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When the University of Wisconsin hauled in a new coaching staff during the offseason — consisting of head coach Tony Granato and associate head coaches Don Granato and Mark Osiecki — many around the program were expecting a turnaround, though few expected it to come so quickly.Before the season, the Badgers (20-15-1) were picked to finish second to last in the Big Ten, only ahead of Michigan State. While the Spartans stayed true to the projections and finished in last place, Wisconsin far exceeded its expectations, finishing second in the Big Ten and missing out on a Big Ten tournament title and NCAA tournament bid by 1 goal.Wisconsin’s season ended March 18 with a 2-1 double overtime loss to Penn State. The Badgers outshot the Nittany Lions 53-35 over the four periods, but ultimately Liam Folkes ended the game with a breakaway goal 6 minutes and 43 seconds into the second overtime, his second goal of the contest.Men’s hockey: Dynamic duo Frederic and Kunin lead prolific offense, fuel Badgers’ resurgenceThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team undeniably exceeded expectations this season, finishing second in the Big Ten thanks to Read…Though the Badgers ultimately fell short of the NCAA tournament, the team was successful in so many other ways.After going 12-45-13 over the past two seasons, the new coaching staff was able to help UW correct course with a new look and fresh talent, helping the Badgers eclipse 20 wins for the first time since the 2013-14 season.“I guess they call it the ‘Granato Era’ or something like that,” standout freshman Trent Frederic said. “It’s kinda just getting started, and you see how successful we already are, so it’s pretty sweet.”Granato was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, making him only the second UW coach to own that title, with Hall of Famer Bob Johnson being the other.Men’s hockey: Unorthodox rotation leads to unexpected successful seasonWisconsin goaltenders Matt Jurusik and Jack Berry stepped of the ice on a Monday afternoon dripping from head to toe Read…Granato still insists it’s the players who deserve the credit.“There was too much attention on the coaches,” Granato said. “I thought the players were a phenomenal group to coach. I thought they were a talented team that played a ton of great hockey.”The Badgers showed their talent as they ranked 10th best in the nation in goals per game (3.39) and ninth and 14th best in the power-play (21.47 percent) and penalty-kill efficiency (84.5 percent).On top of Granato’s Coach of the Year award, Wisconsin also had six players honored by the Big Ten conference.Frederic won the Freshman of the Year award, the first Badger to do so since Dany Heatley in 1999-2000. He was also the only unanimous selection to the all-freshman team.Frederic was also named to the All-Big Ten second team, alongside sophomore captain Luke Kunin and junior defenseman Jake Linhart, while sophomore defenseman Peter Tischke and freshman goalie Jack Berry earned All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades.Senior forward Aidan Cavallini was honored as UW’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner.Despite missing out on the NCAA tournament, UW’s program has taken undeniable strides toward the success that is historically synonymous with Wisconsin hockey.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin headed to semifinals in Big Ten TournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team successfully secured a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament and will face the quarterfinals Read…“We took a great jump,” Kunin said. “We put Wisconsin hockey back on the map where it should be. We even feel like it should be higher than we are right now. I think it was a great turn in the right direction for our program.”Though the Badgers will lose Grant Besse, Jedd Soleway, Cavallini and Corbin McGuire to graduation and Kunin to the pros, Granato remains confident with the course they’re on.“Yeah, we’re in good shape with who we’ve got coming in next year,” Granato said, when asked about replenishing talent. “And I think the biggest thing for us this year was to lay the foundation down on how we wanted to play, and the kids who were here gave us that foundation, so a ton of credit to our players.”“This year was a big step for us,” Granato said. “But there’s a ways to go on where we want to be.”
