Dr Paul Wright: Netball and Mr Winston Nevers

first_img BERNARD’S CONTRIBUTION Jamaica, under the leadership skills of Marva Bernard, has managed to get their own ‘home’ as well as numerous corporate bodies putting up their cash and kind to support netball. Money is still short, thus arranging and travelling to other ranked nations to play ‘Tests’ happens rarely, and is due to a great extent on the generosity of the other nations. Faced with that reality, one would think that Netball Jamaica would be very interested in keeping squad members playing top local netball regularly, and would be actively encouraging these squad members to play week after week. No matter what spin is put on the reason for the rule, the bald fact is that the rule makes no sense and has got to be rescinded. The fans of Jamaica’s netball, and the public in general, can force the removal of this rule … if they want. The IAAF’s woes continue with major sponsor Adidas withdrawing from their contractual support of the beleaguered organisation, mainly because of the continuing revelations regarding corruption and illegal activity of the principals of the organisation. The Dick Pound-led investigation is not over, not by a long shot. Keep watching this space. The past president of Netball Jamaica has received numerous awards and praise for her leadership skills while being a ten-year president of the sport of netball in Jamaica. These plaudits re her leadership skills are well deserved. Her successor, Dr Paula Daley Morris, has promised a change in how the game in administered. I was hoping that I would have seen a change in the policy, particularly one that would have seen the nation have a realistic chance of changing our position in world netball, from ‘sometimes third, most times fourth’ to finalists and eventual champions. Alas and alack, that wish of us, (Jamaica) moving on up looks as distant as it always was. Mr Netball himself, Winston Nevers, has gone public with his concerns regarding a ‘rule’ that seems designed to stop teams that he coaches from dominating local netball. The thinking behind the implementation of this rule seems to be “stop Nevers from winning everything, so that we can justify keeping his skills away from the national programme”. A local radio programme recently highlighted the rule. As I understand it, teams playing in the national league can only have three members of the national squad playing for any one team during the competition. If a national representative (who happens to play for a team coached by Mr Nevers) does not want to play for a rival team, then that player is refused permission to play netball locally! Huh? So instead of allowing players selected to the national squad to play as much netball as possible, Netball Jamaica is happy with these players watching the game week after week! That thought is frightening, if the main aim of the rule is to sideline Nevers. As I understand sports of any kind, the participants need regular playing time in competition against their peers and against competition that is superior. Australia has just completed a three ‘Test’ clean sweep against England, as both sides continue engaging in ‘Test’ conditions against world-ranked opponents.last_img read more

Has Anti-Semitism Been Good for Jewish Evolution?

first_imgNational Geographic News gave favorable coverage to a controversial theory by anthropologists at University of Utah that anti-semitism was a form of natural selection.  The racism against Jews in Europe, while selecting for higher intelligence, also selected for certain types of diseases.  Reporter James Owen did point out that not all anthropologists agree with the hypothesis that IQ differences can have a genetic basis.That such poor reasoning and lousy science would get prominent coverage in the leading popular geographic magazine in the world is an illustration of the pernicious influence of evolutionary thinking on our society.  This hypothesis downplays the intellectual and moral factors involved.  Consistently followed, it would lead one to believe that anti-Semitism has been a good thing, if it led to the genius of Einstein.  If this kind of sloppy research, based on faulty assumptions and selective statistics, were published in some other field, it would be quickly scorned by academics.  The phrase “natural selection” is like a free pass around the security guards of science.  Should evolutionary anthropologists watch an Auschwitz as detached observers, measuring what genetic traits are being naturally selected by the process?  It’s time to call moral evils evil instead of rationalizing them on evolutionary grounds.  Let’s see how they explain it when the public has had enough, and there is a widespread outcry against Darwinian thinking.  Would that prove survival of the fittest ideas?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Two militants and soldiers killed in Hajin gunfight

first_imgTwo militants and two soldiers were killed in an early morning operation in north Kashmir’s Bandipora area on Wednesday.A police official said security forces, comprising of army and local police, sealed off Rakh (Paribal), Hajin, around 5 a.m. The operation was launched after “follow up of inputs about the presence of a large group of armed militants in the area.”In the initial exchange of firing, two militants were killed. “However, two soldiers also sustained injuries, who succumbed later [sic],” said the official.Both militants are believed to be associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The search operation is on as the firing from both sides have stopped. “It was an intense operation. Two members of the army’s Air Force Garud were killed,” army spokesperson told The Hindu. On September 27, a BSF jawan, who was home on a leave, was killed by militants in Hajin.last_img read more

Bayern Munich tempts Robert Lewandowski with offer until 2021

first_imgGerman football club Bayern Munich offered its Polish striker Robert Lewandowski to extend his contract until 2021 to become the club’s highest-paid player, according to German magazine Sport Bild.Lewandowski’s potential salary will exceed that of Thomas Muller, estimated at around 14 million euros ($15.6 million) per year,reports Efe on Wednesday.The Polish player’s current contract expires in 2019, but amid interest demonstrated by other European giants to sign the goal machine, it seems that Bayern wants to cut them off as soon as possible. (Bayern Munich stage fightback, Borussia Dortmund hit six)The player’s agents hinted at the possibility of his move to Real Madrid last season and he looked open to the idea.However, the arrival of Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena, apparently changed Lewandowski’s mind.The German magazine related that Ancelotti called up the Polish striker during the summer vacation, and confirmed to Lewandowski that he will remain his first choice when it comes to leading the attacking lines.last_img read more