first_imgFormer national under-17 captain Omar Holness has revealed that three things have him excited about playing Major League Soccer (MLS) in the coming season. The 21-year-old Jamaican, the overall number-five pick, was selected by Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s Major League Soccer’s Super Draft following an impressive three-year career playing central midfield for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.Now that he is a professional, he gets to work with two Jamaican legends, possibly play against his childhood hero and believes he can help his club win a championship.At Real Salt Lake he will be working with Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall, former Jamaican players, now coaches employed by the club but on the day he said he didn’t know who would select him or what to expect.”All of the draftees were nervous because in reality we had no idea, no clue where we were going to end up but when I heard my name being called at number five for Salt Lake I was excited and surprised but when I heard I was going to join Andy and Tyrone and Demar (Phillips) up at Real Salt Lake, I was like it couldn’t get better than that,” he said describing the fact that the presence of the Jamaicans is for him a huge boost.”I believe having coaches Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall will be a very positive thing for me. I say so because having Jamaicans around you will help me settle in and give me tips that will help push me in the right direction.”much sweeterHolness said playing professional football has always been his dream but this experience is going to be so much sweeter as he could possibly face his childhood hero, who now plays the MLS for the LA Galaxy.”Playing football professionally has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy. To finally realise that it is actually coming true is very exciting. I think what I am looking forward to most is making this transition and playing against my childhood hero, Steven Gerard.”Gerard, a Liverpool icon in the Barclays Premier League currently plays for the LA Galaxy.Holness realises that he has his work cut out for him. He is expected to come in and strengthen RSL’s midfield contingent and hopefully help push the club to a title in the coming seasons. Following Thursday’s draft Real Salt Lake’s general manager Craig Waibe told media that the Jamaican was exactly who the club wanted. However, he was quick to point out that the Jamaican would not be pressured from the outset and would be given time to adapt.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON (AP):Describing the latest doping allegations levelled against track and field as a “declaration of war”, Sebastian Coe rushed to the defence of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) drug-testing system yesterday and said it was time to “come out fighting” to protect the reputation of the sport.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Coe gave his first extensive comments following reports by German and British media outlets alleging that the IAAF had failed to act on suspicious blood tests involving hundreds of athletes over a 10-year period.”It is a declaration of war on my sport,” Coe, an IAAF vice-president, told the AP. “I take pretty grave exception to that. This, for me, is a fairly seminal moment. There is nothing in our history of competence and integrity in drug-testing that warrants this kind of attack. We should not be cowering. We should come out fighting.”Just weeks before the World Championships in Beijing, the sport was thrown into turmoil after German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain alleged that blood doping was rampant, citing test results from an IAAF database that were leaked by a whistleblower.”Nobody should underestimate the anger at the way our sport has been portrayed,” said Coe, who is a candidate for IAAF president in elections later this month. “The fightback has to start here. We cannot be portrayed as a sport that is in any way dragging our heels.”The media reports examined the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes from 2001 to 2012 and concluded that 800 were suspicious. The reports said that 146 medals – including 55 golds – in disciplines ranging from the 800 metres to the marathon at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.breathtaking ignorance”The use of that database, however it got into their possession, displayed either breathtaking ignorance or a level of malevolence around a set of readings you can simply cannot extrapolate beyond,” Coe said. “The idea that my sport sat there either covering up wrongdoing or just being incompetent could not be wider off the mark.”Coe, the middle-distance great who organised the 2012 London Olympics, spoke to The AP on the same day as the IAAF issued a lengthy statement defending its procedures and calling the media allegations “sensationalist and confusing”.The ARD and Sunday Times reports were based on analysis of the leaked test results by Australian anti-doping scientists Robin Parisotto and Michael Ashenden.Coe questioned their credentials, saying: “These so-called experts – give me a break.”The IAAF has a commission of three independent experts who have tested and checked thousands of blood samples, Coe said.”I know who I would believe,” he said.The IAAF said the database was used for building up a record of blood