6 Lewas in EAP team of the tournament

first_imgThis comes after the Lewas finished undefeated at the International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Regional Qualifier held in Samoa this month.Six Lewas are in the team of the tournament that was selected by Steve Bernard (tournament referee) and Jane Livesey (ICC development officer).Team of the tournament:Lelia Bourne (Samoa), Veru Kila Frank (PNG), Taalili Iosefo (Samoa), Sibona Lucy Jimmy (PNG), Kopi John (PNG), Etsuko Kobayashi (Japan), Regina Lili’I (Samoa) – captain, Shizuka Miyaji (Japan), Ravini Oa (PNG), Konio Oala (PNG), Pauke Siaka (PNG) and Matile Uliao (Samoa).The Lewas returned to the country yesterday afternoon.last_img

PNG U20 women fight back to draw with Bloomsburg University

first_imgShooting accuracy was a key factor in the games where there were many attempts at goal but the team couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net again to take the lead.PNG U20 women’s coach Lisa Cole said there were plenty of good chances created by the team but we still lacked the finish touch.Cole was impressed with the effort put in and  was proud to walk away with the draw.“The team put in a good fight at the end of the game looking to get the win,” she added.The team has had mixed results so far, losing their first game against Seattle Pacific University but redeeming themselves with a 2-1 win against Lock Haven University in their second match.Outside of football training and matches, the squad has worked closely with Centre Soccer Association, participating in a CSA Youth Clinic at State College and attending 50 Fest, the 50th anniversary celebration of Centre Region Parks and Recreation. These extra-curricular activities have allowed the young team to meet and inspire other young athletes and immerse themselves in the American culture.The squad has three matches left in their tour of the United States before Cole will select the final squad to compete at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.last_img read more

Keen observations being given to the operations at GECOM (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Recent published statements by representatives of the international community highlight the keen observations being given to the operations of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The implicit and justified attention are no doubt related to the many mixed signals that have emerged from the organization, in particular, those from the dubious and challenged imposition of the Chairman, Justice ‘retired’ James Patterson.Given the circumstances of his unilateral appointment, which most Guyanese and observers are convinced is a constitutional breach, it was hoped by many that his performance would allay their fears of these dictatorial actions by President Granger. It is becoming even more frightening now, as, with each passing day, there is broader public conviction that Chairman Patterson’s contentious stay is more destructive than complementary.Instead of improvements to correct the many known problematic imbalances and areas of abuse existing within GECOM, Chairman Justice (retired) James Patterson’s watch is realising greater uncertainty. There have been countless biased and lopsided decisions compounding the less-than-transparent image required of the organisation. At the same time, we continue to witness the emergence of irrational and futile defences by the Chairman of efforts tantamount to the suppression Guyana’s democracy.Among the latest widely published geriatrics emerging from GECOM’s Chairman is the now infamous headliner: “quality trumps race” in hiring workers. The reported reactions of many readers of all ethnic persuasions inform a number of hair-raising questions. Among these are:1. Is the current GECOM staff composition reflective of the best skill set or academic quality reflected by the results of national education demographics?2. Given that the Chairman previously reported the staff make-up of GECOM consisting of 48 per cent of one ethnic group, is there a special quality or characteristic contained in that ethnic group which makes the group best suited to ‘trump’ the requirements of the organisation?3. Is GECOM not responsible for training all staff employed, or do we have persons being employed with all of the skill sets?4. What are the criteria established by the organisation’s policy for the selection of permanent and temporary staff? And,5. Is the principle of objectivity or being a good Judge in implementing the intent of the Constitution one that is negatively impacted by age?The ominous signs of underhand and surreptitious happenings beacon brightly under a weakened and infiltrated system.These must serve to impress upon and justify for the awareness of all citizens a strengthened keenness of enquiry, and objection where required, to protect citizens’ rights.Sincerely.Neil Kumarlast_img read more

No fair?

