Parchmnent working hard to secure gold in Rio

first_imgDespite the “unpredictable” and highly technical nature of the 110-metre hurdles, 25-year-old Hansle Parchment believes he has enough experience and confidence to upstage his main rivals and win Jamaica’s’ first-ever gold in this event at this year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.”Everyone is potentially a medal winner, it (110m hurdles) is a very unpredictable event and anyone can win,” said Parchment, adding “very, very difficult in my discipline. Sometimes you are very relaxed and that’s when you are running faster, sometimes you tense a bit and that’s when you slow down. So it’s unpredictable.”He first crafted his hunt for supremacy with gold at the 2011 World University Games.Parchment is now Jamaica’s most successful hurdler, courtesy of an Olympic bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last year.”You don’t know when you will run fast. You just have to work on your technique and set goals each time, and go with God,” he continued.With regard to this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he said of his target: “Gold. I am aiming for the highest, once I am healthy.”I am working really hard and I feel I can be among the top three,” he told The Gleaner.13-SECOND BARRIERThe former University of the West Indies athlete also holds a place in local history as the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier.”I am very positive, I feel good, and remaining healthy is the main aim for this season. Once I can keep healthy, I will perform very well and I am really looking towards the Olympics this year, I think it will be great for a lot of people,” Parchment said, while tipping himself to medal.Coached by the legendary Fitz Coleman, Parchment has already achieved what former outstanding Jamaican hurdles giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall before him did not.He, however, maintains not taking anything for granted.”I work tirelessly on getting my technique better each year. With this hard work that I am putting in, I want to give some really great performances this year.”last_img read more

OOL Cells Are DOA

first_imgNASA throws money at origin-of-life (OOL) studies that are doomed to failure, and at education programs to tell students that futility is good science.NASA Funds Rutgers Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life (Astrobiology Magazine). Protein nanomachines are anything but simple. They were essential for the first living cells, but so was DNA. A cell could not survive without both, but NASA is giving money to Rutgers in a vain quest to find out if chance could construct proteins from the ground up. It’s an ENIGMA—the name of the project and an apt description of the quest.What are the origins of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere? Did “protein nanomachines” evolve here before life began to catalyze and support the development of living things? Could the same thing have happened on Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Neptune, and elsewhere in the universe?A Rutgers University-led team of scientists called ENIGMA, for “Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors,” will try to answer those questions over the next five years, thanks to an approximately $6 million NASA grant and membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.New cartoon by Brett Miller for CEH, published here for the first time with appreciation.It’s bad enough that these evolutionists are going to spend taxpayer money for five years to accomplish nothing, but they also want to indoctrinate the next generation of students into the cult of astrobiology (or, as we call it, bio-astrology).We want to develop an education and outreach program at Rutgers that leads to an astrobiology minor for undergraduate students and helps inform K-12 schoolchildren about the origins of life on Earth and what we know and don’t know about the potential for life on other planets. We also want to help make Rutgers a center of excellence in this field so future undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will gravitate towards this university to try to understand the evolution and origin of the molecules that derive energy for life.It may sound nice for them to teach “what we don’t know” about the origin of life. What this means in practice, though, is that instructors will tantalize them with visions of the “potential” for life, with the goal of attracting them to join the cult of bio-astrology. Initiates into the cult will then be tempted to go to the secular universities for further indoctrination. Learning facts about organic chemistry will be included, but that is only window dressing. It cannot address the core issue: can life arise by chance? Initiates will be carefully shielded from honest critiques of the bio-astrology cult, and will be led to believe that the Stuff Happens Law is scientific.Study reveals simple chemical process that may have led to the origin of life on Earth (Astrobiology Magazine). This article celebrates work in Tokyo that is also doomed to failure. Even if they get alpha-hydroxy acids to link up, chance would have neither the desire nor the power to make a wholesale change over to the amino acids which make up life, which degrade in water.While environments of early Earth might have had monomers that could give rise to life, it would have been difficult for polymers to arise from these without the help of enzymes. In this case, the team showed these polymers could have formed with alpha-hydroxy acids before the existence of enzymes on early Earth.This multi-national team showed that hydroxy acids polymerize more easily than amino acids, and that they could have provided the necessary toolkit to kick-start the formation of more complex molecules for the origin of life on Earth.Toolkits are used by toolmakers and builders who use intelligent design. Enzymes and proteins simply will not arise by chance; the sequence space is far too fast compared to the functional space, and further, nature has no way to select one-handed amino acids required for proteins. Biblical miracles require far less faith than thinking that proteins will arise by chance (see “The Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra film, Origin). The perhapsimaybecouldness index of this article is nearly as astronomical.We’ve got to stop the storytellers before they indoctrinate another generation into their cult. And how do you stop a cult? YOU TELL STUDENTS THE TRUTH. Cultist storytellers don’t want students to hear the truth. They want to corner the market and forbid alternatives. We are not the ones trying to silence academic freedom. We want academic freedom! The totalitarian dogmatists are the bio-astrologists and Darwinians. Their cult can only succeed if they are the only ones at the microphone. Their faith CANNOT STAND UP to the truth. Will you let another generation be sold this hopelessly anti-scientific, anti-rational bill of goods? The cult leaders will win by default, and you will have another generation rise up believing that Stuff Happens, and that is how we got here. Get angry enough to do something, or else the flag of science will continue to look like this new cartoon by Brett Miller (below). (Visited 480 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Call to ‘work for country Hani died for’