profiles to use for target testing. Most of the samples were taken before the introduction of the biological passport programme and cannot be used as proof of doping.”The use of this stuff, the sensationalising, this is absolutely an attempt to destroy the reputation of the athletes and our sport,” Coe said. “Nobody is remotely suggesting that news organisations don’t have the right to question and challenge and kick the tires, but this selective use of this so-called information is just wrong.”Coe said the IAAF has been at the forefront of blood screening and out-of-competition testing for years.”We will not bend a knee to any other sport in the way we’ve led the way on this,” he said, noting that since 2011, the IAAF has pursued 63 cases based on the biological passport programme, with 39 athletes sanctioned so far.last_img read more

first_imgNimba County District # 6 Representative, Ricks Toweh, has appealed to people of the county to re-elect him and his colleagues serving in the House.Speaking recently in the town of Flumpa in Nimba during a fund raising rally for a community radio station, Rep. Toweh said, “Our eyes are open now.  We did not know how the whole House of Representatives operates, but we have seen what happens there and will no longer be strangers to it.  Please give us the second term so we can pursue what you need to have.”Rep. Toweh (District #6), who was invited by Rep. Larry P. Younquoi (District # 8),  called on the people of district # 8 to consider re-electing Rep. Younquoi, promising that he along with the rest of them will deliver to Nimbaians what they deserve.The appeal by the Nimba District #6 lawmaker comes in the midst of criticisms and plans by citizens of the county to get most of them out come 2017 because of alleged failure to deliver what they promised.People of the county usually express on community radio stations that their lawmakers have failed them by allegedly misapplying their social and county development funds.Six of them won their seats through the influence of Senator Prince Johnson, but since their election in 2011, they and Senator Johnson had fallen apart over principles.Currently in Nimba it is widely believed that Senator Thomas Grupee has paid some Monrovia-based Nimba youths, headed by Daniel Bleh, to honor him (Grupee) during an occasion to discuss development and reconciliation.One Calvin Wonda has disclosed on a local radio in Ganta that Senator Grupee had paid US$2,000 to them to honor him. Wonda said he would not participate in such an event because it is “deceitful.”Daniel Bleh, who is heading the group, has confirmed that they are to honor Senator Grupee but not on the basis of financial influence.In response to a question about what could be his achievement, Rep. Toweh boasted of adequately representing his people and carrying on oversight responsibility as enshrined in the Constitution of Liberia.Meanwhile, Rep. Lester Paye of (District # 4, Bong County) has called on the electorate to evaluate properly which candidates to vote for on the basis of their achievements and not on sectionalism, tribalism or nepotism.Rep. Paye said by now Liberians should know who has truly represented them and they must vote for those whose performance has positively impacted on their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA local accountant-in-training will be vying for the Miss Canada World title on March 21st. Miss Northern BC and Fort St. John resident Ashley Bader says the trip to Toronto is sure to be a life-changing experience. [asset|aid=1087|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=98a56bd69c83e0f17b7191496a37d1e7-Ashley Bader 1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement – The pageant is a week-long event, with preliminaries within the first few days and the final event on the 28th. Bader will be competing in an evening gown competition, swimwear competition and a talent event. She says she is happy to compete in the pageant, because money generated goes towards charities across Canada.Advertisement Bader on what she would do if she received the Miss Canada World title… [asset|aid=1088|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=096f9b819709bf82f6517d7a44d30ccf-Ashley Bader 2_1_Pub.mp3] She says so far, the pageants have boosted her confidence and public speaking skills. She says she is more community-minded as a result of being Miss Northern BC.last_img read more

first_imgTo view more about Hip, Peace, Produce; CLICK HERE To see more on the 2019 Convention; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local food producer and advocate for the farming industry, Bess Legault will be speaking at the National Farmers Convention.The 50th Anniversary of the convention is being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 24, 2019, through to the 27th, 2019. The conference is an opportunity for farmers to gather and shape their vision for the front lines of agriculture.Legault resides in the Peace Region as a first-generation farmer, and she is the owner, operator, and educator of Hip Peace Produce. After four years in the area, she has grown 131 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs.- Advertisement -Legault has also coordinated a northern farmer support program called the Northern Co-Hort that works in conjunction with the Northern Environmental Action Team. The cohort is a division of NEAT that is dedicated to engaging regional agriculture and horticulture producers to determine what supports are needed to generate a sustainable community of land users in the north.For the past year, Legault has been connecting with northern producers and consumers building a network of resources to support and develop a horticulture sector in the Peace Region. The desire is to meet consumers’ needs to ensure local food is grown, processed and consumed sustainably.To find out more about the Northern cohort; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSOCCER: Family ties pay off for Chivas USA youngster Francisco Mendoza. By Iv n Orozco STAFF WRITER Francisco Mendoza couldn’t help but give a short smile before spitting out the phrase. Mendoza, 22, credits his success on the soccer field largely in part to having a place that keeps him close to home. After renting apartments and a chilly garage where he shared a sofa bed with former teammates in 2005, Mendoza is not complaining. He now has his own room and bed. There’s even a swimming pool in the backyard. “I told him to come live here and be with family so he wouldn’t be alone,” said Domingo Calderon, a second cousin to Mendoza’s father Rodrigo Bultrago. “We have good chemistry. If anything, he’s added excitement because we’re always looking forward to going to his next game. And his parents don’t have to worry that he’s alone.” Mendoza wasn’t alone when he left Mexico to use Major League Soccer as an avenue to someday play in a European league and ultimately on the Mexican national team. A product of Chivas USA mother team Chivas de Guadalajara’s farm system, Mendoza was part of a handful of players migrating to Los Angeles to be part of Chivas USA’s first roster in the franchise’s inaugural 2005 season. Upon arrival, Mendoza decided to find a place with a trio of former teammates: Isaac Romo, Armando Begines and Hector Cuadros. Living in a hotel on his $975 biweekly salary wouldn’t stretch far for Mendoza. Plus living with countrymen would reduce the culture shock. Mendoza didn’t want to inconvenience his family and at the same time wanted to get a feel for living independently after living with his parents in Mexico. That lasted until his roommates were no longer part of the club in 2006. Mendoza moved in with current teammate Carlos Llamosa until renewing his contract to a one-year deal worth $90,000. That’s when he decided to move in with the Calderons while making payments on a new home in Mexico. Mendoza left Mexico after quickly moving through the ranks of Guadalajara’s youth system. After three years there, he was told there wasn’t room for him on the main squad. “The last year I was with (Guadalajara) the trainers there didn’t think much of me,” Mendoza said. “I wanted to come here to demonstrate and show them that I could take up a slot on the first team. I came with the mentality of advancing my career through Chivas USA and demonstrating to those in Chivas that they let go of an important piece.” The move is paying off. The 22-year-old has not only become an integral part of Chivas USA’s lineup and a fan favorite but has opened eyes in the Mexican soccer federation with his MLS experience. Mendoza is not only noticeable for his shoulder-length mop of curly hair flopping up and down the left flank but for his speed and aggressiveness. A 5-foot-5, 125-pounder, Mendoza could easily be mistaken for a youngster out of one of Chivas USA’s youth teams. Mendoza is not a prolific scorer (five career goals in 79 starts), but his efforts have caught Mexican national team coach Hugo Sanchez’s attention. “Mendoza is being followed closely,” Sanchez said. “If he continues like this it’s possible that in the future he could be considered, but that depends on him. In the meantime we are going to continue watching him with Chivas USA as we try to earn a slot in the Olympics. If bringing him in now is not the convenient thing then perhaps, God willing it could be once we qualify for the Olympics.” And if things don’t work out with the “Tricolores,” Mendoza is leaving a window open to play for the country he calls home: the United States. He’s thinking of pursuing U.S. citizenship to be eligible. “He’s American?” U.S. captain Landon Donovan said of Mendoza. “It’s probably a long way from becoming a reality but it’d be great if he could help us win. He’d be fantastic. I think he’s a great player.” And a thankful one. ivan.orozco@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Welcome to where I live.” Those are the words the Chivas USA midfielder said while staring into the camera lens of a television crew visiting for a tour of his uncle and aunt Domingo and Laura Calderon’s home in South Gate. Mendoza showed off the kitchen where his aunt prepares his favorite Mexican dish: mole poblano. He presented the living room where the Calderon family gathers to watch Chivas USA road matches. Where the family will most likely watch Mendoza play in tonight’s Chivas USA playoff match in Kansas City. Mendoza, also known as “Panchito,” even showed the computer where he spends hours chatting with family in his native El Salto, Mexico – a town near Guadalajara – and checks on his friends in Los Angeles through his MySpace page. But Mendoza’s smile stretched ear to ear when he introduced the couple that welcomed him into their home last year. last_img read more

