SVL underlines commitment to JAAA

first_img stronger connection As Jamaica’s elite athletes prepare to take on the world’s best athletes at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Beijing, China, President and CEO of Supreme Ventures Limited Brian George, has underlined his company’s commitment to the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica’s athletes. George, however, is urging the association to start planning for the island’s next generation of stars. SVL has been supporting the national track and field programme since 2003. Its current sponsorship with the JAAA is valued at $14 million and includes support for the national team going to the World Championships, which is set to begin in less than two weeks. SVL also sponsored the National Championships that were held in June. The company has also already committed increased sponsorship of J$16 million for 2016 when Jamaica campaigns at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, so the JAAA already has a clear idea of what it can already plan for. The sponsorship, George said, has also ensured that the JAAA plays a greater role in helping its emerging athletes step on to the world stage. “The JAAA has to ensure that it puts sufficient plans in place to deal with the next generation of track and field athletes and in how they establish these athletes as a brand that will bring attention to Jamaica,” George said. “Usain Bolt is a brand, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce is a brand, so is Veronica Campbell-Brown. Each of those brands is going to move off the stage in relativity short order. They (JAAA) need to now focus on, how do you take these emerging stars and build a brand around them to ensure that Jamaica continues to enjoy the respect of the track and field world?” The JAAA, George said, has already taken steps to protect the Jamaican athletics programme in light of the recent leaking of ‘suspicious’ tests results that media reports suggest indicate widespread doping in the sport. “We applaud the statement they made that they will move to protect the integrity of the Jamaican athletes,” George said, adding that Jamaica has also strengthened its drug-testing programme. However, he believes there needs to be a stronger connection with the strength of the junior programme. “No other country in the world has a programme like Champs (the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships). We need to ensure the telling of the story of Jamaica’s track and field and what it is that creates Champs. That is a story that needs to be well ingrained in the minds of people so that they understand that this is not a fluke,” George said. “This is not as a result of someone taking drugs, but a natural progression,” he added. “Jamaica needs to take control of its own identity and don’t let other people come and take control of it.” Going forward, the CEO said SVL is in it for the long haul. “Our role has been unwavering,” he said. “What we will have to see is if people who have jumped into the process lately and who are talking about one- and two-year commitments, when brand Jamaica goes through its natural cycle, whether that level of commitment will still be as strong.”last_img read more

Developer hired for Rio Hondo physical education complex

first_imgWHITTIER – A new $27million physical education complex at Rio Hondo College that will replace an aging sports facility built in the 1960s has taken another step toward reality with the hiring of a developer, officials announced. The college’s board of trustees hired Telacu Construction Management Services to oversee construction of the new 42,000-square-foot facility. Telacu will take on two major functions on the project, said Steve Lohr, director of facilities services. First, the developer will manage the general contractor for the project “so that they can provide oversight on behalf of the district,” he said. The general contractor has yet to be selected. Construction on the new complex is expected to begin in the 2008-09 fiscal year and will be funded primarily through state funds, Lohr said. Preliminary plans for the complex are now being reviewed by the Division of the State Architect, a process that can take up to a year or longer, Lohr said. But once Rio Hondo gets approval from the state, the project will go out to bid. The lowest bids will be forwarded to the board of trustees, and then a general contractor will be chosen, officials said. Meanwhile, the college is moving forward on the construction of a new Library and Learning Resource Center, which is also being funded primarily with state funds. The college also passed a $245 million general obligation bond in 2004 to help pay for a five-year facilities overhaul program. “This is an important time for the college,” said interim President Manuel Baca. “The building program is under way, and the college is maximizing the opportunity to get as many projects started before the costs of construction continue to increase.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The other is that they’re going to help us with the temporary relocation of PE functions,” Lohr added. “The PE complex has a lot of areas that are used for instruction, and facilities that faculty, staff and students use – like the fitness center – that will have to be relocated.” The college’s existing fitness center and gymnasium will be renovated as part of the plan. The new facility will include two new swimming pools, Lohr said. “It’s a priority,” Lohr said. “The \ building is outdated and it doesn’t meet our current needs. And the condition is such that it makes more sense economically to demolish part of it and build a new building. “You have to remember that most of these buildings were constructed in the mid-1960s, so they are 40-plus years in age,” he added. last_img read more

