Athletes impress in field events

first_imgWHILE most attention was being focused on track events at last Saturday’s Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic inside the National Stadium, athletes in the field were making their mark with some strong performances, with Excelsior High’s Shanice Love leading the way.Love, who is conditioned by outstanding throwing coach, Michael Vassell, remained unbeaten this season after a splendid 51.92 metres to win the girls Class One discus.Former Buff Bay High School top female thrower, Fiona Richards, who is now competing for Edwin Allen High, shared the spotlight as she was a double winner. Richards, who will not be eligible for this year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, captured the Class Two discus with 48.27m, before winning the shot put with 15.46m.Other outstanding female performances came from Kimberly Lugg of Excelsior and Sanique Burgher of Edwin Allen. Lugg captured the girl’s Class Three discus with 35.00m, while Burgher soared 1.75m in winning the Class Three high jump.Field events could play a major role in deciding the title at Champs this year and many of the top athletes were on show.Calabar High’s Class One thrower, Warren Barrett Jr, stayed unbeaten in the discus and shot put. He easily won the shot put with 19.30m, way ahead of second-place finisher, Vashon McCarthy, of Jamaica College (JC), with 14.86m.UPSETThere was an upset in the boys’ triple jump Open, as Campion College’s Jordan Scott surprised JC’s Obrien Wasome. Scott won with 15.81m, while Wasome had to settle for second with 15.44m.Otherwise, JC showed their strength in the jumps with Clayton Brown getting the better of St Jago High’s Lushane Wilson in the Class One high jump. An event which will be worth going miles to see at Champs, Brown cleared the bar at 2.18m to beat Wilson, 2.15m.Other JC athletes, Paketo Dudley (7.25m) in the Class One long jump and John Mark Rainford, (5.79m) in the Class Three long jump, also won.Kingston College’s Zico Campbell was a double winner in the boys’ Class Two throws. Campbell, formerly of Glenmuir High, took the discus with 53.18m and the shot put with an impressive 17.96m.last_img read more

Targeted SETI Search Hears Nothing

first_img(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 For this search, a team targeted 104 stars with planets discovered by the Kepler Telescope.  Still told how veteran SETI queen Jill Tarter was among the team using the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia to look for radio signals between 1.1 and 1.9 GHz – a range SETI enthusiasts believe would be the most likely for alien broadcasts, because it includes the range used by humans for cell phones and television.MIT Technology Review’s ArXiv Blog discussed an upcoming paper for the Astrophysical Journal available as a preprint on ArXiv.  “No signals of extraterrestrial origin were found,” the paper states tersely.  The blog comments:The results allow the team to put important limits on the likelihood of Kardashian [sic] Type II civilisations. Tarter and co say that the negative result implies that the number of these civilisations that are loud in the 1-2GHz range must [sic] less than one in a million per sun-like star.PhysOrg defined the term: “a Kardashev type II civilization ([is] named after Nikolai Kardashev, who came up with a 3 tiered scale of intelligent existence: those that use the resources from a planet, their sun, or a galaxy, respectively)….”  Apparently the blogger had a certain celebrity socialite in mind; that alien has been found, but her intelligence is questioned by some.Imagine a planet filled with Kim Kardashian types!  Yikes!  That’s a really funny Freudian slip.  Maybe the Type II Kardashian civilization is when a Kim babe marries a Carl Sagan type, and they search happily ever after.We can’t be too hard on the SETI believers, if they are using private funding, because they really are looking for a needle in a million haystacks, having to make lots of assumptions.  Remember that “less than one in a million” includes “less than one in a gazillion” given zero results. They can argue that silence is to be expected given the nature of the search.  It’s still silent, though, even when looking at the best candidate stars.  Let them look; it keeps them out of trouble, and their methods give backhanded support to intelligent design theory.last_img read more