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  • Zlatan, Cavani give Chelsea the blues

    first_imgPARIS (AP):Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday.Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched on to a superb pass over Chelsea’s stretched defence from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.”I’m happy for Eddy. I’ve said it often because people doubt his scoring abilities, but he’s always shown he can score goals,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “He was going through a very difficult period and I hope that scoring this goal gives him his confidence back.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of half time with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg, and Spanish winger Pedro almost spoiled the home celebrations in injury time with a rasping drive into the side netting.”This is a very strong PSG, so I think the performance of our players was very good,” Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said. “But we could have been more lethal in the four or five counters that we made.”PSG are unbeaten in domestic competition since March and in all competitions since a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the group stage on November 3 – a run of 23 games.Still, Blanc’s side could regret a host of missed chances and Chelsea will fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge in three weeks’ time.”It’s up to us to go and score at Stamford Bridge. We will get chances, and we must take them,” Blanc said.In the night’s other match, Benfica beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to an injury-time goal from Brazilian striker Jonas.Chelsea knocked out PSG in the quarter-finals two years ago and PSG won when they met at the same stage last season with both ties settled on away goals.last_img read more

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  • The Wright View | Cause for concern

    first_imgJamaica’s Olympic Games preparation seem to be on track for the predicted record medal haul wished for by every Jamaican, whether a fan of sports or not. One noted track and field expert from the western end of the island has predicted a record haul, based on his assessment of the historic skill of Jamaican athletes and the pace of their preparation as August approaches. We have qualified locally based competitors as well as some ‘plastic’ Jamaicans, who will wear our colours, hopefully, with distinction, win or lose. But (and this is a big BUT) things do not seem to be going as planned/hoped. Track and field is the area of the Olympics where we expect to get most, if not all, of the medals projected. I am very worried about the pre-Olympic form of our two ‘certain’ gold medals, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the real big man, Usain Bolt. History will remind us that our soon-to-be national heroes have mined gold in the past, despite less-than-ideal pre-Games form. But this year, my impression is that the rest of the world (read Americans) are showing better form than they have in previous Championship years. However, I am reminded that our coaches (track and field) are justifiably rated as the best in the world, so fret not. They should deliver (fingers crossed). The recent letter from 150 doctors requesting the organisers of the Rio Olympics to either postpone the Games or to change the venue, has stirred up the proverbial ‘ants nest’. The doctors worry about the prospect of having 500,000 people from every country in the world arriving in Brazil where Zika is endemic, keeping them there (exposed to the mosquito vectors) for two weeks, then sending them back to their home country where, in many cases, Zika is unknown. The 150 doctors also reminded the organisers of the danger to pregnant women caused by the now well-established association of microcephaly in children born to mothers who contracted Zika while pregnant. The twist to their warning comes, however, with the recently diagnosed Guillian Barre-type paralysis seen in some Zika sufferers. That new association is a real ‘attention grabber’ and downplaying its significance will not sit well with any athlete or fan who attends the Rio Olympics and ends up paralysed. The World Health Organization has pooh-poohed the call for a postponement of the Games or for a change in venue and their position has been bolstered by Britain’s leading expert on the Zika virus, Professor Jeremy Farrar, who has stated that “such a move would be disruptive and completely unnecessary”. Argument Done? I think not. I do believe that to ask athletes who have trained hard and sacrificed much in order to compete at this year’s Olympics is unfair and unrealistic. However, to expect half of a million supporters and fans to go to Rio where the disease is endemic, keep them there for two weeks then send them back to their country of origin without expecting an increase in Zika cases is ‘stretching it’. My advice to those non-athletes who had thought of going to Rio? Rethink. Arrange a comfortable television room and invite friends for a good time when your favourite event is on. The risk is just too great to justify a visit.last_img read more

