Medical exemption rule worked

first_imgIt’s hard to argue with the JAAA’s medical-exemption rule now. The incomparable Usain Bolt and new star Elaine Thompson rode the exemption to two gold medals apiece at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Though not at her best, Janieve Russell hurdled her way to the final of her event, the 400-metre hurdles. If not for the medical-exemption rule, the world would have been denied a last look at Bolt, who crowned his last Olympic appearance with a solid sprint double. Thompson only had exemption eligibility for the 200 metres, but she ‘proved’ her fitness with a gold-medal run in the 100m. Had a less mature approach been taken, she might have been ruled out of both sprints. Bolt ran his fastest times of the season in Rio. Thompson’s winning 100-metre time – 10.71 seconds – missed her recent personal best by one-hundredth of a second. In the 200m, like Bolt, she clocked her quickest time of the year, 21.78 seconds. Had Bolt been ruled ineligible, his absence might also have handed the 4×100-metre gold medal to Japan, who crossed the line in second place with a time of 37.60 seconds. Only Jamaica and the United States have ever gone faster. More importantly, non-Bolt Jamaica quartets have only beaten 37.60 twice. Russell didn’t regain the form that gave her a personal best of 53.96 seconds. However, in the absence of really fast times by her likely replacement, Kaliese Spencer, Russell’s Olympic participation isn’t too much of a talking point. Hansle Parchment, the other athlete seeking an exemption, wasn’t able to prove fitness in time and made space for Andrew Riley in the 110-metre hurdles. This was sad, as a fit Parchment might have reasonably considered himself a gold-medal candidate. Were he closer to 100 per cent, he might have benefited from a deadline closer to the start of his event as Thompson appeared to. In a nutshell, the rule allowed Jamaica to send its strongest team to Rio. It isn’t a wide open door to anyone who has an injury at the time of the National Senior Championships. That’s because only those with world top-three performances or rankings in-between 2015 or 2016 could apply. It’s hard to argue with that.last_img read more

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Reds prospect signs new Liverpool contract

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has signed a new contract with the club.The Reds did not reveal the length of the deal when announcing it on Tuesday, but it is reported to take Stewart through to the summer of 2020, with the option of a further year.The 22-year-old has been with Liverpool since leaving Tottenham in 2014, although he only made his first-team debut for the Merseyside outfit in January.That came with a start in the FA Cup, and three other run-outs in that competition – each time as part of the first XI – have followed, as well as one appearance as a substitute in the Barclays Premier League.Stewart, currently nursing an ankle injury, told liverpoolfc.com: “It gives me more confidence, it shows (the club) believe in me and believe that I could go on to become a good player for them.“It has just given me confidence in myself and the security (gives me) time to prove myself and get better with good coaches and good players.”Prior to making his Liverpool bow, London-born Stewart had spent time on loan with Cheltenham, Burton and, earlier this season, Swindon.He never made a first-team appearance for Tottenham, but did play his maiden senior game while on loan from Spurs at Crewe. Kevin Stewart made his first-team debut in January last_img read more

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Booty return may boost the offense

