St George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.
A section of the gathering at the launching of the “Say YES!” campaignThrough the use of the Arts, music and drama, among other creative avenues, the School of the Nations in partnership with Government is pushing this campaign to help deter youths from the path of negativity.Principal of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole said that this campaign is taking a different approach from what young people may be accustomed to. It’s meant to be as creative as possible while delivering the message that they should not participate in any illegalities but focus on the positive aspects of life.“Instead of that, we want to look at those issues that are totally new issues facing the youths of the world particularly the stuff that is on the internet but to present it in a way through arts and music and drama so that we can look at the creative ways to put over these messages. [Ways] which look at the challenges that our youths face in terms of alcohol, drugs, violence, the internet, bullying. But to try to do it in a new way because our youths are tired of old people like myself getting up and pontificating and telling them what they should do.”According to Dr O’Toole, the shooting incident that he was involved in some 11 weeks ago at his residence propelled such an initiative because it had a domino effect on other schools in the country as well as Guyana’s image in the international arena where many questions are being asked.“Of what kind of society we have? Is this a place we want to invest in? And I am 95 per cent certain that the shooting was related to the horrible video game fortnight which, incidentally, Prince Harry has now started a campaign in England to ban that game. So this whole night is about our response at Nations but not the solution but we are in the process of launching a very exciting campaign, the Yes Youths Can Move The World campaign.”According to School of the Nations’ Principal, the time is ripe for focusing on the positive aspects of the country. In fact, this is the aim of the new campaign that was launched on Thursday night at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Georgetown. According to Dr O’Toole, this campaign is the response of School of the Nations to such extreme violence, and while it is not the solution, it is a step in the right direction.He added that instead of all the negatives, “what we want to do is change the discourse a little bit or not a little bit, we want to change the discourse significantly to what are we going to do to face that kind of mayhem. What happened to a sad little 17-year-old who jumps out of the bushes and shoots three times with the intent to kill? What creates that?”Additionally, he said that already the support for this campaign has been tremendous, both the Government and the Private Sector have signalled their commitment to being a part of it. Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, posited that such an initiative should be adopted and promoted by all.
Fulham’s senior players were the most prominent during a docile first 20 minutes at Craven Cottage.Scott Parker, protecting the back four, was neat in possession while Hugo Rodallega’s movement gave Wolves’ back four a workout.The Colombian was the first to work either keeper, as his deflected shot was comfortably claimed by Carl Ikeme.Parker then almost found Rodallega’s head with a lofted pass but it was just beyond the striker.Cauley Woodrow squandered the clearest chance when he blazed over the bar from just inside the box.Wolves have looked to counter down the flanks but full-backs Jack Grimmer and Kostas Stafylidis have kept the doors closed, with Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov dominant in the air.Whites boss Kit Symons named an attacking side, with Lasse Vigen Christensen making a quicker than expected recovery from a hamstring problem. Fulham: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, Fofana; McCormack; Rodallega, Woodrow.Subs: Kiraly, Burn, Kavanagh, Roberts, Ruiz, Williams, Dembélé. Wolves: Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Doherty; Evans, Price, Henry, Edwards, Sako; Clarke.Subs: Kuszczak, Saville, Ricketts, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs, Dicko.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Nnamdi Asomugha made a name for himself in the Bay Area. First with Cal’s football team, then with the Raiders, and finally with a cameo with the 49ers.He was a shutdown corner who didn’t get a lot of traffic in his prime, so reluctant were opposing quarterbacks to throw his way. Respected, cerebral, professional and above all that, talented. A first-round pick by the Raiders in 2003, Asomugha was twice voted All-Pro in his eight seasons in Oakland. His departure in 2011 was a huge blow to …
How is a cell like a computer? Some Yale scientists asked that question, and embarked on a project to compare the genome of a lowly bacterium to a computer’s operating system.1. Their work was published in PNAS.2 As with most analogies, some things were found to be similar, and some different – but in the end, these two entities might be more similar overall in important respects. The interdisciplinary team, composed of members of the Computer Science department and the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department, calls itself the Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Recognizing that “The genome has often been called the operating system (OS) for a living organism,” they decided to explore the analogy. For subjects, they took the E. coli bacterium, one of the best-studied prokaryotic cells, and Linux, a popular Unix-based operating system. The abstract reveals the basic findings, but there’s more under the hood:To apply our firsthand knowledge of the architecture of software systems to understand cellular design principles, we present a comparison between the transcriptional regulatory network of a well-studied bacterium (Escherichia coli) and