first_imgThe crafter of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, has clarified that after drafting the new Liberian Constitution and submitting it to President Samuel Kanyon Doe, the President adjusted some parts for reasons not disclosed.Dr. Sawyer has over time been accused by some Liberians for crafting a constitution that made Liberia a secular state and gave lengthy tenures to legislators and the president.Based on this concept, the Constitution Review Committee, now headed by Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, has solicited the views of citizens on the tenures of the president, senators and representatives, which will form a part of the referendum expected to be held next year.Making clarifications in an exclusive interview with this newspaper last weekend at his Governance Commission office, Dr. Sawyer indicated that he and his 25-member National Constitutional Commission structured the tenures of president, senators and representative as six years for senators and four years each for the president and representatives.Contrary to this structure, said Dr. Sawyer, President Doe recommended 9 years for Senators and 6 for the President and Representatives.Dr. Sawyer also told this newspaper that the appointment of Superintendents was structured to be done by the President in consultation with local leaders who would recommend three persons from among whom the President would choose one for each county. He also said the drafted constitution demanded the setting up of a judicial service committee to evaluate the Chief Justice and other justices of the Supreme Court and the judges, but that was left out by President Doe when he reviewed it.On the issue of making Liberia a secular state as enshrined in the 1986 Constitution, Dr. Sawyer said that in order to not create the feeling of discrimination and exclusion by any group, they agreed to make Liberia a secular state with everyone practicing his/her religion without harm to the other.He also argued that the 1847 Constitution did not make Liberia a state of one religion, but clearly stipulated that Liberia is a country wherein everyone is free to practice his/her religion without harming or offending others.The Constitution of 1847 Article 1 Section 3 states: “All men have a natural and unalienable right to worship God, according to the dictates of their own consciences, without obstruction or molestation from others: all persons demeaning themselves peaceably, and not obstructing others in their religious worship, are entitled to the protection of law, in the free exercise of their own religion; and no sect of Christians shall have exclusive privileges or preference,over any other sect; but all shall be alike tolerated: and no religious test whatever shall be required as a qualification for civil office, or the exercise of any civil right.”Arguing on this provision and the need to enjoy peaceful coexistence in the country, Dr. Sawyer said he stands opposed to the call for making Liberia a“Christian state” and that it will not mean well for the country if such a decision is made.He said the National Constitution Commission that drafted the 1986 Constitution did better work and reached all Liberians with the message than the current Constitution Review Committee (CRC). 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_imgThe Portuguese star follows in the steps of his arch-rival, Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year, although the sums involved were smaller.Madrid’s public prosecutors accuse Ronaldo of having taken “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities”.They say this was a “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.In addition, they say the Real Madrid striker only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.And finally, they accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.– ‘Conscience is clear’ –Ronaldo has defended himself, saying his “conscience is clear”.But the allegations still took their toll, and the man with the “CR7” brand, Real’s all-time top goalscorer, threatened to leave Spain over the affair, giving supporters a fright.He has since hinted he will stay on, telling Spanish sports daily Marca that he would like to continue to win trophies for Real.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain, which is only just recovering from a damaging economic crisis that saw countless people lose their jobs and inequalities rise.Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro fine last year for tax fraud.His prison sentence has since been replaced by another fine of 252,000 euros, which corresponds to 400 euros for each day of jail.Barcelona’s Argentine defender Javier Mascherano, meanwhile, agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.Brazil star Neymar, another Barcelona forward, and his parents are also due to stand trial for alleged corruption over his transfer from Santos in 2013.