INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.last_img read more

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South American Dinosaur Find Modifies Theories

first_imgA deinonychus-like dinosaur has been found in Argentina.  Representatives of this group, including velociraptor, had previously only been known in the northern hemisphere and Asia.  Since South America was supposedly on another land mass at the time, “The new discovery demonstrates that Cretaceous theropod faunas from the southern continents shared greater similarity with those of the northern landmasses than previously thought.”  The new species, named Neuquenraptor, was reported in Nature1 this week; see also the summary on BBC News which says the bones are “probably implying a much more ancient evolutionary history” for this group of dinosaurs.    The discoverers invoke “convergent evolution” (homoplasy) in their phylogenetic classification of this species, stating that it’s a common problem:As prompted elsewhere, homoplasy is a common problem in coelurosaurian phylogeny.  In this regard, the arctometatarsalian metatarsus shows a complex evolutionary history, and the basal position of Neuquenraptor provides useful information to test the monophyly of arctometatarsalian theropods.  Our analysis is consistent with recent interpretations that evolutionary transitions between the arctometatarsal and non-arctometatarsal foot occurred multiple times both in basal Coelurosauria (for example, Tyrannosauridae, Ornithomimidae) and maniraptorans (for example, alvarezsaurids, some oviraptorosaurs, derived troodontids and basal dromaeosaurids).  The arctometatarsalian condition thus constitutes one of the homoplastic features most frequently evolved between Coelurosauria.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)1Fernando E. Novas and Diego Pol, “New evidence on deinonychosaurian dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia,” Nature 433, 858 – 861 (24 February 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03285.“Convergent evolution” is a cop-out term, a non-explanation, that hides the ignorance of Darwin Party members behind jargon.  We see it all the time, whether talking about plants, vertebrates, bacteria, or what have you: the magic wand of convergence does the miracles.  Does it explain how similar features in very different groups converged on the same solutions?  No: it multiplies the improbability that these groups would all get the same lucky mutations to develop similar structures and functions independently.  This new find also pushes back the origin of this group of dinosaurs much farther back in their timescale, giving the Darwinists less time to evolve these mobile, agile hunters from their presumably less-capable ancestors.  The BBC News states, “Neuquenraptor argentinus is slightly different from its Northern Hemisphere relatives, having had several million years of isolated evolution.”  Can they tell this from a few foot bones?  The story, like a weak fence, is breaking down; don’t fall for linguistic tricks to whitewash the rotting timbers.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Warm and wet weather to rule July

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAWith July 4 behind us, Ohio’s farmers will be facing above normal temperatures and precipitation for the rest of the month.Even though it has gotten a little drier recently, the pattern around a big high pressure to the west and south of Ohio favors a warm and humid July with rain chances. However, there will be swings in the the pattern from week to week.The first week of July had a very warm and humid pattern with increasing rain chances. Week two will offer a cooler pattern but with continued rain chances. Weeks three and four will return to above normal temperatures and rainfall near normal.Looking ahead to August, expect above normal temperatures with rainfall normal or above normal. It should be noted that the above normal temperatures will be driven much more so by overnight low temperatures versus daytime maximum temperatures. Maximum temperatures will generally only be a few degrees above normal while overnight minimum temperatures will at times be 5 to 10 degrees above normal.last_img read more

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How to Turn Your Buyers Into Brand Believers

