LNOC to Determine Basketball Leadership

first_imgThe outgoing leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association and its aggrieved stakeholders last Friday failed to reach a compromise and as a result failed to host its congress and the elections that were scheduled last Saturday.Congress was expected to iron out differences that could have led to the elections of its leaders for the next four years.“The way forward depends on the Liberia National Olympic Committee,” said a stakeholder.The postponement marked the fourth deferment – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7; February 17 and 18 and then February 20 and 21.Reports indicate that there was too much tension at the compound of Liberia Baptist Seminary that two men engaged in a fist fight.“The case was reported to the ELWA Police Depot,” eye-witnesses said.The management of the Baptist Seminary was constrained to bring to an end the congress and its doors due to the lack of civility that characterized the congress.Meanwhile, in a way forward Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and the President of Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) Philipbert Brown, are expected to hold another meeting with the leadership of the LBA and the aggrieved stakeholders on Tuesday, February 24.The meeting is also expected to be attended by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe.Friday’s CongressCongress failed to begin on Friday at as planned owing to a shocking acceptance of outgoing LBA boss, Rufus Anderson to go into negotiations with the Aggrieved Stakeholders who were not prepared to sit with him.Mr. Anderson might have accepted the negotiation to deny suggestions in the sporting community that he was the problem to basketball’s progress.He is aware of last Thursday’s protest at the Sports Commission against his administration.In the failed arrangement, the LBA boss consented to the include Mr. Jake Kabakollie as vice president, along with others to form part of the new Executive Committee.But the Aggrieved Stakeholders rejected the proposal, arguing for the entire change of leadership.Thursday’s ProtestOver 15 basketball players protested in front of the Sports Commission on Broad Street calling for the resignation of Rufus Anderson for administrative and financial malpractices.The players held placards, denouncing outgoing president Rufus Anderson, who is seeking re-election.The protesters also sealed up the two doors of the Sports Commission but at the end of the day of Thursday, the Ministry of Youth & Sports had sought a compromise and one of the doors was open on the arrival of the Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah.Tuesday’s MeetingOn Tuesday, the 17 of February, election was postponed for the third time over the failure of Rufus Anderson’s leadership to distribute congressional documents, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports before congress which was to start the previous day.A meeting was held in the offices of Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and 7-Count Resolution, of which a copy is in our possession, was agreed upon.According to the resolution, the LBF must present the current bank statement and receipts of the Association to determine the legitimacy of 14 3rd division clubs being contested on Thursday, February 18, at 11:00am to the offices’ of the Deputy Sports Minister.The Resolution states: That all qualified teams receive package on February 18, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ facilities; That registration for election is open from Tuesday, February 17 to Thursday, February 19, and that registration fees for the election be paid to the election commission of the LBF constituted to oversee the election.It further stated: “That all clubs obligated to the Association must pay said money to the Secretary General of the Association or the Treasurer before the close of business on Thursday, February 19, and that the second day of the congress must be subsidized by the aggrieved party and said amount should be channeled through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, February 19.”Mr. Ali Sylla of D-Rocks and Calvin Diggs of Flames signed on behalf of the aggrieved stakeholders as proof of commitment; while secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and president Rufus Anderson affixed their signatures on behalf of the LBF leadership and the Deputy Minister for Sports approved the Resolution.Revenge SpreeSources said the aggrieved stakeholders did not provide funds needed, as to the agreement while LBA deliberately refused to distribute congressional documents on February 2, which would mark 15 days to the election.But other sources said the aggrieved stakeholders also refused to register to participate in the elections, if the alleged 10 bogus basketball clubs were not removed from the list.With the current situation, the LNOC and the Ministry of Youth & Sports will have the mantle to determine the leadership arrangement for the Liberia Basketball Association.