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first_imgLocal-based players can expect an opportunity to play when the Reggae Boyz take on world number-three ranked Chile in a football friendly international in Santiago this Friday. The Boyz leave the island today with six local-based players making up the squad which will compete in the Copa Centenario, which runs from June 2-26 in the United States. Jamaica team manager, Roy Simpson, told The Gleaner that in discussions with head coach Winfried Sch‰fer, the emphasis has been on exposing local players and looking at other options. “The Chile game is to look at the local players and areas that need addressing. Chile is a good team, but on any given day, Jamaica can beat Chile. The coaching staff is hoping for the best result, but we have to be practical. They are better than us, but we want to get the specific objectives and roles the coach has for the players. Once those objectives are met, we should be good going into the Copa Centenario,” he explained. Simpson added that the local selection has been settling in nicely and expects a good account from those who will be given the opportunity. “The local players we have selected, we try to be consistent. There is Ottey (Allan), who we believe it’s the time for him to show what he’s about. Vanzie (Andrew) is a midfielder, and a youngster getting an opportunity like that he hopes he will stand up. Michael Binns is at an age where he should be on par with the pros; Rosario Harriott, with his height and pace, can be a regular international. “But the harder they work, the more opportunity they’ll get, and we are confident this bunch will give a good account of themselves,” he said. Portmore’s Damano Solomon completes the list of local players. OVERSEAS PLAYERS The overseas-based players are Garath McCleary, captain Rodolph Austin, Andre Blake (GK), Ryan Thompson (GK), Michael Hector, Wes Morgan, Dever Orgill, Clayton Donaldson, Giles Barnes, Jobi McAnuff, Duwayne Kerr, Je-Vaughn Watson, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, Adrian Mariappa, Kemar Lawrence and Jermaine Taylor. Meanwhile, Austin and Blake will join the team after the Chile game at the team’s training camp in Florida, while Morgan will join up for the first game in Chicago. “We are ready to have another good summer,” Simpson said, reflecting on last year when the team played creditably in the Copa America (as a guest team) and followed up with a historic runner-up finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.last_img read more


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first_imgMONTEBELLO – A free anti-bullying conference for families will take on issues like anger management and the use of MySpace.com by local youth this weekend at Montebello Middle School. Sponsored by the regional children’s planning council of Los Angeles County, the Anti-Bullying/Cyber-Bullying Conference for Families will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Montebello Middle, 1600 Whittier Blvd. Several workshops on self-esteem, discipline, depression, the MySpace website and issues related to bullying will be held in three age-appropriate groups: parents, elementary students, and middle- and high-school students. Lunch and child care for youngsters between 2 and 5 years old will be provided on site. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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first_img1 Alex McCarthy: The 26-year-old leaves Selhurst Park after just one year Southampton have signed goalkeeper Alex McCarthy from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace. The 26-year-old leaves the south London club after just one season, penning a three-year deal with Claude Puel’s side. He is the Saints’ third arrival of the summer after winger Nathan Redmond, from Norwich, and Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.“I’m over the moon to join a club like this,” McCarthy told the club’s official YouTube channel.“The club is known for producing young players and they’ve had successful seasons. There’s the Europa League to look forward to this season, so there’s going to be a lot of games.“With the stature of the club, I’m honoured to be here and I’m looking forward to getting working with everyone.”McCarthy came through the ranks at Reading, going on a number of loan spells including with Leeds, Ipswich and Yeovil, before ending his nine-year association with the Royals to move to QPR in 2014 and then to Palace in 2015.With a number of experienced goalkeepers on the books at the Eagles, McCarthy only made seven first-team appearances in 2015/16 and he moves to the south coast to battle England shot-stopper Fraser Forster for the number one spot.READ MORE: Premier League transfers: Done deals so far in summer 2016last_img read more


