Kelly Preston dies at 57

first_imgPreston battled breast cancer for two-years before succumbing to the disease.Travolta apologized in advance to his fans for his expected disappearance from the public eye as he and the three children he shared with Preston take time to mourn her passing.Preston was known for her roles in “Jerry Maguire” “Mischief,” and “Twins.” Actress Kelly Preston has died at the age of 57 due to breast cancer complications.John Travolta, who was married to Preston for 28 years posted the sad news on his Instagram stating in part:“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”last_img read more

Watch: Jose Mourinho cries while admitting he misses football

first_imgAdvertisement 2ouNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscndWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2n9e03( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 29ahqlWould you ever consider trying this?😱hpCan your students do this? 🌚o56Roller skating! Powered by Firework Jose Mourinho teared up in an interview and admitted that he misses the beautiful game. The Special One, is jobless since last December when he was sacked by Manchester United and now it seems clear that he is desperate for a comeback before long. His eight-month absence from the game, is his biggest break since leaving Chelsea in September 2007 and joining Inter Milan in June 2008.Advertisement After leaving Old Trafford, he took his chance in the field of punditry and was snapped up by Sky Sports, starting with the United-Chelsea clash last weekend. In an interview with the TV channel, Mourinho admitted that he was eager to get back in the game but only with the right club.“My friends tell me ‘enjoy your time, enjoy your July, enjoy your August, enjoy what you never had’. Honestly, I can’t enjoy. I am not happy enough to enjoy. I miss my football, I have the fire, I have a compromise with myself, with people that love me, with so many fans that I have around the world, so many people that I inspired.” said Mourinho.Advertisement He then went on adding: “Why do I say ‘no’? I say ‘no’ because it’s not the level of challenge that I want. It’s not a question of [saying], ‘okay I have this offer and I’m going to take it’. I have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity and the right opportunity is one that is at the same size and the same level that I am as a manager.”Watch him get emotional about the game here:Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Driver Weighs in on Pedestrian Crossings

first_imgLetter to the EditorTo the Editor,The pedestrian crossings are not clearly visible to drivers. In England the crossings are very wide and painted in zebra stripes so that the drivers can see them far away. As a driver I’m often going too fast by the time I realize I’m at the pedestrian crossing.Also, pedestrians must remember how to cross a street and look both ways before they step out. Since the new law took effect people wander into the street without looking.Repaint the crossings and make them wider.Kristin GentileAtlantic Highlandslast_img read more

Tension Surfacing In Parking Garage Talks

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Mayor Pasquale Menna said he’s had enough with the organization overseeing the borough’s business district, over discussions of the long-debated parking garage. But the organization’s head insists the mayor is mischaracterizing its positions.Menna in an interview with The Two River Times this week expressed frustration with dealing with Red Bank RiverCenter, the not-for-profit management and advocacy organization for the borough’s commercial Special Improvement District. Menna said the governing body would be willing to “go it alone” with any plans to address the downtown’s chronic parking shortfall situation, if the business group were unwilling to participate.“The time for hedging is over,” Menna said. “The time for moving is now.”“He’s creating a problem that does not exist,” countered James Scavone, RiverCenter’s executive director, about any perceived conflict.The issues that Menna has with the business group in part concerns discussions about RiverCenter’s proposed $40,000 contribution, which would cover half the cost of an engineering study for the White Street municipal parking lot, a borough-owned property that would be the location of any future parking garage/multitier deck. The borough government would pay the other $40,000 for the study.Scavone has said his organization would like to see language included in the memorandum of understanding that would guarantee RiverCenter would be entitled to get its money back if garage construction plans don’t move forward in two years.RiverCenter has long campaigned for a garage to address the downtown’s parking deficiency that has had business owners complaining for years that it puts them at a disadvantage in trying to attract customers and visitors to the area.Scavone said at the Aug. 10 council meeting, “We’ve been down this road before,” with talks of a garage or other solutions eventually going nowhere.Menna this week said emphatically that a guarantee would not be included in any agreement. And RiverCenter can “keep its $40,000.”The mayor said borough officials may just move forward on their own with planning – without RiverCenter – if the organization kept to this and other positions that Menna said the organization held. That would mean the business group wouldn’t necessarily have a role in the process if RiverCenter continued to object. “I’m ready to tell them we’ll go it alone,” Menna said. Scavone, however, maintained that the guarantee was not necessarily a deal breaker. “I’ve said publicly a few times, we just want an answer to be able to determine how we would proceed,” he said. “We’re not necessarily saying no if that provision is no.” And there hasn’t been any direct conversation with Menna or any other official on this matter recently, he added.For Menna another sticking point is RiverCenter’s insistence the borough finance and be responsible for constructing any garage. “That is not acceptable to me,” he said. “That is an option the municipality should reserve for itself.”Menna has always maintained any garage “has to make sense” for taxpayers. He has said the most practical option would be to strike a public/private partnership with a private sector developer who would build it with a possible commercial or residential component included to make it financially viable.It would be a very difficult to convince primarily residential taxpayers – who live and vote here – to support bonding the millions of dollars it would take to build a garage, Menna has said on numerous occasions.RiverCenter has advocated a publicly constructed project, but again Scavone stressed the organization was open to discussions about all options. “We’re definitely keeping an open mind.”According to Scavone, meetings with parking experts have shown such public/private partnerships with private developers responsible for public parking facilities are very rare; most communities, like Morristown, wind up opting to construct and manage their own, he said.“I thought they were business people. They can’t take a reasonable risk after 30 years?” Menna said of RiverCenter’s members and their lack of skin in the game (with the 30 years referencing the organization’s nearly three decades). “I guess not.”Whatever direction the governing body may look to move on the parking issue, Scavone is convinced officials will need RiverCenter’s support to get it approved. He was also puzzled by the mayor’s tone. “I’m not sure why there seems to be a desire to drive a wedge between the business community and the residents at this point,” he wondered.last_img read more

