McLeod hungry for more

first_img American Ameer Webb posted his second sub-20 time of the season in the half-lap event, winning in a meet record 19.85. Panama’s Alonso Edward was second in 20.06. Jamaica’s only field athlete on show, Shanieka Thomas, competing at her first Diamond League meet, fell well short of her personal and season’s best 14.47m in the triple jump. The 24-year-old, who cited her coach’s absence as the possible reason for her below-par showing, placed sixth after managing 14.10m. The event was won by Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen with a meet record and world-leading 15.04m to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 competitions. Yulimar Rojas, with her leap of 14.92m, broke the Venezuelan national record for second, with Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova (14.61m) placing third. [email protected] DOHA, Qatar: “I want everything!” Those were the words of Omar McLeod shortly after he got the better of a quality field at the Qatar Sports Club at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. McLeod won in a world-leading and season’s best 13.05 seconds. This was the 22-year-old’s first Diamond League outing, and having created history since the start of the year by becoming the first athlete to run under 10 seconds in the 100m and sub-13 seconds in the 110m hurdles to go along with his World Indoors 60m success, he intends to stay dominant right up to the Olympics as he wants all that’s on offer. “You always want to go out with a bang, especially in hurdling. You always want to stay on top of your game, especially with these world-class athletes. Let them know you are around and let them know you are here to stay,” McLeod said. McLeod survived a stumble at the end of yesterday’s race as he finished ahead of compatriot Hansle Parchment. Parchment, who also clocked a season’s best 13.10, viewed his run as another rung on the journey to the two big races. “I think the technique was a little off today, but this is just another build-up race to the main event – first the trials and then the Olympics, ” Parchment said. Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third, while 2013 World Champion David Oliver (13.16) was fourth, and Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt was sixth in 13.37. MEET RECORD One of two other Jamaican top three finishers on the night was Veronica Campbell-Brown, who improved her season best to 10.91 seconds in the women’s 100m. Campbell-Brown was not perturbed at not winning as she intends to produce her best when it counts most. “I am working to keep getting better so that when it matters most, I am at my best,” Campbell-Brown said. There was a mild upset in the race. American champion and World bronze medallist Tori Bowie won ahead of pre-race favourite Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in a new meet record and world-leading 10.80. Schippers clocked 10.83. The second Jamaican in the race, Simone Facey, was sixth in 11.05. The country’s most successful Diamond League athlete, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, failed in her bid to notch a 22nd victory in the series as she appeared race rusty and was third in a season’s best 55.02. “I wasn’t hurdling properly … I was jumping for the most part of it,” Spencer, the four-time Diamond Trophy winner in the event, said. The race was won by Great Britain’s Eilidh Doyle in a world-leading 54.53, with world indoor 400m champion Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya placing second in 54.87. Nickel Ashmeade placed a disappointing seventh in the men’s 200m in 20.31, which he said was due to the flu, which made it difficult even for him to speak. NEW SEASON BESTlast_img read more


first_imgThe late Dan Joe GallagherA PENSIONER who died a week ago had lost two violins in an arson attack, a court has heard.Dan Joe Gallagher, who would have been 87 on St Stephen’s Day, died in a boating accident in Rathmullan last Monday. Letterkenny District Court heard that Mr Gallagher had been owed compensation by a teenager after the thug torched his car outside his home near the Co Donegal town on September 16th 2011.The pensioner had received most of the money – almost €4,000 – but was owed another €600.This was handed in to court today by the solicitor for the accused teenager Frank Dorrian.Judge Paul Kelly was told however that he will never get the rest of the money.“Mr Gallagher passed away in sad circumstances,” said Inspector Goretti Sheridan.The teenager has admitted a number of offences. He cannot be named because he was a minor at the time.A second pensioner also lost a vehicle on the same night when it was also set on fire.The teenager has admitted a series of other offences in the same year including possession of knives.Judge Paul Kelly asked that Gardai contact single man Mr Gallagher’s next of kin to see if he left a will.TRAGIC PENSIONER LOST BELOVED FIDDLES IN ARSON ATTACK was last modified: November 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arson attackDan Joe GallagherRathmullanviolinslast_img read more

