Usain Bolt: ‘No hard feelings’ after losing Olympic gold

first_imgCarter, 31, has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision to strip him and the Jamaican team of their 2008 Olympic 4×100 meters relay gold and is awaiting a hearing.But, as it stands, Bolt can no longer claim to have completed the “triple triple” of nine successive Olympic sprint titles.Bolt, who once said returning one of his gold medals would be “heartbreaking,” is philosophical about the matter — though he says he is yet to speak with Carter.”It’s just one of those things that happens in life,” the 100m and 200m world-record holder told CNN.”Until I see him I can’t really say he did it on purpose or it was a mistake or I should be angry. Until I actually sit down and look at him face-to-face and talk to him, (I) don’t know how I’m going to react.”last_img read more

Don’t rush it, ISSA! – UWI researcher urges caution with student-transfer regulations

first_img NCAA SCHOLARSHIPS She reported that research shows that student athletes from schools with track-and-field programmes of high repute tend to get scholarships to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 universities, while those from smaller high schools often go to US junior colleges. “The transition rate for leaving from a junior college to senior college is less than two per cent, and the transition period is about four years. After about four years, most people don’t transition,” she added. She suggests a five-year timeline in which emerging schools could bolster their academic programmes enough to give student athletes better opportunities to qualify for better scholarships. “I would recommend, you see schools emerging, a Petersfield, Green Island, Bridgeport – Jazeel Murphy came from there – you start putting in remedial programmes in place. You look at these students and think about mentoring. But until you can do that, allow them to move.” She notes that such programmes are already in place in schools noted for track and field. “I know (schools like) Calabar, JC, KC have old boys, and they mentor those students”, she said. Irving, who has also partnered with Olympian Vilma Charlton to unearth the genetic background for, the Jamaican sprint prowess, says money is a key resource. “We have found in our research that finances is one of the major criteria that determines if you transition or if you don’t transition,” she said. “If you don’t have the money to support the health plan, the food and nutrition, the psychology, it means that you are going to be left behind.” That led to a singular conclusion. “Until those things are put in place, I don’t think we should have this transfer rule,” she surmised. “Yes, have the transfer rule, but develop a system to ensure that people are not victimised by this transfer rule,” she concluded. Dr Rachael Irving, research fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI), thinks ISSA should wait before implementing its new transfer regulations. In the interim, schools with modest track and field programmes could be strengthened before the regulations come into force. Should ISSA, go ahead as planned, Irving projects that Jamaica will lose its edge in global sprinting and that youngsters will lose important opportunities. Irving’s suggestion is based on the findings of a 2016 UWI research project she spearheaded. “Only six per cent of those who run at the elite junior level transition to the senior level”, she explained. “Most of those who transition are from the athletic schools. As a matter of fact, looking at the data, about 0.05 per cent of those from the schools that aren’t equipped transition,” she revealed of the study entitled ‘Transitional Nurturing Determines Elite Performance in Sprinting.’ The study concluded that “students who attended high schools with well-established track-and-field programmes are more likely to represent Jamaica at the Olympics and World Championships”. Irving said that if the rules are implemented as planned, she projects that “another 10 years, if it’s like that, if it stays the same, then we will perform less”. Irving outlined the outlook of parents who entertain the thought of their children changing schools. “If I’m at a school where if I get sick, I can’t be taken care of, we have no network, I do not have the money to send my child or get a good doctor to see my child, I’m going to send that child somewhere, even though I’m emotionally attached to that child, where life will be better and eventually it will mean better for me. Maybe I’m not educated, but I see by sending my child to a Calabar, a KC (Kingston College), a JC (Jamaica College), the child will get an education, plus, the child might be a national representative”.last_img read more

Four border crossers swept away in tunnel

first_imgPHOENIX – Thirty-eight illegal immigrants balanced on a catwalk inside a tunnel they hoped would take them to the United States. Flood waters rose above their feet as they struggled to stand, but the ranging waters swept four of them away, to the horror of their companions. U.S. Border Patrol agents who rescued the other 34 immigrants say rather than risk getting caught by agents above ground, the smuggler tried moving his human cargo in the flood-control tunnel underneath Nogales, Ariz., and a Mexican border town by the same name. Until three years ago, the Grand Tunnel was a popular route among border crossers. Traffic subsided after the Border Patrol installed doors to the tunnel, but the doors have to be opened when flood waters come, otherwise Nogales, Mexico, would be inundated. The 38 immigrants who braved flood waters Thursday had entered the tunnel around 4 a.m., said Nogales police Sgt. Jack Lopez. At the time, a thunderstorm was brewing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2last_img read more

