MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match fixing, as the start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations.Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea yesterday, hours after the BBC and Buzzfeed News published reports alleging match fixing had gone unchecked in tennis.No players were identified in the reports, which alleged 16 players had been flagged repeatedly with tennis authorities but not sanctioned on suspicion of match fixing. Half of those are entered in the Australian Open, the reports said.The governing bodies for the sport and the Tennis Integrity Unit issued a joint statement, read by ATP chairman Chris Kermode, at a hastily convened news conference at Melbourne Park.Kermode said tennis authorities “absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason, or isn’t being investigated”.Djokovic later responded to a question about an approach ahead of a tournament in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2007.”I was approached through people that were working with me at that time, that were with my team,” he said. “Of course, we threw it (the approach) away right away. It didn’t even get to me. The guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.PREVIOUSRUMOURS”Unfortunately, there were some, in those times, those days, rumours, some talks, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar.”Djokovic was an up-and-coming player at the time, not winning the first of his 10 major titles until the 2008 Australian Open.”It made me feel terrible because I don’t want to be anyhow linked to this kind of you know, somebody may call it an opportunity,” he said. “For me, that’s an act of unsportsmanship, a crime in sport, honestly. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis.”Djokovic said he thought the allegations related to matches from almost 10 years ago, and didn’t involve active players.Roger Federer, a 17-time major winner and former leader of the player council, agreed the allegations likely weren’t new but remained “super serious”.”I would love to hear names,” Federer said. “Then at least it’s concrete stuff, and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam?”It’s super serious, and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be, no doubt about it.”Serena Williams was on court preparing for her opening 6-4, 7-5 win over No 34-ranked Camila Giorgi when Kermode was holding a news conference to respond to the fixing allegations.The 21-time major winner said there was no hint of match fixing on the women’s tour.”I play very hard, and every player I play seems to play hard,” she said. “As an athlete, I do everything I can to be not only great, but, you know, historic.”
City Hall financial woes…City Hall extends opening hoursJust two weeks after granting a one-month amnesty period to defaulting ratepayers on the accumulated interest on unpaid property rates, the Treasury Department of the Georgetown municipality reported that it has received over $33 million in payments.8Acting Treasurer John Douglas made the disclosure at Monday’s statutory meeting where he related that a decision has been taken to extend the opening of the Treasury office.The office would now be opened on Saturdays from 09:00h to 12:00h.The option of an amnesty was touted so that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) could accumulate monies to pay staff members for the months of October, November and December. The amnesty period began on November 15 and will end on December 15.In order to look at ways to broaden and increase the Council’s revenue base, the M&CC decided to formulate a new committee to brainstorm ways of increasing its revenue stream. The ‘Think-Tank Committee’ is made up of members of the Finance Committee and other Councillors who volunteered to deliberate on various ways the Council can either collect monies owed or embark on new revenue-earning initiatives. Sitting on the committee are Councillors Monica Thomas, Akeem Peter, Jameel Rasul, Phillip Smith and James Samuels.The first meeting of the committee is expected to be on Wednesday.
Regional Super50 Tournament– rain has the final say as Canada-Windies B game abandonedThe defending champions Windward Islands Volcanoes succumbed to their fifth defeat in the Regional Super50 Tournament with an embarrassing loss against powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force celebrateVolcanoes were blown away for a mere 78 in 22.1 overs, and Red Force batsmen enjoyed chasing down a small target as they completed the chase in 9.4 overs, winning by seven wickets.In a much-anticipated encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Red Force won the toss and opted to field. Improved Trinidadian fast bowler Ravi Rampaul struck in his first over, rattling the stumps of Volcanoes opener Tyrone Theophile for 1. The Windward Islands Volcanoes continued to struggle as the Red Force skipper brilliantly opened the bowling, sending Kirk Edwards back to the dressing room with only seven runs to his name. Wickets continued to tumble as the Red Force bowlers chipped away with quick wickets. Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre wrapped up the innings in the 22nd over, bowling Alick Athanaze. Opener Girdon Pope was the only batsman offering resistance, stroking 37 from 44 balls – including five well-timed fours and one maximum off leg-spinner Imran Khan.Lendl SimmonsIn completing a comprehensive bowling effort, Khan picked up 3-13 from four overs, fellow spinner Pierre and seasoned fast bowler Rayad Emrit took two wickets apiece. Captain Dwayne Bravo, Rampaul and Jason Mohammed chipped in with one wicket each.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force opener Lendl Simmons blazed away to a quick-fire half century with his new opening partner, West Indies star performer Keiron Pollard, who lost his stumps to left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge for a duck. Hodge picked up all three Red Force wickets, but was unable to prevent a thumping victory by Red Force. Simmons and the consistent Nicholas Pooran were the not out batsmen, with Simmons taking 20 off four balls, rubbing salt into the Volcanoes’ wounds.The Trinidad Red Force have now moved on to 23 points, two points behind table toppers Guyana Jaguars. Red Force will clash with Windies B in their next encounter while Volcanoes will battle Guyana Jaguars today, October 19 at 11:30h local time.In the other encounter at the Queen’s Park Oval, rain once again had the last say as the match between Canada and Windies B was abandoned. (Brandon Corlette)
