Schoolboy players inconsistent – Stewart

first_imgVeteran coach Bradley Stewart believes the current Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions are gifted with talented players, but points to faulty thinking and decision-making for inconsistent performances and poor results.”Young players will one day play up here. Another day, they play down here. Until we can get the majority of our players to be thinking the same way, we are gonna have problems,” he said of teams in the competition.Stewart, a former assistant coach for the Reggae Boyz, is now in his second season in charge of Calabar High. Before that, he won the Walker Cup title at Jamaica College.The coach maintains that he is hopeful of Calabar’s chances this season, considering that about half of last year’s team have returned.He said Calabar’s strengths are coordination and passing, but again blamed inconsistent defending in games.The Red Hills Road-based school remains unbeaten with two wins and two draws, and lie in second place in Group A on eight points, two behind defending champions Jamaica College, who they drew 2-2 with in their first game this season.WEAKNESS AMONG TEAMS”What I would suggest is that consistency is not necessarily a strength of schoolboy players. When you look at St George’s College, they were able to beat a team 9-0 in the second match. They still won the [other] game, but by two goals against a team that is not regarded as championship contender,” assessed Stewart.He added: “When you look out in the country for example, Cornwall College demolished a team 8-1, then drew the other game 1-1. So there seems to be a inconsistency among young players – how they themselves see the game, how they see opposing teams. A lot of times, this factors into how they approach games.”The coach also criticised aspects of refereeing in the match where Calabar drew 1-1 with Clan Carthy High, which was played at the Alpha Boys’ football field last Friday.last_img read more

What Do You Get When You Cross a Lion with a Tiger?

first_imgA liger, that’s what.  No kidding: you get a big cat with a mane and faint stripes that likes to play in the water.  National Geographic News has a special article, with photos, about ligers.This is offered without much comment, just for those who want to learn about something unusual in the animal kingdom, and what it means about species, taxonomy, genetics, etc.  A mule is another example of this kind of thing.    Some of our readers pointed out a statement in the article that qualifies for nomination as Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Lion-tiger mating occurs in captivity.  But it does not happen in the wild, probably for the same reason humans do not breed with gorillas or chimps.”  Don’t visualize that, now; is NG suggesting that bestiality is wrong only on pragmatic grounds?  Don’t tell the Koreans or they will want to experiment with this.  Pretty soon there will be debates about humilla rights.  Better keep certain people out of the primate cages in the San Francisco Zoo.  Aside from ethical amorality, NG seems to be assuming, without warrant, that such a thing is even biologically possible, or on the same level as liger or mule hybridization.  It makes an implicit Darwinistic assumption that the line between humans and chimps is blurry.    The next paragraph mentions a biological reason that is not helpful for Charlie’s little story: “‘Crossing the species line’ does not generally occur in the wild, because ‘it would result in diminished fitness of the offspring,’ said Ronald Tilson, director of conservation at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.”  Well, there you have it.  Fitness is maintained by living things reproducing after their kind.  Even staunch creationists accept diversification within created kinds.  A liger represents a blending of pre-existing characteristics, not the origination of new ones.  Turn ligers loose in the wild and they would probably revert to the parent forms, or go extinct.  There is enough genetic variability within the Felidae, however, to account for a fair amount of the diversity seen in today’s cat populations since the creation.  Habitat differences can sort out characters, creationists agree.  They just deny that environments make cats “emerge” from mythological precats or protopussies.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Farm Succession Workshop in Celina Jan. 30