first_img“We cannot increase attendance at Hansen Dam,” Honda said. “We’re wasting the taxpayers’ dollars, and I’m trying to be responsible by making us self-sufficient. If we’re going to do that, we need to move to where people are at. This isn’t a backyard barbecue.” Last year, the event at Hansen Dam drew 14,000 attendees, down significantly from the 40,000 to 50,000 who attended when the fair was held in Burbank. And after losing parking facilities at the dam last year, the fair’s board decided to look for a different location. Woodley Park, close to freeways and the Orange Line, seemed an ideal solution. Last December, organizers said they negotiated a deal with the Department of Recreation and Parks to hold the fair there each June through 2009. But in early February, Honda said the department changed the terms of the deal, citing traffic hazards, hours of operation and community concerns. “… a decision has been made to amend the condition of allowing the Valley Fair to be held at Woodley Park in the Sepulveda Basin,” wrote Ron Berkowitz, a department superintendent. “The Valley Fair will be allowed to continue to conduct the Fair at Hansen Dam, as it has done in previous years.” Berkowitz was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but Jim Combs, assistant general manager for the department’s west operations, said he was unaware of any problems with the fair moving back to Hansen Dam. Honda said that, after he received the department letter, Cardenas’ office sent him a message suggesting that, to be held at Woodley, the fair would need to close at 7 p.m. and not serve alcohol, shut down streets or make noise after 6 p.m. Representatives of Cardenas were unavailable for comment Wednesday. The fair’s chief executive, Catherine Garcia, said she is willing to compromise but that conditions suggested by Cardenas’ office would make the event impossible. A noise curfew of 6 p.m. would prevent night concerts, which Garcia said have been a significant draw. Most fairgoers attend from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., so a 7 p.m. closure would have a severe impact. “It’s devastating, and it’s unacceptable,” she said. “Those types or requirements are financially devastating to a fair. This would hit our attendance and our bottom line. It’s crushing.” On Friday, Honda and his supporters will go before the City Council to plead for help. Glenn Bailey, an Encino resident who’s a representative of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area Steering Committee and a member of the Encino Neighborhood Council, called the fair “an asset to the San Fernando Valley.” Bailey said he initially was concerned about the increased traffic the fair would generate at Woodley Park, but believed the issue could be worked out. “This seems totally unfair to the San Fernando Valley Fair,” he said. “It’s a good event for the Valley, so it would be a real shame if it were canceled.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A fight over where to locate the longtime annual San Fernando Valley Fair could put a crimp in the cotton candy as organizers threatened Wednesday to call off the event. The 61-year-old affair has bounced from the Burbank Equestrian Center to Hansen Dam to Lake Castaic and back again in recent years in a struggle to maintain attendance. Seeking to boost the number of fairgoers – and keep the budget in the black – organizers signed a deal to move the fair this year to Woodley Park in Encino. But fair President David Honda said the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and City Councilman Tony Cardenas’ office have pressured organizers to keep the fair at Hansen Dam in a move that could mean the four-day June event might be canceled altogether. last_img read more

Delight as Tucker and Thomas get home safe

first_imgAfter Tucker and Thomas went missing two days ago in Glenalla, their owner Lara launched an appeal with us.Tucker is a blue roan cocker spaniel, and is five years old. Thomas is a black cocker spaniel, and is four years old.Five hours after the article went live, Lara updated Donegal Daily by saying that they had been reunited. The dogs had wandered to the Water’s Edge in Rathmullen.Lara said; “I’m so happy that they were found and returned to us. Thanks for all your help. Someone saw the Facebook post and called us.”Lara wants to extend a very special thanks to Siobhán Friel and her family.Delight as Tucker and Thomas get home safe was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found dogsMissing Dogsrathmullentucker and thomaslast_img read more

