Costa Rica’s football returns on May 20 without an audience

first_imgThe league of Costa Rica First Division it’ll resume subsequent May 20 with all closed-door matches till additional discover because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers reported Monday. “After one lengthy wait football returns to our fields from subsequent May 20, taking part in Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday till the tip. If there’s a nice ultimate, it is going to be July 1, “he declared in a press video convention the president of the Nationwide Football Union (Unafut), Julián Solano. The Clausura Match It was suspended final March 17 when 15 of the 22 days of the primary part had been performed.The Unafut, that brings collectively the golf equipment of the first division and arrange the event, introduced a sequence of protocols that have been authorised by the Ministry of Sport and the Ministry of Well being. These protocols set up the distancing of the gamers in coaching periods and buses, few workers within the stadiums, restricted quantity of press in video games, prohibiting greetings between gamers, amongst others. The Ministry of Well being introduced this Monday that from May 16 the contact sports activities actions, however without the presence of the general public, as a part of the plan to de-escalate the restrictions on varied financial actions.The Unafut president harassed that soccer is an business on which hundreds of individuals rely and that with the return to exercise Costa Rica “provides a optimistic message to our society and your entire world.” Solano mentioned that the golf equipment have authorised FIFA’s advice to allow as much as 5 modifications per sport.Final March 24th The Affiliation of Skilled Soccer Gamers (Asojupro) of Costa Rica introduced a wage settlement with the First Division golf equipment, which establishes differentiated funds earlier than the suspension of the event. After March 15 the golf equipment promised to maintain full wage to those that earn 500,000 colones ($ 870) or much less monthly. To those that earn extra, the membership pays 500,000, plus half the remainder of their wage. The settlement additionally signifies that after the Costa Rican League is resumed, gamers will obtain 75% of their wage if the resumption is with the general public, and 60% if the order is to play behind closed doorways.last_img read more

Watford confirm they stand by complaint over Everton’s approach for Marco Silva

first_imgWatford have confirmed they remain in a ‘disciplinary process’ over Everton’s alleged illegal approach for the club’s former manager, Marco Silva.The Hornets reported Everton to the Premier League after they tried to get their Portuguese manager, who has since taken charge at Goodison Park, last season. latest 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Most read in Premier League What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The two clubs have gone through a failed mediation and the Hornets are still pursuing the disciplinary process, despite selling Richarlison to the Toffees for a fee that could rise as high as £50million. impact Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ALTERED Silva was sacked in January after just one win in 11 games How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? They said in a statement on their official website: “In pursuing its disciplinary claim, the club has known from the outset it forfeited any right to compensation as a consequence of not following a proposed arbitration process.“We believe this situation is not about a compensation figure but the principle of making a stand when the actions of one Premier League club completely undermine and cause intrinsic damage to a fellow member club.” Silva succeeded Sam Allardyce as Everton manager earlier this summer NEW ERA The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted revealed Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Everton are alleged to have illegally approached Silva while he was still in charge at Vicarage Road, with Watford’s form dipping after they refused to allow the Portuguese to leave. Silva was eventually sacked, in January, after just one win in 11 matches. 2 silverware gameday cracker last_img read more