the call graph of a canonical OS (Linux) in terms of topology and evolution. We show that both networks have a fundamentally hierarchical layout, but there is a key difference: The transcriptional regulatory network possesses a few global regulators at the top and many targets at the bottom; conversely, the call graph has many regulators controlling a small set of generic functions. This top-heavy organization leads to highly overlapping functional modules in the call graph, in contrast to the relatively independent modules in the regulatory network. We further develop a way to measure evolutionary rates comparably between the two networks and explain this difference in terms of network evolution. The process of biological evolution via random mutation and subsequent selection tightly constrains the evolution of regulatory network hubs. The call graph, however, exhibits rapid evolution of its highly connected generic components, made possible by designers’ continual fine-tuning. These findings stem from the design principles of the two systems: robustness for biological systems and cost effectiveness (reuse) for software systems.We see they have already concocted a curious mixture of designer language and evolution language. The design language continues in the heart of the paper. Design principles, optimization, constraints, frameworks, interconnections, information processing – these engineering phrases are ubiquitous. Consider this paragraph that starts with “master control plan.” They applied it not to Linux but to the cell, which is found to have many similarities to the master control plan of the computer operating system:The master control plan of a cell is its transcriptional regulatory network. The transcriptional regulatory network coordinates gene expression in response to environmental and intracellular signals, resulting in the execution of cellular processes such as cell divisions and metabolism. Understanding how cellular control processes are orchestrated by transcription factors (TFs) is a fundamental objective of systems biology, and therefore a great deal of effort has been focused on understanding the structure and evolution of transcriptional regulatory networks. Analogous to the transcriptional regulatory network in a cell, a computer OS consists of thousands of functions organized into a so-called call graph, which is a directed network whose nodes are functions with directed edges leading from a function to each other function it calls. Whereas the genome-wide transcriptional regulatory network and the call graph are static representations of all possible regulatory relationships and calls, both transcription regulation and function activation are dynamic. Different sets of transcription factors and target genes forming so-called functional modules are activated at different times and in response to different environmental conditions. In the same way, complex OSs are organized into modules consisting of functions that are executed for various tasks.And yet, on the other hand, the team felt that both the cell and Linux vary under processes of evolution:Like biological systems, software systems such as a computer operating system (OS) are adaptive systems undergoing evolution. Whereas the evolution of biological systems is subject to natural selection, the evolution of software systems is under the constraints of hardware architecture and customer requirements. Since the pioneering work of Lehman, the evolutionary pressure on software has been studied among engineers. Interestingly enough, biological and software systems both execute information processing tasks. Whereas biological information processing is mediated by complex interactions between genes, proteins, and various small molecules, software systems exhibit a comparable level of complexity in the interconnections between functions. Understanding the structure and evolution of their underlying networks sheds light on the design principles of both natural and man-made information processing systems.These paragraphs provide a flavor of the basic assumptions of the paper: that cells and OSs are analogous in their design principles and in their evolution. So what did they find? Their most eye-catching chart shows that Linux is top-heavy with master regulators and middle management functions, whereas a cell’s transcription network is bottom-heavy with workhorse proteins and few top management functions. The illustration has been reproduced in an article on PhysOrg with the interesting headline, “Scientists Explain Why Computers Crash But We Don’t.” A table in the Discussion section of the paper summarizes the main similarities and differences they found. Here are some noteworthy examples:Cells are constrained by the environment; Linux by the hardware and customer needs.Cells evolve by natural selection; Linux evolves by designers’ fine-tuning.Cells have a pyramid-shaped hierarchy; Linux is top-heavy.Cells don’t reuse genes much, but Linux reuses function calls often.Cells don’t allow much overlap between modules, but Linux does.Cells have many specialized workhorses; Linux concentrates on generic functions.Cell evolutionary rates are mostly conservative; in Linux, they are conservative to adaptive.Cell design principles are bottom up; in Linux, they are top down.Cells are optimized for robustness; Linux is optimized for cost effectiveness.The differences seem to be winning. Cells and Operating Systems have different constraints; therefore, they have different design principles and optimization. But not so fast; the team only studied a very lowly bacterium. What would happen if they expanded their study upward into the complex world of eukaryotes? Here’s how the paper ended:Reuse is extremely common in designing man-made systems. For biological systems, to what extent they reuse their repertoires and by what means sustain robustness at the same time are questions of much interest. It was recently proposed that the repertoire of enzymes could be viewed as the toolbox of an organism. As