Nassar to receive final sentence in sexual assault scandal

first_imgLATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Larry Nassar listens as Rachael Denhollander gives her victim impact statement Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Eaton County Circuit Court, the second and final day of victim impact statements in Judge Janet Cunningham’s courtroom in Charlotte, Mich. He will be sentenced Monday. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Days of emotional testimony in two Michigan courtrooms are wrapping up with a final sentence for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women has shaken Michigan State University and elite sports associations.Nassar, 54, is returning to court Monday in Eaton County, Michigan. He listened to dozens of victims for two days last week and was almost attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were molested.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The scandal has rocked Michigan State, which has been accused of repeatedly missing opportunities to stop Nassar, who had a campus office and was a revered figure in sports medicine.Lou Anna Simon resigned as Michigan State’s president on Jan. 24 and athletic director Mark Hollis followed two days later. The longtime leader of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, quit last March, and all board members recently stepped down at the demand of the U.S. Olympic Committee. A law firm has been hired to investigate how the USOC responded to its knowledge of allegations against Nassar.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nassar pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach. Nassar already has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in another county and is starting his time behind bars with a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes. He worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.Randy Margraves was tackled by sheriff’s deputies Friday before he could pummel Nassar in court. He said he wanted just a minute in a locked room with the “demon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This cannot be a lawless society. I know that,” Margraves, 58, told reporters during a public apology. “I lost control, but I gained control later in a holding cell.”More than 260 women and girls say they were assaulted by Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s. Most victims who wanted to speak publicly or submit a statement did so earlier during Nassar’s seven-day court hearing in Ingham County, including 2012 Olympic teammates Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Small Businesses Seek ‘Sustenance’ Grants

first_imgIn the wake of the devastating impacts of the Ebola virus epidemic on the domestic private sector in Liberia, an array of entrepreneurs have appealed to the government and international partners to assist with ‘sustenance grants’ to carry them through the current economic crisis. The entrepreneurs, who manage hotels, manufacturing and service institutions, amongst others, told our business desk in separate interviews that the sustenance grants will help businesses recover from the shocks of the Ebola crisis.  “We need sustenance grants to carry us through these low occupancy and our slow production periods,” the entrepreneurs who also expressed interest in special low interest long-term financing solutions to restructure their commercial debts and recapitalize, said. The World Bank Group, through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has begun capitalizing a number of banks in the country to enhance financial access to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to tackle the post-Ebola economic recovery program.Ecobank Liberia Limited and Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) have received US$7.5 million long-term financing each from the IFC to support the Liberian private sector. However, details of how the money will be loaned to local businesses have yet not emerged as many businesses want the banks to lend the money at a low interest rate. Speaking recently to our business reporter the chief executive officer of the National Toiletries, Inc., Mr. Fomba Trawally, and the proprietor of Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor, Mr. Amin Modad, welcomed the latest development from the IFC. They explained how the Ebola outbreak has hit their businesses hard to the extent that they [businesses] have cut down their staff and taken some measures at their respective business areas for safety reasons. “When the Ebola epidemic hit, all hotels experienced an unprecedented sharp decline of occupancy from an average of 50% to about 5%. In fact, as early as May, we [hotel owners] began experiencing cancellations as far out as December. For a Liberian entrepreneur paying about US$22,000 monthly towards bank loans, this meant getting into immediate defaults with the banks for nonperformance,” Modad explained. With the post-war Liberian economy already experiencing challenges before the epidemic, Mr. Modad explained that he had to take few measures to ensure the survival and continuance of his business.