Colombo: Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga was sacked as ODI skipper with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday naming Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne to lead the country at the 50 over World Cup in England beginning May 30. The World Cup squad will be announced on Thursday, SLC said. “Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 31-year-old Karunaratne, who didn’t play a single ODI since the 2015 World Cup, has only featured in 17 ODIs and averages 15.83 with a high score of 60. He will replace Malinga, who had captained the team during the 0-5 loss to South Africa in the ODI series. Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to a World T20 trophy in 2014, had personal disagreements with the team management and certain senior players, which also soured his stint as captain. Karunaratne, a Test opener, forced himself into the ODI captaincy following his success in the Test arena. He led Sri Lanka to a historic 2-0 Test triumph in South Africa and made Sri Lanka the only Asian side to win a Test series in South Africa. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe other option was Angelo Mathews, who has been Sri Lanka’s ODI captain in two separate stints before. But Mathews is said to have declined the offer to captain citing his disagreements with coach Chandika Hathurusinghe. The news will come as a blow for Malinga, who had played a domestic match in Kandy, only 14 hours after playing an IPL match for his franchise Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, earlier this month. Apart from Malinga and Mathews, Sri Lanka had also tried Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera to lead the side at various stages over the past two years since the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in 2014. The team’s fortune dwindled as it slipped in ICC rankings in all formats since then.
GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s anti-spam law is being used against a former CEO who is accused of using several businesses operating under names such as Teambuy and Dealfind to bombard consumers with emailed discount coupon offers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is seeking $100,000 from Brian Conley for allegedly allowing or ignoring violations of the law while he was president and chief executive officer of nCrowd Inc.The CRTC says Conley is the first individual to be held liable for violations committed by a corporation. It says nCrowd and several other companies led by him and his associates have ceased activity.The commission’s staff initiated an investigation in April 2015 following complaints against nCrowd and the related Couch Commerce group of companies.The federal regulator alleges that the two groups failed to get consent to send the emails, contrary to a Canadian law that was designed to protect consumers from unwanted electronic commercial communications — also known as spam.Conley has the right to appeal the CRTC’s decision. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.The Canadian Press
A woman was killed following a shooting incident in Nittambuwa today.The Police said that the woman and her son were injured in the shooting incident. The woman was in serious condition and succumbed to her injuries in hospital. (Colombo Gazette)
Every March since 2012, sabermetricians have gathered in Phoenix for their own version of spring training: the SABR Analytics meeting, which serves as a showcase for some of the latest developments in baseball analysis.I made the pilgrimage to the desert for this year’s edition, expecting the modern baseball research conference’s usual emphasis: how to communicate sabermetric insights to coaches, players and executives — a worthy (if not groundbreaking) endeavor. However, the conference brought sabermetrics back to its roots in the data instead. And the game’s newest methods of collecting information, including such diverse offerings as the radar tracking system Statcast and neurological monitoring, have the potential to upend a number of sabermetric truths we once thought settled.Judging from the long shadow it cast at the conference, Statcast might be the chief disruptor of Sabermetrics 1.0. Daren Willman of MLB Advanced Media and Mike Petriello of MLB.com demonstrated the power of the system to monitor factors as varied as the spin on Jake Arrieta’s curveball and Kevin Kiermaier’s defensive range. Sabermetric evaluations of defense, in particular, may benefit greatly from Statcast, as analysts will be able to more precisely measure all aspects of defensive play — from a fielder’s first step to his maximum range and the velocity of his throws.For example, during the first wave of sabermetric defensive measurements, shifts especially confounded our ability to home in on a player’s true fielding skill. Statcast addresses that flaw by measuring the positioning of every fielder before each pitch, and when that information eventually becomes public1During his talk, Willman confirmed that the data will be released to the public someday. it will undoubtedly reshape our defensive metrics.Baseball Info Solutions analyst Scott Spratt offered one potential transformation at SABR, with a new model for integrating shifts into fielding stats such as Defensive Runs Saved. In situations where several fielders could make a play on the ball because of an extreme shift — which places several players on one side of the field, making it difficult for current metrics to apportion individual credit for a defensive run saved — the model gives some of the credit to the whole team. According to Spratt, the Tampa Bay Rays (not surprisingly, one of the most sabermetrically savvy teams in baseball) led the league in these separate, team-based runs saved on shifts last year.Another of the conference’s talks dug deeper into Statcast’s exit velocity information. Most notably, Brian Cartwright, creator of the Oliver projections at FanGraphs, discussed how exit velocity alters our view of defense-independent pitching statistics. DIPS theory is one of sabermetrics’ most treasured counterintuitive insights — the idea that pitchers bear no responsibility for the results of balls in play — but Cartwright showed that a ball’s velocity off the bat is partly attributable to the pitcher (even if the batter deserves more of the credit). He also broke down exit velocity by angle and explained that even fly balls allowed by ground-ball pitchers travel at a lower angle, making them more difficult for the defense to field. For instance, Andrew McCutchen and his fellow Pirate outfielders were notably harmed by their ground-ball pitching staff’s tendency to allow these low screamers.Most analyses of exit velocity so far have concluded that, contrary to DIPS, pitchers do vary some in their ability to prevent hits. So even if, generally speaking, a pitcher’s fielding-independent metrics are more predictive than his ERA, Cartwright’s results suggest that pitchers still deserve some credit in