Origin II sold out

first_imgThe final tickets for the match, which will see NSW chase a first series win since 2014 at ANZ Stadium tonight, were sold this afternoon.”State of Origin is a wonderful sporting contest and it has been fantastic to see our supporters get behind it again this year,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.”The players are the best of the best and the entertainment they produce deserves a full stadium. It will be great to see them get it tonight.”With more than 80,000 people set to attend the match, supporters are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of activities in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct as well as the pre-game entertainment spectacular.Fans are also reminded to allow extra time for additional security measures at entry points.The pre-match entertainment, which includes a lights-out spectacular and a performance from Aussie rockers Grinspoon, will commence at 7.30pm.With all tickets to Origin including return travel on Sydney Trains and Major Event Buses, fans are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home. Related articleUpdated Teams: NSW v Queensland – http://bit.ly/2rCmF86last_img read more

‘Albinos Facing Unbearable Conditions’

first_imgThe Executive Director of the Liberia Albinos Society (LAS) has alarmed at, what she termed as “unbearable conditions”, that Albinos living across the country continue to live in on a daily basis. Madam Patricia Logan said Albinos are denied some basic fundamental rights and privileges that every citizen is supposed to enjoy.Speaking at the occasion marking the official celebration of World Albinism Day on May 5, 2014 in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Madam Logan said Albinos have been neglected and abandoned by family and society.Mrs. Logan noted that hundreds of Albinos’ children are deprived education and other basic social services because of people’s perception that they have poor sight. But she quickly pointed out that these children, too, also have a future and stakeholders must give them needed attention.The LAS boss, on behalf of her colleagues, launched a passionate plea to government to grant them access to free education for the development of their human capacities.“Some parents are denying their albino children the right to education and other basic social services in the name of poor sightedness and poverty and this is detrimental to the future of the children,” Mrs. Logan said.She also added that survey conducted by the LAS especially in rural Liberia has shown that majority men are abandoning their albino children with their suffering mothers because of fear of stigma and belief that albinos are nothing.She pointed out that the future of these innocent children are uncertain amidst the wrong perceptions and therefore wants government’s urgent intervention to give them a future befitting.She stressed the need for government to grant the albinos the opportunity to free vocational and academic education to develop their skills and equally contribute to the overall growth and development of Liberia like any other Liberians.The Buchanan celebration was held under the theme “Albinos, Too Have Right to Education”. The celebration was the first since the launching of the World Albinism Day in Liberia last December.A huge number of Albinos turned out for the celebration carrying out clean up campaign on the streets of Buchanan. Free medical first aid treatment was also carried out on fellow albinos and people with visual impairment.Despite the limited budgetary allocation from Government, the LAS offers scholarship to 30 students from elementary to university level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community Garden breaks ground

first_imgA launch event is set for Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., and the garden will be open to the public during posted hours, with benches and picnic tables to be installed next month.There are also plans for a number of musical and arts events, as well as composting and organic gardening workshops.The project was initiated with $20,000 in funding from the Early Childhood Development ‘Success by Six’ committee. By Dwight Ford A new Community Garden is soon to be built in downtown Fort St. John.- Advertisement -It will be located on 102nd avenue just behind the cemetary, on property made available by the church of the Resurrection, and it will be operated by the Fort St. John Community Food Security Committee.The garden brings together local non-profit groups, businesses and community members, and will be supervised and maintained by the agencies and volunteers.In its first year of operation, the garden will aim to give low-income families the opportunity to grow nutritious foods and learn gardening skills.All of the gardeners will be pre-registered through host agencies, and the harvested foods will be used by the participating families or donated to community meal programs.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘It really is coming home’: English hometown pride on show