Boardroom and boss changes needed says Dundee United fans group

first_imgDundee United need changes in both the boardroom and dugout according to the chairman of leading supporters’ group the ArabTRUST.Gavin Muir watched as his side were resigned to almost certain relegation after losing 3-1 to Hamilton Accies on Sunday and wants both Mixu Paatelainen and Stephen Thompson to depart the Tayside club.Midfielder John Rankin admitted United would need a football miracle to avoid the drop as they sit eight points adrift of Kilmarnock with just four games remaining.While Muir wants to see the back of the club’s Finnish manager, who has won just 19 points from a possible 72 since taking over in October, he understands a longer process will be required when it comes to a change of directors. Calling for a controlled handover of power and the introduction of interim directors to source investment, Muir told STV: “The next important thing for the club is to ensure a good level of season ticket sales and for that to happen there needs to be changes both on and off the park.“Mixu’s record has been terrible, there’s no hiding from it. Performances have been very, very poor and we are where we are because we haven’t been good enough and that’s been echoed in the boardroom as well. “There’s no confidence amongst the support that the current board of directors can actually change things around.”Muir went on to reflect supporters’ fears that administration could be on the horizon as a result of the drop, saying it would be a fatal blow to the club. Annual accounts, released last week, showed the wage to turnover ratio has increased and player sales are required going forward to sustain operating losses.United’s figures also point out a “significant future funding requirement” would be needed within the next year if the club were to continue trading once dropping down to the Championship.Muir raised concerns over the loss of finances despite the income figures increasing on an annual basis, highlighting a lack of trust between supporters and the club’s board.“Administration would be Armageddon for the club and it’s something we all have to work towards ensuring doesn’t happen,” he added.“The club have had unprecedented levels of transfer income over the last few seasons and that should have put the club on a sound financial footing for several years to come. “But the club continue to have huge operating losses, nearly £800,000 in the last financial year and potentially even higher than that in this financial year. That’s not sustainable and the reasons for that has to lie with the current board.”last_img read more

Lyon president confirms interest in signing Dembele

first_img“He’s a phenomenal talent, he came in here a couple of years ago and has developed how we thought he would.“They come in to develop at a great club and then look to move on, but it has to work both ways.“We don’t want to lose a a top-class player without having a replacement so it’s ongoing discussions, really.” “We are interested in Dembele,” Aulas said. “We got in touch with him, he’s interested. It’s a possible path, but there are others.”Speaking ahead of Celtic’s Europa League qualifier with Suduva, Rodgers said he didn’t want to lose the striker without having a replacement lined up.He said: “There’s a lot going on with Moussa at the moment so Moussa and his representatives have been speaking to the club today.“There is speculation around him, of course, but Moussa is not a player we want to lose. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed the club’s interest in signing Moussa Dembele from Celtic and said the striker is keen on the move.Dembele missed training on Wednesday to hold talks with the Scottish champions over his future after learning of interest from elsewhere.Brendan Rodgers said there was “big interest” from another club but, as yet, no official bid had been lodged.Aulas, the Lyon powerbroker, told a media conference later on Wednesday the French giants were keen on signing the former Fulham forward, and believes the player wants to return to France.last_img read more

Yoga Helps NC Detention Facility Breathe Easier

first_imgA dozen or more people sitting on mats and practicing deep breathing exercises is not what you’d expect to see at a detention facility, but it’s happening in at least one in North Carolina – with positive results.The Buncombe County Detention Facility has embarked on a pilot program to bring volunteer yoga instructors to inmates at their facility in hopes it will give them coping mechanisms both inside and outside the facility. The program is the brainchild of Val Lamberti, the facility’s inmate volunteer coordinator.“They feel less anxiety and they’re better able to tolerate the isolation of being in detention,” said Lamberti. “They can relate how important it is to know that they are somewhat in control of their body.”Lamberti said the yoga program is an effort to accommodate inmates now housed up to two years, because of a change in state policy for all local detention facilities. A University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill study of inmates participating in yoga at a Raleigh facility found that they had a significantly lower rate of reincarceration upon release.Paige Gilchrist of the Asheville Yoga Center, who has been instructing the classes since the program began, said the skills learned in yoga could help participants cope with the outside world once they are released.“We gave them free passes, hoping that when they’re back out in the world that this is something that they will continue and they’ll have an immediate support system to link into,” she said. “It feels like the right thing to do if our goal is really to help these people reintegrate into society.”Lamberti said the detention center already is seeing results.“Being able to see that and see their smiles. I’ve seen several of them who have come back for the second program,” she said. “They’re in a totally different place.”The Buncombe County facility now is in the second session of its pilot program. At the end of each session, participants receive a book to continue their studies and a completion certificate from the Asheville Yoga Center. There is a similar program at the Craggy Correctional Center.The UNC study is online at prisonyoga.org.last_img read more

Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 14

first_imgShare This!The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.So you survived Friday the 13th….sounds like you deserve some playtime!Weekly Crowd LevelDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weekly Weather ReportDon’t pack your sunscreen away just yet! It’s still summer out there!Check out the latest weather forecast here.Weekly Park Hours and Admission It’s all about Halloween Horror nights, and for the rest of the month, you can plan on Universal Studios closing early most nights for the special ticket event, except on Monday and Tuesday.CityWalk is open until 2am daily, and self parking is free after 6pm.Single-day park tickets will be at Value pricing Monday through Thursday. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult, and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax). A one-day ticket for Volcano Bay will be $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).On Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, single-day park tickets will switch to Peak pricing. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will be $124 per adult, and $119 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $179 per adult and $174 per child (plus tax). If you are really ambitious and want to hit all three parks in the same day, those tickets will cost you $219 per adult and $214 per child (plus tax).Notable HighlightsA Celebration of Harry Potter vacation packages are now available to book! This exclusive event will take place January 26-28, 2018. There are packages for Florida Residents, Passholders, the general public, and let’s not forget the Premium package for the die-hard Potterheads! Quantities are limited, so accio your package quickly!Take your text messages to the next level with the new Unimoji Keyboard. Guys. There is a Velociraptor emoji. Need I say more?!? Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.(Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando Blog)There are no planned closures or refurbishments at this time.See you next week!last_img read more

Young population a goldmine for sub-Saharan countries: UN

first_img18 November 2014Sub-Saharan countries can realise a demographic dividend as much as US$500-billion a year for 30 years if they repeated the East Asian experience by making the right investments in young people.According to The State of World Population 2014 report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on 18 November, sub-Saharan countries constitute a huge chunk of the 1.8-billion young people in a world population of 7.3-billion.The report states that about nine out of 10 people between the ages 10 and 24 live in less developed countries. In Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, half the population is under 18.“In Chad, Niger and Uganda, half are under 16. In six countries—five in sub-Saharan Africa and Israel—populations are actually “youthening’ rather than ageing, meaning their median age is projected to decline from 2010 to 2015,’ according to the report.In countries like Burundi and Niger, this youthening process will continue until 2020 before reversing. A report by the World Economic Forum (2014) stated that Nigeria’s GDP per capita would be almost 12% higher by 2020 and 29% higher by 2030, simply as a result of demographic shifts and increases in life expectancies.These shifts in the age structure towards younger populations present an unprecedented opportunity to catapult developing economies forward through a “demographic dividend’. The report gives an example of the “economic miracle’ experienced by East Asian economies and says a similar development can happen in sub-Saharan Africa.In the 1950s and 1960s, several East Asian countries invested heavily in young people’s capabilities and in expanding their access to voluntary family planning, enabling families to start families later and have fewer children. The “dividends’ for these countries were immense. The Republic of South Korea, for instance, realised per-capita GDP grow about 2200% between 1950 and 2008.The report describes a demographic dividend as “the economic growth potential that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure, mainly when the share of the working-age population, 15 to 64, is larger than the non-working-age share of the population, 14 and younger or 65 and older’.But a demographic dividend depends on how well countries create an enabling environment for growth, according to the report. More importantly, countries should create good conditions for young people to make a safe and healthy transition from adolescence to adulthood, acquire the skills they need to find good jobs and succeed in a dynamic economy, enjoy their rights and realize their full potential.In addition, there should be policies in place that empower young people. These policies should dovetail with efforts to actively engage young people in decisions that affect their lives and shape their future.“Today’s record 1.8-billion young people present an enormous opportunity to transform the future. Young people are the innovators, creators, builders and leaders of the future. But they can transform the future only if they have skills, health, decision-making, and real choices in life,’ says UNFPA executive director Dr Babatunde Osotimehim.Countries striving for a demographic dividend should ensure the gains result in growth that benefit all people, according to Osotimehim. “It is easy to talk about the demographic dividend in terms of money, savings and economic growth, which have so far excluded many. The demographic dividend must be harnessed to archive inclusive growth and offer opportunities and well-being for all,’ he says.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Finally, A Practical Use for Second Life