first_imgBy Scott Wolf Staff Writer USC coach Pete Carroll rarely offers forecasts, but he predicted big things for the Trojans’ much-maligned offense, with an expanded playbook accompanying the return of quarterback John David Booty. “I really think it will change this week,” Carroll said. “I think we can make it go.” Carroll said Booty resembled his pre-injury performances. “He looked like John always looks,” Carroll said. Backup Mark Sanchez, said the past three games were “invaluable” and said he enjoyed the Oregon game despite the fact USC lost. “It was the funnest time of my life,” Sanchez said. “It blows my mind how much your outlook changes when you get to play. Next year I won’t be so emotional like I was against Arizona.” Sanchez is resigned to losing the starting job. “I think we can see where it’s heading,” he said. The tailback rotation remains unchanged. Chauncey Washington (South Torrance High) starts with Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight behind him. Washington averages 4.4 yards per carry but running backs coach Todd McNair said it’s a deceiving statistic. “If you take out short-yard and goal-line runs, it’s about 5.6 yards,” McNair said. “I’m happy with the way he’s running.” Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) did not practice and probably will not play although no official decision will be made before Thursday. Center Kris O’Dowd practiced but was also used at guard and tackle just in case further injuries occur during the Oregon State game. “I’ll fight back to get whatever (playing time) I can get,” O’Dowd said. Senior Matt Spanos remains the starter. “He’s not going to take Matt’s spot right away,” Carroll said. Linebacker Kaluka Maiava (wrist) will play with a hard cast on his arm. No change Baker doubtful Sudden improvement Oregon State coach Mike Riley said tailback Yvenson Bernard might be available. “We got some good news as far as the MRI. He’s got a sprained shoulder. It’s not dislocated, so it’s really going to be a day-to-day thing,” Riley said. “It’s pretty darn sore, I’ll tell you that. I’m sure he will want to play. Right now, I would say it’s just day-to-day and the news is pretty good from the reports that we got.” scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.USC scored only 17 points despite being inside Oregon’s 20-yard line five times during Saturday’s loss. Booty showed no effects from his broken finger and took all the snaps with the first team during Tuesday’s practice. He even got hit in the hand by a defensive lineman without further injury. “Someone came in and batted (the ball out),” Booty said. “I was kind of glad I did get hit, to see it was OK.” Booty also took extensive snaps from the shotgun, which USC finally appears ready to implement. He said he never wondered if he would return to the starting lineup. “I don’t think you can play football at this level and think that way,” Booty said. “For me, there was never any doubt in my mind.” last_img read more

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DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: ‘I’D LOVE TO VISIT DONEGAL’

first_imgKATE Middleton has revealed how she’d love to visit Donegal.In an article in the “Peninsula People,” which hit the shops throughout Inishowen on Friday last, Greencastle man Paul Gill revealed how the Duchess of Cambridge informed him she would love to visit the county.Paul, a senior officer with the “Princess” group of cruise ships, was on board the “Royal Princess,” when it was launched by the Duchess. The June event received worldwide media coverage as it was her last public appearance before the birth of her son George Paul reveals: “After all the public festivities surrounding the launch she came to the bridge of ship to meet with the officers. She was really, really lovely. She noticed I was wearing a badge with the Irish Tricolour and my name on it.“She asked me what part I was from. When is told her Donegal, she said ‘I hear it is lovely, I would love to visit there some day.”   DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: ‘I’D LOVE TO VISIT DONEGAL’ was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalDUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: ‘I’D LOVE TO VISIT DONEGAL’InishowenKate Middletonvisitlast_img read more

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DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS ARE A SELL-OUT!

first_imgFianna Cllrs Seamus O’Domhnaill, Ciaran Brogan and James Pat McDaid looking forward to Friday night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards function in the Mount Errigal Hotel.The ‘Sold Out’ signs are up at the Mount Errigal Hotel for this Friday night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards. Committee PRO Declan Kerr has just confirmed that the function is now sold out. It means a full house for the 39th annual awards ceremony.“We’re absolutely delighted with the fantastic support that we are receiving from the county’s sporting public. We’re now expecting an attendance of over 550. The ticket office at the hotel is now closed and there isn’t a single seat left for the function” said Chairperson Neil Martin. The ‘sold out’ sign is a clear demonstration of the continuing success of the Donegal Sports Star Awards.The special guest for this Friday night’s gala function is the RTE broadcaster Sean O’Rourke.   DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS ARE A SELL-OUT! was last modified: January 29th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSsell-outlast_img read more

