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Simon heads Interim Management Committee for Reliance Sports Club

first_imgAFTER years of dormancy, the Reliance Sports Club in Central Essequibo was recently resuscitated and an interim body elected.This was greatly facilitated by former Essequibo Under-19 inter-county player and overseas-based Ravendra Mandolall who is also a member of the club.On his last visit to Guyana, Mandolall suggested that a committee be installed to reintegrate present and former members as a means of reactivating the club and developing the Reliance Sports ground which had remained unplayable for a lengthy period of time.Following a recent meeting, Travis Simon was elected Chairman, with the Committee comprising members from both the youth and Over-40 teams.The Reliance Sports Club is renowned for producing some of the best players from Essequibo, including Alfred Maycock, Rovindra Mandolall, the late Shivnandan Mandolall and Balchand Shivambar, Narendra Mandolall, Lawrence Farnum, Clain Williams, Ryan Amsterdam and Rovendra Parasram.Meanwhile, the Committee has already begun its work with the filling of dirt and the grading of the ground which has been completed.The facility is now playable and a competition is currently ongoing among teams from Reliance, Cotton Field and Bush Lot. The Chairman has since expressed his appreciation with the support including from the Anna Regina Town Council.The next major event scheduled for the ground will be the hosting of the Shivnandan Mandolall memorial competition which has become an annual feature in memory of the former national Youth Player who died at the age of 31.The Club will also seek to register with the North Essequibo Cricket Committee to compete in next season’s competitions.(Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

Female jockeys mispriced for success

first_img Related Articles Matt Hancock publicly defends Cheltenham Festival decision April 29, 2020 Share Submit Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Research on over 1.6 million horse races over an 18-year time frame has found that female jockeys given odds of 9/1 are statistically as likely to win a race compared to a male ridden horse at odds of 8/1.The research, backed by both the Women in Racing’s bursary fund and the Racing Foundation, concluded that ‘female Jump jockeys may be being underestimated by the betting public’ after outperforming male jockeys at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival’.The author of the research – Vanessa Cashmore – found that 14.3 per cent of the total wins at this year’s Festival came from female riders, despite receiving only 9.2 per cent of the total number of rides available.“This analysis seems to suggest there is a significant difference between the material performance of female Jump jockeys and the public perception of their capability,” said Cashmore.“The betting public consistently underestimate these jockeys. This could be an indicator of negative public opinion about the ability of female riders but also ensures there is value to be found in backing horses ridden by female jockeys in Jump races.“I hope this research can move us another step closer to altering attitudes towards female jockeys and more importantly, driving behavioural change.”Rose Grissell, British Racing’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, said: “It is interesting to understand how the betting public may perceive female Jump jockeys. The progression of female jockeys in both codes has been agreed as a key priority for the Diversity in Racing Steering Group and that includes exploring how we can change both conscious and unconscious attitudes.“We already know from Vanessa’s previous research in this area published last year that female jockeys are just as capable as their male counterparts.“We want to look at every stage of a female jockey’s career to see where barriers can be removed or better support can be implemented. Whilst the number of rides going to females is increasing, we still have a long way to go.“As an example, an audit of female jockey facilities at each racecourse is currently being carried out by female jockeys themselves, so we hope to learn where improvements can be made on the racecourse.”Analysing this year’s Cheltenham Festival, the author of the research – Vanessa Cashmore – found that 14.3 per cent of the total wins came from female riders despite receiving only 9.2 per cent of the total number of rides available.Tallulah Lewis, Women in Racing Chair, added: “Women in Racing is delighted to be able to support Vanessa as she continues her ground-breaking research. Riding a racehorse requires a high level of skill and strength which are abilities that can be developed by both sexes, with opportunity being the crucial final component. “Vanessa’s research makes clear that if women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts they can compete very successfully as jockeys, just as they can in any other sphere in racing.” Sharelast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Latest storms should kick-off steelhead season

first_imgMetalheads, hardheads, steelheads — or whatever you want to call them. This beautiful chrome, sleek, silver bullet sure has a mind of it’s own. All of this bountiful water flowing through our pristine coastal rivers and streams, and yet, you’re nowhere to be found? I guess that’s what makes these sea-run rainbow trout so special. You never know what they’re thinking. Or when they’ll make an appearance. Or maybe we’re all just a little too excited; given the fact we’re coming off one heck of a …last_img read more

