Outgoing Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe said yesterday that there were no violations in keeping with the rules and regulations of the County Meet, the Liberia Football Association and FIFA’s Circular No. 1147, concerning players Jerry Wleh, William Freeman, Zizue Kollie and Sekou Bayon during the match between Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties on January 6 and 7.According to the protest last week Thursday, Nimba County’s administrative manager Musa Kromah complained that Grand Bassa played with four illegal players which included Trokon Jackson, Sekou Bayoh, Jerry Wleh and William Freeman.Minister Nagbe, who is also chairman of the Appeals Board, said as a result of the match, Grand Bassa’s victory over Nimba County still stands.On Tuesday, the Protest and Grievance Committee ruled on a ‘replay’ between Grand Bassa vs. Nimba, which is no longer necessary.The LFA said Grand Bassa cannot be held liable for violating the Regulations on Player’s eligibility on player Sekou Bayoh because he was not fielded and did not violate any rule.Meanwhile, the Appeals Board said Grand Bassa County’s piece of evidence used by the Protest and Grievance Committee and the Competition Committee of the LFA did not meet the requirement of Article 25 Section 1.5.The Board said there was no written communication from the LFA to the parties as required by Article 25 Section 1.5 of the LFA 2015/2016 Rules and Regulations informing them of the decision on the actions of player Jerry Wleh.“A player shall be eligible to participate in the day’s game, when the player’s name and particulars are registered on the referee’s game sheet and inspection formalities; and a player whose name is registered on the referee’s game sheet and does not appear for inspection after the first half of the match shall be declared a non-participant. “No inspection shall take place after half time; and a suspended player(s) who is registered on the referee’s game sheet for the day’s match and is not fielded in the said match is not guilty of participating in the match,” Minister Nagbe said.He further said that referencing FIFA Circular No. 1147 concerning the “non-participation of players,” player Sekou Bayou was never fielded in the match between Liberia and Guinea in the CHAN Competition, which is not an A-Level Competition, and is thereby not an illegal player.Meanwhile Sen. Thomas Grupee of Nimba County on behalf of the County and Steering Committee yesterday announced the withdrawal of the kickball team from the County Meet.Nimba County lost 48-50 points to Grand Bassa in basketball on Tuesday at the Sports Commission. Previously, Bong County thrashed Nimba County from the Volleyball category.However, Montserrado meets Lofa in the semifinals which kick-off tomorrow, while Bong is expected to host Bassa Friday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Final hurdle: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic could be forced into changes for Sunday’s World Cup final © AFP / Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 14 – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is prepared to make changes for Sunday’s World Cup final against France if some of his players have not recovered from their exertions in reaching football’s biggest game.Dalic’s men have been forced to go through three periods of extra-time, against Denmark, Russia and England, to become the smallest country in 68 years to make the final. “Tomorrow is the World Cup final. Simply, the players know what that is,” Dalic said on Saturday.“One thing that brings me happiness is that all my players tell me if they are not 100 percent fit. They will concede they are not fit. They know what is at stake but if they are unable to give their all they will tell us. They have such an attitude.”Ivan Perisic, who scored and set up Mario Mandzukic’s winner in a 2-1 semi-final win over England, was among five Croatian players to miss training on Friday.“We have nothing to train. We need relaxation and rest to gain freshness for tomorrow,” added Dalic.“We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready. If not, I have great players on the bench who will be raring to go.”Thanks boss: Luka Modric hailed Zlatko Dalic’s impact in turning around Croatia’s fortunes © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVDalic, 51, was little known outside his homeland until the tournament, but has masterminded an incredible turnaround in Croatia’s fortunes.A team boasting the talents of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic were struggling even to qualify for the World Cup before his appointment in October last year.His first match in charge was a must-win qualifier away to Ukraine just to make it into a playoff where they beat Greece.“We are in the World Cup final. That was the influence of our coach,” said Modric.“Our qualification for the World Cup was in doubt and in the most important game, the first game, he talked us up to give us self-belief and self-confidence. He told us there were still good players despite this crisis.