the genome of an organism grows larger, it can reuse its tools more often and thus require fewer and fewer new tools for novel metabolic tasks. In other words, the number of enzymes grows slower than the number of transcription factors when the size of the genome increases. Previous studies have made the related finding that as one moves towards more complex organisms, the transcriptional regulatory network has an increasingly top-heavy structure with a relatively narrow base. Thus, it may be that further analysis will demonstrate the increasing resemblance of more complex eukaryotic regulatory networks to the structure of the Linux call graph.1. An operating system is the foundational software on a computer that runs applications. A useful analogy is the management company for a convention center. It doesn’t run conventions itself, but it knows the hardware (exhibit halls, restrooms, lights, water, power, catering) and has the personnel to operate the facilities so that a visiting company (application) can run their convention at the center.2. Yan, Fang, Bhardwaj, Alexander, and Gerstein, “Comparing genomes to computer operating systems in terms of the topology and evolution of their regulatory control networks,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published online before print May 3, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914771107.This is a really interesting paper, because it illustrates the intellectual schizophrenia of the modern Darwinist in the information age. It might be analogous to a post-Stalin-era communist ideologue trying to recast Marxist-Leninist theory for the late 1980s, when the failures of collectivism have long been painfully apparent to everyone except the party faithful. With a half-hearted smile, he says, “So we see, that capitalism does appear to work in certain environments under different constraints; in fact, it may well turn out to be the final stage of the proletarian revolution.” Well, for crying out loud, then, why not save a step, and skip over the gulags to the promised land of freedom! You notice that the old Darwin Party natural-selection ideology was everywhere assumed, not demonstrated. The analogy of natural selection to “customer requirements and designers’ fine-tuning” is strained to put it charitably; to put it realistically, it is hilariously funny. The authors nowhere demonstrated that robustness is a less worthy design goal than cost-effectiveness. For a cell cast into a dynamic world, needing to survive, what design goal could be more important than robustness? Linux lives at predictable temperatures in nice, comfortable office spaces. Its designers have to design for paying customers. As a result, “the operating system is more vulnerable to breakdowns because even simple updates to a generic routine can be very disruptive,” PhysOrg admitted. Bacteria have to live out in nature. A cost-effective E. coli is a dead E. coli. The designer did a pretty good job to make those critters survive all kinds of catastrophes on this planet. The PhysOrg article simply swept this difference into the evolutionary storytelling motor mouth, mumbling of the bacterial design, that “over billions of years of evolution, such an organization has proven robust.” That would be like our communist spin doctor alleging that the success of capitalism proves the truth of Marxist doctrine. A simple bacterial genome shows incredibly successful design for robustness when compared to a computer operating system, albeit at the cost of low reuse of modules. But then the authors admitted the possibility that eukaryotes might well have achieved both robustness and modular reusability. That would make the comparison to artificial operating systems too close to call. If we know that Linux did not evolve by mutations and natural selection, then it is a pretty good bet that giraffes and bats and whales and humans did not, either. That should be enough to get Phillip Johnson’s stirring speech, “Mr. Darwin, Tear down this wall!” to stimulate a groundswell of discontent with the outmoded regime. May it lead to a sudden and surprising demise of its icons, and a new birth of academic freedom.(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Centre has agreed for a tripartite meeting to discuss various political issues concerning the Gurkhas, including the demand for a separate State of Gorkhaland, Kalimpong legislator Sarita Rai said on Friday. The Home Ministry spokesperson did not comment.Large-scale violence was reported in Darjeeling in West Bengal and nearby areas controlled by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in June last year, claiming the lives of 11 persons.Ms. Rai, who led the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) delegation, said they met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba who had assured them that the talks would be held by November after Durga Puja. None from the West Bengal government attended the meeting.“ We called off the strike last year after an appeal was made by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. From that time we were seeking tripartite talks. …it is a political issue,” she said.Asked what would be the fate of the talks since there was no representative from the West Bengal government, Ms. Rai said, “We are from West Bengal. I am hopeful that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee agrees and she has already said it is a political issue.”She said they had asked the Home Ministry to send a fact-finding team to survey the areas. “Around 5,000 youth face criminal action and are away from home. I don’t know if cases are fabricated. We have met the Chief Minister and raised that cases against political leaders should be withdrawn. It has not been done yet,” she said.The GJM is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and has been pushing for a separate State for the Nepali-speaking Gurkhas. The decades-old demand revived last year when Ms. Banerjee announced that Bengali would be made compulsory in schools.
