Take Ian Links in the fourth

first_img The useful but unpredictable GENUINE FRIEND, with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, is weighed to win the third race over 1200 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 6-y-o mare from the stables of Linton Calder has come down 4.0kg in the weights and if getting it right at the start, should win from the front running EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS with top jockey Dane Nelson up and SEMPER FIDELIS in a field of 11. IAN LINKS, who beat all barring the promising SOL SENOR over 1400 metres in March 5, should go one better in the fourth race over a mile – for maiden three-year-olds – with former champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. MR DOITBETTA and HEY CHAMP are twin dangers in a 14-strong field. Briefly, the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by RAY RAY (Oneil Beckford up) and down in class UNCLE G with apprentice Patterson aboard. Their respective dangers are NO MONEY FRIEND and LEGAL ACCOUNT. With CAPTAIN GRANVILLE (21-1) and ZEEVA (10-1) scoring notable upsets at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 had no takers and the carry-over to tomorrow stands at $3.6 million. This should ensure a Pick-9 payout in excess of $5 million. Both Super-6s on the other hand were cornered and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over the straight five course to be contested by six starters. Despite the small field, the race promises keen competition, what with the presence of last Saturday’s course winner, ZEEVA, ROCKETEER, FRANKENSTOR and OFFICIAL REPORT, who has beaten better in the not too distant past. Trained by Philip Lee, OFFICIAL REPORT last won over this trip via the Stewards’ Room last August on the disqualification of WOMAN IS BOSS in overnight allowance company and with a mere 48.0kg with apprentice Javaniel Patterson aboard, gets the nod over FRANKENSTORM and ZEEVA. Next on the programme is a maiden condition race for four-year-olds and up, which will more than likely come down to a straight fight between BIG BUCK with apprentice Jerome Innis and MR. TOPPER TOP MAN with in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard. Both finished second and third, respectively, behind FREE RANGE over 1200 metres last Saturday, but with Chatrie replacing female apprentice Andree Powell aboard the Donovan Plummer-trained MR. TOPPER TOP MAN, he should reverse the placings as only three-quarter length separated them at the finish. (1) OFFICIAL REPORT/FRANKENSTORM (20 MR. TOPPER TOP MAN/BIG BUCK (3) GENUINE FRIEND/EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS (4) IAN LINKS (5) RAY RAY/NO MONEY FRIEND (6) UNCLE G/LEGAL ACCOUNT USEFUL BUT UNPREDICTABLE FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

