Good first session for Jamaicans at IAAF World U-18 Championships

first_imgIt was a good opening session for Jamaican athletes at the 10th IAAF World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, as four of five athletes involved advanced to the next round of the competition in their respective events. Tyreke Wilson, who was the first Jamaican in action, won his heat in the boys 100m in 10.60 seconds, the sixth fastest time overall as he comfortably moved into the semi-finals, which take place later on Wednesday morning (Jamaica time). Shaquena Foote (56.18) was second in her heat of the girl’s 400m and seventh overall in her progression to the semis. Anthony Cox with a personal best 46.53 seconds and Antonio Watson, 47.22 seconds, won their heats of the boys 400m to be the fastest two moving forward to the semis of the event. The second session will get underway at 8:55 a.m. (Jamaica time). Thrower, Kimone Reid with a best of 40.84, in the girls discus failed to advance after finishing 15th overall in the qualifying round. Six Jamaicans are down to compete when the second session of competition gets going. Wilson will be the first as he will compete in the third semi-final of the boys 100m at 9:14 a.m and will run out of lane three. Safin Wills in Group A and Owayne Owens in Group B will both feature in the preliminary round of the boys triple jump competition that starts at 9:25 a.m. At 9:40 a.m, Tyrese Reid will run out of lane eight in heat 1 of the boys 800m with Kimar Farquharson facing the starter in the second heat. Kevona Davis will line up in the girls 100m heats, which gets started at 10:45 a.m.last_img read more

Watch: Check out Kerry Brown’s stunning strike for Ireland U17s

first_imgGREENCASTLE woman Kerry Brown netted a screamer for the Republic of Ireland U17s yesterday against Greece.Brown, who plays for NIFL challengers Sion Swifts, set Ireland on their way to a 5-0 win over Greece with this stunning goal in Lithuania.It has been a good week for Ireland, who had big wins over Albania and Lithuania, with Culdaff’s Erin McLaughlin scoring five goals in the opening two games. Check out Brown’s super strike here: When the opposition think they’re holding the group-leaders #IRLWU17 to 0-0 at half-time, then up steps Kerry Brown with a worldie! 🚀 ⚽️🎥 Watch the Sion Swifts striker score a 30-yard screamer to put Ireland 1-0 up against Greece yesterday 😱 #COYGIG— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) September 17, 2019 Advertisement  Watch: Check out Kerry Brown’s stunning strike for Ireland U17s was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Erin McLaughlinGreencastleKerry BrownSion Swiftslast_img read more

MySpace Classifieds Now Powered by Oodle

first_imgfrederic lardinois MySpace and Oodle today announced that MySpace’s classifieds section has been re-launched and is now powered by Oodle. The MySpace Classifieds section highlights ads from MySpace users, but also features listings from other Oodle powered sites as well as from other sites Oodle scrapes for listings. Interestingly, Facebook announced a cooperation with Oodle back in 2007, only to then have Facebook launch its own Marketplace just a few days later. This partnership with MySpace gives Oodle access to a large new group of users. According to MySpace, its classifieds see about 1 million visits a month and with Oodle, its inventory is going to go up to 500,000 new listings a day. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Social ClassifiedsThe new classifieds section is also going to make better use of MySpace’s social tools, allowing users to target their MySpace friends for their listings. This social aspect is what can give classifieds on MySpace (or any social network for that matter) a competitive advantage over Craigslist. At the same time, though, it’s noteworthy, as Caroline McCarthy also points out, that Facebook’s classifieds section has never quite become an important service on the site.The only classifieds sites Oodle doesn’t scrape are Craigslist and Kijiji. The relationship between Craiglist and Oodle has been especially rocky, as we reported here. By basically providing a meta-search service, Oodle relies less on its own active users to provide a comprehensive service.The most advanced features of the MySpace integration, however, only work for ads posted by MySpace users themselves. Right now, there are not too many active listings posted by MySpace users, yet. However, as these ads start making their way onto users’ profiles, using MySpace Classifieds for ads could easily become a viral phenomenon on MySpace. Tags:#news#social networks#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

SaaS: Huge Growth in Asia Pacific

first_img20 percent of companies in the Asia Pacific are using SaaS, and software specialty areas like ERP are set to grow from $35 million in 2008 to $193 million in 2012.Balaka Baruah Aggarwal, senior market analyst of Emerging Software at Springboard Research and author of the report said that “We expect this market to experience faster growth, given the relatively low current level of on-premise  ERP application penetration in the region, particularly in the growth markets of China and India.  The increasingavailability and reliability of broadband across the region and the overall dynamism of the emerging markets in the region will also drive increased demand.”SaaS ERP has been limited to date because SaaS typically offers less opportunity to customize software. But SaaS offerings are becoming more flexible in the customization options that they are able to offer.  And that added flexibility is attracting more customers.The SaaS ERP market also has a limited number of vendors outside the US.  Netsuite is one of the few exceptions.  Local players in these markets are attracting a lot of attention, like Ramco in India and Kingdee in China.last_img read more

