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first_imgWebb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Champions Denbigh, Holmwood make seniors final

first_imgDEFENDING rural Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) junior and senior netball champions, Denbigh High and Holmwood Technical, stayed on course to defend their titles with semi-final wins at Clarendon Park yesterday. Among the juniors, Denbigh had a convincing 40-29 win over Holmwood Technical, while Knox registered a close 30-27 win over Manchester High. In the seniors matchups, Holmwood got by Manchester High 44-42, while Titchfield booked their first finals appearance by last year’s beaten finalists, Denbigh, 40-36. The Carlene Graham Powell-coached Holmwood, the all-island champions, had to come from behind to get by a stubborn Manchester High. Showing no fear, the plucky Manchester took the initiative and led 10-8 after the first quarter. They maintained their two-goal advantage at the halfway mark, leading 20-18. The third quarter belonged to Manchester as they increased their lead by six going into the final quarter, with the score at 30- 24. However, with their title on the line and their experienced long-time coach taking crucial timeouts to break the flow of their opponents, a resilient Holmwood rallied to make another rural final. “We lost many of our players from last year and this finals appearance was new to most of these girls and we didn’t come out with the intensity I expected from them. But a win is a win and we are looking forward to the finals with Titchfield, who we will be playing in a final for the first time,” said Graham-Powell. Finally there After knocking at the door for several years, where they have been at the semi-final stage on a regular basis, Titchfield led from start to finish with quarterly scores of 9-8, 18-16, 28-24 before winning 40-36. Holmwood’s juniors were no match for Denbigh, despite making a good start. Denbigh led 10-9 after the first quarter, 23-15 at half-time and 31-21 after the third quarter. It was close going all the way between Knox and Manchester in the junior battle, as Knox led 9-7 after the first quarter, before their opponent drew level 11-11 at half-time. Knox went ahead 19-18 at the third quarter, before fighting it out for the narrow win. The finals will be played next Wednesday, but no venue has been decided.last_img read more

‘Ministry Unaware of Amputee World Cup Participation,’ Minister Yonton

first_imgDeputy Minister Henry Yonton has said that the Ministry is yet to receive an official communication from the Liberia Amputee Football & Sports Association (LAFASA) about its participation in the 2015 Amputee Soccer World Cup in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico which runs from November 30-December 8, 2014.Minister Yonton told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday that there is no letter on his desk relating to Liberia’s invitation or participation from the local governing amputee body, but only heard it over radios and in newspapers, that Liberia — Africa’s triple soccer champion, is expected to join other African countries in Mexico.“Normally, when the Minister receives a communication about sports he sends it down to me as head to act, but unfortunately up to this time, there is no letter on my desk relating to the 2015 Amputee Soccer World Cup,” he said.However, in a telephone conversation yesterday, LAFASA president Melvin Cooper Gotten told the Daily Observer that a letter had already been sent to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Meanwhile several amputee soccer followers are wondering if at all Liberia would be allowed to participate in the Amputee World Cup in Mexico due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.Recall that due to the Ebola outbreak, a friendly international soccer outlined between Liberia and the United States was recently cancelled.Additionally, a team of Liberian athletes could not be allowed to participate in the recent Nanjing, China Youth Olympics and two teams of Liberia handball players were denied participation at the recent tournament to Lome, Togo.Liberia is the current and triple champions in the amputee division in Africa.Team Liberia’s captain Festus Harrison currently holds the African best player award, while goalkeeper Joseph Allen is the best on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents call for electricity, water subsidies

