SA’s one-two in 400m hurdles

first_img23 March 2006South Africa claimed a one-two in the men’s 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Thursday, with LJ van Zyl and Alwyn Myburgh finishing in the gold and silver medal positions.Van Zyl was the slowest man out of the blocks, but came back strongly to run a Games record of 48.05 seconds, overhauling his compatriot down the straight.Myburgh, who finished seventh in the Athens Olympics, ran a season’s best 48.23 to comfortably secure silver ahead of Jamaica’s Kemel Thompson, who finished in 48.65.Another South African, Ter de Villiers, finished seventh.Following in Hestrie’s footstepsSouth Africa’s successes in field events continued as 19-year-old Anika Smith followed in the footsteps of Hestrie Cloete by winning the women’s high jump.Smith equalled her personal best of 1.91 metres to finish three centimetres clear of Wales’ Julie Crane. Third place went to Karen Beautle of Jamaica.Back on the track, sprinter Geraldine Pillay added a bronze medal in the 200 metres to the silver medal she won in the 100 metres.Running in lane eight, Pillay ran superbly to claim third behind the Jamaican duo of Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell in a time of 22.92 seconds.Shooting silversSouth Africa’s shooting team won two more medals, both of them silver.Esmari van Reenen was squeezed out of first place by India’s Anuia Jung in the women’s 50 metres rifle prone. She finished on 670 points to the 670.7 of Jung.Byron Swanton, whose sister Diane won gold in the women’s trap, finished second in the men’s double trap.India’s Olympic silver medalist Rajyavardhan Rathore successfully defended the title he won four years ago in Manchester, while William Chetcuti of Malta won bronze. Former Olympic champion Russell Mark of Australia had to settle for fourth.Chauke in flyweight finalSouth Africa is assured of at least two more medals, both of them in the boxing ring.Jackson Chauke reached the flyweight final when he beat Uganda’s Martin Mubiri on points on Thursday. He faces England’s Don Broadhurst, who eliminated Jitender Kumar of India, for the gold medal.Welterweight Bongani Mwelase, who won gold at the 2005 Commonwealth Boxing Championships in Glasgow, stopped Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba in the second round of their quarterfinal contest to reach the semi-finals. Both losing semi-finalists win bronze medals.last_img read more

