Dyke pleased with Edwin Allen’s early showing

first_imgAFTER two years of success, defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association girls champions Edwin Allen High will be hoping to make it three in March, and following his team’s opening at Saturday’s Purewater JC Invitational Michael Dyke is predicting just that. “I am extremely pleased with the overall performance,” said an upbeat Dyke. Despite losing two of his top Class One throwers – Janelle Fullerton, who transferred to St Jago, and Paul Ann Gayle, who has gone overseas – Dyke is not deterred. “It would have been good to have them back in the team, but their departure will not affect the performance as other girls in their shadows over the years have stepped up,” he said. Saturday was an indicator of this as Bristol O’Connor threw 43.72 metres to finish behind Fullerton, who won with the Class One discus in 47.54m. The defending champions had a solid start in the middle and long distance events where they had top three finishes in all classes. Dyke singled out the performance of young Cemore Donald, who clocked the fastest time of all three classes (2:19.30), to win the Class Three 800m. “Cemore is the defending champion at Champs and what she did was awesome and I am confident that she is going to break the record at Champs,” said Dyke. Over the last three years Edwin Allen’s jumpers have been the most impressive at Champs. Dyke thinks his rivals are doomed again this year. “Our jumpers were of high standard on Saturday and nothing will change for the remainder of the season.” The only members of this team yet to taste success are in Class Four, but Dyke is unconcerned about the present crop. “Despite this going to be their first time competing I think the group is much stronger than last year,” he said. Dyke could be right as the Class Four girls dominated the 100 metres. Bethany Bridge led the way with 11.99 seconds. Patrece Clarke (12.51), Selieci Myles (12.66), and Jessica McLean (12.71) finished in the top eight overall.last_img read more

Lightning Cooks Up Weird Science

first_imgGet a charge out of this headline from New Scientist.  A couple of scientists from University of Arizona studied fulgurites, the structures formed in sand by lightning strikes.  They found that they contain phosphites (oxidized phosphate molecules).  They theorized that lightning strikes could have provided phosphites which the primordial soup used to build RNA and DNA.  The way New Scientist put itLightning may have cooked dinner for early life.Early microbes may have relied on lightning to cook their dinner, say researchers.When lightning strikes sand or sediment, the path followed by the bolt can fuse into a glassy tube called a fulgurite.  A new analysis of these remnants suggests that lightning fries the nutrient phosphorus into a more digestible form.Today bacteria can get all the phosphites they want from steel corrosion, the article said.New Scientist seems determined to win Stupid Evolution Quote of the Year at all costs.  They’ll toss out any weird idea that comes along as long as it is something about evolution.  So now, lightning may not have only zapped life into being, it could have fed its new creations (see “Chef Charlie” in the 08/22/2005 commentary).  Our intelligently-designed dumbmeter was not made for this rate of farcical fatuous flapdoodle.  Their latest concoction would need another full serving of wit to be called half-witted.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Dyer Island Trust teaches people to protect marine heritage

