MCNULTY WINS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL 40TH DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

first_imgTim McNulty has held his nerve to win the Donegal International Rally.Huge crowds met the Meath man as he arrived back at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny this evening. McNulty kept his cool over the day’s final eight stages in Inishowen to finish one minute and nineteen seconds ahead of Alastair Fisher and his Letterkenny co-driver Rory Kennedy in second place.The event, which saw a crowd of more than 50,000 attend the three days, has been hailed as a huge success with no accidents.A Garda spokesman said the vast majority of rally followers were impeccably behaved.“The message of keeping the race on the road really got home. We had very few incidents of a serious nature. “The organisers did a terrific job and the crowd really behaved themselves. It was a really good event form our point of view,” he said.Eventual winner McNulty and co-driver Paul Kiely lead the event from the fourth stage on day one and increased their lead yesterday before driving a steady race today to ensure the title.The wet conditions earlier on today did not prove a problem for McNulty and the victory never looked in doubt.He stayed over a minute clear of Fisher’s Fiesta throughout the day and going into the final two stages, set in Buncrana Town, McNulty was leading by 1 minute and 16 seconds.McNulty held his nerve on the final two short town stages to win his second event in this year’s Irish Tarmac Rally Championship following his victory in Galway earlier this year.Fisher and Kennedy held off the challenge of Daragh O’Riordan for second, with O’Riordan fastest on half of today’s stages. Kevin Barrett finished in fourth with Garry Jennings taking fifth place. PICTURE BY CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsMCNULTY WINS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL 40TH DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 20th, 2011 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:McNulty wins Donegal rallylast_img read more

Groves to fight for world title

first_imgGeorge Groves will challenge Robert Stieglitz for the WBO super-middleweight title in Germany on 5 May.The fight, which will take place at the Messehalle arena in Erfurt, represents a major step up in class for the unbeaten 24-year-old in only his 15th professional contest.His trainer and manager Adam Booth insisted last year that the Hammersmith prospect was not ready to compete for a world title.Groves has already won the Commonwealth and British titles.However, Stieglitz, 30, is regarded as one of the weaker champions in an extremely strong division, and the Groves camp believe their man can win the belt once held by Chris Eubank and more recently Joe Calzaghe.Russian Stieglitz, who is based in Germany, has a record of 41-2 and had been pencilled in to fight former title holder Mikkel Kessler but was left to consider other options after the Dane opted to move up to light-heavyweight.Groves, once a star of the Dale Youth Boxing Club in Notting Hill, became Commonwealth champion in only his ninth professional bout and last year took the British crown from arch-rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.He ended the year with a second-round stoppage of another former national champion, Paul Smith, at Wembley Arena.Last month he was due to return to Wembley for a rematch with Scotland’s Kenny Anderson, who floored him when they met in 2010.Groves withdrew for medical reasons and it emerged that he was being lined up for a shot at Stieglitz.See also: Groves bout off but world title fight loomsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Proving Evolution by Devolution

