McCormack delighted with MVP nod

first_imgSt 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.last_img read more

Moose, You Otter Have Beavers Nearby

first_img(Visited 315 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Once again, scientists conclude that beavers do a lot of good for other animals and plants.Beavers engineer their ecosystems in a way that helps moose and otters (New Scientist). When naturalists re-introduced beavers into parts of Finland, they noticed “increased activity of several species, including moose, otters, and weasels.”Beavers change the environments they occupy in several ways. Their dams flood large areas, creating shallow ponds that harbour lots of invertebrates. The trees they fell create open spaces in the forest where young saplings can grow. When beavers leave a pond and their dams break, the previously flooded area is rich in nutrients and can become a meadow.Felled trees, saplings and aquatic plants can all provide food for moose. Weasels and pine martens feed on smaller mammals, which may benefit from dead trees they can shelter under. Red foxes and raccoon dogs eat frogs, which are plentiful in beaver ponds. Besides feasting on frogs and fish in the ponds, otters make use of abandoned beaver lodges and ice holes during the winter.Bats and waterbirds also join the fun. Beavers, the “ecosystem engineers” behind all this rich ecology, make it happen because of their well-designed teeth, nose flaps for swimming, webbed feet and tails. An old IMAX film, Beavers, showed what happened when a beaver family moved into a Montana community and created a huge lake with their dam.One beaver dam can impound a lot of water. Photo by David Coppedge, Lundy Canyon.The well-made IMAX film is worth watching if you can locate it. You’ll fall in love with the adorable beaver family, as you marvel at how they transform the landscape. Here’s the trailer.last_img read more

Australian Camp Diary – Justin Mitchell

first_imgFollowing the weekend’s training camp in Sydney, Australian Mixed Open squad member, Justin Mitchell tells us about how the camp went and the squad’s excitement in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup. Day One:The Australian Mixed Open are back, hungry for more success after their recent victory at the 2014 Trans Tasman in Mudgee. The team, now back in squad form was re-energised, enthusiastic and excited for the upcoming preparation and journey toward winning the World Cup in April. After a very early start for the interstate players (due to the much anticipated, yet non-existent G20 and its surrounding hype) the squad trickled into the Bankstown fields for training. Familiar faces were instantly recognised and lit up with grins, smiles and laughs instead of hostility recently expressed during the mate against mate, State of Origin battles that occurred earlier in the year.Players were strapped, rubbed and pieced together before going to the first challenge of the weekend…meetings in the clubhouse (of which there were many). We were given a brief flyby introduction to the squad, the expectations and responsibilities, and a reminder what it means to be an Australian representative. Although everyone paid utmost attention during the meeting, minds were no doubt wandering to the upcoming fitness testing.Warmup, fitness, warm down… Although this was a very simple session, it somehow managed to be quite draining. It was quite evident from the fitness results that players have been looking after themselves in the Australian representative off-season. More importantly everyone was very willing and motivated to support each other to pushing through both physical and mental pain to perform, an excellent sign.  Next, video session #1 of … due to the recent expansion of JC’s (assistant coach Justin Creighton) family, we had a Skype hook-up to discuss the finer points of rucking with both JC and his assistant sparky. We quickly absorbed that information and then put it into practice out on the field where we cleaned up the first few touches and corrected some running lines and positions. Another video session (sparky absent) was followed by a hit out of line attack/line defence where we practised some key Mixed specific moves. We finished off the gameplay for the day with a light game against the local Bankstown Men’s side where we  put into practice all that we had been working on during the day. A quick dip in the ice baths before undergoing the final challenge of the day, a surprise late endurance fitness test held at Awafi Chicken where an enormous banquet was provided. Unfortunately, this fitness test was not passed by the Mixed squad as there was still plenty of food left on the table as people slipped into food comas, an area for improvement.Day One complete, great success. Day Two:Early start to make the most of the rainy day. Once again the physiotherapists kindly rebuilt the players and we got stuck into the running again. Mild complaints regarding too much garlic not enough ice-cream during the chicken challenge was the major focus of the warmup. After three sectors with the local Bankstown Jets, and an emphasis on chopping correct holes and presumably thinking??? (chonking for short) we were back into the video session examining some Trans Tasman footage and to discuss team tactics and communication under pressure. During this meeting, unbeknownst to the players and staff, something ominous was lurking in the distance….both a cyclone and the heat of what felt like three suns emerged from nowhere making our remaining sessions both extremely hot and communication near impossible.To finish off an already successful camp, the last session was a good ol’ fashioned full game hit-out. Due to the dwindling numbers of players, this session was quite a challenge as players had to put into practice all they had learned throughout the camp whilst under extreme fatigue. The final whistle blew and there was many sighs of relief. Day two complete. A great weekend that has no doubt inspired the entire squad to do the work off the field to ensure that we give ourselves the best opportunity to be selected in what will be an awesome side and a great adventure.On behalf of the Australian Open Mixed squad, a massive thank you to all those behind the scenes who supported the players over the weekend with sustenance, physiotherapy, guidance, administration and refereeing. Your work is very much appreciated. Related LinksAussie Camp Diarylast_img read more

