Foster’s Fairplay | Burrell should meet Butler half way

first_img There is no suggestion that the future of the country’s football can rest on the shoulders of a single player. Having said that, the country has not been able to attract real quality players, plying their trade overseas, notwithstanding the fact that they were born in Jamaica. England winger Raheem Sterling, originally from Maverley, did not accept the invitation when the Captain came hunting his talent. The gifted Leon Bailey was transferred just a few days ago from the Belgian club Genk on a deal worth over £12 million. He now represents Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga. But there is a major problem with the 19-year-old, who played locally at three recognised youth levels, top-scoring in them all. Coming from his own mouth, the former Jamaica College Manning Cup left-side defence man, Craig Butler, who founded the Phoenix Football Academy for which Leon played when he was based in Jamaica, is the youngster’s adopted father. There are some old issues coming out of the administration of that entity that has put Butler and the Kingston & St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and, by extension, the JFF at loggerheads. Recently, as the bid to get Leon to represent Jamaica at the senior level intensifies, Butler has publicly issued an ultimatum. In order for him to allow his adopted son to play for Jamaica, there has to be an apology from the JFF for disrespect meted out to him by former national coach Winfried Schaefer. Another clause is that the JFF must outline a philosophy for the running of football if Leon is required to be a part of it. There seems to be no backing out on the decision taken by Butler, hence the problem. So what does the JFF do to address this impasse? No one should ask that the Captain slavishly accepts and complies with the dictates of Butler. However, there must be a way forward to allow the young man, if that is his wish, to represent his country and give its people an opportunity to view his exceptional skills at close range. It will take a meeting of minds, frank discussion and, above all, the will to overlook past grievances in the interest of Jamaica, land we love. Aye, aye Captain, you are needed on deck. Foster’s Fairplay has always had great respect for the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), former Army Captain Horace Burrell. Although he is frequently described as possessing a dictatorial style, it is that which has brought a great deal of glory to the country’s football image. Over the years, Jamaica was never short of football talent. However, this was the sporting administrator who had a vision and along with the Brazilian recruit, coach Rene Simoes, attracted the support and acquired the tools to make it happen. The rest is history, as it led to the nation making its entry to the World Cup Final in 1998. A lot has changed since that time. Burrell and his team are now facing a dilemma. With a public who had experienced the sweet taste of this achievement yapping at his heels, seeking more of the same, the terrain after 1998 was always going to be tough. Although the campaign back then was flavoured by an influx of England-based players, there now seems to be less of a desire by the football fraternity to accept them with the enthusiasm with which they were welcomed more than 20 years ago. One of the reasons for the well-voiced reluctance is that the quality of a Deon Burton, a prolific striker, is absent in the present lot. The same can be said about the midfield general, Fitzroy Simpson. With the present crew, the word ‘journeymen’ seems to sum it up perfectly. The current thinking from the football management appears to be that local-based players are not the answer, either. As such, the squad named for the recent friendly against the USA was bereft of those who play their club game in England. It comprised players from Major League Soccer and others from here at home. Coach Theodore Whitmore, despite a 1-0 loss, is reported to be “encouraged” by the team performance, but what is the path forward? QUALITY PLAYERSlast_img read more

Modern Agric Project in Sight for BWI

