Why no Wes? – Fennell explains Morgan snub

first_imgChairman of the RJR Sports Foundation Selection Committee, Mike Fennell, explained that Wes Morgan’s achievement of captaining Leicester City to the English Premier League title was not enough to satisfy the criteria for selection for the annual RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year award. Football fans were hoping Morgan’s unlikely Premier League success with Leicester City would have brought him consideration for the nation’s most recognised individual sports award and end a 19-year wait for a win by a footballer. The only footballer to win the national sports award was Deon Burton, who did so in 1997, after his goals helped Jamaica qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France. However, Fennell noted quite simply that Morgan, who captains both Jamaica’s national senior team and Leicester City, simply did not meet the requirements for a nomination. “The criteria is simple, he has to perform for Jamaica,” Fennell told The Gleaner. “He did not perform for Jamaica, although he is a Jamaican and he acknowledges Jamaica. He performed for an English Premier League club in a club competition. It was not an international tournament, it was the Premier League. But he must be performing for Jamaica or on the behalf of Jamaica, so it’s just a Jamaican performing well, so he did not fit the criteria.” Despite its popularity in Jamaica, football players are hardly able to meet the foundation’s criteria, which states that nominees must have represented Jamaica in an internationally recognised sporting competition, with achievements at the Olympic Games or any recognised World Championships and competitors, who achieve a record world standard in their sport, satisfying the top level of qualification. Level Two speaks to Commonwealth and Pan American level achievements, with Level Three pointing to honours achieved in regional competition. Level Four recognises local performances. Fennell added that the rules for selection have worked without any issue over the years and he does not see the need to change it now. “The selection has to follow the criteria. It would be a policy decision (to change the criteria). If we hadn’t followed that (criteria) then people like Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey could have been considered in their day, because they are Jamaicans, and certainly Bailey from Canada when he won the Olympics,” he noted. Track and field athletes dominate at the yearly awards, but Fennell believes other sports can make it more competitive by improving their level and performing more consistently on the international circuit. “Being in a team sport makes it very difficult to excel as an individual … in the past, we have had Deon Burton. But every sport has their level of competition; we have just been excelling in athletics at the international level. But every sport has their competitions, and it’s for those athletes to reach those levels,” he said. Micheal Binns is the only footballer included in the award this year. He has been nominated for the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award for his 35-yard strike in the local Premier League final. The RJR Sports Foundational National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award ceremony will take place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 13. HONOURS ACHIEVEDlast_img read more

DONEGAL CHAMPIONS EUNAN’S FACE UPHILL BATTLE AGAINST CROSSMAGLEN

first_imgA week after a hard-fought encounter with Naomh Conaill in the Donegal championship final, St Eunan’s must brush themselves down and do it all over again.Hundreds of fans from Letterkenny and the surrounding areas are expected to make the treck to support their team.The general consensus is that the Letterkenny team are merely in the first round of the Ulster Club Championship to make up the numbers. Club championship kingpins Crossmaglen go into the game undoubted red hot favourites.After all their history in the championship needs no reminding.And the fact that they beat, or rather hammered Garrycastle in this year’s All Ireland final.And despite having several injury worries a few weeks back, it now appears the tem are getting stronger by the day. And the mere mention of such names as the Kernan brothers and the evergreen Oisin McConville, is enough to send shivers up the spine of any team’s defence.Not that St Eunan’s are without some fine players on their way to the Athletic Grounds.Rory Kavanagh would grace any midfield in the country and fellow countyman Kevin Rafferty still has a huge amount to offer.Mark McGowan will take his points if Eunan’s get frees in kickable positions and Lee McMonagle has proven he knows where the goal is.Crosssmaglen may be the bookies’ favourite but if that self-belief which Jim McGuinness has instilled in Donegal can be repeated, then the Letterkenny men have a chance. DONEGAL CHAMPIONS EUNAN’S FACE UPHILL BATTLE AGAINST CROSSMAGLEN was last modified: November 11th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Donegal ‘flying’ against Tyrone as Thompson makes dash from brother’s wedding

