RJR Sports Awards | Nominee Nuggets – Shericka Jackson

first_imgShericka Jackson1. On the possibility of going under 49 seconds ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics:”Nothing is impossible, but sometimes it takes patience. If I do break 49 seconds, that would be a bonus, but for now, I am just focused on getting things right in training.”2. After clocking a personal best of 49.83 seconds to advance to the Women’s 400-metre final in Rio:”I was a bit surprised. I really didn’t know I was going that fast, and was focused on following my coach’s (Stephen Francis) instructions as best as possible.”3. After claiming bronze in the final:”I got a medal for my father’s birthday and I am happy. I have to give God thanks.”4. Thoughts on her coach:”He’s a patient person and I think he understands his athletes. He helps to develop athletes to perform at their best, especially at championships. So his guidance is like 100 per cent good.”5. About competing in the 400m sprint:”I think I’ve kind of grown to love the 400m a bit more, and being the youngest from Jamaica to win a medal, it’s a great feeling.”last_img read more

World Jet Boat Championships move onto Peace River

first_imgPEACE RIVER, AB – The second leg of the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships results are in.  Racers started on Saturday in Whitecourt and moved onto Peace River starting Sunday.Local racers from the Peace Country River Rats and their times include;Unnatural Disaster Gord Humphrey and navigator Jason Palfy No. 357 Race Times: 0:47:39 Leg One 0:23:13 Leg Two 0:24:26- Advertisement -Xcalibur Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat No. 195 Race Times: 01:04:31 Leg One 0:30:22 Leg Two 0:34:09Leroy Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson No. 151 Race Times: 01:06:15 Leg One 0:0:31:07 Leg Two 0:35:08Dirty HarryAdvertisement  Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel No. 152 Race Times: 01:12:05 Leg One 0:29:11 Leg Two 0:42:54The 2019 World Jet Boat Championships started in Whitecourt, travelling along the Peace River, and finish up with the last leg in Taylor on July 20 to the 21.More information on the 2019 Wolrd Jet Boat Championships can be found on the World Jet Boat Race Facebook page.last_img read more

America shouldn’t fear Mexican trucks

first_imgNo wonder the Mexican-truck protectionists oppose a demonstration of that reality. Gary M. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although NAFTA committed the U.S. to allow Mexican trucks full access to its roads by 1995, this commitment has been repeatedly stalled by assertions that Mexican trucks were dirty and unsafe. Now, a one-year demonstration project will allow access for up to 100 Mexican trucking firms to evaluate the results, and apocalyptic claims are being recycled again. For example, Teamsters’ President Jim Hoffa calls the move “Russian roulette on America’s Highways.” The protectionist motive for such claims is obvious. But why do those asserting that Mexican trucks will foul our environment and terrorize our highways so stridently oppose a test of their assertions? If they are right, it would validate their position. But they know they are wrong, so they must derail any test that would prove it. The basis for claims that Mexican trucks are too dirty essentially boils down to their greater average age, while safety assertions are primarily based on high border-inspection failure rates. But both are misleading. Because Mexican trucks are older on average, opponents assert that they pollute too much. In particular, the large proportion of pre-1994 trucks (before Mexican truck emissions were conformed to U.S. EPA standards) are responsible for most of the predicted pollution increases. A 2006 California Air Resources Board report cited estimates that between 66 percent and 90 percent of Mexican trucks were pre-1994. But those often-cited numbers, and the pollution they imply, are highly inaccurate. Only 27 percent were pre-1994 in a more recent border-area survey CARB also cited. And even those numbers overstate any added Mexican truck pollution. Mexican trucks are now restricted to border areas. Since newer trucks are more valuable on longer trips, where their better fuel economy is most beneficial, Mexican companies don’t use them idling for hours at border checkpoints. But for long-haul trips into the United States, the trucks used would be among the newest and cleanest. Eliminating current restrictions would also cut the pollution caused by the current mandatory three-truck border dance. Shipments must be transferred from a Mexican truck to a drayage truck (which is older and therefore more polluting) at the border, followed by a transfer to an American truck on the other side. The resulting concentration of higher-polluting older drayage trucks at the border, not to mention the added time wasted idling, increases border pollution, both of which would be reduced if direct shipments were allowed. At Otay Mesa, the main California entry point for Mexican trucks, the Department of Transportation reports that “Mexican trucks currently operating in the commercial zone are as safe as the trucks operated by companies in the United States.” If we eliminated the current inefficient, protectionist policies on Mexican trucks, combined with an effective regulatory regime, the newest, cleanest Mexican trucks would carry longer hauls in the U.S. The oldest, dirtiest trucks would disappear from the border. And the reduced time idling in line at border checkpoints would further reduce pollution. last_img read more


