Odemwingie thrilled by Cardiff move

first_img It was understood that the striker had been undergoing a medical in south Wales ahead of a reported £2.5million move from West Brom after his spell in the midlands turned sour. And 45 minutes after the transfer window had officially closed, the Nigerian Tweeted: “Absolutely delighted to be joining Cardiff City FC ! Can’t wait to hear the famous Cardiff fans roar ! I promise GOALS !!!” The 32-year-old, who was also reportedly on Swansea’s radar during the summer transfer window, has not been training with the Baggies this season after falling out of favour at The Hawthorns. Odemwingie hit the headlines in January after driving to QPR on deadline day to close a deal, but the move fell apart as West Brom refused to accept their bid. He told BBC Sport: “It’s a fresh start, a whole new beginning. “I’ve joined a club with a strong determination to achieve their goals. “Cardiff City showed great intent to bring me here. I have to thank the manager and everyone involved in making this transfer happen. “There are talented and dedicated players in the team, everyone is moving in the right direction and I also want to make a strong contribution as well.” Odemwingie signed for the Baggies from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee in 2010 and has scored 30 goals in 87 games for the Barclays Premier League club before his stunt earlier this year meant his days with Steve Clarke’s side were numbered. The Nigerian will become Malky Mackay’s eighth summer signing for the Bluebirds’ maiden Premier League campaign as he joins Andreas Cornelius, John Brayford, Simon Moore, Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Maximiliano Amondarain and Kevin Theophile-Catherine at the Cardiff City Stadium. Peter Odemwingie expressed his joy after completing his deadline-day move to Cardiff.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, September 17, 2015•5:43 a.m. Edgar J. Moreno, 60, Aurora, Colo. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 35 mph zone.•7:40 a.m. Jordan L Chalmers, 40, Derby, was issued a notice to appear for disobeying a stop sign.•7:46 a.m. Joshua G. Arebalo, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Seatbelt Violation.•2:47 p.m. Injury accident in the 1700 block N. Vandenburg, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Edward J. Ross, 78, Wellington and Aaron E.  Amein, 40, Wellington.•2:47 p.m. Edward J. Ross, 78, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for left of center.•3:10 p.m. Officers investigated Identity theft in the 1000 block S. Cherry, Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.•4:32 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of license plate in the 1300 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•5:25 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and criminal damage to property in the 400 block S. G, Wellington.•7:28 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1500 block N. Plum, Wellington.•10:57 p.m. Cindy D. Sewell, 33, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 31 mph in a 20 mph zone.•11:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block N. Arthur, Wellington.last_img read more

Champions!!

first_imgA time will come when reason prevails over West Indies cricket. Right now, despite the discomforts being aired, we are champions of the world three times over. That’s no mean feat.Mere weeks after victory in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies took two titles in the space of just a few hours at the T20 World Cup on the weekend. Those wins didn’t come easily. The men’s innings rode on the back of good bowling, a stable innings of 85 by Marlon Samuels and a swashbuckling finish by Carlos Brathwaite.Sunday’s double dominance can’t gloss over the problematic issues that attend West Indies cricket. It can’t, by itself, heal the cracks of trust that are evident. It doesn’t even guarantee that a great Test team will emerge soon with a blend of veterans and debutants from the Under-19 team, even though anything is possible.It does, however, reassert the region’s potential for greatness in cricket. Twenty20 isn’t Test cricket, but when one nation can win three world titles in a matter of weeks and two on the same day, it shows that there is definitely something worth saving.JUST AS VALUABLEFor many, these three victories are just as valuable as triumphs over England and Australia in Tests. As offered in the space recently, the Under-19 success provides hope for the future. Our women, led by Stafanie Taylor, look set for a long reign among the world’s best.The quarrels are reminiscent of the street protests in Sydney by Jamaican athletes in 2000 when Merlene Ottey replaced Peta-Gaye Dowdie on the team roster for the Olympic 100 metres. Then, as now, frustrations bubbled over and led to an airing of dirty linen in public. Instead of celebration, sanction is the watchword.When the dust settles, one hopes that all will agree that eligibility to play for the West Indies will rest on participation in regional tournaments with some concomitant flexibility to allow the professional cricketer the chance to make some money elsewhere, while it is there for the taking.In the meantime, this is still a time for celebration. Even in the turbulent aftermath of the big double, the image of our women and then our men dancing happily with the World Cup trophies are inspiring.Combined with the recent Under-19 success, it is a sign of how great we can be in cricket.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.last_img read more

