Spurs vs Man Utd (Sunday, 4.30pm)MOUR money, Mour problems? It’s all going wrong for Spurs and Jose Mourinho, with Tottenham staring at another season without a trophy.Their injury list grew even longer this week with the news that Steven Bergwijn is expected to miss the rest of the season with an ankle problem.With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both out, Spurs’ squad depth has been laid threadbare – and it’s cost them big time.Man Utd arrive in good form and full of optimism following a dramatic 2-0 derby day win.Bruno Fernandes has injected a real swagger and confidence into a midfield which had basically none before Christmas.So much so that United are actually favourites for this one at 6/5.We do admire this new-look Red Devils outlook – but backing them at that price on the road?It wasn’t long ago they were that price to beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.And look what happened there.8Goals look set to be at a premium this Sunday, with Spurs so light up top and United stingy at the back.Just THREE of Man Utd’s 12 Premier League away games this term have featured less than three goals.That’s the play here – under 2.5 goals is a cracking price at 7/10.As bad as Spurs have been in recent weeks, never write off Mourinho – he might not be so special anymore, but he never likes being turned over by his old club.Slam a risk-free tenner on Tottenham draw no bet at a whopping 13/10 as a result.For all their troubles Spurs have won three of their last five on home soil, and if United hold them to a draw we at least get our money back.Both of these sides have big strikers out and it says a lot that Troy Parrott – a teenager without a top-flight goal – is third most likely to net for Tottenham in this one.Instead have a tentative play on the only out-and-out forward likely to play.Anthony Martial has four goals in seven games since Marcus Rashford got injured – 7/2 on him scoring the opener is far too large.SunSport’s best betsUnder 2.5 goals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: 7/10Tottenham to win but money back if a draw (draw no bet): 13/10Anthony Martial to net the opener: 7/28 Man Utd ace Bruno Fernandes hails Anthony Martial after brilliantly teeing up the Frenchman for the opener in Sunday’s 2-0 win over neighbours CityCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdEverton vs Liverpool (Monday, 8pm)DERBY football under the lights – does it get much better?A few weeks ago plenty of Everton fans were fancying their chances of ending Liverpool’s unbeaten run in this Goodison showdown.Watford did the honours for them, while the Toffees have faltered after a good run with just one point from their last three games.That’s seemingly put to rest any outside chances of European football next term, while Liverpool bounced back from that shock Hornets loss with a nervy 2-1 win over Bournemouth at Anfield.You have to go back to 2010 for the last time the blue half of Merseyside got one over their rivals on their own patch.Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta were on the score-sheet against a Liverpool team which featured such giants as Paul Koncesky, Milan Jovanovic and David N’Gog.8 Sadio Mane was on target against BournemouthCredit: ReutersEverton are 7/2 to end that decade long barren run at Goodison – but despite what happened at Vicarage Road, we can’t recommend you chase the shock.Instead we’re going to focus on goals, or lack of them.In the last five derby H2H’s on this ground, there have been just THREE goals. In total.Both of the last two clashes have ended goalless, including a March meeting last season which was, to be honest, pretty dull.Despite this, the bookies haven’t really taken note and have instead based their prices seemingly on the 5-2 epic at Anfield earlier this season.With the unbeaten run gone, all Jurgen Klopp and Co are bothered about now is lifting that Premier League trophy for the first time in the modern era.8 Everton were torn apart by Chelsea at the BridgeCredit: Getty Images – GettyBoth teams NOT to score is a very tempting 23/20 and we won’t discourage anyone from backing that.Everton will look to keep things tight and we don’t see this being a game played at 100mph.Therefore taking the 5/2 on the first goal being scored in the second half is a very shrewd play.That’s £35 back for a tenner and a bet which would have won in four of the last five Merseyside derbies at Goodison.If you do have to do a goalscorer bet, then lean on the man in form.Sadio Mane has three in his last six in all competitions – 4/1 to open the scoring is too high, while the 7/5 for a goal anytime is a steal.SunSport’s best betsBoth teams NOT to score: 23/20Opening goals to be scored after half-time: 5/2Sadio Mane to net the opener: 4/1*Odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication THE season is reaching a crucial stage and teams at the top and bottom are scrapping for points.With the Premier League schedule under a very real threat amid the global health crisis, fans will be eager to see their clubs in action this weekend and revel in the escapism that football brings.8 Man Utd beat City on Sunday to maintain their solid formCredit: GettyWe’ve a bumper schedule to get through, with tips from four top-flight matches starting at the Amex on Saturday afternoon…PLEASE NOTE – ALL PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellationsBrighton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 3pm)ARTETA and Co are on a roll – but for how much longer? It’s not been pretty at times, but the Spaniard’s side have taken nine from their last possible nine and it’s kept them just about in touch for the Euro spots.The possibility of four wins on the spin is a plus, but it’s easy to forget amongst their Europa