MIAMI GARDENS, Florida (AP):Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and three scores yesterday as the Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC play-offs by beating the Dolphins 35-14.New England took a 20-0 lead in the first half, and turned away Miami’s comeback bid with the help of a 77-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Julian Edelman and a 69-yard fumble return by linebacker Shea McClellin.The Patriots (14-2), who were already assured of a first-round bye, became the ninth team since 1972 to go undefeated on the road during the regular season.The Dolphins (10-6), beaten for only the second time in the past 11 games, had already earned an AFC wild-card berth and will play their first postseason game since 2008 next weekend at Pittsburgh.The Patriots had lost their past three games in Miami and appeared intent from the outset on snapping that streak. By the time they led 20-0, they had advantages of 238 to 30 in yards and 17 to one in first downs.CONSECUTIVE DRIVESAfter Miami mounted consecutive 75-yard touchdown drives to make it 20-14, Edelman caught a short pass from Brady, benefited from a crushing downfield block by Michael Floyd and broke free to score on the longest reception of his career.The Dolphins threatened early in the fourth quarter, but Devin McCourty forced a fumble by Damien Williams, and linebacker Shea McClellin returned it 69 yards to set up a touchdown that made it 35-14.Brady went 25 for 33 with no turnovers. Edelman had a career-high 151 yards on eight catches.Miami’s Matt Moore, subbing again for injured starter Ryan Tannehill, went 24 for 34 for 205 yards.Brady increased his career yardage total to 61,582 to surpass former Dolphins quarterback and Hall of Famer Dan Marino for fourth place on the NFL’s career list. Next on the list is the Saints’ Drew Brees, who went into yesterday’s game with 65,761.Brady finished the regular season with 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions.Floyd scored his first touchdown with the Patriots when he caught a short pass from Brady and powered into the end zone for a 14-yard score to make it 14-0. Floyd was acquired by the Patriots last month after the Cardinals released him following a DUI arrest in Arizona.
OTHERS MAY PULL AWAY Clayton warned that the actions of the JFRA would force other parish referee associations to pull away from the organisation, and wants Brown and his executives to resign and an audit to be done before fresh elections are called. “The JFRA is not a must. You don’t have to be a part of the it based on constitution, so pulling away from the JFRA means we will save some funds. My referees (St Catherine) have a problem, so we send a letter; Clarendon is having problems and they are brave enough to send a letter, and there are more letters to come,” Clayton said. “They all need to resign, put everything on pause, have a forensic audit, and start afresh. It (JFRA) serves no purpose whatsoever.” Brown is nonetheless ignoring the calls for his resignation and notes that they are in the process of doing an audit. He also hopes to iron out some of the concerns raised. “I have nothing to resign for and I have no intention of resigning,” he stated. “Mr Clayton doesn’t have the moral or legal right to question the purpose of the organisation … the JFRA is of utmost importance. It is very relevant and needed.” “We are in the process of doing an audit soon, which will be supplied to all the members of the JFRA. We hope to iron things out with Clarendon. They have some legitimate concerns, and we are hopeful we can discus and come to a better understanding, and they will want to come back,” added Brown. “St Catherine has flatly rejected any meeting with us. But any time St Catherine feel they want to return to the JFRA, the door is wide open.” Chairman of the St Catherine Referees Association Oneil Clayton has called on the Franklyn Brown-led Jamaica Football Referees Association (JFRA) administration to resign. Clayton stated that referees islandwide are disgruntled about how their affairs are managed and how referees fees are being utilised. The St Catherine and Clarendon referees groups recently withdrew their membership from the JFRA, and Clayton accused Brown of not providing adequate services for the fees charged and insisted on a forensic audit and that money owed be paid over to them. He also questioned the organisation’s purpose after FIFA placed the responsibilities of administering and training local elite referees on national associations in 2014. Clayton says that the JFRA is nothing more than a social club that is still not meeting its members’ needs. “We pay $,1500 a month for referee dues, $450 for CUG, $50 for welfare, and $335 for insurance. So a balance of $655 is left. When other people were in charge, that $655 was used for Christmas parties and awards, but we haven’t had one in six years. So why pay over this fund?” he asked. Clayton, a vice-president in the previous administration, led by Courtney Campbell, said that Campbell generated sponsorship to host these functions during his stint so money in the JFRA coffers for that purpose was untouched. But Brown noted that the decision to discontinue the annual Christmas party was taken by the previous administrators, and instead, funds were allocated to the confederations to host their own parties and awards. “Central had it one time and KSAFA held theirs twice, and they got their money. Other confeds were supposed to do it, including South Central, but they did not, but the money is there for them to use,” he stated. A $15,000 salary bump given to the two office administrators after the association cried that it had no funds is also a bone of contention for Clayton. Brown, however, countered that the increase was long overdue.
