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Women’s Tennis Receives ITA All-Academic Team Award

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team was awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team Award on Monday, while Mariel Ante, Summer Brills, Tess Herder, and Maddie Johnson were recipients of the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award.The recognition is bestowed on squads maintaining a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale) for the 2015-16 academic year. Johnson boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA in psychology, while senior Ante and sophomore Brills and Herder maintained 3.46, 3.70, 3.94 GPA’s in biology, journalism and elementary education, respectively.In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Warriors: Playoffs intensity on display in Golden State’s series opener

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors finished with a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. Stephen Curry (38 points) scored prolifically while staying efficient from the field (11-of-16), from 3 (8-of-12) and from the free-throw line (8-of-9). Kevin Durant shifted from facilitator back to scorer (23 points) and Draymond Green offered a mix of scoring (17 points), …last_img read more

Anti-Biblical Bias Shaped Geological Opinion

first_imgGeologists resisted evidence for catastrophic flooding because they wanted to distance themselves from Genesis.We’ve recounted the story of J Harlan Bretz several times over the years. His unconventional hypothesis about the origin of the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington by catastrophic floods was resisted by the consensus of geological opinion. Now, two geologists propose that the massive canyons there and on Mars did not take as much water as previously believed. The write-ups of their findings reinforce what we’ve stated about anti-Biblical bias against catastrophism. Perron and Vinditti write in Nature,When the geologist J Harlen Bretz proposed in the 1920s that the Channeled Scablands were created by a catastrophic flood, his ideas were attacked relentlessly by geologists who subscribed to the mainstream view that erosion is slow and steady, and who wanted to distance their profession from the notion of a biblical deluge.Bretz’s triumph over his critics provides a classic case of a maverick overcoming a reigning paradigm through his personal courage and persistence, wielding incontrovertible evidence.The new consensus about the Scablands is strong, but needs modification, Perron and Vinditti say.Although the flood origin of the Channeled Scablands is no longer disputed, the sizes of the individual floods remain uncertain. It has become common practice to place an upper bound on the flow rate of the floods by assuming that they filled the present-day canyons to the brim. Estimated flood magnitudes based on this assumption range up to 60 cubic kilometres per hour — nearly 100 times the average flow rate of the Amazon River today. But these estimates might be much too large. Glaciologists have argued that it is difficult for ice sheets to store enough water to produce such enormous floods. The brimful-flood model also requires the unlikely scenario that each flood passing through the canyons was larger than the one that preceded it, because the canyon deepens as each successive flood erodes the bedrock.Now, Isaac Larsen (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Michael Lamb (Caltech) argue that about 5 to 10 times less water was required to carve the big canyons. Writing in Nature, they propose a “threshold shear stress model” to replace the brimful model. Their model has implications for other canyons on Earth, and for fluid-carved canyons on Mars as well.The threshold shear stress model implies that canyons in the Channeled Scablands were eroded by floods with depths that were a fraction of the relief of the final canyon (Fig. 4). This physics-based finding is consistent with several recent investigations of canyon carving at other sites on Earth and Mars: for example, those where bedrock incision by plucking or toppling of jointed rock occurs at depths less than brim-full, those where terrace chronology indicates multiple episodes of canyon incision, or those where lakes in