first_imgDonegal have been flying in more ways than one so far in Cavan this afternoon.At half-time in the Ulster semi-final, Declan Bonner’s Donegal lead Tyrone by seven points.Ciaran Thompson replaced the injured Jason McGee after just 12 minutes. Ciaran Thompson keeps a tight grip on Tyrone’s Brian Kennedy. Photo Evan LoganThompson had to make a dash to Kingspan Breffni Park from his brother’s wedding and was flown by helicopter to allow him take his place in the Donegal panel.His older brother, 2012 All-Ireland winner Anthony, got married to Nicole McHugh in Lettermacaward earlier today.Ciaran Thompson has another engagement to attend to – toppling Tyrone! After the game, the Naomh Conaill forward will be flown back to the wedding reception, which is being held at the Blue Haven in Kilcar.Jamie Brennan’s goal, after just four minutes, gave Donegal the perfect start and the Bundoran man has kicked 1-3 as Donegal hold a commanding 1-9 to 0-5 lead.Donegal ‘flying’ against Tyrone as Thompson makes dash from brother’s wedding was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Ulster SFCciaran thompsonDeclan BonnerdonegalJamie BrennanJason McGeeTyronelast_img read more

Alien Engineering: Is It Intelligent Design?

first_imgThe SETI Institute finished airing a 2-part series on the History Channel called Alien Engineering (it will be rebroadcast on Feb. 18).  The series, featuring SETI Institute scientists Seth Shostak and Frank Drake, asks the following questions: Prepare for an exercise in imagination.  Suppose that an alien spacecraft crashed in the desert and we humans recovered it.  What could we learn from its engineers?  Using data gleaned from years of UFO sightings, we recreate a typical ship using cutting—edge animation, discover why aliens choose the craft shapes they do, learn how they overcome the effects of Earth’s atmosphere, defy gravity, cancel inertia, and travel faster than the speed of light!  Our experts—reverse engineers—show us what’s “under the hood” of alien craft….     With the help of leading physicists, astronomers, and engineers, we’ll decipher UFO technology: inertia cancellers, antigravity devices, wormhole excavators, teletransporters, antimatter reactors and laser weapons.     And, maybe in the process, discover the secrets of the universe… through “Alien Engineering.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.) If this exercise in imagination belongs on the History Channel, it is history that hasn’t been written yet.  But it does lead to an interesting follow-up question that the producers (Workaholic Productions) may not have imagined.  If an alien found human engineering on Mars (e.g., the Mars Exploration Rovers), or on Titan (the Huygens Probe), or on Eros (the NEAR spacecraft) or on the moon, would they be able to reverse-engineer these and learn about us?  Would they be able to detect products of intelligence and deduce that these objects had not evolved from the surrounding materials by chance? SETI devotees hate it when we use their logic against them.  Seth & Frank are poles apart from intelligent design people, but how can they escape from this trap they have set for themselves?  They are claiming that we could reverse-engineer products we have never seen, produced by minds we have never known, and are not sure even exist.  They are absolutely certain that if alien craft landed on Earth, we would recognize them as designed.  We would be able to discern much about the designers, and we sure would not assume that starstuff had assembled craft by chance that could travel faster than the speed of light or defy gravity.  The organization of the parts for function would not only convince us that they were products of intelligence (remember the I in SETI), but would astound us and arouse admiration of the designers, even if we knew nothing about them.  So why is William Paley a has-been in philosophy of science today?  Sounds like the SETI Institute should hire his modern counterparts, like Michael Behe.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Draw ignites 2010 World Cup fever

