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January 20, 2020
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Phillips, Fletcher win BCIC Swept Away titles

first_imgRowland Phillips and Ffion Fletcher won the top titles at the BCIC Swept Away Clay Court Tennis tournament in Negril on Monday.Phillips eased past Max Brown 6-3, 6-0 to win the men’s crown, while Fletcher defeated Shaneka Knight, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.In the men’s Pro 35 category, Dwayne Pagon defeated Brenton White 6-4, 6-2. David Shirley won the men’s amateur title by default over Stephen Shirley.Associate sponsors of the tournament were Toyota Jamaica, Astro Jam, Lee’s Fifth Avenue, Scotiabank, Wisynco, Hi-Lyte, Everything Fresh Limited, Morton Leslie, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited, Professional Tennis Registry, K&K Supplies and Caribbean Resources.last_img

January 18, 2020
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NBA returns just to say goodbye to Seattle’s KeyArena

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Just that culture of the Sonics was really, really deep and so many people all around the world or all around the country enjoyed the Sonics,” Durant said recently. “It was pretty crazy, man, now that I think about it the time we spent there, the little time we spent there and how much we could have impacted the city if we stayed.”A decade later, Durant will be back in that same building, again likely to be waving his arms toward what is expected to be a sold out sea of green and gold. KeyArena, the former home of the Sonics, will host its final event Friday night when Durant’s Golden State Warriors meet the Sacramento Kings in an NBA preseason game. It will then be shuttered and remodeled from top to bottom.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThere could be no more appropriate way to see the building sent off in its current state than to have the NBA under its roof one more time.“For the city to have this game and for it to be the send-off for KeyArena, I think it will generate an energy that hopefully the powers that be can see just how supportive the city of Seattle is of basketball and maybe it can push them in the right direction to bring a team back,” said Seattle Storm star Sue Bird. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It will be the first NBA game here since that April night in 2008 when Durant was on the floor as the Sonics played their final home game amid chants of “Save Our Sonics” before moving to Oklahoma City. He spent only his rookie season in the Emerald City, but the connection remains strong.Now a two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP, Durant lived on Mercer Island back in the day. He said he was one of a few who lived so far out of the city since most of his teammates stayed downtown.Durant was accompanied by his mother, Wanda, as he got settled that year in the Pacific Northwest, across the country from his Washington, D.C., roots after just one college season at Texas. Durant had figured on draft night that he was headed to Boston or Atlanta.He fell in love with Seattle, only to see it ripped away after less than a year.“I was anticipating the move obviously but it happened so quickly. That’s the nature of the business,” Durant said. “It was devastating for the fans and I was still getting used to the city as well. I was kind of confused emotionally on how to think about that but as time went on and you see the excitement for Thunder basketball in Oklahoma City, you tend to wonder. It was me and Nick (Collison) and Jeff (Green) at the time. Once we started having some success, we were the only guys that played on the Seattle team. We were just thinking about how crazy it would have been being in the playoffs, going to the finals in Seattle. It was still great in Oklahoma City as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2008 file photo, Seattle SuperSonics’ Kevin Durant (35) tries to drive past Dallas Mavericks’ Josh Howard during an NBA basketball game at KeyArena in Seattle. KeyArena is getting an appropriate send off Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, with an NBA game being played once again under its roof as the former home of the SuperSonics will see the Golden State Warriors meet the Sacramento Kings in a preseason game. Afterward, the building will be shuttered and remodeled. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE — He was a kid at the time, all of 19 years old, about to conclude his first NBA season. He stood on the court in green and gold, waving his arms up and down, asking for more noise from the home crowd begging for another chance to see the home team play.That was more than 10 years ago. Kevin Durant was that kid. The Seattle SuperSonics were his team.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The love of the Sonics still runs deep in the community. WWE wrestler Elias was booed for nearly five minutes during a taping of “Monday Night Raw,” this past week, in the next-to-last event in the building that opened during the 1962 World’s Fair.KeyArena has been the home of junior hockey, indoor soccer and roller derby. It hosted the final indoor concert performed by the Beatles in 1966 and seemingly every major artist since. It’s seen two WNBA title banners raised to its rafters and will have a third added when the new building opens. The Storm won a third title this past season.But it’s the NBA that made the old barn famous. From the days of Lenny Wilkins and Jack Sikma, to Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, and ultimately Durant’s one season in Seattle, it’s the Sonics that were most associated with the facility. It’s no wonder that Warriors President Rick Welts has said Friday will be a celebration of the team for which he was a ballboy as a kid.When the Warriors and Kings take the floor, it will have been 3,827 days between NBA games in the building.