The State government will request the new Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to talk to his counterpart in Jammu & Kashmir for revenue land to construct two state-of-the-art tourism resorts in that State. Senior officials said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting to review the proposal for setting up tourism resorts in J&K and Ladakh this week. As per protocol only a Governor can request for facilitating joint agreements or collaboration on projects with another State being ruled by a Governor. Mr. Fadnavis has asked the State Tourism Department to send a team to survey land in J&K and simultaneously urge the Governor to forward the proposal to Satya Pal Malik, his J&K counterpart, according to senior officials. Mr. Koshyari recently replaced Ch. Vidyasagar Rao as Governor. “The Chief Minister has asked us to put together the final blueprint and forward it to Governor House. A letter will be drafted to the honourable Governor requesting him to facilitate the land deal. Since there is no democratic government in J&K, we (State government) cannot directly deal with the Governor,” said a senior official of the Maharashtra Tourism Department.Maharashtra and Karnataka have become the first States, following the abrogation of Article 370, to stake claim over land for development purposes in J&K. Maharashtra Cabinet cleared a proposal for the setting up of a tourism resort last week. Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal had recently said the government was keen on catering to mountaineering tourists and those on pilgrimage as part of the plan. But senior officials said so far no final proposal has been put together, and a team will visit J&K to first survey the land. Last month, Mr. Rawal met Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in New Delhi to present his demands, which included land for the resorts.Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his speech in Parliament on the abrogation of Article 370 had said the bifurcation of the State (J&K) would open up the path of development, including construction projects and industries. The State government and Tourism Board will soon allocate funds for the same, the Minister had said. “The resorts will cater to not only tourists from our State but to everyone who visits J&K on a religious pilgrimage. Ours will be the first State to service this class of tourists in the entire country,” Mr. Rawal had said.
In red hot form after back-to-back wins, Kochi Tuskers Kerala would be aiming to halt Kolkata Knight Riders’ three-match winning run when the two sides face off at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.A few days ago Kochi Tuskers were all about a struggling bunch. After a couple of meek performances – against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India – things have changed dramatically.After beating heavyweights Mumbai Indians and defending champions Chennai Super Kings, Kochi have suddenly become giant-killers from underdogs. If the win over Mumbai brought Kochi to the limelight, the latest win against Dhoni’s boys will surely give some jitters to table-leaders Knight Riders.The new-look KKR under Gautam Gambhir in the remaining three matches have showed why they are billed one of the favourites with three clinical wins — against Deccan Chargers (away) and Rajasthan Royals (home and away legs) — to take the pole position.Having turned the tide in their favour, Knight Riders will have some anxious moments against the resurgent Kochi, which has a former Knight in their ranks in McCullum.In McCullum and skipper Jayawardene, Kochi have an explosive opening while in experienced former India players in Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Aussie all-rounder Brad Hodge, they have a formidable middle-order.Their bowling – in Rudra Pratap Singh, R Vinay Kumar, Lankan Thisara Perera and old warhorse Ramesh Powar – may look the weak link but in the Twenty20 scheme of things it’s difficult to underestimate any. After their “choke” in Chennai, Knight Riders have been super cool in their approach.advertisementTheir top batsmen in Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary have been solid. Their bowlers too have hit the purple patch especially after Brett Lee and Shakib al Hasan joined to bolster the side.The bowlers led by Lakshmipathy Balaji’s three wicket haul bundled out Royals for 81 for an eight-wicket win in their previous match.
