St Thomas top junior boxing champs

first_imgSt Thomas Boxing Club retained their hold on the Jamaica Boxing Board’s Youth and Junior Championships, when they came out ahead of five other gyms at the Stanley Couch Gym last Saturday night, with 12 points. Stanley Couch placed second with seven points, Savanna-la-mar had four points, Bruising Gym and Trench Town scored three each, Sugar Olympic picked up two points and Seaview Gym one point. The championship featured Junior boxers aged 14-15 and Youth Boxers 16 and 17 years. In the junior category, there was a lot of action and the St Thomas team, which is coached by AIBA 1-Star Judge Robert Napier, excelled. Lightweight Anthony Burke was their best boxer and in his bout against Shaquer Dobson from Sugar Olympic, he was dominant and won by TKO after only one minute and 56 seconds of the first round. He was voted the most outstanding junior boxer for this performance. His teammate, Reynaldo Roberts, also had a TKO victory over another boxer from Sugar Olympic Gym, Malachi Baker. The Youth division saw two excellent bouts. Menilik Russell from the Savanna-la-mar Gym won on points over Joshua Forrest Davidson from Seaview Gym, while Shavon Lindo from Bruising Gym, who is a technically sound boxer with a lot of promise, defeated Devenney Patterson from St Thomas on points. Russell was named the outstanding Youth Boxer. In other bouts, Joseph Russell defeated Michael McDonald on points. Shadine Nash defeated Kirkland Clarke on points, Javon Goldson scored a second round TKO victory over Rahmong Chung and Brandon Gordon from St Thomas scored a surprise victory over Daniel Hylton from Stanley Couch, who recently won a silver medal at a development tournament in Guyana.last_img read more

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Making Up Facts to Fit a Narrative

first_imgTo be a good evolutionary scientist, write your narrative first. Then observe things. Finally, make up a model that fits the narrative.Many students are taught to believe that scientists draw their conclusions from observations of facts. That’s so old-fashioned. Facts are just incidental to the real fun in science: telling a good story with imaginary facts. The story is more exciting if observations create a crisis, so that the scientist can invent a model to rescue the main plot. We offer three recent examples.Imaginary planet factory:  Narrative: planets form from the bottom up, through a process of accretion of dust. Observation: radio waves were observed in a dust disk around a T-tauri star, inferred to come from objects 2cm or larger. Model: “Astronomers See Pebbles Poised to Make Planets” (Royal Astronomical Society).  (Are other interpretations possible?  Certainly. Assuming the objects are pebble-sized, they could be debris from collisions, but that’s not as sexy a story.)The precocious monkey:  Narrative: monkeys evolved into man, and one sign of it was increasing brain size.  Observation: An old-world monkey fossil had a skull capacity the size of a plum.  Tweak: With a little modeling from a CT scan of the skull, scientists at Duke University could guess at “what the animal’s brain likely looked like” including how many imaginary folds the small brain likely had. Auxiliary hypothesis: the more folds, the smarter the monkey. Model: “Old World Monkey Had Tiny, Complex Brain; Findings offer new clues to how primate brains changed over time.” Visualization: video clip showing 3-D model of folded brain rotating.Whoops; there’s a problem: didn’t Darwin expect brains to get bigger before they got smarter? Bring in the rescue device:“In the part of the primate family tree that includes apes and humans, the thinking is that brains got bigger and then they get more folded and complex,” Gonzales said. “But this study is some of the hardest proof that in monkeys, the order of events was reversed — complexity came first and bigger brains came later.”The findings also lend support to claims that the small brain of the human ancestor* Homo floresiensis, whose 18,000-year-old skull was discovered on a remote Indonesian island in 2003, isn’t as remarkable as it might seem. In spite of their pint-sized brains, Homo floresiensis were able to make fire and use stone tools to kill and butcher large animals.“Brain size and brain complexity can evolve independently; they don’t have to evolve together at the same time,” Benefit said.How Enceladus stayed old:  Narrative: Enceladus formed 4.5 billion years ago (see A.S.S.) as a satellite of Saturn. Observation: geysers at the south pole give off several gigawatts of heat. Crisis: that kind of energy output cannot go on for 4.5 billion years:The source of this energy is believed to be tidal dissipation. However, the observed south polar heat flux cannot be sustained over the age of the Solar System. Furthermore, thermal evolution models suggest that any global subsurface ocean should freeze on a timescale of tens to hundreds of My, sharply reducing future tidal heating, unless large amounts of antifreeze are present in the ocean.Rescue device: James H. Roberts invents a model that won’t give ammo to young-earth creationists:Here I propose an alternative internal structure for Enceladus, in which the silicate core is fragmented, and that the tidal deformation of the core may be partially controlled by interstitial ice. I find that fragmentation of the core increases tidal dissipation by a factor of 20, consistent with the long-term dynamically sustainable level, even when the interior is completely frozen, but only if the interior starts out warm and tidal heating is strong from the beginning. If this is not the case, radioactive heating will be insufficient to prevent the interior from cooling. Although an ocean need not be present in order for the interior to experience significant tidal heating, all models that dissipate enough heat to prevent runaway cooling are also warm enough to have an ocean. Tidal dissipation in the weak core provides an additional source of heat that may prevent a global subsurface ocean from freezing.Resulting model: “The fluffy core of Enceladus” (Icarus). We can’t see the fluff, but it must be there, or else the A.S.S. gets kicked.This is the 21st century way of doing science. Modern audiences love stories. Scientists cannot thrive on epistemic modesty alone; they need to get with the theater generation to make science trendy. The only rule with today’s science theater is never to question the meta-narrative (scientific materialism). That requires never giving aid and comfort to those who question the meta-narrative. The penalty for that is expulsion from the scientific community.___________*”Hobbit man” is not considered a human ancestor by most paleoanthropologists, but a side branch of Homo erectus perhaps (but it seems too recent to fit that narrative).  As for brain size and intelligence, see the 6/26/15 entry.“Science is truth; do not be misled by facts” (Finagle’s Creed).  If you were to look at the observations in each of these articles alone, they would be so narrow as to be boring. It’s essential for the mandarins of science to maintain the illusion that the men behind the curtain have special powers of divination. They can see beyond the empirical evidence into the mystical realms of possibility.The meta-narrative (big bang to man) is Accepted Truth that must never be questioned. And yet anomalies crop up. The job of the scientist is to creatively fit any troublesome observation into a “model” that not only preserves the meta-narrative, but brings glory to the mandarins. This enables the mandarins to finance the outrage industry (a.k.a. Darwin Lobby) against doubters.What? You thought science was about following the evidence where it leads with an open mind? Get over it. (6/25/14) (Visited 180 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Brand South Africa: JCI Conference

