Introduce 100m hurdles earlier – Kerr

first_img EARLIER STAGE Respected female junior track and field coach Michael Kerr is calling on ISSA to introduce 100m hurdles much earlier for girls in high schools, noting that this would help the development of female sprint hurdlers at the senior international level. Kerr, who is in his 30th year as head track and field coach of Wolmer’s Girls School and who has also been involved in the national junior programme for over 20 years as a coach to the CARIFTA Games, the World Youth Championships, and the World Junior Championships, believes that Jamaica can dominate the event on the world stage for a long period if athletes are introduced to the event earlier. At present, local female high school athletes start competing in the 100 metres hurdles in Class II, with the 70m hurdles in Class IV and 80m hurdles in Class III presenting their introduction to the sprint hurdles. “Based on my observation, most of the times, it is our male sprint hurdlers who tend to do much better on the international scene as they start running 100m and 110m hurdles much earlier than our girls,” said Kerr. Kerr stated that the Europeans and the Americans are ahead of the Jamaicans because they start running 100m hurdles at a much earlier stage. “In the United States, for example, once you are in high school the females compete over 100m hurdles and also at the Olympic height of 83.8 centimetres, and here, they have a big advantage over us, and that is the reason why they have so many athletes ranked in the top 10 on the world list,” continues Kerr. “I believe they should cut out the 70m hurdles in Class IV and let them do 80m hurdles, but once they reach Class III, they must introduce 100m hurdles. Because of our present system, the athletes have to deal with three forms of changes in high school in terms of distance,” said Kerr, who also stated that the height of the 100m hurdles should also be moved up from 76.2 centimetres to the regular 83.8 centimetres in Class II as once this is done earlier, it will prepare them for the bigger picture. After seeing Yanique Thompson win gold in the 100m hurdles at the World Youth Championships in 2013 and Rushelle Burton win silver at the World Junior Championships this past summer in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Kerr stated that the gap was too far and it was just a one-off scenario. “These hurdle heights were done by the Game Mistress Association (GMA), which then was in charge of Girls Championships, but now with ISSA in charge, they must implement the changes and change with the times as Champs is the measuring stick for our success, and we need to look into this area,” said Kerr.last_img read more

49ers vs. Packers: Levi’s Stadium adding ‘cheeseheads’ menu item for fans

first_imgOK, so these “cheeseheads” aren’t triangular wedges. They’re round.And you don’t wear them on your head.The folks at Levi’s Stadium decided to have a little fun with the Green Bay Packers fans and Wisconsin traditions as the team heads to Santa Clara on Sunday to take on the San Francisco 49ers.They’ve teamed up with Tostitos to offer a cheesy menu item with bratwurst, one of the other food groups in Wisconsin. Called Cheesy Beer Brat Nachos, the dish dreamed up by executive chef Jon …last_img

Join the Dinosaur Soft-Tissue Treasure Hunt

first_img“Many Dino Fossils Could Have Soft Tissue Inside,” announced National Geographic in an eye-catching title.  Based on the work of Mary Schweitzer, who announced soft tissue in a T. rex bone last year (06/03/2005), a “phenomenon, which was once thought impossible,” the article suggests that many species may have DNA and proteins remaining available for analysis.  Half of the fossils Schweitzer has examined revealed features that are “virtually indistinguishable from tissue samples from modern species.”  This runs contrary to established concepts about how fossils form and mineralize, but the evidence speaks for itself.  Schweitzer teased a reporter with two microscope images of red blood cells: “One of these cells is 65 million years old [sic], and one is about 9 months old.  Can anyone tell me which is which?”OK, the hunt is on.  Time to examine dinosaur bones from around the world and analyze this new source of data.  “Seek and ye shall find,” one of the subtitles states without referencing Jesus.    These findings need to be correlated with solid research on the fossilization process.  This could be a test not only of theories about fossilization and dating methods, but of the willingness of evolutionists to follow the evidence where it leads.  Don’t count on it; Peggy Ostrom has already remarked, “we can actually look at the real molecules that existed half a million years ago.”  Dr. Epistemology responded, “Well, what do you know.”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MH370: Resolve undented

first_imgThe confidence of the international searches is being tested but the resolve to find MH370, which disappeared over six weeks ago, is not according to officials close to the unprecedented operation.Reinforcing that view the acting Malaysia transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Saturday that the search may be restructured but it will not be abandoned.Speaking with AirlineRatings.com one official said that “while confidence was balanced by the number of Bluefin 21 missions the focus remained strong.”And he noted that it took 18 Bluefin 21 missions to finally find Air France Flight 447 and it was located 10km further away from the best estimates..Yesterday the Bluefin 21 was embarked on its 8th mission that is concentrated on a 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on the 8th of April.It has now covered about 50 per cent of the underwater search zone.No contacts of interest have been found to date, The Joint Agency Coordination Centre said in a statement.JACC said that if the weather holds the current search will be completed in five to seven days.Malaysia’s transport minister said the effort to find the plane was at a “very critical juncture”.“We have pursued every possible lead presented to us at this stage, and with every passing day the search has become more difficult,” Mr Hishammuddin said.He told media that some adjustments to the search may be made, including “widening the scope of the search and using other assets that could be relevant in the search operation”As the painstaking search for MH 370 enters is seventh week there is no loss of interest in the disappearance that has gripped the world. In the US the story still commands the highest ratings as viewers can place themselves in the greatest mystery in commercial aviation. Unlike flying in a third world country in a small 30 year old plane flying Malaysia Airlines on a Boeing 777 from KL to Beijing is something everyone does without a thought for their safety.JACC says that it is happy with how the underwater search is progressing, although plans have changed due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.On Sunday 11 military planes and 12 ships took part in the search over two areas totalling 48,507 square kilometres.last_img read more

