first_img EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE No one could quarrel with Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson being named Jamaica’s 2016 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year last Friday. Still, as awards season fades into the distance, I can’t help but wonder how close the decision on the men’s award was. The numbers put up by Olympic 110 metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod just make my head tick. Injuries slowed Bolt in a season when I thought he was really going to speed. When he stumbled at the start, early in the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix, recovered, zoomed past Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, and South African flash Akani Simbine, and won with something to spare, he looked ready to run really fast. Sadly, injuries made him bob and weave to find enough fitness to get the 100m-200m double done at the Olympics. In a season where records didn’t matter for the tall man, he ran 10.05, 9.98, 9.89, and 9.81 seconds in his four completed meets in the 100m, and in the 200m, he clicked to times of 19.89 in London and 19.78 seconds twice in the Olympics. Those statistics made him the second-fastest 100m man of 2016, by 0.01, and third fastest of the year in the 200m. To conclude an undefeated three-meet indoor campaign, McLeod equalled the world-leading time of 7.41 seconds in winning the World Indoor Championships 60m hurdles title for Jamaica. Outdoors, despite two falls after the National Senior Championships, McLeod was the only man to break 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles. He backed up that 12.98 clocking with the number-two time of the year – 13.01 to win the National Senior Championships – and overall, six of the fastest eight. Bolt had three of the fastest eight times in the 100m and two of the fastest eight in the 200m. Throw in the first sub-10 second 100m clocking by a sprint hurdler and McLeod has a sparkling 2016 portfolio. Perhaps the difference was found in the comparative win-loss ratios. Bolt won all his races while McLeod lost three times in his prime event. That may have been the decider. Sport, like life, isn’t about ‘what ifs’, but I wonder where the award would have gone if McLeod had stayed on his feet in Budapest and Monaco, where he fell and finished them in times under 13 seconds. That’s all stat-nerd speculation. Bolt, McLeod, and Thompson now face the more critical matter of replicating the success of the Olympic year in 2017. The tall man is a past master of rising to the challenge, and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be ready to roll at the World Championships in London this August. The circumstances are new for Thompson and McLeod. She debuted at the high level with a silver in the 200m at the 2015 Worlds behind Dutch rival Daphne Schippers, but McLeod’s Olympic gold was his first honour in such company. They both can learn from the greatest sprinter of all time and the way he wins, wins, and wins. To be truly great, that’s where they have to aim. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

first_imgFor the sixth year running the Charles McGuinness 10k road race is expected to attract a huge crowd.This year’s event will take place at 12:30pm on Sunday the 7th of September.The course, same as last year, has been officially measured by Athletics Ireland and is part of the Donegal Athletic Board Grand Prix. Growing steadily in popularity, 2014 promises to be the biggest and best yet.The event was renamed in 2011 and The McGuinness family from Ard Patrick in Glenties are delighted that Charles, their son and brother will be remembered in this way every year.It is a small tribute to a young man taken from this life in 1985 at the age of just 16, a young man whose athletic fervour for football, cycling and running to name just a few sports has left memories that will continue to inspire those who remember.Indeed when Charles last ran the original race in the 80’s he came home first with brother, Jim in second. It’s just our way of saluting someone who was even crazier about physical fitness and competition than we are.The route will see the participants start about 500 metres out the Station Road (Fintown/Letterkenny side), then travel into and up the Main Street, out the Ardara road for a kilometre before turning left into the wonderfully scenic, Meenahalla.From here you continue along the southern flank of The Big Glen of Glenties onwards over The Navy Poet, Patrick MacGill’s “Braes of old Strasala” before dropping down to follow the northern flank of the glen back down into town, with a finish on the bridge.HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL CHARLES MCGUINNESS 10K ROAD RACE was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_img The three-day event titled ‘Heritage Fest 2018’ is being organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as part of activities to mark National Heritage Week under the theme: ‘One Love…One Family…One Heritage’. Story Highlights The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston will come alive with the celebration of Jamaica’s cultural heritage from Saturday (October 13) to Monday (October 15).center_img The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston will come alive with the celebration of Jamaica’s cultural heritage from Saturday (October 13) to Monday (October 15).The three-day event titled ‘Heritage Fest 2018’ is being organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as part of activities to mark National Heritage Week under the theme: ‘One Love…One Family…One Heritage’.Heritage Fest is free to the public and will feature traditional Jamaican, Indian and Chinese cuisine as well as craft displays, rides, games, donkey rides, and nightly entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.Director of Events Management and Production at the JCDC, Gregory Simms, told JIS News that Heritage Fest is being revived by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, to celebrate Jamaica’s rich heritage.