Unbeaten urban teams clash in ISSA netball

first_imgTODAY’S set of matches in the second round of the Inter- Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Urban Area schoolgirl netball competition will be the most important as four unbeaten senior teams will battle each other as they seek semi-final berths.Defending champion The Queen’s School, along with St Catherine High, are the two unbeaten teams in Group I, and they will face each other at 2:45 p.m. In Group II, Camperdown will clash with last year’s beaten finalist, St Hugh’s, as they seek to keep their unbeaten tag.Queen’s should start as favourites to make it three wins in a row as their two wins so far have been more impressive than St Catherine High’s.In their first match of the second round, they turned back St Andrew Technical 33-16 before getting by Excelsior High 41-20 on Wednesday.On the other hand St. Catherine had to fight hard to get by Excelsior 32-27 and Norman Manley 31-28.The Group II clash between Camperdown and St Hugh’s is worth going miles to see as both teams have been unbeaten so far this season after dominating their opponents in the preliminary round.Both teams have been the most impressive so far in second-round action.On Wednesday, St Hugh’s got by a good Holy Childhood team 51-39 to follow up on their 54-23 win over Campion in their first game of the round.With four national junior representatives in their team, Camperdown has been touted to go all the way this year and give the east Kingston school its first title in the competition. They have shown so far that they have the team to do so, and following a big 29-8 win over Gaynstead and a 52-6 win over Campion, they will be hard to beat.FULL SCHEDULE OF MATCHES TODAYJUNIORSNorman Manley vs Alpha – 2 p.m.Excelsior vs Meadowbrook – 2 p.m.Holy Childhood vs Queen’s – 2 p.m.Ardenne vs Tarrant – 2 p.m.St Hugh’s vs Camperdown – 2:45 p.m.Gaynstead vs Campion – 2:45 p.m.SENIORSSt Hugh’s vs Camperdown – 3:30 p.m.Queen’s vs St Catherine – 2:45 p.m.Excelsior vs Tarrant – 2:45 p.m.Norman Manley vs St Andrew Technical – 3:30 p.m.Holy Childhood vs Gaynstead – 3:45 p.m.Campion vs Meadowbrook – 3:45 p.m.last_img read more

Juggler, Robot Entertain Crowd at WAFU Finals

first_imgThe young man juggler in a display with the chair while the robotic human being stands behind himThere was a side attraction at the finals of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) between eventual winners, The Gambia and host Liberia on May 6 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.It was in the first game between La Cote d’Ivoire and Mali when the two men, a bottle juggler and another moving in calculated steps appeared near the perimeter of the pitch.Though my location on the field (VIP) did not allow me the chance to get closer to the two men, I was able to capture their images as both of them; particularly the bottle juggler began to demonstrate his skills.At first he held three empty stout bottles or what appeared to be three empty plastic bottles. He held the three bottles together and pulled out and threw it so high that before it could descend to his location, he would throw the other two at the same time.He juggles with the three bottles all at once in rapid movementBy now the one he had first thrown into the air, would easily fall into his hand and he would continue with the process with rapid motion that drew the attention of soccer fans.He would keep his rapid motion on for several seconds as he moved back and forth the direction the bottles were descending and he was so expert about it that at no occasion did the any of the bottle fall, by any chance.Afterward he would hand over the three bottles to the robot man and picked up a white empty plastic chair. As you can see in one of the pictures, he would place an angle edge of the chair somewhere on his face and allow his hands to fall on his side. Surprisingly he would keep the chair in a steady position for several minutes.After some performance, the robot man would pick the scene. With his body painted white, in a dark shades with red writings on his chest and his stomach, he would robotically move one step after the other as if he was being controlled by a magnetic system inside or outside his body.Lately, there have been a good number of people who are earning a form of income through advertising messages or products for businesses and some government agencies. The man had WINNERS written on his chest.The young man in question behaved as if he was walking on motorized wheels, as robots are programmed with dozens of movable segments that are typically made of metal or plastic. In a pure imitation, the young man behaved as if he were a real robot that spins wheels and pivot jointed segments with some sort of actuator or a hydraulic system, a pneumatic system (a system driven by compressed gasses). The imitation was so perfect that many people wondered how he could get it so perfectly right.In any case, those were the two side attractions that provided a form of entertainment for thousands who thronged the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, particularly in the final day of the tournament as the two teams engaged each other in a grand finale.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RCMP believe sexual assault by counselor was ongoing

