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Kwan is still in the spotlight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Only the winner of the women’s event is guaranteed a spot on the Olympic team, with the federation’s International Committee selecting the other two athletes after the free skate tonight. There are 35 people on the committee, but at least nine will have to recuse themselves because of personal or professional conflicts; a simple majority is needed. The committee will base its selection on how athletes fared at six competitions. They are, in order of importance: nationals; the 2005 Grand Prix final; the 2005 world championships; the 2005 Four Continents championships; the 2005 Junior Grand Prix final; and the 2005 world junior championships. Kwan also had to be examined by a doctor selected by U.S. Figure Skating to prove she was physically ready to compete in Turin. “She was seen by a doctor at his office (on Thursday) and had a complete examination of the groin injury,” Kwan’s agent, Shep Goldberg, told The Associated Press. Neither Kwan nor U.S. Figure Skating had seen the report as of Friday afternoon. Goldberg also said Kwan resumed jumping again Friday for the first time since Dec. 17. Fans are wearing buttons and T-shirts supporting Kwan, a Rim of the World graduate. Each of the top women has been asked repeatedly what she thinks, and coaches and choreographers have weighed in, too. Even men’s contender Evan Lysacek had his pre-event news conference hijacked by Kwan questions. “No, I’m not surprised that it’s a huge deal,” Ron Hershberger, president of U.S. Figure Skating, said Friday. “Michelle has been a marvelous champion. She’s a terrific athlete. It’s clear that skating fans everywhere adore her, and they should. She’s been a terrific image for the sport of figure skating, so I’m not surprised that there’s all this attention.” ST. LOUIS — Even from half a country away, Michelle Kwan is dominating the national championships. The nine-time champion is missing the U.S. Figure Skating Championships for the first time since 1991, at home in California nursing a groin injury. But she has petitioned for a spot on the Olympic team, and the “Should she or shouldn’t she?” debate has sparked far more interest than anything happening on the ice. center_img “Definitely, she’s earned it,” said Kimmie Meissner, who was in fourth place after the short program and one of the skaters at risk of being bumped if Kwan is selected. “She has a pretty good track record. Since I don’t have to make the decision, I’m glad.” Most years, putting Kwan on the Olympic team would be a no-brainer. She is the most popular skater since Scott Hamilton, and has helped bring untold millions — fans and dollars — to the sport. Her longevity and success — she has won five world titles and Olympic silver and bronze medals — have made her one of those rare celebrity athletes who transcends her sport. But she has skated sparingly in recent years, and was sidelined for most of this season first by a hip injury and then by the groin injury. She did do an invitational in early December, but failed to land a triple jump. She also struggled in her only competition under the new judging system. Her fourth-place finish at the world championships last spring was her worst since 1995. “It’s (U.S. Figure Skating’s) job to pick three skaters that will place the highest at the Olympics,” said Sasha Cohen, who had a comfortable lead after the short program. “I really am not too deep in the politics of U.S. Figure Skating, but I definitely think whoever it is that doesn’t get to go would be devastated.” Kwan knows that all too well. Then 13, she finished second at the 1994 nationals but was left off the Olympic team when Nancy Kerrigan was awarded a medical bye. It was the last time a skater petitioned for an Olympic spot. “Michelle’s been to a couple of Games already,” Cohen said. “But then again, it’s the United States’ job to send the best team, the strongest skaters.” Whether she wins or not, Cohen is considered a lock for the team. That means Emily Hughes, Beatrisa Liang, Meissner and Alissa Czisny are the ones vying for the remaining spots or spot. “I think that there’s probably only two spots. Maybe only one because you could almost say Sasha will win,” Meissner said. “So it’s kind of tough.” Or is it? Assuming Cohen makes the team, and looking at the other competitions the committee will consider, Kwan seems to come out on top. She was the only one to compete at the world championships last year, and she finished fourth. Czisny was sixth at the Grand Prix final, and Liang was seventh at Four Continents last year. Hughes has a bronze medal from the 2005 junior worlds. Kwan also has scored better under the new judging system. Even though her performance at last year’s world championships was far from her best, she scored a 61.22 in the short program and a 113.98 in the free skate for a total of 175.20 points. Of the other four skaters, the best scores are 59.11 (Hughes) for the short, 110.80 (Meissner) for the free skate and 168.32 (Czisny) for the final total. “I don’t have control over what place they give me. I have control over what I do on the ice,” Liang said. “Whatever they decide is what they decide. As long as I put out my best, that’s all I can do.” 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

