Jenkins achieves WTF Grandmaster status

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Taekwondo Federation, Conrad Jenkins, is now the only local Olympic style Taekwondo Grandmaster.On December 7 at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City, president of the WTF, Dr Chungwon Choue, together with Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) president, Grandmaster Ji Ho Choi, presented Jenkins with his Seventh Dan Black Belt certificate.In addition, on December 9 at the Sala de Armas ( Fencing Olympic Venue), Jenkins and Guillermo Rodriquez of Venezuela were jointly awarded best male referees, while Hee Young Kim of Korea was awarded best female referee. Male and female teams from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia,Korea, China, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Ivory Coast, Mexico, USA and Belgium competed at the World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City.President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell, has congratulated Jenkins on achieving “this high distinction” while secretary general of the JOA, Christopher Samuda, remarked that he is not surprised as Jenkins has “consistently demonstrated his pedigree and credentials.”last_img read more

Focus on Indianapolis: Can Luck-less Colts ruin Raiders’ fortunes?

first_imgIt turns out the Colts’ season wasn’t necessarily doomed when Andrew Luck stunned everyone by retiring last month. That’s because Jacoby Brissett has shown he’s a pretty good facsimile of the former Stanford star.Brissett’s strong quarterback play has helped Indianapolis get off to a surprisingly strong start as the Colts stand at 2-1 after last Sunday’s 27-24 win over a solid Falcons team.Still, controlling Brissett could go a long way in allowing the Raiders to notch their first road …last_img read more

