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first_imgMan U’s Shaw to fly home MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said yesterday that defender Luke Shaw is in surprisingly good spirits after having his leg broken against PSV Eindhoven and could fly back to England this weekend. Shaw sustained a double fracture in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat in the Champions League and has stayed in the Netherlands after having surgery on the night of the game. Van Gaal said he had called the 20-year-old left back Thursday night. “He sounds very strong, which was amazing for me – a big surprise,” the Dutchman told reporters. “It is a good signal, but he knows he has long way to go, and it is not easy… He will have a long period of rehabilitation, and he has a long way to go.” “His family is there. We have sent people with him, and he will come back when he is prepared,” Van Gaal said. “Maybe tomorrow.” UEFA donates US$2.3m for kids in migrant crisis ST JULIAN’S, Malta (AP): European football’s governing body is donating US$2.3 million to help children affected by the migrant crisis. UEFA agreed at a meeting in Malta to give the cash to its Foundation for Children, which was established in March. UEFA President Michel Platini says in a statement that he hopes the donation will be a “valuable contribution to initiatives aimed at helping the living conditions of child migrants in Europe and beyond”. European teams have already agreed to give US$1.10 for every ticket sold in this month’s Champions League and Europa League matches. Afridi: Stop pushing for India series ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said yesterday he wants his country’s cricket board to stop advocating for a Test series against India and concentrate more on persuading other teams to tour Pakistan. Both countries’ cricket boards have signed an agreement to play at least six times from 2015-2023, but the India board needs its government’s approval to revive cricketing ties with Pakistan. “I don’t know why we are pushing for series against India again and again,” Afridi told reporters in Lahore during Pakistan’s short training camp ahead of next week’s limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe. “I don’t see any reason to play (against India) if they don’t want to play.” The last time both teams played a test series was in 2007 when Pakistan toured India. Pakistan last hosted India for a Test series in 2006.last_img read more



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Defaulting with Impunity: All Ye Who Are Running for President—Do You Understand the Problem…

