Luminaries to be honoured at Wint/McKenley Classic

first_imgOlympians Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley and Dennis Johnson, as well stand-out coach Michael Clarke, will be among six luminaries to be honoured at the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic that will christen the new synthetic track at Calabar High School on January 23.Calabar High benefactors Ray Goldbourne and Dr. Don Philbert, who have both made significant contributions to the continued development of the Red Hills Road-based educational institution, will also be honoured during the meet that will feature Olympic Development races in the 400 and 800 metres and special 100-metre race for primary school athletes.Wint won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 400 metres at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. He was also a member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that won gold in world record time at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.McKenley, the first Jamaican schoolboy to win a track scholarship, was a silver medallist in the 400m in 1948 and was a also member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that dramatically defeated the previously invincible Americans at the 1952 Games. He was also a successful track coach at Calabar High for more than a decade.Johnson, the first ever director of sports at the College of Arts, Science and Technology, was among the fastest men in the world over the 100-yard dash between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. He once equalled the world record four times within a one month span.Clarke has had tremendous success as a track coach and has led Calabar High to the last four titles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.All six gentlemen will be honoured during the opening ceremony at the meet. “We will be presenting citations for each of them and will be handing over plaques of those citations,” said Andrea Hardware, a member of the organising committee.”We wanted this meet to be a development meet because both Mr. McKenley and Dr. Wint had been significant contributors to track and field, especially at the junior level, moreso Herb because he has been our coach for like the last 100 years before he retired, he was just there with us pushing and developing our programme in general and producing some outstanding athletes for us and for Jamaica.”So it is a meet honouring these two greats that have contributed so much to us as a nation,” Hardware stated.last_img read more

Malaysia stun Canada

first_imgCRICKET. Canada finally came across a side that had the formula to take them apart and as surprising as cricket results get after posting two scores below 130 Malaysia turned out to be nightmares.The highest partnership in the Canada innings was 38 for the third wicket by Daliwal 19(37) and D. Pathirana 28(64) after openers Adhihetty 13(24) and Nitish Kumar 11(15) had gone early to opening bowlers Linayage and Wafiq.Canada Captain Nitish Kumar conceded but said the defeat was a lesson.“I Thought Today was a pretty tough day; We didn’t play well in any facet of the game, both batting and bowling, just need to get that out of the way, learn something, we’d have liked to win the game but it’s part of the game, tomorrow come back strong, improve on batting and bowling,” Kumar said.Pavandeep Singh run out the dangerous looking Pathirana and trapped Junaid Siqqiqui to shake up the Canadian middle order. His brother Virandeep saw off the dangerous Cheema to leave Canada with a major rebuilding job to do at 95/7.Saad Bin Zafar 16(49) and Nikhil Dhutta 30(60) fought back grafting a useful 44 for the eighth wicket to carry Canada past 100 and into the 130s but Malaysia finished the job when Khizar Hayat picked Dutta and Virandeep had Saad Zafar stumped. Canada eventually went all-out for a measly 141, their lowest in four games at the tournament.Malaysia Captain Ahmed Faiz said: “We beat a top team, Canada, this is a start for us. We are very happy, hopefully tomorrow will be the best for us and we can win again.”Malaysia chipped away 19 runs in the short batting session before lunch break, for the price of one wicket but with Ahmed beginning to look like the well-groomed batsman that he is and the dangerous Arudin to attack after lunch, Malaysia always had the age chasing a sub 150 score.After the Lunch break, Anwar Arudin 48(77) was expected to counter attack and he came after Canada’s bowlers with obvious intent, scoring four boundaries and two sixes. His second wicket partnership with Faiz was worth 72 at a comfortable four runs per over.When Nitish Kumar had Arudin caught behind, Malaysia needed 60, but lost key batsman Virandeep Singh early.Faiz 49 (90) remained the lynchpin of the run chase and helped guide Malaysia home for a huge scalp in the tournament; putting on 56 for the fourth wicket with Shafiq Sharif 22(42) to guide Malaysia home.Commentslast_img read more

