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Jamaica net emphatic win

Jamaica net emphatic win

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jamaica’s junior Sunshine Girls produced a convincing performance to trounce hosts Barbados and clinch the Caribbean Netball Association Jean Pierre Championship at the National Stadium here on Friday night. In the long-anticipated clash of the unbeaten teams, Jamaica started strongly and never relinquished the advantage, as they stormed to an emphatic 35-21 result. Their success was propelled by goal shoot Lori Daley, who scored 24 goals from 32 attempts, while Zandra Cohen provided support with 11 from 12 attempts. For Barbados, goal attack Brianna Holder scored 11 from 19 attempts, while the usually prolific Tower Lorde was a perfect eight from eight. Jamaica threatened to put the game out of sight from the first quarter when they stormed to an 11-2 lead at the first break. In the second quarter, they outscored their opponents 9-5 to lead 20-7 at the half-time whistle. Jamaica again dominated in the third quarter, thanks to Cohen, who netted seven from seven, while Daley sank four of her five attempts. ASSURED VICTORY They were virtually assured of victory, leading 31-12 at the start of the final quarter and even though they were outscored 9-5 by the Barbadians, the Caribbean powerhouses were never in any real danger of losing. Jamaica ended on 35 points, four clear of the second-placed Barbados, while Dominica were a distant third on 22 ahead of St Lucia, courtesy of goal average. Grenada and Bermuda were fifth and sixth, respectively, after finishing on 17 points each, with Trinidad and Tobago second from last on eight points. Antigua and Barbuda finished without a win or a point. Dominica’s third-place finish came after they came from behind and produced a thrilling final-quarter effort to edge Bermuda 21-20 in a close contest. They were down 3-6 after the first quarter, 10-11 at half-time and had fallen behind by five, 12-17, at the start of the final period. However, goalshooter Celena Langlaise came up huge when it mattered, sinking eight goals from nine attempts, as Dominica outscored the Bermudians 9-3 to snatch victory. Overall, Langlaise finished with 20 from 25 attempts, while for Bermuda, Donnauri Robinson shot 15 from 21. Meanwhile, Grenada trounced the hapless Antigua 47-8, behind Brianna Durant’s 21 from 26 attempts and fellow goal shoot Carlene Alexander’s 21 from 28 attempts. In the other game of the evening, St Lucia beat T&T 31-18.last_img read more

Milking the Martian Meteorite

Milking the Martian Meteorite

first_imgOne would think everything has been told about ALH 84001, the Martian meteorite that made a splash in 1996 with claims it contained fossils of living organisms.  That claim was essentially discarded in subsequent years.  Its major contribution was giving life to a new science called astrobiology and energizing NASA’s Mars program.  Now, a new claim is being made about the rock, reported New Scientist: the rock was once bathed in cool water.    Paul Niles of NASA Johnson Space Center, not a part of the original 1996 team, examined some of the carbon-based minerals in the rock.  One of the criticisms of the life claim was that these minerals would have had to form in temperatures too hot for any organisms.  Niles’ research “suggests the water involved was cool enough to allow for life, which at least keeps open the possibility of fossilised life in the meteorite.”  To him, it also means that the environment in which the rock sat for a long time was potentially habitable.    A JPL scientist who was not part of the team called this meteorite “probably the single most examined rock in all of human history.”  He did not think this proves life existed.  Finding out that answer “may require a mission to bring back rock samples from the planet,” New Scientist said.Mission accomplished!  What is the mission, you ask?  It’s twofold: (1) keep the possibility of life on Mars open, and (2) provide more reasons to support the Mars program.  This is like keeping the possibility of gnomes open, because their fossilized representations keep turning up in gardens and on Travelocity commercials.  Now, scientists have found that the environment in remote forests is not as harsh for gnomes as previously believed.  If the forests were cool enough to allow for life, it at least keeps open the possibility that gnomes may be found.  Support tax-funded gnome research!    There are better reasons to study Mars than to pursue certain atheists’ unending quest for fellowship with space brethren.  Learning more about Mars, for instance, might help earthlings appreciate the gift of God’s green earth.  The only gnomes we know about were produced by intelligent design.  They are not mystical beings that emerge from the environment.  They were created by human beings for a function: decorating gardens, selling vacation packages and providing amusing stories for children, like imaginary life on Mars.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Khayelitsha to be upgraded after fire