A brain ‘tuneup’ ahead of an epic fight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita His name is Dr. Arnold Bresky, and he spent the better part of his 45-year medical career delivering babies in the San Fernando Valley – almost 10,000 of them, by his own count. Now he’s working the other end of life’s spectrum in a pilot program at the home called “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up.” The name draws laughs, but it’s as serious as a heart attack. The brain is too important, too valuable to the quality of an elderly person’s life, to ever take for granted, he says. So the 60 seniors in his class at the Reseda facility walk in carrying their homework assignments every Thursday – ready for their weekly tuneup. They spend an hour laughing, learning and being constantly challenged with mental games and physical activities to use their brain more and more. The 60 seniors in “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up” class refuse to give up their memories without a fight – without doing everything in their power to beat or delay this insidious enemy called Alzheimer’s. They’ve all seen what it can do. How it robs the names and faces of loved ones from you, and steals even the simplest of answers from your brain. No, these seniors in their 80s and 90s with early memory loss living at the Jewish Home for the Aging aren’t giving up those memories without a fight. Not as long as the brain tuneup doctor is around. That’s how you fight this enemy called Alzheimer’s. The six-month project, funded with a $45,000 grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, is aimed at improving cognitive and behavioral function in seniors in the beginning stages of memory loss. If it works – and the test results so far are good, Bresky says – look for a “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up” center in a neighborhood near you. Go ahead and laugh. It’s OK. Humor is on the doctor’s daily “to do” list, along with exercise, good food, Mozart – preferably Concerto No. 21 – and at least 15 minutes a day of kindness toward someone you know. “Every day, 365 days a year,” the doctor tells his patients. “You can’t take a vacation from it.” Not when you’re fighting Alzheimer’s. Dorothy Creager walked into her session with 20 other seniors Thursday and handed Bresky a newspaper. There’s a story about how Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 is being played around the clock in the hospital room of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is fighting for his life after suffering a stroke. The story validates for the seniors what Bresky has been telling them about how brain scans have shown the brain responds to Mozart. If it’s being played to help stimulate the brain of a fallen world leader like Sharon, why not them? “I remember numbers and names a lot better since I’ve been coming to this program,” Creager says, echoing the feelings of the other seniors in the room. “You learn to listen and think about what you’re doing instead of just doing it. I don’t go to the refrigerator anymore and stand there wondering what I came for. I know.” It may be a small thing, but small things like not standing in front of a refrigerator wondering what it was you wanted now bring a smile. It shows the brain is still working just fine. Bresky, medical director of the Camarillo Springs Holistic Medical Center in Camarillo, started transitioning his practice in the early ’90s from delivering babies to the quality of life at the end. “The way you judge society is how you treat your very young and very old,” he says. “I know a lot of the babies I delivered will live to be 100 or older, but what will their quality of life be at that age? “I started reading everything I could get my hands on about the brain and immune system, and what we could do to fight Alzheimer’s.” While Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia cannot yet be prevented, its onset and many of its debilitating symptoms can be delayed, Bresky says. The mental tests he has given these seniors at the start of the project will be repeated at the end. Neither he nor the seniors in the program say they have any doubt the results will show an improved mental status and quality of life. “I always thought I had a decent memory, but I can already see how it’s improved so much since I’ve been in the class,” Ann Henken said. “He just doesn’t let people forget. He pushes us, makes us use our brain to its maximum. It’s exciting and fun.” Bresky will train staff members at the Jewish home in his techniques so they can continue the program after he leaves. Then, the brain doctor will start knocking on the doors of convalescent homes and care facilities in the area. Looking to see if there are any seniors in the beginning stages of memory loss who would like to laugh and listen to some Mozart. For more information on “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up,” e-mail Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Phones now ring with joy and relief

