Parchment, McLeod plot hurdles dominance

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:World Championships and Olympic Games 110 metres hurdles medallist Hansle Parchment strongly believes that Jamaica, with Omar McLeod and himself leading the way, can wrestle supremacy in the sprint hurdles away from the Americans and Russians.The 25-year-old Parchment won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics, with American Aries Merritt, the world record holder, taking gold. Parchment came even closer at last year’s World Championships when he copped silver behind Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, with McLeod, in his first senior competition final, placing sixth.Parchment now believes that Jamaica has the ammunition to conquer the field at the Rio Olympics later this year.”I feel we have the potential. We are two strong athletes and we are working towards our goals,” Parchment said. “It would be great for us to start to dominate hurdling, which we have never done before.”McLeod, 22, is also keen on a Jamaican dominance of the event. He also envisions himself and Parchment making history.”He (Parchment) is my big bro (brother). We always give each other pep talks before races, we warm up together and we run together,” McLeod shared. “So it is always exciting running with him, and I just want both of us to continue to make Jamaica proud and create a lot of history.”The two gave a glimpse into the future when they finished first and second in the opening Diamond League meet of the season.McLeod won in a world leading and season’s best time of 13.05 seconds, while Parchment, who, like his compatriot, was competing in his first Diamond League, clocked a season-best 13.10.Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion, American David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Merritt was sixth in 13.37.unpredictableParchment has, however, warned against complacency. He stressed that the event is very unpredictable and it is just a matter of who executes better on the day.”The hurdles are very unpredictable, so sometimes we can’t tell who will win,” Parchment said. “It is early and I believe everyone is still in the transition phase. This is my second race, so we are really just getting started. It is a very good start so far; probably the best ever for me, so I am giving thanks for that.”McLeod, on the other hand, already has his sights set on winning the Diamond trophy for the event and achieving Olympics glory.”That is my aim (to win everything); that is my goal; especially with the Olympics,” McLeod said. “So I am really just taking it one step at a time and not jumping the gun too much. One race at a time and I know if I do that and go out there and have fun, the sky is the limit.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

‘Ministry Unaware of Amputee World Cup Participation,’ Minister Yonton

first_imgDeputy Minister Henry Yonton has said that the Ministry is yet to receive an official communication from the Liberia Amputee Football & Sports Association (LAFASA) about its participation in the 2015 Amputee Soccer World Cup in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico which runs from November 30-December 8, 2014.Minister Yonton told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday that there is no letter on his desk relating to Liberia’s invitation or participation from the local governing amputee body, but only heard it over radios and in newspapers, that Liberia — Africa’s triple soccer champion, is expected to join other African countries in Mexico.“Normally, when the Minister receives a communication about sports he sends it down to me as head to act, but unfortunately up to this time, there is no letter on my desk relating to the 2015 Amputee Soccer World Cup,” he said.However, in a telephone conversation yesterday, LAFASA president Melvin Cooper Gotten told the Daily Observer that a letter had already been sent to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Meanwhile several amputee soccer followers are wondering if at all Liberia would be allowed to participate in the Amputee World Cup in Mexico due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.Recall that due to the Ebola outbreak, a friendly international soccer outlined between Liberia and the United States was recently cancelled.Additionally, a team of Liberian athletes could not be allowed to participate in the recent Nanjing, China Youth Olympics and two teams of Liberia handball players were denied participation at the recent tournament to Lome, Togo.Liberia is the current and triple champions in the amputee division in Africa.Team Liberia’s captain Festus Harrison currently holds the African best player award, while goalkeeper Joseph Allen is the best on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Update – A Fort St. John Man escapes from Psychiatric Hospital

first_img**Update – The RCMP confirmed late Thursday that Terry Giesbrecht returned voluntarily to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.We have confirmation this morning that a Fort St. John man convicted of two murders in northeastern B.C. has disappeared from a psychiatric unit. He’s described as caucasian, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He’s now 46 year old, 6’2″ tall and weighs about 265 pounds.The Mounties say anyone who sees him should not approach nor confront him, but should call 911 immediately. center_img The RCMP in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam warned last night that Terry Scott Giesbrecht, left the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in that city on Tuesday, with authorization but has not returned.- Advertisement -He was found guilty in 2005, of second-degree murder in the two Fort St. John beating deaths and after a forensic psychiatrist determined he suffered from paraonoid schizophrenia, he was ruled criminally insane.One RCMP spokesperson is quoted as saying, he has been assessed as having the potential for violent behaviour.There is a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, and police are seeking public assistance in their search for him.Advertisementlast_img read more

LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP UCLA is no match for No. 5 Huskies

first_imgFrom news services Fifth-ranked Washington trailed for only four points and handed No. 7 UCLA a 30-20, 30-27, 30-26 Pacific-10 Conference women’s volleyball defeat in Seattle Thursday night. It was the first time UCLA lost consecutive matches since 2005. Oregon State beat UCLA Friday. Stevie Mussie and Christal Morrison each had 13 kills for Washington (18-1, 7-1) and Becky Perry added 12. Ali Daley and Kaitlin Sather both had 12 kills to lead the Bruins (15-4, 5-3). 160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. No. 4 USC 3, Washington State 1: Asia Kaczor and Jessica Gysin had 23 and 16 kills, respectively, as USC (17-2, 6-2 Pac-10) defeated the Cougars (9-13, 0-8) in Pullman, 30-25, 20-30, 30-24, 30-18. Loyola Marymount 3, Saint Mary’s 0: Emily Day (West Torrance High) had 18 kills to lift LMU (11-8, 3-3 WCC) over Saint Mary’s (10-8, 2-4) in Moraga, 30-18, 31-29, 31-29. Men’s water polo Freshman Brandon Johnson scored with one second left to lift No. 9 UC Irvine to a 10-9 victory over No. 7 Loyola Marymount in a nonconference game at UCI. LMU (7-12) rallied from an 8-6 deficit late in the third quarter to take a 9-8 lead. Mark Milovic scored consecutive goals to the game before Brian Benedetti scored to give the Lions the lead with 4:33 remaining. Tibor Forai scored three goals to lead LMU. Cole Bielskis scored three goals to lead the Anteaters (8-7).last_img read more

Fortuna’s Cortes, Eureka’s Martin and Ferndale’s Regli named MVPs as H-DN all-league soccer is announced

first_imgEureka >> Fortuna’s Chico Cortes, Eureka’s Kiah Martin and Ferndale’s Genevieve Regli were named most valuable players as the Humboldt-Del Norte all-league soccer lists were released on Wednesday.Cortes, Fortuna’s co-captain and a prolific goal-scorer, was a key player on the frontline of Fortuna’s run to an undefeated season and North Coast Division I championship.In the girl’s league, Eureka’s versatile Kiah Martin and Ferndale midfielder Genevieve Regli were named co-MVPs in a league that …last_img read more

Mark Canha homers twice, but A’s fall to Giants for second straight day

first_imgOAKLAND — After losing back-to-back games to the rival Giants in front of a combined crowd of more than 100,000 fans at the Coliseum, Mark Canha was feeling surprisingly upbeat.And his mood was the result of more than him hitting two more home runs, pushing his ongoing career-high total to 22.* * *Bud Geracie: Revisiting the A’s of 1989* * *“It was a good atmosphere, a lot of fun. It felt like in the stands it was the right kind of fun, not any fights or anything like that,” Canha said after …last_img read more

How to Integrate Your Ruby on Rails Application With Google Apps and the Apps Marketplace

first_imgTags:#hack#How To Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Vincent Van Gemert and the Floorplanner team ran into a few stumbling blocks while preparing their product for the Google Apps Market. “We found out that a lot of people were struggling with the existing Rails libraries and the OAuth authorization method,” Van Gemert wrote. That’s why Van Gemert created a guide for integrating Ruby on Rails applications with Google Apps and the Apps Marketplace, which Google has published on its Apps Developer Blog.Van Gemert’s guide covers:The initial setupRails libraries and OpenIDUsing the Google Data APIsAlthough this guide is Google specific, learning more about oAuth is a great idea if you want to start offering your projects through web-based app stores. Related Posts last_img read more

