Carr calls it quits

first_img “I am going on 37 and now is the time to bow out,” Carr told Birmingham’s official website. “I felt okay in pre-season but my knee just crumbled away. “Three operations in 18 months basically told me it had had enough. It just wasn’t meant to be in the end. “The fans have been brilliant with me since I came in and I have had a great relationship with them. “I will never forget that day lifting the cup. It was a big, big thing for me.” Carr made over 100 appearances for Blues, and as captain led the club to a ninth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League in 2010 and Carling Cup glory a year later. The 36-year-old full-back, capped 44 times by his country, made his professional debut at Spurs as long ago as 1993, alongside the likes of Gary Mabbutt, Vinny Samways and Teddy Sheringham. Carr first announced his retirement in December 2008 at the age of 32 after failing to find a club following his release from Newcastle, but was persuaded to reconsider by Birmingham in February the following year. Former Ireland international Stephen Carr has called time on his career after more than 400 league appearances for Tottenham, Newcastle and Birmingham.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center’s name being used in fraudulent check scheme

first_imgMASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center says their name is being used in a fraudulent check scheme. A statement says they were recently made aware that their name and address were being used in the fraud. They say consumers who receive a check from MercyOne North Iowa who have never been a patient should not deposit the check and should immediately report the incident to local authorities. MercyOne North Iowa discovered the scheme earlier this week when three individuals, all living in Texas, received FedEx packages containing a check and indicating they originated from “MercyOne North” The individuals were suspicious that the checks were fake and called the medical center to verify. Consumers who have questions should call MercyOne North Iowa’s billing department at 866-494-3001, option 2. Click here to view an article from the Federal Trade Commission on these type of scams..last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2016)–Sent hard from the gate, trainer Kenny Black’s Acceptance proved extra game in deep stretch, as he held off a tenacious Richard’s Boy to win Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap under veteran Stewart Elliott. Bred in California by Old English Rancho, the 4-year-old colt by Vronsky got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.51.Breaking from post position six in a field of seven California-bred or sired runners three and up, Acceptance out-dueled the runner-up going to the half mile point and was able to secure an inside position at the rail prior to crossing the dirt at the top of the lane. From there, he was all heart to the wire as he fended off serious challenges from both Richard’s Boy and favored Boozer, who ended up finishing fifth.“He was tough today,” said Black, himself a former top apprentice rider in the early 1980s. “I thought they had him two or three times, but he just dug in. You’ve got to be proud of him. He really showed a lot of heart today…I just told Stewart (with whom Black rode as a young tyro) to meet me in the Winner’s Circle…I don’t even want to think about what race might be next. I want to give him more time between races.”Owned by Finish Line Racing, LLC and the Ellwood Johnston Trust, Acceptance, who was off at 5-1, paid $12.20, $6.00 and $4.00. A two-time stakes winner on dirt as a juvenile, Acceptance garnered his fourth win from 11 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $366,803.“He’s a nice horse,” said Elliott. He’s got ability and he tries. He’s pretty quick himself, but that was a good post…I rode him last time (a close fifth place allowance finish down the hill on Sept. 30). Kenny said he’d put me right up there or be very close and that was it.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Richard’s Boy held off late closer Somethings Unusual by a half length for the place. The narrow second choice in the wagering at 7-5, Richard’s Boy paid $3.20 and $2.60.Last after the first half mile, Somethings Unusual rallied wide-out under Drayden Van Dyke and finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of McHeat. Off at 15-1, “Something” paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.49, 43.19 and 1:05.47.last_img read more

Fort St. John man has frightening encounter with black bear

first_imgFERNIE, B.C. – A local man from Fort St. John says he might not go back into the backcountry for a run without having bear spray next time after he had a encounter with a bear.Tom Coveney says he was out for a run in the backcountry, near Fernie Alpine Resort, when he was approached by a black bear.He said it was “scary and surreal”. As he tried to get to safety, the bear apparently made three bluff attempts to charge at him.- Advertisement -Coveney says he was “amazed” by the speed of the bear and said that running away was the “dumbest thing” he ever did.Once Coveney reached safety, he spoke with conservation officers and told them what had happened over the last half-hour. He was unharmed.Coveney says he was told by officers that they might trap and try to relocate the bear. He says he is just thankful that the bear was curious and not looking for something to eat.Advertisementlast_img read more

