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West Indies look to break losing run

first_imgCaptain Jason Holder is banking on a coin toss to help set up an unlikely change in fortune and close off a wretched tour of the United Arab Emirates when West Indies meet Pakistan in the third and final Test match today. Holder wants to bat first in the three Test series for the first time at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, desperate for a face-saving strategy that could conjure a consolation win on a winless tour thus far. The Caribbean side is seeking to avoid a clean sweep by the rampaging Pakistanis after losing the series and suffering the same fate in the three-match ODI and three-match T20 series earlier. “If we can bat first and perhaps put some runs on the board for a change and see where that takes us. We have been made to play catch up for most of these Test matches. We have done really well in the second innings of each test match,” said Holder. “Winning the toss could be crucial. We have bowled first in both Test matches. Maybe it’s time to change the dynamics a bit and take first knock on a fresh pit,” he continued. West Indies have produced poor performances overall, but bounced back courageously in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to push those matches into the final day although they were unable to press hard enough to secure victory. Outstanding performances from Darren Bravo, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel and Jermaine Blackwood have powered their efforts, but wins continue to elude Holder’s men. Barbadian fast bowler Miguel Cummins, who took only one wicket in the first two Tests, is likely to be replaced by promising Leeward Islands pacer Alzarri Joseph. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich is likely to return for the final Test after injury concerns. “He is still progressing nicely,” the Windies skipper disclosed. “I think he is a lot better than he was in the beginning of the last test match, so we are still going to give him some time up to tomorrow and make an assessment then.” HUNGRY FOR A TEST WIN West Indies are hungry for a Test win since their last victory was by five wickets over England in Barbados in May last year. Reports from Sharjah suggest that the pitch appears flat and could offer help to the spinners towards the end of the Test. Guyanese leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo could, therefore, prove useful after taking ten wickets in Dubai and would be seeking to extend his heroics to the final Test. “The pitch here is normally pretty good. I think the only question is whether it will hold together or slow down like probably Abu Dhabi pitch did or deteriorate like Dubai pitch,” said Holder in an interview with members of the media after a full training session yesterday. “We played a warm-up game here and guys played two ODIs here as well… so everybody should be familiar with these conditions and we are confident we will execute our plans.” First ball is 1 a.m. Jamaica time.last_img read more

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Trojans’ Gibson on the rebound

first_img“This week I’m going to try to do something special for him,” Young said. “I’m trying to make the (NCAA) tournament for him.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gibson, whose season averages are down to 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds, said he felt somewhat rejuvenated after taking Monday off from practice, workouts and school with it being Presidents’ Day. He’s also battled tendinitis in his left knee since late December. LOS ANGELES – Taj Gibson admitted for the first time he has felt fatigue toward the end of his first season battling college big men. The USC freshman forward scored just two points in two games last week on the Arizona road trip, but he did get 10 rebounds for the first time in 11 games Sunday against the Sun Devils. center_img Gibson had a long talk with USC coach Tim Floyd on Tuesday. “Coach told me to suck it up,” Gibson said. “There are players in worse situations throughout the country. “I’ve played through it all year long, so I can play through it.” Facing Stanford’s Lopez twins could be the spark Gibson needs to get back going. Brook and Robin Lopez blocked at least five of his shots in Palo Alto. Monday was 16 years to the day that Nick Young’s oldest brother, Charles Jr., was shot and killed. last_img read more