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ONE of Donegal’s leading hotels says a huge upturn in visitors to the county is helping to fire up the local economy – and they now need extra chefs to cope.The Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny says it has seen record increases in visitors staying there.“We need more chefs to cope with demand,” said Carolynne. “We’ve had a very successful 2014 with record highs in occupancy since January so we need to add to our already huge team of chefs.”The hotel needs a Chef De Partie, experience necessary, flexible who is able to work well under pressure and maintain the very high standards of food & consistency.The also require an experienced Chef, Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm, who also must be flexible and who can work on own initiative.Anyone interested should email a CV to email@example.com. “We have been extremely busy with tourists – both Irish and European visitors – with a huge demand for family staycations.“We have also seen a huge increase in Wedding Business since the launch of our new Vintage, Couture & Classic wedding packages in January 2014.“We attribute this year’s success on the foundations we have built over the years, we have a supreme level of repeat business and our strategy of maintaining valued repeat guests has certainly been paying off.“Each year over the last few years, we have achieved such great results that we were worried about beating the results again the following year, however, with hard work, dedication and excellence in customer service, we have seen this strategy take on a ‘snowball’ affect.“We are delighted to see Donegal in such high demand amongst the domestic family market and oversee visitors. I personally believe that the development of the Wild Atlantic way – and being on the route – has highlighted the beauty of the west coast of Ireland from Donegal to West Cork because it introduces the visitor to some of Ireland’s most incredible experiences, its coastline, seascapes, history, culture and people. “It entices and inspires the visitor to explore more with these areas, areas which we have always been proud of, but never really able to put it together in this way. It’s still in its early stages, but it is something I am passionate about selling because it is guaranteed to create amazing memories for all who embark on this stunning journey around the coast of Donegal.”JOBS: MORE CHEFS NEEDED AT TOP HOTEL AFTER TOURISM BOOST was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:advertchefsdonegaljobsMount Errigal Hotelrecruitment
The oxymoron “living fossil” is suggestive. Seeing a plant or animal come to life, when it was only known from fossils, might seem miraculous. Perhaps, though, the phrase was invented to rescue Darwinian theory from the vast ages it requires. Is it credible to believe the time gaps? Here are two recent stories about creatures long thought dead, only to be found doing “Quite well, thank you.” Tick talk. Researchers in South Africa were sure that the living fossil they found represented an “evolutionary missing link” that might help explain relationships between several lineages of arthropods that “evolved” the blood feeding trait independently. This led to queer sentences like this in their PLoS One paper.1 “Thus, even though blood-feeding evolved in the ancestral tick lineage, the adaptation to the mammalian and avian blood-feeding interfaces occurred independently in the soft and hard tick families.” It also seems weird for the ancestor of diverse lineages of ticks to be doing just fine in a living form, with no evolutionary change for many millions of years: In conclusion, phylogenetic analysis indicates that N. namaqua groups basal to both tick families and is the closest extant lineage to the last common ancestral tick lineage. Its argasid-like feeding behaviour and biology provides compelling evidence for the evolution of a blood-feeding lifestyle within the last common ancestral tick lineage. The semi-arid nature of the Northern Cape as found in Namaqualand and the Karoo has been maintained since Permian times. The partiality of N. namaqua for xeric environments and small reptiles could therefore be an indication of a lifestyle maintained for more than 250 million years. This would truly make this tick species a living fossil. Real eel: Another living fossil announced recently is a “primitive” looking eel found swimming in a cave on Palau that PhysOrg said is squirming into the record books. Why? “A new species of eel found in the gloom of an undersea cave is a ‘living fossil’ astonishingly similar to the first eels that swam some 200 million years ago, biologists reported on Wednesday.” The BBC News included a short video clip of the slick-looking swimmer. Going on about how “primitive” it looked (at first glance, it looks rather stylish), the article quoted the scientists giving their evaluation: “In some features it is more primitive than