Sagicor Bank Champions’ League kicks off today

first_imgSagicor Bank has returned as title sponsor for the UWI Mona Guild-led Sagicor Bank Champions’ League. The event, now in its sixth staging, will see 16 teams competing for the coveted 2016 Sagicor Bank Champions’ League title.Sagicor, the sponsors of the event since 2010, has supported the league in an effort to ignite camaraderie among students of the University of the West Indies while highlighting the football skills among players of respective blocks on the UWI Mona Campus.Former president of the UWI Mona Guild of Students and marketing coordinator, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, Terron Dewar, said that “health, sports, and education are at the core of most of the initiatives we support, and this Champions’ League encompasses all those areas. The students of the UWI Mona Guild and, by extension, the wider university community have maintained an extraordinary level of excellence with this event and we are proud to be associated with it.”MAKING IT BETTERGames committee chairman, UWI Mona Guild, Oshane Grant, said: “Both students and players look forward to this league. Sagicor is all about making the campus better and the guild appreciates this. With sponsorship support through the years, this league has gone through a metamorphosis that has brought the university together.”The 2016 season of the Sagicor Bank Champions’ League was launched at the UWI Students’ Union yesterday.The first match in the knockout competition will kick off today at the UWI Mona Bowl between Taylor Hall’s Roosters and the ELR Towers’ Hybrid at 5 p.m. followed by a matchup between the defending champions, Chancellor Hall’s Block Aye and Irvine Hall’s Bears at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Men accused of stealing LM&TC minibus freed

first_imgMagistrate Clive Nurse on Tuesday dismissed the case against four men accused of stealing a minibus, property of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) in March 2015.The accused: Preston Skeete, Harold Rogers and Shawn Wilson of Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden and Clifford Hilliman of Dennis Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charge of simple larceny.The four were alleged to have stolen the minibus valued $3.5 million between March 1 and 2, 2015 at Wisroc, Wismar, Linden.However, when the case was called on Tuesday, Magistrate Nurse in his ruling found that there was insufficient evidence against the accused, and the matter was dismissed.last_img

Liberia YMCA Multi Country Slums Project to Graduate 54

first_imgThe YMCA of Liberia will tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20, graduate 54 young people from West Point and Slipway communities under the second phase of life skills training of the Multi Country Slums Development Project titled: “Young People as Agents of Change Helping to Transform Slum Settlements”With funding from Comic Relief through Y Care International, the graduation is the second phase of vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills training for beneficiaries from the two communities.Twenty eight males and twenty six females will receive certificates in cosmetology, tailoring, pastry making and other professions.The program takes place at 10:00 a.m. at the YMCA Headquarters on Crown Hill, Broad Street. These beneficiaries have undergone skills training in different disciplines in both vocational and apprenticeship training programs for nine to 14 months. The beneficiaries will be provided toolkits as part of their post training support to enable them to start their own ventures practicing their trade to improve their livelihoods.The YMCA Multi Country Slum Project aims to strengthen communities’ resilience and improve the living conditions in West Point and Slipway, utilizing the energy and drive of young people as catalysts for change. Over the years the construction of water points, latrines and youth-led health and hygiene training; the establishment /strengthening of local associations of slum dwellers to enable them to better advocate for pro-poor approaches to slum upgrading and development are some of the many activities implemented under the project.Additionally there have been training on advocacy, civic education and budget literacy, monitoring for youth-led advocacy groups; the provision of vocational, entrepreneurship and life-skills training and post-training inputs for young people; and building the capacity of CSOs to better respond to the needs of young people.Also a new slum project “Mobilizing Young Slum Dwellers in Liberia to Rebuild Communities after the Ebola Outbreak” will be launched during the program.In partnership with Y Care International with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) – UK Aid the project will contribute to the social and economic empowerment of 710 young slum dwellers (15-24) in seven zones of West Point, Monrovia. Young women and men will receive supports and trainings in livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), advocacy and health and hygiene, which will empower them to become leaders within their communities, provide support to 12,960 other slum dwellers and act as catalysts for long term community change and development. At the end of the project an improved slum upgrading policies for approximately 75,000 slum dwellers in West Point would have been achieved, while at the same time an improved health, livelihoods and resilience, including 12,960 (50% females) slum dwellers in West Point would also be achieved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea boss Conte hits back at Costa claims

