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February 10, 2020
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Champs highly fancied! … Calabar set for tight battle, Edwin Allen set for runaway win

first_imgCalabar High and Edwin Allen High schools will certainly retain their respective titles at the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Well, at least that’s what the experts believe. However, it isn’t that simple. The challengers are plenty, and determination and ambition run deep in the rival ranks, meaning that the defending champions will have to sharpen their swords and lift their shields over the next five days as we brace for another exciting race to the top of high-school athletics. Twenty-one preliminary events are scheduled for today’s opening day of action at the National Stadium, with a number of top athletes getting the chance to make an early impression. EVENTS Among today’s events, the Class One Boys’ long jump, the Girls’ Class Two shot put, the sprint hurdles, Girls’ Class One discus, as well as the 400m preliminaries, will all take focus. Edwin Allen enter this year’s championships at the top end of what appears to be a growing dynasty, having won back-to-back Girls’ titles and three of the last four. Tuned by Michael Dyke and led by captain and top sprinter Shellece Clarke, the girls from Frankfield, Clarendon, boast a well-rounded unit, which threatens to increase the gap between themselves and their rivals beyond the 100 points gulf that underlined their dominance in 2015. That’s bad news for the chasing pack, which, this year, is being headed by the girls from St Jago High, with the ever-improving Hydel High and old warriors Holmwood Technical all showing promise this season. They will, however, have to wait a while longer as based on their form this year, there is little to suggest that anyone will have enough to unseat a well-oiled Edwin Allen machine. Things are expected to be a lot closer among the boys, where four-time defending champions Calabar will be looking to add to their 25 titles. With the excellent Christopher Taylor leading their talented crop of sprinters, and Warren Barrett again taking charge of the throws corps, the Red Hills Road-based Calabar unit seems more than capable of holding off what is expected to be a fierce challenge from old foes Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC). 4x400m RELAY It’s a battle that will most likely take us into the curtain-closing 4x400m relay Open event, with early projections tipping Calabar to ultimately lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy, with a 20-odd points victory over KC. So there’s hardly any margin for error. Kingston College – winless since 2009 – have a few Titans of their own, with the likes of quarter-mile record holder Akeem Bloomfield and Class One double sprint gold medal hopeful Jhevaughn Matherson expected to carry major points for the Fortis clan. Jamaica College, who last tasted title success in 2011, have been steady, if not spectacular, throughout the season quietly going about their business at the various development meets. They should make much of the early noise at these championships, with the jumping standout O’Brien Wasome expected to fire a few warning shots in the long jump pit. Whether they have enough to upset the Calabar-KC duopoly will depend a lot on their execution in the events that they are expected to dominate and their ability to steal points from their rivals on a regular basis. Either way, the stage has been set for the 106th staging of what is widely viewed as the best event of its kind, a showpiece of excellence where age group athletics performance is concerned. The first strides will be taken today, and we are bound to get to a glorious end for some and anguish for others, but there are sure to be many memorable stops along the way.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Governor seeks billions for state prison reform

first_imgNORCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured a prison for low-level offenders and drug addicts Tuesday while campaigning for an $11 billion reform and building package that he says will alleviate severe overcrowding at the state’s 33 prisons. The governor toured parts of the California Rehabilitation Center and met with Warden Guillermina Hall before speaking with reporters in the prison yard. He was accompanied by Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton. The prison, which sits on a hilltop below the snowcapped San Bernardino Mountains about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was built for 2,300 prisoners but now holds 4,500. A gym that was meant for rehabilitation and job training now holds 300 metal, double-decked bunk beds, while 335 inmates are on a waiting list for substance abuse programs there. Schwarzenegger said such overcrowding leads to California’s 70 percent recidivism rate because inmates are not given adequate job training and addiction counseling. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s dangerous for the inmates and it’s dangerous for the staff. There’s no room for rehabilitation in some of these facilities,” he said. “Here, they’re doing the best job but they will all tell you if they had more room, more beds available … they’d be able to do a better job.” California’s prisons were designed for 100,000 inmates but hold nearly twice that number. The overcrowding is the subject of three separate lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout Northern California. last_img read more

