SOUTH SOUND, Cayman Islands:All-Jamaica champion Chris Binnie hopes to extend his stranglehold on the region after winning an unprecedented fifth consecutive title and record-breaking six at the Caribbean Area Squash Association Senior Championships in Cayman Islands on Tuesday night.”When I won my first regional title in 2009, I never dreamed I would have six overall, much less win this tournament five times in a row, but now that I’ve done it, I just want to keep building on that success and we’ll see how far I go,” he said.Binnie dug deep to fight off Caymanian Cameron Stafford in a tough finale. Buoyed by a boisterous home crowd, Stafford answered Binnie point for point until the score stood at two games-all and the match went to a fifth game-decider.With the title on the line, Binnie moved to another level, taking the fifth game decisively to beat his regional rival 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3.”It was a tough final because Cameron can hit several outright winners in a game,” Binnie observed. “In the end, my strategy was to keep the ball out of his hitting zone, and I’m relieved that I managed to win.”Binnie’s victory was the highlight of a solid performance by Jamaica, as the No. 2 seed, Lewis Walters, took bronze, and rising star Julian Morrison finished sixth.The players now shift focus to the team segment of the tournament, where Jamaica are strong favourites to win the men’s title.”We are thrilled that Chris has retained his title and that we had a strong showing from Lewis and Julian and now it’s on to the team competition,” said team manager Douglas Beckford. “This is our strongest squad in recent years and we should be able to finish on top. Once again, we have to thank our supporters and our main sponsors, JN General Insurance.”The team competition started yesterday, with the Jamaica’s men taking on regional kingpins Guyana and the women going up against Trinidad and Tobago.
JAMAICAN TRAINING A PLUS PORTLAND, USA: It isn’t only Jamaicans who train in Jamaica who have been participating at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre this weekend. On Thursday, Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia competed in the women’s 400m heats. Herunga is a student in the Faculty of Science and Sport at the University of Technology (UTech) and trains with the UTech-based MVP Track and Field Club. The Namibian was hoping to improve on her 55.40-second indoor personal best, but was unfortunately disqualified. “I came out today to run the 400m. It’s kind of hard. It was my second 400m and I came here saying I’m going out there to give my best,” she told The Gleaner. Herunga explained how she ended up in Jamaica from Windhoek, Namibia. “We watch athletics and we see most of the best world-class athletes in Jamaica,” she said. “In Namibia, we have talented people, but I don’t think we have people who can help the athletes go forward, so then our government and UTech came together and decided to give people 50 per cent of our scholarship, and that’s how we end up there and with MVP.” Herunga believes training in Jamaica will help push her to her best. “I think they are people who can push me because, back home, I just train alone, and here, there’s Stephenie (McPherson) and a lot of them and competition-wise, Jamaica always has athletes who can push me to my limit,” she said. Life in Jamaica is different, but Herunga admits to loving the Jamaican cuisine. “The weather is different because we have summer, we have winter, we have spring, but the weather is not that bad. It’s humid. I like the food too. It is different. I love the ackee. That’s one thing that I would take back home, and the training facilities. We don’t have the best training facility, but what we have, it’s enough to take us to Rio.”
Trailing just 1-0 after the first period, it didn’t take long for the flood gates to open in the second. Ryan Trudeau scored just 56 seconds in to the middle frame, and Corey Wamsteeker made it 3-0 just 11 seconds after that, on route to a 10-1 shellacking of the Pups. Ryan, along with his brother, Nolan, combined for 8 points in the contest, with each player collecting 1 goal and 3 assists.Trenton Forshner picked up the loan goal for the Huskies, with 4:30 remaining in the middle frame. It was a goal that Kings ‘tender Nolan Bowker would have liked to have back, but at that point, it didn’t exactly help the Huskies, as the score was 7-0 prior to the goal. Blair Karasiuk and John Apsassin picked up the assists on the goal, that was countered by two more King goals in the final two minutes of the second period.Both teams had troubles staying out of the box all game long, with the Huskies spending 44 minutes in the sin bin, while Grande Prairie spent 28 minutes in the box. Dayne Pederson and Connor Rose both received 10 minute misconducts in the final period of play, which only featured one goal for the Kings. The Kings fired 19 shots on net in the second period, in which 8 of them beat the Huskies netminders. Ty Gullickson relieved the efforts of Travis Mclean midway through the second, after Mclean allowed 7 goals on 30 shots. The Huskies fired just 29 shots toward the Grande Prairie net, while the Kings had 50 shots by nights end.- Advertisement -The Huskies, who now sit at 0-2-0-0, will not meet with the 4-0-0-0 Kings until December 3rd, when they travel to the Coca-Cola Centre for the last time in the 2011/2012 season. The Kings will visit the ‘Dog Pound’ two more times this season, on January 14th, and February 11th.The next Huskies home game is Friday, October 7th at 8:00 PM as they play host to the Sexsmith Vipers. The following night, both teams will meet again in Sexsmith for a rematch, at 8:00 local time. That game can be heard on 100.1 Moose FM beginning at 6:45 with the pre-game show, while the puck is set to drop at 7:00 from the Sexsmith Arena.
