Leicester City captain and Jamaica central defender, Wes Morgan, said he will be doing his best to replicate the successes he has been having at his English Premier League (EPL) team with the Reggae Boyz in their World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ).”International football is completely different. You meet up today and play a game a few days later. But with your club you play together week in week out and in terms of structure they are very organised. But it’s (WCQ) a challenge ahead of us and we have to do our best to win the games,” he told The Gleaner.”I always give my best and my all for the Jamaican team. I always want to make sure we qualify for the World Cup. But it’s going to take a group effort, it’s going to take everyone pulling together to try and win the games. If we do that there is no doubt we will come out with the victory and with the points.”We are going to try our best, that is all we can do. We know it will not be easy because Costa Rica is a very tough team, we have always had tough games against them, and they will want to do their best as well,” he continued.He believes that with the support of the 12th man (fans) victory, is much more attainable.”With the Jamaican people behind us and we (players) on top of our game and playing our best, we can come out with the win. We are in this together, we are all pulling in the same direction, which is to get to Russia World Cup, and it’s a long way to go. There will be ups and downs, but hopefully, there will be more ups and we can see through qualification,” he said.WINNING WAYSMeanwhile, the confident Leicester City defender believes things are shaping up nicely for his club to capture their first English Premier League (EPL) championship title and he has no doubt they can continue their winning ways.”We have always had that confidence and that belief, but sometimes you just need to get the breaks and I think this season everything has come together nicely. Some individuals are playing on top of their game and playing the best they have ever played, so it’s a combination of everything and the boys are full of confidence and just want to continue the good run,” he stated.- L. S.
After winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, Williams was gunning for the US Open and four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year and she was a cinch to win it, especially with Maria Sharapova of Russia pulling out before hitting a ball and with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus falling by the wayside. All the talk was about Williams becoming the first to do so since Steffi Graf in 1988, especially as the two players who stood in her way were Vinci and Flavia Pennetta, two Italians, two childhood playmates who had never ever contested a Grand Slam final. One was 32 years old, the other was 33, one ranked number 43, the other ranked number 26. With Pennetta winning her semi-final by upsetting the tournament’s number two seed, Simona Halep, in straight sets in the first semi-final and awaiting the winner of the second semi-final, Serena, coming in with a record of 33 successive Grand Slam victories, took on Vinci, who had never even won a set against her and whose season record was 20 wins and 20 losses. Winning the first set 6-2, and easily at that, it seemed as if Vinci was doomed to lose one more time. Williams appeared way above her class. And when Williams raced to a 2-0 lead in the third set, it was, or so it seemed, all over for Vinci. Out of the blue, however, Vinci made her move. Using a mixture of different speeds on her shots, slices, pushes at the net and delicate drop shots, Vinci outfoxed Serena, destroyed her rhythm and won the set at four. tactics working gunning for US Open The 2015 US Open tennis tournament which ended at Flushing Meadows in New York last Sunday was an occasion to remember, especially for those who love or enjoy the excitement of an upset. First off, Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland, probably the finest player of them all, who also boasts a record of 17 Grand Slam titles – to win the men’s singles and his 10th Grand Slam title; and second, the surprise, or the upset, of Serena Williams in the women’s singles. Federer played well, especially for a 34-year-old, but in the battle of the number one-ranked player versus number two-ranked player, Djokovic, the number one, played a little better and deserved his victory in four sets and the US$3.3 million winner’s prize, although Federer looked threatening for a while. The match of the tournament, however, was the women’s semi-final match between Williams of the USA, the world’s number one, the defending champion, and the favourite by far for the title, and Roberta Vinci of Italy. With the emotions of Serena coming to the fore in that set, however, screaming, stomping and pointing, Vinci remained cool until, at 3-3, at 40-40, she smiled at Serena’s antics, obviously feeling satisfied that her tactics were working. She then won a point after a long rally and then gestured dramatically to the fans to cheer for her also. It was interesting. One player behaving as if she should not be in such a fight, as if she was ordained; and the other player fighting and enjoying every moment of the duel for the US Open title and the winner’s prize money. Vinci broke Williams by winning the next point, held serve at 5-3 and then held serve at love to create one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game. “I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” said Williams afterwards, the Grand Slam finalist on 25 occasions and winner 21 times, only one short of Graf. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.” Vinci, however, who later lost to Pennetta in the final, was head over heels at her performance and had the 20,000-plus fans cracking up with laughter during post-match interview. “How do you feel after such a historic performance?” she was asked before the fans, minutes after the Serena match. “This is an amazing moment for me,” said the 300-1 underdog. “I am in a dream, I beat Serena. I am in the final of the US Open.” “Did you have a plan for the match?” “No. Just play. Don’t think about Serena. Just enjoy yourself. Get the ball in court, and run, and run.” The next day, Vinci lost in the final in straight sets to Pennetta. She was not as tricky and not as good as she was against Williams. Probably she was not as motivated, or not as intoxicated as she was for the match of her life. She lost easily. She was, however, still smiling and still laughing. She had defeated Williams, a champion, the champion and arguably the best of all time. Vinci had her day in the sun. The day she defeated Serena Williams at the US Open, the day she will forever remember. Sports fans, tennis fans especially, will never forget her, or her celebration as the miracle unfolded, both for her play, her tactics and for her wonderful words which followed her amazing upset.
