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For Maley and Her Infant Son, GOL and Us All Should Care for Our…

first_imgHomeless, mentally challenged woman named Maley, eight months pregnant, was discovered on the bare sidewalk last week by Daily Observer Woman and Family columnist, Claudia Smith.With a deep feeling of compassion and distress, Claudia started paying attention to Maley, talking to her and to market women on the sidewalk near the Ministry of Finance, sometimes elsewhere, where she spent hungry, painful, sleepless hours in an advanced stage of pregnancy.On the evening of April 9, 2016, Claudia went to Mechlin Street to find Maley. The market women told Claudia that Maley had gone into labor pain and left toward Nelson Street, Snapper Hill. Claudia followed the path, thinking that Maley had gone to the Snapper Hill Clinic, which denied that she was there.Alas, Claudia found Maley on a nearby sidewalk in front of Prime Radio Station, where Maley had single handedly delivered her baby! Sellers near the American Embassy took off their lappas and circled around the mentally challenged mother who had miraculously played the role of midwife and doctor, self-delivering her own infant. The lappas were intended to protect the mother and child.The women and passersby were all asked if any would volunteer to take the baby. No one offered. Edwina, who suffers from a skin disorder, picked up the baby and agreed to watch over him until a relative or the mother could come for him. How God takes care of His own regardless of how desperate, destitute and deranged their condition! The world over women are dying with their infants in childbirth, even amidst ultra-modern facilities—remember American First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s stillborn child in the White House in Washington, 1961?Now here is a mentally challenged woman successfully self-delivering her son on a Monrovia sidewalk! What else can we do but raise our hands to Heaven and shout, “Great God!”But Claudia did something else. She reported the miracle to the Observer management, who provided funds for her to take the mother to a medical facility and later to a psychiatric clinic on Du Port Road, where, fortunately, these kindhearted people accepted her, provided that Maley be treated before admission. She was taken to Benjamin Memorial Clinic and placed on a six-day treatment plan.The City of Monrovia has more than its share of mentally challenged people—men and women. Some of the men, like one on McDonald Street, Crown Hill, go about stark naked—but thankfully, none of the women. What strategy have the Ministries of Health (MOH) and Gender and Development, which has now taken over the “Social Welfare” function once handled by MOH, to keep these impoverished and desperate people off the streets of the Liberian capital? You mean neither of these Ministries has a fund set aside to give emergency care to these people—even to a mentally challenged woman in labor?Remember, the two Ministries, like the Liberian Presidency, are headed by women! What are MOH Minister Bernice Dahn and Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell doing to help these poor people, imprisoned and trapped by mental instability?There are not, and may never be, many Claudia Smiths roaming the streets looking to see how they can help such people.That, however, is what governments are for—to help their people, especially the most vulnerable and vagrant (roaming). There MUST be a way out. We cannot throw up our hands in desperation, just like many deprived, hopeless people on our streets. Thank God Maley, though destitute and mentally disabled, did not behave like that—she did not throw up her hands, but carefully, methodically and lovingly self-delivered her child, who, thank God, is alive and well today!If the government and the rest of us assume a posture of desperation and inertia (apathy, inaction), what about Maley and people like her who are definitely in far, far more desperate situations than we?If the government will not act, then we need another Antoinette Tubman to build another psychiatric hospital to care for our mentally challenged citizenry. Yes, it was Mrs. Tubman, President W.V.S. Tubman’s wife, whose Social Services Association of Liberia built the Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Center (Rehab), off the Robertsfield highway in Paynesville.Today, many unscrupulous Liberians have squatted and built on the hospital’s site, donated by Mrs. Ellen Mills Scarborough, a Liberian educator, in memory of her sister, Dr. Catherine Mills, MD.Who will be the next Antoinette Tubman?But while we wait for one to emerge, we humbly suggest that the two female Ministers, Dahn and Duncan Cassell, could join with our only practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Benjamin Harris, and find land somewhere nearby and erect a new Rehab to care for ALL our mentally challenged people.And why, we are compelled to ask, is our only other psychiatrist, French-trained Dr. E.B. McClain, still working in the Mansion, rather than caring for our mentally challenged people?And where is Dr. Barclay, our Atlanta-based female psychiatrist, who offered her services to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center but was apparently rejected?Although we serve an all- powerful, all-loving and most merciful God, it would be risky, even irresponsible for us always to depend on Him to do for us what He has empowered us to do for ourselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

