Mountain biker caught speeding: Stockl sets new record

first_imgLast week, professional Austrian cyclist Markus Stöckl set the speed world record of 104.14 miles per hour on a commercial downhill mountain bike.“It’s a standard mountain bike, so there’s no part on the bike that you cannot buy,”Stöckl told Dirt afterwards. Sure, it’s a high-end bike with the best parts, but you can buy any part. Nothing has been specially made.”He took his Mondraker Summum from zero to 104.14 miles per hour in eleven seconds, down a 45-degree-angled volcano in Chile. Stöckl had a spandex suit specially designed for this record attempt. He has been setting speed records since the late 1990s.However, this isn’t the fastest speed reached by a mountain bike. Eric Barone has hit 138.8 miles per hour but on a specially designed bike.last_img read more

Studs’ big seventh shutters Crabs

first_imgIt was a close ball game through six innings Friday night at the Arcata Ball Park as the Humboldt Crabs sat tied at 2-2 with the visiting Seattle Studs heading into the seventh inning.And then a five-run outpouring by the visitors in the top of the seventh ended the Crabs’ chances at securing home win number one on the season as the Studs went on to win 7-2.The Crabs began the seventh inning with a pitching change, sending Jordyn Eglite in to relieve the starter Josh Mollerus — who ended his …last_img read more

Mobile Developers: It’s Not About The Money

first_imgTags:#Android#developers#HTML5#iOS#mobile#motivations#Open Source The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple iOS developers may make more money than their Android counterparts, but a new study from VisionMobile suggests that revenue is just one reason mobile app developers write for a particular platform. In fact, it’s not even the most important reason. Not by a long shot.Money, It’s A GasDespite Android’s overwhelming dominance of the mobile market, iOS developers still make more money. According to VisionMobile’s Developer Economics Q3 2013 report, iOS developers earn an average of $5,200 per month while Android developers pull down $4,700 per month. And despite there being more Android apps being downloaded, iOS still generates more money, as App Annie Intelligence data suggests: While this would seem to indicate a clear reason for developers to favor Apple over Android, the truth may not be quite so clear. Developers, it turns out, aren’t primarily motivated by money. Which is not the same as suggesting they’re a bunch of do-gooder Girl Scout types.Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Developer NeedsIn its new Developer Segmentation 2013 study, Vision Mobile highlights key developer types: Not surprisingly, so-called “Hunters” and “Guns for Hire” make up the bulk of the mobile developer population (42%), and contribute 48% of the app economy. Another 33% of app developers comprise the “Hobbyist” and “Explorer” segments, yet churn out only 13% of industry app revenues. These are the tinkerers who develop apps as a form of experimentation and personal enjoyment. The final group includes Enterprise IT and while only 29% of the market, it makes up 39% of app revenue.Both of these latter two groups favor HTML5 and Android. This isn’t surprising, given that they either need to be highly pragmatic (Enterprise IT) or they will choose a platform that allows them the most latitude (Android, HTML5) due to looser licensing constraints.Most interesting of all, none of the groups seems to have money as its primary motivation.Money drives just 28% of all developers, be they hobbyists or enterprise IT. Fun (40%) and creativity (53%) are much bigger motivations: What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This won’t be surprising to anyone that has tracked developer motivations over time. As open-source software went mainstream, researchers grappled with understanding the motivations behind an outpouring of free labor into a wide array of open-source projects. Each found essentially the same thing as Karim Lakhani and Robert Wolf uncovered: developers express their creativity and derive personal satisfaction through code.Getting Motivations RightAs mobile ecosystems battle for developers, it’s worth keeping the fun factor in mind. The platform that best enables developers through documentation and tools, while making it easy to get started, will eventually win. Revenue potential matters, as few developers can afford to work for free full-time. But ultimately developers are impressed far more by how a platform enables them to express their creativity and enjoy development. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

