Young Windies, SA tie warm-up match

first_imgFATULLAH, Bangladesh (CMC):Medium pacer Keemo Paul bowled a great last over to earn West Indies Under-19s a dramatic tie with South Africa Under-19s in their second official warm-up game in preparation for next week’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup.Defending 153 for nine in a game reduced to 35 overs at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium here on Sunday, the Caribbean side entered the last over with the young Proteas requiring just seven runs for victory.However, Paul produced a top over which leaked only six runs and yielded the wicket of Rivaldo Moonsamy for 11 off the fourth delivery, with four runs left to get.The result ensured that West Indies remained unbeaten in the official warm-ups ahead of their first outing in the main tournament against England in Chittagong next Friday.Sent in, West Indies were propelled by an enterprising top score of 45 form Keacy Carty, while number-ten Michael Frew slammed an unbeaten 33 and opener Tevin Imlach, 24.Fast bowler Conor Mckerr snapped up three for 30, while seamer Dayyaan Galiem claimed two for 30.South Africa then seemed to be cruising to an uncomplicated victory at 113 for one in the 25th over before the game turned on its head.Opener Liam Smith hit a patient 39 off 79 balls with five fours in a 68-run first-wicket stand with Kyle Verreynne, whose attacking 33 included two fours and two sixes and came from 31 deliveries.last_img read more

Petty Traders to Be Restricted to Particular Areas

first_imgPetty Traders at the signing of the MOU yesterday-According to MOU signed with MCC, to keep Monrovia orderly and cleanThe Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federation of Petty Traders and the Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia (FEPTIWUL) as part of an effort to ensure a smooth working relationship between the two entities.The MOU will, among other things, ensure that petty traders are restricted to particular areas in the city of Monrovia while carrying out their businesses.The MOU also called for the training of 25 FEPTIWUL members in solid waste management, and the training FEPTIWUL’s members to work as a task force along with the MCC police and the Liberia National Police in keeping the city clean.Mr. Franco Grimes, chief of office staff of the Mayor, said Mayor Jefferson Koijee is concerned about the plight of petty traders and informal businesses and it, therefore, led to the MOU.“Since the ascendancy of Mayor Koijee, he decided to approach issues confronting petty traders through dialogue and ensure that the MCC and the petty traders derive a workable solution in getting the streets of Monrovia clean, green and safe,” Mr. Grimes said.Grimes said the officials of FEPTIWUL will be provided with an office space by the MCC to register their members from October 15 to December 15.According to Mr. Grimes, only scratch card sellers, money exchangers, electronic material sellers, and boutique operators will be allowed to sell on Broad Street beginning November 1.The city ordinance of Monrovia says every petty trader must register with US$20 before selling, but FEPTIWUL will take US$10 while the city government takes US$10.The chairperson of the Federation of Petty Traders and the Informal Workers’ Union of Liberia (FEPTIWUL), Comfort Doryen said the MOU was not done in isolation, but with the overwhelming endorsement of petty traders after months their collective input.Madam Doryen said it has been challenging in the past to have such an MOU with the backing of petty traders and the city government.“I hope petty traders will respect this MOU, because it took us time. We didn’t go through this MOU in the absence of petty traders. Everyone was given the MOU through flyers and we must do our best to maintain the MOU,” she said.Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee commended marketeers in the country for being the strongest partners in the developmental drive and economic recovery of the state.Koijee speaks at the ceremony yesterday“I walked in the streets creating awareness to solve the biggest issues confronting you people. We want to restore your dignity, because you are contributing to the economy of this country,” Koijee said.He stressed that individuals violating the MOU will be dealt with in accordance with the law and not the entire organization.“We will produce the ID cards for the organization because we have one of the best systems here. You are our employers and we are your employees, we will ensure nobody misrepresents you because we want every sector of the city institutionalized. Even when I am not here you will still function well,” he added.The signing ceremony brought together representatives from the Liberia National Police, Liberia Labor Congress, Liberia Business Association, Liberia Marketing Association, Cities Alliance, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Leeds close in on former Manchester United forward

