Parchment expects fireworks at trials – Olympic silver medallist expects fiercely competitive 110m hurdless

first_imgDOHA, Qatar: Hansle Parchment believes the track and field world could be in for something special at Jamaica’s Olympics trials next month, as he expects fierce competition in the men’s 110m hurdles. The 24-year-old, who won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics followed by silver at the World Championships last year, is expecting fierce competition from the likes of Omar McLeod and Andrew Riley. McLeod burst on to the scene last year with some impressive times, before finishing sixth at the World Championships. The 21-year-old McLeod has gotten off to an even faster start this year, winning the World Indoor title followed by a new personal best clocking of 9.99 in the 100m. Fans will not have to wait long to see McLeod and Parchment match strides, as both men are scheduled to face the starter in tomorrow’s opening meet of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar. But it is next month’s clash that Parchment is really looking forward to, that’s the one which really matters. “Trials coming up is a stepping stone going forward into the Olympics and I am definitely looking forward to the competition,” Parchment said. “As we know we have some good guys coming up; Omar (McLeod) is there and (Andrew) Riley, just to name a few. “So it should be very interesting competition in Jamaica. I hope that we can turn a few heads when we compete at the trials.” Parchment is hoping with the emergence of such top level competition in Jamaica, hurdles will captivate the attention of local track and field fans and get the respect it deserves. “I have always said that hurdling is one of the better events, but just like some of the field events there is not so much attention given to it,” Parchment said. “People don’t really know who is hurdling, who is throwing or who is jumping most of the times, so we want to compete in such a way that people can see what’s happening in the hurdles. We want to raise the level of competition, so that people start talking about hurdling as one of the events to see.” With competition increasing in the event yearly, Parchment anticipates that youngsters will also start gravitating to the discipline more. As it relates to his chances at this year’s Olympics, Parchment is optimistic that once he stays healthy and focus he will do very well. “There has been one small setback, but other than that it has been a good season so far, especially in background training. I have done a lot more than I usually do, so I think I am on a good path,” Parchment said. “So once I keep working and keep the focus I know I will be good for the rest of the season.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

USL: Wins for Bonagee and Cockhill Celtic in Intermediate Cup

first_imgBonagee United and Cockhill Celtic booked their spots in the third round of the FAI Intermediate Cup after wins over Fanad United and Swilly Rovers.At Triagh-A-Locha, Francesco Crisco and Seamus Brown netted in a 2-1 win for Bonagee while Ronan ‘Olly’ Doherty bagged a hat-trick as Cockhill claimed a big 7-0 win at home.Fanad United 1 Bonagee United 2 BONAGEE UNITED advanced to the national stage of the FAI Intermediate Cup after getting the better of Fanad United at Triagh-A-Locha.Francesco Crisco and Seamus Brown bagged the goals for Peter Moran’s team, who just had enough firepower to see off the two-time Intermediate winners.Fanad’s powers mightn’t be at their once-formiddable levels, but under Arthur Lynch they have lost none of their spirit and John McGarvey’s goal nine minutes from time gave the home side hope.They couldn’t find a second way through to force extra-time and their cause wasn’t helped by the dismissal of Seamus ‘Coshia’ Friel just moments after his introduction.For long periods it seemed as if the opening goal, by Italian Crisco on 42 minutes, might well have been decider.Shane O’Doherty’s inch-perfect corner invited Crisco to have a go and he drilled a wonderful first-time effort across Shane Graham and into the far corner from 15 yards.Having found space, and just enough time, in the box, Crisco’s finish was expert.Their second arrived in the 80th minute and it, too, was a work of art, substitute Brown turning and hooking over ‘keeper Graham with the deftest of touches. Graham attempted to claw away, but assistant referee Paul Duddy was well positioned to award the goal.A minute later, McGarvey turned home from close range after getting on the end of a cross by Killian Gallagher and it was game on.However, Fanad’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a blow when Friel was given his marching orders, handed a straight red card by referee Packie Coll for his part in an incident involving the Bonagee goalkeeper Gareth Wade.Try as they might and, as is their wont, Fanad certainly dug deep in the closing minutes, but Bonagee held firm.Early in the game, Crisco saw a thumping effort deflect wide, while Aidan McCauley stung Graham into action with a teasing free.Martin McElhinney, the Donegal Gaelic footballer, who has recently signed for Fanad, warmed the palsm of Wade from distance and Aidan McLaughlin almost got in for the lead goal, but his shot was palmed out by Graham.Crisco soon had Bonagee on their way – to the win and into the next round – with Brown’s goal giving them sufficient breathing space in a keenly-contested affair.Fanad United: Shane Graham; Seamus ‘Nanny’ Friel, Shaun McElwaine, Kieran Gorman, Conor Blaney; Kelan McElwaine, Matthew Crossan, Martin McElhinney, Eoghan Rafferty; John McGarvey, Marty McAteer. Subs: Killian Gallagher for Rafferty (50), Seamus ‘Coshia’ Friel for Blaney (83).Bonagee United: Gareth Wade; Taylor Russell, Gareth Breslin, Darek Frankowski, Gareth Breslin; Francesco Crisco, Aidan McCauley, Chris Moran, Shane O’Doherty; Jamie Lynagh; Aidan McLaughlin. Sub: Seamus Brown for O’Diherty (79).Referee: Packie Coll.The losing Fanad Utd team.Cockhill Celtic 7 Swilly Rovers 0COCKHILL CELTIC RAN in seven second-half goals to inflict a heavy defeat on Swilly Rovers and advance in the FAI Intermediate Cup at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds.Ronan ‘Olly’ Doherty netted a hat-trick for Gavin Cullen’s men, who poured in the goals in a deadly second half.Cockhill came close in the eighth minute. Conor Keddy found space on right, but his cross-cum-shot evaded evertone.Swilly were dealt a blow when Jordan Toland had to be replaced through injury after just 23 minutes and a scrappy first half ended scoreless, although Mark Moran did riffle over late in the half.Cullen’s half time team talk had immediate effect with Cockhill taking the lead in the first minute of the second half, Keddy’s cross headed in at the far post by Doherty with only 23 seconds gone.It was two-nil on 48 minutes when Gerry Gill advanced through midfield and his cross headed home by Moran.Swilly were shell-shocked and it was three on 56 minutes, Doherty slotting home inside the box with Gill again providing the assist.Swilly’s effort continued with Mikey Sweeney firing over after good work from Kyle Burke and Laurence Toland hit the post with a deflected effort.Cockhill were ruthlessly punishing Swilly on the break and added two goals in three minutes midway through the half.Both goals featured intricate interplay involving Gerard McLaughlin and Gill, with Moran converting the fourth and Jimmy Bradley finishing for a 5-0 lead.The remainder of the match was played at a stroll with Doherty completing his hat trick with a fantastic curled shot on 72 minutes and the seventh came on 86 minutes when Gill’s shot was brilliantly saved by Caolan Bolton but rebounded off a defender and in.Cockhill Celtic: Harry Doherty; Paul McDermott, Peter Doherty, Oisin McColgan, Jason Breslin; Gerry Gill, James Bradley, Conor Keddy, Ronan Doherty; Gerard McLaughlin, Mark Moran. Subs: Daniel Martin Doherty for McLaughlin (63), Paul McKinney for Gill (63), Darren Coyle for Keddy (70), William O’Connor for McColgan (75). Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton; Dylan Hegarty, Shay Durning, Dan O’Donnell, Shaun Crossan; Ryan Toland, Marty McDaid, Jordan Toland, Brandon Wilkie; Ricky Fisher, Laurence Toland. Subs: Duncan Patterson for J.Toland (23), Paul Bradley for McDaid (45), Mikey Sweeney for R.Toland (54), Glen McElhinney for Wilkie (70), Daire Crossan for Fisher (75).Referee: Marty Quinn.USL: Wins for Bonagee and Cockhill Celtic in Intermediate Cup was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare 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