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgLA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will serve up fish dinners to raise funds for local veterans, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. An $8 per plate donation is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Community open house slated WHITTIER- Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program, 12519 Washington Blvd., will host its annual community open house from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. View students’ work, meet faculty and tour the facilities. For more information, call (562)698-9571. Groundbreaking to be held at site SANTA FE SPRINGS – Groundbreaking for the Rose Hills Foundation Family Center will take place at 12:30 p.m. May 3 at 11015 Bloomfield Ave. The community services facility will be built on the grounds of the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol & Drug Abuse. To RSVP, or for more information, call Connie Reynosa, (562) 906-2686. School offers anger management series MONTEBELLO – A six-week series on anger management offered by the Adult Education Department of the Montebello Unified School District will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 2, at Farmer Jones School, 120 Wilcox Ave. “Anger – A Challenge to Adulthood” will teach attendees how to handle feelings of anger, anxiety and stress that can sabotage the ability to deal with everyday life. A $3 fee is required. The public is invited to attend. To register, or for more information, call Sally Mancillas, (323) 724-9190. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Whittier police will be on the watch Friday for drunken drivers. The department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 3p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of Whittier Boulevard and Mills Avenue, officials said. While the focus will be on drunken drivers, Officer Diana Salazar said police will also be checking to ensure drivers are wearing seat belts and have valid licenses. The program is funding with part of a $26,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Salazar said. The funding will pay for four sobriety checkpoints in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs to be conducted before September, she added. For more information, call (562) 945-8250. Council votes on architectural firm WHITTIER – City Council members Tuesday voted 4-0 to award a $318,675 contract to WMM Associates Architects and Planners to provide master planning and other architectural services for the new police station. The company had previously been hired by the city to provide architectural services for a new station. The council also awarded a $58,390 contract to California Professional Engineering to provide new street lights for the west side of Whittier Avenue from Philadelphia Street to the Vic Lopez Auditorium. Veterans to host dinner fundraiser last_img read more

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West Ham duo battling to start against West Brom, says Bilic

first_imgAlex Song could make his first start of the season for West Ham against West Brom.The former Barcelona star made his return from an ankle injury with a brief substitute appearance in last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham.Now Slaven Bilic is weighing up whether to stick Song into his starting XI for the Sunday’s visit of the Baggies to replace the suspended Mark Noble.Bilic also has Pedro Obiang available with the Spaniard taking part in full training this week having been sidelined since October due to a thigh issue.“He [Song] is back, he had a long break,” said Bilic.“Now we have two players who are coming back, that is Alex and Pedro Obiang. It is a different situation with the two of them.“Pedro didn’t play for the last four weeks but he’s played enough games and he’s back in training. He looks good.“Alex is back in training and he played 10 minutes against Spurs. He looks good too. His situation is a bit different as his break was much longer than Obiang’s. He didn’t play for half the year.“So we are going to decide before the game. One of them will play as we are without our captain Mark Noble.” 1 Alex Song last_img read more

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Rebuilding Liverpool – Jamie Carragher on the challenge facing Jurgen Klopp