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairThe communities which stand to suffer from the imminent closure of the Wales Sugar Estate factory should be awarded subsidies on essential utilities such as electricity and water. This was the contention of residents in Patentia and Wales, West Bank Demerara (WBD) who vented their frustrations to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday.The Opposition Leader visited the communities and held a meeting with villagers at Patentia in response to definitive moves made by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to shut down the Estate’s factory, premised on the boiling process being completed last Friday. Listening to residents’ concerns on Wednesday afternoon, Jagdeo heard of the impending hardships that various villagers will face after their livelihood is “taken away” by this month-end.Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo meeting with residents of Patentia, Wales, West Bank Demerara (WBD) on Wednesday as they vented their fears and concerns about the imminent closure of the Wales Sugar Estate factory (Marceano Narine photo)The residents pointed to long-standing State subsidies on electricity granted to residents in the mining town of Linden, noting that the same, in addition to water subsidies, should be awarded to WBD communities to offset expenses from January 2017. A male resident echoed the call, pointing out the difficulties that parents will face being without a job and still having to send their children to school.“Can we fight for subsidy like Linden?” the man asked.After the point was suggested, the Opposition Leader encouraged the gathering at “Big Bridge” Patentia Housing Scheme to have a petition signed by residents across the villages which stand to face the brunt of the closure. Jagdeo explained community and religious leaders should front the initiative, which would include all of the demands of residents. The gathering was told that the petition would then be submitted to Government with copies attached to the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and other international donor agencies.Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader also highlighted the benefits garnered from the sugar industry by way of the 1976 sugar levy.“Sugar paid over US$250 million to the State in that period [1976-1996],” he pointed out.He reasoned that from the positive net contribution sugar has made to Guyana, the country was able to subsidise bauxite.“From the 1980s, we have been subsidising the bauxite industry…we [the People’s Progressive Party/Civic] worked to keep bauxite alive to get investors and we helped the community and continued the subsidy. In 1992, we got two per cent of the vote in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) yet we kept the industry alive because Guyanese were employed there,” the Opposition Leader noted.Drawing parallels to the current situation with sugar, Jagdeo opined that even though sugar remains a main source of earnings for many on the WBD, the current Administration still opted for the closure of the Wales Estate.“Sugar in this area is the biggest source of income, yet this Government can callously decide to shut it down,” he expressed.He further highlighted that while Government had noted that $1.7 billion would have been spent to keep Wales Estate open, “over $2 billion” is being spent on electricity subsidy in Region 10.“There is no parity, no comparison because it is a political decision,” the Opposition Leader claimed.Jagdeo further reminded that Government’s own Commission of Inquiry had recommended that there be no closure of Estates and he expressed that the Administration did not factor in the economic impact the closure would have on residents, farmers and business people.Moreover, the residents who gathered also raised concerns over the implementation of the supposed conversion plans for Wales. One worker with 35 years of service questioned the rice and fish cultivation ventures, noting that no moves have been made on the latter.Further, other residents refuted Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s claims that rice would be ready for March next year. Some claimed that much land was prepared in the area, but in many instances, no rice was planted and weeds have reportedly taken over some of the plots. Another concern raised was the non-payment of the Annual Production Incentive (API) for 2016, which had been paid every year for 60 years, dating back to British colonial rule. Jagdeo highlighted that the API was paid throughout the years that former President Forbes Burnham ruled. The Opposition Leader opined that for sugar workers, this era is “worse” than the Burnham years.It was last Friday that Agriculture Minister Holder claimed that the first crop of rice at the Wales Estate was expected by March 2017. Holder further said that rice cultivation had already started and it was the hope of management that the first crop would be reaped in a few months. In February, the Minister had told the National Assembly that the sugar factory would be converted into a business establishment that will see the rearing of poultry and livestock.The closure of the factory has affected some 1700 workers directly and thousands of persons in the Wales and surrounding communities indirectly. The decision to close the entity was confirmed by Government in January 2016 after Guyana Times broke the news earlier that month.last_img read more