2014 Review of the Judiciary

first_imgThere were several high profile cases in 2014 that were decided by the criminal courts.  One of them was the handing down of life sentences on June 17  against 18 Liberians by then Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court D’ at the Temple of Justice.The men were convicted for their involvement in a cross border raid in neighboring Cote’d Ivoire where hundreds of people, including seven United Nations peacekeepers, were killed. Judge Paye’s sentencing followed the Jurors’ guilty verdict against the defendants.  However, the case is still before the full bench of the High Court to which the defendants’ lawyers have appealed against the lower court’s ruling.Another dramatic decision in 2014 saw the Supreme Court reverse the guilty verdict handed down by Criminal Court ‘A’ on March 10, 2010 against Hans Capehart Williams and Mardea Pakue.Williams and Pakue were declared guilty of murdering little Angel Togba in 2007.  Before their release the pair was imprisoned at the Monrovia Central Prison.In that judgment, Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor himself declared that under the law, every accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and the prosecution must prove the guilt of the accused with such legal certainty and beyond a reasonable doubt.Those were the reasons relied on to drop the charge against the couple and to release them from further detention, the Chief Justice said. He further maintained that Hans and Mardea were charged with murder, a capital offense, and as such, it was the duty and responsibility under the law for the prosecution to establish the cause of death attributable to the accused, otherwise the accused is entitled to acquittal.The Chief Justice said the prosecution failed to meet these mandatory threshold standards to convict Capehart Williams and Madia Pakue Williams, which the lower court ignored.A major achievement of the judiciary in 2014 was the manner in which it handled complaints surrounding the just ended Special Senatorial Election, where it managed to place a stay order on all electoral activities.Some of the complaints were the holding of the election amid the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which the complainants felt was unconstitutional.That argument was put to rest when three of the two justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia decided to deny the request and ordered that the election proceed as planned while the virus, though ongoing, was subsiding and preventive measure had been incorporated in the voting process.Another major issue of contention during 2014 was the Executive Order Number 65  issued by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prohibiting, banning or proscribing the  “mass movement of people,  including rallies, parades and demonstrations,” in the wake of the Ebola virus. The order came at a time of mounting public concern about the mass gathering of people during the senatorial campaign period. The concern stemmed from heightened awareness that the Ebola virus is contracted by touching people with the disease.President Sirleaf on signing Executive Order No. 65 on December 3, 2014, said the order was intended to strengthen the Government’s efforts to contain the spread of Ebola, protect the security of the State, maintain law and order and promote peace and stability in the country.The order noted that the existing law requiring persons desiring to march or demonstrate to obtain prior permits from the Ministry of Justice had proven ineffective to address rallies, parades and concerted mass movements on the streets of Monrovia and its environs.The Government argued that the increasing number of incidents of concerted mass movements of people on the streets of Monrovia and its environs, including in particular rallies, demonstrations and parades, led to persistent and frequent violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws of Liberia, obstruction of the free flow of traffic and the movement of peaceful citizens, the disruption of economic activities, and concomitant panic in the city with total disregard of the consequences thereof.  An example of this was the mass rally of then Montserrado Senatorial candidate George Weah which paralyzed the capital city from morning to night.The order noted that to allow the mass rallies to continue with impunity and without control, would frustrate efforts to contain the Ebola virus disease in Liberia, undermine the security of the State and the maintenance of law and order, and negatively impact the economy.Interestingly, those who filed the complaints including Robert Sirleaf, one of the President’s sons, later chose to drop the contention against Executive Order No.65.It is yet to be explained what motivated complainants against the order to withdraw their case before the full bench of the Supreme Court?A major failure of the Judicial Branch of Government is closely related to its lack of capacity to disseminate information to the Liberian public. This includes the handling of civil and criminal cases. Admittedly, the Chief Justice is to be commended for often publishing the Opinions delivered by the Full Bench of the Supreme Court.  But the opinions of the lower courts, on the other hand, are hard to obtain. Much needs to be done in that direction.For argument’s sake, the High Court is not a political institution, like the other two branches of government.The Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), during 2014 did not take the initiative to engage in creating awareness about how the courts make decisions  to enlighten the public, which is one of their functions.The general public and even the practicing legal professionals know remarkably little about the judges—how they decide cases, how they allocate work between staff and themselves, their work ethic, philosophies, and extralegal influences that play on them.We further mention the slow pace of work in criminal courts, A, B, C, D and E in the handling of case during 2014. Despite 2014 being a challenging year, those courts judged over 100 cases only, a problem they constantly blamed on “limited budgetary allocation.”For the most part of 2014 the Judiciary has continuously advocated for more budgetary allocation because, according to them, it is the only way they can improve the justice system in the country. Only one of those courts, Criminal Court ‘C’ presided over by Judge Yussif Kaba, can be said to have made great strides, during 2014.Judge Kaba alone dropped over 50 cases on grounds that the state failed to collect evidences to prosecute those accused of committing the crimes. This begs the question, why didn’t he complain of budgetary constraints?The courts’ failure to perform their duties expeditiously is responsible for the overcrowding of prison facilities throughout the country.There were many other discrepancies in the judiciary in 2014, such as the bribery allegations involving potential jurors to bring down verdicts in the favor of party litigants.Surprisingly, if that individual juror is caught, the court does not go after or punish any other party such as the lawyer and party litigant; instead, it is the juror that usually bears the full weight of the law.While the Judiciary was struggling to make progress, earlier in the year, unfortunately, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) broke-out.  The Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia contributed 25% of their salaries and allowances to fight the disease. But they warned that a mechanism for the strictest accountability must be established to ensure proper use of the funds. This concern is apparently because of the manner in which funds are handled by government. The High Court Bench comprises of the Chief Justice and four Associate Justices.Each of the Associate Justices receives US$9,000 monthly take home pay while the Chief Justice receives US$12,000 per month.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Touch the Lives of Your Patients by Smiling

