‘I am in the medal mix’ – Powell backs himself for 100m glory

first_img Still, he does have two World Championships bronze medals to his name and he does carry a greater sense of calmness and confidence about him these days, but despite the cold shoulder he’s receiving from the pundits, Powell remains convinced that this may be his shot and actually welcomes the fact that most eyes are focused elsewhere. It’s a shame really. Powell arrived in Beijing as the second fastest man on the planet with his 9.81 seconds season’s best bettered only by Gatlin and having posted seven sub-10 seconds times. “It’s a good feeling to be back, we have a lot of great memories here in Beijing. At the 2008 Olympics the Jamaican team came here and dominated and we left our signature here in Beijing so it’s good to be back, I think everyone remembers that and they are coming out to see the Jamaican team again,” Powell added. “I don’t mind, let them focus on whoever they want to focus on and leave me out of it, let me do what I am supposed to do. Everyone has their own opinion and beliefs. I believe in myself and I am going out there to show them that I am there,” Powell told The Gleaner yesterday during an interview at the Nuo Hotel in Beijing. BEIJING, China: With all the talk about a Usain Bolt/Justin Gatlin clash in the 100 metres heading into the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, one can be excused for forgetting that another Jamaican speedster Asafa Powell is also in the medal mix. “I’m in gold medal shape, I am one to contend with and I am going out there to give everything I have and I will definitely run fast here,” added Powell, whose camouflage pants matched his militant attitude.  “I know that they are in the race with me but I try to focus on my own thing there’s nothing you can do to avoid competing with these guys so it doesn’t make sense to make them be your problem. My problem is to execute my race and run like I’m supposed to,” Powell continued. Under normal circumstances, it would be criminal to write off a man with such an impressive record and a history of high – level performances. The thing is, Powell will not easily shake his reputation of being an athlete that more often than not fails to deliver when it really matters – at major international championships. “Come Sunday when we cross the finish line (after men’s 100m final), I want to be the one in front, that would be the most satisfying thing for me because over the years I have been running and I’ve not been able to get that individual gold medal yet so that’s really my aim,” said Powell, who added that he isn’t too worried about Gatlin’s form or Bolt’s ability, noting that his focus is to execute his own race.   The heats of the men’s 100m get started at 6:20 a.m. Jamaica time on Saturday.last_img read more

Local athletes named to all-star teams

first_imgREDDING >> Simpson University will host the Redding Breakfast Lions Club’s 22nd annual boys and girls high school All-Star basketball games on Sunday, April 2, at 2211 College View Drive.Sixty athletes from throughout far Northern California, including two girls and four boys from Tehama County schools, will participate under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. Lexi Pritchard and Allyson Drury will represent the Red Bluff Spartans on the girls South team. Drury led the Eastern League with …last_img read more

