All Set for Zenith/Delta Principal’s Cup Season 2

first_imgThe Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, who on behalf of the governor said the opening ceremony is scheduled for November 1, 2017 at the St Patrick’s College, Asaba while the final is scheduled for February 2018 at the Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium.Stressing that the revival of the Principals Cup was one of the programs outlined by the Governor towards enhancing the grassroots sports developmental drive of the state, Ebie said that the Okowa administration was keen on redirecting the focus of young Deltans to meaningful ventures.He commended Zenith Bank for partnering with the state and urging the private sector to also partner with the government on its laudable programs towards giving the youth a brighter future.Deputy Managing Director of the Zenith Bank, Mr Ebenezer Onyeagwu, represented by the Head of the Asaba Zone, Mr Lucky Ighade, assured all of the banks determination to continue its partnership with the state, saying the Principal’s Cup was a veritable tool for engaging the youth in productively.He said the Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup was a flagship program of the bank aimed at giving back to society as well as providing the youth a better future.Ighade said the tournament was part of the bank’s ways of developing grassroots sports in the country with the hope that future stars would emerge therefrom to represent the country in international football competitions.The Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa, represented by the Director General, Mr Victor Onogagamue, assured stakeholders that the Commission will give necessary technical support to the programme.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All is set for the second edition of the Delta State Principal’s Cup football competition for all secondary schools sponsored by Zenith Bank.At the media conference of the Season 2 of the competition yesterday, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa affirmed his resolve to give all young Deltans a platform to excel in their various areas of specialisation and to expose their talents in the state to the global community.last_img read more

Biggby Coffee gears up for opening day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAs the new Biggby Coffee in Alpena gears up for opening day, staff members invited the public indoors for a free cup of coffee, espresso or cream freeze Thursday and Friday as part of their week-long intensive training. The doors to Biggby will open Tuesday, May 8.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Shipwreck Norman Named One of the Top Sites to Dive in the United StatesNext Indian Reserve Road Set for Resurfacing Projectlast_img

Rose Ladies Series: Sammy’s back and Full of confidence

first_img Samantha Fuller spotted her name on the Rose Ladies Series leaderboard – and promptly chipped in for another birdie.The professionals were meant to dominate Thursday’s event at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire, but amateur ace Fuller had other ideas.Instead of nerves, the 21-year-old showed a new level of confidence and, having holed from off the green at the 14th, found herself just one shot adrift of LET star Meg MacLaren with birdie opportunities ahead.MacLaren dug deep to fend off the threat from Fuller and carded a score of 69 to eventually win by two shots from the amateur and Liz Young.But Fuller’s form was a highlight of the day and a real fillip for her as she continues a curtailed season.“I knew I was playing well going into the event, but I didn’t have any expectations and was just there to have fun,” reflected Fuller after a one under par round of 71.“I didn’t think I’d be up there contending coming into the final few holes.“I didn’t realise where I was on the leaderboard until I spotted my name coming down 14 – the next thing I did was chip in!“It’s hard to describe how I was feeling at that point, but my boyfriend Tom was caddying and did a good job.“I really enjoyed the whole experience of competing again and this has given me a real boost.“I had lost a lot of confidence in my game after being ill for a bit so to come into an event like this and finish under par is a great lift.”Fuller was one of four amateurs in the field for the second of eight Rose Ladies Series events.The Surrey golfer joined younger sister Annabell, Caley McGinty (pictured above) and Rebecca Earl in representing the amateur game alongside 47 women professionals.Just as on the first week of the series when Mimi Rhodes showcased the level of the amateur game with a tied seventh finish at Brokenhurst Manor, both Fuller sisters were able to go head-to-head with the pros and move inside the top ten.With Samantha joint runner-up, Annabell (pictured below)  finished in a tie for seventh following a one over par score of 73.Now both women are looking to kick on and build towards competing in one of England Golf’s flagship events – the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa from 28 July-1 August.“I’d only played three events in America prior to coming back home from college in March,” admitted Fuller who is going into her senior year at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.“But it was great to be involved in this one and catch up with players who I had known from England squad days.“Annabell Dimmock and Gabriella Cowley were team-mates and my mum joked that it was good to have the old gang back together again.“I’m looking to play in the English Women’s Amateur, but I will then probably head back to America as there are quarantine rules in place and I need to be back in time for my senior year starting.“I’m doing communications and sports studies and while I’d obviously like to give my golf career a go, I would also like to try out sports broadcasting.“I took part in the promotional video for the Augusta Women’s National event in 2019 and that was a great insight.”To check out all the scores from Moor Park, click on the full and final leaderboard.The next event in the Rose Ladies Series takes place on Thursday at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club with another crop of England’s top amateurs due to take their place in the field.For details on future events, keep up to date via the England Golf Twitter feed.Photograph credit: Getty Images Tags: Annabell Fuller, Caley McGinty, Meghan MacLaren, Rebecca Earl, Rose Ladies Series, Samantha Fuller 26 Jun 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Sammy’s back and Full of confidence last_img read more

