Brown, after learning of the suspension, seemed (if the JADCO chairman is quoted correctly) to go off on a frolic of his own and instructed the lawyer of JADCO to file the appeal! Lackston Robinson has been the legal luminary tasked with advising JADCO on legal matters from as far back as I can remember, and has maintained his position at JADCO despite the many changes at board level. Thus, the decision to get “another opinion” appears strange and unusual. The chairman of JADCO intimated in his press conference that public outcry pushed the JADCO board to act in the manner that it did. I have often heard that ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God’ and this saying seems to determine the actions of politicians who recognise very early in their political life that without power, very little can be achieved. However, some 2,000 years ago, public outcry at the conclusion of a hearing into accusations against a local preacher resulted in the preacher being sentenced to be crucified in exchange for the freedom of an accused murderer and rapist. Thus, if public perception is that JADCO is against Jamaican sports stars, the life of the board would go on life support in very short order. So, as the chairman of the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel stated two Mondays ago, “In view of the file of notices of withdrawal of the appeals served on the anti-doping secretariat, the matters will not proceed.” This means victory for popular sentiment, and a victory for Russell and his legal team. They no longer have to fret on the possibility of a further suspension, if the attorney general’s opinion is correct – a conventional win-win outcome. But “what about Naomi?” What about the executive director and, for that matter, the lawyer contracted to JADCO? Must every decision that they make in pursuance of the often-stated role of “educate and facilitate compliance with the WADA code and to weed out drug cheats and ultimately Jamaica’s reputation worldwide, by acting in the best interest of the athletes and, ultimately, in the best interest of Jamaica”, be okayed by the board before implementation, in case there is a public outcry? The next question would be: What does WADA and other anti-doping organisations worldwide think of our programme “to facilitate compliance and to weed out drug cheats”? We do live in interesting times. File the appeal In what can be described as a rare press conference, the chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) explained the reason behind the withdrawal of an appeal lodged by his commission against the decision by an Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, which ruled, after a lengthy hearing into allegations by JADCO, that popular Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell had breached the WADA-inspired Anti-Doping Code by failing to file his whereabouts on three occasions in a one-year period in 2015. At the conclusion of the hearing, the tribunal decided that Russell had indeed breached the code and banned him from cricket for a period of 12 months. My understanding of the reason for the appeal (after listening to the executive director of JADCO, Carey Brown, speaking on a local radio programme) was that the tribunal failed to lodge written reasons for its decision. This was widely surmised to be an appeal against the leniency of the suspension. This perception resulted in a sustained media led campaign that seemed to suggest that JADCO was on a mission to persecute not only Russell, but Jamaican athletes as well. A cross-appeal filed by the legal team of Russell against the suspension also helped to grab the attention of the chairman of the commission and his board of directors. According to reports, a legal opinion of the appeal and counter-appeal by the legal teams involved in the hearing was sought, and the advice from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte was that the tribunal could, in fact, increase the ban from one to two years. Could this have been the herald of panic at the board level, wherein the perception that JADCO was, in fact, on a campaign to persecute Russell?
Darjeeling: The domino effect of the performance of BJP in the Assembly elections in the 5 states was felt kilometers away in the Darjeeling Hills in Bengal. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), an ally of BJP, declared that the Gorkhas have been let down by the saffron camp and would sever ties with BJP in the 2019 Parliamentary elections.Incidentally, BJP had gained a political foothold in Bengal, riding piggyback on the Gorkhaland demand and winning the Darjeeling Parliamentary seat twice, backed by GJM. In the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP heavyweights Jaswant Singh and SS Ahluwalia had contested with backing by GJM from Darjeeling. During both the elections, BJP had published addendums in the election manifesto to sympathetically consider the demand of the Gorkhas. “They have let us down time and again. Recently, MP SS Ahluwalia, along with leaders of the Bimal Gurung faction, had assured that a Bill would be tabled in Parliament to include 11 Gorkha communities in the ST list in the winter session. There are 63 Government Bills to be tabled in the winter session, but no bill to include Gorkha communities in the ST list,” alleged Binay Tamang, GTA chairman and GJM president.
Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs are now publicly available in beta on Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine. Also, Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs are now generally available. Nvidia Tesla V100 GPU is almost equal to 100 CPUs. This gives customers more power to handle computationally demanding applications, like machine learning, analytics, and video processing. One can select as many as eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, 96 vCPU and 624GB of system memory in a single VM, receiving up to 1 petaflop of mixed precision hardware acceleration performance. NVIDIA V100s are available immediately in the following regions: us-west1, us-central1 and europe-west4. Each V100 GPU is priced as low as $2.48 per hour for on-demand VMs and $1.24 per hour for Preemptible VMs. Making Nvidia Tesla V100 available on the compute engine is part of Google’s GPU expansion strategy. Similar to Google GPUs, the V100 is also billed by the second and Sustained Use Discounts apply. NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU, on the other hand is a good fit if one wants a balance between price and performance. One can select up to four P100 GPUs, 96 vCPUs and 624GB of memory per virtual machine. The P100 is also now available in europe-west4 (Netherlands) in addition to us-west1, us-central1, us-east1, europe-west1 and asia-east1. * Maximum vCPU count and system memory limit on the instance might be smaller depending on the zone or the number of GPUs selected. ** GPU prices listed as hourly rate, per GPU attached to a VM that are billed by the second. Pricing for attaching GPUs to preemptible VMs is different from pricing for attaching GPUs to non-preemptible VMs. Prices listed are for US regions. Prices for other regions may be different. Additional Sustained Use Discounts of up to 30% apply to GPU on-demand usage only. Google Cloud makes managing GPU workloads easy for both VMs and containers by providing, Google Compute Engine where customers can use instance templates and managed instance groups to easily create and scale GPU infrastructure. NVIDIA V100s and other GPU offerings in Kubernetes Engine, where Cluster Autoscaler helps provide flexibility by automatically creating nodes with GPUs, and scaling them down to zero when they are no longer in use. Preemptible GPUs for both Compute Engine managed instance groups and Kubernetes Engine’s Autoscaler optimizes the costs while simplifying infrastructure operations. Read more about both the GPUs in detail on the Google Research Blog and benefits of each on Nvidia V100 and Nvidia P100 blog post. Read Next Google announce the largest overhaul of their Cloud Speech-to-Text Google’s kaniko – An open-source build tool for Docker Images in Kubernetes, without a root access How machine learning as a service is transforming cloud
Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Berlin, Alitalia, Lufthansa As the ink dries on their Air Berlin deal, Lufthansa now eyes Alitalia << Previous PostNext Post >> MILAN — The Italian daily Corriere della Sera says Lufthansa is preparing a 500 million-euro ($590 million) bid for large parts of bankrupt Italian carrier Alitalia, including the fleet, pilots, air crew and air slots.Alitalia, which declared bankruptcy in May, faces a Monday deadline for binding offers.Citing three unidentified sources, Corriere said that Lufthansa’s plan calls for cutting 6,000 jobs and reducing the airline’s short- and medium-haul routes, which have suffered under the pressure from low-cost airlines. Alitalia declined comment.Lufthansa recently reached a deal to buy parts of the bankrupt carrier Air Berlin. Both Air Berlin and Alitalia have been controlled by Gulf airline Etihad, which has ceased financing.The Italian government has offered bridge loans, including a new 300-million-euro extension, to keep the airline operating. Monday, October 16, 2017 Share