Basketball Activities Suspended

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports, with immediate effect, has suspended the activities of basketball in the country and referred the leadership crisis to the continental basketball governing body, Federation of the International Basketball Association, (FIBA)-Africa.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B, Yonton, Jr., in a communication to the President of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) Rufus Anderson, dated Wednesday, April 1, mandated the LBA to halt election, which was scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, and urged the leadership to allow the intervention of FIBA to resolve the current leadership crisis.“While we note the content of the letter with urgency, especially amid the ongoing disagreement between the basketball association’s leadership and the aggrieved stakeholders, we want to remind you of several efforts initiated by the Ministry at different levels to provide a level plain field to have accommodated all concerned…” Deputy Minister Yonton wrote.He added: “However, owing to the continuous contest between the leaders of the LBA and the aggrieved party, regarding its legitimacy, the Ministry has reached a decision to seek the intervention of the Africa basketball governing body – FIBA-Africa with offices in Abidjan and Cairo.”Yonton’s communication further told outgoing LBA president Rufus Anderson, “In view of the foregoing, the Ministry therefore requests that you adjourn all processes pertaining to the holding of election and advise further that you stay clear-off all basketball activities until further consultation with FIBA-Africa is concluded.”The Ministry’s letters to the LBA and FIBA-Africa are in fulfillment to recent comments made by Youth and Sports to take “drastic and appropriate actions at the LBA to save basketball in the country.”Youth Minister Nagbe at a recent congress of the Liberia National Olympic Committee expressed disappointed at the basketball leadership and aggrieved party in their roles in the current leadership crisis.Meanwhile, Secretary General (LBA), G. Allen Goodridge, yesterday said the LBA has resolved to reserve all comments on the latest action by the ministry.It may be recalled that since January 2015, the LBA has postponed its congress and election four times due to internal wrangling.The Ministry’s letters have put to rest suggestions of an interim administration or a new leadership by the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) through the directive of the Ministry to run the LBA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ja’neh Links Full Bench of Supreme Court to Oil Deal Withdrawal

