Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her ministry will be looking to pick up on a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007 in an effort to make sports a serious foreign-currency earner.In an interview with The Gleaner following welcome home celebrations for the island’s teams to the Carifta swimming and track and field championships, at the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport earlier this week, the minister outlined that she hopes to market Jamaica as a sports tourism destination and training facility.”When I became minister in 2007, I had submitted a proposal to UNESCO to do a pre-feasibility study on Jamaica as a training facility for various sporting disciplines. That pre-feasibility study was funded and was actually done by someone from the University of Technology (UTech). The results were submitted to UNESCO and they were about to fund the feasibility study when we demitted office; and so we are gonna pick up where we left off, because I know that Jamaica is a brand and we should exploit that brand,” she outlined.”We can be that training facility, we can be the centre of sports tourism, the centre of culture tourism and we can be the centre of a creative industry, where Jamaica can say to the world, here we have the facilities. We have the infrastructure and we have the people with the skills to be able to provide what you need. Come to Jamaica,” she pointed out.
Biomimetics is the new science of imitating nature – but why not save a step, and just copy the design directly? That’s what Aussie and British researchers did. They wanted a self-cleaning surface that could repel moisture and dust, so they made a template of an insect wing. And why not? “Insects are incredible nanotechnologists,” reported Science Daily. Their wings are self-cleaning, frictionless and super-water-repellant. Insect wings have these properties due to their properties at the scale of billionths of a meter. “For instance, some wings are superhydrophobic, due to a clever combination of natural chemistry and their detailed structure at the nanoscopic scale,” the article said. “This means that the wing cannot become wet, the tiniest droplet of water is instantly repelled. Likewise, other insect wing surfaces are almost frictionless, so that any tiny dust particles that might stick are sloughed away with minimal force.” That’s a dream surface for many human applications. Instead of having to invent a surface by imitation, the research team is developing a way to use the wing as a natural template to cast a polymer surface that duplicates the exact structure of the wing onto silicone gel. “One of the advantages of this approach is that no prior ‘design’ of the surface of the material is needed and so the team can exploit the enormous diversity of surface types from different insects and so produce materials with specific characteristics.” Evolution was only mentioned once in the opening paragraph: “The surfaces of many insect wings have evolved properties materials scientists only dream of for their creations.” Evolution and creation sometimes make strange bedfellows.Next time you see a tiny little gnat flying around, take a better look at it. Would you have thought that its wings have such amazing properties that top researchers want to copy it? Who trained those little insects to be “incredible nanotechnologists”? Good grief, evolution has nothing to do with it. This is design from beginning to end. It’s design in the tiniest of flying creatures that is so good, materials scientists “dream of their creations.” Humans create; so does their Creator. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but plagiarism is copying some other Designer’s work without giving credit.Program Note: this is the 600th entry in Creation-Evolution Headlines tagged with “Amazing Facts.” Follow the Chain Links back through the past 9 years and you will find a wealth of incredible facts about design in nature. That’s plenty of material to leave Charlie perpetually sick, wondering how his hopeless little speculation will ever explain them. He gets sicker listening to the joyful sound of Christians across town singing with more and more gusto, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Six Boeing 737s will transfer to Malta Air. Photo: Ryanair. Nobody in Europe could miss the news release sent out by Ryanair last week. “Ryanair, Europe’s favorite airline, today (August 25) welcomed confirmation from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that it remains the world’s favorite airline after IATA’s latest World Airline Transport Statistics showed Ryanair once again carried more international customers than any other airline,” it said.The low-fare carrier last year became the first airline in the world to carry more than 100 million international customers in one year. This is significantly more than longer established airlines such as Air France, British Airways and SAS, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary, or Qantas in Australia.Ryanair was set up the Ryan family in 1985. Its first route was a daily service on a 15-seater Embraer Bandeirante turboprop aircraft, operating from Waterford in the southeast of Ireland to London Gatwick. Ryanair’s first cabin crew recruits had to be less than 5ft 2ins tall in order to be able to operate in the tiny cabin of the aircraft. It carried just 5,000 passengers that year.In 1986, Ryanair obtained permission from the regulatory authorities in Ireland to challenge the British Airways and Aer Lingus’ high fare duopoly