In contrast, Walker had to turn up the firepower to stop the indefatigable, Alexander Cheeks of Guyana. The reigning All Jamaica Under-19 boys’ champion took the first game relatively easy, but then Cheeks roared back to give him a run for his money. However, with the home crowd cheering him on, Walker prevailed 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 and will now play for the title. The Thomson siblings will now contest the finals in their respective age groups, which are scheduled for today at Liguanea Club. Lukas will face rising star, Jaydon Williams of the OECS, while Savannah will be up against Sigourney Williams of Trinidad and Tobago. Tournament Chairman Gill Binnie said: “We are really pleased to have three Jamaican players in the finals, and they each stand a very strong chance of taking their first regional titles, so we’ll be coming out in a show of force to cheer them on.” Siblings Savannah and Lukas Thomson and rising star Jonathan Walker stormed into the finals of the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships after semi-final wins yesterday. Playing in his first regional championship, young Lukas Thomson breezed through his Under-11 semi-final match, beating Jayden George of the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) 11-4, 11-3, 11-0. With the win, the feisty youngster has moved on to the finals of the competition without dropping a game. In the same vein, Lukas’ older sister, All Jamaica Under-13 girls’ champion, Savannah, convincingly defeated Rebekah Nichols of Barbados 11-8, 11-4, 11-1 in the semi-finals. Thomson, who is also contesting her first Caribbean championship, has had an easy run so far, posting straight game wins. UPPING THE FIREPOWER
TRAINER Enos Brown’s debutant, BRAETON GIGOLO, won yesterday’s Abbie Grannum Memorial at 9-1 odds in the stewards’ room, denying champion trainer Wayne DaCosta a vital victory with RIDDIM UP in his battle to stave off arch-rival Anthony Nunes, who posted a two-timer on the 10-race card. Partnered by last Saturday’s Superstakes-winning, six-time champion jockey Omar Walker RIDDIM UP , progressed from the rear of the 10-horse field of two-year-old maidens, going seven furlongs, but cut across BRAETON GIGOLO when shifting towards the rail two and a half furlongs out. BRAETON GIGOLO, who also had a troubled trip in the stretch run, when attempting to challenge between RIDDIM UP and EMERALD STAR, stayed on strongly for second, after which jockey Ruja Lahoe lodged a jockeys’ objection against Walker, amid a stewards enquiry into the incident. The stewards ruled in Lahoe’s favour, sentencing DaCosta to a nil on the 10-race card, including a stinging eighth-race loss to Nunes, whose 10-1 outsider, DADDY’S DILEMMA, outbattled RICKY RICARDO by a neck at nine furlongs and 25 yards. Perfect closing Nunes brought down the curtains with 5-1 chance FASHIONISTA, who returned off a 10-month lay-up to make all at 1,000 metres straight, narrowly winning in still wind, clocking 58.4. Though Nunes had the upper hand in their stakes war, earning $982,800, DaCosta’s two second-place finishes brought in $327,600, keeping him approximately $3.5m ahead of his rival in a bid to win an 18th trainers’ title. Meanwhile, it was as-you-were in between leading rider Anthony Thomas and Dick Cardenas with nine winners separating them as they each rode a winner. Thomas opened his account aboard the favourite, COHETE DEL EXITO in the second race at a mile before losing to Cardenas-ridden DADDY’S DILEMMA in a driving finish while aboard DaCosta’s 3-2 chance, RICKY RICARDO.