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis from the Warriors’ preseason opener Saturday at 5:30 p.m. when Golden State takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle.While fans will get their first look at Warriors’ top pick Jacob Evans from Cincinnati, it will be some time before they witness All-Star free-agent signing DeMarcus Cousins’ Golden State debut. Cousins is ramping up his rehabilitation process from Achilles tendon surgery but won’t see action for months. Third-year center …last_img read more

Airspace should have been closed MH17 report claims

first_imgThe Dutch Safety Board in its final report into the loss of MH17 on July 24 2014 has claimed that the airspace should have been closed to all civilian air traffic much earlier.MH17 a Boeing 777-200ER on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a Russian made Buk surface-to-air missile system fired from Eastern Ukraine with the loss of 298 occupants. “The crash of flight MH17 was caused by the detonation of a 9N314M-type warhead launched from the eastern part of Ukraine using a Buk missile system,” the reports says. “Moreover, it is clear that Ukraine already had sufficient reason to close the airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine as a precaution before 17 July 2014. None of the parties involved recognised the risk posed to overflying civil aircraft by the armed conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine,” claim the Dutch.In response to the crash of flight MH17 the Dutch Safety Board has conducted various investigations, which have been published in two reports. The first report is on the causes of the crash and the issue of flying over conflict areas. The second report is on the compilation of the passenger list and the process of informing the relatives of the Dutch victims. The rationale behind the investigations has been published separately.AirlineRatings.com publishes below the executive summary of the report;Buk missile systemThe investigation has shown that flight MH17 progressed normally up to the moment when the aeroplane was flying over the eastern part of Ukraine. At 13.20 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) a 9N314M warhead, launched by a Buk surface-to-air missile system from a 320-square-kilometre area in the eastern part of Ukraine, detonated to the left and above the cockpit. The forward section of the aircraft was penetrated by hundreds of high-energy objects coming from the warhead. As a result of the impact and the subsequent blast, the three crew members in the cockpit were killed immediately and the aeroplane broke up in the air. Wreckage from the aeroplane was distributed over various sites within an area of 50 square kilometres. All 298 occupants were killed.The Dutch Safety Board has established the cause of the crash on the basis of several sources. For example, the weapon system used was identified on the basis of, among other things, the damage pattern on the wreckage, the fragments found in the wreckage and in the bodies of crew members, and the way in which the aircraft broke up. The findings are supported by the data on the flight recorders; the Cockpit Voice Recorder picked up a sound peak during the final milliseconds. In addition, traces of paint on a number of missile fragments found match the paint on parts of a missile recovered from the area by Dutch Safety Board. Other potential causes, such as an explosion inside the aeroplane or an air-to-air missile, have been investigated and excluded. No scenario other than a Buk surface-to-air missile can explain this combination of facts. The 320-square-kilometre area from which the missile was launched has been determined on the basis of various simulations. Additional forensic investigation will be needed to establish the exact launching location; however, such an investigation lies outside the scope of