first_imgHe is accused of sexually assaulting his 36-year-old female client between January and April of 2010. RCMP believe the assault was ongoing during that time and have charged him with one global sexual assualt charge, encompassing all of the alleged incidents. The alleged assault wasn’t reported to RCMP until September 2010. A lengthy investigation was conducted and led to Anthony’s arrest in Fort St. John yesterday. He was released on a number of conditions and will appear in court on October 12, 2011. Throughout his career Anthony also worked in Prince George, Dawson Creek and Williams Lake. RCMP are now investigating whether there have been any other victims or incidents. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Fort St. John Serious Crime unit at 250-787-8140.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tottenham transfer latest: Spurs to sign ‘the new Thierry Henry’?

first_img Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) – One deal which doesn’t look like going through, according to the Daily Telegraph, is Spurs’ move for Saints midfielder Schneiderlin. The Frenchman told boss Ronald Koeman he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play in their friendly with Bayer Leverkusen, but the Dutch boss has reiterated to the 24-year-old he won’t be sold, despite allowing him to miss the match. 6 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) – Kyle Naughton’s career at Spurs is beginning to look bleaker as the club look set to bring in another young right-back. The Daily Mail understand a move for USA and Seattle Sounders youngster Yedlin is close to completion but the pacey full-back is likely to stay with the MLS side until the end of their season in December before moving to White Hart Lane. 6 Moses Simon (AS Trencin) – Reports in the Daily Mirror have suggested Tottenham are ready to shell out £2million on AS Trencin winger Moses Simon. The 19-year-old played in both legs of the Slovakian side’s Europa League clash with Hull City and impressed with his displays and Spurs could now beat Liverpool and Celtic, among others, to his signature. The new Premier League season is fast approaching and Tottenham are still interested in doing business as Mauricio Pochettino looks to improve his squad.The new Spurs head coach has been impressed by the quality of the players already at White Hart Lane but it is believed he wants to bring in one or two new faces.And it seems the Argentine is keen on adding a host of young stars, including a player labelled ‘the new Thierry Henry’, to his roster in time for the new campaign.To find out who Pochettino has targeted, click the right arrow above… 6 6 6 6 Anthony Martial (Monaco) – It may seem strange but Tottenham are possibly about to sign a player labelled ‘the new Thierry Henry’. Martial, 18, is from Les Ulis, the same Parisian suburb as Henry, while his pace and close control are similar to the Arsenal hero. He has been hotly tipped to be a success having played for France’s Under-21s but is finding it tough to break into Monaco’s first-team and this could allow Spurs to swoop, say the Daily Express, and a £15.8million bid has allegedly been tabled. Viktor Fischer (Ajax) – Spurs have raided Ajax twice in recent years, landing Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, which has worked out fairly well for the Premier League side. So it shouldn’t be a surprise they are interested in 20-year-old Viktor Fischer. The Evening Standard. believes The Lilywhites have scouted the starlet extensively but a number of other European clubs are also monitoring the Dane’s progress. Roberto Soldado – Spain striker Roberto Soldado didn’t have the best debut season at White Hart Lane, despite his penalty prowess, and now it seems a switch back to La Liga could be on the cards. Atletico Madrid have offered to take the 29-year-old on loan, say the Daily Mail, but Tottenham would want a permanent deal if they were to sell the forward so soon after his arrival for £26million.last_img read more

