Young Jamaican swimmer making waves in Florida

first_imgYoung Jesse Marsh’s national 13-14 age group 100 metres butterfly record, set at the long course time trial at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta, United States, last weekend, is causing a buzz in the local swimming fraternity. The Florida-based St Andrew’s student lowered the previous mark of 59.27 seconds to 58.49 and became the first local 13-14 age group swimmer to go below the 59 seconds marker. Jesse’s father and former Swim Jamaica vice-president, Allan Roy Marsh, described the young swimmer’s achievement as surprising, noting that Jesse did not practise the 100 butterfly since July, and has basically been competing on his own. “To some extent, it was (surprising). He has been working hard and working consistently. What was surprising is that he was able to go to the US junior nationals in Atlanta the week before and break the butterfly record, improving his time by a second-and-a-half. “That was surprising, because it was such a big meet, and he was not at his best. But he has been putting in the work, and we are happy,” he told The Gleaner. GREAT POTENTIAL “We knew he had the potential to do it, and he basically swam the race by himself and on the last day of the meet. This was the first butterfly he had competed in the long course pool since July, so he wasn’t in practice for it, but he was able to carry his condition in from his training,” he continued. Marsh has been getting rave reviews from local swimming experts, who are hailing him as the next big thing from the pool. But his father is not so sure just now. He wants the young swimmer to develop and take things in stride. “There is a positive feedback because we do not have many national age group records, and there are people reacting very positive towards this. He trains consistently. The coaches admire his work ethic. Among his current coaches at St Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, is a former Jamaican swimmer, Ramon Walton. Walton says Jesse is very coachable and he works, and they told me he was the only swimmer who made every practice this high-school season. “This is something he loves to do, I never had to push him. I just gave him support, and I am very pleased (with this achievement). But it’s what he wants to do, because you can’t really predict the future of young age group swimmers. So many things can happen, so many distractions can take place. “So talent is only the beginning, work rate is what is important. The older the swimmer gets, his work ethic and being coachable are more important. Talent alone cannot take you to the highest level; you need work ethic and belief. But if you continue to work you will move up the ranks as you get older,” he stated.last_img read more

Plants Have Thermostats

first_imgPlants, being stuck in the ground, have few options when it gets hot.  They may not be able to move into the shade like animals, but they know how to cope.  They have a built-in thermostat that acts like a fire prevention department.  Science Daily tells the story.    Researchers at Michigan State identified a protein named bZIP28 that lives in the cell around the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a bundle of tubes and tunnels that acts like a protein assembly, storage and distribution center.  This little protein acts something like a firehouse dog on a leash, tied to the walls of the ER.  When the temperature reaches a certain point, the leash is cut, and the dog runs off into the nucleus, where he barks, so to speak, and sets off a chain reaction.  “The bZIP28 protein is anchored in the endoplasmic reticulum, away from its place of action,” an MSU biochemist said.  “But when the plant is stressed by heat, one end of bZIP28 is cut off and moves into the nucleus of the cell where it can turn on other genes to control the heat response.”    Researchers found that cells without the firehouse dog died when the temperature rose above a certain level.  Another researcher on the team remarked, “We’re finding that heat tolerance is a more complex process than was first thought.”Science makes progress when researchers leave the shrine of Darwin and examine the details of plants and animals with design in mind.  Now that we are beginning to unravel the complexities of just one subsystem of plants, the heat response, we might be able to engineer it to allow desirable plants to grow in arid climates for the good of the people.  This is how science should be done.    On a somewhat related note, Science News printed a feature story about growing farms in the city.  Why not?  Rooftops and special greenhouse skyscrapers could turn jungles of steel into generators of fresh air, flowers and food.  Hydroponics allows growing many plants in water without soil.  Imagine getting fresh tomatoes from the building next door instead of a thousand miles away.  Even barges and abandoned buildings could be put to use, while farmland can get a Sabbath rest or be returned to its native forest ecology.  Upward farming: once the engineering and cost challenges are worked out, this could become a sensible green trend to help humans and their plant friends co-exist.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The South Africa you want to live in

