Mt. Baldy could be one more tossup

first_img “I think Chaffey’s the favorite, and Diamond Ranch is a sleeper,” Montclair coach Steve Sullivant said. “I don’t know what’s happened to them (Diamond Ranch).” Sullivant figures his team will keep improving, so he makes this promise: “If we win (tonight against Colony), put us down for second.” Don Lugo has been the team that has created the logjam at the top the last two years, beating Diamond Ranch in Week 10 last year, and Ontario in the final week the year before for a three-way tie. Don Lugo had back-to-back tough games in Weeks 2 and 3, getting outscored 77-0 by Chino and Riverside La Sierra. But the Conquistadores are riding a two-game winning streak entering league. “We have very good coaching in our league,” Brown said. “Tim Nelson (at Colony) won two CIF championships. Greg Setlich (at Don Lugo) won league the last two years. Tom Leach (at Diamond Ranch) and Nick Baiz (at Ontario) were the Inland Valley Coach of the Year the last two years. And coach Sullivant has gone from a spread passing team to one that pounds the ball on every down. “There’s going to be a lot of close games.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For now, it seems Chaffey is the favorite to take the top spot by itself. “I have respect for all the other football teams, but I think we have a real good team,” Chaffey coach Chris Brown said. “We have a different mindset that we don’t want to share the title.” Last year, it was Chaffey, Diamond Ranch and Don Lugo sharing the title. The year before, it was Chaffey and Don Lugo again, with Ontario. Brown looks at last year’s playoff success by the league (three victories) as an indication the league is improving. Some teams are difficult to figure out entering league play such as Diamond Ranch, which is 0-5 after being routed by Covina last week, 37-0. Last season, Diamond Ranch advanced to the CIF semifinals. Colony looks to be on the upswing and is considered to have the most speed in the league, but the Titans were humbled by Upland 66-7 a week ago. Montclair is excited about its prospects with sophomore quarterback Justin Orona. That should allow it to rely less on the pass than earlier in the year. center_img You can’t get any more balanced than the Mt. Baldy League has been at the top in the last two seasons. It’s been a three-way tie for first the past two seasons, and it easily could occur again. last_img read more

LUH apologises to Burtonport man whose leg was amputated after angiogram

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital has apologised to a Burtonport man in the High Court whose leg had to be amputated after he went into the hospital for an angiogram.In the letter to 77-year-old Hugh McElroy, a retired construction worker, the hospital’s general manager said the care afforded to him in 2014 and 2015 was not to a standard which they would have hoped or expected.Sean Murphy told Mr McElroy that he apologised unreservedly for the quality of care he received and acknowledged the devastating impact this had on his life. He said he recognised that nothing he or any of the team could say, could make up for the impact on Mr McElroy’s quality of life and on his family.Mr McElroy went into Letterkenny University Hospital in September 2014 for an angiogram – a procedure where a tube is inserted into the groin and threaded up to the heart to check the blood vessels.He developed a blood clot at the site where the angiogram had been inserted and was readmitted to hospital in Letterkenny where his condition worsened.By the time he was transferred to University Hospital Galway, on 14 October 2014, he was in poor condition and had to undergo surgery. He subsequently underwent further surgeries and treatment.But in September 2015, a decision was made to amputate his leg.Details of the settlement made with Mr McElroy were not revealed in court.LUH apologises to Burtonport man whose leg was amputated after angiogram was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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) Tags:burtonportLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Sunny spells with scattered showers for Donegal this weekend

first_imgIrish weather experts are predicting the high-pressure conditions to continue right up until next weekend. Temperatures peak on Saturday, when the mercury is expected to shoot up to 21C, according to Met Eireann.The forecaster said: “Saturday will be dry and warm in most areas with sunny spells. “In the northwest, it will be cloudier with rain developing later in the day.“Maximum temperatures 16 to 21C, warmest in the east and south.“Winds mostly moderate southwesterly, but fresh to strong in Connacht and Ulster.”However, there is the possibility of rain. “Mostly cloudy, with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, persistent in places on Sunday.“However, there will be good dry periods in the south and southeast and somewhat clearer conditions will develop in the north, extending slowly southwards later Sunday and Sunday night.“Relatively cool in most areas on Sunday, with maximum temperatures of 14 to 16C, but it will be mild and humid in the south and southeast, with temperatures of 17 to 20C.“Winds will be mostly light, westerly.“Sunday night will be mainly dry, with just a few spots of light rain or drizzle at first, mainly in parts of the south. “Mist and fog patches will form in light winds. Min. 5 to 9C generally, but milder in the south.”Sunny spells with scattered showers for Donegal this weekend was last modified: September 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Gartner: AWS Now Five Times The Size Of Other Cloud Vendors Combined

