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Carifta trials set to excite

first_imgTHE country’s top junior athletes will be in action today and tomorrow inside the National Stadium as they seek places on the country’s team to the Carifta Games, which is scheduled to take place in George Town, Grenada between March 26-28.Fans are in for a treat as with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships just a few days away, top performances are expected in both the Under 18 and Under 20 categories.Today’s opening day will see the finals of the 100m in the Under 20 section with St Elizabeth Technical’s Nigel Ellis commanding most attention here. He is expected to compete in both the Under 20 100m and 200m events.While Ellis will start favourite the likes St. Jago’s Raheem Chambers, Waseem Williams of Jamaica College along with the Calabar duo of Xavier Angus and Fabian Hewitt will be hoping for a major upset.After dominating the sprints all season, Calabar’s young sprinters including Dejour Russell, Michael Stevens and Tyreke Wilson, will get their first big test this season when they face Kingston College’s outstanding sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson in the boys Under 18 100m.KC’ 400 metres standout Akeem Bloomfield will finally make his first appearance on the track this season.Bloomfield, the Carifta Under 20 champion has been absent all season but looks set to control the event here as there has not been any special performance so far in the event this season.An exciting battle looms in the Boy’s Under 20 400m hurdles as the likes of St. Jago’s, Tmor Barrett and KC’s Sherwayne Allen, who both have gone sub 53 seconds so far this season are expected to have their hands full as Calabar’s Akyeme Francis and the talented Jauvaney James of St. Elizabeth Technical should make it an interesting affair.Calabar’s Christopher Taylor should continue his great form this season and score an easy win in the Boy’s Under 18 400m.Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on the Girls Under 20 400m as Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical will square off with Tiffany James of the Mico University College and Shannon Kallawan of Edwin Allen.In the Under 18 Girl’s 100m, Kimone Shaw of St Jago and Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen will renew their rivalry when they clash in the event. At Central Championships, it was Shaw who drew first blood after defeating Clarke in a close finish and Clarke will be hoping to avenge that defeat.last_img read more

Thousand Oaks shooting: Warriors’ Steve Kerr offers empathy

first_imgOAKLAND — As he processed the news, Warriors coach Steve Kerr conveyed both empathy and frustration.Another mass shooting occurred, the latest at a Thousand Oaks country music bar that killed 13 people, including the alleged gunman. Kerr, who has spoken out on gun violence anytime an incident has happened, took the microphone once again before the Warriors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at Oracle Arena.“We’re going to have a moment of silence out here tonight. We had a moment of …last_img

A’s sting Rays on Matt Chapman’s ninth-inning home run

first_imgOAKLAND — Matt Chapman delivered a walk-off three-run homer in a four-run ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday night.Marcus Semien’s RBI single drove in the first run of the ninth and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. It was all the fireworks needed following a true pitchers’ duel put on by Frankie Montas and Charlie Morton.Ryne Christenson took over as manager for Bob Melvin, who sat the game with a nagging neck and back injury.The Rays and …last_img