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  • Manuel Pellegrini: Fabian Delph does not deserve to be booed on first return to Aston Villa

    first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims Fabian Delph does not deserve to be booed on his return to Aston Villa this weekend.Delph angered fans when he abruptly quit Villa Park in July just weeks after issuing a strong statement pledging his future to the midlands outfit.The 25-year-old has featured little for City since because of injuries but is now back in contention and could feature at Villa Park on Sunday.Asked if Delph could expect a difficult welcome, Pellegrini said: “No, I hope he will not receive that. He played a lot of years for Aston Villa and Aston Villa wanted to sell him also.“He continued being a player that gave a lot of his career to Aston Villa and I don’t think the fans will forget all those things.”Delph, then Villa captain, was heavily linked with City at the end of last season but he appeared to rule out a move when he spoke out to “set the record straight” and say, “I’m not leaving”.He then performed a volte-face to join City in an £8million deal and, with hamstring issues now behind him, Pellegrini claims he will not lack motivation this weekend.The Chilean said: “Maybe it is the same as with Jesus Navas when we played against Sevilla.“Fabian made [a lot of] his career at Aston Villa but he is a professional player, now he is playing with us. I know that he wants to play also because he was a long time injured.”You can listen to Aston Villa v Manchester City exclusively live on talkSPORT from 1.30pm BST on Sunday. Fabian Delph 1last_img read more

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  • HOSPITAL BED WAITING LIST AT ALL-TIME HIGH

    first_imgThere are busy scenes in Letterkenny General Hospital this morning with a total of 41 people waiting to get beds.Letterkenny General HospitalThis includes patients from accident and emergency who are waiting to get a bed.Staff say the situation is one of the worst they have seen since the 1980s. Patients are in corridors and in the Day Services Unit.It follows a build-up of admissions over the weekend.One staff member told Donegal Daily “It’s always the same after a busy weekend. The situation is just crazy. People are on beds everywhere.“A long-term solution just has to be found.” HOSPITAL BED WAITING LIST AT ALL-TIME HIGH was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beddonegalhospitalletterkennylast_img read more

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  • Christmas in a box

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Maxine Gowing has seen joyful faces of children in Ukraine and Mexico who have received Christmas gifts from families in America.“I’ve seen children take socks right out of a box and put them on, or take the boxes and hug them before opening them carefully,” said Gowing of Whittier Hills Baptist Church, who has traveled to foreign countries to deliver shoe boxes filled with gifts for poor children.Every year, Operation Christmas Child, which is operated by the Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends the boxes to needy children.“It’s such a tangible way for us to show these children our love,” Gowing said of the effort, which continues until Dec. 1 at the East Whittier church.People can either use a shoe box from home or pick one up at the church on Russell Street. The boxes need to be marked for a boy or a girl and have a suggested age group – 2 to 4, 5 to 9 or 10 to 14.The boxes can be filled with small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, toothbrushes, socks, T-shirts and school supplies.Donors are also asked to write a personal Christmas note to the child and include a picture or information about the donating family.“Sending the picture lets the children know they have a friend in America, someone who cares about them,” said Whittier Hills Baptist’s pastor, the Rev. Lee Barton. “It’s also a way of bringing families here together. They can shop together for gifts, pack the box, then pray over it.”There’s also a list of things not to send, including foods that can perish, used items, liquids that can spill inside the boxes, medicines and any war-related items, such as toy guns and knives.“These children can be refugees or victims of war, so we don’t want to send anything that suggests war,” said Barton.So far, church officials have collected 1,200 boxes, most of which have been sent to a distribution warehouse in Santa Ana. There, volunteers sort through boxes to make sure the gifts are appropriate.The boxes are then shipped to churches and other relief organizations in countries like Sri Lanka, China, Romania and Mexico.The relief groups then hand them out to local children.“I have been into homes after the delivery where a little girl has a new doll and she will put it on a shelf and just look at it because she doesn’t want to get it dirty,” said Barton. “That’s what this project does for kids.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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  • Super 8 final: Vipers SC, KCCA FC renew rivalry with trophy at stake