Playing Fast and Loose with Evolution

first_imgThe word evolution gets used and misused often.  Strictly speaking, neo-Darwinian evolution demands that mutations and natural selection operate with no foresight or oversight, no purpose or direction, no impetus toward a desired outcome.  In actual practice, scientists and reporters play fast and loose with the term, making it into a designer substitute. Here are some quick samples of how the word evolution gets used and misused in the popular press: Normally we speak of intelligently-designed automobiles going into overdrive.  Replace each of the stories with design language and they make a lot more sense: a designing force for multicellularity, designed liver enzymes, adults designed to adapt to oxygen levels, designed molecular powerhouses, an Earth-moon system designed to permit life, and designed overdrive for functional adaptation.  This coincides with our normal, everyday understanding of the cause and effect structure of the world.  One cannot use evolution in those senses; that is nonsense.  Undirected, impersonal, purposeless processes do not adapt and function.  Putting the word in passive voice (“had evolved”) or infinitive (“allowing life to evolve”), or omitting the subject (“thought to have evolved” – who thought such a ridiculous thing?) are distractions. These and many other articles in the press show that the word “evolution” has become a meaningless catch-all assumption for anything biologists cannot explain.  If it exists, it evolved; if it works, it evolved; if it went up or down or sideways, it evolved.  It evolved because it evolved.  For the simple-minded, there’s nothing else to say.  Darwin Daddy-O said it, they believe it, that settles it. Grow up.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Yeast:  Science Daily spoke of an “evolutionary force that led to multicellularity,” but the data referred only to living yeast cells that seem to operate better in clumps than alone.  Rats:  PhysOrg spoke of rats that “have evolved liver enzymes to metabolize large amounts” of plant toxins. Giant insects:  National Geographic puzzled over how insects grew so large during the Carboniferous.  It wasn’t higher oxygen; in fact, no theory won the day, but reporter Ker Than was certain that after the giant dragonflies (as big as seagulls) had their day on the evolutionary stage, “adults would have evolved to require more oxygen” and would have died out as oxygen levels dropped. Mitochondria:  The powerhouses of the cell that house ATP synthase are surely some of the most complex regions in any cell, but to some reporters, it’s no problem for Darwin. “They are thought to have evolved more than a billion years ago from primitive bacterium which was engulfed by an early eukaryotic cell resulting in endosymbiotic relationships between the host cell and the newly formed organelle,” Science Daily tells us.  “During evolution the vast majority of the mitochondrial genetic material left the organelle and got integrated into the nucleus of the host cell.” Man but a worm:  PhysOrg used the E-word repeatedly in a short article titled “From worm to man,“ speaking of “our distant evolutionary cousins” the flatworms, the “evolutionary origin of mammalian kidneys,” two main “branches on the evolutionary tree of life,” and the “the evolution of certain attributes” in various animals. Everything:  In an article about whether the moon is needed to stabilize the Earth, Space.com said that wild orbital swings “could potentially affect the evolution of complex life.”  Reporter Nola Redd continued the theme, saying that even without a moon, a planet “may be stable enough for life to evolve”. Evolutionary overdrive:  National Geographic also reported a new discovery of hydrothermal vents in the North Atlantic, with “evolution in overdrive” occurring there.  “It’s an example of what happens to organisms when they become isolated and evolution goes into overdrive,” said one of the discoverers.last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 4