Cardiff 2-1 Brighton: Bamba strikes to ensure Warnock can celebrate 100th match

first_img latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Neil Warnock celebrates Cardiff City’s win. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Bamba sent an overhead kick against a post before Paterson’s follow-up effort was deflected onto the crossbar by Dunk.There was no third let-off for Brighton, though, as Bamba had clambered back onto his feet to thump home.The afternoon had started so well for Brighton with Dunk marking his call-up to the England squad by heading home Solly March’s sixth-minute free-kick.Dunk had scored only once in his first 47 Premier League appearances, but the centre-half made it two in as many games when he lost Bamba at the far post. Cardiff were sluggish throughout the opening quarter and March and Glenn Murray failed to extend Brighton’s advantage when well placed.But Cardiff were level after 28 minutes when Kadeem Harris, who was making his first Premier League start, weaved his way into the penalty area.Harris’ cross looped off Gaetan Bong and makeshift striker Paterson was the willing recipient as he headed in his third goal in four games from close range.Joe Ralls saw his volley held by Mathew Ryan but Cardiff were given an open invitation to get on top when Stephens saw red. 4 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Brighton’s box came under increasing pressure, but Cardiff lost their skipper Sean Morrison after he suffered from a clash of heads when trying to help on Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw.Morrison appeared to be dazed after receiving treatment, but he remained on the pitch for several minutes before being substituted – an incident the Football Association might yet investigate in relation to concussion protocols.Brighton gave warning that they could still threaten when Jose Izquierdo forced Neil Etheridge into a full-length stop, but Cardiff’s perseverance paid off as Bamba secured their second win of the season. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 4 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense 4 Neil Etheridge was overjoyed by the result. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Cardiff striker Callum Paterson had cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s early effort before Brighton were handicapped by Dale Stephens’ 34th-minute dismissal for a studs-up challenge on Greg Cunningham.It was not a new experience for Cardiff to be playing against 10 men, as Newcastle and Huddersfield had players sent off against them earlier this season.Cardiff had let points slip in those goalless draws, but such profligacy was avoided this time in a frantic late goalmouth skirmish. Dale Stephens was sent off in the first half. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? gameday cracker huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed The Brighton midfielder chased after a loose ball and sent Cunningham spinning into the air.Although contact appeared minimal, it was undoubtedly dangerous and referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in brandishing a red card.Brighton sacrificed March before half-time with Yves Bissouma sent on to bolster the midfield in Stephens’ absence.Cardiff predictably dominated possession and territory after the break, but created little until Harris struck the crossbar with a curling 20-yard effort near the hour mark. Neil Warnock took charge of his 100th game as Cardiff manager and there was plenty to celebrate as Sol Bamba scored a 90th-minute winner to overcome 10-man Brighton 2-1.Warnock was among those jumping for joy as Bamba’s close-range effort – after Cardiff had twice struck the frame of the goal in a crazy six-yard box incident – took the Bluebirds out of the Premier League relegation zone before the later kick-offs. changes 4 Sol Bamba rammed the ball home not long after his overhead kick had hit the crossbar. TOP WORK whoops Most Popular Premier League Stories predicted last_img read more


first_imgA car stolen in Eglinton outside Derry and found abandoned in the Hazelbank area of the city is believed to have been used in criminal activity in the Donegal border villages of Muff and Killea.The border village of Muff.The white Ford Focus was stolen from the driveway of a house at Dunboyne Park  in the early hours of Friday last, 30 May.Several other cars were broken into in the same area around the time the it was stolen. It was recovered in a damaged condition at Barr’s Lane in the Hazlebank area of Derry shortly after 4.30am on Saturday.In the intervening period, it is believed it was used during criminal activity in the Muff and Killea areas of Co Donegal.It was also seen in the Rathlin Drive in the Creggan area of Derry at about 5.30am on Friday.Police on both sides of the border are keen to hear from anyone who can help identify the occupants.  CAR USED IN DONEGAL CRIME SPREE FOUND IN DERRY was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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) Tags:carcrimedeongalDerryfoundhazle bankKilleamuffspreestolenlast_img read more

