first_imgGAME TO BE PLAYED AT LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL IN PASADENA AND WILL BE SPONSORED BY J. PAUL REDDAM’S CASHCALL & SANTA ANITA PARK ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015)–The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday night at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.“We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad. “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels kids, all of our families and the fans that come to support us. It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes. I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day approach will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School.last_img read more

The Moose angers Alan Brazil as he aims another dig at Scottish football

first_img🤷‍♂️ Moose: ‘I was waiting for the famous Hampden Park roar but all I could hear was the Israel fans’😡 Brazil: ‘You’re so negative. You’re a miserable git!’🥊 Alan Brazil & @BroadcastMoose clash after The Moose was less than impressed by his visit to Scotland.— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 21, 2018 1 But it seems not everyone was so impressed with the game at Hampden, as the Moose angered Sports Breakfast host and former Scotland international Alan Brazil with his verdict…AB: “So Moose, what was your experience like?”IA: “It was ok… I was waiting for the famous Hampden Park roar and it came when they scored goals, but in between all I could hear was the Israeli fans.”AB: “You’re just a miserable git!”It’s not the first time Abrahams has laid into the game north of the border.The talkSPORT reporter angered Scottish supporters – including famous Celtic fan Sir Rod Stewart – when he branded the Scottish Premiership ‘a pub league’ back in August following the Hoops’ failure to qualify for the Champions League.Listen to the talkSPORT duo’s on-air ding dong below!center_img talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams has aimed another dig at Scottish football by criticising the atmosphere at Hampden Park during Scotland’s 3-2 victory over Israel.Celtic winger James Forrest scored a brilliant hat-trick to see Scotland end 2018 on a high by winning their UEFA Nations League group.last_img read more

Animal Olympians Inspire Engineers

first_imgHere are more stories about animals, plants and cells attracting scientists with their astonishing capabilities, proving that biomimetics is one of the hottest trends in science.Nutcracker sweet:  The mantis shrimp won another gold medal after triumphing in the circularly-polarized eye competition.  PhysOrg, New Scientist and Live Science all gave it thumbs up for its club-like hammer claw, found to be the “strongest club in the world” able to deliver a force 1,000 times its own weight without breaking.  Not only that, the clubs accelerate to 10,000 g’s, have the fastest moving parts in the animal kingdom (23 m/sec), and are so durable they deliver a thousand blows before the next molt replaces them.Unsurprisingly, manufacturers of body armor are raising eyebrows with visions of joining the club.  Mantis shrimp use their weapons to break open molluscs and crabs.  They have been known to break aquarium glass with their little karate choppers.  The clubs survive breakage through construction with hard, then medium, then soft layers that distribute the force and inhibit cracks from forming.  The original paper in Science (8 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6086 pp. 1275-1280, DOI: 10.1126/science.1218764 ) calls the claw “A Formidable Damage-Tolerant Biological Hammer.”Al G. Lightner, NRG:  Algae and bacteria accomplish a feat green engineers drool over: the ability to harvest light efficiently for energy.  Artificial fuel cells need their secrets to make green energy competitive with fossil fuels (which, by the way, are by-products of plants that used photosynthesis to make the complex hydrocarbons).  PhysOrg reported on new attempts at Lawrence Livermore Labs to use X-ray diffraction to probe the secrets of Photosystem II, the plant antenna where the magic happens and water is decomposed into hydrogen, oxygen and electrons.  The article paid customary lip service to Mother Nature and long ages without explaining how the complex process arose:For more than two billion years, nature has employed photosynthesis to oxidize water into molecular oxygen. Photosystem II, the only known biological system that can harness visible light for the photooxidation of water, produces most of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere through a five-step catalytic cycle (S0-to-S4 oxidation states). Light-harvesting proteins in the complex capture solar photons that energize the manganese-calcium cluster and drive a series of oxidations and proton transfers that in the final S4 state forms the bond between oxygen atoms that yields molecular oxygen.Overall, though, the article was about how human designers, using cutting-edge tools to probe the “photosystem II complex” for secrets, have been unable to duplicate what single cells accomplish.  “Doing this study was a monumental achievement that required a large team to make it happen,” one noted.  Why so much effort? “We hope to learn from nature’s design principles and apply that knowledge to the design and development of artificial photosynthetic systems.”DNA Disk:  Hey, DNA is already “the molecule that already stores the genetic blueprints of all living things,” PhysOrg says.  Why not use it for a hard drive?  Drew Endy, a pioneer in synthetic biology at Stanford, was interviewed in the article to explain how he intends to “turn the basic building blocks of nature into tools for designing living machines.”  He’s thinking ahead to applications for waste treatment, medicine, manufacturing and others he can’t even imagine.  As for his DNA hard drive, he didn’t say how the USB interface might work, but he did share his feelings a bit: “What we’re likely to end up with will not look like classical electronics. Biology is beginning to teach us how to be a little bit more sophisticated in our engineering designs, which is a lot of fun.”“Biomimetic” is a trendy word more frequently encountered in scientific papers every year, as in this paper’s title, “Biomimetic emulsions reveal the effect of mechanical forces on cell–cell adhesion” (PNAS, June 1, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201499109 PNAS June 1, 2012).  The team in that paper not only studied cells for ideas about adhesion, but used a “biomimetic approach” to doing their science.  The emphasis in these sciences is on (1) understanding and (2) application for the benefit of mankind.Was Darwinism ever “a lot of fun”?  If it was, it was the fun of entertainment: telling tall tales around the cave campfire, not getting at the truth to produce understanding, for the purpose of designing tangible benefits for the world.  All for biomimetics over Darwinism please signify by imitating the mantis-shrimp karate chop on useless speculation. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition launched: Key specs, features, price and everything else you should know

