Inhabitants of Harekrushna Nagar area of Berhampur in Odisha took out a silent rally on Sunday to protest against air pollution due to burning of garbage in their area.According to Harekrushna Nagar Development Committee secretary Ashok Das, it was an effort to make people aware of the effects of burning of garbage. “It is an irony that even the sanitary workers of Berhampur Municipal Corporation burn garbage at the dumping point instead of taking it away. At several places these workers create small dumps of dry waste and burn it,” he said. Health hazardThe silent protesters alleged that burning of garbage is releasing poisonous fumes, which is harmful for the families living in the area.Inhabitants of the area claim that for the past two years they have been complaining about it to the municipal authorities but in vain. Area development committee cleans the region every fortnight and collects the garbage at a point. “Despite our repeated requests, the municipal corporation is not taking it away immediately. The dump of February 17 was taken away on March 18,” Mr Das said.Air pollutionEarlier municipal workers had been burning the dump at the spot, but now due to pressure have started transporting it away. However, the localites complain that garbage swept from streets is being burnt down, which is causing air pollution in their area.
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LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion United States’ Frances Tiafoe celebrates after defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)If Frances Tiafoe keeps on winning matches at the Australian Open, he’ll keep on channeling LeBron James.Tiafoe, who grew up in Maryland, paid homage to James by copying the four-time NBA MVP’s “Silencer” — raising his knees and pushing his palm-down hands toward the ground after beating Italy’s Andreas Seppi in five sets. Oh, and Tiafoe had yanked off his shirt before doing that move.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? San Miguel calls out Alaska’s Alex Compton for ‘kawawa ang liga’ remark LATEST STORIES After his previous victory, a second-round upset of two-time major finalist Kevin Anderson, Tiafoe mimicked another LBJ celebration by flexing his right biceps and slapping it five times with his left hand.“Be interesting to see if (other players) want to try them. Just trying to bring something to tennis,” said Tiafoe, who turns 21 on Sunday.Frances Tiafoe tops Seppi, celebrates with the @KingJames Silencer pic.twitter.com/ODrUAJDkfb— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) January 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Frances Tiafoe’s LeBron impression gets better and better with each win! Big Foe is on to the next round at the #AUSOpen pic.twitter.com/3xF9YKiYWp— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) January 18, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ He said his post-match choreography is not premeditated. It just sort of happens.“If I get a chance to do it on a big court, big situation, you’ve got to bring it up,” he said. “I don’t know what celebration I’m going to do. I got a lot of them that I know.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño And why not? He reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
Express Logic has partnered with Brightsight, the world’s leading security lab, to perform the deeply embedded industry’s first EAL4+ security certification for cloud connectivity. The Norwegian National Security Authority (SERTIT) is the certification authority for this effort. Express Logic’s new EAL4+ security certification effort represents another significant step forward by focusing squarely on IoT security needs of the embedded industry, making what is already the most safe IoT platform also the most secure.X-Ware IoT Platform SC is the subset of X-Ware IoT Platform that pertains to cloud connectivity. It includes the popular ThreadX RTOS, NetX Duo embedded IPv4 & IPv6 TCP/IP stack, NetX Secure TLS, and NetX MQTT. These are the necessary components for connectivity with most of the world’s most popular cloud providers and they are also the subject of this EAL4+ security certification effort. Furthermore, this EAL4+ certification effort is designed to be generic — not based on any particular microprocessor or cloud provider and therefore portable to virtually any device based on X-Ware IoT Platform SC.Like all Express Logic products, the X-Ware IoT Platform SC is 100 percent created in-house, meaning that it includes no open-source code and is professionally supported. X-Ware IoT Platform provides high performance while maintaining a very small footprint, making it ideal for even the smallest of IoT devices. For example, X-Ware IoT Platform SC support for an embedded sensor typically requires less than 32KB of flash memory. Using X-Ware IoT Platform, embedded developers have plenty of room for their own application code, even on the smallest of devices.In addition to the performance and size advantages of the X-Ware IoT Platform, ThreadX and NetX Duo have attained the highest level of safety certifications, including IEC 61508 SIL 4 (the highest, most dependable level as determined by IEC), IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, EN 50128 SW-SIL 4, UL 60730-1 Annex H, CSA E60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60335-1 Annex R, and IEC 60335-1 Annex R, 1998.X-Ware IoT Platform SC is more than just an RTOS with connectivity capabilities. In addition to the ThreadX RTOS and NetX Duo included in X-Ware IoT Platform SC, the safety-certified FileX embedded FAT-32/exFAT file system, GUIX GUI development and embedded runtime framework, and USBX embedded host/device USB stack are also available for use. Hence, embedded developers can leverage the entire X-Ware IoT Platform solution to create real IoT applications — ones that must do more than just communicate with the cloud.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous New IoT standards, products and small form factors at embedded worldNext QA Systems announce major new version of Cantata unit test tool
