Karl Bonner to be first Donegal man to escape from Alcatraz

first_imgDungloe’s Karl Bonner may not be an outlaw, but he’s intent on escaping from one of the world’s most notorious prisons this June!Last December while flicking through a men’s triathlon magazine, Karl came across an article on a bucket list of triathlons to do before you die. One event stood out for him, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon that takes place in San Francisco on June 9th 2019.  Now in its 39th year this iconic race is listed in the top 10-triathlon races in the world.  Karl’s choice was obvious, a great friend Elizabeth Clarke living in San Francisco had recently experienced the untimely loss of her beloved husband Damon. Karl had plans to visit Elizabeth and her daughter Quinn. He said should be successful on securing a place that he would dedicate this challenge and race to the memory of Damon Clarke. Fortunately he was successful via a lottery draw. The lottery came with T&Cs. Karl was tasked with affiliating with a charity and raise a considerable amount of monies in advance. Karl’s chosen charity is Save the Children.  This global charity is a non-profit organization. They provide children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. 50 million children in a 120 countries have been positively impacted and directly helped, transforming their lives and future. Alcatraz IslandAlcatraz Island was turned into a State Federal Prison in 1934 and housed some of the world’s most notorious villains including Al Capone, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and Bumpy Johnson. The famous ‘Rock’, was once believed impossible to ‘Escape’ given the islands high security and location within the treacherous, shark infested, chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. On June 1962 3 inmates, Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin successfully escaped from Alcatraz prison, although today it is still a mystery what happened the 3 men when they entered the waters of San Francisco Bay. Escape from Alcatraz TriathlonOn June 9th, Karl and 2000 elite triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on a course showcasing the beauty of the city. Triathletes will hit the water at 7:30 a.m. to embark on a grueling 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18-mile challenging bike ride through the Presidio, and an 8-mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous 400-plus step Sand Ladder. To finish the race, triathletes will follow a path back under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Crissy Field and finish on the grass at Marina Green. Fans can experience the excitement at Marina Green, where the swim exit, athlete transition area and finish line are easily visible.Karl Bonner training for the Escape from Alcatraz TriathlonIn order to make this trip possible Karl reached out to a number of businesses and was fortunate to secure sponsorship allowing him to take up his position. Karl has teamed up with Irish Fish Canners (IFC), Irelands only fish canning facility, manufacturing premium quality canned fish for domestic and global markets, The Waterfront Hotel Dungloe, Donegal’s finest 4 star hotel located on the Wild Atlantic Way and Arranmore Red Ferry, servicing the islands including Arranmore and Tory Island.In addition, Karl Bonner secured sponsorship from other businesses including, Premier Fish Products, Atlantic Treasures and Goatbridge Trout Farm, not to mention a host of family and friends. In preparation Karl has engaged the professional support of Jack Wilson (PT) and participated in many local and international adventure races, cycles, swims and runs, all part of his training regime, while enjoying his training and improving his overall fitness. Karl will proudly promote all businesses who have generously donated and assisted him take up his position. In advance Karl would like to thank all who have helped make this journey possible and would ask that you support your local businesses.Please Donate via the following link:http://support.savethechildren.org/goto/karlbonner Karl Bonner to be first Donegal man to escape from Alcatraz was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:escape from alcatrazkarl bonnerTriathlonlast_img read more

Cloudera Releases New Version of Its Apache Hadoop Distribution as Competition Mounts