Rugby’s quiet inroads in Soweto

first_img31 January 2005It is almost a given that a boy who grows up in Soweto has a passion for soccer, spending countless afternoons playing impromptu, passionate matches on the streets or dusty fields of this sprawling Johannesburg township.But for a handful of pupils at Jabulani Technical High School, their enthusiasm is for a different sport altogether – one seldom equated with black youngsters anywhere in South Africa. We’re talking, of course, about rugby.This far less popular, formerly “white” sport is steadily making inroads into Soweto’s sporting psyche, with Jabulani Technical High School at the forefront of the development“Sadly we still have individuals in our communities who perceive rugby as a sport played only by a particular race group”, says the school’s sport co-ordinator, Godfrey Leballo.But over the years, this mindset has slowly been crumbling, yielding fruitful results for the growth and development of the game in other surrounding townships as well, says Leballo.Situated next to Koma Road in Jabulani, Technical High has emerged as one of Johannesburg’s chief breeding grounds for black rugby talent.Rugby was first included as a sporting activity in 1989, as part of the school’s sports awareness campaign to provide pupils with a wide variety of sporting options, says Leballo.But it was not without some teething problems. “We had huge challenges when we first tried to encourage pupils to be part of the school’s rugby team, because a lot of them believed rugby was not meant for black people.” In addition, many saw it as a painful and barbaric sport.But with South Africa hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup, many township youngsters were enticed by the game – and the country’s lifting of the Cup drew even more supporters, Leballo says.“I believe that when local youngsters saw former president Nelson Mandela wearing the Springbok jersey, and black players such as Chester Williams being selected for the side, they started believing they could play this game.” In the ensuing months, Leballo noticed more and more pupils wanting to join school squads.At the entrance of the school’s main office is a cabinet of trophies and certificates of its many sporting achievements. Pride of place goes to a framed South African rugby jersey, signed by the Springbok team.The white long-sleeved jersey was donated to the school in 1999 by Virgin Atlantic Airways – the school’s rugby sponsor from 1998 to 2000.Virgin Atlantic provided equipment and paid for the school’s team to travel to local and international tournaments. “Through Virgin Atlantic, Jabulani was invited to play against a rugby school in England”, says coach Andrew Nkoana.The sponsorship ended after 9/11.Despite having no major financial backers, Jabulani Technical High remains undeterred.“It’s true our rugby performance has dropped slightly, but our sports committee has set-up a strategy to rectify this problem”, says principal Dumisani Mbense. “The committee is working towards uplifting our school’s rugby performance to where it should be – at the top.”Jabulani, which caters for pupils from grade 8 to grade 12, remains one of the few township schools in South Africa offering rugby as a sport.“A lot of our neighbouring schools don’t have rugby in their sporting codes due to a lack of facilities, even rugby fields, and no equipment”, says Leballo. “At least our school is privileged enough to have a grassed rugby field.”With its abundance of talent, the school also influences local rugby at club level, with the Soweto Rugby Club being the main beneficiary.A few local players have also gone much further. Former Gauteng Lion McDonald Muzi Masina is a product of Jabulani, while Giant Nkosi impressed at last year’s Craven Week schools tournament.“I don’t think I would have been a rugby player if I had not attended high school at Jabulani Tech”, says Sivile Ningiza, president of the school’s Learners’ Representative Committee, and scrumhalf.“I used to believe rugby was only accessible to white people and to local kids that attend school in Model C schools or private colleges”, he adds.However, while rugby remains the stepchild of local sport, its adherents are determined to change that perception.A lack of facilities around Soweto and the fact that rugby is not included in the extra-mural activities of many township schools are some reasons why local youngsters are not interested, says Jabulani player Katlego Hato.“Go around Soweto and check how many soccer fields exist in this area – plenty”, Hato points out. “Then check how many rugby fields exist in the same area – none, maybe less than three.”“But I love rugby”, Hato says, “because it teaches you discipline.”He jokingly adds: “I also love pain – that’s why I decided to become a rugby player before I become a professional wrestler!”Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

‘I didn’t even have a moustache in the year mentioned in charges against me’, says Lalu’s son Tejaswi

first_img The charges were an attempt to “create a crack in the grand alliance” in Bihar. “But it will not happen. The alliance is strong and will continue to be so,” he said.“When I took over as the Deputy Chief Minister, I made clear our policy of zero tolerance on the issue of corruption. Has any charge of corruption been levelled in any of the three departments I hold”, he asked.The RJD would now go to the people’s court and expose the BJP’s “conspiracy” against them, he said.Also Read Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav on Wednesday said the corruption charges levelled against him were part of a “political conspiracy” and based on period when he “didn’t even have a moustache.”“I was just 14-15 years old. How could I have indulged in such activities?. It is a political conspiracy against me by the BJP and its leaders Amit Shah and Narendra Modi”, he told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.Also Read Tejaswi Yadav will not resign, affirms RJD  Sources said a tense atmosphere prevailed at the Cabinet meeting, which lasted only for 25 minutes. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar maintained a stoic silence and did not speak to journalists.On Tuesday, the JD(U) asked the RJD to make its stand clear on the corruption charges against Mr. Yadav. Those facing graft charges should reveal facts: JD(U)last_img read more

