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first_imgThe Wolfsburg striker gave team officials sobering concerns, when he injured his shoulder when the Flying Eagles engaged the Olympic team in a friendly match in Abuja last Friday.Though the Under-20 team doctor promptly tended to the shoulder joint injury, the fitness of the striker has continued to bother Coach Emmanuel Amuneke as Nigeria bids to defend the African title in Zambia next year.Flying Eagles camp sources disclosed last night that the medical team has placed Osimhen on a regime of painkillers to mitigate the pains to the affected shoulder and ensure that he features in the match against the East African side.The player, who holds the FIFA U-17 World Cup goal record, is very instrumental to Amuneke’stactics which makes him the links-man in a three -prong attacking formation made up of Funsho Bamgboye and Samuel Chukwueze.The team which holds the African record of seven wins in U20 championships, will travel to Bujumbura tomorrow for the first of the two- legged encounters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram U-20 NATIONS CUP QUALIFIEROlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria Under-20 medical team has continued to sweat on the fitness of Victor Osimhen who had been placed on painkillers ahead of this weekend’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifying encounter against Burundi in Bujumbura.last_img read more


first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “He didn’t really start pitching until he was a sophomore,” said Jim Lambert, the dad, “and before you knew it there were scouts there, every time.”Lambert was held back to pitch that final game that never happened. Odds would have favored him. He pitched 13 times, completed nine games, threw five shutouts and struck out 113 in 93 innings. His ERA was 0.43, like a marked-down cup of yogurt in the dairy case.“We saw what everybody else saw,” Lukens said. “I was probably more impressed during the home visit. He was tremendously focused. There were times when you weren’t sure if he was getting what you were saying, but he’s a processor. He was right there with you.”Lambert also brought a fresh arm to his pro career. He didn’t play travel ball every summer. He followed his older brother Jimmy, and now Jimmy is a starting pitcher for Birmingham, the Double-A affiliate of the White Sox.Lambert committed to UCLA, but the Rockies drafted him in the second round and signed him for $1.49 million, and here he is. He was picked 44th. Only 12 that went ahead of him have made a significant minor league splash, and Atlanta’s Mike Soroka is the only one besides Lambert who is in a rotation..“I was impressed with him two years ago in spring training,” Black said. “He is very professional. Because he doesn’t throw in the high 90s he has to command his fastball. But he’s very calm when you talk to him. Put the ball in his hand and he becomes the baby-faced assassin.”“You’re also proud because he’s a high school right-hander and he got up there in four years,” Lukens said. “That’s a tough group to predict.”A high school lefty can plot his way to the big leagues with deception, angles and funk. The right-handers have to bring stuff that works in the strike zone. Few do, and while the college pitchers can grow into their bodies and have tighter supervision, the high schoolers are dealing with an unrelenting pace of life, often in a faraway place. The minefields are thicker.However, six prep-bred righties are among the top 14 major league pitchers in WHIP (walks and hits,per innings pitched) at the moment: Soroka, Zack Grienke, Lucas Giolito, Charlie Morton, Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi.A more accurate picture might be found in the active career WHP leaders. There, Corey Kluber, Greinke and Adam Wainwright are the only RHPs from high school in the top 20.You don’t join that group in four starts, and Lambert and the Rockies couldn’t make a vicctory Saturday. He did, at least, make another appointment. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Lambert frustrated Cody Bellinger with changeups, left three Dodgers in scoring position, and after he walked leadoff man Joc Pederson he didn’t walk anyone else. His second inning began double-single-single and yet only one Dodger scored.He also banged out two base hits, for the second consecutive game, and scored the first run.As it turned out, it was just a delaying action. Verdugo’s second homer scaled the right-field wall, in the 11th, and was the second consecutive walk-off win for Los Angeles, 5-4.“The elevated pitch count made it tough for Peter to continue,” said Rockies’ manager Bud Black, “but he battled. His curveball was good, his changeup came into play. He kept the ball down, as we wanted, and he just missed with some. But he did fine.”