Double delight for Herbert Morrison pair

first_imgWhen the finalists of the boys’ Class Three high jump final were announced at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday, all eyes were on Cayman-born high jumper and the Class Three champion and record holder, Calabar High’s Lamar Reid. Not many had their eyes on the Herbert Morrison’s pair of Antonio Hanson and Javier Hall, who both jumped 1.85 metres to take first and second, respectively, and relegate the defending champion, Reid — who scaled 1.75m — to third. Gold medallist Hanson said many people knew of their potential after both jumped personal bests of 1.90 metres at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) meet earlier this year, but no one expected them to take the top positions. “People knew we jumped 1.90m at STETHS so they were looking out for us, but they never expected us to win. I knew it would have been hard for us because no one was looking out for us, everyone was looking out for Lamar Reid, the record holder to take this event,” said Hanson. “But we trained hard, trained together and fed off each other’s energy and we came out here and we won … and I expect to beat him (Reid) even if he jumped higher because when he did the last jump I didn’t feel the vibes to jump anymore,” he told The Gleaner. Hall said he expected a tougher fight from Reid. “We expected to win and we came out to win, but he (Reid) never put up the fight we expected so there was no competition. But it is a joy taking back home the gold and silver,” he added. Reid said it was just a bad day. “I feel very bad, I expected to win. But the other team won because I had a bad day today,” he said.last_img read more

Athletes prepare for Meet of Champions

first_imgThe top high school athletes in the entire North Coast Section will be on hand at the Meet of Champions in Berkeley over the next two days.Including the top athletes from the Humboldt-Del Norte League, with several standouts making the trip and hoping to make some noise before their season ends.At stake is a trip to the CIF state championships next weekend, with the top three from each event moving on.McKinleyville has 13 athletes at the prestigious meet, an impressive showing for the …last_img read more

Giants starter Johnny Cueto pitching for a division title on Monday

first_imgWEST SACRAMENTO — The hope all along was that starter Johnny Cueto would return from Tommy John surgery to pitch in a playoff race.Cueto took the mound on Monday night with a chance to clinch a division title, but he didn’t do it for the San Francisco Giants. In fact, Cueto said he didn’t even know he had entered a playoff race.The right-hander spent his fifth rehab start attempting to lock up the Pacific Northern division crown for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.“Probably 110 to 120 …last_img read more

Whale Sonar: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

first_imgBiosonar is a complex ability possessed by toothed whales and dolphins, bats and some birds. It includes both the ability to produce signals and to process the echoes to locate prey. How could such a system evolve? Scientists at UC Berkeley proposed an answer. The press release promised a developing story:Behind the sailor’s lore of fearsome battles between sperm whale and giant squid lies a deep question of evolution: How did these leviathans develop the underwater sonar needed to chase and catch squid in the inky depths?Yet the answer was perplexing: bats and whales developed it by developing it —Now, two evolutionary biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, claim that, just as bats developed sonar to chase flying insects through the darkness, dolphins and other toothed whales also developed sonar to chase schools of squid swimming at night at the surface.Their answer, in other words, provided no information on the sequence of mutations that could have been acted on by natural selection to create a complex, interacting system. It only asserted that the need to dive deep after squid somehow caused the system to be developed – by evolution. From that premise, they wove an evolutionary story of millions of years, based on the assumption that necessity is the mother of invention. ….the first whales entered the ocean from land about 45 million years ago, and apparently did not echolocate…. At the time whales developed biosonar, nautiloids dominated the oceans. Lindberg and Pyenson propose that whales first found it possible to track these hard-shelled creatures in surface waters at night by bouncing sounds off of them, an advantage over whales that relied only on moonlight or starlight. This would have enabled whales to follow the cephalopods as they migrated downwards into the darkness during the day…. Over the millennia, cephalopod species in general – and especially shelled cephalopod species – fell as the number of whale species boomed, possibly because of predation by whales. Then, about 10 million years ago, the whales seem to have driven the nautiloids out of the open ocean into protected reefs. Lindberg said that the decline in nautiloid diversity would have forced whales to perfect their sonar to hunt soft-bodied, migrating squid….The scientists recognized the need for better explanations:The most convincing explanation, that echolocation allowed whales to more efficiently find food in the darkness of the deep ocean, ignores the question of evolution. “How did the whales know there was a large supply of food down in the dark?” asked Lindberg, noting that cephalopods are the most abundant and high-energy resource in the ocean, eaten by 90 percent of all toothed whales. “What were the intermediate evolutionary steps that got whales down there?”Yet the press release never did explain how the system developed – only that evolution saw a need, and by some unspecified process, developed the “sophisticated biosonar system” used by whales today:“Whales didn’t need to have a very sophisticated sonar system to follow the nautiloids, they could just home in on the hard part,” Lindberg said. Only later, he added, did they “develop a complex system with finer resolution to detect and capture soft-bodied squid.”The article pointed to biosonar in bats and whales as “strong examples of convergent evolution” – a term that also hides the “how” of engineering design. They reinforced their claim by pointing to filter-feeding baleen whales and fruit-eating bats that lack sonar because those don’t need the technology to locate their food in the dark. Since both the sonar-equipped bats and whales are nocturnal, the authors presumed evolution provided the equipment needed to hunt at night. They did not speculate why the nocturnal bats and whales didn’t simply switch to daytime food with their diurnal colleagues, nor why the squid didn’t just develop stealth technology to evade the sonar. Apparently, this is an acceptable way to explain things in biology these days. David Lindberg, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, said, “thinking from an evolutionary perspective about existing data from biology, paleontology and ecology could answer questions about the origin of echolocation in bats, shrews and other animals.” Presumably, it is now permissible to explain how something developed by saying it just developed – an odd development in scientific explanation.OK, folks, we all just saw their shenanigans right there, which means we have developed a keen sense for seeing things in the dark – a case of convergent perspicacity. Don’t let the ev-illusion squids get away with it.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Goa court seeks police reply in dowry case

first_imgPANAJI: The Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) on Friday issued a notice to the Women’s Police Station, directing it to file a reply to a petition in a high profile domestic violence and dowry harassment case, on July 18.Suchitra Shirodkar, the mother of BJP Goa vice-president Anil Hoble’s daughter-in-law, has filed the petition seeking a court-monitored investigation into the criminal case registered against Mr. Hoble, his wife, Sandhya, and son, Milind. Ms. Shirodkar’s petition to the JMFC claimed investigating officer sub-inspector Sandhya Gupta has been derailing the investigation because the Mr. Hoble is politically well-connected. It said that based on her complaint, an FIR was registered on Wednesday against the three. Ms. Shirodkar says that she fears the police may not serious offences of unlawful restraint, illegal confinement and extortion against the accused. She has sought directions to the police to investigate the case properly, and that the court monitor the probe. Meanwhile, the Goa BJP on Thursday said Mr. Hoble was being targeted. “The BJP strongly condemns the attitude of the vested elements and the opposition Congress, who are trying to make capital out of a family matter to malign the name of the party and its vice-president Anil Hoble, who is a reputed leader of the bahujan samaj (masses) with a number of years of dedicated social service to his credit,” State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said in a statement.last_img read more