first_imgJamaica is looking to load up on its goalscoring firepower for upcoming World Cup qualifiers by wooing one of the most prolific club strikers in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).Former England youth international, Bradley Wright-Phillips, who led Major League Soccer in scoring last season with a MLS record-tying 27 goals playing for New York Red Bulls, is being recruited by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), which is trying to convince the 30-year-old London-born player to join the Reggae Boyz’ campaign.”Yes, we have reached out to Bradley Wright-Phillips,” national team manager Roy Simpson confirmed on September 10.According to Simpson, Wright-Phillips, son and brother of ex-England internationals Ian Wright and Shaun Wright-Phillips, respectively, traces his Jamaican roots through his grandmother.He has 41 goals in 64 appearances since joining the Red Bulls in 2013, scoring 13 in 25 games so far this season.Starting with his professional debut in 2004, he scored 77 times in 272 appearances representing Manchester City, Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford in the United Kingdom.But the lure of international football has not been overtly strong for the 5′ 8″, 155-pound Wright-Phillips so far. According to sources, he has followed Jamaica’s progress in recent competitions, including Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and discussed the national set-up with clubmate and Reggae Boy Kemar Lawrence. But, he’s been uncertain about his commitment.deadlineSimpson said Wright-Phillips expressed appreciation at the JFF’s interest in him. However, he added, the player requested time to discuss the matter with his family after being contacted by the JFF in early August.Simpson said Wright-Phillips, a MLS All-Star, didn’t set a deadline for making a decision on whether or not to join Jamaica, which resumes World Cup qualifying on November 13 against Panama to kick off the CONCACAF semi-final.The Boyz advanced to that round after defeating Nicaragua 4-3 on goal aggregate, following a 3-2 loss in the first leg on September 4 and winning 2-0 in the return match on September 8.Those fixtures again highlighted inconsistent scoring form as Jamaica failed to capitalise on numerous chances. The team, which has received praise for overall organisation and competitive spirit, also failed to score in three straight 1-0 defeats during Copa America.In the Gold Cup, Jamaica managed eight goals and conceded six in half dozen games while advancing to the final.Jamaica wants Wright-Phillips to join a strike force that includes Darren Mattocks, Giles Barnes and Deshorn Brown. Even in the absence of his immediate commitment, the JFF is pushing forward with the process of making him eligible to play for Jamaica.”Both parties agreed that it is OK to pursue the paperwork,” said Simpson, “just in case he decides to take up the offer.”Efforts to contact Wright-Phillips through his club this week were unsuccessful.last_img read more

first_imgA research report released in Monrovia over the weekend by Natural Resources Women’s Platform (NRWP), the Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD), and Green Advocates International (GAI) with support from US based Rights and Resources Initiatives (RRI), unearthed how foreign direct investment deprives local women of the land rights that form the basis for their livelihoods and cultures despite promises of shared economic development.Liberian women’s abilities to survive and care for their families are under threat from large scale concessions that deprive them of the traditional lands and forests, according to the three organizations’ reports.Concessions now cover 40 percent of the country, with US$16 billion in Foreign Direct Investment over the past 12 years. Despite promises that concessions would bring employment, improved infrastructure, and medical care to less fortunate communities, the report found that Liberian women typically did not receive these benefits.“Many lost access to the forests, lands, and rivers that form the basis for their livelihoods and sacred sites, but did not receive sufficient jobs or compensation to make up for their loses. While men faced similar problems, these were exacerbated for women, who are primarily responsible for feeding their families, but have fewer tenure rights than men under customary systems,” the report said.According to the research report, the government has failed to defend the rights of these women, shirking their commitments under CEDAW, an international treaty to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.The report under the title, “Women: The Least Secure Tenure: Assessing the impacts of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions on women’s tenure rights in Liberia,” was launched at an event in Monrovia that brought together civil society and community-based organizations.The women described forcible displacements, contaminated drinking water, and even threats, harassments, intimidation coupled with criminal charges ranging from criminal trespasses, economic sabotage, disorderly conducts and imprisonment for defending their customary land and property rights.The report examined 15 counties throughout the country. Where there were no concessions, women still faced challenges, including limited decision-making power, but they typically had access to the lands and forests they needed for their livelihoods. Most relied heavily on the land for sustenance, income, medicines, and cultural activities; over 90 percent were involved in farming of some kind.