B’ball: Oilers, Commissioners Clash Today

first_imgThe 16th league matches of the Liberia Basketball Association continue this afternoon at the Sports Commission, on Broad Street, Monrovia.There are three pairings today: G. Blazers will take on S. Brothers in the first match at 4:30p.m., A. Shooters will take on Phoenix in the second game at 6p.m., and final match of the day is between Commissioners and Oilers.In their 13th league encounter on Sunday, April 20, 2014, Oilers suffered 53-55 points to Mighty Barrolle.And it makes sense to speculate that Oilers will be returning to the game today to convince their fans that they lost by accident.Commissioners received a massive loss to NPA Pythons (95-29 points) in their 13th league encounter and may be suffering the shock of the defeat.Pythons proved too strong for Commissioners and many basketball fans are convinced they have learned some playing and scoring lessons.So going against Oilers, another great team, many fans are wondering if Commissioners have recovered enough to stage their claim in the third game today.Evidently, the Oilers cannot allow the Commissioners to stand in their way, and that means there will be trouble for the Commissioners.Whatever the case is, Commissioners will have to discover themselves and be ready for their next game, which will be against T. Wolves on Thursday, April 24, 2014.S. Brothers did not do well in their clash against B. Bulls in their 14th league encounter, suffering 67-22 points.Phoenix also lost their 11th league match to T. Wolves 40-36 points, and though their loss was a narrow four points, going against A. Shooters who lost the 10th league match against S. Sisters, will mean they are going out to claim the points.  But the question is, can they?There were two games scheduled for yesterday.In game one, Supreme Sisters were expected to take on D. Queens and in the second game Pythons and Dream Team ll were paired for action at press time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

B.C. votes to abolish HST

first_imgOver 54 per cent voted yes to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax and reinstate the Provincial and Government Sales Taxes.54.73 per cent of voters in the province picked yes, while 45.27 per cent voted no.1.6 million people voted.- Advertisement -The result wasn’t even close in Peace River South with 59 per cent voting yes and 41 per cent voting no.More information and reaction from locals to come.last_img

Blow for Man United and Chelsea as Juventus star signs new contract

first_imgFrance starlet Paul Pogba has signed a new improved contract with Juventus which will keep him with the Serie A giants until June 2019, the Turin club have announced.The midfielder’s previous deal was due to expire in 2016 and Juve were desperate to tie the 21-year-old down to a long-term deal as he emerged as a target of several top European clubs, including former side Manchester United and Chelsea.Pogba spent two years with the Red Devils but was allowed to leave Old Trafford for free after failing to live up to his potential, though he has since thrived in Italy and has become one of the most coveted young players in Europe.“We have just signed Paul Pogba’s renewal until 2019,” Juve club administrator Giuseppe Marotta said during Juve’s shareholders meeting in Turin on Friday.Pogba, who was named the young player of the tournament at the World Cup in Brazil in the summer, moved to Turin two years ago following a frustrating spell with United.He has formed a solid partnership with Italian veteran Andrea Pirlo, which has contributed to Juve’s back-to-back Serie A titles.The new deal will reportedly see Pogba’s existing £23,000-a-week wages trebled.Marotta announced earlier his month that Juve had turned down several lucrative offers for Pogba in the summer. Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba 1last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez scores, sees red as Inter stay top