At a June 8 public information meeting at which county engineers explained the proposals for the bridge, for which construction is planned to begin in 2020, officials said the former Sunoco lot was essential for the plan to provide for left turns onto and off Ocean Avenue as well as for parking since state regulations do not permit left turns in or out of Old Rumson Road, which is just south of Dunkin’ Donuts and Oar Fitness.Bonfiglio on Tuesday said he had met with county representatives about the lot to discuss “how could we work together and make it work.”Under discussion, he said, was perhaps having dual use of the former Sunoco lot, and having Tommy’s use a portion of Old Rumson Road for his parking lot access.Bonfiglio said that the use of the lot for Dunkin’ Donuts and Tommy’s could work out since his restaurant would use the lot mostly from noon to midnight while Dunkin’ Donuts parking was mostly from 6 to 11 a.m.He said the plans for the bridge were “still just talk,” and “not final yet.”Bonfiglio questioned if the county would seek to take over his lot. “It would be hard to take parking from one person to give to another,” he said. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT– A lot on Ocean Avenue, formerly the site of a Sunoco station, located north of Tommy’s Tap and Tavern, is an integral – and possible conflicting – part of future plans both for the restaurant and for Monmouth County’s proposed relocation of the bridge which connects the borough and Rumson.Tommy Bonfiglio, the owner of the restaurant, wants to use the parking lot for 26 new parking spaces for his business. He said he owns the lot.Bonfiglio has applied to the Sea Bright Unified Planning Board to use an upstairs room in his building for private parties for up to 70 people and would use some of the spaces in the Sunoco lot to cover a portion of the parking spots required for this plan, according to C. Lance Cunningham, the chairman of the planning board.Asked if the board had taken into account that the county has designated the same parking lot for use for access to and parking for Dunkin’ Donuts and Oar Fitness, which will lose their present parking areas when the bridge is moved slightly to the south, Cunningham said “we have to deal with what’s before” the board.“Right now the county doesn’t own it, Tommy’s does,” he said, referring to the lot.The board heard Bonfiglio’s application on July 12 and will have a future hearing on the matter.
Like the men and women on horseback, the hounds are athletes who revel in the sport for its excitement and camaraderie and their love for the great outdoors. On Sunday, Nov. 10, members of the Monmouth County Hunt will celebrate opening day of their annual foxhunting season at the 5,700-acre Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in western Monmouth County. In past generations, foxhunts took place on estates of wealthy aficionados of the sport. But at this club, the sport is in the chase; foxes are not harmed. The welfare of the hounds is overseen by the nonprofit Monmouth Hound Welfare for life. “We do believe in cradle-to-grave care for our hounds,” said Jen Donaldson of Fair Haven, one of four joint masters of the Monmouth County Hunt. “You’re working to build a very cohesive group of hounds that can work together,” Valnoski said, and the members’ commitment to the animals is lifelong. “I have two here at my farm that are retired.” Irish immigrant Robert Collier, founder of the Collier’s publishing empire, is credited with establishing regular hunt meets on his property in Marlboro in 1885. “We bless the houndsand toast to a great year,”Donaldson said. Doug Raynor of Robbinsville, in red jacket leading a group of enthusiastic riders, is a joint master of the Monmouth County Hunt Club.Photo courtesy Meghan Valnoski/ Megval Studio As tradition dictates, it will be an impressive sight and the public is welcome to watch. Spectators called “car-followers” often come out to the event to listen for the hounds and horns and watch for the riders to appear as they follow the hunt. Today, members of the Monmouth County Hunt follow the hounds at Assunpink, a wildlife habitat in Allentown with three lakes and trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. There are