Arnett, BT to rock Trench Town in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgFollowing their defeat last week, defending champions Arnett Gardens will not only be seeking to return to winning ways today, but will also be fighting for bragging rights on Collie Smith Drive.Sharing the same street, Collie Smith Drive, Arnett Gardens will be hoping to share little else with their neighbours when the two meet this evening at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.Arnett Gardens should enjoy home advantage, but that in itself should not mean much if their last performance is anything to go by. Against Cavalier, they looked lost as they allowed themselves to be dictated to by the less fancied opposition.Their opening game, played at home, saw a better show by them, but that was against newcomers UWI FC, who were also beaten 3-0 in their second game by Montego Bay United.”We lost Monday’s game, but we just have to concentrate on the game at hand,” said coach Jerome Waite of Arnett Gardens.”Preseason training is important before the competition starts. Where that is concerned, Arnett Gardens failed. We had some players going overseas, some playing business house, some playing corner league, so we did not have proper preparation, so what is happening is basically preseason work,” Waite added, explaining his team’s below par performance.Despite that situation, Waite expects his players to put in a much better performance today.”The work that the team put in this week was much improved, so we should see a better performance. They are still not where I want them to be but we can still do enough to pull off a victory,” Waite said.Boys’ Town’s Andrew Price is expecting a tough game.”This game is going to be very competitive. All Collie Smith Drive games are and I don’t expect this to be different,” said Price.Unlike Arnett Gardens, Boys’ Town have not won any of their two games so far, but have not lost any either. They started brightly in both of their games, but were unable to put away the opposition.”My team is slowly getting to where we want to be. One of the things that we have been working on is keeping the lead. We need to keep our shape in defence and midfield because we have the players who will score for us,” said Price.He added: “Peter Keyes and Michael Blygen have looked sharp, Rafeik Thomas scored 16 goals for us last season and there is also the youngster, Shamar Nicholson, who should feature at some point.”If Arnett Gardens are to win, the leadership qualities of O’Neil Thompson will need to be at its best, as he, along with Andrew Phang and Leon Strickland, will have to carry the youngsters.At Drewsland Stadium, visitors Portmore United will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten record when they go up against Waterhouse, who have just one point from their one completed game.Rivoli United will be looking for their first win of the season when they entertain UWI FC, who are still to record a win or score a goal in the League, while Tivoli Gardens will host Humble Lion without the electric Jermaine Johnson.On Monday night, Harbour View will play Reno under lights.Today’s Games6:00 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex4:00 p.m.: Rivoli United vs UWI FC at Spanish Town Prison Oval3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Humble Lion at Edward Seaga Sports Complex4:00 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Portmore United at Drewsland StadiumMonday Night Game8:30 p.m.: Harbour View vs Reno at Harbour View StadiumStandingsTeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6Cavalier 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4Arnett 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 3MoBay Utd 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3Reno 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3Boys’ Town 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2H.View 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2Tivoli 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2Waterhouse 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1Humble Lion 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1Rivoli 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1UWI FC 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0last_img read more

Tributes for South Africa’s ‘Dusi King’