Service Members, Families & Communities Benefit from Outdoor Recreation

first_imgThe benefits of using nature contact or outdoor recreation with Service members are well documented, including contemplative, recreational, and hands-on habitat restoration activities.  In December 2015 MFLN Family Transitions hosted a webinar, Returning Warriors: Using Outdoor Recreation for Restoration & Resilience, that engaged military service providers to identify the value of transitioning service members’ participation in outdoor recreation;  analyze research related to using outdoor recreation; become familiar with formal and informal opportunities; and prepare to refer Service members to  recreational/outdoor opportunities. Facilitators for the webinar included Stacy Bare, Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and Keith Tidball, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University. Both are Veterans.Following the webinar MFLN Family Transitions connected with Stacy to learn more about the value of interacting with the outdoors and to seek advice for military service providers.MFLN Family Transitions (MFLN-FT): When you talk about ‘outdoor recreation’ what does that all involve?Stacy Bare (SB): Anything outdoors. Stop and take a look out your window into the backyard, take a walk around the block, cast a fly in your driveway or spend four months hiking the Appalachian Trail, a couple of days attempting to summit the Grand Teton or car camping with your family.MFLN-FT: Tell us about your favorite outdoor recreational activities and how you became involved.SB: I’m lucky enough to do a lot outdoors and have a lot of very kind friends who invite me on some really cool trips. Climbing saved my life and skiing sustains it, but what makes an activity great is the people you are with—and sometimes solo trips. My wife just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I’ve spent the last month doing a lot of cross country skiing because I’ve enjoyed the exercise and the easy nature of getting out into nature and on skis with a far shorter drive and far more spontaneously then I could go ski touring for example—so right now that’s my favorite.MFLN-FT: What are the benefits for service members and their families who participate in outdoor recreation?SB: The benefits are many, I’ll give you a short list here:Experiencing awe, which we’re learning through our partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at Cal-Berkeley and the Great Outdoors Lab has real physical and mental health benefitsCamaraderie and connecting with your friends and family, we also are learning it improves overall mental and family health resilienceSeeing the country you fought for—the actual physical countryLearning a new skill can be a benefitOften times a lot of laughterCreating a sense of purposeMFLN-FT: How might communities benefit when individuals become involved in outdoor recreation? SB: People who spend time outdoors we know are typically more empathetic and more curious, more willing to seek help and more willing to engage with strangers. That means if you have a community full of people who are engaging in outdoor recreation, they’re interested in meeting people, solving community problems, and they put themselves in the shoes of other folks. Who doesn’t want to live in an empathetic, caring community that’s working to help each other and find solutions to problems?MFLN-FT: Describe the Sierra Outdoors Program. SB: I like to think of us as the heart and soul of the Sierra Club. John Muir’s original vision of the Sierra Club was to get people outdoors to experience the beauty and joy of outdoor spaces. We still do that. We get out more than 250,000 people each year through three broad programs: Local Outings, which operate out of our 63 chapters nationwide, there are 400 plus groups doing everything from family picnics to movie nights to ski mountaineering, white water paddling, international trips, day hikes, etc. Inspiring Connections Outdoors works in 50+ communities nationwide to get people outside who otherwise may not have the opportunity. Finally, our newest program, started in 2006, is the Military Outdoors program which connects service members, veterans, and their families to the outdoors. I came to the Sierra Club in 2011 to redesign and relaunch the Military Outdoors program, which as a veteran of the war in Iraq, remains very close to my heart.MFLN-FT: How can military service providers connect service members & their families with your program or similar programs in their community?SB: Call us (385-209-5681), connect with us on Facebook, Twitter @SierraOutdoors, Instagram (stacyabare), or email [email protected] One of the things that is unique to our programs and that I’m most proud about is our volunteer leadership training. If we’re not doing something in your area or something you want to be doing, come get trained as a leader and we’ll have you leading a trip soon after that training. The thing to remember is that we don’t care what your background is or your current state of health—we will work with you so you can enjoy the outdoors how you want to under human power. There’s something for everyone outside.MFLN-FT: What advice do you have for service members who don’t want to participate in a formal program, but just want informal experiences? SB: We really hope that our program isn’t just getting people outside, but is inspiring folks to go out and do more and that people will leave our program and keep getting outside—so that’s a long way to say that I think most people get outside informally. You don’t have to use a lot of fancy gear, for most things jeans and good sneakers will work fine—Look first in your immediate community, where are the parks? If you’re active duty call the MWR office, see if you can rent gear, go talk to someone at your local outdoor store about where to go and what activities are available in the area and how to access them. Buy a guide book or watch a YouTube video about what you want to do, take a day class, go for a walk—just get outside!MFLN-FT: What is your vision related to military service members and their families related to outdoor recreation?SB: Long term I want every service member to be able to use at least a week of permissive TDY to get outside throughout the year. I’d love to see all mental health resiliency programs include an outdoor recreation component and outdoor recreation be a part of all mental health treatment programs vs. an alternative or elective treatment program.MFLN-FT: Please share any final thoughts (if any).SB: Go outside! Stacy Bare is a climber and skier, the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors (SCO), a brand ambassador for The North Face, Keen Shoes, and a veteran of the war in Iraq. SCO gets out 250,000+ people each year. Under his direction, SCO launched the Great Outdoors Lab with the University of California-Berkeley in 2014 to put scientifically defensible data behind the power of the outdoors to support improved mental, physical, and thereby public health with an emphasis on youth and military veterans. He is also the 2015 SHIFT Festival Adventure Athlete of the Year and a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. He, his wife, and their new daughter live in Salt Lake City, UT.last_img read more

