Popcaan adds $100K bonus to Digicel Grand Prix Finals

first_imgKINGSTON:In addition to his highly anticipated performance at the Digicel Grand Prix finals on Saturday, popular dancehall artiste Popcaan is also pledging $100,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the top two schools in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championships.”I have been hearing a lot about the Digicel Grand Prix and everything they’re doing for the young athletes and their schools, so I wanted to be a part of that,” Popcaan said. “So, in addition to the other prizes, I will be giving the top male and female schools $50,000 each to continue the development of their track and field teams.”I want to also encourage students to continue to pursue non-traditional career paths such as track and field and entertainment, especially with Jamaica’s growing dominance in these fields worldwide,” he added.Sponsorship manager of Digicel, Danielia McLean, welcomed the announcement.”We’re very excited to have Popcaan on board to close the 2016 Grand Prix series and celebrate the performance of our young athletes,” said McLean.”The development of the schools’ athletics programme and Jamaica’s track and field industry overall is something that we all have a part to play in, so Popcaan’s contribution will also go a far way in helping us to achieve the main goal of this initiative,” she added.The month-long series will end with a grand finale this Saturday at the G.C. Foster Classics in St Catherine. The top performing boys’ and girls’ schools will each receive $1m in gym equipment from Digicel and the most improved boys and girls’ school will each receive $125,000 in cash from GraceKennedy. Honey Bun will also be providing $100,000 cash towards for the athlete nutrition programme at each of the winning schools.The grand finale will feature exciting performances, a major surprise, plus a party stand. Tickets to the event will cost $500 for adults and $300 for children. Patrons can gain access to the party stand by purchasing a $300 Flex Card at the gate.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by SportsMax, GraceKennedy, CB Chicken, KFC, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun and Logo Stitch.last_img read more

49ers receiving corps needs help: Can Marquise Goodwin’s return open things up?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Scrolling through the NFL reception leaders in search of a 49ers player is enough to get a repetitive strain injury. Click down past the top 10 … past the top 20 … past the three Los Angeles Rams … and aha!There’s tight end George Kittle, tied at No. 42 (with 23 catches). For an actual 49ers wideout you have to keep drilling all the way down to No. 83, Pierre Garcon (16 catches).This wasn’t the way it was supposed be, obviously, and hardly the recipe for a team preparing to duel …last_img read more

Reports: Antonio Brown accused of rape in lawsuit

first_imgNew England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is accused of rape by a woman who says she was his personal trainer, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.Brown, who was released by the Raiders on Saturday before playing a game with the team, denied the allegations through a statement issued by his lawyer.According to the reports, the woman alleges Brown, a resident of South Florida, sexually assaulted her three times — twice in June 2017 …last_img read more

Design in Tiny Fruit Flies

first_img(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Among the smallest of flyers, these amazing insects pack incredible technology into a tiny package.Stabilizers: All flies (Diptera, “two wings”) have appendages called halteres located where the second pair of wings would be on other insects. These structures are not degenerate wings, though; they have a purpose, acting as stabilizers. Science Daily says they are “essential for flight in all flies” but also function as stabilizers while climbing for some species. The article calls them a “sensory organ,” implying that they do more than vibrate; they provide information to the brain. Perhaps larger flies, because they have more mass, use them the same way when climbing walls as they do when flying, whereas fruit flies hold them out steady when climbing.The findings suggest these mallet-shaped sensory organs, called halteres, may play multiple roles in how flies behave, providing clues to how brains absorb and use multiple streams of information.When you think about how small a fruit fly’s brain must be, that’s a very tiny space in which to pack a multiprocessor. The article claims that halteres evolved from flies’ hind wings, but notes that all 200,000 species of flies have them and use them. “All flies, no matter the suborder, needed halteres to fly,” a researcher at Case Western Reserve University found. “Without them, they could at best lift off but quickly lost control.” These gyroscopic sense organs gave the team ideas for robotics. “These biosensors can also be models for humanmade sensors,” assistant professor Jessica Fox said. “They’re solving the same problems humans do but with a smaller set of neurons. Sensors like the ones that flies have could enable flying machines to land more smoothly, or help them climb walls.”Climbing windpipes: The cells that form a fruit fly’s windpipe need to “climb” into position, another Science Daily article says. There’s a “master regulator” gene that creates a protein named Mipp1 that “orchestrates” the positioning of cells in the breathing organ, scientists at Johns Hopkins found. Who would have thought that the development of a microscopic tube in a fly’s windpipe is like a symphonic performance? The resulting tissue forms an “intricate network,” the article says.Fly longevity: Would you have imagined that research on fruit flies could improve the quality and length of human life? It’s true. The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is learning about human aging by studying fruit flies, according to another article on Science Daily.Dietary restriction enhances the expression of the circadian clock genes in the peripheral tissue of fruit flies, according to research from the Kapahi lab at the Buck Institute. Publishing in Cell Metabolism, the researchers show that dietary restriction, induced by reducing protein in the diet, increased the amplitude of circadian clocks and enhanced the cycles of fat breakdown and fat synthesis. This improvement in fat metabolism may be a key mechanism in explaining why dietary restriction extends lifespan in several species, including the flies in this study.The research also presents a tantalizing possibility for humans eager to take a drug that would allow them to reap the health benefits of dietary restriction without going on an extreme diet. When scientists genetically altered the flies to boost clock function the animals lived longer, even when they ate whatever they wanted to. On the other hand, disrupting the clocks, either genetically or by keeping the flies under constant light, made the animals irresponsive to the beneficial effects of dietary restriction.Something amazing about these tiny flyers is that their biological clocks “maintain a remarkable robustness as they age,” the article says. “It is exciting to contemplate how this mechanism might be exploited for human health.”The large insects, like dragonflies and grasshoppers, are remarkable enough for their exquisite designs, but tiny fruit flies pack much of the same technology in a fraction of the space. A brain, a digestive system, a respiratory system, muscles, biological clocks, sensory organs, fantastic eyes, super-sensitive olfactory organs, sex organs, and flight hardware and software are just some of the high-tech equipment their Creator packed into these diminutive creatures. Moreover, the design extends all the way down to individual cells, where the engineering is even more astonishing. Many creationists rightly glorify God for the big giraffes, dinosaurs and elephants He made, but we shouldn’t ignore the little guys. There’s perhaps even more creative genius displayed in the ability to microminiaturize systems so good that our top scientists study ways to imitate them.last_img read more