first_img18 June 2010The South African canoeing community has united to pay tribute to the “Dusi King”, Graeme Pope-Ellis, who passed away on Thursday after being involved in an accident on his farm outside Pietermaritzburg.Pope-Ellis, 62, won the three-day Hansa Powerade Dusi 15 times, and has won countless races in the veteran, master and grand master age groups since his dominance of the Dusi in the 1970s and ’80s. He raced the Dusi a record 46 times after making his debut in 1965.Despite his successes, he remained humble and his generosity of spirit saw him take countless youngsters under his wing, often hosting them at his home, and taking them on training and tripping sessions on the river to teach them the intricacies of the Dusi.Martin DreyerOne of those who learnt from the “Dusi King” was the man who has become known as “The Dusi Duke”, Martin Dreyer. His canoeing success was profoundly molded by Graeme Pope-Ellis. Dreyer had spent the past week with Pope-Ellis mountain-biking on the Wild Coast.“Graeme was everything I ever want to be, as an athlete, a devoted husband to Wendy and father to Lee, and just as a human being,” said Dreyer.“When I arrived on the scene in 1998, with serious plans to get into the top 10, no-one really wanted to help because I was a threat. But not Graeme. He took me into his home for months and showed me everything he knew about the race.”“I couldn’t believe it,” recalls Dreyer. “There I was, a kid, reading ‘Pope’s’ autobiography in total awe, and he was taking me into his home and teaching me everything he knew.”“I had a deal with Graeme, which sadly I am not going to be able to honour,” added Dreyer. “I promised that I would do the Dusi with him when he was 70. But the Dusi will always be about Graeme Pope-Ellis. For ever. There is no need to try and manufacture any other tribute to him,” Dreyer said.Ant StottAnt Stott was another Dusi champion who was shaped by Pope-Ellis from his days as a schoolboy at Maritzburg College.“I’m devastated,” said Stott. “He was one of the greatest role-models in my life. I loved his gentleness and humility.“He was a total icon in our lives, and taught us a huge amount,” Stott added. “He would pick us up from school, take us to the river, show us his ‘lines’ down the rapids, and for these kindnesses I will be eternally grateful.”“It’s going to be hard to imagine races in future without him there. He was just always there, at even the lesser canoe races. He filled a huge space and will leave a massive gap.”Andre HawardenAndre Hawarden was part of the gripping racing that shaped canoeing in the seventies. “These are sad times indeed,” he said. “Canoeing will never be the same again. But legends never die,” he added.“When I started canoeing in 1965, Graeme was there. In the 70s, when I was winning the singles, he was winning the doubles. He was always there. When I last paddled the Dusi in 2003, he was there. He was in almost every race I did,” said Hawarden.Shaun RubensteinCurrent Olympian and former winner of the Hansa Powerade Dusi junior title Shaun Rubenstein, who first met Pope-Ellis as a wide-eyed five-year-old, was another whose life the “Dusi King” helped shape.“I was the proudest guy in the world when I used to be taken to my judo competitions by the “Dusi King”, recalls Rubenstein. “It was when I decided to give the Dusi a shot at 15 that he really took me under his wing and taught me so much.“Graeme and his wife Wendy were like parents to me,” Rubenstein continued. “They opened their homes and their hearts to me. When I won the World Marathon Championships, the first person I phoned from France after my parents was Graeme Pope-Ellis.”“Graeme made me who I am today as a paddler. He taught me the work ethic I follow today, and, even though he wasn’t a sprinter he took such a keen, enthusiastic interest in my career.“I can still hear that croak in his voice when I phoned him to tell him that I had qualified for the Olympics.“Graeme taught me to get out of bed with a smile on my face, every day,” reckoned Rubenstein. “He had such passion for life and it rubbed off on everyone around him.”Tim CornishTim Cornish won four Dusi titles with Pope-Ellis, and was reeling in shock at the news of his death.“He was absolutely meticulous in his preparation,” said Cornish. “I only had to train and paddle with him. Tactics, local knowledge, equipment and preparation was all taken care of. He was amazing.”Pope-Ellis will always be remembered for an epic Dusi duel with Danny Biggs, and two classic encounters against the young upstart John Edmonds, which are still on record as the closest Dusi finishes in history.John Edmonds“I’ve known him since I was eight,” said a shattered John Edmonds. “I remember I was allowed a turn with the hard roller when he helped my brothers build their first boat- he had the neighbouring farm,” recalled Edmonds fondly.“I loved the needle Graeme was always able to bring to our paddling, even until recently – he was such a competitor! I loved the secrets he said he knew about the Dusi routes,” added Edmunds.“It’s really sad that we have lost him when he was just starting to relax. From having been totally self-made, he was now able to host out-of-province paddlers and share his wealth of canoeing experience.”Rick WhittonRick Whitton won the Grand Master title in the 2008 Hansa Powerade Dusi with Pope-Ellis in a new record time, and cherishes memories of “The Dusi King” going back to the days that he was learning the kayak trade with Gordon Rowe in Pinetown in the seventies. It was then that Pope-Ellis spent some time in the factory learning the trade.“He was the kind of guy that you just assumed would live forever,” said Whitton. “He was so positive about everything, whether it was his wife and family, his business, his sport or his friends.”“In all the years I knew Graeme, I never once saw him fail to make time for a stranger or a youngster and a novice paddler who wanted to chat to him or ask a question,” said Whitton.“He was a total inspiration to me. When you competed against him, he awoke his ability to dig deeper and try harder. You could be really shattered but he inspired you to dig deeper.”“He was a champion in everything he did, a legend,” said Whitton.Alexa ColeAlexa Cole got close to Pope-Ellis when training with Abbey Miedema for their spate of women’s K2 victories.“Graeme’s passing will leave a huge hole in the paddling community,” she said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why The Future Of Software And Apps Is Serverless