the Dutch Safety Board’s mandate.The airspace over the eastern part of UkraineThe airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine was much in use: between 14 and 17 July 2014, 61 operators from 32 countries routed their flights through this airspace. On the day of the crash, until the airspace was closed, 160 commercial airliners flew over the area. Malaysia Airlines prepared and operated flight MH17 in accordance with regulations. As the state of departure, the Netherlands had no responsibility to advise Malaysia Airlines (or KLM, as its code share partner) with regard to the chosen flight route.On 17 July 2014 an armed conflict was taking place in the eastern part of Ukraine. In the preceding months, the conflict had expanded into the airspace: from late April the number of military aircraft downed increased. According to statements by the Ukrainian authorities, in two cases long-range weapons were used. In the Dutch Safety Board’s opinion, Ukraine had sufficient reason to close the entire airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine as a precaution. Instead, on military grounds flying at lower altitudes was restricted. The same turns out to apply to conflict areas elsewhere in the world: it is rare for a state to close its airspace because of an armed conflict.Flying over conflict areasThe Dutch Safety Board has noticed that the current system of responsibilities with respect to flying over conflict areas is inadequate. Operators assume that unrestricted airspaces are safe. When assessing the risk, the operators do usually take into account the safety of departure and arrival locations, but not the safety of the countries they fly over. When flying over a conflict area, an additional risk assessment is necessary. Therefore, the Dutch Safety Board considers it extremely important that parties involved in aviation – including states, international organisations such as ICAO and IATA, and operators – exchange more information about conflict areas and potential threats to civil aviation. When processing and interpreting this information, more attention should be paid to the development of the conflict, including any increase of military activity and shootings from the ground. States involved in an armed conflict should receive more incentives and better support to safeguard the safety of their airspace. In addition, the Dutch Safety Board is of the opinion that operators should give public account for their flight routes.Passenger informationAfter the crash of flight MH17 was reported, many relatives gathered at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol , hoping to obtain more information there. At the end of the evening an initial passenger list was made public. It then took two to four days before all of the surviving relatives received confirmation from the Dutch authorities. When gathering information related to the passenger list and determining the identity of the occupants and their surviving relatives, the information that various parties gathered about the victims and their relatives was not combined. The Dutch crisis organisation failed to function properly and the government authorities involved lacked direction. In order to improve information provision after a crash, the Dutch Safety Board recommends – among other things – that passengers’ nationalities be registered on passenger lists. The Dutch Safety Board also recommends that the Dutch government make provisions to improve direction in case of a disaster abroad with a large number of Dutch victims.ReconstructionOver the past months, a reconstruction of the forward part of the aeroplane was assembled at the Dutch air base of Gilze-Rijen. The reconstruction clearly shows the effects of the impact and subsequent blast, and has been important for verification and additional substantiation of the investigation’s results.last_img read more