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first_imgGARDAI have busted a major sex-for-sale operation in the heart of Letterkenny.An extensive Garda surveillance operation resulted in Gardai raiding a house in the town which was operating as a brothel.The house at 1A Binnion Avenue had been put under surveillance for a short period of time. During that time a number of males were spotted coming and going from the house.When they were approached by undercover Gardai, they admitted they had paid for sexual services to a number of Romanian women staying at the address.The house was raided on Thursday last by Detective John Murphy and Rosemarie Rooney on foot of a bench warrant.In the house they discovered a number of women aged between 20 and 38 and one male client.Gardai also seized mobile phones, condoms, a translation book relating to sexual services and €680 in cash.All five women were arrested and then interviewed in relation to keeping a brothel.“It appears three of the females Elena Arghir, Claudia Puiac and Margareta Vasile arrived in Ireland a month ago with the intention of setting up a brothel.“They acquired the house through the Internet and after arriving registered their profile on Escort Ireland. They acquired Irish mobile phones and put the numbers on the website as well as photographs of themselves.“On the website there was a menu or list of services with a price list, one could avail of. They serviced the clients of their own free will with no outside involvement,” Det Murphy told the court.The other two females Paula Lacusteanu and Mariana Constantin had only arrived in Ireland two days before the garda raid on the house. They had put their profiles on the website but had not received any business.“One of the females Mariana Constantin only received her first telephone call during the garda search of the house. We became aware of further cash in the house during the womens’ detention.“The warrant was reactivated and an additional £1,350 was found – proceeds of their business venture,” Det Murphy added.All five women said they came from the same area in Romanian and came of their own free will.“From inquiries and knowledge of the business and people coming from that part of Europe, it could be controlled but that did not become apparent during the interviews,” Det Murphy said.Solicitor for the five women, Mr Patsy Gallagher said his clients have known each other for years. Three have children and were separated at a very young age.“This is deeply embarrassing for them. The near 24 hours in custody left them frightened, scared and embarrassed.“They want to get our of here and go home. You will not see them back in any court in this jurisdiction. They will be on the first flight back to Romania as soon as they get their passports back,” Mr Gallagher told the court.Judge Paul Kelly ordered that the €300 bail posted by the women be used to make a donation to charity.Arghir, Puiac and Vasile were ordered to pay €150 each to two charities – Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin and Donegal Rape Crisis Centre. Lacusteanu and Constantin were ordered to pay €100 each to both charities and use the other €100 towards the cost of their flights home. The money seized in the house is to be divided between both charities.Judge Kelly then applied the Probation Act to all five.EndsGARDAI BUST SEX-FOR-SALE OPERATION IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 19th, 2011 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)last_img read more


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first_imgFr.Damian McGroarty was relying on some divine intervention from his corner when he stepped into the boxing ring for charity at the weekend.The well-known priest agreed to take part in a charity white collar boxing event to help raise almost €700,000 needed for renovation funds on St.Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny. Fr.McGroarty, who is originally from the Fanad Peninsula, showed he was well able to punch above his weight as he swapped blows with Liam Gordon in a bloody encounter at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.  Before getting into the ring the recently-ordained priest admitted he had been putting in the training. He cut out all the junk-food and trained at least twice a week. “I was involved in athletics when I was younger so I liked to keep fit. But the boxing training got me into good shape. “I cut out the junk food a good bit and it was great to get a few tips from some of the lads at the Letterkenny Boxing Club. I really enjoyed it,” he said. He admitted that some people might have raised an eyebrow at a priest steeping into the ‘squared circle’ but said he was delighted it was all for a good cause. “I suppose some people might have raised an eyebrow at a priest getting involved in a boxing match but it’s only a bit of fun and it’s good that some from the church is right at the centre of the fundraising,” he said.Before the bruising encounter, TV3 personality Noel Cunningham, who was the Master of Ceremonies for the night, warned Liam Gordan to watch out for the punching priest. “He’d better be careful the next time he goes to mass and tries to get communion that he doesn’t get an upper-cut instead,” he laughed.After a very enjoyable contest the referee declared the contest a draw. And after his bout, it was back to work as normal as Fr.McGroarty as he donned his clerical collar as he was congratulated by hundreds of well-wishers.Fr.Damian lost 6kgs during his gruelling two month training regime combined with his healthy-eating programme.A capacity crowd of almost 700 people turned up for the Big Fight Night with all proceeds going to the St.Eunan’s Cathedral Restoration Fund.One of those who turned up was St.Eunan’s Administrator Fr.Eamon Kelly who was there to support his colleague Fr.Damian. Former TD and local GP Dr Jim McDaid was also on hand to oversee the boxer’s welfare on the night.He was called into action when local butcher Stephen Shiels came up against Donegal GAA star Ciaran Greene in a no-holds-barred affair which lasted all of 60 seconds.Dr.Jim, who was accompanied by his wife Siobhan and some friends, came to the ring and called a halt to proceedings.The most entertaining fight of the night was the heavyweight clash between local man Malachy Dunleavy and Garda Ian Oates who had the capacity crowd on their feet for the full three rounds. EndsFR.DAMIAN FIGHTS HIS CORNER FOR ST.EUNAN’S HUGELY SUCCESSFUL CHARITY FIGHT NIGHT was last modified: April 4th, 2011 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:boxingFr.Damian McGroartySt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more