first_imgThe draw has been made for the 2015 Senior GAA Club Championship.Current champions St Eunans face Dungloe, Glenties and Ardara in their quest to retain their title.Group 1. G Dobhair, Glenswilly, Malin, Mc Cumhaills Group 2. Ardara, St Eunans, N.Conaill, Dungloe.Group 3. Glenfin, Four Masters, St. Michaels, CloughaneelyGroup 4. Kilcar, N. Mhuire, Termon, KillybegsDONEGAL GAA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 DRAW MADE was last modified: March 1st, 2015 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) Tags:donegalGAA drawlast_img read more


first_imgTwo men have pleaded guilty to stealing and handling 4.5 kms of ESB cabling.Both men appeared yesterday at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal.Patrick Joseph Winston of 3 Hawthorn Heights, Letterkenny was charged with theft from ESB Networks Stores on date unknown between April 30 2007 and September 11 2011. Anthony Downes, of The Bungalow, The Crescent, Buncrana was charged with handling stolen property at Carriag Craobh, Letterkenny on September 11, 2011.Both men pleaded guilty to the charges on their arraignment.The court heard the charge related to the theft of 4,500m of network cable, power tools and cable cutters.Judge John O’Hagan ordered a probation report be carried out and adjourned sentencing to the July sitting of the Circuit Court.MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO STEALING AND HANDLING 4.5 KMS OF ESB CABLES was last modified: January 30th, 2013 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) Tags:ESBLetterkenny Circuit Court Anthony DownesPatrick Joseph Winstonlast_img read more

It’s just not ‘Doom’s’ day

first_img “I’m very concerned about the marketplace,” Rocco said. “There are so many movies out, so much to choose from, yet the marketplace continues to fall, and not just by little amounts.” Other studio executives are sticking to the idea that the industry has simply had a prolonged run of movies that failed to pack in crowds. “I’ve been telling people for a long time that I think it’s content-driven,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., which released “North Country.” “I don’t think we had a film that jumped out for people this weekend.” Warner has a certain blockbuster coming in mid-November with “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Other big films scheduled through the holidays include “King Kong,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and the musical version of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” October typically is a slow time for movies. Over the same weekend a year ago, though, the box office shot up on the unexpectedly strong debut of the ghost story “The Grudge,” which opened with $39.1 million. “In all fairness, this was more of a typical late-October weekend, as opposed to a year ago, when ‘The Grudge’ surprised everyone and made this weekend look pale by comparison,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. w=18.5TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Doom,” $15.4 million. 2. “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” $9.3 million. 3. “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” $8.7 million. 4. “The Fog,” $7.3 million. 5. “North Country,” $6.5 million. 6. “Elizabethtown,” $5.7 million. 7. “Flightplan,” $4.7 million. 8. “In Her Shoes,” $3.9 million. 9. “A History of Violence,” $2.7 million. 10. “Two for the Money,” $2.4 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Rock did not meet his doom at the box office, but his latest action flick came in with a light pop instead of a bang during another slow weekend at movie theaters. “Doom,” adapted from the sci-fi video game, debuted as the top movie with a modest $15.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie led a lackluster lineup that continued Hollywood’s box office slump, with the top 12 movies taking in $71.3 million, down 27 percent from the same weekend last year. “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” a horse racing family film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, opened in second place with $9.3 million. Charlize Theron’s blue-collar drama “North Country,” based on the real-life story of a woman who led a sexual-discrimination lawsuit against male co-workers at a mining company, premiered a weak No. 5 with $6.5 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Stay,” starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling in a thriller about a psychiatrist racing to save a suicidal patient, flopped with a $2.15 million debut. Films in limited release opened strongly. The romance “Shopgirl,” starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman in an adaptation of Martin’s own novella, debuted in eight theaters with $236,000. The comic crime thriller “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer, took in $174,300 in eight theaters. Both films expand to more theaters over the next couple of weeks. Hollywood has been in a box office slide for most of the year, with admissions running about 8 percent below 2004 levels. Though distributor Universal expects to make its money back on “Doom,” the studio had hoped for a bigger opening weekend, said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution. last_img read more