“It was exciting, it was loud in here,” said Lambert, who said he would attend “almost 10” games a year while growing up. “They took a lot of pitches, they made me work out there, but I thought my off-speed stuff was pretty good. I just wish it had turned out a little differently.”center_img Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings PreviousChris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bobbles the ball as Peter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies is safe at second base in the third inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Peter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies scores on a single by teammate Ian Desmond (not pictured) against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPeter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies and former San Dimas High School baseball player throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bobbles the ball as Peter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies is safe at second base in the third inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 3Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bobbles the ball as Peter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies is safe at second base in the third inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are a demanding exam for a young righthander. Sometimes they’re the final one.Peter Lambert, 22, of San Dimas High and the Colorado Rockies, will live to pitch again.In his fourth big-league start, he went five innings Saturday against a trash compactor of an offense that has bashed 85 home runs in 51 starts against righties, with  an .830 OPS.Only one of Lambert’s 98 pitches left the premises, a solo from Alex Verdugo that tied it 3-3, but that’s where the game stayed until Lambert was relieved. To boot, he had to deal with opposing pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, the best lefty in baseball this year. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jon Lukens is the Rockies’ scout who signed Lambert. He was one of many faces and radar guns who gathered at the San Dimas games in 2015, when the Saints won 31 consecutive games and were ranked No. 1 nationally, then lost to Walnut in the CIF Southern Section semifinals.Related Articleslast_img read more


first_imgThe champagne isn’t dry on the Raptors’ NBA title and the Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive deal that could pay him close to $10 million a year with an opportunity for an ownership stake in the team, ESPN reported late Thursday, citing unidentified league sources.With the NBA Finals wrapped up and the Raptors bringing home the first championship in franchise history, the Wizards are expected to reach out to seek formal permission to meet with Ujiri, 48, and, per ESPN, “offer a staggering financial package that would include running the Wizards’ basketball operations and, perhaps, taking on a larger leadership role in the Monumental Sports and Entertainment company that oversees the Wizards and NHL’s Capitals, league sources said.” NBA Finals 2019: 7 key stats from the Raptors’ championship run NBA Finals 2019: 3 reasons why the Raptors beat the Warriors Related News Three questions the Raptors will have to answer this offseason There’s a subplot to the Wizards’ pursuit of Ujiri, who has two years remaining on his contract in Toronto: The Raptors presumably early in this offseason will make a final pitch to free agent and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard about staying with them on a long-term deal.Ujiri’s resume — led by his long-term vision and team-building skill — has pushed him to the top of a Wizards wish list in a search that stalled after Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly rejected a Washington offer on May 20. Interestingly, Ujiri is credited for building the Nuggets into a contender as Denver’s GM before departing for the Raptors in 2013.The Wizards also have interviewed former Hawks and Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry and Thunder executive Troy Weaver, ESPN’s league sources said.last_img read more


first_imgChief Buckner explained that hundreds of people were at the parking lot for a celebration organized by a person in the community.He added that they are looking into whether there could have been more than one shooter. However, there is no further threat to the public, Buckner said.Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, who was at the scene following the incident, said the city did not approve the party and would not allow a gathering of that size, as a result of current restrictions from the pandemic.“We’re going to have to look into how it came to be,” Walsh said.Officers initially responded to reports of a stolen car in the area, just before 9 p.m. Upon arrival, people starting running toward them, saying there was a shooting.Officers did not hear any gunshots, and no arrests have been made, says Buckner. Police in Syracuse, New York, say nine people were shot during a large gathering in a parking lot on Saturday night.According to Police Chief Kenton Buckner, a 17-year-old was shot in the head and is in critical condition.Meanwhile, the other eight victims are expected to survive. Five of the individuals are women and four are men.Syracuse Police released this list of the victims and their injuries:-17-year-old male, shot in the head-23-year-old man shot in the groin and leg-29-year-old man shot in the neck-20-year-old woman shot in the leg-18-year-old woman shot in the leg-19-year-old woman shot in the leg-37-year-old woman shot in the shoulder-22-year-old man shot in the leg-53-year-old woman shot in the back and midsection The area of the shooting has been secured and the crime scene is being processed. Westside residents can leave their homes and please report any information about the shooting to the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222.— Syracuse Police Department (@SyracusePolice) June 21, 2020last_img read more