Kejriwal says misconception is being spread about Lokpal

first_imgSeeking to dismiss the suggestion that the civil society members of the Lokpal panel were for a super-structure, RTI activist and joint drafting committe member Arvind Kejriwal said a “misconception is being spread (about the bill)”. “The Lokpal will not act like a super-structure. A misconception is being spread,” Kejriwal said, adding, it’s just that the investigating agencies will work independently. Asking “where will you find such angels”, columnist Tavleen Singh said while the investigating agencies themselves are not unblemished, “the Lokpal cannot curb corruption”. Singh, who was speaking at a public Lokpal debate, conducted by Headlines Today, said Parliament is the right place for making laws. Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, while responding to a question if he is not indulging in blackmail by threatening to launch satyagraha, said the government, instead of discussing the bill, tried all sorts of things such as making allegations against his team, in order to divert attention. “The government is lacking the will power,” he said. Congress MP Keshav Rao said the government is not opposed to the bill, but the manner in which the civil society members want to impose their will was objectionable.  Tehelka”s Editor Shoma Chaudhury said if corruption is to be rooted out, it has to begin at home. It is easy to make allegations without realizing how sensitive they can be, said Shoma. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Afridi fined but allowed to play county cricket

first_imgSuspended Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was forced to plead guilty of breaching PCB code of conduct after he was threatened to hand harsher punishment and withhold no-objection certificate to play abroad, according to sources.Reliable sources said that Afridi was given an ultimatum by the Pakistan Cricket Board and its disciplinary committee that he should admit he had breached the code of conduct or face harsh punishment.The sources said that Afridi refused to plead guilty twice in the day but finally relented to the threat, resulting to the 4.5 million rupees fine and the grant of NOC to play for Hampshire in English Twenty20 tournament.”It was not smooth at all. In fact, Afridi appeared before the disciplinary committee thrice before he agreed to admit his guilt and mistakes in breaching the code of conduct,” one source said.He said at the first hearing in the afternoon, Afridi was aggressive with the committee members and made it clear he would neither apologise nor admit his guilt as he had not done anything wrong.”The first hearing ended in a stalemate in 15 minutes time. Afridi was than called in again after an hour and told he would have to apologise or admit his guilt as part of his deal to seek a NOC from the Board and close the case.”He again refused pointing out that if he apologise or regret his actions he would lose face in the eyes of the public,” the source disclosed.The source said that it was after the second hearing that the Board’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, who was assisting the disciplinary committee, clearly told the all-rounder that he would have to apologise or admit his guilt if he does not want a harsher punishment.advertisement”Afridi was told in clear terms that the process could not move forward unless he apologised or admitted to breaching the code of conduct and if he couldn’t do this he should go home,” the source said.”Afridi was told the Board would follow whatever process was applicable and he would not get any NOC to play abroad,” the source said.The source said it was after this warning that Afridi returned before the disciplinary committee and admitted he was guilty of breaching the code of conduct and also regretted his actions.”It was after this that the committee decided to take the mitigating circumstances into consideration and just fine him half of the maximum fine possible for his offence,” the source said.The source also revealed that Afridi had been told clearly he would have to apply again for a NOC if he wants to play in the Sri Lankan Premier League next month.”The disciplinary committee also did not discuss his retirement or future plans for Pakistan,” the source added.He said Afridi, during the hearing, had told the committee members that the Board had removed him as captain without listening to his grievances and acting on the reports of the team manager and coach, which was “grossly unfair”.”Afridi also said that being a senior player the board should have discussed the captaincy issue with him before removing him. He also insisted that coach Waqar Younis was causing lot of problems in the team,” said the source.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

