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H View hold advantage in race for fourth spot

first_imgFormer champions Harbour View will go into today’s set of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with the advantage as the battle for the fourth place continues. The stars of the East, as Harbour View are dubbed, currently occupy the fourth spot on 39 points, the same as UWI FC, but with a superior goal difference. What gives them the edge today is the match-up. While Harbour View will play away to the inconsistent Boys Town, UWI FC will host defending champions and the team occupying second spot, Arnett Gardens. Of the opposing teams, Boys’ Town are the easier of the two while only a brave person would bet against Arnett Gardens defeating UWI FC. Arnett Gardens are filled with ammunition and with the likes of the in-form Michaelous Martin, their leading scorer Kemal Malcolm, Leon Strickland and Newton Sterling. Any of those forwards can provide the goods on the day. With UWI FC’s slow defensive unit and Deno Schaffe being out, it will take a major effort to keep Arnett Gardens off the score sheet. UWI FC are also capable of finding the back of the net through Girvon Brown, Anthony, Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Since his return to the island from the USA, Brian Brown has been in good goal-scoring form and is expected to lead the Harbour View attack against Boys’ Town. P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay U 29 15 11 3 47 17 30 56 Arnett 29 16 6 7 44 22 22 54 Portmore 29 16 6 7 36 24 12 54 H View 29 9 12 8 34 29 5 39 UWI 29 10 9 10 33 39 -6 39 H Lion 29 9 11 9 23 27 -4 38 Boys’ T 29 9 8 12 33 44 -11 35 Tivoli 29 9 6 14 31 37 -6 33 Cavalier 29 8 9 12 23 29 -6 33 Reno 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32 W’house 29 6 10 13 26 35 -9 28 Rivoli 29 6 9 14 31 41 -11 27 Today’s Games – 8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Portmore United – Montego Bay Sports Complex POINTS STANDING Tomorrow’s game: – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Harbour View – Barbican Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Reno vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centre – 3:30 p.m.: Rivoli United FC vs Cavalier – Prison Oval – 3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Arnett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Monalast_img read more

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Donegal rent prices up 8% as Irish market ‘starved of supply’

first_imgThe cost of renting a home in Donegal has risen 8.5% in one year, according to a new report by Daft.ie.The average rent in Donegal is now €645, reflecting a rise in costs for every market in the last quarter of 2019. Rents rose by 1.8% compared to the first three months of the year. Donegal remains Ireland’s second least expensive county to rent in after Leitrim.However, availability is at an ‘all time low’ for the region. The report found that there were just 420 homes available to rent in Connacht and Ulster on May 1, down 12% year-on-year.On May 1st, there were just 2,700 properties available to rent nationwide on daft.ie. This is the lowest ever figure for stock on the market, in a series that goes back to the start of 2006.The average rent in Ireland is now €1,366, which is another all-time high.The current snapshot of average rents in Donegal, according to Daft, is: 1 bed apartment = €4542 bed house = €5273 bed house = €6144 bed house = €6685 bed house = €722Donegal rent prices up 8% as Irish market ‘starved of supply’ was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Amazing Animals

first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The capabilities of animals large and small continue to fascinate scientists and the public.  Here are some recent findings.Elephant IQ:  National Geographic describes experiments that show elephants “think” with their noses.  Smell is an important part of their cognition and puzzle-solving ability.Dolphin speed:  How dolphins swim so fast has been a mystery called Gray’s Paradox: physics seems to demand more power than they are capable of generating.  It’s been solved, National Geographic reported: their tail flukes are powerful and flexible enough to propel them against the predicted drag.Fish light:  More fish glow in the dark than realized, Live Science reported – some 180 species of fish in 11 orders exhibit biofluorescence, some all over their bodies and even internally.  Biofluorescence is the process of absorbing light at one wavelength and emitting it at another, as opposed to bioluminescence, which is light produced through enzyme reactions.  The fish absorb the sun’s blue light and re-emit it as green, red, and orange.  It’s only visible when the blue light is filtered out.   The article (and another on Science Now) has pictures of different fluorescent fish species.  A 4-minute video explains how the researchers began their findings by accident.   “There’s a whole light show going on down there, and people never see it,” said a co-author of a paper in PLoS ONE, “The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence – A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon.”Bee now my vision:  Honeybees “dance the light fantastic,” PhysOrg announced.  They convert invisible polarized light into information in their “waggle dances” to direct their hivemates to food sources they’ve discovered.Spider electricity:  PhysOrg also reported findings about the static electricity in spider webs.  The static actually propels the web toward flying insects, so they get captured before they can sense the local electric field.  The static also makes spider webs efficient traps for pollutants in the air – an effect scientists are thinking of utilizing for environmental monitoring.Ladybug aeronautics:  What can fly as high as 1100 meters at 60 km per hour?  A ladybug, or ladybird beetle.  Their “extraordinary flight paths” were discovered with radar, PhysOrg reported.The world is filled with living marvels we barely understand.  What we do understand shows incredible design, all the way from the macro to the micro.  Take time to look at the animals around you and appreciate them for their feats that often exceed what man thought was possible.  Visit a zoo or aquarium, or look for tiny creatures around the yard.  Did such things originate by happenstance?  Who could ever believe such a thing?  Evolutionary theory was useless (if not absent altogether) in all these articles.  For instance, the authors of the glowing-fish paper said, “nearly nothing is known regarding the evolution or function of fluorescence in fishes.”  But while they know nothing about evolution, all of us know a lot about design, because we recognize it in our everyday experience.  If living things weren’t superbly designed, engineers wouldn’t be spending millions of dollars to reverse-engineer them.  Let’s give credit where it’s due.last_img read more