350 Voter Registration Kits Arrive

first_imgAs voter registration for the upcoming presidential and representative elections begins early next year, the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced the arrival of 350 Voter Registration Kits (VRKs) into the country today. The VRKs, according to a release issued by the NEC, contain solar panels, cameras, and accessories. “These items were brought in from Europe through the auspices of the European Union (EU),” the release said.With the arrival of the kits, the NEC is at the verge of swinging into full gear to commence the electoral exercises. According to the NEC electoral timetable, the Civil Voter Education (CVE) will be officially launched on January 4, while the voter registration exercise begins on February 1 and runs until March 24.The voter registration consignment is part of the larger batch of 1,350 kits the EU has procured through funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The remaining consignment of 1,000 voter registration kits is expected early next year.The NEC said a portion of the kits that will arrive today will be used for the training of the estimated 8,320 registration staff that will commence the process early January.Next year’s elections have been termed by many as a very crucial exercise for the country as it will see for the first time a democratically elected government where the sitting president will be turning over the gavel of authority to another democratically elected government. The last time this happened was in 1944, when then outgoing President Edwin J. Barclay relinquished power to incoming President William V. S. Tubman.Many of the country’s development partners, such as the US, Sweden, UNDP, EU Norway and others, have, however, committed themselves to the 2017 elections to ensure that the country undergoes a smooth transition, stated the press release.United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has also come to the aid of the NEC’s logistical needs with a promise to provide 20 vehicles for the upcoming electoral process. In yesterday’s statement, the NEC also expressed gratitude to USAID for what it described as, “timely intervention in the logistical needs of the entity.”“We want to be grateful that USAID has promised to provide the NEC with 20 vehicles to assist with the pending VR exercise,” the release said.Meanwhile, the Government of Sweden and UNDP on Wednesday, December 14, signed an agreement to support the work of the NEC during the 2015-2018 electoral cycle (Election Project). The Swedish Government has also announced its commitment to contribute US$2.7 million to the National Elections Commission (NEC) through the UNDP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pele spokesperson denies hospital reports

first_imgBut his spokesperson branded those reports as “fake news”.Pele made his first public appearance since December’s World Cup draw with a zimmer frame in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.“He said he’s not going because it’s going to be very tiring, very stressful,” said Pepito Fornos.“He had this trip to England, but the trip to Rio was very tiring and so to face another trip, with transits at several airports, wasn’t possible.”Pele — the only player to win three World Cups — has struggled with ill health and was unable to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games.Pele “has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion”, said the FWA earlier on Friday.“He is on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully there is no suggestion of anything more serious.”Pele helped inspire Brazil to World Cup victories in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during his 21-year career, including a Brazilian record 77 goals in 92 international appearances.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pele pictured during the opening event of the 2018 Carioca Football Championship at Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro on January 15, 2018 © AFP/File / Mauro PIMENTELRio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 19 – Pele’s spokesperson dismissed reports the footballing legend had been hospitalised on Friday, saying the 77-year-old was resting at home.The Brazilian cancelled a trip to London this weekend for a dinner in his honour with the English Football Writers’ Association (FWA), with the FWA saying he had collapsed from exhaustion and been taken to hospital.last_img read more