Juventus face AC Milan for fourth Italian Cup title in row

first_imgThe three-time holders will play AC Milan who battled past Lazio 5-4 on penalties in the Stadio Olympico after their semi-final remained goalless after extra time.Nikola Kalinic almost scored the winner after 117 minutes but sent the ball over the bar when alone in front of goal, sending the game to penalties.AC Milan could thank the saves of teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma for a spot in the final in Rome on May 9 with centre-back Alessio Romagnoli scoring the winning penalty.“It was a night of suffering. This is a very young team, we must get them back to being the team that made the fans dream,” said Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.The win extends Gattuso’s unbeaten streak with AC Milan to 13 games, with six straight wins.But the former AC Milan midfielder insisted there was too much talk about him and how he has turned around the team.“I’m not a tactical guru. I’m just a lucky guy.”Five-time winners Milan last won the Cup in 2003, with their last final in 2016.Earlier Juventus took on Atalanta, whose Serie A game Sunday was snowed off, with light snowfall still in the Allianz Stadium.“Compliments to the lads for what they did tonight and are doing this season,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.– ‘Not an obsession’ –It will be a record 18th final for Juventus with Allegri’s side bidding for a 13th Cup in total.“We will play in a historical stadium, but it must not become an obsession,” continued the Juventus coach of their bid for a record fourth Cup crown.“In the first half we had difficulty closing them down, after the break Douglas Costa started playing in a centre-forward role and that broke the game open.”Higuain missed out as he recovers from a sprained ankle.Atalanta had come out firing with Alejandro Gomez sending over the bar with Gianluigi Buffon tested as he latched on to Josip Ilicic’s deflected cross pushing over the top.Gomez thought he had scored the equaliser for Atalanta after the break with Buffon off the line, lobbing the Juventus captain, only for the ball to bounce off the outside off the post.The breakthrough came when Juventus were awarded a penalty when Matuidi went down under pressure from defender Gianluca Mancini, with Pjanic slotting in to the fury of Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.“That penalty was non-existent,” blasted Gasperini as his side missed out on their bid for just a second Cup title after 1963.AC Milan and Lazio battled for 220 minutes in total between the San Siro and the Stadio Olympico in a tie between two ambitious sides who have rediscovered their form in Serie A and the Europa League.Lazio threatened early with AC Milan staying in the game thanks to Donnarumma who tipped over a Ciro Immobile shot within the first five minutes and then denied Sergej Milinkovic-Savic with his legs.Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha also did well to clear off Suso after a quarter-of-an hour, but almost created an own goal by badly clearing Hakan Calhanoglu freekick.Both sides had their chances in the second half with Milinkovic-Savic again missing in the final minute.After their gruelling match both sides face tough weekends in Serie A with Lazio hosting Juventus and AC Milan a derby against city rivals Inter Milan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Let’s talk: Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah jokes with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on Wednesday © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Mar 1 – Holders Juventus booked their ticket to the Italian Cup final for the fourth year in a row to set up a meeting with AC Milan after a 1-0 win over Atalanta in a semi-final second leg tie played in the snow in Turin on Wednesday.The first leg ended 1-0 in Bergamo thanks to an early Gonzalo Higuain goal, and Juventus also won the second when Miralem Pjanic slotted in a 75th-minute penalty awarded after Blaise Matuidi was fouled in the box.last_img read more


