Clichy pleased with season start

first_img Last year the story was different as they never truly shook off a sluggish start and were unable to mount a strong defence of their title. Clichy, 28, said: “Last season was last season – it has gone. “There is nothing we can do about it but it is always nice to start the season they way we did, in front of the fans as well. “It was a great performance from the strikers to the defenders and we cannot ask for more.” Manchester City defender Gael Clichy believes the team met their expectations in terms of style and substance in their season-opening victory over Newcastle. Press Association Clichy feels they impressed on both required fronts as they overran Newcastle from the outset to win with slick attacking football. The Frenchman said: “When you play for a team like City you always want the three points. “The ideal game is to play attractive football, score goals and create chances but at the end of the day the most important thing is three points. “On Monday night we did that, with the way we played as well. We can be happy with the result. “It was a good performance defensively and offensively and hopefully we can carry on like this. It was a great game. “Away from home it will be more difficult but it is a good way of starting the season. We are going to play like this (in approach) from today to the last game.” City’s performance evoked memories of when they launched their title-winning 2011-12 campaign with a 4-0 win over Swansea. They went on to win 12 and draw two of their first 14 games to lay the foundation for a memorable season. City thrashed the 10-man Magpies 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Monday to get their Barclays Premier League campaign off to a flying start. It was also a perfect first game for new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has been told his task is not only to win silverware at City, but to do so in style. last_img read more

McKeough making herself known on star-studded team

first_imgDefenseman Stephanie McKeough boasts a plus/minus of +25 this season and has recorded three goals and 10 assists herself.[/media-credit]Playing with the likes of Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and the rest of the talented Wisconsin women’s hockey team makes it hard to get noticed – especially when your playing defense.But as the postseason gets progressively closer, sophomore defenseman Stef McKeough has continued to stand out as one of Wisconsin’s strongest players.“She’s one of our best defensemen, if not the best one we have, and she’s very positive all the time,” junior forward Carolyne Prevost said.Without question, McKeough dominates on defense.She is one of the most consistent players on the blue line for the Badgers, but she also plays a disciplined game, with only four penalties this season.“She pays attention to details,” Prevost said. “She’s very consistent, and that’s what you can ask for from defense. You don’t need defense to make the craziest plays out there. She’s been like that for the past two years she’s been here – very consistent, every day works hard at practice and it continues on right through the weekend. I think that’s the biggest thing for a defense is to be consistent.”But McKeough also backs up the forwards like a fourth attacker, helping her teammates set up scoring opportunities.She does the little things that set up the big plays at the other end of the rink. McKeough has 10 assists and three goals of her own, making her one of the most successful defenseman offensively.“She isn’t a selfish player,” sophomore defenseman Saige Pacholok said. “She makes the right plays; she makes the right passes. She doesn’t always take the shot that she might not want to take. She makes plays that help us all out, not just herself. I think even d-to-d passes in the neutral zone, not just throwing the puck wherever it seems right. She has a heads up for different people swinging in the neutral zone, I think her playmaking is really helping.”While McKeough has started to stand out as a defensive leader, she generally flies under the radar, much like a good defense in general.Even McKeough and Pacholok noted that if a defensive corps doesn’t get noticed it’s doing its job correctly.“You know what they say, when defensemen aren’t noticed as much, they’re doing their job and they’re doing it well, not making as many mistakes,” Pacholok said.McKeough certainly does her job nicely.She knows she isn’t expected to make the big plays and be the points leader. She realizes it’s her job to help her teammates out on the ice.“I feed off my teammates,” McKeough said. “Without my defense partner out there I couldn’t find them as an opening, or they couldn’t find me as an outlet. I think just having the ability to play with different players gives anyone an edge. I’m fortunate enough to have really talented teammates so they make me look better out there too and makes it easier on everyone else.”Without the influence of her older brothers, McKeough’s defensive poise on the ice may not be as calm and mature as is today.McKeough has four older brothers and growing up she was always at the rink watching them play hockey. One brother who particularly influenced her was never focused on being flashy and scoring a lot of points, similar to her own style of play now.“He would always tell me if your plus/minus is good as a defense, that’s some to be proud of,” McKeough said. “If you’re going to be on the ice when you’re scoring goals and the opposition isn’t scoring when you’re on the ice then you’re doing your job. That’s just kind of what I try to do. As long as I play simple, I don’t really think about what I’m doing, I tend to play better.”With a plus/minus of +25 through 28 games played this season, McKeough may not have the best plus/minus of the defense, but after allowing only 57 goals this season to Wisconsin’s 168, it’s safe to say the defense has been solid, with McKeough leading the way.McKeough never seems to give up an easy matchup or a major mistake.Even her teammates have noticed how well she sees the ice and instinctively makes the right decisions.“I also think she sees the ice so well,” Prevost said. “Everything is well timed. Whether she’s pinching, whether she’s poke checking someone on the one-on-one, she always seems to make the right decisions out there and that’s all you could ask for from a defenseman.”last_img read more

