Student pursues notorious petty thief

first_imgA student led to the arrest of a notorious petty thief after she chased the man on foot when he cycled off with her bike.Georgina Weetch, a Pembroke undergraduate, found her bicycle had gone missing after she left it unlocked outside St. Edmund Hall. But as she walked back to college she spotted a man cycling the bike down the High Street.She said, “I chased after him and tried to shout him down but he cycled more quickly down St Aldates.”“I’d pretty much lost him and then I saw a police car coming out of Pembroke Street so I flagged it down and asked the police officer to chase him!“She said she was a bit busy – I glance to the back seat and see she’s just arrested two men – so I continued the sprint but to no avail.”Weetch then reported the bike stolen at St Aldates police station, having given up on capturing the criminal herself.“As I was doing this the police officer … said that an undercover police officer had caught and arrested him. He claimed he was dropping if off for a friend.“Apparently he’s quite a notorious criminal and actually had loads of jumpers stuffed up his coat.”The man initially claimed his innocence but has now pleaded guilty to the theft.last_img read more

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Local legend Fergus is a poet – now you know it!

first_imgConvoy Native and local entertainer Fergus Cleary will launch his book of poems next Wednesday 27th November in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. An open invite is going out to friends, family and the wider community to come along to support Fergus on the night. All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to local charities.Fergus Cleary only started putting pen to paper in recent years and has taken to it like a duck to water. Fergus has already written a number of stage plays including the very successful Island Wake which is still being performed around Donegal.But now he has amassed a collection of 134 humorous poems and short stories in a book entitled “The Poet Who Doesn’t Know it”.Fergus said, “I just sit down and write the first thing that comes into my head, not knowing where I’m going or where I’ll end up”. I worked as a psychiatric nurse in St Conal’s hospital during the day and played music in different show and wedding bands for 44 years and never had the time to write. But now that I’m retired from both, I have been putting pen to paper a lot”.Fergus continued “I started writing poems and stories a few years ago and before I knew it I had over one hundred poems written. So, I decided to put them in a book so I wouldn’t forget them”. My niece Helen Crossan typed up all the poems, corrected all the spelling mistakes and got them ready for publishing. Jarlath Duffy designed the cover and I’m very grateful to both of them for the support.” In 2019, the Letterkenny Gaels senior Scór Group adapted a recitation written by Fergus, entitled Packie McNamee, to produce a short play to compete in the national GAA Scór competition.The group went all the way to the All-Ireland Final (last four) and were narrowly beaten by one point in Castlebar earlier in the year. The Letterkenny Gaels junior Scór group will perform Packie McNamee in the Regional Cultural Centre on Wednesday night. A performance not to be missed.Fergus will read a number of poems from his book and other entertainment will be provided by a host of local talent on the night.The book launch will start at 8pm on Wednesday 27th November in the Regional Cultural Centre. There will be a second launch night on Wednesday 4th December in Keys Hotel Stranorlar.Finger food and refreshments will be served on the night and everyone is welcome to come along to either night. Local legend Fergus is a poet – now you know it! was last modified: November 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Fergus ClearylaunchPoetry. Booklast_img read more

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Natural Selection Is Useless, II: More Evidence