“I had to take a couple of actions for both health and financial reasons; these did not only affect the business, but also the livelihood of the staffs and contractors who depended on the hotel for survival,” he said. “I temporarily put down about 40% of my staff–especially those who lived furthest from the hotel in communities that were more susceptible to the virus; we had to downgrade our generator to much smaller generators as the larger ones were consuming incomparably to our occupancy hence the revenue we were generating because we produce our own electricity. This downgrade also required some investment. We also had to slash prices in order to compete because the larger hotels are always the first to get the clients during crisis situations.” Fomba explained the playing field between domestic businesses and those foreign-owned is not leveled. “They [foreign] businesses have advantage because they have access to more finance than us [domestic businesses]. And because of this we have to sell at the price proposed by them [foreign businesses] or we’ll go out of business. So the best way forward for us [domestic businesses] is to have increased access to finance,” said Mr. Trawally. Mr. Modad, for his part, said the government needs to do more to create a more relaxed business climate.He wants taxes and duties to be relaxed for the most vulnerable Liberian-owned businesses and critical sectors. “I understand the stress the government is going through due to drop in revenue and increased social obligations, but much needs to be  done to create a more relaxed business environment; taxes and duties must be relaxed for the most vulnerable and critical sectors,” he said. The Liberian businessman explained how doing business has always been a challenge to local entrepreneurs primarily due to limited access to adequate financing options. “We are compelled to take up short-term high interest loans with normally unacceptable terms (for example US$300,000 for 18 months at 18%) in order to compete with larger foreign own counterparts,” Amin stated. The Ebola virus has already killed over 3,000 people in Liberia, says the World Health Organization (WHO), and infected over 4,000 others. The virus has, however, been contained to a larger extent thanks to the combined efforts of the international community, the government of Liberia and local health workers. Mr. Modad recognizes the concerted effort of the international community, but it is belated. “Their [international community] effort is working but it’s disappointing that thousands had to die,” he said.“The situation would have to get very complex and grave, and [the] threat to global safety had to be realized before the world began to respond to the emergency,” said he. The Liberian businessman noted that the government of Liberia’s incapacity and inability was not a secret to the international community because, according to him, the country is still a post-conflict, least developed country that is struggling to put its economy and society back together.He warned it will take some time before Liberia becomes totally cleared from the Ebola epidemic and guests and expats begin to travel back to the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ramkarran elected to head Bar Association

first_img…as former President Chris Ram lambastes unflattering past year The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) has elected new leadership in elections held on Wednesday last, with Kamal Ramkarran securing the top spot as President.The newly-elected GBA President is the son of former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, SC.During an election held at the Victoria Law Courts in Georgetown, Ramkarran was elected to replace Gem Sanford-Johnson, who retained the post for one year. Sanford-Johnson had succeeded Attorney-at-Law and Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram.Former GBA President Christopher RamOthers elected to the new GBA executive are Senior Counsel Robin Stoby – as Vice President, and former President Teni Housty, as Vice President.Other elected office bearers, to serve in executive positions for a period of one year as prescribed by the rules of the Association, include Secretary Pauline Chase, Assistant Secretary Faye Barker and Treasurer Devindra Kissoon. Committee Members include Rajendra Poonai, Sanjeev Datadin, Jamela Ali, Mark Waldron, Rexford Jackson and Brenden Glasford.The election of the new GBA President and office bearers comes on the heels of a scathing public missive by former GBA President and outspoken social, political and anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram.Ram, in his lengthy missive, observed that the past year has been “a year in which the Bar Association and the wider profession have witnessed oxymoronically both much happening and nothing happening”.The former GBA President said, “At the top, in a most damaging situation which gripped and then lost the national attention after the proverbial seven days, the Judiciary handled in a most clumsy and inept manner a matter that eventually involved the President, the Chancellor (ag), the entire collective of Judges, an individual judge of the High Court, and the Attorney General, the Leader of the Bar.”Ram observed, “Yet, the now most senior members of the profession were given national recognition, by way of elevation to the status