Scientists Are Studying Your Garden for Ideas

first_img51; Your garden plants are visited by a butterfly and various insects as you sip tea in a lawn chair.  Did you have any idea that inventors are watching the same things with an eye to making money?  Or that military officers are getting ideas from the garden to use against the enemy?  Biomimetics – the imitation of nature’s designs – is on a roll, because some of the best design ideas are right in your yard.It’s a bird; it’s a plan:  Watch the video clip of Matt Keennon’s ornithopter at PhysOrg.  It’s a robotic mimic of a real hummingbird – size, shape, wings and all.  Like the real thing, it can hover and move in all directions.  The military wants to use such devices as “spybots” to enter buildings with tiny cameras.    The hummingbird makes it look easy: “Manager of the project, Matt Keennon, said it had been a challenge to design and build the spybot because it ‘pushes the limitations of aerodynamics.’”Moving plants:  Schoolkids are often delighted with touching the leaves of the sensitive plant, Mimosa, and watching how they instantly fold up.  PhysOrg reported that University of Michigan researchers are sensitive, too: they are leading studies of moving plants that are “inspiring a new class of adaptive structures designed to twist, bend, stiffen and even heal themselves.”    Where could these efforts lead?  “When this technology matures, [Kon-Well] Wang said it could enable robots that change shape like elephant trunks or snakes to maneuver under a bridge or through a tunnel, but then turn rigid to grab a hold of something,” the article ended.  “It also could lead to morphing wings that would allow airplanes to behave more like birds, changing their wing shape and stiffness in response to their environment or the task at hand.”Solar plants:  What uses sunlight better than a leaf?  Penn State researchers are trying to copy photosynthesis, reported PhysOrg, in order to make efficient fuels.  “Inexpensive hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel may be possible by mimicking photosynthesis,” the article said, “…but a number of problems need to be solved first.”  Thomas Mallouk at the university has only achieved 2-3% hydrogen so far.  He needs to aim for 100%.  His team is trying to figure out how to handle the “wrecking ball” of oxygen produced by his experimental solar cells, and how to channel electrons so they stop recombining.  Plants make it look so easy.Hear thee:  Chang Liu at Northwestern is fascinated by the hair cells of the inner ear.  Like many researchers with the biomimetics bug, he “is using insights from nature as inspiration for both touch and flow sensors – areas that currently lack good sensors for recording and communicating the senses.”  He’s not all ears; “Hair cells provide a variety of sensing abilities for different animals: they help humans hear, they help insects detect vibration, and they form the lateral line system that allows fish to sense the flow of water around them.”    This multi-application potential of nature’s design particularly impressed him: “The hair cell is interesting because biology uses this same fundamental structure to serve a variety of purposes,” Liu said.  “This differs from how engineers typically design sensors, which are often used for a specific task.”  Synthetic hair cells might be useful for anything from robots to heart catheters. Fly me a computer:  Last week’s Science (Feb 11) had an article by Jeffrey Kephart about “Learning from Nature” to build better computer networks.1  What, in nature, did he have in mind?  Fruit flies.  “Studying the development of a fruit fly’s sensory bristles provided insight into developing a more practical algorithm for organizing networked computers,” the caption said on a photo of the little bug’s bristly head.    Kephart explained that biomimetics has a long history.  “The tradition of biologically inspired computing extends back more than half a century to the original musings of Alan Turing about artificial intelligence and John von Neumann’s early work on self-replicating cellular automata in the 1940s,” he noted.  “Since then, computer scientists have frequently turned to biological processes for inspiration.  Indeed, the names of major subfields of computer science—such as artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary computation—attest to the influence of biological analogies.” (Note: evolutionary computation is a form of intelligent design, in which a scientist or computer selects outcomes from randomly varying inputs according to purpose-driven goals.)Crawl me a network:  Speaking of IT, ants are inspiring new ideas for computer networks.  According to PhysOrg, “Ants are able to connect multiple sites in the shortest possible way, and in doing so, create efficient transport networks,” scientists at the University of Sydney are finding.  Even without leaders, they solve this complex problem by making many trails and pruning them back to the best ones.    Ants are not the only inspiration for the next generation of networks: “The findings sheds light on how other ‘simple’ natural systems without leaders or even brains – such as fungi, slime molds and mammalian vascular systems – are able to form efficient networks, and can help humans design artificial networks in situations lacking central control,” Dr. Tanya Latty said.Firefly probe:  Science Daily told how scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have made a probe of hydrogen peroxide levels in mice based on the chemical that makes fireflies glow: luciferin.  Their device seems reminiscent of Doc Bone’s hovering probe that could detect problems non-invasively: the new probe “enables researchers to monitor hydrogen peroxide levels in mice and thereby track the progression of infectious diseases or cancerous tumors without harming the animals or even having to shave their fur.”    How did Christopher Chang come up with this neat idea?  “The fact that in nature fireflies use the luciferin enzyme to communicate by light inspired us to adapt this same strategy for pre-clinical diagnostics,” he said.  Their PCL-1 probe has already passed a milestone and has found that hydrogen peroxide, “nature’s disinfectant,” is continuously made even in a healthy body.  Now they are working to improve the sensitivity of the probe.Roach model:  Hopefully your garden experience was not interrupted by seeing a cockroach in the kitchen when getting your tea out of the refrigerator.  Even so, Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University are finding things to admire in the beasts: PhysOrg said, “Ask anyone who has ever tried to squash a skittering cockroach – they’re masters of quick and precise movement.”  That’s why “Tel Aviv University is using their maddening locomotive skills to improve robotic technology too.”  While we’s getting grossed out with bugs, the article added, “Cockroaches are not the only insects that have captured the scientific imagination.  Projects that highlight both the flight of the locust and the crawling of the soft-bodied caterpillar are also underway.”  Good.  Get them out of the house and yard and give them to the scientists.Chang Liu had one of the best recent summations of why biomimetics is such a hot trend: “Using a bio-inspired approach is really important,” he said.  “Nature has a lot of wonderful examples that can challenge us.  No matter how good some of our technology is, we still can’t do some of the basic things that nature can.  Nature holds the secret for the next technology breakthrough and disruptive innovation.  We are on a mission to find it.”1.  Jeffrey O. Kephart, “Computer science: Learning from Nature,” Science, 11 February 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6018 pp. 682-683, DOI: 10.1126/science.1201003.As stated before, biomimetics provides a breakthrough that can bring scientists together.  Evolutionists do not have to worry about how these things evolved, nor waste time and energy making up stories or building their shrines to the Bearded Buddha.  Creationists do not have to mention God and risk alienating their colleagues who don’t want to hear the design argument for God’s existence.  Everyone can agree that the designs in nature, however they arose, are fascinating, important, and worth imitating.  The public will benefit from the inventions that result.    Follow the biomimetic research lead, and pretty soon Eugenie Scott will be out of a job, because all scientists will be marching together away from Darwinland and into the promised land of nature-inspired technology, talking design without any need for help from those who already knew intelligent design is the inference to the best explanation.  The ranks of the Darwinists will shrink by attrition.  Why?  Nobody will be looking to them for answers (re: stories), when practical science based on design is winning the hearts and minds of everyone.  Books and lectures on garden-variety intelligent design will, by then, seem perfectly natural.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Check Child Protection Register before hiring