Kansas Removes Darwinism from Protected Status

first_imgIt’s official; the Kansas school board has accepted new science standards that permit criticisms of Darwinism, reported Evolution News.  This makes Kansas the fifth state to allow both evidences for and against Darwinism to be taught, and brings their definition of science in line with the majority of other states.    News reactions were not far behind; MSNBC news was perhaps the mildest, even though they incorrectly defined intelligent design with reference to a “higher power.”  USA Today said that evolution defenders weighed in their voices before the vote with an email campaign calling the standards “backward.”  The new standards still teach only Darwinism, however – intelligent design is expressly denied – but the fact that evidences against evolution would be permitted was enough to anger opponents of the decision; EurekAlert posted a response by AAAS president Alan Leshner, for instance, that claimed the decision will hurt the economy and undermine science education.  BBC News actually lied about the ruling, calling it an “intelligent design policy” and claiming that teachers have been “ordered” to tell pupils that the “universe is so complex that it may have been created by a higher power.”  The standards contain no such statement or obligation; on the contrary, the standards explicitly disclaim the teaching of intelligent design.  Nevertheless, even though students will be learning more about Darwinism than ever before, the BBC titled their article, “Evolution suffers science setback” accompanied by a picture of Charles Darwin that made him look saddened by the decision.  LiveScience proclaimed, “Kansas School Board Votes Against Science.”    Science1 magazine last week hoped that a move to prohibit use of copyrighted material in the standards might delay adoption till a time-consuming rewrite with substitute language could be completed (the NAS and Natl. Science Teachers Assn. are denying the school board permission to use any of their materials).  If this delays adoption of the standards for a year, five seats on the board will be up for election in November 2006 – and four of those are held by conservatives.    In Pennsylvania, testimony wrapped up last Friday in the Dover trial.  The L.A. Times gave pretty good press about Michael Behe’s testimony; at least Jonathan Witt thought so on Evolution News.  The controversy draws in lots of opinions from all quarters.  Owen Gingerich criticized both sides on Science and Theology News; MSNBC posted a large photo of Darwin’s great-great-grandson in the Harrisburg audience, probably more for anecdotal than substantive value; French Catholic Cardinal Paul Poupard warned against fundamentalism in attempting to smooth relations with the Darwinists, according to Associated Press; E. O. Wilson coined the phrase “intelligent evolution” in his article praising the legacy of Charles Darwin in Harvard Magazine (though EvolutionNews insisted he got the definition of I.D. wrong again); and Casey Luskin, reporting in Evolution News about the cross-examination of biochemist Scott Minnich on the witness stand in Dover, overheard a listener on the plaintiff side admitting, “the witness is smarter than the lawyer.”1Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Groups Wield Copyright Power to Delay Kansas Standards,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5749, 754, 4 November 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5749.754a].Everybody seems to be claiming the other side is generating more heat than light.  Don’t they know that heat is a form of light?  That’s basic physics, and so is Newton’s 3.5th Law: every action has an equal and opposite criticism.  Heat feels good on a freezing day.  It’s about time things thawed out a little since the wicked witch Tinker Bell (09/22/2005) turned the animals to stone and made it always winter and never Christmas.  Fear not the warming rays, but rather the bluster and howls of rhetorical witchery that blankets the landscape with lies and hate.  At the end of the long Darwinian ice age, seeing the sun again finally, with both heat and light, is making the world come alive.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa a good investment: OBG