League turmoil that Arsenal are yet to lose a league game in 2020.And fans will be relieved to see them back in action after the game against Man City was scrapped on Wednesday night.Graham Potter’s side have seemingly forgotten what three points look like after a barren run of just one win in 14 Premier League matches.But importantly, they’ve kept their heads just about above water by picking up hard-earned draws rather than losing games.Four stalemates in their last five show just that, with a point at Molineux never a bad result and the Seagulls have to buoyed by that performance last weekend.Going down the home stretch, the Amex needs to be a fortress.Both these teams are the draw specialists of the division – of their combined 57 top-flight matches this term, 24 have finished level.8Last season, the Gunners came here and were bullied for much of the contest in a 1-1 stalemate.And that’s exactly what we see happening this weekend.Arsenal were let off the hook against West Ham and that 1-0 win papered over the cracks somewhat.Brighton are scrapping for their lives and we can see them getting another point towards survival at an overpriced 12/5.Despite failing to score in the last two matches, Potter’s side play some decent stuff and average exactly a goal-per-game on home soil.Both teams to score is the safe play 8/13 and has won in every H2H at this stadium.There’s only one way you play with an Arsenal goalscorer, provided the value is there – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.At 21/20 it most definitely is. The Gambian striker should be odds-on.He has seventeen of Arsenal’s goals this term – ten more than anyone else at the club – and has been on target in both his visit’s to the South Coast since early 2018.SunSport best betsBoth teams to score at the Amex: 8/13Brighton to pick up a valuable point: 12/5Aubameyang on the scoresheet again: 21/208 Neal Maupay outjumps Joao Moutinho in the Molineux stalemateCredit: PA:Empics SportAston Villa vs Chelsea (Sunday, 5.30pm)VILLA are in big trouble.During their 4-0 surrender at Leicester, Pepe Reina’s moment of madness typified a performance lacking in basics and any semblance of hope.It was a far cry from the side which battled to a late January victory over Watford and looked to be fighting tooth and nail to avoid the drop.Dean Smith’s Villans have lost four on the spin – five if you include the Carabao Cup final, where they were unlucky not to take Man City to extra-time.But what they need now is the opportunity to get points on the board. And fast.Chelsea look to have finally found their groove under Frank Lampard, dispatching Liverpool in the FA Cup before trouncing Everton last week.There’s also genuine optimism about Billy Gilmour, who emerged from the youth conveyor belt to dominate both the Red and Blue of Merseyside in the space of a week.8Lampard’s men have travelled well this year and have the third-best record in the league, although they are winless in four on the road.Villa’s home form will be vital in the run-in, but they also have to face Man Utd, Wolves, and Arsenal at Villa Park before the season is up.This one screams goals.Of their combined 57 games in this season’s Premier League, 38 have featured three or more goals.And on the road Chelsea matches have seen an average of 3.8 goals per match.Back over 2.5 goals with confidence in this evening kick-off, which is 4/7 and one to boost all of your weekend accas.The Blues have an excellent record here and have failed to score two or more just once in their last five visits, while also netting twice in their last two road matches at Leicester and Bournemouth.It’s the same price for Chelsea to score two or more themselves and that is where your hard-earned should be going.Tammy Abraham remains out injured and the value is all with the midfielders for a goalscorer.Willian has two in his last two matches and is a massive 14/5 to score anytime. Overpriced.SunSport best betsOver 2.5 goals at Villa Park: 4/7Chelsea to score two or more: 4/7Willian to continue recent scoring streak: 14/5
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): South Africa’s super star AB deVilliers is set for his first stint in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after signing to play for Barbados Tridents, officials announced yesterday. The South African Test and ODI captain says he is excited about the prospects of playing in the CPL expected to take place in July. The announcement comes days after Barbados Tridents was purchased for a reported franchise fee of US$2 million by Dr Vijay Mallya, owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League which de Villiers plays for. “Barbados is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am honoured to have been invited to join the Tridents,” said de Villiers. “The CPL has been growing each year, and I’m pleased that this year the league fits so neatly within the Proteas’ international schedule”. De Villiers’ participation in CPL 2016 is not expected to clash with any of South Africa’s international fixtures. The CPL is expected to be played during dates to be announced in July soon after South Africa’s campaign in a tri-series in the West Indies in June, where Australia are the third team. “I’ve had a careful look at my schedule and am looking forward to the next few months. For players in my position, it is important to find a balance between playing international cricket and participating in the various T20 leagues around the world,” said de Villiers. “I remain absolutely committed to international cricket but, this year, it just so happens I can play in the CPL as well; in contrast, for example, I have declined offers to play in the Big Bash League in Australia because it clashes with our home series against Sri Lanka.”
