Moncriffe ready to explode

first_imgDevon Moncriffe, one of two boxers seeking a second title in the Wray & Nephew 2017 junior middleweight Contender series, bows into competition tonight, when he goes up against Canadian boxer Larone Whyte over five rounds, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road in St Andrew. Fight time for this bout is 9.30 p.m. The show gets under way at 8.30 with two amateur bouts. Moncriffe, who is 40 years old and has a 12-6 record, won the Contender middleweight title in 2013. He and Sakima Mullings, who won in 2014 as a welterweight, are the two former champions in this year’s show. Mullings is already through to the quarter-finals, and Moncriffe is making a bid for his place tonight. He is a natural middleweight, and had to go on a programme to make the 154 pounds junior middleweight limit. Yesterday, he declared that his “training had gone well” and the he was ” in great shape and ready for the challenge”. One of the biggest problems for him tonight could be the effects of his long layoff from competition. He last fought on October 24, 2015, when he lost by technical knockout to Renan St Juste in Canada. He does not see the layoff as a factor tonight, however, because of the amount of training that he has put in. “I have worked hard and did not have any problems. I will be ready to go from the first round,” he added. His opponent Whyte is feeling quite at home in Jamaica, and told The Gleaner that he was happy to be back. “My parents are Jamaican and I have a lot of relatives here. I have seen many of them since I came in over the weekend, and they will be coming to cheer me on. It will be great to hear some cheers for me in the audience,” he said. Whyte, who is 27 years old, has had only two professional fights and won them both by technical knockout. His last fight was in December 2015, so like Moncriffe, he has had a long layoff. He does not see his lack of professional boxing experience as a problem, because, like many of the boxers from Canada, he had an extensive amateur career. He told The Gleaner that he has had 65 amateur fights, “learnt the ropes well, and will be putting it all on display on fight night”. Moncriffe’s experience and record do not bother him, he said. “I have trained hard, I am ready, ready, ready, and will be giving it my best shot,” were his final words.last_img read more

Parents in Police custody after son’s autopsy proved he was sodomised

first_img– child also suffered blunt trauma to headAn autopsy performed on four-year-old Alex Prince, who was found dead last Monday proved that the child died as a result of blunt trauma to the head. It also revealed that he was sodomised.The post-mortem was done by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh, at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Friday.As a result of the findings, the mother and stepfather of the child were immediately arrested and were currently being questioned.The lad was pronounced dead after he was found unconscious, naked and with injuries to the head and eyes on Monday last about 12:00h by his stepfather at their home in Silver Hill on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.It was reported that the child was discovered by his stepfather who claimed that he left the child at home to go to a nearby shop to buy groceries to cook. The man said that when he returned from the shop, he found the unconscious child.An alarm was then raised, and nurses from the nearby Health Centre were summoned to the home. The child, however, succumbed on his way to the Linden Hospital Complex. An investigation was immediately launched into the matter.last_img read more

