GC Foster to open research centre

first_img The centre will be outfitted with medical testing equipment such as a body fat analyser, a skin fold calliper, a polar heart rate monitor and other devices, which are not yet in the island. The funding for these equipment was provided by a university in China with which the school had partnered. Principal Dr Joyce Graham-Royal said that the centre will allow the students to more easily go on to do more science based courses at university. “When our students graduate from here, having completed a degree in physical education and sport, and they are to go and do a Master’s (degree) in a science area, the universities complain that they don’t have any lab experience, so this new research centre is our answer to that challenge,” she said. Graham-Royal said that an upgrade of the institution is crucial, especially if Jamaica is to grow economically. Her aim is to have the school produce more than just coaches and athletes of good standard, but also persons who can contribute to sport in other areas such as business, law and science. She added that another idea being considered by the school is educating students in the field of sport manufacturing, with the goal of giving students the know-how to manufacture locally made sporting goods and equipment. Graham-Royal said that talks are also under way with a lecturer from Namibia to teach sport manufacturing. She said that this would allow G.C. Foster to produce items such as balls for various sports and jerseys for various teams. “What could bring money into the country’s economy like sports?” Graham-Royal asks. “Music is not as hot on the agenda right now. Sports is in.” For this reason, she said that not only is Jamaica in need for a sport university college, but also the entire Caribbean. She said the school is the best option for this, as it is the only one of its kind which exists in the entire region. There is the belief that G.C. Foster, which has a population of just under 400 students, is ideal for expansion and is looking to invite more students from not only across the Caribbean, but also North and Central America. TESTING EQUIPMENT The G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport has started work on a new research facility as the school aims to gain University College status. The work started on Wednesday in the school’s gymnasium and is expected to be completed in under two months. Vice-principal Alf Remekie told The Gleaner that the intention of the centre is to allow the college to put into place modern structures to improve how sport is administered in Jamaica. “This will concern fitness conditions, techniques, and anything to do with that,” he said. “In different areas of sport, we want to test to be able to advise coaches how to be able to treat their athletes. It was long in our development plan to do more research because very little research is done in Jamaica. We want to really capitalise on it now since this is the place where coaches (in Jamaica) come from.”last_img read more

SERENITY

first_imgThe cool of the mild breeze on your faceAs the world quietly spins by our dreamsTaking along the tiny pieces thoughtBuilt in our souls from the beginningColors of purpose some with a slight hazePaste our inimitable globe into our tingePoised as feathered flyers on brittle endsSuddenly pitched as an eagle towers wingsBeneath millions of feet in boots the wormsMakes mold hills out of not but shere gustoBade uneven fears a lazy wave to the binsLoose as a butterfly kite in free sea breezeLeads you toward the land lined with sandsGolden in the milleniims from a foamy bathWalk down the jagged way so reach to gloryRimmed by the times equal to the challengesWorship to satisfy your holiness oh awesomeClap warmth near the wet toes of some needySpread wide the cheeks to make a sunshine trueGlow as a candle lit on the hill top touch manyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Witness: Spector terrorized me with gun

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Joan Rivers’ former manager testified Thursday in Phil Spector’s murder trial that while dating him in the 1990s the charming producer suddenly terrorized her with a gun, hit her on the head twice, ordered her to undress and accused her of stealing. Dorothy Melvin was the first of four expected to tell the jury about confrontations with Spector that the prosecution claims were similar to the scenario that led to the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson in the producer’s Alhambra mansion more than four years ago. Melvin said that after several years of occasional dating, she went to Spector’s then-Pasadena home in 1993 and spent a pleasant evening in which he played the piano and danced with her. But she said he drank heavily and at some point disappeared. She said she woke up early next morning and found Spector outside pointing a handgun at her car and then at her. Melvin described trying to flee in her car, Spector pumping a shotgun and finally being let out of the estate. She said she called police who ultimately helped retrieve her handbag. Kenney-Baden and Cutler both said that Clarkson’s death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that forensic evidence would show Spector was not standing close enough to shoot her, that his DNA was not on the gun and that his clothing bore no trace evidence to prove guilt. She said the defense will call renowned scientists including Henry Lee, Werner Spitz and Vincent DeMaio to testify. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She said she didn’t press charges because “I didn’t want it to become a National Enquirer cover.” The first witness was called after the defense told the jury it will rely on an invisible witness to Clarkson’s death. “We have one unimpeachable witness who has no motive to lie, no memory problems, no language problems and that witness is science,” said Linda Kenney-Baden, an attorney whose specialty is forensic evidence. Following co-counsel Bruce Cutler’s opening attack on Spector, Kenney-Baden gave jurors a course in gunshot wounds, bullet trajectories, blood spatter and what she called “the absence of evidence to prove guilt which is proof of innocence.” “The science will tell you who did what and what happened here,” she said. “The science will tell you Phil Spector did not shoot Lana Clarkson, did not hold the gun and did not pull the trigger.” last_img read more

