Confident Brathwaite aiming to become match-winner

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has his eyes fixed on being a match-winner for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week, and believes his skill set could be valuable in the team’s success. The 27-year-old has emerged as a strong attacking lower-order batsman and tidy seamer, and proved a revelation on the recent Test tour of Australia with a couple of half-centuries. Brathwaite said while his batting was currently ahead of his bowling, he was working hard to produce in both areas, to earn West Indies positive results in the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India. “In T20, fortunately, I have the option of both [batting and bowling], but some days you go well with the ball … and some days it’s not so good with the ball, but then you have a chance to make up with the bat, so being an all-rounder is a plus,” Brathwaite said yesterday. “I’m striking the ball really nicely at the moment. My batting is probably just ahead of my bowling for the time being but hopefully, at least for one or two games in the World Cup, both of them come together nicely to win a game for West Indies.” TEST DEBUT On Test debut last December in Melbourne, Brathwaite struck an impressive 59 in the second Test batting at number eight, and then followed up with a whirlwind 69 off 66 balls in the final Test at Sydney. On the tour of Sri Lanka last October, the right-hander blasted 113 off 58 balls against the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a 50-over game. Brathwaite, a late call-up to the Windies T20 World Cup squad because of injury to Kieron Pollard, said he always backed his ability regardless of the result. “I’m pretty confident in my skills. I know once I go out there and execute the plans that I’ve set for myself and the targets that I’ve set, I’ll be successful,” he pointed out. While Brathwaite’s batting has been coming along well, he also remains a threat with the ball and picked up three wickets in the second unofficial warm-up T20 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah last Monday. He said one of his aims on the current tour was to lift his bowling. “I’m trying a few things in the nets. I’m trying to bowl a bit quicker. It’s been working thus far and long may it continue,” he explained. “The situation of the [Zimbabwe] game was more suited to my style of bowling – more containment rather than attacking – and I was just fortunate and lucky to get the three wickets which I was happy about.”last_img read more

Tip-Tap-Toe! Convoy man seals Irish dancing world title triumph in US!

first_imgA young Convoy man has proved once again that he on top of his game by winning a prestigious world Irish Dancing Championship. Conor Rodgers, 21, from Killynure in Convoy has a unique list of sports and past-times as he combines Irish dancing with soccer and GAA. Conor dances for The Mc Conomy Bradley Doherty Academy of Irish Dancing and he had a very successful 2018, winning the Irish National Championship, All Scotland Championship and Great Britain Championship.But the rising star has gone one better this year by winning the U21 Men’s Irish Dancing Championship in the United States.The week-long championships took place in the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and Joseph S Koury Convention Centre from Sunday, April 14 to Sunday, April 21. Rodgers, son of proud parents Michael and Sharon Rodgers, travelled to North Carolina during the Easter holidays in a bid to be crowned the World Champion.2019 is set to be Rodgers’ final year with Irish Dancing and the university student topped it off with a World Championship.Conor is currently in his third year for a degree in Physiotherapy in Jordanstown, which he is on course to graduate from this summer.Many thanks to Emer Devir and Sharon Rodgers for the photos of Conor with his world title.Tip-Tap-Toe! Convoy man seals Irish dancing world title triumph in US! was last modified: April 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Owls keen to complete loan deal for QPR man – report

first_imgOut-of-favour QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has again been linked with Sheffield Wednesday.The People claim Owls boss Dave Jones, who managed Bothroyd at Cardiff, is keen to complete a deal to sign him on loan.Bothroyd can leave QPR.Rangers manager Mark Hughes recently stated that no approach had been made for the player.The Sunday Mirror run a story suggesting that Bothroyd, Luke Young, DJ Campbell, Rob Hulse and Tommy Smith are unhappy with the way they have been treated at Loftus Road.Smith has moved to Cardiff and the others have been told that they too can leave the club.A source said to be close to the players is quoted as saying: “They find the way they have been treated disrespectful.“They have not been a moment’s trouble to the club. They cannot understand what is going on and why this has happened.”The Sunday Mirror also suggest Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is ­weighing up a move for Michael Dawson.The Tottenham defender has stalled over a transfer to QPR, who have had a bid for him accepted, and is believed to be keen to join the Black Cats.Meanwhile, The Sun on Sunday say Fulham have stepped up their apparent interest in Evian’s Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, who it is claimed is rated at £3m.The Sunday Mirror say Tottenham will make a bid for Fulham star Moussa Dembele if Porto refuse to drop their £25m asking price for Joao Moutinho.Spurs are said to have previously made an offer for Dembele and remain interested in taking him to White Hart Lane.It is claimed the north London club are planning a £50m spending spree before the transfer window closes and that Chelsea’s Raul Meireles is also among their back-up options if they are unable to land their first-choice targets.And Liverpool are planning a ‘final push’ to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, according to The People.The American has been linked with a move to Anfield for several months but no official bid has been made.However, it is claimed manager Brendan Rodgers has told Liverpool’s owners he is determined to capture Dempsey. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa, Russia sign uranium deal