“These concessions are supposed to reduce poverty in Liberia. Yet these women are losing their very way of life. The human rights violations they face are beyond anything I’ve seen in my 20 years as an activist,” said Cllr. Alfred Brownell, GAI Lead Campaigner.The report found that while companies provided some benefits to local women, these were few and scattered, and generally did not improve their lives.Women, the report highlighted, lost land and forest rights and are struggling to survive and provide for their families. In some cases, forests were cleared or women were denied access, and farming land was taken over by private companies.“They do not allow us to go in the bush any more, and how do they expect us to live,” the report quoted one of the affected woman.“At present, there is a company operating in the area I live and there is no land for farming. No work for me and my husband. We are suffering, our back yards are cleared, and no space for the planting of pepper, and we don’t even know how to live.” — Ma Anna Tue from Sinoe County said in the report.Rivers have been dammed, polluted, or taken over by private companies, depriving women of vital water sources for drinking, fishing, and washing. Water pumps have been provided in some cases, but often failed to work or are inadequate to serve the entire community.“Cultural sites and ancestral graves were destroyed or forcibly removed. All 27 cultural heritage sites in the project area of one concession in the country, for example, were destroyed,” the report noted.The companies failed to consult directly with women to obtain their consent for concessions on their land. Where consultations took place, they were exclusively with men.“When they come into the community, they don’t talk to women.” —Sovine Teah of Chea’s Town community, Butaw DistrictIn some cases, communities were forcibly displaced. Resettlement packages and compensation were promised, but not provided, particularly in the mining and logging sectors. Compensation in one case was promised in 2008 but delayed until 2015.Women working for the companies engage in back-breaking labor with few benefits and can be dismissed without cause or for criticizing the company. Logging and plantation concessions in particular involved long working hours, substandard working conditions, and little or no employee benefits. Unemployment levels remain very high in some areas, with jobs insufficient to replace the lost income from the forests.Clinics, hospitals, and schools promised by the companies were not provided in most cases. In some cases, roads and schools were actually destroyed by concessionaires. One positive note is ArcelorMittal successfully opening a night school after consulting with local women. The school provided much-needed job training.“Large scale land acquisition brings development, I agree. But large scale land acquisition that does not recognize women’s economic, social and cultural rights brings about suffering and should not be allowed to operate in the area,” —Maminah Carr, Head of Secretariat, NRWP.She said government should carry out studies to understand the impact of concessions on women’s rights in the country.The report recommended that there must be appropriate infrastructure to support women’s exercise of their rights, including legal services and mechanisms for monitoring and sanctioning; that women be consulted and their consent obtained for concessions on their land, especially given their increased knowledge of the needs of their families.“Women should be strongly represented at meetings for planning and implementing social impact programs,” it added.It also recommended that the final contents of the agreements made between the government of Liberia and the companies should be simplified and made available at the local level to all leaders of relevant groups, including women.During the launch of the report, three people who claimed to have been victimized by state actors in Butaw District, Sinoe County were inducted into the ‘Women Human Rights Defender Hall of Fame Award.’ They were also provided a grant of US$500 each by the Association of Environmental Lawyers of Liberia (Green Advocates) to at least start petit trade on their own.The ‘brutality victims,’ included Maberlyn Chea, Anna Tue and Beatrice Koon.Maberlyn Chea, a breast feeding mother from Butaw District, beamed with smiles as she was announced a winner of US$500 for her bravery and uncompromising advocacy for land rights in Butaw, Sinoe County.Madam Chea was pregnant when she and other local rights advocates were reportedly arrested by some unnamed officers and subsequently detained.Chea stayed at the filthy and congested Greenville Central Prison with her pregnancy for more than three weeks.The pronouncement follows Chea’s explanation of her ordeal during the May 2015 riot at Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL).Madam Chea, who could not control her emotion, recollected how she was returning from her farm on May 26, 2015, when she was arrested by people she could remember.The