“Against Ukraine we got the result, we breezed past Greece in the playoff and a great deal of that is due to our coach. What I most like is his sincerity, attitude and approach to every single player. He’s shown his qualities not just as a coach but as a human being.”– ‘Seismic event’ –Croatia’s run to the final has restored the players’ status as national heroes back home after fans had become disenchanted by corruption cases blighting the game in recent years.Modric was even charged in March over alleged false testimony he gave in the case that saw Croatian football kingpin Zdravko Mamic sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.Modric’s indictment still has to be formally approved by a Croatian court and he is not currently facing arrest.And Dalic hopes that feel-good factor continues for a nation of just over four million people.“We can only be happy and proud that despite the crisis, Croatians have put aside the problems and the hardship,” said Dalic.“Win or lose, tomorrow there will be a seismic event in Croatia. Hopefully there will be four million people out on the streets celebrating.”Modric’s performances in Russia have seen him emerge as a strong contender to finally end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s 10-year grip on the Ballon d’Or.The midfielder also won a fourth Champions League in five seasons with Real Madrid in May.However, Modric insisted it is the collective prize rather than personal acclaim he is seeking on Sunday.“When you are mentioned in that context it’s very nice and pleasing but I don’t preoccupy myself with that,” he added. “What I want is my international team’s success, not individual awards.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is open to making his loan move to Malaga permanent.The Ghanaian joined the Spanish side on a six-month deal in January after failing to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge.The 24-year-old has made a solid start to life in Spain, scoring once in 10 matches for Malaga.?And now he has admitted that he would be open to staying put if given the opportunity.“The decision does not depend on me, so I have to wait,” Atsu told Marca.“I have not received any offers from Malaga yet. I have a contract with Chelsea but I think everything is possible in football.“However, I am aware that is not my decision. I am very happy here because I’m living a very positive experience.“The truth is that I realised very quickly that the decision to come here was right.” 1 Christian Atsu in action for Bournemouth
Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won With Manuel Pellegrini, the former Manchester City manager, confirmed as West Ham’s new boss at the end of last season, the east Londoners finally have a head coach with real pedigree, and pre-season has been largely positive, with just one defeat and one draw from five matches.Obviously, it is impossible to judge just how well West Ham will do until the Premier League season gets underway next week, with the Hammers’ campaign starting at Liverpool on August 12.However, hopes are high among the West Ham faithful that their team can finally get back into the top 10, having finished in the upper half of the table just twice since returning to the Premier League in 2012/13. possible standings sad day And Redknapp believes a top half finish is on the cards, with his prediction placing the Hammers as high as ‘seventh or eighth’.“I’m excited,” Redknapp told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I think West Ham could finish seventh or eighth this year. I certainly don’t see them in them in the bottom half of the division.”Another one of West Ham’s most impressive signings was that of Jack Wilshere, who arrived at the London Stadium on a free transfer after his Arsenal contract expired. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Anderson has already scored for West Ham in pre-season targets REVEALED BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Harry Redknapp has predicted West Ham to finish ‘seventh or eighth’ in the Premier League this season.Redknapp, the ex-Hammers boss, has watched his former club enjoy a busy summer transfer window, with seven new players brought to the London Stadium, including Brazil winger Felipe Anderson in a club-record deal. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed REVEALED 2 ANALYSIS gameday cracker Latest West Ham news West Ham snapped up Wilshere when he was released by Arsenal Though his recent years have been less than impressive, and largely disrupted by injury, if Wilshere rediscovers his best form West Ham will have managed to secure a top class midfielder for nothing – a view which is shared by Redknapp.He continued: “They’re going to be decent this year, West Ham.“I think Jack Wilshere was a good signing; if Jack’s fit he’s a fantastic player.“And he’s still young enough to push on again. So I do think he’ll be a great signing for West Ham.”