first_imgCurrent and past pupils of Crana College pictured with Sam MaguireALL-IRELAND hero Ryan Bradley kept a promise to the staff and pupils of Crana College this week when he returned there – with the Sam Maguire.Aoife McMenamin and Tara O’Brien delighted to be the first to get their hands on the cup when Sam visited Crana College Pauric Fullerton getting his shirt signed by Ryan Bradley  Avid followers of GAA football Sue McSheffrey Philip McGuinness and Sean McFadden teachers in Crana College with Past Pupil Ryan Bradley Ryan Bradley with 3rd year Crana College students and teacher Aisling Heaney Students from Crana College with Ryan Bradley and Buncrana GAA committe members Ryan Bradley with Michael McLaughlin Caretaker in Crana CollegeLiam Galbraith Principal of Crana College welcomes All Ireland winning player and past pupil Ryan Bradley to the school on Thursday   PICTURE SPECIAL AS RYAN BRINGS SAM TO CRANA COLLEGE was last modified: February 1st, 2013 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:CRANA COLLEGEDonegal GAAryan bradleySam Maguirelast_img read more

first_imgWorld Net Daily reported that the body count from Mao’s reign of terror in China has been revised upward to 77 million by R. J. Rummel, a Nobel Peace Prize winning political scientist who had earlier estimated it at half that (38 million).  This augments Mao’s Guinness reputation as the worst mass murderer in history.  His intentional killings, including policies that intentionally starved tens of millions of Chinese people, exceeded those of Hitler and Stalin.  Deaths attributed to Mao’s democide (death by government) amount to over twice the total combat deaths in all wars between 1900 to 1987, including World Wars I and II.  Of 174 million killed in 20th-century incidents of democide, 148 million fell victim to Marxist regimes – four times the deaths by combat, estimated at 34.1 million.Rummel, who has chronicled 20th century democides, said, “I’m now convinced that Stalin exceeded Hitler in monstrous evil, and Mao beat out Stalin.”  All three dictators were committed to scientific materialism congruent with the Darwinian principles of struggle for existence and survival of the fittest.  According to an article by Answers in Genesis, Mao listed two of his favorite authors as Darwin and Huxley.  In a quote attributed to the Chinese communist leader on Coral Ridge Ministries, Chairman Mao said, “Chinese socialism is founded upon Darwin and the theory of evolution.”  Stalin became an atheist after reading Darwin, and Hitler, though from a different end of the political spectrum, based Mein Kampf on Darwinian principles of struggle and fitness.  Such ideas had become very popular among leading German thinkers in the decades after Darwin’s Origin, as documented in historian Richard Weikart’s book, From Darwin to Hitler (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).Visualize how long it would take to read the names of 77 million people.  At one every five seconds, day and night, it would take over 12 years just to read their names, without even knowing who they were or the nature of their hopes and dreams – dreams that were strangled in prison, brutal work camps, torture or policy-induced famines.  Add another 12 years for those killed under all the other communist leaders, and 3 years 4 months for Nazi deaths – a total of almost 28 years of reading name, after name, after name, day and night.  By contrast, reading the names of the 9/11 victims at this rate would take a little over four hours.Some historians have speculated that Charles Darwin’s mysterious illnesses derived at least partly from stress and depression over the possible impact of his radical ideas (see Russell Grigg article).  He once wrote, “It is like confessing to a murder.” (See PBS).Darwinism was to Nazism and communism like fuel and spark to fire.  Lenin, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Pol Pot, Castro, Kim Jong Il and all communist despots past and present have been committed scientific materialists.  They shut down churches and promoted atheism, exalted Darwinism and promoted evolutionary theory as the scientific rationalization for the state and the ethical justification for their brutal policies.  John West on Evolution News reminded readers about Darwin’s own support of eugenics and racism, and accused the American Museum of Natural History of sanitizing this aspect of his life in their multi-million dollar Darwin exhibit (11/21/2005).This is a stern reminder why the debate over creation vs. evolution matters.  We are not talking about some minor issue for scientists and egghead philosophers to speculate about.  Ideas have consequences, and as Richard Weikart demonstrated in a lecture worth watching (available from Access Research Network), the same Darwinian principles that motivated Hitler and the communists are alive and well among prominent evolutionary biologists today.  Many university professors and evolutionary biologists are avowed Marxists.  Let them ponder the horrible results of their belief system, and then ponder the warning of Jesus, “every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7).