first_imgEven with the rise of cloud computing, the world still revolves around servers. That won’t last, though. Cloud apps are moving into a serverless world, and that will bring big implications for the creation and distribution of software and applications.Guest author Ken Fromm is VP of Business Development at Iron.io, makers of industrial-strength cloud services for data processing and message handling. The Server BackstoryIn the pre-cloud days, developers who wanted to build an application needed to think a lot about servers. They needed to budget for them, plan for them, connect them, power them and house them. They had to buy or lease the servers, the power supplies, cabling and cooling – and then set it all up in their datacenter or in a colocation facility.Over time, the colocation facilities began taking out many parts of the equation – providing racks, power, Internet access and other key resources. Even so, dealing with provisioning, clustering, and maintaining servers required spending lots of money (capital expenditures, power, internet, cooling, security), tons of time and detailed planning (contingency, develop/test/produce, site growth, and so on). Enter The CloudIn the last two years we’ve seen a seismic shift in computing. It’s no longer “Why cloud?” or even “How cloud?” Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has delivered dramatic improvement on cost, agility, scalability – and yes, with the right architecture, reliability. The cloud has simple removed a significant chunk of work around managing and provisioning servers.Cloud infrastructure companies like AWS, Rackspace and others can now provide an almost limitless supply of virtual machines. With no upfront costs and with just a bit of effort, developers can fire up servers with their operating system of choice, load in their applications (custom or open-source), and they’re off and running. Launching hundreds of servers and coordinating among them is a bit more work but it’s still far easier than it was just six years ago.Total cost of ownership of servers has fallen dramatically. At a Hackathon last summer, one serial entrepreneur recalled buying servers for his first company at hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece and investing a great deal of effort in their care and feeding. His second company leased its servers by the year, but still had to put in lots of hands-on effort. His third company leased server time by the month, and his current operation – a successful cloud communications company – rents servers by the hour, on demand, for pennies. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#cloud#Server Virtualization center_img Related Posts This shift in capital outlay, planning and provisioning timeframe would have been inconceivable in the days of Internet 1.0 or even at the onset of Web 2.0. It’s no surprise that processing speeds have increased and server and memory costs have dropped. But Moore’s Law didn’t exactly cover the case of being able to rent hundreds of cores by the hour at a cost of pennies per hour and provision them through easy to use software interfaces.The Shift Isn’t OverThis shift in timeframes and pricing is still in motion. Thinking about servers in terms of hours is really just a business construct. It makes sense from a pricing standpoint and from an architectural perspective.Web app teams typically look at loads across hour-long time slices and plan to scale based on these traffic patterns.They can now autoscale or provision for more servers at particular times of day under heavy loads or if an app is growing in popularity.Moving Away From Standalone AppsBut this works only when you look at the world in terms of applications and blocks of servers to host them. The concept of an “application” in the cloud is quickly evolving.The monolithic application built on Ruby on Rails, Python and Django, or other Web app frameworks is giving way to a distributed system spread across a number of applications, processes and data stores. It’s no longer about building a “Web app.” It’s about building a distributed system of loosely coupled components in the cloud.An increasing number of applications – mobile apps and systems of connected devices, for example – aren’t based on the notion of a server-based application. There are client apps and back-end data storage, but the processing is increasingly taking place asynchronously outside of an app framework. Runtime apps are often used to process all the inputs but that’s only because mobile compute clouds and processing tiers are only now coming on the scene.When you think about sites that monitor prices in real-time across hundreds of retail sites or ones that process purchases, views, clicks, checkins and other indicators of interest to provide personalized recommendations, the processing and orchestration at the core of the application lies behind the scenes – the front-end app is just the delivery vehicleBut this changing focus doesn’t map so well into the world of applications and servers. Developers working in a distributed world are hard pressed to translate the things they’re doing into sets of servers. Their worldview is increasingly around tasks and process flows, not applications and servers – and their units of measures for compute cycles is in seconds and minutes, not hours. In short, their thinking is becoming serverless.Thinking ServerlessThe phrase “serverless” doesn’t mean servers are no longer involved. It simply means that developers no longer have to think that much about them. Computing resources get used as services without having to manage around physical capacities or limits. Service providers increasingly take on the responsibility of managing servers, data stores and other infrastructure resources. Developers could set up their own open source solutions, but that means they have to manage the servers and the queues and the loads.Multiply this effort by the number services an app might consume (task processing, message queues, SMTP servers, payment services), hosted services quickly start to look like the future of computing.Industrial-Scale Compute PowerThe classic analogy is the generation of power. The progression moved from ox-driven water pumps to water-driven mill stones to individual coal-fired factories and ultimately to industrial-scale power plants and transmission lines. This last step – the industrialization of power – transformed industry and the world. It dramatically lowered the cost of building and making things, transformed cities and homes and ushered in new inventions, services and businesses.The idea of plugging a light, a radio or a TV – or a sewing machine, lathe, or power drill – into a wall or overhanging socket – went from unheard of to transformational to taken for granted.Elastic Computing ServicesSimilarly, by plugging into an elastic computing service, developers don’t need to provision their resources based on current or anticipated loads, or put a lot of effort into planning for new projects. Just as Virtual Machines have made it easy to spin up servers to create new applications, elastic/on-demand computing services make it simple to grow.Consuming computing resources as services means that developers are not paying for resources that they’re not using. Regardless of the number of projects in production, developers using hosted services don’t have to worry about managing resources.Going serverless lets developers shift their focus from the server level to the task level. Serverless solutions let developers focus on what their application or system needs to do by taking away the complexity of the backend infrastructure.Just like cloud computing a few years ago, the serverless approach has found its most vocal adherents with startups and independent developers. One reason is affordability, another is the ability to scale quickly, and a third is not having to worry about things that aren’t strategic to their businesses. As the category matures and more developers become familiar with this new approach, it will move into larger organizations. Because it’s becoming increasing clear to everyone, the future of computing will be serverless. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud ken frommlast_img read more

QUEENSLAND UNDER 19 CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgThe Queensland Under 19 School Championships were held over the weekend in Toowoomba, with the competition throwing the odd curve ball here and there as teams came and went, often in an unexpected fashion. The depth amongst Queensland’s juniors was shown again, with both grand finals bringing the crowd to life and keeping them entertained until the final siren had blown. In the girls Under 19 division it was a weekend of upsets with favourites Metropolitan East were knocked out by Northern in the qualifying final, who were then defeated by the Sunshine Coast in their semi. Metropolitan West also caused a stir, accounting for defending Champions South Coast in their semi final. Metropolitan West then faced the ever improving Sunshine Coast in the grand final, with the winner only decided in the final minute of play when Wests’ Ali Brigginshaw set up the winning touchdown for her side with a brilliant pass. The 3-2 scoreline was made closer by both sides being unable to capitalize on opportunities throughout the match. Delwyn Tupuhi from Metropolitan West was awarded Player of the Final for her performance. In the boys Under 19’s semi finals, the South Coast side accounted for Sunshine Coast, while the highly fancied Metropolitan East were beaten in a drop off by Central Queensland. It was back to back titles for the South Coast boys Under 19’s side, who held off a spirited Capricornia (Central Queensland) side, 6-5 in a high scoring and skilful encounter. Josh Dwyer was awarded Player of the Final for his performance for South Coast. Congratulations to Alyce Hulbert (Metropolitan East) and Ashleigh Sheppard (South Coast) who were awarded as the MVP winners for the tournament. All results can be viewed at the following Queensland School Sport link: http://secondarytouch.schoolsport.qld.edu.au/last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace midfielder Kouyate baffled by Wolves draw

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace midfielder Kouyate baffled by Wolves drawby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace midfielder Cheikou Kouyate was lost for words after Sunday’s draw with Wolves.Palace were punished for not extending their 1-0 lead when Diogo Jota equalised five minutes into stoppage time.He said: “Sometimes we cannot score for 2-0 or 3-0. The goal came from nowhere. They crossed the ball. We don’t understand. It’s very, very hard today to lose.”Today we are very disappointed because we worked hard, dominated the second half. “Maybe we win this game two or three to zero but in the end we take one goal. It’s very, very hard to lose. What can we do? The game is finished, our focus is on the next one.” last_img read more

