#JaVotes2016: Voters leave as fingerprint machines malfunction

first_imgVoters across the constituency of Eastern St Andrew are leaving polling stations due to what they say are malfunctioning finger print machines. Both JLP and PNP outdoor agents told The Gleaner that voters were turning back because of the long lines and wait time. “The people can’t take the long wait so some of them a leave because the machines not working,” an agent told The Gleaner. The supervisors at Jamaica College, St. Margaret Anglican Church and the Mountain View New Testament Church say they have reported the issue to the Electoral Office of Jamaica and are working to have the machines up and running as soon as possiblelast_img

Speed skaters competed against Canada’s best at the National Junior Championships and Canada Cup #3

first_img“I am really happy with the progression,” said FSJ head coach Richard Stickel. “All the skaters are making big strides and all the skates realized what they needed to do to race those races. We have a younger group and they finished where they should have finished. Overall I think they did really well.”A handful of local skaters now prepare for the Canadian Age Class Track event in Quebec City this weekend, after qualifying at Provincials in mid-January. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club had a successful National Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup #3 over the weekend at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The event featured 122 competitors from across Canada with around 90 skaters in the Junior Long Track Championships and just under 40 in the Canada Cup #3.In the Junior Women’s category where the skaters had to complete the 500-, 1,000-, 1,500- and 3,000-metre events to place in the final standings. Renee Kalkman finished in the top spot among Elks Club skaters in fourteenth place overall. Amanda Mitchell wasn’t far behind in sixteenth spot, while Yuna Lovell came in seventeenth. Hannah Brunn of Dawson Creek raced to a twenty-fifth place finish. Brooke Braun of the Energetic City completed only three of the four events required for placement.- Advertisement -In the Junior Men’s group, Nicolas Guliov placed twenty-third after finishing all of the 500-, 1,000-, 1,500- and 5,000-metre events while Nyam Newlove finished thirty-first overall. Joshua Telizyn competed in all four events but did not place due to a disqualification. Dakotah Ruel of Dawson Creek didn’t place after completing only three of the four events.In the Canada Cup #3 Senior Men’s division Jacob Graham from Dawson Creek placed second in the first 500-metre race and seventh in the first 1,000-metre event. He bettered his placement in the second go-round of each event with a first and sixth place finishes.In the sixteen lap Mass Start race where the top 28 competitors in earlier competition qualified for the event, Renee Kalkman placed eleventh and Amanda Mitchell came in twenty-second.Advertisementlast_img read more