recent eels, and in others, even more primitive than the oldest known fossil eels, suggesting that it represents a ‘living fossil’ without a known fossil record.” This begs the question of why it survives intact to this day, unevolved. Even worse, the article put forth an apparent contradiction: “Their results suggest this new family has been evolving independently for the last 200m years, placing their origins in the early Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs were beginning their domination of the planet.” If it has been evolving for 200 million years, why does it look primitive? Why is it a living fossil? “The term “living fossil” was coined by Charles Darwin in his book On the Origin of Species,” the article on PhysOrg informed its readers. “It is used to describe species that have survived for millions of years, exploiting niches that are so stable that there is little pressure on them to evolve.” Of course, to evolve is an active verb infinitive that cannot be applied to dumb eels, as if they had any choice in the matter, environmental pressure or not. And if stable niches reduce the pressure on evolution, it would be surprising that anything in the ocean, one of the first stable habitats on earth, ever evolved as Darwinians claim they did. 1. Mans, de Klerk, Pienaar, and Latif, “Nuttalliella namaqua: A Living Fossil and Closest Relative to the Ancestral Tick Lineage: Implications for the Evolution of Blood-Feeding in Ticks,” Public Library of Science One, 6(8): e23675. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023675. Stop letting Darwinists get away with these word games. If their theory explains extreme diversification alongside extreme stasis, then it is explaining opposite things with equal ease. Therefore, “living fossil” explains nothing. As an oxymoron, it is all moron and no oxy. The evidence only makes sense without the millions of years. The living creatures resemble the fossil creatures because they are not separated by vast swaths of mythical time, but came from a created world with much more diversity than our impoverished remnant. Close the time gap. (This gives “Darwin-of-the-gaps” a new twist.)(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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“With the experience of Kelly (Williams), Ryan (Reyes) and Jayson (Castro), they were able to come back,” Garcia said.The do-or-die duel is on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum with the Painters looking to reassert their mastery over the KaTropa, whom they blew out by 32 points in the eliminations last month. Read Next Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith PLAY LIST 00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith02:19PBA Season 43 Preview: TNT Katropa34:34PBA Women’s 3×3 – April 01, 201601:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We just extended the series. I told the players it’s all about who wants it more on the defensive side,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia after his team survived a 20-3 run by TNT in the final frame.Norwood anchored Rain or Shine’s defense against TNT’s prolific import Glen Rice Jr., who shot 8-of-28 from the field to finish with only 19 points and 10 rebounds with six turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRice struggled but remained aggressive. His two free throws and dunk over Raymond Almazan pushed the KaTropa within three, 105-102, with 30.2 seconds left.Norwood hit a free throw after that for a four-point cushion and Rain or Shine was able to make a stop as time ran out. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad PBA IMAGESRain or Shine blew a big fourth quarter lead before holding off TNT, 106-102, to setup a rubber match for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.J’Nathan Bullock had game-highs 31 points and 15 rebounds while Gabe Norwood made his presence felt on both ends of the floor with 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block for the Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fajardo on pace for another PBA MVP award Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments
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Read more Stanway’s stunner earns Manchester City a point against WSL leaders Chelsea Intellectual footballers are considered a rarity. As teams scoop primary school-age talent into their glistening academies, the lives of young players become consumed with football and education often becomes secondary at best – despite the low chances of ‘making it’.Yet in the women’s game it is different. Because professionalism is relatively new, most of those playing football at the top level today have had to have a plan B from the off. Pinterest However, that did not kill off Durack’s international career. England coaches were on the hunt for players and emailed US universities asking if they knew of female goalkeepers who would be eligible. Durack, born in Australia to an English mother, was put forward by Harvard. And, with eight months to kill before she headed to the States, she flew to the UK to join an England Under-19s camp. “I spent a week in camp and they asked me to stay in the UK.