What Science Doesn’t Know

first_img(Visited 548 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 For all the confident triumphalism scientists display, there are major things they do not grasp.Something is seriously wrong with our understanding of the cosmos (New Scientist). “Something is wrong with the expansion of the universe,” Leah Crane writes. “Nearby galaxies seem to be moving away from one another too fast, we don’t know why, and every new set of data just seems to make the problem worse.”Two incredibly fast-orbiting stars seem to be the wrong temperature (New Scientist). “The two-star system could fit within the diameter of Saturn. The two stars are strange: the less massive one is colder than we’d expect, and the more massive one is far too hot at more than 48,000°C.”Monster ‘Loner’ Star Causes Scientists to Rethink Supernova Explosions ( Supernovas are the “standard candles” upon which theories depend about the big bang, dark energy, and the age of the universe. But how firm is that foundation? This article talks about one supernova that is causing astronomers to reconsider what they thought they knew.“Everything about this supernova looks different, its change in brightness with time, its spectrum, the galaxy it is located in, and even where it’s located within its galaxy,” Edo Berger, astronomy professor at Harvard University and co-author of the study, said in the statement. “We sometimes see supernovas that are unusual in one respect but otherwise are normal; this one is unique in every possible way.“New Timeline for ‘Giant Planet Migration’ May Rewrite History of Our Solar System ( The nebular hypothesis for the origin of planetary systems by natural processes has always been nebulous, but now even more so. In recent decades, discoveries of weird exoplanetary systems caused astronomers to invoke migrations to keep them stable. Then, our own system was starting to look like the outlier. “The largest planets in our solar system could have drifted away from the sun much sooner than scientists previously thought,” according to a new study. This article claims a partial recovery of theory by invoking astronomers’ favorite causes: random impacts. Enough free parameters can match any theory.Earth’s moon from Cassini, 1999 (NASA). Some crater floors at the poles never receive sunlight.Mysteries of the Moon: What We Still Don’t Know After Apollo ( Short answer: a lot. Lunar scientists were surprised to find water on the moon. They don’t understand the role of volcanoes, and when they occurred.Hayne suggests that scientists need to revise their models of the moon’s volcanic activity as most of them think that it stopped being active a long time ago, which may not be true — some scientists believe that the moon is still tectonically active.There is also debate over how old our moon is, with ages ranging from 4.5 billion years to a much younger 150 to 200 million years.In short, “We have a lot of great questions,” one said. “The Apollo missions helped us solve many of the moon’s mysteries, but there are still many more questions that have been left unanswered — and even a couple that arose as a result of the samples brought back by the Apollo astronauts,” said NASA’s former chief historian. See also on, “Study suggests much more water on the moon than thought.”Earth could have more water than we thought while exoplanets have less (New Scientist). Back on Earth, scientists are realizing that water ice under high pressure acts differently than they thought. “We might need to rethink our understanding of water, both on Earth and other planets.” How could they have been so wrong about our home planet, let alone the moon and distant exoplanets?Origin of massive methane reservoir identified ( Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution were “totally surprised” to find a pool of the potent greenhouse gas methane on the ocean bottom. This is abiogenic methane: i.e., not produced by life. “These oceanic deposits make up a reservoir exceeding the amount of methane in Earth’s atmosphere before industrialization,” scientists said. What does this mean for climate models? They didn’t say.Scientists Just Found a Previously Unknown Organ Lurking Under Your Skin, and It Helps Detect Pain (Live Science). How often would you expect to find a new organ in the body? The human body has been studied since ancient Greece. Yet just recently, scientists found structures under the skin that are involved in the pain response.Probing an evolutionary riddle (Nature). Why do people harm themselves? That doesn’t fit evolutionary theory. This article begins with a modified “March of Man” cartoon, showing a man at the end of the line kneeling holding his head as if in pain or depression.While co-organizing a symposium a few years ago, a distinguished evolutionary psychologist named Nicholas Humphrey sought an expert to explore a mystery dating back to the time of Charles Darwin. “Natural selection will never produce in a being anything injurious to itself,” Darwin wrote in On the Origin of Species.But in humans, natural selection apparently did exactly that. Suicide is the leading cause of violent death, striking down about 800,000 people worldwide each year—more than all wars and murders combined, according to the World Health Organization.The shocking statistics tell something unusual about mankind, something that requires a better explanation than natural selection. If natural selection drives people to kill themselves, then society would have to accept that as part of the Stuff Happens Law. It would not be conducive to giving people help, as if they have minds and souls.Our astonishing brain is hard to figure out – and that’s fantastic (New Scientist). This article explains just a few of the challenges involved in figuring out what brain activity means, and what produces it. Remember this when scientists claim this incredibly complex organ evolved, and that they somehow “know” that.Survey says scientists mistrust a large amount of published research (New Scientist). If scientists don’t trust a large portion of the work of their peers, who presumably use the “scientific method” to gain knowledge, then how much can the public trust it?Out of those surveyed, 25 per cent said exaggerated findings, a lack of detail, and poor conclusions make research outputs untrustworthy. “There’s always someone trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Within your own field this can be easier to detect, but it’s less easy to determine when scouting subjects that you are less familiar with,” a materials scientist in the UK told the survey.This admission that scientists are aware of tricks that can be played is alarming. The general public, unfamiliar with most fields of science, is even more susceptible to having the wool pulled over their eyes. If the scientist sees this deception going on in an observable, repeatable field like materials science, how much less should people trust evolutionary stories talking about things that happened millions and billions of years ago?This is the tip of a very large iceberg. Science does well with observable, repeatable tests, but even then they make assumptions that can be challenged. The most solid conclusions are only tentative: what the consensus believes today. When they go off on speculations about things they cannot possibly know, they left “science” far behind.last_img read more