first_imgOver the past few weeks Liberian commercial banks have published in the local newspapers massive lists of defaulters in a desperate bid to “name and shame” them, and get them to pay their debts. The vast majority of these, most unfortunately, are Liberians.The very next point we wish to make in this Editorial is to pose this very, very serious question to ALL our presidential candidates. Yes, you want to be President of Liberia, but do you really know whom you want to lead? Do you really know your people?The people petitioning you, who crowd your campaign rallies, the people demanding that you should run—do you know them?Do you know what is in your people’s heart? Well, that is admittedly a tough one, for only God knows what is in people’s hearts. But surely, every presidential candidate should be reading the newspapers, listening to the news and talk shows on radio and TV. Most of your supporters are riding the buses and taxies and are hearing, or even participating in, what people are saying about Liberia, its government and about themselves.So each presidential candidate should have a good idea of WHO the Liberian people really are.What, for example, is each presidential candidate’s take on the tens of millions of dollars—Liberian and United States dollars—which the people, mostly Liberian, owe the banks and refuse to pay?Does this tell the presidential candidates whom they are dealing with? Does this give the presidential candidates an idea of who their people really are? Are those who want you to lead them a serious people? Do they have integrity? Do they have a sense of discipline? A sense of justice and fair play? A sense of patriotism? Or are they just a bunch of happy go lucky people—gravy seekers without commitment, without direction, purpose or seriousness about anything, including themselves? Are these the people you really want to lead? Most presidential candidates tell us they want to change Liberia for the better. Do you who are running for president know that you can, can never do this without the full involvement and full participation of the people? So, are they ready to join you in seriously executing your vision for Liberia?If they are, why are they not paying their legitimate debts to the banks? We are not only talking about the high and mighty – we know of two presidential aspirants, a number of senior cabinet officials and a handful of legislators – among many others who are named. We are also talking about ordinary people who have shown up at the banks and pleaded for loans; and as soon as the banks take them seriously, have compassion on them and give them the loans, they straightaway start defaulting, using the money on women, men, travel and anything else instead of focusing on their businesses or investments.At last count, our people, yes, our own Liberian people, with very few Lebanese and other foreign exceptions, owed the banks hundreds of millions of Liberian dollars and a staggering US$70 million.And yet these same Liberians blame the government for everything wrong in the country. True, the GOL holds the leadership in its hands. But the best leader must have good followers, too. Without good followers, how far can good leaders carry us? Not far!These unscrupulous bank defaulters make us at the Daily Observer newspaper look foolish, stupid and bad. For here we are, day after day quarreling, pleading with the government to give Liberians a better opportunity in business, toward empowering them to take a higher stake in the economy, and here are the same Liberian people we are advocating for, the same Liberian people this newspaper has constantly put its neck on the chopping block for, borrowing money from the banks and REFUSING to pay it back!The Lebanese business tycoon, Ezzat Eid, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer last week, was asked, “Why do you not have Liberian partners?” “I want Liberian partners and I am prepared to offer them 25 percent, 50 percent, 51 percent or even 60 percent of my businesses—the Royal Grand Hotel, the Aluminum and Paint factories, and City Builders. But I am looking for serious Liberians.”Mr. Eid added, “The problem I see with Liberians, my brother, is that they always want quick money. They do not look at the long term.”We ask our presidential candidates, suppose when any of you rise to the presidency, you start demanding that foreign businesspeople share their businesses substantially with Liberians, in order to afford them a higher stake in the economy, and these same Liberians start fronting, or start behaving with indiscipline, showing up late for work, misusing the funds of the business and failing to meet their financial obligations to their foreign partners? What will you, the President, do?This is why we are asking ALL our presidential candidates, do you know your people? How can you help cure their innate (in born characteristic) weaknesses? Because unless you do that, you can stay in the Mansion as long as Tubman, and Liberia will never change.Your first responsibility, therefore, as you seek this highest office in the land, is to think very hard about HOW TO CURE Liberians of their innate weaknesses. This, we submit, is the sine qua non (the absolute indispensability) to your success as President of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more



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Berbicians protest non-removal of NA hospital CEO

first_imgResidents of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Monday staged a picketing exercise outside of the New Amsterdam Hospital following reports that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) remains on the job even after the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) had announced that she would be removed.Following the picketing in front of the hospital, the group of protesters went to the Health Services Director’s office and continued their picketing exercise before returning to the hospital.Outside the hospital, the group chanted for the removal of the CEO, Dr SamanthaBerbicians on Monday protesting the non-removal of NA hospital CEO over poor services offered at the facilityKennedy, while at the Health Director’s office they chanted slogans suggesting that the Director of Health Services, Jevaughn Stephen has been covering up mismanagement.As the protestors made their way from the Health Director’s office, a group of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters met them in a counter-protest. Some of the APNU protestors attempted to pull away the placards from those who were against the CEO and Stephen’s alleged actions.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Regional Health Committee, Zamal Hussain on Monday called on Stephen to apologise to the people of Berbice for being dishonest regarding the removal of Dr Samantha Kennedy as the CEO of the New Amsterdam Hospital.Hussain also warned that the region will not sit idly by and allow the New Amsterdam Hospital to be mismanaged.Last Thursday, Hussain had informed the RDC that Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Public Health Ministry Colette Adams informed the Health Committee that the hospital would be getting a new CEO.However, on Friday, Stephen told the media that the CEO was not fired.On Monday, Stephen met the protestors who were also calling for his removal.In response to the allegations that he misled the public, Stephen told the media that this was not the case.Hussain, who lead the picketing exercise, said the Director of Health Services, the Junior Health Minister and the PS are misleading the public since it was promised that the CEO would be replaced because of mismanagement and deficiencies in the health service in Berbice but this decision has been reversed.He added that it is “sad because of all the deficiencies which are being experienced in the health sector, they are still holding on the Dr Kennedy.”While both the Health Services Director and the Health Committee Chairman are of different views on the CEO’s removal, <<>> was able to obtain a recording of the meeting between the PS and Hussain.“We are also looking to have the CEO’s position looked at and have someone from the region fill that position. The CEO’s position was temporary,” the PS is heard saying in the recording.The issues at the New Amsterdam Hospital were highlighted some weeks ago when frustrated residents in the region took to the streets to protest, among other things, poor services at the facility, drug shortages, the death of a resident and the nonfunctioning mortuary.last_img read more



