8 Ball snooker completes season

first_imgA total of 12 teams took part in a round robin competition with the top eight making it into the finals.In the top four, it was GS Marines, Paradise Wreckers, Legal Eagles and BSP.The bottom four is Mapai Transport, Trans Wonderland, Media 1 and Trukai Industries.In the top four, Wreckers beat Marines 4-3 and Eagles beat BSP 4-3.The second results were not available but the finals will be played this Saturday.last_img

Jamaica to host next WICB town-hall meeting

first_img enthusiastic During Friday’s town-hall meeting in Jamaica, fans will get their chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport and how the region can merge its efforts to make the cricket industry more viable than it has been. “We’re enthusiastic about continuing to use these sessions to listen to concerns and share information about where West Indies cricket is now, our strategic goals for the future and how the fans can impact upon the way we progress,” said Cameron. KINGSTON (CMC): Jamaica will host the next in a series of town-hall meetings around the Caribbean, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday. The famous Kingston Cricket Club has been chosen as the venue for the two-hour meeting scheduled for this Friday in the Jamaican capital. “We are taking into consideration all the views to see how the board of directors and management team can facilitate change for a positive outcome for the game in the region,” said WICB president Dave Cameron. “The region’s cricket requires all of its affiliates and stakeholders to make the product develop and grow and we look forward to hearing how we can continue to make a positive impact on the sport.” So far, the top brass of the WICB have had dialogue with the fans of the game from Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana. Topics covered have been wide-ranging, including selection matters, the operation of the WICB Professional Cricket League, player relations, player development, pitch preparation, and governance issues.last_img read more

Father, son charged for murder of fruit vendor

first_imgA father and son were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Wednesday charged for the murder of 20-year-old fruit vendor Richard Noel.Dead: Richard NoelThe men – 54-year-old James McKenzie and his son, 20-year-old Timothy McKenzie, both of Lot 126 Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is being alleged that on June 4, 2018, at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, both men murdered Noel, of Lot 39 William Street, Kitty.The men were remanded to prison. The case will continue on June 29, 2018.Reports are the murder reportedly stemmed from an old grievance between the now dead man and the younger McKenzie.The grievance involved the sister of Noel, who the younger McKenzie had reportedly hit, and that resulted in a fight between the two men.However, on the day of the murder, the men reportedly crossed paths and McKenzie was heard asking Noel if he “wanted a problem”.Noel reportedly walked away, which allegedly aggravated the father-son pair, who immediately went after him and allegedly stabbed him twice to his chest. When Noel fell, the men reportedly proceeded to stomp on his chest.Noel was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries one day later.last_img read more

Bryant insists he is not a dirty player

first_img“The reputation that I want to have is that of being a physical basketball player that plays hard,” Bryant said. “Not one that goes out and tries to intentionally hurt people. That’s something that I guard against. I respect the game too much.” The suspension could not have come at a worse time for the “fragile” Lakers, as Bryant put it, who have dropped four consecutive games after Wednesday’s loss in Milwaukee and are down to just 10 available players due to injury. PHILADELPHIA – This was hardly the homecoming Kobe Bryant envisioned this season, returning to the city that launched him to the NBA while having to defend himself in the wake of a play that wasn’t exactly full of brotherly love. After serving his second one-game suspension of the season, Bryant specifically wanted Thursday to address the perception – fueled by so many replays of him striking Manu Ginobili and Marko Jaric in the head – that he is in some way a dirty player. There also is the matter of how Bryant will avoid a third strike, both literally and figuratively, with the league office. He has been suspended for two nearly identical plays in which he flailed his arm trying to draw a foul after having his shot blocked. “When you play, you try not to think about that type of stuff because it winds up affecting your game,” Bryant said. “You go out there and just play basketball. That’s what I try to do. I just have to be a little bit more mindful, I guess.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he had “umpteen” video examples of Bryant flailing his arms after shots with nobody around. He said Bryant would have to be on guard to avoid a third offense but also called on the league not to be punitive. “There are people that pile on and we know there are NBA people that like to pile on and add to that,” Jackson said. “We know that he’s a competitor and he’s a performer and we trust the league’s got a fair analysis of that.” Bryant described having a “helpless” feeling watching in two different restaurants as the Lakers never led against Milwaukee. He also made clear that he felt he had been singled out not once but twice with the suspensions. center_img “I can’t go through a process of just feeling bad for myself,” Bryant said. “Obviously, I believe I got a raw deal on both of them. I’ve seen a lot worse go down. But there’s nothing you can do about it.” The last time Bryant was suspended, from a Jan. 30 game against New York, he returned the next night and unloaded 43 points in a victory against Boston. Jackson guessed things would be different tonight against Philadelphia if only because the 76ers have a capable player in Andre Iguodala to defend Bryant. The Celtics threw second-year guard Gerald Green to the wolves against Bryant. “You’ve got a guy that’s a quality defender here that’s going to make it tough for him,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a tight battle.” The Lakers have lost 10 of 13 games, with Jackson describing them as “free-falling for three weeks.” Bryant, meanwhile, spoke of trying to shield his young teammates from the burden of performing in these final 20 games of the regular season. “Let me handle the pressure in terms of media, in terms of expectations,” Bryant said. “You guys just go out there and play. Because when you have young players, that’ll tend to bog them down a little bit. I just want them to relax and play.” Jackson said: “I think he looks forward to this. I think this is a part of the season, taking over a ballgame, knowing he’s got to get 35 or 40 points, I think he looks forward to something like that.” Also Jackson said he didn’t expect forward Ronny Turiaf to play tonight and compared Turiaf’s back spasms to those that sidelined Phoenix’s Boris Diaw for nine games. … Jaric was asked Thursday about Bryant being a dirty player and told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “First of all, to be a dirty player, you need to be dirty on defense. I never heard somebody’s offensively a dirty player. On defense, he’s pretty legit. He’s a good defender. I don’t consider him a dirty player.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