DeGale joins Hennessy and plans return

first_imgJames DeGale has signed a deal with promoter Mick Hennessy and will defend his European super-middleweight title on 13 October.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion has been involved in a long-running dispute with his former promoter and manager Frank Warren and has fought only once this year.DeGale, who beat ex-world champion Cristian Sanavia in April, will fight at the Glow, Bluewater, with his opponent yet to be confirmed.DeGale and Warren have split.The bill will be screened on Channel 5 and is also expected to include Chris Eubank Jnr.“I am over the moon with my new long-term promotional deal with Hennessy Sports,” said DeGale.“I can’t wait to get back in the ring on 13 October and show the millions of viewers on Channel 5 what I’m all about.”DeGale, 26, lost to arch rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves on a majority points decision in May last year.He bounced back by beating Piotr Wilczewski to become European champion but problems in his relationship with Warren came to a head when DeGale announced in January that the pair had split.Warren insisted the boxer remained under contract with him, leading to several months of wrangling.See also:DeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ criticsDeGale claims he has split from WarrenDeGale overpowers Sanavia to retain titleDeGale lines up next title defencePavlik clash could be an option for DeGaleDeGale to defend title against Mohoumadi DeGale keen to produce sharper displayDeGale aiming to end the year in styleUpbeat DeGale eyeing title showdownFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Now might be the time to bet on Chelsea winning the Premier League

first_imgChelsea dropped points against Southampton but should not be ruled out of the title race just yet.Betting on Chelsea to win the Premier League might seem like a strange move, but a couple of astute January signings could change the picture very quickly.The Blues are 10 points behind leaders Liverpool and missed the chance to go five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal when they only managed a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.But Chelsea are not that far away from being a side capable of challenging the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City – as their long unbeaten start under boss Maurizio Sarri showed.They have wobbled since then, of course, but Chelsea are still strong in almost every area of the pitch.The defence has had some problems but the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz have performed on a consistent basis.There has been some adjustments needed in midfield, with Jorginho adapting to English football and N’Golo Kante to a new attacking role.But the depth of midfield talent Chelsea possess is beyond dispute, with Sarri able to also call upon the likes of Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic and Cesc Fabregas.Eden Hazard is obviously the talisman, while Willian and Pedro continue to provide more than adequate support for the attack.It’s that attack where Chelsea are compromised – they badly need to improve that front line.Alvaro Morata continues to struggle, Sarri has never seemed convinced by Olivier Giroud, and Hazard as a ‘false number nine’ can only be a short-term measure.Chelsea need a striker – and Sarri said as much after the draw with Southampton.And if they can get one, there is every chance that Sarri’s side could be a much stronger outfit during the second half of the season.There is no doubt they would be significantly closer to Liverpool had their shortcomings in the final third of the pitch not been so evident – as the Southampton game highlighted.With a cutting edge up front, Chelsea are certain to pick up plenty more points and therefore cannot be ruled out of the title race. Take a closer look at the race statistics at, to help you make up your mind who will finish top of the league this year. Bournemouth’s England striker Callum Wilson is a transfer target and his pace and finishing suggest he could make a major difference for Chelsea.So too could Gonzalo Higuain, who played under Sarri at Napoli and is reportedly keen to join him in west London.Argentina international Higuain is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus but is seemingly keen for that season-long deal to be scrapped so he can instead join Chelsea.Chelsea have simply failed to replace Diego Costa and without the Spain forward have gone from title winners under Antonio Conte to also-rans struggling to stay in the race for a Champions League place.But their blistering winning run during Conte’s title-winning season, which came after a poor start, showed how suddenly a top side can emerge.With a Wilson or Hugain in the team, the Blues could be similarly transformed during the second half of the campaign.Those odds of another title triumph will quickly come in if that happens. So now might well be the perfect time to bet on Chelsea winning the Premier League. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Crystal Mysticism Invades Astrobiology