(Visited 465 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though folks in the ag media have been expressing outrage concerning the questionable marketing practices from fast food giant Chipotle for years, the restaurant chain’s misleading tactics have seemingly gone unnoticed (and have even been celebrated) by most everyone else. That changed in April, though, when Chipotle announced that it was removing all foods containing genetically modified ingredients from its menu — the first major restaurant chain to do this.Since the announcement, the formerly beloved burritos have been blasted around the country on the air, on the Internet and in newsprint. A flood of information came out about the incredible hypocrisy of Chipotle’s “food with integrity” campaign that disregards an overwhelming scientific consensus, basic, well-founded nutritional facts, honesty, and common sense. The menu’s high caloric content, lofty sodium levels and sugary sweet beverages have well-known, scientifically proven ill effects if consumed in quantity, yet the restaurant chain claims that it offers a healthy eating choice because it is removing genetically modified ingredients from the menu. GMOs have no proven health effects whatsoever after billions of meals safely consumed. Chipotle has also faced criticism for not really going GMO-free by continuing to serve soft drinks with corn syrup made with GMO corn and meat from livestock fed GMO corn.Agricultural organizations, of course, also had plenty to say about the announcement. American Soybean Association (ASA) president Wade Cowan, a farmer from Brownfield, Texas, pointed out the continuing frustration with the misinformation about agricultural biotechnology.“Farmers are no strangers to the heated discussion of GMOs and biotechnology. We recognize that there are passionate viewpoints on both sides, and we respectfully disagree with those who choose to dispute the scientific consensus on the safety of these agricultural innovations. What is different about Chipotle’s announcement this week is that it smacks of a willful subversion of science, all in the name of selling burritos,” Cowan said. “Chipotle contends that more study is needed on GMOs, even though they are among the most studied and tested food products in the world, and have been since their introduction almost 20 years ago — all without a single incidence of harm to humans, plants or animals. Think about that for a minute: a planet’s worth of meals over two decades means literally trillions of servings without one adverse occurrence. Chipotle, however, bypasses the overwhelming scientific consensus and places long-debunked safety concerns first and foremost in its new effort. For this, the restaurant has been taken to task by viewpoints ranging from the Center for Science in the Public Interest to media outlets like National Public Radio and the Washington Post — voices that certainly couldn’t be mistaken as ‘shills’ for big agriculture.“We might suggest a better approach: abandon the scare tactics and join us in our effort to provide clarity to this conversation. Soybean farmers are ready and willing to come to the table and help consumers find out more about what we do and why we use these products. Just like soybean farmers, Chipotle and indeed all links in the farm-to-fork supply chain have a huge opportunity to help Americans discover more about their food. This comes, however, with the responsibility to do so in an ethical and honest manner.”The tactics at Chipotle, though aggravating, are but a miniscule part of the ongoing onslaught of marketing efforts that seek to promote products and ideologies by tearing others down using information not based upon reality. These tactics have been taking place for years, and not just in the realm of restaurants. I have long been frustrated when small, specialty farmers (most notably organic) feel the need to promote their products at the expense of others. Why? If your product is high quality and raised in the way that you feel best, it should be able to stand upon its own merits and not be marketed at the expense of other types of agricultural production.I have no problems with organic food production (or Chipotle’s menu for that matter). Organic production is an excellent and viable way to produce and market food to meet a clear demand that the farm owner sees as the best way to run a productive and economically viable farm business. My concern lies with the all-too-common attacks on other forms of agriculture for the sake of marketing.For this reason, I was very glad to recently talk with Kurt Bench — a very hard working almost-organic farmer dedicated to his craft and methods of agricultural production. He had this to say in the interview:“We are all farmers. Why can’t we all just get along and help each other out? There are so few of us out there anymore we shouldn’t be arguing. We are all farmers in the end who are producing food. Arguing about how to do things doesn’t get us any further ahead. There is a spot for everyone out there and we have found our niche.”Ahhhhh — this is so refreshing. Make no mistake, Bench does have clear opinions on the reasons he farms the way he does, and they are different from many of the larger farms around him. He does not seem to think, though, that his way is the only way, just the best way for his family on his farm. In our conversation, and previous conversations I have had with him, there was no underlying hate, no criticism of “Big Ag” as a part of the farm’s marketing plan and no “my way is superior to yours because of …” He allows his farm practices and products to simply showcase themselves.Chipotle (and probably most of us) can learn something from this sentiment.last_img read more