of Senior Counsel and the country’s top Judges accepted high awards conferred by the Executive.”According to the former GBA President, “I can recall no period, with one possible exception, in which the Judiciary and the profession were portrayed in such unflattering light, bringing the administration of justice the closest to disrepute the country has witnessed.”He spoke too to the unending exchanges between the incumbent and the former Attorney General, “locked in newspaper battles to prove who is better, more honourable, and more competent, the nobility of the office and the profession being the immediate casualty”.This, he said, was occasioned by the fact there was the disdainful silence of the senior members of the legal profession “who in days gone by would have considered themselves keepers of the dignity of the profession…They are no less blameworthy for the mess in which the profession has found itself”.Ram, in his scathing criticism of the GBA and its members, pointed to the legally constructed Legal Practitioners Committee, which has responsibility for overseeing the conduct of members of the profession.“Despite the unheralded work of a few members, the Committee has been largely ineffective, hobbled by lack of resources, commitment and courage to deal with the egregious infractions by some members of the profession.”According to Ram, “very recently I learnt of a matter in which a lawyer committed what amounts to a fraud on the courts, a matter known to his colleagues on the other side in the case, but who are reluctant to raise the issue…And the stories of files being ducked in respect of certain lawyers have more than a credible ring about them.”The former Bar Association President maintains lawyers are bound by a code of conduct under the Legal Practitioners Act, “but many, it seems, pay little attention to its prescriptions, confident that they will get away with whatever”.He observed too that even when lawyers were found “guilty”, the strongest punishment they faced was being told to refund the fees or money paid to them by their hapless clients.“In a civilised environment, such action would require publication…Here in Guyana, there is no more than whisper among lawyers, while the offending lawyer is free to continue the offending practice.”Ram’s recommendation would be for the Legal Practitioners Committee to be headed by a retired judge enabled with capable full-time staff, and for all its findings to be publicised, since “the public needs protection from unscrupulous practitioners”.He surmises that professionals in Guyana, including accountants and doctors, seem to have an allergy to paying taxes, but “what makes the legal profession stand out is that the members ply their trade in court buildings provided, maintained and staffed from funds borne by taxpayers”.Yet, the stories of tax evasion by some lawyers would be comical if the matter did not involve criminal conduct, according to Ram.last_img read more

FIFA tells Putin world is ‘in love’ with Russia

first_img0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni InfantinoMOSCOW, Russia, July 6 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino told President Vladimir Putin on Friday the world was “in love” with World Cup hosts Russia and praised him for overcoming negative stereotypes about the country.Infantino spoke at a meeting with Putin and former world football stars including former England defender Rio Ferdinand and ex-Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. “We all fell in love with Russia,” Infantino told a beaming Putin at the televised meeting in the Kremlin.“Everyone who has been here for a period of time now has discovered a country that we didn’t know.”Despite high tensions with the West, Putin has presided over a well-organised, good-humoured tournament.Human rights groups warn however that he is using the world’s biggest sporting event to gloss over his authoritarian rule.Human Rights Watch said the tournament is taking place “during the worst human rights crisis in Russia since the Soviet era.”But the World Cup has created an unusual carnival atmosphere in traditionally conservative Russia — not least due to the home team’s own unexpected success.“Russia has become a true football country. The virus of football has entered into the bodies of each and every Russian citizen,” Infantino said.Hundreds of thousands of foreigners are visiting, with many saying it has allowed them to discover a different, softer side to Russia.“Many stereotypes about Russia have simply collapsed,” Putin told his guests, who also included Lothar Matthaus of Germany and Marco van Basten of the Netherlands.“People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country which is friendly to visitors.”Infantino praised Putin’s government for busting negative anti-Russian stereotypes.“All the fears that some were trying to put on us with regards to this World Cup, well not only they were not true but it’s actually the opposite.”Infantino was elected president of world football’s governing body in 2016. His predecessor Sepp Blatter resigned following a corruption scandal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Reus set for Klopp reunion at Liverpool? Not if Barcelona have anything to say about it!