first_imgEverybody was there. Endless shoes, sneakers and boots bordered the embankment. Cars were lined up dropping off kids and neighborhood friends and classmates would skate together after school until it turned dark. On weekends we skated all morning, went home for lunch, warmed up, then piled on the winter clothes again, and off we went! When the pond would begin to freezeafter several days of extremely frigidweather, very often during the latter partof November, we would begin our endlesscalls to the Fair Haven Police Departmentasking, “Is Schwenker’s Pond safe enoughto skate on?” “Can we skate yet?” Once we were ready to go, with skates tied around the back of our muffler encircled necks, we ran through the hedges, crossed Lake Avenue and jostled down the hill. When we landed on the western side of this beautiful frozen wonderland, the fun was just about to begin. Conveniently, an ancient, just the right size, upright tree trunk was there for us to sit and get our skates on. Years of past skaters had left their initials carved in the wood, many surrounded with hearts and dates, so this tree trunk had quite a story to tell. Maybe we packed a picnic lunch ofpeanut butter and jelly sandwiches andKool-Aid. A whole summer’s afternoon atSchwenker’s Pond would provide us withan adventurous day in this peaceful Edenof nature’s bliss. So “kudos” to you, Mr. Rice, and the town of Fair Haven for a wonderful visionary idea! One of the things I loved and remembered the most was the scary sound of the ice cracking while it was expanding and contracting. When the answer was, “yes, safe toskate,” we would whoop and holler “let’sgo!” Contributed by Maria Innacelli Mullevey, Red Bank I can’t forget to mention the small fires that burned in a hollowed-out tree on Chestnut Street where the pond met the shore. By today’s standards of fire and children’s safety, this wouldn’t even be a considered thought, but way back then there was this great, tall, hollowed-out tree near the front of Schwenker’s Pond and Chestnut Street. When our toes were close to being frostbitten we would skate over to the tree. A fire would be burning under the watchful eyes of parents and we would take a respite to warm our frozen mittens and frigid feet. Marshmallows were impaled on found sticks and hot chocolate was shared from random thermoses brought by parents and neighbors. Rosy cheeks, smiles and the warmth of community emanated from this place of long ago. center_img The waterfall draining to Shippee’s Pond to the Navesink River under River Road ran fast and clear. On hot summer days when we weren’t at the beach, we brought our bamboo poles and worms to try and catch some sunfish or carp. We fed stale bread brought from home to the multitude of mallards that swam near us that eagerly snapped it up looking for more. Now in the summertime, Schwenker’sPond was a whole other story. Then there was a game we playedcalled “Whip.” Maybe 10 or more kidswould hold hands and skate down thepond with a very strong skater at thelead. Then at the leader’s whim, he or shewould yell “whip!” That lead skater wouldcome to a swift halt, swing us around andthen we’d break our grip and glide happilyto our newfound destination. “Wow, let’sdo it again!” As I end my joyful reminiscing of a long ago childhood that I wish for my grand- children today, I can only tell a story of what life was like for their grandma in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, memories are captured on mobile phone cameras. This can be a good thing – and I do this myself – but there is nothing that can replace a good old-fashioned storytelling of how simple life used to be. Even today, when I drive past Schwenker’s Pond, a smile appears on my face. I would like to congratulate and encourage the town of Fair Haven and Mr. Brian Rice to move forward with their creative plan to revitalize Schwenker’s Pond as a “pocket park” that would serve the community well. Strolls along this pond would be a peaceful respite for many and the glory of all four seasons would be enjoyed. I was so happy to have read the recent article in The Two River Times by Chris Rotolo concerning the revitalization and transformation of Schwenker’s Pond. I grew up in Red Bank on Mori Place, a little tree-lined, dead-end street off Harrison Avenue. Our house backed up to a tall privet hedge that connected us to Lake Avenue. Access to Schwenker’s Pond was a breeze – just pass through the neighborly gap in the hedge, cross Lake Avenue and you were there! Mrs. Schwenker was a kind elderly citizen of Fair Haven who allowed the neighborhood kids to pass through her property and down the hill. I have to admit it though, I never once laid eyes on her. While blissful kids skated from the front of the pond at River Road all the way to the back of the pond at Chestnut Street, tired skaters rested for a while on a fallen tree that had frozen into the ice, until it was time to make their journey back to River Road. It wasn’t uncommon to peer into the glistening glory of the clear ice to observe golden carp swimming about as we stopped to watch their voyage, maybe to Shippee’s Pond. last_img read more


