Hubert Lawrence: Parchment is number one

Overtaking giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall wasn’t easy, but now Hansle Parchment is the best Jamaican 110-metre hurdler of all time. Gardner and Wignall were so accomplished that Parchment had to be especially good to get past them, but his recent World Championships silver medal has completed his ascent to the top. It is a fine achievement. Coached by Fitz Coleman, Parchment has done what those notables were unable to do by winning medals at the highest level. His 2011 World University Games gold medal probably matches the Commonwealth gold medals won by Gardner, Wignall and Andrew Riley; and the Pan-American Games by Andrew Parker in 1987. He became the first Jamaican to win an Olympic medal in the 110-metre hurdles in 2012 when he surged to third. Gardner set high standards by winning at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and with a fifth place finish at the 1960 Olympics. Wignall connected the dots from Gardner to the 21st century by reaching the Olympic final in 2004, placing a close fourth. Now retired, Wignall won a World Indoor bronze in 2004 and time-warped the national record to 13.17 seconds. Wonderfully consistent, he matched Gardner’s Commonwealth win in 2006 and returned to the Olympic final in 2008 and was a three-time finalist at the World Championships. In addition, he took Richard Phillips with him to the 2008 Olympic final. Dwight ‘Bigga’ Thomas, who would lower the national record to 13.15, joined Wignall in the 2009 World Championships final. That record is now 12.94 seconds. Parchment set that mark last year to be the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier. He doesn’t yet have the repeat World Championships appearances that Wignall has. Sadly, a freak accident in the prematurely dark confines of the National Stadium East field left him injured in 2013. That caught up to him in the World Championships semi-final. That’s behind him now. A fine run earned him a silver in Beijing in this summer’s World Championships behind slick Russian Sergey Shubenkov. His national record may not last long. Twenty-one-year-old Omar McLeod beat him this year at the Jamaican National Championships with a pluperfect run of 12.97 seconds. Astute observers believe the younger man can tackle the world record of 12.80 seconds held by reigning Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the United States. Parchment may move the Jamaica record himself because he has a knack of running his best when it counts the most. The records show he set a personal best – 13.24 seconds – to win his World University Games gold; a Jamaican all-time best of 13.12 for his Olympic bronze; and a seasonal best of 13.03, the third-fastest time by a Jamaican, to take second at the recent 2015 World Championships. That’s an indicator for the future. For now, Parchment’s medals make all the difference. Simply put, the tall man from Port Morant is the best 110 hurdler Jamaica has ever produced. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980. read more

Vidal fires Bayern Munich eight points clear

first_imgBayern head coach Jupp Heynckes rang the changes from Tuesday’s 3-1 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, starting midweek goalscorers Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso on the bench.The biggest shock however was that third-choice goalkeeper Tom Starke, who had been working in Bayern’s academy after retiring last season.The 36-year-old was thrown into the fray after Sven Ulreich, who has played in place of Manuel Neuer since the Germany captain fractured his foot in September, injured his groin in the warm-up.“I have been doing this for a few years and the juices are still flowing,” said Starke, who came out of retirement in September and was named in the club’s Champions League squad.Frankfurt made a bright start, but Bayern grabbed what proved to be the winner on 20 minutes.Joshua Kimmich swung in a cross which found Vidal unmarked at the back post to score to decisive goal.Having already picked up a first-half yellow card, Vidal narrowly escaped a red card after fouling Marius Wolf with just under 40 minutes left and Heynkes hauled him off soon after.– Leipzig leak late goal –Bayern extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga after RB Leipzig conceded a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw at home to Mainz, whose replacement striker Emil Berggreen equalised three minutes from time.Mainz’ forward Emil Berggreen equalised three minutes from time against RB Leipzig © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELThe hosts took the lead at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when midfielder Kevin Kampl fired home on 29 minutes, but Mainz equalised ten minutes later when Robin Quaison slotted home a rebound from a parried free-kick.Germany striker Timo Werner restored Leipzig’s lead in the third minute of first-half stoppage time with a controversial penalty.The decision was backed up by the VAR after Diego Demme went down in the area, but replays showed there was only the faintest of touches from Mainz defender Leon Balogun.The incident lingered and Mainz’s disgruntled coach Sandro Schwarz was sent to the stands for the final 15 minutes before Berggreen’s late header.Third-placed Schalke later missed the chance to go second when they drew 1-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who are fourth, as Thorgan Hazard cancelled out Christoph Kramer’s first-half strike for the hosts at Borussia Park.– Dortmund crash again –Former league leaders Dortmund dropped out of the top six for the first time this season after crashing 2-1 at home to strugglers Werder Bremen.Bremen’s midfielder Maximilian Eggestein and forward Max Kruse celebrate scoring © DPA/AFP / Ina FassbenderDortmund are without a win in their last eight league games and the defeat could well be the last for head coach Peter Bosz.“The first half was really bad and I am the one responsible for it. The disappointment is very deep,” said the glum-faced Dutchman.Bremen went ahead when Germany Under-21 midfielder Maximilian Eggestein fired home unmarked at the edge of the area on 26 minutes.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brought the hosts back on level terms when he bundled home Shinji Kagawa’s 57th-minute cross, which appeared to hit the arm of defender Philipp Bargfrede.But Bremen restored their lead eight minutes later when a header from Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie hit the boot of Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki on its way into the net.Kagawa wasted a to equalise for Dortmund with 15 minutes left when he fired over with the goal at his mercy after Aubameyang had slipped over.Hamburg stay three points clear of the relegation places after their goalless draw at home to mid-table Wolfsburg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s midfielder Arturo Vidal (L) celebrates after scoring against Frankfurt © AFP / Daniel ROLANDBerlin, Germany, Dec 9 – Arturo Vidal’s fourth goal in as many league games shot Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.Bayern’s win means that they cannot be caught before the winter break, which starts on December 17, and makes them ‘Herbstmeister’ (Autumn champions) for the seventh season in a row.last_img read more