INTRODUCTIONDuring the many years of armed violence and persecution in our Nation, more than 250,000 of our fellow Liberians lost their lives, the Nation’s economy and infrastructure–houses, schools, clinics, roads and bridges were damaged, and more than 900,000 Liberians, out of a pre-civil war population of about 3.2 million, were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries. As time passed, an appreciable number of the more than 900,000 Liberians, who were forced to flee their homes in Liberia, (1) settled in economically advanced countries; (2) gave birth to thousands of children in their host countries; (3) got married to citizens of other countries; (4) became naturalized citizens in their host countries; (5) took military and other employments in their host countries; and (6) acquired skills and expertise in various sectors.As we work to transform our Nation from a post-conflict status into a stable, prosperous, and leading democracy, the Liberian government is urged to create an environment that will welcome and encourage Liberians at home and Non-Resident Liberians alike to adjust to the new lives they have built so as to contribute more to our nation’s development. One of the best ways to get Liberians to adjust to the new lives they have built is for this Honorable Legislature to pass legislation that officially permits Liberians to have dual citizenship. The legislation will facilitate travel to and from Liberia and also remove obstacles to investment opportunities for Liberians who may want to contribute more to the Nation’s development.The international trend is increasingly moving toward permitting dual citizenship, as countries recognize the reality of intense globalization, technological advancements, and the immense benefits of non-resident citizens traveling, living, and working abroad. Presently more than 150 countries, including African countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, officially permit dual citizenship in some form. And there is overwhelming evidence that these countries are benefiting from dual citizenship. As the number of countries permitting dual citizenship continues to grow, the Liberian government is called upon here to answer an inescapable and important question regarding its people at home and abroad: when will Africa’s oldest independent republic, which is recovering from years of armed violence and persecution and has a large, active, and productive Diaspora population, officially recognize the reality and immense benefits of its citizens having dual citizenship?METHODS FOR ACQUIRING LIBERIAN CITIZENSHIPLiberian citizenship laws are based upon the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia and the Alien and Nationality Law:Citizenship by Birth: Birth within the territory of Liberia does not automatically confer Liberian citizenship. There is an exception, however, for a child born to unknown parents. A child born or found within the territory of Liberia acquires Liberian citizenship if the child’s parents are unknown, their citizenship cannot be established, or they are stateless.Citizenship by Descent: A person acquires Liberian citizenship at birth regardless of the person’s actual country of birth, if at least one of the person’s parents is a citizen of Liberia. Citizenship under this method permits a person to keep dual citizenship before reaching the age of majority (presently age 18). Upon reaching the age of majority, the person must renounce any other citizenship in order to keep Liberian citizenship.Citizenship by Naturalization: Liberian citizenship maybe granted through naturalization upon the applicant’s satisfaction of the necessary requirements, or upon the waiver of such requirements by the President of Liberia.LOSS OF CITIZENSHIPUpon information and belief, loss of Liberian citizenship is found in Chapter 22 of the Alien and Nationality Law and Volume II of the Liberian Code of Laws Revised.Voluntary Loss: Voluntary renunciation of Liberian citizenship is permitted by law. A Liberian may renounce his or her Liberian citizenship through the nearest Liberian consulate.Involuntary Loss: There are four conditions under which Liberian citizenship maybe lost involuntarily:1. Any Liberian who obtains naturalization in a foreign state upon his or her own application, upon the application of a duly authorized agent, or through the naturalization of a parent having legal custody of such person; provided that citizenship shall not be lost by any person under this section as the result of the naturalization of a parent or parents while such person is under the age of 21 years, unless such person shall fail to enter Liberia to establish a permanent residence prior to his twenty-third birthday.2. Taking a citizenship oath or making a formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or to a political subdivision.3. Exercising a free choice to enter or serve in the armed forces of a foreign state, unless prior to such entry or service, the person receives approval from the President of Liberia.4. Voting in a political election in a foreign state.CHAPTER 22 ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONSection 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law provides that loss of Liberian citizenship is automatic if a person performs