Human Evolution Falsified

first_imgThe title of this entry comes from the data, not from the claims being made about it.  The cover story in Cell1 this week has set off a flurry of startling headlines: EurekAlert pronounces, “Evidence that human brain evolution was a special event” and “University of Chicago researchers discovered that humans are a ‘privileged’ evolutionary lineage.”    The gist of the research by Dorus et al. from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Chicago is that there is a huge genetic gap between human brains and those of our nearest alleged ancestors.  EurekAlert explains:One of the study’s major surprises is the relatively large number of genes that have contributed to human brain evolution.  “For a long time, people have debated about the genetic underpinning of human brain evolution,” said [Bruce] Lahn [HHMI}.  “Is it a few mutations in a few genes, a lot of mutations in a few genes, or a lot of mutations in a lot of genes?  The answer appears to be a lot of mutations in a lot of genes.  We’ve done a rough calculation that the evolution of the human brain probably involves hundreds if not thousands of mutations in perhaps hundreds or thousands of genes — and even that is a conservative estimate.”    It is nothing short of spectacular that so many mutations in so many genes were acquired during the mere 20-25 million years of time in the evolutionary lineage leading to humans, according to Lahn.  This means that selection has worked “extra-hard” during human evolution to create the powerful brain that exists in humans.1Dorus et al., “Accelerated Evolution of Nervous System Genes in the Origin of Homo sapiens,” Cell Volume 119, Issue 7, 29 December 2004, Pages 1027-1040, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.11.040.We are glad to be able to announce the downfall of Saddam Darwin to end this eventful year, 2004.  Now there are just a few Darwin Party insurgents to mop up, and the public will be free of this deadly totalitarian regime.  (Would that it were so easy; it would be like Bush’s premature victory speech.)    The science outlets are spinning this story without letting go of Darwinism.  They are throwing around phrases like strong selection, intensified selection and other nonsense as if random mutations conspired to sculpt the most complex piece of matter in the known universe.  They know better.  Orthogenesis (straight-line evolution) is out.  Teleology is out.  Personifying natural selection is out, so all they have to work with are thousands of random, undirected changes over thousands of different genes that have no ability to conspire with one another.  (In fact, they counteract one another; see 11/29/2004 and 10/19/2004 headlines).  But if even one beneficial mutation is hard to find (see 03/19/2002 headline), how is any rational person to believe that thousands – “and that is a conservative estimate” – accomplished such a feat?  The gig is up, Darwin Party: surrender.  It’s over.  Throw down your arms.    The award for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week goes to Bruce Lahn for his one-liner that “selection has worked ‘extra-hard’ during human evolution to create the powerful brain that exists in humans.”  This can serve as USO entertainment for the liberation troops as they begin their clean-up operations.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Michael Bailey named Ohio Farm Bureau vice president

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  1 CommentMichael Bailey of Marysville has been named vice president, strategic partnerships for Ohio Farm Bureau. In this newly created position, he will develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others. He also will be responsible for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation; OFBF Development Corporation; member benefits and services; Young Agricultural Professionals, youth and leadership development programs and Farm Bureau events.  Bailey has extensive experience in building productive relationships, creating partnerships and attaining shared goals and applied those skills in numerous senior administrative positions within state government.  At the Ohio Department of Agriculture, he served as deputy director, executive director of the Livestock Care Standards Board, senior program manager for the marketing division and executive director for the Office of Farmland Preservation. At the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, he was chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources and most recently chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft.  Bailey is also a major in the United States Army Reserve and is concluding a period of active duty service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom while serving in Afghanistan, he is currently a military intelligence officer with over 17 years of service.   He grew up working on his family’s dairy and grain farm in Union County, which he now owns and farms with his father. Bailey is also a member of the Union County Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Jess, are raising their four children on their third-generation farm, and they worship at Marysville Grace Church. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Bailey received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics and a master’s degree in agricultural, environmental and developmental economics.  His addition to the OFBF senior leadership team is part of Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s actions to realign staff teams and departments around key strategic plan areas of advocacy, membership, communication, financial strength, strategic partnerships and organizational excellence. The process began shortly after Sharp was named OFBF executive vice president in 2016. Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.  This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.Editors: A high resolution photo of Mr. Bailey is available to accompany this story.   1 Commentlast_img read more

