Campion, Immaculate too strong for rivals

first_imgCampion College and Immaculate Conception High showed that they were a class ahead of the rest as they comfortably retained their respective titles at the Mayberry Investments High Schools Swim Meet on Friday at the National Aquatics Centre, Independence Park, National Stadium complex.Campion retained the boys’ title with 419 points, finishing well ahead of Wolmer’s Boys’ (366), Jamaica College (282), Hillel Academy (166), and Calabar High (91).Immaculate blew away their opponents in the girls’ category with a whopping 634 points. Campion College (354) were second, followed by St Andrew High (282.50), Wolmer’s Girls’ (137) and Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) 57.There was also a two-team tertiary competition, which saw the University of the West Indies (316 points) reign over Caribbean Maritime Institute (121).The high-point trophy winners with the best individual scores were:Boys 12 and Under:- Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys’, 41 points, while recent Carifta Swim Championships record breaker Emily MacDonald led the girls’ age group for Campion College with 45 points.In the age 13-14 category, Jordane Payne of Wolmer’s Boys’ scored 43, while Immaculate’s Karci Gibson had 31.Chay Stewart of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Anjuii Barrett of Campion (girls) topped the 15-16 age group with scores of 43 and 41 points, respectively.The 17 and over boys went to Jamaica College’s Yonatan Goren, courtesy of 37 points, and Gabrielle Hopkins of Immaculate won the female award with 32.SEVEN INDIVIDUAL RECORDSSeven individual records were broken at the meet, including a double by MacDonald in the girls 12′ and under 100 and 200m freestyle events.Dominic Mullings set new marks in the boys’ 12 and under 100 and 200m freestyle, while Kyle Sinclair also broke the 50 and 100m freestyle records.The other record fell to Britney Williams in the girls 13-14 200m freestyle, while two relay records were also broken – by Wolmer’s Boys’ in the 15-16 200m freestyle and the UWI women in the 17 and over 200m freestyle.last_img read more

Red Sox power to World Series victory over Dodgers, take Game 1

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits an RBI fielders choice to score Brian Dozier during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson fails to catch a hit by Boston’s Andrew Benintendi (not pictured) during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Dodgers …last_img read more

Raiders’ Kolton Miller feels ready for key matchup vs. Broncos

first_imgOAKLAND — It’s not hard to believe Kolton Miller when he says he’s feeling better these days.He’s more comfortable in his second year as a left tackle in Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s system and is no longer bothered by the right knee and elbow injures that affected most of his rookie NFL season.Miller knows, though, that the guy he’ll likely be lining up against Monday night at the Coliseum — Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb — will also be better in year two as a pro.“He’s got more …last_img read more