There’s an old legend that Tibetan monks built a wall by levitating heavy stones with sound by beating their drums and gongs. Something not quite so fantastic but still amazing is done by cells in the embryo. Scientists have filmed zebrafish embryos using beating cilia to build little stone structures that they use for balance. Animals need to know which way is up. All vertebrates have pieces of rock in their heads for this purpose (see 10/10/2003). These rocks made of calcium carbonate, called otoliths in fish and otoconia in humans, are tied to sensory organs that measure their inertia to determine balance, direction and motion. They are interesting examples of biomineralization – the use of mineral construction materials instead of proteins, sugars, fats and nucleic acids. Because minerals are hard things, they need to be guided into place like building blocks. How does a little fish embryo place the building blocks for otoliths that will work? “Otolith number, size and placement are under strict developmental control,” wrote a team of UCLA and Caltech scientists in Nature.1 Until now it was unknown how the embryo guided the building blocks into place. The team used high-speed digital video cameras on a microscope to film the growth of otic vesicles, the organs where otoliths form. At 100 to 330 frames per second, they observed that cilia attracted precursor particles by beating back and forth, creating little vortices in the fluid. At polar ends of the otic vesicles, longer cilia called “tether cilia” beat this way and attracted particles to their tips. The beating not only set up a fluid dynamic system that pulled the particles in, it also kept the growing structure rotating for even construction. They called this a “cilium-dependent hydrodynamic system.” The cilium uses dynein for motion and is dependent on a gene called Gas8 for regulation. Here’s the jargon:Our results demonstrate that Gas8 is required for normal motility of cilia in the otic vesicle and that ciliary motility is essential for normal ear development. The otic vesicle is a closed epithelial organ and fluid flow within this vesicle has been suggested to contribute to otolith formation. Our study provides direct experimental evidence in support of this hypothesis. On the basis of high-speed video microscopy of cilia motility and quantitative analysis of precursor particle movements in wild-type and gas8 morphant embryos, we propose a new, cilium-dependent hydrodynamic mechanism for otolith biogenesis (Fig. 4). In this model, motility of tether cilia at the poles of the otic vesicle establishes a vortex that attracts otolith precursors (Fig. 4i, l), thereby biasing an otherwise random distribution of precursor particles and concentrating them near the two patches of tether cilia. This ensures preferential otolith seeding at the poles of the otic vesicle. At the otic vesicle poles, tether cilia motility further serves to disperse precursor particles locally and oscillation of the otolith increases effective contact area with precursors (Fig. 4j). Together, this prevents particles from sedimenting to form ectopic aggregates and promotes efficient uniform otolith growth.Cool. The little fish embryo uses this organ to keep itself right-side up as it swims away. Although the scientists observed this phenomenon in fish, they believe the mechanism may have more general application. “Our findings add to a growing list of developmental processes requiring fluid dynamic inputs for proper growth and patterning, further showing that epigenetic cues are part of the embryonic developmental program.” They encouraged other biologists to look for answers to hearing loss and balance problems in humans in “ciliopathies” – diseases of the cilia. The Supplementary Information page contains Quicktime movies where you can see the beating tether cilia with otoliths growing at their tips.2 1. Colantonio et al, “The dynein regulatory complex is required for ciliary motility and otolith biogenesis in the inner ear,” Nature 457, 205-209 (8 January 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07520.2. Supplementary Information page for Colantonio et al, Nature.Think how many systems must interact in this amazing process. Cilia are among the “irreducibly complex” organelles Michael Behe described in detail in Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution. All the parts of the cilia must be coded in the DNA – along with the assembly instructions for the cilia and the molecular trucks that build them (visit 06/14/2004 to be blown away by that fact). The cilia have to find their ways to the poles of the otic vesicle. They have to know how fast to beat to set up the proper vortex that will attract precursor particles. They have to start and stop beating at the right time and somehow “know” when the otoliths are the right size and shape. The sensory apparatus has to know what to do with the information provided by the inertia of the otoliths. The brain has to process this information and send course corrections to the muscles. A multitude of ancillary proteins, hormones and regulatory factors are involved. This is just for one sense organ in a tiny fish embryo. Did the fish figure this all out by trial and error? Remember – vertebrate fish have been found near the base of the Cambrian (01/30/2003), with all their systems appearing fully formed. OK, time for the quiz: did this paper mention evolution? For a change, YES! But you’ll get a bang out of their one lonely reference: “Cilia are evolutionarily conserved organelles that perform motility, sensory and transport functions and are required for normal vertebrate development and physiology.” Ha! You may now laugh your way to the Bank of I.D. and deposit this paper in a C.D. (Certificate of Design), where it will yield high interest, guaranteed.