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McLeod can give Ja a medal in 110m hurdles

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first_imgJAMAICA is yet to win a medal in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships, but history is on the horizon. Two athletes, Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, with strong medal prospects in the event will represent the island at the 2015 Beijing World Championships. The country’s best placing in the event at these championships came at the 2009 Berlin meet where Maurice Wignall finished fifth and Dwight Thomas seventh. World leader Orlando Ortega of Cuba, with a winning time of 12.94 seconds at the Paris Diamond League, will not be in Beijing and as a result of this, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod will go into the championships as the top seed, following his personal best of 12.97 to win at the Jamaica National Senior Championships in June. Only one other athlete, defending champion, American David Oliver, with 12.98, has gone sub 13 seconds this season. With no one taking the event this season by ‘storm’, Jamaica’s top two – McLeod and Hansle Parchment, with a season best of 13.08 – both have glorious opportunities to put their names and the country’s into the history book. Parchment does have the potential to go sub-13 seconds, as a year ago in Monaco he raced to victory in a personal best of 12.95. However, he has not competed since the June Trials. With world record holder Aries Merritt of the United States and France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde both struggling for good form, this will be a wide open race. After a wonderful 2015 season on the collegiate circuit where he dominated his peers, McLeod looks set to go much faster than his 12.97 best.He has an excellent start and good speed over the first three hurdles and could dominate early and ‘leave the field for dead’. Teammate Parchment, who mined bronze in the event at the 2012 London Olympic Games, may lack the competitive edge, but if he reports fit for Beijing, he could be among the medals. The other Jamaican in the event, Andrew Riley, will need a big improvement on his season’s best of 13.28 to be a factor. Oliver, the defending champion, will be hard to beat, but has his problems. He tends to start slowly and he will need to be on top of his game to win this event. Of the others, Serjey Shubenkov of Russia looks the best of the lot. While McLeod seems to be the best tactically in the event, Oliver with his experience is given the edge, but just to get the win here over McLeod. MY TOP THREE: 1. David Oliver (USA), 2. Omar McLeod (Jamaica), 3. Serjey Shubenkov (Russia). SET TO GO FASTERlast_img read more

Talented Women’s Basketball Sophomore Trio Grow In Second Year

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first_imgBy Kylie DeHaven – Drake Athletic Communications Student AssistantThis story originally appeared in the Feb. 5 & 7 edition of the Drake Women’s Basketball Gameday Program.Sophomores Maddy Dean, Paige Greiner and Becca Jonas of the Drake University women’s basketball team each had stellar freshmen seasons, and are looking forward to continuing their success in the Drake uniform during this 2015-16 season. Dean tallied a number of awards her freshman year, including the MVC Freshman of the Year, and a place on the All-MVC First Team and MVC All-Freshman Team. Greiner led the MVC in three-point percentage her freshman year with a 47 percent, and this season currently leads the team with a 42.5 percent mark. Jonas was recognized by the conference with a spot on the MVC All-Freshman Team and All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades. Jonas’ sophomore year was delayed when she had season-ending knee surgery in August, 2015. Jonas is six months into her recovery and can’t wait to get back out on the court. These Drake women’s basketball sophomore standouts had a chance to sit down for an interview. What about Drake and the women’s basketball program led by head coach Jennie Baranczyk made you want to come here?  Dean: “Definitely the people. I think the community here is awesome. What really stood out was the players and just Jennie and her coaching staff. I just really felt like it was a special place here and I wanted to be a part of it. The academics are great, and the location is great.” Greiner: “For sure the first thing was the people. I remember meeting Jennie and immediately felt a connection there and that just grew when I met the team. Also, Drake’s education really stuck out to me and that was really important in my decision. And it was close to home.” Jonas: “Drake was the first school to recruit me. All the games are close to home so my parents are able to come to all the games. That was big for me. And the basketball program in general was on the rise and I wanted to be a part of it.”  As sophomores, you all have a year of experience under your belt, what is the most important thing you learned from freshman year?  Dean: “Probably for me was just the every day stuff. The speed of the game and confidence. We did get to play a lot as freshmen, so we have that confidence and we know what to expect when it comes to conference season. Every day is a different day, but having that experience under our belt is big.” Greiner: “One of the big things I learned was how to take care of my body. Making sure that we’re fueling it the right way and doing all we can to make sure we compete at the highest level. That was a big thing for me.” Jonas: “I guess I would say the biggest thing is really learning how to focus. And that goes for school, for the sport, every day in practice, just being able to hone in on what you’re doing so you can get the most out of every single day.” Becca – you had season-ending surgery knee surgery this past August. How have you been able to manage juggling recovery, school, and still keeping up with everything on the team? Jonas: “Obviously coming off of surgery has been hard not being able to be out on the court. But the team has been super great. The coaches have done a good job of trying to give me stuff to do to keep me involved. It’s been tough, but there’s still stuff you can learn from sitting out and that’s the biggest thing I’ve taken probably. You just see things from a different perspective so I’m trying to take in as much as I can until I get back out there.” What is your favorite memory so far at Drake?  Dean: “Honestly, just the feel of the Knapp Center on game day. Being on our home court with all our home fans and our team is just the coolest thing ever. My favorite memory happens every week but it’s such a cool experience that you can’t beat.” Greiner: “I think one of my favorite memories to date would be beating Creighton this year. That was just a really good team win.” Jonas: “Probably starting 9-0 in the conference last year. The month of January last year was really fun for us. We really just got into our groove.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

