Guyana Football Federation dismayed following Disciplinary Committee ruling

first_imgTHE executive committee of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) noted with consternation the adverse ruling against their body by the Disciplinary Committee in the matter of a complaint made by Slingerz FC, Alpha United, Pele FC and the Georgetown Football Club (GFF).Attorneys Sanjeev Datadin (Chairman) and Natasha Vieira, along with Dr. Clement McEwan ruled that the executive committee’s decision to move the STAG Elite League from eight to ten teams was ultra vires their powers and unconstitutional and that the GFF Constitution can only be amended by Congress and the Executive Committee had no authority to unilaterally amend the Constitution in any manner whatsoever.The GFF stated that “while the executive committee fully respects the independence and role of the Disciplinary Committee, it is their (the GFF) position that this matter does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Committee, as was formally communicated to the Chairman at the outset.”“The governing bodies, FIFA and CONCACAF, have confirmed that the Executive Committee acted fully within its rights and powers, as clearly laid out in the GFF’s Constitution; that no breach to the Constitution occurred, and that no change to the Constitution was required in order to expand the League” the Federation said in a release.Article 36.2.i of the Constitution states that it is within the powers of the Executive Committee to “draw up regulations governing the conditions of participation in and the staging of competitions organised by the Federation, including the playing schedule. This shall not affect the composition of the Congress.”In addition, according to the GFF, the four clubs that chose to boycott this season’s League were in violation of Article 13.1.c of the Constitution, which states that members are obliged “to take part in competitions (if applicable) or other sporting activities organised/approved by the Federation.”“As a consequence of this breach of the Constitution, which automatically meant the clubs had chosen not to be in good standing with the GFF, CONCACAF was forced to take the very difficult decision to exclude those clubs from this year’s regional competition” the Federation added.The GFF cited that “it is vital that all of our members are fully familiar with, and willing to abide by, the full content of the Constitution, as we seek to reform and rebuild football in Guyana.The GFF Executive Committee is working hard to restore the image of football in Guyana and to lay sustainable foundations for a professional, accountable and successful future for football through reform, respect for the rules and careful investment in development and facilities.last_img read more

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Mourinho sacking a ‘shame’, says Real Madrid’s Marcelo

first_img“I cannot worry that there is speculation about Madrid,” Solari said. “That happens every day.”Marcelo and Solari were speaking ahead of Real’s Club World Cup game on Wednesday against Kashima Antlers, the winners of last season’s AFC Champions League, which is contested by clubs in Asia and Australia.Real, who have won the Club World Cup three times, will reach the final with a victory in Abu Dhabi but Solari again had to defend his treatment of Isco, who has struggled for matches since he took charge.“I love Isco,” Solari said in a press conference. “My job is to ensure everyone is at their best and that those who aren’t, get there. It is a thankless and difficult task to choose who plays and who is left out.”Kashima Antlers finished third in Japan’s J1 League last season but won the Champions League after beating Iran’s Persepolis in the final.Share on: WhatsApp Mourinho sackedAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | AFP |  Real Madrid defender Marcelo believes it is a “shame” Jose Mourinho has been sacked as coach of Manchester United and has paid tribute to his work at the Spanish club.Mourinho was dismissed by United on Tuesday after a poor run of form left the club sixth in the Premier League table and 19 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.The Portugese managed Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and has been linked with a return to the European champions, most recently following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in October.Asked about Mourinho’s exit from United, Marcelo said on Tuesday: “It’s a shame because he is a great coach, who is without a club. Whether he returns to Madrid is not up to me. He has done great things for Real Madrid.”Santiago Solari was appointed Lopetegui’s replacement and has overseen nine victories from his 11 matches in charge. Solari was given a contract until June 2021 but that has not prevented speculation about a possible return for Mourinho.last_img read more

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Historical Association Looks Forward To 2018