first_imgMr. Harris in the offices of the Daily ObserverThe MAES projectThe Booker Washington Institute Alumni Association in North America (BWIAANA) has promised to construct a large modern agriculture project on the campus of the institution in Kakata, Margibi County. The establishment of the project, which could be used as a demonstration site for the school, will commence very soon, BWIAANA president, Eric Harris told the Daily Observer recently in an exclusive interview.He said the project is modeled after the Muirkirk Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), a highly innovative farming program that researches sustainable and organic agriculture techniques and applies them to an urban agricultural setting through modernized farming methods. The MAES is a144-acre research farm project that is serving as a model in US; and as such, BWIAANA, is on the verge of being replicated at BWI, Harris said.BWIAANA, according to Mr. Harris, is presently in the process of getting finance to support this project, “so that’s what we are working on.”The station’s Sustainable Agriculture Program teach gardeners how to use these techniques to increase productivity in their urban gardens despite the size of the available area. Muirkirk also seeks to limit the use of commercial chemical fertilizers and toxic chemicals for pest control which can have harmful effects on the environment and human health.“And this is what we want to be bring at BWI, which is a very good agricultural and vocational institution,” the BWIAANA president said. “I’m from the Washington D. C area. The University of the District of Columbia has a farm just outside of D. C; we heard about this farm, which is used as a pilot project for farmers across the world. This is how we conceived the idea.“We were invited and we went and toured the farm and we saw for ourselves a very unique project that we can replicate at BWI. We saw some of the crops they grow, how they harvested and packaged their products. We want to prioritize that training aspect of the project back home here; knowing that BWI, being an agric institution, we thought that this would be a very unique project for our institution.”Harris was on a brief mission here geared towards reestablishing the working relationship between the association on the ground and the school administration.“I’m here to launch an agric project on the BWI campus; a training project that will not only feed the students, but also train them how to preserve, package, grow their food and also help to create some kind of monetary value for the schools,” he said.“We are hoping to do this very soon; we were on campus last Saturday and visited the spot. We earmarked some of the things that we need to begin to do. We also visited areas that will definitely help to support this project.”He said the site has been selected and the area has been cleared. Students have already begun growing some vegetable crops in an effort to keep the grass out until the actually project commences very soon.Under the project, students will learn the use of techniques to obtain maximum productivity in urban gardens without the use of excessive amounts of commercial chemical fertilizers for plants, nutrients and toxic chemicals and to control insects and diseases. The station uses composted waste for supplying land nutrients, and ways to increase plant resistance to reduce diseases and insect attacks.Muirkirk Farm, which BWI intends to model its project after, came into its own during 2013. Its new construction and initiatives include:Aquaponic facility, solar well, micro-greens plot, 4 greenhouses, organic compost processing and production site. 2013 also offered Muirkirk the chance to implement two important projects: the Specialty Crops and Ethnic Crops programs.BWIAANA, according to Mr. Harris, is presently in the process of getting finance to support this project, “so that’s what we are working on.”“Because of the huge nature of the project, it has been broken down into phases. The association has already come up with the proposal of phase one which is in the tune of US$65, 000,” Harris said.That part of the project will contribute to lighting and provision of energy through the solar panel system and supply of water in the field (the irrigation system), he said, adding that the first phase, which is the most important to achieving the other phases, will be completed as soon as possible.“This is the most important to the rest of the project so we want it done meticulously. The rest of the project will be centered on growing crops, vegetables, etc. So once we get through with phase one we think two and three will be a little easier. Some vegetables earmarked already include cucumber, pepper, potatoes greens, cabbage and others. Those are the kinds of crops we will be considering under this project,” he said.Meanwhile, BWIAANA, which has 14 chapters and four zones, has been in existence since 1992. Harris said the association just celebrated its 25th anniversary “where we had a great turnout.”“We have always been there for our school; we have worked with past administrations helping to improve the lives of students on campus. The association had earlier helped in revitalizing the clinic on campus and sent an ambulance for use by the clinic,” he added.Meanwhile, Harris has called on the alumni to join rank with the group on the ground as well as the administration to help move the institution forward. “We got a lot a work to do on campus to help create a more vibrant and better learning environment,” he said in closing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Big Sunday” volunteer program expanded to two days