first_imgContinuing our discussion of whether natural selection has any value in science, we present more cases in the media.Natural selection is useless in science, we alleged last week (4 Jan 2019). Because many will consider this an outlandish claim that can arouse accusations that it is anti-science and against common sense, some clarifications are in order before we provide more evidence. The biological literature is full of natural selection (hereafter NS) lingo and its derivatives. Evolutionists speak of positive selection, negative selection, purifying selection, group selection, kin selection, selective pressure, selective bottlenecks, and a host of other concepts. Surely the abundance of words cannot be about nothing, can it? Even many creationists bow before NS theory as a fact of nature. Some creationist speakers adorn their lectures with intuitively-obvious examples of NS in dogs, horses, and even human racial traits. Some even arrogantly attack other creationists who deny NS. How can we possibly contradict the obvious? Well, prepare to think. Prepare to see.Clarifying the ClaimWe are not talking about variation per se; that part is obvious. Variation is as common as flower color, flu variants, butterfly wing patterns, and similar variations in almost all species. Even we humans vary quite a bit, but are all members of one species. That kind of “horizontal” variation, whether by genetic drift or mate choice, does not innovate, a key word to understand when reading the literature. It does not create new functionality: wings, eyes, and brains that didn’t exist before. Variation is only the lesser part of the NS concept.Darwin alleged that NS could innovate. He ascribed agency to the environment, picturing it as an invisible hand that scrutinized every variation, adding up everything that was good, rejecting everything that was bad. His book offered to explain the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, not the extinction of creatures by accident or differential survival. If that is what you think of when you hear NS, you should use another phrase, because that is not natural selection the way Darwin coined the term. Accordingly, “negative selection” and “purifying selection” should not borrow the word “selection” (which implies a selector) at all, but should be referred to as quality control or homeostasis. Nothing new is innovated in such cases.Natural selection is Darwin’s phrase. Ideas that others had before or after Darwin are not relevant, because they are not congruent with the term the way Darwin used it. It is wrong, therefore, to say that Blyth or Paley or Patrick Matthew “discovered” the same idea that Darwin concocted. For one thing, they never used his phrase. More importantly, to Darwin, NS did far more than eliminate the weak. It was a “Designer substitute” responsible for the plethora of complex adaptations in nature. NS was his complexity ratchet to explain the progress of functional order and information-rich structures that drove life from the first replicator to the human brain.What to Look ForWhen reading the science literature, do not be intimated or misled by jargon, bluffing, and a high perhapsimaybecouldness index (PMCI) dressed up with graphs, charts and photos when scientists talk about NS. We are searching for whether or not NS provides understanding of nature. We want to see whether it explains the wings of a bird or other complex innovations. We are looking for the law-like rigor in explanation that should characterize all science. We don’t want storytelling. Evolutionists have mastered the art of just-so stories that “might” explain this or that adaptation. Where’s the beef?Last time, we saw Ann Gibbons waffling every which-way with a skyrocketing PMCI, unable to prove that NS had anything to do with the observations. Is NS a vera causa? Is it a natural law amenable to mathematical rigor? Is it useful to provide understanding of the living world? No, we say: it is a vacuous, post-hoc storytelling device that not only offers nothing useful, but distracts science from what it should be doing. It is modern-day phlogiston, pretending to explain why things act the way they do, but leading everyone astray in a big charade. The proof is in the way evolutionists actually use the phrase “natural selection” in their own words. Don’t take our word for it. Watch!Examples of Empty Words in Natural Selection ArticlesSignatures of selection in the human antibody repertoire: Selective sweeps, competing subclones, and neutral drift (Horns et al, PNAS). Let’s start with a highfalutin example from the National Academy of Sciences that threatens to undermine our assertion that NS is useless. This paper uses the word ‘selection’ a whopping 107 times, 24 of them in terms of “positive selection”— an indicator of fitness increase. It also uses the word ‘fitness’ 20 times, ‘phylogenetic’ 23 times, and concepts of population genetics dozens more times. Moreover, these words adorn charts and graphs appearing mathematically rigorous. How can NS be useless in a paper that uses the concept so diligently? Well, we find that this is really not a Darwinian paper at all. It’s about the highly functional way your immune system sorts through variants of antibodies in order to match antigens that could make you sick. It’s about intelligent design!A better analogy would be the engineer who uses ‘evolutionary computing’ to sort through random combinations to find one that fits his design goals. Real biological NS has no goal; there is no agent selecting the optimum. In the human immune system, there is a goal: neutralizing the antigen through rapid experimentation with combinations. The authors call it ‘fitness’ when the antibody matches the antigen: the better the match, the higher the ‘fitness.’ They call it ‘phylogeny’ when that B cell lineage proliferates. But the immune system is programmed to ‘adapt’ to antibodies with this highly effective strategy of sorting through combinations until a match is found; then the match reproduces rapidly to stop the virus or germ.The paper never mentions ‘innovation’, and the alleged ‘selection’ ends when the body dies. Nothing is passed on to the next generation. There is no origin of species. For all its use of NS terms, this paper has nothing to do with Darwin’s concept of NS. It could easily have been written in non-selectionist language, like ‘goal-directed, programmed matching through rapid recombination.’ The selectionist language, therefore, is a distraction, a misuse of Darwinian concepts in a situation having nothing to do with the ‘origin of species.’ It gives the appearance of support for Darwinism when, in actual fact, the subject matter does the exact opposite! For all its fluff, the paper not only fails to provide understanding of biology, it actively undermines it. It steals awe for intelligent design and sacrifices it to the Bearded Buddha. Should we not get angry about this distorted plagiarism?Let’s quickly look at a few more examples of misuse of vacuous NS terminology.How much are we learning? Natural selection is science’s best critic (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory). This prestigious laboratory on Long Island, famous for its racist eugenics studies before Hitler (as well as some useful discoveries about DNA), begins with a cartoony “March of Man” evolutionary icon, with a scientist at the higher end scrutinizing his ape ancestors like a detective with a magnifying glass. Watch the short video, where Dr Adam Siepel unveils his complete ignorance of Darwinian natural selection. “Natural selection is like a gardener,” he says, grinning, who “weeds out” the dandelions that randomly started growing in the lawn. For crying out loud, this is nonsense. For one thing, a gardener is an intelligent agent. Siepel assumes the more diligent the gardener (the video shows a lady weeding), the higher her fitness. This is so opposite what Darwin was proposing, it is incredible that a PhD at a prestigious science lab would say such a thing. And ‘weeding out’ dandelions is not innovation – the thing we are looking for. It is homeostasis by design: an agent with the goal of maintaining a clean, neat lawn by intentionally getting rid of weeds.Then, Siepel goes on to talk about elimination of harmful mutations in the genome. Same problem: that is a programmed protection strategy, not a means of turning an ape into a flying Icarus with wings. Not only that, his examples of “natural selection” concern genomic regions that are highly conserved – that is, un-evolved. That requires the body to have an efficient means of quality control, able to maintain the integrity of essential genes and protect them from neutral drift and harmful mutations. The critical reader should gasp at the blatant misuse of Darwinian concepts in this context, as well as the press release’s visual propaganda showing apes evolving into scientists (see Bergman, 10 April 2018). “How much are we learning?” Indeed!Darwin’s finches have developed a taste for junk food, and it may be impacting their evolution (Phys.org, UMass Boston). Groan for the happy-looking students pictured on the UMass website, for the junk science diet they will get, unsupplemented by nutritious critical thinking, due to Big Science and Big Education’s DOPE-y policy. In this press release, UMass trots out the old Darwin Finch icon, claiming that junk food left by tourists is making the finches evolve (by “natural selection,” of course), into fat slobs. Here’s a zinger of DOPE logic: “If we continue to feed finches… We’re getting in the way of evolution.” This can only mean that NS produced organisms that get in the way of NS. Accordingly, NS is a natural law that violates itself; “the selection pressures that would be naturally keeping them apart would be weakening, possibly leading to the collapse of the adaptive radiation of ground finches.” Let’s get this straight. Darwin’s NS led to organisms that evolved from bacteria into everything by an inexorable process, but some of its organisms (i.e., humans), evolved intelligent design that now leads to the collapse of NS, effectively making NS exorable instead of inexorable. Please score UMass on just how much understanding they generated using Darwin’s theory.Lost ‘Darwinia’ islands could be origin of species in the Galapagos (New Scientist). Here’s another story from the Galapagos, the Holy Land of Darwin worshippers. Colin Barras and some others want to name a submerged (get it? underwater) chain of seamounts “Darwinia” to “honour Darwin, whose time in the current islands informed his theory of evolution by natural selection.” Turning up the perhapsimaybecouldness index, he and the Grants (who wasted their lives looking for Darwinian evolution in the finches that live on the islands), postulate that the underwater islands may have been above sea level millions of years ago. How wonderful. That may have given the animals millions of more years to evolve by natural selection.  Now that the Stuff Happens Law may have had more time to work, do you understand the living birds and iguanas better? Oh, the wonder of NS. The wonder is that we fall for it and call it science.Well, wasn’t that fun. Your understanding of biology just skyrocketed, thanks to Darwin. No wonder Richard Dawkins calls natural selection the most elegant theory in the history of science. It explains everything. Just make up a story, and it gets published, honored, and accepted by all the leading lights of B.S. (Big Science) and B.M. (Big Media). So yes, I guess we have to admit that NS is useful in science. It’s a ticket to stardom. Examples like this could be multiplied; but next, we want to show good scientific research being done with reference to NS. You’ve been told that nothing makes sense except in the light of evolution. Is that true?Incidentally, we invited anyone to send us their best example of NS leading to better understanding of biology. We have yet to receive a single proposal.Cartoons by Brett Miller from EvidentCreation.com. Used by permission. (Visited 544 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Run a marathon for Madiba