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant can resume transfers of nuclear waste

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Operations were stopped for almost a year but now the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant received the green light to resume activity.Officials determined it safe to continue transferring spend nuclear waste to the plant’s new storage facility.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on this decision. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 22, 2019 May 22, 2019 San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant can resume transfers of nuclear waste Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

WATCH Suicide bomber pats little girls head minutes before Sri Lanka church

first_img Sri Lanka Attacks: What We Know So Far Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/3:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img A viral video that has been doing rounds on the internet showed one of the suicide bombers patting a little girl’s head before he walked into the St Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Negombo on the western coast of Sri Lanka.The incident was recorded on a CCTV camera installed in the vicinity. The bearded man is seen with a big backpack walking calmly towards the church. On his way there, he encountered a little girl with an adult. As he walks by her, he gives her a pat on her head and continues going towards the fated church.#WATCH Colombo: CCTV footage of suspected suicide bomber (carrying a backpack) walking into St Sebastian church on Easter Sunday. #SriLankaBombings (Video courtesy- Siyatha TV) pic.twitter.com/YAe089D72h— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019Another CCTV footage inside the St Sebastian’s Church shows the man making his way into the church, walking past many Easter worshippers who are standing outside the hall. The terrorist then walks to the altar where the bomb will detonate moments later, killing multiple innocent people.According to reports, at least 100 people were in the church when the bomb went off.A series of blasts targeting churches and high-end hotels rocked Sri Lanka on April 22, Sunday, killing 320 people and injuring more than 500. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and said that this was revenge for the New Zealand mosque shooting which claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. ISIS said, “This bloody day is our reward to you.” ISIS’ news agency al-Amaq, released the video claiming responsibility for the attack on its channel through the Telegram app.Initially, it was thought that the National Tawheed Jamaat, a Sri Lankan jihadi group was behind the attack.However, intelligence believed that even if the group did carry out the attack, they could do so with external assistance.last_img read more

Researchers reveal insights into the nature of an extremely massive galaxy cluster

first_img PLCK G287.0+32.9 was detected by ESA’s Planck telescope in 2011. First observations revealed that it is an extremely massive galaxy cluster at redshift of 0.39 with a mass of approximately 1.57 quadrillion solar masses. Subsequent studies of PLCK G287.0+32.9 found a pair of giant radio relics towards this cluster.Radio relics are diffuse, elongated radio sources of synchrotron origin. They occur in the form of spectacular single or double symmetric arcs at the peripheries of galaxy clusters. These sources are believed to originate in acceleration and re-acceleration at merger shocks. Thus, in the case of PLCK G287.0+32.9, radio relics confirmed that it is a merging galaxy cluster.However, the asymmetry of radio relics in PLCK G287.0+32.9 suggests a complex merging scenario. In order to investigate this assumption in detail, dark matter distribution in high resolution was required. Therefore, a team of astronomers led by Kyle Finner of the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, has performed a weak-lensing analysis of the dark matter distribution of this cluster.Finner and his colleagues employed the 8.2m Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for their observations. They observed PLCK G287.0+32.9 with the Subaru Telescope on February 26, 2014, and with HST on August 3, 2016 and on February 21, 2017.”In this study, we present the first constraints on the mass distribution of PLCK G287.0+32.9 from a weak-lensing analysis of Subaru and HST observations. Our analysis with this new data set provides substantial improvements over the previous weak-lensing study of Gruen et al. (2014),” the paper reads.Subaru and HST observations allowed the researchers to probe the mass distribution of the cluster and to discover its five substructures. PLCK G287.0+32.9 was found to be more massive than previously estimated, as the analysis indicates that it has a mass of approximately 2.04 quadrillion solar masses. The astronomers revealed that the mass of PLCK G287.0+32.9 is dominated by the primary cluster with three of the substructures being about 10 percent of the mass of the primary cluster, while the least massive fifth substructure cannot be considered a galaxy cluster.”Our analysis shows that the mass distribution features four significant substructures that stretch in a northwest to south-east direction. Of the substructures, the primary cluster dominates the weak-lensing signal. This cluster is likely to be undergoing a merger with one (or more) subcluster whose mass is approximately a factor of 10 lower,” the authors wrote in the paper.The researchers hope that future deep HST imaging would provide more details about the substructures of PLCK G287.0+32.9. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers reveal insights into the nature of an extremely massive galaxy cluster (2017, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-reveal-insights-nature-extremely-massive.html Radio relic discovered in a low-mass merging galaxy cluster More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1710.02527.pdf © 2017 Phys.org New observations carried out by an international team of astronomers have provided important details about an extremely massive galaxy cluster named PLCK G287.0+32.9. The results of these observations, presented October 6 in a paper published on arXiv.org, reveal insights into the structure and mass distribution of this cluster. Color-composite Subaru image with enhanced radio (green) and X-ray (red) emissions. Radio emissions are from GRMT observations (Bonafede et al. 2014) and X-ray emissions are from XMM-Newton. The overlaid convergence contours (white) peak in the X-ray emitting ICM with the highest contour enveloping the BCG. The mass is distributed along a direction similar to the axis connecting the radio relics. The HST F814W pointing is outlined in light blue. Image Credit: Finner et al., 2017.last_img read more