any of the four acts specified in section 22.1, and that the Liberian government is not required to institute any proceeding to nullify or cancel the person’s citizenship.DUAL CITIZENSHIP DEFINEDDual citizenship is the simultaneous possession of two citizenships. The concept recognizes that a person may have and exercise rights and responsibilities of citizenship in two countries.DUAL CITIZENSHIP BY OPERATION OF LAWDual Citizenship by Birth: For example, a child born in the United States to a Liberian citizen will acquire American citizen by birth and Liberian citizenship by descent. Similarly, a child born in Liberia to a foreign parent and a Liberian citizen acquires Liberian citizenship by descent and may also acquire the citizenship of the foreign parent.Dual Citizenship by Marriage: A Liberian citizen may automatically acquire the citizenship rights of his or her foreign spouse’s country, because some nations’ laws permit a person to become a naturalized citizen without going through the naturalization process upon the marriage to one of their citizens. Such a Liberian could legally hold dual citizenship, travel on the passport issued by his or her foreign spouse’s country, and without voting in that country’s election or serving in its armed forces, may hold dual citizenship in perpetuity because he or she obtained the foreign citizenship upon the marriage to a citizen of the foreign country and not by his or her formal application or upon the application of a duly authorized agent.DUAL CITIZENSHIP BY DEFAULT1. Because the Liberian government does not have an independent and credible way of knowing when a Liberian citizen becomes a naturalized citizen of another nation, dual citizenship can arise by default under the Nation’s unofficial don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy.2. A Liberian citizen who serves in the armed forces of another country without the approval or knowledge of the Liberian government may still retain Liberian citizenship by default under the Nation’s unofficial don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy.3. A Liberian citizen who acquires dual citizenship at birth and is not permitted by the law of a foreign country to renounce its citizenship may still retain Liberian citizenship, because some countries continue to recognize its people as citizens even after they become naturalized citizens of other countries.4. A Liberian citizen who acquires dual citizenship at birth and fails to renounce his or her foreign citizenship at the age of majority may still retain Liberian citizenship, because the Liberian government does not have an independent and credible way of determining whether the foreign citizenship was renounced.5. An applicant who meets the necessary requirements, recites the renunciation oath under Liberian law, and becomes a naturalized Liberian citizen may still retain his or her foreign citizenship regardless of what Liberian law says, because some countries’ laws require that their citizens may only renounce their citizenship before a competent authority within those countries’ borders or at their individual foreign embassies.ARGUMENT ABOUT DIVIDED LOYALTYThe argument has been made that one cannot serve “two masters” at the same time, and that it maybe “divided loyalty” to officially allow Liberians to have dual citizenship. While we acknowledge the argument, we respectfully believe that dogma should not be put ahead of pragmatism. In fact, it would be an understatement to say that the pre-civil war Liberian society as we knew it has changed. Years of armed violence and persecution in our Nation caused more than 250,000 of our fellow Liberians to lose their lives. The Nation’s economy and infrastructure—houses, schools, clinics, roads and bridges were damaged. There was mass exodus in which more than 900,000 Liberians were forced to flee their homes, seek refuge in other countries, and built new lives in those countries. Moreover, we know it is not serving “two-masters” or “divided loyalty” when people with two parents take care of mom and dad. We also know it is not serving “two masters” or “divided loyalty” when people with girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, or husbands take care of their families and the families of their girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, or husbands. Laws are often amended to address society’s needs. The pre-civil law Liberian society as we knew it has changed, and so should our citizenship laws.DUAL CITIZENSHIP THROUGH LEGAL LOOPHOLESection 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia provides:“The loss of citizenship under Section 22.1 of this title shall result solely from the performance by a citizen of the acts or fulfillment of the conditions specified in such section, and without the institution by the Government of any proceedings to nullify or cancel such citizenship.”There is no doubt the Constitution gives the Liberian government the power to pass a law that provides for loss of Liberian citizenship. However broad the power of the government to pass such a law maybe, the government is required to stay within the limits set by the Nation’s Constitution. One of the constitutional violations regarding Chapter 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law is that it attempts