Egypt salute South African fans

first_img19 June 2009 The Egyptian football team have saluted the crowd at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium following their historic 1-0 victory over world champions Italy in a Fifa Confederations Cup match on Thursday evening. It was Italy’s first ever loss to an African team, following 14 previous encounters that included four wins over Egypt. Over 50 000 fans braved chilly weather to watch the game, and The Pharaohs clearly revelled in the electric atmosphere. According to a report on Fifa.com, Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan said playing in Johannesburg felt like playing in Cairo. “I think the way the crowd got behind us was excellent, and it motivated us a lot towards the end,” said Zidan, who scored twice in Egypt’s nailbiting 4-3 loss to Brazil in the opening game of the group on Monday. “It was great, and almost a feeling like playing at home in Egypt. I think we had a very good experience with the atmosphere today.” With the Italian defenders denying Zidan the space he enjoyed against the Brazilians, it was Mohamed Homos, shaking his marker to nod in a header from a corner kick five minutes before half-time, who rose to the occasion for the African champions. At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Essam El Hadary put in a number of outstanding saves to deny the likes of Giuseppe Rossi, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Riccardo Montolivo. The African champions have put themselves within reach of the semifinals of Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”. Brazil top the group with six points following their 3-0 win over the United States on Thursday, while Italy and Egypt are level on three points each. Brazil play Italy in Pretoria on Sunday, while Egypt take on the Americans, knowing that a win will give them every chance of a semi-final berth.SAinfo reporter and Fifa.comlast_img read more