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithRED BANK – It was a combination of the “Greatest Show on Earth” and the 119th annual meeting of the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) as the association held its election of officers and learned more about some of the former amusement parks of Monmouth County last week at the Two River Theater.Taking her theme from local author and historian Rick Geffken’s presentation at the meeting, Linda Bricker, MCHA president, introduced herself as ringmaster for the evening and termed it a meeting of the “greatest, largest, private-est, nonprofit-est organization completely devoted to history in the entire state of New Jersey.” The theme even flowed through the cocktail hour preceding the meeting, which featured amusement park treats like hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, setting the tone for both an entertaining and professional business get-together of local historians and friends.Bricker welcomed the crowd on behalf of the trustees of the organization and outlined both the achievements of the past year while hinting at the superlatives in store for the future of the MCHA.Bricker grew serious in tracing the association’s history from 1898, when a small group of residents incorporated to collect and preserve the history of Monmouth County, to the present, terming 2017, “an excellent year for the association.”She announced that interim director Charles H. Jones III will remain in the position through 2018, noting Jones’ family’s deep connection to both Monmouth County and the organization itself, in addition to his other qualifications for the position. In his brief tenure to date, Jones is credited with overseeing a new exhibition, overhauling the association website and developing a comprehensive program for future strategic planning.Bricker also highlighted the successful efforts during 2017 that have maximized the use of the Taylor-Butler House in Middletown, thanks to both donations and diligent volunteers; the facility is now available for rent for both holiday events and private parties. The front porch of the historic building, set in the heart of Middletown’s historic district, even served as the backdrop for a commercial shoot for a local car dealership and the house itself was the setting for the first Mistletoe, a holiday cocktail party that will become an annual fundraising event.The association will retain an outside consulting firm in 2018 to begin its search for a new director, Bricker said, and to determine the best direction for the association in the 21st century. “We will seek to partner our hopes and dreams for the organization with the potential for reasonable, sustainable and sound financial resources,” she said, adding, “We expect this strategic planning to be transformational and are very excited to begin.”Marketing chair Lisa Klem Wilson reported on a grant received from a Boonton advertising group which financed the overhaul of the association’s website so that monmouthhistory.org “reflects the work we have been doing.” eMuseum, a new mobile-friendly website, allows patrons to connect to MCHA collections, and view photos and graphics. eMuseum currently includes 389 items from portraits and paintings to drawings and furniture, according to interim director Jones. The furniture module, funded in part by grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the William T. Morris Foundation, currently offers 159 examples of association furniture holdings with another dozen and a half anticipated to be added this year. Since the inauguration of eMuseum in June, Jones said there have been 527 users from 38 states and nine foreign countries.During his report of the past year, Jones also noted that Tracking Sandy, the exhibit which opened on Super Storm Sandy’s fifth anniversary, has been well received. Completed with help from Melissa Ziobro, a professor at Monmouth University, and local designer Stan Cain, the contemporary exhibition continues to draw crowds with the possibility of it becoming a traveling exhibition in the future.Education chair Mary Ann LaSardo noted the association presented 84 trunk shows for schools and private groups in 2017 and hosted 400 guests at the biggest Fourth of July event yet.At the close of the business portion of the meeting, Bricker introduced Rick Geffken, renowned for his programs on Monmouth County history and a featured speaker for numerous organizations, and a retired Army officer and Vietnam veteran and contributor to the Two River Times.George Severini and Rick Geffken , co-authors of “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” were on hand at the MCHA annual meeting to discuss their book.The program was based on his latest book, “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” which he wrote with George Severini, who was also present for the meeting. Geffken gave insight into the popularity of three former amusement parks in Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright.He displayed videos and photography of the Atlantic Highlands Bayview Park on the waterfront in Atlantic Highlands in what is now a residential section, and the Red Clay Hill area where patrons could see the traveling 101 Ranch Wild West show at the beginning of the 20th century. The author also featured a brief history on the Bay Avenue merry-go-round on Bay Avenue, Highlands, and showed the importance of the steamship Mandalay to the industry. A passenger steamer that had a regular route between New York and Atlantic Highlands, the Mandalay brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to the amusement parks throughout the summer seasons.Both Geffken and Severini signed copies of their book and donated a portion of the proceeds of the sales to the association.last_img read more

