The A-League decides to continue playing despite having two teams in quarantine

first_imgThe A-League, the main Australian soccer championship, announced Monday that it will continue its scheduled activity despite the threat of the coronavirus, which has two of its teams in quarantine, although their matches will be behind closed doors.The isolation to which they must be subjected for 14 days the Wellington Phoenix, third classified, and the Melbourne Victory, tenth, had caused the possibility of the league being suspended, but both the A-League as the Australian Football Federation (FFA) They have preferred not to stop and study the possibility of restructuring the championship.“The FFA confirmed on Monday that the remainder of the A-League regular season and W-League Grand Final scheduled for this weekend will continue, but that all matches will be played behind closed doors and without authorized fans. to attend. This policy will apply to the remaining six rounds of the regular season and will be revised for the Final Series. “, expressed the A-League in a statement on its website.The agency noted that, due to their mandatory quarantine, the matches involving Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix will not be held in the next two days and that “will be rescheduled”, while the New Zealand set “He will play all of his matches in Australia for the rest of the season.” The president of the A-League, Greg O’Rourke, also recognized the “intention to compress the rest of the season” and advocated the positive of continuing the campaign. “We believe that with the facts we have in hand it is a better solution than suspending it and calculating what will happen to the health situation in the coming months”he added.“The COVID-19 Working Committee met this Sunday, March 15, to discuss the latest developments of COVID-19 and consider the latest advice from the Federal Government and the Medical Director. After careful consideration and consistent with that advice, the FFA reports that football can continue to be played across Australia at this time. “James Johnson, CEO of the Australian Football Federation (FFA), said on the agency’s website.The manager indicated that from this moment all the participants must “meet the guidelines” that they have designed to help them “to take additional precautions and preventive measures to help delay the spread of COVID-19”.last_img read more

Former GK leading Dunoon’s ambitions

first_imgFormer Dunoon Technical goalkeeping hero-turned-coach Gregory Hall said he will be looking to make this season a successful one for the 1998 Manning Cup winners. This follows their 2-1 win over Papine High in the ISSA-Flow Manning Cup football competition yesterday at the Papine High School field in St Andrew.Renaldo Alridge, formerly of Kingston College, sent the home team ahead with a sizzling bicycle kick in the 11th minute.Oneil Williams then drew things level with another outstanding goal which came directly from a corner kick in minute 21 before Marvin Henry clinically dispatched a penalty in the 34th minute to hand Dunoon the 2-1 win.Hall, an All-Manning and national youth goalkeeper, has spent the last three years at his alma mater, taking them to consecutive semi-final appearances in the Under-16 Colts competition.”It was a stout-hearted effort from these youngsters. We deserved this win. Optimistic is the word all the time. We stick to the game plan, we have a brilliant set of guys,” he said.hard work”I am a former Dunoon player, I know what’s it all about to be there, we (Dunoon Technical) won Manning Cup already. Yeah, it’s hard work, it’s dedication and we are gonna put in the work going forward,” he stressed.Hall kept goal in the 1988 Manning Cup final against Charlie Smith, which Dunoon lost. They were, however, winners in 1998.Meanwhile, Papine coach Philip Robinson said: “We played well enough to win the match. In the second half, we basically camped out in their half but we just couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net.””I think we still have a good chance to go through to the second round, even though this result will make it hard,” he admitted.YESTERDAY’S RESULTS:ZONE CInnswood 2, St George’s 1Ardenne 1, Denham Town 1Eltham 4, KTHS 0ZONE BHydel 5, Cumberland 1Haile Selassie 1, Greater Portmore 0Dunoon 2, Papine 1ZONE FJonathan Grant 1, Excelsior 0Vauxhall 0, Norman Manley 0Spanish Town 3, Ascot 0last_img read more