The E.U. Is the Problem on GM Crops, Say U.K. Scientists

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first_imgThe use of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe is being hampered by a “dysfunctional approval process” imposed by the European Union, says a U.K. government-sponsored report released today. As a result, only a handful of GM crops may be approved in the near future, according to the Council for Science and Technology, which advises the U.K. prime minister on science policy.While stating that the unanimous scientific consensus is that GM crops are safe, the report, whose authors include prominent plant biologists and biotechnologists, criticizes the European Union for regulation that has fettered progress of the technology and risk assessments that have been “influenced by political considerations that do not have a scientific basis.”The council is jointly chaired by Mark Walport, the government’s chief scientific adviser, who was an author on the report. “We’re asking for the regulation to be fit for purpose,” Walport says. Co-author Jim Dunwell, a plant biotechnologist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, adds: “There has been an accumulation of regulation in a nonscientific way.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Anyone seeking to release a GM organism in Europe has to get approval from Brussels. Applications are assessed largely by the European Food Safety Authority. As yet, only one variety, Bt maize, is grown and its crops are concentrated in Spain. None are grown in the United Kingdom. A vote in February to approve another variety of GM maize saw opposition from most nations, including France, Italy, and Austria. There was support, however, from Spain, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, and the United Kingdom.This is not the first time that British GM researchers have complained about E.U. red tape hampering their work. A purple tomato rich in an antioxidant pigment, recently developed at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, U.K., for instance, has had to be grown in Canada for future research and to attract commercial interest.Instead of the current regulatory system, in which new plant varieties are assessed according to the process used to produce them, the authors suggest that a product-based approach could be adopted, similar to the procedure already used in Canada. This would put the trait above the process so a plant variety produced using GM technology would be treated in the same way as an identical variety produced via conventional plant breeding.“What really matters is the regulation of the trait rather than the method,” says Jonathan Jones of the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, one of the authors of the report. “The regulation of the technology is not proportionate. … It’s time to remove the red flags.”The report calls for Europe to take a step back by delegating final approval of commercial crop cultivation to individual nations. One route, it suggests, might be for the United Kingdom to create an authority that would be the GM equivalent to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which vets medicines for use in the United Kingdom. The European Union, meanwhile, could keep an advisory role on risk and safety.  The U.K. government already takes a positive line on GM crops.  In January, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, told a farming conference in Oxford that Europe risks becoming “the museum of world farming” if it continues to reject GM crops.In a letter to the prime minister which accompanies the report, the authors state: “The longer the E.U. continues to oppose GM whilst the rest of the world adopts it, the greater the risk that E.U. agriculture will become uncompetitive, especially as more GM crops and traits are commercialized successfully elsewhere.”Dunwell also notes that African farmers successfully growing GM bananas and cassavas for themselves and for export are placed in a commercial quandary by the European Union’s anti-GM stance. “Allow independent E.U. states to go their own way,” he says.The last major U.K. report on GM crops, produced by Britain’s Royal Society in 2009, backed the technology. In particular, it outlined the urgent need to increase food production globally and the importance of science in meeting that demand. Public opposition, however, continues and anti-GM pressure groups continue to attack research. In 2012, a GM wheat trial at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, U.K., was vandalized by a protestor.John Pickett, who has worked on the wheat trials at Rothamsted Research and is a co-author of the report, says: “The best way to address these concerns is actually to carry out the experiments and assess the potential of newly developed plants to offer solutions to specific agricultural problems.”To this end, the report offers one final suggestion: “A new programme of independent research to field test ‘public good’ GM crops.” Named PubGM, it would assess traits produced by both private and public scientists for potential commercialization. But, adds Jones, “I don’t know exactly how it will work.”last_img read more