first_img7 December 2009The 32 teams participating at next year’s Fifa World Cup™ finals discovered their fate on Friday evening when the Final Draw for South Africa 2010 took place in Cape Town.While South Africans learned that the host nation’s opening match at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 11 June would be played against Mexico, it was the Group D line-up which caused arguably the biggest stir.Germany, Australia, Serbia and Ghana will battle it out for two qualifying places for the Round of 16, meaning two nations with passionate support will depart the tournament early.There could be a high-profile casualty from Group G too, after Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal were drawn together.TV audience of 200-millionAn estimated global television audience of 200-million joined the 2 000 invited guests in the Draw hall in watching the colourful and entertaining ceremony unfold.With African sporting stars such as athlete Haile Gebreselassie, rugby player John Smit, cricketer Makhaya Ntini, and footballers Matthew Booth and Simphiwe Dludlu assisting with the Draw, along with England’s David Beckham, it was always going to be an exhilarating occasion, but the undoubted centrepiece came when the eight groups were revealed.An early highlight of the draw was the eye-catching encounter between England and USA, scheduled for 12 June, which evokes the Americans’ famous 1-0 win over their transatlantic cousins at Brazil 1950.Argentina, Nigeria and Greece will get the chance to revive their group rivalry from 1994, while the heavyweight collision between Portugal and Brazil on 25 June also has the feel of a derby. Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile A night to rememberWith such an array of stars, the event dazzled from start to finish. After a welcome sequence from Lions Head, the mountain that provides Cape Town with such a dramatic backdrop, award-winning musician Johnny Clegg performed “Scatterlings of Africa”, a song made famous by the Academy Award-winning film Rain Main.Fittingly, the first speech of the night came from the man without whom a Fifa World Cup in South Africa would never have been possible: the country’s former president, Nelson Mandela.The 91-year-old, speaking in a special video message, urged his nation to make the most of their opportunity as tournament hosts. “We must strive for excellence in our hosting of the World Cup, while at the same time ensuring the event leaves a lasting benefit to all our people,” he said.Next it was time for two special presidents to take to the stage. Fifa President Sepp Blatter and South African President Jacob Zuma showed their excitement at both the Final Draw and the 2010 Fifa World Cup itself in an entertaining dialogue lasting several minutes.Giancarlo Abete, President of the Italian Football Federation, then handed over the holders’ Fifa World Cup Trophy to Blatter, confirmation that sport’s holy grail is in South Africa and ready to be contested next year.Legendary Portugal striker Eusebio, born in neighbouring Mozambique, was introduced to the crowd before examples of the “Win in Africa, With Africa” campaign were showcased before an expectant audience. Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo duly took to the stage to perform her Grammy-nominated song “Agolo”.JabulaniThe first duty of the show’s guest presenter, Academy Award-winning actress, Hollywood producer and proud South African Charlize Theron, was to show off the official 2010 match ball, adidas’s Jabulani, a name meaning “to celebrate” in Zulu.The multiple Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir continued the theme of happiness with a lively rendition of “Pata Pata” before the arrival of Draw master and Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke signalled the moment of truth.Some of the assembled coaches will have headed away feeling confident; others concerned by the task presented here; yet at least all now know what lies in store as they begin their planning and preparation for next year’s showpiece.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

KPMG’s South African Wave

first_img KPMG’s Johannesburg staff fly the South African flag high. (Photo: KPMG) Flags big and small lined the bridge outside the auditing and consulting firm as the company’s staff waved to lunchtime traffic in central Johannesburg. Workers at KPMG fly their flags from a bridge in Johannesburg. (Photo: KPMG) 8 March 2010 The staff at KPMG’s Parktown, Johannesburg office came out in their numbers on Tuesday, 2 March to celebrate 100 days to the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. A number of companies have come forward to show their support of the upcoming Fifa World Cup, and KPMG is clearly up there with the most enthusiastic! Football Fridays News Desklast_img read more

South Africans get free access to parks for a week

first_imgTo build South Africans’ pride in the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering free entry to citizens during SANParks Week. It runs from 12 to 16 September.“When people take pride in the national parks, they will start to understand the importance of conservation,” said SANParks acting head of communications, William Mabasa.#FreeAccess to National Parks starts in 2 weeks. Which Park will you be visiting? https://t.co/LrfOWBBpBL pic.twitter.com/xnfKFLkVGn— SANParks (@SANParks) August 30, 2016Started in 2006, the theme of the week this year is “Know your national parks”. Access to the parks is free to South Africans with a valid identity document; however, entry will also be free to children under the age of 16 without proof of identity.“It should be noted that the free access to the parks will not include accommodation and any commercial activities in the park such as guided safaris in vehicles or guided walks, etc,” said SANParks.Mabasa said this year’s SANParks Week would include exhibitions showcasing the myriad geographical regions of the parks. “The expo will include cultural, conservation, nursery and tourism aspects from the community, rangers and various conservation entities in order to highlight the broader South African biodiversity landscape.”Click here for a detailed list of the parks taking part in the initiative.Source: SANParks and South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Rotator cuff repair- series

first_imgNormal anatomyThe rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder. These muscles and tendons hold the arm in its “ball and socket” joint and are involved in essentially all shoulder motions.IndicationsThe role of the tendons is to hold the powerful shoulder muscles to the shoulder and arm bones. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury.ProcedureEither through an open incision or using small instruments through tiny incisions (arthroscopy), the tendon is repaired with sutures. If the tendon is separated from the bone, small rivets called suture anchors are used to attach the tendon back to the bone.AftercareSurgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is usually very successful at relieving pain in the shoulder. The procedure is less predictable at returning strength to the shoulder. Recovery time often depends on the extent of the tear.Review Date:6/30/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more