local rights campaigner told international and local land rights activists that she was bundled into a waiting van, taken to Greenville Central Prison, where she was detained before the intervention of Chief Justice Francis Korkpoh.She disclosed that Chief Justice Korkpoh secured her release during one of his visits to the prison.She further alleged that after the Chief Justice ordered her release from further detention and left the scene, prison authorities demanded L$20,000 from her and her husband, who was also detained at the facility.Beatrice lauded GAI for affording her the opportunity to meet and interact with land rights activists outside Sinoe.She indicated that she will use the money to start a business. The two other beneficiaries expressed gratitude for the US$500 award and said they will use the money to benefit their families. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMany like Shirley La Rue, 68, stayed to rebuild homes and businesses. She and her husband, Tom, owned La Rue’s Floor Covering Inc. at 7049 Greenleaf Ave. They bought the brick-and-mortar building in 1974 but it was condemned and demolished after the 1987 quake. “We had to take it down completely,” she said. (La Rue’s Floor Covering Inc. is still in existence and is now owned by La Rue’s brother.) The couple took out a loan and rebuilt. They still own the building which now houses Red Oak BBQ and Regrowth LLC. “I was too young to retire and too old to start over,” she said. La Rue was then 48 and she said her husband was 55 or 56. “We had an established clientele. I saw no reason to move,” she added. The couple retired in 2004 but still lives in Whittier. The loan has been repaid. “Anybody who goes through a disaster like that, you can come out OK. It takes a lot of perseverance and hard work,” La Rue said. Ellen Salter, 60, was among the many residents forced to vacate their homes. She estimated damages to her Bright Avenue house at $125,000. The home was condemned. Salter, who was an insurance agent then, had earthquake insurance. But the Salters still had to pay a deductible. They rented for about six months while the house was repaired. “We had to pack everything up and move into another (place),” she said. Salter and others also testified at a hearing held at Rosemead City Hall in October 1987 to consider aid for residents who suffered quake damages. In 1987, she told state legislators that while she and her husband had earthquake insurance to rebuild the house, they did not have the funds to pay the required $20,000 deductible. Salter doesn’t remember details of the hearing. She thinks the committee wanted to hear from those in Whittier on what was needed. “I don’t think there was a lot of trouble getting help,” she said. Longtime resident Kim Wicker, 48, was at home when the temblor struck. “I was convinced it was the Big One,” he said. Cracks appeared in the plaster of his house on Philadelphia Street and his chimney was sheered off at roof level. He didn’t apply for a loan and said any damage he had to his house built in 1917 was minor. “Somehow along the way, it was bolted to a concrete foundation,” he said. But his older brother, Mark, 58, had to take out a $50,000 SBA loan to repair cracks in the walls and strengthen the foundation of his two-story house on Via del Palma. He didn’t have earthquake insurance on the house built in 1907. On Oct. 1, 1987, Mark Wicker was washing the dishes while his wife, Ernestine, was getting ready for work. His then 10-year-old son, also Mark, was upstairs on the computer while youngest daughter, Alina, 8, was making her bed. His 15-year-daughter, Lisa, walked out of the house and headed to the garage. “I heard a kind of rumble and explosion. Literally, the house just dropped suddenly. I grabbed ahold of the counter,” Mark Wicker said. All of the cupboards popped open and the dishes flew out. He thought the upstairs collapsed. He headed there. His son was crawling on the floor while Alina kept getting pinned between the bed and the wall. He said the house ended up with a lot of severe cracking in the walls but no structural damage. He didn’t have to worry about the chimney since he lost part of it in an earlier quake. The city red-tagged his house and the apartment on his second lot. They stayed with his parents for two weeks. He got his house fixed enough so they could move back in. The loan he took came at 4 percent interest. “The payments were nothing. It was a burden a little bit in the beginning,” Mark Wicker said. The three Wicker boys were born and raised in Whittier. Their father, Monte, owns “Monte’s Camera Shop” at 6533 Greenleaf Ave. “I never understood leaving town. I know of a few customers who did. I think (the quake) scared the heck out of them,” Kim Wicker said. Mark Wicker has lived in other places but says he’s fine staying in Whittier. He never thought of leaving town after the shaker. “What are you going to run away to? There were people I know who left. They became depressed … I’d rather be in an earthquake than a tornado zone,” Mark Wicker said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Oct. 1, 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake killed eight people and displaced 9,000. About 10,000 structures were damaged and destroyed. The price tag came to $358 million. But the statistics don’t tell the entire story. The time, effort and money locals expended to recover are often not mentioned. Long after the magnitude-5.9 earthquake and its aftershocks rumbled through the Southland, residents and businesses were left to deal with the aftermath. last_img read more

