Boris Johnson’s letter to the EU including his plans for the Irish Backstop has been released this afternoon (Weds).The British prime minister finally tabled his alternative proposals to the backstop this evening, including a plan for checks both on the island of Ireland and in the Irish Sea.The EU and Irish government will seek time to study the document but ultimately there is little hope that it will break the impasse. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has endorsed Boris Johnson’s offer to the EU.Speaking before seeing the proposals, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said what is being put forward “is not promising and does not appear to form the basis of an agreement”.He said he wanted to see the plans in writing before coming to a “definitive conclusion”.The Taoiseach will discuss the situation with Mr Johnson by telephone later.“Nobody in Northern Ireland wants checks on the border between north and south, nobody in the Republic of Ireland wants checks on the border between north and south. So why would any British government want to force that on Irish people north and south who don’t want them?” Advertisement Ireland has always maintained that anything short of an invisible border would under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and peace on this island.Plans for customs checks on island of Ireland under new UK Proposals was last modified: October 2nd, 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)
SAN DIEGO–The National League East features reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, Nationals ace Max Scherzer and tough Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola.The NL Central is loaded with quality hitters like Christian Yelich, Kris Bryant and Paul Goldschmidt who rank among baseball’s best bets to change the game with one swing.The NL West may lack the perceived depth of the league’s other divisions, but winning won’t be any easier for the Giants than it might be elsewhere. Through the first three …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Creamy or crunchy? That is the question for November and peanut butter lovers’ month. The National Peanut Board states that men and the West Coast prefer crunchy while women, kids and the East Coast prefer creamy. No matter which you prefer, peanut butter has become as all-American as apple pie and baseball. Americans consume over a billion pounds a year. Our love affair begins as we are introduced as kids to PBJ. We continue to enjoy PBJ but as our palettes mature, we begin adding other peanut butter flavors through cookies, ice cream, candy and even main dishes to our diet. Ohioans are no exception adding to the peanut butter craze with peanut butter buckeyes!Believe it or not Dr. Kellogg, the creator of Kellogg’s cereal, created the original patent for peanut butter for people who could hardly chew. In 1903, a peanut butter machine was invented and the popularity of peanut butter soared.We can’t talk about peanut butter without talking about the original agricultural product of peanuts and the farmers who grow them. The National Peanut Board states that 7,000 peanut farmers grow peanuts commercially in 13 states with 94% of the U.S. peanut crop grown in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. These farmers average close to 4,000 pounds of peanuts per acre producing 5.2 billion pounds in 2014.There are four different types of peanuts grown in the U.S. Around 80% of all peanuts grown are called runners, which are primarily used for peanut butter. Virginia peanuts are nicknamed “ballpark peanuts” and enjoyed in the shell. Spanish peanuts are produced for salted peanuts, peanut candy and peanut butter. Valencia peanuts come in last and are a slightly sweeter peanut used for all-natural peanut butter.It takes 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. U.S. law requires all products labeled peanut butter to contain 90% peanuts with sugars and added fats filling in the difference. Great news to peanut farmers is that peanut and peanut butter consumption continues to grow despite the 1% of Americans with peanut allergies.In March of 2015, my AgriPower group headed to South Carolina to see the diversity of agriculture in the Southeast. On peanut and cotton day, we visited a peanut farm. Harvesting peanuts is an interesting two-part process using a digger and a shaker/picker. A digger pulls up the peanut plant, flips it over with the peanuts on the top and the plant underneath. Farmers hope for a few days of sunny weather as the peanuts dry. The shaker then comes through to separate and pick the peanut pods. Right next door happened to be a huge peanut processing plant. I saw the biggest pile of peanuts I have ever seen and probably ever will! It was fascinating to see the farm-to-peanut plant portion of a peanut’s journey on the way to my peanut