– Super-agent Mendes –Real have not been spared either.Apart from Ronaldo, former player Angel di Maria, Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao and Jose Mourinho, who coached the club from 2009 to 2013, have all been accused of tax fraud.All are clients of super-agent Jorge Mendes, who was also questioned and put under official investigation last month by a Spanish court investigating alleged tax evasion by Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, another footballer in his stable.Mendes defended himself, telling the closed door hearing that he “never” advised players in tax matters.Where Ronaldo is concerned, Mendes’s company Gestifute has denied any “fiscal set-up” and said “the player didn’t hide anything”.But if he were put on trial and found guilty, Ronaldo risks “a fine of at least 28 million” euros and could potentially be jailed for three-and-a-half years, the Gestha union of experts at Spain’s Inland Revenue has said.Since extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (80 million euros) earned in 2016-2017, according to Forbes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to appear in court in Spain on Monday, accused of evading millions in taxes © AFP/File / Roman KruchininMADRID, Spain, Jul 29 – Cristiano Ronaldo faces a brutal return to Madrid before starting pre-season training with Real Madrid as he is expected in court on Monday, accused of evading millions in taxes.The 32-year-old — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, over allegations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.2 million) in tax.last_img read more

first_img“The offer of 1,050,001,000 euros, is superior to the minimum requested in the invitation to tender,” Lega Serie A said in a statement, with MediaPro’s offer enough for them to beat traditional broadcast partners Sky and Mediaset.The annoucement comes after the Italian league rejected the offers made by Sky and Mediaset at the end of January, judging the total amount of 830 million euros to be insufficient.The two groups currently share the domestic television rights, paying 945 million euros per year for the period 2015 to 2018.Lega Serie A wanted at least 1.05 billion euros a year for the new deal, and MediaPro’s offer goes 1,000 euros over that mark.The international rights for Serie A were attributed in October to IMG and Rai, the Italian national public broadcaster, for a total of 371 million euros per year for the three years to 2021. That is double the previous amount.According to an advisor to the league, the offer from MediaPro, who already hold the rights to the Spanish league, could be linked to a project to create a new television channel in partnership with the league itself.The amount of the new offer compares to 1.16 billion euros a year in Germany, 1 billion euros in Spain and 726 million euros in France. However, it is way behind England’s annual total of 1.95 billion euros.Sky, however, reacted via a statement from their lawyers saying MediaPro’s offer was “inadmissible” and demanding that negotiations with the Spanish group be interrupted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi of Juventus, Serie A champions in the last six seasons © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOROME, Italy, Feb 5 – The Italian league announced on Monday that the domestic television rights for Serie A games for the period 2018 to 2021 have been sold to Spanish group MediaPro for Sh132bn ($1.3bn) a year.MediaPro is the company that has been contracted by the Kenyan premier League to produce at least two matches per weekend though the financial details of this deal remain scanty.last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal woman has scooped the holiday of a lifetime and a cool €10,000 to spend while there.Sandra can’t believe she has won the holiday!And it all happened on the Late Late Show.Sandra Coss didn’t think she had much of a chance when she entered the RTE show’s textline phone-in competition. Thousands of people probably knew the answer to the question “Which famous manager resigned this week?’But Sandra got the shock of her life just after 11.30pm last night when she was contacted by the show to say she was the winner.Presenter Ryan Tubridy congratulated Sandra and asked he how everything was in beautiful Donegal.“I’m in very wet Donegal,” laughed Sandra. Ryan then told her she had just won a holiday worth €5,000 to spend on a holiday anywhere in the world and also €10,000 to spend.Sandra was inundated by friends on Facebook congratulating her today.Have a great trip Sandra. DONEGAL WOMAN SCOOPS DREAM HOLIDAY ON LATE LATE SHOW was last modified: May 11th, 2013 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:holidayLate Late ShowprizeSandra Cosslast_img read more