first_imgTHEY’VE been very busy at Kelly’s Centra and American Diner at Mountain Top in recent days – and no wonder.Sixty-five local people now work at the Letterkenny complex famous for its great value in the shop and delicious food at the American-style Diner.Owner Mairtin Kelly has added 20 new positions over the past year; and in the past few days he has added 24 additional car-parking spaces to cater for the growing number of customers. The outdoor launderette and parcel motel are still there, moved to the side to make them more convenient for customers.Inside the Centra store, his ‘Live Well’ range of healthy foods is flying off the shelves.“We were the first to introduce the healthy foods range and its popularity is clear in the demand and our need to increase shelf space for it by 300 per cent,” says Mairtin.“The Deli counter is as popular as ever and all tastes are catered for.” It’s the same in Kelly’s Diner, the American-themed menu is hugely popular with customers who come from near and far.“Local people love it but the restaurant has been popular with tourists this year too; we’ve had visitors from a dozen different countries over the summer,” says Mairtin.The businessman is proud of how the Mountain Top facility has continued to grow and expand its range of goods and services over the past two year.“We are one of the biggest employers in Letterkenny now and that’s a huge success story,” he says.That success has not gone unnoticed, having picked up Centra Store of the Year among a series of gongs this year. “It’s onwards and upwards as far as we are concerned,” says Mairtin.“I have a great team here and we put the customer first at all times. We like to think we have everything for the busy family, but if we don’t, we’ll get it for them.“We’ll always have offers on, whether that’s in the Diner through the week and at weekends or in the Centra store where customers can avail of great value in the large range of fresh foods and artisan breads.“I’m proud of my team and so grateful for the support we have received from our very loyal customers.” BUSINESS: 65 PEOPLE NOW EMPLOYED AT KELLY’S MOUNTAIN TOP AS BUSINESS GROWS was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Kelly’s CentraMairtin KellyMountain Toplast_img read more

Sunshine Is for Health

first_img51; The old wisdom: stay out of the sun.  The new wisdom: your life could depend on getting sunshine: about 10-15 minutes of exposure three times a week.    Science Daily reported that Vitamin D, produced in the skin by exposure to sunlight, provides more health to the body than previously thought.  Health professionals have known for a long time that Vitamin D is necessary to prevent rickets and bone disorders.  Now, evidence is growing that Vitamin D also fights cancer, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune diseases.    No one is suggesting overexposure.  Clearly, too much sunlight raises risks of skin cancer and ages the skin.  Still, many people are probably getting too little sunshine in their life.  Those at northern latitudes, and those with dark skin, may need to take more steps to get their arms and legs and faces out in the noontime sunshine.  The elderly and office workers may also be vulnerable to Vitamin D deficiency.Use the Search Bar with keywords “Vitamin D” and sunlight for a half dozen previous articles on this subject.    One thing not stated in the article is the remarkable correlation between the energy of sunlight reaching the earth and the chemistry of proteins and enzymes that are activated with this energy.  The lower energy of light from red dwarf stars might not be sufficient for biological reactions, while the light from hot blue stars would produce too much ionizing radiation.    This is one of many “Goldilocks” parameters of physics and astronomy that is just right for our health.  The correspondence of astronomy with biology, that permits sentient beings to make scientific discoveries, is silent witness of intelligent design.  Expose yourself to that light.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dumas teen painting up for auction

