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first_imgValcke expects toleave with BlatterST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP):Jerome Valcke expects to leave his job as FIFA secretary general after Sepp Blatter’s successor is elected.Valcke, however, said yesterday it is not because he is responsible for any wrongdoing in the crisis that has shaken the governing body.The Frenchman has served for eight years as the top administrator at FIFA, which is at the centre of criminal investigations by American and Swiss authorities.The weight of the corruption probes and sponsors’ concerns led to Blatter announcing June 2 he will leave FIFA, a move that came four days after he was re-elected to serve a fifth, four-year term. A successor to Blatter, who has headed the governing body since 1998, is to be elected on February 26.”Whoever becomes the FIFA president should have a new secretary general because it’s the most important relationship for the organisation,” Valcke said in St Petersburg ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw.Rain, no play in BangladeshCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP):Rain washed out the entire fourth day of the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa yesterday, leaving the prospect of a result bleak.For the first time, Bangladesh will play a fifth day of a Test against South Africa, having lost all previous eight Tests inside four days.Officials said there will be no attempt on the fifth day, Saturday, to make up for lost time.South Africa are 61-0 in their second innings, trailing by 17 runs, after Bangladesh made their highest total against the Proteas of 326 in their first innings.England to face Pakistan in UAELONDON (AP):England’s away series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates has been finalised.The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Thursday that the series will include three Tests, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s in October and November.The first Test will take place in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Cricket Stadium between October 13-17, with the second at the Dubai Cricket Stadium starting five days later and the final Test at Sharjah Cricket Club from November 1-5.Pakistan jumped to No. 3 in Test rankings after defeating Sri Lanka 2-1 in the series last month while they also took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series after beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Wednesday in Colombo.While England lost the Test series in 2012, they went on to beat Pakistan both in the one-day and Twenty20 series.Bautista Agut, Sousa inCroatia Open semisUMAG, Croatia (AP):Second-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut reached the semi-finals of the Croatia Open yesterday, defeating Borna Coric of Croatia 6-3, 6-3.Bautista Agut saved all four break points he faced, including three when the 18-year-old Coric was trailing 3-5 with a chance to stay in the first set.It’s the fourth semi-final of the season for Bautista Agut. The Spaniard lost all three semi-finals so far in 2015 – in Chennai, Marseille and Munich.He will face Jo„o Sousa who saved a match point and upset fifth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) to advance to the semi-finals – his third this year. Sousa reached the final in Geneva in May.last_img read more

Demanding Govt to call elections as mandated by Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,I noticed an opinion piece penned by my former high school teacher, GHK Lall, in a section of the media on the current House-to-House activity. I previously wrote to you when the exercise was commencing, stating that this exercise will eviscerate my right to vote in the upcoming General and Regional Elections.Mr Lall is claiming that this exercise will take six weeks, I would urge him, as he has urged me many times, to examine all the facts. Recently, I saw a release of the GECOM work plan which showed that the exercise would take us into early next year. After collecting the data, the fingerprints must be sent to Jamaica for processing into the database, which I understand takes two weeks. Any errors must then be sent back and the person then located to have errors corrected and then sent to Jamaica for a further two weeks.“A list that is current, accurate, credible and reliable and representative of all eligible Guyanese voters before all Guyanese is the only way to go”. I have researched this, doing House-to-House will not achieve this. My advice to Mr Lall is to urge those whom he is connected to to have a period of continuous registration – this is how I have registered. That way, all those who are fourteen and above will be added to the National Register of Registrants Database. Also, simultaneously have a period of Claims and Objections, so anyone with a dead grandmother on the list can take in her death certificate and remove her. This way, people like me, who currently live abroad, but have intentions of returning home during the term of the next elected government, can have a say.He is calling for political sensibility to prevail, I believe the Opposition has been nothing but generous on time, carrying on with a myriad of court rulings. The CCJ has been clear to respect the Constitution. I believe the Government is letting their hand of immaturity show, with their desperate cling to power. I call on my fellow young people to observe what is happening. In 2015, we were promised this government of change and I have observed many of my classmates graduate UG and are still seeking employment.Concluding, he asked what the hurry is, well, the way I see it, a motion of no-confidence was passed since December 21 last year. We are a few months shy of a year since the Constitution dictates ninety days. How many ninety days have since passed? Surely he can see it’s the Government that is “defecating upon the Constitution”.I urge my fellow Guyanese, especially the youth, to see the farce at play, we don’t need a softer approach. We need to hold a hard-line and demand the Government to call elections as mandated by our Constitution— which was subsequently supported by the highest Court of the land.Regards,Nutana Singhlast_img read more

