VAR referees admit that Lo Celso should have seen the red

first_imgOfficers present at the Stockley Park center in London, from where the VAR is supervised, admitted that the wrong decision was due to a “human error.” Chelsea took the win this Saturday 2-1 at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham, strengthening their chances of being in the next edition of the Champions League. The VAR referees admitted that they were wrong not to expel Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in the match against Chelsea for an action in which he stepped on the Spanish César Azpilicueta. The Argentine, in a play during the first half, stepped on the shin to Azpilicueta, so the Spaniard had to be treated and showed clear signs of pain in the field. The VAR reviewed the image, after the referee did not show any card, and left the play without penalty.last_img read more

Police destroy ganja farm at Rockstone

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Friday conducted a drug eradication operation at Rockstone, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) where they destroyed a farm of marijuana plants.The ganja farm which was destroyed by PoliceThe exercise was carried out somewhere around four to five miles from the Rockstone Trail, and commenced at about 07:30h and ended at 15:00h.One farm that was divided into two, measuring about an acre, was found with about three to four thousand cannabis plants with heights varying from one foot to four feet.The plants were photographed, samples were obtained, and then the farm was destroyed by fire.The land was marked by its location.According to the Police, no one was arrested, but investigations are in progress.last_img read more

Northern Metalic Flyers look to build on division lead

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Metalic Flyers will be on the ice for two games on Saturday and Sunday respectively as they’ll be looking to further their lead at the top of the rural black division. The Flyers hold a six point edge on the Grande Prairie Storm for the top spot and also have a game in hand.Fort St. John will be on the road for games against the North Central Bulls, and the Sturgeon Sting which is the start of five straight road games.The Flyers record heading into the weekend stands at 15-1-1 which gives them 31 points.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sales watch

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MUSTANG SLIDE: After two strong years, sales of Ford’s Mustang sports car dropped 19 percent in January and February compared with the same months of 2006. THE REASONS: Several industry analysts say the car, which debuted in the fall of 2004, has been on the market a long time in a segment in which buyers value the latest style. Company officials say it could also be wintertime sales blues. THE OUTLOOK: Ford says it will come out with several variations of the car to keep it fresh until a new one arrives. They won’t say when that will be, but the Dodge Challenger will enter the market in 2008 and the Chevrolet Camaro in 2009. – Associated Presslast_img read more

Video highlights: Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg

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first_imgYOUR children playing gaelic games is about to get a bit more expensive as new rules on all players under 18 wearing mouthguards come into force in a month’s time.So Christmas stockings in Donegal this year will have to include the latest piece of GAA kit!And they can range in price from just €5 to €120. The GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 enacted a new rule that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor).The new rule at U21 and Adult level comes into force a year later on from January 1st 2014.The GAA says that research figures indicate that Ireland has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related.In many sports such as rugby and hockey the wearing of gumshields is the norm with nearly all clubs adhering strictly to a ‘no gumshield – no game’ rule. A recent survey of Irish parents found the average cost of dental treatment for sport related dental injuries in children to be €213.14.Studies have also shown that the overall injury risk is close to twice as high when a mouthguard is not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity.The GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee acknowledge that the use of a properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries and was centrally involved in ensuring the introduction of compulsory mouthguards in Gaelic Football.The GAA in Co Donegal has issued the following information below to all clubs and players/parents.ABOUT MOUTHGUARDS There are three types of mouth guards:Stock mouthguards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can generally be purchased in sports shops for in or around €5 each. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, can make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide limited protection. Dentists do not recommend their use, nonetheless, once they carry the CE (European Conformity) mark they are acceptable in terms of complying with the new GAA Rules.Official Opro GAA/GPA stock mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Brian McCormick Sports, Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys.Boil and bite mouthguards can also be bought over the counter at most Sports Shops and generally offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The “boil and bite” mouthguard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure. Dentists do not recommend their use in general. Typically these type of mouthguards will cost in the region of €15 to €20 and again any mouthguard with the CE mark on it in this category is sufficient to ensure compliance with the new rule.Custom-fitted mouthguards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. These will not just offer the best protection against dental and oral injury but they should not affect performance i.e. breathing and speech should be relatively unaffected particularly if these have been worn regularly.First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.Prices can vary significantly and it is worth seeking and comparing prices from a number of practitioners before deciding to purchase. Typically a custom fitted mouth-guard should cost between €60 and €120. However, many dental practices offer significant reductions to GAA Clubs who are ordering in bulk. GAA clubs can generally liaise with dental centres and clinics to arrange for someone to visit the club on a given day to take dental impressions from a number of players. Custom fitted mouthguards purchased in bulk in this manner should cost around €30 to €50 each.To find a list of dentists and dental centres in your area, you can use the Find a Dentist function on the Irish Dental Associations Website – TYPE OF MOUTHGUARD SHOULD I PURCHASE?The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference. There is no doubt that custom fitted mouthguards offer the best fit and protection but they are the most expensive option also. The Stock and Boil & Bite options will suffice for compliance with the new rules, but only if the product carries the CE mark.In terms of underage players, it should be borne in mind that teeth and mouths are still developing up until about 12 years of age and young players may grow out of custom fitted mouthguards over a period time. However, your dental practitioner is ultimately in the best position to advise in this context.COMPLYING WITH THE NEW RULEThe GAA recognise that Clubs may be worried about compliance with the new rules and specifically what will happen if a player forgets or does not have a mouthguard on the day of a game. The suggestion in this context is that each Club should purchase a supply of the Stock or Boil and Bite mouthguards for use in such situations.If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he will incur the penalty as outlined in (Rule 6.2, Rules of Foul Play, The Playing Rules of Football, Official Guide, Part II, 2012) ‘Caution the offender; order off if he persists’.SOME QUESTIONS1. When does the new rule come into effect?A. From January 1st 2013, all players playing in grades up to and including Minor will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and at practice sessions.2. When does the ruling come into effect for adult players?A. From January 1st, 2014 all players at all grades will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and practice sessions.3. What will happen if I am not wearing a mouthguard in a game?A. If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he will initially be cautioned by the Referee and if the player continues to refuse, the Referee can send him off.4. Who is responsible for ensuring mouthguards are worn at training or practice sessions?A. It is a matter for each Club to ensure the rule is adhered to at training or practice sessions. Clubs and players should note that Players will not be covered under the player injury scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard.5. Do players have to wear a mouthguard in hurling games?A. No. The new rule only applies to football; however, wearing a mouthguard when playing hurling does reduce the risk of dental injury.6. I am a Minor playing on an adult team in 2013. Do I have to wear a mouthguard?A. Not in 2013. The wearing of mouthguards in 2013 is compulsory at all age grades up to minor. However, a player playing at U-21 or adult level in 2013 is not required to wear a mouthguard under rule. From January 1st 2014 all players at all grades must wear a mouthguard.7. Our Club has a nursery, are children in these juvenile age groups exempt from wearing a mouthguard?No.NEW GAA RULES MEAN YOU’LL HAVE TO ADD MOUTHGUARDS TO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST was last modified: November 28th, 2012 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:NEW GAA RULES MEAN YOU’LL HAVE TO ADD MOUTHGUARDS TO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LISTlast_img read more