Poor NGSA Maths results, a matter of “grave national importance” – Cabinet

first_imgThe Government is concerned at the declining results in Mathematics, especially as was evident in the results of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and as such, the issue has now engaged the attention of Cabinet, the Ministry of the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.The statement said that Cabinet, during its Tuesday meeting, “deliberated as a matter of extreme urgency and grave national importance, [on] the unsatisfactory results in Mathematics nationwide” at the 2016 Grade Six exam.“Cabinet considers this situation one of national urgency requiring its focused attention and commitment to finding adequate and appropriate solutions in the shortest possible time,” the statement added.It said that as part of a plan for short and medium-term measures, Cabinet called on the Education Ministry and its technical advisers to identify all appropriate steps needed to remedy this situation.“Those steps would include remedial training of teachers, better and more varied text books, more teaching aids and better use of technology in the delivery of education,” it said.The Ministry of the Presidency statement added that for many, Guyana has consistently failed to achieve acceptable pass rates in Mathematics, an important core subject and the previous approach to addressing this issue was “inadequate”.This year, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) conducted NGSA for the first time and, according to the Government, the basis of assessment used by CXC was radically different from what was used previously by the Education Ministry, with an increased focus on reasoning and a decreased emphasis on retention.“The new method to testing as implemented by CXC has exposed even more the weakness of the previous approach to education adopted by the Ministry of Education in previous years,” the Ministry said.Guyana, like almost every other Caribbean country, continues to struggle in the area of Mathematics, with the likewise dismal results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exam, administered by CXC.As a matter of fact, Guyana’s pass rate at the 2016 CSEC Examinations declined from 45.07 per cent in 2015 to 38.37 per cent this year, after about three years of improvements.Overall, the region’s performance in Mathematics saw a 13 per cent decrease. Candidates recorded a 44 per cent pass rate in Maths this year as opposed to a 57 per cent in 2015, according to CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch.last_img read more

Man To Walk Peace Region For A Good Cause

first_img– Advertisement -On the movements Facebook page, Stan also shared his own struggles with Mental Illness.“Hi, I’m Stan l am doing the Walk and Talk the Peace this June. Born 1957 into family of 13, I am the third oldest. As a father, son, brother, cousin, and friend l have come to know depression, anxiety and mental illness. I did not always understand or know what to do. As a parent not knowing how to help, you just wish you could take it away or give some piece of advice that could be the magic cure. When you see your child being afraid of everything it is difficult to witness. I have dealt with my own demons: shame, guilt, and failure are a part of it. This journey I’m embarking on, I hope, will bring understanding and reduce the stigma and shame of anxiety and depression.Your stories, your hopes and dreams are important, as they bring strength and purpose to me during this walk. Please consider joining me: you can walk with me, send me your stories or join us at one of the planned stops for community events.I depart Chetwynd on June 1st. On June 2nd I will be in Hudson Hope; June 4th in Fort St John; in Dawson Creek on June 7th; and ending in Chetwynd on June 11th.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – “Walk & Talk the Peace” is a movement founded to raise awareness and also reduce stigma against two of the most common mental illnesses: Depression and Anxiety.Stan Fraser will be walking the Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St John, Dawson Creek and back to Chetwynd route starting on June 1, 2016 to raise awareness and reduce stigma.Here is a list of places Stan will be. You are invited to join him along the way whenever it is safe to do so.“He will be in Hudsons Hope on June 3 then continue on in the afternoon.Fort St. John: June 4th,  2:10 pm He will be at the corner of the 269 Rd where it links up with the Clairmont Frontage Road to walk to Centenial Park where he will tell his story.Taylor June 5 10:30 -12:30 he will be at the frontage road leading through Taylor and people are welcome to join him there for a walk and talk.  After crossing the bridge he will be at Peace Island Park where a pot luck picnic (bring a dish) will happen and Stan will tell his story and others can also tell their stories if they like.”Advertisementlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY YOUTH CENTRE WELCOMES EUROPEAN VOLUNTEERS