first_img12 June 2012 South Africa boasts an attractive investment environment that few regional peers could match, according to a report by the Oxford Business Group that focuses on the country’s drive to cement its position as the gateway to the rest of Africa through a wave of major initiatives. The Report: South Africa 2012, launched in Johannesburg on Friday, gives wide-ranging coverage of the government’s efforts to boost growth across South Africa’s industrial sector, particularly in manufacturing, in a bid to address the country’s unemployment problems.Automotive, steel, mining, transport This includes extensive analysis of South Africa’s automotive and steel sectors, which are well positioned to spearhead further economic growth and attract investment. It also considers the extensive transport infrastructure upgrades under way, as well as initiatives being put in place to improve SA’s energy infrastructure and secure steady power supplies as the country looks to tackle the challenge of rising demand. South Africa’s mining industry also comes under the spotlight, as the report documents the potential for expansion in new markets, especially China, while exploring promising growth segments such as iron ore. The Oxford Business Group (OGB) publishes economic intelligence on 33 countries around the world from its offices in Istanbul, Dubai and London. The group spent about nine months in the country compiling the report in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry.‘Attractive investment environment’ OBG regional editor Robert Tashima said that while South Africa faced some sizable structural challenges, it still boasted an attractive investment environment that few regional peers could match. “South Africa has made a fairly strong recovery from the 2009 contraction, driven in large part by domestic consumption,” Tashima said in a statement. “The focus over the medium term will need to unshackle greater output in productive sectors, particularly those that provide greater multiplier effects, such as industry and infrastructure.” Tashima described South Africa’s economy as sophisticated, noting that it took about 19 days to register a business in the country – much faster than in most African countries – and adding that the country’s government budget was in good health. Unemployment at 24% was described as a structural challenge, and inequality in South African society as posing “long term concern”. “The problems are concerning, but they are not a cause for despondency,” Tashima said. The report credits South Africa with having policy and political stability, a good business environment, rich natural resources and strong infrastructure. “These can propel the economy forward, they offer opportunity,” Tashima said. On the energy side, with initiatives like the renewable independent power producers programme under way, the report found that prospects for growth were “electrifying”. Some of the growth strategies identified in the report include diversification of exports and strengthening of skills sets.‘Serious long-term growth potential’ “The central message contained in the report is that South Africa offers significant and serious long-term growth and development potential despite the challenges which we confront at present, some of which are not of our own making but … the winds of the world economy blowing in our direction,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at Friday’s launch. “The report articulates a clear message that South Africa is open for business,” Davies said, adding that it was important to situate the report within the context of the country’s economic strategy. The Report: South Africa 2012 contains an exclusive interview with President Jacob Zuma, together with a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for investors. It provides a wide range of contributions from leading political, economic and business representatives, including the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. International personalities, including OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria, Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Fernando Damata Pimentel, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, Virgin Atlantic president Richard Branson, also offer their views on South Africa’s economic development. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

How To Develop A Festival Strategy For Your Film That Doesn’t Waste Time Or Money