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A workshop on farm transition and succession will be held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 30, 2019, at Romer’s Catering at Westlake, 1100 S. Main St., Celina.This event is designed to help families develop a succession plan for their farm business, learn ways to transfer management skills and the farm’s business assets from one generation to the next and learn how to have conversations about the future of one’s farm. Attendees are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop.Featured speakers will include David Marrison, OSU associate professor; extension educator, attorney Robert Moore with Wright & Moore Law Co., Peggy Hall, OSU assistant professor and an attorney in agricultural law; and Denny Riethman, Mercer County OSU Extension educator. Registration is limited to the first 60 people. The cost is $20 per person and $30 per couple. The registration deadline is Jan. 23. Contact the Mercer County OSU Extension Office at 419-586-2179 to register.Topics covered during the workshop will include:• key questions to answer when planning for the future of the family farm business.• family communication in the farm-transition process.• analyzing the family farm business/keeping the business competitive into the future.• providing income for multiple generations.• developing the next generation of farm managers• farm succession with multiple offspring and family members: fair versus equal.• retirement strategies.• preparing for the unexpected.• strategies to get farm and family affairs in order.• analyzing risk in today’s world.• long-term health-care issues and costs.• farm business structures and their role in estate and transition planning.• estate and transfer strategies.• buy/sell agreements.• trusts and life insurance.• tax implications of estate and transition planning.• information needed by an attorneylast_img read more