What it deserves

first_img– Ron Watson Arleta Let’s build the fence Re “Bush asks Congress to OK $1.4 billion aid to Mexico” (Oct. 23): President Bush wants to give Mexico $1.4 billion of our taxpayer dollars. After his meeting with Bush, Mexican President Calderon had the gall to say the U.S. is not doing enough to stop the flow of arms and etc. “southward.” Let’s stop the flow northward and use the $1.4 billion plus the $50 million planned for the other Central American countries and build the fence. Let’s man it with the helicopters, surveillance planes, drug-sniffing dogs, etc., that were to be sent to Mexico. Drones (the Predator would be fun), and the military would also help stop the flow northward. – Carol Milton Woodland Hills Ours do inhale Re “Supervised injection site for addicts weighed” (Oct. 19): So, San Francisco is trying to create an injection site where addicts can “shoot up” heroin, cocaine and other drugs. One need only take a look at L.A.’s City Council at City Hall to see how effective that program’s been. – Bruce Jones Eagle Rock Fires With all these fires, where were our elected leaders – before this started? Every year, all the fire chiefs warn them when and where there will be major fires, yet their calls are never heeded by our so-called leaders. The politicians always seem to have plenty of money to spend on their futile wars on drugs, and even more on futile wars with other countries. Why do we have 100,000 National Guard troops, and several hundred thousand military troops, if not to help in such emergencies? Clearly, these could be deployed as needed ahead of the known fire paths, instead of sitting on their bottoms waiting for somebody’s next war to start. The real war is right now, folks. Look out your backyard. – Richard Borbely Simi Valley Actually visit Re “Council payroll” (Your Opinions, Oct. 19): I am sure Councilman Zine’s office gets several thousands of letters and even more phone calls, on a daily basis. I have gotten up out of my easy chair and actually visited his office in Reseda and made friends with his staffers (Irma and others) who are always cheerily available with great advice and directives. With their help and the Neighborhood Watch meetings, my neighbors and I have cleaned up graffiti and furniture dumping, closed down a drug pickup corner, and generally improved our quality of life here in Reseda. When trouble arises, we have names of people who are readily available to come out and help us. City government works for us. However, letter writer Dave Mahar needs to drive over there and talk to real people. – Mary McMannes Reseda Our own drug abusers Re “Boo McCartney” (Your Opinions, Oct. 15): The writer blames the Beatles for introducing drugs to the USA. Let me inform him that the American entertainers were using marijuana and cocaine before the Beatles were born. (In case he did not know). – Alan Falconer Northridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Emergency taxation” (Your Opinions, Oct. 21): I enjoyed Winnetka Neighborhood Council President J.J. Popowich’s letter bemoaning “… elected officials not using neighborhood councils as the advisory panels they were established to be” when it came to the emergency phone tax scam. Such political naivet might be refreshing if his Pollyanna-ish view of L.A.’s city leaders’ contempt for the neighborhood council system didn’t mean more money out of his own pocket. The fact is, Popowich, you got your clock cleaned by a council of public trough-slobbering toadies and a slimy mayor who wouldn’t grant you any more consideration than he showed his own wife. Los Angeles has the representation it deserves. – Dink O’Neal AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Burbank Just nuts Re “Bush asks Congress to OK $1.4 billion aid to Mexico” (Oct. 23): Why is President Bush giving Mexico $1.4 billion? Let’s see, we have how many hospitals that have closed? Aren’t we running low on water in some places? Didn’t someone say we need more money for the fence even though it was voted on – that’s another story? And for the drugs coming from Mexico, just build the fence first. And let’s see what happens. I mean let’s do something other than the same old thing that we all know will never work – throwing money at a country that is corrupt. last_img read more