Routine Exercise at Naval Weapons Station Earle Running Through Feb. 14

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the February 6-12, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is being conducted by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S., according to a press release. But the “see something, say something,” rule still applies, even during exercises, according to the release. “Everyone should report suspicious activity if they witness something. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.” “Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain is an important training opportunity designed to ensure our personnel and security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats,” Rear Adm. Charles Rock, the commander of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region, said in the release. “We test ourselves against an array of realistic scenarios and we conduct the exercise in coordination with our community partners.” By Allison Perrine | [email protected] For more information about potential impacts from the exercise, visit facebook.com/nwsearlenj or twitter.com/nwsearlenj.  NWSE’s main side is in Colts Neck and its waterfront is in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township. The two areas are connected by private and federally owned roadways, according to the NWSE website. Area neighbors may experience increased traffic or delays around the bases throughout the exercise, or they may hear or see security activities associated with the exercise. Measures have been taken to try to minimize the number of disruptions to nearby neighbors and to normal base operations. COLTS NECK – Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWSE) is currently participating in an annual force protection exercise from Feb. 3 through 14, the base announced.  The exercise is designed “to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners,” according to the release. The exercise is not being performed in response to any specific threats; it is a regularly scheduled exercise.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA TO OFFER WHOPPING $1 MILLION GUARANTEED POOL IN OPENING DAY LATE PICK FOUR DEC. 26; AGGRESSIVE GUARANTEES IN LATE PICK FOUR & PICK SIX TO FOLLOW AS GREAT RACE PLACE LEADS NATION WITH LARGEST WINTER/SPRING POOLS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2015)–Santa Anita Park will offer a whopping $1 million guaranteed pool in its Late Pick Four on Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, and will follow with other lucrative guarantees throughout its upcoming Winter and Spring Meets.In addition to the $1 million guarantee on Opening Day, the track has announced it will guarantee $500,000 in the Late Pick Four each weekend and will also guarantee $300,000 in the weekday (Late) Pick Four. Additionally, Santa Anita will guarantee $150,000 pools in the Pick Six each weekend, as The Great Race Place continues to provide players with North America’s largest winter/spring pools on a daily basis.“Big pari-mutuel betting pools are what our customers want,” said Joe Morris, SVP, West Coast Operations, for the Stronach Group. “Our intention is to put on a world-class show, and by offering these aggressive guarantees, this helps to ensure that Santa Anita will continue to provide fans everywhere with solid and consistent wagering opportunities.”Special first post time on opening day, Dec. 26, will be at 12 noon, with four graded stakes, the Grade I Malibu, Grade I La Brea, Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf), and the Grade III Daytona headlining a blockbuster card. Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet will conclude April 10 and be succeeded by its Spring Meet, which will begin May 5 and run into mid-July.last_img read more