Pack it up: Running back Green goes to Texans

first_imgGreen had 266 carries for 1,059 yards last season after returning from torn right quadriceps in 2005. He missed two games last season because of lingering effects from the injury. He has 8,491 yards and 54touchdowns in his nine-year career that began with Seattle. Cowboys sign Davis, extend Glenn: The Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms with free agent offensive lineman Leonard Davis on a seven-year contract worth nearly $50 million. Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple confirmed the deal Sunday, but not the details of the agreement. He said a formal announcement by the team was expected today. According to various reports, including a story posted on the team’s Web site, Davis’s deal included $18.75 million in guaranteed money. Davis spent his first six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The Houston Texans agreed to terms with free agent running back Ahman Green on Sunday. The 30-year-old former Green Bay Packer will likely become the starter for a team that struggled at the position last season after Domanick Williams – formerly Davis – missed the year with knee problems. Green will be introduced at a news conference today in Houston, said Texans vice president of communications Tony Wyllie. Terms of the contract were not immediately available. Houston also has a trio of inexperienced running backs in Wali Lundy, Chris Taylor and fellow former Green Bay player Samkon Gado. They also hope to re-sign free agent Ron Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner, who excelled late last season after years of struggles. center_img Meanwhile, the Cowboys picked up wide receiver Terry Glenn’s $5 million roster bonus, virtually assuring he will remain with the team. Jags go deep with Northcutt: The Jacksonville Jaguars believe they have found a legitimate deep threat in free agency, agreeing to a five-year contract with former Cleveland receiver Dennis Northcutt. Northcutt was flying to Jacksonville for a physical Sunday and was expected to sign the deal today. The contract was reportedly worth $17 million and included a $4.5-million signing bonus. Lions do an end around: Free agent defensive end Dewayne White left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a better opportunity and more money in Detroit just like his former assistant coach did last year. White signed a five-year contract worth $29 million – $13million guaranteed – with the Lions to become a starter and reunite with coach Rod Marinelli. Fullback plan for Bucs: Free-agent fullback B.J. Askew signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Askew, drafted by the Jets in the third round out of Michigan in 2003, has played in 55 games in his four NFL seasons, all with New York. Wright time for Browns: Defensive back Kenny Wright signed a three-year contract with Cleveland. Wright had 43 tackles and one interception in 16 games, including nine starts, for the Washington Redskins last season. 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

JPL scrimmage over screenings heats up

first_img“Giving us the information is voluntary,” read the forms the employees received. “However, we may not be able to complete your investigation, or complete it in a timely manner, if you don’t give us each item of information we request. This may affect your placement or employment prospects.” The forms also include an open-ended waiver giving investigators access to records that “may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, and criminal history record information.” A small percentage of JPL employees with higher security positions will be required to provide information including a list of overseas trips, financial histories and police records. The information must be provided by October. At an informational meeting at JPL Tuesday about the new measures – the laboratory’s third – the meeting room was packed with employees, said Dennis Byrnes, the chief engineer of flight dynamics. (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CA?ADA FLINT- RIDGE – JPL employees protesting what they say are invasive new security screenings gained a new congressional supporter this week. On Tuesday, Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., sent a firmly worded letter to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez requesting a meeting to discuss changing the regulations, which require fingerprints for a FBI background check, personal references and information about past residences and drug use. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had implemented the strict new rules in accordance with an executive order from President Bush to create secure identification for federal employees. But many employees, including some at JPL, which is operated for NASA by Caltech, believe the background checks went a step too far. Their complaints gained the attention of Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, David Dreier, R-San Dimas, and now Holt. “Section Six of the directive states that it will be implemented `consistent with … the Privacy Act,’ ” Holt wrote in his letter to Gutierrez. “By having agencies share employee fingerprints and other information with the FBI, current implementation violates that portion of the U.S. Code.” Holt’s letter came after he was contacted by “many government employees and contractors from several Federal agencies,” including four senior scientists at JPL. “Research thrives best in an atmosphere of openness,” Holt, a former physicist, said Wednesday. “I am concerned that these invasive policies are jeopardizing scientific progress by discouraging talented researchers from federal employment.” Though many JPL employees have submitted the required information without complaint, several are considering not doing so – and risking losing their jobs as a result. last_img

Around our Schools

first_imgWHITTIER – Donations of canned goods, new unwrapped toys and cash are being sought this week for the fourth annual Christmas Food Giveaway, organized by Pioneer High School’s Leo Club, an 80-member youth community service organization. The event is expected to provide food for 500 families in need recommended by school officials in the Whittier Union High, Whittier City, Los Nietos and Little Lake City school districts. Students will be packing all donated items in special baskets from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pioneer High. The baskets will be picked up by the families from 8a.m. to noon Saturday. There will also be free vision and diabetes screening provided by a mobile unit through the Lion’s Club of Santa Fe Springs. Moore said he considers his best accomplishment to be maintaining the institution’s financial solvency. Campus transformation projects such as the Wilford Michael Library and Learning Resource Center, the Student Activities Building, and the remodel of Falcon Square were also major successes, Moore said. He will be replaced on the board by Tina Cho, a psychiatrist from Norwalk. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to tracy.garcia@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThose interested in donating can send canned food, unwrapped toys, cash or checks to Pioneer High School, 10800 Benavon St., Whittier, CA 90606-3010. For information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 5010. Longtime trustee Moore to retire NORWALK – John Moore, a longtime member of the Cerritos College board of trustees, is set to retire this month after 19 years on the board. Moore was originally appointed to the board to fill a vacancy, and was elected to the board in 1989. last_img read more