a given year for the batting average they allow on balls in play. As we come to better understand the granular data from Statcast, it’s possible that popular DIPS metrics such as fielding independent pitching will become outmoded.New data could also revamp our understanding of player health. Injuries are one of the last remaining unknown areas in sabermetrics, partially because they are not tracked in the box score or other sources of data. (Although the disabled list gives some injury information, it’s nowhere near complete, as many major leaguers play through pain and discomfort.) But Baseball Info Solutions began tracking injury data in 2015, with stringers manually rating every incident in which a player limped on the bases or was struck by a foul ball.Unsurprisingly, Joe Rosales of Baseball Info Solutions reported at SABR that catchers suffer by far the largest injury burden, thanks primarily to foul balls and backswings from the batter. Rosales also showed that catchers coming off games with multiple injuries to the head see a reduction in offensive performance for the next few days.2It’s not clear whether this includes concussions; the data only notes when a player was hit in the head and doesn’t give the severity of the injury unless the team releases that information. That injuries have an impact on performance isn’t shocking, but gathering the data to prove it is a big step forward.Finally, there’s another source of data even more exotic than exit velocity and defensive positioning. A company called deCervo specializes in monitoring the brain activity of athletes as they perform tasks such as pitch recognition. DeCervo’s software simulates the flight of a pitch and asks users to decide whether it will be in or outside of the strike zone. In a separate game, users can practice their pitch recognition by identifying the pitch type based on its motion. Using a combination of techniques,3Specifically, electroencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging. deCervo CEO Jason Sherwin showed that certain areas of the brain light up as athletes monitor the flight of the “pitch” and make the split-second decision to hit a button to react.Sherwin had preliminary results that showed correlations between neurological readouts and performance (for example, on-base percentage), so deCervo’s technology could be promising for identifying athletes with major league potential. And even without any neural monitoring, it allows athletes to “gamify” their training by attempting to distinguish the motion path of different pitches at varying speeds and arm angles based on real PitchF/X data. Sherwin said he believed this kind of software would offer a new way for athletes to sharpen their pitch recognition skills.What many of these new data sources have in common is an emphasis on process. Outcomes — strikes, walks, home runs and so forth — are already well-tracked and have been scrutinized by sabermetricians for decades. But the new generation of data will allow analysts to understand how those outcomes are generated, perhaps even down to the level of a player’s brain activity. Some of this process-oriented data challenges cherished analytics theories like DIPS; some of it confirms the utility of sabermetric dogma like shifting. And some of it will probably advance our understanding of baseball in ways we can’t yet predict.Disclosure: The author works as a statistical consultant for the Toronto Blue Jays.
This week’s strikes by London Tube staff and Southern Rail drivers have caused travel misery for millions of commuters as many of the capital’s transport connections were shut down over industrial action.The Southern Rail strikes, caused by a conflict between staff and management over whether the driver or a guard opens and closes the doors, have interrupted over 2,000 trains with over 300,000 passenger journeys on a daily basis.ASLEF’s dispute with Southern dragged on throughout 2016 with little sign of resolution, while last year was also characterised by a number of strikes on the London Underground due to proposed plans to scrap many ticket offices and the introduction of the night tube. Police line up at the Battle of Orgreave during the miners’ strike in 1984Credit:Photofusion/REX/Shutterstock But even this pales into insignificance compared to the disruption caused by industrial action in the 1970s and 1980s.In 1979 – the year of the introduction of the three day week – 29.5m working days were lost, while a further 27.1m days were lost in 1984, the year of the miner’s strike.1926 was the worst year in British history for strike action, when labour disputes cost 162.2m working days. 1921, 1912 and 1919 were the next three worst-hit years. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.How strike action has remained relatively low for 30 years. Total work days lost per year (000s)Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: line chart.line with 124 data points.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.How strike action has remained relatively low for 30 yearsHow strike action has remained relatively low for 30 years – Highcharts CloudHow strike action has remained relatively low for 30 yearsTotal work days lost per year (000s)19001925195019752000050k100k150k200kSource: ONS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Over the last century, 2005 was the year that has seen the fewest number of working days lost, at just 157,000. Prior to a confirmed national total from the ONS, 2015 looks set to post the second lowest total ever with the monthly figures coming to 169,000 days.Data for the number of working days lost due to Southern Rail strikes in 2015 and 2016 are not yet available. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike action. Total work days lost per month (000s)Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: Line chart.line with 22 data points.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike action2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike action – Highcharts Cloud2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike actionTotal work days lost per month (000s)Jan ’15May ’15Sep ’15Jan ’16May ’16Sep ‘16020406080Source: ONS It has been a period of misery for commuters in the South East, with some people losing their jobs and relationships due to Southern Rail’s unreliability. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that between January and October last year 269,000 days were lost to industrial action in the UK, far more than the 169,000 days lost in 2015, with figures for the final quarter of the year still to come.Is this a particularly bad time for industrial disputes?Despite this apparent spike in days lost to strike action, compared to previous decades we’re currently living through a period of relative peace between workers and bosses.As recently as 2014, the latest year with non-provisional tallies, 788,000 working days were lost to labour disputes – the highest level since 2011 when the figure reached nearly 1.4m days.