first_imgBY PAUL O’SULLIVAN: About a thousand people turned up outside the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town this afternoon to see off both the senior and minor Donegal GAA teams on their journey to Dublin for tomorrow’s All Ireland Finals.There were nearly as many inside the hotel as outside. The senior team arrived shortly before 12 for their traditional lunch and pep talk.The Ballroom was in complete lock down as Jim McGuinness gave the the panel their last pep talk before leaving Donegal soil. Nothing was left to chance, the room was forensically searched by hotel management and staff insuring strict privacy.Abbey Hotel Manager Danny O Donnell told Donegal Daily: “We left nothing to chance.“We even scanned the trees directly across the river from the hotel on the Bank Walk for any Kerry spies and can assure the people of Donegal none were found.”  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: PLAYERS GIVEN A ROUSING SEND-OFF FROM THE ABBEY HOTEL was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:abbey hotelDonegal Townsend-offlast_img read more

Transfers: Gift Ali joins KCCA as Kakuba signs for Greek side PAS Giannina

first_img Tags: Alex KakubaGift AliKCCA FCproline fc Gift Ali putting pen to paper on MondayElegant former Police FC midfielder Abubakar Ali aka Gift Ali has joined Uganda cup holders KCCA FC.This was confirmed by KCCA FC on their official social media platforms through a video posted on Monday evening with the inscription:“Ladies and gentlemen: we have an announcement to make…Welcome Gift Ali to KCCA FC”Gift Ali has been playing at Proline in the second half of the season after a move to Kenyan side Tusker FC fell through due to religion issues.Before joining Proline, he started last season at Police where along with Hood Kawesa, elevated the Cops to as high as second on the log before their departures mid-way the season.At KCCA, he pens a two year deal that sees him join Oscar Agaba from Synergy, defender Bernard Muwanga (from Sports Club Villa Jogoo), Sulaiman Mutyaba and Congolese Trevor Kanyinda as the new signings at Lugogo this off season.The addition of Ali to a midfielder that already consists arguably the best in the country only highlights KCCA’s ambition this up-coming season.Mike Mutebi’s charges finished second to Vipers in the 2017/18 season whilst winning the Uganda cup for a sedcond consecutive season.They are currently in the group stages of the CAF Champions league.Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes’ left back Alex Kakuba has completed his transfer from Portuguese club, CD Feirense to Greek top flight side PAS Giannina.Kakuba had stayed in Portugal for close to six years since transferring from Ugandan club Proline.Kakuba has been in Portugal for six yearsAt PAS Giannina, a club found in Ioannina city and hosts their home games at Zosimades stadium, he put pen to paper on a 2 year deal and he will don shirt 15.“It is a challenge for me to compete in a different championship than Portugal and I am looking forward to playing with PAS Giannina, said Kakuba after he was unveiled at PAS Giannina. “I hope to stand up to the trust of the President of Team, our Coach and the Football Director, whom I thank for the opportunity they give me.Kakuba has previously played at Esperança Lagos, Sporting Covilha, Estoril Praia and lately CD Feirense.He is one of the products from the famous Airtel Masaza Tournament championship having played for Mawogola Ssaza team alongside goalkeeper Robert Odongkara, left winger Robert Omunuk, defender Ivan Bukenya and winger Sula “Malouda” Matovu.Comments last_img read more