COUNTY CHAMPIONS ST EUNAN’S DEDICATE WIN TO TRAGIC ELAINE

first_imgSt Eunans are the county champions!Manager Eamon Boyle revealed how they had used the tragic death of supporter Elaine Winston who died yesterday to spur them on before the game.“It was a sad day for the club and we spoke about it before the game and I am delighted that we have driven on and won this game for the Winston family and the supporters,” he said. The Letterkenny team staved off a brave challenge from Naomh Conaill with just a point between the sides in the end on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-9.Mark McGowan scored the vital last point for St Eunan’s with a long range but perfectly accurate kick.Glenties players Darragh Gallagher, who had enjoyed a fine game, had the chance to level the scores near the final whistle but put his shot side.The teams swapped points throughout with St Eunan’s giving away a lot of needless frees to allow Glenties to keep in touch. The Cathedral Town team’s cause wasn’t helped when sub David McGinley was sent off for what looked like an off the ball incident.Naomh Conaill looked like they were on control with a two point advantage until goal hero Lee McGonagle popped up to score a fine goal to give them a single point advantage.Glenties equalised but then came the superb long-range kick from McGowan to put Eunan’s ahead as the clock ticked down at McCumhaill Park.The 45 came from a mis-hit back-pass from Brendan McDyre, who’d had a great game up until then, the ball rolling over the line.“I don’t know how that happened, he must have thought that there was someone standing there because the goalkeeper was nowhere in sight,” said joint manager Martin Doherty. “Poor Brendan. But he was superb all day, they all were. We are just gutted.”St. Eunan’s: JP Clarke; Eddie Brennan, Micheal Martin, Conor Parke; Peter Devine, Eamonn Doherty, Mark McGowan (0-2,1’45’; John Haran, Rory Kavanagh (0-1); Lee McMonagle (1-1), Conall Dunne (0-1), Kevin Rafferty; Conor Gibbons (0-1,f), Ross Wherity, Sean McVeigh (0-1). Subs., Damien McClafferty for Brennan 20; David McGinley for Gibbons 42; Kieran Sharkey for Parke 57.Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Stephen Molloy, Johnny Bonner, Jason Campbell; Eoin Waide, Thomas Donoghue, Marty Boyle; Leo McLoone (0-1), Anthony Thompson; Cathal Ellis, Brendan McDyer, Daragh Gallagher (0-5,3f); Dermot Molloy (0-2,1f), Johnny McLoone, Leon Thompson (0-1). Sub., John O’Malley for L Thompson 58COUNTY CHAMPIONS ST EUNAN’S DEDICATE WIN TO TRAGIC ELAINE was last modified: November 5th, 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 championsElaine WinstonSt Eunanslast_img read more