first_imgAt least 58 in-coming students of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) have been urged to always approach their patients with smiling faces and gentle touches. By doing so, according to Mrs. Cecelia C. Kpangbala-Flomo, who served as the guest speaker at the capping, pinning and acceptance program of the students, on Friday, October 30th, that could also serve as an additional curing therapy for their patients in addition to the medications.Mrs. Kpangbala-Flomo, who is the Registrar at the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM), further urged the trainees to be players designated to make impacts in the health profession. She emphasized: “An impact player, who will make the difference in a substantial manner, be very outstanding, enabling the profession to be more effective, be focused on your code of ethics and oath.”Mrs. Kpangbala-Flomo, also a Registered Nurse (RN), told the students: “The greatest success in our professional life is how many people we serve, how many lives we touched and not how many people served us or how much we get. Please touch the lives of your patients by smiling and touching their lives by how you greet them, not making them feel rejected whenever they encounter you.” The institute runs under the administration of Mrs. Sarah Kollie.Speaking earlier, Dr. Wvannie Mae Scott McDonald, General Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center under whose authority the TNIMA operates, told the students that there are so much on the way for them. “We were very pleased this year for the first time that we could employ our graduates. And this is where we want to go in the future,” Dr. McDonald said. She disclosed that the Medical Center has embarked on a strategic plan aimed at building a resilient health sector for the center and the nation. She also told them that the strategic plan contains many good things for them (students). Dr. McDonald concluded by welcoming and accepting the 58 recruits, who had a successful entry into TNIMA after they had already done at least a three-month course with the institute thus qualifying them to now be accepted, capped and pinned by the authorities. The newly accepted students are expected to obtain diplomas, qualifying them as either Physician Assistants (PAs), Professional Nurses (PNs), Professional Midwives, Professional Health Environmentalists and Laboratory Technicians. Last July, TNIMA graduated at least 91 men and women. Out of the 91, 26 came from School of Professional Nursing; 27 from School of Physician Assistant; 18 from School of Professional Midwifery; 11 from School Environmental Health and 9 from School of Laboratory Technology. At the graduation, which was the 60th for the institution, the graduates were informed that they informed that they were going to “right away” be employed and placed on the Government of Liberia (GOL) payroll.It was as though the TNIMA graduates were waiting for such news. They burst out into singing and dancing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies off to torrid pace to start season