What time is the 3-point contest?

first_imgSeth Curry, Portland Trail BlazersStephen Curry, … The 2019 3-point contest during NBA All-Star Weekend is sure to be one for the ages. Three of five players in the field are having the best individual seasons in NBA history for 3-pointers. They include Steph Curry, Buddy Hield and Kemba Walker. Are you ready? Here’s what you need to know for this epic shootout.When: 5 p.m. PT (second event)Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Who: Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (defending champ)last_img

Understanding Jumping by Leaps and Bounds: Geared Insect and Leaping Plant

first_imgTwo clever examples of leaping have been found in the living world, adding to the catalog of clever ways life gets around.Geared for action:  The media were all abuzz with pictures and stories of the “flightless planthopper,” a tiny insect with a big leap.  What’s new and fascinating is that it’s the first example known in the animal kingdom of functional intermeshing gears; the paper was published in Science Magazine.  The photos and videos on Nature, Live Science and New Scientist show gear cogs that intermesh like something you’d see in human machinery.  The electron-micrograph close ups are especially stunning.Surprisingly, only the young nymphs of the species have the gears.  In the final molts, the gears get stripped off, and the adults use friction to jump.  This does not mean the nymphs are better designed; adults can jump even better.  The authors of the paper said,Their improved performance may be due to other factors, rather than a consequence of abandoning the gear mechanism. An inherent limitation of gears is that if one tooth breaks, their synchronizing action is degraded. In nymphs, a breakage could be repaired at the next molt, but this is not possible after the final molt to adulthood. Alternatively, the larger size of adults may mean that friction between the trochantera is a more effective synchronization mechanism.New Scientist used the finding to comment on biological machinery in general:For a disconcerting experience, consider how mechanical you are. Humans may be conscious beings with higher feelings, but really we’re just fancy machines with joints, motors, valves, and a whole lot of plumbing.All animals are the same. Hundreds of gizmos have evolved in nature, many of which our engineers merely reinvented. Nature had rotating axles billions of years ago, in the shape of bacterial flagella. And weevil legs beat us to the screw-and-nut mechanism.The insect Issus coleoptratus is another animal with an unexpected bit of machinery hidden in its body. Its larvae are the first animals known to have interlocking gears, just like in the gearbox of a car.The gears apparently keep the legs in sync, allowing them to take off within 30 microseconds of each other.  “Infant plant hoppers, known as nymphs, can take off in just 2 milliseconds, reaching take-off speeds of almost 4 metres a second,” Nature wrote, posting a video of the action.  “For motions this rapid, some mechanical device is needed to keep the legs synchronized and to avoid lopsided jumps that might lead to the insects spinning out of control.”  See also Science Magazine ScienceShot.Leaping spores:  The spores of horsetail plants have another unusual mechanism for getting around.  Seen under a high-powered microscope, the spores have four “legs” that respond to humidity changes, curling and uncurling.  An intriguinig video clip on the BBC News shows how the spores not only use them to walk, but to leap into the air.A European biologist, fascinated with the Venus flytrap, was looking for other kinds of motion in plants when he found this.  Curling and uncurling like hair, the legs, or elaters as they are called, respond more rapidly because of a “special layered structure” in the legs.  As a result, the spores can leap into the air, to be carried aloft by winds.The discoverer is now using this clever idea to design self-propelled objects.  “These, they say, could be used in agricultural settings, for example, using changes in humidity to power environmental monitoring probes or seed-dispersing devices.”  The director of the Royal Botanical Gardens commented, “we have so much more to learn from nature.”These two examples show the two sides of biomimetics.  The horsetail spores inspired a scientist to recreate the technology for human applications.  In the planthopper gear example, what we thought was a human invention turns out to have been scooped by an insect.  Nature had it first.As usual, the evolution-talk was superfluous and illogical.  New Scientist repeated the “nothing but” idea: humans and animals are nothing but machinery.  That’s self-refuting, because a scientist arguing the truth of a proposition is using abstract, non-physical thought, assuming truth exists outside of material nature.  Also, saying  “Such-and-such evolved to” is a logical fallacy in Darwinism.  Nothing evolves “to” do something.  In Darwinism, stuff happens, accidental mutation by accidental mutation.  Unguided processes cannot work toward a goal.  Adding millions of years doesn’t change that.On the contrary: whenever we see functional design, we naturally infer that intelligence played a role in its origin.  Darwinism only provides after-the-fact just-so stories to try to rationalize a secular world view.  Who needs that?  Think design, and you make progress in science. (Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more