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Spears loses custody to ex

first_imgBy Sandy Cohen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Britney Spears’ continuing downward spiral took a devastating turn Monday when she was ordered to relinquish custody of her children by a judge who had cited her drug- and-alcohol-fueled lifestyle. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled that ex-husband Kevin Federline will take Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, beginning Wednesday “until further order of the court.” The order stemmed from an unspecified oral motion made by Federline’s lawyers and was handled in a closed-door hearing. The judge’s order did not state the reason for the change in custody and he ordered all transcripts of the proceedings sealed. Phone messages left for representatives of Spears and Federline were not returned. Last month, Gordon said Spears engaged in “habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol” and ordered her to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week as part of her ongoing custody dispute with Federline. Spears also was previously ordered to meet weekly with a “parenting coach” who was to observe and report back to the court about her parenting skills. Both Spears and Federline must complete the court’s “Parenting Without Conflict” class. Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, were married in October 2004. She filed for divorce last November and it became official in July. The two have joint custody of their sons, but Federline is seeking a greater share. Since Spears became single, her troubles have played out in the tabloids. First she was photographed at Hollywood hotspots partying with Paris Hilton – appearing drunk and out-of-control. Some photos captured the pop star without panties. Then Spears shaved her head, beat a car with an umbrella and ended up spending a month in rehab. An MTV Video Music Awards performance last month meant to herald her comeback was universally panned, with Spears appearing spaced-out and lethargic. The following week, Spears’ management firm dropped her and her divorce lawyer resigned. She then was charged with misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license for allegedly crashing into a parked car in August. The driving offenses likely compelled the judge to issue Monday’s orders, said New York divorce lawyer Raoul Felder. “She was driving without a license with a child in the car,” he said. “You can put aside the in and out of rehab, the shaving her head. But this? When a judge went out on a limb for her? There’s no going back.” Though Spears must relinquish physical custody of the children until further ruling, she and Federline still share legal custody. Los Angeles divorce lawyer Connolly Oyler said he’s surprised the children weren’t taken from Spears sooner. Judges typically remove youngsters from households where parents are ordered to undergo drug testing, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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Jermain Defoe linked with a move away from Bournemouth this summer

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News However, it is thought that interest of a number of clubs could lure the ex-England international away from the south coast.According to Bet Victor, Rangers are the favourites at 3/1 to land Defoe should he leave Eddie Howe’s side.Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are priced at 10/1, while Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday are out at 12/1. moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Defoe’s wage demands could prevent a move to Rangers from materialising RANKED center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Rangers have emerged as frontrunners to sign Jermain Defoe this summer.The striker currently plies his trade at Bournemouth but is reportedly on new Gers boss Steven Gerrard’s radar. targets 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Gerrard has made a number of signings at his new club and appears to be keen to add another frontman to the fold.Potential Rangers line-up for next seasonHowever, Defoe’s £65,000-a-week wage demands have proved a stumbling block.Defoe, 35, returned to training with the Cherries squad earlier this week as the club began preparations for the 2018/19 season.last_img read more


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Valley’s Old Timers gather for yearly picnic

first_img Hank Hooyerink, perennial head chef, stated that 1,000 pounds of beefshoulder had been put down in the pit a day before and cooked overnight. He said they’d also cooked 80 gallons of beans and made 30 gallons ofsalsa. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster andPalmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine andcoffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Beef Stroganoff with noodles, peas and carrots, lettuce and tomato salad, juice, ice cream. Tuesday: Beef enchilada casserole, Spanish rice, soup, green beans, creamy coleslaw, applesauce. Wednesday: Mandarin chicken, salad, marinated beets, pea salad, pineapplejuice, cheesecake. Thursday: Riblet sandwich, macaroni salad, corn, carrot salad,orange juice, banana. Friday: Roast turkey, bread dressing, Normandy vegetables, tossed salad,vegetable soup, gelatin with fruit. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. BettieRencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at theAntelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5741.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Nostalgia flows at least once a year as Old Timers gather for their annual picnic at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The Old Timers picnic isn’t just for senior citizens, but for anybody who has lived in the Antelope Valley 25 years or more. Consequently, the almost 900 people at last week’s 78th gathering were a melting pot of ages. William “John” Valentine, former publisher of the Ledger-Gazette newspaper, which closed up in the 1980s, traveled up from Long Beach with his oldest son, John. John, a computer programmer who resides in New Zealand most of thetime, has been in the United States with his family for the past 18 months. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week As he usually does, the elder Valentine sat with his former businesspartner, Jerry Bigalk, and held court, sharing tales with Larry Chimbole, Palmdale’s first mayor; Mark Marquardt; and many others who dropped by to shake his hand and chat. Frances Lane served as master of ceremonies, calling octogenarians and nonagenarians tothe stage to be presented with certificates. Marie Zeravica Meline, a 1936 Antelope Valley High School graduate, came up from Glendora. Her daughter, Cheryl Meline Moses, Miss AntelopeValley 1960, came down from the San Francisco Bay Area to escort her mother. “I just couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be able to listen to all thereminiscing my mother and her old school chums did,” said Moses. “To hearabout the old days and all the changes that have come about, was like I washearing history as it actually happened. It was awesome.” Ralph Ritter was there as were Keith and Cathy Swords, Dolores Hayter andlongtime writing stalwart Frankie Richards. Milt Stark had a display of old photos from the early days, and helping him man the table were Walt and Mickey Primmer. Making the rounds and greeting constituents were Assemblywoman Sharon Runner and her husband, state Sen. GeorgeRunner, who both grew up in the Antelope Valley. last_img read more