Motlanthe on UK investment mission

first_img16 September 2013 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, accompanied by a high-powered government delegation, left for the UK on Saturday on a mission to promote investment in South Africa, particularly in the country’s mining industry. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim are part of the delegation, which will meet with investors, bankers, mining companies and opinion makers over the course of their visit. The mining sector continues to play a central role in South Africa’s economic, political and social environment. Addressing reporters in Pretoria on Friday after the AGM of state miner Alexkor, Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe said the industry contributes about 20% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) while accounting for over 15% of non-agricultural jobs, 12% of total investment and 30% of exports. “South Africa’s mining industry has come under sharp scrutiny over the last financial year. The 2012 tragic events at Marikana and widespread labour disputes have significantly impacted the mining industry,” Magwanishe said. Speaking at a Mining Lekgotla in Johannesburg last month, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the government had made a number of interventions to help the industry recover from its setbacks. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Self-help Tools

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Introducing Ryan Matthews, 2017-2018 Ohio FFA President

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Student FFA Reporter Kolt Buchenroth interviewed Ryan A. Matthews shortly after he was named the 2017-2018 Ohio FFA President.last_img

Oracle Has Problems Telling The Truth In Its Advertising

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Oracle seems to have a problem with truth in advertising. Since April, the tech giant has had to pull three ads that claimed Oracle computers performed much better than IBM’s.Each time, Oracle offered no proof of its claims and the ads were dropped after IBM complained to the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This sleazy behavior, called “strategically stupid” by one analyst, comes at a time when Oracle’s hardware business is only limping along.Oracle’s Bad BehaviorThe latest ad, pulled in November, said Oracle’s Exadata server would run five times faster than IBM’s Power Server “or you win $10,000,000.” The NAD found that the ad did not provide “any speed performance tests, examples of comparative system speed superiority or any other data to substantiate the message. NAD determined that the advertiser’s decision to permanently discontinue this advertisement was necessary and appropriate,” the organization said in a statement.Oracle did not respond to a request for comment, but the NAD said that the vendor disagreed with the group’s findings. Oracle told the organization that it would take its “concerns into account should it disseminate similar advertising in the future.”Oracle’s creativity in advertising appears to be more than the result of an overzealous ad exec. In July, the company got slapped by the NAD for saying a giant European retailer moved its database from an IBM Power server to Exadata and found it ran 20 times faster. Three months earlier, Oracle pulled an ad that made unsubstantiated claims that its SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 computer system ran Oracle apps and Java faster than IBM’s speediest computer. All the challenged ads ran as full-page spreads in The Wall Street Journal and other publications.“Three similar rulings in a period of eight months seems like a trend to me,” said Jeff Cross, spokesman for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group.Lying Is “Strategically Stupid”Oracle’s decision to sign off on the ads was “strategically stupid,” Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst for the Enderle Group, said in a column for CIO magazine. Enderle argues that Oracle is risking its credibility with large corporations, where IT managers put their jobs on the line in trusting vendors to deliver on major technology deals.“The difficulty with false advertising is that it speaks to trust and enterprise vendors must be trusted to be successful,” Enderle told ReadWrite. “But it really depends on how many customers become aware of this problem. Not many watch the BBB, but in this age of social media, this stuff is circulating and if you don’t trust what you are being told by any vendor, and particularly in the enterprise class, you tend to avoid buying from them.” Oracle’s Sales SlumpingOracle’s shameless behavior comes at a time when its hardware sales could be better. Worldwide factory revenue from its servers fell more than 23% in the third quarter, compared to the same period a year ago, according to IDC. The market as a whole dropped 4%. IBM led the pack in terms of revenue.Oracle’s hardware strategy is to sell servers with the company’s database software and business applications. The hardware is based on technology acquired through its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010. So far, Oracle’s success has been modest.Sun hardware has not been a favorite of Oracle salespeople. According to text messages released in an unrelated legal dispute with Hewlett-Packard, one Oracle sales official wrote that Sun hardware “baaaallllloooooooows” and another called it a “pig with lipstick.”In the fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 3, Oracle sold $5.7 billion in software, but just $1.35 billion in hardware. Oracle has said that its hardware business is in transition as it drop some Sun systems to focus on high-margin products such as the new Oracle Exadata server.Meanwhile, sales and earnings are expected to slow. Since 2006, Oracle earnings, excluding some items, has been growing an average of 20% annually, with sales rising 18% on average, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. During the next two fiscal years, ending May 2014, analysts expect per-share profit growth to slow to less than 10% annually and revenue growth to no more than 7%.As long as Oracle remains silent on the ads, it’s impossible to know the company’s motives. But the longer Oracle’s hardware business fails to take off, the more the sordid behavior looks like desperation.Oracle plane image by Kunal Mehta / Shutterstock.comLarry Ellison image by drserg / Shutterstock.com Related Posts antone gonsalves 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#advertising#Big Data#Data Centers last_img read more

