Young Boyz Get Residential Camp

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has announced that the National Under-17 men’s football team will be based in a three-month residential camp until they depart for the CONCACAF final-round qualifiers in April. For some time, head coach Andrew Edwards has been advocating this move, as he believes it is necessary to give the team what he describes as a competitive edge when they team go up against the giants of the region for a place in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India this October. Edwards said the camp will allow the technical staff to cater to the players’ nutritional needs, give full medical support, train more consistently and play more practice games. Most important, the players’ education will not be compromised as the players will be provided with schooling on regular school days. “We are working with a schedule which states that the boys attend school between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and we train before and after that. For their medical treatment, it depends on what is required or the evaluation that is necessary, so we might have to take them from training or class for a time to facilitate treatment. But we try everything possible to not affect either training or class,” he told The Gleaner. Edwards calculates upwards of 90 training sessions before the team’s expected departure in April, and he says if they manage the camp the right way, they can get the players up to a competitive level. “This residential camp is absolutely an important aspect of the overall preparation. It means that we have the players for an extensive period where we can put them through all facets of the game. It will give us an opportunity to do things in a consistent way, evaluate and assess the players more stridently,” Edward said. The camp started yesterday and Edwards said they are not contemplating any breaks. “The JFF is doing this in order to give these players the best chance of representation for the country, as the vision is that these players are the future of our national Under-20, Under-23 and Senior teams,” he added. Jamaica will play in Group C with USA, Mexico and El Salvador in the CONCACAF final round, where four World Cup places are available.last_img read more

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Strangers, community offer comfort to slain Torrance soldier’s family

first_img “People we haven’t talked to in years, people we don’t even know so many people caring. I’m honored,” Anzack Sr. told the Daily Breeze on Thursday. A day after receiving the news no father wants to hear, Anzack Sr. and friends and relatives of his son were struggling to make peace with his brutal killing in Iraq. “I love my Joseph,” the elder Anzack said by phone. “I’m just really gonna miss him. I am.” “It was all we could do just to function yesterday,” his aunt, Dawn Anzack-Ayers, said in earlier phone conversation. “We’re just trying to get our bearings right now. We’re just laying low today, praying for all the guys over there now.” Anzack Sr. said he learned Thursday that his son’s body may arrive in the U.S. as soon as today, and that the Army, by regulation, will conduct DNA tests before releasing Joseph Jr.’s remains. Plans for a funeral or memorial service have not been made. Anzack Sr. is still awaiting a copy of his son’s will – the military requires all its soldiers to complete one – to determine where to bury him. “Whatever his wishes were, that’s what we’ll do,” Anzack Sr. said. “If he asked for Arlington, he’s there. I think that’s an option for us and it’s an honor being there.” Anzack Jr., on his first tour in Iraq, had been missing with two fellow soldiers since a May 12 ambush on their patrol that left four Americans and one Iraqi dead. Al-Qaida later claimed responsibility for the attack and the abductions of the three infantrymen. Word surfaced early Wednesday that a body in a U.S. military uniform had been pulled from the Euphrates River. The Anzack family learned late that afternoon that the casualty, who had been shot in the head, was 20-year-old Joseph Jr. The search continues for Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. “It’s just sad, and I wish they could find those other two boys,” Anzack-Ayers told the Daily Breeze. “That’s all I can say. It’s just sad.” The mood was somber at Anzack Jr.’s alma mater, South High in Torrance, on Thursday, when the 2,300-student campus shared a moment of silence and seven grief counselors were on site to offer assistance. As the hours passed, a makeshift memorial spread across the school’s front steps – bright bouquets of flowers; flags of all sizes; a garland of red, white and blue; some candles burning in glass, others melting colorfully on the pavement. At the center of it all, a hand-penned poster bearing the words “We love and miss you Joe Anzack. You’re our hero.” Personal messages written in the placard’s remaining white space expressed disbelief over the soldier’s death and love for a fallen friend. “Joe man I freakin’ miss you. I wish this was just a bad dream,” one entry read. “I wanna let you know I love you and I will never forget you till we meet agen (sic) my friend, you will always be in my heart.” Across campus, students, faculty and coaches all remembered the 2005 graduate – a standout nose guard on the varsity football team – as a quiet kid with a big presence and a kind heart who wanted more than anything to be in the Army. “When I think about Joe I can picture him in his Army pants. He wore them to school at least once a week,” said graduating senior Malissa Vasquez, 18, describing Anzack Jr. as “somebody you could always talk to,” “accepting of everybody,” and “always positive.” “I remember him saying if there was one thing he really wanted to do, it was to join the Army and go to Iraq,” Vasquez continued. “He wanted to fight for his country. That’s what he wanted to do with his life, and he did it.” When school let out Thursday afternoon, the varsity football squad gathered in a giant huddle on the South High field for an impromptu memorial for Anzack Jr., where head coach Josh Waybright said he told his players that their former teammate is “in a better place now, that God has him.” Once the team dispersed, Waybright wound his way across the sprawling South High campus and through the administration buildings, eventually emerging from the main doors carrying Anzack Jr.’s old jersey, No. 52. He said the team will retire the number and dedicate the coming season to him. After draping the white-and-green jersey over a steel railing – an emotion-laden addition to the heartfelt memorial that drew even strangers to leave mementos – Waybright characterized Anzack Jr. as “loyal, committed, dedicated,” “a great role model,” and “the type of kid that would do anything for you.” “If I was in the Army, I’d want Joe Anzack next to me,” the coach said. “He put others before himself. That was probably one of his greatest attributes.” “I don’t think you get a better teammate than Joe Anzack.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Joseph Anzack Sr. breathed deep before he read the message aloud, his voice cracking almost as soon as he started. “Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that once was shared. Miss me but let me go.” “That gave me a good cry,” he said after finishing, exhaling another long sigh to steady his voice. An anonymous poem, posted on his Web page by a stranger, was just one of the many unexpected gestures helping Anzack cope with the death in Iraq of his son, Pfc. Joe Anzack Jr., 20.last_img read more

