Disappointing draw for Reggae Boyz … Costa Rica hold Jamaica to 1-1 result

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Boyz were held to a 1-1 draw by Costa Rica in their key CONCACAF semi-final round FIFA World Cup qualifier inside the National Stadium last night. Goals in either half by Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta has left things interestingly poised in the group. The Jamaicans grabbed a deserved lead in the 16th minute after midfielder Watson went low to meet a teasing Kemar Lawrence cross at the back post, sending his header in the opposite direction. They could have been 2-0 up just before half time, but Clayton Donaldson could not make contact with a low cross by Joel McAnuff as the hosts looked comfortable in possession, while enjoying the better chances. Earlier, McAnuff missed one of several Jamaican opportunities as he wasted a glorious chance to send the Jamaicans ahead in the 8th minute, after he was found unmarked at the back-post after a flicked header, which came from a long throw by full back Lawrence. HALF-CHANCES The visitors ended the first half with a couple half-chances themselves, but were not able to break the Jamaican backline. They did, however, get the breakthrough in the 67th minute when Johnny Acosta latched on to a rebound to make it 1-1 after Joel Campbell’s shot was well saved by Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake. Both teams traded chances but neither could add to the scoreline, leaving the Jamaicans to deal with another disappointing result in front of their home crowd. The Jamaicans now sit on four points with the Costa Ricans improving to seven points. Haiti and Panama played out a 0-0 draw in the group’s other game. The Jamaicans will travel to Costa Rica where both teams will meet again on Tuesday.last_img read more

Miracle: The Touch That Saved Her Life

first_img“A angel was born one week ago, one that came into this world still and unresponsive. After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air.”September 1, 2015- the incredible story of a newborn, her mother and how the two are learning to come together has inspired the Daily Observer to highlight the narrative behind this family.The family has asked that their neither names nor location be published.Miracle, as she’s known, was born on September 1, 2015 under strenuous conditions; she is one to two months premature.Her 16-year-old mother Stevenia appeared to be six or seven months pregnant prior to giving birth to Miracle. According to witnesses, Stevenia was unaware that she was in labor that morning. Therefore, Miracle was delivered on a cold ground, alone.“This girl is brave oh,” her aunty Beatrice stated. “When we asked her who the man is that got her pregnant, she can’t talk. Even to tell us that she was in pain, she didn’t tell us. I walked in and saw her straining and helped her remove her pants. I was shocked to see a baby inside them,” A neighbor says that they overheard Beatrice crying for help the morning of Miracle’s birth and decided to assist the bleeding mother and child. According to the neighbor who has also asked to stay anonymous, the moment they entered into the bedroom of Miracle and her mother, they saw what appeared to be a still-born baby lying near her placenta and umbilical cord, lifeless.Two to three feet away from Miracle sat Stevenia, who seemed unacquainted with what had just happened to her body and to the lifeless form in front of her.“I heard that the mother was pregnant but she denied it until her stomach started getting big last month. We were all in doubt until now. When I walked into the room and saw Stevenia sitting up, I asked her what had happened because blood was all around her and her bottom half was naked. In front of her was a baby that came too soon and the mother was terrified of looking at it,” our reporter stated.According to the neighbor, a man no one has yet to identify is said to have sexually molested Stevenia prior to her giving birth. In as much, Stevenia is partially disabled and an orphan, challenges that have caused her to behave reclusively.Since the age of three, Stevenia has been living with her late father’s relatives who have all tried to assist the limping teen. They have been showing support.Meanwhile, at birth, Miracle showed no vital signs, until the neighbor made contact.“After a mere touch from the palm of my fingers, she yawned and took her first breath of air. I tapped her buttocks a couple of times and decided to straighten her umbilical cord that had tangled in her mother’s pants during labor. I noticed that it had a pulse and immediately as I straightened it, Miracle started responding,” she added.At the moment, Stevenia has been trying – learning – to do the motherly things such as breastfeeding, a routine that her aunt Beatrice has to assist in. Most often, Stevenia stays clear of her baby, when asked why, she smiles and shrugs her shoulders.“Presently we keep Miracle in the room wrapped up and heated. We don’t allow anyone to touch her, nor do we bring her outside. The baby doesn’t have anything, she’s everybody’s child since she doesn’t have a father. Thanks to the neighbor who also named the child, Miracle is still living so far,” Beatrice mentioned.In the meantime, it has been a tough week for mother and child. Due to the lack of funds and resources, Miracle has yet to be registered or taken to a hospital for a check up. Stevenia is also in need of medical attention.‘Car pay to carry both mother and child is not available. Secondly, the child is too fragile to move now, so if we had someone to come here and help us look at Miracle, that would be the best thing for us,” stated Beatrice.The family is appealing for immediate help to help keep Miracle alive. They are also in search for food, which they claim the mother’s breast milk may not be suitable for the premature one.Anyone wanting to help or reach out to this family is asked to call the following numbers: 0775886852 or 0777472772. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0

