Segeyaro named Captain

first_imgCoach Michael Marum made the announcement on Tuesday.The 27 year old Eastern Highlander made his debut as Kumul No. 282 in the 2017 World Cup against Wales in Port Moresby and went on to play the next three games including their quarter final loss against England in Melbourne.In a statement Marum said it is James’ second year representing PNG and he has really settled into being a Kumul.“He has been outstanding for Cronulla Sharks in their recent games, and has become one of the leaders at his club.“I’m sure he’ll go out there and lead his country well and, with his father (late) Ifisoe Segeyaro being a former Kumul (No.70), this will mean a lot to him,” Marum said.Segeyaro said it was a massive honour to be named captain, especially being a second generation Kumul and it was the most rewarding he’s achieved so far in my career.”Representing my country and my people is an honour. It’s a privilege to put on the Kumul jersey for any game, so to be captain is overwhelming,” Segeyaro said.”I would like to thank Coach Michael Marum, the other coaching staff and my family for their support over the years that has helped me reach such a milestone.“I’d also like to thank the people of PNG, especially the ones who stuck by me and always supported me whether I made the right decisions or not,” he said.last_img read more

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Conservation couture: Batik artisans make rhinos a fashion statement

first_imgCampaigners in Indonesia have blended rhino conservation with artisanal batik production to raise awareness about saving the critically endangered species.Under a program started by a conservationist, local batik designers are incorporating rhino motifs into the hand-dyed textiles, in the hope that this will get the public thinking about rhinos.There may be as few as 30 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, following decades of poaching, habitat loss, and climate-induced forest fragmentation. LAMPUNG, Indonesia — Campaigners in Indonesia are using the country’s celebrated batik-making tradition to get people to think about the Sumatran rhinoceros, a species on the brink of extinction.The critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is the only living species of Dicerorhinus, the most primitive rhino genus, which evolved 15 million to 20 million years ago and includes the prehistoric woolly rhino in its ranks.Habitat loss, climate-induced habitat fragmentation, and poaching have significantly slashed the species’ population, with estimates today ranging from 30 to 100 individuals. One of their last strongholds is Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra’s Lampung province, where a captive-breeding program is underway to shore up the flagging wild population.Lampung is also home to a rich tradition of making batik, a form of hand-dyeing textiles in which the parts not being dyed are masked with beeswax. It was Elly Lestari Rustiati, a rhino expert at Lampung University, who came up with the idea of marrying the two concepts of conservation and batik. Rhino conservation awareness through art isn’t new; in India, artisanal wood-carvers make intricately crafted statuettes of the greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) that live in Kaziranga National Park.So Elly introduced her idea to a local batik-making community, touting it as adding value to the textiles that they already produce, alongside the awareness-raising benefits.A woman in Indonesia’s Lampung province dyes batik cloth that features a motif of the region’s Sumatran rhinos. Image courtesy of Hidayatullah.Motifs are a central part of any batik textile, and are unique to the region in which it’s made. For the Lampung batik, it was only natural that the motif would be rhinos.“They were eager and very excited to learn” how to make the rhino motifs, Elly said of the participants, adding that she helped provide information about the species’ characteristics to help them with their depictions of the two-horned animals.It wasn’t as easy a task as it seemed, said Hidayatullah, 31, the owner of the Andanan Batik store in Lampung’s Pesawaran district.“It was difficult at first. [The motif] didn’t look like a Sumatran rhino,” he said.He said his initial attempts ended up looking more like the one-horned Javan rhinoceros, another critically endangered species native to Indonesia. But Hidayatullah persisted, and today his textiles bear the proud silhouettes of little Sumatran rhinos, as well as faithful reproductions of some of the plants the animal feeds on.Hidayatullah said his determination to get the process right was inspired by his child’s interest in learning more about the creature taking shape amid the wax coatings on the textiles. As part of his education, the batik maker visited the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas to study the distinctive outline of the animal.Getting the artisans to come up with motifs that did justice to the two-horned Sumatran rhino was difficult at first, with early results resembling the one-horned Javan rhino. Image courtesy of Hidayatullah.Elly said she hoped the rhino batik would help raise awareness of rhino conservation, given the ubiquity of batik throughout Indonesia. “Hopefully for the batik makers in Lampung this initiative will be a mix between cultural and scientific values. That way, the community’s batik works will have added value and their own uniqueness,” she said.The popularity of the rhino motif has caught on. In neighboring East Lampung district, local designers stamp out hundreds of sheets of the special batik each month, some of which have been fashioned into uniforms for district officials.An artisan of the old school, Hidayatullah eschews the mass-printing model and instead makes his batik to order. (As a marketer of the new school, he promotes his work through Instagram.) He sells a sheet of rhino-motif batik, measuring 1.2 by 2.2 meters (47 by 87 inches) for 300,000 rupiah ($21), and a ready-to-wear batik shirt for 450,000 rupiah ($32).“There’s a special pride that I feel from helping introduce this rhino to the whole world through batik,” Hidayatullah said.A female Sumatran rhino with her calf in Way Kambas, Sumatra, Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Jan. 31, 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Critically Endangered Species, Environment, Habitat Loss, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Megafauna, Poaching, Rainforest Animals, Rhinos, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