first_imgI’ve submitted my films to dozens of festivals over the years and have screened at quite a few – although in the early days if I knew what I do now I could have saved a lot of time and money. Follow these tips for finding the right festivals (and having a higher acceptance rate).Getting your film into the right festival is an art of it’s own. Not only do you need to be careful about the content that you submit and how it’s submitted, but just as importantly you need to make sure that the festivals you submit to are worth your time and effort.In order to develop a festival strategy for yourself, it’s important to first identify the different types of festivals to see where your film fits in. After all, the average festival submission can be anywhere from $20 – $100, so even just applying to 10 – 15 festivals can start costing you thousands of dollars. Let’s take a look at the different types of festivals….Top Tier FestivalsImage from FlickrIf you’re just starting out, you may have your sights set on some of the larger festivals – Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, etc. These festivals are of course amongst the largest and most prestigious in the industry, but they should be approached with caution as their acceptance rates are extremely low. For instance this year Sundance alone received nearly 13,000 short film submissions, and they will only be screening 150 or so. It’s important to keep that kind of statistic in mind when applying to these festivals as the chances of getting in are pretty slim.That said, if you feel your film is strong enough to compete then by all means submit it – just don’t get too discouraged if it gets rejected as that is not necessarily a reflection of the quality of your work. If you do get into one of these festivals however, it can truly launch your career – especially if your film is a feature. So to re-iterate – don’t rule out these large scale festivals, but also don’t put all your eggs in one basket.Mid-Range FestivalsI consider festivals like Slamdance, Palm Springs, and South By Southwest to be mid-range festivals. They are large enough that they get lots of media exposure and celebrity appearances, but smaller than the top tier festivals (meaning your film may have a better shot of actually getting in).Personally, I feel that these festivals are the sweet spot for up and coming filmmakers. Not just because your chances of getting in are higher, but also because when you do get in your film may get more attention than it would have at a larger festival where it is competing with huge films that can overshadow yours. Many filmmakers that have had films in large festivals and mid-range festivals have actually seen more success with their film as far as exposure and sales from the mid-sized festivals, so keep that in mind.Niche FestivalsRight now there are an abundance of niche festivals and they are growing rapidly every year. Niche can mean anything from a genre festival (like Fantasia International Film Festival) to themed festivals (women’s rights, African American, etc.) to small regional festivals that now exist in just about every town in North America.Some of these festivals can be particularly good options as they have a higher acceptance rate of films (giving you a better shot at getting in), but they also can connect you with an audience that is more likely to respond well to your film given they are attending a niche festival in the first place.Another benefit of these festivals is that they are usually relatively inexpensive to submit to, so it can’t hurt to submit to quite a few of them. The only real downside to these festivals is that it can be difficult to assess the quality level of them before you’ve actually seen them in person. Be sure to check out their website and do some homework before submitting so you don’t end up wasting your time.So Where Do You Submit Your Film?I truly believe in a multi-faceted approach to this. You don’t want to only submit to a handful of top-tier festivals and risk not getting in anywhere, but similarly you don’t want to only submit to the really small festivals either as you may not get the exposure you’re looking for. Your strategy is going to differ based on the genre of your film and the length as well. For instance if you have a Grindhouse slasher flick, you’re probably going to do better at the niche level, which is great as you may end up screening at a couple dozen niche festivals and cleaning up with awards and prize money.Even so – it’s worth submitting to a number of mid-sized festivals and top-tier festivals because genre films can of course screen anywhere. Conversely, if you have a slightly larger scale film that might have some recognizable names or faces in it, than go for the gold and submit to mainly top tier and mid-range festivals. Having a name actor in your film doesn’t guarantee acceptance by any stretch, but it certainly helps.If you think your film has a realistic shot at a big festival than go for it. Just pace yourself so that you don’t blow your festival submission budget just on a few festivals.If you have a feature film (as opposed to a short) you also need to be cognizant of the ‘premiere status’. Many large festivals want to have a world premiere for all of their features, so you want to make sure to time out your submissions carefully. You might apply to Cannes at the same time as a small regional festival, and if you were to screen at the regional festival first, there is a good chance that Cannes would disqualify your film even if they wanted to accept it otherwise.This doesn’t apply as much to smaller or even middle of the road festivals, but if you are going after the big guys, be aware of this and make sure you wait to hear from them first before premiering anywhere else. As for short films – there is a lot more leniency. Festivals still generally do prefer a premiere, but it’s very unlikely that your film will get cut out of the running for screening somewhere else. Actually in many cases the opposite can be true. Once your film gets some momentum on the festival circuit, other festivals will start to approach you and request that your film is included in their festival – effectively bypassing the submission process. This is most common with large/top-tier festivals but can happen with any festival that gets a decent amount of exposure.How To Plan It OutOne of the biggest keys to your festival run success is simple preparation. Know before you even write your script which festivals you want to target. Write your script with that in mind and be realistic about your goals. Once you have crafted a product that is really strong but also focused and targeted toward a specific type of festival then you’ll be in a really good starting place.Make sure you time out your production/post schedule carefully as well to ensure you’re meeting the right deadlines and getting your packages out in time. This is especially relevant for features that are going after major film festivals. Most importantly, diversify your submissions – send out a few to the major players regardless of your genre/length, but also send out a number to the mid-sized festivals and niche festivals. Every film will need it’s own unique strategy, but speaking for myself – my strategy going forward on my next feature will be:Submit 30% to major festivalsSubmit 50% to mid-range festivalsSubmit 20% to niche festivalsThis is generally a good ratio for many indie films, but could be off the mark if you’re doing something very specific or heavily genre based.Another point to make is that you don’t need to go at this alone. There are some really great festival consultants out there that can help guide you through this process. If you’re unsure about which path to take, meet with a consultant and see what they have to say. Even if you end up spending $500 on the consultation fee, you may actually save money in the long run as they can tell you pretty realistically which festivals you have a better shot at getting into. So rather than submitting to 30 festivals blindly, and getting into 2 or 3, you might end up submitting to 10 and getting into 7 or 8.And finally, make sure not to get discouraged when you don’t get accepted to a festival – big or small. It doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t like your film, it just means it didn’t fit with their program. Many amazing films have been rejected from major festivals and have gone on to get theatrical distribution, and many films that were accepted to festivals like Cannes or Sundance never saw the light of day. Festivals aren’t the be all end all, but they are a great launching pad for your film when approached strategically.last_img read more