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Circumcision campaign to boost HIV prevention

first_img2 December 2013South Africa aims to medically circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the launch of the government’s medical male circumcision campaign on World Aids Day in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga province on Sunday.“Our target is to circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months and cumulatively four-million men by 2016,” Motlanthe said, adding that the launch of the campaign, coupled with the re-launch of the HIV counselling and testing campaign, would strengthen the country’s massive HIV/Aids prevention effort.Motlanthe said medical male circumcision had proven to be an effective component of the government’s HIV prevention package. Once 80 percent of South African men had been medically circumcised, half-a-million new HIV infections and 100 000 deaths over the course of the next decade would be prevented.He added, however, that medical interventions were only part of the country’s efforts to fight HIV/Aids.“We also need to ramp up our efforts to address the social determinants that fuel the HIV and Aids epidemic. These include disempowered women and children, who are often the targets of violence, poverty, the migrant labour system, intergenerational sex, transactional sex and many other structural issues.”The re-launched HIV counselling and testing campaign aims to ensure that every South African gets tested at least once annually in order to know their status and take the appropriate steps to maintain their health.Motlanthe said the starting point for preventing HIV/Aids was to know one’s status. “You may have tested in 2010 or 2011, [but] test again this year, and every year,” he said.More than 20-million South Africans have tested for HIV since President Jacob Zuma first launched the campaign in 2010.“In South Africa, the epidemic has matured and the acceleration of our response since 2009 has moved us beyond the ‘tipping point’, where the number of patients being enrolled onto treatment each year now exceeds the number of those who are newly infected,” Motlanthe said.“However, the number of new infections still remains unacceptably high, hence the importance of maintaining our focus on prevention … Our response will not succeed unless we turn off the tap of new infections.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Spredfast: How to Keep Up with the Social Web

first_imgRelated Posts That brings us to the last point – tracking and metrics. As of now, the system has already incorporated Google Analytics and is looking to work with Armature and WebTrends in the near future. But even now, it offers full reports on the effectiveness of your message. Campaigns are judged with three primary measurements – engagement, reach and activity. Put simply, these look at your interaction with your audience, the size of your audience, and how much you are pushing your message out onto the Web. Beyond these basic ranks, however, the system will give you detailed reports showing you how many “likes” you’ve gotten on a specific message on Facebook, or how many times a tweet has been retweeted. But that’s even just the tip of the metrics iceberg, as it keeps stats on each individual tweet, blog post, status update, what have you offering a full variety of data on click-throughs, impressions and whatever you would expect from a traffic analytics service. Tags:#news#web Starting today, the system is available on a monthly basis starting at $50 per month, per campaign, for a single user. The “Enterprise” plan, at $100 per month, per campaign, allows for multiple users. Social Agency plans to announce another plan in February that will allow for unlimited users and campaigns, but the details for that are not yet available. For a program with this many features at launch, we only see it getting better. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When we first looked at Spredfast, the social campaign management tool launched today by Austin, Texas-based Social Agency, we thought it looked like a less-flashy version of TweetDeck. Our first question to co-founders Kenneth Cho and Scott McCaskill was actually how the two programs differed and they took it in stride, given how far off the question really was. With big names like IBM, AOL, Cisco, Intel and Porter Novelli using the service, you better bet it does more than manage a handful of social networking accounts and microblogging services.Spredfast wants to be a new player in the field of social campaign management, and it is set to compete with other big names like Objective Marketer and Radian6.The entirely Web-based application is a full set of tools to not only manage and measure the message a company sends out among various social media, but also track the people who send the message. With fully customizable user roles and permissions, Spredfast looks like a great way to target multiple audiences on the Web from multiple directions. We think the key word here is multiple. This is a tool that can make a single person appear, to the average Web user, to be an entire community of people talking about your product.Like single-user tools of this variety, such as TweetDeck or Ping.fm, Spredfast is set up to work with any of the standard social networks. In addition to that, however, it will work with a number of content management systems, from Drupal and WordPress to Movable Type. And with its user-role management, you can not only say who can post to what, but whether or not it can go live or needs to be reviewed by another user before being published. On-site scheduling and voice management allows a single tweet to be sent out and then be retweeted, in slightly altered forms, by any number of other accounts over time, creating the illusion of a discussion. We may never trust what we see people talking about on the web again.In addition to multiple users, roles, networks and blogging platforms, Spredfast is also set to handle multiple campaigns. So, if ReadWriteWeb were to suddenly start using the system, for example, we could track activity for ReadWriteStart and ReadWriteEnterprise separately. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Siri: Your Personal Assistant for the Mobile Web

