first_imgFifteen individual and relay World Cham-pionships medallistshave been included as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday named the island’s largest team ever assembled for an IAAF World Championships ahead of the August 22-30 event in Beijing, China.A total of 53 athletes (27 male, 26 female) – many of whom are already in Tottori, Japan, for the team’s pre-championships camp – have been handed tickets to Beijing, bettering the 51 selected to represent the country at the 2011 Daegu showcase.JAAA president, Dr Warren Blake, highlighted the team’s diversity as all four individual medallists from the last edition of the championships – led by triple gold-medal winners Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, along with Nesta Carter and Warren Weir – return to lead the Jamaican effort.”We are taking the biggest team we have ever taken to the World Championships, and also the most diverse team,” Blake told The Gleaner. “This is something we are quite happy about, and something we have been encouraging over the years.”Three male discus throwers (Jason Morgan, Federick Dacres and Chad Wright), two female 800m competitors (Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell), a female (Danniel Thomas) and a male (O’Dayne Richards) shot put athletes, a male 5000 competitor (Kemoy Campbell) and a female steeplechase runner (Aisha Praught) give the country its widest range of competitors at the World Championships.Salcia Slack’s naming as the country’s representative in the heptathlon also drives home the point.insipid startHowever, all eyes will be on Bolt, who after an insipid start to his season, seemed to have regained some form ahead of his Beijing assignment, twice clocking 9.87 seconds in less than an hour at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London a few weeks ago.Bolt will return to the site of his double world record exploits at the 2008 Olympic Games, but will perhaps face his biggest test with world leader and 100m silver medallist in Moscow, Justin Gatlin, setting the pace this season.Fraser-Pryce also won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the last World Championships in Moscow in 2013, but is only expected to mount a defence of her 100m world title in Beijing.Her young MVP stable-mate, Elaine Thompson, the national champion, has been handed the reigns in the 200m, where stalwart Veronica Campbell-Brown will also feature, in addition to the 100m.Kaliese Spencer has been missing from the circuit for the past month with a leg injury, but she is expected to be back at her best.Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day are listed for the women’s 400m.Asafa Powell will be looking to add to his two World Championships bronze medals in the 100m, with Kemar Bailey-Cole seeking an upgrade to his Commonwealth gold, while 2013 silver-medal winner, Warren Weir, will be hoping to find form in the 200m.Sub-45 second pair Javon Francis, the national 400m champion, and Rusheen McDonald, both lead the quarter-mile charge on the men’s side with Omar McLeod, who clocked a quick 12.97 at the national trials, and national record holder, Hansle Parchment, primed to do well in the 110m hurdles.The Jamaicans ended the 2013 World Championships with nine medals (six gold, two silver and one bronze), the same as their 2011 return, with 2009’s 13 medals being the country’s largest-ever haul at the World Championships.SQUADMen: Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Julian Forte, Warren Weir, Peter Matthews, Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Javon Francis, Kemoy Campbell, Omar McLeod, Hansle Parchment, Roxroy Cato, Leford Green, Annsert Whyte, Damar Forbes, O’Dayne Richards, Fedrick Dacres, Jason Morgan, Chad Wright, Tyquendo Tracey, Rasheed Dwyer, Jonia McDonald, Dane Hyatt, Nesta Carter, Andrew Riley.Women: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson, Sherone Simpson, Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Simoya Campbell, Natoya Goule, Aisha Praught, Kimberly Laing, Danielle Williams, Shermaine Williams, Janieve Russell, Kaliese Spencer, Shevon Stoddart, Ristananna Tracey, Shanieka Thomas, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas, Salcia Slack, Kerron Stewart, Chrisann Gordon, Anastasia LeRoy.Officials: Team leader – Ludlow Watts; assistant – Dave Myrie; assistant – Heleen Francis; technical leader – Maurice Wilson; head coach – Michael Clarke.last_img read more

first_imgsarah perez Smartphones are Taking Over, Mobile Web GrowsWhile none of the data included in this report is all that surprising, it’s interesting to see actual numbers put to the reported trends. We can now see the disproportionate amount of web surfing done by iPhone users, no doubt thanks to the phone’s Safari web browser, a vast improvement over the browsers included in many other mobile devices on the market. It’s also worth noting how fast Android is moving up the charts right now. It could very well be the next contender to the smartphone crown, especially given the company’s plans to continue spreading its OS across numerous devices worldwide. As Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently declared, “Android adoption is about to explode.” Also, AdMob noted on an earlier blog entry that there are already 12 Android phones available through 32 carriers in 26 countries. By the time they release their next Mobile Metrics report, those numbers are sure to have increased. What all this means to the consumer is that smartphones are now edging out feature phones as the devices of choice. More phones than ever come with the advanced capabilities like touchscreens, full-featured web browsers, and Wi-Fi. With features like these, more people will begin to surf the mobile web and download mobile applications. This, in turn, will drive related changes in mobile platforms, communication, e-Commerce, and more, all of which are bound to see similar upward trends over the coming months. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Features#mobile#news#NYT#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Mobile ad firm AdMob has revealed the dramatic changes the mobile industry has seen in their latest Mobile Metrics Report, released just this morning. Believe it or not, it was only a year ago that the Motorola RAZR scored as the number one phone here in the U.S. while the iPhone was the only touchscreen device to even make the list of top ten handsets. Only a year later, and so much has changed. Now half of the top ten are touchscreen devices, six include Wi-Fi capabilities, and six have mobile application stores. And as you would expect, this new crop of super-powered phones are making heavy use of the mobile web. Key Takeaway #1: iPhone Still the Top Smartphone Worldwide and Has Traffic to Prove ItAmong the devices making the heaviest use of the mobile web are the iPhone and its non-smartphone counterpart, the iPod Touch. The data traffic created by these two handhelds has increased 19 times from September 2008 to this past month and now accounts for 43% of all smartphone requests worldwide. In the U.S., that percentage is even slightly higher, with iPhone traffic accounting for nearly half (48%) of all smartphone requests. Apple devices (iPhone and iPod Touch) also claim the top two spots on both the U.S. and the worldwide charts of top handsets. However, feature phones like the RAZR v3 and Samsung’s R450 are still making the top ten list as well and account for 60% of ad requests in the U.S. – a figure that’s likely due to the unlimited data plans available with each of these devices. Key Takeaway #2: Watch Out! Android is Rising FastNow climbing up the charts, Google’s Android, the newcomer to the mobile operating system game, is beginning to have an impact on mobile web traffic as well. From August to September of 2009, the percentage of smartphone traffic generated by devices running the Android OS grew a whopping 13% over the course of the month. That’s a dramatic increase in such a short period of time and gives credence to recent reports that Android is poised to become the number two smartphone in the worldwide market. While still far behind the iPhone OS in terms of traffic with only 17% of U.S. traffic and only 10% of traffic worldwide, Google’s mobile OS is already beating out competitors like RIM, the maker of Blackberry devices, and Windows Mobile. It has also claimed two spots on the top 10 chart of handset models in the U.S with the HTC Dream coming in at number 3 and the HTC Magic coming in at number 10. Worldwide, the Dream is also number 3, but the Magic only makes it to spot number 15. Key Takeaway #3: Outside of U.S., Mobile Web Strong in India, Indonesia, U.K., PhilippinesWhen looking at the number of ad requests by country, the U.S. is still dominating with 47.3% of all requests coming from the States. The next nearest country, India, only comes in at 6.5%. Rounding out the top five are Indonesia, the U.K., and the Philippines. These numbers point to heavy mobile web use in each of these countries as compared with the rest of the world. When grouped by larger regions, North America is number one with 49.5% of requests, most of that from the U.S., and the second largest region is Asia, accounting for 25.3% of requests. Western Europe, Africa, and Latin America follow with 9.4%, 5.3% and 5.0% respectively. Looking at just percentage increases in traffic growth, a different picture appears. Latin America is showing a large percent increase year-over-year at 0.6%, second only to North America’s 1.1%. Other regions in the top five, while still accounting for large numbers of requests, actually saw slight decreases in growth (less than 0.5%) over the past year. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

first_img Related Items:#Bahamiansslowtocollectpassports, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 25, 2017 – Nassau – Less than half of the E-passports at the Anatol Rogers stadium have been collected said Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, and he is urging Bahamians to please collect their documents.   The Minister, last Thursday, toured the temporary site which was established since July 3, for the sole purpose of making E-passport collection easier, still pick up has been slow.The Minister reminded that February 2016 was the international deadline for hand written passports, this fact coupled with the usual Summer rush to get passports inspired the opening of satellite offices to lessen the burden at the Thompson Boulevard Passport Office.   “To date, we have successfully issued 1,516 e-passports since opening our doors over the past two weeks,” said Minister Henfield.“We anticipate operating at this location, throughout the month of July and quite possibly into August 2017.   This decision will be based on customer/citizen response.”Initially there were 3,269 e-passports at the site.   The Government’s E Passport system was started in 2007.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamiansslowtocollectpassports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from Fairbanks, other local governments and Eielson Air Force Base last week signed a charter agreement to participate in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, along with separate agreements setting up specific partnerships.The agreements signed Thursday will allow surrounding communities to collaborate with Eielson to help military spouses find jobs, connect local residents with job openings on the installation and use the base’s indoor turf fields in the winter.The agreements are “the first step in a long process,” said Col. Michael Winkler, commander of the 354th Fighter Wing.“The fact we’re signing some papers here to make life better in the greater Fairbanks North Star Borough, Eielson and Fort Wainwright community is an awesome thing,” Winkler said, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “In my 25 years of service, I have never seen a local community as supportive as we have here at Eielson Air Force Base.”Talks began last year among community and Eielson officials to identify municipal services and other functions that could be shared under DOD’s new authority allowing installations and host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements.The agreement on the use of Eielson’s indoor playing fields will allow players in a youth baseball league to practice in the wintertime.“The summer programs will continue and even expand with Eielson Air Force Base youth sports joining and playing interleague play with the Interior Baseball league,” said David Soderlund, board secretary for Interior Baseball.City of Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart broached several other partnership ideas, including having Fairbanks Police Department equipment repaired on base and collaborating on training exercises. Both would save the city money, he said.last_img read more