Can Codecademy Teach Poor Black & Brown Kids to Code?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Unemployment among youth of color is widespread & complex; can a tech education startup change things?The White House announced new participation in a jobs initiative yesterday from fast-growing technical education website Codecademy, as well as some venerable social justice oriented organizations Level Playing Field Institute and College Bound Brotherhood, a group dedicated to increasing the number of young African American men prepared for college. Called Summer Jobs +, the program aims to get young poor and marginalized people into paid technical training programs over Summer vacation.It’s an ambitious effort to tackle a very complicated problem. It’s going to be a lot easier said than done. A Big ProblemWhile the national unemployment rate remains high after years of recession and economic change, unemployment is even higher among African American youth (estimated at 40%) and Latino youth (estimated between 25% and 35%). “With youth unemployment nearly triple the overall rate and much higher among young Americans of color, attention to this problem is more than welcome,” Roberto Viramontes, Vice President of Education Policy at the First Focus Campaign for Children, said in response to my request for comment on the Summer Jobs + program.The decline of employment opportunities for unskilled workers in general has long lead to calls for youth training programs. Critics say the federal job training programs for young people have long been in need of modernization.Anti-poverty advocates (none of whom I inquired with were anxious to say much on the record) emphasize that meaningful change requires more than just skill building in things like software coding. Some believe that in order to succeed such programs need to invest first in finding young people most likely to benefit from this kind of support. Then, after training is completed, programs must work directly on connecting newly trained young people with employers if they are to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Will the Summer Jobs+ program include those kinds of steps? There was no mention of them in the program’s announcement this week. It may take years of experience before a person can get a job coding, maybe this is just to get a taste of what’s possible.Other anti-poverty advocates say that technical skills like coding are not enough to provide the comprehensive preparation young people on the margins of society need in order to become meaningfully employed. Many young people need training on things like creating a good resume and dealing with difficult questions in an interview if they are to be prepared to remain in the workforce over the long term. That comprehensive set of skills is something that several organizations participating in the Summer Jobs + program are well-equipped to confer.Can the amalgamation of organizations working to teach young poor people of color to code, pull this all off? The depth of need in the communities at issue is such that advocates say many programs in the past have seen their funding sucked dry with huge need remaining.This is a very complicated, challenging problem.CodecademyCodecademy, the hip new web app that teaches its users basic coding skills and that will be an important part of this initiative, is one of many new education and personal change apps to emerge online in recent months.Codecademy in particular has faced criticism lately concerning its ease of use. Specifically, some people have said that the site makes it difficult to know how to get back on track when a user has made a mistake in working on a lesson. I’ve experienced that on the site, too. Others say it still presumes too much knowledge of how computers work. The developer-centric community at Hacker News was very critical of Codecademy this week and the site’s founders appeared in comments there to assure readers they were working to respond to issues raised.In Codecademy’s own announcement of the partnership with the White House and the other participants in the program, there was a conspicuous absence of any discussion regarding the race or class dynamics of the program. I raised this concern in a comment on the announcement post last night, but none of the comments posted have been responded to by Codecademy.I’m concerned that failure to even mention that part of the program could indicate that the makers of the technical education materials aren’t taking matters of race and class into much consideration. US Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra said the purpose of the program is “to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth.” Codecademy describes it simply as a program intended “to get more kids and adults learning to code.”You know what they say: those who ignore history risk repeating it. The Libertarian political leanings of so much of the tech industry puts programs like this at risk of ignoring the historic marginalization of certain segments of society and thus repeating it, as part of a faux-egalitarianism where blindness to difference effectively keeps the same people on top, in the end. I don’t know any of the people involved in Codecademy, but I bet I’m not the only person who looked at its co-founders’ Venture Capital backed, Ivy League educated, white boy resumes and their announcement about this program with no mention of race or class, with skepticism.That the announcement of a White House partnership to train young poor people of color in coding shared a Codecademy blog post with an announcement of offline meetups of Codecademy users around the country and that the post called the meet-ups more important just seemed rude. (“…This will be a shorter course than Code Year that aims to teach people the basics of programming. You can find a bit more on the White House’s blog. More importantly, we’re pleased to announce that we’re moving Codecademy from being a strictly online learning platform to something you can do offline as well.”) The politically questionable announcement of the partnership with the White House was a small paragraph surrounded by multiple paragraphs of rah-rah about Codecademy’s hitting 1 million users (thanks to a year-end push and 1 hour of design work) and a list of tech industry luminaries’ names getting dropped that the startup thanks for its success.Paul Graham says that young people are often the only ones ignorant enough of how much hard boring work is involved with building a company that they are willing to do it. Simplistic youthful bravado may not be an asset though when the problem you’re trying to tackle is the underemployment of poor young people of color.It’s a big initiative tackling a big, complicated problem, but it sure is important. I’m concerned about how well tech and politics will come together in this case, but we can all hope it will work out well and the world will be changed for the better.last_img read more

