Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup. DEFENDING CHAMPS Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Former West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira believes that the regional side is capable of securing championship honours in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which starts next month in India.West Indies women have reached the penultimate stage of the competition on three successive occasions, but the Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman believes that they can go all the way this time.”I am really excited about this tournament because I truly believe it is time for us to win this T20 World Cup,” said Aguilleira.”It has been three consecutive times we have reached the semi-finals, so it’s about time, but I have all faith in the girls, and I truly believe we can cross that mantle.”Aguilleira has been in prolific form since she was relieved from her duties as captain, a title that has been handed to Jamaican cricketer Stafanie Taylor.She roared to two powerful half-centuries in St Lucia last October to help West Indies Women come from behind to beat Pakistan in an ODI series 3-1 and said consistency would ensure that Windies Women lift the World T20 trophy.LACKING CONSISTENCY”I must say consistency because we have been lacking that for quite some time,” said Aguilleira, a 10-year veteran who has played 86 ODIs and 73 T20s.”One minute we are up; next minute, we are down. But I think once we get that consistency going, everything will fall into alignment.”Aguilleira is part of a squad that includes a number of reserve players in a training camp at the West Indies High Performance Centre in Barbados, preparing for a tour of South Africa before the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India. They are participating in an on-field training programme as well as a number of personal-development sessions before leaving for South Africa in two batches on February 9 and 10.”I will be going forward in South Africa with full fire, trying to continue from where I left off in St Lucia,” she said.”I have really been putting in some work so, hopefully, I can go out there and contribute for the team.”
View comments With the American Airlines Center crowd standing for most of the game’s final four minutes, Harrison Barnes missed a 3-pointer that would have put Dallas up by one. Korver was fouled on the rebound and made both free throws to put the Cavs up 106-102, and Cleveland clinched the game with free throws.Barnes finished with a team-leading 23 points and Dennis Smith, Jr. had 21 for Dallas, which is tied with Atlanta for the NBA’s worst record at 2-11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLeBron James, averaging 36 points in November, had just 19, but two came on an emphatic dunk with 1:08 to play that put Cleveland up 104-100.The Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 34-22 in the third quarter to erase a three-point halftime deficit. Love scored 13 points in the first 5:38 of the quarter, and Smith’s long 3-pointer keyed a 15-2 run and forced a Dallas timeout. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Durant returns to court after missing a game, leads Warriors Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cleveland used an 18-2 run in the first quarter to wipe out an early 10-point deficit and neither team lead by more than six points for the rest of the half. Dallas took a 52-49 lead into the break with Barnes scoring seven of his team’s final 11 points.TIP-INSCavaliers: Starting point guard Derrick Rose missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain. Iman Shumpert started in Rose’s place. The team set no timetable for Rose’s return. … Tristan Thompson missed his fifth straight game with a left calf strain. The Cavs have averaged seven fewer rebounds per game with Thompson out of the lineup.Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle talked about the desire to have two point guards on the floor at the start and for long stretches of the game: “It’s really become a league of playmaking in the last several years, and if you don’t have a couple of those guys in there, you’re going against the grain a little bit and making it tougher to get good shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) drives past Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri (50). APDALLAS — Kevin Love had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-104 Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The Mavericks were down by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to one on two occasions but could never take the lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