first_imgA sadly misinformed press release tries to illustrate Darwinian evolution by breaking things.Two scientists at Uppsala University make a big claim: “Evolutionary ‘selection of the fittest’ measured for the first time.” This is quite astounding on two fronts. One, that fitness could be measured, since it is merely a manifestation of the Stuff Happens Law. Two, that it took so long for someone to do it for the first time. Let’s see what this is about. (Prepare to pardon the translator from Swedish to English; Science Daily republished the story without criticism or proofreading.)Darwin’s Theory of Evolution introduced the concept of ‘survival of the fittest’. At each generation the ‘fittest’ individuals are selected and this is a major force shaping the biological world we see today. Selection can explain why a cheetah runs fast – cheetah’s [sic] that run fast catch the food to feed their cubs. Those that don’t run fast get less food, and fewer cubs survive. Over time evolution selects against cheetahs that cannot run fast enough. But, how fast is fast enough, and big does [sic] the difference have to be before selection is effective? This question was asked by two researchers at Uppsala University, graduate student Gerrit Brandis and Professor Diarmaid Hughes.Brandis and Hughes used Salmonella (a bacterium that causes infections in humans and animals) to measure the power of selection to choose the fittest individuals. Salmonella is similar to animals like cheetahs in the sense that it competes for food and is under intense selection to use that food to grow as fast or faster than any other individuals in the same environment. Evolution selects for the fittest variants.Unfortunately, unless the reporter has misrepresented their views, Dr. Hughes and his grad student don’t get it. Natural selection is not a force, let alone a major force. If it forced all living things to get faster, then anything slower than a cheetah should have gone extinct. Why are there sloths? Why are there amoebas and worms? If natural selection produces opposite outcomes, it is merely a restatement of “stuff happens,” the antithesis of scientific explanation. It cannot explain why a cheetah runs fast or a sloth loafs all day. The cheetah could have learned to build antelope traps, or the antelope could have evolved to fly or climb trees. If whatever happens happens, natural selection has explained nothing. And if fitness equates to survival, the concept reduces to a tautology (see “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?“).But it gets worse. The method they used to measure fitness actually measures the opposite: i.e., intelligent design. The Salmonella they played with were actually “fit” (or shall we say, robust) at the start of the experiment. The only thing they demonstrated was how many ways you can reduce a cell’s health by breaking things.The genetic code has ‘redundancy’, meaning that there are several different ‘codons’ that can be translated into any one amino acid. For some amino acids up to 6 different codons can be used. Brandis and Hughes asked whether it mattered which particular codons were used to make EF-Tu, one of the most important proteins in Salmonella.Brandis and Hughes changed many different codons and showed that changing even a single codon in the gene for this protein into any one of the alternative ‘synonymous’ codons reduced the ‘fitness’ of Salmonella. The codons that are actually used by Salmonella are the very best, and any change reduces the fitness of the bacteria.To give this farce of an experiment the appearance of scientific rigor, Hughes and his hopeful novitiate determined that “On average, changing a single codon reduced the fitness of the bacteria, by 0.01 procent [sic] per generation.” No kidding; bugs in the code reduce fitness! This should have been predictable. If the codons are optimal to start with, any change is going to take them downhill. But Brandis and Hughes reasoned backward; that natural selection must have pushed the cells toward the optimum by small, incremental steps in the unobservable past.The message is that evolution, working over very long time scales (hundreds of millions of years), can select tiny differences in relative fitness, as small or smaller than 0.01procent [sic] per generation for Salmonella. Cheetahs need to keep running fast!The non-sequiturs in this statement should be beneath the dignity of scientists. Salmonella are not cheetahs. What happens in a petri dish under controlled conditions has nothing to say about mammals that can run fast. Brandis and Hughes worked at most for a few months by intelligent design, not hundreds of millions of years by blind, unguided forces. Worst of all, the triumphal tone of the news release about victory for Darwin actually demonstrates the opposite, that Salmonella cells are already optimally fit and cannot tolerate much change.The role of synonymous codons is actually an interesting question. Some research has indicated that alternate codons are not less “fit,” as these researchers assume, but have a purpose. They regulate the speed of translation in the ribosome, and can actually result in different proteins from the same code (see Evolution News & Views). This makes synonymous codons further evidence for intelligent design, not Darwinian evolution. What may have appeared to Brandis and Hughes as a reduction in fitness may have been expression of a design feature that allows the cells to survive environmental stress.To celebrate natural selection, they would need to observe the cells reaching the fitness peak without their help, not drag them down from the summit with their guided hands. They would also need to explain why different organisms within the same environment achieve “fitness” by opposite outcomes (see “Fitness for Dummies,” 6/19/14). Is it possible for evolutionary biologists to be this misinformed about neo-Darwinism? Sadly, yes (see “Misuse of Term Natural Selection Continues,” 2/11/16), and “Who Misunderstands Evolution?” (2/20/16).Isn’t it tragic to see a grad student being congratulated for being stupid? Brandis looks like a sorcerer’s apprentice working for a clueless prof playing the part of the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws (see “How Not to Prove Positive Selection,” 9/05/08 commentary). This is how Darwinism perpetuates itself. Stupid professors teach their students how to think stupidly (defined not as lack of mental capacity, but as thinking uncritically and being misinformed about the subject matter). The students becomes professors who continue the vicious cycle.Knowing how to keep germs alive in a petri dish has nothing to do with it. Knowing how to tinker with synonymous codons has nothing to do with it. Measurement has nothing to do with it. Science requires logic! “Experimental verification is not a new kind of assurance coming in to supply the deficiencies of mere logic,” C.S. Lewis said. “We should therefore abandon the distinction between scientific and non-scientific thought. The proper distinction is between logical and non-logical thought.”We try to be charitable to evolutionists, but it’s hard sometimes. This is really an illogical news release. Anything illogical, by definition, is stupid. Brandis, before you become thoroughly anesthetized to logic, try to do something worthwhile with your life, like your smart colleagues at Uppsala who are working on a cure for cancer. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Plant Email System Described