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez arrived from Manchester United on a season-long loan in August © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Sep 28 – Alexis Sanchez scored and was sent off in an eventful first Inter Milan start as his new club maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win at Sampdoria to stay top of Serie A ahead of champions Juventus, who eased past SPAL 2-0.Manchester United flop Sanchez moved to Italy on a season-long loan deal after failing to live up to expectations at Old Trafford and the Chilean international made a big impact in Genoa, deflecting in Stefano Sensi’s long-range opener after 20 minutes and tapping in another Sensi cross two minutes later. However the 30-year-old was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving just after the break, leaving his side to play the entire second half a man down and wobbling after Jakub Jankto pulled one back in the 55th minute.But Roberto Gagliardini slotted in the third goal just after an hour to give Antonio Conte’s side a huge boost days before their trip to Barcelona in the Champions League.“A situation arose that could have killed anyone, but not us, not these lads,” said former Chelsea manager Conte.“We were exceptional to hold out, we were even able to balance the situation from the bench with changes for the battle.“Now we have to recover and prepare for Barcelona. It’s a valuable experience and can help us to mature.”Inter have a maximum 18 points from six games — two ahead of Juve — after winning their first six league matches for the first time since the 1966-67 season, with the pair set for a top-of-the-table clash at the San Siro next weekend.“Juventus have won eight Serie A titles in a row, and are a solid team,” said Conte, who coached Juve to the first three titles in the series.“We are glad to go into the head-to-head with 18 points.”Samp meanwhile are rock-bottom with three points after a dreadful start under Eusebio Di Francesco, level with SPAL following their defeat at the hands of Juve.Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his third consecutive goal at home this season after 78 minutes to add to Miralem Pjanic’s opener just before the break.Ronaldo was rested for the midweek win over Brescia as a precaution with a slight muscular problem ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen in Turin.“Inter? I haven’t watched them play yet this season,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.“I’ve read they’re doing well, but I had no doubts considering who their coach is. For now our thoughts are just on the Champions League match against Leverkusen.”– Buffon sets new record –Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 903rd club football appearance, surpassing Paolo Maldini. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROJuventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was unworried by SPAL as the 41-year-old made his 903rd club football appearance, surpassing the Italian record of 902 achieved by AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.The damage could have been worse at the other end but for some fine saves from SPAL’s Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.Berisha, on-loan from Atalanta, stopped Paulo Dybala’s curling goal-bound effort just after half an hour, and then parried a point-blank Aaron Ramey header from a Ronaldo cross in front of goal.Pjanic had a shot cleared off the line before connecting with a Sami Khedira assist to fire in from a distance for his second goal of the season after the winner at Brescia on Tuesday.Dybala set up Ronaldo for the second with the Portuguese star’s downward header beating Berisha, after he had been frustrated in two earlier efforts.Berisha again proved solid as he denied Ronaldo in the hosts’ final attack of the game, as the side from Emilia Romagna fell to their fifth defeat in six games.Third-placed Atalanta travel to mid-table Sassuolo later Saturday before their first ever Champions League home game against Shaktar Donetsk midweek.Last year’s runners-up Napoli host Mario Balotelli’s Brescia on Sunday desperate for a win after their surprise midweek home reversal at the hands of Cagliari.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Landfill owner won’t budge

first_imgThere were phone conversations and discussions, but so far city leaders have not persuaded Sunshine Canyon Landfill’s owners to keep disposal costs down if Los Angeles sends some of its trash to faraway dumps. Council President Eric Garcetti and Councilman Bernard Parks both spoke this week with Browning-Ferris Industries, which owns the Granada Hills dump, but they have not reached an agreement on disposal costs, Garcetti spokesman Josh Kamensky said Thursday. “The conversations are ongoing. There are a lot of people looking for solutions,” he said. “Everybody hears the clock ticking, but it’s not the 11th hour yet.” The City Council must vote by Tuesday on whether to renew the city’s five-year, $157 million contract with Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The council is expected to discuss the contract at its meeting today. “We therefore urge the City Council in the strongest possible terms to vote on this proposal in its current and final form, by the agreed-upon date of Feb. 28, 2006.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant That leaves four days to persuade BFI to keep disposal costs low if Los Angeles sends some trash outside city limits. Councilman Greig Smith and Granada Hills activists have pushed the council to wean the city off urban landfills and send at least half of the city’s trash to dumps in Riverside County and the San Joaquin Valley. But some council members and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are concerned about the cost of a largely symbolic gesture. L.A. now pays $29 million per year to send 940,000 tons of trash to Sunshine Canyon. They warn that the city would pay $15 million to $30 million more per year to haul trash away from the city, and Sunshine Canyon Landfill would still be open to other customers. Smith and the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office said trucking half the city’s trash away from L.A. could cost between $4 million and $12 million per year, depending on whether BFI agrees to renegotiate its contract with the city. District Manager Greg Loughnane sent the City Council a letter earlier this week reiterating the concessions BFI has already made to the city, including twice extending the deadline to renew the contract and renegotiating the contract to give L.A. flexibility to pursue trash-to-energy projects. last_img read more