first_img4 “They have had results against the big sides – and that wasn’t something that we always saw under Brendan Rodgers,” says Carragher.“His record against some of the big teams wasn’t great. So although the team is nearer mid-table than the top of the table, under Klopp that does seem to have turned around.“We talk about his pressing game and winning the ball back – but you have a lot less opportunity to do that against sides who give you more possession.“Against the likes of Manchester City or Arsenal, you expect them to have the majority of the possession. That can play into Liverpool’s hands.”Carragher is unequivocal that the right man is in place for the challenge of revitalising Liverpool. “He’s been a breath of fresh air. He’s brilliant. Not just for Liverpool, but for the Premier League as well, actually.“I know we’re all excited because Pep Guardiola is coming in [at Manchester City], but Klopp is a massive character. That is exactly what a club like Liverpool needs.”The architectThe former Reds defender’s optimism isn’t based on blind faith. Klopp has shown a blueprint of what he can do at Liverpool during his time with Borussia Dortmund.As German football writer Elmar Neveling points out in his biography of Klopp: “The sporting architect of the [Dortmund] success story was Jurgen Klopp. Within three years, he had transformed an average, mid-table team into national champions.”The message is clear: Klopp can win major titles without necessarily having the league’s greatest resources.His Dortmund team not only beat Bayern Munich five times in succession as they won back-toback Bundesliga titles, they also bested Real Madrid 4-1 on their way to the 2013 Champions League final.Yet Klopp is a manager who craves time on the training pitch to drill his players into a team playing the “full-throttle football” he craves.The 31 games that he’s been in charge of Liverpool since arriving in October have rushed by in a blur.Not having time to work with his players because there’s always been another match around the corner has been a clear frustration.The six days off after Liverpool’s Europa League draw with Augsburg last Thursday will have been most welcome.Yet even Klopp can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The current Liverpool squad has some skilled players, but in Carragher’s view it requires backbone.“I’d go right through the spine of the team, to be honest,” he says on where reinforcements are most needed.“If it were me, I’d be looking at the positions of goalkeeper, centre-back and central midfield.“The centre-forward one is difficult, because if you can get Daniel Sturridge fit you don’t need it as much.”What’s clear is that Klopp didn’t decide to join Liverpool because of the quality of the players he would be linking up with. Other factors were at play.He fitted in superbly at Dortmund because, even more than most football clubs, it was part of a community and a representation of the fans who support it. The bond was palpable.No surprise that Klopp was drawn to Liverpool, then. And no surprise at his shock in November when, after Liverpool went 2-1 down to Crystal Palace, some fans began to exit Anfield.“The goal was on 82 minutes – 12 minutes to go – and I saw many people leaving the stadium,” he said post-match. “I turned around and I watched – my team and I felt pretty alone in that moment.”From the bouncing, bawling ‘yellow wall’ at the Westfalenstadion to fans leaving at one goal down with 10 minutes left to play. Little wonder at Klopp’s alarm. 4 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukIf a week is a long time in football, two seasons must feel like an eternity.Liverpool fans can attest to this.Two years ago this month, their team battered Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield.Another 10 straight Premier League wins followed against foes including Manchester United (3-0), Tottenham (4-0) and Manchester City (3-2).That breathtaking title tilt came unstuck in a 2-0 loss to Chelsea – but the real story has been the struggle since.Brendan Rodgers, on such a high at the time, was fired less than 18 months after that season ended.While Liverpool’s removal of Rodgers looks the right decision, it’s easy to have sympathy for him.The blistering run of form in the second half of 2013/14 had precious little to do with Liverpool’s defence.It was all about the midfield and attacking six: Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and – principally – Luis Suarez.In the fifth game of this season, Rodgers’ Liverpool faced Manchester United and he could select precisely none of those players.Suarez and Sterling had been sold. Gerrard had left the club. Sturridge was – and seems to remain – chronically injured. Henderson was also bothered by fitness issues. Coutinho was suspended.What team could possibly cope with such a dramatic change?Before you suspect that this is being written by Mr B Rodgers of Northern Ireland (managerial CV attached), fear not. Rodgers clearly had to go. Results, performances, recruitment (which he was at least partly responsible for) all show that.Why is all this relevant to Liverpool now? Because Jurgen Klopp’s arrival alone can’t change the fact he faces the same problem Rodgers did: Liverpool, post-Suarez, post-Gerrard – and for the first time in many fans’ memories – do not have a truly world-class player in their squad. 