Students celebrate sweet victory

first_imgSeniors left Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday feeling content after the football team defeated Boston College 16-14. Though the Irish won by less than he expected, senior Matt Sushinsky said he was still happy with the outcome. “It is always nice to win, but I think we should have won by a lot more seeing as how we were playing Boston College. But a win is a win,” Sushinsky said. Participating in the traditional Senior Day marshmallow fight was especially enjoyable for Sushinsky. “The marshmallow fight was a lot of fun. It is nice that the seniors have a great tradition for their final home game,” Sushinsky said. “It did get a little messy, but I think we all had a blast.” Seniors rushed the field after the Irish victory, a tradition Sushinsky said meant a lot to him. “For all Notre Dame students, the field is a sacred place,” Sushinsky said. “Being able to go out there after the game and walk on the field where some of the greatest football players have played was a great finale to my four years here.  “It also was nice to touch the grass before they decide to get turf or something.” Senior Meghan Donoghue said a lackluster effort by the Irish did not hinder the football environment.  “[Saturday] definitely was not the best performance I have seen in my four years here,” Donoghue said. “However, I was caught up in the moment of this being my final time inside Notre Dame Stadium as a student, so I was not affected by the play on the field.” Donoghue said the atmosphere in the senior student section was amazing. “Being around fellow classmates made us all feel lucky to attend a school where there is so much camaraderie,” Donoghue said. “Needless to say, it was a great ending to our four-year football careers.” Senior Christina Carson echoed Donoghue’s feelings regarding the environment at the last home game. “All of the seniors rallied around the fact that it was the last home game,” Carson said. “There was tons of spirit which was cool.” Carson said going onto the field after the game was the highlight of the bittersweet weekend. “It was fun to get on the field after the game, although it was not as climactic as previous years,” Carson said.  Both Donoghue and Carson agreed that the Irish offense must show up in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday if the team is to have a chance of knocking off the Cardinal. “Stanford is a really good team,” Donoghue said. “Hopefully we can put on a good showing, but no matter the outcome, we have had a great run at it this year.” Carson reflected on the loss of senior running back Jonas Gray to injury. “The absence of [Jonas] Gray will significantly hurt our running game, but hopefully we will be able to put some points up on the board,” Carson said. Douglas Farmer contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Dates Set for the Return of Motown the Musical to Broadway

first_img View Comments Motown The Musical Related Shows “What’s Going On?!” Dates have been announced for the Broadway return of Motown the Musical. The production will play a limited engagement July 12 through November 13 at the Nederlander Theatre; no word yet on casting. Disaster! is the current tenant of the Nederlander; the disco musical is scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 3.Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.Motown The Musical previously closed on Broadway on January 18, 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (where Finding Neverland is now playing). Meanwhile, the first National Tour of Motown The Musical opened in Chicago in April 2014 and continues to play across the country. A London production began performances on February 11 at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.center_img ‘Motown'(Photo by Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016last_img read more

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Schoolbag appeal to deliver kindness to the homeless community

first_imgA new charity appeal will see a large number of schoolbags being delivered from Donegal to Dublin this winter to help people experiencing homelessness.The charity project, which started just a week ago, has received overwhelming support from kind-hearted Donegal people who want to offer comfort to people in need.The idea began with Annagry woman Linda Ní Ghallchóir, who saw an appeal from a homeless charity on Facebook and wanted to make a difference. With over 10,000 people homeless in Ireland, charities are in need of all the support they can get.Linda decided to start a school bag appeal for Donegal – where people can fill bags with essential items to help people who are living on the streets or in emergency accommodation.#oneactofkindnessdonegalClothes, toiletries, first aid kits, dry foods, batteries and Christmas cards are just some of the items that are being added to the schoolbags so far.Linda has arranged drop off points all around the county for the schoolbags to be collected before 14th November. They will then be checked and delivered to Dublin for distribution by volunteers with the Homeless Mobile Run. “We had an amazing response, and so many offers to help and so many businesses going to do the collections,” Linda told DW.