Laurie Foster: Race for Olympics heating up

first_imgThe traditional magic and mystique of Olympic year is once again raring its attractive head. With just about nine weeks to go for the National Championships (Trials), already, a few athletes are positioning themselves, drawing for their bow and taking aim. The bullseye is a seat on the plane to the widely acknowledged ultimate in sports participation, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in the Brazilian city of Rio. For this blessed nation, with the eye-catching attraction of the sports’ world-governing body, the professional circuit, yet unfolded, promises of spectacular performances are rife. After missing two World Championships through troubling injury, Yohan Blake has stormed back. He has publicly dropped a name that identified him as a monstrous and despicable creature, which he is not. The former St Jago High School sprinter and current national under-20 record holder (10.11+1.2) blasted a then 100m world-leading 9.95 legal at the UTech-MVP Classic on April 16. It stands as arguably the most compelling boost of confidence and satisfaction levels for a country trying to put its best feet forward leading into the great spectacle in the South American continent this August. EARLY DAYS Downgrade the Blake impact a bit to Simone Facey’s 11.00 at the Tom Jones Memorial last weekend. This, too, must be a morale strengthener to an athlete who has been constantly flogged in more recent times by many she considered to be her inferior in junior track. The 2009 Berlin WC 4x100m gold medallist has sent an early indication of her path to Rio. The mark will earn her lanes at the very top of the competition ladder where there is no dodging by the world’s fastest as exists with the other gender. Yet, it is early days and one is not aware of the quality or sustainability of her programme. Suffice it to say, in the absence of this knowledge, to the fringe-based honours suspects at Trials: “Watch out, VCB, Sherone (Simpson), Kerron (Stewart) and company, Simone might have been sleeping, but is now fully awake.” The advance of the nation’s throwing programme cannot escape mention in a Rio context. Foster’s Fairplay will continue to carry the flag for coaches/pioneers of excellence in that traditionally ignored area. Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell have torched the consciences of the movers and shakers of the sport in the local arena. Their charges have been crashing parties in both genders. The new, and much appreciated by a few, wellness in discus and shot put is contagious. It has spread to the Edwin Allen and Petersfield High school models. Foster’s Fairplay, on that limited mention, is hearing legitimate calls reminiscent of the soul classic by the group Champagne – “How about us?” Yes, the template has extended to other camps. However, the point to be made is that the world scene has been invaded in these hitherto peripheral disciplines and the two coaches mentioned can take a proverbial bow. As MVP’s Paul Francis, himself part of a game-changing group, said on Facebook recently, words to the effect of: “Why stop at the World Junior level? Go for the Olympics.” Let us then see if the throwing contingent of (Odayne) Richards, (Jason) Morgan, (Federick) Dacres, (Traves) Smikle and company can inspire the new discus national Under-20 record holder and Vassell-conditioned Shanice Love to reach for Rio. With all that jockeying for team selection in store, the fans’ taste buds are already well moistened. The intensity of the Diamond League and all that it brings to the fore will only be more enticing and threatens to sweeten the competition brew even further. Looking at the pending action, on field and track, one learned critic, referring to the Jamaica Trials, opined: “It will be like a mini-Olympics. Another, speaking in less ornate terms, confided: “It nah guh normal.” Foster’s Fairplay believes that those predictions could fall short at crunch time, June 30 to July 3. For feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Randy Moss concerned about Antonio Brown after AB quits NFL on Twitter

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Hall of Famer Randy Moss, no stranger to bizarre behavior, expressed concern for Antonio Brown after the star wide receiver said Sunday he is retiring from the NFL.“Now that he doesn’t have football, the people close around him better just pay attention to him and keep him close,” Moss said on ESPN after seeing a series of angry tweets from Brown.”I’ve been saying for the last couple months about just shutting up …last_img read more

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Cell Electronics Is High-Tech