15 days agoTrent Alexander-Arnold open to playing in Liverpool midfield

first_imgTrent Alexander-Arnold open to playing in Liverpool midfieldby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrent Alexander-Arnold says he’s open to playing in Liverpool’s midfield.The 21-year-old right-back grabbed 12 assists last season, the most ever by a defender in a single Premier League season.And after modelling his game on Reds legend Steven Gerrard, Alexander-Arnold would be open to moving further forward for Jurgen Klopp’s side.”Obviously I’m a defender first and foremost, then I want to try and help the team create chances,” Alexander-Arnold said on Wednesday. “For now the manager has decided I’m a right back. That’s where I’ll play. I’m really not fussed where I play. I just want to play football.”If a manager decides to use me in midfield, or as a centre-back or a striker then that’s where I’ll play.”He added: “[I modelled myself on] Gerrard, really. Everything about his game I always admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him.”It’s maybe not that important to compare because at a young age, you haven’t achieved the things those types of players have. It’s difficult to say whether you will or won’t. Who knows? “For now, it’s about having an open mind and wanting to achieve those types of levels, wanting to be those types of players, wanting to reach the levels they’ve reached. “Being regarded in the same bracket as them is something the best players want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alabama Linebacker Joshua McMillon Denies Report That He Will Transfer

first_imgJoshua McMillon, a redshirt freshman linebacker, will not be leaving Alabama despite a report that he will transfer, he says.McMillon, who is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, took to Twitter to shoot down a story that appeared on Touchdown Alabama on Saturday, saying that he will leave the Crimson Tide. The linebacker says that he is “a member of the Crimson Tide for life.”McMillon protected his Twitter account shortly after sending the tweet.joshua mcmillon transfer falseFrom the original story, written by Stephen M. Smith:Alabama will lose a sixth player from its 2015 recruiting class to a transfer, as redshirt freshman Joshua McMillon takes his leave from the program. A source confirmed to Touchdown Alabama Magazine with the news, on the heels of him missing the last two days of fall practice.According to those who saw his other tweets before he locked his Twitter account, McMillon missed the pair of Crimson Tide practices to attend a funeral for his uncle.The report about Joshua McMillon transferring is inaccurate. He was out of town following a death in the family— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) August 28, 2016Smith has since apologized for the error.My dearest apologies to UA linebacker Joshua McMillon and his family. He’s not transferring. It was a mistake on my end. Won’t happen again.— Stephen M. Smith (@Smsmith_TDALMag) August 28, 2016McMillon redshirted last season, after starring at Whitehaven High School. He was a four-star recruit, per 247Sports, which ranked him No. 16 among all outside linebackers in the 2015 class, and No. 9 in the state of Tennessee that year.We will update if there are any changes in this story, but it certainly sounds like McMillon is not going anywhere.last_img read more

Johnson Smith Extends Condolences to the Family of Victims of Collapsed Bridge in Italy

first_imgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has confirmed that an Italian family, Mr. Cristian Cecal, his Jamaican-born wife, Dawna Munroe and their nine-year-old daughter Crystal, who was also born in Jamaica, were sadly amongst the 43 casualties of a collapsed bridge in Genoa, Italy on August 15.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith has conveyed condolences, through the Jamaican Ambassador in Geneva, to the Cecal and Munroe families. Johnson Smith stated that, “We recognize that this is a most tragic and traumatic incident and we continue to pray for all the families and the country of Italy during this difficult period of national mourning.”Johnson Smith affirmed, that “Although we are only commenting on the matter of the Cecal family now, the Ministry has been communicating with relatives through our Ambassador as well as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Rome and has offered support. We are, however, mindful of certain sensitivities surrounding the event and must always act responsibly and in ways that are in the best interest of the families.”The bodies of the three members of the family were among the last to be recovered on Monday, August 20 from the scene of the accident, where a section of a bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa, during a violent storm.The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that representatives of both families are currently in Italy and that in light of the Italian citizenship of the family; the Italian Government has taken charge of the situation and has assigned a Red Cross Representative to provide additional support.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will provide further information to the public, as the family may deem appropriate.last_img read more