Two More Soft-Tissue Fossils Pile on the Evidence Against Deep Time

first_imgEvolutionists are dodging hard evidence with an absurd excuse that soft tissue can last hundreds of millions of years.Soft tissue in fossils violates everything paleontologists thought they knew about deep time. Proteins, DNA and tissue were supposed to decay and be replaced by rock in mere thousands of years, perhaps tens or hundreds of thousands of years at the very most. Now, the evidence for surviving original material is beyond question. Two more instances have been reported this week. So are evolutionists giving up on deep time? The thought doesn’t even enter their minds. Instead, they claim that the evidence proves that soft tissue can indeed last millions of years, and that it can help Darwin by providing more evidence for evolution. Both claims are false. Soft tissue destroys deep time. These fossils were recently buried.Ichthyosaur Skin and BlubberOn December 5, Nature published “Soft-tissue evidence for homeothermy and crypsis in a Jurassic ichthyosaur.” Mary Schweitzer, whose earlier soft-tissue papers have rocked the establishment since 2005, is co-author with 22 other scientists, so this is no one-off claim coming from who-knows-where. The fossil ichthyosaur, found in Germany, shows remarkable preservation of its skin and blubber. A press release from Schweitzer’s institution, North Carolina State University, tells about it:Schweitzer and NC State research assistant Wenxia Zheng extracted soft tissues from the samples and performed multiple, high-resolution immunohistochemical analyses. “We developed a panel of antibodies that we applied to all of the samples, and saw differential binding, meaning the antibodies for a particular protein – like keratin or hemoglobin – only bound to particular areas,” Schweitzer says. “This demonstrates the specificity of these antibodies and is strong evidence that different proteins persist in different tissues. You wouldn’t expect to find keratin in the liver, for example, but you would expect hemoglobin. And that’s what we saw in the responses of these samples to different antibodies and other chemical tools.”The article dodges the age issue, and focuses on findings about the animal’s biology. It’s certainly interesting to find evidence suggesting that ichthyosaurs were warm blooded, and may have had camouflage. But that’s not nearly as important as the bombshell about age. How can original protein material still exist in this fossil said to be 180 million years old? That is much older than the other samples she produced in a T. rex (65 mya) and a hadrosaur (80 mya). The paper’s Supplemental Information shows a piece of soft tissue from this ichthyosaur that is still stretchy and flexible (video 2), even though it is much older than Schweitzer’s famous B rex sample and Mark Armitage’s Triceratops sample. How can that be? Are those millions of years even real?Schweitzer has never doubted deep time in the fossils she has famously examined for soft tissue. She has even proposed controversial mechanisms by which it might survive (26 Nov 2013). A bizarre behavior is being exhibited by secular scientists. All the evolutionists are treating deep time as a fact, trusting uncritically in illogical suggestions and dubious proposals (see 10 Nov 2018) that somehow these proteins can escape the relentless decay processes for all those Darwin Years (years that Darwin requires for evolution). So great would be the impact if these fossils are only a few thousand years old, the entire Darwin Empire would likely come crashing down. With stakes so high, evolutionists feel obligated to believe impossible things.Convergence AgainIn New Scientist, Michael LePage believes another impossible thing for evolution: that ichthyosaurs bore “a striking resemblance to dolphins.” The artist renditions don’t leave any doubt. How could a reptile look just like a marine mammal that would “evolve” more than a hundred million years later? Here is what the article says about the soft tissue:A 180-million-year-old fossil, found in Germany, is so extraordinarily well preserved that pieces of the skin removed for analysis were still flexible. It shows that at least some ichthyosaurs had smooth, scaleless skin underlain by blubber, making them even more like dolphins than we thought.Stenopterygius, NC State: drawing by Mark HallettLePage discusses possible implications for camouflage in the skin, but says this about the soft tissue:When the team looked at the skin of the fossil ichthyosaur under a microscope, they saw what appear to be the remnants of individual pigment cells. They are virtually identical to the pigment cells of modern reptiles, which have a distinctive branched structure. The variations in the distribution of these cells suggest the animal had countershading.“There is more to the fossil record than we could ever imagine,” says Lindgren.Rapid BurialHow could such a large animal fossilize at all? One factor is rapid burial. And as if to prepare for future soft-tissue surprises, Johan Lindgren of Lund University is quoted:The team’s discoveries relied in part on an array of new technologies for studying fossils. But the German fossil is also unusual in that it appears to have fossilised very quickly, preserving soft tissues before they rotted away. It won’t be the only one of its kind, Lindgren says. “I expect there are other specimens out there, for sure.”What kind of process could bury a large marine reptile “very quickly”? A huge flood could do it. Normally, marine animals decay long before the skeleton is preserved, let alone its skin. Here’s what else evolutionists have to believe about this fossil. From the paper in Nature, the scientists admit this beast has a lot of modern characteristics it shares traits with whales and sea turtles! Look how they maintain their belief