first_imgRelated Posts Amazon’s AWS dominates cloud computing. That should surprise no one. What is perhaps surprising, however, is how dramatically it dominates. According to a new Gartner analysis, AWS offers five times the utilized compute capacity of the other 14 cloud providers in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Combined.Even more surprising, it has spent less than Google and Microsoft building out its infrastructure.Money Can’t Buy Me LoveHow much less? Dramatically less. Since 2005, Google has spent $20.9 billion on its infrastructure. Microsoft? Just shy of $18 billion. Amazon? Roughly $12 billion. While more than Rackspace’s $1.4 billion cumulative capital expenditures, Amazon’s spending is a far cry from what both Google and Microsoft have spent. Keep in mind that we’re not talking about generic capital expenditures here, used to run these companies day-to-day businesses. Amazon, after all, has spent heavily on infrastructure to power its ecommerce site, and to good financial effect, but that’s not the number tracked above.No, we’re talking about the total investment in real and virtual revenue-generating IT assets, according to Gartner analyst Lydia Leong, who authored the report. And the implication? As The Register‘s Jack Clark highlights: It could get worse, too, for Amazon’s competitors. After all, Amazon’s capital investments are accelerating relative to its peers. If it managed to get 5X the utilization of the combined totals of its top 14 competitors, what happens when it spends even more money? While financial analysts have worried for years about Amazon’s capital expenditures, the company seems to get more value from them than competitors.Changing The Rules Of The GameThis may be why we’re seeing competition to AWS take different forms. Google’s cloud offering, for example, isn’t really about matching AWS service-for-service. Instead, Google brings over a decade of operational excellence to bear, creating a high-performance cloud that leapfrogs AWS in various ways, including sub-hour billing, shared core instances, advanced routing and large persistent disks.Softlayer, now part of IBM, sets itself apart by offering far more granular control over one’s cloud infrastructure. Microsoft, for its part, is beloved by enterprise IT, which is giving it a lot of runway to get Azure right. As IDC analyst Matt Eastwood points out, over 50% of the Global 100 already run Azure. That number will continue to grow. Rackspace continues to tell its story of exceptional support to help wary enterprises into the cloud, coupled with community outreach through OpenStack.And CSC’s cloud, ranked second in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant? Gartner writes that “unlike other traditional data center outsourcers, CSC has fully embraced the highly standardized, highly automated cloud model, successfully blending the benefits of a true cloud service into an enterprise-ready offering.” In other words, CSC succeeds by making cloud more palatable to enterprise buyers.Advantage: Amazon… For NowAmazon Web Services has what appears to be an unassailable lead, built not on superior capital expenditures but rather on a keen understanding of what developers want. By making AWS relatively painless to use, and inexpensive, AWS has punched above its financial weight. To maintain that lead, Amazon looks to be pressing down on the investment accelerator. So long as this extra financing corresponds to a continuing focus on what Redmonk analyst Stephen O’Grady labels “the most important feature of cloud computing: a low barrier to entry,” and an emphasis on developers, Amazon will maintain its lead, if not extend it.But it’s now competing against other companies with a history of developer outreach, including Microsoft and Google. Perhaps that’s why it’s having to significantly grow spending.Or maybe it’s just trying to slam the door on competition.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Matt Asay Tags:#Amazon#AWS#Azure#Gartner#google cloud#IDC#Microsoft#Redmonk How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

