Stiff competition Despite all that, the Lennox Graham-coached The Queen’s School graduate will have a tough time hurdling past Fraser-Pryce to get the Jamaican Athlete of the Year award. The little rocket lost just once over 100 metres, in a jetlagged slog in Shanghai, but clicked off wins everywhere else. She ran sub-11 times consistently and swished under 10.8 seconds three times. That gave her a career total of 10 at that speed. By comparison, the legendary Merlene Ottey had four sub-10.8 clockings in all her fine career. That’s how good Fraser-Pryce was in 2015. In Beijing, she missed her season’s best of 10.74 seconds by a mere 0.02, despite slowing down to raise an arm to mark her third World title in the 100. That allowed the fast-finishing Schippers to catch up a bit, but the win was never in question. By then, her reliable rocket start and smooth, but urgent acceleration had done the damage. Will the award givers prefer the brilliant emergence of Williams to the season-long consistent quality displayed by Fraser-Pryce? The deliberations will begin shortly, but it’s great that Jamaica has two female World Champions to choose from. Together with Thompson, Jackson, first-time 100-metre finalist Natasha Morrison, first-time 400 hurdles finalist Janieve Russell and repeat triple-jump finalist Kimberly Williams, Fraser-Pryce and Danielle Williams lead us into the Olympic year with cause for optimism. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. Late-season marathons aside, the 2015 athletics campaign is practically over. It ended brilliantly for Jamaica, with the country’s second best medal performance at a World Championships or an Olympic Games. Now it’s time to begin to choose the Jamaican Athletes of the Year. In Beijing, for the 15th World Championships, our established stars delivered. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Hansle Parchment all found their way to the medal podium. They weren’t alone. Debutants like Elaine Thompson, Shericka Jackson and O’Dayne Richards also walked away from the Bird’s Nest with individual medals. The best of the new names, however, was Danielle Williams. With Thompson losing a magnificent 200-metre final to flying Dutch woman Dafne Schippers on the line, Williams matched Fraser-Pryce by winning an individual event. She kept her head and her footing in the 100-metre hurdles while others lost theirs and sped to personal best times of 12.58 and 12.57 seconds in the semi and the final. She went to Beijing with the World University Games title safely tucked away and moved up to fourth fastest on the Jamaican all-time list. Brigitte Foster-Hylton, our first World 100 hurdles champion, and World Championship bronze medal winners Michelle Freeman and Delloreen Ennis, are the only Jamaican women with faster times.
Houston Rockets’ James Harden goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — James Harden produced his typical scoring flurry Monday night. His teammates delivered the knockout blow with a staunch second-half defensive effort.On a night the league’s reigning MVP made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds left and closed it out by making four straight free throws, Harden was thrilled to see the Houston Rockets rediscover their winning combination in a 98-94 victory at Indiana.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Officially, the Rockets say they are finalizing the details on a deal to bring back defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik. Unofficially, it looks all but done.“Just really happy he’s coming back,” coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. “It’s great. We can pick up where we left off.”What Bzdelik will find is a team ready and willing to fight hard as it did again Monday.After trailing for most of the second and third quarters, they finally rallied behind Harden in the fourth quarter and closed it out by shutting down the Pacers.Victor Oladipo finished with 28 points and made two 3s in the final minute to trim the deficit to 94-93 with 24.7 seconds to go, but the Rockets didn’t give up another basket as the Pacers’ three-game winning streak ended.