Match fixing, the curse of planet football

first_img0Shares0000A folder containing evidence sits on a table at the start of the 2009 trial linked to ‘Calciopoli’ © AFP/File / MARIO LAPORTAPARIS, France, Oct 10 – The anti-fraud operation that shook Belgian football on Wednesday is a reminder that the manipulation of matches, linked to betting or not, spares no country.Here is a brief tour of the global match-fixing scandals. – The Italian miniseries –Italian football has had a series of scandals.“Totonero”, a play on the Italian for football pools, in 1980, resulted in the relegation of AC Milan and Lazio and bans for several players, including Paolo Rossi, who returned just in time to win the World Cup for Italy and the subsequent Ballon d’Or.There was a sequel, “Totonero B”, in 1986.The “Calciopoli” scandal, in 2006, did not involve gambling and only indirectly match rigging as big clubs influenced the selection of referees. Juventus were stripped of two league titles and demoted.The scandal that appears to contain most elements in common with Belgium was the “Calcioscommesse”, or “football bet,” affair which ended with several players and coaches in prison.The match-rigging apparatus, was, according to Interpol, run from Singapore by businessman Dan Tan who worked with Eastern European criminals to bribe, or in one case drug, Italian players.After close to 100,000 telephone taps, dozens of arrests and searches, the Cremona prosecutor found that during the 2010-2011 season, at least 50 matches, including 20 in Serie A, were fixed.Tan is wanted in Italy and also Hungary, where he is alleged to have rigged matches, but Singapore does not have an extradition agreement with the European Union.– Belgium, the prequel –In 2014, after a long investigation, the authorities ruled that 18 matches had been sold by players for sums between 5,000 euros and 40,000 euros from 2004 and 2006.Chinese businessman Zheyun Ye, who had invested in the Lierse club, was sentenced, in absentia, to five years in prison.Paul Put, manager of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finalists Burkina Faso, Pietro Allata, a businessman and self-proclaimed gambler and former Belgian international goalkeeper Gilbert Bodart were also found guilty of corruption.Zheyun Ye has disappeared. Put is now managing in the Chinese second division.– Marseille and the buried cash –The most famous scandal in France, surrounding Marseille’s Ligue 1 game at Valenciennes in May 1993, was not related to betting.Six days away from a European Cup final against AC Milan, Marseille wanted to collect the points, and clinch the French title, without wasting energy. Even though one home player reportedly confessed to his coach at half time, Marseille won 1-0.Later, 250,000 francs were discovered in the garden of Valenciennes player Christophe Robert. Marseille were stripped of their French title and Valenciennes relegated.– Fixing on the menu in Berlin cafe –In 2011, Ante Sapina, a Croatian national already been sentenced to 36 months in jail for his role in a betting scandal involving German referee Robert Hoyzer, was sentenced to five and a half years for manipulating games in nine countries, including Europa League and World Cup matches, by paying money to players, referees and officials. German prosecutors focused on 47 matches but said up to 300 were involved.Operating out of a Berlin cafe, Sapina bet on the matches in the unsupervised Asian markets and made an estimated profit of 2.4 million euros.– Fake friendlies –Not content with rigging matches in existing competitions, fixers have taken to staging their own games.Several seem to have been created by a Singaporean, Wilson Raj Perumal who has served jail time in Finland for match fixing and now assists Hungarian investigators, says he worked for Dan Tan.As many as 80 Zimbabwean footballers as well as officials and administrators, were suspended for their part in the “Asiagate” scandal, involving a series of friendlies, mostly in Asia. Many were never played, but in three that were, in 2009, the Zimbawean teams lost.FIFA investigated a pair of friendlies — Bulgaria against Estonia and Latvia against Bolivia — played in Antalya, Turkey, in February 2011. All seven goals in the matches came from penalty kicks.Most bizarre was Bahrain’s home friendly against a Togo team containing none of the advertised players, in 2010. Despite having five goals disallowed, Bahrain beat visibly unfit opponents, 3-0. After the game Togo’s football federation said it had not sent a team.– Birthplace of football –In 1915, with the English league on the point of being suspended because of World War I, Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-0, in a first-division game in which Liverpool missed a penalty.After the match flyers began to appear alleging that large amounts of money had been bet at attractive odds on just that result. Seven players, three from United and four from Liverpool, were banned for life. Six, including one who had died serving in the war, were reinstated in 1919.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