first_imgThe annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) Conference begins on 4 May at the Sandton Convention Centre. More than just a conference for business minded entrepreneurs, workshops during the event will feature a strong social and community building slant.Junior Chamber International (JCI) members are encouraged to use their business knowledge and experience to become grassroots activists in their own communities. The international non-profit comprises engaged and active citizens committed to improving the globe.Community action to make a better world is one of the principles that drives Brand South Africa as an organisation. For this reason we are proud to be co-sponsors of the event.The African region conference will give young South Africans the opportunity to network with global entrepreneurs and social leaders. Members will spend four days discussing international and regional challenges and sharing experiences that can create positive change across African communities.In October 2015 JCI celebrated its centenary. Branches across the globe celebrated by advocating for more active citizenship. As JCI Ambassador and UN Global Compact Senior Advisor Fred Dubee told a gathering in Finland, “Let us base what we do today and tomorrow on the robust platform that has been erected with so much care and commitment over the past 100 years and as we do, let us be conscious that what we do now will have an impact that will shape the next 100 brilliant and valuable years of JCI.”The organisation’s members believe by being socially active we can create sustainable positive change. Individuals have as much of a responsibility as governments and business to create a more equitable and caring world.Members are guided by five distinct principles:• Educate yourself. By understanding the root causes of communal issues JCI members can prove themselves to be vital in helping make change happen.• Spread awareness: JCI members are encouraged to begin a conversation in their community around challenges. Whether they choose to do that face to face, digitally or through encouraging community participation, members are urged to lead social activism.• Support grassroots efforts: Volunteer or become involved with organisations and campaigns that are working for positive change. If challenges are not being addressed, start a conversation or an organisation. Reach out across communal and national borders to look for solutions or to offer help.• Advocate: All challenges have a face and solutions need to be based on protecting the dignity of people. JCI members are guided by the idea that welcoming people matters more than focusing on what makes us different.• Support approaches that promise long term solutions: Find ways to build vibrant and integrated communities instead of allowing insularity. Host opportunities where people can learn about each other.last_img read more

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Somebody Broke Wikipedia

first_imgTags:#crowdsourcing#user-generated content#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market An apparent data center outage has put Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced encyclopedia, under for about two hours now. Visiting the site gives a user an error message, “Meta has a problem. Sorry! This site is experiencing technical difficulties.”Steven Walling, a Wikipedia volunteer (and former ReadWriteWeb reporter), explains in a comment on NextWeb. “What happened with the last outage was that a heating issue killed one of the two datacenters (the one in Amsterdam), and the increased pressure from handling all the traffic eventually brought down the servers in Florida too. The good news is that it’s part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s plan to open up a new U.S. data center to prevent this in the future. Also, to make a plug, donating helps pay to keep the servers up and running”About 20 minutes ago, Wikipedia Tweeted that “data is slowly coming back online.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts curt hopkinslast_img read more