first_imgOscar’s third Premier League goal of 2014 has put Chelsea halfway towards victory on Jose Mourinho’s 250th game in charge of the Blues. The Brazilian was on hand to slide home from close range in the seventh minute after being set up by compatriot Willian.Chelsea dominated territory and possession, happy to patiently probe, while Villa were limited to counter-attacks.The visitors’ best chance of the first half came on 15 minutes when Chelsea failed to clear a corner and Aly Cissokho hooked just wide of the post.But the rest of the half belonged to Chelsea.Oscar teed up Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the box but he dragged his shot well wide, while Willian picked out Diego Costa with a cross but his header was claimed by a diving Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.Branislav Ivanovic headed over from a corner while Costa curled an effort just over the top as the hosts continued to dominate.Villa applied pressure late on in the half but all they could show for it was a Fabian Delph shot which went well wide.Chelsea ended the first half on top but Willian twice fired into the top tier of the Shed End. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Behind huge first half, Fortuna football rolls to opening-round win over Salesian

first_imgFortuna >> With the turf at Husky Field seasonably soggy, one might have that the Fortuna football team’s loyal best friend, Ka-chunk, would have played prominently Friday night.Instead, the Huskies were not only efficient on offense, but explosive.Scoring touchdowns on each of its first seven drives, 4th-seeded Fortuna rolled to a 61-0 win over No. 13 Salesian in the first round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs.“It’s nice that we can show what we need. We can go up the middle …last_img read more

