#LoveLaois: Remembering nine magical days for Laois teams in Croke Park

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival #LoveLaois: Remembering nine magical days for Laois teams in Croke Park TAGSLove Laois Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Council Electric Picnic Electric Picnic This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in August 2020.As a county, we’re obviously not Kerry or Kilkenny or Dublin. We don’t have countless All Irelands to our name.But we have had some great days in Croke Park.From a Leinster U-21 hurling final in 1983, to the famous league win in 1986, Leinster final day in 2003, All Ireland success for ladies football and camogie, a couple of All Ireland minor final wins and last year’s Joe McDonagh Cup success, it makes for pleasant reading.No doubt it’ll bring back memories for those lucky enough to be there. Home Sport GAA #LoveLaois: Remembering nine magical days for Laois teams in Croke Park SportGAA It was Mick O’Dwyer’s first year as manager and Laois supporters duly invaded the pitch, ignoring the Croke Park pleas to stay where they were. Incredible scenes.Laois Captain Angela Casey lifts the cup after winning the 2001 All Ireland ladies football final2001 – Ladies win All Ireland football finalThe Laois ladies football team were among the best in the country throughout the 1980s and 1990s but they always fell just short in their bid to win an All Ireland.They finally got over the line in 2001 thanks to a thrilling win over Mayo in Croke Park, the winning point coming with the last kick of the ball from Mary Kirwan.The team was captained by Angela Casey and among the long-serving stars was the exceptional Sue Ramsbottom, who had lost six All Ireland finals prior to this one.Laois later went on to win a number of Leinster titles – but they haven’t played in Croke Park since.The Laois team that won the National League title in 19861986 – League gloryBefore 2003, the 1986 league final was the biggest outpouring of joy for Laois supporters in Croke Park.Laois had a fine football side in the 1980s and appeared in Leinster finals in 1981 and 1985 and had good knockout championship wins over Dublin and Meath during that time.In 1986 they made it to the league final having competed in Division 3 – and they recorded a memorable win over Monaghan, with Liam Irwin scoring six points from midfield on his way to an All Star award later that year.Despite hopes of a Leinster title, Laois then went and famously crashed out of the championship against Wicklow in Aughrim.The Laois team that won the All Ireland minor final in 19961996 – All Ireland minor joyThe Laois minors caught the imagination of GAA supporters in 1995 when they lost the Leinster final after a marathon three-game saga with Westmeath.But with many of the same players on board and captained by Martin Delaney from Portlaoise, they came back the following year and beat Wexford, Westmeath, Dublin, Donegal and then Kerry in a memorable final in Croke Park on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-11.Many of those players went on to play senior with Laois for many years.Kieran Kelly lifts the All Ireland minor trophy – the Tom Markham Cup – after the 1997 final1997 – Minors triumph once moreTwelve months on from the famous first minor win, Laois came back and won it again.This time Ollie Phelan was the manager having replaced Gabriel Lawlor and he’d mostly a whole new crop of players.Beano McDonald and Stephen Kelly were the only two who’d played the previous years but Kieran Kelly was a good captain and it was the first many would see of future All Stars Tom Kelly and Joe Higgins.After a scare against Kilkenny, of all teams, in the early stages of Leinster, Laois qualified for the Leinster final where they beat Wicklow and then Mayo in the All Ireland semi-final.They then went and got the better of a Mickey Harte-managed Tyrone team in the final.Laois captain Niamh Dollard lifts the cup after the  2015 All Ireland junior camogie final2015 – Camogie successThe Laois camogie team suffered more than their fair share of disappointment before finally getting their hands on All Ireland silverware in 2015.They were beaten in the final in Croke Park in 2013 and 2014 but they got over the line in 2015 thanks to an eight-point win over Roscommon and first-half goals from Laura Marie Maher and Sarah Anne Fitzgerald.Niamh Dollard was captain and got the honour of lifting the trophy in the Hogan Stand.The Laois U-21 hurling team that won the Leinster final in Croke Park in 19831983 – Leinster U-21 hurling winLaois hurling games in Croke Park have been few and far between in recent years – wins even rarer. Final wins rarer again.In 1983, Laois won the Leinster U-21 hurling title there – the county’s first and only provincial title in the grade.They got the better of Wexford on a scoreline of 3-13 to 4-8. The team was captained by Pat O’Brien from Borris-in-Ossory and one of the selectors was Pat Delaney from Rathdowney who is now part of the backroom team.Laois were later beaten by Galway in the All Ireland semi-final in Ennis. A reunion for that team was held to mark the 25th anniversary of that success and they were honoured at county final day in 2008.The Laois footballers celebrate after their 2016 Division 4 league final win2018 – Division 4 league football final winOrdinarily, a Division 4 league title shouldn’t be the biggest thing in the world?But the Laois footballers had endured back to back relegations and morale was low when John Sugrue came in and took over the county team at the end of 2017.The 2018 league campaign in Division 4 started the healing process and the trip to London in Round 4 was a bonding experience for players, officials and supporter.On Easter Saturday, Laois did enough to see off Carlow on a bitingly cold day. Stephen Attride lifted the trophy afterwards and Laois have since reached a Leinster final, won promotion from Division 2 and been in the last 12 of the championship twice.That day in March 2018 wasn’t the biggest win of all – but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day in Croke Park nonetheless. Laois supporters generally haven’t had too many of them over the years.2019 – Joe McDonagh Cup triumph The most recent great day in Croke Park it was still one of the best days that Laois fans have enjoyed in Croke Park.Laois triumphed over Westmeath by 3-21 to 1-16 to claim the Joe McDonagh Cup on Leinster final day at the end of June. It completed a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of Laois hurling under Eddie Brennan as he has taken a side who battled relegation in this competition last season to glory in the space of 12 months.The following week, Laois beat Dublin in O’Moore Park and went back to Croke Park two weeks later for an All Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary.SEE ALSO – The complete bluffer’s guide to hopping on the Laois hurling bandwagon Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Previous articleJohn Whelan: Celebrating the great Jim Yorke, a photographer who excelled in a different eraNext articleCoronavirus: No further deaths and 320 new cases Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By Steven Miller – 5th April 2021 Here’s hoping we have many more to come.2003 – Leinster football final gloryThe greatest day for Laois in living memory. Wins over Wexford, Offaly and Dublin put Laois into their first Leinster final in 12 years and they duly went and won their first title in 57 years thanks to a 2-13 to 1-13 win over Kildare. Twitter Twitter Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Former Southland rival paying LU visit