How Much Can a Cell Do Without?

first_imgThese papers are just two out of a growing body of knockout experiments that find out, by examining the wreckage, that there’s not much a cell doesn’t need.1Gao et al., “FZL, an FZO-like protein in plants, is a determinant of thylakoid and chloroplast morphology,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0507287103, published online before print April 14, 2006.2Wang et al., “Characterization of Su48, a centrosome protein essential for cell division,”Consider the problem this poses for neo-Darwinism.  Natural Selection depends on unfailing cell division – and not just any splitting of a cell into parts somewhere and somehow, but on the formation of highly accurate daughter copies of germline cells.  This is because (according to theory) only the daughter cells can preserve any beneficial variations produced by accident in the parent cell.  Otherwise, evolution comes to a sudden stop (see online book).    As revealed in the last century, cell division is a highly complex process with numerous players, all of which have vital functions.  Scientists apparently did not even know about Su48, but without it, cell division doesn’t work.  So here is another extra in the play, like a nameless stage hand, without whom it’s curtains for the Darwin show.    In the first article, plants (and animals, with their mitochondrial power plants), cannot harvest light without FZL.  The sweeping dioramas of evolutionary history that festoon museums and TV shows show photosynthesis and mitochondira just popping into existence (the Popeye theory of evolution, 05/31/2005; see also 03/31/2006 example), without any consideration of where to find all these essential players.  We’ve only provided two or three examples here; there are thousands.  And when you consider that the blind invention of even one protein is astronomically improbable (see online book), cell biologists had better throw off the Charlie sheet before their embarrassment reaches the ultimate.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In an old high school game, the leader would call some unsuspecting boy to the front, put a sheet over him, and say, “Take off what you don’t need.”  Perhaps a shoe would emerge from under the sheet.  “Take off something else you don’t need,” the leader would continue, and the volume of giggling in the room would rise as socks, a shirt, and whatever would emerge from under the covers.  If the young person was smart, he would realize the only thing he didn’t need was the sheet itself.    Scientists play this game in a more sophisticated manner with cells, in a process called gene knockout.  The idea is to disable a gene or protein and see what happens.  They can also overexpress the gene, or mutate it, for additional data.  If the cell gets by just fine, it must have been a nonessential part.  Usually, however, something terrible happens, even when the gene or protein was previously unknown.  Here are just a couple of examples from today’s PNAS:Power Plant Sabotage:  Scientists from Michigan State1 studied FZO, “dynamin-related membrane-remodeling protein that mediates fusion between mitochondrial outer membranes in animals and fungi.”  In the model plant Arabidopsis, they knocked out the plant-specific member of the dynamin superfamily, FZL.  This protein targets to the thylakoid membrane of the chloroplasts, the light-harvesting power plants of plants. Here’s what happened:fzl knockout mutants have abnormalities in chloroplast and thylakoid morphology, including disorganized grana stacks and alterations in the relative proportions of grana and stroma thylakoids.  Overexpression of FZL-GFP also conferred defects in thylakoid organization.  Mutation of a conserved residue in the predicted FZL GTPase domain abolished both the punctate localization pattern and ability of FZL-GFP to complement the fzl mutant phenotype.  FZL defines a new protein class within the dynamin superfamily of membrane-remodeling GTPases that regulates organization of the thylakoid network in plants.  Notably, FZL levels do not affect mitochondrial morphology or ultrastructure, suggesting that mitochondrial morphology in plants is regulated by an FZO-independent mechanism. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)This means that this specific protein was essential for just the thylakoid membrane inner structure, and there must be another essential mechanism affecting the overlying structure.  (Note: the capitalized acronym, FZL, refers to the protein, while the italicized lower-case acronym fzl refers to the gene that codes for it.)  They found that mutating or deleting the gene causes disaster – but so does overexpressing it.  This means that not only is FZL a key player, but the activity of its gene fzl must be regulated by something else.Centrosome Attack:  Mitosis, or cell division, has been studied for many decades, but now another essential player has been identified.  Scientists from Japan and Pennsylvania2 describe what happened when they played “take off what you don’t need” with a centrosome protein named Su48:The centrosome functions as the major microtubule-organizing center and plays a vital role in guiding chromosome segregation during mitosis.  Centrosome abnormalities are frequently seen in a variety of cancers, suggesting that dysfunction of this organelle may contribute to malignant transformation.  In our efforts to identify the protein components of the centrosome and to understand the structure features involved in the assembly and functions of this organelle, we cloned and characterized a centrosome-associated protein called Su48.  We found that a coiled coil-containing subdomain of Su48 was both sufficient and required for its centrosome localization.  In addition, this structure also modulates Su48 dimerization.  Moreover, ectopic expression of Su48 causes abnormal mitosis, and a mutant form of Su48 disrupts the localization of gamma-tubulin to the centrosome.  Finally, by microinjection of an anti-Su48 antibody, we found that disruption of normal Su48 functions leads to mitotic failure, possibly due to centrosome defects or incomplete cytokinesis.  Thus, Su48 represents a previously unrecognized centrosome protein that is essential for cell division.  We speculate that Su48 abnormalities may cause aberrant chromosome segregation and may contribute to aneuploidy and malignant transformation.last_img read more