Aphria shares fall even as it digs in heels to remain on

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. dug in its heels Tuesday, determined to remain on the Toronto Stock Exchange despite a warning from the group that operates the index that pot firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting.Shares of Aphria (TSX:APH), which expanded into Florida in April, closed 13 per cent lower on Tuesday at $6.86, a day after the TMX Group issued a notice that U.S. federal laws which state that marijuana is an illicit Schedule 1 controlled substance take precedence over state laws.Canada’s biggest exchange operator warned companies that operate in states where it is legal that they are not complying with its listing requirements and could face removal from the exchange when it wraps a review at the end of the year.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld, who has maintained that the TMX was aware of its plans to invest in the U.S., said Tuesday the exchange operator’s notice blindsided his company.“This is very irresponsible of the TSX,” he said in an interview.“How in the world are they going to adjudicate and apply a very broad statement like that?”The news came as the Leamington, Ont.-based company started a previously arranged bought-deal financing agreement to raise $80 million, issuing more than 11 million shares at a price of $7.25 per share with an additional option for 1.6 million shares — about five per cent higher than what it was publicly trading for Tuesday.Yet, Neufeld said he has no intention of moving to the smaller marijuana stock-friendly Canadian Securities Exchange even after the Canadian Securities Administrators on Monday issued guidance essentially gave the green light to allow it to continue to house cross-border marijuana companies as long as the listers disclosure certain risks when investing south of the border due to conflicting state and federal laws.“It’s not our preferred option, obviously not. We want to stay on the big board,” Neufeld said. He added that he aims to start a dialogue with the TMX Group to find a “win-win” solution, and has no plans to walk away from their U.S. ambitions.Neufeld said Tuesday that if it cannot reach a compromise with the TMX, there are some other options at its disposal, including a spin-off of its U.S. activities to be listed on the CSE.However, he viewed the TSX notice yesterday as a “door opener” to a conversation, with the hopes of a solution by the end of the year.The duelling messages from the TMX Group and the CSA late Monday triggered a sector-wide selloff on Tuesday, with shares of Canopy Growth down as much as nine per cent, and Emblem Cannabis Corp. shares down as much as 16 per cent before bouncing back slightly later in the day.However, the grey area creates an opportunity for the alternative CSE to ramp up its status as the main access point to Canadian capital markets for cannabis-based companies with U.S. interests.CSE chief executive Richard Carleton said of the 50 or so cannabis-based businesses listed on their exchange, there are about a dozen with U.S. exposure that account for roughly 10 per cent of the trading activity.“It’s quite likely that we’ll see more companies access Canadian public capital markets through us as a result,” he said in an interview Tuesday.Meanwhile, Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Aphria’s main rival that does not have U.S. interests, praised the move, calling it a step in the right direction.“We take our responsibility to our shareholders seriously and as such have chosen to conduct business in jurisdictions where it is federally legal to do so,” Canopy chairman and chief executive Bruce Linton said.Linton added that he believes the CSA’s stance that companies can violate U.S. federal laws regarding marijuana provided that they simply disclose it is “completely ludicrous and no person in Canada would think that’s practical or logical.”– with files from David Hodges in Torontolast_img read more