first_img13 June 2008The International Marketing Council (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa, is embarking on a journey with South Africans to begin collectively to create a South Africa that we all want.The first phase of the journey started on 12 June with the launch of the “South Africa you want to live in” campaign, which asks South Africans to describe the country they want to live in.Over the next two weeks, South Africans can share their visions, views or comments on the country they would like to live in by:Phoning 083 900 WITHU (9484)SMS-ing WITH U to 32310Logging on to radio stations are also being roped in to allow for toll-free submissions.The IMC will then collate the feedback, divide it into different categories, and channel it back to the nation through an extended advertising campaign – with the aim of inspiring South Africans to take action to make their vision a reality.IMC acting CEO Moeketsi Mosola said in a statement this week that the campaign was about “social conversations, difficult or easy. This is the beginning of a journey for the country”.The jouney started, Mosola said, with each of us making a small change in our lives. “We should all not buy stolen goods, not bribe policemen, we should vote, pay taxes, be good hosts when tourists come to our country – so that we can all begin to be the drivers of change.”IMC marketing manager Sophie Masipa said the campaign aimed to get South Africans to “take a collective view around what we see as a South Africa we want to live in”, and to see that “achieving this reality will mean each one of us must participate.“It is also to say that no matter how insignificant you think you or your actions may be, every little bit makes a difference, and if we can mobilise the collective, we can make a substantial difference.”The campaign feeds into the broader Movement for Good, a countrywide network of organisations that have come together to inspire South Africans to become “active citizens for good”. South Africans can join the movement by SMS-ing “Good” and their name to 32197, or by logging on to reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A walk on vibey Vilakazi Street

first_imgVilakazi Street is steeped in history Nobel peace prize winner ArchbishopEmeritus Desmond Tutu’s house showsno sign that a legend lives inside A plaque outside the Mandela FamilyMuseum celebrates the street’s twofamous residents Street performers on Vilakazi Street Words and pictures by Khanyi Magubane The people on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, seem to walk with an air of grace, which tells you there’s something special about it. The vibrant, tourist-swarmed neighbourhood is the only one of its type in the world – home to two Nobel peace prize winners.The first thing you see when you turn on to the street is the house in which Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu still lives with his wife Leah. Painted light grey and enclosed by high walls, there’s no sign that a legend lives inside. Locals say that when he’s in back in town Tutu loves to walk about and freely mix with the community.Tutu was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in fighting apartheid. His equally famous compatriot, former president Nelson Mandela, also has a lifelong history in Vilakazi Street.Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, lived in Vilakazi Street from 1946 to 1961. He stayed in the redbrick five-roomed house with his first wife, Evelyn Mandela, until their divorce.When he remarried, Mandela remained in the house with his second wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The couple divorced in 1996, six years after Mandela was released from prison.The Mandela Family MuseumThe house is now the Mandela Family Museum, and a South African heritage site. The museum is open to the public for tours on weekdays.Inside, the house is decorated with photos of a young Mandela, his children, other African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts, and his ex-wives. Memorabilia include gifts he’s received from across the world, and honorary doctorates he’s received from international universities.Tour guide Jane Monakwane explains that the structure has undergone serious revamping. “The house came under attack many times before Mandela went to prison. At that time, Mandela spent many nights on the kitchen floor, as it was safest. Bullets could not penetrate through the kitchen.“Shortly before Mandela’s release, Winnie had the house renovated to welcome him back.”Inside the main bedroom are three pairs of shoes: a pair of size-nine army boots worn by Madikizela Mandela; a pair of hiking boots, the first pair of shoes Mandela wore as a free man, which were too small for him; as well as the shoes he wore in prison.A block up from the Mandela family museum, on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Street, is the intersection where Hector Peterson was killed by police. Peterson was the first victim of the June 16 1976 students’ uprising, a key event in the struggle against apartheid.The image of the boy’s death, captured by photographer Sam Nzima, sent shock waves around the world. The Hector Peterson Museum was later built close to the site, where visitors are walked through the events of June 1976.A leading intellectualVilakazi Street was named after Dr BW Vilakazi, one of South Africa’s earliest black intellectuals, poet and novelists, who wrote in a number of indigenous languages. Vilakazi’s main works include three novels and poetry collections Inkondlo Ka Zulu and Amal’eZulu. He was inspired by Dr John Langalibalele Dube, who was the founder of the Ohlange Institute and the first ANC president.Vilakazi was the first black man to teach at the University of the Witwatersrand. Officially employed as a “language assistant”, he was in fact a lecturer – the race laws of the day did not permit the technically white institution to call him a lecturer. While teaching at Wits, he obtained a PhD in literature. During his lifetime Vilakazi helped to develop the languages of isiZulu and siSwati in written form and helped develop the isiZulu dictionary.New developments in the streetOver the years, the tourist excursion to Vilakazi Street has been extended to include lunch at eateries established to cater for the many visitors who pass through. A popular restaurant in Vilakazi Street is Nambitha (meaning “to taste” in isiXhosa). Established in 1999 by entrepreneur Khulani Vilakazi, the restaurant has already been host to many famous visitors.The Sakhumzi Restaurant, just down the road from Nambitha, is also a big attraction for tourists. It was started by Sakhumzi Maqubela, and boasts a wide variety of traditional meals sold at the venue, including a daily buffet, where visitors have a chance to sample the different types of South African dishes.Johannesburg’s only community television station, Soweto TV, is also based on the street. The station broadcasts from a classroom at a local primary school. It’s here that young producers are taught to generate local content that will appeal to the community. Soweto TV reaches about 4-million viewers in the township’s largely low-income market.A most recent development in Vilakazi Street was the addition of a health and beauty spa, Afro Nubian, opposite Nambitha . Here guests get to be treated to manicures, pedicures hot stone massages and makeovers, and are pampered thoroughly in the process.Useful links Nambitha restaurant Sakhumzi restaurant Soweto Soweto tours South African Tourism City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey

first_imgBoth players were earlier disqualified for allegedly violation eligibility rules.“This is a great relief for us and great morale boost for the team,” said team manager Petronilo Tigaronita.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTenedero and Sanchez were initially removed from the lineup after the hosts claimed both failed to meet the required 16-month residency rule under international standards.“But we have proof and documentation, including certification from their respective barangays that they have stayed in the Philippines since April 2016,” said teammate Francois Emmanuel Gautier, who arrived with Tigaronita ahead of the team in filing the appeal. “We only had four days to get them,” he added.The Philippines is considered to be the favorites to rule ice hockey, which is making its debut in the regional event.“If we play to our potential, I can’t see any reason why we won’t win [the gold],” said Filipino-Swiss goalkeeper Gianpetro Iseppi in an interview before the squad left for Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos open their campaign against Indonesia on Monday at the Empire City Ice Arena in Damansara Perdana, a new commercial hub in this bustling and progressive Malaysian capital.They take on Singapore next then, Malaysia before closing out their stint against Thailand on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows head coach Daniel Brodan (R) giving instructions to members of the Philippines men’s ice hockey team, dubbed the “Mighty Ducks”, during a practice session at a mall skating rink in Manila ahead of their games at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Malaysia.Dubbed the “Mighty Ducks” by local media, the Philippine men’s hockey team aims to win a gold medal in next week’s games in Malaysia — a far cry from members’ days of only learning of the sport through the Disney movies. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEThe Philippines’ gold-medal bid in ice hockey got a shot in the arm after two of its key players earned the go-signal from Southeast Asian Games organizers to compete.Carlo Martin Tenedero and Paul Gabriel Sanchez have been allowed to play in the SEA Games after the country’s men’s ice hockey team won its appeal to reinstate the two Fil-Canadians in the team Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES The team that finishes with the most number of wins bags the gold medal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony SEA Games Gallery: August 19 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Nets crush Mavericks to end 3-game skid