1 Daniele Rugani in action for Empoli Arsenal are ready to test Juventus’ resolve with a £11m bid for defender Daniele Rugani.The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Italian football and has been likened to former greats Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro.The centre-back has spent this season on loan at Empoli from Juventus and his performances have not gone unnoticed.Playing at the heart of their defence, Rugani has helped newly-promoted Empoli defy the odds and climb to 15th in Serie A.And now, according to Sport Italia, Arsenal are preparing a summer swoop of £11m for the Italy Under-21 international.Chelsea and Manchester United have both been linked in the past too, but Juventus are still hopeful they can persuade the youngster that his future lies in Turin.
An Arsenal fans makes his feelings clear Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to attend Tuesday’s game against Sunderland rather than participate in a boycott aimed at removing him as manager.The 67-year-old has still yet to announce whether he will sign at new contract at the Emirates Stadium to stay beyond the end of the current campaign.Arsenal have just three games remaining before that point – two home Premier League clashes against the Black Cats and Everton, before an FA Cup final date with newly-crowned champions Chelsea.After Liverpool’s 4-0 win at West Ham on Sunday a place in the Premier League top four, and qualification for next season’s Champions League, is now out of Arsenal’s hands.They need the Reds to fail to beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday to realistically stand any chance of maintaining Wenger’s record of never finishing outside of the top four in a full season at the helm.But even if the Gunners do upset the odds by reaching the Champions League, a number of fan groups are still calling for Wenger’s near 21-year reign to come to an end.Following recent measures such as protest marches, staying away from the Emirates before kick-off and flying planes carrying anti-Wenger slogans over stadiums, those groups now want to stage a mass boycott of the Sunderland fixture.In a statement released on onlinegooner.com, the group listed the likes of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and Max Allegri of Juventus as preferred alternatives to Wenger – before asking for fans to stay away on Tuesday night.“We are calling on fans that feel the same way to boycott tomorrow evening’s match against Sunderland,” the statement read.“Please consider joining us in this boycott. Don’t sell your seat to a tourist or give it to a mate. Let yours be one of the many gaps in the stands that send a direct and unarguable message to the directors. You do not want to watch any more of the same old same old.“If you are in any doubt, look at our season and compare that to Chelsea, Juventus and Atletico Madrid. We are a bigger club than all three of them but we are being held back by a greedy owner and a past it manager.“By doing this, we can send a message to Stan Kroenke and Arsene Wenger that Arsenal should be doing so much better.”A number of empty seats have been visible at Arsenal’s recent home wins over Leicester and Manchester United, with some supporters already opting to steer clear.But Wenger, who again dodged the question over his own future, wants to see Arsenal fans back his side.“My message is always the same, it is to support the team,” he said.Pushed on the recent trend of empty seats, Wenger claimed those matches were sell-outs, as Arsenal judge attendance on tickets sold before the event rather than the number of supporters inside the stadium.“Yes, but that doesn’t mean we are not sold out,” he replied when asked about the empty seats.“I think we are always sold out so I don’t know where you get that impression.”Wenger’s side have enjoyed a resurgence of late and have won six of their last seven games – including an extra-time victory over Manchester City in their FA Cup semi-final meeting.The only defeat came to north London rivals Tottenham, who on Sunday beat Manchester United in the last match at White Hart Lane to secure a second-placed finish.Arsenal were runners-up to surprise champions Leicester last season but could end this campaign outside the top four despite the prospect of collecting more points than 12 months ago.Asked about their chances of gate-crashing the Champions League places, Wenger said: “Our chances depend on winning our games. We have 69 points, we can get to 75.“That will be four points more than last year, so let’s focus on finishing as well as we can. We have created a momentum again. We had a difficult period and we recovered from it. The only chance we have to be in the top four is to win our games.”A convincing 4-1 win at Stoke on Saturday kept those slim chances alive, although Arsenal are now sweating over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez ahead of the visit of bottom club Sunderland.“Koscielny has a little recurrence of his calf problem which kept him out against Southampton. Alexis has a kick on his thigh,” Wenger explained.“Sanchez will have a test today. Yesterday it didn’t look too good, but with him you never know. He’s so keen. Maybe it was just a kick. It could be a possibility that he recovers for tomorrow.” 1
Julie Andrews says Cameron Diaz would be the perfect choice to play Maria if “The Sound of Music” is ever remade. Andrews starred in the best-picture Academy Award winner about a nun who leaves the convent behind to wed an Austrian widower – played by Christopher Plummer in the movie – and spread the “Do-Re-Mi” spirit to his seven kids. At a question-and-answer session celebrating the 40th anniversary of the popular film, Andrews recalled the scene in which Maria runs through the mountains singing “The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music.” It wasn’t as serene as it looked, the 70-year-old actress said Monday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I will never forget it. There was a large helicopter coming towards me through the mountains with a brave cameraman hanging out the side,” she said. “We shot the scene many times, and at the end of each take, the helicopter would circle round. The downdraft nailed me flat onto the grass, and a couple of times I bit the dust. At first it was funny, but after several times I began to get very angry.” Andrews, who has given up musical roles because of throat problems, said: “I miss singing very, very much, but the best thing is I have never been busier.” She will voice Queen Lillian in the upcoming “Shrek 3” movie. Diaz will voice Princess Fiona. Diaz’s screen credits include roles in “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich” and two “Charlie’s Angels” films.
