SC’s Logan Zschernitz, Stratford’s Jake Drexler win third-place matches at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

first_imgStratford’s Marten, Tyson Kauffman, Marquardt, Hoffman finish fourthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — All six local wrestlers competing in the consolation round Saturday won their first matches at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.Two ended up winning their third-place matches, and the other four had to settle for fourth-place medals.In Division 2, Spencer/Columbus sophomore Logan Zschernitz beat Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal’s Nick Rueth in the 285-pound consolation semifinals, holding on for a 3-2 victory. Zschernitz went on to defeat Josh Frerk of Denmark by major decision, 14-5, in the third-place match.Zschernitz beat Rueth for the fourth-straight weekend after having beat him at the Cloverbelt Conference Tournament as well as at the Division 2 regional and sectional competitions. Zschernitz had defeated Frerk in the quarterfinals on Friday and ends his season with a 39-4 record.“For Logan, last night was tough. It was a tough night in the hotel,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz said. “We talked, we got his emotions in check, and we had to reassess our goals. Our goal was a state championship for him. We didn’t get it, ‘OK, now our (goal) is third place.’ He came into today, took care of business, and got that done.”Stratford’s Derek Marten (126 pounds), Jake Drexler (132), David Marquardt (160), Aiden Hoffman (195), and Tyson Kauffman (285) each won their Division 3 consolation semifinals with Drexler winning his third-place match as well.Drexler (42-3) pinned Kolbe Ubersox of Darlington/Black Hawk in 1:59 in the semifinals and needed overtime to defeat Seth Schlegel of Spring Valley/Elmwood 3-1 in the third-place match. Drexler had lost to Schlegel 8-5 in the quarterfinals on Friday.Marten (38-5) beat Dylan Bune of Spring Valley/Elmwood 5-0 in the semifinals and lost his third-place match to Andrew Gunderson of Cadott 4-2.Marquardt (37-5) pinned James LaPointe of Bayfield/Washburn in 1:58 before dropping the third-place match to Michael Bertrand of Southern Door 4-1.Hoffman (37-11) took care of Noah Friedl of Royall 7-3 in the semifinals and lost the third-place match to Bryce Holderman of Amherst 10-3.At 285 pounds, defending D-3 state champion Tyson Kauffman (15-6) settled for fourth. Kauffman blanked Noah Novotney of Boyceville 3-0 in the semifinals before forfeiting the third-place match to Takoda Lee of Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe because of ongoing shoulder and arm injuries.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Three Reasons Why Top Cloud Service Providers Could Not Wait to Deploy Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

