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Goalkeeper Knight comes up big in UWI win at Frome

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: THANKS to goalkeeper Amal Knight, UWI FC won their first away game in the 2015 Red Stripe Premier League season, a commanding 3-1 victory over FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex yesterday. Knight was superb in goal for UWI, pulling off no less than five fantastic saves – without which the home team would easily have won the fixture. In between his spectacular performance, however, UWI grabbed the lead against the run of play when Patrick Brown toe-poked home his effort from the top of the area in the 15th minute for the opener. Forward Girvon Brown then took his chance to score his eighth goal of the season, making it 2-0 in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, before second-half debutant Anthony Grant netted in the 72nd minute. FC Reno replied through substitute Alburn Facey, who tucked in his effort after Knight had saved brilliantly off a sizzling free-kick from Roshane Sharpe. “I am really pleased with my performance and that of the team today. I think it was an excellent performance from the team on a whole,” said Knight. “We have been playing good football since we have settled in the League, and now we are looking towards greater things,” he said. Knight told The Gleaner he believes UWI can challenge for a place in the final four and that it is not beyond them to believe or show they can do so. “With the table congested the way it is, I believe we stand a great chance if we remain consistent,” he stated. FC Reno, meanwhile, are still searching for goalscoring answers after another sub-par performance. However, they could be in for some good news after club officials revealed that top striker and last season’s Golden Boot winner, Craig Foster, will be making his way back to the club. Coach Michael Graham said Foster’s return and some January signings will help rejuvenate the club, which has lost four of their last six matches.last_img read more

Stafanie Taylor – Cricket

first_imgFor her achievement in leading the West Indies to victories over Pakistan in both the Twenty20 and One-day Internationals. She topped tables in the ODI series with a batting average of 130.50 and was the most economical West Indies bowler while taking four wickets. Taylor, the West Indies Women’s captain, was also recently named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year.last_img

Bank on General Togo

first_imgHOMECOMING, GENERAL TOGO and AIR MARSHALL in races two, three and four, respectively, can ensure a good payday for Sunrise Super-6 players at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The island’s only racetrack has been silent for the past two racedays while unionised workers went on strike but HOMECOMING (apprentice Javaniel Patterson up) can welcome back the fans at a good price in the opening Super-6 race over 1600 metres for maiden special weight four-year-olds.Trained by Steven Todd, HOMECOMING has shown little form in her past five races. However, her effort on January 30 was not as bad as the final placing suggested. Going a distance much too short to see her at her best (1000 metres round), HOMECOMING finished fifth by 11 lengths just three lengths behind the second-place horse. Now stretched out to 1600 metres and the handicaps in her favour, courtesy of Patterson’s 4kg claim, she can get the better of ante post favourite BRIDLED PRINCESS. Both have similar best times over the distance but the apprentice’s claim can tilt the balance in favour of HOMECOMING.UPTHEPACEGENERAL TOGO, Barrington Bell aboard, will not be caught in the second Super-6 race (third on the card) over 1700 metres. The conditions of the race are overwhelmingly in favour of the six-year-old. On January 30 he was up with the pace in a 1200 metres race in splits of 23.3×47.3 toting 57kg. He has since dropped 11 pounds to 52kg and is simply too light to lose.Lawrence Freemantle’s AIR MARSHALL can stun rivals in the fourth race (third Super-6) following a bullet work on Ash Wednesday. AIR MARSHALL who was highly fancied (7-2) but showed little on debut last November, breezed the last three furlongs in 35.3 the fastest on the day and looks ready for a big run with Shamaree Muir aboard.BIGDADDYKOOL, third in last year’s Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes, has little to beat in the fourth Super-6 race with just 53kg on his back and regular jockey Shane Ellis aboard. He clocked 1:39.1 on the day and that should be good enough to get the better of his six rivals.FRANCIA’S PRIDE is another who could surprise in race six. She strode 1400 metres in 1:37.1 with new equipment (tongue tie and figure eight) on January 30 and is coming to run a big race tomorrow. She has nothing to fear from PINELOPE who looked average on debut despite being heavily backed to win first time of asking.Close those Super-6s with NEVER GIVE UP (very light). He should stay close to the speed represented by MIRACLE RECOVERY, SPROUTING WINGS and REAL: VIBES MACHINE and outfinish rivals in the last 200 metres.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) HOMECOMING/ BRIDLED PRINCESS(3) GENERAL TOGO(4) AIR MARSHALL/MY WAY(5) BIGDADDYKOOL(6) FRANCIA’S PRIDE/PINELOPE(7) NEVER GIVE UPlast_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Holness taunted by PNP supporters

