Sir Nick Faldo has downplayed suggestions of a row with Rory McIlroy, insisting he is the world number two’s “big granddad”. Faldo began the build up to the Open Championship at Muirfield this week by suggesting McIlroy needed to “concentrate on golf, nothing else” to regain his lost form. Two-time major winner McIlroy, 32 years Faldo’s junior at 24, responded by saying that he was working hard, resulting in reports the pair were at loggerheads. Press Association Faldo, who won six majors including two Opens at Muirfield, claimed that was far from the case. “I’m friends with Rory – don’t write it any other way,” said Faldo after shooting an eight-over-par first-round 79, remarkably the same score as McIlroy. “I’ve known him since he was 12. He’s a big part of my Faldo Series. I’m like big granddad, here, saying exactly those things. Just give it your full attention when you want to play golf. “When you want to disappear and have a family and do other things, but don’t add anymore… get me? I’m trying to give him a little caring, loving help here.” McIlroy has been criticised for changing his equipment and for other off-course distractions. Faldo, who was famously single-minded during his heyday, clarified a point he was trying to make that McIlroy should focus fully on his game while at the peak of his powers. He said: “When you’re a golfer, concentrate on your golf and then you have your charity. Just keep it minimal. I’m speaking from experience. Don’t go off into the business world, because he’s got tons of time for that. “If you’re going to retire somewhere in your 40s, who knows with 10 majors, you’ll be a pretty darned good businessman for the next 50 years of your life. That’s what I’m trying to say.” Faldo’s round, which he played alongside fellow veterans Fred Couples and Tom Watson and featured just two birdies, was his first in competition for three years and came on his 56th birthday. When asked if it was a happy birthday, he said: “Given my most minimal practice and preparation in the history of the Open, probably. But I was enjoying it. That view standing on the first tee with the crowd and the people in the stands and everything – I’ll take that one as my shot of the day.”
Allsports.com.gh profiles three players from the Guinean national team that can trouble the Black Stars as both teams clash on Saturday in an Afcon 2015 qualifier.Ismaël BangouraIsmaël Bangoura is a striker who currently plays for Qatari club Umm Salal on loan from French club FC Nantes.The 30 year old was a member of the Guinea squad for the 2006 African Nations Cup as Guinea were eliminated in the quarter-finals after losing 2–3 to Senegal.The veteran has made 47 appearances, and can boast of 13 goals to his name. Bangoura has has been widely tipped to provide the needed attacking width to the Guinean side, as he can play as a winger and attacking midfielder.Ibrahima Conté Ibrahima Conté is a player who plays for Belgian giants Anderlecht and comes from the youth section of Fello Star. He is a central midfielder and made his professional debut in Belgium for AA Gent.His first game was in the 2009-10 season when he came on as a substitute for Gent against KVC Westerlo. He became a key player for Gent in the 2010-11 season.Ibrahima made his debut for the Syli Nacional in 2010 and has since gone on to become an integral part of the team, having made over 24 appearances caps and scoring one goal.The 23 year old, who was a regular starter for Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Jupiler League, can also play as a defensive midfielder and centre-back.Sadio Diallo Another gem in the Guinean set up is Abdoulaye Sadio Diallo. Commonly known as Sadio Diallo, the 23 year old is widely considered to be one of the most exciting players of this side and widely praised for his creative play-making.Diallo currently plays for club FC Lorient, on loan from Rennes, after starting his career for the Corsican club SC Bastia in the 2009–10 Ligue 2 season.He played his first game for the Guinean national team in 2010, and registered his debut goal in Guinea’s 4–1 win over Madagascar which saw them to the top of Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers as Nigeria drew 2–2 in Ethiopia.Scoring 7 times in 17 caps for the Syli Nacionals, Diallo is a hard working midfielder who has an eye for goals and is amongst coach Michel Dussuyer’s most potent attacking weapons.