EWT making tracks in conservation

first_imgKelly Marnewick, the EWT’s carnivore conservation specialist, hopes to developa more effective conservation plan for the vulnerable cheetah.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Marnewick tracks cheetah in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria.(Image: Mike Tippet) Marnewick with her dog Diesel, who is trained to sniff out cheetah droppings. MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayley Komen  EWT communications manager  +27 11 372 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • Cheetah guru wins Tyler Prize • Biggest nature park in the world • Kruger Park marks 110 years • West African lion linked to Asiatic cat • Raggies to help shark conservationEmily van RijswijckFrom fitting flappers to alert large birds to the dangers of power lines, to counting South Africa’s cheetah population in the Kruger Park through an ingenious tourist photographic competition, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is leaving its mark on nature conservation in the country.With 38 years of hands-on conservation experience in Southern Africa, the small NGO has projects on the go in all nine South African provinces as well as in Kenya, Botswana and Uganda. It is also currently collaborating on projects with countries such as Tanzania, Namibia and Sudan.After so many years the EWT’s main focus continues to be the initiation and maintenance of on-the-ground conservation research and activities.Among its success stories are greater conservation efforts for the African crane and South Africa’s many vulture species, as well as getting communities more involved in conservation efforts.Spotting the cheetahEWT specialists are deployed throughout Southern Africa to engage in applied fieldwork, research and communication with relevant parties. One such specialist is Kelly Marnewick, the EWT’s manager for carnivore conservation.Tracking South Africa’s most elusive big cat, the cheetah, is her passion. She is now busy with her doctorate which focuses on cheetah living outside protected areas, and plans to use her research to determine the status, range use and habitat selection of these animals.In the end, she hopes to come up with a better conservation plan for the magnificent cats, which are listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in future.“We really know almost nothing about these animals. There is limited data available on cheetah.”Marnewick has been tracking cheetah with her sniffer dog Diesel for many years now and with her contagious enthusiasm for wildlife, has been instrumental in changing the attitudes of farmers in the areas where she works. Some farmers view wild animals such as the cheetah as vermin, and will readily destroy them either in retaliation for livestock theft, or in anticipation of the killing of livestock.Free-roaming catsCheetah are elusive creatures, roaming over large tracts of land in order to avoid confrontation with their arch enemies, lion and hyena – in protected reserves these two predators are responsible for most cheetah deaths.Marnewick tracked a cheetah over a remarkable range of 1 500 square kilometres.“Cheetah do not recognise international boundaries and this means that our conservation planning also needs to break down boundaries,” she said.A long-term goal for the EWT is to increase the number of free-roaming cheetah in South Africa.The idea is to connect smaller South African reserves, especially in Kwazulu-Natal and the Waterberg area of Limpopo, with those in Botswana and Zimbabwe as well as the Maputo Elephant Reserve where free-roaming cheetah populations occur in stable numbers. The Limpopo cheetah population is already connected with Botswana and Zimbabwe.These areas have several small reserves with cheetah reintroduced, and the long term plan is to develop mechanisms where the animals can move freely between these reserves and negate the need for intensive management of their populations, said Marnewick.Cheetah thriving in KrugerThe Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga is home to the country’s only unmanaged, viable cheetah population. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African lowveld, this world-famous reserve of nearly two-million hectares is one of the country’s top tourist destinations and home to the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.Every five years the EWT holds a cheetah tourist photographic survey to establish population numbers in the park. The results of the last survey, conducted in 2008/2009, revealed that the park has an estimated 400 of these mammals.This is a healthy number for cheetah, confirmed Marnewick, “but we are not going to sit back and relax.”Fulltime cheetah project Complimenting Marnewick’s research, the EWT recently appointed Vincent van der Merwe as a fulltime project coordinator to focus exclusively on cheetah in small fenced protected areas. In South Africa, cheetah have been reintroduced into 37 reserves and a population of approximately 280 cats now occurs in fragmented subpopulations.“The need to manage these fragmented populations as a meta-population was identified as a key conservation issue at a habitat viability assessment workshop for cheetahs in South Africa,” said Marnewick.In addition, Van der Merwe will also build up a national DNA database for the species over time.Marnewick warned that the reintroduction of cheetah into small fenced areas in the long run is not a good option for the survival of the species, because it leads to gene pool deterioration.The best option is to come up with creative conservation efforts. Both cheetah and wild dogs have the ability to survive and breed in human-dominated landscapes under the right circumstances.Threats to survivalWhether captive or free-roaming, the cheetah faces many challenges. About 80 animals are killed each year through incidents such as road deaths, snares, hunting and habitat destruction.Intelligent animals, these cats also make fantastic pets, said Marnewick. As a result, the legal and illegal trade in live animals is making a huge dent in populations.To address the trade threats to leopard and cheetah, the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, in conjunction with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), is implementing a project to assess the scale and impact of consumptive utilisation of leopard and cheetah, and their body parts.Marnewick says the EWT will continue to work closely with all concerned parties including the government, NGOs and other industry members.“We want to ensure that trade in these two species is managed in a sustainable way and that the populations of these key species in South Africa thrive.”And then there is the conflict with landowners. The largest part of South Africa’s cheetah population occurs outside protected areas on privately owned cattle and wildlife ranches. Marnewick has found over the years that the only way to change perceptions among farmers about cheetah is to support the information with “hard facts”.But she has also found that in general there is more tolerance to carnivores on farmlands than before.International collaborationThe EWT also has the weight of major international conservation agencies behind its efforts.In 2006 the IUCN’s Cat and Canid Specialist Groups, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London, initiated a rangewide conservation planning process for wild dogs and cheetah.Conservation groups put wild dogs and cheetah together because they have similar needs and face similar threats.Three regions were defined to assist in this process: East Africa, Southern Africa and North and West Africa. The EWT is the country partner for the Southern African region.“This means that our work, as defined in the South African national action plan, is supported through this regional project,” said Marnewick. “It holds a lot of respect due to the affiliation with the IUCN and the experienced, respected people who head up the process.”EWT fundraising and marketing manager Vanessa Bezuidenhout added: “I think it is time that we in South Africa realise what we have and what we stand to lose.”last_img read more