first_imgJustice Ja’neh takes oath as witness at the impeachment trialIn his cross-examination testimony on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Senate on Capitol Hill, embattled Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh told Jurors (Senators) that all five Supreme Justices, including the Chief Justice, approved and signed the document decided by the government and oil companies involved in the Road Fund Case to withdraw the matter from the High Court.He then wondered, “why is Justice Ja’neh the only one on trial?”Justice Ja’neh went through the third day of cross-examination under intense non-stop seven hours grilling from the Senators (jurors), especially from Senators H. Varney Sherman and Augustine Chea, who used more than two hours of that period to cross-examine Ja’neh.He defended that his action to send the Road Fund case petition to the full Supreme Court Bench was in line with the Constitution, and the function of a Justice in Chambers purely based on constitutional controversy. Ja’neh emphasized that questions of how much money was already collected through the Road Fund project was not part of his decision to seek the full bench attention.He said to even reawaken that decision by the Supreme Court, and include it in the current impeachment proceedings, is a violation of the Constitution, which he said stipulates that any legal decision taken by the Supreme Court and lower courts cannot be called into questioned or revised by any of the other two branches of the Constitution. “The same privilege is accorded to legislators, while performing their functions in Chambers.”Arguing for the House of Representatives that filing a petition seeking a writ of prohibition from the Supreme Court was intended to bring the two branches at loggerhead, and as such, it constitutes a ground for impeachment, Justice Ja’neh said: “I believe that any Liberian who feels aggrieved is at liberty to seek judicial redress, including members of the judiciary. I know no law that prevents a person from doing so, or that doing so constitutes a misconduct.”Asked by Senator Oscar Cooper whether one can impeach a Justice or Justices of the Supreme Court for their opinion and constitute action of impeachment, especially with respect to the Road Fund Case, Justice Ja’neh maintained that the impression he is getting now is that when an honest citizen of Liberia files a petition before a court of law questioning the conduct of the Legislature, you must be very careful in even ordering a conference.“Under the Liberian Constitution, when a judge refuses to issue habeas corpus, it damages who will be brought before that judge . Under the Constitution, any conduct, action taken by a judge in the normal course of his duty is not a subject of review or sanction by any authority in this Republic. Those who wrote our Constitution were of the view that when you begin to hold judges for what they say or do, then the independence required to do this job as contemplated by the Constitution is effectively removed,” Ja’neh told the hearing.He added, “if we don’t like the law, we change it, but as long as it remains in the book, they are the laws of Liberia.”Asked again as to whether the Legislature has the power to retry a case that has already been decided upon by the entire Bench of the Supreme Court, like in the case of the Anne Yancy Constance land case, Justice Ja’neh explained that the law in this jurisdiction is that a matter decided by even a Magisterial Court, Justice of the Peace Court “which courts are at the lowest echelon of our judicial system cannot be a proper subject of a review by either the Executive Branch, or the Legislative Branch of the government; not to talk about a decision rendered by the honorable Supreme Court, that is the law.”Once the Supreme Court has decided a matter, whether it is by a motion to dismiss, or a review of the records on the merit to the extend that the rights of the parties have been determined, Justice Ja’neh maintained the matter is decided, and that case is closed. “And therefore, there can be no authority by any branch of government to reopen that case.”“Those who wrote our Constitution had good reasons for putting it in the way they did it. In our court system judges, who have the same ranking, circuit judges for example, whatever a colleague does in terms of rendering a decision or taking an action, even if that action was wrong, you as a circuit judge of that same ranking, will have no authority to review that action or decision. There is no law in this jurisdiction that gives the Executive branch or any other branch the authority to review what has been done by the honorable Supreme Court of Liberia. If we were to allow that, then we will only be welcoming chaos.”Justice Ja’neh has been finally discharged from the stand, while the proceedings continues.Meanwhile Retired Associate Justice Philip A. Z.Banks, is yet to be called on the stand as ‘expert witness’ for the respondent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pochettino proud of Tottenham’s spirit following comeback against Everton

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s fighting spirit as his players came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.Spurs have already lost four times at home this season but goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado cancelled out Kevin Mirallas’ opener and ensured all three points stayed in north London.Pochettino has previously questioned the mental toughness of his team but the Argentine was delighted with a hard-fought victory.“Our mentality and our spirit today were fantastic,” said the manager.“This is what we want. We need to keep this feeling. It is impossible always to win but with the spirit and mentality we showed today, it will be easier to win games.”He added: “Everton have a very good squad and for us it is not only three points, it is a little bit more than three points.“It is important to grow and build on the victory.”Spurs, who are now seventh in the table and two points off fourth spot, played with more urgency and attacking verve, which rallied the home support.Ahead of the international break, striker Emmanuel Adebayor said Tottenham had been afraid to get on the ball during their 2-1 defeat to Stoke due to the negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane, but Pochettino believes the fans played an important part in his side’s victory.“I understand our supporters were angry because if you lose four games at home, it is impossible for the supporters to be happy,” he added.“I understand that but today the team sent a different signal to our supporters and it is important to keep this feeling and mentality for the rest of the season.“Today wasn’t easy because they scored with their first shot and after we turned the result around in the first half.“I think it was important how our supporters helped the team.”Soldado’s goal came on the brink of half-time and was his first in 593 minutes of competitive action.The Spaniard latched onto Aaron Lennon’s pass before coolly slotting the ball past Tim Howard and into the far corner.“You need to give confidence to the player to keep working hard,” Pochettino said of the former Valencia front-man.“It has not been easy for him but you need to motivate the player – it is always frustrating for a striker who does not score.“Today he scored and he is happy, he is more free because he feels the pressure.“It is important for the team that the striker scores goals.”last_img read more

