Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward

first_imgDonegal has had its fair share of Lotto wins recently, but it wasn’t the county’s lucky day this time around, as Ireland’s newest multi-millionaires were revealed.A large family syndicate from Naul in Dublin has come forward to claim Tuesday’s massive €175.4m EuroMillions jackpot.It was revealed today that six sisters will share the winnings. The lucky ticket was sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul. A family spokesperson, who is married to one of the syndicate, said: “This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves.”The win has been described as a ‘dream come true’ for the close-knit clan, who are mostly retired.The family spokesperson added: “We know this is a huge story and there is great excitement over this win.“We need time to let this news sink in and to prepare to collect our winnings. We are a normal family and we don’t want this to dramatically change our lives.” The €175M jackpot represents the biggest ever lottery win on the island of Ireland.Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Acsa signs deal with Ghanaian airports company

first_imgAs part of its ongoing focus and expansion into emerging markets, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) signed an agreement with its Ghanaian counterpart on Tuesday to provide advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport-related matters in Ghana.In a statement, Acsa said the partnership with the Ghana Airports Company would see the two working together “more closely in technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development aspects of the aviation industry”.Ghana was experiencing “phenomenal” growth in air traffic, with domestic traffic growing by more than 30% a year, while international traffic was growing by 10% a year, Acsa said.‘Catalytic partnership’The memorandum of understanding provided “a positive example of a catalytic partnership between two diverse nations to provide the required infrastructure to boost the continent’s growth”, the statement said.The Ghanian airports company is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports, including Kotoka International Airport in Accra, three regional airports, as well as other airfields.Dzifa Aku Attivor, Ghana’s Minister of Transport, said Ghana’s burgeoning economy had put enormous pressure on the country’s airports, especially that of Kotoka in Accra. The upgrade of facilities was essential and this would include the building of a new terminal, she said.“We did not have to look far for a highly recommended partner to provide us with advisory services,” she said, citing Acsa’s success in showcasing Africa’s abilities through its successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Expansion programmeThe partnership form part of South Africa’s strategy to drive business co-operation across the African continent, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said.“It is pleasing that Ghana has acknowledged South Africa’s eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multidimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme,” she said.Acsa already has in place existing partnerships with GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Bongani Maseko, the chief executive of Acsa, said the memorandum would be a catalyst for infrastructural development that would boost the continent’s growth.“The focus on Africa remains critical to our business in order that the continent earns its deserved place as a meaningful contender in the global economy,” he said. Acsa is responsible for South Africa’s nine major airports.Source: Airports Company South Africalast_img read more

MU says some students took advantage of financial aid loophole

first_img(AP) – A spokesman for the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbia says the school has identified fewer than 10 students whose parents may have taken advantage of a financial aid loophole.At issue is a practice of wealthy parents transferring guardianship of their children to friends or relatives to make it appear they came from poorer backgrounds, making them eligible for more financial aid. The U.S. Education Department is being urged to make changes to close the loophole, which first came to light in Illinois.University of Missouri spokesman Christian Basi says the school will pull the funding it provides based on need and notify federal authorities if the determination is made that guardianship changes were done solely to take advantage of financial aid.Basi says no one will be kicked out of school but added that the university is “extremely disappointed.”last_img read more