YES VOTE WILL HELP SECURE IRELAND’S FUTURE – MCCONALOGUE

first_imgA Yes vote in the Stability Treaty referendum on May 31st will help secure Ireland’s future, allow investment public services and retain Ireland’s position as an attractive place to do business, according to Donegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue.Deputy McConalogue has urged all voters across Co Donegal to ensure they have their say in the upcoming referendum.“The vote on the referendum in three weeks time is extremely important for Ireland. It is not the cure to all our economic woes but it will definitely allow Ireland to have a more secure foundation for our future,” said Deputy McConalogue. The INshowen-bsed Deputy said Sinn Féin and other opponents of the treaty are deliberately misleading voters on the impact of a No vote for Ireland.“They continue to falsely claim that if we vote No, Ireland will still have access to funding from Europe through the European Stability Mechanism should we need it. This is simply untrue.“Ireland runs out of funding from Europe by the end of 2013. After that we will need more money to fund our hospitals, gardaí, infrastructure, transport & social welfare. The only way we can guarantee additional funding from Europe through the ESM is by voting Yes.“In fact, it is less likely that we will even need funding from Europe if we vote Yes. The markets are much more likely to have confidence in Ireland’s economic future and to lend to us at cheaper rates, if they know that we have the backing of Europe and the ESM should we need it,” he said. By voting Yes to this Treaty, we will be strengthening the controls to prevent large government deficits and rising debts, claimed Deputy McCOnalogue.“By voting Yes we are helping to restore confidence in Ireland’s future and the future of the Eurozone. By voting Yes we are saying to multinational companies that Ireland is a safe and attractive place to do business. By voting Yes, we will be providing Ireland with the financial backing to go back to the markets to fund our vital public services. The No side have been unable to explain where we will get the money we will need to run the country if the Treaty is rejected.“The Stability Treaty is only one part of the larger solution, but it is a necessary part. Ireland needs to push for further changes including increased investment in job creation by the EU, pro-growth reforms and measures to stop banks behaving recklessly,” said Deputy McConalogue. YES VOTE WILL HELP SECURE IRELAND’S FUTURE – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: May 14th, 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)last_img read more

Two schools drop year-round class

first_img karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – El Dorado and Sunnydale schools in the Lancaster School District will drop their year-round calendars and return to a more traditional schedule next school year. The district is in the midst of a multiyear plan to drop the multitrack year-round schedule at all its schools because of difficulties in scheduling training sessions for teachers and other staff. “It will take a couple of years to complete the transition,” Superintendent Steve Gocke said. Seven of Lancaster’s 18 elementary and middle school will remain on a year-round schedule next year. Those are Amargosa Creek, New Vista and Piute middle schools and Lincoln, Linda Verde, Mariposa and Westwind elementary schools. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The school board last week approved moving El Dorado and Sunnydale schools to a “single track” schedule in which all pupils start class in July. Aside from the maintenance and utility costs of running year-round schools, state aid to help districts operate year-round schools has decreased significantly, so there is no financial incentive to remain on that type of schedule, district officials have said. Staffers tend to experience burnout on year-round schedules, and it’s hard to find research that says students achieve more when they have frequent breaks, officials said. The Palmdale School District dropped the year-round school schedule in 2003-04 as part of $12 million in cuts to make up for state funding cutbacks to schools. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 last_img read more