Apple self-driving effort shifts from hardware to software

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Apple#Autonomous car#BlackBerry#connected car#iCar#Internet of Things#IoT#Lyft#QNX#Self-Driving#Uber Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Inside Apple’s secretive car division, the focus is starting to shift from building an all-electric, autonomous car to developing software and services that would work inside the prospective car, according to people familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.In a Bloomberg report, Mark Gurman states that the company has “increased emphasis on developing self-driving technology” and hired several automotive software developers from BlackBerry.See Also: Apple Watch sales more than halved so far this summerDan Dodge, the founder of QNX—the operating system used by BlackBerry in its smartphones prior to the Priv—is one of the new employees reportedly working on car infotainment services.QNX is used primarily in automotives for Volkswagen, Daimler, and Ford nowadays, making the pickup of Dodge all the more intriguing.To make it more obvious that Apple is on the hunt for automotive software developers, it recently opened a research and development center in Kanata, Ontario, home to some of BlackBerry’s R&D facilities.Apple not totally giving up on hardwareApple is not giving up fully on the goal of hardware, software, and services all under one roof, but the lack of focus has caused talent to leave and upper-management disagreement.To that end, Apple veteran Bob Mansfield has been brought in to try and re-focus the team. Mansfield reports directly to CEO Tim Cook, unlike his predecessor Steve Zadesky, showing the growing importance at the company that the autonomous car is a success.Apple still has 2020 as the date for completion, but growing competition from Tesla, Uber, and Google, alongside previous dormant automakers starting to enter the market, may force Apple to speed up its development and reveal early previews of its tech.Then again, the autonomous market is still very fragmented with Google not providing any commercial strategy and Uber, General Motors, and Ford only just starting to get to grips with what an autonomous future means for transport and ownership.Apple may wait for a more cohesive vision on what the future of automotive means before publicly revealing its hand. That way, it won’t be labelled a failure if consumers heavily reject loaning or ridesharing arrangements that Uber, Lyft, and Google attempt to launch.center_img David Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Streamed Computing jumps onto vPro’s BlogTalkRadio show May 20th!

first_imgCOMING UP: Don’t miss out this week! You will be able to catch Josh Hilliker, Russ Pam, and Jeff Torello’s live chat with Jason Davidson and Mike Ferron-Jones. The show will be on the spectrum of emerging compute models and recommendations for when to consider each model. Feel free to check out this slide deck, you can bring up any questions you have during the show: Slide DeckAlso, remember that there are THREE ways to listen to our show. Not only can you call in and participate live, but you can stream live online or download the show afterwards!When: TUESDAY, May 20th @ 3:30 PMCall-in Number: (347) 326-9831 read more

Secure patches via Intel vPro

first_imgAt ManageFusion Orlando and in The Hague, we did a hands-on lab which combined Intel vPro System Defense capabilities, customized network filter from Altiris, and Altiris Software Delivery to securely update a client(summary available at of the attendees pointed out the following real-world challenge: They are migrating from one security solution to another. This will temporarily expose their client systems to attacks. With the capability to do secure updates – as noted in the lab – they are much better positioned to do to the migration for vPro\AMT enabled systems.If you’re unsure what 5 minutes “in the open” can do to unsecure client – read the following news article entitled “Malicious ‘botnets’ turn PCs into ‘zombie’ slaves” – Another attendee provided more reference to how they could use this. A classic “chicken/egg” problem – if a client is out of compliance or infected, it must be patched. The patch solution is on the production network, yet corporate policy states systems out of compliance are placed on an isolated or remediated network. So – how do you patch a client to which the production software delivery server cannot connect? Sneaker-net shouldn’t be the answer… especially when the target client system is far outside the building you’re in.The key to remember about this use case – the System Defense filters must allow communications on the software delivery network ports. The Altiris Juice article above provides references on this is done in a Symantec\Altiris environmentlast_img read more

Football meet to mark Niveditas 150th birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita, a football tournament between schools of Ramakrishna Mission in Bengal was organised at the playground of Belur Math Vidyamandir in which 16 teams participated. The initiative was taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The final match between Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home High School, Rahara, and Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandir (ERMS), Jhargram, was held on Saturday. Swami Gautamananda, vice-president, Swami Suvirananda, general secretary and Swami Balabhadrananda, assistant general secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission and Howrah’s MP Prasun Banerjee were present during the football match in which both the teams scored one goal each till the first half. Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home High School, Rahara, became the winner of the tournament defeating Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandir (ERMS), Jhargram, in a tiebreaker. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the Chief Minister’s inspiration and serious efforts of the MP, the tournament was organised in which the 16 teams played since May 20 to qualify for the final. It may be mentioned that football in Bengal has received a new lease of life with several initiatives taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government in the past seven years. From providing financial assistance to clubs, a large section of which is involved in providing football training, to the creation of necessary infrastructure to encourage sports activities have helped in creating a wider platform for football players and athletes. The state government has even distributed Joyee footballs. Prasun Banerjee said: “There will be efforts to organise a college-level football tournament in September and the all-India level one will be held in winter.”last_img read more