Chambers strides into coaching – Jamaica athlete earns USATF Level One certification

first_imgNACAC Senior Championship 400-metre bronze medallist, Ricardo Chambers, the newly-certified United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Level One coach, says he is happy volunteering at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, but coaching professionally at the Olympics and World Championships remains his ultimate goal. “I feel good as a budding coach. I think with the Level One and with my experience as an Olympian I could get into a big University with Level One, but I want to go as far as possible with having the most knowledge as possible,” he said. “It’s a big achievement for me (USATF Level One) because I am trying to get into coaching after I finish competing. I am preparing myself for the future,” continued Chambers. The 400m athlete said he is happy to volunteer and hone his skills with the Leon High School 400m programme, where they “love and respect me as a Jamaican athlete. “I am not gonna say I have all the knowledge in the required areas. I feel like I am learning and learning fast and spending a lot of time doing research,” he said. “My ultimate goal is to coach professionally, so I start at the high school level and I’m doing volunteer work with some kids and after that I hope to volunteer at some University. But coaching professionally is my ultimate goal,” Chambers outlined in an interview yesterday. Scholarship Recipient Thirty-one-year-old Chambers hails from Trelawny and  moved to the United States on a track scholarship at Florida State University (FSU), where he represented the Seminoles, winning a silver medal over 400m at the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships. He also broke the FSU record with 44.71 seconds and is looking to start his coaching exploits as an athlete/coach, while volunteering at Leon High, which is located in the same state. Earlier this year, Chambers, was part of Jamaica’s 4×400 men’s team which missed out on a bronze medal, after clocking 2:58.51 minutes for a disappointing fourth at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. The Jamaican is eyeing a successful 2016, however, with the World Indoors and 2016 Rio Olympics, for which he maintains “training is going ahead of the programme”.last_img read more

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Warriors-Kings cheatsheet: Sac wants a track meet; champs want to right the ship

first_imgKings stock report: This young Sacramento team has been one of the pleasant surprises this season, ascending to the eighth seed in the Western Conference with … After suffering one of their worst losses of the season, the Warriors will take their talents up I-80 to face the upstart Kings.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…Where/When: Golden 1 Arena, 7 p.m. (NBCSBA)Kings projected starters: Nemanja Bjelica, Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox, Iman Shumpertlast_img read more

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37 Ways to Spice Up Your Geocaching