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) dunks in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, bottom, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — The Nets needed a win, and they got their easiest one ever in Brooklyn.DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Rodions Kurucs had 19 and the Nets easily snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It was ugly from start to finish,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “When you lose every quarter in an NBA game, you certainly haven’t done what you needed to do, so very disappointing night.”With Treveon Graham out with back soreness, Kurucs started at power forward, and coach Kenny Atkinson also inserted Allen Crabbe for LeVert at shooting guard. LeVert had started the previous seven games after coming off the bench in his first two after a returning from a 42-game absence with a dislocated right foot.“I think we wanted to change something up, do something different. Him coming off the bench or starting, he told me this morning, ‘I really don’t care, Coach, as long as I get my minutes,’” Atkinson said of LeVert, who was the team’s leading scorer when he got hurt. “He got his minutes.”Atkinson said before the game that Brooklyn’s problem in its recent losses to Washington, Charlotte and Miami was poor shooting affecting their effort on defense.Neither side of the floor was a problem in this one, as the Nets were shooting above 60 percent into the fourth quarter before finishing at 56.5 percent. They limited Dallas to 35.6 percent.ADVERTISEMENT They extended it to 26 after three, also their biggest margin of the season, and all that was left from there was cheering for Nowitzki to get on the board. Fans screamed his name as soon as the Mavs started bringing the ball up the floor, and booed the Mavericks players who took shots rather than pass to Nowitzki, who still hasn’t said if he will retire.TIP-INSMavericks: Dallas opened a three-game road trip. It has won five straight and 16 of the last 17 matchups with Washington, its next opponent. … Nowitzki finished 2 for 13.Nets: Kurucs and Carroll both made five 3-pointers. … Russell had 13 points and 11 assists.SUPPORT FOR DIRKNowitzki said the receptions he has received on the Mavericks’ trips to the East have been phenomenal, but he wishes the Mavericks could play better. They lost by 30 at Memphis in their previous game.“So I am really appreciative,” he said. “I enjoy it, but I enjoy winning a little better.”ON THE ROAD Kristaps Porzingis has been traveling with the Mavericks, even though he won’t play this season while recovering from his torn left ACL. Carlisle said it’s doubtful Porzingis takes part in full practices this season, but that he’s been doing a lot of things behind the scenes and vocal in huddles during the games. The 7-foot-3 forward hadn’t been traveling with the Knicks before they dealt him to the Mavs.“The No. 1 thing right now is his health, getting him back 100 percent, which will happen,” Carlisle said. “But in the meantime he’s picked up his workouts, he’s doing more aggressive 1-on-1, controlled banging-type stuff with some of our assistants and making great progress.”UP NEXTMavericks: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Nets: Host Cleveland on Wednesday. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Caris LeVert added 18 points and Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 16 on a night the Nets shook up their starting lineup but were fueled by their reserves. The 39-point margin was their most lopsided victory at home — and matched their biggest victory overall — since moving from New Jersey in 2012.“This was definitely a game for us to build off of,” guard D’Angelo Russell said. “Coming into this one, we knew we had to get it. We know we’ve got a tough stretch coming up so we need all the confidence we can get.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Nets were routed by teams below them in the standings in their last three games but led nearly the entire way, with the lead ballooning to 44 points. Brooklyn moved back into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.Dwight Powell scored 20 points and Luka Doncic had 16 for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Dallas did finally get Dirk Nowitzki a couple late baskets after he missed his first nine shots in what could have been his last game in Brooklyn. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash The Nets led 31-21 after one and quickly pushed the lead to 18 led by Carroll and Dinwiddie. They maintained that 18-point cushion at halftime — after Doncic threw in a halfcourt shot for the final basket — for their biggest halftime advantage of the season. 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Euro 2016: Streetwise Italy too cunning for Belgium