Dubai, Jul 3 (PTI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that David Richardson will step down as ICC Chief Executive when his contract expires after 2019 ODI World Cup in England. Richardson has already intimated the global body that he will not seek an extension. The former South Africa wicketkeeper joined as General Manager (Cricket Operations) back in 2002 and was promoted as Chief Executive in 2012 after Haroon Lorgat quit. It is learnt that a global recruitment process will soon get underway to identify Richardson’s possible successor. ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: On behalf of the ICC Board, I would like to thank David for his service and commitment to cricket over the past 16 years and, particularly, over the last six years as CEO.David will be missed by everyone in the game, but this is an opportunity for the ICC to drive forward our new global growth strategy, which David has played an integral part in developing, under new leadership. A global recruitment process will now get underway to identify the right person to lead the ICC, Manohar added. Richardson said: The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am particularly pleased with what we have achieved in recent times in creating greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all Members to play at the highest level.advertisement I will certainly do all I can over the next 12 months to ensure that we complete our work on the new global strategy for cricket aimed at growing the game both in our traditional and new markets, and, in particular put on a World Cup that does the game proud. I would like to thank the ICC Chairman and the current board of directors and Member Chief Executives for their support and of course to my senior team and all of the ICC staff who are so dedicated to our great sport. It will be interesting to note as to what kind of profile ICC would be looking at for Richardson’s successor. There have been a few very successful CEO’s who have worked or are working with high profile cricket boards like Australia, India, England. PTI KHS KHS ATAT
Former champions Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma advanced to the semifinals of the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior Badminton Nationals here Friday.Defending champion Saina hardly broke a sweat to get the better of former India number one Neha Pandit of Mumbai 21-10, 21-10 in a lop-sided quarterfinal contest.The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will face 22-year-old Nagpur qualifier Vaishnavi Bhale, who was part of India’s Uber Cup squad last year, later in the evening.Kashyap, a 2012 winner, prevailed 21-18, 21-16 over Bodhit Joshi, who had reahed the finals of Iceland International last year. The former world no 6 from Hyderabad will face Lakshya Sen in the semifinals later in the day.Both Saina and Kashyap had played their pre-quarterfinal match on Thursday night at the newly-laid wooden court at the TRP indoor stadium after refusing to play at the Assam Badminton Academy courts due to “uneven” surface.Earlier, former World No 30 Sourabh, who had clinched Super 100 titles at Russia Open and Dutch Open last year, eked out a hard-fought 21-11, 21-23, 21-18 triumph over B Sai Praneeth.Sourabh grabbed seven straight points from 14-17 down in the decider against former Singapore Open champion Sai Praneeth in the quarterfinals.The 26-year-old Sourabh, a two-time former champion, will meet qualifier Kaushal Dharmamer of Mumbai later in the evening.Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu had notched up two clinical wins on Thursday and will play the other women’s singles semifinal against local sensation Ashmita Chaliha later in the day.Also Read | PV Sindhu storms into semisAlso Read | Saina Nehwal refuses to play due to poor court conditions in badminton nationalsadvertisement
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a second quarter touchdown pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson football program have arrived at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California for tonight’s national title game against No. 1 Alabama.The Tigers’ freshman quarterback is styling on the field a couple of hours before kickoff.Lawrence is looking ready for that California weather ahead of tonight’s College Football Playoff national title game.Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples tweeted out a photo:Trevor Lawrence rocking the Jim McElwain socks. pic.twitter.com/oQ5tX4ZW3O— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) January 7, 2019That is quite the pregame look.Tonight’s national title game is pitting two undefeated quarterbacks against each other in Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Neither has lost a game with their respective programs since taking over the starting job.One of them will be going home a loser tonight, though. The other – a 15-0 national champion.It should be a fun one.Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Luxury British heritage brand Sunspel is getting ready for warm weather with its newly-released Sunspel Spring / Summer 2017 look book, which showcases a bevy of colorful shirts, sweaters and pants perfectly suited for lazy days on the beach.Shot on location in Fire Island, New York, the photos in the look book evoke classic summer nostalgia, pairing the brand’s signature smart casual wear with gorgeous views of the ocean, sandy dunes, and wooden piers.The color palette is inspired by Cornish painter Peter Lanyon, whose use of bright blues, dusty reds and muted yellows lends itself perfectly to the warm glow of a late summer’s day. These hues subtly accent the new line of tees, polo shirts and classic Sunspel knit sweaters.While the collection is clearly inspired by Sunspel’s rich history, the 2017 line explores a more casual expression of the brand’s trademark Riviera fabric, as well as new interpretations of the cellulock technology Sunspel has long used to imbue its garments with both warmth and lightness. The collection boasts a wide range of jumpers in either cotton ($300), fine merino wool ($230) or cotton merino blends ($245) in shades of cream, navy, olive, mint, pebble gray and khaki, cotton knit polo shirts ($245) in blue and black as well as a wide assortment of T-shirts in various solids and patterns ($90).For dressier occasions, the line includes an array of button down shirts in cotton ($185), cotton linen blend ($255) and soft denim ($180), which pair perfectly with the selection of cotton shorts ($120), chino shorts ($165) and cotton chino trousers ($195), all of which come in shades of blue, cream and black.Check out the full collection here. And if you’re not quite ready to let go of winter, explore Sunspel’s full line of excellent knitwear, which includes beautiful cashmere sweaters, durable wool jackets and a plethora of cotton and merino jumpers and sweaters. Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style Editors’ Recommendations Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall
Viking Jupiter Will Be Officially Named in Oslo, Norway on June 6 Los Angeles (February 7, 2019) – Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced it took delivery of Viking Jupiter®, the company’s sixth ocean ship. The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. On February 16, Viking Jupiter will be the first in Viking’s fleet to sail the Journey to Antiquities itinerary, a new itinerary sailing between Athens and Rome offering guests the chance to experience the Mediterranean during the quiet season. During its maiden season, Viking Jupiter will sail itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and then Scandinavia. The ship will officially be named in Oslo, Norway on June 6 by her ceremonial godmother, Sissel Kyrkjebø, the acclaimed Norwegian soprano. “It is always a proud moment when we are able to welcome a new ship to our fleet,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Viking Jupiter is our sixth ocean vessel in just four years– a clear sign of the positive response to our approach to ocean cruising. We are different because we focus on the destination, and that resonates with our guests. We are pleased that with continued growth we have the opportunity to introduce even more travelers to the Viking way of exploration.” Viking JupiterViking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can host 930 guests. Viking Jupiter is part of Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet of sister ships, which also includes Viking Star®, Viking Sea®, Viking Sky®, Viking Sun®, andViking Orion®. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027. The Viking DifferenceDesigned for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. On board, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is both beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. With the most al fresco dining opportunities at sea, featuring regional cuisine and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences on shore and on board. And only The Viking Way® of exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. In addition, Viking offers a compelling value compared to other cruise lines. Every cruise fare includes an outside stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; alternative restaurant dining; free Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service. Booking DetailsFrom now through February 28, 2019, Viking is offering U.S. residents special cruise fares on select 2019, 2020 and 2021 ocean itineraries, as well as on select 2019 and 2020 river cruises, with additional discounts on air. About VikingViking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking operates a fleet of 78 vessels (in 2019), offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.
Hong Kong: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Sunday outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong, stepping up calls for international support in their months-long campaign for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Those gathered waved British flags, sang “God save the Queen” and chanted “UK save Hong Kong.” With banners declaring “one country, two systems is dead,” they repeated calls for Hong Kong’s former colonial ruler to ensure the city’s autonomy is upheld Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USunder agreements made when it ceded power to China in 1997. Demonstrators held similar rallies Sept.1 at the British facility and last weekend at the US Consulate. The protests were triggered in June by an extradition bill that many saw as an example of China’s increasing intrusion and a chipping away at Hong Kong’s freedoms and rights, many of which are not accorded to mainland China. The government promised this month to withdraw the bill, which would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, but protesters have widened their demands to include direct elections for the city’s leaders and police accountability. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe summer of protest has seen clashes between protesters and Hong Kong’s police, who demonstrators have accused of abuses. More than 1,300 people have been arrested since June. The unrest has further battered Hong Kong’s economy, which was already reeling from the US-China trade war. It is also seen as an embarrassment to China’s ruling Communist Party ahead of October 1 National Day celebrations. There were plans to converge later Sunday at the Causeway Bay shopping district in defiance of a police ban of a rally by the Civil Human Rights Front. Police also banned the group’s August 31 march but protesters turned up anyway. Clashes erupted that night, with police storming a subway car and hitting passengers with batons and pepper spray. Pro-democracy protesters and supporters of the central government in Beijing clashed Saturday at a shopping mall and several public places. Police arrested more than a dozen people and hospital authorities said 25 were injured. The violence amid the mid-autumn festival holiday came after several nights of peaceful rallies that featured protesters belting out a new protest song in mass singing at shopping malls. Thousands of people also carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages in public areas and formed illuminated human chains on two of the city’s peaks on Friday night to mark the major Chinese festival.