first_imgThat raised fears the 20-year-old could be forced to miss some or all of the opening group games with an injury.But Rashford insists he will available for Monday’s Group G meeting with Tunisia.“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” he Tweeted to his 1.13 million followers.“Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about.” 1 Marcus Rashford missed England training on Wednesday Marcus Rashford insists there is “nothing to worry about” despite missing England training.The Manchester United forward was absent from an open training session Russia with the England squad ahead of their World Cup opener next week. Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about 👊🏾 #ThreeLions— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 13, 2018The starlet lit up the Three Lions’ last game against Costa Rica by scoring an absolute belter and looking to take players on at any possible opportunity.England begin their World Cup campaign in Volgograd on June 18.Following that, they face Panama on June 24 before a potential top-of-the-table clash with Belgium on June 24.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

first_img SWANSEA August5 Stoke (h)11 Derby (a)18 Rotherham (h)22 Swansea (a)25 Norwich (a)September1 Middlesbrough (h)15 Millwall (a)18 Preston (h)22 Birmingham (h)29 Sheff Wed (a)October3 Hull (a)6 Brentford (h)20 Blackburn (a)24 Ipswich (h)27 Nottm Forest (h)November3 Wigan (a)10 West Brom (a)24 Bristol City (h)27 Reading (h)December1 Sheff Utd (a)8 QPR (h)15 Bolton (a)22 Aston Villa (a)26 Blackburn (h)29 Hull (h)January1 Nottm Forest (a)12 Derby (h)19 Stoke (a)26 Rotherham (a)February2 Norwich (h)9 Middlesbrough (a)13 Swansea (h)16 QPR (a)23 Bolton (h)March2 West Brom (h)9 Bristol City (a)12 Reading (a)16 Sheff Utd (h)30 Millwall (h)April6 Birmingham (a)9 Preston (a)13 Sheff Wed (h)19 Wigan (h)22 Brentford (a)27 Aston Villa (h)May5 Ipswich (a) August4 Wigan (a)11 Hull (h)18 Brentford (a)21 Millwall (h)25 Ipswich (h)September1 Reading (a)15 Stoke (h)19 Nottm Forest (a)22 Aston Villa (a)29 Leeds (h)October3 West Brom (h)6 Bristol City (a)20 Middlesbrough (h)23 QPR (a)27 Birmingham (a)November3 Norwich (h)10 Sheff Utd (a)24 Derby (h)28 Bolton (h)December1 Blackburn (a)8 Rotherham (h)15 Swansea (a)22 Preston (h)26 Middlesbrough (a)29 West Brom (a)January1 Birmingham (h)12 Hull (a)19 Wigan (h)26 Brentford (h)February2 Ipswich (a)9 Reading (h)13 Millwall (a)16 Rotherham (a)23 Swansea (h)March2 Sheff Utd (h)9 Derby (a)12 Bolton (a)16 Blackburn (h)30 Stoke (a)April6 Aston Villa (h)9 Nottm Forest (h)13 Leeds (a)19 Norwich (a)22 Bristol City (h)27 Preston (a)May5 QPR (h) Swansea, Stoke and West Brom will all be aiming for promotion, having been relegated from the Premier League last season.But it is set to be a hugely competitive division, with the likes of Derby, Leeds and Middlesbrough all harbouring hopes of a return to the top-flight.Here’s the Championship fixture list in full (All fixtures subject to change): DERBY Leeds have the fiery Marcelo Bielsa in charge NORWICH August4 Preston (a)11 Sheff Utd (h)18 West Brom (a)21 Bristol City (h)25 Wigan (h)September1 Birmingham (a)15 Bolton (a)19 Millwall (h)22 Norwich (h)29 Swansea (a)October2 Reading (a)6 Derby (h)20 Ipswich (a)23 Sheff Wed (h)27 Aston Villa (h)November3 Blackburn (a)10 Brentford (h)24 Stoke (a)27 Rotherham (a)December1 Hull (h)8 Leeds (a)15 Middlesbrough (h)22 Nottm Forest (a)26 Ipswich (h)29 Reading (h)January1 Aston Villa (a)12 Sheff Utd (a)19 Preston (h)26 West Brom (h)February2 Wigan (a)9 Birmingham (h)13 Bristol City (a)16 Leeds (h)23 Middlesbrough (a)March2 Brentford (a)9 Stoke (h)13 Rotherham (h)16 Hull (a)30 Bolton (h)April6 Norwich (a)10 Millwall (a)13 Swansea (h)19 Blackburn (h)22 Derby (a)27 Nottm Forest (h)May5 Sheff Wed (a) August4 Swansea (h)11 QPR (a)18 Norwich (h)21 Middlesbrough (a)25 Bolton (a)September1 Aston Villa (h)15 Bristol City (a)19 Birmingham (h)22 Preston (h)29 Millwall (a)October3 Blackburn (a)6 Hull (h)20 Derby (a)23 Stoke (h)27 Wigan (h)November3 Nottm Forest (a)10 Sheff Wed (h)24 Rotherham (a)27 Brentford (a)December1 Leeds (h)8 Reading (a)15 West Brom (h)22 Ipswich (a)26 Derby (h)29 Blackburn (h)January1 Wigan (a)12 QPR (h)19 Swansea (a)26 Norwich (a)February2 Bolton (h)9 Aston Villa (a)13 Middlesbrough (h)16 Reading (h)23 West Brom (a)March2 Sheff Wed (a)9 Rotherham (h)12 Brentford (h)16 Leeds (a)30 Bristol City (h)April6 Preston (a)10 Birmingham (a)13 Millwall (h)19 Nottm Forest (h)22 Hull (a)27 Ipswich (h)May5 Stoke (a) 10 10 MIDDLESBROUGH 