Egypt embarks on AFCON preparations

first_img“It is with great joy but a huge sense of responsibility that we embark on four or five months of serious hard work,” sports minister Achraf Sobhi said on Sunday. “A supreme committee will be set up to oversee things.”Sobhi also revealed that the opening ceremony and first match would take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium which was renovated before Egypt hosted the 2006 edition.Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said this weekend that work had begun at the stadium to replace the pitch.Football Federation president Hany Abou Rida said he had every confidence the country would deliver a tournament to make the nation proud.Authorities have already named eight stadiums they feel are ready to use in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez.“In fact we have the means to stage matches in seven regions,” football federation official Magdi Abdelghani said Sunday.The North African country, which has experience in mass tourism, has a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria, and a road network linking the main cities.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egypt’s Minister of Sport shraf Sobhi and Hany Abo Rida of the Egyptian Football Association © AFP / Mohamed el-ShahedCAIRO, Egypt, Jan 13 – Egypt’s sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday outlined their bid to be ready for the Africa Cup of Nations which starts on June 15.Egypt took over as hosts for the 2019 tournament last week after Cameroon was stripped of the event due to infrastructure delays and political instability.last_img read more

‘Defending is easier than attacking’ – Klopp wants to see ‘braver’ Liverpool

first_imgJurgen Klopp was pleased his side managed to score four goals on the way to beating Arsenal, but he wants to see defensive improvement from Liverpool.The Reds beat the Gunners 4-3 courtesy of Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane strikes and a Philippe Coutinho double, but they still struggled to deal with keeping the ball out of their own net.This is a problem which has plagued the Merseyside club for far too long, and although Klopp has bought in players to shore up his back-line, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was the only reason all three points were picked up.Klopp was pleased his attackers showed their full potential, but he believes his players should be good enough to avoid conceding three goals in 90 minutes.The German said: “Four goals scored is wonderful, but if you are good enough to score four goals at Arsenal, you’ve have to be good enough to avoid three goals.“I know defending is easier than attacking, but we have the skills for attacking and we need to plan for defending.“Four goals are the definition of brave, but the defending in the first half was the opposite of being brave.”last_img read more

Bruma will NOT be joining Man United this summer as next club revealed

first_img1 Manchester United look to have missed out on Galatasaray’s star midfielder Bruma, after his agent confirmed an agreement with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.The 22-year-old has been a prominent figure for the Turkish giants this season, enhancing his growing reputation with 11 goals in 29 appearances.Manchester United have been keeping tabs on the Portugal international, with the intention of trying to lure him to Old Trafford during the summer.However, Bruma’s agent Catio Balde has claimed his client is now on the verge of joining Leipzig, once the Turkish season has finished.Speaking to Fanatik, Balde said: “Galatasaray and Red Bull have reached an agreement, Bruma will play his last game for the club on Saturday.“There are a few issues to sort out but he will join Leipzig.”The Bundesliga club have reportedly agreed a fee of around £16m for Bruma, leaving United to explore alternative midfield options. Galatasaray’s star midfielder Bruma is heading to Germany last_img read more


first_imgRovers goalkeeper Rory Kelly had a super game. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A very entertaining end-to-end game was played in front of a large crowd at Leckview Park, this being the replay, as both sides played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday night in Athlone.Letterkenny Rovers started the first half well and played well throughout. When Rovers look back on the game they will be disappointed not to turn the chances they had onto the score sheet. Steve Emeka had a goal disallowed for offside after hitting the net.Athlone started slow but grew into the game as the first half came to an end. As neither team could dominate midfield, chances were few and far between for the majority of the second half. As the game opened up with 10 minutes to go, the two sides had opportunities but neither could find that elusive goal.Both teams had a chance to win it at the depth as Rover’s striker Steve Emeka hit the bar from a corner on the 91st minute of normal time, the ball was then cleared by Athlone Town and set substitute and former Shamrock Rovers player Emeka Onwubiko bearing down on goal with seconds remaining on the clock.Paul McVeigh feels the full force of the Athlone defence.A super save from Kelly went into the path of Athlone’s Val Feeney who would’ve been sure he was sending his team through to the last 16 of the FAI senior cup only to be cleared by David Shovlin, which gave Letterkenny Rovers another shot in extra time as the referee blew the full time whistle of normal time. FT 0-0Extra time began with both sides sitting deep knowing what was at stake. The Airticity First division side began to get on top and peppered Letterkenny’s goals, but the Letterkenny rearguard stood defiant. Another good save in the second half of extra time from the Letterkenny keeper following a shot from Feeney kept the nerves going around Leckview. Good play from substitute Kevin O’Donnell gave captain Darren McElwaine the ball inside Athlone’s box, but couldn’t get a clear shot away at Ryan Coulter’s goal.As penalties were looking likely Athlone went on the attack as good wing play from Onwubiko who squared the ball to the oncoming Alan O’Sullivan to finish into the Rover’s net with 117 minutes played.A brave effort from Eamon McGonigley’s men who can hold their heads up high after competing with senior side Athlone Town over two enthralling fixtures.Athlone Town go into the next round of the FAI cup as Letterkenny Rovers have a domestic cup final against Cockhill in the coming weeks.  BRAVE LETTERKENNY ROVERS BOW OUT OF FAI SENIOR CUP was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AthloneExtra timefai cupLetterkenny Roverslast_img read more