Photo: WVU Great Tavon Austin Posted A Selfie While Having The School’s Logo Tattooed On His Chest

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tavon Austin was one of the most exciting players in college football during his time at West Virginia, and now he’s ready to rep his alma mater forever. Austin posted a selfie while getting the West Virginia logo tattooed on his chest to Instagram. That is some serious dedication.Austin’s former WVU teammate Bruce Irvin is also a fan of the Rams receiver’s new ink.I see u ! RT @CHIEF_24_: First @BIrvin_WVU11 and now @Tayaustin01 so awesome to see these athletes show #WVU love pic.twitter.com/vDpERY97id— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) February 18, 2015 It would be hard for Austin to become even more popular with Mountaineer fans, but he may have pulled it off.last_img read more

Report Navibulgar Orders Four New Bulkers

first_imgzoom Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) is looking to expand its fleet with four new Handymax bulk carriers.The company has ordered the 42,000 dwt ships at China’s Chengxi shipyard, plus two optional vessels of identical size, VesselsValue’s data shows.Navibulgar will pay USD 23 million for each of the four newbuildings.The bulkers are expected to be delivered in 2019.World Maritime News contacted Navibulgar for more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.Currently, Navibulgar has a fleet of more than 30 vessels. In addition, the company has four Handy bulk carriers on order at Jiangsu Hongqiang shipyard in China, according to information provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

California may limit liability of selfdriving carmakers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners.If adopted, the regulations drafted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles would protect these carmakers from lawsuits in cases where vehicles haven’t been maintained according to manufacturer specifications.That could open a loophole for automakers to skirt responsibility for accidents, injuries and deaths caused by defective autonomous vehicles, said Armand Feliciano, vice-president for the Association of California Insurance Companies. For instance, manufacturers might avoid liability if the tires on self-driving cars are slightly underinflated or even if the oil hasn’t been changed as regularly as manufacturers suggest, he said.“When is the last time you followed everything that is listed in your car manual?” Feliciano said.The California DMV declined to comment on its proposed regulations because they’re still being finalized.PAVING THE WAY FOR AUTONOMOUS CARSDetermining liability for self-driving cars is just one of the many hurdles that still must be addressed as dozens of automakers and technology companies expand their tests of robotic vehicles cruising public roads scattered across the U.S. Some of these companies are hoping to deploy their self-driving vehicles in ride-hailing services and eventually sell them to consumers within the next few years.As biggest testing ground for self-driving cars, California is being viewed as a bellwether for how other states might sculpt their regulations down the road.The section addressing the limits of automakers’ liability adopts much of the wording proposed in an April 24 letter to the DMV from Paul Hemmersbaugh, formerly chief counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and now chief counsel for the General Motors division overseeing self-driving cars.Consumer Watchdog, an activist group frequently critical of business interests, believes Hemmersbaugh plied the connections he made at the California DMV while working at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to insert the clause that could make it easier for self-driving carmakers to avoid liability.“It is the result of the ongoing and troubling federal revolving door between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the auto industry,” Consumer Watchdog officials wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to the DMV and the head of the transportation overseeing the agency.“MORAL HAZARD”Under current law, automakers can still be held liable for faulty equipment or other flaws in vehicles that require a human driver, even if the owners haven’t followed all the maintenance instructions.That would change if the DMV’s proposed regulations go on the books as is, warned the Consumer Attorneys of California, a professional association of trial lawyers.“This language creates a dangerous ‘moral hazard’ where manufacturers are encouraged to create unreasonable or impossible maintenance specifications to shift the burden onto (self-driving car) consumers or the public at large for technological failures,” the trade group wrote in its Oct. 25 comments to the DMV.GM spokeswoman Laura Toole lauded the “transparency” of the DMV’s process. Dozens of parties also submitted comments and recommendations, leaving it to the DMV’s staff to decide which to include in the agency’s proposed rules, she said.RULES FOR ROBOTSIn his April 24 letter, Hemmersbaugh linked his recommendations to concerns that self-driving carmakers might be held responsible for all vehicle problems “without taking into account the acts of intervening parties and other factors that contributed to an incident.”Self-driving cars are being touted as safer alternative to vehicles operated by humans who get drunk or distracted. But accidents are still bound to happen, and some are likely to be caused by equipment defects, said Jacqueline Serna, legislative attorney for the Consumer Attorneys of California. And when that happens, she said, it should be left to the courts to draw the lines of liability.“The courts have dealt with new technology in the past and they are equipped to do it again,” Serna said.The issue could end up in court if the DMV doesn’t revise the current wording of its regulations. Consumer Watchdog says it will sue if the current regulations are approved and insurance trade groups say they may take legal action, too.last_img read more

Kenney says Legault has shaky grasp of history when it comes to

first_imgThe Canadian Press QUEBEC — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shot back at his Quebec counterpart Monday, saying Francois Legault does not understand the history of equalization.On Sunday, Legault defended equalization against criticism from Alberta, saying the program was part of the “original deal” when Quebec entered Confederation in 1867.Kenney pointed out that the first equalization system was introduced in 1957, and the principle of equalization was included in the Constitution in 1982. Legault had said Quebec, which received $13.1 billion in equalization payments in 2019, has a right to equalization, and no province can unilaterally change the formula under which Ottawa distributes the money.He acknowledged that other premiers, whose provinces are running budget deficits, expressed unhappiness at last month’s premiers’ conference in Saskatoon.“There is something I don’t like,” Legault said. “There are premiers of rich provinces who look at Quebec and say: ‘We are sending you a big cheque. We’d rather keep the money here.’ ”In a Facebook post Monday, Kenney corrected Legault on his history and took him to task for opposing new pipelines while his province benefits from Alberta’s oil and gas wealth.“If Ottawa and other provinces want to benefit from Alberta’s resources, then they must not oppose the transport and sale of those resources,” he wrote.last_img read more