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first_imgIt’s always a sell-out and this year looks no different.With just a few days to go before Lord of the Ring 3, the gloves are off to promote the event which is being brought by Letterkenny Rugby Club in conjunction with the Donegal Hospice. The committee has put together a fantastic line up this year again including Martin Anderson aka ‘Fat Chef Slim’, Stephen ‘Head’ McConnell from Donegal Aerosoft, Cathal McGlynn from Cash4u, Jeremy Worth, Orthodentist, Leonard Watson from Classic Casuals and Karl Sweeney from Swilly Drive School of Motoring who is following in his brothers footsteps Stephen and Brian who fought in the previous two events. The night this year also includes 4 ladies bouts.The night itself is run by whitecollarboxing.ie from Dublin. Owner of the company Mr. Cathal O’Grady said he is delighted to be back in Letterkenny for the third year running.“I travel throughout Ireland organizing white collar boxing events and the event in Letterkenny is certainly up there with the best of them in terms of atmosphere and professionalism. It is certainly a night I look forward too.” Mr Danny Ryan who coaches the boxers said he was delighted to be associated with the event this year again.“The boxers have gone through and extensive 7 week training programme and judging from the standard of the sparring it is certainly going to be as good if not better than previous years.”Boyd Robinson chairperson of the organizing committee said they are delighted with the response from the public this year.“The amount of boxers who came forward asking to participate was fantastic and testament of the high regard the event is held in the town.“This year we hope to provide the public with yet another memorable night and it is definitely a night not to be missed. We welcome our new charity partners this year the Donegal Hospice and I have no doubt the event will be the same success as it was the previous 2 years.“To date the event has raised €72,000 in total so hopefully after this year we will have surpassed the €100,000 mark. I am also delighted and would like to thank O’Gorman & Cunningham Solicitors who are our main sponsors for the event for the third year running.”The event will take place this year in the Silver Tassie on Friday 18th May and tickets are available for purchase at the Silver Tassie, Charlie Robinson estate agents or the Central Bar. LORD OF THE RING 3 – LET’S GET READY TO RRRRRRRRUMBLE! was last modified: May 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LORD OF THE RING 3last_img read more