first_img“When we started this, it was with the slogan of `Everyone helps, everyone wins,”‘ said David Levinson, a screenwriter who launched the program. “Since that, it has grown organically, where people get involved through their church or synagogue and tell people about it at their work or learn about it at work and bring it elsewhere. We think it has become a go-to L.A. event like the Oscars or the marathon.” More than 32,000 volunteers signed up last year when Villaraiogsa threw his support behind the program, combining it with a “Day of Service” effort he had launched in his district when he served on the City Council. This year, city departments and the Los Angeles Unified School District also are joining in the effort. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said the effort reaches beyond specific volunteer programs. “This is about bringing communities together to get involved in cleaning up our city, in getting involved,” Greuel said. For information on the program, go to or call (323) 936-1419. — Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Setting an ambitious goal of drawing 50,000 volunteers, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and supporters of the annual “Big Sunday” program announced plans today to broaden the community service program into a two-day effort. “This is about the city – making the city believe in itself,” Villaraigosa said at a City Hall news conference this morning. “There is only so much that we as elected officials can do. It takes people getting involved to make a difference.” The program, which began in 1999 at Temple Israel in Hollywood with 300 volunteers, will now be held April 28-29. Project locations range from Ventura County to Fontana and involve everything from graffiti cleanup, tree planting, mentoring youth and visiting with seniors. last_img

Mourinho anticipating quiet summer transfer window for champions Chelsea

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho expects the summer transfer market to be “like Wall Street collapsing” as the Blues’ Premier League title rivals rivals attempt to reel in his champion side.Manchester United have already bought Holland winger Memphis Depay for £25million and are rumoured to be considering a £40m bid for Tottenham’s Harry Kane – though Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel told talkSPORT the club will not give up their prize asset.Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, the subject of the world record transfer of £85m from Spurs, have also been linked with moves for astronomical fees this summer.Chelsea did their business early last summer, with the key purchases of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas significantly aiding their title win with three matches to spare.And Mourinho is in no rush to enter the bidding this summer.“I expect to be busy walking from my towel in the sand to the water, swim a little bit and be back to the sun again. That’s where I expect to be busy,” said Mourinho, speaking ahead of Monday’s game at West Brom.“I’m in a different position to last season. Last season I was more than keen for my club to sell some players. At this moment I’m very happy to keep my players.”There will be some outgoings and incomings – “a little bit everywhere” – but Mourinho hopes goalkeeper Petr Cech will stay at Stamford Bridge despite being displaced as first choice by Thibaut Courtois.Cech’s agent, Viktor Kolar, has said the 32-year-old has been permitted to speak to other clubs, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Besiktas, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reported to be interested.“The base last year was to sell some to buy some. The base this season is to keep my squad,” Mourinho added.“I don’t know that it’s absolutely true what the agent is saying.“Maybe it is, but the player has contract with Chelsea and Chelsea will have a very important say in the decision.“I keep saying the same: I want my best players. Petr is one of my best players.“I want my important players. Petr is one of my important players, so I would like him to stay and that’s my position.“Yes, I’m optimistic that he can be here next year.” 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last_img read more


first_imgRaphoeRAPHOE NOTES: Raphoe Family Resource Centre:Mind Your Mental Health Workshop The Family Resource Centre in association with Mental Health Ireland is hosting a workshop on minding your mental health on Tuesday 31st May 2016 from 2-5pm in The Volt House Hall. The workshop is free to participants. Mind Your Mental Health is a mental health awareness workshop developed by Mental Health Ireland. It offers participants the opportunity to reflect on this important aspect of their lives and to learn different ways to enhance their own mental health and wellbeing.Mind Your Mental Health is delivered in four units: 
1. Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing
2. Stress and Thinking Patterns
3. Mental Health Difficulties, Recovery and Support
4. Minding Your Mental Health StrategiesPlaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796/087-3641503.Something Special Support GroupThe next meeting of the group will take place at 8.00pm on Tuesday 10th May in the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House, Raphoe. If you are a parent/guardian of a child with delayed communication or learning skills or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) you will find support, advice and information by attending this Support Group. New members are always welcome. If you would like more information about the Support Group please contact Melanie on 074-9145796/087-3641503.Date for your diary Raphoe Annual 5k road race hosted by Raphoe Family Resource Centre in association with Lifford/Strabane A.C. will this year take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th July. Raphoe 5k is one of the races in Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Programme. Last year’s race which was kindly sponsored by Coyle’s Centra Raphoe was won by Ivan Toner in a time of 16:35. The first woman home was Sarah Kivlehan in a time of 19:37.Drop-in TuesdaysDrop-in Tuesdays continue in the Family Resource Centre in the Volt House on Tuesdays from 10.30-11.30am. The Drop-in provides the opportunity for members of the community to call in for a cup of tea and a chat. Local and daily papers will be available so you can catch up on local, national and international news. The Drop-in is free so why not come along and join us?Donegal Youth Service Community Employment ProjectA vacancy is soon to arise for Youth Worker with Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Hours are 19.5 hours per week. Applicants must be eligible for DSP Community Employment (terms and conditions apply). Contact your local DSP Office. For further details or application form contact: Lee Stephenson 074 – 91 29630 or send C.V. (with PPS Number and Date of Birth) to Lee Stephenson, CE Supervisor, Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal or email or call in to Raphoe Family Resource Centre in The Volt House. 50-50 Bonus BallThe winner of our weekly 50 / 50 Bonus ball was Eddie Harkin, winning number 17.To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant. A person will be eligible if he or she is:• Aged 65 years or older; and• Of limited means or resources; and• Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and• Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and• Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and• Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme. Therefore, if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe.Raphoe Boxing ClubOn Saturday night last Raphoe boxers Aaron McDaid, Liam McMonagle and Oran Devine were in action at a major tournament in the Ballyliffen Hotel. Aaron turned in a stylish display of ringcraft when he outpointed Flynn Doherty, St. Bridgets, whilst Liam McMonagle was red-hot on the night when he outpointed the strongly fancied Emmett Diver, Clonmany. Oran Devine can count himself very unlucky to lose out on a split decision to Hugh Doherty, St. Bridgets. Well done to all three boxers.The Raphoe club has now closed for the summer break and once again the Raphoe Club featured as one of the busiest clubs in Donegal at both tournaments and championships. The officers of the Raphoe Club would like to sincerely thank all the boxers who represented the club during the season and look forward to seeing them all back at the club in August.Everyone at the Raphoe Boxing Club would like to extend congratulations to local badminton super-star, Chloe Magee who has just qualified for her third Olympic games to be held in Rio, Brazil in the summer. What an achievement. Good Luck in Rio! You always do the sporting town of Raphoe proud.Raphoe Tidy TownsRaphoe Tidy Towns Ltd. Community Appeal 2016. The Application for the town has now arrived and will be sent off before the 20th of May this year. Judging will be during the months of June, July and August. Thank you to everyone in our community for your great support over the years. You can help this year by tidying your gardens, painting, weeding, keeping your area litter free, putting out window boxes or hanging baskets. If you are the owner of a derelict or run down property please help the town by tidying up before the end of May. Remember our deadline is the end of May. Financial donations, donations