first_imgThe date is set. The plans are laid. The course has been verified. The entries are stacking up. Training’s almost complete.The Donegal Marathon is looking for volunteers.But Donegal’s first competitive marathon in over thirty years now needs just one more vital ingredient. So what are we missing to ensure the success of this historic event?… The help and support of the people of Donegal.The steering committee wish to put a call-out for volunteers to come along on marathon day, Sunday 24th August, 2014. Stewards will be required all along the route, at the various water stations, and also to help out with the celebrations that will be held in conjunction with the event. A host of ancillary activities are planned which is aimed at creating a day of community celebration.The Steering Group Chairman, Dessie Larkin, stated “We are calling on members of the community to register with the Volunteer Centre, by clicking on their website at www.volunteerdonegal.ie or www.donegalmarathon.ie to fill out a form, or alternatively by calling the Donegal Volunteer Centre on 074 9126740. An information evening will be arranged when the volunteer team has been established.“We are delighted to have the support of local companies getting behind the event, such as Pramerica in Letterkenny, who have pledged the support of staff members for the event and we welcome any other companies that may wish to get involved in a similar fashion”.In addition to volunteers, Myles Sweeney, Donegal Sport Partnership and committee member, said they hope that as many people as possible turn out to line the route to give their vocal support to the competitors. “We want to see the route turned into a sea of green and yellow flags and banners to inspire our home-grown participants and to give a unique feel to the event for all those who will have travelled from further afield”.After witnessing the recent first sub four minute mile in the county, the organisers are hoping that we might see some more records broken on the day, so come along a be a part of history in the making. DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS SEND OUT SOS FOR VOLUNTEERS was last modified: July 29th, 2014 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 MARATHONvolunteerslast_img read more

Dons and emotions run a little hot

first_img But the game was marred by one penalty after another many for personal fouls and the teams combined for nearly 250 penalty yards. The Dons had 11 penalties for 145 yards in the first half alone. “It was an emotional game,” said Donerson. “We know them, they know us. There was too much talking.” Paramount coach Art Tavizon agreed that the proximity of the schools and intensity of the rivalry led to the penalties. “This is a huge rivalry,” he said. “The kids live right next to each other … and tempers flare.” Paramount (4-3, 0-2 SGVL) took a 3-0 lead on a 25-yard field goal by Jesus Ochoa. But Johnson’s two TDs and a 7-yard run by Elijah Wesson gave the Dons a 21-3 halftime lead. That lead swelled to 34-3 on a 20-yard fumble-rooskie TD by offensive lineman Tovia Utu and a 3-yard pass from Marvin Johnson to Sonny Tevaga. Paramount scored the only TD of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Johnny Tivao. Despite the final score, Tavizon was pleased with the Pirates’ effort. “We played with passion, we blocked hard for four quarters,” he said. “That’s what we asked them to do.” He was also glad to have running backs Clifford Ross and Gaston Wilson healthy. Ross saw limited time last week after returning from injury and Wilson didn’t play at all. Ross had 64 yards on 19 carries Friday and Wilson ran for 47 yards. Tavizon knows his team now faces an uphill battle in the SGVL. “Our backs are against the ball,” he said. “No doubt about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dominguez High got the better of Paramount in Friday night’s San Gabriel Valley League rivalry game. Emotions got the better of both teams. center_img The Dons, behind the first-half running of Brandon Johnson and a strong defense, improved to 2-0 in SGVL play with a 34-11 victory over the host Pirates. Johnson had touchdown runs of 82 and 31 yards in the first half and finished the game with 172 rushing yards. “He had one of his better games tonight,” said Dominguez coach Willie Donerson after his team improved to 6-1 overall. “Hopefully he can do the same thing the rest of the way.” last_img read more

49ers Reuben Foster ‘needs to find a way to get that rust off’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Reuben Foster looked every bit a play-making, turnover-forcing machine immediately into his rookie training camp last year. Interceptions came daily, along with a fumble or two. His hands were magnets to the football.“The ball’s got a thing for me. I don’t got a thing for the ball,” Foster quipped back then with his fun-loving smile.Now, 14 games into his career, Foster has no interceptions, no fumble recoveries, no forced fumbles and a bum shoulder. That injury aside, he …last_img