Darwinists Unhappy About Trump Fetal-Tissue Ban

first_img(Visited 483 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwinism cheapens human life. Here’s a huge societal debate about the consequences.The Trump administration has launched a “sweeping review” of fetal tissue use, reports Nature. It cancelled a contract between the government and a fetal tissue lab, and will review all forthcoming requests by scientists to engage in fetal tissue research.Pro-life leaders are exhilarated. It’s about time, they think, three years after the Center for Medical Progress shocked the public with undercover videos of Planned Parenthood showing blatant disregard for human life and for U.S. law, treating baby body parts like junk for sale. In David Daleiden’s speech at the Values Voter Summit 2018, he shares some of the videos and describes California’s attacks on CMP, where a pro-abortion judge is still refusing to allow many more hours of video to be released for viewing by the public (WND). The videos showed that Planned Parenthood’s top officials had even approved the manipulation of abortion procedures so that ‘scientists’ could get the choice cuts undamaged. Nature is unhappy – not with Planned Parenthood, but with the Trump administration! The article begins with straightforward journalistic reporting, but ends with its customary anti-conservative subtext.The US government has cancelled its US$15,900 contract with a company that supplies fetal tissue to researchers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees the FDA, is reviewing “all research involving fetal tissue” and “all acquisitions involving human fetal tissue”, it said on 24 September.After complaining that the federal government did not make it clear “why” they were doing this (as if that needed any explanation), reporter Sara Reardon worried about all the science that will suffer.Larry Goldstein, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, says that it’s hard to know why the FDA decided to cancel the contract. “I think the question is whether there’s an attempt to politicize this or whether we can keep to straight scientific and medical merit,” he says. “We support reasonable, non-politically motivated regulation.” But he is concerned that a ban or heavy restrictions on federally funded experiments with fetal-tissue could harm research, particularly on fetal development, organ regeneration and determining whether tissue created from stem cells recapitulates the real thing. Studies of fetal tissue “really can’t be replaced with animal research”, he says.Hard to know why? Politicizing? Reasonable? These statements in light of the CMP videos sound horrifyingly callous, blind and hypocritical. Reardon ends with pragmatic arguments. Why not use fetal tissue? she asks. It’s destined for the trash can anyway.Goldstein adds that the fetal tissue used in research is material that would otherwise be discarded. “Scientists are simply asking, if you’re going to throw the tissue away anyway, can you at least donate it to important medical research?” Renate Myles, a spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health, an agency that sits within the HHS, says that it does not have any standing contracts with any providers of human fetal tissue. “We agree that it is important that research involving human fetal tissue should be consistent with the statutes and regulation governing such research, and reminded NIH-funded institutions that awards are conditioned upon compliance of all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations,” she says.Under Goldstein’s argument, scientists should have access to anything that “would otherwise be discarded.” Would that include all people who die? Some people will their bodies to science, but others want their relatives to give them an honorable burial. Would Nature‘s rule include all victims of capital punishment? How about those put in prison without the possibility of parole? Would it include the brain dead? What qualifies as