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first_img Defending champions Waterford had to dig deep to share the points as they scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Independence City in the INSPORTS Portmore Primary Football League at the Waterford Primary School last Thursday. Dante Brown gave Independence City a first-half lead before Demario Knight equalised in the dying moments for the home team. Waterford and Bridgeport are the zone leaders on four points apiece. In other games, Bridgeport won the first match of the season in three tries as they whipped Port Henderson 4-1 and Ascot beat Belmont Park 3-1. In Zone two, Portsmouth have sole leadership with six points from two games as they beat Naggo Head 3-1. In the other game in the zone, Kensington and Gregory Park drew 1-1. Defending champs Portsmouth swamped newcomers Bridgeport 18-0 in the latest round of the INSPORTS Portmore Primary Netball League last Wednesday. In other games, Kensington defeated Belmont Park 8-1 while Ascot had a hard-fought 8-6 win over Gregory Park Primary. The competition continues on Monday. The league is in its fourth year and Portsmouth have won it twice (2014, 2015), and Greater Portmore won the inaugural year. Scotiabank lift inter-bank crown The 2016 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football league moves into the knockout quarter-final stage today at 451 Spanish Town Road, Waterhouse, opposite Wray & Nephew Limited, starting at 3 p.m. The five zone winners and the three best second-place teams will be in action. Ashoka will oppose Rangers in the first match, then an hour later, Henley take on Youths United, the only team to win its three matches in the preliminary round. On Sunday, November 6, Mathatra will oppose defending champions Eurotrend and Miles entertain Whippers at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Akeem Peterson of Youths United is the competition’s leading scorer with three goals. The semi-final matches are scheduled for November 12 and 13 and the final on Saturday, November 19. The local favourites in both run and walk events shone brightly to cop the top spots in last weekend’s Knox 40th anniversary 7K Run and Walk in Cobbla, Manchester. Oshane Archibald of GC Foster, who easily won the Church Teachers’ College edition earlier in the month, again triumphed in the run event in a good time of 23 minutes 42 seconds. Former Holmwood Technical student now at Church Teachers College Melissa Thyme stole the show in the female category, crossing the line in 29:46. Bellefield’s Romar Mundle was the top school boy crossing the line sixth in 25:14. His schoolmate, 14-year-old Aneisha Lawrence, was the top girl, posting 31:11 and 35 overall. The walk events were predictably dominated by Jon Saleem Oliphant and Natasha McKenzie. These two have taken all the rural-based events this year. Oliphant won while posting 46:57, while McKenzie made it four from four in finishing third overall and the first female. Three more teams advance in Manchester KO Waterford, Independence City in 1-1 draw Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football continues today Howie Chin Prep school football round-up INSPORTS/Charles Chocolate five-a-side League Traditional rivals Belair and Mt St Joseph battled to a 0-0 draw. Defending champions Scotiabank retained the Western Sports-sponsored Norman Goodison Inter-bank football league title at Winchester Park, St George’s College last Sunday when they stopped Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) 5-0. The winners led 3-0 after 20 minutes. They went ahead in the sixth minute when captain Stefan Bartley scored his third goal in two matches. Nicholas Scott made it 2-0 in the 14th minute, and midfielder Ramone Reid scored the third in the 17th minute. Kevin Lamey killed off the game with a brace in the 76th and 90th minute. JNBS and National Commercial Bank will meet at Barbican playingfield tomorrow at 3 p.m. to decide who will play Sagicor in the JamClear Cup final. The JamClear Cup is contested by the teams finishing second to fourth in the Inter-bank competition. Portsmouth whip Bridgeportcenter_img Porus, Downs, and Los Perfectos have joined defending champions in the second round of the 2016-17 season of the Manchester FA/Brumalia House KO competition. Porus advanced after knocking out Comfort via the penalty shoot-out route after the two had played to an exciting 2-2 in regulation and an extra-time draw at Kirkvine Sports Club. Porus FC won 3-1 on penalties. Meanwhile, Downs FC used home advantage well and secured their passage forward with a 1-0 win over Villa United. At Manchester High School earlier this week, Los Perfectos, who are making a return to top-flight action, won 2-1 against Old England FC. The defending champions Ricam had earlier advanced with an opening 3-0 win over promoted team Technical Strikers. Domino Premier League Local favourites dominate Knox 7K Run/Walk El Instituto de Mandevilla won 4-1 against Hillcrest Prep to score the biggest victory of the day in the Howie Chin Prep football competition last weekend. El Instituto would go on to win a second game on the day, edging Charagape 2-1. They have now taken second place behind leaders Mt St Joseph. Of significance, West Indies College Prep, who are returning after an absence of five