Obama & Romney Are Ignoring America’s Hottest Export: Big Data

first_imgWith as many as 67.2 million viewers worldwide, the latest round of U.S. presidential debates were the most closely watched since 1980, when Ronald Reagan delivered a crushing blow to then-President Jimmy Carter.Yet with that great an audience, in all three appearances, President Barack Obama made one of only two brief mentions of information technology as an American asset.  “If we don’t have the best education system in the world, if we don’t continue to put money into research and technology that will allow us to create great businesses here in the United States,” stated the President toward the end of the third debate Monday, “that’s how we lose the competition.”Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney followed up, literally in the last few minutes, by framing U.S. digital technology in terms of its value to China:  “They’re stealing our intellectual property, our patents, our designs, our technology, hacking into our computers, counterfeiting our goods,” Gov. Romney said.Regardless of one’s feelings of how the candidates performed over the past few weeks,  the absence of any substantive discussion of the key success story of American industry — information technology – makes the divide between politics and reality crystal clear.  The debates offered more than ample opportunity to frame this country as the champion of free information and the harbinger of the fastest growing industry since petroleum. Big data, the cloud, and information services delivered over the Web are the key to small business growth. But it was as if neither candidate had time enough to glance at the world outside their jet cabin windows.Virtual Product, Real IndustryThe rise of big data as big business points to the urgent need to restructure data centers. This comes in response to three factors that have completely changed in just five years:The almost inconsequential cost of data storage, precipitated in no small part by the declining cost of overseas manufacturing labor;The explosion in processing power per megawatt, which led to rapid deployment of parallelism that enables analytics functions that were impossible for single-threaded processors;The sudden appearance of Web-based languages that enable lightweight apps to perform the same tasks that, just a few years ago, required mainframes and even supercomputers.It may be difficult to calculate the value of big data contribution to the nation’s gross national product. But the longer we go without including data as an economic product, the more we may be blinding ourselves to an aspect of true American recovery – along with the jobs and brighter futures that come with it – happening right in front of our faces. Jack Norris, who’s the VP of marketing for San Jose-based MapR — which I introduced you to last December – leads the promotional efforts for one of the commercial vendors of Hadoop, the open source big data technology.  As Norris helped verify, a recent Indeed search for full-time Hadoop-specific jobs advertised as earning at least $100,000 per year, yielded 1,377 results. At the top of the list: Hadoop Deployment Manager for Intel.  Norris has been generating these searches over the past year, and has noticed an exponential job demand curve, from literally nothing to colossal.Norris agrees with IBM’s Anjul Bhambri, whom I interviewed last February, about the growing necessity among businesses for a new kind of role called the data scientist. “It’s not the statistician/PhD, necessarily, that will be the data scientist of the future,” remarked Norris in an interview, citing Google’s now-classic principle that simple algorithms in bulk can outperform complex arithmetic. “What we’re seeing is, when you throw data at simple algorithms, you don’t have to have complex models to approximate what the truth is. You take all the data, and you find where the patterns are, the issues – that’s the wave of the future.”Rethinking The Database ApplicationHadoop has come unto its own as an analytics resource, for observing patterns in huge collections of data across multiple volumes, and reducing those patterns to explainable variables and formulas. One tool in Hadoop’s toolkit, called MapReduce, is the origin of MapR’s brand name.Because big data methodologies, including Hadoop, are transforming the data center, research that years or even months ago could not have seemed feasible, are now not only conceivable but remakably inexpensive. One example Norris cites comes from, which now offers customers an at-home DNA sampling kit. Through the compilation of an unfathomably massive genetics database, is uncovering thousands of genetic links between distantly related individuals – links that history alone could never have illuminated.Consider if the same resources were applied to highly important, federally funded projects that mostly or entirely rely upon database analysis, such as comparative effectiveness research.  This is the long-term historical evaluation of medical diagnosis and treatment strategies. Specific aspects of this research qualify for federal grants, including $1.1 billion in funding to the National Patient Advocate Foundation just for the database. Big data technologies could conceivably reduce the costs required to run this database by three orders of magnitude.Which would be more than enough to save Big Bird.Unifying The Unifiers The types of innovations necessary to facilitate such cost reductions are being unveiled literally by the day. Just Tuesday, MapR announced the M7 edition of its database architecture, which reduces the number of engine components yet again. The company’s goal is a unified database structure where “big data” and “data” are essentially the same – where HBase and dBase, if you will, are mere format distinctions.“The premise, driven by the original Web 2.0, that Hadoop can be its own ecosystem with its HDFS [file system] API to which you rewrite everything, doesn’t really recognize what’s happening in a lot of organizations,” explained MapR’s Norris. “The ability to take Hadoop and open it up through open standards like NFS, ODBC, or REST for management, or Kerberos for security, so it can easily integrate with existing processes and solutions, is a huge step.” He cites the case of one MapR customer, aircraft maker Boeing, which reduced the cost of a database integration project to near-zero. Instead, it used M7 to avoid rewriting a million lines of legacy code in Java (which would have been required for M5), and integrate existing data with M7’s big data store.“Big data is an approach where you’re doing compute and data together,” he continued, “and you’re not concerned about the data that you’re handling. You don’t have to pre-process it, segment it, decide what type it is and then route it to different clusters or silos. It’s just there. The developer doesn’t have to understand what his limitations are; he can just process the data.”So if anyone out there is looking for suggestions to fill in those missing details on how the budget cuts Obama and Romney keep arguing about can be implemented… we’ve got our hands up over here. 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Shiv Sena’s Ambadas Danve wins Aurangabad-Jalna Council seat