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Lancaster Rattlers soccer field crisis resolved

“I think it shows that there are a lot of people in the community supporting us,” Brunner said. “Everybody stepped up.” Brunner said the AVC field is a more appropriate venue to host the MLS teams. “It’s the proper way to introduce the PDL to this city,” Brunner said. “We believe a professional-level team should be at the college. It’s the best facility we have, and I think it’s the proper way to introduce soccer to this city.” AVC President Jackie Fisher said the college is committed to making the school’s facility available to the public whenever possible, noting that requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Brunner said tickets to all Rattlers games can be purchased by logging on to the team’s official Web site, lancasterrattlers.com, or by calling the team’s office at (661) 951-9093. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER – A field crisis that threatened to derail the Lancaster Rattlers’ inaugural soccer season is over. The Rattlers secured use of the Antelope Valley College field for their April 16 exhibition game against the Galaxy, which will kick off the Antelope Valley-based Premier Development League’s season. They will play exhibition games against Chivas USA on June 5 and July 11. Both Major League Soccer teams will send reserve squads to Lancaster. In a separate arrangement, the Rattlers reached an agreement with the Antelope Valley Union High School District for use of Knight High’s field for its regular season opener against the Ventura County Fusion. The Rattlers will play their remaining home games at Palmdale High, which is having its field reseeded, and is expected to be ready for use in time for the team’s May 10 game against the Real SoCal Quakes. Rattlers President and General Manager Gerald Brunner discovered that the Palmdale High field was unusable in a visit to the school three weeks ago. He cited a collaborative community effort to be pivotal in resolving what he acknowledged was a field-use “crisis.” He said his team would have faced a $6,500 fine and considerable embarrassment for not being able to host the MLS teams. Brunner credited officials from AVC, AVUHSD and representatives from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for resolving the dilemma. read more



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LVG on brink, Chelsea target £40m Real star and Liverpool agree defender deal – gossip

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is facing the biggest game of his Manchester United tenure, away to Liverpool on Sunday, with the club’s hierarchy increasingly concerned about the prospect of being cut adrift in the race for Champions League qualification. Defeat could spell the end for the Dutchman. (The Times)Manchester United have joined the chase for Algerian hotshot Islam Slimani. Old Trafford scouts have been watching the Sporting Lisbon striker for the last two months. The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in 16 league games this season and would cost around £12million. (The Sun)Chelsea have offered £40m for Toni Kroos. The Germany midfielder is said to be unhappy about a lack of playing time at Real Madrid and the Blues are ready to pounce. (Daily Star)Schalke centre-half Joel Matip is set to join Liverpool on a free transfer. A deal has already been agreed in principle with the Cameroonian international. Matip, 24, is out of contract in Gelsenkirchen, and wants a new challenge. (Daily Mirror)Edinson Cavani could be shown the door at Paris Saint-Germain with manager Laurent Blanc unwilling to bow to the Uruguayan’s demands to be the club’s first-choice striker. Blanc has admitted Cavani’s behaviour has been a problem and that if Cavani, who’s been linked to Arsenal and Manchester United, wanted to go elsewhere he wouldn’t be stopped. (Daily Mail)Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have won the race to sign Nigerian wonderkids Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze. Arsenal have agreed a combined £3m fee with the Diamond Football Academy in Umuahia, Nigeria, and are expected to complete the deal this month. (Daily Mirror)Remi Garde is ready to make Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane his first signing. Frenchman Garde, fresh from his first victory in 11 attempts as Aston Villa boss, has backing to bring in players on loan to boost the club’s fight against relegation. Bordeaux’s chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has confirmed the Ligue One club are in talks with the rock-bottom Villans about a deal for Sane. (Daily Mirror)Everton have moved ahead of West Ham in the race to sign Leeds’ Sam Byram after Roberto Martinez sent one of his chief scouts to watch him last night. (Daily Mirror)Watford believe they are in pole position to sign Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni. Bournemouth are also interested in 31-year-old Cameroon international Kameni , butthe Hornets feel he will be attracted to their bid for a shock European place.  (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Arsenal blow! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rubbishes claims he is set to leave Borussia DortmundChelsea transfer news: PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent reveals talks with BluesBristol City ready to rival Aston Villa for Lyon striker with £5m moveZinedine Zidane wants £80m Chelsea and Manchester City target to be his first Real Madrid signingWatford FC transfer news: Alessandro Diamanti ready to cancel Hornets loanNewcastle United transfer rumours: Deal for £18m striker could still go through in JanuaryTransfer report: Manchester United planning stunning £30m swoop for 16-YEAR-OLD sensationlast_img read more