Portsmouth will be the permanent base for HMS Queen Elizabeth from this autumnCredit:MOD Sir Michael Fallon inspects the dredging at Portsmouth naval base in 2015Credit: L(Phot) Paul Hall/ Royal Navy Specialist vessels have removed the equivalent on 1,280 Olympic swimming pools full of sediment as part of £100m of work to prepare the naval base for the arrival of the carriers. A badge from HMS GangesCredit:MoD Harriet Baldwin, defence minister, said: “Upgrading the future home of HMS Queen Elizabeth is another completed step in the carrier’s journey to becoming the nation’s flagship, ready to operate around the world and help keep us safe in a world of intensifying threats. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A Second World War German bomber engine, 36 anchors and eight cannon were among millions of tons of mud dredged from Portsmouth harbour to make way for Britain’s new aircraft carriers.Dredgers have spent two years removing 3.2 million cubic metres of mud from the approach to the historic harbour to make room for the 65,000 ton HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. The work to prepare for our naval future has unearthed objects from our naval past which are part of Portsmouth’s proud maritime history.Capt Iain Greenlees, head of infrastructure at the base, said: “The dredging was the culmination of twelve years work monitoring the seabed environment around the harbour and unearthed a huge array of items, some of which may be historically significant, and underlines again Portsmouth’s long maritime history.” The German Junkers Jumo 211 engine from an unknown bomber was found along with a wealth of material from the port’s rich naval history.Engineers also found old ordnance ranging from bullets and cannonballs to a British torpedo. A German sea mine and five large bombs were found, before being made safe by the Royal Navy’s bomb disposal team.Elsewhere the dredging uncovered bottles, plates, ceramics and shoes which probably belonged to sailors. A human skull was also found and passed to local police. A badge from HMS Ganges was also discovered.
← Previous Story Meshkov Brest has a new right wing – Miloš Kostadinović Next Story → Šešum and Nenadić “golden boys” in victory over Russia! Alexandrina BarbosaJorge DuenasWomen’s EHF EURO 2012 Former Portugal NT left back Alexandrina Barbosa joining Spanish NT before the Women’s EHF EURO 2012. Three years break has past since the last game for previous NT according to the IHF rule, so Spanish NT coach Jorge Duenas has decided to invite Barbosa to play for Spain at the beginning of new Olympic cycle.She is currently playing in Romanian TOP team Oltchim Valcea.Spanish squad for the EHF EURO 2012:Goalkeepers: Silvia Navarro (CS Oltchim Valcea/ROU) and Cristina González (CLEBA León)Centre backs: Macarena Aguilar (Randers HK/DEN)Backs: Alexandrina Barbosa (CS Oltchim Valcea/ROU), Nerea Pena (FTC Rail Cargo/HUN), Marta Mangué (RK Zajekar/SRB), Eli Chávez (OGC Nice/FRA), Patricia Elorza (Bera Bera), Beatriz Fernández and Nely Carla Alberto (Fleury Loiret HB/FRA)Right wings: Carmen Martin (RK Krim Mercator/SLO) and Marta López (Fleury Loiret HB/FRA)Left wings: Eli Pinedo (Bera Bera) and Vanessa Amorós (Mecalia At. Guardés)Line players: Begoña Fernández (RK Zajekar/SRB) and Verónica Cuadrado (KIF Vejen/DEN)
Ever since Apple announced that Siri would be exclusive to the iPhone 4S, hackers have been chomping at the bit to port the AI voice assistant to older devices. The jailbreak community has released several hacks, including one, Spire, that is the product of some of the most notable developers on the scene.If a recent report is accurate, however, the whole process may have been sitting under our noses for months. An iPod touch owner supposedly set up his device by restoring from a backup he had made from an iPhone 4S. After restoring the device, he was shocked to see that it had Siri installed.Any Siri port is going to need live validation tokens from an iPhone 4S in order to connect to Apple’s servers. Apple added the extra layer of security, which needs a new 4S token every day or two, to make it more difficult for hackers to port Siri. It has worked quite well, as it won’t likely ever be possible for users to simply download a Cydia jailbreak app and get full Siri functionality.Though the backup/restore method isn’t immune to Apple’s protection, apparently Siri’s dictation does work. Attempts to converse with Siri bring up error messages, but dictation works like a charm. If this story is legit, it will offer a simple way to get dictation added to any iOS device with a microphone.That, however, is a huge “if.” Though iOS devices can indeed restore backups from other devices, it sounds unlikely that Siri would be part of any backup — at least without explicit safeguards in place to prevent restores on different devices. The fact that the user’s iPod touch is jailbroken only adds to the suspicious circumstances.For now, we’d say this is a curiosity-inspiring story, but it could be 100% phony. Restoring a backup from a different device can lead to problems, so we wouldn’t advise you to try this at home.via iDownloadblog