At least 14 health workers from nine hospitals in the country were the lucky winners of raffle draws that awarded each a US$5,000 deposit to be used as down payment in the National Housing Authority’s ‘Home Ownership Campaign.’At the launching program held at a local resort yesterday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was originally set to pick the lone winner, said it was necessary for government ministries to each commit at least US$5,000 from their budgets to support twenty health workers in the program.She meanwhile decided that the number should be increased and working with the current arrangement, it added from the original one to fourteen winners.President Sirleaf thanked healthcare workers for their support during the Ebola fight and commended the management of the National Housing Authority for the home ownership initiative.Earlier, Mr. Prince A. Wreh, Deputy Managing Director for Administration, in an overview, told the more than 50 healthcare workers and others present that the initiative was intended to demonstrate NHA’s appreciation to healthcare workers for their sacrifices to Liberia during the Ebola crisis and beyond.“When our people were dying,” Wreh said, “you were on the frontlines saving our people.” He read a letter from the Seventh Day Adventist Cooper Hospital which highly commended the NHA for the initiative.Dr. Philip Ireland, a medical practitioner and Ebola survivor, also expressed gratitude to Liberian healthcare workers and noted that more support is needed in the fight against other health challenges.“Liberia suffers from high maternal mortality and there is the urgent need to raise money to reduce it,” he said.He was overwhelmed with the NHA’s initiative and commended the management for its support to assist healthcare workers in owning their own homes.Mr. Dewitt von Ballmoos, Director General of the National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP), assured NHA of NASSCORP’s support for the program.The winners were: Evan-Lin Wonlue, Mamah Wilmot and Nyanpu Oppong (SOS Children’s Village); Cynthia Gardner, Edward Mulbah (SDA Cooper Hospital); Joyce B. Teage (ArcelorMittal Hospital, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County); Marie Vesselee (Redemption Hospital) and Garmai Q. Johnson (Hope for Women International).The rest were Ciatta Kassellie (James Davies Memorial Hospital); Mayoe Kellen, Etta M. Flomo, Patty McClain (St. Timothy Hospital) and Louise D. Gaye (ELWA Hospital).NHA said the total amount for each of the estates is U$11,000 and so with the initial down payment, which must be processed through the NHA and with the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), the balance US$6,000 each will be paid through a mortgage program in a period of ten years.LBDI representatives on hand to take winners’ questions said the mortgage payment may be less than US$100 a month for the entire ten-year period. The housing units are located in Brewerville, Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Four long-standing practitioners in the legal field have been conferred with silk, otherwise known as the Senior Counsel title, with effect from January 1, 2020.Murseline BacchusThis announcement was made by the Ministry of the Presidency. The attorneys are Jamela Ayesha Ali, Murseline Bacchus, Roysdale Alton Forde and Stanley Moore. A release from the Ministry of the Presidency stated that these individuals were chosen because of their high-quality service to the legal profession and knowledge of the law. It is the fourth conferral by President David Granger since 2017.In June of 2019, Robert Ramcharran, Carole James-Boston, Stephen Fraser, Rajendra Poonai and Shalimar Ali-Hack were appointed Senior Counsels at a special sitting of the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature.Roysdale Alton FordeThe honour of silk is conferred on an eminent lawyer. The conferment was by the Crown, that is, the King or Queen, hence King’s Counsel was abbreviated to KC and Queen’s Counsel, QC, but now in the Republic State of Guyana, they are referred to as Senior Advocate or Senior Counsel (SC).Stanley MooreThis status is recognised by the courts and they have the privilege of sitting in the Bar at the Court where they are considered members of the “inner bar”. Since members wear silk gowns of a specific design, the Counsels are usually referred to as silk.
Alberta’s oilsands are at the centre of a second major fraud lawsuit filed in the United States against ExxonMobil.The lawsuit, filed on Thursday by the state of Massachusetts, accuses the oil multinational of misleading investors about what climate change measures could cost its operations — especially those in the oilsands.It says Exxon told investors it evaluated its projects with a high and increasing price on carbon when in fact it used a much lower figure that remained stable.- Advertisement -The lawsuit alleges that had the effect of increasing the value of the company’s oil reserves.The suit is similar to one currently before a court in New York state.That lawsuit lists 14 Alberta oilsands projects Exxon is involved in through its Canadian subsidiary Imperial Oil.Advertisement The Canadian Press An Exxon lawyer in the New York case has said the lawsuit fails to account for all the ways the company evaluates climate risk.
Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere went head-to-head on Fakebook 1 As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2014. Here, we look at October…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: OCTOBER 2014MOST VIEWED STORY: ‘I want Premier League job’ says the man Wenger wants to succeed him at ArsenalLegendary former captain of Yugoslavia Dragan Stojkovic appeared on talkSPORT in October to discuss, among other things, his dreams of managing in England. A known favourite of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, he has previously been personally tipped by the Frenchman to succeed him at the Emirates, but what did he have to say about it?See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-i-want-premier-league-job-says-man-wenger-wants-succeed-him-arsenal-141014118805MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW: Exclusive – Liverpool captain Gerrard looks ‘finished’, claims ex-England aceLiverpool’s struggles this season have been there for all to see and while many point to the Reds’ decline as a product of Luis Suarez’s departure, according to one former England international there is another reason for the problems on Merseyside. Rodney Marsh appeared on talkSPORT in October to plead with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to retire, claiming the Kop hero looks ‘finished’.Listen to the interview here: http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-liverpool-captain-gerrard-looks-finished-claims-ex-england-ace-141021119907MOST POPULAR FEATURE: Revealed! Jose Mourinho’s transfer spend compared to Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Man CityJose Mourinho’s transfer spending second time around hasn’t been as spetacular as during his first stint at Chelsea, but how does it currently compare to the Blues’ biggest title rivals? We took a look (see the link below). Another feature that captured the imagination was a look at who the Premier League’s Top 10 fastest players are.See the feature here: http://talksport.com/football/revealed-jose-mourinhos-transfer-spend-compared-arsenal-man-united-liverpool-and-man-cityTALKSPORT’S PICK OF OCTOBER 2014: Jack Wilshere replies to Fabregas’ claim that ‘Arsenal fans love me’ – It’s FakebooktalkSPORT’s spoof social network Fakebook made a welcome return in October, with a ‘war of words’ between Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas following Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. October also saw some stunning occurrences both on the pitch and in the stands. First, worldwide figure of derision Fernando Torres proved he is far from enjoying an Italian renaissance at AC Milan, while Bayern Munich and Roma fans showed a touch of class following the Germans’ 7-1 mauling of their Serie A opponents.See talkSPORT’s pick of October here: http://talksport.com/football/jack-wilshere-replies-fabregas-claim-arsenal-fans-love-me-its-fakebook-141006117559CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JANUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF FEBRUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MARCHCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF APRILCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MAYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JUNECLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JULYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF AUGUSTCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF SEPTEMBER
Donegal TD Joe McHugh has contacted Minister for the Environment and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to describe the Rathmullan public water supply as an issue of “grave concern and urgency.”The Fine Gael TD pleaded with the Minister to address the issue of the water supply as quickly as possible.In recent days the issue of bacteriological and chemical parametric values of the water supply has been highlighted. “Donegal County Council proposed through its West Donegal Regional Water Supply study options for the upgrade/replacement of the Rathmullan water supply, to replace the supply with water from the adjacent Milford supply which in turn would be augmented through pipeline interconnectors through the Cranford, Letterkenny and Milford networks.“I understand that Donegal County Council is in discussion with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a view to advancing the necessary works.“My view is that the works must commence as quickly as possible, and I hope that your Department will be able to address this matter promptly,” he said. MCHUGH CONTACTS MINISTER EXPRESSING “GRAVE CONCERN” OVER RATHMULLAN WATER SUPPLY was last modified: March 26th, 2013 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:Joe McHughRathmullanwater supply
(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Among the smallest of flyers, these amazing insects pack incredible technology into a tiny package.Stabilizers: All flies (Diptera, “two wings”) have appendages called halteres located where the second pair of wings would be on other insects. These structures are not degenerate wings, though; they have a purpose, acting as stabilizers. Science Daily says they are “essential for flight in all flies” but also function as stabilizers while climbing for some species. The article calls them a “sensory organ,” implying that they do more than vibrate; they provide information to the brain. Perhaps larger flies, because they have more mass, use them the same way when climbing walls as they do when flying, whereas fruit flies hold them out steady when climbing.The findings suggest these mallet-shaped sensory organs, called halteres, may play multiple roles in how flies behave, providing clues to how brains absorb and use multiple streams of information.When you think about how small a fruit fly’s brain must be, that’s a very tiny space in which to pack a multiprocessor. The article claims that halteres evolved from flies’ hind wings, but notes that all 200,000 species of flies have them and use them. “All flies, no matter the suborder, needed halteres to fly,” a researcher at Case Western Reserve University found. “Without them, they could at best lift off but quickly lost control.” These gyroscopic sense organs gave the team ideas for robotics. “These biosensors can also be models for humanmade sensors,” assistant professor Jessica Fox said. “They’re solving the same problems humans do but with a smaller set of neurons. Sensors like the ones that flies have could enable flying machines to land more