“The Sonics to me were a lot like the Warriors to the Bay, a really cool brand, good history and tradition going back to the championship in ’79 just like the Warriors in ’75. Great colors, cool brand and unbelievable fan base,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I played there in the Finals in ’96 with the Bulls and it was a basketball town. I think it’s a real shame, just the fact the Sonics don’t exist, it’s one of the franchises in this league to me that not only makes sense but feels like the NBA. I think it was a real black mark on the NBA and I’m hoping the Sonics will be back at some point in the near future.”That’s also the hope of the investors about to pour $700 million into the facility. If all goes to plan, the building will become a construction site sometime in the next 60 days, beginning a two-year transformation that will remodel and modernize the building. It will be reborn as the expected home of an expansion NHL franchise to begin play in either the 2020 or 2021 season.And if Oak View Group, the investors paying for the privately funded renovation, has its way, the NBA will follow in short order.“We will continue to push aggressively to bring an NBA team to join both the NHL team, if we’re lucky enough to win a bid, and more importantly join the Storm at this new arena,” Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke said.___ LeBron gets first win in LA as Lakers beat Kings View commentslast_img read more

January 6, 2020
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Mourinho rules out Zlatan signing for Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho takes training ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League match against Olympiakos © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 25 – Jose Mourinho says there is “no chance” of Tottenham signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the veteran forward was linked with a move to the club following his exit from LA Galaxy.Mourinho worked with Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan and Manchester United but said signing the 38-year-old would not make sense with Harry Kane at his disposal. “You are right about the connection, we have more than a connection,” Mourinho said when asked on Monday whether he would be trying to sign the Swede.“I would say also passion and understanding, an amazing player and an amazing guy, but I would say ‘no’. No chance.“We have the best striker in England, we have one of the top two or three strikers in the world, it doesn’t make any sense for a striker of Zlatan’s dimension, obviously in his late 30s, but still a striker that can play in any club in the world.”It has been a hectic first week for Mourinho at the Spurs helm following his appointment last week.After his unveiling to the media on Thursday, he had his first game 48 hours later at West Ham, which Spurs won 3-2, and is now preparing for a Champions League clash with Olympiakos on Tuesday.Tottenham, who reached the Champions League final last season, would qualify for the knockout stages with a win or if they drew and Red Star failed to beat Bayern.Mourinho said he had not yet contacted his friend Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Spurs last week.“I needed that little bit of space to process things when I left previous clubs,” said the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss. “It does not take just five or six days to be open again.“You take a little bit of time to process things and understand and to think and rethink. You speak with people and in a couple of weeks he will be fine and I will call him.”Part of Mourinho’s remit at Spurs is to do one thing that Pochettino could not do — win silverware.“I love the competition (Champions League) as much as everyone in football,” said Mourinho, who won the trophy with Porto and Inter Milan.“It’s something that everybody dreams about, to win it. Not everyone has the privilege to be a Champions League winner, which I was happy enough to do twice.“Do I want to win it a third time? Of course, I would love it but I know the difficulties of it.“But with these boys, I will never be afraid of any Champions League match that comes into our faces. I repeat, we need to qualify, that is the focus. I always say that.”0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 28, 2019
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DWP rate hike