first_imgEmployers should check the National Child Protection Register before they hire people to work with children, which would help to prevent abuse by those who have been convicted of crimes against children.South Africa established the National Child Protection Register in terms of Chapter 7 of the Children’s Act of 2005.The call was made by President Jacob Zuma, who said there were 441 people on the register who had been found to be unsuitable to work with children in the past financial year. “Let us protect children from further abuse.”He was speaking on International Children’s Day, which is observed on 1 June, at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.South Africa was “working hard” to address the scourge of child abuse, neglect and exploitation of women and children.The Department of Social Development had set up the 24-hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre, which counselled and supported survivors of abuse and violence.“The South African Police Service is under standing orders to act swiftly against those who abuse women and children,” said Zuma. “All our law enforcement agencies are also responding well and the conviction rates for perpetrators of crimes against women and children are encouraging.”The Cabinet had also established an inter-ministerial committee, led by the department, to combat violence against women and children.To report abuse, contact the development on 0800 60 10 11; the police emergency line on 10111 or Child Line on 0800 05 55 5.International Children’s DayInternational Children’s Day is observed annually on 1 June to honour children’s rights. It was proclaimed at the 1925 World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland.In South Africa, the day coincides with Child Protection Week, which this year is observed from 29 May until 5 June under the theme “Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward”.The first day of June also marked the beginning of Youth Month, held to commemorate the 16 June 1976 student uprisings. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the protests.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

GBC 2 – Name that Tune — Geocache of the Week

first_imgTraditionalGC4VKVRby WVTim The first step is to slide out the xylophone and play the notes given on the cache page. There’s no musical skill required, so even if you didn’t pay attention during music class in school, this cache is still for you! Simply match the numbers in the cache description with the numbers painted on each note of the xylophone. Image by WVTimOnce you figure out the tune, that’s where your geo-skills and riddle playing come in. The last four notes of the melody correspond to the numbers needed to open the combination lock on the side of the cache.Image by Ump35 & BeeThis clever cache is only one of the many sharp caches that are a part of WVTim’s forte:I’m blessed to have over 50 caches with over 100 Favorite points. Finders are so generous with their time and many write amazing logs. Reading the logs of their finds takes me there with them. Let’s be honest, the reason cache creators spend so much time in their shops is so they can read these great logs.For those of you out there interested in making your own birdhouse-based gadget cache, the cache owner has you covered. Watch him explain how he made this cache in the video below. Here he walks through not only through the process behind his different caches, but also how to convert an ordinary birdhouse into an extraordinary geocache.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:2Terrain:1.5 Along a Berkeley County trail in West Virginia are thirteen unique geocaches. Each is a unique gadget cache which, combined, have earned over 5000 Favorite points. Along this trail lies our Geocache of the Week. Lovingly constructed, Name that Tune certainly won’t fall flat, and is sure to test both your musical and geocaching skills.When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi, and when you make a creative cache like this, you start with the basics: a birdhouse.Image by Ump35 & Bee In cache owner WVTim’s own words, “I look at everything through the eyes of a cache builder. As I walk the aisles of hardware and toy stores, etc. I’m always thinking, ‘How can I use that to make a gadget cache?’ While in the toy store, I saw this xylophone and inspiration hit.”When you arrive at the cache, it looks like a home for a songbird, covered in carefully painted musical notes. Location:West Virginia, United StatesN 39° 30.146 W 077° 57.916 SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

