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first_imgManchester football season to open Oct 29The 2015-16 Manchester Football Association (MFA) season will kick-off on Thursday, October 29, with the Brumalia House Knock Out competition.The draw took place at the MFA offices at the RADA Complex earlier this week and 16 teams will compete. Defending champions Porus United will feature in the lone October 29 match against Old England.A date is yet to be finalised for the other seven opening round games. Those games are: Alligator Pond vs Plouden; Hillstars vs Star Zone; Downs vs NCU; Ricam Academy vs Villa United; Mile Gully vs Greenvale; Comfort vs Technical Strikers; and Georges Valley vs Land Settlement.The newcomers are NCU, Star Zone and Technical Strikers.Porus begins Peter Bunting defence with winPorus began their defence of the Central Manchester Sports Development Football League on a winning note last weekend, with a 6-2 victory against Top Coffee Grove Community team.The league, which is sponsored by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, kicked off with two games at Comfort Community Centre. The second game saw hosts Comfort defeating neighbours New Hall 5-1. Thirty teams are contesting the League. Top Coffee Grove number among four newcomers in this the third season. The others are Belair Strikers, Bombay and May Day.The opening round also saw Land Settlement scoring the highest margin of victory – a 10-0 shut-out of Kendal. A summary of other results saw Albion outscoring Old England 4-2, Inverness stomping New Vision 5-0, Mandeville United welcoming Belair Strikers 3-0 and the Police team drawing 2-2 with Bonito Strikers.Matches will resume tomorrow with double-headers at five venues. Opening games kick-off at 1:30 p.m., with the final games set for 3:30 p.m.Belair win in Howie Chin Prep LeagueKyode Smith’s goal proved decisive as Belair shocked defending champions Mount St Joseph 1-0 in last week’s second round of the Howie Chin Memorial Cup for Preparatory Schools in Manchester.Belair have now moved to six points, following their opening round 3-0 shut-out of Charagape. It was also a tough second round for Mountt St Joseph in the female category, where they are also the defending champions. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Emmanuel, who were previously beaten 2-0 by Belair.In other boys matches, Knox completed a 3-1 win over El Instituto, while in a surprise result, Yabnel edged Sacred Heart 1-0 on a Ramone Henry strike.The most impressive scoreline of the second round came in the girl’s competition, when Timika Scarlett’s four-timer gave Belair a 4-1 win over Knox Prep.Manchester to host inaugural Knox 7KManchester will host its fourth road race for runners and walkers, when Knox Community College hosts its inaugural Knox 7K on October 31.The day’s events will be hosted at its Cobbla campus, near Spaldings. The event will form part of Knox’s commemoration of 40 years as an institution which caters for primary, high school and community college education.The High Mountain Coffee 10K is the first on the Manchester calendar each year. Earlier this month, the parish saw the debut of the Church Teachers’ College 5K. The Burger King 5K will take place on October 25.Age categories for both events will be 19 and under, 20-39 and 40 and over, for which the organisers are offering prizes. Interested athletes and enthusiasts can go to the school’s website at to register.last_img read more

Williams-Mills wins Walsh Award

first_imgFour-time national 400 metres champion Novlene Williams-Mills is the 11th winner of the prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence.The announcement was made at a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday night.Williams-Mills walked away with the award ahead of fellow nominees Rodolph Austin, captain of the Reggae Boyz; national netball representative Sasher-Gaye Henry; and many-time national chess champion Warren Elliott.”I will cherish this award for all my life because I know that I have worked hard. So thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years,” an emotional Williams-Mills said after accepting her award and cash incentive.”It is truly a honour to be recognised for hard work. Champions and winners were not created overnight, but through years of work,” she said.Williams-Mills hails from the Gravel Hill community in St Ann and has kept Jamaica’s name at the forefront of international competition in the 400 metres.She ran a brilliant anchor leg as Jamaica won the 4×400 metres gold medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.The performance reflected the character and determination of the athlete as she had been below her usually high standard all season while battling fitness concerns.In 2012, Williams-Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer, but instead of quitting the track she battled on and her gold medal in Beijing was a fitting reward.Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, spoke at Thursday’s function in the absence of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.Neita-Headley spoke of the importance of the award and encouraged all youngsters to aspire for greatness.”We are working on improving the infrastructure for sports in Jamaica in order to gain more recognition in other sports,” Neita-Headley stated..”You do not have to win to bring honour to your school but you must bring your best effort,” Neita-Headley said.Meanwhile Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical and Javauni Garwood of Wolmer’s Boys copped the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence student awards.last_img read more

