Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Facing a must-win, Magnolia played with a sense of urgency and broke away in the fourth quarter to beat NLEX, 116-89, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Gilas newbie Troy Rike praised for effort to pacify the mob during brawl In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Paul Lee added 21 points, four rebounds and six assists while Sangalang came off the bench and finished with nine points and six rebounds in his first game back after missing five games due to a right wrist injury.The game also marked the PBA debut of NLEX import Olu Ashaolu, who led all scorers with 31 points on top of 12 rebounds. The Road Warriors wrapped up what has been a rollercoaster conference with a 2-9 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The struggling Hotshots, who have lost four of their last five games, got a much-needed lift from returning star big man Ian Sangalang and new yet familiar import Wayne Chism.“It’s all about our perseverance and desire. We knew we needed this game in order for us to have a chance to make the quarterfinals and I’m very happy because my players responded,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It was nice to get Ian back and have Wayne as our new import. We finally have a post presence and we’re able to spread the floor with Chism.”Chism, who became the Hotshots’ fourth import this conference after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly and Justin Jackson, with 27 points and eight rebounds against his former coach Yeng Guiao. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Nearly a month after Dr Sam Sittlington was fired by the United Kingdom Government as advisor to Guyana’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), British High Commissioner Greg Quinn says the process of finding a replacement will take some time.This is even as Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has expressed a desire to have Dr Sittlington return.“We’re at that period where we’re at the end of our financial year so we’ve just completed all the activity we are going to do this year…We are now looking at what happens going forward into the next financial year,” Quinn explained during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Monday.According to the British diplomat, the process can be lengthy. “It will take a little bit of time,” he noted.Dr Sittlington, an Irish consultant and fraud expert, was fired last month after it was discovered that he established a local company in Guyana; a move which was considered a conflict of interest.Sittlington is the Director of his UK-based ‘The Fraud Company Limited’, and last year, he established a local branch here. His company, just like SOCU, deals with fraud, corruption, money laundering and other white collar-related matters.“Having a company registered locally whilst being in the employ and doing work for the UK Government, I think deemed the conflict,” Quinn explained.He explained that the UK Government had a contract with a company which contracted Sittlington.Sittlington has since contended that he was wrongfully fired. He argued that the establishment of a company here is not a conflict of interest and signalled his intention to sue the British Government.“The legal process is the legal process, if he feels he has the right and ability to do that, we certainly are not going to stop him,” High Commissioner Quinn noted.Dr Sittlington spent a 14-week stint in Guyana in 2017 where he worked with SOCU on the “Pradoville 2” case which saw former top Government officials being taken in for questioning; a move which has been described as a political witch-hunt.In fact, the evening after the officials were questioned, Dr Sittlington along with SOCU Head, Sydney James and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had converged at a popular night spot in the city to “sip wine”, in what was described as a “celebratory atmosphere”.Dr Sittlington had then returned to the UK but was contracted again by the British Government to provide consultancy service to SOCU. He returned in January 2018 where he served as Advisor until his contract was terminated early last month.Questions were raised about the integrity of the cases being investigated by SOCU following this and other developments – including the resignation of the Deputy, Sheronie James. Reports are that she resigned after a local Magistrate disqualified her as an expert witness based on her lack of qualifications.SOCU Head Sydney James had noted that he will have to seek legal advice on the matter. “It might affect ongoing cases and I’ll have to get legal advice on that because as you know, if she was giving evidence or had done an investigation and it is before the courts, that might be a challenge. But I think the legal people will give us advice,” he stated.SOCU is currently being audited after it was alleged that senior officials at the entity improperly spend funds allocated to the agency.
Oluchi Clarke was remanded to prison on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after she give a conflicting address during her first court appearance.Oluchi ClarkeThe 24-year-old woman of Lot 98 Durban Backlands, Georgetown appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and pleaded not guilty to the charge of breaching the peace.The charge alleged that on September 9, 2019 at Landon Street, Georgetown, she provoked the peace with Keitesha Barclay.According to Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel, the defendant insulted and annoyed the Virtual Complainant (VC) by calling her a name other than her name.The Prosecutor further indicated to the court that the defendant became aggressive and pointed her hands in the VC’s face. However, while the Prosecutor did not object to bail being granted, the Magistrate remanded Clarke after she gave conflicting addresses to the court.The case will continue on September 25.
