first_imgIt’s no surprise that Calabar High and Edwin Allen High held on to their team titles at the recently held ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Both schools used great depth as a launch pad to victory at the March 15 to 19 championships. However, Kingston College and Hydel High, the respective runners-up, both have reasons for optimism.Led by coach Michael Clarke’s magnificent crew of Class 2 sprinters, Calabar increased their winning margin from 16.5 points last year to 27.5 this year. Christopher Taylor, Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Brandon Health chipped in with one-two finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres and one-three in the hurdles to lead the green-and-blacks to score 118 points in Class 2.outgoing seniorThose same boys gathered a Champs all-classes record of 116 when they were in Class 3.Even though Calabar were predictably modest in Class 3, one-two results in the 110 hurdles, led by outgoing senior Seanie Selvin and Kyle Mitchell in the shot, the Class 1 team added 88 points. The corresponding numbers for KC are 50 and 46.In part, because of illness to Kevroy Venson, Calabar managed only 38.5 points in Class 3. Venson, the favourite for both the 800 and 1500 metres, was eliminated in the first round of the shorter event, but recovered to win the longer event.The 2015 Calabar Class 3 unit took 35 points home.That’s the bright side for Kingston College and Jamaica College and any others who entertain hopes of winning anytime soon. The repeated absence of a high point Class 3 squad suggests that Calabar won’t be able to replace Taylor and company when they go up to Class 1 next year.Still Kingston College have much to work on with a meagre seven-point haul from the throws – a key area for attention. With Zico Campbell joining 2015 double Class 2 champion Rasheeda Downer in Class 1, the purples should be fortified.Not even the triple disaster of a lane violation for Class 1 200m prospect Patrice Moody, an injury-hit campaign for captain Shellece Clarke, and a baton drop for the Class 4 4x100m favourites could stop the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen team. Clarke lost her sprint-win streak to Kimone Shaw of St Jago, who burned the Class 2 100m record to 11.40 seconds, but that was just one battle. Edwin Allen retained the big prize by scoring almost as freely as predicted. The champion school’s gold-medal winners included sprinters like Moody, who recovered to take the Class 1 100m, and Kevona Davis, who won both the 100m and 200m in Class 3, to Cemore Donald, who copped the 800/1500 Class 3 double to steeplechase champion Teresha Jacobs.possible challengerAnna Ashley continued her phenomenal Champs career with twin wins in the Class 2 high and long jumps.The best of all of those gold medals went to Shannon Kalawan, who flitted through the 400 metre hurdles in 56.41 seconds, the second fastest time in Champs history.Only 61 points of Edwin Allen’s 337.5 total were won in Class 1.Nevertheless, Hydel have emerged as a possible challenger in the future. Attention has clearly been paid to the middle and long distances and has added to Hydel’s core areas of sprints, jumps and hurdles. Coached by Corey Bennett, Hydel amassed 263 points.That’s a Hydel scoring record. Coach Bennett will lose reliable Samara Spencer, the Class 1 long and triple jump winner, to graduation after a fine Champs career, but he and his team have found a winning formula. Time will tell if it is quite enough to close in on Edwin Allen at Boys and Girls’ Championships 2017.For now, it’s time for Calabar and Edwin Allen to celebrate.• HUBERT LAWRENCE has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more


first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Blatche finally headed to Manila for Gilas duties, apologizes for delay View comments D’Antoni says: “He’s ready to go.”The Rockets have played well despite his absence, with James Harden leading the Rockets to an 11-4 record, second in the Western Conference behind the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe 32-year-old Paul will play restricted minutes as he eases his way back, but D’Antoni wouldn’t say exactly how many minutes that would be.Paul says he still has a way to go, but he’s excited to be nearing his return. 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul chases a basketball amid lighting and fog machines while he takes part in a promotional video shoot during an NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul is expected to return for the Houston Rockets on Thursday night after missing all but one game this season with a bruised left knee.The point guard, who is in his first year with the Rockets after a trade from the Clippers, returned to practice on Wednesday. Coach Mike D’Antoni says the plan is for him to start on Thursday when Houston visits the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more


first_imgA “joint drug-destruction” operation was carried out by the Guyana Police Force and the Customs Anti- Narcotics Unit (CANU) at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway. The exercise was carried out on Saturday, November 10, 2018 between 08:30h and 11:30h.During the operation, representatives from the Public Security Ministry, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) and the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL) were present to witness the destruction.A total of 132 kilograms of cocaine and 440 kilograms of cannabis were destroyed by the Police, and 345 kilograms of cocaine and 554 kilograms of cannabis were destroyed by CANU.Overall, the agencies destroyed 477 kilograms of cocaine and 994 kilograms of cannabis, with a combined street value of $513,310,940.The drugs that were destroyed were tested by members of the GFSL before being burnt by fire.last_img read more


