Defiant JDF join UWI at top in Senior Cup

first_img The JDF, batting a second time, then closed day one on 10 for one, however, rain and a wet outfield on yesterday’s final day ensured that neither team was able to go for a victory. Elsewhere in the zone, rain also forced a draw in the fixture between St Elizabeth and St James at Manley Horne Park in St Elizabeth, while the match-up between Westmoreland and Hanover at Paradise Oval in Westmoreland ended in a no-result. At Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth first made 164, with left-arm fast bowler Andrew Walker claiming five for 27 and Tyrone Johnson two for 21. This was against David Curtis, who hit 29. Westmoreland, in reply, then closed day one on 219 for three, with the experienced Myron Wilson not out on 110. Rain then had the final say on day two, where no play was possible. Over at Paradise Oval, rain left Hanover on their overnight total of 66 for four, in response to 301 for nine declared, made by Westmoreland. Recent West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning representative all-rounder Shahid Crooks, with an unbeaten 124, made the most runs for Westmoreland, with former national Under-19 player Javoy Spence providing support with 66. Gareth Dennis took five for 73. RAIN HALTED PLAY Former champions the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and title hopefuls the University of The West Indies (UWI) are now both tied on points at the top of Zone C following the second round of matches in the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at the weekend. The duo, who battled at Up Park Camp in one of three matches in the zone, are now on seven points each, from two matches, after the JDF claimed first-innings points in their rain-affected drawn encounter. Batting first after winning the toss, the JDF scored 159, with national one-day opener Jermaine Harrison 35; out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, 34; and the experienced Joseph Palmer, 29, making most runs. This was against off-spinners Akeem Frazer and Oshane Walters, who finished with four for 36, and three for 36, respectively. The UWI, in their response, were bowled out for 127, with national left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, five for 20, taking most wickets and left-arm orthodox spinner Shamari Brown taking three for 32.last_img read more

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Top Fueler wrestlers place at section championship

first_imgTop Fueler wrestlers placed at Nor-Cal Jr. High Section Championship at Foothill High School in Redding recently. Brendon Blanchard took 4th, Dakota Bunn was 1st, Kadin Blanchard was 3rd. Not pictured is Duncan Pryatel, who finished 4th. 175Care about your community? We do, too.Sign up for our Morning Report newsletter Something went wrong. Please try again.SIGN UPCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Marleau earns bragging rights in Leafs win over Sharks

first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — And the bragging rights swing back to Patrick Marleau.Mitch Marner said the Toronto Maple Leafs (13-6) owed Marleau a win in San Jose and they delivered Thursday night, beating the Sharks 5-3 in Mr. Shark’s second game at SAP Center as a member of the visiting team.Marleau, who’s the Sharks all-time leader in points (1,082), goals (508) and games (1,493), shed tears last October when he received a …last_img read more

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3 takeaways from the Sharks’ Game 3 victory

first_imgDENVER — The Sharks felt they had largely outplayed the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night before Matt Nieto redirected a pass from Samuel Girard past goalie Martin Jones to tie the game with just 8:15 left in the third period.So from their perspective, there was really no reason to lose their composure.“Same as it has been all year, that’s the positive about our team,” Sharks center Logan Couture said about the mood of the team after the Nieto goal. “Probably the best attribute we have is …last_img read more