Old Fourlegs – a fishy tale

first_imgA group of coelacanth drift serenely in a cave off Grande Comore. (Image: Hans Fricke) The coelacanth sketch enclosed by Courtenay-Latimer with her first letter to James Smith. Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer with the fish that started it all – this specimen can still be seen in the East London Kuseum. The Daily Dispatch’s article of 20 February 1939, describing the sensation of the coelacanth find. For a larger version, click here. In 1971 Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer received an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University for her contribution to science.(Images: South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity) MEDIA CONTACTS • East London Museum  +27 43 743 0686 RELATED ARTICLES • Floral wealth in caring hands • Make a pledge to save our seas • SA consumers help rebuild fish stocks • Moz leads in marine conservation • Lions of Ethiopia are one of a kind Janine ErasmusHad it not been for the passion of a self-trained South African naturalist, the discovery of a living specimen of the rare coelacanth around this time in 1938 may never have happened.Eastern Cape native Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer originally trained as a nurse. Although her wish was to work in a museum, there were few opportunities at the time.Her wish did come true – in 1931, without any formal training, she landed the position of curator of the East London Museum, established a decade before and still in existence today. The museum had just moved to new premises, and Courtenay-Latimer was 24 at the time.Her passion for her work was boundless, and her main interest was birds. In her desire to gather unusual specimens for the museum, she did much of the collecting herself.Reports say that she donated her great-aunt Lavinia’s dodo egg to the museum – apparently the only dodo egg in existence today, although this is a debatable issue as DNA tests have not been allowed.In 1935 she and a colleague excavated the almost complete fossil skeleton of the mammal-like reptile Kannemeyeria simocephalus from a site near Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape. This species is said to be the standard against which other similar animals from the Middle Triassic period is compared.Courtenay-Latimer also sent out a request to local fisherman to alert her if they caught anything out of the ordinary.It was this foresight that led to the identification of a fish that had only ever been seen as a fossil and was thought to have died out about 70-million years ago. On 22 December 1938 Courtenay-Latimer received a call from Hendrik Goosen, the skipper of the fishing trawler Nerine, which had netted a catch just off the Eastern Cape’s Chalumna, or Tyolomnqa River.According to the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB, formerly the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology), which runs an extensive coelacanth programme, Goosen had caught the fish alive in 70m of water and was conscientious about keeping it intact for scrutiny by the museum. He also described its colour when caught as blue, although this had faded to grey by the time the ship came back to port.In his diary, Courtenay-Latimer’s father Eric described her wonder and excitement regarding the find. He wrote that although his daughter was busy putting together a fossil collection, she set it aside for the sake of scientific curiosity and went down to the harbour. The 58kg fish she found on the Nerine was unlike anything she had ever read about. Zoological find of the centuryFor help with identification, Courtenay-Latimer turned to a friend, chemistry lecturer and fish enthusiast James Leonard Brierley Smith of Rhodes University in Grahamstown.The academic, after whom SAIAB was originally named, was unable to take her call as he was away at the time, but he received Courtenay-Latimer’s subsequent correspondence on his return and looked at her enclosed drawing of the fish, which had by that time been mounted to prevent it from rotting away.Smith recognised it straight away as a coelacanth but was unable to travel immediately to make a visual identification, a situation that caused him much anguish.“Fifty million years! It was preposterous that coelacanths had been alive all that time, unknown to modern man,” he later wrote in his book Old Fourlegs: The Story of the Coelacanth.When Smith received three scales in the post, his anguish was wiped away. “They leave little doubt about the nature of the fish, but even so my mind still refuses to grasp this tremendous impossibility,” he wrote back to Courtenay-Latimer.Even so, Smith was determined to see the fish with his own eyes and finally, almost two months after the catch, he and his wife made it to East London.