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Camperdown beat St Hugh’s in netball thriller

first_img Camperdown drew level twice in the third quarter, but St Hugh’s maintained their lead going into the final quarter 27-24. It was an exciting and thrilling affair in the final quarter, as at one stage, Camperdown went up by four goals at 29-25, before St Hugh’s rallied to even the score before the team traded goals. At full time, both teams were tied at 34-34. With several of the St Hugh’s players showing fatigue and making several errors, Camperdown took charge in extra time to pull off a four-goal victory. Goal shooter Kadie-Ann Dehaney top scored for St Hugh’s with 36 goals from 60 attempts. Camperdown’s goal attack, Ramone Lawrence, had 30 from 37 and goal shooter Idora McCarthy, 15 from 24. Winning coach Wayne Stewart was very elated after his team’s victory. “Both teams came out and played hard, as St Hugh’s are a good team, but I like the way my girls played this evening. They have been fantastic all season, and it was one of the best finals I have seen. “We had beaten them before, and we were very confident that we would have won again. When we took the four-goal lead in the first minute of overtime, I knew then that it was over,” said Stewart. Gaynstead High and Camperdown High were crowned new champions in the urban area, while defending champions Denbigh High and Holmwood Technical retained their rural titles in the finals of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association netball competition at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday. The match of the day was the urban senior finals between Camperdown and last year’s beaten finalists, St Hugh’s High, where the large crowd in attendance was treated to a thriller. The game went into overtime, and Camperdown emerged 45-41 winners. Both teams were meeting for the second time this season, and Camperdown maintained their dominance over their rivals. In the first game, they won by four goals, and yesterday’s game was no different. It was Camperdown who came out of the blocks the quicker of the two as they raced to a 5-2 lead. St Hugh’s rallied to level at 6-6 before Camperdown took a 9-8 lead after the first quarter. For most of the second quarter, only one or two goals separated the teams before St Hugh’s jumped into a 19-15 lead at half time. Exciting affair DOMINANT HOLMWOOD In the rural junior finals, Denbigh got the better of Knox 28-22, while in a one-sided senior finals, Holmwood picked up their 11th title after crushing first-times finalists Titchfield 49-25. Goal shooter Tracy Ann Francis was in fine form for the champions, scoring 48 goals from 54 attempts. Gaynstead created history in the urban junior finals, as the Dalton Hinds-coached team defeated many-time champions the Queen’s School 25-21. Goal shooter Kelsey James top scored for Gaynstead with 18 from 22 attempts.last_img read more

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JIF Hailed A Success: JAMPRO Says Opportunities for Major Investments

first_img Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (June 26), Manager for Sales and Promotions at JAMPRO, Ricardo Durrant, said that the forum sparked great interest among potential investors, with good leads and the potential for major projects. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is reporting that the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) was a success and has created opportunities for sound investment projects. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is reporting that the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) was a success and has created opportunities for sound investment projects.The forum, held from June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, focused on six priority sectors – agri-business, business process outsourcing (BPO), energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism.Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (June 26), Manager for Sales and Promotions at JAMPRO, Ricardo Durrant, said that the forum sparked great interest among potential investors, with good leads and the potential for major projects.“Over 400 persons attended the forum, of which some 200 were in the investor category, and these investors held over 100 meetings over the two days with key sector leaders and government ministers who attended,” he informed.Mr. Durrant said that the main sectors of interest are logistics, energy and tourism, and “we are also seeing interest in cybersecurity, which is a direct result of the work that we have been doing in the BPO sector and our information technology infrastructure”.He pointed out that a cybersecurity hub will enhance the country’s capabilities in banking, BPO, and other data-sensitive industries.The investors at JIF came from 18 countries across the globe, including Japan, Singapore, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, United States of America and the Caribbean.Mr. Durrant noted that more than 80 per cent of the investment interests have top-level positions in their companies, such as presidents, vice presidents and chief executive officers.“These are key decision-makers, and when they meet with other decision-makers, it makes them comfortable, as they have discussions and meetings and are able to move their projects along,” he pointed out.Mr. Durrant said that with the strong leads and deep interest, the next level is to work with the potential investors “to ensure that these investments are landed properly and effectively”.“We estimate that combined, these investors are managing funds of over US$100 billion, and if we can get those projects landed in Jamaica, you can see the effect it will have on our gross domestic product (GDP) growth, our employment and all the things that we want to achieve in Jamaica,” he said.On her part, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, told JIS News that the forum achieved its main objectives of connecting with new investors to attract more interest from the global investor scene, progressing existing investment interests, and attracting international media.“So, on all those fronts, we have succeeded as we have actually brought on board new investors; we have connected with existing investors right across the board, and particularly in the six sectors that we targeted; and had some 15 international media houses attending,” Miss Edwards said.She noted, too, that several persons remained after JIF to deepen conversations and investigation of Jamaica.“A conference is really just the start of a relationship, as investment happens between people who are in a relationship and who are in a relationship with a country that they want to invest in.“So JIF opens doors for us, sets a stage for us, provides a platform for us and now, the next step for JAMPRO is to follow up on those investment interests that we have stimulated and awakened. It is for us to hold the hand of these investors and take them through the next steps in their progression of investment,” Miss Edwards said.The staging of JIF in 2012 and 2015 were huge successes for JAMPRO, attracting some US$300 million in investment and generating some 7,000 jobs. The forum, held from June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, focused on six priority sectors – agri-business, business process outsourcing (BPO), energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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LeSean McCoy Says Feud Over With Osi Umenyiora

