Courageous Namibia downed comfortably by All Blacks at Olympic Park

first_imgFriday Sep 25, 2015 Courageous Namibia downed comfortably by All Blacks at Olympic Park Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea both scored twice as New Zealand notched up the highest score of the tournament so far, beating Namibia 58-14 at the Olympic Park. The All Blacks scored nine tries, but Namibia limited the damage by slowing down the contest.Namibia have come a long way since their infamous 142-0 loss to Australia at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. This is a side that, led by warrior Jacques Burger up front, will have high hopes of claiming a Pool C scalp this year.They tackled manfully and had one or two intercept chances, and when center Johan Deysel bounced off a few All Blacks to score their try, the stadium erupted as one.“Dad’s here and he’ll be very proud. He might have scored some tries but he never played against the All Blacks,” smiled Deysel post match, talking about Johan Deysel Snr, who himself played for Namibia 25 years ago and scored against Ireland, Portugal and Zimbabwe.Sonny Bill Williams was on sublime form as he provided some sensational touches in the midfield, allowing those around him to reap the rewards. On one occasion it was Malakai Fekitoa, and right at the death, Milner-Skudder turned provider with a perfect inside quick flick that allowed Cody Taylor to go in at the corner.The All Blacks scored nine tries in total, and while they may have been happy to take their foot off the gas a bit at times, and will be pleased that there are no major injury concerns, they were no doubt frustrated by hard-working Namibia,To put things in perspective, Namibia are not only the lowest ranked team in the tournament, but they have just 1,080 registered players in their tiny country. Most are amateurs, with Burger the most famous star, while a few others play in South Africa’s domestic leagues.“We’ve got engineers, diamond traders, farmers and construction workers,” explained Saracens’ fearless flanker, Burger, this week. “And a dentist, which is handy.”“There were a couple of small victories and we’ll take that forward into the next match,” said Burger post NZ. “They’ve given some really good sides, some good hidings. We wanted to make them work for every bit and I think towards the end we got into our stride a little bit.”Namibia take on Tonga next on Tuesday, then New Zealand face Georgia on Friday.View: All Blacks Haka | Jacques Burger post match chat | Sam Cane Post match chatAll Blacks HakaJacques Burger interviewSam Cane interviewADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error All Blacks , Rugby World Cup Related Articles 40 WEEKS AGO North vs South should be a permanent fixture… 40 WEEKS AGO Barrett could easily end up on All Blacks… 42 WEEKS AGO Future All Blacks? Here are the standout… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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My vote would go to Bush

first_imgI said a certain Bush would win last year and I’m saying another Bush will win this year. Though I’m talking about two different subjects, presidency and Heisman, both men seem to create quite the stir around campus.I have been rooting for Vince Young ahead of Reggie Bush for most of the year (mostly because I have a strong hatred for USC), but the last two USC games have changed my mind.In just the last two games, I watched Bush dash between linemen, zip across the field, explode down the field, dive through the end zone and accumulate 554 yards rushing (not to mention the 513 all-purpose yards he accumulated two weeks ago against Fresno State). Can anyone catch him? He is seriously slick and I have never watched a player move the way he does. He has 3,046 rushing yards in his career (1,658 this year alone). He has also scored 41 touchdowns during his 35-game campaign and he is a five-way threat — rushing, receiving, kickoff returning, punt returning and passing. Although he has not completed a pass this year, 0-2, he did throw an impressive 52-yard touchdown pass last year.So, my vote — if I had one — would go to Bush.Don’t get me wrong, Young is very talented. In his three-year campaign, he has rushed for 2,927 yards, amassed 48 receiving yards (2975 all-purpose yards), thrown for 5,773 yards and has scored 109 touchdowns. Those numbers alone could have won him the Heisman over every candidate for the last five years.Historically, a quarterback has taken the accolade the last five years. The last running back to win the award was Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne in 1999.The last football player from Texas to win the award was running back Ricky Williams in 1998, while the last players to win the award for USC were Matt Leinart in 2004 and Carson Palmer in 2002.USC has dominated the award since its existence, claiming six players to the award. Texas has had two Heisman winners in its history.I recently checked out the Web site, Voteforheisman.com (a site that allows you to cast the fan vote for Heisman) and it seems voters don’t agree with my choice.Young leads the online race with 138,079 votes. Bush sits is in a distant fifth with 26,407 votes.Since the fan vote only makes up one vote of the 923 total votes that decide the Heisman winner, this is very minuscule.The media makes up the majority of the vote, 870 votes, and former Heisman Trophy winners take the remaining 52 votes.I have heard of eight media votes (mostly from Nashville, Tenn.) and seven of those votes are going to Bush, one for Young.Local sports writer Andy Baggot is submitting Bush’s name No. 1 on his Heisman ballot. According to Baggot, “Bush is not just the best running back in the nation, he’s the best all-around player on arguably the best team.”Former 1995 Heisman winner and Ohio State running back Eddie George’s vote is going towards Bush. George told the Tennessean, “I give a slight edge — and I’m talking about a photo finish, a fingernail’s difference — with Reggie Bush being out in front. I’m a huge Vince Young fan, but Reggie Bush’s performance against Fresno State can’t be ignored.”-If you would like to share your fake Heisman vote, send me an email at [email protected]last_img read more

