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Kidney surgery no match for soccer

first_imgThe road to the top has been bumpy. Baca remembers when he heard the news about Rebecca. When he told the team, most of the girls were sad, and curious to find out what was wrong with their friend. But it also led the team to take on the mission of “winning it for Rebecca,” Baca said. “It was like that would fire the girls up on the field,” Baca said. As the girls kicked their way into their section finals, Baca was confident in his team, but he was also aware of the tough competition they were up against. Without Rebecca, the team was down to 11 players, only two bench players per game. “When the girls got tired, they knew they had to tough it out,” Baca said. During the last game of the section championships, the Highlighters went up against a team that had been undefeated for more than 30 games. Rebecca had missed the previous game – it was the day after her kidney had been removed – but she made it to this important qualifying game. As she cheered on her teammates, they played effortlessly, winning game after game, Baca said. Ultimately, the girls beat the undefeated team 2-0. “When I told the girls we had handed that team their first loss all season, they went crazy. “Their heart was in the game. At one point I wasn’t even coaching them anymore, I was just watching them and cheering them on.” Tori Baca said her team’s priority was to make Rebecca proud. “When she would play with us, she would always go in the right spot, so we wanted to play so hard that it would seem like she was still on the field,” Tori said. Rebecca’s mother, Vicki Buchanan, drove her daughter to all her team’s games. “I wanted her to still be a part of the team,” Buchanan said. And in an odd way, it was soccer, she said, that kept her daughter going. “When we came back from the hospital, the very next day she was ready to get back onto the field,” Buchanan said. Friday, just one day away from today’s state championships, Rebecca was eager to get back on the field. The area on her torso where her kidney was removed is still tender, and even though doctors have cleared her to play, their is some risk involved. But this girl just wants to give a little back to her team. “They call me their good-luck charm,” she said. “I am going to be better luck when I am on the field.” (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I was worried that they wouldn’t be OK without me.” What Rebecca never imagined was that her illness would incite her teammates to take their game to the next level. The Highlighters are the first team out of the Castaic Val Verde area to make it to the state championships. “We are making history right now,” Coach Steve Baca said. These 10-year-old girls also are the first in Santa Clarita in the past seven years to make it to today’s Upland competition, which pits the top four American Youth Soccer Organization teams – out of more than 1,000 teams in California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington – against one another. CASTAIC – When 10-year-old Rebecca Buchanan was diagnosed with a 4-centimeter kidney stone, she was worried. When doctors found six more stones infesting her young kidney, she was scared. But when doctors told her they would have to remove the kidney, so swollen it was barely functioning, the preteen was afraid of just one thing: letting down her soccer team. “I was worried about my team,” Rebecca said. Rebecca was in the final games of the season, playing for the Castaic Highlighters. last_img read more

Arsenal flop Bendnter still a free agent as wage demands scupper Frankfurt switch

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is still without a club after his move to Eintracht Frankfurt collapsed due to high wage demands.After being released by Arsenal this summer, the 26-year-old is a free agent and currently looking for a new club.He had been expected to complete a move to Frankfurt, with the Bundesliga side keen to add the striker to their squad.However, German news outlet Kicker are now reporting that contract talks have broken down due to Bendtner’s excessive wage demands.The Dane was on £52,000-a-week during his time in North London and it is believed he is reluctant to see that figure drop. 1 Nicklas Bendtner last_img read more