about 40 canine members of the hunt club who are a mixture of three breeds of foxhounds, some of whom trace their bloodlines far back in time to the United Kingdom. Monmouth Hunt Club’s joint master Meg Valnoski from Allentown travels with hounds, along with professional staff Rebecca Brown.Photo courtesy Meghan Valnoski/ Megval Studio Donaldson and her fellow joint masters – Meghan Valnoski of Allentown, Doug Raynor of Robbinsville and Mary Jane Carey of Colts Neck – oversee the management and operations of the nonprofit club. “When you’re out thereyou feel like you’re in themiddle of a painting,” saidDonaldson, who began ridingas a “bucket list” item in herlate 30s. “It’s a very neat thingthat people in MonmouthCounty should be proud of.” Visit monmouthcountyhunt.com for more information on club membership and opening day events. The horses used in the foxhunt are frequently retired racehorses, but any horse that is comfortable with the demands of the sport is welcome. Members of the club also work with 4-H clubs to provide students with opportunities to ride. Although it’s called a fox-hunt, it’s more accurately a fox chase, Donaldson noted. “The fox is wild. It’s a wildlife management area.” On occasions like this coming Sunday, when members turn out in their formal attire, it’s a sight reminiscent of a scene from Downton Abbey. While people picture foxhunters in scarlet jackets, members of the Monmouth Hunt Club wear a variety of traditional attire, with staff members of the club wearing scarlet, women wearing blue or black coats and men wearing harrier green jackets, a fashion descended from the days of hare hunting in England. Dry weather can makeit difficult for the hounds topick up the scent of a fox.Some days the chase is afox-less pursuit. Like the horses and riders who follow them, the hounds enjoy the sport – particularly when the weather cooperates enough for them to pick up the scent of a fox and follow it to ground. “It’s really still a very vitalpart of the county,” Valnoskisaid. “We are trying to bringmore people into it. We’retrying to really make themaware of it and how muchfun they can have. It’s reallya wonderful way to get outand make new friends andjust enjoy the outdoors.” Another legendary local horseman, Amory Haskell, the first president of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club, reinvigorated the sport in 1932 with foxhunts held at the former Woodland Farm in Middletown, which was also the site of the annual steeplechase known as the Monmouth County Hunt, which ended in 1996. By Eileen Moon Members earn their colors and are awarded buttons bearing the symbol of the Monmouth County Hunt according to their years of participation and progress in the club. During the foxhuntingseason, which runs fromAugust to March, memberswill ride at Assunpink everyWednesday and Sunday. As they have done since 1885, club members will don their formal foxhunting attire and ride on horseback through the woods. “The goal of our sport isto chase foxes. It isn’t killingthe fox,” Valnoski said. Valnoski has been a member of the Monmouth County Hunt Club since 1982. During those years she has served the club in many capacities, including as a member of the board of directors and as club president. In recent years, she has been in charge of the kennels and the breeding and training of the hounds. Sunday’s opening dayfestivities will include ablessing of the hounds by alocal clergy person prior tothe hunt and a celebratorybreakfast after. Fortunately, the activityis a goal in itself. Club members are hoping for optimal weather for this Sunday’s event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Editor’s Note: The original date of this event was Sunday, Oct. 27. But due to predicted high winds, the event has not been rescheduled for Nov. 10. The story has been updated to reflect the date change. It’s a formal sport, with rules and traditions that govern everything from the buttons worn on jackets to the care of the hounds. “Riders are steeped in tradition,” said Donaldson. Though the hunt is canceled when the weather is foul and conditions are too slippery for a safe hunt, a misty rain or fresh snow is generally fine. “The hounds enjoy that. It’s like kids on the first day of snow.”