first_imgComrades winners Bruce Fordyce and Bongumusa Mthembu at the launch announcement of the 2014 Mandela Marathon. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) • Mbali Ndlovu communications director uMgungundlovu District Municipality +27 33 897 6713 [email protected] • Mandela deeds in motion • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • Mandela Day has improved South Africa’s generosity • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • Places to visit on Madiba’s JourneySulaiman PhilipIt would take you, no matter the traffic, 35 minutes to get from Imbali in Pietermaritzburg to Tweedie in Howick by car. But where is the fun in that? Instead, like thousands of other runners, you can take part in this year’s Mandela Day Marathon.Do marathon runners take in the scenery they are racing past? If they did, the Mandela Marathon would offer some spectacular eye candy. The route takes runners through some of the most beautiful scenery in KwaZulu-Natal. Leaving Pietermaritzburg behind, it ascends to Sweetwater, up the Challenge Climb to Hilton, before the downhill to Cedara and its magnificent views of the Midlands and Midmar Dam. The trail run and mountain bike rides take place on 30 August; the road run follows the next day.Mbali Ndlovu, communications director for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, says the route has to be a test for runners. It celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, she says, but demands that we remember the struggles that made him the man we revere. “It is an uphill race, but when [they] reach the hill runners can celebrate overcoming the biggest challenge. In Mandela’s spirit we want people to recognise that no matter how hard the hills or how long the journey, you can only overcome them if you persevere.”The race route, the start and end points are tied into the history and legend of Mandela the Black Pimpernel. Manaye Hall in Imbali hosted an ANC organised All In Africa conference on 25 March 1961. Mandela, then on the run, attended as a surprise speaker. In his last speech as a free man he urged the delegates to adopt the principle of one person, one vote.Forty two kilometres later the race ends in Howick, at the site of the roadblock where Mandela was captured in August 1962. “Do you think that Madiba’s nerves were on edge while he was on the run?” Ndlovu asks before continuing. “Life is more complicated than a race but you don’t get anywhere in life without putting in a little effort. That’s the lesson we want people to take away from their weekend as our guests.”Among the race ambassadors, who will be taking part in the invitation only 46664 race, are Comrades Marathon winners Bruce Fordyce and Bongumusa Mthembu. Race ambassador and Springbok runner Jenna Challenor says that running frees her soul. “Is there a better feeling than accomplishing a goal you have trained hard to get?” It is this spirit of achievement through personal sacrifice that ties the sweat and effort of the runners to the spirit of Mandela.There is also the R500 000 – 20% of all entrance fees – that the host uMgungundlovu District Municipality is donating to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The money has been earmarked for literacy programmes the foundation will identify in the very rural part of KwaZulu-Natal.First held in 2012 with just 1 500 runners, this year the organisers, the KwaZulu-Natal Athletics Association, are hoping to have at least 10 000 registered participants when entries close on 31 July. Participants can take part in the marathon, a 21km run or a 10km fun run. There is also, for the more adventurous, a 15km trail run around Howick plus mountain bike races of 42km, 21km and 10km.For the serious runners, completing a marathon – and the Mandela run is a qualifier for the Comrades – is a personal achievement. For the less serious runners and for the families, the race organisers have included the shorter distances. “There is a certain mystique to finishing a marathon but not everyone can. So we have the shorter distances. We wanted to be inclusive so we added the shorter distance, one that entire families can participate in together,” Ndlovu explains.“We hope that the race becomes as big as the Comrades one day.” For the municipality, the race is part of its development plans. “Most tourists are passing through on their way to Durban or spend the day driving along the Midlands Meander. We want people to choose to spend their time and their money here. As the race grows in popularity it will be a big part of our tourism and economic development programme.”last_img read more

