JNGI serves up title sponsorship for AJ Squash

first_img TITLE SPONSOR PLEASED TO SERVE JN General Insurance (JNGI) has stepped up its support for local squash and will serve as title sponsors of the 2017 All-Jamaica Squash Championships scheduled for tomorrow to Friday at the Liguanea Club in Kingston. Expectations are high for the prestigious tournament as it will mark the return of squash queen Karen Anderson and the continuation of the growing rivalry between reigning men’s champion and top seed Chris Binnie and his nemesis, Lewis Walters, currently ranked number two. With six national and seven regional titles under his belt, Binnie has a date with history as he seeks to extend his streak. However, Walters will be looking to blot Binnie’s record and win his first national title. The arch-rivals and top regional players last went head to head in the finals of the Caribbean Championships in 2016. Binnie emerged as the victor on that occasion but Walters will be going all out to ensure history does not repeat itself. At the same time, the number 3 seed, Bruce Burrowes, could crash the party with his legendary determination and stamina. Also in the mix is former Junior Caribbean Champion, Julian Morrison, who recently joined both Binnie and Walters on the Professional Squash Association circuit, and has the potential to cause trouble for the more experienced players. In the ladies’ draw, there is considerable excitement as Anderson, who holds the record with 12 titles, will be looking to raise the trophy for the 13th time. Standing in her way is Barbadian starlet Alex Jordan, who may well steal the crown. In addition, red-hot junior national team players Mia Lake and Mia Mahfood will add their brand of spice to the ladies’ competition as they seek to move to the next level. JNGI’s General Manager Chris Hind said his company is pleased to now serve as title sponsors of Jamaica’s premier squash championships. “With a slate of top players and the excitement of all the rivalries, we know that this will be a thrilling All-Jamaica Squash Champs and, as supporters of local squash, we are delighted to be part of this year’s tournament,” he said. “We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s championships as it will showcase the skills of our current top players, the potential of our juniors and the enduring strength of our veterans,” Jamaica Squash Association secretary Gill Binnie said.last_img read more

Australian Open to have 10-point tiebreakers in deciding set

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rockets’ Chris Paul out at least 2 weeks with hamstring injury ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says “we asked the players — both past and present, commentators, agents and TV analysts — whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there.“We went with a 10-point tiebreak at six-games-all in the final set to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic contests, with the longer tiebreak still then allowing for that one final twist or change of momentum in the contest. This longer tiebreak also can lessen some of the serving dominance that can prevail in the shorter tiebreak.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn the men’s singles draw, the first four sets will feature a seven-point tiebreaker at 6-6, with the final set going to a 10-point tiebreaker at 6-6.In women’s singles play and men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, the deciding set of three sets will be played with a 10-point tiebreaker at 6-6.center_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wimbledon announced in October it will next year have a standard first-to-seven-points tiebreaker when the deciding set reaches 12-12.The U.S. Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to introduce final-set tiebreakers, with a first-to-seven-points game at 6-6.The French Open is the only remaining Grand Sam still decided by a long deciding set by advantage.The Australian Open begins on Jan. 14. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Croatia’s Marin Cilic wipes sweat from his face as he plays Switzerland’s Roger Federer during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships, in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Open in January will play a 10-point tiebreaker in deciding sets, joining Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in using tiebreakers to avoid long matches. Temperatures often soar to 37 degrees Celsius (100 F) and beyond during the tournament. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian Open in January will play a 10-point tiebreaker in deciding sets, joining Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in using tiebreakers to avoid long matches.The tournament said on Friday the decision, reported widely a month ago but denied by Australian Open officials, came after consultation with current and former players and tennis officials. Temperatures often soar to 37 degrees (around 100 F) and beyond during the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Region 4 highlights successes at annual flag-raising ceremony