Yet Another Revolution in Human Evolution

first_imgby Dr Jerry BergmanAn artist’s rendering of Graecopithecus freybergi. (Velizar Simeonovsky)The CBC News headline “7.2-million-year-old pre-human fossils challenge evolutionary theory” [1] tells it all. Another headline at The Telegraph was more confident, exclaiming that “the history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa” as previously thought. [2] The source of these and many other reports was an article published in PLoS One that was far more modest than the frequent headlines that were very confident of the conclusions. [3]Yes, another challenge to human evolution! [4] This one would be, indeed, a major challenge—if true. In short, it would scream a revolution in paleontology, namely that “Researchers believe split between chimps and humans occurred in eastern Europe, not Africa” as widely accepted for decades by scientists. The conclusion is based on only two fossil fragments, a single skull fragment jawbone named Graecopithecus freybergi found in Greece and now stored in a German museum, and an upper premolar stored in a fossil collection in Bulgaria. It seems like the Piltdown fiasco all over again! The evolutionists have concluded their ages to be roughly 7.2 million years, and belong to a pre-human.The researcher’s conclusions were based mostly on their analysis of the teeth roots that were preserved in G. freybergi. The authors explain that the “great apes typically have two or three separate and diverging roots, the roots of Graecopithecus converge and are partially fused — a feature that is characteristic of modern humans, early humans and even several pre-humans, including Ardipithecus and Australopithecus.” [5]It seems like the Piltdown fiasco all over againThe researchers used computer tomography to examine the jaw’s teeth root’s interior, which they claim were in pristine condition, a fact that argues for a much younger age. Not unexpectedly, skepticism of the conclusions soon surfaced for good reasons. A main problem is ape-human divergence is widely believed to have occurred in Africa, not Europe. To explain the results, some experts even argue that G. freybergi separately co-evolved along with human evolution in Africa, a view called ‘convergent evolution’ (see Darwin Flubber in the Darwin Dictionary).A Few Problems with the RevolutionThe jawbone was discovered in 1944 by German troops in Athens during World War II. It is speculated that this provides evidence that apes and humans diverged fully 200,000 years earlier than the current theory, which postulates that the split occurred between five and seven million years ago.Other problems include Graecopithecus’ great age, very poor condition, and the fact that no limb bones were found. Thus, it cannot be determined if it was bipedal. Nor is there much evidence that the fossils found all belonged to the same person, or even the same tribe. To help answer these questions, excavation of the site has not yet occurred because the site’s land owner has since then built a swimming pool on the location where the fossil was found.In the end no doubt this find will be superseded by another and we may be back to Africa, or even Asia, as the birthplace of humans.[1] http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/7-2-million-year-old-pre-human-1.4124407[2] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/22/europe-birthplace-mankind-not-africa-scientists-find/[3] Jochen Fuss, Jochen, Nikolai Spassov, David R. Begun, and Madelaine Bohme. 2017. Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177127. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177127. May 22.[4] See http://crev.info/2017/05/human-evolution-textbook-rewritten/ for yet another example.[5] Ref 3.(Visited 600 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Feke: from South Africa to Ghana and back