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Preventing HIV in World Cup

first_img(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler Fifa Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 2010 471 media-sa@fifa.org • Delia Fischer Fifa Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 11 567 2524 +27 83 201 0470 fax +27 (0)11 567 2559 media-sa@fifa.org • Jermaine Craig Media Manager 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Local Organising Committee +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 jermaine.craig@2010oc.comIn June and July 2010 South Africa will host the world’s biggest single sporting event – the Fifa World Cup. This will not only give the country a golden opportunity to reach millions of football fans for its business and tourism sectors, but also for its efforts to combat HIV/Aids.Health officials, activists and civil society organisations met in Johannesburg in November to plan how to make the most of the event, which will span 30 days and take place in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces.Recent international media reports have suggested that the World Cup could aggravate the country’s already severe HIV/Aids epidemic, but several speakers saw the event as a chance to address the health crisis, among them former soccer player Ronny Zondi, who represented the Sport and Entertainment Sector of the South African National Aids Council (Sanac), the body coordinating HIV activities linked to the World Cup.Stadiums, fan parks, hotels and bars are all potential venues where HIV prevention messages could be promoted, condoms and pamphlets distributed, and voluntary counselling and HIV testing made available. The need for all the organisations involved to work with each other and Fifa and its local organising committee (LOC) to avoid duplication of efforts and confused messaging was emphasised.LOC chief medical officer Dr Victor Ramathesele urged participants to tap into Fifa’s marketing expertise to push HIV/Aids messages before and during the World Cup.Noluntu Ntloko, from Fifa’s marketing division, briefed participants on restrictions on the use of registered World Cup trademarks, or branding that could conflict with that of its sponsors and commercial partners, and encouraged organisations to channel any planned HIV activities through the LOC.Through its Football for Hope programme, Fifa is already partnering with civil society organisations involved in HIV/Aids initiatives. One such partner, Grassroots Soccer, works with a local NGO, Sonke Gender Justice, to train soccer coaches to teach young people about HIV and Aids.Rather than limiting their efforts to duration of the event, several organisations are planning campaigns that will last the entire year and reach people all over the continent.Wayne Alexander, of Dance4Life, an international initiative that enlists young people to raise awareness about HIV/Aids, told the meeting about Fair Play for Africa, a campaign to mobilise communities to advocate for quality healthcare for all Africans, and to hold their governments accountable for health provision. So far 200 NGOs have committed to getting involved and activities in 12 African countries are planned for 2010.“We have come a long way,” commented Dr Robin Petersen, chair of the Johannesburg meeting, who recalled that when South Africa started planning its World Cup bid 10 years ago, there was pressure to downplay the HIV/Aids epidemic. “We’re now planning to use this event to address one of the most significant crises our country is facing.”Source: Irin PlusNewslast_img read more

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Cong.-SAD spat continues over Centre’s scheme for farmers

first_imgThe ruling Congress party and the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab continued their war of words over the recently proposed Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi in the interim Union Budget.While Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday accused the Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal of pretending to be concerned about problems of the people, especially the farmers, the party in turn accused the Congress leaders of harbouring a negative mindset. “Why had he (Sukhbir) not spoken up for the farmers all these years despite his party (SAD) being a part of the ruling alliance at the Centre? The Central government has already made a mockery of the farmers by announcing a meagre ₹6,000 a year to support them,” said Capt. Amarinder here, adding that Mr. Sukhbir’s demand from the Centre to double the amount was an insult to farmers.“Did he really believe a thousand rupees a month would help the beleaguered farmers, many of whom were being driven to suicide as a result of massive debts?” asked Capt. Amarinder.He said if the Centre was really interested in helping farmers, it should announce a one-time waiver of loans. ‘Negative mindset’ Meanwhile, former Akali Dal Minister Maheshinder Singh Grewal said Punjab Congress leaders have a negative mindset and outright criticism of the proposed scheme was unwarranted.“Instead of appreciating the out-of-the-box thinking of the Union government to take measures to ameliorate the condition of the poor farmers, the Congress leaders, including Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, are critical about the amount being offered,” said Mr. Grewal.last_img read more