BALLINTRA native Rev Jonathan Flood was ordained into the priesthood at a special Mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny. He will celebrate Mass on Monday in his home town before celebrating a special Mass in Letterkenny on Friday.Watch our video news report from St Eunan’s today. Click play to watch DDTV VIDEO NEWS: BALLINTRA’S FATHER JONATHAN FLOOD ORDAINED AT ST EUNAN’S was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO NEWS: BALLINTRA’S FATHER JONATHAN FLOOD ORDAINED AT ST EUNAN’S
While those programs are expected to boost the number of teachers in those subject areas, California also needs to address the uneven distribution of its most qualified teachers, Gaston said. The report said the majority of underprepared teachers work in schools with the most minority and poor students. The center classifies about 20,000 California teachers as underprepared, meaning they either do not have a credential in the subject they are teaching or have only an intern or temporary permit. That number is a dramatic improvement over the 42,000 underprepared teachers the center reported in 2000-01. State Schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said a pay raise is the best way to attract great teachers. “We must address this inequity now to ensure that every student in California has the opportunity to meet those high standards,” he said. On Wednesday, O’Connell and state Treasurer Phil Angelides, who both sit on the board of the California State Teachers Retirement System, said they will vigorously fight a proposal by Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Northridge, that they said would privatize the pension fund and slash pensions. Angelides said it would make the profession less attractive to prospective teachers. But Richman said his pension proposal, which would apply to all state employee pensions, would only affect people hired in 2007 or later. He said his plan would bring teachers’ retirement benefits more in line with those in the private sector, although they would still be superior. “What reason is there for public employees to retire at 50, 55 or 60 when most people in the private sector are retiring at age 65 or after?” Richman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals At the start of the decade, the state moved to reduce class sizes and launched a host of programs to attract and retain more qualified teachers. But several of those programs have since lost funding, Gaston said. In May, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launched California Teach, a statewide plan to add 1,000 new science and math teachers a year to classrooms within five years. The program tries to encourage science, math and engineering majors to bring their talents to public schools. Most of the students will minor in education, said Lynda Goff, director of the University of California science and math initiative. “This gives kids the opportunity to get the very, very best training from research universities and prepare them to go into the classroom,” Goff said. U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., introduced similar federal legislation in Congress this week. That plan would award scholarships to math, science and engineering students who commit to teaching when they graduate. SACRAMENTO – About one-third of California’s teachers are expected to retire within the next decade, leaving a shortage of 100,000 teachers just as California’s colleges see a drop in the number of students entering teacher-training programs, according to a report released Wednesday. The yearlong report commissioned by the nonpartisan Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning says the number of applicants to teacher credentialing programs dropped 8 percent in 2003-04 after a 4 percent drop the year before. “We’ve established some of the highest academic standards in the United States for our students and developed an assessment system that was linked to those standards,” said Margaret Gaston, executive director of the Santa Cruz-based nonprofit center. But the state must start “building staff capacity to deliver on its promise of higher student achievement,” she said. “You cannot do that without an investment in the teacher work force.”
You know those big horns on rhinoceros beetles? They’re not just for showing off. Scientists at Indiana University found a “surprising function” for them. It turns out “horned beetles use their young horns as a sort of can opener, helping them bust out of thick larval shells.” The function of horned beetles’ wild protrusions has been a matter of some consternation for biologists. Digging seemed plausible; combat and mate selection, more likely. Even Charles Darwin once weighed in on the matter, suggesting — one imagines with some frustration — the horns were merely ornamental.Since only the adult males retain them, biologists were misled into looking into an explanation invoking sexual selection. Armin Moczek warned biologists not to ignore the developmental stages:Despite the growing presence of developmental biology in evolutionary studies, “Even today, evolutionary theory is very much a theory of adults,” Moczek said. “But evolution doesn’t morph one adult shape into another. Instead there’s an entire lifetime of development that we can’t afford to ignore.”The female beetles also have horns in the embryo, he explained, but lose them after hatching. Special enzymes reabsorb the horn tissue after its function as a can opener is done. The male, meanwhile, retains it for sexual prowess, or maybe for some beetle version of Monday night football (can opener, get it?); to the horny males, the game’s not the same without beetle juice. In some species, however, it’s not beetle Bailey, but the female that retains the horn, while in others, both sexes lose them in adulthood. Looking back on this oversight stretching back to the time of Darwin, Moczek thinks mistakes were made:“I think these findings illustrate quite clearly the importance of development to evolutionary biology,” Moczek said. “By including studies of your organism’s development, at the very least you stand to gain fundamental insights into