butter jar.Peanut butter is a great protein source. Two tablespoons of peanut butter have eight grams of protein. The only drawback is the fat content of peanut butter. Two tablespoons of peanut butter have 16 grams of fat. It is a healthy fat, but still needs to be consumed in moderation. If you eat a lot of peanut butter and need to cut back, try one of the new peanut butter powder products on the market. The two most popular powders are called PBFit and PB2. You need to add water to get the consistency of peanut butter. There are some complaints that say these products don’t taste like peanut butter. I’ve tried it in the apple peanut butter dip below and it works great. These products may work better in recipes but there is nothing like opening up a new jar of peanut butter and enjoying a spoonful!Paul and I fall right in line with the Peanut Board’s stats. I love creamy and, therefore, since I am the shopper, our pantry is stocked with creamy. Paul occasionally sneaks in a crunchy from time to time. No matter what you prefer, enjoy some peanut butter this month and thank a southern peanut farmer!Eat Well & Healthy!Shelly Peanut Butter Macaroons bhg.com 2 egg whites1/8 teaspoon cream of tartarDash salt½ cup sugar½ cup creamy peanut butter2 cups chocolate-flavored crisp rice cereal1/3 cup chopped honey-roasted peanuts Preheat oven to 300 degree F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside.In a medium mixing bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gently fold in peanut butter. Fold in cereal. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.Bake 10 minutes. Turn oven off and let cookies dry in oven with door closed for 15 minutes. Remove macaroons from cookie sheets to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 30 macaroons. Nutrition Facts (Peanut Butter Macaroons) Per serving: 57 kcal cal., 3 g fat, 50 mg sodium, 7 g carb., 5 g sugar, 2 g pro Shelly’s Peanut Butter Dip1 small carton of Greek fat free, sugar free vanilla yogurt2 Tbsp. peanut butterMix peanut butter and yogurt until smooth. Enjoy as a fruit dip. Great w apples! Peanutty Noodles Cookinglight.com 2 carrots, peeled1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger3 garlic cloves, minced1 c fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth1/2 cup natural-style peanut butter (such as Smucker’s)1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce3 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar1 tsp chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)1/4 teaspoon saltCooking spray2 cups red bell pepper strips1 pound snow peas, trimmed8 cups hot cooked linguine (about 1 pound uncooked pasta)1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro Shave the carrots lengthwise into thin strips using a vegetable peeler, and set aside. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger and minced garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add chicken broth and the next 5 ingredients (broth through salt); stir until well-blended. Reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and keep warm.Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and snow peas; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Combine carrot, peanut butter mixture, bell pepper mixture, and linguine in a large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 10 cups Calories 296; Fat 8.8 g; Protein 11.7 g; Carb 43.1 g; Fiber 3.4 g; Cholesterol 1 mg; Iron 3.6 mg; Sodium 400 mg; Calcium 44 mg Peanut Butter IcingAdd this icing to any brownies, chocolate cookies, chocolate cupcakes and cake! Top with mini buckeyes and you’ve got a great end of any meal or Buckeye gathering. 1 c peanut butter5 Tbsp. butter, softened1 tsp. vanilla3-4 c powdered sugar4-5 Tbsp. milk Beat butter and add vanilla, milk and powdered sugar and beat until nice and creamy. Peanut Butter Pie tasteofhome.com 3 oz. lite cream cheese, softened1/3 cup peanut butter1 cup confectioners’ sugar1/4 cup fat-free milk1-8 oz. lite whipped topping, thawed1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches) In a bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in peanut butter and sugar. Gradually add milk; mix well. Gently fold in whipped topping. Spoon into the crust. Refrigerate or freeze overnight. Yummy ½ frozen. Want to make your own crust? Use 1cup cookie crumbs and stir in 3 Tbsp. melted butter. Press into a 9inch pie pan. Yield: 8 slices.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has no regrets over his time with AC Milan.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualified for Europe, which hadn’t happened for a few years. I don’t consider that a negative time at all.“When I was at Milan, Suso, Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria were set to be sold. I think we did good work with homegrown talents like Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma.”