Late goal by Enns powers U16 Selects to bronze

first_imgNelson rebounded during game two, completely dominating the younger Columbia Valley U15s 3-1.Willans, back playing in the midfield, opened the scoring 15 minutes into the contest before Katie Bow, the Selects regular keeper now playing forward, and Willans again, completed the scoring for the Selects.Sunday morning Nelson battled Columbia Valley U16s to a 1-1 tie in a rematch of the Kootenay Provincial B qualifier, won 1-0 by Nelson.Columbia Valley U16s opened the scoring when Wheeldon was unable to secure a rebound.Aroha Tatini-Senshell tied the game on a great solo effort.Picking up a ball inside the Nelson half Tatini-Senshell beat one defender with a slick move and then out sprinted the remaining defenders before drilling a low shot to the far post from 20 meters out that gave the Columbia Valley keeper no chance. The Selects now take to the training pitch in preparation for representing the zone at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in North Vancouver.Nelson advanced, once again, the hard way recently during the qualifying tournament in Cranbrook.The Selects lost the opener before rallying back for two straight wins — the final a nail-biting 1-0 win over Columbia Valley where Nelson scored in the final minutes of the game to secure the win.Unfortunately, the Reps must play without the services of defender Kerrin Janssen.The German exchanged student, who has played with the Selects for the entire season, is heading back to Germany and will miss the provincial tournament. Hanna Enns scored with ten minutes remaining in the game to give the Nelson Selects a 1-0 victory over the Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association Reps from Cranbrook in the consolation final of the U16 Girl’s Division Sunday at the Sam Steele Tournament.Enns took a pass from fellow striker Kerrin Janssen before curling a shot past the Kootenay East keeper, just inside the far post.The victory gave the Selects the bronze medal in the Rep Soccer Tournament.“All in all a great weekend as we played some very impressive soccer,” said U16 coach Justin Willans.“The midfield of Willans, Bergendahl, Sage Wilton, Rebecca Bracewell, Alex Dehenel, Carilla Horning and Jade Sommers had a very good weekend often stringing together six or seven passes at time and setting the table for the strikers or helping us work our way out of trouble.”Nelson opened the tournament like the team has done so many times before, dropping the first game to KEYSA by a 1-0 score.A breakdown in communication led to the Selects starting the game with 10 players.Nelson persevered thanks to strong play from Abbie Willans and striker Aroha Tatinin-Senschell — both players slotted into the backline until reinforcements arrived.However, KEYSA took advantaged of the fatigue factor placed on the Select to score the winning marker with 15 minutes remaining.A KEYSA forward managed to create a loose ball 10 meters from the Nelson net before drilling a low shot that fooled back up keeper Jena Wheeldon.last_img read more