breached craters contain insufficient water volumes to fill downstream channels.Our results suggest that the morphology of canyons (for example, terraces, valley shapes and slope profiles) on Earth and Mars could reveal information about both the history and discharge of flooding that warrants further investigation. The outburst floods that carved the Channeled Scablands were extraordinary under either end-member model, but predictions of discharges from the threshold shear stress model are five- to ten-fold smaller. On Mars, owing to the low permeability of aquifers, it has been challenging to reconcile the very large reconstructed brim-full discharges in outflow channels with a subsurface flood source. Given the proposed similarity in incision mechanics for outflow channels on Mars and in the Channeled Scablands, the threshold shear stress model provides a link between the physics of groundwater-sourced floods and terraces observed in orbital data, implying longer duration, lower discharge floods, or multiple floods on early Mars.NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine sums it up this way: “A new model of canyon-forming floods from UMass Amherst and CalTech researchers suggests that deep canyons can be formed in bedrock by significantly less water than previously thought.” Two consequences of this change of view seem evident. For one, it no longer seems necessary to presume that Mars had as much water as previously thought. A second implication is that floods on Earth can accomplish much more geological change with far less water. Rethinking the amount of water required “could reveal information about both the history and discharge of flooding that warrants further investigation.” This sounds like a shot in the arm for catastrophism.It’s not necessary to propose multiple floods (“tens of floods”) for the Channeled Scablands. Larsen and Lamb cite a 1985 paper by one guy for that idea. The important point is the tremendous power of water. If only 10% or 20% of the amount previously assumed could carve the Channeled Scablands, then it follows that a global flood would have correspondingly more power to alter Earth’s crust and sediments. It becomes more credible to associate a single catastrophe with the miles of sediments and deep canyons found all over the Earth, particularly on the Colorado Plateau where they are exposed so well with flat contacts speaking of a short period of time. Creation geologist Steve Austin mentioned “plucking” decades ago as a process that can accelerate bedrock erosion.Notice the anti-Biblical bias of the geologists of Bretz’s day. Perron and Vinditti say his views were “attacked relentlessly” because they seemed to support a Biblical flood account. The attacks went on for decades! Bretz stood alone against the establishment between the 1920s and the 1960s, when his views were finally accepted. (Remember that this was the period between the Scopes Trial and the Darwin Centennial.) We should not be discouraged if today’s secular materialists exhibit the same visceral reaction against intelligent design or creation geology. It’s hard to overcome an entrenched, powerful worldview. Its proponents sometimes never change. New views often gain traction one funeral at a time. Creation speakers have seen younger students be much more accepting of young-earth evidences than their hoary old dogmatic professors. We must keep the evidence out there where open minded young people can see it.Resource: Dr. Terry Mortenson’s DVD “Deep Time Evolution” from AiG has damning quotes from secular geologists from the 1790s and beyond, showing that they had made up their minds to hate Genesis before even looking at the evidence. Mortenson’s PhD specialty is the history of geology (see also his book The Great Turning Point for even more citations). He explains how evolutionists and creationists both have the same evidence, but their worldview drives their interpretation of the evidence. It takes courageous mavericks like J Harlan Bretz to stand against a crowd. Unfortunately, even Bretz did not take the implications of his finds far enough. Had he examined even larger canyons than the scablands, he might have been led to propose a world-wide flood. (Visited 96 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Education boost for Gauteng