GOLF: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTS & NOTES

first_imgNorth Western Golfing AlliancePlayed at Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Saturday 3rd March 2012 Par 68 S.S. 681st Nett Clive Davison (15) Letterkenny G.C.           66 2nd Nett Eugene Corry (10) Strabane G.C.                  683rd Nett David McGeough (6) North West G.C. 71 B.O.T.4TH Nett Ben Corry (4) Strabane G.C.                    715TH Nett Michael Kelly (9) Strabane G.C.            72 6TH Kieran Martin (12) Strabane G.C.               73 B.O.T.1ST Gross Michael McGeady (SCR) McCambridge – Duffy          722nd Gross Enda Kennedy (Scr) Rosapenna G.C.          74 B.O.T.3rd Gross Connor Mallon (Scr) Nairn/Portnoo G.C.        744TH Gross Sean Quigg (3) City of Derry                        77 5th Gross Derek McNeill (2) Ballybofey/Stranorlar G.C. 786TH James Kelly (5) Strabane G.C.              79The following had 2’s .K.Lapsley, Doherty, P.McGuigan , J.Kelly and J. Sweeney.The Alliance Champion is Odran McGettigan from Strabane, The Nett winner is Clive Davison from Letterkenny and the Gross winner is Enda Kennedy from Rosapenna. Next Competition is Captains (Mr Noel Callan’s) Day in Rosapenna G.C.on Saturday 24th March 2012.The extremely poor Golfing weather continued to affect the Alliance this season when once again the playing conditions at Dunfanaghy proved to be difficult in the extreme with a swirling wind which seemed to be against you on the way out on the first nine and against on the back nine as well .The very harsh wintery showers added to the discomfort .It really pays tribute to the lay out that Harry Varden a 6 times open winner  designed back  in 1905 .The improvements being carried out in accordance with Paul McGinley’s(that’s THE Paul not with apologies to the Head Green keeper whose shares the same names with the illustrious Golfer) suggestions .Paul ,the head green keepers skill in constructing the riveted bunkers is very evident.At least this time out unlike the last two competitions the 60 odd competitors were able to return completed cards and some good returns were made. It is a credit to these hardiest of competitors that they have adapted to the difficult chore of playing winter golf. Once again an inter club competition on a neighbouring club had to be abandoned.While the Alliance champion was determined last time out the runner up positions in the Nett and the Gross were settled to-day and how the runners up triumphed as they both made sure of their prize by winning their sections. So Odran McGettigan is the alliance champion for 2011-12 and Enda Kennedy the gross winner it was Clive Davison who was the nett runner up and Michael McGeady who was runner up in the Gross section.In the gross it has been a constant battle for pride of place when the following three have played on the same day I refer to Enda Kennedy, Connor Mallon and Michael McGeady and to-day was no different While Connor and Michael got off to steady starts Enda was flying with a birdie at the first but a double bogie at the third slowed him down .In the difficult playing conditions level par was the order of the day and after 9 Michael was out in 35 one ahead of the other two. Connor joined him at the top of the leader board when he birdied the 10th .However Michael was so consistent in carding pars that the only shots and there was 2 of them that he dropped were at the par 5 16 .Enda had successive bogies at 12 and 13 plus one at 17 Connor also dropped three strokes on the back nine at 14, 15 and 16.So Michael was 2 shots clear and Enda took runner up on a break of tie with Connor.While there were many great shots played probably the best of all was the three wood played into the teeth of the gale, to 4 foot and the putt sunk for a birdie at the 230 yard par three 7th aptly named Canon, by former local club Captain Keith Lapsley.In the nett the pressure was on Letterkenny men Clive Davison and Michael O’Donnell and John Callan from Ballycastle who were tied on the same number of points in the Golfer of the season competition. In the event Clive got 10, Michael got 3 and John 1 leaving Clive the winner of this particular cameo in the nett section.Clive put on quite a performance he had just the one double bogie on his card while Michael not only had 2 double bogies he also carded a triple. This at the 13th par three the 7th par three was also unkind to him .After 9 Clive was out in level par nett while Michael and John were just the one behind. However while Clive dropped just 5 more to come in 2 under his handicap Michael parred just one more hole to be 5 over nett  John also had a horrid time finishing 6 over nett.The runner up in today’s nett Competition was the affable Strabane Member Eugene Corry who manages to get on the winners list each year .He had a very tidy round .His only double bogey coming at the par 5 16th that quite a number had problems with. Still a round in which you play to your handicap is always credible. No doubt he will remember his round at Dunfanaghy with pride when he reflects on it.The season comes to a conclusion in three weeks’ time on Saturday24 th March when the Captains (Mr Noel Callans) Prize will be played for in Rosapenna Golf Club.There are quite a number of Prizes to be played for and the display table will be quite crowded as John, in nautical terms, has really pushed the boat out.ENDSGOLF: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTS & NOTES was last modified: March 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GOLF: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTSlast_img read more

THEATRE COMPANY HOSTING AUDITIONS IN DONEGAL FOR NEW PRODUCTION ‘SAINT JOAN’

