T20 Pakistan tour ‘off the table’

first_imgA proposed West Indies tour to Pakistan for two Twenty20 Internationals in mid-March is off the table according to ESPNcricinfo.The report said the West Indies Cricket (WICB) rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) proposal for the tour after receiving advice on security from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).The two boards, however, continue to discuss the possibility of two T20 internationals in Florida on March 19 and 20, ESPNcricinfo said.It is understood, ESPNcricino said, that earlier this week, the West Indies Players Association wrote to FICA seeking advice on the current security situation in Pakistan. FICA reportedly gave WIPA the latest security advisory from its security consultants, Eastern Star International, who provide security for various international boards, including the Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and the International Cricket Council.In the report, FICA warned that the risk level in Pakistan remains “at an extremely elevated state” and that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.last_img read more

Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama brings the unspoken into the open

first_imgTonight is the last chance to see Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama that is sure to open up discussion about an event that has touched many lives.The brilliant cast brings humour, sorrow and raw emotion to the production with an authentic script that left the audience wanting another chapter.This performance deserves an audience and it’s a great honour that they have chosen Letterkeny to debut the drama. Director Iarla McGowan deliberately withheld the story behind the new production but it is a story that will stay with you.Don’t miss the last night of the run at An Grianán Theatre at 8pm tonight.The Brand New Work by Workhouse Theatre Company is suitable for ages 16 and up. For further details contact www.angrianan.com Box Office: Tel: 00353 74 912 0777. Tickets €15Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama brings the unspoken into the open was last modified: June 15th, 2019 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An griananWorkhouse Theatre Companylast_img read more

2016 Feeding Farmers – Bruce Farms, Licking County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net crew on Friday packed up and headed east of Columbus to Bruce Farms, outside of Granville, the winners of the first edition of Feeding Farmers 2016, thanks to AgriGold.Tom Bruce and his brother Larry head up the corn and soybean operation, which also boasts a few brood cows and club calves. Tom says they got in all of their corn in around the 23rd of May, followed shortly by the finish of soybeans a couple days later. The operation is in a 50/50 rotation of beans and corn, boasting a strict no-till regimen for the past 30 years.He also commented on the unique weather this year and the short spring that led to warm temperatures recently, adding that he many of his fields could use a rain to give the crops a boost.The visit to Bruce Farms was the first of four outings this spring for the crew of the Ohio Ag Net. If you’d like to sign up for a chance to have lunch brought to your place and Dale Minyo broadcast middays from there, visit AgriGoldOhio.com.AUDIO: Tom Bruce visits with Dale about the 2016 planting season in his area.Tom BruceAUDIO: AgriGold’s John Brien tells Dale about his concerns about the early planted corn in residue.John Brien our corn croplast_img read more

If Love is About Communication, Why is Facebook Holding Back?

