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Brexit fishing battle: Britain and Ireland ‘to clash over ownership of tiny rock’ –

Posted: July 5, 2020 at 9:59 am

The latest round of Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU finished a day early this week, with significant differences still remaining between the two sides. A statement from the UK's chief negotiator David Frost confirmed he is still committed to coming to a principle agreement for a future trade deal this month. This round of talks was the first to be held face-to-face since March, which, according to Mr Frost, injected extra depth and flexibility to our discussions".

However, negotiations are still at a standstill in several key areas.

Sticking points between the two sides include the so-called "level-playing field" to ensure businesses on one side don't have an unfair advantage over the other fishing rules and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

As tensions are set to rise in the incoming weeks, unearthed reports shed light on what could be another tortuous Brexit battle.

The Irish border is one prominent area but another is Rockall a rock with a colourful history of claim and counterclaim involving the UK.

Rockall is situated in a remote part of the North Atlantic and is about 160 nautical miles west of the Scottish islands of St. Kilda and 230 nautical miles to the north-west of Donegal.

The uninhabited rock is 25 metres wide and 17 metres high and is actually the remnants of an extinct volcano.

The tiny islet has been the source of an ownership dispute involving the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Iceland.

The dispute has not been so much about the ownership of the rock but the potential for oil and gas reserves in the surrounding seabeds and the lucrative fishing grounds.

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Rockall fishing is reportedly a multi-million-pound industry with a large supply of haddock, monkfish, and squid.

According to a recent report by IrishCentral, last year, Scottish authorities claimed that Rockall was a UK territory and attempted to prevent Irish fishermen from coming within the 12-mile international limit.

The Irish government, on the other hand, contended that the island was not subject to an international boundary as it was simply a large, uninhabitable rock in the middle of the ocean.

Irish claims are backed up by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) 1982.

The law states that rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf.

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Consequently, Irish boats have fished in the area for well over 30 years.

The Scottish Government, in turn, claimed that it has never been legal for other nations to fish within 12 miles of the islet.

The UK first claimed ownership of Rockall in 1955, but Ireland, Iceland, and Denmark have long challenged that ownership.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney took a firm stance on the issue in June last year and said that Ireland had never recognised British claims to the island.

He said: "We have never recognised UK sovereignty over Rockall and accordingly, we have not recognised a territorial sea around it either. We have tried to work positively with the Scottish authorities and to deal with sensitive issues that flow from it in a spirit of kinship and collaboration."

Scotland's Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing told BBC Scotland at the time: "This is a routine enforcement matter to ensure that illegal activity within the UK's territorial waters, namely within a radius of 12 miles of the islet of Rockall, ceases.

"We have been engaging with the Irish government for a considerable length of time because we would prefer that this matter is resolved by discussion and negotiation amicably, and that remains the case."

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The All-American Glory of Yacht Rock – National Review

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Kenny Loggins performs in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2002. (Ethan Miller/Reuters)Saluting the mellow sound that signals all is right with the world.

They say jazz is Americas musical signature: As Ken Burns wrote, the genius of America is improvisation, our unique experiment a profound intersection of freedom and creativity. . . . Nowhere is this more apparent than in jazz the only art form created by Americans, an enduring and indelible expression of our genius and promise.

Stirring words. Jazz is inventive, vibrant, and complex. Everything about it is great, except the way it sounds. Listening to jazz is like trying to chase down a housefly. Theres a reason why only French tourists pretend to like it. To quote a more honest writer, John OFarrell: Music is a journey. Jazz is getting lost.

Americas truly sublime musical innovation is Yacht Rock. Savor the wit of that oxymoron: How hard can you rock if youre on a yacht? The boat itself rocks like a baby, not like Led Zeppelin. So Yacht Rock is gentle, but it cant be sad. There is no moping on a yacht. If you want to be glum and wear black, get off the boat and go find a jazz club. Not that anyone would ever invite you on their yacht in the first place.

The essence of a Yacht Rock song (my Spotify playlist is here) is that you can picture it being blasted on the deck of a yar and saucy watercraft circa 1981. Girls in cut-off shorts and bikini tops toss their arms in the air and say, Whoo! while the owner and host a guy named Brad or Chad or Gary, who struck it rich with, say, a string of Camaro dealerships and is himself a sort of Camaro in human form high-fives the guests, bites his lower lip, and moves a little off the beat, occasionally interjecting, Awesome, man! Brad or Chad or Gary drinks only the classy beers such as Lowenbrau or Michelob and has a cooler stocked with colorful wine coolers for the girls. Only his one very special lady will be present later when he opens up a perfectly chilled bottle of Aste Spumante. His captains chair is made of rich Corinthian leather.