first_imgCloudera, one of the primary contributors to Apache Hadoop, has released a new version Hadoop distribution: Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop v3 (CDH3).The new version contains over 1,000 patches and changes, many of which will be contributed back to the open source project. CDH3 includes a full stack of software, from the operating system to tools for working with Hadoop, such as Pig and Hive. CDH3 is free and open source – Cloudera makes its money selling enterprise support and management tools.The announcement follows recent announcements that DataStax, Hadapt and Mapr are joining the growing number of companies competing with Cloudera.At the GigaOM Structure Big Data event earlier this month, Datastax announced a new product called Brisk earlier this month. Brisk is a fork of Apache Hadoop that replaces the Hadoop file system and Hbase datastore with Apache Cassandra, another BigTable-inspired database. Datastax is the sponsor company of Cassandra and sells enterprise support and management tools.At the same event two new Hadoop-focused startups, Hadapt and Mapr, were also announced. Mapr replaces the Apache Hadoop file system with its own proprietary alternative, and Hadapt aims to bring SQL-like functionality to the platform. Appistry also offers an alternative file system for Hadoop.These companies join IBM in selling Hadoop-related products and services. IBM has its own Hadoop distribution, and sells a Hadoop-powered InfoSphere product geared towards making Hadoop easier to use.Cloudera executives are dismissive of the compeition, and aren’t shy about it. Charles Zedlewski, VP of products at Cloudera, told us in an interview that Brisk isn’t a “real” Hadoop distribution without the Hadoop file system and that “It’s astounding how little interest there is in Cassandra, so they need to use the Hadoop name.” At the GigaOM event, VP of Engineering Amr Adawallah told Derrick Harris that DataStax was making a “big mistake.”This sort of infighting between Apache project contributors is disappointing, but to his credit Cloudera CEO Mike Olson did tell Harris “I believe there’s an enormous opportunity for smart companies, and even open-source projects, to build a new generation of data analysis tools on top of that platform.”DataStax VP of Marketing Michael Weir was very civil when discussing Cloudera. He says Brisk was created to meet customer demand. Regarding the use of the name Hadoop, Weir says “We’ve been entirely transparent about what we’re using from Apache Hadoop and what we’re not.” You can find details in the white paper DataStax published. Weir says the Hadoop community has been welcoming, and that the company will be contributing its work on Hive to the Apache project.As for demand for Cassandra: it’s in use at companies like Facebook and Twitter, and DataStax counts companies such as Netflix and Rackspace as customers.Zedlewski was equally aggressive regarding IBM, saying IBM has not made any contributions to Hadoop and “IBM is offering a warranty on a car they never worked on or built.” He notes that Cloudera has been working with Hadoop for nearly three years now.A three year head-start may not seem like all that much, and a few years down the road it won’t seem like much at all. But Cloudera has a team of engineers that have always been very close to the Hadoop project. Doug Cutting, the creator of Hadoop, works for Cloudera and Adawallah has been involved for quite some time as well. Having top flight talent is Cloudera’s ace in the hole.Yet not even this advantage is complete assurance against future competition. Harris writes:Also at the event, two independent sources suggested members of Yahoo’s Hadoop team will be spinning off their own separate business, and there is speculation this move is somehow tied into EMC’s Hadoop plans.IBM isn’t to be taken lightly, nor is EMC on its own, but the latter turn of events would be a potentially market-changing situation given the Hadoop know-how within Yahoo, which has contributed the majority of the code now included in Apache Hadoop.EMC is making a Hadoop-related announcement on May 9, but we don’t yet know what it will involve.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#cloud#Products Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Lawsuit against Tom Cruise dismissed

first_imgA USD 1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has been dismissed due to lack of prosecution. The case against Cruise, JJ Abrams, Paramount Pictures, CEO Brad Grey, Skydance Productions and David Ellison, has been also dismissed due to failure to comply with the orders of the court, reported Deadline. It is ordered and adjudged that the above-entitled case is dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of prosecution and for failure to comply with the orders of the Court, said a one-page order from the judge. The ending of the case in US district court comes nearly six months after Timothy Patrick McLanahan formally sued the notables and the studio claiming that 2011 ‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’ was lifted off of his script, he wrote more than 15 years ago titled ‘Head On’. The judge gave McLanahan one last chance to ‘show cause why this case should not be dismissed’.copyright infringement lawsuit against Tom Cruise has been dismissed.last_img read more

a month agoJofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jofre Mateu says former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returningby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona player Jofre Mateu says former teammate Carles Puyol won’t be returning to the club.The ex-Barcelona captain was expected to take up the sporting director job offered to him by President Josep Maria Bartomeu.”Although he [Puyol] has been thinking about it,” Jofre, a former Barcelona player himself said on Que t’hi jugues!”Right now I can tell you that he will not be a sporting director.”I’m 99 percent sure Puyol won’t take the position. He has other plans.” last_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more