first_imgRe “DWP wants new rate hike” (March 30): The DWP has asked for another rate hike, and I think that is a little hard to swallow. However, if we want to end the financial bleeding at DWP and avoid rate increases, I suggest we ask the L.A. City Council to rescind the increase they added to the annual transfer from DWP to the city’s coffers once a year. It seems some years back in the throes of a financial crunch, the council demanded a “raise,” which amounts to a hidden tax on the ratepayers of DWP. If the council needs more money then they need to ask the people directly, and not pretend they don’t raise taxes when they secretly do. – Rod Luedke West Hills First generation Re “Biggest protest in city history hits tough immigration bill” (March 26): I am a first-generation American of Mexican descent. My parents came here legally from Mexico for a better way of life. I sympathize with the people of Mexico who want a better way of life. But what I see as wrong is that the protesters keep waving the Mexican flag, refusing to learn English and demanding the same rights as Americans after coming here illegally. If they want the same rights, put down the Mexican flag and fly the American flag and ask for the right to be able to work, live here and eventually become Americans and I will sympathize with you. – Len Anthony San Fernando Protest Mexico Re “Immigration debate heats up” (March 28): Corrupt foreign governments are responsible for the estimated 12 million people leaving their homelands and fleeing to this country every year. I would suggest to those protesters that disrupted our neighborhoods and freeways this past week to take their march to Mexico City, where their problems likely began. – David DiMeglio West Hills Critical period Re “Border wars” (Editorial, March 28): I agree with your statement that this is “an issue of pressing national importance” and “one over which we are bitterly divided.” We are in a critical period in our history when we the people and our elected representatives must decide if we want to be governed by rules of law or by mob rule. We should have a system that provides legal status for all foreign workers but not citizenship for illegal immigrants, especially those waving Mexican and other foreign-country flags. Just remember that “United we stand, divided we fall” and the fall can be disastrous for all. – Duane C. Buckle Reseda Serving the servants Where did these politicos get the idea that illegal aliens are a bunch of avocado pickers? And where in their limousines did they arrive at the assumption that Americans won’t get their hands dirty to make an honest buck? In order for contractors of any service to offer a competitive bid, they must compete with companies illegally hiring undocumented labor. The half-million people who gathered quietly in California or the virulent crowd in France or even the wars all over the globe are directly linked to government corruption and even greater crimes against us all. Wake up and realize that whatever action our “servants” agree on will make them a hefty profit, and solve nothing. – Bill Wambold Winnetka Fundamental right Re “Medical-marijuana fight returns to court” (March 26): The Bush administration claims, “There is no fundamental right to possess, cultivate or distribute marijuana.” Actually, according to the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, there is a fundamental right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The fact that hemp, as Washington and Jefferson knew it, is not specifically mentioned in the Constitution does not mean we have no fundamental right to it. So George and Thomas “forgot” to include the right to bear hemp? We still have the right to possess, grow and distribute hemp. It’s the government that is in violation of the law. – Peter Wilson Simi Valley Giving it away Re “Medical pot ban overturned” (March 29): California voters passed a ballot amendment legalizing the medical use of marijuana, even though it comes into conflict with federal laws that make it illegal to possess, sell, transport, etc., marijuana. County supervisors evidently have decided Los Angeles County is a sovereign political entity, not affected by the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause. Now, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors has decided to establish and regulate dispensaries to give away “medical” marijuana. I am not surprised as it isn’t any great leap for the county supervisors to go from aiding and abetting illegal aliens to thumbing their noses at federal narcotics laws. Drug users must represent more votes than nondrug users. Either that or the supervisors are tired of getting their marijuana from the streets. – John R. Schlank Granada Hills If parents paid Re “Too many schools fail their students” (Their Opinions, March 28): There is not a single government-run organization that operates with any credibility, efficiency, honesty, fiscal responsibility, etc., so why does there seem to be so much discussion about how to improve our school system? As long as our school system functions in the same manner as welfare, it cannot be improved. Since no one writes a check, school is free baby-sitting and there is no incentive for parents to insist that they get a return on their investment. Give each household back that amount of their taxes that goes to the schools and let them write a check each month and they may be a little more inclined to insist on getting something for their dollars. – Patrick Weir Chatsworth Specialized pursuits Re “Education is global concern” (Their Opinions, March 28): K-12 science and advanced math are used by less than 1 percent of our nation’s work force – and only by college-degreed scientists. Yet politicians herald these curriculums as the panacea to our nation’s