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Kotla will rise to the occasion says ICC

first_imgCritics believe the present state of the pitchsquare at the Ferozeshah Kotla is far from ideal despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) reinstating it as an international venue with effect from January 1.Even after the announcement, questions are still being raised with detractors going to the extent of calling ICC’s remedial instruction of planting fresh grass on three pitches and a few patches on the square as a new twist to the murky Kotla tale.With various sources in the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) coming up with different versions behind the remedial suggestions of the ICC inspection team, Mail Today contacted ICC pitch curator Andy Atkinson to get a clear picture.Although he failed to throw much light on the issue owing to his contract with the ICC which allows him to comment on such matters only after the board’s permission – not granted in this case, James Fitzgerald – the media liaison officer on the ICC team’s recent visit and also the media and communication manager of the world body – commented on the issue and cleared the picture to an extent.Fitzgerald said that ICC was happy with the way things have progressed since the fateful day – December 27 – when the Kotla was deemed unfit to hold international matches and banned for a year.He also said that the remedies suggested by ICC will be explained in detail to the local association – DDCA in this case – and the suggestions given did not mean that there was any problem with DDCA’s remedial work under pitch and grounds committee chairman Venkat Sundaram.advertisementAccording to Fitzgerald, the suggestions were given so that Kotla can provide top- class pitches for the 2011 World Cup.”Unfortunately, the contents of Andy Atkinson’s reports following the venue inspections are confidential. The reports will be forwarded to the venues themselves so that any recommendations he may have can be implemented.At this stage, we are confident that the Ferozeshah Kotla pitch in New Delhi will provide excellent surfaces for the matches that are scheduled for that ground during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,” he told Mail Today.Sundaram, on his part, said that he had no issues with the suggestions of the ICC inspection team as they were all working towards ensuring that the World Cup matches are not only a treat for the spectators, but also enjoyable for the players.” The media has had a lot to say over the last week and I believe they are all doing their duty. ICC and the DDCA has been working hand in hand to ensure that the four matches allotted to the Kotla are all a success.” It has been a tough time since taking over from former committee chairman Daljit Singh. Not only did we need to work on the square, but also the outfield.” Since we didn’t get much time before the third edition of the IPL, we were once again criticised but even then I had said it is not an overnight task and will take time. With the ICC reinstating the Kotla, I feel I have been able to live up to the faith put in me by the DDCA,” Sundaram told Mail Today.” Also, the ICC praised our outfield and said that it is one of the best in the country. I feel privileged.” Commenting on the decision to shift the next set of Ranji matches to the Roshanara Club, Sundaram said: ” The wickets have undergone a lot of wear and tear and after thorough discussion with ICC, it was decided that not only would grass be planted, but also the wickets would be given rest so that they stay fresh for the World Cup. We are looking to hold some friendly matches in February so that the wickets aren’t under- used going into the showpiece event.” Meanwhile, SP Bansal, general secretary of DDCA, said that the association was in talks with BCCI’s national broadcasters Neo to ensure that the last home match against Mumbai is also played at Roshanara and not the Kotla.” Since grass will be planted at the Kotla, we are in talks with Neo so that the match is held at Roshanara. Actually, they have to move their equipment anyway as the centre pitch won’t be in a position to hold the match.So we might as well play at Roshanara as there will be a chance that the players’ spikes might uproot the newly laid grass at the Kotla,” Bansal told Mail Today.advertisementDDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev said that ICC’s decision to re- instate the Kotla came as a huge relief. ” We have undergone a lot in the past 11 months and I am really happy that our efforts have borne fruit.Although I believe it wasn’t our fault in the first place and Daljit was to be blamed, let’s forget the past and move on. We hope to host top- class matches in the World Cup,” he said.last_img read more