Amol Mazumdar.The thing about national sports headlines is, until a player makes the grade in representing the country, regardless of his domestic greatness, he remains an India aspirant.I must admit having interviewed Amol Mazumdar a few times over, seldom was it for his heroics with the bat. Excepting when he became India’s highest scoring domestic run maker. On most other occasions it was about dissecting his Shardashram team mate Sachin Tendulkar’s many international landmarks or a word on their good times together.Amol would once share how he and his gang got sev puris for Sachin, celebrating his birthday, as he couldn’t fetch one for himself from the street like the rest of us could. But not just Sachin?, cricket in India today, is big enough for most India cricketers even with modest records to get mobbed. Despite playing the country’s most popular game for 22 years, Amol could never experience such fan frenzy. All because he could never play for India.Calling it a day from all forms of domestic cricket, Amol philosophises, “I always lived on hope.” The closest he came to earning a India cap he thinks was in 1996 when he struck almost 4 back to back hundreds at the biggest possible domestic games. “I scored hundreds in Ranji quarters, semis, finals and a 97 in Irani Trophy. That’s when I think I came the closest. Also perhaps in 2004 but India was going through a generation shift then,” he recalls.Part of that generation shift were Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Each of them were also in the running with him to break into the Indian middle order in mid 90’s ?and each of them made the grade.advertisementThe other fellow, his school mate, Sachin was by that time competing in a different space, with Brian Lara to be regarded the best batsman in the sport. Yet Amol does not blame destiny for this. “To be honest, I was plain lucky to have been born in that era. It was a fantastic era to have played cricket in. You had four greats playing for India – Tendulkar, Dravid, Sourav and VVS.” Amol did get a break in a tour game against visiting South Africans in 1996 in which he could only mange 23 and 13. Laxman was also playing that game. Amol never got a trial game again. “They went on to play 125 Test matches each without a break, so it was very tough to break in at that time. You have got to accept it and move ahead,” he says. Unlike today for a great part of Amol’s playing days, cricketers didn’t make as much money if they missed the bus of playing for India. He admits being ‘disappointed’ missing out on IPL action but unsurprisingly IPL talent scouts didn’t find merit in picking him for T20 action. ?By 2008 when IPL begun, he was far too deep into his career to change his batting style. Amol himself recalls the his record breaking 260 on debut for Mumbai had not a single lofted shot.That debut innings with water tight technique playing for Mumbai in 1993-94 raised expectation that another Achrekar product could go on and achieve big things. Tendulkar and Kambli had already set the world on fire with their heroic starts to international careers and perhaps he would be the next one. Sadly much like that defining day in 1988 when Sachin and Kambli scored the unbeaten Harris Shield 664 runs record partnership and a padded up Mazumdar never got in, his India career never arrived. Even as he battled to fulfill his Indian dream, he played 16 straight years for Mumbai cricket winning many a Ranji trophies, with one as captain.An Achrekar pupil cannot fail in thanking his guru and Amol did not fail in visiting the Dronacharya awardee on his retirement day. “I met him this morning and he didn’t say much. He smiled, so I knew he was happy. I just want to thank him. Without him, I would not have been the cricketer I am,” goes his thanks giving.Retirement day interviews can get you into reflective mode but the man who calls his career ‘a solid satisfying one’ has now long come to terms with the disappointment of failure to taste international cricket. His school friend and superstar to the world, Sachin Tendulkar tweets, “One thing that #AmolMuzumdar always missed, the element of luck. Always dedicated and pursued his talent with passion and sincerity.”He’s been serving the Netherlands cricket team as a batting consultant as he dabbles between coaching and media work. Maybe its time to make up for that missed luck in a new innings.advertisement
Washington: British star and former world number one Andy Murray paired with his brother Jamie to beat Wimbledon finalists Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the first round of men’s doubles at the Washington Open. The Murray brothers were competing together for the first time since 2016. On Wednesday, the British pair won the last eight points to defeat their French opponents 6-4, 6-7(7), 10-5 for a berth in the second round where they will face third seeds Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand, who defeated Germany’s Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 in another first round match, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It was a good atmosphere. It felt like there were some good points and quick reactions out there,” said Andy. “I’m in a much better place than I was last year. Physically, I’m so much better now. To be competing again and pain-free is brilliant.” Andy has been plagued by a series of injuries in recent seasons and had a hip operation in January. He started to play matches since June but has been limited in doubles events. They won two ATP Tour doubles titles at the Valencia Open in 2010 and the Tokyo Open in 2011 as well. Jamie won last year’s doubles event with Brazilian player Bruno Soares in Washington. The Washington Open will end on August 4.