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Rashford to be rested by Mourinho? Predicted Man United XI to face Arsenal

first_img 25. Antonio Valencia (right-back) 11 14. Jesse Lingard (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 6. Paul Pogba (attacking midfield) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – click the right arrow, above, to see Manchester United’s predicted XI in squad number order… 11 11 11. Anthony Martial (forward) 11 16. Michael Carrick (midfield) 3. Eric Bailly (centre-back) 17. Daley Blind (centre-back) 21. Ander Herrera (midfield) 11 11 11 Jose Mourinho plans to rest tired Manchester United players in Sunday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal.Marcus Rashford could be one such player after he limped off after scoring in the Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo, where Ashley Young exited with an apparent hamstring complaint shortly after coming on.United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is banned from domestic action, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Tim Fosu-Mensah are sidelined.So who will Mourinho select for the trip to the Emirates?Click the right arrow, above, to see Manchester United’s predicted team [4-2-3-1] in squad number order… 10. Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield) 11 36. Matteo Darmian (left-back)last_img read more



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Half-time: QPR 1 Aston Villa 0

first_imgCharlie Austin’s 17th-minute strike – his third Premier League goal – put QPR ahead at Loftus Road. Austin fired home on the half-volley from near the edge of the box after Bobby Zamora had laid the ball into his path.The opener came after Rangers keeper Rob Green had been called into action twice early on.Green, back in the side because Alex McCarthy was ruled out with a thigh problem, gathered Ashley Westwood’s effort and a thumping long-range volley from Carlos Sanchez.After Austin’s goal, Christian Benteke headed wide from Westwood’s cross from the right.And Green reacted quickly to prevent Benteke connecting with another right-wing cross, this time from Andreas Weimann.QPR: Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Phillips, Hill, Hoilett.Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Sanchez, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.Subs: Given, Okore, Cole, Bent, Bacuna, Richardson, N’Zogbia.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more



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Corning High football team falls 33-23 to Anderson

first_imgCorning >> Less than two minutes into homecoming and the Corning High football team led Anderson 9-0 courtesy of a safety and ensuing kick return for a touchdown Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. But Anderson would eventually establish its advantage on both sides of the trenches, and as a result slowly grab hold of the momentum en route to a 33-23 win over the Cardinals on their homecoming night. “We knew they would be really good up front and were going to be really physical,” Corning coach …last_img



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Ichthyosaur Fossilized Giving Birth