GREENE SHOES CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS WITH 25% OFF ALL STOCK

first_imgGreenes Shoes celebrates with 25% OFFGreenes Shoes have seven stores situated in Donegal, Galway and Limerick aswell as an online store www.greenesshoes.com. 2016 is a big year for our Galway store as they celebrate 25 Years in Business. To start off the celebrations, our stores in Letterkenny and Falcarragh have launched a MASSIVE twenty five day sale. There’s 25% OFF stock for 25 DAYS!!They feature top brands from around the world including Amy Huberman, Fly London, Irregular Choice, Ruby Shoo, Marco Tozzi, Heavenly Feet, Ecco, Gabor, Fit Flops, Tommy Bowe, Base London, Wrangler , Converse, Vans , Superdry and New Balance and many many more!! So pop into any of our Greenes Stores in Market Square, Letterkenny Shopping Centre or Falcarragh or our online store www.greenesshoes.com today and get your 25% off your shoes!Website: www.greenesshoes.comFacebook: https://facebook.com/greenesshoesGREENE SHOES CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS WITH 25% OFF ALL STOCK was last modified: July 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:25 day sale25 Years25% offGreene’s Shoeslast_img read more

DATES AND VENUES SET FOR DONEGAL’S ALLIANZ NATIONAL LEAGUE FOOTBALL AND HURLING CAMPAIGNS

first_imgTHE times, dates and venues have been set the 2016 Allianz National League campaigns of Donegal’s footballers and hurlers.The first game of Rory Gallagher’s campaign will see Donegal travel to Newry where they face Down at 7pm on January 30.The footballers have home games through the campaign in Ballyshannon, Mac Cumhaill Park and O’Donnell Park. The hurlers open their Division 2B campaign away to Mayo Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar at 2pm on February 14.National Football LeagueRound One30/1/16 Division OneDown v Donegal, Páirc Esler, Newry, 19.00Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, 19.3031/01/2016Division One Cork v Mayo, Páirc Uí Rinn, 14.00Roscommon v Monaghan, Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon, 14.00Division TwoDerry v Fermanagh, Derry GAA Centre, Owenbeg, 14.00 Meath v Armagh, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, 14.00Tyrone v Cavan, Healy Park, Omagh, 14.00Laois v Galway, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 14.00Division ThreeClare v Sligo, Hennessy Memorial Park, Miltown Malbay, 14:00Limerick v Tipperary, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 14:00Offaly v Longford, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 14:00Westmeath v Kildare, Cusack Park, Mullingar, 14:00Division FourLouth v London, Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda, 13:00Carlow v Antrim, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 14:00Wexford v Leitrim, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, 14:00Wicklow v Waterford, County Ground, Aughrim, 14:0006/2/16Division OneMayo v Dublin, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, 19:00Division TwoArmagh v Laois, Athletic Grounds, Armagh 19:00Cavan v Derry, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan 19:00Divison FourLondon v Carlow, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip 13:0007/02/16Division OneDonegal v Cork, Fr Tierney Park, Ballyshannon, 14:00Kerry v Roscommon, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, 14:00Monaghan v Down, St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 14:00Division TwoFermanagh v Meath, Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 14:00Galway v Tyrone, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 14:00Division ThreeKildare v Offaly, St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 14:00Longford v Limerick, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford, 14:00Sligo v Westmeath, Markievicz Park, Sligo, 14:00Tipperary v Clare, Clonmel GAA Field, Clonmel, 14:00Division FourAntrim v Wexford, Corrigan Park, Belfast, 14:00Leitrim v Wicklow, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 14:00Waterford v Louth, Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 14:0027/02/16Division OneDublin v Monaghan, Croke Park, 19:00Division TwoArmagh v Fermanagh, Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 19:0028/02/16Division OneCork v Roscommon, Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork, 14:00Donegal v Mayo, MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, 14:00Down v Kerry, Páirc Esler, Newry 14:00Division TwoDerry v Galway, Celtic Park, Derry, 14:00Laois v Tyrone, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 14:00Meath v Cavan, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, 14:00Division ThreeLongford v Kildare, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Longford, 14:00Offaly v Sligo, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 14:00Westmeath v Tipperary, Cusack Park, Mullingar, 14:00Limerick v Clare, Newcastlewest, Limerick, 14:00Division FourWexford v London, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, 13:00Antrim v Leitrim, Corrigan Park, Belfast, 14:00Carlow v Waterford, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 14:00Louth v Wicklow, Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda, 14:0005/03/16Division OneDublin v Cork, Croke Park, 19:00Division