Peering Into Paley’s Black Box: The Gears of the Biological Clock

first_imgWilliam Paley’s famous “watchmaker argument” for the existence of a Designer, though intuitively logical to many, has been criticized by naturalists on the grounds that one cannot compare mechanical devices to biological ones. Biological “contrivances” might operate on totally different principles than mechanical ones made by humans we know. Michael Behe’s 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box was built on the theme that, until recently, the living cell was a “black box” to biologists: i.e., a system whose inner workings lay hidden from us. But now with the rapid advances in molecular biology, we are finding the cell to be a complex factory of molecular machines. These themes of Paley and Behe seemingly converge in a commentary by Susan S. Golden (Texas A&M) in PNAS about biological clocks.1 Golden works at the Center for Research on Biological Clocks in the Texas A&M Biology Department, and was struck by recent findings in two other papers in PNAS on the circadian rhythms of “primitive” blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). To her, they suggested we are opening the black box of biological clocks, and finding treasures that look remarkably familiar to the clocks we know:A physiological black box is to a biologist what an ornately decorated package is to a small child: a mysterious treasure that promises delightful toys within. With fitting elan, a small community of scientists has ripped open the packaging of the cyanobacterial circadian clock, compiled the parts list, examined the gears, and begun to piece together the mechanism. Over the past 2 years, the 3D molecular structures have been solved for the core components of the cyanobacterial circadian clock: KaiA, KaiB, and KaiC. In a surprisingly literal analogy to mechanical timepieces, the protein that seems to be at the heart of the clock mechanism, KaiC, forms a hexameric ring that even looks like a cog: the escape wheel, perhaps. Previous work has shown that KaiC has an autophosphorylation activity, and that the presence of KaiA and KaiB modulates the extent to which KaiC is phosphorylated. In this issue of PNAS, Nishiwaki et al. biochemically identify two amino acid residues on KaiC to which phosphoryl groups covalently attach, and show the necessity in vivo of a phosphorylation-competent residue at these positions. By searching the crystal structure for evidence of phosphorylated sites, Xu et al. pinpoint a third residue that may “borrow” the phosphoryl group dynamically. Together, their work contributes richly to our understanding of what makes the gears mesh and turn to crank out a 24-h timing circuit…. Because each of these components (at minimum) is a dimer [composite of two molecular chains], KaiC is known to be a hexamer [composite of six chains], and other proteins may be present as well, the cyanobacterial clock can be thought of as an organelle unto itself: a “periodosome” that assembles and disassembles during the course of a day, defining the circadian period. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The term “periodosome” means “time-keeping body” – i.e., clock. Her diagram shows KaiC as a six-sided carousel to which phosphate groups and other subunits attach and detach during the diurnal cycle. The feedback between the units provides the periodicity of the clock, similar to the back-and-forth pendulum in a grandfather clock or the escape wheel in a wristwatch. How is the clock tuned to the day-night cycle? Where do the parts come together, and how do the clock gears mesh with other cellular machines? We don’t know yet; the box has just been opened. The clocks examined in these papers are the “simple” clocks of blue-green algae, compared to the much more complex biological clocks in eukaryotes. Even about these relatively simple systems in cyanobacteria much remains to be understood, but our initial glimpses into the inner workings of a biological clock at the molecular level remind her of the delight of opening a chest of toys for the first time:Identification of other potential components of the periodosome, intracellular localization of the clock parts, and elucidation of other potential modifications all may yield gears that are required to smoothly tick away the time and ensure that daughter cells do not run fast or slow. The cyanobacterial clock box, no longer black, is a chest filled with bioluminescence and attractive toys. Putting together the pieces to design a clock is a tedious task, but S. elongatus is a gracious host, and the guests at the party are hard at work.1Susan S. Golden, “Meshing the gears of the cyanobacterial circadian clock,“ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0405623101.Green makes no mention of evolution in this commentary, and has no need of that hypothesis. Even granting her some poetic license in her use of the clock metaphors of gears, cogs and escape wheels ticking away, who could deny that Paley, after so many years of ridicule, has been vindicated? Yes, Dick Dawkins, a watch indeed demands a Watchmaker, and if anyone is blind, it is the one ascribing blindness to the Artificer.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

5 Online Resources for Getting Started in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics

first_imgLooking to start a visual effects career or develop new motion graphics skills? These online VFX education resources are cost effective and convenient!Whether you just finished high school or are mid career, not everyone has the time or money to attend school full-time. In this post, we explore affordable online options to learn visual effects, CG and motion graphics.Check out each site, watch the preview videos and read the FAQs to find the online VFX education resource that best fits your needs and interests.1. FXPHDFXPHD mimics a traditional format of universities, giving you a 10-week schedule of training. You can join anytime during the 10 weeks and the classes are taught by industry professionals. Features:New classes weekly. Instructors (mentors) are well known industry artists. Focus:Broad. Subjects include 2D, 3D, CAD, Game Development and Video VFX. Also covers traditional skills (drawing, illustration, color theory), as well as a variety of software. Focus:Specific. Courses are limited to Maya software based training. How it Works:A suite of VFX training tutorials from VFXLearning.com Choose the FX Technical Director package for $300 or purchase case studies individually (1 for $50 or 4 for $150). How it Works:Standard three-course membership costs $359, includes required 4th class, Background Fundamentals. You download the classes, it is not a subscription service. You have 2 weeks to sample the available classes (first 2 classes) before committing to 3 classes. Focus:Broad. Though they offer a lot of VFX and motion graphics classes, as well as classes in cinematography, editing, color grading, and audio. They have 9 class tags, where you can search classes by subject. Focus:Specific to feature film style visual effects. How it Works:Annual Subscription $299.99 (includes training materials) or you can buy a video stream of any individual class. How it Works:Subscription service (Monthly Plan $45, 6 Months $225, Yearly $399) You have access to files to use for the classes and on your reel. Other Paid VFX Education OptionsIf you’re looking for a more traditional online VFX school, check out these options (all over $500) which offer a structured set of visual effects classes.Escape StudiosAnimation MentorGnomon School of VFXHow did you learn visual effects? Know any resources that were not included? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Focus:Specific. Hi-End VFX for movies and media (software include Nuke, Houdini, Maya). 4. Simply Maya How it Works:Video Credits allow you do download only the parts of a tutorial that you’d like to watch. You can also opt for a Lifetime Membership $395 or purchase a video tutorial from the Simply Maya Shop (individual downloads) Features:70 hours of training on Maya and RealFlow. The Technical Director package which covers how to create Hollywood style VFX. Each training video comes with project files. 3. CMIVFX 5. VFX Learning UVFX Learning U is an Indiegogo project (funding Dec. 2013) of VFX Learning. 2. Digital Tutors Features:Tutorials cover a range of Maya related topics including rigging, lighting, modeling, shading and rendering. There’s also an active Community Forum and Maya resources (models, rigs, shaders, materials, scripts). Features:1300+ courses with 24 Learning Paths that guide you to what classes to watch. Classes are broken into levels and offer quizzes and tests.A good starting place for beginners is CG 101, a collection of fundamentals for 2D & 3D. There are also tips on creating a demo reel and portfolio. They offer new classes each month (see listing below). Features:Access to a variety of software via VPN during the 10 weeks. Access to the class forums, where you can ask questions and interact with fellow students. You can also download hi-res footage that you can use for practice.Some of the intro classes offer certification exams. There are Challenges (background fundamentals) where you submit work for feedback.last_img read more