first_imgTHE debate on euthanasia in Ireland is set to intensify after a Co Donegal woman who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis today began a legal case to allow her husband to assist her in taking her own lifeMarie Fleming, 58, a former lecturer at UCD, wants the option to end her own life and believes her partner Tom Curran should be allowed to help her. Ms Fleming, who now lives in Wicklow but is originally from Letterkenny, gave evidence to a specially-convened three-judge High Court today.Ms Fleming was diagnosed with MS in the 1980s and is in the final stages of the condition. She told the court she had come to ask for help to die while she still had her voice.Ms Fleming said she had spoken to her children and they are “supportive”.She said: “A lot of tears were shed and a lot of questions asked, but they see me and know how my life has deteriorated to such an extent that I can’t help myself with even just minor things like showering.”Her partner Tom Curran is willing to help her die if it is lawful, she told the court.She said her children could be prosecuted for being in the room with her when it happens and she did not want to “leave that legacy”.She described her daily life and said she has seven different carers.“When you have to be showered, toileted and fed you start to feel like a nobody,” she said.GAS MASK She said she had talked non-stop about how she would end her life and had decided the only way for her would be to use gas through a face mask.Ms Fleming could activate the gas by moving her head to initiate the flow or by blowing into a tube.She would have no objection to an independent observer being present if the court requested, she said, adding: “We have nothing to hide.”Ms Fleming said she was now at peace with the world and had planned her funeral. She wanted jazz music to be played and for it to be a celebration.“I want to go peacefully in my own home, with the people I love around me,” she said.President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, Mr Justice Paul Carney and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan moved from the bench to be closer to the witness for her evidence, which lasted just under half an hour.Lawyers for the State did not cross-examine her.Ms Fleming is challenging a section of the Criminal Law Suicide Act, which makes it an offence to help someone take their own life.Her lawyers earlier told the court they will argue that the section of the act is contrary to the provisions of the Constitution and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.DONEGAL WOMAN ASKS COURT FOR THE RIGHT TO DIE IN LANDMARK LEGAL CASE was last modified: December 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL WOMAN ASKS COURT FOR THE RIGHT TO DIE IN LANDMARK LEGAL CASElast_img read more


first_imgJoanne IrwinMANY Donegal schoolteachers struggle to make ends meet after years of pay cuts and taxes, one of their reps has warned.Joanne Irwin, the incoming TUI Vice President from Co. Donegal, had sponsored branch motions at their annual conference this week.These included demanding that the Department of Education and Skills establish and introduce, in consultation with the teacher unions, a uniform selection and marking criteria for all teaching and promotional appointments and the introduction of a mechanism nationally to oversee the operation of these procedures. They also demanded that the moratorium on posts of responsibility be revoked immediately so that schools can function without placing further burdens on our principals and centre managers. This motion called for an audit to be undertaken to ascertain the true impact this moratorium is having on TUI members and the education of our students/learners.Ms Irwin gave a passionate speech on the effects that continual cutbacks is having on teachers’ mental and physical health and called for an immediate investigation into this matter.She also called for a study that will examine the impacts that the Haddington Road Agreement, the Croke Park Agreement, the decimation of middle management, the cull of guidance and counselling and other initiatives are having on her members.“Teachers are struggling to survive on low incomes which barely provide a basic standard of living because of this growing insidious casualisation of the teaching profession,” she told Donegal Daily. “More than 30% of our members at second level earn a salary based on less than full hours and even more startling more than 50% of our members aged under 35 are part time teachers.”She insisted: “Our schools are both pillars in our communities, and communities within themselves. For many students, the security of the school community is a safe place during a time of confusion in their lives when everything, physically and emotionally, is in a state of flux for them. We need to provide consistency for our students.”Delegates who represented the Co. Donegal branch this year included members from second level schools, adult education centres and Youthreach centres – teachers, managers, assistant principals and principals and therefore fully represented all members that the Co. Donegal Branch represent, she said. DONEGAL TEACHERS’ UNION BOSS WARNS: ‘WE’RE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET’ was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:crisisDonegal teachersJOANNE IRWINlow payTUIlast_img read more