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Ahead of the rainy season due in the months of May and June, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is making preparations to ensure that Georgetown, the capital city, does not come under full attack by floods.Drainage works being done on the La Penitence drainage channel earlier this monthThis is according to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of City Hall, Debra Lewis, who in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Saturday explained that these works would include exhaustive efforts to fix deficient pumps.According to her, two pumps in the city are presently down but noted that one is expected to be up and running by today.Lewis said that Georgetown is plagued by inconsiderate people who continue to dump their garbage carelessly which makes the work of the Council much more difficult.“We continue to do our works as it relates to the drainage system but we are still experiencing the problem of persons disposing of their refuse indiscriminately and that has somehow affected us because when we clean that particular area sometimes we have to go right back and clean it,” Lewis explained.She further noted that the very garbage that ends up in the canals reaches near the pumps and results in them being damaged.The PRO added that the Council is trying its best with its limited resources available to ensure that the city does feel the full brunt of floods.Meanwhile, the official related that the City Hall workers have been doing their part to ensure that key areas are kept clean in and around the city. Additionally, Lewis reminded that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has been clearing the major canals in Georgetown, also with the intent of avoiding destructive floods this year.“We also have some other long-term plans which you will hear of shortly,” she told this publication. Over the past few weeks, the Mayor and councillors, as well as residents, have been on clean-up campaign especially in the Georgetown area.Hydrometeorological officeAccording to the Hydrometeorological office of Guyana, the number of rainy days in the city will be increased from 12 in April to 20 in May and 22 in the month of June.The Weather Department said on its webpage that for April to June, “Rainfall is expected to be the usual or wetter. In the coming weeks, generally dry conditions are expected to continue. However, a gradual increase in rainfall is expected from the latter part of April as there is a transition into the rainy season in some areas”.A European firm, Vivid Economics, while handing over a report on Climate Resilience Support for Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) earlier this month had revealed that some $1.3 billion is lost every year in Georgetown as a result of flooding.The lead consultant from the agency, Charlie Dixon, shared a few findings during his presentation, which indicated that not only is the vast sum a reason for concern presently but in years to come, as it is expected to increase significantly with oil production.Dixon said, “At the present day, the risk of flooding is expected in the wider Georgetown area to cause around $1.3 billion of damage every single year…so then as we look to 2040, looking into the future as climate change worsens, and we expect these flooding effects to become more impactful, that number rises by round about a factor of four, so expected damages are round about $4 billion”.Following this revelation, NDIA announced a series of manual and mechanical drainage works within the capital city. The project was pegged at $163 million and was geared towards increasing the drainage capacity to significantly reduce flooding throughout Georgetown.
Nomination DayIt is said that there is strength in numbers, and on Friday when the political parties took to the streets for Nomination Day, that strength was in full display as the streets leading to Umana Yana were transformed into a sea of red and green.An overhead shot of the PPP/C’s sea of redNomination Day is considered as one of the most significant days leading up to the General and Regional Elections which is to be hosted on March 2, 2020.Not wanting to be left behind, supporters of the various political parties took to the streets as they joined their leaders heading to the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown to submit the lists of candidates.The atmosphere was charged as the procession of supporters, led by their leaders, chanted the slogans of their respective parties.Nomination Day is significant in the sense that it guarantees the political parties a spot on the ballot paper once they have met the criteria outlined by the Guyana Elections Commission and catered for under the laws governing the elections body.APNU/AFC supportersThe parties have now submitted their list of candidates who they anticipate would take up seats in Parliament as well as on the Regional Democratic Councils. The lists submitted were the General Elections List, or the National Top-up List as it is called, along with the Geographical Constituency List.They will now await verification and approval from GECOM, which is expected to be completed by January 19.Under the list system, political parties have to submit three lists of candidates. The National Top-up List, the Geographical Constituency List and the Regional Candidates List. Candidates would be extracted from these lists to serve in the National Assembly as well as on Regional Democratic Councils since 25 of the 65 seats in the House are allocated to the 10 Administrative Regions (Geographical Constituency List) and the other 40 from the National Top-up List.Some 13 parties have submitted their lists of candidates to contest the General and Regional Elections or in some cases, just regional elections. This election is dubbed as the ‘mother of all elections’ since it was birthed from the passage of a No-Confidence Motion, which was successfully passed in the National Assembly over a year ago.PPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, Prime Ministerial Candidate Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips, and General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo leading the chargeWhile the process has birthed a number of new political parties, it was evident that the incumbent Government – A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) remain the frontrunners.The energy in the two camps was unmatched as both parties mobilised their supporters from all over the country – what can only be described as a “clash of crowds”.PPP/C assembled on Robb Street in front of their headquarters – Freedom House – while APNU/AFC assembled at Parade Ground.There were several music trucks blasting the campaign songs for the major players while their supporters sang loudly.President David Granger and his running mate, Khemraj Ramjattan, leading the processionThis election saw a shift in things since GECOM took a decision to move the Nomination Day proceedings from the badly-dilapidating City Hall to Umana Yana. This gave the political parties a bigger space for their supporters which ultimately resulted in the lack of a clash among rival supporters.The APNU/AFC coalition, led by President David Granger and Prime Ministerial Candidate Khemraj Ramjattan, were the first to arrive at the venue. They presented their list to loud cheers and horns blasting from their large group of supporters.The smaller parties only came with essential personnel and lack of fanfare, noting that it is what happens at the ballot rather than mobilising crowds to march with them as they file Nomination Day papers.The PPP/C was the fourth party to present their list to Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield. Their mammoth-sized procession was led by Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, Prime Ministerial Candidate Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips and General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo.