to deprive Liberians of the constitutionally protected rights of citizenship without first providing for a hearing judgment consistent with due process of law. As the Honorable Senators and Representatives of the 52nd National Legislature are aware, procedural due process under Article 20(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia provides that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with due process of law.Procedural due process has been defined by various decisions of the Supreme Court of Liberia to be the following: (1) a tribunal competent to pass on the subject matter in dispute; (2) notice must be given to the party-of-interest to appear in person, with counsel, or both, to present evidence on his or her behalf; (3) the party-of-interest must have been duly served with process and must have submitted to the jurisdiction of the tribunal; and (4) where the party-of-interest, upon proper notice, fails to appear to present evidence on his or her behalf, the accusing party must still prove each element of its allegation before the tribunal.As the self-executing enforcement provision of Chapter 22 of the Alien and Nationality Law, which provides for automatic loss of Liberian citizenship upon a person’s performance of an act under section 22.1 does not meet any of the safeguards of procedural due process as announced by the Nation’s Constitution and Supreme Court, the Honorable Legislature is urged to officially recognize dual citizenship so as to permit all Liberians to benefit from the legal loophole section 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law has caused. The legislation should be retroactive so as to clear doubts and save judicial resources, because if a section is invalid on its face it never had the force of law and nothing will stop Liberians who were said to have “lost” their Liberian citizenship pursuant to sections 22.1 and 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law from seeking a declaration from a competent Liberian court that the invalid sections did not affect their status as citizens of Liberia.CONCLUSIONAccording to UNMIL statistics, there are about 450,000 Liberians living in the United States and Canada, another 250,000 more living in Western Europe, and hundreds of thousands more living in West Africa and other parts of the world. However, the number of Liberians living in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe is actually higher than what the statistics show. For example, the United States did not include Liberians who are naturalized American citizens or U.S.-born Liberians in its count, even if they claim Liberian citizenship. Moreover, World Bank and other sources show that Non-Resident Liberians, particularly those living in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, send more than $55 million U.S. dollars and goods in kind home annually to family members and friends in Liberia, and that between a quarter and a third of the population in Liberia benefit regularly from such overseas remittances. Official recognition of dual citizenship is in Liberia’s best interest. Even countries that have not experienced the kind of problems Liberia has have gone through great lengths to accommodate their non-resident sons and daughters and make them an active participant in the development of their countries of birth. We also know that the majority of Non-Resident Liberians who fled Liberia did so because of the many years of armed violence and persecution in our Nation, but they have always been and continue to be Liberians at heart. They have kept faith with Liberia by maintaining supportive ties with families and friends in Liberia and, on numerous occasions, have served as some of the most effective ambassadors Liberia has had in lobbying friendly governments for assistance and promoting a better understanding about the Liberian culture and people. In addition to the remittances Non-Resident Liberians send home to families and friends, the Nation can also benefit from the professional, technical, entrepreneurial skills, investment opportunities, expertise, and international presence of its non-resident citizens as we work to transform our Nation from a post-conflict status into a stable, prosperous, and leading democracy. 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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a CN rail car derailment, the Swanson Lumber Road continues to be closed in both directions.According to CN, crews are responding to an incident, involving 11 empty boxcars which derailed in various positions. One car is currently blocking the crossing at Range Road 259.CN shares that there is no danger to public safety as there are no dangerous goods involved, no fires or injuries reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.- Advertisement – CN Media representative Jonathan Abecassis said, “We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the community and we will be working to open the crossing as soon as possible.”Overnight Thursday one rail car left the tracks and crews from CN is currently assessing how to remove the train.The rail car that left the tracks is on the Swanson Lumber Road and particularly in the ditch.Advertisement