first_imgSocial rugby also focuses on the fun factor, so there is an award for the most social team. This year, that went to the Chilliwack team – the Chilliwack/Chuckanut Platypuses.“(They) came dressed in their neon tights and form fitting costumes, showed no shame and hoisted a pint and shared a laugh with everyone else out there,” said Glaser.The tournament stands out because it is the only Rugby team in the Boundary. To make it even more special, the teams got to play with a custom-made, cowhide ball made in Greenwood at Ingram Creek Saddlery. This one-of-a-kind ball had its own personality, which added “unknowns” to the game, according to Glaser.There were four men’s teams at the tournament plus a couple mixed teams. One team was made up of “Old Boys,” referees and women. There was also a mixed team made up of women from Nelson and a few of the Scribes men. Glaser had hoped more teams would come out but a few last minute dropouts kept the teams small. He’s optimistic the tournament will gain in popularity and expects there to be twice as many teams next year.Glaser is happy with how the tournament went. The crowd had fun and felted welcomed by the Greenwood community. He credits Greenwood Coun. Barry Noll with helping the weekend go smoothly. Greenwood’s first annual social rugby tournament — held Aug 3 to 5 — was deemed a success with the Trail Colonials coming out ahead. Organized Oliver Glaser said the Colonials won a “very hard fought, final match” against the East Vancouver Scribes with the game ending 35 to 20.Glaser subbed in many of the games that weekend and felt the final match was the most intense of them all.last_img read more


first_imgALAMEDA — There was a new twist Wednesday to the musical chairs nature of the Raiders’ offensive line.With both Rodney Hudson and Andre James out with ankle injuries and newly-signed Erik Magnuson just getting up to speed, left guard Richie Incognito worked at center during practice.“I last played center in 2010, a little emergency duty for Miami,” Incognito said following practice. “It’s been a while.”Hudson was at the facility and was spotted walking without a limp from the locker room …last_img


first_img(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The geysers of Saturn’s little moon are like sheets instead of jets, spelling trouble for theories of its ancient age and possible life.Enceladus has been in the news lately. Astrobiology Magazine (a NASA public outlet) is one of several news sources that reported on a new interpretation of the little moon’s south-pole geysers. New analysis of the plumes suggests that the eruptions come out in sheets or curtains, rather than individual jets. “Many features that appear to be individual jets of material erupting along the length of prominent fractures in the moon’s south polar region might be phantoms created by an optical illusion, according to the new study.”Although the paper in Nature does not explicitly say so, the appearance of “broad vertical curtains extending over many kilometres of fracture” would seem to imply a greater volume of expelled material than previously thought. If so, this would require accounting for the mass loss over time.The extent of mass loss from Enceladus is visible in new pictures from a distance, showing icy tendrils emerging from the plumes and feeding Saturn’s E ring (Astrobiology Magazine).  For the first time, planetary scientists were able to trace the tendrils down to the plumes on the surface. Cassini scientists also observed changes in the tendrils over the time, which they believe is associated with changes in tidal flexing from Saturn’s gravity.There is even more that can be extracted from the images, the scientists say. “As the supply lanes for Saturn’s E ring, the tendrils give us a way to ascertain how much mass is leaving Enceladus and making its way into Saturn orbit,” said Carolyn Porco, team leader for the imaging experiment and a coauthor on the paper. “So, another important step is to determine how much mass is involved, and thus estimate how much longer the moon’s sub-surface ocean may last.” An estimate of the lifetime of the ocean is important in understanding the evolution of Enceladus over long timescales.No estimates were given in the articles, but certainly this rate of mass loss has a time limit. Space.com didn’t address this question either.A recent paper in Icarus says that the vents must be large to account for the size and quantity of micron-size grains that are condensing in the vents before being expelled at escape velocity into space.Life?A dubious press release from Carnegie Science claims that “Geochemical processes on Saturn’s moon linked to life’s origin.” No life has been found, obviously – not even close. What they’re referring to is the pH of the water in the subsurface ocean. Surprisingly, that pH is highly alkaline:The team’s model, constrained by observational data from two Cassini teams, including one led by coauthor Waite, shows that the plume, and by inference the ocean, is salty with an alkaline pH of about 11 or 12, which is similar to that of glass-cleaning solutions of ammonia. It contains the same sodium chloride (NaCl) salt as our oceans here on Earth. Its additional substantial sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) makes the ocean more similar to our planet’s soda lakes such as Mono Lake in California or Lake Magadi in Kenya. The scientists refer to it as a “soda ocean.”So what does that have to do with life? The authors admit that the chemical process producing these observations is