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Track & Field Wins Eight Events To Open Outdoor Season

first_imgATHENS, Ga. – The Drake University track and field teams opened the outdoor season by winning eight events at the Georgia Relays, March 18-19, at Spec Towns Track in Athens, Ga.In two of those events, both the men’s and women’s 200 meters, the Bulldogs swept the top four spots to start the outdoor campaign.Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) led the women’s team with a pair of wins in the 200 meters in 25.35 and the 100-meter hurdles in 14.00. Her first-place showing helped lead a Drake sweep of the top four spots in 200 meters. She also ran the third leg on the team’s first-place 4×100-meter relay and was second in the 400-meter hurdles. Joining her on that relay was Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.), Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) and Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa). All three had stellar days with Rolle also winning the long and triple jumps with marks of 17-10.25 and 38-1.5 respectively. Ahmed-Green finished in second in the 200 meters in 25.35 and was fourth in the 400 meters in 59.48. Welch finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.29.Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) also had a strong showing with by winning the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.84 and taking third-place in the 200 meters in 25.81.The men’s team enjoyed similar success with Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) winning the 200 meters in 21.73 followed by Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) in second in 22.10 to lead four Bulldogs to the top four spots in the race. Aaron Chier came in third, followed by Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) in fourth. Vincent also finished second in the 100 meters in 10.47 while Priebe enjoyed great success in the hurdles.The sophomore won the 110-meter hurdles 14.97 and took second, but was the first collegiate competitor, in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.09. The Bulldogs return to action next weekend for their annual trip to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Arkansas Spring Invitational.2016 Georgia RelaysAthens, Ga. – Spec Towns TrackMarch 18-19, 2016Drake Individual Women’s Results200 Meters – Prelims1. Mary Young, 25.352. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.353. Virginia Hill, 25.814. Taryn Rolle, 25.97400 Meters – Prelims4. Rai Ahmed-Green, 59.48100-Meter Hurdles1. Mary Young, 14.002. Destani Welch, 14.293. Virginia Hill, 14.59400-Meter Hurdles1. Virginia Hill, 1:00.842. Mary Young, 1:01.144×100-Meter Relay1. Ahmed-Green, Rolle, Young, Welch, 47.66Long Jump1. Taryn Rolle, 17-10.25Triple Jump1. Taryn Rolle, 38-1.5 2016 Georgia RelaysAthens, Ga. – Spec Towns TrackMarch 18-19, 2016Drake Individual Men’s Results100 Meters2. Pierce Vincent, 10.475. Aaron Chier, 10.756. Demetrius Shelton,10.84200 Meters1. Demetrius Shelton, 21.732. Pierce Vincent, 22.103. Aaron Chier, 22.244. Hudson Priebe, 22.74110-Meter Hurdles1. Hudson Priebe, 14.97400-Meter Hurdles2. Hudson Priebe, 54.09Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