first_imgBOSTON – For the friends and family of kidnapped freelance reporter Jill Carroll, nearly three months of worry – heightened every time grim stories about hostages in Iraq made the news – evaporated with a phone call Thursday morning. “Hi, Dad. This is Jill. I’m released.” Carroll’s conversation with her father tipped off calls across the country, from family to friends to colleagues. “Today’s just a wonderful day of rejoicing,” said Richard Bergenheim, Carroll’s editor at the Boston-based The Christian Science Monitor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Carroll, 28, who was working as a freelancer for the Monitor, was handed over to the Iraqi Islamic Party office in the Amiriya neighborhood of western Baghdad, by an unknown group. She was later turned over to American officials and taken to the heavily fortified Green Zone. Carroll said her captors never harmed or threatened her. “We got the call this morning,” Carroll’s father, Jim, told reporters outside his North Carolina home. “It was quite the wake-up call, to say the least.” He thanked all the family’s supporters in the U.S. and Iraq, and the Monitor. “We’ve had an arduous three months,” Jim Carroll said. “It’s been very, very difficult on the family and all of the friends, and obviously all the people around the world.” Carroll was kidnapped Jan. 7 in Baghdad’s western Adil neighborhood, where she had gone to interview Sunni Arab politician Adnan al-Dulaimi. Her translator was killed in the attack about 300 yards from al-Dulaimi’s office. Her captors, calling themselves the Revenge Brigades, demanded the release of all women detainees in Iraq by Feb. 26 or they would kill Carroll, too. But the date came and went with no word about her welfare. Her family, the newspaper and press freedom groups issued several pleas for her release. Just before she was freed, her sister Katie Carroll pleaded for her freedom on Arab television, saying: “I’ve been living a nightmare, worrying if she is hurt or ill.” Then, Thursday morning, the ordeal ended. “Our hearts are full. We are elated by Jill’s safe release,” her family said in a statement released by Bergenheim. “We’re thrilled,” Carroll’s mother, Mary Beth Carroll, later told The Associated Press in a quick phone call from her home near Chicago. Carroll grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She went to the Middle East in 2002 after being laid off from a newspaper job. She had long dreamed of covering a war. At her alma mater, the good news spread fast. Her journalism professors lauded her commitment and passion. “Her journalism represents the best principles in the field,” professor Karen List said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal fixtures: ‘Fitting we’ll become champions at Chapman’s other club’

first_imgArsenal fans have been discussing what may be in store for the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.The fixtures for the new season have been announced, with the Gunners hosting Leicester City on the opening day and finishing away at Huddersfield Town. READ MORE: Arsenal News: Revealed – every Premier League fixture for 2017-18 seasonDespite each team playing the same 38 matches, the game-by-game breakdown is always exciting as fans look for the big teams, derby day and what could be the crucial stage of the season.The new campaign kicks off on August 12 – but they will play Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley a week before – and, despite only adding left-back Sead Kolasinac to their squad, Arsene Wenger is expected to spend big in the summer.See what fans had to say to the fixture list below… The Herbert Chapman statue: The former manager worked wonders at Huddersfield before moving to Arsenal 1center_img READ MORE: Arsenal News: Revealed – every Premier League fixture for 2017-18 seasonlast_img read more


first_imgIT lashed with rain. And spectators were wrapped in coats and sheltered under umbrellas.But that didn’t stop some very hardy souls taking to Lough Swilly on Sunday for the annual Rathmullan Raft Race.Footage from Paul Deeney.Click to play  DDTV: WATCH VIDEO OF THE RATHMULLAN RAFT RACE was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: WATCH VIDEO OF THE RATHMULLAN RAFT RACElast_img read more


first_imgMOJO GOGO are set to bring the house down when they make their 3rd annual appearance at The Coach House Marquee, Donegal Town on July 19th next.The Mojo lads in action!This year the band have decided to hold this show as their very own ARANMOJO FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY.Of course the bands very own Festival – ARANMOJO will take place this year on 16th-17th August at Early’s Bar on Arranmore Island. MOJO GOGO are currently in the middle of preparing for shows in Canada, Spain, Netherlands & Germany to name just a few. Most recently they have shared the stage with acts such as The Dandy Warhols & Kelis.If you have never been to a MOJO GOGO show before, have a little read here about their live Performances:“Mojo GoGo are on the cusp of Greatness. Boasting a live sound that is as solid as Godzilla’s sofa” – Edwin Mc Fee“One of the finest bands to emerge in years, Mojo GoGo pack a punch” – Barry Devlin, Horslips “Mojo GoGo are the current kings of stagecraft, treating every show like an arena sell out. Its amazing to watch” -BBC ATLAdmission is free and the doors open at 8pm. Support comes from the hotly tipped “Vintage Infants”.This is one not to be missed. FIND YOUR MOJO AS DONEGAL ROCKERS PLAY THEIR HOME TURF was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Coach HousedonegalMOJO GOGOlast_img read more