first_imgWhat inspires you to geocache? For some, it’s the pure hunt that ignites the excitement. For others, it’s the adventurous and often unusual things one partakes in along the way. Here are 37 amazing ways to spice up your geocaching. 11. Help a newbie find their first smileyFirst geocache= happy dance SharePrint Related50 First Dates: How to Hook Your Friends into GeocachingJuly 25, 2013In “Learn”Three Quick Tips for Successful GeocachingSeptember 25, 2018In “News”#Geocaching Instagram: 30kMarch 20, 2015In “Community” 12. Take a leap of faith (literally)The Leap (GC16R4B) in Arizona13. Stumble upon something totally randomGnomesville (GCHTN7) Signed, Sealed, Delivered29. Step outside your comfort zoneDo something you never thought you could. Like 116 geoaches an hour at the ET Highway.ET Highway. Complete.30. Trek through snowLace up those boots and get ready for snow and ice. Some of the best geocaching memories can be made in the coldest of months.View from GC1CWV4 in Iceland. This EarthCache is a glacial river lagoon.31. Build somethingIn geocaching, there’s the hunt and there’s the hide. Hone your carpentry skills and create a masterpiece that others would want to find.The Maker32. See the place where it all began (original stash)The only thing missing from the picture below is you and the original can of beans.Original Stash (place feet here)33.  Visit the Geocaching Headquarters  in SeattleAnd join us for the Geocaching Block Party. We’d love to meet you!The official HQ Geocache34. Complete a challenge (7 souvenirs of August)You can do it!35. Venture out on two wheelsGeocaching and biking in Mendoza, Argentina36. Soak in the beauty of the world around youSummer geocaching on the coast of Portugal37. Last but not least, remember where you parked your geo-car (you have to return to reality eventually)Geo-CarNow, what’s #38? How do you spice of your geocaching experience, and how many of the above have you already accomplished?Share with your Friends:More 14. Spot an exotic animalEver so often, you’ll come across a rare breed…Lava Iguanas in the GalapagosBut, more commonly you’ll come across…Geo-cat15. Climb Mount EverestMany geocachers are unaware that climbing Everest results in (obvious) bragging rights as well as an awesome geocache find.Geocacher “kenyansherpa” making the impressive climb16. Reach a fitness goalA recent study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center shows that geocaching is a great way stay healthy and burn some extra calories. So get off the couch and start hunting!Washington Coast Camping and Geocaching17. Travel to a new and exotic placeGet ready to pack your bags. With over 2 million geocaches worldwide, the game can take you anywhere. Oh, the places you’ll go.Geocaching in Morocco (GC35436)18. Venture out at nightNight  Caching with friends19. Photograph your journey and share it with othersTrackable frame journey20. Go to the end of the worldGeocacher “apres ski 66” at Fin Del Mundo (GCH7MR)21. Become a historianGeocaching is a great way to learn about the history of a location. The Star-Spangled Banner GeoTour takes geocachers to the locations of significant historic events during the War of 1812.Star-Spangled Banner Geotour22. Solve a puzzleRelease your inner geek and solve a puzzle geocache.Puzzle cache tBLT – The Klingoni Sudoku (GC53BPD) 1. Hike to a viewpoint that you never knew existedGeocaching journey to Bariloche, Argentina (GC1M51M)2.Take care of our planetGood planets are hard to find. While you’re out on a geocache hunt, make sure to CITO (cache in trash out).Cleaning up Yosemite (GC4Y868)3. Equicache (horseback geocaching)Jump on up and gallop away. Explore the geocaching wilderness with the help of a furry friend.FDR by Horse – Lonesome Dove (GC4AHH8)4. Make new friendsThere are thousands of worldwide geocaching events each year. Join in the fun and meet fellow geocachers. Check out a geocaching event near you.2014 Geowoodstock5. Deep sea dive (divecaching)Take a deep breath and venture down into deep blue waters to uncover some of the most mysterious geocaches in the world.  “Clearwater Paradise – SCUBA” (GC1T16F) by BlazerDiver has yet to be found since it was hidden in 2009. FTF anyone?GC1T16F off the coast of Honduras6. Complete a geocaching questWe all have different bucket list items to check off.  There’s no better feeling in the world than when you do (and drink an ice cold mini-beer to celebrate).Celebrate7. Release your inner artist“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced,” Vincent Van Gogh.Motopony Fan Cache (GC3R8RN) by “HugeBeef”8. Encounter a celebrityHugh Jackman (aka Wolverine) geocaches. ‘Nuff said.The wolverine himself geocaching in Australia9. Explore by water (kayaking, canoeing, cruise ships)Some geocaches are only accessible by water. And they are awesome.Water-caching10. Propose to that special someoneSee how a FTF hunt can turn into a marriage proposal. 23. Climb (anything and everything)Climbing to a find24. Taste the local cuisineMmm! There’s nothing better than a scrumptious meal after a day of geocaching. Bloggers and geoachers “Peanuts or Pretzels” stumbled upon a delicious Venezualan restaurant while exploring the city of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.25. Film your adventureJust like the Geocaching Vlogger, you too can capture your favorite geocaching moments and share them with the world.The “Geocaching Vlogger”26. Blast off to spaceIf you ever get the chance to discover the International Space Station (GC1BE91) geocache, do it.Geocaching and Space 27. Master a new languageUn train peut en cacher un autre?28. Create a new identity (in the geocaching world)What’s in your username?last_img read more

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A New Ground-Mounted Solar Array

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img I’ve lived in an off-grid house for the past 39 years. Since I make my own electricity, my electricity costs are much higher than those of most Americans. Because of my off-grid lifestyle, I often lack perspective when I try to help people who ask questions about ordinary energy choices. (I’ve had to compensate for my lack of relevant experience by undertaking anthropological studies of my grid-connected neighbors.)Back in the old days, I used to haul water in a bucket from the spring, and I made whole-wheat flour with a hand-cranked mill. (Don’t ask.) So when I’m in a retrospective mood, I can be amazed by simple things.“Look: all I have to to is turn this little knob and water flows out of the faucet!”“If I flip this switch, the mill will make flour by itself!”Karyn and I try to keep our batteries charged, of course. In sunny weather, we get most of our electricity from our rooftop photovoltaic (PV) array. When the weather turns cloudy, or days get short, we have to charge the batteries with a gasoline-powered Honda generator.Since I still have vivid memories of the old days, when I did everything by hand, I’m grateful for the conveniences made possible by our Honda generator. But generators are a pain. Anyone who lives off-grid has a visceral understanding of how complicated it is to burn fossil fuels to create the rotary motion needed to power a generator or alternator. Gasoline-powered generators are noisy, require frequent maintenance, and use expensive fuel. Every kilowatt-hour we generate this way is hard-won and expensive.I bought my first PV module (a 33-watt Arco panel that cost $275, or $8.33/watt) in 1980. My PV array (like those of most off-grid hippies) is a collection… last_img read more