La Loche school shooter facing life in prison to appeal for youth

first_imgThe Canadian PressA lawyer for a young man who shot and killed four people and injured seven others in northern Saskatchewan to argue in court today that the offender should serve his sentence as a youth.The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and then a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016.He was sentenced as an adult last year to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder.Defence lawyer Aaron Fox plans to ask the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to sentence the shooter as a youth or order a new hearing.The shooter, now 21, is to appear in court by video.A publication ban ordered because of the appeal prevents identifying him.‘Lost soul’In January, Fox filed documents with the Appeal Court that said his client is a “lost soul who slipped through the cracks” as he suffers from different mental disorders and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.Fox argued the sentencing judge focused on the gravity of the crime while failing to consider evidence that spoke to cognitive problems affecting the offender’s maturity, empathy, ability to understand consequences and, above all, his level of blame.“All of which were aggravated by a multitude of surrounding circumstances, not the least of which was the failure of the education system in La Loche, to supply him with the help that he needed,” said the documents.They added that the shooter had an IQ of 68 and, at the time of the shooting, was repeating Grade 10 for a third time.The Crown previously argued in court that the shooter should be sentenced as an adult given the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s circumstances.In her sentencing decision, the judge found the shooting involved sophisticated planning. Court heard the shooter researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people. The night before the shootings he did an online search asking, “What does it feel like to kill someone?”Fox said the shooting was a result of his client’s depression, anxiety and hopelessness.“His ‘sophisticated plan’ was to shoot people at the school and then die,” said the documents.last_img read more

App to detect fake currency developed

first_imgKolkata: Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a smartphone-based application to detect counterfeit currency and also provided solutions for industrial operations ranging from thermal power plants to nuclear radiation tracking, an official said. A group of six students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering developed the code for a smartphone application to detecting counterfeit currency. The image processing application which can detect counterfeit currency, can be installed on smartphones and thus used by people at various points to reduce the chances of fraud, a statement said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”A user can upload a currency note image and the mobile app would verify its authenticity using 25 features extracted from the front and rear side of the currency note. In case of detection of a fake note, the user will also be notified…,” TYSS Santosh, the research leader, said. To address the issue of occupational hazard for people working in the domain of a nuclear-powered device, students were asked to develop a solution for visualising and localising a 3D radiation source along with its size, shape and orientation, given the data on spatial dosage. The 6-member student team proposed a solution based on Boltzmann Transport Equations dealing with the flow of heat in fluids from hotter regions to colder ones. The students solved the reverse Boltzmann Transport Equations using the dataset for a given area to estimate the source location. “This solution is well-suited to occupational workers carrying wearable sensors detecting radiation dose data.”last_img read more

Sugar mills owe 50 mn cane farmers record 438 bn

first_imgNEW DELHI/MUMBAI: India’s money-losing sugar mills have run up a record $4.38 billion in arrears to 50 million cane farmers, who have gone unpaid for their produce for more than a year, industry and government sources said on Thursday. Years of bumper cane harvests and record sugar production have hammered domestic prices, hitting mills’ financial health to such an extent that monies owed to farmers, who form an influential voting bloc, have ballooned to an all-time high. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFarm leaders say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has not done enough to help them get the cash owed them. Modi’s office did not respond to an email seeking comment. “The prime minister publicly promised farmers – in 2014 and 2017 – to help them get their payments within 15 days of selling their produce to sugar mills,” said M.V. Singh, convener of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sang, or National Forum of Farmers and Labourers. Despite the promise, Modi’s government has done little to ensure timely payments, Singh said. The unpaid dues affect growers in the key cane-producing states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Karnataka. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOf the $4.38 billion in unpaid dues, mills in Uttar Pradesh, India’s top cane-producing state, owe 108 billion rupees ($1.56 billion), the industry and government sources said, citing their calculations based on cane prices and the volumes bought by sugar mills. In Uttar Pradesh, top producers such as Mawana Sugars Ltd, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Ltd and Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd, as well as unlisted Modi Sugar Mills, Wave Industries and Yadu Sugar Ltd, owe the bulk of arrears to farmers, according to the industry and government sources. “Along with the fact that sugar prices are much below the cost of production, huge inventories worth 800 billion rupees are adversely affecting mills’ paying capacity,” said Abinash Verma, chief of the Indian Sugar Mills, the producers’ body. The high inventories are keeping domestic sugar prices depressed and increased storage costs. Mills have started losing money and are finding it difficult to pay the farmers. As cane harvests jumped, domestic sugar prices fell 20 percent over the past two years, with mills often complaining about prices falling below their production costs. “Most cane growers are barely able to scrape through and it’s sad that neither the state governments nor the Modi administration have done anything,” said Pushpendra Singh, president of the Kisan Shakti Sangh, a farmers’ association. Falling farmer incomes and job scarcity have made Modi’s re-election bid more complicated than anticipated. Out of 545 seats in India’s lower house of parliament, cane farmers are key voters in 164 of the constituencies. The government took a clutch of measures, including incentives for exports and creation of buffer stocks to help trim inventories and prop up prices so that mills can pay farmers, said a federal food ministry official who did not wish to be identified in line with government policy. The measures have yielded few results so far, giving little relief to either farmers or mills, said the sources.last_img read more