77 and 10,000+Yet we had a reminder this month of why Liverpool remains a special club.On February 6, more than 10,000 Liverpool fans cleared out of Anfield 77 minutes into their side’s match against Sunderland in protest over increased ticket fees.Many of those were supporters in the Kop, whose season ticket price would have been unchanged for next season. Yet they walked out in solidarity with their fellow fans in the main stand.Carragher was among those who left, pointing out that while £2m (the amount raised by the price increase) meant relatively little to the club with the ninth-highest revenue in world football, it was a huge amount to Liverpool supporters.The immediate apology, backtrack and freezing of ticket revenue for two seasons by the owners heartened Carragher.“It was fantastic that the club saw sense, because supporters are a big part of the success of the club,” he says.“I just think the owners got it wrong – and Liverpool supporters reacted – but you don’t want to see that happening all the time.“A stand has been made, but let’s hope the club have put it to rest.“You never want to be at war with your owners or the club, because we all want the same things, which is to see Liverpool be successful.”With a new stand set to boost Anfield’s capacity to 55,000, one of the brightest managers in world football in charge and a shot at silverware this weekend, there are bright signs for the future.And while it’s easy for rival football fans to sneer and point out that the Liverpool owners’ backtracking represents fans celebrating still paying a lot of money to watch live football, this is disingenuous.The scale as well as the success of the protest showed off one of Liverpool’s great assets: a clued-up, passionate fanbase who understand that Liverpool is more than just a football club and are fervently motivated given the right cause.Klopp voiced dismay when he saw fans leaving early at Anfield.This month, the exact same thing happening might just have reminded him exactly why he wanted to take on this job in the first place.center_img 4 4 Quality deficiency“The quality of player at Liverpool isn’t what they had before,” confirms Jamie Carragher when Sport asks him what Klopp’s greatest challenge is.“I think Sturridge is really the one top-class player – maybe Coutinho. What Klopp has inherited isn’t comparable to what Liverpool have had in the past.“Also, look at the competition you’ve got now. Liverpool have always been one of the top teams – but you’ve got Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham now coming up as well. Those teams aren’t waiting for Liverpool.“They’re looking to push ahead. Spurs will have a new stadium, Chelsea are doing the same, Arsenal obviously have their new stadium. They’re all making changes off the pitch that should benefit them on the pitch.“There’s so many teams who have the same ideas and aspirations as Liverpool that it’s certainly not easy for Klopp to just buy a few players and get Liverpool back to the top. It’s going to be really tough.”Despite winning over football folk with his charm and no-bullshit interviews (note to Brendan), Klopp hasn’t found results easy.A popular stat going into Sunday’s League Cup final at Wembley – where his team face Manchester City – is that Klopp has won 13 of his 31 Liverpool games, the same win record Roy Hodgson had at the club.Hodgson was fired before he could play game 32.But those stats don’t tell us everything. Klopp has lost fewer games than Hodgson did, and there have been good performances against Liverpool’s fellow big boys: a 4-1 win over Manchester City, 3-1 against Chelsea (albeit during the Blues’ meltdown), plus respective 3-3 and 0-0 draws with Arsenal and Tottenham.last_img read more

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BOSSES MAY BE BREAKING LAW BY SNOOPING ON FACEBOOK – DONEGAL EXPERT

first_imgJames Arnold Head of EVBI in LetterkennyIrish company bosses may be breaching the Data Protection Act by checking out applicant’s social media pages, a Co Donegal expert has warned.Employment Vetting Bureau of Ireland boss James Arnold says there is a major difference between personal and professional browsing of people on-line.The practise of employers checking out the Facebook and Twitter accounts of potential employees to see their likes and pastimes is widespread. But Letterkenny-based Arnold warned that employers secretly scanning social media pages and forming negative opinions about new job applicants may be breaching the Data Protection Acts.James who is M.D. of EVBI says ‘The problem is quite serious because of two issues – consent and relevance. For what is publicly viewable to an employer in Social Media may not in fact be be useable by an employer to make judgement without the knowledge and consent of the applicant. And what an employer may view may not at all be true.