first_imgCaught in the act: another fossil shows an extinct marine reptile giving birth to live young.National Geographic published a photo and diagram of the fossil of the “oldest sea monster babies” found in China, “pre-dating the previous record by 10 million years.”  Said to date from 248 million years ago, the mother ichthyosaur has one offspring stuck in the pelvis and another inside.    PhysOrg and Live Science also reported the fossil.  PhysOrg says,The new specimen may contain the oldest fossil embryos of Mesozoic marine reptile, about 10 million years older than those indicated on previous records. The authors also suggest that live births in land reptiles may have appeared much earlier than previously thought.Live Science added, “The team recovered more than 80 new ichthyosaur skeletons during a recent field expedition to a fossil quarry in south Majiashan, China.”All three articles seem focused on these aspects: the early date, and the live birth on land.  None of them are asking what circumstances would cause a creature to be instantly buried in an act that probably took mere minutes, maybe seconds.  None of the articles contain the words rapid, sudden, or quick.   None of them discuss the mechanism that buried them intact, with exquisite detail.  Some suggest the mother died of complications during birth.  Still, even with a little extra time, most creatures would not fossilize even if they died on a beach.Creationists have used a previous example of a fossil ichthyosaur giving birth as evidence for rapid burial in a flood rather than evolution (see Creation.com for picture and discussion).This is a good example of how scientists ask questions based on their world view.  We would think most neutral observers would be curious to know how a creature was fossilized in such a snapshot of time.  Instead, evolutionists are preoccupied with placing the fossil in their fictional timeline of millions of years, wondering when live birth “emerged” in their fictional tale.  It’s analogous to the planetary scientists who are so preoccupied finding life elsewhere, they jump to the L-word life any time there is a possibility water exists or once existed on a planet or moon.   It’s like the paleontologists who find blood vessels and soft tissue in dinosaur bone, whose immediate thought is to say, “Well, what do you know; soft tissue can last 70 million years!”  They don’t question the millions of years; they work to fit the unexpected data to their prior belief.This shows that scientists are not objective; they see what they want to see.  They ask the questions they want to ask.  Like Thomas Kuhn taught, scientists work within a paradigm.  They are not trained to question the paradigm, but rather to confirm it.  Anomalies are puzzles to solve, not threats to the paradigm.  Darwin established the currently-popular paradigm of slow, gradual, natural processes over time, without aim or direction.  That is what scientists are trained to care about, whether or not it is true, whether or not the evidence supports it.  The attraction of Darwin’s paradigm that makes it so entrenched is (1) it does away with God, so one can live according to one’s own pleasures, and (2) it provides job security for storytellers.Learn to ask the questions the evolutionists don’t ask.  There’s wisdom outside the box, and new, more interesting questions to pursue.(Visited 207 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more



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Shine Centre: volunteers for literacy

first_imgInnovative approach “Working in collaboration with the Shine Centre can bring us closer to our dream to have each and every learner who enters our school leave with the ability to read and write English fluently.” “When I joined St Agnes Primary I realised how many learners arrived without a fluency in English, and the latest reading assessments from the Department of Education also reflected this problem,” he said at the launch last month. Established at Observatory Junior in 2000, the Shine Centre is a volunteer-driven NGO which has developed a proven and innovative approach to mentoring second-language learners. Volunteers are not required to be qualified teachers; a love of books, children and a willingness to do basic training is enough. The extension forms part of Shine’s ongoing aim to raise literacy levels, through early intervention, among second-language learners in grade two and three who are experiencing difficulty in language and reading. “They currently have a diverse group of volunteers which includes students, retired folk, young parents, fulltime workers, part-time and flexi-hour workers as well as volunteers from abroad,” the organisation says. 31 May 2010 The Shine Centre, a volunteer-driven non-governmental organisation dedicated to improving literacy levels among young learners, has opened its fifth centre at the St Agnes Convent Primary School in Woodstock, Cape Town. The Shine model has shown a measureable impact on the literacy levels of learners in grade two and three. These grades form part of the foundation phase, which is the most crucial phase in a learner’s education, providing the building blocks for language, literacy and numeracy. Dependent on volunteers The Shine Centre is committed to improving literacy levels in schools and is entirely dependent on volunteers to implement the Shine programme. St Agnes’ principal Alfonso Louw was excited about the opportunity to assist learners in improving their basic literacy skills. Recent results from the Western Cape Education Department show that literacy levels among grade six learners at Observatory Junior School have improved from 48% to 78% in 2007 and from 78% to 84.4% in 2009. Most of these grade six learners would have been on the Shine programme in 2005 and 2006. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more



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