10 August4 Ipswich (a)11 Millwall (h)18 Hull (a)22 Reading (h)25 Brentford (h)September1 Bristol City (a)15 Aston Villa (h)18 Derby (a)22 Stoke (a)29 Nottm Forest (h)October3 Sheff Utd (h)6 Bolton (a)20 Leeds (h)23 Swansea (a)27 West Brom (a)November3 QPR (h)10 Rotherham (h)24 Preston (a)28 Wigan (a)December1 Sheff Wed (h)8 Middlesbrough (a)15 Birmingham (h)22 Norwich (h)26 Leeds (a)29 Sheff Utd (a)January1 West Brom (h)12 Millwall (a)19 Ipswich (h)26 Hull (h)February2 Brentford (a)9 Bristol City (h)13 Reading (a)16 Middlesbrough (h)23 Birmingham (a)March2 Rotherham (a)9 Preston (h)12 Wigan (h)16 Sheff Wed (a)30 Aston Villa (a)April6 Stoke (h)9 Derby (h)13 Nottm Forest (a)19 QPR (a)22 Bolton (h)27 Norwich (a)May5 Swansea (h) BRENTFORD August3 Reading (a)11 Leeds (h)18 Millwall (a)21 Ipswich (h)25 Preston (h)September1 Hull (a)15 Rotherham (a)18 Blackburn (h)22 Brentford (h)29 Bolton (a)October3 Norwich (h)6 QPR (a)20 Sheff Utd (h)24 West Brom (a)27 Middlesbrough (a)November3 Birmingham (h)10 Aston Villa (h)24 Sheff Wed (a)28 Stoke (a)December1 Swansea (h)8 Wigan (a)15 Nottm Forest (h)22 Bristol City (h)26 Sheff Utd (a)29 Norwich (a)January1 Middlesbrough (h)12 Leeds (a)19 Reading (h)26 Millwall (h)February2 Preston (a)9 Hull (h)12 Ipswich (a)16 Wigan (h)23 Nottm Forest (a)March2 Aston Villa (a)9 Sheff Wed (h)13 Stoke (h)16 Swansea (a)30 Rotherham (h)April6 Brentford (a)9 Blackburn (a)13 Bolton (h)19 Birmingham (a)22 QPR (h)27 Bristol City (a)May5 West Brom (h) Wolves won the Championship title last season 10 August4 Norwich (h)11 Middlesbrough (a)18 Swansea (h)22 Bolton (a)25 Nottm Forest (a)September1 QPR (h)15 West Brom (h)19 Sheff Utd (a)22 Leeds (a)29 Ipswich (h)October2 Brentford (a)6 Rotherham (h)20 Stoke (a)24 Reading (h)27 Sheff Wed (h)November3 Derby (a)10 Hull (h)24 Aston Villa (a)27 Millwall (a)December1 Preston (h)8 Bristol City (h)15 Blackburn (a)22 Wigan (a)26 Stoke (h)29 Brentford (h)January1 Sheff Wed (a)12 Middlesbrough (h)19 Norwich (a)26 Swansea (a)February2 Nottm Forest (h)9 QPR (a)12 Bolton (h)16 Bristol City (a)23 Blackburn (h)March2 Hull (a)9 Aston Villa (h)12 Millwall (h)16 Preston (a)30 West Brom (a)April6 Leeds (h)10 Sheff Utd (h)13 Ipswich (a)19 Derby (h)22 Rotherham (a)27 Wigan (h)May5 Reading (a) August4 Millwall (a)11 Birmingham (h)18 Bristol City (a)21 Sheff Utd (h)25 West Brom (h)September1 Leeds (a)15 Norwich (a)19 Bolton (h)22 Swansea (h)29 Hull (a)October2 Ipswich (a)6 Nottm Forest (h)20 Sheff Wed (a)23 Rotherham (h)27 Derby (h)November3 Stoke (a)10 Wigan (h)24 Brentford (a)28 Preston (a)December1 Aston Villa (h)8 Blackburn (h)15 QPR (a)22 Reading (a)26 Sheff Wed (h)29 Ipswich (h)January1 Derby (a)12 Birmingham (a)19 Millwall (h)26 Bristol City (h)February2 West Brom (a)9 Leeds (h)13 Sheff Utd (a)16 Blackburn (a)23 QPR (h)March2 Wigan (a)9 Brentford (h)13 Preston (h)16 Aston Villa (a)30 Norwich (h)April6 Swansea (a)9 Bolton (a)13 Hull (h)19 Stoke (h)22 Nottm Forest (a)27 Reading (h)May5 Rotherham (a) 10 August4 Brentford (a)11 Ipswich (h)18 Leeds (a)21 Hull (h)25 Millwall (h)September1 Wigan (a)15 Derby (h)19 Aston Villa (a)22 Nottm Forest (a)29 Stoke (h)October3 Bristol City (h)6 Birmingham (a)20 Bolton (h)23 Middlesbrough (a)27 Preston (a)November3 Swansea (h)10 Blackburn (a)24 Sheff Utd (h)27 QPR (h)December1 Norwich (a)8 Sheff Wed (a)15 Reading (h)22 West Brom (h)26 Bolton (a)29 Bristol City (a)January1 Preston (h)12 Ipswich (a)19 Brentford (h)26 Leeds (h)February2 Millwall (a)9 Wigan (h)12 Hull (a)16 Sheff Wed (h)23 Reading (a)March2 Blackburn (h)9 Sheff Utd (a)13 QPR (a)16 Norwich (h)30 Derby (a)April6 Nottm Forest (h)10 Aston Villa (h)13 Stoke (a)19 Swansea (a)22 Birmingham (h)27 West Brom (a)May5 Middlesbrough (h) 10 HULL August6 Aston Villa (h)11 Sheff Wed (a)18 Blackburn (h)21 Rotherham (a)25 Stoke (a)September1 Derby (h)15 Ipswich (h)18 Wigan (a)22 Reading (a)29 Middlesbrough (h)October3 Leeds (h)6 Sheff Utd (a)20 Preston (h)24 Bristol City (a)27 Bolton (a)November3 West Brom (h)10 Birmingham (a)24 Nottm Forest (h)27 Norwich (h)December1 QPR (a)8 Millwall (a)15 Brentford (h)22 Swansea (h)26 Preston (a)29 Leeds (a)January1 Bolton (h)12 Sheff Wed (h)19 Aston Villa (a)26 Blackburn (a)February2 Stoke (h)9 Derby (a)12 Rotherham (h)16 Millwall (h)23 Brentford (a)March2 Birmingham (h)9 Nottm Forest (a)13 Norwich (a)16 QPR (h)30 Ipswich (a)April6 Reading (h)10 Wigan (h)13 Middlesbrough (a)19 West Brom (a)22 Sheff Utd (h)27 Swansea (a)May5 Bristol City (h) WEST BROM August4 Bolton (h)7 Nottm Forest (a)11 Norwich (a)18 QPR (h)25 Middlesbrough (a)September1 Stoke (h)15 Birmingham (a)18 Bristol City (h)22 Millwall (h)29 Preston (a)October3 Sheff Wed (a)6 Reading (h)20 Wigan (a)24 Derby (h)27 Blackburn (h)November3 Hull (a)10 Leeds (h)24 Ipswich (a)28 Swansea (a)December1 Brentford (h)8 Aston Villa (h)15 Sheff Utd (a)22 Rotherham (a)26 Wigan (h)29 Sheff Wed (h)January1 Blackburn (a)12 Norwich (h)19 Bolton (a)26 QPR (a)February2 Middlesbrough (h)9 Stoke (a)12 Nottm Forest (h)16 Aston Villa (a)23 Sheff Utd (h)March2 Leeds (a)9 Ipswich (h)13 Swansea (h)16 Brentford (a)30 Birmingham (h)April6 Millwall (a)9 Bristol City (a)13 Preston (h)19 Hull (h)22 Reading (a)27 Rotherham (h)May5 Derby (a) BOLTON ASTON VILLA August4 QPR (h)11 Swansea (a)18 Stoke (h)22 Norwich (a)25 Derby (a)September1 Bolton (h)15 Reading (h)18 Leeds (a)22 Sheff Utd (a)29 West Brom (h)October2 Aston Villa (a)6 Wigan (h)20 Hull (a)24 Brentford (h)27 Rotherham (h)November3 Ipswich (a)10 Bristol City (a)24 Blackburn (h)28 Middlesbrough (h)December1 Birmingham (a)8 Nottm Forest (a)15 Millwall (h)22 Sheff Wed (a)26 Hull (h)29 Aston Villa (h)January1 Rotherham (a)12 Swansea (h)19 QPR (a)26 Stoke (a)February2 Derby (h)9 Bolton (a)12 Norwich (h)16 Nottm Forest (h)23 Millwall (a)March2 Bristol City (h)9 Blackburn (a)13 Middlesbrough (a)16 Birmingham (h)30 Reading (a)April6 Sheff Utd (h)9 Leeds (h)13 West Brom (a)19 Ipswich (h)22 Wigan (a)27 Sheff Wed (h)May5 Brentford (a) STOKE SHEFFIELD UNITED talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have exclusive radio rights to the EFL Championship, League One and League Two in 2018/19. The talkSPORT network will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals, EFL Cup matches and the Checkatrade Trophy.center_img READING August5 Leeds (a)11 Brentford (h)18 Preston (a)22 Wigan (h)25 Hull (h)September1 West Brom (a)15 Sheff Wed (a)18 Swansea (h)22 Blackburn (h)29 Rotherham (a)October2 Bolton (h)6 Norwich (a)20 Birmingham (h)23 Sheff Utd (a)27 Bristol City (a)November3 Middlesbrough (h)10 Nottm Forest (a)24 QPR (h)28 Derby (h)December1 Reading (a)8 Ipswich (h)15 Aston Villa (a)22 Millwall (h)26 Birmingham (a)29 Bolton (a)January1 Bristol City (h)12 Brentford (a)19 Leeds (h)26 Preston (h)February2 Hull (a)9 West Brom (h)13 Wigan (a)16 Ipswich (a)23 Aston Villa (h)March2 Nottm Forest (h)9 QPR (a)13 Derby (a)16 Reading (h)30 Sheff Wed (h)April6 Blackburn (a)9 Swansea (a)13 Rotherham (h)19 Middlesbrough (a)22 Norwich (h)27 Millwall (a)May5 Sheff Utd (h) BIRMINGHAM 10 NOTTINGHAM FOREST August4 Nottm Forest (h)11 Bolton (a)18 Middlesbrough (h)21 QPR (a)25 Swansea (a)September1 Blackburn (h)15 Sheff Utd (h)18 West Brom (a)22 Wigan (a)29 Aston Villa (h)October3 Rotherham (a)6 Sheff Wed (h)20 Brentford (a)24 Hull (h)27 Stoke (h)November3 Reading (a)10 Preston (h)24 Leeds (a)28 Ipswich (a)December1 Millwall (h)8 Birmingham (a)15 Norwich (h)22 Derby (a)26 Brentford (h)29 Rotherham (h)January1 Stoke (a)12 Bolton (h)19 Nottm Forest (a)26 Middlesbrough (a)February2 Swansea (h)9 Blackburn (a)13 QPR (h)16 Birmingham (h)23 Norwich (a)March2 Preston (a)9 Leeds (h)12 Ipswich (h)16 Millwall (a)30 Sheff Utd (a)April6 Wigan (h)9 West Brom (h)13 Aston Villa (a)19 Reading (h)22 Sheff Wed (a)27 Derby (h)May5 Hull (a) BRISTOL CITY WIGAN August4 West Brom (a)11 Bristol City (h)18 Reading (a)22 Birmingham (h)25 Sheff Utd (h)September1 Preston (a)15 QPR (h)19 Middlesbrough (a)22 Ipswich (a)29 Derby (h)October2 Stoke (a)6 Blackburn (h)20 Rotherham (a)24 Nottm Forest (h)27 Hull (h)November3 Aston Villa (a)10 Swansea (h)24 Millwall (a)28 Sheff Wed (a)December1 Wigan (h)8 Norwich (a)15 Leeds (h)22 Brentford (a)26 Rotherham (h)29 Stoke (h)January1 Hull (a)12 Bristol City (a)19 West Brom (h)26 Reading (h)February2 Sheff Utd (a)9 Preston (h)12 Birmingham (a)16 Norwich (h)23 Leeds (a)March2 Swansea (a)9 Millwall (h)12 Sheff Wed (h)16 Wigan (a)30 QPR (a)April6 Ipswich (h)9 Middlesbrough (h)13 Derby (a)19 Aston Villa (h)22 Blackburn (a)27 Brentford (h)May5 Nottm Forest (a) August4 Rotherham (h)11 Stoke (a)18 Sheff Wed (h)21 Aston Villa (a)25 Blackburn (a)September1 Nottm Forest (h)15 Wigan (h)19 Ipswich (a)22 Derby (a)29 Reading (h)October2 Birmingham (h)6 Leeds (a)20 Bristol City (h)24 Preston (a)27 Norwich (a)November3 Millwall (h)10 QPR (a)24 Middlesbrough (h)27 Sheff Utd (h)December1 West Brom (a)8 Swansea (h)15 Hull (a)22 Bolton (h)26 Bristol City (a)29 Birmingham (a)January1 Norwich (h)12 Stoke (h)19 Rotherham (a)26 Sheff Wed (a)February2 Blackburn (h)9 Nottm Forest (a)13 Aston Villa (h)16 Swansea (a)23 Hull (h)March2 QPR (h)9 Middlesbrough (a)12 Sheff Utd (a)16 West Brom (h)30 Wigan (a)April6 Derby (h)10 Ipswich (h)13 Reading (a)19 Millwall (a)22 Leeds (h)27 Bolton (a)May5 Preston (h) August6 Hull (a)11 Wigan (h)18 Ipswich (a)21 Brentford (h)25 Reading (h)September1 Sheff Utd (a)15 Blackburn (a)19 Rotherham (h)22 Sheff Wed (h)29 Bristol City (a)October2 Preston (h)6 Millwall (a)20 Swansea (h)23 Norwich (a)27 QPR (a)November3 Bolton (h)10 Derby (a)24 Birmingham (h)28 Nottm Forest (h)December1 Middlesbrough (a)8 West Brom (a)15 Stoke (h)22 Leeds (h)26 Swansea (a)29 Preston (a)January1 QPR (h)12 Wigan (a)19 Hull (h)26 Ipswich (h)February2 Reading (a)9 Sheff Utd (h)13 Brentford (a)16 West Brom (h)23 Stoke (a)March2 Derby (h)9 Birmingham (a)12 Nottm Forest (a)16 Middlesbrough (h)30 Blackburn (h)April6 Sheff Wed (a)10 Rotherham (a)13 Bristol City (h)19 Bolton (a)22 Millwall (h)27 Leeds (a)May5 Norwich (h) The fixtures for the 2018/19 Championship season were released on Thursday morning.The new campaign will kick off over the weekend of the 4/5 August. QPR August4 Sheff Utd (a)11 Preston (h)18 Birmingham (a)22 Leeds (h)25 Bristol City (h)September1 Millwall (a)15 Nottm Forest (h)18 Stoke (a)22 Middlesbrough (a)29 QPR (h)October2 Wigan (a)6 Ipswich (h)20 Aston Villa (a)23 Blackburn (h)27 Reading (h)November3 Rotherham (a)10 Bolton (a)24 Norwich (h)28 West Brom (h)December1 Derby (a)8 Brentford (a)15 Sheff Wed (h)22 Hull (a)26 Aston Villa (h)29 Wigan (h)January1 Reading (a)12 Preston (a)19 Sheff Utd (h)26 Birmingham (h)February2 Bristol City (a)9 Millwall (h)13 Leeds (a)16 Brentford (h)23 Sheff Wed (a)March2 Bolton (h)9 Norwich (a)13 West Brom (a)16 Derby (h)30 Nottm Forest (a)April6 Middlesbrough (h)9 Stoke (h)13 QPR (a)19 Rotherham (h)22 Ipswich (a)27 Hull (h)May5 Blackburn (a) Wolves won the Championship last season New QPR manager Steve McClaren SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY August4 Middlesbrough (h)11 Blackburn (a)18 Derby (h)21 Sheff Wed (a)25 Rotherham (a)September1 Swansea (h)15 Leeds (h)19 QPR (a)22 West Brom (a)29 Sheff Utd (h)October3 Nottm Forest (a)6 Aston Villa (h)20 Reading (a)23 Wigan (h)27 Ipswich (h)November3 Brentford (a)10 Norwich (a)24 Bolton (h)27 Birmingham (h)December1 Bristol City (a)8 Hull (h)15 Preston (a)22 Stoke (a)26 Reading (h)29 Nottm Forest (h)January1 Ipswich (a)12 Blackburn (h)19 Middlesbrough (a)26 Derby (a)February2 Rotherham (h)9 Swansea (a)13 Sheff Wed (h)16 Hull (a)23 Preston (h)March2 Norwich (h)9 Bolton (a)12 Birmingham (a)16 Bristol City (h)30 Leeds (a)April6 West Brom (h)10 QPR (h)13 Sheff Utd (a)19 Brentford (h)22 Aston Villa (a)27 Stoke (h)May5 Wigan (a) MILLWALL 10 August4 Birmingham (a)11 West Brom (h)18 Sheff Utd (a)22 Preston (h)25 Leeds (h)September1 Ipswich (a)15 Middlesbrough (h)19 Reading (a)22 QPR (a)29 Wigan (h)October3 Derby (a)6 Stoke (h)20 Nottm Forest (a)23 Aston Villa (h)27 Brentford (h)November3 Sheff Wed (a)10 Millwall (h)24 Swansea (a)27 Hull (a)December1 Rotherham (h)8 Bolton (h)15 Bristol City (a)22 Blackburn (a)26 Nottm Forest (h)29 Derby (h)January1 Brentford (a)12 West Brom (a)19 Birmingham (h)26 Sheff Utd (h)February2 Leeds (a)9 Ipswich (h)12 Preston (a)16 Bolton (a)23 Bristol City (h)March2 Millwall (a)9 Swansea (h)13 Hull (h)16 Rotherham (a)30 Middlesbrough (a)April6 QPR (h)9 Reading (h)13 Wigan (a)19 Sheff Wed (h)22 Stoke (a)27 Blackburn (h)May5 Aston Villa (a) August3 Derby (h)11 Nottm Forest (a)18 Bolton (h)22 Blackburn (a)25 Aston Villa (a)September1 Sheff Wed (h)15 Preston (a)19 Norwich (h)22 Hull (h)29 Brentford (a)October2 QPR (h)6 West Brom (a)20 Millwall (h)24 Birmingham (a)27 Swansea (a)November3 Bristol City (h)10 Ipswich (h)24 Wigan (a)27 Leeds (a)December1 Stoke (h)8 Sheff Utd (h)15 Rotherham (a)22 Middlesbrough (h)26 Millwall (a)29 QPR (a)January1 Swansea (h)12 Nottm Forest (h)19 Derby (a)26 Bolton (a)February2 Aston Villa (h)9 Sheff Wed (a)13 Blackburn (h)16 Sheff Utd (a)23 Rotherham (h)March2 Ipswich (a)9 Wigan (h)12 Leeds (h)16 Stoke (a)30 Preston (h)April6 Hull (a)9 Norwich (a)13 Brentford (h)19 Bristol City (a)22 West Brom (h)27 Middlesbrough (a)May5 Birmingham (h) LEEDS 10 BLACKBURN ROTHERHAM 10 Wigan came up as League One champions PRESTON August4 Sheff Wed (h)11 Aston Villa (a)18 Nottm Forest (h)22 Stoke (a)25 QPR (a)September1 Rotherham (h)15 Brentford (a)18 Hull (h)22 Bristol City (h)29 Norwich (a)October2 Swansea (h)6 Preston (a)20 West Brom (h)23 Millwall (a)27 Sheff Utd (a)November3 Leeds (h)10 Middlesbrough (a)24 Reading (h)28 Blackburn (h)December1 Bolton (a)8 Derby (h)15 Ipswich (a)22 Birmingham (h)26 West Brom (a)29 Swansea (a)January1 Sheff Utd (h)12 Aston Villa (h)19 Sheff Wed (a)26 Nottm Forest (a)February2 QPR (h)9 Rotherham (a)13 Stoke (h)16 Derby (a)23 Ipswich (h)March2 Middlesbrough (h)9 Reading (a)12 Blackburn (a)16 Bolton (h)30 Brentford (h)April6 Bristol City (a)10 Hull (a)13 Norwich (h)19 Leeds (a)22 Preston (h)27 Birmingham (a)May5 Millwall (h) August4 Bristol City (a)7 West Brom (h)11 Reading (h)18 Wigan (a)25 Birmingham (h)September1 Brentford (a)15 Swansea (a)19 Sheff Wed (h)22 Rotherham (h)29 Blackburn (a)October3 Millwall (h)6 Middlesbrough (a)20 Norwich (h)24 Bolton (a)27 Leeds (a)November3 Sheff Utd (h)10 Stoke (h)24 Hull (a)28 Aston Villa (a)December1 Ipswich (h)8 Preston (h)15 Derby (a)22 QPR (h)26 Norwich (a)29 Millwall (a)January1 Leeds (h)12 Reading (a)19 Bristol City (h)26 Wigan (h)February2 Birmingham (a)9 Brentford (h)12 West Brom (a)16 Preston (a)23 Derby (h)March2 Stoke (a)9 Hull (h)12 Aston Villa (h)16 Ipswich (a)30 Swansea (h)April6 Rotherham (a)9 Sheff Wed (a)13 Blackburn (h)19 Sheff Utd (a)22 Middlesbrough (h)27 QPR (a)May5 Bolton (h)last_img read more