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester United will have to fend off interest from Barcelona if they are to sign Marco Reus next summer, claim reports in Spain.The Borussia Dortmund hotshot has attracted interest from a host of elite sides in Europe but has remained loyal to the Bundesliga club – despite seeing a plethora of team-mates move elsewhere.However, with former boss Jurgen Klopp now at Liverpool, the playmaker has been linked with a move to Anfield, while United are also keen.But, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are prepared to top any offer that comes in for Reus as they look to find a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta.Barca’s transfer ban ends in January and the Catalan club could make a bid for Reus then, although a move next summer appears more likely. 1 Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus last_img read more

‘Widows’ Paradise’ to be first play in Cross Hall for 30 years

first_imgTICKETS are selling fast for the hilarious play ‘Widows’ Paradise’ which will be staged in the Cross Hall, Killygordon on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of November.This three-act comedy by Sam Cree features a cast entirely made up of locals, most of whom are new to the stage and all proceeds will go towards the Christmas lights for the Cross.Priced at €10/€8, tickets can be purchased at the parochial hall on 20th, 24th, 25th, 31st of October and 1st of November between 6 and 7 pm each night. Tickets are also available in all shops, bars and cafe in the village. Almost 30 years since the last play in the area, this farcical comedy is set in the 70s and the action takes place in a seaside caravan with five ladies embarking on a strictly Women Only holiday.All goes well until a case of ‘mistaken caravan’ puts five males into the mix – can the widowers cope with the male invasion or will all hell break loose? Directed by Kathleen Browne and Paddy Mc Menamin, both from Ballybofey, this is certainly a show not to be missed.The cast is Dean Gillespie (Harry), Majella Sweeney (Ruby), Olivia Kelly (Lucy), Jessica Kelly (Sylvia), Jacinta McCarron (Vanessa), Eloise Gillespie (Rachael), Maurice O’Donnell (Ernie), John Kelly, Dromore (John), Troy Devaney (Wilfred) and Aidan Mullan (Alan).‘Widows’ Paradise’ to be first play in Cross Hall for 30 years was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Cross Halldonegallast_img read more


first_imgST MARYS, CONVOY GAA NOTESBingo continues in the hall on Tuesdays at 8.30pm.Counties drawn in Club Lotto 17/6/14 LH MH LD FH. One person matched 3 and that was Anne McElchar Convoy, jackpot next week €3500. Training for Senior Ladies Wed from 7 on Fri 7.30 and Sun at 10.30 New Players are always welcomeJunior ladies lost out at at Home V Malin on Thurs evening also Well done to the Senior Ladies who had a good win in the 13-a-side League against Glenties St Marys 2-13 : Glenties 1-2Gaelic for Mothers and Others wed at 8.15 New Players welcome.Underage training on Friday as Normal from 6-7 U8 Blitz this Saturday. Please check FaceBook for details. Coaches will inform Children at training.The u10s were away to MacCumhaills on Saturday well done to all who took part and the Coaches who looked after the Teams .St. Mary’s u12s v MacCumhaills on Monday 23rd at Home Players be at Pitch for 5.45 throw in at 6.30 Bring €2 and Gumshield .Hard Luck to the U 14 Girls team who were beaten by Bundoran in the D County Final Thanks to Gerry Mc Laughlin Buses and WonderYears Childcare for Sponsorship of tops for the girls .U 16 girls training at 6.30 Monday U-16 Boys training this Tues at 6.330 sharp Game on Fri 27thMinor boys Championship at home V Muff on WedCul Camp 2014Camp Venue Camp Dates Convoy /Conmhaigh 30 Jun – 4 JulCost of 1st child €55.00 2nd (€45.00), 3rd/4th (€40.00)Book NowStephanie Friel 087 761883 or any Committee memberforms have been sent out through schools also .This years Cúl camp contact: Eimear Shovlin : (089) 215 2249.Senior men were beaten at Home by N.Ultan 2-10 TO 1-14Reserves won at Home to N.Ultan 2-14 to 0-7Senior Men away to Na.Rossa on Sat .GAA NEWS: CONVOY LADIES LOSE OUT TO MALIN was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Convoy GAA noteslast_img read more

Head wound survivor gets vital surgery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ARCADIA – It was about a year ago that Samah Ouda stood by a window in her home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, and was shot in the head by a stray sniper bullet.On Monday, Samah’s 12th birthday, she underwent treatment at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia to patch up a part of her skull where the bullet exited. She was released Thursday.Though Samah received some medical attention in Gaza and her wounds have healed, the bullet left a 4-by-5-centimeter hole in the right frontal portion of her skull. Dr. Bala S. Chandrasekhar, a surgeon at Methodist Hospital, inserted a metal plate during a delicate two-and-a-half-hour procedure.