Dunn Paces Women’s Golf To Runner-Up Finish At Bradley Invitational

first_imgWith teams only being able to get through 27 holes due to a frost delay on the first day, teams finished the second round on Sunday followed by the final 18 holes. PEORIA, Ill. – Sophomore Grace Dunn shot even par to lead the Drake University women’s golf team to a second-place finish at the Bradley Invitational on Sunday. Story Links Madison Glennie joined Dunn in the top-10 by finishing tied for ninth-place with a score of 226 (76-74-76). Nicole Blanchard registered a total score of 233 (73-83-77), while Sigurlaug Jonsdottir tallied a 239 (80-80-79). Aimee Gerschke posted a 248 (88-78-82) to cap off the team’s effort. The Bulldogs’ total score of 909 (300-302-307) marked the fourth best 54-hole total in program history. “Grace played stellar and I’m impressed with how at ease she was. It’s a special thing to watch a player perform with such confidence,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett.center_img Results Drake returns to action on April 9-10 at the Indiana State Spring Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. Print Friendly Version “I’m so proud of the ladies. They played so well on the first day and I am impressed with how they kept it going today,” said Pruett. “I’m proud of the results and even more proud of the way we stayed focused on what we could control. We had a couple of birdies down the stretch that helped secure second-place as a team. It was a true team effort this weekend.” Dunn fired a two-under par, 70, in the second round and then carded a 75 in the final round for a career-best 54-hole total score of 216 (71-70-75) and place tied for second.last_img read more

Five things we learned in the 49ers’ loss to the Vikings

first_imgJimmy Garoppolo is no longer undefeated, the 49ers’ hype train has a little less steam in the engine, and injuries are starting to mount.Yes, Sunday’s season opener was less than ideal for Kyle Shanahan’s team.At the same time, Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Vikings was only one game — a single contest on the road against a team that is arguably the best team in the league’s best conference. It’s not like the 49ers lost at home to the Bills.Still, there were some serious lessons to be gleaned …last_img read more