TwoCavan v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan, 19:00Tyrone v Derry, Healy Park, Omagh, 19:00Division FourWaterford v Wexford, Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 19:0006/03/16Division OneRoscommon v Down, Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon, 14:00Kerry v Donegal, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 14:30Monaghan v Mayo, St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney, 14:30Division TwoFermanagh v Laois, Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 14:00Galway v Meath, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 14:00Division ThreeTipperary v Offaly, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 12:45Clare v Westmeath, Cusack Park, Ennis, 14:00Kildare v Limerick, St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 14:00Sligo v Longford, Markievicz Park, Sligo, 14:30Division FourLeitrim v Louth, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 14:00London v Antrim, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip, 14:00Wicklow v Carlow, County Grounds, Aughrim, 14:3005/03/16Division OneDown v Dublin, Páirc Esler, Newry, 19:00Division TwoFermanagh v Cavan, Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 19:00Division ThreeLimerick v Westmeath, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 19:0013/03/16Division OneCork v Monaghan, Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork, 14:00Mayo v Kerry, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, 14:30Donegal v Roscommon, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, 15:00Division TwoLaois v Derry, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 14:00Meath v Tyrone, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, 14:00Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 14:30Division ThreeKildare v Sligo, St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 14:00Longford v Tipperary, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford, 14:00Offaly v Clare, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 14:00Division FourLondon v Leitrim, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip, 13:00Antrim v Waterford, Corrigan Park, Belfast, 14:00Carlow v Louth, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 14:00Wexford v Wicklow, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, 14:4526/03/16Division OneDublin v Donegal, Croke Park, 19:00Division TwoTyrone v Armagh, Healy Park, Omagh, 19:0027/03/16Division OneCork v Down, Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork, 14:00Monaghan v Kerry, St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 14:00Roscommon v Mayo, Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon, 14:00Division TwoCavan v Laois, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan, 14:00Derry v Meath, Derry GAA. Centre, Owenbeg, 14:00Galway v Fermanagh, St Jarlath’s Park, Tuam, 14:00Division ThreeClare v  Longford, Cusack Park, Ennis, 14:00Sligo v Limerick, Markievicz Park, Sligo, 14:00Westmeath v Offaly, Cusack Park, Mullingar, 14:00Tipperary v Kildare, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 14:00Division FourWaterford v London, Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 13:00Leitrim v Carlow, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 14:00Louth v Wexford, Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda, 14:00Wicklow v Antrim, County Grounds, Aughrim, 14:0026/03/16Division OneKerry v Cork, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 14:00Mayo v Down, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, 14:00Monaghan v Donegal, St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 14:00Roscommon v Dublin, Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon, 14:00Division TwoArmagh v Derry, Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 14:00Cavan v Galway, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan, 14:00Fermanagh v Tyrone, Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 14:00Laois v Meath, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 14:00Division ThreeKildare v Clare, St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 14:00Limerick v Offaly, Newcastlewest, Limerick, 14:00Longford v Westmeath, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 14:00Sligo v Tipperary, Markievicz Park, Sligo, 14:00Division FourAntrim v Louth, Corrigan Park, Belfast, 13:30London v Wicklow, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip, 13:30Waterford v Leitrim, Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 13:30Wexford v Carlow, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, 13:3009-10/04/16Semi-finals23/04/16Division Three and Four finals24/04/16Division One and Two finalsNational Hurling League13/02/16Division 1ATipperary v Dublin, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 19:00Division 1BLimerick v Wexford, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 19:0014/02/16Division 1AGalway v Cork, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 14:00Waterford v Kilkenny, Walsh Park, Waterford, 14:00Division 1BClare v Offaly, Cusack Park, Ennis, 14:00Laois v Kerry, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 14:00Division 2ADerry v Antrim, Derry GAA Centre, Owenbeg, 14:00Kildare v Carlow, St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 