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Drop-in Centre deathsThe final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of Antonio and Joshua George, who perished in the July 8 fire at the Hadfield Street, Georgetown, Drop-in Centre, was on Friday handed over to Minister of State Joseph Harmon at the Ministry of the Presidency by Commissioner Retired Colonel Windee Algernon.Minister of State Joseph Harmon receives the report from Commissioner, Retired Colonel Windee Algernon (centre-right). Also in photo are Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence and Chief Fire Officer acting Winston McGregorAccepting the report Harmon said that the recommendations within the preliminary report have been taken very seriously and that President Granger has since requested of the Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan that a “fresh look” be given to the fire safety precautions and possible fire hazards at government buildings.“Now that we have the [final] report, we are confident that the various ministries and Government departments will look at the recommendations and do what is required so that we can provide safe and secure places not only for children, but for everyone. This was a tragedy, but as a State we have a responsibility to every person… This is a wakeup call for us insofar as fire safety and security are concerned,” the minister said.Copies of the report were also presented to Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, and Chief Fire Officer acting, Winston McGregor.Minister Lawrence in brief remarks echoed Minister Harmon’s sentiments that the incident was a wakeup call and assured both the Minister and the Commissioner that the recommendations within the report will be looked at closely.“There is already a meeting, which is scheduled to be held next week with the Director and Management of the Child Protection Unit in which we will discuss an action plan on how to implement the recommendations listed in the report,” she said.McGregor assured the Minister that the Guyana Fire Service is doing everything in its power to ensure that all public buildings are safe and adhere to fire safety guidelines.Commenting on the contents of the report, Colonel Algernon said that in its compilation, she sought to provide much needed recommendations that would see the implementation of necessary mechanisms and systems that would prevent such an occurrence in the future.Antonio George, 6, and his two-year-old brother Joshua George, along with three other siblings were taken into care at the Centre two days prior to their demise.This was after an investigation into allegations that they were neglected and abused by their relatives.On the day the children were supposed to be given to the care of relatives, the two young brothers perished in a fire which occurred at the Drop-in Centre.It was reported that the younger brother was asleep in the dormitory when the fire started and as the elder brother was being taken out of the building by caregivers, he rushed back in to save his little brother. However, he got trapped in the building.
The first phase of construction – demolition of the Old National Guard site on the west side of the airport – is being funded by the airport as a way to entice potential developers to the project. Birk said the airport is committed to finding a tenant to develop the propeller park quickly. “We know that every pilot has to start somewhere, so it is extremely important to protect that part of the industry,” she said. But owners of propeller-driven planes remain skeptical, continuing to fear that the park will not be done before many are forced to leave the airport. The park was approved in January 2006 as part of the airport’s master plan to guarantee propeller planes would remain at the airfield as jets expand their presence. While officials had estimated a year ago that the project would be completed by 2009, now the park is not expected to open before 2010. Aviation companies such as Maguire and Skytrails Aviation are already notifying tenants that they will have to move to make way for renovations aimed at increasing space for jets. “They are squeezing us out,” said Lawrence Rabbe, a small-plane owner and member of the airport’s Citizen Advisory Council. Rabbe, who has already moved around the airfield several times because of parking and hangar-rate increases, said her landlord – Skytrails Aviation – has already announced intentions to develop its hangar space for jets. Month-to-month tenants such as Rabbe could be forced out as early as January. Rabbe said she is not against the development of the airport, just the exclusion of propeller aircraft. “I am a flight attendant, a private pilot. I love planes,” Rabbe said. “But if small planes continue to be pushed out for these big, fancy jets, Van Nuys will no longer be a general-aviation airport.” Talk of a propeller park started years ago while the airport was negotiating its master plan, a process that took 15 years. The park was supposed to