High-riding Molynes United ‘A’, UWI Pelicans in JN Open League title showdown

first_imgThe dream run of Molynes United ‘A’ in the JN Open League Sunshine netball competition continued on Thursday inside the National Indoor Sports Centre, as for the second time in two days they got the better of a Mico team.After eliminating defending champions Mico ‘B’ in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, Molynes United upstaged Mico ‘A’ 20-18 on Thursday to advance to today’s final, which will be played at 6 p.m.Their opponents will be UWI Pelicans, who had an impressive 36-25 win over Waulgrovians ‘A’ in their semi-final.Mico ‘A’, the best attacking and defensive team in the competition, were without the services of ace goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. Even then, they were expected to win.However, Molynes jumped into a quick 3-0 lead and led 5-4 at the break. Both teams had a battle royal up to the half-time as they went into the break even at 9-9.For the next two quarters it was anybody’s game. Mico shooters, led by goal shooter Tanielle Roberts and goal attack Stephanie Anderson, found it very difficult to score, while Molynes shooters Shantal Slater and Kara Christie were finding it easier to make their shots.”We are very elated; we worked hard, we trained hard and we executed well,” said Molynes captain Stacy Mullings.”We stuck to our game plan and it worked. After beating Mico ‘B’ we knew it was going to be a tough challenge as Mico ‘A’ is a good team, but we just remained disciplined and listened to our coach,” added Mullings.Slater scored 11 from 12 attempts, while Christie had nine from 10. For Mico ‘A’, Roberts had 16 from 24 tries.In the earlier game, it was smooth sailing for the Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans after a competitive first quarter, where UWI led 9-8.However, it was all UWI Pelicans from there as they led 20 -14 and 27-20 at the end of the second and third quarters.Goal shooter Thristina Harwood top scored for the winners with 29 goals from 33 tries, while goal attack Rebecca Robinson scored eight from 10. For Wualgrovians ‘A’, former UWI player, Ladonna Lamonth, had 20 goals from 25 attempts.Meanwhile, Speg ‘A’ and UTech Knights will meet in the Open B League final at 5 p.m., after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday. Speg ‘A’ defeated Molynes United ‘B’ 37-26, while UTech Knights stopped Tivoli Gardens 37-22.last_img read more

Half-time: Brighton 2 Brentford 0

first_imgGoals from Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed left Brentford facing an uphill task at the Amex Stadium.Knockaert started and finished the move that led to Brighton’s 27th-minute opener.He found Jamie Murphy on the left and when the Scot cut inside and returned the ball to the Frenchman, Knockaert fired past keeper David Button and into the bottom corner.Knockaert had been involved in much of the early action, seeing two efforts flash wide before Brighton keeper David Stockdale produced a fine save to deny Alan Judge.Hemed shot into the side netting shortly after Albion went ahead, but he made no mistake with a header two minutes before half-time after Beram Kayal went past Josh McEachran with ease and crossed from the right.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell, Woods, McEachran; Saunders, Swift, Judge; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Yennaris, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Macleod, Canos, Djuricin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cops release footage of man who went missing from 49ers game

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Santa Clara police on Thursday released footage of a 32-year-old Washington man who went missing while attending the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night.Ian Powers, 32, of Spokane, Wash., was last seen at a San Francisco 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Monday night. (Courtesy of the Santa Clara Police Department)The 19-second video clip shows Ian Powers exiting Levi’s Stadium on the NRG Solar Bridge, head down and eyes fixed on his cellphone.Powers attended …last_img