in deep time and evolution:Our experimental results demonstrate that the integument of Stenopterygius had both a smooth external surface and thick subcutaneous layer of fibro-adipose tissue. This is notably similar to modern whales and adult individuals of the leatherback sea turtle, and reveals multiple aspects of soft-tissue convergence that range across a time span of more than 180 million years. In addition, the mosaic of cetacean and reptilian traits that is characteristic of Stenopterygius anatomy recurs in its integumental histology, with the presence of branched melanophores (rather than mammalian melanocytes) and absence of dermal ossifications (otherwise found in the leatherback sea turtle). We attribute these adaptive specializations to the morphological and physiological constraints imposed upon all pelagic tetrapods during their evolutionary transition towards life in the sea.Maintaining Darwin RuleNeo-Darwinism cannot survive such miracles. These scientists are asking readers to believe that the sea causes animals to evolve alike. If that were true, all sea creatures would look like dolphins, but most do not: sea lions, sea snakes, penguins and numerous other organisms in the same environment do not “converge” on the dolphin body plan, even if it were granted that they began on the land. The evolutionists make the same claim in the Abstract, too, but notice the frank admissions of soft tissue varieties they found:Ichthyosaurs are extinct marine reptiles that display a notable external similarity to modern toothed whales. Here we show that this resemblance is more than skin deep. We apply a multidisciplinary experimental approach to characterize the cellular and molecular composition of integumental tissues in an exceptionally preserved specimen of the Early Jurassic ichthyosaur Stenopterygius. Our analyses recovered still-flexible remnants of the original scaleless skin, which comprises morphologically distinct epidermal and dermal layers. These are underlain by insulating blubber that would have augmented streamlining, buoyancy and homeothermy. Additionally, we identify endogenous proteinaceous and lipid constituents, together with keratinocytes and branched melanophores that contain eumelanin pigment. Distributional variation of melanophores across the body suggests countershading, possibly enhanced by physiological adjustments of colour to enable photoprotection, concealment and/or thermoregulation. Convergence of ichthyosaurs with extant marine amniotes thus extends to the ultrastructural and molecular levels, reflecting the omnipresent constraints of their shared adaptation to pelagic life.Stretchy skin. Proteins with identifiable amino acids. Lipids. That is the incredible claim, that these delicate biomolecules could survive for 180 million years, even under perfect conditions. But they cannot. All tests with reasonable extrapolations put upper limits on age that are orders of magnitude shorter (see Brian Thomas’s referenced article at Answers in Genesis from 2015, with video clip and chart of maximum ages and actual finds placed alongside the standard geologic column). This fossil cannot be as old as claimed, but to avoid losing control of the Church of Charlie, the Darwin-Party scientists say, “With their dolphin-like external form, the Mesozoic ichthyosaurs are icons of evolution.”Medullary Bone in Cretaceous BirdsThe second soft-tissue find this week concerns a special kind of bone found in egg-laying animals. It’s a highly porous bone found normally in birds and some dinosaurs, called medullary bone. It forms as a reserve of calcium when the female lays eggs. Phys.org reports from China’s Jehol strata that medullary bone has been found for the first time in enantiornithine birds, an extinct kind of Cretaceous bird.In light of the currently available evidence, medullary bone might have been an entirely avian feature even in the Mesozoic. It evolved as a result of the thinned, hollow bones in birds, which lightened the skeleton for flight, as well as their increased egg size.When medullary bone was reported in a T. rex dinosaur in 2005 by Mary Schweitzer (3 June 2005), scientists were shocked because it is a very fragile type of tissue that should not be preserved, and it only exists briefly during egg-laying. In that story, an NC State evolutionary spin doctor was well versed in how to spin this surprise for the public in order to preserve Darwin’s tyrannical reign: “We’re pleased to be able to provide a way for the public to see for themselves evidence that after millions of years, soft tissue can actually be preserved in dinosaur bone.”Darwin’s Ministry of Truth at work. Shameful.An interesting side topic regarding the ichthyosaur concerns taxonomy: what do we mean by “reptile” when this animal looks like a toothed whale or dolphin, is warm blooded, and has no scales? Evolutionists must maintain that mammals evolved after reptiles, but creationists believe they were created at the same time. Engineers know how to re-use modules in different inventions. The Creator could certainly do that for different groups of creatures needing to live in the same environment. Winston Ewert’s new “dependency graph” model for taxonomy (see article by Andrew Jones on Evolution News), which takes inspiration from software engineering, is claimed to be vastly superior at explaining nested hierarchies and convergences than Darwin’s tree-of-life metaphor. We don’t need Darwin. We don’t need millions of years. We need an all-wise Creator, a sinful world, and a Flood that led to rapid burial of a host of organisms just a few thousand years ago. That’s why we are finding soft tissue remains now. What should be surprising is that it could last for even thousands of years.(Visited 1,509 times, 4 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA tennis juniors Africa’s best

