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Pearse Doherty predicts collapse of government within 18 months

Pearse Doherty predicts collapse of government within 18 months

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Sinn Fein says it thinks the current government will only last for a year and a half.Fine Gael is relying on Fianna Fail to support its minority government, by abstaining in Dail votes, but that’s an arrangement that Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says is unsustainable.He’s sceptical about suggestions that there’s been a radical shift in Irish politics which will allow the traditional rivals to co-operate with each other.Deputy Doherty believes there will be an election before the end of next year:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/10doherty.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme WhatsApp Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Pinterest Pearse Doherty predicts collapse of government within 18 months Twitter Google+center_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Previous articleEmergency services at scene of gorse fire in FalcarraghNext articleCouncillor says Mica panel’s work doomed to fail as remit is too narrow admin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – May 12, 2016 GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Google+ Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Press release: Energy Minister hails soaring success UK renewables during visit to Glasgow

Press release: Energy Minister hails soaring success UK renewables during visit to Glasgow

first_img We are delighted to be welcoming the Minister to All-Energy. We are very much looking forward to hearing what Claire Perry will say for, looking to the future, the show aims to reflect both UK and Scottish policy and strategies. The growing success of the renewable industry in meeting the UK’s climate targets will be praised today by Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry in a keynote speech to the All-Energy conference in Glasgow today (3 May 2018).The renewable industry in Scotland is delivering an impressive 25% of the UK’s total renewable generation capacity. The Minister will also point to the huge potential for Scottish enterprise in delivering clean growth as part if the government’s modern Industrial Strategy Clean Growth Grand Challenge – with 24,000 people already working in the Low Carbon sector.Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry will say: Scotland is home to a future potential of over 4GW of offshore wind across 10 offshore wind farms, with the opportunity to power millions of homes. The world’s first floating offshore windfarm has been developed in Scotland, at Hywind in Aberdeenshire.Renewable contributions to the UK energy supply have soared in recent months thanks to long term government investment with electricity from clean wind power increasing by 43% between December 2017 and February 2018.Since 1990, the UK has cut its emissions by over 40% while growing the economy by more than two thirds.Energy consumers are benefiting too as prices for producing clean energy such as offshore wind continue to drop. Moray East Windfarm in Scotland will deliver power at £57.50 per megawatt hour – a fall of more than half since 2015. The Beatrice offshore wind project is also one of Scotland’s largest private infrastructure projects and will be one of the world’s largest windfarms once it is completed.These projects are driving a whole new supply chain in Scotland with now 24,000 jobs in the low carbon sector with businesses such as Wick Harbour Trust and Buckie Harbour Trust providing operation and maintenance port facilities to Beatrice project. Petrofac, a British oil and gas services company, providing a range of training services to the Hywind and Dudgeon offshore wind farms and Mariner field in the North Sea.Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions who own and organise the annual All Energy conference said: From James Watt’s steam engine kicking off the industrial revolution and the opening of the first coal mine, through to offshore wind and marine energy powering homes and businesses in the present day, Scotland has always been at the cutting edge of progress. The renewables industry has a central role in our modern Industrial Strategy with the global shift towards clean growth providing one of the greatest economic opportunities of our time.center_img Renewable energy adding further security to our energy supplies and moving away from reliance on fossils fuels Minister meets Scottish energy pioneers who have moved away from dirty fuels of the industrial revolution into clean green energy The Minister will also today meet the Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP to discuss UK energy policy and also meet renewable energy businesses as she visits stalls at the All Energy Conference.The UK’s modern Industrial Strategy is a long-term plan to build a Britain fit for the future through a stronger, fairer economy. Through this we will help businesses to create better, higher-paying jobs – setting a path for Britain to lead in the high-tech, highly-skilled industries of the future.As part of this, the Modern Industrial Strategy sets out four Grand Challenges, including Clean Growth – Ensuring the UK is at the forefront of innovation and maximising the advantages for UK industry in the global shift to clean growth.last_img read more