SENATOR’S ANGER: FIVE EXPENSES ALLEGATIONS CAME FROM ANONYMOUS LETTER

first_imgSenator Brian O’Domhnaill faces five allegations of double claiming on his expenses when he was a county councillor, Donegaldaily.com has learned, but the Senator is insisting it’s all lies.And we can reveal the allegations have been made ANONYMOUSLY, fueling new anger from the Fianna fail man.The allegations are being investigated by Donegal County Council and its Ethics Registrar, but the source and real nature of the person behind them remains a mystery. We can reveal that the investigation was sparked after an anonymous letter was sent to a serving County Councillor who in turn contacted county manager Seamus Neely.The County Councillor told us that he felt morally obliged to pass on the information to the County Manager.“I am not passing judgement in any way on Senator O’Domhnaill. But I felt I had an obligation to pass this material on.“I read the material sent to me and it was very detailed. I cannot say if it is correct or not. It relates to five different claims, but as I said, I have no idea who sent them. “I went to see the County Manager and told him what had happened and that I was now passing it on to him,” he revealed.However Senator O’Domhnaill is furious with how the allegations surfaced and in particular how they are based on an anonymous letter.Speaking to donegaldaily.com he denied all the allegations and is seeking legal advice on the matter.He told us “I am on dry ground on this matter. I can account for all my expenses and I am extremely confident that this inquiry will clear my name of these false and malicious allegations.”Donegal County Council received an original query about the allegation from a member of the public in March last year. Fianna Fail also held their own internal investigation into the rumours but found no substance to them.“It was a pack of lies,” said a party source. “It was clearly a bid to damage Brian but it was made up as far as we were concerned.”The allegations, which relate to the years 2006/2007 are now being examined by the council’s Ethics Registrar.Senator O Domhnaill said he hoped his name would be cleared as soon as possible. He also confirmed he had met libel lawyers last night. The Council says the matter is being processed in accordance with the relevant provisions of Part 15 of the Local
 Government Act, 2001.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSENATOR’S ANGER: FIVE EXPENSES ALLEGATIONS CAME FROM ANONYMOUS LETTER was last modified: January 20th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:County Manager Seamus NeelyexpensesSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Watch: McConalogue accuses Taoiseach of fudging answer on LUH short stay ward

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has accused the Taoiseach of fudging the issue of providing additional funding to Letterkenny University Hospital for a short stay ward. Deputy McConalogue raised the issue with Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon.“The Taoiseach’s answer to my question was incredulous at best. “I don’t have an answer in relation to Letterkenny” is simply not good enough, and what added insult to injury was the fact that he then went on to outline other hospitals which would see new beds and wards opening over the coming months.  Why are people in Donegal being ignored and treated as second class citizens when funding can be found to increase capacity at other hospitals?”, asked Deputy McConalogue. “The Taoiseach is failing to acknowledge the pressure that LUH is under.  The full capacity protocol has been in place at the hospital since the 27th December.  Outpatients appointments have been cancelled, procedures have been deferred and waiting lists are growing.  Despite this, the Taoiseach appears not to consider LUH a priority.“The funding request for the additional beds and staff has been with the Minister and the HSE since last summer.  Since then the situation has deteriorated steadily and yet the Taoiseach does feel it is necessary to approve the application.“This government needs to get real and acknowledge the problems facing staff and patients at LUH.  I am calling on Minister Joe McHugh to use his position at the Cabinet table to ensure that this issue is prioritised.  I hope that he can emphasise the seriousness of the situation to the Taoiseach, who appears to be oblivious to the reality on the ground.There is clear, hard evidence as to why this funding needs to be urgently approved.” Watch: McConalogue accuses Taoiseach of fudging answer on LUH short stay ward was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Charlie McConalogueletterkennyLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Cell Calcium Channel: Meet Me at the Gate