first_imgThe Panthers, … The Panthers and Warriors appear to be on a collision course.The top two teams in the Big 5 are each a perfect 6-0 midway through the league campaign, and scheduled to meet in a crucial three-game series next week.And that’s a series that looks increasingly likely to decide the fate of the league championship.Thus far, the Panthers have taken care of business, sweeping three-game stands with Arcata and Fortuna, while boasting an impressive overall record of 14-3.last_img read more

first_imgSome Cambridge scientists engineered a four-character genetic code and made some proteins with it.  They guided the process at every step, but claim that they “evolved” this code.  Is that a fair use of language?  This strange admixture of concepts is found in today’s issue of Nature.1  The confusion began right in the title: “Encoding multiple unnatural amino acids via evolution of a quadruplet-decoding ribosome.”…orthogonal pairs have been evolved to incorporate a range of unnatural amino acids…Here we synthetically evolve an orthogonal ribosome (ribo-Q1) that efficiently decodes a series of quadruplet codons….Because the synthetase�tRNA pairs used have been evolved to incorporate numerous unnatural amino acids it will be possible to encode more than 200 unnatural amino acid combinations using this approach.….this work provides foundational technologies for the encoded synthesis and synthetic evolution of unnatural polymers in cells.Natural ribosomes are very inefficient at, and unevolvable for quadruplet decoding, which would enhance misreading of the proteome.…orthogonal ribosomes … may, in principle, be evolved to efficiently decode quadruplet codons on the orthogonal message….To discover evolved orthogonal ribosomes that enhance quadruplet decoding we first created 11 saturation mutagenesis libraries in the 16S ribosomal RNA of ribo-X (an orthogonal ribosome previously evolved for efficient amber codon decoding on an orthogonal message)….We used ribo-X as a starting point for library generation because we hoped to discover evolved orthogonal ribosomes that gain the ability to efficiently decode quadruplet codons while maintaining the ability to efficiently decode amber codons on the orthogonal mRNA….To explicitly compare the fidelity of triplet decoding and quadruplet decoding for the evolved orthogonal ribosomes and the progenitor ribosome we used two independent methods….….which is derived from the … pair, by a series of generally applicable directed evolution steps….…it will be interesting to investigate the enhancement of protein function that may be accessed by combining the encoding of these cross-links with directed evolution methods.What’s notable in this paper was not only the flagrant use of evolve as an active method that the scientists used to investigate function for the purpose of enhancing protein synthesis, but also their use of the stem word “natural.”  They spoke of unnatural amino acids (those not found in wild-type living cells), and described their attempts to achieve of “synthetic evolution of unnatural polymers in cells.”  They spoke of the “inefficiency with which natural ribosomes decode quadruplet codons” but then praised their fidelity with their triplet system: “Natural ribosomes decode triplet codons with high fidelity (error frequencies ranging from 10-2 to 10-4 errors per codon have been reported).”    Another mixing of unguided and designed concepts appears in their use of synthetic.  They spoke of “synthetic evolution” (their lab work) but also used and altered the “natural” molecular machines that bind amino acids to transfer-RNA, the tRNA synthetases.  Consider also how the concept of coding was used: they wished to achieve “synthetic genetic code expansion” They shifted seamlessly between the natural genetic code and their expanded, synthesized quadruplet code.  With all this mixture of terms synthesizing and evolving natural and unnatural codes, the reader is left wondering what “evolved” on its own, if anything, and what was intelligently designed.1.  Neuman, Wang, Davis, Garcia-Alai, Chin, “Encoding multiple unnatural amino acids via evolution of a quadruplet-decoding ribosome,” Nature 464, 441-444 (18 March 2010); doi:10.1038/nature08817.Answer: everything was intelligently designed, both the natural and unnatural codes and functions.  