Yacht Rock isnt what youd call real rock, angry rock, rock with a point or an attitude or a message or even a smirk, because Brad or Chad or Gary is just here to have a good time (and here is on earth). There is no edge to Yacht Rock any more than there is an edge to the round, rolling sea. However, Yacht Rock is not Loser Rock or Wimp Rock. It may be smooth, but it isnt limp. When the Yacht Rock is blasting out of the JVC boom box, the sun is shining, the girls are swaying, the waves are rolling, and all is well. Any song about lost love or thwarted longing or the girl that got away is inadmissible unless it reminds Brad or Chad or Gary about that time he almost met Cheryl Tiegs in Puerto Vallarta, and hell tell you about this incident at length.

The line between Yacht Rock and Wimp Rock is, alas, being eroded daily by the programmers of Sirius XM, whose Yacht Rock station (Channel 105 at the moment, and also available on the app if you happen not to be driving much these days). Siriuss Yacht Rock station is a sort of National Archives of Yacht Rock, one of Americas greatest innovations since the development of the backyard bug zapper. But thanks to some programmers inability to grasp that no one wants to listen to ow-my-broken-heart songs on a yacht, Channel 105 Rock is programmatically almost indistinguishable from Channel 17, the Wimp Rock station dubbed the Bridge. Bridge over whiny waters, that is. The Bridge is nothing but moany-groany lovey-dovey songs by the likes of Air Supply and Bread and America, and I love it inordinately. But Im not playing anything as embarrassingly low-T as Baby Im-a Want You on a yacht, unless I want to invite mutiny.

Yacht Rock has to have a pulse; its got to make you feel like youre scything through the waves while youre enjoying a classy snack like cottage cheese on melba toast. Its got soul, but not real soul, just the blue-eyed kind. You cant play Marvin Gaye on a yacht because Marvin Gaye was a genius. The Eagles are not Yacht Rock: Theyre too great. Same for The Police and The Rolling Stones. (Most Europeans are automatically disqualified anyway; a European on a yacht conjures up an image of a 200-foot monster docking in Nice and skippered by a man named Baron von Ruprecht of Wienerwald. Who can party down in a white dinner jacket while holding a snifter of brandy?)

Yacht Rock is the unchallenging, mood-brightening background music of the ordinary Chad who struck it rich enough to get a starter yacht, albeit not rich enough to compete with Baron von Ruprecht, who had a 200-year head start. America is the land where anyone might get rich enough to own a yacht, and so Yacht Rock is a celebration of America. It makes you lift your foam beer-can insulator to the cerulean skies and bawl out, Meet you all the way or Yah mo B there.

Yacht rock has its own Lennon and McCartney, except they are named Loggins and McDonald. I know what youre going to say, but Ive done the research and it turns out that Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald are not the same guy. McDonald offered a foretaste of the smooth-it-down Eighties on the Doobie Brothers Takin It to the Streets (1976). This was the first hit single ever sung by McDonald, and was there ever a more adorable track about urban unrest? If you blasted that over loudspeakers in the midst of an actual riot, the looting and smashing would stop immediately, and everyone would beg you to stop ruining the mood. As McDonalds profile was rising, Loggins came by like the guy in the Mr. Microphone commercial: Hey good lookin, Ill be back to pick you up later! Soon the pair were collaborating on What a Fool Believes, (1979), which despite being about a loser is just bouncy enough to qualify as Yacht Rock rather than loser rock. Loggins and McDonald combined again for This Is It (1979), a spectacularly non-specific paean to get-er-done Americanism on the cover of which Loggins is depicted holding what appears to be a magical glowing orb obviously the mystical power cell of Yacht Rock. With Im Alright, the following year, Loggins crafted a tune that was not only the perfect Yacht-Rock track, complete with misspelled title, but inspired the perfect Yacht-Rock conversation: Did anyone see Caddyshack ?

The summer of Caddyshack 1980 was Yacht Rocks annus mirabilis. Along came a third natural master of styrofoam wave-coasting: Christopher Cross. Released at the tail end of 1979, his eponymous rookie album became the lodestar of Yacht Rock, containing both of the quintessential examples of the form. Not only did Cross come up with Ride Like the Wind, which actually sounds like the internal soundtrack playing in Brad/Chad/Garys mind as he rips across the water (and features McDonalds epic backup vocal), but at the same time gave us Sailing, a song without which no one ever would have thought up the term Yacht Rock. Sadly, Cross would later become a casualty of Wimp Rock with Arthurs Theme (The Best That You Can Do) and Think of Laura.

Yacht Rocks subtle distinctions sometimes elude even dedicated students of the form. For instance, Fleetwood Macs You Make Lovin Fun (Fun! Lovin!) is Yacht Rock. Fleetwood Macs Go Your Own Way (cutting, bitter) is not. Rockn Me (Steve Miller Band) is Yacht Rock. Rock the Casbah (The Clash) is not; its too good.