first_img Nicky Ajose in action for Peterborough 1 Leeds are on the verge of landing former Manchester United forward Nicky Ajose from Peterborough.The 22-year-old has made just 24 league appearances for the Posh since arriving in 2011 with most of his first-team football being played during loan spells.He has spent time at Scunthorpe, Chesterfield, Crawley, Bury and Swindon but now looks set to leave London Road for good after Leeds agreed a fee with Peterborough.Bury-born Ajose came through the ranks at Manchester United but left before making a first-team debut at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Timbe appointed Tusker FC head coach

first_imgTimbe will be deputized by the current interim coach Francis Baraza who has been in charge of recruitment process at the 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions.Timbe who guided Sofapaka to the 2014 GOtv Shield will be tasked to reclaim glory for Tusker FC after the club finished sixth last season.Tusker has already started rebuilding for the 2018 season with the release of 19 players including senor players captain James Situma, midfielder Humphrey Mieno and winger Danson Kago among others.The Ruaraka based club has acquired the services of forward Timothy Otieno from Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Timbe will be deputized by the current interim coach Francis Baraza who has been in charge of recruitment process at the 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Ugandan Sam Timbe has been hired as Tusker FC head coach on a two-year contract.Timbe, a former Sofapaka head coach returns to the Kenyan Premier League for the first time since 2015 after parting ways with Batoto Ba Mungu and will now replace fellow country man George ‘Best’ Nsimbe who was fired at the end of the 2017 season after failing to defend the Premier League and GOtv Shield titles.last_img read more

Kante, Jorginho and Pedro fire Chelsea to opening game win at Huddersfield

first_img 4 4 STAR MAN – PedroIn all honesty, no Chelsea player stood far out from the bunch against Huddersfield. The Blues weren’t at the races for much of the first period and, despite improving later on, were still not displaying top form. Pedro put in a solid shift on the wings and rounded off the win with a finely-taken goal.MOMENT OF THE MATCHThe goal that ultimately killed the game has to be Jorginho’s penalty. Huddersfield had performed well in the first half and felt hard done by to be behind. A 15 minute break could have allowed them to regroup and come again in the second 45, however Christopher Schindler fouled Marcos Alonso and Jorginho doubled Chelsea’s lead just before the break.LINE UPSHuddersfield: Hamer, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Hadergjonaj, Mooy, Hogg, Billing, Lowe, Pritchard, Mounie.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Barkley, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Morata, Pedro. The game began in underwhelming fashion for the Blues who appeared to be struggling to get to grips with Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.Chelsea had plenty of possession, but created few chances until Willian drove down the left after 34 minutes and smashed a ball across the box which was volleyed home by N’Golo Kante. 4 4 World Cup winner Kante returned to score the Blues’ opener Three minutes later, the Terriers came within inches of an equaliser. A corner from the right was flicked on at the near post by Mathias Jorgensen only for Steve Mounie to head against the far stanchion from close range.With just two minutes until half-time, a flick from Ross Barkley played Marcos Alonso in behind the Huddersfield defence. This drew a desperate challenge out of Christopher Schindler and caused referee Chris Kavanagh to point to the spot.Jorginho stepped up, calmly stroked the ball past Ben Hamer and gave Chelsea a 2-0 half-time lead which was flattering to say the least. Jorginho’s penalty was finished in a collected fashion Kante’s volley looped over Hamer after being driven down into the ground It was all smiles for Chelsea after Pedro secured the victory Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners at Huddersfield in their first game of the new Premier League season on Saturday.Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a fruitful competitive debut as the side’s manager, with player debutants Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga also getting off to positive starts in the division. In the second period, Sarri’s side started far brighter than in the first, with two early corners nearly producing goals as Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso went close.With just over ten minutes remaining, a classic Blues counter attack saw substitute Eden Hazard carry the ball forward before releasing Pedro, who beautifully dinked the ball over Hamer to wrap up the three points.last_img read more