…in mediocrityYour Eyewitness sincerely hopes there’s nothing seriously wrong medically with President David Granger, and wishes him a long life. But his decision to have his medical check-up first done in T&T a few months ago and now his decision to go to Cuba for “follow up checks” on the symptoms highlighted in T&T, betrays his assessment of our medical capacity in Guyana. That frankly, it’s not up to snuff.It’s now become trite to mock Guyanese politicians who fly abroad for medical interventions but it’s THEIR lives at stake – and because they have the option of seeking better medical care, it’s rational for them to make that decision! Why take chances? But the rest of the ordinary men and women in the street don’t have that option, do they? They have to line up at Georgetown Hospital – at best – or the regional hospitals – at worse – and play Russian Roulette with their lives.But it didn’t have to be this way. When the PPP was in office, around 2013, they proposed the construction of a “Specialty Hospital” that would offer world-class medical services for the medical procedures that were beyond our medical services’ ken. The Indian Government would fund the project from a line of credit and the hospital, the PPP said, would be the start of a local “medical tourism” industry. This wouldn’t only bring in foreign currency from patients from the developed countries who’d save a bundle – but would allow the Government to subsidise the costs for local patients, on a “needs” basis!Now who’d oppose such a venture that’s so win-win all around? The PNC and AFC in the Opposition benches, that’s who! Funny enough, one of the top bidders for the project was a client of Ramjattan – Fedders Lloyd – and it was only when the latter lost out to another company, he started his violent opposition. When he slid into Government on the PNC coattails he started lobbying for the project to be retendered but when Fedders Lloyd was eventually disqualified by the World Bank for violations committed on other projects, Ramjattan once again helped nixed the Specialty Hospital Project. Even though $42 million had been spent to prepare the site.The Government decided to use the Indian Line of Credit to upgrade three regional hospitals – but as of today, nothing’s been done. We have therefore lost “corn and husk” – we have no Specialty Hospital with advanced medical equipment and personnel and the regional hospitals continue to languish in the era when leeched were routinely used for “bloodletting”!And we return to the President having to fly off to Cuba for medical treatment. “It’s a shad, shad situation”.…and underdevelopedThere’s one school of thought that proposed newspapers in developing countries have a duty to support projects and policies that push a development agenda. Now whether you support this or not, (your Eyewitness doesn’t) it’s pretty hard to support – in the name of “freedom of the press” – a newspaper that literally goes out to rip down the country’s development just to satisfy their personal vendettas.And this is where the Muckraker still hasn’t learnt the lesson from the PNC/AFC’s betrayal of all they’d preached when they were being funded by the tawdry tabloid. Take the lies and exaggerations they repeated from those days when putatively covering the suggested Berbice Bridge’s toll increases. How in the world could ANY of the private common shareholders be accused of “profiteering” from their ownership of the Bridge when they NEVER voted any dividends for themselves?? How could they “profiteer” when they have $300 million tied up, doing anything?But the Muckraker’s boss wouldn’t recognise sacrifice for one’s country if it snuck up and bit him on his behind!!It’s all about himself!…in helplessnessThe Government’s CH&PA just announced they’ll be building 250 homes and extending 2000 shacks of the “poor”. Your Eyewitness knows it’s a boondoggle for its supporters.But without jobs, they’re just widening their learned helplessness.
The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) is urging licence holders to comply with statutory requirements as this will avoid delays in its operations.According to the regulatory agency, as it continues in its efforts to ensure that there is compliance with regulations provided under the laws of Guyana, it is vested in its mandate to monitor the performance of the energy sector.The GEA stated on Wednesday that it had no intentions of halting or having purposeful delays in any of its business operations, especially by licensed public operators.As such, the Agency is urging all applicants, licence holders and prospective operators to comply with all statutory requirements.“The Agency is obligated by law to ensure that all regulations and procedures, including those outlined and enforced by other entities, are followed.”Further, the GEA noted that the timely renewal of licences is a must.“GEA wishes to remind all licence holders, in the business of transporting, storing, retail, wholesale or importation of petroleum and petroleum products, of their licensing obligations under the Petroleum and Petroleum Products Regulations 2014 and requirements for timely renewal through submission of requisite documentation.”The Agency reminded that confirming to the licensing process would assist its determination to stamp out illegal fuel smuggling through proper monitoring, enforcement and compliance.
