Joshua Daniel Alleyne, a standout at the Mayberry Preparatory and Primary Schools Swimming Championships, shattered four individual records in helping his school to second place courtesy of the highest overall individual performance.Meanwhile, a total of 38 prep and primary swimmers broke records, while there were six relay marks set at the highly entertaining and compact event.Twelve-year-old Alleyne is Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory’s head boy and contributed a whopping 43 points to their title ambitions, which saw them finishing second best behind Wolmer’s Prep’s 232.50 points, with 148.Young Alleyne trains every day except Tuesdays at the National Aquatics Centre, where he has gone unbeaten in over three years, and swept four records last year.He will be looking to attend his preferred choice, Campion College, later this year.Mother, Norma Kerr Alleyne, describes the young swim sensation as a metaphor for youngsters who work really hard to excel.”He is one of those youngsters who puts in his time. He does try his best,” she told The Gleaner.Though Joshua had to prepare for his Grade Six Achievement Test, he balanced it well with swimming.”Obviously, we hope that he is going to go to Campion (College). His brother is there,” said his mother.The brilliant young swimmer’s record-shattering feats last Saturday included the boys’ 11-12 50m backstroke, which he won in 35:89; the 11-12 50m freestyle in 30:25; and the 12 and under 100m freestyle in one minute 07:45 seconds.Joshua also took the 11-50m breaststroke, emphatically shaving off .36 seconds from 40.88 to 40:52 seconds.The long-standing development meet has nurtured and fostered the development a number of swimmers.
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloThree people were killed when a truck hit a motorbike on Dhaka-Pabna highway at Birahimpur of Aminpur upazila in Pabna on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rafiqul Islam, 35, a resident of Chinakhara Adampara in Sujanagar upazila, Mokhter Hossain, 32, a resident of Birahimpur village and Isa Khan, 28, a resident of Atraisukha village in Sathia upazila.The accident took place around 12:30pm when the truck dashed the bike from behind, leaving its three riders killed on the spot.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to local hospital morgue for autopsy.Police seized the truck but its driver and his helper managed to flee the scene. read more
Kolkata: With a steady decline in audio CD sales in recent years, a leading music label has decided to use the digital media to launch a large collection of Rabindra Sangeet numbers, this Bengali New Year. Popular songs by late Rabindra Sangeet exponent Debrata Biswas would be posted on the platform, Mahua Lahiri said on behalf of Asha Audio.”Today’s generation is more adaptive to the digital medium and we can also include a large number of songs in a chip. This is our ‘Bangla Nababarsho’ gift for the Tagore lovers. It is named ‘Relive the Baritone Magic – 24 Carat Gold’ by Debabrata Biswas,” Lahiri said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the emergence of digital media, audiences cutting across age groups are hooked to the new medium, and so 500 timeless tracks by Biswas were loaded on a 16 GB memory card/music card, Lahiri said.The music label has already launched another composition called ‘Sajani Sajani’ – a compilation of Tagore songs by Debojyoti Mishra and Debalina Ghosh – on YouTube, she said.The company has earlier launched music of different genres on the digital platform – from ‘Babul More & Sab Loke Koy’ by Iman and Shovan, ‘Shiva Stotram Kal-Bhairab’ by Pt. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTanmoy Bose and Jayati, ‘Labanye Purno Pran’ by Soumyajit-Sourendro among others. The company is also about to launch a music video of modern Bengali songs by Kumar Sanu. “The Album called ‘Ganga Tumi’ will have latest Bengali songs,” Lahiri said. However, keeping in mind the loyal audio CD listeners, Times Music has also launched ‘Anuraager Gaan’ with songs by Haimanti Shukla, Anwesshaa, Raghab Chatterjee and others. According to industry estimates, there has been 80 percent decline in audio CD releases over the past four to five years. read more
Poor sleep may be a sign that people who are otherwise healthy may be at the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study. Researchers have found a link between sleep disturbances and biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease found in the spinal fluid.”Previous evidence has shown that sleep may influence the development or progression of Alzheimer’s disease in various ways,” said Barbara B Bendlin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”For example, disrupted sleep or lack of sleep may lead to amyloid plaque buildup because the brain’s clearance system kicks into action during sleep. Our study looked not only for amyloid but for other biological markers in the spinal fluid as well,” said Bendlin.Amyloid is a protein that can fold and form into plaques.Tau is a protein that forms into tangles. These plaques and tangles are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.Researchers recruited 101 people with an average age of 63 who had normal thinking and memory skills but who were considered at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, either having a parent with the disease or being a carrier of a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s called apolipoprotein E or APOE. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants were surveyed about sleep quality. They also provided spinal fluid samples that were tested for biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease.Researchers found that people who reported worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than people who did not have sleep problems.Those biological markers included signs of amyloid, tau and brain cell damage and inflammation. While some of these relationships were strong when looking at everyone as a group, not everyone with sleep problems has abnormalities in their spinal fluid, researchers said.For example, there was no link between biological markers in the spinal fluid and obstructive sleep apnea.The results remained the same when researchers adjusted for other factors such as use of medications for sleep problems, amount of education, depression symptoms or body mass index. The study was published in the journal Neurology. read more
2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » August 22, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Keeping hungry lions from attacking farm animals in rural Africa — or anywhere — is no easy feat, especially in the dark. Bright light helps keep the fierce predators at bay, something that’s hard to come by after the sun goes down and you live way off the grid.Many people in remote, impoverished areas of Africa curb lion attacks at night using old-fashioned kerosene lamps. Often, they walk for miles to buy the expensive fossil fuel, which belches poisonous fumes when burned. In the short term, breathing the toxic exhaust causes dizziness and nausea. In the long, it can lead to blood clots that can damage the heart, brain, kidneys and other organs.Clearly, kerosene lamps aren’t an ideal means of fending off the mighty Panthera leo.Related: A Bright Forecast for a Solar Panel Installation FranchiseM-KOPA Solar, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed company based out of Nairobi, Kenya, offers a safer, cleaner and greener solution: a portable solar-powered lighting system that reportedly wards off the big cats.The lightweight solar lighting system — outfitted with a 4-watt solar panel, a USB multi-mobile phone charger, and three brightness-adjustable lights — highlights big changes on the horizon for people in the rural areas of the world’s second-largest continent. Namely, the proliferation of technology in regions where billions struggle to simply survive and our iPhones and Pebbles seem useless.The M-KOPA Solar technology may be more affordable than kerosene, but it’s still not inexpensive for those who need it most.Related: This Night Light Inventor Raised a Quarter Million on KickstarterM-KOPA customers pay 40 Kenyan shillings (about 45 cents) per day to use it, after making a 2,500-shilling ($28.38) deposit. That’s relatively steep, considering that most households in Kenya earn less than $2 per day, according to M-KOPA.Pay-as-you go payments are processed via an embedded mobile SIM card, which, unfortunately, M-KOPA can use to remotely kill the lights if a customer falls behind on payments.For this much-needed technology to reach widespread adoption in East Africa and beyond, the price has to go down. For now, only those who can afford it reap its benefits.Related: Samsung’s Bluetooth-Only ‘Smart Bulb’ Is a Bit Dim read more