The Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) board last month unanimously recommended South Africa to host the tournament in six years’ time.Yet World Rugby Council members on Wednesday voted in favour of the France bid, despite South Africa being picked out as a “clear leader” a couple of weeks before decision day.France presented the tournament solo for the first time in 2007, having played joint-host in 1991 with the UK and Ireland, and they will also stage the 10th edition of the tournament.Congratulations to France who have been awarded Rugby World Cup 2023 following World Rugby Council’s vote #RWC2023 pic.twitter.com/JJ35aDVZVX— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 15, 2017The successful French bid received 18 votes in the first round of voting to South Africa’s 13, with only eight in favour of Ireland.A decisive second round of voting resulted in France getting 24 votes to South Africa’s 15.World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “I think we’ve been fortunate to have three great bids and certainly there’s going to be two of the countries extremely disappointed.”Obviously delighted for France that they’ve run a World Cup before, they have run events before and I think it will be a really exciting tournament.”South Africa were expected to get the vote to stage the tournament for a second time, having hosted a 1995 World Cup which was won by the Springboks.SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said: “We are bitterly disappointed at this decision and would like to apologise to the people and government of South Africa for raising their hopes.”We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today. “We produced a compelling bid document that earned the unanimous recommendation of the Rugby World Cup Ltd board. That recommendation was questioned last week by rivals, but endorsed a second time by World Rugby last week. “However, the view of the experts and World Rugby’s leadership was overturned by World Rugby Council members, who may have had other factors to take into account.”We cannot hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: The Webb Ellis Cup, presented to rugby’s world champions
A Kurutuka, Baramita, Region One (Barima-Waini) man had to be medevacked to the city late Friday evening after he was hit to the head with a rolling pin that left him in an unconscious state.Reports are that William Thomas, 40, was rushed to a nearby medical facility following an argument with a female who allegedly struck him with the rolling pin.Medical personnel in the area were unable to treat him and after 36 hours of being in an unconscious state medevacked him to the city via Roraima Airways.
Some 513 complaints were made against members of the Guyana Police Force last year, according to the Police Complaints Authority Chairman, Justice William Ramlall.The PCA is responsible for receiving complaints of specific cases of misconduct by members of the Police Force.Of the 513 complaints made, 159 were rejected, 276 are closed, 98 are pending investigation and five were referred to the Police Service Commission or the Police Disciplinary Authority for advice.Justice Ramlall explained during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) that when someone makes a complaint, they are interviewed almost immediately by one of the eight investigators of the PCA. A statement is then taken and acted upon once there is merit to the complaint being made. This is necessary since many times; persons were found to have made false reports against officers.Some of the areas a complaint can be lodged against an officer include neglect of duty, assault, unlawful arrest and unlawful stop and search, among others. Once a matter is investigated and the officer is found guilty, penalties are suggested to be handed down by the Authority.Last September, Justice Ramlall was sworn in by President David Granger as Chairman of the PCA.
Vocational training, given through Hart’s Regional Occupational Program, gave Ellsworth a way to finish school quicker while getting the real-world experience he craved. Theresa Competelli, assistant manager of BJ’s, said Ellsworth is definitely wise beyond his years. “He really wowed us,” Competelli said, adding that many high schoolers are not as lucky – or as mature – as Ellsworth, who was hired. Program instructor John Moskal nominated Ellsworth for the top honor, praising him for his maturity. Ellsworth’s strong work ethic and dedication in class made Moskal take notice. He was surprised when he realized that Ellsworth’s high school, Opportunities for Learning Charter School, wouldn’t have a real place to house the district award. Ellsworth said alternative schools and vocational programs are not always for the “bad” kids. “When I tell people I am home-schooled, they always think that I’m not smart. … Well, I’m up there,” he said. “I just wasn’t meant for regular high school.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254 When Ellsworth was named the top student in the Hart Union High School District’s job-training program last week, it wasn’t the recognition he was most excited about. He’s far happier that he is weeks away from graduating high school – a feat that just a few years ago he wasn’t sure he would accomplish. Like thousands of kids who drop out of school, Ellsworth said traditional high school bored him. “I always had older friends, and I kind of wanted school to be over,” he said. After enrolling in a home-school independent study program, Ellsworth still felt like something was missing. VALENCIA – Running hot plates of food to hungry patrons eagerly waiting at their tables isn’t Wesley Ellsworth’s idea of a dream job. But running a restaurant with his family is, and this 18-year-old says his job at BJ’s Restaurant in Valencia is his ticket into the food industry. “My dad and brother love to cook, and I always envisioned running the restaurant,” Ellsworth said. “But my dad always said get a career going first, and once you’ve made some money we can talk about opening a restaurant.”
TAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor is hosting a free BBQ tonight to help residents learn more about being ready for emergencies.In attendance at the event, which recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week, will be Taylor’s Fire and Rescue Services, ESS, and RCMP, along with more of their industry partners.A bouncy castle and prizes will also be featured.- Advertisement -Emergency Preparedness week runs from May 1 through to 7. The BBQ tonight starts at 5:30 p.m. at the District of Taylor Hall.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…West Ham are considering an audacious bid for Jamie Vardy. Leicester’s Thai owners insist they intend keeping their top stars including the 29-year-old, who has scored 24 League goals this season. However, West Ham believe that, on the back of their move to the Olympic Stadium and an influx of quality players, they can attract stars of the calibre of the England forward. (London Evening Standard)Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been spotted meeting Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson for lunch. The pair, along with Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez, were snapped outside Scott’s Restaurant in London’s Mayfair on Tuesday. The pictures have heightened speculation on social media that Ferguson could be working on behalf of the Old Trafford giants to persuade Pochettino to replace Louis van Gaal this summer. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are lining up a £25million summer move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. United looked at Varane in 2011, under Sir Alex Ferguson, but instead signed Phil Jones from Blackburn for £16million. But the 23-year-old France defender is back on United’s radar, ahead of a potential summer switch from the Bernabeu to Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United insist they pulled the plug on any potential deal to sign Portugal teen sensation Renato Sanches. Benfica starlet Sanches, 18, has signed for Bayern Munichin a £28million deal that could end up rising to £63m. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for criticism from the club’s fans for failing to land Sanches. But United sources insist the club ended the prospect of any potential deal back in February, to look at alternative targets, leaving the way clear for Bayern to land Sanches. (Daily Mirror)Alexis Sanchez could be set to end his two-year stay at Arsenal with Serie A champions Juventus leading the race for his signature. The Chile forward has been a key player for Arsene Wenger since making a £30million move to the Emirates from Barcelona in July 2014. But with the Gunners once again failing to challenge for major honours and unable to add to two FA Cup triumphs in the previous two years this season, the 27-year-old could move on. (Daily Mail)Thibaut Courtois will tell new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte he wants to QUIT when they hold formal talks. The keeper is eyeing the exit after the Blues’ failure to hold on to their Champions League status. Courtois, previously on loan at Atletico Madrid, is already on the radar of Real Madrid. (The Sun)Jurgen Klopp is looking to raid the Bundesliga for attacking duo Mario Gotze and Marco Reus. The Liverpool boss is planning to reshape his squad in the summer ahead of his first full season in charge at Anfield and wants to snap up the Germany internationals. (Daily Star)Fulham are preparing for the departure of Ross McCormack after it emerged the striker has a £12 million buy-out clause in his contract. McCormack can leave the Championship club for a set figure as part of an agreement written into the new deal he signed in February, with Aston Villa and Norwich considering moves this summer. (Daily Telegraph)Swansea City are considering a return for Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony. The Ivory Coast international made the £25million move to Manchester in January last year but has barely figured in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up as he fills a supporting role for Sergio Aguero. (Daily Mail)Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is set to keep his job at the Liberty Stadium next season. Guidolin has steered Swansea to safety since arriving at the club in January, and is set to be rewarded with a new contract. (Daily Mirror)Alex Neil will remain as Norwich boss, even if the Canaries are relegated. The drop could come in the next 24 hours if Sunderland beat Everton but Neil has been told his job is safe by chairman Ed Balls, despite the resignation of chief executive David McNally this week. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?‘This season will be a MASSIVE FAILURE if Man City don’t make top four’ – Superfan Noel Gallagher SLAMS Blues flopsDietmar Hamann on Rafa Benitez: ‘If there is one club he will go into the Championship with, it is Newcastle’Dietmar Hamann calls on Liverpool to snub Tottenham’s £20m interest in Adam Lallana‘Only 50 per cent’ chance of Arsenal target Alvaro Morata staying at Juventus, admits Turin chiefClaudio Ranieri confirms Leicester interest in Italian striker Gianluca LapadulaWest Ham preparing summer move for ex-Manchester United defender RafaelMiralem Pjanic to be offered new Roma deal as Chelsea and Liverpool circle midfielderBournemouth transfer news: Sporting Gijon defender Bernardo Espinosa close to sealing free transfer switchManchester United step up pursuit of Valencia’s Andre Gomes after Renato Sanches snubJuventus face competition from Tottenham to sign Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi
Whoriskey’s famous Christmas lights in KerrykeelMichael and Mary Whoriskey’s Christmas lights have become a huge attraction for people around Kerrykeel and further afield in recent years.The lights have managed to raise thousands of euro for deserving charities.This Saturday night at 8pm, former Donegal Person of the Year, Fergus Cleary will switch on the lights at the couple’s home at Ranny, Kerrykeel. This year all proceeds will be going to the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital and hot chocolate and mince pies will be served to everyone by the Whoriskey family.Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the festivities. WHORISKEYS ARE LEADING LIGHTS AGAIN THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 30th, 2012 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:Christmas lightsKERRYKEELWhoriskeys
McKinleyville >> It’s not often that the St. Bernard’s Crusaders and their explosive, high-octane offense has more yards on the ground than through the air. But if the Crusaders are anything, it’s resourceful.Both Garrison Roach and TJ Campbell ran for over 100 yards as St. Bernard’s used a balanced attack to beat the Arcata Tigers 48-14 on Saturday at McKinleyville High School.“We knew coming in they were going to run two high safeties and they were going to drop seven to eight into coverage …
A new catalog of colliding galaxy images has been released by the Hubble Space Science Institute. The 59 images show “close encounters that sometimes end in grand mergers and overflowing sites of new star birth as the colliding galaxies morph into wondrous new shapes.” The release coincided with the 18th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. Space.com and Science Daily covered the story, as did Jet Propulsion Lab that built the camera used by the Hubble. To see all the images and their captions, visit the Cosmic Collisions Galore! catalog page.The universe as revealed by modern astronomical instruments indicates dynamic processes that appear to have taken long periods of time. This may be a challenge to Biblical creationists. What do the images mean? We should keep in mind several caveats of interpretation. As with any piece of scientific evidence, the data are on the surface of the earth in the present. The photons from these sources are gathered up in real time by telescopes here on the earth. The human mind projects “realities” out in space based on a combination of facts, assumptions and interpretations. Just as photons are focused and magnified by a telescope lens, the resultant galaxies we think we understand are “scientific objects” that are filtered through the theoretical lens of what finite humans perceive them to be. Recall that, just last week, the Galex telescope revealed arcs of hydrogen far beyond the visible arms of galaxy M83 (04/21/2008). Those invisible parts, which surprised the discoverers, now become part of the new reification of the term “galaxy.” There are other invisible parts astronomers speak of, such as dark matter and dark energy. In addition, astronomers maintain a host of assumptions about the processes that brought these objects into their current form. The press release speaks of astronomers watching stars being born, when actually, all they are seeing is light in the present. No man could ever watch the whole process of star birth. Observations of stars are taken to represent stages in theoretical models. It becomes difficult to see where observation ends and theory begins. A feel for how difficult is apparent when one considers that the assumptions and interpretations about which early 20th century astronomers felt confident changed dramatically since Edwin Hubble first wrote his epochal papers on the nature of the spiral nebulae he observed in the 1920s.The word galaxy itself reveals the historical character of scientific interpretation. From the Latin root for milk, galaxy prior to 1923 meant The Milky Way – The Galaxy, which at the time was assumed to constitute the entire universe. By extension, “galaxies” means “Milky Ways” since after Hubble, astronomers reinterpreted the spiral nebulae to be comparable scientific objects to the Milky Way, but far beyond it. Some called them “island universes” (a logical contradiction, since there can only be one uni-verse).Subsequent revolutions in the interpretation of galaxies – some of them profound – have occurred up to the present day. What confidence can we have, therefore, that our current conceptualization of these scientific objects is accurate or complete now? All this is to caution that a scientific object should be understood, therefore, as a mixture of raw data, assumption and interpretation. None of the above should cast doubt on the reality of what the Hubble Telescope has revealed. Creationists as well as evolutionists tend to be scientific realists; they understand our empirical evidence to correspond to objective reality. Galaxies are real; they have a history. It is the ability of the human mind to fully grasp and understand them that should be questioned. If the creation of the universe involved one-time, special circumstances (God “stretched out the heavens” – 04/18/2008 commentary) any attempts to understand them using “natural” laws and processes is doomed. This would be a good time to re-read the 05/11/2006 entry that addressed the question, “Is our universe natural”?Notice that three of the entries in the catalog have Arp numbers. These were discovered by astronomer Halton Arp, whose story is instructive about consensus science. Arp was arguably one of the best astronomical observers in the 20th century. His Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies documented dozens of colliding galaxies, some of which the HST has now revealed in color at higher resolution. Halton Arp used some cases as evidence that redshifts cannot be reliable indicators of distance. Since Arp challenged the Big Bang consensus, he was considered a maverick and was not