Vasiljevic who will be celebrating his 26th birthday this year will easily rank as AFC’s youngest ever tactician, but he says he is up to the task and AFC supporters should not be worried.“I am very satisfied with players day by day better we are trying to fix our mistakes and getting better. I believe in my players and in my team and we will play better everyday. Everyone should support us even as we continue to try and play our brand of football,” the Serb told Capital Sports.Vasiljevic took up coaching at a very young age after picking up a career ending injury and has worked with Kavazovic over the last eight years. Together, they led Botswana’s Township Rollers to their domestic league title and also led them to the group stages of the CAF Champions League.AFC Leopards head coach Marko Vasiljevic during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe 25-year old tactician hopes he can walk in his mentor’s shoes and produce the same level of success with Leopards and lead them back to glory, the club having waited for a league title for the last 20 years.But in the meantime, Vasiljevic can pick his maiden silverware as AFC head coach when they start their SportPesa Super Cup campaign on Wednesday against Tanzania’s giants Simba SC in what will be a derby of sorts.“My expectation is that we will give our best in this tournament and this is a very good chance for us because it gives both me and my players an experience to compare our style and model of play with an opponent that plays a very high level of football in the Champions League,” further stated the tactician.AFC Leopards midfielder Whyvonne Isuza passes the ball under pressure from Clark Achuka during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSimba come into the tie with their tails rained down having suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Congolese giants AS Vita in their second group match of the CAF Champions League.Despite that, Vasiljevic still expects a very tough game from Wekundu wa Msimbazi who are a tough nut to crack especially at the National Stadium in Dar.“We know it is a tough game because the opponent is playing in a serious level but we have targets as a team and we have to work to achieve them and to strictly play our model of football,” the coach opined.AFC come into this game having won their last league match against Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu last Thursday, a victory that the Seb believes has fired up his charges for this Wednesday’s tie.AFC will miss the services of midfielder dynamos Saad Musa and Marvin Nabwire who are both just recovering from injury while Victor Majid did not also travel with the squad to Dar es Salaam as he had just resumed training after a lengthy spell out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Marko Vasiljevic feeds instructions to his players during a training session at the Jakaya Kikwete Memorial Park in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 21 – AFC Leopards head coach Marko Vasiljevic has asked the club’s supporters to continue bearing patience with his side as he looks to imprint his philosophy and style of play, even as he says the team has vastly improved since he took charge mid December.The Serb took charge of the side having come in as Nikola Kavazovic’s assistant, but once his fellow Serb decided to jump ship and move to South Africa to join Free State Stars, he was handed the role on a permanent basis.
Finn Harps have been given the perfect end to the season after Ciaran Coll and Paul McVeigh have signed new contracts with the club as manager Peter Hutton begins planning for the 2013 campaign.At just 21, Ciaran Coll is now considered one of the more experienced members of the first team having made his Harps debut in March 2009 in a 1-1 draw away to Kildare County, and has already clocked up 84 appearances for the club.The St Johnston native has penned a two year deal with the club and is looking forward to building on his recent excellent form. “I am delighted to be committing myself to Harps for the next two years. I believe we are improving all the time and there is no reason why we can’t be challenging for promotion next year. My family have always been huge Harps supporters so it’s great to get my future at Finn Park sorted out”Fanad man Paul McVeigh who has signed a one year deal believes he can continue to improve his game.“It was a big step up to senior football but I would like to think I grasped the opportunity when it came along. I am going to keep my head down and keep working hard and hopefully I can go on to make a lot more appearances and score more goals for Harps”Manager Peter Hutton praised both players. “I am pleased that Ciaran has signed for another two years with us because I regard him as the best left back in the league. He looks after himself, is a great professional and has been a model of consistency this season,” he said The Harps manager feels McVeigh earned a contract following a promising debut season in which he has scored five goals in fifteen appearances. “Paul made an immediate impression on his debut in the Brandywell and has been a breath of fresh air around the club. He is naturally athletic and his energetic approach has been causing defences a lot of problems this season. Paul has a lot to learn but if continues to display the same professional attitude we will work with him so he can fulfil his huge potential” he added. COLL AND MCVEIGH SIGN NEW CONTRACTS WITH FINN HARPS was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 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:Ciaran Collfinn harpsnews contractsPaul McVeigh