Aphria signs medical marijuana supply deal with company in Paraguay

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. — Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has signed a letter of intent to supply a company in Paraguay with medical cannabis.Under the agreement, Aphria will supply Insumos Medicos S.A., a pharmaceutical manufacturing, import and distribution company.Aphria says Insumos will undertake the registration of the Canadian company’s products in Paraguay and the appropriate licensing for the import of medical cannabis.Paraguay will become the Ontario company’s third market in Latin America, following Argentina and Colombia.Aphria has been under pressure in recent days after short-sellers alleged the company bought assets in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica at “vastly inflated prices.”The company has denied the allegations, but it has appointed a special committee to review the acquisitions. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:APHA)last_img read more

Can Katie Ledecky Break The 8Minute Barrier

Ledecky tends to pace herself about a half-second faster (per 50 meters) in the 400. She swam the middle lengths of her pre-Olympics 400 record in an average of 30.2 seconds, compared with 30.7 in her 800-meter record. If she follows a similar pattern this time, she’ll need to approximately match that 30.2 — which she can do by essentially swimming exactly her 400-meter race, plus an extra 400 meters in the middle at around 30.4 seconds — barely slower than her worst split in that event of 30.3.This is a tall order, indeed. But there are reasons to think it’s not impossible. Ledecky improved her best time in the 200 meters by 0.68 seconds, and in the 400 meters by 1.91 seconds. Let’s compare those improvements to what she needs for eight minutes: First, a note on how fast eight minutes would be: Since the ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits in 2009, no woman other than Ledecky has managed to swim under four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle. So eight minutes would literally mean swimming 800 meters faster than anyone else can swim half the distance. But while that sounds crazy, it’s not out of character: Ledecky already swims the 1,500 meters at a faster pace than any other woman swims the 800 meters, and her present 800-meter time would already put her in the 10 fastest women in the 400 meters in the textile era.So can she do it? Perhaps even now?It would definitely take an incredible effort, great even among her great efforts. Using her splits from these Olympics and from her previous best times at each distance, I’ve constructed what this hypothetical 7:59.99 swim would look like, and it doesn’t look easy: We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics.So far in these Olympics, the 19-year-old freestyle swimming sensation Katie Ledecky has won four medals for the U.S., three of them gold, and shattered the 400-meter world record in stunning fashion. She has just one event left in these games, and it’s the one that rocketed her to prominence in 2012: the 800-meter freestyle. She swam a leisurely 8:12.86 in her qualifying heat on Thursday, which is both an Olympic record and faster than any other woman has ever swum this distance. A repeat swim in the final would assure her a gold medal.Ledecky’s world record in this event — set somewhat unexpectedly at the Arena Pro Swim Series in January in Austin — is 8:06.68. Even before these Olympics began, people have started to wonder whether she might — someday — be able to achieve the unthinkable: A per-lap improvement over 800 similar to what she has done in the 200 and 400 would put her within a few seconds of eight minutes.Does her preliminary time tell us anything? A time of 8:12.86 is a far cry from 8:00, and many of the best world records set in these games have been preceded by near-misses in the earlier rounds. But as a distance event, and as close to guaranteed of advancing as is possible, Ledecky’s time doesn’t tell us much. She was in a comparable situation in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, when she put up 8:19.42 in her preliminary heat, a full 8.42 slower than her then-world record of 8:11. And here’s how that turned out: She went on to break her record by 3.61 seconds (shattering what was then an 8:10 barrier in the process).A similar 12.08-second improvement on her leisure heat this year would be 5.9 seconds faster than her record, and would put her at 8:00.78. While a jump that large isn’t necessarily implied by the fact that she has done it before, it at least suggests that such an improvement — which would only be slightly larger than what her times and trends already suggest — is credible. And when you’re that close to such a milestone, who knows. A slightly faster reaction time here, a slightly longer sprint at the end there — plus it will be her last race of the games so she should hold nothing back — and the impossible looks a lot more plausible. read more