first_imgThree players in the current squad — quarter-final goal-scoring hero Harry Maguire, defender Kyle Walker and forward Jamie Vardy — were raised there.The English flag, known as the St George’s Cross, is omnipresent, flying from flats, cars and businesses throughout the formerly industrial so-called Steel City.“It makes us feel proud of Sheffield knowing they come from here,” said Fitsroy Turner, 43, a construction worker.Even a local priest is getting in on the enthusiasm, sporting a waistcoat — which England manager Gareth Southgate has made famous by wearing for every match — during Sunday mass.For the first time in this tournament, the local council will show Wednesday’s semi-final on a 43-square-metre screen in the city centre with room for up to 10,000 fans.England defender Harry Maguire is a proud Yorkshireman © AFP/File / Yuri CORTEZThe city will be celebrating its local heroes at the fan-zone under the banner “Made in Sheffield”, Richard Eyre, its head of major events, told AFP.Software developer Jonas Bezzubovas, 24, said every England victory so far had been marked by hours of revelry, but Wednesday promises to be the biggest yet.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime match,” he said.“I feel like the heat and the football have gone to people’s heads — it’s been madness here,” he added, referring to weeks of uninterrupted sunshine that has been warming usually rain-sodden English spirits.– ‘It’s coming home’ –Billy Hawsham remembers England defender Kyle Walker growing up on the Lansdowne Estate in Sheffield © AFP / Anthony DevlinEngland’s progress into the latter stages of the World Cup has been accompanied by ever-increasing chants of “It’s coming home” — the country’s resurrected theme song from the 1996 European Championships it hosted.In this part of the world, home means Sheffield.FIFA, world football’s governing body, recognises Sheffield FC — formed in 1857 and now playing in the eighth tier of English football — as the oldest club on the planet.Apart from the three Sheffield-born players, four more members of the current England squad have connections to the city or surrounding county of Yorkshire.“Sheffield is immensely proud of its footballing heritage,” said Mary Lea, a local cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure.“Across the city, pubs and clubs have been packed into the early hours celebrating England’s successes.“For Sheffield it really is coming home.”Even the brass band that plays the national anthem and classic songs during the matches in Russia is from Sheffield.– ‘Different feel’ –Billy Hawsham, 63, maintains the rough-edged public housing complex in the neighbourhood where Kyle Walker grew up.He recalled his son playing alongside the local hero at youth level — and the England player hitting golf balls over low-rise tower blocks as a kid.Hawsham credits the laid-back ethos of the Yorkshire-heavy squad with helping to create “more euphoria this time than in any other tournament.“There’s a different feel to it with this younger side and no superstars,” he said of the current crop, compared to past teams featuring the likes of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.Howard Holmes, a 71-year-old youth worker turned coach who helped discover Walker, said he was not surprised the region was producing talented players given its football pedigree.“You’re right at the fulcrum of where football started,” he said at the pitch-side offices of Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD), the empowerment organisation he founded in 1995 just south of the city centre near the historical home of Sheffield FC.– Rivalries put aside –In a city where bitterness between its two biggest clubs — Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United — can turn violent on derby day, locals have welcomed the unity around England.“It’s nice to see the rivalry put aside,” said Simeon Briggs, who manages a booming bar in the centre next to Wednesday’s planned big screen site.Kyle Walker plays his club football for Manchester City © AFP/File / Fabrice COFFRINIIn nearby Mosborough, where Harry Maguire hails from, his local pub has turned its car park into a fan-zone decked out with two large screens, flags — and plenty of beer on tap.David Hoyland, 47, the general manager of the British Oak Alehouse, said the pub — where Maguire’s parents are still regulars — does not usually show football but is making an exception.He estimates around 2,000 fans packed the place on Saturday to see the team advance past Sweden, sinking 3,000 pints and hundreds of cocktails in the process.Reflecting the swelling local pride, Hoyland added: “Someone came by Sunday and said it was the best day of his life.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England flags adorn houses in Sheffield, the birthplace of England players Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy © AFP / Anthony DevlinSHEFFIELD, United Kingdom, Jul 10 – Football fever is sweeping England as its young team prepares for a World Cup semi-final showdown against Croatia, and nowhere more so than in Sheffield, the proclaimed birthplace of the modern game.Around 150 miles (240 kilometres) north of London, the city has a rich football history that continues today.last_img read more

Arsenal line-up v Anderlecht: It’s not all bad for Gooners

first_img1 Theo Walcott training ahead of the Champions League Group D game against Anderlecht 1 As a result of Arsenal’s growing list of casualities, third choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will start for the Gunners in the first of their Champions League double header against Anderlecht.Wojciech Szczesny is suspended and David Ospina is injured, but there is good news.Aaron Ramsey played against Hull, while Gooners may see Theo Walcott don club colours for the first time since January after recovering from a knee injury.Possible Arsenal starting line-up v Anderlecht: Arsenal are currently second in Group D, three points behind leaders Dortmund and know that to have any chance of finishing top, they need six points from the next two games.What would your starting XI look like?last_img read more