first_img“We’ve been working on defensive systems this is our third year of course, and this year it’s starting to pay off. They finally saw the particulars of it and how well it works if we clog up the middle and play in the centre and keep the puck to the outside,” Alexander states. “It’s only going to get better and better as we go because now it’s starting to show the rewards for it.”  Cole Calliou found himself on the score sheet, making it four goals in two games for the first line forward. He attributes the ease with which the team is popping pucks into the net to the team playing a complete game in all areas.“Everyone’s going, everyone’s doing what we’re told to do.” he says. “[We’re] listening to the coach, dumping it in [and] going in hard. We’ve been hitting lots, we weren’t a hitting team but now we’ve been going. [We’re] shooting pucks, every game we’ve outshot each team by 20 shots.”Scoring in order for the Huskies tonight were Shane Rutherford, Cole Calliou, Brighton Campbell, Cayle Bell, Jordan Gies, Brighton Campbell, Jordan Harder, Owen Barker and Cayle Bell.Advertisement Daylen Pearson was busy making plays in the offensive zone with three assists, as was Jordan Gies who had three of his own for a four point night. Owen Barker, Brighton Campbell, Blair Karasiuk, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, John Apsassin and Cole Calliou all had one helper to chip in on the scoring parade.The Huskies massively outshot Slave Lake 49-20, while goalie Travis McLean was solid with 18 saves in a winning effort. As mentioned, the Huskies are taking care of business at both ends of the rink, outscoring their opposition 24-7 through three games.Next up for Fort St. John is a visit to Sexsmith on Friday, October 4 which can be heard live on Moose FM. After that, the team returns home once again for a home date with Grande Prairie the following day. The score remained close after the second period had concluded as the Huskies took a 3-2 lead to the dressing room despite the improved play in the middle frame. Fort St. John however took full control in the third as they scored 1:39 into the period, and managed to pop three markers in a 75 second span by the mid way point.Head Coach Gary Alexander acknowledges that the team started slow out of the gate, but were able to get their legs under them for the final 40 minutes.“We were pretty stagnant I thought in the first period, but they kind of got the kinks out and they came out quite strong in the second, but really came out strong in the third,” he says. “They proved it to themselves that if they play the game we coach, they can do wonders.”- Advertisement -A large contingent of returning players is one of the leading causes for the early success of the team Alexander says, and that’s been a big help in establishing a rhythm on the ice. “We have 17 returning players which is a big bonus for us because they all know our systems,” he explains. “It just makes it a whole lot easier to get a flow out there.”The Huskies once again did a great job in the neutral zone and the defensive end by taking away passing lanes and scoring opportunities for Slave Lake. The Wolves managed only 20 shots in the games including just five in the third period, none of which were of any serious threat of finding the back of the net.Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar wins French player of the year prize

first_img0Shares0000Neymar shows off his French player of the year prize at Sunday’s ceremony in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 13 – Neymar was named as France’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday, and later brushed away questions over his future.The Paris Saint-Germain superstar took the prize despite missing the last three months of the season due to injury. The world’s most expensive player scored 19 goals in just 20 league games for PSG before suffering a foot injury in February that required surgery in his native Brazil.He has not played since, and only returned to France from his homeland at the start of this month, fuelling speculation that he could seek to leave the club after just one season.“I am very touched and very happy with our season. It is an honour. Without my teammates, I would never have received this award,” said the 26-year-old, who collected the prize from his illustrious compatriot Ronaldo.Neymar, who joined in PSG’s Ligue 1 title celebrations on Saturday night, refused to discuss his future after collecting his award.“We talk about these things every time the transfer window comes around. I don’t want to talk about anything at the moment,” he said.“Everyone knows why I came here, what my objectives are. Right now, my objective is the World Cup, not talking about transfers.“I spend my whole life, every transfer window, talking about it. It’s a bit annoying.”Neymar beat two of his PSG teammates to the prize, voted for by his fellow players — Edinson Cavani, Ligue 1’s leading scorer this season with 28 goals, and Kylian Mbappe were also nominees, along with Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.Neymar was signed from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) last August, and helped PSG on their way to a clean sweep of the domestic trophies.However, his injury appeared to cost Unai Emery’s team dear in their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid — he was unable to play in the second leg, and PSG lost 5-2 on aggregate.– ‘2000 percent sure’ –He is hoping to be back to full fitness in time to lead Brazil at the World Cup in Russia, which starts in a month’s time.Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted on Saturday that there was no chance Neymar would be leaving.“I am 2000 percent sure he will stay,” Al-Khelaifi said, rejecting talk of a transfer to Real Madrid.“The Spanish media have been talking since October. I don’t respond to rumours, I don’t have the time. But I am sure he will be a Paris Saint-Germain player.”PSG’s dominance of the French game this season was reflected in the awards.Mbappe was named young player of the year, beating off competition from the Lyon duo of Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele, and Bordeaux’s Brazilian winger Malcom.“I have had a good season. I have changed universe. I had to adapt right away because at clubs like PSG you don’t get given the time,” said the 19-year-old Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco on a loan deal last August.That move is set to become permanent this summer for a fee of up to 180 million euros.Mbappe, who has scored 13 league goals, won the same award last year when he helped Monaco to the title, and so follows Eden Hazard in claiming the young player gong two seasons running.Now with Chelsea, Hazard won it in 2009 and 2010 when with Lille.Emery, who will leave PSG at the end of the season, won the coach of the year award.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