Continuing efforts to give the mayor control of Los Angeles public schools, Sen. Gloria Romero has authored a bill asking the California State Library to research other cities where mayors control school districts. The bill seeks a report by Oct. 1, 2007, on factors such as the correlation between student performance and mayoral governance; the participation of students and parents in dealing with student problems; management efficiency; and problems relating to a mayor’s governing a school district whose boundaries extend beyond a single city’s. Romero’s bill had originally been written last year to give the mayor control of Los Angeles Unified School District, but she was unable to get support from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for its terms and it did not get through the Legislature. “I believe this study, independently and objectively performed, will show the link between governance structures with mayoral responsibility and successful school outcomes,” said Romero, D-Los Angeles, who added she has not recently talked with Villaraigosa about mayoral control of LAUSD. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We’ve seen it in other districts, so I’m anticipating we can see it here in Los Angeles.” Earlier this week, Villaraigosa said he is working out the final details of a proposal for state legislation to allow a vote on the issue. The plan will ensure that neighboring cities play a role in the district’s management. “One thing I am pleased to see is that all this conversation and my efforts have put a spotlight on the district, and this has resulted in the schools responding in some level,” Villaraigosa said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal Tourism Ltd. in association with Donegal County Council is inviting local communities and businesses to help make ‘Donegal the Greenest County in Ireland for St. Patricks Day.This initiative which was launched for the first time last year, is encouraging everyone to get involved in the greening of their local area. Whether it is the greening of an attraction, business premises, local beauty spot or church!Greening of Donegal for St. Patrick’s Day is an excellent way to kick start the season and offers an excellent opportunity to show that Donegal is very much connected and that communities are ready and waiting to welcome visitors. A plan is in place to promote the greening through a variety of Donegal Tourism Ltd and Donegal County Council websites, social media channels and e-mail marketing campaigns.Groups and individuals that have organised the ‘greening’ of any location are asked to e-mail photos and details to firstname.lastname@example.org. From there they will be circulated online. Local people and visitors are encouraged to take photos of greened locations and post them online using the hashtag #greeningdonegal. These locations will be featured on a specially developed digital map.Mr. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chairman of Donegal Tourism has been delighted with the response to the greening initiative in 2015 saying that “interest in last year’s greening was huge and local communities and businesses have really come together to work as teams to organise lighting, green gels and bulbs, generators and everything needed to go green. We are very proud of the effort that has gone into this initiative and look forward to seeing the success of our county going ‘green’ in 2016”.This year again we would like to put Donegal firmly on the map when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day Greening thanks to this initiative the benefits of which are far reaching and will positively impact on visitor numbers in the future. Details available on: www.countydonegaltourism.comDon’t forget to use #greeningdonegal this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!HELP MAKE DONEGAL THE GREENEST IN IRELAND FOR PADDY’S DAY! was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Drake has had over 60 honorees each of the last six years with 65 last season, 66 in 2015, 68 in 2014, 66 in 2013, 62 in 2012 and 61 in 2011. Print Friendly Version Pioneer Football League athletic director and coaches established the honor roll as a way to recognize the league’s outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in football at member institutions during the fall semester and posted a 3.0 grade-point average or higher during the semester while enrolled full-time in accordance with NCAA rules. Drake’s 66 honorees were the second most in the PFL behind Dayton (71). In all, the league saw more than 550 student-athletes recognized on its honor roll for a fifth consecutive year. Following Daytona and Drake in total of honorees was Butler (62) Marist (54), Jacksonville (54), Valparaiso (52), San Diego (52), Davidson (47), Campbell (43), Stetson (43) and Morehead (38). Below are Drake’s 2017 PFL Academic Honor Roll SelectionsMatt Aceto, Fr., Chemistry Ximi Asani, 5TH, Information Systems and Marketing Alec Austin, Fr., Physics Mark Bach, Fr., Kinesiology Jacob Bacon, So., Actuarial Science Jack Borvan, So., Pre-Athletic Training Alex Bray, So., Finance and Economics Brandon Bullock, Sr., Finance/Marketing Devin Cates, Jr., Psychology [Leadership Development] Cooper Christiano, Jr., Accounting/Finance Alex Ciszewski, Jr., Management/Marketing John Clark, So., Biology Jacob Clay, So., Business Studies Nathan Clayberg, Sr., Accounting/Finance and Masters-Business Admin Zach DeLeon, Sr., Accounting/Finance