first_imgWith 36 new schools opening in Gautengprovince alone in early 2012, morechildren will be able to receive a soundbasic education. (Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Charles Phahlane  Communications head, Gauteng   education dept  +27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496. RELATED ARTICLES • SA businesses urged to adopt schools • SA prioritises quality education • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Can drive raises R8.5m for educationEmily van RijswijckThe Gauteng Department of Education is making good on its promise to step up education efforts, with 36 new schools opening and 500 additional teachers reporting for duty in the first term of 2012.Another 300 pre-fabricated classrooms will also be added to existing schools where overcrowding is a problem.Thirteen of the schools will be ready to accept pupils when inland provinces start their 2012 academic year on 18 January, while another five will open later in the month.The remainder of the schools will be opened during the rest of the first term.While the majority of the new school buildings are pre-fabricated buildings, five of the new schools are solid brick and mortar structures.This brings the number of primary and secondary schools in the province to 2 595 – including independent, non-subsidised schools – with almost 72 000 teachers.The buildup to the new school year already starts six to eight months before, with teachers required to place orders for their support materials in May and actual pupil admissions taking place from August to October the year before.“It’s all systems go for the start of the new academic year,” education MEC Barbara Creecy confirmed at a recent press briefing, adding that the new facilities will go some way towards alleviating pressure in some of the overcrowded schools.Demand for learning space Of the nine provinces, Gauteng has seen the biggest rise in pupil numbers in recent years.According to Creecy, pupil numbers has been growing on average by 2% over the last five years, which means the province has to make space for about 36 000 additional children each year.The province has over 2-million pupils, while more than 14-million children attend school countrywide.“There is no other province that has experienced this level of demand for learning space,” said Creecy in her mid-term budget speech last year.In areas such as informal settlements, where it’s not always possible to build new schools, the education department has expanded its scholar transport scheme to accommodate these already disadvantaged children.In addition a budget of R100-million (US$12.5-million) has been allocated for pre-fabricated classrooms in schools where there is overcrowding.“We will provide 300 pre-fabricated classrooms and 100 pre-fabricated ablution blocks within the financial year,” said Creecy.Maintenance work at existing schools is also ongoing, with work in progress at 42 sites.Schools at the coast opened one week before, with the Western Cape Education Department welcoming pupils at 11 new schools in 2012. In 2011 the Gauteng education department opened six new schools.Aiming for millennium goals South Africa aims to eliminate all mud schools over the next three years and to improve basic safety and functionality of about 3 600 schools by 2014 as part of its contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals, said President Jabob Zuma during a Parliamentarian session after his State of the Nation address in 2011.The Millennium Development Goal for education is to ensure that, by 2015, the majority of children all over the world are able to access and complete a full course of primary schooling. The government also hopes to increase enrolment rates in secondary schools to 95% by 2014.According to basic education minister Angie Motshekga, concerted efforts on the government’s part has resulted in rises in gross enrolment rates by 20% in primary education and about 15% in secondary education.“In fact, South Africa has almost achieved universal access in primary education,” said Motshekga at a December 2011 meeting on building public-private partnerships in education.Statistics South Africa’s 2010 general household survey found that nationally, 72,8% of persons aged 7 to 24 were attending educational institutions.Steady gains have been made since 2002, yet the number of young people not studying remains unacceptable – most respondents indicated that this was for financial reasons, a situation that the government is addressing. The right to basic education is entrenched in South Africa’s Constitution.Helping children to learnJust in Gauteng alone, almost 900 000 learners are attending the 1 237 no-fee schools, said Creecy. Of these children, over 800 000 also benefit from the government’s nutritional programme.Nationally, Statistics South Africa recorded that the percentage of pupils countrywide who paid no tuition fees increased from 0.7% in 2002 to 54.6% in 2010.To keep up with rising demands, the Gauteng education department’s budget has increased by over 13% from 2010/11 to 2011/12, with R25.9-billion ($3.2-billion) allocated for the current financial year.“Almost 74% of this budget will be spent on salaries for teachers, school administrative staff and office based personnel,” said Creecy.last_img read more