Garda warning after driver caught with ‘extremely bald tyres’

first_imgGardaí have issued a warning after encountering a vehicle with extremely bald tyres in Letterkenny.The detection was made on Sunday night, when a car was found to have tyres worn well below the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.Gardaí took to Facebook to issue this safety message: “Please check your tyres regularly and even more regularly when the tread depth reaches 3mm. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. The more worn your tyres become, the less grip they have on the road surface. “Driving with bald tyres is very dangerous and the consequences could be devastating especially when there is a risk of ice! “We urge everyone to conduct all necessary safety checks on their car before getting behind the wheel!”Garda warning after driver caught with ‘extremely bald tyres’ was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Does Transgenderism Have an Evolutionary Benefit?

first_img[i] Jae Alexis Lee. 2017. Can transgender be a part of human evolution? https://www.quora.com/Can-transgender-be-a-part-of-human-evolution.[ii] Alexandra Sifferlin. 2013.  healthland.time.com/…/transgender-showed-evolutionary-benefits-in-ancestral-societies[iii] VanderLaan, D.P. et al 2013. Male Androphilia in the Ancestral Environment: An Ethnological Analysis, Human Nature. DOI 10.1007/s12110-013-9182-z.[iv] Gary Gates. How many people are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender? Report from the Williams Institute April, 2011.[v] Evolution, race and the rise of the transgender generation http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/health/evolution-race-and-the-rise-of-the-transgender-generation-20161023-gs8jnx#ixzz4vDYLqfc8. Financial Review[vi] Austin Rose. 2017. Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data. Washington, DC. Regnery[vii] The National Geographic Transgender Cover Champions Child Abuse and Junk Science. http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/03/national-geographic-transgender-cover-champions-child-abuse-junk-science/[viii] Hormone therapy: Is it right for you? http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372[ix] Austin Rose. 2017, pp. 20, 29.[x]  Paul R. McHugh. 2004 Surgical Sex: Why we Stopped Doing Sex Change Operations. First Things. November on line as https://www.firstthings.com/article/2004/11/surgical-sex.[xi] Zac Ford. 2016. Johns Hopkins to resume gender-affirming surgeries after nearly 40 years. The prestigious school is finally distancing itself from its anti-trans reputation. https://thinkprogress.org/johns-hopkins-transgender-surgery-5c9c428184c1/[xii] Ford, 2016.[xiii] Genesis 1:26-28. New King James Version.[xiv]  Gen 1:27 ; 2:21-24.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. Claimed Evolutionary Benefits of Transgenderism: Do transgenders need a surgeon or a psychologist?by Jerry Bergman, PhDThe LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Queer or Questioning, meaning one is not sure what sex they are) movement has grown enormously in the Western world. Transgender refers to a person whose personal identity does not correspond with their birth sex. The biological ‘he’ views himself as a ‘she’, and may dress like a ‘she’, change his name, and elect hormone treatment and even surgery to become a ‘she’.Some argue that transgenderism was caused, or at least influenced, by evolution.[i]  Some of them support the notion of transgender transgender by claiming that Transgenderism “Showed Evolutionary Benefits in Ancestral Societies,” namely they helped others with child care and other tasks.[ii] In a 2013 paper in Nature, VanderLaan and his colleagues studied 146 non-transgendered societies and 46 transgender societies in both current and older hunter-gatherer societies. He defined his subjects as transgendered androphilia, a gender role markedly similar to that of females in a given culture. VanderLaan found that transgender men were useful to their communities as extra help in supporting the family, such as by helping to raise the children of others. He concluded these transgender benefits “provided an evolutionary advantage to the societies in which they belonged, allowing them to survive and remain healthy, and that in turn provided the opportunity for transgender attributes to continue into future generations, despite the fact that many transgender males did not have biological children of their own.”[iii]The major problem with this study was the researchers did not research persons who fit the definition of transgender in the West, namely one born with one biological sex who assumes a different gender sex, gender referring to one’s perception of which sex they are. They only looked at males who, for whatever reason, had assumed some female roles, a state increasingly common in our society. An example is a friend of mine who stays home and takes care of their 5 children so his wife, a physician whose income is several times his, can work. Child care would use much of his income, so they saw their best option was for him to stay home, especially in that 3 of their children were not yet in school and 2 are identical twins. Although they are not a traditional family, the husband is not transgender, defined as born with one biological sex and preferring a different gender sex. Thus, the headline is very misleading as it conveys a very different impression than what actually existed. Even today the estimates of the size of the transgender population is only 0.02 percent of the American population.[iv]The Biology FactsWhat are the facts? Can one have a different biological sex than one’s gender? It is well documented that every cell in the human body is either male or female except mature red blood cells, which are enucleated: before use, they expel their nucleus that contains their chromosomes which includes the X and Y chromosomes. This gives the erythrocytes more room to transport oxygen. All other cells have either a male set (X and Y chromosomes) or a female set (two X’s, one which is silenced). X-inactivation involves being packaged to be transcriptionally inactive in a structure called heterochromatin.Like others who elect to live the transgender life, I painfully discovered it was only a temporary fix to deeper pain.As nearly all healthy female mammals have two X chromosomes, X-inactivation prevents them from having twice as many X chromosome gene products as males, who only possess a single copy of the X chromosome. The silencing is said to achieve dosage compensation. X-inactivation is also called lyonization after Mary Lyon, who discovered it.  