Falls, bruises, twisted ankles: The new Pokemon game is becoming a health hazard

first_imgHealthFalls, bruises, twisted ankles: The new Pokemon game is becoming a health hazard About the Author Reprints And players are actually meeting face to face, despite the fact they arrived at nearby high schools, water towers, and museums by staring at their screens.Lindsay Plunkett, a 23-year-old waitress in Asheville, N.C., made a point on Friday of parking six blocks away from the restaurant where she works, instead of the usual three. “Just so I could get some more Pokestops on the way,” she says.She’s still nursing a bruised shin from the previous night, when she and her boyfriend spent hours wandering downtown in the rain. She tripped over a cinder block that had been used as a doorstop at a local women’s museum. Privacy Policy Leave this field empty if you’re human: But she’s got something to look forward to. Soon, she’ll be traveling cross country to California with a friend. That means more chances to encounter Pokestops and Pokemons “the whole way,” she says.At least the game has one fail-safe — you can’t hatch digital eggs while driving. That requires slower in-person movement in the real world. “It doesn’t count as walking if you’re going more than 20 miles per hour, so that’s good, I guess,” Plunkett says.— Ryan Nakashima To play, you fire up the game and then start trekking to prominent local landmarks — represented in the game as “Pokestops” — where you can gather supplies such as Pokeballs. Those are what you fling at online “pocket monsters,” or Pokemon, to capture them for training. At other locations called “gyms” — which may or may not be actual gyms in the real world — Pokemon battle one another for supremacy. “I just wanted to be able to stop quickly if there were any Pokemons nearby to catch,” he says. “I don’t think the company is really at fault.”The game was created by Niantic, a San Francisco spinoff of Google parent Alphabet that previously became known for a similar augmented-reality game called “Ingress.”advertisement The “Pokemon Go” game Richard Vogel/AP By Associated Press July 8, 2016 Reprints Related: Naturally, the game has also induced people to post pictures of themselves on social media chasing creatures in all sorts of dangerous situations.Zubats and Paras have appeared on car dashboards. Caterpies have been spotted at intersections. Police in Darwin, Australia, have even asked players not to waltz into their station, which of course is a Pokestop in the game.“You don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs,” the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services says on its Facebook page.Ankle injuries, mishaps with revolving doors, and walking into trees have been among the painful results.Kyrie Tompkins, a 22-year-old freelance web designer, fell on the sidewalk and twisted her ankle while wandering in downtown Waterville, Maine, on Thursday night.“It vibrated to let me know there was something nearby and I looked up and just fell in a hole,” she says. Her parents had to drive her and her fiancé home.As an upside, players get more exercise than usual and can learn more about the historical landmarks incorporated into the game as Pokestops. Digital signposts describe their significance in the real world. LOS ANGELES — Beware: “Pokemon Go,” a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.The “augmented reality” game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, became the top grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its Wednesday release in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. And players have already reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander the real world — eyes glued to their smartphone screens — in search of digital monsters.Mike Schultz, a 21-year-old communications graduate on Long Island, N.Y., took a spill on his skateboard as he stared at his phone while cruising for critters early Thursday. He cut his hand on the sidewalk after hitting a big crack, and blames himself for going too slowly.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Inside the push to get doctors to prescribe video games Related: The 1980s video game that made tooth-brushing cool Please enter a valid email address. Associated Press Tags bruisesfallsvideo gameslast_img read more