    first_img Tags: edward gololaKCCA FCMike MutebiPilsner Super 8topvipers sc Vipers have lost their last two cup clashes against KCCA FC. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Pilsner Super 8Vipers SC vs KCCA FCMutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Sunday, 25-08-2019 @4pmVipers SC and KCCA FC are the two best sides in Uganda currently.The two sides have won the last 7 league titles between themselves (KCCA 5, Vipers 2) and by the look of things, no other teams looks likely to break their run anytime soon.As a result, clashes between the two attract more attention and their games are highly competitive, bringing out the best out of both teams.On Sunday, the two will meet once again as they contest the Pilsner Super 8 final at Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.KCCA defeated Onduparaka to win the first edition last year.KCCA FC comes into the game as the defending champions having defeated Onduparaka to win the inaugural edition last year.The Kasasiros have been in magnificent form of late and will head into the contest as slight favourites.After securing their first CECAFA Kagame cup in 40 years, they went on to progress to the CAF Champions League first round following a 4-3 aggregate victory over Namibia’s African Stars.To get to the Super 8 final, they have eliminated both Wakiso Giants and Onduparaka FC.For Vipers, they are taking part in the competition for the first time after turning down the chance last year.Without continental football for them next season, their off-season has been dominated by transfer activity.The Venoms have let go of several players and also made major signing of their own. The likes of Paul Willa, Rashid Toha, Allan Kayiwa and Shaban Muhammad have all been brought in as Vipers attempt to avoid a second consecutive trophy-less season.Players aside, Vipers have also changed coaches as Edward Golola has replaced Nam Ouma at the helm.In the Super 8, they have eliminated Proline and Mbarara City to reach the finals.What the coaches are sayingEdward Golola, Vipers SC“We are fired up and have done everything well to be at the finals for the first time.“We are playing a good side but we are not bothered by their recent good run.“They should expect the best from us and this is the perfect time.”Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC “We want to win this game and win back to back Super 8 titles.“Hopefully, the players will have recovered fully from Friday’s game so that we treat our fans to a brilliant game of football.“Matches against Vipers also have a lot of buzz and anticipation and we want to live up to this kind of magnitude.Team newsRashid Toha, Muhammad Shaban and Ashraf Mugume will have to pass 11th hour tests if they’re to have a say in the game. Geoffrey Wasswa (knee injury) and Livingstone Mulondo (stress fracture) will have to watch from the sidelines.KCCA FC will be without Julius Poloto and Jurua Hassan who are still recovering from injury. New signing Erisa Sekisambu will have to undergo a late fitness test to confirm his participation in the tie.Match statsThis will be the two side’s 20th meeting since September 2010.In the past 19 matches, Vipers have won 9, KCCA 7 with the other 3 ending in draws.Last season, the two sides met three times with two ending in 1-1 draws and the other signing KCCA win 1-0. The two draws came in the league while the exception was in the Super Cup.The last two cup meetings between the two have all seen KCCA FC walk away victorious.Comments last_img read more

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  • Birds Didn’t Evolve from Dinosaurs