first_imgWhat do you call a long-distance signaling system that involves coded information?Japanese researchers identified a coded string of information that acts as a signal, but it wasn’t intercepted email: it was a molecule inside a plant, the humble lab plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Phys.org says that scientists at Nagoya University identified a polypeptide that tells roots when the top of the plant is starved for nitrogen, essentially telling the roots to send some up pronto.The polypeptide is not a random string of amino acids. It’s an ordered sequence that must be recognized by the plant to generate a purposeful response. The article shows that this is a two-way communication pathway, something like email with a molecular message:Although not able to actively forage for their food, plants can nevertheless overcome problems relating to nutrient scarcity or varied distribution using a long-distance signaling mechanism. This helps determine their competitive success and productivity. For instance, nitrogen (usually in the form of nitrate) is essential for plant growth, but is often only present as patches in the soil. Nitrogen-starved roots express a mobile plant hormone (CEP) that travels upward to the shoot and eventually triggers compensatory nitrogen uptake by roots in more nitrogen-rich areas. This CEP signal is received by a receptor protein in the leaves, but the molecules involved in the shoot-to-root response signal were unknown.That’s just the first signal, from root to shoot. When the leaves in the shoot receive the signal, they switch on genes that are only activated in the shoot. To complete the communication circuit, the message needs to get back down to the root. Expecting to find one, they intercepted the message:The team showed that these polypeptides accumulated in the roots, although the genes encoding them were expressed only in the shoots. This indicated that the polypeptides act as mobile descending shoot-to-root signals.Rounding out the comparison to an email system, the article shows that this is no simple thing:Such a sophisticated signaling system ensures that plants maximize the efficiency at which they obtain nutrients, and could be exploited to improve fertilizer application and enhance plant productivity.Well, what do you know! Plants have an intranet, and they communicate with email. That should cause some interesting conversation at the water cooler. You don’t need to email your office plants, though; they speak a different language.Update 4/08/17: A paper in Nature Scientific Reports examines the “synergistic response” between roots and leaves in drought conditions. The authors speak of signals, crosstalk and feedback loops that keep all parts of the plant in touch with each other.When subjected to drought, leaves were more sensitive than roots and seedling morphology changed significantly. Some physiological changes were irreversible if the drought period exceeded 24 h. Energy and protein metabolism are stimulated in roots responding to drought stress but inhibited in leaves. Drought significantly inhibits photosynthesis in leaves. In both roots and leaves, 14-3-3-like protein A played a key role in the synergistic response to drought stress defined by our PPI network analysis. The key to understanding the signal transduction processes involved in the response to drought stress may be found in the crosstalk pathways that connect roots and leaves under these conditions. Our results provide new insight into the molecular mechanisms plants adaptation to tolerate drought stress.They ran experiments on a member of the grass family. Think about what’s going on under your feet when you walk on the lawn. To the blades of grass, it might be like an EMP attack on their communications network, but apparently, they have good recovery systems in place.We first reported the possibility of “plant email” in the early days of CEH (7/13/01), and have not lost fascination with it. This story shows that the concept is still proving fruitful in advancing scientific knowledge. Notice that a string of amino acids is meaningless without an interpreter, and that genes at both ends of the plant have to understand the language convention. The system is irreducibly complex because all the sophisticated parts must exist simultaneously for there to be any function at all. Communication systems in living things bear the hallmarks of intelligent design – that is, to all who have not been brainwashed into supposing that “stuff happens” qualifies as a scientific explanation. (Visited 104 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Des Moines Water Works legal battle comes to an end