first_imgConte told Costa by text that he wasn’t in his plans for the forthcoming season after the Italian grew tired of the volatile 28-year-old’s attempts to engineer a transfer to his former club Atletico Madrid.Costa’s representative, Ricardo Cardoso, launched a scathing attack on Conte on Thursday, saying he had made it “impossible” for him to stay at Stamford Bridge because of the way the Blues manager had “dismissed” the Spain striker via text.But Conte is adamant he made it clear to Costa during last season that he would be sold in the summer if a buyer could be found, so the text exchange was only reinforcing that message.“For me it is very simple. I repeat what I said in the past; the player, his agent and the club knew very well the future of the player in the summer,” Conte told reporters on Friday.“For sure I don’t understand why the lawyer gets involved. The situation is very clear. It is always the same. For me it’s in the past.”Given the threat of legal intervention, a Chelsea spokesman, seated next to Conte at his press conference, said the club also felt compelled to respond.“The premise the lawyer has put forward is just wrong,” the spokesman said.“The decision on Diego was made back in January. The player knew the decision, his agent knew the decision, clearly the lawyer has not been well informed.“The lawyer’s argument that Antonio as a coach has forced the player out by text message in June is just nonsense.“We’ll just have to see what the window brings.”Costa, valued at around £50 million ($65.39m) by Chelsea, would prefer a move back to Atletico, while AC Milan are also reported to be interested, but his former club are currently subject to a transfer embargo until January 2018.As a result, Costa will remain exiled when Chelsea face Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday and is certain not to be involved when the Blues start their Premier League title defence against Burnley on August 12.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (right) left forward Diego Costa out of the club’s pre-season tour of Asia © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 4 – Antonio Conte insisted Friday that Diego Costa has no grounds for complaint after a lawyer for the exiled Chelsea striker claimed the Blues boss had made it impossible for his client to remain with the Premier League champions.Costa was left out of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia and has been training away from the rest of the first-team squad since revealing the contents of a text message exchange with Conte at the end of last season.last_img read more

‘I want to avoid England’, Wales manager Chris Coleman tells talkSPORT

first_imgWales manager Chris Coleman has revealed he would rather avoid playing England when the Euro 2016 draw is made on Saturday.England are among the top seeds for the draw while Wales are in the bottom pot, meaning they face a tough task to qualify from the group stages.Wales are at their first European Championships and their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, where they were eliminated by Pele’s Brazil.And while Coleman is confident of making an impact in France next summer, he would prefer to face rivals England later on in the tournament, labelling the two countries being drawn together as a “distraction”.“I’m a little bit anxious to see who we are going to draw,” said Coleman.“We don’t really want to play England in the group stage because it will all be about ‘we’ve got to beat England’.“It’s not about beating England if they are in our group, it’s part of it, but it’s all about getting out of the group. That’s the main thing.“I think because England are England, and everyone wants to play England and everybody wants to beat England, it’s a distraction I think we can do without.“What happens after the group stages, of course we will take anything that comes along.“If we could be choosy, then I’d prefer it if we missed England out because I do believe it would be the old Battle of Britain, there would be so much hype surrounding it.“I would love to have a game against England at some point because we always want to play the best teams and England are one of the best teams.”last_img read more