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Whitewater’s Sam Kuch grabs silver at IFSA Freeride Championships

first_imgSam Woodward of Whitewater finished seventh with 2771 points while teammate Jeff Ashton was 12th with 2265 points.A total of 331 competitors entered the 15-18 year-old category.In the female 15-18 division, Haley Cooke of Whitewater placed ninth behind winner Jess Sterrett of Salt Lake City, Utah.Cooke totalled 2856 points in the 87 competitor field.Freeriders are scored based on line choice, fluidity, technique, control, and style as they navigate through natural terrain featuring trees, steeps, cliffs, chutes, drops and gullies where they are rewarded for using the features creatively.Showcasing their skills in the steeps of Reliable and Bobcat, this next generation of rippers are redefining the sport of Freeride.The IFSA concluded its third year of independent junior competitions at the North American Championships at the Grand Targhee Resort. Whitewater Freeride skier Sam Kuch captured second place at the 2015 IFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships held recently at the Grand Targhee Resort near Alta, Wyoming.Kuch finished second to Zander Guldman of Sugar Bowl Freeride in the male 15-18 category. Guldman scored 4084 points to 3304 for Kuch.Grifen Moller of Team Summit was third.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 2016

first_imgPeter Eurton620033%33%$171,830 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, October 6) HOLIDAY MONDAY OCT. 10 IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days next Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day. Beer, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for a buck apiece. First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday, Oct. 13.There will be two stakes races Monday, each offering $100,000 in purse money, the Zuma Beach for two-year-olds at a mile on turf, and the Surfer Girl for two-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. FINISH LINES: Dodger fans are encouraged to attend Santa Anita Saturday in Dodger gear to receive $5 off the Bud Light Lounge experience. Fans can earn the same discount online using PROMO CODE Dodgers16. Visit http://www.santaanita.com/events/bud lightlounge/ for more details . . . Santa Anita’s live money 2016 Autumn Handicapping Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, with $85,000 in prizes (based on 90 entries) up for grabs. Visit http://www.santaanita.com/events/2016-autumn-handicapping-championship/ for more information . . . Military funeral services with honors for former Marine and award-winning photographer Bill Mochon who died Monday at 74 will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m., at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, 92122. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill232439%39%$123,090 Mike Smith1031030%40%$153,820 Richard Baltas1524113%47%$150,425 OM EYES ANOTHER GRADE II WIN IN CITY OF HOPE            Om, a consistent son of Munnings trained by Dan Hendricks for the Sareen Family Trust, seeks his fourth Grade II victory in Saturday’s $200,000 City of Hope Mile on grass, a race Hendricks hopes will lead to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita Nov. 5.Om captured the Del Mar Derby, the Twilight Derby and the Mathis Brothers Mile, each with Grade II status, and was second last out in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on Aug. 21.“The post position (four of 10) is good and he’s coming up to it good,” Hendricks said. “He’ll need a nice trip. If he runs good, the plan we set up last March is to go in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and so far, it’s working out real well.”            As if there wasn’t enough speed in the City of Hope, Peter Miller adds fuel to the fire with St. Joe Bay, a versatile and quick Florida-bred son of the A.P. Indy stallion Saint Anddan who had Triple Crown aspirations in his three-year-old season last year.“He’s a good horse,” said Miller, who won two races yesterday to give him six in the first four days and put him three in front of Mark Glatt in the standings. “He’s really come around since we gelded him (two races back), so we figured we’d take a shot.”Miller trains mainly out of San Luis Rey Downs, “but I keep my second string here,” he said, “and my first string down there. We’ve got about a dozen horses at Santa Anita, plus ship-in stalls. The track here seems good, the turf seems good. They’re doing a real good job so far.“If I was oh for the meet, I’d hate it,” he added, laughing. “Trying to be objective, the track seems safe, it seems fair; the turf is a little fast, but once the grass grows a bit and gets longer, it won’t be so fast.”Doug O’Neill, meanwhile, sends out longshot Frank Conversation in the City of Hope. The three-year-old Quality Road colt will be making his first start since May 7, but has two bullet works at Los Alamitos.“He’s training really well,” O’Neill said of the winner of the Grade III El Camino Real Derby on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta course last Feb. 13. “We’re throwing him into the deep end off a layoff, but he’s pretty fit and acts like he’s ready to get back to the races.”Steve Specht vanned Ed Johnson down from the Bay Area Tuesday for the City of Hope, in which he is a rank outsider at 30-1 on Jon White’s morning line.“He’s not a bad colt, but he’s a three-year-old running against older,” noted Specht, trainer of the Louisiana-bred gray for owner Louis Figone who races as Frankfurt Stable.“It’s been a while since the horse has run (Aug. 6), because he’s had issues with his feet, quarter cracks and such, but we’ll see what we’ve got.”The City of Hope, which goes as race eight: Frank Conversation, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; St. Joe Bay, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Patriots Rule, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Om, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Ed Johnson, Martin Garcia, 30-1; Hootenanny, Julio Garcia, 12-1; Express Himself, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Obviously, Tyler Baze, 9-5; Perfectly Majestic, Nelson Arroyo Jr., 12-1; and Vyjack, Flavien Prat, 4-1. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza1141136%55%$602,000 Rafael Bejarano2439313%63%$489,480center_img Jamie Theriot1331223%46%$109,930 NYQUIST WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC            Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist had his first workout Friday at 8 a.m. since finishing sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24, going four furlongs in 50.80 under exercise rider Jonny Garcia. It was a move Team O’Neill hopes will bring him to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“I got him in 50 flat with the last eighth in 11 and two,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains the Uncle Mo colt for Paul and Zillah Reddam. “Running in the Classic is a tall order, for sure, but the horse has a lot of talent. He’s undefeated at Santa Anita and was an undefeated Kentucky Derby winner. We believe in him and we support him, so we should be in good shape.“He looked great in the workout.”Both O’Neill and Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had a five furlong gallop out time for Nyquist of 1:04.CHILEAN IMPORT SET FOR SWINGTIME STAKESKitkat, the Filly from Chile, makes her United States debut in Saturday’s $70,000 Swingtime Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at one mile on turf, a race her connections expect will lead to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile against males on Nov. 5.A Group I winner in her native Chile, the Swingtime will mark the first race for Kitkat since May 22 when she beat 14 rivals going a mile and a quarter on turf in the Group I Club Hipico Falabella in Chile where she has run all 13 of her previous races, winning seven, each under regular rider Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, who will make his Santa Anita debut Saturday.“The filly has been here since July; she is 100 percent and in good condition,” said former jockey Octavio Vergara, a native of Santiago, interpreting for 34-year-old trainer and fellow countryman Sebastian Silva. “She trained two months at Del Mar and now is ready for tomorrow’s race. She’s going to win and then she’ll be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.“In Chile, plans have already been made for her to run against the boys in the Mile,” concluded Vergara, who turns 60 on Dec. 23.Silva has been training for three years and comes from a family of horsemen. His father, grandfather, uncle and brother were all “in the horse business.”“This is my first time in California and I love it here at Santa Anita,” he said through Vergara. “It’s so picturesque and the mountains remind of home in Santiago. It’s beautiful.”The Swingtime: Queen of The sand, Rafael Bejarano, 9-2; Into The Mystic, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Salsita, Chantal Sutherland, 12-1; Dreamcatcher, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Kitkat, Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, 9-2; The Dream, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Cast in Silver, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Curlin’s Fox, Gary Stevens, 4-1; Prize Exhibit, Jamie Theriot, 3-1; and Moon Over Paris, Victor Espinoza, 12-1. Kent Desormeaux1851128%39%$169,585 -30- Norberto Arroyo, Jr.2042420%50%$215,870 HENDRICKS HAS ‘HOPE’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUPNYQUIST WORKS FOUR FURLONGS FOR CLASSICFILLY FROM CHILE MAKES S. DEBUT SATURDAYDOLLAR DAY IS NEXT MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA Mark Glatt1134327%91%$133,168 Flavien Prat2343617%57%$441,580 Peter Miller1763235%65%$193,385 Bob Baffert1124118%64%$391,035 Mike Puype420050%50%$50,100last_img read more