For the kids? Hardly

first_img– Pat Knepley Simi Valley Scam artists Re “Zaca Fire drive is called hoax” (Briefly, Aug. 25): Fire officials are warning residents to beware of a scam artist’s soliciting money to aid firefighters injured in the Zaca Fire. Officials want us to call our local police agency if we are solicited for money. For the Kids? Hardly Re “LAUSD widens health benefits” (Aug. 31): It is really incredible that the union representatives for LAUSD cafeteria workers would state that giving part-time workers full-time health benefits (to the tune of $110 million) is “for the kids.” The unions are bankrupting the district, and are getting away with it with the so-called reformist school board’s help. I fail to see how increasing the cafeteria workers from three hours a day to four suddenly makes the job full time, thus helping a child. What would really help a child is to make sure there is enough money for new textbooks, or to pay for a librarian or teacher’s aide. Since the dawn of school cafeterias, the “lunch lady” gig has been part time and everyone knows it. Forget about calling your local police department. I received a call (in Spanish) asking for money for the police department. I got the organization’s phone number and told them I would get back to them. I then called the Foothill Division police station and they did not even want the scammer’s phone number. They told me they cannot do anything about these scam artists. Interesting. The police cannot even protect themselves from thieves. Where does that leave us? – Eloy L. Mendoza Pacoima Room for failure Re “Brewer says no room for failure” (Aug. 25): What is happening here? Our children are not graduating from high school. If they do manage to do that, they aren’t prepared for the work force because everyone is pushing “college.” Unfortunately, they aren’t prepared for college either. So they have to start off with remedial classes. Then, because of the “college” push, they resort to unproductive, easy courses that they can pass, which might earn them a diploma but has not prepared them for the work force either. We are outsourcing our work and importing our professionals. Who’s losing? We are. That’s what is happening here. – Joy Stovall Woodland Hills Stop scary imports First was the pet food, followed by the toothpaste and now the millions of leaded toys. It seems that we cannot purchase anything in this country that is not made in China. We also have the illegal-immigration problem that could be easily solved if we put more factories in Mexico to manufacture the same products. More jobs for Mexicans, less illegal immigration into the USA. Since Mexico is so much closer to our borders, it would be a lot easier to monitor the safety of the products. It seems to me that this way we could solve two problems at the same time. – Ana B. Diaz Santa Clarita Why Osama’s not dead Re “Osama is dead” (Your Opinions, Aug. 26): I have a couple of words for Ron Sellz. The first word is “Amen” to your letter. And as for the government not telling us that Osama’s dead, a second word comes to mind, “Martyr.” Think about it. – Larry Fontaine Tujunga Steve Young Re “The raspberry” (Your Opinions, Aug. 31): I totally disagree with reader Robert Sprott’s assessment of Steve Young. He is not only funny, but creative, and an expert observer of the absurd. Sprott obviously does not understand satire. – Laverne Williams Van Nuys 93 U.S. attorneys A little intellectual honesty would be nice. Twice last week, once in a Daily News editorial and once in a “Their Opinions” editorial, the phrase “Clinton fired all 93 U.S. attorneys” was invoked as a reason why the latest Alberto Gonzales situation was not important or significant. He did – on assuming the presidency, Clinton fired all the 93 U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor, George H.W. Bush. Similarly, Ronald Reagan, upon assuming the presidency, fired all sitting U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, who fired all the sitting U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor and so on and on and on. This is standard procedure. What is not standard procedure is firing a number of U.S. attorneys during a president’s term of office, and that is what this dust-up is all about. – Melvin Langsam West Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FORGET THE MATCH! GLENTIES SET FOR SCOTTISH/DONEGAL CULTURAL WEEKEND

