Semenya early Olympic 800m favourite after winning in Doha

first_imgDOHA, Qatar (AP): Caster Semenya made herself the early Olympic frontrunner by easily winning the women’s 800 metres in the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. Semenya decimated the field in a season’s best 1:58.26 seconds, almost nine-tenths of a second better than second-place Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia, 1:59.14. It was her second standout result to start the Olympic year, after announcing her ambition last month with an unprecedented hat-trick of 400m, 800m, and 1,500m titles at the South African championships. They were all the more remarkable because she’s hardly featured since her 2012 Olympic silver medal. She still hasn’t come close to the 1:55.56 she set in winning the 2009 Worlds’, when news leaked that she would be subject to gender testing. Semenya improved on her 800m time in Stellenbosch at Doha and was delighted. “I feel very good this year. I am focused on what I am doing,” she said. “My preparation has gone really well, but I can’t say there have been many changes in my training or my attitude.” DISAPPOINTED WITH LOSS Not so happy were Dafne Schippers, the World 200 champion, who was pipped in the 100m by American Tori Bowie, and the home favourite in the men’s high jump, Mutaz Essa Barshim. Barshim, who has jumped as high as 2.43 metres in setting the Asian record, could not do any better than 2.26, and was seventh in a competition won by American Erik Kynard at 2.33. “It’s all part of the plan. This being an Olympic year, I’m taking things slow,” Barshim insisted. “Last year, I peaked early, and by July, I was practically dead. I’m not going to repeat that mistake.” Bowie, the 100 bronze-medal winner at the Worlds last year in Beijing, said: “I gave the race my everything, and the win was mine. This being an Olympic year, I’m eagerly looking ahead at the outdoor season. I feel I’m a much better runner now than I was last season.” The women’s 3,000m featured two World champions in a fascinating duel. World champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia prevailed against World 10,000 champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya. Ayana was pushed to clock a season’s best 8:23.11. Cheruiyot was fourth. The men’s 200m was won by American Emir Webb in a meet record of 19.85s. He was the only person to break 20 seconds. Kenyans swept the 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase. Asbel Kiprop led Elijah Motonei Manangoi and Silas Kiplagat to the podium in the 1,500m in 3:32.15, and Conseslus Kipruto won the steeplechase.last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: A SPECIAL music tribute to the 400,000 Garth Brooks fans who were ticket holders for the shows that never came. Written, sung and recorded on his iPhone 5 by Donegal Bay Waterbus Crew member Diarmaid Drumm, it might even make it to iTunes.Enjoy and share with other Garth Brooks Fans. DDTV: GARTH BROOKS SUNK BUT DONEGAL WATERBUS CREW LAMENTS FOR 400,000 SOULS was last modified: July 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:concertCroke ParkDiarmaid Drummdonegal bay waterbusdublinGarth Brookssonglast_img read more

Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory

first_imgThe precise three-dimensional structure of a typical protein molecule is so complex, its origin would seem hopeless by chance.  What if evolutionary biologists were to discover a whole host of proteins literally exploded into existence at the beginning of complex life?  We can find out what they would think by looking at an article on the “protein big bang” found on Astrobiology Magazine.10/22/2002).  A team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne claims that “after eons of gradual evolution, proteins suddenly experienced a ‘big bang’ of innovation.”  Astrobiology Magazine said, “A new study of proteins, the molecular machines that drive all life, also sheds light on the history of living organisms.”    How dramatic was the alleged protein big bang?  The theory seems to want to explain simultaneous opposites: combining and splitting:The active regions of many proteins, called domains, combined with each other or split apart to produce a host of structures that had never been seen before.  This explosion of new forms coincided with the rapidly increasing diversity of the three superkingdoms of life (bacteria; the microbes known as archaea; and eucarya, the group that includes animals, plants, fungi and many other organisms).Evolution seems to have quickly generated a host of “architectures” with diverse functions.  They believe this all happened by chance and natural selection, but the authors used design language, describing the protein domains as “gears and motors that allow the protein machinery to work.”  The innovation they were describing went beyond mere amino acid sequences.  It involves the three-dimensional shapes of protein domains, or modules, whose functions are tied to the shapes.    The modules “have endured because perform critical tasks that are beneficial to the organisms that host them,” the lead author said.  So they evolved explosively, according to this idea, then didn’t change for hundreds of millions of years.  “These modules are resistant to change, they are highly integrated and they are used in different contexts,” he said, implying that they are resistant to evolution.    The authors put protein domains into an evolutionary timeline.  They discerned slow, gradual change, then bang: “Exactly at the time of the big bang,” he said, many of the combined domains began to split apart, creating numerous single-domain modules again.  But these new modules were much more efficient and specialized than their ancient predecessors had been.    “This makes a lot of sense,” Caetano-Anoll?s said.  “As you become more complex, you would want to fine-tune things, to do things in a more tailored way”….    “This explosion of diversity allowed the eucarya to do things with their proteins that other organisms could not do,” Caetano-Anoll?s said.Gustavo Caetano-Anoll?s is professor of bioinformatics at the University of Illinois.  The article was based on a press release from the University, which also claimed this study “sheds light on the history of living organisms.”Once again, the evolutionists’ propensity for finding miracles in explosions, and slithering out of falsification, becomes painfully evident.  If this “makes a lot of sense” to you, you need some serious deprogramming and a delousing bath.  Do you see what these charlatans have done?  They have turned evidence against evolution into a tall tale about evolution!  Quick: read chapter 6 of our online book for a sanity check.    On top of that, these pseudo-scholars personified bacteria as tailoring and fine-tuning their machinery so that they could do things.  You can’t talk that way in Darwinland.  Teleology is verboten.  As a last straw, Astrobiology Magazine, a NASA enterprise supported with your tax dollars, said these guys “used protein structures to gain insight into evolutionary events” and claimed this “is shedding light on the history of life on Earth.”  Fie, fie, fie.  Foul, foul, foul.  Fui, fui, phooey.  Dumb-de-dumb dumb.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

1 Goal: your signature counts

first_img14 October 2009Getting an autograph from a famous player is usually a special event in a football fan’s life. So it may come as a surprise that some of the world’s greatest players are now asking fans for their signatures.Many of the world’s best past and current footballers have asked millions of football fans to pledge their support to a new global campaign that is lobbying governments to provide primary school education for the 75-million children worldwide who currently have none.The 1 Goal education campaign is focused on ensuring that all children receive an education. To further the cause, the campaign is harnessing the power of football, using the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ in South Africa as the catalyst for global education reform.On 6 October, South African President Jacob Zuma was joined by various other heads of state to pledge their support at the global launch of the 1 Goal campaign. They were joined by famous footballers including Frank Rijkaard, Gary Lineker, Marcel Desailly, Rio Ferdinand, Sir Bobby Charlton, Mark Fish, Doctor Khumalo, Aaron Mokeona and Matthew Booth.“There are 40-million more children – most of them in Africa – in school today because governments took action nine years ago,” South African national football captain Aaron Mokeona said at the launch of the campaign. “The World Cup is in South Africa next year, so it is a good time to redouble our efforts and take another shot at getting the rest of these kids into classrooms.”Nine-year-old Gugu Ngubane – who has already signed up to support the cause – is proud to be part of the 1 Goad campaign. “When I grow up, I want to be a nurse,” says Ngubane. “My school is very excited about the World Cup next year, and we are very proud.”Zuma, who signed up for 1 Goal in Johannesburg, was joined via satellite by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, campaign co-chair Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan, UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Ghanaian President Atta Mills, Netherlands Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.These heads of state all agreed to spend the next year working toward a breakthrough on global education funding and making education the legacy of the World Cup in Africa and impoverished regions around the World.“We support the footballers and their fans in calling on all world leaders to do their part to ensure every child can go to school,” Zuma said. “We need to see action at the World Cup and beyond. By acting now, together we can ensure education for all.”Blatter said the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first World Cup to be held on the African continent, “represents a unique opportunity to mobilise energies around the globe to provide education and thus a better future for every child of our planet.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Aus MP questions Gillard over award to Sachin

first_imgAn Australian politician has questioned Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to award an Order of Australia to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to sport.Federal Independent MP Rob Oakshott, who expressed his love for Little Master, said the special award should not be used for diplomatic gain, the ABC news reported.”I love Sachin Tendulkar, I love cricket. But I just have a problem with soft diplomacy as you call it,” he said, adding “Getting in on the act of the Australian honours.” Oakeshott said the Order should be focused on recognising Australians doing community work instead.”I’m not going to die in a ditch over it…but it’s about the integrity of the honours list which should be for Australians,” he said.He said that Tendulkar was an “obvious diplomatic touch point”, and further suggested setting up an inter-nation gong, such as an “Australia-India award”.last_img read more