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re doing a really good job of getting stops and making it hard for teams to score,” he said. “I’m not worried about our offense. We’re a really good offensive team. We’re going to make shots. We need a pretty good defensive effort (each night).”The message seems to have sunk in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhile Harden did his usual work with 28 points, six assists and five 3-pointers, the improving defense and a healthier roster has helped last season’s Western Conference runner-ups punch their way out of an early-season corner.Since starting 1-5, Houston has won three straight — all on the road, the last two without the benefit of hitting 100 points. And more help appears to be on the way. IN SYNCMcMillan is still working to get his offense get in sync.He would like to see better ball movement and a quicker tempo, both facets that could have helped against the Rockets. But he wasn’t trying to take a cue from their usually high-scoring opponent.“We don’t want to just get into a run-and-gun game and make it a shootout,” McMillan said. “If we have something early (in the possession), we’ll take it. If not we want to make them defend it.”UP NEXTRockets: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday, the fourth stop on a season-long five-game road trip.Pacers: Will try to extend their home winning streak against Philadelphia to nine Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LaVine scores career-high 41 in Bulls’ double OT win over Knicks Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments “We still gave ourselves a chance to win, we just came up short,” Oladipo said. “The beauty of it is there is another game on Wednesday.”The Rockets have won three straight in the series though this one required everything they could muster.When P.J. Tucker and Carmelo Anthony knocked down back-to-back 3s midway through the fourth quarter, the Rockets were finally tied at 81.Chris Paul broke the tie with a layup and Harden added a free throw when Pacers coach Nate McMillan was called for a technical foul.Indiana spent the rest of the ’s 3-pointer rattled in with 7:28 left and Carmelo Anthony followed Tucker’s basket with another 3, the Rockets tied it at 81. Chris Paul broke the tie with a layup and Harden made a free throw after Pacers coach Nate McMillan drew a technical foul with 4:38 to go.Oladipo tied the score at 90 with the first of his two threes in the final minute, but Harden broke the tie with the last of his 3s, Paul made 1 of 2 free throw to make it 94-90 and Harden closed it out at the free-throw line.“It was just a good, spirited win,” D’Antoni said. “Those are the ones, until we iron some stuff out, we have to (win), and we haven’t been doing that.”TIP-INSRockets: Clint Capela had 18 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double, a career best. … Paul took only three shots in a scoreless first half and wound up with nine points and 13 assists. …… The Rockets were 15 of 47 on 3s and improved to 4-0 this season when outrebounding opponents.Pacers: Lost for the second time at home this season. …Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench. … Oladipo has scored at least 20 in 10 consecutive games. … Bojan Bogdanovic and Tyreke Evans scored 11 points. 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AFC Leopards goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade reacts after an attack. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe John Baraza led side got an opportunity five minutes into kick-off but Umar Kasumba squandered the opportunity, blazing over his set-piece at the edge of the box after he was hacked down by AFC Leopards skipper Duncan Otieno.Kasumba wasted another chance five minutes to half time when winger Kimani set him up only for the Ugandan to helplessly see his effort go wide.Sofapaka winger Kevin Kimani against AFC Leopards’ Baker Lukooya in the FKF Shield semi-final.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMinutes later, George Maelo hit the bar after powerfully nodding Kimani’s pin-point free-kick to see both sides head to the interval locked 0-0.In the 52nd minute, Stephen Waruru narrowly missed the top corner after Mutamba was hacked down by Abdalla Hassan for the free-kick to be awarded to Sofapaka.Asieche, who replaced Pistone Mutamba in the 65th minute netted Sofapaka’s winner that sent them to the final for the first time since 2014 when they beat Posta Rangers 2-1 to lift the title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka striker Ellie Asieche celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winner against defending champions AFC Leopards in the FKF Shield semiNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 – Super sub Elli Asieche struck home to see Sofapaka eliminate defending champions AFC Leopards out of the SportPesa Shield after picking a 1-0 win to set up a final against Kariobangi Sharks.Sofapaka had the better share of the opening half with experienced Kevin Kimani being instrumental but could not see Batoto Ba Mungu hit the target in the first stanza.