ensure that propeller planes – whose numbers have been dwindling at the airport – continued to have a space on the airfield. The number of propeller planes based at the airport has dropped from 1,100 in 1983 to just 485 last year. During that same time, jets at the airport have increased from 83 to 209, including 20 military jets. Plans for the propeller park helped the airport gain community support for its master plan. Neighbors have fought any construction efforts at the airport because of the noise pollution that jets cause. Mark Sullivan, owner of Skytrails Aviation, said he is going out of his way to accommodate propeller-plane owners. He is leasing a seven-acre parcel from the airport and paying $500,000 to clear space that was previously used as a parking lot. Sullivan will also pay for moving small portable hangars to the site. He added that the tie-down cost for planes in the temporary facility will remain the same. His current average tie-down fee for planes stored outdoors on the tarmac is about $185 a month. “I can’t even afford an airplane, and here they are complaining about being relocated,” Sullivan said. “Fact of the matter is, where they are being displaced (to) will be a better space than where they are now.” Mike Pupitch, owner of a vintage World War II B-25 plane that has sat at the airport for about three decades, is also being displaced by Skytrails’ renovations. He said the open-air tie-down space that is being offered is not acceptable. “A tie-down outside is a slow death on the airplane,” Pupitch said, contending that wind and sun would wreak havoc on his historic plane. Pupitch is hoping a hearing with airport officials Monday will help him find a place for his vintage plane. Pupitch and a few community residents want to convert one of a few public hangars left on the field into an airport museum that would house Pupitch’s plane and highlight the airport’s long history with propeller aircraft, he said. Longtime airport tenant Margie Oldenkamp, president of MPG Inc., questioned the airport’s commitment to the propeller-aircraft community. Oldenkamp, a founder of the Van Nuys Propeller Plane Association, said airport officials have failed to expedite the propeller park and have made rent very expensive for potential developers. “They are giving us the space but making it impossible to actually do something with it,” Oldenkamp said. Currently, airport officials have set the minimum rent per year for the propeller park area at $15,000 per acre. Oldenkamp, who is planning to bid on the park, said if she develops it, it will be for the public good and not for profit. The minimum rent the airport charges is not affordable to owners of propeller planes, she said. Propeller-plane owners pay $100 to $150 a month to tie down their planes on the field. In preliminary designs for the park, as many as 259 propeller planes were expected to be able to use the area. While the situation for small-plane owners is difficult, business owners at the airport could be faced with even tougher circumstances. Ken Miller, owner of the Van Nuys Flight Center, said his facility – which still had 11 years left on its lease – recently changed ownership. Now Miller’s building is scheduled to be demolished, and Miller said he has been told he could be evicted as early as January. Miller was hoping to become an anchor tenant at the airport’s new propeller park, but he said he could be forced to relocate to another airport if it isn’t completed in time. “I don’t know what’s going to happen; there is nothing conclusive,” Miller said. Miller said several propeller pilots have already left the field and the situation could get worse unless the airport boosts its efforts. “If you want to attract businesses, you need to have facilities for them and services that make it ideal to accommodate their needs,” Miller added. “But a prop park done right could literally be an asset to the community, somewhere you could take your children. It could make Van Nuys a destination.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – After years of contentious discussions about plans for a long-awaited propeller park, officials at Van Nuys Airport say construction on the 39-acre site will begin by March. Plans for the park, hailed as a key for small-plane owners and the businesses that cater to them at the nation’s busiest general-aviation airport, have faltered for years while airport officials have sought an operator. But now, despite not yet having an operator, officials said they are moving forward with plans anyway. “There have been no intentional delays, but we have had to take consecutive actions for each item, and some have taken longer than we would have liked,” said Selina Birk, general manager of Van Nuys Airport.
