B is for brothers, of the O'Donovan variety. It wasn't the ideal preparation for Skibbereen's finest to have to borrow boats and pay their own way to World Cup events because of a shortage of funding for their sport. But they cracked on regardless and gave their finest performance yet when winning gold in the double sculls at the World Championships in Plovdiv. With a year and a half to go the boys seem on track for the Olympic gold which narrowly eluded them in Rio. The man who's plotted their course, Dominic Casey, was rewarded with World Coach of the Year honours. C is for Croatia, who gave hope to little nations everywhere by making it all the way to the World Cup final. Their run secured a surprise Ballon d'Or victory for Luka Modric, who was ably assisted by the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Dejan Lovren and the Ivans, Rakitic and Perisic. Dodgy refereeing decisions put paid to their chances of a fairytale win over France, who somehow seemed slightly uninspiring winners, the magic of … [Read more...] about Eamonn Sweeney’s A to Z in a remarkable year of sport
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The Chinese New Year brings with it fireworks and impressive lantern displays. But when is it celebrated in 2019, which zodiac comes into prominence, and what does it mean for the year ahead? When is Chinese New Year? Falling on February 5, Chinese New Year marks the turn of the lunar year. Based on the Chinese calendar, the celebration starts on the last day of the last month of the lunar cycle and ends on the 15th day of the first month. WarningSKEWERED ALIVE Factory robot malfunctions and impales worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes CHURCH BLOODBATH Gunman ‘storms cathedral during mass killing 4 and turning gun on himself’ FIRE IN THE HOLE US Army’s terrifying new rifle can obliterate enemies with power of TANK BEST OF BRITAIN Britain's most popular meals revealed including beans on toast CORNERED BY BEASTS Young lion bares teeth at water buffalo… before pride rushes to rescue ESCORT 'MURDER' Businessman, 48, 'battered high-class escort, 29, to death with … [Read more...] about When is Chinese New Year 2019, how is the Year of the Pig celebrated and what are the other zodiac animals?
When Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson put on 1.5 stone in weight over six weeks, she thought she'd just been eating too much junk food. So nothing could have prepared her when a doctor told her she was actually seven months pregnant. The 21-year-old said she was stunned when she heard the news. Zasha told Gloucestershire Live that she had been eating “absolute garbage” after moving home. And, before finding out she was pregnant, she had joked to her dad “feel my stomach, it’s proper turning over". However, just hours later, Zasha was told that her “stomach troubles” were actually a baby in her womb and she would give birth in two months. Zasha, now 24 and from Cheltenham, has now shared her journey from the moment of that revelation to becoming a mum. ZASHA'S STORY “You hear about all the time about women who had no idea they were pregnant and always wonder 'How didn’t they know?' I thought the same, until it happened to me. I once had a … [Read more...] about Shocked new mum reveals: ‘I just thought I was getting fat’
The Champions League really kicks into gear on Thursday when the draw for the group stages take place. There will be four English teams in the hat for the draw in Monaco as the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham learn their fate. Liverpool of course got to the final last season before losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev. That was a third triumph on the spin for the Spanish giants and the task for the other 31 sides will be ending their dominance. Ahead of the group stage draw, the Liverpool Echo has taken a look at the sides the four English teams could be coming up against - remembering they cannot face each other. POT 1 (Manchester City will be in Pot 1) Real Madrid How did they get there? They might have finished third behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in last season's La Liga, but Real Madrid arrive as Champions League royalty. They are the holders of the trophy and are aiming for an unbelievable fourth successive victory this term. Star man Where do we start? … [Read more...] about Every Champions League team rated and slated ahead of group stage draw
Eating fish reduces people risk of dying prematurely by nearly 40 per cent, new research suggests. High amounts of salmon, cod and haddock lowers women's risk of dying from Alzheimer's disease by 38 per cent, while a fishy diet decreases men's risk of passing away from chronic liver disease by 37 per cent, a Chinese study found. Previous research suggests omega-3 fatty acids in fish help to reduce inflammation, which lowers people's risk of cancer and heart disease. Yet, omega-3's benefits only occur if fish is baked, grilled or poached, with frying increasing the risk of heart or lung-related deaths in women. This is thought to be due to frying causing the development of trans fatty acids, which raises calorie levels in meals, according to the scientists. Eating fish reduces people risk of dying prematurely by nearly 40 per cent (stock) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The baby born with TWO FACES: Two-month-old boy has an extra... Spider bite causes … [Read more...] about Eating fish reduces people’s risk of dying prematurely by nearly 40%