Cotter rink rolls into Page Playoff at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships
Earlier in the day, Geall thrashed another Kootenay rink, Chris Ducharme of Creston 9-3 in seven ends.Geall now meets Johnson Friday morning in B event play.The winner plays in the B Final Friday at 2 p.m. against the survivor of the Glen Jackson/Jeff Richard contest and the two seed in the Page Playoff.Richard doubled Wes Craig of Victoria 6-3 Thursday evening while Jackson edged out Daniel Wenzek 6-4.Kootenay rinks Ducharme and Buchy now must look to qualify in the C event today.Ducharme, fresh from knocking out Will House of Richmond 7-4 Thursday night — the rink’s second win of the day — now waits for the winner of Wenzek and Jason Montgomery of Victoria.Buchy meets Neil Dangerfield of Victoria today at 9 a.m.The Page Playoffs begin Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Cotter facing the B-event winner.At 7 p.m. the final two qualifiers face off in the 3-4 contest for the right to meet the loser of the 1-2 Page Playoff Sunday morning at 11 a.m.The 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Final, matching the 1-2 Page Playoff winner against the semi final victor, is set for 4 p.m. at the Nelson Curling Rink.Both games Sunday will be televised live by Sportsnet.The overall winner of the event will represent B.C. at the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa March 5-13. Earlier in the week, Jim Cotter expressed that the goal of every team at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships was to “make the playoffs.”Cotter grabbed the top spot in the Page Playoff Thursday night, holding off Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 in the A-Final at the Nelson Curling Club.The defending BC Men’s Champ took control of the game from the opening end, scoring the deuce in the first end.Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky, then took a commanding 4-1 lead after three ends with another pair in the end en route to the top prize in the triple-knockout elimination round.The Okanagan rink out curled their opponents during the contest 89 percent to 78 for Johnson, with Ryan Kuhn having a stellar game at the third position, finishing at 93 percent.Johnson came into the contest on a roll, with victories over pre-playdow favourite Dean Joanisse Wednesday 6-3 and Wes Craig 6-4 earlier Thursday.In other action Thursday, the next rink looking to book a spot in the Page Playoffs appears to be the Sean Geall rink of New Westminster.After arriving earlier in the day from Vancouver due to the birth of his child, Geall cruised to another dominating victory, this time a 10-3 pasting of Kimberley’s Tom Buchy in B-event action.Geall, third Andrew Bilesky, Steve Kopf and lead Mark Olsen broke open a close game by scoring eight points from ends three to six — including a fiver in the sixth.
Nelson opened the scoring when a turnover at the Beaver Valley blueline gave the Leafs a two-on-one with Dale Howell and Sawyer Hunt.Howell slipped nice saucer pass Hunt ripped into the Beaver Valley nets past goalie Tallon Kramer.Beaver Valley struck twice in the second, two minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.Darren Kramer tied the game before Blake Sidoni put the Hawks ahead.Nelson scored the only goal of the third period to tie the game a few minutes into the frame when Howell converted his team high fourth goal of the playoffs.The shots were even at 29-29.BLUELINES: The game, attracting 780 fans, was the sixth time of the 2017 KIJHL playoffs the Leafs have been forced into overtime. Nelson is 3-3 during the playoffs. . . . Dale Howell led the Leafs with two points Friday. . . . Tallon Kramer, once again stellar between the pipes for the Hawks, was in goal to win his seventh straight playoff game. . . . A luck fan from Nelson split the $800 50-50 jackpot Friday. . . .There will be no five-peat for the Selkirk Saints. The Castlegar-based squad lost 6-1 Friday to Trinity Western Spartans in BCIHL playoff action. The Saints had won the past four BCIHL titles. Playing with a lead or coming from behind, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks know how to win.For the second game in a row the Hawks needed overtime to defeat the Nelson Leafs.Blake Sidoni beat Devin Allen in the Nelson nets at 9:33 in the second extra period to give Beaver Valley a 3-2 victory over the Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The Nitehawks take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Murdoch Final with Game four Saturday right back in Nelson.
