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Ambusley declares win as birthday gift to daughter

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United FC captain Dwayne Ambusley netted his first goal for almost three seasons and only his second goal for the club, as they eased past Tivoli Gardens FC 2-0 in Monday night’s Red Stripe Premier League football fixture at Montego Bay Sports Complex.Afterwards, he dedicated the victory to his daughter, Shanice, who was celebrating her birthday, noting that he had promised something special and the goal was a fitting gift.”I am delighted with the win because I kept my promise to my daughter to score tonight and get the win,” the midfielder said.”It is my first goal in about three years so it’s special on that account. But the most important thing is that we won tonight,” added Ambusley.The win lifted the former champions level to the top on 37 points with Portmore United and two clear of defending champions Arnett Gardens FC.Ambusley’s goal, which gave his team a 12th minute lead, was rather fortuitous, as his intended cross swerved away from Tivoli’s goalkeeper Edsel Scott and into the upper far corner of the goalgoalscoring formMercurial striker Dino Williams also continued his fine goalscoring form, when he scored in the 28th minute in a dominant first half of football from the home side, in front of a partisan crowd.Ambusley said they were determined to get the victory and heaped praise on Williams for his role in the team’s success so far this season.”We talked about it before the game that we needed to win this one and that Dino keeps scoring and it worked out that way. As team captain, I can’t ask for nothing more.”MoBay’s goalkeeper had a relatively quiet night between the posts, but was called to duty with a superb one-handed save to deny Jamoy Sibbles an equaliser at the 18th minute.Williams was netting his League-leading 14th goal for the season, but the hard-running striker was taken off in second half action because of a lingering hamstring problem.Tivoli’s coach, Christopher Bender, said his side’s struggle will have to be addressed with additional talent in the transfer window.”We are not playing with enough confidence at the moment and of course the team missed Junior Flemmings greatly. He brings a certain calmness to the team and that was lacking tonight,” Bender reasoned.”There still a way to go in this up and down season for us, but we’re hoping to get some wins and stay away from trouble,” he said.Tivoli, following their 10th loss this season, lie 10th in the 12-team standings and have a woeful defensive record, having shipped a league leading 28 goals in 19 matches.last_img read more

Huskies hosting Navs for Game 2 of playoff series

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be playing their first home game in a week and a half tonight.The Huskies will be hosting the North Peace Navigators for Game 2 of the NWJHL semi-final series. The Pups dominated the first game on Monday night, beating the Navs 5-3 after a rally in the third featuring goals from Brandon Howard and Matthew Apsassin. With the win, the Huskies are now 4-3 against North Peace this season, including the post-season. The Huskies also have a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.The puck drops at the North Peace Arena tonight at 8:00 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

What Sparked the Mammal Explosion?

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first_imgIf you think tiny shrew-like mammals scurried afoot below dinosaurs right before they went extinct, you’ve got the wrong picture.A paper in Current Biology has a curious headline: “Mammalian evolution: A Jurassic spark.” Despite the pun, the title implies something dramatic happened when the first mammals appear in the fossil record—a “spark” of rapid diversification reminiscent of the Cambrian explosion.Mammals first appear in the fossil record at about the same time as the earliest dinosaurs (∼220 million years ago), and so the first two-thirds of mammalian evolutionary history thus occurred during the Mesozoic ‘Age of Dinosaurs’. Mesozoic mammals were long portrayed as tiny, shrew-like creatures, unable to diversify due to severe competition and predation from dinosaurs and other reptiles. However, discoveries in the past two decades have greatly expanded the known diversity of Mesozoic mammals, revealing the existence of specialised gliders, climbers and burrowers, semi-aquatic forms and even badger-sized carnivores that ate small dinosaurs. Evidence of extensive ecological differences has been found even between closely-related species, and quantitative analyses of the skulls and skeletons of Mesozoic mammals suggest a diverse range of diets and locomotor modes. Although the ecological and functional diversity of Mesozoic mammals has received increasing attention, the tempo of their adaptive radiation has seldom been quantified. In a new paper in Current Biology, Close and colleagues now show that, during the Mesozoic, mammals evolved very rapidly during the early and middle Jurassic (∼201–164 million years ago), with the average rate of change during this period being twice as fast compared to the remainder of the Mesozoic.This period of rapid evolution also broadly coincides with peaks in morphological disparity (as measured by the average morphological difference between contemporaneous species) and lineage diversity (as measured by the number of contemporaneous branches on the evolutionary tree). Together with previous studies which have highlighted the ecomorphological diversity of Jurassic mammals, these results demonstrate that mammals underwent a sustained and extensive adaptive radiation during the Jurassic, when dinosaurs also underwent a major increase in diversity and disparity.Why is this not portrayed in museum dioramas of dinosaur habitats? Lee and Beck describe how the old (incorrect) picture of Jurassic mammals proceeded from biased sampling of morphological characters and phylogenetic techniques that incorrectly portrayed temporal modes of evolution. In short: mammals appeared abruptly and rapidly inhabited all kinds of habitats. True, the largest weighed about a kilogram in the Jurassic (up to 10 kilos in the Cretaceous), but the variety of adaptations calls for excessive amounts of mutation and selection for the time available. And you know evolutionists are in trouble when they pull out their magic wand, convergent evolution —The Jurassic radiation of small mammals also underscores the prevalence of convergent evolution. Phylogenetic analyses of modern mammals have highlighted how similar ecomorphs (e.g. ant-eating forms, gliders, specialised burrowers and carnivores) evolved multiple times during the Cenozoic. Ongoing studies of their fossil relatives are revealing that many of these ecomorphs also evolved repeatedly, and relatively rapidly, during the Age of Dinosaurs. Early mammals, despite living in the shadows of the dinosaurs, were diverse and successful.Close et al. describe the mammal radiation as an “intense burst” of evolution. They use the word “rapid” three times.Contrary to the traditional view that Mesozoic mammals were exclusively small, generalized insectivores, discoveries in the last two decades, especially from China, have demonstrated that they were adapted for diverse feeding and locomotor ecologies. These finds extend the early mammal repertoire to include digging, climbing, gliding, and swimming and show that some non-therian lineages achieved surprisingly large body sizes (up to approximately 1 kgGiven these revelations, what else about the fossil record are they not telling us?Let’s play word association games like the ones pollsters do about politicians. What word comes to mind when you hear “evolutionist”? Answer: liar, untrustworthy, dishonest, … (Visited 132 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ritu Bhatia on making a splash to fight a disease