research, anyway?Reardon also sidesteps the slippery-slope argument that such practices could lead to human cloning and human-animal chimeras (see Evolution News update by Wesley J. Smith).J. Beverly GreeneDefenders of fetal-tissue research argue for life-saving treatments that would cease if it were abandoned, but why should that be the only criterion? One life was already sacrificed for ‘science’—the baby. What if researchers found other ways to justify use of fetal tissue, to promote “mental health” or convenience for the living? (Notice that convenience is already some women’s justification for abortion.) What if fetal tissue could be made into baby bottles or toys for those children lucky enough to be born? Why not make it into baby food? Horrifying thoughts, but where does pragmatism end, if human life is not exceptional and worthy of exceptional respect?Goldstein, Reardon, and the editors of Nature completely overlook the fact that fetal tissue research creates a market for abortion. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers can use “research” as a talking point to reluctant mothers to ensure them they are killing their baby for a good cause. CMP’s videos showed clearly that the sale of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood devalued human life by fostering a callous attitude by abortion providers and their buyers, the “researchers.” Calvaria (baby heads) became a commodity, which according to one Planned Parenthood official, could help her buy a Lamborghini. Can you imagine the horrors that could arise from this strictly pragmatic argument? Scientists could stand below a suicide victim on a bridge, calling, “Jump! I can use your body for research!” Dictators who commit genocide could justify mass murder by sending all their victims to science labs. All for a good cause. It’s tissue that otherwise would be discarded anyway, right? That’s how the Nazi scientists reasoned. Would Nature want to create new markets for genocide? Some discarded human tissue can be ethically donated to science, because no human soul is involved. Cancer patients give their biopsies to labs to help find cures. People donate organs, like kidneys, sometimes while still living. Women will grow long hair, cut it, and donate it to make wigs for cancer patients. No bioethicist has a moral objection to harvesting adult stem cells, or making induced stem cells from skin. We all lose tissue every day in the form of skin cells that flake off. These tissues all have the full DNA code. A “fetus” (unborn human), though, is on the developmental path to become a human being, and if left on the natural program, would become a full human being with all the rights and privileges that come with that status. A “fetus” will go all the way to birth unless another person decides to kill it. Additionally, the natural human behavior for parents is to nourish and cherish their children. Survivors of botched abortions have shown how valuable their lives are as unique individuals deserving the right to live.As we have shown repeatedly, Big Science encourages unrestricted abortion and other leftist causes because its Darwinian worldview devalues human life (6 Feb 2017, 4 Feb 2018). To an evolutionist, we humans arose by chance, and have no accountability to a Creator. Life is just material substance. Nobody cares that we got here, and nobody cares when we die. We can set our own moral standards. Tell them, “OK, then we might as well cut up your body for science right now.” Can you imagine the righteous indignation in response? If they complain they should have a choice in the matter, remind them that aborted babies had no choice in the matter. The more they complain it would be immoral, the more they dig themselves deeper in the quicksand on which they stand. Faced with the consequences of their worldview, the pro-abortion scientists would not be able to stop their inner conscience from falsifying their belief that they are “just lumps of tissue.”last_img read more