on the Dublin to London Luton airport. Services were launched with two 46-seater turboprop BAE748 aircraft.With two routes in operation, Ryanair carried 82,000 passengers in its first full year in operation. It acquired its first jet aircraft by leasing three BAC1-11 aircraft from the Romanian state airline, Tarom. The aircraft arrived on a full wet lease, with Tarom providing all the pilots and engineers to enable Ryanair to operate the aircraft.With the arrival of these jet aircraft, Ryanair increased its network with 15 scheduled routes from Dublin to Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff, and opens up new routes from Luton to Cork, Shannon, Galway, Waterford and Knock in the West of Ireland.By 1990, Ryanair carried 745,000 passengers but financially the airline did not perform well. After three years of rapid growth in aircraft, routes and intense price competition with Aer Lingus and British Airways, Ryanair had accumulated large losses and was forced to go through a substantial restructuring.The Ryan family recapitalized the airline, appointed new management including current chief executive Michael O’Leary and decided to copy the Southwest Airlines low fares model, while at the same time take advantage of the liberalization of intra-European Union (EU) aviation.The DNA of the re-launched Ryanair was low fares, a single aircraft type, quick aircraft turnaround times at airports and a rigorous de-bundling approach to ancillary services – in other words, all extras had to be paid for, including checked-in luggage, printing of boarding passes at the airport, drinks and meals.In the past few years, Ryanair has softened its hard-line, often consumer unfriendly behavior and embarked on what it calls “Always Getting Better” (AGB) customer improvement program.Under this AGB initiative, Ryanair now has a generous – often more generous than so called full service carriers cabin bag allowance – offering two free carry-on bags of which one up to 10kg and reduced penalties for failing to print out boarding passes.It introduced allocated seating and started flying into primary hubs such as Rome Fiumicino and Brussels, moving away from “secondary” airports. It also introduced new uniforms and is rolling out new aircraft interiors featuring slimline seats, more leg room, coat hooks, LED lighting and less of the bright yellow branding.The strategy of being “nice” is paying off, big time. Dublin-based Ryanair is now Europe’s largest airline in passenger numbers operating more than 350 Boeing 737-800s on more than 1,800 daily flights from 84 bases, connecting over 200 destinations in 33 countries. It has a further 315 Boeing 737s on order.The Irish low-fare carrier also leads IATA’s top five of airlines carrying the most passengers on international routes. Four of the five airlines in this league table are European, while three of the five airlines in the IATA top five of system-wide passengers (domestic and international) are from the U.S. IATA each year compiles the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance.The 60th edition was released recently. It reveals that world’s airlines carried 3.6 billion passengers on scheduled services in 2015 —the equivalent of 48% of the Earth’s population.Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers. The regional ranking (based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region) is:1. Asia-Pacific 34% market share (1.2 billion passengers, an increase of 10% compared to the region’s passengers in 2014)2. Europe 26.2% market share (935.5 million passengers, up 6.7% over 2014)3. North America 24.8% market share (883.2 million, up 5.2% over 2014)4. Latin America 7.5% market share (267.6 million, up 4.7%)5. Middle East 5.3% market share (188.2 million, an increase of 8.1%)6. Africa 2.2% market share (79.5 million, up 1.8% over 2014).The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried (domestic and international) were:1. American Airlines including operations of US Airways: 146.5 million2. Southwest Airlines: 144.6 million3. Delta Air Lines: 138.8 million4. China Southern Airline: 109.3 million5. Ryanair: 101.4 millionThe top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried on international routes were:1: Ryanair: 101.4 million2. EasyJet: 62.6 million3. Emirates: 51.03 million4. Lufthansa: 46.9 million5. British Airways: 36.9 million
16 January 2014Floyd Mayweather, universally recognised as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday. The boxing great will spend a week in the country in a bid to boost boxing in the Rainbow Nation.Mayweather’s visit came about after an approach from South Africa’s Department of Sport and Recreation. His schedule will include an exhibition in a gym in Soweto, and visits to Bloemfontein and East London. He is also hoping to visit Robben Island to view the late Nelson Mandela’s former jail cell.On his tour, Mayweather will conduct motivational talks with amateur and professional boxers, interact with local promoters, and engage with the corporate sector to mobilise funds to support South African Boxing.Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday that the boxing legend’s visit had not cost his department a cent.