Wild celebrations as Leicester crowned EPL champions

first_imgThe 57-year-old Italian was led to a stage in the centre of the pitch by his compatriot Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester manager, where he performed ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’.Fans waved blue and white flags as Bocelli sang and roared in approval when he removed his jacket to reveal a blue Leicester home shirt, in a performance that preceded Leicester’s final home game against Everton.Bocelli’s appearance fulfilled a promise he had made to Ranieri several weeks ago, as Leicester closed in on their astonishing 5,000-1 triumph.Tears from Claudio Ranieri and the team after a moving performance by Andrea Bocelli. PHOTO @premierleagueRanieri, standing alongside Bocelli on the podium, appeared to blink back tears during the performance.He had earlier used Bocelli’s microphone to address the crowd, saying: “We’re champions because you pushed behind us. Thank you. I love you!”Afterwards, Bocelli posted a picture from his performance on Twitter, writing: “Thank you #Leicester and congratulations.”Competition winner Steve Worthy, a lifelong Leicester fan, was due to present the trophy to captain Wes Morgan after the game.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 CELEBRATIONS LIVE FEEDTweets about #LEIEVE Leicester, United Kingdom | AFP |Leicester City 3 Everton 1Renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli treated the King Power Stadium to a stirring pre-match performance ahead of Leicester City’s coronation as Premier League champions on Saturday.last_img read more

SPSCC Announces Five Finalists For President Post

first_imgSubmitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeOLYMPIA — Following a nationwide search and a community-based selection process, the South Puget Sound Community College Board of Trustees has invited five candidates for the position of college president to the campus for interviews and public forums.The finalists include both in-state and out-of-state candidates. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) presented six candidates to the Board for consideration, one of which withdrew for personal reasons. The PSAC, made up of 21 college staff and community members, selected the finalists from an original pool of 29 candidates.The following are the five finalists:Douglas W. Allen, Ed.D., president of Ridgewater College in Willmar, MinnesotaSandra A. Fowler-Hill, Ed.D., executive vice president of instruction and student services at Everett Community College in Everett, WashingtonLarry Galizio, Ph.D., president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, OregonDavid M. Smith, Ph.D., vice president of instruction and student affairs at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, ColoradoTimothy S. Stokes, Ed.D., executive vice president for academic and student affairs, Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington“The Presidential Search Advisory Committee has done its job well. We thank the members for their involvement,” said Board of Trustees Chair Judy Blinn. “The high-caliber candidates reflect not only the excellence of the committee’s work, but the quality and reputation of the college.  The Board has an important and challenging task ahead in choosing among these highly qualified individuals for the next president of this respected institution.”The Board of Trustees hired the executive search firm National Search and Education Consulting to assist the board in the process of hiring a new college president. The final candidates will be scheduled to tour the campus and community; meet staff, faculty and community members; and interview with the Board of Trustees in early December.  The Board of Trustees will then make a final selection for the presidency of South Puget Sound Community College later in December. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Christmas Forest Raises $630,000, Captures Imagination of the Community

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationAttendees at the Gala pledge support for fund-a-need expanding palliative care. Photo courtesy Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation announced today that the 27th annual Christmas Forest raised $630,000, matching last year’s all-time high for funds raised. The event, sponsored by Titus Will, benefits the mission of Providence to provide health care to all, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable.“We live in an amazingly generous community,” says Mick Phillips, a Providence St. Peter Foundation board member and local attorney who co-chaired Christmas Forest this year. “From the volunteers who spend countless hours planning and decorating, to donors who challenge us to turn a vision into reality, we all work toward a common goal. And that is to provide excellent and compassionate care for those in need.”More than $250,000 was raised to create an outpatient palliative care clinic, the focus of this year’s fund-a-need. “The goal of palliative care is to come to the patient and help them live the best life possible, for as long as possible,” said Providence Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Gregg VandeKieft. “Our team is trained to help relieve pain and suffering caused by serious illnesses, so the patient may live the fullest life they can.”Raffle tree winner, Juanita Sharbaugh, with daughters Sue (left), and Sally (right). Photo courtesy Providence St. Peter FoundationOlympia resident Becky Brewer was an early supporter of expanding palliative care to the outpatient setting. Her husband, Ron Sundberg, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, and received palliative care while an inpatient at Providence St. Peter Hospital, before his death in 2013. Becky shared their story in a video for the gala, and says, “Ron would be so happy to know that it will be easier for other people to be more comfortable while facing the challenges that serious illnesses bring to their lives.”This year’s raffle, sponsored by McKinney’s Appliance, held special significance for one family. A week before visiting Christmas Forest, 93-year-old Juanita Sharbaugh was hospitalized to monitor a spike in her blood pressure. Her daughter, Olympia resident Sally Sharbaugh says, during that time, “We had to miss a family holiday event, so Christmas Forest was our first family event we did afterward being released from the hospital, and we were trying to make a really positive experience for mom.” Sally purchased raffle tickets to support the Providence mission, and won the raffle tree, A Sweet Old Fashioned Christmas, designed by JoAnn Green and Lois Miles.Sally says, “My mom raised five kids, so a classic World War II tree was the perfect tree for my mom, and captures all the memories we have growing up.” The tree will be the centerpiece of the family Christmas this year, the first year that the family will celebrate at Juanita’s house after her husband’s passing just a few years ago.During the five-day event, thousands of visitors came to see the trees and wreaths that were decorated by dedicated volunteers. During public viewing, 20 different artistic groups from the community delighted attendees including Alleluia! Handbell Ensemble, Olympia Youth Chorus, and many local piano students. Stacey Genzlinger, Foundation events manager, estimates 300 volunteers participated, contributing more than 10,000 hours of their time to create this year’s Christmas Forest.Providence St. Peter Foundation develops and provides philanthropic resources that help assure that compassionate and quality health care is available to the communities we serve, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable. In the last three years, the foundation has distributed more than $4.3 million to local Providence ministries including St. Peter Hospital, SoundHomeCare and Hospice and Mother Joseph Care Center. Learn more at www.providence.org/giving.last_img read more