Furthermore, a process called imprinting turns off thousands of genes off epigenetically in males and a different thousand in females, producing many thousands of genetic differences between males and females. Out of many thousands of experiments so far completed, no researcher has ever found a single trait that is identical in both males and females. Females have a higher average in some traits, males in others. In sum, the science is clear, biological males and females are facts of life. Transgenderism is a psychological problem, not a problem with a male stuck in a female body. This gets even more confusing as the following quote illustrates:At my daughter’s state girls’ school, many of the students see themselves as gender fluid. Some feel more like boys than girls. Others feel like boys on some days and girls on others. A lot of the girls are out [of the closet], with many identifying as gay and quite a few as bi- or pansexual. No doubt, in time, a small minority of them will migrate across the gender spectrum entirely, crossing permanently from one side to the other.[v]Many examples exist about how the left ignores science to support their ideology. Examples include not just the transgender issue but also the abortion and global warming movements. The peer reviewed medical literature with large samples and good research methodology on this issue is very clear.A Swedish study of 324 cases on transgender persons after their surgery to gain a cosmetically satisfactory appearance by removing all the male parts, including the penis and testes, and an attempt to construct from the tissues available a labium and vagina, plus breast implants to change the appearance of a male into a female. The results of those who were operated on were 4.9 times more likely to attempt suicide and 19.1 times more likely to die of suicide.[vi] The author concluded that this operation may end up as the frontal lobotomy of this century, and that persons in this situation don’t need a surgeon but a psychologist. These conclusions agree with the case histories such as that of Walt Heyer. He writes he was a cross-dressing boy at nine and his grandmother encouraged him to do so by providing clothing and affirmation over a prolonged period.I was sure I wanted to become a female. Eventually, I did become a female transgender. I was approved and underwent the full range of hormone therapy and surgeries and legally changed my identity. I lived life as a female, Laura Jensen, for eight years. All too late I realized transgenderism was … a surgical masquerade to superficially project a change of gender. Like others who elect to live the transgender life, I painfully discovered it was only a temporary fix to deeper pain.[vii]We now know that taking hormones long term, such as those given to women after menopause, is very problematic, and those who elect this treatment with or without surgery must take either male or female hormones for the rest of their lives. This is a major consideration to face for those considering this decision.Hormone replacement therapy, i.e., giving female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause, “used to be a standard treatment for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.” But now it is no longer routinely recommended due to the major health risks it causes, including anxiety, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, depression, and Parkinsonism or Parkinson’s-like symptoms.[viii]Long term hormone therapy as part of sexual reassignment surgery will likely cause similar major problems. Thus, we may find the surgery and hormone therapy option was an enormous mistake, just as frontal lobotomy—for which a Nobel Prize was awarded—has turned out to be in retrospect.Some of the persons who feel they are a different sex than they were born as may have a hormonal imbalance, males producing too much female hormones and females producing too much male hormones, but this is a medical issue. It should not be dealt with by cutting off body parts, but rather by various therapeutic approaches, such as diet, losing wright, or other medical treatments.Credit: Chip Box, posted on World Magazine.The left seems blinded by this movement and may end up regretting their support. The movement has even progressed to the extent that surgeons and other professions, including professors, have lost their career or their university position as a result of speaking out against the procedure. Cases of firings include Dr. Kenneth Zucker, longtime editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior and psychologist-in-chief at Toronto’s center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto.[ix]Johns Hopkins used to do many of these surgeries, but stopped as a result of the poor prognosis they found in their detailed follow-up studies.[x] Unfortunately, due to pressure to avoid lawsuits and the label of ‘bigot’, they have again begun doing them, even though “in 1965, Johns Hopkins made history as the first academic institution to offer gender-affirming surgical procedures.”[xi] The pressure is such that Zac Ford claimed surgery for transgendered persons is “the consensus of mainstream medicine.” Forcing Johns Hopkins to offer sexual reassignment surgery, he claimed, makes it “easier for transgender people to access the quality care they need and deserve as they transition” from one sex to the other.[xii]The Scriptural PositionThe Scriptures teach that God created Adam and Eve, adding “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”[xiii] It says nothing about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Queer-or-Questioning people: only males and females. Furthermore, it condemns all sexual behavior outside of marriage, which it defines as the union of a male and a female. Marriage, for example, is defined as the bringing together of male and female as “one flesh” in marriage.[xiv] The transsexual issue is another example of the repercussions that result from ignoring the moral principles taught by the Judeo-Christian worldview. Evolutionists reject the belief that humans were created male and female. By teaching that we evolved from asexual organisms and, as animals, evolved different sexual orientations, they not only prove their allegiance to political correctness instead of evidence, but create a mess of social problems that hurt the very people that need help.Item: “Genital Reconstructive Surgeon Receives Dozens of Requests for Transgender Reversal Operations” (Breitbart). –Ed. See Dr Bergman’s book How Darwinism Corrodes Morality for numerous examples of how evolutionary thinking causes damaging societal upsets.(Visited 1,839 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) collaborates with Brand South Africa to host an international student send-off programme