Italian Prosecutor: Stem Cell Group Is a ‘Criminal Organization’

first_imgROME—After a 4-year investigation, a public prosecutor in Turin has delivered a withering indictment about a controversial stem cell therapy provided by the Stamina Foundation in Italy. The report, issued on Wednesday, describes Davide Vannoni, who introduced the treatment in Italy, as the head of a criminal organization that has defrauded about a thousand patients since 2006 by administering a dangerous and unapproved treatment in exchange for money.Prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello accuses 19 others as well; they include physicians, members of ethics committees, and directors at three public hospitals where Vannoni treated his patients, as well as the owner of a drug company, two foreign scientists, and the head of the Department of Research and Clinical Trials at AIFA, the Italian Medicines Agency.Vannoni has asked for up to €48,000 per treatment and €10,000 per year to store cells extracted from adults and children, the report says; his treatments exposed patients to serious risks, it concludes, including the risk of infection, severe bleeding, spinal cord injury, cancer, and ischemia. The report identifies a series of problems with the treatment. No preclinical and clinical studies were done, for instance; Vannoni’s team processed, handled, and injected cells under nonsterile conditions; and “bovine serum with no specified origin” was used as a culture medium. 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ScienceInsider could not reach Vannoni for comment. In the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Vannoni said that he had expected the charges but said they were unfounded. “I have the documents to prove it and I’ll defend my self; 180 civil judges have already proven us right” by ruling that patients have a right to get the treatment, the paper quoted him as saying.Vannoni, who has a degree in philosophy and was a psychology professor at the University of Udine, is now president of the Stamina Foundation in Turin. He rose to national fame in Italy in 2012, when a popular TV show named The Hyenas claimed that he had cured people of neurodegenerative diseases including ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s, as well as several rare diseases affecting both adults and children. Soon, patients began seeking out the therapy.The treatments were administered at various locations. In 2011, Vannoni signed an agreement with the Spedali Civili Hospital in Brescia to treat 12 patients there. According to the report, some other patients were secretly treated at the Burlo Garofolo Hospital in Trieste. Vannoni also had patients treated in beauty centers in San Marino, a tiny republic surrounded by Italy, and even in the basement of a house in Turin, Guariniello writes.The 69-page report says Vannoni had a well-developed strategy that aimed to bypass the law on stem cell therapies, take the treatment to public hospitals, get the Italian government to pay for it, and expand the business around the world. In addition, he actively pushed patients to go to court to claim the right to be treated, the report says.Physicians at the hospital in Brescia were in the dark about the details of the treatment administered there; the report says they used to temporarily leave the lab because a Stamina Foundation biologist “had to add a secret ingredient to the stem cells” that supposedly helped the cells develop into neurons. “What the dossier claims is staggering,” says Michele De Luca, director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine “Stefano Ferrari” in Modena, Italy. “It adds a sense of serious danger to the scientific inconsistency of the Stamina method which we were already aware of. We will wait, however, for justice to take its course.”The report may not be the end for Stamina’s treatment. Italy’s health minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, has already said that a scientific review of the method needs to proceed as planned.The review is the result of a political intervention. In 2012, AIFA and the National Transplant Center shut down Stamina’s activities after an inspection at the Brescia hospital found several serious problems with the lab and treatment. Following public protests, the Italian Parliament in May 2013 adopted a law ordering the government to design and fund a proper clinical trial of Stamina’s method. In September, however, a panel set up to investigate the method said there was no scientific basis for a trial. (The prosecutor’s report says that the documents Vannoni provided to the panel were produced by a medicine student who relied mainly on Wikipedia.)Vannoni successfully appealed the committee’s rejection in court, arguing that some of its members weren’t impartial. Lorenzin then nominated a new committee that is set to review the method soon. That panel could still propose a clinical study.But Amedeo Santosuosso, chair of the European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies of the University of Pavia and a member of the first panel, hopes the saga will end before then. “At this point the minister should have the moral and political strength to take the right decision and put to a definitive end the whole story,” he says. “This is one of the darkest chapters in the history of medicine of this country.”last_img read more