Peter Schmeichel defends Jose Mourinho, says Man United are making progress

first_img silverware During Sunday’s 2-0 win over Burnley, fans even flew a banner over Turf Moor criticising vice-chairman Ed Woodward.But, despite the apparent negativity surrounding the club, United legend Schmeichel is adamant that progress is being made under Mourinho.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams at the FIFA Best awards, the Dane said: “I don’t believe for one minute there is any unrest in that dressing room. Top fOOTBALL STORIES Latest Premier League news 3 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED 3 no dice Pogba was virtually unplayable against Burnley, despite his penalty miss BEST OF How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Schmeichel insists there is no crisis at Manchester United Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 huge blow “Your mind is somewhere else, you look at the eleven months ahead of you and think, ‘This is the steepest mountain’ and at some point you need to just get away from it.“Hopefully he will get that.” latest gameday cracker He added: “Paul’s come back from the World Cup having won it, he’s come back very early and it’s really difficult.“I’ve obviously never been all the way to the final but I went to the quarter-final and to come back with very little break, very little holiday after you’ve been on this incredible high – you find yourself in this state that’s been going on for three or four weeks and then it’s gone.“You completely deflate and to inflate yourself again it just takes time. Unfortunately, the football calendar is such that even the guys all the way to the final won’t have much of a break.“Hopefully later on in the season there is an opportunity to give those players (Paul Pogba is one of them) just a little bit of a breather – it is so difficult, honestly. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED whoops smart causal Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Schmeichel is a certified legend with Manchester United “I think they are working to a plan and it’s kind of going to plan. It’s not this unsuccessful place that I read about and listen to in the media.“There’s a Europa League win, there’s a League Cup win, there’s two FA Cup finals and they were runners-up to an incredible Manchester City side last year. I think, all in all, that’s not too bad.“What I see is progress; it’s getting better, we’ve got better players, more exciting players, players who are inspirational for the fans. People want to get to Old Trafford to see these guys play.“At some point, everything will gel together and Jose will have the kind of team that he really wants and I’m sure that we’re going to see a much more different Man United team and performance.” How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings possible standings REVEALED silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won revealed One of the main points of contention for Mourinho has been the nagging question about Paul Pogba: Why does he play better for his country than his club?Alongside Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Pogba helped France to win the World Cup in Russia and even scored in the final.He has made an immediate goalscoring start to the season, bagging penalties against Leicester City and Brighton, but saw his most recent spot kick saved by Joe Hart at Burnley.However, Schmeichel feels Red Devils supporters will not see the best of the £89million man until he gets a well-earned break. predicted Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Peter Schmeichel has told talkSPORT there is NO dressing room unrest at Manchester United and insisted the club is heading in the right direction with Jose Mourinho at the helm.United have endured a mixed start to the season and Mourinho has come under pressure, with speculation of tensions behind the scenes. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Three Donegal projects nominated for top awards

first_imgThree Donegal projects have been shortlisted for this year’s Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards! The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin tomorrow evening.The projects which have been shortlisted for an award are: · Wainfest Arts and Book Festival for Children under the Best Library Service category,· Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival under Festival of the Year category, and· County Donegal in 1916 History and Education Pack under the Commemorations and Centenaries category.Donegal County Council is one of 23 local authorities across the country whose work has been shortlisted for an award and according to Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland “the shortlist for the 2017 Awards reflects the best practice work being undertaken by local authorities across Ireland and highlights the commitment shown to improving the area in which they operate”.The 14th annual Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards are sponsored by Vodafone Ireland and are held in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and showcases and celebrates the best of Local Government in Ireland. Donegal in 1916 History and Heritage PackCathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle is delighted to have three projects from Donegal shortlisted and believes that this is a great way to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work done by the Council working closely with communities and key stakeholders around the county.“It is a great achievement to have been shortlisted for an award and this in itself is an important accolade,” he said.Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle with childrens author Shane Hegarty and children from Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala marking the launch of the 21st Wainfest Children’s Arts and Book Festival in Donegal Castle in September.“The three projects that have been shortlisted are excellent examples of the Councils dedication in terms of our reputation as a leader in culture, cultural services and tourism development at local authority level and to our commitment to collaborative partnership working to successfully deliver on our shared goals for the county.”Last year Donegal County Council won the Joint Local Authority Initiative Award for its work with Derry City and Strabane District Council on the Strategic Model for Regional Development and Growth in the North West of Ireland.Three Donegal projects nominated for top awards was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:chambers ireland excellence in local government awardsCounty Donegal in 1916 History and Education PackDonegal County CouncilSea SessionsWainfestlast_img read more