first_imgTags:#Analysis#social networks#web Facebook this weekend published a special Valentine’s day study about romantic relationships and happiness. The company’s Data Team sliced and diced the language used in millions of peoples’ status messages, then looked at how they varied depending on the relationship status the people listed themselves with. Conclusions? Married people are the happiest, people in Open Relationships are the least happy. Men are less happy than women in an open relationship (believe it or not) and more happy in marriage. These findings are interesting, but what they really indicate is that there may be a modern-day Farmers’ Almanac for understanding our lives hidden behind the company’s doors. Facebook needs to set that data free or at least do more with it.The Data Team’s conclusions were written up by intern Lisa Zhang, whose relationship status isn’t public on the site. Zhang explained the methodology like this:We already have methodology for measuring the happiness of Facebook users: by considering how many positive words people use in their status updates (see the USA Gross National Happiness Index). This method allows us to see whether a person’s Facebook relationship status affects how positive and negative they are. We examined the use of positive and negative words in the status updates of all English speakers over the course of one week in January. To protect your privacy, no one at Facebook actually reads the status updates in the process of doing this research; instead, our computers do the word counting after all personally identifiable information has been removed. One of the most significant findings reported is about people who listed themselves as in an Open Relationship, meaning typically that they are committed to one person but have sex with multiple people. Those people tend to be less positive than anyone else, less positive even than widowed people! This is truly remarkable, if you think about it. For what tiny percentage of human history has it been a common practice to publicly declare your relationship Open in such a way? It’s a pretty new thing! How’s it working out for people? Apparently not so well!That could be good information to know before making certain decisions (“if I knew then what I know now…”). Of course, how does having children affect happiness in married people? How happy do people in heterosexual vs same-sex Open Relationships tend to be? Do women who are engaged to men with feminist or liberal-sympathetic interests (Fan pages) express less negativity than other engaged women or is that just a facade that in reality means nothing?There are lots of questions raised by this data, and it’s just one of an infinite combination of data points that Facebook could analyze.It’s probable that some of this data includes important observations about the human condition. Information that could help people make better-informed decisions than ever before in human history; informed not only by our own experience, and the experiences of the people we observe in our immediate lives, but by the experiences of hundreds of millions of people around the world.Other Examples of Important AdviceRemember the Farmers’ Almanac? It’s a book that’s been published annually since 1818, filled with advice about cooking, gardening, humor and weather predictions. The mysterious Farmers’ Almanac team (there’s only been 7 editors in the publication’s history) refuses to disclose its methods for weather prediction, but claims to have a 80 to 85% accuracy rate over its history.Similarly, Facebook data might not be able to tell us with 100% accuracy whether people who move from Michigan to California, or who marry young, or who stop playing football and start playing basketball tend to be more happy or less happy than before – but that data could come a whole lot closer to telling us than anything we’ve had before has. Of course we’re all special snowflakes, with infinite complications, and free will is important – but doesn’t it seem that there’s an incredible opportunity for world-wide self awareness hiding inside this social network where we’re typing our relationship status, our location and our interests into fields in a form?Of course Facebook uses that data to target advertising. Why will the company tell an advertiser that I’m part of a group of college educated, white, married men, over 30 years old and living in the state of Oregon but it won’t tell me that among people in those circumstances I have a particularly geographically limited set of friends and should probably get out more if I want to really understand the world? Now that would be valuable information!Hunch, the startup lead by Caterina Fake and Chris Dixon, makes that kind of data a big part of its social decision making service. The site provides a way for you to walk through various things you should consider in making decisions like what kind of car you should buy next or where you might like to go on vacation. It also asks you questions about yourself along the way.Among 10k people Hunch asked “do you like Cilantro?” the ones that said they did were far more likely to prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate. People who said they didn’t like cilantro are much more likely to prefer milk chocolate. (Probably because people who don’t like cilantro don’t know what’s good in life.) A Hunch study last week of people who own different breeds of dogs found that German Shepherd fans tend to rely more on intuition than common sense and Pug fans particularly enjoyed the movie The Shawshank Redemption.How about Facebook coughs up the goods on the far greater supply of user data than any other site in the world has? Unfortunately, Facebook is going in just the opposite direction. The company’s Data Team puts out some lightweight analysis like these Valentine’s Day conclusions about once a month. When software engineer Pete Warden tried last week to offer up user data he’d collected from 250 million Facebook users to the Academic community for study (see The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul) the company contacted him and told him to put a hold on the release while privacy concerns were evaluated. Last week the company took down Lexicon, its public tool for comparing how often different words were being used across the streams of Facebook users.Come on, Facebook! Set the data free. It’s not about cilantro and chocolate, that’s just the fun stuff. There are important observations about humanity hiding in that data. Check out, for example, Hunch’s observations of hundreds of people who said they don’t believe Barack Obama was born in the US and what else they have in common.If you don’t feel like you can set it free, then at least do something more serious with it. The Farmers’ Almanac is a mysterious organization, maybe some more mystery would be ok if it came along with a whole lot of Facebook data.This is a historically unique opportunity and one that I hope Facebook will take ahold of soon. Think of all the heartbreak the company could help prevent if only people knew their odds of being happy in an Open Relationship, among the countless other decisions we make that would be well informed by analysis of aggregate user data. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Lionel Messi left out of Argentina’s national team