Execution may cause loss of Schwarzenegger moniker

first_img 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake On Thursday, the local Social Democrats said they would support that appeal, meaning there likely will be majority backing in the city council for renaming the stadium. The council, which is responsible for the stadium, is expected to take up the matter Jan. 19. The Union for Austria’s Future wants to keep the stadium’s current name, arguing that generating controversy around it could lead to financial loss by prompting sponsors to withhold funds from sporting events there. A spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger said the office would not comment on the matter. VIENNA, Austria – Political parties in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hometown have started a petition drive to remove his name from a sports stadium. The dispute stems from the governor’s decision this week to deny clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams. The co-founder of the Crips gang was executed early Tuesday in San Quentin State Prison for four 1979 murders. Opposition to the death penalty is strong in Austria, and the once-popular Schwarzenegger has lost much of his shine since becoming California governor for refusing to spare convicted murderers on Death Row. The outcry was especially sharp this week after the clemency denial for Williams, who had written children’s books warning of the dangers of gang life. Politicians from the Greens party in the southern Austrian city of Graz, Schwarzenegger’s hometown, reacted by calling for his name to be removed from the “Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium.” last_img read more

Archer Fish See Like People

first_imgAn archer fish can spit out a man’s cigarette.  That’s actually a humorous scene at the end of a video clip on The Scientist that talks about the amazing eyes of this underwater sharpshooter.  New research shows that these freshwater fish, known for their ability to spit bugs off bushes, have a mammal-like ability to pick out their targets against various backgrounds.     A paper in PNAS describes the experiments that proved archer fish possess “orientation saliency,” a “fundamental building block of vision” that allows the brain to discern a target from its background.1  The Scientist said, Up till now, researchers believed that the ability to see objects positioned out of line with their backgrounds, known as orientation saliency, was only found in mammals, which have specialized neurons in their brain that allow the animal to perceive these off-kilter objects.  But recent anecdotal evidence suggested that archer fish are also capable of picking out askew objects, such as insect prey, from complex visual backgrounds. The first video clip in the article shows some of the experimental setup scientists at Ben Gurion University used to test the orientation saliency of the fish.  The second video clip explains other physiological abilities that allow these fish to compensate for refraction and gravity as they shoot out bugs (or cigarettes) up to two meters above the water.     Both The Scientist and PNAS were baffled by how such a complex trait could have evolved.  Why?  The authors of the paper explain, “Given the enormous evolutionary distance between humans and archer fish, our findings suggest that orientation-based saliency constitutes a fundamental building block for efficient visual information processing.”  But if so, they did not demonstrate that all fish have this ability, to say nothing of the all animals in the evolutionary branch leading to mammals.  The Scientist quoted a German researcher (not involved in the study) with a different evolutionary suggestion: “Obviously evolution manages to bring out phenomena when they are useful for a species.”     The authors, however, noted that fish do not have a visual cortex where orientation saliency is located.  “If fish, who don’t have a visual cortex, can exhibit the same behavior, then researchers need to reestablish their understanding of how these processes work,” the article ended.  But in the paper, the German suggestion appeared again: “These observations demonstrate how evolutionary pressures for efficient visual processing bring distant evolutionary paths to express similar functional solutions,” the authors said.  Somehow, some way, the call for survival introduced “an evolutionary pressure toward orientation-based visual saliency processing.”     At the end of their paper, the authors hedged their bets.  They tried to argue that either way, whether the trait evolved by homology (common descent) or analogy (convergent evolution), Darwin can’t lose: Another intriguing question raised by our findings is the implications of the evolutionary relationship between orientation saliency in the two species investigated.  If orientation saliency mechanisms in archer fish and humans are homologous (i.e., derived from common ancestry), then the fact that this functionality has been preserved for so long implies that these mechanisms are of high functional importance and that no better alternatives have been found during the course of evolution.  This further suggests orientation saliency as a fundamental building block for visual representations and efficient visual processing.  Similarly, if orientation saliency mechanisms in archer fish are analogous to those of humans (i.e., reflect independently convergent evolutionary processes), it would strongly support the notion that orientation saliency has computational optimality in a wide variety of contexts.  Hence, both evolutionary alternatives suggest that orientation-based saliency constitutes a universal building block for efficient visual information processing. 1.  Alik Mokeichev, Ronen Segev, and Ohad Ben-Shahar, “Orientation saliency without visual cortex and target selection in archer fish,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print September 13, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1005446107. Evolution dogmatists are funny sometimes.  The most embarrassing facts fail to dislodge their beliefs.  They’re like bugs wrapping themselves with velcro around a twig, lest the facts, like the spit-cannons of an archer fish from the observable world below, knock their feet out from under them.     Consider how silly both evolutionary explanations are.  If the trait “arose” in some common ancestor of fish and humans (perhaps some acorn worm), what ancestor was it, and why did the worm need orientation saliency?  Why doesn’t every animal from the ancestor up have it?  Without a natural law demonstrating a path from need to function, it’s an appeal to a miracle anyway.     If, on the other hand, evolution “gave rise” to the trait independently by “convergence,” is that not an appeal to two miracles?  A miracle can be defined in the materialist world as any improbable situation that requires a leap of faith to accept the evolutionary explanation.  It’s a corollary of the Stuff Happens Law (SHL) that says, “Sometimes amazing stuff happens.”  (The SHL, in philosophy of science, represents the absence of scientific explanation.)     The more amazing things that happen – e.g., flight six times (insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, humans with their flying machines, and flying fish, 09/11/2010), the more the miracles like human-like sight in archer fish, the more evolutionary theory is lacking in explanation, the more they reach ecstasy.  It gives the Darwiniacs even more reason to sing their praises to Evolution, that miracle worker from which, and to which, and for which, are all things.     Now go watch the video clips on The Scientist and think like a rational human being.(Visited 101 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Zuma: SA’s most important year