Darwin’s Tree Is Dead

first_imgHow many people have heard that Darwin’s famous branching-tree diagram of universal common ancestry is obsolete? Many scientists haven’t heard yet, either.The only diagram in Darwin’s Origin was a more formal representation of a drawing he had made earlier, showing how ancestral forms branched out and diversified over time. Diversification undoubtedly occurs, but Darwin assumed that variation under selection would produce “endless forms most beautiful” of higher complexity.His theory of natural selection, supporting his belief in universal common ancestry, demanded that spontaneous beneficial variations be heritable. Details of how variations were produced by random mutations became incorporated in the 1930s into the modern synthesis known as neo-Darwinism.Ever since, biologists have been infatuated with building phylogenetic trees of sponges, flowering plants, mammals and all kinds of other groups, believing that all these would stitch together nicely into tree of universal common ancestry, related by a single trunk from some primeval LUCA (last universal common ancestor). We regularly encounter evolutionary biologists doing this. Now comes a new book blowing it all up.In Nature, John Archibald has just reviewed David Quammen’s latest book The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (Simon & Schuster, 2018). He titles his review, “The band of biologists who redrew the tree of life.” They didn’t redraw it as much as cut it down:In The Tangled Tree, celebrated science writer David Quammen tells perhaps the grandest tale in biology: how scientists used gene sequencing to elucidate the evolutionary relationships between living beings. Charles Darwin called it the ‘great Tree of Life’. But as Quammen reveals, at the molecular level, life’s history is more accurately depicted as a network, a tangled web through which organisms have been exchanging genes for more than 3 billion years. This perspective is indeed radical, and he presents the science — and the scientists involved — with patience, candour and flair.If organisms have been exchanging genes, what happens to the tree of common ancestry? It evaporates. Information sharing is closer akin to intelligent design than evolution. The information was already there; it’s just getting passed around. The vision of a “tree” becomes a phantom, a misrepresentation of reality.Archibald begins his review with a photo of Carl Woese (1928-2012), who began the radical revolution by positing the existence of a third domain of life, the Archaea. The complexities found by Woese, Lynn Margulis and other prominent biologists in the 1960s and beyond started scrambling the tree image. The “tree thinking” that had been ingrained in biologists (14 Nov 2005) began to give.And we learn that although molecular phylogenetics provided the means with which to build a universal tree of life that includes microbes, it also provided the data that ultimately led us to question the precise nature of the tree. From the late 1990s onwards, with dozens and eventually thousands of complete genome sequences in hand, biologists began to realize that the horizontal exchange of genes between distantly related organisms is an important evolutionary force. (Quammen also reminds us that, as early as 1963, medical microbiologist Tsutomu Watanabe and colleagues provided evidence for horizontal gene transfer as a mediator of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.) Because genes have “moved sideways”, not all genes in a given genome share the same history. Current evidence suggests that this is also true for at least some macroorganisms (such as plants). The tree of life is tangled, some branches hopelessly so.So radical was the new view, Quammen writes of some proponents as “’the four horsemen’ of the gene-transfer apocalypse: William Martin, Jeffrey Lawrence, Peter Gogarten and Ford Doolittle.” If Darwin’s tree is gone, what could be left but a tangled bush, or a lawn, or an orchard, that suggests common design arising at once, rather than a gradually developing tree? Archibald ends by reminding that the “tree” picture is not out there in nature, but rather in the heads of philosophers.To what extent is the tree metaphor still ‘useful’? On this thorny question, Quammen is clear: among practising scientists, opinions differ greatly. Horizontal gene transfer is here to stay — it’s now a question of how, how much, how important and between which organisms. And it is here that our twenty-first-century science connects back to the centuries-old struggle to classify and make sense of the world around us. At root, science and philosophy are interwoven in ways that many of us fail to realize, a fact to which Quammen is wisely alert.Incidentally, we learn two surprises about Woese in this review: (1) he believed in a deity (this surprised Archibald), and (2) he disliked Darwin. He started to collaborate with Canadian science historian Jan Sapp for a new book to be titled Beyond God and Darwin, but then,The project never moved beyond Sapp’s draft introduction, on which Woese wrote: “Jan, you accord Darwin so much more substance than the bastard deserves.”Archibald describes the older Woese as a “jaded, curmudgeonly legend wracked by a Darwin complex,” trying to get the scientific community to accept his three-domain tree. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. His three-domain view is now commonly accepted, and horizontal gene transfer continues to unravel Darwin’s tree.To use Woese’s own term, the ‘bastard’ Darwin deserves less substance and more repugnance for all the harm he caused for leading biology on a 158-year detour. Yes, Carl, there is a deity. We hope you got to know him before it was too late.So Darwin’s tree is gone. The Darwin holdouts will still try to discern a tree in the dots with their powers of pareidolia, but will see it in spite of the evidence, not because of it. It’s not that Darwinians are unable to conceive of a tree in the scrambled data. They are, after all, skilled divination artists and storytellers (5 Jan 2018). It’s that the data require a story to support a belief.See also these related articles:Darwin’s Tree of Life Uprooted; Ring of Life Planted in its Place (9 Sept 2004)Like, Make a Tree (14 Nov 2005)Darwin Can’t Find His Tree of Life (15 Nov 2006)Darwinists Topple Darwin’’s Tree of Life (1 Feb 2007)Tree of Life in the Genes? Not Yet (23 July 2008)For His Birthday, Darwin Loses His Tree (22 Jan 2009)Divining Darwin’s Tree Is a Never-Ending Task (15 Feb 2013)Do Confusing Branches Add up to a Darwin Tree? (5 June 2013)Darwin’s Tree Am-Bushed (20 Aug 2015)Propping Up Darwin’s Tree of Lie (21 Sept 2015)Visualize Darwin Before Looking at Data (5 Jan 2018)(Visited 1,019 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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