first_imgGuyana’s administrative Region Four, Demerara-Mahaica, held a flag-raising ceremony earlier today to mark Guyana’s 48th anniversary as a Republic. Proceedings were held in the compound of the Region 4 Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at Triumph, East Coast Demerara. In brief remarks, Regional Chairperson Genevieve Allen said the observances come at a time when the region has much to celebrate. “Today we reflect on our achievements, and we celebrate. As a region, we have been able to have great achievements in all of ourDr. Karen Cummings, Minister within the Ministry of Health, flanked by Regional Chairperson Genevieve Allen (L) and Regional Executive Officer Pauline Lucas (R).sectors: in the field of education, in the field of health, in the field of our infrastructure, in our administration… We have been successful. At the close of the year, we achieved a 97% overall expenditure of the funds that were given to us by Central Government to run the affairs of the region, and I feel that is a great achievement,” she declared. Chairperson Allen has challenged the regional officials to improve the delivery of services in keeping with their mandate.“I want to challenge us, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and the Regional Administration of the Demerara-Mahaica Region, that, at the end of December this year, we should work towards achieving a 100% expenditure of the funds that are given to us, so that we can truly celebrate the development within our region, Demerara-Mahaica. We were given a task, and I would like to appeal that we take our mandate (seriously) and execute what was given to us,” she said. The regional chairperson called on students to take full advantage of opportunities created by the installation of ICT hubs in communities within the region. “These hubs are especially to facilitate the persons in the various communities, and I’d like also to ask our students to take full advantage of these facilities, where you can do assignments and research, so that our education sector can continue to achieve the successes that we have been achieving,” she appealed. The regional chairperson also called on Guyanese to put aside partisan differences and celebrate as one people truly working toward a socially cohesive society. Allen said citizens should reflect on the country’s achievements from that period to present day.“We need to reflect on our achievements: where are we, what were our challenges; and it is those challenges and experiences that would have paved the path for us to sit here today as Guyanese to celebrate this 48thRepublican Anniversary,” she said. Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Cummings, said that, after almost 50 years of struggles, the country is poised for success, and its citizens can look forward to enjoying the good life.“Guyana is firmly set on an undeviating course to prosperity and development that will significantly enhance the quality of life of all Guyanese. Through a series of transformational programmes, bold efforts are being made at poverty alleviation and the creation of a broader middle-income bracket that will flourish under the establishment of a green economy. While Government will continue to put measures in place to achieve the Good Life for ALL Guyanese, you must do your part at engineering your own success, while carefully managing your expectations,” she advised.Minister Cummings also encouraged those gathered to embrace the Green Agenda, as touted by President David Granger.last_img read more

Engineer charged for substandard work

first_img…released on $500,000 bailHanneil Madramootoo, an engineer, was on Wednesday slapped with a fraud charge for substandard work done on the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) building located on Robb Street, Georgetown.Engineer, Hanneil MadramootooThirty-five-year-old Madramootoo of Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, who has been out of the jurisdiction in Trinidad since the charge was brought against him, was arrested when he returned to Guyana earlier on Wednesday. He appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Leron Daly and denied the charge.The charge alleged that between October 28, 2010 and April 25, 2012, Madramootoo conspired with Phillip Madramootoo and Nizam Ramkissoon to continuously approve payments, which were made to the contractor of the engineering firm for works that were incompetently and incorrectly done with inferior materials to rehabilitate the GMC building at Robb and Alexander Streets, Bourda, Georgetown, while knowing that such works should not have been approved.Attorney for the engineer, Glenn Hanoman made a bail application for his client, noting that he was not hiding from the Police but was however studying in Trinidad and Tobago.He requested that Madramootoo be granted bail, explaining that the charge against him is civil in nature. However, Police Prosecutor Richard Harris noted that efforts were made for Madramootoo and his co-accused, Phillip Madramootoo and his friend Nizam Ramkissoon to be deported to Guyana to face the charge against him but same proved futile.Hanoman revealed his client’s willingness to have his travel documents lodged and as such Magistrate Daly granted bail in the sum of $1 million. That sum was later reduced to $500,000. The case will continue on June 29. Arrest warrants were issued for the other two co-accused – Phillip Madramootoo and Nizam Ramkissoon. Previously, the charges were brought against the then GMC managers Nizam Hassan, and Felecia De Souza-Madramootoo but were subsequently dismissed. The Special Organised Crime Unit had launched an investigation into the construction of the building and after it was discovered that there were several engineering faults in the structure.last_img read more