Super Bowl 49 Highest-Rated Ever

first_imgNEW YORK — An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England’s thrilling win over Seattle, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record as the most-watched event in U.S. television history.The Nielsen company said the game’s viewership exceeded the record of 112.2 million set last year, when Seattle beat Denver.The game also set records for social media reach. A stirring comeback by New England and game-saving interception in the final minute kept viewers glued to the set.(DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Carnival’s Results Better than Expected

first_imgzoom British-American owned cruise line Carnival Corporation & plc has raised its expectations for the full year 2014 net revenue yield amid improvement in booking trends.“The sustained improvement in booking trends as we have progressed through the year combined with yield increases in the second half of 2014 builds confidence that we will see continued yield growth in 2015 and beyond,” said Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald.Donald also noted that new product initiatives and innovative marketing campaigns implemented across the brands over the past year are driving the improvement in consumer demand and pricing trends.The company announced non-GAAP net income of $1.2 billion, or $1.58 diluted EPS for the third quarter of 2014 compared to non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2013 of $1.1 billion, or $1.38 diluted EPS.For the third quarter of 2013, U.S. GAAP net income, which included impairments net of unrealized gains on fuel derivatives of $139 million, was $934 million, or $1.20 diluted EPS. Revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were $4.9 billion, compared with $ 4.7 billion the prior year. “Strong close-in demand and higher onboard spending helped drive significantly better than expected third quarter results and 15 percent year-over-year earnings improvement. Our Asia operations performed particularly well during the quarter, driven by a double-digit yield increase in our China program, further solidifying our industry leading presence in this important emerging cruise market. Our continental European operations also enjoyed strong yield and profit improvement in the quarter, reflecting continued progress for the Costa brand. In addition, our summer Caribbean product successfully attracted nearly 20 percent more guests than the prior year, reinforcing the popularity of the world’s largest cruising region,” Donald added.For fiscal 2015, net cruise costs excluding fuel per ALBD are expected to increase approximately three percent due primarily to a significantly higher level of dry-dock days scheduled next year to install new air emissions technology as well as other technology designed to improve fuel efficiency, the company said.The company expects the exhaust gas cleaning system or scrubber technology will be installed on approximately 70 percent of its fleet by 2016, thus enabling the company to meet the 2015 stricter air emissions standards as well as mitigate escalating fuel costs that will result from the new requirements.The company anticipates the new regulations will result in higher fuel costs in 2015 of approximately $0.10 per share with that increase expected to be reduced by half in 2016 and mostly offset in 2017 based on the system roll-out.Also, in 2016, the company plans to revert back to a more normalized dry-dock schedule, which will offset approximately half of the increase in 2015 net cruise costs excluding fuel.“Our implementation of the air emissions technology is a sound investment in our company’s future and more importantly it will benefit the environment for years to come,” said Donald. “These technology investments are laying a solid foundation towards sustainable earnings improvement. Combined with our other strategic initiatives designed to foster revenue growth and contain costs, we are gaining momentum towards our goal of achieving double digit returns on investment over time.”Carnival announced that Alan Buckelew, Chief Operations Officer, will be expanding his leadership role by relocating to China to more closely oversee the company’s growing operations in the country.Buckelew’s experience in Asia is extensive, previously serving as the CEO of Princess Cruises before taking on the assignment of Chief Operations Officer for Carnival Corporation & plc.  In his expanded role, he will lead all of the company’s initiatives in China, while also continuing to provide oversight of all maritime and port operations around the world and a number of related functions as part of his COO role.This past May, the company announced Costa Serena will deploy year-round in China next year, making Carnival Corporation the first global cruise company with four ships based in China, one of the world’s fastest-growing cruise markets. Costa Cruises plans to debut Costa Serena inShanghai in April 2015, where it will join Costa Victoria and Costa Atlantica, sister ships already deployed in China. The move will increase Costa’s overall capacity in Asia by 74 percent.In addition to Costa Serena, Princess Cruises — another iconic Carnival Corporation brand — began home-porting the Sapphire Princess out of Shanghai this past summer.Adding a third ship based in China this year increases Carnival Corporation’s total 2014 capacity in the country by 66 percent. In 2015, with four ships based in China for the first time, Carnival’s industry-leading capacity is expected to jump 140 percent over a two-year period. Press Release; September 25, 2014last_img read more