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Rusheen McDonald working on race plan

first_img IMPROVE RACE PLAN MOROCCO’S FIRST Diamond League meeting was something of a struggle for Rusheen McDonald. The Jamaican 400m runner trailed in seventh (46.79 seconds) in a race won by former Olympic champion, American LaShawn Merritt, who notched a meeting record of 44.66 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium. But McDonald, who failed to reach the 400m semi-finals at the Olympic Games in London four years ago, was not too despondent despite his poor showing. “I’m working on my race plan for the season. I have to get into some races,” he said afterwards. “I’m focused on the Olympics, but the Diamond League does come in handy once in a while. “Me and my coach are working hard, right now. I’m OK and I’m training well, so there is a lot of work going in right now. I just have to listen to my coach.” The 2012 Olympian added: “It’s been a good trip. The track felt good, but I needed to get my race plan better. But, that said, I am a little bit tired.” When asked if Morocco’s historic meeting could be emulated by his own country, McDonald smiled and said: “It would be good if Jamaica could stage a Diamond League meeting. It would be better.” – R.H.last_img read more

He starts and starts

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He starts and starts Re “Villaraigosa’s plan on gangs is a start” (Their Opinions, April 23): Connie Rice misses one point when presenting the mayor’s plan on gangs as a start. All of his plans had a good start. To fill all of our potholes on our streets, to plant a million trees, to reform the schools, to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles, to get control of the gangs — all had a wonderful start with lots of photo ops. If we look around, we see little or none to carry out these plans. Promises coming from this politician are no more valid than the words of a charlatan peddling snake oil. But I must admit that the efforts expended procuring space for his photographic image are truly well planned and well executed. Too bad the plans for our city are not done as well. — Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Same old song Re “Gang battle is mayor’s top priority” (April 19): Seems to me I’ve heard that song before. The words change, but the song is still the same. Our mayor is not saying anything different. So he will get his camera crew and fill a few potholes, and it will be doing nothing — as usual. I have been contacting the Mayor’s Office about a bad sidewalk in Mission Hills for the last two years, but I get no response. Mr. Mayor, show me the money. — Joe Pinoy Lozano Mission Hills The root of it Re “How to save the planet” (April 22): All the articles and events celebrating Earth Day are a total waste. Why? Because nowhere do they mention population control. We have tripled the population on Earth in the last 100 years. We have met the enemy, and he is us. This planet will support 1 billion people living like Americans, 2 billion living like Western Europeans, 3 billion living like Eastern Europeans, 5 billion living like Chinese or 10 billion living like sub-Saharan Africans. If we insist on breeding like rabbits, we will end up living like rabbits — a handful of vegetation per day, a dirt house and no clean water. You can have quality of life or quantity of life, not both. — Woodrow J. Hughes Mission Hills Break it up Re “LAUSD report card: All F’s” (April 21): When are these people going to realize that the Los Angeles Unified School District has only one possible solution, the only solution that its leaders are unwilling to consider — break up the district. With 707,000 students, and I’m guessing an additional 50,000 teachers and administrators, LAUSD would rank as the 14th-largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 750,000. The reason that the district suffers from “pervasive lack of accountability” is that there is too much to account for. It has too many facilities, too many students — too many teachers and too many administrators — and unless you are willing to give up some of your power base and do the right thing by breaking up the district into smaller, more manageable districts, your strategic plans will fail. — Eli Eisenberg Agoura Hills College not for all Re “LAUSD report card: All F’s” (April 21): Superintendent David Brewer’s statement that his priority is to ensure that every student graduates from high school, college-prepared and career-ready, is not realistic. The goal should be every student graduating with appropriate skills to pursue a career or vocation. Not every student will or should go to college. We urgently need vocational training in every high school for both young men and women. There are multiple careers that do not require a degree but require skills and knowledge of equipment, processes, organization and fiscal aspects that should be offered as part of vocational training to our students. Indeed, many students would stay in school if they were enticed to do so by a career choice that was appealing and realistic for them, decreasing the current dropout rate. — Lynnda Kroy Granada Hills Sell the Porsche Re “Here’s looking at you, Porsche” (McCarthy, April 22): I was irritated at Dennis McCarthy’s comparison of a 1969 classic car, Porsche, with today’s hybrids. Currently I am in the market for a 1957 Corvette. People buy classic cars for sundry reasons — because they no longer make these cars, because of their quality, because they’re part of their generation, their toy, etc. But to brand these cars as polluters, gas-guzzlers, etc., is twisted. It does not take much brain to have 20-20 hindsight. For one-third the price of his Prius, why doesn’t he buy a small, sporty and fuel-efficient auto — such as the Corvair, Ford Falcon, Studebaker Lark, Nash Rambler or the Plymouth Valiant — and instead of talking out of both sides of his mouth and being melodramatic in choosing a more environmental auto, sell the Porsche? — Fred Reiner Granada Hills Curbing voter turnout Re “White House sought to curb voter turnout” (April 19): The Bush administration people are shocked, shocked, they’ll tell you, that they should be accused of curbing voting turnout, when it seems all the White House was trying to do is have the fired U.S. attorneys go after Democrats only for the possibility of voter fraud. Just because in the 2000 Florida election, Republican Secretary of State Katherine Harris purged more than 90,000 black Democratic voters, GOP Washington outsiders stormed the vote counting, stopping the count, with 3,500 faulty butterfly ballots mistakenly going to Reform Party nominee Pat Buchanan, faulty GOP privatized voting machines and an unprecedented U.S. Supreme Court stopping the vote count, giving the election to George W. Bush, that’s no reason to suspect Republicans of curbing voter turnout. After all, Bush won by a whopping 537 votes. — Jerold Drucker Tarzana How does that work? Re “White House sought to curb voter turnout” (April 19): This headline really grabbed my attention. That the evil Bush team searched for devious ways to keep minorities away from the polls was shocking. Then the article explains that the administration had the audacity to tighten voter ID requirements and disqualify new registrants whose ID didn’t match computer data. Horrors! After the alleged voter fraud in recent elections, we should all demand that such steps be taken to ensure truthful and accurate future elections. How does that “favor Republican candidates” and “suppress … poor and minority citizens”? This dreadful article insinuates that Democrats are both dishonest and too ignorant to register to vote. — Sharon Hess Sherman Oaks One free abuse rule Re “Bishop grilled on abuse claims” (April 21): “I just want to know what it takes to get someone identified as a child sexual abuser publicly,” asked a woman who was abused by a priest when she was 9 years old. “Bishop Brom said only priests who were accused by more than one person were included on the list.” This is without a doubt one of the chilliest remarks I’ve ever heard. According to Bishop Brom’s explanation, that gives his priests one free sexual abuse of a child. Thus, with this San Diego bishop’s attitude, the sexual abuse and rape of children will continue. — Shoshana Rubin Sylmar Chipping away Re ” ‘Nanny’ laws chip away at freedom” (Their Opinions, April 22): The anti-gun laws, the no-smoking laws, etc. All this has been created by the liberal left who think they know better than anyone else. They are also screaming about our civil liberties being trashed by the president. God help this country with the Democrats in charge of the Senate. We in California can see the effect of Democrats in power in the state and in the City Council. — Bernard E. Beiner Sylmarlast_img read more