first_img10 April 2013South Africans owe it late SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani to work together on building the kind of country for which he fought and died, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.Zuma was speaking at a ceremony at Thomas Titus Nkobi Memorial Park in Elspark, east of Johannesburg to mark the 20th anniversary of Hani’s assassination.‘Selfless, fearless leader’Addressing a gathering that included members of the Hani family and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC), the SA Communist Party and trade union federation Cosatu, Zuma said that South Africa’s debt to Hani could only be repaid by an unwavering commitment to freedom and prosperity for all South Africans.Hani had proved on many occasions that he was a courageous and fearless leader, Zuma said. He never used his position for selfish gains, but “took his responsibilities very seriously in all structures”.Zuma said South Africans inside and outside the government needed to work towards ensuring that the ideals of economic and social freedom Hani fought for were realised.SA Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande described Hani as not the kind of leader “who was hungry for wealth and positions … He was not about the arrogant display of wealth and ‘bling’, but a true revolutionary committed to the cause of liberating the people of South Africa”.Daughter’s tributeComrades, family and friends all described Hani as a “selfless revolutionary” who died for his political beliefs. But he was also a devoted family man who struggled to balance his political and family life.Hani’s daughter Lindiwe recalled a time “when we as his children were complaining that we did not see much of him. He convened a family meeting and he made us understand that he will never be happy doing anything else other than fighting for the liberation of his people.“I miss my father every day, just as the nation misses Chris Hani … We miss his courage and amazing leadership … As long as we hold on to his memory, he will always be with us.”10 April 1993On 10 April 1993, Hani was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, by Januzs Walus, an anti-Communist Polish refugee who had close links to the white nationalist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB).Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis, at the time a Conservative Party member of Parliament, were sentenced to death for Hani’s murder, but ironically were saved from the gallows by South Africa’s new Constitution, which rules out the death penalty. They are both serving life sentences in Pretoria.Hani’s death came at a critical time for South Africa, with negotiators still busy hammering out the agreements that would enable the country to hold its first democratic elections a year later.It was Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress (ANC), who stepped up to prevent the widespread anger at Hani’s murder from spilling over into bloodshed.Appearing on state television, Mandela said: “To the youth of South Africa, we have a special message: You have lost a great hero. You have repeatedly shown that your love of freedom is greater than that most precious gift, life itself. But you are the leaders of tomorrow. Your country, your people, your organisation need you to act with wisdom. A particular responsibility rests on your shoulders.”An art and photo exhibition celebrating Hani’s life and work opened at the OR Tambo Cultural Precinct in Wattville, Benoni on Wednesday. The exhibition, open to the public free of charge until 10 May, aims to educate people about the role Hani played in making South Africa the democratic country it is today.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