Public Defender’s Interim Report on Tivoli Incursion Delayed

first_imgThe Interim Report by the Public Defender on the incursion of the security forces into Tivoli Gardens and related matters has been delayed for over five months and is still not completed. After repeated missed deadlines for its tabling in Parliament, the Parliamentary Commission headed by the Speaker, the Hon. Michael Peart, met with the Public Defender, Mr. Earl Witter, on January 22, 2013. Based on the information provided by the Public Defender on the status of the report, the completion date could not be determined.The Commission has decided to provide the Office of the Public Defender with additional resources to assist with the speedy completion of the report. A team from the Houses of Parliament headed by the Clerk to the Houses will be closely monitoring the progress to ensure that the report is completed in the shortest possible time.The Commission has further decided that issues relating to the organization of the Office of the Public Defender will be thoroughly investigated as soon as the Interim Report is completed.last_img read more

Trelawny Venue of First National Jamaica Day Celebration

first_imgThousands of students from schools across the island are expected to converge at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium in Trelawny on Friday (February 22) for the first national Jamaica Day celebration.The national activity will be a celebration of Jamaica’s culture and will feature a parade, reading of the Jamaica Day Proclamation, drumming, performances by gospel choirs, among others.Speaking at a recent JIS Think, Director of the Culture in Education Programme in the Ministry of Education, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, informed that within the stadium, “a gala will be mounted that will centre the students in the experiences that some of us had in 1962. ” “We want to build a generation that will be centered in memories that will drive their understanding of their citizenship,” she stated.Ms. Blackwood-Meeks told JIS News that the six education regions will be asked to mount displays depicting their interpretation of the Jamaica Day theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: I’m On It’This interpretation, she explained, should be centered on their uniqueness, for example, “the region in which Trelawny falls, which has yam and Usain Bolt, they would have a different interpretation from the region in which St. Thomas Technical High School falls, being the place in Jamaica where the sun rises first, hence the name Golden Grove.”Agencies such as the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ)/Jamaica Memory Bank; Social Development Commission (SDC); Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC); National Library of Jamaica; and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), are expected to participate. Education Outreach Officer at the ACIJ, Tracian Meikle, told JIS News that“on Jamaica Day, we will be putting on a display showcasing Jamaica’s culture.”“It will focus on persons or groups that have really fought to make Jamaica what it is today. For example, we will have a display showcasing Maroon artefacts, the period of slavery, and abolitionists, who actually fought to make us free”. The event is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. Aspects of the extravaganza will be transmitted live on CVM Television, which is one of the event partners.Ms. Blackwood-Meeks said that in addition to the national event, schools will be required to celebrate Jamaica Day in their own way. “But whatever we do, we want to make sure we involve our communities, the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) our police, our youth clubs, our churches, and so,” she stated.last_img read more

Vidyut Jamwals Junglee a big winner at Jackie Chan International Film Week

first_imgMumbai: Vidyut Jamwal’s “Junglee” won two awards at the Jackie Chan International Film Week in China and the actor says he is honoured with the recognition. The film bagged the awards for best action sequence choreographer and special jury prize for best action family film at the fifth edition of the Jackie Chan International Film Week. “Everything we choreograph in my country India, it is very difficult because when we show it to somebody and they say Jackie Chan has done this before. So for us it is a great honour to be doing this and being acknowledged by the great jury. Thank you for the inspiring us,” Vidyut said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The actor said the idea to make “Junglee” was to spread awareness among the the younger generation about the illegal tusk trade happening across the globe. “In India we did not have a movie on real animals since 40 years. The new generation is not aware about the tusk trade that is happening around the world. So for us it was very important to make a movie for generations to come. “It is a great moment to get jury it means a lot to us. Thank you Jackie Chan, the jury and the most important thing is Chinese government for helping us and the whole world to stop the trade of ivory,” Vidyut said. The action-adventure film is directed by American filmmaker Chuck Russell and produced by Junglee Pictures. The film released in March this year.last_img read more