PITTSBURGH — Somewhere from hidden corners of restaurants, Troy Polamalu and his wife, Theodora, are watching. They’re not looking for anyone in particular perhaps an older couple who look like they’ve been married a long time or a family they can see is enjoying having a meal in each other’s company. Just somebody who touches them. Then, quietly, they ask their server for that table’s bill and cover it. “We like to spot a couple, just see somebody that makes us think, ‘Man, they’re having such a beautiful time. Let’s make this even more beautiful for them and share this blessing that we’ve received,” ” Polamalu said. As compliments go, it’s not a bad one to Polamalu. He grew up in a family of football players, a half dozen relatives having excelled at it. His brother, Kaio Aumua, played at UTEP; his cousin, Nicky Sualua, played at Ohio State and then with the Bengals and Cowboys; and his uncle, Kennedy Pola, was a fullback at USC and now is the Jaguars running backs coach. Polamalu figures one of the first sentences he uttered was that he wanted to be a football player. Still, he never envisioned himself as just a football player. “Some people are attracted to acting or any big job for the prestige,” said Polamalu, 24, who has been named to the Pro Bowl the last two seasons. “But some people act because they love to act and some people play football because they love to play football. I have the feeling I have a calling to play football. “I won’t say I don’t do it for the fans, but I don’t do it for prestige and to get my face out there so I can be famous.” If there is a trait Polamalu carries with him on the football field or away from it, it is passion. On the field, it shows up in the frenetic way he bounces around the field, leading Hope to dub him the Tasmanian Devil. Or the way he diligently studies film. Away from football, it is evident in the way he pours himself into whatever interests him at the moment. In high school, near his hometown of Tenmile, Ore., (pop. 701), it was wood-carving, which he learned at the knee of his woodshop teacher. Polamalu made cabinets, mirrors, end tables and coffee tables that he sold to make money. At USC, he learned to play the piano and read music, and also began to explore his Island roots, joining Polynesian dance clubs and picking up the Samoan language. His more recent interests include growing orchids and learning to fly fish, hobbies that don’t quite fit under the rubric of “when in Pittsburgh …” Polamalu smiles when he’s asked how many of his teammates would be interested in these pursuits, noting that he prefers reggae to rap and probably feels more at home with the veterans who have families. But it doesn’t seem to be an issue with him or them. “Troy doesn’t like to party, he doesn’t like to hang out with the fellas, but that doesn’t make him a black (sheep) or a loner,” Hope said. “He’s different but that’s who he is.” He hasn’t cut his black, wavy locks, which hang down over the back of his shoulder pads, since he was a sophomore at USC. Actually, the idea started out as a lark. “In college, you don’t care about these things,” Polamalu said. “Then all of a sudden it started to become my fifth appendage. I’m too scared to cut it off now.” Most of the time, Polamalu keeps it under wraps. In practice it’s tucked under his helmet. Afterward, he dresses at his locker with it wrapped up in a towel and leaves with it tied in a bun. As a rookie, he planned to keep his hair under his helmet until he had earned a starting role. “Then we go to San Francisco on a Monday night game and Ronnie Lott was there, I think getting his number retired, and I was back in California, the air was great, the energy was there I finally just let it out,” he said. “Some people say it’s a Samson thing, but I don’t think so. I didn’t take a Nazarene vow or anything. It’s just hair. The best explanation is that throughout history every great warrior the Greeks, the Samurais, the American Indians, the Mongolians, you name it had long hair and would dress it before battle. I don’t know why today is so different. In the military you’ve got to have short hair. “If there’s significance, it’s that you let everything loose on game day.” It’s the one day of the week that Polamalu isn’t so soft-spoken or thoughtful, where he can play the role of the great warrior. It’s the one day when he is more likely to hand someone his lunch, rather than pay for it. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita He speaks softly and gently, as if in an amplified whisper. If the subject is not Xs and Os, for which his answers are brief and rote, he is thoughtful and engaging. “He has an intellectual bent to him. He likes to know the why and wherefore,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “He’s probably the exact opposite on the field.” In the locker room, Polamalu is considered a good teammate but not one of the guys. When teammates at USC tried to drag him to parties at the Playboy Mansion, he passed. Not once in his three years in Pittsburgh, he says, has he been out to a bar or night club. He’d rather be home with Theodora and their three dogs, studying video, reading, or pursuing his passions outside of football, which have ranged over the years from cultivating orchids and wood-carving to fly fishing and wine making. “The stereotype of the pro athlete the guy who flaunts his money, has lots of cars, jewelry, women,” said fellow Steelers safety Chris Hope. “That’s not Troy.” Such random acts of kindness might surprise people who know the Steelers All-Pro safety only for his wild hair and wild-eyed play, which seems to earn him as many personal-foul penalties as it does plaudits. But when Polamalu, who will lead Pittsburgh into Indianapolis in an AFC Divisional Playoff today, sheds his uniform and wraps his hair into a bun, it’s as if he’s transformed, from warrior to ascetic.