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Somalians nabbed off Gujarat coast are pirates: Police

first_imgThe 14 Somalians apprehended off the coast of Unna taluka in Junagadh district along with three Yemeni citizens, earlier this week, were pirates, police authorities said on Wednesday.”It is now certain that the 14 Somalians apprehended from sea near Nandan village of Unna taluka were in-fact pirates,” said Junagadh Superintendent of Police, Dipankar Trivedi, following their interrogation by the joint interrogation committee (JIC).”We are in the process of filing an FIR against them for entering Indian territory without valid documents, for trespassing and under various other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” he told PTI.”Since the hijacking of the Yemen boat and kidnapping of its citizens happened in high sea, we have no jurisdiction with regard to that incident,” Trivedi said, when asked if the alleged pirates would be charged for kidnapping the Yemeni citizens.The seventeen men were apprehended off the coast near Nandan village in Unna on Sunday. Fourteen of them are from Somalia and three from Yemen.According to the three Yemeni nationals, the boat belonged to them. While they were on a fishing trip, the Somalians hijacked the boat, kidnapped them, and took them to an island near Somalia where they were kept for over 15 days.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Premier League: Riyad Mahrez in full flow ahead of January transfer window

first_imgLeicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has found his form at just the right time.With the January transfer window kicked off, his current form is sure to impress suitors and he may well be able to embark towards his bigger dreams.On Monday night, Mahrez produced the kind of magic that led to the fairytale Premier League victory for Leicester.In Leicester’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, Mahrez not only scored a goal but it was his agility, precision and movement that saw Leicester completely dominate their opponents.In the close season, Mahrez’s potential move to Serie A club AS Roma broke down and that unsettled the Algerian, who believed by then that he needed to move out of Leicester to further build on his potential.”I am fiercely ambitious and feel now is the time to move on to a new experience,” Mahrez said at the time in a statement.Leicester rejected two bids from AS Roma and as the transfer window shut for the clubs, Mahrez had to settle with Leicester for his fifth season.”We wanted a left-footed winger to replace Mohamed Salah and put it all on Mahrez, but the only reason he didn’t come was because the club (Leicester) wouldn’t sell,” Roma sporting director Monchi had told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.The entire transfer saga seemed to have taken a toll on him and he failed to perform to the standards he had set early in the season.Apart from two assists in his first two Premier League games of the season, he remained quite for the next five matches and did not contribute much.advertisementBut since that dry patch, Mahrez started hitting his target and in his last 15 league appearances, he has been involved in 12 goals — scoring seven and assisting five.But it was to be December, right before the transfer window opened again, that Mahrez found his purple patch and dazzled on the pitch like people are used to seeing him.Not just the goals he has managed to put on board but it is actually the number of chances he has created that carry all the weight.In each of the matches against Burnley, Newcastle United and Southampton, he created more chances than in his 14 previous appearance and his impact shone far more under new manager Claude Puel.Then, after Leicester had an off day in losing at home to Crystal Palace, Mahrez set up Jamie Vardy for the opener against Manchester United, scored in the defeat at Watford and provided another for Vardy at Liverpool before a goal and assist against Huddersfield hours before the January window opens.”I would like to keep all my best players,” Puel said after Mahrez’s fantastic display on Monday. “We will ask him the question. For me I am happy to play with the team with Riyad.”Leicester fans will agree with that sentiment after seeing a player who was so instrumental to their 2015-16 Premier League title success return to his best form.However, with Mahrez having already expressed a desire to leave, he could be angling for a move in the coming weeks. This time, Leicester may just get an offer they cannot refuse.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Quebec court invalidates portions of medical aid in dying laws as too

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec Superior Court has invalidated parts of the federal and Quebec laws on medically assisted dying laws, declaring them too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.A judge today found the “reasonably foreseeable natural death” requirement of the Criminal Code, which prevents some people from accessing medical assistance in dying, invalid.Quebec Superior Court Justice Christine Baudouin also invalidated a section of the Quebec law that says people must “be at the end of life.”The case was brought by two Quebecers — Nicole Gladu and Jean Truchon — who did not meet the criteria and had their requests for assisted death turned down by doctors.They launched a legal action against the federal and provincial governments, claiming their right to life, liberty and security, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was infringed.They both suffer from incurable degenerative diseases, and lawyers argued the condition that a person’s natural death be ”reasonably foreseeable” before they can receive medical assistance in dying was overly strict.The pair argued a 2015 decision decriminalizing medical assistance in dying established suffering, not imminent death, as the most important consideration.They asked the court to allow doctors to provide them with medical aid in dying and to invalidate the articles of the federal and provincial laws that blocked their requests.Application of the judgment is suspended for six months to give legislators a chance to modify the legislation.But the court granted an exemption to Truchon and Gladu allowing them to seek medical aid in dying during this period if they satisfy the other conditions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Toronto librarys popular free Museum and Arts Pass program loses funding

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Sun Life Financial has pulled funding for a popular Toronto Public Library program that offers free passes for museums and attractions like the ROM, Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre, leaving its future uncertain.The 10-year-old (MAP) Museum and Arts Pass initiative gives people with library cards access to passes for up to two adults and five kids that can be borrowed at any of the library branches.Sun Life provided about $200,000 a year but decided to cancel that money because the program didn’t align with its re-evaluated priorities, said Paul Joliat, assistant vice-president of philanthropy and sponsorships. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MOREcenter_img The Toronto Public Library’s Museum and Arts Pass offers free admission to museums and attractions like the ROM. The library program’s sponsor, Sun Life Financial, says it’ll pull funding after 2018. (RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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