Adoptions of Katrina dogs postponed until year’s end

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week ASPCA officials said shelters nationwide agreed to care for the pets until Saturday. However, after more than 1,000 of them were reunited, they decided to ask for more time. “A lot of animals are being reunited and they seemed to have underestimated the amount of time needed to get as many of them as possible back to their owners,’ Sanchez said. Although many local residents had hoped to take one of the 10 dogs housed at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter home, they will now have to wait to see if their owners come forward. “We’ll continue to treat them and if they are not reunited by December we’ll adopt them out into a new home,’ said county spokeswoman Kaye Michaelson. “But for now, they’ll stay with us and will be waiting for their owners.’ Of the 8,000 dogs, cats, horses, and other animals that were rescued in Louisiana and Mississippi, 124 have been housed in shelters throughout California. A handful already have been reunited with their owners. BALDWIN PARK — There has been a slight “paws’ in the quest for local people wanting to acquire one of the 10 Hurricane Katrina canines up for adoption at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. The adoptions scheduled to take place Saturday have been put on hold until the end of the year. On Thursday, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with other pet organizations, requested all animal shelters, breed rescue groups and others sheltering animal survivors of the hurricane, extend the holding period of the pets until Dec. 31. “They asked us to hold off on our adoptions that were going to take place Saturday at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter,’ said Brenda Jimenez, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Care and Control. “They want us to give people more time to claim their animals.’ “Sassy was the first, and on Wednesday there was Princess who was in Pomona,’ said Dawn Cotterell, spokeswoman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. “Right now we are working on Snowball and Simba, who we think will be reunited in a few days.’ Along with those four dogs, the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter also is scheduling a reunion to take place soon. “The owner of Panda, a Jack Russell Terrier mix who was actually a show dog, came forward and a reunion will happen in days,’ Sanchez said. “His owner was on vacation when Katrina hit her Mississippi home and she was not allowed to go back for him.’ Panda’s owner saw his picture on and contacted the spcaLA. In order to prove that Panda was hers, county officials said the owner sent in photos that confirmed her claim. Panda will be flying to Memphis, where his owner has relocated to since Hurricane Katrina, in a few days. “She’s been e-mailing and calling and she is so happy to have Panda back. She can’t wait,’ Jimenez said. “That’s the goal, to get these pets back home.’ Nisha Gutierrez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109, or by e-mail at 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