first_imgThe team at Dyer Island Conservation Trust knows that it takes a community to protect marine life and heritage; it is not a job for one organisation. The Western Cape group engages with local communities and tourists, teaching them about how to save our oceans and its creatures. Cleaning beaches is one way of saving the ocean, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust team regularly tells children and adults. It is one of the group’s educational programmes. (Images: Dyer Island Conservation Trust) Melissa Javan“It is critical that we protect our marine heritage for future generations,” said Pinkey Ngewu, the operations manager of Dyer Island Conservation Trust.She was speaking during National Marine Month, which began on 1 October in South Africa. It focuses on the National Development Plan‘s outcome to protect and enhance the country’s environmental assets and natural resources.The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, which is based in Van Dyks Bay on the southern coast of Western Cape, was established in 2006 to help the African penguin, whose numbers were at an all-time low. The trust now also focuses on rescuing other sea animals, as well as on teaching the local communities and tourists about marine life.The importance of educationTo get more people involved in protecting marine heritage, the trust runs several educational outreach programmes. These programmes – for children and adults – reach approximately 15 000 people annually.“Education is key to changing perceptions and social behaviour that ultimately affects the wildlife around us,” said Ngewu. “We are blessed with incredible marine wildlife that is under threat in so many ways, but we can change what we are doing and in time we will see the results of those efforts.” The Dyer Island Conservation Trust and its partners run several educational programmes that reach about 15 000 people a year.Ngewu said the trust and its partners, for example, work with schoolchildren in the area. “The trust supported an eco-schools co-ordinator in the Gansbaai-area for three years.”Gansbaai, neighbouring the trust’s homebase, is a fishing town and popular tourist destination. Known for its dense population of great white sharks, it is one of the world’s leading destinations for shark cage diving. It is also a well-known whale-watching location.“We also work with the Grootbos Football Foundation, which has a dedicated 12-week programme. Within this the trust does two lessons, one on the Marine Big Five and the other a practical beach clean-up. The beach clean-ups help in addressing the marine pollution issue and raising awareness by the practical output of this lesson,” said Ngewu.Watch the trust teach local youngsters about their environment, and in so doing restore pride in communities:About the trust Pinkey Ngewu is the newly appointed operations manager of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.Working with eco-tourism partners Marine Dynamics Shark Tours and Dyer Island Cruises, the trust conducts valuable research, conservation and education.Marine Dynamics is a shark cage diving company that has been running since 2005; Dyer Island Cruises is a whale-watching company founded in 2001. The companies hold Fair Trade in Tourism certification and employ marine biologists whose research is, in turn, supported through the trust. The companies are essential in fundraising for the trust.Dyer Island is a 20ha nature reserve 8.5km from Kleinbaai harbour in Gansbaai. It is the easternmost of the chain of seabird islands of the Western Cape. Dyer Island is managed by CapeNature, and is primarily for seabirds and shore birds.The island is recognised as an important bird area (IBA), which gives Dyer Island the same status as an IBA anywhere else in the world. There are 1 228 IBAs in Africa, and 101 in South Africa. From a national bird conservation perspective, Dyer Island is one of the 100 most important sites in the country.The projects At the African Penguin Nesting Project, penguins readily adapt to over 2 000 nests.The Dyer Island Conservation Trust runs several projects:African Penguin Nesting Project: Heavily exploited penguin nesting sites are replaced with artificial nests. “During the mid-1800s and early 1900s, guano was harvested from the offshore islands and sold as fertiliser,” said Ngewu.“The penguins now struggle to burrow into the hard, rocky substrate on Dyer and other colonies, and have been forced to nest on the surface, leaving their eggs and chicks exposed to predation by kelp gulls, and other environmental influences,” she explained.“This nest project is in place in the majority of the colonies with the placement of over 2 000 nests. The penguins readily adapt to these nests and they have become essential in the fledgling success of this endangered species.”Seabird Rescue: “We deal with many injured, oiled or ill African penguins and others seabirds which are rehabilitated at our facility, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary.”Great White Shark Research: “The Overstrand area has been established as a hotspot for the ocean’s most critical and threatened apex predator (the great white shark). We have produced the nation’s first population estimate and can greatly influence national and international protective measures.“Acoustic tagging and tracking and years of boat-based observational data have helped build a better understanding of great white shark behaviour with crucial scientific papers published,” said Ngewu. “Our studies have also helped in the understanding of predatory interactions and new insights into their behaviour are being revealed.”Fishing Line Disposal Bin Project: Through correct disposal, this project aims to reduce the severe environmental damage to animals caused by entanglement in fishing line that has been discarded along the coastline. Monofilament fishing line, line used for shore-based and small boat-based angling, is one of the major causes of marine life mortality.Marine Animal Strandings: This may include whales, whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and seals. “We own a fully equipped boat for whale disentanglement, as well as a specially developed rescue floatation cradle, and have specially trained staff to handle any disentanglement that might arise,” said Ngewu.Watch what the trust does on a typical day:Besides learning about the ocean and marine life, find out 10 ways of saving the ocean here.last_img read more

Redline Equipment invests $8,150 in Ohio FFA members

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Redline Equipment donated $8,150 to the Ohio FFA Foundation. The money will go to fund scholarships for 24 Ohio FFA members in the counties Redline Equipment serves, to attend the Washington Leadership Conference and Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.“The redliners are extremely proud to be able to pay it forward. Most of our customers and many of our staff are former FFA members,” said Heather Hetterick, Director of Marketing Communication at Redline Equipment. “This is not a donation. We consider this an investment in youth in our communities to ensure they have opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.”The money was raised through Redline Equipment’s annual Parts Days sale. When customers purchased a $1,000 or more in parts, the dealership committed to donating $50 to FFA.“We are very thankful for Redline Equipment and their customers,” said Jessica Parrish, Executive Director of the Ohio FFA Foundation. “This money will help provide transformational experiences for students that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend life-changing leadership conferences.”One of Redline Equipment’s core value’s is to be a supporter of agriculture youth development to ensure the communities they do business in continue to thrive.“We’re grateful for the support of our customers in this endeavor and have no doubt we’ll both see a return on our investment,” Hetterick said.last_img read more