Modern Cosmology Is Clueless, Astronomy Columnist Says

first_imgA letter to the editor in the latest (November) issue of Astronomy tipped us off to something we missed in the July issue.  The subscriber wrote,Kudos to Bob Berman for bringing up the slipperiness of modern cosmology in ‘Theory chaotic’ (July 2004).  He must be one of the first to do so.  As he makes clear, a healthy skepticism can and should be a necessary part of the scientific method.This we had to see, and Berman’s editorial surpassed expectations.  In his monthly column “Bob Berman’s Strange Universe,” he was ruthless.  After detailing the flip flops of cosmologists over the last ten years, and their parade of wacko pronouncements (see 07/27/2004, 02/10/2004, 01/23/2004, 06/20/2003 and 06/18/2003 headlines, for instance), he has had enough.  Wit meets dead seriousness:Suddenly, we’re imbedded in a frothy quantum foam of unlimited possibilities.  It’s a free-for-all where each solemnly presented theory is soon changed or rebutted.    In one sense, it’s very cool.  Imagination rules!  It’s a unique period in cosmology’s history.  Throw the math this way, that way, tweak the equations, set fire to the physics building, nothing matters.  It’s Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen Hawking.    Unfortunately, cosmologists are starting to resemble naked emperors parading before the mass media.  Hey, we love you, but you have no clue about the universe’s true origin or fate, and little knowledge of its composition.  Yet each pronouncement is delivered with pomp and flair.  Maybe you need a serious “time out.”(Italics in original.)Berman distances real astronomy, the kind that “deals with optics, gadgets, software, planets and nebulae, observations, beauty, and real science” – from the fantasyland that he feels modern cosmology has become.  He suggests the following disclaimer before any cosmology articles in Astronomy: “Warning: The following contains contemporary cosmology.  Reading it can produce disorientation and confusion.  Nobody knows what’s going on and nothing you read here is likely to be true.”This is a howler; read the whole thing if you can get it.  It encapsulates all you need to know about modern cosmology, because why study it in detail when it is like the weather in Cleveland – if you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes.  Such bold honesty is refreshing.  Dear Mr. Berman: would you like a side job as a guest columnist for Creation-Evolution Headlines?    Only one recent cosmological suggestion seems to have any staying power, the trend toward viewing information as a fundamental property of the universe (see 08/14/2003 headline).  Otherwise, let this editorial be a lesson for all those who think Biblical cosmology should be linked to the secular cosmology du jour.  One day you feel honored to be invited to the elite cosmological convention.  Next thing you know, you’re at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, where you learn six impossible things before breakfast and the cosmic Cheshire Cat grins and disappears as everybody laughs.  Only if imagination rules will you think this is very cool.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Quebecor Media Group cutting 220 jobs

first_imgIn a changing industry environment, Quebecor Media Group is announcing changes to its organizational structure designed to balance its cost structure and enhance operational efficiencies. The initiatives will enable Quebecor Media Group to maintain its lead in news and content production and keep focusing on its flagship brands.“In Québec as elsewhere in the world, our industry is facing ongoing disruption,” noted Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of Quebecor Media Group and TVA Group Inc. “We have therefore taken a number of initiatives over the past two years to adapt to the changes, including the creation of Quebecor Media Group, an integrated media company, and the acquisition and sale of various properties. Today it is clear that we must continue our transformation in order to further adjust structural costs and become more agile.”Unfortunately, this transformation will entail the reduction of 220 positions at Quebecor Media Group, or nearly 8% of its workforce, mainly managers, professionals and administrative support staff, in order to bring staffing levels in line with the organizational changes and reduce operating costs. At TVA Group, 125 positions will be abolished. The staff reductions will have no impact on the newsrooms or on news coverage across Québec. Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quebecor Media Group also announced that local sales forces, including those for the newspapers, will now be under the responsibility of the existing Advertising Network, which was already responsible for Quebecor Media Group’s national sales, media creativity and research units, and will now operate a fully integrated sales force. The new structure will better meet advertisers’ needs and enhance responsiveness in a changing industry.As well, TVA Publications will carry out an internal restructuring and cease publication of two magazines — CHEZ SOI and Tellement bon — in order to concentrate its efforts on its flagship brands and increase their reach. The Group will maintain a strong presence in the home decorating and cooking categories with brands such as Les idées de ma maison, Style at Home, Coup de pouce, Canadian Living and Recettes du Québec.“I sincerely thank all the employees who will, unfortunately, be affected by these decisions for their contribution,” said Julie Tremblay. “While staff reductions are necessary in view of the transformation, these decisions are always very difficult to make.”About Quebecor Media GroupCanadian leader in news and entertainment media, Quebecor Media Group comprises newspapers, books, music, TVA Group Inc., out-of-home, printing and distribution, while having its own advertising sales and press agency. Throughout its brands, Quebecor Media Group is committed to providing the best possible customer experience and to contributing to the spread of culture.About TVA GroupTVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is a communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film and audiovisual production, and magazine publishing industries. TVA Group Inc. is the largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming in North America, one of the largest private production companies, and the largest publisher of French-language magazines. TVA Group Inc. also publishes some of Canada’s most popular English-language titles. The Corporation’s Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more