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Workhouse Theatre Company are holding auditions for their new production SAINT JOAN on Wednesday 30th September at 7.30pm and Saturday 3rd October at 2.00pm.Both auditions will take place at the RCC (Regional Cultural Centre) in Letterkenny. The play will be an Workhouse/AnGrianán co-production and it will be performed in AnGrianán Theatre in January 2016. This will be the company’s third production in recent years after The Weir and Aristocrats.SAINT JOAN was written by G.B. Shaw and is regarded widely as a masterpiece. Workhouse, who are based in Letterkenny, will be re-imagining the classic work and giving it a modern twist.The auditions will take the form of a workshop (approx 90 mins).This is an invitation and an excellent opportunity for all actors (experienced and non-experienced) across Donegal and the North-West to come and audition for a large cast in, what promises to be, a great production of a fantastic play. Celebrating existing and emerging talent. Rehearsals will take place largely in the evenings over November, December and leading up to the production in January.Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to turn up, be there on time and to wear comfortable clothing. All details can be found at www.workhouse.ieTHEATRE COMPANY HOSTING AUDITIONS IN DONEGAL FOR NEW PRODUCTION ‘SAINT JOAN’ was last modified: September 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertianmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

KCCA FC adds Simon Serunkuma to their roster

first_imgSerunkuma inks a two-year deal at KCCA FC on Monday. (PHOTO/KCCA FC)KAMPALA – Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC have confirmed the capture of forward Simon Serunkuma.Serunkuma who has been a free agent after his contract with Tooro United expired last month, has signed a two-year deal that will see him at Lugogo until August 2021.The deal was confirmed by KCCA FC on their official website.“Simon Peter Serunkuma has signed for KCCA FC on a two-year deal from August 2019 to August 2021 on an undisclosed fee, read part of the post on KCCA FC’s website.Serunkuma who has in the past been listed among the top talents in the country, spent only a single season at Tooro United, helping them to a top five finish last season.However, despite effort by the Tooro United management, to extend his stay, the forward decided it was time to start a new chapter in his career.He has previously featured for Victors FC, SC Villa, Express and Vipers. The player previously had a short stint with Tanzania giants Simba FC.Speaking after signing with KCCA FC, Serunkuma expressed his delight to be joining the Kasasiros and emphasized that he has gone there to win trophies.“I am delighted to join KCCA FC, said Serunkuma.“The club has a rich history and an enviable way of doing things.“Now that I am here, I want to win trophies with these players and I want to add on the success that I have found here.”Serunkuma who was in his early years tipped for greatness but has somehow failed to reach the expected heights, also had something to say about KCCA FC’s head coach, Mike Mutebi.“I spoke to the Manager before joining and he shared with me his philosophy and it is now my responsibility to take up any task given to me. I feel so ready. Added the new recruit.After signing for Mutebi’s side, it was announced that Serunkuma will don the shirt 27.In this offseason, he becomes the second major signing for KCCA FC after securing Erisa Ssekisambu from Gor Mahia.KCCA FC’ first competitive game of the season will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) away to Wakiso Giants FC in the Pilsner Super 8, a match that Serunkuma is not expected to take part in.Last season, the Kasasiros won the StarTimes Uganda Premier league, their third title in four years.As a consequence, they will take part in the CAF Champions League 2019/2020.Comments Tags: erisa ssekisambuKCCA FCMike MutebiSimon SerunkumaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro unitedtoplast_img read more

Super Penguin: Seeing Is Believing, But Is It Understanding?