Letterkenny suffered a major power fault this morning (Weds) leaving more than 2000 people without power. Homes and businesses were hit with an unexpected power cut in Letterkenny on Wednesday morning.A major electrical fault struck in at 9.48am, affecting 2,454 ESB customers. Areas in the outskirts of the Donegal town were also believed to be affected.The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) responded to the incident to repair the issue, with the interruption solved shortly after 11am.ESB apologised for the loss of supply following the short blackout.Power restored to homes and businesses following major fault in Letterkenny was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
ARCATA >> A truncated training camp has hit its midway point.Ten days of camp down, 10 more to go.The evaluation period doesn’t stop after Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage at the Redwood Bowl for head coach Rob Smith. What the scrimmage did offer was the chance to take another step forward to that all-important 2016 season opener, which is starting to get closer and closer on the calendar.“We’ve got to put kids in game-like situations, and scrimmages do that as best as we can hope for,” Smith …
It’s been all over the news lately – human DNA shows surprisingly divergent regions from chimpanzee counterparts. The Houston Chronicle, for instance, summarizes the find:Searching across the four genomes, the team looked for regions of DNA about 100 letters long that had made the biggest leaps. One, they found, had changed nearly twice as much as any other region, with 18 letters of DNA different between humans and chimps. A similar stretch of chicken DNA, they found, has all but two letters in common with the chimp DNA.The evolutionary explanation is two-fold: (1) this region of human DNA must have evolved 70 times as fast as other parts, and (2) the lack of evolution between chicken and chimp for this region must mean that “this region of the DNA had been stable for a long time, hundreds of millions of years.” See also Medical News Today and Associated Press report on NC Star News.We just claimed yesterday that “Darwinian evolution is so malleable that it bends itself to every anomaly, and therefore fails” the scientific criteria of testability and verifiability (08/21/2006). Here’s another example. Rather than wear sackcloth and ashes and moan and wail over their sins, they spin this story into support for Darwin. Now they expect to believe that these genes sat there undisturbed for hundreds of millions of years, only to explode into activity after Bonzo’s kid had a mutation, and presto! philosophy. Gong; next.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The most precise measurements ever show that particles and their antiparticles are perfect mirror images of each other.Protons and anti-protons are alike in every way; just don’t bring them together or they will annihilate each other. They differ only by the sign of their charges. Why this is a problem for big bang theory—and for the “standard model” of particle physics—is explained in Nature:The standard model of particle physics is considered to be the best physical theory that we have. It is built on symmetries and can describe all the experiments and observations concerning the known subatomic particles. However, the model includes some 30 free parameters and is not fully explanatory. For example, it cannot explain a profound mystery of physics and cosmology, the fact that there is no antimatter in the Universe. When matter and antimatter mutually annihilated each other following the Big Bang, any pre-existing symmetry between them was broken. Matter but no antimatter was left behind, and we lack a satisfactory explanation as to how this occurred. Research on the fundamental differences between particles and antiparticles may provide an answer. In this vein, Ulmer et al. (page 196) perform a high-precision, comparative study of the properties of protons and antiprotons.Their study wasn’t helpful. Ulmer et al. measured the charge-to-mass ratio of protons and antiprotons, and found them identical (except for charge) to 69 parts per trillion—four times the precision of previous measurements. It was hoped the very minute differences between them might produce a slight asymmetry that could account for the discrepancy. A slight excess of matter at the big bang, after all the new matter and antimatter annihilated itself, would remain to create the universe of matter we know. If there are any differences, they have escaped detection.The “mystery deepens,” therefore, Live Science says. “Matter and antimatter appear to be perfect mirror images of each other as far as anyone can see, scientists have discovered with unprecedented precision, foiling hope of solving the mystery as to why there is far more matter than antimatter in the universe.” Science Daily quotes the frustration of Ulmer at the result of finding no variance in the charge-parity-time (CPT) symmetry of the particles :“This is an important issue,” says Stefan Ulmer, who led the research, “because it helps us to understand why we live in a universe that has practically no antimatter, despite the fact that the Big Bang must have led to the creation of both. If we had found violations of CPT, it would mean that matter and antimatter might have different properties — for example that antiprotons might decay faster than protons — but we have found within quite strict limits that the charge-to-mass ratios are the same.