first_img One player who doesn’t seem to have a problem on the glass is junior college transfer Colton Weisbrod. A former first-team NJCAA All-American, Weisbrod has scored in double-figures in each of the first three games and posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He currently leads the team averaging nearly 14 points and better than eight rebounds per game. “I was really pleased with our effort defensively at Oregon State,” said Price. “Our work ethic on defense allowed us to overcome some struggles on offense. Against Fresno, I think all the traveling caught up with us. We looked sluggish out of the gate. We weren’t able to finish shots and left a lot short.”The Cardinals will now turn their focus to a UTSA squad that is 1-3 (.250) on the season. The Roadrunners opened the year with three consecutive losses but head to the Golden Triangle coming off a 10-point victory over a very talented Prairie View A&M squad. UTSA has struggled on the road during the early stages of the new season with all three setbacks coming away from the Convocation Center.The two teams already have a couple common opponents, with mixed results, despite being just a few games into the 2016-17 campaign. The Cardinals defeated OSU by three points, but suffered a 19-point setback to Fresno State. UTSA opened the year with a three-point setback against the Bulldogs before dropping a 72-64 decision at Oregon State. Big Red comes into the midweek contest looking to become the first LU squad to start a season 3-1 since the 2008-09 team opened the year 5-0. The Cardinals’ West Coast split had them squaring off against two teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament a season ago. The Roadrunners average less than 70 points per game, and have connected on just 19-of-76 (.250) three-point attempts, but have done a good job on the glass. UTSA is outrebounding opponents by more than seven rebounds per contest, while the Cardinals have been outrebounded by five per game.center_img Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Former Southland rivals square off tonight when the Lamar Cardinals (2-1) host UTSA. The Cardinals return to the friendly confines of the Montagne Center after a seven-day, two-game road trip that saw LU record a split with Oregon State and Fresno State. The Cardinals pulled the stunner against the Beavers, 63-60, in Corvallis, but watched as Fresno turned a close game into a 19-point victory late Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Murray, Del Potro braced for epic showdown