first_imgMarlene Dumas is one of the world’s topfemale artists, and her talent was evidenteven in her earliest work.(Image: Bonhams)MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian RoupBonhams+44 207 468 8259Fiona McRaeA fun birthday greeting painted by a teenager nearly 40 years ago for a friend is expected to fetch between US$11 100 (R79 000) and $15 900 (R113 100) when it goes under the hammer as part of a London sale of South African art in two months’ time.According to Bonhams auction house, which will handle the sale on 23 March, the work “would be of no great significance were it not for the fact that the then budding schoolgirl artist, Marlene Dumas, now has an international reputation that assures her work of six-figure sums at auction”.Dumas – renowned as one of the world’s leading female artists – painted the “charming picture of a girl” way back in 1971 while still a schoolgirl, as a 16th birthday present for a friend, Alida Louw, the auction house said in a media release on the sale.At the time, the teens attended the Afrikaans-medium Bloemhof high school for girls in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s Western Cape winelands region. The town is South Africa’s second-oldest after Cape Town, and was named in 1679 by the then Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, in honour of himself after he fell in love with the beautiful surroundings while on a visit to the early victualling station outpost.The historic Bloemhof was founded in 1874, as an English school, switched to Afrikaans in 1925, and moved to new buildings in 1960.Earliest known workThe humble painting, on which the year is indicated along with the words “Happy birthday” and “Baie geluk, met liefde Marlene” (Afrikaans for “Congratulations, with love Marlene“) is now the earliest known work by the ex-patriate Dumas.Nearly 40 years after its creation, its owner told Bonhams that when it was painted it seemed like a light-hearted work that took a few moments “but now Marlene Dumas is a major figure in the art world and I am still greatly flattered she took the trouble to capture this image for me”.“I would like to see this picture find a loving place between other Dumas works in the home of a passionate collector, rather than remaining in obscurity,” she said of her decision to part with the gift she has kept all these years.Its personal message and the motivation of friendship behind its creation will add to its interest and value, says Bonhams. However, the amount it is expected to reach is a far cry from the $3.34-million (now calculated at R24-million) ) paid in 2005 for a Dumas artwork on a Christie‘s sale after a surprising bidding war between two dealers – a price that made her the highest-paid living female artist in the world. Dumas had completed the work, a 160cm x 200cm oil on canvas titled The Teacher, in 1987.Another of her works, titled The Benefit of the Doubt, can be seen in South Africa’s Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. The giant three-piece tapestry was donated to the country’s new court, which opened in 2004, by the Dutch government and is a replica of a Dumas work that graces the Dutch Court of Justice in Den Bosch.Top South African artistDumas was born in South Africa in 1953 and grew up on a wine farm in the Kuils River area, near Cape Town. After school she studied at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art before leaving her home country in 1976 on a scholarship for further studies at Haarlem’s Atelier 63. Now a resident of Amsterdam, she has lived in the Netherlands ever since.Dumas was in South Africa last month to open an exhibition titled Mother Nature: Art and Psychology in Conversation, at the Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch. Located in a beautiful neo-classical building that was once home to her alma mater Bloemhof, the museum houses a permanent collection of more than 3 000 artworks belonging to the University of Stellenbosch. The collection features pieces relating to South Africa’s history, as well as works by foreign artists who resided in the country. Many of South Africa’s top artists are represented.Along with Dumas, the current exhibition features works by, among many others, photographer Jodi Bieber, sculptor Claudette Schreuders, visual artist Lyn Smuts, video artist Sonya Rademeyer, and Benedicte Kurzen, a French photographer living and working in Johannesburg. It may be viewed until 14 February 2011.The University of Stellenbosch also recently conferred an honorary doctorate on Dumas. This was for “her commitment to interrogating representational tropes of gender and socio-political identity“, according to information from the university. Known particularly for her depictions of the human form, Dumas’s works have been seen in some of the world’s top art museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and London’s Tate Modern.Local art in international demandAs the country’s artists continue to make their creative mark around the globe, Bonhams says the success of previous sales indicates clearly that South African art is no longer only of domestic interest. “Record-breaking prices and worldwide bidding have propelled modern South African art into the frontlines of the global art market,” it says.Proof of this is the record-breaking $3.7-million (R26.4-million) fetched by Irma Stern’s 1945 painting Bahora Girl after brisk bidding at a Bonhams auction of South African art in London in October last year.Before the sale Bonhams had said it believed the painting, painted during Stern’s sojourn in Zanzibar, could set a new record for South African art sold at auction if current trends continued. The painting far surpassed expectations of $930 000 (R6.6-million) to $1.39-million (R9.9-million) and indeed made history for South African art, which according to Bonhams “can be said to have truly come of age in London”.The October auction of 151 pictures and sculptures realised a total of $9.29-million (R66-million).After the sale, Bonhams said the unprecedented price fetched for Bahora Girl would cause the art world to take a fresh look at art out of Africa and that it “marked a massive milestone in the journey of recognition for South African art”.Entries are currently being accepted for the sale in March 2011, which already includes pieces by Stern, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes and other South African masters.Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The firm is based in London but has offices in countries around the globe.last_img read more