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Joe Mallon Motors Deal and Deliver Car of the Week: 191 Renault Megane Sport Tourer from €67 per week

first_img Twitter Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 11th March 2021 This is another Exceptional Offer From JOE MALLON MOTORS.Why buy from Joe Mallon Motors? Confidence, peace of mind, reassurance.Price: €21,249Registration: 191 LS 726Previous Owners: 2Transmission: ManualMileage: 37,400kmColour: GreyFuel Type: DieselBody Style: Estate Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months TAGSJoe Mallon Motors WhatsApp This week’s Car of the Week (Deal and Deliver and fully Covid compliant) from Joe Mallon Motors is a 191 Renault Megane Sport Tourer.With a finance option in place, this car could be yours from €67 per week.This car is priced at €21,249. Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic Home Motors Joe Mallon Motors Deal and Deliver Car of the Week: 191 Renault… Motors You can check out the finance arrangements you can avail of on this car here. SEE ALSO – Check out the new Joe Mallon Motors website here Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleWorks on Laois train station to begin in the second half of 2021Next articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, March 11, 2021 LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council Joe Mallon Motors Deal and Deliver Car of the Week: 191 Renault Megane Sport Tourer from €67 per week Facebooklast_img read more

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Council pledges for climate

first_imgCouncil pledges for climate Cessnock City Council has adopted five climate action pledges as part of its membership to the Cities Power Partnership (CPP), Australia’s largest local government climate network.Member councils have six months to select five action pledges in the areas of renewable energy, efficiency, transport and advocacy. The CPP then provides access to resources and facilitates collaboration with other councils to help accelerate and achieve the pledges.At the recent meeting, Council pledged to:Install solar PV and battery storage on Council buildings Support cycling through the provision of cycle lanes, bike parking and end of ride facilities Actively participate in the development of a regional electric vehicle strategy Roll out energy efficient lighting across the LGA Open up unused Council managed land for renewable energy Mayor Bob Pynsent said Cessnock City’s CPP membership shows commitment to climate change action and Council is already on its way to realising a number of the pledges.“We’ve recently completed the installation of solar panels on Council’s administration building, Cessnock Library building and the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre complex. We’ve also received funding under the NSW Government’s Active Transport grant to deliver new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the Cessnock CBD,” he said.Cessnock City Council joined the Cities Power Partnership in August 2020 and is one of 140 local governments across Australia who make up the alliance.Find out more here. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, building, Cessnock, climate change, efficiency, Electric, electric vehicle, Government, Hunter Valley, infrastructure, local council, NSW, Pedestrian, renewable, renewable energy, resources, Transportlast_img read more

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You’ll want to watch these five epic hill-climb on-board videos