first_imgBritain’s Andy Murray returns the ball to Slovakia’s Martin Klizan during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 1, 2017 in Paris.World number one Andy Murray and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro square off at the French Open on Saturday in the latest chapter of a thrilling rivalry.Murray holds a 6-3 edge over the giant Argentine, notably downing Del Potro in a gruelling Olympic final to claim a second straight singles gold medal in Rio.But Del Potro avenged that defeat as he rallied from behind to overcome Murray in a five-set epic in last year’s Davis Cup semi-finals, with Argentina going on to secure their maiden title.Their third-round clash at Roland Garros represents just the second time the pair have met at a Grand Slam, Murray winning their only previous encounter at the 2008 US Open.“It’s a tough match. Not an easy third round. He’s, in my opinion, one of the best players in the world when he’s fit and healthy,” Murray said of Del Potro.“This year he’s had a lot of tough draws. If you look at the matches that he’s lost, I think he’s played Novak (Djokovic) a few times. I think he lost to (Milos) Raonic in Delray Beach.“Miami I think he lost to Roger (Federer). So because of the ranking that he has, he’s kind of in that bracket where he’s met a lot of the top guys early on.”Murray suffered a shock fourth-round exit at the Australian Open and his struggle for form was further highlighted by premature exits at Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome in the build-up to Paris.But the Scot, who reached the final at Roland Garros for the first time a year ago, feels his level is improving.“I definitely feel like I’m capable of winning that match. I mean, I’m playing way better than I was two weeks ago,” said Murray who beat Martin Klizan in the second round on Thursday.“(Thursday’s) match will have done me a lot of good, because physically I pulled up well and felt good, so I will gain a lot of confidence from that.”Del Potro, who is making his French Open comeback after a five-year absence, thrashed Guido Pella in his opener before advancing to the last 32 when Nicolas Almagro succumbed to a knee injury.The 28-year-old was hailed for his sportsmanship as he embraced and consoled the sobbing, stricken Spaniard courtside.But the 29th seed, whose loss to Gastao Elias in Lyon last week was his only defeat this season to a player outside the top 10, knows he must quickly re-focus for his showdown with Murray.“Last year we waged fiercely contested battles. So the stakes are high. I will have to fight again, but we are on a par,” said Del Potro.“I won’t be the favourite, but when you are playing against these great champions, it’s an opportunity to enjoy the moment and play well.”last_img read more