first_imgTo describe a living cell these days, you have to borrow electronics lingo.  Notice how two recent articles described cell specs:Ham radio immunity:  What acts like a radio dial, a signal amplifier, and a precision rheostat?  Your immune system, according to Science Daily.  Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital described how the cell controls its T cells.  They don’t just use simple on-and-off switching.  “Rather, they possess sophisticated molecular controls that enable them to adjust their function with exquisite precision,” the article says.  “Such subtle adjustment enables T cells to modulate their development and function, including avoiding autoimmunity.”  It’s all done with genes and proteins and other molecules.  How cool is that?  It’s wireless.Dim the lights:  A plant leaf has to deal with a wide range of light, from darkness to overcast to overpowering noonday sun.  To avoid sunburn, reported Science Daily, it has a dimmer switch.  A multi-disciplinary team of scientists identified pigment-binding protein CP29 as the “antenna” (there’s another one of those electronics terms) that squelches the photosynthesis engines when too much light is coming in.  Like a lightning rod, it safely channels the energy down other pathways so that the “light harvesting machinery” is not overwhelmed.  Actually, there is triple redundancy built in, so that no one protein becomes a single point of failure.  The reactions take place in the timescale of a femtosecond (a millionth of a billionth of a second).    The article explained another reason why scientists are keen to understand how a plant cell does this.  Plants achieve an astonishingly high efficiency – 97% – in the conversion of light energy to chemical energy.  Part of that is due to the chloroplast’s ability to quickly fine-tune the available light, even when clouds are passing overhead.  If electronics engineers could mimic that, energy-hungry humans could have a bright future: “This discovery holds important implications for the future design of artificial photosynthesis systems that could provide the world with a sustainable and secure source of energy.”Here’s one for the guy who likes sports instead of nerdy stuff.  Another Science Daily article talked about a cellular tag team.  Two proteins work in tandem to help a dividing cell run the gauntlet of critical functions without getting slammed.  To figure this out, scientists at Duke University had to look at the match from the grandstands, because there were too many players in the ring.  “It’s a new way of thinking,” said Stephen Haase, biology professor.  “We’ve spent decades on a reductionist approach to science.  That method has been phenomenally successful.  But now, with genome technologies, we have the opportunity to look at the dynamics of all the genes at the same time.”  This approach is known as Systems Biology (see 05/07/2008).Where did the cell earn its electrical engineering degree?  From the University of Chance?    None of these articles mentioned evolution or had any use for it.  Engineers, come on in.  Science labs are hiring.  There will be a lot of room after the Darwin Party deadbeats move out with their 19th-century hangovers.  Check out the new Biologic Institute that employs the intelligent design approach explicitly, the way the above stories do implicitly.  Bio-logic.  Get it?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Springboks do South Africa proud

first_imgSpringbok wing Bryan Habana after scoring his third try in the match against USA, which drew him level with Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 World Cup tries. (Image: World Rugby via YouTube)Johannesburg, Wednesday 7 October 2015 – The Springboks have once again flown the South African flag proudly in their fourth and final Group B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.With this successful game against the USA, the Springboks now lead the South African charge into the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup.Congratulating the team on their outstanding success in their match against the USA, Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “Our team in green and gold carried the hopes of the South African nation into the Olympic Stadium in London and emerged with a splendid victory.”“Your valiant spirit and unwavering determination on the sports field embodies the resilience and tenacity of the South African nation. Your excellent teamwork highlights the way South Africans come together to achieve to do great things for our country. Brand South Africa and the South African nation salute you and wish you well in your next encounter in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup. We stand with you wherever we are,” concluded Mr Makhubela.last_img read more

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Bill Gates to deliver 2016 Nelson Mandela Lecture

first_imgSince the inaugural Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2003, speakers have been notable global leaders in their field – be it politics, human rights or economics. This year will be no different. Microsoft co-founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates will deliver the 14th annual lecture on the eve of Mandela Day. Bill Gates, co-founder of software giant Microsoft and global philanthropist, will deliver this year’s annual Nelson Mandela Lecture on the eve of Mandela Day. (Image: YouTube)• Quotable: Piketty on global inequality, human rights and South Africa• The actors who would be Mandela• Artists give their impression of Madiba Priya PitamberMicrosoft co-founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates will deliver the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 17 July 2016, the eve of Mandela Day, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has announced, in association with the University of Pretoria.Gates, who is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak on the theme “Living Together”.“It’s an incredible honour to be invited to deliver this year’s Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture,” Gates said. “President Mandela will be remembered for generations to come for his courage, his vision, and his relentless pursuit of equality and justice. I believe, as he did, that progress is possible.“We can help people everywhere live healthier, more productive lives – if we make sure that innovation reaches everyone who needs it. I can’t think of a better forum for discussing these urgent issues than the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.” This year @BillGates will deliver the 14th #NelsonMandela Annual Lecture https://t.co/T1wB2SQqrk pic.twitter.com/40RSUHtmoJ— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) May 17, 2016 Sello Hatang, CEO of the foundation, said the organisation was delighted Gates had accepted the speaker’s invitation.“I have no doubt that his views will stimulate debate and highlight the issues that continue to curb progress of poor and marginalised communities in South Africa and around the world.”Professor Njabulo Ndebele, chairperson of the board of the foundation, said both Gates and the organisation shared a commitment to improving people’s quality of life.“We know that the promise of a better life is possible through improving access to and quality of education, health care and opportunity,” Ndebele said. “These are causes that Mr Gates continues to advance and support. We are honoured to have him share his insights (into) the most challenging issues of our time.”Gates is guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, and is dedicated to building a world where every person has a chance to lead a healthy, productive life. He does this through the Gates Foundation. It works with partners to combat infectious diseases; empower women and girls to transform their lives; ensure that children and young people survive and thrive; and inspire people to take action to change the world.The lecture will be take place at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus.“As an innovator and a philanthropist, I know Bill Gates will inspire students, staff and academics at the University of Pretoria,” said Professor Cheryl de la Rey, vice-chancellor of the university.“His dedication and commitment to improving the lives of the poor sets a remarkable example for us all. We are delighted to partner with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to host the lecture.”The lectureThe Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is one of the foundation’s flagship programmes to honour Mandela. It is a chance to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. It encourages local and international dialogue – often about difficult subjects – on the multiple and complex challenges that face the world today. The lectures are delivered by speakers who have made a significant contribution in their field of expertise.“Living Together” highlights the need for a new social pact across the globe to end protracted conflict, overcome intolerance and prejudice, improve access to health care and education, and reduce poverty and inequality.About Bill GatesIn 1975, Gates left Harvard University to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend, Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairperson, Gates led the company to become the global leader in business and personal software, services and solutions.By 2000, he and his wife, Melinda, set up their foundation.He has received numerous awards for his philanthropic work and holds several honorary doctorates from universities around the world.Previous speakers2003: Former US president, Bill Clinton2004: Archbishop Desmond Tutu2005: Nobel laureate, Prof Wangari Maathai2006: Former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki2007: Former secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan2008: Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf2009: Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus2010: Chilean-American author, activist and professor of literature and Latin-American studies, Ariel Dorfman2011: Director of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Ismail Serageldin2012: Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson2013: Founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr Mo Ibrahim2014: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet2015: Economist Thomas PikettyWatch last year’s lecture:last_img read more