References to actually being on a boat definitely add Yacht-Rock cachet, because no one will ever accuse you of being too obvious on a boat; if anything, use of irony on the water will earn you nasty looks and maybe an order to clean out the bottom of the cooler. But Rock the Boat (Hues Corporation) is not Yacht Rock, its disco. Its a dance song. On a yacht, you dont dance, you dance around. Big difference. Dancing requires skill, or at least rhythm. Dancing around you can manage even if youre a Camaro in human form. Cool Change, with its serene lyrics about sailing on the cool and bright clear water, is Yacht-Rock splendor despite being an import, from Australias Little River Band. Australia, though, is the most American of all overseas countries big, confident, friendly, and party-minded. Australia is Americas honorary little brother. Love Will Find A Way is pure yachty bliss, not only because of the gentle, undemanding optimism of the song, not only because of the not-too-fast-buddy tempo, but because the band that performed it was Pablo Cruise. Pablo Cruise! They might as well have called themselves Boaty McBoatface.

Yacht Rock lyrics are not allowed to be profound, equivocal, or thoughtful. Paul Simon and Carole King are not Yacht Rock. Acceptable Yacht-Rock sentiments include:

While you see a chance, take it.

Ride into the danger zone.

Were still havin fun, and youre still the one.

Believe it or not, Im walkin on air!

You make-a-my dreams come true.

And if your yacht hasnt come in yet? Not to worry; all of these songs make the ideal soundtrack for backyard barbecuing, which is basically yacht-rocking on land. The ideal accessories are a badminton set, a Weber grill, a Coleman cooler. Get out the Bluetooth speaker, bring it into the yard, and revel in Americas glorious Yacht-Rock inheritance.

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‘The Office,’ ’30 Rock’: All the TV shows to pull blackface scenes – Los Angeles Times

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Several TV episodes and scenes featuring characters in blackface have been pulled from streaming and syndication in recent weeks as Hollywood confronts its racist past and present.

Last week, Tina Fey made headlines by asking NBC to remove episodes of 30 Rock featuring blackface, and issuing a controversial apology for pain they have caused. Other scripted shows, including Community, The Office, Scrubs and The Golden Girls, have since followed suit in an effort to erase racist tropes and images from their histories.

Late-night TV also has been forced to address blackface scandals after sketches with the hosts of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live performing in blackface resurfaced.

Fallon apologized for making the unquestionably offensive decision to wear blackface while impersonating fellow comedian Chris Rock for a 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch, while Kimmel apologized for appearing in blackface multiple times on The Man Show, which ran from 1999 to 2004, apologized weeks later.

Notably, multiple animated series, including Central Park, Big Mouth and Family Guy, have vowed to recast Black characters originally voiced by white actors.

With viewers increasingly dependent on streaming platforms rather than physical media, the editing and removal of these scenes and episodes leaves little trace of their existence. As such, The Times has compiled a list of streaming TV shows that have recently edited or removed episodes featuring blackface, along with synopses of the racist imagery and stereotypes contained therein.

David Cross, left, and Bob Odenkirk at a screening of their show W/ Bob & David at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles in 2015.

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On June 15, comedian and actor David Cross announced that Netflix had decided to pull a sketch from his and Bob Odenkirks W/ Bob and David that featured Cross in blackface.

The sketch, titled Know Your Rights (Season 1, Episode 3), saw Cross character, Gilvin Daughtry, give an absurd how-to lesson on maintaining your rights in the face of police harassment. Appearing at first sans blackface, Gilvin interacts with a police officer (Keegan-Michael Key), who stops his car briefly and then lets him pass.

When Cross character rolls up to the checkpoint again in blackface, the same police officer exasperated by Gilvins repeated attempts to provoke him defers to his colleague, who attacks Gilvin with pepper spray and a taser.

Rue McClanahan, left, Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur and Betty White of The Golden Girls.

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Hulu removed a 1988 episode of The Golden Girls featuring Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Rose (Betty White) wearing mud facial masks.

Mixed Blessings (Season 3, Episode 23) saw Dorothys (Bea Arthur) son, Michael (Scott Jacoby), introduce himself to the mother of his fianc, Lorraines (Rosalind Cash), who is concerned about Lorraine marrying a white man.

Unaware of the family meeting, Blanche and Rose stumble into the room in matching brown mud masks. This is mud on our faces, Rose says, explaining their appearance to their guests. Were not really Black.

Yvette Nicole Brown, left, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Jonathan Banks face Ken Jeong in NBCs Community.

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Also scrapped was an installment of Community titled Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Season 2, Episode 14).