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How it Works: CICP (Think HTTP for Virtual Worlds)Some of the company’s solutions involve using a proprietary virtual world, “Glasshouse,” for data visualization, but for Second Life, Sun’s Wonderland, and other virtual world users, they’ve developed adapters that project graphs from Glasshouse into whichever virtual world you’re using. The only requirement is that the virtual world be CICP-enabled. CICP, or Content Injection and Control Protocol, was developed in-house by Green Phosphor CEO Ben Linquist and released to the public domain. The standard, cross-platform protocol essentially serves as HTTP for virtual worlds where it works as a communication mechanism that the Glasshouse gateway can use to generate temporary artifacts in the worlds. Already it has been added to Sun Wonderland and released under the GPL license there. It has also been implemented in Second Life with the help of a Java servlet and released under a BSD license. The company is currently working to add it to other virtual worlds, too. When you think of virtual worlds, the first one that probably pops into your head is Second Life, but in reality, there are a number of different virtual worlds out there. There are worlds for socializing, worlds for gaming, even worlds for e-learning. But one thing that most virtual worlds have in common is that they are places for play, not practicality. (Yes, even the e-learning worlds are designed with elements of “fun” in mind). Outside of some reports that virtual worlds will replace web conferencing in the enterprise, we haven’t seen a lot of innovation in this space which would make businesses sit up and take notice. However, that may be about to change thanks to new software that lets you perform data visualization and manipulation techniques within the virtual world environment. About Glasshouse The software, Glasshouse by Green Phosphor, lets you take data from either a spreadsheet or database query and place a 3D representation of it into a virtual world environment where it can then be explored interactively. Users are inserted into the virtual world as an avatar which can then manipulate the visualization of the data by drilling down into it, re-sorting it, or even just spinning it around to see it from all angles. The benefits to working with data in this way don’t really need to be touted too much – many businesses already perform data visualization, often using expensive software and powerful computers to do so. What makes what Green Phosphor does so interesting is not that they’ve come up with a way to visualize data – it’s that they’ve come up with a way to leverage the platforms of virtual worlds to do so. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts sarah perez If you have Java installed, you can test their web-based virtual world demo by clicking here (launches Java window). For more information about their solutions, visit GreenPhosphor.com. Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#Visualization#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Data Viz for Anyone: From Spreadsheets to BiotechDepending on company size, there are three different levels of service available. First, a spreadsheet world lets you upload Excel spreadsheets that can then be visualized in a web interface. Next, there’s a workgroup appliance that delivers data visualization and virtual conferencing needs to small or medium-sized businesses. And finally, enterprise solutions designed especially for virtual markets like bio-technology have also been developed as more customized solutions. As Linquist explains in this YouTube video, the technology is even advanced enough to produce a virtual laboratory where researchers can perform model-based drug development. last_img read more

Cloud Computing Security: The Road to a Secure Cloud is Likely to be a Long One

first_imgSecurity threats are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated.  A survey by Arbor Networks about Infrastructure Security found that:30 percent of organizations report seeing Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) against their internal networks over the last year.All organizations reported seeing at least some level of application-layer attacksOrganizations reported a dramatic rise in the number of DDoS attacks10 percent of Data Centers surveyed saw more than 100 DDoS attacks per month20 percent report having had a mobile outage over the past year as a result of a security incidentAttacks against Web Services up 17 percent over the previous yearIt’s no wonder that security is still ranked top or very high on the list of concerns of organizations when considering cloud computing.58 percent of IT professionals rank security as their biggest concern when considering to adopt cloud services, and 60 percent say that the security procedures and policies provided is an important factor that is considered when selecting a cloud provider, according to the recently reported Data Health Check report prepared by Databarrack.Similar concerns about security were reflected in a different survey of IT professionals taken by Avere Systems.  That report found that 60 percent of organizations said that cloud security is one of their top concerns when considering cloud adoption.  Other challenges/barriers related to cloud adoption mentioned were organizational resistance (53 percent) and performance issues (29 percent).  The major benefits of moving to the cloud cited by 60 percent of professionals in the Avere survey were cost savings, and data recovery and business continuity.Reports by 451 Research, CloudPassage and IDG Enterprise also all found that IT groups rank security as their major concern.Peter Groucutt, managing director for Databarracks, said that “security is always going to be the major priority for those considering a move to cloud services, as you are often trusting a third party with your company’s most sensitive data.  However… organizations are no longer seeing this as a roadblock, but rather an opportunity to review their current security practices and implement effective new policies that protect their data and enable a more confident move to cloud services.”last_img read more