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Picture Special: TV3 star visits Babyzone

first_imgLucy Kennedy from TV3’s ‘Living with Lucy’ fame popped into the Babyzone store in Letterkenny Retail Park yesterday.The visit was part of their Babyzone Baby & Toddler fun day which included free draws, free Expert advice, free barbeque and kids Halloween party.There was something for everyone yesterday, with a qualified midwife on hand to talk through any queries people have, and experts in baby travel systems, car seats, baby massages, nutrition, and weaning, were also available. Babyzone stock all major brands such as Cosatto, iCandy, Uppababy, Maxi Cosi, Baby Elegance and carries a full range of products for your new arrival complete with expert advice and prices to suit every budget.Photography by Annette Sweeney Photography.Picture Special: TV3 star visits Babyzone was last modified: October 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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49ers buzz: Hottest topics from Wednesday at HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — No one seems to care how Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes against the 49ers on Dec. 2. Instead, it’s another of his throws that’s all the rage heading into Sunday’s rematch when his Seattle Seahawks visit the 49ers.When Wilson picked up linebacker Fred Warner’s stray shoe and chucked it to the side, that triggered a series of unfortunate events for the 49ers, and it cost coach Kyle Shanahan a $25,000 fine he’s appealing.“What I would like? For common sense to prevail, …last_img


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A Wagging Good Time: Tips for Geocaching with Pups

first_imgBy Dani NavarreYour favorite geocaching companionsNothing is better than geocaching with your best friend and who could be better than man’s best friend? Geocaching isn’t just a hobby for humans—your four-legged friends can join in on the fun too.Coming home to slobbery kisses and a wagging tail is enough to brighten anyone’s day. Your dog waits patiently for you to return home, he hears the hum of the car engine, and bounds down the stairs to greet you at the door. He does so much for you and deserves a little treat. You can add a little color to your favorite canine’s grey day by putting a leash on that enthusiasm and heading out for some geocaches. Sounds like a walk in the park that earns more than one kind of smiley. As someone who has trained with scent detecting dogs, I know exactly how rewarding working with animals can feel. One of the most enjoyable parts is having a goal that you and your furry friend can work toward together. Whether you are practicing obedience training or just want to get out for some fresh air, geocaching can be a fun way to get all the members of your family (human and canine) outside.Stellar geo-sense So here are HQ’s top tips for geocaching pups: Sensitive puppy paws. Be aware of the geocache’s terrain. The summer heat and cement or metal surfaces can be a dangerous combination for your dog’s sensitive paw pads. Geocaching with your dog can be fun for whole family. What’s your favorite geocaching animal story? Collars aren’t just a fashion trend. Local leash laws vary by city. Before you set Rover free to roam, check to see if a leash is required. Socialize at your local dog park. While your dog is having the time of his life, you could be catching a few smilies. Dog parks are a popular places to hide geocaches, so next time you are out take a look. A safe pup is a happy pup. Check to see that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date for tick and mosquito protection. A hike through the woods can make for a fun day…until you come home with a car full of ticks and one sad puppy. Turn your dog into a geocache. Has science gone too far? Don’t worry your pooch is safe, but he can become a trackable puppy with a geo dog tag. Your pup will enjoy all of the pets and your human friends will love the new trackable.center_img Share with your Friends:More and they’re fun! Is your dog an adventurous pup or does he make sloths look hyperactive? Be sure to choose caches that match your dog’s fitness level. If your dog is a trailblazer he may enjoy longer hikes with more challenging terrain, but if your dog is a couch potato an easy urban stroll might be a better match. SharePrint RelatedTips for Geocaching With PupsAugust 25, 2015In “Learn”50 First Dates: How to Hook Your Friends into GeocachingJuly 25, 2013In “Learn”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community” Carry water. Make sure you and your dog are hydrated to keep those tongues wagging.last_img read more


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Facebook’s New Big-Data Tool Cranks Up Hadoop — And It’s Open Source