India gearing up for London Olympics

first_imgIn the good old days, Olympic preparation for Indian athletes would begin just a few months before the quadrennial extravaganza.Those were the times when qualification norms in various sporting disciplines were not as difficult as they are today.Deepika Kumari is expected to do well in archery.Times have changed. Just as India and Indians have grown in various spheres of life, in sport as well there are a lot of positives to look at. Yet, if we are going to ask ourselves if we will win more medals at the London Olympics, it is difficult to answer that question.With 362 days to go for the big day and the host city fully geared up, there is gloom in India thanks to the doping shame which track and field athletes have brought us. Each day we hear about the National Anti- Doping Agency ( NADA) raiding Sports Authority of India hostels and not sparing even PT Usha’s academy.Add to it the mess that the hockey administration finds itself in with the international body (FIH) snatching away three big events which India was to host, and it would seem everything in Indian sport is chaotic.However, I beg to differ with this kind of thinking. Agreed, in terms of medals we won at the Olympics in the past, there was nothing to show other than the glory from hockey and KD Jadhav’s bronze at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.It took a certain Leander Paes to alter the trend when, in 1996, he won the bronze at Atlanta.advertisementFrom then onwards, at successive Olympics, India has won at least one medal in each edition – bronze from Karnam Malleswari in 2000 at Sydney and a silver from double trap marksman Rajyavardhan Rathore in 2004 at Athens.Then came India’s first individual gold through air rifle ace Abhinav Bindra at Beijing 2008, which was followed by a bronze each from boxer Vijender Kumar and grappler Sushil Kumar.So with just under a year for the curtains to go up in London, are we preparing in the best possible way which can guarantee the nation more medals? I still think as far as medal chances go, hazarding a guess at this stage is indeed premature.Firstly, let us not fool ourselves that we are a nation which produces world- beaters in the sporting arena. Agreed, MS Dhoni’s boys won the ICC ODI World Cup and the No. 1 tag in Test rankings is still there.The average Indian sporting fan knows all these cricket details but few would know that in Ronjan Sodhi, we have a shooter set to be the world No. 1 in double trap.Ronjan Sodhi is a medal prospect.It is a huge achievement for Ronjan and the nation as eight shooters have already qualified for London. Ronjan is in Italy and from here onwards, he will do whatever it takes to win gold in London. But to ask whether he will definitely win gold on that big day is a question which is illogical.On their day, be it Ronjan or Abhinav or Gagan Narang, they can win a medal.At the same time, if you talk of a shooter like Sanjeev Rajput, who had almost lost it after being dropped from the Commonwealth Games squad last year, he has shaped up well.The experts said Sanjeev was mentally fragile. But thanks to the meaningful motivation and advice he gets from motivatorAbha Banerjee, there has been a remarkable transformation in his mental approach, resulting in a 50m rifle 3 positions gold in Changwon earlier this year.Today, Abha is part of Olympic Gold Quest and many more athletes stand to gain from her skills as a person who can make an athlete razor sharp mentally.Such things were virtually unheard of in Indian sport, where athletes with a fragile mind would choke on the big day. And even as the sports ministry fights with the babus in the central government to loosen the purse strings so that more funds can be made available for the training of Indian athletes, it is the support given by Olympic Gold Quest and the Mittal Champions Trust which is heartening.Without expecting quick returns, these virtually unseen forces behind Indian sport are a big boost for our athletes.Let’s take a quick look at the Indians who have qualified for the Olympics. The eight shooters apart, if one starts in alphabetical order, five athletes have qualified in track and field with Mayookha Johny, Vikas Gowda, Gurmeet Singh, Babu Bhai and Om Prakash Karhana making the cut.advertisementEven as the women’s 4×400 relay squad has been exposed thanks to the doping shame, there is still hope that the newer bunch can make the cut.In archery, the women’s recurve team has been making news with stellar performances and is preparing in right earnest for the Olympics. The gymnastics team, too, is currently training in London.In boxing, what needs to be remembered at this stage is there are three Olympic qualifying events waiting to happen and half a dozen Indian male boxers can make the grade.But to think that five- time world champion MC Mary Kom is a sure shot medal prospect in women’s boxing needs to be weighed in the right perspective, since she is now in a higher weight category.Two swimmers – Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal – have qualified with stellar performances and there could be one more through AP Gagan, with more swimming meets coming up.The focus will also be on Saina Nehwal. While the diva of Indian badminton is ranked No. 6 in the world, she has flopped at the majors, be it the world championship, the All England or the Asian Games. However, news of her getting a video analyst to help in her preparations is a big change from the past. It is valuable inputs like these which can make the difference in razorsharp contests.Many more athletes will qualify in the coming months, be it in rowing or yachting. And with tennis also being a big sport for us, things don’t look so gloomy.So what about the final medal count for India in London? It’s best to simply focus on the preparation rather than make projections on the number of medals.last_img read more