Chelsea captain John Terry has confirmed he will leave the club in the summer when his contract expires, after the club decided not to offer him an extension.Speaking to reporters following the Blues’ comfortable 5-1 FA Cup fourth round victory over MK Dons on Sunday, Terry confirmed reports that his contract at the club would not be extended beyond the end of the current campaign – revealing that the club had decided not to renew his deal.”I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended,” Terry told reporters. “It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one.”It’s a big season for me and I want to push on – not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. I knew before the Arsenal game so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on.”Terry indicated that he wanted to resolve his future this month but, with a new manager set to arrive at the end of the season, the club felt a renewal could not be offered before that appointment had been made.Terry added: “They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a no at the minute. “I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately it was a no. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea.”It’s going to be elsewhere which it took me a couple of days to get over. But like I say, I knew before the Arsenal game and my performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.”The 35-year-old has played for Chelsea his entire career, bar a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2000. During his time at the club he has won every major trophy, including the Premier League (four times), the FA Cup (five times) and both the Champions League and Europa League once.He signed a one-year extension at the Blues in March of last season, but has indicated he will now look to continue his career overseas.A lucrative move to either the United States or China is considered most likely for Terry, although it remains to be seen if the former England international will try to continue his career in European competition instead. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astrobiologists dream of comets as bearers of life in spite of—not because of—the data from Rosetta’s comet.The Rosetta mission, Science Magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year for 2014, gave bad news to astrobiologists this month. A photo caption in Science Magazine says, “Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has begun to emit jets of water vapor that is unlike the water found in Earth’s oceans” (see 12/11/14). And with the Philae lander going to sleep prematurely, mission scientists were unable to get data on possible organic molecules under the comet’s surface. The “dinosaur eggs” found (Science Mag) have nothing to do with dinosaurs; they are clumps of ice on some part of the comet that a few cosmogonists are speculating might have been “cometesimals,” building blocks of the comet, even though they are larger than predicted. “But we don’t understand them,” one admitted.In short, nothing about Comet 67P looks lively. Its water could not have given birth to our oceans, and its organic molecule inventory, if any, is unknown. Some gases were detected by the orbiter: “A chemical detector, a sort of robotic nose, on the Rosetta orbiter, has detected some organic chemicals in the cloud around the comet,” Tom Chivers writes in The Telegraph. “According to Taylor, it ‘smells like a stag do‘: urine and alcohol and a sulphurous eggy smell,” not that anything as complex as urine was detected (its “perfume” is just ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, formaldehyde, methanol and a few other simple molecules: see Rosetta Blog).In spite of this negative data, here’s what some scientists and reporters are saying:“…comets might have delivered the building-block elements of life to Earth — an idea anticipated by the French astronomer Camille Flammarion more than a century ago” (Milton Wainwright in Nature)Getting the list of comets’ primordial ingredients is important because many scientists think comets helped jump-start life on early Earth with an infusion of water and organic molecules. (Science Magazine)Long before I dreamed of becoming a scientist, I wondered why Earth was teeming with life, while Mars was a barren, rocky outpost and Venus was shrouded in a dense atmosphere. Somewhere, I read that comets were the reason. Strike a rocky planet with one volatile- and organic-rich comet and an Earth-like environment results. Two comets produce a Venus. No comets: Mars. Of course, this theory was far too simple to explain the differences in the evolution of the inner planets, but no one had ever explored comets up close to know how they might alter a planet’s composition and history—until now. (Marcia McNutt in Science Magazine, “Breakthrough to Our Origins“)Of the molecules smelling like “stag do,” Chivers’ next sentence is: “This is the stuff of life.” (The Telegraph)Following the successful Philae mission in November, the lander announced it had found organic molecules – the essential building blocks necessary for life.” (The Daily Mail)The orbiter sniffed out substances like water, methane and hydrogen — all molecules that are important to life — in the tenuous atmosphere of the comet. (Space.com)But if water, methane and hydrogen are “molecules that are important to life,” then every planet around every star becomes a candidate for life, even though life has never been detected beyond the earth.Those who look for organics in fragments of comets and meteors on the ground may have to be extra careful not to jump to conclusions. Astrobiology Magazine reports that contamination can happen quickly. The Sutter’s Mill meteorite of 2012 contained organics. “However, a key conclusion of the paper, and one that is likely to be of keen interest to astrobiologists, is confirmation that meteorites can become contaminated by Earth-based organics very quickly,” the article warns. “That means scientists must be extra vigilant in identifying and assessing the effects of terrestrial organic contamination of meteoritic samples.” It would be good to know, too, whether amino acids in meteors might racemize (scramble from one-handed to two-handed) over time, since racemization is often assumed to show the amino acids came from space.Bits are the building blocks of essays, aren’t they? Sand is a building block of brick buildings, isn’t it? Air is a building block of lungs, isn’t it? Why, everything is a building block of everything. The stupidity of this reasoning is self-evident. One might as well say that protons and electrons are building blocks of life; quarks, too. What material substance escapes this chain of inference?The talk about life, with no clear evidence of it, goes far beyond the actual data. It also masks the important trait of life: its specified complexity in the arrangement of molecules for function. Building blocks decay and fall apart without a builder. No one should care that “many scientists think comets helped jump-start life,” except to pity them for speculative folly, and to have righteous anger that the science journals and media show biased favor toward their fact-free philosophical views. Science is about evidence.