Khayelitsha to be upgraded after fire

first_img3 January 2013 Khayelitsha’s BM section, ravaged by fire on New Year’s day, will be upgraded, the City of Cape Town said on Wednesday.“Any suggestions that the City has not been active in the community to ensure that it is upgraded in a caring and dignified manner are completely untrue,” human settlements mayoral committee member Ernest Sonnenberg said.Three men were killed, one was seriously injured and more than 3 000 people were displaced in Tuesday’s fire. Approximately 800 shacks were destroyed.Sonnenberg said it was alleged the fire was caused by drunk people who had become negligent. He said discussions and plans about upgrading the area had been in the works for “a long period of time”.Ultimately, local government wanted to ensure that residents received tenure and necessary services.“The city has been negotiating with the various landowners concerned to purchase land.”At the moment, the city’s informal settlements department was working to improve safety measures against fire and floods, and provide access to electricity for all residents.Sonnenberg said the biggest problem in upgrading the area was its high density. Although local officials had tried to meet with residents to explore possible relocations, this had been met with resistance. Sonnenberg said this had delayed the planned upgrade.He urged residents rebuilding their structures to position them at least three metres apart.“Unfortunately this is not always adhered to, making it very difficult for firefighting vehicles to gain access when attempting to extinguish a fire.”On Wednesday, efforts were under way to help residents affected by the fire. The public was invited to make donations such as food, wood, paraffin, blankets, and money. Sapalast_img read more

Top 10 Apps for Scheduling a Meeting Online

Top 10 Apps for Scheduling a Meeting Online

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Doodle doesn’t have the social Web love that Tungle does, but it’s dead simple. If your coworkers can’t figure out how to use this, you may need to find a new career quickly. We covered Doodle launching branded versions for continuing use by a company. But if you just want to try it out once, then you don’t even need an account. TimeBridge When is Good is probably the most bare bones of these apps on the list, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Like Doodle there’s no sign-up required. It’s got a highlighted calendar grid for choosing a range of dates, and it works the same whether you’re setting up the poll or responding. Meet-o-Matic Setster is a little more complex to navigate, but that’s because it’s probably better suited to more complex scheduling jobs. If you need a persistent SaaS calendaring tool that has good collaborative characteristics, Setster is probably your best bet. Read our full review from March here.Congregar Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Presdo is pretty slick looking, but the interface is slightly less intuitive than many of the other apps in the list. If you need something with a decent feature set that’s really going to look more impressive to the boss, then Presdo would be a great choice. Diarised Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The first thing you’ll notice about good apps is that many of them have ridiculous names. Tungle is no exception. But ignoring the silly branding, Tungle is my pick for the most innovative of the bunch. Its Web interface is quite nice, and it has support for the broadest range of integration including: Outlook, Google Calendar, iCal, Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook, Ning, and your blog. Why so many? Tungle is all about sharing your calendar as broadly as possible after you’ve published it. Doodle Meet-o-Matic has got a really old school UI, with check boxes for choosing the dates you want to propose to coworkers. But it’s free and there’s absolutely no sign-up required for the basic version. The “advanced” version is a little under $20 a year, but I would suggest you hunt around for something with a better UI and more features if you’re willing to pay. Meeting Wizardcenter_img Congregar doesn’t waste any of your time, and that’s to be admired. You can create a new event to schedule right from the home page, preview what the emailed poll will look like, and then move immediately to inviting people. Done, end of story. Presdo IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven walling Meeting Wizard is going to come up high in search results if you’re looking for this kind of thing. It’s been around for quite some time, and it has more of a corporate look than I would like. But it still definitely works fine and could be the ticket for you. Photo by ghindo Meetings suck. But if there’s one thing worse than meetings, it’s playing email tag to schedule them. Is your company still sending out mass emails to ask for preferred meeting times? It’s the pits, isn’t it? Yes, Outlook has a hack whereby you can solicit responses for scheduling, but it’s not much of an improvement. There’s a better way, and it’s a ridiculously simple concept. A Web app lets you pick a range of dates on a calendar and then notify your colleagues so they can pick the times and dates that work for them. You then view the responses and you’re done. Just as wikis solved the distributed document collaboration problem (that we used to use email for), this class of online tools solves our scheduling problem. Here’s our rundown of the ten best scheduling apps to be found, in order of preference. Most of them operate on a freemium basis or are fairly cheap. Tungle Diarised has got the simple process of online scheduling down pat. But it has one of those annoyingly long sign-up forms, and there doesn’t seem to be much integration with Outlook, GCal or iCal. Diarised would be just fine for a quick and informal job, but if you’re looking for something to use in the enterprise I’d pick something else. When is Good TimeBridge is another app that syncs well with the standard set of both cloud-based and desktop calendars. As we mentioned in our initial review, the cool thing about TimeBridge is that the “Yes/No/Best” answer that can be provided by those you invite makes it really easy to get a response even from those who might be reluctant to use this kind of app. Setster Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more