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Diver Knight-Wisdom hopes Olympic berth will inspire Jamaicans

first_imgAfter raising his head above water following his final dive on Sunday at the biennial Diving World Cup – an Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro – the next few seconds seemed like an eternity for Jamaica’s three-metre springboard representative, Yona Knight-Wisdom. The electronic scoreboard flickered to life and his tally for six dives was scored at 397.90 points. That wasn’t only enough to get him the 17th-place spot in the standings, but also one of 18 semi-final spots – a guarantee of a place on the platform at this year’s Olympic Games. The usually reserved diver burst into tears as confirmation came that he would be heading back to Brazil this summer to represent Jamaica in the three-metre springboard diving competition, at the same facility that he competed last weekend. It’s an accomplishment that the 20-year-old, who will become the island’s first Olympic diver, hopes will inspire the nation as he looks forward to the August 5-21 Games. “I think that it should inspire people to try new things. Don’t be limited to what is normal and what is safe. Don’t be afraid to go against the odds. I am a 190-cm tall, 90-kg heavy, black diver. Watch a diving event and that is not something you will see very often. I’ve gone against the odds, with the faith and support of my family, coaches and teammates, and I’ve succeeded,” he told The Gleaner in an interview shortly after his qualification. “I think the history of it will really sink in during the Games. Right now, I’m concentrating on today’s (yesterday’s) semi-final and still worrying about the dissertation I have to write and hand in on the 27th of April. All the messages of congratulations and support have made it feel incredible,” he added. Born in England, Knight-Wisdom began diving in 2004 after being spotted through a talent-identification programme. “I remember watching the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, just after I got involved in the sport, and saw Leon Taylor and Peter Waterfield win a silver medal for Great Britain in the 10-metre synchro. From that point, it was always my dream to compete in an Olympic Games,” he noted. After struggling to break into the British team, Knight-Wisdom took the advice of his coach to represent one of his parents’ countries of birth. He decided to don the colours of his father’s country, and first represented Jamaica in 2012. “From that point, we set the goal of using various competitions to gain experience, so I would be in a realistic position to qualify a spot for the 2016 Olympic Games,” he shared. Qualify he did. As the youngster pointed out, it did not come without its fair share of challenges and sacrifices. “This process, especially in the last four years, has required much sacrifice, particularly of my socialising time, lots of commitment and discipline,” Knight-Wisdom said. One of his biggest challenges have been to balance his Olympic dream with his studies at Leeds Beckett University from where he is expected to graduate this summer. Knight-Wisdom said he is looking forward to continuing his preparation ahead of the Games, where he will be going headfirst towards his ambitions to represent the country to the best of his ability. “I aim to enjoy the experience as much as possible because it’s not often you get to go to an Olympic Games. But in the competition, just giving 100 per cent diving, to the best of my ability, and representing Jamaica as well as I can over my six dives,” he said. Diving events at the 2016 Olympic Games will take place August 7-19 at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre. GAINING EXPERIENCElast_img read more

Mozilla working on Google Translate integration in Firefox

first_imgMozilla working on Google Translate integration in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on September 09, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: September 11, 2018 – 44 commentsDid you know that the Firefox web browser has a translate feature similarly to that of Google Chrome? Most Firefox users are probably unaware as it is not enabled by default and not highlighted in the options or user interface.Mozilla revealed in February 2014 that it was working on integrating machine translate functionality in the Firefox web browser and started to include the functionality in Nightly versions of the browser in May 2014.Mozilla’s first version of translation support in Firefox used Bing Translate to translate website content. It worked similar to Chrome’s implementation of Google Translate.A notification bar is displayed when a user visits a site that is in a language that is not installed in Firefox. The bar highlights the detected language of the page and offers translation options. A click on translate translates the page in the default browser language, selection of “not now” hides the prompt.Options to “never translate” the detected language or the site are provided as well.Mozilla added support for Yandex Translate in Firefox 41 which it released in mid-2015. It went all dark soon thereafter; the feature was not pushed to the stable channel and only some fixes were released in the three years that followed.The inactivity ended last week when Mozilla started to add support for Google Translate to the translation engine built into the Firefox web browser.While the feature is not fully functional yet, it is an indicator that Mozilla has not forgotten the translate feature completely. Users who enable the translate functionality in Firefox on about:config will notice that Google is the selected translation engine.Load about:config?filter=browser.translation in the Firefox address bar to display the preferences.browser.translation.detectLanguage — set this to True to have Firefox detect a page’s language.browser.translation.engine — determines which translation service Firefox uses. Supported are Google, Bing and Yandex.browser.translation.ui.show — defines whether Firefox will display the translation user interface when foreign language sites are opened. Set to True to show the UI, False to hide it.Google Translate cannot be used currently in Firefox; the browser throws an error message when you hit the translate button in the UI. Bing and Yandex don’t seem to work either at this point in time even though Firefox seems to try and translate the page. The “there has been an error translating this page” error is thrown eventually as well.Google Translate requires API access keys and that is usually only available if companies or users pay for the key. It is unclear if Mozilla plans to make a deal with Google or if users will be required to use their own API keys for the functionality. The latter would surely be very limiting.ExtensionsAdd-on developers created numerous extensions that integrated translate functionality in Firefox in one way or another. Google Translate Bar was one of the first to replicate the translation bar of Google Chrome; it was launched in 2010 alongside other extensions such as Facebook Translate or Translate This.The extensions don’t work anymore, however, as Mozilla switched to a different extensions system in Firefox 57. If you search for translate extensions on Mozilla AMO you get a large number that is compatible with Firefox 57 and newer:Fast Translation uses Google Translate to translate selected text.S3 Translator uses Google Translate to translate the selection or page.Now You: Do you require translate functionality in your browser?SummaryArticle NameMozilla working on Google Translate integration in FirefoxDescriptionMozilla started work on integrating Google Translate functionality natively in the Firefox web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more