first_imgIT isn’t cheap to run the second-largest city in the country in the style it’s become accustomed to. It takes billions to keep the lights on, the trash collected, the airports open, the police patrolling – so much money it’s easy to forget who’s paying the bills. So it should come as no surprise that tucked inside the nearly $7 billion spending plan adopted by the City Council last week are many feel-good items that do nothing for the quality of life of those who pay the bills. Taken alone, the half a million for a crew of calligraphers is nothing. One hundred thousand here and there for cultural and arts events also seems like nothing next to $7 billion. But these incidentals add up to millions of dollars. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During fat revenue times, those sorts of petty-cash items are generally overlooked by the public, especially since they promote the city. But at a time when City Hall is squeezing residents with increased fees and reduced basic services, those feel-good items aren’t so petty. As stewards of the city’s treasury, elected officials ought to be questioning these expenses, not justifying them. But then L.A.’s politicians think they own the city, and that taxpayers are nothing but cash cows who can easily be led to slaughter.last_img read more


first_imgHere’s what … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors opened Chase Center with a dud on Saturday.Their 123-101 loss to the Lakers featured a few moments of solid basketball, but on the whole, it was an unimpressive performance in a game that doesn’t matter.And while we’re not interested in turning molehills into mountains — unlike the Lakers — there were still lessons to be learned from the first contest of the year.last_img


first_imgProgress must be made with gains, not losses.Evolutionary biologists like to attribute every change to evolution. Their task, however, is to explain the tremendous rise in complexity from the first replicator to a human brain. Destroying and removing things is not the way to get there.Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora (PNAS). ” Using statistical models and morphometric analyses, we demonstrate that the extinction of large-bodied lemurs resulted in a significant reduction in functional morphological space associated with seed dispersal ability.”Eyeless cave shrimp senses light and can live frozen in ice (New Scientist). It’s pretty neat that a blind cave shrimp can sense some kinds of light and survive frozen in ice. Still, it’s not the first case of living frozen (just the first in a cave environment), and it is a sad situation to lose one’s eyes. Where is a case of an eyeless animal in a cave being introduced to the sunshine and evolving eyes?Amazing Blind Cavefish Walks Up Rocks and Waterfalls (Live Science). A blind fish in Thailand can struggle up walls of its cave using its fins. Live Science gets excited about how this “could reveal much to scientists about the earliest stages of tetrapod evolution,” but the fins are not legs yet after however long the species has lived in the cave. The eyes, though, have been completely lost.Research reveals trend in bird-shape evolution on islands (Science Daily). A study claims to support the evolution of flightlessness on islands.“I would be shocked if a hummingbird or tanager or fruit-dove ever lost the ability to fly entirely,” Wright said. “It’s central to how they make a living. But these birds are still reducing the size of their flight muscles when relief from predators allows them to do so.”The paper on PNAS celebrates the predictability of evolution on islands. “Islands with fewer predator species were associated with more dramatic shifts toward flightlessness, implicating reduced predation pressure as the most likely cause of this trend,” the summary states. “These predictable evolutionary changes likely exacerbate the vulnerability of flighted island birds to introduced predators and reduce the potential for small-island species to give rise to subsequent radiations.” Yet where are any ecosystems where predators were introduced, and ground birds evolved flight?Interstellar cloud could have wiped out the dinosaurs (New Scientist). The famous “iridium anomaly” that is supposed to be the smoking gun of the impact that supposedly killed off the dinosaurs may have come instead from Earth’s passage through a giant molecular cloud in the Milky Way, these scientists suggest. If so, it’s a double loss: loss for a popular theory, and loss for the dinosaurs.Planets stripped bare by host stars (BBC News). The theory of evolution is not purely about biological change. It’s an entire worldview package encompassing the entire cosmos, from big bang to galaxy evolution, to stellar evolution, to planetary evolution, to the origin of life and biological evolution. This article, based on a paper in Nature Communications (“Hot super-Earths stripped by their host stars”) doesn’t help super-Earths hoping to grow their own evolutionary trees.Co-author Dr Guy Davies, from the University of Birmingham, said: “For these planets it is like standing next to a hairdryer turned up to its hottest setting.“There has been much theoretical speculation that such planets might be stripped of their atmospheres. We now have the observational evidence to confirm this, which removes any lingering doubts over the theory.”You can’t win a race by running backwards.Observational science: degeneration, de-evolution, and extinction. Evolutionary hope: steady progress up the tree of life. Don’t ask the storytellers about evolution. Ask the blind cave fish. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgInstead of announcing farm loan waiver like other States, the Odisha Cabinet on Friday approved the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme amounting to ₹10,000 crore to accelerate agricultural prosperity in the State and to reduce poverty.KALIA is progressive, inclusive and will make a direct attack on poverty by way of massive investment in the agriculture sector and making benefits reach the most needy through direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik briefing presspersons after the Cabinet meeting.Interest freeMr. Patnaik said that under KALIA an amount of ₹10,180 crore will be spent over a period of three years till 2020-211. Crop loans up to ₹50,000 will henceforth be interest free, and the scheme will be reviewed in 2020-21 for further modifications.He termed the new scheme historical, stating that it covers almost 92% of the cultivators in the State and almost all landless agricultural labourers.There are about 32 lakh cultivators in the State. Of these, about 20 lakh have availed of crop loans. Of the 20 lakh loanee farmers, about 60% have regularly repaid loans. Further, the entire gamut of share croppers and landless labourers will not be covered under a loan waiver scheme, Mr. Patnaik pointed out.“What wrong have the 60% done in repaying the loans,” questioned Mr. Patnaik, while criticising the Opposition Congress and the BJP that have promised loan waiver if voted to power in the State.He added that KALIA scheme covers the cultivators, loanee, as well as non-loanee farmers, share croppers and landless agricultural labourers. It also specifically takes care of vulnerable agricultural families identified through gram panchayats and crop loans are made available at 0% interest.Financial assistanceAll the small and marginal farmers of the State (92% cultivators) will be covered under the scheme. An amount of ₹10,000 per family at the rate of ₹5,000 for Kharif and Rabi shall be provided as financial assistance for taking up cultivation.The farmers will have complete independence to take up interventions as per their needs. This component is not linked to extent of land owned and will greatly benefit share croppers and actual cultivators most of whom own very small extent of land. Under this initiative, 10 lakh landless households will be supported with a unit cost of ₹12,500 to take up activities like small goat rearing units, mini layer units, duck units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.As regards financial assistance to vulnerable agriculture households and landless labourers, an annual financial assistance of ₹10,000 per household will be provided to take care of their sustenance. Deserving families will be identified and selected by gram panchayats. About 10 lakh households will be covered over two years.Further, life insurance cover of ₹2 lakh and additional personal accident cover of ₹2 lakh will be provided to both cultivators and agricultural labourers covering about 57 lakh households.last_img read more