first_imgOf the four sections in the under-18 tournament, local juniors captured three titles, with the fourth going to Egypt. Girls’ singlesEgypt captured the girls’ singles title to prevent a South African clean sweep of the titles on offer. Third seed Sandra Samir dominated third seed Lynn Kiro 6-4 6-1 in the final to take the honours. Montgomery then teamed up with his good friend Matthew Rossouw to win the doubles. Seeded number one, they beat another South African pair, fifth-seeded twins Francois and Okkie Kellerman, 6-2 7-5 in the final. “We have such a great pool of talent and if only we could secure financial backing to take our top junior players to the next level we would be able to produce stars, heroes and a group of professional players that would do the country proud.” Wayne Montgomery, the highest world ranked junior tennis player on the continent at number eight in the world, won the boys’ singles, beating second seed Mazen Osama of Egypt 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. SAinfo reporter South Africa’s third title came when in an all-South African girls’ doubles final when Janet Koch and Jessica Simpson, the fourth seeds, upset third seeds Lynn Kiro and Theresa Van Zyl 6-3 6-4. RegroupedThe top seed struggled in the opening set, squandering a set point when 6-5 up. When it went to a tie-breaker, Osama raced into a 4-1 on his way to taking the lead. Montgomery, though, regrouped and easily won the second and third sets, losing only four more games, to clinch the title. Zondi also made a call for corporate South Africa to get behind Tennis South Africa, saying the sport is facing huge challenges because of a lack of sponsorship. “Despite all our continued efforts, we are not able as the national tennis body to secure major corporate sponsorship, which is crippling our efforts to develop the game and give the deserved opportunity to our top junior players,” he said. Tennis South Africa President Bongani Zondi was impressed with the performance of the country’s leading junior players. “Once again we have proved our dominance in Africa,” he said. South Africa’s junior tennis players proved they are the best on the continent by dominating the African Junior Championships at the University of North West in Potchefstroom over the weekend. ‘Competition was tough’“Our players need to be congratulated on their results. Even though we as Tennis South Africa decided to host the Championships in Potchefstroom to give our juniors home town advantage, the competition was tough and our junior players made the very most of the opportunity thrown at them.” The Egyptian upset defending African Junior champion and top seed Ilze Hattingh of Pretoria in three sets in the semi-finals. 25 February 2013 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Focused Proteas thump Pakistan

first_img11 June 2013South Africa produced a focused and intense performance when they most needed it to crush Pakistan by 67 runs in front of a lively crowd in an ICC Championships Trophy Group B match at Edgbaston on Monday.On a difficult pitch, in a game they had to win to keep their semi-finals hopes alive, the Proteas posted 234 for 9 after AB de Villiers elected to bat, and then bowled the Pakistanis out for 167 in 45 overs.With Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel all missing the team was without four of its leading players, but Hashim Amla was still there and he delivered a man-of-the-match winning performance by scoring 81 off 97 deliveries with the bat.Superb bowlingRyan McLaren, meanwhile, continued to put on an excellent impression of Kallis by following up his unbeaten 71 against India with a superb 4 for 19 in eight overs with the ball against the Pakistanis.Pakistan’s fragile batting was once again their undoing. Of the South African top six, only David Miller missed out on reaching 20 (by a single run), while only two of the Pakistanis made it past 20. In fact, only four players in their entire innings hit double figures and those are stats that are not going to win any team many games.At the post-match presentations, captain AB de Villiers said: “A lot of things pleased me. I am really delighted. I thought we played great cricket against India and were so disappointed to come up short there, but it makes this victory so much sweeter.“We’ve got a lot of support from back home and to get a victory likes this makes it a lot better.”‘We performed really well’Summing up the team’s performance, De Villiers said: “We performed really well in all areas. We got more than 200 against a quality bowling attack on a tough wicket. Not a lot of teams would have achieved that, I believe, even though I believe we could have got to 250 at the end. It was still a good score on a tough wicket.“Then, the bowlers, bowling together as a unit today, and the three spinners bowling really well, was very pleasing.”De Villiers also paid tribute to fast bowler Chris Morris, who flew out to join the team after Morne Morkel injured himself in their first march against India. Sharing the new ball with Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morris showed no nerves in his first one-day international as he sent Imran Farhat and Mohammed Hafeez packing with only 18 runs on the board. He went on to finish with figures of 2 for 25 in seven overs.SolidAmla, opening with Colin Ingram for the first time, gave South Africa a solid if somewhat slow foundation of 53 for the opening wicket before Ingram was out in the 15th over for 20.AB de Villiers and JP Duminy threatened later in the innings, but they were both run out, as were Chris Morris and Aaron Phangiso in the chase for runs in the dying overs of the innings.After Amla, De Villiers’ 31 was the next highest score, followed by 28 from Faf du Plessis. “The wicket was a bit difficult up front,” Amla said when he received the man of the match award.Pakistan’s bowling“Obviously they bowled quite well and as the ball got older the wicket turned more and made it even tougher to score,” Amla said. “Fortunately, we got a few mini-partnerships going and that managed to propel us to 230-odd.”Chasing 235 for victory, Pakistan never really got out of the blocks after Morris sent Farhat’s stumps flying in the second over.Misbah ul-Haq, as he had against the West Indies, played a captain’s knock and finished the top scorer with 55 off 75 balls, while Nasir Jamshed weighed with 42, but it took him 76 deliveries to put together.Opening the bowling with Morris, Lonwabo Tsotsobe showed a welcome return to form as he picked up 2 for 23 in nine overs, while between them, Aaron Phangiso, JP Duminy and Robin Peterson sent down 21 overs of spin bowling and claimed 2 for 93 at 4.4 runs per over.Last group gameSouth Africa next face the West Indies in their final group match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday, and there was good news for the team ahead of the match.To cheers from Proteas supporters, skipper De Villiers revealed: “Dale [Steyn] will most probably be ready for the next game. We missed him the last two, but it’s great to see other guys step up and once we get that injection from Dale we’ll be an even better team and that’s exciting.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

