RIGHT NOW🚨ITS AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL, BUT WHO CARES ANYMORE? I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON BUT THIS IS TREMENDOUS CONTENT.— Nick Burt (@nickburt13) March 21, 2020Watching this Aussie Rules Football.. I think it’s my favorite sport I’ve ever seen. About 6 punts a minute right now.LET’S GOOOO MATES #ForTheBrand pic.twitter.com/OuzzRWSzQ0— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 21, 2020Pleaseeeee do not talk to me while the Australian Football League is on, it is literally all I have in life now— Robbie Greenspan (@RobbieGreenspan) March 21, 2020We’ve slept on the greatness that is Australian Football. America needs to take notice pic.twitter.com/Chypb9U8IJ— Tony Nika (@AntRob116) March 21, 2020Cheers to having one sport to watch, mates! Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fa/e5/afl-goal-getty-032120-ftr_ukuuh58eo5lm14qtorkctr16c.jpg?t=-32779984&w=500&quality=80 Through the tallest posts is 6 points. A bounce off the posts, or between a large post and a smaller outer post, it is worth one point. This is called a “behind.” Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3b/b7/afl-ball-getty-032120-ftr_zdkqwq5k1ub81hsg458b2ogli.jpg?t=-33712432&w=500&quality=80 It is similar to a combination of a rugby ball and a football.The RulesThe object of the game is simple: move the ball down the field and score.You can move the ball in three ways:Running: if you run the ball, you have to bounce it every 16 yards (48 feet).Fist: players use their fist to hit it forward, almost like a bump in volleyball. Called a handball, this is unique to Aussie Rules.Kicking: the most common way to move the ball. Players are known for their deadly accuracy, and can hit a teammate running at 50 yards (150 feet).If the kick is high, the player can jump to catch it. This is called a “mark.” Players can jump on and over other players to get higher in the air to catch, very similar to rugby.  Founded in 1896 as the Victorian Football League, the name was changed to “Australian Football League” in 1990. Teams are spread out across five of Australia’s six states. The sport is uniquely Australian, and combines American football, rugby, and soccer into a weird and beautiful game. Here’s how Aussie Rules works, and here’s how America reacted.The FieldThe AFL field is larger than most other sports. So for those of you here in the USA who are sitting at home thinking, “damn, that’s a big field.”You’re right.Here is what an Aussie Rules field looks like compared to other sports: pic.twitter.com/Gm6UYV7uMn— USAFL (@USAFL1997) March 21, 2020While players have to have incredible stamina to run back and forth, there is no specific “type” of AFL player. They can range in height anywhere from 5’8″ to 7’0″. The most important thing is their endurance and strength. Players also need excellent hand and foot coordinaton.The BallThe ball, like the field, is egg-shaped, which makes for a lot of crazy bounces. Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1a/7a/afl-mark-getty-032120-ftr_gff1hkicmoqh1mmnleh0pf60a.jpg?t=-24850016&w=500&quality=80 If you take a mark, you can continue, or stop and take an unimpeded kick.There are 18 players on the field and four on the bench. Positions include defenders, forwards, and midfielders. There is no offsides rule.You can tackle, but it must be between the shoulders and knees.There are four 20-minute quarters, but like soccer, time is added on for stoppages in play, as much as 10 additional minutes.More complete rules here:The ScoreOnce in scoring position, the idea is to kick the ball through the upright posts at the end of the field, seen here. The Australian Football League, Aussie Rules Football, or just footie, has become America’s new pastime.On Thursday, Fox Sports announced it would show three games of Aussie Rules Football on TV for Americans. People were confused, but mostly excited to watch some kind of sporting event.last_img read more