Mbappe becomes CL’s highest-scoring teenager

first_imgPSG Mbappe becomes Champions League’s highest-scoring teenager Goal Last updated 2 years ago 03:18 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Kylian Mbappé Marco Verratti Anderlecht PSG Cjampions league 18102017 Getty PSG UEFA Champions League Anderlecht v PSG Anderlecht With eight goals already in the European competition the PSG star has reached a total nobody under the age of 20 had previously managed Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has become the highest-scoring teenager in the history of the Champions League. Mbappe, 18, needed just three minutes to get PSG off the mark when he netted away to Anderlecht on Wednesday. Mbappe 16/5 first scorer v Marseille Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That goal was the ex-Monaco man’s eighth in Champions League competition, a mark that has never been reached by anyone under the age of 20 in the competition. 8 – Kylian Mbappe has scored more Champions League goals as a teenager than any other player. Talent. pic.twitter.com/kiHHpx52xB— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 18 de octubre de 2017Six of those strikes came in Monaco’s thrilling run to the semi-finals in last year’s competition, while Mbappe hit his first goal in the Champions League for PSG in a 5-0 drubbing of Celtic last month. In total, the youngster has netted 31 goals in 67 appearances since his professional debut and, at just 18, there is plenty of time to extend his record as the most precocious scorer in Europe’s flagship competition.The previous highest-scoring teenager in Champions League history was Patrick Kluivert, whose exploits came for Ajax.last_img read more

2017 Open Trans Tasman Teams and Referees Announced

first_imgCongratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch Association Sam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Scott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW –  Doyalson Touch Association Shaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Nick Good NSW – Penrith Touch Association Cody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Dylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Cormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Jordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch Association Ben Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch Association Peter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Jonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Matt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch Association Ciaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Coach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil GyemoreWomen’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Tayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Madison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch Association Danielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Rachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Hannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Emily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Ashleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch Association Hayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Patricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Laura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Samantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Catherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Kimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Tamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Marikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Coach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanMixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association James Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Justin Costello NT – Darwin Touch Association Tim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch Association Simon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Jackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch Association Cameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Adam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch Association Michael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch Association Jared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Elin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Leah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Paige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Leah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch Association Katherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Coach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark HarringtonReferee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch Association Luke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch Association Kim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationRelated Files2017_open_trans_tasman_teams_and_referees-pdfRelated Links2017 Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

Videos: LSU 2017 5-Star RB/LB Commit Dylan Moses Has Really, Really Good Footwork

first_imgDylan Moses of LSU works on his footwork.Dylan Moses LSUDylan Moses, the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class committed to LSU, is a player Tigers’ fans should be very, very excited about. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect out of Baton Rouge, La., has been committed to LSU since 2013. He’s rated the No. 1 linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings but he can also play running back. Moses is ridiculously athletic. For further proof of his athletic prowess, check out these workout videos of him posted today. LSU’s 2017 class only has two commits – Moses and five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin – but it’s ranked the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 2 class in the SEC by 247 Sports. [Tiger Droppings]last_img read more

EGC Diaspora Engagement Task Force To Give Update At Upcoming Conference

first_img Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month.Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’.Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives.“The fundamental purpose of Glo-Jam is to invite successful and prominent members of the Jamaican Diaspora, as well as friends of Jamaica, to leverage their knowledge, experience, relationships and skills in assisting with the identification and implementation of specific projects that will assist in the economic growth and development of Jamaica, with a particular focus on investment,” he explained.Dr. Panton said that the Task Force is now “formalising a structure, and creating a new Glo-Jam Advisory Board comprising distinguished and successful members of the Diaspora, with the patron being the Prime Minister.”Another sub-initiative is to encourage the Jamaican Diaspora to invest and become more engaged in Jamaica, and to establish a special financing agency under Glo-Jam to issue bonds, targeting the Diaspora, and mobilising resources.“There are also plans to establish a fast-track, one-stop coordinating agency of all the major Government agencies to address all Diaspora and investors’ requests and initiatives,” he said.The final sub-initiative is to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to increase Jamaica’s Honorary Consuls by more than 100 per cent worldwide, particularly in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada.He said that the process of identifying additional cities has already started and they are also strategising on how to recruit additional Consuls.Dr. Panton pointed out that Jamaica now has approximately 80 Consuls, while other countries with tourism as a large part of their GDP have 300 to 400 Consuls.The Consul’s role is to assist Jamaicans abroad with their consular affairs, as well as to act as an Ambassador for the country, promoting the island to visitors and investors, and ultimately raising the profile of the country. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month. Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Captain Karunaratnes ton leads Lanka to NZ Test win