Cole beats out Townsend for Raiders punting job

first_imgNAPA — The only surprise was the timing as the Raiders waived Johnny Townsend Tuesday, thereby making A.J. Cole the likely starting punter in 2019.Cole, an undrafted rookie from North Carolina State, had consistently out-kicked Townsend throughout training camp and again in the Raiders’ 14-3 exhibition win over the Rams. After that game, Gruden talked of what he expected to be a competition between the two for the remainder of camp.The injury report cut that competition short. Backups D.J. …last_img read more

Feather Fossil Fallacy?

first_imgImprints of melanocytes have been found in fossil feathers.  What does this mean?  The popular science news reports, like Science Daily, Live Science, PhysOrg and the BBC News seem convinced it can tell us something about how birds evolved from dinosaurs.  Understanding what was discovered requires sifting through claims that go far beyond the evidence.The Claims:  “The complex coloured plumage of extinct birds which once soared over the heads of dinosaurs could soon be revealed” (BBC).  “Artists may now be able to paint dinosaurs and ancient birds and mammals in their true colors, thanks to the discovery of pigment residues in fossilized feathers.” (Live Science).  “The traces of organic material found in fossil feathers are remnants of pigments that once gave birds their color, according to Yale scientists whose paper in Biology Letters opens up the potential to depict the original coloration of fossilized birds and their ancestors, the dinosaurs” (Science Daily).  Another Yale scientist remarked, “Now that we have demonstrated that melanin can be preserved in fossils, scientists have a way to reliably predict, for example, the original colors of feathered dinosaurs” (Live Science).What Was Found:  The Yale scientists determined that some imprints of carbon in the rock were not bacterial residues but traces of melanocytes – the cells that contain the pigment melanin.  The protein melanin was thought to degrade quickly, but carbon imprints of melanin were still identifiable in color bands within the specimens.  These were detected in a fossil of a striped feather from Brazil (which evolutionists claim is 100 million years old), and in a fossil of an Eocene bird from Denmark (claimed to be 55 million years old).  Both specimens were from birds.  No dinosaur feathers were found.In other words, more imaginary feathers have been found, but this time on imaginary dinosaurs (see 04/10/2006, 02/08/2006).  The question no one seems to be asking is, how could these delicate protein structures survive for over 100 million years?  One of the co-authors of the paper simply stated that the fact they exist proves that they are that old.  Jakob Vinther stated flatly, “Understanding these organic remains in fossil feathers also demonstrates that melanin can resist decay for millions of years.”    Only the BBC News came close to questioning the claim.  Co-author Mike Benton was quoted asking, “But then how do you square that with the well-known fact that the majority of organic molecules decay in thousands of years?”  His answer was vague: “Somehow [the melanosomes] are retained and replaced during the preservation process and hence you preserve a very life like representation of the colour banding.”    In the end, no one questioned the age of the fossils.  “The Yale team believe [sic] it could identify brown, red, buff and even iridescent colours,” the BBC reported.  “The technique may be applied to other creatures to reveal the colour of fur or even eyes, the team believes.”  Benton did offer one more clue that the result was astonishing: “It might give you a very clear handle on an aspect of the ecology that people would have thought impossible to divine for an ancient fossil,” he said.The observation-to-assumption ratio in this story was so low, that if it were a signal-to-noise ratio, you would hear mostly static.  Ask yourself a simple question.  Up till now scientists respected the “well-known fact” that organic molecules decay in mere thousands of years.  Doesn’t the presence of organic molecules in fossils suggest the slight possibility that the scientists are flat wrong about their dating, and that the fossils are indeed mere thousands of years old?(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Study finds red meat exports deliver excellent returns to U.S. corn producers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) commissioned a study aimed at quantifying the value delivered to U.S. corn producers through exports of beef, pork and lamb. The independent study was conducted by World Perspectives, a leading agricultural consulting firm.“What we tried to do in this report was to see how red meat exports affect the price of a bushel of corn, the amount of corn that is used and the use of DDGs,” said Dave Juday, World Perspectives senior analyst. “USDA’s baseline projections show that corn use over the next 10 years for feeding domestic livestock will grow 17%.”Using those same projections, food use is expected to decrease by 2%  and biofuels use will go down by 3%.“Clearly what is driving the market is feed use and herd expansion and what’s driving that is exports,” Juday said. “One out of every 3 additional pounds of U.S. beef produced over the next 10 years will go to the export market and one out of every 2.75 pounds of additional pork produced over the next 10 years will also go to the export market.”On a per-head basis, 800-pound calves fed to 1,360 pounds each consume 35 bushels of corn and 806 pounds of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Each 12-pound pig finished to 284 pounds consumes 11 bushels of corn, 37 pounds of DDGS and 136 pounds of soybean meal.World Perspectives analyzed feed rations and U.S. livestock production practices to establish feed use and then used beef and pork export data to determine the amount of consumption attributable to red meat exports, finding that 2015 exports accounted for:·         355 million bushels (or 2.1 million acres) of corn·         $1.3 billion in value to corn·         1.48 million tons of DDGS (169 million bushel equivalent)·         $205.4 million in value to DDGS·         11.7 million tons (or 3.1 million acres) of combined corn and DDGS fedLooking ahead, red meat exports’ positive impact on the corn sector looks even stronger. The study projects that indirect exports of corn through red meat exports will grow from 355.5 million bushels in 2015 to 482.4 million bushels in 2025, an increase of nearly one-third. Indirect exports of DDGS would jump from 1.48 million tons in 2015 to 2.14 million tons in 2025, a 44% increase. Over the next 10 years, the value of red meat exports to corn is estimated to be about $16.1 billion.“Instead of a season average annual price of $3.60 a bushel for corn, it would’ve been about $3.15 a bushel, or a $6 billion difference for the corn industry,” Juday said. “Eighty-three percent of corn is produced by the top 10 states, so if you divide that $16.1 billion among those states you can see the kind of impact that is going to have on local economies.”last_img read more