first_imgIn a gain for the ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition ahead of the Assembly polls, Sena candidate Ambadas Danve on Thursday won the Council biennial election from the Aurangabad-Jalna local authorities’ constituency.Mr. Danve defeated his nearest rival Baburao Kulkarni (Congress) by a margin of 418 votes by polling 524 votes against Mr. Kulkarni’s 106.At the start of the polling, the BJP-Sena had the support of 330 public representatives, the Congress-NCP of 250, while the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM and other independents made up the remaining 77 of the total 657 public representatives from different local self-governing bodies — including co-opted members and panchayat samitis — across Aurangabad and Jalna districts.Of these, 647 people — 321 male, 326 female — cast their votes in the election that was held on August 19.Mr. Danve’s win also brings to fore the sharp divisions within the Congress and NCP camps already reeling under defections en masse.The margin of victory indicates that cross-voting was rampant with even several AIMIM representatives supportive of Mr. Danve who was also backed by rebel Congress MLA Abdul Sattar and his followers.“We [Sena-BJP] were sure of only 292 votes, with an additional 40-45 more votes by Independents who had promised us support… We had information that we would also get support from ‘invisible hands’ of certain Congress representatives. As this is a secret ballot, I presume that a number of councillors, corporators and other elected representatives from the opposition have voted for me. I am thankful to all,” said a jubilant Mr. Danve after his victory.In fact, Mr. Danve’s win was considered a fait accompli as there were clear indications that several elected representatives of the opposition parties would cast their vote for the candidate from the saffron alliance.“Elected representatives from local self-governing bodies in Jalna and Aurangabad have now weaned away from the Congress and NCP and have no faith in their top leadership anymore, given the number of defections taking place,” Mr. Danve had said before the results.However, the Congress district leadership in Aurangabad has accused the Sena of ‘buying votes’ with money by putting up representatives in plush hotels.The win certainly is a boost for the Sena’s — and Mr. Danve’s — prestige in the region as he had been defeated by BJP’s Prashant Bamb from Ganagapur Assembly seat in the 2014 elections when both parties had contested separately.last_img read more