“It’s a privilege for a physician to take care of kids like this – They have done no harm,” he said. The swelling on Samah’s forehead will go down and she is expected to recover in two weeks, though doctors said she will likely have weakness on her right side and some speech difficulties.Samah and her mother, Nawal Ouda, arrived in mid-December with help from the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, an apolitical nonprofit organization that helps locate free medical care for children from the Middle East who otherwise would be unable to get specialized treatment.The organization has helped almost 40 children get treatment in California.“There’s a lot of children on both sides of the \ conflict that need help,” Nawal Ouda said in Arabic through a translator. During their stay here, the mother anddaughter have visited Westfield Shoppingtown Santa Anita and Mervyn’s department store, said Arcadia resident Mike Shalabi, whose family is playing host to them. They have had meals of kebabs, Arabic bread and yogurt, Shalabi said, although Samah is also a fan of Coca-Cola.Samah is on antibiotics and is scheduled for a follow-up visit at Methodist on Jan. 4 before returning to the family home in Gaza, where Samah is the fifth of 10 children. “Probably none of us were able to put a face to the conflict” in Gaza, said Dennis Lee, hospital president. “Now we know someone.” 578-6300, Ext. 4586last_img read more

Zidane marks Real return at home to Celta as La Liga heads into round 28

first_imgReal Sociedad vs LevanteEstadio Anoeta, San SebastianFriday, 15-03-2019 @11pmThe Friday night game this week in La Liga comes from San Sebastian where Real Sociedad play host to Levante. The Basque side had been mounting a real charge up the table following a managerial switch. However their progress has come to a halt over the past fortnight with a couple of damaging defeats.Sociedad were beaten 5-2 at Sevilla last time out in the biggest blow to their hopes of European qualification this term. They have a significant advantage on some of their rivals in that they have no cup distractions but with La Real now 10 points off 4th placed Getafe it is pivotal that they bounce back with a win here having also lost their most recent home game against Atletico Madrid.Levante are only 5 points behind Sociedad but they will be much more concerned with maintaining a cushion on the drop-zone. They will probably sense that 3 more wins will keep them up but they head into this game following 3 straight defeats. Their only points in their last 5 games came via a 4-1 success at Celta Vigo and they do seem to be a side that can pull a performance out the bag which makes predicting their results a tricky business.Overall though with 6 defeats from their last 7 away games, it’s difficult to place much confidence in Levante here. They suffered a really damaging late 2-0 home defeat against neighbours and fellow strugglers Villarreal last time out and that will send them into this match on a negative note and there may now be a few relegation jitters for pretty much the first time this season.Sociedad’s recent poor results can partly explained by the quality of the opposition and also a few injury problems. They’ve been without the likes of Willian Jose and Illarramendi but they do still have enough quality on paper to win this game. Adnan Januzaj is having his best season since his initial breakthrough at Manchester United while Mikel Oyarzabal has also emerged as one of the brightest prospects in Spanish football. They’ve won 3 of their 5 home league games since the change in coach.Huesca vs Deportivo AlavésEstadio El Alcoraz, HuescaSaturday, 16-03-2019 @3pmHuesca are hoping to take another step in the direction of a miraculous escape when they host Alaves this Saturday in La Liga. The Aragonese minnows have defied the odds to creep back towards the sides above them and they will end their long stay in bottom spot if they avoid defeat here,although it’s a game they really need to win.Alaves will have a similar thought. They are in the midst of an unlikely European push and victory here would guarantee they end the weekend in 5th place, above the likes of Sevilla, Betis and Valencia. They did though lose ground on their main rivals last weekend after they were held to a home draw by Basque rivals Alaves.Huesca suffered a defeat last time out as they surrendered a 2-1 lead to lose away to Getafe, the side who Alaves are currently hoping to catch. Huesca’s overall results are much improved though and they currently lie in the top half of the form table for the last 8 games. They’ve taken 2 more points than Alaves over the course of that period.The bookies make Huesca the slight favourites here and that’s probably about right but it’s hard to really strongly fancy either side to take maximum points from this one. Alaves have had a wonderful season but they have tailed off a bit and have only won 2 of their last 10 on the road which isn’t great for a side that is pushing for a top four finish. They have at least rediscovered an ability to be tough to beat with no defeats in their last 5 matches overall.3 of those games finished level though and a repeat looks likely here. Huesca were fortunate to beat Sevilla in their most recent home game with their 98th minute winner coming against the run of play. They’d only won twice all season at the Estadio El Alcoraz prior to that.Real Madrid vs Celta VigoEstadio Santiago Bernabue, MadridSaturday, 16-03-2019 @6:15pmAll eyes will be on Zinedine Zidane this Saturday as the Real Madrid legend makes an unlikely return to the