of shrubs, flowers, plants, paint etc. will be very welcome. Your help is needed and appreciated very much. Thank You. For further information please contact the Tidy Towns Office on 9145692.Application forms for any future Vacancies with Raphe Tidy Towns are now available from the Tidy Towns Office. Please contact the Supervisor on 9145692 or call in for an application form. Please note that eligibility criteria for Community Employment apply to all posts. Thank You.GENERATION HOPECome join us at a viewing of our new filmGeneration HopeMary’s MealsLYIT : Lecture theatre 1452Date: Monday 9th MayTime: 8pmGeneration Hope – which features Hollywood star Gerard Butler and highlights the difference a nutritious daily meal in school can make for children living in the world’s most impoverished communities – will form part of the programme at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May. In association with Marys Meals and LYITPlease note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD COMMUNITY: RAPHOE SENIORS INVITED TO JOIN ALERT SCHEME was last modified: May 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalRaphoe noteslast_img read more

Sales & Services: Learn to drive with these ADI Approved driving instructors

first_imgDonegal Daily’s new Sales & Services section gives you a list of the top businesses and services within Donegal.The Sales & Services section is now live on our website so if you require any business have a look at our brand new section for contact information.The purpose of EDT(Essential Driver training) is to save lives by maximising the safety of inexperienced drivers and helping them to develop the skills and confidence needed to share the road safely with others. Time2Drive Time2Drive school of motoring is run by Margaret Devine. Time2Drive has been helping new drivers pass their driving test first time since 2009.Margaret’s high pass rate and experience makes students feel at ease learning to drive.“I work at your pace and help you if you are nervous to overcome your fears and enjoy the skill of driving.” – Margaret told Donegal Daily. Click here to view contact details for Time2Drive or visit their website to view the latest deals & offers.Focus School of MotoringDriving School based in Letterkenny specialising in 12 (EDT)Essential Driving training Course also pre-test lessons, also car can be hired out for  driving test.Focus School of Motoring provides dual controlled car/cars for pupils to take their lessons. Pupils may also take lessons in their own car once they are deemed to have sufficient experience. Drivers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. From time to time you may be able to avail of discounts when taking lessons with Focus School of Motoring for more information just call Liam.Click here to view contact details for Focus School of Motoring or visit their website to view discounts and latest deals. If you would like to get your business listed on Donegal Daily’s Business directory then please contact Hugh on 087 164 1160 or Don on 085 850 4125.Sales & Services: Learn to drive with these ADI Approved driving instructors was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:driving lessonsfocus school of motoringsales & servicestime2drivelast_img read more


first_imgMickey Harte will be facing Donegal in BallybofeyDonegal will face Tyrone in the preliminary round of the Ulster Senior Championship on Sunday May 17th 2015 at home in MacCumhaill Park Ballybofey, the county board has announced.Should the game require a reply it will be the following Saturday, 23rd May 2015, in Omagh.Should Donegal progress to the Quarter Final, Donegal will play Armagh in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh City. The U21 Footballers will face Cavan on the Wednesday the 18th March in MacCumhaill Park. GAA NEWS: DONEGAL TO PLAY TYRONE AT MacCUMHAILL PARK ON MAY 17 was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal v tyroneMay 2015Ulster Championshiplast_img read more

KCCA school Mtibwa to take charge of Confederations Cup tie

first_imgKCCA will play the return leg against Mtibwa in eight days (file photo)CAF Confederations cup KCCA FC 3-0 Mtibwa SugarStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 15-12-2018LUGOGO – KCCA FC produced a dominant performance as they defeated Mtibwa Sugar 3-0 in the CAF Confederations Cup first round 1st leg tie at the StarTimes in Lugogo.Three second half goals by Allan Kyambadde, Patrick Kaddu and Allan Okello did the damage for Mike Mutebi’s side who could have easily scored seven or more on the day.KCCA dominated the early exchanges applying pressure onto the Mtibwa goal.The first chance of the game fell to Allan Okello who unleashed a shot from outside the area but Mtibwa goalkeeper Shaaban Shaaban was on hand to collect comfertably.Five