“Although I had come prepared, that first sight hit me like a white-hot blast and made me feel shaky and queer, my body tingled,” he wrote in Old Fourlegs. “I stood as if stricken to stone. Yes, there was not a shadow of doubt, scale by scale, bone by bone, fin by fin, it was a true coelacanth.”Smith named the fish Latimeria chalumnae in honour of the young curator and the river near which it was found. When the news broke of the “most important zoological find of the 20th century”, the pair became overnight celebrities.In February 1939 the fish went on display to the public at the museum, attracting 1 527 people, according to the Daily Dispatch. This was the largest crowd that had ever passed through the doors in a single day. That original fish is still in the East London Museum, where it is a popular drawcard.But to see the stately coelacanth in live action, watch this May 2011 video (WMV, 6.5MB) of specimens near Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, showing their vivid blue colour and white spots.Smith played an important role in organising the search that led to the discovery of a second coelacanth, 14 years later, off the coast of Anjouan Island, part of the Comoros group located in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique. He wanted to capture another fish to scientifically confirm its identity, as the internal organs of the first one had been lost during taxidermy.When found, it was thought to be another new species and was named Malania anjouanae in honour of the then South African prime minister Daniel Malan. Malan had loaned Smith an air force Dakota so that he could speed to the Comoros and bring the fish home before it decayed – almost causing an international incident with French authorities in the process.Courtenay-Latimer, South Africa’s zoological heroine, retired as curator in 1973 and died in 2004 at the age of 97. In 2003 casts of her footprints were placed in Heroes Park in East London, a venue that celebrates prominent people from the Eastern Cape, including Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela.Unchanged for millions of yearsThe coelacanth is classified as critically endangered by the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. While the fossil record has revealed some 80 species of coelacanth, there is just one other living species in the genus Latimeria, the Indonesian coelacanth (L. menadoensis).The fish is believed to live to a ripe old age, as much as 80 years according to some scientists who have studied growth rings in its ear bones. It’s thought to have developed during the Devonian period about 400-million years ago, and is in much the same shape today as it was then.Related to lungfishes and tetrapods, or early four-footed animals, the so-called living fossil can grow up to two metres in length and weigh as much as 80 kg.It has a number of primitive distinguishing features that some scientists feel represent a step in the evolution of fishes into land animals. Its paired fins are fleshy and lobed and are supported by bones. This has given rise to the fish’s nickname – Old Fourlegs. Smith published Old Fourlegs: The Story of the Coelacanth in 1956, a book that was later translated into seven languages, although the American version omitted the nickname in the title. It may be read online at the Open Library.The dorsal fin also contains hollow spines and it’s this feature that gave the animal its name – from the Latin cœlacanthus, meaning “hollow spine” (Greek, coeliac meaning hollow and acanthos meaning spine). This was bestowed on it in 1839 by palaeontologist Jean Louis Agassiz on examining a fossil. The coelacanth forages for food at night and hides in caves during the day. Using a special electrosensitive cavity in its snout, known as a rostral organ, the animal can find prey and navigate around obstacles in the dark. Because of the depth at which it usually lives, between 90m and 200m, its eyes are adapted with a tapetum lucidum, a layer of tissue behind the eye that reflects light back through the retina and improves vision in dim light.Another distinguishing feature is the coelacanth’s hinged mouth, thanks to an intracranial joint that allows the front of the head to lift high and the mouth to open remarkably wide when feeding. The coelacanth’s brain is tiny in relation to its body size and occupies just 1.5% of the brain cavity. In a 40kg specimen, the brain typically weights about three grams – this is the smallest brain to body size ratio observed in a living vertebrate.Then, on the outside of its body, its keratin-covered scales are tightly bound almost like armour, for protection. They are known as cosmoid scales and are one of the features pointed out by Courtenay-Latimer in her first letter to Smith.The coelacanth also has a hollow pressurised fluid-filled notochordal canal that runs the length of its body and serves as a backbone. The fish is classified as a vertebrate although it has no vertebrae, but the notochord serves the purpose. The coelacanth gives birth to live young, called pups. Since the first sighting in 1938, live specimens have been seen in the Comoros, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, Mozambique, Madagascar, and in South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site.last_img read more