‘No expense’“There was no expense involved from government’s side, so you can rest assured that not a cent from the tax payers or the department has been used to support this endeavour,” Mbalula said. “We would not have been able to afford Mayweather anyway, because his fee for one fight alone is more than a quarter of the budget for the Department of Sport and Recreation! This is good will on his behalf.”Interviewed on Radio 702, Mbalula said: “Floyd Mayweather has done exceptionally well for himself and for humanity in terms of the sport of boxing. He is one of the champions of the world at the present moment. He is the Muhammad Ali of our lifetime.”In recent times, boxing administration in South Africa has been mired in controversy, but Mbalula said he was focused on turning the fortunes of the sport around.“I am on a roll in terms of reviving boxing, and there’s no better person to partner with. I’m very happy that Floyd has agreed to come here, and I think there are greater things to come out of this for the sport of boxing and the partnerships we are looking forward to building with him.“He will come inspire us to succeed with the sport that is so loved by our people, but is a sleeping giant in this country. This is part of the reawakening of the giant,” Mbalula said.Unbeaten over 45 fightsNicknamed “Pretty Boy” and “Money”, Mayweather is unbeaten in a 45 fight career, which began in late 1996. His record includes 26 knockouts, but he has seldom been challenged even in points victories, thanks to his speed, movement and punching accuracy. He has won eight world titles in five divisions.Mayweather’s career is littered with impressive victories, including a seventh round knockout of South Africa’s Philip Ndou, who at the time of their bout in 2003 sported a record of 31 fights and 30 wins by knockout.Mayweather’s other victories have included defeats of Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto.According to a number of sources, his net worth is in the region of US$172-million (R1.87-billion).‘Rejuvenating our sport’Gideon Sam, the president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), said in a statement on Thursday: “A visit from a truly global fight icon, like Floyd Mayweather, is right on the money in terms of rejuvenating our sport and awakening the sleeping boxing giant in South Africa.“The timing of his visit could not have been better as it slots perfectly into the resolutions of last year’s important Boxing Indaba and the implementation process,” Sam said.“I have no doubt that those privileged to be in the areas that Mr Mayweather visits will be abuzz with excitement and eager to soak up his experience and tips to promoters, trainers and coaches.”Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy commented: “We welcome Mayweather to our country, and we are fortunate to have a renowned boxing champion visit our nation and interact with our athletes. We hope the excellence Mayweather has shown in the sport of boxing will encourage and motivate our boxers to aim higher and excel at international level.”
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LONDON — Legions of bridge players in Britain may feel they’ve been dealt a rotten hand after a court decision endorsed an earlier ruling that the popular card game is not a sport.A High Court judge on Oct. 15 backed Sport England’s assertion that bridge is not a sport because it does not involve physical activity. English Bridge Union officials had challenged the ruling in court.Judge Ian Dove said in his ruling that he had not been tasked with answering the “broad, somewhat philosophical question” of whether bridge is a sport but simply whether Sport England had committed any legal errors in reaching its conclusion.The decision will affect possible lottery funding for bridge tournaments. Advocates for bridge had claimed that Parliament recognizes “mind sports” that build mental acuity.Disheartened bridge advocates say the “old fashioned” definition means that model airplane flying is viewed as a sport while bridge is not.“An opportunity has been lost to enhance an activity which has substantial benefits to wide sections of the community,” said Jeremy Dhondy, Chairman of the English Bridge Union.Sport England officials said they recognize how challenging and popular bridge has become but that playing the game does nothing to improve the country’s physical fitness levels.Director Phil Smith said the court ruling “confirms that we have acted correctly by adopting a definition of sport that requires physical activity.”The agency, which plays a role in distributing national lottery funds, also does not view chess as a sport.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir was left out of Pakistan’s 15-man preliminary World Cup squad but will feature in their warm-up games against England, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Thursday.Since producing a match-winning three-wicket haul in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Amir has taken just five one-day international wickets in 101 overs at an average of 92.60 per wicket.The 27-year-old, however, will get a chance to impress the selectors in a limited-overs series against England, which begins with a Twenty20 in Cardiff on May 5.Big-hitting batsman Asif Ali also features in the 17-man group for the England games, with Pakistan having until May 23 to finalise their World Cup squad.BREAKING: Pakistan have announced their #CWC19 squad. pic.twitter.com/NBlvAc2vboCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 18, 2019″Asif is probably the best power-hitter in Pakistan, while Amir has the experience and a good record in England,” Inzamam-ul-Haq, former captain and chairman of Pakistan’s selection committee, said in a statement.”These two will provide cover to the World Cup squad and can be drafted into the side by May 23, if required.”Abid Ali was preferred