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76ers’ Joel Embiid mocked by Raptors fans, Drake during first scoreless NBA game

first_imgJoel Embiid never imagined he would be held scoreless in an NBA game, but that’s exactly what happened Monday as the 76ers center endured a night to forget in a loss to the Raptors.The two-time All-Star went 0-for-11 from the field and 0-for-3 from the free throw line with four turnovers in Philadelphia’s 101-96 loss to the Raptors, who won a Game 7 against the Sixers in the playoffs last year en route to winning their first championship. Drake was clapping at Joel Embiid who scored zero points against the Raptors 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/VliJQxGuts— TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 26, 2019″I was definitely not fatigued,” Embiid, who had been averaging 22.8 points per game prior to the loss, told reporters. “Obviously the defensive scheme, they wanted to try and make sure I didn’t touch the ball. That forced me into a lot of tough shots. I never thought I would be here talking about zero points in an NBA game, but it is what it is.”Some nights you make shots, some nights you don’t. Some nights you’re hot, some nights you’re cold. Different defensive schemes, you’ve got to learn from it. Try to keep learning and working on your game.”Embiid’s previous career low was five points against the Knicks on March 28, 2018, but he logged only nine minutes in that game. He played 32 minutes against the Raptors on Monday night. Philadelphia jumped out to a 2-1 lead in that series, and Embiid electrified the crowd in Game 3 with a huge dunk and airplane celebration, which Raptors fans mimicked during the first scoreless game of his career.Raps fans continue to mock Joel Embiid’s airplane celebration from the 2019 playoffs. 😂✈️ pic.twitter.com/GgL6K4YhK4— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) November 26, 2019Raptors fan and Grammy-winning rapper Drake also appeared to mock Embiid by clapping at him from his courtside seat.last_img read more