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS Brian Mc Cormick Cup – Area ShieldsLagan Harps 2 Drumoghill F.C 2 (Lagan Harps won 3-1 on Penalties)Keith Hegarty got his managerial career off to a good start when Lagan overcame Drumoghill on penalties after a thrilling but sporting contest. Lagan started well and Kevin Kelly forced Paul Mc Auley into a fine save from a free. Drumoghill went close when after a goalmouth scramble Travis Crawford cleared Liam O’Donnell’s effort off the line. Lagan took the lead when Kevin Kelly converted a penalty when Paul Mc Auley was adjudged to have taken down Kenny Doran. Lagan increased their lead when Kenny Doran headed home a Kevin Kelly free. Drumoghill introduced Marcus Oliver at halftime and he had an immediate impact. He reacted first, when Chris Malseed’s header came off the bar, to fire home. He equalised on sixty five minutes with a fine angled drive. Chris Malseed then went close for Drumoghill with an acrobatic volley. Paul Mc Auley kept Drumoghill in the tie when he saved from Mark Harkin when he broke through, and then saved Kevin Kelly’s follow up long range lob. He then pulled off a fine save from Kenny Doran. Play swung from end to end as both teams chased a winner. In the penalty shoot-out Damien Mc Fadden saved Drumoghill’s first two penalties with Lagan scoring their first three. When Paul Mc Auley’s penalty went over the bar Lagan were through. Best for Lagan were Mark Harkin, Kenny Doran and Daniel Clarke. For Drumoghill Chris Malseed, Paul Mc Cauley and Philip White stood out. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.Kildrum Tigers 1 Convoy Arsenal 1 (Convoy Arsenal won 5-4 on Penalties) Kildrum took the lead on 22 minutes when Marc Brolly rounded the keeper and tapped into the empty net. Convoy levelled on 52 minutes through Ronnie Carlin. Convoy scored all 5 penalties with Bovaird missing for Kildrum.Curragh Athletic 1 Raphoe Town 4A penalty in each half helped Raphoe Town on their way to a comfortable win against Curragh Athletic in the Brian McCormick Cup game at The Curragh on a bright Sunday afternoon. Neil Lloyd’s side were well in contention in the first half and it took fantastic saves from Raphoe keeper Roy Duffy to deny Tim Callaghan and Gary Heaney, but the visitors went in at the break ahead thanks to a Keelan Gillen penalty in the 32nd minute. Raphoe had chances to add to their lead at the start of the second half and the finally did that when Christy Bogle scored directly from a corner. They soon made it 3-0, again from the penalty spot, this time Jason Mc Brearty scoring the goal. Curragh kept plugging away and they were rewarded when Dan O’Brien scored from close range with just four minutes left, but Raphoe immediately restored their advantage when Keelan Kelly scored an excellent goal to leave the final score 4-1. Curragh were well served by Tim Callaghan, Gary Heaney and Dan O’Brien while Raphoe keeper Roy Duffy and youngsters Mark Bogle, Michael Quinn, Keelan Kelly and Oran laird all did well for the visitors. Referee: Michael Mulhern.Ballybofey United 2 Lifford Celtic 6A largely inexperienced Ballybofey United side hosted Lifford Celtic in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup at the Finn Valley Complex on Sunday afternoon. The visitors, relegated last term from the Premier Division, still had too much knowhow to be troubled by the young Finnsiders. Lifford led by three goals to one at the break and the final scoreline was exactly double that if the interval, 2-6. Jude Patton and James Connolly had a brace apiece and added to that an Alan Gethins strike and an OG for the unfortunate John Gregg made the visitors total. Christopher Mc Brearty and David White scored for Ballybofey. Referee: Brian O’ Kane.Deele Harps 0 Castlefin Celtic 1This game was reversed to Castlefin on Friday night and it lived it up to the usual Derby fair. Strong tackles and harsh words were the order of the day with both sides competing well. The games produced few goal scoring opportunities with the defences on top. The winning goal came on 78 minutes when the ball fell kindly to Paddy Dooher at the back post and he rifled home from 6 yards. Deele pushed hard for the equaliser and had a late penalty shout denied as the Fin’ men progressed. Team performances.Whitestrand United 2 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0On a bright sunny afternoon Whitestrand United took