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Ajit Jogi, facing FIR for forgery, hospitalised

first_imgFormer Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, facing an FIR in a fake caste certificate case, was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi-NCR on Thursday night after he complained of breathing problem. The FIR against Mr. Jogi, a sitting MLA, was registered at the Gaurela police station in Bilaspur district on Thursday night for allegedly obtaining a fake caste certificate claiming himself to be a tribal, police had said.“Ajit Jogi was in Delhi from the last few days for his routine medical check-up. On Thursday at around midnight, he complained of problem in breathing following which he was admitted at Medanta Hospital (in Gurugram),” Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) leader and former MLA Paresh Bagbahra told PTI. The JCC(J) is the political party founded by Mr. Jogi, the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh. His wife Renu Jogi is with him in the hospital, Mr. Bagbahra said, adding the hospital management was yet to release a medical bulletin about his health. Mr. Jogi (73), a bureaucrat-turned-politician, is in the mid of trouble over his caste status issue. An FIR against him was registered following a complaint by Sameera Paikra, the BJP candidate from Marwahi in the 2013 Assembly polls.Mr. Jogi was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record). According to Mr. Paikra, Mr. Jogi had obtained the “fake” caste certificate in 1967, Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal had said.Last week, a separate FIR was registered against Mr. Jogi with the Civil Lines police station in Bilaspur after a government-appointed committee rejected his claim of being a tribal.Notably, Ajit Jogi’s son Amit, a former MLA, was arrested on September 3 on the basis of a separate complaint filed by Mr. Paikra at the Gaurela Police station.last_img read more

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Thoughts on Evolving Publishings Content Strategy to Leverage Social Media

first_img[EDITOR’S NOTE: You can read the complete version of this post on McCarthy’s blog here.]The evolution and dispersal of social media tools creates the opportunity to rethink the traditional content publishing model for media brands.That’s the conclusion I’ve come to after puzzling through the different ways we create editorial content, the ways that we engage with customers in a market and the opportunities to leverage that engagement for the advantage of our advertisers.The dichotomy I’ve zeroed in on is the difference between Creating and Sharing. The best model for the future of an editorially-driven businesses will benefit from increasing the focus on Sharing and sacrificing some of the focus on Creating. Social Media Tools Can Drive Process ChangeThe driver for this transition is the relative ease of use and ubiquity of social media tools. These tools make it easy for anyone to create and distribute digital content. If you can turn on a computer and type, you can set up a blog; if you can take a photo, you can post it to Flckr; if you can use a FlipVideo, you can publishto YouTube.The use of social media tools by consumers is incredibly well-documented and is a critical plot element in the story line about the disintermediation of traditional media. Consumers are creating content and sharing content: in June alone more than one billion links, photos, videos and posts were shared on Facebook.But there’s been virtually no discussion about how social media tools can be used to help transform traditional publishing operations.One reason for this absence of dialogue may be the technical focus on content-tool innovation on the web. Over the past 20 years, the development of the web has been the purview of technologists who have revolutionized the concept of media. What has developed, however, is a media platform that creates more depth, dimensionality and interaction than any other media platform that has come before it. [The media proposition on the Internet is able to wholly close the commercial loop, moving from awareness, intent and transaction without having to shift from one media to another, or even having to move from one place to another.]Some observers have posited that we are moving into a postdigtal age, where technological innovations become secondary to the primacy of social imperatives—the needs and abilities of people—in structuring the processes that will drive the next generation of media.The Application of Social Media to a Traditional Publishing EnvironmentWhen you think about social media as a set of tools that can enhance your interaction with the marketplace, you find yourself answering a new set of questions. The focus is not on how to handle media displacement, it’s on how to integrate the tools into your workflow so that you can be in touch with an audience in multiple ways across multiple platforms with minimal extra cost.This is a reinvention that is about increasing the relevance of your core assets, not of protecting your legacy business.Click here to read the rest of McCarthy’s post.last_img read more

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