Miss South Africa brings warmth

first_imgChief executive of the Alexandra health centre Lebane Maluleke, Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie and Maslow general manager Johan Scheepers along with members of Alexandra’s Betang Pelo Group. (images: Sun International)More than a hundred blankets will keep Alexandra residents warm this winter, handed over by representatives of Sun International’s Maslow Hotel and Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie.They handed over the blankets in the main hall of the Alexandra Health Centre and University Clinic, in the Johannesburg township. The event formed part of the Maslow Hotel’s winter initiative aimed at helping residents of some of Gauteng’s most disadvantaged communities through the cold weeks ahead.“The Alex clinic went out on a drive to try and get corporate South Africa to try and support us,” said the chief executive of the health centre, Lebane Maluleke, “and we got a very positive response to our drive. Today here we received 100 blankets but we intend to do more with the help of the Maslow Hotel in July.“For us to get the economic issues right in the country we need to understand that government will not be able to deal with all the problems. We need to all play our parts, be it in the NGO space or in the corporate world. We all need to do our part in uplifting the community.”The hotel’s initiative includes a mobile soup kitchen that will serve hot soup around town from 1 until 31 July, effectively covering what should be the coldest month of winter. In the form of a food trailer, the soup kitchen will be doing its rounds through a selected number of townships such as Alexandra, supplying warm meals to those in need.Laurie will hand out soup at some of the pop-up kitchen’s scheduled stops this month: “This drive is a great example of how small gestures can make such a big difference in the lives of the community,” she said. “I can’t wait to share Chef Millar’s delicious soup with those in need.”Maslow general manager Johan Scheepers added: “As part of our continued commitment to our corporate social investment projects, we hope our pop-up soup kitchen will add some cheer and warmth to those most affected by the cold.”Johan Scheepers, Liesl Laurie and Lebane Maluleke were present to hand over the blankets and shed a bit more light on the relationship between the Hotel group and the people of Alexandra.A WARM EMBRACEThe winter chill poses a very real threat to the young, the elderly and the sick, and a bit of warmth may mean the difference between improving their health and seeing it worsen when temperatures drop.It was with this in mind that the Maslow collective took to handing out blankets, a task that they made short work of with the aid of a recently crowned Miss South Africa.“It’s such an honour and a privilege for me to be here this morning with amazing sponsors like Sun International. I’m blessed to be able to help other people,” Laurie said, addressing some 200 people in the hall.Quoting Robert G Ingersoll, the American leader and free thinker, she said: “You only rise by lifting others… I know that by helping my communities and the people where I come from that I will grow, and that’s my encouragement to each and every one of you here today.“You can help someone with a very little bit, whether it be your time, whether it be just giving them that plate of food, the little that you have can grow and bless others.”last_img read more

Auction of Ohio’s prison farm dairy cattle begins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections are following through with a plan set last month to terminate the state’s prison farms as the auctioning of state-owned dairy cattle began Monday.On Monday, 42 dairy cows from the Marion Correctional Institution were scheduled to be sold at Mt. Hope Auction in Holmes County. The sale was the first of many in order to liquidate the 1,000 head of state-owned dairy cows.The Columbus Dispatch reported the animals were removed from the prison earlier in the day, though the transport didn’t go unnoticed. About 100 people from the Ohio Civil Services Employees Association, a union representing prison workers, picketed the prison on auction day in opposition of the decision to close the state’s prison farms.Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, announced last month that all 10 prison farms around the state would be phased out by the end of the year and the land used for said operations would be sold. The change to the century-old program comes during a time of high land prices. The sale of any land will require approval by Ohio legislators.Many critics have responded to the action by saying it axes a valuable teaching tool of the Departments while also making an irresponsible use of the state’s resources. A newly installed dairy facility at the Marion Correctional Institution has been a major component of that argument.The department holds that purchasing milk from private suppliers is advantageous financially. There are 30 prisons listed on a recently added “Invitation to Bid” for milk providers, aiming “to obtain a contractor(s) to furnish and deliver milk to state agencies in Ohio.”The next dairy cattle sale is set for May 26 at Mt. Hope. Pickaway Correctional Institution is scheduled to have 416 cattle up for bid. Dairy cattle auctions will also be held on June 8 at the Lebanon Correctional Institution and again on June 9 at the London Correctional Institution.last_img read more