HEALTH: ADHD ‘MOST NEGLECTED MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS’ – MEP

first_imgIndependent MEP Marian Harkin has said that ADHD is “one of the most neglected of all mental health disorders, and it is high time Irish society took the diagnosis and treatment of it as seriously as it deserves”.Having co-hosted earlier this week a high-level Brussels meeting on ADHD, Harkin noted that “it is clear that we must do more to raise awareness of the condition and its societal, economic and personal impact”.“The Expert White Paper on ADHD launched in Brussels this week makes a clear case for increasing diagnosis rates, particularly in younger children. Evidence suggests that early diagnosis of ADHD can have a radically stronger positive impact on the individual. “To achieve this goal, some joined-up thinking is urgently required. This means standardised tools – including appropriate training – across the board in mental health service providers.“It also means targeted awareness campaigns in schools, so that parents and teachers have the knowledge to identify potential ADHD sufferers among the very young.“Early intervention is money well spent because of the personal and economic savings down the line,” the Ireland North & West MEP concluded.  HEALTH: ADHD ‘MOST NEGLECTED MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS’ – MEP was last modified: April 26th, 2013 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:HEALTH: ADHD ‘MOST NEGLECTED MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS’ – MEPlast_img read more

MEASURE Y PRO: Still need more new schools

first_imgLos Angeles Unified officials and other supporters of Measure Y say the nearly $4 billion bond issue is needed to finish the school construction and renovation projects the district began with Proposition BB nearly a decade ago. The $3.985 billion bond measure would be used to add 20,000 classroom seats through the construction of 25 new schools, including five in the San Fernando Valley. As the fourth in a series of district school-construction bond measures, it also would bring spending in Los Angeles Unified’s recent building campaign to $20 billion, including state matching funds. “We have frankly neglected this for 30 years, and we have been responding to the need to reduce the overcrowding. We’re very aware that the overcrowding has hurt our ability to do good instruction,” said the district superintendent, Roy Romer. “In addition, we need money to fix and refurbish older buildings, particularly the secondary schools that are going to become small learning communities.” Smaller class sizes will lead to higher test scores for students, Duffy expects. Rosaura Arroyo, a kindergarten teacher at Dyer Street Elementary School in Sylmar, noted there is a cap of 20 students per class in kindergarten through third grade, and she would like to see smaller classrooms in all grades. “It really is true that smaller learning communities help instruction,” Arroyo said. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since 2002, the district has opened 23 new schools and 15 early-education centers, built 39 additions to other schools and added 21,353 classroom seats. An additional 38 schools are planned in the district by the end of this year. Romer said declining enrollment has been taken into consideration, but additional schools are still needed to ease overcrowding. If the bond measure passes, enrollment at middle schools would be capped at no more than 2,000 per campus and all schools would be converted to traditional calendar-year instruction, instead of multitrack, year-round schedules. The bonds also would be used to continue major repair projects, ensure all schools have up-to-date fire-alarm and air-conditioning systems and complete removal of lead and asbestos. “We have to build 160 schools, and the projection is that what we have in the bank is not going to be enough,” said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents the district’s teachers. last_img read more

Buena Vista fined in price-fixing case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Buena Vista Home Entertainment was fined 3.1 million euros ($3.7 million), Carrefour 5.7 million euros ($6.8 million), Casino 3.2 million euros ($3.8 million) and SDO 2.4 million euros ($2.9 million). BVHE and Casino officials could not immediately be reached for comment. A Carrefour official had no immediate comment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PARIS – France’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday slapped a 14.4 million euro ($17.2 million) fine on Buena Vista Home Entertainment Inc., a unit of The Walt Disney Co., and three French retailers for fixing home-video prices between 1995 and 1998. The antitrust watchdog said the four companies were guilty of “particularly serious infractions.” The retailers fined are Carrefour SA, Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA and Selection Disc Organisation SA, the Competition Council said in a statement. “BVHE initiated a vertical collusion with retailers Casino and Carrefour, as well as with wholesale company SDO, aimed at setting the retail price of Disney home videos artificially high,” the regulator said. last_img read more

Warner Named to Buck Buchanan Watch List

first_imgThe award, which is named after the former Grambling State and Kansas City Chiefs great, recognizes the defensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision. CHICAGO, Ill. – Drake University defensive back Will Warner is one of 16 players named to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, the organization announced Thursday. Warner has recorded 26 tackles and four interceptions this season. Print Friendly Version Warner was a finalist for the Buchanan award last season after tying the Drake record and finishing second in the nation with eight interceptions. He was named a first-team All-American. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner of the Buck Buchanan award after the conclusion of the regular season.last_img read more