December 17, 2019
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Ohioans serving wheat growers at the national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two Ohioans have been elected to serve the nation’s wheat growers at the national level.Doug Goyings of Paulding was elected to serve on the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) executive board during the joint winter USW and National Association of Wheat Growers board meeting in Washington, D.C.Goyings is a fourth generation grain farmer with more than thirty-five years of experience working on behalf of wheat and agriculture.“I am honored to serve this industry that is so important to my family and our country,” Goyings said. “We need a strong, united industry guiding us forward as we overcome many pressing issues including future trade agreements. I am honored to continue our positive momentum and serve on the executive board.”Goyings is a board member of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff and previously served three terms as chair. He will utilize his hands-on leadership experience from current and past positions during his four-year term on the USW officer committee. Goyings is the first member of the USW executive board to serve from Ohio.“We’d like to congratulate Doug on his new leadership position,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “He will be a true asset to USW and his work as an officer will undoubtedly benefit all U.S. wheat farmers.”USW is a worldwide organization that focuses on developing, maintaining and expanding international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers. USW activities in more than 100 countries are made possible through farmer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat checkoffs and cost-share funding provided by USDA/Foreign Agricultural Services.Rachael Vonderhaar of Camden was elected to serve as the secretary/ treasurer of the Wheat Foods Council during the annual winter board meeting.“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the leadership team for the Wheat Foods Council,” Vonderhaar said. “I am excited to share the story of the U.S. wheat farmers with American consumers.”Vonderhaar is a fifth generation grain farmer and the secretary of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff.“We are very excited that Rachael was elected by her peers for this leadership position,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “She is passionate about promoting agriculture and the benefits of wheat foods.”The Wheat Foods Council is an industry-wide partnership dedicated to increasing domestic wheat foods consumption through nutrition information, research, education and promotional programs. The council provides health professionals and select influencer groups with valid science-based reasons to recommend wheat and wheat-based foods and to encourage their inclusion in a healthful eating plan.last_img read more

December 16, 2019
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MP3tunes Wants You to “Buy Anywhere, Listen Everywhere”

first_imgfrederic lardinois 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#news#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… MP3tunes, which offers cloud storage and playback for your music library, just launched a new initiative called “Buy Anywhere, Listen Everywhere” which highlights how the service’s users can buy music from any of the major online music vendors like iTunes, Amazon or Napster and then sync this music wirelessly with any MP3tunes compatible device. MP3tunes currently supports Android phones, iOS devices and a number of Internet-connected radios. According to MP3tunes founder and CEO Michael Robertson, the company wants to ensure that users have the ability to “shop [for their music] at any store and use it with any device.” Thanks to an update to the service’s native Android app, users can now, for example, buy a song using their Android phone and listen to that song on an iPod touch or Logitech Squeezebox within minutes. Similarly, iTunes users can download songs on their PCs and then play the music back on their Android phones or through MP3tunes’ web interface. Sadly, Airband, the MP3tunes iOS app, hasn’t been updated to take advantage of Apple’s new multitasking features yet. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App For a closer look at MP3tunes, also see our in-depth review of the service from earlier this year. MP3tunes currently offers all of its users free 2GB music lockers, but the company is in the process of upgrading all of these accounts to 10GB of free storage. For $4.95 per month, users can also expand their lockers to 50GB. Competitors: Other Music Lockers and Streaming Music ServicesApple is rumored to be launching an online version of iTunes in the near future, though the chances that Apple will offer users the ability to wirelessly sync this music with an Android phone are rather slim. Other MP3tunes competitors include MeCanto, which offers streaming to Android and Symbian phones, and pSonar, which offers unlimited storage but doesn’t offer mobile streaming or downloads.In addition, the growing popularity of streaming music services like MOG and Rdio also poses a number of challenges for music locker services like MP3tunes. Some of these – like Rdio – already scan their users’ library for music that is also available on their services and then make these songs easily available on their services without forcing users to upload their complete music library. This was one of the features that made Lala so popular, though it remains to be seen if Apple plans to offer a similar service once it relaunches Lala.last_img read more