OTTAWA – Hidden away somewhere on Parliament Hill is the bronzed relief of Lt.-Col. Samuel Sharpe.Finished two years ago, the sculpture appeared destined for a spot in the foyer outside the House of Commons to commemorate the former MP and recognize all Canadian veterans struggling with psychological injuries.Yet despite mounting calls for the Trudeau government to have it unveiled, the sculpture remains in storage, raising fears that Sharpe and other veterans suffering with mental trauma won’t get the recognition they deserve.“He was hospitalized and then sadly he died by suicide,” said Conservative MP Erin O’Toole, who occupies Sharpe’s old seat and, as veterans affairs minister in 2015, first started the push to recognize the former MP.“Let’s use that sad legacy to help people today make sure they come forward to get help. It’s not a political project; it’s the right thing to do.”Sharpe was a sitting member of Parliament when he helped raise the Canadian Expeditionary Force’s 116th battalion and then headed overseas to command the unit during the First World War.Not only was Sharpe involved in some of the biggest and bloodiest Canadian battles of the First World War, he was re-elected in absentia only a few weeks after Passchendaele, where he received an award for gallantry.But Sharpe would never retake his seat. The strain and trauma of Passchendaele, where more than 16,000 Canadians were killed or wounded, including one of his closest friends, would be too much.Sharpe was hospitalized for “nervous shock” a few months later and returned to Canada. On May 25, 1918, he jumped from a window at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and killed himself.There is already a sculpture in the foyer dedicated to the only serving MP to have died in combat; Lt.-Col. George Baker was killed during the Battle of Mount Sorrel in June 1916, and his statue was erected in 1924.But O’Toole, whose tenure as veterans affairs minister was dominated by concerns about vets suffering from psychological injuries, felt it was time to honour Sharpe — and send a message of support to those in need.“By talking about it, and by putting a small plaque up to honour him, we’re going to show that we recognize there can be mental injuries just as severe as physical injuries from war,” O’Toole said Wednesday.The initiative received support from the Liberals and NDP, as well as retired lieutenant-general Romeo Dallaire, whose experience in Rwanda and subsequent struggle with PTSD are known to many Canadians.“Putting a commemoration plaque not far from Baker’s is to recognize that they don’t all die on the battlefield. A bunch of them die at home from injuries of the battlefield,” Dallaire said. “And it should not be hidden away.”Several Liberal MPs have also quietly come out in favour of the project.Yet the space originally set aside for the relief, which was created by artist Tyler Briley, who himself has struggled with PTSD from his days as a firefighter, remains empty.The sculpture’s fate currently lies with Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan, who will have to bring the matter to the House of Commons and Speaker Geoff Regan if he wants it in the foyer.Spokesman Alex Wellstead said O’Regan’s commemoration advisory group, which is comprised of veterans and other stakeholders, are reviewing the matter and will come up with a recommendation on where it should go.Wellstead would not say when a decision will be made, but Dallaire said he has heard some advisory group members are worried the Sharpe statue will be seen as glorifying suicide, which he called a “cop-out.”One Liberal MP who supports the sculpture being placed in the foyer said he has also heard that officials are weighing whether to put the sculpture in a mental-health facility for veterans or inside the minister’s office.O’Toole said his concern is that the Liberals are dragging their feet because they associate the initiative with the previous Conservative government, even though it had support from all parties in 2015.And with Centre Block set to close next summer for 10 years of renovations, the fear is that Sharpe will be forgotten again if the sculpture isn’t erected soon.“He deserves his place on the wall,” O’Toole said.“And if the minister wants to cancel this project, he should come out and say he’s cancelling this project. Don’t defer to some committee of veterans or political excuses. Take ownership.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