Netflix pulled the episode, which saw Ken Jeongs Ben wear a white wig, blackface and body paint while participating in a roleplay game with his classmates. At one point in the game, Pierce (Chevy Chase) refers to Ben as Blackface and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) asks whether the study group is just going to ignore that hate crime?

Steve Carell, left, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson in The Office.

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On June 26, The Office creator Greg Daniels confirmed to Variety that a scene from Dwight Christmas (Season 9, Episode 9), featuring a character in blackface, had been edited out.

The scene took place during an office holiday party thrown by Dwight (Rainn Wilson), who dresses up as the Dutch gift-giver Belsnickel and taps his assistant, Nate (Mark Proksch), to accompany him as Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, a racist character from Dutch folklore.

Prior to edits, Nate was briefly seen walking through the Dunder Mifflin parking lot wearing blackface with red lipstick before immediately turning back at Dwights last-minute request. Dwight calls him off after being scolded by Stanley (Leslie David Baker) when his colleagues learn of Belsnickels racist origins.

Zach Braff in Scrubs.

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On June 23, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence confirmed on Twitter that plans to pull blackface episodes were already in the works. Hulu subsequently removed three episodes.

In My Friend the Doctor (Season 3, Episode 8), J.D. (Zach Braff) appeared in blackface during a fantasy sequence in which he imagines himself as his best friend, Turk (Donald Faison), in a romantic situation with Elliot (Sarah Chalke).

In My Jiggly Ball (Season 5, Episode 4), Chalke wore blackface during another fantasy sequence in which J.D. imagines her character as half Turk and half Elliot while playing video games on the couch.

And in My Chopped Liver (Season 5, Episode 17), Turk and J.D. arrived at a fraternity house in white face makeup and blackface, respectively. Are you sure this isnt offensive? J.D. asks, to which Turk replies, Buddy, relax. These are my guys, all right? As long as youre with me, theyre going to find this funny. But when J.D. is met at the door by several Black fraternity members, they arent amused, yanking him inside to beat him up and throw him out.

30 Rock stars Alec Baldwin, left, Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan.

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At executive producers Fey and Robert Carlocks request, four episodes of 30 Rock have been removed from Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play and syndication.

In Believe in the Stars (Season 3, Episode 2), Jenna (Jane Krakowski) wore blackface while swapping identities with Tracy (Tracy Morgan) in a social experiment to prove who has it hardest in America: women or Black men.

Live Show (Season 5, Episode 2), the East Coast edition of 30 Rocks first live episode, featured a sketch in which guest star Jon Hamm gets a hand transplant from a Black man who was executed. The show also referenced the unfounded racist conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States with a fake Fox News ticker that read, Exclusive Interview With Kenyan Liar.

Christmas Attack Zone (Season 5, Episode 10) saw Jenna wear blackface again when attending a costume party dressed as former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann. And Live From Studio 6H (Season 6, Episode 19) saw Hamm wear a wig and blackface again alongside Morgan in a parody of the racist radio and TV program Amos n Andy.

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenney, left, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day, Danny DeVito and Glenn Howerton.


Hulu and Netflix U.K. have each taken down five episodes of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

In Americas Next Top Paddys Billboard Model Contest (Season 4, Episode 3), aspiring actress Dee (Kaitlin Olson) presented two racist characters, Taiwan Tammy and Martina Martinez, for her fledgling web series. Their offensive portrayals including wigs, prosthetics and fake accents prompt Charlie (Charlie Day) to remark, This is so racist.

Dee Reynolds: Shaping Americas Youth (Season 6, Episode 9) saw Mac (Rob McElhenney) wear blackface while impersonating actor Danny Glover as Murtaugh in Paddys staging of Lethal Weapon 5. Paul Walter Hauser also appeared in blackface while playing a high school character in their version of the movie, while Frank (Danny DeVito) wore a braided wig while portraying a Native American crime boss.

The Gang Recycles Their Trash (Season 8, Episode 2) saw Dee reprise her racist Martina Martinez character in brownface makeup while trying to incite an uprising among Black and Latinx sanitation workers.

The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6' (Season 9, Episode 9) saw the pub crew stage a sequel to Lethal Weapon 5, with everyone returning to the same racist costumes plus Dee in full blackface as Murtaughs daughter.

And finally, in Dee Day (Season 14, Episode 3), Frank and Mac dressed as Martina Martinez and Taiwan Tammy, respectively, at Dees request.

British comics Julian Barratt, left, and Noel Fielding star in The Mighty Boosh.


Netflix has cut a scene from the second season of the British series Peep Show, in which Jez (Robert Webb) wore blackface and remarked to his girlfriend, It just feels almost wrong. Are you sure this isnt racist? to which she replied, Were breaking a taboo, of course it feels wrong. Weve got boundaries to smash, Jeremy.