South African trade mission to build links with Ghana and Nigeria

first_img12 August 2015Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina will lead a team of South African businesspeople on a trade mission to the Ghana and Nigeria from 17 to 21 August, with the goal to find a suitable platform for South African companies to promote and sell products and services in the African market.“The mission will serve as an ideal opportunity for South African companies to export value-added products and services to Ghana and Nigeria, and for penetration of companies that are looking for investment opportunities in these African countries,” the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said yesterday.“The mission presents the DTI with an opportunity to continue to pursue economic collaboration and partnerships with African countries. This as we continue crafting the way forward for economic development and the development of investment in the African continent,” Masina added.South Africa had taken a conscious decision to partner with Nigeria – one of Africa’s fastest growing economies – during their development phases. Both countries, like much of Africa, presented a wealth of business opportunities for South African companies, he said.Bilateral trade between South Africa and Ghana has grown in the last half- decade, from R2.6-billion to R10.8-billion between 2010 and 2014. While trade between South Africa and Nigeria has fluctuated during the same period, it has broadly been upward, going from R20.5-billion in 2010 to R66.2-billion in 2014.Industries earmarked for the trade mission include agriculture and agro- processing, build environment professionals, infrastructure, furniture and wood processing, and mining. The programme will include trade and investment seminars, exhibitions, business to business meetings and site visits.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Assam man goes for urine test, gets pregnancy report

first_imgA private pathological laboratory in eastern Assam’s Golaghat town had given a pregnancy report to a man who had gone for urine test.Doctors had advised Jogeswar Bora, a barely literate 42-year-old farmer on the outskirts of the town, to get his urine tested for a certain health complication. He did the test under the Chief Minister’s Free Diagnostic Services that was launched in 16 of Assam’s 33 districts in May 2017.Under the scheme, for people on either side of the poverty line, the State government paid private hospitals or laboratories for conducting medical tests such as CT scan, X-ray, blood and urine tests in government-run facilities.The Golaghat lab handed Mr. Bora the report after getting his urine tested at the civil hospital. “I had no idea what the report contained until a drug store owner I showed it to, said I had no chance of bearing a child,” Mr. Bora said.He then went to a private medical practitioner who told him that it was a negative report of pregnancy, and “something somewhere must have gone wrong”.The laboratory said Mr. Bora’s case could have been caused by a mix-up.last_img read more

President, Prince Charles jointly declare CWG open

first_imgThe 19th Commonwealth Games was jointly declared open by Prince Charles and President of India Pratibha Patil on Sunday in a diplomatic compromise that was worked out much before the inauguration.Officially the Queen, the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth, declares the Games open. But the monarch’s decision not to attend the ceremony for the first time in 44 years led to a diplomatic arrangement between the British officials and the Indian authorities.Under the compromise it was decided that both Charles and President Patil would jointly declare the Games open.In a spectacular opening ceremony, after the Queen’s baton was handed over by Beijing Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar to Charles, the Prince of Wales read out the Queen’s message but it was President Patil who had the last word, saying, “Let the Games begin”.last_img read more