Austin Dismond, Sr., Marketing Steven Doran, Jr., Astronomy and Physics Brady Eckert, Jr., Physics and Astronomy [Mathematics] Chris Evans, So., Psychology and Computer Science Tanner Evans, 5TH, Finance and Politics Keegan Gallery, 5TH, International Business/Marketing Grant Gossling, Fr., Marketing Jacob Hardy, So., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Joey Harkins, Fr., Kinesiology Braeden Hartwig, Fr., Pre-Pharmacy Sam Hefner, Jr., Marketing Victor Jergens, So., Finance Isaiah Kent-Schneider, Jr., Environmental Science and Secondary Teacher Education Andrew Kriceri, Fr., Open Program – BusinessSeth Krueger, So., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Will Kulick, Fr., Economics and Business Major with Law 3+3 Noah Larson, Fr., Actuarial Science Ryan Lemke, 5TH, Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Jordan Lewinsky, Sr., Management Jacob Lewis, So., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied [Leadership Development] Mike Maize, 5TH, Elementary Teacher Education Ian Malaby, So., Kinesiology and Biology Mack Marrin, 5TH, Law, Politics & Society [Rhetoric Media & Social Change] Ben Mawdsley, So., Biology and Anthropology/Sociology Mitch McFarlane, So., Accounting/Finance Jorin McGuire, Fr., Pre-Pharmacy Nick Mertes, Sr., Entrepreneurial Management and Sociology Erin Morgan, Jr., Digital Media Production Taylor Murph, So., Management Jacob Mury, Jr., Finance [Biology] Cole Neary, Sr., Biology [Leadership Development] Kyrell Newell, 5TH, Accounting/Finance Benjamin Nienhuis, Fr., Biology Connor Ostrander, Sr., Accounting and Finance Seth Pallissard, 5TH, Information Systems and Marketing Tom Pugh, So., Economics/Finance Will Purdom, So., Marketing Peter Read, Sr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Brock Reichardt, Sr., Biochemistry/Molecular Biology [Biology] Parker Reynolds, Fr., Business Studies Alex Rogers, Fr., Computer Science Zach Rujawitz, Jr., Marketing Terry Saul III, Fr., Finance Charlie Schulte, So., Finance/Marketing Kieran Severa, Sr., Health Sciences: Clinical & Applied Collin Seymour, So., Kinesiology Grant Snow, Sr., Finance Tyler Terveer, Sr., Accounting/Marketing Tyler Updegraff, Sr., Marketing [Graphic Design] Terry Wallen , Sr., Finance and Marketing Payson Wick, 5TH, Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A total of 66 Drake University football student-athletes have been named to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll, the league announced on Monday.
People in Donegal looking for the perfect party are invited to step back in time this festive season to the decadence of the jazz era at the 1920’s inspired ‘Jazz & Tinsel Christmas Party Night’ at The Market House Restaurant. On Friday 8th December The Market House Restaurant at The Abbey Hotel will be transformed into a jazz club straight out of the Roaring 20’s.Party goers will start the evening with a 1920’s cocktail on arrival and can choose from our extensive A la Carte menu or a set Christmas Party menu complimented with a fantastic Wine & Gin Bar available throughout the night. The roaring 20’s saw the height of the jazz era, the sound of authentic upbeat swing jazz can be enjoyed by guests during their evening from an in-house musician.Celebrate this festive season with a party Gatsby would approve of!The Market House Restaurant is taking bookings from 6.00pm onwards. Parties of all sizes can be accommodated however pre-booking is essential so call today on 074 97 21014 for a Christmas party night with a difference.Visit: www.facebook.com/MarketHouseRestaurantDonegal/ Sponsored Post Party like Gatsby at this glitzy Market House Christmas party was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasgatsbypartiesThe Market House Restaurant
Eureka >> A raucous home crowd. A playoff atmosphere. Arguably, the first meaningful game of the season.That was the scene Thursday night at St. Bernard’s Academy, as the Crusaders and visiting McKinleyville Panthers battled for a spot in Saturday’s Dick Niclai Tournament final.In the end, St. Bernard’s, led by senior guard Isaac Drake’s 23 points, was able to hold off a late run by Mack to punch its ticket to the tourney’s title game at Humbodlt State University — becoming the first Little 4 …
OOL is short for Origin of Life. There’s only one theory that works. The rest are so improbable, their supporters go to ridiculous lengths to believe them.Poison SoupAt Astrobiology Magazine, Lisa Kaspin-Powell asks a very suggestive (but evidence-free) question: “Does Titan’s Hydrocarbon Soup Hold A Recipe For Life?” Let us respond by noting some facts about Titan. Saturn’s large moon Titan has no oxygen. Titan is cold, like very, very cold (-290° F at the surface). Titan has no liquid water, no plate tectonics, no magnetic field, nor any of the other things usually considered requirements for habitability. To cap off all these drawbacks, it has poisons in its thick atmosphere, and the only liquids on its surface are scattered lakes of oil. Now let’s ask the question again: “Does Titan’s Hydrocarbon Soup Hold A Recipe For Life?” Common sense suggests a negatory answer faster than you can say fOOL. But Lisa has an overactive imagination:NASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan’s atmosphere of vinyl cyanide, which is an organic compound that could potentially provide the cellular membranes for microbial life to form in Titan’s vast methane oceans. If true, it could prove to us that life can flourish without