Over to Oslo

first_imgI was at a pavement cafe on Karl Johans Gate, described fittingly as the Champs-Elysees of the North, flipping through the pages of Edvard Munch in Oslo. I stopped at a drawing of this elegant high street by Norway’s best known painter–not the least because his famous Scream has been stolen enough times to embarrass Norwegian security. Munch had captured Karl Johans circa 1880 in a series of lithographs. And here I was, gawking at the passing parade along the same street, preserved with care, to remain much as Munch must have seen it.It was an enjoyable way to spend an icy April morning. And as I sat there, the occasional snowflake floated into my glass of Ringnes beer. I had arrived a few days before, expecting to feel spring in the air, but landing instead into the Christmas card snowscape that was Oslo’s Gardemoen airport. However, this efficient little airport is well-prepared for the worst weather, employing huge machines and smart technology to de-ice airplane wings even in deepest winter. Not surprisingly, it was voted the most punctual European airport of 2010.The fetching capital of Norway is snowbound for much of the year, but that’s no reason not to get out and enjoy its myriad attractions. The outdoorsy Norwegians say, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.’ So slip into the right gear and you’re good to go around Oslo, a city compact enough to explore on foot for the most part. Strolling along Karl Johans Gate in the heart of the city is a must-do. There’s the Norwegian parliament at one end–and it’s not unusual to see a minister or two cycling in the vicinity. A far cry from our ministerial entourages, I thought, whenever such a dignitary was pointed out to me. At the other end, crowning a slope is the royal palace. All along are cafes, bars and the legendary Grand Hotel, from whose balcony the Nobel Peace Prize winners greet the crowd. There’s also a Freia boutique, which will please even the most sophisticated chocolate fiend. Norway’s chocolate, though less known than its Belgian counterpart, is world class. They say the two things that Norwegians miss most when they travel abroad is their chocolate and the sweet water from the glaciers that is available on tap. Drink it, and you’ll understand the fuss.A short walk from Karl Johans is Aker Brygge, a fjord-front development and another example of the Norwegian flair for preserving their heritage while giving it a modern purpose. Here, a pile of old warehouses has been turned into a trendy hub of restaurants, bars and shops. Among the string of restaurants, which includes everything from steakhouses to TGIF, is D/S Louise–a restaurant with a nautical theme, which is one of Oslo’s best places for tucking into a large bowl of Moules Marinieres (mussels cooked in white wine). At the water’s edge is an old ship that has been turned into a bar and restaurant. And I can’t think of a better way to spend a Oslo evening than to sit here, sip bellinis, admire the imposing medieval Akershus fortress across the water and watch the boats glide by.It’s a perfect way to round off a day of sightseeing. And there’s plenty to see. To begin with, Oslo is a city with a diverse array of museums. The picturesque Bygdoy peninsula is where you’ll find the Viking Ship Museum, showcasing the country’s glorious seafaring past, and the Kon-Tiki museum. Here, marvel at how the intrepid voyager Thor Heyerdahl crossed the oceans in so seemingly fragile a craft. The Folk Museum, arranged in a wooded expanse, gives you a glimpse into the history of Norway’s indigenous people such as the Sami from Lapland.While you may pick and choose between the museums, nearly all visitors to Oslo go to Vigeland Park, the vast, green space housing the impressive, frequently shocking, works of Gustav Vigeland. Amid the trees, flowerbeds and fountains are set the sculptor’s nude figures, entwined, twisted and contorted in the most fascinating shapes.Life in Oslo is defined by its unique location, bound as it is by a fjord on one side and steep, wooded slopes on the other. The fjord allows for all manner of water sport and activities, including a bouquet of fun boat rides. If romance is your thing, take a sunset cruise and dine aboard on the Norwegian speciality of prawns and mayonnaise paired with a crisp white wine.The woods and steep climbs offer another clutch of things to do. A short drive from the city centre is Holmenkollen, venue of the World Ski Championship. It affords superlative views of the city and if you, like me, are no adventure sport enthusiast, you can still experience the thrills of a ski jump in a simulator.In fact, its proximity to pristine nature is one of Oslo’s charms, and few other capital cities are blessed in this manner. You realise how close when you see signs for ‘Elk Crossing’ only a short while after leaving the city centre. Hit the suburbs and you could find yourself trekking in quiet woods and picking berries in summer. The fleeting summer is when this city shows off its best side. Every park is filled with picnickers and Aker Brygge bristles with revellers, listening to buskers, drinking and eating at the seafood stalls set up at the water’s edge.The city’s superlative food is bound to impress the gourmet. The bread is as good as in any Parisian bakery, the butter, sweet. You will eat well everywhere in Oslo, whether in its Michelin-starred restaurants–expensive, but not more so than many of our five-star places–or the many stylish eateries and casual cafÅs. Chefs turn out delightful dishes, drawing out the best of seasonal ingredients–spring lamb, to salt-baked trout, smoked pheasant and venison with wild mushrooms. And if you’re game enough, try the traditional pickled herrings, reindeer meat and elk sausage.Summer is also when you can have the unusual experience of setting out for a night of clubbing while the sun is still bright and emerging at 3 a.m. or thereabouts, again into bright daylight. This is the land of the midnight sun, remember? The nightlife caters to every taste–from funky places in the various ethnic quarters where you can also dine on Turkish and Moroccan food, to gay and lesbian bars, and uber chic spots downtown. Don’t shy away from getting a taste of the nightlife even if you are travelling solo. Norwegians are friendly, even more when they’ve had a few drinks. They are almost always polite and cordial. In fact, the only things that seem to irk them are honking on the roads and fumbling in a supermarket checkout queue! Their equanimity must have something to do with the fact that Oslo is repeatedly rated one of the world’s most liveable cities. And even the most jaded, been there-done that traveller is bound to come under the spell of this easy-going city. At a glanceadvertisementadvertisementGetting there: Air France, Lufthansa and KLM fly from major Indian cities to Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam respectively. There are connections to Oslo from all three.Fare: Rs. 45,000 approxWhen to go: June, July, August are the brightest months but Oslo is also worth experiencing in autumn and winter.Must doStayLuxury: At the upper end of the scale is the Radisson Blu Plaza, starting from Rs. 15,000 approx; www.radissonblu.comAffordable: Centrally located, the Perminalen Hotel offers good prices for families. Their four-bedded rooms cost around Rs. 3,000 a night. www.perminalen.comadvertisementEat: At Michelin-starred restaurants such as Bagatelle ( if you wish to splurge. But the seafood and meat is good everywhere.Shop: For woollens and souvenirs from Norway Designs, a delightful gallery-cum-shop in the heart of Oslo; www.norwaydesigns.noSee: The ya Music Festival is the high point in Oslo’s cultural year. The dates for 2011 are August 9 to 13; www.oyafestivalen.comFYISound of Music: There is no dearth of music in the Norwegian capital. Grenerlikka, the district where the renowned Munch museum is located, is where experimental jazz concerts are held at open spaces almost every weekend. For live music as a whole, Grenerlikk also boasts some good pubs and cafes, but the hub is located back along Mllergata (the road linking the district with the city centre) and the parallel Torggata Road leading towards the large Rockefeller Complex.Hot DealWeekend offer: Book online for 2 night/ 3 day weekend stay at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel and save more than 20%. Rates start at Euro 299. www.radissonblu.comlast_img read more