first_imgInspired by this past week’s World Rally Championship on-board videos, the driving.ca team has been arguing all morning about the finest POV hill-climb videos we’ve come across on YouTube.Travis Pastrana, Subaru WRX STI—Mt. Washington Hill Climb (2017)Let’s start with a run you may already be familiar with.The driver is Travis Pastrana, four-time Rally America national champion and three-time gold medal winner at the X Games. The car, meanwhile, is a Subaru Rally Team USA-entered WRX STI, albeit one built by Vermont Sportscars specifically for the tri-annual Mt. Washington Hill Climb. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSSubaruNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury As such, it features a “significantly lightened chassis” and a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces more than 600 hp. That’s almost double that of a road-going 2019 model WRX STI.The course is one of America’s oldest motorsport events (the inaugural run was in 1904), which climbs 6,299 ft to the summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak and transitions from asphalt to gravel in the blink of an eye.What makes this on-board particularly awesome is not only the absolute dedication of Travis – check how focused his eyes are in the cabin shots – or that his 5m 44.72s was 24 seconds faster than the previous record, but the sheer drop awaiting the Subaru Rally Team USA works driver if he places a wheel wrong. Something teammate David Higgins unfortunately found out first-hand (don’t worry, he was okay).Another thing that makes this run all the more impressive is that co-drivers are banned on the Mt. Washington event, meaning Pastrana is using nothing but sheer driving skill and memory on his record-breaking Climb to the Clouds.Graeme Wright, GWR Predator—Doune, Stirling (2007)Dear. God!This particular hill-climb at Doune in Stirling, UK, may only last 35 seconds, but it is arguably the most arse-puckering on this list. Not only is there about an inch of clearance either side of those racing slicks, not only is the elevation change pretty much constant, and (last one) not only is the late-afternoon sun bouncing menacingly off the driver’s helmet, but the speed is completely insane!The menace he is driving is a self-built ‘GWR Predator’ single-seater, at the heart of which is a Hart-built V10 from an Arrows F1 car circa 1998 that produces 720 hp. The ‘Predator’ weighs about as much as a paperclip, so that should give you an idea just how ferocious the power-to-weight ratio truly is.The driver in question is Graeme Wright Jr, a two-time British Hill Climb Champion that also holds the second fastest run ever on Goodwood’s famous Hill Climb (he’s beaten only by former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 F1 car). Not too shabby for a guy who was almost paralysed in a road accident at just 21 years old.And speaking of Goodwood…‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett, ‘MADBUL’ Mazda RX-7—Goodwood Festival of Speed (2015)Unlike most of the videos on this list, this particular on-board is shot from a helmet cam, meaning every inch of violence and fury can be felt through the lens. And given that said run features ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett’s balls-ludicrous ‘MADBUL’ on the hill at Goodwood in 2015, ‘violence’ is absolutely the word.For those of you unfamiliar with the reigning Formula Drift Japan Champion or his legion of flame-spitting monsters, the ‘MADBUL’ is a 2008-model-year Mazda RX-7 with everything turned up to 11. The engine is a 26b four-rotor Peripheral Port engine – effectively two Rotary engines slammed together – and is mated to an HKS sequential six-speed gearbox that sends a “screaming” 514-hp to the rear wheels.The only slight problem is minimal torque, meaning high revs and a leaden right foot is a must for the MADBUL. We would say, ‘volume up, headphones out’, but you’re likely to get complaints from the neighbours if you do.Chris Ward, 1952 Jaguar C-Type—Bernina Gran Turismo (2015)This is not the fastest run you’ll find on this list. Not even close. It is, however, one of the most impressive to watch, given how hard Chris Ward is having to work behind the wheel of this 1952 Jaguar C-Type on a very wet Bernina Gran Turismo in 2015.Despite the weather, the former Goodwood RAC TT race winner is hardly hanging around in the opening stages of his erstwhile run to second place on the 5.6-km run from La Rösa to the Bernina Hospiz. It’s at 1m 36s that things really start to start to get interesting.Having already escaped a ‘moment’ through the previous left-right complex, Ward comes inches from potential disaster in the Alps on the next sweeping right-hander as the back-end of the JD Classics-entered Old Cat steps out on him mid-corner, and we can only assume witchcraft played a role in his save at 2m 18s.Don’t think a ‘lack of speed’ makes this POV any less impressive. This is a driver absolutely nailing a treacherous run in bloody awful conditions in a multi-hundred-thousand-dollar sports car once owned by five-time Formula 1 Champion Juan-Manual Fangio. It’s simply mesmerizing to watch.David Hauser, Dallara GP2—Trento Bondone (2013)Back in single-seaters again, and this time we’re riding pillion with 2013 FIA European Hill-Climb Championship campaigner David Hauser.That’s a name some of you may already know, given the Luxembourg-native’s run on the Course de côte de St. Ursanne, Switzerland, in 2013. The footage of which (also below) has been watched almost 2m times and can only be described as “Christ alive, that’s f*^$&ing mental quick!”It’s David’s earlier run at Trento Bondone in Italy, though, that ultimately takes the final spot on our list. For starters, the speed is still absolute, but this time there is a greater variety of altitude and slow-high speed corners for the 600-plus-hp V8-engined Dallara GP2 chassis to navigate: across 17.3 km of sinuous tarmac that climbs from 275m to 1650m at an average incline of 7.9 percent, David is on the limit ten full minutes longer than his Les Rangiers run.On top of that, the GoPro camera has also been mounted over the driver’s left shoulder, and it’s both fascinating and queasy to see just how much work he needs to put in at the almost incomparably small steering wheel. One that, for some of those 140 corners, and mere inches from a very hard looking Trentino cliff-face, he can only use with one hand, such is the close confines of the F1 feeder-series cockpit. Makes you wonder how he managed to squeeze his enormous genitals in there at all… Are there any on-board hill climb videos we’ve missed? Yes, of course there are, don’t be ridiculous. However, if there is some POV footage you feel we’ve egregiously missed, let us know in the comments below and we’d be happy to oblige with a follow-up list. Trending Videoscenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Veteran appreciation and CU services