first_imgSouth African president Jacob Zuma andFifa president Sepp Blatter attending theWorld Cup final draw in Cape Town inDecember 2009.(Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vusi MonaPresidency head of communications+27 12 300 5431 or +27 76 682 0079RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma: a more prosperous nation• Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World Cup• Final draw celebrates Africa• GLobal Fifa fan parks for 2010• Zuma hotline goes liveThe first of January 2010 marked South Africa’s most important year since 1994, said President Jacob Zuma in the opening words of his New Year’s address to the nation.“Together as a nation we set the tone and made history in April 1994. We embarked on a phase of reconciliation and forgiveness, and worked hard to build one nation, united in its diversity.“We began the socio-economic transformation of our country to build an inclusive society, out of the racial and ethnic divisions of the past. We have done well in this regard, over the past 15 years.“The year 2010 is our next critical moment. We have won the greatest marketing opportunity of our time, the rights to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Together as all South Africans, we must make this one of the most successful projects we have ever undertaken as a nation!“The World Cup must revive the spirit of unity and patriotism in the same manner that the 1995 Rugby World Cup brought the nation together.“It must remind us that there is a lot to celebrate about our country. Our successes have made us an inspiration to the world in a manner that many South Africans do not even realise.“We have proven to the world that it is possible to emerge from a horrible conflict, and work together as various political parties, to build a successful, peaceful, stable, multiparty constitutional democracy.“Together we have built a country that proudly espouses non-racialism and non-sexism, and which enshrines the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law. Together we have built an accessible democratic State, founded on the values of human rights and freedoms. Among those who have played some part in these achievements are the opposition parties represented in our democratic parliament“Together we must make 2010 the year in which we renew our commitment to national unity and nation building. This we must do as all political parties, traditional leaders, business, labour, youth, sports bodies, women, the media, religious leaders and all sectors.“It must be a year in which we put South Africa first, and take forward our collective mission to shape this country into one of the most successful constitutional democracies in the world. It must be the year in which we work together to make the Soccer World Cup the biggest turning point in the marketing of our country.“The year 2010 must be the year in which for the first time, we all communicate positive messages about our country to the world – the successes and possibilities. We have to put the culture of negativity behind us.“Together we must ensure long-lasting benefits for the country. There is a lot to be gained from the World Cup. We can already see the fruits of the tournament. We have new magnificent stadia, roads and new-look international airports. Through the major boost to the construction industry, many of our people obtained work and training opportunities, and this helped to reduce the impact of the recession.“Working together we must ensure that the tournament enhances our country’s global competitiveness. It must contribute to long-term economic growth and the creation of decent jobs.“Fellow South Africans, as hosts, we must be welcoming and hospitable to the thousands of international visitors and soccer teams. We must all be active ambassadors of our country! We must support our National team, Bafana Bafana. With the nation behind them, they will perform well and make us proud.“Most importantly, we must make 2010 an exciting and most enjoyable year for all of us!“Happy New Year and Happy 2010 World Cup to you all!”Source: The Presidencylast_img read more