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first_imgIt’s been a strange fortnight, during which images of dripping wet people have appeared regularly in the media. Torrential rains? Floods? Colourless Holi? A closer look at the pictures reveal that the subjects are actually pouring water over their own heads as part of the ‘Ice bucket challenge’, a health campaign that has taken social media by storm since August 7. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and Taylor Swift joined thousands of Americans in dumping freezing cold water over their heads to raise awareness of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a debilitating genetic disorder.The game began when a Boston college baseball star suffering from ALS posted a video of himself on Facebook to raise money for the cause. Players were given 24 hours to either pour a bucket of ice-cold water on their heads on camera, or donate $100 for the cause to a charity. The campaign went viral. So far, $15.6 million has been raised for ALS, and charities say this shivery endeavour has been a “game changer” for the disease.Bill Gates poured a bucket of ice cold water over his head to raise awareness about ALS disease. The success of the Ice bucket challenge reflects the power of the social media in raising public awareness of health issues: Facebook, Twitter, blogs and mobile texting are ideal platforms for health promotion and agencies are quickly waking up to their potential to rally support for health causes among a broader audience.At one time, sporting a tiny pink or red ribbon was enough. Pink stood for breast cancer and red for HIV/AIDS, and whosoever displayed a ribbon of either colour was considered a health advocate. Today, this kind of gesture would be lost in the cesspool of messages that inundate us. No wonder health promotion campaigns are moving beyond the traditional broadcasting of public service announcements. Bold, creative and entertaining ways of raising awareness about a cause are required to claim the attention of the public and social media are central to campaigns. With over one billion users, Facebook is the ideal forum for dissemination of health information, from updates about epidemics like the Ebola virus, information about flu vaccination, or tips about preventable health issues.advertisementExperts say that the social network has a powerful influence on people’s response to health issues. Using one’s Facebook status to raise awareness about issues is a popular strategy. This has been used by breast cancer charities in a playful manner with a campaign in which women wrote their bra colour in their status, as a way of educating people.Oprah Winfrey is another celebrity who took part in the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge.The #nomakeupselfie was also big hit in the UK earlier this year, and began when women posted pictures of themselves without makeup on Twitter and Facebook, urging their friends to do the same.The theme was cancer awareness and a host of celebrities that included Beyonc and Rihanna posted selfies and pledged donations to cancer charities, urging others to follow suit by texting a message to a number that collected three pounds per message for Cancer Research UK. The Oscar selfie that went viral may have fuelled the enormous response to the no makeup selfie campaign, which collected over eight million pounds for cancer.Sadly, India centric social media campaigns haven’t really made their presence felt in the sphere of public health. All we have at the moment are advertisements directed at consumers on Facebook by healthcare companies and insipid status updates by agencies working in healthcare.Twitter, so far, has also been highly underutilised to promote such causes.The longer we ignore the reach of social media, the further we will fall in our efforts to raise awareness about health issues of national importance. Public health lobbies need to deliberate on ways to use the social media effectively. Some issues that must be addressed are: Who is the audience? What impact is sought, what changes in behaviour/outcomes can be expected?How should messages be designed for maximum impact?The leverage offered by the social network is immense. If an advertiser can get a message in front of you based on your surfing habits within seconds of you clicking on a webpage, imagine the potential that exists for a strategically placed health message.The rising popularity of veg eggsWe shouldn’t have to wait too long before this hits the shelves here. The idea of eggless mayonnaise would excite vegetarians and a variety called Just Mayo that hit the US market eight months ago, has drawn the attention of businessmen and chefs alike for its market potential and delicious flavour. What sets this mayonnaise apart is that it has been made with a plant product called the “eggless egg” instead of eggs, created by a San Francisco company called Hampton Creek.This vegetarian egg contains ground peas, sorghum etc. and can be used as an egg substitute for any product at all, from mayonnaise to cakes and cookies. And guess what else? Eggless eggs are actually more nutritious and cost less than regular eggs. In fact, plant based substitutes may soon replace fats and sugars too.advertisementPower of the peelDon’t toss away the peel of the lemon you have just squeezed the juice from. Lemon peels contain 5-10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself and are packed with compounds such as salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which fight cancerous cells. Eating peel also offers protection against osteoporosis, decreases cholesterol levels and minimises the risk of developing high BP. So grate the peel and sprinkle it on salads and other foods instead of discarding it.Spotlight on suicideActor Robin Williams was famously quoted as saying, “You’re only given a little spark of madness! Don’t lose it.” The recent tragedy of Williams’ suicide has left the world reeling, and it’s hard to imagine that someone with his ability to make people laugh was actually battling depression.Mental illness is often invisible, largely because of the stigma attached to it. This makes it harder to tackle one of its disastrous consequences, suicide, which is the eighth highest cause of deaths in the world. Over one lakh people in India commit suicide every year.According to a 2013 report entitled Crime in India, there has been a 21.6 per cent rise in the number in the past decade. The top reasons cited are family problems and illness followed by poor mental health and addictions. But suicides are preventable and experts say that raising awareness about the causes is essential. “We need to develop a national suicide prevention strategy,” says Dr. Samir Parikh, Director, Dept of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.last_img read more

