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Cause for celebrations and concern

first_imgThe Carifta Games are still as right for the young track and field athletes of the region as they were first staged in 1972. As seen last weekend, Carifta still gives the future stars of Caribbean track and field their first experience of international competition. It’s an invaluable first step on the way to the top.For so many, including the dominant Jamaican teams, it’s a maiden voyage into competition beyond their own shores into airline travel, different cuisine and unfamiliar stadia. It was a master stroke when the Barbadian Austin Sealyformulated the event in 1972. Now, as it was then, it’s like international competition 101.The Carifta Games also presents data for regional track and field administrators to learn from. While the sprints in both the Under-18 and Under-20 age categories had enough entries to require a preliminary round, that wasn’t the case in other events. While that wouldn’t be a surprise in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, there were no heats in the girls’ Under-20 800 metres, the 4x100m and 4x400m for boys and girls in both the Under-18 and Under-20 categories and in most of the hurdling events.Five girls faced the starter in the 400-metre hurdles for Under-18 girls, with four in the Under-20 version. This is startling, given the bright history in a discipline where Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados have produced high-class exponents. It was worse among the boys, with the corresponding numbers being five and three. Here the region has recently produced champions like Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamian Jeffery Gibson.Four girls came to the blocks in the Under-20 100-metre hurdles and five young men came to contest the Under-20 110m hurdles.In the field, only three girls are listed as participants in the Under-20 high jump. This is in contrast to an apparent Caribbean upswing in the event. Just last year, Levern Spencer won this event at the Pan-American Games, with her St Lucian compatriot, Jeanelle Schepper, taking the NCAA title for the University of South Carolina. Earlier in March, the Barbadian Akela Jones cleared 1.98 metres in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) indoors as part of the heptathlon. Jones also won the individual high jump as well.If those numbers represent ongoing trends, and in many cases they do, then the region has lots of work to do.Jamaica may be able to take care of itself. Thanks to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, our high schools pursue excellence in a wide range of athletic disciplines. Even here, there are long running weak spots in the jumps, throws and middle and long distance disciplines. The rest of the region doesn’t have Champs and needs help to spark development. Some, like St Vincent and the Grenadines, don’t even have a synthetic running track.Maybe that’s why Jamaica is becoming attractive to junior athletes from the region. They can’t wait until development comes to their island home. So they instead come to the place where, because of Champs, development is far more advanced. It’s a fair guess that they will keep on coming.n HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

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Why morning people should not work at night

first_imgIf you are a morning person, working in night shifts may affect you more, a study said.According to the study, morning persons demonstrate a quicker reaction time when solving unusual attention related tasks when working at night, but they are more prone to make errors.This may be the result of sleep deprivation and a relative increase in the time spent awake which negatively impacts the brain’s attention system, the researchers said.The study showed that morning persons completed their tasks quicker than the night persons, but with errors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the contrary, night persons were found to spend more time finishing their tasks. But, their level of accuracy in completing the task was higher, the researcher noted.“To deal with the most difficult test – resolving a conflict of attention – it was necessary not only to concentrate on the main visual stimulus, but at the same time to ignore accompanying stimulus that distract from the core task,” said Andriy Myachykov from Oxford University.Though night people turned out to be slower, they were more efficient compared to the early risers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Our study demonstrated how night owls working late at night ‘sacrifice’ speed for accuracy,” Myachykov added.The results of this study may be useful for people who work night shift and could challenge the education system and human resources management in certain areas.For pilots, air traffic controllers, drivers, etc, attention, the ability to deal with large sets of data, and reaction time are all very important. During emergencies, these features could play a vital role.The study is available in the journal Experimental Brain Research.last_img read more

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Calcutta University forms panel to counter plagiarism

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has constituted a committee that will frame guidelines to check plagiarism.The committee has been formed according to the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in this regard. The faculty council of the varsity has already approved the decision of setting up this committee. “There is a guideline on plagiarism framed by the University Grants Commission. But there should be a specific policy of all universities on the basis of these guidelines to curb the practice. The CU did not have any such guidelines. The researchers used to send their papers to the library following which the latter checked on certain aspects and prepare a report on the originality of the research paper. But we have been discussing for quite some time that there should be a specific guideline in this regard,” a senior member of CU teacher’s association said. The committee has deans of seven faculties and the librarian of the varsity. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe faculty council also decided to form another committee for redrafting of regulations of PhD. The varsity has been facing some problems regarding Phd regulations for quite sometime. “We hope to come out with a regulation that will be beneficial for the researchers and will be able to dispel any doubts in their minds,” a senior official of the varsity said. The faculty council of the university has been set up only in the last week of March. It is headed by the Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee and pro Vice-Chancellor Dipak Kar. The faculty council has been a long-standing demand of university teachers as it will be providing a platform for them to voice their opinion on academics or similar matters. The Jadavpur University has a faculty council for a long time in which important decisions about academics are taken.last_img read more

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6 Steps to Create an Effective BYOD Plan Infographic

first_img With workplaces more mobile and interconnected than ever, many employees have the ability to work from home or on the go. While at first glance, having a bring your own device (BYOD) policy in your office can help with flexibility and cutting costs, it could also lead to security issues and major IT headaches if businesses aren’t too careful.So what can managers and IT departments do to ensure the safety of company data and productivity of their employees?  Well, actually a lot.Related: A Lack of Communication on Cyber Security Will Cost Your Business BigComputing and security company Bitglass recommends investing in strategy that lets employees choose whatever device they like, keeping in mind that while software and hardware are replaceable, company data is not. It’s important to remember that the plan shouldn’t create more fires for IT to put out or more steps that ultimately keep employees from being productive. Also, be sure that the plan allows for more hires and new devices so IT isn’t overloaded as the company expands.For more on connectivity, growth and keeping private and company data separate, check out Bitglass’ six-step infographic on creating a BYOD plan that is helpful to everyone. Click to Enlarge+ Related: Be Sure to Look Around the Office When Searching for Gaps in Your Data Security 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 21, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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