Grasses Ratchet Their Seeds Into Distance Travelers

first_imgJohn Muir said we should not pity plants as prisoners to one spot.  In their own ways, they travel the world as we humans do.  Anyone who has walked through wild dry grass may have been annoyed at how many foxtails get buried in their socks and how hard it is to get them out.  The seeds were not engineered for socks, but for animal fur.  Once embedded, they become successful hitchhikers.  The shape of the seeds, along with tiny barbs pointing backwards, ensure that the seeds work their way deep into the fur.  The seed may find itself the pioneer of a new land far from where it was born.    Charles Wolgemuth [U of Connecticut) talked about this in Current Biology.1  Many plants do more than just cast their fates to the wind; “some grasses, at least, are not so cavalier and have engineered their seed carrying appendages (spikelets) to increase dispersion and facilitate seed burial by converting periodic or random oscillations in the environment into directed motion.”  Foxtails may look like dead, dry, inert things, but they can hitchhike, walk along the ground and even bury themselves into the soil.  On the ground, they can take advantage of diurnal cycles of moisture and temperature.  Their spikelets, called awns, expand and shrink, ratcheting the seed forward.  Some of them even have spiral tips that can drill the seeds into the ground.    Wolgemuth noted other instances where nature has used ratchet mechanisms to good advantage: snakes, whose skin moves their undulating motions in one direction, and jellyfish and bugs that can use water or air motions to achieve unidirectional travel.  Even inside the cell, molecular motors like myosin, the flagellum and ATP synthase (05/25/2009) ratchet up the random Brownian motion in their environment into linear or rotary motion.  His discussion of ratchets in nature led Wolgemuth to speculate about ratcheting as a general principle of biology.  Unfortunately, this won him Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week :Biology has thus repeatedly found ways of producing net work by rectifying fluctuations with ratchets, and it is interesting to speculate on other areas where this mechanism may play a role.  Evolution is one directly analogous system and a comparison between it and Brownian ratchets has been drawn previously.  Clearly, random mutations in an organism’s genome lead to fluctuations in phenotype.  Reproduction can lock in these variations, and natural selection then acts as a ratchet, reducing the likelihood of maintaining a population that is less competent at reproducing while increasing phenotypic populations that are fitter.  A more tenuous comparison, though, comes to mind when I consider my own thoughts, which all too often seem quite random.  I must consciously work to rectify these thoughts, plucking out the good ones and discarding the bad, in an attempt to construct an understanding of the world about me.  Could my own thinking be working by trapping useful ideas from a pool of noise?  One of the not-so-useful ideas, right?  But, it has been suggested that certain nuclei in the basal ganglia act as a random motor pattern noise generator.  If our brains can create noise, maybe they can ratchet it too.Wolgemuth did not make a distinction between purposeful choice in matters of truth and falsehood, and mindless mechanisms without purpose or goal.  He also did not distinguish between physical ratchet mechanisms and conceptual ones (argument from analogy), and ended up personifying biology as an engineer.  On fitness as a ratchet for progress, see 10/30/2002, “Fitness for Dummies.”Tip: To get foxtails out of your socks, don’t try to pull them out backwards.  Push them through the cloth in the direction their natural ratchet wants to go.1.  Charles Wolgemuth, “Plant Biomechanics: Using Shape to Steal Motion,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 10, 26 May 2009, Pages R409-R410.One of the best videos of the motion of grass seeds is in volume one of Moody’s DVD set Wonders of God’s Creation.  Time-lapse photography shows the seeds moving around like bugs and even burying themselves in the soil.    It’s a shame Wolgemuth had to turn an otherwise interesting scientific discussion about plant engineering into another shallow Darwinian speculation.  If he is unable to separate his own thoughts from noise, why should his readers try to do so?Tip: To get Darwinian foxtails out of your brain, don’t try to pull them out backwards.  Push them through to their logical conclusions, where their blunt pointlessness becomes evident to all.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more