first_imgAnother fossil of a giant penguin in Peru has been found (cf. 06/26/2007).  It apparently had reddish-brown underwings and stood as tall as a man.  It must have been a strong swimmer.  Nicknamed “water king,” the mammoth penguin was placed at the 36 million mark on the evolutionary timeline.  One remarkable feature of this fossil, however, is the variety of statements it has generated by scientists saying, on the one hand, “We just don’t know” much about this amazing bird, and on the other, that it “sheds light on bird evolution” (see article in National Geographic News).     Writing for NG news, Ker Than began: “They don’t make penguins like they used to.”  The pronoun had no antecedent, but it is doubtful Mr. Than was embracing creation: “The new species, called the water king, sheds light on bird evolution, researchers say.”  This remarkable bird was apparently fully penguin.  It had strong flippers and more tuxedo decor than many modern species.  Even more remarkable, feathers were recovered that still had pigment bodies – melanocytes – with reddish brown coloration remaining in them.  “The finding, detailed this week in the journal Science, marks the first time feathers and preserved scales from an ancient penguin have ever been found.”  It’s hard to understand how this fossil could shed light on bird evolution, given that the melanocytes “had a similar structure and organization as those of living birds that have reddish brown and/or grey feathers, including robins and zebra finches.”    A succession of maybes and perhapses ensued.  As to why the black tuxedo fashion evolved, Ker Than suggested that “perhaps” it was to help camouflage them against predators, but “Then again, the melanosome evidence suggests the tuxedo look might have been a side effect of the birds’ increasingly aquatic lifestyle.”  The melanocytes differ from those of living penguins.  As to which way evolution was going, the answer appears to be luck of the draw from a grab bag of possibilities: “It’s possible, the team speculates, that the melanosome metamorphosis made penguin feathers stronger—helping transform their wings into stiff, narrow ‘flippers’ for swimming—or conferred some other unknown advantage.”  Two other possibilities followed the catch-all unknown advantage category.  The shape shifts in the melanosomes might not have anything to do with color; “Then again, the black-and-white look may have arisen ‘due to changes in penguin ecology that we haven’t figured out yet,’” one researcher fumbled.  “We just don’t know.”    The paper in Science1 also had little to show about evolution, either by observation or understanding: “The fossil reveals that key feathering features including undifferentiated primary wing feathers and broad body contour feather shafts evolved early in the penguin lineage.  Analyses of fossilized color-imparting melanosomes reveal that their dimensions were similar to those of nonpenguin avian taxa and that the feathering may have been predominantly gray and reddish-brown.”  No explanation was given for the different shapes of the melanosome clusters, whether the modern ones are fitter, or why saying something “evolved early” confers understanding.    As for the implausible idea that feathers and melanosomes could survive in Peru for 36 million years, the authors admitted that the “Presence of intact lesser covert feather bases and tips (in part and counterpart) represents a dimensionality rare in feather preservation.”  The paper also said little about bird evolution, leaving the inquisitive reader of National Geographic News wondering how it sheds light on it, in spite of the title that promised to reveal “Fossil Evidence for Evolution of the Shape and Color of Penguin Feathers.”    Somehow, all the bet-hedging and fabrication of composite explanations produced understanding.  “The ability to interpret the color of the water king penguin’s feathers is ‘really quite remarkable and represents a huge breakthrough in the study of vertebrate paleontology,’” a New Zealand zoologist promised.  Mike Benton of the UK University of Bristol crowed, the water king fossil “shows how paleobiologists now can span the boundary between living and fossil and seek to understand important functional systems.”1.  Clarke et al, “Fossil Evidence for Evolution of the Shape and Color of Penguin Feathers,” Science, Published Online in Science Express September 30, 2010; DOI: 10.1126/science.1193604.Tell us when you get there.  Tell us when you understand.  Tell us when you can span the boundary between living and fossil so as to tell how penguins got from there to here.  Tell us how melanocytes and feathers survived for 36 mythical million years.  Tell us why changes from bigger to smaller without morphological changes should be called evolution.  Tell us when you get the flashlight to shed some light on evolution.  All we hear so far is confusion and waffling.  We don’t see any evolution to shed light on in the first place.    This super-bird was bigger, badder and fitter than today’s penguins – exceeding by a foot the four-foot emperor penguins made famous by March of the Penguins, with twice the body mass.  According to the artist’s reconstruction, it was fully equipped with tuxedo wetsuit and outfitted for powerful swimming just as much as today’s penguins.  The melanocyte differences are trivial.  They should have worried about how the delicate structures and the feathers could be preserved at all for so long.    The Darwin bluffing charade continues: they promise but don’t deliver (cf. 09/22/2010).  Some of us are not convinced that Darwin should get a pass just because he wears a Science badge.  Science badges can be faked.  They don’t make reliable science badges like they used to.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

I started working in Atteridgeville prison

first_imgI started working in Atteridgeville prison as a religious worker about 8 months ago. They are just normal people that either had the wrong friends, or made the wrong decision.In any case, 3 weeks ago we had a revival service there, and about 580 men stood up to commit their lives to God. There are only about 780 men in that prison. What a miracle God is doing there.Jericho walls, a 24/7 prayer project, was started 5 weeks ago. In some cells every person prays every day now.And for what – for this country. They pray against crime, and they pray against moral decay. They even pray for governement and the police.In our area we have a prayer group that prays for our police and against crime here in Garsfontein. Last month crime was down 40% down. Supt Steyn attributes this to the Grace of God and the support of the community. The same happened in Roodepoort.I am staying here in South Africa and I am working for a better future for us all.And there are so many people that do more than me with less than what I have.Story submitted to SAinfo on 13 May 2008last_img read more