Teaching ‘the best mistake I ever made’

first_img11 March 2013Bilkes Bhano Vawda accidentally registered for the wrong course when she first went to university over four decades ago. Now, after 38 years in the teaching profession, she says it was the best mistake she ever made.“I accidentally registered for the wrong course, but I enjoyed it so much that I decided to stick with teaching,” says Vawda.For many teachers – especially those from Gauteng – who attended the National Teaching Awards ceremony in Johannesburg last Thursday evening, it was not surprising, when Vawda scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award.The awards, attended by President Jacob Zuma and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, recognise “the selfless individuals that open the doors of knowledge to the future leaders, activists and custodians of our beautiful nation”.Vawda has spent a total of 20 years at Marlboro Gardens Secondary School in Johannesburg, where she has been principal since 1998. She is still passionate about the profession.“When I first arrived here, the school was catering only to Indian learners, but together with the school governing body, we have transformed the school. We have now grown to accommodate 1 300 learners, most of whom come from Alexandra.“The area is not well off, so we strive to keep fees as low as possible, while still providing a quality education.”Accepting her award, Vawda stressed that the achievement was thanks to the combined effort of her team at the school, that was making a significant difference in the lives of the people living in Alexandra township.“Somebody once said the most important ingredient to success is the rest of the team, and the team at my school is indeed superb,” she said.Other winners were Julie-Ann Lendrum from Winchester Ridge Primary School in Gauteng, who clinched the award for Excellence in Primary School Teaching and Ismail Teladia from Spine Road High School in Western Cape, who was named the winner for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.Mmakgompi Messina Mokgope from Tsitsing Primary School in North West province walked away with the award in Excellence in Primary School Leadership, while Derick Petersen from Imizamo Yethu Secondary School in Western Cape won the award for Excellence in Secondary School Leadership.Karin Issabel Adlem from Pietersburg English Medium Primary School in Limpopo was named the winner for Excellence in Grade R Teaching, while Hanlie Christina Swanepoel from Estralita Special School in Mpumalanga won the award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.The award for Excellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning was given to Anita van Vuuren from Universitas Primary School in Free State. Khethiwe Komazi from Northern Cape won the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy award for Volunteer Educators, with Shadrack Moleko from North West winning the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy award for Supervisors.Johannes Monnaphiri Melesi, a school principal at Kopanong Secondary School in Free State, scooped the Professor Kader Asmal Excellence AwardSource: read more

Tropical Storm Bill flooding could wipe out Ohio soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With many soybean fields across Ohio already dealing with wet soils from earlier rains, the flooding impact from the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill could leave some growers with diseased crops or facing yield loss.In fact, if soybean crops at the V2-V3 growth stage are flooded for three days, growers could face a 20% yield loss, said Laura Lindsey, a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Growers with soybean fields flooded for six days could stand to lose up to 93% of their crops’ yield potential, said Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension.“Things are a little bit scary for growers right now,” she said. “The continued rain falling on already saturated soils across the northern and west-central part of the state is going to be tough on soybeans.“Based on OSU studies of flooding’s impact, soybeans at the V2 and V3 growth stage flooded for six days or more could wipe out an entire crop.”Statewide, for the week that ended June 14, soybeans are 95% planted and 87% emerged, according to the May 26 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report. That compares to soybeans at 92% planted at the same time last year, with 78% emerged during that same period, the USDA said.“Widespread heavy rains last week brought most fieldwork to a halt in Ohio,” the federal agency said in a statement. “Heavy rains through the state have brought many concerns for producers.“Ponding has occurred in low-lying areas, drowning out crops and favoring disease. The muddy, wet fields have prevented producers from being able to spray and fertilize at ideal times causing concerns over disease, pest and weed pressure.”Temperatures 80 degrees and higher will cause submerged soybeans for 24 to 48 hours to likely die, Lindsey said. But cool, cloudy days and clear nights increase the survival potential of a flooded soybean crop, she said.“And if the waters recede quickly and the plants receive some light rain, they can recover, but will probably still experience some yield loss,” Lindsey said.Other issues soybean growers can face as a result of flooding include:• Poor nodulation: Soybean roots have nodules on them that capture nitrogen that aid in the plant’s growth. Wet soils reduce nodulation and can result in yellow, stunted soybeans.• Disease: Flooded and saturated soil creates optimum conditions for water molds that are common across the state. Soybeans will have brown roots, sometimes with dark brown lesions on the roots, and the tissue can be brown to tan.Lindsey said that growers will have to wait for the water to recede and the fields to dry to get an idea of how the soybeans have fared.“A wait-and-see approach is the option for growers now,” she said. “The potential for damage is also dependent on the soil type and drainage the field has, with well-drained soils lessening the potential impact of the weather.”Some growers may be faced with deciding if they need to replant, although it is getting late in the season for replanting, Lindsey said.“With high costs associated with replanting, most growers should carefully weigh all options before deciding to replant,” she said. “Growers have to weigh if the percentage of yield loss from the flooding will be greater than the potential yield loss associated with late planting.“Soybeans planted during the first week of July in west-central Ohio have resulted in a 30 to 40% yield reduction compared to soybeans planted early to mid-May.”last_img read more