Getting ready for World Juniors

first_imgIn 2002, there was no clue that Usain Bolt would become the best 100-metre, sprinter in history. Save for a forlorn Class Three effort at Boys and Girls’ Champions two years earlier, he had concentrated on the 200 and 400 metres with much success. The penny dropped at a training camp hosted by the G.C. Foster College. The nation’s finest junior athletes were assembled at the G.C. Foster College for an ongoing training camp. It was a key plank of Jamaica’s preparation for the World Junior Championships which were set for Kingston in July 2002. Bolt lined up against many of the best junior 100-metre sprinters of the day and cleaned their clocks. Those present were stunned by his speed. It was a glimpse into his famous future. In those days, training camps were a standard part of preparation for our junior teams. In the late 1990s, stalwarts like Ian Forbes, Juliet Parkes and Brian Smith manned these camps. They ensured that our juniors faced the world’s best at their best. There was even a time when support camps were held outside of the Corporate Area, with the late Constantine Haughton sharing his expertise with those who couldn’t reach Kingston. The conversion of Melaine Walker to the 400-metre hurdles was done at camp by World Junior head coach Stephen Francis with the blessing of Walker’s high school Raymond ‘KC’ Graham after an injury had threatened her 2000 season. Walker took a bronze in the World Juniors in her new event and the rest is history. In 2002, the juniors were housed each weekend at G.C. Foster and their school coaches freely attended and shared their knowledge. The out-turn was a brilliant performance by the team when the big show rolled around. Bolt famously won the 200m. Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Anniesha McLaughlin and Simone Facey clicked to gold in the 4×100 metres. Facey and McLaughlin took silver medals in the 100m and 200m respectively, with Jermaine Gonzales and Sherul Morgan third in their respective 400-metre finals. Walker moved up to second in the hurdles, behind a world junior record by Lashinda Demus of the United States. It’s a pity that the World Junior Championships won’t come to Jamaica in 2016 but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for it well. The aforementioned training camps have largely dropped off the calender. Where team members come from schools with self-sufficient programmes, they can arrive ready for national duty. That isn’t often the case. In 2010, distance ace Kemoy Campbell was slowed when funding for track at his school ran out after Champs. A camp, like the one that heralded the sprint future of Bolt, would likely have seen to his welfare. Perhaps, a better prepared Campbell would have advanced past the first round on the 1500-metres in the World Juniors in Moncton, Canada. Our top seniors largely have camps of their own, but our juniors suffer if left alone. Our medal haul at the World Juniors tell the story. In 2002, the team’s 11-medal performance may have been boosted by brilliant home support. Since then, the take has settled at lower levels. Jamaica garnered nine medals in 2004, eight in 2006, six in 2008, three in 2010, five in 2012 and six in 2014 at successive stagings of the Under-20 championships. This year, a three-day camp helped to prepare Jamaica’s 2015 Pan-Am Junior team for a 13-medal haul. The 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston were wonderful. The support by a capacity audience, night after night, and the performances by the likes of Carolina Kluft, Blanka Vlasic, Meseret Defar, Darrell Brown and Bolt make it worthwhile for the authorities to consider a return to Kingston at some point in the future. In the meantime, it makes sense to prepare well for the 2016 renewal, wherever it is staged. The revival of preparatory junior camps would be a good way to get out of the blocks. – Hubert Lawrence was present at the 2002 World Juniors.last_img read more

Liberia Marathon Set for August 2015

first_imgDue to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia this year, we were forced to postpone the 2014 Liberia Marathon from 31 August 2014 to 25 January 2015 after receiving advice from medical authorities.It was the hope of all in Liberia that Ebola would be eradicated by January. Unfortunately, despite major progress, Ebola continues to threaten our country. While an Ebola-free Liberia by 25 January 2015 may still be a possibility, the complex process and time required to prepare for a marathon makes it impossible to hold the Liberia Marathon on the 25th January 2015 as hoped.In this light, and in consultation with our partners, we have decided that the 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in August 2015. The precise date will be announced shortly.This new timing is in keeping with the tradition of the Marathon being held in August to take advantage of cooler temperatures. It also provides adequate time to ensure that Liberia is Ebola-free, guarantee the safety of all participants, and to plan a first-rate event. The Liberia Marathon Trust is also exploring the possibility of a shorter program earlier in 2015.Next year, 2015, is an opportunity to start anew. A new beginning for Liberia and a new beginning for the Marathon. The 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in honor of those we have lost to the ebola virus, those who served on the front lines to fight it, and those who survived.The marathon will be working with many partners over the coming months to find ways for the marathon to help fight stigma and be a true symbol of Liberia’s bright future.The marathon would like to apologize for the inconvenience this unforeseeable delay may have caused, and to assure all runners who already registered for 2014 that their registration will remain valid in 2015.Finally, the Liberia Marathon would like to urge the general public to continue to take every precaution to stop Ebola, to follow health advice closely, and do our best to fight stigma in all its forms, the organizers said in a press statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What did 49ers’ Garoppolo say about matching Joe Montana, Steve Young?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo blushed. Maybe.He was informed he matched a feat previously accomplished by only Joe Montana and Steve Young, and such company should stun any 49ers quarterback in their Hall of Fame wake.Like them, Garoppolo passed for over 400 yards and four touchdowns in a game, doing so in Sunday’s 36-26 comeback win over Arizona in which his fourth touchdown pass capped a 424-yard performance. … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Archive Classic: Where Do Gems and Precious Metals Come From?