    first_imgJune 9, 2009 — “The findings add to a growing body of evidence in the past two decades that challenge some of the most widely-held beliefs about animal evolution.”  That statement is not being made by creationists, but by science reporters describing work at Oregon State University that cast new doubt on the idea that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs.  The main idea: their leg bones and lungs are too different.    Science Daily’s report has a diagram of the skeleton showing how the fixed femur is tied into the avian lung system.  Birds use more oxygen than mammals.  Their flow-through lungs would collapse if the femur moved like it does in mammals, reptiles and dinosaurs.  “It’s really strange that no one realized this before,” said Devon Quick, professor of zoology at OSU, speaking of the tie-in of the femur to the bird lung.  “The position of the thigh bone and muscles in birds is critical to their lung function, which in turn is what gives them enough lung capacity for flight.”    His colleague John Ruben was equally surprised: “It’s really kind of amazing that after centuries of studying birds and flight we still didn’t understand a basic aspect of bird biology.”  The article began, “The conclusions add to other evolving evidence that may finally force many paleontologists to reconsider their long-held belief that modern birds are the direct descendants of ancient, meat-eating dinosaurs.”  Key paragraphs put this in context:“For one thing, birds are found earlier in the fossil record than the dinosaurs they are supposed to have descended from,” Ruben said.  “That’s a pretty serious problem, and there are other inconsistencies with the bird-from-dinosaur theories.    “But one of the primary reasons many scientists kept pointing to birds as having descended from dinosaurs was similarities in their lungs,“ Ruben said.  “However, theropod dinosaurs had a moving femur and therefore could not have had a lung that worked like that in birds.  Their abdominal air sac, if they had one, would have collapsed.  That undercuts a critical piece of supporting evidence for the dinosaur-bird link.    “A velociraptor did not just sprout feathers at some point and fly off into the sunset,” Ruben said.For a claim dinosaurs had air sacs, see the 09/29/2008 entry.  The OSU professors are not disbelieving in evolution.  Birds and dinosaurs may have had a more distant common ancestor, they said: “It just seems pretty clear now that birds were evolving all along on their own and did not descend directly from the theropod dinosaurs, which lived many millions of years later.”    Oregon State has been at the forefront of challenging the dogma: “OSU research on avian biology and physiology was among the first in the nation to begin calling into question the dinosaur-bird link since the 1990s.”  Doubts have also been raised at other institutions.  Why has the story persisted?  For one, “old theories die hard, Ruben said, especially when it comes to some of the most distinctive and romanticized animal species in world history.”  Another reason is museum politics:“Frankly, there’s a lot of museum politics involved in this, a lot of careers committed to a particular point of view even if new scientific evidence raises questions,” Ruben said.  In some museum displays, he said, the birds-descended-from-dinosaurs evolutionary theory has been portrayed as a largely accepted fact, with an asterisk pointing out in small type that “some scientists disagree.”    “Our work at OSU used to be pretty much the only asterisk they were talking about,” Ruben said.  “But now there are more asterisks all the time.  That’s part of the process of science.”That being the case, we can expect heated comeback arguments from those committed to the dominant view.  Nevertheless, they will have to contend with the problem of evolving a fixed femur from dinosaurs who had a moving one – and in a shorter time than the fossil evidence allows.Astrobiology Magazine did.Sometimes the key to a story is in the asterisks.  The OSU professors should be commended for going against a strong current of dogma in their field.  Notice how many non-evidential factors producing that dogma were pointed out in the article: careers on the line, museum politics, romanticized notions, and old die-hard theories presented as fact.  Those are the same non-evidential factors running rampant throughout King Charles’ domain.  He’s the one that needs to go flying off into the sunset – with velocity.    The OSU profs saved their skin, though, by still pinching their incense to Caesar, claiming that the mythical “common ancestor” is just a little further back in the record, and that birds were “evolving in parallel” along with the dinosaurs.  That’s all they can do – toss in a few more naturalistic, purposeless, chance miracles to keep the Bearded Buddha shrine operating.  Now the museum workers are going to have to figure out what to do with all those feathers (01/21/2009, 07/09/2008, 06/13/2007, 02/08/2006).  Maybe they can stick them on the wooly mammoths, as caricatured by Tom Weller in Science Made Stupid, a mandatory lesson on how evolutionary stories are propagated. (Visited 104 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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  • Army’s land acquisition makes all householders in Arunachal Pradesh village a millionaire