The Hunt for the Ultimate Curation Tool: Cliqset is Getting Closer

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web If a thousand social networks bloom, with cross-network communication and real-time replies, how will you manage to find and share the best things that your friends put into your stream? Innovative social network aggregator Cliqset launched a new version this morning that offers a very interesting answer to that question. Cliqset is a service that lets you publish and subscribe to 80 different social networks, from Twitter to YouTube to Delicious to Foursquare.Long a proof of concept more than an app you’d use, Cliqset can be so forward-looking it hurts. Today’s relaunch brings it closer than ever to making it my #1 choice for ways to interact with the river of news – in theory. The next few weeks should be even more exciting for Cliqset, with the introduction of an iPad version, Chrome desktop pop-ups and Facebook search integration. The service remains rough around the edges, but I sure love what the company is doing.Cliqset used to be a lonely place, displaying only content from other people you knew who had signed up for Cliqset (not many). Now you can read anyone’s Tweets through the service, and the interface for sorting, replying and watching conversations may be the most sophisticated we’ve seen yet.For example, if a well-known person throws out a Tweet (or if you do) and it gets a number of replies, you can view that Tweet alone on a page in Cliqset, with replies to it streaming in below it, pushed to your browser in real time.Previously, on CliqsetTop 10 Real-Time Technologies of 2009The Day The Highway Went Coast-to-Coast: 70+ SocNet Feeds Normalized by New APICliqset Could Be The Web’s First Read-Write Identity ProviderThe service’s integration of the Google-led Salmon messaging protocol lets Cliqset users message across social networks, something Cliqset hopes will be adopted by many social networks and breathe new life into the long tail. If you can message people on Status.net from inside Twitter, there’s all the more reason to take a long look at Status.net’s interface, for example.Curation is beautifully implemented in Cliqset, it’s easy to push any item into a curated stream that other people can subscribe to in real-time. That’s really nice, and just cries out for iPad integration.Right now the little company appears to be struggling under some launch-day traffic and its ambitious may never be realized if scalability remains a killer. There are also a number of little design considerations, though the site is very pretty, that seem unintuitive to this human user. Cliqset is warming up though, it feels less like the brilliant super-dork at a party that you can’t have a conversation with every day.The Future of CliqsetCross network, real-time streaming and curation? Sounds like something I want on my iPad. Sure enough, Cliqset says that’s not a big stretch at all. An iPad style-sheet will be in place in a matter of weeks.Likewise, the reason I stay with Tweetdeck for my work-Tweeting is because of the pop-up notifications for high-priority columns. Cliqset says the new Chrome HTML5 desktop notifications API is something it is working on and expects to implement soon.Finally, how about some Facebook search? I don’t understand why so few services have implemented search across not just Twitter but public Facebook messages as well. Neither does Cliqset, and the company says that’s right around the corner as well.Speaking of Tweetdeck, Cliqset says it is doing API work of its own that should enable Tweetdeck to serve up streams from 80 different social networks very soon. That sounds very cool, and like something that deserves its own coverage.Cliqset is the most sophisticated, forward looking tool for stream reading on the internet today. It’s also awkward, unstable, confusing and full of more potential than actualized usefulness. But that balance changes a little more with every iteration. You should check out Cliqset – sooner or later it could win you over. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Another Chromecast Gotcha—It Hates The 5GHz Wireless-N Band

