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first_img 19 teams for Portmore/ stay on top with win G.C. Foster student Daniel Glave and Megan Thompson of Holmwood Technical were the winners of the inaugural Mid-Island 5K Run/Walk held at Kirkvine last Sunday. Glave, a past student of Holmwood Technical and who had earlier won the Church Teachers College 5K in Mandeville, held off the challenges of Oshane Archibald and Shakile Onfroy to win the male category. Thompson, a student at Holmwood Technical, won the female category ahead of Samantha Pryce and Anniesha Lawerence. In the 5K walk event, Natasha McKenzie, a teacher at Holmwood, finished second overall and took the female title by a huge margin. The Mid-Island 5K is the latest addition to a string of road races now being organised in the Mandeville region. Sports administrator Pat Anderson was honoured by the organisers and a presentation was made to him by Olympian and Atlanta 1996 400m hurdles gold medalist Dion Hemmings-McCatty. Super League St Catherine Domino League All set for Cumberland Southborough showed resilience as they came from a goal down to earn a 2-1 win over Edgewater and stay atop the standings with 10 points from four games in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League last Sunday. Rudo Bright and Rushane Lawson (penalty) scored for Southborough. However, Edgewater bounced back in emphatic style, and stayed close in the race of the top spot in the league as last Thursday they whipped Daytona 4-1 to jump to nine points from four games. In other games last Sunday, Racing United defeated Three West 3-1, while Cumberland drew 0-0 with Westchester. Holmwood based Mid-Island 5K Ricam successfully defended their Brumalia House/Manchester Football Association KO title after outlasting Hillstars 2-1 in the final played at Brooks Park Complex on Thursday. Ricam had to secure their title the hard way after being forced to come from behind. Thorn Simpson netted in the 27th minute to give Hillstars a 1-0 lead, but the champions came back forcefully in the game through their prolific striker Romario Rochester, who scored the first of his two goals in the 37th minute. With the half ending 1-1, Rochester got his second three minutes after the resumption. The final marked a historic milestone for sponsors Brumalia House Hardware. It marked their 20th year of association with the Manchester Football Association. The Jamaica Domino Federation’s Portmore/St Catherine League will begin on January 15 with at least 19 teams confirmed. This was disclosed at the launch of the league last Sunday at the Garveymeade Sports Club. The City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union have been confirmed as part sponsors of the upcoming League. Ken’s Wildflower Domino Club defeated an All-Stars team 200-198 during an exhibition match which was a feature of the launch. Sporting Centralcenter_img Ricam defend Braeton All Stars got the better of the number-one ranked Waterhouse United, 300-293, in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Domino Council Association’s Premier League recently. In other quarter-final games Caribbean Classic Classic defeated Giants 300-283; Spit Fyah burnt Right Stuff 300-283 and Bull Bay United eliminated Exceptional 300-265. Former National Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy have taken over the lead in the South Central Confed Super League following a 5-0 demolition of Clarendon parishmates Kemps Hill last weekend. Sporting Central’s (seven points) lead on goal difference after three rounds. The St Elizabeth duo of Black Star and St Bess FC as well as Tru-Juice of St Catherine are also on seven points. The leaders after two rounds, Hollands Police Youth Club (PYC) of St Elizabeth, were beaten at home by visiting Tru-Juice. In fact, it was a weekend of home teams being beaten as Dunbeholden of St Catherine went down 1-2 to St Bess, Hillstars lost 1-2 to Manchester parish mates Ricam, and Clarendon’s New Bowens were blown away 0-3 by Black Star. Kick Off Fun Day All is set for the Cumberland New Testament Church of God Kick Off Fun Day on Tuesday, Boxing Day. The tournament features an all-day six-a-side football tournament, where the winners are guaranteed $50,000 as prize money. The Fun Day is open to communities surrounding the Cumberland and the Ritches to Spaldings area in North Clarendon. It is back after being inactive for a number of years. The registration fee is $2,000, and teams have been asked to confirm their participation before Tuesday by contacting the church representatives at 871-7974 or 336-8633. lead South Central Waterhouse booted by Braeton All Stars Southborough Manchester KO title athletes dominatelast_img read more

Stanford VW wins DARPA contest

first_img “If it was only for the military, I wouldn’t be here today,” Thrun said. Volkswagen plans to use Stanley in promotions, and the vehicle will then be retired to a museum in Germany, Thrun said. Called the Grand Challenge, the race began Saturday with a field of 23 autonomous vehicles. Eighteen failed to complete the course because of mechanical failures or sensor problems. Even so, most covered more distance than Sandstorm did last year. Race organizers and team members say improved technology and a familiarity with the race allowed multiple robots to sprint across the finish line. Even before Saturday’s competition, teams practiced their vehicles in various parts of the Southwest desert, including on last year’s course. Teams also went back to the drawing board to improve their vehicles’ artificial intelligence and sensing systems, which navigate the rough landscape without crashing. The vehicles were tricked out with the latest sensors, lasers, cameras and radar that feed data to onboard computers, which helped them distinguish dangerous boulders from tumbleweeds and decide whether chasms were too deep to cross. The robotic vehicles had to navigate a course designed to mimic driving conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The course consisted of winding dirt trails and dry lake beds filled with overhanging brush. Parts of the route forced the robots to zip through three tunnels designed to knock out their Global Positioning System signals. Only the five robots that completed the course managed to maneuver a steep 1.3-mile mountain pass known as “Beer Bottle Pass” five miles from the finish line. The mountain ridge – similar to mountain canyons found in Afghanistan – was only 10 feet wide and had a 200-feet drop-off. The turning point occurred Saturday when Stanley overtook the top-seeded H1ghlander at the 102-mile mark. The race is part of the military’s effort to fulfill a congressional mandate to cut casualties by having a third of the military’s ground vehicles unmanned in 20 years. A small fleet of autonomous ground vehicles currently operate in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the machines must be remotely controlled by a soldier who usually rides in the same convoy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PRIMM, Nev. – A driverless Volkswagen won a $2 million race across the rugged Nevada desert Sunday, beating four other robot-guided vehicles that completed a Pentagon-sponsored contest aimed at making warfare safer for humans. The race displayed major technological leaps since last year’s inaugural race, when none of the self-driving vehicles crossed the finish line. Stanley the VW Touareg, designed by Stanford University, zipped through the 132-mile Mojave Desert course in six hours and 53 minutes Saturday, using only its computer brain and sensors to navigate rough and twisting desert and mountain trails. The Stanford team celebrated by popping champagne and pouring it over the mud-covered Stanley. “This car, to me, is really a piece of history,” Stanford computer scientist Sebastian Thrun said after receiving an oversize check for the $2 million prize, funded by taxpayers. He said he did not know how he would spend the money, but jokingly said he needed to buy cat food. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Stanford spent $500,000 on the race, some of which was provided by sponsors. In second place was a red Humvee from Carnegie Mellon University called Sandstorm, followed by a customized Hummer called H1ghlander. Coming in fourth was a Ford Escape Hybrid named Kat-5, designed by students in Metairie, La., who lost about a week of practice and some lost their homes when Hurricane Katrina blew into the Gulf Coast. The Humvee, which finished in seven hours and four minutes, traveled farther than any other vehicle last year despite completing only 7 miles of the course. A fifth vehicle, a 16-ton truck named TerraMax, was the last to finish the course Sunday, though not within the contest’s 10-hour deadline. It paused Saturday night so it wouldn’t have to race in darkness. It’s unclear how the Pentagon plans to harness the technology used in the race for military applications. But Thrun said he wanted to design automated systems to make next-generation cars safer for everyone, not just the military. last_img read more