    first_imgArunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu hands over a cheque to one of the Bomja villagers in Tawang on Thursday. All householders of a village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district have become millionaires five years after the Army acquired their land for setting up key location plan units of its Tawang Garrison.On Wednesday, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu handed over cheques worth ₹408.04 million (₹40.8 crore) as land compensation to the heads of 31 families in Bomja, a village of Buddhist Monpas, located about 20 km west of district headquarters Tawang.The Bomja family that parted with the most land received ₹67.33 million (₹6.73 crore). Another family received ₹24.5 million (₹2.45 crore) while the remaining 29 families were given ₹10.9 million (₹1.09 crore) each.“More such compensation for land acquired for defence purposes is being worked out with the Centre,” Mr. Khandu said, thanking Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for clearing the backlog for Bomja. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement center_img  “The Army and local people need each other to survive at 10,000-17,000 feet on the eastern Himalayas. We hope adequate compensation would further strengthen the bond we enjoy in this part of the country,” an officer of the Army’s 190 Mountain Brigade said, declining to be named.’Richest village in India’A Facebook group named Tawang Times claimed Bomja has become the richest village in India overnight. “We cannot say for sure unless we have data on other rich villages across the country,” an administrative officer in Tawang said.The Army’s presence in Arunachal Pradesh, specifically the western section leading to Tawang, had been scaled up since the Chinese aggression in 1962. This led to a land acquisition spree.Many villagers in Tawang and West Kameng resented the non-payment of compensation for vast tracts of land acquired more than 50 years ago. Their anger died down after the Defence Ministry released ₹540 million (₹54 crore) in April last year for 152 families of three villages — Senge, Nyukmadung and Lish.These villages are close to Sela, a mountain pass at 13,700 feet, where Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat of 4 Garhwal Rifles, during the 1962 war, singlehandedly kept 300 Chinese soldiers at bay before being killed. Rifleman Rawat is worshipped as a soldiers’ deity in a temple at Jaswantgarh beyond Sela on the road to Tawang.last_img read more

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  • Indian Investigators Bust Global WhatsApp-Based Child Porn Racket

    first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted a child pornography racket that was WhatsApp based and included 119 members from 11 countries. The investigation agency is planning to write to authorities of the countries whose nationals were found involved in the racket.The group involved citizens from the United States, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico and New Zealand, according to reports.The CBI has arrested the group administrator Nikhil Verma, a resident of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh. He is an unemployed B.Com graduate aged 20 years. He will be brought to Delhi on transit remand.The other administrators of the WhatsApp group called “Kids-XXX” were said to be Satyendra Chauhan, a resident of Mumbai; Nafis Raza and Zahid, both residents of Delhi; and Adarsh of Noida.The investigating agency is searching the premises of the suspects and is trying to determine if the accused were charging money for sharing the pornographic material, according to the Hindu.The group has been active for two years. During their search, the CBI recovered mobile phones, laptops, and hard discs and other digital devices. The investigation had been going on for three months with the help of field intelligence and monitoring of mobile locations and IP addresses of the computers being handled by the accused.The CBI conducted thorough background checks and behavioral analysis before arresting the accused. The agency is also investigating if an organized gang shoots and uploads the videos of child abuse.In India, accessing, producing, recording, uploading or circulating child abuse videos or picture are serious offenses under Information Technology Act and attract a punishment up to seven years and a fine of Rs 10 lakh.A case under section 67-B of the Information Technology Act and under the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) was registered. “We found mobile phones, tablets and laptops containing incriminating material depicting children in obscene, indecent and sexually explicit acts,” said CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal, according to Times of India. Related Itemschild abuselast_img read more

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  • NSUI rebel wins students’ union polls

    first_imgNational Students’ Union of India rebel Pooja Verma, who contested as an Independent, was elected president of the Rajasthan University Students’ Union, for which the results were announced here on Wednesday. An independent candidate has won as the students’ union president for the fourth year in a row.10 univs., 200 colleges Polling was held in 10 major universities and over 200 government and private colleges across the State on Tuesday. NSUI candidates Priyanka Meena and Mahavir Prasad Gujjar were elected vice-president and general secretary respectively in Rajasthan University, while Kiran Meena of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad won as the joint secretary.ABVP candidate Rameshwar Chhaba was elected president of the students’ union in Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, where the three other key posts also went to the ABVP contestants. ABVP’s Nikhil Raj won as students’ union president in Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur.In Jodhpur, independent candidate Ravindra Singh Bhati was elected president of the students’ union in Jai Narain Vyas University. Shravan Jakhar, who fought as an independent, won as the students’ union president in Maharaja Ganga Singh University, Bikaner.Low key affairThe students’ union elections were a low-key affair this year because of strict compliance with the Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations. The usual rallies, traffic jams, police lathicharge and clashes among the students’ groups on the polling day were missing with the police and university administration taking stringent measures.last_img read more

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