KPL, FKF ‘tough love’ back to tribunal corridors

first_img0Shares0000Thika United players hurdle together to celebrate a goal scored against Mathare United at the Thika Sub County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5- Once again, the new Kenyan Premier League season is set for a curtain raiser at the Sports Disputes Tribunal after Thika United on Tuesday evening obtained an injunction temporarily halting their promotion/relegation play-off against Ushuru FC.The tie had been set for this Sunday but it will now be shelved pending the hearing and determination of Thika’s application with the hearing set for Monday at the John Ohaga led panel’s offices in UpperHill. Thika have all along been objected to the play-off, insisting they knew all along that only two teams which finish in the bottom two slots will be relegated.Last week however, Thika head coach Nicholas Muyoti told Capital Sport they would be getting back to training after the management agreed to the play-off, following the KPL’s Governing Council advice that they should honor the match.It is slowly turning out to be a repeat of the just concluded season when the start of the league season was delayed for close to a month over KPL and FKF’s fight over the expansion of the league to 18 teams with FKF ultimately having their way.The wrangles began all the way back in October when KPL moved to the tribunal stopping the FKF AGM from discussing issues with expanding the league.FKF have insisted that the play-off should continue, arguing that they wrote a letter – which was never replied to – to KPL informing them of the relegation/promotion play-off.“We are now used to being taken to courts, but as always we have shown that we follow the rule of law. We have letters that we wrote to KPL and they never replied. We wrote to them in March, before the season started,” FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said in a previous interview.A senior source at KPL intimated to Capital Sport that the letter might be a turning point in the case and Thika United might be chasing wind.In its ruling in March, the tribunal said that the Federation was the custodian of local football and were on the right to make rules as such governing the leagues while KPL would only be acting as an agent of running the top tier.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgCOMPETITION: It’s competition time at The Brewery, and management at the hugely popular Bar and Restaurant are giving away a FREE carvery lunch for one lucky reader and four of their friends. How do I enter? It couldn’t be any easier, all you have to do is like and share this post on your Facebook timeline. The Brewery has a fantastic and diverse menu and has earned rave reviews since re-opening under new management a number of months ago.So get liking and sharing this post NOW, to win a FREE carvery lunch for you and four of your friends.COMPETITION: WIN A CARVERY LUNCH FOR YOU AND FOUR FRIENDS AT THE BREWERY was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CarveryEntertsinmentFeaturesfreenewsThe Brewerylast_img read more

Chelsea and Arsenal miss out in Carragher and Neville’s predictions

first_img RANKED gameday MONEY 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade NEW ERA possible standings ALTERED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes silverware smart causal Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Wait, what? Manchester City, who have the best players and play the best football, are favourites to win the Premier League?The current champions have started well, having won their first two games comfortably and on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, were asked for their thoughts on whether or not Pep Guardiola’s team will defend their crown as well as which teams will make up the rest of the top four. impact England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won highlights Manchester City won their third Premier League title last term Who will win the Premier League?Neville: Manchester CityCarragher: Manchester CityDuring the transfer window, Liverpool strengthened their squad considerably when they added Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, with Neville and Carragher believing it will make them City’s biggest challengers. Both men also think Alisson and Keita will be the players to watch out for in this campaign.Who will make up the rest of the top four?Neville:  Liverpool, Manchester United, TottenhamCarragher: Liverpool, Manchester United, TottenhamThe duo also believe Everton will be the team that challenges the ‘big six’, while the Golden Boot will be contested between Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero; Neville opting for the latter and Carragher picking the Tottenham striker.Aguero top scored in the 2014/15 season and Kane – the World Cup’s top scorer – won back-to-back Golden Boot awards in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, with Mohamed Salah picking up the prize in 2018. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Football news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decadelast_img read more

Valley Glen vote at issue

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Larry Hanna, president of the board, counters that he expects the election to proceed without problems and that most on the board agree with him. While critics have numerous procedural complaints, their underlying contention is that the election rules are too loose. “Right now, anybody could walk in and vote,” said Laurie Lavine, an early organizer of the group. “You’re talking about a very small group of voters. You get one fraudulent vote in there and you just changed the outcome of the election.” They are also concerned that the rules do not set age limits for candidates. “I almost ran my 6-year-old” for office, Olive said. But Hanna argues that the current system is “more stringent” because it requires voters to sign a form attesting to their stakeholder status under penalty of perjury. As the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council chooses new officers today, a spat over election rules is underscoring growing pains in the city’s budding system of grass-roots democracy. At issue are themes that resonate for most of the city’s more than 100 neighborhood councils: Who is a stakeholder in such community groups? What should their relationship be with City Hall? And should the organizations resemble larger political bodies with their own rigid rules? The Valley Glen group has clashed with the city before as it has grown into a full-fledged neighborhood council. But now a handful of residents – including a current board member and former election committee members – is threatening to protest the current election. “We intend to challenge it based on all these myriad of procedural problems,” said Valerie Olive, vice president of the board of directors. “Valley Glen is a small community, we know the people who live there,” he said. “We’re not going to see massive fraud. We’re not going to see any fraud.” Such a question of stakeholder verification is up to individual councils, said Greg Nelson, general manager of the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. “Actually, we’re quite happy that the neighborhood council has gone more toward being inclusive,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal-owned KN Group, valued at €200m, set to be sold