economic strength. These curriculums are best suited for very specialized college pursuits. Eliminating K-12 advanced math, and reducing the science curriculum to a ungraded elective, would greatly enhance our educational systems – with no effect on our gross national product, our work force skills and salaries, or our nation’s technological supremacy. – Fred Coble North Hills Goose is gone Re “Wrong Country” (Their Opinions, March 28): Hey, Irving Leemon, look closer. The golden goose is already dead. Question is, just how deep will we bury it? If I hear one more politician say we are a nation of laws, I will throw up. Nearly every law passed is a watered-down version of the original intent. If we the people vote for a law that passes, the courts throw it out. All these people from other lands that are breaking our borders are rushing into a giant grave site that they helped dig. Ironic, isn’t it? – Don Allen Canyon Country Only hope Re “Critics blast youth rally” (March 26): As a pastor of 30 of the attendees of this Battle Cry Conference, I could not believe that the community leaders of San Francisco would attack youths who are committing themselves to lives of positive impact and purity. How shameful to have Assemblyman Mark Leno attack these students with words like “obnoxious” and “disgusting,” saying they “should get out of San Francisco.” The mayor, the supervisors and their assemblyman have revealed in their resolutions and their public statements that they would fit better as leaders in Afghanistan than in the land of the free. These youths are truly our nation’s only hope. – Pastor Mark Schweitzer Harvest Community Church Palmdale ——— How to write to us We welcome letters on all issues of public concern. All are subject to editing and condensation, and they can be published only with the writer’s true name. Only the writer’s home community, rather than full address, will be published. Letters must include the writer’s complete home address and daytime telephone number for verification purposes. Please limit letters to 100 words. Letters and columns that are submitted and for which no compensation was paid may be republished in digital and other formats and retained in archives, without compensation to the author. Mail letters to: Public Forum, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200 Fax: (818) 713-3723 E-mail: dnforum@dailynews.com Our Opinions reflect the opinion of the newspaper as an institution. Your Opinions are the personal opinions of readers of the newspaper. Their Opinions express the personal opinion of the writers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 27, 2019
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruled OUT as England Under-21s squad for Euro 2017 named

first_img Ruben Loftus-Cheek 1 Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been ruled out of Euro 2017 after England Under-21s named their final squad.The 21-year-old has been struggling with a back injury and will not make the trip to Poland next week. Boss Aidy Boothroyd is also without the injured Patrick Roberts and Izzy Brown ahead of the tournament opener against holders Sweden on June 16 in Kielce.The trio reported to St George’s Park for last week’s training camp and were assessed by the medical team but will not travel for the tournament.Boothroyd told thefa.com: “We have some good players and like for any international team, bringing them all together and getting them all to work as a single unit, that is always the challenging part.“But we’ve got players with big-game experience now, lads who have played in cup finals, play-off finals, big games and a couple of senior internationals.“In this particular age group we have a very capable, mature squad with a nice balance between the soldiers and the artists, so I’m really looking forward to it.“I think we’re well equipped on paper and it’s now about putting some hard work in on the grass, which we’ve been doing over the last three weeks to be ready for the tournament.”Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek has been struggling with a back problem and made just 11 appearances for Chelsea last season.Roberts, on loan from Manchester City, won the treble with Celtic and Brown helped Huddersfield to promotion to the Premier League via the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and long seasons have not helped their recovery.Skipper James Ward-Prowse and Southampton team-mate Nathan Redmond are included ahead of their final under-21 tournament before they become too old. Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will also go along with Leicester duo Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Nathaniel Chalobah. Senior boss Gareth Southgate confirmed last week Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford would not go to Euro 2017 and would instead stay with the senior side for their games against Scotland and France. United boss Jose Mourinho had previously said he saw no point in Rashford playing at the tournament. Abraham, Redmond, Gray and Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow are likely to be Boothroyd’s central striker options.Southampton midfielder Sam McQueen and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith are on standby. The Young Lions also face rookies Slovakia on June 19 and hosts Poland on June 22 in Group A. England squad: Gunn (Manchester City), Mitchell (Derby), Pickford (Sunderland), Chambers (Arsenal), Chilwell (Leicester), Hause (Wolves), Holding (Arsenal), Holgate (Everton), Iorfa (Wolves), Mawson (Swansea), Stephens (Southampton), Targett (Southampton), Baker (Chelsea), Chalobah (Chelsea), Grealish (Aston Villa), Hughes (Derby), Swift (Reading), Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Abraham (Chelsea), Gray (Leicester), Murphy (Norwich), Redmond (Southampton), Woodrow (Fulham).last_img read more