first_imgOver the last few years, innovations by the cloud giants have disrupted many traditional industries. Amazon and Alibaba changed the way we shop, Netflix and YouTube brought us new ways to consume video, and WeChat and Facebook revolutionized how we connect and communicate with our friends and families.The agile, elastic, and highly efficient cloud infrastructure is one of the key pillars of innovation these cloud giants are delivering. As a result, they have become the “North Stars” of efficient service delivery and data center architecture. Organizations look to Google, Facebook and others for cloud and data center infrastructure best practices when they set out to build their own to support their innovations and business transformation.So what are these top cloud service providers (CSPs) doing to modernize their cloud infrastructure now?They were eager to get their hands on the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processorsOpens in a new window as soon as possible. I couldn’t be more excited to see them deploy Xeon® Scalable, modernize their infrastructure, and create new, differentiated services. More than 500,000 Xeon® Scalable processors have already shipped to over 30 customers, many of them CSPs. Based on my conversations with them, here are three top reasons CSPs are so thrilled about Xeon® Scalable.1) Disruptive performance efficiency across cloud workloadsFor CSPs, the math is pretty simple when it comes to profitable growth of their business. Because they sell computing as a service, price performance of their infrastructure, often measured with performance/total cost of ownership (TCO) dictates how efficiently they can generate profits from their services. When a new breed of processor such as Xeon® Scalable offers a performance boost that overwhelms the cost of upgrading, and a 65% lower TCO in a typical virtualization deployment scenario compared to a 4-year-old server**, CSPs jump on it.Google launched Xeon® Scalable-based cloud instances on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in February of this year and made the instance generally availableOpens in a new window on May 31. Bart Sano, Google’s Vice President of Platforms, told us that GCP customers running applications such as bioinformatics, machine learning on satellite imagery and finance simulation and report up to 40% improvement in many cases compared to the previous platforms. In some cases, where the customers tuned their software for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512), they saw more than 100% improvement.Amazon Web Services, announced its new C5 instanceOpens in a new window last fall and called it the most powerful compute optimized instance and the best price to compute performance in EC2. This summer, Dr. Matt Wood, Amazon’s General Manager of Artificial Intelligence and an iconic figure in the AI space, stated that the computational power of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor lets AWS customers use more data, to create innovative new products and experiences powered by machine learning, increasing machine learning inference performance by over 100 times.2) Enable differentiated services to expand into new marketsNew and emerging use cases such as AI, autonomous driving, personalized medicine, media and graphics, and gaming present opportunities for CSPs to innovate and monetize new user experiences. The workloads supporting these new services are normally compute or data intensive, and traditionally run on purpose-built hardware clusters. With the workload-optimized performance and acceleration Xeon® Scalable Platform brings, it is now feasible to offer these services in the cloudFirst, the high-performing cores of Xeon® Scalable can unearth new opportunities. Features such as Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) can accelerate performance by a factor of up to 2x over the previous generation of a range of compute-intensive applications, including security/crypto/compression, visualization, in-memory databases, deep learning, and modeling and simulation in HPC. 1Genomic sequencing and analysis used to mainly run on supercomputers, making is challenging for researchers worldwide to access and share resources.  Seven Bridges, a biotech startup, now provides a biomedical data analysis platform as a differentiated service in healthcare vertical on Google’s GCP to accelerate cancer diagnosis and precision treatment. With another 1.8X performance boost on Xeon® Scalable instance, Seven Bridges CEO Dr. Brandi Davis-Dusenbery believes its customers “will benefit from significant efficiencies and can use more of the world’s biomedical data to accelerate discoveries and improve health.” 2In addition, Xeon® Scalable goes beyond a processor, it is a flexible platform that can integrate with accelerators programmed to optimize the performance of emerging workloads, enabling a slew of new possibilities. Accelerators like Intel® FPGA give the cloud the speed, predictability, and energy efficiency along with easy customizability to take on emerging workloads such as AI, HPC, advanced analytics, and IoT, while the Intel® NervanaTM suite of products can accelerate AI training.Microsoft Azure based its Configurable Cloud on Intel® Xeon® and Intel® FPGA to achieve a degree of flexibility and performance that makes it much easier to create new cloud services to meet the emerging demands AI and analytics that are powering the next generation of enterprises. Kushagra Vaid, GM of Azure Hardware Infrastructure, Microsoft’s Azure Platform, also anticipates that Intel accelerators, such as Intel® FPGA, Intel® Xeon PhiTM and Intel® NervanaTM all will play a key role in this next generation of infrastructure to help the application developers be more productive in creating new services and new user experiences.3) Joint drive toward cloud innovation The workloads that the CSPs run on top of Intel® architecture are different, and the cloud services they create are diversified, but there is one thing in common among the feedback we got from the top CSPs. Every CSP collaborated with Intel one way or another to jointly drive new innovations in the cloud space. For some CSPs, such as Amazon and Google, the collaborative engineering efforts extend back a decade ago. From virtualization to containers, from a relational database to NoSQL, big data, AI and machine learning, Intel has been on the forefront of cloud computing and collaborating with CSPs to drive cloud innovations for years to make sure cloud workloads run best on Intel Architecture – faster, more efficient and more secure.More than 25 CSPs showcased their cloud services based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors at our launch last month, and it is not too late to check them out. Visit our Xeon® Scalable portalOpens in a new window to find out how some of the most successful CSPs are putting Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to work. 1 Up to 2X flops per cycle: when compared with Intel® AVX2 available on previous E5/E7 v3, v4 families2 1.8X faster than previous generation: when comparing Seven Bridges Graph Suite’s end-to-end whole genome processing pipeline running over Xeon® Scalable processor based GCP instances to previous E5-based GCP instances.Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.   For more complete information visit in a new window.** Up to 65% lower 4-year TCO estimate example based on equivalent rack performance using VMware ESXi virtualized consolidation workload comparing 20 installed 2-socket servers with Intel Xeon processor E5-2690 (formerly “Sandy Bridge-EP”) running VMware ESXi 6.0 GA using Guest OS RHEL6.4 compared at a total cost of $919,362 to 5 new Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 (Skylake) running VMware ESXi6.0 U3 GA using Guest OS RHEL 6 64bit at a total cost of $320,879 including basic acquisition.  Server pricing assumptions based on current OEM retail published pricing for 2-socket server with Broadwell based Intel Xeon processor systems– subject to change based on actual pricing of systems offered.last_img read more