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Mayor to push for extension of Red Line

first_imgPromising to “think big,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected today to push for money to build a $4.8 billion Wilshire Boulevard subway, along with Orange Line extensions and other mass-transit projects – as part of the infrastructure bond funding being debated in Sacramento. Speaking Thursday to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee, the mayor said extending the Red Line from the Miracle Mile to Santa Monica would be worth the $300 million-a-mile cost – and a prime candidate for state bonds – because of the relief it could bring to the city’s traffic-choked streets and freeways. “We think this is a great project for something like an infrastructure bond that says, ‘Let’s invest in public transit,”‘ said Villaraigosa, who plans to hold a news conference today to make a pitch for his ideas. “The naysayers have made a lot ado about what this costs. … We’re not going to get less traffic unless we’re committed to the infrastructure investment, (unless) we think big.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is working with the Legislature on a $222 billion infrastructure plan that includes a bond issue that would be put before voters in June or November to fund transportation projects statewide. But the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers are at odds over his decision to focus on freeways and freight rail rather than mass-transit projects in drafting the $107 billion transportation program, which would be funded, in part, by $68 billion in bonds. “Right now, the L.A. focus is to make sure there is an improved transit component,” said former Assemblyman Richard Katz, one of the mayor’s appointees to the MTA board. “At this point, the emphasis is in getting the concept into the picture – that transit needs to be a component.” A report issued this week by the MTA estimated the 13-mile “subway to the sea” backed by Villaraigosa would cost $4.8 billion by the time it would be completed in 2015. While critics say the subway would cost too much and would sap funds from other projects, Villaraigosa maintains it would be cheaper than building a new freeway and would benefit the region. He also has high hopes that federal money would become available since Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, has dropped his longtime opposition to the Wilshire Boulevard subway and is working to overturn a ban on funding the project. “We’re obviously going to have a lot of work. We’re a long way away from a subway to the ocean,” Villaraigosa said. “(But) what we can see here is a way to get there. We didn’t have that … months ago. It was a nonstarter. DOA. It’s been resuscitated, brought back to life.” But Katz warned that San Fernando Valley residents will likely oppose the Wilshire Boulevard subway while their own transit needs remain unmet. And he reminded Villaraigosa that Valley residents were forced to accept a less-expensive busway rather than light rail, and would resent seeing the savings spent on projects over the hill. “Valley residents have paid a lot of taxes … and have yet to see a return,” Katz said later. “More needs to be done in the Valley and the mayor agreed with that.” While the subway plan received a generally warm welcome this week during two days of MTA committee meetings, the agency’s CEO, Roger Snoble, cautioned that much work needs to be done to make it a viable option. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 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