First Black starting QB reflects on changes in game, society

First Black starting QB reflects on changes in game, society

first_imgIn this Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, Marlin Briscoe stands in front of a street that was renamed for him in Omaha, Neb.  (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP, File) Marlin Briscoe didn’t want to be pigeonholed simply because of stereotypes against Black men. He was a star quarterback in college and he believed he had the talent, intelligence and leadership skills to be one in the pros. Fifty years ago, during an era of massive social upheaval in the United States, just getting a chance to prove it took a risky ultimatum.Briscoe refused to switch positions after being drafted as a cornerback by the Denver Broncos, telling his team that he’d return home to become a teacher if he couldn’t get a tryout at quarterback. Denver agreed to an audition, and that season the 5-foot-10 dynamo nicknamed “The Magician” became the first Black quarterback to start a game in the American Football League.“It’s just so many different historic things that happened in the year 1968, it was unfathomable,” Briscoe said. “It just seemed poetic justice, so to speak, that the color barrier be broken that year at that position. For some reason, I was ordained to be the litmus test for that. I think I did a good job.”Briscoe’s groundbreaking accomplishments were somewhat lost in the shuffle during one of the most transformative years in U.S. history. Civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated in 1968. Civil rights riots broke out across the country and there were numerous protests of the Vietnam War. And less than two weeks after Briscoe’s first start, U.S. track and field stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Olympics to protest America’s social injustices.But Briscoe’s legacy resonates among his contemporaries 50 years later, hitting on race as well as the pressures athletes face in pro sports. The Pro Football Hall of Fame calls Briscoe the first African-American starting quarterback in modern pro football history. Carolina’s Cam Newton and Seattle’s Russell Wilson have both considered Briscoe’s past as they contend for championships.Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, counts Briscoe as one of his most important inspirations.“I know the little bit that I had to go through, so I can imagine what he had to go through,” said Williams, who won the 1988 Super Bowl with Washington. “People were a little more accepted when I came through than when he came through.”Wilson and Newton can relate to Briscoe’s resistance to switch from quarterback. Both dealt with being steered toward other positions.“I had a couple opportunities —well I wouldn’t say opportunities, I think quarterback’s the opportunity I wanted — but more so, people wanted to change me to play defensive back,” Wilson said. “Even my freshman year in college. But I had other plans, and I guess God had other plans.”Though he’s happy more Black athletes are playing quarterback at the professional level, Briscoe sees parallels with his experiences even five decades years later. Last week, a White Texas school superintendent resigned after posting on Facebook that “You can’t count on a Black quarterback,” while talking about Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson.“It’s unfortunate because in sports is the one realm in which race, you forget about it for the good of the outcome of a game or whatever you have from a sports standpoint,” Briscoe said. “To have that broken with attitudes like that from an executive — it’s mind boggling. It hurts. It really does.”GETTING ON THE FIELDBriscoe said the pedestal for quarterbacks in the hierarchy of sports made his quest about much more than football.“People of color were only expected to reach certain heights in life,” Briscoe, now 73, told The Associated Press. “In my particular instance, it was the packing house. They (White people) thought that was our end-all, be-all. It came back to my wanting to play that position.”Though Briscoe starred at Omaha University and eventually landed in the College Football Hall of Fame, the odds were stacked against him in Denver. He was drafted as a cornerback in the 14th round, and during his three-day tryout, Briscoe started last among the eight quarterbacks during drills.“When it got to me, all of a sudden, the reps got shorter. Instead of 10 reps, I got five,” he said. “So I made sure that all of my passes were completions with zip on the ball. When it came to the long bomb, I’d wait till the receiver would get damn near out of sight. They couldn’t believe a kid this small could throw the ball that far.”Though the AFL was considered more progressive than the rival National Football League, a Black man didn’t play quarterback in a regular-season game until its ninth season.Briscoe broke through helped by injuries and erratic play. He eventually stepped in for the Broncos as a reserve on Sept. 29, 1968, nearly leading a comeback against the Boston Patriots. He earned the next start against the Cincinnati Bengals, making him the first Black quarterback to start in the AFL.Briscoe started five games that season and was runner-up for AFL rookie of the year, attracting strong crowds to games and energizing a franchise that had yet to establish a winning tradition.But when the games ended, reminders of racism came quickly.