Zimmer re-elected as MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies in 2019 Federal Election

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Conservative Incumbent Bob Zimmer has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for a third term in the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies in the 2019 Canada Federal Election.On Monday night, after the polls closed, within an hour it quickly became clear that Zimmer would serve another term as MP as he held a large lead of more than 2,100 votes compared to second place Liberal Candidate Mavis Erickson of around 300.While Zimmer is proud with his re-election as MP, he is disappointed with some of the results that was seen across country, especially since his party did not form the majority they were looking for when headed into the election.- Advertisement -Even though the Liberals were able to form a minority government, Zimmer feels that the Conservatives could play a significant role when it comes to making decisions regarding natural resources.The full election results can be found on energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.last_img read more

Arsenal interim boss Ljungberg coy about managing full-time

first_imgHowever, Ljungberg — who was an assistant to Emery — told Sky Sports it was too early to say whether being a manager on a permanent basis would be to his liking.“We’ll see in the future,” said Ljungberg.“At the moment I’m learning the trade.“This is a big responsibility and the moment I’m just taking it game by game.”Ljungberg’s first task will be to arrest the slump that has seen the Gunners fail to win in seven matches — their worst run since 1992 when George Graham’s side failed to win in eight.Arsenal are presently eighth in the Premier League table, eight points off the fourth and final Champions League spot with a third of the league campaign gone.Ljungberg — who played over 200 games for Arsenal in his nine years at the club and won the FA Cup on three occasions — has revealed no timescale has been set for his spell as Emery’s temporary replacement.“No, no indication of how long or how short. They just said concentrate on your next game do as well as you can,” he said.Ljungberg, who away from the pitch was a successful underwear model, said he was honoured to have been entrusted with the job of at least for the moment reviving Arsenal’s fortunes.“It’s a great, great honour,” said Ljungberg.“That’s how I feel. I feel this energy inside of me. It’s special.“Of course there’s sadness because of what’s happened to the club and where we are, but also excitement for what we can do for the future and also for tomorrow.“Its a great honour and that’s what I said to the players — ‘you guys do the job and I’ll try to help and support you’.“If you play good football and get results then there’s nothing better than that to raise spirits.”0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Freddie Ljungberg is honoured to be in temporary charge of Arsenal but unsure whether it will prove a catalyst for him wanting to be a full-time manager © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 30 – Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of Arsenal for the first time as interim manager on Sunday against Norwich but said on Saturday he is unsure whether full-time management appeals to him.The 42-year-old Swede — who was a member of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side under Arsene Wenger in the 2003/04 season — has been put in charge after Unai Emery’s undistinguished 18 month reign came to an end on Friday.last_img read more