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The end of the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018

first_imgHowever, the main international events in 2019 are elsewhere.The first 24-team Asian Cup takes place in the UAE in January and February, before Brazil hosts the Copa America and the United States defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup.France are hoping to win another World Cup, as they host the 24-team women’s tournament in June and July, with the USA the defending champions.And a decision is expected soon on whether Egypt or South Africa host the 24-nation Africa Cup of Nations in June and July after the Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament due to delays in their preparations. Paris, France | AFP | Monday 12/24/2018 – 19:42 UTC+8 | 668 wordsby Andy SCOTTADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Both enjoyed prolific years, with the Argentine driving Barcelona to a Spanish league and cup double and Ronaldo winning another Champions League with Real Madrid before moving to Juventus in the transfer of the year.Modric takes Ballon d’OrHowever, their numbers are down on the phenomenal figures of past years, and instead it was the impish playmaker Modric who won the Ballon d’Or, and FIFA’s best player award, on the strength of his role in Madrid’s Champions League triumph and Croatia’s World Cup run. He was also the best player in Russia.Ronaldo and Messi had shared the Ballon d’Or between them for the last decade, winning five each. Ronaldo was second this time, while Messi was fifth, behind Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe.“Nobody has the right to compare themselves to them. They are among the best in the history of the sport,” Modric told France Football. “To follow on from them is incredible, and I am proud of it.”Crowned the best young player, Mbappe will hope the future belongs to him.At club level, his PSG side are among the teams desperate to end Real’s run of three straight Champions League titles.The Spaniards beat Liverpool in this year’s final in Kiev with Gareth Bale scoring twice, and will hope to retain the trophy next year with the final in Madrid.Meanwhile, there is lots to look forward to at international level in 2019.Nations League finalsThe new UEFA Nations League has been an instant hit. It will conclude with the four-team finals in Portugal in June, with the hosts facing Switzerland and England playing the Netherlands in the last four.“We want to go beyond where we went last summer, and we’re in the mix for what is a really important staging post in our development,” said England manager Gareth Southgate of that competition. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kylian Mbappe stars, ball-tampering scandal, Serena Williams outburst: 2018 sporting highlights Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in the group stage, featuring a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, to Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil and Croatia’s epic semi-final defeat of England in extra time, it was studded with memorable matches.But it was much more than that. “Maybe this is one of the weirdest World Cups,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.His team’s remarkable run to the final and the premature exits of Germany, Spain and Argentina showed that international football can still be unpredictable.It will also probably be remembered as the tournament that marked the end of Messi and Ronaldo’s dreams of lifting the World Cup.They were eliminated on the same day in the last 16, and 2018 could be remembered as the year when the Messi-Ronaldo era ended.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi put up impressive numbers, in life and on the field, going into a fourth World Cup for each. So much has happened for football’s standout stars since the 2014 tournament left both still lacking the game’s most coveted prize. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File) SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion One of the enduring images from 2018 will remain Kylian Mbappe consoling Lionel Messi in the Russian city of Kazan, just after the final whistle in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup.This was to a large extent Mbappe’s year, as the teenage superstar exploded on the world stage by scoring twice in that game, the first World Cup brace by a teenager since Pele in 1958.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefStill just 19 at the time, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the trophy for the second time by beating Luka Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the final on a dark and damp Sunday in Moscow.The World Cup itself was a joy to watch, a richly entertaining tournament full of memorable games and concluding with the highest-scoring final since 1966. 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10 months agoChelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this weekby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have lined up two replacements for Cesc Fabregas. The club have blocked Fabregas from joining Monaco this month until they find a replacement.And Sky Sports claim the Blues are closing in on deals for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who could cost £45m.24-year-old Paredes has caught Chelsea’s eye with a number of fine performances for the Russian giants this season.A deal for one of the two aforementioned names is expected to be completed this week. last_img