14:00London v Westmeath, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip, 14:00Division 2BArmagh v Down, Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 14:00Mayo v Donegal, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, 14:00Wicklow v Meath, Pearse Park, Arklow, 14:00Division 3AFingal v Warwickshire, Lawless Memorial Park, Swords, 14:00Louth v Roscommon, Louth GAA Centre of Excellence, 14:00Monaghan v Tyrone, Darver St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney, 14:0020/02/16Division 1ACork v Waterford, Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork, 19:00Dublin v Galway, Parnell Park, Dublin, 19:0021/02/16Division 1AKilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 14:00Division 1BKerry v Limerick, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 14:00Offaly v Laois, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 14:00Wexford v Clare, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, 14:00Division 2ACarlow v London, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 13:00Antrim v Kildare, Páirc MacUílín, Ballycastle, 14:00Westmeath v Derry, Cusack Park, Mullingar, 14:00Division 2BDonegal v Armagh, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, 14:00Down v Wicklow, McKenna Park, Ballycran, 14:00Meath v Mayo, St. Loman’s Park, Trim, 14:00Division 3ARoscommon v Monaghan, Waldron Park, Athleague, 14:00Tyrone v Fingal, Healy Park, Omagh, 14:00Warwickshire v Louth, Páirc na hÉireann, Birmingham, 14:0005/03/16Division 1ADublin v Cork, Croke Park, 17:00Division 1BLaois v Clare, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 19:00Division 2ALondon v Kildare, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip, 14:00Division 3ATyrone v Warwickshire, Healy Park, Omagh, 17:0006/03/16Division 1AKilkenny v Galway, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 14:00Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 14:30Division 1BKerry v Wexford, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, 12:45Offaly v Limerick, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 14:00Division 2ACarlow v Derry, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 14:00Westmeath v Antrim, Cusack Park, Mullingar, 14:00Division 2BWicklow v Armagh, County Grounds, Aughrim, 12.45Down v Mayo, McKenna Park, Ballycran, 14:00Meath v Down, St. Loman’s Park, Trim, 14:00Division 3AMonaghan v Louth, Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 13:00Roscommon v Fingal, Waldron Park, Athleague, 13:00Division 3BSligo v Fermanagh, Markievicz Park, Sligo, 12:45Longford v Leitrim, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 14:0012/03/16Division 1ACork v Kilkenny, Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork, 19:00Division 1BLimerick v Laois, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 17:00Division 2AKildare v Westmeath, St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 14:00Division 3AWarwickshire v Roscommon, Páirc na hÉireann, Birmingham, 14:0013/03/16Division 1AGalway v Tipperary, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 14:00Waterford v Dublin, Árann Walsh Park, Waterford, 14:00Division 1BWexford v Offaly, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, 13:00Clare v Kerry, Cusack Park, Ennis, 14:00Division 2ADerry v London, Derry GAA Centre, Owenbeg, 13:00Antrim v Carlow, Páirc MacUílín, Ballycastle, 14:00Division 2BArmagh v Meath, Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 12:45Mayo v Wicklow, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, 12:45Donegal v Down, O’ Donnell Park, Letterkenny, 13.15Division 3AFingal v Monaghan, Lawless Memorial Park, Swords, 14:00Louth v Tyrone, Louth GAA Centre of Excellence, Darver, 14:00Division 3BFermanagh v Longford, Brewster Park, Enniskillen, 14:00Leitrim v Sligo, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 14:0020/03/16Division 1AKilkenny v Dublin, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 14:00Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 14:00Waterford v Galway, Walsh Park, Waterford, 14:00Division 1BClare v Limerick, Cusack Park, Ennis, 14:00Laois v Wexford, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 14:00Offaly v Kerry, St Brendan’s Park, Birr, 14:00Division 2ACarlow v Westmeath, Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 14:00Kildare v Derry, St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, 14:00London v Antrim, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip, 14:00Division 2BArmagh v Mayo, Athletic Grounds, Armagh, 14:00Down v Meath, McKenna Park, Ballycran, 14:00Wicklow v Donegal, Pearse Park, Arklow, 14:00Division 3ALouth v Fingal, Louth GAA Centre of Excellence, 14:00Monaghan v Warwickshire, St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney 14:00Roscommon v Tyrone, Waldron Park, Athleague, 14:00Division 3BLeitrim v Fermanagh, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 14:00Sligo v Longford, Markievicz Park, Sligo, 14:0026/03/16Division 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B Finals02-03/04/16Division One finalsDATES AND VENUES SET FOR DONEGAL’S ALLIANZ NATIONAL LEAGUE FOOTBALL AND HURLING CAMPAIGNS was last modified: November 17th, 2015 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:Allianz fixturesdonegalFootballGAAHURLINGlast_img read more