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Enzymes Chew Like Pac-Man

first_imgEvidence is growing that many enzymes have moving parts.  They act like scissors, clamps and little pac-mans.  When precisely-folded chains of amino acids emerge from the ribosome, they fold into unique shapes with the aid of chaperones.  But those shapes are not static globs.  They move, say Dmitry A. Kondrashov and George N. Phillips, Jr. (U. of Wisconsin).  Writing in Structure,1 they describe some of the “molecular mastication mechanics” of these amazing machines:Computational prediction of global protein motion… suggests that enzymatic active sites tend to be placed near the hinges of the “jaws” of enzyme structures.    Proteins self-organize into exquisitely precise structures, but the actual conformation of a protein fluctuates, and almost never coincides exactly with the average structure observed via X-ray crystallography or other methods.  Mounting evidence suggests that these induced motions play specific and essential roles in protein function….   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Proteins are so tiny, the motions are very hard to observe.  The authors describe the various techniques that try to shed light on “the central question: do these motions contribute to enzyme function?”  It appears they do:Stabilization of the transition state relative to the substrate is thought to be the key to enzymatic efficiency.  Static effects clearly play a major part via the electrostatic contribution of the positioning of polar residues.  The existence of a “dynamic effect,” however, is controversial, specifically the proposition that enzymes can channel thermal vibrational energy into modes co-directional with the reaction coordinate, thus making barrier crossing more likely.  Nevertheless, evidence is accreting to indicate a link between well-defined global motions and catalysis.After the technical jargon, they lighten up and explain this for the rest of us with some everyday comparisons: Computation of the normal modes of motion allowed the determination of the “hinges” or pivot points that separate regions of the protein moving in opposite directions, much like the end of a nutcracker.  In the vast majority of the enzymes studied, the catalytic residues were found to be located in a predicted hinge region…. This finding contributes a bioinformatic dimension to the field of functional protein dynamics and may allow improved functional annotation for the flood of newly solved protein structures.  The results also suggest an enhanced role for the global protein structure, which often has been viewed as a scaffold supporting the active site.  The study adds to the growing body of evidence that the fold determines global protein dynamics, suggesting a mechanism for allosteric signal transduction, functional impact of distant mutations, and other effects not explained by the chemistry of the active site.  In this view, enzymatic structures resemble a Pac-Man icon, with active sites located in the wedge-shaped opening, and the structure responsible for the “chewing” motion of the “mouth.”What this means is that the whole protein – all the amino acids, even those distant from the active site, are involved.  It is possible that they contribute to orienting the substrate into the active site and stabilizing it once it makes contact, like a vise grip.  Moving parts might also contribute to the release of the substrate after catalysis is complete.  The structure might strip off solvents before the substrate reaches the active site, resulting in more efficient catalysis.  Even short fragments distant from the hinge might contribute an essential part of the overall function.    Viewing enzymes as dynamic machines opens up new avenues for investigation, they envision.  The specific sequences in all the parts of the enzyme would require closer scrutiny; they might have moving parts as well.  At least, it is an idea to chew on, they conclude; “The relative importance of topology and sequence for protein dynamics and function needs to be investigated, in order to add more teeth to the masticating view of enzyme dynamics.”1Dmitry A. Kondrashov and George N. Phillips, Jr, “Molecular Mastication Mechanics,” Structure, Volume 13, Issue 6, June 2005, pages 836-837, doi:10.1016/j.str.2005.05.004.Wonderful thoughts, devoid of evolutionary speculation.  Enzymes can no longer be viewed as floating wads of amino acid gunk, and not even as rigid tools like screwdrivers and hammers.  Now, we see them as power tools: “exquisitely precise structures” with moving parts, each part contributing to the task at hand.  This means that enzymes cannot tolerate many mutations.  Previously, biochemists thought that the active site alone was the most intolerant of mutations, but if this emerging picture of dynamic action is correct, even short sequences of amino acids distant from the active site may play vital roles in the overall function.  The game is not getting any easier for the Darwinists as Pac-Man keeps chewing through their assumptions.(Visited 252 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Natural Wonders Can Be Useful