Two other British shows, The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen, have been removed from Netflix entirely because they both featured Black characters played by white actors.

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Author says 2400-year old coin artifact may be proof that Atlantis is real – EconoTimes

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Atlantis is one of the most popular myths in history, with many wondering whether the city is actually real, based on the stories that have been told over time. An author and researcher may have unraveled the mystery behind the mythical city through a 2,400-year-old coin that archaeologists have discovered.

The author of Atlantis Revealed, Christos Djonis, has his own theory of the ancient city through a 2,400-year-old coin that was discovered by archaeologists around 20 years ago. According to Djonis, the story of Atlantis was a legend passed on, and its inspiration may have been derived from the Americas. In May, Djonis spoke about this theory in the Ancient Origins channel on Youtube, saying that according to the texts of Plato, Atlantis was in the Mediterranean as opposed to the Atlantic or some other place.

Roughly 20 years ago, in 1996, Mark McMenamin, a professor of geology, discovered and interpreted a series of enigmatic markings on the reverse side of a Carthaginian gold coin minted in 350 BC as an ancient map of the world. In the center of this world map, there is a clear depiction of the Mediterranean Basin, an image to the right of it is interpreted to represent Asia, while the image to the left is interpreted to represent the American continent, recalled Djonis.

The same kind of world map would also be found in other specimens of the coin, said Djonis. He then revealed that the coin also happened to be minted around the same time Plato told the story of Atlantis and how there is a large continent across the Pillars of Hercules.

Previously, a historian claimed that the mythical city may have been submerged along the coast of Britain all this time. According to historian Matthew Sibson, there is a big chance the city may be found in Rockall, and the man-made features found in the water pose as possible evidence of a lost civilization.

Sibson went on to explain his claim, also referencing the texts from Plato that describe the mythical city. Sibson noted that the size of the city, as described by Plato may have been exaggerated, and rather it is an island than a city that would lead to other islands that would be the way to the opposite continent, which would be the Americas across the Atlantic ocean. Rockall would match the size and would serve as a way to get to the Americas through Iceland and Greenland.

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Coaches must remember kids coming back to sport just want to have fun again – Echo Live

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"BASKETBALL is a pretty simple game, basically. It's about bouncing a ball, shooting hoops and being in a happy place."

That, according to Mark Scannell, is what youngsters missed during the sporting hiatus. That is what they badly need now.

Basketball can be fairly complex of course, extremely tactical from a coaching perspective and technically challenging for those on the hardwood. A tight basketball game in the closing stages is an intoxicating blend of chess and athletics.

Scannell feels the priority for anyone dealing with young players as sport returns from lockdown is just moving and having fun. For youngsters on the court, that is dribbling their Spalding basketball or making it swish through the net. Pure hoops.

"I was reading the interview with [Cork U20 football manager] Keith Ricken this week and he summed it up perfectly, it's not the sport itself we missed the most it's the camaraderie and the sense of community."

For the former Ireland senior and current Glanmire coach, there's no better way to "have fun and learn together" than basketball camps.

The northsider and Dublin's Mark Ingle organise thecamps every summer. They usually cater for 350 teenagers in a residential setting but in the current climate, they had to be called off.

To fill the gap, a Cork version ofRip 'n Runwill take place in late July in Fr Mathew's Arena on Model Farm Road.

"We know that kids and parents are looking for an outlet and to get back to some small sense of normality. We'll be very restricted on numbers, we'll operate junior [eight to 12] and senior [U13 plus] slots with a maximum of 50 in each.

"We'll be dividing all the players up in half-courts, pods basically and they'll use their own basketballs. We'll sterilise in between the sessions and the coaches are very experienced."

The likes of Glanmire duo Claire Rockall and ine McKenna will be on board, while legendary Irish and Belfast Star point guard Adrian Fulton will make an appearance as well.

"Myself and Mark Ingle have learned a lot over the years from the Spanish approach to the game and the likes of Francis and Ciarn O'Sullivan out in Ballincollig, building on the fundamentals and passing on a love of basketball. Nothing needs to be complicated for young players.

"You be very innovative without making the game confusing."

Scannell is clearly refreshed after the unexpected break. He is heavily involved in sport on every level, from his success with Glanmire to working as a rep for Teamwear Ireland and through schools coaching.

"We all just had to adjust for the few months and we'll still be adapting from here on. It's about baby steps for now but in Cork I'm confident the basketball crew are experienced enough, the administrators and coaches, to find a way to get everything up and running for the new season.

"It'll be a 'new norm' but there are always options."

School sport seems an obvious issue, given the uncertainty about how they will function from September.

"We may have to run blitzes rather than games from week to week. Buses and having kids change from uniforms into their gear for training and matches are going to be a factor. It's different with clubs where you can drop them off ready to go."