first_imgGalle: Captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 122 as Sri Lanka chased down 268 for the loss of just four wickets to win the first Test against New Zealand at Galle on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Karunaratne posted his ninth Test hundred along with enjoying a record-equalling opening partnership of 161 with Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 64, as Sri Lanka collected their first points of the World Test Championship. Former captain Angelo Mathews chipped in with an unbeaten 28 as Sri Lanka finished off the game before lunch after the morning session was extended because only 22 runs were needed at the scheduled time for the interval. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhKarunaratne enjoyed some luck on the way to his century, dropped on 58 at forward short leg by Tom Latham while wicketkeeper BJ Watling missed a stumping chance on the same score. He batted for over five hours, facing 245 deliveries, and hit six fours and a six. Karunaratne and Thirimanne’s stand equalled the record for the highest opening partnership in Tests between the two countries. In 1991, John Wright and Trevor Franklin had also put on 161 for the first wicket in Hamilton. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe opening stand was pivotal in Sri Lanka achieving the highest successful run chase in Galle, easily surpassing the previous best of 99. Resuming play on 133 for no loss, Sri Lanka required 135 from the remaining three sessions. New Zealand finally got their breakthrough when Thirimanne was trapped leg before by William Somerville. Given not out by umpire Richard Illingworth, New Zealand overturned the decision on review. Kusal Mendis soon fell after taking on Somerville, hitting him for a four and a six from the second and fourth balls he faced. But when he attempted to slog sweep Ajaz Patel in the next over he ended up hitting straight to midwicket where Jeet Raval completed the catch. Angelo Mathews joined Karunaratne and the pair put on 44 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship. Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera after Karunaratne’s dismissal but Dhananjaya de Silva (14) joined Mathews and helped Sri Lanka knock off the remaining runs with two sessions to spare. Mathews brought up the winning runs with a single to fine leg off Boult. The second and final Test begins in Colombo on Thursday.last_img read more

NDP call for investigation into federal governments conduct at human rights tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal New Democratic Party is calling for an independent investigation into the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada’s conduct at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.On Wednesday, the tribunal panel accused both departments of knowingly misleading the tribunal and the parties involved in a discrimination case against the government.“The government has obligations at this tribunal,” said NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder. “And they are well aware of them and they have disregarded those obligations.”The tribunal is hearing a case brought on by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations. Both accuse Canada of spending less on First Nations child welfare than what provincial governments spend for non-First Nations children.The controversy is around tens of thousands of documents relevant to the case that Canada failed to disclose to the tribunal and the parties involved. The discovery of the 50,000 documents only came after Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, became curious about the lack of information being disclosed by Canada at the hearing.In the fall of 2012, Blackstock filed an access to information request to Aboriginal Affairs. In April 2013, she received a compact disc containing thousands of records dealing with First Nations child welfare agencies across the country and information regarding some of the witnesses who had already testified at the tribunal for the case.When Blackstock cross-referenced the information to what the government had disclosed, she found that the information was no where to be found.“There needs to be an investigation into the procedure,” said Crowder. “Who made the decisions? If the access to information hadn’t come up, those documents may never have come to light.”The tribunal panel overseeing the case chastised the government for its lack of transparency.In a ruling released Wednesday the panel wrote: “The respondent (Canada), knew of the existence of a number of these documents, prejudicial to its case and highly relevant in the summer of 2012 and yet failed to disclose them.”According to the panel, the government knew back in October 2012 that it would miss its deadline to disclose the records set for February 25, 2013. It was informed by the company it hired, Public History Inc., that it was at risk of missing its deadline because of the vast amount of information it was sifting through.The government hired a second company to assist in the procedure. Canadian Development Consultants Inc. that also informed the government in March of 2013 that it would not have a package ready until the end of September.“It is deeply troubling that the federal government continues to delay and obstruct an inquiry aimed at achieving fairness, justice and safety for First Nations children,” said Jonathan Thompson, director of Child Welfare for the Assembly of First Nations.”The panel noted in its Wednesday ruling that Canada had several opportunities to inform the tribunal and the parties of the extent of the information and the delays but failed to do so, “had the respondent communicated the challenges it faced in obtaining these large amount of disclosure, the tribunal, with the parties, could have worked together to find a solution. The respondent has denied this opportunity to everyone and forced the tribunal, to put it bluntly, into a mode of damage control.”“The lengths to which this government will go to avoid accountability and responsibility is simply astonishing,” said Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett. “Their priorities are crystal clear in this case: political damage control is more important to them than the wellbeing of Aboriginal children. Canadians should and will be disgusted by this.”Now months behind schedule, the hearings into the discrimination case will resume in September.Cindy Blackstock supports a call for an independent investigation but only on certain conditions.“I would very much welcome an independent review so long as it respects the integrity of the tribunal process,” said Blackstock. “It is very concerning to me that in a case impacting 161,000 children that the Government of Canada has repeatedly tried to derail the tribunal hearings using procedural technicalities and within the past month has been found responsible for violating both the Privacy Act and tribunal disclosure rules in relation to the child welfare case.”APTN asked the department of Aboriginal Affairs to respond to the allegations leveled by the tribunal panel. Instead, the following statement was sent by the department.“Our Government believes that the best way to ensure First Nations children and families get the support and services they need is by working together – with First Nations, provinces and territories. To date, the government has provided 158,000 pages of relevant material to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and we will continue to abide by their rules and procedures by ensuring that all documents relevant to the proceedings are provided.”[email protected]last_img read more