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 10, 2016 In honor of Veterans Day, CU would like to show our appreciation for our veteran students and veteran dependents with Veteran Appreciation Week, as well as remind the community of the veteran services currently offered at CU.Veteran Appreciation Week at The RecFrom Nov. 7 to 13, veterans and immediate family members of veterans with a valid U.S. military ID and Buff OneCard will receive free entrance to The Rec Center, in addition to free fitness classes, bouldering and skate rentals for themselves and up to two guests. (Guests must be at least 16 years of age to attend a fitness class and at least 12 years of age to boulder in the climbing gym.)And on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, present your military ID and Buff OneCard at Guest Services to get a free Rec Center water bottle, while supplies last. For more information, visit The Rec website or email [email protected] Boulder Office of Veteran ServicesThe Office of Veteran Services (OVS) is a one-stop shop for all veteran programs, policies, pay, information, support and more.With a unique understanding that student veterans and military members are a valued, vital component of the campus community—the diversity of which is broadened by their life experiences—Veteran Services strives to make successful transitions for these military persons into our campus environment.According to the OVS, on average, student veterans who withdraw from CU attend three semesters before leaving. In an attempt to lower attrition rates and bolster student veteran success at CU, the OVS offers three ongoing programs, listed below.Bridge Program: A two-week, summer course offered to incoming student veterans who need a refresher on basic skills (e.g. math, writing) to successfully transition into academiaPeer-to-Peer Mentor Program: Support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campusAcademic Case-Management Program: Focuses on case management to get students who are having academic hardships back on trackFor more information, visit the Office of Veteran Services website.center_img Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Communitylast_img read more

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Festival Queen Competition more than just Beauty