Woman falls off train while fighting thief in Navi Mumbai

first_imgA 19-year-old woman fell from a train while trying to fight off a thief on board, near Juinagar station in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, a senior GRP official said on Sunday.The victim, identified as Rituja, was travelling in the ladies compartment of a Vashi-bound local train from Panvel late Saturday night, the police said.“As the train was leaving Juinagar station the thief barged into the train around 11.45 p.m. last night. He robbed the woman of jewellery and tried to alight. The woman, having raised an alarm, attempted to stop the robbery but in the process fell down from the train,” the official said.The woman sustained injuries in the incident and was taken to a hospital where she is undergoing treatment, he added.The Railway police said that a case had been registered against an unknown person under Sections 397 (robbery, or dacoity) and 307 (attempt to murder) among others of the IIPC.last_img read more

Saturns moon Titan sports Earth-like features

first_imgNew York, Jan 7 (PTI) Using data from NASAs Cassini spacecraft, astronomers have created a global map of Saturns moon Titan and found that its geographical features are similar to those seen on the Earth.The map combines all of the Titan topography data from multiple sources. It revealed several new features on Titan, including new mountains, none higher than 700 meters.The map also provides a global view of the highs and lows of Titans topography, which enabled the scientists to confirm that two locations in the equatorial region of Titan are in fact depressions that could be either ancient, dried seas or cryovolcanic flows.It revealed that Titan is a little bit flatter – more oblate – than was previously known, which suggests there is more variability in the thickness of Titans crust than previously thought.”The main point of the work was to create a map for use by the scientific community,” said Paul Corlies, from Cornell University in the in the US.The data set can be downloaded in the form of the data that was observed, as well as that data plus interpolated data that was not observed.The map will be important for those modelling Titans climate, studying Titans shape and gravity, and testing interior models, as well as for those seeking to understand morphologic land forms on Titan.Another study found three important results using the new maps topographical data.Researchers also found that Titans three seas share a common equipotential surface, meaning they form a sea level, just as Earths oceans do.advertisementEither because theres flow through the subsurface between the seas or because the channels between them allow enough liquid to pass through, the oceans on Titan are all at the same elevation.Researchers found that the vast majority of Titans lakes sit in sharp-edged depressions that “look like you took a cookie cutter and cut out holes in Titans surface,” said Alex Hayes, assistant professor at Cornell.The lakes are surrounded by high ridges, hundreds of meters high in some places.The lakes seem to be formed the way karst is on Earth, in places like the Florida Everglades, where underlying material dissolves and the surface collapses, forming holes in the ground.The lakes on Titan, like Earths karst, are topographically closed, with no inflow or outflow channels. But Earth karst does not have sharp, raised rims. PTI MHN MHNlast_img read more

Carolina Panthers Offered $120M in Tax Breaks to Relocate

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate has agreed to provide $120 million in tax breaks to the Carolina Panthers to move their practice fields and team headquarters out of North Carolina.The27-15 vote Thursday came after contentious debate with several senators questioning whether public money should be given to a billionaire NFL owner and the $3.8 billion proposed economic benefit of the new facility is wildly exaggerated.The bill, enthusiastically backed by Gov. Henry McMaster, would exempt the Panthers from paying state income taxes for players, coaches and other employees for 15 years as long as they use the money to build their new complex near Rock Hill.The team will continue to play games 15 miles (24 kilometers) north in Charlotte, North Carolina.McMaster is expected to quickly sign the bill.By: Jeffrey Collins, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more