A regional format is on the cards for the Women's Super League, while there are questions marks over the facilities for many teams and the availablity of American players going forward for all.

"There is a lot to be finalised but it's better to stay positive."

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A curated selection entirely coded to the trio of colors on our nations flag!

A curated selection entirely coded to the trio of colors on our nations flag!

Although one would never do an entire ensemble of red, white, and blue, one can still add festive touches to your 4th of July ensembles with these fabulous pieces! Broken up into 3 categories with a focus on each color, find a curated selection of some of the chicest and wearable pieces to rock all summer long!


Miu Miu Satin Jacquard Dress ($2,970)

This floral printed satin jacquard dress is the perfect slip on and go ensemble for any summer activity!

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Giorgio Armani GA Patent Leather Shoulder Bag ($1,295)

Made from soft, patent leather in a column construction in a firey red shade, this Giorgio Armani bag features a subtle embossed logo with an adjustable strap and removable chain, making this gorgeous little carryall one of Vs top picks for summer bags!

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MSGM Frayed Sliders In Fabric ($300)

These vibrant red sandals from MSGM, composed of natural leather with front ruffling and a square toe, will be your go-tos all summer long, transforming your look from casual to dressy in a flash.

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Follow Suit: The Chelsea ($150)

A perfect trio of our nation's colors, Follow Suit has the cutest one-piece swimsuit to rock all summer long! The NYC based swimwear line creates high-quality swimsuits that are sustainably made, keeping you looking ethically chic! From using digitally printed fabrics to minimize water waste and regenerated fabrics, Follow Suit is a new brand to watch!

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Mehry Mu Maria Box ($388)

Composed of white calfskin leather and rattan, the Maria Box bag by Mehry Mu is one of this seasons hottest accessories! Plus, a portion of all sales will be donated to Turkish charity Krmz ocuklar Dernei, who are committed to supporting child protection and providing education, shelter, care, and most of all love to disadvantaged kids.

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Loewe Wool Embellished Sweater ($890)

This luxurious and plush sweater from Loewe is perfect for those cool summer nights when you just want something cuddly to wear at home or at the beach. The gorgeous cream color is very versatile, complimenting many pieces in your wardrobe.

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Bottega Veneta Wide Leg Pants ($1,490)

Need a pair of wide-leg pants for the season? Look no further than these from Bottega Veneta. The crisp white color will add a touch of elegance to any outfit you throw on this summer!

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Prada Leather Slingback Loafers ($850)

A perfect pair of slingbacks, courtesy of Prada. The white slip heel heels are the ideal grab-and-go choice when polishing up a summer outfit, easily going from day to night!

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Fendi Baguette Bag ($2,790)

The iconic Baguette bag from Fendi gets transformed with a touch of royal blue lamb leather and an all-over FF motif. Meant to be worn on your shoulder or as a crossbody, the multifunctional bag is one of this seasons most wanted!

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Gucci Ruffled Slik Crepe de Chine Shirt ($1,400)

A classic silhouette from the house of Gucci gets a summery touch, with a vibrant shade of summer sky blue!

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Salvatore Ferragamo High Waisted Pants ($590)

Sophisticated and fun! These high waisted trousers from the house of Salvatore Ferragamo will bring that pop of color and energy everywhere you go!

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Giuseppe Zanotti Sophie ($650)

The ULTIMATE summer party sandal, courtesy of Giuseppe Zanotti! These electric blue heels are the chicest and exciting way to dazzle up your ensemble!

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The Big Thank You…to Northampton Borough Council, collecting our rubbish, looking after the vulnerable and keeping us safe – Northampton Chronicle…

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For the past month, the Chronicle & Echo has been working with organisations across the town and wider county to pull together a celebration of just some of the key workers and volunteers who have made a difference during lockdown.

Here we feature some of the staff at Northampton Borough Council who were nominated for The Big Thank You.

Northampton Borough Council Single Homelessness Team - Front row left to right: Amanda Wilson, Tara Scarth, Michael Bradshaw; Back row left to right: Sian Knight, Joe Middleton, Tom Eastman-Thoy, Michelle MellorThe Single Homelessness Team moved all known rough sleepers off the streets into two hotels before helping them to move on successfully into settled housing.

Northampton Borough Council Food and Safety and Licensing teams - Liz McCarthy, Karen Young, Mark Radley and Louise Faulkner. These staff members from the food and safety and licensing teams, working with members of the Neighbourhood Warden team, have worked to ensure public safety by providing advice and support to businesses on social distancing requirements and taken enforcement action in the small number of cases where advice was ignored.