1 Mamadou Sakho has only recently returned to Liverpool following his failed drug test last season but he has already found himself in more trouble.Sakho was cleared of any violations by UEFA but has now been sent home from the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States.The Frenchman reportedly turned up late to the airport to leave for the tour and Jurgen Klopp has been disappointed with his attitude in training.Sakho also interrupted Klopp’s interview with Liverpool’s TV channel and the manager jokingly threatened to leave him in Alcatraz prison, where the squad were visiting at the time.Instead of Alcatraz, Sakho, who is currently nursing an injury, has been made to return back to Melwood training ground to continue his preseason without the first team squad.And despite his popularity among Liverpool fans, they appear to be backing Klopp’s decision.See below for the best reactions to the Sakho situation. Mamadou Sakho was sent home from the club’s US tour by Jurgen Klopp
Chelsea moved within three points of the Premier League title and consigned Middlesbrough to relegation with a dominant 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.Goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic saw Chelsea re-establish a seven-point lead over Tottenham. And Antonio Conte’s men can win the title before Spurs next play with victory at West Brom on Friday night.Costa scored his 20th league goal of the season, converting a pass from the excellent Cesc Fabregas, and Alonso netted from a similar position before half-time.And Matic struck in a second-half which began with Pedro hitting the bar as Brad Guzan conceded through his legs for a third time.It could have been many more for the champions-elect in a one-sided contest.Boro, now with one win in 19 league games, will be playing in the Sky Bet Championship next season after a record-equalling fourth demotion from the Premier League.The visitors’ night began with a bump. A minor nudge in rush hour traffic contributed to the delayed arrival of the Boro bus.History was also against Boro, who were without a league win and had not even scored in seven games at Stamford Bridge since 2001.Chelsea’s in-house TV channel showed the 1997 FA Cup final between the teams prior to the match, when Roberto di Matteo scored after 42 seconds.Chelsea play Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27 hoping to complete the season with the double.Di Matteo and his predecessor as Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas lost their jobs after defeats at The Hawthorns. Conte goes there on Friday seeking the title in his first season as head coach.Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti, Conte’s former boss at Juventus and a double winner with Chelsea in 2009-10, was in attendance.So were Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and former strikers Andriy Schevchenko and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who also played for Boro.Baggies boss Tony Pulis was also present, but if his side avoid defeat on Friday it will only delay the inevitable as Chelsea next play mid-table Watford and relegated Sunderland at home.There was an expectant atmosphere after Spurs’ loss at West Ham on Friday night eased any title anxiety.N’Golo Kante was not risked due to a minor thigh injury and Fabregas, his replacement, found his passing range from the start.The Spain playmaker lofted the ball to Alonso, whose volley was turned on to the bar by Brad Guzan in the second minute.Boro did not learn as Chelsea repeated the trick time and again.Home supporters sang “we’re going to win the league” as Chelsea played through, over and round Boro almost at will. Visiting fans responded “we’re going down”.Eden Hazard picked out Fabregas in the box, but the midfielder’s shot drifted wide.Hazard again tried to lay on a goal with a cross which nutmegged Fabio, but Costa was beaten to the ball by George Friend.Chelsea and Costa breached the defence moments later. And it was a familiar combination.Fabregas’ lofted ball found Costa unmarked six yards out. He controlled the ball and passed through the legs of Guzan, who conceded eight here as Aston Villa goalkeeper in December 2012.Conte had told Costa and Fabregas to concentrate on the here and now amid speculation over their futures and both showed their value to potential suitors – and to Chelsea.Cesar Azpilicueta next stepped up to mimic Fabregas, clipping a pass over for Alonso to slide in, shoot and score between Guzan’s legs. Fabio was conspicuous by his absence, again.Guzan saved from Moses before the interval and Pedro hit the bar within seconds of the restart.Alonso next fired wide – and just out of reach of Costa – Gary Cahill stung the hands of Guzan and a deflected Fabregas effort went wide.A third goal came when Fabregas found Matic, who controlled the ball on his chest and swept the ball in – the third goal scored through Guzan’s legs.Thibaut Courtois was finally called into action to make a regulation save from Grant Leadbitter as Chelsea continued to pour forwards, with Pedro firing over and Guzan denying Moses.There was time for sentiment from Conte as John Terry came on for his 715th Chelsea appearance.Another four are possible as he seeks to take his tally of 14 major trophies to 16 before leaving this summer. The Premier League appears certain to be number 15. 1 Antonio Conte is on the verge of winning his first silverware in English football