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Lowenfield is in contempt of court and must be removed

first_imgDear Editor,The commencement of a House-to-House Registration exercise by GECOM is a contemptuous matter. It was clearly done on the political directives and based on the advice of an illegally appointed Chairman of the Elections Commission. In that regard, this latest action is null and void and is of no effect. It must be stopped now.It further notes that this is a blatant violation of the laws of the State called Guyana and a total disregard for the CCJ’s ruling on the matter. The Opposition Leader is now duty-bound to file contempt of court proceedings against the Chief Elections Officer, Lowenfield, effected by his instant incarceration and removal. This is the way forward.We cannot continue on a path of top officials paying scant regard for law and order in this country. Persons in high office must respect the Constitution. The Elections Commission rightly stands as the custodian of the democratic process in Guyana, so positioned to hold and conduct elections in a free and fair manner, therefore, for an official, especially in the position of the Chief Elections Officer to act in such a bias and partisan manner, it means that our democracy is under siege. It goes even further that the rigging of elections, which is such a curse brought on this nation by the PNC, is real and ever before us.Guyana has to return to the fold of democratic nations and the time is now.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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BLUES STREAK CONTINUES

first_imgNext Game: University of Waterloo 11/30/2019 | 7:00 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Matchup History The No. 4 nationally-ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team recorded their 11th straight victory with a 6-2 win over the Brock Badgers on Friday night (Nov. 29) in St. Catharines, Ont.It’s the first time since the 1981-82 season that the Blues have won 11 straight regular season games.Second-year forward David Thomson and first-year defenceman Brendan Bornstein each scored one goal and added two assists on the night, while sophomore netminder Alex Bishop made 32 saves in his league-leading 12th victory of the season.With the win, the Blues improve to 13-2-0 and sit atop the OUA West division.HOW IT HAPPENED: Second-year forward Joey Manchurek opened the scoring midway through the first period. The native of Tecumseh, Ont., fired a wide-angled shot to beat Brock netminder Mario Cavaliere on the powerplay for his 10th goal of the season. U of T held a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes of action.An action-packed second period saw the Badgers take the lead as Cosimo Fontana scored 23 seconds into the frame and Adam Berg buried a rebound four minutes later.The Blues responded though, scoring three unanswered goals just over six minutes apart. Rookie forward Oliver Benwell potted home a Manchurek rebound to even the game back up, before Kyle Potts one-timed a Hunter Atchison pass in close for the eventual game-winner.Bornstein then took a long pass from Kyle Clarke and sent a booming shot over the glove of Cavaliere. Toronto was up 4-2 at the second intermission.Nathan Hudgin finished off a nice 2-on-1 with Oliver Benwell early in the third period and Thomson rounded out the scoring by burying an Evan McEachern rebound on the powerplay with less than five minutes remaining in the game.UP NEXT: The Blues wrap up the fall semester tomorrow (Nov. 30) when they host the Waterloo Warriors at Varsity Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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Bartica woman gang raped