first_imgAdvertisementLionel Messi’s record with Argentina hasn’t been something the 31 year old can be proud of. With 0 international trophies and a strained relationship with the Argentine football board, maybe Messi’s drop isn’t much of a surprise. In fact, had he not been one of the greatest footballers of all time, he probably wouldn’t have played as many matches as he has.Argentina barely made it through to the round of 16 of the World Cup where they were knocked out by France, after a disappointing overall showing in the tournament. Their talisman, Leo Messi managed to score only one goal, despite being the nation’s highest ever goal scorer. Messi was granted time off national team duties for a year since thenThe Barcelona man wasn’t the only big name that was not selected for the upcoming Brazil clash. Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, and Gonzalo Higuaín are also not part of the squad travelling to Saudi Arabia.Messi has scored 65 goals in 128 appearances for the national team since his debut and has always been someone the nation relies on heavily to this date. But his international trophy cabinet say a different story altogether.At 31, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will probably be Leo’s last duty for Argentina, and even then, it is safe to say that the entire team will heavily rely on his skill with the ball and experience on the pitch.Read full article here :Otamendi returns but Argentina leave out Messi againRead also : Football: CR7 fans look away! Woman accuses Juventus star of rapeYou WILL NOT believe how many goals the number 7s at United have scored after CR7 left Advertisementlast_img read more

Philadelphia Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at 72

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Phillies chairman David Montgomery, who was team president during Philadelphia’s 2008 World Series championship season, has died. He was 72.The team issued a statement Wednesday saying Montgomery died after a five-year fight with cancer.Montgomery spent nearly 50 years working for the Phillies, starting in the ticket office in 1971. He was promoted to executive vice president after the 1981 season, became chief operating officer in 1992 and remained in that position until being promoted to general partner, president and chief executive officer in 1997.Montgomery spearheaded the team’s transition from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 and led the organization during its most successful period from 2007-2011. The Phillies won five straight National League East titles, two NL pennants and one World Series in that span.“David was one of Philadelphia’s most influential business and civic leaders in his generation,” Phillies owner John Middleton said. “He was beloved by everyone at the Phillies.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Proposed rules update

first_imgDuring 2018, Touch Football Australia (TFA) undertook a review of the 7th Edition Playing Rules. This process engaged a number of stakeholders including current administrators, coaches, referees, referee coaches and players, who provided advice and expertise in the development of the next edition of our playing rules.The outcome is a proposed version of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules that reflects today’s trends of the game.View the Proposed 8th Edition Rules. View a short animation explaining the rule changes.Most changes simply align the rule book to what is being interpreted at all levels of our game, where other changes may have a more noticeable impact on the way the game is played. For this reason, TFA has determined that the proposed rules will be tested at the 2019 National Touch League (NTL), along with other events should it be deemed appropriate to do so, before the 8th Edition is ratified and released to the community for its use.It is proposed that the 8th Edition will be in use in competitions across the country from 1 July 2019. Below are the major features of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules:• The terminology used throughout the rules has realigned our sport to its roots and the terminology used throughout most of our community. ‘Touchdowns’ are now ‘tries’, the ‘score zone’ is now the ‘in-goal area’, the ‘score line’ is the ‘tryline’ and ‘a period of time’ is ‘the sin-bin’.• Defenders will be required to retire a set distance of 7 metres from the ruck as opposed to the current ‘not less than 5 metres’ rule. This will improve consistency in its application and is more in line with what is currently being applied across our sport.• The change to the 7 metres will see the introduction of a 7-metre zone rather than the current 5 metre zone at either end of the field. Players will be required to move forward once a defender enters that zone as is the current rule but will be required to now do so at a ‘reasonable pace’. What is deemed ‘reasonable pace’ will be well-defined throughout all education to aid consistent application.• The defender will be required to retire to an onside position without interfering or impeding the attacking team. This rule will replace the requirement to return to an onside position without changing direction. A player may now choose any direction and change that direction, as long as their actions do not interfere with the attacking team.• Any three consecutive infringements in the one possession by the defending team in their 7-metre zone will result in the last player to infringe being placed in the nearest sin-bin area until their team regains possession of the ball.• Any touch made following an intercept or following a ball being touched in flight will be zero touch.• Any player sent to the sin-bin will remain in the sin-bin for a compulsory two completed sets of possession by both teams. This will no longer be at the discretion of the referee and will provide greater consistency in its application.• Any incorrect restart, i.e. a tap, is taken off the mark or taken instead of a Rollball will no longer result in a change of possession. The player will be simply required to return to the correct mark and perform the correct restart.• Interchanges during a breakaway situation will be prohibited. Any player who enters the field from the interchange area during a breakaway, regardless of whether a try is scored or not, will be sent to the sin-bin.• The drop-off procedure will be consistent with the international game and consistent across all major TFA events.The above list covers the most prominent changes; there are additional and more subtle changes that have been adopted to ensure the rules reflect current game trends.The 7th Edition has been in place for almost two decades and with shifting game trends over that time came a change to the way the rules were interpreted. It is TFA’s intention to monitor these trends more closely in the future and adjust the rules on a more regular basis. In order to do that, a National Game Committee will be created to monitor the trends of the game at all levels and make recommendations on future rule changes.Once the new edition is ratified, TFA will roll out educational resources.last_img read more