Junior Goat Shows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion: Paige Pence, New Carlisle (heavyweight champion)Res. Grand Champion: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff (heavyweight reserve champion)Third Overall: Paige Pence, New Carlisle (middleweight champion)Fourth Overall: Katie Egbert, Botkins (middleweight reserve champion)Fifth Overall: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff (lightweight champion)Junior Market  Show resultsLightweight Champ: Ava Shroyer, DeGraffLightweight Res. Champ: Grace Day, Frankfort Middleweight Champ: Paige Pence, New CarlisleMiddleweight Res. Champ: Katie Egbert, Botkins Heavyweight Champ:Paige Pence, New CarlisleHeavyweight Res. Champ: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff Junior Dairy Goat Show resultsAlpineChamp: Ashley Bailey, LondonRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena Alpine milkersChamp: Hannah Depew, ChillecotheRes. Champ: Jenna Bailey, London LaManchaChamp: Kolton Baer, KinsmanRes. Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman LaMancha milkersChamp: Heather Cade, GalenaRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena AOBChamp: Allie Bohse, West MiltonRes. Champ: Jenna Johnson, Delaware AOB milkersChamp: Keeton Ables, SullivanRes. Champ: Gavin Manion, Ashland NubiansChamp: Cole Spitler, West ManchesterRes. Champ: Courtney Hubbard, Cortland Nubian milkersChamp: Hunter Dye, SunburyRes. Champ: Cole Spitler, West Manchester Recorded GradeChamp: Kolton Baer, KinsmanRes. Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman Recorded Grade milkersChamp: Heather Cade, GalenaRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena SaanenChamp: Jenna Johnson, DelawareRes. Champ: Hannah Saum, Lancaster Saanen milkersChamp: Hannah Saum, LancasterRes. Champ: Taylor Gottfried, Tiffin ToggenburgChamp: Cole Spitler, West ManchesterRes. Champ: Cole Spitler, West Manchester Toggenburg milkersChamp: Landyn Phipps, ThornvilleRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena Landyn Phipps and Elisha Stratton with their Toggenburgs Cole Spitler did well with his Recorded Grade Hannah Saum from Fairfield County with her Saanen Paige Pence gets emotional after beings selected as the middleweight champion Wyatt Borer competes for middleweight champion. Briley Ashcroft, from Guysville, in the middleweight champion drive Grace Day had the Res. Champ. lightweight. Jada Shroyer watches the judge. The judge checks out Ava Shroyer’s champion lightweight wether. Lightweight class Cheyenne Watson and Heather Cade with their Recorded Grade dairy goats The judge shakes the hand of Paige Pence for grand champion. Heavyweight champion drive Jonathan Yenser from Botkins with his heavyweight market goat Heavyweight exhibitorslast_img read more

8 Ways to Start a Fight

first_imgWhat follows is not a prescription for finding your way into conflict. Instead, it’s a list of things you may now knowingly recognize as causing conflict where it isn’t necessary—and when it doesn’t serve you. Think of these as things to avoid, and this post as a strong warning.Personal Attack: Provocation. Verbal assault. Perhaps one of the best ways to start a fight is to personally attack another person. Making a personal attack on someone is almost an absolute guarantee of having someone respond in kind. Even if you’re frustrated, and even if the other person has done something you believe to be wrong, a personal attack does nothing to help the situation. It can only make things worse.Ignore Them: Another way to start a fight is to ignore someone. The fact that you are ignoring them can have the effect of causing them to try harder to get your attention. One of the ways to ensure that you get someone’s attention is to engage in conflict by saying something so rude that it commands a response.Challenge Their Significance: Disrespect them. Belittle them. There aren’t too many things that will cause a response like challenging another human being’s significance. All you need to do to manufacture conflict is to disrespect them as a human being. The more disrespect you offer, the more certain and more aggressive the response. It’s also relatively easy to get this response without meaning to, so be careful.Public Humiliation: Human beings will do all kinds of things to avoid being humiliated-including humiliating themselves. One of the responses to being publicly humiliated is to defend your dignity by attacking the person who humiliated you. It’s possible for an individual who humiliates themselves to attack another person to save face. If this seems juvenile to you, it is, but it is not limited to the young. No one wants the tribe to have a laugh at their expense or think less of them.Assume Bad Intentions: This one ties very closely to a personal attack because it’s not all that different. One of the ways that you can cause someone to feel that they must defend themselves is to accuse them of having bad intentions. There are a lot of people who believe things you don’t believe. There a lot of people who do things you don’t believe they should do. But it’s a mistake to believe that they have bad intentions and doing so can cause conflict. This is what occurs in every political argument you see on Facebook.Be Argumentative: It is impossible to argue with yourself. To argue, you need someone to assist you by participating in the argument. If you don’t want to fight, and you don’t want to argue, one way is to extract yourself from the conflict by removing yourself from the situation. To do that, all you have to do is stop, or better still, never start. Just say, “We’ll have to agree to disagree, but I respect your view on this.”Threaten: “If you don’t… I will . . . The word “if” is problematic. The “I will” that follows is even more troublesome. You are offering a threat. And when people feel they are threatened, they generally believe they must defend themselves. There is rarely ever a reason to offer a threat. If you are going to do something, you’re better off doing it than threatening it. The threat gives rise to conflict.Offer Ultimatums: The biggest problem with ultimatums is that someone can say “I accept your offer.” So, if you say something that sounds like the “if” statement above, you may find that a person accepts your offer. But you may also find that they decide to engage in conflict to make their point. Ultimatums, if they’re ever offered, should be made as a method of last resort.Conflict comes with being a human. Sometimes, it is necessary. But there is no reason to manufacture conflict where it serves no one and produces no great outcome. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Golovkin and Alvarez to meet in May 5 rematch