Supreme Court slams APNU/AFC for using judges’ photos in political campaign

first_img…rejects Govt attempts to tarnish, discredit reputation of JudiciaryThe Supreme Court of Judicature, through its Protocol and Communications Unit, has issued a stinging rebuke to the coalition Government for using the photographs of two judges in a political campaign aimed at attracting youths.The two judges in question are Puisne Judges Justices Gino Persaud and Simone Morris-Ramlall. Their pictures were incorporated on a poster of 20 “young” public officials put together by A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) under the headline “Confidence in Youth Leadership” as part of their political campaign.Acting Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Roxanne GeorgeHours after the advertisement was shared on social media, the Court in a statement said that it “firmly condemns the use of photographs of two puisne judges that have been published in a social media post captioned “Confidence in Youth Leadership—Promise Delivered”.The ad bearing the two judges’ images was published despite the fact that the Judiciary is autonomous in principle and keeps far away from politics to ensure judgements, when handed down, can be accepted as free from bias. The Supreme Court reminded the Government of this fact.“The Supreme Court of Judicature is calling on members of the public to refrain from associating Judges and Judicial Officers with any political party or activity. The Judiciary reaffirms its independence and integrity and rejects any attempt to tarnish and discredit its reputation,” the statement added.The advertisement featuring the Judges, who are highlighted by black inkThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled on June 18 that the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, which means that early elections must be called.Political parties have, for the most part, started their political campaigns. But the Government has faced persistent criticisms over the years about its ‘geriatric’ Cabinet of Ministers mostly over the age of 60. This criticism has extended to its Members of Parliament, which is dominated by middle aged to elderly parliamentarians, with the exception of a few token youths.In addition, the appointment of many elderly, and in some cases, known associates of the party, to head agencies that should in fact be led by persons trained and experienced in the agencies work, has also been criticized. It is therefore felt by observers that the ad campaign was aimed at hitting back at the criticisms.Justice Persaud, who has practiced before the bar in Guyana since 2001, was sworn in before President David Granger as a Puisne Judge in July of 2017, alongside Justice Morris-Ramlall. Persaud, who was 38 at the time, was said to have been one of youngest ever appointed Judges.Article 122 of the Constitution of Guyana states that “All Courts and all persons presiding over the Courts shall exercise their function independently of the control and direction of any other person or authority; and shall be free and independent from political, executive and any other form of direction and control.”Efforts to contact Justice Persaud were futile.last_img read more

Ready, Set, Play!