Building bridges in communities

first_imgThe Zambezi Bridge in centralMozambique under construction. Set to beofficially opened on 1 August, the2.5-kilometre bridge is the second-longestin Africa.(Image: André Catueira, PlusNews)The newly completed Zambezi Bridge in central Mozambique, the second-longest in Africa, has been both a “feat of technical engineering” and a valuable lesson in limiting the negative impact of huge infrastructure projects on vulnerable communities, Save the Children said in a statement released on 29 July.“In response to concerns raised by members of nearby communities at the start of the construction, it has also been accompanied by mechanisms of social protection for vulnerable families that have also been impressive.”There will be much to celebrate when the bridge linking the north to the south of the country is officially opened on 1 August, making it possible for trucks, buses and cars to cross the Zambezi River in a matter of minutes instead of having to wait several days for a dilapidated ferry system.At a priceWhen construction of the new 2.5-kilometre bridge began in 2006, Caia in Sofala province and Chimuara in Zambezia province – the villages on opposite sides of the river – worried about the possible negative impact of thousands of migrant workers and heavy construction machinery suddenly arriving.“With money to spend and without their wives and families, these workers often engaged in sexual relations with young girls and because of poverty and economic deprivation, certain families colluded and sometimes encouraged these relationships,” said Chris McIvor, Save the Children’s advocacy director in Mozambique.The communities of Caia and Chimuara had already suffered as a result of being located on the main route connecting Mozambique’s 10 provinces, national highway number one (EN1): government figures put HIV prevalence at about 20% in both.“With HIV/Aids such a huge risk, poor families can be left in an even worse position than if the infrastructure project had not materialised,” McIvor said. “Girls in Zambezia, for example, told us how they had been abandoned by their ‘new boyfriends’ the moment they announced their pregnancy.”Based on its experience of other infrastructure projects in Mozambique, where child abuse and exploitation had occurred, SC conducted a study, The Zambezi Bridge – What Needs to be Done, and approached the government, donors and the bridge construction company, which led to a programme for social protection.Expensive lessonsMcIvor said large infrastructure projects were bound to be part of Mozambique’s ongoing development drive – road, bridge and railway projects were underway in many parts of the country – and the government, private sector and donors would be well advised to learn from the Zambezi Bridge experience.“Arising from our positive experience of what took place during the Zambezi Bridge construction, we also believe that the social problems that arise on the back of these projects can largely be avoided,” said Save the Children statement.McIvor said it was crucial to involve community members, including children. “Children are excellent advocates among themselves, so if you convince some children to avoid certain risks – like frequenting bars and discos if they are underage – they are very influential in convincing others.”Buy-in by local authorities and influential people, such as the police, community leaders, headmasters and teachers, helped ensure that child abuse and exploitation were not tolerated.It was also essential to offer viable economic opportunities to marginalised community members, “so that they are not drawn into the sex trade or exploitative labour because they are too poor to withstand these pressures,” McIvor said.The Save the Children statement recommended “training managers and staff of [contracting] companies … on their social responsibilities … and promoting their adherence to codes of conduct that regulate their behaviour and interactions with local people” as essential in reducing the negative impact of construction projects.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin NewsUseful linksSave the Childrenlast_img read more

Brownlee, four other imports return for PBA Governors’ Cup

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With Marqus Blakely unavailable this conference, Star signed up big man Cinmeon Bowers.TNT is also trotting out hefty big man Michael Craig to help the team’s campaign this conference, while NLEX picked up stocky forward Aaron Fuller.GlobalPort went on a different route as it enlisted athletic forward Jabril Trawick, while Rain or Shine will bring in JD Weatherspoon.Blackwater got lengthy forward Trevis Simpson, while Chane Behanan completed the roster of imports as he will see action for Kia.The conference opens on July 19, Wednesday, at Smart Araneta Coliseum, with Kia facing NLEX in the curtain-raiser before Alaska takes on NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Ginebra’s title retention bid on his mind, Justin Brownlee headlines the five returning imports who will see action in the upcoming 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup this June 19.Brownlee, whose buzzer beating triple in last season’s Game 6 lifted the Gin Kings to end the franchise’ eight-year title drought, is back in the fray for the crowd darlings in their title defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Seeking redemption, Allen Durham will also return for Meralco this season as he hopes to put last year’s runner-up finish behind.San Miguel will entrust its Grand Slam aspirations to Wendell McKines, who previously saw action for Alaska and Rain or Shine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPhoenix will have high-scoring Eugene Phelps for good after his one-game stint last Commissioner’s Cup, while Alaska is bringing back Buck Henton for the season-ending conference.The seven other teams, meanwhile, are set to parade new faces in the Governors’ Cup. MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Perez stars as Lyceum charges past JRU Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more