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#chromecast#connected TV#media#streaming adriana lee 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The cheap, compact Chromecast streaming device can do a lot of tricks—from smartening up dumb TVs to turning our mobiles and laptops into handy controllers. It can even do a few unintended things, like letting us play the media stored on our laptops.But what it can’t do is function without Wi-Fi. Since the device has no ethernet port, all that streaming action comes courtesy of your wireless network, the beating heart of which is your trusty router. But merely having one doesn’t ensure decent streaming. In the Chromecast’s case, the experience relies wholly on a few specific factors. A Word About RoutersChromecast supports the faster 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, along with the older b/g standards. This is great news for people with dual-band routers, the most common type of consumer-grade wireless-N router. Unfortunately, it only works on the 2.4GHz band.  The 2.4GHz band is the one most devices use, and for good reason. It offers more wireless coverage over a greater distance, and can even work better through walls than the 5GHz band. But because of its popularity, more devices and appliances can interfere with this signal—including certain landline cordless phones, microwaves and baby monitors, among others. This is partly why 5GHz has a reputation for faster performance, and as a result, some people deliberately move gaming and streaming activities onto 5GHz whenever they can. If nothing else, there’s simply less interference.Too bad the Chromecast doesn’t work with this frequency. In fact, it can’t even recognize it. I tested this at home on my trusty Linksys WRT610N dual-band wireless-N router. The network name for my 2.4GHz frequency showed up, but Chromecast couldn’t detect the 5GHz band at all. Even though my mobile devices and the Chromecast were on different frequencies, they were still on the same network, so they were able to communicate. I could remote control the YouTube and Netflix Web streams from my mobiles, and also tab cast from my laptop. Location, Location, LocationSee also Have Chromecast, Will Travel … Er, Maybe NotEven the stronger 2.4GHz wireless signal only shows up at one or two bars in my home. That’s because I live in an old building with thick walls, and the originating router sits two rooms away. I got much better performance when I tested the unit at the office, where the access point is closer to the Chromecast and TV.Too bad I can’t relocate my Linksys unit—it’s hardwired into a gaming PC at the other end of my home. But I may add another router to my network to extend the signal. By all accounts, this should help boost performance. After all that, if the stream sputters or the lip sync falls out of whack, I may have to conclude that the issue is not inside my home. Sites, such as Ookla Speedtest, can help clue me in to whether I’m actually getting the speeds I’m paying for from my broadband provider.One final note: If you haven’t yet picked up a dual-band N router and you’re interested in one, make sure it supports both bands simultaneously. Most do, but some models (called “selectable“) can only transmit one or the other. And if you want it bring in streams of Chromecast joy to your television, you know which one that will have to be—and it’s not the faster one. Image of Linksys WRT610N router courtesy of Linksyslast_img read more

Tibet bus accident kills 44 people, injures 11

first_imgAt least 44 people were killed and and 11 others injured in China today when a tour bus plunged into a Tibetan valley after a three-vehicle pile-up.”The 55-seat bus carrying 50 people fell off a 10-metre-plus-high cliff after crashing into a sports utility vehicle and a pick-up truck,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported.Another five people were in the other vehicles in the accident which happened at around 4:25 pm (0825 GMT) in Nyemo County, west of the capital Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region.The bus passengers were mainly tourists from regions including Anhui, Shanghai, Shandong and Hebei.The injured were being treated at hospitals in Lhasa and did not have life-threatening injuries, Xinhua said. An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.Police have detained managers of the Feixiang Travel Agency and the Shengdi Vehicle Tour Company blamed for the accident.last_img read more

Man City Faces Repercussions for Misleading UEFA on Finances

first_imgLONDON (AP) — European soccer’s leadership has an initial conclusion on leaked Manchester City correspondence: The club has been misleading UEFA over its finances.With the power to ban clubs from the Champions League, the consequences from UEFA could be severe for the Premier League champions.UEFA discovered from reading internal emails from City, which were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel last month, the extent of schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly while UEFA conducts a review of the City case.City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League three times since 2012. But unfettered spending on players has been restricted by European soccer’s governing body — regardless of the owners’ wealth.City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership.UEFA publicly said last month that evidence from “Football Leaks” could lead to past cases being re-opened. The person with knowledge of the situation said it was more feasible to use the leaks to re-assess the candor of club executives and as a basis to judge City’s compliance with FFP in the current three-year assessment period.That covers 2015 when Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. The sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce.City has not disputed the authenticity of any emails published by Der Spiegel over the last month. Given the fresh insight into City’s financial dealings, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has said there was a “public interest” in the correspondence being leaked, while questioning how it was obtained.“We are assessing the situation. We have an independent body working on it,” Ceferin said Monday. “Very soon you will have the answers on what will happen in this concrete case.”FFP was the flagship policy of Michel Platini, Ceferin’s predecessor as UEFA president, and introduced at the height of the global financial crisis in attempt to prevent clubs from becoming unsustainable.Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions. The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”Seeing internal City correspondence has given UEFA a greater insight into the conduct of the club and its officials. A 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.”UEFA is examining whether to open disciplinary cases against individuals at City involved in attempts to provide a misrepresentation of club finances to the governing body’s FFP accessors, another person with direct knowledge of the situation said. The person, who did not identify any individuals, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the City case.A challenge for UEFA is getting City to provide information from related companies in Abu Dhabi that the leaks show are central to compliance with FFP.City has repeatedly declined to respond to the specific allegations in the leaks, dismissing a month of negative headlines by saying: “The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organized and clear.”But City has had no such qualms using its website to cast aspersions on the reputations of other clubs over their ability to comply with FFP. City has used the media watch section on its website to cite unsubstantiated news reports, including a claim in 2016 that “Inter Milan are looking to circumnavigate FFP” and speculation this year that if Paris Saint-Germain “are found to have broken FFP regulations they face being booted out of the Champions League.” Those pages were deleted from its website after City was approached for comment by the AP.—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ESUS SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER

first_imgSave up to 70% for a limited time only!!! To celebrate the release of ESUS’ exciting new touch football shoes, Touch Football Australia and ESUS are pleased to offer TFA members a one-off opportunity to buy these revolutionary new shoes at a significant discount.  For a strictly limited period, members can purchase a pair of either the Toro or Matador shoes for the fantastic price of only $30*.  This represents a saving of $49 on the normal price of the Toro and of $69 on the Matador.  Members can also purchase both styles for a single payment of $55*!!!  That’s two pairs of ESUS shoes for less than the price of one average pair. To purchase the shoes, all you need to do is fax the attached order form to ESUS on 03-9425-9922 (see bottom of page for link to the order form).  Alternatively, email your name, address, shoes size, styles required and credit card details to tfa@esus.com.au.  Shoes will be delivered to you within 5 days. Be quick though as this offer ends on September 30th.  For more information on ESUS shoes visit www.esus.com.au* Plus postage and packing ToroThe standard ESUS touch football shoe, the ‘Toro’ is designed for players of all levels and is particularly suited to softer grounds.  The ballistic mesh and polyurethane synthetic upper ensures that the shoe is breathable and lightweight.  Made from pre-moulded TPR, the heel counter is solid and supportive.  The mid-sole comprises full length compression moulded EVA thus providing increased overall shock dispersal and a softer and more of a ‘running shoe’ feel. MatadorThe Matador touch football shoe is also designed for players of all levels.  It is ideally suited for conditions where the ground is firmer.  The two colour rubber outsole ensures excellent traction and cushioning whilst the hi-density die-cut Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) mid-sole increases cushioning and greatly reduces leg stress.  The breathable water resistant nylon lining ensures the shoe keeps upper shape and the die-cut EVA sock liner, with extra 6mm wedge in heel, is cushioned and durable.  Overall, the Matador shoe is strong, flexible and comfortable. Related Filesesus_order_form-doclast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane had no problem with his placing in the Ballon d’Or vote.Varane finished seventh in this year’s running.He said, “It’s (Luka) Modric, a friend, who won. So I can only be very happy for him. “There are only great players in the race. If I had been told a few years ago that I would be disappointed if I did not have the Ballon d’Or, I’d have signed for that right away (laughs). “No, frankly, I cannot be disappointed because my year for 2018 was fantastic. And for me, the most beautiful reward, it is the comments of some people in the world of football which were expressed.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Wolves star Dendoncker relishing Prem test

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Wolves star Dendoncker relishing Prem testby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker is enjoying life against the top teams.The newly promoted side have reserved their best showings for clashes against the “top six” in the Premier League.Their most recent scalp is the 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Liverpool at home.And Dendoncker is loving such occasions.”It’s great to play in the team, it helps to be on their side,” he said to the Express and Star.”I’m happy for the team, we will see what comes.”The whole team performed really well. We try to help each other a lot, that’s what we try to do every game.”It was a good team performance, the whole team worked a lot for the win.”We kept on going, even when they scored at 1-1.” last_img read more