Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more

Bird Non-Evolution from Dinosaurs

first_img(Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Losing traits won’t make a dinosaur fly, and other conundrums in the presumed dinosaur-to-bird evolutionary story.Could Dinosaurs Fly? (Laura Geggel on Live Science). Michael Habib really wants to get dinosaurs airborne. “As long as the creature’s wing size, weight and muscles met certain criteria, it could likely fly,” he speculates. “But these feathery creatures would be no match for today’s birds, which can fly long distances.” Does he have evidence to back up his speculation? No, just some bone measurements. He could make dinosaur fossils fly by throwing them.Foraging differences let closely related seabirds coexist ( Frigate birds are amazing long-distance flyers that can fly for months over the ocean, but cannot swim . They are a far cry from dinosaurs, demonstrating the challenge to evolutionists to explain them by mutations and natural selection (see Evolution News & Views about the challenge to neo-Darwinism posed by frigate birds).5 Times Evolution Ran in ‘Reverse’ (National Geographic). “Regressive evolution?” That’s when Darwin takes away things—evolution by subtraction. It’s not exactly a good way to create progress from dinosaurs to powered flight. On NG’s list are penguins and birds without teeth.No teeth? No problem: Dinosaur species had teeth as babies, lost them as they grew: Discovery may explain why birds are toothless (Science Daily). Speaking of tooth loss, these evolutionists are not surprised that birds lack teeth. Some dinosaurs lost them, too. And your point is?Anomalously high variation in postnatal development is ancestral for dinosaurs but lost in birds (PNAS). Here’s another story of trait loss that doesn’t help the narrative that birds evolved from dinosaurs. “Surprisingly, the earliest dinosaurs and their close relatives possessed an extremely high amount of variation, higher than either crocodylians or birds.”Phylogenomics and Morphology of Extinct Paleognaths Reveal the Origin and Evolution of the Ratites (Current Biology). This is another story of trait loss: the origin of flightlessness in large ground birds, like the moas of New Zealand. The authors treat us to a tale of “overseas dispersal” by these birds, and subsequent gigantism. Interesting, but we’re looking for evidence that dinosaurs evolved into flying birds.Geoscientists size-up early dinosaurs, find surprising variation ( Cataloguing dinosaurs requires assumptions and arbitrary criteria. This article assumes birds are the living relatives of dinosaurs without providing evidence. As for the question “Why were there so many dinosaur species?”, Nick Longrich on The Conversation is not surprised; in fact, he thinks more will turn up. He does not automatically count birds in their number. “So it seems reasonable to guess that there were between 50,000 and 500,000 species of dinosaurs – without including Mesozoic birds, which might double the diversity.”Biologists follow ‘fossilizable’ clues to pinpoint when mammal, bird and dinosaur ancestors became athletes (Science Daily). Active mammals, birds and dinosaurs seem to have smaller red blood cells (RBCs). What does that prove? Not much about dinosaur-to-bird evolution.Similar environmental pressures can result in similar solutions to problems in these very different groups of animals,” says Huttenlocker. “In this paper, we’re just focusing on one little nugget of that. But the forerunners of mammals and birds were able to exercise and be athletes in the Permian-Triassic world.”New prehistoric bird species discovered (Science Daily). This discovery isn’t going to help evolutionists, because the species “would have been a cross between a large seagull and a diving bird like a cormorant, but likely had teeth.” And that was as far back as 90 million Darwin years ago. If it was flying and diving already, it wasn’t a dinosaur by any stretch of the imagination.Predicting the basis of convergent evolution (Science Magazine). This paper weaves the magic wand of “convergent evolution” to explain why different groups of birds, from hummingbirds to waterfowl, “evolved” high-altitude adaptation. Nothing about dinosaurs here.Migrating birds pile up along Great Lakes’ shores ( This tells more about living birds, which show not only flight but spectacular navigational skill. “Birds prefer to migrate at night—so much so that if day breaks while they’re over water, they’ll turn back toward the nearest shore rather than pressing on,” scientists learned. Hard to call these critters living dinosaurs.We looked all over for weeks to find evidence that birds evolved from dinosaurs, but couldn’t find any. We’ll keep looking.last_img read more