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5 predictions for artificial intelligence in 2017

first_imgStuart Frankel Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#featured#Google#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT#Salesforce#top Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puckcenter_img Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Artificial intelligence (AI) has officially gone mainstream. Industry research firm Gartner named AI as its number one strategic technology for a second year in a row. The acquisitions race among giants like Google, IBM, Salesforce and Apple to purchase private AI companies keeps heating up — 2016 alone saw 40 AI-related acquisitions and our own research found that 62% of large enterprises will be using AI-technologies by 2018.Since everyone seems to be talking about AI broadly, we focused our predictions this year on what we see happening with communications and AI.See also: Will artificial intelligence mean the end of cyberthreats?As a leader in this area, we are working with enterprises to close the communication gap between man and machine. For 2017, our predictions are related to how we’ll communicate with computers and other devices, how AI systems will communicate with each other, and how we’ll communicate with each other about AI.#1 – The movement towards conversational interfaces will accelerateThe recent, combined efforts of a number of innovative tech giants point to a coming year when interacting with technology through conversation becomes the norm. Are conversational interfaces really a big deal? They’re game-changing. Since the advent of computers, we have been forced to speak the language of computers in order to communicate with them and now we’re teaching them to communicate in our language.Search engines like Google and Bing have already made big moves enabling search queries via spoken word while Facebook launched an AI-effort, DeepText, to understand individual users’ conversational patterns and interests. Meanwhile, the move toward natural language interfaces has already picked up steam with the explosion of companies focused on enabling chatbots, digital assistants and even messaging apps eclipsing social networks in monthly activity. Beyond 2017, think of a future when we can casually ask our personal devices for information regardless of subject – “How much money do I have in checking?”, “When was my last physical?” or “What restaurant within a 10-minute driving distance has an open table for 2 people?”#2 – Design will begin to evolve to increase our trust in AIIf people don’t trust AI, they won’t use it. In the next year, designers will begin to apply knowledge of human interaction, specifically in the area of how we earn trust and respect, to AI systems. Elements of communication like tone, sentiment, timing, visual cues and word choice combined with AI technologies like natural language generation that increase transparency into how these systems operate will play a role in helping users trust and rely on AI systems.Stanford’s recent study on AI’s impact over the next 100 years states it well, “Design strategies that enhance the ability of humans to understand AI systems and decisions (such as explicitly explaining those decisions), and to participate in their use, may help build trust and prevent drastic failures, it’s critical that engineers and designers create systems that communicate freely about how they work.” In other words, if my AI-powered home monitoring system unlocks my home for an unscheduled visitor in the middle of the day, it better be able to explain why.#3 – We’ll start talking about how AI systems talk to each otherIn the next year, efforts will begin to create universal standards for AI to AI interactions. Without standards, AI technologies will increasingly become siloed or worse, interfere negatively with each other when multiple AI systems are involved in determining a single outcome. Imagine driverless cars on a collision course without the means to communicate with each other or an enterprise with multiple siloed AI systems that has a predictive analytics system moderating decisions about production levels but another AI system with a different data source that has indicated production needs to change. 2017 will be the beginning of talks among the tech giants, relevant industry associations and governmental bodies to establish universal AI standards.#4 – AI will take a hit due to imbedded biasIn 2016, examples that reflected the multiple sources of bias that can occur within AI systems. Some of these sources include the data used to train systems, users’ interactions with the systems, similarity bias and the bias of conflicting goals. Most of this bias currently goes unnoticed but as AI usage grows and increasingly impacts people’s lives, recommendations need to be established for acknowledging and addressing systems’ biases or AI will take a major hit impeding future progress.#5 – Enterprises will start to demand ROI from their AICompanies will begin looking for demonstrable value and ROI proof points from AI technologies. While funding for AI-related startups keeps increasing – in the last 5 years alone, investments in AI have grown tenfold from $94M in 2011 to $1049M in 2016 – we’ve seen few real commercial applications surface. Most often these technologies are piloted by Innovation teams or an R&D department. 2017 will be the tipping point when companies start questioning their investments and AI will have to grow up.It’s pretty amazing to think that just two years ago we were talking about AI and robots coming to kill us. Tech luminaries were proclaiming AI would bring upon the apocalypse and now, some of these same people are founding organizations to push AI to its limits. So much has been accomplished in a short span of time, and we’re now starting to realize the benefits of partnering with AI versus fearing it. I’m already looking forward to next year when I can review my predictions to see how we fared – or more likely, I’ll be asking my intelligent system to tell me about my hits and misses. Hopefully, I’ll do well.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry shatters hotel table after golf blunder