“We really want to build on this heritage idea… Let us try to pull out the differences that we have that make us so unique,” he said.Heritage Fest opens at noon on Saturday with a Farmers’ Market where patrons will be able to purchase fresh produce.At 8:00 p.m., there will be a stage show featuring Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation Band with Friends in Concert, along with Wayne Marshall, Stranjah Cole and the Ruff Kut Band.On Sunday, patrons will be able to enjoy a Revival Time Music Festival beginning at 10:00 a.m., and at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Revival Bands Sing-Off Competition featuring Markland “Action” Edwards as the evening’s MC and gospel singer, Sis Pat as guest performer.Mr. Simms said that patrons would be allowed to participate in pop-up performances to showcase their talents, in the areas of dance, song or poetry.last_img read more

Two days after saying he would play in the London Olympics despite a serious eye injury, San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker recants that prediction and says not playing is very much a possibility.Parker was caught in the middle of the now-infamous fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage.Parker’s cornea was scratched in the fight, and he had surgery to remove a shard that had ”penetrated 99 percent” of his left eye.”I almost lost my eye,” Parker said in an interview posted on his website Sunday.He did not join the rest of France’s team Wednesday and will see a specialist in New York when he is cleared to take long-haul flights after July 5.”I’m seeing a specialist in New York with the hope of being given the all clear to play in the Olympic Games,” Parker said. ”Spurs are very worried.”Anything can happen, including me being out of the Olympics. The decision doesn’t belong to me anymore. It’s in the hands of the doctor and San Antonio.”Parker said he has been having hallucinations and been unable to leave his hotel room for eight days because of the risk of infection. He also has to apply five different products into his eye every two hours.”Fear sets in,” Parker said of being told he would have to undergo surgery. ”An eye is so fragile. … I couldn’t believe it. But that’s life. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”I didn’t have luck, but I came out well from my misfortune. It could have been worse. The rest of my career is not in question. I just have to wait for the injury to heal itself.”Chris Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were among eight injured during the fight inside the W.i.P club in SoHo on June 15. Police say members of Drake’s entourage stopped Brown as he was leaving. The fight escalated and bottles were thrown.Parker is suing the New York City club for $20 million. read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington as well as all of Burlington and Bedford, will host his upcoming office hours on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from noon to 1pm, at As Good As It Gets (35 Lowell Street) in Wilmington.Gordon will be available to answer questions and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents of the district.  To reach the representative directly, please call his State House office phone number, (617) 722-2017, or send an email to Kenneth.Gordon@mahouse.gov.(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours On June 15 At As Good As It GetsIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgDonald Trump. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump will sign an order recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights when he meets prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Monday, Israel’s foreign minister said.”President Trump will sign tomorrow in the presence of PM Netanyahu an order recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote on Twitter on Sunday.Again breaking with longstanding international consensus, Trump said on Thursday that the United States should acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.He however left unanswered if or when he would follow through with an order to do so.Netanyahu has long pushed for such recognition, and many analysts saw Trump’s statement, which came in a tweet, as a campaign gift ahead of Israel’s April 9 polls.The prime minister is locked in tough election campaign with a centrist political alliance headed by former military chief Benny Gantz and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid.Syria and other states in the region condemned Trump’s pledge, saying it violates international law. France said the same.Israel annexed the Golan in 1981 in a move never recognised by the international community.The decision is the latest major move in favour of Israel by Trump, who in 2017 recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as the country’s capital.last_img read more