Senate OKs $60 billion bill that would extend tax cuts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Millions of Americans have benefited from these important tax policies either directly through lower taxes or indirectly through new and better jobs and greater economic security for families,” said Treasury Secretary John Snow. Democrats roundly oppose extending tax cuts for investment income. Senate leaders dropped an extension from their bill because a key moderate Republican balked at its inclusion. The bill would stop a tax increase on about 14 million families in line to pay the alternative minimum tax next year. Originally a levy to prevent the wealthy from avoiding taxation, inflation causes the alternative minimum tax to reach into the pockets of more families every year. Lawmakers regularly enact walls to hold it back. Senate Republicans beat back Democratic attempts to use the bill to pinch oil and energy companies that have been reporting record profits while consumers pay high gasoline prices, efforts that reflected sensitivity on Capitol Hill to high gasoline prices and fears of skyrocketing home heating costs this winter. The largest oil companies, nevertheless, would be hit with about $4.3 billion in taxes through a change in accounting methods. That provision drew a veto threat from the White House and upset some Western Republicans, who deemed it an unfair and political attack on the energy industry. “Is it a windfall tax by another name?” said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Senate passed a $60 billion bill early today that would extend expiring tax cuts and prevent roughly 14 million families from paying higher taxes through the alternative minimum tax. It drew a presidential veto threat for raising taxes on oil companies. Much of the bill, passed 64-33 after midnight, preserves tax cuts approved in previous years that are set to expire unless lawmakers keep them alive. “I call this bill the ‘Tax Increase Prevention Act,”‘ said Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Senate GOP leaders pledged that when the bill returns to the Senate for final approval, it will also extend the life of reduced tax rates for capital gains and dividends, scheduled to end when the calendar flips to 2009. last_img read more


first_imgFVAC hit the beach!It began Saturday at Templemore where Mark Connolly had assembled his senior squads targeting particular events in the months and importantly running on the grass. Mission accomplished!Sunday morning it’s off to Pollan Beach, Ballyliffin the scene of the Coastal Challenge each Easter Saturday.Well 60 young athletes assembled at Valley conditions ideal the journey to the Inishowen penninsula ahead and a great training day was had by all – a swim and a picnic thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile back at Valley track and field athletes going through their paces so all in all a really positive 2 days . A big thank you to the coaches at both locations and the parents who invariably are part of the team .Into the season ahead now schools cross country a trip to Mulladuff early October and a home venue at Castlefinn before we head into Ulster.ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS was last modified: September 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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

DD Motoring: Cruising in the all-new seven-seater SEAT Tarraco

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s Brian McDaid is looking at Seat and their latest offering with their new SUV the Tarraco courtesy of DMG motors outside Donegal Town.With a starting price of a very competitive €34,000 approx, our test seven-seater SUV was nearer the top end of the range weighing in around the €39,000 mark.Cruising past Biddy’s Advertisement Before I got as far as Biddys on the way from DMG Motors to Letterkenny through Barnes Mor Gap, I had the Tarraco in cruise control and in this setting, I had chosen it was tracking the car’s progress in front of me and was automatically keeping a very safe distance between us.The model was also giving me a gentle reminder with a vibration through the steering wheel any time that I drifted over the lines at the edge or the centre of the road.Add to this the beautiful seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox which can be changed to five different driving modes ranging from Sport Ecco, Snow, off-road and normal mode.I was in Ecco mode and the indicator shows this SUV making it way up through the gears as we made our way through the gap. Advertisement American PieThe Digital Audio Broadcast Radio (DAB) picked up the BBC reception from Radio 2 and on it a version of Don McClean’s song ‘American Pie’ which just invited you to turn the radio up a bit, Two girls were singing the classic in perfect harmony.This just added to the feeling of comfort and luxury inside this well-appointed interior.The 148 BHP engine fitted in our Seat Terraco which we tested this week. Photo Brian McDaid.There is paddle shifts neatly placed behind the steering wheel if you feel the need to change the gearbox up or down yourself, but only a few miles into my journey, I thought I’d let the DSG gearbox do the work while I sat back and enjoy the comforts on offer.Good Looks There is something very stylish about this new Seat maybe it’s even better looking than the equivalent version from its parent company, VW.Even when it was parked up beside the top of the range Audi the headlights cluster looked very alike on both.Striking similarities in the our Seat Terraco and a top of the range 191 Audi Quattro parked beside each other in a car park . Photo Brian McDaid.The is all good news for Seat when everyone is always on the lookout for style as well as all the practicality that this four wheel drive SUV has to offer.The Tarraco prices start at €34,00 approx and the near top of the range model that we tested was weighing in at €39,000 approx, which is good value for a seven-seater with this level of trim. A great presence on the road the seven seater Tarraco from Seat. Photo Brian McDaid.A full sunroof from front to back was available on our version which is not operated by the red button above the mirror. That Red Button is to make an emergency assistance call from which I accidentally pressed then quickly pressed again to deactivate it. But it is very reassuring to know it is available.Summing UpThe Tarraco from Seat ticks all the boxes for a family on the move who want to explore in all types of weather.A vie of the Interior of the Seat Terraco we drove this week courtesy of DMG motors. Photo Brian McDaid.It is for those who have the benefit of having a few extra seats to bring a few friends of them adventure road trips, and at the same time this vehicle can transform into a very roomy workhorse swallowing up that bulky load or can just be a great easy run family car.A view of the very rear seats in the Tarraco we drove this week. Photo Brian McDaid.It has great looks and just seems to have the edge in the right circles for style and road appearance.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Cruising in the all-new seven-seater SEAT Tarraco was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaidDMG MOTORSdonegalseattarracoTEST DRIVElast_img read more