Mens Basketball What you should know about Ohio States new assistant coaches

Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon speaks to the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAt a press conference to announce the firing of former men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta on June 2, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said that all three assistant coaches – Chris Jent, Greg Paulus and Dave Dickerson – were on staff and would still be doing their jobs unless they found new opportunities.Ten days later, the Buckeyes announced that Butler’s three assistant coaches – Terry Johnson, Ryan Pedon and Mike Schrage – would be joining their recently-departed boss, Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann, in Columbus.None of the three assistants have spent more than three years coaching with Holtmann, but each brings at least nine seasons of experience coaching at the collegiate level to Ohio State.Ryan PedonPedon, a native of Columbus, grew up a 10-15 minute drive from Ohio State’s campus. Since then, Pedon said, he had become less connected to the area due to his professional life taking him out of the city. But since he grew up in the shadows of Ohio State, Pedon said his familiarity remains strong.The new Buckeyes assistant said no Ohio State coach had defined regions in which to recruit, but he noted that since he has roots in Ohio, he believes it is ultimately important to keep local prospects in the state.“I think you have to look at when this program was at its best, different time periods throughout the past 30, 40, 50 years, why was it? And the common denominator is that kids from this state have been Buckeyes,” Pedon said.Pedon, who played college basketball at the College of Wooster, began his coaching career as an assistant at Miami (Ohio) in 2005. He stayed until 2010, then headed north to be an assistant coach and work as the recruiting coordinator at Toledo. After winning just four games in Pedon’s first season, the Rockets took off in year two, winning 19 games.After his third year in Toledo, the charismatic Pedon departed for Illinois, where he was assistant to the head coach. Then in 2015, Pedon was hired by Holtmann as an assistant coach at Butler where he spent the past two years.When he learned of Ohio State’s interest in Holtmann, he had just one thought swimming through his mind.“I hope he takes the damn job. I hope he takes the job because it’s a hell of a job, to be honest with you,” Pedon said.Since he decided to join Holtmann in Columbus, Pedon hasn’t focused on any long-term goals. He said he’s just focused on the process and improving each day.“We’re not necessarily focused on the prize that awaits us two weeks from now or three weeks from now or five months from now, we’re more focused on the day-to-day,” Pedon said. “And we just feel like if you stack enough good days upon each other over and over and over and over, you do the right thing over and over and over and over, we believe great things will happen.”He learned that philosophy from three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Walsh’s book, ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself,’ which former Butler coach Brad Stevens introduced to him.Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson answers questions from the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTerry JohnsonFor the first time in over a decade, Johnson was forced to picked his family up and moved out of Indiana. Johnson also worked at Butler as director of basketball operations from 2004-2006. He left to continue his coaching career as an assistant coach at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he spent one season before returning to Butler. The former longest-tenured member of Butler’s coaching staff began his stint as an assistant in Indianapolis, in 2007 when now-Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens hired him. After Stevens left for the NBA in 2013, Johnson remained on the staff when Brandon Miller was hired as the replacement and stayed when Holtmann replaced Miller a year later.“My time at Butler was great. Couldn’t nothing replace those memories,” Johnson said Thursday while meeting with the media for the first time since his hiring. “I was there, like you said, for a decade. My wife is a Butler graduate. I lost my last high school game at Butler. The morning of my wedding, I was hooping at Butler. My twins took my first few steps on Hinkle (Fieldhouse). There’s so much there at Hinkle that nothing could replace that.”But when Holtmann presented Johnson with the opportunity to coach at Ohio State, the longtime Butler assistant knew the moment had come to leave.“The opportunity just presented itself to me,” Johnson said. “I really never know what’s in store for me, but some feeling inside of me was like, ‘it was time.’ Wherever it came from, I believe in my faith, and I just kind of followed it.”Johnson served as the defensive coordinator at Butler, but said he and the staff don’t have defined coaching role yet. Before the staff looks toward the fall, it will be working tirelessly on the recruiting trails, a point Johnson reiterated constantly.Ohio State assistant coach discusses the upcoming season on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMike SchrageSome coaches are lucky enough to learn their craft from a living legend. Schrage worked with a pair: Indiana’s Bob Knight and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who he called two of the best, if not the best.Schrage spent four seasons – from 1994-98 – working as a student manager for the Hoosiers, then was Duke’s academic and recruiting coordinator from 1999-2002 and director of basketball operations from 2002-08.“I learned a lot of basketball from coach Knight. For that to be my foundation, who I thought was an encyclopedia of X and Os and basketball, I took in so much,” Schrage said. “Then nine years of (Krzyzewski), you learn so much about basketball. But communication with players, teambuilding, he is so good along those lines.”Though it’s almost unfair to level this type of comparison on a Holtmann who was leading Gardner-Webb just four years ago, Schrage believes Holtmann compares favorably to Krzyzewski.“His ability to communicate, connect with guys remind me of (Krzyzewski). It reminds me of coach K who I worked for at Duke,” said Schrage, who mentioned he would’ve followed Holtmann anywhere.Schrage continued, praising Holtmann’s ability to get every player, from star to walk-on, to buy into the team vision. read more