You won’t believe the twist this Man United transfer saga has taken now!

first_img//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js Rio Ferdinand posted a video on Instagram which was directed at David De Gea A video posted by Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) on Jul 22, 2015 at 1:12am PDT Rio Ferdinand REALLY wants Man United goalkeeper David De Gea to stay at Man United.So much so that he posted this message to his former team-mate on Instagram.De Gea continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, with the latest rumour suggesting United would like Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas plus cash in return for the Spaniard. 1last_img read more

7 arrested in race-tied school fight

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A fight between two boys Friday at Golden Valley High School escalated into a brawl among 20 more, and later ended with the arrests of seven students. Ranging in age from 15 to 18, the students were booked on suspicion of battery on school grounds, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Gump. Gump said students fought along racial lines. There were no weapons or injuries reported. “It was black and white versus Mexican,” said sophomore Martin Romo, 15, who witnessed the fight. “I’ve never seen that before at school. I was scared.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Sixteen squad cars lined the school’s perimeter and two sheriff’s helicopters hovered overhead at times as the school went into lockdown and students were ordered to their sixth-period classes, where they sat for the rest of the day. The sight alarmed some parents, who were already angry that the school didn’t notify them about the fight; instead, they got the news from their children, who called from cell phones or sent them text messages. Parents said that when they called the school to verify the story, they were advised not to come to the campus and told that the situation was under control. “Are you kidding me?” yelled Norma Johnson, who rushed to the school to pick up her son. “Who will protect him when he leaves school?” The Canyon Country mother stood with about 50 other parents outside a gate and gave their children’s names to school officials, who located the students and reunited them one by one. Robin Adams was the first parent to arrive at the school. She rushed over after learning from her daughter on campus that her 15-year-old son had been jumped by another student during lunch. School officials told her to wait outside for more information, and she paced around the entrance, holding the hands of two small children. The Canyon Country mother said some boys had cornered her son, a football player, in the bathroom days earlier and threatened to fight him, but then stopped when an adult walked in. “He’s been scared,” she said. Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said the fight had its roots in an off-campus altercation at a party days before. As school let out Friday, students were ordered via loudspeakers to keep moving and get off the campus. They huddled on an island of grass in the parking lot as their rides arrived. The district also employed more buses to take students home immediately. Meanwhile, Principal Jacque Snyder and other school officials asked deputies to keep the news media off campus even though state law allows reporters and photographers open access to public schools. As they waited for their ride home, sophomores Christine Lopez and Fabiola Guillen said they were eating lunch when suddenly they saw everybody running across campus. Then a bell rang and everyone was ordered to sixth-period classes. They were surprised when they learned that the fight was among races. “Everyone gets along here,” said Lopez, 15. “It’s rare that race got involved.” After the campus cleared, the seven students in custody were escorted in handcuffs from the school’s main office by deputies to waiting squad cars and vans parked on school grounds behind a gate guarded by more deputies. Snyder did not comment on the fight and referred phone calls to the district office. Golden Valley High School opened in August 2004 to students in grades nine and 10. Juniors were added this year. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ENTIRE STREET OF SEVEN HOUSES FOR SALE FOR €175,000!

first_imgAn entire Co Donegal street of seven houses has been put up for sale for just €175,000.The entire row of houses in Falcarragh is up for sale for just €175,000.The street in Falcarragh contains the row of three bedroom houses which will be auctioned on April 21st next.Five of the houses are currently occupied and bring in a combined rent of more than €21,000 each year. The houses, numbers 1-7 at Waves of Tory, are just a number of properties in Donegal to be offered for sale at the Allsop auction in Dublin.Another entire apartment block of eight units in the heart of Letterkenny has an asking price of just €200,000.The Court Apartment block in Letterkenny has a guide price of €200,000.The block at Court Apartments is located directly opposite the local courthouse.The block has eight different apartments with just two being occupied at present bringing in a rental value at present of just over €10,000. Other properties in Co Donegal to be sold at the auction includes a house in Meadowbank, Letterkenny. ENTIRE STREET OF SEVEN HOUSES FOR SALE FOR €175,000! was last modified: April 9th, 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:Allsop auctiondonegalFalcarraghhousesletterkennylast_img read more