first_imgRussia has the largest uranium-enrichmentcapacity in the world, and has signed adeal to supply uranium to South Africa from2011 to 2017 (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent Magwenya The Presidency +27 12 300 5351 +27 72 715 0024 RELATED ARTICLES • Coca-Cola pours $54m into plant • A power plant in your home • Top marks for SA energy policies • Motorwind-powered energyNosimilo RamelaRussia will supply South African nuclear power stations with uranium from 2011 until 2017, following a recent agreement reached between Presidents Jacob Zuma and Dmitry Medvedev.The deal was signed in Moscow on 5 August 2010 during Zuma’s three-day state visit to Russia, which was undertaken to strengthen ties between the two countries.“During this visit we have certainly taken our relations with Russia to a higher level politically,” said Zuma.“We have also laid strong foundations for people-to-people cooperation, and also to work together on international multilateral issues.”Russia has long viewed Africa as an attractive investment destination owing to its wealth of natural resources. Medvedev said the uranium deal was only the beginning in developing relations between his country and the continent.According to the deal, Russia will provide technological support and uranium for South Africa’s nuclear power stations – and may even look into building its own plants in the country. This will see Russia controlling 45% of South Africa’s uranium market.Russia’s uranium-enrichment capacity is currently the largest in the world.Cementing tiesThis was Zuma’s first state visit to Moscow since becoming president in 2009. He was accompanied by 11 government ministers and more than 100 business people.The business delegation represented sectors such as agro-processing, aviation, banking and finance, defence and aerospace, energy, engineering, information and communications technology, infrastructure, logistics, medical and health services and tourism.“The size of the government and business delegation emphasises our commitment to consolidate and further deepen bilateral relations with this country,” said Zuma.Wrapping up the visit on 6 August, the South African president said he was pleased with the outcome: “After our successful talks, we are convinced that this visit will afford us an opportunity to further consolidate and enhance relations at both the bilateral and multilateral levels.”However, Zuma said there was still room for better cooperation in all sectors represented by his delegation. He added that he would identify new opportunities that could further enhance the agendas of the two countries.“We are keen to obtain lessons from the Russian Federation’s own transformation. It has been one of the most breathtaking in recent economic history.”Zuma’s visit fell in line with his aim of extending trade and investment ties with the fast-growing economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China – also known as the BRIC nations. South Africa is hoping to become the fifth member of this alliance.last_img read more

When Harry met Meghan … in Toronto Prince Harry rumoured to be

first_img Twitter Celebrity gossip websites were agog Sunday over reports that Prince Harry was secretly dating the American actress after they met in Canada.British newspaper the Sunday Express reported that the “red-haired royal Romeo,” 32, was “besotted” with Markle, 35, who plays Rachel Zane on the TV legal drama Suits, which is filmed in Toronto. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: In a candid interview earlier this year, Prince Harry, the “world’s most eligible bachelor,” opened up about the challenges of meeting a girlfriend.“Even if I talk to a girl, that person is then suddenly my wife, and people go knocking on her door,” he said.Meghan Markle might want to reinforce her door right about now. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Sevilla gets smashed by Barcelona in Leo Messis house