“I’m also in contact with the North West Simon Community. There are thirty people who are homeless in Donegal so we are going to get bags sent to them too.”The bags should be suited to adults, Linda said, as she is in contact with some local schools to prepare separate gifts for children.If you would like to donate a bag to the charity project, here are some suggestions for what to pack:Please ensure bags are in good condition, no holes, straps in good condition and zips working.Toiletries – toothbrush and paste, hand sanitizer, hand creams, roll-on deodorant, large bandaids, harsh weather creams, lip balm, mini sudocrem .. (nothing with alcohol, no aerosols or things that are messy or could burst in the bags. )A toiletries bag (even a good-sized pencil case)Mini sewing and first aid kits.Nail clipper, comb/brushReusable Water bottleClothes – Socks, gloves, hat, scarves, thermals.Foods like beef jerky, granola bars, chocolate, mints, sweets (nothing overly chewy please)Torch or head lamp, some spare batteriesChristmas card and anything else you think might be useful.**Please don’t include money, medications like pain killers etc, alcohol, personal information, or anything dangerous.** “Everyone has an idea of what their own comforts are, so if they want to put those items in the bags, it will mean so much to someone on the streets,” Linda said.“The Homeless Mobile Run are always looking for volunteers in Dublin too, they meet on a Wednesday night on Grafton Street if anyone wants to offer their time.”Collection Points: (Please drop bags before 14th November)Rosses CDP Dungloe (Main gathering hub)Pobail Le Chéile Falcarragh,Kelly’s Furniture, FalcarraghDunlewey Community Centre.The Country Roads Inn Rossnakill.Sweeney Hardware & Plumbing Gaoth Dobhair.An Craoibhin TermonCope Bar & Niteclub KillybegsRachel Leeper’s Hair & Makeup Raphoe.Ulster Tyres Letterkenny And BallybofeyAutoclean Detailing Ballybofey.Finn Valley Centre StranorlorStrand Hotel BallyliffinPlease visit the School bags for the homeless. Donegal to Dublin Facebook page for more updates or for any questions. Schoolbag appeal to deliver kindness to the homeless community was last modified: October 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Smithsonian Reversal Over ID Noticed by Big Science

first_imgBoth Nature1 and Science2 noticed the Smithsonian’s flip-flop over co-sponsoring The Privileged Planet at their Natural History Museum this month (see 06/01/2005 entry).  Both noted the quandary that the Smithsonian found itself in.  They could not back out because of a contract, but under pressure from evolutionists, did not want to appear to endorse intelligent design.  This led them to return the $16,000 fee so that they would not appear to be cooperating with the Discovery Institute, and to remove their co-sponsorship while allowing the event to go forward.    Nature noted that email from “researchers and the public” prompted the backtracking, titling its news item, “Evolution row makes museum ditch donation” (even though the film is not about evolution).  Science said the Smithsonian’s compromise, permitting the film to be shown privately but without their co-sponsorship or taking a fee, allowed the Institution to avoid the appearance of endorsing the film on the one hand, while on the other avoiding giving the “Discovery Institute yet another martyrdom story.”    Both articles agreed that Discovery Institute had done nothing wrong in scheduling the film.  It was a routine procedure they followed.  Science said that museum spokesperson gave the film a clean review, even though museum policies “preclude events with a religious, political, or commercial message.”  A second review, after the hubbub, also concluded that “the film fell within the museum’s guidelines for such events.”  Their basis for claiming the film violated their scientific research policy was explained by anthropologist Richard Potts, chair of the museum’s human origins program:But it was very clear that the film was trying to situate science within the wider realm of belief.  The idea that human beings have been placed on Earth to discover the principles of the universe is not a position that stems from science; it is a metaphysical and religiously based conclusion.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The Smithsonian frequently accepts donations for use of their auditorium.  After the complaints by evolutionists, however, the Smithsonian is reviewing its policies to avoid confusion in the future.Update 06/24/2005: The event apparently went off smoothly without acrimony or dissent; here is an eyewitness report from Salvador Cordova.1Geoff Brumfiel, “Evolutionist row makes museum ditch donation,” Nature 435, 725 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435725a.2Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Smithsonian Gives Grudging OK to Film Backing ID Argument,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5728, 1526, 10 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5728.1526a].This was clearly an episode about power politics, not science.  