Intelligent Design Put to Good Scientific Use

first_img51; Evolutionists try to portray intelligent design as something outside of science that threatens science.  Actually, the techniques of intelligent design are hard at work within science, and have been for some time.  Examples are not hard to find on a variety of fronts.Archaeology:  “The ability to tell the difference between crystals that formed naturally and those formed by human activity can be important to archaeologists in the field,” began an article on PhysOrg.  Scientists at Duke University have “developed a process that can tell in a matter of minutes the origin of samples thousands of years old.”  Merely from the way that the calcite crystals are organized, they can detect whether a rock is natural or comes from man-made plaster.  Incidentally, the technique was recently tested “at an ancient site in central Israel at Tel Safit, close to where David is thought to have slain Goliath,” the article said.    On a related note, Science Daily reported on a team at Monash University in Australia that claims to have found the “world’s oldest ground-edge implement.”  This indicates the ability to distinguish natural structures from those worked by human hands on purpose – by design.Biomimetics:  The science of imitating natural designs is a form of intelligent design science in practice (11/04/2010, 10/30/2010).   PhysOrg reported on work by Newcastle University students who engineered bacteria to form a sealer for repairing cracks in concrete.  They make the bacteria swim into the cracks, where the microbes “glue” the sides together with their secretions.  This may make it possible “to prolong the life of structures which are environmentally costly to build.”    Similarly, Science Daily said that a researcher at Delft University in the Netherlands trained bacteria to convert biowaste into plastic.  And then there’s this: New Scientist reported that students in Tokyo got E. coli bacteria to solve Sudoku puzzles.Code in the nose:  Codes and information are stock-in-trade of intelligent design: conveying messages from one entity to another.  Did you know you have a code in your nose? (06/26/2005, 02/01/2008).  It’s a sophisticated one, too: “Odor Coding in Mammals Is More Complex Than Previously Thought,” reported Science Daily.  “A new study in the Journal of General Physiology (JGP) shows that the contribution of odorant receptors (ORs) to olfactory response in mammals is much more complex than previously thought, with important consequences for odorant encoding and information transfer about odorants to the brain.”  The patterns that researchers at Rockefeller University studied “may contribute heretofore unsuspected information used by the olfactory system in categorizing odorants.”    Another recent story on coding can be found on PNAS, where scientists at Johns Hopkins University found another molecule that is part of the “histone code” in genetics (09/25/2010, bullet 3; 07/26/2006).Other examples of current scientific practice using intelligent design techniques include SETI (10/16/2010), forensics, paleoanthropology (e.g., determining when self-cognition arose), computer science, information science, cryptography, steganography, operations research, cognitive neuroscience, some theories of psychology, sociology, political science, artificial intelligence, robotics, optimization, historiography, linguistics, philology – and, in biology, arguably biophysics, genetics and systems biology.Intelligence is real.  Design is real.  Information is real.  Intelligent causes are real.  The question is not whether the researchers in the above fields believe in evolution or I.D.  Many of the above probably believe fervently in evolution.  The point is that they use techniques predicated on the assumption that design is detectable.  Even a hiker can tell that three stones on top of one another were put there on purpose to convey a message.  Some websites like eSkeptic use gymnastic circumlocutions to deny this, calling I.D.’s comparison of SETI with intelligent design a “category error,” or the use of design detection as a “point of departure,” or claiming that the secular researcher knows in advance that the intelligent agent found will be human (in the case of archaeology).    Come now.  One cannot define science in such a way that rules out intelligent causes and then say that intelligent design is not science.  To do that, one would have to judge much of the history of science as unscientific, because Newton, Kepler, John Ray, Linnaeus and many other scientists performed world-class science to seek understanding of the Designer’s mind.  The skeptics cannot, furthermore, disqualify science based on the motives or beliefs of the scientists, or what their evidence might imply.  There are no demarcation criteria that can rule out intelligent design a priori in science.  Science is supposed to represent an authentic, honest effort to follow the evidence where it leads.  If one rules out intelligent causes at the outset, one can miss the true nature of reality.  And honesty in science already presupposes an intelligent cause for its existence.    The biomimetics researcher knows he has a good design to mimic.  The biochemist studying the histone code knows that a functional message is embedded in the structure.  The SETI researcher knows a message will imply purpose and intent – and in the particular case of SETI, the seeker has advance knowledge the intelligence will be non-human; it could even be robotic, angelic or demonic–how would anyone tell?  The comparisons between intelligent design and these other active sciences are obvious and real.  No amount of dancing with words can cover for ignoring the obvious, unless one is committed to malevolent intelligent design – which the devils also believe, and cause trouble.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Taj hotel for Cape Town city centre