Bernabeu hotseat. His return should lift some of the gloom hanging over the club after a desperate fortnight and it’s most likely bad news for struggling Celta Vigo who are battling just to stay in La Liga.It was no great surprise that Real Madrid were keen to appoint Zidane. They never really wanted him to leave in the first place after he delivered three straight Champions League crowns. While the team has certainly declined since his departure, Zidane returns in a stronger position with a host of key concessions almost certainly granted to him by Florentino Perez in order to entice him back. This summer could be a very interesting one in the Spanish capital and we are likely to get a few clues from Zidane’s team selection here as to which players may have no future at the club.Celta Vigo really need a change of fortune with key man Iago Aspas suffering from injuries that have kept him out for most of 2019. Having to face Real Madrid on the occasion of Zidane’s return was not the break they were looking for. They already head into this match in the relegation zone after they lost at home to Betis last weekend in their first game since appointing Fran Escriba as their new boss.It seems quite likely we will see some kind of reaction here from Los Blancos, who did also awake from their slumber to score 4 in a win at Valladolid last weekend in Santi Solari’s final match. Zidane’s return appears to be good news for the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio and both players will be hungry to make the most of a chance to revive their Real Madrid careers. With Vinicius and Gareth Bale carrying injuries, they could both start here.Up against a Celta Vigo side that has the league’s 3rd worst defensive record with 1.67 goals per game conceded, Real Madrid could take full advantage and claim a convincing win on Zidane’s return. They’ve had a week off to prepare for this so should be fresher from a physical perspective too.Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico MadridEstadio San Mames Barria, BilbaoSaturday, 16-03-2019 @8:30pmIt has been a really tough week for Atletico Madrid after familiar foe Cristiano Ronaldo sent them packing from the Champions League on Tuesday night in Turin. They return to action in La Liga here away to Athletic Club and could really do with a win as they bid to hang on to slim title hopes heading into the business end of the season.Atletico Madrid have had some wonderful European nights over the past few years, not least the 1st Leg of their Champions League last 16 clash with Juventus, which they deservedly won 2-0. However their attempts to park the bus in Northern Italy this week backfired spectacularly and Diego Simeone has been on the end of some rare criticism. All they really have left to play for now is La Liga but even if they win all their remaining games, it may not be enough to catch leaders Barcelona.As for Athletic Bilbao, they find themselves in mid-table. Another couple of wins will ensure they avoid a first ever relegation, which did look a real possibility at one point this term. However any European ambitions have been put on hold for now after they lost to Valencia and were then held at home by Espanyol last time out.This game doesn’t have the makings of a classic by any means. A lack of Basque strikers has left Athletic in a tough position both in the transfer market and on the pitch. They’ve been using Inaki Williams as a number 9 for most of the season but he is a more natural winger and it’s no great surprise that Athletic have La Liga’s second worst goal-scoring record with an average of just 0.96 goals per game.Atletico Madrid may have conceded 3 in midweek but that was largely down to the exceptional qualities of Ronaldo and Athletic have nothing like the same firepower as the Italian champions. Atleti have the best defensive record in La Liga again and 85% of their away games this season have produced under 2.5 goals. 71% of Athletic Bilbao’s home games have done likewise and with a tight game likely.Leganes vs GironaEstadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes Saturday, 16-03-2019 @10:45pmThe final game this Saturday in La Liga comes from Butarque. It’s not exactly a glamour fixture between Leganes and Girona, two small clubs who have done well to establish themselves in the top flight. Barring any late season collapse, both will be in La Liga again next term and the hosts could even move into the top half with victory here.Leganes were beaten 1-0 in a dreadful game against Atletico Madrid last time out. They have though been continuing to churn out the results at home. You have to go back to mid September for the last time they suffered defeat at Butarque in any competition. Their direct and at times physical style, isn’t particularly pleasing on the eye but it has been very effective at home and few visitors to the South Madrid club have had an effective answer.Girona will be the latest to try here. They also rely on the physical presence of Cristhian Stuani to get a foothold in games but they tend to move the ball wide and attack the byline rather than punt long balls forward.Stuani has had another exceptional season and he comes into this match with 16 league goals. Only Leo Messi and Luis Suarez have managed more in the Spanish top flight this season and he’s in good form heading into this one, with 4 in his last 4 games. Given that, backing Stuani to score anytime could be worth a punt in this one.There also looks to be value in backing the visitors to get a result. Leganes may be strong at home but they have drawn as many games as they’ve won in La Liga at Butarque this season. 