to Shan Masood as Pakistan’s backup opener after the 31-year-old right-hander scored a century on debut against Australia last month.Experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was also selected in the World Cup group but subject to passing a fitness test ahead of the tournament.”Yesterday we got a boost when he started playing with a tennis ball with his doctor confirming he will be available for selection for the series against England,” Inzamam added.advertisement”Our World Cup opener is on May 31 against the Windies, which is still six weeks away, and wePakistan World Cup Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper and captain), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib MalikAlso Watch | 2019 World Cup: Out-of-form Hashim Amla makes 15-man South Africa squadAlso Watch | Dinesh Chandimal not named in Sri Lanka’s 15-member squad for 2019 World CupAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup
Recommended for you Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2015 – South Caicos residents are paying considerably higher fares for domestic air travel due to a change in the schedule at InterCaribbean Airways. Recently, Member of Parliament for the District, Hon Norman Saunders responded to the question on the issue on RTC radio and said it is a grave inconvenience which even impacts patients at the hospital. “Because now instead of getting to Grand Turk even at 10 o’ clock which is considered late for many things that South Caicos residents would want to do in Grand Turk, you cannot get to Grand Turk before 11 o’ clock now.”Hon Saunders continued, “the arrangement the government had was that South Caicos patients visiting the Grand Turk hospital would normally go up in the morning and come back in the afternoon. That is almost impossible now, they will not get to Grand Turk before 11 o’clock and depending on the circumstances they will have to overnight so that is an extra cost for the Government.”The Member is calling on Government to intervene; calling the situation ‘drastic’. The Premier had promised that he would get all of the stakeholders together to resolve the issue. The change was conveyed to Saunders days before it took effect on October 11. Airline tickets are as much as $100 more for travel out of South Caicos. Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, norman saunders, south caicos Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Close A British government-backed review released on Thursday (14 May) is seeking billions of dollars to fund the development of 15 new antibiotics to counter antibiotic resistance.The review, led by former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim ONeill, said the lump sum payments could add up to $16-$37bn (£10-23.5bn) over 10 years, but should only be made when companies have fully developed a successful bug-killing drug.Seen in a global context, and compared to the cost of inaction, its actually peanuts. Critically linked to that were also calling for an innovation fund, about $2bn perhaps over five years, that the pharmaceutical industry itself essentially finances, ONeill said.The review says that companies that develop new antibiotics should be awarded prize money of up to $3.5bn for each new drug, instead of selling the medication at a profit.Because if you come up with the specific incentives and rewards were suggesting to get them to produce more drugs, its essentially giving them a lot of financial relief. So we think its only right that they play a role in financing the research at the early stage, ONeill added.The prizes, of between $1.5bn and $3.5bn, should be funded in part by the pharma industry itself, ONeill said, probably also with input from national governments and the global taxpayer.I think the proposal were suggesting is better than what the pharma industry would like itself, which is much higher prices so they can just charge a lot more for it. I dont think that would be a better option for every individual in this country and elsewhere in the world, he said.The successful drugmaker would then be required to make no profit from its sales of the drugs to governments and healthcare providers around the world, ONeill added, saying this approach would de-link the profitability of a drug from its volume of sales.I think there are two core problems. Theres a demand problem and a supply problem. The paper weve published today focuses all about the supply issues of getting more drugs, he saidIn recent years, bugs resistant to multiple drugs have evolved at the same time as drugmakers have cut back investment in finding new ways to fight them, creating a global health threat as superbug strains of infections like tuberculosis and gonorrhoea have become untreatable.ONeill, who was asked last year by British Prime Minister David Cameron to take an economists view of the problem, said far too little is currently invested in hunting for new drugs against drug-resistant infections.In his initial report, ONeill estimated that anti-microbial resistance (AMR) could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100tn by 2050 if it is not brought under control.ONeill has also proposed that a $2bn innovation fund financed by drug companies should be created to invest in early-stage research and speed up development of new medicines to fight drug-resistant superbugs.Sally Davies, the UK governments chief medical adviser, welcomed ONeills latest report, saying it would stimulate important conversations between governments, pharmaceutical companies and other funders.