Geocaching Just Got Better in Georgia State Parks

first_imgSpend your Georgia vacation geocaching in natural beauty with the Georgia State Parks GeoTour. You could even earn custom geocoins!Georgia State Parks has hidden 46 geocaches in 43 spectacular state parks, from Cloudland Canyon’s cool mountain trails to Skidaway Island’s sunny historic coast, and everywhere in between. Pick up or download your Geo-Challenge Passport today to start your journey, reach all three levels, and collect all three custom geocoins!Georgia State Parks GeoTourTo thank our loyal geocaching community and promote GeoTours and camping in Georgia State Parks, we have created the GeoCamp Loyalty Program. Tent campers can simply stay nine nights in a Georgia State Park campground and get the 10th night free! First, grab a Camp Card or RV Passport at any Georgia State Park. Then, you’ll receive one sticker for each night you pay to stay. Collect nine stickers to earn one free campsite at one of the participating parks.Forty-one state parks offer more than 2,700 campsites, including tent-only areas, RV pull-throughs, primitive sites and group camping. Regular campgrounds have hot showers, water, electricity, and some have sewage hookups as well.Join us on at Georgia State Parks Geocaching Facebook page for the latest updates.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeoTour Spotlight: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)March 23, 2017In “GeoTours”Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTourOctober 16, 2015In “GeoTours”GeoTour Spotlight: Visit Utah (GT54)April 18, 2017In “GeoTours”last_img read more

‘File FIR against six SIT members in Kathua case’

first_imgFour months after six people were convicted in the 2018 rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in a Kathua village, a court here directed the police on Tuesday to register an FIR against six members of the Special Investigation Team, which probed the case, for allegedly torturing and coercing witnesses to give false statements. Judicial Magistrate Prem Sagar gave the direction to Jammu Senior Superintendent of Police on an application by Sachin Sharma, Neeraj Sharma and Sahil Sharma, saying cognizable offences are made out against the six. The court directed registration of FIR against the then SSP R.K. Jalla (now retired), ASP Peerzada Naveed, DSP Shetmbari Sharma and Nissar Hussain, S-I Urfan Wani and Kewal Kishore and asked the SSP (Jammu) to report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11.last_img read more