History in the making

first_imgKolkata: For the first time in the history of post-Independent Bengal, around 22 national leaders opposing the BJP will address a gathering at the historic Brigade Parade Ground on Saturday afternoon, determining a new course of action for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s dream of setting up an anti-BJP Federal Front is going to take concrete shape at this rally. It was Banerjee who first conceived the idea of this formation and had opened dialogues with all-India leaders from the middle of 2018. She had announced the date of the Brigade Parade Ground rally from the stage of the Martyrs’ Day rally held on July 21, 2018. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalFormer Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda who reached the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on Friday afternoon said: “Madam Mamata Banerjee is trying hard to bring all the Opposition parties under one umbrella. Narendra Modi had attacked Banerjee on the floor of Parliament and outside in very harsh words. People of the country will give him a befitting reply. In my view, the regional parties that have come together and are quite capable to form a stable government. The people of India will select the Prime Minister.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFormer Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said: “I congratulate Mamatadi for her efforts. Under the BJP rule, the condition of farmers, small traders and common people have turned from bad to worse.” BJP MP and former Union minister Shatrughan Sinha added: “Mamata Banerjee is no longer a regional leader. She has become a national leader and after the elections, when the Prime Minister will be selected, she is surely going to be a contender.” The entire 7.5 km stretch from the airport to Ultadanga has been decorated with festoons, banners, photos and cut-outs of all the leaders who are coming to attend the rally. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to the places and called on the leaders. A time travel to the past brings out the rich history of the ground, located in the backdrop of the iconic Victoria Memorial and the Indian Museum, and under the control of the Indian Army whose, Eastern Command headquarters Fort William lie in the vicinity. The Brigade Parade Ground has been a witness to many great events since Independence. In 1955, Russian leaders — Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin — visited Kolkata and addressed a gathering. Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had addressed a gathering in 1972. Jyoti Basu had led a rally in 1989 where all the anti-Congress leaders had gathered. Mamata Banerjee as a youth Congress leader had addressed a rally and sounded a bell to end the CPI(M) rule in 1992. A thick security blanket has been thrown on the sprawling Brigade Parade Ground to prevent any untoward incident. Large-scale preparations have been made to ensure that it is a complete success. Besides the huge stages, 20 watch towers have been erected and 1,000 microphones and 30 LED screens put up. Hundreds of TMC volunteers will be on the grounds to take care of supporters.last_img read more