‘Why would Kevin Durant leave?’ asks ex-Warrior and self-described basketball gypsy

first_imgIsn’t irony a hoot?Rick Barry, a basketball Hall of Famer who spent the bulk of his career with the Warriors, took the concept out for a walk Friday during an interview on KNBR. During a discussion about the menu of salivating options open to Kevin Durant at season’s end, Barry expressed wonder that Durant would even consider leaving the Warriors.For the record, Durant, who can become a free agent after this season, has not made any definitive statements about his future. Well, actually …last_img read more

Left-Handed Life: Is the Chirality Problem Near Solution?

first_imgCells use only left-handed amino acids and right-handed sugars.  A new hypothesis involving the weak nuclear force tries to address this asymmetry.The chirality (handedness) of life (see illustration on PhysOrg) is a severe problem to naturalistic origin-of-life scenarios.  Dr. James F. Coppedge wrote about this in his book Evolution: Possible or Impossible?  chapters 3-5 (available online here), showing that without natural selection’s help—leaving chance as the only option—the probability of getting a complete left-handed protein out of a racemic mix (a mixture of both hands) was nil.  But the first edition of his book dates from 1973.  Has the problem been solved in the meantime?We’ve reported whenever a new hypothesis comes along (e.g., 4/23/13 or search on “homochirality“).  The only hope to avoid the improbability is to find some natural law that would produce an excess of one hand over the other (“enantiomeric excess”).  So far, each of these attempts have failed.  A new one has just appeared, written up in Nature and on PhysOrg, involving the weak nuclear force.  In certain types of beta-decay, the electron has a preference for left-handed spin.  Could this impart chirality to molecules with which it interacts?One problem is that an electron is like a flea on an elephant compared to an amino acid.  Its mass is so low, it seems inconceivable it could have any effect.  The Nature article explains how Timothy Gay and Joan Dreiling (U of Nebraska-Lincoln) have been trying for 13 years to get a measurable result out of electron spin.  Only with a highly-contrived setup, in which the electron energies were tightly controlled, could they see an excess in bromocamphor molecules (unrelated to amino acids).  Even then, the excess was only 3 out of 20,000 molecules—about .015 of 1%, far too low when the requirement is 100% purity of one hand.Both John Hewitt on PhysOrg and Elisabeth Gibney in Nature took whatever encouragement they could from this feeble result, but it’s clear they are hoping against hope for some future theory with a stronger effect.  What’s most instructive is their full awareness of the seriousness of the chirality problem.  Hewitt writes:Handedness is a complicated business. To simply say life is left-handed doesn’t even begin to capture the blooming hierarchy of binary refinements it continues to evolve. Over the years there have been numerous imaginative theories for how life’s amino acids, nucleic acids, and sugars came to favor one orientation over another. Everything from circularly polarized UV light, magnetism of the Earth, oriented clays or quartzes, to the weak nuclear force itself has been considered, but none has yet to securely emerge into realm of plausibility. A recent paper by Dreiling and Gay in Physical Review Letters has now thrown a life jacket to the weak force making it a theoretically viable possibility. To fully vet the author’s conception a little work needs to be done. Effort well spent we might say, because to understand where and when the handedness of life’s molecules originated is to know the origin of life.Gibney writes:Many organic molecules, including glucose and most biological amino acids, are ‘chiral’. This means that they are different than their mirror-image molecules, just like a left and a right glove are. Moreover, in such cases life tends to consistently use one of the possible versions — for example, the DNA double helix in its standard form always twists like a right-handed screw. But the reason for this preference has long remained a mystery.Many scientists think that the choice was simply down to chance. Perhaps, in one of the warm little ponds filled with organic chemicals where life arose, a statistical fluke generated a small imbalance in the relative amounts of the two versions of one chemical. This small imbalance could have then amplified over time.She’s dreaming, because mixed-handed polypeptides (chains of amino acids) don’t work.  