Gurugram protests for right to clean air

first_imgMostly dressed in blacks and wearing masks, several hundred people from all walks of life, including students, activists, doctors, corporate employees, auto-rickshaw drivers and security guards, assembled at Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29 here on Sunday morning to hold a massive demonstration seeking their right to clean air.The two-hour-long protest – seemingly one of the biggest in the Millennium City so far against the air pollution — was jointly organised by several private and government schools, corporate houses, non-government organisations and hospitals. Some of the major organisations involved in the protest were Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Shri Ram School, Scottish High International School, Marumal Senior Secondary School Gurugram, Gurgaon Moms, I Am Gurgaon, Why Waste Your Waste, Garbage Free India, Nagarro, Make My Trip, Genpact, IBM and Bata.Nagarro CEO Manas Fuloria said: “Nagarro employs 5,000 people in Gurugram and the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) companies employ may be 100 times this number here and form the main engine of the economy. And on behalf of NASSCOM, Haryana I can state that we are suffering greatly on account of this air pollution. Our people are unwell, they are frustrated, they are leaving for other cities and countries. And our international clients are nervous. They are cancelling their trips to India.”Mr. Fuloria along with several other protesters also held a token hunger-strike at the venue. The protesters carried placards pleading with the government to grow forests and sought the right to live and breathe clean air.Pawan Tayla of Art of Living said that it was heartwarming to see the citizens of Gurugram from all walks of life voicing their rallying cry for clean air and breath. A few among the protesters, including activists, doctors and even common citizens, addressed the gathering on the causes, implications and the possible solutions for the rising levels of air pollution. The schools arranged buses to help the children and their parents reach the protest venue.The air quality has been mostly in the “severe” category in the city for more than 20 days since Diwali forcing the government to twice declare holidays in schools besides imposing several restrictions on vehicles movement and factories in the National Capital Region to keep it under check.Associate Director Nagarro Sarika Panda Bhatt said the air quality in the city was bad all through the year expect a few weeks during monsoon. She said the citizens’ movement for clean air would not stop with this demonstration and the masses would continue with their protests to mount pressure on the government.Ruchika Sethi, who runs Why Waste Your Waste campaign, lamented that the cause of clean air was large enough but the number of volunteers were not large enough to galvanise the administration and the civil society to take effective action.Dr. Parul Sharma Director-Ophthalmology, Max Hopsitals, said air pollution was a national health emergency and the alarming air quality affected all organs of the body.Another protester, Rashmi Lal, who took part in the protest along with her seven-year-old son, said the message was loud and clear for the government to take action but the citizens too do their bit for the cause.Megha Jha, one of the protesters, said she was traumatised by the extreme problem of air pollution affecting her family. “Kids are forced to stay at home, they are really unhappy celebrating pollution holidays. We cannot go out for open air dining. Basically this problem has turned us all into prisoners,” said Ms. Jha, a mother of two.last_img read more