Port of Baltimore 1 of 3 On East Coast That Can Handle New ‘Mega Ships’

Port of Baltimore 1 of 3 On East Coast That Can Handle New ‘Mega Ships’

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The $5 billion expansion of the Panama Canal opened this week with a big celebration.

And now, supersized cargo ships passing through the Central American waterway will be heading here, to the Port of Baltimore.

WJZ’s Pat Warren reports the Port of Baltimore is one of only three East Coast ports that can handle the new “mega ships.”

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Parts Of Delaware Valley

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Parts Of Delaware Valley

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (CBS) — The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of the Delaware Valley until 10 p.m.

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3 Injured In South Baltimore Shooting

3 Injured In South Baltimore Shooting

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say three people were injured in a shooting in south Baltimore.

The Baltimore Police Department said in a news release that officers went to the 400 block of Patapsco Avenue about 3 p.m. Tuesday after a shooting had been reported. Police say the officers found a 47-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

Paramedics took both victims to local hospitals.

Officers say shortly after the shooting had been reported, a 19-year-old walked into a hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. Investigators say the 19-year-old had also been shot at the same location as the other two victims.

The incident is under investigation.

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ENGLAND LOSES HEAD COACH

Roy Hodgson says England’s 2-1 loss to Iceland and exit from Euro 2016 will cause longer-term “damage” to the team.

And Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said it is now “imperative” to find out why England are “brittle” at tournaments.

Hodgson, who resigned after Monday’s game, repeatedly questioned why he had to attend a news conference on Tuesday.

But he said: “One particularly bad game has caused a lot of damage to me personally and the team going forward. bbc.com/sport/football/36647032

TEACHERS ON THE RUN

Three US teachers have lost their jobs after a private chat between themselves on messaging service Slack, in which they insulted pupils, was leaked.

Screenshots of the messages were emailed to students and staff at Blackstone Valley Prep High School, in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

The email came from one of the teachers involved, in an apparent hack.

The messages included calling named pupils “idiots” and “scum” and mocking their academic performance.

The screenshots also revealed insults about the parents of those attending the school, reported local newspaper the Providence Journal.

Headmaster Jeremy Chiappetta said the teachers, who have not been named, had left the school following an internal inquiry.

The investigation had found the allegations against the three were true, he said.

“I want to be crystal clear, many of the comments written are deeply disturbing and offensive,” he wrote in an open letter to the school community, published online.

“Parents put their trust in teachers and the school, and that trust has been violated.”

Guidelines for teachers using social media tend to focus on public material rather than private chat.

British teaching union NASUWT warns members against making “disparaging remarks about your employer/colleagues” on social networks but does not mention the use of direct messages or private channels.

It also advises teachers to log out of all accounts after using shared computing facilities at work.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has said that the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people for the way it has treated them. He told reporters that the Church had no right to judge the gay community, and should show them respect.

The pontiff also said the Church should seek forgiveness from other people it had marginalised – women, the poor, and children forced into labour.

The Pope has been hailed by many in the gay community for his positive attitude towards homosexuals.

But some conservative Catholics have criticised him for making comments they say are ambiguous about sexual morality.

Speaking to reporters on his plane returning from Armenia, the Pope said: “I will repeat what the catechism of the Church says, that they [homosexuals] should not be discriminated against, that they should be respected, accompanied pastorally.”

Pope Francis said the Church should seek forgiveness from those whom it had marginalised.

“I think that the Church not only should apologise… to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologise to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by [being forced to] work. It must apologise for having blessed so many weapons.”

In 2013, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not.

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said then.

In other remarks on Sunday, the Pope said he hoped the European Union would be able to recover following the UK’s decision to leave.

“There is something that is not working in that bulky union, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water, let’s try to jump-start things, to re-create,” he said.

During his visit to the Armenian capital, Yerevan, the Pope described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman Turkish rule in World War One as “genocide”.

Turkey has always disputed the numbers killed and angrily rejects the term “genocide”.

In response, Turkish deputy prime minister Nurettin Canikli said the Pope’s comments were “very unfortunate” adding it was “possible to see all the reflections and traces of crusader mentality in the actions of the papacy”.

The Pope’s spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, later told reporters: “The Pope is on no crusade. He is not trying to organise wars or build walls but he wants to build bridges. He has not said a word against the Turkish people.”

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Ghana National Service Posting 2016 is out

The Ghana national service scheme has release the postings for 2016. But students are facing problems to access it due to truncated lines. PRESS RELEASE
NSS RELEASES FIRST BATCH OF 2015/2016
NATIONAL SERVICE POSTINGS
Accra, Ghana – Thursday, June 25, 2015: The
Management of the National Service Scheme says it has
released the first batch of placements for 53,604 national
service personnel for 2015/2016 service year as part of
reforms of its general operations.
According to a statement signed by the Acting
Executive Director, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, the service
personnel have been deployed into various service modules
including Educational Support, Agribusiness, Urban Traffic
Management, Urban Sanitation Management, Community
Health, Rural Development, Private Sector Support, and
General Administration in the various Metropolitan,
Municipal, and District Assemblies, and other User Agencies
across the country.
The statement noted that the modules have been
developed in line with the Scheme’s objectives to meet the
developmental and manpower needs of the country. It
therefore called on prospective national service personnel to
log onto http://www.nss.gov.gh to check their placements.
The statement further emphasized that Management
will not encourage change of postings and therefore urged
all prospective national service personnel to be prepared to
accept their placements as part of their contributions
towards building a prosperous nation.
It could be recalled that the Scheme announced early
release of placements to afford national service personnel
enough time to prepare and take up their placements in
September, 2015.
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Pelé and Football History

 

Football History > Who is Who > P-Q > Pelé

Ask football fans to name the best ever footballer, and chances are they will come up with the name Pelé, even if they are too young to have ever seen him play. It speaks volumes about the strength of the legend that has sprung up around the famous Brazilian forward. Does that mean the choice is unfounded? Not really. With three World Cups to his name, and a total career tally of more than twelve hundred goals, there can be no doubting Pelé’s pedigree.