Volleyball Outlasts Indiana State in MVC Season Opener

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) ESPN+ DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team opened its Missouri Valley Conference season with a high-energy, five-set win over Indiana State on Friday night at the Knapp Center.Drake defeated the Sycamores by set scores of 21-25, 25-16, 25-21, 26-28, 15-9 to improve to 7-7 on the season.The Bulldogs (7-7, 1-0 MVC) were led by freshman Haley Bush, who finished with 25 kills, and senior Paige Aspinwall, who finished with 40 assists and 20 digs. Aspinwall’s 40-20 performance is the first for a Bulldog since at least 2007. Aspinwall, Bush –  who had 13 digs to go along with her 25 kills – and Emily Plock who had 12 kills and 10 digs, each finished with double-doubles.Defensively, Gillian Gergen had a career-high 11 blocks while Kylee Macke added 29 digs as one of five Bulldogs in double figures in kills. Indiana State (2-9, 0-1 MVC) was led by Nikkie White’s 16 kills, but Drake held the Sycamores to just .101 hitting.Indiana State won the first point of the fifth set, but the Bulldogs capitalized on two service errors from the Sycamores to jump out to an early 6-2 lead. Following a Sycamore timeout, Drake extended its lead to six forcing before Indiana State put together a short run near the end of the set. However, the Bulldogs finished out the set with a kill from Bush with the assist from Paige Aspinwall, for Bush’s 25th kill and Aspinwall’s 40th assist of the match. Bush had three of her kills in the fifth set on just six attempts. The fifth set was forced by the Sycamores following a back-and-forth fourth set that saw 15 lead changes and 30 ties before ISU pulled away for a 28-26 win as Drake hit just .017 in the set.After dropping an error-filled first set, 25-21, Drake rallied in the second and third sets to take a 2-1 lead in the match en route to the 3-2 win.The Bulldogs continue their homestand to open MVC play on Saturday when Evansville visits the Knapp Center for a 5 p.m. contest.  Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Evansville 9/28/2019 – 5 p.m. Watch Livelast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, responding to the news tonight that the only two bankers convicted in relation to the banking collapse will only serve community services, said that the Irish people have been shown no such leniancy.Two men – including Rathmullan man William McAteer – were found guilty of ten offences of giving illegal loans to investors in Anglo Irish Bank.Deputy Doherty said the public have been forced to serve a jail sentence because of bankers’ crimes. Deputy Doherty said: “I can’t help but think tonight of the many good people I have met over the years who said to me that they know no banker will ever serve a day in prison for what they did to this State.“The judge in the Anglo trial has correctly pointed out that other bankers and agencies share the blame for what happened at Anglo. However, two bankers were found guilty of a corporate crime, the only bankers to date to have been convicted. Their sentence – community service.“We have seen in the past that if someone cannot pay their TV licence, they’ve faced jail sentences and often served those sentences. People have been sent to prison for unpaid fines. If they simply couldn’t afford those fines, or choose to feed and clothe their children over paying them, that was seen as their problem.“The fact is, the Irish people have not been able to avoid the jail sentence they’ve been handed down as a result of the banking collapse. The bankers involved, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour, and greedy developers have escaped the excesses of the €30 billion worth of austerity that has been foisted onto the shoulders of the ordinary Irish family. While the families face poverty, unemployment, emigration and other hardships, these two bankers today face community service. Who has got the better deal? “This trial has cost the taxpayer huge money. The potential sentence for the crime these men were convicted of was up to five years. Community service is a slap in the face for the Irish people.” IRISH PEOPLE BEAR THE BRUNT OF BANKERS’ DECISIONS – DOHERTY was last modified: April 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ANGLO IRISH BANKPearse Dohertywilliam mcateerlast_img read more

Radioactive Dating: Science or Alchemy?