Beer fear: Japan urged to stock up for Rugby World Cup

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Iker Casillas released from hospital, uncertain about future Rugby World Cup bosses have warned Japanese hosts about running out of beer before, during, and after the international tournament. (Stock photo)TOKYO — When hosting an international rugby tournament and welcoming thirsty fans from around the world, the last thing you want to do is run out of beer.That’s the message from Rugby World Cup bosses to Japanese hosts as they gear up for the global showcase that kicks off on September 20.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He added that hosts were keen to seize on the commercial opportunities and hoped to leave fans with a good impression to entice them back as tourists.Heineken is a global sponsor for the Rugby World Cup and will be sold at stadiums and other officially sanctioned areas.And brewer Kirin, which produces Heineken in Japan, said it will review ticket sales and other data to make sure there is enough beer flowing.“This will be a great opportunity to showcase our products to the world,” said Naomi Sasaki, a Kirin spokeswoman. “We want our guests to really enjoy the quality of Japanese beers.”The Rugby World Cup opening ceremony is on September 20 with hosts Japan taking on Russia in Tokyo in the opening match. The final will be played in Yokohama on November 2.ADVERTISEMENT Japan is the first Asian country to host the World Cup and may be unfamiliar with rugby culture, organizers said, including a healthy thirst for beer – before, during, and after the action on the pitch.Rugby bosses have warned host cities about running out of ale, using anecdotes such as when Australian and Irish fans drank the city of Adelaide dry, forcing emergency supplies to be brought in from surrounding areas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAround two million liters of beer were downed at stadiums and nearby areas during the 2015 Rugby World Cup with rugby fans having a reputation for outdrinking their football counterparts.Rugby culture “is not widely known in Japan,” admitted a spokesman for the World Cup organizing committee, confirming the message was being passed on to host cities. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Games will take place in 12 host cities all over Japan, from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the country’s far west. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

2012 Queensland Junior State Championships

first_imgQueensland Touch Association’s (QTA) Junior State Championships will be played this Saturday, 8 September and Sunday, 9 September at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane, with teams coming from right across the state to participate. The event will be contested by the six Queensland regions; Brisbane City Cobras, South West Queensland Swans, Central Queensland Bulls, South Queensland Sharks, Sunshine Coast Pineapples and North Queensland Tropical Cyclones. They will compete across the Under 12’s, Under 14’s and Under 16’s age categories in both Boys and Girls divisions.  The event will also be used to select the Under 14’s and Under 16’s Queensland representative sides for their tour of Canberra later in the year. The Under 12’s Queensland Merit teams will also be selected at the event. For all the latest news and information from the 2012 Queensland Junior State Championships, be sure to visit the event website: LinksJunior State Champslast_img read more