“Here you are just playing a professional football game and endeared by the public as an athlete, then you go to a restaurant and you can’t get something to eat,” Briscoe said. “Those were the times that we lived in.”Despite his electrifying season — he passed for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 308 yards and three scores — Denver didn’t give him a chance to compete for the quarterback job in 1969. He said he was never given a reason why, so he asked to be released.“The more I’ve known him and been around him and talked to him, you’ve got to give him respect for what he did during that time and what happened to him after that time,” Williams said. “That’s the part that gets me. But that’s the time he was in.”Briscoe headed briefly to British Columbia but decided Canadian football wasn’t for him. He returned to the United States and was picked up by Buffalo. He became a Pro Bowl receiver with the Bills and won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins.Briscoe played on the 1972 Dolphins team that had a perfect season. But he never started at quarterback after 1968.MENTORING HARRISAs a senior at Grambling, James Harris kept up with Briscoe’s 1968 season by going to the library to look up his statistics.As fate would have it, Buffalo drafted Harris as a quarterback in 1969, putting him on the same team as Briscoe. It was Harris who became the AFL’s first Back quarterback to open the season as a starter, and he said his roommate Briscoe was a critical mentor.“We used to talk a lot about the dos and don’ts and things that he had been through. He was telling me the things I needed to be prepared for,” Harris said. “I felt that Marlin was the only person on the team that understood what I was going through.”That included death threats, Briscoe said. “We had the race card on our careers because we were the first,” he said.Harris refused to show the Bills the full range of his athletic ability because Tennessee State’s Eldridge Dickey and Michigan State’s Jimmy Raye, two quarterbacks he considered capable, were drafted in 1968 and forced to switch positions.Grambling coach Eddie Robinson noticed the trend and told Harris not to run the 40-yard dash for scouts. The Bills still wanted him to practice at receiver while learning to play quarterback, and Harris responded by running less than full speed in drills.“I knew they were looking for the opportunity to switch me, and I didn’t want to face that,” he said. “So when we’re out there just working out, if anybody was around, I didn’t want anybody to think about my speed.”Harris blossomed at quarterback. In 1974, he played for the Los Angeles Rams and became the first Black quarterback to win an NFL playoff game. He also was Pro Bowl MVP that year.GROWTH OF BLACK QUARTERBACKSThe list of prominent Black quarterbacks eventually grew.Warren Moon is in the Hall of Fame. Steve McNair was the first Black quarterback to be named NFL MVP. Michael Vick is the NFL’s all-time rushing leader for quarterbacks. Randall Cunningham, one of the most electrifying players in NFL history, was a first-team All-Pro twice. Wilson became the second Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.Newton said the strategy of the position itself has shifted dramatically along with racial dynamics.“It doesn’t even have to be African-American,” said Newton, who met with Briscoe at a quarterback camp about 10 years ago. “The quarterback position is kind of molding and changing over the years. You see the Carson Wentzes taking a more athletic approach to that position and making it more dynamic for teams to prepare for.”Briscoe said more work needs to be done both in the league and society. He has noticed that Colin Kaepernick has not been given a contract since his decision to kneel during “The Star Spangled Banner” to protest racial and social inequality. He believes President Donald Trump, who has been an outspoken critic of Kaepernick and other black NFL players who have protested to draw attention to issues like incarceration and the shootings of unarmed Black men by police, also bears some responsibility for the Watson quip and others like it.Trump’s rhetoric toward people of color, Briscoe says, has made some people feel safe expressing overt racism. After all these years, Briscoe still sees shades of his old struggles.“I grew up in the ’50s and the ’60s, when all that stuff was rampant, but you knew where you stood,” Briscoe said. “Today, you thought that all those attitudes were nonexistent or filtered away to some degree, but with the Trump-isms, his philosophy has brought out of the woodwork that old-time thought process. That’s scary — it really is.”___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___AP Sports Writers Tim Booth and Steve Reed contributed to this report.last_img read more