first_img 1Richard Kerr, “Geochemistry: In Mass Extinction, Timing Is All,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5691, 1705, 17 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5691.1705]. 2Mundil et al., “Age and Timing of the Permian Mass Extinctions: U/Pb Dating of Closed-System Zircons,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5691, 1760-1763, 17 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1101012]. Now I’m worried.  What are all those little details that don’t make it into the literature?  You can count on it: the “picking and choosing” that Kerr admitted is only the tip of the iceberg.  To be fair, the U-Pb differences between the teams only amount to a small percent.  But to arrive at the millions-of-years dates at all, dates that justify the modern consensus for the geologic column (see 05/21/2004 headline), they have to toss out many other dating methods that produce far younger dates by orders of magnitude.  Those dates are not interesting because they do not support the Darwinian evolutionary timescale; therefore they are “obviously wrong.”  Obviously.  That’s why they must pick and choose.     Radioactive dating was supposed to be as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, a highly constrained, well understood physical mechanism for dating old things.  That’s what we learned in high school and on the Discovery Channel.  Now they tell us they have been picking and choosing the samples they want and tossing out over half the rest?  Even if Mundil threw out only 3 of his 79 samples, we want to know if those three had a story to tell: on what basis did he assume they were “obviously too old”?  How can we know the 79 he used were not also obviously too old, at least to someone without Darwin glasses on?  Sometimes the most interesting science is in the data the conventional wisdom tosses out.  The stone that the builders rejected sometimes becomes the cornerstone of a new paradigm.  Instead, the subjective practices of researchers, secretly trying to turn lead into the “gold standard of geochronology,” appear more like a modern form of alchemy than modern science.     When they don’t get what they want, they turn up the heat.  What did two days of red-hot heating, pressure and treatment with hydrofluoric acid do to the samples?  How can we be convinced this was “the big breakthrough” if an admirer admits he has no idea how it works? (which, being translated, means “I have no idea if it works”).  Remember, they are talking about “vanishingly small” bits of radioactive material to begin with, and then heating and acid-washing some of it away.  What can samples tell you under this kind of torture?  Here’s what we suggest they are saying: “Stop!  (Gasp!  Ouch!)  I give up!  I’ll give you any date you want!”(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Richard Kerr had some surprising things to say about uranium-lead dating in the Sept. 17 issue of Science1 – surprising, because as a believer in the method and an evolutionist, he admitted there is a fair amount of unscientific methodology and controversy involved.  “For years, different laboratories using uranium-lead radiometric dating—the gold standard of geochronology—have been getting entirely different ages for the P-T extinction,” he says.  His comments stemmed from a paper in the same issue by Mundil et al.2 that touted a new method for getting the bugs out of U-Pb zircon samples.  But the way Kerr worded his subtitle, he sounds at best tentative about its benefits: “A new, apparently improved, way to date the greatest mass extinction points to a volcanic cause but fails to resolve geochronologists’ long-running differences.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)     Mundil’s team, from the Berkeley Geochronology Center, admits right off that “The age and timing of the Permian-Triassic mass extinction have been difficult to determine because zircon populations from the type sections are typically affected by pervasive lead loss and contamination by indistinguishable older xenocrysts.”  In order to date samples from China, they “adopted a technique recently developed by James Mattinson of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Kerr says.  “ They baked the southern China zircons at 850�C for 36 hours and then leached them with hydrofluoric acid under pressure at 220�C for 16 hours, with the intention of removing the parts most weakened by radiation damage.”     This harsh treatment of the samples was intended to eliminate some of the “picking and choosing” that commonly goes on by researchers, who discard samples that don’t give them the results they expect.  Samuel Bowring (MIT), for instance, got a date for the P-T extinction that, while it seemed to match some dates for massive Siberian lava flows, disagreed with the age Mundil prefers: Mundil, however, doesn’t believe that either the eruption or the extinction happened that recently.  He thinks Bowring engaged in “arbitrary data culling” by throwing out more than half his zircon ages before averaging the rest of them together.  But Bowring says his choices were judicious, although “necessarily somewhat subjective.”  In some of his zircons, the two different uranium-lead ratios gave different ages, suggesting that lead had leaked out of those zircons during the past quarter-billion years.  And other zircon ages looked distinctly old, as if those zircons had crystallized earlier than the rest and had later gotten mixed in with them.  By taking into account how volcanic ash beds are stacked around the rock layer that shows the extinction, Bowring believes he can confidently select the reliable zircon ages and discard the rest.     Mundil set out to take this “picking and choosing” out of uranium-lead dating. Thus the heat, pressure and acid treatments.  With this method, Mundil claims he only had to throw out three out of 79 of his zircon samples which were “obviously too old.”  He arrived at a date for the extinction a million years older.  It was also coincident with an argon-argon date for the Siberian lava flows made by others, “after making a 2-million-year correction to it”  The goal of this tweaking is to fix the timing: “The professional timekeepers—the geochronologists—are trying to place a volcanic catastrophe at the moment of the extinction, thus linking cause and effect to explain an event that wiped out 95% of animal species on Earth,” Kerr explains.  The challenge is that “P-T daters must draw their conclusions from vanishingly small isotopic remains of radioactive decay.”  Though the antagonists try to keep a positive spin on the controversy, Kerr indicates that geochronology may not be the exact science we have been led to believe: The new preprocessing technique “is very promising,” says Drew Coleman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  “It appears to be very fruitful.”  Bowring agrees.  “This is a step in the right direction,” he says.  “Mattinson’s annealing is the big breakthrough, though I have no idea why it works.  But Bowring points to the later date that his group estimated for the P-T extinction in China and Kamo’s group independently got for zircon and other minerals from the lavas of the Siberian Traps.  Mundil hasn’t explained how subjective interpretation could have produced such a coincidence, he says. All can agree on one thing.  Better cooperation might help.  Speaking of the geochronologists, Randall Parrish of the British Geological Survey paints them like a secret society: “They’ve been competitive and secretive for decades,” he said.  With a meeting of geochronologists in Boston coming up next month, Kerr hopes for a “frank and open discussion of all those little details that don’t make it into the literature.”last_img read more