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition is not only about highlighting young women with beauty and brains, but young girls who are culturally aware, talented and with a mission to make a worthwhile contribution to national development. Over the past 37 years, hundreds of young women, queens in their own right, have aspired to be Miss Jamaica Festival Queen through the 13 parish competitions organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). This year, some 13 hopefuls will vie for the national title on Sunday, July 22, at the Indoors Sports Centre in Kingston, and become a cultural ambassador  for Jamaica at local and international events. The queen will be chosen just in time to participate in the main celebrations to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence under the theme: ‘Jamaica 50: A Nation on a Mission’. Special Projects Co-ordinator at the JCDC, Dr. Pamela Powell, tells JIS News that a committee, headed by former Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare, is working to ensure that the competition is a success. “We are going to capture the feel of what a Jamaica 50 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition should be like. We are thinking of bringing back some of the past queens who have really made a significant contribution to our country,” she says, adding that the ‘Where are they now” segment will highlight past queens, their talent and accomplishments. “It is going to be nostalgic. We are going to have a great show…right now we are preparing our young ladies and making sure that when they hit the stage, Jamaica will be pleased to see a competition that has nurtured so many young ladies,” Dr. Powell  says. So far, the JCDC has successfully hosted the parish competitions islandwide. The final shows were Miss St. Catherine and St. James, held on Sunday, May 20. The competition began in 1963 as the Miss Jamaica Beauty Contest and in 1975 it was revamped and renamed the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Contest. “The focus was changed by the government of Jamaica to highlight the contribution that  young women between the age of 18 to 25 years can make to community development and who will be role models to other young girls,” Dr.  Powell says,  while noting that the competition also created a forum for intelligent, culturally aware and poised young women seeking a platform for their contribution to nation building. Additionally, she says, the change was made to counter the negative comments by some women who had participated in international beauty competitions, and experienced “feelings that there was colour prejudice in the competitions.” “It was felt that we should copy a competition to replace the Miss Jamaica that would be appropriate and the committee felt that the one that would be appropriate is one that speaks to your contribution to your country, your talent and your involvement in your country,” she points out. Dr. Powell, who is a former Miss St. Elizabeth and first runner-up in the National Competition held in 1975, said she could attest to the importance of the competition and how it has made a difference in her life. That year, the national competition was won by the late Lydia Malcolm, who was Miss Clarendon. Third place went to the late Merva Graham, Miss Kingston. At that time, Dr. Powell  was a young graduate of Shortwood Teachers’ College and was teaching at the Lacovia High School in St. Elizabeth.“If I did not win that competition, I would not have  the opportunity that I have today,” she recalls. Shortly after her participation in the competition, she was asked to co-ordinate the first CARIFTA Expo that was held in Jamaica.  She was the JCDC’s parish Co-ordinator and later became the organisation’s first cultural organiser for the parish. Soon after, she filled a vacancy as a culinary specialist in the culinary arts department at the JCDC’s head office. “When I came to the JCDC my horizon opened, everything became fast and big. I was exposed to all the cultural areas. I knew about the dance, I knew about the traditional folk forms, I knew about speech, every subject area I can relate to, because it was almost like a university, you learn so much,” she says. From then, the opportunities increased.  She obtained a scholarship to study in Toronto, Canada. She also co-ordinated professional culinary arts competitions in collaboration with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the Caribbean Culinary Federation. “I was able to establish a Jamaican culinary team in 1994 and the team is still competing. They have gone and taken Jamaican food on stage internationally and it is through the Festival Queen competition that I was given this opportunity to put Jamaican cuisine on the map,” she tells JIS News.  “Without the JCDC being a part of my life from the Festival Queen Competition, maybe I might be still teaching at Lacovia. I wouldn’t have gotten the big opportunities that have made me so versatile,” she says. Currently, Dr Powell is the Co-ordinator for all hospitality activities organised by the JCDC, including the Independence Grand Gala. She is also a trainer of social graces and etiquette. The  training of  the contestants is done by persons from the JCDC’s head office in Kingston. She explains that after the selection of parish queens, specialists in various areas are invited to assist in training the young women. “They are expected to do a talent piece. They have to perform on stage at the coronation show and so they get as much help as they can, both at the national level and from the parish level,” she notes. Dr. Powell  explains that weeks before the grand coronation, the parish queens will arrive in Kingston to participate in a more advanced level of training and to pay a number of courtesy calls to the Prime Minister, the Governor-General, ministers of government and other prominent persons. During that time,  the young women would fine-tune their talent presentations and receive lessons on current affairs issues and visit places of interest. A day before the competition, the young girls participate in a pre-judging session and, according to Dr. Powell, the judges look out for “cultural awareness, community involvement, leadership qualities and achievements, general knowledge in culture and current affairs.” Other important segments at the coronation are the talent piece performed on stage by the contestants and the interview session after the top five persons are selected. She notes that the judges look for creativity in the performances, the content, and the delivery on stage. Prizes are awarded for cultural awareness, best performance and best talent, most congenial and the popular vote. Apart from being involved in the pomp and pageantry, the contestants are expected to take part in a community project. Dr. Powell  tells JIS News that it can be a project that impacts  children or adults, but it has to be a community project that speaks to her involvement in the community. She adds that a number of queens have worked with young boys and in children’s homes.  During her reign, the queen is expected to implement a project which is monitored by the JCDC.  Additionally, the queen is often invited to various school events, as a motivational speaker or a role model. “On Jamaica Day, she would dress in her Jamaican costume and visit a number of schools to speak to the children and motivate them,”  Dr. Powell says. The competition forms part of the JCDC’s activities to fulfill its mandate of preparing talented young people to accomplish their dreams and to be good role models for other young persons in the society. RelatedFestival Queen Competition more than just Beauty Festival Queen Competition more than just Beauty CultureMay 29, 2012 By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS PRO Advertisements RelatedFestival Queen Competition more than just Beauty RelatedFestival Queen Competition more than just Beautylast_img read more