Nelson Mandela to be honored at 20th Fes Festival of World

first_imgFez – The 20th Fes festival of the world sacred music, to be held from next June 13 to 21 will pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the first African president of post-apartheid south Africa who passed away lately at 95.This year’s festival, themed, “conference of birds, when cultures travel ” will feature a much-awaited concert of Youssou Ndour and Johnny Clegg in the mythical Bab Makina square.Youssou Ndour is Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and a politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa. He has been holding since 1985 a mega concert in Dakar for the release of Mandela. Johnny Clegg has always linked his music to the anti-apartheid struggle.The famous Fes Forum will debate aspects of Mandela’s personality as a militant and politician. The African leader will also be present in the Batha museum for a debate titled “Is a Mandela possible in the Middle east?”last_img read more

The Mavericks May Be The NBAs Most — And Least — Popular

In something of a paradox, the Mavericks also have the league’s worst road attendance rate — meaning that they are objectively the least interesting team to watch to the average basketball fan who doesn’t live in Dallas. The average attendance when the Mavs are the road team is 86 percent of capacity, which gives Dallas a nearly 17-percentage-point gap between its home and road attendance rates. No other team has as large a gap — except for the Atlanta Hawks, who have the opposite problem. The Hawks’ road attendance rate is 17 points higher than their home attendance rate. On Dec. 18, the Dallas Mavericks will host the Phoenix Suns in what will likely be an inconsequential mid-season affair between two sub-.500 teams. Even so, tickets to the game will probably sell out, just as they did for 719 consecutive Mavs home games leading into this week.1This number includes playoff games. The Mavs have sold out 652 regular-season home games in a row. Dallas will face off against San Antonio on Tuesday night. The Mavericks, who are in last place in the NBA’s Western Conference, have a longer active sellout streak than any other professional basketball team.2The Portland Trail Blazers hold the record for the longest sellout streak in basketball, with 814, including the playoffs, between 1977 and 1995. But that distinction also raises some eyebrows — after all, by all reasonable accounts, Dallas is not a team that people are clamoring to see in person.This season, the Mavericks boast the highest attendance rate in the NBA — average attendance at Dallas games is 102.8 percent3Standing-room-only sections and suites can overflow. of the capacity of the American Airlines Center (19,200). Based on attendance numbers alone, you’d think the Mavs would be better than their 7-20 record. The difference between the Mavs’ home and away attendance rates could be seen as a sign of how diehard their fanbase is. But here’s the thing: NBA attendance is measured in how many tickets are distributed, not how many are redeemed. A more accurate interpretation of the situation is that Mavs tickets aren’t selling out so much as they are being given out.“It’s far more important to me to build a fan base for the future,” Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said in an email. “And the best way to do that is to get people to a game.”You might think that a bad season would threaten the sellout streak. Last season was the first time since the 1999-2000 season that the team finished below .500, and Dallas posted their lowest local TV ratings in at least 11 years. And yet attendance has remained at or above capacity for every home game since Dec. 15, 2001.Cuban cites two reasons that games have continued to sell out: pricing and donating.Compared with other teams around the league, the Mavs are one of the most affordable teams to see in person if you don’t mind sitting in the nosebleeds. A ticket for a Dallas game at home in the upper bowl this season costs $30, on average, at StubHub, a seller on the secondary market — which is a better barometer of supply and demand for individual game tickets That’s less than half the average price of an upper bowl ticket in the NBA ($63).But one thing that has helped the Mavericks to extend their sellout streak is the number of tickets that are donated to schools and charities. “For slow games, we will use our community service group to proactively invite groups to a game,” Cuban said. If a game doesn’t sell out on its own, the Mavs can donate the remaining tickets and still call it out a sellout. “Tickets are perishable,” Cuban said. “We feel like having a seat full with a young fan creates a Mavericks fan for life. It’s an investment in building our future fan base.”Cuban said the sellout streak is not all that important to him, but he also recognizes that it is important to his organization’s sales and community groups. “They know I care far less about the gate than I do having a full house,” said Cuban, who said ticket sales have been making up a shrinking percentage of the Mavs’ total revenue in recent years as other sources of revenue have risen (e.g., national TV revenue and sponsorship sales). “So they have carte blanche to put ‘butts in seats’ over revenue.”Although it’s not entirely accurate to call it a sellout if the unpurchased tickets are given away, it’s difficult to criticize Cuban and the Mavs for their charitable work. Because NBA attendance is measured in how many tickets are distributed and not how many are redeemed, the Mavs will hold the record for the longest active “sellout” streak for as long as they want.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Neuers World Cup chances in further doubt

first_imgManuel Neuer’s participation in this summer’s World Cup has been put into further doubt after it was confirmed that he will not play in Bayern Munich’s final Bundesliga game, reports Chicago TribuneThe German goalkeeper has missed most of Bayern’s campaign due to a hairline fracture in his left foot with his last appearance for the Bavarians coming back in September.Neuer sustained the injury during a club training session and is now running out of time to prove to Germany boss Joachim Loew his fitness for the upcoming World Cup this summer.Outgoing Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes confirmed on Wednesday that the German captain will not be included for the final league game against Stuttgart, but denied he had ruled out Neuer for their German Cup final clash against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 19.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I didn’t say that. The fact is Manuel is not yet in the squad for the last home game against Stuttgart on Saturday. For the cup final, however, the decision is still open,” said the 72-year-old.While Neuer was expected to return in January, he has had to be careful in correctly judging the right time to come back as any relapse could potentially threaten his playing career.However, the 32-year-old believes that he can still make the Germany squad this summer.“I don’t think it’s imaginable without any match practice,” said Neuer.last_img read more