Under Fire Deputy Finance Minister Clarifies

first_imgDeputy Finance Minister for Administration, Jordan Sulonteh, has rejected media reports that the Ministry owes four months’ salary arrears to its contractors.Mr. Sulonteh clarified that though the Ministry owes some of its contractors, it does not owe any of them for four months as is being speculated in the media.Sulonteh disclosed that the Ministry has begun paying the contractors for January and February, 2014. He blamed the delay in the payment of the contractors, however, to funding and policy issues.“There were budgetary constraints,” he said on Wednesday.  In its Wednesday edition, this paper, quoting anonymous contractors of the Finance Ministry, reported that the Ministry has not paid its contractors for four months.Speaking under the condition of anonymity on Monday, Finance Ministry contractors told our reporter they had not been paid since October, 2013. The contractors shifted the delay of their four-month salary arrears payment to the failure of Deputy Minister Jordan Sulonteh, whom they accused of doing little to pay them.The contractors disclosed that Deputy Minister Sulonteh was in the habit of making fruitless promises to them.“We are disappointed at the level of delays in our payment process,” they said. “Deputy Minister Sulonteh has always made promises that are not forthcoming. Just imagine, we didn’t take pay for the Christmas and New Year seasons, but worked.” But in a statement issued late last night, Deputy Minister Sulonteh noted that the Ministry of Finance does not owe any contractor four month salary arrears as claimed in media reports. According to him, payroll for employees including contractors is on track.Minister Sulonteh explained the Ministry is on target as it is currently paying all employees including contractors for the month of January and February 2014, respectfully. He said the delay was due to some funding and policy issues. “There were budgetary constraints, which we’ve dealt with and we are taking care of it as we speak,” he said and added that employees are already receiving money in their respective bank accounts.In a meeting with a cross-section of consultant and contractors at his office Monday, Minister Sulonteh challenged the contractor to prove him wrong. “We do not owe you four months, we are currently settling the January and February arrears.”In a meeting with the contractors Wednesday, February 12, Minister Sulonteh frowned at those who provided what he called “misleading information” to the media. “I am disappointed, but not discouraged…” he said and emphasized that the Ministry of Finance payroll is up-to-date in keeping with Minister Amara Konneh’s mandate to pay employees, including civil servants and normal employees’ salaries.Minister Sulonteh described the media report as propaganda intended to undermine the administration. He said the Ministry has instituted measures to close loopholes in the system, which he said is making more difficult for people to abuse the employment process. As a result of the rigorous payroll validation process, Sulunteh added, the ministry was able to establish which employees were actually working and which names were simply draining the government’s coffers, taking pay and not showing up for work.Minister Sulonteh told the employees that contractors who are currently working with the Ministry are legitimate staff whose performance and evaluation process were carried out before they were even certified.“The Ministry of Finance will protect the rights of contractors who are legitimate; but for those who are not legit, you don’t belong in this building,” warned Minister Sulonteh. Meanwhile, Finance Ministry sources have hinted to our reporter that the Ministry has begun paying all legitimate contractors; including some of the Ministry’s employees who have not been paid for a couple months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate OKs guest-worker provision