…about “chase them out”, alleged “jackass” statements…recording reveals Jagdeo said “Judas” not “jackass”Police ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters on Wednesday turned up at the Office of the Opposition Leader, after Bharrat Jagdeo returned from his overseas trip.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo being questioned by two CID ranks in the presence of his lawyers at his Church Street, Georgetown office on WednesdayWhile he was not arrested, he was questioned about statements allegedly delivered at Babu Jaan and directed to President Granger and PM Nagamootoo. This would presumably mean that the two high officials had to have filed a complaint against Jagdeo, thus giving credibility to claims that Police action against the opposition leader was politically directed.During an annual memorial service March 10, 2019 at Babu Jaan for former President and founding member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Dr Cheddi Jagan in Port Mourant, Corentyne, Jagdeo called upon all Guyanese to reject the coalition Government, including President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo after March 21, 2019, “by chasing them out” since that was the time according to the Constitution that they would have been illegally occupying office if an election was not held.A complaint was subsequently filed against the Opposition Leader and as such, the two CID ranks turned up at this Church Street, Georgetown office to question him about his utterances.A snapshot of the story published in 2015“Basically I’m here to solicit from you any reply… as it relates to [your] March 10th visit to Port Mourant,” former Deputy Crime Chief, Hugh Jessemy informed Jagdeo during the highly publicised visit.Jessemy had previously retired from the Force back in 2017, but a few months later, in 2018, was rehired to head the Cold Case Unit within the CID headquarters.Nevertheless, during Wednesday’s visit to the Opposition Leader, Jessemy, who was accompanied by Assistant Superintendent of Police Cameron, informed Jagdeo that on the day and at the location in question, he told persons gathered there that “…if the President, Mr Granger, and Mr Nagamootoo; if they come to chase them ‘cause they illegal, that’s one. And two, you called the President and Mr Moses Nagamootoo and one, Mr (Sydney) Allicock, jackasses. So it’s fair enough if you want to explain; these are the two things I actually (came) here about”.Jessemy indicated to Jagdeo that he can reply in whatever means he chooses, that is, oral or written.Jagdeo, who is also the General Secretary of the PPP, informed the ranks that he had strong justification for the statements made and offered to submit his explanations in a written statement.“I’m tempted to give you an explanation because I do believe that there are strong justifications for everything that I said. But I will prefer to just give you a written statement,” Jagdeo said, while adding “…Had it not been a legal matter, I would have justified every single word that I uttered there at Babu Jaan”.At the time of Wednesday’s brief questioning, Jagdeo was accompanied by his lawyers, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Attorney Sanjeev Datadin along with other party members including Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, former President and Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Priya Manickchand, among others.On Tuesday, the PPP accused the Guyana Police Force of taking political instruction from the Government to arrest the Opposition Leader upon his return from the United States.In a statement, the party said that the police has been instructed by Congress Place and the Office of the President to arrest, detain and charge the Opposition Leader with criminal offence(s) under the Racial Hostility Act, Chapter 23:01, Laws of Guyana, for wilfully inciting or attempting to incite racial hostility in relation his speech at Babu Jaan last month.However, in a subsequent statement, the Police Force denied taking “political instruction”. Moreover, the Ministry of Presidency also said that no such instruction was issued by the Head of State, any Minister of Government or any Government official to instruct the Guyana Police Force to arrest the Opposition Leader.But even as the police are probing the complaint filed by APNU Member of Parliament (MP), Barbara Pilgrim, who replaced former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud, a review of Jagdeo’s remarks at Babu Jaan last month revealed that he did mention the President, Prime Minister and Minister Allicock but did not call them “jackasses” as is being alleged. In fact, he called them “Judases”.“Government, in the guise of Nagamootoo, on a day when they were celebrating the Rose Hall Martyr’s Day, they sent him to bring the sad news to that community that they were gonna close the Estate as they did elsewhere. Who is the Judas? Who are the bigger Judases in Guyana? They’ve betrayed all of the people of the country,” Jagdeo had stated.He further noted “It’s a Government of Judases because they promise the Amerindians to accelerate land titles and they failed them. So Sydney Allicock is a Judas too. And they promised to bring jobs in Linden and many parts of the country so Granger is a Judas too. All of them are Judases”.On the contrary, however, Inews had reported in 2015 of President Granger, when he was the Opposition Leader, saying “Guyana is a nation of jaguars led by jackasses”.The article which was published by Inews on March 17, 2015, stated that Granger made the comment while delivering the feature address at the Guyana Manufacturing Services Association (GMSA) luncheon at the Pegasus International Hotel.