Mark EnglishMark English has qualified for the 800m semi-final at the IAAF World Championships as a fastest loser.English said he was “delighted” to qualify for his first global semi-final in Beijing this morning.English finished fifth in his heat, but qualified as a fastest loser in 1:46.69. Bosnia’s Amel Tuka won the heat in 1:46.12.“I’m through and I can look forward to tomorrow,” said the UCD athlete and Letterkenny man afterwards.English was knocked out at this stage of the competition in Moscow in 2013.He added “I knew if I got boxed in and was sitting any further back than fourth I’d leave myself too much work to do like two years ago so I wanted to have no regrets. ” English will compete in the third semi-final tomorrow at 13:31 Irish time. The first two in each semi-final qualify automatically to the final along with two fastest losers.ENGLISH QUALIFIES FOR 800M SEMI-FINAL AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 22nd, 2015 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:800 metresmark englishWorld Championships
Join us for live news and analysis Friday at 7:30 p.m. when the red-hot Warriors face the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle.The Warriors (8-1) have won six straight and are the league’s highest-scoring team at 125 points per game, but face another explosive offense in Minnesota, which is coming off a 128-125 overtime win at Utah that featured a 50-point performance by veteran guard Derrick Rose.The T’Wolves will also get All-Star forward Jimmy Butler back Friday — he sat out …
A press release from University of Florida wins this week’s prize for trying to make dogmatism funny (or at least appealing to snackers):When the first four-legged animals sprouted fingers and toes, they took an ancient genetic recipe and simply extended the cooking time, say University of Florida scientists writing in Wednesday’s issue of the journal PLoS ONE. Even sharks – which have existed for more than half a billion years – have the recipe for fingers in their genetic cookbook – not to eat them, but to grow them.But sharks don’t have fingers, you say? Right; they just had the recipe but never used it: “the genetic processes necessary to muster fingers and toes existed more than 500 million years ago in the common ancestor of fish with cartilaginous skeletons and bony fish – more than 135 million years before digits debuted in the earliest limbed animals,” the article says. And what were these finger genes doing 135 million years before they were used? Just making fins, apparently. “…sharks and many other types of fish do not form more dramatic appendages during this late phase of Hox gene expression because it occurs briefly and only in a narrow band of cells, compared with the more extended time frame and larger anatomical area needed to prefigure the hand and foot in limbed animals.” So for 135 million years, no animal ever tried the latent innovation. But when it was time for fingers and toes to debut, their appearance was “an extremely dramatic, important point in evolution that has captured the interest of many.” Otherwise we would be playing finball instead of handball. “The finding shows what was thought to be a relatively recent evolutionary innovation existed eons earlier than previously believed,” the article says. The following paragraph makes it all so plausible:“We’ve uncovered a surprising degree of genetic complexity in place at an early point in the evolution of appendages,” said developmental biologist Martin Cohn, an associate professor with the UF departments of zoology and anatomy and cell biology and a member of the UF Genetics Institute. “Genetic processes were not simple in early aquatic vertebrates only to become more complex as the animals adapted to terrestrial living. They were complex from the outset. Some major evolutionary innovations, like digits at the end of limbs, may have been achieved by prolonging the activity of a genetic program that existed in a common ancestor of sharks and bony fishes.”Question: What was the observation that gave rise to all this kitchen prose? Scientists at UFL watched the pattern of expression in Hox genes in living sharks, and “discovered a phase of gene expression in sharks that was thought until recently to occur only when digits began to form in limbed animals.” Well, then, (snap fingers): evolution is the only possible explanation.It’s the only possible answer because it is the only answer the Darwin Party will allow in the arena, which has become a circus. Let’s all do Steve Martin’s rendition of “When the shark bites…” while re-reading the quote at top right of this page.Update: National Geographic was quick to join the feeding frenzy. “The discovery pushes back the date of the evolutionary ‘fin to limb’ advance by some 135 million years,” the article said. Which quote do you think should win? The one above or this one by Marcus C. Davis?“Dramatically different ways of being—new forms, new functions—may evolve through relatively minor adjustments to existing genes and gene functions,” Davis said. “It only requires modifications—‘tweaks’—if you will, to previously existing genetic systems,” he said. “A symphony can play dramatically different compositions by changing the role each musician plays, [but] only on occasion are instruments added or lost.”And here you thought all along that symphonies were played by intelligent design. Not this one. It’s Darwin’s overture to his comic opera Farcical, dopus 135M, starring the fat lady who always sings last, Tinker Bell.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