Who Needs a Bigger Boat? — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDa dum… Da dum… Da dum da dum da dum… There’s something fishy about this cache. Just south of Ocean City, Maryland on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean lives a geocache that’s protected by a giant great white shark named “JAWS”. Ocean City has had several great white sightings in recent years, but ‘Who Needs a Bigger Boat -GC1QNP0’ gives a shark sighting experience without the real danger. The cache owner encourages you to take pictures in the boat and with the shark. 2 Leaves wanted to create a family fun cache that everyone can enjoy, smile, or laugh at.After warding off JAWS, head into the woods to the guarded camouflaged treasure and claim your smiley! Details:Name: Who Needs a Bigger BoatCache type: TraditionalGC code: GC1QNP0Cache by: 2LeavesD/T rating: D1/T1.5Location: Maryland, United StatesCoordinates: N 38° 17.428′ W 075° 08.996′Link to cache page: coord.info/GC1QNP0 Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedHorka Pumpenhaus — Geocache of the WeekNovember 23, 2016In “Community”B-24J “Liberator” — Geocache of the WeekApril 25, 2018In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

PBA: TNT fends off Columbian to inch closer to no. 2

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Barangay Ginebra is the other only team left to challenge ElastoPainters for the second spot, having three games more left to play in the first round.“Our focus now is to win our last game this Sunday. The rest? We have no control over it. Whatever happens, happens,” Ravena said.TNT closes out its elimination round campaign against ousted NorthPort this Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.Columbian ended the conference with a 4-7 record but is still set to play yet another game—a waiting one—as its bid for a playoff berth now lies on the results of Magnolia, Alaska, and NLEX’s last two games.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Jayson Castro leads TNT KaTropa. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — TNT grabbed the lead early and held off Columbian’s last-ditch rally for the 101-98 win Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.“We knew how important our last two games our. So we stuck to the plan,” KaTropa coach Bong Ravena said. “There were lapses.”ADVERTISEMENT “Knowing the game, [situations like these happen] … I hope it just doesn’t happen again,” Ravena, in Filipino, said of TNT’s near meltdown. “Fortunately we had a cushion.”The Dyip managed to narrow the gap to just three points in the final 48 seconds of the game behind Rashawn McCarthy, but Columbian’s skipper missed a chance to send the game to overtime as his attempt from top of the rainbow only hit the rim’s front iron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTNT drew 20 points from its grizzled playmaker Jayson Castro, while Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario each pumped in 19 markers. Two more members of KaTropa posted 12 or more points.The victory propelled TNT—now 7-3—closer to idle Rain or Shine, which half a game ahead at no. 2, to stay in the hunt for the last twice-to-beat incentive. Zion Williamson in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event TNT 101 – Castro 20, Reyes 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 14, Williams 12, Heruela 8, Taha 4, Carey 2, Semerad 2, Washington 1, Cruz 0, Trollano 0, Miranda 0.Columbian 98 – Perez 22, McCarthy 17, Camson 14, Corpuz 13, Calvo 13, Khobuntin 11, Faundo 4, Reyes 3, Celda 2, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0, Cahilig 0.Quarters: 20-19, 47-37, 80-67, 101-98.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more