APTN NewsSen. Lynn Beyak remains defiant in keeping ‘racist’ letters about residential schools up on her Senate website and says she was never told to take them down by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.“Contrary to his statement, that he asked me to remove content and I refused, neither I nor my staff ever spoke with Andrew Scheer or anyone from his office, at any time,” said Beyak in a statement Monday.Scheer said last week he demanded Beyak to remove about 100 “support letters” of her drive to show the good Indian residential schools did and other Indigenous issues.When she refused, he kicked her out of the Conservative caucus, making her an independent senator.“I demanded Senator Beyak remove this content from her website. She refused,” Scheer said.Scheer mentioned one comment in a letter was particularly offensive.“To suggest that indigenous Canadians are lazy compared to other Canadians, is simply racist,” he said.Beyak said the letters posted are not racist.“Talking points from his office also declared: ‘Senator Beyak admitted that she intentionally posted racist correspondence about Indigenous Canadians to her Parliamentary website,’ said Beyak. “That statement is completely false. I would never say or do such a thing.”She added she learned she was getting booted from caucus through a media release from Scheer’s office.That aside, Beyak believes her website, and the letters, provide a platform for free speech.“Canadians can read and decide for themselves what is relevant and helpful for a fresh start for those Indigenous people who still suffer, and who live in hopelessness and poverty with inadequate housing and dirty water,” she said.“Discerning citizens don’t need government to tell them what is allegedly racist.”Fellow senator Lillian Dyck said last week the letters could lead to criminal charged for hate speech.“I looked it up,” Dyck told APTN News Friday. “Hate speech is communicating statements in public that incite hatred against any identifiable group.“Someone could look into this…Check all the letters and make a determination as to whether it met the high standard for hate speech. She could be charged.”Dyck is from the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and chair of the Aboriginal Peoples committee. Beyak was removed from that committee last year when she expressed support for the schools.Scheer also said last week he first learned of the letters Jan. 2 but they had been on Beyak’s website for several months.An email dated September 15 from a residential school survivor provided to APTN News, indicates that Scheer’s office was tipped off then about the “support letters.”Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate was also sent the email.“I am disappointed that my email back in September was ignored,” said Garnet Angeconeb. “They knew all along she had those ‘support letters’ on her Parliamentary website.”Angeconeb is just one of many who believe Beyak’s letters and stance on residential schools are racist.A spokesman for Scheer said his office gets 1,000 to 2,500 “pieces of correspondence” a week and it usually takes four to six months for people to get a response.“We have about four or five staff members who are tasked with strictly doing that,” said Jake Enwright. “They work very, very hard to answer these inquiries as quickly as possible.”Enwright maintained Scheer learned of the letters Jan. 2 and that Angeconeb’s email was in the que to receive a response. [email protected]
Senior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman takes a free kick during a match against Illinios Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefComing off a 1-1 draw against Illinois in its last match, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is set to host undefeated Indiana.Thursday afternoon’s match will be the second Big Ten game for the Buckeyes this season. OSU players said they notice a change in play when it comes to conference games.“It’s just a whole different ball game. The girls are so physical, and so feisty, bigger actually, physically bigger than the other teams we play,” sophomore goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said.McVicker and senior Rachel Middleman have split time in goal almost evenly this season. In nine games this year, The Buckeyes have only allowed six goals between them. The 0.67 goals against average is good enough for third best in the conference, tied with Iowa.“I feel like we both compliment each other and the team really well,” McVicker said of the goalies splitting time.Freshman forward Nichelle Prince leads the Buckeye offense this year scoring five goals while recording four assists. The 14 points for the first-year Buckeye has her tied for 10th in the Big Ten.“She’s definitely a strong player up top, has amazing touch and super fast,” said freshman forward Lindsay Agnew of Prince. “Her presence on the field kind of calms people down, and any goal could happen any second.”Prince, originally from Ajax, Ontario, said she is still adjusting to her role with the Buckeyes.“It’s new coming into a new environment, but the players have been really open to helping us,” Prince said. “We have a decent start right now and a lot more games to do well.”On offense, the Buckeyes have been working hard to improve on their ability to finish.“We really focused on our final passes, because we have a lot of opportunities in games, but the final pass and the final shot are a little off sometimes. We’ve just been working on a lot of patterns to capitalize that,” McVicker said.Indiana is 8-0-1 on the season, and the Hoosiers have only allowed two goals so far. Those figures, however, have not changed the practices for the Buckeyes this week.