Ode to the Amazing Atom

first_imgby Dr. Henry L. RichterCertainly one of the most amazing objects in the universe is the basis of everything: the lowly atom. How atoms exist at all is most remarkable. We can describe them in physical terms, using mathematics, but their “why” is most certainly a mystery. The forces that allow them to form and to exist are truly amazing.The simplest atom is hydrogen with one proton and one electron; the most complex consist of many, many protons, neutrons, and electrons and the largest are extremely unstable, many undergoing radioactive decay immediately, giving them a lifetime of tiny fractions of a second after being formed.Atoms are mostly empty space with a nucleus containing the proton and neutrons, surrounded by a cloud of circling electrons, all in precise orbits around the nucleus. Protons have a positive electrical charge, electrons a negative electrical charge, and neutrons no electric charge. Why don’t the positive protons attract the negative electrons, and pow! – they would neutralize each other and create a neutron? This does not happen because for some reason the electrons endlessly circle the atom’s nucleus containing one or more protons. Why does this happen? As far as I can tell, no one knows why electrons follow prescribed precise orbits around the nucleus.The electrons are arranged into shells with a maximum number allowed per shell. As the number increases in more complex atoms, additional shells are formed, again with a fixed maximum number of electrons permitted each shell. The orbits of the circling electrons in each shell arrange themselves so that they do not bump into each other; again, how could this happen so fortuitously?And also amazing, when two hydrogen atoms combine to make H2 (hydrogen gas), somehow the two electron shells merge to re-form into a figure eight shell. Or when a hydrogen atom loses its electron and becomes a positive hydrogen ion (like in an acidic solution), or in an interstellar plasma, the proton maintains its space. It does not bump into other nearby particles, but remains separate. Sometimes moving with high energy, they do bump into each other causing disruptions.By simply varying the number of protons and electrons, the chemistry and physics of the resulting chemical element changes drastically. One proton and one electron gives hydrogen. H2 can be a gas, a liquid, or even a metallic solid (believed to exist in the cores of some planets). Make it two protons and two electrons and you still have a gas: Helium. Go to three protons and three electrons and now we have the first metal: Lithium. Jump to six protons and six electrons (plus a few neutrons) and we find carbon, the basis of all life and chemical compounds numbering into multiple hundred-thousands of types, each with its own properties.Jump to 25 protons and electrons, and you get Iron, in the midst of a jumble of other metals with close numbers of elementary particles. How amazing that such minor changes in the composition of an atom can result in such wide differences in the resulting elementary characteristics!The beauty of how all the different elements fall into groups of similar characteristics is best shown by the Periodic Table of the Elements, as first proposed in 1869 by the Russian chemist, Dimitri I. Mendeleev (1834-1907).Pictured below, the table is arranged by atomic number (the number of protons in the nucleus). The vertical columns are elements of similar characteristics. This is the most common representation, but there are other ways to diagram the elements, as March Lorch illustrates at The Conversation.Can this be considered an accidental universe? Everything has to work perfectly, particularly the behavior of atoms. Wow!Somehow, when the Universe came into being, atoms were created or formed by some process. We can describe the forces that make sub-atomic particles interact, but forces do not create themselves. They had to be finely tuned for atoms to exist. From the very beginning, they conformed to a scheme that allowed them to remain stable without self-destructing. As explained above, atoms have a configuration requiring negative electrons to assume positions and motions keeping them apart from the positive protons. In the scheme of things, this is a marvelous way to put matter together. How did it happen? It took some unfathomable super-intelligence to do that. And then think of all the atoms in the universe. It is estimated that there are 1022 stars, and probably more than that is the number of planets. All these are made up of tiny, perfectly operating atoms!Isn’t creation wonderful? From the atom to the universe, everything is finely tuned to allow for beings like us to consider, and ponder the wisdom of the Mind that made it all.Update 01/09/19: Dr Richter informed us of an article at Chemical and Engineering News by Sam Lemonick that came out Jan 7, “The periodic table is an icon. But chemists still can’t agree on how to arrange it.” Lemonick shares some little-known background about the table’s history, and the predecessors and successors to Mendeleev. The important thing to remember is that the periodicity of the elements is real in nature, but the ways to represent it graphically are human approximations. Exceptions to the arrangement prove the rule: most elements and their properties follow a periodic order, which the most-common diagram exhibits well in a useful way. Richter comments, “I guess we do not need to rewrite the article.”Footnote: Did you know that 2019 has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements? Did you also know that the discoverer of this order was a Christian and Bible believing scientist named Dimitri Mendeleev? He is our Creation Scientist of the Month to celebrate this year honoring his “iconic symbol of science.” Dr Richter himself is among the distinguished members of our biographical series.Dr. Henry Richter was born in Long Beach, California, and served a short tour of duty in the U.S. Navy in World War II. From there he received a BS and PhD (Chemistry, Physics, and Electrical Engineering) from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena California. Then he went to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which became part of NASA. While there he headed up the development of the free worlds first earth satellite, Explorer I. He then oversaw the scientific instrumentation for the Ranger, Mariner, and Surveyor Programs. From JPL, he went to Electro-Optical Systems becoming a Vice President and Technical Director. Next was a staff position with UCLA as Development Manager of the Mountain Park Research Campus. He then owned an electronics manufacturing business and afterwards became the Communications Engineer for the L.A. County Sheriffs Department. Since 1977, he has been a communications consultant to Public Safety organizations. He is a life member of APCO, the IEEE, and the American Chemical Society. His book America’s Leap into Space details the origins of rocketry and his own role in the launching of the first American satellite, Explorer 1, in 1958. Henry Richter is also author of Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, with co-author David Coppedge (Creation Ministries International, 2016). Creation-Evolution Headlines is honored to have Dr Richter as a contribution writer. 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Photo library: Buildings and structures 1