Woopra Aims to Monetize Real-Time Analytics From Outside Silicon Valley

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Is the real-time web just Silicon Valley buzz built up by hype-masters aiming to cash out? Good evidence otherwise comes from Woopra, an upstart real-time website analytics company that today announced that it’s taking off its Beta label.Founded in Lebanon and now international, Woopra said today that the service will lift previous account size limits, will offer paid user accounts and will limit free accounts to by invitation only. CEO John Pozadzides recorded an awesome video that’s both humble and inspiring. We learned about the announcement from the blog ArabCrunch, and that blog’s coverage is today’s Real-Time Web Article of the Day. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick We’re highlighting one article off-site each day that we think is the most important discussion of the real-time web, leading up to the October 15th ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit.ArabCrunch editor Gaith Saqer explains the importance of Woopra’s announcement today in his coverage.Seeing a Lebanon-founded company taking this step in the red-hot real-time web market is a great data point about the international nature of the real-time web movement. Woopra’s CEO is now in Dallas, Texas.The product is priced higher than some ostensible competitors, but its availability as a desktop client for Windows, Mac and Linux computers is very appealing for some users.Monetization of consumer-level real-time web products, outside of advertising, is itself newsworthy.Look at how charming that video is! The CEO identifies himself only as “John P., one of the team members at Woopra.” It’s a really frank explanation of how the company is just looking to become cashflow neutral. Imagine, someone humbly asking a relatively small community of software users to pay so that the company’s staff can simply sustain itself. What a radical departure from the typical startup CEO pitch you hear from companies on the bleeding edge of web trends!Woopra clearly prioritizes authentic communication with its users. The company hired well-known WordPress consultant Lorelle VanFossen to be the company blog’s Editor in Chief. Woopra watchers can’t be surprised by the announcement, the way it was made or the seemingly very positive reaction from the Woopra community. As Mohamed Marwen Meddah explained on StartupArabia today, “All this of course is a natural step forward for Woopra, that was in the plans from the beginning, in order to start generating revenue, cover the costs of their infrastructure, and make the company and service sustainable.”This kind of attitude is more than welcome at the forthcoming ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit. There will be plenty of real-time rock stars there but riding the wave of change that the pushbutton web will bring and building sustainable businesses are both valid ways to engage as well. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool legend Lawrenson blasts ‘lazy’ Robertson for Napoli penalty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Lawrenson blasts ‘lazy’ Robertson for Napoli penaltyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson blasted Andrew Robertson for his role in their Champions League defeat to Napoli.The Reds went down 2-0 in Naples, with Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente both scoring in the final 10 minutes, the former from the spot.”A 0-0 draw would have been a good result for Liverpool , and they were less than 10 minutes away from getting it – until things unraveled at the back,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “I am far from convinced it was a penalty for Napoli’s first goal – the first time I saw it, I thought it was the correct decision, but the more I see it the less I agree it should have been given.”But it was still a lazy challenge by Andy Robertson on Jose Callejon, which gave the referee the opportunity to award a spot-kick in the first place.”He added: “When Napoli scored their second goal in injury time, it killed the game completely, and Virgil van Dijk was obviously responsible for that.”To concede from a mistake like that when they are in possession at the back is very unlike Liverpool generally, and Van Dijk especially.” last_img read more

ODPEM Encourages Special Focus on Protecting Vulnerable Groups During Disasters

first_img The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is encouraging persons to play their part in protecting vulnerable groups during times of disaster. In keeping with the agency’s Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Month focus of building resilient communities, ODPEM partnered with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation to host the third annual Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on May 25. Story Highlights The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is encouraging persons to play their part in protecting vulnerable groups during times of disaster.“We want to remind persons that as we move into the hurricane season, just keep an eye out for your neighbour, the indigent, and homeless persons, because disaster management is everybody’s business. We want to build community resilience, and that starts with one person… one community at a time,” ODPEM’s Marketing Manager, David Nation, said in an interview with JIS News.In keeping with the agency’s Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Month focus of building resilient communities, ODPEM partnered with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation to host the third annual Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on May 25.The expo, which was hosted in collaboration with various other entities including the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), focused on equipping families with the requisite support and tools to care for the vulnerable.Representatives from the ODPEM shared information on how to prepare for earthquakes and hurricanes, and general disaster preparedness tips.They also had a ‘Hazard Hunt’ to help persons identify and prioritise areas for attention in their surroundings that could potentially worsen the effects of a disaster. The information shared was geared towards persons with disabilities (PWD).“We want to ensure that persons living with disabilities have an appreciation for what disaster management is, that caregivers have an appreciation for what they can do to ensure that they are protected and that, as a wider community and country, we can cater for these persons because they are part of the vulnerable grouping,” Mr. Nation said. “We want to remind persons that as we move into the hurricane season, just keep an eye out for your neighbour, the indigent, and homeless persons, because disaster management is everybody’s business. We want to build community resilience, and that starts with one person… one community at a time,” ODPEM’s Marketing Manager, David Nation, said in an interview with JIS News.last_img read more

