Hubert Lawrence | Student athletes and academics

first_img GOOD NEWS It’s brilliant that a fourth-form class of 33 students at Wolmer’s Girls’ School could sit CXC Mathematics and hammer it to the tune of 33 distinctions. This accomplishment speaks volumes about the aptitude and attitude of the girls, the work of their teacher and the learning environment provided at the school. A closer look reveals good news for sport. Five of those 33 bright sparks represent Wolmer’s in sport. This quintet includes national Under-17 goalkeeper Oneilia Yearde, three track and field hopefuls and the other is part of the traditionally strong Wolmer’s volleyball group. Their success flies in the face of the conventional wisdom that asserts that academics and sport don’t mix. We’ve all heard the stories about sportsmen who needed help to complete their travel documents, capable only of a barely legible scribble for a signature. I haven’t heard those tales in years. The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), the governing body for high school sport and the teachers in our schools deserve a lot of credit. Years ago, ISSA instituted a minimum academic performance eligibility rule. This statute sets out to ensure that student-athletes have to make an effort in the classroom as well as on the field of play. Recently, I witnessed a teacher handing out assignments to members of a Manning Cup team after a match. She issued a word of encouragement to each recipient and reminded all of the due date for completion. That type of care and diligence for our student-sports is very valuable. The teacher of the Wolmer’s 33 is Lance McFarlane, a Boys and Girls’ Championships medal-winning sprint hurdler and 400-metre runner for Kingston College (KC) in 1999 and 2000. Teacher McFarlane represents another piece of good news. Though his days as an active athlete are long gone, he is excelling in the classroom. With his help, those 33 young ladies have put CXC mathematics behind them. Now they can tackle fifth form with a lighter course load and with the confidence that they can do well at whatever they choose. He also is a symbol of a productive life for retired sportsmen and women. Retirement comes sooner, for some like McFarlane, or later for luminaries like the incomparable Usain Bolt, but it comes nevertheless. If they pursue their new lives with the energy they showed as athletes, they can be successful. Some may walk away as Bolt plans to do next year as global brands, with the world at their feet. Others may test the waters in business before they retire like super sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Whatever the course of action, all must carefully map the way forward for the rest of their lives. For now, let’s all hail Yearde and her fellow student-athletes in that stellar group of 33 at Wolmer’s Girl’s. Along with their teacher, they represent bright hope for the future. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Valencia company tracks cholesterol

first_imgMolecular Profiling is incorporating genetic discoveries from the Human Genome Project. (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – In the balance between good and bad cholesterol, a panel of tests could help doctors pinpoint potential problems for heart patients. Valencia-based Specialty Laboratories collaborated with a Phoenix company and a handful of doctors to create the CardioEvaluatR testing program. The program provides results quicker than others, said Ron Blum, vice president of marketing for Specialty Laboratories. Doctors describe high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, as good cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, as bad cholesterol. They say it’s important to get more detailed information on both in a patient’s body. “The total cholesterol really doesn’t give us much information about an individual at all, as far as what his risks are,” said Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist and the creator of the South Beach Diet. Agatston worked on CardioEvaluatR as a consultant for Molecular Profiling Institute Inc., the company that collaborated with Specialty. The CardioEvaluatR is a panel of tests that gives quick results breaking down different types of HDL and LDL, triglycerides, insulin levels and more. While the results of some testing programs are not available for several weeks, CardioEvaluatR results are available within five days, Blum said. “It’s faster, very accurate and has a whole group of experts that are really backing the panel,” Blum said. Those include Dr. P.K. Shah, director of the cardiology division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Specialty Laboratories, which has 700 employees, will receive blood samples from patients and conduct all the testing at its Valencia facility. In the future, other labs could use the testing program, Blum said. Agatston is excited about the prospect of more genetic evaluations being included in the program. “I suspect in the fairly near future, … it’s going to add a completely new dimension to how we treat heart disease.” last_img read more

Fighter plane nears test phase

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Final assembly began in May, when workers mated the center fuselage assembled by Northrop Grumman in Palmdale to the Lockheed Martin-built wing at the F-35’s final assembly operation in Fort Worth. The BAE Systems-produced aft fuselage and the Lockheed Martin forward fuselage were also joined to the overall aircraft assembly earlier in the year. Pratt & Whitney should deliver the aircraft’s F135 engine before the end of December. The power plant, which produces 40,000 pounds of thrust, will make the F-35 the most powerful single-engine fighter, Lockheed Martin said. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan and the F136 turbofan from the General Electric Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team. Parts for the plane are manufactured by Lockheed Martin in Palmdale. Northrop Grumman assembles the center fuselage at its own Palmdale plant. Testing is expected to take place at Edwards Air Force Base. Lockheed Martin said it has completed the assembly of the major structural components of the first F-35 joint strike fighter at its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. The next milestone is engine installation, planned for early 2006. The stealthy F-35 is a supersonic, multirole fighter designed to replace aging AV-8B Harriers, A-10s, F-16s, F/A-18 Hornets and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers. The first flight is planned for fall 2006. The horizontal tails installed Dec. 8 and the vertical tails installed Nov. 28 were designed and manufactured by BAE Systems in Samlesbury, England. Assemblers installed the aircraft’s weapons-bay doors Dec. 7. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more