Depressed Kerry Supporters Find New Cause: Fight Creationism

first_imgA grass-roots group of Virginia liberal Democrats has found a new cause to lift them out of their depression after John Kerry’s defeat last fall, according to a Washington Post article reprinted by MSNBC News: “Keep Virginia evolving.”  Their chosen mission is to defend evolution from intrusions by the intelligent design movement and conservative Republicans and Christians.  Peter Slevin writes:Evolution’s newest defenders, who came together in frustration after the November elections, have little political experience, apart from hoisting Kerry-Edwards signs in morning traffic.  They mostly are middle-class people with day jobs.  Some had protested the Vietnam War but had rarely felt inspired to undertake political activism since.  Together, they call themselves the Message Group and depict themselves as “determined and balanced” voters worried about social conservatives.    “I fear for my country.  That sounds like a radical notion, something from the ’60s, but there is a pervasive fear, a scariness,” said Richard Lawrence, 63, a retired Environmental Protection Agency employee who voted for Nixon.  “We’re just a small group, maybe with a powerful idea.  We don’t have a clue, but we’re not letting go.”….    The Message Group was created out of its members’ disappointment.  After President Bush was reelected and Republicans strengthened their hold on Capitol Hill, the group’s future comrades were among millions of demoralized Kerry voters who had invested fresh emotional energy and elbow grease in politics, only to fall short.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Starting from scratch about seven months ago, the group realized they shared a general angst but no mission.  After some discussion, they landed on the cause of defending evolution, especially after hearing that a Baptist pastor had predicted that if enough doubt could be cast on evolution, liberalism would die.  The thought of that prospect apparently provided the spark to lift them out of the malaise of depression and frustration over Kerry’s defeat and give them a new rallying cry.Now, though their aim of defeating intelligent design is explicit, their strategy is, well, evolving.    They selected evolution after deciding that other issues, such as Social Security revisions, were well-covered by bigger, richer groups.  The emerging duel over the teaching of science, they reasoned, was important, local and manageable, an area in which they could make a small impact – and if they got lucky, a big one.They decided to take a stand in Virginia before ID advocates take up their cause in school board hearings.  Their first mailer, urging 75 like-minded souls to “Keep Virginia evolving,” failed to stir the masses to rise up, Slevin said; this draft leaflet “landed with an ugly thud.”  The cause did not resonate with Virginia Democrats somehow.  Those who even knew about it suggested that ignoring ID was the best strategy.  The Message Group tried again, this time with the approach of linking ID with the culture war and the Christian Right.  Fairfax County, which recently chastised a creationist teacher (see 06/14/2005 entry), might join their cause, they hoped.  They also planned to hold a mock Scopes Trial (see 07/19/2005 entry) with the roles reversed for effect, and plotted to link their efforts with the gubernatorial campaign next year.  Meanwhile, the Creation Mega-Conference that started Sunday at Liberty University has not seemed to notice these new foes.    One of the leaders of the Message Group was a former Vietnam sit-in protestor who hasn’t been politically active for years, but was challenged by his wife, who said, according to Slevin, “You used to be so active.  You used to be so smart.  Why don’t you get off your butt and do something?”  Another was upset by what he perceived as hypocrisy among Christians.  Another feels the religious right is a “pernicious foe.”  Conservatives who have heard about this are laughing that it will backfire, stimulating Virginians “to come out and defend their beliefs and vote Republican.”  They think it will make liberals spend a lot of energy but accomplish little.  Slevin points out that the Message Group seems more interested in psychotherapy to alleviate their depression over the Kerry loss than any genuine concern about the truth of evolution: “The new activists describe the effort as a catharsis, no matter the outcome.”This is really funny.  It almost makes you feel sympathy for these old Vietnam hippies with their tie-dye shirts and long gray hair.  There must be something they can do.  Ah!  Here’s a flag we can send up the pole to see if anyone salutes: “Keep Virginia evolving!”  Yes, Virginia, there really is a Charlie Darwin.    One of the leaders said, “I’m just a citizen, not a scientist.  I’ve even had to do a lot of reading to catch up.”  We could suggest some books.  We could also suggest a strategy.  Forget the Scopes sit-in, the chants and incense, and come up with a plausible Darwinian mechanism to explain the origin of life and the molecular machinery of the cell.  Explain the explosively abrupt appearance of all the major body plans in the fossil record simultaneously.  Prove that mind is nothing more than an emergent property of brain chemistry (without committing a logical fallacy in doing so).  Explain the fine-tuning of the universe by chance.  Provide solid scientific answers to these and the other questions the ID community are raising, and you will steal their thunder.    Doesn’t this story just nail the connection between Darwinism and political liberalism? (see 12/02/2004 entry).  When liberal Democrats, who supposedly emphasize free speech, look for a cause in science to land on, it is predictably pro-evolution and the stifling of dissent about Darwin and his materialist philosophy.  Historically, this has usually been the case.  The pro-evolutionists throughout the 19th century were predominantly leftist or radical in political ideology, whether German materialists like Vogt and Buchner, or Karl Marx in London, even Darwin himself and his most ardent supporters.  Liberalism and evolutionism are inextricably linked.  The question is, which is the cart, and which is the horse?(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Big, Small, and Medium in Connecticut’s ZE Challenge

