The administrators of sports in Jamaica seem to have a problem with any member of their organisation speaking out about any perceived problem. Whenever there is a report of a ‘problem’ the administrators complain bitterly about “a process” whereby complaints can be resolved internally. They are eerily silent when it is revealed that the ‘problem’ had been previously discussed ad nauseam internally, without any tangible move being made to resolve the problem. So, frustrated, an interview is given, a document leaked, and then wholescale wringing of the hands, as the offending individual is disciplined/sanctioned. Oh dear! What can the matter be? The answer seems to lie in the sense of entitlement that comes with the elevation of these men and women to positions of power. Every acceptance speech by an administrator who has sought the position, and won, speaks glibly about ‘communication’ with players, officials, and fans. Yet, whenever ‘problems’ surface, the frustrated complainer, being human, fails to follow point by point ‘the process’ and out he/she goes, while the ‘problem’ remains and festers. Winning in any sport tends to allow ‘problems’ to be ignored or papered over, but when the team begins losing over and over again, and the fingers of the fans begin pointing, searching for the person(s) responsible for the poor run of results, this is where our administrators hunker down, dropping players, firing coaches, daring any member of the losing team to go public. Whatever happened to the administrator who spoke at his/her inauguration? Power – power that has unmasked a character flaw which is much too painful to admit. I do believe that the four most popular sports in Jamaica are Horse racing, football, track and field and netball. We lead the world in track and field not because we have good administrators, but because we have world-class athletes. I fear the post-Bolt era of track and field because that is when the ‘problems’ cannot be papered over or ignored, and if not corrected, no longer will be comfortable with the moniker ‘sprint capital’ of the world. In football, persistent and financially embarrassing losses have caused the leader of our nation’s football to finally come to the realisation that the future of local football lies in the development of LOCAL talent. RELENTLESS FALL DOWN In netball, a relentless fall down the world ranking has finally caused the administrator of that sport to look in the direction of LOCAL coaches to guide our world-class talent to the pinnacle of world netball. Hopefully, soon, gender bias will also go the way of dependency on foreign coaches, bringing the results that the fans crave. In cricket, the Trump-like thin-skinned qualities of the leadership – who insist on foreign leadership that is obviously alienating any player whose self-belief made him a world-rated player – is not helping the team. Tony Becca, in his column on Sunday, pointed out the dual roles of President Dave Cameron and technical director of cricket Richard Pybus. Tony is so right when he articulates a question that has been dogging West Indian fans as star after star is ushered from representing us, the people of the region. “How can a non-West Indian stop a West Indian player from representing the West Indies, regardless of the circumstances.” Maybe that question is what led Mr Cameron to agree to do that interview on SportsMax, falsely hoping to give the impression that there is some West Indian input into what is going on with our stars. I do hope that the refusal of Jamaican James Adams to renew his English coaching contract means that he is considering coming back home to rescue West Indian cricket. What a wonderful director of West Indian cricket he would be!