first_imgGlenties – cementing links western Scotland and DonegalWE may not be the best of friends when Ireland take on Scotland at Celtic Park tomorrow night – but all will be forgotten later this month when Glenties hosts a weekend celebrating the cultural links between Donegal and western Scotaland.The connections between Donegal and the western fringe of Scotland will be marked during a weekend of ‘Myth, magic and music in Colmcille country’, which is taking place in Glenties from Friday 21th November to Sunday 23rd.Visitors from Scotland will include storytellers, singers and musicians. They’ll link up with some of Donegal’s best-known tale-tellers and players, including Vincent, Jimmy and Peter Campbell, Frank Galligan, Caoimhin MacAoidh and Martin McGinley. The weekend will feature ghost stories told where they happened around Glenties, and story-telling and singing sessions in both Irish and Scots Gaelic. There will also be fiddle workshops, lots of music sessions, and a gala concert in the Highlands Hotel on the Saturday night.Fiddler Denise Boyle, who has organised the weekend, said she’s delighted how it has come together.“We’ve got a really top-class bunch coming from Scotland, mainly from the western seaboard, which basically continues where Donegal leaves off,” she said. “It’s extra special for my family because we have lots of relatives on the island of Uist in the Outer Hebrides.”The weekend is being funded by Colmcille, a partnership programme between Foras na Gaeilge and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Colmcille promotes the use of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic in Ireland and Scotland and between the two countries. Those travelling in from Scotland include fiddlers Jamie McDonald, Robbie Grieg, Simon Bradley and Anna Wendy Stevenson, flute player and fiddle Rachel Harris and guitarist and singer Kaitlin Ross.Uist-based Simon Bradley and his wife Anna Wendy are no strangers to Donegal, as Simon’s father Pearse lives in Buncrana. Simon’s tunes and his father’s poems were included in an acclaimed book, ‘Simon Bradley – Buncrana to Baleshare’. FORGET THE MATCH! GLENTIES SET FOR SCOTTISH/DONEGAL CULTURAL WEEKEND was last modified: November 13th, 2014 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) Tags:CultureGlentiesScotlandlast_img read more

KCCA aim for home victory against CNaPS in Champions League tie

first_imgMike Mutebi (left) and KCCA captain Timothy Awanyi (right) addressing the media ahead of Wednesday’s encounter with CNaPS in the CSF Champios league: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGACAF Champions leagueKCCA FC vs CNaPS SportStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednseday, 04:00pm KCCA FC will take on Madagascan side CNaPS today in the return leg of the CAF Champions league preliminary rounds at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.The two time league defending champions’ trial in the fixture after succumbing to a 2-1 loss in Madagascar.KCCA’s preparation have been nothing short of troubles as they have lost some of their star players to injury.In their last encounter when they won 2-1 away to Bug league side Simba in the Uganda Cup, the Kasasiro Boys lost both Saddam Juma and Jackson Nunda to injuries which have ruled them.Julius Poloto and Muzamir Mutyaba are the other notable absentees for the garbage collectors as they await this evening’s tie.“We are a bit disappointed that some of our players will not be available for the game. Said KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi, while addressing journalist ahead of the game.“But we know that we are a strong side and have got a squad full of well-educated players who can step in a get the job done.“In terms of preparation, I think we have had the best prep we could have asked for and I am sure the boys are all set.“The game itself is not going to be easy because CNaPS is a team that knows how to use the ball and the fact that they hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, they will surely give us a lot of problems.Mike Mutebi also came out and lauded the influence of Allan Okello and the fact that the team will look to him for inspiration.“We are lucky that we have a player like Allan Okello in our team. Mutebi said.“We will be counting on him to unlock their defence and I am sure he will.KCCA captain Timothy Awanyi also highlighted the importance of the game.“It is a very important fixture for us as a team because it is the first step to trying and match last season’s performances.“We lost the first leg 2-1 but since then, we have had a chance to correct the mistakes we made in that game and hopefully we will execute our play better.KCCA FC head into the fixture with a superb home record that has seen them not lose a continental game since March 2014 when Nkana Red Devils of Zambia came out 2-1 winners in Lugogo.In that period, KCCA has won six of the seven games they have played, drawing 1-1 with Mamelodi Sundowns in the other.CNaPS enjoyed their last visit to East Africa when they defeated Gor Mahia of Kenya 2-1 but that is their only away victory in their last six games that have seen them lose five matches.Both teams progressed passed this round last year as KCCA eliminated Angolan side  Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto and CNaPS saw off  Township Rollers of Botswana.The winner of this fixture takes on the team victorious between St George of Ethiopia and South Sudan’s Al-Saalam Wau.Comments Tags: CNaPSKCCAsports toplast_img read more