the ubiquitous H2O.Vinyl cyanide? You mean that toxic, flammable gas we learned about last August? There’s no sense reading any further, even apart from the fact that no life anywhere in the universe survives on vinyl cyanide. The lady has alien derangement syndrome so bad, she needs therapy before anything else. What does this say about NASA that gave her good press? She says, “Vinyl cyanide has yet to be proven to produce life, but an earlier study by Cornell University researchers that was also published in Science Advances made it an intriguing prospect….” Stop. Please. Leprechauns and fairies are intriguing prospects, too. Anything can be an intriguing prospect. What does this tell you about Cornell and Nature that urged on her delusions?How Dry Iambic PentameterAnother Lisa used the power of suggestion at Phys.org. Lisa Zyga asks, “Did water-based life originate without water?” Here’s her idea. What does this say about Harvard University these days?When trying to understand the origins of life on Earth, researchers run into a paradox: while water is an indispensable solvent for all known life forms that exist today, water also inhibits the formation of string-like chains of nucleic acid polymers such as RNA that were likely precursors of life. This raises the question: how could the nucleic acids have formed in the first place? One solution to this “water paradox” is that life may have originated in something other than water, and only later adapted to the presence of water.“We are fascinated by the possibility that water-based life may have originated without water at all,” Zachary Adam, a researcher at Harvard University, told Phys.org.Let’s get this straight. The paradox presents a falsification of common beliefs that life originated by natural causes. But Adam, instead of thinking like Adam, thinks like Satan: cells can be like gods, knowing good and evil. But why stop the speculation game with their “possibility that water-based life may have originated without water at all”? The possibilities are endless! Life could have originated out of thin air. It could have originated in a vacuum. It could have originated without intelligent design. (Actually, that last idea is a requirement for materialists.) Humming How Dry I Am, Adam visualizes precocious formamide wanting to evolve into RNA.But there is a glaring problem with this proposal: formamide does not occur naturally in any significant quantity anywhere on Earth. Although formamide is widely used in industry as a solvent for making pharmaceuticals and pesticides, all of this formamide is synthetically produced.Formamide does exist in space, however, which has previously motivated researchers to suggest that it may have been transported to Earth via comets or meteors. But it is unlikely that this scenario could have produced the large, concentrated reservoirs of formamide needed for life’s precursors to form.To shield his eyes from the blinding evidence for intelligent causes behind the origin of life, Adam tries other causes, like radiation. Maybe natural fission reactors formed that irradiated two poisons (hydrogen cyanide and acetonitrile) to get them to form formamide in sufficient quantities for his theory, which naturally wanted to become RNA (after all, we’re here, aren’t we?). Sure, anything is possible when open-ended imagination invades the science lab. Toxic chemicals become primordial soup, which becomes Shakespeare.The Answer, My Friend, Is Dust in the WindAt Phys.org, Karl Gruber sings the Sagan ballad, We are all made of starstuff. Pondering the epic myth, he asks, “Is the origin of life just cosmic dust in the wind?” My, what a glorious thought.Just like the wind blows dust into your house, cosmic dust can be blown across space and between planets. Cosmic dust is the stuff planets and stars are made of: carbon, oxygen, iron and other tiny particles less than 1 micrometre in size.A new study proposes that life on Earth started from particles flying as dust from outer space.“A new study.” How hard did these students study? Were they napping with their chemistry textbooks open? Let’s ask them if they could do some real scientific controlled experiments.Is the origin of life just cosmic dust in the wind?Shake some carbon, oxygen, iron and ‘tiny particles’ of dust in a flask for a year. For a control, design a robot by applying intelligent causes to inanimate matter. Which one comes closer to resembling life? Explain your answer. Be sure to include a discussion of how dust in the wind produced a scientist. You may want to include a reference to this philosophical article by Michael Egnor, “Naturalism and Self-Refutation” at Evolution News & Science Today.Smash & ShakeHere’s a science experiment a child can do. (1) Take a replica of the Capitol made out of Legos. (2) Smash it with a bat. (3) Shake well. (4) Watch it re-assemble into the Capitol. This seems to be the latest bright idea at Rutgers, where OOLers tried to imagine the origin of proteins. Amina Khan from the Los Angeles Times reported the story, which was reproduced on Medical Xpress:By “smashing” proteins and looking at the broken bits, scientists at Rutgers University say they’ve discovered four basic building blocks that can be stacked like Legos to build all kinds of different proteins.The results described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could help researchers better understand the origins of life….What does this tell you about the National Academy of Sciences these days? The scientists try to cover improbability with imagination, upping their perhapsimaybecouldness index in the process:“You couldn’t imagine that complex nanomachine just emerging out of the primordial soup and just coming into existence,” Nanda said. “There had to have been simpler intermediates. But the challenge is we don’t have any fossil record of what proteins look like. All we have is the modern proteins, and we have to somehow infer what the simpler proteins may have looked like.