first_img– Top 4 ready to take on playoffsBy Jemima HolmesAs the sun sets this evening, the National Stadium at Providence will be home to Guyana’s first Hero Caribbean Premier League playoff match. The top four teams are prepared to compete for their spot in Sunday’s final, and both players and fans are excited for the occasion.No introduction needed! The captains of Hero CPL 2018 top four teamsWith anticipation mounting, the top four teams of the CPL 2018 season are ready and rearing to take apart their opponents. This intention was made clear by all four captains when the interacted with the media on Monday afternoon at the Marriott.The youngest of the lot, Guyana Amazon Warriors Captain Chris Green, has noted that the team is very confident after its win over the Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday evening. Added to that, they are looking forward to a repeat of the marvellous home support.“I think the Knight Riders have been the form team all competition, and they’ve played some really good cricket. We take a lot of confidence after last night’s clash”, Green statedGuyana Amazon Warriors Captain Chris Greenas he addresses the mediaThe captain then went on to state, “We obviously got out home support here, which we thoroughly enjoyed this weekend. And I know our team’s really excited for what’s going to be a very good challenge.”Touching on the advantage of being a top two team, Trinbago Captain Dwayne Bravo highlighted the uncertainty of going into the playoffs.“The luxury of finishing one and two, you have two chances, but at the same time that doesn’t give you the right to make it to the finals cause’ you could easily have two bad games”, he explainedMeanwhile, Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Andre Russell is elated to be a part of the final four in his first stint as captain.“I’m happy to be here in the top four. You know, it’s my first year as a captain, so that’s an achievement for me as well.”St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots captain Chris Gayle stated that it took a lot of work to get to this stage. He admitteding that the top two holds the largest advantage. “Well, I have to be satisfied with where we’re at at this point. It’s been a lot of ups and downs, but it’s a fresh start for these four teams; but the team with the momentum has a slight edge.”On a lighter note, the World Boss revealed his preferences for the cup.“Well I can tell you this: it’s going to be St. Kitts or Jamaica winning the cup. Not Guyana, not Trinidad”, he stated.One all. Who will it be?The top four captains share a light moment during Monday’s press conferenceOnly a fortune-teller would be able to say whether the matchup between GAW and TKR will be similar to the duo’s encounter in Trinidad and Tobago last Wednesday, or a repeat of the shocker in Guyana on Sunday evening.In last Wednesday’s encounter, TKR dismantled the Warriors’ line-up, bowling them out for just 103.Playing at the Queen’s Park Oval, the Trinidad team built their 170 total on the back of Colin Munro’s 90 from 56. However, when it looked like Munro would secure another CPL hundred off the Warriors’ bowling, he was sent back by young Guyanese Romario Shepherd, who eventually took 3-29.Despite Shepherd’s ability to pull back the home team, the Guyana Team’s batting crumbled under Ali khan’s 3-22 and Fawad Ahmed’s 2-20.But the Warriors side on Sunday proved that they can be held to their name when they hosted Trinidad at the Providence National Stadium. The first task was holding back the Trinidadian batting, and this was helped by Rayad Emrit (2-25), who was rested in the previous match.With the Warriors needing to reach the total of 155 in 15.3 overs to lock in the second position over the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Guyanese duo of Shimron Hetmyer (59 runs off 30 balls) and Sherfane Rutherford (45 runs off 13 balls) blasted their way to a win in 14.1 overs.One can only wonder whether the inclusion of Sunil Narine and Ali Khan in Trinidad’s bowling would have made the score a little less attainable. However, Captain of the Warriors, Chris Green, is aware of the fact that the duo will be back in today’s lineup, but remains confident of his team’s ability.“We know they’re going to make some changes through the guys they rested last night. And I think it’s going to be a really exciting clash again”, Green admitted.Whichever way the pendulum swings, one thing’s for sure: the Providence National Stadium this evening will see it rain in sixes and wickets, as both teams fight to the very last ball to ensure that they are the ones lifting the cup come Sunday evening.Tomorrow evening, the Jamaica Tallawahs will face off with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the same time and venue, after which the winner will take on the loser of Playoff one at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, September 14 at 8 pm.When it is all decided, the ultimate clash will go down at the Brian Lara Stadium from 5pm on Sunday evening.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: ROAD CLOSED AFTER SERIOUS ROAD SMASH

first_imgGARDAI have closed the main road between Letterkenny and Lifford this afternoon after a “very serious” road crash.Ambulances are at the scene of the incident which took place near the Raphoe junction turn-off.Gardai have asked motorists to avoid the area as an investigation gets underway. It’s understood a vehicle left the road close to where the GoSafe speed vans are often located.The incident came on a bank holiday weekend when Gardai had issued a public appeal for safe driving in Co Donegal.A Garda spokesman said: “The road is closed due to a serious road traffic accident and it will remain closed for some considerable time. Investigations are under way.”   BREAKING NEWS: ROAD CLOSED AFTER SERIOUS ROAD SMASH was last modified: May 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:car crash donegallifford to letterkennylast_img read more