OxladeChamberlain living his dream at Liverpool

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted that it was a career-changing moment for him when he decided to join Liverpool and he can’t even say how much he has been enjoying playing for the Reds.The England international joined Liverpool back in summer from Arsenal and he has been doing really well as he has found his spot in Jürgen Klopp’s starting eleven and he has been enjoying the support given by the fans.The former Gunner spoke about his feelings as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:“Even when we were doing our walk before the game (on Saturday), the buzz around the city at the moment is amazing.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“As a player, you can’t thank people enough for that, they are the moments you dream of as a young lad.”“To play for a club like Liverpool that has support like this and to see the appreciation from the fans, it just makes me want to go on the pitch and every time we can keep making them happy.”“I love it. It’s not hard to go and enjoy it when you go out there and you hear the fans singing.”“It’s not hard to enjoy your football here, really. It helps when your form’s going well and when the results are going for us like they are at the moment.” “We’re in a good spell at the moment, it’s really enjoyable, but we need to keep focused and I need to keep focused to keep performing at this level and improve to help the team move forward.”last_img read more

Sanchez insists that Colombia will not just focus on Mane

first_imgColombia defender Davinson Sanchez has denied that they will be solely focusing on marking Sadio Mane in today’s final Group H game against SenegalJosé Néstor Pékerman’s side needs the win at the Samara Arena in order to progress to the next round of the World Cup with Colombia currently in third place in Group H and a point behind Senegal and leaders Japan.But Sanchez, who knows just how good Mane is after playing against the Liverpool forward for Tottenham last season, insists that himself and his fellow defenders will be concentrating on all the Senegal players – not just their star man.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“We know he’s an extraordinary player with a great season behind him, but we are going to focus on all Senegal’s qualities and we have to realise that we can hurt them,” said Sanchez, according to BT Sport.“I’ll repeat, he’s had a great season in the Premier League, but we need to look at ourselves in terms of our morale and the style of play that has allowed us to be here today.”The two nations will face each other at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Dyche opened up on the transfer difficulties

first_imgIt has been becoming more and more difficult for the smaller teams to compete during the transfer windows as the prices have been getting insanely higher and it has become impossible to sign a player for a reasonable amount of money.Sean Dyche insisted that for his Burnley, it is very difficult to compete during the transfer window as even the newly promoted teams have got more finances than them.The talented coach spoke about this situation as he said, according to Lancashire Telegraph:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Brighton’s owner is very wealthy, Fulham’s owner I’m told virtually a billionaire. There’s no jealousy. They’ve all got their own ideas of what they want to do. I want to do a bit of that but I wouldn’t do it at the cost of a club, it’s just not right.”“The challenge is opening the club’s mind enough to go some way to keep up because the whole of the football business is saying ‘all the best with that, we’re going up here’. Stretch and not break. It’s not easy.”last_img read more