Angels score five in 11th to beat the A’s

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics were resilient enough to come back Wednesday, but ultimately not good enough to close the deal.The Los Angeles Angels scored five times in the top of the 11th inning off reliever Lou Trivino (2-1) to beat the Athletics for the second straight day at the Coliseum before a crowd of 21,185.Twice the Athletics came back to tie it in a game that appeared lost. They erased a 5-1 deficit by scratching out two run in the seventh and then knotted the score in the eighth on …last_img

Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained

first_img(Visited 115 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a “toxic bloom” theory.  Does it explain all the findings?The discovery was a sensation when announced in 2011 (see 11/14/11): fossil whale skeletons inland from the coast of Chile, perfectly preserved in dense numbers.  “There’s never been a find of this size, or of this diversity, anywhere in the world,” one spokesman said on a video clip posted by the BBC. (although for density and size, it needs to compete with other well-known sites like the La Brea tar pits).    The Cerro Ballena (“whale hill”) website, sponsored by the Smithsonian, has a map showing the individual fossils and their locations, along with photographs, videos and other information.Now that scientists have documented some 40 specimens and carted them off to labs, they have a theory to explain how they got where they are, published in the Royal Society Proceedings B (open access).  About 6.5 to 9 million years ago, they believe, there was a series of toxic blooms of algae (probably dinoflagellates that cause the well-known “red tides” today).  Whales and other large marine mammals ingesting infected fish probably died and were washed ashore.  Moreover, since the whales were found at four levels, this probably happened multiple times over an estimated period of 16,000 years.  New Scientist, Science Magazine, Live Science and the BBC News have echoed this explanation.The theory needs to account for several unusual facts:The whales were mostly found in a belly up position, mostly in the same direction along a line parallel to the coast.Many of the whales were articulated and complete.Along with baleen whales, the fossil graveyard includes sharks, seals, dolphins (including “dolphins that evolved a walrus-like face”), and “bizarre aquatic sloths.”The fossils are encased in fine-grained sediment.  There is orange soil in places that might be remnant of toxic algae, but the researchers are not sure.Some of the bones seem to have marks made by crabs.  “Given the unique food resource provided by marine mammal carcasses, it is not surprising to find scavenging traces on individual balaenopterid bones that we attribute to crabs,” the authors say.Hundreds more fossils may exist in the graveyard.  The researchers only had two weeks to excavate before a stretch of the Pan-American Highway was built over the site.The site today is on the edge of one of the driest deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert.In order to explain why the carcasses would have been slowly buried by sand, the theory claims that there were no large land predators at the time.  Still, they would have needed to be washed up high enough to escape the ravaging effects of marine predators (worms, bacteria, etc.) and seabirds.  It would seem normal high tides would be incapable of getting the whale carcasses high enough above the surf; perhaps storm surges did it.  Unless sand buried them quickly during the surge, though, it’s not clear how they would have been buried by sand in time to become fossilized.  But then, how did crabs get to the bones?  Why would this mechanism occur four times in a few thousand years (1/200 the assumed 3.5 million years of the deposit), and not more?  None of the articles mentioned these or other problems with the theory.  Instead, they presented the theory as a triumph of science.  “This is an awesome snapshot of deep time,” a Stanford marine biologist said, even though he had just remarked that the findings “are revealing something that we didn’t know anything about.”While we can all be amazed and delighted over this discovery, we must deplore the uncritical treatment by the media.  They seem incapable of thinking logically or asking the tough questions that reporters ask of politicians.  