on Kerrykeel ‘71 F.C. in the cup. It was a first game for new Whitestrand manager Sean Barrett and he was looking to hit the ground running. The game started off at a frenetic pace which is to be expected from a local derby. As the game settled Whitestrand began to make the home advantage tell as they began to dictate the game. It was a half of few clear cut chances up until the stroke of half time when Kevin Loughrey broke through but shot straight at the keeper. Shortly afterwards Kevin Mc Carry was through and he fired across the box but it was cleared off the line. The second half started quickly and Philip Hegarty broke through and finished well at the second attempt. This opened the game up and Hegarty nearly got his second when he was through but his shot went narrowly over the bar. The second goal came when the ball was chipped over the top and Kevin Mc Carry finished his one on one chance. Whitestrand kept trying for more goals and there were chances for Matt McNulty, Kevin Loughrey and Philip Hegarty but the game ended with just the two goals and a winning start to the season for Whitestrand. Best for Whitestrand were Anthony Fisher and Kevin Mc Carry.Kilmacrennan Celtic 5 Bonagee United 1(No Report) Milford United P Rathmullan Celtic P Gweedore Celtic 8 Cranford United 0Gweedore Celtic had a convincing win against a depleted Cranford in the first game of the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. 4 first half goals from Colin Ferry(2), Kevin Friel and Thomas Diver eased the home team into a lead at half time. Colin Ferry completed his hat-trick and further goals from Brendan Mc Geady, Jamie Boyle and Damian O’ Sullivan completed the scoring for the home team. Cranford to their credit kept trying and saves from Hugo Diver denied them of three occasions. Best for Gweedore were Damian O’ Sullivan, Shane Porter and Thomas Diver. Best for Cranford were: Martin and Denis Mc Bride and the ageless Brendan Logue. Referee: Ed MooreGlenea United 4 Glenree United 1 Glenea got their season underway with a hard earned victory in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. Glenea started well and went close on 10 minutes when Joe Coll’s effort was well saved. Glenea opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Padraig McGee’s effort from the edge of the box was well saved but the rebound broke to Dean Gallagher and he slotted home from 10 yards. Glenree tried hard to get back into the game but were unable to create any clear cut chances. In the 2nd half Glenea started well again and doubled their lead on 50 minutes when Dean Gallagher got onto a through ball, saw his shot saved but Joe Coll was on hand to roll the ball in. Glenea got their 3rd on 55 minutes when Shane Coll’s corner was deflected in by a Glenree defender. Glenea extended their lead on 75 minutes, when Dean Gallagher broke from his own half and drilled the ball home. Glenree pulled a goal back on 85 minutes when Marty Mc Laughlin got onto a through ball and slotted home. Best for Glenea were Shane Coll, Dean Mc Carry and Dean Gallagher, while it was a team effort from Glenree. Referee: Kevin Logue.Dunkineely Celtic 1 St. Catherines 3St Catherine’s emerged winners from this game after a hard fought battle. Dunkineely playing their first competitive game under new manager Paul Murrin gave a good account of themselves and could have taken the game to extra time if their finishing had been better. Dunkineely started well and were on top in the early exchanges. They took the lead on 10 minutes when Alan Lyons fired a fine shot to the bottom corner from 20 yards. The home team continued to play well and created a number of chances without troubling the visiting keeper. They were caught on 25 minutes when St. Catherine’s were awarded a penalty which Brendan Mc Guire converted. St Catherine’s came more into the game after the break and took the lead on 50 minutes when David Conwell finished a good move with a neat chip. Both sides kept pressing and it was St Catherine’s who found the net again on 70 minutes with substitute Ryan Ward finishing a good move. Dunkineely did not give up and Daniel Gallagher hit the post on 80 minutes but they could not find the breakthrough they needed. Best for Dunkineely were Daniel Gallagher and Alan Lyons while Ryan Farrell and Ryan Mc Closkey were best for St Catherine’s. Referee: Paddy MartinCopany Rovers 0 Cappry Rovers 6(No Report )Donegal Town 2 Erne Wanderers 4Erne started off the brighter of the two teams as they had most of the possession however nothing really came of it. Donegal started to create a few chances but then in the 20th minute the Donegal defence got caught under a high ball leaving the goal keeper stranded and the Erne striker chipped it into the net. Erne struck again in the 37th minute. Donegal started the second half well but Erne grabbed another two goals to make it 4-0. Donegal got two consolation goals near the end.Eany Celtic 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 1A long free kick that took a