first_imgLa Salle had just one game this week and Mbala punished University of Santo Tomas with 29 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTHis performance came after the Green Archers’ 98-87 loss to University of the Philippines.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the longest time, Thirdy Ravena has lived under the shadow of older brother Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alejandro almost single-handedly carried the Bulldogs in Week 4.The wingman averaged 23.5 points this week as he tried to lift the Bulldogs in every conceivable offensive way against Ateneo and Far Eastern University.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt Nieto is no longer one-half of the Nieto twins, technically he is, but he’s now distinguished himself as man of his own.The third-year Eagle has shown why he’s an invaluable piece of the Ateneo puzzle that has now won its first six games.Nieto lit up against University of Santo Tomas and finished with a career-high 22 points, 12 of which came from long distance. He, then, followed it up with a decent 12-point outing against FEU.Honorable mentionsChibueze Ikeh (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Chi Ikeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoy oh boy have the Blue Eagles dominated this season and big man Chibueze Ikeh featured spectacularly in one of their better wins.Ikeh had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in their 96-83 win over NU and not only did the 6-foot-8 center show his muscle underneath he also displayed a sweet stroke never before seen in his three-year career as he went 2-of-2 from deep. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indians get AL-best 102nd victory, beat White Sox For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHere’s a question, is there a center right now in the league better than the reigning MVP?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter representing Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, Ben Mbala went back to business.And that business was dominating the competition in the UAAP.center_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jordan Sta. Ana (UST Growling Tigers)Jordan Sta. Ana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST had the misfortune of facing the top two teams in the league, Ateneo and La Salle, in the same week and this led to its record plummeting to a sorry 0-6.Bright spots are hard to come by in the Growling Tigers season but wingman Jordan Sta. Ana tries to change that.Sta. Ana is not a shooter, and he knows it, with practically all of his points coming from drives and free throws and he averaged 17.5 points this week while putting his body on the line against the Blue Eagles and Green Archers’ frontlines. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But this season, Thirdy has come to his own as Ateneo’s leader.Thirdy isn’t the type of player to dominate opponents with scoring, but he does it in a variety of ways.In the two games Ateneo played this week, Thirdy averaged a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds a game while also putting up 4.5 assists per outing.Forward: Vince Tolentino (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Vince Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVince Tolentino is not a scorer, but he proves his worth through his hustle plays.The forward has made a name for Ateneo as a player who’s willing to do the dirty work.Prior to facing NU, Tolentino averaged 6.4 points a game with most of his scoring options coming off drop passes from teammates and open layups.Then Tolentino showed his offensive wares against the Bulldogs, punishing Matt Salem with constant drives to the basket en route to a career-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget that J-Jay Alejandro spells his first name in a certain way, or that National University lost both of its games this week. The end of the first round is nearing and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo has been flawless and La Salle, well the champion is hell-bent on ending its rival’s streak.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

10 months ago​DONE DEAL: Leicester sign Italian striker Lorenzo after successful trial

first_img​DONE DEAL: Leicester sign Italian striker Lorenzo after successful trialby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City have signed Davide Lorenzo on a short term deal.He was on trial at the club and impressed the coaching staff.Now the 24-year-old has a chance to show what he can do for the rest of the season.Per Italian reports, he had met Leicester’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a restaurant when he was working at a waiter some months ago. Vichai offered him a trial and the rest is history…He has previous stints at Juventus, Cosmos and the New York Red Bulls.”I am happy to have achieved this goal, I have pursued it for so long,” Lorenzo said to TMW.”I know that the contract was a consequence of the actions I have done inside and, above all, outside the field.”I refer to all the things I have experienced in the last years, during which I learned so much from my mistakes, now I just have to continue like this, training hard every day to get more emotions like that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: The key to early season form

first_imgBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: The key to early season formby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick admits a lack of Europa League football has worked in their favour this season.The Clarets are seventh in the Premier League table after an impressive start to the campaign. “We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder said.“I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.“At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.“I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.“Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.“Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.“Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Agriculture Ministry to Increase Sorghum Cultivation