They just regurgitate the explanation scientists give, never thinking to themselves, “That doesn’t make sense.”  They rarely go off and compare this site with other sites, like the Peru location that has 346 whale fossils buried in diatomaceous earth (2/02/04).  Reporters just stumble about from story to story, copying the thinking of the shamans, doing little more than rewriting some of the boilerplate text in their own words.The official explanation could be correct; nobody knows, because no humans were there.  Several aspects don’t add up, as mentioned above.  There doesn’t appear to be any reason to postulate four distinct episodes, just because they are found in layers.  A single storm surge or flood can deposit multiple layers.  If “hundreds” more whales exist in the deposit, it becomes less credible to imagine placid red tides killing that many large marine mammals and depositing them high above the highest tides, where they sat in the open air long enough for crabs to gnaw on their bones, but the bones never scattered till they were buried in sand.  This happened at least 4 times?Reporters toss around the “millions of years” like word salad.  But millions of years doesn’t help.  It makes the story less credible.  Are we to believe that all these fossils were deposited in 16,000 years, just one half of one percent of the assumed age of the deposit?  What happened the other 99.5% of the time?  Were there no red tides for millions of years?  No storm surges?  There should be over 200 times as many whale graveyards in those strata if that much time elapsed and this was a routine occurrence.Learn to ask questions the reporters never ask.  Think logically, rather than taking their words on faith.  Faith is supposed to be a no-no in science, isn’t it?  Scientists and reporters treat faith the way Finagle treats miracles: “Don’t believe in faith; rely on it.”last_img read more

Help for ‘over 14 000 small firms’

first_imgIn-house advisors In the Eastern Cape, for example, a number of municipalities had donated buildings and paid for rent so that Seda centres could be set up there. Lupuwana said the key to widening the agency’s support on a limited budget would be the partnerships it could forge with key partners such as provincial and local governments. Briefing a National Council of Provinces committee in Cape Town this week, Seda CEO Hlonela Lupuwana said that out of those, 46 695 clients’ needs were assessed and 14 373 were helped. Last week, a group of 25 Seda business advisers embarked on a seven-day visit to Taiwan, where they were expected to gather more diagnostic skills and training on helping business owners. Another group of 25 advisers were expected to visit Brazil later this year, Lupuwana said, adding that the visits were a cost-effective way of supporting advisers as Seda only had to pay for “minor expenses”. Lupuwana said a random survey of 902 clients had shown that 80% of clients found that Seda’s assistance had a positive effect on their business. This support had come amid limited resources, and despite a six-month moratorium on the provision of all services by the agency to small enterprises. 22 October 2009 The Seda technology programme assisted 835 small businesses with a total turnover of R129-million, through its network of 27 incubators, and also helped to create 224 new small enterprises, Lupuwana said. Forging partnerships The limited budget – the agency received R331.2-million for 2009/10 – was a “major problem” in terms of meeting the agency’s targets. South Africa’s Small Enterprise Development Agency helped over 14 000 clients with services ranging from business planning and registrations to cooperatives support and access to markets in 2008/09. Its Community Private Public Partnership programme, which offers support to co-operatives and community-owned projects, has also been revived. In all, 199 830 potential and existing small businesses accessed the agency’s services through its 42 branches countrywide, an increase of 7.3% over the previous year. Seda had decided to limit the use of consultants to the supply of more technical services, and to 20% of all services offered by Seda, with the remainder being offered by in-house advisors, Lupuwana said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Qantas to fly to Johannesburg daily