defection led to a goal from Shaun Griffin. It gave a young Eany Celtic side a home win over neighbours Letterbarrow in the Brian McCormick Cup. It was the visitors who started best with John Corley and Conor McDaid having chances early on but it was McDaid who slipped around the back of the Eany defence and slotted the ball home in the 15th minute. Eany Celtic came more into the match but were unable to get back on terms by the end of the first half. On the hour a free kick just inside Letterbarrow half was well struck by Declan Gallagher. The kick took a deflection off a Letterbarrow defender and landed in the bottom corner of the net. Eany stepped up the pressure and went in front on 75 minutes when Shaun Griffin latched onto a rebound following a shot from Pauric Mc Hugh . Letterbarrow pressed hard for the equaliser but found the Eany defence and their young keeper Mulreany in fine form . This was a good performance from both sides.RESULTSBrian Mc Cormick Cup – Area ShieldsLagan Harps 2 v 2 Drumoghill F.CLagan Harps won 3-1 on PenaltiesKildrum Tigers 1 v 1 Convoy ArsenalConvoy Arsenal won 5-4 on PenaltiesCurragh Athletic 1 v 4 Raphoe TownBallybofey United 2 v 6 Lifford CelticDeele Harps 0 v 1 Castlefin CelticWhitestrand United 2 v 0 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Kilmacrennan Celtic 5 v 1 Bonagee UnitedMilford United P v P Rathmullan CelticGweedore Celtic 8 v 0 Cranford UnitedGlenea United 4 v 1 Glenree UnitedDunkineely Celtic 1 v 3 St. CatherinesCopany Rovers 0 v 6 Cappry RoversDonegal Town 2 v 4 Erne WanderersEany Celtic 2 v 1 Letterbarrow CelticFIXTURESWednesday 19th August 2015Brian Mc Cormick Cup K.O. 7.00 p.m.Milford United v Rathmullan CelticSaturday 22nd AugustVoodoo Venue Cup K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Preliminary RoundErne Wanderers Reserves v Strand RoversDonegal Town Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesOrchard F.C. v Cappry Rovers ReservesMulroy Celtic v Castlefin Celtic ReservesSunday 23rd August 2015Brian Mc Cormick Cup K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Area Semi-FinalsWhitestrand United v Milford United / Rathmullan CelticKilmacrennan Celtic v Lagan HarpsSt. Catherines v Eany CelticErne Wanderers v Cappry RoversGweedore Celtic v Glenea UnitedGweedore United v Keadue RoversConvoy Arsenal v Castlefin CelticLifford Celtic v Raphoe TownDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: August 16th, 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:Donegal League
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“I got along with him as a person, he is a really nice guy.“There were a couple of other clubs interested (in a loan) but we didn’t really explore it at all really, once we heard Celtic were involved.“I spoke to the gaffer and I was really excited to get started, it is such a massive club.“Tommy Rogic had nothing but praise for the club.“I’m here for two seasons at least and my focus is to develop as a player.” 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Daniel Arzani revealed a telephone call with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers sealed his two-year loan deal with the Parkhead club.The 19-year-old Australia midfielder impressed for his country at the World Cup finals in Russia, where he was the youngest player in the tournament, and recently moved from Melbourne City to Manchester City. targets LIVING THE DREAM moving on Arzani impressed at the World Cup targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Rodgers persuaded Arzani to join Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND LATEST LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Arzani will link up with international team-mate Tom Rogic, who signed a new five-year contract at Celtic Park towards the end of last season, and who also encouraged him to make the move to Glasgow.Speaking at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training complex, Arzani said: “I had a phone call from the gaffer Brendan Rodgers and he swayed my decision and convinced me to come here.“It wasn’t so much about the football, he was talking about the club, the tradition and the fan base. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Antelopes’ strength is their solid singles players. Senior Hollie O’Brien, freshman Janell Hatland and junior Melisa Gruber are the top singles players, winners of seven of nine sets in the Knight match. Gruber went 3-0. Up from the JV team Dumas coached last season are sophomore Vanessa Castillo, junior Gina Gonzales and junior Ebony Hallman. All are making steady progress. Dumas said her primary focus is building for the future. Her goal is for several individuals to advance to the Southern Section playoffs next year. “It’s not necessarily about winning as much as it is about improving at this point,” she said. Dumas is emphasizing her players conduct themselves appropriately, and she takes the compliments she has received from parents at recent league matches as a testament to her team’s grasp of tennis