Oral Tracey: Usain Bolt should pay me (lol)

first_imgWhen Usain Bolt accused me of calling him a ‘sell-out’ who ‘sold out’ to Justin Gatlin in that infamous 200 metres final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki I reacted with dismay, knowing that I had never, called, and would never call Bolt a sell-out. For the record, I want to here and now categorically deny calling Bolt a sell-out. Desperate attempts are still being made to find the relevant commentary aired on August 11, 2005, the day of that fateful race, to verify that what I did say was that Bolt’s decision to jog the last 70 or 80 metres of that race was an act of cowardice, and he should have stopped if he was injured instead of walking to the line. I maintain to this day that it was a reasonable criticism of Bolt’s performance on that particular occasion, an opinion that many Jamaicans somehow equate with writing off the then emerging sprinter. There is, however, a fundamental difference between writing off an athlete and being critical of a specific performance by that athlete. Absolutely no one is beyond criticism, which in and of itself when merited is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how the individual responds to criticism that determines the effect of that criticism. I remember being confronted personally by Bolt about the particular incident in question. I remember telling him that my critique of him was not meant to tear him down, but to make him a better and stronger athlete and that those harsh words seemed to have done him well. PIVOTAL ROLE In all fairness, some unique and significant credit should be given for the pivotal role I played in the success story of Bolt. The mere fact that those stinging words resonated with him through the ebbs and flows of his now mega successful career suggests that those words helped to motivate, if not inspire, the now greatest sprinter of all time to the lofty heights he has attained. Criticism tends to spark the fire of excellence, and Bolt has risen above many challenges, including some moments worthy of criticism, to be now blazing a furnace of excellence. Even his exploits at last year’s World Championships in Beijing when the odds were stacked against him because of poor form and injuries, with the debate raging as to whether he would be able to overcome the challenge of a then marauding Gatlin, Bolt must have been well aware that in my capacity as his ‘main motivator’, I was early and emphatic in my prediction that he would lose to Gatlin in that 100-metre final. It is also reasonable to assume that Bolt, and the innate champion in him, must have drawn some motivation from that swirling sentiment, which helped him to put in that extra work needed to overcome the odds and prove the critics wrong in the emphatic way he did. During the last decade spanning the 2005 World Championships, through the thick and thin and ups and downs up to the 2015 Beijing World Championships, I genuinely believe that my motivational role in the building of Bolt the athlete and Bolt the brand has been immeasurable. In my retort to Bolt’s recent accusations, I suggested publicly that I was preparing an invoice to be delivered for my services. The big man subsequently responded on Twitter that he was looking forward to receiving that invoice. The tabulation continues, and the invoice will be delivered as I look forward to the day when l will be finally and adequately compensated.last_img read more

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Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

first_imgMOST READ Clune Arena was empty two hours before the game as the Air Force Academy had canceled all athletic events due to a federal government shutdown on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the academy said both home and away events have been postponed. The academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday: men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno State, men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.Games involving the Army and Navy men’s basketball teams were played as scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Air Force Academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday. In addition to the basketball, there men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy.The rifle team was scheduled to compete against TCU, the Coast Guard and Ohio State at TCU.On Sunday, the academy has tennis and wrestling events scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Russia’s latest star Zagitova takes European gold Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the Air Force Academy said both home and away events have been postponed. Among them were the men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno StateThe American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S., put a message on its Facebook page that said its services would not be available “due to the government shutdown.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe notice sparked angry reactions from viewers, with several noting the timing couldn’t have been worse. The two NFL conference championships are Sunday — Minnesota vs. Philadelphia and Jacksonville vs. New England.“During NFL PLAYOFFS?!” one post read. “AFN, start a GoFundMe & broadcast these games! Make it happen!”last_img read more

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These five A’s who could push Oakland into the ALDS

first_imgThe A’s are just hours away from taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at the Coliseum for their second straight wild-card game. Who should you keep an eye on? All of them, sure, but here are five key names that could be influential in getting this team to the ALDS, where Houston awaits.LHP Sean Manaea: The wild-card game’s starter for the A’s has been sharp in all five of his starts since returning from last year’s season-ending shoulder surgery. He has a 1.21 ERA with 30 strikeouts and a .775 WHIP …last_img read more

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SOA: Revolution in Computing — Event Stream Processing