CLT20 2014: Top cricketers choose IPL giants over domestic teams

first_imgChampions League T20 tournament is scheduled to be played in India from September 13 to October 4All the players named by more than two teams for the Champions League Twenty20, including South African legend Jacques Kallis and West Indian dasher Kieron Pollard, have opted for their IPL franchises instead of their domestic teams.”Eight players scheduled to take part in the competition were in high demand after being named in more than one squad, after their respective Twenty20 clubs from around the world qualified for the tournament,” CLT20 organisers said in a statement.The tournament is scheduled to be played in India from September 13 to October 4.Explaining the process for deciding which teams these players would represent, CLT20 Governing Council member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Dean Kino, said like previous seasons, the IPL franchises will have to financially compensate the teams that the players have left.”Like previous seasons, players who have been named by more than one team have been asked to nominate which side they are going to represent. Players are free to make any decision they wish. Teams are then allowed to replace any player that has withdrawn from their squad and elected to play for another side,” he said.”CLT20 regulations state that when a player elects to play for their ‘away’ team, that team must pay the ‘home’ team $150,000 compensation per player. A ‘home’ team is classified as a team from the country a player is eligible to represent in international cricket,” he added.advertisementTherefore, New Zealand’s rising star Corey Anderson will play for Mumbai Indians, while Australia’s George Bailey will turn up for Kings XI Punjab. Kallis has opted for Kolkata Knight Riders instead of Cape Cobras, while Pollard and Lasith Malinga have gone with Mumbai Indians.The tournament will follow a format similar to the three previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the competition. The Group Stage will be played from September 17 to October 4. It will feature 10 teams. The Qualifier will be played from September 13 to September 16.At the Group stage, each side will play the other four in its group once, with the top two sides from each group going through to the semi-finals. In the Qualifier, all teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the Group Stage.The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B, and vice versa, in the semi-finals, both of which will be played at Hyderabad on October 2. Bengaluru will host the final on October 4.Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders, Dolphins, Perth Scorchers, Chennai Super Kings, A team from the Qualifier.Group B: Kings XI Punjab, Cape Cobras, Hobart Hurricanes, Barbados Tridents, A team from the QualifierQualifier: Q1 – Lahore Lions, Q2 – Mumbai Indians, Q3 -Northern Knights, Q4 – Southern Express.Squads(from):Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, R. Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, John Hastings, Brendon McCullum, Samuel Badree, Francois Du PlessisKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins, Andre RussellNorthern Knights: Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult, Brad Wilson, Kane Williamson, Daniel Flynn, BJ Watling, Graeme Aldridge, Anton Devcich, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Harris, Scott Styris, Trent Boult, Daniel VettoriPerth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Yasir Arafat, Michael Beer, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, Joel Paris, Craig Simmons, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges, Sam WhitemanKings XI Punjab: George Bailey, Thisara Perera, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Rajesh Patel, Karanveer Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Anureet Singh, Parvinder AwanaMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Aditya Tare, Jalaj Saxena, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Mike Hussey, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Marchant De Lange, Lendl SimmonsSouthern Express: Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunatilake, Angelo Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perara, Prasanna Seekuge, Ishan Jayaratne, Farvees Maharoof, Kasun Madushanka, Yasoda Lanka, Charith Jayampathi, Sachith Pathirana, Sandaken Lakshen, Dilshan T.MCape Cobras: Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Aviwe Mgijima, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Zakhele Qwabe, Omphile Ramela, Stiaan Van Zyl, Dane VilasLahore Lions: Mohammed Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Siddique Khan, Muhammad Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshaid, Muhammad Salman Ali, Asif Raza, Muhammad Mustafa Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Bin Ilyas Cheema, Imran Ali, Saad Naseem, Adnan Rasool, Muhammad Saeed, Ali ManzooradvertisementHobart Hurricanes: Tim Paine, Jon Wells, Evan Gulbis, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dom Michael, Sam Rainbird, Travis Birt, Doug Bollinger, Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Ben Laughlin, Ben Dunk, Shoaib MalikDolphins: Daryn Smit, Daryn Miles Dupavillon, Cody Chetty, Vaughn Bernard Van Jaarsveld, Khayelihle Zondo, Robert Frylinck, Morne Nico Van Wyk, Kyle John Abbott, Craig John Alexander, Jonathan David Vandiar, Keshav Athmanand Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Cameron Scott Delport, Andile Lucky Phehlukwayo, Bongumusa Sibonelo MakhanyaBarbados Tridents: Shane Dowrich, Jeevan Mendis, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Neil Mckenzie, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit, Raymon Reifer, Kyle Mayers, William Perkins, James Franklin, Elton Chigumbura, Dilshan Munaweeralast_img read more