most likely serpentinization at depth, a process wherein fluids interact with ultramafic (magnesium-rich) lava. The fluid becomes strongly alkaline in that process. The implications for life seem stretched:“Why is serpentinization of such great interest? Because the reaction between the metallic rocks and the ocean water also produces molecular hydrogen (H2), which provides a source of chemical energy that is essential for supporting a deep biosphere in the absence of sunlight inside moons and planets,” Glein said. “This process is central to the emerging science of astrobiology, because molecular hydrogen can both drive the formation of organic compounds like amino acids that may lead to the origin of life, and serve as food for microbial life such as methane-producing organisms. As such, serpentinization provides a link between geological processes and biological processes. The discovery of serpentinization makes Enceladus an even more promising candidate for a separate genesis of life.”If hydrogen justifies a springboard to speculations about life, one might as well look for life in the interiors of stars, where hydrogen is plentiful. As for life in soda lakes on Earth like Mono Lake, nobody believes that the brine flies, seagulls and other organisms in that body’s rich ecology emerged from the alkaline waters of the lake; rather, pre-existing life forms colonized the lake and became adapted to its alkalinity as water levels declined in geologically recent times.EuropaIt’s curtain’s for Europa, too. “Europa’s Elusive Water Plume Paints Grim Picture For Life,” Elizabeth Howell writes for Space.com. That’s because the elusive plume was probably a rare occurrence coming from a meteorite strike. Howell explains why this is a downer for astrobiologists:Europa would need to have fissures in its surface to allow for contact between its underground ocean and the combined effects of the magnetosphere and solar input on its surface. The energy input would include gravitational flexing by Jupiter in addition to the sun and magnetosphere. If Europa’s plume is a rare event, this means there are likely few or no cracks in the surface. Europa might be a socked-in icy ball with a barren ocean below.Conclusion: if the output from the surface is small, “this would have grim implications for the prospect of life on Europa.” For years, Europa has been one of the leading candidates for bodies in our solar system likely to harbor life beyond the Earth.CeresSpeaking of eruptions, cross off activity on Ceres. New images from the DAWN spacecraft show the bright spots to be highly reflective material on the surface, possibly ice, shining brightly at certain angles to the sun, not signs of active vents (JPL and BBC News). The mission is just beginning its scientific observations of the largest asteroid.Certainly, the mass loss rate on Enceladus (or any active body) is linked to the possibility of life. If Enceladus is young, Darwinism is dead. Charlie counted on vast ages for his miracles of emergence to occur; that’s why he could hide his miracles in the mists of an unobservable prehistory.It’s uncanny how non-specific the reporters and scientists are about the mass loss rate. The moyboys must know that that it’s a huge challenge to their views. If Enceladus has been erupting material at this prodigious rate for billions of years, it would be long gone by now. There is also no mechanism for generating that kind of interior heat for vast ages.It will be interesting to see what’s going on at Pluto this July.last_img read more


first_img29 October 2014South African businessman Patrice Motsepe has donated US$1-million to the fight against Ebola in West Africa.Motsepe, Founder of the Motsepe Foundation and Executive Chairman and Founder of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) made the commitment to Guinea a few weeks ago to assist the country with clinical management, social mobilisation, medical coordination and other key mechanisms of controlling the disease.Guinea, together with Liberia and Sierra Leone, have been worst hit by the epidemic which has claimed over 5 000 lives since March 2014.“According to the World Health Organisation, Ebola is an epidemic in certain countries in West Africa. However the impact of the disease has potentially far- reaching consequences for West Africa, Africa and the world. It is a global issue which requires the global community to work together and bring an end to the disease’ said Motsepe.Motsepe called on the African and international business community and the medical fraternity to continue contributing and assisting to fight the disease which has claimed thousands of lives in the latest outbreak.Western nations and international development banks are the biggest donors do far. According to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) US$493-million has been donated to the fight against Ebola, with donated so far with US$279-million in pledges.On 8 November, the African Union (AU) will host an African business summit in Addis, Ethiopia to raise funds to fight Ebola.In September, the South African government launched a R250-million Ebola Fund aimed at corporates. The fund has so far managed to raise R16.5-million in cash and kind. The South African government, on the other hand, has budgeted financial and material support of R32.5-million.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more