first_imgA new initiative launched by the Congress government in Rajasthan for identifying and resolving issues in upper primary schools situated in the rural areas through “Bal Sabha” (Children’s Assembly) is set to bring about qualitative changes in education. Besides students, the Sabhas will be attended by parents, teachers and village elders.A series of Bal Sabhas was organised in as many as 3,300 schools in Jaipur district on Saturday last. Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasra attended the congregation in Bhojlawa village of the Govindgarh panchayat samiti.Active roleThe schoolchildren, who presented songs and delivered short speeches in Hindi and English, also spoke about the problems faced by them in school. Students Seema Sharma and Pooja, who led the proceedings, said they would like the village elders to play an active role in the school’s affairs and guide them in their career choices.Govindgarh panchayat samiti pradhan Lal Chand Sherawat said the Bal Sabha would be organised on each Saturday at a public place. Mr. Dotasra said that the novel concept would ensure the participation of all stakeholders and significantly improve the quality of education in government schools. Principal Secretary (School Education) Bhaskar A. Sawant said extracurricular activities would shape the personality of students, while Director (School Education) Pradeep Kumar Borad said the Bal Sabhas would promote dialogue between villagers and schoolchildren.last_img read more


first_imgJuan Martin del Potro’s Wimbledon preparations have been thrown into disarray after the Argentine was forced to pull out of next week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club with a groin injury.Former U.S. Open champion Del Potro, ranked 30 in the world after a steady rise up the rankings following a succession of career-threatening wrist injuries, also pulled out of this week’s grasscourt event in Den Bosch.It means the Argentinian faces the prospect of arriving at Wimbledon without any grasscourt matches under his belt.Queen’s, which features world number one and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and world number three Stan Wawrinka, has also lost French Open champion Rafa Nadal after he withdrew to recover after his triumph at Roland Garros.Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis and Briton James Ward have been awarded main draw wildcards.last_img read more