Northampton Borough Council Community Safety and Engagement team - Vicki Rockall, Amy Midson, Nicola Ferns, Debs Burns, Debbie MacColl, Aimee Luck, Jamie Wells. Over the past 13 weeks, the team has developed and coordinated Northamptons Community Resilience Hub aiming to deliver on protecting our most vulnerable residents. We have worked with more than 100 community and voluntary groups to ensure that support is in place for each resident that has requested help. More than 1,000 vulnerable people in Northampton have requested help and have been supported.

Northampton Borough Council Call Care team - Annabelle Purdie and Catherine Powell. Call Care have been contacting some of their more vulnerable customers during Covid to make sure they are being supported

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Additional venues gradually begin hosting bands and solo artists in outdoor, socially distanced spaces

This newspaper and website for years maintained a "Local Live Music" calendar, a roundup of the upcoming musical performances scheduled at the area's clubs, breweries, coffeehouses, restaurants and concert halls. It was always arduous and time-consuming to put together, but rewarding in offering a glimpse at how rich the Finger Lakes/Greater Rochester area is in musical talent, in breadth, depth and diversity.

The shutdowns necessitated by the advent of the novel coronavirus all but ended live music for a time, and the isolation that remains necessary amid the state's gradual reopening has made live music's return a slow, similarly gradual process. Small venues without much in the line of outdoor space are holding off, for instance.

But venues that have outdoor space sufficient for social distancing outdoor venues like Lincoln Hill Farms in Gorham or Roseland Waterpark in Canandaigua; bars/restaurants with patios like The Lovin' Cup in Henrietta or Jos & Willy's in Canandaigua have struck the opening chords in the gradual return of the area's live-music scene.

"The response has been heart-warming," Danny Deutsch, owner of Abilene Bar & Lounge in Rochester, said via email. Abilene started up with a low-key, socially distanced event on its outdoor patio featuring local band Anonymous Willpower on June 19. It followed it up the following week with shows by the Adrianne Noon Trio and Brody George Schenk, and the Noone trio is returning thisFriday night. A number of other shows are planned for the near future, all depending on weather.

"Old customers ... and some new, stopping in to hear music, check on us and how were holding up and all playing by the rules," Deutsch wrote. "Mask wearing in full effect while in the bar ordering drinks and then headoutside to enjoy the patio ambience. I've been pleased. Abilene's customers have been conscientious and caring of other customers and of my staff, and it's made for a very cool scene."

He allowed that "it's been different, that's for sure" but they're "thrilled to be back enjoying live, original music" for "smallish but super enthusiastic crowds."

We're looking forward to the day when we can start up that arduous, time-consuming Local Live Music calendar again. But in the meantime, here's a taste of what the region offers over the next week or two for music lovers:

July 2:Paint Crew (drum and bass duo) Thursday, July 2, at7 p.m. on the outside patio at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester. Cover: Tip jar.

July 3: Adrianne Noone Trio (featuring Noone, Chuck Salvaggio and Chris Clinton), Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. on the outside patio at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester. Cover: $5.

July 3: Dirty Blanket (bluegrass) Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Hill Farms, 3792 Route 247, Gorham. Doors open at 3 p.m., with tickets limited on a first-come, first-serve basis at the door; $15 adults, $5 children.

July 3: Jackson Cavalier (one-man band, folk-rock) Friday, July 3, 5-8:30 p.m. on the patio at The Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point, Henrietta. (Free show)

July 3: Xarika (solo acoustic) Friday, July 3, 6-8 p.m. on the porch at ReInvention Brewing, 9 N. Main St., Manchester.

July 4: Classic Rock All-Stars (featuring Phil Naro from Talas, Michael Hund from Ted Nugent's Derek St. Holmes Band, Ron Rocco from Black Sheep, and A.D. Zimmer from Lou Gramm's band) Saturday, July 4, at 6 p.m.,in the parking lot at Fanatics Pub & Pizza, 7281 W. Main St., Lima. Tickets: $75 per vehicle, 585-624-2080 or 315-473-2411.

July 4: "July 4 at the Farm" featuring multiple performers noon to 11 p.m. at Lincoln Hill Farms, 3792 Route 247, Gorham. The fundraiser for Camp RocStar features Zach Eberts, 1 p.m.; Brianna Collichio, 1:30 p.m.; Max Doud, 2 p.m.; Own the Night, 2:30 p.m.; Calvin Isham, 3:30 p.m.; Cooper Scotti, 4 p.m.; Primrose, 4:30 p.m.; Judah, 5:30 p.m.; BB Dang, 7 p.m.; and Shackwater, 9 p.m. There will also be fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Tickets (at the door only): $15 adults, $5 children.

July 4: Red, Hot & Blue Saturday, July 4, 6-9 p.m. at Brews & Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 Route 64, Naples.

July 5: Craig Synder Sunday, July 5, 2-5 p.m. at Twisted Rail, 169 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua.