34 children died in Indian relief camps since September

first_imgNEW DELHI – At least 34 children aged below 12 died in relief camps in India’s Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts between September 7 and December 20, according to a report by a government appointed committee formed on December 13 to verify reports of deaths among children in camps.“Children have died of pneumonia, not of cold,” the principal secretary of Uttar Pradesh state, Anil Gupta, said on Friday while commenting on relief camp deaths.Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lungs, usually caused by bacterial or viral infection, which primarily affects the microscopic air sacs.Noting the commitee’s conclusion that the majority of child deaths had occurred outside relief camps, Gupta said, “about ten to twelve children below the age of fifteen died in the relief camps and four kids succumbed to pneumonia.” Gupta denied that there had been medical negligence on the part of doctors at relief camps as serious cases were referred to Primary Health Care centers (PHCs) and district hospitals.Initially the state government had denied outright any deaths at Muzaffarnagar camps, even submitting an affidavit before the Supreme Court with similar claims.The Hindu-Muslim clashes in northern Indian state Uttar Pradesh which broke out on September 7 claimed 65 lives. It left 85 others wounded and rendered 51,000 people, mostly Muslims, homeless.Nearly 5,000 people are still holed up at five relief camps in the Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, with almost 2,000 in Loi relief camp alone. Around 2,000 others are in Malakpur.last_img read more