first_imgStruggling with even the most cutting-edge big-data tools, developers at Facebook have announced a new open-source tool set, Corona, designed to enable data-processing on the incredible scale required by the massive social-media network.Admittedly, there aren’t a lot of companies with big data this big, but Corona should have spill-over benefits for the entire Hadoop-using big data community. Increasing Hadoop’s overall efficiency should make big data even more accessible and faster to use, enabling big data applications to disrupt even more industries.Conventional databases that reach into the terabytes are difficult and expensive to work with. It’s not just the size of databases that cause problems, either. Growth – of data itself, systems and queries – can waylay the most expertly managed database. It’s hard to keep all of the data tables and relationships intact across the new machines you have to keep adding to store all that data.Really, Really Big DataKeep that in mind, and then ponder Facebook’s problem: Its largest collection of data is 100 petabytes. That’s 1,048,576,000 gigabytes. Think you’re pretty bad ass with your 3TB hard drive? This is the equivalent to over 34,000 such drives. And that’s just Facebook’s largest collection of data, not all of it.And growth? According to Facebook engineers, they’re getting about half-a-petabyte coming in from the social network every 24 hours – 512 terabytes every single day.This is the kind of data load that would make all but the most expensive database software and hardware on the planet go pfft! with a tiny puff of smoke and a barely audible scream of pain from the server room.Tools like Hadoop have been incredibly useful in collecting and working with this kind of massive scale. But in a blog post today from Facebook engineers Avery Ching, Ravi Murthy, Dmytro Molkov,‎ Ramkumar Vadali and Paul Yang, even Hadoop is straining under the load. That 100-petabyte data cluster, for instance? It’s the largest known Hadoop cluster in the world.The Limits Of HadoopHadoop isn’t really a database in the usual sense. It’s a two-part data processing system.Part one is storage and tracking data across multiple machines. Part two is the MapReduce system that takes a query about the data, figures out all the places in the cluster where the data is sitting, and then divides the query up to be processed on the same machines. Once processed, the answers to the query are combined and delivered. No one machine has to do all the heavy lifting, and adding a new machine to a data cluster adds storage and processing power.But in their blog today, the Facebook engineers highlight a limitation in Hadoop that has plagued Facebook and many large-scale Hadoop users. All of that MapReduce work described above has to be done in batches, which in turn have to be scheduled so that machines in a given cluster can do the work required without overwhelming the resources of the cluster.By default, Hadoop uses a fair scheduler, which basically means first come, first served. For Facebook, the limitations of fair scheduling are very real. In early 2011, the team noted, the job trackers that schedule queries and manage cluster resources were having trouble keeping up.Imagine a vast supermarket full of all sorts of stuff. At the entrance to the market is a collection of grocery carts, all various sizes. To enter the market, you have to wait in line to get a cart. The size of the cart you get depends on how much is on your grocery list. Just need milk and bread? You get a tiny cart. Stocking up for Thanksgiving? You get the jumbo cart.Here’s the other catch: Only a limited number of shoppers are allowed in the supermarket at a time. So, everyone has to wait while a few shoppers have the run of the store and check out at the (single) register.That’s a rough idea of how Hadoop works now. Frustrated with this system, Facebook’s team is opting to change this model with a new scheduling framework, known as Corona.The Rise Of CoronaCorona divides the job tracker’s responsibilities in two. First, a new manager manages cluster resources and keeps an eye on what’s available in that cluster. In our grocery-store analogy, Corona lets more shoppers into the store and opens more checkout lanes.At the same time, Corona creates a dedicated job tracker for each job, which means the job tracker no onger has to be tied to the cluster. With Corona, smaller jobs can be processed right on the requester’s own machine. Continuing the shopping example, it’s like putting an automat outside the store that will give you anything in the store, but a few items at a time.Facebook has been using Corona for some time, according to the blog, and is still working to improve it, as well as to apply its improved scheduling features to other types of applications. More important, the team revealed that their efforts have been open-sourced, which means other developers can take this work and apply it to their own Hadoop systems.Improved job scheduling in Hadoop is a pretty big deal, if only because any Hadoop system can be improved with this kind of functionality. It’s something the Apache Hadoop developer team has already been working on in their new version of MapReduce 2.0, with the introduction of the YARN ResourceManager. But at the scales Facebook is working in now, the engineering team could not wait for YARN.Given that Corona is also open source, there’s a good possibility that work on MapReduce 2.0 will benefit from Facebook’s efforts, improving everyone’s Hadoop experience. That’s something anyone in big data can Like.Image courtesy of Facebook. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now brian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#Big Data Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts last_img read more