“We usually just practice the same, and adjust a few things depending on the opponent,” Prince said.Senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy leads the Hoosiers in scoring with six goals. Indiana averages 2.33 goals a match, good for sixth best in the conference.The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) pushes toward the basket for a shot. OSU lost to Penn State, 71-70, in overtime Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAn inability to put teams away, a lack of toughness or simply missing shots — no matter how you look at it, the Ohio State Buckeyes are no longer undefeated against Penn State with Thad Matta as their coach.Matta’s streak of 17 straight wins against the Nittany Lions came to an end Wednesday, after a jumper in the lane by Penn State redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill with 1.9 seconds left in overtime gave them the lead, 71-70. OSU senior guard Aaron Craft was unable to get a shot off at the buzzer and the Buckeyes suffered their fifth loss in six games.“We weren’t the tougher basketball team tonight,” Craft said after the loss. “That’s what it comes down to, 10-point lead with however much time we have left, and we just couldn’t do it.”Newbill carried Penn State down the stretch, scoring 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and overtime, including a 3-pointer that tied the game with 11 seconds left in regulation.“This was more than a winnable basketball game,” Matta said after the loss. “It’s one of those things that we’ve got to — we gotta be a tougher physically and tougher mentally basketball team.”The Buckeyes held the lead for the majority of the second half, but were unable to convert when it counted, failing on three attempts before the buzzer sounded in regulation to win.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. was at a loss for words following the game, but did say the loss “hurts the most out of every game” since he’s been a Buckeye.“This is embarrassing,” Smith Jr. said. “Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now.”The Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6), jumped out to an early 15-11 lead on OSU, aided by just 3-10 shooting by the Buckeyes in the game’s first eight minutes.OSU’s shooting percentage improved late in the half, as it used a 7-3 run to take a 35-31 lead into halftime.The Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5) would increase the lead to 11 after two free throws by junior forward LaQuinton Ross, but Penn State would not go away.OSU had multiple opportunities to extend the lead, but was unable to do it and Newbill hit big shots down the stretch to secure the win.Ross led OSU with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Smith Jr. added 15 points of his own in the loss.OSU’s last two losses come by a combined seven points to Nebraska Jan. 20 and Penn State. Both are teams that typically sit near the bottom of the Big Ten standings throughout the course of the season, so are OSU’s problems stemming from a lack of motivation against the traditionally weaker conference opponents?“I would hope not,” Matta said. “I would hope not. Yeah, I would hope not.”For Penn State — who has three conference losses by three points or less — a road win against OSU is “exciting,” Nittany Lion head coach Pat Chambers said.“I’m excited for the kids, for our players,” Chambers said after his team’s win. “It’s so hard, losing by a possession and the ball doesn’t bounce your way … I’m happy for them. They deserved to get one back, so to speak.”For whatever reason, OSU continues to struggle as it makes it way through the rugged Big Ten. The Buckeyes are just 1-5 since starting the season 15-0.“In this league, if you don’t come to play every night, you’re going to lose, as you see tonight,” Smith Jr. said, seemingly shaking off tears. “Top 25 teams at home don’t lose these games. And we lost.”Up next, OSU is set to travel to No. 14 Wisconsin (17-3, 4-3) to take on the Badgers at noon Saturday in Madison, Wis.
South Korea managed to gain a shocking win against Germany and eliminate the world champions by achieving this result – and Son Heung-Min admitted that it is like a dream coming true.The Asian team had been already eliminated after being beaten 1-0 by Sweden a 2-1 by Mexico – but despite that, they tried their best and achieved a historic result against a very strong team as they scored both of their goals in the dying minutes.The Tottenham striker spoke about this huge win as he said, according to Reuters:“We beat the world champions and normally it’s a dream and we can be proud of the team.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Of course it’s disappointing because we lost in the group but I think I can be proud after this win and we can be proud of this win.”“We beat the world champions from the last World Cup and now I’m looking forward to the next World Cup.”“I’m a bit disappointed because we have a lot of good players and we couldn’t show them in the next round, but we’re looking forward to the next games.”