first_img20 August 2009The five-star, 155-room Taj Cape Town is set to open in December this year. Situated in the heart of the city centre and away from the usually favoured V&A Waterfront, the hotel will add to the rejuvenation of Cape Town’s inner city.The Taj Hotel will be located in the historic and civic heart of Cape Town, on the vibrant pedestrian precinct, St George’s Mall, described by Taj Cape Town GM Michael Pownall as “the cultural and historical centre of this glittering cosmopolitan city”.According to the Taj website, the hotel will offer 155 “heritage” and “tower” rooms and suites, 10 sectional apartments, 12 fractional suites and one presidential suite, and will play host to dignitaries, business heads and discerning travellers from across the world.It will also feature a business centre and several banquet rooms fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and capable of hosting up to 100 people on the first floor – directly overlooking St George’s Cathedral and Table Mountain.The hotel will allow its guests to experience “the rich culture, breathtaking sights and countless activities of Cape Town, from a milieu of warm Indian hospitality and unsurpassed luxury,” Pownall said in a press statement earlier this year.Inner-city rejuvenationAccording to a Business Day article this week, the hotel, which is being built at a cost of R500-million, is a 50-50 joint venture between city centre property investor Eurocape and Taj, the hotel division of Indian conglomerate Tata.Pownall said that with the rejuvenation and reinvestment in the city centre in recent years, the timing of opening the hotel could not be better.“We could not have done this 10 years ago,” he told Business Day. “But now the streets [are] safer, there are numerous street cafes, and there is a lot more life in the area.”Impeccable serviceEmerging from the original façade of two iconic historical Cape Town buildings, Temple Chambers (the Board of Executors building built in the 1890s) and the South African Reserve Bank Building, the Taj Cape Town “will seamlessly blend old and contemporary architectural styles,” according to the press statement.The hotel’s new 17-floor glass tower will rise from the heritage buildings into the city skyline, with guestrooms, suites and residences all offering spectacular views of the city’s famous St George’s Cathedral, The Company’s Garden, Parliament and Table Mountain.According to the statement, guests will be able to experience authentic and traditional Indian Ayurvedic wellness treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa, as well as dine at Masala Kraft, an Indian speciality restaurant known for its delectable fare prepared with traditional ingredients.“Operated by Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, Cape Town’s new landmark hotel will continue to uphold our long standing tradition of unparalleled luxury and impeccable service that is over 100 years old,” Pownall said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ag pushing for USMCA passage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. agriculture is making a big push to encourage Congress to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).Adopted to upgrade the North American Free Trade Agreement, USMCA was signed on Nov. 30, 2018. Mexico’s Senate ratified the trade deal in June, but legislation for USMCA has not been introduced in the United States Congress or in Canada. On Sept. 12, Farmers for Free Trade, Farm Bureau, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers, US Apple Association, National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council, Corn Refiners Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. and other American agriculture leaders joined with bipartisan members of Congress to rally for USMCA passage that is viewed as essential by much of agriculture.“We need Congress to pass the USMCA trade agreement to bring certainty to our already-positive trade relationship with our closest neighbors and build on that relationship with new opportunities and commitments. The benefits of the USMCA are clear. Estimates indicate we will gain more than $2 billion in additional farm exports and $65 billion in gross domestic product once the agreement is in place,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president, at the rally for passage of USMCA. “The farm economy is reeling from the trade war combined with weather challenges and six years of lower farm income. Farmers want and need a better trade outlook and passing USMCA is a great step forward. Thank you to the members of the House Agriculture Committee, including Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Conaway, for their support and their participation in today’s Rally for USMCA. We look forward to working with them and others in Congress to get the deal passed.”Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of USDEC, addressed the rally and touted the improvements USMCA makes to NAFTA. In addition to other agriculture sector benefits in the agreement, USMCA includes several provisions that will greatly benefit the U.S. dairy industry. USMCA secures the valuable relationship U.S. dairy shares with Mexico while establishing new protections for common cheese names and makes important changes to Canada’s trade-distorting dairy policies, while also opening new opportunities for U.S. dairy exports to Canada.“USMCA provides a much-needed upgrade to the trade rules, securing a brighter future for the export of American-made food and agricultural products to our North American neighbors,” Vilsack said. “The positive impacts of this trade deal will be felt throughout the economy, as increased exports help drive jobs tied to food and agriculture production across the heartland.”The push from agriculture is coming from several fronts as Trump administration officials, trade groups and businesses also took to social media to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to bring USMCA to a vote. Agriculture as an industry has been among the biggest advocates for USMCA passage, as 950 groups and businesses signed a letter in May calling on Congress to ratify the deal.In addition, more than 120 pork producers from across the country expressed USMCA support on Capitol Hill during NPPC’s Fall Legislative Action Conference (LAC).“Last year, Canada and Mexico took over 40% of the pork that was exported from the U.S. and they are expected to be a large percentage this year as well,” said David Herring, NPPC president. “USMCA will strengthen our strong economic ties with our North American neighbors. Preserving zero-tariff pork trade in North American market is especially important as U.S. pork producers are struggling as a result of retaliatory tariffs in China. We asked our representatives to do all they can to push for swift ratification of USMCA.”last_img read more