first_imgAll cells use calcium ions for signalling.  The ions flow through specialized gates in the plasma membrane.  Inside the cell, receptors line the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a kind of subway system where finishing work on proteins is done.  How do the two get together?  They arrange a meeting.    Richard Lewis, writing in Nature,1 describes how scientists found this out.  It appears that the ER and the calcium channels talk to each other.  When the ER is running low on calcium ions, a messenger molecule goes to the plasma membrane, and starts a process where the channels and a portion of the ER move independently toward a meeting point.  The channels cluster to a spot on the membrane where a fold in the ER joins to meet it, and the calcium ions are delivered right to where they are needed.  In Lewis’s words, “New findings reveal a unique mechanism for channel activation, in which the CRAC channel [calcium release-activated channel2] and its sensor migrate independently to closely apposed sites of interaction in the ER and the plasma membrane.”    What are these processes good for?  The short list includes: secretion, motility, gene expression, cell growth, and activation of the T cell response to antigens.  This emerging picture comes after “years of frustration” looking for the mechanism by which this interaction worked.  They finally found the secret using forward and reverse gene activation methods.    In the paper, Lewis included a cartoon diagram of the play-by-play process.  He called it a kind of “molecular choreography” in which the cell performs “assembly on demand”.  Using the word “Remarkably” twice in the paper, he commented on the significance of this apparatus: “This kind of choreographic activation mechanism, in which a channel and its sensor migrate within distinct membranes to reach a common interaction site, is unprecedented.”  But why don’t the receptor and channel just stay put in close proximity?  It’s likely, he explains, that the oscillations in calcium activity introduce delays that create local signaling domains, enhancing the specificity of calcium signaling for particular purposes.    The picture may be more complex than it looks already.  The signaling proteins he described may be part of multi-protein complexes.  Something, for instance, has to give the open sesame password to the channel.  Other activators may be required to call the components to the rendezvous site.    Lewis did not mention evolution in this paper, except to note twice that parts of the system are conserved (i.e., unevolved) from Drosophila (fruit flies) to humans.  Since such vastly diverse organisms are composed of cells, and all cells employ calcium signalling, this probably implies the system is conserved throughout the eukaryotic kingdom if not all life.1Richard S. Lewis, “The molecular choreography of a store-operated calcium channel,” Nature 446, 284-287 (15 March 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05637.2CRAC is unusual among the family of calcium channels.  Lewis describes it: “The unusual characteristics of this channel have long intrigued ion-channel biophysicists; it selects for Ca2+ just as well as CaV channels but conducts Ca2+ >100 times more slowly, is inactivated by intracellular Ca2+ on timescales separated by three orders of magnitude, and requires extracellular Ca2+ to be fully active.”  The reasons for these “unique channel properties” are still under investigation.  It will take time to obtain a “global view of the molecular workings of store-operated channels and their physiological roles.”  The overall effectiveness of the system in vital roles suggests there is a reason for its slow activation compared to other calcium channels.Since Lewis called this remarkable, let’s give it some remarks.  How could such a process evolve?  Multiple protein parts are needed, and they need to not only match one another’s conformation, but migrate to exact points where other proteins (or protein complexes) are independently migrating simultaneously.  He admitted that this process shows no evolutionary modification throughout biology.  How could such a precision ballet arise by chance?  Ballet needs a choreographer.  Lewis did not need evolutionary theory for this paper.  If evolutionists had a ready answer to how this evolved, they surely would not keep silent about it as they always do when investigating the details of biology (e.g., 08/28/2006, 04/05/2006, 03/12/2006).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Chargify: (Another) Billing App and API for Small Web and SaaS Companies

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Products The API accepts method calls via HTTP and returns responses as JSON or XML, allowing companies to keep the customer purchase flow on their own sites and authenticate users while passing the billing information to Chargify for processing.Interested parties can sign up for the service, still in beta, at the Chargify website.Now, it goes without saying that Chargify is far from the first billing software for small- and medium-sized businesses; competitors such as FreshBooks are fast becoming well-known heavy hitters in the space. We also found a couple billing services that offer an API – the Dutch MoneyBird, and two English-language services, Zuora and Vindicia. What – if anything – makes Chargify truly competitive in this increasingly crowded space?Let us know your thoughts in the comments – especially if you have experience with using any of these online billing services! Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… jolie odell Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now From small-business support company Grasshopper comes Chargify, a billing and subscription system for web 2.0 and SaaS companies that eliminates the need to build bespoke applications.Their RESTful API and hosted payment solution permit simple integration into any website, allowing businesses to charge customers on a recurring basis, manage subscriptions, achieve PCI compliance, and gain real-time business intelligence from their billing.In addition to processing one-time and recurring transactions, Chargify handles free trial periods, promotions, refunds, receipts, and reminders.Also, their pay-as-you-grow pricing seems ideal for small businesses and startups. The first 50 customers are free and range up to $1,500 for 15,000 customers or $2,500 for an unlimited number of customers. Chargify does not charge individual transaction fees.Take a look at this demo video from the Chargify team:last_img read more