Derby County 1-3 Manchester United: Victory sees Louis van Gaal’s men through to the fifth round of the FA Cup 1 Manchester United booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Championship side Derby County. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata put Louis van Gaal’s men on the road to victory, after George Thorne had equalised for the Rams in the first half. After a quiet start on talkSPORT’s live commentary match, the England and Red Devils captain – who had another child with wife Coleen this week – received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and he curled a delightful effort into the far corner past former Liverpool shot-stopper Scott Carson. The Rams posed dangers against United as Nick Blackman looked lively on the wing, but it was the former West Brom midfielder who proved to be the Thorne in the first half for Van Gaal’s men. The 23-year-old made a darting run into the box and he controlled a brilliant ball over the top before poking his effort past De Gea from close range. The half-time whistle came too soon for Paul Clement’s men as they were enjoying possession and having the better chances, winger Blackman pulling a shot just wide after coming inside from the wing. The overall quality showed in the final half hour, as Blind got on the end of Jesse Lingard’s low cross, finishing coolly with 25 minutes left on the clock. Just 18 minutes later United confirmed the win as Anthony Martial worked well on the wing before pulling the ball back to Mata, who finished well across goal from six yards. The victory was a tough battle, more than the scoreline suggests, and it hands Van Gaal a lifeline after increasing pressure on the boss at Old Trafford in recent weeks. But this was a win against an out-of-form Championship side, who gave a good account of themselves on the night, and a Premier League meeting with Stoke is up next for the Red Devils.
The first question ought to be, how can such things survive hundreds of thousands or millions of years? Frozen Ecosystem tiny Arctic plants and mosses were last alive when the ice enveloped the land. As the ice melts, Pendleton said, it exposes this ancient, delicate vegetation. Wind and water destroy the long-lost plants within months, but if researchers can get to them first, they can use radiocarbon dating to determine the age of the vegetation. has been under the ice for 120,000 years. Aren’t the researchers concerned that radiocarbon should all be gone by then? With a trick of storytelling, they stre-t-t-t-ch the timeline by 80,000 years: Spider in shale still glows (Tae-Yoon S Park / Paul Seldon) That’s not all. The Fox News story says that “the rocks where the spiders were found also contained the remnants of tiny fish and crustaceans.” Spiders do not typically live with fish and crustaceans, do they? Were the evolutionists ashamed to have said these rocks were 100 million years old? No; they were glad! Dead men do bleed. Glowing retinas are found in many organisms. What causes the phenomenon? Cells in the retina contain reflective layers called tapetum lucidum, Science Direct explains. In other words, the spider eyes still glow because remnants of cellular proteins are still working. And this was found not in amber, but in shale, a rock where the soft tissues of a spider should “decay entirely soon after death.” Evolutionists used to state adamantly that proteins, cells and DNA could not last for a million years, let alone ten thousand. Any biological material would become permineralized and turn to stone in short order. But when soft tissues started turning up fossils from the age of dinosaurs and earlier, they began saying, like the dead man, “Well, I’ll be. Soft tissue can last for tens and hundreds of millions of years.” Watch them do it right here. Keep poking the evolutionists and showing the blood. Maybe they will finally get the point that the evidence shows they are not physically dead, but just spiritually so. “These spiders were doing things differently. … It’s nice to have exceptionally well-preserved features of internal anatomy like eye structure. It’s really not often you get something like that preserved in a fossil,” Selden said in his statement. Ancient, fossilized spiders still have weird and glowing eyes (Fox News). A spider found in shale is claimed to be 100 million years old, and yet the back of its eyeballs still reflect light. Live Science explains: (Visited 784 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In short, what they measured gives a 40,000 year radiocarbon age (not necessarily the true age, because of assumptions in the method), but the ice cap was three times older than that, they claim. And yet many of the “delicate plants” were found in “growth position,” they say. To believe they are that old, they have to believe that the ice never moved or melted before now, even though they admit that the ice has grown and shrank over different time periods. When the first dinosaur blood vessels, proteins and skin cells were discovered, many creationists thought the fix was in for the moyboys. It turned out, though, that evolutionists are like the man who thought he was dead. His doctor asked if dead men bleed. He said, “No, dead men don’t bleed.” The doctor proceeded to poke him and red blood started coming out. The man responded, “Well, I’ll be. I guess dead men do bleed.” Retreating Ice Exposes Arctic Landscape Unseen for 120,000 Years (Live Science). As Arctic ice retreats, a long-preserved landscape is becoming visible once again. Evolutionists claim the ecosystem, including Glowing Spider Eyes Spider fossils are rare, the researchers wrote in a paper published online Jan. 28 in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Their bodies are so soft that they typically decay entirely soon after death, leaving no trace unless they happen to end up trapped in amber. But 11 spiders from the Cretaceous period have turned up preserved in shale on the Korean Peninsula. And two of the fossils included the still-shiny traces of sparkling eyes. They found that all of their samples were at least as old as the oldest age that radiocarbon dating can detect: 40,000 years. That’s a direct indication that the plants had been under ice for at least that long, the researchers reported Jan. 25 in the journal Nature Communications.