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 14th August 2019 – As the official marketing agency of South Africa tasked with building the country’s brand reputation and improve its global competitiveness, Brand South Africa has collaborated with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to host an international student bursar’s orientation and send-off programme.The programme, enabled by the cooperation between the South African Government and the Hungarian, Russian and Chinese Governments, is significant to the education and skills development agenda as reflected in Vision 2030. We believe that a programme of this nature empowers these bright young minds to represent the country well and upon completion of their post-graduate programmes, to contribute to a better South Africa.This four-day pre-departure programme commences on the 12th August till the 15th August 2019. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to inspire pride and patriotism amongst the departing students, empower them to represent the country positively and remind them of the crucial role they will play in shaping perceptions about South Africa.One hundred and ten South African students are recipients of this bursary programme and will head to Russia, China and Hungary. “It is key that we remind students that we are behind them every step of the way. They have a mammoth task ahead of them and we urge them to come back home one day to implement skills and insights they will have learnt”; said Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s, Strategic Relationship Manager.Representatives of the media are invited to join the send-off reception that will take place at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria on Thursday, at 11:00-12:00.Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.RSVPS/Enquiries      :      Ntombi NtanziEmail: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number: 064 890 6819 Follow the conversation on  @PlayYourPartSA #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved  Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Chris Gayle’s sexist remark leaves women’s rights group fuming

first_imgWest Indies’ Chris Gayle bowls against Sri Lanka during their warm-up match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka March 19, 2014. Picture by REUTERSA women’s rights group here has condemned as “sexist” remarks made by Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle to a female journalist at a media conference.And the group, Women Against Rape (WAR) headed by gender equity advocate Alexandrina Wong, has also criticised the response by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to the incident, reports CMC.Ahead of Thursday’s CPL clash here between Tallawahs and Antigua Hawksbills, Gayle, a former West Indies Test skipper, was asked Wednesday by the journalist: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?”The 34-year-old Gayle responded: “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels”, before adding “I like your smile; that’s nice.”However, the CPL downplayed the incident, saying that Gayle was just sharing a light moment with the female journalist.”Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended,” the Antigua Observer quoted a CPL spokesman as saying.”The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don’t believe this was the action of someone who was offended.”Wong slammed Gayle’s statement and also called on the CPL to elicit an apology from the Twenty20 star.”What it’s implying is one person’s power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it’s sexist and hegemonic,” Wong said, adding that the response from the reporter “indicates that she obviously doesn’t know her right to autonomy”.advertisement”She obviously doesn’t know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what it’s saying about her as a person,” Wong said.”CPL should demand an apology from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality.”last_img read more