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A federal district court has dismissed the controversial Des Moines Water Works lawsuit that put the agricultural community on edge for the past two years. While the decision is favorable for agriculture, it doesn’t resolve the question of whether the water utility could prove that nitrates draining from farm fields are harming the utility’s water sources. The court’s dismissal prevents Des Moines Water Works from further asserting such claims.The lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) utility sued irrigation districts in three Iowa counties for allowing discharges of nitrates through drainage infrastructure and into the waterways from which the utility drew its water. In addition to claiming that the discharges violate the federal Clean Water Act’s permitting requirements, DMWW also asserted nuisance, trespassing, negligence, takings without compensation, and due process and equal protection claims under Iowa law. The utility sought monetary damages for the cost of removing nitrates from its water as well as an injunction ordering the drainage districts to stop the discharges with proper permits.The federal district court first certified several questions of state law to the Iowa Supreme Court to clarify whether Iowa law provided immunity to the drainage districts for DMWW’s claims. On January 27, 2017, the Iowa Supreme Court responded in the positive, explaining that Iowa drainage districts had been immune from damages and injunctive relief claims for over a century because drainage districts “have a limited, targeted role—to facilitate the drainage of farmland in order to make it more productive.” The Iowa court also clarified that Iowa’s Constitution did not provide a basis for DMWW’s constitutional arguments.Turning to the party’s claims in light of the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling, the federal district court focused on the drainage district’s motion to dismiss DMWW’s claims based on the doctrine of redressability, which requires a showing that the alleged injury is likely to be redressed by a favorable decision. The doctrine of redressability concludes that a plaintiff cannot have standing to sue and therefore cannot proceed in a case if the defendant doesn’t have the power to redress or remedy the injury even if the court granted the requested relief.The drainage districts argued that they could not redress DMWW’s Clean Water Act claims because the districts had no power to regulate the nitrates flowing through the drainage systems. The court agreed, stating that “DMWW seeks injunctive relief and the assessment of civil penalties against the drainage districts arising from alleged duties and powers that the districts simply do not possess under Iowa law. DMWW may well have suffered an injury, but the drainage districts lack the ability to redress that injury.”The federal district court also dismissed DMWW’s remaining claims against the drainage districts. DMWW argued that the immunity given the drainage districts as described by the Iowa Supreme Court prevented DMWW’s remaining claims and thus violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection, Due Process, and Takings Clauses. The federal district court found these contentions to be “entirely devoid of merit” and dismissed the state law claims of nuisance, trespassing, negligence, takings, due process and equal protection. Because none of the counts against the drainage districts survived the court’s scrutiny, the court dismissed and closed the case.The DMWW case was a futile but somewhat inventive attempt to allocate liability for nitrate pollution to the agricultural community.“Unregulated agricultural discharges into Iowa’s rivers, lakes and streams continue to increase costs to our customers and damage Iowa’s water quality and environment,” said DMWW’s CEO Bill Stowe upon filing the lawsuit.A public poll by the Des Moines Register soon after Stowe brought the DMWW lawsuit showed that 42% of the respondents agreed with him in believing that farmers should pay for nitrate removal from DMWW’s waters, while 32% thought those who lived in Des Moines should pay to remove the nitrates.If the goal is to force agriculture to reduce nutrient run off or pay for the cost of removing nutrients from waterways, the DMWW case tells us that suing those who oversee agricultural drainage infrastructure projects is not the proper mechanism for accomplishing that goal. So will the next strategy be to sue the farmers who use the nutrients and the drainage infrastructure?One challenge in suing farmers for nutrient runoff, and the issue that was not addressed in DMWW, is whether nutrient runoff from farm fields carried through drainage systems constitutes a “point source” that requires regulation under the Clean Water Act, or whether nutrient runoff fits within the agricultural exemption under the Clean Water Act. That law defines a “point source” as “any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, including but not limited to any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock, concentrated animal feeding operation, or vessel or other floating craft, from which pollutants are or may be discharged,” but states that point sources do not include “agricultural storm water discharges and return flows from irrigated agriculture.” What we still don’t know after two years of DMWW litigation is whether a court would put the transport of agricultural nutrients through drainage systems in the point source definition or would consider it an agricultural exemption from the point source definition.A second challenge in an attempt to bring agricultural nutrients under the Clean Water Act is the burden of proof upon the plaintiff to prove the actual origin of a downstream nutrient—who applied the nutrient that ended up downstream? DMWW sought to minimize this challenge by suing the drainage districts that oversee the entire region. But had the case proceeded, DMWW still would have had to trace the nutrients to the region, a difficult task.The agricultural community expects that its voluntary efforts to reduce nitrate and phosphorus runoff from farm fields will positively impact water quality and stem the possibility of more litigation like the DMWW case. A multitude of voluntary efforts are underway, such as Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the flourish of cover crops in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Ohio has also added a regulatory approach that requires farmers to engage in fertilizer application training. Let’s hope these initiatives will reduce nutrient impacts before another party is willing to point its finger at agriculture and pursue a lawsuit like DMWW.last_img read more