December 25, 2019
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Anderson seemingly left in an awkward position

first_imgANAHEIM – Should Garret Anderson have been put in that position? Should one of the great Angels of all time have been put in the position to be something like a playoff goat? Should he have been in left field, playing shallow, as the Yankees’ All-Cleanup Hitters lineup was taking its cuts? On such questions a team’s World Series hopes sometimes hang, as Mike Scioscia and the Angels were reminded Tuesday night in a 4-2 loss in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 We’re talking about the moment when Robinson Cano’s bases-loaded line drive is screaming toward the fence in the decisive first inning. Anderson fought knee and back problems late in the season. He skipped four of the five games to rest after the Angels clinched the division championship. He played in the field in only one of the past 12 games, serving as designated hitter when he did compete. It is not second-guessing to speculate that Anderson wasn’t perfectly healthy Tuesday night. The Daily News’ position-by-position matchups featured in Tuesday’s paper listed Rivera in left and Anderson at DH, citing the latter’s injuries. Is Anderson 100 percent? “Yeah,” Scioscia said after the game in his office. “I don’t think any left fielder makes that play,” Scioscia said afterward. But you have to wonder if this game turns out different if it’s Juan Rivera playing left instead of Anderson, or if Anderson is playing deeper, or if Anderson gets a better jump. center_img The manager said he and his coaches talked about this very lineup question but went with Anderson in the field, Rivera at DH, to give themselves “more options for moves late in the game.” They might also have noticed stats showing Anderson hits better when he’s playing the field than when he’s the DH. Anderson went 0 for 4 at the plate Tuesday. And he couldn’t make the play the Angels needed. Two outs, bases empty, Bartolo Colon throwing nothing but strikes in the first, Jason Giambi yanked a 1-1 pitch over first baseman Darin Erstad for a single. Gary Sheffield cast a line drive over second baseman Adam Kennedy for a single. Hideki Matsui lined the Yankees’ third straight single to right, and third-base coach Luis Sojo held Giambi at third – good move since Vladimir Guerrero threw a one-hopper to the plate. The count on Cano, the Yankees’ Rookie of the Year-candidate second baseman, went from 0-2 to 2-2. Then Cano, a left-handed hitter, sliced a drive the other way. Anderson ran back, tracking the wall over his right shoulder, holding his glove in the air, hoping for a friendly gust of wind. He was Barry Bonds chasing Troy Glaus’ game-winning double in Game 6 of the World Series in 2002. Cano’s shot skipped once on the grass short of the warning track, hit the wall and came back to Anderson. The bases cleared, it was 3-0 Yankees, and Colon was slapping his glove with his pitching hand in frustration. Anderson (Kennedy High of Granada Hills), not an enthusiastic interview in the best of times, hadn’t made himself available to reporters in the clubhouse within 40 minutes of the game’s final out. Teammates faced the questions he should have fielded. Colon said he wasn’t surprised the 14-home-run-hitting Cano showed such opposite-field power. It was Colon, of course, who said of the Yankees, “To me, they’re all cleanup hitters.” Ron Roenicke, the Angels coach who positions outfielders, said Anderson was shallow for good reason. With the bases loaded, he wants to be able to catch the would-be single. “I think he’s running all right,” Roenicke said. “I think the rest he’s had the last week has helped him. When it’s up in the air, Garret can catch almost anything. If a guy drives the ball, he (the hitter) deserves it.” By the second inning it was 4-0 Yankees. Colon sharpened and held New York to two more hits through the seventh, but Mike Mussina and four relievers were enforcing silence in the Angels and 45,142 fans, the largest playoff crowd in the ballpark’s recent history. The fans went home thinking about the bases-loaded, two-out double that might have been caught. Wishing they could go back to when the 33-year-old Anderson, the Angels’ all-time leader in hits and RBI, was a postseason hero, the man tripling home the winning runs in Game 7 of the World Series. Instead, this felt like the first game of that 2002 postseason run, the game in New York where Scioscia invited hard questions by failing to call on Troy Percival as a lead got away. If the Angels are good, this series turns out like that one. Until tonight the question hangs in the air like a catchable flyball. Should Garret Anderson have been put in position to fail? Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 22, 2019
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USAIN BOLT GIVES DONEGAL A KICK-START WITH UNIQUE GESTURE!