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is looking to identify more arable lands on which to cultivate sorghum, a crop currently being tested as a substitute grain for animal feed. This was disclosed by portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, while speaking to journalists today (April 19), following the harvesting of a pilot sorghum crop in Hill Run, St. Catherine. The Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group undertook the test project at its facility, to grow sorghum locally for feedstock as a replacement for imported corn. The Minister noted that lands have already been identified at Amity Hall in St. Thomas at one of the nine agro parks being developed across the island, aimed at enhancing food security and cutting the country’s food import bill. He informed that the CB Group will be undertaking this planting exercise and that the land is currently being prepared. “We’re targeting in that agro park, some 1,700 acres. They (CB Group) are moving now to put in 800 (acres)…and we’re trying to identify more lands. They have asked for some 6,000 acres…so the sustainability is there and we are determined to put whatever idle lands we have into production,” the Minister said. Sorghum is a genus of numerous grass species, some of which are raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder plants.  The plants take three to four months to reach maturity and are cultivated in warm climates around the world. “We are not only dealing with sorghum. We are dealing with other crops. We are going to be doing probably over 600 acres of onions. We are already moving with Irish potatoes – a whole slew of things that we’re doing (to utilize arable lands),” Mr. Clarke said. The Minister said he is pleased with the impact that growing the sorghum locally “will have on our importing grains for our animal feed”. “This was just an experimental plot, but the yield has been significant in terms of international standards and it’s just the beginning. This is just a start. What (CB Group) has learnt here is what will help them to improve in production and productivity as we go along,” he stated. Manager, Corporate Affairs, CB Group, Dr. Keith Amiel, informed that 60 per cent of the corn that goes in feedstock is imported, hence the need to create a local substitute. “The idea is to try to see how much of what we’ve been importing we can produce locally….We are going to try to make use of the unused land…it would take us about 6,000 acres to produce 10 per cent of the (crop) locally and of course, we can go up to any amount using the land that’s available,” he said. Agriculture Consultant, Johnny Haer, noted that sorghum is a dry land crop that is grown all over the world, because of its hardiness in drought and dry weather. He pointed  out that this “is one of the reasons why we felt like it would do so good here in Jamaica…I don’t see why sorghum is not going to adapt very well to the Jamaican climate.” He noted that the crop harvested from the 300-acre plot, is estimated to “probably end up yielding…roughly 3,000 pounds per acre or 1.5 tonnes per acre.” CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDSlast_img read more

Mark Ruffalo To Attend Dear President Obama Film Premiere In NYC

first_imgDear President Obama – the new film highlighting the clean energy revolution – will have its New York City premiere on May 25.This is your chance to join the film’s writer and director, Jon Bowermaster, along with Mark Ruffalo, the narrator of Dear President Obama.The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists, health professionals, geologists and whistle-blowers provide the core information we think will convince the current President and those that will follow to join the “anti-drilling” majority growing across the United States and call for fossil fuels to be left where they belong, in the ground.The premiere takes place at abc home, 888 Broadway, New York on May 25 at 6:30pm.For tickets, click here.last_img read more

Palestinian officials President Abbas picks ally for new premier

first_imgRamallah (West Bank): The Palestinian president has chosen longtime adviser Mohammed Ishtayeh as his new prime minister, officials said Sunday, a step that further deepens the rift with the rival Hamas group. President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to announce the appointment later in the day, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement. Ishtayeh, a British-educated economist, is a top official in Abbas’ Fatah movement. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHe is a former peace negotiator and strong proponent of a two-state solution with Israel. He also is a strong critic of the Islamic militant group Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in 2007. The Hamas takeover has left the Palestinians torn between rival governments in Gaza and the West Bank, where Abbas’ Palestinian Authority administers autonomous areas. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed. Ishtayeh will succeed Rami Hamdallah, who had overseen a unity government formed nearly five years ago with the goal of reaching a conciliation deal with Hamas. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThose attempts made little headway, and collapsed a year ago when Hamdallah’s motorcade was almost struck by a roadside bomb in Gaza. Hamdallah announced his resignation in January after years of failure in reconciliation efforts. Ishtayeh is now expected to appoint a new Cabinet of Fatah supporters. Ishtayeh, who is in his early 60s, has a Ph.D. in economic development from the University of Sussex, according to his website. He has held a number of senior positions, including Public Works minister and a past peace negotiator with Israel.last_img read more