first_imgThe Donegal-owned KN group is reportedly being readied for a sale.The Sunday Times this week reported that KN CEO Donagh Kelly, who hails from Frosses, has hired advisors to work on a sale or a recapitalisation with the company valued at up to €200m.KN are said to have appointed Clearwater to consider its strategic options. The Kn Group are leading providers to the Telecommunications, Transport Infrastructure and Power Sectors in Ireland, UK and internationally. The count the likes of Eir, Vodafone, BT, Virgin, ESB, Sky and the London Underground as customers.KN Group employs over 2,500 people and had sales of €231m in the year ending February 2017. Pre-tax profits in that accounting year stood at €10.4m, a rise of 31 per cent from the previous 12 months.Sources have told the Sunday Times that KN has resisted the possibility of a sale following interest from international private equity groups.Kelly owns 60 per cent of the company which is the main sponsors of Donegal GAA and Finn Harps.  Kelly is also one of Ireland’s leading rally drivers. Donegal-owned KN Group, valued at €200m, set to be sold was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Pearse Doherty TD calls for urgent regulation of receivers

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has come out in support of small businesses, tenants and homeowners in his call for the regulation of receivers.The Donegal TD has expressed his frustration that years after he first raised the issue of unregulated practices that no action has been taken.Deputy Doherty says the idea is still being kicked around working groups and draft reports and has called for it to be put on the political agenda in the Dáil’s Autumn session. He said: “The lack of regulation of receivers is an issue that is raised with me on an ongoing basis. Small businesses, tenants and homeowners all find themselves dealing with receivers in difficult circumstances.“Unlike liquidators and examiners there is practically no regulation of this group of people.”Deputy Doherty said he has been in contact with many businesses , tenants and others unhappy with how the receivers appointed have acted.“The allegations range from feeling intimidated by hired agents of the receivers, problems related to the taxation arrangements under receivership and accusations that the receivers are undermining the potential survival of businesses and simply acting in effect as liquidators.” This issue has been ongoing for years, said Mr Doherty, as he called for urgent action:“In January 2016 the then Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald wrote to me after I raised the lack of regulation in the Dáil to say that the Company Law Review Group was looking at the issue.“Now two and a half years later the new Minister has informed me that a Working Group on Receivers is discussing the issue and hope to present a report soon.“To date, NAMA inform me, it has paid out €129m to receivers. Over this period the banks have employed receivers thousands of times- all without regulation.“This issue must be tackled urgently. Receivers must be brought fully under the regulatory system so that homeowners, businesses and tenants can exercise their rights.” Pearse Doherty TD calls for urgent regulation of receivers was last modified: July 18th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bankingFinancePearse Doherty TDreceiverslast_img read more

Uncertainty in center shouldn’t compel Giants to deviate from 2019 plan

first_imgMILWAUKEE — As Cactus League play drew to an end and the Giants prepared to travel north to round out their exhibition schedule, they hadn’t settled on a starting center fielder for 2018.Back in March, the Giants had practically penciled in their Opening Day center fielder for 2019, but the team’s top decision-makers struggled to determine whether Steven Duggar was ready to play in the major leagues right away.Days before the season began, Duggar learned he would open the year at Triple-A …last_img read more