first_imgPatsy with those famous spikes!The world’s fastest man has put his foot in it again – and Donegal is delighted!Just days ago Usain Bolt made Raphoe woman Grainne O’Dea the happiest woman in the world when he gave her his 200m winning spikes.Irish athletics coach Patsy McGonagle.Grainne, who works with Usain’s Pace Management, was left speechless by the gesture at the World Championships in Beijing. And now he has done it again.This time around Usain, through his manager Ricky Simms, has donated his priceless room winning running spikes to the Finn Valley club.Irish athletics coach Patsy McGonagle revealed the signed shoes (pictured) will now be put on display at the famous Finn Valley centre for all to see.Patsy says the gesture was typical of Milford man Simms, himself a former Finn Valley athlete who has never forgotten his roots. “In language we use here at home, Ricky has never forgotten where he came from. Thank you on behalf of your fellow members at #Fvac it’s an honour to showcase these spikes,” he said.USAIN BOLT GIVES DONEGAL A KICK-START WITH UNIQUE GESTURE! was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:finn valleypatsy mcgonaglespikesUsain Boltlast_img read more

December 19, 2019
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In the Last Days There Shall Be Scoffers

first_imgCurrent Biology this week contains two entries either attacking creationism or exalting Charles Darwin.1,2  Nigel Williams reports on the 100th birthday of Ernst Mayr (see 07/02/2004 headline), and his “tireless campaign against creationism”:Ernst Mayr, the renowned evolutionary biologist and champion of Darwin, celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month by leading a scathing attack on creationism.  The evolutionary biologist, acclaimed as one of the most prolific researchers, has no intention of retiring and is shortly to publish new research that dismantles the fashionable creationist doctrine of ‘intelligent design’.Apparently Mayr’s approach is nothing new to anyone in the I.D. community who has read On the Origin of Species; Williams says that “‘intelligent design’ – the latest way in which creationists have sought to present a divine origin of the world – was thoroughly rebutted by Charles Darwin a century and a half ago.”  What’s motivating Mayr’s campaign?  “a sense of exasperation at the re-emergence of creationism in the US,” Williams says.  Evolution was no problem in Mayr’s childhood schools in Germany, so why are so many school boards trying to water it down or omit it in America?  Williams recounts the case in Georgia when the superintendent of schools tried to have the “controversial buzzword” evolution “banned” from the curriculum.  “Fierce protest, including criticism from Jimmy Carter, the former president, reversed this,” Williams states with apparent satisfaction.    In its ongoing series of interviews with practicing scientists, Current Biology interviewed mathematics professor (U. of Vienna) Karl Sigmund (also a popularizer of evolutionary game theory: see 02/10/2004 headline).  Here is his answer to the question, “What turned you on to biology in the first place?”I hit upon a German version of Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ at the tender age of twelve.  I cannot possibly have understood much of it, but was immediately fascinated, first by a photo of old Darwin, whose piercing eyes haunted me, and then by the idea of having apes among my forebears: it explained why I felt so happy in the tree-tops.  Besides, I liked the fact that not a few of my elder family members – catholics all – were distressed to see the book in my hands.  Much later, I noticed that a thoughtful editor had removed the parts on sexual selection.  What would my relatives have said to that!After Sigmund was turned off by biology in school and became fascinated with mathematics, there was another turning point:I forgot all about biology and became a professor of mathematics before I came across ‘The Selfish Gene’.  That was a turning point for me.  [Richard] Dawkins’ very first sentence thrilled me: “This book should be read almost as though it were science fiction.”  There were not just facts in biology; there was a place for the ‘what if’ a basic question for any mathematician.Sigmund is asked about remaining challenges to evolutionary game theory, and admits it needs to be tied in with the biology and neurology of the brain, “how modules in the brain interact, and cooperate, in guiding an individuals’ feelings and wishes.”  He points to tentative experiments that look for relationships between brain imaging and human reactions to perceived fair and unfair situations.  “Such a form of neuro-economics – or, better, physio-economics, because hormone levels play a great role too – may eventually tell us more about human nature than anything since Darwin studied expressions of emotions in man and animals.  