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Tigerair is pulling out of Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne after weeks of fruitless negotiations with Indonesian authorities.The airline was set to resume flights today after reaching an in-principle agreement with Indonesian authorities, but that deal fell through.The initial issue revolved around authority to operate Boeing 737s leased from its parent Virgin Australia that was granted in March last year.Last month the Indonesia authorities revoked that permission which forced the cancellation of dozens of flights and left thousands of holidaymakers stranded and plans to visit the holiday isle in tatters during the peak holiday season.Negotiations for the airline to use its A320s have fallen through, and the Indonesia authorities want the airline to apply for a new International Air Operators Certificate to operate the 737s – a process that would take six months and cost millions.All other countries accept Tigerair’s domestic AOC issued by our regulator CASA.The airline made the announcement in a statement today.“The Indonesian authorities have informed Tigerair that they require an alternative regulatory solution for Tigerair’s operations to Bali. This solution would take at least six months to implement and would compromise the airline’s ability to offer low-cost airfares to travellers to Bali.As a result of this development, Tigerair Australia has today made the difficult decision to withdraw from flying between Australia and Bali permanently, effective immediately,” the statement read.Virgin Australia will examine the viability of introducing flights from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne to Bali.Last month Tigerair chief executive Rob Sharp accused the Indonesians of not honouring a 12-month agreement struck in March last year.That agreement allowed Tigerair to lease planes and crew from its parent, Virgin Australia, and operate to Bali from Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.Under the agreement, the airline is not able to sell tickets in Bali to those Australian destinations.Sources in Jakarta said that the Indonesians had moved oversight of the agreement from the department that looks after regular passenger flights to one that handles charter flights.This changed the rules by which the airline operates to Bali and means the company is breaching the rules.Almost all airlines lease planes, often with crew — particularly pilots.
A 22-year-old woman was on Thursday shifted to the government-run Nari Niketan women’s home in Jodhpur on the direction of the Rajasthan High Court, which has ordered the police to register a criminal case on her family’s complaint alleging that she was forcibly converted and married to a Muslim youth.The woman, Payal Singhvi alias Arifa, appeared in a veil in the High Court on Wednesday during the hearing of a habeas corpus writ petition filed by her brother. The petitioner alleged that a youth, Faiz Modi, had blackmailed and kidnapped his sister when she was going to college, after harassing her for several months.The woman’s family has charged that her ‘nikahnama’ (marriage contract) was fake and was prepared after her forcible conversion to Islam. The court directed the district administration to make arrangements for her stay in the Nari Niketan until the case against her marriage is taken up next week, and ensure that no one from her own family and from Mr. Faiz’sfamily meets her.The police have registered an FIR against Mr. Faiz on the court’s direction, under Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to compel her marriage), Section 342 (wrongful confinement) and Section 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code.A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Justices Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg asked the police to investigatethe woman’s conversion and the authenticity of ‘nikahnama’, said to be solemnised on April 14 this year.The woman told the Bench that she had appeared in the court on her own volition. The Bench recorded in its order that the woman had denied that she was under threat or inducement by anyone. However, when the police produced ‘nikahnama’ in the court, the Bench asked how the police could assume that her conversion was valid on the basis of “just an affidavit over a stamp paper of ₹10”.The court posted the matter to November 7.