Gokulam Kerala FC Dominate Chennai City FC to Reach Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Semis

first_img What a convincing victory against I League Champions ! MALABARIANS ENTER THE SEMIFINALS IN STYLE🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/rR2lWcNLfh— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) October 26, 2019In the 4th minute, Chennai had a corner that was delivered right at the goalmouth but nobody could get a clear connection with the ball.In the 5th minute, Chennai goalkeeper Nauzet was called to action as the brilliant shot from Gokulam had to be punched out by him.8th minute, a brilliant free kick was delivered towards the far post, where Henry Kisekka controlled the ball and shot at the goal but Nauzet got his hand to save the first attempt. However, Lalromawia was in front of the goal to slot in the rebound.In the 11th minute, Nathaniel Garcia sent a fabulous free kick into the box, Irshad put in a brilliant dummy and with the ball at Henry’s feet, he made no mistake and slotted the ball home.Chennai City FC failed to asset themselves properly with Gokulam Kerala defenders doing a good job at keeping their moves at bay.In the 25th minute, Lalromawia found an unmarked Henry but his shot was saved by Nauzet.Gokulam Kerala FC remained on top throughout the first half but no more goals were registered as the teams went into half time with the scoreline reading 2-0 in favour of the Durand Cup champions.Gokulam missed a golden chance to score a third in the 57th minute when Sebastian missed a sitter. It was Nathaniel once again at the heart of the move as he danced with the ball in the Chennai box to find Henry, who found an unmarked Sebastian. The wing back however sent his shot well over the bar.In the 71st minute, Chennai came close to finding a goal back but Andre played the role of a perfect shield to held Ubaid collect the ball. Immediately on the counter, Gokulam created a chance of their own but were able to finish it.Henry Kisekka was a handful for the Chennai defence throughout the match before Muirang came on for him. In the 84th minute, Marcus, who had come on as substitution for Lalromawia, went for goal but was denied by Nauzet.Eventually, Chennai failed to make any real inroads against Gokulam and the Durand Cup champions strolled into the semi-finals. Chennai City FCfootballGokulam Kerala FCindian football First Published: October 26, 2019, 5:38 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img New Delhi: Gokulam Kerala FC advanced to the semi-finals of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup on Saturday after a comfortable 2-0 win over I-League 2018-19 champions Chennai City FC at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.Gokulam Kerala, who are the first club from Kerala to participate in an AFC-recognised tournament, joined Mohun Bagan in the semi-finals as the Kolkata club had sealed their place with a 1-0 win over Chittagong Abahani. Chennai City FC had already been knocked out of the tournament after their second loss two days ago itself but could not stop Gokulam from advancing to the last four, with Lalromawia and Henry Kisekka getting on the scoresheet.It was the I-League champions Chennai City FC who had the initial possession but as Gokulam Kerala FC took control of the match, they were clearly the better team.last_img read more