first_imgSince we last mentioned the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, back in July, many of its 18 entries have progressed significantly, including one beach-area build in Madison, with a view of the Long Island Sound, that recently attracted the attention of the New Haven Register, and several other far more modest (but just as interesting) projects elsewhere in the state.The Challenge, which officially launched in May 2009, is scheduled to end December 1, when the operating performance of each home will be evaluated using the Residential Energy Services Network’s HERS Index. The results will be announced on December 8. The three lowest HERS ratings win prize money: $15,000 for first place, $10,000 for second, $5,000 for third. But virtually all participants get at least some free publicity.The project in Madison is one of the bigger homes on the Challenge list, a six-bedroom with 4,300 sq. ft. aboveground and, in the basement, another 330 sq. ft. of conditioned space. Its owners, who live nearby, intend to use the house to accommodate family and other visitors during the warm months. It is, obviously, about double the size of homes that fit the ideal green-home profile, although the design and systems configurations for this particular house will allow sections of it to be shut down in the off-season, reducing the conditioned space to 3,000 sq. ft.Russell Campaigne, of Campaigne Kestner Architects, says the project’s 2×6 framing will be filled with Demilec Agribalance spray foam insulation; a 2-in. layer of expanded polystyrene foam will be used to create a contiguous envelope, and OSB sheathing will cover the exterior insulation. The exterior-wall system is expected to deliver R-30 thermal resistance, on average, while the roof system is designed to provide R-45. The building will also be equipped with orientation-specific glazing, overhangs, 9.6 kW of photovoltaics, solar hot water, and a zoned ground-source heat pump.The other big homesThe home in Madison is big, but not the largest home in the running. That distinction belongs to a 4,944 sq. ft. home being built in New Canaan by BPC Green Builders (which also is building a 3,700 sq. ft. home in Ridgefield that is among the contestants). Three other projects in the contest lineup are over 4,000 sq. ft. – a four-bedroom house in South New Milford, at 4,600 sq. ft.; a 4,400 sq. ft. five-bedroom home in Fairfield; and a 4,363 sq. ft. five-bedroom in Avon.Two affordable-housing contendersAnother of the entries, a nine-unit group of homes being built for the Guilford Housing Authority by Norwalk-based Green Planet Options, is moving along within the financial constraints of affordable housing. Built in clusters of three, these homes will each offer 600 sq. ft. of conditioned space. The developer says the units will be built on R-24 insulated concrete forms that also feature perimeter sub-slab insulation. Exterior walls will be insulated to R-38 and ceilings to R-57. Each roof will be covered with light-reflecting, standing-seam metal and, if all goes as planned, will be equipped with a 2.76-kW photovoltaic array.The project will be seeking LEED certification and will incorporate additional green and sustainable materials and methods throughout, Green Planet says, adding that the Guilford Housing Authority wants the new housing to serve as an example of small, well designed, energy efficient, affordable housing.Another Challenge project underway on a modest budget is a set of three duplexes in Hartford, each offering two three-bedroom units of 1,576 sq. ft. Leading the way is Crosskey Architects, which is presenting the project as an affordable, energy efficient prototype for SAND Corporation, one of Connecticut’s oldest nonprofit developers.Crosskey, in collaboration with Acorn Consulting Engineers, has designed the units to operate 67% more efficiently than comparable units built to code. Like their Challenge competitors, these homes will rely on a combination of energy efficient construction, HVAC refinements, and renewable-energy sources, including, for this particular project, ground-source heat pumps, heat-recovery ventilators, solar hot water, and thorough insulation and air sealing.Energy efficiency in OakdaleAiming more at the middle of the market, Challenge contestant Ark Contractors has entered its 2,800 sq. ft. three-bedroom home in Oakdale, in southeastern Connecticut. Called the Greenbriar, the home features R-10 insulation under the slab, R-20 basement walls, R-40 exterior walls, and an R-60 roof. Builder James Pepitone notes that much of the insulation was attached outside of the frame to reduce thermal bridging and moisture buildup in the wall cavity. The exterior-wall system includes 3 in. of foil-faced and sealed polyisocyanurate, with a 1-in. air chamber between the siding and the insulation.The centerpiece of the HVAC system for this house is a hybrid air-source heat pump that generates heat at outdoor temperatures down to 40°F; below that, a gas-fired furnace kicks in to supplement the heat pump. Like all of the other Challenge entries, this house will be equipped with a PV system – a 10-kW installation, in this case.last_img read more