Joint call to fight BJP sounded at Lalu rally

first_imgJD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who has opposed party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to rejoin the NDA, declared on Sunday that a national level grand alliance will be formed to take on the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections as “the country today is passing through a dangerous phase.”Mr. Yadav was speaking at the massive BJP bhagao, Desh bachao (oust BJP, save country) rally at the Gandhi Maidan here, organised by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Leaders of over 20 political parties joined RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on the stage to attack the ruling BJP at the centre and its alliance partner in Bihar, the JD(U) and appealed to the crowds to oust them from power in 2019. “It was to oppose communal forces…fascist forces [that] I supported Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister, though I knew him well that he is not a trustworthy person but the situation demanded so…and see how overnight he did a turnaround and solemnized his marriage with the BJP in hours,” said Mr Prasad in his half-hour scathing attack. He added, “Now no political party would trust Nitish Kumar…this was his last palti (somersault)”.“Now Nitish will not come to power, but Lalu will,” asserted Mr. Prasad.The RJD chief also attacked BJP and said he would not be cowed down with their pressure tactics. “Phansi per latak jayenge par BJP se samjhauta nahi karenge..hum jhukane wale nahi hai (will be hanged but not compromise with the BJP…I’ll not be cowed down),” he said.Mr. Sharad Yadav also attacked the BJP and said, “Here on this stage a grand alliance has been made…earlier attempts were made in Delhi but it was not successful…here, at this stage in Patna it has been formed.” Mamata flags PanchkulaMeanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “They [BJP] can only spread violence but cannot control one as was evident recently in Panchkula”. “It is a government at the Centre of the agencies, by the agencies and for the agencies…they use agencies to terrorise people whoever dares to speak against them,” said Ms. Bannerjee. She also declared that “like nasbandi (sterilisation) had cost Indira Gandhi’s government, this notebandi (demonetisation) will remove BJP from power.”last_img read more

Doctors seek Ministry help over exam fee

first_imgDoctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, have written to the Union Health Ministry asking it to urgently look into the “irregularities in MD/MS examination fee in AIIMS Rishikesh”, which is charging ₹15,000 as exit fee for the exam. While the AIIMS in Delhi charges ₹300, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, charges ₹1,100 for the same exam, they said.In the letter, AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association president Dr. Amarinder Singh Malhi said: “We believe that appearing for final exams after fulfilment of all due requirements is the basic right of a resident and charging such exorbitant money for an exam is forceful and organised loot. We also want to highlight the fact that when you compare this fee with AIIMS Delhi, it is beyond logical reasoning.”‘No RDA’ They also demanded that all AIIMS should have administrative uniformity and such irregularities should be checked by a committee.“RDA is not allowed in AIIMS Rishikesh, which is highly unfair as residents have no proper channel for voicing their grievances against excesses of the administration. Such a decision by the AIIMS Rishikesh administration is hurting the credibility of AIIMS,” the letter added.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva: Baines future could be in midfield

first_imgEverton boss Silva: Baines future could be in midfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says Leighton Baines’ future could be in midfield.Everton experimented with Baines in a new position during Roberto Martinez’s time as manager but the plan was shelved soon after.However, Silva says: “It is possible.“When Roberto told you that, what I can tell you is that you are talking about a player with fantastic individual qualities.“His passing, his last decision, his crossing is amazing and it could be. To be honest, it is not something I have spoken to him about but it could be something that happens in the future.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije Hits Last Second Jumper To Beat Virginia Tech

first_imgGeneral view of court at Carrier Dome.SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 8: General view of Syracuse Orange basketball game against Cornell Big Red on November 8, 2013 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team has seen a number of games due to poor late-game execution this season, leaving it squarely on the bubble with Selection Sunday just 39 days away. A loss to lowly Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome could have been disastrous to SU’s tournament hopes, but instead, the Orange flipped the script on the Hokies tonight.With 6:33 left in the game, a Justin Bibbs jumped gave Virginia Tech a 63-50 lead. After that play, Syracuse outscored Virginia Tech 22-7 to end the game, with Michael Gbinije scoring seven points in that stretch. Gbinije, who has struggled from the free throw line all season (46.7%), hit both shots from the line to tie the game at 70 with 19 seconds left. After Trevor Cooney baited Tech into a turnover on the ensuing inbound, Gbinije hit a floater to give SU a two point lead, leaving just 0.1 seconds on the clock. At 15-7, with one of the hardest stretches of games in the country approaching, Syracuse needs to finish strong to go dancing this March, but the Orange will live to fight another day after Gbinije’s shot.[Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician]last_img read more