Notice how the film passed two reviews that agreed there was no problem with the science; the museum backpedaled only because of the noise from barking Darwin bulldogs, most of whom have probably not even seen the film.  And what a weak excuse; it’s not that the film said anything outrageous, but rather that the Darwinistas don’t want to grant any credibility to the source.  That’s the genetic fallacy – can any good thing come out of Nazareth?  Well, come and see.    Potts’ pot shot about the film putting the evidence into a metaphysical/religious context is absurd.  As an anthropologist studying evolutionary human origins, has he no metaphysics?  Of course he does: look at his chairing a series of lectures on “Science, Ethics and Religion” (in terms of human evolution, of course) for the AAAS recently; another example on National Geographic News shows him speculating about the evolution of modern human behavior (notice the absence of evidence).  Are these kinds of metaphysical dialogues forbidden by the Smithsonian?  Of course not.  Evolutionists shamelessly pontificate about the metaphysical/religious implications of their beliefs, right in the halls of science and before the mass media.    For the Smithsonian to be consistent, they would have to outlaw films like Cosmos, Origins (09/29/2004) and Evolution (09/28/2001) and other pro-Darwinist films, which are replete with religious and metaphysical claims.  The inferences drawn in The Privileged Planet are understated and balanced, many of them coming from astronomers and biologists with no connections to ID.  They speak their own minds based on the evidence, something about which the Darwinians are profoundly silent.  In Darwinian movies, by contrast, the metaphysics are dogmatic and polemical, often imagineered with reckless abandon with no opportunity for rebuttal.  In sweeping generalities, Darwinians preach their philosophy of big-bang to man-as-god in homilies that would make a pope blush.  They take an inch of irrelevant fact and spin a mile with imagination, delivering their sermon outlines to animators to fill in the gaps.    Like most institutions of Big Science, the Smithsonian has become a fundamentalist church of atheism (see next entry).  Despite the increase in its lavish facilities, it has degenerated so far from the philosophy of its first distinguished secretary, Joseph Henry, it is truly sad to see how it has been co-opted by leftist anti-religious propaganda.  Chief of the Darwinian KGB Eugenie Scott was “pleased by the swift steps the museum has taken” while other Party Faithful were even more aggressive, wanting the film canceled until they feared it would make martyrs of their political prisoners.    As long as the news media and reporters perpetuate the false dichotomy and equivocation of “science” (Darwinian metaphysics) vs “belief” (non-Darwinian metaphysics), this pathetic war of heat will continue.  The Darwinians, the “most objectionable” fundamentalists according to Paul Johnson (see next entry), had better learn how to debate the evidence when the day comes that they can no longer take for granted their power to dominate the scientific institutions and prevent alternatives from being heard.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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JSE launches retail equity options

first_img27 July 2009 Benefits of equity options According to the JSE, smaller contract sizes will bring new affordability to the options market in South Africa and open it up to the man and woman in the street. “The JSE has a well-established wholesale options market catering for institutional investors, but we have never focused on the retail investor before,” JSE derivatives trading head Allan Thomson said in a statement this week. “Options provide numerous benefits to retail investors, and are especially relevant in these turbulent economic times.” As with purchasing a futures contract, investors will need to use their existing futures account or open a SAFEX account with a broker. “Like equity futures, options allows investors and speculators to benefit from the movement of the share price, but differ in that they come with a ‘built-in insurance policy’, where the investor is able to resign a contract at any point in the contract term,” the JSE says. Investors and traders can use options to profit from a movement in the underlying shares without the costs of trading the shares themselves. Options give you exposure to movements in the share price for a fraction of the cost of purchasing the shares themselves. They offer investors time to decide whether they want to buy or sell a share. Buying an option enables you to defer your decision until the option’s date of expiry. “In layman’s terms, the investor can decide to abandon the contract if the price is not in his or her favour,” Thomson explained. “Of course, like an insurance policy, the investor will pay a premium for this peace of mind.” According to the JSE, the market maker Nedbank will be quoting option prices in sizes as small as 5 contracts in 50 point strike intervals for index options and 50 cent strike price intervals for single stock options.center_img According to the JSE, equity options can benefit