This paper was one of the best examples in recent memory of Truman’s Law: “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”  Using evolve as a synonym for design is a clever way to blow smoke using equivocation.  Words mean things.  This has nothing to do with evolution in the way Darwin used it, and in the way the debate rages today.  It has everything to do with intelligently designing codes to synthesize things they would not naturally do (that is, without the intervention of a human mind).  These human designers did not “evolve” anything, and they did not rule out intelligent design in the “natural” systems.  If they really wanted to talk about evolution, they should have left the lab and let “nature” take its course.  “Synthetic evolution” is as sophoxymoronic (02/02/2008 commentary) as holy atheism.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgToday marks the centennial day of Nelson Mandela and a day widely known as Mandela Day –  which calls on us all, to make the world a better place for all whilst celebrating Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change. Brand South Africa took to Alexandra(Alex)township to Mandela’s first home, in support of Gift of the Givers and Cake Masters to hand out food parcels, hot meals, wheelchairs and participate in a tour at the Heritage Site. The elders of Alex opened up the event in song and prayer, a way of showing gratitude and a reminder that all is well as the song sung Hayo mathata, Modimo ali teng (There are no problems, when God is present) reflected the mood for the day.  This was followed by the unveiling of an 8-meter-long cake baked by Cake Masters that captured milestones of Mandela’s life. “We wanted to encourage the community of Alex to stand up and make a difference, to be reminded of Mandela’s history and journey. That Alex was once home to Mandela and we must be proud”, said Mr Doctor Mokwena, founder of Cake Masters.Cake Masters is a company run and owned by two young men from Alex, they approached Gift of the Givers to propose the idea of baking a cake for Mandela Day and share it with the people of Alex. This was best fitting as every year Gift of the Givers spends Mandela day with the community of Alex. “Gift of the Givers has been at this house for the past 8 years on Mandela Day we’ve been feeding over 300 people in Alex, said founder of Gift of the Givers, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Dr Sooliman further adds, that “we are here today to highlight the skills of the people of Alex, we believe there are great opportunities for this place and when we were approached by the two gentlemen it created a catalyst to create something special”. The elders were entertained throughout the day and given food and a slice of the Mandela cake and parcels to take home. “I love Alex because this community has great potential for positive change and I think it is important that we celebrate Mandela Day by taking care of each other and working to see the change we want Alex”, said Gogo Mangi Follow the link to see the video of Mandela Day in Alexhttps://youtu.be/WEg2E1cQHI8Join the conversation:Facebook: PlayYourPart Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Panaji: Goa’s biggest Hindu folk festival, Shigmo, will begin on March 14 and will continue in various rural areas over a fortnight. Different days have been earmarked for celebrations in different parts of the State.The festival has become an important annual event on the State’s tourism calendar. A statement issued by the State Tourism Department said thousands of tourists are expected to visit, to witness the spectacular Shigmo parades.The float parades will begin at Ponda, Central Goa, on March 14. Panaji will witness these parades on March 18. The floats are elaborately built and depict scenes from mythologies. The parades consist of traditional folk and street dancers, dancing on the tunes of Dhol tashas, flutes, and other instruments played in the processions across.The festival also depicts the Goan life in traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni, Goff, and Fugdi, performed in troupes along the procession, passing through the streets that are lit up with colourful décor.It was traditionally celebrated as the homecoming of the warriors who had left their homes and families at the end of Dusshera to fight invaders.Pandurang Phaldesai, former member secretary of the State-owned Goa Kala Academy, and an expert on the State’s folk music and dances, said the word Shigmo has its roots in Prakrit word Sugimaho (meaning post-harvest celebration).Mr. Phaldesai said, “The festival marks celebration of harvesting of crop and also coincides with Holi.” read more