first_imgSiri is one of the most ambitious mobile services we have seen in the last few years. Imagine if you could just talk to you phone and tell it to call you a taxi, reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or tell you what the weather in New York City will be like tomorrow. If you have an iPhone, you will be able to start doing that tonight. Siri, a virtual personal assistant, will recognize your voice query and either give you the answer to your question or connect you to the right web service.When we first encountered Siri 2 years ago, it was an extremely stealthy startup and the company only started to release more information about the product in the middle of last year. Siri was spun out of SRI International and its core technology is based on the ambitious CALO artificial intelligence project. CALO stands for “Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes” – and that’s exactly what Siri does.Using SiriThe app transcribes spoken text and then takes these commands and routes them to the right web services. If you try to book a table at a Thai restaurant (“get me a table at a good Thai restaurant nearby”), for example, Siri will check where you are, query Yelp for reviews of nearby Thai restaurants, show you the options and then pre-populate a reservation form on OpenTable with your information. All you have to do is to confirm Siri’s selection.Works Best on an iPhone 3GSWe should note that Siri recommends using the app on an iPhone 3GS, as the app is a bit sluggish on older versions of the iPhone. You can still install it on any iPhone, but your experience might not be quite as good as on a 3GS. When we talked to the company last month, Siri’s CEO Dag Kittlaus described Siri as “the mother of all mashups.” To make this personal assistant work for enough of the most likely queries that people will enter, Siri needed to make sure that it connects directly to as many web services as possible. The company, for example, pulls concert data from StubHub, movie times from MovieTickets, movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, restaurant data from Yelp and you can order a taxi through TaxiMagic. In total, Siri current has partnered with 16 different companies and expects to expand this number continuously over the next few months. Siri will also plans to offer an API for developers.Siri’s mobile app will be free. The company’s business model relies on getting affiliate and referral fees from these partners whenever somebody buys something through the service. This also explains why Siri is currently only available in the U.S., though given that adapting the speech recognition and semantic analysis to other languages will take a while, we don’t expect to see Siri in other languages anytime soon. Our own tests of Siri have been limited so far, but the software is surprisingly good at translating voice queries into text. As the Siri team told us last month, the application works so well because it is able to recognize the context of your queries. This kind of semantic analysis is a very computing intensive problem, so most of the actual number crunching happens on Siri’s servers. Siri outsources the voice recognition to Nuance and if you are not comfortable with speaking into your phone, you can always use a regular text query as well.Obviously, Siri won’t be able to answer every query – and sadly the app doesn’t use Wolfram Alpha to give you answers to factual questions (yet). Should that happen, Siri will just route your query to a search engine and display the search results. As the Siri team told us, however, users tend to learn which queries work best pretty quickly (just like we learned how to structure effective queries for Google).If you want to give Siri a try, just head over to the App Store. Just remember to come back and tell us how well (or not) it worked for you. frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web last_img read more

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Orella falters in rhythmic gymnastics

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ She also ended up in eighth in hoop with her 9.30 score, with Koi again topping the category.Orella stayed in eighth place in ball with her 11.10 points, while this time, Malaysia’s Izzah Amzan claimed the mint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe finished her performance with an eighth place finish in ribbon, nabbing a score of 11.05, with Malaysian Amy Kwan Dict winning the gold. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gymnast Arielle Orella missed out on a podium finish in the apparatus finals of rhythmic gymnastics in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre Hall 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 20-year-old Orella wound up in seventh place in clubs with her 11.10 points, where Malaysian Koi Sie Yan won the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

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