5 of their last 6 home wins have been by 1-0 margins so they’ve been edging games rather than dominating them and this has the makings of a close match.Girona are a team that seems to relish playing away. They’ve taken 1.46 points per game on their travels this season, a record only the ‘big three’ can better. 61% of their points and 71% of their wins this term in La Liga have come away.Eibar vs Real ValladolidEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSunday, 17-03-2019 @2pmThis Sunday’s early game in La Liga comes from Ipurua where Eibar take on struggling Real Valladolid. The Basque side are the favourites to claim a victory which would lift them onto the brink of the European battle. The visitors meanwhile are merely desperate to stop the rot as they try to keep themselves out of the relegation zone.They were very impressive for half an hour last week as they had Real Madrid on the ropes. Were it not for disallowed goals, Valladolid could easily have been 3-0 up on the defending European champions. However only one counted and Los Blancos came back to win 4-1 and inflict on Valladolid a 4th straight defeat. They did also face Barcelona over that period but these are worrying times now for the club and they head into this weekend just one point above the relegation zone.Eibar meanwhile come into this game following a 1-1 draw at Alaves last time out. They have been drawing plenty this season with 11 so far in La Liga. Only Athletic and Valencia have drawn more but they are well on track in terms of their overall goal of staying in the top flight, something which always has to be their main objective given the size of the club relative to even the other smaller sides in this league.They look well capable of chalking up another win and a few goals here. Worryingly for Valladolid, who had been relatively solid at the back for much of this season, they’ve started leaking a few goals of late. They’ve conceded 9 in their last 3 matches alone and confidence in their camp will be low heading into this crunch clash.Eibar meanwhile score plenty at home. They average 1.79 goals per home game in front of their own fans in La Liga this term which is a very good record. They’ve scored 3 or more on 4 separate occasions and have enough attacking quality to cause problems for struggling opposition.Espanyol vs SevillaRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSunday, 17-03-2019 @6:15pm*Details to follow shortly  Valencia vs GetafeEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaSunday, 17-03-2019 @08:30pm*Details to follow shortly  Villareal vs Rayo VallecanoEstadio de la Ceramica, VillarealSunday, 17-03-2019 @8:30pm*Details to follow shortlyReal Betis vs BarcelonaEstadio Benito Villamarín, SevilleSunday, 17-03-2019 @10:45pmThis Sunday’s clash in La Liga is a repeat of perhaps the game of the season so far, a 4-3 Real Betis win at Camp Nou earlier this term. The Seville club were brilliant that day but haven’t really kicked on and find themselves battling to make Europe as they gear up for a rematch with Barcelona this weekend.The Catalan giants are well placed to end this season with a host of trophies and the treble is still on after they beat Lyon 5-1 in the Champions League in midweek with Leo Messi absolutely instrumental again. Barca are 7 points clear of Atletico Madrid in the title race heading into this weekend and they have come through a number of tough tests in recent weeks.Despite their success, many Barcelona fans are still not happy with Ernesto Valverde and are quite keen for Betis boss Quique Setien to replace him given his style is much more from the Cruyff or Guardiola playbook. The irony is that many Betis fans would happily send him on his way and there were audible chants for Setien to go during their most recent home match, a defeat to Getafe.With an international fortnight, consisting purely of friendlies for his South American contingent following this, Ernesto Valverde has no major reason to rest players. They are currently operating on another level to the rest of Spain and Barca should have enough to clinch all the points here. They’ve won their last 5 in all competitions and that has included two trips to Real Madrid, one to Sevilla and a Champions League knockout game. A return of 16 goals scored over that period is outstanding and the return to form of Philippe Coutinho in midweek was also a major boost for them.Betis right now aren’t playing as well as they were earlier in the campaign. They’ve lost 3 of their last 5 matches in a run which has seen them exit two cup competitions and lose to Getafe in a key league game between fellow European hopefuls. They executed the perfect counter-attacking gameplan in Barcelona but they will have to come out a bit more here with home advantage and we may see the Catalans take advantage of that.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Shaban LubegaSpanish La Ligalast_img read more

Precambrian Pods Promoted to Pleistocene (!)