September 11, 2019
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OBITUARY Glenn C McKenzie 56

first_imgHAVERHILL, MA — Glenn C. McKenzie, 56, of Haverhill and formerlyly of Beverly Farms, passed away on Monday peacefully at his home.Glenn was born February 4, 1962, son of Paul C. and Ellen (Frost) McKenzie.Glenn attended St. Margaret’s and Beverly Public Schools. He had a long career in the trucking and construction industry, most recently employed by the Benevento Companies of Wilmington, Mass.He is survived by Maryanne Dimento of Haverhill and her children, a brother and his wife, Scott and Pamela McKenzie of Rowley, John McKenzie of Beverly Farms and Robert and Kathy McKenzie of Stuart, Florida.Services will be private.Glenn C. McKenzieLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Peter C. Carlson, 76In “Obituaries”last_img read more

August 31, 2019
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GSI discovers huge lime mud deposits

first_imgKolkata: In a significant achievement in Marine Mineral Exploration, Geological Survey of India (GSI) has stumbled upon huge lime mud deposits off Gujarat and Maharashtra coast.The officers of GSI’s Marine & Coastal Survey (MCS) Division located at Mangalore has discovered about 72,000 million tonne of lime mud resource, which they feel is a probable solution to the scarcity of high grade limestone in the country.”India has a large resource of limestone on land, but 97 percent of it is of cement grade and only 3 percent is of steel and chemical grade. Our industrial requirement for steel, blast furnace and chemical grade limestone are met from imports. We are hopeful that this discovery will help our country to cut down on imports of limestone for steel, pharmaceutical and other industries,” said Dr Dinesh Gupta, Director General of GSI at a media conference on Thursday. Officials from GSI’s MCS division, located at Mangalore, joined through video conference. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe lime mud resource has been estimated from an area of 6603 sqkm of Arabian Sea with its location at 80-100 km from coast at 55 to 120 m water depth. It may be mentioned that Carbonate rock like limestone and dolomite are important raw materials for the cement, paint, glass and steel industries.Bench scale beneficiation and agglomeration studies carried out at Regional Mineral Processing Laboratory, Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Bangalore to understand the industrial utility of offshore lime mud found its suitability for cement and filler industries, flux in blast furnaces in steel plants and steel melting shops. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDG, GSI also announced the discovery of massive marine sand (construction sand) deposits off Kerala coast.”There is an acute shortage of sand in Kerala and the construction industries in the state are looking for alternative sources. At present, the only alternative available is M-Sand (Manufactured Sand) which is a crushed product of hard rocks. This reserve of good quality sand will immensely benefit construction industry in the state,” a senior GSI official said. More than 745 million tonne of sand has been estimated off Ponnani, Chavakkad, Alleppey and Kollam at four blocks off Kerala coast.last_img read more

August 31, 2019
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Metro Railway conducts free health checkup camp for commuters

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway has organised free health check up camps for its passengers in all metro stations on Monday on the occasion of Dr Bidhann Chandra Roy’s birth and death anniversary.According to metro authorities, the health- check up camps were organised in association with Rotary International District 3291 at 24 metro stations. Satyaki Nath, principal chief operations manager of Metro Railway, inaugurated the camps from Park Street metro station by lighting a lamp. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOther senior officers of Metro Railway were also present in the programme. Metro Railway authorities informed that a large number of daily commuters availed the opportunity and got their health check-up done free of cost at the metro stations. Doctors from reputed city hospitals were present in these camps. The volunteers in the camps checked the blood sugar-level, blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), eye and general health of commuters. Reports were immediately handed over to the commuters on the spot. According to metro officials, they have received positive response from the commuters regarding health check up camps. Apart from the camps, awareness posters on Thalassemia made by schoolchildren for creating awareness in commuters about the disease and its prevention were displayed at Park Street Station.last_img read more