Join the Dinosaur Soft-Tissue Treasure Hunt

first_img“Many Dino Fossils Could Have Soft Tissue Inside,” announced National Geographic in an eye-catching title.  Based on the work of Mary Schweitzer, who announced soft tissue in a T. rex bone last year (06/03/2005), a “phenomenon, which was once thought impossible,” the article suggests that many species may have DNA and proteins remaining available for analysis.  Half of the fossils Schweitzer has examined revealed features that are “virtually indistinguishable from tissue samples from modern species.”  This runs contrary to established concepts about how fossils form and mineralize, but the evidence speaks for itself.  Schweitzer teased a reporter with two microscope images of red blood cells: “One of these cells is 65 million years old [sic], and one is about 9 months old.  Can anyone tell me which is which?”OK, the hunt is on.  Time to examine dinosaur bones from around the world and analyze this new source of data.  “Seek and ye shall find,” one of the subtitles states without referencing Jesus.    These findings need to be correlated with solid research on the fossilization process.  This could be a test not only of theories about fossilization and dating methods, but of the willingness of evolutionists to follow the evidence where it leads.  Don’t count on it; Peggy Ostrom has already remarked, “we can actually look at the real molecules that existed half a million years ago.”  Dr. Epistemology responded, “Well, what do you know.”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Superlative New Hubble Deep Field Shouts Awe

first_imgHow many galaxies can you fit in a piece of sky the diameter of the full moon? Keep reading.The Hubble Telescope team has been busy. For years, they have been collecting photons of light from a small area of sky, the apparent diameter of the full moon.  On May 2, they released their latest mind-boggler. The Hubble team tells the history that led up to their biggest deep field yet:The Hubble Legacy Field combines observations taken by several Hubble deep-field surveys. In 1995, the Hubble Deep Field captured several thousand previously unseen galaxies. The subsequent Hubble Ultra Deep Field from 2004 revealed nearly 10,000 galaxies in a single image. The 2012 Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, was assembled by combining ten years of NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field.The new set of Hubble images, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, is the first in a series of Hubble Legacy Field images. The image comprises the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams of astronomers. Hubble has spent more time on this small area than on any other region of the sky, totaling more than 250 days. The team is working on a second set of images, totaling more than 5,200 Hubble exposures.And so here as the answer to “How many galaxies can you fit in a piece of sky the diameter of the full moon?” Incredibly, the team believes they can see 265,000 galaxies, according to Space.com. The new Hubble Legacy Field will probably hold a record for years to come. But one never knows; there are still many, many more galaxies to see out there.Bored? Need some awe in your life? Meditate on these images for awhile and think about Psalm 8 and Psalm 19. Then think about the Creator of all this stooping to become a man and living with and teaching his creatures. Then ponder what they did to Him. Then think about His triumph over death and sin. Then think of His free gift of eternal life to all who believe. Then think about heaven.Nobody should ever be bored again. (Visited 474 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more