SDMC pulls down political hoardings and banners

first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC has been taking swift action against hoardings, banners and posters in its all 4 zones keeping in view of the implementation of code of conduct immediately after announcement of 2019 general elections in the country. Under this action, all publicity material related to political matters/ elections are being removed. Under Najafgarh zone, 2,127 hoardings, banners/posters, 1,162 in central zone, 214 in west zone and 259 hoardings, banners/posters in South Zone have been removed; in all total 3,762 hoardings and posters have been removed. It is also stated that since announcement general election till Wednesday total 97,594 hoardings, banners/posters have been removed; the zone wise break up is the highest 33,384 in Najafgarh Zone, followed by 32,154 in Central Zone, 18,273 in South Zone and 13,783 in West Zone.last_img read more

PU Chitra wins 1500m gold Dutee clinches 200m bronze

first_imgDoha: P U Chitra defended her 1500m title to give India its third gold medal while Ajay Kumar Saroj and Dutee Chand won a silver and a bronze in men’s 1500m and women’s 200m respectively on the fourth and final day of the Asian Athletics Championships here on Wednesday. Chitra overtook Bahraini runner Tigest Gashaw just a few metres before the finishing line to win the race in 4 minute 14.56 seconds at the Khalifa Stadium. This was India’s third gold of the championships after Gomathi Marimuthu (women’s 800m) and Tejinder Pal Singh Toor (men’s shot put) won a yellow metal each on the second day on Monday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhGashaw clocked 4:14.81 for the silver while another Bahraini Mutile Winfred Yavi took the bronze in 4:16.18. “Got a little nervous towards the end being next to Bahraini runner (Gashaw Tigest). She beat me to third place in Asian Games. “I had to really push hard in the end,” said the 23-year-old Chitra who had won a bronze in the Jakarta Asian Games. Chitra had won gold in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar in 4:17.92. Her male counterpart, Saroj clocked a season best time of 3 minute 43.18 seconds to clinch a silver behind Bahrain’s Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich who clocked 3:42.85. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterDutee, who had finished a disappointing fifth in the 100m final on Tuesday after smashing national record twice, clocked 23.24 seconds to win the bronze in the women’s 200m. After falling behind in the first 100m, she covered a lot of ground in the final 100m stretch and got past three competitors at the finish line. Salwa Naser of Bahrain expectedly took the gold in 22.74 while Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan was second in 22.87. The 23-year-old Dutee, who had won a 200m silver in the Jakarta Asian Games, still missed the World Championships qualifying mark of 23.02. She has a personal best of 23.00. “I am really very happy. I missed a medal in 100m & relay. I put too much effort in 100m, was not sure of medal in 200m. Just did my best & I am happy,” Dutee said. In the women’s discus throw, Navjeet Kaur (57.47m) and Kamalpreet Kaur (55.59m) came up with disappointing shows to finish fourth and fifth respectively.last_img read more