“To form an opinion based on what is seen could be detrimental to a job applicant. An employer’s judgement on a very innocent but inappropriate comment or photo for example, or on what the applicant likes or dislikes can cause an employer to judge the applicant and an applicant’s social life being the conduit for such decision. They may lose out quite unfairly.’He explained that the practise is widespread and in his opinion, sneaky. The applicant is unaware of what is being researched and any opinion being formed if bad, may not be relevant to the employment on offer.Such intrusions can be detrimental to an applicant are conducted without the specific written consent of the applicant, he said.It is estimated that up to 70 % of employers around the world are scanning social media pages without an applicant’s permission to assist their pre-employment screening methods.But unlike many other countries, Ireland’s Data Protection laws have been tightened up since 2014 and those practising what applicants call ‘Snoopy Bosses’ in Ireland may find themselves in serious hot water in the future.Mr Arnold added ‘The need for background verifications is essential for any employer but they have to be done the right way and the background checks must be relevant to the specific employment. “Media/Social Media screening was hardly heard of until 2001 and has been growing exponentially by the massive rise in the use of social media by private users of such media. Besides, the problem is not just about new job applicants but about existing employees earmarked for promotion.“It is perhaps time for employers engaging in such activities to ask themselves if what they are doing is truly ethical. Does it embrace the core values of their organisation?“The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is very tough on compliance and is observing very closely what is going on around employment issues.’EVBI is the Employment Vetting Bureau of Ireland based in Co. Donegal. It conducts independent pre-employment checks and security clearance services for new job applicants on behalf of employers all over Ireland.James who is M.D. of EVBI says ‘The problem is quite serious because of two issues – consent and relevance. For what is publicly viewable to an employer in Social Media may not in fact be be useable by an employer to make judgement without the knowledge and consent of the applicant. And what an employer may view may not at all be true.“To form an opinion based on what is seen could be detrimental to a job applicant. An employer’s judgement on a very innocent but inappropriate comment or photo for example, or on what the applicant likes or dislikes can cause an employer to judge the applicant and an applicant’s social life being the conduit for such decision. They may lose out quite unfairly.’He explained that the practise is widespread and in his opinion, sneaky.The applicant is unaware of what is being researched and any opinion being formed if bad, may not be relevant to the employment on offer.Such intrusions can be detrimental to an applicant are conducted without the specific written consent of the applicant, he said.It is estimated that up to 70 % of employers around the world are scanning social media pages without an applicant’s permission to assist their pre-employment screening methods.But unlike many other countries, Ireland’s Data Protection laws have been tightened up since 2014 and those practising what applicants call ‘Snoopy Bosses’ in Ireland may find themselves in serious hot water in the future.Mr Arnold added ‘The need for background verifications is essential for any employer but they have to be done the right way and the background checks must be relevant to the specific employment.“Media/Social Media screening was hardly heard of until 2001 and has been growing exponentially by the massive rise in the use of social media by private users of such media. Besides, the problem is not just about new job applicants but about existing employees earmarked for promotion.“It is perhaps time for employers engaging in such activities to ask themselves if what they are doing is truly ethical. Does it embrace the core values of their organisation?“The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is very tough on compliance and is observing very closely what is going on around employment issues.’EVBI is just one of a number of organisations which helps employers to fully comply with the Acts.EVBI offers an independent pre-employment screening service for new job applicants -a system whereby a job applicant’s approval and written consent is sought and given.’ said James Arnold.EVBI is a registered Data Processor with the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland.BOSSES MAY BE BREAKING LAW BY SNOOPING ON FACEBOOK – DONEGAL EXPERT was last modified: July 27th, 2015 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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Whale makes a splash in London’s River Thames