first_img– rapists chargedA 20-year-old woman from Bartica Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) was allegedly gang raped on February 13, by three men from the Potaro area.The woman, who is said to be unemployed, was raped by the men around 13:00h on Monday.Guyana Times understands the woman shared no intimate relationship with any of the men but would talk with them from time to time. About two weeks prior, she was raped by another man from her community.Commander of F Division (Interior locations) Ravindradat Budhram confirmed that both matters were reported to the Police and an investigation was immediately launched.All four men were charged on Wednesday at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court based on advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).The trio men involved in the second incident of rape were placed on bail while the fourth suspect was remanded.last_img read more

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WPA calls for charges against Donald Rodney to be dropped

first_img…urges Govt to accept CoI reportThe Working People’s Alliance (WPA) is again calling for the State to exonerate Donald Rodney from all charges brought against him in relation to the death of hisDonald Rodneybrother and founder of the party, Dr Walter Rodney.This call was repeated at a press conference held on Wednesday, when Executive Member of the WPA, Dr David Hinds stated that the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was discussed at a party meeting held on Sunday last, when members called on the executive to address that issue.Hinds also reminded that the party had passed this resolution before, on June 13, 2017.Donald Rodney was convicted for being in possession of an explosive device, which killed D. Rodney and served an 18-month sentence. He was reported to have been the person to witness the explosion which killed his brother.“We are requesting that those charges be withdrawn and the party has mandated us to pursue that matter,” Hinds told media operatives.Meanwhile, when asked whether the Walter Rodney CoI was discussed at the recent A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) meeting that was called following concerns raised by the WPA, a major party in the coalition, WPA Executive Member Tacuma Ogunseye said: “It wasn’t formally raised, but the President (David Granger) in conceding the need to address the various grievances raised by the WPA – when he mandated the person to deal with it, he made it very clear that all the issues and those related to Rodney were up for resolution.”A CoI had been set up on February 8, 2014 to determine who was responsible for the death of the world-renowned historian by examining the circumstances which led to the bomb blast.With the submission of a report by the Commission, which did not point to any one person or entity, the WPA called on President Granger “to take the necessary steps to end this chapter of our history”.Nevertheless, the WPA had urged the President to accept the Walter Rodney CoI report.The party, a member of the seven-faction APNU, was partly founded by Rodney, a historian and educator, who met his demise some 36 years ago in the bomb blast. The WPA, since Dr Rodney’s death, had been calling for an investigation into the death of its leader.Throughout the 17-month long CoI, whose Commissioners included Jamaican Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidad-based Guyanese Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam, the People’s National Congress had been pointed at as the major player behind Rodney’s death.The Report stated that given all the relevant facts, events and circumstances set out, Commissioners could do nothing else but establish that William Gregory Smith was not acting alone but had the active and full support, participation and encouragement of, and/or was aided and abetted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF); the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) – both agencies of the State – and the political directorate, including Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, in the killing of Dr Rodney.Rodney, a globally respected political and social activist, died on June 13, 1980, after a walkie-talkie he was examining exploded in his lap.It was the theory of those close to the founding WPA leader that the man he had somewhat come to trust, Smith, a then GDF Sergeant and communications expert, had planted an explosive in the device Rodney was expected to test. It was claimed too that the Government of the day, the PNC and its leader, Burnham, had used Smith to carry out the attack.last_img read more