Would You Moonlight for Technorati?

first_imgdana oshiro Tags:#Blogging#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If this tells us anything, it’s that in this new environment of conversational media, many have abandoned their blogs for less labor intensive forms of expression. We just hope the company has some form of compensation for contributors. It’ll be tough convincing bloggers to contribute posts and patch holes in what might already be a sinking ship. Nevertheless, if you’re the type of person who likes a challenge and you’ve got the energy to increase your posts, you can apply for the program on Technorati’s contact page. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Once considered the leading search engine for blog-related queries, Technorati has fallen by the wayside in recent years. With no known strategy around new forms of media, the company quickly began to lose ground as Twitter and other conversational tools grew in popularity. In early July when the company launched Twittorati, it already seemed too late. However, in a surprising move, Technorati is switching gears again with an invitation for writers to join the Technorati blogging network. In an email to members, the company is encouraging users to become Technorati writers. While it may seem like a natural fit for members to write about their blogging experiences, the company appears to want to expand beyond that by offering members a chance to state their favorite topics and interest areas. While it seems like a strange and cannibalistic move, it will be an uphill battle to persuade regular bloggers to double up on their posts and contribute. Earlier in the email Technorati addresses why member authority has fallen across the site. The company explains, “As our intent is to measure the influence and attention received on an ongoing basis, we stopped counting static blogroll links, and these links have now aged out of the authority calculations.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg has the same IoT problems we all have

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Facebook#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Mark Zuckerberg#top Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Mark Zuckerberg began 2016 with the goal in mind to recreate the artificially intelligent personal assistant featured in Iron Man, J.A.R.V.I.S. Well, maybe not to actually recreate it, but to create simple AI to run his home.He recently updated the world on his progress in a note on Facebook.So far this year, I’ve built a simple AI that I can talk to on my phone and computer, that can control my home, including lights, temperature, appliances, music and security, that learns my tastes and patterns, that can learn new words and concepts, and that can even entertain Max.This would enable Zuckerberg to learn more about the current state of AI as well as the challenges that face developers in the home automation space. His Jarvis project would combine different AI systems including language processing, voice and face recognition. With these, tied into his Jarvis server, he could bring home systems such as his lights, cameras, thermostat, and Spotify together with human interface systems like a messenger bot and the camera at his front door.See also: How the lack of interoperability standards could be killing IoTWith these tied into his Jarvis server, he could bring home systems such as his lights, cameras, thermostat, and Spotify together with human interface systems like a messenger bot and the camera at his front door.That’s when he began noticing the problems that have been plaguing the Internet of Things for some time.In some ways, this challenge was easier than I expected. In fact, my running challenge (I also set out to run 365 miles in 2016) took more total time. But one aspect that was much more complicated than I expected was simply connecting and communicating with all of the different systems in my home.Basically, all the different components that make his AI work are speaking different languages. There is no C-3PO to help interpret this information and establish a mode of communication between the coffee maker and the garage door opener.This presented a challenge that Zuckerberg would need to overcome if he had any chance of giving his AI the ability to do anything useful.Using Messenger as the interfaceAnother issue he ran into was creating a user interface that enabled him to communicate naturally with his Jarvis system. He wanted to create something that was as easy to talk to as any of his human friends. This meant giving it an interface that existed everywhere at the same time.Facebook’s Messenger was one of these solutions. Using its API, Zuckerberg could communicate with Jarvis using his phone from anywhere. This also enabled him to develop it to a point where voice commands and facial recognition could come into play.As Zuckerberg nears the end of his year-long challenge, he reflected on where we are with AI today:In a way, AI is both closer and farther off than we imagine. AI is closer to being able to do more powerful things than most people expect — driving cars, curing diseases, discovering planets, understanding media. Those will each have a great impact on the world, but we’re still figuring out what real intelligence is.Zuckerberg’s AI project is interesting. His breakdown brings to light a lot of the challenges facing a rapidly growing IoT market. Interoperability is key to making systems that readily communicate with one another. More importantly, the fact that artificial intelligence (and what exactly counts as artificial intelligence) is a subject that the tech world will be debating for quite a while.last_img read more