Arrighi would not tell reporters outside the stadium why the former Chelsea and AC Milan coach was there, but Ancelotti’s installation as first-team coach now appears to be only a matter of time.French dailies L’Equipe and Le Parisien had reported earlier on Wednesday that Ancelotti was due to be appointed as the new coach of the Ligue 1 leaders.Ancelotti spent eight years in charge of Milan from 2001, twice delivering the Champions League, but has been out of the game since Chelsea sacked him at the end of last season after two years at the Stamford Bridge helm.He is understood to have agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with PSG and if reports of a salary of up to seven million euros ($9m) a season are even close to reality, he would become the best-paid coach ever to work in France.Ancelotti was believed to be preparing to fly out on Sunday to the Middle East, joining PSG’s winter training camp in Qatar and Dubai through to January 5.Should his appointment be confirmed, his first match would be a French Cup round-of-64 encounter with lower-league outfit Locmine on January 8.PSG, who last won the French title in 1994 when they boasted stars such as George Weah and David Ginola, secured top spot in Ligue 1 at the halfway stage of this season after beating Saint-Etienne last week.Yet the club’s mega-rich owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) have always appeared keen to replace Kombouare with a coach of international renown.Kombouare, himself a former PSG player, has still not officially been sacked by the club but it is widely accepted that his future now lies away from Parc des Princes.Other names in the frame to take his place were former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard and ex-PSG midfielder Claude Makelele, who is now involved behind the scenes in an advisory role to sporting director Leonardo.QSI president Nasser Al-Khelaifi promised after last summer’s buy-out to “to make the club a great team and a strong brand on the international scene”.They promptly spent in excess of 85 million euros to attract nine new players to the club, including 22-year-old playmaker Javier Pastore, who became the most expensive player in Ligue 1 history after arriving from Palermo for 42 million euros.Leonardo is reportedly close to bringing veteran England midfielder David Beckham to the French capital, with reports that the club has already reached an agreement to sign the 36-year-old, whose contract with LA Galaxy expires at the end of the year.Leonardo, a former PSG star, knows Ancelotti well, having been technical director at Milan during part of Ancelotti’s tenure with the Rossoneri.Ancelotti’s imminent arrival has also sparked speculation linking PSG with players to have played under the Italian in the past, including Chelsea’s French winger Florent Malouda and Milan’s Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, December 29 – Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti was at Parc des Princes on Wednesday, amid reports the 52-year-old Italian is poised to replace Antoine Kombouare as coach of the ambitious French club.Pierre Octave Arrighi, head of operations at PSG, confirmed Ancelotti’s presence after a day of fervent speculation in the French media and on social networking sites such as Twitter, but said no announcements would be made on Wednesday evening.
Tags:#Accenture#business models#Cimation#Internet of Things#IoT Amanda Razani 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… At the LiveWorx conference in Boston this week, Accenture Senior Managing Director Eric Shaeffer gave some new insight about the growth of the Internet of Things and how it should change the way solution providers and vendors think in regards to business.“Vendors are moving away from a product push approach and focusing now on much more than developing services. Leaders are creating value by doing three things — focusing on different consumer outcomes, higher- value solutions and enhanced experiences,” Schaeffer states.See also: Qadium raises millions to build IoT search engineHe was asked about the many challenges businesses face involving IoT, due to security and no real standards. Where was the value in it, and how can vendors benefit from the Internet of Things in the next few years?Schaeffer replied that vendors need to focus less on products and services and more on the total consumer experience, for which solution providers play a vital role.However, customers themselves do not know even know what they want, according to a recent study by Accenture. Out of the business leaders that were surveyed, 84 percent believed that the Internet of Things would disrupt their industry in the next five years, whereas 15 percent stated they feel their company will acquire new business revenue from IoT and 7 percent have a strategy planned to address this issue. Even though 60 percent of these leaders believe that the Internet of Things should be an integral part of their business, 73 percent have still not made any progress in achieving this.“Delivering outcomes on the Internet of Things will require companies to develop new business capabilities,” Shaeffer said about what companies needed to due to exploit IoT. “New ecosystems will be formed and vendors will need to work with partners … to provide new services to clients.”Accenture building and acquiring its way into the IoT spaceAccenture currently ranks in second place on the 2016 CRN Solution Provider 500 list, and the global consultantcy has invested into the Internet of Things over the past several years. Cimation, a consulting firm based in Houston, was recently acquired by Accenture, to help further these IoT integration efforts.According to Schaeffer, the three value areas to focus on are using digital technology to handle customers better, exploring ways to lower the cost of the digital access chain and researching new business models that could be more effective.“We are focusing on the customer versus the product and service functions,” he says. “There is a blend in integration between the product and the enterprise as we see products become more connected.” The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…