“My fundamental belief is some people are so extremely mentally ill that they will never be able to bring themselves in voluntarily for any kind of help,” she said. Perry has called for the city attorney to look at potential conflicts of interest raised by the history of litigation and the nominations of Ripston and Mirell. Mirell, an attorney in the 2000 lawsuit about police stops, said the injunction that was part of the settlement in the case will expire in a matter of weeks. It is the only homeless-related case he has worked on, he said, and he took it pro bono and has no financial stake. As a member of the authority board, Mirell said he would “explore the whole panoply of issues and possible solutions without a preconceived agenda or prejudgment of any kind.” Many of the policy concerns regarding law enforcement and the homeless are unique to the downtown area because of its concentration of poverty and social services, said Larry Trench, director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. “The Valley’s just a totally different situation,” he said. “They’re spread all throughout.” Another of Villaraigosa’s nominees, Cecil “Chip” Murray, retired pastor of First African American Episcopal or AME Church, said that may be changing. He expects his panel to confront the challenge of downtown development and gentrification, pushing the homeless out of the city core. “This means they will eventually become evacuees, moving south, east and west – further exhausting the diminished resources of those areas they inhabit,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The discussion about the appointments, which are headed to the City Council for a vote on confirmation, has brought out a larger debate about how the city approaches homelessness. The ACLU sued the city in the early 1990s over a curfew that prohibited sleeping on the streets. It sued in 2000 when police were allegedly stopping the homeless, without reasonable cause, to catch parole violators. The organization sued over police searches of the homeless again in 2003, the same year it sued again over a prohibition on sleeping on city streets. “As long as the city doesn’t have enough shelters or beds, where are people supposed to sleep?” said Ripston. Councilwoman Jan Perry maintains that such stances can impede efforts to deliver services to the homeless. Appointing previous opponents of city policy on the homeless to an official panel on the subject is a way to balance civil-rights concerns with the need for aggressive intervention, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday. The mayor’s expanded defense of his appointments to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority came a day after some City Council members questioned his choice of Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which has sued the city several times over homeless issues, and attorney Doug Mirell, who worked with the ACLU in a case that limited police sweeps of Skid Row. Villaraigosa told reporters that law enforcement action is needed to protect homeless people from those who would prey on them. “There’s a way to do it and respect the Bill of Rights,” he said. “You can’t just go into an encampment and pat everyone down.”
American Airlines and Qantas will not be allowed additional time to respond to a US Department of Transportation decision to deny permission for an expanded trans-Pacific alliance.In a sign the DoT is taking a hard line on the issue, it refused a joint request by the airlines to extend the deadline for comments on its November 18 tentative decision not to grant the partners anti-trust immunity from December 2 to December 20. The airlines also asked for the deadline for answers to their comments be extended to December 30.Their request came after the DoT issued a show cause notice seeking submissions on its decision to deny the carriers anti-trust immunity after finding the alliance would harm competition.The airlines had applied to expand their joint business agreement to a full alliance similar to the one Qantas has with Gulf carrier Emirates that would allow them to operate “metal neutral’’ joint flights alongside each other.This would allow them to coordinate functions such as scheduling, network planning, sales, customer services and capacity decisions, something the carriers argue would allow them to more effectively compete across the Pacific and expand services.In its latest letter, the department said the carriers had offered no compelling reason to alter the response schedule and it did not see any.It said the facts and issues involved had been well developed and argued by -argued al issues involved have been well developed and argued by the parties to the proceeding, including the applicants.It also dismissed a claim by the airlines that they needed more time to consider the reasoning and analysis behind the decision as well as the potential implications for their businesses.“ We find these arguments unpersuasive,’’ the department said. “The underlying issues and facts, and accordingly the reasoning and analysis, are relatively straightforward, and the show-cause order raised no issues that have not been obvious during the course of the proceeding.“Moreover, any implications for the applicants’ business interests have always been inherent in the possibility of denial of the application, a possibility that always exists until a final decision in any proceeding of this kind.“Given our decision here, we find that the need for resolution of this issue outweighs any benefit of awaiting answers to the motion.“Accordingly, we deny this motion, and are acting with dispatch to remove any ambiguity with regard to the procedural schedule for the benefit of the applicants and other parties alike, giving them the maximum amount of time to prepare their submissions. ‘’American signalled last week it would object to the proposed decision against the alliance, which has been given the green light by regulators in Australia and New Zealand.“This represents a significant departure from prior DOT decisions, which have long recognized the pro-competitive benefits of combining complementary international networks,’’ it said at that time.“Other airlines have the significant competitive advantage of antitrust immunity in the U.S.-Australasia market. With the same opportunity, American and Qantas will be able to compete more effectively and increase consumer benefits in the market.’’