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Simple Branding Is Key for Complex Tech, Says R… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Buyers always have the last say. Even when faced with limited choices, many would rather opt out than choose a brand they distrust. To successfully break through barriers of consumer hesitation and skepticism to achieve customer loyalty, companies must incorporate true value into their product and service offerings. Otherwise, shoppers won’t show an ounce of genuine loyalty.The Value of LoyaltyBig value doesn’t mean bargain prices. Actually, the more value you offer customers, the more money they might be willing to spend on your products and services. Plenty of relatively expensive or high-end brands have raving fans who could easily save dollars on competing items. However, these fans feel connected to their preferred companies and vote with their wallets. Rosetta Consulting statistics indicate that steadfast shoppers are five times more likely to buy from favored brands compared to less engaged buyers. Plus, they shell out 60 percent more each time they make a purchase.Businesses get not just a financial lift, but also a marketing boost, when they achieve this type of emotional response. It transcends a detached purchasing arrangement. According to a national survey from commerce marketing cloud Yotpo, more than half of brand believers will join loyalty programs. Sixty percent will talk positively about their favorite companies. In other words, they become an extension of the sales team and smooth the way for future transactions.Make no mistake: These aren’t directly compensated advocates, a la social media influencers or paid-to-promote celebs. Yet they demand a high degree of value as compensation for their ongoing zeal.If your company could use a boost from superfans, take these steps to give customers a reason to cheer.1. Mirror target customers’ beliefs.Buyers respond more reliably and earnestly when they feel a brand aligns with their beliefs. Take the beauty industry, for example. Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, used her experience in fashion and wellness to create a line of products focused on minimalism and natural beauty rather than glam. Despite early naysayers, she forged ahead with her plan to prove that beauty is a “conduit for connection.” She built a business now worth nearly $400 million.Writer Victoria Sands explains why companies like Glossier drive intense fanaticism and feverish loyalty: “These brands identify as a safe port in an otherwise unfriendly storm of consumerism.” Likewise, your company’s messaging and purpose must echo the values of your top buyers before you can count on blind promotion.2. Give the above-and-beyond value you hope to get.When you make a sale, you shouldn’t simply swap a product or service for currency. Instead, the exchange should always include a balanced value trade. Your customers are giving you the value of their disposable income and (hopefully) voices of approval, and you’re giving them value unique to your brand.How do you know if this value interchange is happening? Shelley Washburn, president of GSM, an automotive marketing company, likes to provide supporters with a reason to stand behind her brand. “Businesses need to be sure to give things to their casual supporters — whether it’s content, consultation, or to listen to what their needs are — in order to expect casual supporters to turn into brand ambassadors,” she says. For example, GSM recognizes its clients by promoting them on its blog, offering amplified exposure to those companies. Consider additional ways your brand can offer value, such as through educating your followers through content or contributing to charitable causes your customers support.3. Mobilize advocates to action with perks.Maybe you’ve noticed organic ambassadors popping up on social media. Rather than pat yourself on the back for generating brand-consumer kinship, go a step further and request a little link and word-of-mouth love. After all, video company One Productions estimates that traditional advertising leaves 33 percent of consumers unmoved, whereas Nielsen’s data has shown that 83 percent of buyers trust plugs that come from family and friends.Rather than rely on luck, formalize a system that incentivizes and rewards loyalty. Looking for an example? Think about Harry’s pre-launch email address-gathering campaign. Using social media, razor brand Harry’s invited people to sign up for information. The more friends someone signed up, the more free stuff the advocate received. And the best part: Harry’s drove excitement and loyalty before its razors ever touched a dollop of shaving cream.Sit down this week with team members to ask the tough questions: Does our brand offer value beyond the suggested retail price? If not, how can we improve our relationships with customers? Honest answers will help you figure out how to win the followers you need to achieve your most far-reaching goals. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#branding#buyer relationship#company branding#customer loyalty#customer relationship#marketing#retail#value proposition How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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FEU completes Final 4 cast with Adamson win; UP out

first_imgBelingon looks forward to title rematch against Fernandes For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I told them to don’t think about the first game, don’t event hink about the Final Four, just think about this game.”Arvin Tolentino led the Tamaraws 14 points while Prince Orizu had 10 points, 12 boards, and two blocks.Rob Manalang had 15 points to lead Adamson while Papi Sarr had 10 points and seven rebounds.Adamson lost two main players in Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jerie Pingoy, who got hurt during the duration of the game.Ahanmisi left the floor just before halftime and did not return to play for the remainder of the match while Pingoy sprained his left ankle with 5:22 left in the game after landing on Jasper Parker’s foot.ADVERTISEMENT Although its lead wasn’t threatened in the fourth, FEU still made sure that Adamson didn’t put its Final Four aspirations at risk.The Tamaraws clamped down on the Falcons and mounted a 10-4 closing run with Prince Orizu capping it off with a three-point play 2:02 left in the game that gave FEU a 69-54 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have to hand it to them, they never gave up, they really had this immense fortitude that they wanted to go to the Final Four,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela, who reminded his team not to be distracted by the implication of their game.UP needed Adamson to win get a playoff for the no. 4 spot against FEU, and Racela told his team not to think about the Fighting Maroons. View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University rounded out the Final Four cast of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after dragging Adamson University to the ground, 71-54, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The fourth-seeded Tamaraws ended their elimination campaign with a 7-7 record and ultimately ousted no. 5 University of the Philippines (6-8) from the semifinal race.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