minutes later, Jafari Kibaya was at the receiving end of Mtibwa’s first chance, heading weakly at Charles Lukwago in the KCCA goal.On 11 minutes, Allan Kyambadde shot straight at Shaaban after a neat one two with Okello. Moments later, the former SC Villa midfielder was at it again, blazing over after Shaaban saved Kaddu’s looping effort.With 19 minutes played, Issa Issa headed over following a Salum Kihimbwa corner and at the other end, Kaddu failed to connect with a Kizza cross while one on one with Shaaban.The first yellow card of the game was shown to KCCA Captain Timothy Awanyi for a foul on Ismail Mhesa with the Mtibwa winger trying to ignite a counter-attack.At the half hour mark, Ally Yusuph was shown yellow for a sliding challenge on Lawrence Bukenya as the visitors tried to see out the remaining minutes of the first half.Two minutes later, Kyambadde was guilty of missing another chance as he headed wide a Kizza cross, while unmarked in the area.On 37minutes, it was Kizza’s turn to waste an opportunity as the left-back shot tamely at Shaaban after he was played in by Nunda. At the other end, Kibaya saw an effort kiss the over-side of the cross bar while one on one with Lukwago, in the visitor’s best chance of the half.Despite more relentless pressure, KCCA could not break Mtibwa down in the first half and both sides were sent into the break still locked at 0-0.The second half started like the first with KCCA applying the early pressure and eventually got their reward on 49 minutes when Kyambadde’s fierce drive was fumbled by Shaaban before it crossed the line to put the Kasasiros ahead, 1-0.Despite the goal, KCCA didnot stop attacking as Nunda headed wide of the target on 55 minutes after he was played in by Filbert Obenchan.Two minutes later, Kaddu also headed straight at Shaaban following Obenchan’s wonderful run down the right.The first substitution of the game saw Muzamir Mutyaba replace Gift Ali as KCCA looked to apply more pressure upfront.KCCA always looked like they would add onto their tally but it couldn’t happen for Mike Mutebi’s side and on 69 minutes, Kaddu shot wide after he was played in by Okello.Nunda who was brilliant all day saw his effort expertly tipped over by Shaaban on 73 minutes after the lanky-midfielder  was played in by Kyambadde’s cross from the right. Moments later, Kizza unleashed a fierce drive that was fisted away by Shaaban.The second goal would eventually come with 15 minutes to play, Kaddu heading in Kyambadde’s cross and calm the many nerves at Lugogo.KCCA’s last substitution saw Suleiman Mutyaba replace Nunda with 10 minutes to play.Mtibwa tried to mount a late charge to at least pull a goal back but they could not breach the KCCA back-line.With three minutes on the clock, Okello made it 3-0 off a curling effort from just outside the box after he was teed up by substaitute Suleiman Mutyaba.After today’s victory, KCCA FC will go into the return leg next week confident progressing to the Group stages of the competition.KCCA FC:Charles Lukwago (gk), Filbert Obenchan, Timothy Awanyi, Hassan Musana, Lawrance Bukenya, Mustapha Kizza, Gift Ali, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde, Jackson Nunda, Patrick Kaddu.Mtibwa Sugar:Shaaban Shaaban (gk), Dickson Mbeiky, Shaaban Nditi (c), Ismail Mhesa, Cassian Cassian, Awadh Issa, Salum Kihimbwa, Ally Yusuph, Jafari Kibaya, Issa Issa, Ally SharifuComments Tags: CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19KCCA FCMtibwa Sugartoplast_img read more

Animals Are Not Malthusians

first_imgAccording to Malthus and Darwin, the struggle to survive favors those who have the most fitness to take advantage of limited resources.  A study by the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology in Vienna, reported by PhysOrg shows this is not the case:Charles Darwin and his contemporaries postulated that food consumption in birds and mammals was limited by resource levels, that is, animals would eat as much as they could while food was plentiful and produce as many offspring as this would allow them to.  However, recent research has shown that, even when food is abundant, energy intake reaches a limit, even in animals with high nutrient demands, such as lactating females.  Scientists at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology in Vienna suggest that this is due to active control of maternal investment in offspring in order to maintain long-term reproductive fitness.The research team proposed a different theory: “using energy at close to the maximum rate has costs for animals which may compromise their ability to successfully reproduce in the future.”  The article did not attempt to state this goal-oriented behavior in Darwinian terms.  