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Mauer, Twins agree to deal

first_imgMauer would have been eligible for free agency after the 2009 season. “This is a good day for this organization, and I feel like it’s one of those deals which is going to work for both sides,” Ryan said. “You have to be comfortable with how a player’s going to respond to security. I don’t think there’s any question how Joe’s going to respond to that.” Mauer’s rookie season in 2004 was cut short by a knee injury that raised some questions about how his body could handle the physical demands of his position behind the plate. But he has been fine ever since. “That’s one of the good things about this situation,” Ryan said. “He is in awful good shape and showed it last year.” Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., by next Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MINNEAPOLIS – American League batting champion Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins avoided salary arbitration on Sunday by agreeing to a four-year, $33 million contract. The 23-year-old catcher hit .347 with 84 RBIs last year to help the Twins rally from a 12 1/2-game deficit to win the AL Central on the final day of the regular season. He played in his first All-Star game last summer. “I’m real excited to be in Minnesota for the next four years and that I’ll be playing at home with my family and friends being there,” Mauer said. “I’m excited to be there for the opening of the new stadium.” Mauer, selected with the first pick in the 2001 amateur draft out of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, was eligible for arbitration this winter for the first time. He became the first catcher to lead the majors in batting average and the first AL catcher to win the batting title. center_img “We’re extremely happy, because there is not a player who belongs with the Twins more than Joe Mauer,” his agent, Ron Shapiro, said on Sunday. Shapiro represented two Hall of Famers, Baltimore’s Cal Ripken and Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett, who spent their entire careers with the same team. The deal will keep Mauer with the Twins through at least 2010, the year the team is scheduled to begin playing in a new ballpark. That didn’t mean Mauer gave Minnesota a hometown discount, however. He gets $3.75 million this year, $6.25 million in 2008, $10.5 million in 2009 and $12.5 million in 2010. Mauer has additional award bonuses and gets the right to designate three teams each year that he can’t be traded to without his consent. “This is a market deal,” general manager Terry Ryan said. “Don’t worry about that.” last_img read more