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NGOs partner to distribute 300 backpacks to vulnerable children in Linden

first_imgBY UTAMU BELLEThe late great Maya Angelo once said, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed”. These words ring true and continue to inspire those affiliated with the Linden based non-governmental organisation For the Children Sake Foundation (FCSF), the Linden Fund USA (LFU), Food For The Poor (FFP) and The Carter Jaiden Foundation.These organisations are committed to helping families thrive in disenfranchised communities. Recently, they partnered to distribute much needed backpacks and other school essentials to assist scores of vulnerable children in getting back to school. Three hundred students from Linden were beneficiaries.During the distribution exercise, Tisha Campbell, Director of FTCSF, echoed a quote from the late Maya Angelou, noting, “As Dr Angelo stated, the act of giving is a blessing.”Campbell said “this is why we hope to continue this partnership, distributing these much needed resources to the community. Furthermore, we are thankful to FFTP for the donation of books so that our youths can become educated and independents adults. We are thankful for this initial donation and we hope that this is a sign of a better, stronger collaboration,” she continued.Campbell, in citing an example, said many times children in vulnerable situations do not have anything to call their own, hence the gift of school essentials can mean a lot to parents who cannot afford to purchase them.Students from Linden pose with their backpacksKellyann Reece, Programme Manager of FTCSF said, “we have always had a strong interest in helping communities rise, and through various programmes (Nutritional Enhancement programme, Child Development and Food Hamper programmes) we will ensure that each child grows up in an environment that facilitates their positive growth and development”.Mr Hope of the Carter Jaiden Foundation pointed out that in many instances these school children hardly have the financial solvency to buy a school bag.“Any earnings made by their families meet basic needs and a school bag for them is a luxury. As a socially responsible corporate entity working tirelessly to making a difference in the community, we believe that it can help these children by becoming a part of their lives, which may help them to dream bigger through a proper education”, he said.Office Manager of Linden Fund, Cheryl Waite, also noted that it was a joy to present a child with a backpack filled with school supplies.“Children immediately put them on, and smiles spread across their faces,” she said. The organisations expressed heartfelt gratitude to Samantha Fraser, Fonda King, Dr Gregory Harris, Dr Eertenisa Hamilton, Ms Theresa Carrington, Rushell McCalmon, Francine Major and Romaine Hudson who assisted in making the activity a success.last_img read more

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Mahrez named England’s Player of the Year

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was named Young Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) awards.Paying tribute to his team-mates, Mahrez, who succeeds Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as the winner of the prize, told the ceremony: “All the credit is for them, seriously.“And for my manager (Claudio Ranieri) and the staff. Without them I wouldn’t receive this award and I wouldn’t score. It’s the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.“I’m very grateful to receive this award, it’s a pleasure. It’s extra special because if the players vote for me it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year so I’m happy.“But it’s more team things. Without my team-mates I wouldn’t get this award.”Mahrez is the first African to win the award and just the second non-European, after Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, then of Liverpool, in 2014.A £400,000 ($580,000, 514,000 euro) signing from French Ligue 2 side Le Havre in January 2014, Mahrez has contributed 17 goals and 11 assists to help put Leicester on the brink of becoming English champions for the first time.He had scored the opener in the Foxes’ 4-0 thrashing of Swansea City earlier in the day at the King Power Stadium, which left Claudio Ranieri’s side eight points clear of second-placed Tottenham with three games left to play.– Giggs award –Mahrez was then flown by helicopter to the ceremony as he pipped club colleagues Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante as well as West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil to the award.Alli, 20, held off competition from Kane, Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley to take the young player gong.Alli, who won Football League Young Player of the Year 12 months ago, joined Tottenham from third-tier Milton Keyes Dons in 2015 and was expected to be used sparingly in his first season at White Hart Lane.However, he has been outstanding in midfield for Spurs and has already won six caps for England, scoring once.He was not there to pick up his award in person as Tottenham play West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday, but recorded a video message.“Sorry I can’t be there tonight, but we have a big game tomorrow. Thank you for to everyone who voted for me,” Alli said.“I feel honoured to win such a prestigious award and thank you to my friends, family and all the staff at Tottenham.”Manchester United great Ryan Giggs, now the assistant to manager Louis van Gaal, followed in the footsteps of his former manager Alex Ferguson by winning the PFA Merit Award.Manchester City midfielder Izzy Christiansen won the PFA Women’s Player of the Year award, with Sunderland forward Beth Mead taking home the young player equivalent. 0Shares0000Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has named English football’s player of the year.  PHOTO/AFPLONDON, April 25 – Leicester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez on Sunday became the first African player to be named English football’s Player of the Year, as voted for by his fellow professionals.The 25-year-old French-born Algerian international, outstanding in Leicester’s incredible charge towards the Premier League title, received the trophy at a lavish awards ceremony in London.last_img read more