first_img1 Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.The 24-year-old has been in scintillating form this season to help the Blues claim a League Cup and Premier League double.He topped the poll of 300-plus journalists with 53 per cent of the vote, ahead of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with his Chelsea team-mate and captain John Terry third.Hazard, also crowned Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association, will receive the prestigious award at a gala dinner in London on May 21.FWA chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror, said: “The list of truly world class players on the Football Writers’ Association roll of honour is a long one and Eden Hazard is a worthy addition.“A creator, a goalscorer and the hardest of workers, Hazard has been a constant source of threat for the Barclays Premier League champions.“But it is not just his trickery, his pace, his artistry and his marksmanship that make Hazard such an invaluable component of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea squad, it is his durability. Hazard has started all 36 Premier League matches and, considering the particularly close attention he receives from opponents, that is a feat in itself.”As well as Hazard and Terry, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, defender Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois also featured in the FWA’s top 10.The other players to receive votes were Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Leicester’s Esteban Cambiasso. Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – Elementary school teacher Ramona Roman has a master’s degree and earns $70,000 a year, but she’s barely making it in New York City. “I think I make a good salary, but it’s so hard living here – I can’t get a decent apartment with the money I make. You also need to eat! You need to feed your kids!” said the 52-year-old teacher, who supports two children and her mother. Over the years, teachers in Roman’s predicament have fled the city’s red-hot real estate market looking for affordable housing. They may soon have a new option – Roman plans to apply to live in a 234-unit housing project being developed specifically for educators. The project, backed with $28 million from the New York City Teachers’ Retirement System, could become a model in other cities where soaring rents are forcing out essential workers like teachers, police and firefighters, observers say. The apartments will be open to teachers in public, private, parochial and charter schools, as well as administrators. To be eligible for a lottery for an apartment, applicants cannot earn more than 110 percent of the area median income, which is $70,900 for a family of four and $49,630 for an individual. “As a prototype of housing for people who are essential to the functioning of a city, it’s quite important,” said Richard Plunz, a Columbia University architecture professor and expert on housing in New York City. Across the nation, finding affordable housing is a challenge for teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers and other working- and middle-class people who want to live in the communities they serve. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has offered housing bonuses of up to $14,600 to incoming teachers. In the tradition of unions taking care of their own, Weingarten, the union chief, approached the city’s Housing Development Corp. about a year ago. Under the deal they forged, the pension fund bought the $28 million worth of bonds from the corporation, which also provided $20 million in below-market rate loans for the project. The Atlantic Development Group is building it. The New York-based construction company, which specializes in affordable housing, got a 1 percent mortgage for the project financed with the sale of the bonds to the pension fund. The project “revisits how housing was provided in the city for the working population from the 1920s to the 1960s,” Plunz said. Plunz referred to such huge, union-backed housing complexes as Electchester in the borough of Queens, which was erected in 1949 for electrical workers by Local 3 of their union. The Amalgamated apartments in the Bronx, one of the oldest housing cooperatives in the United States with more than 4,000 apartments, were built by several garments workers’ unions starting in the 1920s. Of course, investing pension fund money in real estate is not new. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In New York, about 4,000 teachers moved out of the city last year, says Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, which represent more than 150,000 active and retired city public school educators. “What developer is willing to construct affordable housing?” she said. A New York teacher’s salary starts at about $42,000, and at more than $2,000 a month, the average rent for even a studio apartment in the city eats up over half of it. In the Bronx, the borough north of Manhattan where construction on the complex is expect to start later this fall, rents between $800 to $900 are considered affordable. The buildings will add to the supply of similarly priced apartments. Rents in the two buildings will range from $806 a month for a studio to $1,412 for a three-bedroom apartment. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – A 50-year-old Whittier man working at his crossing guard job Wednesday morning was critically injured when he stepped off the curb and was hit by a truck, police said. Using a bloodhound, authorities later traced the truck’s owner to an apartment in Artesia, 3 miles from the scene. But the suspected driver was not there. Police were looking for the man Wednesday night. The crossing guard, Jamie Meza, was hospitalized at County-USC Medical Center in critical but stable condition with severe head injuries. He was reportedly drifting in and out of consciousness, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jeff Tibbetts. At about 7 a.m., Meza stepped off the curb to help a bicyclist across busy Rosecrans Avenue at Greenstone Avenue and was hit by a red Toyota pickup truck, Tibbets said. When the truck hit Meza, his shirt got caught on the vehicle’s front fender. Meza was then dragged into the intersection, where the truck ran him over, Tibbets said. According to witnesses, the driver pulled to the side of the street, then reached into the truck to retrieve some belongings. As people gathered around Meza to help, the driver walked off, heading west on Rosecrans. He left the keys to the truck in the ignition, Tibbets said. “We turned around and \ was gone,” said Rudy Perez, a nearby resident who witnessed the collision. “People had gotten out of their cars to help and we were all busy trying to call 9-1-1 and to help the poor guy.” Alicia Villarreal, 35, of Norwalk, the bicyclist Meza was assisting, said she was stunned. “He always helps me to cross the street and asks me to please get off my bike,” Villarreal said. “I talk to him all the time and he tells me he doesn’t want me to get hurt. He’s a really good guy.” Carlos Ramos, director of public safety for Norwalk, said Meza is employed by All-City Management Services, a company that supplies crossing guards to the city through a contract. Tibbets said investigators believe the driver’s name is Jose Francisco Velez Serrano, who is between 30 and 40 years old. Investigators believe Serrano is a Mexican national. Ramos said the pickup was registered to Serrano. A bloodhound led investigators from the truck to an apartment in the 12000 block of 168th Street. “The trail ended there,” Ramos said. Perez said he turned when he heard screeching brakes and saw Meza crumpled in the middle of the intersection, a pool of blood near his head, his watch and whistle lying nearby. “It was sad,” Perez said. “This is a very dangerous intersection, especially around 2:30, 3o’clock, when the kids are coming from school. We petitioned about 20 years ago for a light, but they told us it was too close to another light.” Rosecrans at Greenstone, which is used by students heading to and from nearby John Glenn High School, has been a concern for city officials for years, said Ramos. But since no serious accidents had occurred prior to Wednesday’s incident, city officials had not aggressively pursued installing a traffic light at the corner, he added. “That’s why we have crossing guards there,” Ramos said. “But cities usually evaluate an intersection after a major accident and see if it warrants a light.” Bill Seals, assistant principal at John Glenn High, said that although he did not know Meza personally, “his was a face recognizable to many students and teachers.” Meza is unmarried. His parents and two sisters were with him at the hospital, Tibbets said. Serrano is described as a male Latino, about 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds with a medium build. Tibbets urged anyone with information about Serrano to call him at (562)863-8711, Ext. 5441. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

first_img Among the nominations in 21 television and radio categories are: Dramatic series: “Deadwood,” HBO; “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; “Lost,” ABC; “Six Feet Under,” HBO; “The West Wing,” NBC. Comedy series: “Arrested Development,” Fox; “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” HBO; “Entourage,” HBO; “My Name Is Earl,” NBC; “The Office,” NBC. New series: “Everybody Hates Chris,” UPN; “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; “My Name Is Earl,” NBC; “The Office,” NBC; “Rome,” HBO. Episodic drama: “Autopsy,” “House,” Fox; “A Good Day,” “The West Wing,” NBC; “Grave Danger,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS; “Normal is the Watchword,” “Veronica Mars,” UPN; “Rhea Reynolds,” “Nip/Tuck,” FX; “Singing for Our Lives,” “Six Feet Under,” HBO. Episodic comedy: “Diversity Day,” “The Office,” NBC; “Exile on Main Street” pilot, “Kitchen Confidential,” Fox; “Motivational Speaker,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” Fox; “Next,” “Desperate Housewives,” ABC; “My Name is Earl” pilot, “My Name is Earl,” NBC; “You Can’t Miss the Bear” pilot, “Weeds,” Showtime. Long form, original: “Dirt,” Showtime; “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear,” TNT; “The Reading Room,” Hallmark; “Warm Springs,” HBO. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The 11-person writing team of NBC’s “The Office,” based on the BBC hit lampooning the 9-to-5 world, was nominated in the comedy series and new series categories. The 13-person writing team of “My Name is Earl,” which chronicles the title character’s attempts to redeem himself, also was nominated in the comedy series and new series categories. In addition, the show received a nomination for a single writer for its pilot. In the comedy series category, HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” earned a nomination for its single writer, Larry David, who also stars in the comedy. Nominations also were announced for single episodes in the drama, comedy, animation and long-form categories. Fox’s long-running animation show “The Simpsons” swept its category with six nominations. The writing teams for the new ABC medical show “Grey’s Anatomy” and the NBC comedies “My Name Is Earl” and “The Office” scored double nominations this week from the Writers Guild of America. Guild awards for 2005 will be presented Feb. 4 in ceremonies held in Los Angeles and New York. The categories for overall excellence in the writing of episodic series are a first-time addition to the awards program. The awards for dramatic series, comedy series and new series will be presented to all writers of each winning team. The 12-person writing team of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which centers on surgical intern Meredith Grey, was nominated in the dramatic series and new series categories. last_img read more

first_imgMarinated Lamb Chops Brian’s with Crunchy Slaw Serves 4Lamb is meat from a sheep less than a year old and its sweet and succulent.Chef Brian McDermottIngredients 8 Lamb ChopsFor the Rub:2 Cloves Garlic25ml Rapeseed Oil 2-3 prigs Fresh RosemarySmall Bunch Fresh MintZest of Half a LemonTwist of Fresh Ground Black PepperPerfect Lamb Slaw: 200g White Cabbage Shredded200g Red Cabbage Shredded1 Red Onion Diced2 Carrots Grated 4 Tablespoons Light MayoFresh Ground Black PepperPinch of Chilli FlakesFresh Mint LeavesSqueeze of Lemon JuiceMethodRub: Crush the garlic and chop the mint and rosemary very fine. Add the pepper, lemon zest and oil and mix together. Spread the rub over the lamb chops and leave to marinade for at least 15 minutes.Preheat the pan.Slaw:Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Cover Slaw with cling film and chill in fridge.Cook the lamb chops or steaks for 3-4 minutes turning half wayServe lamb chops with chilled Slaw to the side. Slice the Lime that you took the zest from and serve lime slice with the chops. Sprinkle with fresh chopped mint leavesBrian’s Top Tips: Use this rub recipe and spread the rub on a half leg of lamb or double the rub recipe for a full leg of lamb and roast the lamb. Great with some minted yoghurt also.Best Use of Leftovers: Mix some leftover lamb with the Slaw and fill a pitta pocket or wrap for perfect healthy lunch.Health Benefit:Lamb is a god source of iron and 1 serving can provide 20% of iron required by a Male and 12% for a Female.FRIDAY COOKING: MARINATED LAMB CHOPS WITH ‘NO SALT CHEF’ BRIAN McDERMOTT was last modified: March 20th, 2015 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)last_img read more

first_imgSteven Mukwala (jumping up) celebrating one of his two goals against South Sudan on Saturday. Left is Allan OkelloTotal U20 AFCON QualifierSouth Sudan 0 (1) – 3 (8) UgandaSaturday, 21-04- 2018Juba Stadium, JubaThe Uganda U20 National team side, the hippos defeated their South Sudan counterparts 3-0 in Juba to complete a 8-1 aggregate victory in the preliminary round of qualifiers.The 3-0 win came three weeks after the Hippos had defeat South Sudan 5-1 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Allan Okello (right) tries to get past a South Sudan defender on Saturday.South Sudan produced another brilliant first half as they refused to be broken in the opening 45 minutes despite not troubling the Hippos either.Vipers SC striker Steven Mukwala scored a double after the restart to take his tally to three in the qualifiers after also getting onto the once in Kampala.The other goal was scored by KCCA FC teenage sensation Allan Okello late on to ensure that the Hippos complete an 8-1 series victory over South Sudan in the two game.The game saw two changes made to the team that started in Kampala as St. Marys Kitende left back Robert Kitabalwa replaced the suspended Mustapha Kiiza and Ivan Eyamu of Kataka FC came in for Proline’s Joshua Okiror.“First of all, i would like to thank each and every Ugandan who prayed and wished us well, said Hippos head coach Matia Lule.“It is good that he game has ended well and we have attained victory on top of the players playing well.“We have won the two legs with a huge margin but the next task that lies ahead is a lot harder and we need not to relax.“We are going to start preparations for Cameroon once we land in Kampala because a expect them to be better than South Sudan.Vipers SC forward Steven Mukwala has scored three of the right goals for the Hippos over the two legsThe team was given a token of appreciating by Uganda’s ambassador to South Sudan, Agama Woling Anthony who gave them 300 Dollars after the game.Uganda will take on West African giants Cameroon in the last round of qualification and will play the first match in Yaoundé before finishing off the tie at the StarTimes Stadium in Kampala.They will return on Sunday morning at the Entebbe International Airport and will embark on the preparations for the next game immediately.Hippos IX that started the game:Saidi Keni (GK), Paul Wila, Robert Katabalwa, Mujuzi Mustafa, Geoffrey Wasswa, Abubakar Kasule, Ivan Eyamu, Julius Poloto (cpt), Allan Okello, Frank Tumwesigye, Steven Mukwala.Subs:Denis Otim (GK), Bashir Asiku, Saddam Masereka, Fred Okot, Faizol Ssekyanzi, Herbert Achai.Comments Tags: allan okelloHipposmatia lulesteven mukwalaU20U20 AfCONlast_img read more