first_imgWith the NEX, Vivo was among the first OEMs to bring the in-display fingerprint sensor phone beginning this year. The rest of the Android smartphone manufacturers followed the trend. With the NEX series, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer takes innovation to an all new level. The company follows the same strategy with the new addition to the NEX series, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition. Vivo launches the long-time rumoured NEX Dual Display Edition in China on Tuesday for a price tag of CNY 4,998, which roughly translates to Rs 52,300.The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition has a lot to look for. Starting from the two screens, to the triple rear camera setup, the Lunar ring with dual LED flash, and the notch less design, Vivo NEX Dual Display is one of the most exciting smartphones that the company has announced in a long time now. The smartphone has been launched in only China for now, and there are no words if the device will head to other markets, including India, anytime soon. As far as we at India Today Tech are aware, the Vivo currently has no plans to bring the NEX Dual Display Edition to India anytime soon.Commenting on the launch of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, Spark Ni who’s the Senior Vice President of Vivo says, “As Vivo’s premium line-up, the NEX series offers not only an extraordinary user experience to consumers, it also unleashes our imagination towards the future of design and development of smartphones. Combining a futuristic dual-display design and innovative technologies, NEX Dual Display Edition demonstrates Vivo’s continuous exploration and pursuit of exceptional innovations for consumers.”advertisementLet’s take a quick look at what the newly launched innovative Vivo phone offers to the consumers.Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition specificationsDisplay: The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes with two screens, one on the front while the other one sits on the back. On the front, the smartphone includes a 6.39-inch Ultra FullView Display with an improved screen-to-body ratio of 91.63 per cent. The Super AMOLED front display “offers a notch-free and immersive viewing experience to users.” Coming to the rear panel display, it’s a slightly smaller one. On the back panel, the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes packed with a 5.49-inch Super AMOLED display.Processor: The Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor like other flagships of 2019.RAM: 10GB RAMStorage: 128GB of internal storage. The phone comes in only one storage variant.Rear camera: The Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition comes packed with triple camera setup on the back panel. The NEX Dual Display Edition’s triple camera setup consists of a 12MP Dual-Pixel main camera featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor and 4-axis OIS, a specialized Night Video Camera, and the third one is a Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Camera. Front camera: There’s no selfie camera on the new Vivo phone.Software: The smartphone runs Funtouch OS 4.5 on top of Android 9.0 Pie.Battery: Under the hood, the Vivo phone includes a 3,500mAh battery with support for 22.5W fast charging.Colours: The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition comes in two colour variants — Ice Field Blue and Star purple.Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition features–Without any doubt, the “Dual Display” is the most highlighting factor about the new Vivo NEX. The smartphone comes with two screens, one of the usual front and the other one of the back side. The front 6.39-inch Ultra FullView Display is notchless and sports minimal bezels on the sides giving the users an “immersive” video experience. The rear panel screen of the Vivo phone is slightly smaller than the front one. On the back, the phone includes a 5.49-inch Super AMOLED display which also works as a normal phone screen. Unlike the front display, the back display of the Vivo phone includes the cameras and a Lunar Ring which equips dual LED flash. Vivo basically lets users switch between the displays by swiping sideways with three fingers.–10GB RAM. This is the first Vivo phone to come with 10GB of RAM memory. Previous we have seen phones like Mi Mix 3 to come with a 10GB RAM variant, and now the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also packs 10GB of RAM. Going by the innovation in the smartphone space, looks like 10GB RAM is going to be the next normal among the Android smartphone OEMs.–Triple cameras of the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition work as both main camera and also selfie shooter. In simple works, with the main 12MP Dual-Pixel main camera the users will not only able to capture a landscape shot but also click selfies. The second specialized Night Video Camera will basically let “users film clear and stable footage in motion and low-light environments”. Lastly, with the TOF 3D Camera comes with 3D sensing capabilities which not only “enables point-to-point distance measuring, but also supports 3D Modeling of the user’s face for enhanced facial recognition, protection and personalized beautification.”advertisement–The Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition camera comes with two modes — Mirror Mode and Pose Director. Explaining the two camera modes Vivo says, “Mirror Mode allows users to see themselves in the rear display while being photographed or filmed, while Pose Director can show a posed image or video in the rear display as reference for imitation. Coupled with other camera modes such as AI Scene Recognition, AI Filters and AI Portrait Framing, along with the diffusion lighting from the Selfie Softlight as part of the Lunar Ring, capturing the perfect shot is easier than ever.” –The Lunar Ring that sits on the rear panel includes dual LED flash which will help users click clear shots in low-light circumstances. The Lunar Ring also creates a “glowing band of colors which can signify notifications and even pulse with music”.Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition price and availabilityThe Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition has been launched in only one variant with 10GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. In China, the smartphone has been priced CNY 4,998, which roughly translates to Rs 52,300. The smartphone has been launched in two colours — “Ice Field Blue” and “Star purple” and both the versions are up for pre-orders on Vivo’s China website and will start shipping from December 29 in the country. As of now, there’s no report if the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition will come to India or not.ALSO READ | Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition launches with 2 screens, 10GB RAM and Lunar RingALSO READ | Vivo V11 Pro Supernova Red variant launched in India for Rs 25,990ALSO READ | Vivo V11 Pro review: Almost perfect for the pricelast_img read more