We are usually told that fossils involve the complete replacement of original living material by rock, except in rare cases (such as amber), because organic material is quickly destroyed. One of the most famous rock fossils is Archaeopteryx, the bird that has often been claimed to be a missing link from dinosaurs. An international team used X-rays to probe one of the nine known specimens of Archaeopteryx. To their surprise, they found original atoms from the feathers and bones of the animal still residing in the rock impressions – this after 150 million years has past since the bird died, according to the evolutionary chronology. Science Daily, the BBC News, and New Scientist all reported the paper that appeared in PNAS.1 The team, including scientists from Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory, Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Manchester, UK, used synchrotron rapid scanning X-ray fluorescence (SRS-XRF) to detect atomic species in the rock and the fossil impressions of the Thermopolis Archaeopteryx specimen. Their color-coded map of the data shows enriched zinc and copper in the bone impressions relative to the rock, and enriched phosphorus and sulfur in the rachis [main stems] of the feather impressions. They interpret these as remnants of original soft tissue from the specimen rather than leached material from the rock sediments: “Here we present chemical imaging,” they said, “… which shows that portions of the feathers are not impressions but are in fact remnant body fossil structures, maintaining elemental compositions that are completely different from the embedding geological matrix.” This was the first detailed chemical analysis of this fossil ever performed, they said. They referred to another study on dinosaur bone that supports “our most striking result: that elevated Zn levels associated with the skull and other bones have persisted over geological time and most likely, along with phosphorous and sulfur, are remnants of the original bone chemistry.” The authors seemed to like that word “striking.” They used it 4 times: e.g., “striking and previously unknown details about the chemical preservation of soft tissue, elemental distribution patterns most likely related to the organism’s life processes, insights into the chemistry of the fossilization process, and details of curation history.” The paper and the popular articles spoke of evolution in various ways. The original paper had very little to say about it, other than some opening generalizations. The abstract began, for instance, with “Evolution of flight in maniraptoran dinosaurs is marked by the acquisition of distinct avian characters, such as feathers, as seen in Archaeopteryx from the Solnhofen limestone.” They did not elaborate on how the said acquisition of pennate flight feathers might have occurred by the unguided process of natural selection. The opening sentence of the paper followed, saying, “Archaeopteryx are rare but occupy a pivotal place in the development of Darwinian evolution because of their possession of both reptilian (jaws with teeth and a long bony tail) and avian (feathered wings) characters.” After that, the E-word did not appear further, except for a brief suggestion, without evidence, that Archaeopteryx appears transitional between dinosaurs and birds. Jeff Hecht at New Scientist, however, drew from this the notion that “Copper and zinc are key nutrients for living birds, and their presence in the fossil bones shows the evolutionary link with dinosaurs” – even though the original paper did not state such a thing. He did quote Roy Wogelius [U of Manchester] of the team, saying, “It’s amazing that that chemistry is preserved after 150 million years,” and “There is soft-tissue chemistry preserved in places that people didn’t expect it.” The BBC News referred twice to the fossil as a “snapshot of evolution” and called it “a ‘missing link’ that documents a fabulous transition from dinosaur to bird,” even though the paper was really not about evolution or dinosaurs at all. Science Daily gave the story the misleading headline, “X-Rays Reveal Chemical Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs” when, again, the paper made no such claim. Moreover, the article called it a “150-million year old ‘dinobird’ fossil” and claimed that “When the first Archaeopteryx specimen was uncovered a century and a half ago, just a year after Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, the discovery provided the strongest evidence yet for the theory of evolution.” None of the popular articles dealt with the question whether preservation of original organic material from an animal as frail as a bird, which usually decays completely within days or weeks, is possible for 150 million years. None considered whether finding such material should call into question the age of the specimen.1. Bergmann et al, “Archaeopteryx feathers and bone chemistry fully revealed via synchrotron imaging,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print May 10, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1001569107. OK, readers; here’s the science, here’s the data, there’s the spin. You are smart enough to decide. Is it plausible that portions of the original bone and feathers of a bird have been sitting in this rock for 150 million years? What kind of faith does it take to believe that? Consider how long 150 million years is. All of recorded human history – all the wars, battles, migrations, conquests, and population explosions – fits within 10,000 years or less. That includes all the geological catastrophes (post-Flood, for creationists): all the volcanoes, tsunamis, Krakatoa, Mt. St. Helens, Vesuvius, and many more. All the big floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes that people have written about fit within a thousandth of 1% of the time evolutionists are talking about. Did that time even exist? Instead of asking such questions, instead of doubting their assumptions like good scientists should, instead of realizing that such discoveries are an assault on their core beliefs, evolutionists just waltz on forward proclaiming their myths as if nothing happened. “Well, what do you know; soft tissue can be preserved for 150 million years, and isn’t it wonderful how Archaeopteryx is such a beautiful icon to hang at the shrine of the Bearded Buddha? Guard – arrest that man! He is not bowing deep enough – he might be a creationist! Expel him lest he commit sacrilege in this sacred place!”(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Indian coaching staff, including chief coach Ravi Shastri, will be handed a 45-day extension after the ongoing World Cup even though their contract ends with the showpiece event.Besides Shastri, the support staff also includes assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R. Sridhar. The decision was taken by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and was uploaded in the minutes on BCCI’s website.”After some discussion, the CoA decided that the contracts for the support staff can be extended by 45 days on an ad-hoc basis and that interviews of the support staff should be conducted after the World Cup,” the minutes read.”As the Cricket Advisory Committee’s (CAC) involvement is required for the purpose of selecting a head coach, the BCCI management should speak to the members of the CAC and ascertain what is their expectation vis-a-vis remuneration/compensation for their services and a draft of the terms of reference for the CAC should be prepared and circulated for CoA’s consideration,” it added.CAC members Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman had made it clear to BCCI ombudsman D.K. Jain that they were not aware of their exact role and scope. In fact, they also made it clear that if a question of conflict arises due to their IPL roles, they were happy to stay away from functioning as CAC members.But Clause 24 (5) of the new BCCI constitution says that while the CEO will appoint team officials for the Indian teams, the head coach of each team shall be appointed by the CAC. So, the CoA needs to find a quick solution.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) Nottingham Weather ForecastAlso Read | Replacement or cover? Selectors and team management differed on Pant’s statusAlso See
A pre-trial conference involving two murder suspects turned hostile in Dakota County District Court Tuesday morning.25 year old Andres Surber, one of two men charged with first degree murder in the death of Kraig Kubik of Emerson, Nebraska last October, was removed from the courtroom after he began yelling profanities and acting aggressively towards sheriff’s Deputies.This was during a hearing where the state had filed a motion to consolidate Surber’s trial with a co-defendant, 18 year old Bryan Galvan-Hernandez, who is also charged in the case.A judge will rule on consolidating the two defendants to one trial on April 26th.That would likely delay the scheduled beginning of the jury trial on May 9th.
How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes Own An Epic Wibit Water Obstacle Course in Your Own Backyard Close Regardless of property size or budget, the Wibit water obstacle course comes in modular designs which vary in size and capacity. Though they’re a little too big for your average-sized pool, Wibit’s products can be found at commercial pools, resorts, camps, and open water locations all around the world. Or you just need is to own a lake, or some sort of lakeside property. Of course, it is also inflatable, so if you can make arrangements to take in on a community lake, I bet you’d be the coolest guy in town.The WiBit aqua parks feature a heap of different obstacles and activities to transform your summer for the better. And because their designs are always evolving, they can create a customized solution for you. Boasting commercial grade construction, tough German safety standards, and devoted passion for sports, WiBit’s will give you trouble-free yet challenging entertainment for your guests. Each Wibit product also comes equipped with the necessary setup parts, as well as an accessory kit, depending on your combination.Check out the experience below to see if you’re ready to have what could be the best summer of your life. Waterslides, trampolines, obstacles – you name it and Wibit’s water obstacle course probably has it and more.German watersports company, Wibit has been transforming beach side backyards and commercial pools into wild and wacky inflatable obstacle courses for over two decades. Creators and friends Robert Cirjak and Romann Rademacher experienced their first feature for their water trampoline in an American watersports magazine in 1996, only to have their one and only trampoline idea stolen at the BOOT show in Dusseldorf.Despite this, Robert and Romann stuck it out until their creation of a commercial grade floating aqua park design hit the market in 2000. Fourteen years later, Wibit sports is now the world leader in floating water parks and can configure an inflatable adventure right in your own backyard. If your backyard is a beach, that is. The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 Editors’ Recommendations