first_imgMartinez said they “could live with” a separate amendment to scale back the program to 200,000 workers, as proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Senators from both parties said it was likely that this second proposal would pass. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the chief Republican architect of the bill, said public opinion on the measure was being shaped by “misconceptions, misunderstandings and misinformation.” Kyl said he received a mixed reception Tuesday when he described the bill at a meeting of House Republicans. “A lot of them are pretty skeptical,” Kyl said. More skepticism and fierce criticism of the bill could greet lawmakers when they return home for the weeklong Memorial Day recess. WASHINGTON – A comprehensive immigration bill survived a significant test Tuesday as the Senate voted to keep a provision that would let hundreds of thousands of temporary foreign workers enter the country each year. If the guest-worker program, part of the “grand bargain” negotiated with the Bush administration by a bipartisan group of 12 senators, had been stripped from the bill, the fragile deal could have collapsed. Despite the vote Tuesday, supporters of the bill were clearly on the defensive. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., who helped write the bill, said eliminating the guest-worker program would be a “huge problem” for the architects of the proposal. Martinez said supporters of the bill could use the time to rebut criticism and correct misinformation about it. Senators of both parties said their offices had been flooded with telephone calls from constituents criticizing a provision of the bill that would offer legal status to most of the 12 million illegal immigrants. “It’s so hard to grapple with this amnesty argument,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., co-author of the bill, said. “Amnesty is absolute forgiveness of transgressions. This bill is not amnesty.” The Senate Democratic whip, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, said: “This bill is drawing opposition from business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, theists and nontheists, American League and National League baseball fans. What I’m trying to say to you is there’s more opposition to this bill than support.” Among the Democrats voting to kill the guest-worker program were the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada; the majority whip, Durbin; Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia; and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Two other Democratic presidential hopefuls, Barack Obama of Illinois and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, were absent. So was Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is seeking the Republican nomination.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgUrris GAA News:CLUB IORRAS: March winners: €50- Colm Toland, Fahan, €30- Michael & Eilish Doherty, Letter,and €20- Gerard Friel, Dunaff. Thanks to all who support the club in the monthly Club Iorras draw.SENIOR & RESERVES FOOTBALL: The Seniors and reserves play their first home game on Easter Saturday with Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshonnon the visitors. Please check our Face Book page for the time for both games. Support most welcome. LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies are playing Robert Emmetts on Sunday in Castlefinn. Please check our Facebook page for time etc as fixture may change.CLUB MEMBERSHIP CLOSING MARCH 31ST: Club membership for 2015 closes this Tuesday ( March 31st ), so clubhouse open on Tuesday night from 8pm to 9.30pm to get your membership paid. Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury, Club members will also have the first preference on the much sought Donegal match tickets for the coming season. MATCH “N” WIN: March 26th: No Jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 8, 11, 14 & 17. €15 winners: Laura Killogh, Strand Hotel, Pauric Roddy, Clonmany, K Comiskey, Urrismana, Leo Mc Clenaghan, Clonross and Pat Crossan, Urrismana. Jackpot next week €860. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.EASTER DRAW TICKETS: Can all ticket sheets for the Easter draw be returned to John Friel by cob on Thursday night to ensure all tickets are in the draw on Easter Saturday night in Mac Tams.U16 Boys: Well done to our U16 boys who beat Malin on Friday night by 2-11 to 3-05. Next match is away to Muff on Friday evening at 6.30pm.U14 Boys Training: On Monday nights at 7pm in Straid.U12 Go Games: The U12 team play Carn in Carndonagh in the Maurice Mc Menamin Memorial Cup on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm.U6 & U8 : No Training on Easter Saturday.BINGO: No bingo on Holy Thursday night in St Mary’s Hall. GAA NEWS: URRIS FACE AODH RUADH AT HOME ON EASTER SATURDAY was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