COSAFA Women’s U17: Khalifa targets more goals as competition heads into last 4

first_img Tags: Ayub KhalifaBotswanaComorosCOSAFA U17 Women’s ChampionshipsMauritiusSouth Africazambia Uganda has so far scored 32 goals at the 2019 COSAFA Women’s U17. (PHOTO/Courtesy)COSAFA U17 Women’s ChampionshipUganda vs Botswana Francios Xavier Stadium, Port LuisFriday, 27-09-2019 @2pmThe Uganda Women’s 17 national football team’s head coach Ayub Khalifa is hoping his side continues its fine scoring form at the 2019 COSAFA U17 Women’s Championship.The Junior Crested Cranes have already scored 32 goals in the competition, all coming in their three group games.After a 1-1 draw with Zambia in their opener, they went on to defeat Mauritius 11-0 and then Comoros 22-0.As a result, Uganda topped group A with 7 points, level with second-placed Zambia but with a better goal difference.As a reward, they will next face Botswana in the semi-finals with a place in the final at stake.On Thursday morning, the team held their final training session ahead of the encounter and Khalifa said that they were looking to sharpen their attack because they may need more goals coming up against a side that clearly can score goals.“We are trying to sharpen on the attacking side and finishing because we want to score more goals, noted Khalifa on Thursday.“We are playing a team that has also been scoring as evident from their 14-0 win in their last game so we will need to be sharp upfront.“They (Botswana) also scored 5 in another game which shows they are a team that can also find the back of the net.”The young Crested Cranes have been so good going forward but are yet to have proper tests made on their defence.The only game in which they were asked questions defensively was in the draw against Zambia.Against Botswana, they will need to be on the alert defensively, something Khalifa also appreciates.“As we are working on the attacking side, we will also put emphasis on defending so as we do not make many mistakes as they are capable of punishing us.“Otherwise, the team is in good shape and we are ready to emerge victorious in our game on Friday.”The other semi-final of the COSAFA U17 Women’s championship will see favourites South Africa take on Zambia at the same venue.The other semi-final-South Africa vs Zambia @11pmComments last_img read more

Aliens Among Us

first_imgSome SETI researchers are looking for intelligent design on Earth – by aliens!  Paul Davies has written seriously about the possibility of “alien bioengineering” that could be detected in DNA.  NASA’s tax-supported Astrobiology Institute gave the idea good press, apparently unaware that most SETI researchers and astrobiologists vociferously reject the theory of intelligent design. Astrobiology Magazine describes itself as “a NASA-sponsored online popular science magazine. Our stories profile the latest and most exciting news across the wide and interdisciplinary field of astrobiology – the study of life in the universe.”  Usually, its articles avoid SETI (in the past, a politically volatile topic for NASA), preferring the more general topic of how to find simple life on planets of other stars (or here in our own solar system).  The episode for Astrobiology Magazine by Jeremy Hsu, though, dives right into SETI.  The article summary states: The search for intelligent alien life goes beyond SETI’s search for intergalactic radio signals. Some scientists are looking for evidence of technological footprints and biological clues embedded in the DNA of life on Earth. Adorned by pictures from Hollywood’s E.T. character, 2001’s moon monolith, and radically hypothetical Dyson Spheres, the article explores the ideas of Paul Davies that aliens may have left their mark among us by bio-engineering life here on Earth long ago.  DNA artifacts would last millions of years, he said, contrary to non-biological artifacts that geological forces would likely destroy in far less time. To find non-natural DNA in creatures among us would require design detection.  This is SETI for the common man.  Davies says: “Citizen scientists and school students could pitch in to run genomic versions of SETI programs to find any such traces.”  Davies also appeals to scientists.  “My proposals aim to spread the burden from a small band of heroic radio astronomers to the entire scientific community,” he said. “Projects like genomic SETI are an attempt to complement radio SETI, not undermine it.” He also “wants scientists to broaden their thinking about how aliens could have left behind their mark.” Hsu ended his article with a little touch of theological hope: “such a find could give more credibility to the idea that life has a good chance of arising when given the right circumstances, rather than simply being a one-time freak accident, Davies said. And that might make everyone feel a little less alone.” Don’t you expect better from the federal government?  Cartoony articles tossing a nod to Hollywood producers, and saying wacko things.   On second thought… These are the same people who are utterly intolerant of intelligent design, pumping out daily doses of Darwinian evolution in everything from scientific papers to children’s material.  But the only way anyone could prove Davies’ wildly radical idea would be to use design detection methods to segregate intentional code from “natural” code (in their thinking, genetic code that miraculously appeared in primordial soup).  Hsu wrote: “Scientists have already begun major efforts to find shadow biospheres [life built on biochemistry separate from that of Earth life forms], but of natural rather than artificial origins.”  So in order to find evidence of “alien bioengineering,” the global ID hunters would have to first be able to separate “natural” DNA from a genetic code that “emerged naturally” on another planet that found its way here, and then find a “shadow biosphere” that bears the imprint of intelligent causation.  If you have read Signature in the Cell by ID advocate Stephen Meyer, you know that the same inferences are used in intelligent design theory to argue for a non-natural, non-random cause for the genetic code of all life.  After weeding out natural law, chance, or any combination of the two, the only cause remaining is intelligence – the only cause which, in our common experience – is capable of ordering matter for function. It must be lonely to be a secular scientist.  Jeremy Hsu’s last line betrays the emotion that motivates SETI researchers and astrobiologists to find comfort in aliens.  Everyone stalk for alien code and sing, When you search through the code Keep your chin up high And don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the search Is a golden sky And the sweet silver song of E.T. Search on for E.T., Search on with I.D., Though your dreams take years unknown. Search on, search on With hope in your heart And you’ll never stalk alone, You’ll never stalk alone.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA steady on human development