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And the Fastest Animal Is…

first_imgIf you think the answer is peregrine falcon or cheetah, think again. This one skitters about under your feet.In the animal world championships, a new winner has been named in the speed category. There are strong contenders in that arena: cheetahs in the mammal tribe, falcons in the bird taxon, and mantis shrimp in the marine team. Now, a contender beats them all: a little bitty insect with a fearsome name: the Dracula Ant.Dracula ant’s powerful pincers snap shut at record speed (Nature). Even if you don’t blink you will miss it in the video clip that starts the article. “Fangs are feeble next to the fastest appendages in the animal world,” this brief news piece says. “An insect dubbed the Dracula ant is a speed champion among animals: it snaps its front pincers shut in less than 1/5,000 of the time it takes to blink.” It took high speed cameras to show this ant winning against the trap-jaw ant and the mantis shrimp. How does it work?Fredrick Larabee at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and colleagues investigated this mechanism using computer models and high-speed videos. The researchers found that the ant’s front appendages, unlike those of most other ants, can bow inwards when the pincer tips press against each other, generating a spring-like tension. When one pincer slips under the other, this tension releases, propelling the pincers shut at 90 metres per second — faster than a bullet train, and the fastest-known speed for an animal appendage.Phys.org says this is faster than the 200 mph speed of a peregrine falcon.“These ants are fascinating as their mandibles are very unusual,” said University of Illinois animal biology and entomology professor Andrew Suarez, who led the research with Fredrick J. Larabee, a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; and Adrian A. Smith, of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, Raleigh. “Even among ants that power-amplify their jaws, the Dracula ants are unique: Instead of using three different parts for the spring, latch and lever arm, all three are combined in the mandible.“The high-speed action appears to be within the reach of variation, since “it only took small changes in shape for the jaws to evolve a new function: acting as a spring.”This is not evolution or speciation, but slight modifications to existing genetic information and parts. Even creationists accept that kind of variability (beak size, coloration, etc.). Still, this is a pretty spectacular example for a small animal. Dr Randy Guliuzza presents a design-theoretic model that explains these kinds of adaptations. Animals come pre-programmed to handle environmental changes, he says. See one of his articles at ICR’s Acts and Facts monthly publication.(Visited 510 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Lennox sings for HIV/Aids