first_img Explore further More information: The gravity tunnel in a non-uniform Earth, Am. J. Phys. 83, 231 (2015); dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.4898780 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1308.1342AbstractThis paper examines the gravity tunnel using the internal structure of Earth as ascertained from seismic data. Numerically, it is found that the time taken to fall along the diameter is 38 min, compared to 42 min for a planet with uniform density. The time taken to fall along a straight line between any two points is no longer independent of distance but interpolates between 42 min for short trips and 38 min for long trips. The brachistochrone path (minimizing the time between any two points) is similar in shape to the uniform-density solution but tends to reach a greater maximum depth and takes less time to traverse. Although the assumption of uniform density works well in many cases, the simpler assumption of a constant gravitational field serves as a better approximation to the true results. Are astronauts really weightless? A composite image of the Western hemisphere of the Earth. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—Alexander Klotz a student at McGill University in Canada has calculated a new answer to the commonly asked physics question, how long would it take a person to fall all the way through the Earth? Instead of the commonly accepted 42 minutes, he claims it is 38. He has published his reasoning, math and conclusions in a paper published in The American Journal of Physics. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: American Journal of Physicscenter_img If someone were to drill a hole all the way through the planet, and then somehow manage to fall into it, how long would it take them to arrive on the other side? That is a physics question put to students every year, and those who give it expect the answer to be 42 minutes. But is that answer correct? Klotz says no and has the math to prove it, Science reported.The accepted answer of 42 minutes takes into account the constantly changing impact that gravity will have (and ignoring drag due to the presence of air) on the person falling, becoming less and less of a factor as the center of the Earth is approached then growing stronger and stronger as the person heads “up” against gravity on the other side. It is accepted that the speed attained during the descent on the first half of the journey would be significant enough to cause the person to continue moving against gravity on the other side of the planet, right up until the surface is reached.But Klotz argues that it is time to start taking the different densities of the Earth’s layers into consideration—after all, a lot of research has shown that our planet is a lot denser at the center than at the crust for example—and that of course would have an impact on the person falling through. He has used seismic data to calculate the different densities at different depths and has used that data to give a more accurate answer to the falling man question, stating that it would in fact, take just 38 minutes (and 11 seconds) to fall all the way through, not 42 and (12 seconds).Interestingly, Klotz also notes that if gravity were to be assumed to be at a surface level constant throughout the duration of the trip, the math shows it would take just 38 minutes as well. , Science , arXiv Citation: New way to calculate how long it would take to fall through a hole in the Earth (2015, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-fall-hole-earth.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgIs your teenage daughter popping pills to shed weight? Beware, she may be at an increased risk of harming hormones, growth as well as mental health, researchers warned.The findings showed that diet pills are unsafe for all ages but especially for teenagers due to the presence of toxic chemicals in the supplements.These pills interfere with the body systems and result in nutritional deficiencies, particularly of iron and calcium, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”In growing children and teenagers, even a marginal reduction in energy intake can be associated with growth deceleration,” dailymail.co.uk quoted the Canadian Pediatric Society researchers as saying. Weight loss pills are advertised as the quick solution to shedding pounds and obtaining the perfect figure, but they come with potentially dangerous side effects, including increased heart rate, fainting, unusual bleeding and heart attacks.Diet pills can also cause and, in extreme cases they can rip apart the stomach lining and even lead to death, the study showed. Further, researchers from the University of Minnesota said a startling 63 per cent of teenage girls use “unhealthy weight control behaviours” to maintain a slim shape.About 22 per cent of teenage females use “very unhealthy weight control behaviours”. The use of diet pills in teenage girls had a significant spike in a five-year span, jumping from 7.5 per cent to 14.2 per cent in 2006, they claimed.Instead of turning to diet pills, exercise, changing eating habits and drinking more water, mediation, are other healthy ways to lose weight, the reseachers said.last_img read more

first_imgWith file from The Associated Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Eiffel Tower, Paris Travelweek Group Thursday, June 14, 2018 Eiffel Tower to look even better with new surrounding glass walls Posted by PARIS – The Eiffel Tower, once considered an eyesore upon its construction, is getting a new ‘do.Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the famed landmark with more visually appealing glass walls.The company operating the monument says see-through panels are being set up to replace the fences at the north and south ends. Each panel, composed of over 6-centimetre thick armoured glass, measures three metres high and weighs 1.5 tons.The glass walls will give visitors unobstructed views of the tower, the nearby Champ-de-Mars Gardens and the other side of the Seine River that cuts through Paris.In addition to the walls, the gardens beneath the tower will also be enhanced, all of which is being done as part of a US$350 million project announced last year to modernize the 129-year-old iconic structure.last_img read more