They cannot fold into a functional shape.  We know from observation with living things that a single wrong-handed amino acid can destroy a protein.  In fact, when such a “typo” occurs, the cell quickly fixes the error or sends the polypeptide to the trash.Gibney admits that this experiment cannot really shed light on the origin of life:But even demonstrating how a common physical phenomenon would have favoured left-handed amino acids over right-handed ones would not tell us that this was how life evolved, adds Laurence Barron, a chemist at the University of Glasgow, UK. “There are no clinchers. We may never know.“Hewitt agrees.  “Finding evidence that direct beta interactions can transmit chirality to organic molecules has been difficult,” he admits, and in this latest attempt, “the effect was small“—not enough to provide more than a distant glimmer of hope that some day, this century-long puzzle will find a solution.  “Determining the far more complex mechanisms that underlie life’s handedness will likely remain a significant challenge for some time.”Got evidence?Look, those of you who respect science, and who criticize creationists for trusting “religion” over “science” (false dichotomy, loaded words, glittering generalities).  Here’s evidence!  Here is math.  Here is the law of probability.  Here is prima facie evidence for design, but these secular materialists do not want to face the music.  They have been trying since Pasteur discovered chiral molecules in 1860 (a year after Darwin’s little black book) to get around this “little problem” that Dr. Coppedge calculated.  A single protein has 1 chance in 8.7 x 1034 of being all left-handed, but the smallest known living cell has 239 proteins.  The chance of all of those being left-handed in the simplest conceivable living cell is 1 in 108295.  This is clearly impossible.  Are you going to follow the evidence where it leads, or continue to hope against hope that materialistic science will find an answer, when they’ve been trying for over 150 years, and are no nearer a solution now than they were then?  What does evidence mean to you?Coppedge points out that chance would need 10 billion tries to arrange ten numbered coins in order, on average.  One could expect one success in 1,500 years, drawing coins day and night, one every five seconds.   “Consider the difference intelligence makes—even a limited intelligence,” he wrote. “Give an eight-year-old the coins, and ask the child to arrange and pick up each one in order and return it. Chance is blind, and has no intelligence. The child is not thus limited. The child can do it in a few moments. Chance takes 1,500 years-just to count to ten once.”This one piece of evidence about the improbability of getting left-handed proteins was sufficient to change someone’s life.  Salvador Cordova was on the way to losing all faith and becoming an evolutionist under the onslaught of evolutionary indoctrination at college.  When he read these chapters of Coppedge’s book, he was stunned!  It was like turning on the lights.  Suddenly, the power of the design argument made sense.  He tested these arguments and found them solid.  He became a prominent voice in the intelligent design movement on his campus and, after he graduated, as a blogger.This is the power of intelligent design.  The difference is clear.  Trust design, not chance.Exercise 1:  Materialist Christoph Adami is at it again, trying to make the origin of life look simple.  Read about his ideas on New Scientist about how “weighted dice” made the origin of life far less improbable than it seems.  Can you see through his arguments?  Feel free to add a Comment to the discussion, for or against his ideas.Exercise 2: A book review in Science Magazine discusses a new book probability.  It describes certain ways improbabilities can be reduced.  Which of them involve “sneaking in” information into the system?  How do the examples given relate to realistic scenarios for an origin of life by chance? 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