Making Cinema Lights and Practicals Work Together

first_imgPractical lighting vs. cinematic lighting — this article examines how to use practical lighting to create a cinematic look.In a perfect world, we would walk into a location, arrange some lamps, and the scene would come to life, perfectly exposed and cinematically lit.Unfortunately, light doesn’t work like this. Practical lights, even if placed correctly, rarely create enough exposure — unless they’re so bright they blind the actors and peak off the edge of the waveform. The opposite is also a problem — bright, cinematic light that seems to come from nowhere.Most professional cinematographers strive for a mix of the two, but in a specific way — they place practical lights within the set to motivate and make their cinema lights seem plausible.The process is pretty straightforward. You light the space as the world of the story would actually light it — fixtures in the ceiling or walls, as well as lamps and windows. Then, once the actors are in the space and you’ve decided on your shots, you bring in large, soft lights just offscreen to augment those practical lights.For example, a man sits at a desk and turns on a light. The lamp, as a small source, doesn’t have the right level of brightness, softness, or angle for a close-up. Offscreen, we place a LED Fresnel with a fifty-five inch softbox at eye level, and as he turns on the lamp, we power on the light. Because it’s an LED, it comes up to max brightness right away, giving us a soft, bright closeup. With the lamp in frame, the cinema light doesn’t feel fake or “lit,” a common issue with amateur films.A big part of a DP’s job isn’t just lighting the characters, it’s doing so in a way that doesn’t break the fourth wall and bring the viewer out of the world of the story. Different genres treat this differently. Comedy and the high-key look allows the lighting team to get away with a lot more than they would in a gritty crime thriller.Image via The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix).Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt lights its star with unfailingly bright, three-point lighting — even when she’s in a basement or bunker, mirroring the unshakable optimism and youth of its lead character. By contrast, in another Netflix show, Mindhunter, even at midday the characters live in deep, contrast and shadow.Across genres, DPs look for ways to motivate their lighting and make it seem part of the world.Image via Mindhunter (Netflix).What’s great about using this method is you always have a starting point. You can look at a location, chose which parts of the existing lighting will work for your scene, and then augment with offscreen lights. You’ll never have “blank page syndrome,” and you won’t get stressed about where you should place your key light. You can follow the natural lighting of the room you’re in.This method works great for both sets and locations. Sets have the added advantage of wild walls — segments of the set that you can remove to accommodate bigger lights. With small-profile LEDS and tube lights, like Quasar science fixtures, you can get a lot of light into a small space, making real locations less of a disadvantage. Locations also offer a pre-dressed set that comes with existing fixtures and lights — if you know how to augment them. Cover image via Lionsgate.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.A Guide to Shooting With or Against the SunThe Dolly Shot: How It Works and Why It’s PowerfulTips for Avoiding Stress as A Solo FilmmakerPre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a ScriptEverything You Need to Know About Chroma Key and Green Screen Footagelast_img read more

Goan diaspora: Zest, thy name is Zulema

first_imgZulema Colaco-de Souza sports artificial knees and uses a pacemaker.That in no way affects the 82-year-old’s zest for life. She attends fitness classes three times a week and feeds on the nostalgia and energy released by the sport of hockey which the Margao-born is in no mood to forget as the highlight of her life.Ironically, Zulema never played for a Goan team but scorched the turf in Uganda in the 1960s after her family migrated to the African nation from Pune where they settled when she was not quite a teenager.Her skills honed by the legendary KD Singh ‘Babu’, she delighted fans with her speed and body swerves on the left wing.Read it at Times of india Related Itemslast_img

Coolpad Note 3 Lite now available through open sale on Amazon

first_imgChinese smartphone maker Coolpad has announced that its popular Note 3 Lite device will be available through open sale on e-commerce website Amazon from Tuesday.”Since the launch of Coolpad Note 3 Lite in January, the phone has received a great response on Amazon.in. So far, we have received over 300,000 orders of the phone in flash sales. Due to the high demand of the phone and for the convenience of our customers, we have decided to open sale for the smartphone starting March 22,” said Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India.It means that customers will no longer have to go through the registration process to order the phone.Launched in January 2016 and available at Rs 6,999, Coolpad Note 3 Lite is the only phone in its price range to sport the fingerprint technology.The device is also equipped with a 5-inch HD screen exclusively for the Indian market.last_img read more