Cape Town: a sustainable city

first_imgA spectacular aerial view of Cape Townand Table Mountain.(Image: Hein Von Hörsten, SA Tourism) Phase 2 of the Khayelitsha Kuyasa housingproject, one of the city’s strategies in thefight against poverty.(Image: CT urban renewal programme)Janine ErasmusCape Town is on the list of the world’s 10 cities most likely to become a global sustainability centre by 2020. This is according to the Ethisphere Institute, which released its findings on 8 September 2008. The Ethisphere Institute focuses on the research, creation, and sharing of best practices in ethics, compliance, and corporate governance.Cape Town was the only African city to make the list, which was culled from a shortlist of 20. The other nine cities are Toronto, Hyderabad, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, New York, London, Frankfurt, Curtiba and Melbourne. The cities were chosen because they are all large, cosmopolitan and economically significant centres that are taking the initiative, have a vision for future sustainability, and can provide their citizens with a healthier quality of life.Many major cities share the trend of planning for the future and responding to the needs of their people by developing sustainability plans. While some of the plans are good and some are not, says the Institute, they all have a target date for the achievement of true sustainability, and for most, this is 2020.The Institute used a number of criteria to select its final list. Economy and population were taken into consideration, with cities needing at least 600 000 citizens in order to qualify, as it is much more of a challenge for a large city to achieve sustainability.Cultural activities, universities and international acclaim were also taken into account, to ensure that the cities are significant not only to their countries but to the world. They also needed to have taken the first steps along the path to environmental sustainability so that by 2010 they will indeed be role models for the rest of the world.The Institute noted that another common feature of its 10 global sustainability centres was the awareness of the importance of city management and business working together for a common cause. This benefits both sides, says the Institute, because the businesses drive their revenue through partnerships, and cities tap the innovation of local resources to improve their quality of life.“The challenge of achieving the goal of urban sustainability is so large that no single sector, be it business or government, can achieve it alone,” says Nancy Kete, director of the World Resources Institute’s Centre for Sustainable Transport. “That’s why some of the most innovative and effective sustainability initiatives have been realised when government officials, business leaders and NGOs put their heads together and take a cross-sector approach.”A forward-thinking cityCape Town, with its population of 2 480 000, was recognised for the plan it implemented in 2004 to address the growing energy needs of the city. The goal is to have 10% of homes using solar power by 2020, as well as have 10% of the city’s energy consumption coming from renewable sources by that time.Cape Town is already purchasing green power from the newly-launched Darling Wind Farm, which produces electricity from turbines. The city has signed a 20-year purchase agreement with the Darling Independent Power Producer and is selling that clean electricity to consenting consumers – in terms of its purchase agreement the city cannot divert Darling-produced electricity to consumers without their permission. While the Darling-produced power only comprises about 0.2% of the electricity consumed by Cape Town, this figure will rise as renewable capacity grows.The Institute also mentioned Cape Town’s proposed plan to place solar panels on all buildings in the city centre to help alleviate power usage during peak hours. As one of the cities worst hit by the series of rolling blackouts that gripped South Africa in 2007 and 2008, Cape Town paid dearly in economic terms for long hours without electricity.The Institute attributed Cape Town’s growth to a current global tourism boom that is spilling over to the city as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Cape Town is enjoying economic growth that will likely continue through 2020 and beyond, says the Institute, which names the 2010 Fifa World Cup as a major incentive and starting point for development.While these are the city’s strengths, it has one main weakness and that is poverty, says the Institute, a challenge that still has to be overcome. One of the city’s strategies in the fight against poverty is the Urban Renewal Programme, a government initiative launched in 2001 by President Thabo Mbeki, which sees eight townships around South Africa flagged for intensified development.In Cape Town these townships are Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plein. Projects under this umbrella include the Khayelitsha CBD which will offer economic opportunities for residents of the area, a rail extension, the development of the Mitchells Plain CBD and transport interchange, and better health, community, sporting and housing facilities in both areas.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on  janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesDarling Wind FarmUseful linksWorld Resources InstituteCape TownCentre for Sustainable CitiesCape Town AliveThe Ethisphere 2020 global sustainability centre reportPresidential urban renewal programmelast_img read more

Cold weather and wheat injury

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cool weekend temperatures have prompted some concern about possible injury to the wheat crop.The effect of cold weather depends on the wheat growth stage. Maximum resistance to cold weather occurs in December-February. As wheat greens-up, the plant becomes less tolerant of freezing temperatures. At Feekes 6 growth stage aka “jointing” temperatures of ≤24°F for at least two hours may be injurious. Currently, in Ohio, most wheat is at Feekes 5 (green-up), so injury should be minimal.Currently, we are in the process of evaluating freeze tolerance of winter wheat grown in Ohio. We collected wheat samples from Pickaway County on March 30 when plants were at Feekes 5 growth stage. Plants were put into a freeze chamber and temperature lowered to 27°, 21°, 14°, and 5°F. Very little injury has been observed between 14-27°F. At 5°F, wheat leaves wilted and had a dark purple-green water-soaked look 24 hours later. We plan on re-running this study at Feekes 6 growth stage.last_img read more

Just How Closely Can The NSA Really Watch You?