first_img “It also seems to be in distress; it has made two seemingly deliberate attempts to beach itself,” Sadler said. Witnesses reported seeing injuries to the mammal, claiming its snout was bloodied. Photos also appeared to show damage to one of the whale’s eyes and a number of cuts to its torso, though Sadler said these are not uncommon. Several onlookers jumped into the river’s 48-degree water – after the mammal emerged, splashing to coax it away from shore. The whale – which is about 17 feet long – is normally seen in the deep northern Atlantic, traveling in pods. They can reach 26 feet long – the size of a red double-decker London bus. When sick, old or injured, whales often get disoriented and swim off from their pod, said Mark Simmonds, science director at Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, although witnesses reported seeing a second whale in a different section of the river Friday. Scientists have said fluctuating ocean temperatures, predators, lack of food and even sonar from ships can send whales into waters that are dangerous for the mammals. “It’s going to be very confused. It’s already stranded twice. The poor creature doesn’t know where to go,” said Tony Martin, a senior scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. The whale drew hundreds of people and scores of television crews to the river’s banks and captivated Londoners, who called radio and television stations asking whether they could help. London’s Natural History Museum said it was the first time a northern bottlenose has been sighted in the Thames since it began records in 1913. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – It’s a whale of a tale – a bottlenose whale swimming up the River Thames past Big Ben and Parliament on Friday as rows of worried Londoners looked on. The northern bottlenose whale was spotted in central London in the afternoon – the first sighting in the river since whale-watching records began in 1913 – as it flailed around the murky waters of the Thames, stirring up patches of what looked like blood as sea gulls hovered above and rescue boats stood on the ready. Witness Tom Howard-Vyne said he saw the mammal swim under Westminster Bridge, near Big Ben. “I saw it blow. It was a spout of water which sparkled in the air,” said Howard-Vyne. “It was an amazing sight.” Other witnesses reported seeing a second whale in another part of the river Friday, and marine experts spotted two disoriented whales off northeastern Scotland last week, suggesting something was causing bottlenose whales to become confused. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It is a race against time to save the animal,” said Alison Shaw, marine and freshwater conservation program manager at the Zoological Society of London. A small armada of rescue boats made frantic searches for the whale, which disappeared from view around sunset after diving under the surface of the water. Crews barricaded a section of river in an attempt to force the animal to change course, and reports Friday evening said the mammal might be heading for safety. Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the whale was last seen at Chelsea Bridge – further downriver from earlier sightings, meaning the animal could be moving back out to sea. “A whale in the shallow water of the River Thames is like a human lost in the heat of the Sahara desert,” said Laila Sadler, scientific officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She estimated it could survive only for 24 to 48 hours in a river that has an average depth between 26 feet and 20 feet. last_img read more

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L.A. Zoo elephant dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“When the keepers came in this morning, she was sitting down, which is unusual for her,” zoo director John Lewis said at an afternoon news conference. They got Gita on her side, but she died at 9:40 a.m., according to zoo officials. When elephants sit, damage can occur to their legs in a short amount of time, which can release fatal toxins, according to zoo officials. “If you lay on something too long, you have enough weight there, you are going to get some damage to the muscle,” said zoo attending veterinarian Stephen Klaese. “But in a large animal, too long is a short period of time.” Zoo staff mourned the loss of the animal. LOS ANGELES – Gita, an Asian elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo that animal rights activists wanted moved to a sanctuary, died Saturday at age 48, according to zoo officials. The cause of death will be determined by a necropsy – the animal equivalent of an autopsy – but an animal rights group blamed Gita’s death on zoo and city officials for keeping elephants in small enclosures with concrete surfaces instead of sending them to a wildlife sanctuary. Zoo officials said Gita got the best care she could and that they plan to proceed with plans to build a $40 million, 3.5-acre new elephant exhibit. Gita, who had suffered from chronic foot problems, had foot surgery last year, but was believed to have been fully healed, zoo officials said. However, something was wrong when zoo keepers looked in on the 8,000-pound elephant about 5 a.m. and saw her sitting on her haunches. “This is a loss on several levels,” Lewis said. “One for the animal, but particularly for the staff, because they have been working so hard on this. You forget sometimes, in spite of the individual problems, it’s still an animal, she was an older animal, and we deal with it.” Gita and two other elephants have been a controversial presence at the zoo in recent years, with animal rights activists lobbying to have the animals