Causing death accused on $500,000 bail

Causing death accused on $500,000 bail

first_imgA Laing Avenue, La Penitence, Georgetown, man who reportedly caused the death of a pillion rider just over three months ago at Houston, Georgetown, was on Friday granted 0,000 bail when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Dead: Paulette JosiahMelroy Barnwell, 27, of Laing Avenue, is accused of riding motorcycle CG 8485 in a dangerous manner, thereby causing the death of Paulette Josiah on June 22, 2016.The prosecution’s case is that on the day in question, the defendant was riding at a fast rate and trying to overtake a long line of traffic. It was stated that the defendant tried to dodged traffic that was coming in the opposite direction when he collided with a car.According to the Prosecution’s case, the defendant was without any traffic documents. It was revealed in court that Josiah died of internal bleeding with fractures to her thighs and abdomen.Unrepresented, Barnwell informed the court that he was never questioned about documents for his motorcycle; in fact, he stated that he had all of his documents except for his licence.Paulette Josiah, 19, of Lot 127 Block CC Eccles, East Bank Demerara, succumbed to her injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital while receiving medical attention.According to earlier reports by Traffic Chief Dion Moore, the motorcycle overtook a vehicle, but at the same time it was noticed that the car was approaching and Barnwell applied brakes, which resulted in Josiah pitching off the motorcycle.The traffic chief had disclosed that both riders were not wearing safety helmets.Barnwell is scheduled to make his next court appearance on October 18, 2016.last_img read more

Beermen off to fiery start

Beermen off to fiery start

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think this is our best start (coming off a championship),” a satisfied Austria said after his Beermen held the short-handed Elite to 36 first-half points. “I’m so proud of my players (because) despite the long break, they were very sharp.”Wendell McKines scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds and five assists while four locals also finished in twin digits. McKines, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo combined for 32 points in the first half and almost outscored Blackwater, which fell to its third straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOvershadowed by the Beermen’s explosive debut was Meralco’s 89-73 ripping of Rain or Shine in the second game that gave the Bolts a piece of the early lead with NLEX.Allen Durham scattered 23 points, had as many rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists. Jared Dillinger backed him up with 19 points built around four triples. Meanwhile, the Road Warriors collide with Phoenix Petroleum at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum.NLEX is coming off a win over the Elasto Painters, who are now at 1-2. Yeng Guiao and his rejuvenated Road Warriors are shooting to extend a five-game winning streak dating back to their last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 PH riders join London cycling fest FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Showing no signs of a championship hangover, San Miguel Beer put its Grand Slam bid into high gear right in its first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup by routing Blackwater, 118-93, on Saturday at Ynares Center.The result made coach Leo Austria say something he had never said before.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

LOOK: Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach train together again

LOOK: Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach train together again

first_imgHead trainer Buboy Fernandez was also present at famed boxing gym during the training session.Pacquiao parted ways with Roach before his bout against Lucas Matthysse in July, but had said he wasn’t closing the door on a return.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach working the mitts. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is back in his old stomping ground with a familiar face by his side.READ: Manny Pacquiao back in LA, trains even on Christmas ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rain or Shine headed to Bahrain to bolster buildup for new PBA season BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid The eighth division world champion worked the mitts with his long-time trainer Freddie Roach, who is now serving as a consultant for Pacquiao’s upcoming fight against Adrien Broner, at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Friday.Manny Pacquiao with his trainers at Wild Card Gym. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOREAD: Adrien Broner arrested, released ahead of Manny Pacquiao fightFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefPacquiao flew back to LA before Christmas as he continues his training camp for the January 19 welterweight title defense, his first bout in the United States in two years.READ: Don’t worry, Pacquiao says, Broner will make it to fight night in Vegas Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Cadence when running may be less important for performance than previously thought