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‘MR.ATHLETICS’ PATSY TO GET DONEGAL’S HIGHEST HONOUR

first_imgHe has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of children across Donegal and Ireland.Patsy McGonagle to be given Freedom of DonegalAnd now Donegal is to say a small ‘thank you’ to sporting supremo Patsy McGonagle.The Ballybofey man has nurtured athletes from an early age and encouraged them that to take part is to win. He has also been instrumental in developing the Finn Valley Centre and put countless numbers of children through his hands.Now Patsy is to be given the county’s highest honour – the Freedom of Donegal.Patsy will receive the honour from Mayor Frank McBrearty at County House in Lifford on June 14th next.The sporting leader will be surrounded by family and friends from Donegal and further afield as he collects his honour. Patsy will become only the sixth person to receive the honour, joining singer Daniel O’Donnell, sportstars Shay Given and Packie Bonner, songwriter Phil Coulter and the Brennan family from Clannad. ‘MR.ATHLETICS’ PATSY TO GET DONEGAL’S HIGHEST HONOUR was last modified: June 4th, 2013 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:Donegal Mayor Frank McBreartyFREEDOM OF DONEGALpatsy mcgonaglelast_img read more

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Grand openers

first_img The synchronized skating team trains weekly at the Valencia Ice Station and is directed by Susie Richardson and Cece Frankhuizen. The team will perform again at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Ice Station’s holiday show, “Enjoying the Holidays.” For information or tickets to the holiday show, call (661) 775-8686. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Ice Angels, a youth synchronized ice skating team based in Valencia, will perform Wednesday at the grand opening ceremonies of the “L.A. Kings Downtown on Ice” outdoor holiday rink at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. The opening-day gala will begin at 10 a.m. at the rink, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. Los Angeles city officials, members of the L.A. Kings hockey team and Olympic silver medalist Linda Fratianne, the four-time U.S. national figure skating champion and two-time world champion, will be among the presenters. The “Downtown on Ice” holiday outdoor skating rink celebrates its eighth season, offering winter fun Nov. 17 through Jan. 16. last_img read more

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TD: Brexit negotiations a “huge step forward for Donegal”

first_imgGovernment Chief Whip and Donegal TD Joe McHugh has hailed today’s Brexit negotiations as a ‘huge step forward for Donegal’.Minister McHugh said the confirmation that checkpoints will not be reintroduced along the frontier with the North would be welcomed by communities in both jurisdictions.“Ireland achieved all our goals in the Phase 1 negotiations including, crucially for people in this county, that there will be no hard border after Britain leaves the EU,” said the Donegal Fine Gael TD. “The agreement preserves the Common Travel Area and protects all the relationships agreed in the Good Friday Agreement.“Once again our Taoiseach referenced what this means to the people of Donegal – that there can no return to a border between Letterkenny and Derry. He understands our situation and recognises what life is like now for people in the North West and what life was like prior to our peace.“EU and UK negiotators reached an agreement overnight which took full account of border counties like Donegal.“This is a good day for Donegal. It is a good day for Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh too where people have enjoyed the normality of life in recent years and now, thanks to this agreement, can continue to do so. “Crucially too, further funding from the EU to help us on the path to reconciliation will continue through Peace funding which is so important for the border counties. This will now continue until 2021 with a commitment to examining it further.”Minister McHugh added: “I’m aware that this is just the end to Phase One of the negotiations and there are further negotiations ahead but it is a major step forward.“Talks may have taken place in Brussels but they have huge implications for places like Bridgend, Lifford and Pettigo and people who live in all our regions can be much more confident about our future thanks to this agreement.“I want to pay tribute to all our ministers and diplomats who have played a crucial role in recent months to get us to this point.”TD: Brexit negotiations a “huge step forward for Donegal” was last modified: December 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Brexitdonegaljoe mc hughlast_img read more

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The Chelsea v Man Utd quiz

first_imgChelsea face Manchester United on Sunday in what promises to be a cracking game at Stamford Bridge. Test your knowledge of the recent history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-28]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Stromatolites Can Form By Non-Biological Processes