CPIM heavyweights keen to join BJP Partha Chatterjee

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Saturday that some heavyweight CPI(M) leaders are keen to join the BJP which has become clear with leaders like Khagen Murmu and Mahfuza Khatun joining the saffron party.”A number of ground-level and middle-level CPI(M) leaders have been constantly shifting to the BJP for the last few years. But now, we are witnessing that openly with some senior leaders of the party running after the BJP leaders. The cases of Khagen Murmu and Mahfuza Khatun shifting to the saffron party just before the elections is a clear pointer. The leadership lacks organisational strength and the CPI(M) should try to prevent this trend of their party people rubbing shoulders with the BJP,” Chatterjee said at ‘Meet the Press’ programme hosted by Calcutta Press Club. Chatterjee’s reactions came in reply to a poser when CPI(M) state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra alleging that TMC and BJP are having a tacit understanding. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”No other leader from the country has been fighting against the anti-people policies of the BJP government so strongly like our party supremo Mamata Banerjee. The people of the country are well aware of this,” he reiterated. It may be mentioned that Murmu, who was the former CPI(M) MLA from Habibpur in Malda, had already contested the Lok Sabha elections from Malda North with a BJP ticket. He had joined the BJP in March. Khatun, who was an elected CPI(M) MLA from Kumarganj Assembly constituency in 2001 and 2006, left the party to contest with a BJP ticket from Jangipur parliamentary constituency. Khatun had, however, lost to Trinamool Congress during the 2011 and 2016 Assembly elections. Chatterjee alleged that the BJP is trying to influence the functioning of the Election Commission to function in a partial manner. “I have never seen earlier in Bengal that seven officers at the Inspector level are being removed just before the polls. The BJP knows very well that they will not win a single seat and in frustration, they are trying to use the Commission to do such things,” he said.last_img read more

Ohio State track brings in best recruiting class in years

When announcing the signings of nine recruits who will be coming to Ohio State as members of the men’s track and field team next season, OSU interim coach Ed Beathea said he believes the future of the team he is coaching is bright. “This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State,” Beathea said in a press release. OSU will welcome a broad range of recruits in its incoming class. The class includes five athletes from Ohio, but also adds four out-of-state recruits. Among the class are three distance runners, two sprinters, one hurdler, two throwers and one multi-event athlete. Donovan Robertson, a hurdler from Berea, Ohio, headlines the class. Robertson, the 2011 Ohio Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has many accomplishments to his name. This year, Robertson set the indoor national record in the 60-meter hurdles, completing the event in 7.57 seconds. Robertson is also the defending state outdoor champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and was named to the 2011 USA Today All-USA track and field team. Beathea said he recognized the significance of signing Robertson. “Donovan is one of the most talented signees in OSU history,” Beathea said in the press release. “He will have an instant impact on our conference and the country.” The group of in-state recruits is also highlighted by distance runners. Steven Weaver, from Napoleon, was the 2011 Division II state champion in the outdoor mile run and in cross country. The team also added Nicolas Pupino of Copley and Jordan Redd of Fairborn. Jack Kincade from Hilliard is the fifth in-state recruit in the class. Kincade scored 6,243 points in the decathlon last season, which was the sixth-best decathlon score among all high school athletes nationwide in 2011. OSU also lured four recruits from farther east to come west. Champ Page, a sprinter from Marlboro, Md., is a six-time Maryland state champion. Page finished the 2012 indoor season with times that ranked second nationally in the 300-meter dash with 33.93 seconds, third in the 500 meter with 63.71 seconds, and 11th in the 400 meter with 48.28 seconds. Justin Burke, a sprinter from Virginia Beach, Va., is a two-time defending outdoor state champion in the 100-meter dash, as well as in the 200 meter and 400 meter. Two throwers will also come to the Buckeyes from other states. Joseph Velez, from Providence, R.I., is joined by javelin thrower Billy Stanley from South Park, Pa. Assistant coach Kevin Mannon praised both incoming throwers. “(Velez) has the ability to make an immediate impact on the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2013,” Mannon said in a press release. “Billy has already thrown a mark that can score at the Big Ten championships, so we expect him to be a major player for us in 2013.” read more

Klopp not available right now for Germany

first_imgBut the Liverpool coach would “think about it” one day if the Nationalmannschaft needs him one day and he’s availableFor Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp being concentrated and focused is something he’s proud of.And asked today if he would ever manage the Germany National Team, The Reds boss was quick to replay.“If I am asked one day and I am available then I would think about it,” he told Welt am Sonntag in his native country.Reported by Goal.com, the German manager is focused on only one thing right now.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But am I thinking about it right now, in my current situation when I am tied to Liverpool for the next four years and because Germany has just played a bad World Cup? No,” he said.“I’m not available,” he promptly added.Germany had their worst FIFA World Cup participation this summer, having failed to qualify from the Group Stage into the Round of 16.But both Germany’s coach Joachim Löw and Klopp, have a four-year contract with their teams.last_img read more