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Hadoop#nsa#Prism Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts brian proffitt Leaks that suggest the NSA is vacuuming up personal information from the phone records and online-service data of U.S. citizens have some people concerned about the prospect of an Orwellian surveillance state that can track our every move.But hold on a second. More recent revelations suggest that intelligence agencies are using Hadoop and other well-established Big Data business tools to run their analyses. And that suggests there are actually technical limits on how much the NSA can actually track and when.So let’s run through a brief technical thought experiment. Just how much can the government learn about you using Hadoop?The Limits Of HadoopBased on sources close to the NSA, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the agency is very likely making use of the data gathering and analysis platform Hadoop as well as non-relational database technology — those NoSQL databases you’ve heard tell of.If this is indeed the case, then right off the bat, you should know this: The NSA is most decidedly not analyzing the information of everyone all at once in real time.Recall that Hadoop is not really a database, but rather a distributed file storage system, where a lot of data can be stored on inexpensive servers and then analyzed as needed.See also: Hadoop: What It Is And How It WorksMaking sense of data within Hadoop requires use of an analytical engine known as MapReduce. MapReduce is very good at what it does and very fast, but it is also limited by being a batch processor — meaning that it can only run one analytical job at a time.That takes time. Also, MapReduce isn’t exactly the easiest tool to master. So if you’re running a search, you’ll need to meticulously craft your code to construct the best search pattern across a lot of potentially varied data.Other analytical methods can use tools such as NoSQL databases to reach into Hadoop, pull out data, and run search queries. These operations can be fast, but usually that because they’re also relying on subsets of the entire data set. But that means you’re doing some form of data sampling going on, which can quickly futz up the accuracy of your search results if you’re not careful.Given all that, it’s highly improbable that the NSA can be doing real-time tracking with Hadoop. Not that anyone should find that much comfort.Looking For PatternsInstead of real-time analysis, what the government is doing is something more along the lines of establishing patterns of behavior that will ideally lead to clues about illicit activity — in much the same way private corporations use such data to figure you out through your buying habits.The corporations watching us don’t know, for instance, that I just bought that candy bar in the convenience store. But over time they may learn that I like a certain brand of chocolate. That sort of information is valuable to them because they could conceivably sell me more, or alternative brands, or some other product that other people who like that chocolate tend to buy.At the end of the day, the NSA, like those companies, has a vested interest in getting things right. It wants to make sure its target is indeed the right one. From a cold-hearted point of view, this makes sense: get the wrong person, and the true criminal — or terrorist — gets away. (That’s a little more serious than a company that tries to sell me the wrong brand of deodorant.)Hadoop is a good tool to get started on this kind of pattern matching and intelligence gathering. After the NSA builds evidence and observations on terrorists and other criminal organizations, then it’s very likely to use other assets — human or technological — to begin real-time tracking of the suspects.This may be small comfort to anyone worried about getting caught up in an NSA dragnet, or who fear that its surveillance methods might be abused by agency malcontents — or who think surveillance abuse might one day be adopted as a matter of policy.Souped-Up HadoopAnd let’s not kid ourselves about all of these limitations. It’s a fair bet that there are data scientists at the NSA who really know their way around Hadoop.Actually, that’s no bet at all. In 2011, the NSA contributed a distributed NoSQL database called Accumulo to the Apache Software Foundation. Accumulo is a key/value database that works with Hadoop, described as a “robust, scalable, high performance data storage and retrieval system.”So the limitations of Hadoop I’ve just laid out may not actually hold back the NSA, because the agency quite likely has code in its servers that makes Hadoop, Accumulo and a lot of open source NoSQL technology do tricks that commercial users can only dream of.And, because the Apache Software License that covers Hadoop is a permissive open source license, any changes the NSA makes to Hadoop source code, or that of other applications, don’t have to flow back to the main project.The technology for collecting and sifting through the data of our lives is not omniscient, and only as good as the people who run it. It’s good at what it does, and it is getting better. Good as the NSA is, the technological limitations of its Big Data surveillance probably prevents its spies from seeing what you are doing right this very minute. For now. Maybe.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more