Siri Will Be Just As Important To Apple As Hardware

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tech pundits spend a lot of time wondering about the next black rectangle — that is, the next touchscreen mobile or tablet computer. How many inches and pixels of screen will it have? How many cores? How thin and light will it be? But we all know those questions will only apply for a few more years at most.If you observe the trends in sensors, networked objects, and AI, it begins to seem inevitable that, while they’re certainly the present, black rectangles are not the future. Computing can be much more intelligent and subtle than that. It can blend in and enhance our environment. Think visual or auditory signals triggered by the world around you, not navigating through apps on a screen.In fact, the most innovative tech companies are already working on getting hardware and software out of our way entirely, so that we don’t have to really use them at all. They just happen.As one of my favorite tech observers, Kontra, noted this week, this seems to pose a problem for Apple. Apple is unique among mobile hardware manufacturers by having the whole business, hardware and software alike, rolled up into one. For Apple, the interface is the experience it sells, and the delightful hardware is the place where we make contact with it. If we’re headed for a world where hardware disappears into the background, what does Apple have left to sell?As Kontra observes, Apple’s Siri interface is the key to riding out this transition. In this future we’re imagining, there will be a wider variety of ways to interact with the computer. Not only will we use touch, movement, and voice, we’ll be passively interacting with it all the time just by going about our business. The key to this computing experience is having an aware, intelligent assistant application that can understand all these inputs, and Siri is Apple’s hope.AI Isn’t EasyIt’s a tough climb, though. As my colleague John Paul Titlow writes, even though voice control’s potential is amazing, it’s pretty clunky so far. Kontra’s post highlights the underlying challenges of gathering and understanding enough data to make this work, and we’ve already seen how much trouble Apple had there with Maps, a comparatively simple problem to solve.One wonders whether Google’s slow and steady approach will bear out, even though Apple is definitely winning the present, compared to Google’s hardware partners individually. Google’s Android strategy has created hundreds of millions of mobile Google users, no matter whose devices or OS versions they’re using. Google has gathered tons of data about the world, and data is Google’s specialty.For that reason, Google Now is a much better AI assistant than Siri right now. I’d be using it if there was an Android device I liked better than the iPhone all around.But again, that won’t matter for long. Google is already working on heads-up display glasses as a future interface. Maybe Apple is, too, but they certainly aren’t talking about it yet. By not worrying overly much about hardware and just concentrating on getting the software out there to collect the data, Google looks like it could leapfrog the black rectangle era and dominate the next one.But Apple has a way of surprising everyone by announcing that the new era is already here. And when Apple does that, it unveils a new kind of computer and says you can have it next week. With the kinds of profits and loyalty Apple has built, it would be foolish to rule out another surprise. Tags:#AI#Apple#Google Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces jon mitchelllast_img read more

Defamation complaint filed against Lalu Prasad

first_imgA complaint has been filed in a court here accusing RJD supremo Lalu Prasad of defamation for his alleged calumnious remark about the complainant’s “friendship” with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a recent rally. The complaint was filed by Udaykant Mishra, a member of the Bihar Disaster Management Authority, in the court of Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Om Prakash and is scheduled to be heard tomorrow. Mr. Mishra has assailed Mr. Prasad’s utterances at a rally in Bhagalpur last month. The petitioner said that he has known Mr. Kumar for many decades and the remark was made to defame him. He also alleged that there were attempts to drag his name into the multi-crore Srijan scam, which relates to fraudulent transfer of government money into the account of a Bhagalpur-based NGO. The CBI is probing into the Rs. 1000 crore scam.last_img read more