smoothly, or help them climb walls.”Climbing windpipes: The cells that form a fruit fly’s windpipe need to “climb” into position, another Science Daily article says. There’s a “master regulator” gene that creates a protein named Mipp1 that “orchestrates” the positioning of cells in the breathing organ, scientists at Johns Hopkins found. Who would have thought that the development of a microscopic tube in a fly’s windpipe is like a symphonic performance? The resulting tissue forms an “intricate network,” the article says.Fly longevity: Would you have imagined that research on fruit flies could improve the quality and length of human life? It’s true. The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is learning about human aging by studying fruit flies, according to another article on Science Daily.Dietary restriction enhances the expression of the circadian clock genes in the peripheral tissue of fruit flies, according to research from the Kapahi lab at the Buck Institute. Publishing in Cell Metabolism, the researchers show that dietary restriction, induced by reducing protein in the diet, increased the amplitude of circadian clocks and enhanced the cycles of fat breakdown and fat synthesis. This improvement in fat metabolism may be a key mechanism in explaining why dietary restriction extends lifespan in several species, including the flies in this study.The research also presents a tantalizing possibility for humans eager to take a drug that would allow them to reap the health benefits of dietary restriction without going on an extreme diet. When scientists genetically altered the flies to boost clock function the animals lived longer, even when they ate whatever they wanted to. On the other hand, disrupting the clocks, either genetically or by keeping the flies under constant light, made the animals irresponsive to the beneficial effects of dietary restriction.Something amazing about these tiny flyers is that their biological clocks “maintain a remarkable robustness as they age,” the article says. “It is exciting to contemplate how this mechanism might be exploited for human health.”The large insects, like dragonflies and grasshoppers, are remarkable enough for their exquisite designs, but tiny fruit flies pack much of the same technology in a fraction of the space. A brain, a digestive system, a respiratory system, muscles, biological clocks, sensory organs, fantastic eyes, super-sensitive olfactory organs, sex organs, and flight hardware and software are just some of the high-tech equipment their Creator packed into these diminutive creatures. Moreover, the design extends all the way down to individual cells, where the engineering is even more astonishing. Many creationists rightly glorify God for the big giraffes, dinosaurs and elephants He made, but we shouldn’t ignore the little guys. There’s perhaps even more creative genius displayed in the ability to microminiaturize systems so good that our top scientists study ways to imitate them.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—When you’re waiting for a bus, it always seems as if nothing comes along for ages, then three arrive all at once. Something similar happened last year to x-ray astronomers waiting for cosmic fireworks when a cloud of gas and dust passed close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The fireworks never erupted but the researchers, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, serendipitously caught three other rare events: two bright x-ray flares and emissions from a rare, highly magnetized star, they reported here on 5 January at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.The gas cloud, known as G2, was calculated to come close to the central black hole—known as Sagittarius A*, or Sgr A*—in spring 2014. Astronomers were expecting a huge increase in emissions from the region at many different wavelengths as G2 ploughed through the disk of material orbiting the black hole, or perhaps was even swallowed by it. But for reasons that astronomers are still arguing vociferously over, nothing happened. “We really expected to see a bow shock [when G2 hit], but we really didn’t see it,” says astronomer Daryl Haggard of Amherst College in Massachusetts, who presented the team’s results yesterday.But Haggard and her team, who like many others had booked copious amounts of observing time to witness the event, didn’t come away empty-handed. First, somewhat to their annoyance, a magnetar—a type of neutron star with a very strong magnetic field–exploded into view very close to Sgr A* with a burst of x-rays. For a time it was brighter than Sgr A* and the researchers were concerned it might spoil their view of G2’s arrival. But in the end, Haggard says, it was an interesting event in itself: There are only about 30 known magnetars and this was the first anywhere near Sgr A*. 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Such flares can be common but this one was the brightest ever recorded. “It was really exciting,” Haggard says. It couldn’t have been caused by G2, she adds, because its short duration was characteristic of something much closer in to Sgr A* than G2.But what caused it? Using models of the area around Sgr A*, the researchers were able to suggest two possibilities: that it could have been caused by an asteroid that strayed too close to the black hole and was torn apart, its remains being heated to enormous temperature before slipping below Sgr A*’s event horizon; or it could be caused by field lines of the black hole’s powerful magnetic field snapping apart and reconnecting, a process—common on the sun—which releases strong bursts of energy. “It’s an unsolved mystery,” Haggard says.That flare was followed by another one in October 2014, this time half as bright and also unexplained. “Such rare and extreme events give us a unique chance to use a mere trickle of infalling matter to understand the physics of one of the most bizarre objects in our galaxy,” said Gabriele Ponti of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, a co-author on the study, in a statement.Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says such observations are valuable because supermassive black holes are common throughout the universe. “Our theories about what happens at the center of a quasar are all about things falling into a supermassive black hole,” he says. “This is the first time we can see such things close up, although on a smaller scale. It’s a fair bet that this is happening at a larger scale elsewhere in the universe.”