Fed chairman sees red

first_imgWASHINGTON – Outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned Friday that America’s exploding budget deficit and a protectionist backlash against soaring trade deficits could disrupt the global economy. On a day when he was being honored in London for his nearly two decades in the world’s highest-profile economic job, Greenspan restated some familiar worries. He said U.S. deficits are set to soar with the pending retirement of 78 million baby boomers and he suggested that Congress consider trimming Social Security and Medicare benefits because the government probably has promised more than it can afford, especially in health benefits. If something isn’t done to trim benefit costs, the resulting budget deficits would “cast an ever-larger shadow” over the future living standards of Americans, Greenspan said in a taped speech delivered to a conference sponsored by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank. Greenspan was in London to attend his final meeting of finance ministers and central bank presidents of the Group of Seven wealthy industrial countries. The two-day meeting was planned in part as a farewell party for Greenspan, who is retiring from the Fed at the end of January. Before the G-7 discussions started, Greenspan was awarded the Freedom of the City of London honor by Britain’s Treasury chief, Gordon Brown. The award is a symbolic honor dating to medieval times and bestows the rights to drive sheep across London Bridge and to be hanged with a silken cord if sentenced to death. Brown said Greenspan’s 18 years at the Fed had been “the most successful in history” and had been distinguished by Greenspan’s “strength in both good times and in testing times.” In his Philadelphia speech, Greenspan did not outline what benefit cuts should be considered for American retirees, but in the past he has endorsed proposals such as raising the age at which retirees can draw full Social Security benefits. “In the end,” he warned, “the consequences for the U.S. economy of doing nothing could be severe.” In a brief mention of current economic conditions, Greenspan said the economy had delivered a “solid performance” so far in 2005. “And despite the disruptions of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, economic activity appears to be expanding at a reasonably good pace as we head into 2006,” he said. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Greenspan repeated his belief that the country’s record trade deficits can be addressed through market forces without any harm to the economy. But he said this benign outcome would be jeopardized if the United States and other nations did not get their budget deficits under control and if they made the mistake of making their economies less flexible by erecting trade barriers. “If, however, the pernicious drift toward fiscal instability in the United States and elsewhere is not arrested and is compounded by a protectionist reversal of globalization, the adjustment process could be quite painful for the world economy,” Greenspan said in a second speech, which he delivered to a conference in London. In contrast to Greenspan’s worries about future threats to the economy, President George W. Bush on Friday went to the White House Rose Garden to highlight a new report showing that the labor market was rebounding strongly from the impact of recent hurricanes, creating 215,000 jobs last month. “We have every reason to be optimistic about our future,” Bush said. last_img read more

Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season At JTP Invitational

first_img Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team begins the spring season on Monday and Tuesday at the JTP Invitational in Boulder City, Nev. at the Boulder Creek Golf Course. Following the JTP Invitational, the Bulldogs will have a month to prepare for the Bradley Spring Break Invitational on March 12-13 in Dallas, Texas. The Bulldogs are coming off a strong fall season as Grace Dunn and Sigurlaug Jonsdottir led the team with a strokes average under 79. Dunn leads the team with a 76.3 average over 14 rounds. She earned three top-20 performances, including finishing runner-up at the Bulldog Invitational. Jonsdottir posted a 78.6 average over 11 rounds and earned her top finish of the season, tied for 20th, at the MVC Preview tournament. The two-day event features 10 team, including Drake, Idaho, Illinois State, Northern Colorado, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Southern Utah, Toledo and Weber State.last_img read more