Keeping Icy Moons Warm for Billions of Years

first_imgEach spacecraft that has explored the outer solar system has yielded surprises.  It is common knowledge that Voyager scientists were blown away by the first views of active moons they expected to be cold and old.  Recent discoveries have only intensified the surprises.  Richard Kerr wrote recently in Science,1 Why is there geology on Saturn’s icy satellites?  Where did these smallish moons get the energy to refresh their impact-battered surfaces with smoothed plains, ridges, and fissures?  These questions have nagged at scientists since the Voyager flybys in the early 1980s, and the Cassini spacecraft’s recent discovery that Saturn’s Enceladus is spouting like an icy geyser has only compounded the problem.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.) (See 11/28/2005 entry about the discovery of eruptions on Enceladus, and 08/30/2005, 07/14/2005 and 03/04/2005 about its young surface and active south pole.)  The temperature of a body depends primarily on four factors: its nearness to the sun (related to its composition), its mass (related to volume), the amount of tidal flexing imposed on it, and the amount of radioactive heating in its interior.  Trouble is, small bodies short in all four quantities are looking pretty lively.  Several small, icy moons at great distances from the sun show young surfaces and eruptive activity: these include Europa, Triton, and most recently Enceladus.  Io, of course, has a great deal of volcanic activity which is only partly explained by tidal flexing.  Titan is more massive than the other Saturnian moons, but its surface looks very young and active; it may have active cryovolcanos.  And unlike all the other moons, it has a dense atmosphere that is quickly eroding.  While many of the other moons appear quiescent, some, like Ariel, Miranda, Tethys, Iapetus, show evidence of recent surface activity.     Planetary scientists never question the age of these bodies.  They unanimously assume that they are 4.6 billion years old – the consensus view of the age of our solar system.  (This is sometimes stated as “geologic time”).  Presumably, the planets and moons all formed near the beginning, 4.6 billion years ago, and have been cooling off ever since (but see 09/12/2005).  The small bodies should cool much more rapidly than the planets, because as radius decreases, surface area decreases by the square, but volume by the cube.  The smaller the body, therefore, the greater the surface area for the interior heat to leak out.     It’s interesting to watch how planetary scientists deal with surprises.  It takes creative modeling to keep a moon active that should have frozen solid billions of years ago.  Here’s what the planetary scientists have been up to: Enceladus: Stoke the Furnace:  Throw some radioactive aluminum-26 into the core furnace; maybe that will help.  Kerr reported that the Cassini team tried this to keep Enceladus warm enough to spout.  Others find this interesting, but are not convinced: “At each stage [of the calculations], there are several knobs you can twiddle,” said Francis Nimmo (UC Santa Cruz).  “There are so many free parameters it’s hard to make a strong statement.”  Why the other nearby moons, such as Mimas (same diameter) are not erupting is a problem, but Enceladus does appear to have higher density and therefore a larger core for storing the hot Al-26.  Nevertheless, the buzz around JPL is that nobody really has a good answer yet.  Enceladus is a problem moon that has scientists scratching their heads. Update 03/09/2003: A JPL Press Release says there may even be liquid water erupting, like cold versions of the geysers of Yellowstone.  “We realize that this is a radical conclusion,” said the imaging team lead.  Science Dec. 10 had a special section on Enceladus with a dozen articles from the Cassini team exploring all aspects of the bizarre moon, from images to magnetic fields, from infrared and ultraviolet measurements to in situ particle measurements.  “Finding such active geology on such a tiny moon is a big surprise,” said Joanne Baker in the introductory article.  The only other active bodies in the solar system (Earth, Triton, Io) are larger than Enceladus.  One model was offered to show how pockets of liquid water might form under the surface, but most scientists are saying this is a huge mystery. Iapetus: Slam on the Brakes:  The big midriff bulge on Saturn’s yin-yang moon Iapetus presents a different problem.  Scientists are dealing with this by having it start with a high spin rate with a good dose of aluminum-26 to keep it deformable.  If tidal interactions with Saturn forced it to spin down rapidly, maybe the bulge was able to freeze in place.  For more on Iapetus, see 01/07/2005. Titan: Hide the Goods:  Planetary scientists were surprised, and perhaps disappointed, to find no liquid oceans of methane on the surface of Titan.  The Huygens Probe landed on a dry lake bed, and the Cassini orbiter has failed to detect liquid on the surface.  At current erosion rates, the atmospheric methane would be depleted in 10 to 100 million years – just 2% its assumed age.  Clearly, scientists who want to keep Titan old need a source of methane to replenish the atmosphere.  A new theory was just published in a letter to Nature this week.2  Jonathan Lunine, who has puzzled over Titan for over 20 years, has moved the methane reservoir underground: Saturn’s largest satellite, Titan, has a massive nitrogen atmosphere containing up to 5 per cent methane near its surface.  