Why industrials should be thinking at least a bit about AI

first_imgIt seems like everyone is talking about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning these days. Large, multinational industrials are embracing AI in an effort to make machines smarter, so they can compete effectively in the digital Industrial Revolution that’s well underway. Witness the 2016 article in the MIT Sloan Management Review focusing on how GE is making major investments in AI and industrial analytics to help drive its digital transformation. But even small and mid-size industrials and manufacturing enterprises should be thinking about AI…at least a little bit.After all, if you aren’t thinking about machine learning and AI, why are you collecting all that data from production systems? In many cases, enterprises are collecting more data than they can consume. Data analytics is not an end in itself; it must be used to drive something. And that’s where AI will play a crucial and expanding role.Certainly, machine learning can play a valuable role in combing through those mountains of Big Data to identify important patterns and cull out valuable insights for business transformation. But that’s just part of the story. The real value comes from using AI to leverage those insights to actually make something happen—autonomously, possibly in real time.That could mean a production line schedule automatically modifying itself due to changes in resource availability—and managing that change across the entire supply chain to avoid interruptions or conflicts. As global supply chains become increasingly complex, this AI-driven intelligence will play a crucial role in helping businesses compete effectively in the “on demand/just in time” economy.See Also: In an AI-powered world, what are potential jobs of the future?Big v. Little AISound ambitious? Let’s bring it back to earth. I think there is actually “Big AI” and “Little AI.” Big AI is using artificial intelligence and massive amounts of data, often in the cloud, to solve really complex problems at scale, across multiple lines of business. That’s what global giants like GE are up to. Little AI is focused on tackling “micro problems”—like figuring out how to optimize a single production line while minimizing the need for human interaction. Little AI may be better handled on premise, close to the operational systems being automated. Think real-time, edge-based analytics on highly available systems driving intelligent automation.Of course, the first step toward any effective use of AI is getting your infrastructure up to speed. That often means upgrading your networking to allow the flow of information and the systems processing things at the edge. Only then does it make sense to deploy sensors to gather data and analytics to make sense of it all. Finally, that progression may lead to hiring data scientists to optimize your environment to reap the full advantages of AI.Many industrials are just at the beginning of that progression. But given the pace of digital transformation in industries as diverse as energy, transportation, manufacturing, and telecom, thinking about AI in the context of your business—even just a little bit—makes a lot of sense. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Jason Andersen is vice president of business line management and is responsible for setting the product roadmaps and go-to-market strategies for Stratus Products and Services. Jason has a deep understanding of both on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and has been responsible for the successful market delivery of products and services for almost 20 years. Prior to joining Stratus in 2013, Jason was director of product line management at Red Hat. In this role, he was responsible for the go-to-market strategy, product introductions and launches, as well as product marketing for the JBoss Application Products. Jason also previously held product management positions at Red Hat and IBM Software Group. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Jason Andersen Tags:#AI#digital transformation#featured#industrial ai#industrials#Machine Learning Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

CWG probe: I’ll give satisfactory answers, says Kalmadi

first_imgFile photo of former OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Commonwealth Games corruption probe is gaining steam after the arrest of two former Organising Committee officials but an unfazed OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Wednesday said he would give “satisfactory answers” to the government panel investigating the matter.Kalmadi, who has maintained a low profile ever since the controversy-ridden Games concluded on October 14, said that the V.K. Shunglu committee has been entrusted with the task of probing the entire Commonwealth Games and not only the Organising Committee.”We can answer all the questions satisfactorily. Our job was to conduct the Games and we have the answers to anything related to that,” Kalmadi told PTI from Guangzhou, where he is attending the 16th Asian Games.Former Comptroller and Auditor General V.K. Shunglu was appointed as the head of the committee to probe the corruption allegations that marred the build-up to the mega-event here.Kalmadi emphasised that the Organising Committee was not responsible for the all the construction and other works for the Games.”The Organising Committee was responsible for Rs 1800 crore. We had no role in constructions and the work at the stadiums. We can only answer for these Rs 1800 crore,” he said.Kalmadi said that the international delegates, who are here for the Asian Games, have praised the conduct of the Commonwealth Games as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.”But I have been pained by the constant negative publicity by the media. The trial by the media has been unfortunate. More so when we are ready to answer all questions. I have all along maintained that there should be an inquiry,” he said.advertisementOn the arrest of two of the former OC members — TS Darbari and Sanjay Mohendroo — in connection with alleged financial bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay, Kalmadi said that both of them had been sacked by the OC.”The Organising Committee has already taken action against them after reports of corruption. The OC CEO (Jarnail Singh) has already terminated their services,” he said.Kalmadi also hailed the performance of gymnast Ashish Kumar, swimmer Virdhawal Khade and wushu player Bikramjit Singh — all three of whom bagged historic bronze medals during the Asian Games.”After a gap of 24 years, we have won a medal in swimming. We have won a medal in gymnastics for the first time. In wushu also we have done well, it all goes to show that other sports are also coming up in India,” Kalmadi said.Ashish became the first Indian gymnast to clinch an Asian Games medal by securing a bronze in the Men’s Floor event of the Artistic Gymnastics.The 19-year-old Khade scripted history by becoming the first Indian swimmer in 24 years to clinch an Asian Games medal by notching up a bronze in the 50m butterfly event.”It is a great achievement and we are proud of them. It shows that we are rising as a sporting nation and going in the right direction. We need to keep up this trend,” Kalmadi said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Superstorm Sandy fails to stall New York Marathon, run scheduled to go ahead as planned on Sunday