first_imgItaly coach Antonio Conte said before Euro 2016 that his side would have to make up for their lack of talent with tactical cunning and they did exactly that to sink Belgium 2-0 on Monday. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) In terms of pure footballing ability, Italy’s team is regarded as one of the weakest in years yet they were still too streetwise for a Belgium team that once again failed to live up to their own high expectations.SHORTAGE OF TALENT The Azzurri’s shortage of talent is such that 38-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is seen as their standout performer while Daniele De Rossi, once a purely destructive presence, has been recalled to dictate the passing in midfield.Riccardo Montolivo, Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio, who might have added some class, are injured while maverick forward Mario Balotelli’s career has gone so far off the rails that his exclusion from the squad went almost unnoticed.CONTE MAGIC Monday’s opening Group E performance was typical of Conte who won three successive Serie A titles in as many years at Juventus.In the last few months he has talked about understanding the importance of “wearing the shirt”, to the exclusion of almost anything else, and the players seem to have got the message.EXTRAORDINARY WORK RATE Italy appeared to line up with a 3-5-2 formation but this quickly reverted to a back line of five when the opposition had the ball and changed to an attacking four when they went forward.It required extraordinary work rate from the players and Italy were wilting by the end.advertisementThe defence, featuring Juventus trio Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli, was outstanding but this was by no means the sort of negative or cynical performance that has marred Italy’s reputation in the past.COURTOIS MADE TO SWEAT Conte’s men looked to attack in numbers when they had the chance and, for all of Belgium’s possession, Thibaut Courtois was the busier goalkeeper.There was some gamesmanship and, having cleverly avoided any yellow cards in the first hour, Italy picked up four in the last third of the match as they stopped counter-attacks at all cost.Two excellent goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle capped Italy’s display.Giaccherini’s goal was his first in internationals since the Confederations Cup three years ago.In the meantime he has gone from a fringe player at Juventus to struggling for a place at Sunderland and finally to unglamorous Bologna, an example of how workmenlike players have replaced Italian artists such as Andrea Pirlo.last_img read more

Sports Super Developments

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is affiliated with Sports Super, the superannuation fund designed for all participants within the Australian sports industry.TFA’s members are eligible to join Sports Super – the super fund that is as committed to Touch Football as you, and we invite you to find out more to see if this could be an appropriate superannuation program for you. Sports Super has low fees for all members, is secure and strong – part of Australia’s largest super fund, has a strong and consistent performance history, and is quick and easy to join. Unlike all other fund programs Sports Super pays part of your fees directly back into our great sport. This is a fantastic new revenue opportunity for the sport of Touch Football which will allow us to continue to provide first class training and development programs. Score now with a great, secure, low fee fund with proven returns that uniquely benefits the whole Touch Football community. You may also be able to make some significant super fee savings. TFA advises that interested members should seek independent financial advice. TFA does not represent or warrant current or future financial performance or returns. You should obtain your own independent financial advice on the product.To find out more about this opportunity, email [email protected] or visit the website A superannuation fee comparison between Sports Super and your existing arrangement can be provided upon request.last_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton win

first_imgBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was happy to have Lewis Dunk back for their 1-0 win over Everton.Dunk returned to keep a clean sheet alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, and Hughton was pleased to see the pair rekindle their successful partnership.“It’s important because they know each other very well, and that’s not taking anything away from Leon Balogun, who’s played well in the last few games for us.“But they’re a partnership that know each other very well, and they had to deal with a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the game.“It’s been a good year for us. We’re on the back of two really good performances, both at home against two very good teams.“That puts us in good stead, but we now go through a difficult away game on Wednesday and we’ll have to show a lot of what we’ve showed over the last two games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoAjax chief Van der Sar: De Ligt just like Juventus teammate Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax chief Van der Sar: De Ligt just like Juventus teammate Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax chief Edwin van der Sar has sung the praises of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt left Ajax for Juve last summer.“His mentality, that of someone who always tries to improve, makes him want to be the best in the world,” the Bianconeri’s former No 1 told ESPN.“I’ve already seen some players like him. One of them plays for his own team and it’s Cristiano Ronaldo.“I played with him at Manchester United and saw the same desire to work hard and be the best.“He has the same desire and hunger as De Ligt. Matthijs is only 19 years old. He was fantastic with us at Ajax: he was our rock and captain.“In Italy he must learn a new language, he must get to know his new teammates. “Chiellini’s injury helped him get into the team right away but maybe put more pressure on his shoulders.” last_img read more