Those who read my blog on Day in the Cloud Beijing might have been worrying about me finding China’s version of Walden Pond and disappearing for months of quiet reflection on technology. A bit of time in one of Beijing’s more interesting shopping districts snapped me out of it, and I’m back to tell you about what’s happening at IDF.I’ve always loved China, I have visited here since I was a child and my experiences here helped shape my life’s direction in many ways. I love the juxtaposition of the centuries old culture of dynasties and emperors blended with a future horizon exploding with possibility. Then there’s just the bigness of the place, and by bigness I mean everything. Streets seem blocks wide. Squares are football fields in dimension. Population? 25 million of the 1.1 billion citizens live in Beijing alone. With all of this bigness it’s hard to imagine the Chinese people ever doing anything on a small scale. This is what makes China IDF so interesting. With thousands of local industry players, IT managers and regional influencers on hand to hear what latest innovations Intel would talk about you get a sense that the beat of new computing innovation is leaping forth.After two days of industry discussion, executive keynotes, and hallway chatter, my big take away from this year’s IDF is that innovation in the compute continuum has never seemed more alive. And the major advancement fueling this compute continuum is the next generation of data centers. Never before have data centers seemed more relevant at the center of a computing conversation, and never before has the rate of change in data center solutions seemed faster. Kirk Skaugen, VP of Intel’s Data Center Group, wove this reality throughout his keynote. He discussed Intel’s vision for the cloud (pdf) and highlighted the advancements of the Open Data Center Alliance and Intel Cloud Builders program. He also discussed the changing economics of mission critical computing moving away from proprietary alternatives towards industry standard solutions based on Intel architecture. What do these things have in common? Massive efficiency delivered to IT with a result that corporations can invest IT budgets to drive innovation, not to manage complex overhead and sky high systems cost. In all a pretty heady opportunity if the industry can deliver to the vision…and we saw some proof of great progress. Not only did Skaugen discuss China delivery of mission critical 8-way platforms (by Inspur), but he also highlighted the progress of usage model definition for the cloud computing coming from customers themselves…with help from Open Data Center Alliance steering committee member China Unicom. This coupled with the cloud innovation that I’ve discussed previously featured from the Cloud Builders program and featured on the IDF stage through a compelling container demonstration points to a world of opportunity for us to harness. How do we get there? Through some of the same approaches we’ve used for decades: Industry standard platform delivery. Solution choice. Technology advancements to meet emerging customer requirements. Collaboration across companies to fuel innovation and push us farther. And a little magic called Moore’s Law.For those who want to see more of the highlights of Beijing IDF check out www.15b1.com.
Fully empowered 64-bit mobile computing is a cooperative solution, and an upgraded device is only the first step. To achieve the full potential of 64-bit functionality, the processor, system designer, operating system, and applications must all work together. In other words, the device must also be supported by a complete ecosystem.Before new users can take full advantage of the new 64-bit tablet, they would need a 64-bit operating system. Windows 8.1 and iOS 7 are 64-bit operating systems, and Google Android is currently a 32-bit operating system, but work is underway on a 64-bit version.For example, Intel announced in January 2014 that it had completed work on a 64-bit Android kernel for Intel processors.In addition to the operating system, users would need more RAM on their devices, which could increase the cost. They would also then need apps that are written for a 64-bit system and properly coded to take advantage of wider registers and more addressable RAM. And those apps need to then be given tasks that are demanding enough to benefit from more memory.The most likely place to find such apps is in the enterprise. Job-related tasks on users’ tablets might benefit from 64-bit architecture long before their personal tasks do. Enterprises would need to port custom 32-bit applications to the new architecture, but they currently lack the impetus to do so because 32-bit apps are backward-compatible with 64-bit hardware.On the