“A negotiation at the will of Tottenham and Mourinho” – Journalist…

first_imgThat’s according to Sky Sport Italy journalist Luca Marchetti, who says it is Spurs boss José Mourinho who is pushing the transfer.Tottenham were first linked with a move for Skriniar at the end of last month, with reports suggesting he could be included in a deal for Ndombélé.That was followed by a claim from TF1 journalist Julien Maynard who stated that Inter were keen on the French midfielder and were ‘accelerating’ their efforts to sign him and would need to include a player to get it done.Embed from Getty ImagesHe didn’t reveal at the time who that player could be, with the likelihood being that Inter would have several options they could present to Spurs.It seems, though, that the man they’ve chosen is Skriniar, at least according to the latest update from Marchetti.“Skriniar is included in a negotiation at the will of Tottenham and José Mourinho,” he told Sky Sports, relayed by inter-news.it.“It’s the exchange with Ndombélé, who is on the margins of the Spurs project but has always liked Inter. “Among the Nerazzurri, the exchange with Skriniar is also privileged to keep up the value of the players. “It’s important to understand who will make up the difference between the two clubs. “Not an easy negotiation, a possible replacement for the Slovak could be Marash Kumbulla.”Embed from Getty ImagesThe interesting thing about this is that it is Mourinho seemingly pushing the transfer, and that would make a lot of sense.He’s never seemed all that keen on Ndombélé, having criticised him in public and so getting rid of him would be a logical step.Doing so and getting a player like Skriniar, who is a vast improvement for Spurs’ defence, an area Mourinho will have identified as needing reinforcement, is likewise a smart move.It seems, though, there is a gap between the clubs at present, and so this is a rumour to expect more of in the coming weeks as they presumably try to work that out.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayHero Wars根本不可能获得这个宝藏!来证明我们错了Hero WarsUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoInvest With VICShe collects rental-like income every month! See how she does it!Invest With VICUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingtelGet 30GB for $25 on SG’s #1 network.SingtelUndoGOMO by Singtel.Switch to GOMO. 40GB for $20 for 12 months!GOMO by Singtel.UndoSingtel PowerInstant savings and a $50 rebate.Singtel PowerUndo Inter Milan are locked in negotiations with Tottenham over a deal for Milan Skriniar that would see Tanguy Ndombélé going the other way.last_img read more