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sent a letter to the Department of the Army, Civil Works, calling for the release of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on a method to help stop Asian Carp from invading the Great Lakes. The letter comes amid reports of a silver carp found nine miles from Lake Michigan, beyond electric barriers designed to block the fish.“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ delay in the face of this immediate threat is unacceptable,” DeWine said. “The Corps’ choice to withhold the plan even after its January 2017 due date could jeopardize the ultimate outcome.”Lake Erie is considered especially susceptible to invasive Asian Carp, which could complete with native species, cause extensive damage to the ecosystem, and devastate the fishing and tourism industries. In his letter, Attorney General DeWine explains that Lake Erie is a source of drinking water for 3 million Ohioans, provides 124,000 jobs to Ohioans, and generates $1.8 billion in tourism revenue to Ohio.The letter calls for the release of the Tentatively Selected Plan for the Brandon Road Study, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study examining ways to keep invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes and block entry of the fish through the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois.Attorney General DeWine says it is imperative to issue the tentative plan immediately, given the time it will take to implement a specific plan.“If Asian Carp are allowed to reach the Great Lakes, it may be too late to save Lake Erie,” Attorney General DeWine said in the letter.A copy of the letter is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.Mike DeWine has long been an advocate for protecting the Great Lakes. As a U.S. Senator, he introduced both the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act and the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act to address invasive species attacking Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting klint finley Tags:#cloud#Data Centers How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … As we reported earlier, Facebook open-sourced its data center specifications and practices today. The infrastructural details of Facebook’s new Prineville, OR data center can now be found on the Open Compute Project website.The first thing that came to mind while reading Facebook’s announcement (where you can find a general overview of what Facebook is doing) today is that this officially signals the commodification of infrastructure design. I’d like to point you again to RedMonk analyst Stephen O’Grady’s blog post “How Important is Software?” Generational Differences Between Software Producers.” O’Grady writes “With rare exceptions, it will be increasingly difficult to justify high margin infrastructure software products as they will be providing less competitive advantage over time.”O’Grady was writing about infrastructural software, such as databases and operating systems, but the same applies to data center design. It could be argued that data center design has long been commodified, with companies like HP going so far as to manufacture and ship data centers in shipping containers. But compare Facebook’s data center policy to Google’s.Google’s data center in The Dalles, OR has been compared to Area 51. It’s super-secretive. Even though there are well established best practices for data centers, the work companies like Facebook, Google and Rackspace put into infrastructural innovation are a competitive advantage. Facebook is blowing the lid off this, though Rackspace and the other members of OpenStack have been driving this as well.This won’t have much effect on most companies. But for infrastructure-heavy companies like Amazon.com, Google and Yahoo, this is a game changer. Now anyone can look to Open Compute to learn how to build a Web-scale data center.Why can Facebook do this? Because, as O’Grady points out:As we think about what this means moving forward, I’ll leave you with another quote from O’Grady: “When you look to differentiate, you should focus on the personnel side over infrastructure technology. In analytics, for example, the competitive advantage may not be answering the question marginally faster than a competitor, but asking a better question.”For Facebook, the value is not in the infrastructure – though Hip-Hop demonstrates the value of even marginal improvements in performance for high scale players – it is in the users and the data they generate. As Tim O’Reilly famously put it, “data is the Intel Inside.”Facebook is also a member of the Open Networking Foundation organization, which we covered here. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
India’s state-owned carrier Air India, facing almost $800 million in loses this year, is seeking to trim its workforce by half. The company says it is encouraging 15,000 workers to go on unpaid leave varying from three to five years. Air India, which has fleet of 145 aircrafts and 33,000 employees, has one of the highest staff-to-aircraft ratios of any airline in the world. Related Items