first_imgThe New York Marathon will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday despite the huge damages from Superstorm Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.Marathon officials were proceeding as planned to stage the annual event that runs through all five boroughs of the largest city in America, but they were awaiting the final word from city officials regarding the staging of the race, reports Xinhua.Flooding and power outages remained a concern around the city and subway and other transit systems are still shut because of the damage caused by the superstorm.Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, said the organising group was set to hire private contractors to replace city workers who would typically handle such things as security and medical needs for the race.Meanwhile, Elite Kenyan runners supposed to participate in the marathon have delayed their departure, awaiting confirmation that it was safe for them to fly to New York.According to Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, the federation was awaiting communication from organisers after the city was ravaged by Sandy on Monday.”They are still around (in Nairobi) waiting to be told of their travelling plans and I can confirm none of them has left the country yet,” Kiplagat said.”We expect communication by Thursday so that we can be certain that our athletes will be safe. What happened there is very unfortunate and we understand the pain organisers are going through.”Berlin marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai said they were concerned about their chances of making it in time. “I have seen what happened there on television and it was a huge blow to the city. My colleagues left here (Eldoret) Tuesday but I understand their flights were held back.”advertisementlast_img read more

Missing straddles the realms of disturbing reality and dreams

first_img Twitter Facebook Baritone Clarence Logan, mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols, and soprano Melody Courage. – PHOTO BY EMILY COOPER READ MORE As a playwright, director, and multimedia artist, Marie Clements is known for her fearless determination to tell Indigenous stories—but even she was hesitant, at first, to explore the new-to-her world of opera while writing about missing and murdered women.“When you’re asked to write on this theme or this reality, sometimes your first response is ‘Oh, I don’t know if I can go in there,’ just because of the gravity of it,” she tells the Straight from Toronto, where her musical documentary, The Road Forward, is screening at the ImagiNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival.But the story needed to be told, and Clements is not one to back away from a challenge. The result is Missing, her collaboration with Toronto-based composer Brian Current, City Opera Vancouver, and Pacific Opera Victoria, produced in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre/DTES Heart of the City Festival. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

BCPOU Made Courtesy Call on the Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB), Mike Smith (seated centre), and BCB Board Members, on Wednesday morning, January 24, 2018.Pictured in the Boardroom of the Corporation during the courtesy call are, seated from left: BCB Director Oswald Munnings; BCB Acting General Manager, Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs; BCPOU President Bernard Evans; BCB Chairman Mike Smith; BCB Deputy Chairman Patric Walkes; BCB Director Perez Burrows; and BCB Director Elaine Gomez.  Standing from left: BCPOU Assistant Secretary General, Melonie Taylor; BCPOU Secretary General Sherry Benjamin; BCPOU Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon. Jamal Moss; and BCPOU Chief Shop Steward Helen Thompson.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BNP boycotts Barishal polls alleging widespread rigging

first_imgMujibur Rahman SarwarThe main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has pulled itself out of the Barishal City Corporation election, complaining of widespread rigging by Awami League men.BNP mayoral candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar announced the election boycott at a press conference in Barishal press club around 12:15pm on Monday.He alleged that the BNP polling agents were blocked from entering the polling stations.Sarwar also complained that the police were aiding and abetting the AL men. Meanwhile, Jatiya Party candidate Iqbal Hossain Taposh requested the returning officer to postpone the voting.last_img read more

Road crash claims lives of 3 labourers

first_imgMap of PabnaThree workers were killed while another injured as a truck overturned in Nurpur bypass area of Pabna sadar upazila on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.The accident took place around 6:30am when the wood-laden truck overturned after the driver lost its control over the steering, leaving the three dead and one injured, said Pabna sadar police station officer-in-charge Obaidul Haque.The injured was admitted at sadar hospital, he added.last_img read more