Raiders release J.J. Nelson, promote Marcell Ateman

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders released wide receiver J.J. Nelson Thursday and signed Marcell Ateman, who made a U-turn from the waiver wire back to the 53-man roster.Nelson, signed in the off-season to provide a downfield receiving threat, missed the last two games with an ankle injury and coach Jon Gruden appeared to be growing frustrated with the inability of the wide receiver to be available for practices and games.After a strong training camp and exhibition season, Nelson was played in Week 1 …last_img

Did Borax Evolve Into 20-Mule Teams?

first_imgYou’re dating yourself if you remember the old TV western Death Valley Days, and its commercials about 20-Mule Team Borax.  (Mule teams actually did pull loads of borax from Death Valley to Mojave, quite a feat in those days, but that’s another story.)  In modern times, though, borax has made science news as a possible ingredient in the chemical evolution of life, according to a paper in the Jan. 9 issue of Science1 (see also summary on EurekAlert, “UF study suggests life on Earth sprang from borax minerals”).    Chemical evolutionists have faced many problems, one serious one being the origin of sugars needed for RNA and DNA.  According to the most popular “RNA World” hypothesis for the origin of life (see 07/11/2002 headline), RNA was a molecule that, as the story goes, possessed both primitive coding and enzymatic functions, and was able to evolve by natural selection.  But the ‘R’ in RNA is ribose, a sugar that is doggedly hard to explain by natural processes.  It is unstable and tends to degrade quickly into sticky, tarry substances.  EurekAlert reminds us that Stanley Miller, of spark-discharge experiment fame, gave up on this problem in 1995, lamenting that “The first genetic material could not have contained ribose or other sugars because of their instability.”    Scientists at the University of Florida found that some of the minerals in borax can stabilize ribose, at least for awhile.  So they speculate that borax was an ingredient in the chemical evolution of life.  Steven Benner, one of the scientists on the team, a member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, is cautiously optimistic:“We are not claiming that this is how life started,” Benner stressed.  “We are saying that we have demonstrated a recipe to make a key part of life without any biochemical machinery.  The more recipes of this type that can be found, the more clues we have about how life could have actually gotten started on the primitive Earth.” (EurekAlert, emphasis added)So presumably once life got going, natural selection developed it all the way to humans, who could hitch mules to carry loads of the stuff that helped them get where they are today.1Ricardo, Carrigan, Olcott and Benner, “Borate Minerals Stabilize Ribose,” Science 09 January 2004, 10.1126/science.1092464.Need we remind anyone that recipes are written by intelligent design?  These scientists did not use chance and mutations in their experiments.  They applied mind to make matter do what it would not do naturally.    If I told you a tall tale, that was so implausibly funny it would make you laugh yourself sick at the campfire, would you believe my story if I added one little observation that might make it slightly more plausible?  Let’s say I told you the story of why fire engines are red:A fire engine has eight wheels and four crew.  Four plus eight is twelve.  Twelve inches make a foot.  Most rulers are a foot long.  Peter the Great was a ruler.  He was also Russian.  Red is the symbolic color of Russia.  Therefore fire engines are red, because they’re always rushin’ all around.Now suppose that one flaw of my story was that the color red had not been clearly identified as a national color in pre-Soviet Russia, but I found an old painting of Peter the Great that showed a prominent red ruby in his crown.  Are you now convinced of my story?  If not, would you at least acknowledge that I am making progress?    This is why chemical evolution tall tales are so lame.  Evolutionists are already convinced life arose from chemicals in some unknown way, without any intelligent guidance, and they feel no need to prove their case.  This is, of course, circular reasoning, or assuming what needs to be proved.  But since NASA is fond of giving away our tax money to storytellers who can explain away an intelligent Creator, there will always be volunteers.  Astrobiologists (a.k.a. Bio-alchemists) feel that they can justify their expense reports if they can add one tiny little experimental detail that might, just might, in some way, support the Darwin Party’s official Origins myth.    Here is how Benner et al. clothe their naked materialism in scientific jargon: “Because neither borate minerals nor interstellar organics are excluded from the early Earth, we also cannot exclude the availability of ribose formed prebiotically at the time when life emerged on Earth” (italics added).  Well, we cannot exclude the possibility of the proverbial tornado in a junkyard causing the emergence of the proverbial 747 either, can we?  There’s that magic word “emerged” again.  It’s a stealthy propaganda trick.  It pulls the wool over unsuspecting readers’ eyes, by embedding within it the assumption that chemical evolution succeeded somehow, against astronomical odds.    Our readers are encouraged to count the number of implausible elements in the “RNA World” scenario as reported in the 07/11/2002 entry.  If there are two dozen show-stoppers preventing the curtain from rising, dreaming up a possible way to remove one (temporarily, under special conditions) does not make the show go on, especially when there is not even a script or actors yet.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New M&G journalism centre