first_imgWith a dominant 6-1 goal-fest, FC Barcelona was able to turn the result around against Sevilla on Lionel Messi’s return to action at Camp Nou.After FC Barcelona lost their first Copa del Rey leg against Sevilla without Lionel Messi on the roster, all the Catalan club’s supporters were eager to watch the Argentine play the return match at Camp Nou and confirm that they really do have him at the top of his game.It’s not only what the little man can do in regards of providing goals or assists, the whole squad functions at a different speed when he is playing on the pitch and today was the clear proof that this Barcelona side is one of the best in the world when Messi is in top form.Sevilla did what they could to prevent a debacle, but Leo was simply too much for them throughout the whole 90 minutes at Camp Nou.When you play against Barcelona in two matches and you get to play the first leg at your own stadium, you better score at least four goals against the Catalan club because Messi will almost always destroy you at his own house.The man started the festival by getting knocked down inside the box and conceding a penalty for his side, but he decided to let Philippe Coutinho take the shot from the spot so he could gain more confidence.FULL TIME: Barça complete the comeback, and then some, at Camp Nou! 👏👏👏Barça 6-1 Sevilla (6-3 agg.) 👉 Post-game stats and analysis: 🏆 #CopaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019With a 1-0 advantage and still 75 minutes left to play, Barcelona was already on its way to a magical night in front of their crowd.Just a minute past the first half hour, Arthur Melo saw an opening where Ivan Rakitic made the move forward for an assist between the lines and scored the second goal of the evening.With the aggregate already equalized, the Catalan club went to the dressing rooms thinking that they would actually get the next-round ticket with very few problems at their own stadium.Just a few minutes after the second half started, Luis Suarez got involved in the game by assisting Philippe Coutinho with a low cross straight to his head and got Barcelona’s third goal of the evening.Things were turning up quite easy for the Catalan club, but Messi was yet to get involved in the party.The Argentine became part of the celebration with another pass between the lines for Sergi Roberto, the Catalan player was able to finish the play with a well-placed shot for his side’s fourth goal.But this momentary result was a double-edged sword against Barcelona because a goal from Sevilla would get the Andalusian squad back in the game, they got it through Ghilherme Arana after an Ever Banega assist.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Barça overturn first leg deficit to storm into a NINTH consecutive #CopaDelRey semi-final! 💙🏆❤️@FCBarcelona 6-1 Sevilla FC (agg 6-3)— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 30, 2019After Sevilla’s goal the ghosts from past seasons started emerging, the people at Camp Nou were starting to get nervous and a reaction was needed from the club’s biggest stars.Manager Ernesto Valverde was able to give the squad the reaction it needed with the substitutions he made in the last 15 minutes of the match.The boss gave Arturo Vidal a chance to play and took Ivan Rakitic out, he also took Coutinho out in order to give Semedo some minutes, and he finally granted Carles Aleña his chance by taking Arthur out of the game in the final minutes of the match.The wagers paid off, Luis Suarez scored the fifth goal of the evening in a counter-attack after Jordi Alba assisted him.But the cherry on top was destined for Messi, the Argentine finished a gorgeous collective effort in which several Barcelona players participated and the star of the evening was the one who closed the night with his side’s sixth goal.The Catalan club qualifies to the Copa del Rey semifinals in spectacular fashion, any club that meets them there should be very afraid of their impressive level of performance they have reached by this stage of the season.But there is one thing that cannot be denied, Barcelona is one squad with Messi and a completely different one without him.Vidal 👉Suarez 👉Pique 👉 Suarez 👉 Alba 👉 Messi ⚽️ GOLAZOTiki-taka at it’s best from @FCBarcelona! 🔥#CopaDelRey— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 30, 2019What do you think about FC Barcelona’s goal-fest against Sevilla this evening in Copa del Rey? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas get ready for summer wedding in France

first_imgSophie Turner and Joe Jonas have set everything up for their upcoming wedding. Right from a fabulous venue in France down to every small detail, Joe and Sophie have got all their wedding priorities set. And, not to mention, they’ve made sure lots of beer is stored up.Joe Jonas told Zach Sang Show: “I mean, we are getting married in France, so a lot of Coors Light is necessary.”  It turns out that they learnt about the dearth of beer at Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding. This made them realise that their own wedding cannot have a beer problem.Nick added: “We learned a lesson from my wedding. Our friends drink a lot of beer, specifically, and we ran out of beer at the wedding, at my wedding, which was a big issue.” To this, even Kevin added: “It starts to get very dark very fast with hard alcohol instead. It’s just like ‘Oh, we’re doing this now? Okay.’ ” Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas in a still from SuckerInstagram”We got most of it figured out already. There’s parts of it that I think just naturally are stressful, but you just have to allow yourself to enjoy the fact that you’re doing this. It’s not really about all the little minor details, it’s going to be great and things are gonna go wrong, but I enjoy planning stuff,” Joe continued.Sophie did mention that she and Joe plan to keep their wedding an intimate affair to ensure that only their close friends and family members are in attendance. In her Harper’s Bazaar UK interview, Turner also revealed that she has asked her Game of Thrones sister Maisie Williams to be her maid of honour. Sophie Turner and Joe JonasInstagramAlthough a wedding date has not been confirmed by the couple, it looks like everything else is in place. Joe Jonas did reveal in The Late Late Show with James Corden that he and Sophie do plan to have a summer wedding.A summer wedding in France is going to be quite an extravagant affair! Sophie and Joe started dating in November 2016. It turns out that Joe took the help of mutual friends to slide into the Game of Thrones star’s Instagram direct messages and asked to meet. It has been three years since and you can already see where they stand now. Interestingly, Nick Jonas took the same step to approach Priyanka Chopra. He too had direct-messaged her on Twitter to get her attention, ahead of the Met Gala.last_img read more