Greece’s environment ministry will construct barriers and make use of electrified wire along the Egnatia freeway in northern Greece to prevent cars killing the local brown bears.Environment Minister George Souflias announced the measures following a number of deaths of the endangered species on the Egnatia freeway, which criss-crosses much of the mountainous Pindus range of northwest Greece. Souflias said that until the fences and wires are set up there is to be a constant monitoring of cars whose flashlights scare the bears near the side of the road. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Guépard iranien : une sous-espèce rarissime à protégerPubliée dans la revue Molecular Ecology, une étude autrichienne sur la généalogie du guépard a confirmé le statut de sous-espèce particulière de la population iranienne de ce félin. Les efforts de protections devront être accrus pour sauver ce rarissime animal. Afin de résoudre l’énigme des origines des guépards actuels, des scientifiques de l’Université de médecine vétérinaire de Vienne (Autriche), collaborant avec le Département iranien de l’Environnement et l’ONG Panthera, ont analysé et comparé l’ADN de diverses populations de ces félins, et même celui issu de restes de guépard iranien datant du moyen-âge. “Avec nos données, nous prouvons que les guépards iraniens actuels représentent bien la sous-espèce asiatique historique Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, puisqu’ils partagent un profil génétique semblable à celui du spécimen originaire de l’Iran du Nord-Ouest daté de 800 à 900 après J.C. (…). C’est une base pour la gestion future en termes de conservation. Si le but est de conserver cette biodiversité, les sous-espèces ne devraient pas être mélangées”, explique le Dr Pamela Burger.La population de cette sous-espèce, qui a divergé des variétés africaines il y a 30.000 ans, qui survit uniquement en Iran et dont les effectifs sont estimés entre 60 et 100 individus, dont une moitié d’immatures, est placée sur la liste rouge de l’Union Internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN).”Nous avons réussi à stabiliser leur nombre en Iran, mais nous avons toujours une longue route à faire avant que nous ne puissions considérer cette sous-espèce unique comme sauvée”, conclut Alireza Jourabchian, directeur du Programme “Guépard asiatique” en Iran. Concurrence de l’homme, qui convoite les mêmes proies que lui, détérioration de l’habitat et braconnage direct sont les menaces qui pèsent encore aujourd’hui sur ce félidé. Le 30 janvier 2011 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
It may be hard to believe, but it has been 20 years since the release of Blizzard’s seminal classic, Diablo. This game had a massive impact not only on the company that created it but for gaming as a whole. This anniversary is a cause for celebration, and Blizzard is doing so in grand style by having each of its biggest games honor Diablo with special in-game events. These titles include Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and Diablo III.Diablo III is holding an in-game tribute event called The Darkening of Tristam that will let players explore a reimagined version of the original cathedral from Diablo. The cathedral is said to contain “some familiar items.”Heroes of the Storm will have a new brawl map where players can earn a new Diablo-themed portrait, while in Hearthstone, players will get to meet a “hooded stranger” that has a “grim” deck of cards in his hands. Overwatch will get some Diablo-themed sprays that represent Diablo III classes.Below is a full rundown of each of the game events as listed on Blizzard’s BattleNet site.Diablo III:Recapture the feeling of your first play through of the original Diablo with The Darkening of Tristram tribute event. Venture through a reimagined version of the original cathedral in Diablo III and keep an eye out for some familiar items.Heroes of the Storm:The battle for the High Heavens continues, and a new Diablo-themed portrait is up for grabs! Can you emerge victorious on this hectic new brawl map?Hearthstone:In this Tavern Brawl, a hooded stranger awaits, holding a grim deck in his hands. Will you unravel the secrets surrounding this dark wanderer?Overwatch:Bring the battle for Sanctuary into the fight for the future with in-game sprays representing your favorite Diablo III classes—along with a new player icon modeled after the Lord of Terror!StarCraft II:Put the Lord of Terror to work for you with a Diablo-themed worker portrait.World of Warcraft:Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world. Stay on target ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormToy Tuesday: The Best ‘World of Warcraft’ Toys
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Guests gathered in Coral Gables Thursday night to see 55,000 lights switched on as part of the annual Merrick Park tree lighting celebration.After the lights lit up on the 50-foot tree, the Coral Gables High School choir treated guests with a performance.The Miami Royal Ballet also performed, along with stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: These reports were compiled by FOLIO: staff editors Tony Silber, Matt Kinsman, Joanna Pettas, Jason Fell, Dylan Stableford and contributor Jill Ambroz.] Welcome to the 2008 FOLIO: 40—the oldest, most comprehensive and most distinguished compilation of its kind. As always, we’ve spent the last year examining the entire industry, as well as a few markets that intersect it, for individuals who best represent an increasingly multifaceted media landscape.The 2008 FOLIO: 40 is not all-inclusive, nor is it meant to be. There are countless success stories that could be on this list from around magazine media. But the individuals here represent the best of what the industry has to offer along with many other inventive minds.C-LEVEL VISIONARIES Michael Carr | president, Greenspun Media GroupDennis McKenna | CEO, e.RepublicStephanie George | president, women’s fashion and lifestyle group and entertainment group, Time Inc.Don Peschke | founder, August Home PublishingMike Reilly | CEO, Randall-Reilly PublishingThomas Flynn | CFO, Summit Business MediaJoe Loggia | CEO, AdvanstarMichael Duckworth | CEO, Source Interlink Cos.Scott Mozarsky | COO, United Business Media LLCBradford Fayfield | founder, Storm Mountain PublishingDIRECTOR-LEVEL DOERSScott Donaton | publisher, Entertainment WeeklyKristy Kaus | research director, Active