HPC and AI Converge Under a Common Architecture

first_img1 The solution was tested with TensorFlow/ ResNet50 for Inference (comparing INT8 and FP32 tests) and TensorFlow / ResNet50 for Training on March 28, 2019 with the following hardware and software configuration:Base configuration: 4 Nodes, 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252; 1x Intel® Server Board S2600WFT; Total Memory 192 GB, 12 slots/16 GB/2666 MT/s DDR4 RDIMM; HyperThreading: Enable; Turbo: Enable; Storage(boot): Intel® 800GB SSD OS Drive, Storage(capacity): 2x 750GB Intel® Optane SSD DC P4800X PCIe; NIC: 1x Intel XC710, PCH: Intel C621; OS/Software: CentOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core) with Kernel 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64; BIOS CPU microcode 0x400000aFramework version: TensorFlow 1.13.1,; Dataset: Synthetic from benchmark tool; Model topology: ResNet 50 v1; Batch Size: 128 High performance computing (HPC), once specialized to scientific and government supercomputers, has expanded to a range of workloads, including visualization, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI). With so many different types of highly-demanding tasks now open for enterprises to pursue, Intel has created a family of Intel® Select Solutions based on a common foundation of hardware and software to address today’s HPC workloads.All of the solutions share a common foundation, utilizing the Intel® HPC Platform Specification to deliver consistency and compatibly with a wide range of applications. Each solution adds capabilities that tailor the solution to a specified use case, without compromising compatibility.Foundational WorkloadsExisting HPC solutions are targeted at three foundational workloads:Simulation & Modeling—designed for scientists and engineers in a variety of fields who rely on HPC simulation and modeling to improve performance and productivity, Intel® Selection Solutions for Simulation & Modeling are compatible with industry standard software from leading vendors like ANSYS*, COMSOL*, and Dassault*. Organizations, from aerodynamics to manufacturing, can streamline deployment with the solution and start simulation and modeling workloads quickly.Professional Visualization—visualization is critical to analyzing and gaining insights from the modeling and simulation results. With Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization, organizations can realize software defined visualization benefits faster than trying to construct their own systems. Utilizing the Intel® Rendering Framework (comprised of OpenSWR*, Embree*, and OSPRay*) to perform in-situ simulation and visualization, the solution provides organizations the convenience of using familiar analysis tools, like ParaView*, on top of trusted Intel infrastructure. The popular application VisIt* is also included in the refreshed solution, allows scientists and engineers to quickly generate visualizations, animate them through time, and save them for presentations. The solutions offer the ability to run larger datasets, achieve faster time-to-insight by avoiding data movement I/O bottlenecks, and reduce the costs of having to move simulation data to disk for post-processing.Genomics Analytics—Intel® Selection Solution for Genomics Analytics builds on the common infrastructure of the other HPC solutions and adds the specialization of BIGstack*, an integrated hardware and software stack designed to run the Broad Institute Genomic Analysis Toolkit (GATK) more quickly, at a larger scale, and with easier deployment.These three workload-optimized solutions take advantage of the newly released 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and deliver generation over generation higher performance, improved price/performance, and enhanced security capabilities. We anticipate a number of companies offering these updated solutions, including Advantech, Atipa, Fujitsu, Megware, Nor-Tech, and RSC.Additional capabilities will be available in an upcoming v2 releases of Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Modeling, Simulation & Visualization (an upgrade of the Professional Visualization solution), and Genomics Analytics including enhancements to take advantage of Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, Intel® Deep Learning Boost (Intel® DL Boost), Intel® SSDs, Intel® Ethernet, software, accelerators.A New Era of ConvergenceThe new Intel® Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters joins these three existing HPC solutions, expanding the scope of HPC workloads beyond simulation & modeling, to including both Analytics and AI workloads and integrated workflows. The new solutions leverage the low-latency, high-performance features of 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors to offer new capabilities and performance while minimizing data movement, delivering breakthrough capabilities via a converged platform that supports all three workloads.AI is having a huge impact on data analytics throughout the HPC ecosystem, with neural networks often being used to accelerate discovery and innovation. Organizations are quickly realizing the opportunity to converge both AI and traditional modeling and simulation workloads on a common infrastructure. As AI joins traditional simulation & modeling workloads on HPC systems, there’s a need for higher performance compute, memory, storage, and networking capabilities, along with optimized software tools and libraries.Building on the simulation and modeling foundation and adding analytic workloads like Apache Spark* and AI workloads like TensorFlow*, the newly launched Intel Select Solutions support integrated workflows that previously had to run on specialized systems. With Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters, organizations can use AI to accelerate better scientific results or add analytics to perform in-situ visualization at scale, all on a common, flexible system that minimizes storage repetition and data movement and maximizes infrastructure flexibility and utilization.Intel is releasing two solution architectures for the new Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters, both of which focus on augmenting resource managers to support broader workloads. The first is based on the community project Magpie*, which automates the process of generating interfaces between analytics frameworks like Spark and AI frameworks like TensorFlow, so that they can run seamlessly without any modifications to a traditional HPC resource manager such as Slurm*.The second is a more integrated solution that builds on the work of Univa Grid Engine* and their Universal Resource Broker, an engine that sits alongside a traditional HPC batch scheduler and can interface into resource manager plugins created with an Apache Mesos* framework. Both solutions allow workload coexistence and workflow convergence across simulation & modeling, analytics, and AI. We will be evaluating and updating additional features and workloads for the new Intel Select Solution for HPC & AI Converged Clusters in the coming months, specifically examining the benefits of Intel Optane Memory for large data setsAccelerated BenefitsWhen analytics and AI workloads are brought into HPC infrastructure designed to support simulation and modeling, additional speed benefits cascade through the stack. For example, Apache Spark* and TensorFlow can run faster when connected to a HPC fabric. The new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors also deliver 4x faster images/second with inferencing solutions optimized using Intel DL Boost technology.1Advania Data Center is planning to offer the new Intel Select Solution for HPC & AI Converged Clusters later this year. Their customer Gimix wants to run mixed workloads in their HPC environment and is looking to this solution to meet their needs.Intel Select Solutions for HPC offer higher performance and enhanced capabilities in a single environment, eliminating the burden of data transfer between systems. A host of commercial applications in the Intel® HPC Application Catalog are verified and interoperable with all other Intel Select Solutions for HPC, ensuring even greater flexibility.A complete hardware and software recipe for advancing product innovation, Intel Select Solutions represent a proven set of configurations utilizing Intel architecture building blocks that the ecosystem can innovate on and take to market more quickly. For more information, and to see the full range of Intel Select Solutions, visit intel.com/selectsolutions. For more about Intel’s work in HPC, visit intel.com/hpc. For more information on how to accelerate your data insights and building your infrastructure, visit intel.com/yourdata.last_img read more