Census Children make up one quarter of 48 million Canadians living in

first_imgOTTAWA – Nikkie Edwards and her boyfriend make about $31,000 a year, a sum that leaves them below the poverty line as defined by Statistics Canada — and in the company of another 4.8 million people, according to the latest census numbers released Wednesday.Of those, 1.2 million Canadians are children under 18 — including their 10-month-old daughter, Isabelle.The agency defines the so-called low-income measure, or LIM, as household earnings of less than half the national median income — $22,133 for a single person, or $38,335 for a family of three — as part of its latest glimpse into life in poverty in Canada.But the measure is not a perfect way of determining the poverty threshold, in part because it can’t take into account the often complex financial circumstances many families are forced into: Edwards, for instance, lives rent-free with her boyfriend’s parents.But the newest census data, based on tax information from 2015, the most recent year available, forms a baseline for the federal Liberal government, which has vowed to slash child poverty, reduce inequality and find a way to help parents like Edwards obtain better child care.Internal government estimates pegged this year’s child poverty rate at between 11.7 and 13 per cent, based on the LIM. Data for this year to measure the impact of the Liberal’s $23-billion-a-year child benefit program won’t be available for at least three more years.“There have been positive steps, as well as positive signals of what is planned to address child poverty, but there is unfinished business,” said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, which pushes governments to eradicate child poverty in Canada.“There is a path we can follow that can bring us to the point of eradication.”It has been 28 years since the House of Commons vowed in 1989 to end child poverty by the year 2000.Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 17 per cent of Canadian children under age 18 lived in low-income households, a figure that has stayed virtually unchanged for a decade even as median incomes have steadily gone up across the country.“The fact that low income is stable means that people at the bottom of the (income) distribution are more or less keeping up with that growth,” said Andrew Heisz, assistant director in Statistics Canada’s income statistics division.“They’re not growing faster, but they’re not also falling behind.”In seven of Canada’s biggest cities, one in every five children was living in a low-income household in 2015.Moreover, children in lone-parent households were three-and-a-half times more likely to live in poverty than their counterparts in two-parent families, even as the number of low-income, single-parents has declined since the late 1990s.Meanwhile, the percentage of seniors living in poverty rose between 2005 and 2015, when 14.5 per cent of Canadians over 65 were living below the low-income measure, an increase from the 12 per cent recorded in 2005.Children living in resource-rich Alberta, where commodity prices fuelled some of the largest gains in median incomes nationwide, were less likely to live in low-income conditions than anywhere else in Canada — only 12.8 per cent of kids there were living in poverty.In Quebec, second behind Alberta at 14.3 per cent, studies show a robust child care and child benefits program has boosted the employment of women over 20 and helped cut low-income rates, despite the fact the province has among the lowest median income in the country.The Liberal government’s new child benefit was designed to slash child poverty rates further, particularly in places like Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, which had the highest provincial child poverty rate at 22.2 per cent.In hard-hit Windsor, Ont., the child poverty rate topped out at 24 per cent, the highest of any Canadian municipality, as a result of a deep and persistent decline in the manufacturing sector.The situation has spurred Edwards, 23, to become politically active, joining the social activist group Acorn to lobby the federal government for better child care funding so struggling parents are better able to work and cover daycare costs.“I just believe that if I gave up and didn’t fight, nothing would be done,” she said. “If we keep walking away and turning the other cheek and ignoring it, things will never change.”last_img read more