first_imgHonda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) and Hero MotoCorp on Tuesday announced a price cut on all its models, after the proclamation of excise duty relief to the automobile industry in Interim Budget 2014-15.”Honda welcomes excise duty relief given to auto industry in the interim Budget… Honda has decided to pass the full benefit of 4 per cent excise duty reduction on two-wheelers to its valued customers across India with immediate effect,” PTI quoted HMSI.Finance minister P Chidambaram, presenting the budget on Monday said that the excise duty of small cars, motorcycles, scooter and commercial vehicles in India has been cut down to 8 percent from 12 per cent and the excise duty of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) has gone down to 24 per cent from 30 per cent.With the latest price cut, Honda’s Dream Neo 110cc bike, which is currently priced at ₹43,150 and ₹47,289 will come cheaper by ₹1,600.  While the company’s CBR250R will benefit a reduction of up to₹7,600, Hero’s bikes like Karizma ZMR, Impulse, Splendor and Glamour will get a price cut of up to ₹4,500.”We have decided to pass on the entire benefit of the excise duty cut to our customers. We have judiciously spread out the price cut across our product portfolio ranging from 2 per cent going up to 5 per cent with the maximum reduction being Rs 4, 500,” Hero MotoCorp said in a statement.last_img read more

first_img Most people have seen video of microorganisms in motion, some have short filaments known as cilia that cover their outer edges causing movement of the organism or the fluid in which they exist. Others such as the unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have longer appendages known as flagella, which are flexible rods protruding from the front of the body. C. reinhardtii uses its two flagella to swim through liquid, breaststroke style, which means the appendages must be synchronized—but what mechanism allows this synchronization to occur? Scientists do not know but have suspected it has to do with hydrodynamic forces, meaning the movement of the fluid causes it to come about. In this new effort, the researchers report that experiments they have carried out suggest such assumptions have been wrong, and that the synchronization comes about at least in part due to contractile fibers that connect the two flagella together.The first experiment conducted by the team consisted of placing C. reinhardtii samples in a pipette and then filming the microorganisms as the liquid in which they were swimming inside was sloshed back and forth at varying intensities. The team reports that the flagella initially synchronized with the flow of the fluid, but only up to a point, at which it could not keep up as the slosh rate was increased. They noted also that the rate at which the flagellum beat individually in isolation from its normal partner varied by amounts up to 30 percent, but the two still synchronized when working together. They then calculated that if hydrodynamic forces alone were causing the synchronization, the flagella would have to produce a flow 30 times the normal swim speed of the microorganism to account for such a difference, thus, such forces do not appear to be the answer.The team also looked at mutant samples of C. reinhardtii which did not have a band of contractile fibers connecting the flagella inside their bodies as is normal for the algae and found the flagella did not synchronize. This they claim, suggests that the fibers are somehow causing or allowing the synchronization to occur. Unless they crane their necks all sperm would only turn left More information: Greta Quaranta et al. Hydrodynamics Versus Intracellular Coupling in the Synchronization of Eukaryotic Flagella, Physical Review Letters (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101ABSTRACTThe influence of hydrodynamic forces on eukaryotic flagella synchronization is investigated by triggering phase locking between a controlled external flow and the flagella of C. reinhardtii. Hydrodynamic forces required for synchronization are over an order of magnitude larger than hydrodynamic forces experienced in physiological conditions. Our results suggest that synchronization is due instead to coupling through cell internal fibers connecting the flagella. This conclusion is confirmed by observations of the vfl3 mutant, with impaired mechanical connection between the flagella. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Delft University in the Netherlands has found via lab experiments, that synchronization that occurs with algae flagella while they swim is likely not driven by hydrodynamic forces. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe their experiments and observations and why they believe that what they saw helps explain how flagella synchronization in microorganisms works in general. Marco Polin with the University of Warwick in the U.K. offers a Viewpoint piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.center_img Citation: Study suggests synchronization of algae flagella while swimming not driven by hydrodynamic forces (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-synchronization-algae-flagella-driven-hydrodynamic.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) Experimental setup. (b) Snapshots representing the stroke patterns of C. reinhardtii, for a cell with f0=54.3  Hz and an external flow with fF=52.7  Hz and UF=±527  μm.s−1. Time between snapshots: 6 ms. Arrows represent the direction of the background flow. In this sequence, the flagella beat with the flow and the flagellar tip motion has the same direction as the external flow. (c) Snapshots of same cell as in (b) 0.33 s later. The flagella beat against the flow. Credit: (c) Physical Review Letters 115, 238101 (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101 . Used with permission. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more