Naidu leads protest rally against Anna Hazare’s arrest

first_imgThe so-called crusade against corruption launched by noted social activist Anna Hazare is up for hijack by Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu to run down the ruling Congress party and gain political mileage in Andhra Pradesh.Apparently aiming at projecting himself as “Andhra Anna Hazare,” Naidu on Tuesday led a massive rally with hundreds of party workers in Hyderabad in protest against the arrest of the veteran Gandhian in New Delhi.Later, he staged a dharna along with party leaders at the Tank Bund on the banks of Hussainsagar lake, demanding immediate release of Anna. He strongly condemned the arrest of Anna and announced that he would go on day-long fast in support of the fight against corruption. The TDP president is also contemplating taking up indefinite fast in New Delhi in the first week of September on corruption and also agricultural crisis in the state.The exact date would be decided after discussion at the politburo meeting, party sources said. Ironically, Naidu himself had faced several charges of corruption during his nine-year rule between 1995 and 2004. Some of the allegations that he had faced during his regime were: promotion of his own company Heritage Foods at the cost of government dairy in Chittoor district, kickbacks during the land acquisition for Yeleru reservoir and social welfare hostels in Visakhapatnam, granting of excise contractors on extraneous considerations that caused a loss of Rs 500 crore to the state exchequer, allotment of 1000 acres of land for IMG-Bharata in the name of development of international sports complex etc.advertisementAt one stage, the CPI-M brought out a booklet against Naidu in the name of: “Chandrababu Zamana, Avineeti Khazana” (Chandrababu’s rule was the most corrupt), which formed the basis for former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to attack him in and out of the assembly. However, there has been no case of corruption pending against Naidu at present.The TDP president was holding a meeting of the party’s extended executive committee meeting at NTR Trust Bhavan, the party’s headquarters at Banjara Hills, when the reports of Anna’s arrest reached him. He immediately cancelled the meeting and announced that he would take out a rally in support of the arrested Gandhian.Setting aside his party flag, Naidu held the national flag and went on a 10-km long march from the party office to Ambedkar Statue at Tank Bund. Hundreds of party workers including MLAs participated in the rally and many others passers-by joined it midway. After reaching the Tank Bund, he garlanded the statue of Ambedkar and sat on a dharna till evening.The protesters demanded immediate release of Anna Hazare and his supporters. They raised slogans of “Down with corrupt government” and “Bring Jan Lokpal bill”. The protest threw traffic out of gear in busy areas like Punjagutta, Khairatabad, Secretariat and Tank Bund. “The response to the rally was overwhelming and spontaneous. It shows how the people are fed up with the corrupt Congress government. We will continue this fight till we achieve the goal,” senior TDP leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.Meanwhile, the arrest of Anna evoked strong reaction from opposition parties, civil society groups and youth and student organizations in various universities across the state. Though the normal life was not disrupted much, there were protest rallies and relay hunger strikes in various parts of the state. At Indira Park in Hyderabad, hundreds of youth and students under the banner of India Against Corruption, Hyderabad chapter, took out a rally protest against Anna’s arrest. They demanded immediate release of the veteran social worker. Some activists also launched a three-day fast at Indira Park to express solidarity with Anna.Rallies and fasts are also being held in Vijayawada, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram, Nizamabad and other towns. Students of Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati, Sri Krishna Devaraya University in Anantapur and JNTU in Kadapa also launched relay hunger strikes in support of Hazare. On Monday night, various organisations like Young India took out candlelight rallies at Tank Bund in support of Hazare.Lok Satta party president Dr Jayaprakash Narayan said with the arrest of Anna, the UPA government had lost the people’s support and moral right to rule the country. He demanded autonomous status to investigating agencies like CBI and ACB, besides extending the Jan Lok Pal institutions across the country.Noted social activist and former union energy secretary Dr E A S Sarma also expressed shock and distress at the arrest of Anna and his team. “It is nothing but a blatant attempt to shield the corrupt and gag the voice of the people of this country against the scourge of corruption and black money in India. The government’s motives are clear. We appeal to the civil society organizations all over the country to support Anna Hazare, despite differences in perception, if any, as his struggle against corruption is the people’s struggle against the well entrenched corrupt,” Dr Sarma said.advertisementlast_img read more