first_imgReprinted from September 17, 2011Gold, diamonds, and other precious metals and gems… they are found close to the surface of the earth where humans can mine them and make jewelry.  But they shouldn’t be there.  Heavy elements should have sunk deep into the core of the Earth soon after it was formed.  Wait till you hear some of the latest ideas about how precious metals and gems arrived near the surface.  Maybe they shot up from the mantle.  Maybe they came from outer space.The fact is, geologists and planetary scientists don’t really understand why we have rare precious stones so accessible for man.  PhysOrg printed an article entitled, “Tackling mysteries about carbon, possible oil formation and more deep inside Earth.”  It’s about the Deep Carbon Observatory project destined to answer fundamental questions about the Earth’s interior.  Inside you will learn about how diamonds the size of potatoes shoot up from the mantle at 40 miles per hour, believe it or not.  However it happens, it’s convenient for miners, who otherwise would have to dig really, really deep holes to supply the wedding ring market.MSNBC posted an article about where gold comes from.  “There’s gold in them thar meteorites!” the headline blazes.  Jessica Marshall tells us, “Rocks pummeled Earth about 3.9 billion years ago, delivering precious metals.”  Gold, platinum, iridium, nickel, and tungsten are attracted to iron and should have followed it into the molten Earth’s core, she explained.  Meteorites to the rescue!  They came from space.  That’s right: “All the precious metals that we find today — and probably also water — have been introduced to the accessible Earth from these late-stage meteorites.”  Maybe they even brought life!  Figure that suggestion out after reading that the bombardment was probably “a terrible event for life” that “probably would have melted the planet, blown off any existing atmosphere.”Marshall used the new theory to bolster an old idea called the Late Heavy Bombardment.  She reported a new study about tungsten isotope measurements to support the idea of a swarm of big meteors hitting Earth and the moon 3.8 and 4 billion years ago, but the obvious subtext is the ignorance of geologists about earth history.  “Geologists have posed several theories to explain this puzzle,” she noted about precious metals.  Careful reading shows the Late Heavy Bombardment to be only an idea, a suggestion.  Interesting as isotope comparisons are, they don’t provide a time machine.  And saying that the age of Earth’s tungsten matches the dates of craters on the moon calibrates two questionable dates against each other.  Nothing in the article provides evidence that meteorites are made of gold.  It seems to move the question of the origin of precious metals from one body to another.When all else fails, bring in a meteorite.  When you can’t explain the moon, bring in a Mars-size meteorite to blast the Earth.  When you can’t explain Earth’s oceans, imagine a giant water balloon comet to bring it special delivery.  Meteor crashes are too convenient; they are the imaginary can openers that open any can for the hungry hobos.  “Assume a can opener” makes the rest easy.  Assume a meteor.  Need water?  Bring in a water meteor or comet.  Need gold?  Send in a gold meteor.  Imaginary theory-saving devices to the rescue!  Try that with your credit card debt.(Visited 391 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Forthcoming: a movie about pioneering South African heart surgeon Chris Barnard

first_imgA movie is being made about Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard. He was a pioneer in the medical field, performing the world’s first heart transplant in the 1960s. A movie is in the works to chronical the success of Dr Christiaan Barnard, the South African who performed the world’s first heart transplant in 1967. (Image: Barnard, the movie, via Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberThe world’s first heart transplant took place in South Africa in December 1967, performed by Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Fifty years on, his momentous achievement is being turned into a movie.Dr Chris Barnard performed the world’s first human heart transplant. #LifetimeHeart #EnjoyTheWeekend #FirstHeartTransplant— Lifetime Heart (@Lifetime_Heart) July 14, 2017Barnard’s feat put the South African medical fraternity on the map for all the right reasons and with the movie, his story will reach a wider audience.Heart surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard participates in an international congress on the origins of sudden death and resuscitation therapies in Florence, Italy, in January 1969. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)The storyKaroo Films, a South African company, is shooting the movie. “[It is] based on the tumultuous events leading up to the completion of the first heart transplant complete with all the pain, drama and personal victories which came with it,” reads the official movie website, Barnard Film.Barnard is a movie on the exciting life of Prof. Chris Barnard and the tumultuous events leading up to the first ever heart transplant.— Barnard The Movie (@BarnardMovie) June 4, 2017“We had multiple scripts,” film producer Robert dos Santos told news website Times Live. “[Barnard’s] life was so interesting that it became too much for any single screenplay so we decided to focus on the period around the transplant. It was the most tumultuous period of his life.”Shooting will begin on location in Cape Town in September. No decision has been taken regarding who will play the lead role. However, the movie will feature English and Afrikaans. Listen to an interview with director Byron Davis on talk radio 702.Source: Times LiveWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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