James Yap inks 3-year extension with Rain or Shine

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The two-time MVP signed his fresh contract with team owner Raymond Yun and team governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon present at the Elasto Painters’ office.Yap, who spent his first 12 years with the Purefoods franchise, became part of the Elasto Painters roster in 2016 in a direct swap for Paul Lee.“First of all I would like to thank the Lord and my Rain or Shine family,” said Yap in an Instagram post. “Boss Raymond Yu, Boss Terry Que, Atty. Mondragon, Mr. Edison Oribiana, coach Caloy [Garcia], teammates, my family, friends, and to all my fans.”Despite being 36 at the time of his signing, Yap is still considered as one of the more lethal shooting guards in the league.Last season, Yap averaged 10.3 points on 39% field goal shooting and 36.3% from deep along with 2.6 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img James Yap is set for the long haul with Rain or Shine after signing a three-year extension on Thursday. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach train together again Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Gionee Pioneer P7 with HD IPS display, VoLTE support launched at Rs 9,999

first_imgGionee launched a new budget smartphone with 4G VoLTE,  Pioneer P7 in India on Monday. The smartphone is available at Rs 9,999 and will start selling in the Indian market starting December 12, 2016. Pioneer P7 will be available in colour variants of Gold, White and Grey, the company announced.The P7 Max comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.3 Ghz octa-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory which is further expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card.Also Read: Gionee P7 Max with octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM launched at Rs 13,999The company claims that the best feature of Gionee P7 is its contemporary design of the body which has a back arc to create a comfortable and right grip, and a transparent and glittering 3D mirror with ripple effect pattern.  The smartphone has several inbuilt features like text recognition in pictures, GIF creator, and intelligent photo crop.The smartphone sports an 8MP front camera and a 5MP selfie-shooter with screen flash functionality. Pioneer P7 is backed by  2300 mAh Li-ion polymer battery which the company claims gives a standby time of 259 hours. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Lollipop. Commenting on the launch, Deepika Singh, director, Marketing Communications, Gionee India said, “the Gionee P7, our latest smartphone is a figure of strength and performance. With 4G picking up pace in the country and increasing internet penetration that is motivating multimedia usage,  we have enhanced  our already diverse 4G product portfolio with Gionee P7 which is designed to offer next generation experience to our consumers.”advertisementGionee in October this year also launched a lower mid-range 4G VoLTE smartphone P7 Max in India. The phone costs Rs 13,999 and is avaiable in Gold and Grey-Blue colour variants.The P7 Max sports a  5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core MediaTek MT6595 processor. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Amigo 3.2 out-of-the-box.Gionee this year also joined the virtual reality bandwagon with the launch of S6 Pro smartphone at Rs 23,999. The company has released a dedicated VR headset for the phone will cost the buyer Rs 2,499.Also Read: Gionee joins VR bandwagon, launches S6 Pro & dedicated headsetlast_img read more