Cadence when running may be less important for performance than previously thought

first_imgNew research has found evidence to suggest that reaching an optimal cadence on 180 steps per minute may not have such a large effect on speed and performance. Image: Istock.com/davidf via AFP RelaxnewsA new small-scale United States study has found that cadence, or the amount of steps you take while running, may not have such a big effect on speed and efficiency as previously thought. Google Philippines names new country director Short walks, gardening can add up to longer life — study Running shoes for elite athletes benefit slower runners the most, says new study LATEST STORIES Missed lunch leads to shooting stars gig for Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Burns also found that at the end of an ultra-marathon, rather than take shorter, “choppier” steps during what he describes as the “ultra shuffle,” the runners’ cadence still stayed constant, even if they were barely lifting their feet as they crossed the finish line.The researchers commented that the findings, published in the journal Applied Physiology, suggest that runners should not alter their cadence to reach the 180 steps.Instead, they should monitor their own individual cadence as their running progresses, with the results also showing that cadence naturally increased by four to five steps per minute per mile as runners ran faster, in contrast to the long-held belief of many coaches and practitioners, which is that cadence should remain constant as speed increases.“It’s a barometer and not a governor,” Burns said. “There’s no magical number that’s dogmatically right for everybody.” CE/JBRELATED STORIES: ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Carried out by researchers at the University of Michigan, the new study looked at 20 elite male and female runners and recorded their cadence using wrist-based accelerometers during the 100-kilometer International Association of Ultrarunners World Championship in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The team wanted to investigate whether “optimal” cadence could actually reduce injury or improve speed.Since the 1980s, this optimal amount has been set at 180 steps per minute for elite runners, when running coach Jack Daniels noted that this was the average step rate for runners in the 1984 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHowever, in the new study the researchers found that although the average number of steps for the 20 runners was 182 per minute, the number of steps per minute per mile varied enormously by individual.“Some ran at 160 steps per minute and others ran at 210 steps per minute, and it wasn’t related at all to how good they were or how fast they were,” said researcher Geoff Burns, who himself is an elite marathoner. “Height influenced it a little bit, but even people who were the same height had an enormous amount of variability.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Make With Ada

Make With Ada

first_imgI subscribed to Make magazine for a year when it first came out but let the subscription lapse as the projects were all over the map. Electronics, mechanical, gardening – there really wasn’t much focus. Perhaps that has changed in the intervening decade.What hasn’t changed is the “maker” movement, which every year seems to gain steam. Some of that is driven by the wide availability of cheap evaluation boards, and even full-blown Linux machines that priced at tens of dollars or less. Back when the first 8 bitters came out the simplest computer costs thousands to build. Today Freescale’s FRDM boards, ST’s Discovery, TI’s MSP430 boards and the like are widely available and cheap to the point of absurdity. Many tools are open source and even pro IDEs that cost thousands are often free for small projects.Want to make something embedded? There’s really no barrier to entry. In fact, you could earn rich rewards by participating in a maker contest.One that looks really cool is the recently-started Make With Ada challenge. Build a cool embedded system using the Ada language and you could win a variety of prizes; the grandest is 5000 Euros. It’s sponsored by AdaCore and runs from now till the end of September.This a deeply-embedded tournament. You have to use a Cortex-M or –R processor.I often hear from readers that, sure, Ada sounds interesting but it doesn’t work on microcontrollers. That simply isn’t true as the runtime has been ported to a number of MCUs and there are ports for various evaluation boards, for example ST’s Discovery series. Get a $20 board and the free GNAT compiler and you’re set to go.But there’s a cooler platform. The $180 Crazyflie nanodrone weighs just 27 g and includes (among other things):STM32F405 main application MCU (Cortex-M4, 168MHz, 192kb SRAM, 1Mb flash)nRF51822 radio and power management MCU (Cortex-M0, 32Mhz, 16kb SRAM, 128kb flash)3 axis gyro3 axis accelerometer3 axis magnetometerhigh precision pressure sensorJust think about this for a minute: two 32-bit computers plus all of those sensors – in a 27 G package. It was about ten minutes ago that a 3-axis gyro needed spinning wheels and weighed a lot. Or a 32-bit computer sucked many amps and couldn’t be lifted by one person.(I asked Seeed for permission to run their picture of the drone but got a baffling response that seemed to imply unpleasant legal action. Check out their web site for details.)The gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer are all provided by a single MPU-9250 chip. These are under a buck in 5000 lots and come in tiny 3 x 3 mm QFN packages.The Crazyflie’s code is written in Ada. Examining it is a great way to build familiarity with the language.The contest’s web site states “The Ada programming language encourages a ‘think first, code later’ discipline that helps produce more readable, reliable and maintainable software.” That’s a noble aspiration. And, we have tons of data that shows that approach leads to more reliable code. And shorter schedules! You can have your cake and eat it too.The contest is for Ada code but that includes anything written in SPARK. SPARK is a subset of Ada. However, it requires the developer to annotate the code, in the comments, with formal notation that describes the engineer’s intent. Free tools parse that with the code to make sure both align.The problem with SPARK is that error rates are so low as to be almost immeasurable. The late Peter Amey said: “In my 10-plus years of using SPARK, I have never needed to use a debuggger. I have become so used to things working the first time that my debugging skills have almost completely atrophied.”Now that’s something to aspire to!(Full disclosure: I’m one of the judges for this competition. And you have no idea how much I’m looking forward to seeing the entries!)Full information is here.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . 2 thoughts on “Make With Ada” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram ymoy says: June 27, 2016 at 6:38 pm “ADA subset has been available for the AVR for several years:nnhttps://sourceforge.net/projects/avr-ada/” Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Want a free copy of ‘A Tour of C++’?Next Secure your data with self-encrypting drives (SEDs) “SPARK annotations are not in comment anymore since 2014. Instead they are in contracts following the Ada syntax, so that they can be both executed during tests, and proved during analysis. That makes them much easier to write and debug!” bpaddock says: Log in to Reply June 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm last_img read more