Rabat – Morocco on Friday, January 5 wrote to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, urging him to intervene on Polisario’s illegal armed operations in the restricted buffer strip of Guerguerat.The letter has came in response to the continuous provocative actions carried out by the Polisario Front in the region. On Thursday, a trucker crossing the Moroccan-Mauritanian border told Moroccan magazine Telquel that armed forces of the separatist group stopped several trucks registered in Morocco to search them. Truck drivers have also been deprived of their mobile phones during illegal checkpoints carried out by armed elements of the Polisario Front. Read Also: Polisario Maintains Presence in Guerguerat, Defying MINURSO’s ResolutionMoroccan diplomats told the magazine that Polisario’s operations were denounced and reported by Morocco in a letter sent to the United Nations. “They are violating the ceasefire agreement and UN resolutions,” said the unidentified Moroccan diplomat. He added that MINURSO has already asked the Polisario elements to leave the Guerguerat.Read Also: Morocco Slams Polisario for Violating UN’s Ceasefire Resolution in GuergueratEarlier this week, the front stopped a race vehicle of two participants in a rally competition, blocking the borders that link the disputed territory to the Mauritanian borders. The armed elements of the Polisario checked the identity of the drivers before ordering them to leave the premises. Over 100 participants in the “Africa Eco Race” rally hit the road on December 31 from Monaco. The participants have to drive through the Moroccan-Mauritanian border at the Guerguerat border crossing on January 8 to reach Dakar on January 14. Social media accounts, which have separatist motives, called for a boycott of the rally. The rally uses communication means, including a map that is consistent with Morocco’s territorial integrity, added Telquel.Rally | Se ha creado una campaña de Boicot al Africa Eco Race que salió desde Mónaco por no respetar la soberanía del Sáhara Occidental https://t.co/LuFXaCdnHE #Monaco #Montecarlo #AfricaEcoRace pic.twitter.com/KiHgHxv0qy— Mónaco Informativo (@Monaco_Info_) January 5, 2018
Play TYPENO. OF plays4th down conversion % Screen passes aren’t all that successful on fourth downFourth-down conversion rates by selected play type, 2009-19 regular seasons Zone read4168.3%– Pitch7462.2– Draw1957.9– Screen3735.1– Play-action26357.8– History was made on Sunday Night Football, but likely not the kind Cleveland Browns fans were hoping for. With 9:45 left in the fourth quarter and trailing 17-13, the Browns advanced to the Rams’ 41-yard line. A first-down run by Nick Chubb and two subsequent passes by Baker Mayfield netted Cleveland a single yard, and head coach Freddie Kitchens was faced with a difficult fourth-and-9 decision. In response, he dialed up a play call that is unprecedented in recorded NFL history: a draw.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cle_4thdown.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A draw play is designed to make the defense believe that a pass is coming, but instead results in a delayed handoff to the running back. The version the Browns ran gained just 2 yards, so Cleveland turned the ball over on downs. To be fair to Kitchens, it was a bold call in adverse circumstances. The analytically inclined are sometimes guilty of screaming at the TV for teams to be aggressive on fourth down and then — if the play is unsuccessful — immediately turning around and loudly complaining about the play call. But even given the results-oriented bias of the NFL fanbase, a draw play on fourth down and long is still a very rare and deeply contrarian move.Since 2006 — the first year ESPN began tracking play types — teams have dialed up a draw just 26 times on fourth down, including the Browns’ failed attempt. In that same period, no team outside of Cleveland has called a draw on fourth down with more than 7 yards to go. Among this small sample, just one draw has successfully converted to a new set of downs with more than 3 yards to go — and the quarterback responsible was noted gridiron sorcerer Ryan Fitzpatrick back when he was starting for the Buffalo Bills in 2011.Still, faulting Kitchens for calling a draw just because few have been called historically from that distance might be unfair. Draws work more often than not when they are called on fourth and short, for instance.1Three yards to go or less. And the conversion rate on a slightly more recent sample of plays — there have been 16 since 2009, the year our dataset begins — is a robust 62.5 percent, so the play can work in the right situations. Meanwhile, the success rate for all fourth-down plays with exactly 9 yards to go — the same distance Kitchens was faced with — is an anemic 35.4 percent. It’s hard to blame a specific play type when the odds against success are stacked so high.This made us wonder if there were play types that have historically been successful in fourth-and-long situations. Historical charting is somewhat limited in the NFL, but we found five other play types we could compare to the draw across the period spanning from 2009 to 2019. Sample sizes are notoriously small for fourth- and- long plays due to the NFL’s aversion to aggressive play calling, but among the play types for which we have data, play-action is the most common.There simply isn’t a lot of evidence to guide decision making in these situations. But