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Agriculture Minister to Place More Focus on Fisheries

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be placing more focus on fisheries during this fiscal year, with the hope of increasing the nation’s earnings from the sector.Making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House on May 1, Mr. Shaw said in addition to focusing on the development of this sector, he will also be focusing on the enactment of the Fisheries Bill, given that growth in this area will stem from this Bill.“In the case of the Fisheries Bill, I have to emphasise that after languishing for over 20 years, I had the honour of commencing the debate in this House on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and we look forward to having this Bill enacted soon,” Mr. Shaw said.He pointed out that the World Bank has predicted that the entire sea economy could generate US$3 trillion annually.“That is why our fisheries sector will come in for sharp focus. This Government will leverage our Blue Economy (which refers to the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving the health of marine and coastal ecosystems). What this means, is that we will be looking to more stringently protect and monitor the assets of our waters,” Mr. Shaw said.He added that he will be embarking on an active programme in the next three years to ensure that the fishing industry reaps from the Blue Economy.The active programme, Mr. Shaw said, will include plans such as fish sanctuaries, providing a system of production assistance to Jamaica’s small artisanal fishermen, assisting with the necessities of the trade and boosting fish farmers’ production.The Minister said he will also be focusing on making the fishing industry sustainable in the long run.“Let me stress that we will not seek to enhance production at the expense of the sustainability of our industry. I am, therefore, putting those who trade in the product on warning, that while we improve and bolster the industry, sustainability is paramount,” he said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be placing more focus on fisheries during this fiscal year, with the hope of increasing the nation’s earnings from the sector. “In the case of the Fisheries Bill, I have to emphasise that after languishing for over 20 years, I had the honour of commencing the debate in this House on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and we look forward to having this Bill enacted soon,” Mr. Shaw said. Making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House on May 1, Mr. Shaw said in addition to focusing on the development of this sector, he will also be focusing on the enactment of the Fisheries Bill, given that growth in this area will stem from this Bill.last_img read more

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DryShips to Add Two Economou Vessels to Its Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipowner DryShips has reached an agreement to purchase two vessels at an aggregate price of USD 93.8 million.Under the deal, the company would buy a 2013-built Newcastlemax drybulk carrier and a 2017-built Suezmax tanker, both of which were constructed in China.The units will be acquired from entities that may be deemed to be affiliates of George Economou, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.The purchase price including the associated bank debt of USD 50.3 million.DryShips said that the transaction remains subject to documentation and customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in June 2018.last_img

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Disney hopes for its next blockbuster in newest Star Wars

