Coach underlines importance of national team

first_imgWinfried Schäfer said Jamaica’s players must embrace the opportunities presented in the national team to make advances at club level.  Schäfer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior men’s national team, made the comments after it was revealed yesterday that Michael Hector had been awarded a five-year contract by English Premier League champions Chelsea FC. “You see how important the national team is for the players. Our player, Hector, after the Copa America and the Gold Cup, is going to Chelsea,” Schäfer remarked. “He played against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. He was out, then returned and played very well against the States, and now Chelsea takes him in and gives him a contract,”  Schäfer said. The 23-year-old Reading FC defender first played for Jamaica at the Copa America in June, where the Caribbean champions were invited as a guest participant. The tall centre-half played against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Jamaica lost all three matches 1-0. Just weeks later, Hector also played for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. He did not start in the first two games, but came off the bench to replace Jermaine Taylor at the seventh minute of the third group match, against El Salvador. Jamaica won 1-0, and Hector was largely outstanding in respective quarter-final and semi-final wins over Haiti and the United States. His only blip came in the final, where he made two blunders that led to goals against Mexico, which won 3-1. “The national team is important when you want to take the next big step,” Schäfer said. “All players have to prepare and must be fit. Gray (Hughan) is now in Finland,” he outlined of the former Waterhouse FC utility player, who has secured a contract at VPS Vaasa. Arnett Gardens’ Premier League striker, Andre Clennon, is also now attached to the Finnish club. “The players have to work in the clubs for very good fitness, for tactical work and then they can go outside (overseas). Kemar Lawrence is the best example. I saw him in the small match first at Harbour View, and he works very hard. Now he’s at Red Bulls in New York, and maybe he has a chance to go to England. “I saw Mattocks play his last match. Watson (Je-Vaughn) plays, Demar Phillips plays,” Schäfer continued, noting Jamaican nationals who are now commanding a spot in professional teams. All the players listed, Hector included, are in the island for Friday’s crucial first-leg World Cup Qualifying match against Nicaragua. The home-and-away tie, which sees Jamaica travelling for a return match next week Tuesday in Nicaragua, will decide which of the countries advance to the CONCACAF Semi-finals (group stage) elimination series for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. fitness & tactical worklast_img read more

Magic Ribosome Appears as Missing Link

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A father-daughter team takes on the “selfish gene” concept and considers the ribosome as the “missing link” for lucky LUCA.“What does DNA want?” Meredith Root-Bernstein asks in The Conversation.  “It wants to replicate” is the usual answer, pointed out by her father, Robert Root-Bernstein.  But they notice that DNA does not naturally replicate itself.  It coils up into a ball and resists change.  Case in point:The resting position of DNA is very tightly curled up with its genes inaccessible. Resting DNA is so stable that it can protect its genes for 10,000 years or more, allowing scientists to recover DNA from frozen mammoths. This is not a molecule yearning to disperse its genes, but one that wants to conserve them by remaining curled up in a knot.We reasoned that the cellular structure that wants to copy genes and turn them into the proteins that make up functioning cells is ribosomes. The resting state of a ribosome is: “I’m ready to translate DNA into proteins.” Ribosomes “want” to convert genes into working molecules.So the question should be, “What does a ribosome want?”  Ribosomes have machinery to build things.  They want to make copies of themselves.  So, the father-daughter team reasons, the “selfish gene” concept is wrong.  The missing link to the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) must be the ribosome.But how could a functional ribosome appear out of primordial soup by chance?  Since they’re anthropomorphizing anyway, here’s their solution:In a recent paper in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, we have shown that rRNA does contain vestiges of the mRNAs, tRNAs and “genes” that encode its own protein structure and function. Ribosomes are not simply the passive translators of genes as described in textbooks. We believe they are the missing link between simple pre-biotic molecules and the single-celled LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, considered to be the first living thing on Earth.DNA evolved to conserve and protect the information originally encoded in rRNA. Cells and organisms have evolved to optimise the replication of ribosomes, and ribosomes are almost the same across all species. Maybe the selfish ribosome puts a new spin on feeling kinship with other creatures. We are all just different kinds of homes to ribosomes.Given the complexity of a ribosome, it would appear a tall order to expect one to emerge out of a pool of “simple pre-biotic molecules”.  Maybe it’s a spiritual essence about these molecules that gives them a sense of kinship.If you have heard a stupider theory about life than this, give us a call.  Can you imagine the ridicule if a non-Darwinian wrote anything this lame as a “scientific” theory of the origin of life?  Robert is a professor of physiology at Michigan State.  It sounds like he was drunk on Darwine when he wrote this.   What’s even more remarkable is that a journal would publish it.  It goes to show that when people cease believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing; they believe in anything.At least their theory shows that the “selfish gene” concept is unworkable, too.  If you retain any hopes that chance will build a ribosome, clear your head with our online book.last_img read more

Warmer weather will persist into fall

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest All data suggests above normal temperatures will persist into autumn. However, it should be noted that the above normal temperatures will be driven more from the night time lows than daytime maximum temperatures. This means we do not expect many days above about 90 for the maximum temperatures. So that is some good news.There is also some more good news. There are rain chances in the next seven to 10 days across Ohio. However, confidence is low on the placement of rainfall. It appears the heaviest rain will be along and east of Interstate 71. Rainfall totals of one to three inches are possible east of I-71 the next two weeks. Normal rainfall is about 1.5 to two inches inches so above normal rainfall is expected there. West of I-71 it is more unclear on how much will fall. We do expect rainfall but the further northwest in the state of Ohio the less. Indiana will see even less rainfall. Rainfall totals northwest of I-71 will be more common less than 1 inch than more. Isolated places could get limited amounts.The outlook for the rest of August calls for temperatures 1 to 5 degrees F above normal and rainfall below normal northwest half and normal or slightly above southeast half.  The outlook for September calls for continued above normal temperatures and rainfall at or below normal.  Evapo-transpiration will also continue at or above normal into September.Looking further ahead, the main pattern change from warmer and drier to cooler and wetter may not come until November or December as a possible La Nina influence kicks in.last_img read more

Micromax Canvas Entice with KitKat 4.4.2 launched

first_imgIndian handset maker Micromax has launched one more smartphone, the Canvas Entice, with KitKat 4.4.2, the latest Android OS.For now, the Micromax Canvas Entice A105 has been listed on Micromax official website without any pricing and availability details.  The Canvas Entice A105 comes with a 5-inch WVGA screen with a resolution of 480×800 pixels.On the specs front, the device has Broadcom’s BCM23550 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor and 512MB RAM. It sports a 5-megapixels main camera and a 0.3 MP front snapper.  The dual-SIM smartphone has 4GB internal memory with option to expand it up to 32GB via microSD card. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0/USB/Wi-Fi connectivity options.The Micromax Canvas Entice packs a 1900mAh battery. As per claim, the battery provides 5-hour talk time and 150-hour standby time.It comes with pre-loaded apps like Opera Mini, M!Games, M!Live, Reverie, Reverie Phonebook, Getit, Bounce Ball Classic, Bubble X Slice and Zombie Smasher.last_img read more