if we look at the relative frequency of each type of play call and break each out by success or failure, there is a play type that historically has seen reasonable success on fourth and 5 or more: the screen pass.Screen passes are short passes to a receiver that start off looking like deeper passes or runs. Linemen — usually the center and two guards — begin the play blocking as normal but will release their defenders in an attempt to get them to overcommit to rushing the quarterback. A well-executed screen usually requires the QB to wait until the opposing linemen are almost on him before he tosses the ball to the receiver. Ideally, the scrum of suddenly free offensive linemen then begin to rumble downfield in search of a smaller linebacker or defensive back to block into the turf.Acknowledging the fact that we have limited charting of play types, the screen is the only play type that has been successful the majority of the time on fourth down and between 5 and 9 yards to go. The sample size is admittedly tiny — just 10 plays — so any notion of statistical significance goes right out the window, but teams were able to successfully convert a first down on six of the 10 attempts, good for 20 percentage points over league average for the given down and distance.Perhaps the deception afforded by convincing the defense that a long pass is coming improves the play’s outcome. It’s interesting to note that of the play types under consideration, the screen is the worst performing on fourth and short — and on fourth-down plays overall. Scramble17353.8– Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group For screens to succeed, the offense needs defenders to respect the pass and try to sack the QB so space can develop for the receiver to operate. On fourth and short, considerations of containing the pass likely take a back seat to stopping the run. The numbers seem to bear this out. When all distances on fourth down are considered, the screen is the worst-performing play on average.Kitchens and the Browns might have given themselves a better shot at extending their drive had they chosen another play type on Sunday. A screen might have led to a better pay-off for their aggressive play call. Then again, given the dearth of data we have to work with, perhaps it’s just noise. Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL – December 5, 2017 – In another round of recognition for best infrastructure and customer service excellence, C&W Networks once again emerged with top billing, this time winning the award for Best Network and Service Innovation in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) Region. The latest recognition came at the annual MEF Excellence Awards 2017 in Orlando, Florida on November 14. The accolade comes on the heels of its recent award for Best Latin America Wholesale Carrier at the 13th Global Carrier Awards held in London in October.This latest award recognizes C&W Networks, a division of C&W Communications (C&W) and a Liberty Global company, for its leadership in the development and delivery of global, regional, retail and wholesale services as well as excellence in network and service innovation, strategy and marketing. C&W Networks was chosen by a judging panel comprised of 14 global and regional senior analysts from ACG Research, ATLANTIC-ACM, Battle Green Research, Frost & Sullivan, Global Data, IHS Markit, Metanoia, Ovum, and Vertical Systems, in addition to independent judges. This is the second year in a row the Company has won this award.“We are honored to continue to be recognized for our industry leadership in service innovation in the Caribbean and Latin America region. This award is a result of continued investment in our network and people that ensures the continued excellence of both our customer service and infrastructure. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of providing unmatched service on the best network in the region so that our customers can continue to succeed,” said Paul Scott, President of C&W Latam and Wholesale.MEF is an industry association of more than 210 member companies and manages the world’s largest awards program that is focused on emerging dynamic network services powered by Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Carrier Ethernet.“We continue to see amazing service and technology innovations year-over-year in the MEF Awards program, and are thrilled to witness the advances being made to accelerate development and delivery of agile, assured, and orchestrated services,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “We are pleased to congratulate the 2017 Award Winners, and look forward to seeing more innovation from them as we move into 2018.”For more information on the MEF Awards 2017 please visit: http://www.mef.net/2017_MEF_AwardsPress Release: Cable & Wireless Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Celtic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his delight with the competition for places in the club’s midfield position.The Scottish Premiership champions who’ve lost a captain and central midfielder, Scott Brown to injury have been impressive over the last few games.Callum McGregor’s success in the deep-lying playmaker role, coupled with the emergence of Ryan Christie and re-emergence of Scott Sinclair, has provided the Celtic with a balance and propulsion that is allowing them to produce their invincible treble season of two campaigns ago.Speaking about Scott Brown’s potential return to the starting lineup once he returns from injury and the competition the former Scotland international might face, Rodgers said, according to Scotsman:“We want all the boys back,” said the Irishman.”Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“But it’s what you want as a coach from the guys who have come into the team. Scott Sinclair looks back to his level, and Ryan [Christie] coming in has been like signing a new player, so it’s brilliant.”Talking about keeping his player’s motivated, the former Liverpool boss said:“That’s your job as manager and coach, to provide a stimulus for players to keep having the hunger.”“Part of that was to bring players in, we wanted to do that but it didn’t happen. Because you can be as good a coach as you want, but sometimes the best stimulus for players is competition. However that’s OK – let’s keep working to how we want to play, and as you saw against Leipzig, they’ve been fantastic.”
As publishers are quickly realizing, the digital conversion does not end with tablet-ready editions. 2011 was deemed “the second year of the iPad,” but 2012 is shaping up to be the advent of the mobile content focus (read: both tablet and smartphone-ready Web content). HTML5, with its device-agnostic and Flash-free capabilities, is seen as a way to fast-track this mobile jump.Some publishers, like Hearst, are bullish on the HTML5 transition; others, such as Rodale and Atlantic Media’s Government Executive, are stepping more carefully into the arena.Moving ForwardHearst began its HTML5 conversion in September, moving Good Housekeeping to the new platform. The publisher said it would complete the HTML5 transition of its magazine portfolio by the end of 2012. According to Hearst Digital Media’s vice president of programming and product strategy Mark Weinberg, the publisher is on track to meet that goal. “We relaunched Woman’s Day in December, and that was effectively the same approach that we used with Good Housekeeping,” says Weinberg. “We took a number of the basic applications we had developed for Good Housekeeping and fast-tracked them to a number of our other sites. The promo players on all the sites are now HTML5; meaning that the primary advantage is that they work on iOS devices, as they were Flash before and didn’t work.”Other updates include a “light refresh” of Delish.com and a new version of Hearst’s Flipbook. The improved Flipbook is now live on Esquire, Popular Mechanics, Country Living, Harper’s Bazaar and Real Beauty; at time of print, Weinberg said Marie Claire and Hearst’s other sites would be updated to include the new Flipbook by early March.According to Weinberg, Hearst’s early arrival to the HTML5 platform is paying off in audience numbers. He would not share exact metrics, but says since Good Housekeeping.com’s redesign, the site has experienced record monthly traffic, unique visitors and page views.Weinberg and his team now face a new set of challenges going forward. “How do you create new programming?” he asks. “This is going to be the challenge of the next two to three years: How do you deliver experiences that are unique, valuable and differentiating on different screen sizes while maintaining brand unity and integrity? Just because it fits on a small screen doesn’t mean it’s useful.”Looking Around, and Planning AheadIn b-to-b, Atlantic Media’s Government Executive is just beginning to map out its HTML5 route. The news source serving federal managers recently revamped its website using its parent company’s homegrown CMS, and was on the brink of releasing a slew of apps at time of print.Krystle Kopacz, digital product manager of the Government Executive Media Group, says the new coding language caught the attention of her staff. “For us, and for many b-to-b companies, we’re lean; every media company wishes they could have more development resources. Having to develop all of these different platforms, it’s weight on your team,” says Kopacz. “We’re looking at how we can apply it and have it work in every browser, in every device in a way that makes the reading experience better.”Kopacz highlights the morphing capability of HTML5 as the biggest draw. “As the browser changes width, rather than crunching as it does now, it really files into whatever the width is. Elements move around to make it better for the reader in a smaller screen experience.”Like Government Executive, Rodale has watched as other publishers go all-in with the HTML5 switch. “We’re keenly following The Financial Times, who moved their print product onto HTML5,” says Matt Bean, associate vice president of mobile, social and emerging media with Rodale. “It would give us a great level of control over how we would interact with our customers. HTML5 is front and center as we look to re-platform our devices or look to new projects that are going to help broaden our reach across platforms and help us maintain a uniform user experience across platforms.” Bean identifies another attraction of the coding platform. “HTML5 brings advanced level functionality into a mobile experience. In the past you weren’t able to access geo location; now you can.”Bean also touches upon the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ infamous aversion to Flash (a problem now eliminated by HTML5), as well as the responsive design layout the coding platform provides.