first_imgLetterkenny Youth Information centre, which is part of Donegal Youth Service, have recently welcomed two new European Volunteers to the centre as part of their continued involvement in the European Voluntary Service.The centre are a host and sending organisation for EVS, which offers young people between the ages of 18 to 30 the opportunity to travel and work in another European Youth or Community project for a period of up to 12 months. Carmen Serrano from Valencia from Spain and Eugenia Tallero from Genova in Italy will now spend the next 9 months living and working in the centre, providing support in the YIC Letterkenny and Loft LK projects.EVS funds travel, accommodation and living expenses for the volunteer. In order to participate in the European Voluntary Service you must have the support of a sending organisation to be able to apply to take part. Staff at the Letterkenny YIC can now help young people identify opportunities across Europe, support them through the application process and also educate them about potential countries they will travel to.Letterkenny Youth Information Centre have been a host organisation for EVS for the past 5 years. As Youth Information Officer Martin Keeney explains however they have been keen to help young people from Donegal get the chance to take part also.“Having hosted volunteers here in Letterkenny we have seen firsthand the benefits it can bring for the participants. EVS provides a great opportunity for a young person to experience a different culture, improve their language skills and gain new employment skills also.” If you would like to find out more about the European Voluntary Service you can contact a member of staff in the Youth Information at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. Tel: 07491-29640.  LETTERKENNY YOUTH CENTRE WELCOMES EUROPEAN VOLUNTEERS was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 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)last_img read more

Warriors look to close out perfect in B5

first_imgThe Del Norte Warriors clinched the Big 5 title in softball this week and will look to keep the momentum going when they travel to McKinleyville for a doubleheader on Saturday. The Warriors are 10-0 with just the two games remaining and can close out a perfect campaign with a sweep. The McKinleyville Panthers, who lost 5-3 at Del Norte on Wednesday, saw their chances of winning the league end in that defeat, but will be looking to close out strong and set themselves up for a possible rematch …last_img read more

Inside Cook’s handling of Green’s trash talk & breakout game vs Hornets

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The game hadn’t even started yet, but Draymond Green was already ready to talk trash.That’s because Green’s alama mater (Michigan State) beat the alma mater of Warriors guard Quinn Cook (Duke) in the Elite 8 on Sunday. So Green stormed into the locker room with plenty …last_img read more