Srinagar’s Deputy Mayor attacked, injured in council meeting

first_imgSrinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran was injured after corporators attacked him during an ongoing corporation session in Srinagar on Monday.Mr. Imran said he fell down after a heavy object was flung at him “by BJP and RSS-backed councillors during the meeting”.“I have been consistently opposing BJP’s footprints here and won’t tolerate any interference in our religious identity. As I was comforting myself on the seat during the meeting, BJP and RSS-backed councillors flung an object at me, resulting in multiple stitches on the face. It was a planned attack,” said Mr. Imran.Mr. Imran appealed to Governor Satya Pal Malik and the Chief Secretary to look into the matter.However, a section of corporators accused Mr. Imran of “making their lives vulnerable in Kashmir by labelling them as pro-BJP”. “Mr. Imran, and not us, is in touch with top BJP leaders of the State. We contested the elections as independents,” they alleged.Meanwhile, Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu said the house was in complete order and the handful who created a ruckus were evicted. “If there was any violence, there will be consequences as per the law,” he said.The proceedings of the council was adjourned after the incident. The police have taken cognisance of the incident.Srinagar elected 76 municipal corporators in a much-delayed elections held in October last year. The elections witnessed very low turnout as both the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party decided to stay away from the polls.last_img read more

Trouble-free wins

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Meanwhile, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial fined four members of Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer for their involvement in the on-court incident that marred Game 5 of the Finals between the Beermen and Magnolia Hotshots.A fan dressed as Spider-Man, later identified as Paolo Felizarta, ran into the court in the fourth quarter of Game 5, resulting in a skirmish that stretched into the tunnel leading to the dugout.Players Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid were both fined P75,000 and were banned from playing three games, while assistant team manager Daniel Henares and team physician Dr. Ramon Ibanez were slapped with P50,000 penalties and were also suspended for two games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Perhaps the players got challenged,” he said.The Aces, meanwhile, couldn’t find a way to plug the absence of Chris Banchero, the top performer in their first win this conference who sat out Wednesday night’s game due to an injured calf.In the second game, Terrence Jones had 41 points and 14 rebounds as TNT whipped NLEX, 102-87.Jones validated all the hype that surrounded his arrival, dumping 23 points in the first half alone to power the KaTropa.“My teammates helped a lot, especially defensively and they really helped get me going,” Jones said.ADVERTISEMENT Mighty takes Gilas PH spot in Taipei Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ANTIPOLO—NorthPort, without its foremost weapon, flaunted its depth to topple an equally hobbled Alaska side, 103-81, on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT The Batang Pier banked on feisty performances by import Prince Ibeh, Sean Anthony and Robert Bolick in the second half to pull away from the Aces.“We usually just do well for three quarters. Then in the fourth, we’re no longer executing, we’re no longer playing defense,” coach Pido Jarencio said after steering the Batang Pier to their first win in the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“[Tonight] we delivered completely … We played 48 minutes of good basketball.”It was a solid show for NorthPort despite the absence of star guard Stanley Pringle. But Jarencio said the absence of Pringle, who is recovering from a procedure to remove bone spurs and who will rejoin the squad in its next game, actually helped fire up the squad. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more