Nets Paul Pierce Breaks Hand Out 2To4 Weeks

Photo by bleacherreport.com.The Brooklyn Nets who were considered a stacked squad that could challenge the Miami Heat have been a disaster. They have lost 10 of their last 13 games. Rookie coach Jason Kidd was caught and fined for trying a trick to, in essence, create a timeout when his team was out of them. And now, perennial all-star forward Paul Pierce will be sidelined for two-to-four weeks with a broken hand.The team released a statement saying Pierce suffered the injury in a loss at Houston Friday. It happened in the first half and no one knew because Kidd benched Pierce and all the starters for the entire second half of a 19-point defeat.Saturday in a win over Memphis, Pierce, 36, did not play. Pierce joins point guard Deron Williams (ankle), guard Jason Terry (knee) and forward Andrei Kirilenko (back) who are out with injuries.“Injuries are a part of the game,” Kidd said. “You just hope that there are speedy recoveries. And for the guys in that locker room that can play, I believe in each one of those guys and that we can find a way to win until we do get whole.”The Nets (5-12) have lost a total of 37 games due to injury to six players. Kidd has had to use seven different starting lineups. Joe Johnson has been the only player to start every game this season.Pierce was shooting only 36.8 percent and 26.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc while averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. He is on pace for career lows in shooting percentages and scoring average in his 16-year career. read more

The Draw Play Is Dying In The NFL — But It Shouldnt

This is despite the success rate of the play used on first or second down being better than that of all rushes by running backs on those downs.1Third-down draws are often in long-yardage situations in which a team is simply setting up for a punt. According to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, the success rate2Measured by whether the play resulted in positive expected points added. on first- and second-down draws this year is 41.8 percent, compared with 38 percent on all RB runs on those downs. And draws on any down result in longer gains on average (5.29 yards per attempt) than other running back runs (4.35).The Los Angeles Rams called only one draw play all season. (It didn’t work.) The New Orleans Saints waited all the way until Week 10 to run their first draw play of the season — a successful one. That two of the league’s most innovative offensive coaches — Sean McVay and Sean Payton — basically ignore the play seems like a bad harbinger for its survival. But the maestro of the NFL’s best offense, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, is one of the league’s greatest proponents of the play. That makes perfect sense: He’s essentially a Brown disciple, given that his West Coast offense was originally conceived by Bill Walsh when Walsh coached on Brown’s staff with the Bengals. For decades, the draw play has been one of the NFL’s most reliable tricks to fool overeager defensive lineman. The play mimics a pass — in the action of both the quarterback and the offensive line — until the last second, when the ball is handed off to the running back. When it works, the runner can often slice through holes untouched because defenders are busy trying to evade offensive linemen for a sack of the quarterback.The play may seem like the perfect countermeasure to keep a defense honest in the modern NFL. Yet for some reason, the draw play has been all but erased from teams’ playbooks.As the story goes, the draw play was invented in the middle of a game to slow unblockable pass rushers. It quickly became a staple of the modern offense by the sport’s “master innovator” Paul Brown, after a desperate hand-off on a busted passing play ended up working. “You fool one guy with a trap block,” Brown said. “You fool a whole pass rush with a draw play.”Offenses today are more pass-happy than ever before. And defenses have had to respond with more aggressive stunts and blitzes by rushers quicker and more desperate to pressure passers. So what better way to cross them up than by using a draw play? But during the 2018 season, teams ran the play just a little more than once every two games, down from well over two per game just 10 years ago. The Chiefs, who will play Indianapolis in the divisional round this weekend, have run a draw 16 times this year and have had success 10 times. That success rate of 62.5 is by far the best of the 10 teams that have run more than 10 draw plays. The Chargers also have used the draw well, generating 64 rushing yards in 10 attempts, six of which graded as successful.The draw is often thought of as a play of last resort: When teams are faced with virtually hopeless distance to convert a third down, they can use the draw to stop the bleeding before punting. But only 37 third-down draws this past season were in situations when the offense needed at least 7 yards to convert. The vast majority were used on first and second down (256 out of 307 draw plays) and out of the shotgun (253 total draw plays). Of course, the latter makes sense given that the main purpose of the play is to mimic a pass.Reid primarily uses the draw when teams have virtually no defenders dedicated to the run, meaning no more than six defenders “in the box” at or near the line of scrimmage. That was the defense deployed 13 of the 16 times Reid called a draw this season, and the call was successful eight of those times. If defenses continue with this look, a draw could be the perfect call.With the Chiefs offense setting records and NFL coaches looking at it for design and play-calling inspiration, there’s a good chance that teams will soon discover that one of the oldest forms of NFL deception may have even more relevance in the modern game.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn charged with possession of marijuana and