first_imgThe new M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to make waves in South African investigative reporting. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stefaans BrümmerM&G Centre for Investivative JournalismRELATED ARTICLES • Reshaping reportage on Africa• Rewarding good African reporting • Fifa guarantees press freedom • The media and open justiceJanine ErasmusThe non-profit M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has opened its doors with a threefold aim – to produce quality investigative journalism stories; to train suitably qualified journalists; and to help improve the environment for such individuals in South Africa, allowing them to do their work freely and efficiently.The project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which is a grant-making organisation committed to promoting the principles of democracy, and M&G Media.The Open Society Foundation, which funded the initiative to the tune of R1-million (US$138 000) for the first year, was established in 1993 by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, now living in the US.Soros founded the South African foundation to help promote an open society in the country. This, he hoped, would result in democracy, tolerance for opposing opinions, acceptance of and respect for minorities, a strong economy, and an active civil society.M&G Media owns the Mail&Guardian newspaper as well as the corresponding online portal, which claims to be Africa’s oldest newspaper website.The company is also responsible for The Teacher magazine, a monthly, and a number of other online publications including blogs Thought Leader, Sports Leader and Tech Leader, as well as Campus Times and entertainment portal The Guide.The foundation’s executive director Zohra Dawood said that a free media culture is vital to the growth of democracy, and support for initiatives that drive such a culture is a priority for the organisation.“In supporting the Mail&Guardian over the years, we salute its commitment to investigative journalism in particular,” she said. “We are proud to be a part of an initiative that will continue a fearless tradition of exposing wrongdoing in the public interest.”Quality investigationsThe team is known collectively as amaBhungane – the dung beetles. Members of the scarab superfamily of beetles, these creatures, although small, help to improve agricultural conditions by consuming dung.Stories produced by the centre’s staff will be distributed through the two M&G publications, the Mail&Guardian and the Mail&Guardian Online.Already a host of top journalists have come on board. Among them are Adriaan Basson, Stefaans Brümmer and Sam Sole of M&G – all of them multiple award winners. Investigators Jackie Mapiloko of City Press and Ilham Rawoot and the first group of interns support the veteran complement.According to Mail&Guardian newspaper editor Nic Dawes, good investigative journalism is central to the publication’s ability to embody the constitutional idea of a free press.“With greatly compromised institutions of state – from parliament to the prosecuting authorities – it increasingly falls to the media to do the crucial work of insisting on accountability, both in government and in the private sector,” he said.Having a dedicated investigative journalism unit will help alleviate the financial pressure that media houses increasingly struggle with, said Dawes, and at the same time allow M&G Media to enhance the quality of its investigative journalism work.“From corruption and governance issues to health, the environment and poverty,” he said, “amaBhungane will be working to turn the dross of greed and self-interest into fertiliser for democracy”.Improving African journalismThe centre is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of all genres of journalism in South Africa and on the continent.Among them are the partnership between Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and Unesco, which focuses on improving the standard of reporting through the training of journalism teachers, especially with regard to the efficient use of new media.Further afield, the science journalism mentoring project spearheaded by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development, has produced not only a group of well-equipped young science journalists, but has also given rise to new science journalism associations in South Africa and a handful of other African countries, as well as new science publications and TV and radio programmes.Through internships, the M&G centre aims to produce much the same effect. Budding journalists from any media house in the Southern African region are encouraged to apply for an intern position.last_img read more