Photochemistry in the stratosphere would remove the present-day atmospheric methane in a few tens of millions of years.  Before the Cassini-Huygens mission arrived at Saturn, widespread liquid methane or mixed hydrocarbon seas hundreds of metres in thickness were proposed as reservoirs from which methane could be resupplied to the atmosphere over geologic time.  Titan fly-by observations and ground-based observations rule out the presence of extensive bodies of liquid hydrocarbons at present, which means that methane must be derived from another source over Titan’s history.  Here we show that episodic outgassing of methane stored as clathrate hydrates within an icy shell above an ammonia-enriched water ocean is the most likely explanation for Titan’s atmospheric methane.  The other possible explanations all fail because they cannot explain the absence of surface liquid reservoirs and/or the low dissipative state of the interior.  On the basis of our models, we predict that future fly-bys should reveal the existence of both a subsurface water ocean and a rocky core, and should detect more cryovolcanic edifices. (See also: ESA report and Science Now.  For earlier stories on Titan, see 12/05/2005, 06/09/2005, 05/18/2005, 04/08/2005 and 03/11/2005).  Cassini just made its 13th pass over Titan on Monday, and has many more passes this year, so we shall have to wait and see.  For dramatic images of the most recent flyby, showing sharp boundaries between dark and light areas, see the Cassini Titan-11 flyby page and raw images: here is a good sample. While modelers have many dials and switches to fiddle with, one factor may be complicating the matter.  Kubo et al. did experiments with a high-pressure form of ice known as Ice II and found that it deforms, or “creeps” much faster than previously thought – by up to two orders of magnitude, depending on the grain size.  Their paper in Science3 was joined by a commentary from Peter Sammonds,4 who agreed that “This realization could change our understanding of the dynamics and evolution of these planetary bodies”  What this implies specifically was not made clear.  Perhaps it means that an icy moon’s interior would reach equilibrium in less time.  You figure it out: Kubo et al. argue that grain size-sensitive creep of Ice I and Ice II plausibly dominates the evolution and dynamics of the interiors of the medium to large icy moons of the outer solar system.  Ice II is considerably more viscous than Ice I.  The transition from Ice I to Ice II, which occurs at depth, is accompanied by an increase in viscosity of four orders of magnitude.  If grain size-sensitive creep does not operate, then the increase in viscosity would be six orders of magnitude.  So if grain size-sensitive creep is not taken into account as a deformation mechanism, estimates for viscosities of the interiors of the icy moons are off by about two orders of magnitude.  Such a difference would have profound implications for interpreting their evolution and dynamics. (See also Lawrence Livermore press release.)  Whatever this means, modelers apparently didn’t set the knob right on this parameter before now.center_img 1Richard Kerr, “How Saturn’s Icy Moons Get a (Geologic) Life,” Science, 6 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5757, p. 29, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5757.29. 2Gabriel Tobie, Jonathan Lunine and Christophe Sotin, “Episodic outgassing as the origin of atmospheric methane on Titan,” Nature 440, 61-64 (2 March 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04497. 3Kubo et al., “Grain Size-Sensitive Creep in Ice II,” Science, 3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1267 – 1269, DOI: 10.1126/science.1121296. 4Peter Sammonds, “Creep and Flow on the Icy Moons of the Outer Planets,” Science, No sooner did the word “water” appear in news reports about Enceladus, when reporters started talking about “life.”  The press release twists the evidence for a young Enceladus into evidence for old evolution: “Scientists still have many questions.  Why is Enceladus currently so active?  Are other sites on Enceladus active?  Might this activity have been continuous enough over the moon’s history for life to have had a chance to take hold in the moon’s interior?”  Geological activity is not necessarily related to biological activity.  Enceladus is not a case for OOL, but for YEC.  Who are these spin doctors that write press blurbs like this gem from a Cassini press agent: “A masterpiece of deep time and wrenching gravity, the tortured surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus and its fascinating ongoing geologic activity tell the story of the ancient and present struggles of one tiny world.”  Get real.     Does a model correspond to reality?  This is an interesting question in philosophy of science.  Some things are too difficult to observe and explain.  A model can provide a “cartoon” of the problem to help make it manageable (or provide comic relief).  Based on the model, scientists make predictions, or open the model to falsification.  Confidence in the model grows if it passes these tests.  Unfortunately, the more switches, dials and free parameters in the model, the more the model becomes immune to falsification, and the more other models might make similar predictions.  Consequently, it becomes increasingly difficult to know if the model really connects with the real world, or is just a convenient fiction.  What we wonder is why there is a padlock on the rheostat labeled, “age of the solar system.”  Rumor has it the Darwin Party put it there.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more