moved to a more spacious sanctuary. Gita had suffered chronic foot problems, which zoo opponents blame on her small enclosure and concrete. Catherine Doyle of In Defense of Animals said she was saddened, but not surprised, by the news. “Gita is emblematic of what is wrong with keeping animals in zoos today. Elephants need a far higher quality of life,” Doyle said. “I really believe this was preventable,” she said. “I hold Los Angeles Zoo, the mayor and the city accountable for her death. They all failed her when they did not move her and all of those elephants to a sanctuary.” Zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs said Gita got the best care possible. “An independent veterinarian who looked at Gita stated it is unlikely any other staff or facility could offer a better level of care or management than the elephant received at the Los Angeles Zoo,” he said. “We have animals born in the zoo and die in the zoo – it’s a part of life.” As for the death’s impact on zoo plans for a new elephant exhibit, Jacobs said “we’re still planning on proceeding.” Animal rights activists said elephants live to be 70 years old in the wild. “Elephants are very social, very complex animals,” Doyle said. “Her death was premature. In the wild, Asian elephants are still breeding in their 50s.” Zoo officials said the average age of elephants that die in captivity or the wild is closer to 42, making Gita an older elephant. Gita had been a popular attraction at the zoo since arriving in Los Angeles from India in 1959. But Gita had not been on display for some time. She was living with Ruby, an African elephant, in a small “temporary” enclosure while a new elephant exhibit was under construction. The zoo also has a male elephant, Billy, who is on display. In April, the City Council voted to approve the zoo’s plan for a $40 million, 3.5-acre exhibit capable of holding up to 10 elephants. Three years ago, the zoo sent Ruby to another zoo in Knoxville, Tenn., separating her from Gita, her companion of 16 years, because the L.A. Zoo had plans to breed African elephants. That move also drew criticism from animal rights activists, and Ruby was returned to the L.A. Zoo after she did not adjust to her new home. The zoo said a necropsy will be performed on Gita to determine why she died.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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PEARSE DOHERTY AND PADRAIG MacLOCHLAINN IN BELFAST TO GREET GERRY ADAMS’ RELEASE FROM CUSTODY

first_imgDONEGAL Sinn Fein TDs Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn are in Belfast tonight as Gerry Adams was freed from police custody.The Sinn Fein President was arrested on Wednesday and quizzed about the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.At a press conference in Belfast, Mr Adams again said he was innocent of any involvement in Mrs McConville’s murder. He said there was a “malicious” and “sinister” campaign against him.Deputy Doherty and Deputy Mac Lochlainn sat at the press conference alongside Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness and Martina Anderson.Mr Adams said he was committed to peace and offered his condolences to the McConville family, saying he had no involvement in the killing.He said the IRA was gone, and republicans were committed to peace. He accused those behind the Boston College tapes of being against Sinn Fein and their strategy. PEARSE DOHERTY AND PADRAIG MacLOCHLAINN IN BELFAST TO GREET GERRY ADAMS’ RELEASE FROM CUSTODY was last modified: May 4th, 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:Antrim PSNIgerry adamsPadraig Mac LochlainnPearse Dohertypress conferencelast_img read more

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DONEGAL ALL-IRELAND WINNER APPOINTED LIMERICK STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

first_imgAntoin McFadden has been appointed the new strength and conditioning coach of the Limerick senior footballers.Former Donegal player Antoin McFadden has been appointed as the new strength and conditioning coach for the Limerick Senior footballers.McFadden, 25, was a member of the Donegal All-Ireland winning squad in 2012 – and is the younger brother of Colm McFadden.McFadden also helped Donegal U21’s to the All-Ireland decider in 2010. McFadden was an integral part of the coaching staff at Newcastle West – who won their first Limerick SFC in 23 years last weekend.McFadden has been based in Limerick since participating in a Masters in Sports Science at the University of Limerick.He continues to play club football with St Michael’s – and was introduced as a substitute for Eddie Harkin’s side during their Donegal SFC semi-final to St Eunan’s last month.Limerick football manager John Brudair confirmed that McFadden will join his backroom to replace the unavailable Mikey Kiely. DONEGAL ALL-IRELAND WINNER APPOINTED LIMERICK STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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Teachers Squeamish About Evolution