Louisville MBB Postgame Notes vs Michigan State

first_img With Tuesday’s result, Louisville takes a 6-5 lead in the all-time series with Michigan State, which dates to 1957. Louisville is 3-0 all-time at home against Michigan State. The Cardinals have a 59-45 record all-time against current members of the Big Ten Conference. Louisville is 3-2 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, including 1-1 against Michigan State.TEAM NOTES Louisville is 135-21 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, which is in its ninth season as the home for the Cardinals. The Cardinals have won 69 of their last 72 non-conference games at the KFC Yum! Center spanning the last nine seasons. Louisville has won 50 straight home games in the month of November spanning the last 28 years, including a perfect 37-0 record in the KFC Yum! Center. With tonight’s win against Michigan State and last Friday’s loss to Marquette, the Cardinals played back-to-back overtime games for the first time since 2004 when they suffered a 66-61 loss at No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 21 and dropped a 60-58 decision to DePaul on Feb. 25. The 41 free throw attempts on Tuesday night marked the second highest total of the season for the Cardinals, who are averaging 35.5 free throw attempts per game through the first six contests this season. The Cardinals attempted a season-high 29 three-pointers, one more than they shot against Tennessee. Louisville’s 10 three-point baskets on Tuesday stand as the second highest total of the season. The Cardinals finished with just 10 turnovers (in 45 minutes), the second lowest total of the season. Louisville matched a season-high registering four blocked shots for the second straight game. The Cardinals moved to 1-1 this season when being outrebounded after the Spartans finished with a 47-30 edge on the glass. Jordan Nwora registered his sixth double-figure scoring performance in as many games this season as the sophomore had 14 points in Tuesday’s win. Dwayne Sutton registered his highest scoring outing of the season with Tuesday’s 13-point performance. Ryan McMahon led the Cardinals with a career-high 24 points, including seven points in overtime. After entering the game averaging 40.6 points per contest from its bench, Louisville nearly matched that with Tuesday’s 37 points.PLAYER NOTES Nwora matched a career high with his six made free throws while setting a career high with his nine free throw attempts. Tuesday’s game marked the 15th career double-figures scoring outing for Nwora. Nwora’s nine rebounds on Tuesday rank as the second highest total of his career. Nwora has finished with seven or more rebounds in five of six games this season. The 38 minutes played for Nwora on Tuesday are a season high. Louisville’s 17-rebound deficit is its largest in a victory since being outrebounded 50-22 in a 78-76 win at Connecticut on Feb. 28, 2010. Tuesday’s game marked Louisville’s fifth largest negative rebounding margin in a win in the past 45 seasons. McMahon’s previous scoring high was 15 points achieved on three different occasions. The junior also set career highs in free throws made and attempted finishing 12-for-13 at the line. McMahon was 4-for-7 on three-pointers registering season highs in both categories. Tuesday’s performance marked McMahon’s first double-figure scoring performance this season and the eighth of his collegiate career. Cunningham equaled a season high with his five made field goals. The graduate transfer dished out a season high five assists. Cunningham equaled a season high playing 35 minutes for the second straight game. Christen Cunningham had 13 points on Tuesday, his second straight double-figures scoring game. Story Links Sutton has five double-figure scoring games in his two seasons with the Cardinals. Sutton equaled a season high with his six rebounds, achieved for the third time. He finished with five rebounds in the other three games this season. SERIES NOTES Malik Williams played a season high 29 minutes on Tuesday surpassing his previous high of 17 minutes against Southern.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Supercomputer Titan to get worlds fastest storage system

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Titan is also a green powerhouse (Phys.org) —Officials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced the selection of the Spider II data storage and retrieval system from DataDirect Networks (DDN) to replace the existing system on the Titan supercomputer. They say it will give Titan the fastest such system in the world. Explore further Citation: Supercomputer Titan to get world’s fastest storage system (2013, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-supercomputer-titan-world-fastest-storage.htmlcenter_img Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Titan supercomputer (built by Cray Inc.) on the ORNL campus was named the fastest in the world in November of last year, and currently still holds that title. Adding the fastest data storage and retrieval system will increase the entire computer’s computational efficiency.At the heart of Spider II are 36 SFA12K-40 hardware devices—each capable of handling 1.12 petabytes of data. Together they will allow Titan to move 40 petabytes of data at 1.4TB/s. According to ORNL, that’s equivalent to the amount of information in books stacked high enough to reach the moon. The system will have 20,000 disk drives to hold all that information and will use Lustre, the open source file-system software. In contrast, the current system is able to manage 10 petabytes of storage, running at 240GB/sec. Titan is a more advanced version of the supercomputer Jaguar—initial costs, paid for by the U.S. Department of Energy, were approximately $60 million. New additions, including the beefed up storage system, have raised that price to nearly $100. It’s a big machine—it takes up 404 square meters of floor space, and consumes 8.2 MW of electricity. At peak times it can perform 27,000 trillion calculations per second courtesy of 18,688 AMD Opteron CPUs and 18,688 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPUs—it’s ten times faster than any prior computer at ORNL. It also has 710TB of memory at its disposal.The new upgrade will help scientists conduct research efforts that ORNL reps say either cannot be done any other way, or are too dangerous or costly. Expected uses for the computer will likely involve running applications that typically involve an enormous amount of data crunching such as developing models for weather or economic forecasting, searching for oil deposits or putting together information from millions of sources to help track and stop terrorist activity. Currently, ORNL has chosen 31 projects to run this year. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more