other hand, some enterprises have already ported mission-critical applications to 64-bit architecture on laptops and desktops running Windows. These organizations might want to deploy 64-bit mobile devices so they can more easily support 64-bit applications and continue to take advantage of their investment in porting mission-critical software.But if these organizations were to deploy 64-bit mobile devices based on ARM architecture, they would have to rewrite those applications again. Learn all about 64-bit mobile devices, check out a Map to 64-Bit Computing: Top Facts You Need to Know.In the comments section or on Twitter, tell us: are you ready for 64-bit devices? If yes, how are you preparing your organization? If not, what’s standing in your way?Join the social conversations using the hashtags below:#ITCenter #64bit The world of enterprise IT must pay attention any time a true development is made in mobile technology. Internally, the business might consider upgrading devices, while externally, mobile consumers will be affected and the organization’s mobile strategy might need adjustment. 64-bit computing is one of those mobile development worthy of enterprise IT’s attention. 64-bit computing is not a brand new subject, of course. Intel has led the field for more than a decade – the 64-bit was the natural evolution of the 4-bit processor. And more than seven years ago, Intel and Apple collaborated on a 64-bit solution, combining Mac OS and Intel processors.So while 64-bit computing has been around, the exciting development we’re seeing today is 64-bit computing’s official entrance in the mobile world! And as consumers – and employees – start to purchase devices with 64-bit hardware platforms, their tech needs will change. A 64-bit hardware platform can’t function alone – it requires a 64-bit operating system, 64-bit apps, and tasks demanding enough to take advantage of 64-bit computing. Learn more about what will need to happen in order for users to get the most out of their 64-bit devices.- IT Peer Network AdministratorWhen users buy their new 64-bit tablets, they may want to access all of the new capabilities. But, before that exciting potential can be completely realized, however, an ecosystem must rally around it.
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When can India get Olympics Gold MedalAs the Olympics draw near again, the question once again looms large – “Are we going to win a gold medal?” After which everyone will simply jump on the “one billion people and not one gold medal” bandwagon. There are countless problems we face,When can India get Olympics Gold MedalAs the Olympics draw near again, the question once again looms large – “Are we going to win a gold medal?” After which everyone will simply jump on the “one billion people and not one gold medal” bandwagon. There are countless problems we face and innumerable reasons why we are at the bottom of the sports world.Rather than diving into all the “wrongs”, I want to focus on the positives and the few bright spots. Inherently, as a country, India has been somewhat competitive in disciplines that combine skill, strategy and physical power. Tennis, badminton, archery, shooting and boxing are some of the sports where, if we do things right, we have a realistic chance of winning. We have been competitive in the junior levels of these disciplines and it is just a matter of time before we extend the athletes, development process to the senior levels. FROM OUR FILESAUGUST 31, 1984 Indian Sport: An Olympian Fiasco India doesn’t figure in the final medal tally at Los Angeles.”I think Indians have a tendency to over-react in any game.” Prakash Padukone, former badminton player, in 1981Norman Pritchard bagged two silver medals for the country in1900, when India first participated in the Olympics.Unfortunately, in sports that depend purely on physical power, we are light years behind. Swimming, track and field, and gymnastics have become more of a “science” now and we haven’t been able to keep pace. We still follow archaic training methods, hence we are nowhere.advertisementThe word “impossible” is not in my vocabulary, but to be able to succeed, we have to start at the grassroot level and monitor everything from nutrition to physical development. Athletes have to be nurtured in a very controlled environment.Thomas Gaines said, “Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier.” That is exactly the premise behind setting up the Mittal Champions Trust, funded by Lakshmi Mittal, in which I am a trustee. It focuses solely on winning the country a gold medal.The conventional way is to develop kids from the ground up. However, due to the time constraint, we are following a different model. We have handpicked the best, who have the ability to win us a gold, and we hope their success will inspire others, particularly youngsters, to soar to great heights.It is said that a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step, and that is what this initiative is all about. In order to change the face of sports in our country, we have to join hands and make a collective effort to attain a common goal. It is this sort of teamwork that will help us win many medals at the Olympics. As Marian Edelman rightly said, “We must not, in trying to think how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make, which, over time, add up to a big difference we often cannot foresee.”(The writer is a tennis ace who has won six Grand Slam titles.)