Interest MediaLauren Wiener | SVP, Meredith InteractiveEdward Adams | editor and publisher, ABA JournalKeith Clinkscales | SVP, content development & enterprises, ESPNSabine Feldmann | VP, publisher, ShapeDavid Tompkins | preflight operations director, ScienceBill Oakes | manager, Chicagomag.comJoy Puzzo | corporate circulation director, Advanstar Communications Inc.Jack Bamberger | SVP, Meredith 360/Corporate Sales/Home SolutionsINDUSTRY INFLUENCERSDavid R. Straus | partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and postal counsel to ABMMichael Arrington | founder, TechCrunchHarry McCracken | VP and editor-in-chief, PC WorldThe Spears FamilyWal-MartOwen Van Natta | chief revenue officer, FacebookJordan Hoffner | head of premium content partnerships, YouTubePublishing IPOsBryan Monroe | VP and editorial director, Ebony and JetDavid Curcurito | design director, EsquireCo-MailersUNDER THE RADARTammy Haddad | video producer, Newsweek and president, Haddad MediaScott McCafferty and Mike Emich | co-founders, WTWH MediaSteve Churm | CEO/Owner, Churm MediaNatalie Zee Drieu | senior editor, CraftMelissa Weber | managing editor, CURETracey Ryder and Carole Topalian | co-founders, Edible CommunitiesThe Journal | Coin Laundry AssociationLaura Jeanne Hammond | VP, editor-in-chief, publisher, Next StepMartha Luchsinger | online media optimization manager, Hanley WoodTom Canfield | VP of circulation, Belvoir Media GroupONES TO WATCHDavid Carey | president, Conde Nast Business Media, Wired and Golf DigestFrank Anton | CEO, Hanley WoodAudience MetricsTim Regan-Porter | president, PasteDoron Grosman | magazine division president, Quebecor WorldSid Evans | editor-in-chief, Garden & Gun Edwin Grosvenor | editor-in-chief, owner, American HeritageRenaissance PublishingBNETSean Brooks | VP of social media, TechTargetZiff Davis and Ziff Davis EnterpriseThe AtlanticLenny Dykstra | Publisher, Players ClubEric Mika | SVP, publishing director, Hollywood ReporterJeff Bewkes | CEO, Time Warner
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently explored the costs families with student athletes are incurring within the district. While the Committee took no specific action, members got a better sense of what parents pay for, even in a no-fee school district like Wilmington.Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts compiled survey results after consulting with his coaches on each program’s mandatory equipment costs, mandatory training camp costs, fundraising commitments, and any user fees.Alberts described the mandatory equipment costs as follows:Baseball — Bat, Glove, Cleats ($300)Basketball (Boys) — Sneakers ($75-$150)Basketball (Girls) — Sneakers ($75-$150)Cross Country — Sneakers & Racing Spikes ($150-$200)Cheering — Uniforms ($300) & Warm Up Suits ($115)Football — Cleats ($140-$150) & Girdles ($20-$100)Field Hockey — Cleats, Stick, Goggles & Shin Guards ($100-$150)Golf — Shoes ($50-$100) & Clubs ($300-$1,000)Hockey (Boys) — Equipment ($750-$1,800)Hockey (Girls) — Equipment ($750-$1,800)Lacrosse (Boys) — Helmet, Stick, Cleats, Pads/Gloves ($500-$600)Lacrosse (Girls) – Stick, Googles, Cleats ($250)Soccer (Boys) — Shin Guards ($35-$80) & Cleats ($50-$300)Soccer (Girls) — Shin Guards ($35-$80) & Cleats ($50-$300)Softball — Bat, Glove, Cleats ($300)Swimming (Boys & Girls) — Practice Swim Suit, Cap & Goggles ($150-$200)Tennis (Boys & Girls) — Sneakers & Racket ($100-$300)Volleyball — Sneakers, Shorts, Warm-Up Jersey, Pink Jersey ($135-$165)Spring Track (Boys & Girls) — Sneakers ($75-$100)Winter Track (Boys & Girls) — Sneakers ($75-$100)“Coaches will find a way to get equipment if a student can’t afford it,” stressed Alberts. “Sometimes coaches will spend their own money to better their programs, which is amazing.”“I want to assure that athletics are accessible to everybody,” said School Committee member MJ Byrnes. “My priority is that cost shouldn’t be a deterrent to participation.”When asked why the cheerleaders need to pay for their own uniforms while no other sport does, Alberts explained that the Wilmington Sons of Italy purchases new uniforms for each program every 6-7 years. Cheerleaders, however, are scored on their uniforms and must keep up with the current styles, so are purchased more frequently.When asked why hockey players are expected to buy so much equipment (e.g., helmets pads) while football players receive them from the school, Alberts said that’s how the sport operates from an earlier age, noting Pop Warner provides the supplies, whereas Youth Hockey generally does not.Alberts noted that while no sport has a mandatory training camp, many sports encourage off season training to remain competitive.The following sports don’t have a training camp: Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, Winter Track, Spring TrackThe following sports have a training camp, but they’re not required: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Hockey, Girls Hockey, SwimmingCheering has a “recommended” camp. Football has an “encouraged” camp. Golf offers an offseason discount at Hillview Country Club.Alberts noted that fundraising is not required by a student. Many teams do, however, have their own boosters and/or parents groups, which ask for donations and fundraising assistance.Alberts noted the only sport with a user fee is the Co-Ed Swimming Team, which is a cooperative team with North Reading. Swimmers pay North Reading, the host school, a $400 fee to participate.The School Committee may look to expand this conversation beyond sports and examine the costs of other extracurricular activities within the district.Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand noted that each High School Class collects dues from its students. Several clubs — DECA, Model UN/Debate Club, Medical Careers Club, World Cultures Club, and Ski Club — have varying degrees of expenses. Many of the high school’s art classes charge a $10 supply fee.School Committee Chair Jennifer Bryson noted that students in the Band and Strings programs must purchase their own instruments. School Committee member David Ragsdale referenced family costs associated with the district’s 1:1 Chromebook program for the Middle School and High School.“I think this is a healthy discussion,” added MJ Byrnes. “We should talk about [these costs] at least once a year and ensure that all these [sports and clubs] are available to students who want to participate in them.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. 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Tirupati: TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal has directed the senior officials to regularly inspect the facilities provided for devotees at TTD rest houses. Speaking after a review meeting at the TTD Administrative Building on Monday, the EO said all senior officials should frequently inspect the TTD rest houses and submit a report on required development works. Also Read – TDP stages dharna over sand scarcity in Rajamahendravaram Advertise With Us The EO asked them to promote a landscape garden and greenery and fencing around Sri Padmavathi Rest house at Tirumala. He wanted the ongoing works of queue lines and others at the Narayanagiri Gardens to be completed on a war footing. Similarly, he wanted noise-free fans to be installed at many locations inside Srivari temple. Anil also directed the officials to assess the water storage in reservoirs to meet the requirements of devotees and to increase the capacity of drain water treatment plant at Balaji Nagar so that treated water could be utilised for gardening. He also directed the officials to remove unwanted sign boards in Tirumala, ensure that the counting of coins in Srivari Hundi done on a daily basis and deposited in banks. The EO directed the officials to remove temporary sheds of TTD engineering departments and build more toilets on Alipiri walkers’ path. JEO K S Srinivasa Raju, CVSO Gopinath Jatti, in-charge JEO and FA and CAO O Balaji participated.
What is Big Data as a Service (BDaaS)? Thanks to the increased adoption of cloud infrastructures, processing, storing, and analyzing huge amounts of data has never been easier. The big data revolution may have already happened, but it’s Big Data as a service, or BDaas, that’s making it a reality for many businesses and organizations. Essentially, BDaas is any service that involves managing or running big data on the cloud. The advantages of BDaas There are many advantages to using a BDaaS solution. It makes many of the aspects that managing a big data infrastructure yourself so much easier. One of the biggest advantages is that it makes managing large quantities of data possible for medium-sized businesses. Not only can it be technically and physically challenging, it can also be expensive. With BDaaS solutions that run in the cloud, companies don’t need to stump up cash up front, and operational expenses on hardware can be kept to a minimum. With cloud computing, your infrastructure requirements are fixed at a monthly or annual cost. However, it’s not just about storage and cos. BDaaS solutions sometimes offer in-built solutions for artificial intelligence and analytics, which means you can accomplish some pretty impressive results without having to have a huge team of data analysts, scientists and architects around you. The different models of BDaaS There are three different BDaaS models. These closely align with the 3 models of cloud infrastructure: IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. Big Data Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – Basic data services from a cloud service provider. Big Data Platform as a Service (PaaS) – Offerings of an all-round Big Data stack like those provided by Amazon S3, EMR or RedShift. This excludes ETL and BI. Big Data Software as a Service (SaaS) – A complete Big Data stack within a single tool. How does the Big Data IaaS Model work? A good example of the IaaS model is Amazon’s AWS IaaS architecture, which combines S3 and EC2. Here, S3 acts as a data lake that can store infinite amounts of structured as well as unstructured data. EC2 acts a compute layer that can be used to implement a data service of your choice and connects to the S3 data. For the data layer you have the option of choosing from among: Hadoop – The Hadoop ecosystem can be run on an EC2 instance giving you complete control NoSQL Databases – These include MongoDB or Cassandra Relational Databases – These include PostgreSQL or MySQL For the compute layer, you can choose from among: Self-built ETL scripts that run on EC2 instances Commercial ETL tools that can run on Amazon’s infrastructure and use S3 Open source processing tools that run on AWS instances, like Kafka How does the Big Data PaaS Model work? A standard Hadoop cloud-based Big Data Infrastructure on Amazon contains the following: Data Ingestion – Logs file data from any data source Amazon S3 Data Storage Layer Amazon EMR – A scalable set of instances that run Map/Reduce against the S3 data. Amazon RDS – A hosted MySQL database that stores the results from Map/Reduce computations. Analytics and Visualization – Using an in-house BI tool. A similar set up can be replicated using Microsoft’s Azure HDInsight. The data ingestion can be made easier with Azure Data Factory’s copy data tool. Apart from that, Azure offers several storage options like Data lake storage and Blob storage that you can use to store results from the computations. How does the Big Data SaaS model work? A fully hosted Big Data stack complete that includes everything from data storage to data visualization contains the following: Data Layer – Data needs to be pulled into a basic SQL database. An automated data warehouse does this efficiently Integration Layer – Pulls the data from the SQL database into a flexible modeling layer Processing Layer – Prepares the data based on the custom business requirements and logic provided by the user Analytics and BI Layer – Fully featured BI abilities which include visualizations, dashboards, and charts, etc. Azure Data Warehouse and AWS Redshift are the popular SaaS options that offer a complete data warehouse solution in the cloud. Their stack integrates all the four layers and is designed to be highly scalable. Google’s BigQuery is another contender that’s great for generating meaningful insights at an unmatched price-performance. Choosing the right BDaaS provider It sounds obvious, but choosing the right BDaaS provider is ultimately all about finding the solution that best suits your needs. There are a number of important factors to consider, such as workload, performance, and cost, each of which will have varying degrees of importance for you. criteria behind the classification include workload, performance and budget requirements. Here are 3 ways you might approach a BDaaS solution:Core BDaaS Core BDaaS uses a minimal platform like Hadoop with YARN and HDFS and other services like Hive. This service has gained popularity among companies which use this for any irregular workloads or as part of their larger infrastructure. They might not be as performance intensive as the other two categories. A prime example would be Elastic MapReduce or EMR provided by AWS. This integrates freely with NoSQL store, S3 Storage, DynamoDB and similar services. Given its generic nature, EMR allows a company to combine it with other services which can result in simple data pipelines to a complete infrastructure. Performance BDaaS Performance BDaaS assists businesses that are already employing a cluster-computing framework like Hadoop to further optimize their infrastructure as well as the cluster performance. Performance BDaaS is a good fit for companies that are rapidly expanding and do not wish to be burdened by having to build a data architecture and a SaaS layer. The benefit of outsourcing the infrastructure and platform is that companies can focus on specific processes that add value instead of concentrating on complicated Big Data related infrastructure. For instance, there are many third-party solutions built on top of Amazon or Azure stack that let you outsource your infrastructure and platform requirements to them. Feature BDaaS If your business is in need of additional features that may not be within the scope of Hadoop, Feature BDaaS may be the way forward. Feature BDaaS focuses on productivity as well as abstraction. It is designed to enable users to be up and using Big Data quickly and efficiently. Feature BDaaS combines both PaaS and SaaS layers. This includes web/API interfaces, and database adapters that offer a layer of abstraction from the underlying details. Businesses don’t have to spend resources and manpower setting up the cloud infrastructure. Instead, they can rely on third-party vendors like Qubole and Altiscale that are designed to set it up and running on AWS, Azure or cloud vendor of choice quickly and efficiently. Additional Tips for Choosing a Provider When evaluating a BDaaS provider for your business, cost reduction and scalability are important factors. Here are a few tips that should help you choose the right provider. Low or Zero Startup Costs – A number of BDaaS providers offer a free trial period. Therefore, theoretically, you can start seeing results before you even commit a dollar. Scalable – Growth in scale is in the very nature of a Big Data project. The solution should be easy and affordable to scale, especially in terms of storage and processing resources. Industry Footprint – It is a good idea to choose a BDaaS provider that already has an experience in your industry. This is doubly important if you are also using them for consultancy and project planning requirements. Real-Time Analysis and Feedback – The most successful Big Data projects today are those that can provide almost immediate analysis and feedback. This helps businesses to take remedial action instantly instead of working off of historical data. Managed or Self-Service – Most BDaaS providers today provide a mix of both managed as well as self-service models based on the company’s needs. It is common to find a host of technical staff working in the background to provide the client with services as needed. Conclusion The value of big data is not in the data itself, but in the insights that can be drawn after processing it and running it through robust analytics. This can help to guide and define your decision making for the future. A quick tip with regards to using Big Data: keep it small at the initial stages. This ensures the data can be checked for accuracy and the metrics derived from them are right. Once confirmed, you can go ahead with more complex and larger data projects. Gilad David Maayan is a technology writer who has worked with over 150 technology companies including SAP, Oracle, Zend, CheckPoint and Ixia. Gilad is a 3-time winner of international technical communication awards, including the STC Trans-European Merit Award and the STC Silicon Valley Award of Excellence. Over the past 7 years Gilad has headed Agile SEO, which performs strategic search marketing for leading technology brands. Together with his team, Gilad has done market research, developer relations and content strategy in 39 technology markets, lending him a broad perspective on trends, approaches and ecosystems across the tech industry. 