first_imgTo find great ideas, look to nature.  Many plants and animals are as useful as they are ornamental.  They can show the way to solve problems of great interest to humans.Mussel power:  Want an abrasion-resistant, highly-extensible coating?  PhysOrg reported that mussels are providing inspiration to materials scientists.  They build a byssus, or network of threads, that attaches to hard surfaces and absorbs the energy of crashing waves.  A cuticle on the outer surfaces of these stretchy, flexible fibers is “a biological polymer, which exhibits epoxy-like hardness, while straining up to 100% without cracking.”  The cuticle’s success depends on its careful tailoring of protein-metal chemistry and organization of cross-links at the submicron level.  All human inventors need to do is study and copy what the mussel has achieved.  “Nature has evolved an elegant solution to a problem that engineers are still struggling with; namely, how to combine the properties of abrasion resistance and high extensibility in the same material,” said Peter Fratzl, director of the biomaterials department at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces.  “Conceivably, this same strategy could be applied in engineered polymers and composites.”  ScienceNow has a close-up picture of the mussel fibers.Insect glue:  The caddis fly is well known to fishermen.  They are accustomed to hunting for the tube-shaped larva shelters, made of grains of sand and rock.  The larva glues those grains together with silk made of a wet adhesive that is attracting the attention of inventors.  Science Daily reported on research into the characteristics of this glue.  It could be extremely useful to invent a glue that works when wet.  Imagine trying to put on a bandage in a shower.  Surgeons often have to attach sutures to wet biological tissue.    Scientists have found that the caddis fly can work its magic with glass beads replacing sand.  The silk, they found, resembles tape more than anything else.  It fastens the beads together from the inside.  They are studying this mechanism “for the purpose of trying to copy it,” the article said.  The material properties of the silk that allow it to work underwater have something to do with the way electrical charges are arranged on the molecules.    The article ended by speculating about how these abilities evolved.  The ability to make underwater adhesives has been identified in four phyla – members of which include caddis flies, sandcastle worms, mussels and sea cucumbers.  What does that mean?  To Russell Stewart (U of Utah) it can only mean one thing: “They came to this underwater adhesion solution completely independently,” he said.  The press release added, “showing that it repeatedly evolved because of its value in helping the creatures live and thrive, Stewart says.”Sea squirt lab rat:  Science Daily said that hope for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may come from the lowly sea squirt.  Scientists have found that they produce the tangles and plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s quickly.  This makes them suitable as a model organism on which new drugs can be tested in a shorter time.  The article said, for whatever it means, “as long ago as Darwin, it has been recognized that sea squirts may be our closest invertebrate relatives; in their immature, tadpole form, they resemble proper vertebrates, and they share about 80% of their genes with us.”  But does this imply we are 80% sea squirt, or 60% banana?Bee silk for aviation:  Science Daily reported on progress to imitate bee silk.  Maybe you didn’t realize that bees make silk.  Maybe you also didn’t realize that silk is useful.  Indeed they do, and indeed it is: “Possible practical uses for these silks would be tough, lightweight textiles, high-strength applications such as advanced composites for use in aviation and marine environments, and medical applications such as sutures, artificial tendons and ligaments.”  A team in Australia is working on recombining the ingredients by producing them with the genes of other organisms, so that silk fibers can be hand-drawn without the need for the bee’s silk-producing glands.  Those glands are probably as hard to work with as bee’s knees.Pitcher plant medicine:  Some day, your cabinet may not just have pitchers, but medicines inspired by the pitcher plant.  Researchers at Tel Aviv University are producing anti-fungal drugs, said Science Daily, based on the carnivorous plant’s technology.  Pitcher plants need more than just the ability to digest animal products to gain carbon and nitrogen from poor soils; “Carnivorous plants also possess a highly developed set of compounds and secondary metabolites to aid in their survival.”  It’s in those compounds, produced in special glands by the plant, where anti-fungal medicines are waiting to be discovered.    The plant has to protect itself from fungi that would steal its meal.  “To avoid sharing precious food resources with other micro-organisms such as fungi, the carnivorous plant has developed a host of agents that act as natural anti-fungal agents,” said Prof. Aviah Zilberstein of the university.  Some of these compounds, if isolated for medicine, “may avoid the evolution of new resistant infective strains.”  Secondary infections from fungi are a serious problem in hospitals.  “There is a lot of room for developing compounds from nature into new drugs,” Zilberstein said.  “The one we are working on is not toxic to humans.  Now we hope to show how this very natural product can be further developed as a means to overcome some basic problems in hospitals all over the world.”  The article noted that drinking pitcher plant liquid as an elixir has been documented in the folk medicine of India.Green fertilizer:  Nitrogen is a tough nut to crack.  The triple bonds of N2 gas usually require high amounts of energy, like lightning or the Haber process, to pull apart so that ammonia and other compounds can be produced (this is called “fixing” nitrogen).  Somehow, nitrogenase enzymes in bacteria that live in nodules attached to the roots of some plants do it with ease at room temperature.  “It sounds simple, but it is a complicated and poorly understood process,” the article said.    For thousands of years, farmers have known that legumes (including peas, beans, alfalfa and clover) can increase productivity of fallow ground when alternated with other crops.  That’s a major reason George Washington Carver urged southern farmers, whose fields were being depleted by cotton and boll weevil infestations, to grow peanuts.  Until recently, no one understood why legumes were so effective in boosting the productivity of the soil.  Science Daily reported on a discovery at Stanford that helps explain their potential.  The finding might reduce fertilizer use and help the environment.  “We have discovered a new biological process, by which leguminous plants control behavior of symbiotic bacteria,” said Stanford molecular biologist Sharon Long.  “These plants have a specialized protein processing system that generates specific protein signals.”  The scientists have identified the gene responsible for the signal.  If scientists can generate that signal in other plants, perhaps through genetic engineering or selective breeding, they might trigger more nitrogen fixation in crops without fertilizer.  World farmlands could remain more productive as population grows while simultaneously reducing pollution by nitrous oxide (a highly potent greenhouse gas) and other fertilizer byproducts.  “When you deal with a natural soil, you are dealing with a lot of complexity.  Everything we learn about what makes symbiosis work gives us a tool to understand why, sometimes, symbiosis fails,” said Long.  “Plant breeders who are trying to help develop better-adapted plants can now analyze traits such as this.  We’ve given them a new tool” – a tool that was there all along, but needs a little prying and coaxing.Energy the way plants make it:  There’s no more effective solar power plant than a plant, so why not plan to imitate plants?  PhysOrg said that’s just what scientists in France are trying to do.  Photosynthesis may become the next new source of electrical energy.  The team has found a way to convert the chemical energy from photosynthesis into electrical energy in biofuel cells.  “They thus propose a new strategy to convert solar energy into electrical energy in an environmentally-friendly and renewable manner.”    This kind of biomimetics actually employs a real plant – in this case, a cactus.  By implanting special enzyme-modified electrodes sensitive to the products of photosynthesis, the French scientists were able to generate 9 watts per square centimeter.  They could see more juice when the light was turned up.  They envision not only more efficient solar cells, but medical applications.  Similar biofuel electrodes in human skin, sensitive to glucose and oxygen in biological fluids, could power implanted medical devices autonomously, without batteries or external power sources.In each of these stories, evolution was either ignored or mentioned only in passing.  This indicates that the heavy lifting in the scientific research is being done without it.  Instead, the impetus of the research is drawn from attention to biological design.Biomimetics could well be a major player in the downfall of Darwinism.  For one thing, evolutionary theory has very little to do with biomimetics, if anything.  Saying stupid things like, “This organism figured this out 150 million years ago,” or, “Four phyla came up with this elegant solution independently,” contributes only entertainment, not substance.  For another, biomimetics is a completely positive enterprise.  Scientists don’t have to get bogged down in philosophical debates about origins.  They can get funding, work constructively, increase understanding of nature, and come up with Nobel-prize-quality discoveries that will help the world – all without Darwin.  Here is a positive alternative to evolution that relies on intelligent design assumptions.  The wealth that can be generated is enormous.  Darwin will be left in the dust as the world stampedes to biomimetic technology.  Think Michael Behe’s famous illustration as we repeat, “If you can build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 6th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some sunny days last week allowed farmers to get back in their fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 5th. Heavy rains the past several weeks have kept farmers out of fields, and anxiously waiting to see how their crops would fare from the unfavorable conditions. Spraying resumed vigorously where fields were accessible in hopes of combatting the insect, disease, and weed pressures that flourished in the wet conditions. Farmers see potential for yield loss in corn and soybeans but the full extent of the damage to these crops won’t be known for some time. Lodging, scab, and vomitoxin are primary concerns for wheat. Effects on corn vary widely, depending on how early the crop was planted. The variance in growth stages complicate rescue efforts such as the application of nitrogen to replace what was lost.The full report, including crop conditionslast_img read more