Official Verdi completes €25m move to Napoli

first_imgSimone Verdi has completed his move to Napoli from Bologna for a reported €25m transfer fee in a five-year deal, reports Football-ItaliaThe Italy international had an impressive 2017/18 season and scored 10 goals with a further 10 assists to help steer Bologna clear of the relegation zone in the Serie A.Verdi’s impressive displays for the I Rossoblu attracted the interest of many clubs and he was reportedly close to joining Napoli in the January transfer window before ultimately deciding to remain with Bologna for the remainder of the campaign.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.The Italian versatile forward had a medical at Rome’s Villa Stuart clinic before later visiting Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis’ Filmauro offices to finalise his deal.The 25-year-old is understood to have agreed on a five-year deal with the Light Blues and becomes Carlo Ancelotti’s first signing since replacing the ousted Maurizio Sarri last month.Napoli finished the Serie A in second-place last season after a season-long battle with Juventus.last_img read more

Ancelotti was thrilled after Napolis later winner

first_imgItalian manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his happiness for Napoli’s later victory against Liverpool FC this Wednesday in San Paolo.This Wednesday evening everybody was expecting Napoli to lose against Jürgen Klopp’s powerful Liverpool side, but the Carlo Ancelotti’s team had something very special planned and gave us the biggest upset of this Champions League week.A late Lorenzo Insigne goal was enough for the Italian side to get those three points, it also served them to take the momentary lead of Group C after they got a tie against Red Star in the first match of the season.“The team did well throughout the game, we never lost control, we were always very focused, above all when defending and allowed Liverpool practically nothing,” said ‘Carletto’ to Sky Italia. “We had the chances to score earlier, but I think we timed it well. We scored at the right time… If Mertens had scored a few minutes earlier, it would’ve been more time suffering!”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It means a lot to us to have won against the finalists from last year. It’s important for the confidence of the players, and these games give extra focus, but also some worries. I just told them to enjoy themselves, and it went well.”“We showed this group won’t just be hard for Napoli, but for everyone involved. After the disappointment of the first game, this is a great injection of confidence, but there’s still a long way to go in this group,” added the Napoli boss.¡TRIUNFO AGÓNICO DE NAPOLI!#ChampionsxFOX | Con una definición en el final del partido de Lorenzo Insigne, el equipo italiano doblegó en San Paolo a Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/wdxLMY0j7t— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) October 3, 2018last_img read more

Spalletti Inter Milan will be without Nainggolan for a while

first_imgInter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti expects a lengthy lay-off for Radja Nainggolan after he limped off in Sunday’s 1-0 derby win over AC MilanThe Belgian midfielder was forced off with a reported ankle problem after just 30 minutes of action at the San Siro following a challenge by Milan counterpart Lucas Biglia.Now Spalletti, who replaced Nainggolan with Borja Valero in the game, fears a long absence for his summer signing.“Nainggolan has been chopped down,” Spalletti said to Sky Sport Italia.“We have to take him to the hospital and see. He won’t be with us for a while.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.A dramatic injury-time winner from captain Mauro Icardi settled the 222nd official Derby di Milano in Inter’s favour.Spalletti, who felt that they were the deserving victors, was also pleased with the way Inter countered Milan’s dangerous passing game.“It’s dangerous when you press high, as there is always the risk of conceding a counter, but we were perfect and forced Milan to continually lose the ball,” added Spalletti.“We ensured Milan were incapable of playing their quality passing game that Gennaro Gattuso had spoken about.”Inter will next face Barcelona on Wednesday in the Champions League at Camp Nou.last_img read more

Ronaldo equals 60year old Juventus record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is already making his mark at Juventus after equalling a 60-year-old goalscoring club recordThe Portuguese striker may have had to wait until his fourth Serie A game against Sassuolo to find the net for Juventus, but the goals have since flowed in.Since that match-winning brace on September 16, Ronaldo has directly contributed towards eight goals for Juventus by either scoring them or assisting a teammate.Now AS reports that Ronaldo’s current goal tally of seven goals in his first 10 Serie A games has equalled John Charles’ 60-year-old record.The former Welsh forward, who played for Juventus between 1957 to 1962, managed seven goals in his first 10 league fixtures for the Old Lady.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Charles finished his debut campaign at Turin with 28 goals for the 1957/58 season and won the Serie A title.Argentine strike duo Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez both struck six times in their opening 10 league games along with Italian Filippo Inzaghi.While Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet both struck five times in 10 appearances.Now Ronaldo will undoubtedly have his eyes set on Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with nine goals.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday in their next league game with kick-off to begin at 20:30 (CEST).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