Joburg, Clinton climate initiatives

first_img4 January 2008A unique relationship is developing between the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the City of Johannesburg, with the former committing substantial funding and technical support to help Johannesburg to become an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly city.CCI is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (known as the C40), which aims to take practical and measurable steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. Usually, the foundation prefers to provide non-financial assistance.In July, the City launched its energy efficiency programme, which includes the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system, the energy efficiency building retrofit programme, and the solar streetlight township electrification programme. The latter two are in pilot phase.Know-howIn all of these initiatives, the CCI is providing technical assistance to Johannesburg, especially as far as energy efficient procurement, information support on technology and products, and financial and cost analysis are concerned.But the City has also received grant assistance from the CCI. Firstly, the foundation provided a grant to hire the Institute for Transportation Development and Policy (ITDP), a leading international organisation promoting environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation worldwide, to develop the design and operational plan for Rea Vaya.The operational transport plan was submitted to the City in July. “According to the ITDP, Rea Vaya will reduce 311 586 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the current ‘do nothing’ scenario,” a progress report on the partnership confirmed.Secondly, a grant was provided to hire a climate change and cleaner production deputy director for the City. The chair was filled in November.At the same time, the environmental management department gained the technical assistance of an acting director for project support, appointed by the Clinton initiative to give support in the implementation of joint City-CCI projects.“The Clinton Foundation has established a unique relationship with Johannesburg due to the City’s aggressive 2010 climate change goals and the executive mayor’s leadership in the C40 and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives,” the executive director for environmental management, Flora Mokgohloa, stated in the report.So far, Johannesburg has received technical assistance from the foundation for waste management, energy efficiency, performance-based procurement and its operational transportation plan.The relationship between the two has strengthened since the foundation approached the City to form a partnership to fight climate change.In May 2007, Executive Mayor Amos Masondo joined a group of some 30 business and local government leaders in New York to discuss the role cities can play in reducing climate change. Called the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, it was only the second summit of this nature to be held. The first was held in London in 2005.At that time the summit group also entered into a partnership with the CCI, led by former United States president Bill Clinton. The CCI assists by pooling the buying power of cities, mobilising expert assistance and facilitating the sharing of information about successful and replicable programmes.Key initiativesThe CCI hopes to reduce energy use in buildings worldwide through a landmark new programme and the City of Johannesburg has come on board, signing agreements to join the fight against climate change.A new procurement and financial model for 12 council-owned buildings is now in pilot phase, in which energy use will be drastically reduced through a number of measures. The pilot buildings are in Dobsonville, Ennerdale, Jabulani, Lenasia, Meadowlands, Newtown, Sandton, the Metro Centre, Museum Africa, Putco, the Roodepoort City Hall and Roodepoort Civic Centre.“It is the City’s intention to expand the programme to retrofit as many public buildings as possible by 2010,” Mokgohloa said. She stressed that the programme went far above and beyond lighting retrofits; it included boiler and chiller plant optimisation; improvements to electrical systems; roof, window and building improvements; and indirectly through procurement savings, among other things.A second initiative will look at solar power, still underutilised in sunny South Africa. City Power is identifying areas where solar street lighting can be implemented and appropriate technologies used. A flexible photovoltaic system, which can be laminated to most structures, is being explored and City Power is working closely with the CCI to plan a possible roll out.Lessons learned and alternative approaches are being looked at together with Beka, the company that was responsible for the Zandspruit solar street lighting pilot project.Apart from assistance with the BRT operational plan, the CCI is working with the City’s transportation department to analyse various propulsion systems and fuel types. The CCI is also exploring price discounts for BRT buses for C40 cities. A traffic congestion workshop will be held in December where C40 cities will share experiences in hybrid diesel and ethanol buses, station design, fare collection and financing.Another energy efficiency possibility is a landfill gas-to-energy project, with a report recently completed in which the eight proposal bids for gas extraction were evaluated. The project entails the trapping of the methane gas, generated as a result of landfill decomposition, into gas wells and then flaring or using the gas to generate electricity.Four open landfill sites, at Goudkoppies, Robinson Deep, Marie Louise and Ennerdale, and six closed landfill sites, at Linbro Park, Kya Sands, Mapetla, Panorama, Waterval, Meredale, in Johannesburg were identified to have good potential for gas extraction.Cities consume three quarters of the world’s energy and account for 75 percent of global carbon emissions. Delegates at the 2007 C40 summit agreed that “the fight against climate change will therefore be won or lost in cities”.The C40 cities, of which Johannesburg is one, have publicly declared that “the world’s largest cities have a critical role to play in the reduction of carbon emissions and the reversal of dangerous climate change”.They are Addis Ababa, Athens, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Hanoi, Houston, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Lagos, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Warsaw. There are also 12 affiliate cities.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Gettin’ techie wit it

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Web Development richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img I’ve noticed some excellent techie posts lately, so I feel duty-bound to point them out.Phil Pearson, XML expert Kimbro Staken and Movable Type consultant Chad Everett have been working on a Structured Blogging plugin for WordPress and MT. This is to enable ordinary folks (like me) to publish “new microcontent types, support microformats and other standards like Media RSS”. Phil’s looking for feedback, so if you’re technically inclined jump over to his blog and add your 2 cents.Also I found a great resource via the 9rules homepage, an article at Fiftyfoureleven.com about how to use the Yahoo! API. As it states in the intro:“Looking at Yahoo!s APIs, you can see a little of that “openess” that Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel referred to at 2005’s Web 2.0 conference. From images to movies to maps and search, they offer a lot of data through their APIs.”Fiftyfoureleven.com also offers an ongoing API series. Great stuff and I’ll be reading this very closely and experimenting when I get some free time (in about a week!). Also check out ProgrammableWeb’s How to Make Your Own Web Mashup article. The beauty of mashups is that anyone can play, thanks to great resources like these and the backend work of folks like Phil Pearson. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

#unfollowedghonimbecause: Egyptians Use Twitter to Criticize Revolutionary Leader