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IHF and HI proceed further to resolve crisis

first_imgThe sports ministry has modified some of the clauses of its proposal to bring the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI) under one umbrella, with the executive committee of the unified body consisting of 19 members each from both the factions.IHF president RK Shetty(left)IHF president RK Shetty and HI secretary-general Narinder Batra held a marathon meeting with joint secretary (sports) Injeti Srinivas, and the ministry has given the two factions time till Friday to consider the proposal.While the IHF and HI will have to merge together to run the sport in the country, the former will not be dissolved until the first edition of World Hockey League next year.The ministry had earlier asked the two bodies to increase the strength of executive committee to 33 to accommodate 16 members of the IHF but on Thursday.”We had a lengthy meeting with Hockey India and the sports ministry which went on from afternoon till the evening. It has been suggested that the executive committee’s strength should be raised to 38 with 19 members each from both the parties,” Shetty told Mail Today.However, for the time being, both HI and IHF will work as separate entities.Shetty said that according to the new plan, IHF will function as it has been doing and its ambitious project of the World Hockey League will also go ahead as planned.”We plan to stage the World Hockey League next year after the London Olympics and until then the IHF will not be dissolved. Although to run the game, both IHF and HI will form a unified body.advertisementThe FIH (International Hockey Federation) has also agreed that they will allow the players, who signed up with us by April this year, to play in the World Hockey League,” Shetty said.There were reports earlier that the IHF wasn’t too pleased with the proposals put forth by the ministry. However, HI had no issues with the proposal and accepted it soon after it was recommended.The proposals were the last ditch-effort by the sports ministry in order to get Indian hockey administration back on track.last_img read more