first_imgOracle proposed a vision of next-generation SOA called SOA 2.0 based on asynchronous events being triggered by alerts and event notifications.  While the Oracle marketing machine faltered with that vision, the idea an SOA architecture with ‘smarter’ events may not be too far off the mark as the next direction of SOA.Event Stream Processing (ESP) — and sometimes called Complex Event Processing (CEP) — is a technique for processing many streams of events and extracting meaningful information and relationships from event patterns.  ESP isn’t new.  It’s been applied in applications like financial trading, logistics, RFID processing and fraud detection.  Companies like Apama have built complex financial trading platforms on a CEP foundation.One example of CEP in action is an airline scheduling system that processes constantly changing feeds of flight positions and weather data and that can make scheduling decisions based on that data. ESP applied to SOA allows causal, temporal and spatial event relationships to be processed.  The result is something that is called ‘stream computing’, an approach that integrates the monitoring of real-time performance indicators into the SOA process.ESP was developed in the mid-1980’s when researchers concluded that relational databases were good for doing rapid calculations made against data collected in the past but that they weren’t efficient when used to process rapid streams of new data.Much like SQL, the language of traditional relational databases, ESP has something called EPL, or Event Processing Language, which can be used to query and retrieve data from an event data store.  The event data store typically chronologically caches captured events as well as derived events that may be created while processing other events.SOA and ESP both involve the processing of current data, and that point is key to understanding the synergies of the two technologies, especially when applied to real-time decision support systems, such as those used for financial transactions.  For those kinds of systems, relational databases take a back-seat role and are used mainly for archival of less time-critical data.    (Image from www.eventstreamprocessing.com)last_img read more

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What Will It Take For Windows Phone 8 To Land A Deal With The Navy?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#Windows Phone 8 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts The Department of the Navy’s chief information officer, Terry Halvorsen spoke with reporters on November 26 about efforts the Navy is making in data center consolidation and mobile technology. Halvorsen didn’t provide specifics on new platforms from mobile providers for the Navy, but he did indicate that the service is interested in moving in a more mobile direction. This could include, he said, implementing Windows  Phone 8, to augment or replace Blackberrys. The Navy has long been a Windows-based organization, and adopting a mobile platform that shares an interface and applications with desktop Windows makes sense. However, the Navy has also been looking at the Android and iOS platforms.Surprise! The Navy Cares About SecurityThe biggest issue, not surprisingly, is security. What kind of security does a mobile platform need to have to land a sensitive military contract? The current Department of Defense standard, Blackberry, just had its new Blackberry 10 FIPS 140-2 platform certified, even before it’s been officially launched. FIPS 140-2 is a crucial certification for any device hoping to land a government contract because it means that the device is secure enough to handle encrypted data. NIST GuidelinesThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) put together a set of guidelines that outlines the standard security capabilities devices must have to be secure enough for use in business and government. Evelyn Brown’s article in the NIST Tech Beat Newsletter about the Guidelines on Hardware-Rooted Security in Mobile Devices(PDF), lays out the three security capabilities devices must possess to deal with known mobile device security challenges:Device integrityIsolationProtected storage.It all boils down to something the NIST calls the “roots of trust.” For device integrity, we’re talking about a combination of hardware, firmware and software designed with security in mind – along with solid constuction. For the other issues, the key is to create isolation capabilities that keep personal apps and info separate from the organization’s data.Windows Phone 8 A Good Fit?Windows Phone 8 devices would seem to be a good fit for the Navy. Via email, Greg Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, pointed to the phones’ information rights management technology (IRM) for data leak prevention, SSL 3.0 encryption and a private application store as features that are attractive to the Federal Government. These features seem to line up pretty well with the NIST guidelines. While Windows Phone 8 does include an encryption feature similar to BitLocker, the full disk encryption found on the desktop implementation of Windows 8, it doesn’t have FIPS certification. According to the mobile tech MobileJaw, Microsoft’s encryption is backed by TPM 2.0, and is currently seeking certification.When asked about the possibility of a Department of the Navy contract, Microsoft representatives replied with a polite “We do not comment on specific projects.” And a source from the NIST said that, as of right now, they are no plans to work with Windows Phone 8 for the Navy. The Department of the Navy did not return calls or emails.Still, But when the CIO makes it clear to a group of reporters that the Navy is looking for a new mobile platform, you can be sure that Microsoft – along with Apple, Google and RIM – will be doing everything it can to make a good impression. Image courtesy of Shuttershock.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces christina ortizlast_img read more

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Jaja sees level playing field in 2nd round

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago and her National University Lady Bulldogs are safely perched atop the standings of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament after an excellent end to their first round.NU ended its first round campaign with a 6-1 record after turning back University of the Philippines 25-23, 25-23, 25-17, the first time in school history that the Lady Bulldogs are atop the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Despite this status, Santiago stayed humble and said the second round will be a level playing field for all the teams.“Everyone will be back to zero,” said Santiago in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Of course we’re expecting that all teams would like to get back at us, and everyone will be stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And of course we’ll be working harder in the second round.”Santiago, who finished with 17 points against the Lady Maroons, said NU won’t rest on the laurels of their earlier success in the first half of the tournament. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Wilder survives pummeling to stop Ortiz in 10thcenter_img “Maybe there’s pressure but for me I see my team on an upward momentum,” said Santiago. “We have improved drastically… towards the second round, I don’t see my team going down, in fact I see my team going up.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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Pathan ton in vain, SA win by 33 runs