And if I feel foolish when I re-read this sentence ten years from now, I will tell myself that it was pretty good science fiction.”1Nigel Williams, “One long argument,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 14, 27 July 2004, Page R540, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.07.002.2“Q&A: Karl Sigmund,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 14, 27 July 2004, Page R541, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.07.003.One way for Karl Sigmund to feel foolish real fast is to read Creation-Evolution Headlines regularly and other publications outside the Darwin Party propaganda machine (here’s a list for starters).  An easier way is to flip a few pages in the same issue of Current Biology to the articles on histones and condensins (see headline above).  That’s if Sigmund is even interested in truth over “science fiction”.  He said it himself: he was drawn to evolution not by a studied analysis of the facts, but by (1) the haunting eyes of Charlie, the materialist’s buddha, (2) a fallacious, childish non-sequitur that apes in the family tree made him feel at home climbing trees, and (3) childish rebellion.  Parents, beware.  If your kid can’t think straight or exercise self-control by the age of 12, it may be too late.  The kid will be a sucker for the Darwin Party storytelling circus.    Ernst Mayr is on his last crusade before becoming a creationist.  (For those at the Darwin National Convention, that means meeting your Maker.)  Solomon said, in a paradoxical quatrain, to “answer not a fool according to his folly,” but rather, to “answer a fool according to his folly” (Proverbs 26:4-5*).  This is not a contradiction.  Answer not a fool according to his folly, “lest you be like him,”; i.e., don’t imitate his style of argument and get into a vituperative shouting match with irrelevant and useless trivia.  Rather, answer a fool according to his folly “lest he be wise in his own eyes”; i.e., don’t let him get away with baloney, or let others who hear him be swayed by it.  For instance, in biology class, your fellow students should not hear the evolutionary mythmaking of the teacher go uncontested.  Suggested response: keep holding up the facts and asking logical questions.  Teach Mayr and Sigmund about histones and condensins and diatoms and plant seeds and motorized sunscreens and migrating sparrows and cellular roller coasters and spider superpowers and underground pioneers and whale aeronautics and antennas built with motorized trucks and 300 million neurons required to see a picture and a million other things.  Ask them, “How could such things evolve without plan or purpose?  No, I mean really—not just a story, but really now.  And if it happened, where is the evidence?” (see 07/22/2004 headline)  Keep up the pressure, gently and persistently.  These things take time.  After sufficient exposure to the observations, if they continue to sputter nonsense, there is nothing more you can do except to try to prevent folly from becoming established as the official, uncontested curriculum for young, impressionable minds not yet able to discern their right hand from their left. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 18, 2019
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Rwanda is on enviable growth trajectory

first_imgA Rwandan tea picker at the Mulindi tea plantation, in Byumba, Rwanda. Agriculture has been the main source of Rwanda’s economic growth. (Image: Global Post) World Bank +202 473 1000 • Seeing SA through the eyes of foreign investors • Global perceptions key to competitiveness and foreign investment • Africa’s resources key to unlocking its wealth • Bright future for Rwanda’s women • Rwanda gas deal gets US$142m boostRay Maota Rwanda has been making tremendous strides in its economy since the genocide that took place there 20 years ago, and has reduced poverty by a third.On 6 April 1994, Rwanda plunged into a horrific civil war in which some 800 000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred in 100 days, making it one of the biggest and most efficient – and bloodiest – acts of genocide in the 20th century.Although the country is still healing the wounds of those terrible days, it has taken some remarkable steps forward. It has reduced poverty, narrowed the equality gap, and increased per-capita growth almost five-fold, according to the World Bank.Between 2001 and 2012, real gross domestic product growth averaged 8.1% a year. The poverty rate dropped from 59% in 2001 to 45% in 2011, while inequality reduced from 0.52 on the Gini index in 2005 to 0.49 in 2011.According to the World Bank, Rwanda is now consolidating gains in social development and accelerating growth, while ensuring that they are broadly shared to mitigate risks to eroding the country’s hard-won political and social stability. Vision for the country“Rwanda’s long-term development goals are embedded in its Vision 2020, which seeks to transform Rwanda from a low-income agriculture-based economy to a knowledge-based, service-oriented economy by 2020,” reads the World Bank profile on the country.Although the government has put in place a long-term vision for the country, it also has a short-term vision to get it there. According to the World Bank, the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy’s highest priority is growth acceleration and poverty reduction through its four thematic areas: economic transformation, rural development, productivity and youth employment, and