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The NPSC; Supporting and Educating Parents

first_imgThe National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Miss Kaysia Kerr commits to educating and supporting the parents of the nation’s children as written in their mandate.The mandate of the NPSC as stated by Kerr is to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support. Proactive education speaks to the reception of knowledge prior to the consideration of conceiving a child whilst reactive education delves into the determinants of effective parenting by offering psychosocial support and education.In accordance to reactive parenting education, the NPSC visited the community of Line Gate, Westmoreland that was thrust in the limelight due to a video that went viral. In Line Gate, the NPSC began the parent education processes by first administering the NPSC risk assessment tool that identifies parenting modalities. Similar supports are on-going in St. Thomas in the area where the infamous machete incident took place. The parent in question has been immersed in parent education sessions through the NPSC’s established and certified parent club. Said parent has been assigned a mentor for permanent sustained support. Kerr shared that the NPSC also administers counselling and home visits which are coupled with parental education in order to supply the sustainable support that many parents need. These counselling sessions are offered to parents who are grieving from not only the death of their child but also the removal of children from the home.Presently, there are parent mentors island-wide that have been trained by the NPSC to offer support in their communities to help ensure that effective parenting practices are being encouraged and employed. Parent Places have also been erected across the island – these are spaces where parents may go to receive parent education, de-stress and foster education through play with their children, especially through the early childhood years.The NPSC will be establishing more parent places in the country beginning with one in Mt. Salem to offer support to the parents who live in the first declared ZOSO. This will be sustained by the parent mentorship programme. Forty parents across St. James have consented to 10 modules of training in effective parenting. Targeted interventions are being crafted for western Jamaica. To that end a stakeholder meeting will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 to explain to residents what the interventions entail based on data from our risk assessment. Another series of workshops preclude those and will be hosted this Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Hopewell, Hanover.Kerr stated that the NPSC also offers programmes to parents which are used to assist both themselves and their children in an effort to empower both parties. Such programmes include the “Stay Connected” which is aimed at parents of adolescents, helping them with supporting and advising their transitioning youth into adulthood.The NPSC is also a regulatory body that streamlines and coordinates the parenting programs in Jamaica. The National Parent Sector, a non-government organization, which also provides education to parents is being encouraged by the NPSC to submit parent programs to be assessed for accreditation to ensure that parents are receiving the best support and education services based on set standards.Currently, the ‘Parenting Responsibility and Rights Act’ is being written by the NPSC which will seek to portray definitively the rights of parents to enact their responsibilities as outlined in the ‘Child Care and Protection Act’. It will speak to holding parents accountable for carrying out their responsibilities to the child’s best interest.The NPSC is steadfast in ensuring that Jamaica’s parents are afforded the opportunity to know their responsibilities as a parent and to be afforded the necessary education to be able to carry out these responsibilities.last_img read more

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Petit slams Ozil He has been a ghost for two years

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit accused Mesut Ozil of lacking any desire on the pitchThe former Real Madrid playmaker was brought off by manager Unai Emery at half-time in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.And Petit has been left far from impressed by Ozil’s mentality over the past two years for the Gunners.“Arsenal were magnificent against Brighton for 30 minutes,” Petit told Paddy Power.“They played good football but, just as they did at Southampton, disappeared all of a sudden.“The quality they had been showing vanished and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence. The goal they conceded was awful.“Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime. I’m a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years.“Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it’s not there any more.”The French World Cup winner also believes Arsenal’s defence isn’t good enough ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.Petit added: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.“But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool.“You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”Petit played for Arsenal in midfield between 1997 to 2000, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup before joining Barcelona.The Frenchman also had spells with AS Monaco and Chelsea before announcing his retirement in January 2005.last_img read more

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