first_imgAnnie Lennox performing in Hong Kong in April to raise funds for Sing. (Image: Sandy Lum) During a visit to the Bethany Children’shome in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, one of the children fell asleep in Lennox’s arms. (Image: Sing)Khanyi MagubaneRenowned international pop star Annie Lennox is set to dazzle fans during a one-night performance in Johannesburg, to raise funds for her HIV/Aids charity organisation, Sing.Lennox’s concert, An Evening with Annie Lennox – Unplugged, in Concert and in Conversation, will take place on 8 July at the upmarket Teatro at Montecasino, one of South Africa’s premier casino and entertainment venues.The musician’s repertoire for the evening will include songs from her new compilation of hits, The Annie Lennox Collection, which features songs recorded throughout her music career.For this special performance, Lennox has waived her fee and will donate all the proceeds to her charity.Tickets for the once-off concert were selling at R1 000 (US$125) each, with organisers announcing that the performance is already sold out.On her blog Lennox shares her excitement about her upcoming visit: “I’m going to South Africa … AT LAST! I would have been there last year if it hadn’t been for the issue with my back/foot.”Fame for a good causeThe journey for Lennox, which resulted in the formation of Sing, started when she was invited in 2003, to take part in the inaugural 46664 concert in Cape Town.On her website, Lennox writes that it was during this visit and her interaction with Nelson Mandela that inspired her to start her charity work. “Several years ago I personally witnessed Nelson Mandela, standing in front of his former prison cell on Robben Island, addressing the world’s press.“His message was that the pandemic of HIV/Aids in Africa was in fact, a genocide. Since that time I resolved to do as much as I can to bring attention to the HIV/Aids crisis.”Lennox continued with her work as a 46664 ambassador, and has since performed at two other 46664 concerts .Former President Nelson Mandela formed the 46664 campaign to raise global awareness of the scourge of HIV/Aids in Africa. 46664 was Mandela’s prison number on Robben Island, where he was imprisoned for several years.He decided to use his prison number as symbol of hope, as opposed to a symbol of oppression that it once represented.As to why she decided to name the organisation Sing, Lennox says during her many visits to South Africa; she learned that music and singing was an intricate part of the country’s culture. “South Africa has a tradition of activist songs and singing, as a way to create solidarity and communicate messages.“When people get together to sing, they become encouraged and inspired. In the words of Nelson Mandela: ‘Let us use the universal language of music, to sing out our message around the world’.”Sing’s resources are mainly used to help women and children infected and affected by the pandemic.In conjunction with South African Aids lobby group the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Sing provided a grant of R3.9-million ($491 000) over a period of three years to conduct programmes which include; helping South Africans access HIV testing and treatment, educating the public about HIV/Aids and preventing further transmission.Part of the work that TAC is involved in includes advocacy for women’s rights, lobbying pharmaceutical companies and the government on the cost of medicine and its Aids policies.For the love of itScottish-born Annie Lennox is celebrated as one of the most successful pop artists alive.After touring the world in the late 1970s with the group The Tourists, Lennox and fellow band member, Dave Stewart went on to form the rock/pop band Eurythmics in 1980, during which Lennox gained most of her initial success as a musician.It was Eurythmics’ second album Sweet Dreams (are made of this), which catapulted the duo into worldwide success.After they were thrust into the limelight, the duo went on to tour incessantly, selling over 75-million albums and achieving more than 20 recognised hits across the world.In 1989, after much success, Lennox and Stewart amicably agreed it was time to pursue solo careers.Lennox’s first album Diva debuted at number one on the UK pop charts and sold about six-million albums around the world.The versatile singer has toured with the much-acclaimed singer Sting, and together they performed 52 concerts throughout the United States and Canada.At was also during this time, that Lennox started her philanthropy work.Since her involvement with Sing, Lennox has been vocal about a number of international issues concerning the scourge of HIV/Aids.In May this year, Lennox criticised Pope Benedict XVI for the comments he allegedly made in Angola during his multi-stop visit to African countries.Lennox was livid that the pontiff had spoken against the use of condoms, and rather called for abstinence as the preferred form of curbing transmissions.“If there was ever an example of irresponsibility, it’s the Pope going to a country like Angola, where people are dying … because of unprotected sex, and telling them they should carry on or that they should abstain. What planet is this person on?” she was quoted saying by the Australian newspaper, Herald Sun.Although Lennox was quick to point out her respect for the Catholic church, she did however feel that the Pope missed an opportunity as an influential leader of sending out the right message about HIV/Aids.In November 2008, Lennox was presented with the Award for Merit at the 36th American Music Award in the US.She was presented the award by US pop singer Justin Timberlake, who also paid tribute to her philanthropy work.“She’s been an activist for just causes all over the world, mostly in silent ways that you’ve never even heard about. She does this from her heart, motivated purely by love.”Related articlesHIV in South Africa stabilising Loving Life, fighting Aids Preventing HIV with OneLove HIV/Aids in South Africa Useful linksSing Annie Lennox – official websiteTreatment Action Campaign 46664Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