“If this idea is to be taken seriously, the mere presence of Lego pieces is sufficient to expect Capitols to emerge. Interestingly, their idea relies on hydrothermal vents, not dry conditions. This is how OOL speculations cancel each other out.Giving Something a Name Does Not Make It RealAt Science Daily, an article presents OOLers at the Ludwig-Maximilian Institute discussing “Chemical evolution: Progenitors of the living world.” But ‘chemical evolution’ is just a phrase. What does it mean? It cannot mean evolution in the Darwinian sense, because before life could replicate, natural selection was impossible (even if natural selection is taken to mean something more elegant than ‘stuff happens’). Chemicals are not ‘progenitors’ of anything. They are mindless particles that obey some well-known laws of valences and mass action. That’s all.By imbuing lifeless particles with purpose, these speculators (unworthy of the name researchers or scientists) are sadly myth-taken. The religious nature of their speculation (18 January 2018) is evident when they quote Genesis 1, “And the earth was without form and void — before the emergence of life.” Maybe that’s what all this speculating is about. We said there was only one OOL theory that works. Here it is: creation by an intelligent Creator. Such a cause is sufficient. Such a cause is necessary. Such a cause conforms with our uniform experience that complex, functional wholes never ’emerge’ but are always traceable to intelligent, purposeful action by a mind. No scientist will ever get from ‘without form and void’ to a butterfly or a whale without it. Since fOOLs refuse to acknowledge this Cause, what else do they have? Rampant speculation, evidence-free visualization, ad hoc reasoning, mythmaking, and self-refutation. Paul was so right on when he said, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22). Has not his prophecy come true since Darwin wrote about a warm little pond? “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths; (I Timothy 2:3-4). You are seeing vindication of these words in our own time. Sometimes ancient wisdom is more up-to-date than “science daily” (more appropriately dubbed, science dilly-dally; or, if you prefer John Herschel‘s term for evolution, “the law of higgledy-piggledy”).(Visited 795 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
28 July 2014Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has been named the new Bafana Bafana coach, more than 20 years after he first took the reigns of the South African national football team.Mashaba was previously in charge of the team as caretaker coach for one match in October 1992, the same year that South Africa was accepted into the international fold. He later took over as Bafana Bafana’s full-time coach in August 2002.SpeculationIt had been speculated that either former South African national coach Carlos Quieroz, who most recently led Iran at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, or Stephen Keshi, who was in charge of Nigeria at Brazil 2014 and led the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2013, would be appointed to the position, but in the end the South African Football Association (Safa) decided to go with a local coach.Mashaba, 63, who succeeds Gordon Igesund, was not present at Saturday’s announcement in Johannesburg because he is currently on tour with the South African national under-20 team in West Africa.‘A proven track record’“He has a proven record, is a hard worker and he fulfilled all the requirements we were looking for to drive our senior national team back to where we all believe they belong – at the top,” Safa president Danny Jordaan told the media.Mashaba released a statement, saying he was relishing the challenge and the expectations of the entire nation.‘A massive, but exciting test’“First of all, I would like to thank the Safa NEC [national executive committee] for the confidence that they have demonstrated in me. This is a massive but exciting test. I am elated and ready for the challenge,” he said.“I will do all my best to bring back the winning mentality within Bafana Bafana. With the support of all South Africans, the goal of taking Bafana Bafana back to the top is very achievable.“The good thing about this job is that I have a clear idea of what I need to do, but will first meet the Safa leadership to agree additional performance terms.“I will also take the opportunity to meet all the stakeholders and address the media on the way forward,” he added.AmajitaMashaba also said he hoped he would be allowed to complete the qualification process for the African Youth Championships with the national under-20 team, known as the Amajita. They are set to face Cameroon in Yaounde on 16 August, with the return leg taking place in South Africa two weeks later.Bafana Bafana’s next match is an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan on the weekend of 5-7 September in Khartoum.South Africa is currently ranked 66th in the world and 14th in Africa.