Ohio State freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn has been charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia over the weekend in Alliance, Ohio, according to an Alliance Police Department report obtained by The Lantern. Dunn, 19, was pulled over around 11:08 p.m. Saturday and charged with four different misdemeanors including possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, a tail-light violation and not wearing his seatbelt. According to the police report, Dunn was pulled over near the intersection of E. Broadway Street and Arch Ave. in Alliance after failing to stop behind the white line. Dunn’s car traveled past the crosswalk, nearly ran a red blinking light, and almost struck the observing officer’s patrol car, according to the report. After pulling him over, police found that Dunn and passenger McKensey Cross had a wooden pipe used for smoking marijuana, along with less than 200 grams of marijuana in the pipe, on the seat cushions and on the floor of the vehicle. A small amount of the drug was also found in the driver’s door pocket, according to the police report. As originally reported Sunday night and Monday morning by The Repository in Canton, Dunn was not arrested or taken into jail, despite an earlier report from ESPN radio affiliate WKNR Cleveland that stated otherwise. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said he was unable to confirm or comment on Dunn’s alleged incident and did not return further requests for comment. Alliance Police department officials did not immediately respond to multiple voicemails from The Lantern for comment regarding the freshman running back. Dunn ran for 5,479 rushing yards in his high school career. He spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio, before playing his final two years at GlenOak High School outside of Canton. At GlenOak, Dunn was honored as a first-team Division I Ohio All-State selection as a junior and senior. Dunn, who enrolled early at OSU, ran for 21 yards in the Buckeyes’ annual Spring Game on April 21. He and junior running back Carlos Hyde are expected to help share carries in OSU’s season-opener against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 1 after projected starter senior running back Jordan Hall underwent surgery on his foot after stepping on a piece of glass on June 29. It is uncertain, though, if or how much time Hall could miss as a result of the surgery. Dunn isn’t the first OSU player in trouble with the law since the end of spring practices. On June 2, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort were arrested for obstructing official business after the two fled police after urinating in public. A day later, first-year coach Urban Meyer suspended Stoneburner and Mewhort from the team before removing them from their athletic scholarships for the summer until certain stipulations between Meyer and the two are successfully met. Similarly, senior linebacker Storm Klein was arrested on charges of domestic violence and abuse on July 6 after allegedly “purposefully” throwing an alleged female victim “against the front door” according to NBC4. Just a day later, Meyer removed Klein from the team citing in a released statement that “his arrest and the seriousness of the allegations warranted Meyer to remove him from the team.”  As of Monday afternoon, it is not known whether Meyer has any disciplinary action against Dunn, nor has the coach released a statement regarding the charges against the freshman.  Dunn did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. read more

Chiellini Theres a lot of love and respect for Pogba

first_imgJuventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini admits they “love and respect” Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba, but played down rumours of a possible return to the club.Pogba will face his former employers for the first time at Old Trafford tomorrow night and was recently linked with a return to Turin.“I’m sorry that everything we say about the lad is filtered through the lens of the transfer market,” Chiellini told Football Italia.“There’s a lot of love and respect for a lad who we saw grow and then take flight, and I think that affection is reciprocal.“It’s beautiful and normal for that to be the case.”Juve have won both Champions League matches so far while the Red Devils failed to beat Valencia in the last game making this tie a must win.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“For both teams, it’s a nice match to play. I don’t think it’s a knockout game for United, just as it isn’t for us.“It’s a match in a historic stadium between two teams who want to prove they deserve to lead the group. We know it won’t be easy, and that we’re facing a team with a lot of champions and a great Coach.“I watched the first half of their match against Chelsea and for a football fan, it was a pleasure to watch: two different philosophies and a match that was in the balance until the end.“For someone who loves football this is also a spectacular match, and for those on the pitch, there are emotions which you have to manage.“We have a deep squad with plenty of players on the same level, so we’ll see who the Coach [Max Allegri] picks, but we’re ready and we want to play a great match tomorrow.”last_img read more