Bolt, Shelly sprint away with RJR awards … again: The Best!

first_imgKing and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

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Street Child Provides over US$24K Grant to 238 Families

first_imgAt least 238 families received financial grants amounting to US$24K from Street Child of Liberia in the third cycle of its sustainability business scheme.The distributions, which began last Friday and continued on Saturday, were held in the auditorium of Educational Promoters, Chocolate City, Gardnersville. It ended on Sunday in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Several hours of instruction on ‘how to manage and sustain a business,’ was held on each day of the distribution, and was conducted by Street Child Sustainability Project Coordinator, Mrs. June Rose Dangbuah. She was assisted by a team of Street Child volunteers.Coordinator Dangbuah took the recipients through a rigorous training on how to manage the grant money to achieve the objectives of the grant.The beneficiaries, mostly women, were drawn from several slum communities in and around Monrovia, including West Point, New Kru Town, Red Light, and Sinkor. Parents, guardians or care givers representing 149 children received a total of US$15,080 and 54 amputees also received US$59,000. The money was divided by family and shared based on the number of children.The amputee program is coordinated by Ms. Edwina Fully, under the Elizabeth Legacy of Hope Adult Parent (ELOHAP).Envelopes with amounts of US$100 and US$120 were presented to the families to serve as ‘seed’ money, for as Program Director Michael John Bull said in his remarks, “the giant cotton tree grew out of a small seed.”Twenty nine Ebola Orphan Care givers’ distribution amounted to US$3,000. The Buchanan distribution of US$600 benefitted 6 members of the Group of 77.In addition 54 families, representing 150 children of adult amputees received educational support, according to Coordinator Dangbuah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Marijuana found, 4 arrests made at house

first_imgDeputies also seized three pot plants. The COPS deputies do compliance searches with other agencies in the unincorporated county area of Whittier monthly or bi-monthly, Cobos said. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTwo children, ages 17 and 3, who also lived there were placed under protective custody by the county Department of Children and Family Services, he added. The discovery was made while 11 deputies from the Community Oriented Policing Services, a parole officer, a probation officer and a representative from DCSF were checking if parolees were in compliance with the conditions of their parole. They were doing the compliance check at the house about 5:30 a.m. and saw the drugs. “Once we found the marijuana, we got a search warrant,” Cobos said. He described the marijuana as high grade and said that most of it was found packaged inside the house. WEST WHITTIER – Four people were arrested Wednesday after deputies seized 50 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $560,000 from a house. A man and a woman were booked on suspicion of violating parole while another man and woman were booked on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Al Cobos. The suspects’ names and ages weren’t available Wednesday night. Cobos said the couple on parole lived at the house in the 5900 block of Lockheed Avenue. last_img read more

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Lucky escape for Donegal TD’s family after car fire

first_imgThe family of Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty had a lucky escape after their car went up in flames on Thursday night.Deputy Doherty is urging parents not to leave children unaccompanied in cars following the frightening incident.Deputy Doherty’s wife Róisín and their sons had left their car just ten minutes before it caught fire outside their home in Gweedore. The cause of the fire was a car fault and not malicious, Doherty said.He thanked the Gweedore Fire Service who attended the scene and brought the blaze under control.Sharing a video on Facebook, Doherty said: “Not the scene I was expecting to greet me when I landed home from the Dáil last night.“Thank god no one injured.“Róisín and the boys were out of the car and in the house for about 10 mins at this stage.“Big shout out to all the team in the Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade, excellent considerate and thorough.”Deputy Doherty warned that the fire was a “big big lesson for everyone don’t leave children unaccompanied in cars – even a few minutes can kill.”The Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, who has led a campaign against insurance company premiums and fraudulent claims, added that he was having trouble getting a response from his own provider yesterday: “Three calls later and insurance company still hasn’t returned the call. Says it all!!!,” he wrote. Lucky escape for Donegal TD’s family after car fire was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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What’s Inside a Spore?  Nanotechnology

first_imgThe spores that are emitted from fungi and ferns are so tiny, the appear like dust in the wind.  Who would have ever thought such specks could exhibit nano-technological wonders like scientists have found recently:Evapo-Motors:  Scientists at U of Michigan were intrigued by how ferns turn the power of evaporation into launching pads.  The sporangia (spore ejectors) use a “microactuator” to eject the spores into the environment as they dry out.  The team was so impressed, they said “Oh, we have to build that,” and imitated the mechanism to build microchips that open and close when wetted or dried.  They think they might be able to generate electricity without batteries with this technique.Info Compactor:  Despite their minute size, spores must carry the entire genome of the species.  A Wistar Institute press release talked about that.  It’s incredible: a histone tag on the chromatin somehow signals a compaction process that reduces the already-tight fit to 5% of the original volume.  All this must be done very delicately, because spores are haploid (one strand of DNA) and much more subject to disastrous breaks.In the second article, the researchers found that a similar compaction method works in the sperm cells of animals as diverse as fruit flies and mice.  To them, this observation is “suggesting that the mechanisms governing genome compaction are evolutionarily ancient, highly conserved in species whose lineages diverged long ago.”Can we just ignore that stupid little evolutionary piddle for a moment, and enjoy the fascination of these observational facts?  The ejection method of spores in ferns is just one of many highly clever and diverse seed-spreading techniques in the plant kingdom, some of which also use desiccation to advantage, like the Scotchbroom, whose pods explode to send seeds as far as 50 feet.  A beautiful film Journey of Life illustrates some of these tricks of the plant trade and is well worth watching.    In the second story, think of how delicate and accurate this process has to be.  In the quintillions of sperm and spore cells that are produced throughout the world, most of the time the process works flawlessly.  The article did not even mention that a reverse process must also take place.  Packing is one thing, but what if you can’t unpack the information just as delicately and accurately?  Undoubtedly pollen grains have this nanotechnology, too.  A human cell can contain six feet of DNA, contained in the microscopic dot of a cell.  Many plants have even larger genomes.  A seed, sperm or spore must contain not only the entire genetic code, but the nutrients and machinery to unpack it, deliver it and protect it so that the next generation of the species can continue.  Could Darwin have known such things, one wonders how different the history of science (and politics) might have been.  Now, there’s no excuse.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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BSF mulling laser walls along Indo-Bangla border in Tripura

first_imgThe Border Security Force in Tripura is “contemplating” installation of laser walls at the unfenced riverine patches along India-Bangladesh border to check infiltration bids, official sources said.The security forces have so far been using sensor devices, floodlights and night-vision goggles to guard the international border; the laser walls would further help in plugging gaps in the “vulnerable” areas, a senior officer of BSF’s Tripura Frontier said. “We want to install laser walls to ensure effective border management along the Indo-Bangla border but nothing has been finalised as yet,” he said. A similar project is on the verge of completion in the sensitive areas of Dhubri in Assam, the officer said.Dhubri project “Once the project is successfully implemented at Dhubri, the BSF higher-ups will assess its utility and decide if the model could be replicated in Tripura,” he explained. A real-time communication system, in coordination with the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-information (BISAG), has also been introduced in the State for smooth coordination with the senior officers. “The satellite-integrated BISAG programme facilitates DG BSF to directly interact with the jawans deployed along the border areas. With this, the troops can hold discussions and address queries for better understanding of issues,” the officer stated. Of the total 856-km-long India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, the Centre had approved fencing for 840-km stretch.While 750-km borderline has been sealed, isolated patches — mainly in Sepahijala district’s Sonamura subdivision — still remain unfenced, the officer added.last_img read more

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