Cardinals Rout Florida State Clinch ACC Atlantic Division

first_img Video Highlights LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the fourth time in five seasons, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team is the ACC Atlantic Division champion after a 14-1 victory over No. 17 Florida State on Thursday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Detmers followed with a second scoreless frame and the Cardinals went back to work at the plate. Louisville pushed a pair of runs across on RBIs from Jake Snider and Wyatt, and Binelas homered for the second time in as many innings, a three-run shot that pushed the advantage to 9-0. Louisville (42-12, 20-8 ACC) reached double figures for the 20th time on the year, scoring the 14 runs on 17 hits. The victory was the largest for the Cardinals in 35 all-time games against Florida State. Glenn Albanese pitched a pair of innings in relief for the Cardinals, while Carter Lohman retired all three batters he faced in a scoreless ninth. Story Links Preview ACC Network Extra The Cardinals have captured the Atlantic Division crown in four of the five seasons since joining the league, winning previously in 2015, 2016 and 2017. UofL has brought home regular season hardware nine times in head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13 seasons. UofL opened the game in near-perfect fashion, with Reid Detmers striking out the side in the top of the first and the Cardinals plating four runs in the bottom half. The Cardinals cruised from there as Detmers (11-2) tossed six shutout innings, striking out 11. The sophomore has now struck out double digits in eight of his 13 starts and moved to second on Louisville’s single-season list with 138 on the year. The Chatham, Illinois, native now trails only Brendan McKay, who struck out 146 in 2017. Detmers is also just the eighth pitcher in Louisville history to reach 11 wins in a season. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster PDF Box Score Next Game: Florida State 5/17/2019 | 6:00 PM Live Stats The long ball was the theme of the night early for Louisville, as Logan Wyatt and Alex Binelas went back-to-back in the first and Zach Britton made it a trio of homers in the inning two batters later. It was the first time the Cardinals had hit three home runs in one inning since Justin McClanahan, Chris Dominguez and Andrew Clark went back-to-back-to-back against Ohio State on April 16, 2008. Wyatt was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, reaching base five times with three RBIs and two runs scored. Binelas drove in five on the night, while Lucas Dunn and Henry Davis each finished with a pair of hits. Video: Reid Detmers Postgame Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame Later in the frame, Drew Campbell doubled into the left-centerfield gap to plate two more to give the Cardinals seven runs in the inning and an 11-0 edge after two. Photo Gallery Louisville tacked on single runs in the third, seventh and eighth, while Florida State (34-19, 16-12) got its only run in the eighth inning. Louisville and Florida State will continue to series with game two on Friday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

In a fastpaced interview with Max Keiser Doug Ca

first_imgIn a fast-paced interview with Max Keiser, Doug Casey explains how the “financialization” of the global economy came about and why it’s a time bomb about to explode; why travel is a key element in successful speculation; and much more. Quadrillion dollars of derivatives: an unstable daisy chain. Stock certs are just computer entries, therefore can’t trust them and the businesses. HSBC’s discovered “$70B black hole of debt”, Harvard prof’s withdrawal of 1M from Bank of America are straws in the wind. Gold is the only way to truly save and hold on to wealth. As was pointed out, one can’t both run with the crowd and be a successful speculator. If your approach to investing needs recalibration—if you’re ready to change your thinking and the course of your financial future—click here to get started now.last_img read more

More than half of disabled people who have tried t

first_imgMore than half of disabled people who have tried to buy tickets for live music events have had to call premium-rate phone numbers to arrange access, according to a new survey.Four-fifths of those surveyed said they had experienced problems with booking access alongside their ticket, while nearly three-quarters said such barriers had been discriminatory.The results of the national online survey were published by the user-led music charity Attitude is Everything (AiE) as part of its fourth State of Access Report on the live music industry.Of the 53 per cent who said they had been forced to use premium rate phone lines to book access, several reported that this had cost them more than £20 in phone charges.Although the survey results cannot be directly compared – because they were obtained through different methods – they do appear to show an improvement since a survey of AiE mystery shoppers in 2014 found 95 per cent of respondents had experienced problems when booking access and 88 per cent said they had felt discriminated against.This year’s State of Access Report focuses on problems associated with booking tickets for live music events.Publishing the report, the charity also launched a new taskforce, the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition, which aims to address five key problems encountered by Deaf and disabled live music fans when booking tickets.The pan-industry group includes more than 35 trade bodies, ticketing agencies, event promoters and venues, including UK Music, PRS for Music, Ticketmaster, Festival Republic and Live Nation.The areas the coalition will address include: the need for a single proof-of-disability system that is uniformly recognised and accepted across the UK; all venues and events to provide quality online information about access; more choice and flexibility when booking tickets for fans with access requirements; and a more dependable system for managing access bookings.The coalition will also target the need for “equal access”, so that disabled fans can book access for pre-sales of tickets, VIP and artist meet-up tickets, and when using entertainment gift cards; can resell accessible seats; are not charged to use access booking lines; and can easily book tickets for a personal assistant if they need one.The report concludes that access across the live music industry “remains a mixed picture”.It adds: “Many venues and events have moved beyond basic reasonable adjustments to improve access for customers in impressively creative and collaborative ways.“On the other hand, there are venue and event organisers now being left behind as they continue to enact outdated and potentially discriminatory policies that impact the ability of Deaf and disabled people to access the paid-for services they provide.”Suzanne Bull (pictured), AiE’s chief executive and the government’s disability sector champion for music, said: “Although there has been much progress in making the ticketing process accessible and inclusive, and certain venues and companies are definitely getting this right for their Deaf and disabled customers, we felt that only a comprehensive and truly unified approach would be able to drive through the real and lasting changes that we need. “In 2018, every large-scale music event should be all-inclusive.“Disabled customers should be able to buy a ticket online, they should be encouraged to attend shows with their friends, and not have to jump through undignified hoops when things go wrong.”Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, said: “Going to a gig or festival is an experience that everyone should be able to enjoy.“It’s therefore incredibly important that disabled people have the right access when booking tickets for live music events, which is why I’m really pleased to see leading businesses from across the music industry coming together to improve accessibility. “We know that disabled people and their households have a combined spending power of £249 billion a year, proving that being inclusive isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.”AiE also announced that it will convene a new cross-sector group that will “exchange ideas and unite around common principles when it comes to accessibility”, across music, cinema, theatre, heritage and sport, and will focus on issues such as the provision of access information, providing evidence of access requirements, and implementing access bookings.Organisations that have already pledged to join the group include Arts Council England, Shape Arts, Level Playing Field, UK Theatre and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.Picture by Joanna Dudderidgelast_img read more