Ceres delivers magical win

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Gonzales wins as Frayna falters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes View comments PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The victory completed a 3-2 win on aggregate and sent the Busmen to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan starting Aug. 22 in Dushanbe. Ceres will host the second leg on Sept. 12.“We left it all out there on the pitch” said Schrock, who rejoined the team in April, which meant he was only added to the squad for the zonal finals. “We put in the performance of our lives in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.”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 shutoutPorteria gave the Busmen an early lead on the away goals rule with a close-range volley off an Iain Ramsay cross in the second minute, before Ott’s superb free kick in the 41st minute doubled the advantage.The first half performance, where the hosts won a penalty that was wasted by Fernando Rodriguez and created a couple more clear-cut chances, was in stark contrast over their uninspired display in the 2-1 loss in the first leg last week. But even with the visitors pushing men forward in the second half, the Busmen proved resolute, preserving a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.The Busmen broke down in tears upon hearing the final whistle and becoming the first team to rule the zonal stage, which started in February.And considering the fact that the club owned by Leorey Yanson was only a provincial powerhouse five years ago, the achievement was nevertheless impressive.Schrock worked tirelessly on both ends, winning 14 duels and creating five chances in a dynamic display that reminded why he was once a regular in the top-flight in Germany.The midfield maestro said he was merely making up for lost time.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” Schrock said.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage. I owe it to my teammates and our supporters.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY—Stephan Schrock couldn’t have picked a bigger, more important match to make up for all the time he missed away from Ceres-Negros.On another magical night at a packed Panaad Stadium, OJ Porteria and Manny Ott delivered the goals, while Schrock provided the steel and creativity as the Busmen subdued Home United of Singapore, 2-0, to rule the Asean zonal stage of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley defender Charlie Taylor: Late Tottenham goal hard to take

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley defender Charlie Taylor: Late Tottenham goal hard to takeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Charlie Taylor admits defeat at Tottenham was hard to take.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.”We worked on it in training this week and it went perfectly well,” said Taylor, who lined up to the left of a three-man central defence.“We were set for what would have been a great point at a very tough away fixture.“It’s absolutely gutting. In terms of losing a game, it’s the worst way you can possibly do it.“After holding on for so long and then to concede in injury time is horrible.“But we are looking more like a typical Burnley team over recent weeks.“We got a good result and a clean sheet last week and again we got so close against a top side, so there were definitely positives from our point of view.” last_img read more

Council puts kibosh on allowing backyard hens

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council voted in favour of not reopening the issue of allowing residents to keep hens in their backyards, citing concerns from the SPCA.Last April, discussions to potentially allow residents to keep hens in their backyards were included in Council’s June strategic planning sessions. But on January 8th the discussion item, which included discussions about the hens along with cat regulations, was dropped from Council’s Works in Progress list after Mayor Lori Ackerman indicated that the topics weren’t included in the strategic plan.Resident Lance Bayet wrote a letter to Council at the end of last month, asking for the issue of allowing backyard poultry to be reconsidered. A motion was passed to reaffirm that the topic of backyard hens be dropped from Council’s Works in Progress, effectively quashing any further discussion on allowing backyard chicken coops. The North Peace SPCA is contracted by the City to impound animals at large which are rounded up by bylaw officers. Mayor Ackerman explained that the SPCA continually faces capacity issues, which it said would be exacerbated by the shelter having to take care of chickens in addition to those animals it already cares for.last_img read more