Azkals off to Kathmandu

first_imgView comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout “This will be as good as any chance for us to qualify,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer. “We were so close in 2014 and for some of the players, it was one of their biggest disappointments. But now we have another chance.”The Azkals will be returning to a country where it has already achieved success, having reached the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time in 2012 in the Nepalese capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Make a new boxing star shine here After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ The Philippine Azkals left for the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu early Wednesday with the goal of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time when the continental showpiece event is played in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.Held to back-to-back draws by Yemen in the last two qualifying matches, the Azkals hope to finally nail the Asian Cup berth with a win over Nepal on Nov. 14 at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytaylast_img read more

Hopes raised over Sachin Tendulkar’s Indian Super League Kochi innings

first_imgSachin Tendulkar’s take-over of the Kochi franchise of Indian Super League has elated the spirits of football lovers in the state. Kerala Football Association has welcomed the move and said that Sachin’s entry will lift the spirits of players as well as football fans in the state leading to the revival of the game itself. Sachin is the co-owner of the Kochi ISL franchise along with Hydrabad-based PVP ventures.”The decision of Sachin Tendulkar to choose Kochi will definitely help for the development of football in the state. It will offer new opportunities for aspiring players of the state,” said KMI Mather, president of the Kerala Football Association and vice-president of All India Football Federation (AIFF).Kerala football had lost its glamour and sheen because of the scarcity of funds and football fans in Kerala hope that Sachin’s foray will bring funds to improve the current state of the game in Kerala.”People were not ready to invest in football till now. Just like Indian Premier League has made changes in cricket, ISL will bring new energy and vigour to Kerala football. There won’t be any scarcity of funds for football from now on. I am ready to take up an ambassadorial role at the team if ISL Kochi franchise insist for it,” said ace footballer IM Vijayan.”The entry of corporates in Indian football will change the future of the game,” said  NP Pradeep, a senior footballer from Kerala.Under ISL rules, four players from Kochi will find places in the 22-member team. The local players will also find their place to final eleven. Since these players will get a chance to play with the best players from around the world, their career graph will also rise with each game. Besides, ISL rules also mandate that each team should spend Rs 2 crore for the development of the game at grassroots level and should build a football academy within five years in their respective places. They should also spend Rs 12 crore each year to develop infrastructure at the local level.advertisementImmediately after the announcement of bagging the bid for ISL Kochi, Tendulkar called Mather and said that he will be soon coming to Kochi along with representatives of PVP ventures to discuss formation of the team. Mather said that Sachin was extremely happy to get Kochi franchise and said that he would do everything possible for the growth of Indian football through the Kochi team.Meanwhile, Tendulkar in a press release said that with the Kochi club, he will play a part in developing football across the country.ISL is modelled on the Indian Premier League cricket and is launched by International Management Group and Reliance in association with All India Football Federation. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Guwahati, Pune and Goa are the seven franchises other than Kochi. ISL is slated to start in September and end in November. It will be played in eight Indian cities.last_img read more

Manitoba NDP calls for inquest into Indigenous mans death on a bus

first_imgWINNIPEG – The leader of Manitoba’s Opposition has called for an inquest into the death of an Indigenous man who died during a 10-hour bus trip for a medical appointment.Abraham Donkey of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation was travelling from Thompson to Winnipeg for a followup appointment after a recent heart surgery.The 58-year-old died on Oct. 3 along Highway 6.“In a circumstance like this where he was on a bus — alone — and he had just received medical treatment, and was on his way to get further treatment, it certainly raises a lot of questions,” NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Wednesday.Kinew said neither Manitoba’s Northern Patient Transport Program nor the federal government’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch offered to pay for a flight and did not cover expenses for a family member to go with Donkey.Kinew added he spoke with Donkey’s family and they requested a formal investigation with some accountability.“It seems like a mistake was made in his care, maybe more than one mistake was made, and we need to get the answers to those questions,” Kinew said.When asked in question period about Donkey’s death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Indigenous Services Department is looking into the details.The department said in an email that it could not discuss details of individual cases, however, flights are approved based on recommendations from the nurses or doctors depending on the medical condition of the client. The normal mode of travel is by bus because it is cheaper.Kinew acknowledged a provincial inquest does not have the jurisdiction to make recommendations to the federal government, but he said it would be a good first step.He added that the provincial government changed a subsidy last spring that offered airfare to escorts of northern Manitoba patients who fly south for medical appointments..“I think an inquest is a good first step, to have a formal investigative process, to be able to give the family some solace in their time of grief,” he said.“But also importantly to make sure that we avoid having a situation like this happen again.”The Chief Medical Examiner will decide whether there will be an inquest.last_img read more