World Premiere of Sgt Stubby An American Hero to Benefit Variety the

first_imgFun Academy Motion Pictures, the studio behind the upcoming animated family film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero and Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected and generous non-profit institutions, are co-hosting the world premiere of the animated family feature as a fundraising event to benefit Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights on Tuesday, March 27 at the Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero opens nationwide on April 13Red carpet is 4:30 p.m.; with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and screening at 6:00 p.m.Tickets and event sponsorships are available to allow kids from underserved L.A. communities to attend the premiere. All net proceeds will be donated by Fun Academy to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California, which has been serving the Los Angeles area since 1941.Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, in theaters everywhere April 13, is based on the incredible true story of the unbreakable bond between a young Soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Stubby is the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. Set against the backdrop of America’s entry into World War I, this computer-animated feature shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest of places in a heartwarming “tail” for the entire family.On March 28th, the day following the world premiere, Fun Academy and Variety – the Children’s Charity, will co-host screenings in 14 cities across the U.S. and Canada – a first in the charity’s 90-year history – to further benefit Variety programs that provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment and services to children who have a disability or are disadvantaged.“We are delighted to partner with Variety – the Children’s Charity to host the world premiere screening and multi-city tour of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” said Richard Lanni, director of Sgt. Stubby and founder of Fun Academy. “We are excited to host 500 children and their families from organizations supported by Variety SoCal, including the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights, at our world premiere to enjoy this dog’s eye view of American history that kids will love, parents and educators will appreciate, and all ages can enjoy together.”“Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern California is honored that Fun Academy Motion Pictures will premiere this heartwarming story to benefit children with special needs in our community. The children whom Variety supports overcome adversity every day. The inspiring story of Sgt. Stubby is one that the kids will really enjoy,” added John C. Hall, President of the Board of Directors of Variety of Southern California.The March 28th screenings locations are spread across North America and benefit causes selected by each local chapter (or “tent”) of Variety – the Children’s Charity:UNITED STATES:• Cathedral City, California – Variety Tent #66: D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre 14 • Redwood City, California – Variety Tent #32: Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20 • Deltona, Florida – Variety Tent #70: Epic Theatres of West Volusia • Wheaton, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Studio Movie Grill • Gurnee, Illinois – Variety Tent #26: Marcus Gurnee Cinema • Grand Rapids & Lansing, Michigan – Variety Tent #27: Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North / Celebration! Cinema Lansing • Chesterfield, Mississippi – Variety Tent #4: Marcus Theatres Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine • Downtown, Nevada – Variety Tent #39: Brendan Palms 14 • Williamsville, New York – Variety Tent #7: Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 • Brooklyn, New York – Variety Tent #35: National Amusements Linden Blvd. Multiplex • Harker Heights, Texas – Variety Tent #17: Cinemark at Market Heights • Fairfax, Virginia – Variety Tent #11: Cinema Arts TheatreCANADA: Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero• Alberta, British Columbia – Variety Tent #61: Westhills Cinemas • Winnipeg, Manitoba – Variety Tent #58: Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg • Vancouver, British Columbia – Variety Tent #47: Scotiabank Cineplex TheatreOpening on approximately 3,000 screens across the U.S. and Canada and coinciding with the year-long 100th commemoration of the United States’ role in the “War to End All Wars,” Sgt. Stubby was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni in his feature film debut and stars Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Olympians), Helena Bonham Carter (the upcoming Ocean’s 8, the Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd) and Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Man in the Iron Mask, Green Card).Featuring an original score by Patrick Doyle (Brave, Thor, Cinderella, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Sgt. Stubby is produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures with animation by Mikros Animation, a Technicolor company. Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Alexander, Born on the Fourth of July), with editing by Mark Solomon (Frankenweenie, Chicken Run, Shark Tale, the upcoming Sherlock Gnomes). Produced by Laurent Rodon and Emily Cantrill; and executive produced by Frank Lumpkin III, Tom Sheehan and Richard Lanni.As documented in history books but largely forgotten today, the true story of Sgt. Stubby will resonate with parents, educators, animal lovers, military supporters and history buffs alike. The film has been selected as an official project of the United States World War One Centennial Commission and its French counterpart, La Mission du Centenaire 1914-18; additional endorsements and educational partners include the Connecticut State Library, the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the National World War I Museum & Memorial, and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations and Fun Academy has partnered with more than 70 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.last_img read more