first_imgLeader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness was taunted by orange-clad supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP), a short while ago. Holness was touring his constituency of St Andrew West Central to ensure that the electoral process was proceeding without glitches, when he ventured into areas in which residents support the PNP. Prior to this, Holness was greeted well by supporters of both the JLP and the PNP. The greetings were returned by the JLP leader. Things changed when he drove into the polling station located in the St Mary of the Virgin Church on Molynes Road and Headley Avenue. Shouts of “Portia!” and “Patrick!” punctured the hitherto quiet atmosphere. Patrick Roberts is the PNP candidate, who is attempting to unseat Holness as Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Central. Clearly energised by Holness’ presence and closely watched by a team of security personnel, the crowd of comrades continued to chant “No Labourite!” Holness, however, continued his meet and greet. The comrades refused to cease even during a tender moment when Holness held a young baby wrapped in a green blanket, saying that his time at the centre had expired. The nearby Drewsland is a PNP stronghold. Similar sentiments were expressed by residents inside the Drewsland community – a PNP stronghold – which was quiet until Holness arrived in the arealast_img read more

Dom Rep join Jamaica atop Hoerman Cup leader board

first_img The other Jamaicans, Owen Samuda, had a tough day out on the links, firing an 81 to be tied for thirteenth on 15 over par, while Ian Facey (78) and Sean Morris (73) lost ground to the leaders. Fellow Jamaican William Knibbs carded another 77 in round three to be down the leader board on 19 over par and in 21st position The leaders among countries are Jamaica (+37), tied with the Dominican Republic (+37), Puerto Rico (+56), Barbados (+64), with Trinidad and Tobago at (+65), Cayman Islands (+77), Bahamas (+91) and the US Virgin Islands at 160 over par. Jamaica remain fifth in the George Teale Trophy for women on a 52 over par score, trailing leaders Puerto Rico (32 over par) by some distance. Madelyn Piccininni is the best-placed Jamaican among the women. She did admirably better than her 81 and 85 in the two previous rounds after carding a 78 on Wednesday. The field is being led by Dominican Republic’s Karina Sanchez, who was the best on the day on the women’s side. Trinidadian pair of Carlos Baynes and Richard Camacho had a combined 70 to increase their lead in the Higgs and Higgs trophy to five under par, with Robert Piggot and Michael Haynes of Barbados at minus 2 and in second place. The Jamaican pair of Keith Stein and Radcliff Knibbs are holding on to third, after firing a combined 71 to be at Even Par, through three rounds at the Half Moon Golf Club. Western Bureau: Jamaica’s Jonathan Newham equalled his second-round 71 to lead the individual race in the Caribbean Golf Championship Hoerman Cup at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay yesterday. Newham’s score puts him one under par for the day and an equal minus one through three rounds, giving host Jamaica a share of the lead with the Dominican Republic, who rallied on the third day through the pair of Redhames Pena and Lino Guerrero. The stakes remain high with only today’s final round remaining to separate the teams. Newham started well from tee-off, and although he had a few setbacks on the front nine, he used the quick fairway and solid greens to maintain his lead. Devaughn Robinson of The Bahamas carded the best score of the round, a minus two under par 70 score. It was the best round of any player in all three days, bettering his opening round 76 on Monday and the 75 he fired on Tuesday. It took him up the leader board where he joined Newham, with Pena in third overall after his 71. He is at six over par through three rounds. Newham again used the conditions to his advantage as the wind, though not as heavy as Tuesday’s, made play tricky for some players. OTHERJAMAICANSlast_img read more

