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Posts Tagged ‘ Turkey ’

World Cup 2014: The Dark Horses

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Yesterday, we had a good look at the four teams most likely to win the upcoming World Cup. What we have yet to touch on is one of the most lively debates before any international tournament. Who will be the team who emerges from nowhere to thrill the crowds and cause a few upsets along the way? Is there a team from lower down the international pecking order who can surprise us all and go all the way? Usually there is at least one team who overachieves in these competitions, and calling them right is often the difference between winning and losing the fantasy football wars, so here we will look at four teams who could potentially go from dark horses to World Cup champions in the space of a few weeks in June. Continue reading

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Champions League Quarter Final Draw Made

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Manchester United have been handed the toughest tie possible in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals as they were pitted against reigning champions Bayern Munich.

With United currently enduring a torrid season under the tutelage of David Moyes this clash could further highlight their woes or it could yet be the making of The Chosen One, should his charges halt the progress of Pep Guardiola’s  side.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have been paired with Paris St Germain. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co will offer a stern test to the blues, who coasted through against Galatasary in the previous round.

Real Madrid will face 2013 beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund while an all-Spanish meeting between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid completes the quarter final draw.

Draw in full: 

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Paris St Germain v Chelsea

Manchester United v Bayern Munich

First-leg ties to be played on 1 and 2 April, with the second legs being played on 8 and 9 April.

Image courtesy of Getty Images

The Globalisation Of The NBA

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Brooklyn Nets kicked off the first global game of 2014 with a resounding 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks at London’s 02 Arena last Thursday.

Over the past 35 years the NBA have played 147 games globally, visiting 20 different countries including China, Germany, Italy and Russia amongst others.

Yet the globalisation of the NBA has extended far beyond bringing the game cross continent.  Continue reading

News in Brief – Ireland Falls To A New Kind Of Criminal

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Enda’s been away on a mission before the taste of Turkey has barely left our lips. Good old Enda, what would we do without him? Well, actually while he’s been away the Limerick City of Culture Committee has crumbled further. CEO Patricia Ryan has now resigned from her 18 month, €120,000 salary job. NIB said didn’t we?! We said last week it was going to get silly and it has.

Not only has Ryan been resigned to giving up the job (and its accompanying cash) now there are allegations of phone hacking as someone let slip of her departure on a blog an hour before she made an official statement. It’s hardly whistleblowing on an Edward Snowden scale. Talking to RTE Radio 1 an artist involved described the whole thing as ‘like a big game’ before painstakingly going through each play; ‘the players have come out on the pitch . . . there’s been an upset . . . the whistle goes’ yeah we get the idea. It’s a game, Monopoly, the Limerick version. Continue reading

Irish Sides Learn European Fate

el-trophyUEFA revealed the draw for the First Qualifying Round and Second Qualifying Round of both the Champions League and Europa League yesterday morning. Fans from across the globe, including those within in the League of Ireland tuned in to see where they would follow their team in a foreign country for the first time this year.

St.Patrick’s Athletic never seem to get the luck they need within the draws. Pats last couple of European draws has featured trips to Bosnia, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Malta, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. No doubt their was an air of grievance around Richmond Park yesterday when the draw pitted them against Lithuanian side Zalgiris Vilnius, with a potential second round trip to Armenia to face FC Pyunik or Macedonia to face FK Teteks on the cards should they progress. . Continue reading

Turkish Unrest Spreads As Erdogan Remains Defiant

Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the Deputy Prime Minister designed to halt an unprecedented wave of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Pro-government newspapers signaled a softening of Ankara’s line in the absence of Erdogan, who flew off on a state visit to north Africa on Monday night after a weekend of rioting critics were inflamed by his denunciations of protesters. Continue reading

Healthy (and Tasty!) Lunch Recipes

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad. 

  • 1/2 Butternut Squash, chopped and roasted in the oven for about 30mins, until softened and browned.
  • 1/4 block of Feta Cheese, crumbled.
  • Handful of Mixed Leaves such as Lamb’s Lettuce, Spinach and Rocket.

Dressing

  • 1 tblsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chopped oregano

Place the leaves on a plate, sprinkle over the roasted butternut squash and crumbled feta cheese. Pour over the dressing and mix to combine.

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Mixed Veg and Ham Omelette

  • One Egg
  • One Egg White
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk (skimmed or full-fat)
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, chopped.
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, chopped.
  • 1/4 Courgette, chopped.
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped finely.
  • 1 Slice of Crumbed Ham, chopped.
  • Chopped fresh or dried Parsley
  • Seasoning.

Heat up olive oil or low calorie spray in a frying pan. Mix all ingredients together until combined. When the frying pan is hot, pour the mixture in. Meanwhile, heat up the grill in order to cook the top of the omelette. When the top of the omelette has almost set and the bottom is browned, place the frying pan under the grill with the handle facing out so you do not burn yourself taking it out. When the top is browned to your liking remove the frying pan from the grill, place the omelette on a plate and serve with the carrot and pumpkin seed side salad -> recipe below.

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Chickpea Stew

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped finely.
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped finely.
  • 1 Red Chilli, deseeded.
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped.
  • 1 Red Pepper, chopped.
  • 1/2 Courgette, chopped.
  • 1 Can of Chickpeas
  • 1 Carton of Passata or 1 tin of Chopped tomatoes, blended till smooth.
  • 2 tblsp. of finely chopped fresh Parsley or Coriander
  • Seasoning.

Heat up olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan. When hot, sauteé the onion, garlic and chilli until the onion is transparent. Add the vegetables and cook until softened, but still firm. You do not want to overcook them. Add the passata/tin of tomatoes and simmer for about 10-15mins. Add chickpeas and seasoning. Cook for a further 10mins and serve hot with crusty bread. This can be frozen in batches and taken to work in a lunchbox.

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Moroccan-Style Chargrilled Veg Salad

Veg

  • 1/2 Green Pepper, large slice.
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, large slice.
  • 1/4 Courgette, cut into round slices.

Cous-Cous

  • 1/2 a bag of portioned wholegrain cous-cous

Moroccan-Style Dressing

  • 1 tblsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tblsp. of finely chopped Mint
  • 1 tsp. of Cumin
  • 1 tblsp. Lemon Juice
  • Seasoning

Chargrill all vegetables on a hot griddle pan or a George Foreman grill until softened and slightly blackened (only slightly!)

Open the portioned bag of cous-cous and put it in a bowl. Cover with boiling water. Leave for 10mins. When softened place on a plate and serve the chargrilled vegetables on top of the cous-cous.

Spoon dressing over salad and mix to combine. Serve with warm pita bread.

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Carrot and Pumpkin Seed Side Salad

  • 2 Carrots, grated.
  • 1 Garlic Clove, grated.
  • Sprinkle of Pumpkin Seeds

Healthy Dressing

  • 1 tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tblsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped Coriander
  • Seasoning

Mix together the grated carrot, garlic and pumpkin seeds. Pour over dressing and mix to combine. Serve with your lunch or dinner for a healthy side salad.

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Turkey and Guacamole Pita Bread

Healthy Guacamole

  • 1/2 Avocado, mashed.
  • 2 Cherry Tomatoes, chopped finely.
  • 1/2 Red Chilli, deseeded and chopped finely.
  • 1/4 Red Onion, chopped finely.
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of greek yoghurt or sour cream or créme fraiche

Combine all the guacamole ingredients with the mashed avocado. Toast the pita and open it out. Place a slice of turkey onto the pita bread. Spread the healthy guacamole onto the turkey slice. Close the pita and cut into half. Serve with the carrot and pumpkin seed side salad.

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