“They said Everton were looking for a goalkeeper. Rachel Brown-Finnis was there and I would have been playing and training with Brownie, so I went to Liverpool for the next six to seven months. Unfortunately for Brownie, but fortunately for me, she got injured and I ended up playing most of the league that year and got myself into the England Under-19s squad.”Then she left for Harvard. “The American style of play is a lot more direct and a lot more physical over technical and tactical. I would say it’s not WSL1 level but it would be competitive at WSL2 level. It was the most fun environment I’ve ever played in. The Americans get so competitive and enthusiastic about everything. In the Ivy League you have got to come top of the table to make it through to the national championship play-offs, so you’ve got to play every game as though it’s a must-win.”Once her four years at Harvard were done, Durack had eyes only for coming back to the WSL. However, the Everton the 23-year-old has rejoined are very different from the one she left. “When I was playing there before I was on hardly anything – I can’t even remember being paid to be honest – and now the whole team are on professional contracts. We’re training fully at Finch Farm and all the infrastructure is there for us to be professional athletes. There’s still a long way to go but it’s fantastic to see how far it’s come.”Everton are starting to find their feet in the top flight. This year they have lost narrowly to Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal (1-0, 3-2 and 1-0, respectively), chalked up a good win against Reading and are progressing in the FA Cup. There is a confidence that suggests taking points off a big team will not be far away.Durack is studying for level one of the chartered financial analyst programme – part-sponsored by the PFA’s educational programme; the PFA represents her – and watching her boyfriend, who does the job she turned down, gives her an insight into the life she has delayed. “I sometimes miss the intellectual stimulation of what he’s doing but at the same time his hours are pretty gruelling and he’s not playing football every day. That’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing. It wouldn’t have been fair to my younger self to give that up just for the gratification of getting a bit more money.”Talking points• Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly and Manchester City pair Abbie McManus and Georgia Stanway have been drafted into England’s squad for the SheBelieves Cup after Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Karen Carney withdrew through injury. Lucy Bronze has been given the captaincy, with Houghton and Nobbs out. England play France in Thursday’s opener.• Crystal Dunn is leaving Chelsea for North Carolina Courage one year after joining from Washington Spirit. Dunn won the WSL Spring Series with Chelsea and scored on her competitive debut.• Georgia Stanway came off the bench to equalise as Manchester City salvaged a point against a dominant Chelsea in their 2-2 WSL1 draw. Chelsea, the league leaders, were 2-0 up at half-time left regretting missed chances as a depleted City fought back through Nikita Parris and Stanway’s stunning strike. Topics blogposts Share via Email Women’s football Facebook Share on Facebook Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Lizzie Durack saves from Bethany England during Everton’s match against Liverpool last September. Photograph: Paul Currie for FA/Rex/Shutterstock Manchester City celebrate after Georgia Stanway’s equaliser. Photograph: Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images However, as in the men’s game, there are a few who do not regard education as a back-up or side project but as an integral – if not equal – partner to their football.So when Australian-born Lizzie Durack finished college and had to choose which path to focus on, she sought to do both. Now a professional footballer in England’s top tier with Everton, she majored in economics and minored in neurobiology at Harvard University before turning down a job at Goldman Sachs to head for Merseyside.“I’ve always valued my education pretty highly,” she says. “In Australia, like how it is here, you have to choose whether you want to play high-level sport or want to do a really good uni degree and I didn’t want to choose. I had friends in the States on sports scholarships, so I looked into that and I ended up, in a hopeful but unrealistic way, emailing some Ivy League coaches – Harvard, Yale, Princeton – and Harvard were really interested. I sent over a video of me playing and they recruited me.”The goalkeeper’s football story has not been an easy one but she has exhibited a never-say-die attitude that has mirrored her academic drive. She played in her school’s all-boys team before being spotted by the coach of a local girls’ club and spent time with the Australia Under-16 and under-17 sides, including going to the Asian Cup, before falling out of favour with the international set-up.“At the time they told me they didn’t think I was good enough. As a 16-year-old I thought that was a bit harsh but that’s how football goes sometimes – it’s a subjective sport. I can look back on it now and calmly talk about it but it’s a very tough thing to deal with.“And I didn’t quite give up on Australia immediately. I played for another three years in Australia, played for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-League and then I actually called up the under-20s Australia coach and was like: ‘Any chance of me getting in any of these squads?’ And it was still a no.” Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook • The FA has announced a rebranding of tiers one to four of the women’s football pyramid. The top tier will be the FA Women’s Super League (changing from WSL1); tier two the FA Women’s Championship; tier three the FA Women’s National League – Northern Premier Division/Southern Premier Division; and tier four the FA Women’s National League – Division 1 North, Midlands, South East, South West. The top tier will be professional and the second tier semi-professional from next season.• Crystal Palace will apply for a place in the second tier for next season. Palace are currently an amateur side who play in South Division of the Women’s Premier League (third tier). 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