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JOINING JUDAISM Torrance rabbi and wife start converting their adopted children

first_imgBy Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER The toddler let out a high-pitched squeal as he hit the chilly ocean water Tuesday during his conversion service. If he thinks this is uncomfortable, wait until Thursday’s circumcision. Welcome to Judaism. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTwo of the faith’s newest members, James Robert Spero and Esther Rose Spero, were born in Vietnam. They were adopted last spring by the rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Torrance, Gary Spero, and his wife, Sheryl Spero. Family is extremely important in the Jewish tradition, but the two were unable to have children of their own. About a year ago they began investigating adoption and learned that there were many orphans in Vietnam. “We flew over last spring to get them,” Rabbi Spero said. “I think we were the only family there celebrating Passover.” The communist country is predominantly Buddhist and Catholic. The children, who both turned 1 recently, had to go through official conversion rites to become Jews, including Tuesday’s immersion in water, a circumcision for Robert on Thursday and, finally, a naming ceremony and final immersion in a few weeks that will complete the process. The final immersion will be performed the more orthodox way, in a ceremonial bath house. The only such bath in the South Bay is at Chabad of the South Bay in Lomita, but the synagogue doesn’t allow conversion rites to be performed there; it is only used by women to cleanse themselves. So the Speros, along with temple members and a family friend, heaved a pair of strollers, a copy of the Torah, and an armful of blankets across the beach at the Hermosa Beach Pier. According to tradition, the immersion has to be performed in water that flows from a natural spring to symbolize “God flowing freely through you,” the rabbi said. The Pacific Ocean was the closest option. “We do the best with the resources we have available,” said Jerry Cohen, president of Temple Beth Torah, who wore a wet suit to do the dunking. The final immersion will be done in a ritual bath in downtown Los Angeles that allows the ceremony. On Tuesday, a few beach stragglers stood, curiously watching, although the service itself lasted only a few minutes. The rabbi read from the Torah and recited a few prayers in Hebrew; a friend snapped pictures with a disposable camera. The service had to wait a few months because Robert came down with a lung infection. The briss ceremony was scheduled as soon as possible; boys are usually circumcised eight days after birth. “I know, I know, it’s going to be all over real soon,” temple Vice President Michael Kraus said to a blank-faced Robert, who sat quietly in his stroller before the service. After this week, the worst will be over, the rabbi said – the children will be official Jews, attending Jewish school, synagogue and observing all of the Jewish rites of passage. Sheryl Spero said the new arrivals have been a welcome addition to the 60-family synagogue. “It’s been a lot of work, but absolutely wonderful,” she said. “We’re so excited.” melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Manchester United add Espanyol midfielder to list of transfer targets

first_img1 Manchester United are tracking Espanyol midfielder David Lopez, according to reports in Spain.United scout Toni Lima was understood to be sent on a scouting mission to run the rule over the club’s promising left-back Aaron Martin.Howeve, the talent spotter was also said to be keeping close tabs on defensive midfielder Lopez.The highly-rated 27-year-old has made 29 La Liga outings so far this term, establishing himself as one of the side’s key players.His minimum fee release clause is set at £34m but it is understood that Espanyol may be willing to do business for less than that.Now United may decide to approach Espanyol about a possible double swoop for left-back Martin as well as Lopez. David Lopez [left] in action for Espanyol against Real Madrid last_img read more

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