accountable governance.This short-term strategy aims to achieve the following goals by 2018: increase gross domestic product per capita to $1 000; reduce the poverty rate to below 30%; and, reduce the extreme poverty rate to below 9%. “An underlying macroeconomic assumption is to accelerate annual GDP growth to 10% over the period 2013-2018,” adds the profile. Hindrances to developmentAlthough Rwanda has made progress by rebuilding the nation and building new infrastructure in the past 20 years, it will need to do more to make sure its vision is achieved. According to the World Bank, poor infrastructure and the lack of access to electricity and limited generation capacity are some of the major constraints to private investment. Some reforms have been implemented successfully to improve the business environment and reduce the cost of doing business.In the 2014 Rwanda Doing Business Report by the World Bank, the country was among the 10 most improved economies in 2013 and the country is now ranked as the second easiest place to do business in Sub-Saharan Africa.Excessive foreign aid is also seen as a hindrance to Rwanda’s progress as 40% of the country’s budget depends on it. “While Rwanda has been effectively using aid for development, the country remains vulnerable to fluctuations in aid flows. Starting in mid-2012, Rwanda experienced a sudden and sharp decline in aid.” How the World Bank helpsThe World Bank funds several programmes: the Rwanda Electricity Access Scale-up and Sector Wide Approach Development Project for US$70-million (R728-million); Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation (LWH) for $69-million (R718-million); and Rwanda Second Support to Social Protection System for $50-million (R520-million).According to the bank, through a three-phase Adaptable Program Loan, it supports the Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP), which focuses on intensifying production in the marshlands. It was followed by the LWH, which started in 2010. The latter is aimed at increasing productivity on hillsides and developing parts of these hillsides for irrigated horticulture production.Through these two projects, 61 000 people have benefited from the RSSP, of whom over 44% are women, while 50% of the 87 000 people who have benefited from the LWH are women.last_img read more

December 2, 2019
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Apple Leadership Remains Mostly White and Male, Shows Diversity Report

first_imgApple continues to have workforce that is predominantly white and male despite the Cupertino-based company’s commitment to diversifying its employee strength. Compared to last year, minorities flatlined in Apple’s leadership and actually lost numbers among tech workers, according to a diversity report for this year released on Nov. 9.The report came after the company hired Denise Young Smith, former head of Human Resources, as new Vice President to oversee the diversity at the workplace. The company didn’t do so well when it came to gender representation either. Women in its leadership ranks rose only slightly since last year and their numbers were the same among its tech workers. Overall, the proportion of women and minorities barely moved up.In the report, the company noted: “Meaningful change takes time. We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we have much more work to do.”Only 29 per cent of Apple leadership comprises females worldwide and the representation increased by one per cent last year. This was the only discernable change since 2014.When it comes to ethnic diversity, Apple’s leadership ranks barely moved forward. Whites make 66 per cent of Apple leadership, which marks a fall of one per cent from last year. While the proportion of Asians in its leadership rose from 21 per cent to 23 per cent from last year, the percentage of blacks, Hispanics and multiracial people didn’t change at all.A look at Apple’s leadership page is a good indicator of the company’s lack of representation at top — among the 19 senior executives on the page, five are women and just two are black.Among Apple’s tech workforce, 52 per cent of employees are white and 77 per cent of them are male. The numbers were at 55 per cent white and 77 per cent male last year. The underrepresented minorities — blacks, Hispanics, and multiracial people — declined from 18 per cent to 17 per cent in the last year.That being said, half of the people Apple hired between July 2016 and July 2017 are women, blacks, Native American, native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Hispanics, according to the report.The proportion of workers under 30 who are women or members of underrepresented minority groups was higher than the company’s overall average for such groups, the report added.“Diversity is our future. Apple is a multi-generational company with employees from 18 to 85. As Apple continues to grow, we’re highly encouraged that our employees under 30 reflect an increasing diversity,” the company said.The i-Phone maker has 130,000 employees worldwide and 83,000 in the United States. Related ItemsApple AsiansApple Diversity reportApple minoritiesi-Phone employeesLittle Indiawomen in Applelast_img read more