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora have been feuding mostly through social media for about a year now, and it was some of the most hilarious and personal attacks athletes have taken to each other.So, it is with some sadness that McCoy said on a Philly radio station that the two star players have ended their mano-a-mano back and forth. They agreed, according to McCoy, to put aside their differences and squash it after the Eagles pulled out a victory over the Giants on Sunday“I think after the game, it’s time to get over this Osi-and-LeSean thing, because after the game (Umenyiora) said ‘You’re a heck of a player. We’re in this business. Let’s get over this,’ ” McCoy said in an interview with SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.“(Umenyiora) said ‘Let’s be done with it.’ Being a bigger man, also for myself, you’ve got to focus on the Giants, they’re a good team already. My goal is not an inter-division battle with Osi. It’s with the Giants, and trying to get to the Super Bowl,” McCoy said.So, where did the drama between the Pro Bowlers begin and why? That is unclear. However, it can be traced back to Mother’s Day, when Umenyiora posted on his Twitter account: “Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!”McCoy came back at the Giants’ defensive stalwart. He Tweeted that Umenyiora was “soft” and “overrated,” which are fighting words to a defensive lineman who takes pride in his acumen like Umenyiora.And so, Umenyiora came back in the summer by calling on McCoy on Twitter “Lady Gaga” and “she,” which are fighting words to a running back who takes pride in his acumen and toughness like McCoy.It seemed to have died down after that. But last week, during an interview fore ESPN’s E:60 program, McCoy called Umenyiora “a ballerina in a Giants uniform.”Instead of escalating the feud from there, the men called a truce. But it was good while it lasted. read more

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Mice and possibly humans make their own morphine

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — New research has confirmed that mice have the biochemical pathways required to manufacture morphine from intermediates. Morphine is a powerful drug usually derived from the opium poppy, but scientists have long speculated animals may be able to synthesize it, especially as they have brain receptors responding specifically to morphine. Tetrahydropapaveroline (THP) and other alkaloid precursors of morphine have been discovered in brain tissue and urine, but until now animal studies were largely inconclusive because of the difficulty of excluding environmental contaminants. The new research gives more conclusive evidence that excludes the possibility of contamination. Researcher Dr Meinhart Zenk, from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St Louis, Missouri, injected mice each day with THP and other morphine precursors and then analyzed the mouse urine samples. The potential precursors injected into the mice were labeled with deuterium and could therefore be distinguished from any morphine contaminants found in the environment or in the food. The alkaloids were isolated from the urine and then examined using mass spectrometry.The analyses identified a number of intermediate steps in the biochemical pathway between THP and morphine. One of these was a four-ringed molecule called salutaridine, a metabolite of THP found in the biochemical pathway that synthesizes morphine in the opium poppy. When they injected salutaridine into the mice they found thebaine, a five-ringed opiate in the urine. Injecting thebaine resulted in codeine, morphine, and a third opiate, oripavine, being identified in the urine.Dr Zenk said the later stages of morphine production are the same in the opium poppy and mammals, but the stages preceding salutaridine differ in that the precursor has an extra hydroxyl (OH) group in animals. The difference is enough to suggest the morphine pathway in mammals and plants evolved independently.Zenk and his colleagues did not find morphine in the mouse blood or tissues, and so the research does not prove the morphine produced was used for any purpose such as pain relief, or that it was involved in an addiction. It does not prove that humans and other mammals also possess the same biochemical pathways, but it seems likely since traces of morphine have been found previously in human urine as well as mouse urine.The team plans to use more sensitive techniques to identify traces of morphine in tissues, and further research is needed to identify enzymes involved in the biochemical pathways. More work also needs to be done to show whether or not the endogenous morphine exists naturally and has a significant function, although Zenk said because morphine is found “we have to consider that there must be a function for it.” One of the future research projects Zenk hopes to do is to find out if people suffering from pain have raised levels of endogenous morphine.The paper is published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Explore further More information: Urinary excretion of morphine and biosynthetic precursors in mice, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print April 26, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.1003423107 Citation: Mice (and possibly humans) make their own morphine (2010, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-mice-possibly-humans-morphine.htmlcenter_img Unlocking the opium poppy’s biggest secret (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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