Your First Breath Was Irreducibly Complex

first_img(Visited 104 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Multiple changes had to take place on cue when you came out of the womb.Baby’s first breath: it’s an unforgettable moment every parent cherishes. We each went through that transition from inside the womb to enter the outside world. When you think about it, though, it’s a radical change, far more than just emerging out of a birth canal. It requires going from a non-breathing creature in a fluid environment to an air-breathing creature in an oxygen atmosphere – in an instant, using lungs for the first time that had grown in a fluid-nourished world. Randy Guliuzza, MD, dazzled readers a few years ago in an ICR article about all the changes that must take place at that moment:For a baby in the womb, almost everything about those vital functions is just the opposite for one important reason: the baby develops fully functional lungs that are yet inactive for oxygen exchange. Consequently, in order for a baby to survive, three major structural differences must exist that enable life in his temporary home.First, the baby must have a substitute lung–a pretty tall order for even brilliant biomedical engineers. The placenta, a remarkable organ, has a brief existence, but it fulfills a myriad of vital functions–especially as the fetal lung and kidney. Second, the circuit to the lungs must be bypassed, so vessels must change to allow this temporary detour. (A new route that detours around a circuit is called a shunt.) Third, blood vessels must not only connect placenta to baby, but also inside from the point of attachment to normal vessels that lead to and from the heart. The umbilical cord meets the need for a placental-fetal connection, with one large-diameter vein and two smaller arteries. Inside the baby, these continue as the umbilical vein and umbilical arteries. (Italics in original)Guliuzza goes on to describe how these structures and functions get rearranged at birth. “Less than a minute after birth, signals from baby’s nervous system cause strong sphincter muscles to close off the umbilical vein where it attaches near the liver and also close off the temporary pulmonary artery-aorta shunt,” he says. “(That large vessel permanently closes over the next one to two days.)”A new paper in PNAS adds to the wonder of this dramatic switch. A team primarily of researchers in France discovered the role of two proteins in the signaling pathway that closes this shunt of blood from the umbilical cord to the baby’s own pulmonary system:The transition to pulmonary respiration after birth requires rapid alterations in the structure of the mammalian cardiovascular system. One dramatic change that occurs is the closure of the ductus arteriosus (DA), an arterial connection in the fetus that directs blood flow away from the pulmonary circulation. Two members of the TGFβ family, bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) and BMP10, have been recently involved in postnatal angiogenesis, both being necessary for remodeling of newly formed microvascular beds.If missing or mutated, they found by experimenting with mice, those proteins (BMP9 and BMP10), fail to close the DA duct, leading to physiological crisis or death. These proteins, furthermore, are regulated by eight genes on chromosome 2. Although not apparently involved in the initial functional closure of the DA, they are important for the anatomical closure that completes within 24 hours. Failure of that step is a leading cause of death in premature births, but is rare in normal births, they indicate. It involves a “profound remodeling of cells within the former DA lumen” as the signaling cascade recruits epithelial cells, new blood vessels and other tissues in a high speed reconstruction program that must hold for the newborn’s lifetime, potentially 100 years or more.The authors make no attempt to explain how this system evolved. Indeed, how could they? Since natural selection depends on reproduction, a failure in any component of this complex transition would prevent the newborn from passing on any beneficial mutations (if it received any by luck) to the next generation. The system appears irreducibly complex, since all of the parts are required at the moment of birth and could not have been accumulated gradually.Need evidence for creation? Look in the mirror. At birth, your tiny body underwent a rapid reconstruction program without you having to think about it, and without your parents having to think about it. Then you grew up to be an order of magnitude larger, and that reconstructed circulatory system grew with you without a breakdown. This is one of thousands of wonders in your own body that defy evolution. Read Guliuzza’s article with the new PNAS finding in mind, and then do the right thing: glorify God, and be thankful (Romans 1:18-21).last_img read more