8 November 2013 South Africans living abroad will be able to register for the 2014 elections as soon as new legislation governing out-of-country registration and voting has been approved, says the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The draft law does not require South Africans living abroad who are already registered as voters in South Africa to register again, and they will, as before, be able to cast a special vote in the 2014 elections. However, those who have not yet registered to vote will have to wait for the new legislation, which is expected to be enacted in November. “Only once the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 is approved by Parliament and signed into law by the President can arrangements for registering South Africans abroad be finalised,” the IEC said in a statement on Thursday. The Bill has been approved by the National Council of Provinces and is currently before the National Assembly. “It is hoped the Bill will be approved and enacted before the end of November. In the meantime, advance planning for the process is proceeding in conjunction with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation,” the commission said. In terms of the draft legislation, South Africans will have to register in person at one of South Africa’s 124 high commissions, embassies or consulates located in 108 countries. They will need to be in possession of a valid South African ID document (either a green bar-coded South African ID book, a new smart ID card or a valid temporary identity certificate), as well as a valid South African passport, in order to be registered. The IEC said it will announce further details of the registration process for South Africans abroad on its website and via the media once the legislation has been enacted. Source: SAnews.gov.za
SharePrint RelatedNamib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 8, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Råbjerg Mile – GC21787 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2012October 25, 2012In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: NamibiaDecember 8, 2017In “Community” Bruneau Sand DunesThis difficulty one, terrain three EarthCache delivers adventurers to towering sandy dunes. These dunes don’t rise out of the middle of sweltering desert, but can be found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Bruneau Sand Dunes (GC10F12) was created in 2007 by The Wandering Stars.The cache page reads,”The tallest single-structured sand dune in North America rises high above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home [Idaho]. The state park includes desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat with opportunities to observe nocturnal species… Feel free to climb but no vehicles are allowed on the dunes.”More than 130 geocachers have logged a smiley on the cache, which now has eight Favorite Points. Cachers often combine discovering this EarthCache with finding nearby traditional geocaches. One log reads, “This is our first time out at the dunes and we have lived in Idaho 40 plus years. What a fantastic place. Took the walk over to the physical cache here and snapped a bunch of pictures. Thanks for putting this cache out.”Bruneau Sand DunesContinue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com. If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache and the GC code to [email protected] Share with your Friends:More
Imagine this scenario:Dad is divorced and has custody of his two young daughters. Recently, he remarried, and last week he was deployed. His second wife and new stepmom receives a call. The youngest daughter, who is 8 years old, has been injured at school. The school nurse needs consent for medical treatment. Oops! Stepmom doesn’t know what to do, or what her legal rights are.Step FamilyFor stepparents, this is an altogether too common and sometimes frightening situation. Deployment often means that the stepparent has to take on a new role as both the mom and the dad, and must assume new responsibilities and tasks with little or no preparation. For stepfamilies, deployment can be particularly challenging because of the murkiness that often exists for who has legal authority.Did you know that in most cases, stepparents have no legal authority when it comes to making decisions or even getting information about their stepchildren’s education, benefits programs, medical treatment or health care?Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, Director of the Center for Children, Youth, and Families at Auburn, is the Stepfamily Association of America and oversees the activities of the National Stepfamily Resource Center, a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families.In this short video clip, Adler-Baeder offers suggestions for working with stepfamilies serving in the military and briefly introduces a new set of learning modules geared to stepfamilies (soon to be available through the National Stepfamily Resource Center).What tips would you give to Military Family Resource Providers?Yes, stepfamilies face many challenges. But Adler-Baeder offers reassurance to those working with “complex families” like stepfamilies in which the custodial parents are deployed. She says that military families are strong and resilient, that by definition military families are service-oriented, and that family members have a “similar service-heart.”See Adler-Baeder respond to the question, “What makes military families strong and resilient?” in this short interview at the 2011 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Conference<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Here are some of the issues that stepfamilies about to be deployed need to discuss. Those working with these complex families can facilitate these discussions and help both stepparents and custodial parents feel more secure and less stressed when the time comes to assume new roles and new responsibilities.Issues to discuss:How will the stepparent be able to facilitate contact between the child and the deployed parent?If the stepparent is married to a noncustodial parent, will the stepparent be allowed to have regular access to the child?If the stepparent is married to a custodial parent, what will happen if the noncustodial parent wants custody during the deployed parent’s absence?Will the deployment affect child support payments?Will the stepparent need to move the child to a different location, enroll the child in school, negotiate with the school about the stepchild’s special needs, enroll the child in benefit programs, consent to medical care, enroll the child in daycare, summer camps, sports activities or other special programs, or insure the child’s participation in religious training or programs?If the stepparent will need to travel abroad with the child, is the child’s passport in order and are there any special permissions that will be needed?Are there any pending legal actions involving the child?Are there financial arrangements that need to be made with regard to the child, involving matters such as tuition payments, health insurance payments, support, or property?