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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Authorities said someone earning minimum wage would need to work more than 100 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment in eastern Ventura County. On average, a one-bedroom costs $1,040 a month countywide. Officials at the forum did not have breakdowns for the eastern portion. It would take an income of about $50,000 a year to afford a two-bedroom apartment with an average rent of $1,400 in the county, according to the Area Housing Authority of Ventura County. Still, demand for apartments is high, with only a 2 percent vacancy rate countywide, officials said. That means people are spending half to three-quarters of their income on rent, said Chris Poynter, program and development director for the Lutheran organization. “… It’s kind of a silent poverty, not right there in your face,” he said. Officials said only about 13 percent of county residents can afford to buy a median-priced home – well over $600,000 – and the lack of adequate rental housing is squeezing people out. “We are one of the very expensive areas for the state of California,” said Jamshid Damooei, a professor of economics at CLU. “It’s affecting young people tremendously. … Some of them may be working one place and living elsewhere. It’s a problem for our competitiveness, for attracting companies to come here.” Doug Tapking, executive director of the Area Housing Authority, said housing costs can exclude newcomers and young people starting out in careers that are essential to the community, including nursing, education and law enforcement. “If you don’t have these people, you don’t have a vibrant community,” he said. “Without that social interaction, our communities don’t work.” Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra was not at the Wednesday forum but said the problem is a serious concern throughout the area. “To me it’s a tragedy, where your community can’t provide a decent place to live for hard-working families,” he said. “Really, the solution is to be able to use what land you have available more efficiently, but doing it in a very careful way so you protect the quality of life and don’t have overcrowding. … It’s about all the communities doing their part.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – The high cost of renting apartments in Ventura County has gotten so bad that it’s threatening working people and making it difficult for young college graduates with good jobs to settle here, according to officials who attended a housing forum this week. “We see thousands of people each year who are in danger of eviction and have to choose between car repairs and their rent, or prescriptions and their rent,” said J.R. Jones, executive director of Lutheran Social Services of the Central Coast. “They are just on the fringe. They know they are in trouble, but many don’t realize how close they are to being homeless.” Lutheran Social Services helped sponsor a forum on the situation Wednesday at California Lutheran University that included authorities on the local housing crunch. The forum was sponsored by Lutheran Social Services, Manna Food Pantry of the Conejo Valley, Catholic Charities and the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition and was held in conjunction with National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week. last_img read more


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first_imgBecca Jonas, a forward from Independence, Mo., has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs. Jonas, a member of the Drake women’s basketball team, earned the honor after scoring a career-high 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting in the Bulldogs’ win over Eastern Washington. Against Auburn, she posted five points and four rebounds. On the season, Jonas is averaging 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.Academically, Jonas has a 3.96 GPA as a digital media production major. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.The Golden State Warriors are the champions!And, no, we’re not just talking in terms of what happens on the court.The Dubs are also apparently the NBA playoff team that is most name dropped squad in music. Yes, the Dubs and their players are mentioned more frequently in lyrics than any other team that made the playoffs that year, according to a report by lyric licensing service LyricFind.Again, this …last_img


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first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The secret of the archer fish’s powerful spits has been discovered, and it isn’t powerful muscles.The fish that shoots bugs out of the air uses physics, a paper in PLoS ONE declared.  By letting physics amplify the momentum in the drop shot out of the water, the fish achieves six times the wallop its own muscles can attain.  Nature News posted a video of the fish and described how it works:The researchers found that the first section of the water to leave the fish’s mouth was traveling about two meters per second. But as the fish continued to expel water into the jet, the speed increased. This back-end power forced more water and momentum into the “head” of the jet. “As a result, the power that the head of the jet can deliver upon impact increases during shooting,” the authors explained in their paper.Vailati and team found that this is similar to a mechanism used by on-demand inkjet printers.  In a strange symbiosis of biomimetics, printer engineers may be able to improve their designs by studying how the fish accomplishes what they came up with independently.Nature News also quoted the authors’ evolutionary inclinations from their paper:The fish’s strategy is evolutionarily clever. “This advantage would come without the evolutionary cost for the development of highly specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy,” the authors noted.See also PhysOrg and BBC News.   Source: Vailati A, Zinnato L, Cerbino R (2012) How Archer Fish Achieve a Powerful Impact: Hydrodynamic Instability of a Pulsed Jet in Toxotes jaculatrix. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047867.Evolution is not clever.  Evolution does not calculate the cost of development.  Evolution does not design specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy.  Once again, we see evolution tacked on to a design story like some kind of vestigial organ from the 1800’s.The archer fish was one of the illustrations of design used by early films from Moody Institute of Science.  It remains a good illustration today, in fact, even more so.   There’s much more than muscle involved.  The fish has to correct for distortion at the air-water interface, have a perfect aim, calculate the height, and know the energy required to get the bug to release its strong grip on the twig.  All these things must work together for the fish to eat.  How many archer fish had to die before the right mutations came along?  Get real; get intelligent design.last_img read more