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Murder accused killed in alleged gunfight with cops

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Daspara of Bera upazila in Pabna district on Saturday night.Deceased Nizam Mandal, 42, from Mirpur village of the upazila, was a member of an extremist group, Sarbahara, police claimed.The law enforcement said he was an accused in nine cases, including that of the murder of three police members in Dhalarchar union in 2010. Acting on information that a gang of robbers taking preparation for committing robbery in Daspara village, police conducted a raid in the area around 11:30pm, Aminpur police station officer-in-charge Abu Obayed told Prothom Alo.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the robbers opened gunfire on police, prompting them to shoot back, triggering the gunfight, he added.The robbers fled the scene after 12-15 minutes of gunfight, the OC said.Later, police recovered the bullet-injured person and sent him to Bera upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead around 1:00am, Abu Obayed said.A locally-made pistol, two rounds of bullet, and three machetes were seized from the scene, he said.Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight, OC Abu Obayed claimed.”The law enforcement’s version of these events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.”last_img read more

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PM doesnt want hasty action against Priya Saha Quader

first_imgObaidul-QuaderRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said he has been instructed by prime minister Sheikh Hasina not to take any hasty step against Priya Saha for her remarks during a meeting with US president Donald Trump, reports UNB.”The prime minister sent me a message yesterday. It said no hurried action should be taken against Priya Saha,” the minister told reporters after attending the license handover ceremony of MRT Line 6 at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre.”Her (Priya’s) motive should be investigated,” Quader said adding, “She should make a public statement.”Priya claimed that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from Bangladesh and that her home was torched and her land was grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists.”The reasons for making such allegations should be investigated. I think, she should be given a chance to defend herself when she returns home,”Quader also said there is no obstruction to Priya Saha’s return to Bangladesh.”The government will hear what she has to say first and then it’ll take necessary action,” he said.”To us, it (her statement) seemed intentional. She’ll be inquired about her motives behind that statement,” he added.Meanwhile, several people, including lawyers, have moved the court seeking permission to file sedition cases against her in various districts across the country.Bangladesh strongly condemned Priya Saha’s allegations. The government on Saturday said that there appears to be an ulterior motive behind her false and concocted stories aimed at maligning Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Morgan Confab Emphasized Impact of Rites of Passage on Black Mens Health