first_img“What make me a great entrepreneur? I have a curious mind. I am always asking: If I do this, what happens?” says Siphoakazi Feke. (Image: Barry Hiles) Sulaiman Philip“When I make my first billion I will go back to Lusikisiki and change lives. I am from there, I know what needs exist.” It would be easy to dismiss Siphokazi Feke as simply boastful if all you did was listen to her laugh as she speaks those words.As she outlines the path she wants her life to take she giggles like a schoolgirl, but there is a confident edge to her voice, a strength that comes from having overcome obstacles to build a successful business.“If I think about it, I am risk averse. Failure terrifies me. Life had other plans though. I was forced to face failure,” she says. “I have learned there is just one question you ask yourself: how do I use this experience to move on to the next level?”Feke is the managing director of BW Medical Group, a medical travel agency that channels African – most from the DRC, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Ghana-  patients to South Africa for treatment. It also runs a dialysis and urology clinic in Ghana, where she lives for most of the year.For the rest of Africa, South Africa remains the standard for good medical care; those who can afford it choose to have elective surgery in South Africa. “In Ghana they cut you to remove kidney stones so you’re looking at weeks of recovery. In South Africa, we use shock wave therapy that can be done as an outpatient.” Know your marketThere are no secrets to success, Feke will tell you, only hands on hard work and knowing your market. In Ghana, as it is in most of Africa, learning about your market is difficult. There is not much in the way of data to begin with, but a good entrepreneur works around that. Before sourcing the funding and founding the BW Medical Centre in Accra in 2012, Feke sought data on the number of patients needing dialysis in Ghana’s capital.“Funders want data but no-one keeps those records. What they do have are death certificates with the cause of death listed. I looked through those records for any deaths that could be linked to renal failure and the numbers of patients on chronic medication for hypertension and diabetes, looked at the growing middle class and from that I could extrapolate from that a need existed for a clinic. After that it is gut feel and hard work.”In two years the clinic in Ghana has gone from a start-up struggling to find funding to an established and trusted clinic treating Accra’s influential. “We are at the point now where doctors treat patients, nurse’s care for them and patients pay. It’s a self-sustaining business. Now we can set our sights on the rest of ECOWAS,” Feke says.Africa is alive with opportunity, she explains. It is easier to convince funders to support projects in African countries other than South Africa. For many, South Africa is a mature economy with resources unavailable to more deserving African economies.“The World Bank, for example, will fund a start up in Nairobi before they would one in Cape Town. It’s one of the reasons I moved to Ghana. As an entrepreneur you find innovative ways to find cash. You tweak your dream, you hustle. You do what you need to do to get your vision up and running. South African entrepreneurs need to remind themselves the world is open to investing in Africa. We Africans have the opportunity to build African conglomerates. We can create wealth by Africans for Africa.” Qualified nephrologistFeke was the first black woman to qualify as a clinical technologist with a speciality in nephrology in South Africa. In 1998, when she started working at HF Verwoerd Hospital – now the Steve Biko Academic Hospital – her race was still an issue. “Families would ask why I wanted to touch their father. No-one wanted to be treated by me. A paradigm shift was needed before I could do my job. Fortunately there were people like [senior clinical technologist] Blake van Aswegen, who went out of their way to accommodate me.”In 2001, Feke quit clinical practice and went to work in the pharmaceutical industry. She did sales before moving into brand and product management. Impressed by her insights into the African market, her employer sent her back to school, where she went through the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Programme for Management Development. It was an education that stood her in good stead while working for a multinational pharmaceutical company, but proved a hindrance when she went out on her own.“I had to unlearn everything and learn how Africa really worked. It’s an unfortunate thing to say but South Africans need to make a mind shift about Africa. We can’t just turn up and expect people to listen. We need to develop an affinity for the region, learn how Africa works, how cultures differ.“Johannesburg is the melting pot for business in Africa, but outside our borders is where the opportunities are. If you are not going to invest the time to learn, then choose to invest somewhere else. Somewhere you consider safe.”Along the way there have been people who have assisted this global South African: the clinician who paid her rent when she arrived in Pretoria, the manager at Adcock Ingram who encouraged Feke to believe in her talents, the entrepreneur who loaned her the seed money for BW Medical and the Metropolitan Insurance Group which took a chance on her vision. Promise of a schoolRight at the beginning, though, was Nelson Mandela, the man who promised her a school. “In 1990, I was in school in Qunu, the same school that Madiba attended. I met him when he came home and he promised that he would build us a school before he became president. Not just walls but a school with an entire support system to give kids a chance.”On her first attempt Feke failed a single matric subject – she passed the year, but not well enough to go on to study medicine. It was then that she got advice from her father that still resounds with her today. “My father suggested that I was still young enough to go back and redo matric. I still remember what he told me: failure is an event; it does not need to define who you are.”Feke’s trajectory has unfurled not with cheery inevitably; her success is built on desire and the will to not bow to failure. She traded the comfort of her rural home for Durban, then Pretoria and finally Ghana.She lost her fear of the challenge of the new when she moved to Pretoria to do her in-service training. “I was standing at the station at 4am with my luggage. It was dark and there was no one to meet me because the hospital was not informed of my arrival, and no idea which direction the hospital was in. For a girl from rural Transkei it does not get scarier than that.”last_img read more