Strong Security Being Maintained at Ports of Entry – Minister Bunting

first_img National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Government remains committed to maintaining the island’s ports of entry at globally competitive standards.“We understand that for an airport to be globally competitive, it needs not just to be safe and secure and difficult to traffic contraband through, but it also has to be enjoyable for your clients, your customers, who are the passengers going through,”Mr. Bunting said while speaking at Wednesday’s (September 4) handing over ceremony for the newly refurbished Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) police station in Kingston.Mr. Bunting said initial meetings held with the Ministries of Tourism and Entertainment, and Transport, Works and Housing as well as the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) yielded consensus of the need to ensure that the standards of the ports, particularly airports, “not only meet but exceed the expectations of the most discriminating visitors.” This,  as “our airports (are) not competing locally, (but) globally.”He pointed out that the Ministry plays a “critical” role in ensuring that competitiveness in terms of immigration services, and security protocol.  In this regard, he said, the Ministry undertook the re-engineering of outgoing immigration services, which, he contended, have been “very successful”.“The transit times have improved quite dramatically, and we have been able to re-deploy some of those immigration officers to the incoming immigration (section). I have now asked the Chief Executive Officer of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) to work on, if not eliminating, at least similarly re-engineering the incoming immigration and, hopefully, eliminating it for our nationals,” the Minister advised.In terms of security, Mr. Bunting said the Ministry and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) continue to recruit police personnel “at good pace” for deployment to the island’s ports. This move, he notes, has among other things, resulted in an increase in the quantity of narcotics intercepted, and interdictions this year.“While it, on one hand, reflects the hard work of our team, I think, also, it reflects that there is increased activity by narcotics traffickers. This (narcotics trafficking) is one of the activities that threatens the normal operations of an airport (and) threatens the viability of some of your wholesale customers, like your airlines and your cargo handlers, etcetera. We are conscious that we have to re-double efforts, now, to ensure that these…facilities are not exploited for illicit means,” the Minister said.Against this background, Mr. Bunting gave the Ministry’s assurance and JCF’s commitment to continue cooperating to address such issues. He emphasised that technology will be pivotal in that endeavour, adding that “we can effectively use the technology to support the policing activities, not just in detection, but also in prevention.”Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, who also spoke at the ceremony, advised that the JCF recently revamped the structure for its ports security portfolio.“(That area is) now under the command of a Senior Superintendent of Police, who is Mr. (Anthony) Powell, and he will have charge over all the subdivisions of the ports portfolio, which includes Norman Manley (airport) and the other ports around Jamaica,” Mr. Ellington informed.The facilities at the Norman Manley International Airport police station have been significantly improved following its renovation and expansion at a cost of approximately $23 million.The work, which was funded by Norman Manley International Airport Limited (NMIA)/Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), included extensive refurbishing of offices, bathrooms, interview rooms, changing rooms for police officers, and the kitchen/canteen, among other areas. The project was undertaken in three phases over some 12 months. The JCF continues to recruit police personnel “at good pace” for deployment to the island’s ports The Government remains committed to maintaining the island’s ports of entry at globally competitive standards Story Highlights The Ministry plays a “critical” role in ensuring that competitiveness in terms of immigration serviceslast_img read more

The Latest Pushback on Trumps oil trains rule

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. — The Latest on the Trump administration’s miscalculation of safety benefits of electronic brakes for oil trains (all times local):12:15 p.m.Supporters of more advanced brakes on trains hauling explosive fuels are pushing back against a Trump administration decision to scrap their mandatory use following the revelation that derailment risks were miscalculated.A senior adviser to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Robert Duff, said Thursday that federal officials should reconsider the safety advantages of electronic brakes after The Associated Press found some benefits were ignored.Railroads were required to begin installing the brakes under a 2015 rule prompted by a string of fiery derailments involving oil and ethanol shipments.The AP found that when Trump administration killed the rule in September, it omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using the brakes.Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error but said it was unintentional and does not affect the repeal.__12 a.m.The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it cancelled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels.A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in potential reduced damages from using electronic brakes. The error could stoke criticism from supporters of the rule.Department of Transportation officials acknowledged the error after it was discovered by The Associated Press during a review of federal documents. Still, they said it was unintentional and would not have made a difference.The brake rule was adopted under President Barack Obama following a string of fiery derailments of trains hauling oil and ethanol.The railroad and oil industries have pushed to cancel the rule citing its high costs.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fatal collision south of Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie Rural RCMP responded to a fatal collision early Sunday on Highway 40.At approximately 12:15 a.m. on February 17, 2019, the RCMP were called to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 40 approximately 20 km south of Grande Prairie.The collision happened near Norboard and involved a jeep and two semi-trucks. The 34-year-old male driver of the jeep was pronounced deceased at the scene. The collision has been cleared, and traffic flow has returned to normal. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more