Norway invests in clean energy for Africa

first_img7 November 2014More than 700 million people in Africa lack electricity, and the continent is in urgent need of investment in renewable energy, according to Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Børge Brende. “Norway will therefore contribute 300-million krone [about R500-million or $45-million] to Green Africa Power, which is intended to encourage commercial actors to invest in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.Green Africa Power was set up to stimulate private investment in renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The fund’s capital will be equivalent to about 1.3-billion Norwegian krone, of which Norway is to provide 300-million krone. Green Africa Power will offer long-term loans for private investments in the lowest-income groups of countries in Africa.“The UK has already made a substantial contribution to the fund. With the additional funding from Norway, our two countries will be joining forces to fund renewable energy projects, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve access to clean energy for millions of people in Africa,” Brende said.Green Africa Power is run by the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which Norway has joined. The group mobilises private sector investment to help developing countries in providing infrastructure vital to boosting their economic growth, and combating poverty. PIDG has established seven other companies in addition to Green Africa Power, all of which customise solutions to ensure that planned infrastructure projects are carried out.“Access to energy is essential for economic and social development. It is also vital to a country’s ability to generate income, provide jobs and stimulate trade and development.”Brende announced Norway’s support during his address at the fourth Norwegian-African Business Summit in Oslo on 31 October. It is the largest Nordic business conference on Africa.Source: APOlast_img read more

ECM: Document Level Security

first_imgThe Tam Tam Blog mentioned an interesting discussion of Document Level Security in discussion by Mark Bennet at New Idea Engineering.The search result of a document search needs to account for security levels assigned by ACLs to documents in the repository.  A given user may be limited to access and search across certain documents.Mark distinguishes between two approaches for document search when security is applied:Early-Binding Security.  In this scenario, the query to the back-end repository incorporates ACL permission conditions into the query.  This efficiently only returns a set of documents appropriate for that user to see.  No post-processing of the data prior to display to the user is required.Late-Binding Security.  In this scenario, after the user query is made against the repository, the returned result set is further post-processed to identify only those documents that the user has permission to see.  This can obviously be a very time-consuming operation, depending on the number of hits in the query.  And if not properly handled, can also cause problems in stating the total number of document hits and how paging between the document results is handled.It’s a good article by Mark describing some of the low level considerations for how to construct the internals of a document/content repository.  I was actually surprised to see in Mark’s list some companies that are not using “Early Binding”.  The Formtek applications and SDK have always only exclusively used Early Binding.last_img read more

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Sales Exaggerated, Negates Data from Android Market Share Report

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Related Posts A recent report from Strategy Analytics stated that the Apple iPad lost a good bit of tablet market share to Android-based tablet computers, dropping from 96% to 75% in the fourth quarter. As it turned out, however, the numbers the analysts were basing their findings off of were incorrect.As revealed by Samsung VP Lee Young-hee on the company’s earnings call last Friday (and subsequently reported by The Wall St. Journal), the number of  Samsung Galaxy Tab sales were not “2 million,” as the company had touted earlier this year – that was how many devices had been shipped to distributors. According to The WSJ, the full quote from Lee Young-hee is as follows, in responding to an analyst’s question about Galaxy Tab sales:“Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out*. As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite smooth. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK.”*Sell-in means sales to distributors, while sell-out means sales to customers.iPad Market Share Not Eroding as Fast as Previously Reported The news regarding Galaxy Tab sales is important because this particular Android tablet was supposedly one of the more popular non-iPad devices on the market, given the figures Samsung was happily releasing in previous months. In December 2010, for example, Samsung had announced that Galaxy Tab sales had reached 1 million. In January, they had hit 2 million, Samsung had said. The assumption, of course, was that these were sales to customers since that’s what’s generally reported, not sales to distributors.But Samsung had been fudging the numbers a little.  By reporting these “sell-in” figures (sales to distributors) without clarifying that was the case, the manufacturer was making it sound as if the device was far more popular than it actually was.The same scenario holds true for the Windows Phone 7 sales figures also recently announced – in December, Microsoft revealed that its partner handset manufacturers have sold over 1.5 million devices to carriers and retailers. Again, this wasn’t handsets sold to customers, but it was a big number and it sounded good to report. The difference is that in Microsoft’s case, the company was clear about the nature of these sales, while Samsung has been less upfront. The details were only revealed thanks to an analyst pressing the Samsung exec for more information on the earnings call.That’s not to say that these numbers – both Microsoft’s and Samsung’s – don’t have at least some merit. It does mean that there’s industry interest in these new devices, and faith from retailers and distributors that the devices will sell.The numbers don’t tell you anything about market share, though. And that means that the analyst report detailing iPad’s rapidly declining market share has been invalidated. The iPad, for now, is still doing just fine – 7.3 million iPads were sold last quarter, Apple reported in January. And almost 15 million were sold through the first three quarters, the company said. Too Early for Android Tablet vs. iPad Comparisons?Frankly, we think it’s a bit premature to start comparing Android tablet sales to iPad sales, since the tablet-ready of the Android operating system (Android OS 3.0, code-named “Honeycomb”) has not even left beta at this point. Google plans to show off more of Honeycomb’s features this week at a special press event, and will probably provide a solid launch date for Honeycomb at that time. At present, however, the Honeycomb mobile OS is not available on any devices in the retail sector, and therefore, is not in consumers’ hands yet.Until consumers are using the first tablet-optimized version of Android, it’s unfair to position the iPad vs. these newer Android competitors. The version of the Android OS running on the Galaxy Tab, for instance, was not designed for tablets and is likely a factor in the device’s return rate of 16% (compared to the Verizon iPad return rate of 2%).When Honeycomb actually debuts on devices consumers can purchase at their local Best Buy or other retail outlets, it will then be time to reevaluate the tablet OS market share figures.Correction: The WSJ said that it had initially misquoted Samsung. Sales were “smooth,” not “small.” This has been removed from the article. center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Google#iPad#mobile#news#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Zach LaVine carries Chicago Bulls past Washington Wizards

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LAVINE TURNS IT ONNot only did LaVine score 11 straight in the third quarter, but he secured the game with 33 seconds left with a three-point play.“We took the game over,” LaVine said. “We made some big stops. I think the main thing is that we’re learning how to win.”PLAYING TOGETHERLaVine, Markkanen and Kris Dunn started together for the first time this season.“We talked about it and I feel like we just got to keep working on doing our stuff and we’ll get better,” Markkanen said.STRANGE LINEUPSFour of the nine players Brooks used are in their first month with the team. They are forwards Trevor Ariza and Sam Dekker and guards Ron Baker and Chasson Randle.“You’re going to have some funky lineups,” Brooks said. “There are going to be some strange lineups until some people get back.”TIP-INS LaVine, who finished with 24 points, shot just three times in the first half, and turned aggressive in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers in a 2:45 stretch of the third quarter.“He didn’t panic, he wasn’t flustered and the game turned for him,” Boylen said. “He gave it to us the second half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefWendell Carter, Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which scored 100 points for just the second time in 10 games.The Bulls have won three of four and are 5-7 since Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 4. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters Zach LaVine #8 celebrates scoring with teammate Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls in the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on December 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPWASHINGTON — Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen knows that Zach LaVine can’t play as much he’d like due to a recent ankle injury.But LaVine made the most of his 29 minutes on Friday night, scoring 19 points in the second half, including 11 straight in the third quarter, in the Bulls’ 101-92 victory over the Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT Bulls: G Brandon Sampson, who was signed to a two-way contract on Thursday, did not travel with the team. . F Bobby Portis was out for his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. When he suffered the injury, the team said he’d be out one-to-three weeks. Coach Jim Boylen said that he wouldn’t guess on a return. “We’re not going to rush him,” Boylen said. “Knowing Bobby he’ll be rushing himself.”Wizards: Wall missed his fourth game of the season. He was in the locker room before the game, but did not comment on his condition. . F Otto Porter missed his ninth straight game with a bruised right knee. Brooks said he was getting closer to a return. . F Markieff Morris was out with a neck injury.UP NEXT:Bulls: Visit the Raptors on SundayWizards: Host the Hornets on Saturday in their only back-to-back home games of the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Bradley Beal led Washington with 34 points.The Wizards played without John Wall, who was sidelined with a sore left heel. Washington coach Scott Brooks said that he found out during the morning shootaround that Wall would be unable to play, and said he would see a specialist.The Wizards fell to 13-23. They’ve dropped nine of 11.Beal remains convinced that Washington can turn the season around, and he refuses to believe that with the team 10 games below .500, the season is too far gone.“I’ll never say that,” Beal said. “I’ll never think it. I’ll never believe it. My main objective is to make sure we get out of the hole and we will.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibidlast_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe insists Faria influence not stretching to transfer policy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe insists Faria influence not stretching to transfer policyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has played down the influence of new coach Hugo Faria on transfer policy.The former Portugal under-20 international recently joined the Dorset club as a first-team assistant coach. Howe bolstered his squad over the summer with the signings of Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico from La Liga outfits Levante and Leganés, respectively.However, he played down suggestions Cherries would prioritise foreign recruits in future transfer windows following Faria’s arrival.“I wouldn’t draw too many conclusions from it but we have a group of players who need to be communicated with perfectly,” said Howe to the Daily Echo.“We can’t take chances on information which may get lost. For that alone, it was important.” last_img read more