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESGennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will meet in a May 5 rematch with the middleweight title on the line once again, promoters said Monday.Still to be announced is the location, though Las Vegas is considered the front runner for the fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rousey’s WWE deal gets ex-UFC star back in bright spotlight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial 12-round draw in September, after which both fighters said they wanted a rematch. It took promoters months to negotiate the terms for what is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view fights of the year.The two fighters have only one loss between them, with Golovkin 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts and Alvarez 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

Messi and Tevez set to play in Kolkata

first_imgThere’s good news for football- crazy fans of Kolkata as Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and his teammates are set to play a FIFA official international friendly match against Venezuela at Salt Lake’s Yuba Bharati Krirangan on September 2.After various rumours, the official confirmation came on Monday when Celebrity Management Group, along with the state government, All India Football Federation and Indian Football Association announced this at a press conference.”The Argentina Football Association had indeed signed a contract to bring in the full- strength squad including Messi and Carlos Tevez among others. So the contract guarantees their participation,” said Bhaswar Goswami of CMG.The city-based sports management firm that had earlier brought football legend Diego Maradona in 2008 would also organise another international friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria in Dhaka on September 6.”We were given the match on the condition that we have to buy another. We did not think twice and bought both the matches just to make Messi play in Kolkata,” Goswami said.Argentina and Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi. APThe Barcelona star forward and winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award was recently instrumental in his club’s Champions League win.Giving a brief detail about the itinerary, Goswami said Messi and Co. would stay in Kolkata for four days, beginning August 30.”We are also planning several other events which will be announced later. We are thinking of a minimum ticket price of Rs 1,000 – about $ 20 – a nominal price compared to the ticket prices in other international friendlies.”advertisement”For those who cannot afford to make the match, we would give them another chance as tickets for both teams’ practice sessions would be cheaper,” Goswami added.West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra said he is getting full support from the chief minister to clean up the mess in the stadium where Messi is going to play.”The stadium is completely in a mess. We are leaving no stone unturned to make the stadium match- worthy,” he said.”It’s difficult to give YBK a complete facelift in such a short period. Our list of priorities include better toilets, changing rooms and passage ways. We will also bring a generator from Chennai to avoid the frequent blackouts in the stadium,” Mitra said.All India Football Federation vice-president Subrata Dutta said that the match would be a turning point in India’s football history.”This would inspire others to organise more such matches. It’s going to be a historical day,” Dutta said.In the same vein, IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli said, “I don’t think it would improve our standard of the game but surely it would popularise the sport. I am sure it would help more and more people turn away from EPL and other leagues.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more