BCCI likely to end long-standing association with ‘expensive’ Sunil Gavaskar

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first_imgThe Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) is likely to soon part ways with former India captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar. The Times of India reported today that that the BCCI is possibly planning to end its long-time association with Gavaskar once his contract comes up for renewal in April or May.Gavaskar has for long been one of the most high-profile commentators in the BCCI’s internally managed production house. The unit hires its own commentators and they are all expected to toe the board’s line. TOI reported that the BCCI is not too happy with the exorbitant fee Gavaskar demands in his role as a full-time professional commentator.Gavaskar made a whopping Rs 90 lakh for the India-South Africa series late last year while two other former cricketers were paid significantly less. Anil Kumble was paid Rs 39.1 lakh for the same series while Sanjay Manjrekar got richer by Rs 36.49 lakh.Another grudge that the board might hold against Gavaskar is that he has not always stuck to its point of view. But some insiders in the BCCI, according to the ToI report, refused to buy that theory because the former captain has strongly supported the BCCI’s decision to refuse the Decision Review System (DRS) and has spoken up openly in favour of sharp turners prepared at home.The ninth season of the Indian Premier League starts Saturday and it remains to be seen whether Gavaskar makes an appearance as a commentator. Word is he might be hired by the BCCI on a series-to-series basis from now on.advertisementThe same rule could apply to Ravi Shastri, whose term as Team India director has come to an end. He will soon resume commentary duties once the IPL commences on April 8.last_img read more

BCCI hopes new venues will popularise Test cricket in India

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first_imgOften accused of not taking cricket’s longest format seriously, India unveiled six new Test venues on Thursday and announced a busy 2016-17 home season when they will play 13 Tests against four visiting teams. (Dharamsala, Ranchi among India’s six new Test venues)Indore, Rajkot, Vizag, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Pune will host test matches for the first time, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced after a meeting of its Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee.India will also play eight one-day and three Twenty20 Internationals. The only time India played as many as 13 Tests at home was in 1979-80. (Eden Gardens to host India’s first day-night Test vs New Zealand)”I welcome the new Test venues hosting this prestigious format of cricket and their arrival will take Test match cricket to every corner of the country,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.Indore will debut as a Test venue when New Zealand visit later this year to play three Tests, one of them a day-nighter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, and five one-day internationals.The subsequent series against England will see Rajkot and the coastal venue of Vizag host Tests for the first time.Apart from five Tests, England will also play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, according to the BCCI statement.DHARAMSALA TO DEBUT AS TEST VENUESet at the foot of the Himalayas, the picturesque Dharamsala will host its first Test when Australia arrive in February to play four Tests in India.The series will also feature two new venues – Ranchi, the home town of India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Pune.advertisementBangladesh will play a one-off Test at Hyderabad.”Some of the best teams of world cricket are coming to play in India this season and we are excited to announce the schedule well ahead of time,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said.”This gives the staging associations and the BCCI, sufficient time to prepare and present, one of the most memorable cricketing seasons for our fans.”last_img read more