first_imgThe Wallaby Route The Qantas South African route, otherwise known as the Wallaby Route because of the “short hops” between ports along the way in the early days, has gone from strength to strength. Australian airline Qantas is to introduce a daily service between Sydney and Johannesburg from 21 September. “Qantas is pleased to now offer a daily service from Sydney to Johannesburg with the introduction of an additional Boeing 747 service on Tuesdays, adding another 350 seats per week and more than 18 000 seats per year,” Joyce said in a statement this week. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the route was key one for the airline, and that the addition of a seventh service would provide their customers with greater flexibility for travel between Australia and South Africa. 3 June 2010center_img “South Africa is an important market for Qantas, particularly for business travel, and it is important for us to offer our customers the flexibility of daily services.” Joyce added that the daily schedule from Sydney would also complement the airline’s daily code-share services from Perth with South African Airways. This year, Qantas celebrates 62 years of services to South Africa. It increased services from five to six per week on the route in late 2008, having introduced Premium Economy on the route in March 2008. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Minister calls for tougher gun controls

first_img27 February 2013 Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for stricter gun control measures in South Africa, saying that domestic violence is exacerbated by easy access to firearms. Addressing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday on her department’s efforts to combat gender-based violence, Xingwana said the country needed “a sustained and effective campaign against the availability of guns in our homes and streets. I don’t see why if you already have a licence you must be given another licence for another gun. “As women, we are saying if there is no gun in your home you are much more safer. If you have a gun in your home, the research has demonstrated that you are exposed three times more than someone who has no gun in their home to attack or murder through … that gun.” Xingwana added that if there had not been a gun in Oscar Pistorius’ home, Reeva Steenkamp would be alive today. The minister said she was calling for firmer gun control measures in the country, as well as stricter monitoring of the law and monitoring of the distribution of guns.Extending reach of 16 Days campaign She also announced that the 25th of each month was to be used as a platform to ensure that the 16 Days campaign against gender-based violence took place throughout the year. The day was declared the International Orange Day by United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-Moon, in a bid to ensuring that the campaign against violence against women and girls was observed on a monthly basis. “The awareness is incorporated into our 365 days Action Plan Against Gender-Based Violence. Yesterday [Monday], we met in rural KwaZulu-Natal with women groups, government departments, NGOs, UN Women to mark the national launch of International Orange Day,” Xingwana said.Call for harsher sentences for abusers She reiterated an earlier call for the courts to impose the heaviest possible sentence against perpetrators of women and child abuse. Welcoming the re-establishment of sexual offences courts in the country, Xingwana said it would help in the speedy prosecution of gender-based violence. “We also note the Minister of Health’s announcement to recruit and train more forensic technicians to staff a fourth forensic laboratory – this will go a long way in processing vital evidence.” Xingwana said the recently launched National Council Against Gender Based Violence would meet four times a year to provide leadership, coordination and monitoring of gender-based violence initiatives in South Africa. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is the patron of the council, which is made up representative of government departments and agencies, NGOs and civil society organisations, as well as religious and traditional leaders and people with disabilities. The council will use its collective strength to ensure that women and girls are able to fully realise their rights as citizens and to live in safe communities. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more