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts If the Egyptian revolution was inspired and organized on Facebook, maybe the post-revolution is destined to run its course on Twitter. Wael Ghonim, the former Google executive who launched We are all Khalid Said, the Facebook page that acted as a clearinghouse for the uprising, has fallen under opprobrium for recent comments and a lot of the criticism is being expressed via the Twitter hashtag #unfollowedghonimbecause. It wasn’t just Ghonim’s setting up the Facebook page that made him something of a hero to Egyptians. He was also seized by the security services of the country at the height of the protests and interrogated incommunicado for over a week before he was released. That experience rejuvenated protests in Cairo and other cities around the country. He has since assumed a high-profile in post-revolution Egypt. According to Foreign Policy’s Passport blog, Ghonim has recently encouraged his fellow citizens to ease off on political change in order to stabilize the country economically. “Economy should be the priority for the revolutionaries,” Ghonim said in a translation, “because it is the safety valve which will guarantee the continuation of the revolution and the cleansing of Egypt from corruption.” This incensed a number of Egyptians, including whoever is behind @ghonimwithballs, who tweeted, “How about this: Unfollow @Ghonim, then fire a tweet with #UnfollowedGhonimBecause. Let your voice be heard.”Many have, including @amirakhalil46, who tweeted, “i #UnfollowedGhonimBecause he’s a sell-out. Falling for the ‘economic stability’ manipulative tactic!! Forgetting what #Jan25 is all about.”Criticism seemed to center on prioritizing economics over political progress but he was also indicted for not speaking out strongly against the Army’s post-revolution abuses. Revolutions, when they are clear of their immediate goals of dismantling the existing power structure, have a great deal of settling out to do. You can see it in Tunisia as well, where censorship has returned. You already saw it in Egypt with the sentencing by the military of a blogger. The backlash against Ghonim may be another brick in the wall or it may merely be one of the post-revolutionary obstacles all revitalized states have to negotiate. As Passport noted, “Few of the big Egyptian Twitterati, however, joined in, and the hastag devolved into crude personal attacks and bad jokes.” Tags:#Facebook#international#politics#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img curt hopkins Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Could autonomous cars destroy the auto insurance industry?

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags: #autonomous cars#car insurance#GEICO#insurance#Self-Driving#transport#Warren Buffett Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Autonomous car adoption worldwide is going to have a major knock-on effect on most industries that rely on humans driving cars.One industry that may see a severe downturn in revenue is the auto insurance industry, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. The billionaire investor said to CNBC “anything that makes cars safer is very pro-social, and bad for the auto insurance industry.”See Also: Self-driving lobbying supergroup to play many dates in Washington D.C.Cars have been made way, way safer, but now when you start making the driver safer, that would be a big jump, and that will happen someday, and when it happens there will be a lot less auto insurance written.”Buffett’s holdings company manages Geico, one of the largest auto insurance companies in the United States. For the past 15 years, Geico has increased its revenue, but the onset of autonomous vehicles might see a downturn in the company’s success.Autonomous vehicle manufacturers might also take it upon themselves to self-insure, rather than have the customer spend thousands in insurance costs for a car controlled by the manufacturer’s software.Could insurance be split between car owners and car designers?We might even see a half-and-half solution, where automakers are willing to insure for accidents that happen due to a flaw in the software, but not if the customer takes control of the vehicle and has an accident.Either way, the likelihood of an accident on the road is bound to fall, which will make auto insurance less expensive; one would hope.Autonomous cars are also going to change how many miles cars rack up in a year, according to research from the University of Michigan. In the study, the team found that autonomous cars may allow families to downsize to one car and use the car for other purposes while they’re at work, like picking up the kids, shopping, or renting the car to a taxi service like Uber or Lyft for pick-ups.That might benefit auto repairs, since the car will spend more time on the road, causing issues with tires and the engine to arise quicker. Google has already made note of the potential uptake in repair shops, to reassure the industry that there’s still some future for them in the autonomous world. David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Man sentenced in rental truck meth bust