Bump n Run

first_imgWHO’S HOTPlaxico Burress appears to be over the inconsistency that plagued him in Pittsburgh. With an NFL season-best 204 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches last week, Burress has entered elite receiver territory. Though he won’t put up 200 yards a game, the many looks (second-most behind Terrell Owens) he is getting from Giants QB Eli Manning should assure he continues to do well on a regular basis. WHO’S NOTFormer UCLA quarterback Drew Bennett was the hottest receiver in the NFL down the stretch last year, with nine touchdowns in the final five games. In the first four games this season, he has yet to reach the end zone and obviously doesn’t play as big a role in Norm Chow’s offense. He had his worst game last week, with two catches for 20 yards against the Colts. ROOKIE WATCHMany NFL teams thought former USC linebacker Lofa Tatupu was too small to play in the NFL. So far, Tatupu is proving them wrong and justifying Seattle’s confidence in spending a second-round pick on him. Tatupu leads the Seahawks with 24 tackles this season. He recorded his second sack of the year last week against Washington. STAT LINELeague-high passer rating for Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who certainly isn’t going through a sophomore slump. VIEWER’S GUIDEToday’s TV games: 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Seattle at St. Louis, 10 a.m., Ch. 11 New England at Atlanta, 10 a.m., Ch. 2 Philadelphia at Dallas, 1:15 p.m., Ch. 11 Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m., ESPN last_img read more

For the record

first_imgDue to an editing error, a story Wednesday incorrectly reported that 11,000 acres burned in the Verdugo Mountains fire. In fact, roughly 1,000 acres were damaged. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Another Darwinian Assumption Overturned: Results “Too Radical”

first_imgEvolutionists are stunned at a study in comparative genomics performed by University of Chicago researchers that overturns a common belief about natural selection.  EurekAlert summarizes the finding: “The new data show that if more mutations show up at a gene, that gene tends to accept a higher percentage of those mutations.”  This means that mutations accepted into a genome are not strictly a function of natural selection, but of mutation rate.    Mutations accepted into a gene can be synonymous or non-synonymous.  Synonymous mutations (Ks) swap an amino acid with a similar one, such that the protein can still function.  Non-synonymous mutations (Ka) change the shape of the protein and thereby can be acted on by natural selection.  Scientists have assumed that the percentage of non-synonymous mutations accepted during evolution remains constant.  Bruce Lahn, author of the paper in Trends in Genetics, commented on the assumption: “This theory has been the workhorse of molecular evolution.  Thousands of scientific papers have been published based directly or indirectly on this notion.”  The new study shows, instead, that “the faster the speed of new mutations, the greater the percentage of those mutations accepted.”    Several statements in the press release make this finding sound revolutionary:“We’ve discovered a striking phenomenon that challenges a paradigm of molecular evolution that has been around for several decades,” said lead author Bruce Lahn, Ph.D., assistant professor of genetics at the University of Chicago and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.  “As such, it may cause a significant shift in the field.”Lahn cannot explain the mechanism of his findings and expects many will question this novel finding.  “It’s too radical,” he said.  “People just don’t want to believe it, but the data are there.”“Lahn and his associates have found a most striking result, one that is totally unexpected,” said geneticist James Crow, professor emeritus of genetics and zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Sudhir Kumar, an associate professor of molecular evolution at Arizona State University, agreed.  “It goes against strict theory, but evolutionary biologists know that nothing’s clean cut.  There’s always distortion because we’re looking at longtime history.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.) What this means is up in the air.  James Crow ended with a look to the future: “I hope that further work will provide an explanation of what now is a major puzzle.”What if a flood of mutations struck in a short period?  Could it account for a wide range of mutational changes in the relatively recent past?  How would they know?  This result appears to undercut any remaining trust in the molecular clock, a device that was broken anyway (see 08/24/2004 entry).    Kumar hit the nail on the head: evolutionary theory is never clean cut, and is always subject to distortion.  If evolutionists are trying to look at longtime history, good luck – because history cannot be put into a test tube.  Trying to decipher history from present observations of genes and proteins is messy business, subject to numerous assumptions that can be overthrown, such as this one.  Kumar said “The novelty of this work is that he [Lahn] used a large amount of data.”  What does this tell you about the evolutionary assumptions built on far less data?  The Darwinists are certainly not throwing in the towel over this latest genetic earthquake.  It just illustrates that assumptions in science, trusted for decades, yielding thousands of scientific papers, can be flat wrong.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Can Humans Use Evolution?

