Shot fired as players, fans clash in match brawl – St Catherine FA investigates incident

first_imgThe St Catherine Football Association (SCFA) has launched an investigation after a shot was reportedly fired during a fracas between players and fans of Newland and New Raiders FC during a Major League match on Monday. The contest, which took place at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, descended into chaos after players and fans traded blows, saw one off-duty policeman reportedly discharging his firearm in an effort to restore order. According to reports, the game was nearing its end when a Raiders player was shown the red card for a hard tackle on an opposing player. This led to players from both teams squaring off in a fist fight, triggering the involvement of rivalling supporters. According to information reaching The Gleaner, the off-duty lawman, who was watching the game, fired a single shot to calm the melee, before helping to restore order and the resumption of the game. The match was completed at full time, 3-1 in favour of Newland. However, SCFA boss Peter Reid said the association is conducting an investigation into the incident and that the appropriate sanctions will be applied after the facts are ascertained. “We take any incident like this very seriously as discipline is the hallmark of St Catherine FA and we will leave no stone unturned. Our competition’s committee is doing their investigation and will make their findings known and then make a decision based on the rules. “If it is something the rules address, we will apply it accordingly, but if it is more than that, we have to refer it to the disciplinary committee. So until those things have happened, we have nothing more to say,” he said. “We apologise to our sponsor FLOW and the football fraternity, because things like this should not happen … . It’s very unfortunate to have a situation like that,” added Reid. Efforts to contact officials from both teams proved futile. SANCTIONS COULD BE APPLIEDlast_img read more

Caltech tries unearthing sand secret

first_imgPASADENA – In about 30 of the world’s deserts, the shifting sands create a booming noise that has baffled scientists for decades. Early explorers imagined the strange rumbling sounds – roughly an octave and a half below middle C – as the cries of a buried horseman, or the bells of an underground convent. Others have described it as the sound of musical instruments, or the drone of an airplane. Exactly how it happens, though, has long been a mystery. “It’s a really remarkable and weird phenomenon,” said Christopher Brennen, a Caltech mechanical engineer. “When sand squeaks, we call that chirping: for example, when you walk along dry sand at the beach. But the booming of these dunes is different.” With ground-penetrating technology, cobbled- together sampling tools and some help from the seat of their pants, Brennen and his colleagues believe they have found the key to the sand’s deep voice. They have been studying the rare singing sands at two nearby dune fields: Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve, and Dumont Dunes 30 miles north of Baker. One requirement for their music, the researchers have long known, is for the sand to be on the move. This can happen naturally as winds pile sand up one face of the dune until it avalanches down the other. But to make the desert boom on command, the researchers have adopted a decidedly unprofessional-looking technique: climbing to the dune peak hundreds of feet above the desert floor and scooting down on their behinds. If conditions are right, the result is the same. “You can feel it vibrate through your fingers and your toes when you stand,” Brennen said. French scientists had theorized that the booming was caused by scores of similarly sized sand grains rubbing together as they rolled. The bigger the sand grains, they believed, the lower the sound. But samples that the Caltech team collected showed that that hypothesis “didn’t really make sense,” said mechanical engineer Melany Hunt. “That’s not what we think happens on the sand dune,” she said. “The frequency that we hear … really is determined by the characteristics of the dune itself, not just by the grain sizes.” Hunt compared the dunes to her daughter’s cello. “In the cello, you’re strumming the string but it’s the whole instrument that’s vibrating,” she said. “We think it’s similar in the dune.” The breakthrough for the Caltech team came when they used ground-penetrating radar and other imaging techniques to spy on what was happening beneath the desert surface. They found that although sound travels slowly through the top layer of sand in the dune, “when you go down to a depth of six feet, you find there is kind of a hard layer that has a much higher speed sound,” Brennen said. That layer works to reflect sound waves back toward the surface, he said. As the noise of the tumbling sand grains bounces around within the top-most layer of sand, Brennen said, certain low frequencies appear to become amplified, creating the mysterious boom. This speaker effect can only happen, Hunt said, if the dunes are enormous and bone-dry. The deserts therefore boom their best in the scorchingly hot summer months, making the research hot, sweaty work – perhaps the one drawback to sliding down sand dunes in the name of science. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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