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Astrobiologists Explain Cambrian Explosion Using Invisible Data

first_imgAccording to PhysOrg and Astrobio.net, the skeletons to the Cambrian Explosion1 are hidden in the Precambrian closet, out of sight, even though the closet is open for inspection.  We mustn’t be fooled into thinking there was a Creation event, because evolution was doing its work in secret, like magic:The first instance of biomineralization – i.e. the biologic use of minerals – was around 2 billion years ago when certain bacteria precipitated grains of magnetite to apparently help orient themselves in the Earth’s magnetic field.  However, the first animal skeletons didn’t appear until right before the Cambrian explosion, at the end of the Ediacaran Period.    These early shell-bearing creatures help to resolve Charles Darwin’s concern over the sudden appearance of so many new animal species during the Cambrian explosion.  The fossil record gives the impression of a “Creation” event, but in reality, animals had evolved prior to the explosion.  They just didn’t leave much for paleontologists to find until they developed the skeleton-making trait.Well, shame on those animals for not leaving evidence for paleontologists.  It’s not like them to hide their traits for hundreds of millions of years only to tantalize them with a few clues 10 million years before the explosion.  But rest assured, “once a few animals started building with minerals, a ‘housing boom’ erupted across the animal kingdom,” the article continued.  And thanks to funding from the NASA Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program, Shuhai Xiao from Virginia Tech and Suzanne Porter from UC Santa Barbara came just in time, equipped with stories to explain why the lack of evolutionary evidence does not imply a Creation event.    Porter doesn’t know what the animals looked like that made the first shells.  Furthermore, “she doesn’t believe they passed on their skeleton-making skills to any descendants, which implies biomineralization was ‘re-invented’ a few million years later.”  While the reader ponders that miraculous double whammy, she drops this cluster bomb: “Skeletons evolved more than three dozen times within animals – and about half of these did so in the early Cambrian.”  The idea of multiple, independent, sudden major leaps would seem to undercut any idea of evolutionary progress, and make the evolutionary explanation for the Cambrian Explosion amount to 36 cases of “stuff happens.”  Xiao didn’t mind.  He was “Amen Charlie” for the idea, adding, “Once something is evolved, it can be recruited for other purposes.”What’s striking about this is how rampant biomineralization became in a relatively short period of time.  Skeletons turned into the “must-have” accessory, with different species utilizing entirely different minerals (mainly calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate and silica).  The questions is: what drove so many organisms to develop the skeleton-forming trait?Striking, indeed.  Maybe the organisms were trying to get rid of the minerals which they considered toxic waste.  So they took their toxic waste dumps and made beautiful artistic sculptures out of them, as illustrated in the article by a page from Ernst Haeckel’s 1904 drawings.  On the other hand, maybe some animals invented predation, and drove the others into an evolutionary arms race.  “As animals began feeding on other animals, protective body armor became a distinct advantage,” the article opined.  “This can explain why skeletons appear to have evolved independently across the biological spectrum during the Cambrian explosion.”  Necessity is the mother of evolution.    If that was the case, though, the predators appear to have quickly found ways to bore holes into the new armor.  Sounds like a stand-off, not an arms race.  Xiao and Porter were admittedly unsure exactly what drove the animals to suddenly develop new body plans – orders of magnitude more complex than biomineral shells.  “Whatever the exact reason, the appearance of skeletons in the Pre-Cambrian was just the beginning.”  In the beginning, Darwin lit the pike: “It ignited the fuse for the Cambrian explosion, in which many skeletal animals diversified,” in this genesis story according to Xiao.     But, a child might ask, why didn’t animals latch onto this invention earlier?  For some reason, the life-forms that had been smart enough to use magnetite to orient themselves by the Earth’s magnetic field took two billion years to figure out how to grab readily-available minerals for armor.  “Body morphology was limited prior to biomineralization because animals couldn’t grow very big without a skeleton, Xiao says.  Pre-Cambrian biomineralization would have opened up a world of possibilities for evolution to explore.”  And so, once evolution went exploring, the world would never be the same; and the animals evolved happily ever after.1.  For information on the Cambrian Explosion, see the documentary film Darwin’s Dilemma and our entries from 10/31/2010 and 04/23/2006.If you are not shaking your head in disbelief at the credulity of modern scientists with PhDs who could dream up such evidence-challenged tales, you should be.  This is so silly, it ranks with the stupidity of university professors who still think communism was a good thing.  Someday, if any logic remains in the world, students will study articles like this like we study the myths of the ancient Babylonians, wondering how the same people who could send rockets to other planets could worship Evolution like some kind of goddess, and believe that the “appearance” or “emergence” of biomineralization “opened up a world of possibilities for evolution to explore.”    PhysOrg and Astrobio.net actually expected you, a perceptive and intelligent reader, to fall for the idea that skeleton-making evolved independently not just once, not twice, but three dozen times.  To top it off, they acknowledged that the evidence looks like a Creation event, but claimed that “in reality” it was a mystical process of evolution that left no trace but must have been secretly at work.  Who do they think we are?  It’s not like we’re mind-numbed public school indoctrinees or something.    Thank NASA for paying these credulous dreamers – your tax dollars at work, proving that the love of money is the root of evillusion (that’s evil illusion, the way the Brits say it).  Our layman’s work is not done till the priests and priestesses of the Religion of Astrobiology become too ashamed to say things like this in public, because they know they will be faced with an armada of logic, history, philosophy and reason, and so they become forced to raise funds not from politicians, who will also be too ashamed to support them, but from sources more in line with their mythology: the one-armed bandits of Nevada. (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Law students welcome new Legal Bill