The Four Causes of Poor Sales Results

first_imgThere are a few reasons salespeople don’t perform as well as they are able—or as well as their companies need them to. You can get super-sophisticated and look at all kinds of data, analyze their approaches, and look at their tools, but in the end, it’s going to come down to one of these four root causes.Too Little Activity: Sales is an activity-based endeavor. Even though we would much rather measure outcomes than activities, if the outcomes aren’t being delivered, the root cause may be that there is just too little activity. In this case, more activity is what is necessary to produce better results now.Too Little Effectiveness: Effectiveness is the other side of the equation when it comes to results. All the activity in the world won’t help you if what you are doing doesn’t work. Your approach, your processes, your methodologies, your ability to communicate, and dozens of other factors make up your effectiveness—or lack thereof. The reason most sales leaders focus on activity is that effectiveness is more difficult to improve.Too Little of Both: You can produce poor results because you have too little activity while also being ineffective, in which case you must improve in both areas. Being more effective and still not doing very much work won’t allow you to produce the results you are capable of, and neither will taking action that won’t produce results.As a sales leader, you have some salespeople that need help with activity, some who need to be more effective, some who need both, and all of whom need the final factor.Too Little Leadership: Some salespeople produce results that are less than they are capable of because they are simply being poorly led. They are not given the leadership and the help necessary to take more action more consistently. They are not being challenged to improve their effectiveness in sales. They are not being coached to turn in their very best performance.The question one might ask oneself is this, “If someone else were to take over my team now, what changes would they make that would seem obvious to them and what prevents me from making those changes now?” Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Father calls Saifullah killed in Lucknow encounter a traitor, refuses to accept body

first_imgSelf-radicalised persons planted bomb on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train, says U.P. ATS chief Several hours have passed since he made a bold statement about not accepting his youngest son and alleged terrorist Saifullah’s body. Sartaj Khan makes it clear that it was not an angry or a spontaneous reaction. But even as he stands by his decision, he demands that the allegations made by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad be proved, for he had never imagined that this day would come.According to a PTI report, Mr. Sartaj said: “A traitor cannot be my son, straight and simple.” He refused to take Saifullah’s body, saying, “A traitor cannot be related to me, let alone be my son.”Saifullah, he says, was indeed the black sheep in the family, despite being the only one among his three sons (Khalid and Mujahid are the other two) to enter college. But the tannery supervisor’s reason to complain was nowhere close to the narrative provided by the police.“His reluctance to support the family by taking up a job was why I was miffed. I can say with surety that there was nothing in his behaviour that suggested he could be a terrorist or even an outlaw,” says Mr. Sartaj. Also Read | Photo Credit: PTI Items recovered after suspected terrorist Saifullah was killed in a 12-hour operation on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday.center_img  Religious his brother may have been, but Mr. Khalid never saw signs of radicalisation. “He enjoyed music and a lot of other things that hardliners may not approve of,” he says. Their mother died in an accident in 2014, but the family does not believe that brought about any change in Saifullah.As the conversations with Mr. Sartaj and Mr. Khalid is on, the other members of the family are in the next room. The door is closed and the only sound that can be heard is from the television of people lauding the father’s statement.Mr. Sartaj’s remarkable composure is missing in Mr. Khalid’s response to the tragedy. He says they won’t accept the body because “our father has made the decision and we stand by it.” The narrative too has changed a bit since the encounter in Lucknow. Investigators are now non-committal about the arrested persons being part of the Islamic State. Among other things, the family also wants a probe into the “seizure” of a huge cache of arms from the house where Saifullah was gunned down.The family’s theory is that even in the event of the allegations being true, it was more because of bad influence of others around him, rather than Saifullah’s own inclination towards radicalisation.This is where the focus shifts to the cousins Danish, Faisal and Imran, who were also arrested and are believed to have tipped off the police about Safiullah’s location.“They were welcome here like cousins anywhere else are. If there was anything beyond this, it’s for the police to find out,” says Mr. Sartaj. College dropoutThe strained relations between the father and son persisted for a long time. In between, Saifullah dropped out of Manohar Lal Mahavidyalaya after finishing second year, tried his hand at learning computer accounting and even assisted a lawyer in preparing sales tax cases. But for one reason or the other, stable employment eluded him and, with the passage of time, his father’s impatience only grew.Sitting in the courtyard of their single-storey house next to a mosque in Maqdoom Nagar, Mr. Sartaj recalls that fateful evening when he forced Saifullah to leave. “A couple of months ago we had a huge argument. I slapped him and asked him to leave the house. We never heard from him again,” he says.His eldest son and the only other accessible member of the family Mr. Khalid adds that Saifullah told them before leaving that he would look for opportunities in Mumbai and try to travel to Saudi Arabia for work. It is a rather curious coincidence that Danish, one of Saifullah’s three cousins arrested for allegedly being a part of the same module, left home after a similar argument with his father Naseem, Mr. Sartaj’s elder brother. last_img read more

Luxury car catches fire in Sirsa, triggers panic

first_imgA luxury car caught fire on Monday in Phulkan village which claimed to have witnessed zero violence through the day before and after the quantum of sentence for Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was pronounced in Rohtak. The incident triggered panic among locals. Around 2.45 p.m., a passer-by alerted the Ding police who reached the spot and doused the fire. “We have taken samples for forensic tests. It doesn’t seem connected to any activities of violence,” said Inspector-General Amitabh Dhillon. An eyewitness, Manjeet Singh, told The Hindu that he saw two cars passing by. “We don’t know what happened but suddenly the car was up in flames. It seems the man driving the car sat in the other car and fled,” he said.last_img