How BCCI didn’t plan for future

first_imgVirtually every aspect of India’s massive defeats Down Under has been dissected. In less than 48 hours, the Adelaide Test begins and there are no signs of VVS Laxman being ready to back off at this stage despite a string of failures.Back home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India maintains its usual silence. None of its office-bearers or selectors is having sleepless nights, though the same cannot be said about the discerning fan who still loves to wake up at odd hours to catch the live action.Sports View by S . Kannan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni will sit out of the Adelaide Test as he has been penalised by the ICC for a slow-over rate. And it’s even more chilling to note that the man who is now going to lead – Virender Sehwag – is perhaps in the middle of a huge crisis vis-a-vis his own batting.Some of the statistics which were brought to my notice have been nothing short of a revelation. Of the 274 cricketers to have played Tests for India, Dhoni happened to be the 251st.He made his debut in 2005-06, so that means 23 players have played for India after him. The most surprising aspect is how in the last six years, out of these only three have been middleorder batsmen – S Badrinath, Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund got brief stints as openers but the rest of those earning India caps were bowlers.Raina did not do too badly with a century on debut and six half tons, but in 15 Tests he averaged less than 30. Once the verdict was passed that Raina was suspect against the short- pitched stuff, he was out of the Test reckoning.advertisementAt a time when calls for the heads of Dravid and Laxman have reached a crescendo, it is clear the Indian board has just not worked on a succession plan. While the Indian cricket fan is passionate and can put his stars on a pedestal one day, the next day he can run them down mercilessly.Yet, AS far as the Board officials are concerned, it is not a matter of concern. To be sure, if one looks at the ODI side, from the time Greg Chappell was the coach of the Indian team, he had discussed a succession plan with the then chairman of the selection committee, Kiran More.However, as far as the Indian Test side is concerned, it is clear we kept persisting with the golden oldies and never thought of grooming batsmen, especially in the middle order. As it were, after Sourav Ganguly retired, the No. 6 slot has been shaky.We keep talking of how the Aussies have been unbeatable over the years, but if one goes back to the eighties when Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Greg Chappell retired, there was a crisis. However, Chappell came back as a selector and, with Bob Simpson, worked on building a team for the future.Similarly, in 2007, when Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Shane Warne retired, the Aussies faced a crisis. It worsened once Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden also called it a day. The Aussies lost the Ashes at home and took time to find their feet.So to say that the Aussies were always unbeatable is untrue. They also made mistakes and then learnt.Sadly in India, the fringe players are never given confidence. If it is captaincy, quite often we find that there has been no succession plan. If today it is Dhoni, tomorrow it could be Sehwag.But a closer look at the Indian Test team is quite scary. The ideal situation would have been to phase out Laxman and at the same time ensure there were a couple of batsmen who could fill in his boots.Obviously in the twilight of his career, we don’t expect Dravid to continue too for long and this will be his last tour to Australia. So can one imagine what goes through Mr Sachin Tendulkar’s head when he is going to be without his two senior colleagues.We keep talking of all the ills but nobody has worked on a succession plan. From the Indian board to the selectors and also the Indian captain and the coach, everyone should have put their heads together.Sadly, that has not been the case and planning has been done only on a series- to- series basis. There is already talk as to how in 2012 the biggest events ahead are the Indian Premier League and the ICC World T20 plus the Asia Cup.advertisementWe know that at home and on the lifeless wickets we can still win Tests, whatever be the opposition. It’s already too late that nothing has been done on grooming middle-order batsmen who can replace Laxman and Dravid.This is a bit like other sporting disciplines as well in India where we keep relying on the golden oldies. At 38-plus, Leander Paes happens to be a medal chance at the London Olympics and so does Mahesh Bhupathi, a year younger. In tennis, we know for sure the cupboard is bare.But in Indian cricket, there is no dearth of talent. The problem lies in the lack of planning and how those who at the helm have suffered from acute myopia. To borrow an ophthalmic term, a correction is needed. It’s just that we seem to have nobody with the vision.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more