first_imgA Columbia man will spend 10 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to meth possession with the intent to distribute in September.Milton Tyron McGruder, 37, was arrested in August, 2017 after employees at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Columbia found a toiletry bag of meth in a truck that his wife had returned to the dealership.According to federal prosecutors, McGruder’s wife called Enterprise after returning the vehicle to claim that she had left $700 cash in it. Employees said they didn’t find anything and told her she couldn’t re-rent the truck because it had already been rented.After the call, the employees searched the vehicle and found the meth. They called police.McGruder and his wife visited Enterprise, allegedly under the guise of trying to rent another vehicle. But according to authorities, he went to search the truck when the employees took them outside to look at another vehicle. He again asked if they had the black bag, but the employees said they didn’t. McGruder and his wife left without renting another vehicle.McGruder  returned while police were at Enterprise, and he was arrested. He allegedly told officers his wife had returned the car while he was asleep.A drug canine alerted to his car, and officers found two guns, nine Adderall pills, marijuana, meth and assorted cell phones.McGruder will spent 10 years behind bars without the possibility of parole.last_img read more

Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

first_imgThe topic of artificial intelligence (AI) is of great interest worldwide. As all industries undergo a digital transformation, they are finding that the ability to use data is both a competitive advantage and strategic imperative. Healthcare is certainly no exception. In this first part of a two-part blog series, I will discuss some of the technologies that make up artificial intelligence, and in the second post present five use cases for AI technology in healthcare.The StageWithin healthcare, as in many industries today, we are seeing a massive digital transformation taking place. A key driver for this is a need to manage costs and improve access against a backdrop of an aging population with increasing prevalence of chronic disease.Digital solutions like telemedicine, wearables, and remote sensors are opening the door to innovation around patient engagement and preventative care.And, we’re racing towards a world of precision medicine where genomics and other ‘omics become standard aspects of routine medical care.These transformations are leading to the creation of massive new data sets, which creates an opportunity for the use of artificial intelligence.The DefinitionBefore we go further, let me establish a working definition for artificial intelligence. At Intel, we have developed a taxonomy for artificial intelligence that includes both machine learning and reasoning technologies that enable machines to more closely mimic human capabilities like sensing, reasoning, and acting.Within the area of machine learning, there are two common approaches. The first is classic machine learning that uses statistical techniques like decision trees, random forests, and support vector machines. The second is deep learning, which uses neural networks. A common use for machine learning is classification, which is a common element in predictive models.Adjacent to machine learning are reasoning systems, both memory, and logic based, which are able to identify patterns across data sets using various techniques and build prescriptive solutions.These technologies are not mutually exclusive. They each have strengths and weaknesses. Think of them as various tools to solve specific problems. Increasingly we see solutions being developed that involve several of these technologies to solve specific aspects of a broader business need.The critical precursor for any of these technologies is data. This is why digital transformation in healthcare is so important. Adoption of digital technologies is creating massive new data sets, which presents an opportunity for AI.Moving ForwardA common question that is posed to me is, “how does an organization get started with AI?”To answer this question, it’s important to put AI in context with other analytics techniques.AI is an evolution from traditional analytics. Key capabilities like data governance and training on data-driven decision making set the stage for being able to deploy AI solutions. Critical to this evolution is a top-down commitment from management to use data in order to drive business and clinical processes.In the analytics maturity model shown above, you can see that artificial intelligence starts to come into play when organizations transition from using data to analyze what happened in the past, to using data to predict what will happen in the future. Often this transition occurs through the use of classic machine learning to build predictive models from structured data. Naturally, as organizations get more comfortable with this approach, they will look to utilize new, unstructured data sources that open the door for deep learning.The next step after building predictive models is prescriptive models using cognitive systems that combine the prediction with a business process to recommend a course or courses of action.In my next post, I’ll dive into use cases for AI in healthcare. In the meantime, what questions about AI in healthcare do you have? Send them my way on Twitter at @andybartleyOpens in a new window or @IntelHealthOpens in a new window.last_img read more