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Vapor IO targets faster edge compute deployments

first_imgHome Vapor IO targets faster edge compute deployments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 FEB 2019 Oi targets debt lifebelt with $65M data centre deal Previous ArticleXiaomi confirms MWC19 Barcelona launchNext ArticleIvory Coast consumers demand mobile money tax cut Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Tags Author Vodafone eyes European edge with AWS launch Related data centresMobile edge computing Data centre company Vapor IO forged a coalition of software, hardware and networking companies which aims to accelerate the roll out of edge compute technology in the US.By bringing together disparate parts of the edge ecosystem, Vapor IO CEO Cole Crawford said the Kinetic Edge Alliance will help remove “the guesswork from edge deployment and operations that exists today”.“Delivering edge computing at scale, across the entire United States, requires a great deal of collaboration,” he added. “The alliance will accelerate the rollout of edge computing, delivering a platform for wireless operators and application providers to deliver new edge-enabled products and services to customers.”Initial partners include Federated Wireless, Linode, MobiledgeX, Packet, StackPath, Alef Mobitech, Detecon International, Hitachi Vantara, New Continuum Data Centers, Pluribus Networks, and Seagate Technology.The group aims to launch edge compute equipment and services across the top 30 US metropolitan markets, beginning with six cities in 2019.Vapor IO’s edge architecture Kinetic Edge gave the group its name. The architecture relies on software and high-speed connections to combine several micro data centres and place computing power closer to users.The group is already working on a deployment in Chicago. Vapor IO launched two of its micro data centres in the city in 2018 and expects a third site to come online by end-March. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Diana Goovaerts Verizon, Unity tackle 3D edge applicationslast_img read more

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Two years later, U.S. ready for task at hand?