“Thus “one of the most intriguing questions in physics” remains unexplained, Klaus Jungmann says in the review article. Surely a nearly equivalent amount of antimatter must have existed at the big bang, in the view of big bang cosmologists. Since the universe of matter we see today constitutes only 4% of mass-energy when theoretical dark matter and dark energy are considered, it implies that modern physicists and cosmologists only have a handle on 2% of reality.Is this evidence for intelligent design? Look at what Jungmann says:Symmetries have a central role in physics. A symmetry that holds across the Universe is an indication that a conservation law is at work. For example, adjusting a clock by an arbitrary time interval leaves all physical processes completely unaffected. A consequence of this is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. But, when a symmetry is violated or a quantity is not conserved, a symmetry-breaking process must be at work.There does not appear to be any physical process that can account for the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. A designer of a habitable universe, however, would know that a mix of matter and antimatter would make the universe uninhabitable (e.g., don’t shake hands with your anti-self), unless the antimatter were somehow segregated from the matter. Observing that kind of segregation, though, would violate the Cosmological Principle and amount to further evidence for design.This materialist conundrum has been around for decades, and shows no sign of resolution. It’s similar to the chirality asymmetry in biomolecules that has no material explanation. There is cause (a “symmetry-breaking process”) that can account for these asymmetries, though, and that cause is intelligence. Why not infer that the thing that “must be at work” is not just a process, but a Person?Some will cry “God of the gaps” at this suggestion. It is true that future work may uncover physical mechanisms for these phenomena. But how long do we have to wait? These mysteries have gone on for nearly a century now. Eventually, the alchemists had to change their paradigm, didn’t they? And what if the gaps keep getting wider over time? These articles do not give us confidence that physicists and cosmologists are converging on natural explanations, if the “best physical theory we have” cannot account for this long-standing mystery, is clueless about dark matter and dark energy, and needs 30 free parameters to work at all (see Best-in-Field Fallacy).At some point, we must logically conclude that “materialism of the gaps” is just as vulnerable to criticism as its converse. There is a positive argument for design that is not a gap argument. It says that from our uniform experience, we know of a cause that can separate out particles that in all respects are equivalent, especially when the result of the separation provides a function, such as habitability. That cause is intelligence. It’s interesting that we see that in Genesis 1:3, when God, by design, “divided the light from the darkness.” It sounds surprisingly prescient. Moses could not have known the significance of this statement. It suggests that it was revealed to him by the omniscient, omnipotent Creator.To appreciate the sheer emptiness of naturalistic theories about antimatter, watch this short video from Fermilab on YouTube. So much for the experts. The God hypothesis excels over their understanding like Something exceeds Nothing. (Visited 136 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cape Town has once again been included in a list of the world’s Top 10 Cities according to the latest Travel + Leisure survey.Cape Town is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. With the iconic Table Mountain, world class hospitality and the best views, the city is popular among both local and foreign travellers. (Image: Cape Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterThe international travel magazine hosts the annual survey via a reader questionnaire.Readers vote on several categories, including the world’s best hotels, airports, spas and islands.Ranked at number nine, Cape Town has featured in the top 10 for several consecutive years.The magazine described the city as “cutting-edge, artsy, and buzzing with energy”, and applauded the variety of activities in Cape Town.“There are few places in the world where you can exercise your shopping skills (head to Woodstock’s Neighbourgoods Market on Saturday mornings for Afrikaans jerky and silk-and-leather sandals), take off on a safari, or indulge in world-famous cuisine all in one weekend,” the magazine explained.“Atlantic-facing Clifton Beaches are the South Beach of South Africa, known for enormous natural boulders tumbling into the sea, pristine sunbathing conditions, and the capoeira dancers that entertain crowds with fire and African drums on Monday nights.”A tale of numerous citiesTop of the list, however, is Japan’s Kyoto for the second year running, with Charleston in the US and Siem Reap in Cambodia, in second and third place respectively this year.These were followed by Florence and Rome in Italy, Bangkok in Thailand, Krakow in Poland and Barcelona in Spain.Jerusalem in Israel was listed at number 10.Readers rate the top cities based on sights, culture, arts, food, friendliness and shopping.Accommodation also take the honoursThe Cape Grace, a Cape Town hotel, also made it on to the list of the World’s Best 100 Hotels, ranked at number 34.Also on the list was Singita Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga at number 59.Hotels were rated in terms of facilities, location and service.Based on the survey, the top hotel in the world is The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.