years, rebounded from their 4-0 drubbing on opening day at the hands of Mt Saint Joseph Prep to record their first win in a 2-0 effort against Sacred Heart. Asad Parchment scored twice. Peter Bunting football round-up Portland FA-Western Union Major League Spit Fyah took sole leadership of the Jamaica Domino Council Association’s Premier League after they trounced fifth-place Bull Bay United (32 points) 300-263 last Sunday. In other games, second-place Waterhouse United (41 points) defeated Vintage Pub 300-260; third-place Caribbean Classic (also 41 points) surprised fourth-place Braeton All Stars (35 points) 300-282; seventh-place Right Stuff (31 points) beat Naggo Head 300-251; Eighth-place Exceptional (30 points) cut down Small Axe 300-162; Soursop Tree shocked Jade Strikers 300-293, and Highlights schooled Memory Lane 300-292. In the girls’ category, Knox Preparatory School held Mount Saint Joseph 1-1 while Belair Preparatory School recorded a 3-1 win over Emmanuel. The Portland FA-Western Union Major League continues tomorrow. At Hectors River, Ujama CC will face Manchioneal FC, while at Boundbrook, Pavilion Progressive FC meet Taurus United SC. Both matches will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Only one was played last week featuring the Royal Flat Division, which has a split zone. That game saw Kendal defeating New Hall 4-0. Kendal, who has six points, is poised to advance along with the winners of the other half zone, Royal Flat. Tomorrow’s schedule features the last of the preliminary games with a double-header at the Hanbury Community field. The matches on are Kendal vs Land Settlement at 3 p.m. and Comfort vs New Hall at 1:30. At 3 p.m., it will be Kendal against Land Settlement. Other teams who have already secured quarter-final spots are George’s Valley, Blue Mountain, Old England and Porus. Bridgeport Police took no prisoners as they scolded IGL 5-2 in Wednesday night’s fixture in the INSPORTS/ Charles Chocolate Portmore Business House five-a-side Football League. Kimani Blissett netted a brace while Valdo Margon, Rushane Spence, and Quarmie Richards had a goal apiece. Cleon Origgio and Chris Cunningham scored for IGL. In the night’s other game, Portmore Gas defeated Wisynco 2-0 courtesy of a double strike from Devon Wilson.last_img read more

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Dragonflies with tiny fanny packs show migration patterns in new study

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. — A study in which insects were equipped with tiny radio-tracking fanny packs could help conservation efforts as populations around the world decline.The research by University of Guelph biologists published in a scientific journal Wednesday tracked butterflies and green darner dragonflies on their migration through southern Ontario and into the northern United States using radio transmitters.“We were able to document some pretty basic things that no one had ever done before,” said lead author Samantha Knight, who is also a program manager at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.Researchers captured the insects on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula in the falls of 2015 and 2016. The radio transmitters, which weighed about as much as a raindrop, were carefully glued on the bugs’ undersides kind of like fanny packs, Knight said.The little packs emitted radio signals which could be picked up by towers along the insects’ migration route. The signals sent information about speed and distance back to researchers.Knight explained the bugs’ breeding habits and the areas they stay in winter have been studied, but there’s almost no information about migration patterns.Recent studies have shown that habitat loss, land-use changes and global warming mean up to 40 per cent of insect species are at risk of extinction. There’s also been a decline in bird populations that rely on insects for food.When data started to flow in from the fanny packs, Knight said it was really astounding.On average, the monarchs flew about 12 km/h and darners flew about 16 km/h. One darner surprised researchers by flying 77 km/h and travelling 122 kilometres in just one day.“If a darner was flying through a town, a cop would pull it over,” said study co-author Ryan Norris.The insects are likely to be even faster, added Norris. They were slowed down by the fanny packs, which weigh about half of the bugs’ body weight.Norris explained the research showed insects are likely to fly high in the atmosphere to take advantage of the wind.“There are insects flying over our heads all the time and we don’t know it.”It also showed monarchs and darners fly faster in warmer temperatures, but they slow down if it gets too hot, so global warming could affect migration. Rain didn’t really have an effect on the bugs at all, Norris added.The research, while preliminary, has opened doors to more knowledge about insects, Norris said. He expects technology to improve so that bug migration can be better understood.It’s extremely important, he said, because researchers looking to develop effective conservation strategies need to know where insects go.“It’s hard to predict what species are going to do if you don’t know what they are doing now.”— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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