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Centre in Braamfontein is the headquarters of the Johannesburg City Council. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Centre in Braamfontein is the headquarters of the Johannesburg City Council. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Centre in Braamfontein is the headquarters of the Johannesburg City Council. Photo: Chris Kirchhof, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Civic Theatre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Constitutional Court in the Constitution Hill precinct, Hillbrow. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Constitutional Court in the Constitution Hill precinct, Hillbrow. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Anstey’s Building on the corner of Bree and Joubert streets in the city centre is a classic example of Johannesburg’s Art Deco architecture. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Anstey’s Building on the corner of Bree and Joubert streets in the city centre is a classic example of Johannesburg’s Art Deco architecture. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Manners Mansions in the city centre is a classic example of Johannesburg’s Art Deco architecture. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 1: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

MSC Bank loan scam: police file FIR against directors

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank for allegedly disbursing fraudulent loans leading to losses to the tune of crores of rupees. While no one has been named in the FIR yet, the bank’s directors, at the time of the alleged offence, include senior Nationalist Congress Party leaders like Ajit Pawar, Vijaysinh Mohite Patil and Anand Adsul.Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha confirmed that the FIR was registered on Monday. The Bombay High Court (HC), which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the case, had last week directed the EOW to register an FIR in the matter within five days. “We have only mentioned directors of the bank as the accused in the FIR for now, and further action will be based on investigations,” Mr. Sinha said. The FIR has been registered under the relevant sections for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code.The HC issued the directive on a PIL filed by activist Surinder Mohan Arora, who alleged lack of police action on his complaint regarding the fraud.The PIL was filed on the basis of a National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development inspection report in 2011, which indicated widespread malpractices while granting loans amounting to crores of rupees by the bank to various cooperative sugar factories. The report indicates that the losses caused to the MSC Bank were to the tune of ₹2,061 crore.The HC Bench had last week observed that the report indicates bank records were forged and profits were fraudulently declared, and that non performing asset accounts were kept hidden while sanctioning illegal loans.last_img read more

Mike Gamboa signs 1-year deal with Phoenix

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Mike Gamboa is going to get another year of living his PBA dream.The diminutive 5-foot-6 guard signed a one-year deal with current club Phoenix in what he described as the culmination of all his hard work.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Blackwater taps Rommel Adducul as big man coachcenter_img “Thank you to God, my family, mom and dad I love you! My supportive brothers I love you all. And to everyone who has helped me in this journey,” said Gamboa through social media. “To my fiancé Carmen and baby Mikee, you’re the reason why I made it and each practice/game is dedicated to you! I love you both! Let’s go Phoenix!”Gamboa started his basketball career at Ateneo before moving to University of the Philippines in the UAAP but decided he would go into the corporate life when he graduated in 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionFollowing a year of working in an office, Gamboa tirelessly worked hard in achieving the dream he almost lost. He eventually became the ninth pick in the second round of the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft by Rain or Shine.Gamboa, however, wasn’t signed and he went on to play for Bread Story and Hapee in the PBA D-League. He also played for Pilipinas MX3 in the ASEAN Basketball League in 2016. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The year 2017, though, was the toughest for Gamboa as he was an almost invisible figure basketball circles until Phoenix head coach Louie Alas sent him an invite to try out for the Fuel Masters.It was also at this time that Gamboa found out he was about to be a father, and the looming family life was what ignited the fire within the point guard’s heart.“Everyone kept on telling me what my plan should be and I should start facing reality,” said Gamboa. “Only my girlfriend and a few friends believed that I was still going to make it to the PBA, it was then I always asked God why He put me back to playing basketball again.”“I found out that my girlfriend was pregnant and immediately finding out that I was going to be a father, I had that fire back and I knew I had to give it one last shot for my future baby and family.”Gamboa played a total of 12 games for the Fuel Masters in the 2017-18 season, averaging 2.1 points, 0.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img After buying the Maclean-Hunter media empire in 1994, Rogers Media grew quickly in the magazine world, and soon became the biggest magazine publisher in Canada by far. But in recent years Rogers has been slowly reducing its print footprint. In 2016 when it phased back publication of some titles, and stopped producing others altogether while laying off staff. Rogers Media has struck a deal with the company that publishes Toronto Life to sell the company’s remaining magazine brands for an undisclosed sum.In a press release Wednesday, Rogers and St. Joseph Communications say Maclean’s, the English and French versions of Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, HELLO! Canada, along with digital publications FLARE and Canadian Business, have been sold for an undisclosed sum.“All current Rogers Media Publishing employees will be offered employment through the deal, which is expected to close in April 2019,” the release said. Rogers sold off all of its remaining magazine brands on Wednesday, including Canadian Business, which it stopped publishing in print form in 2016. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press) Twitterlast_img read more