first_imgCHASKA, Minn. – A few blunt answers started a Ryder Cup revolution. Undermined by poor leadership and a lack of player input, the Americans were throttled at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland, their third consecutive defeat in the biennial matches. In the awkward news conference afterward, a reporter asked any of the 12 team members to identify what worked in 2008 (when the U.S. last won) and what has gone wrong since. That’s when Phil Mickelson leaned into the microphone. Having made 10 consecutive Ryder Cup teams, Lefty was an authoritative source. He described in detail how every member of the Paul Azinger-led squad was “invested in the process” – the picks, the pairings, the pods. Everything. “Unfortunately,” Mickelson said, “we have strayed from a winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups, and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best.” It sounded like a damning indictment of that year’s captain, Tom Watson, who was positioned only a few seats away. So to follow up, Mickelson was asked: Players weren’t involved at Gleneagles? “Uh, no,” he said. “Nobody here was in [on] any decision.” For the next few weeks, the focus was not on another European victory but how the Americans – losers of eight of the past 10 competitions – were seemingly imploding. Hours of airtime were devoted to whether Mickelson violated some unwritten code by calling out his captain on live TV, but it’s clear now, two years later, that expressing those views, in that forum, in front of his teammates and PGA officials, was the only way to initiate meaningful change. Ryder Cup: Articles, photos and videos Asked recently whether the U.S. team would be in its current position without his public stance, Mickelson smirked. “It doesn’t really matter, because are we here. How we got here doesn’t matter,” he said. “We’re trying to look forward now. We have this fresh start, this fresh involvement. We have an actual game plan. We know who is going to be playing with who, when they’re going to be playing, what matches – we have time now to work together and create that partnership. “We’re not being told 30 minutes before we tee off who we’re going to play. These vice captains and captains have given us a real game plan and sense of continuity well before the Ryder Cup has even started.” That’s because 15 days after Mickelson’s candid assessment of the U.S. team, the PGA of America announced the creation of an 11-man task force, comprised of past captains, top players (including two of the game’s biggest stars, Mickelson and Tiger Woods) and PGA leaders. In the release, then-president Ted Bishop trumpeted the task force as part of larger goal in “developing the right strategy and building ongoing processes and infrastructure for future generations of U.S. teams.” Across the pond, and even here in the States, the formation of a task force was widely mocked and viewed as the ultimate sign of desperation. After all, Europe has gone 8-2 despite having, at least according to the world rankings, the inferior team on paper. Why have the Europeans been so successful of late? “It’s not rocket science,” Rory McIlroy shrugged. No, maybe not, but the task-force announcement was significant in that, for the first time, the PGA had agreed to surrender control of its most prized asset. “I think we’re all very appreciative that they have made that big step,” Mickelson said, “because we feel like, as a group, we are giving ourselves an opportunity to succeed, rather than obstacles to overcome.”   The initial task force was disbanded once Davis Love III was named captain, for a second time, in February 2015, and replaced with a smaller six-man committee that still includes Mickelson and Woods. Whatever the name, this week’s matches at Hazeltine will be a referendum on Team USA’s revamped system. “You don’t want to get too tied up in the results,” Mickelson said, “but certainly what we’re looking at is, are we able to play our best golf?” That’s been the main difference, he contends, for the Europeans’ success – that they have such faith in their system and each other that it allowed one-hit wonders like Peter Baker (3-1 in 1993), Philip Walton (singles win in ’95) and Philip Price (singles win in 2002) to play some of the best golf of their lives during the taut three-day exhibition. “That’s not a fluke when you have a real team, a partnership, and you lift each other up to new heights,” Mickelson said. “We haven’t had that type of continuity, support system, game plan and structure from year to year.” While Watson was an autocrat, Love has opted for a more inclusive approach, like Azinger in 2008. Love has gathered a dizzying amount of insights from a variety of sources – players, statisticians and even weatherman/vice captain Tom Lehman, who has studied the past three decades of late-September forecasts in his native Minnesota. It all sounds so silly, of course, a classic case of American overthinking. While the U.S. side has publicized every team-building exercise – a dinner at Jack Nicklaus’ house, a night at the Patriots’ stadium, a scouting trip last week to Hazeltine – the European team has quietly gone about its preparations, clinging to the template that is passed down from captain to captain, like a playbook. The 12-man European team was finalized four weeks ago. The Americans, meanwhile, determined to put the hottest players on the squad, turned the FedEx Cup Playoffs into a three-week audition for Captain Love. Problem was, with the added stress and expectation of competing for a spot, only one of the contenders elevated his game. (Even Mickelson conceded they waited too long.) For the final spot, the committee settled on Ryan Moore, a wise choice, but the announcement was made late Sunday night, after the season finale and during halftime of a primetime NFL game. It was another sign that the PGA might still be more interested in marketing than molding a team of 12. Tasked with spawning a new era in USA golf, the committee instead recycled many of the same ol’ names. Brooks Koepka and Moore are the only newcomers on this year’s roster. “If America doesn’t win,” said world No. 1 and neutral observer Jason Day, with a wry smile, “who knows what will happen to that task force.” Over the past year and a half, Love and Co. have stuck to the script, that the formation of the task force was not just about trying to win this year, but for decades to come, creating continuity and a system to promote inclusivity, groom captains and select players. Though the task force might have been a subtle way to shift blame away from the captain – hey, win or lose, it has been a team effort – it’s evident that the player under the most pressure this week is the same one who agitated for change: Mickelson. The Americans can plan dinners and discuss pairings and study weather reports until they’re red, white and blue in the face. But even Mickelson concedes that the Ryder Cup still comes down to who performs best in the most pressurized environment in the sport. Only now, he says, “we have our best chance to play our best golf.” And that’s all he really wanted two years ago.last_img read more