The benefits of collecting good yield data

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The sound of locusts in the evening and back-to-school advertisements on TV are a sure sign that August has arrived and summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, corn and soybeans will be changing color and it will be time for harvest. During harvest, most farmers don’t think twice about making sure that their combine settings are fine-tuned. For example, if the sieves aren’t set correctly, there will either be grain left in the field or discounts at the elevator for grain that’s not clean. There is a clear gain in profitability by taking the time to set your combine correctly. The benefit of yield monitors and the maps they produce however can be more obscure, but are also important. Here are three ways that well-calibrated yield data can help make you more profitable.1. Recordkeeping: Once harvest and fall fieldwork tasks are completed, the season of paperwork and planning will be in full swing. The ability to reference yield maps as you evaluate field performance can be extremely helpful. Even if you carefully document every scale ticket, yield maps can serve as a nice double check of the number of bushels that came off each field. Yield data is also a quick way to look back on yields in the future. Three years from now, if you want to see how a field performed in 2016, it will be a lot easier to find and look at a yield map than sort out and calculate yield from old scale tickets.2. Variability: Yield maps are especially helpful in understanding not just how many bushels came from each field, but where in the field they came from. Which parts of the field yielded the most? Which yielded the least? More importantly, why? You may not need a yield map to tell you that the sand ridges yielded less one year because it was a dry summer. The real value comes in combining the colors of the map with your knowledge of the field to answer the “why” question. Look for patterns that surprise you and ask yourself what happened to cause those patterns.Yield map variability can also be helpful documentation when dealing with partners, landlords, and/or family members. For example, being able to document a 20% yield reduction due to poor drainage can help you to make a case for adding tile. Likewise, showing the yield difference between normal and low pH levels can help justify a lime investment. Did you try a new variety of seed this year, apply nitrogen at different rates, or leave a test strip from a fungicide application? If you can pair these changes with an as-applied map, a yield map could help you understand how the different practices performed. A well-calibrated yield monitor can also save you the time and effort of weighing individual loads if you are doing some of your own on-farm research.3. Variable-Rate Technology: More and more farms now have planters or applicators capable of variable-rate application. Yield maps can be one of the best sources of data for defining management zones within a field. In Beck’s multi-hybrid planting trials in 2015, there was a substantially higher return-on-investment for farmers who used multiple years of yield data compared to those who used soil types to define their planting zones.Even if you don’t have variable-rate technology now, it’s very possible that you might have it in the future. And, the farmers who have the most success with variable-rate applications are those who have multiple years of yield maps to use. Collecting yield data is not just a one-year benefit; it’s an investment in the future.Saving time with recordkeeping, understanding variability, making adjustments, and using data for variable-rate applications are just a few of the many ways yield data can improve your bottom line. But it’s only helpful if you are collecting good data with a well-calibrated monitor. Your user manual can help you with calibrations, and Ohio State also has helpful information at: http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-29/yield-monitor-tips-2015-harvest. Properly setting and using your yield monitor is no different than adjusting combine settings; doing it right pays off.last_img read more

Orthopaedic soft goods market to grow at 15% to 18%: Rajiv Mistry

first_imgRajiv Mistry, founder and managing director, Ascent Meditech Limited, a leading player in Orthopaedics Soft Goods, mobility, wound-care and healthcare products, said on Thursday that the Orthopaedics Soft Goods (OSGs) market will grow at the rate of 15% to 18% in the country. Mr. Mistry was speaking at the launch of the company’s e-commerce portal at Kamala Mills. “We will initially focus on 110 products out of the total portfolio of over 320 products. The product range is segregated into various categories and will cater to the requirements of the consumers,” he said.He said India could learn from global players on how quality must be kept at a par with the changing trends. He said, “Changing trends in fabrics, materials, design, lifestyle trends, should be taken into account. Our research and development team takes inputs from doctors, analyses them and studies their feasibility.” He said the industry was at a nascent stage and that awareness could help change the situation. He said, “Earlier, OSG was prescribed to critical patients by the doctors. Now, people can buy OSGs for pain management at home. There are now products for the knee, ankle, wrist, elbow, neck, and back too. An OSG can be used in injuries caused by fractures, muscle pain, and other orthopedic issues.”last_img read more

GG Urges All Jamaicans to Unite for Country’s Progress

first_img GG called on all Jamaica to give full support to the country’s athletes Urging Jamaicans to impact the nation Story Highlightscenter_img Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on Jamaicans at home and abroad to unite for the country’s development.“The advancement of our country is the responsibility of each Jamaican both at home and also in the Diaspora and we must not wait for anyone to come and dictate to us what ought to be done.   We, the people of this country, know what is not right with Jamaica and have that duty to fix what is wrong with our homeland,” he stated.The Governor-General was addressing the official opening ceremony for the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations’ (NAJASO) 36th Annual Convention on Thursday, July 18, at the Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel in Montego Bay.Urging Jamaicans to believe in themselves and in their ability to impact the nation and the world, the Governor-General said that nothing should be allowed to distract them from the vision of building a peaceful and fruitful country.“As we confront the many challenges to Jamaica’s development, we acknowledge that we are still on the journey to the accomplishment of that mission.  We must admit that our progress has been hampered by (various challenges), but we cannot and we dare not lose heart,” he stated.He said that while this generation might not be able to declare “mission accomplished, we must all unite our efforts together to secure the foundation on which succeeding generations would be able to successfully make such declaration.”“Look at all that we have achieved, despite the odds. We have no need to fear the future, unless we have forgotten the way we have journeyed so far.  We have, indeed, come a far way and must now resolve to go forward,” the Governor-General stated.He further called on all Jamaica to give full support to the country’s athletes, especially at this time when the athletic programme is facing some challenges.The three-day NAJASO convention, which is being held under the theme: ‘A partnership for transformation’ will end on Saturday (July 20) with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, delivering the closing address.last_img read more