If natural selection can favor animals that can plan ahead and conserve resources even when they are plentiful, contrary to what Darwin and Malthus assumed, then it is trying to explain opposite outcomes at the same time – the Stuff Happens Law (09/15/2008 commentary).Why should the simplistic statistics of Malthus have been accepted as a glittering generality for all of nature? (see 03/30/2009: “Natural Selection Based on Bad Statistics”).  It seemed intuitively obvious to him that resources grow linearly but reproductive competition increases exponentially, but why should that be so?  Malthus was neither a mathematician nor a field naturalist, yet his simplistic (and wrong) mathematical model influenced a generation.  It profoundly influenced Darwin as he formulated his simplistic theory of natural selection (06/05/2007).  Someone should have questioned the intuition and tested it.  It could have saved the world a lot of trouble (like communism, cutthroat capitalism, World War I and World War II).    So another simplistic Darwinian assumption has been tested and found to be wrong.  Keep up the good work (08/13/2002, 04/02/2004, 05/11/2004, etc.).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio to Kansas photo highlights: Farmers helping farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest March 2017Ohioans got together through Facebook to lend a helping hand to the folks in need in Ashland, Kansas after devastating wildfires burned the area.March 247 a.m: The BAV crew meets up at the Beck’s facility near London.8:30 a.m: The crew congregated at a rest stop near the Indiana state line with media, more than 40 loads of hay, feed, fencing supplies, and other items to start the convoy west.9 a.m. to after 7 p.m.: The convoy cruised due west on I-70 through some brutal crosswinds, a traffic jam or two and some rain showers.7:19 p.m.: BAV crew arrived at the Kansas City Hotel (with the remainder of the Kansas City Group to follow) for a delicious dinner at Joe’s Kansas City BBQ. The rest of the group continued on to Pratt about an hour out from Ashland.March 257:45 a.m.: The groups fueled up for the last push for Ashland. There were a some blown tires, some trailer light repairs and a couple of bounced bales, but all safe and on their way with this truly fantastic crew of folks. The Adam Garman crew headed out from Ohio soon after.10 a.m.: The Morrow County group was getting tired of tire troubles but the day was saved with some new tires (and a healthy dose of generosity) from Big O Tires in Gardener, Kansas. The Pratt crew arrived in Ashland and started the massive task of unloading the first wave of Ohio hay and supplies at area ranches and the feed mill and they begin planning the logistics for the supplies from the Kansas City crew.Around noon: Kayla Worcester with the lead group posted on Facebook as they rolled into Minneola, Kansas: “There is nothing better than passing cars here in Kansas and they are clapping and honking and going crazy seeing us with hay! This is so humbling and I am so unbelievably blessed to have my husband and his good friends and the new friends we’ve made in the last 36 hours!”Noon to 4:30: Ohio groups arrived and unloaded hay and supplies on area farms and drop-off locations. The BAV crew arrived and started tearing out burnt fence posts on the Rhoades Ranch outside of Ashland. Over 467,000 acres were burned and 4,130 miles of fence were destroyed in Clark County alone.8 p.m.: Delicious dinner was provided by Minneola Community Church and then off to get some rest with our gracious host families.March 267 a.m.: The group met at Paraiso Mexican Restaurant in Minneola for, honestly, the best breakfast burrito I have ever eaten. Seriously folks. Go there and get one. Then we traveled to Ashland Christian Service Camp that has been unbelievably gracious and instrumental in coordinating the work efforts of our group with the ranches who could use some help.9 a.m.: My BAV group teamed up with some of the Morrow County group to go work on the ranch of John Kellenberger D.V.M. with Ashland Veterinary Center, Inc. John hasn’t been able to do much about the devastation on his ranch because he has been so busy helping others with their injured cattle and, unfortunately, the grim task of humanely euthanizing many animals in the area. Between our group and a group at another ranch, we tore out multiple miles of ruined barbed wire fence today so they can start the rebuilding process. Another group returned to the Rhoades Ranch to tear out fence posts. Our good friends at Minneola Community Church packed us delicious sack lunches to enjoy.The air smelled like smoke and the ever-present Kansas wind filled our eyes, noses, ears and pores with the mix of fine soil particles and soot. Everything has a coat of black/brown dust. They desperately needed rain to jump start the grass into growing at least enough to hold the soil in place. A few days before our trip other volunteer work crews had to remain idle because fierce winds whipped up the dust to the point that it was not possible or healthy to work. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather (though a bit cold in the morning) to get work done. They even got a little rain shower in the evening in some parts of the county.6:30: We reconvened at the church for dinner. What a great day spent in the company of so many kind-hearted and generous folks from Kansas and Ohio!March 277 a.m.: My housemates and I said our goodbyes to our incredibly kind and gracious hosts, Jack and Suzie Woods from Minneola. We really enjoyed getting to know them during our brief stay. Then it was the same plan as the previous morning — delicious breakfast burritos and and the trip to the Ashland Christian Service Camp to get our work assignments.9 a.m.: Today the whole Ohio group converged on one ranch and we tore out miles of barbed-wire fence before noon. This pasture was burnt completely bare in many areas. There is nothing living to hold the topsoil in many areas and without more rain, many fear the soil will blow away. The fires started near where we worked today and burned incredibly hot. We heard stories of guns melting in fireproof gun safes and coins melting together into a ball from the incredible heat from the fire created by the high winds that led to so many problems. We also heard about volunteer firefighters working to save the homes of others while their own homes burned and neighbors leaving their ranches to take the tractor to plow under the grass and create a fire barrier around homes and buildings. The Clark County community has really rallied but they have a long way to go. We had a great, efficient and hard working crew. Everyone was impressed how much our 24-person Ohio group got done so quickly at every ranch we visited. It should be noted, though, that the enormity of the work that needs done is incredible. This will take years for the community to recover from and we could stay and tear out fence for months and still not get it all done. The need for help with labor in Clark County Kansas will be there for a long time.1:00 p.m.: The Adam Garman group from Southern Ohio rolled into Ashland, Kansas with more hay, feed and supplies as the BAV crew was eating sacked lunches and packing up to leave for home.1:30 p.m.: On the road again for what is hopefully a safe journey for all. More groups from Ohio are making plans to go West, wire cutters in hand!Photos by Sara Tallmadge and Matt Reese. Duane Shawk, Matt Reese, Amanda Kramer (front) Candance Lease, Derek Looker and Sara Tallmadge (Back)and Melinda Witten (not pictured) — the BAV crew is almost home! Great way to tighten a fence. The incredible heat from the fires shows here. The Ohio group tore out quite a bit of barbed wire fence on ranches in Kansas. Group shot after a day working with John Kellenberger D.V.M. and his fantastic family. Girl power with the hard working ladies, Melinda Witten and Sara Tallmadge. Tearing out fence with Mason and Dustin. Grass is starting to come back in some places. This was pasture before the fire First day dirt Group shot after dinner at the church This is a map of the burn area in Clark County featured in the “Clark County Gazette.” Getting closer…The landscape changed dramatically, we’re not in Ohio anymore. Thanks for the kindness Big O Tires in Gardener, Kansas! The Kansas City crew Rose Hartschue gets interviewed by Dave Russell. Luke Dull adds some signage. Four guys, a big truck and a trailer load of generosity including feed, fencing, cover top seed and other supplies. Luke Dull, Montgomery County Two old guys and a trailer load of fence,dog food, calf starter, and barbed wire. Patrick Lehman, Jon Liechty, Brian Walker, Brayden Dues Four guys — Patrick Lehman, Jon Liechty, Brian Walker, Brayden Dues — a big truck and a trailer load of generosity including feed, fencing, cover top seed and other supplies. Jason Hartschuh The impressive Morrow County crew fueling up for the last leg. Jenny Betschart is part of the Giles Ranch that was among the hardest hit in the Clark County fires. Jenny and two of her sisters lost their homes and the ranch lost thousands of acres of crops, ranch land, equipment, horses and cattle. Mason Powell, a fifth grader, from Morrow was the youngest on the trip but he held his own. The kind folks at the Ashland Christian Service Camp have a message for all the people from Ohio who helped the community. Top-notch wire rolling crew! Suzie and Jack Woods were incredibly gracious hosts. Thank you very much! Ramiro Garcia makes a mighty fine breakfast burrito at his Paraiso Mexican Restaurant in Minneola. Ramiro opened his restaurant early to accommodate us and local wind companies paid for our food.last_img read more