Pelé (2) was born under the name Edson Arantes do Nascimento in the village Três Corações, the son of a footballer known as Dondinho, who’s career was thwarted by a bad knee. He grew up in poverty in the town of Bauru in the province of São Paulo. As a boy Pelé helped alleviate the family’s financials woes by cleaning shoes at the local train station.(3) He started playing football in the streets, using a stocking stuffed with rags and paper as a ball. In 1954 Pelé was picked to play in the newly founded youth team of the club his father had played for, Bauru Athletic Club. Things were handled professionally, Pelé received a playing fee and the team was coached by the former Brazilian international Waldemar de Brito, who played for Brazil during the 1934 World Cup.(4)

Pele going past an opponent during the 1958 World Cup
Pelé going past an opponent during the 1958 World Cup

In school Pelé performed abysmally, and was held back three times, but on the football field his star was rising. It wasn’t long before clubs started to show an interest in the talented young striker. Following the advice of Waldemar de Brito, Pelé opted to join Santos CF, a successful football club from the coastal town of the same name. Santos played in the Paulista, the league centred around São Paulo. Pelé played his first official for Santos at the age of sixteen.(5) That year he immediately made his mark, scoring 36 goals in 29 matches. The next season Pelé was even more impressive, scoring 58 goals in 38 matches.

His overwhelming debut as a professional footballer quickly resulted in a place in the Brazilian national team and a spot in the seleção for the 1958 World Cup. A knee injury prevented him form participating in the first two games of the tournament, but in the final match of the group stage, against the Soviet Union, Pelé made his World Cup debut. He failed to score a goal in that game, but in the matches that followed the young forward asserted himself. He scored the only goal in the quarter final match against Wales, a hat-trick in the semi final against France, and two more goals in the final against Sweden. Aged seventeen, he was (and is) the youngest World Cup winner in history.

Pele in action for the Yellow Canaries
Pelé in action for the Yellow Canaries

Pelé was quick, strong, a good header and dribbler of the ball, but above all, he possessed a powerful and accurate strike in both legs. The avalanche of goals he produced for Santos, where he teamed up with fellow internationals like Zito and Carlos Alberto, helped the club win a string of trophies. They won the Brazilian national championship, the Taça Brasil, five times in a row, from 1961 to 1965. In 1962 and 1963 the club won the Copa Libertadores, followed both times by victory in the Intercontinental Cup, beating Eusebio’s Benfica and Gianni Rivera’s AC Milan respectively.

There was little joy for Pelé at World Cups in the 1960’s. In 1962 he was injured out of the tournament early on, and had to watch as a spectator how his team-mates successfully defended their title, with Garincha playing the starring role in his absence. In 1966 the World Cup ended in a bitter disappointment, as the reigning champions crashed out in the group stage of the tournament. Bitterly disappointed, Pelé decided to end his international career. His retirement from the intentional stage would last for two years, but as the 1970 Wold Cup drew nearer, Pelé, who scored his thousandth goal as a footballer in 1969(6), changed his mind and returned to the seleção.(7)

Pele as a football ambassador in the USA
Pele as a football ambassador in the USA

He would not live to regret his decision. The 1970 Brazilian national team is regarded by many as the best ever national team. Playing a swinging and attack-minded form of samba-football, they captured Brazil’s third World Cup. Starring roles were played by the likes of Carlos Alberto, Gerson, Jairzinho, Tostão, Rivelino, and of course Pelé. In the final of the tournament Italy were hopelessly outclassed and had to concede four goals, in spite of their defensive approach to the game. The emphatic 1970 World Cup triumph gave Pelé to end his international career on a high note. He played his last game for Brazil in the summer of 1971, against Yugoslavia in Rio’s Maracanã stadium.

In 1974, at the age of 34 years old, Pelé decided that the time had come to hang up his boots all together. But his retirement from football would prove to be short lived. A year later Pelé, motivated in part by financial problems he found himself in at the time, decided to come out of retirement. He accepted an offer to join New York Cosmos, one of the clubs that formed the famous North American Soccer League.(8) In the NASL Pelé earned a salary that could only have dreamed about during his years with Santos. He repaid the league by playing the role of goodwill ambassador for football in the United States to perfection.

On October 1st, 1977, in front of a 75,000 strong crowd (9), Pelé played his last match, a game between New York Cosmos and Santos, with the great man playing a half for each team. This time his retirement as a player would prove permanent. New York Cosmos had won the NASL that year, so that ‘O Rei’ could leave the club scene just as he had left the international scene, with his head held high. It was the end of a career that, if friendlies are included, saw him score 1283 goals in 1367 matches.(10) After his retirement Pelé has continued playing the role of goodwill ambassador for football. He was also Brazilian minister for Sport for a while.