South Africa calls for restraint in Syria

first_img6 February 2012 South Africa has condemned the violent loss of life in Syria and called for maximum restraint from all parties to the conflict, which has continued to escalate despite calls from the international community for the Syrian government and opposition to settle their differences peacefully. “We urge the parties to immediately stop the violence and commit themselves to finding a peaceful political solution through a Syrian-led and owned, transparent and all-inclusive political process that will fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement on Monday. Pretoria believes that the political process should ensure people’s fundamental political rights and freedoms, and restore the people’s dignity through the delivery of democracy, political reform, justice, human rights and socio-economic development. “We believe that such a solution will ensure long-term peace and stability,” Monyela said, urging the Syrian government to speed up the implementation of the reforms already announced. Monyela urged the opposition to commit to fully participating in the implementation of these reforms.South Africa backs UN resolution UN Security Council members were unable to agree over the weekend on a resolution backing an Arab League plan to resolve the crisis in Syria. Thirteen of the Council’s 15 members voted in favour of a draft text submitted by Morocco, but China and Russia exercised their vetoes. A veto by any one of the Council’s five permanent members means a resolution cannot be adopted. South Africa was one of the countries who voted in favour of this draft resolution. During the vote, Pretoria said it believed that it had the potential to help facilitate a Syrian-led political dialogue between the Syrian parties to bring long-term peace and stability to that country in accordance with the aspirations of the Syrian people. “Fundamentally, no foreign or external parties should interfere in Syria as they engage in the critical decision-making processes on the future of their country,” Monyela said on Monday. “Any solution must preserve the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.” Pretoria also believes that the efforts of the League of Arab States, as the organisation with knowledge of and proximity to the situation in Syria, should be supported and given the necessary political space to find a solution to the Syrian crisis. The Arab League plan, as outlined in the draft, calls for “a Syrian-led political transition to a democratic, plural political system, in which citizens are equal regardless of their affiliations or ethnicities or beliefs, including through commencing a serious political dialogue between the Syrian government and the whole spectrum of the Syrian opposition under the League of Arab States’ auspices, in accordance with the timetable set out by the League of Arab States”. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Change Needed Along Big Muddy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Something has to change about the Corps of Engineers’ management of the Missouri River, three governors said Wednesday, though the governors acknowledged they don’t know exactly what that change will look like.After meeting with Corps’ officials about levee repairs and the recovery phase from ongoing flooding, the governors of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska all said their states have to take more ownership over how the dams and levees are managed along the rivers. They relayed that message to the Corps, said Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.“This is something that impacts each one of our states collectively and we can’t continue to experience the type of floods we’ve gone through here in the last recent days,” Reynolds said.All three governors are dealing with another round of historic flooding after a freak storm rapidly melted ice and snow across Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa, flooding larger tributaries and forcing the Corps of Engineers to quickly raise the volume of water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River. Communities and farmers along the Missouri River are reeling because many of them suffered similar flooding in 2011.“We have to do something different along the river,” said Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. “It’s not acceptable for us to continue to experience these types of flooding episodes.”Ricketts said the governors asked the Corps of Engineers about options to change management, up to the point of asking Congress to change laws to focus more resources on flood prevention.Nebraska and Iowa are each looking at more than $1 billion to $1.5 billion in economic damage, roughly, with communities flooded, extensive crop and livestock losses, as well as roads and bridges that could take years to fully rebuild. Missouri farmers haven’t tallied damages, but parts of northwest Missouri are still underwater. Farmers in all three states are facing millions of dollars in losses in grain bins that could be uncompensated without a disaster package. And a significant number of those farmers won’t be able to get a crop in the ground this year.“This is something where we think, as states, we need to be more actively involved with how we are managing the Missouri River to avoid this sort of flooding going forward in the future,” Ricketts said.Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said there have been meetings with the Corps “for far too long” that end with the same result. “It’s time we need some straight-up answers from the Corps of Engineers about how they are managing the river and why we continue to have these situations and getting worse,” Parson said.Parson said the economics of all three states “are totally dependent on the management” of the river. The governors noted Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wanted to attend Wednesday’s meeting in Council Bluffs, but had travel issues.Short term, Reynolds said, there are four major levee breaks that are still getting inflows of water from the Missouri River, and those levees need to be plugged. Another 50 levees are damaged along the river as well.Parson later added, “We’re still not out of the woods yet. We’ve still got water coming out, ice and snow melt coming out of the Dakotas, plus spring rains that can really affect us.”Ricketts said a particular law, PL-84-99, requires the Corps of Engineers to restore levees back to original authorization, but not higher or wider. With changing conditions on the river, maybe the law needs to be changed to allow larger levees, he said. Ricketts also said permitting to build levees can take years to complete as well. Permit approval needs to be faster, he said. Ricketts also suggested, with infrastructure changes, that could require more land buyouts as well.Reynolds said temporary levees built for protection from this flood also need to be factored into the permanent levee process going forward. In Hamburg, Iowa, the Corps required local officials to take down a temporary levee in 2011 that would have provided better protection for the community this time, but Hamburg was quickly overtaken last month by floodwaters.Corps officials talked with the governors about the releases from Gavins Point Dam, which reached 100,000 cubic feet per second at one point. Currently, Gavins Point releases are at about 39,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Corps officials said Wednesday releases are forecast to increase to 55,000 cfs early next week.Ricketts noted Gavins Point wasn’t meant to be a major flood-protection dam.“Gavins Point is not designed to have much storage capacity, in general,” Ricketts noted. A lot of the flow going into the Missouri River was below the dam, including from the Platte River, which was hitting 10 times its normal flows. Most of the major levee breaches on the Missouri River came below where the Platte flows into the Missouri. “So there was a lot coming into the Missouri from the Platte and other tributaries that was uncontrolled,” Ricketts said.Other permitted levee changes, though, might have avoided flooding such as at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, which suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Building higher levees, though, has a ripple effect of its own of pressuring other communities. Higher levees downstream, for instance, would translate into more flooding in major cities such as Omaha and Council Bluffs.“That’s why we are here,” Reynolds said. “We can’t build higher on the Iowa side and dump it on Peter (Ricketts in Nebraska) or Mike (Parson in Missouri). That’s why the three of us are here and committed to taking a look at this from a regional perspective.”Looking at the state level, Parson said there are questions whether there can be more reservoirs on the Missouri River or tributaries to handle heavy water flows, as well as more levees.While the governors acknowledged they were hit with “a perfect storm,” as Reynolds called it, Parson said he thinks part of the problem was the Corps changed river management strategies in 2004 and no longer focused on flood control.“I think the states are going to have to take more of a role in the management of the river, and the Corps is going to have to work with us from a different perspective from what we’ve done in the past,” Parson said. He later added, “I think we just kind of have to get back to basics on managing the rivers, and we should have a say in that management part of that.”Along with that, the governors added that the federal government will have to come in with a disaster package to help the states recover. They called on Congress to pass its disaster package, which got hung up in the Senate earlier this week.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tablet Developers: Build Productive Apps, Not Games

