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Countdown to CONCACAF Tournaments

first_imgNational Male U15 and Female U17 teams begin encampment…Caribbean Women’s qualifiers begin August 9THE National Male U15 and Female U17 teams preparing for respective CONCACAF tournaments began their final encampment yesterday on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).The National Male U15 team is getting reading for the CONCACAF U15 Boys Championship from the 13th – 19th August in Florida, U.S.A, while the females are preparing for the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s U17 Qualifiers from the 9th – 13th August at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora.The 18-man male squad consists of two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards from seven GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres (ATC) and one player from Region One (Barima-Waini).Male U15 squadMeanwhile, the female squad has three goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards from six GFF-Scotiabank ATCs with one player from Canada.In an invited comment, GFF’s Technical Director, Ian Greenwood shared the focus of the female team encampment: “The Women’s U17 will be focusing on defensive shape, composure in possession, regains of possession and set pieces in the upcoming camp.“We know we still have a long way to go with our Women’s programme as we are currently a long way behind in terms of technical skills and tactical understanding at this level.“However, the tournament will give us much needed exposure as we will build this newly-established squad over the next few years.” Due to unforeseen circumstances, only one international player has joined the squad but Greenwood is looking forward to the tournament.“We are excited to see Nalaih Rowe, in a Guyana shirt, who recently excelled in our GFF Talent ID Camp conducted in Toronto. We are calling on Guyana to come out and support the girls on their tentative early steps into international football.”Guyana will begin their campaign in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s U17 Qualifiers on Wednesday, 9th August against the Barbados national team.This will be followed by a Barbados – Cuba clash on Friday, 11th August and a Guyana – Cuba match on Sunday, 13th August to wrap up the Group D stage. Thursday and Saturday have been assigned rest days.Admission for the Women’s tournament is free and games will begin at 17:00hrs.The team will be headed by Akilah Castello and assisted by Tricia Munroe while the Goalkeeping coach will be Hope Clarke, an overseas-based coach.The competition will be hosted in two phases: the Qualifying Group Phase and the Qualifying Final Phase. According to the regulations, the Qualifying Phase of the Caribbean Competition shall be played separately within the Caribbean, thus providing the agreed representation for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.Three teams from the Caribbean zone will qualify automatically to the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, the two finalists and the third place winner in the qualifying final stage.”The female encampment will conclude on the 8th August while the male encampment will conclude on the 5th August.last_img read more


House lawmakers balk at most Trump science cuts in early bills

first_imgA House of Representatives spending panel gives a boost to a proposed NASA mission to land a probe on the jovian moon Europa. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country No. That’s the first official answer from lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives to President Donald Trump’s request to make deep budget cuts at several key science funding agencies.House appropriators last week advanced a half-dozen 2018 budget bills that mostly ignore Trump’s proposed double-digit cuts, and chose to hold spending at many agencies roughly at current levels. Democrats even crowed about the bipartisan support for the resistance. “The chairman’s mark rejects some of the administration’s worst proposals,” said Representative José Serrano (D–NY), the top Democrat on the commerce, justice, and science (CJS) panel led by Representative John Culberson (R–TX), in a29 June session to approve a bill that covers several science agencies.The budget for the Office of Science at the Department of Energy (DOE), for example, would hold steady at its 2017 level of $5.39 billion rather than plunge by 17%, according to a bill covering energy and water projects. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would come up 1.8% short of its current $7.47 billion budget, but that’s much better than the 11% cut that Trump proposed last May. In a third bill, the Department of Defense’s basic research account would remain flat at $2.28 billion, slightly above Trump’s request, and its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency would get a 6% boost to $3.07 billion, slightly below the White House request. Email NASA/Kate Ramsayer NASA’s science programs would see a 1% boost, to $5.9 billion, fueled in part by a $220 million increase for a planned multibillion-dollar mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. Trump had requested a 1% cut to NASA’s science office. The House spending panel also rejected a similar proposed reduction in NASA’s overall budget of $19.7 billion, instead giving it a record $19.9 billion.Not all the news was good. NASA’s earth science budget would shrink by 11%, or $217 million, to $1.7 billion. At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), funding for climate science would drop by 19%, according to Serrano, who provided no further details. Overall, the House bill would impose a 14%, $710 million cut to NOAA’s current $5.7 billion budget. Representative Nita Lowey (D–NY), the top Democrat on the full appropriations committee, said the cuts are “further proof that the Republican majority doesn’t take the science of climate change seriously.”DOE’s $300-million-a-year Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) would disappear, in line with Trump’s request. NSF would retain current funding levels for its six research directorates, but Culberson’s panel rejected its $105 million request to start building the first two of three new research ships. (However, Senate appropriators are almost certain to restore the money for the ships in their version of the bill, continuing a battle between the two houses over the project. Senators have also signaled support for ARPA-E.)At the National Institute of Standards and Technology, scientific programs would face a 4% cut rather than Trump’s proposed 13% reduction, although House appropriators balked at Trump’s plan to eliminate its Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which helps domestic companies. The Census Bureau would receive a 4% boost for its array of censuses and surveys, the same amount Trump has requested. But demographers say that amount is woefully short of what the agency needs to finish preparations for the decennial head count of the U.S. population in 2020. We’re counting on a bigger overall budget deal that hopefully will give us a little more room. … But until we get that, it’s going to be tough. House lawmakers balk at most Trump science cuts in early bills All of those numbers, however, come with major caveats. The Senate needs to come up with its own spending bills. Also, Congress as a whole has yet to adopt an overall 2018 spending blueprint, called a budget resolution, which lawmakers use to set how much money is allocated to each of the 12 appropriations bills. Republicans are eager to finalize a resolution because, under the Senate’s arcane rules, it would ease the way to passing tax reform legislation later this year.Absent that resolution, legislators are supposed to adhere to a 2011 budget deal that sets annual spending caps for both civilian and military programs. The two sectors are supposed to move in lockstep. But Republicans have proposed an increase in military spending that could top $60 billion, while shrinking civilian spending by $4 billion. Many Democrats would be happy to boost military spending, too, but only if Congress scraps the caps and approves a big hike for civilian programs as well.Culberson says that such a deal would let him increase funding for some programs now being squeezed in his bill. “We’re counting on a bigger overall budget deal that hopefully will give us a little more room to take care of some of these important things,” he told his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. “But until we get that, it’s going to be tough.”Given that jockeying, and the White House’s apparent hostility to research spending, many research lobbyists have embraced a “flat is the new up” mentality for science budgets. That approach runs counter to the community’s traditional push for steadily growing budgets, but it may be more realistic in the current political climate.Many important numbers are pending. Lawmakers have yet to release spending bills covering the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—which accounts for about half of all civilian basic research dollars—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Trump has targeted all of those agencies for large cuts. But lawmakers have strongly condemned the NIH and CDC cuts at recent budget hearings, raising hopes that both agencies will escape the ax. The outlook for EPA, which has fewer fans on the Republican side, might be grimmer.Republican leaders want to finish these and other House bills before the August recess. But the Senate is unlikely to move as quickly. Most observers expect current spending levels to be extended well into the 2018 year, which begins 1 October, before Congress reaches a final agreement. That means researchers may have a long wait before they learn the fate of their favorite federal funding source.last_img read more