first_imgThe bulletin of the Geological Society of America started 2007 with a bang.  (Geeks sometimes refer to the exclamation point as a “bang”.)  It’s not often one sees an exclamation point in the title of a scientific paper, but the bang in one by Donald R. Lowe (Stanford) and Gary R. Byerly (Louisiana State)1 conveys something of the shock and awe they must have felt when they had to reclassify a rock formation from one end of the geologic column to the other:Irregular bodies of goethite and hematite, termed ironstone pods, in the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa, have been previously interpreted as the Earth’s most ancient submarine hydrothermal vent deposits and have yielded putative evidence about Archean hydrothermal systems, ocean composition and temperature, and early life.  This report summarizes geologic, sedimentological, and petrographic evidence from three widely separated areas showing that the ironstone was deposited on and directly below the modern ground surface by active groundwater and spring systems, probably during periods of higher rainfall in the Pleistocene…. These deposits represent a remarkable iron oxide-depositing Quaternary hydrologic system but provide no information about conditions or life on the early Earth.Moving the earliest rocks on Earth to modern times is thus cause for a bang: “Ironstone bodies of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Products of a Cenozoic hydrological system, not Archean hydrothermal vents!”  The prior accepted date for the Barberton deposits was about 3.55 billion years.  The Pleistocene epoch is assumed to have begun about 1.8 million years ago.  This means the new date (within the evolutionary geologic timetable) is, at most, 0.6% of the old date.1 Lowe DR, and Byerly GR (2007), “Ironstone bodies of the Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa: Products of a Cenozoic hydrological system, not Archean hydrothermal vents!” GSA Bulletin, January 2007, Vol. 119, No. 1 pp. 65-87, DOI: 10.1130/B25997.1.Astronomy (10/01/2006, 01/16/2001), geology (11/13/2006, 08/08/2006, 04/01/2006) and evolutionary biology (12/13/2006) are some of the only fields where you can be over 99% wrong and still keep your job.  Is there no accountability for the geologists who claimed these rocks were Archean?  Does this give us any confidence that the current dating method is the final word?  Notice how geologists and evolutionists could point to these rocks and weave their stories about ancient primitive life on the planet, only to find out the rocks are so recent, they could be forming today!  (That deserved another bang.)    Other articles in this month’s Geology and GSA Bulletin continue to propound dates for various formations with the same brazen aplomb with which geologists had told us the Barberton greenstones were billions of years old.  Let this be a lesson to our astute readership, because the geologists and evolutionists are apparently not learning theirs.Reader Research Project:  Someone should do a literature search on this South African formation and see how the evolutionists have used it in their tales about early life on the planet, now that we know “These deposits … provide no information about conditions or life on the early Earth.”  (Here’s one example from the AGU found quickly on Google, and another on GeoScience World glibly claiming these are 3.55 billion years old.)  Look for the dating methods that were used to claim they were ancient.  Search especially for how the “truth” of their old age was presented to students.  For an advanced project, someone should follow this story and see if there are any retractions as a result.  If you find anything interesting, send it in and we will post it.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more