first_imgdan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Developers have a distinct incentive to build apps for tablets before smartphones. People use their tablets for longer periods of time and tablet apps are easier to monetize than their smartphone counterparts. And, believe it or not, there is a clear area in the app ecosystem for tablets that is being underserved by developers.Tablets hold an outsized influence in the gadget economy. There are many more PCs and laptops in the world than tablets (for now). More than a billion people own a smartphones and adoption is proliferating at an exponential rate. In the second quarter of 2013, tablet shipments across the globe were 45.1 million, according to research firm IDC. That is about 19% of the 236.4 million total smartphones shipped in that same period.Yet tablets see nearly 25% of all mobile usage, according to new stats from analytics firm Mixpanel. People use their tablets for longer periods of time than their smartphones, playing games, reading and using social networks.  Tags:#Android#app developers#iOS#microsoft surface#tablet What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … If you have built a tablet app that people actually use, there is a good chance it is a game. According to Mixpanel’s latest report, 44% of all tablet usage was for gaming. The next four usage categories (social, education, e-commerce and media) account for a combined 27% of all tablet usage. The remaining 29% is divided between categories like travel, enterprise, music, messaging, photography and health. “The biggest clear difference between a tablet and a phone is screen size and I think the best apps will find a way to monetize better on the tablet,” said Mixpanel CEO Suhail Doshi. “More importantly, because you have more real estate you can push the boundaries of design as you are not as restricted as you are with the small screen of a phone.”The easy trap for developers to fall in is to say, “people use games, games make more money, let’s build more games!” Because, you know, when everybody else is doing it, you should be doing it, too. Right?Not exactly. One of the reasons games do better on tablets (and on smartphones) as a category is because both the Apple App Store and Android’s Google Play have tons and tons of games in their respective repositories. Some of those games (like Infinity Blade or Temple Run) are awesome. Some are soul-depleting time suckers (Candy Crush). It truly is the golden age for mobile game developers.Which is exactly why developers should look for the underserved categories of tablet apps. Tablets are custom made to be media consumption devices, for instance. Companies like Flipboard, Zite and Netflix serve this area very well. The New York Times and Washington Post both have fairly new updates to their tablet apps for iOS and Android. But tablets also have great potential for the workers of the world. Mixpanel’s data shows that enterprise-based apps beat only music, messaging, photo & video and dating apps in usage on its network. Health-related apps came in sixth, ahead of travel and enterprise. If you’ve ever used WebMD’s awesome iPad app, you might wonder why health apps for doctors and patients aren’t more of a priority for developers (outside of the draconian but necessary laws about transferring patient data on computers). Doshi says that enterprise-grade apps like Salesforce are just not meant for smartphones. But tablets? Yeah, that would work much better.center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces “There is no way you can really use Salesforce on an iPhone. No way. Salesforce could never build an app for a smartphone that would be sufficient for a person in the real world to use,” Doshi said. “One of the biggest aspects of Salesforce is the reporting. Building complex reports on your phone is basically not possible because there is just not enough space to build all the UI components to build a difficult report.”Mixpanel presents its data as “here are what people are doing, so this is what your opportunity is.” That may be the wrong way to look at it. Media, health, travel, enterprise and music are all market inefficiencies in the tablet app ecosystem. What do developers and entrepreneurs love to do? Correct inefficiency! That makes these app categories opportunities, not areas to be avoided. That goes double for Android tablets. According to Mixpanel, games account for 68% of overall usage for Android tablets. That’s a monopoly ripe for disruption by aspiring entrepreneurs that want to build great tablet experiences for enterprise, education and media on Android.The bottom line? The masses (and the data) will tell you to build a game for iOS. That is the way that everybody is zigging. So why not zag and build where no one else is building, where there are still consumers that need those types of apps?“I think the apps that will start to succeed on tablets are the ones that give you more creative freedom to build something. If you look at Photoshop, for example, you couldn’t ever really build Photoshop on your phone. It would just be too complex to do,” Doshi said. “But, you could do it on a tablet because there are more areas that you can build with, more options that you can mess with. I think you could build a more powerful app. I think that is where there where some of these guys in the middle ground can succeed.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Cricket : David Warner’s Return To Competitive Cricket Is Short Lived As He Falls…