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Warriors were were in Washington, where they took selected kids to an African-American history museum in lieu of the usual White House visit and defeated the Wizards, 109-101, last Thursday.Curry is an avid golfer and has played against pros. LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “When you feel like you’re on the @pgatour so you gotta get some wings going in the hotel room,” Curry said in Instagram post.center_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Most of the time  Stephen Curry hits threes, other times he hits the hotel glass table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Golden State star guard on Thursday posted a photo of shattered glass all over his hotel room, which was a result of an accident while he was working on his golf swing.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Phoenix spoils Romeo’s return, keeps quarterfinal hopes alive Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Shiv Kapur clinches Panasonic Open India title

first_imgShiv Kapur clinched his first Asian Tour title in India, bagging the Panasonic Open by three strokes after bringing home a card of four-under 68 in the fourth and final round at the Delhi Golf Club, today.It is second Asian Tour title of the season for Kapur, who fired five birdies against one bogey to stay three strokes clear off a pack of fellow Indians, including Ajeetesh Sandhu (65), Sudhir Sharma (69) and Chirag Kumar (64).Kapur had won the Yeangder Heritage in April and finished second at the Thailand Open this season. He had won his first Asian tour title in 2005 at the Volvo Masters of Asia.”It’s an amazing feeling,” an emotional Kapur told reporters. “This victory has not really sunk in yet but when I was walking down the 18th, I was really trying to hold back the emotions.”I was telling myself just finish the race, finish the race and it’s just amazing to be able to do it.”At 14-under 274, as many as seven golfers finished at the tied second spot, meaning the top 10 was dominated by Indians with American Paul Peterson, who held a share of the lead after the third day, being the only exception as he also had a share of the tied second place.Others to finish tied second are Karandeep Kochhar (66), SSP Chawrasia (69) and Om Prakash Chouhan (69)First-round leader, Sandhu, who has been in rampaging form over the last three months with a T-3 at Take Solutions in Bengaluru, followed by a win in Taiwan and a win on the Japan Challenge Tour, sizzled with eight birdies and a bogey to provide a charge on the fourth day.advertisementSudhir, a two-time winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour, produced a flawless round with three birdies.Chawrasia, who has won three different Asian Tour events here the 2008 Emaar-MGF, the 2014 Panasonic Open India and the 2015 Hero Indian Open at the DGC, also signed off at 274 after scoring five birdies and two bogeys.Chiragh, who won the 2015 edition of the event and also was a runners-up at Hero Indian Open in 2011, fired nine birdies and a bogey to produce a sensational eight-under 64 to take his total to 274.Kapur had won the Gujarat Kensville Challenge and Dubai Festival City Challenge tour Grand Final in 2013.”To be able to win in front of all my friends and family is wonderful. I grew up playing golf here and told myself I got to win at the Delhi Golf Club one day,” Kapur said.”So no words can actually describe how I’m feeling right now. The reception I got when I was coming up the 18 was just amazing. It was well worth the wait.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER BEING REMEMBERED IN TORONTO FOR NURTURING TALENTS OF MANY

first_img Facebook Paul Aikins, longtime musical theatre teacher at Etobicoke School of the Arts, died on the weekend. Family, friends and students are paying tribute to him on social media. (Facebook) A beloved musical theatre teacher who died suddenly on the weekend is being remembered for nurturing the talents of many young people at an arts high school in Toronto.Paul Aikins, 54, a teacher and director in the musical theatre department at the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA), died on Saturday.In a message on the school website, ESA principal Grant Fawthrop said the school is “grief-stricken” by the news of Aikins’ death. ESA is a specialized public arts-academic high school. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img “Paul’s impact at ESA, our music theatre program, and its many students was enormous. This loss to our community hurts deeply and it will for sometime,” Fawthrop writes.Aikins worked at ESA for the past 20 years and was a department head for 10 years. He was artistic director of the school’s show choir Splash, named national grand champions five times.‘He did what he taught and he taught what he did’Heather Bambrick, a jazz vocalist, performer and educator, described Aikins as a “powerhouse” in an interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Aikins, her friend and colleague, was “driven” and “fun-loving,” she said. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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