Lauriston/Thompson Pen 4-H Club Impacting Young Lives

first_imgStory Highlights With an enrolment of more than 120 members, the club is a model organization for other clubs. The leadership of the Lauriston/Thompson Pen 4-H Club is receiving kudos for the organisation’s outstanding performance in the Jamaica 4-H family of clubs, and the impact it has been having on the St. Catherine community where it is located.“The performance of the club has been excellent. It has been a lot of hard work and sleepless nights,” says founder, Shian Christie, following the organisation’s successful staging of its seventh annual Stew Festival in the Spanish Town community, on November 2.Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, the club was named 2013 Jamaica 4-H champion community club, capping what has been a highly successful year of activities. Among the many achievements are top prizes in key 4-H activities, such as budding and grafting, composing and potting, cake baking, pig care and management, goat care, and towel folding.“Our 16th anniversary celebration was outstanding, and the sponsorship was overwhelming,” a proud Mr. Christie tells JIS News.With an enrolment of more than 120 members, aged five to 25 years, the club is a model organization for development of other clubs.“Lauriston and Thompson Pen Club is the leading 4-H community club in Jamaica and has created significant impact in Lauriston and its environs. It has, in fact, prevented many young persons from a life of crime and violence and many of them who have benefitted have taken up viable careers in teaching, agriculture, social work and business,” informs Ron Blake, Acting Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Club.Mr. Blake identifies factors that have accounted for the accomplishments of the club as outstanding leadership and strong networking.“The success of the club is hinged on the strong leadership of Shian Christie, the founder, and the network forged with the political, security, community and corporate St. Catherine. It underpins the energy and life of the club,” he says.For his part, Mr. Christie attributes the club’s success to the involvement of the members and the community. “We work together. We achieve much because of the commitment,” he tells JIS News.“We have chemistry and we gel,” adds Club President and Caribbean Maritime Institute student, Antonio Williams.Mr. Williams notes that being a part of the 4-H movement provides practical benefits which enhance the lives and advance the careers of members. “We learn to develop our skills and see how successful we can be,” he says.According to Vice President of the club, Tashine Charles, membership in the 4-H club equipped her with know-how, which she was able to apply to CXC examinations.“I already had the knowledge and skills in Agriculture and Science, which is what I now teach,” says the proud clubbite. Miss Charles, now a trained teacher, who also specializes in Mathematics, is hoping that the club will attract new membership and impact more lives.“My vision is for us to get more youth involvement, membership to grow, more persons to get into leadership, and develop more skills,” she says.Meanwhile,  Mr. Blake said the  umbrella organization, which is active in hundreds of schools across Jamaica, is on a growth path.“As an organization, the 4-H Club is strongly positioned at this time to continue to improve on our Key Performance Indicators. It is still by far the largest club and society in our schools,” he notes.He says that the organization is working to meet the needs of its stakeholders in order to remain relevant. One such area is in the field of Information Technology.“In responding to the dynamic expectation of our youth, the 4-H Club has significantly expanded its IT capabilities to deliver training, registration and social space for membership to interact. We have social media. All main platforms are available to our membership,” he points out. The club’s success is attributed to the involvement of the members and the community. The Lauriston/Thompson Pen 4-H Club was named 2013 Jamaica 4-H champion community club.last_img read more

New Canadian Stage season features collaborations between homegrown artists

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The production — which explores the legacy of non-Caucasian men in the First World War — will have only four shows in Toronto as part of a North American tour. Advertisement Facebook Revisor, from Betroffenheit creators Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, “uses the language of farce to speak of a world riddled with corruption.” (CANADIAN STAGE) Advertisement Advertisement New works from notable Canadian artists are the highlight of the new Canadian Stage season announced Wednesday.Many of those involve partnerships, often between artists from different disciplines.“Collaboration is at the heart of our artistic endeavour and it’s written into the bedrock of the past decade of Canadian Stage’s history,” artistic and general director Matthew Jocelyn said in a news release. Jocelyn leaves the company this June but has programmed 17 works for the 2018/19 season.The season opens at the Bluma Appel Theatre in October with Xenos, the final solo performance by British dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, with a text written by rising Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Walmart moves into premium fashion with Lord Taylor partnership online

first_imgTORONTO – Discount retailer Walmart says it will soon offer premium Lord & Taylor fashion brands on its American website.Walmart says the flagship Lord & Taylor online department store is expected to launch on Walmart.com in spring 2018.Spokeswoman Denise Incandela says the company’s goal is to create a premium fashion destination as the chain’s customers are searching its website for higher-end items.She says Walmart is starting with fashion as it expands its online business to include specialized and premium shopping experiences.The company says Lord & Taylor will be able to reach exponentially more shoppers through a dedicated store on Walmart’s website and app than through its own online presence.The Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) acquired Lord & Taylor, an American department store founded in 1826 that now has 50 locations in the U.S., in 2012.last_img read more

800 customers without power near Chetwynd

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Over 800 customer are without power in Chetwynd and Moberly Lake.A motor vehicle caused Hydro customers to lose power at approximately 4:17 a.m. Monday and may not be back on until 12:30 p.m.  Hydro lists the outage as affecting customers north of Campbell Way in Chetwynd.For updates on the power outage, visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img