July 5: The Uptown Groove Sunday, July5, 2-5 p.m. at an Open Barn concert at Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 State Route 96, Waterloo. (Featured food truck is Pizza Posto)

July 7: GA029 (blues/R&B/rock) Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. on the outside patio at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester. Tickets: $15 ($13 in advance at Abilene or

July 10: Brian Lindsay Band (rock) Friday, July 10, at5:30 p.m.on the outside patio at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester. (Happy-hour show)

July 10: Evan Meulemans (reggae, Americana, blues) Friday, July 10, 7-8:30 p.m. on the patio at The Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point, Henrietta. (Free show)

July 11: Alex Goettel (singer-songwriter, member of The Byways) Saturday, July 11, 6-8:30 p.m. on the patrio at The Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point, Henrietta. (Free show)

July 11: Amanda Ashley (pop/rock/soul singer-songwriter) Saturday, July 11, 6-8 p.m. on the porch at ReInvention Brewing, 9 N. Main St., Manchester.

July 11: Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m.,in the parking lot at Fanatics Pub & Pizza, 7281 W. Main St., Lima. Tickets: $50 per vehicle, 585-624-2080 or 315-473-2411.

July 12: Cool Club & Lipker Sisters Sunday, July 12, 2-5 p.m. at an Open Barn concert at Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 State Route 96, Waterloo (featured food vendor is 4J's NVR Specialty Sauces)

July 12: Music of the Stars Sunday, July 12, 2-5 p.m., Roseland Drive-In at Roseland Waterpark, 250 Eastern Boulevard, Canandaigua. Only presale tickets will be redeemed; tickets are $40, $55 or $70 depending on tier. Buy tickets at or call 585-396-2000.

July 14: Jeff Riales & The Silvertone Express Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m.,in the parking lot at Fanatics Pub & Pizza, 7281 W. Main St., Lima. Tickets: $50 per vehicle, 585-624-2080 or 315-473-2411.

July 17: Big Eyed Phish (Dave Matthews tribute) Friday, July 17,6:30-9p.m., Roseland Drive-In at Roseland Waterpark, 250 Eastern Boulevard, Canandaigua. Opening act: Mike Cosco and Julie Dellarie. Tickets are $45, $60 or $75 depending on tier. Buy tickets at or call 585-396-2000.

July 17: The Occasional Saints (New Orleans blues/swing) Friday, July 17, at5:30 p.m. on the outside patio at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester. (Happy-hour show)

July 19: Nate Michaels Sunday, July 19, 2-5 p.m. at an Open Barn concert at Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 State Route 96, Waterloo. (Featured food vendor is Lake Country Food Truck)

A 'Little' online music

Not all venues are equipped to offer the live experience, of course, but some continue to offer what's arguably the next best thing in a digital age with livestreamed concerts. The Little Theatre in Rochester continues a nearly full slate of shows, just online at its Facebook page. Maria Gillard, adjunct instructor of music at Finger Lakes Community College, is performing every Monday in July as a residency, with 7 p.m. concerts July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Also coming up for the Little: Classical Guitar Night at 7 p.m. July 5; Alex Goettel at 7 p.m. July 9; and Crossmolina at 8 p.m. July 11.

SummerWrite lit camp moves online

Concerns over high traffic in a small space and sanitizing requirements with a small staff has led Writers & Books to opt not to open its University Avenue facilities in Rochester to the public this summer. W&B has moved all of its adult workshops online and now plans to conduct its annual literary-themed youth summer camp, SummerWrite, entirely virtually. It began offering SummerWrite programs June 29 and will continue rolling out the reading and writing enrichment camps most of them five-session Monday-through-Friday programs, offered through Zoomthrough Aug. 28.

A complete list of the programs, with cost and registrationlinks,is at For an example, next week's SummerWrite programs include "Acting Exploration," "Musical Theatre Book Club," "Fiction in a Flash" (about creating very short fiction), "Take Space, Make Space: Storytelling Through Dual Language Poetry," "Writing a Fiction Series," "Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film" and more.

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Here Are the Best Fourth of July Sales This Year – Thrillist

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There might not be "official" fireworks in your city, but it's still clear that the Fourth of July is approaching. Your neighbors are setting off bottle rockets, the evening air smells like charcoal, and you just finished sweating through your third shirt of the day.

Like every holiday where people might get a day off work, companies are seizing the opportunities to sell off their wares at reduced prices. It doesn't matter what you're looking for, you're probably going to find solid discounts on it. There are sales on clothes, mattresses, camping gear, and just about anything else you may want to make the summer a little more enjoyable. (That's especially true if you're social distancing and realizing that you just don't have the tools to camp or do other activities that make more sense during a very different summer than years past.)

Here are the best sales you'll find over the Fourth of July weekend.

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