2014 Silent Sports Challenge

2014 Silent Sports Challenge

first_imgAs a part of the 2014 Hearing Awareness Week (Sunday, 24 August to Saturday, 30 August) Deaf Sport Australia and Touch Football Australia in conjunction with the Australian Business Academy will be hosting an exciting event: the Silent Sports Challenge, to be held in a number of locations across the country, including Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Modified games of Touch Football will be played where all participants will be required to wear earplugs to simulate the experience of playing Touch Football with a hearing impairment. As well as wearing earplugs, all participants will not be permitted to talk during play, this poses quite a challenge!There will be free events for all to attend in the following locations:·         Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) – Tuesday, 26 August – 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Reconciliation Park, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT·         Adelaide (South Australia) – Wednesday, 27 August – 7:00am to 9:00am – City Touch Fields, Beaumont Drive, Adelaide SA·         Melbourne (Victoria) – Thursday, 28 August – 11:30am to 2:00pm – Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne VIC·         Gold Coast (QLD) – Friday, 29 August – 11:00am to 1:00pm – Palm Beach Touch Fields, Nineteenth Ave, Palm Beach QLDIf you have any further enquiries on the event please feel free to contact the team via [email protected] or using the details below.Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus #silentsportschallengeInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia   Please click on the attached flyers for more information. Related Filesact-pdfsa-pdfvic-pdfnational-pdfqld-pdfRelated LinksSilent Sport Challengelast_img read more

Cabinet approves blanket ban on ecigarettes

Cabinet approves blanket ban on ecigarettes

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a blanket ban on e-cigarettes in the country with complete suspension of its manufacturing, import, export, distribution and storage. Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government would pass an ordinance immediately subject to President’s approval to give effect to the ban. The government would introduce a bill in Parliament in the winter session, she said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details As per the terms of the ban, punishment to be meted out for the first offence by an individual would be a one-year imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1 lakh. Repeat offences could lead to a three-year imprisonment or a penalty of Rs 5 lakh or both, said Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She said all offences such as import, export and distribution, except storing e-cigarettes and vaping products are cognizable. The decision comes after demands from several quarters to ban Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), which includes e-cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and other similar devices. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco but heats the liquid chemicals into vapour or steam that a person inhales. This is the reason it is also called vaping. E-cigarettes are considered harmful to health. Sitharaman said that currently, though no Indian company was manufacturing e-cigarettes, some 400 brands were already operating here offering the product in 150 flavours.last_img read more