first_imgMystical ideas about the life-giving power of crystals usually go with New Age movies and storefronts.  Science is above all that, right?  Then what is a reader supposed to think of this opening line by Leslie Mullen on of the greatest mysteries about the origin of life is how the necessary ingredients consistently came together in a workable way.  On a planet full of raw chemical materials, what happy accident of nature led to the first tiny glimmer of life?To Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith, that glimmer may owe something to the sparkle of a crystal….Proponents of intelligent design (ID) have long argued that the specified complexity of the DNA code differs from the repetitive order of crystal structures.  Cairns-Smith (U of Glasgow) recognizes that repetitive patterned order is more common in the inorganic world than in living cells.  He knows that DNA is not repetitive.  It contains highly-specific sequences, like language.  “One of the miracles of life, to my mind, is the accuracy with which DNA gets itself replicated in the cell,” he said.  “It has to be that unbelievably accurate, otherwise we’d all die out in no time.”  So far, the evolutionist agrees with the ID position.  In the piece, though, he compared the replication of crystals with DNA replication – the basis of heredity.  Where did the genetic information in DNA come from, though?In 1949, the Irish scientist J.D. Bernal suggested that clay minerals may have created a meeting place for life’s first molecules.  Such a scenario could explain how the randomly dispersed molecules of life managed to come together in the diffuse primordial soup.Cairns-Smith’s idea takes Bernal’s theory a step further.  In his view, clay mineral layers not only attracted certain chemicals from the environment to their surfaces, the mineral layers also acted as the first genetic information carriers, much as the base pairs in DNA do today.Cairns-Smith attributed the origin of genetic information to random stacks of clay crystals that were able to make copies of themselves.  Mixed-layer crystals might have acted as primitive information carriers, he proposed.Cairns-Smith doesn’t think the clay mineral crystals were “alive” anymore than a DNA sample is thought to be alive.  Instead, by acting as the first genetic materials for early life, clay mineral crystals created a link between the worlds of inorganic and organic chemistry.At some point, life launched free of its inorganic genetic origins – the organic substances that evolved from chemical interactions on the mineral layers became stable enough to live apart from their birthplace, and complex enough to replicate themselves into the future.Some mineral layer combinations probably worked better than others when it came to marshalling the organic molecules that were to eventually become genetic materials.  One of his favorite contenders for life’s early mineral template is authigenic chlorite, which can create complicated shapes that resemble brussels sprouts.  Such chlorite crystals growing inside sandstone often coat the sand grains and do not block the flow of solutions within the rock – a potentially important quality for the very first evolving systems.  However, rather than one particular mineral layer sequence leading to life, Cairns-Smith thinks many different mixed layer structures might have contributed to life’s evolution.Why has Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith rung this bell since the 1960s?  Mainly, because the other theories that focus on sugars, amino acids and RNA are too incredible.Cairns-Smith thinks such a chain of events was improbable on the early Earth – the nucleic acid and protein system of life is too complex to have sprung outright from simple ingredients.  Even the RNA world hypothesis, which envisions RNA playing dual roles that today are carried out by DNA and proteins, is a relatively advanced and sophisticated process.He can live with crystals – but not with an intelligent Creator.“A simpler kind of evolution came first, and then what are now the molecules of life came to be produced in a consistent way,” says Cairns-Smith.  “Of course there was no foresight here, but as soon as an evolutionary process was underway, the world would have changed and nature would have had a new set of toys to play with.” envisioned this vision illuminating the cosmos.  “If Cairns-Smith’s theory is correct,” Leslie Mullen ended, “then the spark of life may be shimmering on crystal surfaces throughout the universe.”We hope you were entertained by this clown act.  This is the kind of clown act where one clown carries a 2×4.  As he turns, he whacks the other clown in the face.In case you needed program notes, here’s what happened.  Cairns-Smith, as the fortuneteller Chlorite the Magnificent, looked into his crystal ball and saw brussels sprouts emerging from the sparkle of randomness.  He told his witless, breathless customer, Leslie Mullen, that he could visualize her emergence unfolding in the crystal, from random bits, to codes, to cells, to brussels sprouts and reporters.  As she rushed off to write this all down, he picked up his scepter to leave, put it over his shoulder, turned, and inadvertently whacked Gerald Joyce in the face with it, who had just come in to complain that Chlorite the Magnificent is a fake (02/15/2007, 11/29/2007, 07/11/2002).(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa has a bulk water plan for KZN