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Disney’s $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm and “Star Wars” just keeps getting better for the House of Mouse.The company is banking on the latest installments, “The Last Jedi” in December and a Han Solo movie in May, to drive people to theatres. But that’s far from the end of money-making opportunities from Han Solo, R2-D2, Kylo Ren and Rey. In fact, CEO Bob Iger said Thursday that the company is now planning a brand-new “Star Wars” trilogy, which will be the fourth in the franchise.Disney has drawn big profits from the strengths of its TV channels — namely ESPN — but that growth is challenged as more people dump cable subscriptions. As people turn to online replacements such as Netflix, Disney is hoping to lure them with a streaming service planned for 2019. “Star Wars” movies will be a big part of that; so will a new “Star Wars” series Iger also announced Thursday.Disney also wants to squeeze cash from “Star Wars” fans in the forms of toys and, theme park visits and hotel stays.___MOVIE MONEY“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” released in December 2015, pulled in more than $2 billion in worldwide ticket sales, trailing only “Avatar” and “Titanic” as the bestselling theatrical release ever (without adjusting for inflation). It also bumped up home entertainment revenue from DVD sales. “Rogue One,” last year’s installment, made over $1 billion in global box-office revenue.“The Last Jedi” will continue from where “Force” left off. Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson has a “somewhat conservative” estimate of $1.9 billion in box-office haul for the film. He also expects the latest “Avengers” installment to bring in $1.3 billion.Big-budget, sequel-generating movies deliver big wins for studios. In fiscal 2016, when Disney released “The Force Awakens,” the studio’s profit was $2.7 billion. That’s expected to fall this year and jump back up to $2.84 billion in 2018, thanks to “The Last Jedi” and several Marvel movies.In the July-September quarter, however, the studio’s revenue fell 21 per cent to $1.43 billion. “Cars 3” wasn’t as big a hit as “Finding Dory” in 2016.Overall, The Walt Disney Co.’s net income slipped 1 per cent to $1.75 billion. Revenue dropped 3 per cent to $12.78 billion.___DISNEY EMPIREDisney is funneling its movie hits to other parts of its sprawling empire to help it make money repeatedly from its intellectual property.For example, “Star Wars”-themed areas at Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will open in 2019.“They’re huge and I think very exciting in terms of how we’re using technology to create really interesting attractions and experiences,” Iger said at a September investment conference.The company is also planning a “Star Wars”-themed hotel at Walt Disney World in Florida. Disney touts it as an “immersive” experience; guests will be able to dress up as their favourite characters.Disney is making other big investments in its parks, too, as it races to catch up with Universal’s enormously popular Harry Potter-themed areas. In the latest quarter, revenue rose 6 per cent to $4.67 billion, helped by the international parks. In the U.S., Hurricane Irma shut down Walt Disney World for two days, hurting domestic results.Analysts expect merchandise revenues to get a bump in fiscal 2018; Nathanson cites the “Star Wars” and Marvel movies, as well as “Frozen” coming to Broadway, as drivers.___GEARING UP AGAINST NETFLIXThe movies will also serve as a lure for Disney’s streaming service, which will contain hundreds of movies and thousands of TV episodes and shorts. Pixar, “Star Wars” and Marvel films will be included along with Disney-brand video. Disney’s deal with Netflix is expiring and won’t be renewed, making the new service the exclusive online home for much of Disney’s prime content.Morgan Stanley estimates that the service can, after a decade, become a nearly $5 billion-a-year business, with roughly 30 million subscribers. (Netflix’s streaming revenues for just the last nine months were $8.1 billion, with 109 million subscribers.) Disney will lose out on hundreds of millions from Netflix when it pulls its movies, and UBS estimates that it needs 32 million subscribers for the app just to break even.Iger said Thursday that the streaming service will cost less than Netflix at launch. Netflix’s streaming plans start at $8 a month.Disney also plans an ESPN streaming service, which it announced Thursday will be called ESPN Plus, that will launch in spring 2018. It won’t air the same sports as its channel — but one day might. ESPN, long its cash cow, has been losing subscribers as attention shifts online.In the fiscal fourth quarter, the media networks’ revenue fell 3 per cent to $5.47 billion; profit slid 12 per cent, to $1.48 billion. At ESPN, content costs rose and ad revenue fell, but Disney wrangled higher payments from cable companies.Shares rose 1.4 per cent to $104.09 in after-hours trading Thursday.___Editor’s note: This story been corrected to note that the new trilogy will be the fourth in the “Star Wars” franchise. An earlier version stated it would be the fifth.last_img read more

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