Uber releases AresDB a new GPUpowered realtime Analytics Engine

first_imgUber announced the details regarding its new and open source real-time analytics engine, AresDB, yesterday. AresDB, released in November 2018, is Uber’s new solution for real-time analytics that helps unify, simplify, and improve Uber’s real-time analytics database solutions. It makes use of graphics processing units (GPUs) and an unconventional power source to help analytics grow at scale. AresDB’s architecture explores features such as column-based storage with compression (for storage efficiency), real-time ingestion with upsert support (for high data accuracy), and GPU powered query processing (for highly parallelized data processing powered by GPU). Let’s have a look at these key features of AresDB. Column-based storage AresDB stores data in a columnar format. Values in each column get stored as a columnar value vector. Nullness/validity of any values within the columns get stored in a separate null vector, where the validity of each of these values is represented by one bit. There are two types of stores, namely live and archive store, where column-based storage of data takes place. Live Store This is where all the uncompressed and unsorted columnar data (live vectors) gets stored. Data records in these live stores are then further partitioned into (live) batches of configured capacity. The values of each column within a batch are stored as a columnar vector. Validity/nullness of the values in each of these value vectors gets stored as a separate null vector, where the validity of each value is represented by one bit. Archive Store AresDB also stores all the mature, sorted, and compressed columnar data (archive vectors) in an archive store with the help of fact tables (stores an infinite stream of time series events). Records in archive store are also partitioned into batches similar to the live store. However, unlike the live batches, an archive batch is created that contains records of a particular Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) day. Records are then sorted as per the user configured column sort order. Real-time ingestion with upsert support Under the real-time ingestion feature, clients ingest data using the ingestion HTTP API by posting an upsert batch. Upsert batch refers to custom and serialized binary format that helps minimize the space overhead while also keeping the data randomly accessible. Real-time ingestion with upsert support After AresDB receives an upsert batch for ingestion, the upsert batch first gets written to redo logs for recovery. Then the upsert batch gets appended to the end of the redo log, where AresDB identifies and skips “late records” (where event time older than archived cut-off time) for ingestion into the live store. For records that are not “late,” AresDB uses the primary key index that helps locate the batch within the live store. During ingestion, once the upsert batch gets appended to the redo log, “late” records get appended to a backfill queue and other records are applied to the live store. GPU-powered query processing The user needs to use Ares Query Language (AQL) created by Uber to run queries against AresDB. AQL is a time series analytical query language that uses JSON, YAML, and Go objects. It is unlike the standard SQL syntax of SELECT FROM WHERE GROUP BY like other SQL-like languages. AQL offers better programmatic query experience as compared to SQL in JSON format for dashboard and decision system developers. This is because JSON format allows the developers to easily manipulate queries using the code, without worrying about issues such as SQL injection. AresDB manages multiple GPU devices with the help of a device manager that models the GPU device resources in two dimensions, namely, GPU threads and device memory. This helps track GPU memory consumption as processing queries. After query compilation is done, AresDB helps users estimate the number of resources required for the execution of a query. Device memory requirements need to be satisfied before a query is allowed to start. AresDB is currently capable of running either one or several queries on the same GPU device as long as the device is capable of satisfying all of the resource requirements. Future work AresDB is open sourced under the Apache License and is currently being used widely at Uber to power its real-time data analytics dashboards, helping it make data-driven decisions at scale. In the future, the Uber team wants to improve the project by adding new features. These new features include building the distributed design of AresDB to improve its scalability and reduce the overall operational costs. Uber also wants to add developer support and tooling to help developers quickly integrate AresDB into their analytics stack. Other features include expanding the feature set, and Query engine optimization. For more information, check out the official Uber announcement. Read Next Uber AI Labs introduce POET(Paired Open-Ended Trailblazer) to generate complex and diverse learning environments and their solutions Uber to restart its autonomous vehicle testing, nine months after the fatal Arizona accident Uber manager warned the leadership team of the inadequacy of safety procedures in their prototype robo-taxis early March, reports The Informationlast_img read more