investors in the following ways: Index options which are based on a basket of shares as opposed to a single share, provide diversified exposure, without having to invest directly in the many stocks that make up the index. Options give the investor the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset at a predetermined price at a set date in the future. ‘Built-in insurance policy’ They can be used to protect the value of one’s shares from a falling market at an affordable cost. Without using put options (the right to sell), in a market downturn you have no protection against prices declining. Options are often described as the only guaranteed stop loss, as falling markets cannot pass through the agreed price (known as the strike price). South Africa’s JSE has launched retail equity options, which include single stock options on the top 20 companies in the FTSE/JSE Top 40 Index and index options on the Top 40 Index itself. This new investment avenue complements the existing equity futures market, and will increase both trading volumes and liquidity in market. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Drive to make all cops tops

first_imgRay Maota The “Promote Professional Policing –reward a cop, report a cop” campaignaims to encourage citizens to report goodand bad behaviour by police officers.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free images, visit the image library) Andrew Faull, senior researcher at the ISS,is also author of Behind the Badge, anin-depth look at the lives of South Africanpolice, who tell about their experiencesin uniform.(Image: Books Live)MEDIA CONTACTS• Andrew FaullInstitute for Security Studies: SeniorResearcher+27 12 346 9500A recently launched initiative to promote professionalism in South Africa’s police force calls on the public to speak out about good and bad cop conduct.The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) launched the “Promote Professional Policing – reward a cop, report a cop” campaign in Johannesburg on 1 September 2011.The campaign aims to encourage citizens to report police involved in corruption, and recognise those who do well in their profession.It was brought about after the ISS’s Crime and Justice Programme (CJP) delved into the public’s perception of the police and the root of corruption among officers.The programme found that the majority of South Africans perceived the police as lazy and corrupt.CJP head Gareth Newham said: “Whilst there is no denying that some deserve that label, many police men and women want nothing more than to serve the public with pride.”Newham added that because there were police officers who were courageous, respectful and dignified; members of the public should encourage them by recognising their efforts.Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the launch: “Understandably, members of the public often take the time to report complaints and negative experiences they have of the police, and we take these complaints and experiences very seriously.”Mthethwa also urged the public to support those officers who were professional and service-orientated.The minister said that the campaign was a platform for the public to voice their experiences with the police, be they good or bad.By showing recognition to those selfless police who strive to protect and serve, those who are corrupt will be isolated and the decline of it will be evident, said Newham.Rewarding and reportingMeasures have been put in place to help the public report on negative and positive policing.The Crime Hub website provides tips on how promote policing excellence, and a Facebook page called Professional-Policing has been set up where citizens can join a forum to share their experiences with others.There are also tips on the Facebook page for how people can reward good policing and report cases of bad police conduct.In addition, the public can follow @RewardaCop on Twitter for the latest news on good and bad policing.Creating a culture of better policingMpho Kwinika, president of the South African Police Union, said: “This campaign comes at an opportune time when police morale is very low. The best reward a cop can get is when communities work with the police to aid an arrest.”According to Andrew Faull, senior ISS researcher, studies have found that the public’s perception of police is not based on how effective they are in tackling crime, but rather how they treat civilians discourteously, abusively or with unnecessary force.Although the recently released crime statistics show that violent criminal acts are on the decline, police still need to work on their treatment of the public to bolster their reputation.Faull said: “What police must realise is that annual announcements of declining crime will only win police momentary legitimacy, what is far more important is that every encounter between a police official and a member of the public is based on procedural justice, fairness, and courtesy.”last_img read more

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Twitter Data Dump: InfoChimps Puts 1B Connections Up for Sale