I had the great fortune two years ago to spend a couple weeks in Sweden. In late December 2007 I was visiting my daughter, who was studying at Lund University.When I arrived in Lund by train from the airport in Copenhagen, Denmark, it was late afternoon, raining lightly, and nearly dark—even southern Sweden is quite far north. I was immediately struck by the way people got around: despite the rain, bicyclists were everywhere; sidewalks were filled with pedestrians; and I think city busses almost outnumbered cars.Something was different here. Lund is an old, medieval city, densely populated with row-houses lining the narrow, cobblestone streets and broad sidewalks. Compared with my home state of Vermont, it’s also fairly flat, making it well-suited to bicycling.A couple decades ago the city made a decision to put attention and money into bicycle transportation. Bike lanes were incorporated into city streets, and extensive networks of separate bicycle paths were built, forming a sort-of alternative road network. Most of the bike paths have separate lanes for each direction of travel, plus a third one for walking—all clearly defined with signage. While there are certainly road crossings, where new road work has been done, separate underpasses or overpasses for these bicycle paths have often been created.All this makes it a breeze to get around.When I went further afield—into Malmö or north to VÃ¤xjö—I’d either walk or bike the seven or eight blocks to the Lund train station. The bicycle “parking lots” at the train station were immense, with several that contained hundreds of bikes.Buying train tickets was quick and easy, using automated machines, and you could set your watch by the precise train arrivals and departures. I happened to see an individual in a wheel chair boarding the train; a conductor quickly appeared with a simple ramp to bridge the gap. All this was a model of efficiency—as one might expect from the country that spawned IKEA.I didn’t ride busses when there, but they struck me as being similarly efficient, though they struggled somewhat to navigate the narrow streets.One of my most cherished images in Lund was in the center of town on a busy afternoon with streets filled with people, when I came across a parking lot. It was a lot like our parking lots—with white lines demarcating the parking spaces—but with one huge difference. It was nearly empty! The few Volvos and Saabs looked so oddly alone that it took me a while to figure out what was wrong. Residents just don’t feel a need to drive. For more transportation-related photos and observations from my trip, see my blog, “Notes from Sweden #1: How They Get Around.”As a result, if the price of gasoline and diesel were to shoot up to, say, $10 per “gallon, the direct impact on residents would be relatively minor. Sure, their cost of food and shipped goods would go up and bus fares would likely increase to cover the higher fuel cost, but life could go on much as it is today.Contrast that with the United States. If gasoline were to get dramatically more expensive here, or if there were to be actual supply shortages due to refinery shut-downs or terrorist actions, we’d be in a real bind. Most of us can’t walk or bike to a store for our basic needs, and we don’t have access to convenient bus or rail transportation. Even schools are getting more regional, precluding walking or biking—which most of us in our 50s or older did as kids.The average distance an American walks per day is 350 yards. Think about that! Not only are we unable to get where we need to go without getting in our cars, but we drive to the health club to get our exercise—if we exercise at all.Something’s wrong with this picture.Throughout my trip to Sweden, as I visited all sorts of interesting facilities (including wood-chip-fired power plants providing district heat; a sewage treatment plant that produces biofuel for city busses; and a green roof demonstration center that’s been operating since the 1990s), I thought about what it would take to make our own transit system less dependent on automobiles.It won’t be easy, to be sure, but I believe that we need to begin figuring out what needs to be done and then chip away at it, little by little. We need to construct wider shoulders for biking when we work on roads. We need to create walking and biking pathways. We need to make public transit convenient and pleasant enough that it’s actually used.For these sorts of things to happen, more of us will have to get involved. The good news is that that’s beginning to happen. New models of transportation are emerging from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. I’m optimistic that we can someday make clean, convenient, affordable transportation the rule rather than the exception.