first_imgIt may be the only game in town, but evolution-only education isn’t turning biology professors into cheerleaders for Darwin.My job is to give you the facts about the theory of evolution, not make you believe it. That’s a predominant attitude among college biology professors in Arizona, according to a study announced by PhysOrg.In a first-of-its kind study, scientists from ASU [Arizona State University] School of Life Sciences have found that a majority of professors teaching biology in Arizona universities do not believe that helping students accept the theory of evolution is an instructional goal. In fact, a majority of study participants say their only goal is to help students understand evolution.The findings surprised Sara Brownell, a researcher of science education, who led the study. Her position is that evolution needs to be accepted as well as understood.“Evolution is one of the key concepts in understanding biology,” said Sara Brownell, senior author of the study and assistant professor with the school. “My own view is, ‘Why would we want to teach evolution, if we don’t want our students to accept it? We teach them that cells have membranes and we expect them to accept that. Why should evolution be any different?’ Yet instructors in our study don’t see it that way. For most of them, evolution is separated—first, in understanding and second, in accepting the concept.”The article suggests that the professors are hesitant about pushing acceptance of evolution because of students’ religious beliefs. Over 50% of students describe themselves as religious, the article says. But since most mainline denominations take a theistic evolutionary position, why should that be problematic? Elizabeth Barnes, Brownell’s co-author, is mystified, too.“While evolution is the basis of biology, evolution and religious beliefs do not have to be in conflict. Science answers questions about the natural world, about things we can test. Science does not have a test for whether God exists or had a role in planning how life unfolded.“Yet the majority of professors perceive some kind of barrier exists between science and religion. They worry that sounding pushy that evolution must be accepted because it is true would upset the students. Are they misinformed? Or do they know things by experience that the study authors don’t? Barnes and Brownell want to expand this study to the nation at large.It’s interesting that 80 years of indoctrination since the Scopes Monkey Trial have not succeeded in making the workers on Animal Farm obey the pigs. The pigs have succeeded in mandating a DODO policy with their DOPE, but they can’t seem to get the teachers and professors to push the DOPE with enthusiasm. It’s like they’re saying, ‘We have to give you this stuff, but it’s up to you if you want to smoke it.’There are exceptions, of course (and maybe Arizona is an exception). We hear all the time about Darwin bigots forcing their views in the classroom, trying to embarrass or punish anyone who disagrees. On ID the Future, Dr Cornelius Hunter, a biochemist and teacher and author of books on evolution, describes his experiment taking an online course on evolution via Coursera. His professor, a well-known evolutionary biologist, trotted out the same old Darwin icons as proof of evolution, and insinuated the macroevolution is a simple extrapolation of microevolution. Part 2 is here.In another interesting episode of ID the Future (a re-posting of an earlier interview), Fred Foote describes the making of his film Alleged. Foote, a lawyer by training, was alarmed by the distortions and lies in Inherit the Wind, the classic film about the Scopes Trial. He produced his film to set the record straight in a new, entertaining story that brings to light some of the darker truths about 1925 academia, including their support for eugenics and their bias in the media. In the interview, Foote shares good insights into 1925 and 2016, among them his suspicion for why evolutionists and their accomplices in the media told lies then and continue to tell lies today. Why did they portray the Scopes Trial as a struggle by truth-loving scientists against backward Bible-thumpers? In Foote’s view, they believe they have a bigger truth to promote: the advance of secular science against ignorance. This justifies fibbing on the smaller stuff in order to obtain the greater good (in their eyes). Ideology, in other words, rationalizes doing whatever it takes.Alleged is a well-done, entertaining movie (see trailer at Evolution News & Views). It’s not preachy or doctrinaire, and opens up views of life in 1925 Tennessee and what the monkey trial was like. It has a strong cast featuring Brian Dennehy as Darrow and the late Senator Fred Thompson as William Jennings Bryan. We recommend hearing the interview and getting the DVD to share. Advocate its use as a balance whenever Inherit the Wind comes to your town.For details on how Inherit the Wind distorted the facts of the trial, see TheMonkeyTrial.com.(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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