Medals table

first_imgMedals tableCountry G S B Total1. Kenya 6 3 2 112. United States 4 4 6 143. Jamaica 4 2 3 94. Great Britain 3 1 0 45. Poland 2 1 3 66. Cuba 2 1 0 37. China 1 4 1 68. Germany 1 3 2 69. Ethiopia 1 2 0 310. Canada 1 1 2 411. Netherlands 1 1 1 312. Russia 1 1 0 213. South Africa 1 0 1 214. Colombia 1 0 0 114. Czech Rep. 1 0 0 114. Eritrea 1 0 0 1last_img

Jennifer Ellison Brown: A look at the circulatory system

first_img The Heart The circulatory system consists of the heart, complete circuit of the blood vessels, and the blood. The job of the circulatory system is to move oxygen, nutrients and other substances to the body cells and carry carbon dioxide and other waste away from the cells. Blood consists of the fluid plasma, which contains dissolved substances such as glucose and proteins, making 55 per cent of blood volume. Suspended in the plasma are red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets making 45 per cent of blood volume. The blood transports substances and heat around the body and is a defence against infection. Blood composition Blood vessels help the pumping heart circulate blood around the body. Blood is pumped at high pressure into the arteries causing them to swell. When the heart relaxes, the arteries contract, helping to pump the blood around the body with an even flow. The rhythmic beat in the arteries is called the pulse and can be felt where the arteries comes near the surface of the body, e.g. on the wrist, side of the forehead (temple), sides of the neck, etc. A network of very thin-walled blood vessels called capillaries take the blood from the arteries to the tissues of the body, where various exchanges occurs between the blood and the cells of tissues. For example, oxygen, water, nutrients, antibodies and hormones are diffused from the blood to the tissues and carbon dioxide is diffused away from the tissues back to the blood. After having passed through the tissues in the capillaries, the blood returns under low pressure in the veins to the right atrium of the heart. Veins have thinner walls than arteries and have pocket valves along their length, which prevent blood flowing back under gravity. If people stand still too long, gravity can prevent proper flow of blood to the heart. This leads to less oxygenated blood reaching the brain, causing a person to faint. During exercise, blood is moved from other places such as the stomach liver and kidneys to the working muscle, where it is needed most. This is called vascular shunt and is achieved by shutting down capillary beds in those areas and opening extra capillary beds in working muscles. Blood vessels and blood The heart has four chambers. Two upper chambers called atria (singular; atrium) and two lower chambers called ventricles. The heart is divided down the middle into two parts by a wall called the septum. There are two valves between the atria and ventricles: the bicuspid and tricuspid valves that prevent blood from flowing back to the atria from the ventricles. There are also two semi-lunar valves between the heart and the arteries that prevent the back flow of blood to the heart from the arteries. The heart is a double pump for double circulation. The right side pumps blood to the lungs and then it returns to the heart. This is called pulmonary circulation. The left side pumps blood to the body and then it returns to the heart. This is called systemic circulation. The heart pumps blood by contracting. When the heart relaxes, both sides are filled with blood from the veins. The atria contracts and the veins, where they join the atria, also contract and blood is forced into the ventricles. The ventricles contract, the valves from the atria close and blood is forced out of the heart into the arteries. This repeated cycle is called cardiac cycle. – A heartbeat is one complete cycle. – The heart rate is the number of beats per minute. – The stroke volume is the amount of blood pumped from the left ventricle in one heart beat. – The cardiac output is the volume of blood pumped from the left ventricle in one minute. Therefore, cardiac output = stroke volume X heart rate. The cardiac output to the body increases during exercise as a result of increase in heart rate and stroke volume. The working muscles, therefore, receive much more blood and much more oxygen and nutrients. Also heat, carbon dioxide and lactic acid are carried away from the tissues more quickly. The heart gets stronger as a result of all the extra work it has to do during exercise.last_img read more