first_imgEvolution is being used.  A press release from University of Wisconsin-Madison was titled, “Using evolution, UW team creates a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  How does one use evolution?  It continued, “By guiding an enzyme down a new evolutionary pathway, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a new form of an enzyme capable of producing a range of potential new therapeutic agents with anticancer and antibiotic properties.”We must keep up the heat on evolutionists till they become too embarrassed to say such things.  You cannot “use” evolution.  The moment you use it, you are doing intelligent design.  Evolution has no purpose, no aim, no guidance, no goal, and no reward – not even survival.  In Darwin’s universe, extinction happens and is just as dispassionate an outcome as survival.  If you think survival is somehow good, that’s your soul speaking.    The moment a human does the selecting, guiding or rewarding, evolution stops and intelligent design begins.  Evolution, as used by Darwin, is not just change.  It is a particular kind of change: undirected, dispassionate, purposeless, blind.  Darwin and his disciples believe that an evolutionary process could have produced all the beauty and variety of today’s highly-adapted lifeforms.  Whether it could or not, Darwin certainly would deny that anyone “used” evolution.  Darwin fought against any suggestion by compromising theologians of his day (even his close friend Asa Gray) that God used the evolutionary process to create life.    Such stories do nothing but obfuscate.  Evolution has nothing to do with it.  These scientists had a goal, and purposely selected enzymes with the properties they desired.  Darwin team, the referee just blew the whistle.  The penalty for your foul is to yield those two points to the ID team.  The title now reads, “Using selection criteria by intelligent design, UW team discovers a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  Much better; play ball.  Whoops; we just remembered the Darwin team has no goal.  Game over by forfeit.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

4 ways that AI is enabling today’s IoT revolution

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Redg Snodgrass Long past the buzzword stage, both AI & IoT have surged to the forefront of corporate consciousness. But what do the two acronyms have to do with one another practically?For a chance to discuss AI and IoT in person, get your IoT Revolution Symposium ticketIn a presentation tonight hosted by Western Digital in partnership with ReadWrite, Accenture Managing Director Tom Stuermer took on that exact topic.Here are 4 key highlights from his presentation:#1. Leaders believe IoT is going to be essential, but don’t have a strategyA huge percentage of executives – 95% surveyed – expect their companies to use IoT within the next 3 years, but while nearly 3 quarters of them are “exploring” the space, only 7% have a comprehensive IoT strategy.#2. The data created by connected devices creates immense opportunities, but huge complexityThe gap between perceived importance and practical strategy could come quickly to haunt the group as consumer and commercial use of connected devices surges. Analysts expect 50B devices, 212b sensors, 6.1b app users and 31 Exobytes of mobile data per month by 2020.Part of the reason for that surge in data is that, in the new era, everyday physical objects are becoming uniquely identifiable. This allows information and data from one device and one context to effortlessly move to another. If (and only if) there is the right plumbing and piping to get it there. Increasingly, this falls outside traditional human and even traditional computing capacity. Enter AI.#3. AI is the enabler of IoT that makes that data usefulArtificial intelligence is the perfect system for “sensing, comprehending and acting” to take the data from one connected device to another, opening up unique capacities.While it’s early days, there are still many examples of companies already using AI & IoT to change their operations. Uber started leveraging AI to match drivers and passengers but has continuously evolved its technology to better recognize consumer behaviors and prepare for the autonomous driving era. Siemens, meanwhile, used AI & IoT to automate production lines, giving them the capability to run unsupervised for weeks, self-organizing to improve a process.#4. To leverage AI to take advantage of IoT demands new training systemsIn this context, training means both training artificial intelligence to understand its job as well as to continuously improve its own process, as well as training humans to provide the right sorts of interventions, while still allowing AI to avoid human mistakes.One of the most important tools in the training arsenal is crowdsourcing and distributed open-source processes.Training around AI and IoT promises to be one of the most important areas of focus for corporate leaders and strategists in the years to come. For more on this topic,  join us for IoT Revolution Symposium in San Francisco, CA on July 11th. AI is one of the many topics you’ll get explore as we bring together 400+ leading corporate execs, investors, founders, analysts and dealmakers in IoT.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Tags:#Accenture#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Related Posts last_img read more