first_imgThis is particular, extracted data though – not the full text of Tweets. “We’re trying to be careful,” Kromer says, “we are not yet exposing the contents of tweets.” And this data isn’t cheap if you want the numbers broken out by the hour instead of the month.This is a very big move because most developers struggle to get access to a large quantity of data from Twitter.Here’s what InfoChimps is putting on sale:Tweet #38 in the History of Twitter: “oh this is going to be addictive” – by @dom 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Hashtags, links and smiley emoticons used across Twitter on an hour-by-hour [email protected] messages, RT and favorites and who they came from: 1 billion relations, making what the company calls a “conversation metric.”A useful if less exciting set of data that will help developers map user ID numbers from search.twitter over to the different ID numbers used in the primary Twitter API. These systems were never merged and it can require a lot of API calls to merge user data.The company believes it is capturing about 10% of the total data on Twitter right now, but Kromer says that he believes he can ramp that up to 30%. Data as a Pot of GoldInfoChimps is a bulk data marketplace with more than 5000 data sets in its catalog so far. The vast majority are free and were added by the company’s own staff, but not all. The decades-old polling firm Zogby International, for example, is selling some Iraqi polling data through InfoChimps. Cross-reference that polling data with publicly available data about civilian casualties in Iraq and you can see some interesting patterns, InfoChimps’ PR rep Josh Dilworth told us. (Dilworth is known as the most data-savvy PR guy in the Web 2.0 world and also represents Wolfram Alpha and Twine.)The company hopes that it can sell the data derived from sitting on the Twitter API as a demonstration of the value that this and other data sets have. InfoChimps says it can help companies monetize data that they’d otherwise be paying to serve up through repeated API calls, if at all.From sentiment analysis (not yet an option with the current InfoChimps data set) to social graph discovery (definitely an option), we’ve written extensively here before about the impacts that social data could have on business, social and political policies in the future.John Zogby, founder of polling firm Zogby International, spoke to us at length (in a separate phone interview several months ago) about the value of using online social networks to measure public opinion. “We’ve been particularly known for innovating and polling new technologies,” he said.“83% of all households are online today and 92% of likely voters, so with online polling we are today about where the country was with telephone penetration when telephone surveys started. Social networking is not as representative as online access [in general] yet, but I’m comfortable with caveats: that you can do a random sampling, so long as you claim that’s what your universe is, as long as you don’t extrapolate to all Americans, etc. It has tremendous, tremendous value. “I know that the landline era is coming to an end – not today or tomorrow but we’ve got to find new and different ways of doing our work. It’s the same kind of crossroads as the ’70s, when we moved away from the door-to-door and mail-in results to the landlines. “Online, frankly just like telephone, doesn’t have the minority population, but for market surveys you may be looking for a different kind of consumer. “We know that the landline phone is pushing us away; we know that we can’t use the cell phone in the same way; and we know that we’ve got to reinvent this industry [of measuring public opinion]. What’s happening are simultaneous new technologies and at the same time growing penetration of these new technologies. We’re riding a bucking bronco.”Use CasesThe conversation metric data that InfoChimps is selling is the most exciting to me. Imagine a third-party app using historical social-conversation data to filter Twitter or other messages based on the strongest social connections that I or other people have. Imagine, for example, social Q&A service Aardvark combining the Twitter Lists API with this InfoChimps data set for a scenario like this: “You have a question about stock options? How would you like us to find a person who knows about that, is regularly conversed-with by people on Robert Scoble’s Twitter list of Venture Capitalists and is available right now?” That sounds pretty great to me. The possible applications are many. “I see Twitter as a data acquisition device for what people talk about and how they relate to each other,” InfoChimps’ Kromer says.Right now InfoChimps is selling the hashtag and link dataset for $8,000 and the social metric data set for $9,500. Eventually the company will likely move to a subscription model.How They Got the DataHow did InfoChimps get the data? The company hits the Twitter Developer API 20,000 times an hour (the standard for developers) but takes big swaths of data each time it does. “I have a priority queue,” Kromer told us. “I can set a search term, and for each search term I can get 1500 tweets per API call. If I get 1500 tweets at a time, then the number of wasted tweets at the end of a series of searches is the smallest. If I’m searching for a