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some recent evolutionary papers appear to make physical laws not just constraints on natural selection, but guiding hands that build optimal designs.Hydrodynamics and the perfect transporter:  In cell membranes, aquaporins are hourglass-shaped channels that allow water molecules through but block other molecules.  Their “remarkable  selectivity,” coupled with “optimal permeability,” is admired by biophysicists – so much so that authors of a paper in PNAS about aquaporins [AQPs] remarked, “in a biomimetic perspective, these results provide guidelines to design artificial nanopores with optimal performances.”  How, then, did evolution stumble upon such design perfection?  “This suggests that the hourglass shape of aquaporins could be the result of a natural selection process toward optimal hydrodynamic transport.”   This statement could mean that natural selection found the optimal shape through blind search, but more implicitly that the laws of hydrodynamics lured natural selection toward “excellent water selectivity.”  Most of the paper focused on why the geometrical shape is so effective:The aim of this work was to determine the effect of geometry and BCs [boundary conditions] on hydrodynamic entrance effects in biconical nanochannels. Using FE [finite-element] calculations, we have shown that compared with a plain cylindrical pipe, a biconical channel of optimal angle can provide a spectacular increase in hydrodynamic permeability. A simplified model based on entrance effects and lubrication approximation rationalizes the observed behavior. Although speculative, this could indicate that the hourglass geometry of AQPs results from a shape optimization, to reduce end effects and maximize water permeability.They said very little about evolution.  What they did say amounts to an airy speculation that, somehow, physics drives evolutionary progress:Among transmembrane proteins, and ionic channels in particular, examples abound where the particular function––ion selectivity, for instance––is tied to a specific feature of the molecular architecture. However, it remains worth wondering, as we have done here, whether generic factors such as viscous dissipation could be the driving force behind the shapes fine-tuned by evolution.Fluid dynamics and the perfect lung:  More blatant in the assertion that physics drives evolution is a headline on PhysOrg, “How fluid dynamics and transport shaped the structure of our lungs in the course of evolution.”  The speculations of two French physicists goes beyond claiming that physics merely constrains evolution, though it overlaps with that notion.  It elevates physics to an essential player in the process of design optimization, a voice telling the evolutionary tinkerer, ‘you’re getting warmer’—In an evolutionary perspective, the size of primitive multi-cellular species was necessarily limited by nutrients’ diffusion speed. One hypothesis defended in this study is that larger primitive animals have thus been conditioned by a progressive Darwinian selection of tree-like ‘space-filling’ nutrient distribution systems. Then, their genetic material was ready to be shared to allow mammalian respiration. Successive inspirations and expirations cycles had to be optimised so that external air could reach the alveoli before expiration starts. This form of evolutionary tinkering, the authors believe, would have allowed the emergence of mammalian respiration—as opposed to fish-style breathing through gills.With physics in the driver’s seat, it’s no wonder that “the structure of the alveolar system is indeed optimal to allow efficient transport of oxygen from the air to the blood,” the article ends.  “This new insight into the lung’s evolutionary process stems from the physical principles underlying the architecture of living systems.”Evolution is a mystical form of polytheism for modern intellectuals.  Any questions?  You thought evolution was impersonal and unguided.  That would never work.  Cryptic spirits animate all of nature.They even have names.  The blind goddess Tinker Bell is helped by Engineer Bill, calling out “You’re getting warmer!” as the unholy spirit of Charlie, the Bearded Buddha, smiles down from above, “allowing” endless forms most beautiful to “emerge.”  Since these deities are invisible, one needs the shamans to interpret the game, continually offering “new insight” to the peasants, ever stringing them along to keep the funds flowing.  The Great Myth must remain a perennial work in progress, lest the shamans run out of business in their temples, the universities.  They shudder at the prospect of begging on street corners with signs, “Will tell stories for food.”last_img read more