etiquette. LANCASTER – Whatever Antelope Valley High’s girls’ tennis team lacks in tradition, it is trying to make up for it with enthusiasm. Players came up with a motto, “I love this team,” that typifies the upbeat attitude the perennially struggling program has adopted. “They yell it during practice, and even during matches sometimes,” first-year coach Traci Dumas said. “There’s a lot of excitement about the potential of this team.” Antelope Valley showed some of that potential in Thursday’s 10-8 Golden League victory over Knight. “It’s a big contrast to the typical reputation that A.V. tennis players have,” Dumas said. “I was really happy.” Winning combination: Highland’s No. 2 doubles team, junior Alex Ruiz and senior Kelly Manahan, has emerged among the league’s best. They were unbeaten in Thursday’s 13-5 loss to Quartz Hill. Ruiz’s and Manahan’s skills complement each other. Ruiz’s specialty is returning and hitting well-placed lob shots; Manahan is an effective net player. “Both are really strong players, and they play really well as a team,” said Highland coach Linda Ruiz, Alex’s mother. Private lessons: Antelope Valley senior Bridget Grover, one of the Antelopes’ top players in recent years, has decided not to play high school tennis this season. She is instead working with a private instructor. Gideon Rubin (818)713-3607 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Darwin started a tradition of worrying about the Cambrian Explosion. Over time the problem has only worsened; now we know that all the animal phyla appeared suddenly in the oldest strata containing metazoan (multi-celled) animals. In recent decades, evolutionists had hoped that the strange Ediacaran fossils would provide the needed missing links. In addition, some thought they had found embryos of early metazoans in the exceptionally-preserved Precambrian beds of China. Those hopes have now been dashed, leading to moans and groans from Darwinians.New techniques have allowed a closer look at the alleged embryos. Using a non-invasive synchrotron X-ray microscope, an international team has reported their findings in Science.1 Result: not embryos, but cysts of protists. N. J. Butterfield, writing in the same issue of Science,2 explained the misery of disappointment:Ever since Darwin there has been a disturbing void, both paleontological and psychological, at the base of the Phanerozoic eon. If his theory of gradualistic evolution be true, then surely the pre-Phanerozoic oceans must have swarmed with living animals—despite their conspicuous absence from the early fossil record. Thus, the 1998 report of fossilized animal embryos in the early Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation of South China was met with almost palpable relief. It was indeed the fossil record that had let us down, not the textbooks, and certainly not the exciting new insights from molecular clocks. All was not as it seemed, however, and new data from Huldtgren et al. on page 1696 of this issue,1 look set to revoke the status of these most celebrated Ediacaran fossils.The main point is that these spores are not on the way to becoming animal body plans. “Although unquestionably eukaryotic, the fossils are not metazoan, or even properly multicellular by all appearances,” Butterfield said. The researchers tried to put a semi-happy face on their conclusion by claiming it might still represent a transition “that evolved after the last common ancestor of animals and fungi, but before the last common ancestor of living (that is, crown-group) animals”. Here’s what Butterfield had to say about that: “In terms of progressivist storytelling, this all seems a little too good to be true,” since other microbes have a similar growth habit. The authors even acknowledge that “the much broader distribution of this habit undermines its utility as a phylogenetic marker,” Butterfield added.Yet Butterfield struggled to maintain his equanimity in spite of the disappointment. “Interpretation at this level is inevitably impressionistic, but to my eye there is still a case for identifying the Doushantuo fossils as embryos, albeit algal rather than animal.” Needless to say, an alga is not anything like an animal (think trilobite with articulated limbs and complex eyes; see 12/07/2011).In the expected manner of P.R. departments, the University of Bristol put out a press release spun in progressivist storytelling, with the tried-and-true “shedding light” metaphor: “Chinese fossils shed light on the evolutionary origin of animals from single-cell ancestors.” PhysOrg inhaled and exhaled it unprocessed, even with the triumphalist but contradictory preface:All life evolved from a single-celled universal common ancestor, and at various times in Earth history, single-celled organisms threw their lot in with each other to become larger and multicellular, resulting, for instance, in the riotous diversity of animals. However, fossil evidence of these major evolutionary transitions is extremely rare.To get to the agony of defeat, one needs to