August 26, 2019
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Julia for machine learning Will the new language pick up pace

first_imgMachine learning can be done using many languages, with Python and R being the most popular. But one language has been overlooked for some time—Julia. Why isn’t Julia machine learning a thing? Julia isn’t an obvious choice for machine learning simply because it’s a new language that has only recently hit version 1.0. While Python is well-established, with a large community and many libraries, Julia simply doesn’t have the community to shout about it. And that’s a shame. Right now Julia is used in various fields. From optimizing milk production in dairy farms to parallel supercomputing for astronomy, Julia has a wide range of applications. A common theme here is that these actions all require numerical, scientific, and sometimes parallel computation. Julia is well-suited to the sort of tasks where intensive computation is essential. Viral Shah, CEO of Julia Computing said to Forbes “Amazon, Apple, Disney, Facebook, Ford, Google, Grindr, IBM, Microsoft, NASA, Oracle and Uber are other Julia users, partners and organizations hiring Julia programmers.” Clearly, Julia is powering the analytical nous of some of the most high profile organizations on the planet. Perhaps it just needs more cheerleading to go truly mainstream. Why Julia is a great language for machine learning Julia was originally designed for high-performance numerical analysis. This means that everything that has gone into its design is built for the very things you need to do to build effective machine learning systems. Speed and functionality Julia combines the functionality from various popular languages like Python, R, Matlab, SAS and Stata with the speed of C++ and Java. A lot of the standard LaTeX symbols can be used in Julia, with the syntax usually being the same as LaTeX. This mathematical syntax makes it easy for implementing mathematical formulae in code and make Julia machine learning possible. It also has in-built support for parallelism which allows utilization of multiple cores at once making it fast at computations. Julia’s loops and functions features are pretty fast, fast enough that you would probably notice significant performance differences against other languages. The performance can be almost comparable to C with very little code actually used. With packages like ArrayFire, generic code can be run on GPUs. In Julia, the multiple dispatch feature is very useful for defining number and array-like datatypes. Matrices, data tables work with good compatibility and performance. Julia has automatic garbage collection, a collection of libraries for mathematical calculations, linear algebra, random number generation, and regular expression matching. Libraries and scalability Julia machine learning can be done with powerful tools like MLBase.jl, Flux.jl, Knet.jl, that can be used for machine learning and artificial intelligence systems. It also has a scikit-learn implementation called ScikitLearn.jl. Although ScikitLearn.jl is not an official port, it is a useful additional tool for building machine learning systems with Julia. As if all those weren’t enough, Julia also has TensorFlow.jl and MXNet.jl. So, if you already have experience with these tools, in other implementations, the transition is a little easier than learning everything from scratch. Julia is also incredibly scalable. It can be deployed on large clusters quickly, which is vital if you’re working with big data across a distributed system. Should you consider Julia machine learning? Because it’s fast and possesses a great range of features, Julia could potentially overtake both Python and R to be the choice of language for machine learning in the future. Okay, maybe we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. But with Julia reaching the 1.0 milestone, and the language rising on the TIOBE index, you certainly shouldn’t rule out Julia when it comes to machine learning. Julia is also available to use in the popular tool Jupyter Notebook, paving a path for wider adoption. A note of caution, however, is important. Rather than simply dropping everything for Julia, it will be worth monitoring the growth of the language. Over the next 12 to 24 months we’ll likely see new projects and libraries, and the Julia machine learning community expanding. If you start hearing more noise about the language, it becomes a much safer option to invest your time and energy in learning it. If you are just starting off with machine learning, then you should stick to other popular languages. An experienced engineer, however, who already has a good grip on other languages shouldn’t be scared of experimenting with Julia – it gives you another option, and might just help you to uncover new ways of working and solving problems. Read next Julia 1.0 has just been released What makes functional programming a viable choice for artificial intelligence projects? Best Machine Learning Datasets for beginnerslast_img read more