first_imgAfrican-Americans account for almost 25 percent of deaths due to heart disease despite making up only 13 percent of the American population, and Black men are the most likely to die of cancer of any group or gender, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both are conditions that one can help prevent by establishing healthy habits early, and a recent conference at Morgan State University tackled the importance of helping young Black men develop healthy masculine identity through rites of passage, and the way such rites can improve health outcomes for Black men.“Rites of passage is something that provides lots of information on proper growing into adulthood, and one of the most important things about growing into adulthood is health literacy,” said Dr. Keith Hunter, one of the organizers of the Nov. 8’s ‘Optimal Health for Black Men Conference’ at Morgan State University, and an anesthesiologist who has been practicing medicine for 33 years, during a conversation with the AFRO prior to the conference.For Hunter, health literacy is about identifying misconceptions, like the idea that you are prostate cancer free if you have no trouble urinating, and correcting such misconceptions with the appropriate information. This is equally true of developing healthy masculine identity, central to avoiding many of the risky behaviors in which young men participate and which can have health consequences now and later in life.According to Dr. Raymond Winbush, director of the Morgan State University Institute for Urban Research, one of the sponsors of the conference, many young Black men receive misguided signals about their entry into adulthood—in the past, various youths have cited to Winbush receiving their driver’s license, the day they became fathers, or the day they became gun owners, as their entry into manhood—and this lack of appropriateand healthy rites of passage into adulthood for Black boys sets them on a path of less than ideal health.Rites of passage programs utilize culturally informed exercises and challenges to help boys learn to master their behaviors and takeresponsibility for their maturation, symbolically guiding them into adulthood. Through this process, these young Black men are then betterequipped to take the necessary preventative steps that ensure a healthy future.“What we’re trying to do is show how rites of passage programs can be used to enhance the healthy development, not only physically butpsychologically, of Black boys,” said WinbushOf course, ensuring healthy development requires not only better lifestyle choices, but also a more robust engagement with the health care system, an industry many African-Americans are reluctant to trust because of a history of abuses against Blacks.“The first anesthesia was tried on some poor brother in South Carolina where they put ether on his face and just left him,” explainedHunter of a problematic history that extends far beyond the notorious Tuskegee experiments, and citing the book ‘Medical Apartheid’ byHarriet Washington. “Gynecological surgeries, cesarean sections, lots of things like that were first tried by a very lauded surgeon namedJ. Marion Sims, but he basically turned his African-American slaves into morphine addicts as he perfected his techniques.”Hunter described this as “a morbid history”, and Winbush noted that this history has stood in the way of better health outcomes for manyAfrican-Americans, who “know and have been the victims of a bad health care system as it is exercised towards Black people.”“Optimal health is when you have knowledge about all aspects of yourself—physically, mentally, spiritually—that you understand how your body works, but that you also understand how your mind and thought processes work,” said Winbush.“It’s understanding what is needed in the community to make you healthy. Being aware of the availability of certain services, how to utilize them. Being healthy is more than just an absence of sickness, it’s being aware of your place in the environment.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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Researchers suggest Victorianera people more intelligent than modernday counterparts

first_img Citation: Researchers suggest Victorian-era people more intelligent than modern-day counterparts (2013, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-victorian-era-people-intelligent-modern-day-counterparts.html Queen Victoria, after whom the era is named. Credit: Wikipedia The Victorian era has been highly touted by historians as one of the most productive in human history—inventions, observations and highly acclaimed art and music from that time still resonate today. The era was defined by Queen Victoria’s reign in England which ran from 1837 until her death in 1901. Comparing the average IQ of people from that time with that of modern-day people is, of course, impossible—at least using traditional methods. The researchers suggest that reaction times to stimuli can be used as an alternative way to compare relative IQ levels.IQ tests themselves have come under scrutiny of late because they quite often reflect bias, such as education levels, societal norms, and other not-easily defined factors. Other research has shown that overall health, nutrition levels and degree of fatigue can impact IQ scores as well. For this reason, the team has turned to RT as a means of evaluating what they call general intelligence, which they claim to be a measure of elementary cognition.The researchers didn’t come up with the idea of RT as a measure of intelligence themselves; rather, they are relying on claims made by other researchers over the years that they say prove that RT is a way of measuring the “true” intelligence of a person, i.e. an intelligence measure not impacted by education level, illness, background, etc. Using such claims as a basis, the team looked at RT tests given by various researchers during the period 1884 to 2004, and found that RT rates slowly increased over the entire time period. For men, the increase was found to be 183ms to 253ms; for women the increase was from 188ms to 261ms. The researchers claim this proves that people have grown “less clever” over time. They back up their claim by suggesting they know the reason for the decline in intelligence—smarter people having fewer children, while the less smart, have more.The claims by the European team will undoubtedly be viewed as controversial—after all, no one has proved that reaction times truly are an accurate measure of intelligence. Nor does the data suggest that those researchers testing people for their reaction times chose their subjects at random, or even in fact, performed the tests in the same way as everyone else. There’s also the consideration of the Flynn effect, where other researchers have found average intelligence levels rising since the WW II.The study has been published in the journal Intelligence. More information: www.sciencedirect.com/science/ … ii/S0160289613000470 Explore further Noted authority says women now have higher IQ than men © 2013 Phys.org 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. (Phys.org) —In a new study, a European research team suggests that the average intelligence level of Victorian-era people was higher than that of modern-day people. They base their controversial assertion on reaction times (RT) to visual stimuli given as tests to people from the late 1800s to modern times—the faster the reaction time, they say, the smarter the person.last_img read more

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