Drama ensued when prisons pulled pork

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bacon, of course, is delicious, but pork tenderloin is a Reese family staple and one of the most-preferred swine products of choice for most get-togethers. In fact, pork tenderloin was the subject of intense hoopla in a recent Reese family culinary showdown.My dad makes tasty pork tenderloin — there is no point in denying this. He was making delicious pork on the grill long before I fired up my first outdoor propane burner. But, as my generation ages, my brothers and I feel we each have come into our own when making delicious pork tenderloin, surpassing the elder Reese.In an attempt to settle the ongoing dispute, there was a three-man pork cook-off last summer at the annual family reunion in Mt. Cory (I was not present this year). In the competition, my brothers Aaron and Jeff took on the more experienced, elder Reese. Those in attendance cast votes.All reports confirm the three entries were indeed delicious and the event was enjoyable for all involved, but it was not without controversy. In terms of actual votes, Jeff won narrowly with slow-smoked pork tenderloin glazed with the juice of fresh peaches.Dad claimed that his pork was the best and that his vote was the only one that mattered since he taught everyone else how to grill it. Aaron felt his entry was the winner based on the fact that none of his pork was left in a “popular vote” kind of victory. Jeff, however, squealed about that conclusion claiming that Aaron’s slices were cut thicker and his pork disappeared simply due to less supply, not greater demand. And, no matter how you slice it, any final conclusion is a moot point because I can personally confirm that an entry from the best Reese griller of pork was not even represented in the competition.While there is no doubt that properly prepared pork is delicious, this apparently is not the general feeling of inmates in the federal prison system. Despite the fact that October is National Pork Month (Porktober), the Federal Bureau of Prisons implemented its decision to remove pork from the menu at its 122 facilities beginning Oct. 1. The decision was based in part on a survey of inmates about their food preferences and costs. The announcement about removing pork from the menu for the 206,000 federal inmates caused quite a stir.Understandably, the National Pork Producers Council had some concerns about the decision. NPPC asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons for more details. In a letter sent in mid-October to Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels Jr., NPPC expressed its dismay at the decision and requested a copy of the survey instrument and the results. It also questioned the cost factor, pointing out that pork prices are less than beef and nearly equal to chicken.“Pork is a very economical, nutrient-dense protein that ought to be a food option for federal prisoners, and the U.S. pork industry has a variety of products that could meet BOP’s needs,” NPPC said in its letter.The federal pork controversy did not stop there. It did not take long for the decision to get political. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) also sent a letter to Samuels Jr. pointing out the consequences to the nation’s pork industry and the concerns about the decision. Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the federal prison system, said in the letter:“According to a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences that reflected that pork has been the ‘lowest-rated food’ by inmates for a number of years.To corroborate the validity of the claim that prisoners indicated a lack of interest in pork products, I am requesting copies of the prisoner surveys and responses that were used to support the determination to no longer serve pork in federal prisons. Additionally, the spokesman indicated that pork had been the lowest rated food, ‘for several years.’ Please supply the surveys and responses dating back as far as prisoners may have indicated their dislike for pork products. In addition, please provide a line item description of the costs incurred to conduct each survey performed.The Bureau of Prisons spokesman indicated that pork was expensive to provide. Please provide any economic evaluations the Bureau of Prisons has relied on that detail the cost of pork as compared to beef, chicken, and non-meat products such as tofu and soy products.”From there, conservative political pundits began questioning the decision and weaving a tale suggesting President Obama was catering to the Islamic community by removing pork from the prison menu. This drew a response from the Islamic community in the Washington Post.“That this manufactured issue is even a controversy,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a statement, “is a clear indicator of the rise in Islamophobic conspiracy theories fueled by those who seek to demonize Islam and to marginalize American Muslims based on bigotry and misinformation.”At any rate, after a week or so of high-level prison pork controversy surrounding the abrupt removal of pork dishes from the menu for federal inmates, the government put pork roast back on the prison menu. It seems clear that none of the parties involved in the decision about removing pork from federal prisons have been to a Reese family gathering to taste truly delicious pork tenderloin. That could have saved quite a bit of pulled pork drama.last_img read more

Google+ Update Adds Crazy Big Cover Photos + Other Stuff

first_imgTags:#Google#social media#user interface design The latest changes to Google+ might not have a huge impact – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t huge.Wednesday, Google revamped its Google+ profile pages, making the social network more image-heavy and sprucing up a few Google+ areas that were collecting virtual cobwebs. The announcement appeared as a blog post by Googler Sara McKinely and was then shared widely by Google+ guru Vic Gundotra. Cleaning Up The About PageThe update cleans up users’ About pages, where personal, educational and professional info live. Previously the About page was an odd tangle of editable boxes, and it wasn’t always clear what information was private or public. Now Google+ has added in a “View profile as” button (à la Facebook), making for handy, quick way to check who can see what on your profile. The page is also much more attractive, with color-coded boxes displaying personal information in cards, as you can see in the image below: Images via Google+. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit taylor hatmakercenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The biggest change, or the most unavoidably eye-catching anyway, is that atop the new Google+ profile pages, users can select one massive image to display at up to 2120 x 1192 pixels. The cover photo completely dominates everything else about the profile page – literally nothing else appears above the fold.Sweating The Small StuffBeyond the literally big stuff, Google has added a shortcut to its Local hub, where reviews of restaurants and venues show up, all linked to a reviewer’s respective Google+ account, of course. Google+’s thriving photo community will no doubt be excited about today’s interface changes. Personally, I’m dreading what happens when graphically challenged Google+ users start uploading their newest baby photos at insufficient resolution. Ick.The changes to the look of Google+ come a day before Facebook’s March 7 press event, where it’s speculated that the big blue social network could infuse News Feed with larger images while doing a bit of UI spring cleaning itself.last_img read more