He called bank: Lassiter clutch 3 one of biggest shots of his career

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the pivotal Game 3 in the semifinals on the line, Marcio Lassiter just wanted to give San Miguel Beer a chance to win by attempting a shot before the buzzer sounded.“I looked up and I saw we had about six seconds left so I knew I had some time to kind of get up for a shot,” the San Miguel Beer swingman recalled on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “From there, I just wanted to make sure that we can get a good shot off. I was just creating enough separation to get a good shot off.”READ: Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt wasn’t exactly a good shot with a defender in Star’s Justin Melton hounding him in the left wing, but it beat the clock, hit the glass and went through the nylon.“One of the biggest shots of my career and I just wanted to be ready. It’s not over until the last second and I always play up to the last second. I threw it up and it looked good.” “It was a Game 2 vs. Rain or Shine, it was just like a split second [late] like a 0.1 tenth of a second I didn’t get it off. I’m just kinda glad that this one went in and it just seems like God blessed me today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Great escape for Beermen World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Lassiter said he intended the bank shot and stressed his clutch basket was no fluke.“I called bank. Yeah, I meant to do that,” he said with a big grin after scoring 12 points in a 111-110 win that moved the Beermen on the cusp of another finals appearance.READ: Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semis The 30-year-old Lassiter, one of the deadliest shooters in the PBA today, also shared a similar moment last year in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis against Rain or Shine where he banked in a triple at the buzzer only to find out upon review that his shot failed to beat the clock.“You know, it was kinda cool to be in that moment and I don’t know if you guys remember, last year I also had a buzzer-beater so you know, this is not like a fluke shot,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

London Olympics: Lightening fast Bolt proves he’s the greatest ever

first_imgGrease lightning. That’s what Usain Bolt was like on Sunday night as he sprinted to glory in front of 80,000 fans in the Olympic Stadium and more than a two billion TV audience around the globe. Coming into the 100 metres final with a bit of a question mark against his name, following defeats at the hands of compatriot Yohan Blake, the defending champion — in less than 10 seconds — left none in doubt as to who the world’s greatest sprinter is. He stopped the clock in the giant arena at an incredible 9.63 seconds, the second fastest time ever.Bolt, a major showman, was not the fastest off the blocks. In fact, he was only the fifth fastest at the start. But the Jamaican got into his upright sprinting position fastest and then completely blew away the field. Blake ran a great race, clocking a personal best at 9.75 seconds, but it was more than a tenth-of-a-second slower than Bolt.It may have been the greatest 100 metres Olympic final ever with seven of the eight runners clocking under 10 seconds — and that too only because the third Jamaican, Asafa Powell, pulled himself out at 40 metres and then almost limped home in a jog-like 11.99 seconds.Trinidadian Richard Thompson, silver medalist four years ago in Beijing, clocked 9.98 seconds, but was good enough only for seventh place. So fast was the race.Standing at six feet and five inches, Bolt was among the tallest in the finals. And that was not merely physical as he stood head and shoulders above in deeds too.advertisementComing to London with all kinds of pressure, a constant back niggle needing treatment and in second place behind Blake in the Jamaican trials, Bolt was under the scanner. Or so we thought. But once he was in perfect position within the first 20 metres or so, he just pulled away with every stride and was almost two yards clear by the finish.On a night when 800 pounds was the asking rate for a ticket to the evening session, every penny spent seemed worth it. Bolt showed his class, swallowing the track and purring away like a Ferrari.Four years ago in Beijing, Bolt looked sideways before the finish and even gave an early victory signal, but he took no chances this time. It was pure speed and sheer focus.An estimated audience of two billion people watched Bolt win, according to official figures. It was by far the biggest for the Games so far.Once the race was done, Bolt was into his showman mode. He grabbed hold of a Jamaican flag and began his victory lap, high-fiving with fans and friends in the stands along the way. He even rolled over in front of the VIPs in the Main Box.And yes, for the record, Blake, took silver in 9.75 seconds, while American Justin Gatlin won bronze in 9.79 seconds. The result also completed a Jamaican double in 100 metres, with the women’s dash already in the bag before Bolt came on view.For the record, after Carl Lewis in 1988 at Seoul, this is the first time an athlete has defended his 100 metres title in back-to-back Olympics.Bolt obviously comes into the category of a true legend as in Beijing and London he has raced like none else can. As for all-time great Lewis, he became champion in Seoul only after Canadian Ben Johnson flunked a dope test.Comparing Bolt in Beijing and London, it is clear the superstar had a lot to prove here. Four years ago, he actually could ease off after 65 metres and turn his neck. On Sunday night, with the world watching, Bolt did not take any chance as he kept looking straight and ran each metre with mind-blowing intensity.last_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Pune Supergiants to go top

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