move past the cheerleading headline:Professor Philip Donoghue said: “We were very surprised by our results – we’ve been convinced for so long that these fossils represented the embryos of the earliest animals – much of what has been written about the fossils for the last ten years is flat wrong. Our colleagues are not going to like the result.”Professor Stefan Bengtson said: “These fossils force us to rethink our ideas of how animals learned to make large bodies out of cells.”One remarkable facet of these fossils was noted in the press release: “The organisms should not have been fossilized – they were just gooey clusters of cells – but they were buried in sediments rich in phosphate that impregnated the cell walls and turned them to stone.” What this implies that if real metazoans or their embryos were present, they could have been preserved.1. Huldtgren et al., “Fossilized Nuclei and Germination Structures Identify Ediacaran ‘Animal Embryos’ as Encysting Protists,” Science 23 December 2011:Vol. 334 no. 6063 pp. 1696-1699, doi: 10.1126/science.1209537.2. N. J. Butterfield, “Paleontology: Terminal Developments in Ediacaran Embryology,” Science 23 December 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6063 pp. 1655-1656, doi: 10.1126/science.1216125.“Progressivist storytelling.” Nice. That was Butterfield’s term. You don’t have to quote us to prove that Darwinism relies on progressivist storytelling. They know it. They just don’t always say it. If you removed the hopeful hype from evolutionary papers and press releases, you would be left with data that support intelligent design.Those who have watched the documentary Darwin’s Dilemma might recall that it referred to the Doushantuo fossils as embryos. Even if that interpretation is now shown to be incorrect, it doesn’t change the argument: strata that were able to fossilize “gooey clusters of cells” should have been able to preserve transitional animals if they were present. The point is actually strengthened by this paper. They weren’t even embryos; they were clumps of microbes! So not only does this increase the phylogenetic distance between Precambrian fossils and Cambrian metazoan fossils, it shows that no transitional forms appear in the ideal conditions of the Chinese Doushantuo deposits. Score another shutout against Darwinian evolution.Butterfield spoke of a “disturbing void” among evolutionists that was in part “psychological”. Do you have a void in your life? Are you feeling something big is missing from your world view? Would you like to fill that void? Christians teach that we all have a God-shaped vacuum in our soul that only God can fill. That’s what Christmas is about: the Creator of life on earth has communicated with us in the person of God the Son, giving us hope, meaning and purpose. Do some research this holiday season. A good place to explore for answers is AllAboutGod.com.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 May 2007The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has released the findings of an audit into 11 major electricity distributors in the country, recommending that the government spend more than R400-million on refurbishing of infrastructure.The energy regulator was forced to intervene following a spate of power outages across the country in 2005, blamed mainly on the poor state of South Africa’s electricity distribution infrastructure.Addressing the media in Pretoria on Wednesday, Nersa chairperson Collin Matjila said the problem was especially severe in smaller municipalities. “They are heavily under-resourced and stressed in the delivery of the necessary levels of service,” he said.The audit has also found that few formal systems were in place to ensure proper maintenance of electricity infrastructure, with much reliance being placed on individual engineers.“This adds great risk when individuals leave the service, at the same time limiting the introduction of modern, innovative technologies and systems, thus ensuring that these utilities remain static,” Matjila said.The audit found that the 11 distributors needed to spend R431-million on their electricity networks.The distibutors were those in Ekurhuleni (East Rand), Tshwane (greater Pretoria), Cape Town, Ethekwini (greater Durban), Emfuleni (greater Vereeniging), Mangaung (greater Bloemfontein), Msunduzi (greater Pietermaritzburg), the Nelson Mandela Metro (greater Port Elizabeth) and Rustenburg, as well as Eskom’s southern and north-west regions.Matjila said, however, that the energy regulator was encouraged by the well designed and installed energy networks in the country’s metropolitan municipalities.“The electricity transmission and distribution systems operated by the metros are generally of a well-designed and serviceable state,” he said.Eskom is currently on a skills development drive, aiming to attract up to 400 new engineers, with more than 200 already hired. The state-owned electricity company is also seeking to lure older engineers out of retirement to train apprentices.Source: BuaNews