welcome in some astronomical circles. He was even denied telescope time to continue his research. Many historians of science have considered the treatment he got from his peers as a reprehensible abridgement of the scientific values of openness and honest debate. Some use it as an example of how “normal science” treats anomalies and marginalizes those outside the paradigm.All that is preface to some possible interpretations of cosmological history that the creationist can reconcile with a Biblical worldview. Some of these allow for vast ages to have occurred in the galactic context: e.g., a pre-hexameron creation of the universe (Schroeder, Gray), rapid structure formation with plasma physics and zero-point energy (Setterfield), time dilation due to general relativity (Humphreys), or local “time zone” solutions – i.e., the stars were created on the fourth day “Earth Local Time” (Lisle). Videos that discuss the last two options can be found at Answers in Genesis. None of these options is without problems and detractors. That AIG would promote at least two interpretations such as these, however, is evidence that the strictest young-earth creationists can handle issues of apparent age that come to attention when pondering the Hubble images. Any world view, whether secular or religious, will have challenges and problems when looking out at the universe. The old triumphalist, progressivist vision of science marching onward to Truth must be set aside in this post-Kuhn, post-Quine world. Let us all view the Hubble catalog of colliding galaxies with fresh awe and rational reflection toward improving our understanding of cosmology (so far as is humanly possible) with integrity, openness and humility.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Late last week, Brazil’s Indian affairs department (FUNAI) publicly announced an event that many anthropologists and medical researchers had feared. In the remote Brazilian state of Acre, members of a long-isolated Amazon tribe have contracted influenza after making voluntary contact with the outside world. Some researchers now fear that the contacted individuals, who speak a Panoan language, will spread the potentially fatal virus to other nonimmunized members of their tribe.Late last month, members of the tribe emerged from the forest along the Upper Envira River in Brazil, raiding the village of another remote but settled tribe, and then contacting members of a FUNAI team and spending up to 3 weeks in their company. Researchers suspect that the newly contacted people were fleeing illegal loggers and cocaine traffickers in part of their home territory in a Peruvian park. Apparently, the tribespeople picked up influenza from this recent contact, according to the FUNAI announcement. Flu virus is potentially deadly to isolated tribespeople because they have no immunity to it, and such transmission is exactly what anthropologists and medical experts hope to avoid during contact. In case after case, contact has proved tragic as diseases like flu and measles decimated previously isolated tribes.According to the FUNAI announcement, a government medical team treated the newly infected tribespeople and gave them flu immunizations. But the contacted people then slipped back into their forest home—a development that alarms many researchers. “We can only hope that [the FUNAI team members] were able to give out treatment before the sickness was spread to the rest of the tribe in the forest,” says Chris Fagan, executive director at the Upper Amazon Conservancy in Jackson, Wyoming. “Only time will tell if they reacted quickly enough to divert a catastrophic epidemic.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)While FUNAI’s medical officials worked with the tribe, another group of researchers has tentatively identified their culture: The tribe in question may be part of a larger group of Chitonahua people, says Adam Bauer-Goulden, president of the Rainforest Rescue Coalition in Chicago, Illinois. A village of some 40 to 100 tribespeople, believed to be Chitonahua, was photographed from the air in a village along the Xinane River, not far south of the contact area, and the body ornamentation and haircuts of these villagers closely resemble those of the newly contacted group (photo above). Bauer-Goulden thinks the newly contacted folk may come from that exact village. A group of previously contacted Chitonahua now live along the Yurúa River in Peru.FUNAI noted in the announcement that the newly contacted group said that they had been violently attacked by outsiders. The Xinane River village lies along a major route used by cocaine smugglers, notes Bauer-Goulden, who suspects that “the narcotraffickers pushed them out” of their own lands.But for now, the immediate worry is disease transmission. It’s possible that the tribespeople picked up other diseases such as malaria during contact. If so, they could conceivably spread the newly acquired pathogens to other members of their tribe. Fiona Watson, research director for Survival International, a nongovernmental organization based in London that seeks to support indigenous tribes, also worries that FUNAI may not have sufficient medical resources on the ground nearby in the event of an epidemic. “There does not seem to be a health team in situ right now,” Watson says. “FUNAI says it will send in a team but only next month.”It’s a worrisome situation, says anthropologist Robert Walker of the University of Missouri, Columbia. “We are just hearing of one of the many contacts that are going on in this region,” he says. “If you think of how many loggers and narcotraffickers there are in this region, and that there could be as many as 3000 to 4000 uncontacted people there, the potential for contact is huge.”
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