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Aiming for Net Zero Energy in Fog City

first_imgIn San Francisco, where the city’s patchwork of microclimates deliver weather that is almost always moderate, upgrading the energy efficiency performance of a home to net-zero can include any number of strategies.One NZE project in the city that attracted attention over the summer involves the renovation of a Queen Anne Victorian in Noe Valley, a relatively sunny residential neighborhood in the east-central part of town. Barbara Shands, a principal with LSarc, a San Francisco architecture firm working on the remodel, updated GBA with details about improvements that are expected to make the house one of the very first in the city to operate at net zero energy.Plans call for retention of the front façade, the building’s sidewalls (both of which abut the property line), the first 14 ft. 6 in. of original roof framing, and the floor framing. About 1,375 sq. ft. of the original floor space will be kept intact, although next year when the renovation is completed the interior space will total 2,424 sq. ft. Any dismantled framing lumber is expected to be reused where demolition occurs, Shands noted.Leaning on solar energyThe house will be equipped with an 8-kW solar power installation on the roof (the owner has been in the solar power business for about 20 years, according to LSarc). The floors will feature inch-thick Gyp-Crete underlayment with radiant tubing heated by a 2/3-ton electric heat pump and through solar gain at the front of the house, which faces south. The floors at the north end will be finished with wood while those in the front section, where Marvin High-R Tripane wood-frame windows will help fill the façade, will be finished with a thin layer of concrete to maximize the solar gain.The R-19 walls and R-40 roof will be insulated with BioBased spray foam. The renovation also includes a three-story stairwell, topped with skylights that can be opened to create a ventilation stack for the interior. (Although the Bay Area’s inland regions may bake in 90°F heat during the summer, temperatures in San Francisco rarely exceed 80°F, which means very few houses in the city are equipped with air conditioners.)A second heat pump will provide domestic hot water, LSarc says, and LED fixtures and high-efficiency appliances will be installed to lower the total electrical load. The property also will include a graywater reclamation system designed to provide irrigation for a vegetable garden and drought-tolerant landscape.last_img read more

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Security breach probe: Pranab Mukherjee bypassed home ministry

first_imgReports that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office was bugged last year have sparked questions whether it was the result of corporate wars or battles within the cabinet. The answers to who planted the bugs may never be found but the murky affair has exposed the fault lines within the government.The P. Chidambaram-led home ministry, which is directly responsible for internal security, was kept completely out of the loop of the probe into how an adhesivetype material was found at 16 places in the finance ministry, including at three spots inside Mukherjee’s room, last year.A security breach was alleged in the offices of Mukherjee and his aides – adviser Omita Paul and private secretary Manoj Pant – besides two conference rooms used by the minister.Government sources on Tuesday conceded that after Mukherjee’s letter to Manmohan Singh last September pointing out the discovery and asking for a secret highlevel probe, the PM’s office did not involve the home ministry into the investigation. The PMO directly contacted the then director of the Intelligence Bureau ( IB), Rajiv Mathur, asking him to probe the matter instead of the home minister or the home secretary, to whom the IB usually reports. ” The home ministry was completely out of the loop till then? Later, anyway, we knew that the IB was probing the matter,” a top source said.The fact that Mukherjee chose to write to the PMO and not to Chidambaram was underlined to point out the fault lines in the government.That the Central Board of Direct Taxes ( CBDT) brought in private investigators to conduct an electronic sweep of the finance ministry’s VVIP chambers also showed the lack of faith in the government’s security and investigating agencies, sources pointed out.advertisementThis was something that the BJP was quick to pick on, as it alluded to a ” civil war” between Mukherjee and Chidambaram. ” Today, the UPA government is completely directionless, rudderless, without leadership and apprehensive. The situation has come to such a pass that the finance minister suspects his office is bugged. The country wants to know who is bugging his office,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.Sources said since the episode, counter- surveillance has been stepped up in the top government departments. The IB now does a regular screening swoop of the offices of the finance minister, home minister and the PMO every three days to detect bugs – a far increased frequency to the earlier practice of doing so every fortnight. BUT THE IB sought to play down the incident on Tuesday, as did Mukherjee himself.Sources said the IB found no evidence of any snooping or bugging in the finance ministry and, hence, for the home ministry, it essentially became a ” done and dusted” matter several months ago.The IB had taken all the adhesives found at 16 places in the finance ministry and subjected the same to forensic tests. ” The tests showed it was only chewing gum and nothing else. There was no groove or cavity in places where the chewing gum was spotted? in one of the places, the adhesive had a paint coating on it suggesting that it had been there for several months. But we still can’t say with absolute certainty if bugging devices had been planted earlier using this chewing gum,” the government source said.” The IB closed the matter last October as nothing concrete was found in the probe. To detect a security breach, you have to find a bug – the IB found no recording devices,” the official added. MUKHERJEE, too, said on Tuesday that investigating agencies had found nothing during their probe of the suspected security breach at his North Block office. ” The IB had investigated the matter and they found there is nothing,” he said.But experts said the presence of such material inside the ministry would have been virtually impossible without an insider’s job.Former IB joint director M. K. Dhar said some private parties with vested interests may have used remote- controlled radio bugs to snoop on the minister.He suspected that the parties would have been interested in obtaining details of fiscal and policy matters pertaining to a growing sector of the economy.”It would not have been possible without the collaboration of an insider,” Dhar said.A source also said the incident might have been a case of paranoia on part of certain finance ministry officials. The incident took place last September. This was around the same time when the Nira Radia tapes were leaked and there was concern over leakage of sensitive information.advertisementBut the episode, according to insiders and experts, has raised serious questions on the security of a key ministry such as finance which is run by such a veteran politician as Mukherjee.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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