first_img“Such a programme will not only serve to benefit the poor and vulnerable, but will also go a long way in developing socially conscious legal graduates who understand the law in light of the vision of our Constitution and the goals of transformation.” Equality before the law 13 May 2010 SLSJ research coordinator in Kwazulu-Natal, Lucky Mkhize, said the preamble to the Bill states that the practice of law must be regulated to ensure that every citizen has access to justice and is equally protected by the law. “We believe that law graduates must be required to perform at least one year of practical vocational training in institutions mandated to provide legal services to poor and vulnerable people,” he said. “This will strengthen the capacity of existing institutions in addressing the challenges of access to justice.” Those graduates would, at the same, gain the practical experience already required of them while performing such services she said. However, the needs of the poor and vulnerable in terms of access to justice far exceeds the mere 100 hours of mandatory community service provided for in the Bill, he said. “We welcome the move to increase access to legal services through the introduction of compulsory community service for candidate legal professionals,” she said. Community legal service They added that overcoming the practical concerns of placement, supervision and remuneration would require political will on the part of the government, and critical and open debate among all stakeholders, including students.center_img “We look forward to ensuring the participation of the student voice in reshaping and transforming legal education and practice in South Africa and hope to engage in the consultative process that has now been initiated by [the] government.” Both Leeve and Mkhize agreed that a one year community legal service programme needed to be structured so as to provide for the placement, supervision and remuneration of legal interns – in the same way provided for medical interns before admission to the medical profession. South Africa’s Cabinet finally passed the Legal Practice Bill, which has been under discussion for the past 10 years, last week. Leeve said the need for legal professionals to provide legal services for the poor was critical for the realisation of equality before the law, equal access and benefit of the law. SLSJ chairperson Yana van Leeve said the Bill aims to promote access to justice for the poor and vulnerable through the transformation of legal practice in South Africa. “We hope that the recent approval of the Bill by Cabinet is an indication that such a commitment shall be forthcoming,” said Mkhize. Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) have welcomed the Cabinet’s decision to have law graduates complete compulsory community legal service. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw.last_img read more

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