Justice Facilities to Be Upgraded

first_imgStory Highlights A number of justice facilities across the island are to be expanded and rehabilitated in the new fiscal year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion.The Government has provided $954 million in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to retrofit an existing building to accommodate a family court in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; establish four justice centres islandwide; and rehabilitate and upgrade Public Building West (Offices of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Court of Appeal).The work will be done under the Justice Sector Reform Programme in the National Security Ministry.Meanwhile, $267 million has been allocated towards the construction and improvement under the courthouses project.The initiative seeks to provide improved court facilities, which are conducive to the delivery of the services being provided by the justice sector.Under this initiative, the Government aims to continue the rehabilitation and upgrading of Public East Building.In addition, some $99.6 million has been set aside in the budget to facilitate the procurement of eight vehicles for judges and two mobile witness rooms. Meanwhile, $267 million has been allocated towards the construction and improvement under the courthouses project. A number of justice facilities across the island are to be expanded and rehabilitated in the new fiscal year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion. The Government has provided $954 million in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to retrofit an existing building to accommodate a family court in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; establish four justice centres islandwide; and rehabilitate and upgrade Public Building West (Offices of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Court of Appeal).last_img read more

Search for missing Tofino boaters scaled back handed over to RCMP

first_imgTOFINO, B.C. – Jae Valentine woke to the sound of wolves howling and cries for help early Friday morning after a boat sank off the coast of Tofino, B.C., prompting an exhaustive search for three missing men that has now been scaled back.The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre reduced rescue efforts 18 hours after responding to the call for help and has handed the case over to Tofino RCMP, which is treating it as a missing persons case.Two of the five people aboard the tin boat were rescued within two hours, but volunteers and search technicians continue to scour the shoreline and sea for the remaining three.Valentine, who owns the Cable Cove Inn, says she heard someone yelling “help me” over and over again beginning at 2:45 a.m. on Friday. She couldn’t tell where the calls were coming from because her property sits between an ocean and harbour. She got dressed and went outside to find her neighbour yelling back, “What kind of help do you need?”Her neighbour had already phoned the Canadian Coast Guard and asked her to call 911.About 40 minutes later, she watched rescuers drop one person off at a dock where an emergency vehicle was waiting. Then, she said she heard a second voice calling out, “Where are you, I’m coming, where are you, buddy?”Valentine believes the second voice was another person who had been on the sunken vessel, searching for the first man who was rescued.Since then, she said community members have come together to help look for the men or are waiting for news.“We’re all sort of standby, I think,” she said. “I know a number of people in the local stores, when they’re off shift from their employment, they’re all down at the docks just awaiting information.”Details continue to emerge in the wake of the incident. There were five people aboard the open, six-metre boat that sank without a mayday call, the JRCC said.One person was found in the water south of Felice Island, half an hour after rescuers received the call for help. Almost an hour after that, a second person swam ashore to Duffin Cove.Both were taken to hospital.One of the survivors is a member of a southern Ontario First Nation.Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River said she wrote a letter to WestJet verifying he is a community member so that he could board a plane to return home.Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne said the three missing men are fishermen from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.Osborne said while nobody ever wants accidents to happen, she’s struck each time that they do by the way the community comes together with “all hands on deck.”In 2015, five Britons and one Australian died after a rogue wave capsized a 20-metre whale-watching vessel.Last spring, Calgarian Alvin Beckley and Edmontonian Mike Cutler died when their sport fishing charter capsized.“Something that always sticks with me each time is the way people come together and just kind of the sheer humanity in it, of people gathering and feeding each other, supporting each other and loving each other. It’s kind of the very human side of tragedies,” Osborne said.Navy Lt. Melissa Kia, spokeswoman for the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said the search has involved hundreds of people from the Canadian Forces, Canadian Coast Guard, Parks Canada, Emergency Management B.C., RCMP and Emergency Health Services — plus community members who have gone out in kayaks and other small crafts.But after 18 hours, she said the JRCC had to scale back its role in the search.“We really threw everything we’ve got at it and to come up empty handed is really heartbreaking,” Kia said.Kia said community members and volunteers are continuing the search, but could not speak on behalf of their efforts.Rescuers determine a “survivability” time frame, which was 18 hours in this case, using computer modeling that considers many factors, Kia said.Factors may include what the individuals were wearing, how they came to be in distress, water temperature, winds, tides and whether they had life vests, she said.“What we do is we take that number, it’s not hard and fast in every case, and we will stretch it to the maximum and throw everything we’ve got at it, as was the case in Tofino,” she said.Kia said it’s not uncommon for RCMP to classify a search and rescue case as a missing persons file, once the case is handed over to them.She said the community response to the disaster has been “overwhelming.”“We would like to thank the countless volunteers from the community surrounding Tofino and Ucluelet and all of our First Nations partners. The response was really quite overwhelming, there were hundreds of people who took to the water and to scour the coastline,” she said.“Our thoughts go out to the families of the loved ones; it’s very heartbreaking to turn this case over unresolved.”last_img read more