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Push for immigrant reform continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Half of all workers on U.S. dairy farms are immigrants, and the damage from losing those workers would extend far beyond the farms, nearly doubling retail milk prices and costing the total U.S. economy more than $32 billion, according to a new report commissioned by the National Milk Producers Federation.The report, which includes the results of a nationwide survey of farms, found that one-third of all U.S. dairy farms employ foreign-born workers, and that those farms produce nearly 80% of the nation’s milk.It concluded that a complete loss of immigrant labor could cause the loss of one-in-six dairy farms and cut U.S. economic output by $32.1 billion, resulting in 208,000 fewer jobs nationwide. Some 77,000 of the lost jobs would be on dairy farms.Retail milk prices, the report said, would increase 90% if all immigrant labor was lost. That would drive the supermarket price of a gallon of milk, which averaged $3.37 in June, to approximately $6.40.The survey, an update of one done in 2009, was conducted last fall, before immigration became a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign. A comparison of the two surveys shows the number of immigrants working on dairy farms increased by 35%, or nearly 20,000, in six years. The portion of the milk supply coming from farms with immigrant labor increased by 27%.The survey results do not distinguish between documented and undocumented foreign-born workers, but 71% of survey respondents said they had either low or medium level of confidence in the employment documents of their immigrant workers. As a result, the report said, a majority of dairy farmers are very concerned about actions such as immigration raids or employee audits. Despite this, 80% of dairy farms surveyed continue to hire immigrants.“This report reinforces the urgent need for Congress to address this issue,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and Chief Executive Officer. “Farms that rely on hired foreign workers need their current labor force as well as an effective program to ensure an adequate future workforce. And the way to do that is to enact comprehensive immigration reform.”The report was produced for NMPF by Texas AgriLife Research at Texas A&M University. Researchers estimated that 150,418 employees worked on U.S. dairy farms in 2013, and that 51 percent of them, or 76,968, were immigrants. It found the average hourly wage on dairy farms in 2013 was $11.54, 16% higher than in 2008. By comparison, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.The report concluded that a total loss of immigrant labor would reduce the size of both the U.S. dairy herd and the nation’s milk production by nearly a quarter. More than 7,000 dairy farms would close, it added.Through economic modeling, researchers estimated that more than a third of the total economic damage from losing all immigrant labor on dairy farms would be from reduced farm milk sales. The rest would come from losses in employee compensation, reduced purchases by farm employees and lost sales to businesses that support dairy farms, such as feed and equipment dealers.Likewise, researchers said, milk sales support many more jobs beyond the farm than on the farm. As a result, while a total loss of immigrant labor on dairy farms would mean 76,968 fewer people working on farms, it would also mean the loss of 131,240 jobs outside the farm.Mulhern added that Washington’s failure to act on immigration reform is also preventing economic growth and job creation in other ways.“The lack of a reliable source of workers is causing farmers to second-guess decisions to expand,” he said. “That’s economic activity that’s lost to both rural and urban communities — all because Washington won’t act on immigration reform.”last_img read more

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After Effects Shortcut: Close All Open Compositions

first_imgReset your workspace by closing all open comps in After Effects with this handy shortcut.If you’re working with a complex After Effects project (comps in comps in comps) you can quickly clear your workspace by closing all open compositions.The following 1 minute video tutorial by the always enthusiastic Baker, of BakersTuts, explains how to do it (written explanation below). For more After Effects tutorials subscribe to Baker’s frequently updated YouTube channel.Command + W on Mac (or Control + W on PC) is the default shortcut to close windows, tabs, etc in most applications. So, when you have a composition selected in After Effects and use the CMD + W shortcut it will close that window.Now, add Shift to that shortcut and you can close all AE comps:Got an After Effects shortcut you absolutely rely on?Share your fave AE shortcuts in the comments below!last_img read more

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SEA Games: Gilas cadets dump host Malaysia

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Philippines blew host Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night in the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball.The win assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals after victories over Thailand and Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.READ: Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener winUnfortunately, organizers only meted punishment on the Gilas guards and none on the Malaysians.But that hardly mattered as the Filipinos simply widened their lead by more than 30 points in the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Read Next Fil-German Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and 18 rebounds for Gilas.READ: SEA Games: Gilas cadets survive ThailandFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame was interrupted by a scuffle involving frustrated Malaysia defender on Kevin Ferrer. Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaged Malaysian players in pushing contest.Kuek Tian Yuan first fouled Ferrer and refused to let go, prompting Gilas teammates to come to his side but instead of cooling it off, it escalated the situation. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Short on projection, PH gymnasts still log ‘marked progress’ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

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John Calipari Goes On Twitter Rant Following Criticism For Saying Kentucky’s Goal Was To Get 8 Players Drafted

first_imgJohn Calipari tweets about his draft goal.Twitter/@UKCoachCalpariOn Wednesday, John Calipari rubbed some people the wrong way when he said Kentucky’s goal this past season was to get eight players drafted, not win the national championship. Calipari, 56, is as big of a players-first coach as there is in sports, so his comments weren’t really that surprising. But, at the same time, it’s not surprising that people were upset with his statement. The Wildcats’ coach went on somewhat of a Twitter rant this afternoon, addressing his critics. I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015Whether you agree with him or not, you’ve got to respect Calipari for always speaking his mind.last_img read more

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