“In the past, a cross-platform development project meant trying to find efficiencies across Apple and Android, and that’s difficult. It should be about developing a native app. With HTML5 you can do that in a way that’s more seamless, and with a less heavy lifting,” says Bean.Despite the excitement, Bean provides a grounding view of the “next big thing.” “HTML5 in practice is different than how it is viewed as a buzz term. It’s simply a revision of HTML4, which is a revision of HTML3, going back to the original hypertext markup language. It’s possible to incorporate HTML without ‘launching’ a huge HTML5 project. Most new sites created nowadays take advantage of HTML5 tags.”The glitter of HTML5, like many other technologies, social networks and ideas currently catching fire in the publishing industry, is bound to diminish as it becomes simply another Web standard. Then, publishers will turn back to the most pressing issue of all: What their audiences want.
Are you on the list?Finalists for the second annual E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards were announced Wednesday, recognizing the year’s top performers across 25 categories of tradeshow, exhibition and conference production. From apps and virtual components to environmental concerns and international expansion, we know it’s tough to stay on top of such a vast and changing industry—congratulations to those who did.See Also: Last year’s winners and photos from the banquet.Along with the Expo Elite and Top 25 Fast-Growth Shows (coming soon) the E.X.C.I.T.E. winners and runners-up will be recognized at an awards banquet (June 19) in conjunction with Expo Next (June 20-21).We’ll see you in Baltimore!You can see the full list here, but here’s a few of the finalists:BEST APPLICATION OF CONTENT/EDUCATION ON THE SHOWFLOOR• 2012 Annual Session – American Dental Association• Coverings 2012 – National Trade Productions• FETC 2013 – 1105 Media• Retail’s BIG Show 2013 – National Retail FederationBEST INCORPORATION OF VENUE OR DESTINATION INTO A SHOW• 2013 Annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association• 5K@EASD Run/Walk – Novo Nordisk, A/S.• Bluebeam eXtreme Conference – Bluebeam Software, Inc.• Fourth Annual Fenway Park Bridal Festival – Boston Red Sox & Fenway ParkBEST SHOWFLOOR ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES• ASTD International Conference and Exhibition – American Society for Training & Development• Coverings 2012 – National Trade Productions• Graph Expo – National Association for Printing Leadership• ISA International Sign Expo – ISA
Stay on target Cops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation InsteadBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, Canada In a classic case of bad news being dumped on a Friday night, last week the sorta fake sorta real money Bitcoin lost about 20 percent of its value following a rejection by the Security and Exchange Commission. Famous Social Network villains the Winklevoss twins had proposed the idea of a Bitcoin Trust that would have tracked the currency and rewarded investors. But the Securities and Exchange Commission rejected the idea because of just how unstable and unregulated the internet dough is.As a longtime Bitcoin skeptic, I was all ready to write a post about how Bitcoin was screwed. I may have even written some drafts over the weekend in preparation for the grave-dancing. But when I sat down at my desk and looked up the latest news, I saw that Bitcoin had pretty much recovered from its dramatic plunge in just two days. Economics are complicated, especially once you add in the internet’s nonsense, but if the SEC couldn’t stop Bitcoin, can anything?Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency, but the digital cash is by far the most prominent. And I get why internet money with a funny name sounds neat and futuristic. But totally unregulated global virtual currency not backed up by anything real or stabilized by market forces/government agencies brings back the worst, oldest problems of pure currency itself. Bitcoin’s unchecked instability allowed it to rapidly bounce back from this setback, but it also caused the seemingly fatal plunge in the first place. Violent value fluctuations are back! It’s like the Great Depression in a microcosm. Not too long ago folks were killing themselves after losing all of their money due to Bitcoin losing half of its value overnight. Bitcoin platforms have even taken money from their own users to recoup unbelievable losses. That’s some big bank-level evil.Despite its obvious problems, Bitcoin has built up a stable coalition of extreme anarcho-capitalists who are probably thrilled this attempt at regulation failed, typical internet libertarians, racecar drivers/ransomware victims, people who really need to buy drugs on the Deep Web before the Feds seize their assets, obnoxious ads. And folks like me who ironically enjoy the idea of a currency with lore. To this day, no one is exactly certain who dreamt up Bitcoin, and that’s fantastic. It’s the fiat currency of the Internet Gutter.So will Bitcoin ever go away? It doesn’t look like it. More merchants are accepting the online currency regardless of what the SEC thinks. Will it just become so unstable that it finally collapses from within? Or will it stick around until 2140 when the last Bitcoin is mined, and we’re left with a finite, hopefully, more controllable amount of the money. Personally, I can’t wait to use Bitcoin on my iPhone made of pure proprietary light to buy my monthly ration of Emperor Trump Water.