Baltimore Officials Seek Crackdown on Landlords over Lead Exposure

first_imgToo many Baltimore landlords are renting “under the radar”—that is, failing to register their rental properties with the Maryland Department of the Environment—and lead exposure and poisoning is often the end result, according to City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.In February, the Baltimore City Council adopted a resolution calling for increased cooperation between city, state and federal officials to bring Baltimore’s lead paint poisoning crisis under control.  Lawmakers also want to see additional state-level changes that will better protect Baltimore’s children.  Currently, more than 56,000 Baltimore children under age six are at risk from lead poisoning, according to Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner.But communication between City and State lawmakers on lead compliance hasn’t heated up following last month’s City Council resolution, said Clarke.“So many landlords have just stopped registering their units and certifying their units,” she said. “People really don’t have a dependable guideline about where to rent.  First of all the landlords have to register their properties and then from there go through the certification process.”Effective January 2015, landlords owning rental units built prior to 1978 must register with the Maryland Department of the Environment within 30 days of property acquisition.  Lead inspections are required of all registered properties and must be conducted by an MDE accredited lead paint inspector.“We need more oversight from the state” said Pat Clarke. “It is a requirement for landlords to register. If we don’t even know where the units are, the whole process breaks down.”It remains unclear how many properties in Baltimore contain lead paint. Many rental properties are not registered.  The Baltimore City Health Department maintains a list of properties with active lead level violations; more than 400 addresses are currently listed including both occupied and unoccupied dwellings.  There is no proactive city mandate for lead paint certification.The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) acknowledged that gaps exist in the Lead Paint Registry system.“We are working to improve our technology with better computer databases that will allow our program to operate more efficiently and allow renters to more easily get information” said MDE spokesman Jay Apperson.City and state officials also disagree on the number of certified lead testers needed to ensure properties are being inspected.“We need to recruit and train more inspectors and certified lead removal technicians,” said Clarke.Apperson contends that the state has enough inspectors.“The department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has sufficient, dedicated funding and staff whose work is multiplied significantly through work with partners such as Baltimore City and Green and Healthy Homes,” he said. “We are happy to work with any other party that wants to support this important effort.”MDE relies on private lead certification inspectors, but the state recently drew criticism after a private inspector erroneously certified multiple properties “lead-free.”  As a result, nearly 400 families are being urged to submit to lead tests to ensure they have not been exposed.City lawmakers also expressed concern about the disparity between federal and State definitions of lead blood poisoning. In Maryland, the legal level for lead blood poisoning is 10 micrograms per deciliter. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced in 2012 that there is no safe level for lead in the human body.“These poisoned children are already below the radar screen,” Clarke and co-sponsors of the City’s lead poisoning resolution stated.Lead can be breathed-in, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. Even microscopic levels of lead dust can cause neurological effects in children, according to the CDC.last_img read more