first_imgHosts South Africa beat India by 33 runs (D/L method) in the rain-marred fifth and final ODI to win the series 3-2 at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. SCOREChasing 268, India were all out on 234. The win could have been massive but for Yusuf Pathan’s batting blitzkrieg, that saw him score a 68-ball ton towards the end.Yusuf Pathan on way to his 105 in Centurion. APComing in to bat at the stage when India were 60/5, Pathan changed the face of the game with his sixes and fours. Spinners or pacers – all were sent across the park. In fact, the over before he was dismissed he hit two sixes and two fours in Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s over.He forged a 100-run ninth wicket stand with Zaheer Khan bringing down the escalating run rate to run-a-ball. But a lofted shot off paceman Morne Morkel ended his 105-run innings that was decorated with eight sixes and an equal number of fours.Morkel completed his four-wicket haul when Faf du Plessis caught him at extra cover.Keeping aside Pathan’s impressive knock, the hosts dominated the proceedings from the start. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss but failed to capitalise on it. He chose to field first under overcast conditions – a surprising decision keeping in mind that the lopsided Duckworth Lewis method was lurching round the corner.That and Hashim Amla’s impressive 116 not out, took the game away from the Indians.South Africa put 250 on board in their stipulated 46 overs. But the same target after the D/L calculations swelled and India ended up chasing 268 for a win.advertisementBatting second with a huge total looming large and ball doing wonders in the moist air, India had little chance.Opener Rohit Sharma was the first to get a taste of South Africa attack that had become lethal under the prevailing conditions.Even before he could settle down he was bowled out by Lonwabo Tsotsobe on 5 with an inside edge crashing into his stumps. There wasn’t any foot movement and his bat-pad gate was wide open.With a poor stance Sharma’s chances were slim, but what followed could have been avoided as Virat Kohli, who had scored a fine 87 in the last match, too fell early.Morne Morkel’s ball took an outside edge off Kohli’s bat to carry to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. He fell for two and India slumped to 32/2.Then it was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s turn to walk. It’s time he does something about his batting that has hit a new low in South Africa. He managed to score five before Morkel send him back on 45/3.Post Dhoni, Morkel upped the ante and claimed Parthiv Patel too and India fell to 60/4. Parthiv could only score 38, still his innings was a lot better than those who failed to cross the single digit number.Hashim Amla en route to his century. APHowever, South Africa’s experienced pacer Dale Steyn was still wicket-less. He got an opportunity to open his account when Yuvraj Singh edged his ball to Duminy in the slips when batting on eight. India fell to 60/5. He followed that up with Suresh Raina’s wicket.The left-handed batsman scored a four off Steyn but the next ball was tinge higher than what Raina had expected. He played it on the up but failed to clear Morkel in the deep. India were 74/6 at the stage with practically no chance of a win.  Finally, Yusuf Pathan did what he is famous for – go after the bowlers without thinking of the outcome.He along with Zaheer Khan batted on to forge a 100-run ninth wicket partnership that highlighted the Indian innings that came to an end on 234 in the 41st over.Zaheer, who supported Pathan in his endeavour scored a useful 24.SA inningsEarlier, Hashim Amla became the first batsman to score a century in this ODI series even as the rain gods tried to spoil his concentration.South Africa were batting on 226/3 in 42 overs against India when showers pushed the covers on.Post the rains, which lasted for more than an hour, India scalped six wickets in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 250/9 in 46 overs. But Amla carried his bat through the innings to remain unbeaten on 116. The effort earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.As is the norm in rain-reduced matches, the teams batting second get a revised score with the Duckworth Lewis method coming into the picture.In this case too the D/L method was applied and the revised score for India was 268 in 46 overs.advertisementPut in after India won the toss, Amla batted with determination scoring an unbeaten 116. On the way he forged two partnerships even as the India bowlers found hard to contain the Protea charge.South Africa’ Morne van Wyk en route to his 56 in Centurion on Sunday. APFirst Amla put on 97 runs for the second wicket with Morne van Wyk and then got busy with another long innings with Jean-Paul Duminy.Amla and Duminy had put on 102 for the fourth wicket before Munaf Patel scalped Duminy caught and bowled on 35 after the match resumed.From there on the India pacers got busy counting their victims. Zaheer Khan ended up with two while Munaf claimed three wickets.In the morning, Protea skipper Graeme Smith failed to read a Zaheer Khan ball and departed early. Pitched on the off, the ball took a strong edge off his bat and Yusuf Pathan did the rest in the slips cordon. He fell for 7 as the hosts went one down with 16 runs on board.However, India bowlers failed to work on the advantage as Hashim Amla and Morne van Wyk batted on to push the score to 113.last_img read more

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ICC TO REINSPECT EDEN GARDENS ON JAN 31 FOR LAST 3 MATCHES

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave Kolkata’s cricket fans some hope when it announced a reinspection of the iconic Eden Gardens stadium for the World Cup.The ICC said the Eden Gardens would be reinspected on January 31 for the last three of its scheduled four World Cup matches. These are the encounters between Ireland and South Africa (March 15), Ireland and Holland (March 18) and Kenya and Zimbabwe (March 20).The cricketing body had on Thursday ruled out Eden Gardens as the venue for the February 27 World Cup match between India and England.An ICC inspection team had visited Kolkata on Tuesday and deemed the stadium unfit as it was still undergoing renovation.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pulled up the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bengal for failing to meet the deadlines. “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates, but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said. “Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready,” Lorgat said.last_img read more

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