term and get less than 1500 results back, then I forecast how long it will take to fill that number of results back up to the maximum and move it down the priority queue accordingly. On the lowest priority I have searches for RT or http. There will always be 1500 results for that. It’s only API calls that limit me. As is, it’s like a fisherman setting nets: what matters is that dinner is tasty.”Does that sound so hard? Worth thousands of dollars? Here’s what Kromer says:“It’s not magic. If you talk to people who use Hadoop and do social networking analysis, this is underwhelming. You take 30 million users, 1 billion links, adorn each link with info at the end of the link and acrue it with the person at the head of the link. That breaks conventional databases; the plumbing is hard. The math is easy but when you do it a billion times, it starts to get interesting. You have to be careful and clever. We plan to do stuff that is structural – a clustering co-efficient true pagerank.”Ultimately it’s about specialization and data as a service. “The people we need to come in and connect this info with human beings,” Kromer says, “aren’t the people who should be wasting their time on the math. And the guys who are good at doing these things should not be building Web apps.”But Can They Get Away With It?There’s some question whether Twitter will allow InfoChimps to sell data based on Twitter data. Kromer says he’d much rather resell the data on a commission than have to do all the work he’s done to set up the extraction system. But it was a year ago that InfoChimps caught the eye of people who love data: by releasing a large collection of scraped Twitter data. The InfoChimps blog post for that read: “Big huge thanks to twitter.com: they have given us permission to share this freely. Please go build tools with this data that make both twitter.com and yourself rich and famous: then more corporations will free their data.”But then Twitter founder Evan Williams asked InfoChimps to take those data sets down until a Terms of Service for them could be figured out. That never happened, and communication between the two companies hasn’t progressed very far over the last year. InfoChimps does not have Twitter’s permission to do what it did today, but Kromer says Twitter hasn’t contacted them either. No one from Twitter headquarters has responded to our request for comment yet.“We talked to our lawyer about this a lot,” Kromer told us, “we are on absolutely solid ground with regards to copyright, user privacy and use of the API. This is clearly for the benefit of their community.”That’s nice that Kromer feels so assured, but his attitude seems a little unrealistic.We asked technology journalist Robert Scoble what he thought of the dilemma, and his opinion is pretty clear. “If Twitter wants to be a platform, they have to behave like a platform,” he said. “Don’t be king-makers. Let the marketplace choose the winners. If they are going to say nobody should study the data because we’re going to sell that, that’s not being a platform. Twitter tries to pick the winners and it pisses me off. They admit that they are king-makers. All that does is make everyone vote against them and hope a competitor comes around.”Perhaps time will tell. But these are very early days in what looks to be an era of widespread innovation built on top of social data analysis.center_img Tags:#Analysis#Data Services#news#NYT#web Data extracted from 500 million Twitter messages was released today by a tiny Texas startup company that forward-looking geeks have been watching for a year. Austin-based Infochimps announced this afternoon that it is now selling two important and very large sets of Twitter data. Limited samples of the data are available for free and a third, most important, set of data still won’t be ready for a few more hours. “What we want is to see people use this to build web apps,” Infochimps co-founder Flip Kromer told us today. “You take this data, mash it up with any other very large corpus of data with timestamps – and you’ve got a web app.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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John Hastings joins veterans in Aus World Cup squad

first_imgInjured batsman Mike Hussey and allrounder John Hastings will join veterans Ricky Ponting and paceman Brett Lee in the 15-man Australian cricket squad for the World Cup in February and March.Australia will be seeking a fourth World Cup title in the limited-overs tournament to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Victoria allrounder John Hastings (left). APChairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said the squad, which also included Steve Smith and Tim Paine, had found the right balance of youth and experience.”One of the major decisions to be made in this squad was ensuring the balance was right in the squad to provide the best cover for all positions in the event of injury, illness or form issues that may arise,” Hilditch said on Tuesday. “It includes the experience of Ponting, Michael Clarke and Lee, and also some young talent like Steve Smith.”Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin were all also part of the victorious 2007 ICC cricket World Cup squad that went unbeaten in the Caribbean, so there is plenty of character in this group of Australian cricketers.”Hilditch said Nathan Hauritz was the selectors’ preferred spin option because he has a strong record in India.”He will be an important part of our bid for this fourth World Cup,” Hilditch added.Hussey suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday night’s one-day victory by Australia over England but is expected to recover in time for the tournament.Ponting, who struggled with his form during the recent Ashes test series against England, maintained Australia was still the team to beat at the World Cup.advertisement”It’s quite clear we are the number one ranked team in the world,” he said. “… Our World Cup record speaks for itself and we have a really good balance of youth and experience in the squad to succeed in the tournament.”Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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James Harden still unstoppable, rallies Rockets past Warriors in OT

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Harden shot five free throws in the first quarter Thursday and nine in all.His jumper with 5:37 left in regulation cut Golden State’s lead to 112-111. He also got the Rockets close by knocking down two 3-pointers and assisting on another basket in the final 1:26 of the third as Houston cut its deficit to 98-92 going into the final quarter.Thompson scored 26 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the first half. After struggling to find his stroke from deep, Thompson is 10 for 17 on 3-pointers the past three games.With his first 3 at the 7-minute mark of the opening period, Durant became the 32nd player in NBA history to reach 22,000 points.Falling backward as he released the ball over Harden, Durant swished a 3 with 59.2 seconds left in the first half.The cold-shooting Rockets fell behind 70-53 at halftime. Houston was just 6 of 23 from long range, 3 for 9 by Harden, while the Warriors shot 62.8 percent.TIP-INSRockets: F James Ennis, who had been questionable with a strained right hamstring, returned after missing the previous 10 games. … G Eric Gordon sat out a second straight game with a bruised right knee.Warriors: C Kevon Looney scored in double figures for the ninth time this season. … Durant is one of six active players in the 22,000-point club, joining LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter and Dwyane Wade. … Durant has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. … Golden State dropped to 10-3 when dishing out 30 or more assists.RUN TMC TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As part of the final season at Oracle Arena, the Warriors honored the “Run TMC” era featuring the trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.They were recognized on the big screen during a first-quarter timeout and Hardaway was shown sitting courtside next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob.UP NEXTRockets: At Portland on Saturday.Warriors: At Sacramento on Saturday looking for a fourth straight road win vs. the Kings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — James Harden hit a contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in overtime and finished with his second triple-double of the week and fifth straight 40-point game, rallying the Houston Rockets past the Golden State Warriors 135-134 in a thriller between Western Conference powers Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.Kevin Durant’s long 3-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what will go down as one of the best games this regular season — a rematch of the seven-game Western Conference finals won by two-time defending champion Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Stephen Curry put the Warriors ahead with 23.1 seconds remaining in OT on the way to 35 points — a basket that shouldn’t have counted because Durant was clearly out of bounds when he flung the ball back in.Harden, however, had one more improbable, acrobatic moment still in him. He released the ball with at least four hands in his face for the game-winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe reigning MVP finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, while Clint Capela contributed 29 points and 21 rebounds for Houston.Harden also hit 3-pointers at the 3:52 and 2:02 marks of OT in a game featuring dazzling displays on both ends by some of the game’s biggest stars. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES DeMar DeRozan’s triple-double lift Spurs past Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return MOST READ Klay Thompson made a go-ahead layup with 40.6 seconds left in the extra period, then Harden tied it at 132 on a pair of free throws with 33.5 seconds left.Durant added 26 points and seven rebounds.Harden also had a triple-double Monday against Memphis of 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists but he was disappointed with nine turnovers he thought gave the Grizzlies too many transition opportunities.Including his 50-point game Dec. 13 against the Lakers, Harden has scored at least 30 in 11 straight.Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s simple message about defending Harden, who went to the line 27 times Monday: “Don’t foul him!”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