Siliguri (West Bengal): Get ready for ‘special new arrival’ of a tiger cub from Bengal Safari here, as Shila, the only female tiger in the Bengal Safari’s tiger enclose is pregnant. The authorities have started special care for the animal. Although, the officials have not yet confirmed the animal’s pregnancy, but they have a special medical team in place to monitor Shila, round the clock. Arun Mukherjee, Director, Bengal Safari Park said that they have released one tiger named Bhivan which was brought from Tata Zoological park, Jamshedpur. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We are hoping for the best, but it is very difficult to say that Shila is pregnant; we are taking special care in anticipation if she gives a cub,” he said. On the other hand, Dr. Nick Doley, Bengal Safari said that she might be pregnant, so they have kept her in the night shelter and all necessary steps are being taken for her care. At the moment, there are three tigers in the enclosure of Bengal Safari Park. The first two – Shenahish and Shila were brought from Kolkata Zoo on December 30, 2016 and Bhivan was brought from the Tata, Jamshedpur Park on November 25, 2017. Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Bengal Safari Park for wildlife lovers in the region. The park stretches 100 acres and is presently home to deer, rhino, Jungle flows, bear and others animals. The state government is going to set up a leopard enclosure very shortly.
CalyxSoftware Announces First Annual National User Conference in Headlines, News, Technology Share May 3, 2016 627 Views ASCEND16 CalyxSoftware 2016-05-03 Staff Writer CalyxSoftware, a provider of comprehensive mortgage software solutions for banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, wholesale and correspondent lenders, and brokers, announced today that it will host ASCEND16, the company’s first national user conference.The conference will be held October 5-8, 2016 at The Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, the company stated.ASCEND16 is designed to help Calyx customers and partners ascend to the next level of success and prepare them for changing industry dynamics and show them how to take full advantage of all the capabilities of Calyx’s products and services.The user conference will feature more than 30 specialized breakout sessions and workshops for current customers of Point, PointCentral, PathSoftware, and LoanScoreCard, including C-level executives, business and operations managers, loan officers, underwriters, processors, lock desk staff, system administrators, and secondary market managers.Topics at ASCEND16 will include:Hands-on training and best practices for using Point, PointCentral, PathSoftware, and LoanScoreCardThe current state and future of the housing and mortgage marketsReaching the next generation of homebuyersUsing technology to improve the customer experience and boost productivityPreparing for regulatory examsGetting ready for upcoming HMDA changesLessons learned from TRID at the one-year anniversaryThe keynote speakers currently scheduled to appear at the general sessions include:Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul and business expert from Shark TankDavid Pogue, host of NOVA ScienceNow & Yahoo Tech columnistCalyxSoftware noted that additional speakers and panelists, as well as the complete agenda, will be announced at a later date.“In today’s complex, compliance-focused environment, just delivering technology is no longer enough,” said Dennis Boggs, EVP, CalyxSoftware. “It’s important to help clients understand the changing lending landscape and how technology solutions can help drive their business goals. Over the past several years, we’ve offered smaller regional events, but given the massive changes our industry has faced over the past few years, we believe a national event is necessary and will allow us to help our customers feel more confident, capable and prepared for the road ahead.”Calyx customers interested in attending can visit CalyxASCEND.com for more information and to register.
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