Hybrid ribbons a gift for powerful batteries

first_imgShareDavid [email protected] [email protected] ribbons a gift for powerful batteriesRice lab finds vanadium oxide/graphene material works well for lithium-ion storageHOUSTON — (March 25, 2013) — Hybrid ribbons of vanadium oxide (VO2) and graphene may accelerate the development of high-power lithium-ion batteries suitable for electric cars and other demanding applications.The Rice University lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan determined that the well-studied material is a superior cathode for batteries that could supply both high energy density and significant power density. The research appears online this month in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.The ribbons created at Rice are thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper, yet have potential that far outweighs current materials for their ability to charge and discharge very quickly. Cathodes built into half-cells for testing at Rice fully charged and discharged in 20 seconds and retained more than 90 percent of their initial capacity after more than 1,000 cycles.“This is the direction battery research is going, not only for something with high energy density but also high power density,” Ajayan said. “It’s somewhere between a battery and a supercapacitor.”The ribbons also have the advantage of using relatively abundant and cheap materials. “This is done through a very simple hydrothermal process, and I think it would be easily scalable to large quantities,” he said.Ajayan said vanadium oxide has long been considered a material with great potential, and in fact vanadium pentoxide has been used in lithium-ion batteries for its special structure and high capacity. But oxides are slow to charge and discharge, due to their low electrical conductivity. The high-conductivity graphene lattice that is literally baked in solves that problem nicely, he said, by serving as a speedy conduit for electrons and channels for ions.The atom-thin graphene sheets bound to the crystals take up very little bulk. In the best samples made at Rice, fully 84 percent of the cathode’s weight was the lithium-slurping VO2, which held 204 milliamp hours of energy per gram. The researchers, led by Rice graduate student Yongji Gong and lead author Shubin Yang, said they believe that to be among the best overall performance ever seen for lithium-ion battery electrodes.“One challenge to production was controlling the conditions for the co-synthesis of VO2 ribbons with graphene,” Yang said. The process involved suspending graphene oxide nanosheets with powdered vanadium pentoxide (layered vanadium oxide, with two atoms of vanadium and five of oxygen) in water and heating it in an autoclave for hours. The vanadium pentoxide was completely reduced to VO2, which crystallized into ribbons, while the graphene oxide was reduced to graphene, Yang said. The ribbons, with a web-like coating of graphene, were only about 10 nanometers thick, up to 600 nanometers wide and tens of micrometers in length.“These ribbons were the building blocks of the three-dimensional architecture,” Yang said. “This unique structure was favorable for the ultrafast diffusion of both lithium ions and electrons during charge and discharge processes. It was the key to the achievement of excellent electrochemical performance.”In testing the new material, Yang and Gong found its capacity for lithium storage remained stable after 200 cycles even at high temperatures (167 degrees Fahrenheit) at which other cathodes commonly decay, even at low charge-discharge rates.“We think this is real progress in the development of cathode materials for high-power lithium-ion batteries,” Ajayan said, suggesting the ribbons’ ability to be dispersed in a solvent might make them suitable as a component in the paintable batteries developed in his lab.Co-authors of the new paper are Rice graduate students Daniel Hashim and Lulu Ma; research scientist Zheng Liu; former Rice visiting researcher Liang Zhan, now an associate professor at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai; and faculty fellow Robert Vajtai. Ajayan is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, chemistry, and chemical and biomolecular engineering.The work was funded by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research through a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship grant.-30-Read the abstract at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG17910.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Google Using your health records to predict whether youll live or die

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. An elite team of computer scientists and medical experts from Google and three major U.S. universities believe they’ve found the best way yet to predict whether a hospitalized patient will end up leaving via the front doors or the loading dock at the morgue.As might be expected from research led by Google, the software for accomplishing this task relies on artificial intelligence, which has become a key focus in virtually all areas of the Mountain View company’s operations.In a just-released paper, not peer reviewed, the researchers claim their AI-based software, based on AI known as “deep learning,” does a better job at predicting patient outcomes than other methods currently available.”These models outperformed state-of-the-art traditional predictive models in all cases,” the paper said.To make its predictions, the software uses medical-records data including patient demographics, previous diagnoses and procedures, lab results and vital signs.Top of the list of outcomes predicted is “inpatient mortality,” in which the patient is reported as “expired.”But the software goes beyond the question of life and death, to answer questions important to patients as well as hospital administrators and bean counters. Unplanned re-admissions to the medical facility within 30 days are also covered, as well as probable length of stay and diagnoses, the latter of which is delineated using hospital billing codes.The paper covered the study of some 216,000 hospitalizations involving about 114,000 patients—anonymous to the researchers—at two hospitals: UC San Francisco’s and the University of Chicago’s.”Its biggest claim is the ability to predict patient deaths 24-48 hours before current methods, which could allow time for doctors to administer life-saving procedures,” according to online magazine Quartz, which spotted the paper published Jan. 26.The software was able to predict death, at 24 hours after admission, with 93 percent to 95 percent accuracy, about 10 percent better than the traditional predictive method, according to the paper.The researchers admitted to various limitations in their work, noting, for example, that it’s not a “foregone conclusion” that accurate predictions can improve care.Among the science stars on the 35-researcher team were Google senior fellow Jeff Dean, head of the AI-focused “Google Brain” project; Stanford Neurosciences Institute professor Nigam Shah; and Alvin Rajkomar, director of clinical data science at UCSF’s Center for Digital Health Innovation. Explore further ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Google: Using your health records to predict whether you’ll live or die (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-google-health-youll-die.html How long will patient live? Deep Learning takes on predictions Dr. Google may not have much of a bedside manner—she’s an algorithm, after all—but if she says you’re soon to be “expired,” she claims to be about 95 percent accurate, and you might want to start planning that last meal. read more