Fear of a dengue outbreak is looming large in waterlogged Patna with 640 patients being tested positive, mostly in the last four days, according to official data.Unofficially, however, the number of dengue patients may be as high as 800.According to health officials, dengue is spreading fast in the waterlogged residential localities in Patna.What worries health officials is the stagnant, stinking water that still remains a problem in the posh residential localities of Rajendra Nagar, Patliputra and Gola Road following many days of heavy rain. Many areas, however, are now free of waterlogging.Outbreak ruled out Bihar Health Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar has, however, ruled out a dengue outbreak in the State capital.“There is no indication of an outbreak of a vector-borne disease in Patna as per the views of experts”, he said, admitting, however, that chances are high of an epidemic. According to him, 24 teams are spraying ‘Temefos’ in Patna to kill mosquitoes.Till now, 900 cases of dengue have been reported from across the State, including 640 cases in Patna alone.The government-run Patna Medical College and Hospital’s Deputy Superintendent Ranjit Kumar Jaimiar said the number of dengue patients is on the rise.Patna Civil Surgeon R.K. Choudhary said that arrangements had been made to carry out dengue tests in all primary health centres in view of increasing number of cases.In Patna, where thousands of people are still living in inundated areas even eight days after rains have stopped, fighting dengue has become a major challenge. It is more than a fear, as hundreds of waterlogged victims confined in their homes are reportedly suffering from mild to high fever.Health officials said that waterlogging helps vector-borne diseases increase due to fast mosquito breeding.Chikungunya, diarrhoea What is disturbing is not only the spread of dengue in waterlogged areas, but also reports of other illnesses like chikungunya and diarrhoea. Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi said there is danger of outbreak of epidemics due to filth, dumped garbage and stagnant water in many areas.According to a senior health department official, measures are being taken to prevent the outbreak of diseases and teams of doctors will soon visit affected areas to provide medical treatment wherever required.Till date, waterlogging in Patna and floods across the State have killed 73 people and over 20 lakh people have been affected.
Bahamas, May 30th 2017: On the heels of the national budget on Wednesday, Deputy Political Leader of the DNA, Chris Mortimer says the Speech from the Throne left many wanting to find out more on government’s details for turning around the economy. In a statement issued on the speech, Mortimer cited the years of negative and zero real GDP growth endured by the Bahamian people, saying the people needed to know government’s plans on how its intends to curb expenditure, and diversify the economy. He adds while he welcomes government’s plan to adopt aspects of “Good Governance platform”, Mortimer says his party awaits to see government’s implementation of the Whistle Blower’s legislation, its plan on Campaign Finance reform, and other promised changes involving the electoral process.The DNA is also questioning details on establishing Grand Bahama’s financial centre and how it intends to see it function alongside the New Providence Financial Centre.Meanwhile, the party praised government’s proposed one-stop shop in improving the ease of doing business. Mortimer vowed the DNA’s continued contribution to national discourse in the days after the budget, as part of its interest in the nation. The party has extended an olive branch in working with the government in providing viable solutions to issues in the nation. #MagneticMediaNews#DNAPartyToHoldGovernmentAccountable#ChrisMortimerQuestionsDetailsOnTheEconomy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: