View post tag: Defence US Navy Aircraft Search for Missing Flight MH370 View post tag: Defense March 10, 2014 There has been no report of debris sighted at this time.Nine countries are contributing to the search 24/7 across the South China Sea for the Malaysia Airlines flight, that went missing in the early hours of Saturday.The P-3 took off from Okinawa and arrived on station early afternoon March 9, with approximately three hours of fuel remaining for searching the site.Pinckney was diverted from a training mission in the South China Sea to search for signs of the missing aircraft. Its MH-60R Seahawk helicopters are designed search and rescue, as well as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance, communications relay, naval gunfire support and logistics support. It can fly a maximum of 180 knots with a ceiling of13,000 ft. and maximum range of 245 Nautical Miles.USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194) is en route to the scene to provide underway fuel and logistics replenishment, ensuring Pinckney and its helicopters can maximize their time on station.[mappress]Press Release, March 10, 2014, Image: US Navy View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: Navy View post tag: MH370 View post tag: search View post tag: Naval View post tag: missing View post tag: US Share this article MH-60R SEA HAWK LANDS ABOARD PINCKNEYA U.S. Navy P-3C Orion and an MH-60R helicopter launched from USS Pinckney (DDG 91) are searching over the last known communication and radar positions of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, March 9, 2014. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Aircraft Search for Missing Flight MH370 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Flight
Two St Hugh’s students caused controversy after ‘blacking up’ at a bop last Saturday.The bop theme was ‘Song Titles’, and the students – both freshers – arrived dressed as ‘Ni**as in Paris’, after the Kanye West and Jay-Z song. Their costumes included ‘blacked up’ faces and signs around their necks saying ‘In Paris’.The bop took place on Saturday 20th April. Cherwell understands that after another student advised them to remove the outfits, one did so, while the other remained in costume.One of the students told Cherwell, “I would like to express my sincere regret for my actions. In hindsight I see that what I did was wholly unacceptable and a terrible misjudgment on my part. My intention was never to offend and I am deeply sorry for the upset caused.”The other student also apologised, stating, “I am extremely sorry for my actions. I realise now that it was completely inappropriate and I had no intention of being derogatory or offensive.“I did not consider the consequences of my actions and I thoroughly regret any offence caused. As soon as it was expressed that my actions were inappropriate I proceeded to remove the face paint.”St Hugh’s JCR are carrying out an inquiry into the incident. Thomas Pope, JCR President, told Cherwell, “St Hugh’s JCR condemns racism in all its forms.”Pope described the costume choice as arrising from “a severe lack of judgement”.Several students criticised the costumes. Melvin Mezue, President of Oxford Africa Society, opined to Cherwell that he didn’t, “find [the costumes] offensive personally.” Nevertheless, he continued, “While I do not think this was motivated by hatred…I do worry about the lack of cultural sensitivity and emotional maturity displayed here.“Our experience is that such acts are not uncommon around the university; it is likely a product of the way students are taught to imagine other cultures – as foreign objects and topics for consumption.” Mezue said that the university intake needed to “properly reflect the contemporary cosmopolitan era” and that he “feared we can continue to expect this kind of behaviour.”Oxford University rejected criticism of Oxford’s alleged lack of diversity. A spokesperson stated, “The University strongly condemns any form of racism, or any action – whatever the intent – which is potentially detrimental to good race relations.“The University’s aim is to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equality and values diversity, and we believe that the overwhelming majority of students and staff share this aim and these values.”The spokesperson continued, “We refute in the strongest terms the allegation that Oxford students are ‘taught to imagine other cultures as foreign objects and topics for consumption’. Oxford has a global reputation for its advancement of the understanding of other cultures.“It is also one of the most international universities in the world, with staff and students coming from over 140 countries.”The incident comes after Oxford University was accused of “institutional bias” by Labour MP David Lammy in February. Lammy’s comments responded to a Guardian investigation which reported that ethnic minority applicants were less likely to recieve an offer.The Guardian found that in 2010-2011, 25.7% of white applicants received an Oxford offer, compared with 17.2% of students from ethnic minorities.David Cameron has also previously criticised Oxford’s admissions records. In 2011, he branded the university “disgraceful” for apparently admitting only one black candidate. The University responded by branding the allegation “incorrect and highly misleading.”Katie Colliver, OUSU VP for Welfare ands Equal Opportunity, said that the two students “should consider attending OUSU’s Equality and Diversity Training”, which is run termly.She condemned the choice of costumes, stating, “‘Blacking up’ for a bop is incredibly culturally insensitive.”One St Hugh’s student, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he “knows both people involved” and defended them as “not racists, not even in the slightest — they are just very young and very immature.“Obviously had they thought at length and with sensitivity then they would not have dressed as they did.”Nathalie Cooper, a second year History student, opined, “What I find most upsetting is that [one of the students] was told it was insulting so she knowingly caused offence – she can’t claim what she did was out of ignorance”.
Internationally renowned boulanger Eric Kayser has opened his first UK site on London’s Baker Street. Alice Cooke caught up with him to find out what took him so long to get here.The delicious smell of Maison Kayser is what hits you first. As the aroma drifted onto Baker Street on a frosty January morning, I felt like a cartoon character, mildly hypnotised as I followed my nose to the source. And I wasn’t alone. The bakery was buzzing with businessmen, tourists and what I can only describe as Kayser groupies – young professionals hanging around anxiously to find a glimpse of the man himself.A fourth-generation French master baker, Eric Kayser opened his first Maison Kayser in Paris in 1996 and there are now more than 100 Maison Kayser bakeries in 21 countries.Which made my first question to him an easy one – what took him so long to get to the UK?A wry smile spreads across his face, a little like a child who knows they’ve been caught out. “Well…” he laughs, “the thing is that I had to find the right time, exactly the right place, and England had to be ready!”I suggest we probably could have handled it sooner, and he concedes “it has been a good while coming. “I have been looking for a UK site for over two years, and settled on Baker Street because the Marylebone area, I think, has had something of a renaissance.” The Baker Street Maison Kayser will offer takeaway or eat-in pâtisserie ranging from cakes and loaves to financiers and macarons. It includes a 60-cover restaurant, and is open from 7am-11pm.All bread, brioches and Viennoiseries are made on the premises using natural liquid leaven produced in the Fermento Levain machine invented by Kayser and fellow baker Patrick Castagna,Then there’s the sourdough. Kayser is famous for his unique sourdough breads that rely entirely on a liquid natural starter without commercial yeast.He’s brought that starter and his custom-made lacto-fermentation equipment to London, along with a team of three bakers from Maison Kayser venues in Jakarta and Paris .“Natural fermentation is the essence of our bread and we are proud to have created a wide range of breads that serve every kind of taste,” he says. “We believe fresh baked bread is a joy that should be shared and experienced every day.”Breads available at Maison Kayser includes baguettes, tourtes de meule, whole-wheat bread and rye bread, alongside sourdough, of course. Framed pictures of sumptuous-looking breads line the walls, with slogans such as “every great day starts with great bread”.We wouldn’t argue with that.In brief: Eric Kayser- Fourth-generation French master baker Eric Kayser became a companion of prestigious artisan organisation Tour de France of baking at the age of 18- He opened his first Maison Kayser in Paris in 1996- At the age of 30, he co-invented the Fermento Levain natural liquid leaven machine- There are more than 100 Maison Kayser bakeries in 21 countries, including 19 in Tokyo, five in New York City and three in Singapore. – He is the author of four books including The Larousse Book of Bread
This blog was co-authored by Robert W Hormuth, Vice President/Fellow, CTO, Server & Infrastructure Systems and Jimmy Pike, Vice President/Fellow, Server Architect, Server & Infrastructure Systems Office of CTO.Trends & Observations can serve two purposes. One, a view into a possible state and two, a reflection of things around us that can lead to disruptions. Sometimes you have to look closely to see the trees and other times far away to see the forest.#1 Customer is KingThe customer it turns out, is indeed always right…something we have all heard many times but often forget in the technology world. The winners this year will be technology companies that truly listen and respond to their customers with products, solutions, and services that actually solve customer problems and result in a better business outcome.#2 The Real Customer Value is in the Data2018 will see companies forced to find value in their data or be disrupted by competition that find ways to mine data to create business value and services. Much of this valuation will be done using ML/DL techniques – see #11. 2018 will see both a heightened level of cyber-attacks and a whole new realm of security embedded in the very foundation of the server to protect a customer’s most valuable asset – see #16.#3 Fabrication EqualityNot a commodity, but rather the various chip makers are at or so near enough to the same process node size that leadership via node size is no longer a differentiator. Thus execution, architectural choices, and proper product definition wins.#4 Competition for CPUs EmergeIntel, AMD, QUALCOMM, Cavium, and IBM emerge with competitive CPU offerings. Going back to Fabrication Equality as an equalizer. This is healthy for the industry as a whole to enable and drive new innovations that solve real customer problems.#5 Memory-Centric ComputingIn 2018 the industry will fully conclude we must embrace memory centric computing. This will open up innovation on a variety of fronts on HW and SW. As more devices (FPGAs, Storage Class Memory, ASICs, GPUs…) move into the microsecond to sub-microsecond domain (see Attack of the Killer Microseconds) we can no longer treat these devices as second class citizens behind a thick protocol stack nor can we software define them without losing their intrinsic value. GenZ is gaining greater industry participation as a truly open standard to address this problem. But the first step in any 10 step program is recognition of a problem.#6 Rise of the Single Socket ServerThe industry has been on a journey from large SMP Machines to scale out for years. We stopped at 2S, quite frankly, due to a lack of a real single socket optimized CPU. With core counts (32) and memory channels (8) continuing to rise a single socket server is more viable than ever. Dell EMC offers 2 single socket AMD EPYC systems for these reasons (PowerEdge R7415 and PowerEdge R6415).#7 Heterogeneous Computing Saves the DayWith CPU performance CAGR flat lining on general purpose CPUs and businesses looking to disrupt in the digital transformation ahead of competition, businesses that want to get ahead and stay ahead will turn more toward specialized computing (GPUs, FPGA, ASICs, SmartNICs). Optimized for these new digital big data problems where ML techniques can be used to find the needle in the sea of data. Moore’s Law remember is an economic law, not a performance law, which basically says if you can extract enough value out of a silicon FAB investment you can continue to shrink your FAB about every 2 years. So, where and how we spend those transistors is shifting.#8 Let’s get RedFish’yThanks for the memories IPMI, after several attempts to standardize infrastructure systems management the industry has finally rallied and succeeded with Redfish. We can thank the founding crew of Dell EMC, HPE, and Emerson for having the vision, patience, and pragmatic approach along with next wave of supporters (MS, VMware, Intel) that took Redfish to the DMTF where a broad set of industry partners are now working together to continue Redfish expansion while SNIA has joined the party with Swordfish for Storage management.#9 Storage Class Memory (SCM) Finds a Home in ServerThe advent of storage class memory will disrupt server applications, operating systems, and hypervisors. We have to remember though we have spent the last 2 decades pushing scale out and stateless computing. Persistence was once frowned upon to enable application agility, but with the advent of real amounts of cost affective and fast enough persistence things will change as the industry figures out how to use this new technology in due time. The first easy use case will be in storage applications, especially software defined storage. Beyond storage, persistent memory will find a home in large in-memory computing and in Memory Centric architectures that can be disaggregated and composed without trapping this valuable resource.#10 Servers are not a CommodityThe notion that Servers have become a commodity seems to come and go. But let’s think about it for minute… Commodity by definition is (1) a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be sold, such as copper or coffee (2) a useful or valuable thing, such as water or time. So let’s think about water by way of example – surely we all agree that water is a basic resource and widely available in modern industrialized countries – but is it really a commodity? Checking the shelves at 7-Eleven would seem to indicate that is NOT the case. There are 20+ types; different bottles, purification differences, additives, and so on… so how the commodity (water) is bottled, sold, distributed, filtered… is vastly different. We pay more per gallon for bottled water than gasoline here in the USA. So, water is a commodity, but bottled water is NOT is the net of the story. Now apply that thinking to servers and you find that compute cycles are the commodity (the water) and the server is bottling of those compute cycles. Now that computing is ubiquitous in every toy, IoT device, mobile device….etc…..that makes compute cycles more or less a raw material of our digital lives. What Servers do is bottle commodity compute cycles. How servers bottle up the compute; add Dram, IO, slots, drives, systems management, high availability, density, redundancy, efficiency, serviced, delivered, and warranted in a wrapper of Security….is how they are not a commodity, but are in fact packaging up the real commodity – compute cycles. The fact that the Super7 hyperscalers have not aligned on a common server form factor solidifies these points. So, while we could all drink water from the Hudson, well…#11 Machine Learning DisruptsBusiness will adopt Machine learning techniques and disrupt or someone else will disrupt them. Hence greater demand for datacenters to become agile, automated and orchestrated while adopting new heterogeneous compute. They will however, begin to recognize that it is a tool and not the answer all problems. This will lead to more practical focus on problems where it excels.#12 Rise of the Edge – Compute Follows the DataComputing demands have always followed the data; from Mainframe-Terminal, to the Client-Server, Mobile-Cloud, and the emerging IoT-Edge Era. The location of compute has always been based on an economic function Fn(cost of compute cycles, size of data, complexity of data, bandwidth costs). Those variables have driven where we compute since the dawn of computing and will continue into the future. The cost of networking will further begin to drive the realization that not only should compute occur at the edge, but data storage as well. Data should be stored as close as possible to the point of creation. Information from the data may be needed elsewhere, or even replication of some of the data may be elsewhere, but not the general rule. Look for more compute at base stations, retail stores, factories, etc….anywhere large amounts of data is created to make business critical decisions or one wants to create a more real time experience for the consumer. This will also spawn the next generation of hybrid cloud via distribution of processing between edge servers / edge data-centers and centralized data-centers/cloud. The goal will be to find the valuable data near the source (where data is generated), minimize the amount of data that needs to be stored at centralized location (public/private cloud), and deliver results most efficiently to where they are needed. Focus on flawless remote operation and administration (no touch required) will become the emerging goal. This will begin the revolution toward truly distributed computing performed and data stored at the edge.#13 Public Cloud | Hybrid Cloud | Private Cloud Find BalanceThe various cloud models will continue to grow and blur the lines between compute consumption models. Companies will realize these are styles of compute and not based on location. As the ease of use equalizes across (CI, HCI), companies will refine their TCO models finding a need for all three consumption models across different needs. Multi-tenant nature and value of data will continue to raise security concerns in the Public Cloud.#14 Software Continues to Eat HardwarePersonally, as Server dudes, we love Software, and Wirth’s law is fantastic J (Wirth’s law, also known as Page’s law, Gates’ law and May’s law, is a computing adage which states that software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster). The evolution of infrastructure and software platform models continue adding abstraction. From MaaS (Metal as a Service) to IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) to SaaS (Software as a Service) to PaaS (Platform as a Service) to CaaS (Container as a Service) to the new FaaS (Function as a Service). The goal of all of these models is to continue SW abstractions to aide in application agility, development speed (devOps), deployment, orchestration, and management of application lifecycles. FaaS is positioned to be quickly adopted for green field applications while CaaS will likely take over as the predominate deployment within an IaaS or PaaS environment for legacy applications. Now the funny thing, especially in the machine learning space, we see more and more MaaS pick up to eke out every last bit of performance. You know the old saying, what is new is old and old is new again.#15 SSD/NVMe in Enterprise Continue Rapid AdoptionNeed more be said….NVMe & SSD’s will displace rotating disks in Servers. From boot drives to high performance IOP monsters to super capacity. They simply make sense and the cost points/sizes make it a no brainer given the gains. And case in point, NVMe SSD have already reached price parity with SAS SSD.#16 Security Must be End-to-End2018 will see a definite shift in terms of security and the continuation of 2017 initiatives. For example, the Dell PowerEdge 14G server family now has a cryptographic security architecture where part of a key value pair is immutable, unique, and set in the hardware during the system fabrication process. This method provides an indisputable root of trust embedded in the hardware which eliminates the “man in the middle” opportunity all the way from manufacture of server to delivery to customer, and from power-on to the transfer of control to the operating system. The term security, seems incomplete considering the scope of today’s need especially in lights of recently exposed security holes present in all modern CPU architectures. 2018 will see security expand to what is better termed as system-wide protection, integrity verification and automated remediation. While impenetrability is always the objective, with the increasing complexity and sophistication of attackers, it is very likely that additional vulnerabilities and exploits will emerge. As recently seen, remediation can be extremely costly in terms of performance causing a reemergence of single tenancy in some environments. One of the 2018 objectives will be holding a successful intrusions harmless. In other words, if someone can get into the platform, making sure they cannot obtain meaningful information or do damage. This will lead to a more intense trust strategy based on more identity management. Identity at all level (user, device, and platform) will be a great focus and require a complete end-to-end trust chain for any agency that is able to install executables on the platform and policy tools for ensuring trust. This will likely include options based on block chain. Emerging standards like Gen-Z where keys are embedded in the transaction layer will also be required. In open environments where any user can run code, this struggle for “who is ahead” is likely to continue. Greater focus on encryption will emerge requiring any data at rest to be encrypted. (However, even this does not eliminate the risk associated with recent CPU vulnerabilities.) System designers will be forced to trade complications associated with data management and loss of features like deduplication against risk and will cause reconsideration of many software defined strategies to be compared to what is available on focused systems.#17 Composable MarketingHype stays ahead of reality. Composability was a big buzz word in 2017. Unfortunately, as blogged by Dell EMC , the hype is ahead of reality until we get new architectures in place that allow true composability via disaggregation that enable memory centric computing vs CPU centric computing for these new classes of microsecond devices. The industry is on the right path with GenZ but we are still a ways out.
It’s a common scenario: One person in a couple brings home a higher salary than the other, causing tension in the relationship.Money problems are often cited as a leading cause of divorce, and some experts say large differences in pay — no matter who has the bigger paycheck — can exacerbate these conflicts.“The classic understanding of the power differential in couples is … the person with more money in the relationship has the power,” said Marlin Potash, a psychotherapist who specializes in family and money issues. “The person who earns less can end up feeling their wishes and needs aren’t as important and don’t matter as much.”“I make more than my man and I think it bothers me more than him,” said Deona Brennan.Brennan, a 30-year-old ultrasound technician in Cape Cod, makes about $10 more per hour than her boyfriend, and said the difference makes planning for the future difficult — especially when it comes to starting a family. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Apr 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry announced today that a 30-year-old woman has died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country’s second fatality from the disease in less than a week.MENA, Egypt’s official news agency, said today that the woman got sick on Apr 2 and was hospitalized 7 days later in Cairo where she died today, according to a report from Agence France-Presse. If her illness and death are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) she will be listed as Egypt’s 49th case and its 22nd death.An official from Egypt’s health ministry said the woman, who was from Matariya district in the northern Nile Delta, just northeast of Cairo, had contact with domestic poultry, the Associated Press reported today. The official said that once the woman was hospitalized she was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu).On Apr 5 a 19-year-old Egyptian man from the Nile Delta province of Behera governorate died from H5N1 avian influenza. An Apr 8 WHO report confirming the man’s infection and death said he had been exposed to sick and dead poultry.See also:WHO confirmation of Egyptian man’s illness and death
I suspect we have become, by and large, a white collar country with little knowledge or skill to deal with day to day “blue collar issues,” but the problems this causes are truly life threatening. In Niskayuna, the care and maintenance of trees seems to include removal on request of residents, with little examination as to the necessity of the removal by a qualified professional. Despite what town code chapter 201-8 specifies, “The Town shall replant or replace any public tree that it removes, wherever practicable,” roughly 90 percent of trees have been removed in old Niskayuna with maybe 25 percent have been replanted.Trees give 20 percent of our oxygen. Tree cover has an positive effect on helping reduce respiratory disease, including deaths, in children, the elderly and even in otherwise healthy adults from asthma. Trees cool the streets and keep the deadly gases produced from the heating of organic volatile compounds found in blacktop out of the air. They prevent flooding and landslides.It’s dangerously short-sighted to undertake such extreme denuding of public and private lands. Let’s see which is more important: your life and the ability to go to sleep at night and not worry that you may die from asthma or the ability to drive your SUV up to your front door and sit and play with your cell phone.Beth R. JacobsNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census It has become a frightening trend to cut trees down to suit property owners. Trees on both public and private property are being cut down with little regard to the value they bring or if they truly need to be removed. They aren’t being replaced, either. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
But the two Canadian provinces most affected, Quebec and Ontario, border New York state — the epicenter of the US outbreak.Some Can$2.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) worth of goods and more than 400,000 people crossed the border each day on average, prior to the pandemic.Trump had said on Wednesday that the border with Canada would be “one of the early borders to be released.””Our relationship with Canada is very good — we’ll talk about that,” the US leader said. “Canada’s doing well, we’re doing well — so we’ll see, but at some point, we will be doing that.”Trump said the US would be “keeping very strong borders” with nations that had high infection rates. Topics : Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that his country’s border with the United States would not fully reopen for at least several weeks, rejecting US President Donald’s Trump overtures to do so sooner.The border — the world’s longest international frontier at 8,900 kilometers (5,500 miles) — was shut to all non-essential travelers on both sides on March 21 in response to the coronavirus crisis. Cross-border trade has continued.”We are having ongoing discussions on border issues, on supply chains with the United States all the time,” Trudeau told reporters at his daily briefing. But “the reality is that it will still be many weeks” before “we can talk about relaxing the restrictions on our borders,” he said.We “must protect our citizens, as every country does,” Trudeau added. “Most countries in the world have restricted travel, and Canada and the United States are no exception.”Trudeau’s deputy and point person on US relations, Chrystia Freeland, added that Ottawa will only ease border restrictions “when it is not a risk to the health and safety of Canadians.”Canada’s population is about nine times smaller than that of the United States. So far, the US has recorded more than 30,000 coronavirus deaths, while Canada’s death toll is roughly 1,200.
Governor Wolf, 10 Bipartisan Governors Call on D.C. to Fix Insurance Markets Governor Wolf also released the following statement on the President’s statement that he would “let Obamacare fail:”“This is reckless and it will hurt Pennsylvania families. Washington must come together in bipartisan fashion to work towards greater stability in the individual insurance market. Governors of both parties are ready and willing to be a part of a new process that listens and takes input from diverse viewpoints. It is time to nix plans to cut Medicaid and consumer protections, and to focus on making improvements to the existing law to protect coverage for Pennsylvanians and lower costs for families and seniors.” Healthcare, Human Services, Medicaid Expansion, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health, Seniors, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined a bipartisan group of governors to issue a statement in response to recent developments on the Senate health care bill.“Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach. The Senate should immediately reject efforts to ‘repeal’ the current system and replace sometime later. This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets. Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 18, 2017 The eleven governors who joined this statement:John R. Kasich, Governor of OhioSteve Bullock, Governor of MontanaLarry Hogan, Governor of MarylandJohn Bel Edwards, Governor of LouisianaBill Walker, Governor of AlaskaJohn W. Hickenlooper, Governor of ColoradoCharles D. Baker, Governor of MassachusettsTom Wolf, Governor of PennsylvaniaPhil Scott, Governor of VermontTerry McAuliffe, Governor of VirginiaBrian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada
Tweet 17 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsSports St.Kitts-Nevis beats Dominica to end hugely successful Basketball Festival by: – November 15, 2011 Dominica National Team player; Garth Joseph during an interview.Basketball City, St.Kitts (Novemebr 14th 2011):-The final night of the SKABA organised Sugar Creole Festival Weekend saw yet another massive crowd packing the stands at Basketball city to see the St.Kitts-Nevis Select team take on the Dominica National Team. The game did not disappoint as the action was keen and intense from the opening tip-off. The first quarter saw the St.Kitts-Nevis frontcourt duo of Troy “Jasbo” Wattley and Kimo “Shasta” Duncan giving the 7 foot 2 inch Dominican Center Garth Joseph all he could handle and more as both men overcame the imposing Joseph to score 11 of the 14 first quarter points for the SKN team. Despite being hugely outsized by the Dominican frontcourt the SKN big men were able to score with excellent shot selection and quick post moves by both Wattley and Duncan. Joseph scored 10 of the Dominican team’s 14 first quarter points. The quarter ended with both teams on 14.In the 2nd quarter it was more of the same except with different players on the SKN team taking the bulk of the scoring load. Again it was one of the frontcourt players this time Shawn ShabbA Forbes who went on a 2nd quarter tear with 6 straight points and he was ably supported by SKABA MVP Tamboura Tambie Caines who finally got his groove after a disappointing showing the night before with his Club team Ghuat Bucs. Joseph continued his scoring tear in the 2nd quarter with some help from Ramal Carbon . The first half ended with both teams tied at 30.George GatonThe 2nd half was much of the same as Joseph continued to score almost at will while the SKN frontcourt began to pick up the scoring pace behind the energetic play of George ‘Goolay” Gaton, Marlon “Jah Love” Powell and Tamboura “Tambie” Caines. Powell was hard nosed and got to the basket with relative ease whilst setting up his teammates Duncan and Wattley for easy buckets at the basket. At the end of the 3rd quarter the Domnnicans had a very slim 51-50 advantage.The 4th quarter was all St.Kitts-Nevis as the duo of Shawn “Shabba” Forbes and Kimo “Shasta” Duncan proved to be too much for the bigger Dominican frontcourt players including Joseph. Shabba and Shasta both individually scored more than the entire Dominican team in the final quarter. The Dominicans were outscored 17-4 in the final quarter. The final score saw team St.Kitts-Nevis with a hard fought and exciting 67-55 victory.Kimo “Shasta” Duncan was declared the top performer for team St.Kitts-Nevis with 12 points , 5 rebs and 1 block. While Tamboura “Tambie” Caines led the team with 13 pts, 4 rebs, 2 assists.Other top performers for team SKN were:• Troy “Jasbo” Wattley- 10 pts, 5 rebs, 1 stl• Shawn “Shabba” Forbes- 10 pts, 8 rebs, 1 stl• George “Goolay” Gaton- 8pts, 3 assists, 4 stls• Marlon “Jah Love” Powell- 8 pts, 4 rebs, 4 assists, 4 stlsGarth Joseph led all scorers with 29 pts and a massive 24 rebs. No other Dominican player reached double digits in either points or rebounds.In the earlier game on Sunday evening the Molyneux Inner City Champions Young Legs lost to SKABA “A” Division Champions the Challengers Exodus 90-83. [The Domnicans ended the weekend festival having won their first 2 games in quite a dominating fashion and then losing the final game to team SKN. On Friday they defeated SKABA “A” Division Champions Exodus 67-59 then on Saturday they totally outplayed SKABA Champions Ghaut Bucs to win 90-51.The Festival Finale on Sunday evening also included entertainment by renowned Reggae Artiste Masud Sadiki along with rap senstation Daggah and the up and coming Footsy. Jade Orchid also gave a splendid performance.“We are quite happy with the weekend and we are already planning something similar for early in the new year with another regional national team ,” said Wallis Wilkin a member of the Basketball Festival’s organising committee.Dominican Coach Mickey Joseph was quite happy with the weekend tour and although his team lost the final game he indicated that he was very pleased overal with the weekend festival and the performance of his team.“Although I felt we should have won that final game I must say that I was happy overal with the St.Kitts tour,” said Dominican Coach Mickey Joseph. “I hope this weekend festival is the start of a movement towards the resurgence or resurrection of sub-regional tournaments like the OECS Club and National Championships, “ Joseph continued.The Dominicans left the federation on Monday afternoon to return to Dominica.Next on the agenda for the St.Kitts Amateur Basketball Association is a proposed Christmas Knockout Tournament for the first 2 weeks of December. No details are yet available about the tournament. Also the SKN Female National Team will be participating in the Annual Gillian Brazier Tournament in Antigua from November 23rd to 28th. The team is currently in training and are expecting to give another good showing at the annual regional tournament.Press Release Share