A large species of lizard unknown to science has been discovered alive and well in the Philippines. The BBC News has a picture of the monster, a class of monitor lizard, that measures 2 meters from snout to tail. That makes it about 2/3 the size of its famous cousin from Java, the Komodo Dragon. The new lizard, Varanus bitatawa, sports bright blue, green and yellow skin. Footnote: the fearsome-looking creature eats fruit. See also the National Geographic story for more information and pictures. It ends with the tantalizing possibility that additional species may be out there, waiting to be found.Update 04/27/2010: Live Science reported the discovery of another monitor lizard, Varus obor, in Indonesia. This species, nicknamed the Torch monitor, is 1.2 meters long, has a black body and bright orange head. In contrast to the fruit-eating one found in the Philippines, this one lives on small animals and carrion.Some lessons from this story: (1) There may be more large animals around our globe that remain to be discovered. (2) You can’t always tell the diet or behavior of an animal by appearance alone. How much more so when dealing with fossils? Other monitor lizards, like the Komodo dragon, eat pigs, and sometimes people. (3) What is unknown to science is not necessarily unknown to humanity. The local tribespeople knew all about Varanus bitatawa; they hunted it for meat. So get famous; go find that missing supersaurus that is lurking in the jungles of some tropical isle.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … The ability of microgrids to operate autonomously from larger grids could prove to be a major driver of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption in smart cities of the future.A recent Intel Grid Insights blog piece by Andres Carvallo discussed the pivotal role microgrids will play in smart cities of the future. Carvallo is CEO of CMG, a consultancy that advises on smart grids and other infrastructure.Microgrids are small, local energy grids with control capability that allows them to be disconnected from traditional utility grids. Carvallo says this capability to operate independently will make microgrids a key driver for smart city adoption of IoT technology.“Highly instrumented microgrids can strengthen grid resilience and help minimize outages in the larger utility grid,” said Carvallo. “Microgrids are designed to enable two-way power flow and two-way dataflow that require pervasive instrumentation and connectivity on just about every device within it.”See also: Can IoT turn back climate change?Multiple technologies power microgrids, including natural gas CHP engines, fuel cells, batteries, solar technology and diesel generators. And IoT will play a role with such equipment that requires sensors, connectivity, analytics, machine learning optimization and software for managing devices and energy.Carvallo says that microgrids have grown to over 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in capacity, with future projections reaching 20GW by 2020 and 100GW by 2030.Microgrids provide greater reliabilityKey reasons microgrids are being increasingly deployed in communities across the U.S. are their high reliability, lower costs, reduced emissions and asset security. End users include military bases, research labs, smart cities, universities, islands and other remote communities.With more than 100 players in the field today, he identifies several areas where IoT and microgrids will provide opportunities in the future.“Solutions that include things like control and energy management software, modeling and feasibility analysis tools, building energy management systems, home energy management systems, switching gear, protection gear, inverters, grid interconnectors, batteries and energy storage, storage management systems, communications networks, power meters, microprocessors, sensors, and gateways, to name a few,” he says. Tags:#Intel#IoT#microgrids#Smart Cities#smart energy Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Donal Power Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…
Star drag-flicker Sandeep Singh continued his goal-scoring spree as India defeated Japan 3-2 for their fourth consecutive win and finished atop the points-table in group B of the Asian Games men’s hockey competition, in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sandeep kept a cent per cent record in penalty corners on Sunday, converting the two short corners India earned in the day with precision in the 38th and 62nd minute to see his team finish the preliminary stage on an impressive note.However, it was captain Rajpal Singh (31st minute) who drew parity for India after Japan had surged ahead with a Hiroki Sakamoto strike in the 21st minute.And then seven minutes later Sandeep converted the first of his two set pieces with a fierce drag-flick to ensure his team a 2-1 lead at the breather.Crossing over, both the teams struggled hard for goals till the 62nd minute when Sandeep once again was bang on target from India’s second penalty corner.Japan, however, pulled one back a minute later through another field strike from Sakamoto.With four wins out of as many matches, India finished on top of Group B with 12 points, while arch-rivals Pakistan finished second with nine points.India will now take on the second placed team from Group A — the winners of the match between China or Malaysia later in the day — in the semifinals on November 24 while Pakistan will be up against formidable Korea.
Jurgen Klopp has defended the form of key player Mohamed Salah despite critics questioning the Egyptian’s recent displays.Salah’s form is in stark contrast to the standard he set last season with only nine goals in his 20 games so far compared to the 15 goals he notched in at this stage last term.However, Klopp has come out to defend the form of the winger even after taking him off in the Merseyside derby.“I don’t have to repeat that,” he told the Mirror. “How people judge it, you or whoever, I have no influence on. That’s how it is. It’s a free world and we can judge things, however.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s all good. I think he has scored seven so far in the league. Who has scored most? Aubameyang? And he scored twice in the last game. So nobody is 15 goals away from him.“The season is like it is, and we all have to start new. You can take nothing for granted and think things will be easy.“He could have scored more with the chances he’s had, but there is nothing else to say. Just try and get yourself ready for the next game, try to do your best and then after the season, you will get judged, not during the season.“You can do that, but for us that’s not really important.”