Cardiff boss Warnock reveals Tan behind him for market plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says owner Vincent Tan is determined to support him in the January market.Before victory at Leicester City, Warnock spoke of his transfer plans.He said, “Mehmet (Dalman) and Ken (Choo) are doing all the checks which you’ve got to do. But they’re determined to get me two or three players. I’m talking to Vincent all the time. Every owner would want you to spend nothing and still bring in five players. But he’s been very supportive.”We’ve had inquiries for our players as well. Everyone’s looking for a bargain. We’ve got numerous players that aren’t playing and hopefully they can find clubs because when you’re a player you want to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
An unprecedented 225 middle and high schools are participating in Get Schooled’s Fall Attendance Challenge.More than 215,000 students in 80 cities across 28 states will engage in Get Schooled’s ‘friendly competition’ to boost student and school engagement and attendance rates. The size of the Challenge reflects increased national attention on attendance, as educators and communities focus on improving student achievement and graduation rates.To energize students and families alike, celebrity superstars One Direction, Ciara, and Rise of the Guardians star, Chris Pine have lent their voices to encourage middle and high school students to boost their attendance.According to a 2012 study by Johns Hopkins, 7.5 million students in the United States miss a month or more of school, putting them at risk for failing to learn key skills and potentially dropping out of high school. In a Get Schooled poll of middle and high school students released last month, students said celebrities, along with parents or a trusted teacher, are most likely to get them on a path to getting to school every day.“Schools and educators recognize we need to bring new energy and excitement to motivate students,” said Marie Groark, Executive Director of Get Schooled. “We are thrilled to have so many schools participate in our challenge and bring A-list partners on board this fall like One Direction, Ciara and Rise of the Guardians to motivate students to get to school and focus on their education.”One Direction, the global superstar group from the UK, taped a wake up call encouraging their fans to get the education they need to reach their dreams. As a bonus, students who sign-up on GetSchooled.com to receive a wake up call will be eligible to win a school notebook signed by One Direction.“Good Morning” the One Direction message says to students receiving the calls, “we’re not used to calling people this early, so you know this is important.”This is Get Schooled’s fourth, and largest, attendance challenge. Last Spring, Get Schooled led a Metro Detroit Attendance Challenge in partnership with Viacom, the United Way for Southeast Michigan and Chevrolet. More than half of all schools posted attendance increases during the challenge, with the winner, Lincoln High School, posting a remarkable eight percent gain.Get Schooled has also recruited some of the nation’s most innovative entertainment and educational gaming companies to support the Fall Attendance Challenge including Dreamworks Animation, Game House, The Jason Project, College Board, MTV and Cable in the Classroom.Get Schooled, Dreamworks Animation and Paramount Pictures have collaborated on a series of activities designed to inspire and motivate students during this challenge.Chris Pine, who stars in the film, has recorded a wake up call and loudspeaker announcement. Schools with the most engaged students early in the challenge have the opportunity to earn a private screening of Rise of the Guardians before its theatrical release.The winning school – with the highest attendance gains and highest levels of engagement –earns a Celebrity Principal for the Day. Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Ciara, is acting as the ‘face of the challenge’. While finishing her upcoming album, One Woman Army, she is using her voice to encourage schools and students to get active in the challenge and in their education.“Music has always been my passion, but school was always my priority”, said Ciara. “Education is the building block for everything we will do in our lives, without it, it is hard to say where any of us would be. I’m proud to be involved in a campaign that inspires and reminds today’s youth to get up, get out of bed and ‘Get Schooled!’”The Challenge launched October 1 and runs through November 30. To see a full list of schools participating, including current leaders, in the Fall Attendance Challenge, go to www.getschooled.com.
FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 30, 2017), we discuss the final rounds of both the NBA and NHL playoffs. First, we break down this year’s Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals, discussing how likely the Cavs really are to repeat as champions and whether parity will return to the NBA anytime soon. Next, Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog joins us to discuss the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators’ fight for the Stanley Cup. Has Preds’ goaltender Pekka Rinne peaked? Will the Penguins pull off an improbable repeat championship? We investigate. Plus, a significant digit on Mike Trout’s injury.Here are links to stories we discussed:You can continue checking FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game, through the rest of the Finals.Our founder, Nate Silver, wrote this weekend about how LeBron James destroyed our Elo ratings — but can he beat the Warriors again?Guest Neil Greenberg joined our hockey conversation, and he also did this analysis of parity in the NBA and found that until further notice, the NBA is a two-team league.This year’s Stanley Cup Final is between the title holders and the league’s trendiest team, according to The Ringer’s Katie Baker.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine argues that the march of the Pittsburgh Penguins to another Stanley Cup victory shouldn’t be this difficult.Significant Digit: 2.2, the projected number of wins above replacement that Sunday’s injury to Mike Trout will cost the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout will be out for six to eight weeks. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code
OSU junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (left) and sophomore middle Taylor Sandbothe attempt to block a Wisconsin shot as senior setter Taylor Sherwin (8) looks on during a match on Nov. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-0. Credit: Adrienne Robbins / Lantern photographer After sweeping Iowa on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was swept by No. 2 Wisconsin (25-17, 25-15, 25-22) on Friday.Despite a slow start in the first two sets, the No. 20 Buckeyes showed more aggression against the Badgers (26-2, 16-1) in the third set.OSU got its first lead of the entire match in the third set and gained a 3-0 lead to start. The Buckeyes led 15-14 at one point, but an 11-7 run by the Badgers gave them the set and match win.OSU freshman outside hitter Erin Chatman said that the team needs to bring the aggressive play from the third set to its match against Minnesota on Wednesday.“I believe we need to bring the same energy that we had in the third set and keep working hard during practice,” Chatman said.Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell was the lone Buckeye to score double-digit kills against the Badgers with 10. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had nine kills, while senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger had eight kills.The Badgers had two players with double-digit kills in freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates, who had 13 kills on 24 attacks, and senior outside hitter Courtney Thomas, who had 10 kills on 19 attacks.Senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Deme Morales, a native of Amherst, Ohio, tallied eight digs for the Badgers.With the loss, the Buckeyes are now 19-11 overall and 10-8 in the Big Ten, and while that may not be the best record in the conference, OSU has a shot of still making the NCAA Tournament.OSU is one of six Big Ten teams to be ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll.Sophomore libero Valeria León said that the team needs to go out Wednesday and get a win for the seniors, especially with hopes of making the NCAA Tournament.“Right now we just need to play for them,” León said. “I feel like it’s gonna be a really exciting night for us and especially for them.”For the Badgers, they won their 17th-consecutive conference match, which is a school-record.The Buckeyes’ match on Wednesday is its last home contest of the regular season, as they’re set to take on the Golden Gophers (18-11, 8-10). The Buckeyes lost to the then-No. 17 Golden Gophers earlier this season in five sets. Wednesday’s contest is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Sports Illustrated’s all access plan breaks down as a print/digital bundle at $48 annually or $4.99 per month or digital only at $3.99 per month. The current 3.15 million print subscribers get free access to the digital products for the remainder of their term. Sports Illustrated is hoping the bundle packages will not only serve their readers, but draw in multiplatform advertisers as well.Time Inc. has also reportedly partnered with HP to offer digital subs via HP’s forthcoming tablet, which will run on the Palm webOS. And as of now, it appears that the subscription capability is separate from Next Issue Media’s efforts, of which Time Inc. is a venture partner.In response to questions about Apple and Time Inc. subscription discussions, Rothenberg claimed it was too early to comment, citing that “it would be a very big mistake to speculate.” He was quick to point out the newness of the digital subscription industry, claiming to be in “the early days of evolution in digital retail.” Rothenberg said, “We love Apple. [We have a] great desire to sell subs in iTunes stores. I am confident at some point we will be able to sell subs in iTunes.” SI already has an app available through the iPad, launched December 2010. At a press conference this morning, Time Inc. announced it is launching an “all access” digital subscription plan in an effort to offer their brands to readers on any platform. The plan so far only offers subscriptions to magazine apps via Samsung’s Galaxy tablet and Android smartphones, as well as via a dedicated Web site. Print and digital bundles are also an option.Mark Ford, Time EVP and president of the Sports Illustrated Group, Terry McDonnell, Sports Illustrated group editor, and Randall Rothenberg, Time EVP and chief digital officer, led the conference and fielded an open Q and A at the end of the session.McDonnell claimed from this point forward to be, “The greatest point in time for Sports Illustrated.” Rothenberg expanded on the digital offerings for existing and new Sports Illustrated subscribers, explaining this new subscription package will create a more satisfying experience, allowing readers to “dive deep into content.”Sports Illustrated is the first brand to roll out with the subscription plan, which is debuting a number of swimsuit issue apps on February 15 to tie in with the print issue launch.