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Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Dar Assabah group, which publishes Le Temps and Assabah, was once run by Sakher Materi, a son-in-law of Ben Ali, now living in exile. Its new director, Lotfi Touati, is a former director in the security services.A spokesman for the Tunisian branch of the International Exchange for Freedom of Expression said “the fight for the freedom of the press starts at Dar Assabah.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Journalists and technicians have gone on strike at Tunisia’s oldest newspaper publisher, claiming the new director is compromising the independence of its French- and Arabic-language publications.The strike Tuesday was the first such action since Jan. 2011, when Tunisia freed itself of autocratic ruler President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. On Wednesday, a strike at two state-run TV channels gets underway to protest controversial nominations. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ErrorOK ErrorOK
Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Arizona Cardinals, according to numerous reports, havere-signed free agent offensive lineman D’Anthony Batiste.Batiste is a 6-year pro out of Louisiana-Lafayette whosigned as a free agent with the Cardinals in November 2010.The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Batiste was active for four games in2011, and got in the field in one, playing 44 snaps in a 34-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5.+
Top Stories Larry Fitzgerald loves money and numbers. But there’s one statistic he’d like to give back.The go-ahead touchdown he scored against the Steelers in the Super Bowl. The most breathtaking moment in Valley sports history.The regret is stunning.Fitzgerald might play his last game in Arizona this Sunday at State Farm Stadium. Fans are advised to prepare for the worst and give him your best. Bestow him the victory lap he will not script. They paint the picture of a man enjoying every last breath on a football field. A man about to say goodbye, and one of the few Cardinals who haven’t disappointed in 2018.He didn’t sit out like David Johnson. He didn’t demand a trade like Peterson. He never quit on the game during the worst of circumstances, and maybe that’s the perfect way to retire.Either way, Fitzgerald’s legacy is secure. He’s done more for one team than any other wide receiver in history, and has a record to prove it.But he doesn’t have a Super Bowl trophy. The void is bigger than we think.Would he really have taken a knee against the Steelers?“You think of every aspect of things like that and what you could have done different,” Fitzgerald said via text.More than any other, that play heightened our very existence. It was more visceral and more blissful than the blooper that won the World Series. When Fitzgerald crossed the goal line, the Cardinals were winning the Super Bowl. It was like breathing the air at the top of a mountain.There’s no telling if Arizona would’ve scored had Fitzgerald taken a knee at the one-inch line. There could’ve been penalties, malfeasance or another dramatic goal-line stand from Pittsburgh. The game could’ve ended the way the first half ended, with a Cardinals’ collapse deep in the red zone. Of course, Fitzgerald might not retire at all. I’m betting he won’t. Why walk away from a life already perfect? From a league that reveres him and a team that needs his presence?Related LinksArizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson selected to 2019 Pro BowlCardinals’ Chandler Jones to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital per sackCardinals waive Johnson and Rollins, elevate undrafted rookie CBsBehind Enemy Lines: Rams visit Cardinals after back-to-back lossesCardinals’ Patrick Peterson spreads holiday cheer with ‘Shop with a Jock’Forecast the immediate future. Steve Wilks will be fired after the season, and in some ways, it feels like he’s already gone. Patrick Peterson will be appeased and reattached. Steve Keim will get one final chance at redemption. Josh Rosen will hit the reset button, with many painful lessons accrued. The Cardinals will likely possess the No. 1 pick in the draft, and they have surplus salary cap space to sign new players.Fitzgerald can’t leave under those circumstances. Not while he’s still productive, with a durability built on supreme intelligence and awareness. He knows how to stay healthy. He could write his own practice terms entering the 2019 season. He could find a much better sunset one year down the road.And yet.Fitzgerald is showing signs of deeper appreciation. He’s acting like every play is his last, a stark contrast to the effort shown by many of his teammates. He led a comeback win against the 49ers and spiked a football for the first time in his life. He passed Jerry Rice for most receptions with one team, and swiftly threw the ball to the sidelines for safekeeping. He was one of the few players who never eased up during a coffin-nail loss to the Falcons. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) greets fans prior to an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) In the end, Fitzgerald doesn’t really regret the touchdown he scored. He regrets losing the Super Bowl he thought he’d won. With a swift turnaround, the Cardinals could make another run in two years. Fitzgerald could probably play that long, maybe long enough to get Rice’s attention.Either way, all eyes will be on Fitzgerald this Sunday. Will he show his hand against the Rams? Will his postgame demeanor skew to the sappy side, revealing his true intentions? Will he acknowledge the crowd on his way off the field?No. He will leave us guessing. And I’m guessing he’s going nowhere.Not until Keim shows his hand, and what ownership will do to fix a losing program.Reach Bickley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 76 Comments Share