JIS Employee Goes to Reading University on Chevening Scholarship

first_img “Before I applied, I did research on some of the lecturers and they have done significant work in Africa and some underdeveloped countries, and I am impressed with how their work has impacted communities. I think that through their hands-on experience, I can acquire knowledge that can be used in Jamaica, particularly in rural development,” Miss Palmer tells JIS News. Today, Miss Palmer is preparing to commence a year-long stay in the United Kingdom, beginning September, where she will take up the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarship to read for a Master of Science Degree in Communication for Development, at the University of Reading. Story Highlights For the first three years as a student at Wolmer’s High School for Girls, Shari-Ann Palmer would struggle to maintain passing grades.Improvement came with the support of her mother and her school’s guidance counsellor, but still she describes herself as having been just an average student.Today, Miss Palmer is preparing to commence a year-long stay in the United Kingdom, beginning September, where she will take up the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarship to read for a Master of Science Degree in Communication for Development, at the University of Reading.“I don’t think I have really come to terms with the magnitude of it, but I am elated, excited and ecstatic, but with a little tinge of anxiety about what lies ahead,” the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Public Relations Officer says.She explains that while she did not recognise it at the time, the death of her father shortly before she started high school not only challenged her Christian faith but also significantly impacted her academic performance.“I grew up in a happy family, and being an only child, I was the centre of attention. All of that changed with the death of my father, when my mother really struggled to even send me to school,” she adds.However, drawing on an intrinsic drive to be successful, as well as on the support of her mother and church family, Shari-Ann excelled in her Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and matriculated to the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), where she read for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication, with specialisation in Radio.She was consistently an honours student and graduated cum laude in 2012.She then accepted a summer intern position at the JIS, which later became full-time occupation as an Assistant Television Producer.In 2014, having distinguished herself in the organisation, she was offered promotion to a Public Relations Officer, which included managing communication campaigns on behalf of government ministries, departments and agencies.These roles, which she notes gave her a deep appreciation of the importance of media to the country’s growth and development, are what inspired her to pursue Communications in Development.“Working at the JIS, being on the road, interacting with people at the grassroots level… seeing the whole work of Government and getting people to respond to programmes and policies and to understand how it translates to them and how it benefits them [made me want to focus on how communication can drive development],” she says.The modules in the master’s programme will cover areas such as poverty and inequality, gender, governance and accountability, climate change and food security.“Before I applied, I did research on some of the lecturers and they have done significant work in Africa and some underdeveloped countries, and I am impressed with how their work has impacted communities. I think that through their hands-on experience, I can acquire knowledge that can be used in Jamaica, particularly in rural development,” Miss Palmer tells JIS News.One of her goals after completing the degree is to partner with the relevant stakeholders to start a communication for development degree programme at her alma mater, NCU, which she believes will be valuable in getting communicators to focus their skills at the community level locally.Miss Palmer says she is looking forward to being exposed to the new and varied culture of the United Kingdom as well as the opportunity to travel to other areas in Europe.She is a Sunday-school teacher and Home Bible Study Officer, and holds a place on the national body of the Regional Evangelism and Mission (REAM) Team with her church, Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic. She is also a member of the National Youth Committee of the organisation.Miss Palmer is one of 14 Jamaicans who were selected for the 2017-18 Chevening Scholarships.The British High Commission, in a statement, said the scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential, who also have strong academic backgrounds.The scholarship offers full financial support for individuals to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university.Miss Palmer believes her genuine passion and desire to be able to positively impact her home country is what earned her a place among the 14.“What it means for me is that I am limitless. This, to me, was one of the major things on my to-do list, and the fact that I have accomplished it says to me that there is nothing I can’t accomplish once I put my mind to it and put in the work,” she says. For the first three years as a student at Wolmer’s High School for Girls, Shari-Ann Palmer would struggle to maintain passing grades. last_img read more