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Reality Bites: ‘Vulnerable’ Tiger WDs

first_imgTiger Woods didn’t withdraw from this week’s Safeway Open because his body needs more time to recover. He said he withdrew because his game is “vulnerable.” As reasons for WDs go, that’s a stunner from Woods, and maybe the first time he has ever used the word to describe himself. Has anyone ever given “vulnerable” as a reason for a WD from a PGA Tour event before? It’s revealing on more than one level. Woods said he doesn’t feel “ready” to play, and he could have left it at that, but he added “vulnerable,” and there’s gravitas to that word that speaks volumes about where Woods’ head and heart are in his attempt to come back from injury. Yes, this is a classic case of the kind of hyper-analysis that drives Woods crazy, but this isn’t criticism. There’s a certain resignation to the word “vulnerable” that we still don’t expect from Woods, even though he is becoming so much more candid than he has ever been. It’s refreshing, this less guarded Tiger, but while this candor makes him more human, more likeable, more real, it also makes him seem less determined, less resolute. That’s no indictment of Tiger, just acknowledgment of the harsh reality he’s dealing with. For more than a year now, Woods has been allowing us to hear him come to grips with that reality. His using the word “vulnerable” is yet another sign that his struggle with uncertainty is growing. Why commit to the tournament Friday if there was any doubt? Woods WD is really bad form, hurting a tournament and all the fans invested in the excitement he created committing, but it’s also a revelation as to how deep his doubts really go. To WD this late knowing the backlash it creates against him says a lot about how his psyche is more tender than his back now.   Uncertainty is the only foe Woods has battled the last 14 months, since he last teed it up at the Wyndham Championship. He has given us rare access to the demon doubt haunting him during his time away, since the first of his three back surgeries over the last 20 months. Late last year, at the Hero World Challenge, Woods said anything he manages to achieve beyond his 14 major championship victories and 79 PGA Tour titles “will be gravy,” adding, “If that’s all it entails then I’ve had a pretty good run.” Around the same time, when he was asked if his career might already be complete, Woods told Time Magazine he didn’t want it to be, but “I’ve reconciled myself to it.” We’ve seen Woods in a light we’ve never seen him the last 20 months. We’ve listened to him tell us his breakup with Lindsey Vonn was “brutal.” We’ve seen photos of him appearing at career day in his daughter Sam’s third-grade classroom. We watched him hit three balls in the water at Congressional during the Quicken Loans National media day. And we saw him walking Ryder Cup fairways just last week, opening up and sharing his wisdom with his “pod” at Hazeltine, where we also saw him comically kicked out of a players’ only team photograph there. We’ve been seeing a guy we shouldn’t be surprised to hear feels “vulnerable” about his game. While there was disappointment in Woods’ withdrawal from Safeway on Monday, we should probably “reconcile” ourselves to the fact that more disappointment is coming. While Woods may well overcome those challenges, we should all understand anything he achieves beyond today is “gravy.” We’re all “vulnerable” if we’re expecting more.last_img read more

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Two dead after aircraft crash near Belfast International Airport

first_img Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Facebook Facebook By News Highland – April 19, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleMinister wants 441 new social housing units in Donegal by 2021Next articleGovernment defeated in vote on fodder crisis News Highland Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed near Belfast International Airport.It’s believed the plane took off from Newtownards Airfield this morning.The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received a call just after midday and are still at the scene.Three ambulance crews and an air ambulance were also deployed.The airport has tweeted to say its service is running as normal as the plane was not operating either to it or from it. WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Two dead after aircraft crash near Belfast International Airportlast_img read more

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