“Totem Pole Rock” CGGY8P GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 8/30/2010

first_img“Totem Pole Rock” GCGY8PSometimes what you see isn’t what you get.  According to the cache owner, the geocache “Totem Pole Rock” (GCGY8P) is really Gooney Bird Rock. Whether you call it Totem Pole or Gooney Bird, hcameron‘s hide has still been logged nearly 200 times.Gooney Bird RockThe difficulty 1, terrain 1.5 geocache was placed in September of 2003.  It has been found by geocachers from around the world.  Adventurers simply drive outside of Moab, Utah to find the geocache.  They should exercise some caution. As indicated by the vehicle in the picture above, four-wheel drive is recommended.”No Bull — Great Canyon” (GC12R1Z)The desert in the Moab area is rich with scenic geocaches.  A short drive away from “Totem Pole Rock” is “No Bull — Great Canyon” (GC12R1z).  See the picture on the right.As with any geocache in an extreme environment, take precautions.  Make sure you pack plenty of water, a first aid kit and food. Geocachers, prepared with supplies, recently rescued two women who were stranded in the desert not far from these geocaches.You can see all the Geocaches of the Week by clicking here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHome sweet boulder. — Lameirinha (GC16670) — Geocache of the WeekMay 9, 2013In “Community”The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 15, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”A photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the WeekJune 18, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

San Beda sweeps NCAA beach volleyball elims

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ San Beda completed an elimination sweep in the sands after trouncing San Sebastian 21-14, 21-16, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s beach volleyball tournament at Boardwalk, Subic Bay Friday.Twins Ella and Nieza Viray overpowered Alyssa Eroa and Daurene Santos for 9-0 sweep, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four against College of St. Benilde’s Jan Daguil and Melanie Torres.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Daguil and Torres used the tiebreak to beat San Sebastian and Jose Rizal University’s duo of Dolly Verzosa and Shola Alvarez to advance to the Final Four.All three teams had 5-4 records but the fourth seeded Lady Blazers had 1.227 quotient points to the Lady Stags’ 0.990 and the Lady Heavy Bombers’ 0.817.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEmilio Aguinaldo College’s Jaylene Lumbo and Glyka Mariz head to the semifinals as the no.2 team after finishing the eliminations with an 8-1 card and will have a twice-to-beat edge over no.3 University of Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli who finished the preliminaries with a 6-3 record.Medalla and Tripoli dropped Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Miracle Mendoza and Marie Simborio, 21-15, 21-8, in their final game of the eliminations. The NCAA has done away with giving a perfect team an automatic bye to the one-game finals in beach volleyball. Ateneo rules UAAP Jrs basketball, beats NU in thriller AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

16 days agoChelsea send Makelele to check on Gallagher at Charlton

first_imgChelsea send Makelele to check on Gallagher at Charltonby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have been stunned by the form of Conor Gallagher at Charlton.The midfielder was shipped out on loan after featuring for the Blues over preseason.He has starred for the Addicks since then, having added four goals and one assist to his name.The Sun says youth loan coach Claude Makelele has been making regular visits to watch the 19-year-old in action.Manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed Makelele’s presence at the Valley and believes he is one to watch for the future. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more