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: The Australian)Australian opening batsmen David Warner made his return to competitive cricket after the infamous sandpaper scandal that saw him get a year ban from international cricket and domestic first class matches.Playing for Winnipeg Hawks in the Global T20 Canada his comeback lasted only few minutes as his side opened with a victory against Montreal Tigers.Put into bat by the Tigers, Warner set out to open the batting along with Lendl Simmons. He fell after scoring just a run missing a superb delivery from Lasith Malinga that saw the stumps rattle to the ground.Fifties from Ben McDermott and Darren Bravo saw the Hawks post a score of 203/4.Chasing 204 for a win the Tigers could muster only 157 runs before becoming all out. 6 batsmen got starts scoring more than 20 runs but couldn’t go on and convert them into big scores.In the course of the innings Warner picked up 3 crucial catches to dismiss Smith, Cooper and Nurse and put a stop to the run flow.When asked about his return to the sport after being away from it for nearly 3 months, Warner said that he was grateful for the opportunity. Earlier his Australian teammate Steve Smith too made a comeback scoring 61 for the Toronto Nationals.Also Read:Cricket : Global T20 Canada Kicks Off To A Splendid Start Advertisementlast_img read more

50,000 Lenovo K6 Power units sold on Flipkart on Day 1

first_imgFlipkart has announced that it has received a record-breaking response for Lenovo’s K6 Power smartphone on day one of its sale. The company managed to sell over close to 50000 units in less than one hour of opening the sale.Lenovo K6 Power was launched last week in India at Rs 9,999 and went for an open sale on Flipkart from December 6 at 12 pm.  Flipkart which is the exclusive seller of Lenovo K6 Power said that over 1000 units of the phone were sold every minute after the sale went live and it went out of stock within 45 minutes after the launch.Also Read: Lenovo K6 Power review: The little battery champ The company claims that more than 1.3 million unique customers visited the product page of K6 Power and close to half a million consumers’ showed interest for the product before the sale.”With the launch of K-series in India, Lenovo continues to be one of the most preferred brands among our customers. The overwhelming response received for K6 Power reinforces the trust on the brand and our portal, given the runway hit exhibited by all models of K-series launched in India,” said Ajay Yadav, VP-Mobiles, Flipkart. “We are now working over-time to ensure stocks are back. Also, we are planning a bigger comeback in the next sale scheduled on 13th Dec 2016 from 12 noon onwards”.Also Read: Lenovo K6 Power vs Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime & Redmi Note 3: No bad choice hereLenovo K6 Power at present is seen as one of the best buys within its price bracket. The phone comes with full-metal unibody design and has a 5-inch 1080p IPS display.  advertisementThe USP of the phone is its massive battery size of 400mAh which when we used with one SIM card lasted for around 19 to 20 hours straight. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM/16GB memory or 3GB RAM/32GB memory. On the camera front, the phone sports  a 13-megepaixel camera on the rear with phase detection autofocus and LED flash and an 8-megapixel front camera.Also Read: Lenovo K6 Power: Full specifications, top features, price & everything you need to know Commenting on the success , Sudhin Mathur, executive director of  Lenovo, India said, “We are overwhelmed with the response and it’s a testament to Lenovo’s consumer centric approach. The K Series is one of our star performers and connects very well with the youth and Lenovo K6 Power has taken the popularity further ahead. Basis the value, technology, design and features, Lenovo K6 Power is an all-round performer that has obviously struck the right chord with the consumers.”last_img read more