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Olympic champion among 12 Russian athletes guilty of doping

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Qatar beats Japan in Asian Cup final for first major title LATEST STORIES Two Americans are now in line to become gold medalists years after their events.With Ukhov disqualified, the International Olympic Committee can upgrade silver medalist Erik Kynard of the United States to become the 2012 champion.With Shkolina’s disqualification from the 2013 worlds, another American, Brigetta Barrett, is in line to get the gold medal from the IAAF. It would be Barrett’s first world title.Two-time Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland could be upgraded to the 2013 world title if Lysenko is stripped of her title.The Russian athletes, including 2014 world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams, can file appeals to a separate division of CAS, which acted as the initial disciplinary hearing in these cases.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war CAS prosecuted the athletes on behalf of the Russian Athletics Federation, which has been suspended by the IAAF since 2015. A WADA investigation report involving McLaren detailed extensive doping and cover-ups in Russian athletics back then.Previously a target of McLaren, Rodchenkov then worked with the WADA investigator and detailed athletes’ steroid programs and cover-ups. This, including “washout testing” ahead of major championships he said he ran as director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow and then in Sochi.“Russia’s pernicious, persistent, and state-led schemes to undermine Dr. Rodchenkov’s credibility are failing miserably,” his lawyers, Jim Walden and Avni Patel, said in a statement.Friday’s verdicts came exactly one year after testimony from McLaren and Rodchenkov was partly rejected by previous CAS panels, when some Russian athletes overturned their disqualifications from the Sochi Olympics on appeal.“Today’s CAS rulings confirm that the evidence underlying the McLaren Reports is reliable and is capable of establishing Anti-Doping Rule Violations,” said Brett Clothier, head of the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit, which helped prepare the case. “It is very encouraging for us and gives us the possibility to pursue more cases.”Russian Athletics Federation head Dmitry Shlyakhtin said other cases could follow.“We knew about this list and I don’t think it will be the last one,” Shlyakhtin said in comments published by Russian state news agency R-Sport. “There will be more names and more verdicts, and we’ve still got the retests of Moscow laboratory samples ahead of us.”WADA director general Olivier Niggli said the track and field verdicts confirmed the importance of retrieving analytical data from the former Moscow lab last month — a process initially stalled by Russian authorities .“It is vitally important now that the hard work continues for the good of all athletes across a range of sports,” Niggli said in a statement. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Ukhov was disqualified from the 2012 London Games, while hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko and high jumper Svetlana Shkolina also have been disqualified after winning gold at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.“The procedures stem from the investigation conducted by Professor Richard McLaren, mandated by the World Anti-Doping Agency, in relation to allegations of systemic doping practices in Russian sport,” the court said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCAS judges ruled the athletes “participated in and/or benefited from anabolic steroid doping” in the period before the London Olympics and through the 2013 worlds. The rulings vindicated longstanding claims by Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov who said he oversaw a state-protected program that later tainted the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Ukhov and Shkolina were given four-year bans that started on Friday. An eight-year ban was imposed on Lysenko for her second offense, backdated to run until July 2024. FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, July 21, 2016, Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov during the Russian Athletics Cup, at Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia. Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes found guilty of taking part in state-backed doping, according to an announcement Friday Feb. 1, 2019, by The Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)GENEVA — Evidence that Russia ran a state-backed doping scheme for several years has been used to prove new cases of cheating by track and field Olympic and world champions.Ivan Ukhov, the 2012 Olympic high jump champion was among 12 Russian track and field athletes found guilty Friday of taking part in “systemic doping,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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