first_img30 March 2016“Make sure that you use water more than once so that we can ensure that those (who) are not serviced do get services,” said Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at the launch of the Bulk Water Supply Scheme in the iLembe District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.She appealed to the beneficiaries of the Lower Tugela Bulk Water Supply Scheme to not only save water, but to reuse it too.The R1.32-billion project, which was launched on 22 March, includes the infrastructure required to abstract and treat water from the uThukela River to supply to secondary bulk and reticulation networks within the iLembe District Municipality.These networks will supply both developed and unserved areas. On completion, the scheme will reach a total of 750 000 inhabitants.“As we continue to bring this infrastructure into place, let us ensure that we do not do illegal connections, steal water or destroy infrastructure,” Mokonyane said.She encouraged those who could afford to pay for water services to do so, while those who could not pay should register as unable to pay.“The first phase of the Umgeni component is due for commissioning by May 2016,” she said. “The first phase is designed to produce 55 mega-litres of potable water per day. The design, however, is such that it is relatively easily upgraded to a 110 mega-litre plant.”Some 1 163 job opportunities have been created by the project to date.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

A Busy Day for Geocaching HQ’er MissJenn in Bowling Green, Kentucky

first_imgUnfortunately MissJenn couldn’t bring this Corvette back with her to Geocaching HQ.I had the pleasure of attending the GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This exhibit has been the torque of this town (get it?). See it while you can. It will be there until May 4, 2014.Many of us took advantage of this very rare opportunity to have a so-called “Busy Day of Geocaching” – a day in which you can find a full dozen different cache types. The eager community fastened their seatbelts to geocache across Bowling Green. Up for grabs were a CITO event, a regular event, some experimental Lab caches, a Wherigo cache, as well as the Maze Exhibit itself. At least one Bookmark List detailed the possibilities. The Middle Tennessee Geocachers Club (MTGC) came out in full force to support this Busy Day with a cheery group of volunteers clad in blue t-shirts made just for this day.Corvette Lab Caches.We are most grateful to Melinda of the 6Lindseys, a Bowling Green local and veteran geocacher, who was instrumental in making all of this happen—and all on her birthday! She and the MTGC secured a generous stack of door prizes that filled up an 8-foot table: boots, GPS devices, unactivated trackable items, swag for cache containers, area souvenirs and much more. Thank you to these organizations that support the geocaching community so generously.The 10 Lab Cache containers were judiciously painted with colors relevant to that portion of Corvette design history, matching the cars displayed as each Lab Cache’s cover image. Additional decoupage treatment completed the iconic look of each one. I was tempted to take one these attractive containers back to Geocaching HQ with me. It’s a good thing that I didn’t: rumor has it that these 10 will re-appear nearby in another Corvette-related project.And now, it’s time for some photos:As soon as you drive up to the Corvette Museum’s expansive grounds, you are greeted by this enticing mockup of the early Corvette body style. This was made even more enticing because parked right behind it was one of the Lab Caches. MonkeyBrad and SalPal make the find.AbbysGrammy admired this 2014 Torch Red Convertible displayed at the lobby while awaiting pickup from its owners, Jim & Kay Gooderham.The area reviewers who attended were bold enough to take the stage to answer questions from the audience, as well as to give tips and advice on how best to submit appropriate geocaches. Pictured from left to right are: Doctor Teeth (KY), IronHorseReviewer (KY), Bluegrass Reviewer (KY), Thunder-Chicken (KY), TheScarlettReviewer (IL), Hoosier Reviewer, (IL), NCreviewer (NC) and Dogwood_Reviewer (NC). Serving as emcee and working the crowd was The Seanachai (TN), not pictured. SharePrint Related Editors Note: We’re very sorry to hear about the sinkhole that opened up in the museum. We’re incredibly glad that no one was hurt in the disaster and incredibly sad that 8 beautiful Corvettes were destroyed.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more