The amazing dancing twins: ‘Even when we improvise, we do the same thing!’

first_img Facebook Share on LinkedIn Dance Olympic Games ‘We always had someone to bounce off’ … Kristina and Sadé Alleyne Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian The pair ended up going to the Brit school in Croydon, and then discovering hip-hop with east London company Boy Blue. It was a shift in priorities and, while they had fitness and strength, they were lacking many dancers’ qualities. “We were so ungraceful,” laughs Kristina. “When we started dance we said, ‘Are we really going to try to make this a career? I can’t even touch the floor!’ We had to change our bodies a lot.”They trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance but then took a conscious decision to follow separate paths for a while, Sadé to Birmingham to pursue Afro-Caribbean dance (their family hails from Barbados), Kristina to explore Belgium’s contemporary dance scene. They would discuss who was going to go to which audition, portioning out the jobs like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown at Granita. But they’d always share what they’d learnt.Having a second self to go and do fieldwork for you is, it seems, just one of the advantages of dancing with your twin. “We always had someone to bounce off,” says Sadé. “It’s harder to motivate yourself when you don’t have anyone. That’s how we’ve always worked as sisters, pushing each other. We were each other’s teacher, which was really suffocating sometimes, but we were also each other’s support system.”In their own work, they do a lot of lifting, balancing and manipulating of each other’s bodies, which turns out to be tricky when your instincts are so similar. “When we improvised, we kept doing the same thing, so we kept clashing,” says Kristina. “I’d try to go under Sadé’s arm, and she’d do the same. One of us had to give. Both of us want to lift, but one of us has to give and be lifted. It’s been a process.” It’s like that classic twin trope of turning up in the same outfit (one they’ve amusingly reproduced in their piece Testimonies) but in dance form. interviews Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Family Share on Messenger Twitter They don’t always think the same way, they insist, but often they do. “I won’t even have to finish my sentence,” says Sadé, “but it’s annoying because I would like to finish my sentence.” Yet those frustrations are a small price for the connection of dancing with someone you know so well. “I trust her 100% on stage,” says Kristina. “I know if something’s going wrong we can go with it.”They both like to take risks, the feeling of being on the edge. “We’ve got this saying: ‘The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learns how to fly,’” says Sadé. “And we live by that.”“It’s like passing the baton in the relay in athletics, where you’re reacting in the moment,” adds Kristina. “I have that feeling with Sadé. That’s why I always want to perform this way.”TrapTown is at Brighton Dome, 21 May. Alleyne Dance perform at DanceEast, Ipswich, 24 May.center_img Support The Guardian Twitter Share on Facebook In the summer of 2012, Kristina and Sadé Alleyne’s Olympic dream came true. It just wasn’t the dream they’d imagined. As teen athletes, they’d had their eyes on the 100m sprint. By the time 2012 rolled around, they made it to the Olympic stadium all right – but as dancers in the opening ceremony, performing with choreographer Akram Khan to the sound of Emeli Sandé singing Abide With Me.It was an unexpected swerve for the London twins – but that night in the stadium convinced them they’d done the right thing. “We’d made the decision on instinct,” says Kristina, “and the fact that we made it to the Olympics through dance, it showed us…” Sadé picks up: “… we were meant to be there.”Their background in athletics has turned the identical twins into powerhouse dancers, with all that fast-twitch, straight-out-of-the-blocks combustion that sprinters have. They’re two of the most striking dancers you can currently see, bursting with dynamism and guillotine-sharp precision. On stage, they’re absolutely fearless, their movement encompassing the energetic force of hip-hop, the detail and rhythm of kathak, and the earthy weight and sinuous curves of African dance.Having toured the world with Akram Khan, the 31-year-olds are now pursuing a wealth of projects, including making work for their own company, Alleyne Dance, and others, as well as performing at this year’s Brighton festival in TrapTown, a multimedia mash of dance, film, music and theatre on the subject of conflict and myth, cooked up by Belgian provocateur Wim Vandekeybus.The twins’ move into dance was almost accidental. Growing up in Enfield (with a plasterer father, a mum who worked for FedEx, and an older brother), they trained at Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club. At school, they were self-confessed geeks who would compete to finish first in tests. When Sadé won a maths prize, she was offered the chance to take any course she wanted, and chose dance. “I don’t know why,” she says. “I think they were handing out flyers.” Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Facebook Share via Email Reuse this content Pinterest Topicslast_img read more