first_img18 November 2010 South Africa is categorised as a medium development country and ranked 110 out of 169 countries in the UN Development Programme’s latest Human Development Index – a marginal improvement from the previous year’s position of 129 out of 189. The Human Development Index (HDI), released in New York on 4 November, is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of human development. It was first published in 1990. The index separates developed, developing and underdeveloped countries in three broad areas covering life expectancy, education or access to knowledge, and income as an indicator of standard of living. These indicators are complemented by separate indices for gender, inequality and multidimensional poverty Analysts use complex equations to calculate values for each of the three categories, and the final HDI score is taken as the geometric mean of the three. South Africa’s score places it among the top 10 countries on the continent. Other medium development countries include China, Botswana, India, Egypt and Thailand. The top nation is again Norway, while Zimbabwe remains at the bottom of the table. However, progress need not depend on massive spending, says the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It names Ethiopia, Cambodia and Benin, which all made gains in education and public health rather than income, among the most improved countries of the past 20 years.Slow progress South Africa’s life expectancy has been calculated at 51.97 years, while people receive a mean of 8.12 years of schooling, and the gross national income per capita is R68 747.72 (US$9 812.12). The report found that although South Africans’ life expectancy decreased by nine years between 1990 and 2010, over the same period the mean years of schooling increased by almost two years and the expected years of schooling increased by about the same value. Gross national income increased by 20% over the last two decades. South Africa’s 2010 HDI score of 0.597 is above the sub-Saharan average of 0.389, and is also above the average of 0.592 for medium human development countries.Lifting South Africa’s profile “While Brand South Africa works to lift the profile of South Africa’s global competitiveness around the world, it is always mindful of the broader reputation drivers and the context these bring to a purely investment driven conversation by our stakeholders,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said following the release of the HDI. Reports like the HDI are important in this light, Matola said, because they influence reputation as well as perceptions of future investment potential for South Africa in terms of a healthy and educated work force capable of high levels of productivity. South Africa’s overall HDI score experienced gradual improvements between 1990 and 2005. Since 2005, its overall score has remained stable and continues to trend in line with the global average. “South Africa ranks eighth out of the broader sub-Saharan region, behind countries like Botswana, Namibia and Gabon. However, South Africa performs well in the region when assessing the levels of multidimensional poverty, where it is scored the best,” Matola said. Multidimensional poverty is a measure of serious deprivations in terms of health, education and living standard. It combines the number of deprived with the intensity of their deprivation. South Africa has 3% of its population living in some form of deprivational poverty relative to a country like Niger, which has 93%. Among the four fast-growing emerging markets that make up the BRIC grouping, South Africa performed ahead of India (ranked 119) and behind Brazil (73), Russia (65) and China (89). “It is important to contextualise South Africa’s development alongside other emerging markets to ensure that not only our economic growth but our people dimensions are enhanced at a similar rate to other comparable nations,” Matola said. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Parasites determine who’s the top male in Grant’s gazelles

first_imgWhen it comes to wooing females, it’s not just the size of a male gazelle’s antlers or the boldness of his personality that counts—it’s the number of parasites he’s harboring. All Grant’s gazelles (Nanger granti) have intestinal worms, but according to a study presented in Princeton, New Jersey, at the Animal Behavior Society meeting last week, those males able to defend land and a harem begin their reign with a relatively low number of parasites. A male spends his days in the Kenyan savanna in a small bachelor group until he’s able to race faster and leap higher than other males, becoming a top dog. As he makes this transition, his testosterone levels rise. The hormones, in turn, suppress his immune system, making him more susceptible to acquiring worms. His risk of infection rises further with every female that joins his harem, because they also carry the parasites and deposit the eggs on the grasses he eats. Over time, because of his increasingly heavy parasite load, the male can no longer chase off competitors; he loses his harem and becomes a lowly bachelor again, until he’s shed the worms. Then the cycle begins anew. Failing territorial males treated with a deworming medication were able to regain their vigor—demonstrating the parasites’ key role in the males’ journey from bachelor to top male to bachelor again. “It’s the first time to see a complete cyclical picture where behavior modifies an animal’s risk of acquiring a parasite, and how that infection, in turn, modifies the animal’s behavior,” the study’s lead author Vanessa Ezenwa, a disease ecologist at the University of Georgia, Athens, told the meeting.last_img read more