first_imgExclusive  Stromatolites have been Exhibit A for stories of the rise of life on the early earth.  These column-shaped rocks found in Precambrian strata are usually assumed to be evidence of microbial mats that grew upward as sediment slowly accumulated on top of them.  Scene 1 is usually Shark’s Bay in Australia, where stromatolites form in shallow coastal lagoons.  Scene 2 might be a place like Transvaal Supergroup in South Africa, where fossil stromatolites are assumed to preserve a record of the earliest life on earth.    Scientists at Caltech decided to investigate the origin of stromatolites.  Dr. John Grotzinger1 gave a presentation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on March 21 in which he shared some surprising findings.  When the Opportunity rover on Mars found a structure resembling a stromatolite, he was not ready to jump to the conclusion it was evidence for life.  He and his colleagues decided to take a neutral stance on whether they are biogenic, and find mechanisms that might produce these structures under inorganic conditions.  (A number of Mars rover scientists were present in the audience.)    The problem with the biogenic theory, he said, is that there is no way to demonstrate it.  Plus, in the classic field cases that compare Shark’s Bay with Transvaal, the cross-sections of these structures are completely different.  Grotzinger and his team used both theory and experiment to show how stromatolites can arise by chemical and geological processes alone.  Crystals growing upward from regularly-spaced starting points, for instance, will eventually interfere and form convex tops.  As sediments become entrained between the fronds of the crystal, new lenses of crystal and sediment will continue to grow upward, resulting in side-by-side columns.  Occasionally, higher fluxes of sediment will flatten the upper surface, and the process can begin again.  This is apparently what happened at the Transvaal site.    Employing an original mathematical model, Grotzinger showed how stromatolites can originate on a flat surface.  If crystals begin growing upward, any points slightly higher will attract more sediment, while the sides will interfere with nearby crystals.  The growing points will amplify the column height.  There are probably many circumstances where this can happen – life or no life.  In his opinion, the type sections for stromatolites are not microbial mats, but travertine springs or playa lakes.    By contrast, he showed areas where current microbial mats possessing what would seem ideal conditions for stromatolite growth are not producing stromatolites.  He said a researcher is in a “fool’s paradise” to just observe the morphology of these structures to understand them.  “Don’t start with biology,” he said; “start with the rock.”  Understand its diagenetic history, then reconstruct the primary texture, then evaluate the sediment accretion process, and consider the biological contribution last.    In the rock record, therefore, do radical changes in morphology of the rock necessarily indicate radical changes in biology?  No; he preferred to call these unusual structures “environmental dipsticks” rather than “evolutionary mileposts.”1See an earlier publication of this work at:Grotzinger, J.P., and Knoll, A.H., 1999, Stromatolites in Precambrian carbonates: Evolutionary mileposts or environmental dipsticks?: Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science, v. 27, p. 313-358.One of the lessons from this talk was how assumptions can subtly influence the scientist’s approach.  Dr. Grotzinger showed conflicting definitions of stromatolites, one that began, “organogenic structures….” – in other words, there was a biological bias built into the very definition of the word.  Interestingly, the NASA Astrobiology Student Focus website says that stromatolites were formerly defined as “laminated organo-sedimentary structures formed by the trapping and binding, and/or precipitation of minerals by microorganisms,” but then does not provide a more neutral definition, and goes on to portray stromatolites as evidences for life.  Biased definitions like these could send a graduate student off in a prejudiced direction to assume they were made biologically, and just as easily influence a TV producer working on a script about the early earth.    Dr. Grotzinger and his team are to be commended for shaking off this bias and trying to look at the data objectively.  Unfortunately, in other parts of his talk, he accepted other aspects of the geo-biological evolution story without question: the geological column, Milankovich cycles, dating methods, etc.  At least this talk indicated progress away from one evolutionary assumption.  Now, how do we clean up the textbooks, museums and documentaries?(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Remembering Nelson Mandela – a visual quiz

first_imgA mural in Jersey City in the US celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy. (Image: Wally Gobetz, Flickr)As we approach the seventh Nelson Mandela International Day this July, we remember his remarkable life. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the 95 years Madiba shared with us.Click on the image you think is the correct answer.When his son Makgatho died in 2005, what did Nelson Mandela announce to the world? Read more: My son died of Aids: Mandela In what year was Nelson Mandela born? Read more: Remembering Mandela, one year on Which of these quotes is NOT by Nelson Mandela? Read more: Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom How many years did Nelson Mandela spend imprisoned on Robben Island? Read more: On this day 50 years ago, Mandela arrives on Robben Island What does Rolihlahla, Nelson Mandela’s forename, mean in isiXhosa? Read more: Mandela – childhood heroes and lessons What was the final sentence of Nelson Mandela’s famous statement from the dock at the Rivonia Trial on 20 April 1964? Read more: Audio of Mandela’s Rivonia Trial statement now online What was Nelson Mandela’s nickname when he was on the run from the apartheid police in the early 1960s? Read more: Nelson Mandela’s life on the run, captured From 1979 onwards, how many honorary degrees were bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities across the world?  In what year did Nelson Mandela found the African National Congress Youth League?  How old was Nelson Mandela when he married Graça Machel, the widow of slain Mozambican president Samora Machel?last_img read more

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