BMW i8 to go all electric?

first_imgAccording to AutoCar India, the BMW i division, the German car-makers plug-in electric vehicles department, is planning to take a step forward and convert the i8 into an all electric vehicle in the next few years. However, the idea to go all-electric is still in developing process and a possible outcome can only be expected by 2017 or 2018.ALSO READ:Shah Rukh Khan buys the BMW i8: All you need to know about the carBMW i8 Currently, the BMW i8 coupe comes with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, and if the report comes true, then the new updated i8 could sport a considerably bigger battery with new high power electric motors instead of the hybrid mill used on the BMW i8 at the moment, reports say.BMW is mulling over to give the new updated i8 coupe with a carbon fibre body, developed specifically for the i division’s fuel-cell prototype. Moreover, it will feature a wider centre tunnel that the previous model.ALSO READ:BMW i8 to get a powertrain upgradeReports suggest, that the new updated BMW i8 could get a new three brushless electric motors, of which, one will be mounted in the front, while the other two will be positioned at the rear, replacing the turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. This will result into more power from the i8 coupe.BMW i8The BMW i8 comes with a 1.5 litre, TwinPower Turbo, three-cylinder petrol engine producing 224bhp combined with an eDrive 127bhp electric motor, giving an total power output of 352bhp. The engine of the BMW i8 comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters along for petrol engine and a two-speed automatic transmission for electric motor.advertisementALSO READ:BMW i8: A glimpse of the future of automotive technologyBMW i8 The BMW i8 comes for a price of Rs 2.29 crore (ex showroom, New Delhi) and is owned by former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in India.last_img read more

Small molecules in spit may help diagnose concussions: study

first_imgWashington, Nov 25 (PTI) Tiny microRNA molecules in saliva may help diagnose and predict the duration of concussions in children, according to a study.Concussions usually occur after a blow to the head – for example, during sports or a car accident. They can result in such symptoms as headache, nausea, confusion, amnesia or lack of consciousness.Researchers measured the levels of microRNAs – tiny snippets of non coding RNA – in the saliva of concussion patients.They found that the presence of certain microRNAs in saliva was able to better identify concussions and more accurately predict the length of concussion symptoms than relying solely on patient surveys.Steven Hicks from the Pennsylvania State University in the US said the findings, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, could result in a more fact-based way to diagnose and treat concussion patients.”Theres been a big push recently to find more objective markers that a concussion has occurred, instead of relying simply on patient surveys,” Hicks said.”Previous research has focused on proteins, but this approach is limited because proteins have a hard time crossing the blood-brain barrier. Whats novel about this study is we looked at microRNAs instead of proteins, and we decided to look in saliva rather than blood,” he said.While most concussions clear up within two weeks, about one-third of patients will experience symptoms longer.Patients are usually advised to rest and stay away from such physical activity as sports or gym class until their symptoms subside.Hicks said that while it is important to give the brain enough time to heal, it is difficult to accurately predict how long patients should rest.advertisementThe researchers followed 52 concussion patients between the ages of 7 and 21 for the study.Each participant was evaluated using the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-3) – a common tool that doctors use to inventory concussion symptoms and severity – within two weeks of their injury.The researchers also asked the patients parents for their observations about their childrens symptoms.In the study, they also collected saliva from each participant and analysed for levels of different microRNAs.They then compared the microRNA profiles to the patients symptoms at both the initial and follow-up assessments.The researchers isolated five microRNAs that could accurately identify the participants who would experience prolonged symptoms.These microRNAs could correctly identify if a participant would have prolonged symptoms or not.”The microRNAs were able to predict whether symptoms would last beyond four weeks with about 85 percent accuracy,” Hicks said.”In comparison, using the SCAT-3 report of symptoms alone is about 64 per cent accurate. If you just go off the parents report of symptoms, it goes down to the mid-50s. In this pilot study, these molecular signatures are outperforming survey tools,” he said. PTI SNE SNElast_img read more