Fudadin eyes 1,000 runs, five centuries

first_img HARDER GOAL “When I began this competition, my goal was 1,000 runs and five centuries. With six matches to go, I still believe that is possible, but the way we (Jaguars) are beating teams by an innings will make that goal harder,” Fudadin said with a chuckle during an interview with Kaieteur News. “But I can’t do it on my own; it has to be the will of God.” Starting the final day on 52 for two, requiring a further 213 to make the visitors bat again, Red Force battled to 136 for two before suffering a sensational collapse to be bowled out for 216. Jaguars have now vaulted clear at the top of the standings on 70 points after four straight victories. “It feels good to get a hundred after so long. Alhamdulillah …. without God nothing is possible,” said Fudadin, a devout Muslim who played Test cricket in 2012. “I have been working hard on my game. I was batting well for a long time but not spending enough time at the crease to build big scores. I never doubted my ability to bat. It was not a technical problem but more of a mental one.” The talented left-hander has struggled to get starts in this season’s tournament with scores of four and zero in the first round, five in the second round and nine in the first innings of the third round. However, he found some form and confidence in the second innings against Barbados when he made 42. “I did not spend much time at the crease in my previous innings in this tournament because I did not manage too many runs,” said Fudadin, whose 102 was his first century since scoring 103 for West Indies ‘A’ against Sri Lanka ‘A’ October last year in Sri Lanka. “In addition to perseverance, patience and self-belief, having a supporting family helps. My wife (Akeema) and friends are always there for me.” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Opener Assad Fudadin says Guyana Jaguars’ rampage through the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) after four rounds may prevent him from achieving his goals in the regional tournament this season. Fudadin has set a goal of 1,000 runs, including five centuries for the season, but says the Jaguars’ lopsided victories in the tournament are making it impossible for him to attain such a feat. Fudadin scored 102, his fifth first-class century, to help Jaguars to a massive innings and 49-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park oval on Monday.last_img read more

Uphill task for Ja Scorpions

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions, set 366 for victory by Leeward Islands Hurricanes, were 58 for two at the close of the third day of their sixth-round, Regional First Class championship game at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 155 (Daron Cruickshank 51, Montcin Hodge 41; Damion Jacobs 5-50, Nikita Miller 4-63) and 368 for eight declared. (Jahmar Hamilton 130 not out, Montcin Hodge 72, Orlando Peters 41, Daron Cruickshank 20; Nikita Miller 4-107, Damion Jacobs 3-100).SCORPIONS 158 (Sheldon Cottrell 37, AndrÈ McCarthy 27, Jermaine Blackwood 26; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-74) & 58 for two.AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM IN GUYANA: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ 237, were 136 for three in their first innings at the close of the second day yesterday.Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59)RED FORCE 136 for three (Yannic Cariah 58 not out, Evin Lewis 26).AT KENSINGSTON OVAL: Barbados Pride, replying to Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 250 all out, were 272 for two in their first innings at the close on the second day.Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65).PRIDE 272 for two (Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Shai Hope 98 not out, Kyle Corbin 38).last_img read more

UN: Zika virus will be ‘way down’ before Olympics

first_imgGENEVA (AP):The head of the World Health Organization’s Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a “fantastic Olympics”, and that the mosquito-borne virus will be “way down” by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.Dr Bruce Aylward, WHO’s executive director for outbreaks and health emergencies, said yesterday at a news conference that the mosquito population is expected to drop off around when Rio hosts the games, since it will be winter in the southern hemisphere.Rio’s Olympic venues are also in a relatively confined area, he noted, making it easier for authorities to control the local mosquito population.”Brazil is going to have a fantastic Olympics and it’s going to be a successful Olympics and the world is going to go there,” Aylward said. “I just wish I was going there, but there’s not going to be a lot of problems there by then, so I’ll be somewhere else.”Aylward also pointed to the “probability” that the Zika virus will have “gone through” a large slice of the country’s population by then, so many Brazilians might have developed an immunity to the disease by the time of the August 5-21 games.Zika, however, is just the latest cloud hanging over Brazil ahead of South America’s first Olympics. The country is coping with its worst recession in 100 years, impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and a wide-ranging corruption scandal centred on the state-controlled oil-and-gas giant Petrobras.Brazil has recorded more than one million suspected Zika infections in recent months amid strong concerns that the virus could be linked to a spike in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads microcephaly and to a rare neurological syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis in people of all ages.In Brazil yesterday, ministers, state governors, health authorities and members of the armed forces visited schools throughout the country to involve students in the nationwide campaign to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.WHO has declared a global health emergency due to the virus, saying it could produce as many as 4 million cases in the next year. The mosquitoes that spread Zika which also spread dengue and yellow fever are entrenched across the region and in a wide belt around the globe, mostly in tropical areas.last_img read more