its biology. More often than not, however, you may prevent yourself from making big mistakes when drawing up evolutionary histories. In this case, I think we did both.” See the related story on EurekAlert.Source: press release from Indiana University; see also Science Daily.Lest the proponents of evo-devo think they have scored a point, the authors did not explain where horn-making genes and protein machines came from. As far as the evidence goes, the ability to make horns and remove them was always present. How the traits got sorted out in the descendants of horn beetles are due to loss-of-information mutations and natural selection. Nothing new has been gained. “The hornlessness of some adult beetles is therefore not the result of an inability to make horns….,” the press release mentions, “but the reshaping or reabsorption of horn tissue before the beetles become adults.” Evolutionists also cannot explain the sequence of events. Moczek said that they can’t tell if the horn was needed because the carapace got bigger, or the bigger carapace allowed the formation of horns. “We are left with the commonly asked question in evolutionary developmental biology, ‘Which came first?’” Generalizing that question shows that evolutionists know very little at all. Picture poor Charlie wondering in consternation what tall tale to tell about the big male horns and the hornless females. He only pondered the adults; he didn’t even think to watch the larvae pop their cans with their clever tool. Darwin disciples continue to make the same mistake and miss out on a lot of the fun. This story is also a lesson about so-called vestigial organs and secondary sexual characteristics (e.g., see entry about male nipples, 11/28/2006). Something is not vestigial if it had a function in the embryo. Just because an organ like a tonsil or appendix looks shriveled up compared to its counterpart in other animals, and just because it can be removed without harm, does not mean it is a relic of some mythical evolutionary past. The right approach should be to look for a function when none is apparent. A little humility would have saved biologists from getting squirted when this new information popped out of the can.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
When we developed GBA a few years ago, we knew that we would need, want, and eventually have a deep video program, but because the pile of work to do in order to meet our deadline was pretty darned big, and because we were a bunch of print guys and gals building this thing, we decided to let the video program sit on the back burner. We produced some, but didn’t spend the resources to go hog-wild.A couple of years later, when GBA moved back under the wing of Taunton Press, and when the GBA team took over the reins of FineHomebuilding.com, we began trying to phase in more videos. With a bigger FHB budget, it was easier to push things through (Ssshhhh! Please don’t tell my boss what we were doing).I asked Kelly, the guy who built GBA, to add a video delivery page type which would allow us to deliver videos to paying members. He gave us a quick and dirty members-only video page, but because it was quick and dirty, it was not integrated into the site architecture. This means that GBA PRO members could not share membership videos with folks on their team through the My GBA tool.This fact became painfully obvious to me when an architect in Gloucester, Mass asked why he couldn’t share exterior insulation retrofit videos with vinyl siding contractors in his city. Turns out, he is in charge of Gloucester’s energy retrofit program. To make it easy for him to help his city, we comp’ed the vinyl siding contractors to free membership so that they could watch the video series.I am embarrassed to announce that a better solution was sitting under our noses all along — the GBA Encyclopedia. If it were a snake, it would have bitten me. We changed the name from Green Building Encyclopedia to Encyclopedia of Articles and Videos, inserted some videos into the architecture of the encyclopedia, and voila! Member-only videos that can be shared by GBA PROs through My GBA with non-members (such as your siding contractor). There are also some free videos in there.One of the first new video series in the encyclopedia is a flanged window replacement in a house with wood siding , shot at _Fine Homebuilding’s_ new Project House.We will roll our existing videos into the Encyclopedia as quickly as possible over the next couple of months, but please remember, we are short-staffed, tight on budget, and a little bit forgetful.Better still, we will be adding some great multi-part video series to GBA in the coming year. A couple that I am particularly excited about are _Full Window Replacement in a Brick House_ and _How To Install Airtight Drywall_. We also have a pretty good pile of Dr. Joe videos which will roll out over the next year too.Thanks for your time; if you have any questions, comments, or complaints, please let me know.
Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has written a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal asking for an effective mechanism to prevent accidents on railway tracks.Mr. Sidhu told reporters in Amritsar that in the letter sent to the Railway Minister, he has demanded that fencing on the pattern of the Mumbai-Pune highway should be done on the railway tracks in densely populated areas.“I have also suggested installing of CCTV cameras and alarms besides constant patrolling on the railway tracks,” he said.Mr. Sidhu said that during the pasts two years several accidents have taken place in northern India on rail tracks, claiming about 50,000 lives, which makes it important for the Union Ministry of Railways to take some effective measures.Mr. Sidhu said that till now monetary assistance has been provided to 41 persons of the Amritsar train mishap so far. “The Punjab government is fully committed to provide every assistance to the families affected by the tragedy,” he said.Mr. Sidhu added that those indulging in petty politics over the Dussehra day tragedy should shun their destructive approach and help the victim families in every possible way.