30 March 2004There is a group of volunteers that, with little fanfare, has been making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged South Africans for 13 years now, and their impact continues to expand.Sports Coaches’ Outreach (Score), founded in 1991 by American Olympic rower Juliet Thompson, has exposed hundreds of thousands of South African children to sports and coaching that they would otherwise never have experienced – by mobilising groups of volunteers from around the world.Thompson, on a visit to South Africa in 1990, was shocked by the lack of sports facilities, equipment and activities in schools, and volunteered to assist at a school in Khayelitsha township outside Cape Town.According to Score’s website, it was during this time that she came up with the idea of starting an organisation that would bring volunteers to South Africa to give sporting opportunities to children in disadvantaged areas.In Score’s first year there were five volunteers. Today there are over 60 volunteers active in six of South Africa’s nine provinces, as well as in Zambia and Namibia.Amazing numbersIn total, over 500 volunteers, from 22 countries on five continents, have worked for Score in South Africa. Over 400 000 children have benefited from their work and over 10 000 teachers have been trained. More than 20 different sporting codes have been taught, and 28 multi-purpose sports facilities have been built.It all began in Khayelitsha in 1990, but it very nearly died in 1993 when, because of a deteriorating security situation, the volunteers – including the first group from the Netherlands – decided to return home. Only SA soccer star David Notoane was left to fly the Score flag.The following year, though, in 1994, Score was officially registered as a non-governmental organisation, with a tiny head office in a small bedroom in the Cape Town suburb of Observatory. The Dutch Olympic Committee sent out some volunteers, including the organisation’s first two co-ordinators.In the same year, Score also took its programme into a rural area, with Ceres being the first to benefit. For the first time in the area, events were held at which black and white children played sport together.White schools’ involvementA big move took place in 1995 when Score moved into the offices of the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town. A full-time CEO, Stefan Howells, was also appointed, and Score expanded its rural programme into other parts of the country. In addition, white schools became involved.The impact of the programme was recognised in 1996 when the Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Congress approached Score to do work in the then Northern Province (now Limpopo).A breakthrough came in 1997 when Score, with assistance from a Dutch organisation, instituted a programme for children with disabilities in the Western Cape. The following year the Norwegian Sports Confederation became a partner, and in 1999 the Finnish Sports Federation came on board.European Union on boardIn a landmark decision in 2000, Score became the first sporting organisation to be granted money from the development budget of the European Union.In 2001, Score joined the Kicking Aids out network, making HIV/Aids awareness part of its programmes.Score’s stated mission is to “build stronger communities through the empowerment of people, by using sport as a medium of development, with the focus on disadvantaged children and youth, and by engaging volunteers and promoting volunteerism”.Belgian volunteer Lisbeth Koppers reckons being part of the programme is a wonderful experience. “It is just great – I can’t describe it any other way”, she says. “There are, of course, some things that are not so nice, but you forget those things when you see the smiles of the children.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material