Trumpinduced fear of nuclear war normal reaction say psychologists

first_imgTORONTO – President Donald Trump’s avowal to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea in response to any military strikes against the U.S. has raised the spectre of a nuclear confrontation between the countries, ratcheting up public anxiety about the potential for such a devastating event.While the escalating rhetoric may be mere sabre rattling, psychologists say feeling fearful or anxious about the threat of a nuclear holocaust or any life-altering catastrophe is perfectly normal.“Sometimes we might experience a sense of being in constant danger, especially if we’re questioning if there’s this threat to life and safety,” said Dr. Katy Kamkar, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.“And it becomes not only the concern for the safety of self, but then of course for the safely of loved ones, the destruction of everything we have established,” she said.“The uncertainty can induce more worry. We feel more vulnerable and it can lead to feeling more helpless and powerless.”Shmuel Lissek, founding director of the ANGST Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, said humans have been hard-wired to err on the side of caution.From an evolution perspective, organisms that were overly cautious in the face of low-probability threats were more likely to survive and pass on their genes — and humans inherited those genes, Lissek told the Washington Post this week.“So when there’s a very small-probability threat that is of very high intensity, we tend to worry instead of not worry,” he said.A person’s age may also dictate how they react emotionally to the perceived threat of nuclear war, Kamkar said.Many baby boomers grew up during the Cold War, when then U.S. president John F. Kennedy and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev took the world to the brink of a nuclear conflagration with the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and the fear of annihilation was a seminal event in many of their lives.In his 2001 book “A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal,” New York-born chef Anthony Bourdain, 61, wrote: “I grew up thinking the Big One could come at any moment, and this country — or fear of it, the way my country reacted to the threat — radicalized, marginalized and alienated me in ways that still affect me.”While younger adults did not share that experience with their parents or grandparents, later military conflicts with or without the risk of weapons of mass destruction may have increased their psychological sensitivity to a perceived threat of atomic war.For instance, a study of Finnish students aged 15 to 19 around the time of the 1991 Persian Gulf War — in which a U.S.-led international coalition defeated Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait — found those adolescents who frequently worried about nuclear war had an increased risk of having developed a mental health disorder five years later.Kamkar said teens and children process events differently than adults, “but we know children look to their parents. So if they see any fear or panic within their parents, they might in turn feel it as well.“Also we know that if they hear it through the media … it can then in turn induce those negative or frightening images in them.”Richard John, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Southern California, agreed the war of words between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the media can exacerbate public anxiety.“I think people react to the news a lot more strongly now because it’s hard to escape,” he said Thursday from Los Angeles. “In the ’60s, you heard one news report for half an hour at night and that was about it. And now, it’s a 24-hour news cycle.“You go on social media and you go on anywhere and you’re just bombarded with the media talking about this. And it gets amplified.”John, associate director of research at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events — or CREATE, established by U.S. Homeland Security — is an expert in what’s known as probabilistic risk assessment. He suggested people do seem to have a heightened sense that some sort of attack is imminent.“I think right now they see the Korean dilemma as just part of the whole crazy Trump presidency … and so probably most people just think the North Koreans are reacting to Trump’s tweets … and they don’t see it in the context of the last 25 years of foreign policy towards the North Koreans.“My sense right now is most people really don’t appreciate much about history,” he said, noting that former president Bill Clinton began that policy by giving North Korea US$5 billion in exchange for its promise not to pursue a path of nuclear armament.And unlike in 1962, when both the U.S. and the Soviet Union were rapidly stockpiling nuclear weapons, there were no defensive weapons to knock down intercontinental ballistic missiles carrying those warheads, as is the case today, John said.“So from an objective standpoint, if you asked what is the level of threat, what’s the risk, how likely is this to happen, people should be a lot less anxious today than they were in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more